The Rhea County Republican – October 2018

//The Rhea County Republican – October 2018

The Rhea County Republican – October 2018

THE RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN

ADVANCING THE CONSERVATIVE CAUSE

Vol. 2 – No. 8  – October 2018

 

RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Keith Flatness, Chairman                                      Bitsy Gryder, Vice Chairman

Donna Taylor, Secretary                                         Larry Pendergrass, Treasurer

Linda Pendergrass, Vice Treasurer                      Marv Keener, Chaplain

Gary Drinkard, Parliamentarian                            Jim Murphy, PAC Chair

 

OCTOBER MEETING      

The October meeting will be held on Thursday, October 6th, at 7:00 PM, at the Rhea County Sheriff’s Training Center, 711 Eagle Ln, Evensville, TN.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

MINUTES FROM THE AUGUST MEETING

 

Chairman Keith Flatness called the August 9, 2018 meeting of the Rhea County Republican Party at order at 7:00 PM.  Tom Taylor led the invocation and Joe Gryder led the Pledge to our flag.

Secretary Donna Taylor read the minutes of the July meeting.  A correction was made to the years of service of Gladys Best from 41 to 56 years.  Joe Gryder moved to accept the minutes as corrected.  Debby Byrd seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Treasurer’s report was given by Larry Pendergrass.  Marvin Keener moved to accept the report as read, second by Joe Gryder.  The motion carried.

Jim Murphy gave the PAC report.  All necessary papers have been filed.  There was no activity in the account during the previous month.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Keith Flatness read all of the election results from the August election.  He congratulated all who won and those that ran in order to give us a choice.

Gary Drinkard had praise for the number of Republicans that voted.

LEGISLATIVE REPORT – Kris Bancroft gave the Legislative Report and explained the status and meaning of several crucial bills currently under consideration in the US House and Senate.

OLD BUSINESS – Linda Pendergrass gave a report on “The Best Bench” for Gladys Bes’s service of 56 years to the citizens of Rhea County.

Joe Gryder explained why additional funds had been needed for the newspaper ads that had been run by the RCRP.

 

NEW BUSINESS – A membership drive was discussed and it was suggested that each person bring their ideas to our next meeting.  Having social events outside of regular meetings, e.g. Barbecues, hot dog cookouts, or watermelon cuttings was suggested.

 

It was suggested that funds might be raised if representatives from the RCRP were to approach entities that may wish to become corporate sponsors.  Identify persons or companies who buy tables at the Reagan Day Dinner and try to sell them ads [on the RCRP Facebook page.]

 

[It was suggested that the RCRP hold a] watermelon cutting for the September meeting and a chili dinner is planned for the October meeting.

 

Keith gave his “joke of the month” and got a good laugh.  Bitsy Gryder moved, Tom Taylor seconded, that the meeting be adjourned.

 

Donna Taylor, Secretary

BOOK OF THE MONTH

 

“Five Great Dialogues” compiled by Plato, is an essential read for the philosopher, and many scholars agree is the most important of these is Plato’s “Republic,” which is comprised of ten books.  In this dialogue we find Socrates conversing with his learned students, mainly Adeimantus and Glaucon who were, along with Plato, the sons of Ariston.  (Glaucon seems to have been the brighter of the two.)

 

Socrates examines those habits which are essential to those who would serve in politics – courage, wisdom, temperance, and physical fitness.  He also explains how governments evolve through time, beginning with a timocracy (a State wherein only property owners may hold political office), then to an oligarchy, forward to a democracy, followed by anarchy, and finally tyranny.  In reading this classic work one cannot help but notice the parallels playing out in the United States.

 

A SURVEY QUESTION FOR ALL READERS

It is important that we understand what our fellow conservatives think about the issues of the day.  In the interest of doing so, I hope you will please take a few moments to share your thoughts by responding to this survey.  The scores received from all responses will be shared in the November edition of The Rhea County Republican newsletter, and forwarded to our elected representatives.  From the following ten questions below, please rank your responses in the order of greatest concern to you and respond with your answers via email to: pyrope84045@mypacks.net – Editor

1.    Pay off the national debt and reduce the deficit by passing a Balanced Budget Amendment.

2.    Improve border security and effectively address illegal immigration by deporting illegal aliens who are identified as gang members and have committed crimes after entering our country.

3.    Reduce wasteful spending, and the size and scope of government by auditing all government agencies, eliminating those agencies that are not sanctioned under the Constitution, and those that are duplicative in nature.

4.    Pass universal concealed carry with nation-wide reciprocity.

5.    Prosecute government officials who have committed crimes and fire those who have used their positions for political purposes.

6.    Conduct an independent audit of all government agencies and prosecute those found guilty of waste, fraud, and abuse.

7.    Utilize the best available technology to improve cyber security so that our elections and government agencies are not hacked by foreign entities.

8.    Investigate organizations with ties to known terrorist groups and prosecute the leaders of those organizations under sedition and espionage laws.

9.    Stop foreign aid to countries that deal with our enemies and support terrorist organizations.

10. Repeal the 16th Amendment and eliminate the IRS by passing the Fair Tax, set at 17.5%, and stipulate that a 3/5th majority vote by both houses of Congress is required to raise the base tax rate.

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers. – Socrates

 

READERS ANNOUNCEMENTS & COMMENTS

 

This section is provided for our readers to make announcements about activities in their area or offer commentary on current events.  Readers are encouraged to do so.  Please e-mail your announcements or comments to pyrope84045@mypacks.net  – Editor.

 

Nick Anthony, a reader from Gallatin, TN responds to a statement from Karl Dean, Democrat gubernatorial candidate, who wishes to open the door for all counties to increase their fuel tax rates.  “Unsatisfied with the tax increases of the IMPROVE Act, Karl Dean says he wants to allow Tennessee counties to increase their fuel tax on a county by county level. That’s totally nuts!  Does Mr. Dean think people passing through a county will buy gasoline where it’s more expensive when they could just go to the next county and get their fuel at a lower cost?  Anyone can figure out how this is going to end; the people who live in those counties with higher taxes on things are going to get stuck with paying them.”

[The following link verifies Mr. Anthony’s assessment of Karl Dean’s statement.   http://onthehill.tnjournal.net/dean-calls-for-local-option-gas-tax/  – Editor]

 

Brian Troyer, a reader from Apple Creek, OH, offered the following observation from watching the McCain funeral services:  “What kind of people turn a funeral into a Two-Hour Hate? The MSM pretends President Trump started a feud with John McCain. It was just the opposite. McCain launched his vendetta against Donald Trump by attacking him and his supporters as ‘crazies’ and extremists. Notice how McCain made it personal:  ‘This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,’ McCain said.  ‘Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.’  Candidate Trump was talking about concerns of the American people. The narcissistic McCain was focused on his own ego. Candidate Trump went on destroy McCain’s RINO open-borders caucus and their progressive globalist dreams. The ‘bipartisan’ ruling class can never forgive that. So they are venting their anger and hatred, ironically posing as the guardians of decorum and honor. I think what they don’t yet understand is that the revenge rally they held in Washington yesterday wasn’t just McCain’s funeral but their own. They don’t realize that decent people are repulsed by their behavior.”

 

Norman Bobo, a reader from Nashville, offers the following:  You know you are hearing double-speak right out of 1984 when a tax increase is called a tax cut.

 

We started the 2017-2018 budget year with a $2B surplus. That’s “Billions” with a ‘B’. But there was no surplus when the budget was completed. What happened to that surplus? Answer: it was mostly squandered on increased spending.

 

In keeping with the 1984 double-speak, the 2017 gas tax increase was relabeled the “Improve Act”.

 

Was it really a tax cut or was it a tax increase?

 

It’s all in how you include or exclude budget items.

 

The “Improve Act” included ALL of the tax cuts that year. This included a cut in the food sales tax — which was unrelated to roads. It included cut in the F&E tax — also unrelated to roads. It included a cut in the Hall Tax — also unrelated to roads. What’s worse, the Hall Tax cut was already planned!

 

Yet the “Improve Act” included only ONE tax increase — the gas tax increase. They did NOT include any other tax increases. Those other tax increases appeared in other bills.

Do you see what they did? They packaged several tax cuts with only one tax increase. Voila! You have a supposed “tax cut”!

 

They used a small number of unrelated tax cuts to “sell” the gas tax increase. It was “for the roads”. Yeah, right. Just like when they say it’s “for the children”.

 

This is politics at its worst. The supporters of the gas tax increase know that most people are uninformed. And even when some voters venture to ask a question about the gas tax increase, all the politicians have to say is “it was an overall tax cut”.

 

Garbage. But most voters will not dig deeper. Thus, they MAY get away with it.

 

The truth was that there was PLENTY of budget surplus to fund ALL of the road projects in the “Improve Act” — and many more. But Haslam and those who supported the Improve Act did not want that surplus money spent on roads. They wanted it spent elsewhere.

 

While we were all arguing over how to fund roads, the rest of the surplus was quietly squandered with well over $1B in increased spending in other areas — a trend which continued in the last General Assembly session just completed.

 

And don’t let me get started on how almost $200 million per year for seven years was stolen from the transportation fund and moved to the general fund — which created the artificial road crisis in the first place!

 

Final conclusion: The gas tax was part of an overall increase in taxes and a squandering of a $2 Billion dollar surplus.

 

By the way, the “Improve Act” was constitutionally suspect. Under the Tennessee Constitution, bills are supposed to be limited to one subject area. This one crossed over multiple areas.

 

Please do NOT let incumbents who voted for the “Improve Act” get away with their skullduggery. Incumbents who voted for the gas tax need to pay the price at the polls!

 

Marvin Keener, a reader from Dayton, TN, offers the following:  The Dayton Lions Club will be holding a yard sale on October 6th, at the offices of Keener Marketing, on Main Street, in Dayton.  If you have any items to donate to the yard sale, please bring them.  The proceeds will be used to aid the Lions Club’s special projects for children – diabetes, visual exams and eyeglasses, cancer treatment, and a program to teach people who have severe vision impairments to function as independently as possible.  For questions, please contact Marv at 423-400-9921.  THANKS!

 

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination. – Thomas Sowell

 

 

COMMENTS FROM OUR REPRESENTATIVES

 

See HR 2634 in the LEGISLATIVE REPORT section for comments from Representative DesJarlais.

 

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

HR 6157 provides $674 billion for the Defense Department.  The total budget for running the government next year is nearly $2 trillion.  Now that money has been appropriated to “fix” all the thing ignored by eight years of the Obama regime, shouldn’t our government start focusing on ways to cut spending and pay down our $22 trillion debt?  Shouldn’t we be concerned that the “Shelby amendment (3695), which waives all budgetary discipline was passed by the Senate by a vote of 68 to 24?

 

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

 

S 2896 Justice against Corruption on K Street Act of 2018 (Kennedy, R-LA, 4 pages)

This bill forces lobbyists to reveal prior convictions prior to advocating on behalf of clients with business before the government passed the Senate by unanimous consent with one amendment.

 

Progress continues on the numerous bills were that were introduced last month in the House of Representatives.  As was previously reported, these bills are designed to strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to respond to emerging (or perceived) threats to national security, including:  HR 6461 TSA National Deployment Force Act (passed 5 September), HR 6469 TSA OPEN for Business Act, HR 6443 Advancing Cyber Security Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (passed 5 September), HR 6447 Department of Homeland Security Chief Data Officer Authorization Act (passed 5 September), HR 6439 Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act, (passed 4 September), HR 6438 DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act (passed 5 September), HR 6430 Securing the Homeland Security Supply Chain Act of 2018HR 6430 United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act (passed 5 September) HR 6374 FIT Act (passed 5 September), HR 6265 PreCheck is PreCheck Act of 2018 (passed 5 September), HR 5869 Maritime Border Security Review Act (passed 5 September), HR 5576 Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018, and HR 4969 Improving Embassy Design and Security Act of 2018HR 6459 TSA OPEN for Business Act, (passed 5 September), HR 6400 United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act, was passed on 4 September. These bills are constructed in response to identified or perceived threats as based on intelligence gathering operations.

 

HR 4318 Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 (Brady, R-TX, 4 pages), amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to temporarily modify certain rates of duty for provisions recommended by the International Trade Commission (ITC) pursuant to the new process established in the American Manufacturing and Competitiveness Act of 2016. The legislation includes more than 1,600 products that were recommended by the ITC.  Through the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), Congress temporarily suspends or reduces tariffs on certain imports for three years. Most of these duty suspensions relate to chemicals or other inputs used by U.S. manufacturers, who assert that the tariff relief provided by the MTB helps reduce their manufacturing costs, thus making their products more competitive.  Criteria for MTB consideration are that each duty suspension must be noncontroversial (e.g., no domestic producer or Member objects); revenue-neutral (foregone tariffs of no more than $500,000 per product in a calendar year); and administrable by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The MTB offers only temporary, not permanent, relief from tariffs, maintaining an incentive for companies to develop the capability to manufacture these products in the United States.

 

S 186 Fair RATES Act, (Markey, D-MA, 4 pages) was PASSED in the Senate on 4 September (with one amendment), by voice vote. This bill would amend Title 16 US Code 824d, also known as the Federal Power Act, under which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is commissioned by the US Senate to regulate all sources of energy except for nuclear energy.  Under its current mode of operation, FERC is governed by four Commissioners who are given a 60 day period in which to decide on matters brought before them by both publicly- and privately-owned utility companies, including petitions for rate hikes.  If a petition brought to FERC is not decided upon within the 60 day time frame, the petition is disqualified.  The Fair RATES Act would require FERC to rehear rate hike petitions and, if a decision is not made upon FERC’s review, the matter would be settled in a court of law.  In other words, rate hike requests from utility companies would almost certainly be granted under this bill.

 

HR 1109 To Amend Section 203 of the Federal Power Act, (Walberg, R-MI, 4 pages) was PASSED in both the House of Representatives and the Senate but the Senate made changes to the bill and thus it was returned to the House of Representatives on 4 September.  This bill is designed to place any and all proposed mergers of publicly- or privately-owned utilities under the scrutiny of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) whose combined total assets are greater than $10 million.

 

S 97 Nuclear Energy Capabilities Innovation Act of 2017 (Crapo, R-ID, 22 pages),

A bill to enable civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by private and public institutions, to expand theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear physics, chemistry, and materials science, and for other purposes, was passed in the Senate on 5 September, and has been forwarded to the house for consideration.

 

HR 6691 Community Safety and Security Act of 2018.  (Handel, R-GA, 9 pages), amends the definition of the term “crime of violence” in the US Code.  The bill was passed in the House of Representatives and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.  It is a bill that, on first blush, appears to be the product of sound judgement but on further examination has some troubling aspects.

 

Under the provisions of this bill, in Subsection (b), the following offenses become federal crimes:  “abusive sexual contact,” “aggravated sexual abuse” and “sexual abuse,” “assault,” “arson,” “burglary,” “carjacking,” “child abuse,” “communication of threats,” “coercion,” “domestic violence,” “extortion,” “firearms use,” “fleeing,” “force,” “hostage taking,” “human trafficking,” “interference with flight crew members and attendants,” “kidnapping,” “murder,” “robbery,” “stalking,” “weapon of mass destruction,” and “voluntary manslaughter.”

 

Unfortunately, the definitions of these offenses are subjective in nature.  For instance, what constitutes “communication of threats?”  If a worker’s supervisor threatens to fire the worker for laying out of work too often has the supervisor committed a federal crime?  Has a parent committed a federal offense if they spank their child?  Exactly what is “assault?”  If one individual happens to have taken the same route home as another person can they be put in a federal prison for “stalking?”  If an individual is burning leaves and, by neglect, catches his neighbors grass on fire can they be sent to the federal slammer for arson?

 

HR 4809 GOOD Act, (Walker, R-NC, 4 pages, a companion bill to S 2296), also known as the “Guidance Out Of Darkness Act.”  These bills require federal agencies to post all regulatory guidance on a central website.

 

The Obama Administration would often have its federal agencies eschew official “rules” or “regulations” by instead issuing “guidance” or “statements of policy.” Technically these were able to avoid the bureaucratic requirements associated with issuing “rules” or “regulations” which have to go through a more cumbersome process including public comment.

These guidance documents are supposed to be voluntary and non-binding advice issued by the government. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined that these “guidance” documents hold the same legal sway as rules or regulations.

 

All agencies would have up to 60 days to post any guidance still in force from the previous decade — in other words, the Obama era — on a central location on their website.

 

More importantly, under rules for how long Congress has to repeal an executive branch rule, this bill if passed into law would essentially reset the clock for much Obama-era “guidance” regulations — since the GAO says they’re effectively the same thing.

 

Supporters argue that guidance documents are just a shady way of enacting regulations that likely wouldn’t have passed under the procedures that are supposed to be required.

In addition to facing onerous federal regulations, American businesses are also expected to follow regulatory guidance issued by agencies, yet unlike the public rule-making process for regulations, federal agencies are not required to disseminate guidance broadly to the public for input, making it hard for businesses and industry groups to monitor and follow.

 

HR 4917 IG Subpoena Authority Act, (Russell, R-OK, 8 pages), enhances the ability of inspectors general to identify waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the executive branch by authorizing them to issue testimonial subpoenas for contractors, grant recipients, and former federal employees, as necessary to perform functions required by the Inspector General Act of 1978.

 

To avoid abuse, a testimonial subpoena must be reviewed by a panel of three other inspectors general prior to the subpoena’s issuance.

 

HR 6757 Family Savings Act of 2018, (Kelly, R-PA, 88 pages), has been ordered reported and placed on the House of Representatives schedule for the first week in October.  This bill amends the Internal Revenue code of 1986 to encourage retirement- and family savings accounts.  Under this bill, individuals and families would pay no taxes on savings accounts, IRAs, and 401k plans until they are withdrawn and relieve the maximum age requirements for establishing such accounts.

 

HR 6760 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent certain provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affecting individuals, families, and small businesses. (Davis, R-IL, 65 pages), and its companion bill HR 6756 American Innovation Act of 2018, (Buchanan, R-FL, 15 pages), are bills that will help all working Americans and entrepreneurs in ways that will strengthen the US economy.

 

S 3476 A bill to extend certain authorities relating to United States efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria globally, and for other purposes.  (Corker, R-TN).  This bill was introduced on 18 September; the text is not yet available, however; the title provides an indication of the intent of the bill.

 

HR 2634 A bill to designate the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility Expansion of the Department of Veterans Affairs Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee as the “Sergeant John Toombs Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility.  (DesJarlais, R-TN, 3 pages), has been forwarded to a budget committee for consideration.

 

By way of follow up, Sgt. Toombs, an Afghan War veteran who suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, sought counseling for his disorder, as well as addiction treatment, at his local VA facility.  However, in November 2016, Sgt. Toombs committed suicide on facility grounds. “He was a war veteran. He was a constituent. I’ve worked closely with David Toombs, his father, to recognize his son’s struggles, and to prevent another tragic ending like John’s,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

 

“Suicide and substance abuse are nationwide problems affecting a disproportionate number of U.S. military veterans. We need to give them our full support, whether they’re fighting for our country abroad or fighting to recover when they return home. Many families, like the Toombs, have suffered personal losses, and this designation will symbolize our continuing commitment to helping them and their loved ones receive the support they need,” said the Congressman.

 

Last month at the York campus, Rep. DesJarlais met with Jennifer Vedral-Baron, Director of the VA’s Tennessee Valley Health Care System, to discuss Sgt. Toombs’ case, his legislation, and their efforts to improve veterans’ physical and mental care. Rep. DesJarlais recently voted for the VA MISSION Act to eliminate bureaucratic overlap within the system, improve hiring and retention of quality medical staff, and to remove limitations on private care.

 

Also this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced funding for a new veterans home in Bradley County. For years, Rep. DesJarlais worked with local veterans advocates to achieve the result. “This Congress is focused squarely on providing the best tools, training and care for our military members, including veterans. It is my highest duty and highest honor to work on their behalf.”

 

HR 5896 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendments Act of 2018.  (Hurd, R-TX, 18 pages), amends Title 5 US Code, to modify the authority for pay and work schedules of border patrol agents, and for other purposes.

 

HR 6756 American Innovation Act of 2018.  (Buchanan, R-FL, 15 pages), intends to make it easier and less costly for an entrepreneur to start a new business by providing for more deductions of start-up and organizational costs in the business’s first year and preserving start-up losses and start-up credits by exempting them from the limitations on use that otherwise could apply after an ownership change.  Specifically, the legislation consolidates the rules for start-up expenditures (section 195) and organizational expenditures (sections 248 and 709(b)) into a single provision, allowing the taxpayer to elect to deduct up to $20,000 of the aggregate amount of start-up and organizational expenditures in the taxable year that the business begins.

 

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

If we aren’t being taught how to grow our own food, how to take care of ourselves and our families, and how to live without the need for huge governments, banks, and corporations – as our ancestors once did – then we aren’t being educated; we’re being indoctrinated to be dependent and subservient to “the system.” – Gavin Nascimento

 

 

EDITORIAL

 

Watching the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation ordeal – and “ordeal” is perhaps the most polite way to describe it – took me back to 1991, when Clarence Thomas ran a very similar gauntlet.  The only difference is that the Democrats have proven they are able to reach new lows in their attempts to obstruct the Republicans at any price.  During the Thomas confirmation process they managed to use their stooges – most notably Anita Hill – to spew all manner of innuendo to conjure up images of some semi-human sexual deviant, all of which was so far removed from the truth that one could rightly have suggested each Democrat Senator could have benefitted from psychological analysis, appropriate therapy, amended by chemical interdiction.

 

Justice Thomas endured it all and has gone on to distinguish himself as a fair-minded and brilliant component of the Supreme Court.  He walked away with his head held high in spite of the “high-tech lynching” that the Democrat senators – most notably Joe Biden – tried to subject him to.

 

In the aftermath of the Thomas hearings, my thoughts were that the Democrats had sacrificed enough collateral in the way of demonstrating their lack of ethics – and downright sleaziness – that all Americans would surely remember the hate-filled actions of the party of the jackass and never dare to elect another Democrat.

 

I was wrong!  The question for me at this point is WHY was I wrong?

 

OK, to be fair, a generation has passed since those dark days of 1991, and perhaps, out of a need to detach ourselves from the memories of the putridity that was so vehemently displayed by the Democrats, we have moved on hoping we would never again have to witness such vile displays from the Democrats.

 

Again, I was wrong!

 

In the person of Brett Kavanaugh we see a good and decent man who is at once a true scholar of the Constitution and the law, a man who has, throughout his lifetime of service, distinguished himself as an academician; he has earned the respect of everyone around him, both among his colleagues and his acquaintances.  He is a family man whom God has blessed with loving parents, a wife, and two lovely daughters.  He has given exemplary service to his community, his country, and his profession, and has earned the respect of everyone whom he has encountered.  I must believe he also has the respect of the Democrats who are trying every trick they can to destroy him and his reputation, and it is only the Democrats lack of respect for themselves that has caused them to do what they are trying to do now.  The decisions he has rendered from the bench indicate only that he has even earned the respect of those attorneys who have presented their cases before him.

 

Furthermore, Brett Kavanaugh has been subjected to an exceeding amount of scrutiny – most notably the six unique investigations into his life that were conducted by the FBI that were required as his career advanced.  The FBI interviewed hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of people during their investigations and they were unable to discover one irregularity worthy of note.

 

Yet, Brett Kavanaugh’s credentials, accomplishments, and reputation mean nothing to the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee!

 

The Democrats have managed to devise new lows during the initial hearings and they even managed to bring in some paid recruits to disrupt the proceedings.  The whole affair reminded most who witnessed it of some sort of psychedelic circus with hate-filled protesters shouting obscenities and threats directed to Brett Kavanaugh and his family; so intense and salacious were these outrageous acts that Kavanaugh was noticeably shaken as he saw his children brought to tears.  The Democrat Senators reveled in the display while Charles Grassley seemed unable to do anything that would bring the hearing room to order.

 

While combing through some thirty-five years of stellar service from Brett Kavanaugh, the Democrats found two – and possibly three – of their operatives who have “come forward” to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of crimes that, had they been reported to the police at the time of their alleged occurrence, would have prevented Judge Kavanaugh, if convicted, from ever launching his legal career and would have certainly landed him in jail on felony convictions.

 

It is important here to note that, just like the days when the Democrats did their best to destroy Clarence Thomas’ character, the Democrats enlisted media accomplices in their efforts to attempt to destroy Brett Kavanaugh, most notably Ronin Farrow and Jane Mayer, writers for The New Yorker and New York Times (who interviewed two of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers, Deborah Ramirez and Christine Blasey Ford).

 

Ryan Saavedra, a writer for The Daily Wire, analyzed Farrow’s and Mayer’s articles and came away with some remarkable inconsistencies buried deep in Farrow’s and Mayer’s multi-thousand word hit piece:

 

  1. Deborah Ramirez alleged that while she was at a Yale party she drank a lot and became heavily inebriated, and during this time Kavanaugh exposed himself to her. However, after interviewing several dozen of Ramirez’s and Kavanaugh’s classmates, The New Yorker could not find a single witness who could put Kavanaugh at the alleged party.
  2. Other investigative reporters at the New York Times who independently interviewed several dozen people also could not find a single person who could corroborate Ramirez’s claims.
  3. The man who was accused of egging on Kavanaugh denied Ramirez’s allegations and vouched for Kavanaugh’s character. In fact, one of Kavanaugh’s classmates stated “I don’t think Brett would flash himself to Debbie, or anyone, for that matter.”
  4. A third person (unnamed by the New York Times) that Ramirez claimed was at the party says she was not there for the alleged incident.
  5. Ramirez later contacted her former classmate, asking about the incident, and she testified that Kavanaugh was not the male who exposed himself to her.
  6. A woman who claims she was “best friends” with Ramirez and said that, during their college days, they shared “intimate details of their lives” says Ramirez never mentioned the story and initially said that her friend’s accusations against Kavanaugh might be “politically motivated.”
  7. Ramirez, like Christine Blasey Ford, is a registered Democrat and is also dedicated to leftist causes, noting that she “works toward human rights, social justice, and social change.”
  8. Ramirez eventually admitted that she wasn’t even sure her memory was correct until she spent six days going over her story with her lawyer. (Ramirez’s lawyer is Stanley Garnett, a former Democrat District Attorney, in Boulder, CO.)
  9. Ramirez admits there are “holes” in her memory due to how much she drank at the alleged party. She admitted she was, at first, hesitant to speak publicly about it [until she discussed the matter with her lawyer.]
  10. Other people who knew Ramirez after her time at Yale say she has never once mentioned the incident – until Kavanaugh’s nomination was pending. Three other of Kavanaugh’s classmates, Dino Ewing, Garry and Dan Murphy, disputed Ramirez’s account of the alleged events. “We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale.  He was a roommate to some of us, and we spent a great deal of time with him, including in the dorm where this incident allegedly took place.  Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale.  We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen it or heard about it – and we did not.  The behavior she describes would be completely out of character for Brett.  In addition, some of us knew Debbie long after Yale, and she never described this incident until Brett’s Supreme Court nomination was pending.”

 

It is just as Senator Lindsey Graham remarked on September 27, 2018:  The Democrats’ immediate motive for springing these character assassins at the last moment is crystal clear; their timing was nothing more than a delaying tactic – an attempt to postpone Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote until after the midterm elections.  Regrettably though, Senator Graham went on to expose something else lurking deeper within the Democrat’s stratagem – specifically taking the “advice and consent” mandate to a “search and destroy” mission is a much uglier motive; for all intents and purposes it seems correct that Senator Graham was accurate in noting the Democrats motive is to also destroy a form of government that has set the United States of America above other countries on earth.  All this should have been plain to us earlier on but, just perhaps, those of us who revere our country and all the good and decent things it stands for have been reluctant to admit this truth to ourselves.  How sad we should be that we must, once and for all, accept that a major political party in our country is capable of such a despicable thing.  The only question now is what do we do about it?

 

We conservatives have several crucial tasks ahead of us.  First, we must understand just what the Democrats are doing – and have been doing for many years – and we must resolve to make the miscreants known for their acts so forcefully that, once and for all time, our efforts result in the demise of the Democrat Party.  We must also keep in mind that it is not the conservatives and Republicans who will have caused the extinction of the Democrat Party but that the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of those who have transformed their party into the hate-filled and anti-American band of thugs it has become.  After all, have Democrats not proven – time and time again – that they are the enemies of freedom and justice?  Since that sad and tragic fact has repeatedly proven itself to be true, we must never stop exposing them for every hateful thing they are.

 

How do we do this?

 

We start by becoming, and staying, informed; we make ourselves aware of all the misdeeds perpetrated by the Democrats and counter each misdeed by noting what would have been the ethical, moral, and constitutional thing for them to have done.  We learn the names of the Democrats and call them out for what they are; a band of scoundrels whose intent is obstruction of all things good and decent and whose prime modus operandi is disagreement for the sake of disagreement.  We must know the history and current events as they pertain to the Democrats and share the facts with as many people as possible – especially with other Democrats!  Finally, we must be willing to provide a safe harbor for those Democrats whom we can encourage to walk away from their betrayers; we must welcome them into the fold where reason and justice and love of country are lauded.  If we fail in this cause, the Democrats will continue on until they destroy every good thing the United States of America has ever stood for.

 

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

If we can effectively kill the national pride and patriotism of just one generation, we will have won that country.  Therefore, there must be continued propaganda abroad to undermine the loyalty of citizens in general, and teenagers in particular.  By making drugs of various kinds readily available, by creating the necessary attitude of chaos, idleness, and worthlessness, and by preparing him physically and psychologically, we can succeed. – Vladimir Lenin

 

 

LAGNIAPPE

 

Some years ago, advice columnist Ann Landers was asked to explain the differences between various economic models in a way that would be easy for youngsters to understand.  She came up with what one might consider a work of literary art.  It went like this:

 

Socialism – You have two cows, the government takes one and gives the other to your neighbor.

 

Communism – You have two cows, the government takes both but they might give you some milk.

 

Fascism – You have two cows, the government takes all the milk they produce and sells some of it back to you.

 

Nazism – You have two cows, the government shoots you and takes both of them.

 

Anarchism – You have two cows, you shoot the government agent that tries to take them and then steal another cow.

 

Capitalism – You have two cows, you sell one of them and buy a bull.

 

Surrealism – You have two giraffes, the government forces you to take harmonica lessons.

 

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

The heart of the wise inclines to the right but the heart of the fool to the left. – Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)

 

 

CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

 

President Donald Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington D.C. 20500

Phone:  (202) 456-1414

Fax:  (202) 456-2461

e-mail

http://www.whitehouse.gov

president@whitehouse.gov

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

455 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Room 40 – Suite 2

Washington D.C. 20510

Phone:  (202) 244-4944

Fax:  (202) 228-3398

e-mail

http://www.alexander.senate.gov

http://alexander.senate.gov/contact.cfm

 

U.S. Senator Bob Corker

Dirksen Senate Office Building

SD-185

Washington, DC 20510

Phone:  (202) 224-3344

Fax:  (202) 228-0566

e-mail

http://www.corker.senate.gov

http://corker.senate.gov/contact.cfm

 

U.S Representative Dr. Scott DesJarlais

2301 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone:  (202) 225-6831

Fax:  (202) 226-5172

e-mail

http://desjarlais.house.gov

 

Governor Bill Haslam

Tennessee State Capitol

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone:  (615) 741-2001

Fax:  (615) 532-9711

e-mail

http://www.state.tn.us/governor

 

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House

https://www.speaker.gov/contact

Link above provides all methods of contact.

 

Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contact

 

State Representative Ron Travis

301 Sixth Avenue North

Suite G-3

War Memorial Building

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone:  (615) 741-1450

Rep.ron.travis@capitol.tn.gov

 

State Senator Ken Yager

301 Sixth Avenue North

Suite G-19

War Memorial Building

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone:  (615) 741-1449

Fax:  (615) 253-0237

sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov

 

 

 

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