4th of July: Reflections

4th of JULY

by Diane Rufino, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!

We celebrate the 4th of July as our Independence Day but it’s really not the date that our country, comprised at the time of the 13 original colonies, became independent from Great Britain. The 4th of July is the date when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which is a very significant date in our country’s path to independence. With the Declaration, the colonies were proclaiming to the world their intent to separate or secede from Britain and establish themselves as sovereign independent states. That would be their goal in fighting the British. A single-paragraph resolution was passed prior to July 4 which simply declares the colonies’ independence. That simple resolution accomplished the goal of officially declaring independence from Britain. But the Second Continental Congress wanted a more detailed version, articulating the reasons for seeking independence, in order to make its case soundly “to a candid world.” To that end, Thomas Jefferson was delegated the important task. The character of the independent colonies would depend on the words and ideals that Jefferson wrote. And so, on July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted Jefferson’s grand Declaration of Independence.

The war with Britain began on April 19, 1775, with “the shot heard around the world” at Lexington. That was the date when the forces under Britain’s General Gage went looking to confiscate and destroy Boston’s arsenal of ammunition and thereby render them unable to defend themselves. But for the first year, the colonies, through the First Continental Congress, hoped to end hostilities and resume a good relationship with their mother country. And so it pursued a course of negotiations. But, as Patrick Henry emphasized in his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech: “We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, how can we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation? There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight!”

And so the colonies came together. It was no longer a war only involving Massachusetts. If Britain could exercise tyrannical rule over the citizens of Boston and the rest of the Commonwealth, it would surely do the same to the other colonies. In the second year of the war, the Second Continental Congress conducted and managed the war as one for independence.

The Revolutionary War would end five years later, on October 19, 1861, when General Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown. The war would officially be over, and the colonies officially recognized by Britain as 13 independent sovereigns on September 3, 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed by representatives of King George III and by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay, and David Hartley as representatives for the colonies.

The Treaty of Paris declared the intention of both parties to “forget all past misunderstandings and differences” and “secure to both perpetual peace and harmony.” It went on to state:

“Britain acknowledges the United States (New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) to be free, sovereign, and independent states, and that the British Crown and all heirs and successors relinquish claims to the Government, property, and territorial rights of the same, and every part thereof…..”

The revolutionary and magnificent principles articulated in the Declaration not only laid the political and philosophical foundation of our country but it changed the course of the entire world. Mankind has been eternally better off for those principles. But the sad truth is that most of the ideals set forth in the Declaration have been rejected by the very history of our country. The Declaration will continue to mean very little until we as a country reject and condemn the actions of Abraham Lincoln when he invaded, coerced, and subjugated the southern states back into the Union when they sought independence. And the Declaration will continue to mean very little until we reject the notion that our government has the right and primary purpose of seeking its own power and permanent existence rather than existing primarily to secure the fundamental rights of the individual (but subject to being altered or abolished when it ceases to serve that goal and instead frustrates the exercise of those rights).

But Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence will always stand as a testament to the best and most noble intentions of man in establishing an ordered society predicated on the inalienable rights of the individual.

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

 

***  I apologize for posting this article late, but my computer crashed and burned, and I had to research and purchase another.

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The #WalkAway Campaign is Helping to Humanize Politics

BRANDON STRAKA - on Tucker Carlson      by Diane Rufino, July 3, 2018

Have you heard of the WalkAway Campaign?  I encourage everyone to check it out. I think this just may be the movement that will save our country from being hijacked by the lunatic fringe. 

The movement was started by Brandon Straka, a handsome, gay (but I repeat myself) NYC hairdresser who was having a hard time reconciling his values and love of country with the party (Democratic) to which he belonged.  So he started a testimonial campaign where individuals could post their video or written testimonials as to why they are fed up with the Democratic Party and liberalism and why they are walking away or have walked away. It’s called the “#WalkAway Campaign (“the hashtag WalkAway Campaign”).

Liberals are going on social media and posting their testimonials. I encourage everyone to check it out – on Facebook, Instagram, on Twitter…   I encourage everyone to join the Facebook #WalkAway Campaign and “The Silent Majority” Facebook page. (Both started by Straka). Minorities are walking away in large numbers, and non-minorities as well.

I believe that this exodus is what just might save this country. This rejection of liberalism is just what might help heal the divide, help all of us as Americans to reconnect, and to help us all get on the same page, which is to make our country great and safe again. This is our home. Our communities are our backyard. The people we put “D” and “R” labels on and criticize and complain about are our neighbors.

Straka is blown away at the response to his campaign and the overwhelming support he is getting, insomuch that he is giving people a voice and a channel and they are taking him up on it.  Even Tucker Carlson highlighted it on his show last night, allowing Straka to explain why he started it and how successful it has become.

As Straka explained, what is even more satisfying to him than the scores of testimonials of liberals is that people on the right are participating we well. He is happy that has been able to help give a voice back to the silent minority, and in some cases, the silent majority. Both have been misrepresented and mischaracterized by the mainstream media. As Straka explains, “So now we’re cutting out the media, which has controlled the narrative as to what it means to be a conservative – which is that all conservatives are racists and bigots. Now people from the right can tell their own stories, and they are saying ‘I’m not a racist; I’m not a bigot.'” 

The #WalkAway campaign is humanizing politics and for that, I think Brandon Straka is a genius. I am extremely grateful for what he has done and for the movement he started to give those on the left empowerment (for there is power in numbers) for making the decision to walk away from the political party which they  once thought best represented them.

I only wish that Tucker Carlson would have given Brandon more time to talk about the #WalkAway campaign. I thought it was a rushed segment but certainly one of the most significant topics in a long time. I hope Tucker will invite him back, and I hope other shows will do the same.    

VIDEO:  Brandon Straka’s appearance on the Tucker Carlson Show –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwsrPYUazq8&feature=youtu.be

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REJECTING HATE: The #WalkAway Campaign is the Second Most Significant Political Movement of Our Time

WALKAWAY - Brandon Straka (WalkAway Campaign)

by Diane Rufino, July 2, 2018

The rejection of establishment party politics and politicians, of course, was the first. That movement led to the election of Donald Trump – probably our most ambitious, most singularly-focused, most America-centric, most Jeffersonian president since Ronald Reagan.

This new movement, the “#WalkAway Campaign,” is one of exposing the evil agenda of the Democratic Party and decision to reject and walk away from it.

The #WalkAway movement began on May 25 on Facebook. A young man named Brandon Straka, a gay hairdresser in New York City, posted a video of himself explaining why he was leaving the Democratic Party, thus inspiring an exodus from the party.

Introducing that video, Strake wrote on Facebook:

Today I’m kicking off the #WalkAway campaign by releasing my video about why I am walking away from liberalism and the Democratic Party. It is my sincere hope that you will join me in this campaign and that we may start a movement in this country which not only encourages others to walk away from the divisive left, but also takes back the narrative from the liberal media about what it means to be a conservative in America. It is up to all of us to make our voices heard and reclaim the truth.

The Democratic Party has taken for granted that it owns racial, sexual, and religious minorities in America. It has encouraged groupthink, hypocrisy, division, stereotyping, resentment, and the acceptance of victimhood mentality. And all the while, they have discouraged minorities from having independent thought, open dialogue, measured and informed opinion, and a motivation to succeed.

Please like and share my video, and please post your own #WalkAway video!!  If you are a former liberal who has walked away from the left, please share your story, or your message, or your thoughts in a video on the WalkAway Campaign Facebook Page.

If you are a lifelong conservative or non-Democrat, please share your story, message, or thoughts on what it truly means to be a conservative. Right now, the liberal media continues to perpetuate a false narrative about the “hateful” and “bigoted” right. Use your voice to let people know who conservatives really are. Be sure to use the hashtag #WalkAway.

Please like and follow me on Facebook and Twitter:

@usminority

The Unsilent Minority

And subscribe to my YouTube channel: The Unsilent Minority —  https://youtu.be/4Pjs7uoOkag

Straka’s video has quickly morphed into a major force on social media and beyond. According to an article last Thursday (June 28) in the Epoch Times, some five million people on Facebook and YouTube alone (not even including all those on Twitter) have seen his very honest and very thought-provoking video describing his awakening to the insanities of liberalism and the Democratic Party.

In his video, Straka explains: “I reject a system which allows an ambitious misinformed and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, to create false narratives, and to apathetically steamroll over the truth. I reject hate.”

Brandon Straka’s video can be found on the Facebook page he created for the campaign – WalkAway Campaign (@walkawaycampaign) or using this link:  https://www.facebook.com/usminority/videos/486555651765405/

Straka began to question his political and ideological loyalty to the Democratic Party after the election of Trump. He began to research the so-called news put out by the left-wing (mainstream) media and found out that a lot of it was simply not true. And what wasn’t false was either greatly distorted or horribly biased. He had friends who had lost jobs because of Obama’s excessive government regulations. When he asked people from his small hometown in Nebraska why they had voted for Trump, they told him that Democratic government policies, and especially those of Obama (including his healthcare bill) were killing their small businesses. These business owners (job creators) hadn’t been able to grow their businesses in over 10 years and in fact, they were finding it harder and harder to even stay in business.

This was the reality that the mainstream media never talks about nor the problems that the Democratic Party wants to acknowledge or address.

And then came the Democrats’ campaign of fear and hatred, from the Women’s March last January, to the Antifa attacks, to the mean-spirited and filthy remarks of liberal so-called comedians, talk-show hosts, and members of Hollywood, to the most vile of threats and comments towards Trump, the first family, and members of the administration on social media, to the pictures and re-enactments and suggestions of a Trump beheading or assassination, and now to the Maxine Waters’ type narrative about “stopping the Republicans at all costs,” about “confronting them and harassing them” even at their homes and with their families at restaurants, gas stations, movies and shows, and letting them know “they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” (in their own country, in a country they pay taxes to, simply for having a different political opinion!).  The most serious, according to Straka, are the messages that, under the guise of free speech, are really intended to incite violence across the country. For many unhinged individuals, they don’t need much prompting; they are ready to snap at any moment. And the Democrats, and especially the mainstream media, are ever so ready to spin the tragedy into a political opportunity.

“This is a matter of the media specifically using and manipulating people’s deepest fears, based on legitimate traumas,” Straka explained.

“Can you imagine manipulating domestic violence just for political purposes?”

Although he was troubled and conflicted, he was afraid of losing all his friends. As he began posting things on social media which didn’t comport with the narrative of the Democratic puppet masters, people started attacking him and unfriending him.  He was being discriminated all over again. First homophobia, and now politiphobia.  He was being discriminated against for daring to be an independent thinker and for questioning the policies, the antics, and the motives of his political party.

But what finally pushed Straka to leave the Democratic Party?  What pushed him to make the video – to make his very public decision to walk away?

He said he needed to address the hate and the party’s manipulation. “I thought, ‘You know what, this is too important.’ Maybe it’s the fact that I’m a gay man and I’ve already been through this—people making up lies about what it means to be gay and trying to shame me. I was like, ‘I’m not doing it. I’m not doing this twice.’

As he explains: “The #WalkAway movement is so much more than a hashtag on Twitter. This is a testimonial campaign, a grassroots movement that is going to change the political landscape of this country.”

Straka has become the unlikely face of the new “silent majority of Americans” but he is not the only one. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.. they are just some of the social media outlets full of brave testimonials and self-professed walkers.

Here is the full transcript of Brandon Straka’s video. It is powerful:

Once upon a time, I was a liberal. Well, to be honest, less than a year ago, I was still a liberal. I became a liberal because I believed I found a tribe whose values aligned with that of my own. I staunchly reject racism of any kind, I reject the marginalization of any human being based off of their gender or sexual orientation. I reject tyrannical group think, I reject a system that allows an ambitious misinformed and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, to create false narratives, and to apathetically steamroll over the truth.

I reject hate.

For years now, I have watched as the left has devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded rhetoric and at times, blatantly fascistic behavior. Liberalism has been co-opted and absorbed by the very characteristics it claims to fight against. For years now, I’ve watched as people on the left have become anesthetized to their own prejudices and bigotry and to the prejudices and bigotry of those around them who echo their values. I’ve watched these formerly-sensible people, who claim to reject racism, come to embrace the principles of universally hating and blaming all of society’s problems on people who have white skin. I’ve witnessed the irony of advocacy for gender equality morph into blatant hatred and intolerance of men and masculinity. I’ve seen this once-earnest fight for equality for the LGBT community mutate into an illogical demonization of hetero-normity and the push to vilify and attack our conventional concepts of gender. These same self-proclaimed victims of intolerance are turning on the gay community that they once attached themselves to to advance their agenda, now calling gay people ‘privileged’ and themselves ‘victims’ of injustice. I’ve watched as the left has allowed themselves to become hypnotized by false narratives and conclusions, perpetuated by social justice warriors who misrepresent and misconstrue facts and evidence and events to confirm their own biases that everyone who does not comply with their prejudicial conclusions is a Racist, a Bigot, a White Supremist, a Nazi… homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, misogynist, and Al-Right Extremist. And I’ve watched as they’ve used these heartless and carelessly-assigned labels to intimidate, threaten, bully, silence, attack, un-employ, blacklist, and destroy anybody who dares to fight back. They’ll come for me and then they’ll come for you. And worst of all, the Democratic Party and the liberal media have embraced, affirmed, aided, and abetted this cult ideology. In an effort to gain voters and maintain power, the Democratic Party that I once loved has joined forces with the extremist left. The Democratic Party and the liberal media now believe their own ill-gotten conclusions and have ominously decided that they – and ONLY they – know the remedy for society’s ills.

The Left has decided that the solution to the problem of race relations in America is more racism. The Left has decided that attacking, insulting, and dehumanizing one group of people elevates another. The Left now believes there are no boundaries when telling lies, omitting the truth, or misrepresenting the facts when telling the news because their end justifies their means. The Left has now decided that its point of view is the ONLY acceptable one and that suppressing, censuring, and banning open debate is virtuous and progressive. The Democratic Party has adopted a deleterious belief system, happily and without skepticism, separating people into groups based off of identity and then organizing them into camps of ‘victims’ and ‘oppressors.’

If you are a person of color, an LGBT person, a woman, or an American immigrant, the Democratic Party wants you to know that you are a victim and destined to stay that way. They will insist that you are a victim doomed to exist in a system that is rigged against you, that you are a victim of systemic oppression, that you are a victim of your circumstances, and that no amount of hard work or motivational action will ever allow you to overcome your victimhood or the privilege of those around you.

This is the Democratic Party’s greatest and most insidious lie.

If you are a minority in American today, the leftwing politicians and the leftwing media don’t ever want you to discover this lie. So they bombard us with stories designed to reinforce this narrative that you are in danger and that you cannot succeed. They manipulate your fears and concerns by telling you that you are disadvantaged, dis-empowered, and disposable to everyone – except to them. They will tell you that you need them. They will tell you that you are only safe under their supervision. They will promise to liberate you from all that chains you. And then, they will do…. NOTHING for you.

Once upon a time I was a liberal. But liberalism has changed. And I will not be part of an ideology or political party that represents everything that contradicts the values of unity, equal opportunity, personal empowerment, compassion, and love. And so, I am walking away.

I encourage you to do the same.

Walk Away.

It’s one thing to break the physical shackles that restrain one’s physical freedom. But it’s another thing to break the shackles that restrain intellectual freedom, freedom of conscience, of thought and speech.

Real political Power comes from the individual, and not from a political party, although that may seem very hard to believe. Individuals who are respectful, intelligent, and articulate, like Brandon Straka, who can express genuine issues and concerns, are the ones who can get things done and the ones who can build bridges. Mob-style, un-intelligent, zombie-like group think is counterproductive. Submitting unconditionally and unquestioningly to a political party is an abdication of civic duty and a lazy man’s exercise of his fundamental first amendment rights.

The same party that supported the physical shackles of the 19th century continues to support the intellectual shackles today.  But luckily, some no longer want to be shackled.  They are deciding to put principle before party. They are deciding to put country before party. They are walking away from a poisoned political party.

It’s time to #WalkAway.

 

References:

Brandon Straka’s “#WalkAway Video” –  https://www.facebook.com/usminority/videos/486555651765405/

WalkAway Facebook Page –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/OFFICIALWalkAwayCampaign/

Celia Farber, “Viral ‘WalkAway’ Videos Highlight Growing Movement of Democrats Leaving the Party.” The Epoch Times, June 28. 2018.  Referenced at:  https://www.theepochtimes.com/viral-walk-away-videos-highlight-growing-movement-of-democrats-leaving-the-party_2578446.html

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Looks Like Whoopi Goldberg Put On Her “Thinking Cap” Again

WHOOPI GOLDBERG - Pussy Hat

by Diane Rufino, June 28, 2018

On this morning’s airing of “The View” (the show with cackling, often deranged, liberal women), Whoopi Goldberg addressed Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy’s resignation and her concerns over President Trump’s chance to pick a replacement for him. Apparently that news sent her into a frenzy. Using the opportunity to advocate for abortion rights (of which a woman has complete control over her right to terminate for any reason, and at any time, the life growing inside her), she launched into a tirade: “Get out of my vagina! If you take away my right away from me, I got a problem with that…..  You don’t want people to take your guns?  So get out of my behind. Get out of my vagina. Get Out.”

Let’s do a reality check, Whoops, shall we?  The Bill of Rights EXPRESSLY recognizes the right to have and bear arms in the Second Amendment. It’s historical roots are deep and firmly grounded. Let me look where the Bill of Rights recognizes the right of a woman to have complete control over her reproductive capability….  Hold on…  I’m looking…    Wait…  I’m still looking…..

It’s not there. A liberal (VERY LIBERAL, and socially progressive) Supreme Court pulled some legal magic and slight of hand to find that right. And let’s not kid ourselves. The facts and history behind the case (including commentary by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and later by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) show that the decision was made essentially for two reasons: (1) to give women the flexibility they need to compete as equals to men in the workforce (a pesky pregnancy or an unwanted child can certainly get in the way!); and (2) to deal with all the unwanted pregnancies that would overwhelm our social programs.  The right to an abortion wasn’t so much about a right as it was about a solution.

Whoopi has nothing to fear from a conservative court.  A woman’s right to an abortion will not be taken away. It is too firmly entrenched in our society, much like the Miranda Warning is and much like the concept of the “Wall of Separation” is, both of which are legal fictions. And it is a very effective solution to an obvious social problem, albeit a heinous and unconscionable one. But what a conservative court might do is question the wisdom, the immorality, and the inhumanity of the broad right granted to women. A future court might address the conflict in such a policy when our very founding documents identify the right to life as one of man’s greatest inalienable rights. How do we reconcile that core American ideal with the right of a woman (and then a doctor) to terminate what is clearly a human life?  A conservative court might, one day, put strict limits on the right to an abortion so that two lives enjoy the rights guaranteed here in America.

The whole of politics doesn’t have to come down to the security of a woman’s unfettered and unlimited so-called right to terminate a life growing inside her. And it shouldn’t.  And I would like to think that women are capable of engaging in the political arena on issues that are far more important. They used to care about issues such as education, taxes, jobs, safety; they used to care about the issues that made it easier to raise their families, own a home, have job security, send their kids to college, save money, and be able to retire comfortably.

Whoopi has a limited understanding of the Constitution, which I suppose is a whole lot better than most Democrats, who have no understanding of it. I’m glad the organizers of the Women’s March in DC last January encouraged marchers to wear those funky Vagina caps (“pussy hats”). Putting those bright pink caps on their heads covered up the real pink matter that usually does one’s thinking – the brain. And it was totally fitting that they did so because the women (if you can even call some of them that) at that march DON’T think with their brains. Instead, they are only capable of thinking with their vaginas.

Whoopi showed us once again how true that is.

Whoopi attended the Women’s March in DC. She wore a pussy hat. And even more, she wore a shirt announcing how “nasty” she is.

Wow, women sure have progressed over the years.

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The Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban!

SUPREME COURT - Travel Ban decision (June 25, 2018)

by Diane Rufino, June 26, 2018

Today, the Supreme Court handed down its “opinion” in the case challenging Trump’s Travel Ban (Trump v. Hawaii), and it rejected the decision of the uber liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which struck the ban down as exceeding the president’s power under the Immigration & Nationality Act and as violating the Establishment Clause by selectively denying entry into the US to Muslims.

BACKGROUND:  In September 2017, President Trump issued Proclamation No. 9645 (the “Travel Ban,” aka, the “Muslim Travel Ban”), seeking to improve vetting procedures for foreign nationals traveling to the United States by identifying ongoing deficiencies in the information needed to assess whether nationals of particular countries present a security threat. The 12-page Proclamation is more detailed than any prior order issued under the Immigration & Nationality Act [codified at 8 US Code §1182(f)]. The Proclamation placed entry restrictions on the nationals of eight countries whose systems for managing and sharing information about their nationals the President deemed inadequate. Countries were selected for inclusion based on a review undertaken pursuant to one of the President’s earlier Executive Orders. As part of that review, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the State Department and intelligence agencies, developed an information and risk assessment “baseline.”  DHS then collected and evaluated data for all foreign governments, identifying those having deficient information-sharing practices and presenting national security concerns, as well as other countries “at risk” of failing to meet the baseline.

After a 50-day period during which the State Department made diplomatic efforts to encourage foreign governments to improve their practices, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security concluded that eight countries –Chad, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen — remained deficient. She recommended entry restrictions for certain nationals from all of those countries but Iraq, which had a close cooperative relationship with the U. S. She also recommended including Somalia, which met the information-sharing component of the baseline standards but had other special risk factors, such as a significant terrorist presence. After consulting with multiple Cabinet members, the President adopted the recommendations and issued the Proclamation.

The Proclamation (the Travel Ban) was challenged as unconstitutional by the State of Hawaii, three individuals with foreign relatives affected by the entry suspension, and the Muslim Association of Hawaii. They alleged that the Ban  violates the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and the Establishment Clause. The District Court granted a nationwide preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the restrictions. That is, the court “enjoined” or prevented the administration from putting the Ban into effect. Trump appealed the decision, which went to the 9th Circuit, and as expected, the 9th Circuit affirmed. It argued that the Ban contravened or conflicted with two sections of the Immigration & Nationality Act, or INA (§1182(f) and §1152(a)(1)(A).

1182(f) authorizes the President to “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens” whenever he “finds” that their entry “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States,” and §1152(a)(1)(A) provides that “no person shall . . . be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.” [The 9th Circuit did not address the Establishment Clause claim].

The decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, can be summarized by the following portions of the opinion:

(1)  The President has lawfully exercised the broad discretion granted to him under §1182(f) to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States.

(a)  Common sense and historical practice confirm that §1152(a)(1)(A) does not limit the President’s delegated authority under §1182(f). Presidents have repeatedly exercised their authority to suspend entry on the basis of nationality. According to plaintiffs’ logic, the President would not be permitted to suspend entry from particular foreign states in response to an epidemic, or even if the United States were on the brink of war. The language of the statute is clear. By its terms, §1182(f) exudes deference to the President in every clause. It entrusts to the President the decisions whether and when to suspend entry, whose entry to suspend, for how long, and on what conditions. It thus vests the President with “ample power” – near “plenary power” – to impose entry restrictions in addition to those elsewhere enumerated in the INA.

(b)  The Proclamation falls well within this comprehensive delegation. The sole prerequisite set forth in §1182(f) is that the President “find that the entry of the covered aliens “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.” The President has undoubtedly fulfilled that requirement here. He first ordered DHS and other agencies to conduct comprehensive evaluation of every single country’s compliance with the information and risk assessment baseline. He then issued a Proclamation with extensive findings about the deficiencies and their impact. Based on that review, he found that restricting entry of aliens who could not be vetted with adequate information was in the national interest.

(c)  The Proclamation comports with the remaining textual limits in §1182(f). While the word “suspend” often connotes a temporary deferral, the President is not required to prescribe in advance a fixed end date for the entry restriction. Like its predecessors, the Proclamation makes clear that its “conditional restrictions” will remain in force only so long as necessary to “address” the identified “inadequacies and risks” within the covered nations. Finally, the Proclamation properly identifies a “class of aliens” whose entry is suspended, and the word “class” comfortably encompasses a group of people linked by nationality.

(2)  Plaintiffs allege that the primary purpose of the Proclamation was religious animus and that the President’s stated concerns about vetting protocols and national security were but pretexts for discriminating against Muslims. At the heart of their case is a series of statements by the President and his advisers both during the campaign and since the President assumed office. The issue, however, is not whether to denounce the President’s statements, but the significance of those statements in reviewing a Presidential directive, neutral on its face, addressing a matter within the core of executive responsibility. In doing so, the Court must consider not only the statements of a particular President (once in office), but also the authority of the Presidency itself.

(3)  The admission and exclusion of foreign nationals is a “fundamental sovereign attribute exercised by the Government’s political departments largely immune from judicial control.” Although foreign nationals seeking admission have no constitutional right to entry, this Court has engaged in a circumscribed judicial inquiry when the denial of a visa allegedly burdens the constitutional rights of a US citizen. That review is limited to whether the Executive gives a “facially legitimate and bonafide” reason for its action, but the Court need not define the precise contours of that narrow inquiry in this case. For today’s purposes, the Court assumes that it may look behind the face of the Proclamation to the extent of applying rational basis review (least stringent form of review for constitutionality), which asks whether the entry policy is plausibly related to the Government’s stated objective to protect the country and improve vetting processes. Plaintiffs’ extrinsic evidence may be considered, but the policy will be upheld so long as it can reasonably be understood to result from a justification independent of unconstitutional grounds.

Plaintiffs challenge the entry suspension based on their perception of its effectiveness and wisdom, but the Court cannot substitute its own assessment for the Executive’s predictive judgments on such matters.

Accordingly, the government has set forth a sufficient national security justification to survive rational basis review and therefore the Proclamation (the Travel Ban) is upheld.

With today’s rejection and reversal of the 9th Circuit’s decision, the Trump administration has the green light to move forward with its ban. It can now go into effect.

 

ReferenceTrump v. Hawaii opinion (June 26, 2018) – https://www.scribd.com/document/382622622/Trump-v-Hawaii#from_embed

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We May be Great, But Can We Also Be Good?

 

- 2018 (gray shirt, April 19, 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Diane Rufino, June 25, 2018

I’ve been really troubled by all the hate and all the vitriol and all the race-baiting coming from the likes of Maxine Waters and coming from those in Hollywood, in the Entertainment Industry, and in the mainstream media. The harassment, the inciting of harassment (which we all know will lead to violence, just as it did on the softball field last year at the annual Congressional softball game), the targeting, the vilification, the name-calling, the death wishes and the wishes for physical harm, the treating of fellow Americans with contempt and without due respect is uncalled for and uncivilized. We are Americans and are supposed to be tolerant and respectful. We are supposed to be the example to the world of how freedom liberates the human soul and spirit and inspires one to great heights. We are not supposed to be the example of how a country predicated on human freedom is ultimately destructive of itself.

President Trump is without a doubt making the changes and implementing the policies that are making America Great Again. When America is great, the opportunities are passed on to ALL Americans. So let’s not pretend that Trump is not good for this country.

Yes, we are becoming Great Again. We can all take pride in that. We thought that after the Bush and Obama years, it would almost be impossible to see the country turn around so quickly and successfully. But Trump has made it happen.

The greater challenge, as it turns out, may be to put our differences aside, put our grievances, and put our personal agendas aside, and treat each other once again with love and respect. In other words, can we be good again?

In that spirit, I made the following meme.
MEME- America is Becoming Great Again, but Can She Become Good Again

 

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Next to the Democratic Party, the Entertainment Industry is the Largest Hate Group in the US

MEME - The Entertainment Industry (largest hate group in the US)

by Diane Rufino, June 24, 2018

I made this meme this morning. With all the extreme haters in Hollywierd and in the Entertainment Industry – Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand. Jimmy Kimmel, Peter Fonda, Jim Carrey, Samantha B, Kathy Griffin, Ashley Judd, Tom Arnold, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Costner, J Lo, Alec Baldwin, the cast of SNL, Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and more – I think it’s about time we call them out for what they are.

Under the Obama administration, Homeland Security was instructed to divert its attention away from true radicals such as Islamic jihadists and away from true hate groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, or white supremacy groups, and instead, focus its attention on conservatives.

On April 7, 2009, an unclassified assessment by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” was adopted by the Obama administration — a mere 77 days after his inauguration. The document was leaked shortly after its release to law enforcement officials across the country and made public by Roger Hedgecock on April 13, 2009. It laid out the new president’s legislative and executive priorities on terrorism, guns and immigration. Uniquely combining these three issues would become a predictable, coordinated pattern during Obama’s two terms in office. It would define the Tom Ridge and Janet Napolitano eras at the DHS. As Eli Lake, ajournalist and the former senior national security correspondent for The Daily Beast and Newsweek, wrote the day after the document was leaked, “Since its inception in 2003, the department has focused primarily on radicalization of Muslims and the prospect of homegrown Islamist terrorism.” Under Obama’s leadership, attention was directed away from Muslims and Islamist terrorism and redirected towards limiting the Second Amendment, scrutinizing military veterans and expanding both legal and illegal immigration.

For political reasons, decent and honest Americans, whose only “flaws” were to believe in the ideals of our country and to be smart enough to understand the breadth and meaning of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, were targeted by the government and put under its microscope and its harassment and enforcement power. As we know full well now, this is just one example of how Obama used the full power of the US government to silence political opponents.

If Homeland Security had been programmed to look at conservatives as hate groups and potential terrorists, how much more convincing is it to make the argument that Democrats, BLM groups, progressives/liberals, and anti-fascist groups are the real potential terrorists and the real threats to our ordered society here in the United States. Obviously, as we are seeing their hatred play out – on the stage, in their businesses, in videos, in tweets, on the streets, in front of private homes, at Congressional baseball games, etc – safety requires it.

Anyway, I’ve had it with actors, actresses, other members of the entertainment industry, including musicians and singers (except country music). I’m tired of their hatred, their foul language, their holier-than-thou attitudes, their loathing of this country, their attacks on our president and his family (no conservative group did that to the criminal, Obama), and their commitment to everything good and decent that the average person values. I’m boycotting them. I’m boycotting their movies, boycotting their shows, and boycotting their concerts (except those who support America). I’ll boycott them even though everyone knows how much my life revolves around movie releases and concerts. And everyone knows and how much I love to promote them all and write and publish reviews for those I enjoy. It will make me sad to look for other ways to be entertained, but I’ll gladly to do to exercise my First Amendment right of free expression.

Please Join Me. Send the haters the only message that matters to them — send them to irrelevancy. Affect their box office successes.

 

Reference:  A.J. Caschetti, “Department of Homeland Security Targeting the Wrong Enemy,” Gatestone Institute, July 26, 2016.  Referenced at:  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8549/dhs-rightwing-extremism

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