Ivanka Trump to meet South Korean minister in light of Tillerson firing

Senior White House adviser and first family member Ivanka Trump is scheduled to meet South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha when she visits the U.S. following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s abrupt Trump administration ouster.

The personnel changes for this meeting come after Ivanka Trump attended the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in February. Kang Kyung-wha and President Trump’s eldest daughter were photographed together at the games while observing the competition and snapping photos with athletes.

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Ivanka Trump’s role in her father’s White House administration has long been a subject of scrutiny, and her subbing in for a meeting with a foreign world leader could mean she will have an increased profile as rumors grow over further changes coming within the West Wing.

President Trump commented on his decision to replace the former Exxon CEO with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, saying he and Tillerson “disagree on a lot of things.”

“When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was terrible. He thought it was okay. I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently,” Trump said. “I think Rex will be much happier now, but I really appreciate his service.”

Tillerson announced earlier this week that he would remain in his post until March 31, at which point he will vacate his position and pave the way for a “smooth and orderly transition” for Secretary of State Designate Mike Pompeo.

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MSNBC Frets Over Trump Calling for More Death Penalty, Tougher Sentencing

On Friday, several MSNBC shows reacted negatively to President Donald Trump’s call for more death penalties and tougher sentencing for some drug dealers. After host Stephanie Ruhle mocked the plan by wondering what should happen to drug companies, substitute host Chris Jansing the next hour suggested that the President has been too quick to support capital punishment in past cases, as she oddly included murder cases.

And in the afternoon, legal analyst Danny Cevallos complained that mandatory minimum prison sentencing had “failed” because it “creates a demand for more prisons.”

Introducing her 9:00 a.m. ET MSNBC Live show, Ruhle recalled that the President spoke about “the potential of the death penalty for drug dealers,” and then snarked: “What’s that going to mean for all the drug companies, Mr. President?”

At about 10:45 a.m. ET, Jansing seemed to find something wrong with Trump calling for the death penalty for those who murder police officers, and, even though Drew Peterson is believed to have murdered two of his wives, the MSNBC host seemed to find it questionable to call for his execution. Jansing:

It’s very visceral to say, ‘I want to punish the people who are responsible for this,” but this is a President who has also called for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, for Bowe Bergdahl, for, I mean, Drew Peterson, for, I mean, anyone who kills a police officer, for drug dealers. There’s clearly a pattern here.

As for her reference to the Central Park Five rape case, in spite of liberal media outlets repeatedly claiming otherwise, Trump, in reality, called for the death penalty to be made legal for adults who commit “murder” — which would not have applied to a case like the Central Park Five attack since the accused were underage and were not accused of committing murder. At the time, Trump also called for longer prison sentences for minors who commit violent crimes.

Responding to Jansing, Wall Street Journal reporter Shelby Holliday commented, “Yeah, the President has an interesting relationship with the rule of law and our rights here in the United States,” before recalling that parts of his plan are getting support.

At about 1:42 p.m. ET, host Craig Melvin had Cevallos on to discuss the plan. The MSNBC legal analyst acknowledged that the death penalty already exists as a punishment option for the biggest drug dealers before arguing against it because it is never enforced. After Melvin dismissively commented, “Never mind this idea that the death penalty doesn’t even serve as a deterrent to crime in general,” they then moved to discuss the issue of longer sentences. In spite of the substantial drop in crime that occurred in the 1990s, Cevallos only saw negative effects of longer prison sentences:

We already learned our lesson as a country in the ’80s and into the ’90s when we imposed what are called mandatory minimums — automatic sentences when you have cases like drugs that where a firearm was involved.

The experiment in large part has failed — mandatory minimums, floors for sentences for drug offenders just populates our prisons and creates a huge demand for more prison facilities, therefore building the entire prison complex and creating a demand for more prisons. It’s a project that has failed. I think we can conclusively say that harsher penalties for drug offenses doesn’t always solve the problem.

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WashPost Frets: Trump Is Hiring Media Stars!

The Washington Post is aghast. Here’s the headline: “The Daily 202: Trump may hire multiple cable news personalities as part of shake-up.” The story by James Hohmann says this in part: 

“THE BIG IDEA: Donald Trump’s reality television presidency may be getting more star power for season two.

Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing Fox News contributor John Bolton as a potential successor.

A leading contender to replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is Pete Hegseth, the co-host of Fox and Friends Weekend.

The president named CNBC analyst and former host Larry Kudlow to replace former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn as his chief economic adviser on Wednesday.

Heather Nauert, a former co-host of Fox and Friends, got promoted on Monday from being a spokeswoman for the State Department to acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. She replaced Steve Goldstein, who was fired because he publicly contradicted the White House’s claim that Rex Tillerson knew he was being fired before Trump announced it on Twitter. (Is it any coincidence that Mike Pompeo got elevated from Langley to Foggy Bottom the morning after he aggressively went to bat for Trump on the Sunday shows?)

Oh no! What is America coming to in this Trump-inspired hell?

Ignored here? Two things. Two of those mentioned above are people who were in government when I was — in the Reagan administration. That would be Larry Kudlow, then the Associate Director for Economics and Planning in the Office of Management and Budget. Previous to that he had been a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A job he held before moving on to Wall Street and the investment firm of Bear Sterns. It was after those jobs when Larry morphed into a TV and radio star (and yes, full disclosure, I once appeared on his CNBC TV show.)

During the Reagan and Bush 41 eras, John Bolton served in both the State and Justice Departments, before that as a Washington lawyer in the well known Covington and Burling. In the Bush 43 era he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Only after that did John become a Fox contributor.

Heather Nauert has a long background in journalism, beginning with a degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  She has worked at ABC as a general assignment correspondent before moving on to Fox News, where, among other things, she co-hosted The Big Story With John Gibson.

And Pete Hegseth? Now mentioned as a possible Secretary of Veterans Affairs? Hegseth came to Fox News via – yes – the military.He has a B.A. from Princeton, and earned a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has served in the Army National Guard and has served in Cuba (Guantanamo), Iraq and Afghanistan. As with Nauert he has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In short? Every single one of these people is more than qualified for the jobs they either hold or are being promoted for.

But there is a second point here. Do the names Strobe Talbott, Rick Stengel and Jay Carney ring a bell? Talbott was a longtime journalist, among other things the Moscow correspondent for Time magazine. His friend Bill Clinton made him Deputy Secretary of State. Stengel, like Talbott, worked for Time magazine, in this case as managing editor. President Obama appointed him to the State Department as Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. And Jay Carney? A twenty-year reporter for Time magazine who was an ABC regular on the networks This Week with George Stephanopoulos was the director of communications first for Vice President Joe Biden before becoming the Obama White House press secretary. 

In fact? people who work in journalism – print and/or television – are no strangers to serving in government. As The Washington Post once admitted back there in the stone age of 2013 — so long ago that now it seems to have forgotten its own story — there is a long history of journalists-to-government. The legendary CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow left television to serve in the Kennedy as the head of the U.S. Information Agency.

Longtime print journalist Pierre Salinger became JFK’s White House press secretary, leaving in the Johnson era to be appointed US Senator from California. (He lost his bid for election later and went on to a long career as a TV journalist for ABC.) ABC’s Linda Douglass became an Obama “senior strategist” before serving as the head of the White House Office of Health Reform.

The Post in 2013 also reminded that Obama U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power was “a former journalist (U.S. News, The Boston Globe, The New Republic).” And less well known but every bit in the same category is, again, quoting the Post from 2013, “Desson Thomson, a former Washington Post movie critic who became a speechwriter for Hillary Rodham Clinton when she served as secretary of state.” When Clinton left the State Department, her successor, John Kerry, brought into the State Department: “Glen Johnson, a longtime political reporter and editor at The Boston Globe, and Douglas Frantz, a reporter and editor who has worked for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and, most recently, The Post.”

In other words? 

In other words, as one could expect, this alarm from the Post about the television backgrounds of actual or prospective Trump appointees is a laughably vivid example of the old liberal media double standard. Journalists or television personalities in the Kennedy, Clinton or Obama administrations? Wonderful! Draw from the same pool for the Trump administration? Eeeek! The reality TV star-turned-President is running the government with TV stars! Read: Unqualified.

This is just one more example of how the liberal media game works. The game of double standards never changes.

Shocking, yes? No.

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Vanessa Trump files for divorce, Dems already hope she will expose Trumps as Russian agents


Vanessa Trump files for divorce from Donald Trump Jr. and the psycho Democrats are already calling on Vanessa to expose his soon to become former family as Russian agents.

Donald Trump Jr acknowledged his split from wife Vanessa for the first time on Thursday evening in an Instagram post.

‘No matter what is going on bedtime cuddling with the smurf puts a Yuge smile on my face. #bedtime#daddysgirl #cuddle,’ wrote Don Jr.

He included that remark alongside a photo of himself lying in bed with his daughter Chloe, the youngest of his five children.

Just a few hours earlier, a source told DailyMail.com that Vanessa had filed divorce papers in Manhattan Supreme Court after 12 years of marriage.

That source added that Vanessa listed the divorce as uncontested, meaning that she is not asking for full custody of the children at this time and that Donald Jr does not object to the filing.

‘After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways,’ the pair said in a joint statement.

‘We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time.’

Vanessa was photographed outside her Manhattan apartment building on Thursday morning shortly before her divorce papers were filed in court.

Vanessa was joined by Secret Service on Thursday, who unloaded her car outside the building.

The men began taking in empty suitcases, suggesting that the children may soon be heading off on a trip over school vacation.

It is unclear if the five children will all head off with together or if the couple will split up their brood.

This will be the first time that a child of the president has entered into divorce proceedings while their father held office.

Some are also now wondering if Vanessa could be called to testify against her estranged husband should he be indicted in the Russia probe.

‘In theory, Vanessa could talk about what Donald Trump Jr. knew about the Russia investigation if spousal privilege doesn’t apply, but that would take the divorce into a dark place,’ said Joshua Forman, a celebrity divorce attorney at Partner at Chemtob, Moss & Forman.

‘However, she may have signed a prenuptial agreement with a confidentiality clause and would thus be precluded from speaking during or after marriage.’

He went on to explain: ‘If there isn’t a confidentiality clause and there isn’t a prenup in place, then once the divorce is complete, she could if allowable by the law in the jurisdiction she is called to testify in be compelled to testify.’

Page Six reported on Wednesday that sources close to the pair had said that the two were leading separate lives, and had been for some time.

‘The problems have been there for a long time, the couple had hoped to stay together during the president’s time in office, but it is getting harder to resolve their issues,’ said one source.

‘He’s never there.’

The two have been spotted together less and less in recent months, and spent almost no time with one another over the holidays at Mar-a-Lago.

Don Jr posted a number of videos to social media during the two weeks that the pair were in Palm Beach which showed him with the couple’s children but never Vanessa.

Vanessa was also absent from one of the family dinners and did not attend the annual New Year’s Eve gala, with Don Jr. instead taking his son Donnie.

It was also his birthday that night.

Then, in February, it was revealed that Vanessa was at an apartment a few blocks away from the family’s residence in Manhattan when she opened a letter addressed to her husband containing a mystery white powder.

In the wake of those reports, the two were seen together on February 13 doing the school run with their two youngest children, Chloe and Spencer.

A week later, the entire family traveled down to Mar-a-Lago for Donnie’s birthday.

Don Jr posted a photo of that to Instagram which showed everyone smiling for the camera, writing: ‘Happy birthday Donnie. Some birthday cake for my 9 year old little man yesterday. Somehow I hit send then but it didn’t go through.’

Just before that trip however, Don Jr spent Valentine’s Day with another lady – his daughter Kai.

‘Valentine’s Day selfie with one of my favorite Valentines. Early dinner with my girl Kai,’ wrote Don Jr on Instagram.

Vanessa meanwhile was spotted out to eat with her sons Donnie and Tristan.



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By Trump’s Logic on Death Penalty for Drug Dealers, Big Pharma Should Be First


On Thursday someone with ties to the Trump administration leaked information which indicates the president plans to execute drug dealers in an attempt to curb the national overdose death crisis. But absent from the president’s yet-unannounced policy is any accountability directed toward the billion-dollar pharmaceutical pain-killer industry largely responsible for the nearly 60,000 yearly overdose deaths which have surpassed 200,000 since 1999. If it’s true the president plans to apply the death penalty for street-level heroin dealers, the same punitive measure, logically, should be applied to the pharma-cartel as well.

To clarify, the Free Thought Project is not advocating for the death penalty for anyone. Government violence has not and never will be able to stop the sale and use of substances deemed illegal by the state. However, by this logic, the producers of pharmaceutical opioids are culpable under this alleged penalty. Rest assured, however, that they will undoubtedly be excluded from it due to their elite status and influence in the government.

To illustrate the hypocrisy of such a move, consider the following.

Below are just a few of the most notorious drug dealers who, by the president’s logic, should be included in the hit-list. First and foremost, the maker of OxyContin should be included in the list of dealers who should receive the death penalty, according to Trump. Purdue Pharma has made billions off addicting the American people to its deadly opioid.

According to Trump’s plan, Purdue’s CEO, Dr. Craig Landau, and former CEO Mark Timney should be the first ones for the electric chair.

By Trump’s logic, the Sackler Family should not be exempted either from lethal injection. Even though they’re not CEOs of the company, the Sackler family has been benefiting from Purdue’s profits for decades, much like a Mexican drug cartel profits from cocaine exports. Purdue is a privately held company by the Sackler family.

Currently, there are at least 8 unnamed Sackler family members who are financially benefiting from the estimated 35 billion dollars OxyContin has generated while addicting and killing patients. That money, long considered “blood money” by critics, is still being used to proliferate the addiction and subsequent overdose death crisis currently ravaging the nation. The street-level heroin dealer can hardly compete with the death toll the Sackler Family and its OxyContin has amassed.

Insys Pharmaceuticals, based in Arizona and maker of the deadly opiate Fentanyl and Subsys, should be next on Trump’s hit list. If Trump wants to kill drug dealers, former CEO Michael Babich and current Vice-President Alec Burlakoff should be targeted by him for the electric chair.

Fentanyl, an opioid which has been proven to be as deadly as OxyContin and equally responsible for fueling the overdose death epidemic in the US was only supposed to be used in the most severe cases of pain management. But Insys was caught marketing its deadly drugs to people who simply didn’t need it, all to fatten the bottom line profits for the company. Babich has been charged and is awaiting trial on numerous corruption charges, but under the new guidelines the president supposedly will unveil on Monday, these guys need the death penalty.

Trump calling for the death penalty for drug users should come as no surprise. As TFTP reported last year, Trump reportedly had a “very friendly conversation” with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has repeatedly bragged about his ongoing campaign of summarily executing people who use and sell drugs in the Philippines. Following that conversation, Trump invited Duterte to the Oval Office.

Apparently, the president is now acting on the advice he received during this alleged meeting.

Sadly, the president’s plan to apply the death penalty to heroin dealers further perpetuates the failed War on Drugs, and it will do nothing to stop opiate overdose deaths. However, it will likely solidify the pharmaceutical industry’s place as the number one drug dealers on the planet.

Heroin addiction is usually attributed to a patient’s inability to access their prescription opiates. Few people start with heroin. Addiction to heroin grows out of a person’s desire for pain medicines and pharmaceutical drugs. If opioids weren’t marketed like candy for the millions of people who do not need them, they would likely not turn to heroin.

According to the federal government’s own statistics (drugabuse.gov), 86 percent of heroin users reported their addiction first started with opioids. Any serious attempt to stop the overdose death crisis now ravaging the country must start with a scientificly proven approach — which is ending the drug war — the exact opposite of what Trump proposes.

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Donald Trump’s Authoritarian Opponents

President Trump has said and done many things to appall the friends of freedom. From Trump’s pro-torture comments to his praise of police brutality to his cruise-missile barrage against Syria to his threat to annihilate North Korea, there are ample signs that he scorns a freedom-and-peace posture.

Unfortunately, many of Trump’s opponents are even more statist than the president. Marking the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election, the Washington Post Magazine presented “38 ideas for repairing our badly broken civic life.” Post Magazine editor Richard Just explained that “all of us … should be able to agree that some future-pondering about the state of our democracy is in order.” Many — if not most — of the Post‘s recommendations from experts, artists, and writers were insipid or authoritarian. Some of the proposals provided chilling examples of liberal/leftist power-lust in the Trump era.

Author Kristin Henderson proposed conscripting all young people for three years in military or government civilian work, such as AmeriCorps, the legendary make-work boondoggle begotten by the Clinton administration. Forcing adults to “spend time in compulsory service to our country” would be the same as going back to “kindergarten and relearn how to cooperate and share our toys.” But the Founding Fathers never intended to treat personal freedom as a political toy. Henderson asserted, “A democracy requires we the people to work together to solve our problems…. As our democratic skills improve, we can thank ourselves for our service.” If it is compulsory, it is servitude, not service. The most important lesson young people would learn is that politicians have the right to capriciously destroy their freedom and waste a swath of their lives in which they could have developed their minds and talents to make themselves self-sufficient citizens.

The best fix for American democracy is to “outlaw private education” to banish inequity, according to novelist Ann Patchett. In the name of equality, parents must be prohibited any choice or effective role in their children’s schooling. Patchett also rhapsodized about confiscating Ivy League endowments to redistribute to state schools. Her scheme would result in “the best teachers and administrators available to raise the standards in classrooms.” Presumably teachers would lose their freedom (as parents and children did) as benevolent administrators dictated who would be sent to unsafe schools. Patchett, who has no children, gushed, “My dream for this country is opportunity and equality.” Texans in 1836 were inspired by the motto “Remember the Alamo!” Patchett would do well to “Remember Boston!” — a city whose families and schools were ravaged by an iron-fisted busing scheme imposed by a federal judge who, like her, had no skin in the game.

Domingo Martinez, a Texas novelist, portrays “gun addiction” as a national “demon” and advocates forcing gun owners to buy insurance (presumably at prohibitive rates) to deter firearm ownership. If gun-insurance rates were based on homicide rates (the same way that auto insurance rates are based in part on local collision data) — residents of East St. Louis, Illinois, might be charged 70 times higher rates than New Hampshire residents. In Maryland, firearm-insurance rates could be more than five times higher in Baltimore than in Allegheny County in the western part of the state, because of the vast difference in homicide rates. Besides, what right do politicians have to tax gun ownership when the government in so many areas dismally fails to protect private citizens from violent predators?

Harvard professor Dani Rodrik proposes to boost democracy by vastly expanding government economic intervention: “Society, through its agent — the government — would end up as co-owner of the new generation of technologies and machines.” However, any D.C.-area resident who regularly uses the Washington subway recognizes government’s ability to blight any technology it touches. The crony-capitalism debacles of recent years (such as the Obama administration’s Solyndra scandal) should certainly have stifled visionary thinking about the benefits of government-business partnerships. Rodrik, a Turkish economist, fails to offer any protection against the vast increase of political power he proposes.

More government = more wonderfulness

*Similarly, Julius Krein, editor of American Affairs, calls for reviving Cold War government-business relations because “the economy was healthier when the national government exercised greater direction over it.” Krein said that “our frayed social fabric is an inevitable consequence” because aspects of American life have been “depoliticized.” He proclaimed, “The state needs to take a larger role in many areas.” But the areas of the economy currently most subjected to federal edicts — such as agriculture — are among the most wasteful or irrational. Americans rejected Hillary Clinton’s calls for more government takeovers in 2016 because federal intervention is widely equated with corruption and folly.

*Carl Gershman, the president-for-life of the federal National Endowment for Democracy, calls for cultivating Americans’ “sense of gratitude” by forging “more links between Americans and people in other countries who are fighting for the basic freedoms that we enjoy.” So the “links” from deploying American troops in 172 nations are not sufficient? It is considered bad taste in Washington to recognize foreigners’ gratitude when the United States does not meddle in their nations or elections. The National Endowment of Democracy and its political front groups routinely intervene in foreign nations’ political life, regardless of U.S. laws restricting such antics.

*”Celebrate government” is the solution proffered by University of California law professor Joan Williams. She urged Americans to use the hashtag #GovernmentStillWorksForUs and make videos thanking government for the water from their faucets and the safe milk for their breakfast cereal. Anything government does should be considered manna from heaven, regardless of the $3 trillion in taxes the feds commandeer from citizens each year. Williams suggests that people “upload a picture or just tweet about how government works for you…. By celebrating all that it does, you will have taken the first step toward reminding Americans that the government is us.” But this is political infantilism: the notion that “government is us” is a ploy to shift the guilt for every federal crime onto every victim of the government. The “government is us” dogma presumes that the citizen’s unspoken wishes animate each restriction inflicted upon him. However, drivers who exceed speed limits are not “self-ticketed,” and travelers who get accosted by Transportation Security Administration agents at airports are not molesting themselves.

*Lanhee Chen, a Stanford University research fellow, called for establishing a “National Unity Week” — “an opportunity for all Americans — public officials, famous figures and everyday citizens — to come together.” To solidify national unity, Congress should commit “to passing (and the president to signing) at least two pieces of legislation proposed by one of our nation’s many bipartisan boards and commissions.” So when politicians ratify recommendations from political appointees it will magically restore faith in politics? This proposal is indicative of how much of the academic and media establishment still believe that a few tweaks will restore them to their rightful place in the Pantheon.

*Farah Pandith, a Council of Foreign Relations fellow, proposes a vast public-private partnership for a “‘National Civic Plan’ designed with incentives to deepen honest and open relationships across communities and the nation as a whole.” This plan would include “specially trained local teams” to “produce practical skill development in the areas of listening, empathy and compassion; and promote an ethos of civility and good works.” According to Pandith’s vision, “Engagement with the duties and blessings of citizenship would once again become a tangible part of our everyday lives, as was the case in the days of our Founding Fathers.” This project would benefit almost no one aside from the contractors and sappy editorial writers. It tacitly presumes that contemporary democracy’s problems stem from a lack of citizens’ faith, rather than a profusion of government deceits and endless wars dishonestly commenced.

Making things worse

Some of these “democracy fixes” would destroy the tattered remnants of federal legitimacy. Sending in federal marshals or the National Guard to shut down private schools would be far more explosive than Eisenhower’s sending in the 101st Airborne to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sending federal agents door to door to seize uninsured firearms would produce endless havoc and bloodshed. Forcing all young people to forfeit several years of their lives to AmeriCorps or the military would spur mass bitterness and pervasive resistance. Giving politicians and bureaucrats new pretexts to confiscate and redistribute paychecks would severely discourage “labor force participation” — i.e., working for a living.

Many Trump opponents are the same type of zealots who, in the late 1700s, proudly labeled themselves “Friends of Government.” In their eyes, Trump’s greatest sin is tarnishing the majesty of the presidency and the federal government. Trump is exposing the sham of a Leviathan Democracy which pretends that presidents will be philosopher kings — instead of merely talented vote catchers. However, Trump cannot be blamed for destroying Americans’ trust in Washington. That was already achieved by presidents such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama, whom the media — such as the Washington Post editorial board — occasionally exalted to the skies.

Unfortunately, many people, happy to believe the worst about Trump, will heave all their skepticism overboard when the next political savior is anointed. Such naivete is being encouraged at the highest levels of Democratic Party. For instance, in her recent book, What Happened?, Hillary Clinton claimed that, according to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the goal of abusive regimes “is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust towards exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.” In other words, the most famous anti-totalitarian novel in history supposedly teaches people to defer to their masters. The fact that this bizarre passage was written, edited, proofread, and published exemplifies the blind power-lust of Clinton and her advisors.

Trump’s critics are correct that the president has too much arbitrary power. As French political philosopher Benjamin Constant wrote in 1815, “It is in fact the degree of force, not its holders, which must be denounced…. There are weights too heavy for the hand of man.” The sheer amount of punitive power possessed by the federal government is one of the best gauges of potential tyranny. We should strive to permanently reduce the power of the presidency to destroy liberty regardless of who is tweeting from the Oval Office.

Reprinted from LewRockwell.Com

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Alt-Left hate parade: Student carrying pro-Trump flag BEATEN during anti-gun school walkout

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I’ve written about this subject time and again but I’ll continue pointing out each and every example I see: The true purveyors of bullying, violence, and hate in America come are on the side of the Democrat Party-aligned Left.

You may have heard earlier this week that a number of Left-leaning groups were responsible for scores of “walkout” protests at schools all over the country on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. The purpose of the walkouts was to draw attention to the hard Left’s gun control agenda — no more, no less.

But apparently that was the only permissible political message, at least at one Minneapolis, Minnesota high school: As reported by the New York Post, a student who carried a flag emblazoned with the word “Trump” was beaten by other students during the Wednesday walkout protest:

The unidentified flag-waving student was confronted by two classmates at Southwest High School as students gathered outside early Wednesday to protest gun violence after a shooting that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school last month, WCCO reports.

As students began observing a moment of silence, two students decided to confront the Trump flag waving student who was across the street. As they began pummeling him, reports said six more students joined in as well.

Nothing like a fair fight. (Related: Here’s why the American Left and Right probably will never reconcile differences without violence: Democrats have become the party of GENOCIDE.)

In the end, the victim’s flag was taken from him (and likely destroyed though news reports don’t confirm that), his camera was damaged, and he was battered and bruised.

Reports said the melee was broken up by a school resource officer and that no arrests were made. It also isn’t clear whether the school planned to take any action against the thug kids who attacked the Trump supporter — only that the resource officer is “investigating.”

This is a major teaching moment, so here’s what ought to happen:

— First and foremost, because this was a gang of kids and not just one student confronting another student in a typical ‘school fight’ scenario, there most definitely should be arrests made, even if it is found that the Trump supporter was taunting the others (there is no evidence of that yet, despite multiple reports). You cannot gang up on someone and beat the daylights out of them, period.

— The school should immediately suspend the attackers — perhaps for good. The message must be sent: You cannot gang up on someone and beat the daylights out of them, period.

— The parents of the kids who attacked the Trump supporter should be admonished — for raising children who think violence against another person who holds different political beliefs is okay. It’s not okay; it’s never okay. We solve our political differences by educating ourselves on the issues and voting.

— State education officials should force the school to hold two mandatory classes: 1) conflict management; and 2) civics, during which kids should be educated that political differences can and should be debated, but in a civilized manner that is ultimately settled at the ballot box, not on the parking lot or sidewalk across from the school.

How many of these things will happen? If I were to hazard a guess I’d say maybe the suspensions, and even then for just a few days. But anything less than what I’ve outlined will send a signal to impressionable children: When the Left disagrees, using violence against political opponents is okay, but when the Right disagrees, they should shut up about it or face the consequences.

That is a shocking lesson to be teaching American school children, but I guess in the age of Trump, anything that serves to silence his supporters is both allowable and even justified, up to and including violent intimidation.

Remember when Left-wing school administrators were all about ending bullying?

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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The Cost of Trump’s Military Parade Could Eliminate Hunger Among Homeless Veterans—For Weeks


President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength and flex the US empire. This display of militarism will proceed in spite of the very people Trump claims to be honoring being vehemently opposed to it. In fact, an unofficial poll conducted by the military times found the 90% of people do not want a parade. Nevertheless, it will happen.

While many of Trump’s supporters favor the parade, for those who’ve actually served in the military, the idea of being forced to practice day in and day out for a march through Washington D.C. so civilians can pump out their chests with nationalist pride is terrible. There are far better ways to “support the troops” than forcing them to parade around in front of you.

Here’s an idea, end all the wars. If you really want to support the troops, stop using them as pawns in the spread of empire and the expansion of the military-industrial complex. If you really want to support the troops and veterans, how about we address the fact that tens of thousands of them sleep on the streets every single night in the country they offered up their lives for.

To show how much of an insult this parade is to troops and veterans, according to a recent report, the cost of this parade could directly benefit the 40,000 homeless veterans—by feeding them. Instead, it will go to fuel, logistics, drills, and flyovers.

Conservative estimates of the cost of the parade are around $10 million with the higher end budget coming in at $30 million. Even if we divide the lower end number by the total number of homeless veterans, that would be around $250 each.

As Newsweek reports, Feeding America, a non-profit organization and the nation’s largest hunger-relief and food rescue group, found the average cost-per-meal in the U.S. was $2.94 in 2015, the latest data available. The organization culled data from several organizations and agencies, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and found the cost-per-meal ranged from a low of  $2.04 in Maverick County, Texas to a high of $5.61 in Crook County, Oregon.

What this means is that the cost of the parade could eliminate hunger among homeless veterans by providing all of them with three meals a day, for at least 14 days and that is using the highest estimate of $5.61.

If we use the average cost of a meal, homeless veterans could get three squares a day for nearly an entire month. While we didn’t ask all 40,000 homeless veterans if they prefer a parade or eating for a month, we are betting the prefer the latter.

Last month, Trump said that if the cost of the parade was exorbitant, he would choose not to have it.

“We’ll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can’t, we won’t do it, but the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I,” he said.

However, this week, the Pentagon released a memo noting that the parade will go on as scheduled.

Although the president assured Americans that there won’t be tanks rolling down the streets, the display of military might will be a logistical nightmare for whatever poor units get stuck with doing it. And, all of it will be for Trump—not the troops.

Instead of chest pumping and back patting, if Trump wants to support the troops and veterans, he should start by addressing the problems plaguing them right now. Sadly, none of this has happened.

When 307,000 veterans die waiting for care they were promised by this country while the president gloats over military equipment, something is seriously wrong.

When the entire country looks the other way while there over 40,000 veterans living on the streets with no home as the president forces active duty military members to put on a show for him, something is seriously wrong.

When Americans remain silent as a veteran kills himself or herself every 65 minutes, every single day, every single month, of every single year as troops and humvees parade down Pennsylvania Avenue celebrating the war that caused these deaths, it’s time to seriously consider a national conversation about what “support the troops” really means. And no parade will ever do that.

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Trump administration finally announces Russia sanctions over election meddling

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