What Jeb Bush Just Told Republicans To Do Shows How Much He Agrees With Obama and Reid

At a political event in New Hampshire, the man many people think may be the Republican nominee for president just said GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill should do something that many in the party, especially conservatives, are firmly against. The former Florida governor told the town hall-style forum that the Republican-controlled Senate should go ahead and confirm President Obama’s choice for the country’s next attorney general, Loretta Lynch.

Bush’s advice to Republican senators who stand opposed to Lynch’s becoming the nation’s top law enforcement officer puts him squarely at odds with a number of GOP senators, including the two who have announced their run for the White House — Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Florida’s Marco Rubio.

The New York Times reports that Bush told the Thursday night gathering in Concord, N.H., that when it comes to such nominations, “there should be some deference to the executive.”

“’I think presidents have the right to pick their team,’ Mr. Bush said, in response to a questioner who asked where he stood on the nomination of Ms. Lynch, now the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York.”

However, at the same time that he said President Obama should be granted his choice for attorney general, Bush launched into a stinging criticism of the current head of the Justice Department, Eric Holder. It would not be a stretch to observe that, in addition to being at odds with widespread GOP sentiment about Loretta Lynch,  Bush’s position seems to be at odds with itself. He suggests that the president’s nomination should be okayed, even if that results in the installation of a powerful department head with whom he strongly disagrees.

Breitbart News notes that Jeb’s call for Lynch’s confirmation aligns him with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats in the upper chamber. Senate Republicans who fiercely oppose the president’s pick have cited their objections to Lynch’s expressed support for Obama’s executive amnesty that would grant millions of illegal immigrants certain rights and privileges traditionally enjoyed by U.S. citizens.

Essentially then, because of Loretta Lynch’s endorsement of Obama’s executive action on amnesty, Jeb Bush is aligning himself with the president’s position on the highly controversial policy that angers many conservatives.

Breitbart also points out that Bush’s contrary position on the Lynch nomination comes at a time when polling is moving against him.

“Bush’s move comes as he’s lost his frontrunner status–despite all the money he’s raking in–in the 2016 GOP primary to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who opposes Lynch’s nomination and now leads Bush in polls in all three early primary states.”

And just today, Friday, Politico reports on a new poll of 400 registered Republican voters in Florida who put Rubio ahead of his former political mentor in the Sunshine State.

“Rubio garnered 31 percent support from Republicans and essentially tied Bush’s 30 percent, according to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey conducted Tuesday through Thursday and shared exclusively with POLITICO.”

Thee is still no date announced for the full Senate’s consideration of the nomination of Loretta Lynch, who, if confirmed, would be the country’s first female African American to become attorney general.

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Nebraska Republicans Join Effort To Repeal Death Penalty

A bipartisan effort among Nebraska state senators this week advanced a bill that would end the death penalty in that state. On the strength of a 30-13 vote – enough to override an expected veto by Gov. Pete Ricketts – supported by seven Republicans, the bill will now be subject to legislative debate before it can be sent to the governor.

While Democrat State Sen. Ernie Chambers – who came under fire recently for comparing police officers to ISIS terrorists – sponsored the bill, concerns over certain aspects of the death penalty led the seven Republicans to lend their support. In fact, nine of the bill’s original cosponsors were Republicans; however, State Sen. Brett Lindstrom removed his name amid the controversy surrounding Chambers. Upon removing his name, Lindstrom nonetheless confirmed he would ultimately vote for it.

“You have to look at the bill itself,” he said, “not who brought the bill.”

The Republicans on board expressed varied concerns, specifically over those wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death and the high costs associated with enforcing the death penalty, in announcing their support of repeal.

“I may be old fashioned,” added State Sen. Tommy Garrett, “but I believe God should be the only one who decides when it is time to call a person home. The state has no business playing God.”

Another GOP leader in the push to repeal the death penalty, State Sen. Colby Coash (pictured above), insisted that such punishment “is not justice, it’s revenge.”

The Nebraska chapter of Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty joined the effort; and the organization’s national coordinator, Marc Hyden, was on hand to address the issue during a recent press conference. Western Journalism reached out to Hyden (pictured below), who offered his thoughts on the development:

Nebraska conservative leaders are joining Republican lawmakers from across the country who are voicing their opposition to the death penalty. Similar groups have also organized in Montana, Kansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Increasingly, conservatives everywhere are realizing the death penalty risks innocent lives and costs more than alternatives, while failing [to] serve the swift and sure justice that murder victims’ families deserve.

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Candidate, If You Don’t Pass This Checklist, You Don’t Deserve My Vote

The jury is out regarding a new potential Democratic nominee for President of these United States. Many questions are traveling media circuits such as, “Can a woman lead the country? Can a Saul Alinsky Democrat heavily steeped in the corruption of China Gate of the 90s, and the current failed policies of the Obama administration, lead the country?”

Ted Cruz, who I had the opportunity to share the stage with in January, asked this question on Twitter: “Is the world a safer place because Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State? No.”

Jeb Bush followed with “We must do better than Hillary. If you’re committed to stopping her, add your name now.”

Rand Paul was probably the most clever with his short video of Hillary’s cell phone messages from contacts like the Bank of Saudi Arabia stating there was a deposit made, then the State Department message subject “Benghazi”, and personal texts from Obama saying how great Hillary is doing, and finally a message from Bill Clinton.

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Well, as you may know, I am a minister; and since I represent no “party,” I would like to hold the Biblical, American standard up to all previously mentioned candidates because most of their rhetoric has no mention of the two foundations that our country’s peace and prosperity rest on: the Bible and the Constitution. Furthermore, these assertions encourage no one in America to pursue the inestimable truths laid out in America’s founding documents.

So, will any of these candidates change the current rise in anti-Christian, counter-Constitutional American public policy? In my unpretentious view, we will know by the following checklist:

Will any of these aspiring Chief Executives have their Attorney General take action to stop the murder of the unborn in America? Will funding for Planned Parenthood be eliminated?

Will Obamacare be repealed? Will the new administration respond to the clearly expressed will of the people and the clear wording of the Constitution, which does not allow the federal government to be involved in health care regulation nor in health care financing?

Will the Department of Education, which also is not authorized in Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution, be defunded?

Will the Federal Reserve be eliminated? Will it even be audited?

Will any of the new candidates who have described climate change as a “hoax” follow through and eliminate all legislation related to it?

Will the out-of-control spending in Washington, DC really be reigned in?

Will these candidates recall the American military from the unconstitutional and immoral, wasteful wars for empire?

Will the national government do its duty under Article Four, Section Four of the Constitution and defend the borders of America?

Will this new administration respect the God-given, constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms?

Will the holy institution of marriage be defended?

These are some ways we will know if each candidate’s vision is what America needs.

If these things do not occur, then, despite all the hoopla and headlines about the right and wrong vision for America, “we have eyes but see not.”

 

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Armed North Carolinians One Step Closer To Being Able To Carry Firearms Virtually Anywhere

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With courtrooms as the one notable exception, North Carolina State Sen. Jeff Tarte wants residents of his state to be able to obtain a permit allowing them to carry guns with few restrictions – even into areas deemed ‘Gun-Free Zones.’

The Republican legislator proposed Senate Bill 708 recently, which he dubbed the Homeland Security Unrestricted Concealed Handgun Permit. If successful, the resulting law would remove existing regulations for those who secure the permit.

“Theoretically,” Tarte said in describing his bill, “you’d be able to carry in a facility that has ‘No Guns Allowed’ signs.”

He did acknowledge that certain other considerations – including how to handle private property owners who disallow guns on the premises – must be addressed before any such law can be implemented.

Nevertheless, he touted the benefits of such increased permission.

“First,” he explained, “while police do a great job, in most of the situations where you have mass murders, it happens in an instant and there’s no time for police to respond.”

Obtaining the proposed permit would not be a simple task, however. Tarte explained that, due to the level of training, background checks, and fees of as much as $1,000, he predicts just a few hundred North Carolinians would apply. Still, some gun control advocates in the state are opposed to the idea.

Van Duncan, the Democrat sheriff of Buncombe County, admitted he is not well-versed on the particulars of Tarte’s proposal; however, he did opine on the general idea of allowing guns in more places.

“You’re taking the highest level of force and giving it to folks you have no control over,” he said.

He is getting some support from fellow Republicans in the state legislature, though. State Rep. George G. Cleveland sponsored a bill designed to remove certain permitting restrictions in the state. He shared a succinct defense for liberal access to firearms.

“The more guns we have in society,” he concluded, “the politer society will be.”

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No Matter Who Wins The White House, The New Boss Will Be The Same As The Old Boss

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“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms, and killing people. It’s not good at much else.”—Author Tom Clancy

The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss; and we—the permanent underclass in America—will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private.

Indeed, as I point out in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, it really doesn’t matter what you call them—the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that no matter which party occupies the White House in 2017, the unelected bureaucracy that actually calls the shots will continue to do so.

Consider the following a much-needed reality check, an antidote if you will, against an overdose of overhyped campaign announcements, lofty electoral promises and meaningless patriotic sentiments that land us right back in the same prison cell.

FACT: For the first time in history, Congress is dominated by a majority of millionaires who are, on average, fourteen times wealthier than the average American. According to a scientific study by Princeton researchers, the United States of America is not the democracy that it purports to be, but rather an oligarchy, in which “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy.”

FACT: “Today, 17,000 local police forces are equipped with such military equipment as Blackhawk helicopters, machine guns, grenade launchers, battering rams, explosives, chemical sprays, body armor, night vision, rappelling gear and armored vehicles,” reports Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. “Some have tanks.”

FACT: Thanks to an overabundance of 4,500-plus federal crimes and 400,000-plus rules and regulations, it is estimated that the average American actually commits three felonies a day without knowing it. In fact, according to law professor John Baker, “There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration.”

FACT: The number of violent crimes in the country is down substantially, the lowest rate in forty years, while the number of Americans being jailed for nonviolent crimes such as driving with a suspended license is skyrocketing.

FACT: Despite the fact that women only make up 8 percent of the prison population, they are more likely to be strip searched, though not more likely to carry contraband.

FACT: Despite the fact that we have 46 million Americans living at or below the poverty line, 16 million children living in households without adequate access to food, and at least 900,000 veterans relying on food stamps, enormous sums continue to be doled out for presidential vacations ($16 million for trips to Africa and Hawaii), overtime fraud at the Department of Homeland Security (nearly $9 million in improper overtime claims, and that’s just in six of the DHS’ many offices), and Hollywood movie productions ($10 million was spent by the Army National Guard on Superman movie tie-ins aimed at increasing awareness about the National Guard).

FACT: Since 2001, Americans have spent $10.5 million every hour for numerous foreign military occupations, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s also the $2.2 million spent every hour on maintaining the United States’ nuclear stockpile, and the $35,000 spent every hour to produce and maintain our collection of Tomahawk missiles. And then there’s the money the government exports to other countries to support their arsenals, at the cost of $1.61 million every hour for the American taxpayers.

FACT: It is estimated that 2.7 million children in the United States have at least one parent in prison, whether it be a local jail or a state or federal penitentiary, due to a wide range of factors ranging from overcriminalization and surprise raids at family homes to roadside traffic stops.

FACT: At least 400 to 500 innocent people are killed by police officers every year. Indeed, Americans are now eight times more likely to die in a police confrontation than they are to be killed by a terrorist. Americans are 110 times more likely to die of foodborne illness than in a terrorist attack.

FACT: Police officers are more likely to be struck by lightning than be made financially liable for their wrongdoing.

FACT: On an average day in America, over 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams.There has been a notable buildup in recent years of SWAT teams within non-security-related federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Education Department.

FACT: The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) facial recognition system, which is set to hold data on millions of Americans, will include a variety of biometric data, including palm prints, iris scans, and face recognition data. The FBI hopes to have 52 million images by 2015. NGI will be capable of uploading 55,000 images a day, and conducting tens of thousands of photo searches a day.

FACT: Comprising an $82 billion industry, at least 30,000 drones are expected to occupy U.S. airspace by 2020.

FACT: Devices are now being developed that would allow police to stop a car remotely, ostensibly to end police chases.

FACT: Everything we do will eventually be connected to the Internet. By 2030, it is estimated there will be 100 trillion sensor devices connecting human electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, etc.) to the Internet. Much, if not all, of our electronic devices will be connected to Google, which openly works with government intelligence agencies.

FACT: In 2015, mega-food corporations will begin rolling out high-tech shelving outfitted with cameras in order to track the shopping behavior of customers, as well as information like the age and sex of shoppers.

FACT: If knowledge is power, it’s no wonder Americans are in hot water. According to a study by the National Constitution Center, 41 percent of Americans “are not aware that there are three branches of government, and 62 percent couldn’t name them; 33 percent couldn’t even name one.”

FACT: The United States is one of the highest TV viewing nations. According to a Nielsen report, the average American over the age of two “spends more than thirty-four hours a week watching live television . . . plus another three to six hours watching taped programs.”

FACT: Only six out of every one hundred Americans know that they actually have a constitutional right to hold the government accountable for wrongdoing, as guaranteed by the right to petition clause of the First Amendment.

FACT: According to a Gallup poll, Americans place greater faith in the military and the police than in any of the three branches of government. However, when asked to name the greatest problem facing the nation, Americans of all political stripes ranked the government as the number one concern. In fact, almost eight out of ten Americans believe that government corruption is widespread.

Perhaps the most troubling fact of all is this: we have handed over control of our government and our lives to faceless bureaucrats who view us as little more than cattle to be bred, branded, butchered, and sold for profit.

If there is to be any hope of restoring our freedoms and reclaiming control over our government, it will rest not with the politicians but with the people themselves. When all is said and done, each American will have to decide for themselves whether they prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery.

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