Sunday, September 24, 2017

Professional Sports Take a Knee and Take a Dive

Last week, I was getting my car tuned for a long road trip.

The car shop owner told his buddies how fed up he was with the politicking that has taken over the NFL. "I just want to watch the game. I don't want to hear the politics. I want to see them play."

Exactly, and that's about as political as most Americans want to get.

They would like to see the government machinations and identity politics put out of their faces. They would like to see the state do its basic job: protect our rights and secure our persons.

Yet for the past 8 years under Barack Obama, everything was politicized. Marriage, life, the role of the government, the basic services of the military--Obama forced his perverse, anti-American agenda onto this country.



Thank God for Trump, and thank God for him calling out the hateful rhetoric of the professional sports leagues.

Now that their guy Obama is out of office, and now that they see that the Democratic Party has no real chance of regaining political power in Congress for the foreseeable future, they have resorted to their anti-Trump, anti-American temper tantrums in the public square and in every major facet of American culture.

They are losing. Do they not realize that politics may be a zero-sum game, but in the private sector, including the entertainment industries, we have even more power as individual consumers? We don't have to watch sports programs, LeBron James and Stephen Curry! If you want to dishonor our President, fine, but we do not have to wait for the next election cycle to let you know how we feel. We can just turn the television off and watch your franchise go down the tubes.

The NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell is fighting back against President Trump, claiming that the President has no right to comment on what the players do--or refuse to do--during the national anthem. Actually, the President has every right to signal his displeasure with the disrespectful professional athletes who have overstayed their welcome in the country's national political discourse. Just because they are celebrities does not mean that we need to hear what they think on contentious issues of the day. In many cases, they have too little insight or information to share. They have confused their past honored popularity with cultural authority. They have none. In fact, when President Trump signals that the football players should be fired, he is voicing the frustration that many have toward these professional elitist entertainers. His outrage goes after Hollywood and Academia, too, not just professional sports.



While Colin Kaepernick wants to take a knee because of the supposed injustices of the criminal justice system--as if he would event know--President Trump and the vast majority of Americans, even those men and women in otherwise overwhelmingly Democratic states, are taking a knee to these elitist groups and taking their business elsewhere.

Of course, President Trump's visible opposition to this disrespect has only lead to major sports franchises doubling down on their disrespect to the American flag. The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team has refused to leave the locker room, so that no one stands or kneels during the National Anthem.

Baseball players are now following in the dissimulation.

Keep it up, liberal academics, professional athletes, and celebrities. The more that you rage against the President, dishonor our flag, and disregard this country, the more irrelevant you make yourselves, and the more that we will win the fight to Make America Great Again!


President Trump's Incredible UN Speech

Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates, welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city as a representative of the American people to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.

Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8. The stock market is at an all-time high, a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth, the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time, and it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assembly.


Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today, but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed. We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity. Breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve. But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value. Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.

Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances, that prevented conflict and tilted the word toward freedom since World War II. International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people, force dislocation and mass migration, threaten our borders and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens. To put it simply, we meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril. It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. We have it in our power, should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear.

This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars, to help shape this better future. It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity. It was in the same period exactly 70 years ago that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. Those these beautiful pillars, they are pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity. The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free. As president, Truman said in his message to Congress at that time, our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations.



The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members. To overcome the perils of the present, and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty, to promote security, prosperity, and peace, for themselves and for the world. We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government, but we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.

This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is the foundation for cooperation and success. Strong sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect. Strong sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God. In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.

This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution, the oldest constitution still in use in the world today. This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law. The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words. They are "We the people." Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country and of our great history.

In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people where it belongs. In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government's first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. As president of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first.


All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition. But making a better life for our people also requires us to with work together in close harmony and unity, to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

The United States will forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America's interests above all else, but in fulfilling our obligations to our nations, we also realize that it's in everyone's interests to seek the future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure.

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America's devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies. From the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia, it is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerge victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others. Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. For the diverse nations of the world, this is our hope.

We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife. We are guided by outcomes, not ideologies. We have a policy of principled realism, rooted in shared goal, interests, and values. That realism forces us to confront the question facing every leader and nation in this room, it is a question we cannot escape or avoid. We will slide down the path of complacency, numb to the challenges, threats, and even wars that we face, or do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow.

If we desire to lift up our citizens, if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent. We must protect our nations, their interests and their futures. We must reject threats to sovereignty from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow.

And just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threatens us with chaos, turmoil, and terror. The score of our planet today is small regimes that violate every principle that the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.

No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans. And for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more. We were all witness to the regime's deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America, only to die a few days later.

We saw it in the assassination of the dictator's brother, using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country, to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea's spies. If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.


No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That's what the United Nations is all about. That's what the United Nations is for. Let's see how they do.

It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved. But we must do much more.

It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior. We face this decision not only in North Korea; it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are, in fact, its own people. Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian live, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.

This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran's people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship, fuel Yemen's civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East. We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it. Believe me.

It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran's government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. Above all, Iran's government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors. The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters, and imprison political reformers.

Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror, or will the Iranian people return to the nation's proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth, where their people can be happy and prosperous once again? The Iranian regime's support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its finance, and in Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations. We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamic extremism that inspires them.


We will stop radical islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world. We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology. We must drive them out of our nation. It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries whose support and fi — who support and finance terror groups like al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and others that slaughter innocent people.

The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people. Last month I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan. From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operation, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians. I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS. In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined. We seek the deescalation of the Syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens, even innocent children, shock the conscience of every decent person. No society could be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread. That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack.

We appreciate the efforts of the United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from ISIS, and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict. The United States is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort. We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people and which enables their eventual return to their home countries to be part of the rebuilding process. For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.



Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach. For decades the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere.

We have learned that over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries. For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are born overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

I want to salute the work of the United Nations in seeking to address the problems that cause people to flee from their home. The United Nations and African Union led peacekeeping missions to have invaluable contributions in stabilizing conflict in Africa. The United States continues to lead the world in humanitarian assistance, including famine prevention and relief, in South Sudan, Somalia, and northern Nigeria and Yemen.

We have invested in better health and opportunity all over the world through programs like PEPFAR, which funds AIDS relief, the President’s Malaria Initiative, the Global Health Security Agenda, the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, and the Women Entrepreneur's Finance Initiative, part of our commitment to empowering women all across the globe.


We also thank — we also thank the secretary general for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security, and prosperity. Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process. In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution's noble end have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them. For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the UN Human Rights Council.

The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more. In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes. The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it. Major portions of the world are in conflict, and some, in fact, are going to hell, but the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems. The American people hope that one day soon the United Nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world.

In the meantime, we believe that no nation should have to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially. Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own region. That is why in the Western Hemisphere the United States has stood against the corrupt, destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom.

My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms. We have also imposed tough calibrated sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse. The socialist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.

This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation — prosperous nation, by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives, to preserve his disastrous rule. The Venezuelan people are starving, and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. The situation is completely unacceptable, and we cannot stand by and watch.

As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal — that goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy. I would like to thank leaders in this room for condemning the regime and providing vital support to the Venezuelan people. The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.

We are fortunate to have incredibly strong and healthy trade relationships with many of the Latin American countries gathered here today. Our economic bond forms a critical foundation for advancing peace and prosperity for all of our people and all of our neighbors. I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis. We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela. The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.


From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime. Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their well-being, including their prosperity. In America, we seek stronger ties of business and trade with all nations of goodwill, but this trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.

For too long the American people were told that mammoth, multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success. But as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories disappeared. Others gamed the system and broke the rules, and our great middle class, once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again.

While America will pursue cooperation and commerce with other nations, we are renewing our commitment to the first duty of every government, the duty of our citizens. This bond is the source of America's strength and that of every responsible nation represented here today. If this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as President Truman said some 70 years ago, on the independent strength of its members.



If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substantive for strong, sovereign, and independent nations, nations that are rooted in the histories and invested in their destiny, nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer, and most important of all, nations that are home to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit.

In remembering the great victory that led to this body's founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil, also fought for the nations that they love. Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain. Today, if we do not invest ourselves, our hearts, our minds, and our nations, if we will not build strong families, safe communities, and healthy societies for ourselves, no one can do it for us.


This is the ancient wish of every people and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul. So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world. We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all. Thank you, God bless you, God bless the nations of the world, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dean Heller: A BRIDGE Too Far for Nevadans

I spent a great part of my previous week in Washington DC lobbying US Senators and House Reps to hold the line against amnesty and to stand with the American people to protect Americans and our national interests.



Yet some lawmakers never learn. They really think that they can kick their base in the face (and the teeth), and then they will come back to the general election ballot box and vote for more of the same.

Not going to happen.

A constituent in Nevada received a formal letter outlining US Senator Dean Heller's full stance on immigration issues, particularly the fate of the young Nightmares.

It is demoralizing, to say the least:



The BRIDGE Act would grant leagal status to the 800,000 plus illegal aliens who were brought here as youths.

I spoke to the staffers in his DC office. I could not make it more abundantly clear that these young illegals are not by and large American citizens who simply lack legal status.

In too many cases, they have turned into virulent activists who want everything outlined and flowing their way because they have shouted loud enough and taken up the public square with their demands, and theirs only.



The most fundamental outrage I have about all of this is pretty basic: why are our elected officials getting all up in arms about these illegal aliens? American citizens need to be the first, foremost, and final priority. Whatever responses one outlines for the illegal aliens in this country must work in the best interests of the American citizenry and our country.

What does that mean? Deporting illegal aliens of all ages, regardless of their point or means of entry. This situation is not my problem--nor is it the fault of anyone else besides the selfish parents who bound their children into this terrible plight.

Then add to this mess the Democratic Party's cynical political power-mongering to line up their election chances for a generation. We the People did not create this mess, so why should we have to pay any more?

Heller's selling out didn't stop there with the BRIDGE Act:



Heller plays the "nation of immigrants" card.

WRONG! We are a nation of citizens. We are nation of laws. The rule of law, and the compact of a free citizenry into one political culture belongs to us Americans and to all men and women who enter the United States legally.

Once again, Heller is more interested in the plight of illegal aliens than United States Citizens. If only our lawmakers spent as much time and energy on secure our borders instead of pandering to immigrants, this country would be better for all!



Here are the final comments from the constituent who received this letter:

Receive this today!! Please don't  share with my name. Dean is DONE. 

He sold out to casino owners. 


Then

I have a letter from when I called him out on voting down, months back on Health Care. Heller wrote back and said he supported Obamacare, wanted to make some changes. He was working with Cassidy and Graham however when that was presented this week Heller's name wasn't on that bill. 




He lies, and he will be voted out. I told you few weeks back I am helping Danny T. Republican who supports Our President, We the People. We have our first meet and greet I put together this coming Friday night. You actually helped me to stand up in my community, watching you guys over there gave me courage to stand up here.  If we don't they (the corrupt will take over). 

Trump Punches Back at North Korea, and China Follows From Behind

President Trump does not just talk the talk. He walks the walk.

He is putting pressure on rogue agents and sending clear messages to enemies and allies alike throughout the world as well as within the United States.

Kim Jong Un, aka Rocket Man, has met his match.

Trump also talks tough with China.

He refuses to let the Middle Kingdom get away with currency manipulation, cyber theft, or the propping up of corrupt, rogue communist regimes--like North Korea. China has allowed this Stalinist dictatorship to remain in power so that China can have its way in the Asian-Pacific region. South Korea is simply not prepared to deal with a failed state on its northern border.

At the same time, the world cannot deal with this insipid megalomaniac, a fat boy with no regard for any life or welfare besides his own. Trump has played his cards very well, pressing the little Communist regime to expand what little resources that the regime has. All the bombs are flaming out, and all the tough talk is failing.

China realizes that they have no leverage left using North Korea as its back-pocket attack dog. At the same time, if the nation state fails, most of the fleeing North Korean migrants will spill into China. Why? South Korea's borders include a demilitarized zone which no one can cross.

China cannot allow for massive war, and they do not want to see mass migration of starved, zombie-like people overwhelming their own northern coasts.

Trump is putting on the military pressure, and China is cooperating.

Check out what they Celestial Kingdom is doing now:


China has moved to limit North Korea's oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation, it said on Saturday.

All of this follows Trump's latest executive order, in which the United States will not do any business with any countries propping up or supporting/conducting business with North Korea.

China is worried about this, no doubt!
China is North Korea's most important trading partner, and one of its only sources of hard currency.
The ban on textiles trade will hurt Pyongyang's income, while China's oil exports are the country's main source of petroleum products.

Ouch! North Korean has nothing left! These sanctions are going to run this hard-core commie regime right into the ground!


The tougher stance follows North Korea's latest nuclear test this month.
The United Nations agreed fresh sanctions - including the textiles and petroleum restrictions - in response.
A statement from China's commerce ministry said restrictions on refined petroleum products would apply from 1 October, and on liquefied natural gas immediately.
Under the UN resolution, China will still be able to export a maximum of two million barrels of refined petroleum to North Korea annually, beginning next year.

WHAT?! They need to back up even more, but Trump has already gotten something.
North Korea is estimated to have imported 6,000 barrels of refined petroleum daily from China in 2016 - the equivalent of nearly 2.2 million in total for the entire year.
But China has not published data on oil exports since 2014.
The ban on textiles - Pyongyang's second-biggest export - is expected to cost the country more than $700m (£530m) a year.

BANKRUPTCY, here it comes!
Clothing has often partially been made in North Korea, but finished in China, allowing a Made in China label to be legally sewn onto the clothing, BBC World Service Asia-Pacific Editor Celia Hatton says.

Wow! I had no idea that Americans and other consumers around the world were purchasing products made by criminal countries using slave labor. No wonder Chinese goods have been excessively cheap compared to American and European counterparts.
China and Russia had initially opposed a prop om the US to completely ban oil exports, but later agreed to the reduced measures.

The United States are leading again, aren't they? This is welcome news. Finally, the USA has the upper hand on foreign policy, and the two most hostile countries to us can do nothing more than follow President Trump's lead.
North Korea has little energy production of its own, but does refine some petroleum products from crude oil it imports - which is not included in the new ban.
Petrol prices in Pyongyang have risen by about 20% in the past two months, the AFP news agency reports.
"It was $1.90 yesterday, today it is $2," a petrol station employee told the agency. "I expect the price will go up in the future."

Higher gas prices on an already impoverished nation--and a stretched central government and failing infrastructure, all but guarantee that the country's leadership will be crying for mercy. Here comes regime change? At least the chastened, fattened dictator might be open to more liberalizing reforms. After all, the country has had to allow for open markets and commerce in order that the vast majority of people can get something--anything--to get through from day to day.

North Korea also produces coal, some $1.2bn of which was exported to China in 2016, but China had already strictly limited its imports of North Korean coal earlier this year.
North Korea's foreign minister is expected to speak at the United Nations General Assembly later on Saturday, amid an escalating war of words between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.



The war of words has turned into the war of wills--and Mr. Trump is winning this fight.
The North Korean leader earlier labelled Mr Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard" while Mr Trump labelled Mr Kim a "madman" in response.

How many foreign leaders have been willing to return names for names to the insipid, impetuous dictatorship of North Korea? The excessive polish and niceties of previous administrations were simply not effective enough. Trump knows how to play hard ball, and he's winning.

Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said the row was "like when children in a kindergarten start fighting and no-one can stop them".
Mr Lavrov said a pause was needed, "to calm down the hotheads".

No. The very thing that PyongYang wants is a de-escalation, because they are not ready to back up their tough rhetoric with real warfare.

Trump has them corner, just as Ronald Reagan knew that the Soviet Union was collapsing from within, and all the United States had to do was add a little push.

The pair were at odds over President Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to do so in defence of the US or its allies.
He also mocked Kim Jong-un with a disparaging nickname, saying: "Rocket man is on a suicide mission."

Who is most afraid of a suicidal North Korea? China--and now China is going to do everything they can to smooth away Kim Jong-Un's terrifying regime and bring more democratic governance to the region. These measures will surely spark unrest within Mainland China, too. Workers in the Celestial Kingdom will demand a firm recognition of their own human rights, their God-given natural rights. These demands will make the cost of creation and production higher (since the Communist regime will no longer get away with creating cheap products using slave labor). All of this will turn out well for the United States in the global economy, too!


But the North Korean leader said remarks by the "deranged" US president convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea.
In a personal address unprecedented from a North Korean leader, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would "pay dearly" for his speech, which he labelled "unprecedented rude nonsense".
He said Mr Trump had insulted his country in the eyes of the world, and threatened to "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".

LOL!

There is nothing like a mad dictator calling the President of the United States or the leader of another country "Crazy." Trump has expertly triggered the North Korean government, and the results will further expose this communist outpost to ridicule and diminution to the rest of the international community.

Incredible foreign policy victories are heading our way!

Trump Gives McCain a Twitter Beating (Thank Goodness)

Another reason I love Donald Trump!

He is not afraid to give a severe lashing to the US Senators who have defied the will of the voters and undermined the best cause for We the People.



He says exactly what is on our minds, and he gives spleen to our frustration.

Check out one of his latest tweets:


Trump is paying attention to the needs of Arizona voters more than their own US Senator!

We need to repeal Obamacare, and the Graham-Cassidy compromise is better than nothing at this time.

The only downside to this proposal is that if states like California or Rhode Island like their Obamacare, they get to keep their Obamacare--and that means that blue state conservatives like me are stuck with bad health care and a terrible, horrible, shrinking health insurance market.



Will California end up placing me under a similar health insurance mandate? Will I have to pay through the teeth for bad health insurance? Worse yet, California could jump feet first into a single-payer scheme.

Then again, the even bluer, more progressive state of Vermont tried to go single-payer, and they Democratic trifecta (at the time) ended up backing away from the whole proposal because the tax hikes would have been astronomical, hurting tax payers so hard that all of the businesses and individual home owners would have simply fled the state.

So, what happens if the states choose to be laboratories of different kinds regarding health care? Let is be that way, then.

Get rid of the Employer and Individual Mandates for starters. Cut government dependence on federally subsidized Medicaid. Let the states figure out how to allocate the funding, whether to pursue health insurance exchanges or to get away from government-run healthcare entirely.



Getting back to John McCain ...

What is wrong with this creepy old senator? He has no interest in doing what is best for Arizonans. He hates President Donald Trump, and he hates the anti-globalist, anti-crony heartbeat of the American people and our President.

He also has stage four brain cancer, and we all know that the latest surgery probably affected his judgement even more than the last 30 years he has spent taking up space in Washington DC. McCain is no maverick. He is a pain in the neck.

At least our President has no qualms about slamming him before everyone in the world! Shame on McCain. He deserves to be pushed out of office, and the rest of us in this country deserve representation which will advance our best interests as taxpaying citizens.

More Winning: Democratic US Senator Losing in Key Rust Belt State

The winning never stops.

I promise, though, Mr. President, I will never get tired of winning.

Never.

I want more winning! I want all of the loser GOP RINOs who do not support our agenda to step out of office. They need to resign, they need to go away very quickly and never darken our doorsteps again.

The victories awaiting the Trump Republican Party will be YUGE against the vast majority of Democratic US Senators up for re-election next year. The Democratic Party faces a horrendous battleground map, having to defend 23 seats, and at least ten of them are in states which either Trump or Trump and Romney one during the two previous election cycles.

One of the targeted US Senate seats is Ohio!



The incumbent, a reckless progressive Democrat named Sherrod Brown, has been consistently under water ever since polling began against his presumptive challenger Josh Mandel. Check out his latest plea for money:

I am down in the polls.

Yes Arthur Christopher, I do mean "polls" plural. Three polls of the 2018 Senate race in Ohio have shown us behind.

I’m asking you to rush in a $5 contribution to my campaign.
If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:
Mandel: 45%
Brown: 42%

-- Gravis Marketing, 5/3/2017
Mandel: 49%
Brown: 44%

-- People's Pundit Daily, 5/6/2017
Mandel: 50%
Brown: 42%

-- People's Pundit Daily, 7/9/2017

One bad poll could be a fluke. Two could be a coincidence. Three bad polls could be a trend -- one we need to turn around.

As time goes on, we'll have to contend with more and more challenges. We'll be facing attacks from my likely opponent and his billionaire special interest allies. Let's make sure we do all we can now to turn this trend around. Give $5 or more toward our $300,000 FEC end-of-quarter goal.

We need to harness that power now. Give $5 or more toward our $300,000 goal.
Our average online contribution is $27. We build our campaign $27 at a time. It might take longer than having billionaires cut huge checks, but it works. We won in 2012 with grassroots power.

Final Reflection

This is excellent news.

The Senate Conservatives Fund has already placed their winning bets on Josh Mandel, and he has consistently polled within 3 to 8 points ahead of Brown--and the election year has not entered into full swing yet.



Ohio is a working class state looking for good people who want to help them pay their bills, provide opportunity, and ensure basic public safety. Brown's record in Congress has done just about everything to undermine all of those simply necessities which government should be providing.

No More RINO Redux! Judge Roy Moore for US Senate!

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Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past six months, you’re aware that Alabama is once again the site of a civil war.  This time it is a fight for the soul of the Republican Party, and it is being played out in the run-off primary election between conservative jurist Roy Moore and scandal-plagued Washington lobbyist Luther Strange.
 
It’s a war between the corrupt old guard of the party controlled by Mitch McConnell and his ilk, and the conservative voters who SHOULD be in control of the party.
  
The voters who time after time vote for politicians who campaign as conservatives, then govern as gutless liberals, breaking every promise they ever made, offering one excuse after another for why they didn’t do what they said they would, whether that is repeal Obamacare, build the Wall, or defund Planned Parenthood.
In Judge Roy Moore, those conservative voters finally have a candidate who they know won’t compromise his values to save his job, because he has already twice lost his job for refusing to compromise his values.

Praised by Ann Coulter and Ben Carson, Judge Moore is the candidate of choice for Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Phil Robertson, Chuck Norris, James Dobson, Mike Huckabee, Louie Gohmert, Sarah Palin, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon and a hundred other good conservatives.
But those corrupt, deal-cutting liberal Republicans have their candidate, too, in Luther Strange, a man so thoroughly under Mitch McConnell’s thumb there’s nothing left to see of his Abe Lincoln-sized frame.  They are pulling out all the stops to try to drag their corrupt lobbyist across the line first.  Right now their candidate is losing in every poll, thank God above, but the lead has withered to within the margin of error.

The liberal wing of the Republican Party has outspent Judge Moore by a factor of more than 20 to 1.  They have assaulted the eyes and ears and the mailboxes of Alabama’s voters with a non-stop barrage of garbage and lies about Judge Moore, a Vietnam veteran and distinguished and principled jurist who twice served as the Chief Justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court.

And they did it on behalf of a scandal-plagued lobbyist who landed his current job as payback for his attempted cover-up of former Governor Bentley’s extra-marital affairs and stealing from the campaign kitty (and yes, he was convicted).  It’s Washington corruption, Alabama style.  Little surprise that Strange’s close associates call him "Big Luther," Alabama’s version of the New York mafia’s "Fat Tony Salerno" and "Vinnie the Knife."


And worse: Luther has already promised to be Mitch McConnell’s lapdog if McConnell’s money and lies are able to pull him through this primary.  You think that man is going to be a vote for change?  You think that man would ever do an all-night filibuster to try to stop Dreamnesty or kill off Obamacare?  No way, no how, no chance.  He’s gonna be one more political eunuch tied to a leash in Mitch McConnell’s hand.
You and I can stop that.  We can keep it from happening, but we have to do some very important things between now and Tuesday’s election.  Mostly what we need from you is prayer and financial support.
You pray on your knees.  You donate HERE.
This is a special run-off election in which typically almost nobody votes.  That means a few hundred votes can often make the difference.  That means turnout is everything, and in a race this close, turnout is VERY LIKELY to make the difference.
We have come close to knocking off a Washington swamp monster with a down home conservative so many times, only to have it slip from our grasp at the last minute.  I nearly cried when RINO Senator Arlen Specter beat conservative challenger Pat Toomey with only 50.2% of the vote in Pennsylvania.
  
Pat Toomey led in every one of the last 12 polls conducted in that Republican Senate Primary.  Similar to Judge Moore he led by an average of 7.3% in those polls.  That’s a few more points than Judge Moore leads by in most polls.
With Toomey ahead in the polls, the Washington lobbyists, fat cat money men, sitting Republican President, and squishy Republican leadership spent millions at the last minute to kill Toomey off to save what was left of Arlen Specter’s career.  And it worked.  Specter got just enough votes to continue business as usual in D.C.  The last few thousand votes did the trick.
And that Senate Primary election is what gave us ObamaCare, because Specter proved to be the 60th and deciding vote!  And now we cannot even muster 50 votes to repeal ObamaCare because those same squishies made sure RINO John McCain defeated his conservative challenger (Dr. Kelli Ward) in Arizona!
We conservatives can’t ever let that happen to us again.  We are so close, and Judge Moore is SO what we need right now.  They already hate the man, and he hasn’t even gotten started yet!
One of my good friends made a $1,000 contribution the other day, and sent a short note.  He said, "If Judge Moore gets in, it will be worth the entertainment value alone just watching how mad Mitch and his cronies get every time Roy humiliates them at a press conference, mocking them and destroying their endless excuses for caving in."
That may have motivated my friend, and I certainly understand how frustrated he is with our failed, STUPID Republican leadership.  But I am not in this for the entertainment value.  I am in it to change the future for those Americans who come next.  I’m trying to save what is left of this country before it’s too late.  Before imported terrorist refugees and illegal alien invaders and Bernie Sanders Socialists and ultra-liberal communist university professors drive our culture and our financial stability further into the dirt.  

The good news is we already paid for our ads (broadcast on fourteen stations across Alabama), the Franklin Graham mailer, and the Mo Brooks mailer.  The bad news is we MUST now match the establishment in its "Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort" and that starts with funding the last minute ad blitz, telephone calls, and door-to-door canvassing that comprise our pro-Roy Moore GOTV effort.

That money has to come from me and you.  Big Luther’s gonna get the lobbyists and the millionaires.  Roy Moore has you and me.  I have worked countless hours on the ground here in Alabama because I believe in this country and I believe in this man.


In three more days, it will be too late to do anything to help.  The die will be cast.  And either this seat will go to a principled constitutional conservative who knows what it means to take an oath and believe it, or it will fall, as so many others have before it, to a scandal-plagued professional lobbyist, and slowly sink into the Potomac Swamp.

I don’t think I have ever seen a race where your timely contribution could do as much good as this one, at this time.  Please send what you can.  Do it today.  And do it HERE.

God bless and Godspeed.

From Alabama,
John Mathis









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