Donald J. Trump for President- A Few Articles and Social Media Links

donald-trump-for-president-2016-make-americaSince declaring his candidacy for President, Donald J. Trump has become well-known as a savvy promoter of his campaign through the media (television, radio, cable news, etc.). Because of this, over the months Trump has generated tons of free publicity for himself, though sometimes controversial and negative, yet he’s continually been in the news cycle. He’s also a quite the master on social media, where he is a dominant, far-reaching presence. Perhaps best known for his command of Twitter, Trump has generated currently over 33,000 Tweets and has 11.6 million followers.  And a Google search for Donald Trump currently yields 381,000,000 results!

If Google search results and social media presence are an indicator of a candidate’s popularity/momentum, things look good for Mr. Trump.  Hillary Clinton has a solid social media presence as well, but Trump clobbers her in # of Google search entries, and in number of Twitter and Facebook followers.  She does however have a LinkedIn presence, whereas he has none.

Interestingly, I wasn’t able to find via Google search a collected list of links to his various social media platforms.  So as a service to anyone who might be searching for this, please find below a handy list of links to Donald Trump’s social media presence on the web (specifically, these are mostly sites related to him as a candidate for President in 2016).

Oh, by the way, don’t forget to vote for Trump/Pence in November, and make America great again!  Here’s some of my posts on the upcoming election and issues at stake (I’ll be posting more soon):

Presidential Election 2016: What this Election is Really About

To the NeverTrumpers

The Tyranny of the Offended

It’s Not Islamophobia, It’s Common Sense

Give us a break, Hillary- Mishandling Classified Information isn’t just a “Mistake”

Hillary/Obama Logic vs. Real Logic

 

And here without further adieu, are the Donald J. Trump social media links: 

Make America Great Again! | Donald J Trump for President

Donald Trump Facebook Page

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump #TrumpPence16

Donald J. Trump for President YouTube Channel

realdonaldtrump Instagram Account

Donald Trump Wikipedia entry

Donald Trump Reddit Account

Donald Trump pins on Pinterest

Donald J. Trump Google+ Page

Diamond and Silk

 

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It’s Not Islamophobia, It’s Common Sense

ahmad_rahami_2-large_transeo_i_u9apj8ruoebjoaht0k9u7hhrjvuo-zlengrumaToday, President Obama had these words to say about the recent attacks in New York and New Jersey and commented also on “fear.”

You know, at moments like this, I think it’s important to remember what terrorists and violent extremists are trying to do. They are trying to hurt innocent people but they also wanna inspire fear in all of us and disrupt the way we live to undermine our values. And so even as we have to be vigilant and aggressive both in preventing senseless acts of violence but also making sure that we find those who carry out such acts and bring them to justice, we all have a role to play as citizens in making sure that we don’t succumb to that fear…

By showing those who want to do us harm that they will never beat us, by showing the entire world that as Americans we do not and never will give in to fear, that’s going to be the MOST IMPORTANT ingredient in us defeating those who would carry out terrorist acts against us, Obama said.

Of course, our nation should bravely stand up to this enemy and not cower in fear… but is that what the President means when he speaks of not giving in to “fear”? It seems not. Judging from previous statements both he and his spokespeople have made, when the Administration speaks of “fear”in regard to Islamic terrorism they are talking about “fear of Muslims” (Islamophobia).  We should not give in to irrational fear of Muslims, he argues, because it is not all Muslims who commit these heinous acts, only the radical few. But virtually everyone on the left and the right already acknowledges this point. Everyone agrees that not all Muslims do these things.  This is a non-issue.

But they claim, this is about winning the battle for the “narrative.”  White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in an interview with Fox News, “ISIL is trying to assert a narrative, that they represent the religion of Islam in a war against the west and in a war against the United States. That is mythology. That is falsehood. That is not true. That is bankrupt ideology they are trying to wrap in the cloak of Islam. And to suggest that somehow we should treat Muslims differently or suspect them as terrorists just because of their religion.”

But Martha McCallum countered this well:

This is the ISIS narrative. This is what they said in their recent publication. ISIS states that disbelievers should be slain wherever they may be. This includes the businessman riding to work in the taxi cab, young adults in engaged in sports activities in park, the old men waiting in line and buying a sandwich, striking terror into the hearts of all non-believers, Muslims and non-Muslims is the Muslim duty. So what people have a hard time with you know—you have to take them at their word they mean to do what they say because we see it happening here in the United States. So, it feels sometimes like the White House doesn’t like to make the connection between those two things. Is that wrong?

McCallum is exactly correct.  The White House fails to draw the plain connection between ISIS’s ideology and its reprehensible acts of violence and terrorism across the globe. No one cares if this represents true Islam or not.  We only don’t want to see more people die at their hands.

Further, it is nothing but slander to claim Republicans and others who point to the obvious Islamic element in the attacks do so out of a some vendetta against the religion of Islam. It is not “fear” that motivates so many to view ISIS as a serious, growing threat (not “on the run”, not “failed”, but spreading), and to see it as a movement inspired by a particular Muslim ideology (not just people who lack jobs, or people paying back America for its supposed imperialism). It is is simply to open one’s eyes and see the obvious. We recognize the specific Islamic-element in the ISIS terrorist threat.  Thus it isn’t “Islamophobia” which drives proposals to adjust American border policy accordingly to prevent people with an evil ideology and murderous intentions from doing us harm. No, the border proposals of Donald Trump and others are not  Islamophobic, but common sense realism.

The President claims the MOST important ingredient in defeating these terrorist attacks is that Americans don’t succumb to “fear” (i.e., xenophobia or Islamophobia). But is that our most urgent priority in order to stop terrorism?  Of course not. The priority is not to look inward and decide whether or not we feel an “inappropriate” fear towards Muslims.  Rather, we must stop these attacks by gathering intelligence that strategically takes into account the plainly Islamic element in most of these incidents, not downplaying this element virtually every time such an attack takes place.  Of course there are some bigoted, Islamophobic Americans. But growing alarm over the widespread terrorism that originates from an ideological view overflowing with hatred towards Westerners, Americans and the “infidel” is not Islamophobic.  It is to understand the existential threat to our lives and to our way of life. This is simply about self-preservation.

This evidence-based approach to our priorities on terrorism and the border is followed by only one of the two chief candidates for President. Hillary Clinton sides with the President’s ideologically-based, making-fear-of-Muslims-the-priority approach. Accordingly, she thinks it no big deal to welcome into America thousands of refugees from Muslim populations, not taking into consideration that top security forces warn all these refugees cannot be properly vetted and that ISIS has pledged to infiltrate by this means. Donald Trump, on the other hand, acknowledges facts– the radical Islamic element in these ongoing attacks– and proposes “extreme vetting”and other measures to prevent ISIS infiltration– a strategy which of course is not racist, xenophobic or lacking in compassion, but practical and life-saving.  His compassion for Americans is expressed in the fact that he wants to enact policies to ensure Americans are kept safe.

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The Tyranny of the Offended

Bullet-proof windows, troll-proof doors in my safe space!
Hilarious…. (I must offer a disclaimer here– I do not endorse the show “South Park”, but I think their satire of the safe-space mentality in this video is true and therefore valuable. Also there is some crude language in the video, so please be warned).

 

While the “safe-space” folks rightly deserve this mockery, right now they are winning the “culture wars”. They get university presidents to resign, shut down Presidential candidate events, have conservative speakers pulled, and generally get folks to grovel before them and do their bidding.  We even have a candidate running for President of the US that operates in 100% in accordance with the safe space paradigm. That’s why she recently labeled millions as “deplorables”– “Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”
This is what safe-space folks do– it is all about controlling the narrative,  controlling speech and ultimately, controlling everything by manipulating you. So they may be alone in their bullet-proof protected bubbles, but they are still calling the shots!
And it ceases being amusing when so-called “deplorables” lose their jobs, lose livelihoods and businesses, and even do jail-time, just because SAFE-SPACE people claim we offended them. It is here already and happening all around us.  States being punished and economically shunned by large companies or by musician-celebrities because they don’t want their bathrooms turned into danger zones due to misguided thinking. Christian business owners punished because they hold a traditional view of marriage and therefore don’t want to endorse gay marriage ceremonies through their speech and services.  24/7 allegations of racism, white privilege, white supremacy and various other hate crimes most of us are supposedly guilty of.  And denying it is futile because this just confirms your prejudice.
So it seems NOTHING one can say or do will ever change the minds of safe-spacers. Common sense is powerless to move them. The free speech and toleration they demand for themselves they deny to others, without any qualms, without self-awareness.
Remember, this is not an evidenced-based worldview but an ideology based on victimhood that demands total capitulation through emotional manipulation. It’s all about shaming and “guilt-ing” and thus making everyone grovel. You can’t give them facts, because they can neither see nor handle them.  Their song is, “we can face almost anything, but REALITY we can do without”.  Nevertheless in accordance with their narrative they demand retribution, reparations and total indulgence. And sadly and amazingly they are getting what they want, as universities coddle them and society as a whole caters to this progressive agenda and all its whims.
Welcome to the tyranny of the offended, my friends.
So what can be done?  Well in my view the safe-space way of thinking has infiltrated policy at the highest levels, because it informs the thinking of liberal ideologues such as President Obama and Hillary Clinton.  So an immediate priority is make certain Hillary Clinton does not get elected President to carry on this foolish and dangerous legacy!  She is a major cheerleader for the delusional mentality, and will accelerate its complete takeover in our government and law. Only Donald Trump successfully resisted these political correct, anti-common sense manipulations, and people love him for it.   Therefore, to stop this kind of nonsense and to prevent further tyranny, I urge people to unite behind Mr. Trump in the upcoming election.

 

Yes, Donald Trump is a flawed human being who makes mistakes and may not be right in all of his prescriptions.  He is not a pure conservative.  Yet he is still a candidate who shows plain common sense regarding such issues as our currently porous borders, our weak military, our wrong spending priorities.  For example, he knows that around the globe our enemies no longer respect us because they no longer fear us.
He understands that our enemies don’t have to like us (this is the safe-space mentality) but do need to know we will not be bullied and taken advantage of.
 
Can you imagine Donald Trump, following an attack that kills 4 of our people (Benghazi), making a video at taxpayer expense that apologizes for American free speech and distributing it across the Muslim world? Essentially, blaming ourselves for the act of terror?!  I cannot.

I do see him re-building our currently gutted military as promised, to demonstrate to our enemies that we will be a military force not to be trifled with, and who will use our strength wisely, as necessary.  Some may argue this is not compatible with Christian principles, but that is a debate for another day.

Of course the political remedy is only a stop-gap solution.  Ultimately, it is truth that sets people free (John 8:32).  Which in my mind means, unapologetically, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our chief problem is now, as it has always been, the sinfulness of the human heart, which no power can fix but the Lord.  We currently enjoy the freedom to deliver such a message openly, but that freedom is rapidly being stolen.  That is why the immediate fix of electing the right leaders is so important. So that we can lead “peaceful lives” and continue to exert influence in the marketplace of ideas.  I hope and pray that we as a people may arise to see the stark dangers before us, and that believers especially, would take action and would pray.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Tim 2:-6)
Some argue that Christians should not get involved in politics, that since the Lord is sovereign He will place into leadership those whom He chooses.  I agree that of course the Lord is sovereign, yet we are called to be “salt and light” in our world.  This I believe includes every aspect of life– not just a life of privatized faith, but a publicly lived out faith that includes but how we live, how we work, how we vote, etc.  There is no reason, especially in a country such as ours founded on principles of freedom to worship and to live in accordance with faith or no faith, that secular humanism should be allowed to dictate all law and policy.  We as salt stand for and live out truth, thus preserving that which is good in society, and  reflect God’s light by proclaiming the truth that points to the ultimate light, Jesus Christ.  May God grant that we can continue in this blessed freedom and that we may do our part to preserve it.

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Presidential Election 2016: What this Election is Really About

l_148007_075532_updates“In the end, this isn’t really about Hillary Clinton. It’s about conservatism, and the fact that it’s resilient enough to survive a single election.”

Heather Wilhelm, National Review

Thus concluded the misguided piece in the National Review— a Hillary win wouldn’t be catastrophic for conservatism, because conservatism can always recoup and go on to win another day.  Are they really so sure?  If Hillary Clinton has another 4 to 8 years to shape the American landscape via the courts, building on the liberal progressive agenda/legacy of the current Administration, conservatism will be in a much more crippled position from which to mount any “comeback”, if it can at all.

Anyway, the election is not primarily about conservatism. It’s about America– the downward, leftist trajectory we’ve been on that many Americans didn’t see coming when they elected Barack Obama, but now recognize and want desperately to stop!

Anyway, the election is not about primarily about conservatism. It’s about America– the downward, leftist trajectory we’ve been on that many Americans didn’t see coming when they elected Barack Obama, but now recognize and want desperately to stop!

This election is about seeing our nation taken over by political correctness run amok, driven by leftist ideology that robs people of freedom of speech because it tolerates no other points of view. It’s about wanting to stay ALIVE and not be murdered by terrorists on our own soil, yet seeing our leadership consistently downplay the reality of Islamic terrorism.  They do so under the tortured logic that if we acknowledge the obvious- that the terrorism which threatens us and the globe is perpetrated by those operating under the Islamic banner– we will automatically spark massive Islamophobia, which will in turn radicalize moderate Muslims and make already radical Muslims terrorize us all the more. Therefore this Administration has for years followed the policy that making nice with such folks is the way to avoid war and avoid provoking more attacks.  It ain’t working. This kind of delusional thinking is what brought us the Iran deal– releasing billions and transferring millions in unmarked cash to a nation unswervingly dedicated to our destruction and sponsoring terrorism around the globe!  Could anyone have conceived just after 9/11 that on the eve of the 15th anniversary of that attack, which resulted in the deaths of over three thousand Americans, that a President of the US would consider it a great legacy to be releasing billions of dollars into the hands of the worlds #1 terrorism sponsor, Iran?  Or that there would follow hundreds more acts of Islamically-motivated terrorism around the globe, yet the worst sin possible would be to connect the dots between Islam and terrorism, because this is “Islamophobic”?  Again, this strange and dangerous thinking leads to risking American lives as we bring in thousands of un-vettable Islamic refugees– better this than being called Islamophobes!

Having elected a black President twice, and in the face of this insanity, Americans still have to put up with being constantly called racist, sexist, xenophobic and homophobic by folks who use these obviously false charges to manipulate, divide and conquer– in other words, as a cynical ploy for votes.  Hypocritically, Democrats denounce as fear-mongering that Republicans simply point out how deep and lousy is the crap-hole we’re in, yet they purposely incite fears in their constituents by misrepresenting the motivations of Donald Trump and his supporters.

So what is this election really about? The survival of conservatism? A lot more.  I believe this election will be a referendum on the past 8 years of division and anti-American sentiment sown by this Administration. It’s about survival. It’s about the desire to regain pride in one’s country; to not be ashamed to stand up and honor the American flag, stand for our national anthem, and honor our true heroes– those who put their lives on the line daily to keep us safe and free.  It’s about recognizing and being grateful for what an amazing, free, compassionate country we have.

What is this election really about?… It’s about survival.  It’s about the desire to regain pride in one’s country; to not be ashamed to stand up and honor the American flag, stand up for our national anthem, and honor our true heroes– those who put their lives on the line daily to keep us safe and free. It’s about recognizing and being grateful for what an amazing, free, compassionate country we have.

Why are millions of immigrants clamoring to come here? Because we offer great freedom and opportunity. But of course this freedom and opportunity didn’t just magically happen. It was built on a system of laws and government shaped by Western, Judeo-Christian values. And while our system is not perfect, the tremendous freedom and prosperity we have enjoyed arose from free market capitalism also tied to our Western system and values. Is it too much to ask that those who enter America to enjoy all our freedom and benefits obey our rules and honor our way of life?

But the nincompoops in charge are deliberately throwing away everything that made our system work, to replace it with failed liberal socialism. They seem to care not a whit about letting in folks who have no intention of assimilation, nor to consider the impact of taxing our already severely overburdened economy with millions who are not going to be paying their fair share if they come in illegally.  We are a nation of immigrants, they proclaim!  Yes, morons, but no one is against immigrants.

Their progressive goals are being pursued on many fronts, as they steadily push their ideology through media, academia, the education system, arts and entertainment.  But it ultimately is about controlling the laws and the courts.  In view of where our country is rapidly headed, stopping Hillary becomes paramount, and this isn’t primarily about whether conservatism remains viable. It is about the survival of our uniqueness as a country. Obama does not see this uniqueness. Neither do the Clintons. Trump sees it and that is why I believe he will win– because Americans see it and moreover, they believe in it.  Trump is not a savior and has personal flaws, but his vision of making America great again is one that resonates.  As for conservatism, if we lose America, our pure conservatism won’t be of much use.

Stopping Hillary becomes paramount, and this isn’t primarily about whether conservatism remains viable. It is about the survival of our uniqueness as a country. Obama does not see this uniqueness. Neither do the Clintons. Trump sees it and that is why I believe he will win– because Americans see it and moreover, they believe in it. Trump is not a savior and has personal flaws, but his vision of making America great again is one that resonates. As for conservatism, if we lose America, our pure conservatism won’t be of much use.

Let’s not let that happen.  Vote for the Trump/Pence ticket in 2016, to stop the progressive machine, and to restore a sense of pride in America.

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Give us a break, Hillary- Mishandling Classified Information isn’t just a “Mistake”

49014067.cachedThe Secretary of State is a senior official of the federal government of the United States of America heading the U.S. Department of State, principally concerned with foreign policy…

In the course of carrying out their duties a Secretary receives and send highly classified information, info that in the wrong hands can be used to harm American interests. For this reason the government has guidelines to protect this information that call for it to be transmitted via a government-secured system. Additionally, the State Department’s rules specify that personal records of a departing presidential appointee may NOT be removed from the government until/if the State Department approves and oversees this process by examining the emails.

Despite the dangers, and flouting these common-sense guidelines, Hillary Clinton decided to use a private email server and her own email account. The manner in which emails containing classified info was handled was both “extremely careless” and not “reasonable” (according to FBI Director James Comey’s thorough investigation. That he decided not to prosecute despite his finding is outrageous and smacks of crony bias towards Clinton). Clinton’s extremely poor judgment on these matters of national importance is surpassed only by the arrogance and deception she displays in defending her practices. She told the following lies about her emails, all of which have been confirmed by FBI Director Comey as untrue:

1. Nothing marked classified on emails sent/received
2. Did not email any classified material
3. Used just one device for convenience
4. All work-related emails returned to State Dept.
5. No work-related emails deleted from her personal account
6. Her lawyers read all emails individually


We do not need as Commander-in-Chief someone who still doesn’t understand that her “mistake” was not in using a single email account– but in setting up a private, unaccountable, unsecured  system and using it to transmit classified information, risking American national security in the process. We don’t need a Commander-in-Chief that tells lies so casually.  This was no little mistake.  For less well-connected people, it would be a crime.

#NeverHillary #TrumpPence16

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To the NeverTrumpers

To the NeverTrumpers: I was sympathetic to your cause until I faced the stark reality that unless the GOP unites behind the only candidate who can defeat the Democrat nominee we’ll have Hillary Clinton in the White House. This prospect makes me shiver with horror. Votes cast for the libertarian ticket or write-in candidates of all varieties will amount to exactly nothing– a worse than meaningless gesture, since by not coming together behind Trump/Pence they help Hillary get elected. Now of course, I must respect those who say they cannot in good conscience support Trump. I really do get it… but…

 

Votes cast for the libertarian ticket or write-in candidates of all varieties will amount to exactly nothing– a worse than meaningless gesture, since by not coming together behind Trump/Pence they help Hillary get elected.
… on the other hand, I think one does find worthiness in Trump’s candidacy– he understands the threats against America and simply wants to enforce our borders to prevent bad people from breaking our laws and getting in to harm us; he recognizes the importance and long-term impact of Supreme Court nominees and has given us a list of conservatives justices he’d nominate; he sees the threat to Christian religious liberty and chose a respectable, evangelical and conservative governor, Mike Pence, as his VP running mate– who also sees this threat and wants to stand up against it. I think nominating Pence also reveals something about Trump– he is willing to have at his side a man very different in style than him– soft-spoken, much more diplomatic, known for being conservative. He complements Trump and may even compensate for some of Trump’s weaknesses. I also think Trump’s family reflects very well on him– could a man as supposedly morally challenged as Trump raise a family as accomplished, intelligent, well-spoken, respectful and loyal to their Father as his seems to be?

 

could a man as supposedly morally challenged as Trump raise a family as accomplished, intelligent, well-spoken, respectful and loyal to their Father as his seems to be?
Hillary is profoundly more corrupt than Trump and un-apologetically tells us she’ll continue the Obama policies of government solutions for every societal ill, which always involves falsely framing the narrative in terms of class/race divisions to get its agenda accomplished; she wants open borders at a time that ISIS terrorism is already happening on our soil; she has taken zero responsibility for her errors in judgment that led to the deaths of four at Benghazi, nor for risking national security by sending classified email on a private unsecured server. Instead, she boldly and repeatedly lied to the American public about these events. She is not fit to be Commander-in-Chief.

 

she (Hillary) has taken zero responsibility for her errors in judgment that led to the deaths of four at Benghazi, nor for risking national security by sending classified email on a private unsecured server. Instead, she boldly and repeatedly lied to the American public about these events. She is not fit to be Commander-in-Chief.
Donald Trump, while an imperfect candidate, projects strength against our enemies. Unlike Hillary/Obama who obsessively, and out of ideologically confused political correctness, protect the reputation of Islam and thinks it unimportant, even harmful to identify Islamist radicalism as our enemy, Trump both knows and clearly names this ruthless enemy we face. Nor does Trump play the politically correct and deceitful game that all immigrants are the same, but distinguishes between those who enter the country with good intent, abiding by our laws, and those who enter with bad intent, flouting our laws. Unlike Hillary, he does not want to reward the latter with rights and privileges of American citizenship that they have illegally usurped. With Trump we should get real action on this issue– Hillary will just encourage thousands more illegals to come but spin it as being welcoming and compassionate. No, it is not compassionate to encourage law-breaking that in the end hurts Americans who are here legally!
 
So I will continue my case for Trump and against Hillary, but my main point was to say to the NeverTrumpers– let us not shoot ourselves in the foot! Would it not be better to have, over the next 4 years, a President who is at least conservative on some of the most critical issues we face than to have Hillary Clinton, and four more years of Obama-style policies? Thanks for listening.

 

Would it not be better to have, over the next 4 years, a President who is at least conservative on some of the most critical issues we face than to have Hillary Clinton, and four more years of Obama-style policies?

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Hillary/Obama Logic vs. Real Logic

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Let’s review again:

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recklessly, in violation of government rules and reasonable common sense, used an unsecured private server for email communications, which endangered national security by exposing sensitive classified information to our enemies. She failed to preserve all those emails as required but instead destroyed them, and to cap it off, repeatedly lied about this to the public. Now, she thinks she deserves a promotion?! (This doesn’t even factor in the debacle in Benghazi for which she was also investigated and proven a liar, and wherein her incompetence is at least in part responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans).

Well, that’s Hillary/Obama logic. American logic ought to say in response:

“Mrs. Hilton, you’re out of order. A person who fails in lesser duties to do that required of them, and exposes America to serious harm, and expresses no regret but rather refuses to be accountable for their actions, does not deserve a promotion to higher duties! You have escaped justice for the moment, using your powerful White House connections. But at the ballot box, God willing, the American people will execute their own justice and you will be sent home. And if there is any justice left in this world, the next President will re-open this case and correct this travesty of justice today, and you will indeed face the proper consequences for your actions.”

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Something This Way Stinketh

Hillary and the FBI

 

Outrageous and beyond disgraceful.  Today’s recommendation by FBI Director James B. Comey regarding the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a unsecured, private email server  for communicating highly security-sensitive government business is truly flabbergasting.   The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server found the following (bolding/underlining mine):

Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.

For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.

 

we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.

Then, there’s this:

The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014…

With respect to the thousands of e-mails we found that were not among those produced to State…

It is also likely that there are other work-related e-mails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, and that are now gone because they deleted all e-mails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.

OK, so let’s summarize:

  1. Hillary Clinton and her State Dept. were extremely careless in handling very sensitive, highly classified information.
  2. Any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position (or those working with her) should have known that using an unclassified system was totally inappropriate for the kind of information being transmitted.
  3. Hillary Clinton’s associates were hacked and though no direct evidence was found to show she herself was hacked, it is unlikely they would have found such evidence if she was hacked, and the FBI has good reasons to think she was possibly hacked.
  4. Thousands of emails that Clinton did not own (as a government employee they belonged to the government and were required to be preserved) were not preserved and not turned over but instead deleted.

OK, so all the above would lead you to believe an indictment is the next step, right?   Not so fast:

Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case (??). Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person’s actions, and how similar situations have been handled in the past.

In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.

To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.

What? So again, Hillary Clinton was not only extremely careless in handling highly sensitive classified information, so that any reasonable person in her position should have known better than to act as she did, but there are good reasons to suspect she was hacked by hostile agents, since her use of private email server was well-known, she used her unsecured system extensively while traveling outside the US including in hostile territories. and others with whom she was communicating were definitely hacked. And she did not preserve/turn over all the government emails as she was supposed to do, but actually deleted thousands of them on her own initiative!

Bottom line: Hillary Clinton through her use of a private server and failure to preserve government emails definitely acted wrongly.  She did something no reasonable person should do; and her actions exposed American secrets to our enemies. Even if she wasn’t hacked (which we don’t know for sure since hacking would likely not leave evidence behind), her actions were amazingly reckless and show a complete lack of judgment for someone in her position! 

Why then is she not being indicted?  Why is there one standard of justice for Hillary Clinton, and another for all us ordinary citizens who in her position would indeed be facing “consequences”!  Apparently the FBI Director’s reasoning goes like this,  “Yes, Hillary did not follow protocol, acted unreasonably, and was extremely careless with emails containing vital national security interests,  and by her actions possibly put these secrets into enemy hands, but she didn’t mean it, so we can’t indict!”

Something stinks real bad here.  This is an outrage!  America should not stand by and let this happen. I pray she will not.  Not only is Hillary Clinton disqualified by these actions from being the next President of the United States, she should most definitely face the consequences of her actions.

 

 

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Another rant on Trump (sorry)

OK, so Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has now been charged with battery against Michelle Fields, a reporter he claims he never touched or met! Look, the police are not going to charge someone without any evidence. But they do have evidence of an eyewitness  (Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, who has stood by his account that he saw Lewandowski grab Ms. Fields), as well as surveillance video of the alleged incident.

I have watched various videos of the incident many times–in them one sees Ms Fields is trying to get close to Donald Trump to ask him a question and one can clearly see Mr. Lewandowski reaching out from behind Fields with his left arm, grabbing Mrs. Field’s left arm, and yanking her back towards him & away from Trump. He then continues forward, moving past Ms Fields and following after Trump.

On the day of the incident,  sources to the Daily Beast even reported that “Mr. Lewandowski acknowledged to Breitbart’s Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, that he did manhandle Fields. Lewandowski’s explanation to Boyle, said these sources, was that he and Fields had never met before and that he didn’t recognize her as a Breitbart reporter, instead mistaking her for an adversarial member of the mainstream media.”‘ (As if his actions would be OK if it was a hostile reporter).

He later would deny he had even touched Fields, and then the Trump folks escalated into full-scale attack mode– casting Fields as an attention seeker and calling her delusional while saying she probably made up the story..

Now the woman was not badly hurt nor was she thrown to the ground– but she never said she was. All she has said was that someone grabbed her arm forcefully, almost knocking her off-balance, and that she spoke to a fellow reporter who witnessed the incident and told her the person who grabbed her was Mr. Lewandowski. Watching the video, it sure does appear it’s Lewandowski who is grabbing her from behind, and after puling her backwards immediately moves past her, which would explain why she didn’t really see who grabbed her.

Anyway my point in bringing up all of this is that once again, Mr. Trump acts reprehensibly. Instead of instructing his overzealous campaign manager to immediately issue an apology to this reporter (wouldn’t a decent person do this?) he essentially calls her a liar and allows his campaign staff to publicly malign the woman’s character, adding insult to injury. Had they apologized by acknowledging the campaign manager overstepped his bounds in his efforts to shield Mr. Trump, my guess is the reporter probably would have let it go. After all, she did not look or sound like she’d been badly hurt, just a little shaken at being manhandled. By instead attacking her character and motives they practically guaranteed she would press charges.  Apologies are not Mr. Trump’s style– which should give pause to all –because it reveals that he continues the pattern of attacking people he perceives as enemies and justifying plainly wrong acts by claiming others started it/deserve it. These are the actions of a childish bully.

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The Presidency Demands Maturity & Principles

Mr. Trump’s critics have been pointing out that Trump is no conservative despite his many protestations to the contrary.  His numerous previously stated liberal positions, as well as his current incoherent stance on Obamacare, tend to contradict his claims.  Trump’s so-called conservatism is inconsistent at best.  For example, in his CNN Townhall sitdown with Anderson Cooper, Mr. Trump said about Obamacare:
“I like the mandate…I don’t want people dying in the streets.”
Well, to borrow his phrase, “excuse me” Mr. Trump, but what is wrong with Obamacare above all else is its central mandate- that one must buy healthcare from the government or be taxed/fined.  This mandate is unconstitutional, un-American, and anti-liberty.   The Supreme Court decision that made this possible was unprecedented, and flat-out wrong. Other Presidential candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio understand this, in contrast to Mr. Trump.  How is Trump going to “repeal and replace” Obamacare when he currently (not 10 years ago) believes its central unconstitutional (and unconservative) principle- the mandate- must continue and defends it using a liberal talking point? Answer:  Obamacare will not be repealed or replaced properly by someone who holds such a view.  
In the last GOP debate Trump accused the last Republican President and leadership of being liars who launched the US into the Iraq War under false pretenses. Wow.  For a so-called Republican to make this charge against a former President, with millions watching, and again, using the Democrats’ own playbook– is a disgrace.  And now when challenged, Mr. Trump seems to want us to forget that he called the Bush administration liars a few days before.  Whatever one thinks of the Bush administration’s decision to enter the Iraq War, it is irresponsible and unseemly for the currently leading Republican candidate to make such accusations about a Republican President.  This manner of attacking others has been a consistent pattern for Mr. Trump. But being brash, bold, politically incorrect, un-beholden to special interests, or whatever, does not justify or excuse the boorish, reckless words that come out of Donald Trump’s mouth.
Being brash, bold, politically incorrect, un-beholden to special interests, etc., does not justify or excuse the boorish, reckless words that come out of Donald Trump’s mouth.
The President’s most important task is to protect the security of America as Commander-in-Chief of the world’s most powerful army. This demands a person of mature character, not only strong and resolute, but also cool in judgment, certainly, not a hothead.   Judging by his behavior merely throughout the course of his presidential campaign, the egotistical, thin-skinned Trump woefully fails to meet this standard.  From the beginning of his campaign Trump has uttered rash and even crude words; and has engaged in juvenile, petty fights with anyone he perceives as the slightest threat to his election chances.  Baseless ad hominem attacks against others has been his modus operandi.  We need a Commander-in-Chief made of better stuff than this.  As I have said before, the fact that the President is not our Pastor-in-Chief doesn’t mean he ought not to be a man of principle, nobility and wise words.
The fact that the President is not our Pastor-in-Chief doesn’t mean he ought not to be a man of principle, nobility and wise words.
 Character counts– it reveals the kind of person someone is– what governs them as human beings, and helps us predict what they would do under challenging circumstances.  Of course according to Scripture all human beings are sinful, and therefore all sin and make mistakes.   We ought to be gracious towards the sins and mistakes of others, recognizing we ourselves are deeply flawed.  Nevertheless, in everyday life we still hold people accountable for their actions and evaluate character based on fruit (actions).  For example, when hiring someone for a job, we look for evidence (their past record) that they not only have the skills necessary to perform the sought after job with excellence, but also the maturity to perform the work ethically and responsibly.   Presidential candidates are seeking perhaps the most important job in the world -President of the United States- one that involves more grave and sobering responsibilities than most.  We as voters also have a serious task before us, and must exercise great wisdom and responsibility ourselves, as we choose our next President.  Many conservative voters, motivated by justifiable anger and frustration with the status quo, have been aligning behind Mr.Trump, who on the surface promises to break through political correctness and empty promises to get things done.  I share the frustration of many.  Nevertheless,  it is my view that Mr. Trump has neither by actions or words, demonstrated the consistency of principle, the depth of character, the nuance and clarity of position, or the maturity that would make him the best qualified person to become President of the United States.

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