A Culture in Collapse: Below is a great essay on the challenges facing America and Western Civilization as we know it.
I would highly encourage you to read it and share it.
“American civilization has been turned upside down, and we have a rendezvous soon with the once unthinkable and unimaginable.”
Border Deal – Amnesty?: It’s a secret, behind closed doors deal…so we can’t confirm that everything reported is fact.
But what has been leaked and currently reported is a HORRIBLE “Amnesty Light” for illegal immigrants that will ONLY encourage more illegal immigrants to invade our country.
This is way out of hand. The Democrats have opened the borders and are changing America for the worse.
Why people vote for open borders, riots in the streets, endless shoplifting, and unenforced laws is hard to understand?!?
Elections have consequences and voting for liberal/progressive Democrats is a curse our children and grandchildren will have to live with.
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WaPo slaps Biden WH with ‘three Pinocchios,’ knocks ‘spin’ that House GOP voted to cut Border Patrol agents
‘It’s a classic Washington game to misleadingly cite a lawmaker’s past votes…
The Washington Post slapped the Biden White House with three “Pinocchios” over claims it had made about GOP lawmakers bearing some responsibility over the migrant crisis at the border, chalking it up as “spin.”
On Friday, the Post’s chief fact-checker Glenn Kessler took White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and deputy press secretary Andrew Bates to task over their repeated assertions that House Republicans voted last May to “eliminate 2,000 Border Patrol agents” as the country continues seeing a record number of border crossings.
“But there is a big problem with this number,” Kessler wrote. “It’s not based on an actual vote on the Homeland Security budget. Instead, it’s a White House estimate on the impact of a bill the House passed in 2023 as an opening bid in budget talks with the Biden administration. When it came to an actual vote for border security, the House in September passed an appropriations bill that funded an additional 1,795 Border Patrol agents. That was four times the increase (350 agents) that President Biden had requested in his own 2024 budget proposal.”
Dem Party ID Reaches Record Low Ahead Of 2024: POLL
A record low percentage of Americans identified as Democrats in 2023 ahead of a contentious presidential election year, according to a Friday poll.
Only 27% of Americans self-identify as Democrats, reaching the smallest figure for the party in Gallup’s recorded history, according to the survey. Republicans received the same amount of support, though it didn’t represent the GOP’s lowest figure, and 43% of Americans identified as independents.
Republicans’ lowest recorded figure was in 2013 when only 25% of Americans identified with the party, according to Gallup. The lowest figure for Democrats prior to 2023 came in 2017 and 2015 at 29%.
The 43% figure for independents is tied with its record high in 2014, according to the survey.
A Culture in Collapse
American civilization has been turned upside down, and we have a rendezvous soon with the once unthinkable and unimaginable.
In the last six months, we have borne witness to many iconic moments evidencing the collapse of American culture.
The signs are everywhere and cover the gamut of politics, the economy, education, social life, popular culture, foreign policy, and the military. These symptoms of decay share common themes.
Our descent is self-induced; it is not a symptom of a foreign attack or subterfuge. Our erosion is not the result of poverty and want, but of leisure and excess. We are not suffering from existential crises of famine, plague, or the collapse of our grid and fuel sources. Prior, far poorer, and war-torn generations now seem far better off than what we are becoming.
What is happening to us is not due to an adherence to a too strict conservative tradition but is almost exclusively the wage of the progressive project.
In short, we are seeing fissures that America has not experienced in our cultural history since the Civil War. The radical Left apparently feels such chaos, anarchy, and nihilism are necessary to topple past norms and customs and thereby adhere to a socialist, equity agenda that no one in normal times would stomach.
Some of the decay is existential and fundamental; some anecdotal and illustrative. But either way, while decline came about gradually over decades, its sudden and abrupt chaos during the three years of Biden’s presidency has shocked Americans.
‘We just hit rock bottom on chaos’: Battleground state GOPs besieged with leadership fights
Michigan, Florida, and Nevada are facing leadership crises heading into the 2024 elections.
Michigan Republican Party Chair Kristina Karamo is in the midst of a leadership fight, after onetime allies voted to oust her over concerns about the direction of the party.
Michigan Republicans are in a power struggle over control of the state party and tried to remove their leader last weekend. Their counterparts in Florida ousted their party chair on Monday over rape allegations. And Nevada’s party leader was indicted last month for being a fake elector in the 2020 election.
Leadership crises are engulfing battleground state Republican parties right as the presidential election kicks into high gear.
The challenges are a distraction that draws unwanted headlines when the party should instead be preparing for tough 2024 elections. And at worst, some Republicans worry, it could threaten some core electioneering functions — like the ability to attract and maintain donors to fund field programs or have an effective in-state messaging shop — that would make candidates’ lives harder even if it probably wouldn’t be a nail in the coffin of their electoral hopes.
Senate GOP Border Deal Leaked: Migrants to Get Work Permits, Lawyers, Green Cards
The Senate GOP leadership’s draft border deal with the White House would reward illegal migration and encourage more foreign graduates to take jobs from American graduates, says the Immigration Accountability Project.
“There’s nothing in there that [restricts immigration], in fact, it’s just going to encourage more people to come,” said Chris Chmielenski, president of the Immigration Accountability Project, adding:
It essentially authorizes the Biden administration to continue to catch and release people into the country. It authorizes them to give them work permits [to illegal migrants and] authorizes them to grant parole [legal status] to everybody that they’re able to funnel to a port of entry.
The Republicans got played by the Democrats, he said. “The Republicans went to the auto shop to get their car fixed and walked out with a broken cup holder,” said Chmielenski, who posted the details in a tweet:
Border deal would:
1) Increase green cards by 50,000/year
2) Work permits for adult children of H-1B holders
3) Immediate work permits to every illegal alien released from custody
4) Taxpayer funded lawyers to certain UACs and mentally incompetent aliens
5) Expulsion authority for a limited number of days ONLY if encounters exceed 5k/day over a seven day period
6) Restricts parole for those who enter without authorization between ports of entry
Chmielenski’s report matches a report from CBS and comments from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
The still-secret draft deal “is a sellout — it’s going to continue to allow illegal immigration,” Paul told Fox News on January 9. “It’s saying, ‘Oh, we’ll let 5,000 people come illegally a day, and then after that, we might try to stop the next 5,000 that day,’” he said, adding, “It’s completely a sellout.”
Special counsel Jack Smith wasn’t lawfully appointed, can’t prosecute Trump, legal scholars say
Former President Ronald Reagan’s attorney general and two law professors who clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia are challenging special counsel Jack Smith‘s authority to prosecute former President Donald Trump, saying a private citizen can’t bring criminal charges.
Former Attorney General Edwin Meese and law professors Steven Calabresi and Gary Lawson, in a 25-page filing to the Supreme Court, say there’s no constitutional or statutory authority for Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s appointment of Mr. Smith to conduct the high-level criminal investigation of Mr. Trump because he was a private citizen and not confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Smith previously worked as a U.S. attorney, but at the time of his appointment in November 2022 was living overseas in the Netherlands, according to reports.
They say a lawfully appointed special counsel would have had to serve in the Justice Department after being appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Lawful special counsel appointments in the past, they said, included Patrick Fitzgerald, who served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Rod Rosenstein, who was also a U.S. attorney, as were John Huber and John Durham.
“What federal statutes and the Constitution do not allow, however, is for the Attorney General to appoint a private citizen, who has never been confirmed by the Senate, as a substitute United States Attorney under the title ‘Special Counsel.’ That is what happened on November 18, 2022. That appointment was unlawful, as are all the legal actions that have flowed from it,” they wrote.
Elon Musk Rightly Says Arizona Doesn’t Verify Federal Voter Citizenship — But The Feds Don’t Let Them
The federal government forces states like Arizona to give federal ballots to potential noncitizens, but messy voter rolls make matters worse.
A post from Elon Musk this week drew attention to the fact that no proof of citizenship is required to vote in federal elections in Arizona — but the real scandal is even more alarming.
On the surface, Musk is correct is his assertion that “Arizona clearly states that no proof of citizenship is required for federal elections.” But that’s not necessarily by the Grand Canyon State’s design.
Election law expert Hans von Spakovsky says Arizona can thank a bad 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling for the confusion.
The high court struck down an Arizona law that required voters to show proof of citizenship in national elections. In the majority opinion (7-2), the late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the state law conflicted with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which mandates states “accept and use” the standardized federal voter registration form for national elections. The NVRA form, developed by the federal Election Assistance Commission, does not require proof of citizenship. It only asks an applicant “aver, under penalty of perjury, that he is a citizen.”
In other words, the honor system.
Liz Cheney vs Stefan Passantino: The Jan. 6 Committee Fraud
It’s becoming increasingly clear that U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney was dishonest, manipulative, and destructive while serving on the Jan. 6 Committee.
A lawsuit filed by my friend and long-time attorney Stefan Passantino on Dec. 20, 2023 lays it out.
I know both participants well. I entered Congress in 1978 with Liz Cheney’s father, Dick Cheney. I watched Liz Cheney become a competent, effective implementor of American policy around the world. Few things have made me sadder than watching her drift into an anti-Trump fanaticism – which ultimately convinced her that breaking the rules, destroying innocent people, and pandering fake news were justified behaviors.
Years later, I got to know Stefan Passantino. Since 1998, he has been legal counsel for me and for our companies. He is a thoughtful, scholarly, and deeply ethical attorney. Passantino represents his clients with integrity and a passionate commitment to protecting them and seeing justice done.
I was proud of Passantino when he served as Deputy White House Counsel focusing on federal compliance and government ethics. We could not have imagined how he would later be smeared and lied about by Congresswoman Liz Cheney and the Jan. 6 Committee.
Liz Cheney and the committee’s ongoing process of dishonesty, violating attorney-client privilege, and leaking to friendly leftwing media was a total perversion of the congressional system. It was a dishonest effort to destroy innocent people of integrity with one-sided lies and smears…
…History will not grant Liz Cheney or the Jan. 6 Committee members the profile in courage they wanted. It will record a profile in deception, distortion, and vengeance.
The Military’s Increasing Politicization
Chairman Grothman, Ranking Member Garcia, members of this subcommittee, and my fellow panelists.
Initial Entry Training in the U.S. Army is meant to melt away the effects of civilian life, and to forge Americans into soldiers ready to devote their lives to the mass application of violence on behalf of American interests. Initial Entry Training must sweat and bleed the individual who reported for duty, because the Army knows the life of American citizens, bred in individualism and liberalism, is not suited for an easy transition to military service. Policymakers would do well to acknowledge this civil-military distinction.
The American military is a professional fighting force built on competencies and values not commonly found in civil society. Thankfully so, for we do not raise our children under the presumption of a violent life, and most do not even consider joining the military.
Because the stakes of military operations are so high, the military must define itself by a commitment to the professional factors that make servicemembers and units more effective. Even though the years of all-out war are beyond our memory, the perils of an uncertain future make the stakes of military policy unquestionably high.
The military must only consider factors of personnel, programs, and policy that genuinely better the Armed Forces’ ability to fight and win our nation’s wars. Merit must not be the first consideration, but the exclusive lens through which elected officials and military leaders make decisions.