GOP Debate, 2/25, 8:30 PM; FERRO – AFP 3/5; JANET – CFL Meeting 3/2/16.
SPAKOVSKY – BO & non-citizen voters.
GOP: ERICKSON – No Trump; YORK- Don still floating; PODHORETZ – Don deal; NY DAILY NEWS – Stop him now.
LEADS: McCAUGHEY – BO loots the treasury; ZITO – SC blacks tired of being stuck; McCARTHY – Apple & the constitution.
END NOTES: BRODY – Weimar this morning; GRAHAM – Farewell America.
February 25th, 8:30 PM, GOP Debate on CNN
Kathryn Ferro, AFP: 21st Century Education Summit, March 5th (rescheduled from January due to snow)
Penn State Great Valley inside the Conference Center
30 E. Swedesford Rd. Malvern, PA 19355
9:00am – 1:30pm
Speakers and breakout sessions: come find out what your options are as a parent in PA, and support the important issues of school choice and education reform.
Find full agenda and register at: https://afpfpaeducationsummit.eventbrite.com
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550 American Ave. Suite 201
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Janet: Citizens for Liberty
Wednesday, March 2 at 7 PM – 9 PM
170 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
We are honored to present Mr. Kim Stolfer, Chairman, Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC). With all of the talk about shredding our 2nd Amendment, is this a possibility, can this actually be taken away from us? What about law-abiding citizens and our God-given and Constitutional rights? Remember, everything Hitler did was legal! Find out EXACTLY what YOU can, and can not do as an American citizen, right in your OWN backyard. What is legal, what is illegal, what are your rights? Have YOUR questions ready! FOAC is a non-partisan, non-connected Political Action Committee (PAC) organized to empower ‘all’ gun owners, outdoor enthusiasts, and supporters of the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, and Article 1, Section 21 and 25 of the PA Constitution, with the tools and information necessary to protect Freedom from transgression. FOAC philosphy: In a free society, no citizen should ever have to justify the assertion of a fundamental right. Indeed, unless there is a compelling reason, government should never inhibit exercise of privilege either. A very general premise is that the best government is the least government. Kim will inform us of the controversial Reciprocity, and the so-called gun show loophole. We will also be informed of any and all pertinent information of gun control in PA and the country, as a whole. *JOE GALE *Meet Joe Gale. The new Montgomery County Commissioner. A historic victory. Find out exactly why this campaign made national news, and what Joe is doing today! The newly elected Montgomery County Commissioner will speak to us about his HISTORIC and NATIONALLY KNOWN campaign, for this seat. The PA political establishment tried to ruin his spotless reputation. Joe now claims victory, and puts people over politics. Meet Joe. Hear his story. Up close and personal! -We will introduce several more PA candidates vying for a place on the primary ballot. Names to be announced. -Once again, we will be collecting gently used men’s and women’s clothing (please no frayed, or noticeably worn), warm blankets, canned food (please no out-dated) and bottled water, as well as toiletries, for the 15 homeless veteran encampments in Bucks County, and 1 in Valley Forge National Historical Park. We literally collected a couple thousand items at our February event that were delivered to Salute2Service for distribution. And if you can lend a hand transporting to the person distributing items please contact Janet Warnsdorfer at email@example.com or call (610) 469-3268. FREE potluck dinner buffet. Bring a snack or a dish to share, or just come and enjoy!
Encryption . . .
Gossip is that the WaPo, NYT, WSJ, and Google are supporting Apple’s position. And there is talk of demonstrations tomorrow at Apple Stores. Remembering other government security programs (TSA, NSA, & the IRS), I took my phone in to T-Mobile yesterday, learned that it IS encrypted, and celebrated at Starbucks with black cherry yogurt and a white chocolate mocha. And I forgot about my clutch repair ($1100) and having to replace my water pump ($300 for the pump: I will install it). . .
“On Tuesday, demonstrators plan to gather at more than a dozen Apple locations, including large cities such as New York and smaller locations in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Ridgeland, Mo., Fight for the Future spokeswoman Evan Greer said. Thousands were invited through a Facebook events page and hundreds indicated they might attend.
“Apple’s legal tussle ‘is one of the biggest moments in this important fight in the ongoing debate over encryption and security,’ Ms. Greer said. ‘Doing it in front of Apple stores makes it tangible.’ . . .”
George Will, NRO: “Trump Relishes Wrecking Republicans” “. . . Four days before Saturday’s South Carolina primary, Obama improved Donald Trump’s standing with Republicans by volubly deploring him and cannily placing him in the Republican mainstream: “He says in more interesting ways what the other [Republican] candidates are saying.” Not exactly. Certainly not last week when Trump said, “I like the [Obamacare] mandate.” He thereby disparaged one of conservatism’s greatest recent achievements — persuading five Supreme Court justices that the mandate is not justifiable as a regulation of interstate commerce, so the Constitution’s commerce clause is not an infinitely elastic empowerment of Congress. Trump was not saying “what the other candidates are saying” when last week he said: “Every single other [Republican] candidate is going to cut the hell out of your Social Security.” Trump so relishes causing Republican wreckage that he went on to attack House Speaker Paul Ryan. Recalling the Democrats’ 2011 ad depicting a Ryan-like figure pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair off a cliff, Trump suggested that the ad was fair commentary on Ryan’s proposed entitlement reforms. Trump’s plan for reforming entitlements probably is to get Mexico to pay for them, after it finances The Wall.
“Many South Carolina Evangelicals, like those in Iowa, showed, shall we say, Christian forgiveness toward Trump, who boasts of his sexual athleticism, embraces torture, and promises to kill terrorists’ families. Or perhaps these remarkable Evangelicals think his myriad conversions-of-convenience (his serial adjustments of his “convictions” in time for this campaign) constitute being “born again.” This is an interesting interpretation of John 3:7. As the Republican party contemplates putting forward this florid face, the Democratic party, clinging to Hillary Clinton like a shipwrecked sailor clinging to a spar, celebrates her Nevada achievement. ’Twas a famous victory.
“Trailing clouds of seediness sufficient already to have convinced 56 percent of Americans that she is neither honest nor trustworthy, Clinton won only 53 percent against an opponent who says that, after seven years of a Democratic presidency, America is a fetid swamp of rising inequality and multiplying injustices. Criticizing Bernie Sanders for criticizing Obama, Clinton promises continuity with an administration that (according to a Gallup poll this month) has convinced 71 percent of likely general-election voters that America is on the wrong track. Her Nevada triumph was sealed by African Americans, and she evidently plans to erase Sanders by stoking racial insecurities and grievances. If she plans to win the presidency by reassembling and reinvigorating the Obama coalition, she has work to do with another component of it: In three contests now, Sanders has crushed her among 18- to-29-year-olds; most voters this age are too young to remember either her husband or when she was not an establishment fixture.
“The Republican process of picking Clinton’s opponent already has, before the fourth delegate-selection event, pruned the field from 17 to five, with only four — Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich, but not Ben Carson — that have arguable paths to the nomination. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431684/trumps-wrecking-gop-obamas-help
Hans von Spakovsky, NRO: “The Obama Administration Wants to Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote in the Upcoming Election”
“Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them. On February 12, these groups filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal court seeking to reverse a recent decision by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The Commission’s decision allows Kansas and other states, including Arizona and Georgia, to enforce state laws ensuring that only citizens register to vote when they use a federally designed registration form. An initial hearing in the case is set for Monday afternoon, February 22. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431676/obama-administration-enabling-noncitizen-voting
GOP . . .
Erick Erickson, Resurgent: “I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump. Ever.”
“When I wrote in National Review that I was against Donald Trump, I said and have maintained since his entry into the race that if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, I would support him. No longer.
“Donald Trump believes the federal government should fund Planned Parenthood. Donald Trump believes there are good things the child killers do. What is most damning is how so many are willing to be compromised by Donald Trump.
“For eight years the conservative movement compromised itself as a wing of George W. Bush’s Republican Party. The movement became ill defined and conservative became a synonym with Republican.
“Already we are seeing pastors and religious leaders compromising their integrity to vote for Donald Trump. Jerry Falwell, Jr. has joined the whores of Moloch, defending Trump’s Planned Parenthood statement on Twitter. Falwell presides over an institution that expels students who have abortions, but is willing to give positive lip service to Trump saying there are good things Planned Parenthood does.
“If Trump were elected President, there would be members of the pro-life movement who would compromise their convictions for access to power.
“If Trump were elected, portions of the conservative movement would compromise the movement to be one degree from Donald Trump. The intellectual institutions on which we have made our case for limited government and freedom would crumble.
“And on top of it all, the oligarchs would be just fine. They would coddle and humor a President Trump, a man of mountainous ego, and get their way while the very people Donald Trump promises to help would get table scraps. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Trump win confounds critics who thought gaffes would do him in”
“SPARTANBURG, S.C. — For months, Donald Trump’s antagonists in rival campaigns, in the GOP establishment and in the punditocracy have believed the time would come, someday, when Trump would say something so outrageous, so over-the-top, so out there that the scales would finally fall from his supporters’ eyes and the Trump candidacy would collapse. The South Carolina campaign, some believed, would be that time. After all, in the course of a week, Trump had dumped all over popular former President George W. Bush, had said good things about Planned Parenthood, and had gotten into a weird tiff with the pope. Surely now…
“But no. Despite it all, Trump surged to a ten-point victory here in South Carolina Saturday. And talks with Trump voters who came to the Spartanburg Marriott to celebrate suggest that the very statements that drive Trump’s critics to distraction actually serve to strengthen his position with his supporters.
“At the Marriott, I asked Trump voters the most basic question: Why did you pick Trump over the other guys?
“‘The big reason is honesty,’ said Lori Jagla, of Woodward, S.C. ‘The more I hear everyone else going, ‘Isn’t he going too far?’ the more [I think], ‘No, you just wait, you get into America, and it’s not too far. It’s what we’re thinking.’. . .”
John Podhoretz, NY Post: “If Trump’s foes don’t unite soon, it’s a Don deal”
“Donald Trump’s victory in South Carolina proves that in 2016, the GOP has split into two. There is the Trump party. And there is the not-Trump party.
“In raw terms, the Trump party isn’t especially strong. Voting has concluded in three states. The results there and all kinds of polling on favorability among Republicans suggests he’s got a natural ceiling between 35 and 40 percent. An AP poll conducted this week says 60 percent of GOP voters—60 percent!—have a negative view of Trump.
“This is the not-Trump party.
“And yet, in that same AP poll, 86 percent of Republican voters say they think Trump can win in November. In light of their dislike, Republicans appear to be making a depressing concession to the dark reality of the present moment—the same dark reality with which everyone who is not in Trump’s thrall is grappling. . .”
NY Daily News: “Donald Trump has exploited a dark vision of America, and must be stopped”
“Donald Trump’s victory in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary brought the party’s nominating contest to a critical stage with but nine days until the March 1 primaries in 12 states ranging from Texas to Massachusetts.
“Voters are no longer simply selecting a candidate to amplify their anger and send a message to what they view as a corrupt party establishment. They are closing in on choosing the standard-bearer of the Party of Lincoln — and, if things break the GOP’s way in November, a President.
“With so much at stake so quickly, America can only hope that, at long last, GOP voters will curb Trump’s juggernaut in favor of a mainstream candidate who suggests he has the character to occupy the White House.
“Trump has ridden high as a tribune of anger at diminished national economic opportunity and Washington paralysis, compounded by upset that control of Congress has failed to deliver conservative policy gains.
“Propelled by the fury, Trump has successfully exploited a dark vision of America; spouted insults, vulgarities and falsehoods; proposed plans that are impossible, inane or both, and dominated both the debate and his rivals. . .”
LEADS . . .
Betsy McCaughey, NY Post: “Obama is looting the Treasury to pay off insurers”
“The Obama administration will tell any lie and break any law to prevent the president’s signature health-care program from collapsing.
“Insurance companies such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna are losing billions trying to sell ObamaCare plans, and the risk is they’ll drop out at the end of 2016. No insurance companies means no ObamaCare.
“In 2014, the White House tried to avert that disaster by promising insurers a taxpayer-funded bailout, but public outrage and quick action by Sen. Marco Rubio put a stop to it. Now the administration is at it again.
“Desperate to keep insurers on board, the administration scrambled to find another pot of money. Unfortunately, once again, a big part of that money pot belongs to the public.
“President Obama doesn’t seem to care. On Feb. 12, the administration announced that the money will be handed out to insurers — a whopping $7.7 billion this year alone. “But it’s not just expensive: That huge handout to the insurance industry is also illegal. . .”
Salena Zito, RCP: “Black S. Carolina Voters Tired of Being ‘Stuck’”
“It’s so hard to express how it feels, other than to say I just have this overwhelming sense of being stuck,” she said.
“She daintily picked over a late lunch at Brown’s Bar-B-Q along U.S. Route 52 in Williamsburg County. A rural county that is more than 65 percent black, Williamsburg routinely holds one of the state’s highest unemployment rankings; nearly 30 percent of its residents live in poverty.
“McKnight lives on disability; she has just spent the morning at her weekly dialysis treatment. Neatly dressed in a purple blouse with silver jewelry, she is slow but powerful in describing life in the county seat.
All around, evidence of decayed manufacturing is overwhelming. “Jesus Saves” signs dot the road every mile or so, as do small churches offering clever signs to persuade the traveler to walk inside.
“‘I don’t want both of my kids to stay here and continue this feeling of being stuck,’ she said, describing the emotional and financial toll of poverty. ‘I am trying to encourage them to move out.’
“Tears well and her voice cracks. ‘But because they don’t want to leave me, they want to be close to me, they stay.’
“This old farming and factory town in the rural lowlands is laced with Southern charm. What it does not have is jobs.
“Baxter Healthcare, once the largest employer, left for Malaysia in 1994 during the Clinton administration, taking more than 800 jobs. That was followed by the textile mills, including the four Kingstree Knit plants that put 900 people out of work between 1995 and 1996. The Tip Top Tees plant is closed, as are the furniture and chemical plants.
“A few years ago, the Firestone plant locked its doors.
“‘They have even closed our hospital,’ McKnight said of the suspended operations at Williamsburg Regional Hospital. Fall floods rendered more than half of the facility unusable. Authorities say the closure is temporary but McKnight believes “they will likely outright close it.”
“She might be right: Rural hospitals like Kingstree’s have buckled under low tax bases in impoverished communities, the high percentage of uninsured patients and a health care system that encourages outpatient treatment instead of hospital stays.
“McKnight is the voter Hillary Clinton is supposed to have locked up — female, older than 50 and black — except she isn’t: ‘Oh no, I like Bernie Sanders. When I hear and watch him speak about the issues, there is an authenticity that he truly believes what he is saying.’ . . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “However Clumsily, Apple Is Affirming a Constitutional Principle”
“Imagine that a group of us invents our own new language. Let’s say we’re eleven in all, the size of a football team that relies on hand signals and barks of “Omaha!” code to deceive the opponent and move the ball down the field.
“Could the government ban us from speaking our new language to each other or from using it until some FBI linguists mastered it? And all on the off chance that we might use our new language to carry out a terrorist attack, execute a massive fraud, conduct a child-porn enterprise, or commit some other heinous offense. Could the government tell us that literature, poetry, and innovation in our new language could evolve only as ploddingly as government agents could keep up? Our collective creativity would be stifled. We’d be presumed innocent in court if we ever actually committed a crime. Could the government nevertheless decide that it must — for our own good, of course — presume us guilty in our daily lives?
“Put another way: Has there been a tectonic shift in our conception of civil rights? In constitutional theory, individual rights come from our Creator. They pre-exist the Bill of Rights. Constitutional guarantees merely safeguard our rights; they do not grant our rights in the first place. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431640/apple-fbi-phone-privacy-san-bernardino
END NOTES . . .
James Brody: Weimar This Morning
“…German socialists had envisaged socialism not as a process of spontaneous self-organization by the masses but as an expansion of public administration designed to promote the general welfare” Peukert, 1992, 30)
Oswald Spengler (1918) elaborated a theory that civilizations cycle through seasons. Each has its spring, summer, fall, and winter. He and Toynbee (1958) could have added the United States to the model. The Weimar Republic, born in the ashes of WWI in 1918, died in January 1933 when Adolph Hitler started to rule by diktat and ended the Weimar parliament.
We are twins of Weimar.
- Urban centers dominated society. They have social workers, police, and politicians that respond to every human complaint. Washington has become our Berlin. And “sanctuary” cities ignore federal rules for the benefit of immigrants, labor, drug users, and politicians who want federal money.
- Berlin was the stage for new fashions in dress, entertainment, employment, and sex roles. Women were more adaptable to Berlin jobs, shopping, and entertainment. Men, often beggars who carried war wounds were also unemployed (We have our own scandals of untreated veterans), engaged in homosexual partnerships, or spend their afternoons in cafes and evenings in clubs. (Poets, writers, painters, sculptors, and photographers formed cults just as did the uneducated youth. Many young soldiers died with an underlined copy of Rilke’s poetry in their shirt.)
- There were more than eight political parties: The Russian-oriented communists (two kinds!), German socialists, Catholic conservatives, business owners, rural estate owners, civil servants, artists, veterans, and bewildered small-towners. Many youth merged with veterans groups (Freikorps) and fought battles in the streets. (Do Black Lives Matter?)
- The military was decimated by the war, limited by the Versailles Treaty, but protected by conservatives.
- Germany was to pay reparations to France, Belgium, and Britain but paid less than demanded and by means of loans from the United States. The American crash of ’29 crippled German reparations as well as seeding bureaucracies in America (Shlaes, 2008).
- Government debt was managed by printing more money. A single dollar was eventually worth billions of marks. “In January 1923 the wholesale price index was already 2,783 times higher than its 1913 level; by December 1923 it was 1,261 thousand million times higher.” (Peukert, p 64,) The “Rentenmark” was issued with a value of one million million old marks and anchored by gold. One dollar was worth 4.2 Rentenmarks. (Minimum wages now step upwards in the United States and government debt is greater than ever before.)
- Nature was rediscovered: swarms moved to forests, field, lakes, and to nude gymnastics on the weekends. (Americans now shop for exercise equipment, run marathons, argue about football, and buy athletic shirts and sneakers). It was the “natural” thing in Berlin; “organic” was gospel and influenced the design of stores, apartments, and schools.
A decade of ineffectual parliaments ended when Bismark thought he could control Hitler just as we think we can control Obama and Trump. . . we welcome tyrants so long as they are our tyrant . . .
Brody, James (2015) The Moral Strumpet. Create Space (Amazon)
Clark, Gregory (2014) The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
Peukert, Detlev (1992) The Weimar Republic. NY: Hill & Wang.
Shlaes, Amity (2008) The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. NY: HarperCollins.
Spengler, Oswald (1918/2006) Decline of the West. NY: Vintage.
Toynbee, Arnold (1958) Civilization on Trial and The World and the West. NY: Meridian.
Franklin Graham: A Sermon
“Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida in January 2015, when he said America will not come back. He wrote:
‘The American dream ended on November 6th, 2012 in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind. A coalition of blacks, Latinos, feminists, government workers, union members, environmental extremists, the media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the “forever needy,” the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers” have ended Norman Rockwell’s America.
You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take zealots, not moderates and shy!, not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status. People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will probably never again be able to legally comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.
“The cocker spaniel is off the front porch, the pit bull is in the back yard. The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’ and the likes of Chicago shyster David Axelrod along with international socialist George Soros have been pulling the strings on their beige puppet have brought us Act 2 of the New World Order. The curtain will come down but the damage has been done, the story has been told.
‘Those who come after us will once again have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to white guilt and political correctness. . .’ . . .”