Douglas V. Gibbs of Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary, has been featured on "Hannity" and "Fox and Friends" on Fox News Channel, and other television shows and networks. Doug is a Radio Host on KMET 1490-AM on Saturdays with his Constitution Radio program, as well as a longtime podcaster, conservative political activist, writer and commentator. Doug can be reached at douglasvgibbs [at] yahoo.com or constitutionspeaker [at] yahoo.com.
It has always fascinated me that the liberal left progressives regularly use the Supremacy Clause as an excuse for the unconstitutional control the federal government wields over the States, but when the Supremacy Clause is actually violated, they suddenly ask about States’ Rights and disregard the presence of the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution.
President Obama used the Supremacy Clause against Arizona S.B. 1050, that State’s immigration law, saying that if the federal government chooses not to enforce immigration law, as per the Supremacy Clause, the States cannot have laws contrary to that federal inaction. Never mind that in Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution the President is instructed to “faithfully execute the laws of the United States.”
Moderation, is the key. For example, food can be a good thing, but if you go to any extreme, be it eating too much, or eating too little, you run the risk of being overweight, or starving yourself to death. Moderation is an important concept in pretty much everything.
In politics, the term “moderation” has come to mean something that is not necessarily true. The extreme leftward lean of the Democrats is so extreme that to them moderation leans leftward, just not as far left as they. Anything not within their extreme reach is accused of being extremely to the right. The Republican Party, especially the Tea Party and Trump supporters of the GOP, are far right, in the opinion of the far left Democrats. Alt-right is another term they use for it. Except, the term, and the idea of far right extremism, is being greatly exaggerated.
Ben Carson is so intelligent, it screws up the liberal leftists who believe they are smarter than everyone else. For example, the liberal left was all over Ben Carson in November of 2015 when he said, “Jefferson, seemed to have very deep insight into the way that people would react and tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control people’s natural tendencies and control the natural growth of the government.” Thomas Jefferson, however, was in France during the Constitutional Convention in 1787, so the Democrats and their minions leaped all over it, and accused Dr. Carson of being in error.
Was the whole thing about having allegations about Russian intrusion into our election all about covering up the fact that the Democrats were wire-tapping Trump, and other Republicans, already? But, to avoid a Watergate scenario, in case it was found out, they could simply attach it to the Russian influence allegations? Was the plan to point fingers at the GOP and Russia being in cahoots with each other dreamed up so as to explain away illegal, Watergate-style wiretapping, so that it would be easier to get away with it in case the reality of what the Democrats were doing got out there?
I began the conversation. “So here we are, we’ve got Donald Trump, puts out this tweet. Here’s what he tweeted on Twitter. Say that five times fast. ‘How long has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process, this is Nixon Watergate, bad, or sick guy.’ Watergate refers to the early [1970s]* political Scandal which forced the resignation of President Richard Nixon, Republican. It involved members of a campaign team to reelect the president being caught breaking into the Democratic party’s headquarters in the Watergate building and bugging their offices. Trump also tweeted regarding this thing about the possibility of Obama tapping his phones; ‘Terrible just found out that Obama had my wires tapped in Trump Tower, just before the victory, nothing found, this is McCarthyism.’ McCarthyism was coined after the hunt for communists inside the American government and country of the early 1950s. Trump later added, ‘Is it legal for a sitting president to be wire tapping a race for president prior to an election turned down by a court earlier; a new low.’
The whole mess about Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, shoe sales, and other accessories, is not about retail sales or whether or not the daughter of President Trump has a product capable of performing in the current market. Sure, Kellyanne Conway should not have plugged Ivanka’s products. She holds an official government position, and she’s not supposed to promote any product on the market, but she’s new at this, she now knows about the ethics questions that have arisen (the Trump administration says she has been “counseled” on the issue), and she now realizes (though I think she already knew this) how far the liberal left is willing to go to politicize anything and everything they can to destroy their opposition.
The liberal left loonies have been hounding Nordstrom to drop Ivanka’s products since last year. The liberal left is in such shock that their destined-to-break-the-glass-ceiling candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost the Presidential Election in 2016 that they are lashing out in a manner we have actually seen before. Trump is Hitler in the minds of the Democrats (a.k.a. Marxists, Socialists, Statists, Leftists, Utopianists, and all of the rest of the “ism” chasers), as was George W. Bush, therefore, anyone and anything associated with Donald J. Trump in any manner must be silenced, destroyed, or at least boycotted.
When Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February of 2016, the Democrats were excited. They want to dominate the Supreme Court with judges who are willing to sacrifice the Constitution for their leftist narrative, and with the very conservative Scalia dying, and the very liberal Barack Obama in office, the path to Supreme Court domination seemed to be within their grasp. The Republican-controlled Congress, however, was not so quick to grant the Democrats their wish. Merrick Garland was Obama’s choice, and the GOP Congress-critters held firm, and basically said, “Let’s let the next President choose who the next Supreme Court Justice will be.”
Hillary Clinton still believes she is somehow relevant in American Politics. I figured they understood that they, the Clinton Crime Family, had no more political pull or influence after her loss to Donald J. Trump, which was why the Clinton Foundation closed its doors shortly after Hillary realized she wasn’t a shoe-in for the White House, after all. How can you take money from wretched characters who want you to do their ill-will in the American Government when you no longer have any say in the matter, and your private server for sending secret messages has been shut down, or wiped clean, or whatever happened to it?
The executive order on immigration and refugees that President Trump signed right before the launch of last weekend has the liberal left Democrats beside themselves in anger. The protest-laden display of their anger has simply been confirmation for Trump supporters why they want nothing to do, anymore, with the unhinged liberal left Democrats in America. Simply put, the executive order in question puts a freeze on immigration and travel into the United States from seven countries that are either historically and currently supporters and a funding source for the Islamic jihad, or has actors committing terrorism throughout their population, and we simply cannot fully trust the alleged refugees coming here from those countries to not be a part of that jihad effort. The “ban” is a 120 day program, drastically cutting the number of Muslim migrants we admit into this country, and limits some travel from certain Muslim-majority countries.
The liberal left democrats consider the executive order “cruel” and a departure from America’s “come one, come all” immigration attitude.
Tools. Mindless and obedient automatons. Those are the most accurate words that come to mind when it comes to the foaming-at-the-mouth liberal left hysteria movement following the election and inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. The liberal left loons believe the ridiculous and obviously erroneous propaganda being spouted by the liberal media, Democrat politicians, and completely out-of-their-mind entertainment lefties, and like good little minions the Hillary Clinton supporting screaming-heads are acting out in a violent and vulgar manner against the election and inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. In truth, they remind me more of petulant children who didn’t get their way because a knowing parent who understands the folly of their demands decided otherwise, than they do of anyone with any common sense or common decency.
CNN aired a report explaining how through Obama’s line of succession, which is in place until Trump takes the oath to be President, an Obama appointee would be the next President should Donald Trump be killed during the inauguration ceremony. The problem is, the report is inaccurate, contradicting the 20th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
It says in 20th Amendment: “If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President.” It goes on to say that if the choice devolves to the House of Representatives, it would be the job of the House of Representatives to choose the next President. At no point does the Constitution give the choice to a line of succession that is on its way out.
California was a comfortably Republican-leaning State during most of the previous century, with the last GOP presidential candidate winning California in 1988. Since then, the Golden State has turned deep blue, culminating in 2016 with a 61.5% vote for Hillary Clinton, and a return to a Democrat supermajority in the State legislature. California Republicans are at a major disadvantage in the State. They feel like California is a lost cause.
The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary is our best source for defining the words used in the earliest articles of the United States Constitution. If we are going to pursue the original intent of the document written in 1787, it is only logical to pursue the original definitions of the words used in that document. Emolument is a term that appears in the U.S. Constitution’s first seven articles a total of three times. The word “Compensation” also only appears three times in the original Constitution.
Emolument is defined by the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary as: 1. The profit arising from office or employment; that which is received as a compensation for services, or which is annexed to the possession of office, as salary, feels and perquisites. 2. Profit; advantage; gains in general.
The Democrats, in the 2016 Presidential Election, lost Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin when it came to the Electoral College. While California became bluer, the realization that the Democrats are losing grip on their transformational agenda in the rest of the country has slammed the leftists square in the face. The disarray and civil war the liberal leftists accused the GOP of being capable of over that last eight years is now a reality for the Democrat Party. They have revealed too much of who they really are, and America has rejected their socialism, their divisive class warfare, and their unwillingness to protect the United States against enemies who want to destroy our way of life.
The liberal left utopia, however, is more than merely an ideology. For the American Left it is a religion. They hate any opposition, and are willing to do whatever it takes to either win over their opposition, or silence and eliminate their opposition. We saw this to be true during the 2016 Election. The tactics of street warfare, and something way beyond mudslinging, were disturbing.
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