Douglas V. Gibbs

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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] or constitutionspeaker [at]

Most Recent Articles by Douglas V. Gibbs:

Flip California, says Travis Allen, Candidate for Governor

Jul 23, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

California Governor Jerry Brown’s heir-apparent, extremely progressive left-wing Gavin Newsom, may not be a shoe-in, after all, when it comes to California’s 2018 race for Governor.  While Democrats say Gavin Newsom is a sure thing, we must remember they thought the same of Hillary Clinton.  Newsom has competition in Travis Allen, an energizing figure cut from a cloth similar to the one Donald Trump came from. . . at least in terms of attitude and fortitude.

In Southern California, major political candidates often forget about the Inland Empire, an area that is comprised largely of the heavily populated San Bernardino and Riverside metropolitan areas.  They instead tend to focus on Los Angeles, San Diego, a number of coastal communities, the Bay Area, and Sacramento.  Travis Allen, who has announced he’s running for Governor of the State of California, broke that tendency, and came out to Riverside on Thursday Night to address the area’s politically active movers and shakers at the Riverside County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting.

Trump, Putin, and the Double-Fisted Handshake

Jul 8, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

It was a meeting of two strong personalities.  There was a powerful man in the room, and it wasn’t Vladimir Putin.  It began with a backstage meeting at the G20 Summit.  Mounted cameras caught the whole thing.

Trump knows how to walk into a room.  He’s charismatic and shaken by no one.  With the confidence he exhibited approaching the Russian President, I almost expected the American President to say, “Trump, Donald J. Trump.”  (cue secret agent music)  It was a strong handshake with Trump’s powerful personality slathered all over it.  It seemed to launch a private joke.  They both looked as if they were on the edge of a chuckle.  But, as they shook hands, Trump reached with his left hand to pat the underside of Putin’s arm.

Slow Justice for Lavoy Finicum

Jul 7, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

LaVoy Finicum was shot at nine times by State Police and the FBI, and was left to die in the Oregon snow after the government targeted him, and executed him, without remorse, or due process, because he dared to stand up for property rights and against federal tyranny.  After the assassination, there was no noise from the usual folks who demand social justice, and no effective finger-pointing at the one-sided nature of the shooting by law enforcement under the direction of a Democrat Party led federal government on January 26, 2016.

The activists of the nation became afraid.  They did not dare stand against the all-powerful Obama administration.  They were stunned.  All the while they had been convinced that we are in the midst of a political disagreement, not realizing for a moment that from the left’s point of view, what is going on is an ideological war.  They use war strategies, and they use war tactics, and when it came to LaVoy Finicum, they were also willing to commit war atrocities.

The Brilliance of Trump’s Mika Brzezinski Tweet

Jul 2, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

Twice I have written about Trump’s Tweet that has the media going nuts.  The liberal left is attacking Trump viciously over his “unpresidential” tweet about Mika Brzezinski’s bleeding face after a face lift that may, or may not, have happened.  The liberal left media is spending all of their time on the story, and so is the not-so-liberal media, like Fox News, and conservative bloggers.  The liberal reporters have been so appalled by Trump’s Tweet that blood is practically squirting from their eyes.  They can’t believe that Trump would do such a thing. . . and Mika and friends have gone so far to say that Trump is being more than mean.  It’s sexist and shows he does not belong in the White House.

In my posts about it I said I like the fact that Trump tweets, but this one may have skirted a little too close to the edge.  Perhaps, I have been saying, he should be more diplomatic with his Tweets.

H.R. 60 would allow illegal aliens to serve in the military

Jun 30, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

First, I am saddened that the sponsor of this heinous bill is a republican.  Congressman Jeff Denham is the sponsor behind trying to bring ENLIST Act (H.R. 60) to the floor of Congress.  If the bill became law, it would permit certain illegal immigrants to serve in the military and grant them near-instant citizenship.  While I understand the desire to be fair to the children who came as illegals into the United States by no fault of their own, and I desire to give them some kind of path to remain in the United States (preferably a path that would find a way to keep the ones who truly wish to patriotically assimilate, and remove the ones who do not wish to make America constitutional again), amnesty through the military is not the way to do it.

As a military veteran, I understand that having people in the military who may or may not have full allegiance to the country, and only enlisted because it may be a path for them to become an instant citizen, does not improve our military, enhance military preparedness, or improve our readiness as a nation to defend itself against enemies.  In fact, it may potentially allow enemies of our great nation to infiltrate with more ease into our military.  H.R. 60 is yet another bill designed to use the military as a laboratory for normalizing leftist schemes, which in this case would normalize amnesty for illegal immigration and essentially codify Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty.

Travel Ban by California Democrats

Jun 29, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

While the Democrats scream and cry over Trump’s travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries because they believe his executive order targets Islam and bans travel for some people because of what they believe, California Democrats are banning official travel for California officials to certain locations in the United States because of what the people at the destination locations allegedly believe.

California’s travel ban, in fact, continues to be expanded to include more States that don’t fully fit their hard left religious model of liberalism, secularism, humanism, hedonism, and anti-Christianity-ism.  California’s Democrats are discriminating against the States on the list because they believe those States discriminate.

The Puzzle of Steve Bannon

Jun 26, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

Steve Bannon has been Trump’s right-hand man, and ever since that elevation the former head of Breitbart has been under constant attack. According to the liberal left Democrats, Bannon is a Nazi, a bigot, and an extreme right-wing crazy.

The reality is, he’s a staunch conservative; therefore, the liberal left is completely out of their mind over the guy. Their reaction tells me that Bannon’s likely nothing like what they scream he is.

I have a saying when it comes to my dealings with the liberal left. “If I am not pissing them off, I am doing something wrong.”

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day. John Sullivan is active in the conservative side of Hollywood, and has known Bannon for a long time. He verbalized many praises regarding the guy. Bannon is a true conservative, according to Sullivan.

Republican Baseball Practice Shooting Only the Beginning

Jun 16, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

Remember when the Obama presidency, the experts in the executive branch, his minions in Congress, his minions in the media and his minions on the streets tried to convince America that the Tea Party movement, military veterans and supporters of the Republican Party were capable of violence, and that we were somehow all a bunch of domestic terrorists?  Yet, the violence from the right-wing never manifested as the liberal left predicted.  Tea Party rallies were peaceful, and no mass shootings by Republicans ever happened.  When mass shootings did occur, the shooters always turned out to be Democrats.  But, the media conveniently didn’t discuss that part of the news.


Federal Courts Continue to Illegal Strike Down Trump’s Executive Orders

Jun 13, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

First, I want the judges to show me where in the U.S. Constitution it states that the federal court system has any authority to overturn or nullify an executive order. Second, I want the judges to show me where in the U.S. Constitution it expressly enumerates the power of the courts to strike down legislation or determine the constitutionality of legislation. Third, I want them to show me in the U.S. Constitution where it shows that they have any enforcement power regarding their rulings or judicial opinions.

The fact is, the U.S. Constitution’s original text, and all of the amendments that have been ratified by the States since the writing of the Constitution in 1787, do not grant to the courts any of those powers. In fact, of the three branches, the judicial branch was originally intended to be the weakest of the the three branches of government (see my book “25 Myths of the United States Constitution” for an explanation about how the idea that we have three co-equal branches is a false teaching).

Regardless of authority, the federal judges continue to act in an activist manner legislating from the bench.

Supreme Court to Lift Ban on Travel Ban

Jun 4, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

In Trump’s Travel Ban Executive Order, the laws he is executing with the order are listed.  Among them is a law that gives the President the ability to prohibit persons from entering the United States if he believes they may be a danger to the national security of this country.

Article I, Section 9 of the United States Constitution authorizes Congress to make laws prohibiting persons from “migrating” into the United States with legislation.

Based on the original intent of the United States Constitution, Trump’s travel ban regarding a few Muslim-majority countries who have proven they are sponsors of terrorism, and are willing to harbor terrorists, is completely constitutional.

Illegal Alien Criminals Kill Freedom and Prosperity

May 12, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

My wife was born in Mexico, but she does not like what she is seeing in today’s America. Her parents immigrated here in the mid-sixties. Papi told me his decision to go through the process of immigrating to the United States was so that he could give his children a better life. Mexico “is not good,” he once told me. “More chance for education and better life in America.”

He rejects the term “Mexican-American.” He would say, “If I wanted to be Mexican, I would have stayed in Mexico. I came here to be American.”

Dismantling the 9th Circuit

Apr 28, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

In Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution the text states that Congress has the authority to “constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court.”

In Article III of the U.S. Constitution, when referring to the inferior federal courts, it states that it is Congress who may from “time to time ordain and establish.”

With the power of creation comes the power to dismantle.

California Gas Tax Tumble

Apr 14, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

You remember the joke, right?  How do you know a politician is lying?  Their lips are moving.  We have become so accustomed to the lying, we assume they are always lying. . . yet, we believe them.  It’s a weird, sort of Twilight Zone, kind of thing.

They lie.  But, we believe them.

In California, we are on the verge of going from the fourth highest gas taxes in the country to the highest.  We are being told it’s for road repairs, and other infrastructure projects.  They told us that about other taxes, but it was always a lie.  They told us the currently second highest gas taxes in the county were for making sure our infrastructure was taken care of.  But, we have crumbling bridges, a mess of potholes, and a crumbling dam in Oroville.

United Airlines Innocent

Apr 13, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

Okay, I’ve just about had my fill with the news about the United Airlines passenger being dragged off the plane because the company overbooked, but the passenger refused to leave the flight.

Should they overbook? Probably not. There is an average number they have calculated of the number of people they believe will not even show up, so based on those numbers, they overbook a little bit to make sure the seats are full. There is not exactly a very big profit margin in the airline industry, as it is.

Presidential War Powers

Apr 10, 2017 — Douglas V. Gibbs

There has been a lot of discussion about whether or not the attack on an airfield by American Tomahawk missiles in early April of 2017 was a constitutional action by President Donald J. Trump, despite the fact that the military action occurred prior to the President receiving some kind of congressional approval for it.

First, let’s set aside the “Congress has the authorization to declare war” argument, which argues the President cannot wage war without a declaration of war.  While it is true that in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution the power to “Declare War” is granted to the U.S. Congress, that is not the issue in question, here.  There is no necessity for a declaration of war to accompany every military action.  The manners and procedures of such a requirement would be burdensome and obstructive to the President’s need to be decisive and swift in military matters, when a quick hand is called for.  A Declaration of War is a formal, legislative act that informs the world of a state of war existing between the bodies named in that declaration, and also reveals that a long, drawn-out conflict is the subject of such a declaration.  Could you imagine how long it would take to get Congress to agree on the conditions of the declaration for every little military operation?  The fighting would be over before we could act, and our homeland or interests we wanted to protect would be in grave danger, as a result.