Douglas V. Gibbs
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 KCAA 1050 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.
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Planned Parenthood Audit Rejected- Aug 27, 2015
California State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, requested an audit of Planned Parenthood. Her request was a response to videos by a pro-life organization using undercover style reporting revealing Planned Parenthood officials discussing selling the body parts of aborted babies on the black market. She intended that the audit of California’s Planned Parenthood locations would ensure the organization is not illegally profiting from the donation of aborted baby tissue. Her request was rejected by a State legislative committee on Tuesday, August 25.
Planned Parenthood contends the videos that exposed their alleged dealings in the body-tissue black market were deceptively edited and that the organization only seeks to cover the cost of shipping fetal tissue, which is used in medical research.
The Constitution and the Christian Perspective- Aug 10, 2015
On Saturday night I attended a judicial forum at Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship in Temecula, and it turned out to be a very interesting event. The attendees, based on their questions, and the responses by the folks on the stage, reminded me that most Americans have a basic handle on what’s going on, and a faint idea of what the Constitution calls for in order for us to maintain our American System, but they are lost in the details. They know something needs to be done, but they don’t know how to do it. They realize things are wrong, but they aren’t sure exactly how it is that these things are so wrong, or how they got so wrong in the first place.
We Are No Longer A Democracy- Aug 4, 2015
Recently, in an interview with Thom Hartmann, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said regarding 2010 Citizens United decision and the 2014 McCutcheon decision, “It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or being elected president.” Huffington Post goes on to explain that the decisions were rendered by “five Republican judges on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Obama’s Energy Power Grab- Aug 3, 2015
The expansion of the federal government, and more specifically the expansion of the executive branch, has been the daunting storyline of the Barack Obama administration, be it taking control of the auto industry; inserting heavy federal regulations on the banking and credit industries; hijacking the health care industry with Obamacare (and modifying the law through executive orders when legislative authorities belongs to Congress); gun control measures; seizing control of the internet through an expansive reach of the FCC; declaring its own definition of marriage through a Supreme Court judicial ruling; calling a treaty with Iran an “agreement” to avoid the constitutional mandate of Senatorial ratification; disregarding immigration law and then using executive fiat to create new amnesty-style laws; providing waivers so that the friends of the Democrats can be exempt from various laws; rewriting the Service Contract Act of 1965; or unilateral military decisions after accusing Bush of not having the constitutional authority to do so. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) has argued that the worst is yet to come. “These are not lawful actions. These are the power-hungry actions of a president who refuses to work with Congress.”
The Character Assassination of Murrieta (California) Mayor Harry Ramos- Jul 25, 2015
Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos has not only been targeted for termination by his opposition, but they are pulling out all of the stops to ensure that his character is thoroughly assassinated. The attackers don’t care about the truth, or the damage they are causing Mr. Ramos, and his family. Politics by the power players in Murrieta, in their opinion, transcends common decency. For the crime of dissent, Mayor Harry Ramos is being annihilated.
When it was time for Harry Ramos to move into the position as mayor, a one-year title rotated among the city council members, since Murrieta is a general law city there was discussion considering skipping him, not letting Ramos take his turn as mayor. The accusations were that he was too much of a rookie, or that they felt he couldn’t handle it. The real reason for the hesitation to allow Ramos to be mayor, according to Harry’s supporters, went way deeper than the excuses his opposition was tossing around.
Obama’s Race Data- Jul 20, 2015
The media is in a frenzy. President Barack Obama, and his clan of leftists in the Democrat Party (and the infiltrators in the Republican Party) have had a good few weeks. He is achieving his goals. They are fundamentally transforming the United States of America, while weakening our stance worldwide, and they are keeping records through technology to keep their winning streak alive.
The Affordable Care Act was saved once again by Justice Roberts, a man trying to save his legacy by setting it on fire. Justice Scalia railed against the ruling, recognizing that we are now in a post-constitutional system of tyranny, where words no longer mean anything, and the rule of law is to be disregarded for the powerful influence of ideology and well-placed propaganda.
Andy Richter Reveals Progressive Attitude- Jul 17, 2015
Before bed last night, on the Conan O’Brien episode on TBS on July 16, 2015, I decided to get a few things done, and had the television on for noise. The Conan O’Brien show came on, and I kind of watched the Paul Rudd interview, but a comic, a former member of the Daily Show, caught my attention even more.
Comedian Wyatt Cenac was discussing a child he saw from the stoop of his apartment, screaming, “I wanna go back to where we were.”
Obama’s Iran Audacity- Jul 17, 2015
The supporters of President Barack Obama label the actions of Barry as being bold, and historic. They applauded Obama when the Supreme Court of the United States sided with him on ObamaCare, voting rights, and gay marriage a few weeks ago. The cheerleading section of the President is getting louder and louder with each authoritarian move that Obama takes, appreciating his willingness to defy Congress, act without any checks and balances being taken into consideration, brokering a deal of appeasement with Iran while refusing to call it a treaty so as to bypass the need for Senatorial ratification, and acting any way he can to circumvent the United States Constitution. While they call his actions bold and historic, students of history recognize what he is doing as being the birthing pains to the rise of tyranny.
Of course, if the President of the United States was of a different ideological stripe, and had, let’s say, an “R” after his name in terms of political party designation, and was doing things that could be construed as being only a quarter as audacious when compared to what Obama is doing, the media would be making comparisons of the Republican President to Hitler, and would be calling for his assassination. We have historical precedent to confirm such. His name was George W. Bush.
Trump Is Right On Immigration- Jul 12, 2015
Donald Trump is making a lot of noise, and as a Presidential candidate, he’s on the rise. But, candidates that spark interest early in presidential campaigns never last in the upper atmosphere, and always come hurdling earthward once the real business of campaigning leaps into full swing. However, Trump’s noise should not be ignored. He is gaining this political popularity because of his stance on illegal immigration, and despite corporations running away from him, right-of-center voters are flocking to him.
The fascinating part of all of this is that the media’s reporting of all of this also reveals where they stand. When Trump said he believed criminals and rapists are crossing the border, which statistically is a valid observation, the leftist media proclaimed he was being racist and was calling all immigrants criminals and racists. So, when speaking to thousands in Arizona Mr. Trump inserted, “I love the Mexican people. I love `em. Many, many people from Mexico are legal. They came in the old-fashioned way. Legally,” the media treated it as if Trump was flip-flopping.
Unconstitutional Court Rulings- Jul 2, 2015
If you look inside the pages of the United States Constitution, among the expressly granted authorities to the federal government, you will never find judicial review. In fact, the judicial branch was originally intended to be the weakest of the three branches of government. Yet, using the power of judicial review, of which the courts granted to themselves largely based on the written opinion of Chief Justice John Marshall regarding the Marbury v. Madison ruling in 1803, the Supreme Court recently set the U.S. Constitution upon the final path towards extinction with rulings regarding marriage, health care, and elections.
In the cases of health care and marriage, the high court sided with federal control over issues that have never constitutionally been authorized to the federal government. In the case of elections, the Supreme Court of the United States determined that States cannot verify citizenship of voters at the time of registering to vote, despite the fact that the manner in which the electoral process is held is largely left to the States, and one must be a citizen in order to vote in the first place.
Religious Crusade?- Jun 4, 2015
The key to a successful free society is when a society is a virtuous society. The success of the American System is primarily due to the fact that the foundation of our country is rooted in Judeo-Christian values and principles. The framework of the structure of our government is largely laid out in the Book of Deuteronomy in the Holy Bible.
A Virtuous Society- May 30, 2015
Benjamin Franklin emphasized that without virtue, free societies could not properly function. He said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
Examining Trans Pacific Partnership- May 28, 2015
On Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs on May 23, 2015, over KMET 1490AM, the topic of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement moseyed its way into the arena of discussion. During the conversation a rare instance in the many year history of the radio program, and on the Political Pistachio blogsite for that matter, emerged where JASmius (my longtime co-host, staff writer, and dear friend) and I disagreed.
The Rise of Democracy, and the Fall of the Electoral College- May 21, 2015
James Madison wrote five times in his essays of the Federalist Papers that we are a republic, and then explained what a republic is. He believed this to be necessary not only so that the Constitution may be properly understood, but because in their argument against the Constitution, the statists of the era were trying to convince the people that a republic, and a democracy, are the same thing. Democracy, in reality, is a transitional form of government, one that would lead America from being a republic to an oppressive oligarchy, argued many of the Founding Fathers. We must never be a democracy.
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From Freedom to Bondage- May 11, 2015
Benjamin Franklin said that only a “virtuous people are capable of freedom.” Franklin understood the importance of a moral society, and how secularism may seem free on the surface, but that a society that abandons the Laws of Nature by Nature’s God ultimately leads themselves to bondage, under human masters and tyrannical statism. The Founding Fathers recognized the truth about human nature, primarily viewing it from a classical Christian angle.