Fifteen Years After 9-11, The Free West Has Lost, and Islam Knows It.

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Darker, much darker days are coming.

Embracing a lie, embracing bigger lies, refusing to see a beast for what it is,  and then willfully and deliberately twisting the reality unfolding before their eyes while clinging to the Left’s insistent declarations about Islam has consigned our civilization to death.

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The West’s Cognitive Dissonance and fatal Case of Normalcy Bias regarding Islam was a suicide pact.  If you did not see this video in the previous blog entry from yesterday – watch it now and understand the point being made with this blog entry:

 

The essay below by Robert Spencer encapsulates vital truths that the video shows you in vivid detail.  We have committed suicide as a civilization and consigned our posterity to a horror of an existence.  All because we listened to Leftists who share an unholy Alliance with Islam for the sake of bulldozing everything they hate so they can build a utopia in our wake.

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On this day, December 7, 1956

This war has gone on for a very long time, and today, in all the reminiscences, and eulogies, and encomia, and lamentations, virtually no one has explained why, for the simple reason that essentially no one among the political and media elites knows why. Yet even the most dire estimates of exactly how long this is going to take have fallen wide of the mark. General Petraeus said in 2010 that it could take another ten years to defeat the Afghan “insurgency.” Do you think the Taliban is likely to be disbanded and Afghan a stable, functioning republic in 2020? In 2007, Britain’s security chief, Admiral Lord Alan West, said it could take 30 years to defeat terrorism in the United Kingdom. Do you think that in 2037, Britain will be peaceful and free of jihad terrorists?

The very idea is preposterous, and it is preposterous for the same reason that here we are 15 years after the September 11, 2001 jihad attacks, and no one know why this strange war has lasted so long. West said in that 2007 interview that to defeat terrorism, “I now realise that we are talking about a generation — and by that I would say 30 years. That doesn’t mean necessarily that we are going to stay at a severe level of threat for all those years. But to be able to say one has absolutely changed the mind-set and thought of people IS going to take a generation.” Yet in reality, nothing, nothing whatsoever, is being done in Britain or anywhere else to change “the mind-set and thought of people.”

And that is precisely why, fifteen years now after 9/11, the West is weaker and more vulnerable than ever: the entire Western intelligentsia, the totality of our political and media elites, steadfastly refuses to acknowledge exactly what the “mind-set and thought” of the terrorists really is, and where it comes from. And because of that refusal, policies that don’t deal with the actual problem keep being applied and re-applied, at the cost of thousands of American lives, billions of American dollars, and nothing to show for all this expenditure but a sharp and continuing loss of American power and prestige. The jihadis who struck the U.S. on September 11, 2001 have made such immense advances since then not because they are strong, or clever, or capable, but because we are weak, short-sighted, and resolute not in fighting them but in maintaining our denial about who they are and what they want, to the extent that we have taken numerous steps not to stop them, but actually to enable them to achieve their goals — the billions to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the massive Muslim migrant influx being just two of the most recent examples.

And today, instead of stories about the jihad threat and how it can be defeated or at least contained, the media is full of articles that would give an uninformed observer the impression that 3,000 Muslims were killed in the 9/11 attacks: the media preoccupation today is almost entirely with Muslims as victims. “Muslim Americans still struggle with hate crimes, 15 years after 9/11,” claims AOL. “For many Muslims, especially those born after Sept. 11, Islamophobia seems to be a fact of life,” laments the Huffington Post. The Washington Post has a piece by Rep. Keith Ellison: “I’m the first Muslim in Congress. I believe America can beat Islamophobia. Fifteen years after 9/11, American Muslims have seen both progress and peril.”

Coming after Fort Hood, and Boston, and Garland, and Chattanooga, and San Bernardino, and Orlando, as well as Paris, Brussels, Nice, and so very many others, this myopia is ludicrous to the point of being grotesque. And it is one key reason why this war drags on, fifteen years after 9/11: millions passively and unthinkingly accept the dogma that to speak honestly and accurately about the jihadis’ motives and goals is to descend in “racism” and “bigotry,” and to endanger innocent Muslims. And so fifteen years after 9/11, it is still almost unheard-of for there to be an honest discussion of jihadi motives and goals in the mainstream.

Fifteen years after 9/11, the free West is dug in: wholeheartedly committed to denial, willful ignorance, and policies that are self-defeating to the point of suicidal. In light of that, the wonder is not that this war has lasted so long, but that we have held out so long. Unless the political landscape changes considerably and this denial is decisively rejected and discarded, darker, much darker, days are coming

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They Were Just Getting Started

On 9-11-01

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And They are not slowing down.

An Islamic Caliphate successfully invaded Europe as refugees and welfare recipients, while Obama celebrated importing the 10,000th Syrian “refugee” into the US a few weeks ago.

So our fate will look just like this in the very, very near future.

 

America has willfully ignored the truth shown them on 9-11.   And just like Europe – has embraced national suicide as their own government facilitates an invasion of a Caliphate bent on conquering the world for their religion.

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Refuse To Choose Evil, Even If They Say It Is A Lesser Evil

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Between Trump or Hillary, choosing either one of them is still choosing tyrannical evil.

I marvel how American Christians having deceived themselves, can compartmentalize sin and evil into acceptable behaviors and choices.  From Adultery to Homosexual Marriage and all the other Commandments that have been ‘done away with’-  American Christians absolve themselves of any shame or guilt when engaging in routine sins.   How many self-identifying Christians today think it is okay or even GOOD to lie and deceive others if they think it is the best interest?  How many who claim Christ  engage in sex outside of the sanctity of marriage and think God is okay with their lifestyle behavior?  How many self-identifying Christians think a woman has the right to kill her baby and that organizations that facilitate infanticide are ‘necessary’ institutions?

American pastors and charlatan evangelists pushing the prosperity gospel have leavened the whole lump of the faith in this country, deceiving their flocks and many others into thinking themselves ‘cleansed’ by simply believing on the Name of Jesus; as if He were a magic talisman that never uttered the words ‘Go and sin no more”, or “To him who overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in my throne…” (Rev. 3:21).

As such, we now have a culture and people in America that have become desensitized to wickedness.  We cannot identify sin, or recognize evil anymore.  We have created new definitions of immorality, and consigned the former morality that forged us to be an unacceptable evil.

Today Christians engage in classifying sin and evil into categories of bad, badder and worse – or – a necessary evil.  America has fulfilled the Isaiah 5:20 prophecy of woe by declaring evil to be a good, while good is routinely declared to be an evil, by those who claim to read the Word of God no less.

The fruits of this ‘conditioning’ to declare some evils and sins as worse than other evils and sins is perfectly manifested in the two “candidates” running for the Presidency this year.  In fact, it is being preached by the rabid Trump militants that because Hillary is the worst sort of evil, that voting for Trump is no longer a choice – but a moral and patriotic imperative, because his ‘evils’ are lesser, and hers are greater.

I have read the proverb flung from the Trump faithful that insist that the ‘perfect is the enemy of the good’, which declares anyone who will not bend the knee and vote for their champion as an enemy, a traitor to the nation.   They insist that because no candidate is perfect, we must choose one whose personal moral character and behavior is so reprehensible that Trump himself would be unfit to hold any church office whatsoever:

 

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of an overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, double-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.  He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.  Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. 

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.  They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. – I Timothy 3: 1-10

While Trump may not engage in drunkeness, he has bragged openly about his adulterous affairs and conquests of other men’s wives.  He has not kept his own wedding vows, and routinely demonstrates he is quarrelsome, double-minded, slanderous, a lover of money (braggart that he is on his wealth), undignified and disrespectable.

How can Christians assume that a man who cannot maintain his own personal wedding vows or control his tongue and temper while engaging in the politics of personal destruction, is a man fit to hold the most powerful office in the world?

“But Hillary is worse!”,  they shout.

The argument that Hillary’s proclivity for evil is known, the benefit of Trump is that his use of evil to govern is an unknown evil that is preferable to the known evil.  While there is no political record to measure Trump’s fruits by,  his personal record, interviews and his press events reveal the fruits of a man who admires tyrants.   He asserted that the Chinese government’s massacre in Tiananmen Square was a strength to admire; that Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and how he dealt with dissidents (or terrorists) was a measure of strength and stability in Iraq. Then there’s praise of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jung Un and of course Trump’s positive views of Vladimir Putin.  The  common denominator is raw, unapologetic brute force.  Not too dissimilar from Trump’s campaign of personal public destruction of Conservative Republicans who have refused to endorse him.  What happens when such a man has the ability to muster military and police forces to his will?

Trump has revealed he admires statist regimes that crush dissent – the governing by raw force and death.  Based on his words, that is not an unknown evil as the acolytes assert.  It is a known evil that most are choosing to ignore because they fear Hillary more.

Couple that with the facts Trump said he said he could shoot someone in cold blood and he would not lose a single voter; Tweeted and retweeted a quote from Fascist Benito Mussolini and got angry that people were upset over it; and kept a book containing the “My new order speeches” of Adolf Hitler by his bedside for reading pleasure.

Who says and reads such things?  Is that a stable mind worthy of the office of POTUS?

But… but…. HILLARY!

Such is the exclamation with the palpable fears of someone worse than Obama continuing the collapse of the country.  Hillary is indeed a known evil.  One of massive corruption to enrich herself by any and all means, and to further her quest for power.   Trump is just an unknown evil, regardless of the fact he has the mind of a tyrant.    His bizarre and punitive statements advocating expansion of libel laws against anyone who says things that are not nice to him should send up similar alarm bells of those worried about Hillary gutting the Second Amendment.   Trump attacking other Republicans and journalists is routinely ignored and not up for consideration that the fruits of this man are just as reprehensible for a Christian to consider supporting as they are of Hillary.

“But it’s one or the other – you must choose!  If not, your choice will be made for you by someone else and Hillary will win!”

When citing that verse in 1 Timothy as my reason for refusing to vote for either morally reprehensible “choice” this year, I am lectured that we are not voting for a pope or pastor, so the application of scripture is invalid.  A definitive statement made as if the moral law only applies to church people and does not apply to someone ruling over an entire nation.  To demand ‘perfection’ in a political candidate they say is just… evil.   They again utter the ‘perfect is the enemy of the good’ proverb, which in itself is absurd because it renders Jesus’ own admonition to Christians in Matthew 5:8 to be totally null and void. But American Christians today have become experts in justifying all kinds of sin and evil as acceptable and even necessary.

Which brings to mind another admonition from Jesus:

“Why do you call me Lord, Lord and not do the things which I say?” – Luke 6:46

Why indeed?

Christians medicate themselves on the culturally false doctrines that teach repentance and overcoming sin are no longer necessary, and that the only sin by which they think they are held to account is to declare sin for what it is, that dreaded ‘do not judge’ heresy that prohibits Americans from judging good from evil.

Perhaps that is the leading contributor to the newfound belief that choosing evil is a good thing compared to what they think is a greater evil.  It’s how a people decide that sex no matter how they enjoy it, is better than being confined to matrimony and why killing an infant in the womb is better than raising an ‘unwanted’ child.

It perfectly explains the two “choices” of evil that we are presented with this November.   Which I will declare ladies and gentlemen (and transgendered… whatever you call yourselves), is an indictment of We The People.  Both of those horrible candidates are a reflection of the character of the people in this country who selected them to rule us.

“Vote Trump to save SCOTUS!  We know Hillary will turn the Supreme Court and our rights will be declared unConstitutional!”

I do not share the blind faith and belief that Trump is going to nominate Justices that will uphold and defend what is left of the Constitution. The fact so many have already surrendered to the belief that SCOTUS can write law, decree law and strike down whatever it disagrees with and therefore make law by gavel, engenders the desperation to save the high court from dissolving our liberties. Which proves two things: we already live in a tyranny – and that this people are as ignorant of the Constitution and their inalienable rights as the Leftists are.

The “binary choice” of either Hillary or Trump is no different than being presented with the binary choice of being boiled alive in oil, or being burned alive at the stake.  Which would you take?  The end result is exactly the same no matter which one you choose.

I refuse to make that choice and I have other plans. Should such a choice be ‘forced’ upon us via shaming and intimidation – then it simply confirms the fact that this tyranny you live in,  you have grown comfortable with and would applaud more heinous forms of despotism.  Another ‘unknown evil’.  Which is really not unknown.  History teaches lessons to those willing to learn.

I am not alone in these sentiments:

Christians At A Crossroad: Choosing The Lesser Of Two Evils Is Still Choosing Evil

 

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A Conservative Party No More

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The Republican Party revealed itself as indistinguishable from the Democrat Party while demonstrating it’s hostility to First Principles under the Trump/Establishment Partnership last week.

Take courage fellow Constitutional Conservatives, Truth has willed itself out.

Last week was not just a repudiation of your foundational principles by an entire party – but a confirmation that the party you called ‘home’ is not what you thought it was.  It has not been for some time.

I admire Ted Cruz.  He gained my utmost respect with what he did last Wednesday night.   The vitriol and hatred being flung at him, his wife, his family and all of us by the GOP and Trump himself, is just another example of a nation and culture that hates what was once considered the pillars of virtue, morality and righteousness.

What transpired last week was validation that a resignation from the GOP is perfectly warranted.  The continuous and relentless attacks on Ted Cruz and Constitutional Conservatives who will not pledge fealty to Trump and the party continues to illustrate that it is not Hillary they fear and despise – but you and me.

That said, there are some Conservatives already talking about a Cruz candidacy in 2020.  I think the sloganeering for Cruz in 2020 is a bit off-putting.  Conservatives do not get wrapped up in cults of personality and assert they can save us and the nation.   Marxists do that.  Fascists (or if you prefer, Nationalist Populists) do that.

If you take time to seriously realize what is happening – this is no longer simple party politics.  You are witnessing the absolute END of a Republic and the start of something frightening and dangerous in terms of your near future and the future of liberty.

That the phrase “defend the Constitution” is booed by delegates at a Convention of a party that portrays itself as it’s only defender (simply because they hate the man speaking it), was as revealing to what the Trump phenomena is all about as anything else you could ever demand in terms of a sign.

It’s time to get sober because all of this is not some sporting event where you can rah-rah your team, have a beer and go home to bed later drunk and happy.  We’ve been fundamentally transformed, and we have all been played.

Sloganeering Cruz in 2020 is absurd considering you are watching the permanent entrenchment of a Ruling Class oligarchy under the false guise of an everyman outsider businessman who will fix all that ails us. The mobs want a monarchy from both the Left and the populist nationalist right.   Constitutional Conservatives are in exodus and in the wilderness.  You are witness to the death of a party and a Republic by an overwhelming majority of the population that no longer has any reverence or use for the foundational principles and the documents that safeguarded liberty.  They want a king.  It’s all about the man, or the woman, or loyalty to a party instead of once solid principles or values.  The absolute absurd and ridiculous efforts made to justify the egregious and the affronts to those principles demonstrates the total abandonment of the pillars of our liberty by both major parties.

They will claim them, and pay lip service to them, but the fruits are easily discernible to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

This is a day to mourn.  Not a day to proclaim a new president, a new savior or caesar for 2020.

A nation has to be re-evangelized to the religious heritage it has discarded and the foundational principles it has abandoned.  A nation has to repent of it’s waywardness.  But the mobs clamoring for Hillary or Trump see no need for such things.  Indeed, even their champions themselves see no need for such humility under God because they see themselves as the means to perfection.  They despise “bible thumpers” and portray anyone suggesting a return to First Principles as religious fanatics who pose a danger to freedom and the separation of church and state.

These nominees reflect the culture and this people.  It’s time to get real about that and stop fooling yourselves that we are a majority, because if we were – the majority has surrendered to ideologies and leaders who are anathema to everything we stood for, replacing them for empty promises of vengeance, walls and punishments to sate their feelings.  And no marvel, for the churches and religious institutions themselves are dwindling in attendance and influence. Government has become god.  Men are made messiahs and saviors.

Cruz has indeed manifested himself as a leader of the kind of Conservatism we still believe in and make us who we are, and he can do well to preach it.  Because until we return to becoming a religious and moral people, we have no hope of having decent leaders, because this people and the mobs will reject them for worse and more heinous wicked ones.  Being deceived and doing the deceiving because they delight in the season of unrighteousness under a sole ruler who is their own authority.

A people have to be won to the principles we once shared before we can give any thought to someone like a Cruz being elected a leader that can administer a nation.

I am not alone in similar sentiment.  Andrew McCarthy shares his views as well:

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…..Take away the conservatism, the limited-government constitutionalism, the devotion to liberty, the fiscal discipline, the clear-eyed recognition of America’s enemies, and what are you left with? A Republican party whose only real boast is that it can do statism with more adult moderation than the hard Left that has captured the Democratic party.

 

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The Last Nail

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Obama Green-Lights A Race War

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Black power groups warn of more white killings to come while Black Lives Matter – Soros target Conventions for chaos and violence to force martial law and hand Obama another term.

Have you noticed that after every Jihad killing spree Obama preaches that we must be tolerant and advises there should be no backlash against Muslims while scrubbing any reference to Islam?

Have you noticed that after any Black on white violence, there is silence from both the Obama regime and the media while any reference to a black, Muslim or minority is scrubbed?

Have you noticed that if a massacre by a protected minority of the Obama regime is sensational enough they demand tolerance and understanding preaching that retaliatory violence is not the answer?

Have you noticed that after every mass shooting, Obama blames guns, whites and income inequality?

However, have you noticed that after every single police action against blacks, even in the midst of ghetto thugs committing a crime, Obama is up front to blame racism and whites for the “unfair targeting of blacks”?

If you connect the pattern, you can clearly see that Obama has been stoking a race war since he has been in office – pouring volatile gasoline in pools all over the cities in America where matches are already lit.

Yesterday, Obama lit the fuse himself just hours before a madman who said he wanted to kill Whites and especially white police officers shot 11 cops and killed 5 of them.

 

Today another of Obama’s sons shot three police officers in Bristol, TN

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A man accused of shooting indiscriminately at passing cars and police on a Tennessee highway told investigators he was angry about police violence against African-Americans, authorities said Friday.

One woman died and three others, including one police officer, were injured in the rampage.

Obama has blood on his hands.  He has divided and stoked the nation into a conflict that he himself has green lit.  He has instigated a war on police, and nationalized several local police departments, whereby the White House dictates who and how they uphold the law, and which laws they are allowed to enforce.  Obama has been emptying  federal prisons of convicted drug felons because of their skin color and restoring ex-cons’ right to vote.

Today his Heinous went on his usual condescending, meandering lecture and blamed the assassinations on guns, when the perp himself stated his reasons for killing White cops, was in concert with Obama’s own rants about race and police action involving blacks.  But as is predictable, Obama went on to blame the guns.

“We also know when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic,” he said. “In the days ahead, we will have to consider those realities as well.”

And of course as expected from fellow Alinskyite Hillary Clinton, she too blamed white people on CNN with Wolf Blitzer exclaiming “Too many African- Americans have been killed by police officers….There’s bias and racism in this country against the black community…I call on ‘white people’ to put ourselves in their shoes who have to have the talk about how to protect themselves”.

Out of chaos comes order, and if the promised vendettas and assassinations by black power groups actually happens, Obama will not only push for gun bans via his pen and phone, he will do what all despots do – and target the very people he unleashed his hordes against.

 

“More Will Be Assassinated In The Coming Days! Do You Like The Work Of Our Assassins? Get Your Own Sniper”

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‘Black Power group’ claims responsibility for police killings and warns of more assassinations to come

A Facebook page claiming to represent a black power group has posted messages claiming responsibility for the deaths of five police officers in Dallas.

Five officers were gunned down by at least two shooters who picked out officers from an ‘elevated position’ – believed to be a multi-storey car park.

It came in the week of public outrage over the deaths of two unarmed black men shot by police.

…The so-called Black Power Political Organization claimed on its Facebook account that it was behind the attack and that ‘more assassinations are coming’.

However, authorities in Dallas have not confirmed any political link to the shootings.

Its message – posted in the aftermath of the shootings – said: “‪#‎BlackPower‬! ‪#‎BlackKnights‬! Sniper Assassins Take Down Five Police Officers! And More Will Be Assassinated In The Coming Days!

The account has since been taken down and Facebook confirmed to Mirror Online said the page was removed for violating its standards.

The group has posted dozens of statements on alleged racially-motivated incidents and threatening violent action over at least the several months.

And this is a war make no mistake, whether we would recognize it or not.

Black power groups are busy reaching out to ISIS and militant Jihadists that Obama is flooding the country with from Syria and the Middle East for help against whom they say is a common enemy:

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This is just the beginning since Obama green-lit a race war.  Like all Marxists and Communists, a “revolution” does not achieve the desired results without mayhem, bloodshed and violence to get the people to accept draconian measures to “restore law and order”.

The goal for some appears to be to create mayhem and anarchy so that the conventions cannot go forward so that Obama can suspend the elections in November as some BLM members are texting and tweeting among themselves:

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And not just the mobs of blacks stoked into a racist fury by race pimps and Obama, but big players are investing in chaos and anarchy in order to bring about their much-desired outcomes.

Democrats to Spend $800,000 to Disrupt GOP Convention

Leftist billionaire George Soros has put at least $12,460,121 into the Black Lives Matter movement and the shadowy radical Leftist network that funds it for one purpose and one purpose only – to destroy the “white” American core of capitalism, free markets, limited government and American traditional culture and values.

At that time the violent disruption of Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago and the subsequent Leftist riot outside the venue, coupled with the threats of violence that caused the cancellation of Ted Cruz campaign activities in Miami, should have put Republicans and conservatives on notice that Obama’s radical transformation of America was not going to end quietly.

Welcome to ‘Fundamental transformation’ Amerika.

It goes downhill from here.

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Rule Of Law? Fuggedaboutit.

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Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others in this post-Constitutional American Tyranny we exist in.

Nothing new in the Banana Republic that Obama and both parties have fundamentally transformed us into.

Rule of law? What rule of law?  The Oligarchy is exempt.  The “law” is just for us little people so the high and mighty can sleep secure knowing we are in our place.

“The Law” is now whatever the Ruling Class and their courts say it is – however they massage it, however they decree it to be.

Justice John Roberts rewrote the Affordable Care Act to redefine a “Penalty” to become a “Tax”

He rewrote the Affordable Care Act again to redefine the meaning of “An Exchange Established by the State” to mean “An Exchange Established by the Federal Government”.

Anthony Kennedy “Reads into” the Constitution the right to redefine marriage for 300 million Americans and pisses in the face of 6,000 years of human history and religious law and tradition.

Now, FBI Director James Comey tells us that the law which criminalizes gross negligence of classified material, which underscores the point that government officials have a high obligation to safeguard national defense secrets, now says today that they cannot prosecute Hillary Clinton because she did not INTEND to harm the United States.

It’s all about what the meaning of the word IS, is in this brave new tyranny erected over us, and the United States is making Banana Republics look morally upright and legitimate in comparison.

FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Off the Hook

By Andrew C. McCarthy

There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.

Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.

In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require. The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense: The point of having a statute that criminalizes gross negligence is to underscore that government officials have a special obligation to safeguard national defense secrets; when they fail to carry out that obligation due to gross negligence, they are guilty of serious wrongdoing. The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant. People never intend the bad things that happen due to gross negligence.

I would point out, moreover, that there are other statutes that criminalize unlawfully removing and transmitting highly classified information with intent to harm the United States. Being not guilty (and, indeed, not even accused) of Offense B does not absolve a person of guilt on Offense A, which she has committed.

It is a common tactic of defense lawyers in criminal trials to set up a straw-man for the jury: a crime the defendant has not committed. The idea is that by knocking down a crime the prosecution does not allege and cannot prove, the defense may confuse the jury into believing the defendant is not guilty of the crime charged. Judges generally do not allow such sleight-of-hand because innocence on an uncharged crime is irrelevant to the consideration of the crimes that actually have been charged.

It seems to me that this is what the FBI has done today. It has told the public that because Mrs. Clinton did not have intent to harm the United States we should not prosecute her on a felony that does not require proof of intent to harm the United States. Meanwhile, although there may have been profound harm to national security caused by her grossly negligent mishandling of classified information, we’ve decided she shouldn’t be prosecuted for grossly negligent mishandling of classified information.

I think highly of Jim Comey personally and professionally, but this makes no sense to me.

Finally, I was especially unpersuaded by Director Comey’s claim that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case based on the evidence uncovered by the FBI. To my mind, a reasonable prosecutor would ask: Why did Congress criminalize the mishandling of classified information through gross negligence? The answer, obviously, is to prevent harm to national security. So then the reasonable prosecutor asks: Was the statute clearly violated, and if yes, is it likely that Mrs. Clinton’s conduct caused harm to national security? If those two questions are answered in the affirmative, I believe many, if not most, reasonable prosecutors would feel obliged to bring the case.

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