Jun 8, 2021

The Trump Assault and What it Means for You

 It has now been over four months since President Trump left office and the assault on his free speech continues.  Saturday, the President returned to the stage to make a political speech in North Carolina. The news shared it, and for the most part, it was a standard, post-Presidency type of speech made to the party.  It is not unusual for a former president to speak to state parties, national parties, or national conventions.  These speeches are recorded, kept for historical purposes, shared for the party, and almost always placed on YouTube.  

If you doubt a former president's speech is on YouTube, you know because it may violate their content rules, do your own search.  A quick search for Bill Clinton found the former President's speech to the Democrat National Convention (speech here) easily accessible.  Apparently, the same rules do not apply to President Clinton as they are applied to President Trump.  Trump's speech was on YouTube until recently.  In fact, you can attempt to find Trump's speech (speech was here), and all you will find is "This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines." 

You may not like Trump, and that's okay.  You may not like Clinton, and that's okay.  The wonderful thing about the United States and our freedom of speech is that we can all decide if we want to listen or not to any person.  We can decide if we want to be a Republican or Democrat.  Part of that decision-making process comes from being exposed, learning, and making informed decisions based on different ideas and views.  We learn and make those decisions about politics by hearing, reading, and agreeing with a person or party on issues.  If the views presented agree with our own views, we may become Democrats or become Republicans.  However, when that information is not available, it becomes a problem. 

Even if you hate Trump, you should be worried when a corporation that promotes videos with all sorts of opinions and views decides to cut out a political video it does not agree with and say it violates "community guidelines."  You should be concerned because corporations change, and boards of directors change.  Anytime leadership changes, views may also change.   When you limit or refuse to allow a political view in a public forum, you walk a dangerous line that comes close to what we see in other countries.   One view may easily be discarded or deleted today, then a view you support may be just as easily discarded tomorrow.  When anyone's political views are discarded in public, then freedom is threatened for all of us.  

Apr 2, 2021

HB 1435 - Misinformation and Lies

There is an old saying I heard someone use the other day, and it goes, "Lies go around the world while the truth is still putting its boots on."  A recent event in the House Judiciary Committee in Little Rock highlights the truth about this old saying.  A vote on HB1435 within the committee was called, voted on, and the bill did not advance.  In simple terms, it failed to pass the committee.  The bill was intended to help prevent Federal enforcement of unconstitutional laws in the state of Arkansas.   It should have ended there, or it should have been rewritten and tried again, or any number of other avenues if the sponsors of the bill wanted it to proceed, and this may still happen.  The problem was not the failure to pass the bill out of the committee. The problem is the rapid and almost immediate spread of misinformation and lies about who voted and did not vote on the bill.  

Representative Carl Dalby of Texarkana, the Judiciary Committee chair, came under fire on social media for a video of the vote and a lie stating she did not vote.  In the video, the Judiciary Committee called for the vote.  Each name was called out except for Dalby's.  From this video, the misinformation concerning how the vote was handled was spread across social media.  This misinformation took life as the lie that Dalby did not vote.  People began to say that the vote was 8 in favor of the bill moving forward, 9 against, and 2 abstaining.  In truth, Dalby is the committee chair and therefore would have given her vote directly from the chair's position-this is not uncommon, and it is not uncommon to not call the chair's name.  Dalby's "Yes" vote was recorded in the state's record. 

As soon as the misinformation and lie were spread, Dalby went online, addressed it, and posted a final tally vote copy.  Dalby voted "Yes," according to this document.  The resulting vote was a 9 for, 9 against, and 2 abstaining.  A tie is called a failed vote, and therefore the bill did not move forward.  

You would think Dalby presenting this would be the end of the discussion; however, as noted, "Lies go around the world while the truth is still putting its boots on."  Well, as the lie spread, more people began to contact Dalby.  While some were naturally polite, many others were not.  There have been threats against Dalby's life, against her home, and outright rude calls.  She has been called names and threatened as the lie continues to spread.  Unfortunately, some of those calling Dalby even claim to be Republicans.  

It is time to stop.  

The threats, the attacks, the misinformation, and the lies need to stop now.  It is not only the right thing to do; it may very well be the legally correct thing to do.  Dalby, an attorney, will be much more familiar with the laws concerning threats than I am.  I can only assume that she is considering all avenues of legal responses to the people who spread the misinformation, lies, and threats.   As for those threatening Representative Dalby, you need to consider crawling back under whatever rock-covered infestation you came out of and be thankful if there are no legal repercussions.  

Dalby has worked diligently for the Texarkana area and Arkansas since being elected as a Representative.  She has spoken with people freely, she has answered questions, and she has kept an open line of communication with anyone, even people outside her district, wishing to talk with her.  She has proven time and time again to be an honorable representative, and perhaps more important than that, she has proven to be a loyal and honorable person.   I dare say some of those calling Representative Dalby would not wish to compare records and history with this woman.  Hopefully, the calls will stop, the lies will stop, this spread of misinformation will be stopped.   Dalby deserves better than this, and in fact, Arkansas deserves better respect for all of our elected officials. 

Mar 9, 2021

Don't Ever Count Me Out

Leslie Rutledge
Rutledge, a Republican woman running what some would consider an uphill battle for Arkansas Governor, should never be counted out.  At an introduction meeting to the Miller County Republican Committee, Leslie Rutledge informed the committee she is used to tough battles, and she should not be counted out early. 

During her presentation, Rutledge informed the committee that in her first run for Attorney General of Arkansas, there was a three-way Republican Primary race.  Recent polling showed Rutledge at 9% or dead last behind the other two candidates.  Never one to give up, Rutledge continued to campaign door-to-door and across the state.   She continued to push her message out to the people of the state.  On election night, that "Never Give Up" spirit propelled her to the number one position with 47% of the vote.  Although she had a runoff, she won the race and went on to win the general election as well.  Since that time, Leslie Rutledge has served as Arkansas's first Republican female Attorney General.  

Now Rutledge has turned her attention to the Governor's office of Arkansas.  She will be in a tight primary with a well-known national figure and friend of hers, Huckabee-Sanders.  During the committee meeting, one member asked her if she thought the race would be a good one, and with a straightforward, no-nonsense answer, Rutledge replied, "Well, that's the plan.  I don't plan to lose."  

Perhaps Leslie Rutledge's entire campaign can be summed up in words she used when addressing the committee.  Rutledge said, "Don't ever count me out."  The words were direct and honest.  If Arkansas has learned one thing from the years of Rutledge as Attorney General, it is that she is a fighter that will fight until the last bell has run.  Rutledge has a plan, a desire to serve Arkansas, and a campaign pushing to see a bright and positive future for the state.  If she goes down in the primaries, it certainly will not be for lack of fight and Arkansas spirit. 

Jan 29, 2021

The King of Executive Orders!

Biden Executive Order stack
President Joe Biden had promised to write executive orders starting on his first day in office.  Well, you have to admit whether you like him or not, he has kept that promise.  As of this writing, Biden has signed forty-two Executive Orders in his first ten days.    January 30 will mark Biden's tenth day in office, so he technically has a little more time to expand on that record should he wish. 

In the age of social media and quick contempt, remarks, and criticism, it has taken little time for the world to notice the huge amount of executive orders coming out of the White House.  Biden is actually signing orders so fast that a website (https://www.federalregister.gov/presidential-documents/executive-orders) which keeps up with the executive orders of Presidents only had twenty-two listed as of this afternoon.  

To give a clear comparison and understanding of why Biden is taking criticism, you must look at the last few presidents and their executive orders.  Trump signed seven executive orders in his first ten days which was an expansion on Obama's six signed in his first ten days.  Bush only signed two in his first ten days.  For the most part, these other Presidents relied more on sending measures to Congress for review and consideration.  Biden seems to be flying to executive orders as if it might be his last day. 

Critics have noticed that Biden's orders have killed over 11,000 pipeline jobs, and angered our friends in Canada.  Biden stopped the border wall which also killed current jobs and left materials sitting on the round in New Mexico.  Those materials are already paid for by the government, and so they will likely sit there.  Consequently, New Mexico has reported the wall was working and helping to slow illegal entry into our country.  New Mexico also reported that Biden's order kills the project when it was almost complete.  Executive orders have also sent us back into the Paris Climate group, a questionable deal at best that will cost the American taxpayers more money.  The overriding common factor appears to be an effort to undo everything President Trump had set in motion.  Biden seems intent on stopping anything that had a "Trump" seal on it from pipelines to walls.  For a President who boasted of wanting unity in his inaugural address to the nation, Biden has spent his first ten days slapping the seventy-four million voters who voted for Trump and his policies.  Ironically, by slapping the pipeline down, Biden also hit some of his own supporters in the unions. 

Jim Moore wrote a book during the Clinton Presidential years called Clinton, Young Man in a Hurray.  Well, Clinton's actions of being in a hurry pale compared to Biden's.  Perhaps someone needs to write a new book regarding the Biden Administration.  A good title for the book might be Biden, Old Man in a Hurray because he seems to be on a mission to complete his presidency with executive orders only.  Saldy, Biden seems to take these actions as if he is taking revenge on Trump.  So far, the Biden revenge seems to know no bounds and he seems to care little if his executive orders hurt American workers, taxpayers, or the states which Biden promised to unify and represent as a President for everyone.  

So far on unifying the country, Biden has shut down two major job streams, put the safety of people in New Mexico at risk, opened the door for mass illegal immigration during a worldwide pandemic, and angered our neighbors to the north in Canada.  The only thing clear so far is that Biden, signing forty-two executive orders without Congressional oversight or approval, seems to be acting like a dictator who unifies everyone by simply saying, "My way or the highway," although you may end up walking on the highway since he is also shutting down oil and gas production on federal lands.  

Jan 26, 2021

Impeaching Trump 2.0

Regardless of how you feel about President Trump, there is a looming question that must be considered - Can Congress impeach a private citizen?  Only being a layperson reading the Constitution, I can not give a legal opinion; however, I certainly can give an opinion, and that opinion is...No.  

Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution states: 

"The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for , and Conviction of , Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors"

Again, stressing this is my opinion, but looking at Donald J. Trump on February 9 in the Senate raises one major problem for all Senators....Trump is not the President, Vice President, or a civil office holder of the United States.  Simply put, Trump is a private citizen.  The Constitution did not and does not at any point provide a legal avenue to "Impeach" a private citizen.  

The fact that impeachment proceedings started while Trump was in office also has to be reviewed.  There might be a slim chance that someone could argue that the impeachment did start while Trump was President; however, the Articles of Impeachment were not sent to the Senate from the House until January 25...five days after Trump was a private citizen.  That effectively means the House did not deliver impeachment proceedings per the Constitution within the timeframe of his service as President.  

The new question becomes why impeach Trump at all?  Or perhaps more specifically, why spend millions of the taxpayer's dollars to impeach a private citizen who lost the election?  The answer is easy...2024.  Democrats in Washington fear the Trump political machine.  They know that if he returns in 2024, especially if they have a failed Democrat President, the election could suddenly go Trump's way for a second term as President.   From the very start with Trump's election victory in 2016 to now, Democrats have hated Trump with such a passion that they will do anything to "Get Trump."  Impeachment 2.0 is just the last-ditch effort to ensure Trump is never able to return to the office.  

Ultimately Democrats will waste millions of your tax dollars on the impeachment of a private citizen.  Trump's history is clear...he will fight the impeachment all the way to the SCOTUS.  If I was placing bets, simply based on the language of impeachment, I would put my money on Trump winning.  

Democrats on the hunt have failed to consider two important things.  First, if the impeachment is allowed to go through and becomes an accepted interpretation of the Constitution, then that opens the door to impeach Obama, Clinton, Carter, Bush, and anyone who has ever served in the capacity of a civil office of the United States.   Consequently, this would also include former Congressional members.  The House and Senate could simply impeach people based entirely on political views and based on which party has control, which is a hazardous prospect and akin to something you find in third world countries or in the past with such places as Nazi Germany.   

The second thing Democrats have failed to consider is a wise old saying.  When you grow up going into the woods and spending time in nature, you will sometimes hear neat little folk-type sayings.  One of those sayings is, "Never poke a bear."  The implication is that poking a bear will provoke it to strike back, and a bear's strike can be deadly.  Instead of letting Trump go into the sunset and plan his future, Democrats have decided to "Poke the bear."  Trump is a big bear with a huge following of supporters, and you can rest assured that since they have decided to poke him...he will be free to focus all his efforts on striking back politically.