“We should understand the Constitution as the founders meant that it should be understood. We can do this by reading their words about it, such as those contained in the Federalist Papers. Such understanding is essential if we are to preserve what God has given us.” —Ezra Taft Benson
“We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land – not, perhaps, the sun or stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and to obey. The chart is the Constitution.” —Daniel Webster at an address at Springfield Massachusetts on 29 September 1847
President Trump Listens to Us
Am I pleased with our President-elect’s choices so far? Yes, I am. Like Trump, none of them are perfect, but they will do a wonderful job for our new President. Even if there are areas in these men’s political lives that are not perfect, we now have a president who will listen to the American people. He has heard us in the past.
We told Mr. Trump that common core was rotting the minds of the students and destroying the teaching profession, and the government schools have eliminated academic teaching. Trump knows, and common core is on the way out. More than that needs to go as well.
Long ago, Trump was pro-choice, thought it was a woman’s right, but then he watched a video of an abortion, and that was the catalyst that brought him to the saving knowledge that it is an evil that needs to be eliminated. The gestating baby is a human being that is separate from the mother, and as such should have the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
When Mr. Trump was first questioned about the land in the Western states being held by the Feds, he thought it was okay. Then he got some flak from the American citizens who know what is going on. He sent his son to investigate, and then Trump wrote an article about it in the Reno Gazette Journal, Trump: Nevada, US Needs a President Who Obeys the Law. Listen to this three-minute video on same.
I do not know of any politician, much less a president of the United States who has listened to the people like Donald J. Trump. This is why I have hope.
There are two areas I’m deeply concerned about; the main one is education, because I do not believe he is getting the advice he needs to make proper choices in personnel. The names I’ve heard are the enemies of education, and are extremely troubling, but more about that in another article.
The other area that deeply concerns me is Veteran Affairs. We need a veteran to take on the problems in this arena. It would also be wise to have a veteran who has been through the VA system and knows what needs to be done to implement our President’s agenda.
The choices of our 45th president are, so far, absolutely brilliant. He is choosing the cream of the crop, and those who will follow through with the policies and plans our new President has to Make America Great Again.
Lt. General Michael T. Flynn
General Flynn has accepted the position of National Security Advisor. I am so pleased to know he will be helping our new President. This is a man of great character and intellect who is absolutely perfect for the position. I cannot express how absolutely delighted I am at this appointment.
If you wish to know all about General Flynn, pick up a copy of his bestselling book, The Field of Fight. It is 180 pages long with an index and is a quick read. His book offers a plan that combines creative, imaginative, and strategic solutions with political engagement and effective military action…a plan to win.
Congratulations to General Flynn!
Senator Jeff Sessions
For two decades, Jeff Sessions has been the junior senator from Alabama. He is beloved by his constituents.
Senator Sessions chaired Trump’s National Security Advisory committee. ‘‘The president-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s attorney general and U.S. attorney,’’ a Trump transition statement released Thursday read. ‘‘It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition.’’
Sessions has opposed nearly every immigration bill that has come before the Senate the past two decades that has included a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.
He’s also fought legal immigration, including guest worker programs for illegal immigrants and visa programs for foreign workers in science, math and high-tech. In 2007, Sessions got a bill passed which essentially banned, for 10 years, federal contractors who hire illegal immigrants.
‘Legal immigration is the primary source of low-wage immigration into the United States,’’ Sessions argued in a 2015 Washington Post op-ed. ‘‘… What we need now is immigration moderation: slowing the pace of new arrivals so that wages can rise, welfare rolls can shrink, and the forces of assimilation can knit us all more closely together.’’ [Link]
He’s also a debt and military hawk, and a full-fledged climate change skeptic!
I have always favored Senator Sessions because of his stance on trade, and especially on the horrible Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He was also against fast tracking of TPP which many senators voted for, including Sen. Cruz. Fast tracking actually gave away Congress’s control to the President for six years. Fast-track, or trade promotion authority (TPA), allowed the White House to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The Senate would not be able to filibuster them, and lawmakers would not have the power to amend them.
The expedited process, which lasts until 2018, and can be extended until 2021, greatly increased Obama’s chances of concluding negotiations on the TPP, which was a top goal of his. Thankfully, it has not passed.
Senator Sessions has not always voted the way I would have liked, but he is strong on the rule of law, and strong on protecting America. This is an honorable and good man, and I pray the Senate endorses his nomination.
Congressman Mike Pompeo
President elect Trump has nominated Congressman Mike Pompeo for head of the CIA. I’m impressed with Pompeo’s strong stance for law and order, not to mention his ability to staunch pro-terrorism activities in local mosques. [Link] Mike Pompeo, a conservative Republican congressman from Kansas, has heavily criticized the Iran deal, and was a member of the congressional committee that blasted Hillary Clinton over the attack in Benghazi, Libya. Watch his questioning of Hillary on Benghazi. Pompeo would be a huge improvement over John Brennan.
See YouTube Video Here.
Pompeo is a member of the House intelligence committee, which oversees U.S. intelligence gathering efforts. In 2014, he was appointed to the House Select Benghazi Committee to probe the 2011 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.
Pompeo certainly has the knowledge and skills to run the CIA. More than that he has the guts to make a tough call, something the CIA has been unwilling to do since early in the George W. Bush administration. So far, so good, but…
Unfortunately, here’s what Mike Pompeo had to say about Edward Snowden: “[He] should be brought back from Russia and given due process, and I think the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence.” (Washington Examiner, 2/11/16). I am in total disagreement with Pompeo and Trump’s stances on Edward Snowden. To most Americans, Snowden is a hero.
Rep. Pompeo is also a heavy supporter of the NSA’s surveillance programs: “Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database. Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed.” (The Atlantic, 11/18/16). Sorry Mike and President elect Trump, this is totally unconstitutional and I fully disagree with you.
In April of 2014, Pompeo introduced the bill that would become The Dark Act, banning states from passing laws mandating GMO labeling on food. Instead, The Dark Act introduces very weak and confusing federal GMO labels. Few people will pay attention to them or even realize they’re there.
This position requires affirmation by the Senate. Pompeo would not be my first choice, but he is still a huge improvement over Obama’s John Brennan.
General Mattis, Sec. of Defense
“You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.” Mattis’s letter to 1st Marine Division.
“Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.” (Business Insider)
For more of his famous quotes, go here.
James N. Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps general who last served as the 11th commander of United States Central Command from August 11, 2010 to March 22, 2013. Mattis is known for implementing the COIN strategy.
From Military Times:
Gen. James Mattis held court in the MacDill Air Force Base theater on one of the last days of his career, speaking to a group of more than 200 service members and civilians. He credited noncommissioned officers with showing him the ropes early on and warned that the U.S. can’t be sure what armed conflict it will be engaged in next, but kept the mood light by mixing in some of his trademark wit.
Asked what worried him, the general motioned to the stars on his collar and offered a one-liner evoking the long shadow he casts. “I don’t worry about stress,” Mattis said, according to a Marine in the room for the March 8 all-hands meeting in Tampa. “I create it.”
It’s this combination of gruffness and humor that has helped make Mattis the most revered Marine general in at least a generation. Disagree? Name one other individual who is almost universally praised by everyone from lance corporals to his fellow four-stars. Name one other leader whose blunt speech has inspired tattoos, doting Web pages and tongue-in-cheek calls from admirers for a 2016 presidential campaign — one that probably would gain traction if Mattis had any interest.
General Mattis criticized President Barack Obama for being naive about Iranian intentions and Congress for being “pretty much absent” on last year’s nuclear deal. I’d bet he’ll get along with General Flynn just fine.
President Trump met with Mattis for a little over one hour in Bedminster, New Jersey. He later stated on Twitter, “General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday.
Mattis is a guy who speaks his mind, he has even disagreed with Trump in the past. There were two generals I thought would be great in this position, Generals James Mattis and Stanley McChrystal.
The left is urging people to boycott Ivanka Trump’s line of jewelry and clothing at various outlets. I would bet this will backfire, and her products will sell even more quickly.
Starbucks, whose CEO once said he didn’t want customers who believed marriage was only between a man and a woman, is finding out how smart Trump supporters truly are. When they order their coffee from the barista, they have to give their names so when it’s prepared, their names are yelled out. Guess what name they’re giving? You’ve got it! Trump!
Donald J. Trump, the true gentleman that he is, spoke with the press right before meeting with Robert Woodson Sr., an adviser to House Speaker Paul Ryan on issues of poverty. Woodson says he’s being considered for a post in Donald Trump’s administration as secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Watch the video here.
Trump welcomed Woodson and was outside with him and Mike Pence when he asked the press, “How you guys doing out there? Need anything?” Some of the New York press answered, “Yeah, hot chocolate, it’s getting cold out here.” What did our new president do? He sent out hot chocolate, coffee and sandwiches.
The mark of a true gentleman, a class act … that’s our newly elected president.
Pray a hedge of protection around him, his family, and his administration, and for divine wisdom in all that he does.