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How things evolved from “The Greenhouse Effect” to “A New Ice Age” to “Global Warming” to “Climate Change”

May 5, 2019

AL GORE NARRATED A MOVIE BASED ON HIS BOOK TITLED “AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: A GLOBAL WARNING.”  THE MOVIE WAS BILLED AS “BY FAR THE MOST TERRIFYING FILM YOU WILL EVER SEE.” THE PHOTO OF THE POLAR BEARS WAS INTENDED TO PROVE THAT GLOBAL WARMING IS CAUSING THE DEMISE OF POLAR BEARS

There are some historical milestones of how the fear of leaving a “Carbon Footprint” from carbon dioxide (CO2) has gone from “The Greenhouse Effect” to “A New Ice Age” to “Global Warming” to “Climate Change.”

April 22, 1970 — The first “Earth Day” was started.  (Was it simply a coincidence that April 22 was the birthday of Vladimir Lenin exactly 100 years before on April 22, 1870?) Walter Cronkite of CBS News hosted a nationally televised Earth Day special.  The theme of “Saving the Planet” was introduced.

WALTER KRONKITE (1916 – 2009) OF CBS NEWS: HE HOSTED AN EARTH DAY SPECIAL ON THE FIRST “EARTH DAY” ON APRIL 22, 1970

1975-1978 — In the 30 years leading to the mid-1970s the available temperature recordings suggested that there was a cooling trend.  As a result some scientists suggested that the current inter-glacial period could rapidly draw to a close, which might result in the Earth plunging into “A New Ice Age” over the next few centuries  This idea was reinforced by the fear that aerosols emitted into the atmosphere also caused cooling. During this same time some scientists theorized that “greenhouse gases” being put into the atmosphere would cause greater warming.

1980 — Most predictions ceased about “A New Ice Age.”

1980-1982 — Concerns about A New Ice Age were replaced with theories that a “Greenhouse Effect” would wreak havoc on the planet by 2000.

1987 — The Montreal Protocol addressed “The Hole in the Ozone Layer.”  There was a theory that there was a “hole in the ozone” layer caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) found in spray cans and refrigerants.  The “hole” was theorized to be letting in dangerous radiation harmful to life.  The Montreal Protocol agreed to restrict CFCs.

1990 – 1996 — Ted Turner started a new children’s television show called “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” which was broadcast from 1990-1992.  A sequel series called “The New Adventures of Captain Planet” was broadcast from 1993-1996.  These cartoons featured Captain Planet and his young Planeteers battling evil businesses such as the oil industry.  An oil company executive was called “Hoggish Greedly.”

1992 — The Rio “Earth Summit” took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The fact that delegations from 172 countries attended the conference served to convince millions of more people that there must be some truth in the “Greenhouse Effect,” which was soon referred to as “Global Warming.”

1992 — Senator Al Gore, who was soon to become Vice President of the United States, published “Earth in the Balance,” in which he called for a “Global Marshall Plan” to “Save the Planet.”

1997 — The Kyoto Protocol was intended to commit nations to reduce CO2 emissions based upon an alleged “scientific consensus” that Global Warming was occurring and it was likely that human-made CO2 was causing it.  Mr. Gore delivered the opening speech of the conference in Kyoto, Japan.

2001 — President George Bush essentially withdrew the United States from the Kyoto Protocol.

2006 — Mr. Gore, who was almost elected President of the United States in 2000, published a new book titled “An Inconvenient Truth.”  Mr. Gore’s book dealt solely with the “crisis” of “Global Warming,” which he called “A True Planetary Crisis.” The error-filled book served as the basis for a movie by Davis Guggenheim that was narrated by Mr. Gore. In the movie, Mr. Gore stated that unless the world “took drastic measures” then the world would reach “a point of no return within 10 years.” The movie premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and won two Academy Awards.  Mr. Gore was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his alleged contributions to climate science.  In the book and movie at least eight things were stated as fact:

*     Sea levels are rising at an alarming rate. He predicted a rise of six meters (20 feet) with the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.  Mr. Gore’s predicted rising sea levels have not occurred.

*     CO2 is the control knob for temperature.  Mr. Gore believes that carbon dioxide — what humans exhale — controls temperatures.  Satellite data show little or no increase in temperature for nearly two decades despite a constant increase in CO2.

*    Hurricane Katrina was man-made.  Two years before Mr. Gore’s movie, New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  Mr. Gore said that devastating hurricanes would become the “new normal.”  However, F3+ hurricanes have occurred throughout United States history.  For example, there was the Miami Hurricane (1926), the Southeast Florida / Okeechobee Hurricane (1928), the Labor Day Hurricane (1935), the 1938 Hurricane and Hurricane Camille (1969).  Most recently there was Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Andrew (1992), Superstorm Sandy (2012) and Hurricane Charley (2004).

THE GALVESTON HURRICANE, KNOWN AS THE GREAT STORM OF 1900, WAS THE DEADLIST NATURAL DISASTER IN UNITED STATES HISTORY. IT KILLED AN ESTIMATED 8,000 TO 12,000 PEOPLE.

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*     Severe tornados are increasing.  However, F3+ tornadoes have been declining for more than 60 years.

*     Polar bears are dying.  Mr. Gore said that because the polar ice is getting thinner due to Global Warming that polar bears would die off.  He featured a photo of sick polar bears clinging to melted ice to prove his point.  There are more polar bears now than when Mr. Gore was born.  The government of Nunavut, along with Inuit hunters, have noticed that the polar bear population is doing quite well.

*    The Arctic is melting.  Mr. Gore predicted the complete melting of Polar ice by 2014. However, the ice at the North Pole is increasing.  The year 2015 saw the largest refreezing of the Arctic in more than a decade.

*     The Sahel is drying up.  Mr. Gore said that the region south of the Sahara desert is getting drier and drier due to Global Warming.  Satellite images show that the Sahel is a region that gained the most flora density since satellites existed.  The reviled CO2 acts as a fertilizer.

*    CO2 is a pollution.  Mr. Gore refers to CO2 as “pollution.”  Therefore, the world must fight to control CO2 to protect the children and Save the Planet.  But more CO2 is actually desirable.  Agriculture profits greater from increased carbon “pollution.”

2009 — The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (aka Copenhagen Climate Conference) took place at Copenhagen, Denmark. A legally non-binding paper was produced recognizing Global Warming / Climate Change as a crisis and stating that actions should be taken to keep temperature increases to a minimum. The report did not contain any commitments to reducing CO2 emissions.

2009 — Prince Charles warned that mankind has eight years or less to save the planet from a climate-created disaster.

2009 — The “Climategate” scandal was exposed.  In November 2009 a server was hacked at the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.  The emails that were recovered made it clear that some of the top “warmist” or “alarmist” scientists in the world were openly conspiring to manipulate climate data, to bar critics from accessing their records and to influence scientific publications to censor “climate deniers.”  The emails showed private admissions of doubt or scientific weakness in the Global Warming theory. In acknowledging that global temperatures had actually declined for the past decade, one scientist asked: “Where the heck is the global warming?”  A prominent Global Warming alarmist admitted to using a statistical “trick” to “hide the decline” in temperature. The trick consisted of selectively mixing two different kinds of data-temperature “proxies” from tree rings and actual thermometer measurements in a way designed to produce a graph of global temperatures that ended  with what is known as the upward “hockey stick” slope.

2015 — The Paris Climate Agreement (aka Paris Climate Accord) was reached within the United Nations pre-existing framework.  The agreement requires that each country regularly report on its own contribution to mitigate “Global Warming.” President Barack Obama used an “Executive Order” to ostensibly commit the United States to the Paris Agreement. President Obama used an executive order because the United States Constitution requires a 2/3 majority in the Senate to ratify a treaty.

2015 — Pope Francis issued an edict directing Catholics to believe that “Climate Change” is real.  The Pope condemned Climate Change as “sin” and urged the world to “take action.”

2016 — Actor Leonardo DiCaprio released a Nation Geographic documentary about Climate Change.  The documentary was massively hyped by the Piranha Press in a book titled “Before the Flood.”  DiCaprio and Pope Francis became the two most prominent public faces pushing for action including global “Carbon Taxes” and international control over businesses.

2017 — President Donald J. Trump pulled the United States out of the “Paris Climate Agreement,” which would have required the United States to pay Carbon Taxes.

IN 2015 POPE FRANCIS CALLED FOR “BOLD CULTURAL REVOLUTION” NEEDED TO SAVE THE PLANET FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

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Abolishing the Electoral College could result in the United States of California

March 29, 2019

ALEXANDER HAMILTON SAID THAT THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE “BE NOT PERFECT, BUT  IT IS AT LEAST EXCELLENT”

Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution provides that the President of the United States, together with the Vice President, shall be elected as follows:

“Each State shall appoint . . . a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress, but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.  Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes, which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.”

The Twelve, Fourteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-Third Amendments to the Constitution also govern the Electoral College.

Legislation is once more being introduced this year to abolish the Electoral College for electing the President of the United States.  The bill would require a Constitutional amendment to elect the President by a direct popular vote.  To enact a Constitutional amendment, it would first need to win over two-thirds of both chambers of Congress.  The amendment would then need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

During the past 200 years more than 700 proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform or eliminate the Electoral College.  There have been more proposals for a Constitutional Amendment on changing the Electoral College than on any other subject. Public opinion polls have shown that Americans favor abolishing the Electoral College.

The Electoral College is a process established by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. It was established as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors.  A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President.  Each state’s allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives and two for each state’s Senators.   Also, under the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution, the District of Columbia is allotted three electors and treated like a state for purposes of the Electoral College.

Most states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all electors to the winning presidential candidate in the state.  Maine and Nebraska each have a variation of “proportional representation.”

After the Presidential election, the Governor of each state prepares a “Certificate of Ascertainment” listing all of the candidates who ran from President in the state along with the names of their respective electors.  The Certificate of Ascertainment declares the winning Presidential candidate in each state and shows which electors will represent the state at the meeting of the electors in December of the election year.  Each state’s Certificate of Ascertainment is sent to Congress and the National Archives.

The meeting of the electors takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the Presidential election.  The electors meet in their respective states, where they cast their votes for President and Vice President on separate ballots. Each state’s electors’ votes are recorded on a “Certificate of Vote,” which is prepared at the meeting by the electors.  The Certificates of Votes are sent to Congress and the National Archives.

Each state’s electoral votes are counted in a joint session of Congress on the 6th of January in the year following the meeting of the electors.  Members of the House and Senate meet in the House chambers to conduct the official tally of electoral votes. The Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides over the count and announces the results of the vote.  The President of the Senate then declares which person has been elected President and Vice President of the United States.  The President-Elect then takes the oath of office and is sworn in as President of the United States on January 20th in the year following the Presidential election.

There have been five times in United States history when a candidate won the Presidency despite losing the popular vote: 1892 (John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson) 1876 (Rutherford B. Hayes over Samuel Tilden), 1888 (Benjamin Harrison over Grover Cleveland), 2000 (George W. Bush over Al Gore) and 2016 (Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton).

“Trump won 37 states. Hillary won 13. That’s why we have the electoral college — So we are not the United States of California.”

There are no less than three good reasons for maintaining the Electoral College: (1) the Founding Fathers enshrined the Electoral College in the Constitution because they thought it was the best method to choose the President, (2) the Electoral College ensures that all parts of the country are involved in selecting the President and (3) the Electoral College guarantees certainty to the outcome of the Presidential election.  Opponents of the Electoral College contend (1) the reasons for which the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College are no longer relevant, (2) the Electoral College gives too much power to “swing states” and allows the Presidential election to be decided by a handful of states and (3) the Electoral College ignores the will of the people.

The best reason for maintain the Electoral College is because it ensures that all parts of the country are involved in selecting the President.  If the election depended solely on the popular vote, then candidates could limit campaigning to heavily-populated areas or specific regions. To win the election, Presidential candidates need electoral votes from multiple regions and therefore they build campaign platforms with a national focus with the winner actually serving the needs of the entire country.  Without the Electoral College, groups such as Iowa farmers and Ohio factory workers would be ignored in favor of pandering to metropolitan areas with high population densities, leaving rural areas and small towns marginalized.

The wisdom of the Founding Fathers also cannot be overlooked.

“The United States is a representative democracy operated under a ‘republican’ form of government, as provided for in Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution. . . . In 1787, the Founding Fathers, based on their direct knowledge of history showing that unlimited power tends to become a tyrannical power, created the United States as a republic — not a pure democracy. . . . The Founding Fathers knew that as the nation grew and the time required for debating and voting on every issue increased, the public’s desire to take part in the process would quickly decrease.  As a result, the decisions and actions taken would not truly reflect the will of the majority, but small groups of people representing their own interests. . . . As part of their plan to separate powers and authority, the Founders created the Electoral College as the method by which the people could choose their highest government leader — the president — while avoiding at least some of the dangers of a direct election.”

Source: Robert Longley, Reasons to Keep the Electoral College (Thought Co. — Feb. 14, 2019).

As Alexander Hamilton noted, if the Electoral College “be not perfect, it is at least excellent.”

THE FOUNDING FATHERS, WHO MORE THAN 200 YEARS AGO GATHERED IN PHILADELPHIA TO WRITE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

 

 

Biden and Sanders are leading in the polls for the Democratic nomination for President

March 18, 2019

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

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SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are leading in polls for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  Sanders beat Biden 39-24 in the Wisconsin primary poll and Biden beat Sanders 40-23 in the Michigan primary poll.  In the presidential polls, Biden beat Sanders 28-25 and 31-27.

The third choice appears to be Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and former Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke of Texas.

March 18, 2019 (Emerson Poll)

Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary — Sanders, 39; Biden, 24; Warren, 14; O’Rourke, 6; Harris, 5; Klobuchar, 4; Booker, 2; others 1 percent or less.

March 12, 2019 (Morning Consult Poll)

2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination — Biden, 31; Sanders, 27; Harris, 10; Warren and O’Rourke, each 7; Booker, 4; Klobuachar, 3; others 1 percent or less.

March 11, 2019 (Monmouth Poll)

2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination — Biden, 28; Sanders, 25; Harris, 10; Warren and O’Rourke, each 7; Booker, 5; Klobuchar, 3; other 1 percent or less.

March 11, 2019 (Emerson Poll)

Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary — Biden, 40 percent; Sanders, 23; Harris, 12; Warren, 11; Klobuchar, 5; Booker, 3; O’Rourke, 2; others 1 percent of less.

Biden and Sanders lead in early polls

March 3, 2019

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND SEN. BERNIE SANDERS

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders lead in the most recent  Presidential and state primary polls.  Biden had support of between 22 and 37 percent while Sanders had between 19 and 27 percent.  Sanders is an announced candidate.  Biden has said he is leaning in on a run for the White House.

Sen. Kamala Harris’ numbers have ranged from seven to 14 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s numbers have ranged from four to nine percent.

Here are the polls between Feb. 22, 2019 and March 2, 2019:

The Emerson Poll (March 2, 2019) for the South Carolina Democratic Primary was Biden (37 percent), Sanders (21 percent), Harris (nine percent), Cory Booker (six percent), Warren and Beto O’Rourke (each five percent), Michael Bloomberg and Tulsi Gabbard (each two percent) and others (one percent or less).

The University of New Hampshire Poll (Feb. 28, 2019) for the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary was Sanders (26 percent), Biden (22 percent), Harris (10 percent), Warren (seven percent), O’Rourke (five percent), Klobuchar (four percent), Booker (three percent) and others (one percent or less).

The Harvard-Harris Poll (Feb. 28, 2019) for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination was Biden (30 percent), Sanders (19 percent), Harris (10 percent), Booker (five percent), O’Rourke and Warren (each four percent), Klobuchar and Bloomberg (each two percent) and others (one percent of less).

The Morning Consult Poll (Feb. 26, 2019) for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination was Biden (29 percent), Sanders (27 percent), Harris (10 percent), Warren and O’Rourke (each seven percent), Booker (four percent), Klobuchar (three percent), Bloomberg (two percent) and others (one percent or less).

The Emerson Poll (Feb. 23, 2019) for the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary was Sanders (27 percent), Biden (25 percent), Harris (12 percent), Warren (nine percent), Klobuchar (eight percent), O’Rourke and Booker (each five percent), Bloomberg (two percent) and others (one percent or less).

The UMass Amherst Poll (Feb. 22, 2019) for the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary was Biden (28 percent), Sanders (20 percent), Harris (14 percent), Warren (nine percent), O’Rourke (six percent), Booker (three percent) and others (one percent or less).

As of Jan. 31, 2019 there were 13 announced candidates for the 2020 Democrat Presidential nomination.  They are Sen. Cory Booker, 49, of New Jersey; Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 37, of South Bend, Ind.; Julian Castro, 44, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; John Delaney, 55, former Maryland representative; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, 37, of Hawaii, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, 52, of New York; Sen. Kamala Harris, 54, of California; Gov. Jay Inslee, 68, of the state of Washington; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 58, of Minnesota; Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77, of Vermont; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 69, of Massachusetts; Marianne Williamson, 66, a spiritual guru, New Age author and entrepreneur; and Andrew Yang, 44, founder of Venture for America, a nonprofit organization in New York.

There are said to be 20 others considering a candidacy including Joe Biden, 76, former Vice President; Michael Bloomberg, 77, former mayor of New York; New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, 57; Eric Holder, 68, former U.S. Attorney General; Terry McAuliffe, 62, former Governor of Virginia; Sen. Sherrod Brown, 66, of Ohio; Rep. Tim Ryan, 45, of Ohio; Sen. Michael Bennett, 54, of Colorado; Gov. Steve Bullock, 52, of Montana; John Hickenlooper, 67, former Governor of Colorado; Sen. Jeff Merkley, 62, of Oregon; Rep. Eric Swalwell, 38, of California; John Kerry, 75, former Secretary of State and Senator from Massachusetts; Rep. Seth Mouton, 40, of Massachusetts; Andrew Gillum, 39, former Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida and Beto O’Rourke, 46, former Representative from Texas.

Bernie Sanders has been called the most dangerous political figure in American history

March 2, 2019

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS AT A TOWN HALL MEETING IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO DURING MAY 2016 DEMANDING CLEMENCY FOR TERRORIST OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA AND VOWING TO PARDON HIM IF ELECTED PRESIDENT

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Radio talk show host Michael Savage has called Sen. Bernie Sanders “the most dangerous political figure in American history” and says Sanders poses a grave threat to the United States because of his socialist views that align with Communist Party USA. Savage warned:

“As I have declared time and again, Bernie Sanders is the most dangerous political figure in American history; far more dangerous than any ever seen before because he looks so harmless, doesn’t he?  Like a Jewish grandfather; like everyone’s favorite floppy grandfather, doesn’t he? Old Bernie Sanders.  He looks like he can do no harm, but he can do much harm, indeed.”

Source: Michael Savage, Democratic Socialist Secretly Plot Communist Takeover (Newsmax — Sept. 18, 2018) (hereafter Savage).

Mr. Savage described the Democrat Party’s extreme leftist learnings:

“They want free housing for all; free health care for all, free college education for all, free transportation for all.  They want the abolition of ICE. . . . They want the abolition of prisons, meaning they want the release of people from prisons. . . . They want rapists released, murderers released. They call for everyone to receive a basic income . . . whether or not they work. . . . If you think [communism] can’t happen here, then you’re really asleep.”

Source: Robert Kraychik, Michael Savage: “You’re Asleep” if You Think Communist Can’t Happen in the U.S. (Breitbart — July 19, 2018) (hereafter Kraychik).

In a satirical article it was stated:

“In a surprise move, the CPSUA (Community Party USA) has announced a lawsuit against the Democratic Party and its leadership for the alleged theft of intellectual property. The plaintiffs claim that the entire so-called ‘new’ Democratic agenda is, in fact, the product of a decades-long, painstaking campaign by CPSUA theorists, agitators, and underground subversive cells — which makes it the intellectual property of the Community Party USA, protected by American copyright laws. ‘They stole our entire platform, rebranded it progressive and claim it was their own,’ declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco. ‘And we communists say, not so fast! Not in this country anyway, where we still have property rights and the rule of law, thank God!'”

Source: Red Square, Communists Sue Democratic Party For Stealing Platform (The People’s Cube — April 12, 2010).

President “Trump and his Republican allies . . . are betting that the idea of socialism will still turn off many voters, and they’ve embarked on a campaign to paint the Democratic presidential hopefuls as far-left extremists, with Sanders as the prime example. . . . And many Republicans see an opening not only to attack Sanders but to put the rest of the Democratic field on the spot. They are publicizing the senator’s comments on social media and circulating video of him speaking about [Cuba’s] Castro and [Nicaragua’s] Ortega in 1985.”

Source: Sean Sullivan, Bernie Sanders could face more scrutiny as candidate for his socialist learnings (Washington Post — Feb. 26, 2019).

“What they are doing now, as mainstream Democrats, are all of the protocols of the Communist Party USA of five years ago,” Savage said. “They have become the Communist Party USA.  And let’s not forget what Lenin himself wrote: he said the object of socialism is communism. . . . [Sanders is] smarter than all of them, very high IQ, he’s very well-learned, and he is quoting Karl Marx, he’s regurgitating Karl Marx in a new form. We know where that led: 100 million deaths. It started with the Bolshevik Revolution, promising everything for the poor man, and here we have this man whipping up the youth into this frenzy against who?  Who is the enemy.  Who is the enemy of Bernie Sanders? The rich.  He made a million dollars last year.  I guess that’s not rich enough for him.”

Source: Jason Devaney, Michael Savage to Newsmax TV: Bernie “Most Dangerous” Politician (Newsmax — Oct. 17, 2018).

Sanders “is not even a socialist.  He’s a communist. . . . If Sanders were vying for a Cabinet post, he’d never pass an FBI background check. There’d be too many subversive red flags popping up in his file. He was a communist collaborator during the height of the Cold War.”

Source: Paul Sperry, Don’t be fooled by Bernie Sanders — he’s a diehard communist (New York Post — Jan. 16, 2016) (hereafter Sperry).

Sperry’s New York Post article pointed out:

  • In 1964, while attending the University of Chicago, Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the youth wing of the Socialist Party USA.
  • After moving to Vermont, Sanders headed the American People’s History Society, an organ of Marxist propaganda. Sanders made a glowing documentary on the life of socialist revolutionary Eugene Debs, who was jailed for espionage during the Red Scare and hailed by the Bolsheviks as “America’s greatest Marxist.” Sanders still hangs a portrait of Debs on the wall of his Senate office.
  • Sanders took several “goodwill” trips to Communist countries including the USSR, Cuba and Nicaragua.
  • In 1985 Sanders traveled to Managua to celebrate the rise to power of the Marxist-Leninist Sandinista government. Sanders called the Sandinista takeover a “heroic revolution.”
  • Sanders invited Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to visit the United States and called the exalted Ortega as “an impressive guy” while attacking President Regan. Sanders said on Vermont government-access TV in 1985: “The Sandinista government has more support among the Nicaraguan people — substantially more support — than Ronald Reagan has among the American people.”
  • Sanders honeymooned with his second wife in the USSR.  He put a Soviet flag in his office, which shocked even the local liberals. At that time, the USSR was “on the march around the world, and threatening the US with nuclear annihilation.”
  • In 1989 Sanders addressed the national conference of the U.S. Peace Council, a known front for Communist Party USA, whose members swore an oath not only to the Soviet Union but to “the triumph of Soviet Power in the US.”

Sander, 77, was born on Sept. 8, 1945 at Brooklyn.  His father, Elias Ben Yehuda Sanders (1904-1962), was born to a Jewish family in Slopnice, Galica in Austria-Hungary, which is now part of Poland.  In 1921, Elias immigrated to the United States and became a paint salesman.  Sanders’ mother, Dorothy “Dora” Sanders (nee Glassberg) (1912-1960) was born in New York City to Jewish immigrant parents from Poland and Russia.

Sanders attended elementary school and James Madison High School in Brooklyn.  From 1959-60, Sanders studied at Brooklyn College.

In 1963, Sanders worked on Kibbutz Sha’ar Ha’amakim, a kibbutz near Haifa in northern Israel, where he was a guest of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement.  The youth movement’s name translates in Hebrew to “The Young Guard.”  It was a socialist, Zionist secular Jewish youth group founded in 1913 in Galicia, Austria-Hungary.

Source: Steven Erianger, Bernie Sanders’s Kibbutz Found. Surprise: It’s Socialist (The New York Times — Feb. 5, 2016).

“In the 1960s [Sanders] spent several months volunteering on an Israeli collective farm, or kibbutz, that functioned according to communist principles. For years, Sanders has said he had been on a kibbutz but has been vague about exactly where he stayed. The mystery was apparently solved . . . when Israeli newspaper Haaretz dug up a 1990 interview with Sanders. In the article, Sanders claimed he spent several months in 1963 volunteering at Shaar Ha’amakin.”

Source: Will Ripley, How did a socialist kibbutz influence Bernie Sanders? (CNN — Feb. 10, 2016).

In 1964 Sanders started attending the University of Chicago and earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science.  While attending the University of Chicago, Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League, which was the youth affiliate of the Socialist Party of America.  After graduation from college, Sanders returned to New York City and worked as a Head Start teacher, a psychiatric aide and a carpenter.  In 1968 Sanders moved to Vermont where he worked as a carpenter, filmmaker and writer.

Sanders began his political career in 1971 as a member of the Liberty Union Party, a democratic social political party founded in 1970 by former Vermont Rep. William H. Meyer and others.  As a member of the Liberty Union Party, Sanders ran for governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1976 and as a candidate for United States Senator in 1972 and 1974.  Sen. Sanders resigned from the Liberty Union Party in 1977 and worked as a writer and director for the American People’s Society in Burlington, Vermont.  During this time, he made a documentary about Eugene V. Debs, an American Socialist leader and presidential candidate.

In 1980, Sanders was elected as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont.  While he was Mayor he referred to his city as the “People’s Republic of Burlington.”  He was re-elected three times.  After serving four two-year terms Sanders did not seek another term.  In 1989 he was a lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  In 1991 he was a lecturer at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

In 1990 Sanders became a member of the United States House of Representatives.  He was the first Independent candidate to be elected to the House since Frazier Reams of Ohio in 1950.  In 2007 Sanders became a member of the United States Senate, also as an Independent.

Sanders was married to Deborah Shilling from 1964 until their divorce in 1977.  He married his current wife, Jane O’Meara, in 1988.  He has four children and one brother, Larry Sanders, who lives in England and is the Health Spokesman for the Green Party of England and Wales.

Sanders’ brother described the two of them as being Jewish radicals while growing up.  Source: Dana Roberson, Meet Larry Sanders, Bernie’s Big Brother (The Takeaway — Nov. 5, 2015).

Sanders’ current campaign slogan is: “Not me. Us.”  His campaign site states: “Not one candidate, not even the greatest candidate you could imagine, is capable of taking on Donald Trump and the billionaire class alone.  There is only one way we win — and that is together.”

On March 2, 2019, while speaking in Brooklyn during his campaign kickoff rally, Sanders called President Trump “the most dangerous president in modern American history.”

“The populist . . . self-described democratic socialist owns two homes in Vermont and one in Washington, D.C.  Sanders has also earned more than $1 annually in recent years, though he remains on the lower end of Senate Democrats in terms of net worth.”

Source: Paul Steinhauser, Sanders calls his taxes “boring” but says he’ll release returns “soon” (Fox News — Feb. 27, 2019).

Sanders has written two books.  “Our Revolution” was released in November 2016 and “Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution” was released in August 2017.

RADIO TALK SHOW HOST MICHAEL SAVAGE

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Latest polls like Sanders and Biden while Las Vegas likes Harris and O’Rourke

February 25, 2019

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND SEN. BERNIE SANDERS

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There have been three recent polls for who will be the nominee of the Democrat Party for President of the United States.

The Emerson College poll, which polled 405 registered New Hampshire voters from Feb. 21-22, 2019, had Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at first with 27 percent, former Vice President Joe Biden second with 25 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris of California third with 12 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts fourth with nine percent and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota fifth with eight percent.  It also had failed Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey tied for sixth with five percent.  Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had two percent followed by others with about one percent.

The Emerson College poll taken from Feb. 14-16, 2019 had it Biden (27 percent), Sanders (17 percent), Harris (15 percent), Booker and Warren (each nine percent), Klobuchar (five percent) and O’Rourke (four percent).

The Morning Consult poll taken from Feb. 11-17, 2019 put Biden at first (30 percent), Sanders at second (21 percent), Harris at third (11 percent), Warren at forth (eight percent) and O’Rourke at fifth (seven percent). Booker was sixth (five percent) and Klobuchar was seventh (four percent).

On Dec. 27, 2018, The Hill ranked the top 15 Democratic presidential candidates in 2020 as (1) Warren, (2) Sanders, (3) Booker, (4) Klobuchar, (5) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, (6) Michelle Obama, (7) Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, (8) Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, (9) Biden, (10) Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, (11) Harris, (12) Hillary Clinton, (13) former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, (14) Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and (15) Oprah Winfrey.

On Feb. 21, 2019, the Democrat Nominee for the 2020 Election Las Vegas Odds were Harris (+300), O’Rourke (+400), Biden (+600), Sanders (+800), Klobuchar (+ 900), Warren (+1000), Gillibrand (+1500), Booker (+1600), Hilary Clinton (+1800) and Oprah Winfrey (+1800).  For example, if you successful wagered $100 on Harris you would win $300 and if you successfully waged $100 on Clinton or Winfrey you would win $1,800.

 

 

Things to know about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal

February 24, 2019

REP ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ AND SEN. ED MARKEY: PROPONENTS OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was born on Oct. 13, 1989 in the Bronx. At age 29 she now represents New York’s 14th Congressional District.  She is often referred to by her initials — AOC — and is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.  She had never held elective office before handily beating 10-term incumbent Joseph “Joe” Crowley (D-NY) during the most recent Mid-Term Elections.

AOC’s late architect father, Sergio Cortez-Roman, who died in 2008 from lung cancer, was of Puerto Rican descent and was born in the Bronx.  Her mother, Blanca Ocasio-Cortez (born Blanca Iris Cortez Rivera) was born in Puerto Rico.  AOC’s parents were married in Puerto Rico.

The new Congresswoman worked in Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) foreign affairs and immigration office in 2008 while attending Boston University.  She graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations.

AOC has made numerous comments that were deemed problematic to officials at Boston University including accusing the United States of invading Puerto Rico and forcing it to be a colony — even though the Treaty of Paris signed in 1893 guaranteed the independence of Cuba and forced Span to cede Guam and Puerto Rico to the United States.  During July 2018, Professor Dilip Mookherje, Director of the Institute for Economic Development, released a statement:

“Alexandria’s recent comments have raised concerns about her credentials. While we do encourage socialism in our curriculum, her lack of understanding of history, current events, and most especially economics has been a cause for alarm. Faculty and staff are concerned that her highly publicized ignorance could result in damage to the university’s reputation.”

After graduating from college, AOC she returned to the Bronx where she volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential Democratic primary campaign.  She also worked as a bartender at Flats Fix, a taco and tequila bar on East 16th Street in New York.  While most of the staff have nice things to say about her, one waitress has a bad memory of working with AOC during the busy Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2017.  At the end of the night, when it came time to split the $560 in tips that AOC received at the bar, she gave the waitress only $50. After the waitress complained to the manager, the waitress was given $100.

Source: Richard Johnson, Ex coworker no fan of Democrat darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Page Six (July 1, 2018).

During AOC’s campaign for Congress, she convinced voters that based upon her ethnicity and her “working-class” roots she was the most qualified to represent her Congressional District.  AOC did not live in the projects.  Since age two she lived in a three-bedroom home in Yorktown Heights, purchased by her father. Yorktown Heights is a suburb of New York City located in wealthy Westchester County.  The demographic in the town AOC grew up in is 90 % white and 5 % Hispanic-Latino.  Westchester County is one of the most wealthy counties in the United States and is where former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton reside.

On Feb. 7, 2019, AOC — together with Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) — introduced a “Green New Deal” House of Representatives non-binding resolution.  It called for a “10-year national mobilization” toward accomplishing a series of goals including:

*    Meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.

*    Eliminating  fossil fuels entirely and to transition away from nuclear energy.

*    Upgrading all existing buildings in the country to energy efficiency.

*    Working with farmers to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions while promoting universal access to healthy foods.

*    Overhauling transportation systems including expanding electric car manufacturing, building “charging stations everywhere” and expanding high-speed rail to “a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.”

*    Guaranteeing a job “with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security” for every American.

*    Guaranteeing economic security “to all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

*   Providing “high-quality health care” for all Americans through a Medicare-for-All Plan.

AOC told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Medicare for all . . . would save the American people a very large amount of money.” Others have said that universal Medicare would cost more than $30 trillion.

On Feb. 17, 2019, during an appearance of “Meet the Press,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized AOC for her role in Amazon discontinuing its plans to make a large investment in New York City in exchange for $3 billion in tax incentives.  Host Chuck Todd played a video clip showing AOC’s reaction to Amazon’s cancellation of plans to build an office complex in Long Island City. She stated:

“If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to.  We could hire more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to.”

OAC’s comments caused President Trump to tweet: “Will someone please explain to me how it is possible for NYC to SPEND a $3 Billion tax break on anyway?”

A Times Square billboard mocked OAC for her celebration of Amazon’s decision to cancel its plans to build a new headquarters in New York City.  The billboard stated: “25,000 Lost NYC Jobs / $4 Billion in Lost Wages / $12 Billion in Lost Economic Activity for NY / Thanks for Nothing, AOC!”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said on Feb. 22, 2019 that it was “too early” to tell if OAC would help the state of New York.

Further demonstrating her socialist bent, OAC told a group on March 9, 2019 at the South by Southwest conference in Austin that “capitalism is irredeemable.”

“Capitalism is an ideology of capital — the most important thing is to concentration of capital and to seek and maximize profit” to her “capitalism is irredeemable.”

Radio talk host Michael Savage refers to OAC as “Occasional Cortex.”

Cartoon Credit: Ben Garrison

Changing demographics are coming back to bite white male Democrats

December 4, 2018

REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ CASHED IN ON HER PUERTO RICAN BACKGROUND TO DEFEAT A 10-TERM IRISH MALE INCUMBENT

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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who had never before held elective office, is a good example of how changing demographics are adversely affecting white male Democrats.

The 29-year-old Ms. Ocasio-Cortez handily beat 10-term incumbent Joseph “Joe” Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which is a very safe Democratic district. The district covers parts of the Bronx and Queens in New York City.

The demographics of the Bronx is 45.8 percent white, 43.3 percent black, 4.2 percent Asian, 3.0 percent American Indian, and 3.3 percent of two or more races. Source: 2013 Census Bureau estimate. Nearly 55 percent of the population is of Hispanic or Latino, of any race.

The demographics of Queens is 27.2 percent Non-Hispanic white, 20.9 percent black, 24.8 percent Asian, 12.9 percent of some other race and 2.7 percent of two or more races. Source: 2012 Census Bureau estimate. Nearly 28 percent of Queen’s population is of Hispanic or Latino origin, of any race.

The makeup of the entire 14th Congressional District is 49.8 percent Hispanic and about one-fifth white.  “Almost half of Ocasio-Cortez’s district is Latino; over 11 percent black and 16 percent is Asian.”

Source: Steven A. Nuno, Can a Latina primary candidate’s big win bring Democrats back to their roots? (NBC News — June 27, 2018).

“Crowley lost because of the changing demographics of his district,” wrote a columnist for the Washington Post.

Source: Dana Milbank, Ocasio-Cortez just did Democrats a big favor (The Washington Post — June 27, 2018).

“White people representing majority-minority districts are intrinsically vulnerable.”

Source: Michael Kinnucan, Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won (Jacobin — June 29, 2018).

A headline in the Washington Post stated: “The worst thing to be in many Democratic primaries? A white male candidate.”

Source: Michael Scherer and David Weigel (Washington Post — June 27, 2018). Mr. Scherer and Mr. Weigel wrote:

“Given an option, Democratic voters have been picking women, racial minorities, and gay men and lesbians in races around the country at historic rates, often at the expense of the white male candidates who in past years typified the party’s offerings.”

“There are a lot of districts in this country that are like NY-14, that have changed a lot in the last 20 years, and whose representation has not,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on July 1, 2018.

Source: Christina Cauterucci, “Demographics” Did Help Ocasio-Cortez Win, and That’s a Good Things (Slate — July 1, 2018).

When Ms. Ocasio-Cortez takes office on Jan. 3, 2019, she will be the youngest woman to serve in Congress in the history of the United States.

Mr. Crowley was the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.  He took office in Congress in 1999 in New York’s 7th Congressional District.  He was the Congressman for the 14th Congressional District since 2013.  He had been re-elected without any significant opposition in nine elections.  He did not face any primary challengers in the 2006 through 2016 elections.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, whose father is of Puerto Rican descent and was born in the Bronx, and whose mother was born in Puerto Rico, captured 57.13 percent of the vote (15,897) in the 2018 Democratic primary to Mr. Crowley’s 42.5 percent (11,761).  In the general election, the vote tally was 77.9 percent (100,044 votes) for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, 13.8 percent (17,762 votes) for Republican Anthony Pappas and 6.6 percent (8,505 votes) for Mr. Crowley.  Elizabeth Perri of the Conservative Party received 1.6 percent (2,028 votes).

To seek the 14th District seat, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez spent $194,000 compared to $3.4 million spent by Mr. Crowley. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was endorsed by extreme left-wing organizations such as MoveOn, Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, Black Lives Matter and Democracy for America. The 14th Congressional District voted 78 percent for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential race.

“Ocasio-Cortez tailored her campaign to underrepresented constituencies such as Latino and younger voters.”

Source: Grace Segers, How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the race that shocked the country (City & State New York — June 27, 2018).

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez worked in Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) foreign affairs and immigration office from 2008 to 2009 while attending Boston University. After graduating, she returned to the Bronx where she volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential Democratic primary campaign.

“In addition to supporting things such as sharing the wealth Bernie Sanders-style, Medicare for all, guaranteed jobs for everyone, free college tuition, the abolishment of ICE, ending the privatization of prisons, the impeachment of Donald Trump, and gun control policies — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exhibits racist tendencies. To win the primary, Alexandria convinced voters that based solely on her ethnicity and her working-class roots, she was the most qualified to represent eastern Bronx and portions of north-central Queens, whose demographic composition is 82% minority, 50% of which is Hispanic-Latino. The problem is that Alexandria didn’t live in the projects and didn’t spend much time riding the El train. Instead, since Alexandria was age two, the newly elected politician lived in a three-bedroom home in Yorktown Heights, purchased by her architect father, the late Sergio Cortez-Roman. Yorktown Heights is a suburb of New York City located in wealthy Westchester County. Unlike the district Alexandria won, the demographic in the town the political neophyte grew up in is 90% white and 5% Hispanic-Latino.”

Source: Jeannie DeAngelis, Is Alexandria-Cortez a racist?  (American Thinker — July 3, 2018).

“Overall, Westchester County is one of the most wealthy counties in the United States; it’s even where former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton reside.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly three-quarters of the county’s 980,000 people are white, the average home rice is more than a half million dollars, the median household income is $90,000 and just 10 percent of the country lives in poverty.  CNBC even ranked the county as the 8th richest county in the U.S. when considering wealth concentration of the area’s richest 1 percent.”

Source: Chris Enlow, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the “girl from the Bronx,” raised in one of the wealthiest US counties (The Blaze — June 30, 2018).

REP. JOE CROWLEY LOST HIS “SAFE SEAT” TO MS. OCASIO-CORTEZ

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President Felipe Calderon had no right to criticize the state of Arizona over its attempt to enforce the immigration laws of the United States

May 22, 2010

PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERON CRITICIZED THE ARIZONA LAW DESIGNED TO ENFORCE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DURING A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS ON MAY 20, 2010 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN AND SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI APPLAUDED MR. CALDERON'S CRITICISM OF ARIZONA'S LAW.

 

During a recent two-day state visit to Washington, D.C., Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s president, lectured Americans on immigration policy. 

Mr. Calderon specifically criticized the law passed by the state of Arizona, which was designed to enforce federal law against illegal aliens in the United States because of lack of enforcement of immigration laws by the federal government. 

“Despite their enormous contribution to the economy and society of the United States,” there are persons who “still live in the shadows, and at times, like in Arizona, even face patterns of discrimination,” Mr. Calderon said at a ceremony at the White House to begin his visit. 

At a joint appearance with President Obama, Mr. Calderon told reporters that Mexico is against laws that “criminalize migration.”   

“We will retain our firm rejection to criminalize migration so that people that work and provide things to [the United States] will be treated as criminals,” Mr. Calderon said. 

In an appearance Thursday before a joint session of Congress on in the House of Representatives, Mr. Calderon told lawmakers that Arizona’s law “introduces the terrible idea that racial profiling is a basis for law enforcement.”  Mr. Calderon received a standing ovation from some — including Vice President Joseph Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  A video of the applause: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLt3GgDQgVY  

The three members of the Obama Administration who attended Mr. Calderon’s speech to Congress — Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken  Salazar — all joined in the ovation for Mr. Calderon. 

In an interview before he departed the United States, Mr. Calderon said that “migration is a natural phenomenon and obeys the economic dynamic between the U.S. and Mexico.  It’s a textbook case of a big economy that is capital intensive and a  small economy that is labor intensive.” 

Mr. Calderon said of the Arizona law: “We worry because it has a clear element of presumption, including racial, that can open up a gap in understanding, and create hatred that will benefit no one, not Mexico and certainly not Arizona.” 

Many question the right of Mr. Calderon to criticize the United States when his own country is intolerant of civil rights. 

“Mexico is a total police state where its inhabitants and anyone who dares visit are subjected to some of the most draconian and brutal law enforcement measures on the planet,” wrote Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones in an article at prisonplanet.com.  

“Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison,” wrote Jerry Seper in washingtontimes.com.  “Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years.  Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms.  Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.” 

In response to Mr. Calderon’s remarks made to Congress, U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones of North Carolina issued a statement, which stated: 

I must say that I resent President Calderon coming into our country and criticizing our immigration laws.  Medico has some of the strictest immigration policies in the world, yet Mr. Calderon has the audacity to come into our Congress and criticize our laws.  That is outrageous, and I am extremely disappointed that other members of Congress and the Obama Administration choose to applaud those remarks. 

America is fed up with the drug cartels, human trafficking and the array of other criminal activity that continues to overload our southern border.  It is not the place of President Calderon to come into our country and criticize Arizona for passing a measure designed to give law enforcement reasonable tools to protect the people.  It would be more productive for the President to assist us in our efforts by discouraging his citizens from entering our country illegally. 

“I don’t think we should have some foreign leader come in here and criticize the statute of a state, where they are implementing a federal law on a state basis,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah about Mr. Calderon’s statements. 

“It was inappropriate for President Calderon to lecture Americans on our own  state and federal laws,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. 

Throughout the United States, letters have appeared from ordinary Americans who were upset by Mr. Calderon’s lecture to Congress.  A letter from a woman in Texas that appeared on congress.org is an example: 

I am so very ashamed of our United States Government for giving the Mexican President praise and applause for coming here and degrading my country!!  I am simply livid!!  This man has No right to come and discuss our people and our laws — he can’t even run his own country and take care of his people.  I’m tired of my President apologizing all over the place for our beliefs.  I’m sick & tired of supporting all these ILLEGAL immigrants!!  . . . And why hammer Arizona for doing what’s supposed to be YOUR job!!!  . . . I’m fed up with illegals looking to me like I owe them something!  Either be an American for Americans or get to hell out of my house!!! 

A more well known American, Rush Limbaugh, remarked on his radio show: 

I saw it.  I saw the spectacle.  I watched a little bit of it.  Felipe Calderon’s speech to a joint session of Congress beating up on the Arizona law, criticizing the Arizona law and blaming us for al the guns in Mexico.  And the Democrats standing up and applauding, giving him a standing ovation for this.  This is unprecedented.  We have never before had an ally come  to the United States, make a speech before a joint session of Congress, rip our country, rip our states and have the Democratic Party stand up and applaud.  . . . It’s very, very troublesome. 

 (Photo Credit: Kevin Dietsch of UPI)

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REP. WALTER JONES (R-NC) SAID HE RESENTED PRESIDENT CALDERON’S CRITICISM OF UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION LAWS

Photographs of presidents of the United States of America

January 25, 2009
GERALD FORD, RICHARD NIXON, GEORGE H. W. BUSH, RONALD REAGAN AND JIMMY CARTER (DEDICATION OF THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY -- 1991)

GERALD FORD, RICHARD NIXON, GEORGE H. W. BUSH, RONALD REAGAN AND JIMMY CARTER (DEDICATION OF THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY -- 1991)

Here are some photographs of presidents of the United States of America from Richard M. Nixon to Barack H. Obama.  All photographs were found at flickr.com. 

BARACK H. OBAMA (JAN 13 2009)

BARACK H. OBAMA (JAN 13 2009)

JIMMY CARTER (2007)

JIMMY CARTER (2007)

 

 

 

 

GERALD R. FORD

GERALD R. FORD

 

 

 

WILLIAM J. CLINTON

WILLIAM J. CLINTON

 

 

 

RICHARD M. NIXON

RICHARD M. NIXON

 

GEORGE H. W. BUSH

GEORGE H. W. BUSH

 

 

GEORGE W. BUSH

GEORGE W. BUSH

 

RONALD W. REAGAN

RONALD W. REAGAN

Photo and Art Credits:

Jimmy Carter (Brett Weinstein, aka Nrbelex)

William J. Clinton (Saint Anselm College — Jun  11 2007 — by Gil Talbot)\

Richard M. Nixon (oil on canvas — 1968 — Norman Rockwell)

George H. W. Bush (rally at Birmingham, Mich. — October 1980 — by John Levanen)

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, BARACK OBAMA, GEORGE W. BUSH, WILLIAM J. CLINTON AND JIMMY CARTER (OVAL OFFICE -- JAN 25 2009)

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, BARACK OBAMA, GEORGE W. BUSH, WILLIAM J. CLINTON AND JIMMY CARTER (OVAL OFFICE -- JAN 25 2009)