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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

How to stop our present course… I have been unable to even consider the ways to make what is happening in this once great country of ours to stop.

How do we stop the seeds of hatred from being sown?

  • The desecration of cemeteries because of religion/race.
  • The murder of innocents because of their race.
  • The bomb threats on community civic centers

 

How do we teach tolerance when the leaders of our country only insist on intolerance?

  • Banning travel based on religion.
  • Acknowledging a day of observance while ignoring the deaths of over 6 million people who were killed because of their religion.
  • Disregarding people because of their gender.

 

How do we enforce the laws when the highest office in the land flaunts the fact that the laws do not apply to him?

  • Trump doesn’t pay his taxes, which he gladly stated on live television, saying it proves he’s smart.
  • Trump violates the Emolument clause on a daily basis.
  • Threatened cities to withhold funding should they become “sanctuary cities”, though only Congress has the power to withhold/withdraw funding.
  • Refusing to acknowledge the First Amendment by silencing the press.

 

How do we apply the First Amendment when the government denies us our rights? How do we fight this? How do we state our displeasure?

Our first step is to bring our concerns to our representatives in government.

You can call, but you will more likely than not, get voice mail.

You can send an email, but it may never be read.

You can go to the town hall meetings to speak to your representatives. Here lies another problem.

  • Representatives of the government are choosing to not appear for their own meetings.
  • Falsehoods of “paid protesters” are being banded around the country, distracting from the issues.
  • Representatives are lying about the audiences in the meetings, stating that the people there aren’t even their constituents.
  • The representatives don’t want to face angry constituents or answer to them.

How do we fight this? How do we stop this? The same way We, The People, have done in the past.

  • Protest en masse.
  • Let your voice be heard loud and often.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Don’t surrender.
  • Stand up for what you believe in.
  • Stand up for your fellow neighbor, whether they are American born, immigrant, racially different, gender different, religiously different and even politically different.

Left or Right, if you allow a voice to be silenced, who is to say your voice isn’t next?

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

~Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

 

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So, nearly a month and we are still here. Barely.

How about a run down?

His Cabinet Nominations and Confirmations:

 

  • Secretary of Defense – General James Mattis (Confirmed Jan. 20, 2017 with a waiver of the National Security Act of 1947.)
  • Secretary of Homeland Security – John Kelly (Confirmed Jan. 20, 2017)
  • Secretary of State – Rex Tillerson (Trump nominated for the position as top U.S. diplomat, the equivalent of a foreign minister, on December 13, 2016. He was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2017.)
  • Attorney General – Jeff Sessions (Confirmed Feb. 8, 2017.)
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services – Tom Price (Confirmed Feb. 10, 2017.)
  • Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Scott Pruitt (Confirmed Feb. 16, 2017.)
  • Secretary of LaborAndy Puzder (Withdrew his nomination on Feb. 15, 2017.) Alexander Acosta (Nominated Feb. 16, 2017.)

Things to Note:

Rex Tillerson: On January 26, 2017, when Tillerson visited the United States State Department, Undersecretaries Joyce Anne Barr, Patrick F. Kennedy, Michele Bond, and Gentry O. Smith all simultaneously resigned from the department. Former State Department chief of staff David Wade called the resignations “the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember.” The Trump administration told CNN the officials had been fired and the Chicago Tribune reported that several senior state department career diplomats left the State Department, claiming they “had been willing to remain at their posts but had no expectation of staying.” link

On Feb. 16, 2017, Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were let go, including Ambassador Kristie Kenney, the Counselor of the State Department and one of the last remaining senior officials. Ambassador Kenney is a career foreign service officer who had served as an ambassador under Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton. Her staff was told that Secretary Tillerson has no intention to fill the counselor’s position anytime soon.

It should also be noted that not a single State Department official was included in the White House meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, however, was in the meetings and Trump is depending on Kushner to handle “peace in the Middle East”. Kushner has no diplomatic experience.


Jeff Sessions: The fight for Sessions confirmation ran hard and deep due to his beliefs. He has flip-flopped most of his decisions during his career on policing, gay rights, investigative priorities and affirmative action. He once called a white civil rights lawyer a “disgrace to his race” and dubbed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People “un-American.” On the reverse side, he helped to promote legislation that honors civil rights leader Rosa Parks, to opposing gay marriage and the inclusion of sexual orientation as a federal hate crime.

KKK – As US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Sessions’s office filed civil rights charges in the 1981 killing of Michael Donald, a young African-American man who was murdered in Mobile, Alabama by a pair of Ku Klux Klan members. Sessions’s office did not prosecute the case, but both men were arrested and convicted.

African-American Issues – In 1985, Sessions prosecuted three African American community organizers in the Black belt of Alabama, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s former aide Albert Turner (known as the Marion Three), for voter fraud, alleging tampering with 14 absentee ballots. The prosecution stirred charges of selective prosecution of black voter registration. The defendants were acquitted of all charges by a jury after three hours of deliberation.

LBGTQ Issues – He voted against the Matthew Shepard Act, which added acts of bias-motivated violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity to federal hate-crimes law, commenting that it “has been said to cheapen the civil rights movement”.

– Sessions voted in favor of advancing the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006, a U.S. constitutional amendment which would have permanently restricted federal recognition of marriages to those between a man and a woman. (Link no longer is active…)

– Sessions voted against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.

Health Issues – Sessions is against legalizing marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use.

– Sessions believes “that sanctity of life begins at conception”.

– Sessions voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which would have provided funding for human embryonic stem cell research (and was vetoed by President Bush).

– In 2006, Sessions coauthored legislation amending the Ryan White CARE Act to increase the share of HIV/AIDS funding going to rural states, including Alabama.

–  Sessions voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009.

– Sessions voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Climate and Energy – Sessions is skeptical of the scientific consensus on climate change.

– Sessions has voted in favor of legislation that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.

– Sessions has voted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Immigration – Sessions was an opponent of legal and illegal immigration during his time in Congress. He has said that a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants undermines the rule of law, that the inflow of guest workers and immigrants depresses wages and raises unemployment for United States citizens, and that current immigration policy expands an underclass dependent on the welfare state. In a May 2006 floor speech, he said, “Fundamentally, almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming because they have a skill that would benefit us and that would indicate their likely success in our society.”  Steve Bannon talked about Jeff Sessions as the leader of the movement for slowing down both legal and illegal immigration, considering his work to kill immigration reform as akin “to the civil rights movement of 1960”.

– Sessions has opposed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

– Sessions has opposed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.

– Sessions has opposed the Gang of Eight‘s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.

Foreign and Military Issues – Sessions opposed legislation by Senator John McCain prohibiting the US military from engaging in torture.

– Sessions introduced legislation to increase the death gratuity benefit for families of service members from $12,420 to $100,000. The bill also increased the level of coverage under the Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance from $250,000 to $400,000. Sessions’s legislation was accepted in the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2005.

– Sessions voted against additional funding for the VA medical system. He opposed the bill due to cost concerns and indicated that Congress should instead focus on “reforms and solutions that improve the quality of service and the effectiveness that is delivered”.

– Sessions was nominated to be a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, but his nomination failed due to criticism of his record on civil rights, as well as allegations that he had made racially insensitive remarks.


Tom Price – Price opposes abortion and supported the proposed Protect Life Act of 2011, which would have denied Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) funding to health care plans that offered abortion (the PPACA already prevented public funding covering abortions) and allowed hospitals to decline to provide abortions. The bill excludes cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest and in cases where a woman suffers from a medical issue that would place her at risk of death unless an abortion is performed.

– Price voted against federal funding of groups such as Planned Parenthood.

– Price has said that the birth-control coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act violated religious freedoms and suggested that it is not necessary because all women can afford birth control.

– Price voted against a law that allowed the Food & Drug Administration to regulate tobacco as a drug.


Scott Pruitt – Described as a climate change denier, he said of global warming that “that debate is far from settled” and “We don’t know the trajectory, if it is on an unsustainable course. Nor do we know the extent by which the burning of fossil fuels, man’s contribution to that, is making this far worse than it is.” 

– Pruitt has sued to fight the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and regulations on methane emissions.

– Pruitt has called himself “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”

– Pruitt, as Oklahoma Attorney General, sued the EPA at least 14 times. (Regulated industry companies or trade associations who were financial donors to Pruitt’s political causes were co-parties in 13 of these 14 cases.)


Executive Orders [link]:

1. Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Signed: January 20, 2017

Trump signed his first order hours after taking the oath of office. It’s aimed at reversing the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s landmark legislation. The order says the Trump administration will “seek prompt repeal” of the law. It weakens parts of the law, instructing the Secretary of Health and Human Services and other agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of any part of the law they think places a financial burden on the government.

2. Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High-Priority Infrastructure Projects

Signed: January 24th, 2017

The order explains how the Trump administration will expedite environmental reviews and approval of “high priority” infrastructure projects, like bridge, airport, and highway repairs. The order instructs the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality to determine a project’s “environmental impact” and decide whether it’s “high priority” within 30 days of a request. This was issued in response to protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

3. Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

Signed: January 25, 2017

The order strips federal grant money to “sanctuary cities.” It also orders the Secretary of Homeland Security to hire 10,000 more immigration officers, create a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, and review immigration policies. The order also creates an office to assist victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. Local and state police must now detain people they find that came to the United States illegally.

4. Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

Signed: January 25, 2017

The order directs federal funds towards construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It calls on the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare congressional budget requests for the wall. The order also instructs the government to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents, to build facilities to hold undocumented immigrants near the Mexican border, and to end “catch-and-release” protocols.

5. Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

Signed: January 27, 2017

The order temporarily suspends the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia, for 90 days. All refugees are barred from the country for 120 days. Syrian refugees, in particular, are banned indefinitely. During the ban, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security will revise the refugee admission process. After this order was signed, thousands of Americans protested at airports across the country.

6. Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees

Signed: January 28, 2017

The order prevent executive branch officials from lobbying for five years after leaving office. It also places a lifetime ban on lobbying a foreign government. The order bans appointees from accepting gifts from registered lobbyists and bans appointees who were lobbyists from participating in any issues they petitioned for within the last two years.

7. Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

Signed: January 30, 2017

The order says the government must cut two regulations for every one, new regulation proposed. Regulations cannot cost anything, meaning any costs associated with regulations must be offset by eliminations. The head of each agency must keep a record of the money saved under this order, and they must send those reports to the president.

8. Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System

Signed: February 3, 2017

The order says the U.S. Financial System must have the following “Core Principles”: making regulation “efficient, effective, and appropriately tailored,” preventing government bailouts, and ensuring that U.S. firms are competitive with foreign companies. The Secretary of the Treasury must review financial regulations and report back to the President in 120 days, to determine whether financial policies are in accordance with the outlined “Core Principles.”

9. Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

Signed: February 9, 2017

The order instructs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a task force that would propose new legislation to reduce crime, uncover drug trafficking, and expose illegal immigration and violent crime. The newly-assembled task force will submit a yearly report to President Trump.

10. Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers

Signed: February 9, 2017

The order calls on the Department of Justice to “enhance the protection and safety” of law enforcement by increasing the penalties for crimes committed against police officers. The Attorney General oversees this order, and is instructed to determine whether existing laws adequately protect law enforcement. If they are not found to do so, the Attorney general must propose legislation to better protect officers.

11. Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking

Signed: February 9, 2017

The order identifies human trafficking, drug smuggling, cyber-crime, financial crimes, and corruption as threats to “public safety and national security.” It instructs the administration to cut down on organized crime (like gangs and cartels) by increasing cooperation with foreign governments and the way they share information and data. The “Threat Mitigation National Intelligence” will lead this initiative, and will deliver a report to President Trump within 120 days. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly serve on the “Threat Mitigation National Intelligence” committee.

12. Providing an Order of Succession within the Department of Justice

Signed: February 9, 2017

The order changes the order of succession for Attorney General. The sequence is now: the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Jeff Sessions is currently serving as Attorney General, taking office on February 9, 2017. Just a week before leaving office, former President Obama signed an executive order changing the order of A.G. succession without explanation.


Other Items to Note:

Policy

  • Immediate regulatory freeze pending review
  • Spending freeze and media blackout at several government agencies
  • Suspended reduction of Federal Housing Mortgage Insurance Premium rates
  • Withdrawal of Affordable Care Act
  • Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Reinstatement of Mexico City Policy
  • Government-wide hiring freeze
  • American Pipelines: Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipelines
  • High-priority infrastructure
  • Voting fraud
  • Organization of the NSC and Homeland Security Council
  • Changes to Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

First military operation on Al-Qaeda under Trump

January 29 – Trump authorized a raid by US commandos on Al-Qaeda in Yakla, Baida in Yemen. At least 14 jihadists were killed in the raid, as well as 10 civilians, including children. The raid also resulted in the death of Chief Petty Officer William Owens a 36-year-old Virginia-based Navy SEAL, the first U.S. combat casualty in Trump’s presidency.

Supreme Court nomination

On the evening of January 30, Trump announced his nomination of U.S. Appeals Court Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

And…On Feb. 18, 2017 Trump is holding his first new campaign rally (for apparently his run for re-election) at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida. link

God Save Us All From This Insanity!!

Your voice will not be heard if you remain silent.

#resist #ImpeachTrump

 

 

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Ohhhhh Donald!

I have been DYING to write this one!

You once said, “I know words. I have the best words.” Video Here.

You are wrong.

You don’t know the best words. A man from an Ivy League school should be able to speak about any subject without using the term “very” as often as you do.

You could use so many different words instead of the word “very”; truly, exceedingly, mere, bare, utter, selfsame, absolute,special, particular, etc.

Hell! Just ask your speech writers! That’s what you pay them for… oh yeah… you ignore them. Well, that’s your dollar…

Anyways! I had a point… Oh yes!

You do NOT have the best words!

That, sir, would be Merriam-Webster. As in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. (Or, since you believe everything on the internet before you believe anything else: http://www.merriam-webster.com/.)

That has the best words.

I like the dictionary. As a matter-of-fact, I am going to use it to prove who and what you are. Enjoy!


terrorism

noun ter·ror·ism \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\

Legal Definition of terrorism

  1. :  the unlawful use or threat of violence especially against the state or the public as a politically motivated means of attack or coercion


bigot

noun big·ot \ˈbi-gət\

Full Definition of bigot

  1. :  a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially

  2. :  one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance


fascism

noun fas·cism \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\

Full Definition of fascism

  1. often capitalized :  a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

  2. a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge>


egocentric

adjective ego·cen·tric \ˌē-gō-ˈsen-trik also ˌe-\

Full Definition of egocentric

  1. concerned with the individual rather than society

  2.  taking the ego as the starting point in philosophy

  3. a :  limited in outlook or concern to one’s own activities or needs

    b :  self-centered, selfish


conceited

adjective con·ceit·ed \-ˈsē-təd\

Full Definition of conceited

  1.  ingeniously contrived :  fanciful

  2.  having or showing an excessively high opinion of oneself


hypocrite

noun hyp·o·crite \ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit\

Full Definition of hypocrite

  1. a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion

  2. a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings


liar

noun li·ar \ˈlī(-ə)r\

Full Definition of liar

  1. :  a person who tells lies


mythomania

noun mytho·ma·nia \ˌmi-thə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\

Definition of mythomania

  1. :  an excessive or abnormal propensity for lying and exaggerating


 

slander

transitive verb slan·der \ˈslan-dər\

Simple Definition of slander

  1. : to make a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone


bully

noun bul·ly \ˈbu̇-lē, ˈbə-\

Simple Definition of bully

  1. : to frighten, hurt, or threaten (a smaller or weaker person) : to act like a bully toward (someone)

  2. : to cause (someone) to do something by making threats or insults or by using force


arrogant

adjective ar·ro·gant \ˈer-ə-gənt, ˈa-rə-\

Simple Definition of arrogant

  1. : having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people : having or showing arrogance


blowhard

noun blow·hard \-ˌhärd\

Simple Definition of blowhard

  1. : a person who talks too much and who has strong opinions that other people dislike


braggart

noun brag·gart \ˈbra-gərt\

Full Definition of braggart

  1. :  a loud arrogant boaster


windbag

noun wind·bag \ˈwin(d)-ˌbag\

Simple Definition of windbag

  1. : a person who talks too much


pompous

adjective pomp·ous \ˈpäm-pəs\

Full Definition of pompous

  1.  excessively elevated or ornate <pompous rhetoric>

  2.  having or exhibiting self-importance :  arrogant <a pompous politician>

  3.  relating to or suggestive of pomp or splendor :  magnificent


bombastic

adjective bom·bas·tic \bäm-ˈbas-tik\

Definition of bombastic

  1. :  marked by or given to bombast :  pompous, overblown


asshole

noun ass·hole \ˈas-ˌ(h)ōl\

Definition of asshole

  1. usually vulgar:  anus

  2. usually vulgar:  a stupid, incompetent, or detestable person

  3. usually vulgar:  the worst place —used in phrases like asshole of the world

 

All words and their definitions came from the wonderful http://www.merriam-webster.com/

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Donald Trump says he wants to “suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism.”

So, why is is he wrong?

 

Oh…. so many reasons.

 

For now, let’s begin with a history of known terrorists and terrorist groups from/in the United States.

 

Abu Sulayman al-Irlandi

Born as: John Phillip Walker Lindh

Born in: Washington, D.C.

Abu Sulayman al-Irlandi (John Phillip Walker Lindh) is a U.S. citizen who was captured as an enemy combatant during the United States’ 2001 invasion of Afghanistan in November 2001. He was captured and detained at Qala-i-Jangi fortress, used as a prison. He took part in the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi, a violent uprising of the Taliban prisoners, during which the CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann was killed, together with all but 86 of the estimated 300–500 prisoners. Brought to trial in United States federal court in February 2002, Lindh accepted a plea bargain; he pleaded guilty to two charges and was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole. Source.

 

Omar Hammami

Born in: Alabama, U.S.

Al-Shabaab, the group behind the Kenya mall attack, has a history of recruiting American terrorists. Born in Alabama to a Southern Baptist mother and a Sunni Muslim from Syria, Hammami joined the Somali militant group in 2006. Hammami was known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, or “the American,” and was known for rapping about jihad in popular YouTube videos. He was reportedly killed by al-Shabaab just two weeks ago after a falling out with the group’s leadership, but his death has not been confirmed, according to the Guardian.

 

Jehad Serwan Mostafa

Born in: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Mostafa was raised in California and was active at his San Diego mosque before joining al-Shabaab, according to NBC San Diego. He is accused of providing material support to al-Shabaab and fighting with a terrorist group. Mostafa is believed to be in Somalia, and could face up to 15 years in prison if caught.

 

Anwar al-Awlaki

Born in: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Born in New Mexico, al-Awlaki grew up in Yemen but returned to the U.S. for college and graduate school. He then practiced as an imam in California and Virginia, where he interacted with three of the 9/11 hijackers. He also allegedly communicated with Major Nidal Hasan before the Fort Hood shooting that killed 13 soldiers, and is suspected of engineering the failed plot to bring down a jetliner over Detroit. He was killed by a CIA drone in Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011.

 

Adam Gadahn

Born in: Oregon

A Muslim with Jewish grandparents, Gadahn was born in California and moved to Pakistan in 1998, CNNreports. He began appearing in al-Qaeda videos in 2004, and subsequently released many videos praising the 9/11 attackers, renouncing his American citizenship, and asking wealthy Muslims to sponsor killings like the murder of America’s top diplomat in Libya, Chris Stevens. He served as Osama bin Laden’s media adviser and spokesman.

 

David Coleman Headley

Born as: Daood Sayed Gilani

Born in: Washington, D.C.

A native Chicagoan, Headley is currently serving 35 years in prison for helping to plan the deadly 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Headley had attended training camps for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani militant group behind the attacks, and helped scout locations for the shootings and bombings, according to the New York Times.  He also participated in a failed plot against a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

 

Eric Robert Rudolph

Born in: Merritt Island, Florida

Eric Robert Rudolph is an American, and a former explosives expert for the United States Army who was convicted for a series of anti-abortion and anti-gay-motivated bombings across the southern United States including the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, between 1996 and 1998, which killed two people and injured over 120 others.former explosives expert for the United States Army. Two people died, and 111 were injured.

Described by US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as a terrorist, he spent five years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list until he was caught in 2003. In 2005, as part of a plea bargain, Rudolph pleaded guilty to numerous federal and state homicide charges and accepted four consecutive life sentences in exchange for avoiding a trial and a potential death sentence. He remains incarcerated at the ADX Florence Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

 

John J. (“J.J.”) and James B. (“J.B.”) McNamara

Born in: Exact Location Unknown (Presumably U.S.)

The Los Angeles Times bombing was the purposeful dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building in Los Angeles, California, on October 1, 1910 by union member(s) belonging to the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers. The explosion started a fire which killed 21 newspaper employees and injured 100 more. It was termed the “crime of the century” by the Times. Brothers John J. (“J.J.”) and James B. (“J.B.”) McNamara were arrested in April 1911 for the bombing. Their trial became a cause célèbre for the American labor movement. J.B. admitted to setting the explosive, and was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. J.J. was sentenced to 15 years in prison for bombing a local iron manufacturing plant, and returned to the Iron Workers union as an organizer. Source.

 

Theodore Kaczynski

Born in: Evergreen Park, Illinois

From 1978 to 1995, Harvard University graduate and former mathematics professor Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski – known by the codename “UNABOM” until his identification and arrest by the FBI – carried out a campaign of sending letterbombs to academics and various individuals particularly associated with modern technology. In 1996, his manifesto was published in The New York Times and The Washington Post, under the threat of more attacks. The bomb campaign ended with his capture.

 

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols

Born in: Lockport, New York / Lapeer, Michigan

Oklahoma City bombing: This truck bomb attack by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people on April 19, 1995 – the deadliest domestic-based terrorist attack in the history of the United States. It inspired improvements to United States federal building security.

 

Wade Michael Page

Born in: Loveland, Colorado

On August 5, 2012, a massacre took place at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where 40-year-old Wade Michael Page fatally shot six people and wounded four others. Page committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after he was shot in the stomach by a responding police officer.

 

Dylann Roof

Born in: Columbia, South Carolina

Charleston church shooting: During a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Roof is alleged to have killed nine African Americans, including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C. Pinckney, and injured one other person. After several people identified Roof as the main suspect, he became the center of a manhunt that ended the morning after the shooting with his arrest in Shelby, North Carolina. He later confessed that he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war. Source.

 

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik

Born in: Chicago, Illinois / Karor Lal Esan, Pakistan
San Bernardino attack: On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 injured in a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, United States. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple, targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and holiday party of about 80 employees in a rented banquet room. Farook was an American-born citizen of Pakistani descent, while his wife was a Pakistani-born legal resident of the U.S. He had attended the event as an employee before the shooting.

 

The Jewish Defense League

Based Out Of / Headquarters:  New York City, Los Angeles

The Jewish Defense League (JDL) was founded in 1969 by Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York City. FBI statistics show that, from 1980 to 1985, 15 terrorist attacks were attempted in the U.S. by JDL members. The FBI’s Mary Doran described the JDL in 2004 Congressional testimony as “a proscribed terrorist group”. The National Consortium for the Study of Terror and Responses to Terrorism states that, during the JDL’s first two decades of activity, it was an “active terrorist organization.” Kahane later founded the far right Israeli political party Kach.

 

Ku Klux Klan

Based Out Of / Headquarters: Exact Location Unknown (Southern U.S.)

During reconstruction at the end of the civil war the original KKK used domestic terroristic methods against the Federal Government and against freed slaves. During the 20th century, leading up to the civil rights movement, unrelated Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups used threats, violence, arson, and murder to further their anti-Catholic, anti-Communist, anti-semitic, and white-supremacist agenda. Domestic terrorists with agendas similar to the KKK include neo-Nazis and white power skinheads.

 

United Freedom Front

Based Out Of / Headquarters: Exact Location Unknown (Northeastern U.S.)

The United Freedom Front (UFF) was a small American Marxist organization active in the 1970s and 1980s. It was originally called the Sam Melville/Jonathan Jackson Unit, and its members became known as the Ohio 7 when they were brought to trial. Between 1975 and 1984 the UFF carried out at least 20 bombings and nine bank robberies in the northeastern United States, targeting corporate buildings, courthouses, and military facilities. Brent L. Smith describes them as “undoubtedly the most successful of the leftist terrorists of the 1970s and 1980s.” The group’s members were eventually apprehended and convicted of conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, and other charges.

 

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

(Utah Territorial Militia from the Iron County district & Paiute Native Americans)

Based Out Of / Headquarters: Utah

The Mountain Meadows massacre was a series of attacks on the Baker–Fancher emigrant wagon train, at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah. The attacks began on September 7 and culminated on September 11, 1857, resulting in the mass slaughter of the emigrant party by members of the Utah Territorial Militia from the Iron County district, together with some Paiute Native Americans. Intending to leave no witnesses and thus prevent reprisals, the perpetrators killed all the adults and older children—about 120 men, women, and children in total. Seventeen children, all younger than seven, were spared.

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** Author’s Note: Be prepared. I rambled. **


 

I live in the United States of America.

I am an American.

I have never fought for my country but I have volunteered in various ways to help my fellow Americans.

I have seen hunger, fear, anger, pain and loss. I have also seen love, hope, honor, pride and power.

Around the world, Americans are seen in many ways, some positive and some negative. Opinions on who we are, what we stand for and why we do what we do vary in every mile around this vast planet.

We don’t want war, but we aren’t afraid to stand up and fight.

We don’t need to be begged to help others, and sometimes we are the first to come running when there is a catastrophe.

This has not always been the case.

The was a storm coming, a long time ago. The skies were dark, the air was foul and there were people on our doorstep begging for help. Their faces were lined with pain and loss, their bodies were weak from the fight and flight that brought them to our door.

We turned them away.

We shut the door, turned off the light and cowered in the darkest corner of our soul to hide from their plight. We covered our ears so as to not hear their cries.

They didn’t leave us alone. They stayed at our door, begging, crying for help. Others came, more voices, more pleas for shelter, protection, anything.

We ignored them.

If we didn’t see them, if we didn’t hear them, then it wasn’t happening. It wasn’t going to affect us.

We stayed in the dark, clutching an unlit candle, telling ourselves we were safe and all will be fine if we just ignore them.

We were wrong.


 

The United States of America has history. Granted it is not a history as long as those in Europe, but we have history all the same.

In our classrooms, in our history books, in the knowledge passed down through the years, a chunk of that history is rarely brought to light.

We were fence sitters.

“The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.”   –  George Washington’s Farewell Address of 1796

President George Washington, in his Farewell Address declared we must remain Neutral. Wars outside our borders meant nothing to us.

President Thomas Jefferson, in his Inaugural Speech reinforced our stance in this matter.

“I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Speech of 1801

Jefferson was not the first, nor the last President that stated this policy.

“In the wars of the European powers, in matters relating to themselves, we have never taken part, nor does it comport with our policy, so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded, or seriously menaced that we resent injuries, or make preparations for our defense.” – President James Monroe, 1823

After Tsar Alexander II put down the 1863 January Uprising in Poland, French Emperor Napoleon III asked the United States to “join in a protest to the Tsar.” Secretary of State William H. Seward declined.

“Defending our policy of non-intervention—straight, absolute, and peculiar as it may seem to other nations… the American people must be content to recommend the cause of human progress by the wisdom with which they should exercise the powers of self-government, forbearing at all times, and in every way, from foreign alliances, intervention, and interference.”

This policy remained untouched until the war for Cuba’s independence from Spain. After a riot in 1898 in Cuba, the U.S. Consul-General feared for the safety of Americans in Cuba. By the end of January, 1989, the United States sent the USS Maine to Havana. She was scuttled in the Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. This ultimately led to the Spanish-American War (April 25, 1898 – August 12, 1898).

Afterwards, the United States went back to declaring it’s Neutrality. 

The Neutrality Acts:

  • The Neutrality Act of 1935 imposed a general embargo on trading in arms and war materials with all parties in a war. It also declared that American citizens traveling on warring ships traveled at their own risk.
  • The Neutrality Act of 1936, passed in February of that year, renewed the provisions of the 1935 act for another 14 months. It also forbade all loans or credits to belligerents.
  • The Neutrality Act of 1937, passed in May, included the provisions of the earlier acts, this time without expiration date, and extended them to cover civil wars as well. Furthermore, U.S. ships were prohibited from transporting any passengers or articles to belligerents, and U.S. citizens were forbidden from traveling on ships of belligerent nations.
  • The Neutrality Act of 1939 allowed arms trade with belligerent nations (Great Britain and France) on a cash-and-carry basis, thus in effect ending the arms embargo. Furthermore, the Neutrality Acts of 1935 and 1937 were repealed, American citizens and ships were barred from entering war zones designated by the President.

 

On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland; Britain and France declared war on Germany, marking the start of World War II.

Two days later, President Roosevelt assured the nation that he would do all he could to keep them out of war. 

“At this moment there is being prepared a proclamation of American neutrality. This would have been done even if there had been no neutrality statute on the books, for this proclamation is in accordance with international law and in accordance with American policy. This will be followed by a Proclamation required by the existing Neutrality Act. And I trust that in the days to come our neutrality can be made a true neutrality…. This nation will remain a neutral nation, but I cannot ask that every American remain neutral in thought as well. Even a neutral has a right to take account of facts. Even a neutral cannot be asked to close his mind or his conscience. I have said not once, but many times, that I have seen war and that I hate war. I say that again and again.

I hope the United States will keep out of this war. I believe that it will. And I give you assurance and reassurance that every effort of your Government will be directed toward that end.”  – Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Fireside Chat,” September 3, 1939

On  January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his State of the Union Address which is commonly called The Four Freedoms Speech.

“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.” – An excerpt from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941

Neutrality. Fence sitting. Naivety. Close your eyes. If you can’t see it, it’s not there.

So we did.

Then it happened.

December 7, 1941.

Our mirage of Utopia was shattered.

Our rights and our freedom were no longer under our control. 

Seventy-four days after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 9066. The order forced over 110,000 Japanese-Americans to leave their homes in California, Washington, and Oregon. They were sent to live in one of ten detention camps in desolate parts of the United States.

None of the Japanese-Americans had been charged with a crime against the government. Two-thirds had been born in the United States, and more than 70 percent of the people forced into camps were American citizens.

We imprisoned our own citizens because of their heritage and skin color. The last of these “prisons” was finally shut down in March 1946.

Seven months after the war had ended.

Japanese-Americans were not the only ones treated this way. 11,507 people of German ancestry were interned as well. Not to mention the 1881 Italians that were interned.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the US demanded deportation of these suspects for detention on US soil. The countries that responded expelled 4,058 people. Among them were 81 Jews.


 

Why am I telling you this? Why have I gone to all the trouble to point all of this out?

Because someone out there wants to do it again.

I am speaking of the megalomania known as Donald Trump.

meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a 

(meg’ă-lō-mā’nē-ă),

1. A type of delusion in which the afflicted person considers himself or herself possessed of greatness. He/she believes him/herself to be Christ, God, Napoleon, anyone famous, or everyone and everything, including a lawyer, physician, clergyman, merchant, prince, or super athlete in all sports.
2. Morbid verbalized over-evaluation of oneself or of some aspect of oneself.
[megalo- + G. mania, frenzy]
Another storm is coming.
Do not seek shelter with Donald Trump.
That’s not an umbrella he is holding, but a lightning rod and he doesn’t care about the consequences to you. Oh, he will survive. Of course he will.
After all, he thinks he is a God, when in fact, all he is is a fascist.

fas•cist

(ˈfæʃ ɪst)

1. person who believes in fascism.
2. member of a fascist movement or party.
3. person who is dictatorial or has extreme right-wing views.
[1915–20; < Italian]
Donald Trump is running for President of the United States and he doesn’t believe in the values we Americans believe in, wants to take away our freedoms and our rights.
This is not Trump Enterprise where you have to crawl on your knees and speak only when spoken to. This is the United States of America.
Keep it free.

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terrorism

[teruh-riz-uh m]
noun
1. The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. The state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. A terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
People who are terrorist are the ones who want you to be afraid.
They want to make you afraid to go out to eat.
They want to make you afraid to go out to a concert.
They want to make you afraid to go to school.
They want to make you afraid of religions.
They want to make you afraid to trust anyone.
They want to make you afraid to travel.
They want to make you afraid to go to work.
They want to make you afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Don’t let them win.
Fight back.
Don’t give in.
Prove to them you are strong and alive.
Go shopping. Run in a marathon. Go to work. Go to school. Go to the movies. Go to a concert. Travel. Live. Love. Laugh.
You can do it.
I have faith in you.

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This is where I say…

I told you so.

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