Should I go back to Thailand?
Accept work in Singapore?
Return to Hong Kong?
Try something new in Dubai?
Sometimes having too many options is as frustrating as having none.
While most of middle America shrugs, the mainstream media, #NeverTrumpers, Democrat politicians and their mindless voters (and non-voters) are losing their collective minds over revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian attorney hoping to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
The wildest hopes and dreams of the #NeverTrumpers aside (MSM, GOPe and Democrats alike), Trump Jr. violated no laws. In fact, the meeting was most likely a setup by the Clinton campaign in order to try and entrap the Trump campaign in some sort of “Russian collusion” operation as the narrative for such a thing was beginning to take off. And there is still no evidence of collusion, attempted collusion or obstruction – the three charges anti-Trump forces continue to make ad nauseum.
As Constitutional lawyer Robert Barnes points out on Lawnewz.com:
The Code of Federal Regulations makes the law immunizing Trump Jr.’s actions precisely clear: any foreign national individual may volunteer personal services to a federal candidate or federal political committee without making a contribution. The law provides this volunteer “exemption” as long as the individual performing the service is not compensated by anyone on the campaign. See 11 CFR 100.74. For example, as the Federal Election Commission advises all, “an individual can provide volunteer services to a candidate or party without considering the value of those service a contribution to the candidate or party.” Section 30121 of Title 52 does not apply to voluntary activity or services. The thing “of value” must be actual money, or its transferable equivalent, not a volunteer of services or information. Otherwise, if volunteering information in coordination with a campaign constituted donations, everyone from John Harwood to Chuck Todd (and maybe all of CNN) made millions in donations to the Hillary campaign, as WikiLeaks emails disclosed.
Hence, legally, Donald Trump Jr. taking a meeting at the request of a family friend, to hear someone wanting to volunteer information about your Dad’s adversary, can legally be no crime.
But there have been times when American politicians actively sought and received campaign dirt and actual things of value from foreigners – including Russian and Chinese communists — in violation of American law.
As I outlined in December, Senator Ted Kennedy made overt overtures to the Soviet KGB through Senator John Tunney in order to acquire dirt to use against President Jimmy Carter. Tunney met with the KGB in Moscow on Kennedy’s behalf in order to undercut Carter’s claims that the Soviets were a threat and sought to expand their military in the Persian Gulf region. Kennedy offered to speak out against Carter’s Afghanistan policy. He began to do so as the campaign heated up.
Four years later, as Ronald Reagan’s reelection campaign got underway, Kennedy made an offer to work with KGB head Yuri Andropov (who, among his other crimes likely ordered the hit on Pope John Paul II in 1981) on behalf of the Soviets to thwart Reagan by using Andropov talking points to express concerns about Reagan’s policy toward the USSR. Kennedy offered to meet with Andropov to get the talking points from him for use in American speeches opposing Reagan and his Soviet policies. Kennedy also offered to help get Soviet views expressed through the U.S. media, mentioning specifically that he could sway Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters and ABC’s then-chairman of the Board, Elton Rule.
What Kennedy proposed, according to a letter from KGB head Viktor Chebrikov to Andropov, was for the Soviet leader to use the American media to make an end run around Reagan and express the USSR’s peaceful intentions and to have lower-level Soviet officials, particularly military officials, give television interviews to American media to put a pretty face on Soviet policies.
During the 1996 presidential campaign, Johnny Chung funneled illegal campaign contributions to the Bill Clinton-Al Gore campaign that he obtained by asking friends and employees of his office technology firm to make donations for which they were later reimbursed. Chung was also charged with engaging in a similar “straw donor” scheme to assist the 1996 reelection bid of Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.).
Chung later told investigators that:
Chinese army Lt. Col. Liu Chaoying, an executive with a state-owned aerospace company, gave him $300,000 to donate to the Democrats’ 1996 campaign. Chung’s allegation – hotly denied by Liu and the Chinese government – is the strongest evidence yet of a direct money trail from the Chinese government to Democratic campaign coffers.
In 1996, Liu and Chung attended a Los Angeles fund-raiser where Liu was photographed with Clinton.
Chung made at least 49 visits to the White House, despite the fact that a National Security Council official concluded that he was a “hustler” seeking to exploit his friendship with the Clintons to impress Chinese business associates.
During one visit to the White House, he handed a $50,000 check to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief of staff, Margaret A. Williams.
Williams accepted the check and passed it along to the DNC, even though federal law bars government employees from accepting campaign contributions on government property.
From 1994 to 1996, Chung made 12 personal or corporate donations to the DNC totaling $366,000. The DNC returned all of the money last year (1997, after Chung came under scrutiny and the campaign was over), stating that it had “insufficient information” about its origins.
In what was the most under-reported story of the year 1999, the Clinton administration committed high crimes and misdemeanors against the American people and nation, including treason for Red Chinese campaign cash, according to Chung’s testimony.
Hillary Clinton evidently never severed her ties with the Chicoms. In 2015, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tianakai sought and received a meeting with the Hillary campaign’s John Podesta through Melanie Hart of the Center for American Progress, according to emails released by WikiLeaks.
Hillary also worked with Ukraine officials hoping to expose ties between Trump campaign officials like Paul Manafort to Russia. As Politico reports:
The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia.
Just five days after Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya under the pretext of getting some dirt on Hillary, Veselnitskaya was pictured in a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting sitting directly behind Barack Obama’s Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. This is yet more evidence that Veselnitskaya was a DNC/Obama/Clinton operative.
At the time, McFaul was appearing on air with talking heads at NBC and MSNBC discussing the Russia conspiracy narrative being peddled by first Obama, then the SHillary campaign.
Additionally, while Hillary was still Secretary of State and right up until the beginning of her presidential campaign, husband Bill was gallivanting around the globe hobnobbing with and speechifying to communist leaders, Islamists and tin-pot dictators for large fees that were laundered through the Clinton Foundation into Hillary’s campaign.
Original article: History of Political Collusion
France’s King Louis XVI sent his navy and troops to help America win independence, for which France got nothing in return except enormous debt.
On the verge of financial collapse, France experienced a famine in 1788. The people blamed the King.
When Queen Marie Antoinette, who anti-monarchists referred to as Madame Déficit, was told the people did not have bread, she replied, according to Jean-Jacques Rousseau: “Let them eat cake.”
Agitators stirred the people to riot, resulting in King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette being arrested and beheaded in Paris in 1793.
The French Revolution began with a Reign of Terror.
Maximilien Robespierre led the “Committee of Public Safety,” France’s version of Department of Homeland Security, and gave a speech to the National Assembly, February 5, 1794, titled “The Terror Justified”:
“Lead … the enemies of the people by terror … Terror is nothing else than swift, severe, indomitable justice.”
Robespierre began accusing, arresting, and beheading:
- first all the royalty;
- then the wealthy;
- then the farmers and businessmen;
- then those hoarding food;
- then the clergy,
- then the former revolutionaries.
Over 40,000 were beheaded in Paris.
It was an intentional campaign to de-christianize French society and replace it with a civic religion of state worship.
Not wanting a constitution ‘Done in the year of the Lord,’ as the U.S. Constitution was, they made 1791 the new “Year One.”
They did not want a seven day week with a Sabbath day rest, as this was derived from the Bible, so they devised a ten day “decade” week, and ten month year.
French Revolutionary Time divided the day into 10 decimal hours, with each hour consisting of 100 decimal minutes, and each minute made up of 100 decimal seconds.
Every measurement was to be divisible by ten, as ten was considered the number of man with ten fingers and ten toes.
This was called “the metric system.”
The new secular government proceeded to:
- Forbid crosses as being offensive;
- Religious monuments were destroyed;
- Public and private worship and education outlawed;
- Priests and ministers, along with those who harbored them, were executed on sight;
- Christian graves were desecrated, including that of Ste. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris who called the city to pray when Attila the Hun was attacking in 451 AD;
- Churches were closed or used for “immoral,” “lurid,” “licentious,” “scandalous” “depravities.”
Robespierre put a prostitute in Notre Dame Cathedral and called her the goddess of reason to be worshiped.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg was turned into a Temple of Reason.
Yale President Timothy Dwight traced the origin of the radical Jacobin organizers who agitated to overthrow France’s government, July 4, 1798:
“About the year 1728, Voltaire, so celebrated for his wit and brilliancy and not less distinguished for his hatred of Christianity and his abandonment of principle, formed a systematical design to destroy Christianity and to introduce in its stead a general diffusion of irreligion and atheism …
With great art and insidiousness the doctrines of … Christian theology were rendered absurd and ridiculous; and the mind of the reader was insensibly steeled against conviction and duty …
The overthrow of the religious orders in Catholic countries, a step essentially necessary to the destruction of the religion professed in those countries …
The appropriation to themselves, and their disciples, of the places and honors of members of the French Academy … In this way they designed to hold out themselves … to dictate all literary opinions to the nation …
The fabrication of books of all kinds against Christianity, especially such as excite doubt and generate contempt and derision…
The being of God was denied and ridiculed … The possession of property was pronounced robbery. Chastity and natural affection were declared to be nothing more than groundless prejudices.
Adultery, assassination, poisoning, and other crimes of the like infernal nature, were taught as lawful…provided the end was good …
The good ends proposed … are the overthrow of religion, government, and human society, civil and domestic.
These they pronounce to be so good that murder, butchery, and war, however extended and dreadful, are declared by them to be completely justifiable.”
The anti-christian French government sent its army to a rural, very religious Catholic area of western France called the Vendée.
Hundreds of thousands who refused to embrace secularism were killed in a what is considered the first modern genocide.
French General Francois Joseph Westermann wrote to the Committee of Public Safety stating:
“There is no more Vendée… According to the orders that you gave me, I crushed the children under the feet of the horses, massacred the women who, at least for these, will not give birth to any more brigands. I do not have a prisoner to reproach me. I have exterminated all.”
The young French officer Napoleon pleaded poor health to avoid participating in the slaughter.
In 1799, Alexander Hamilton condemned the French Revolution’s attempt to overthrow Christianity:
“…(depriving) mankind of its best consolations and most animating hopes, and to make a gloomy desert of the universe …
The praise of a civilized world is justly due to Christianity;-war, by the influence of the humane principles of that religion, has been stripped of half its horrors. The French renounce Christianity, and they relapse into barbarism;-war resumes the same hideous and savage form which it wore in the ages of Gothic and Roman violence.”
Hamilton wrote further:
“Opinions … have been gradually gaining ground, which threaten the foundations of religion, morality, and society. An attack was first made upon the Christian revelation, for which natural religion was offered as the substitute.”
The Gospel was to be discarded as a gross imposture, but the being and attributes of god, the obligations of piety, even the doctrine of a future state of rewards and punishments, were to be retained and cherished.” (Lodge, Henry Cabot, The Works of Alexander Hamilton, vol. 8, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1904, pg 425-426.)
During this time, French privateers ignored treaties and by 1798, had seized nearly 300 American ships bound for British ports.
Talleyrand, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, demanded millions of dollars in bribes to leave America’s ships alone.
Talleyrand was a master of deceitful political speech called “obfuscation” – intentionally being obscure, speaking out of both sides of his mouth to as convince both sides he supported them.
“We were given speech to hide our thoughts.”
Known as the XYZ Affair, the American commission of Charles Pinckney, John Marshall and Elbridge Gerry refused.
The cry went across America, “Millions for defense, not a cent for tribute.”
As America and France came close to war, second President John Adams asked George Washington, now retired at Mount Vernon, to again be Commander-in-Chief of the Army.
Washington agreed, writing the year before he died, JULY 13, 1798:
“Satisfied…you have…exhausted, to the last drop, the cup of reconciliation, we can, with pure hearts, appeal to Heaven for the justice of our cause;
and may confidently trust the final result to that kind Providence who has, heretofore, and so often, signally favored the people of these United States…
Feeling how incumbent it is upon every person…to contribute at all times to his country’s welfare, and especially in a moment like the present, when everything we hold dear and sacred is so seriously threatened, I have finally determined to accept the commission of Commander-in-Chief.”
President Adams declared a Day of Fasting, March 23, 1798, and again, March 6, 1799:
“The people of the United States are still held in jeopardy by…insidious acts of a foreign nation,
as well as by the dissemination among them of those principles subversive to the foundations of all religious, moral, and social obligations…
I hereby recommend…a Day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer;
That the citizens…call to mind our numerous offenses against the Most High God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions,
and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions…
That He would interpose to arrest the progress of that impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so ruinous to mankind…
‘Righteousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.’”
France’s godless Revolution became the blueprint for every Communist revolution, where a bloody killing off of the old order was justified in order to set up a promised utopian paradise, which sadly always proved to be a totalitarian dictatorship.
President John Adams successfully led the young nation of the United States to avert war with France.
Where France pulled away from God, America experienced a religious revival called the Second Great Awakening which spread across country.
Original article: France’s Godless Revolution
In the Old Colony days, in Plymouth the land of the Pilgrims,
To and fro in a room of his simple and primitive dwelling,
Clad in doublet and hose, and boots of Cordovan leather,
Strode, with a martial air, Miles Standish the Puritan Captain.
Buried in thought he seemed, with his hands behind him, and pausing
Ever and anon to behold his glittering weapons of warfare,
Hanging in shining array along the walls of the chamber,—
Cutlass and corselet of steel, and his trusty sword of Damascus,
Curved at the point and inscribed with its mystical Arabic sentence,
While underneath, in a corner, were fowling-piece, musket, and matchlock.
Short of stature he was, but strongly built and athletic,
Broad in the shoulders, deep-chested, with muscles and sinews of iron;
Brown as a nut was his face, but his russet beard was already
Flaked with patches of snow, as hedges sometimes in November.
Near him was seated John Alden, his friend and household companion,
Writing with diligent speed at a table of pine by the window;
Fair-haired, azure-eyed, with delicate Saxon complexion,
Having the dew of his youth, and the beauty thereof, as the captives
Whom Saint Gregory saw, and exclaimed, “Not Angles, but Angels.”
Youngest of all was he of the men who came in the Mayflower.
Suddenly breaking the silence, the diligent scribe interrupting,
Spake, in the pride of his heart, Miles Standish the Captain of Plymouth.
“Look at these arms,” he said, “the warlike weapons that hang here
Burnished and bright and clean, as if for parade or inspection!
This is the sword of Damascus I fought with in Flanders; this breastplate,
Well I remember the day! once saved my life in a skirmish;
Here in front you can see the very dint of the bullet
Fired point-blank at my heart by a Spanish arcabucero.
Had it not been of sheer steel, the forgotten bones of Miles Standish
Would at this moment be mould, in their grave in the Flemish morasses.”
Thereupon answered John Alden, but looked not up from his writing:
“Truly the breath of the Lord hath slackened the speed of the bullet;
He in his mercy preserved you, to be our shield and our weapon!”
Still the Captain continued, unheeding the words of the stripling:
“See, how bright they are burnished, as if in an arsenal hanging;
That is because I have done it myself, and not left it to others.
Serve yourself, would you be well served, is an excellent adage;
So I take care of my arms, as you of your pens and your inkhorn.
Then, too, there are my soldiers, my great, invincible army,
Twelve men, all equipped, having each his rest and his matchlock,
Eighteen shillings a month, together with diet and pillage,
And, like Cæsar, I know the name of each of my soldiers!”
This he said with a smile, that danced in his eyes, as the sunbeams
Dance on the waves of the sea, and vanish again in a moment.
Alden laughed as he wrote, and still the Captain continued:
“Look! you can see from this window my brazen howitzer planted
High on the roof of the church, a preacher who speaks to the purpose,
Steady, straightforward, and strong, with irresistible logic,
Orthodox, flashing conviction right into the hearts of the heathen.
Now we are ready, I think, for any assault of the Indians;
Let them come, if they like, and the sooner they try it the better,—
Let them come, if they like, be it sagamore, sachem, or pow-wow,
Aspinet, Samoset, Corbitant, Squanto, or Tokamahamon!”
Long at the window he stood, and wistfully gazed on the landscape,
Washed with a cold gray mist, the vapory breath of the east-wind,
Forest and meadow and hill, and the steel-blue rim of the ocean,
Lying silent and sad, in the afternoon shadows and sunshine.
Over his countenance flitted a shadow like those on the landscape,
Gloom intermingled with light; and his voice was subdued with emotion,
Tenderness, pity, regret, as after a pause he proceeded:
“Yonder there, on the hill by the sea, lies buried Rose Standish;
Beautiful rose of love, that bloomed for me by the wayside!
She was the first to die of all who came in the Mayflower!
Green above her is growing the field of wheat we have sown there,
Better to hide from the Indian scouts the graves of our people,
Lest they should count them and see how many already have perished!”
Sadly his face he averted, and strode up and down, and was thoughtful.
Fixed to the opposite wall was a shelf of books, and among them
Prominent three, distinguished alike for bulk and for binding;
Bariffe’s Artillery Guide, and the Commentaries of Cæsar
Out of the Latin translated by Arthur Goldinge of London,
And, as if guarded by these, between them was standing the Bible.
Musing a moment before them, Miles Standish paused, as if doubtful
Which of the three he should choose for his consolation and comfort,
Whether the wars of the Hebrews, the famous campaigns of the Romans,
Or the Artillery practice, designed for belligerent Christians.
Finally down from its shelf he dragged the ponderous Roman,
Seated himself at the window, and opened the book, and in silence
Turned o’er the well-worn leaves, where thumb-marks thick on the margin,
Like the trample of feet, proclaimed the battle was hottest.
Nothing was heard in the room but the hurrying pen of the stripling,
Busily writing epistles important, to go by the Mayflower,
Ready to sail on the morrow, or next day at latest, God willing!
Homeward bound with the tidings of all that terrible winter,
Letters written by Alden, and full of the name of Priscilla!
Full of the name and the fame of the Puritan maiden Priscilla!
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Complete Poetical Works – 1893.
Like everything else, what you give oxygen to survives.
Preserve your romance.