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Will Nancy Pelosi be the next Speaker of the House?

November 14, 2018

  Now that the Democrats have won the House the first order of business will be electing a new Speaker. This should be an easy process but there is a little bit of upheaval in the Democratic Party with regards to who should be the Speaker of the House.

 Some of the new guard want to see new, younger leadership (which seems a little ageist to me) while the Democrats who have been in the Congress for years want to see the gavel handed back over to Nancy Pelosi.

  It appears as if, according to this story, although there are no declared Democratic opponents at this time that it is possible Nancy Pelosi will not reach the 218 vote majority needed for her to reclaim the Speakership and even some of the old guard are coming out against her now.

  Here is more:

While Democrats retook the House majority in the 2018 midterms, a new Democrat majority that will be seated in January 2019, Pelosi’s bid for another term as Speaker is anything but certain. While she remains the favorite, and has no intra-Democrat Party challenger, Pelosi’s struggle to get to 218 votes–the majority necessary to win the Speakership on the floor of the House of Representatives–could not be clearer.

On Monday, two senior Democrats–Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR)–made clear in comments to Politico that they would not be supporting Pelosi. Now, late Tuesday in comments to CNN, two more Democrats–Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Filemon Vela (D-TX)–joined the public opposition to Pelosi’s speakership candidacy with warnings that she will not have the votes necessary to retake the gavel.

“I am 100% confident we can forge new leadership,” Vela said, with Moulton adding that he believes anti-Pelosi Democrats’ chances are also at “100%.”

“We are trying to do the right thing for the party by solving this ahead of time,” Moulton said.

Here is what the anti-Pelosi strategy appears to be:

 If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for a person, then the business of Congress is held up until such time as a Speaker can be elected on future ballots. This is precisely the strategy that anti-Pelosi Democrat are employing: While they do not have a challenger ready, and do not intend to, what they aim to do is tank Pelosi’s chances on the first ballot with the presumption that alternative candidates with fresher visions for leadership would emerge on future ballots.

“The Pelosi opponents don’t have anyone ready to challenge her, but are trying to garner enough signatures of lawmakers promising to vote against her on the floor to show that she cannot be elected,” Politico’s Bade wrote on Wednesday.

  For two years now the Democrats have had no policy and no plan other than to resist Donald Trump. That is what they have put all their thought into, so they really have not thought about what they would do if they got power back and now with internal business being the first order of the day they are conflicted on how to proceed.

  I think at the end of the day it is safe to assume the Democrats will rally around Nancy Pelosi but it could be fun to watch for awhile. And after all, Donald Trump did endorse Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have vowed to oppose every stance he takes so naturally they should feel obligated to oppose her now…

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CNN sues Donald Trump over revoking Jim Acosta’s press credentials

November 13, 2018

  As you have probably already seen, a few days ago Jim Acosta used his white male privilege to push around and exert his will on a young lady and because of this molestation he had his White House press credentials revoked by the President. (Where is the #metoo movement by the way?)

  Today we learned that CNN is now suing the President in an attempt to get Jim Acosta’s press credentials returned, here is more:

CNN filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Trump administration after the White House suspended White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s ‘hard pass’ press credential. Acosta clashed with President Donald Trump and a press office intern during a November 7 press conference.

The networks’ suit, filed by a team that includes former George W. Bush solicitor general Ted Olson, demands the immediate return of Acosta’s credentials.

The network claims the revocation of Acosta’s press pass violates the constitutional rights to freedom of the press and due process. CNN is asking for an immediate restraining order to reinstate Acosta’s access to the White House.

  I do not see how Jim Acosta’s First Amendment rights were violated because it seems to me that having White House press credentials in the first place is a privilege and not a right. After all, not everybody can get these credentials so are their rights also being violated? Not only that but Jim Acosta will still be able to see the press conferences the same way we do and there is nothing to prevent him from reporting on what he hears.

  I do not think there is a case here but you never know how anything will play out in the courts anymore so nothing would surprise me.

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Sunday, November 11th open thread: ‘Song of the Patriot’

November 11, 2018

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, November 4th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right. 

  Today is Veterans Day so I would like to take a moment to thank all of you out there who have served this great country and all of those who are serving today. God bless you.

“The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour” (Judges 6:12) KJV)

  Here is Johnny Cash singing “Song of the Patriot.”

Democrats will seek to impeach Brett Kavanaugh

November 8, 2018

   If you thought the Brett Kavanaugh saga was over think again: Soon to be House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler revealed that the Democrats plan on impeaching Brett Kavanaugh for perjury. Here is more:

Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., revealed plans for House Democrats to investigate and impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh for alleged perjury

The two discussed two routes for investigating new Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. The first is to go after the FBI for how they handled the investigation into unsubstantiated claims he sexually assaulted women. “They didn’t even do a half-ass job,” he said. “They didn’t interview 30 witnesses who said ‘Interview me! I’ve got a lot to say!’” he said, while mimicking people waving their hands to be called on.

His other plan is to go after Kavanaugh because “there’s a real indication that Kavanaugh committed perjury.” 

  The problem with this plan–besides the fact that Nadler has his stories about Brett Kavanaugh mixed up, which you can read about in the article I linked to above–is the fact that even if the Democrats do impeach Brett Kavanaugh the Senate will not vote to remove him so nothing will change with the Supreme Court. Of course the left will then use his impeachment to make the claim that all decisions the Supreme Court makes with which they disagree are illegitimate, and they will use it to call into question the integrity of the Supreme Court. The left will continue to stoke the fires hoping for violence in the streets.

  But as long as we are on the subject of perjury, isn’t interesting the Democrats are going to go after Brett Kavanaugh when one of his accusers has already admitted to lying during her testimony and  Michael  Avenatti and Julie Swetnick are about to be investigated for lying as well and yet the Democrats have no interest in prosecuting these people at all.

  If the Democrats insist upon going along this route I would press to prosecute to the full extent of the law  those whom have already admitted to lying about Brett Kavanaugh for political reasons and those under investigation for lying. Of course this will not deter the Democrats because now that they are done with the accusers they do not care what happens to them. The truth is they never cared about what happened to them, or did not happen to them, in the past either.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Jeff Sessions out as Attorney General

November 7, 2018

  It had been widely speculated that Jeff Sessions tenure as Attorney General would end after the mid-term elections and today we got the news that he has resigned. Here is more:

Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the “request” of President Donald Trump on Wednesday after more than a year of public criticism from the president.

Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will serve as acting attorney general, Trump announced.

Whitaker also will assume oversight of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion by Trump’s campaign in that meddling, according to the Justice Department.

Whitaker, who has publicly criticized the Mueller investigation, by law can serve as acting AG for a maximum of 210 days.

  I was a little surprised his resignation came this quickly after the mid-terms but with the Republicans picking up seats in the Senate it makes the confirmation of his eventual replacement all that much easier–even if the Democrats try to Kavanaugh him or her–so why not cut the cord quickly and end the charade?

  With Jeff Sessions out Matthew Whitaker will be acting Attorney General and because he has no conflict of interest he will now be overseeing Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. I have to admit that this is a scenario I never thought of, I just assumed Rod Rosenstein would continue to oversee the investigation but it makes perfect sense to relieve him from the oversight when the acting Attorney General has no conflict of interest.

  Needless to say the Democrats are upset with this news, some are even calling it worse than Watergate and warning the President not to fire Rod Rosenstein or Robert Mueller–in other words they are up to their typical leftist fear-mongering, which is to be expected.

  Isn’t it funny how the left now loves Jeff Sessions and is willing to defend him? It reminds me of how the left wanted James Comey fired for screwing Hillary Clinton out of the Presidency until Donald Trump fired him and then it became a “constitutional crisis.”

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The sanctions against Iran resumed today

November 5, 2018

  Back in August a war of words began to heat up between Donald Trump  and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when the President threatened to make good on his campaign promise to rip up the Iran nuclear deal and re-implement the sanctions on the terror-sponsoring country.

  Donald Trump, much like he did with North Korea, then tried to leverage the threat in order to set up a meeting with Iran but the rogue nation refused and Donald Trump reinstate the sanctions. Today, despite John Kerry and other Obama-era officials efforts to undermine United States foreign policy, those sanctions went back into effect and needless to say Iran is none to happy because the United States actually has a President who will not back down and is not afraid to stand his ground.

  Here is more:

The U.S. re-imposed all sanctions Monday on Iran that once were lifted under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, grinding further down on the Islamic Republic’s already-ailing economy in what President Hassan Rouhani described as a “war situation” now facing Tehran.

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed penalties on more than 700 Iranian and Iranian-linked individuals, entities, aircraft and vessels in the new sanctions. Among those are 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries, more than 200 people and ships, Iran’s state-run airline Iran Air and more than 65 of its planes.

The new sanctions particularly hurt Iran’s vital oil industry, which provides a crucial source of hard currency. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists in Washington the sanctions already had cost Iran the sale of over 1 million barrels of crude oil a day.

“Our objective is to starve the Iranian regime of the revenue it uses to fund violent and destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East and, indeed, around the world,” Pompeo said. “The Iranian regime has a choice: It can either do a 180-degree turn from its outlawed course of action and act like a normal country, or it can see its economy crumble.”

  Iran is basically calling this an act of war and comparing Donald Trump to Saddam Hussein. The situation is sure to get tense and the question will be, who is going to blink first? In the North Korea showdown it was Kim Jong Un, will the same think happen with Iran? Only time will tell…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium


Sunday, November 4th open thread: ‘Metal Health’

November 4, 2018

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, November 4th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right. 

  Here is Quiet Riot performing “Metal Health” live in 1983, enjoy: