The President announced this day of prayer on Friday shortly after declaring the United States was in a state of emergency over the fast-spreading virus.
In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty. As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship. But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones. I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.
President Donald J Trump
I would just like to add that …
I do hope the media and some of our smaller-minded politicians (wherever they fall on the political spectrum) can put aside politics, the hate, and the hyper-partisan bickering and come together to work toward resolving this national crisis. I believe far too many are doing much more harm than good!
And for Pete Sakes, enough with the toilet paper hoarding!
The Electoral College has recently been the subject of heated debate. However, most of what I’ve seen and heard makes it clear not too many Americans today understand why and how the Electoral College came to be. This is not all that surprising, given the state of our public school system. The truth is that, at one time, the Electoral College was not controversial at all. This was because people understood how it worked and why it was put in place.
Today, more than a dozen states have joined in an attempt to remove or circumvent the Electoral College. This is because Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election while receiving a majority of the popular vote. However, if you examine how that popular vote broke down, Clinton received a large number of votes from densely-populated urban areas like New York and California. In fact, if you remove California, President Trump would have won the popular vote by 1.4 million votes.
This is a somewhat flawed argument. You could arbitrarily remove any state’s electoral votes and the outcome could be altered in some way. But, it still illustrates the central point. The Electoral College was instituted to ensure that a President must have broad national support to win. The president is the president of the whole nation, not just president of the most densely-populated urban areas.
Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution states:
Each state shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in Congress.
Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution insures that each state retains equal representation in presidential elections, exactly like they do in Congress. It is genius and it insures a nationwide “fair” representation in presidential elections.
The Electoral College was designed to make sure that each candidate took their message to the whole nation, and subsequently won based on national support for their policies. The Electoral College was designed precisely to prevent a situation where a state like New York or California become the defacto policy decision maker for the entire nation. Since its inception, it has worked brilliantly in doing exactly that, sometime benefiting the Democratic Party and sometimes the Republican Party.
One has to ask if those currently clamoring for ending the Electoral College would be doing so if their side had won the majority of Electoral College votes and the election.
Perhaps the Electoral College is a victim of its own success. Throughout American history it has shaped American politics in many ways that were beneficial to this country. It only becomes an issue when one side loses a closely contested election and just cannot make themselves accept the results.
For those interested in states rights, abolishing the Electoral College would give the states less power against the federal government. The Electoral College also prevents a strong, charismatic person from using a fickle surge in popular support to consolidate more power and become a dictator.
If you truly understand the role of the Electoral College in making sure the entire nation has a voice in its presidential elections and you believe in fairness and the Rule of Law, it is hard to imagine why anyone would call for its abolition. I can only think of two reasons.
You do not understand what it does
You are making a power grab, and you can’t win national elections … therefore, you have to change the rules.
Can we have an intelligent discussion about DACA? The Left now blasting President Trump for his decision to phase out DACA. However, what he did is put the decision back where it RIGHTFULLY, LEGALLY and CONSTITUTIONALLY belongs … in the hands of Congress. Of course, if you hate America, the U.S. Constitution, the Rule of Law, and everything this country stands for, you would be blasting this decision … no matter who made actually made it
What did President Trump Say?
The President Trump’s administration announced its decision on DACA Tuesday. They will implement an “orderly wind down” of this Obama-era executive order. The unilateral order gave a deportation reprieve to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. In addition, President Trump gave Congress 6 months to come up with a legislative solution to the issue. Congress, not the President, writes the laws. They don’t teach that in school anymore? It is almost as if our schools are preparing our kids for a more “authoritarian” form of government.
I often wonder were all the vocal critics and protestors when, under the Democratic controlled legislature, Obama couldn’t get this done through legislation? Remember, Obama is the one who took the unconstitutional path and imposed it unilaterally by executive order … not President Trump.
What About Being A Society built on Laws?
It has become fairly clear that neither the establishment politicians of both parties nor the media care about the rule of law. 25 States sued the previous administration in Federal Courts with Federal Judges ruling that DACA (and DAPA) were unconstitutional executive actions. Did you hear about this in the left-wing mass media? Nope? I sure didn’t. I think I heard it on Fox news though! That must be why the Left hates Fox News so much. Furthermore, it is simply more evidence of the mass media’s “enemy of the people” status perhaps?
President Trump is Heartless, Evil, Racist, and Cruel!
I don’t think so. First of all, I think this decision weighed heavily on his mind. Look at what he said and think about what it really means. What is the message behind President Trumps words?
I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.
And What of Barack Obama?
Yesterday, Obama went on the attack, saying President Trump’s ending of DACA is “cruel”. Yet, he once said he did not have the authority to do what he later did. Either Obama has a very short memory or his is being very disingenuous in his attack on President Trump. Furthermore, I remember when Obama stated this was not amnesty or immunity. Obama said it was not a path to citizenship. He stated himself this was not a permanent fix … calling it a temporary stopgap measure.
Just maybe, what President Trump is doing … is actually fixing the gap!
Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted that President Trump’s criticism over his recusal from the Russia investigation was “kind of hurtful.” However, Sessions insists he will continue at his job and has no plans to resign. Jeff Sessions is not completely “in the clear” when it comes to fault in this situation.
Criticism From the Boss
President Trump has repeatedly slammed Jeff Sessions in media interviews and on Twitter. The criticism has been over the Attorney General’s decision back in March to recuse himself from the Russian Investigation. Sessions still stands by his decision to recuse himself. I am not an expert on the legalities of this situation. But, if Sessions is correct, then he did do the right thing. An Attorney General who doesn’t follow the law is very problematic as we have seen with former Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch!
Some Criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Justified
However, I do agree with President Trump on his point. Jeff Session needed to address this before accepting the appointment. He could have let the President that if his involvement with then Candidate Trump’s campaign became an issue in the Russian Investigation, he would be forced to recuse himself. That would have given President Trump all the information he needed to make his best decision about appointing Sessions as Attorney General. Appointed and confirmed as Attorney General and then immediately recusing himself from the Russian Investigation was very unfair to President Trump.
What many in the media forget, is that President Trump is a plain-talk kind of man. That is why so many Americans outside California, New York City and Washington, DC voted for him. You know where you stand with President Trump. He will tell you … either on the air, on Twitter, or in person. That is simply who he is and why he was elected. The Mass Media hyperventilating over every new Tweet is beginning to get a little silly. I find it refreshing, especially after all the years of political double-speak that the left seems to love so much.
Jeff Sessions Understands the President’s Position
Jeff Sessions has publically stated that he understands President Trumps feelings on this issue. Sessions knows that this has been a big problem for the President. “The President of the United States is a strong leader,” Sessions recently told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson while on a trip to El Salvador. “He has had a lot of criticisms and he’s steadfastly determined to get his job done, and he wants all of us to do our jobs and that’s what I intend to do.”
Sessions, in El Salvador Thursday, is working to improve cooperation with the Central American nation. As Attorney General, he is leading the charge in the fight against the MS-13 street gang. Sessions has described this gang as a top security threat to the United States.
Firing Attorney General Sessions Would be a Mistake
I do think President Trump and Attorney General Sessions need to talk this out. It would be a big mistake for President Trump to fire Jeff Sessions. Sessions is one of the few people working hard to keep the President’s campaign promises. Maybe the problem is that Jeff Sessions is more loyal to Trump’s positions than President Trump himself …
As Attorney General, Sessions has already:
Cracked Down on Illegal Immigration
Led the effort to defund Sanctuary Cities
Is waging war on Opioids
Cracking down on the gang MI-13
Has opened criminal investigations into “Leaking”
Now … if Sessions would just reopen the investigation into the Clinton Campaign’s secret server, the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s real collusion with Russia … Uranium sales, etc., maybe President Trump would back off on his criticism!
It’s official! Russia hacked the Oscars! Putin switched the envelopes for the best picture award. There were loud cries of moral indignation and righteous outrage from the left-wing Hollywood Elites. Hollywood Elites shed many tears of grief. Elaborate Oscar gowns, some valued at many thousands of dollars, are totally ruined … stained with tears and running mascara!
An unnamed highly-placed source within the Oscar organization stated that spontaneous Anti-Trump protests are currently being organized and will commence just as soon as they can get funding from George Soros, and the signs they ordered back from the printers. #NOTOURLALALAND.
But Hillary and Chuck Refuse to be Upstaged by this Russia Hacking News
Hillary Clinton, just back from her latest staged “accidental” meet up with a loyal young female supporter in the woods, was quoted as stating she was ” 100% behind the downtrodden, disenfranchised and forgotten Hollywood Elites and would certainly be there for them and her Russian friends in 2020!”
After hearing the news, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly went on the record. Schumer stated, “This is simply additional evidence that President Trump should be impeached. It should be illegal to traumatize the loyal supporters of so many undocumented illegal immigrants that cross our borders illegally! It is un-American and contrary to our unique American heritage, After all, we are a nation of laws!”
A Presidential Response
President Trump, reacted to the news early this morning by tweeting, @POTUS Freaking Awesome! This outraged the mainstream media outlets. Then this outraged the mainstream media even more. And finally, it outraged them even more! ( I did mention that this outraged the mainstream media?)
The one bright shining light in this disastrous tragedy … Warren Beatty handled it calmly and brilliantly by doing exactly what actors do best. He read on the script … even though it was dead wrong!