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Former US President Ronald Reagan sits in his office in Century City near Los Angeles.(CARLOS SCHIEBECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Podcast: A Time For Choosing

Jeffrey Lord discusses “A Time for Choosing”, also known as “The Speech”, which was a speech presented during the 1964 U.S. presidential election campaign by future president Ronald Reagan on behalf of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater. The speech launched Reagan into national prominence.


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Hillary Clinton

Different Year, Same Hillary: Trump Win ‘Makes Me Literally Sick To My Stomach’

One might get confused and think it’s 2016 listening to Hillary Clinton. While a guest on a podcast, Clinton said she “can’t entertain the idea of” Trump winning “because it makes me literally sick to my stomach.” Specifically, “it makes me literally sick to my stomach to think that we’d have four more years of this abuse and destruction of our institutions, and damaging of our norms and our values, and lessening of our leadership, and the list goes on.”

It’s nice to see Clinton hasn’t lost her touch on making completely empty statements like “damaging of our norms.” Just like in 2016, her words carry no substance. There may be yet another reason as to why a Trump win would make her physically ill. Podcast host Kara Swisher, whose program is part of the New York Times Opinion network, asked Clinton if she had any “fear” Trump would take legal action against her in the event of his re-election.

“There’s no doubt that he would do everything he could to attack and punish anyone who was, in his view, an adversary” answered Clinton. “And he would be aided and abetted, sadly, by both elected and appointed officials” she added. “Adversary” is the least of Clinton’s problems after the past few years of investigations into her involvement with creating a hoax that there was Russia collusion with the Trump administration.

“So, of course, one of the most important accomplishments that I hope we see in this election is a Democratic Senate, where that would be the check that we would need against further abuse of power,” said Clinton. Reading between the lines, Clinton wants the Senate to stop investigating her.

“I don’t think he has any boundaries at all…I don’t think he has any conscience,” said Clinton. Adding, “he’s obviously not a moral, truthful man. So, he will do whatever he can to lift himself up. And remember, as I said, he lives with this specter of illegitimacy. He knows more about how he got really elected than we still do. Hopefully, we’ll learn more in the years ahead.” A lesson on morality is oh, so rich, coming from the woman who months before the presidential election already advised Biden not to concede under “any circumstances.”


Biden Campaign Fuming As Campaign Ads Remain Blocked On Facebook

The Biden campaign is furious with Facebook. No, not because they blocked the story about his son, Hunter Biden, having damning information for both Biden’s on his laptop. No, they were happy that was blocked.  The Biden campaign is upset they can’t have their cake and eat it too. Reportedly “thousands of ads were blocked due to a technical glitch in the platform’s pre-election ban on political ads,” writes The Hill.

According to a post from Facebook, It has run into “a number of unidentified issues” which caused political ads to be halted. Last month Facebook announced it would ban all new political advertisements for one full week leading up to the November 3 presidential election. Facebook made the decision in order to combat misinformation circulating its platform about voting and the election.

However, the ban, which went into effect on October 27, has darling Biden fuming. Biden campaign digital director Rob Flaherty said in a statement released Thursday night to Politico saying Facebook has “provided no clarity” on the issues and has “no sense of the scale of the problem, who it is affecting, and their plan to resolve it.”

Flaherty continued, “it is currently unclear to us whether or not Facebook is giving Donald Trump an unfair electoral advantage in this particular instance, butt it is abundantly clear that Facebook was wholly unprepared to handle this election despite having four years to prepare.” Ouch. Politico reported the glitch affected both campaigns, having cut off all messages. Biden’s campaign said it has caused them to lose half a million dollars in fundraising revenue.

Facebook wrote, “even though the majority of political and issue ads have been unaffected, since the restriction took effect, we have identified a number of unanticipated issues affecting campaigns of both political parties. Some were technical problems. Others were because advertisers did not understand the instructions we provided about when and how to make changes to ad targeting. We have implemented changes to fix these issues, and most political ads are now running without any problems.”

Donald Trump

The Memo – Rich Higgins’ Deep State Reveal

The book is an extremely timely home run. A must-read – and preferably before you vote.  The book in question is The Memo: 20 Years Inside the Deep State Fighting For America First.

The author is Rich Higgins. Rich, whom I have been privileged to interview, has had a 20-year career inside the inside of the Deep State. When Donald Trump won the presidency and moved into the White House Rich realized long before anyone else that there was a Deep State move instantly afoot to, as his book says, “stop and ultimately remove the President from office.”

Rich Higgins is not shy. His background included stints in the army and at the Pentagon. By the dawn of the Trump presidency in January of 2017 Rich was stationed in the White House as a staffer on the National Security Council.

In an act of boldness – make that sheer gutsiness – Rich Higgins proceeds to set his concerns down in the form of a memo – The Memo. The title: POTUS and Political Warfare. (Note: Inside the White House in any administration, the word “POTUS” is the shorthand for “President of the United States.”)

The memo began this way:

“The Trump Administration is suffering under withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then delegitimize and ultimately remove the President…”

The question is, of course, why? Donald Trump was the 44th person to occupy the presidential office. (President Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms in the late 1800s and is thus counted twice, making Trump the 45th president.) This problem of Washington bureaucrats in secret revolt to try and sabotage and bring down a president had never been seen before other than in the world of political novels and Hollywood movies. So why now this covert plotting and scheming and undermining?

Higgins identifies the reason immediately:

“The President had campaigned on an unambiguous agenda of change. The basics included staying out of Syria, defeating ISIS, pulling out of Afghanistan, confronting China, enforcing our borders, rebuilding our economy, and…well, Making America Great Again. Reversing, in other words, the policies of the last twenty and more – years that had brought the nation to its dangerous state and which the President had promised to reverse.”

What is so startling about this story is that American history is filled with examples of presidents who were elected to reverse or change the agenda of their predecessor. Andrew Jackson set about reversing the policies of his predecessor, John Quincy Adams. Lincoln set his sights on undoing the work of James Buchanan. FDR was no fan of Herbert Hoover’s presidency. And as a former Reagan White House staffer myself, I can testify that the Reagan presidency began by reversing the policies of predecessor Jimmy Carter.

So what was the big deal?

The big deal here is that after over a quarter-century of Washington Establishment presidencies – the 28 years of the George H.W.Bush, Bill Clinton, George W.Bush and Barack Obama presidencies – the bipartisan Establishments that ran both parties were determined to maintain the status quo. They were, to a person, Washington Insiders – something Donald Trump decidedly was not.

Thus they saw Trump and his personality, not to mention his Outsider status, as a threat to every policy they had implemented – not to mention to their way of life if not their jobs.

What Rich Higgins details here is just how this game was played. So concerned was he by what he was seeing at work “within the walls” of the Trump White House that in May of 2017 he sat down and “put what I know to be the truth into the form of a memo.” He addressed it to “those colleagues who had been close to the President during the campaign.”

Of course, as Higgins details, when The Memo was eventually seen by H.R. McMaster, the seriously Washington Establishment National Security Adviser to the President, Higgins was summoned to the NSC’s Office of Legal Counsel.

He was asked:

“Did I write this memo?”

Answer: “Yes. Of course.”

And with that, Rich Higgins’ 20-year tour of duty in the Deep State abruptly ended. Literally escorted from the White House with his belongings tossed in a seedy government-issue green polyester shopping bag.

To understand what has been going on inside the Trump presidency, not to mention to get a close-up view of what is clearly a very, very serious threat to the American people’s right to choose their presidents and the policies they want followed?

Rich Higgins’ The Memo is the book to read for two reasons.

The first reason is to understand what is at stake in the 2020 election in the Trump-Biden showdown.

Which is to say Reason One is the showdown between the American people – the “deplorables” in Hillary Clinton’s phrase – and the Washington Establishment of insiders and bureaucrats who believe they, not the American people, have the right to run America.

Reason Two is that no matter the result of the 2020 election – the problem Rich Higgins details is not going to go away. If Donald Trump vanished from the face of the earth tomorrow, this problem of who runs America is going to go on.

And it must – must – be dealt with.

The place to start dealing with it is to read The Memo.

Washington D.C.
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Activist Group Plans ‘Resistance…If Trump Is Trying To Launch A Coup’

A group is preparing to wreak havoc in D.C. after the November 4th presidential election. The activist group, called “Shut Down D.C.” is “planning large-scale and widespread ‘disruptive activity’ starting on the night of the election, in an attempt to stop what it predicts will be an ‘attempted coup’ by President Trump in the form of a refusal to accept the election results” reports Fox News.

The activist group aims to arrange mass gatherings in D.C. as a resistance, which is to begin during the “muddied” aftermath of who wins the election. On their website, the group states “Trump will not leave office without mass mobilization and direct action.”

Plans for “direct action” include an “uprising” and “calls for potentially blockading the White House, blocking traffic, shutting down government office buildings and even Amazon fulfillment centers” according to a document reported by The Federalist.

The activists have done much more than simply talk about plans, they have also held training. November 4 to November 7 the group plans to hit the streets in order to “respond to rapidly changing events.” The Shut Down D.C.’s training was to “help participants react to different hypothetical scenarios, including a so-called ‘timeline to a meltdown simulation.”

“Each team will work to develop action plans to respond to the scenario, anticipate how other movement actors will respond, and build capacity for collective action to build the world we want to live in” started the group’s event description. Their website reads “If Trump is trying to launch a coup, that’s no time for business as usual…and if Trump has already conceded, then we can pivot and use these actions to demand COVID-19 relief and other essential legislation!”

Although the group has a disclaimer that it does not “encourage or endorse bringing harm to any living thing” it does call for escalation if “this will help reach your goal.” Boycotts, strikes, slowdowns, and refusal to “purposefully avoid tension with authorities” are encouraged.

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