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I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest speech mankind has ever heard. And I will tell you this: THERE WAS NO COLLUSION.

Two years ago, a truly great American who now stands before you took office as President of the United States. This momentous event, witnessed by the largest audience ever assembled for anything, anywhere, came as a great beacon of light for millions of Americans who had lived through terrible carnage during previous administrations. It came as a joyous dawn to end the long nightmare that had caused blood to run in our veins, rapists to mow our lawns, and child traffickers to clean our hotel rooms.

But two years later, we find that the government is shut down. For almost a month, I have been crippled by the binding tentacles of Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy, and unable to fulfill the promises I made to my base. Seven-hundred-and-thirty days (and counting) after becoming president, too many white citizens still find themselves exiles in their own land.

In a sense, we’ve come to our nation’s capital, within a few short blocks of the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., to ask for a loan. When I was looking for money for various real estate projects before I became president, it was only Russian mobsters and money launderers (very fine people, I might add) who were all too happy to bankroll me. Their loans were a promise to all grifters that no matter how many bankruptcies one had in the past, or legal judgments filed against them, they would still be guaranteed the unalienable right to get rich by stiffing contractors or through other dubious schemes — even while holding elective positions.

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It’s no secret that InSanity has long-favored W’s impeachment. Yet in the euphoria over Obama’s victory and the dream it represents, the soon-to-be-evicted White House resident has been diminished greatly — reduced, in my mind at least, to a petty, small-minded failure who is best ignored completely so as not to sully or distract us from the noble work ahead.  

On the other hand, that task is hollow if we don’t return to our founding values and rule of law. How can justice and fairness be restored throughout the land, how can our constitutional framework be given new vitality if those who violated their oath of office and destroyed countless lives won’t be held accountable? Will citizens ever truly cherish and defend their fundamental liberties if leaders are allowed to trample rights at will? Would it be possible to bring the Bush administration to justice in the spirit of a national civics lesson? 

I honestly don’t know the answer now.

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When Dennis Kucinich spoke earlier this week at the Democratic National Convention, the party censors excised a line from his prepared speech. Speaking of the Republicans, the words that Dennis wasn’t allowed to say were: “They’re asking for another four years — in a just world, they’d get 10 to 20.”

Truer words were never not said!

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been touring the country promoting her book “Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters.” Considering what a dismal failure she’s been as leader of the House Democrats, it’s a wonder she expects anyone to take her seriously. The following account of her appearance in Philadelphia earlier this month is a perfect portrait of hypocrisy at a level that rivals George W. Bush’s when he talks about democracy. Pelosi’s words would be absolutely laughable if she weren’t playing us all for fools.

Thanks to Cheryl Biren-Wright, an indefatigable New Jersey patriot, for the kind of reporting that our local and national media fail to do. It’s a longer than usual post but well worth the read:

www.opednews.com/articles/Nancy-Pelosi-Book-Signing-by-Cheryl-Biren-Wrigh-080807-772.html

 

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 Nancy Pelosi Book Signing: Know Your Power, Just Don’t Speak Truth to It

Inside Nancy Pelosi’s book signing in Philadelphia. Her remarks on Iran, Iraq – impeachment? And, what did this reporter ask that caused her to be escorted out of the building?

Arriving at the steps of the Free Library of Philadelphia Tuesday night where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was promoting her book, “Know Your Power,” I was promptly scolded by my good friend, activist Joanne O’Neill.

“What? No impeach sign? Here, take a sign,” Jo insisted. “Nope,” I replied. “I’m goin’ in.”

An hour earlier, I swallowed my pride – along with some bitter acid reflux – as I shelled out 17 bucks to purchase a book about “knowing my power” authored by a woman who spent the last few years wielding very little of it when it mattered the most. But, a little heartburn and forgoing a few lattes for the rest of the week was what it would take for me to get close enough to pose a question to the “most powerful woman” in America.

Having learned of the event just the day before, I was relegated to the simulcast room with about 60 others as the auditorium was sold out. I spotted one friendly in the crowd, but he was clearly in plotting mode so I decided to crack the binding of my new book while I waited for the Speaker to arrive. It was a quick read at just over 170 pages laced with anecdotes, some touching, some inspiring – okay, not so much.

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The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. ~Abraham Lincoln~

Last April, I received a letter from my congressman, Rush Holt, explaining his opposition to bringing impeachment charges against the president. As Independence Day approached, I wondered what stance Rush would have taken during the tumultuous debates that preceded the American Revolution. What follows is the letter I imagine he would have written to a constituent had he been in office then. It borrows heavily, and in places quite literally, from his letter about impeachment as well as the Declaration of Independence:

Dear Citizen,

Thank you for contacting me to urge armed rebellion against the Crown. I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delay in replying.

Like you, I believe King George III’s transgressions are many. Above all, I am angered by his attempts to: (a) impose taxes on us without our consent; (b) deprive us of the benefits of trial by jury; (c) transport us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses; and (d) take away our charters, abolish our most valuable laws, and alter fundamentally the forms of our government.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting armies of mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

In every stage of these oppressions, we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Although I would like to see us freed from the House of Hanover’s imperious yoke, armed rebellion would be unwise. The King’s approval ratings still hover around 20%–30%, irrefutable evidence that there is a lack of consensus in the colonies regarding the seriousness of his transgressions. I fear that taking up arms now will be seen as driven by petty slights and leave our colonies in even worse shape than now. We cannot use, or be perceived as using, rebellion as a way to nullify an existing decades-old relationship, or to express generalized anger and opposition to the King. Heaven forbid. With so many Loyalists among us, including small farmers, artisans, shopkeepers, wealthy merchants, Anglicans, slaves, and Indians — not to mention our own Governor, William Franklin, (Benjamin’s son) — it would be very polarizing to launch an insurrection at this time. Years ago, my family strongly opposed the protests against George III’s father, George II, for keeping mistresses and fathering an illegitimate son on the grounds that such outrage was needlessly partisan and hurtful to civic life.

Contrary to what others say, I do not come to this position out of political timidity. I am as bold a leader as you will find, and that is also true of my like-minded colleagues, especially the honorable Madam Pelosi who has courageously taken revolution off the table. Citizens who adamantly insist on the need to rebel would do well to listen to those obviously wiser citizens from whom I also hear, who believe that a successful insurrection would be militarily impractical and unachievable and worse than unwise.

Launching a revolution now would only stymie further efforts to undo the damage caused by the King’s policies. Most significantly, it would distract us from the day’s most important issue — the reason why Marie Antoinette and Louis Auguste have yet to consummate their marriage even now.

If George III’s approval ratings fell below 5%, perhaps the revolutionary cause would then have support. But it is not even close. It would be like bringing an accused suspect to trial without being assured that the jurors are predisposed to find the defendant guilty. No judicial system can afford such unpredictability at a trial’s outset.

For those in government who believe that the King has betrayed his sacred role, the task is to find a way to establish a record and reverse his evil policies. Any ideas? Do you think it’s a good idea to invite His Royal Highness to visit our shores and personally ask him to stop?

I want you to know that I have heard from many citizens like yourself who are frustrated with British tyranny. Two of the great strengths of our fledgling political experiment are the right to disagree and to vote for or against officeholders. I will continue to do my best to represent my district even if it means that 232 years from now, we will still be ruled by another corrupt and dangerous ruler named George.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Sincerely,                                                                              

Rush Holt

New Jersey Legislature

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On February 29, 2008, Nancy Pelosi visited Princeton as guest of honor at a fundraiser for our local Congressman. This was the color version of a b&w ad that greeted her in the local paper:

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This next flyer was deemed a bit too confrontational for Princeton’s delicate sensibilities:
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Protesters were kept hundreds of yards away from the hotel where Pelosi was speaking. It’s only right, after all, that lawmakers who send American men and women overseas to dodge bullets, rockets, and IEDs in an unjustified, catastrophic war, should be protected from critical words.

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