With the help of an impatient news media, a global taste for drama and Russia’s provocative posturing in the Ukraine, the White House is now wedged in the put up or shut up position.

Are we in a Cold War now? A Cool War? Maybe it’s just tepid.

War and the rumors of war, like relationships, are complicated these days. Choices are many. Threats of economic sanctions, stern warnings and the withdrawal of diplomatic officials may or may not dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blunt force is effective, but not always efficient.

The mere suggestion of blunt force and dire consequences, however, has been helpful in the past. Recall that strategic deterrence and the old Strategic Air Command’s “peace through strength” motto persevered in difficult decades, back when Russia was the Soviet Union. But wait. There’s already some strategic deterrence afoot. Consider that when Mr. Putin simply parks a warship in Cuba or assembles black-clad, unidentified troops somewhere, he gets much press, and worries challengers plenty. The Russian president is tactically image-minded: Mr. Putin shaped the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics, which proved to be both global spectacle and handy political vehicle.

Another factor. A little saber rattling goes a long way: It is instantly magnified in the press, and even more so on social media. Why, imagine if Hollywood were to craft a buzzworthy, tweetable message that America’s arsenal and resolve are fully intact. So uh, look out.



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Imagine the a(i)mature giving advice to the professional, or is it one progressive/communist to a communist/progressive.

A NEW PETITION to get this ball rolling !!!!!!!! Please sign and pass on !!!

http://www.petition2congress.com/14595/fraudulent-voting-practices/...

Thank you for posting this. Hope all will read and circulate the link. I would add petition for voter ID's to eliminate fraud all together.

Thank you Robert I will be sure to watch for it !

Whoever wrote that petition is missing other issues that are involved with voting laws, although those issues have to do with state government laws on voter fraud.

There is the issue of no ID requirement in some states. There is also the problem of the electoral college, but this is only a concern of the presidential vote. Plus we have a problem of voter dollars, the escalation of costs for political campaigning has gone wildly out of control, and seems there may be no end in sight. Democrats are silencing the voice of the individual patriot while allowing those of the Union, Big business, and foreign interests have unlimited spending on political campaign donating to whomever will support their ideals of back door deals. These problems continue to allow those of the political left to continue their socialistic agenda by way of polluting the leftist media with lies and deceit that are then taken as "The Honest to God's Truth" by the weak minded.

Sorry Johnny, your petition is weak.

Wow Joseph , thank you for your constructive criticism always appreciated . Just trying to accomplish something for the good while I was sitting here listening to others groan and moan ! You could always write one that is more efficient and I will promise to pass your more efficient one around . Or you can just pat yourself on the back for correcting my weaknesses ! I can handle it !

I regret the fact that I did not proof read my own comment, therefore making my message weak as well. For that, I am sorry. The petition that you found has potential, but is riddled with a weak statement. I applaud you for bringing it to light, and having the guts to say anything. We all want the same thing and try to put into words of how we feel about injustices, and are trying to find solutions to obvious (only obvious to those with their eyes open to the world around them)problems that are targeting our freedoms. I also thank you for not being offended.

Thanks,

Joe

Joseph::

Currently, with a high-jacked ballot box, petitions are all rather weak -- your criticisms are not much more than what we get out of the ankle-biters that resist the enforcement of the existing, protective laws, that are being swept away.

If there is no alternative but armed revolt, all the comments and conversation are just pointless and only delays the onslaught that must ensue, is that what is wanted? I don't think so.

Generate your own assessments and assertions and add that to the many that must appear to get a greater growing number moving in the right direction. Constructive criticism followed by appropriate action is what gets it.

To put a finer point on it: Have you signed it?

BARRY GIVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PLENTY OF LIP ABOUT HIS SOCIALIST BS , BUT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO TALK TOUGH, HE SHUTS UP . GIRLY MAN ....

Anyone remember Munich, 1938?  Anyone remember the aftermath of that appeasement?  Anyone????

The above picture is way off, it should show hussein obama on his knees.  Putin has what it takes.

All those that voted for Obama should be exceedingly proud of what they did.  If you look at all transgressions this President has made and how he and his "band of merry socialists" have put OUR Country on a downward spiral to destruction, it is nothing short of criminal. On Hannity last night he asked his audience why people have not stood up to the Administration?  I was thinking very loudly:  Because NO ONE LISTENS TO US!!!  As I see it, the ONLY way we are going to be heard is to get out and Vote, and take everyone we know with us. 

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ALERT ALERT

Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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