Thanks for the welcome! I can identify with how you feel--it's nice that so many of us are gathering together, but pretty awful that we have to.
I'm an Orthodox priest (Western Rite of the Russian Orthodox Chuch Outside Russia), and see the TEA Party pretty much in the light of what it started out as: a movement of concerned people, from various organizations and no organization, gathering to face a common danger. I feel I "joined the TEA Party," in an organizational sense, when I marcheds in the July 4th parade a few years ago with La Porte County Right to Life. These days, I see my principal "TEA Party" affiliation as being with the "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rallies.
All things work to the good, for those who love God and are called according to His purposes. I see the Lord using this dark time to draw people of integrity together, where before we were scattered all over the place going about our own individual business, getting systematically picked off by the wolves because we didn't stick with the sheepfold.
But, here we are--meeting each other, having fun together at cookouts and rallies, encouraging each othr in forums lke these--it's America, all over again!
Americans are a friendly, outgoing, confident people. We enjoy each others' company, and we aren't afraid to laugh loudly. For a while there, the enemy had us stuffed into boxes, afraid to move or make noise. No more! Gatherings klike these have helped us in the most critical area of all--the recovery of our sense of humor!
Again, thanks for the welcome. It's great to meet you, Dottie!
I am a 67 year old woman. All my life I was proud to be an American. I was the kind of kid that could never get enough of John Wayne. As I grew up and explored different ideas of the current world I would always come back to the Constitution and what America means. It really hurts me to see where our country is going. Obama is extremely dangerous and I am totally flabergassed that some of the most intelligent people can and are being duped by him . One only has to be a History advocate to see the likeness betwee the German Proaganda Machine of the Thirtys and the Liberal Press of today . I am frighten and being frighten I can no longer turn my head away in hopes that America will straighten itself . We have to win the Presidency in the fall !
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.