By Michael W. Howell
Staff Writer and Senior Editor at Fighting the Tyranny
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been successful in blaming everyone around them for their historical loss to Republican candidate Donald Trump in 2016. With no real platform to reign in voters that were divided between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the Democrat’s defeat is still sending shockwaves through the party. What does the party do in response? Bring their base together on issues? Reach out across the political aisle? Not these ideologues. They continue to play the victim card by blaming others for their lack of political solutions for middle America. Continue reading “The DNC Continues To Blame Trump, Russia, And Wikileaks But Not Themselves For Losing The Election”→
By Michael D Jacobsen
Staff writer at Fighting the Tyranny
Major elections are looked at by most citizens as a question of who is running as the Democratic candidate and who is running as a Republican. This was not always the case as not too long ago third parties were a major factor in elections until they suddenly disappeared from headlines. As a youth I was fascinated by the candidacy of Ross Perot in 1992, now I admit that I did not understand much about his platform at the time, but I was amazed that there were more options than Democrat or Republican. This was a huge eye-opener for me, after all, we really only ever hear of the Democrat or Republican parties on TV, don’t we? Continue reading “The Two Party’s Stranglehold on National Elections”→
By Michael D Jacobsen
Staff writer at Fighting the Tyranny
You see them everywhere CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, CBS. The news is big business and that business is to get you, the citizen, to tune in and listen to the narrative that they want to be heard. You cannot walk into a bar, barber shop or even an ordinary store without at least one TV tuned to one of the major media outlets. We live in an age where the newspaper is dying and the most common way for a citizen to stay informed is by either TV or the internet. Continue reading “The Dangerous Influence the Media has on Shaping the Opinion of American Citizens”→
By Michael D. Jacobsen
Staff writer at Fighting the Tyranny
Voting has been a part of many civilizations in history. As time marches on, the technology to record these votes continue to progress. From its simplistic beginnings such as dropping a colored chit into a clay pot, the process changed to paper ballots being deposited into boxes, which in turn paved the way for the electronic voting machines that we use today.
By Michael W. Howell
Senior Writer and Senior Editor at Fighting the Tyranny
This election cycle, the candidates, and the mainstream media are a joke. Sadly many people still like hearing and even saying the same jokes over and over. The punch lines never change, the laughter fades, and the reality of the situation kicks in. These candidates do not represent the American people, but instead are front men or spokespeople for global bankers. With the teleprompter checked, speech cards are written, and the talking points memorized, the candidates all take their cues and get ready to regurgitate what the elite are trying to pump into our lives through a dishonest media that the elite own and operate themselves. Continue reading “2016 Election Cycle Is A Reminder To Ron Paul Supporters Why We Don’t Vote”→
By Michael W. Howell
Staff Writer and Senior Editor at Fighting the Tyranny
Very few have noticed and sadly very few even care, but the Republican party changed their logo in the year 2000 just as George W. Bush was entering the office. It is very subtle, however, very significant. The logo of the G.O.P. has always been an elephant with three stars in a row at the top. While the elephant, stars, and even the colors are still present one change has been done. The top of the star now points downward instead of upwards causing many to question the change. It represents a pentagram now which is strange considering the party claims Christian values and traditions. In fact, the last statistics I have seen, the evangelical voters tend to be Republicans. Odd that the logo now represents anything but Christian values.
I, myself, am not a Republican, nor Democrat, but have always wondered why the change? I noticed it a few years ago, wondered about it, researched it, and then, like many, moved on. However, with this being another election cycle I can’t help but revisit my original thought process of years ago and wonder why would a party, any party, make such a blatant change? Am I suggesting the party is in line with Satan? No, but they are using a symbol that is commonly associated with those that are.
“A reversed pentagram, with two points projecting upwards, is a symbol of evil and attracts sinister forces because it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit. It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns, a sign execrated by initiates.”
“The flaming star, which, when turned upside down, is the hieroglyphic sign of the goat of Black Magic, whose head may be drawn in the star, the two horns at the top, the ears to the right and left, the beard at the bottom. It is the sign of antagonism and fatality. It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns.”
The timing of the change is somewhat odd as well. It was at a time when we were having two candidates with connections to the secret society group, Skull and Bones, vying for the Presidency. Skull and Bones, the “fraternity on Yale University’s campus have been linked on many occasions to Satanism or the occult. The election was very close with John Kerry winning the popular vote, but Bush taking the White House on a contested vote count that came down to Florida. Everyone remembers the “hanging chad” show.
Here we are 16 years past the change to the parties logo and no explanation has been given and no mainstream media attention given to the obvious change. I heard one theory about how it was an accident from a graphic artist. I think it is clear to say that 16 years later that theory can be debunked. If it was just a graphic design problem it wouldn’t be used to this day. But it is.
The Republican Party is not the only ones that have had this issue though. In 2008 a picture of Hillary Clinton campaigning at a New Hampshire primary showed an American flag with all the stars on the flag pointing down. Are we seeing a transition in our political system giving allegiance to someone, or something else? With the number of freedoms and liberties lost in the past 16 years, and at the rapid rate of tyranny we are experiencing, it is very possible, if not a given fact.
I will continue to research and try to find a reason the party changed the logo. Sure seems if it was harmless or no big deal, then after 16 years some explanation or reason would have sprung forward by now. Is this a New World Order move, bad graphic designer, or something more? I would say only time will tell, but it clearly isn’t in a hurry to reveal itself so far.
The party of liberty and freedom wasted no time in last nights first televised Libertarian debate expressing their views and the party’s stance. With a message that you just do not hear from the other two parties, the Libertarian candidates drilled home the message of the Libertarian Party. Self freedom, small government, addressing undeclared wars, and many issues that the party holds dear in order to preserve liberties and freedoms were highlighted with many great views expressed. With so many people getting more and more discouraged with the two party system this was a great opportunity for the Libertarian candidates to not only get their message out, but a great way for the tiring voting populace to hear a refreshing message that starts at the roots of liberty.
While there were three candidates onstage vying for the party’s nomination, what was really at stake was the message of the Libertarian Party. All three candidates did a good job in promoting the message of Libertarians and showed the true difference in establishment candidates and real Constitutional values.
The debate stage was nothing new to veteran presidential candidate Gary Johnson who came into the debate as the party favorite. We will see if he was able to maintain that status. Having ran for President before Gary Johnson seemed to have picked up right where his past attempts left off at. One thing he made clear was that the Libertarian is not a party of isolationist, but non interventionist. This has been at the root of misunderstanding of the party and last nights debate was a great moment to clear the air about the differences between the two views. Gary Johnson stated that it was our foreign policy that creates and promotes perpetual wars as well as the dangers of not going to congress for a declaration of war. His view was that Congress needs to be a part of the decision to go to war and the power needs to stay with Congressional approval.
“…I think our military intervention has made things worst.” – Gary Johnson
When it came to John McAfee’s response to John Stossel’s question about how the Libertarian Party is seen as isolationist, I think he gave a great response.
“I think isolationism is taking on the role of world policemen. Making us a separate entity from the rest of the world. We are the policemen and you are the people we police. So no, we are not isolationist at all.” – John McAfee
“…what has created terrorism? Our interference of affairs in foreign states.” – John McAfee
He is absolutely correct in this statement and it is a clear issue with the Libertarian Party. One misconception about the party is the foreign policy and I believe all three candidates did a great job in clearing the air as far as the difference in non interventionist and isolationist.
Austin Petersen brought up the fact that President Thomas Jefferson fought the Islamic threat while abiding by the law at the same time.
“We’ve got to stand up to people that use every tragedy as an excuse to take away our Constitutional rights. Now listen, Thomas Jefferson had the Islamic terrorist of his day. He still managed to fight them Constitutionally.” – Austin Petersen
The post debate polls that I have seen has Austin Petersen winning the debate. One online poll I saw has Petersen at 54%, while Gary Johnson trailed at a distant 19%. John McAfee in that poll wasn’t to far behind at 15% with the remaining votes going to undecided and others.
One hot topic in the Libertarian Party is the war on drugs. It has been proven to be ineffective and has done nothing to stop drug use, but in reality only grew the drug cartel and has caused many needless deaths in the process. The Libertarian view is that your body is yours to do with as you and only you see fit. As long as I don’t infringe in someone else’s rights then my life is mine to do with as I wish. Now this is a broad statement, however, it is a simple statement at the same time. You may not agree with how I am living my life or the choices I make, but they are my choice alone to make. Moral can’t and shouldn’t be regulated.
There was a Facebook question that got injected in the debate and that question came from Facebook user Lonni Nemo Long when they asked, “People always say that Libertarians will cut the safety net and welfare programs to non existence. How would you address the welfare state? How would it be replaced? How is it not as effective?”
Austin Petersen led off with his tax and spending plan that would “cut across the board.” He refers to it as the penny plan claiming it would put us on a path to a balanced budget.
“My plan cuts one penny from every federal dollar across the board.” – Austin Petersen
“If the American people have to balance their checkbook then so should Congress.” he went on to say. “The debt to GDP ratio is at 105%.”
Gary Johnson stated that he wanted to help those that needed the safety net, but also believes we have “gone way over the line when it comes to that.” Johnson went on to say that he believes government has gotten to big, spends to much, and taxes to much.
“I will be proposing a balanced budget to Congress which will be a 20% reduction in Federal Spending. And to do that you’ve got to include medicare, medicaid and military spending.” – Gary Johnson
Johnson is in favor of devolving medicare and medicaid to the States in order to reduce it from the budget and Federal control. And made the point that a 20% reduction in military spending only takes us back to a few years ago spending levels.
John McAfee used his time to talk about how, we as a society paid into social security with the promise that it would be there when we are older. He believes that as a Libertarian we should honor that commitment made to Americans. He quickly turned to address how bad our veterans are being treated.
“Here’s another issue. We send young men and women off to war saying go and risk your life and limb for your country. Then you come back without the limbs…well we’re sorry…this is the problem.”
The Libertarian debate also addressed the growing government and what agencies the candidates would cut. I thought Austin Petersen had the correct response. “I would cut them all. They didn’t have the right to take it from us in the first place.”
One thing that all Americans can agree on is the growth in government and their agencies. No party tackles this concern with more logic than the Libertarians. While the democrats and republicans act they they are concerned with the rise of government they both grow the government at great neck speed. The Republican party comes from the side of warmongering and foreign affairs while the democratic side attacks us from the growing welfare state. Truly an attack from the left and ride side and they are closing in fast.
While I thought the candidates did the party right as far as the answers given and staying true to party roots, I’m not sure that we have enough time to catch either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. It is the ideology and the foundation of freedom and liberties that I hope catches on and we see this country get back on track through the people of this country and not wait for some politician to come along and give us back our rights. It is our responsibility to maintain our rights and way of life. Even if that threat exist from the inside.
John Stossel did a great job, unlike the moderators of the major two party debates, in letting the candidates answer the questions and getting the Libertarian message out there. I hope to see more debates and open dialogue from Libertarian leaning candidates and the message will take root.
Use social media, talk with family members, encourage friends to look into, ask questions about, and understand the Libertarian principals. They are the foundation and pathway to liberty that has been usurped by global elitist in the name of safety and security.
“Those that give up liberties for securities, deserve neither, liberty nor security.” – Ben Franklin
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump spoke at AIPAC today and tried to reiterate his support for Israel. Some of his comments have come under attack from members of the Jewish community. Many have expressed dis concern over his remark about banning all Muslims from entering the country. Trump tried to use this time to talk about many issues including the Iran nuclear deal and even touched on the United Nations when he said that “the United Nations is not a friend of Democracy.”
Below is a full transcript of his speech at AIPAC.
“Good evening. I speak to you today as a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel. I am a newcomer to politics but not to backing the Jewish state.
In late 2001, weeks after the attacks on New York City and Washington – attacks perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists, Mayor Giuliani visited Israel to show solidarity with terror victims. I sent him in my plane because I backed the mission 100%.
In Spring 2004, at the height of violence in the Gaza Strip, I was the Grand Marshal of the 40th Salute to Israel Parade, the largest single gathering in support of the Jewish state.
It was a very dangerous time for Israel and frankly for anyone supporting Israel – many people turned down this honor –I did not, I took the risk.
I didn’t come here tonight to pander to you about Israel. That’s what politicians do: all talk, no action. I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship, and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel.
My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran. I have been in business a long time. I know deal-making and let me tell you, this deal is catastrophic – for America, for Israel, and for the whole Middle East.
The problem here is fundamental. We have rewarded the world’s leading state sponsor of terror with $150 billion and we received absolutely nothing in return.
I’ve studied this issue in greater detail than almost anybody. The biggest concern with the deal is not necessarily that Iran is going to violate it, although it already has, the bigger problem is that they can keep the terms and still get to the bomb by simply running out the clock, and, of course, they keep the billions.
The deal doesn’t even require Iran to dismantle its military nuclear capability! Yes, it places limits on its military nuclear program for only a certain number of years. But when those restrictions expire, Iran will have an industrial-size military nuclear capability ready to go, and with zero provision for delay no matter how bad Iran’s behavior is. When I am president, I will adopt a strategy that focuses on three things when it comes to Iran.
First, we will stand up to Iran’s aggressive push to destabilize and dominate the region. Iran is a very big problem and will continue to be, but if I’m elected President, I know how to deal with trouble. Iran is a problem in Iraq, a problem in Syria, a problem in Lebanon, a problem in Yemen, and will be a very major problem for Saudi Arabia. Literally every day, Iran provides more and better weapons to their puppet states.
Hezbollah in Lebanon has received sophisticated anti-ship weapons, anti-aircraft weapons, and GPS systems on rockets. Now they’re in Syria trying to establish another front against Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
In Gaza, Iran is supporting Hamas and Islamic Jihad – and in the West Bank they are openly offering Palestinians $7,000 per terror attack and $30,000 for every Palestinian terrorist’s home that’s been destroyed.
Iran is financing military forces throughout the Middle East and it is absolutely indefensible that we handed them over $150 billion to facilitate even more acts of terror.
Secondly, we will totally dismantle Iran’s global terror network. Iran has seeded terror groups all over the world. During the last five years, Iran has perpetrated terror attacks in 25 different countries on five continents. They’ve got terror cells everywhere, including in the western hemisphere very close to home. Iran is the biggest sponsor of terrorism around the world and we will work to dismantle that reach.
Third, at the very least, we must hold Iran accountable by restructuring the terms of the previous deal. Iran has already – since the deal is in place – test-fired ballistic missiles three times. Those ballistic missiles, with a range of 1,250 miles, were designed to intimidate not only Israel, which is only 600 miles away but also intended to frighten Europe, and, someday, the United States.
Do you want to hear something really shocking? As many of the great people in this room know, painted on those missiles – in both Hebrew and Farsi – were the words “Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth.”
What kind of demented minds write that in Hebrew? And here’s another twisted part – testing these missiles does not even violate the horrible deal that we made!
The deal is silent on test missiles but those tests DO violate UN Security Council Resolutions. The problem is, no one has done anything about it. Which brings me to my next point – the utter weakness and incompetence of the United Nations.
The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It’s not a friend to freedom. It’s not a friend even to the United States of America, where as all know, it has its home. And it surely isn’t a friend to Israel.
With President Obama in his final year, discussions have been swirling about an attempt to bring a security council resolution on the terms of an eventual agreement between Israel and Palestine. Let me be clear: An agreement imposed by the UN would be a total and complete disaster. The United States must oppose this resolution and use the power of our veto. Why? Because that’s not how you make a deal.
Deals are made when parties come to the table and negotiate. Each side must give up something it values in exchange for something it requires. A deal that imposes conditions on Israel and the Palestinian Authority will do nothing to bring peace. It will only further delegitimize Israel and it would reward Palestinian terrorism, because every day they are stabbing Israelis – and even Americans.
Just last week, American Taylor Allen Force, a West Point grad who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was murdered in the street by a knife-wielding Palestinian. You don’t reward that behavior, you confront it!
It’s not up the United Nations to impose a solution. The parties must negotiate a resolution themselves. The United States can be useful as a facilitator of negotiations, but no one should be telling Israel it must abide by some agreement made by others thousands of miles away that don’t even really know what’s happening.
When I’m president, believe me, I will veto any attempt by the UN to impose its will on the Jewish state. You see, I know about deal-making – that’s what I do. I wrote The Art of the Deal, one of the all-time best-selling books about deals and deal making. To make a great deal, you need two willing participants.
We know Israel is willing to deal. Israel has been trying to sit down at the negotiating table, without pre-conditions, for years. You had Camp David in 2000, where Prime Minister Barak made an incredible offer – maybe even too generous. Arafat rejected it.
In 2008, Prime Minister Olmert made an equally generous offer. The Palestinian Authority rejected it. Then John Kerry tried to come up with a framework and Abbas didn’t even respond, not even to the Secretary of State of the United States of America!
When I become President, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on Day One. I will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately. I have known him for many years and we will be able to work closely together to help bring stability and peace to Israel and to the entire region.
Meanwhile, every single day, you have rampant incitement and children being taught to hate Israel and hate the Jews. When you live in a society where the firefighters are the hero’s little kids want to be firefighters.
When you live in a society where athletes and movie stars are heroes, little kids want to be athletes and movie stars. In Palestinian society, the heroes are those who murder Jews – we can’t let this continue. You cannot achieve peace if terrorists are treated as martyrs. Glorifying terrorists is a tremendous barrier to peace.
In Palestinian textbooks and mosques, you’ve got a culture of hatred that has been fermenting there for years, and if we want to achieve peace, they’ve got to end this indoctrination of hatred. There is no moral equivalency. Israel does not name public squares after terrorists. Israel does not pay its children to stab random Palestinians.
You see, what President Obama gets wrong about deal making is that he constantly applies pressure to our friends and rewards our enemies. That pattern, practiced by the President and his administration, including former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has repeated itself over and over and has done nothing but embolden those who hate America. We saw that with releasing $150 billion to Iran in the hope that they would magically join the world community – It’s the same with Israel and Palestine.
President Obama thinks that applying pressure to Israel will force the issue, but it’s precisely the opposite. Already, half the population of Palestine has been taken over by the Palestinian ISIS in Hamas, and the other half refuses to confront the first half, so it’s a very difficult situation but when the United States stands with Israel, the chances of peace actually rise. That’s what will happen when I’m president.
We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem – and we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the state of Israel.
The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable. They must come to the table willing and able to stop the terror being committed on a daily basis against Israel and they must come to the table willing to accept that Israel is a Jewish State and it will forever exist as a Jewish State.
Thank you very much, its been a great honor to be with you.”