Trump vs. Obama : A Vision of America
“According to the uber-liberal New York Times, Donald Trump’s keynote address last week was designed to terrify voters. He said we face ‘poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad.’ But President Obama does not buy Mr. Trump’s allegations; instead he paints an optimistic picture. Talking Points is in business to put forth the truth so here it is. 69% of Americans are unhappy with the direction of the country, a direct repudiation of President Obama’s point of view. Americans believe that a stagnant economy is making it very difficult for workers to increase their salaries. The majority of Americans also believe that disorder both at home and around the world is putting them in danger. Donald Trump has capitalized, saying he will make things better. Hillary Clinton seems to mostly support President Obama’s vision, but does acknowledge the economic problem. Higher taxes and massive income redistribution will not stimulate the economy, so Mrs. Clinton is going to have to deal with that and separate herself from the Obama machine. Many in the Democratic Party support open borders, which means the consequences of illegal drug importation, illegal aliens committing crimes and higher competition for low wage jobs will continue. On the foreign front, President Obama’s decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq led to the rise of ISIS. His failure to destroy Assad’s air force in Syria after drawing a red line over poison gas has directly led to millions of refugees storming into Europe. President Obama’s failure to confront Putin in Russia has directly led to chaos in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, the Iranian nuke deal has increased the power of the mullahs, the Libya debacle has given ISIS a foothold in that country, the Chinese are expanding in southeast Asia, and Afghanistan is now a sanctuary for the Taliban and for ISIS terrorists who killed 80 people over the weekend in Kabul. The list goes on. Back home, race relations are worse than at any time since the 1960s. The far-left has run wild under President Obama, selling a narrative that America is a bad country dominated by white supremacy. Political correctness is destroying free speech and giving power to charlatans who are clogging the court system with frivolous law suits. Again, Talking Points could go on for hours. So Donald Trump may be terrifying voters with his rhetoric, but his warnings are based in reality, are they not? All of what I have just laid out is in-stone truth. And that has led to the rise of a strong-man politician, Donald Trump. The Democratic Convention this week will seek to counter Mr. Trump. We’ll see if it succeeds.”
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Full text: Donald Trump 2016 RNC draft speech transcript
By POLITICO Staff
07/21/16 06:21 PM EDT
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Remarks as prepared for delivery according to a draft obtained by POLITICO Thursday afternoon.
Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.
Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace. We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order.
Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.
Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.
I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.
The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.
It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation.
I will present the facts plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.
So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths the Democrats are holding their convention next week.
But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.
These are the facts:
Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement.
Homicides last year increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60% in nearby Baltimore.
In the President’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And more than 3,600 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.
The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year. Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.
The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.
One such border-crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska. There, he ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root. She was 21 years-old, and was killed the day after graduating from college with a 4.0 Grade Point Average. Her killer was then released a second time, and he is now a fugitive from the law.
I’ve met Sarah’s beautiful family. But to this Administration, their amazing daughter was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders. What about our economy?
Again, I will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper: Nearly Four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58% of African American youth are not employed. 2 million more Latinos are in poverty today than when the President took his oath of office less than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely.
Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000. Our manufacturing trade deficit has reached an all-time high – nearly $800 billion in a single year. The budget is no better.
President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing. Yet, what do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are in Third World condition, and forty-three million Americans are on food stamps.
Now let us consider the state of affairs abroad.
Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another. We all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by their Iranian captors at gunpoint.
This was just prior to the signing of the Iran deal, which gave back to Iran $150 billion and gave us nothing – it will go down in history as one of the worst deals ever made. Another humiliation came when president Obama drew a red line in Syria – and the whole world knew it meant nothing.
In Libya, our consulate – the symbol of American prestige around the globe – was brought down in flames. America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.
I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets. Her bad instincts and her bad judgment – something pointed out by Bernie Sanders – are what caused the disasters unfolding today. Let’s review the record. In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map.
Libya was cooperating. Egypt was peaceful. Iraq was seeing a reduction in violence. Iran was being choked by sanctions. Syria was under control. After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have? ISIS has spread across the region, and the world. Libya is in ruins, and our Ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers. Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control. Iraq is in chaos.
Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West. After fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before.
This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness.
But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them. A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes. Tonight, I will share with you my plan of action for America.
The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. This will all change in 2017.
The American People will come first once again. My plan will begin with safety at home – which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order. On the economy, I will outline reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth that can be used to rebuild America.
A number of these reforms that I will outline tonight will be opposed by some of our nation’s most powerful special interests. That is because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit.
Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.
That is why Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change. My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned.
I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice.
I AM YOUR VOICE.
I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.
When innocent people suffer, because our political system lacks the will, or the courage, or the basic decency to enforce our laws – or worse still, has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash – I am not able to look the other way.
And when a Secretary of State illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form and faces no consequence – I know that corruption has reached a level like never before.
When the FBI Director says that the Secretary of State was “extremely careless” and “negligent,” in handling our classified secrets, I also know that these terms are minor compared to what she actually did. They were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible crimes.
In fact, her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious crime and getting away with it – especially when others have paid so dearly. When that same Secretary of State rakes in millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers I know the time for action has come.
I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves. Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance.
But his supporters will join our movement, because we will fix his biggest issue: trade. Millions of Democrats will join our movement because we are going to fix the system so it works for all Americans. In this cause, I am proud to have at my side the next Vice President of the United States: Governor Mike Pence of Indiana.
We will bring the same economic success to America that Mike brought to Indiana. He is a man of character and accomplishment. He is the right man for the job. The first task for our new Administration will be to liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities.
America was shocked to its core when our police officers in Dallas were brutally executed. In the days after Dallas, we have seen continued threats and violence against our law enforcement officials. Law officers have been shot or killed in recent days in Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan and Tennessee.
On Sunday, more police were gunned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three were killed, and four were badly injured. An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans. I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: when I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order our country.
Donald Trump tests the teleprompters and microphones on stage at the start of the final day of the Republican National Convention.
I will work with, and appoint, the best prosecutors and law enforcement officials in the country to get the job done. In this race for the White House, I am the Law And Order candidate. The irresponsible rhetoric of our President, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone.
This Administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them at every level.
When I am President, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally, and protected equally.
Every action I take, I will ask myself: does this make life better for young Americans in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson who have as much of a right to live out their dreams as any other child America?
To make life safe in America, we must also address the growing threats we face from outside America: we are going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS. Once again, France is the victim of brutal Islamic terrorism.
Men, women and children viciously mowed down. Lives ruined. Families ripped apart. A nation in mourning.
The damage and devastation that can be inflicted by Islamic radicals has been over and over – at the World Trade Center, at an office party in San Bernardino, at the Boston Marathon, and a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBT community. As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. To protect us from terrorism, we need to focus on three things.
We must have the best intelligence gathering operation in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terror.
This includes working with our greatest ally in the region, the State of Israel. Lastly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.
My opponent has called for a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country under President Obama. She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people.
Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be.
Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.
On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw. They are just three brave representatives of many thousands. Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.
These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was Sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel? Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly?
These wounded American families have been alone. But they are alone no longer. Tonight, this candidate and this whole nation stand in their corner to support them, to send them our love, and to pledge in their honor that we will save countless more families from suffering the same awful fate.
We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities. I have been honored to receive the endorsement of America’s Border Patrol Agents, and will work directly with them to protect the integrity of our lawful immigration system.
By ending catch-and-release on the border, we will stop the cycle of human smuggling and violence. Illegal border crossings will go down. Peace will be restored. By enforcing the rules for the millions who overstay their visas, our laws will finally receive the respect they deserve.
Tonight, I want every American whose demands for immigration security have been denied – and every politician who has denied them – to listen very closely to the words I am about to say.
On January 21st of 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced. We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone.
But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens. My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton. Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief.
Yet Hillary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty, mass immigration, and mass lawlessness. Her plan will overwhelm your schools and hospitals, further reduce your jobs and wages, and make it harder for recent immigrants to escape from poverty.
I have a different vision for our workers. It begins with a new, fair trade policy that protects our jobs and stands up to countries that cheat. It’s been a signature message of my campaign from day one, and it will be a signature feature of my presidency from the moment I take the oath of office.
I have made billions of dollars in business making deals – now I’m going to make our country rich again. I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great ones. America has lost nearly-one third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997, following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Remember, it was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA, one of the worst economic deals ever made by our country.
I am going to bring our jobs back to Ohio and to America – and I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way, without consequences.
My opponent, on the other hand, has supported virtually every trade agreement that has been destroying our middle class. She supported NAFTA, and she supported China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization – another one of her husband’s colossal mistakes.
She supported the job killing trade deal with South Korea. She has supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP will not only destroy our manufacturing, but it will make America subject to the rulings of foreign governments. I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and independence. Instead, I will make individual deals with individual countries.
No longer will we enter into these massive deals, with many countries, that are thousands of pages long – and which no one from our country even reads or understands. We are going to enforce all trade violations, including through the use of taxes and tariffs, against any country that cheats.
This includes stopping China’s outrageous theft of intellectual property, along with their illegal product dumping, and their devastating currency manipulation. Our horrible trade agreements with China and many others, will be totally renegotiated. That includes renegotiating NAFTA to get a much better deal for America – and we’ll walk away if we don’t get the deal that we want. We are going to start building and making things again.
Next comes the reform of our tax laws, regulations and energy rules. While Hillary Clinton plans a massive tax increase, I have proposed the largest tax reduction of any candidate who has declared for the presidential race this year – Democrat or Republican. Middle-income Americans will experience profound relief, and taxes will be simplified for everyone.
America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world. Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country. Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all. Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it. We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy. This will produce more than $20 trillion in job creating economic activity over the next four decades.
My opponent, on the other hand, wants to put the great miners and steel workers of our country out of work – that will never happen when I am President. With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country.
This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans – We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow. This, in turn, will create millions more jobs. We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice.
My opponent would rather protect education bureaucrats than serve American children. We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again. And we will fix TSA at the airports! We will completely rebuild our depleted military, and the countries that we protect, at a massive loss, will be asked to pay their fair share.
We will take care of our great Veterans like they have never been taken care of before. My opponent dismissed the VA scandal as being not widespread – one more sign of how out of touch she really is. We are going to ask every Department Head in government to provide a list of wasteful spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days. The politicians have talked about it, I’m going to do it. We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution.
The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election. My opponent wants to essentially abolish the 2nd amendment. I, on the other hand, received the early and strong endorsement of the National Rifle Association and will protect the right of all Americans to keep their families safe.
At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community who have been so good to me and so supportive. You have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits.
An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views.
I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans. We can accomplish these great things, and so much else – all we need to do is start believing in ourselves and in our country again. It is time to show the whole world that America Is Back – bigger, and better and stronger than ever before.
In this journey, I’m so lucky to have at my side my wife Melania and my wonderful children, Don, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron: you will always be my greatest source of pride and joy. My Dad, Fred Trump, was the smartest and hardest working man I ever knew. I wonder sometimes what he’d say if he were here to see this tonight.
It’s because of him that I learned, from my youngest age, to respect the dignity of work and the dignity of working people. He was a guy most comfortable in the company of bricklayers, carpenters, and electricians and I have a lot of that in me also. Then there’s my mother, Mary. She was strong, but also warm and fair-minded. She was a truly great mother. She was also one of the most honest and charitable people I have ever known, and a great judge of character.
To my sisters Mary Anne and Elizabeth, my brother Robert and my late brother Fred, I will always give you my love you are most special to me. I have loved my life in business.
But now, my sole and exclusive mission is to go to work for our country – to go to work for all of you. It’s time to deliver a victory for the American people. But to do that, we must break free from the petty politics of the past.
America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics.
Remember: all of the people telling you that you can’t have the country you want, are the same people telling you that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight. No longer can we rely on those elites in media, and politics, who will say anything to keep a rigged system in place.
Instead, we must choose to Believe In America. History is watching us now.
It’s waiting to see if we will rise to the occasion, and if we will show the whole world that America is still free and independent and strong.
My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: “I’m With Her”. I choose to recite a different pledge.
My pledge reads: “I’M WITH YOU – THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.”
I am your voice.
So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m With You, and I will fight for you, and I will win for you.
To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise: We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And We Will Make America Great Again.
For the rest of this article and others, see: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/full-transcript-donald-trump-nomination-acceptance-speech-at-rnc-225974
Great meeting Thursday evening with a large turnout for a July meeting in Highlands County! Clear evidence of the growing interest in our outstanding Republican candidates and the upcoming elections!
Highlights included the County Commission District 3 Candidate Forum with excellent speeches by Ron Handley and Madge Stewart, Republican candidates for County Commission District 3. HCREC Vice Chairman Virgil Beato served as emcee for the forum and led the very interesting and entertaining Q & A session.
Other highlights of the meeting included a video presentation with comments by Jack Nelson and a very positive update by Jason Biance on the proposed 1/2 cent sales tax increase to support the Highlands County school system. A resolution by the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee to support the proposed 1/2 cent sales tax increase was voted on and passed unanimously! For additional information on this important issue, see: http://www.highlands.k12.fl.us/sbhc/halfcentsalestax.html
An additional highlight of the meeting was the addition of the latest new member to the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee. County Commissioner Jack Richie became an official member of the HCREC in a brief ceremony administered by Highlands County Republican Chairman Kathy Rapp.
The Highlands County Republican Executive Committee has openings for additional new members in several precincts. Your support and involvement is needed now. To find out more about the HCREC, contact one of our board members or see http://www.highlandscounty.gop/hcrec
For those who missed the news, Chairman Rapp is heading up to Cleveland Sunday to serve as Highlands County’s only delegate and one of 99 members of the Florida delegation to the Republican National Convention.
The next Highlands County Republican meeting will be Thursday August 11th at 6:30 PM (optional dinner from 5 – 6:30 PM) at the Sebring Elks Lodge. Make plans to attend and to invite family and friends to attend with you. The upcoming elections are absolutely crucial. Florida is a must win state if Republicans are to regain the White House and Make America Great Again! Volunteers are needed in all areas for the critical get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts. You can volunteer online today at http://www.highlandscounty.gop/volunteer
France Terrorist Attack Is -Shocking and Barbaric, but Not Surprising
Last night, a 19-ton truck plowed into those watching the Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, France. It drove one mile, zigzagging down the packed boardwalk at full speed, before the driver jumped out and was killed in a firefight with French police. Additional weapons were found in the back of the truck.
The attack killed 84 people, though the number may grow. At least two are Americans and 10 children are among the dead, with 50 also injured.
The attack is shocking and barbaric, but much about it is unsurprising.
The perpetrator of the terrorist attack was a French Tunisian named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old with a long history of skirmishes with the law.
We also cannot be too surprised by the mode of attack. The idea of using a vehicle as a form of weapon has been suggested by both al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS in the past.
“Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car,” ISIS’ external operations emir Abu Mohammed al-Adnani implored in an audio message from September 2014 calling for attacks in the West.
This idea actually came to an American citizen in the United States in 2006. Inspired by al-Qaeda, Mohammed Taheri Azar injured nine at the University of North Carolina by running over students on campus with his SUV.
It is also unsurprising that it is France that—once again—is suffering. The country has endured a horrendous 18 months.
Just over a month ago, I wrote about the latest Islamist attack on French soil. Yet think of Charlie Hebdo and the Amedy Coulibaly’s attacks in the following days; the Paris massacre; Tarek Belgacem and Bertrand Nzohbonayo launching separate attacks on police stations; Ayoub el-Khazzani, the shooter on the Thalys train to Paris; Sid Ahmed Ghlam’s murder of a woman and his plan to attack churchgoers only being thwarted when he accidentally shot himself in the leg; soldiers targeted outside a mosque and Jewish community center attacked in two separate incidents earlier this year. The frequency of attacks is truly disturbing.
What these attacks all have in common, other than being Islamist-inspired, is that none were prevented by good detective work or intelligence gathering. They all slipped under the radar.
A parliamentary commission recently called for an overhaul of the French intelligence services in response to recent failures. Debate over this will continue; of course, it is hard to stop an attack when all a terrorist has to do is hire a truck and hit the accelerator. Even allowing for this, though, too many attacks are still happening. Clearly, something is not working.
Much work will be done in the coming days. Whether Bouhlel had a broader network around him is an obvious place to start. There will also likely be yet more police raids. France was about to end its post-Paris induced state of emergency; that has now been postponed. A consideration of how to improve both intelligence and integration policy seems inevitable. Attempts to defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq, and Libya will likely be stepped up.
We must give futility its chance on all this, of course, and some good will hopefully come of it.
Still, no one believes for a second that will be the end of the terrorist onslaught. And there is a concerning follow-up thought to this. Perhaps France has simply hit the limits of its capacity to prevent terrorism. And perhaps the rest of the West is fresh out of ideas as to what to do next.
For the rest of this article and others, see: http://dailysignal.com/2016/07/15/france-terrorist-attack-is-shocking-and-barbaric-but-not-unsurprising/
What an outstanding Republican Candidate Forum at the Sebring Civic Center Monday evening! Thanks to each Republican candidate who took the time to speak and to personally meet and greet and to answer questions. Thanks also to all of the HRWN officers and volunteers for hosting and for all of the good food and logistics to make this event successful.
HRWN President Kathy Rapp welcomed everyone and set the stage and County Commissioner Don Elwell was superb as the guest emcee for the event. His entertaining comments and actions to keep the program and speakers on point and on schedule were very well-received. Candidates who each spoke for five minutes included the two Republican candidates for Highlands County Superintendent, William F. “Pep” Hutchinson III and Dr. Brenda K. Longshore, the three Republican candidates for Highlands County Sheriff, Paul A. Blackman, James Fansler, and James S. Jimmy Sottile, and the two Republican candidates for County Commission District Three, William R. “Ron” Handley and Madge DeLois Stewart.
Highlands County Trump Campaign Co-chair Gil Santavenere served as an able spokesman for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Gil outlined the very strong reasons for supporting the presumptive nominee and the very compelling reasons to defeat the presumptive Democratic nominee.
The Highlands County REC does not endorse or take sides in a Republican Primary Election. All are encouraged to become educated on the candidates before you vote.
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From the RPOF – The Fast Five: This Week’s Key RPOF Points
Special Edition on FBI Findings on Hillary
Top Five Hillary Clinton Email Lies
LIE NO. 1: Clinton originally claimed she had used “one device” for “convenience” to access her emails, but the FBI found she used “several different servers” and “multiple mobile devices” to access her email.
LIE NO. 2: Hillary Clinton has repeatedly said she turned over all work related emails, but the FBI said she failed to turn over “several thousand” work-related interviews.
LIE NO. 3: Despite Clinton claiming there “was no classified material,” the FBI found Clinton sent or received over 100 emails containing classified material at the time these messages were transmitted.
LIE NO. 4: While Clinton claimed her server was secure, the FBI found that it is “possible that hostile actors” gained access.
LIE NO. 5: Despite Clinton saying a thorough search was conducted and nothing was deleted, The FBI found that individual emails were not individually reviewed by Clinton’s lawyers in full and the devices were wiped clean.
- Clinton used an email system less secure than Gmail with no archiving features and did so in the territory of sophisticated hostile actors, thus “it is possible hostile actors gained access”
- Clinton failed to turn over thousands of work-related email messages.
- Clinton’s lawyers wiped personal devices to preclude forensic investigations to be comprehensively completed.
- Clinton sent/received TOP SECRET information that was classified at the time they were sent or received.
- Clinton sent/received over 100 messages that were classified at the time they were sent or received.
The FBI Director made an indictment on Clinton’s judgment, honesty, and preparedness to be commander in chief.
The FBI confirmed what we’ve long known: for the last 16 months, Hillary Clinton has been staring into cameras and lying to the American people.
The FBI director confirmed that Hillary Clinton showed bad judgment, was reckless with classified information, and endangered our national security. She is disqualified from being president.
The FBI director confirmed that she sent and received over 100 messages that were classified at the time they were sent or received. Hillary Clinton knowingly used personal email for classified information and lied about it repeatedly.
Hillary Clinton lied about not having classified information, that her email was not allowed by state, that she turned over all work emails, that she wanted a single device, and that her email server wasn’t breached. If Hillary Clinton’s lips are moving she’s probably lying.
How can we trust that Clinton is out for anyone but herself when nearly every single talking point Hillary Clinton has given to the American people over the past 16 months has been an outright lie? These actions are disqualifying for someone who wants to be president.
When you factor in that Clinton directed this server be established just to cover up a tangled web of donors, State Department actions and her family foundation, we must ask ourselves if this is the kind of leadership we want in the White House.
The notion that Obama and Biden are campaigning with Clinton this week is an endorsement of her reckless and disgraceful actions.
This administration’s behavior will leave the American people second guessing that this was a fair and honest process. Whether it be Obama meeting with Lynch immediately following his endorsement, or Lynch’s secret rendezvous with Bill Clinton on a tarmac – this administration’s actions have been questionable at best.
This wouldn’t have been an issue had Hillary Clinton followed the law like everybody else and used a State Department account. Instead, Hillary Clinton set up a system for herself to evade the established rules because she didn’t want people to know what she was doing.
Time and again, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated a recklessness that puts her own interests above that of the country and it is ridiculous that she won’t have to face the consequences for her actions.
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The Boarding Pass:
Your First Look at The Week Ahead July 5, 2016
Washington Post: For 15 minutes on Tuesday morning, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was on some very rocky footing. FBI Director James Comey was listing off his bureau’s findings from its now-concluded investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, and it wasn’t looking good.
Washington Examiner: Hillary Clinton won’t face criminal charges for what FBI Director James Comey described as “extremely careless” handling of classified information, but she might not be entirely out of the woods. “To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences,” Comey told reporters on Tuesday. “To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
CNN: President Barack Obama will give Hillary Clinton a lift on Air Force One Tuesday when they fly to North Carolina for their first joint campaign appearance. Clinton’s presumptive Republican opponent repeatedly criticized the move Monday and Tuesday. “Taxpayers are paying a fortune for the use of Air Force One on the campaign trail by President Obama and Crooked Hillary. A total disgrace!” Trump tweeted.
Daily Mail: The call came in late May, just weeks before Ramadan began: ISIS told supporters to make the Holy period ‘with God’s permission, a month of pain for infidels everywhere’. That call has turned what should have been four weeks of peace and charitable giving into a bloodbath which has spread from Florida to the Philippines, leaving more than 800 dead at the hands of Islamic State’s supporters across the globe.
Fbi’s Findings Prove Hillary Lied
Florida GOP: The findings of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s wrongful use of a secret email server confirm why she is unqualified to be commander in chief. Her continued poor judgment in handling top secret, classified information and willingness to go around the law for personal convenience is a complete disregard for the office and American people she represented. Furthermore, the FBI’s findings shows that Hillary’s explanation to her use of a secret server is a complete and direct contradiction to the truth. She may not be indicted by a grand jury but this stunning admission by the FBI to her blatant disregard for the rules set up to protect national security will convict her in the court of public opinion.
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From The Highlands Sun
“…rockets’ red glare…”
The skies above Highlands County will be lit up this weekend with fireworks in celebration of Independence Day. The flashy colors of “rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air” will be mirrored in the lakes over which fireworks will be launched.
Family day celebrations are planned and dinner/dances will be held throughout the holiday weekend, all to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Here are some of the highlights that should not be missed.
• Saturday, July 2 –– Lake Placid fireworks will be fired up at 9 p.m., hosted by the local Jaycees. The fireworks will blast off from the Lake June Park beachfront and can be seen almost everywhere over the east end of Lake June-In-Winter.
• Sunday, July 3 –– Sun ‘N Lake Improvement District in Sebring will host an Independence Day celebration beginning at 5 p.m. and ending with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. The event will be held at the Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club and Island View Lakefront Restaurant at 5223 Sun ‘N Lake Blvd. The cost is $3 per person with children under 2 admitted free with a paid adult. Be sure to take a blanket or lawn chairs for the fireworks show.
• Monday, July 4 –– Avon Park Jaycees will host a fireworks show at 9 p.m. The launch site will be at Donaldson Park and the fireworks will shine over Lake Verona. Take a chair or a blanket and mosquito repellent to enjoy the show.
• Monday, July 4 –– Sebring’s fireworks are set to launch at 9 p.m. from a barge anchored near City Pier beach on Lake Jackson. The display can be seen almost anywhere around Lake Jackson. Organizers say that businesses, residents and the efforts of Mayor John Shoop will make this the biggest and best show yet. Donations are still being accepted for the show. Checks can be made out to the City of Sebring and mailed to 368 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, FL 33870.
• A longtime tradition in Lake Placid will be revived Saturday, July 2, with a family fun day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeVane Park, hosted by the local Jaycees chapter. There will be booths set up around the circle with fun activities, three-legged races and fun contests. A patriotic dog costume competition is sure to be a delight. Food will be available for purchase by local nonprofit organizations.
A Miss/Mr. Firecracker Pageant, hosted by Wagon Wheel Design Co., will be open to youngsters ages 2-18. The pageant will be at the gazebo in the center of the park at 10 a.m. The competition is divided by age, from Tiny Mr./Miss Firecracker, ages 2-4; Little Mr./Miss Firecracker, ages 5-7; Little Jr. Miss Firecracker, ages 8-10; Jr. Miss Firecracker, ages 11-14; and Miss Firecracker, ages 15-18. Competitors will receive a T-shirt and winners will be awarded a crown and sash. There is no entry fee. Call Shannan Towell at 863-699-1884 for registration.
• Lake Placid Elks Lodge will observe Independence Day with a special dinner and dance Saturday, July 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. An All-American menu of barbecue ribs and sides will be served until 7 p.m. Dancing to the music of the Shannon Reed Band will follow. Tickets are $15 and includes dinner and the dance. Purchase tickets at the Elks Lodge at 200 C.R. 621 East.
• The Sun ‘N Lake Improvement District’s celebration Sunday, July 3, will feature a Kid Club Carnival area with inflatables, face painting, balloons and games. Music by The Shannon Reed Band and Belanger Media Group will keep the place rockin’. A corn-hole tournament will take place at 5 p.m.; there is limited space so call to register at 863-385-4830. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Avon Park’s Relay for Life team will have a dunk tank. OneBlood will have the bloodmobile on-site, too. There will be plenty of All-American food for purchase. Food and merchandise will be cash only. The first 500 entrants will receive a glow necklace.
• On Monday, July 4 American Legion Post 25 in Lake Placid will host a picnic and live music by the Redneck Joe Band from 4-7 p.m. The legion is at 1490 U.S. 27 N. For more information call 863-465-0975.
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