Thoughts On The Republican Convention, #1. “I conclude, not without some reluctance, that the Wall Street Journal’s Bill McGurn is right: the best case for Donald Trump is this: the alternative is Hillary Clinton.”
My fellow Americans, I believe we have come to another rendezvous with destiny,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP vice-presidential nominee, told the crowd at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. “This is another time for choosing.”
Pence was referring to Ronald Reagan’s famous 1964 “A Time for Choosing ” speech on behalf of Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, an address so important in conservative circles that it is known simply as “The Speech.” It was an apt analogy. Goldwater went down in defeat that year, but the speech made Reagan an overnight star in the conservative firmament — and launched him on the path to the presidency and undisputed leadership of the conservative movement.
Last night may have been Mike Pence’s “Time for Choosing” moment.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) sought to claim the Reagan mantle with his convention address, hoping that his eloquence would make delegates think — as they did after a defeated Reagan addressed the convention in 1976 — that “we nominated the wrong man.” But unlike Reagan in ’76, Cruz refused to endorse the rival who vanquished him — and got booed off the stage as a result.
Pence, by contrast, had the crowd in Quicken Loans Arena enthralled. His speech was the first moment all week that both Trump loyalists and Trump skeptics (of which there are many here) appeared, at least for a moment, to be united.
His address was Reaganesque — from the memorable zingers and the self-deprecating jokes to the twinkle in his eye and his “aw shucks” delivery. Sharing his family story, he declared “If Dad were with us today, I have a feeling he’d enjoy this moment and probably be pretty surprised.” He delivered a brilliant dissection of Hillary Clinton as the candidate who “literally personifies the failed establishment in Washington, D.C.” The Democrats, Pence declared, “are about to anoint someone who represents everything this country is tired of. You know, Hillary Clinton wants a better title. And I would, too, if I was already America’s secretary of the status quo.” To struggling American workers, he declared: “They tell us this economy is the best that we can do. It’s nowhere near the best that we can do. It’s just the best that they can do.”
It was not long before the crowd was chanting “We like Mike!”
Pence’s oratory had many asking: Where did this guy come from? In fact, Pence has been a quiet hero in conservative circles for many years. As a member of the House, he won plaudits for his political courage opposing spending measures during the George W. Bush administration when Republicans were in charge of Congress. He was one of the only elected officials to address tens of thousands of activists at a tea party rally outside the Capitol in 2009.
In 2012, many conservatives were urging him to run for president — and had he done so he would almost certainly have had his moment as front-runner and a real shot at the nomination in that weak field. But he decided that he wasn’t ready, that he needed executive experience. So he ran for Indiana governor instead, where he built an impressive record as a conservative reformer. Not a lot of people would have had the humility to make that decision.
Being Donald Trump’s running mate will not be easy — a challenge became apparent Wednesday night. In his speech, Pence declared that “Donald Trump will rebuild our military and stand with our allies.” But on that very day Trump gave an interview to the New York Times in which he questioned whether he would come to the defense of NATO allies if they were attacked by Russia, violating the fundamental tenet of NATO’s charter, which holds that an attack on one is an attack on all.
To conservatives who question his decision to join the Trump ticket, Pence had a ready answer: “While we’re filling the presidency for the next four years, this election will define the Supreme Court for the next 40. We all better think very, very carefully about what this means for our Constitution and limited government. Elect Hillary Clinton, and you better get used to being subject to unelected judges using unaccountable power to take unconstitutional actions.” Everything from the right to life, to the right to keep and bear arms, to the rule of law depends on making sure Clinton does not get to select the replacement for the late justice Antonin Scalia, Pence said.
If Trump wins, Pence will be a much needed conservative voice inside the White House. And if Trump loses, Pence could emerge as the leader who can pick up the pieces and unite a divided Republican Party while putting it back on the hopeful, optimistic path of the Reagan Revolution.
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For years, liberal purveyors of hate & folly have advanced the specious argument that racism is a “white disease,” from which black people are genetically, socially, morally, and spiritually immune.
Seemingly Intelligent people from various ethic backgrounds and educational levels have endorsed this heathen myth, which regrettably forms the basis for dysfunctional thinking such as that espoused by presumptive Democrat Party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, in a statement released following the slaughter of five white police officers in Dallas Texas on July 7.
As reported, Clinton decided to blame the white race for the mayhem in Dallas and issued a “holier than thou,” demand for all white people to repent and surrender.
Mind you, this coming in response to a brutal slaughter of white police by “black lives matter” assassins
During an interview on CNN, Clinton blamed white people for how poorly blacks feel they’re being treated in our country. Worse yet, she demanded we all change to suit the demands coming from groups like Black Lives Matter.
“I will call for white people, like myself, to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families who fear every time their children go somewhere, who have to have ‘The Talk,’ about, you now, how to really protect themselves [from police], when they’re the ones who should be expecting protection from encounters with police,” Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“I’m going to be talking to white people, we’re the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries coming from our African-American fellow citizens,” she added.
She then mentioned the recent shooting of a black man during a traffic stop. While all of the facts of the incident aren’t yet known, Hillary’s made up her mind about what happened.
“We’ve got to figure out what is happening when routine traffic stops, when routine arrests, escalate into killings … Clearly, there seems to be a terrible disconnect between many police departments and officers and the people they have sworn to protect,” she said.
Clinton conspicuously failed to mention the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” debacle which turned out to be a complete fabrication within the black community, and which, if white law enforcement had listened as Clinton demanded, could have led to even greater disasters in Ferguson and other venues trying to sort through the violent racial carnage.
Further proof of the fact that blacks are perfectly capable of racism and racially-based murder came to the fore on Sunday, July 17, when BLM thugs killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, LA and injured several others.
Claiming that “Blacks cannot be racist” is as wrong-headed and dangerous as the liberal blather coming from the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton which holds that Islam has “absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with global terrorism.”
Both are false narratives based on an ideology which values political correctness more than human life!
Both need to be expunged from the American lexicon NOW!
Judge Barry G. Williams once again handed the Freddie Gray lynch mob a decisive defeat, shredding the prosecution’s case against Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking police officer targeted by the mob.
Judge Williams stated firmly that, the court “cannot be swayed by sympathy, prejudice or public
opinion.” Instead he insisted that it had to follow the law. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who became a national figure by heading the Freddie Gray lynch mob, did not even bother to show up. She knew what was coming. And she had no interest in following the law.
Unlike Mosby, who quickly became a national figure by championing the prosecution of six police officers after the accidental death of Freddie Gray, a drug dealer injured while being transported to the police station, or Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who supported giving the Baltimore rioters and looters supposedly angry over Gray’s death “space to destroy”, Williams remains strictly local.
And there’s a very good reason for that. It’s the same reason why the media that helped cause the Baltimore riots with their non-stop coverage of the Freddie Gray death haven’t been covering the trials.
Not only is their Freddie Gray hoax being destroyed, trial by trial, based on the lack of evidence, but the destroyer is an articulate and principled African-American judge. Worse still, Judge Williams had prosecuted police misconduct cases for the Justice Department. And when he takes apart the Gray hoax, as he has done in multiple trials, it’s from the standpoint of a uniquely qualified expert. You can see why the media is staying away.
The better part of Judge Williams’ verdicts can be summed up as laying out all the ways in which the prosecution failed to prove its case, did not even bother to prove its case or did not even understand what case it was trying to prove. As in Officer Nero’s verdict where Williams politely mentions that, “In order to convict the defendant of any of the charges under the theory of accomplice liability, the state would have to prove that a crime occurred… The state’s theory from the beginning has been one of negligence, recklessness and disregard for duty and orders by this defendant. There has been no information presented at this trial that the defendant intended for any crime to happen.”
This is the judge’s concise explanation that the prosecution has no idea what it’s talking about. You can see why Marilyn Mosby hasn’t been bothering to show up.
The legal case against the six officers consisted of speculation, assumptions and innuendo. The case was baseless, but the fix was in from the White House to the residence of Baltimore’s mayor, and a bad judge would have let it pass. From the start, Judge Barry Williams insisted on sticking to the facts.
The law enforcement officers targeted by #BlackLivesMatter in the Freddie Gray hoax were black and white. Judge Williams treated them all fairly. He kept asking the prosecution the tough questions and the right questions, whether it was in the case of Officer Caesar Goodson, who is black, or Officer Edward Nero, who is white.
After Goodson’s trial, both men embraced. And Goodson was in attendance to hear Lt. Brian Rice’s verdict and then shook his hand in a fine example of blue lives solidarity across racial lines.
And meanwhile Judge Williams continued to stand up for the truth. He dismissed the prosecution’s “rough ride” meme in Goodson’s case as an “inflammatory term”. He asked the entirely common sense question, “If the doctors are not clear as to what would be happening at this point in time, how would the average person or officer without medical training know?”
In the latest case, he wondered whether the fact that Rice didn’t put on Gray’s seat belt made him, “guilty of these crimes”. And he insisted, above all else, that the facts had to be there. He would not rule based on assumptions or insinuations. He would not be a judicial activist. Instead, he said, “As the trier of fact, the court can’t simply let things speak for themselves.”
Judge Williams has destroyed the Freddie Gray hoax by asking one question after another. By demanding to see the evidence and by following the law. Despite his devastating statements in court, he has sought no publicity and done no interviews on the case. Instead he did something that is at once ordinary and extraordinary. He did his job.
It’s why he will never be a national figure.
But Judge Williams is not the only African-American hero who shut down the Freddie Gray hoax. There was yet another courageous figure who will also never achieve a national profile because she did the right thing.
Detective Dawnyell Taylor was the lead detective in the Freddie Gray investigation. The prosecution handed her four pages to read to the grand jury right before her appearance. Detective Taylor found inaccurate and distorted statements there. Prosecutors then prevented her from answering questions and didn’t want her case notes on the investigation. So she turned them over to the defense. The notes included a medical examiner’s statement to her that Freddie Gray’s death was a “freakish accident, and that no human hands can cause this” despite claiming at trial that it was homicide.
The prosecution attempted to silence her again, but Judge Williams allowed her to testify.
In a disturbing moment in the courtroom, a member of the prosecution team insisted that she had been removed from the investigation. Detective Taylor replied, “You made the request, but you don’t have the authority to remove me.” That moment summed up the corrupt machinery at work in Baltimore.
The Freddie Gray hoax was a rigged game. It took courage to expose it. And that’s what Judge Williams and Detective Taylor did. Despite the threat of riots and warnings of more violence, they did their jobs. Despite the damage to their careers for opposing the agenda of the national and local governments, they stood up for the truth. Despite the encouragement of the media, they did what was right.
The Freddie Gray hoax has made national figures out of hacks like Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, but has left the heroes like Judge Barry Williams and Detective Dawnyell Taylor in the dark. And that is something that we should remedy.
Despite the claims of racism, the Freddie Gray hoax was fought in a mostly black city between black officials. Even half the police officers charged in the case were black. The Freddie Gray case came down not to black or white, but to telling the truth and doing the right thing. And we should remember that despite what we often see on the news, despite the riots and the murders of police officers, there were African-American heroes in Baltimore who stood between the #BlackLivesMatter lynch mob and the police.
Source: Sultan Knish