Wednesday, April 11, 2018 -- Ryan Retires, Who's In Control, Good News, Never Again

Ryan Retires
 
House Speaker Paul Ryan announced this morning that he will not seek reelection this November, and will retire from Congress at the end his current term. 
 
It is no secret that Ryan has not enjoyed his time as speaker.  He reluctantly accepted the job after John Boehner resigned, and he can hardly be described as an enthusiastic supporter of President Trump's agenda.
 
Ryan's retirement isn't doing his party any favors.  With just over 200 days until the November election and no candidate, it could be difficult for the GOP to hold his seat. 
 
My friends, I won't sugarcoat this:  I am not giving up on the House, but saving the majority is becoming increasingly difficult.  Radical House Democrats will impeach President Trump if Nancy Pelosi becomes speaker.
 
Please stand with me right now!
 
There are many important Senate races too.  Here's why the Senate majority matters so much:  Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Justice Neil Gorsuch's swearing-in as the newest member of the Supreme Court.  Soon there will be three justices on the high court 80 years-old and older.
 
The most important thing President Trump can do to defend our values is make the right appointments to the courts.  And he is doing that!
 
But to restore balance to the courts, we must have a majority of senators willing to confirm the president's judicial nominees.
 
We must elect more pro-Trump conservatives to the Senate in 2018!
 
 
 
Who's In Control?
 
One of the biggest lies often repeated in the media is "Republicans control everything in Washington and look how little they have done."  Sadly, I occasionally hear this from frustrated conservatives. 
 
I am constantly pushing Republican leaders to be more aggressive, and I will continue to do so.  But, my friends, we must not give in to despair and fake news.
 
President Trump has accomplished a great deal already.  His appointment of Neil Gorsuch saved the Second Amendment.  It also improved our chances of protecting religious liberty and limiting abortion.  Trump dramatically cut taxes and enacted the first major tax reform since Reagan.  He is also rebuilding our military. 
 
But it is a tremendous distortion to say Republicans "control everything in Washington." 
 
As I have noted before, you cannot effectively control the Senate unless you have 60 votes due to the filibuster rule.  Without changing that rule, which I believe should be jettisoned, the current GOP majority of 51 votes is not enough to get everything done.  But let's put that aside.
 
How many times has President Trump tried to do something only to have the left run to the nearest courtroom for an injunction?  Clearly, Republicans do not control the courts.  Obama packed them with left-wing activists.  Trump has a chance to change that, but it takes time.
 
Then there is the DC bureaucracy and the Deep State.  Enough said.
 
The media has been called the "Fourth Estate," meaning the fourth branch of government.  We rightly believe a free and fair press is an essential check on government.  But the media are anything but fair.  They are cheerleaders for the left and attack dogs against the right.
 
There are big problems beyond Washington.  America's educational system, at all levels, is producing indoctrinated liberals. 
 
Just look at polling of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30, those who grew up in the Obama era.  For eight years, they heard Obama apologize for America, berate our past, attack law enforcement, etc. 
 
The polling shows this is the least patriotic generation in history.  Do you think the least patriotic generation is going to vote for the Republican Party? 
 
Even American sports, which used to be a bastion of patriotism, is being pulled down into the leftist quagmire. 
 
Millions of Americans said we dodged a bullet when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.  I said that too. 
 
But the battle for the heart and soul of America isn't over.  There is a massive counterattack underway.  We must fight back!  
 
 
 
Good News
 
My friends, the news isn't all bad.  President Trump is making progress, and it is imperative we protect these hard-won gains this November.  Here is some encouraging news I want to share with you. 

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against the left's delaying tactics.   He warned senators that if the stalling doesn't stop, he will keep the Senate in session non-stop, working through weekends in order to get Trump's nominees confirmed.
  • House conservatives are threatening top Justice Department officials with contempt charges and even impeachment unless they fully cooperate with oversight demands.
  • China's president made a big concession when he announced plans to reduce tariffs on U.S. cars.  Trump welcomed the announcement, but demanded action not just rhetoric.
  • The federal bureaucracy is shrinking.
  • Trump signed a memo ordering the end of "catch and release" for illegal immigrants.
  • The Arizona Supreme Court ruled unanimously that in-state tuition breaks for illegal immigrants is unconstitutional.  That means Arizona colleges will no longer discriminate against American citizens from other states in favor of illegal immigrants.
  • Ground was broken this week on the first stretch of the border wall.
  • President Trump welcomed the players from the University of Alabama football team to the White House yesterday to celebrate their latest national title.  Nobody took a knee.  Instead, several players on the multiracial team huddled around the president to pray for him and our nation.

 
 
 Holocaust Remembrance Day

Events marking Holocaust Remembrance Day began this evening in Israel.  It is a day of reflection on the unthinkable, remembering that Adolf Hitler and his national socialists murdered six million Jews, one-third of the world's Jewish population.  
 
Today also happens to be the 73rd anniversary of the Allied liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.  To comprehend the horrific extent of the Holocaust, consider this:  More than 70 years later, the world's Jewish population has yet to fully recover

It is hard to imagine that such evil could ever occur again.  But today the lessons of the Holocaust are fading.  Sadly, we regularly see reports of anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses.  Anti-Semitism is spreading again throughout Europe, even becoming stylish among some of its left-wing elites.
 
And, of course, there is the radical regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, denies the first Holocaust while routinely promising a second Holocaust through the annihilation of Israel.  He did so again just last week.

But there is good news. Millions of Christians are standing with the Jewish people. Together, we will defend Judeo-Christian civilization and fight persecution whatever its source. NEVER AGAIN!

 

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