Tuesday, March 17, 2020

KGTP Newsletter - 17 March 2020

Fellow Members of the King George TEA Party:
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  The next monthly KGTP meeting will be Thursday 2 April.

OK, so yes, the KGTP Newsletter is a week and a day late.  I had to go on travel last week and was unable to access my computer.  Not to worry, however, for there is lots of news below to review.

The topic of immediate discussion whenever anyone gets together now is the COVID-19 / coronavirus and the potential for being exposed.  I honestly believe that the most damaging effect has been to our American economy, as evidenced by the stock market's slide.  What I do appreciate during these conversations, however, is objective perspective and this article is about the only one I have come across to do so:

"An example: there were 34,200 deaths in the United States during the 2018–19 influenza season, estimates the CDC. We did not shut down public events and institutions to try to slow the spread of the flu. Yet we have already destroyed $5 trillion in stock market wealth over the last few weeks in the growing coronavirus panic, reports The New York Times, wiping out retirement savings for many."

Compared to what?

For those wanting to keep score… here is an authoritative source for some real data on the COVID-19 casualties:

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

The other hot-button topic is the progress the Virginia candidates have had for the Republican primary for U.S. Senate (to unseat Mark Warner).  As you will recall, we hosted Daniel Gade during our February meeting.  Now that both Gade and Speciale have cleared their first hurdle in getting qualified to run, the primary competition will begin in earnest.

Daniel Gade Passes RPV "Pre-Check" for U.S. Senate Primary

Thomas Speciale Passes RPV "Pre-Check" for U.S. Senate Primary

With regards to the Democrats, it is probably a safe bet to say that Mr. Gafftastic himself, Joe Biden, will be their 2020 presidential nominee.  Joe really did Donald Trump a favor this week when he belligerently responded to a pro-gun voter's question as the reaction from the average citizen watching the exchange will be very damaging to Biden.  Here is a quote from the NRA video made highlighting this exchange and a couple of news articles about it as well:

"I have a message for gun-grabbing politicians: Your belligerent behavior has no place in government and you will never, I mean never, touch our guns."

Union Worker Responds to Biden's Threat Against "AR-14"

'You will never touch our guns': Autoworker involved in viral argument with Biden featured in NRA ad

Firearm Manufacturer gifts very special Biden AR-14 to Michigan auto worker (photos)…

Firearms Manufacturer Gives "AR-14" to Worker in Viral Biden Gun Video

The trends from the other news stories below can be summarized in a few points:
  • Federal deregulation gives way to commercial capabilities in order to best combat COVID-19
  • Chuck Schumer should get "red flagged" over his threats against SCOTUS
  • Losing gun rights in Connecticut, Illinois, and New Orleans: Totalitarians Gotta Total
  • Warning: Virginia to give illegal aliens driver's licenses
  • Chinese propaganda and Chinese illegal aliens are on the rise


From the top article below:

"However, a curiously significant chunk of the fact sheet involved slashing government regulations.  In a section of the document titled 'Empowering Healthcare Providers,' for instance, the White House states '[t]he President's emergency declaration will give healthcare providers on the front lines of this pandemic the flexibility they need to respond.'  That flexibility comes, mostly, by getting the government out of the way."

If All These Regulations Have To Be Suspended To Treat COVID, Why Do We Have Them in the First Place?

Trump Suspends 1938 Road Law, Gives Truckers Green Light To Move Emergency Supplies

Trump careful to safeguard freedom amid coronavirus response, says Trump campaign legal advisor

American Ingenuity: As Feds Struggle to Make COVID Tests, Free Enterprise Saves the Day

Why States 'Governing Themselves' During The Coronavirus Outbreak Is A Good Thing

8 big things that passed in the final hours of a historic General Assembly session in Virginia

A Self-Inflicted Crisis

How Government Red Tape Stymied Testing and Made the Coronavirus Epidemic Worse

GOP Senator pushing legislation to reduce pharmaceutical dependency on China: 'We are dependent on them'

Gavin Newsom To "Commandeer Property" cuz Wuhan

SCOTUS Mulls Power of Administrative State in Obama-Era Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Congress Quietly Repeals More of Obamacare

University of Texas orders faculty to undergo training on law that criminalizes sex jokes

California's Gig Economy Is Under Attack 

Don't Bail Out the Insurance Giants with Big Government Price Controls

National Debt / Its the Spending, Stupid!

From the top article below:

"Wind, solar, battery and biofuel alternatives are simply not clean, green, renewable or sustainable. The Clean Economy Act represents greenwashing, virtue-signaling and government control at their worst. It replaces reliable, affordable electricity with expensive, unreliable power. Simply declaring, as this legislation repeatedly does, that all these actions are "in the public interest" does not make it so.  Eliminating fossil fuel electricity means lighting, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, computing and other costs will soar – for families, hospitals, schools, churches, businesses, factories and government agencies. Local, state, US and global environmental impacts will skyrocket, with no climate benefits."

Virginia's 'Clean Economy Act' Will Have Dirty Results

Had Enough? Californians Turn Down Higher Taxes, Debt

HB 1499 Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund; created.


From the top article below:

"The coronavirus is widely expected to slow economic growth this year, although the impact may be short-lived if the outbreak is contained or fizzles out after a few months. The Labor Department said there was no sign that the outbreak had hurt employment in February. The strength of the labor market, however, may bolster the economy's ability to withstand the pressure."

Blowout: U.S. Economy Added 273,000 Jobs in February

Frank Gaffney: Trump Must Stop $500 Billion Federal Pension Fund from Investing in China

Patriotism / America First

From the top article below:

"'I just think there's just too much intense hatred that I've never seen before or witnessed in my lifetime,' Nola continued. 'I think when push comes to shove, we're all Americans and we all will stick together when we need to, so why can't we do it now? We all get one vote and so when we go vote — whoever gets the most wins. It's just like playing ball or something, you know?'"

Pro-Trump Restaurant Owners Attacked, Fellow Trump Supporters Show Them They're Not Alone

First Amendment / Freedom of Speech / Freedom of Religion

From the top article below:

"'President Donald J. Trump reminded the entire country that throughout its history, the United States has looked to God for strength and protection in times like these,' Graham said. 'The President is right—and we need to call on God now. We need to pray that He would protect us from this virus that is turning the world upside down and gripping the hearts of men and women with fear.'"

Franklin Graham Thanks President Trump for National Day of Prayer

Much to Liberals' Horror, Trump Declares Nat'l Day of Prayer as We Look 'to God for Protection & Strength'

Google and YouTube are State Actors

Federal Court Rules School District Was Right in Firing High School Coach for Silently Praying on 50-Yard Line After Football Games

Triggered Leftists Shout 'Separation of Church and State!' as Trump Calls for Prayer

Second Amendment / Right to Keep and Bear Arms

From the top article below:

"When a political party teaches its followers to hate the other side, things are not likely to end well.  If Trump is re-elected, I fear that the party of Marx, Lenin, Alinsky, and Obama will quietly turn loose its dogs of war in a seditious attempt to destabilize America, to make it "ungovernable" until Democrats regain power.  If that happens, widespread anarchy will follow.  And that's why I bought my law-abiding sons AR-15s and enough ammunition to defend themselves — and their country — against a possible bloody insurrection incited by a once-honorable party that has betrayed the constitutional republic it swore to protect and defend."

Why I Bought AR-15s for My Sons

Gun Restrictions Poised to Trigger Conservative Wave in 2020 Virginia Elections

Virginia to Force Anyone Who Buys Any Firearm to Undergo Background Check

Last-second gun-control bills pass Virginia Senate, head to Northam's desk

Gun Owners of America Applies for a Red Flag Order for Senator Charles Schumer

Gun Owners of America uses Alinsky tactics against Sen. Chuck Schumer

Gun Rights Champion Mark Robinson Wins Republican Nomination For NC Lieutenant Governor

Ken Buck Has a Message for Beto, Biden: You Want My AR-15? 'Come and Take It!'

NM Gov Signs Red Flag Law Tells Opposing Sheriffs to Resign

Two 10 Year Old Boys Arrested On Felonies For Playing With Toy Guns in Colorado

New Jersey security guard arrested over licensed gun, legal ammo

Sheriff: Inmate's filing of red flag petition shows issues with law

Conn. lawmakers want to expand 'red flag' gun confiscation law

Connecticut Gov Revises Unconstitutional Coronavirus Executive Order After Backlash

Banning the Sale of Firearms and Ammunition Because of Wuhan Virus? An Illinois Mayor Just Signed an Executive Order to Do It

Illinois Mayor Assumes Emergency Powers to Ban the Sale of Firearms and Alcohol

Illinois Mayor Issues Coronavirus Order Allowing Ban on Gun Sales

New Orleans Mayor Issues Coronavirus Order Allowing Ban on Sale, Transportation of Firearms

Joe Biden Confirms He Is Coming for Your Gun if It Is an 'Assault Weapon'

1st-Time Gun Ownership Reportedly Spikes as Anti-Gunners Realize 2nd Amendment Freedom Is Vital

Pro-Gun Software Developer Killed In Police Raid

Did Maryland Police Shoot And Kill A Sleeping Man?

Fourth Amendment / Right to Privacy

From the top article below:

"'I [Rand Paul] have proposed that we do something really extraordinary, and for a few days we just use the Constitution," Paul told CQ Roll Call. "It's a very radical idea, but I think the republic can survive with no FISA and just the Constitution.'"

'I hope we don't have an attack this weekend' — FISA tools to expire before Senate takes up renewal

Your Personal Location Data Is Being Sold to the Government, and It's Worse Than You Thought

Abortion / Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

From the top article below:

"The idea that abortion exists to protect women from truly horrible life events or dangerous health problems or that it should be safe and rare is gone. The reason abortion is making headlines again – and that Sen. Chuck Schumer is openly threatening Supreme Court justices – is because Democrats are challenging a Louisiana law that tries to keep women safe from abortionists such as Kermit Gosnell."

The hideous face of abortion extremism

California Throws The Books At Undercover Reporter Who Exposed Baby Body Trafficking

Nancy Tried To Sneak Abortion Funding into COVID Bill

Corruption / Rule of Law

From the top article below:

"Michael Bloomberg made a stunning admission last month during his second appearance in a Democratic presidential primary debate. Speaking in defense of his new identity as a member of the Democratic Party, he said, 'All of the new Democrats that came in, put Nancy Pelosi in charge, and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I b . . . bought . . . I got them.'  Indeed he did. He bought them."

Deep Pocket Democrats Intend to Buy Congress

Federal judge orders Hillary Clinton deposition to address private emails: 'Still more to learn'

Federal Judge Orders Hillary Clinton Deposition

Fitton: Victory! Court Orders Hillary Clinton Deposition on Emails, Benghazi Attack Documents

President Trump Blasts Corrupt FBI, DOJ For 'Conveniently Losing' Flynn's Records – Says He is "Strongly Considering a Full Pardon"

Monstrous Lie Behind CrowdStrike

Revealed: Several Connections Discovered Between Guccifer 2.0 and Obama's White House

The carbon capture con

Buried From Trump Tower Meeting: Translator Telling FBI 'No Collusion'

National Sovereignty / Border Security / Illegal Alien Invasion

From the top article below:

"Securing driver's licenses for illegal aliens has been a nationwide initiative by the open borders lobby as part of an effort to prevent large populations of illegal aliens from ever being turned over to federal immigration officials and thus avoiding deportation from the United States."

Virginia Democrats Prepare to Give Illegal Aliens 'Driver Privilege Cards'

Super Tuesday State Electorates Rapidly Changed by Mass Immigration

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls on illegal immigrants to fill out 2020 census

Illegal immigrants are voting in California and 'it's going to happen in your state soon': Tomi Lahren

15 Miles of New Border Walls Slated for Construction in Texas

328 Chinese Nabbed Trying To Enter U.S. Illegally At Southern Border

Border Security Apprehend 1,657 Chinese Nationals Crossing Southern Border Since October

Growing number of Chinese immigrants smuggled through San Diego border

Trump moves forward with cutting off funds to sanctuary cities: 'Do not protect criminals!'

Divided Supreme Court rules illegal immigrants can't be shielded from ID theft prosecution

SCOTUS: States Can Prosecute Illegal Aliens for Stealing American IDs

More Migrants Deported than Apprehended at Border over Last 5 Months, Say Feds

President Trump to Begin Withholding Federal Funding from Sanctuary Cities

Conservatism / Capitalism

From the top article below:

"Bazelon's article ironically shows that originalism has a powerful appeal that no amount of editorializing can squelch. Contrary to Bazelon's claims, it has been around since the early republic. As James Madison stated: 'I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution.' It continues to exert a hold on popular sentiment: That's the reason that all sides in the Donald Trump impeachment debate, as in the Bill Clinton impeachment debate, appealed to original meaning. Today, this tradition and common sense are reinforced by scholars and judges more than at any time in the last century. We do not yet have a fully originalist legal culture, but the currents are moving in that direction."

The Empire Strikes Back Against Originalism

Standing Strong on the Constitution

Socialism / Creeping Socialism

From the top article below:

"A critical tenet of Socialism is collectivism, which is antithetical to the version of democracy practiced in the American republic since the Constitution was enacted.  The US version of democracy insists that (with some exceptions), the rights of the individual are superior to the rights of the collective or the government.  But in 1887, three decades before Woodrow Wilson became President, he wrote an essay trying to fool the American public about Socialism."

America Has Been Slipping Toward Socialism For 100+ Years

Back to the USSR

Environmentalists Don't Want a Clean Economy – They Want a Communist Economy

De Blasio says federal government should take ownership of 'crucial factories and industries' to combat coronavirus

Censorship / Social Media Censorship

From the top article below:

"Assuming a glorious Republican victory in 2020, the first thing Congress should do is repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  This act immunizes online platforms for defamatory, fraudulent, or otherwise unlawful content that users put on those platforms.  However, if the tech companies are going to control user content, then they're publishers and should not be immune to suit."

It's time to address how social media giants are censoring Republicans

Facebook Removes Trump Campaign Ads – Saying They Violate Their Census Policy

Denial / Deception / Propaganda / Social Engineering

From the top article below:

"Now, I believe that he should tweet more, and find even more ways to subvert the press to get his message out, and to do so with all the passion and bombacity he has ever shown.  Why the change of heart?  Because of this past Sunday, March 15, 2020.  I saw firsthand what the press is willing to do to stoke the panic in this country over a virus that while certainly dangerous, is not likely to approach plague level death, even in those countries most affected."


How Big Tech Could Shift Votes Away From Trump Without Americans Even Noticing

10 Ways the Left Has Politicized the Coronavirus Pandemic

Exclusive – Marco Rubio: China's Shameless Coronavirus Pandemic Propaganda Campaign

The American media is in a Chinese finger-trap

Trump Campaign Files Multi-Million-Dollar Defamation Lawsuit Against CNN Over Russia Collusion Claims

As Trump Spoke, Stocks Soared, But CNN Won't Tell You That

Liberal Hack Reporters Deliberately Use Half of President Trump's Quote in Conference Call with Governors on Coronavirus in Order to Cause Panic

Historian: I Warned The 1619 Project's Author She Was Wrong About The Revolutionary War

NYT Admits, at Last, That Its 1619 Project Is Wrong

'It's Indoctrination': Civil Rights Activist Explains The Dangers Behind NYT '1619 Project'

NY Times reporter: "disdain for and distrust of the media right now is worse than I've seen at any point throughout this presidency"

Attacks Against Conservatives

Schumer to Kavanaugh and Gorsuch: 'You Will Pay the Price' – 'Won't Know What Hit You' if You Make 'Awful Decisions'

Donna Brazile Meltdown: Shouts 'Go To Hell!' at RNC's McDaniel, Alleges 'Russian Talking Points'

North Carolina Bojangles' Manager Shut Out Trump Supporters After Rally

Now a Democratic Official Supports Idea of Infecting Trump Supporters with Coronavirus

No apologies from Denver city council member who endorsed spreading coronavirus at Trump rallies

Study: Peers, as Much as Faculty, Responsible for Harassment of Conservatives at Colleges

Turning Point USA Activist Attacked at Evergreen State College

UChicago coed threatened with violence for saying socialism more dangerous than coronavirus

Coed Receives 'Onslaught' of Hate, 'Threats of Violence' for Saying Socialism More Dangerous Than COVID-19

Hollywood in the Trump Era: Conservatives Not Welcome

'I was blacklisted': Antonio Sabato Jr. says supporting Trump ended his acting career. He now works in construction.

Lawsuit: Twitter Blacklisted Data Analyst Who Researched Fake Accounts

Elections / Vote Integrity

From the top article below:

"'We've identified what we call the California model,' said president and co-founder of the Election Integrity Project California (EIPCa), Linda Paine.  'There is a pattern that began to become very clear... it's bad laws that weaken integrity in the process, it's bloated voter rolls with no mechanism to remove those who are ineligible to register to vote, and then it's people willing to step through the weaknesses in the laws and manipulate the system,' she said on Fox Nation's 'No Interruption with Tomi Lahren.'"

Women behind election integrity group dismiss critics, raise alarm over 2020 vote

Michigan absentee voters can spoil ballot, get new one if candidate drops out

Virginia GOP cautioned by California Republicans about redistricting commission

Pittsburgh County Sued Over Dead, Duplicate Registrants on Voter Rolls


Watch Why People Are 'Fleeing California' – It Ain't Pretty

As always, I welcome any questions or comments you may have.

James Hull
King George TEA Party
King George, Virginia

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