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https://www.greatagain.gov/

Trump's new site as President Elect - click the link above, scroll down, and click on "SHARE YOUR IDEAS". Other news as well.

"My Dad"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=rVzJBEYtFKU

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The Presidential Transition

November 06, 2016 • Making News

There is both disruption and continuity in a presidential transition. Thankfully, a support structure of career staff and their agencies stands ready to assist the presidential transition teams BEFORE the election and the incoming administration after the votes have been counted.

In 2010, Congress passed the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act to provide major party presidential candidates with support and services after their nominating conventions. This law added to a range of services that are provided by the government to the presidential campaigns. Here’s some places to turn to for help.

The General Services Administration has provided logistical support, including office space, to the president-elect’s transition team since 1963. Under the 2010 law, eligible campaigns don’t need to wait until Election Day to move their transition teams into secure federal space. Republican Mitt Romney received support in 2012. This year will be the first election in which two candidates will receive pre-election support from GSA.
The Office of Government Ethics processes financial disclosure reports for the incoming executive branch political appointees.
The Department of Justice manages the security clearance process and ensures that the FBI can conduct background investigations on new appointees who require security clearances.
The Office of Personnel Management conducts background investigations for lower-level positions following the election and provides guidance to agencies as they prepare for thousands of departing and incoming political appointees.
The National Archives and Records Administration helps ensure that outgoing officials follow records requirements. NARA also is responsible for removing historical documents from the White House before the next president moves in.

Campaigns don’t need to search for federal resources, though. Congress mandated GSA to create a Presidential Transition Directory, which was launched online last fall to help eligible 2016 presidential candidates get quick and easy access to key resources about the federal government’s structure and policies related to presidential transition. You can access the directory here.

More resources are available to transition teams—including templates, timelines and guidance—in our own Center library.

The “transition service providers” all play a critical role in the transition process. Last summer, the Center for Presidential Transition started a series of meetings with representatives from these agencies. Getting support teams together early and often helps federal service providers share information and create strategies and solutions.

Thanks to the work of this group, the next president’s transition team will be better supported than ever before.

First Posted on Center for Presidential Transition



Help Wanted: 4,000 Presidential Appointees

November 06, 2016 • Making News

More than 4,000 political appointees, many of whom hold important leadership and policymaking positions, will be heading out the door next year with the change in administrations. Finding qualified people to fill these jobs is an enormous undertaking, but it is critically important to making the federal government work effectively for the American public.

There are four basic types of appointments:

  • Presidential Appointments with Senate Confirmation (PAS): There are 1,212 senior leaders, including the Cabinet secretaries and their deputies, the heads of most independent agencies and ambassadors, who must be confirmed by the Senate. These positions first require a Senate hearing in addition to background checks and other vetting.
  • Presidential Appointments without Senate Confirmation (PA): There are 353 PA positions which make up much of the White House staff, although they are also scattered throughout many of the smaller federal agencies.
  • Non-career Senior Executive Service (NA): Members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) work in key positions just below the top presidential appointees, bridging the gap between the political leaders and the civil service throughout the federal government. Most SES members are career officials, but up to 10 percent of the SES can be political appointees. (For more information see the Office of Personnel Management’s website.) There are 680 non-career members of the SES.
  • Schedule C Appointments (SC): There are 1,403 Schedule C appointees who serve in a confidential or policy role. They range from schedulers and confidential assistants to policy experts.
Source: Plum Book, Government Printing Office, December

Among other things, the chart below shows high numbers of PAS positions in the State and Justice Departments. That’s due to the hundreds of ambassadors, U.S. Attorneys, and U.S. Marshals, all of whom require Senate confirmation. You can also see that nearly a third of the total number of PA positions are concentrated in the Executive Office of the President.

The scale and breadth of the task of making so many critical appointments is daunting, and underscores the need for transition teams to get started early in order to fully staff the leadership of the next administration.



First Posted on Center for Presidential Transition

The Offices and Agencies Supporting the Transition

November 09, 2016 • Making News

Ensuring the smooth transition of presidential power has been a democratic hallmark of the United States for more than 200 years.

In 2015, Congress reinforced the importance of transition planning with the passage of the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015, which was signed into law in May of 2016. This new law built on the reforms of the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010, which provided major party candidates with office space and services immediately following party nomination to ensure continuity of government and to protect the institutions of the United States.

The Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015 established the White House Transition Coordinating Council and an Agency Transitions Director Council. These councils facilitate information sharing between candidates and agencies, provide guidance to federal agencies to prepare for a smooth transition of power, and create an integrated strategy for addressing interagency responsibilities. This Council is co-chaired by the Federal Transition Coordinator at the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and comprised of senior career officials from 21 agencies, to manage day-to-day agency transition activities. In addition, each agency designates a senior career executive to oversee transition activities, and identifies career executives to fill political appointments in an acting capacity during critical vacancies.

Following the July nominating conventions, each candidate’s transition teams were provided the use of facilities and related services to prepare for the coming change in government. These teams focused on the development of their candidate’s policy agenda and personnel, readying for a role of governing.

During the 73-day period between Election Day and Inauguration Day, the President-Elect will deploy Agency Review Teams to each federal agency to ensure a smooth transition between administrations. Simultaneously, the incoming administration will identify, vet, and select candidates for approximately 4,100 presidential appointments. Numerous announcements for key positions will occur during the transition period, while nominations of individuals for Senate-confirmed appointments, confirmation of nominees, and appointments to positions not requiring Senate confirmation will begin after January 20, 2017.

The smooth transition of power is an enormous task given its size and complexity, with the added challenge of numerous domestic and global issues demanding attention. The Presidential Transition process can be viewed as a great protector of the democratic process.

On January 20, 2017, the Trump Administration will be ready to hit the ground running due to the planning and hard work that has been underway since the Conventions.


And more....
 

Be Well

may all be well
Lots of info on this site, I'll copy some.


Below is for those who want to help in his transition team or work in his administration (hey some of you!!!):

https://www.greatagain.gov/serve-america.html



Serve America

Thank you for your interest in learning about the process for joining the President Elect’s transition effort. Please find below the information regarding the application process and instructions.

President Elect Trump has promised to change Washington, DC and that will start with identifying and recruiting the finest men and women from across the country to serve in his Administration. Any individual who wishes to serve the Administration should utilize this online application in order to participate.

The President Elect will make appointments for a variety of positions throughout the federal government; some will require Senate confirmation, while others will not. Appointments that require Senate confirmation include the Cabinet, subcabinet, members of regulatory commissions, ambassadorships, judgeships, as well as members of numerous advisory boards.

VARIABLES TO CONSIDER

Service in the Trump-Pence Administration will be service to our Nation and thus a high honor, which demands both sacrifice and dedication. There are many factors to consider:


  • The time commitment is significant and the pace is fast
  • Appointments and jobs of the Trump-Pence Administration are demanding, and the application process is rigorous
  • President Elect Trump appreciates your interest and willingness to serve.

For most applicants under serious consideration:

A full FBI background check in which an applicants history of employment, personal, travel, medical, financial, legal, military and education background will likely take.

Consideration is taken for possible conflicts of interest. Financial holdings and sources of income must be disclosed.Any conflicts must be remedied by divestiture, the creation of special trusts, and other actions.

Many appointees’ dealings with the Federal government both during and for a period of time after their service will be significantly restricted to prevent possible conflicts of interest.

APPLYING TO WORK IN THE ADMINISTRATION

All those wishing to apply for positions in the Trump-Pence Transition, Executive Office of the President, or a Federal Department, Agency or Commission should follow the instructions below:

  • Complete the online application and submit it electronically.You will be notified electronically once your information has been received.A record of your application will be maintained while the President is in office, and you will be considered for the position(s) or subject area(s) which you have expressed interest in whenever openings occur.
  • You will be asked fill out a Personal Data Statement if you are considered for a specific position. You will be asked about possible conflicts of interest deriving from your sources of income; all aspects of your personal and professional life, including organization which you belong or once belonged; speeches you may have given and books, articles and editorials you may have written; legal, administrative and regulatory proceedings to which you may have been a party; in short, anything that might embarrass the President or you if he should choose you for a position in his administration.
  • If you are considered for a nomination by the President Elect, you will be asked to complete FBI and financial disclosure forms for review and consideration. The types of forms you may be required to fill out are as follows: for National Security Positions (SF86) and for higher-level positions, the financial disclosure form, (SF278).Most appointees are required to file financial disclosure statements annually during their term of service.
  • If Senate confirmation is required for the position you are nominated for, the Senate committee that reviews those nominations may ask you to provide additional information.

One should assume that all of the information provided during this process is ultimately subject to public disclosure, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
 

Be Well

may all be well
I can't copy the whole site, and obviously new things and news will be added. I will just copy a few more pages of the site.

https://www.greatagain.gov/policy/defense-national-security.html

Defense & National Security


America’s stature in the world is determined by its values, prosperity and might. Donald Trump understands how a strong, prosperous economy underwrites military might, and how a strong, robust military secures our way of life and the fruits of our economy. Mr. Trump recognizes that we cannot tackle challenges, especially threats to our security, unless we define the problem in a way that American resources and instruments of power can be applied against them.

To this end, Mr. Trump recognizes the long-term threat posed to our nation and our allies by radical ideologies that direct and inspire terrorism. A Trump Administration will be committed to both immediate and sustainable actions to counter the threats posed by these radical ideologies. A Trump Administration also recognizes the uniquely catastrophic threats posed by nuclear weapons and cyber attacks. Mr. Trump will ensure our strategic nuclear triad is modernized to ensure it continues to be an effective deterrent, and his Administration will review and minimize our nation’s infrastructure vulnerabilities to cyber threats. Mr. Trump will be a strong Commander-in-Chief befitting our American men and women in uniform, and ensure their sacrifices will only be made in operations that safeguard the interests of the American people and our allies, and that their service will be honored as they enter the ranks of veterans.


https://www.greatagain.gov/policy/immigration.html

Immigration

“In several years, when we have accomplished all of our enforcement goals – and truly ended illegal immigration for good, including the construction of a great wall, and the establishment of our new lawful immigration system – then and only then will we be in a position to consider the appropriate disposition of those who remain. That discussion can only take place in an atmosphere in which illegal immigration is a memory of the past, allowing us to weigh the different options available based on the new circumstances at the time.”

Donald J. Trump, August 31, 2016

A Trump Administration would execute on the following ten-point plan to restore integrity to our immigration system, protect our communities, and put America first:

  1. Build a Wall on the Southern Border
  2. End Catch-and-Release
  3. Zero Tolerance for Criminal Aliens
  4. Block Funding for Sanctuary Cities
  5. Cancel Unconstitutional Executive Orders & Enforce All Immigration Laws
  6. Suspend the Issuance of Visas to Any Place Where Adequate Screening Cannot Occur
  7. Ensure that Other Countries Take Their People Back When We Order Them Deported
  8. Finally Complete the Biometric Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System
  9. Turn Off the Jobs and Benefits Magnet
  10. Reform Legal immigration to Serve the Best Interests of America and its Workers
 

Be Well

may all be well
One more section, there is a lot more at the site.

https://www.greatagain.gov/policy/constitutional-rights.html

Constitutional Rights

Donald Trump understands the solemn duty that comes from the Oath of Office – swearing to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." He embraces the fact that the reason the Founders of this nation decided to adopt a written Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land for the first time in world history was to create a democratic form of government in which ordinary people would know the powers of government and the rights of the people. That is why the Constitution's 4,400 words were written in a way that ordinary Americans would read and understand them, and use a standard to hold public officials accountable.

As President, Donald Trump will fulfill that sworn duty, vetoing legislation that exceeds Congressional authority, taking actions as Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief that are consistent with his constitutional role, and nominating Judges and Supreme Court Justices who are committed to interpreting the Constitution and laws according to their original public meaning. He will defend Americans' fundamental rights to free speech, religious liberty, keeping and bearing arms, and all other rights guaranteed to them in the Bill of Rights and other constitutional provisions. This includes the Tenth Amendment guarantee that many areas of governance are left to the people and the States, and are not the role of the federal government to fulfill. The Constitution declares that as Americans we have the right to speak freely, share and live out our beliefs, raise and protect our families, be free from undue governmental abuse, and participate in the public square.
 

PghPanther

Veteran Member
Provide a social service program that drives people towards their own future independence and accomplishments..........don't use a system that enables them to be dependent on that service indefinitely and throughout generations..........

Enforce all laws.........you can't have a productive/quality of life in a society when we don't live by the laws of the land.

Assimilate only legal aliens who respect and want to learn our language, culture and obey our laws.

Fashion trade laws that stimulate economic production of goods and services in America first.

and my pet peeve to assure the above can be structured and maintained......

................require all citizens of legal age to pass a test on structure and function of our government and be paying taxes in order to vote.

A voter that is either ignorant or dependent on our government is the destroy of our country and its freedoms..........
 

Tristan

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Two off the top of my head:

First, appoint strong conservative Judges to the Supreme Court
Second, make election tampering a target for enforcement, starting with the election just held. Follow up on the reports of electronic voting machines swapping votes, dead voters, and non-citizen voting, and prosecute for the crimes committed.

I really believe if weren't for the vote tampering and ballot stuffing, the margin would have been even greater in Trump's favor.
 

Be Well

may all be well
Two off the top of my head:

First, appoint strong conservative Judges to the Supreme Court
Second, make election tampering a target for enforcement, starting with the election just held. Follow up on the reports of electronic voting machines swapping votes, dead voters, and non-citizen voting, and prosecute for the crimes committed.

I really believe if weren't for the vote tampering and ballot stuffing, the margin would have been even greater in Trump's favor.
That's not just your belief, it is a fact! I was thinking along the same lines, that messing with elections should not be a state business but feds, since federal positions are being elected on. Did you send that suggestion in?
 

Be Well

may all be well
Provide a social service program that drives people towards their own future independence and accomplishments..........don't use a system that enables them to be dependent on that service indefinitely and
throughout generations..........

Enforce all laws.........you can't have a productive/quality of life in a society when we don't live by the laws of the land.

Assimilate only legal aliens who respect and want to learn our language, culture and obey our laws.

Fashion trade laws that stimulate economic production of goods and services in America first.

and my pet peeve to assure the above can be structured and maintained......

................require all citizens of legal age to pass a test on structure and function of our government and be paying taxes in order to vote.

A voter that is either ignorant or dependent on our government is the destroy of our country and its freedoms..........
All social services other than veterans' should be state, not federal. Note his mention of the 10th Amendment, yeah!!!

And rule of law!!! He has said that many times.
 

Lavender

Veteran Member
As Donald Trump said when he first began to run for president, all people in this country illegally will be deported. That includes all people in this country illegally. Not just the criminals.

About 50,000,000 illegal aliens will be deported, because Donald Trump said he will honor our immigration laws. That is the main reason I voted for him.
 

AlfaMan

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Thanks for posting the link to greatagain.gov Great site-I suggested re-vetting all the soldiers taken in during the Obama administration, and redoing the clearances for any and all command level soldiers and anyone handling/commanding nuke units.
 
re: Supreme and other Courts:::::

Nominate those who understand what the US Constitution IS and why it's important not to legislate an agenda from the bench -

That alone might lighten the darkness of the last 8 years -
 
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Gercarson

Veteran Member
Get rid of the department of education - fire ALL college professors. Make it clear that we do not have separation of church and state - we have freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.
 

changed

Back to Eden Gardener
Lots of info on this site, I'll copy some.


Below is for those who want to help in his transition team or work in his administration (hey some of you!!!):

https://www.greatagain.gov/serve-america.html



Serve America

Thank you for your interest in learning about the process for joining the President Elect’s transition effort. Please find below the information regarding the application process and instructions.

President Elect Trump has promised to change Washington, DC and that will start with identifying and recruiting the finest men and women from across the country to serve in his Administration. Any individual who wishes to serve the Administration should utilize this online application in order to participate.

The President Elect will make appointments for a variety of positions throughout the federal government; some will require Senate confirmation, while others will not. Appointments that require Senate confirmation include the Cabinet, subcabinet, members of regulatory commissions, ambassadorships, judgeships, as well as members of numerous advisory boards.

VARIABLES TO CONSIDER

Service in the Trump-Pence Administration will be service to our Nation and thus a high honor, which demands both sacrifice and dedication. There are many factors to consider:


  • The time commitment is significant and the pace is fast
  • Appointments and jobs of the Trump-Pence Administration are demanding, and the application process is rigorous
  • President Elect Trump appreciates your interest and willingness to serve.

For most applicants under serious consideration:

A full FBI background check in which an applicants history of employment, personal, travel, medical, financial, legal, military and education background will likely take.

Consideration is taken for possible conflicts of interest. Financial holdings and sources of income must be disclosed.Any conflicts must be remedied by divestiture, the creation of special trusts, and other actions.

Many appointees’ dealings with the Federal government both during and for a period of time after their service will be significantly restricted to prevent possible conflicts of interest.

APPLYING TO WORK IN THE ADMINISTRATION

All those wishing to apply for positions in the Trump-Pence Transition, Executive Office of the President, or a Federal Department, Agency or Commission should follow the instructions below:

  • Complete the online application and submit it electronically.You will be notified electronically once your information has been received.A record of your application will be maintained while the President is in office, and you will be considered for the position(s) or subject area(s) which you have expressed interest in whenever openings occur.
  • You will be asked fill out a Personal Data Statement if you are considered for a specific position. You will be asked about possible conflicts of interest deriving from your sources of income; all aspects of your personal and professional life, including organization which you belong or once belonged; speeches you may have given and books, articles and editorials you may have written; legal, administrative and regulatory proceedings to which you may have been a party; in short, anything that might embarrass the President or you if he should choose you for a position in his administration.
  • If you are considered for a nomination by the President Elect, you will be asked to complete FBI and financial disclosure forms for review and consideration. The types of forms you may be required to fill out are as follows: for National Security Positions (SF86) and for higher-level positions, the financial disclosure form, (SF278).Most appointees are required to file financial disclosure statements annually during their term of service.
  • If Senate confirmation is required for the position you are nominated for, the Senate committee that reviews those nominations may ask you to provide additional information.

One should assume that all of the information provided during this process is ultimately subject to public disclosure, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

"latory proceedings to which you may have been a party; in short, anything that might embarrass the President or you if he should choose you for a position in his administration."


Well that eliminates me for a position in the administration.
 

JDSeese

Veteran Member

"latory proceedings to which you may have been a party; in short, anything that might embarrass the President or you if he should choose you for a position in his administration."


Well that eliminates me for a position in the administration.
Our president is not one easily embarrassed ;-)
 

Baloo

Veteran Member
To answer the OP--join the Administration to help MAGA. DW and I are hoping to -- say a prayer for us.
 

bbbuddy

DEPLORABLE ME
Get rid of the department of education, cut the EPA and put a harness on what they are allowed to meddle in. Return most power to the states.

Take a good look at the top military that obama got rid of, and reinstate those that were pushed out for their political views (refusing to go along with his agenda) with complete back pay and seniority over the brown nosers who replaced them.
 

Be Well

may all be well
I'm considering what suggestions I will send in. I definitely plan to send in some, but since so many people no doubt will and are responding, I want to think before I send in mine.
 

night driver

ESFP adrift in INTJ sea
That's not just your belief, it is a fact! I was thinking along the same lines, that messing with elections should not be a state business but feds, since federal positions are being elected on. Did you send that suggestion in?
Um, precisely which positions are being elected as Federal positions???

Electoral College Electors are State positions, since the State's voters select them.
Congresspersons are representatives of the State citizens and thus selected by them
Senators need to be selected by the State Legislatures so they can be recalled and replaced as needed, but at the moment they are State selected.

Your comment above shows a marked lack of understanding of Civics and American Government.

Unless of course I have missed a position or two.....
 

Be Well

may all be well
I do not vote for electors. I made a mark for Donald J. Trump and Art Robinson for Congress.

Electors are not directly elected by voters, candidates are. Electors are appointed, IIRC, by the states in some manner.

Election fraud whether by voters, election workers, voting machines or whatever should be a federal crime since outcomes can affect the federal government.
 

EastWest

Contributing Member
I do not vote for electors. I made a mark for Donald J. Trump and Art Robinson for Congress.

Electors are not directly elected by voters, candidates are. Electors are appointed, IIRC, by the states in some manner.

Election fraud whether by voters, election workers, voting machines or whatever should be a federal crime since outcomes can affect the federal government.
Totally agree BW on Election Fraud! A 10 year minimum sentence per count, you vote 15 times thats 150 years. States need to talk to one another about multiple state voters and apply the penalty. I’m quite sure a lot of the snow birds from the liberal North come down to the warm winter states and vote along with the illegals.

Election Fraud is Treason due to the fact we are supposed to be a government by the people for the people, Fraud subverts the will of the people..

Any government agency or office used to intimidate, discourage or destroy an individual exercising their rights should be a mandatory 10 year sentence as well. This should include politicians and bureaucrats alike, if they get ten years the removal from office part is self correcting.
 

MinnesotaSmith

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I went there, and posted this...

I went to Trump's site and posted this. (The site was increasingly unstable, so I cut short what I wanted to say.)

Hello. First, congratulations without limit to President-Elect Trump, whom I supported from the beginning of the primaries. Election night, I was reminded of nothing so much as what was said when the invasion of the USSR began in 1941; "All the world shall hold its breath". Thank God and the wisdom of the American people that he won. Now, of course, the real work begins.

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My advice begins with military/national security. First, go find Lt. Col. William Lind (USMC). He is undoubtedly the finest theorist in the nation on Fourth Generation warfare, which is our primary threat now, even ahead of China. Place him in the highest position you can for the whole of your administration, and America will almost certainly not lose a war during your time in office. (He is the author of the novel "Victoria", which I highly recommend.) Next, bring in Robert Spencer, Victor Davis Hanson and perhaps David Goldman as lower-level part-time advisors; you will never fail to be ahead of the Islamic threat.

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Next is something absolutely fundamental. Sir, you clearly understand that the Third World cannot be permitted any longer to mass-colonize America, not and have the heirs of the Founding Fathers still have a home in which to live. Further, your message in the primaries focused clearly on removing the economic impediments to happy, productive lives for loyal, native-born Americans. No one can doubt those. However, I wonder if you have been told the rest of that story.

Specifically, what goes into the rest of the demographic collapse in America, particularly marriage and illegitimate births. I strongly suggest having a private lunch with Dr. Stephen Baskerville. Subsequently, have someone you trust communicate with Philipp Longman, the Moxon fellow who wrote "The Woman Racket", the blogger Dalrock, Bernard Chapin, and/or Vox Day (Ted Beale). They will tell you what no one else quite will, and once they have convinced you, of how to tell Americans what you decide you need to tell them.

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Racially, I suggest QUIETLY (thru cutouts, with complete deniability) having someone in your administration talk to Jared Taylor and John Derbyshire (and perhaps Vox Day again). The VDare website is most instructive, as is the Color of Crime one.

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Educationally, have someone talk to Charlotte Iserbyt, John Taylor Gatto, Jaime Escalante, and Peter Brimelow. , The end of Education Degree holders (and anything they write or speak) being allowed in classrooms must end. So must Federal dollars for non-STEM college classes; if a major doesn't involve Calculus, tools while working outside, or medical work, it's likely a hobby. Aaron Clarey's book on college majors [Worthless]should be in every high school and college [career guidance center].

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Oh, and I suppose I should say what I am. I am a petroleum geologist, son of decorated [military officer combat veteran], and grandson of [an engineer on the Manhattan Project]. I am father to two four-year-old twins, and married.

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All the best to you, sir. There are those of us who would die for what you represent. Call on us when you need us. Yours, [Luke]

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I would have added: America MUST decertify Islam as a religion, and consider it legally the same as we did Naziism during WWII. Also, treat anyone who has ever belonged to the NEA as Education degree holders, e.g., banning them and anything they've ever said or written from school grounds.
 

Sub-Zero

Veteran Member
This is regarding damage from rioting and looting. Trump should stop all emergency funding (FEMA) for cities damaged by looting and rioting. If the mayors do not have the good sense to call in the National Guard, they need to find a way to pay for it. Perhaps an increase in property taxes would motivate enough citizens to vote out their liberal bureaucracy. If not, then perhaps the cities would experience a mass exodus of tax payers. Let them drown in the filth of their own making.
 

Shacknasty Shagrat

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Thanks for the site, BW
Because of the misinformation and disinformation coming out in the main stream media, I am relying on getting information about Mr. Trump from him and his sites, and not 'news' passed through the perverts and crooks that are sending 'news' for a prior review by the Liberal Democrats.
Even before to election day, the MEDIA was very worried about where people were getting their news from as the peoples beliefs and opinions were at variance with the spin of the MEDIA.
SS
 

hunybee

Veteran Member
how do we make america great again?

well, based on what has happened in this last week since the election results, i would say twice weekly butt kickings would be a start.

the level of crying epic hissy fits freak outs this country is staggering. i can't work/go to school/function on any level because hillary lost?!

what the hell has happened to this country?

i mean....what the damn hell?!
 

thompson

Certa Bonum Certamen
Here is a great way to start. Long, well worth the read.

how do we make america great again?

well, based on what has happened in this last week since the election results, i would say twice weekly butt kickings would be a start.

the level of crying epic hissy fits freak outs this country is staggering. i can't work/go to school/function on any level because hillary lost?!

what the hell has happened to this country?

i mean....what the damn hell?!
I have the utmost admiration for this man, and suppose one might say he is a hero to me.

Live Not By Lies

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

As printed in The Washington Post, p. A26
Monday, February 18, 1974

Following is the full text of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's essay "Live Not By Lies." It is perhaps the last thing he wrote on his native soil [before the collapse of the Soviet Union] and circulated among Moscow's intellectuals [at that time]. The essay is dated Feb. 12, the day that secret police broke into his apartment and arrested him. The next day he was exiled to West Germany.



At one time we dared not even to whisper. Now we write and read samizdat, and sometimes when we gather in the smoking room at the Science Institute we complain frankly to one another: What kind of tricks are they playing on us, and where are they dragging us? Gratuitous boasting of cosmic achievements while there is poverty and destruction at home. Propping up remote, uncivilized regimes. Fanning up civil war. And we recklessly fostered Mao Tse-tung at our expense - and it will be we who are sent to war against him, and will have to go. Is there any way out? And they put on trial anybody they want and they put sane people in asylums - always they, and we are powerless.

Things have almost reached rock bottom. A universal spiritual death has already touched us all, and physical death will soon flare up and consume us both and our children - but as before we still smile in a cowardly way and mumble without tounges tied. But what can we do to stop it? We haven't the strength?

We have been so hopelessly dehumanized that for today's modest ration of food we are willing to abandon all our principles, our souls, and all the efforts of our predecessors and all opportunities for our descendants - but just don't disturb our fragile existence. We lack staunchness, pride and enthusiasm. We don't even fear universal nuclear death, and we don't fear a third world war. We have already taken refuge in the crevices. We just fear acts of civil courage.

We fear only to lag behind the herd and to take a step alone - and suddenly find ourselves without white bread, without heating gas and without a Moscow registration.

We have been indoctrinated in political courses, and in just the same way was fostered the idea to live comfortably, and all will be well for the rest of our lives. You can't escape your environment and social conditions. Everyday life defines consciousness. What does it have to do with us? We can't do anything about it?

But we can - everything. But we lie to ourselves for assurance. And it is not they who are to blame for everything - we ourselves, only we. One can object: But actually toy can think anything you like. Gags have been stuffed into our mouths. Nobody wants to listen to us and nobody asks us. How can we force them to listen? It is impossible to change their minds.

It would be natural to vote them out of office - but there are not elections in our country. In the West people know about strikes and protest demonstrations - but we are too oppressed, and it is a horrible prospect for us: How can one suddenly renounce a job and take to the streets? Yet the other fatal paths probed during the past century by our bitter Russian history are, nevertheless, not for us, and truly we don't need them.

Now that the axes have done their work, when everything which was sown has sprouted anew, we can see that the young and presumptuous people who thought they would make out country just and happy through terror, bloody rebellion and civil war were themselves misled. No thanks, fathers of education! Now we know that infamous methods breed infamous results. Let our hands be clean!

The circle - is it closed? And is there really no way out? And is there only one thing left for us to do, to wait without taking action? Maybe something will happen by itself? It will never happen as long as we daily acknowledge, extol, and strengthen - and do not sever ourselves from - the most perceptible of its aspects: Lies.

When violence intrudes into peaceful life, its face glows with self-confidence, as if it were carrying a banner and shouting: "I am violence. Run away, make way for me - I will crush you." But violence quickly grows old. And it has lost confidence in itself, and in order to maintain a respectable face it summons falsehood as its ally - since violence lays its ponderous paw not every day and not on every shoulder. It demands from us only obedience to lies and daily participation in lies - all loyalty lies in that.

And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, but not with any help from me.

This opens a breach in the imaginary encirclement caused by our inaction. It is the easiest thing to do for us, but the most devastating for the lies. Because when people renounce lies it simply cuts short their existence. Like an infection, they can exist only in a living organism.

We do not exhort ourselves. We have not sufficiently matured to march into the squares and shout the truth our loud or to express aloud what we think. It's not necessary.

It's dangerous. But let us refuse to say that which we do not think.

This is our path, the easiest and most accessible one, which takes into account out inherent cowardice, already well rooted. And it is much easier - it's dangerous even to say this - than the sort of civil disobedience which Gandhi advocated.

Our path is to talk away from the gangrenous boundary. If we did not paste together the dead bones and scales of ideology, if we did not sew together the rotting rags, we would be astonished how quickly the lies would be rendered helpless and subside.

That which should be naked would then really appear naked before the whole world.

So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice: Whether consciously, to remain a servant of falsehood - of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one's family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies - or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one's children and contemporaries.

And from that day onward he:

* Will not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.

* Will utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.

* Will not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.

* Will not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.

* Will not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.

* Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.

* Will not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question.

* Will immediately walk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.

* Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed.


Of course we have not listed all of the possible and necessary deviations from falsehood. But a person who purifies himself will easily distinguish other instances with his purified outlook.

No, it will not be the same for everybody at first. Some, at first, will lose their jobs. For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice.

But there are no loopholes for anybody who wants to be honest. On any given day any one of us will be confronted with at least one of the above-mentioned choices even in the most secure of the technical sciences. Either truth or falsehood: Toward spiritual independence or toward spiritual servitude.

And he who is not sufficiently courageous even to defend his soul - don't let him be proud of his "progressive" views, and don't let him boast that he is an academician or a people's artist, a merited figure, or a general - let him say to himself: I am in the herd, and a coward. It's all the same to me as long as I'm fed and warm.

Even this path, which is the most modest of all paths of resistance, will not be easy for us. But it is much easier than self-immolation or a hunger strike: The flames will not envelope your body, your eyeballs, will not burst from the heat, and brown bread and clean water will always be available to your family.

A great people of Europe, the Czhechoslovaks, whom we betrayed and deceived: Haven't they shown us how a vulnerable breast can stand up even against tanks if there is a worthy heart within it?

You say it will not be easy? But it will be easiest of all possible resources. It will not be an easy choice for a body, but it is only one for a soul. Not, it is not an easy path. But there are already people, even dozens of them, who over the years have maintained all these points and live by the truth.

So you will not be the first to take this path, but will join those who have already taken it. This path will be easier and shorter for all of us if we take it by mutual efforts and in close rank. If there are thousands of us, they will not be able to do anything with us. If there are tens of thousands of us, then we would not even recognize our country.

If we are too frightened, then we should stop complaining that someone is suffocating us. We ourselves are doing it. Let us then bow down even more, let us wail, and our brothers the biologists will help to bring nearer the day when they are able to read our thoughts are worthless and hopeless.

And if we get cold feet, even taking this step, then we are worthless and hopeless, and the scorn of Pushkin should be directed to us:

"Why should cattle have the gifts of freedom?

Their heritage from generation to generation is the belled yoke and the lash."

©1974 Alexander Solzhenitsyn
 

thompson

Certa Bonum Certamen
To answer the OP--join the Administration to help MAGA. DW and I are hoping to -- say a prayer for us.
OUTSTANDING! I was hoping that might happen, and will definitely pray for you both.

Godspeed to you both!
 

Be Well

may all be well
Um, precisely which positions are being elected as Federal positions???

Electoral College Electors are State positions, since the State's voters select them.
Congresspersons are representatives of the State citizens and thus selected by them
Senators need to be selected by the State Legislatures so they can be recalled and replaced as needed, but at the moment they are State selected.

Your comment above shows a marked lack of understanding of Civics and American Government.

Unless of course I have missed a position or two.....
Aside from the technicalities, here is my platform of understanding. I had to search for this quote because my quotes files are ...hard to get at currently..



John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating,

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."


I agree with John Adams that without the majority of the population, including those in governance, being moral and virtuous, our country is doomed. Following the letter of the Constitution without following intent, without the elites and their favorites bounded by the rule of law, the niceties of the Constitution become their bludgeons and our chains.

The question is, how to get from here, to the rule of law for everyone? Only by more of the population becoming moral and virtuous, and in order for that to happen, the rot in the government must be pruned mightily.
 

Be Well

may all be well
What a great soul!! This is the rot of "political correctness" - forcing people to hear lies, speak lies, punish them for speaking truth, listening to or reading truth, broadcasting truth. Changing language, stealing words and hijacking them, inventing new phrases that are themselves lies - this creates chains on the minds and hearts and turns people into slaves. This is exactly why I NEVER watch any MSM, movies etc (I might watch a good movie if one came my way, that was truthful in some way and uplifting). Seeing, hearing, reading, listening to lies - propaganda - rots the consciousness.


But let us refuse to say that which we do not think.

And from that day onward he:

* Will not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.

* Will utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.

* Will not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.

* Will not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.

* Will not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.

* Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.

* Will not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question.

* Will immediately walk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.

* Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed.
 

EastWest

Contributing Member
Got Another One:
Criminalize Secret Courts (FISA) and all the other Cloak & Dagger garbage heaped upon our country against it’s citizenry. Lets include all these sting ops and set up jobs pulled by agencies to justify their existence.

"The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings” JFK..
 

Be Well

may all be well
I'm going to send my pov that the rule of law is the foundation of good governance and therefore it is vital to go after the wrong doers, esp. Hitlery, 0bola and anyone else in gov who has committed many heinous crimes, and people such as Soros, who funds sedition and lawlessness and treason. I'm considering how I will write it up in a convincing and concise manner, giving some details.
 

hunybee

Veteran Member
i wonder if he will continue the states of emergency (i think is what the term was) that the country has been under for decades.
 
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