James Monroe, 5th President of the United States: ‘When the people become ignorant & corrupt … they become the willing instruments of their own … ruin. ‘
Connor Tomlinson contributor to The Federalist: Power-hungry government officials’ eyes have been opened to how far they can stretch their ’emergency powers,’ and climate change is their next frontier.
President Biden when asked if he knew in advance the raid on Giuliani: “I give you my word, I was not.”
Alison Nichols contributor to American Thinker: No, Joe, you are not a nice guy. Despite your need to keep telling us, we know the ugly truth. You are a pretty nasty guy. You are pugilistic, a plagiarist, a documented racist, a race hustler, creepy with woman and children, the “Big Guy” of a crime family, and have thrown a wrecking ball into America.
Byron Donalds (R-FL.) slams liberals for racist slurs hurled at Sen. Tim Scott (R- SC ) following his speech on Wednesday: As a black conservative, the person that is the greatest threat to me and my colleague Sen. Scott is white liberals, because they have no tolerance for a black man who doesn’t agree with their liberal ideology and so they will use frankly racist terms like Uncle Tim or Uncle Tom and they get no pushback at all.
Jill Sanborn, executive assistant director for the FBI’s National Security Branch in written testimony: Looking forward, the FBI assesses DVEs pose an elevated threat of violence to the United States, and that some of these actors have been emboldened in the aftermath of the [January 6] breach of the US Capitol. We expect Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists, Anti-Government or Anti-Authority Violent Extremists, and other DVEs citing partisan political grievances will very likely pose the greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021 and likely into 2022.
V.P. Kamala Harris told a Baltimore audience on Thursday: “Our Democracy was under assault and our Capitol had just been attacked by insurgents.”
Catholic Bishop Robert McElroy’s shocking defense of giving the Eucharist to pro-abortion politicians: “ I do not see how depriving the president or other political leaders of the Eucharist based on their public policy stance can be interpreted in our society as anything other than a weaponization of the Eucharist … to pummel them into submission.”
Andrea Winburg contributor to American Thinker writes about San Francisco: As I said to my friend, three years ago, I walked through purgatory. Just three short years later, my friend found himself walking through Hell. This didn’t happen by accident. This is what Democrats do to the places under their control.
Gina Harris adjunct education professor Roosevelt University in Illinois when asked by another professor how she liked teaching at Roosevelt: “I mean, it’s all social justice. All-day, every day, I get to talk about the things I love. I’m really living the life over here.”
Ralph Martire, public policy and public administration professor at Roosevelt University in Illinois: “Yeah. I always flip out the kids that take my master’s class on fiscal policy and public budgets within the first three or four classes are devoted to philosophy of social justice and how you organize society. We don’t talk about one, you know, budgetary item. They’re like, Oh, man. Professor Martire, this is a really weird way to teach a budget.” “If you don’t understand your values, you can’t allocate resources among public priorities that are scarce, but all needed. Right?”
A self-described Austin, Texas woman fed-up with the homelessness crisis and crime: in Austin “Once you’re in the middle of it, you change your mind of how you approach this situation. As your safety declines, so does your compassion. Every time I have to pick up human sh-t, my liberal-ness just got lowered what one more notch.”
Greenwood: Elections experts call on Justice Department to send monitors to Arizona audit
A group of election security and administration experts are asking the Justice Department to send federal monitors to Arizona as the Republican-led state Senate carries out an audit of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the state’s 2020 presidential election. In a letter to the top official at the Justice Department’s voting section, five elections experts from the Brennan Center for Justice, Protect Democracy and The Leadership Conference expressed deep concerns about how the audit is being conducted, warning that it has put ballots “in danger of being stolen, defaced, or irretrievably damaged.”
Read more at The Hill.
Renn: The Struggle for Owned Space
Retake Main Street or prepare to be homeless.[…] It’s notable how little owned space conservatives have in any domain. This can include physical space as well as social and cultural space. One of the biggest problems faced by conservatives is that they exist almost entirely inside space owned by others—legally owned in many cases, but as importantly socially and culturally owned. […] Virtually every major corporation, major education institution, and major cultural and media institution in America embraces and promotes the values and preferred policies of the left. So does essentially every major American city and economic center. The left owns them. There are remarkably few genuinely conservative institutions in America outside of politics and religion (where they are actually many deeply conservative state governments and churches). This means in their basic day to day existence of life in America, whether that be going to work, shopping, reading the news, or watching sports or mass entertainment, conservatives exist largely inside space owned by others—space from which they can be expelled at any time, often with significant negative personal consequences. The typical conservative response to perceived problems of growing leftist ownership of space is to leave—to move to a red state, a suburb, etc. This establishes a mindset of retreat and running away. Conservatives have ceded not just territory and institutions to the left, but those of highest value, some of which can never be replicated.
Read more at American Mind.
BEHIND THE DEEP STATE
Sundance: There Are No Longer Three Branches of Government, and DC Doesn’t Need a President to Operate The Modern System of U.S. Government
The Last Refuge Thread: 1.) When I was in DC, doing deep research on the issues around spygate and trying to understand the depth of corruption within the legislative and judicial branches, I ran into a guy… 2.) DC was locked down at the time (May/June 2020), so there were very few people around. However, this guy’s credentials within the DC system were impeccable. I checked him out afterward & was stunned at how he spent his entire career in/around the IC and related apparatus 3.) After a lengthy and casual introduction and discussion, I was genuinely shocked at the severity of his warnings about the FBI, DOJ and various other agencies. However, in hindsight, after checking him out, I realized he was certainly a person to understand. 4.) His warning was direct, devoid of emotion, very deliberate and very cold. But behind his eyes and words was a guy telling the truth; the quiet part that no-one inside the bubble says openly. 5) . . .
Read the rest of the disturbing thread at Threadreader.
LEGISLATIVE & POLICY UPDATES
Candeub: POLICY BRIEF: HOW TO REFORM BIG TECH: A PRIMER ON REPEALING SECTION 230
Introduction Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act stands at the center of technology debates—and that is not surprising. The provision creates the liability regime for the internet, and its protections are vital to the business models of social media and other dominant technology firms. Unfortunately, overly expansive judicial opinions have transformed Section 230 into a statute that sanctions online lawlessness, allowing the dominant internet firms to facilitate the most heinous crimes, ignore court orders, and squelch free speech. Reform requires congressional action to repeal Section 230 and replace it with a liability framework that corrects misguided court decisions, as well as Big Tech’s ability to silence voices and censor robust democratic debate.
Read more at America Renewing.
US SUPREME COURT
Cleveland; What You Need To Know About The Big Gun Rights Case The Supreme Court Just Took
On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by two petitioners challenging New York’s denial of their applications for concealed-carry firearm licenses. The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Corlett, represents the first time in more than a decade that the high court will hear a Second Amendment case. Here’s your lawsplainer for the case—and Second Amendment jurisprudence. […] No matter the reason the Supreme Court shrunk from its duty to say what the law is for the Second Amendment, now that Justice Amy Coney Barrett has replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court has agreed to hear the appeal in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Corlett. […] “Proper cause” is not defined by statute, but state courts have ruled that “an applicant seeking a license to carry a handgun for self-defense “must ‘demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession.’” Living in a high-crime area is insufficient. The state denied Nash and Koch permits to carry concealed handguns, concluding they failed to establish “proper cause.”
Read more at The Federalist.
BIDEN/HARRIS/OBAMA REGIME: TRANSFORMING AMERICA
Bannister: Pelosi Unconcerned Census Gave Red States More House Seats: ‘Growth Was from Hispanics, African-Americans and the Rest’
House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she’s not concerned that some states that traditionally vote Republican (“Red” states) gained additional House members from the most recent Census – because of the types of ethnic groups that drove the growth in those states.
Read more/Watch the 2 minute video interview at CNS News.
THE ENEMY WITHIN
Moran: U.S. Catholic Bishops Are Debating Whether to Ask Biden to Refrain From Taking Communion for His Abortion Stance
The Committee on Doctrine for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is working on a document that would call on all politicians who espouse abortion rights or publicly advocate for abortion rights to not take the sacrament of Communion. The debate over the policy will take place at the bishop’s annual conference in June. A two-thirds majority would have to approve the document for it to pass. […] The debate among church leaders has been going on since abortion became legal and isn’t likely to be resolved at one meeting. The debate among church leaders has been going on since abortion became legal and isn’t likely to be resolved at one meeting. There are several sensitive issues in play, including the separation of church and state in the U.S. and the historic reluctance of the Catholic church to involve itself too heavily in national domestic disputes.
Read more at PJ Media.
Brown: ‘Doctrinal Annihilation’: Theologian Blasts Methodist Church For Pushing Drag Queen Pastor, Claims ‘Two Religions’ Forming Over LGBT Issues
Southern Baptist pastor and theologian Al Mohler on Wednesday rebuked a United Methodist Church (UMC) congregation in Illinois for being led by a drag queen and claimed the growing fissure in Protestantism over LGBT issues is turning into “two religions.” During the Wednesday episode of his podcast “The Briefing,” Mohler, who is also president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, denounced Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Illinois, for allowing Isaac Simmons to be in a position of church leadership and promoting him as a candidate for the ministry. Simmons, who is an openly gay man, dresses up as a woman even during his sermons.
Read more at Daily Wire.
PEACEFULLY & PATRIOTICALLY HAVE YOUR VOICES HEARD
Caputo: Gaetz, Greene plan national tour to call out RINOs
Rocked by a steady stream of leaks about a federal investigation into alleged sex crimes, the Florida congressman is planning to take his case on the road by holding rallies across the nation with Greene, another lightning rod member of Congress. Their targets? So-called RINOs and “the radical left.“
Together, they plan to attack Democrats and call out Republicans they deem as insufficiently loyal to former President Donald Trump, such as the 10 GOP House members who voted for his second impeachment after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Gaetz and Greene will kick off their barnstorming “America First Tour” on May 7 . . . […] Fox’s Tucker Carlson, has begun publicly questioning whether Gaetz is the target of overzealous prosecutors under a Democratic administration that wants to silence conservative voices by smearing Republicans like Gaetz with allegations of sexual impropriety. “That story essentially destroyed Gaetz, took him off the map completely as a rhetorical force,” . . .
Read more at Politico.