ELLIJAY, Ga. – Congressman Doug Collins made a brief stop at the Republican Women of Gilmer County meeting Thursday, Feb. 22. Collins has served as a U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 9th Congressional District since 2013.
Collins spoke to the crowd concerning on a number of issues currently being addressed in Washington D.C. and took several questions from audience members on a wide variety of subjects.
“We came through a year, last year, where our biggest failure overall was, frankly, healthcare,” Collins stated, giving attendees an update on the happenings in our capital.
Feeling that the House did their job in trying to address some of the difficulties the nation faces when it comes to healthcare, Collins said that reform and change fell short due to the Senate.
“We did our job. We passed something to the Senate,” Collins explained. “The Senate is just marred and not moving.”
Collins has been a long time advocate to change rules that dictate the actions of the Senate. These regulations can and often do slow or completely stall progress from being made in our nation. In Congress, legislation can be passed by a simple majority vote.
The Senate, however, requires a supermajority of 60 votes for many pieces of legislation to pass rather than the 51 votes that would be required if the Senate went by simple majority vote.
“The 60 vote rule has got to go,” Collins spoke straightforward about his feelings on the issue, “at least on appropriations.”
According to Collins, the Senate currently has many pieces of legislation passed by Congress and has created a bottleneck in moving forward. Collins stated that of the bills currently sitting at the Senate waiting to be addressed, 85 to 90 percent of these bills were passed by Congress with fewer than five representatives voting against their moving forward.
In regards to healthcare, Collins said that there needs to be review and scrutiny of mandatory spending such as Medicaid. He stressed that he is not in favor of eliminating such programs but wants to slow the expansion.
“Medicaid was meant for the aged, blind, disabled and those who couldn’t take care of themselves,” Collins said, expressing his thoughts on this particular program. “You put a healthy able-bodied adult on Medicaid (and) what you do is you take healthcare away from the aged, blind, disabled and those who can’t take care of themselves.”
“That’s just wrong. That’s why we got to fix healthcare,” Collins added.
Several questions concerning gun control and safety in public schools were asked in the wake of another mass shooting that took place last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“This week was another tragedy of a very sick individual doing something very wrong and very twisted, using a gun,” Collins, a supporter of the Second Amendment, explained of his thoughts on how these situations should be approached on a federal level. “A gun did not walk into that school and kill anybody.”
Stressing the need for compassion for those on the opposite side of the political spectrum, Collins wants there to be meaningful discussion and meaningful answers to this problem. He fears that passing any “bumper sticker” legislation as a quick fix would only fail shortly after.
“Are there responsible ownership of guns? You better believe it. Do some people probably not need to own a gun? Yeah,” Collins stated, proposing a look at circumstances in a realistic fashion.
While Collins does feel that certain agencies dropped the ball and should have to answer for and be held accountable to their mistakes, he also feels that first as a nation we need to uphold the laws that are currently in place.
Collins expressed these thoughts: “Explain to me how I can pass a law, that if they are ignoring it now, how does passing another law make it better?”
Collins was optimistic about certain directions the country is currently heading: “Our country is being portrayed as strong again.”
“We are starting to see the economy start to take off again,” Collins said, addressing the recent passing of the Tax Reform Act and the need for more employees in the workforce.
“We are trying to move what we know as Welfare to Work,” Collins said, discussing current legislation being proposed in Congress. “We are trying to get people through bad times, you know when we need to help them, but it is now time to begin that transition off of the assistance programs into meaningful work.”
Audience member, Noraye Hinds, brought up a key issue that is of concern to Republicans in the upcoming 2018 election year: “Hate is a motivator, and that is what is going to get the Democrats out to vote.”
Collins agreed and said, “We’ve got a tough year coming.”
Collins explained that on average, there is a loss of 32 seats held by the majority in the House in a mid-term election following a presidential election. Furthering concern for the Republicans, 26 of the seats up for election this year are in districts that Hillary Clinton won majority vote.
“If we lose 24 (seats), we lose the majority,” Collins spoke frankly.
He spoke of specific seats that Democrats are targeting in Georgia. Representative Karen Handel of Georgia’s 6th District and Congressman Rob Woodall of Georgia’s 7th District could face tough elections as the demographics of their areas are changing.
Collins spoke exclusively with FetchYourNews (FYN) about concerns over losing control of the House.
In a controversial move Feb. 19, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a new map for the state’s U.S. House of Representatives districts. The new map, aimed at removing what some in the state considered Republican gerrymandering, now seems to favor Democrats.
Collins told FYN, “This is very concerning. You’re looking at worst case a 9-9 map. Best case a 10-8 map.”
According to Collins there is not much that can be done to overturn the changes made in Pennsylvania. In order to be challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court there must be proof of a violation of U.S. law, but since the state Supreme Court ruling was based on the Pennsylvania Constitution, it is unlikely that federal courts would get involved.
Collins told FYN, as of right now, there is not major concern that other states will follow suit in redistricting, and praised his home state of Georgia: “Georgia has some of the cleanest maps in the country.”
“What I view as a good map,” Collins said, further explaining his feelings on the district layout of Georgia, “Does it reflect the homogeneity of an area, does it reflect the population of an area and does it give everybody a chance? If it does that, then you’re meeting most of the test.”
Collins feels there are two key issues that might hurt Republicans in the upcoming elections. The first being that while Republicans have a good message, sometimes that message does not get portrayed clearly.
“Turn out is our problem,” Collins expressed of the second and potentially more damaging issue. Collins urged those in attendance to be active in not only voting themselves but in spreading the word about candidates in the state of Georgia.
Collins thanked constitutes for electing him to his position and spoke candidly about his job: “At the end of the day, it’s about helping people. It’s about realizing where you come from.”
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Today is the first day of a brand new year, that drags along with it the sum of all the problems and pretenses of the old year, but accompanied with a dash of sincere hope that under new management, our country can succeed in restoring America to its rightful role, for all the world, as the “Shining Beacon on the Hill.”
I noted that we approach the future under Donald Trump, ‘with a dash of hope,’ but also with a marked lack of enthusiasm. The TEA Party experience seems to have evaporated into thin air after having achieved three consecutive election victories for Conservative principles that finally showed the Marxist-Democrats the door. But those rascals are still out there plotting and scheming and organizing, to undo the grass works efforts that made a Trump Presidency and a Republican Congress possible. From Republicans, there is no gratitude.
Shockingly, the lack of acknowledgement of that effort from our stunned elected politicians who constitute the Republican Party, and who still fail to grasp the import of the tidal wave of political change that eliminated the Democrats, has also swept the GOP’s influence out the door too. They are still reeling in disbelief wondering how a pragmatists became their leader. Apparently some have even “reached across the aisle” to join hands with the Socialist enemy to try to restore their combined hegemony over the American political process. Let the looting continue.
Primary among the GOP “Never Trumpers” stands 4th place loser John Kasich, Governor of Ohio who, if the frequent appeals from his web site to my email address are any indication, still believes he should be the rightful Republican candidate so as to restore to proper governing, the failed process of “bipartisanship” and return our government to the capable hands of the one world government crowd composed of mega banks, international corporations and the quasi assembly of third world nations gathered under the blue banner of the United Nations.
2018 will be another important midterm election experience for conservatism. Also judging by the volume of their appeals for donations, Democrats must truly believe, because Americans really, really hate Trump, that they will capture the House and the Senate again. How they accomplish that goal with an intractable and intransigent, but aging leadership, themselves ready for hospice care, is in serious doubt. Their message never changes, free stuff for everyone, no border walls, protect sanctuary cities and states, and free education and glorify perversion because it’s only fair.
Future leadership for the Democrat party is an unspoken contest between old time American leftists and the corroding influence of foreign ideals (Islam), they are trying to force into the American culture as a norm, a precursor of the coming jihad that turns America into a Caliphate.
Presently, both party’s find their bases confused by indecision. For the Democrats, it’s do they move further left and double down, or move center right to save themselves? For the stupid Republicans, a golden opportunity has been laid at their feet and sure as heck, they’re going to flub it. Where is the TEA parties when we need them? The GOP needs to be cleansed of its socialist heretics. Younger conservative candidates need to be encouraged to step forward and seize the reins of American constitutionalism. As my friend Jack Smith reminds us constantly, “if not now, when?” “If not you, who?”…or something like that. We’ve got to get moving, now.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (01Jan 2018)
The Sexual Predator(s) in Our Midst
This story is not new, it just involves new people. I read an account of Maureen O’Hara’s entry into the Hollywood scene in 1945, before her stardom, when she was propositioned by a film studio owner, not identified in the article. Her Irish temper flared and she quickly put an end to his pretensions by telling him if what he wanted was a key to a Hollywood film career, then she was out. Charles Laughton in fact, saved her career.
So, it’s not a new story. It’s still happening and our daughters and grand daughters are not necessarily safe. Even the Boy and Girl Scout programs have been sucked into the perversion of the Left’s plan for sex neutrality. Scouting’s national leaders advanced the notion, for fairness sake of course, that homosexual men could be approved for Scout leadership roles. WTF? I don’t think that’s going to work well after this sexual predator stuff blows over and, it hasn’t even half started. The fallout will be brutal as well as disgusting.
We know “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In the sexual harassment cases now bursting out in the Hollywood entertainment industry, the DC swamp, and the Media, so far all Liberal Leftists, are simply the old game being played out by new people who exercise authority over other people who really, really want something (film fame for example) and who are willing to compromise their morals to achieve it. Not all do of course, like Maureen O’Hara, but many do. They might not like it, they might be offended by it, but many do succumb to it. Too, in today’s new America, gay’s, pervert’s and transgenders have openly come out under Obama’s tutelage, to enter the fray, not necessarily to advance their careers, or choose which bathroom to use, but to find easy prey for seduction.
On the political front, apart from Al Franken, it is reported that Rep. John Conyers is in hospital suffering from a stress complaint? I’m not surprised. At 88 years old, he quite possibly is suffering a little bit of the ‘shame’ for his actions that was drilled into us as children, by our parents, our school teachers, our neighbors and our ministers, black and white, back in the 1940’s and 50’s. That’s all gone now. We are left in the hands of perverts, nincompoops and Democrats to tell us how to live in a world of happy diversity and multiculturalism, all while fending off new threats from Sharia Law that permits the raping of infidel women. Conyers’ lawyer said all the complainants against him were from “White Women,” meaning apparently, their complaints were unjustified. Well, no, that’s not what it means at all. What it really means is that Conyers only targeted White Women. Could he be a closet Muslim?
The danger here is that for years these powerful politicians, movie directors, studio owners and Liberal college professors and media icons, have stood as “role models” for the younger men in their employee. Therefore the lessons that cheapen one gender, women, are encouraged as acceptable for the next generation of men to emulate and so on. Another problem sure to face us is that filling the management voids now occurring by the firings of predators, will be challenged by screaming feminists demanding control of the male ego. If a young woman and a young man are in the wooing stage for the purpose of matrimony, a natural act, the feminists will immediately poison the well. Let’s not forget tenured male Progressive professors in America’s communist colleges and universities. Will they be exempt? We haven’t looked there yet.
We’re in trouble folks and we must tread very easily. The weapon of accusation and innuendo can do as much or more damage than a real act and must be seriously guarded against. Roy Moore is a good example of unproven accusations poisoning the well.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (01Dec17)
For nearly two decades, Veterans Day in Gilmer County, Ga., has been a big event, celebrated with a parade, music, marching veterans in uniform, flags, the Gilmer Co. High School Band and chorus, free breakfasts and after parade lunches for vets. The schools also participate with prize money offered in essay and poster contests. A few times we have even enjoyed the thrill of fly overs by reserve aviation unites or CAP planes. Even a out of county High School ROTC Unit has asked to participate in the parade for the past several years. It’s always a busy day and always includes, as the main speaker, some dignitary or other, often a military officer, returned from a war zone, a local business personality or some other recognizable name.
This year, 2017, the invited guest speaker was Georgia’s own Speaker of the Georgia Assembly, and our state representative, The Honorable, Mr. David Ralston and also, a friend of mine. The following essay is the excellent speech, (verbatim) of speaker Ralston this year and was, in my opinion, just too good not to share:
“Good morning. What a beautiful day to be in Gilmer County!
I stand before you today as one who is proud to be an American. I am proud to be in Gilmer County. I am proud and honored to be a part of this very special occasion to honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Nothing I can say will full express the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who have served our nation in our military.
I want to thank everyone who helped put this spectacular display of patriotism on this morning. I particularly want to thank all of the students who have participated in today’s festivities. You all have helped us show that the American spirit is alive and well in North Georgia! Serving as Speaker of your House of Representatives as well as your State Representative is an honor for which I am thankful each and every day.
I know our political dialogue isn’t as kind as it once was. We’ve got some divisions that need healing. But we are so much better off than many other nations in the world. Here we are free to discuss and debate our disagreements. We can come to a table with different views and reason together. We have open, free and fair elections that put each and every one of us on a level playing field. That’s not the case in North Korea. That’s not the case in Zimbabwe. That’s not the case in Cuba. That’s not the case in Venezuela.
But here in this great nation, you and I are free. I am free to take a knee when I pray and I am free to stand with pride when the National Anthem is played or the Pledge of Allegiance is recited. In so many other parts of the world, people don’t enjoy the freedoms we enjoy. Their decisions are made for them. Their leaders are selected by others. The information they get is filtered for them by others. In 2017 when so many nations around the world are free – it can be hard to remember the millions of our brothers and sister who aren’t. Why do they still suffer under tyrants and dictators and we don’t? — Our men and women in uniform.
Our service members and veterans who have stood up to serve this one nation – under God – indivisible – say it with me – “with liberty and justice for all.” Throughout our history, America has been attacked by those who don’t value freedom. Whether it was the Axis powers in World War II or today’s terrorists from ISIS or Al Qaeda, Americans have always had the protection of our armed forces.
In the noise of today’s 24-hour news cycle, service and sacrifice aren’t qualities that we hear much about. That’s a shame. Yet there are heroes who live in communities each and every day – our mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends – the veterans of our armed forces.
If anything, I hope today reminds us that no matter what happens, there are good and decent patriots who have stood up to defend our freedoms. They have offered to make the ultimate sacrifice and lay down their lives, if necessary, to protect this nation and its citizens. In the Book of John, Jesus tells us that “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
By stepping forward and volunteering to serve, each member of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Reserves offers to do just that. So today is a day that we pause to honor and celebrate their collective service and sacrifice. Today we rededicate ourselves to supporting our veterans and showing them the gratitude they deserve.
So long as the sun rises and the stars come out at night, this nation will remain a beacon of hope and opportunity for every oppressed person around the globe. They dream of one day enjoying the freedoms we enjoy. They dream of the limitless possibilities that exist in America.
And so long as our armed forces keep watch, this nation will stand proudly as the land of the free and the home of the brave. May God bless our veterans and our United States of America. Thank you!”
Remember, Freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (13Nov17)
Deep within the hidden recesses of the Pentagon, lurks a nondescript DoD group called the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, the lead agency apparently, for interviewing recovered, rescued or deserter prisoners of war, and other captives.
Among their latest achievements, is realizing the fall out gathered from interviews (interrogations?) of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A lead representative of that group,Terrance Russell, gave evidence at Bergdahl’s sentencing that the deserter/traitor provided a “gold mine” of useful intelligence about the militants who held him captive for years in Pakistan. Well, so did Mata Hari!
Russell testified that Bergdahl’s decision to abandon his post in 2009 produced an unintended consequence, by revealing the tactics used by the Taliban, their methods of imprisoning captured soldiers and, presumably, their own interview techniques. As a result, military doctrine on how to avoid capture and evade, and escape if captured, was updated.
I wonder at what point, after Bergdahl’s return in Obama’s infamous trade deal, did the “interrogations” of Bergdahl cease and the thrust change to “interviews” by Russell’s JPRA group? Because of the seriousness of Bergdahl’s offense any interrogations would be under Miranda warning as criminal. So, who decided to cease ‘Interrogations’ for criminal offenses in favor of ‘interviews’ simply to update military doctrine on escape and evasion? Has justice really been served? I ask because in my twenty-one years career as a military CE/CI/Criminal investigator, we had to be sensitive to the direction any investigation could take. In Bowe Bergdahl’s case, his desertion directly caused the deaths and injuries of other US soldiers.
Russell, whose group produces training and doctrine materials, testified that “Bergdahl’s debriefing added to lessons taught to US troops and allied militaries,” adding that Bergdahl still has intelligence that has yet to be collected that could still help troops in Afghanistan. Of course, now it’s too late. Bergdahl will be on the run hiding from the retribution that will seek him out.
I’m not faulting Terrance Russell or his information collection group for doing their jobs. His work helps keep military field doctrine up to date. It’s a necessary element of theater survival that all troops need to know. Russell’s enthusiasm for doing his job properly is also revealed when he said: “can you give him to me now? I need him now. I needed him three years ago,” “The fact I can’t get that information is wrong.” Russell testified that he had debriefed more than 120 American captives, more than any other US official….Source: Washington Post. 31Oct17 .
The defense appeared to use testimony from Russell and a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, to suggest that there is a national security interest in showing Bergdahl leniency. US
Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, the presiding judge, apparently thought that Bergdahl’s potential punishment, life imprisonment, was simply too much for this army snowflake as he had already suffered enough under the Taliban.
So, the rehabilitation of Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy begins. However, there is another unintended consequence: the resentment remains and will fester. How does injustice match resentment? By what remaining Obama values are soldiers to be assuaged of Bergdahl’s crimes? When did mistreatment by the enemy mitigate justifiable punishment of an offenders true crimes? Don’t you wonder too?
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (08Nov2017)
Here Comes John Kasich Again
America is caught in a tsunami of sad news, depending on one’s point of view. Mueller hasn’t found dirt on Trump; NFL players openly disrespects the American flag and National anthem; a shooter in Las Vegas kills 58 people; The Hillary campaign and the DNC were responsible for the phony “dossier” against Trump; another Muslim murders eight with a truck in NYC & etc..
But, we still have internal problems that, if not countered could make the next few years a mirror image of the past eight. I have pointed out in previous articles that Ohio Governor John Kasich has a deep yearning that “he needs to be President,” an obsession almost as bad as Hillary’s. The Governor said: “he would represent a different viewpoint, insisting he wants to restore “basic principles of caring, of love, of compassion, of connectedness.” Well, we just got rid of those dysfunctional viewpoints, didn’t we? Ya just can’t keep a good man down, can you?
What he means is that his ‘different viewpoint’ isn’t the one that the impostor Donald Trump, embraces. Kasich clearly believes the polls that shows Trump’s popularity at a low 30% so Trump must be universally hated, not only by the “establishment” but by the citizens who voted for him. That borders on dementia just like Hillary’s. If you believe Trump’s popularity lies at 30%, you should give up reading tea leaves for a living.
Kasich’s ‘different viewpoint’ is the same “compassionate conservatism” BS that George W. Bush championed. It was such an un-conservative point of view that it left the conservative electorate wondering exactly who we were and, it opened the door to the Democrats. We were also suddenly attacked by the dark forces of Islam. It was the 9/11 murders. We were off guard.
Kasich also said “there has to be a fundamental change, in my opinion, with all of us. I’m willing to be part of that (as President). I want my voice to be out there. I want it very, very much.” Fundamental change? Isn’t that exactly what Barack Obama sold enough of us on that he got himself elected twice despite revealing himself as a complete and ultimately incompetent liar, cheat and hypocrite? John Kasich now enters the ranks as a new Progressive.
Since Trumps November 2016 election victory, 4th place runner up John Kasich still pursues a campaign for Trumps job, as a #Never Trump” darling of the “Establishment.” He insists that Trump was really not who the American people wanted but that Trump was a usurper of the Republican party platform substituting his own “Make America Great Again” plan while ignoring the Party’s principles and advice.
But, Trump is President, and indeed, has started draining the swamp, including republicans. My only observation about that is that Trump never realized just how deep the swamp really was, and despite all the caterwauling from the “elites” including John Kasich, Trump has revealed that the swamp creatures individually are unidentifiable as anything other than corrupted politicians, no matter their party affiliation. Party affiliation only counts at election time. After the election, let the looting continue!
John Kasich reveals himself. Essential to his desire to “restore basic principles of caring, of love, of compassion, of connectedness” is his determination to cling to bipartisanship,with Democrats, to do Americans work. I don’t believe Kasich really knows or understands the enemy he wants to embrace with his “hands across the aisle” nonsense unless he’s one of them. One need only look no further than John McCain, to see and understand the failure of that idea.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (03Nov2017)
How to Dupe a Whole Nation
Remember when Obama promised over and over in his campaign for President, that he wanted to “fundamentally change America.” He was mouthing the Marxist goal for a Socialist society. In the frenzy of having a (nearly) black candidate running for president, the organs of Marxist propaganda, the Main Street Media, shouted out the narrative that Obama’s election would bring an end to America’s divisiveness at last, and usher in an era of multiculturalism and diversity that would ease our tensions and, we would all rejoice and be happy.
In doing so, Obama shoved the long suffering Hillary Clinton right off the pages of history as America’s first female president in favor of America’s first black president. Hillary has been scheming for decades to achieve the pinnacle of power, President of the United States, and Obama snatch it away from her. Eight years later, so did Donald Trump.
Obama, in many ways, nearly succeeded because politically, he was a Marxists but, you can’t sell Marxism, it has to be imposed, slowly. He had to change this country to Socialist first. In retrospect, as casual observers, we have witnessed some of the techniques used, and are still being used, to accomplish that goal. Here are a few of them:
- Infiltrate and subvert one of the political parties in the United States. Attack the other one until it is rendered powerless by mocking indecision.
- Infiltrate the courts with judges who will rule on law, not as the Constitution demands, but as “the people” feel about the law. These decisions weaken American institutions by ruling moral and religious activities violate citizens civil rights and claiming that it’s not “fair.” This includes promoting sexual deviancy and inclusiveness as the new normals.
- Gain control of the schools. Use them to propagandize the little children to view socialism and communism as the goal for a happy future for all.
- Ease educational requirements so even the most illiterate can achieve success. Participation trophies for all.
- Gain control of teachers’ unions and put the party line in textbooks.
- Gain control of student newspapers, claim free speech is unlawful and demand censorship of competing ideas, speakers and publications.
- Use student riots (useful idiots) to foment public protests against programs or organizations that do not support the Socialist/Communist multicultural platform for change.
- Infiltrate the Media from the top down including control of book-reviews, editorial writing and policy-making positions.
- Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and Hollywood, and….
- Continue discrediting American culture by degrading its history, claiming its Constitution is out of date, approve all forms of artistic expression that glorifies multiculturalism and socialism, and censure those that do not.
We still hear the term “One World Government.” It’s the dream of a coalition of multinational companies, banks, and International financial firms. People from these organizations have long infiltrated and influenced Western governments around the world and yet, they are not victims of violent change. Why? Because they are the source of that violent change and the street rioters, student activists and even kneeling football players are all their useful idiots in their game of top down control, a “Dictatorship of the elite disguised as a dictatorship of the proletariat.”
Hillary missed the boat. She will not lead our country. She will go no further and her dark place in US history has been affirmed. Stick a fork in her, she’s done!
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (29 Oct 2017)