Three individuals, Baxter Henderson from Melbourne Australia, Ron Jenkins who lives in San Antonio TX and myself have been friends for over 20 years. I met Baxter in Australia in 1995. Ron and Baxter were friends when Ron was General Manager for the Lottery Commission. Ron is a retired Air Force Officer. Baxter was a Manager for GTech, the company who managed the lottery and one of my consulting and training customers for many years. I established this explanation so you can understand and hopefully appreciate the following exchange between Ron and Baxter that might help you understand what is happening on several issues we are watching with a new face in the White House. I try to learn something every day. Ron’s responses provided me with new knowledge today. I hope you enjoy the exchange. C Brewer
Baxter, I have many questions for you; first:
1. How is a court in Washington State able to stop a national order and not just within its state?
Ron: It is a Federal, District Court. The rulings apply in all US federal government jurisdictions. FYI, The US judiciary is divided into 12 regional circuits and further into 94 Federal Districts, which are subordinate to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The next court down the chain is the 9th Federal Court of Appeals and includes federal courts in the nine western US States, plus Hawaii, Alaska, Guam and the Mariana Islands. The Federal Court that the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was issued from was a Federal District Court (Judge Robard presiding). The US Justice Department, at the behest of President Trump, had to appeal judge Robard’s ruling to the 9th Federal Court of Appeals. BTW, ruling’s by the 9th are the most overturned court decisions in the country because it is packed with Liberal Judge Appointees who believe the US Constitution is out dated and should be more active in interpreting the law in this era.
2..(Baxter) They (the plaintiffs) are from Washington and Minnesota) said it was a civil rights issue.
(Ron): Not exactly. The TRO was issued by Judge Robard’s based upon his interpretation of the US Constitution, specifically the “establishment Clause” and the right of “due process”. The issue of “legal standing” was glossed over in his ruling.
(Baxter) How does an order which is only effective outside the USA become a civil rights issue within the USA?
(Ron): This court was chosen by the plaintiff’s because the judge is a Left leaning Liberal, activist, judge. He was sympathetic to the argument that Non-citizen’s (i.e., Green Card holder’s and Visitor’s Visa holder’s) are included in the protections and constitutional rights afforded to legal US citizens. I don’t believe that is true and will be the reason why SCOTUS will take up the case. (only about 2 % of the eight thousand plus cases annually heard by the Federal Appeals Court are accepted for hearing by SCOTUS.)
3.(Baxter) I would have thought that USA courts could only deal with issues that would affect people within the USA.
(Ron). That issue will probably be the reason that this case will be elevated to the SCOTUS ASAP. We Conservative’s believe a refugee from Syria or immigrant from Somalia, does not have the same legal rights, under the US Constitution, as a legal US citizen; the Left believes otherwise.
4.(Baxter) If this is allowed to stand is this the end of U.S. democracy?
(Ron). NO. Our three branches of government (Executive, Judicial and Legislative) are independent and have certain powers that provide the “checks and balances” that are designed to keep the country on the right path, according to the will of our Representative Republic’s electorate.
5. (Baxter) From now on what will stop any court in any State (or District), from doing what Washington has done?
6.(Baxter) Then every one of Trump’s executive orders will be denied until it goes to the Supreme Court.
(Ron). The worst case scenario would be a legal challenge to any and all Executive Orders. While that is possible, at some point, the courts will refuse to hear every case or the electorate will rebel against the “not so loyal opposition” and vote their members out of office and out of power, ala the TEA Party’s rise during the 2007 campaign.
7.(Baxter) The office of President will be effectively dead.
(Ron). Again, I hope that won’t happen, although, in recent years the President has, in some eyes, usurped more power than some believe is within his authority, based upon the limitations of his position, based upon the Constitution and it’s system of checks and balances.
8.(Baxter) All of the talking heads are only spending time on this immigration issue.
(Ron) Yep, that is their role. To me it goes much further. Regardless of the merits of the case, the Democrats could just get one of the District courts to declare an order to be illegal and the whole country will come to a stop.
(Baxter) I don’t hear any of them talking about that.
(Ron) So far, I am totally un-effected; the trains are still running, the economy is humming along and the prep school antics of the Democrat’s will ultimately fail. The current case has many options from cancelling the contentious E/O and issuing a revised version that is narrower and Specifically exempts the issue of the religion of Islam from any new Executive Order (E.O).
(Baxter) I am afraid for your country Ron.
(Ron). Things have been much worse in past eras. The Civil Rights and Viet Nam eras were more contentious, more violent and had more civil unrest. We survived and some vital lessons were learned. To wit, never compromise on your core beliefs and or give in to threats. That being said, we have numerous international as well as domestic challenges facing this Administration. Thank goodness, we have a strong and resolute leader and he has or soon will have, a senior staff of highly experienced men and women to advise and guide him down a treacherous road, despite the sniping from opponents in his party and by Democrats.
The print and all other forms of media will continue to lean Left because that is their background and training. The only exception is FOX News. Every other Television Network and News outlet is overwhelmingly Liberal and their bias is palpable in every report, every story concerning Trump or any Conservative idea. FOX News is emphasizing the decision by the three judge appellate court didn’t even comment on the statutory authority, in the US Code, that the President cited as his authority to issue the E/O in question. His two major choices are to rescind and re-issue a new E/O that is crafted in better legalese or merely let it go to the SCOTUS, after his nominee (Neil Gorsuch) is confirmed and balances out the court to a 4-1-4 position. Ron
I hope everyone that reads this enjoys it as much as I have. As always if you disagree or wish to add or comment on this article please do it on the blog so I can hopefully respond. This provides commentary, disagreement, questions etc. This way everyone can follow the discussion. C Brewer
Watching “Left-Coast” Progressive-Liberal judges play games with the safety of our people is the craziest attempt to gain face time in my 86 years. These people are no more abreast of what our intelligence agencies know than Putin or the Mullah’s in Iran. This entire stage show is about a group of Americans who are blessed with lifetime jobs and pissed off because Trump was elected President. Just another example of how politicized our entire government has become.
We just got rid of an Attorney General that limited prosecution to white conservatives. We finally got rid of a race hating unqualified President that wanted race riots. I am sick of watching Democrats in Congress make an ass of themselves doing everything possible to stop any actions to get this new government before it gets started. If Trump is so unqualified, possessed with wealth, biased and crazy, they should just shut up and watch him self-destruct. Why hurt all Americans with stupid delaying tactics if Trump is that inept. People need jobs, jobs, jobs and more jobs Mr. Schumer, Mrs. Pelosi, Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Waters, Mrs. Feinstein, Mrs. Boxer, etc.
Now let me share the real tragedy that has created the entire brouhaha. The media, even Fox News, has overtly failed to report what really caused this politically impacted power play. Congressional Democrats used the recent approval process for our new Education Secretary and stirred up every education related agency and union for support, to keep the real reason for this covert facade hidden.
It does not take a Harvard Professor or a Genie with a magic wand to ferret out what “Left Coast” industries, teachers unions nationwide, Congress and the media are hiding from the folks. They made one mistake and then created enough uproar to hide it and so far keep it out of the news. My true American friends the reason is that our education system has been a total failure and companies like Amazon and Microsoft slipped up and admitted that they can’t operate without bringing in aliens from these seven Muslim nations. What I would like for the Democrats to explain is why they did nothing for eight years. The real failure is our education system that is so inundated with unqualified teachers, union morons and greed that we can’t provide industry with enough capable employees to function.
Just study the facts of how American students have systematically diminished in ability for the past 30 years. We no longer teach American History in most schools. A real tragedy is we no longer teach cursive writing and high school graduates do not even learn how to sign their names. This is not a nationwide failure, yet. Some States and some school districts within even failing States have excellent education programs in the math and sciences. The problem is we do not have enough quality education programs to support Americas needs.
Give the Democrats credit as they have duped the Judiciary, education leaders, state leaders to panic and join in on the onslaught of diversionary tactics to try to oust the elected President of the United States. They know if Trump proves that he can re-unite Americans and we can educate our youth and provide jobs instead of welfare to real Americans, they will lose more seats in Congress in 2018.
Real Americans are not stupid and “all lives” must matter in America. It seems impossible that one wicked war criminal like George Soros can completely control the entire Democratic Party, all of the main stream media, CNN , PBS and every liberal Federal Judge in America. When he says jump they all jump. God save us from ourselves and please give Trump a chance make America great again. C Brewer
Watching the destruction of property by anarchists these past two weeks is unbelievable in America. Lawlessness by both mobs and individuals is against the laws of this land. The recent activity in Berkeley California was especially sickening. Watch the destruction of property by a group of thugs with mask was just being observed by the police who never did anything to stop this was sickening.
Apparently the people of California have adopted the need to destroy public and private property and succeed from the United States. As one old man 86 years old I hope they are successful. They have elected a group of politicians who are as dumb as a sack of rocks.
What a pleasure it would be to watch Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein the cream of California’s dissidents have to return home to the “Land of Fruit and Nuts”. Let these Progressives go to Hollywood and sell their acts to movie makers. They have more face time on the “Leftmedia”( a new word to better describe ) ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and PBS than all of the “true” conservatives combined. I used the word “true” as there are more Progressive RINO’s on the “Leftmedia” attacking Trump than Demoncrats on certain days. I am sick of McCain, Graham, Murkowski and Collins openly trying to split the Republicans in Congress.
When we have the supposedly Leaders in Congress openly urging these dissident idiots, most paid to destroy by Soros, to disrupt, destroy, attack and kill or maim other Americans. Folks this is “Anarchy” not freedom of speech or right to assemble it is against every law of the land and must be stopped. If the “Leftmedia” and even Fox News would refuse to report this mayhem it would be stopped immediately by law enforcement. The media and people like the ACLU have made enforcing the law more the focus of criticism than the idiots that have become anarchist. To make sure I don’t ignore the real trainers of our anarchist youth let me travel back to the 60’s and the likes of the Clinton’s during the Viet Nam war. The tenured professors in all major colleges and universities have openly created this growing army of brainwashed youth.
If the Progressives, Demoncrats, RINO’s, ACLU and the “American Anarchist Army” continue this use of mass destruction no one will ever save our Republic. The people have spoken and given Donald Trump the power to stop the race to Socialize America. Now we have several Liberal Federal Judges join the battle to support the mayhem and safety of the people by stopping every action Trump will try to do to restore safety and order. Sadly we have a Political Supreme Court sit on their robed asses and do nothing as they are deadlocked 4 to 4 and useless.
One thing Trump, Congress, the courts and the three million lobbyist have not mentioned so far is our spoiled, under-educated, brainwashed and poorly parented young who carry out the anarchism. To my knowledge only one free country in the world, Israel, has used common sense and what most of our enemies employ to eliminate this senseless and destructive violence. These countries have adjusted for the lack of parental training and the courage of their youth to ignore tenured professors. The simple solution is mandatory military service for at least six months at 18 whether they graduate from High school or drop out.
I can imagine how the ACLU, the “Leftmedia” and the Political left-leaning Federal Judges would explode should this common sense solution were proposed. I would love to see Trump sign an Executive Order for this immediately and watch the games begin.
It is sad to watch so many Americans get worked up, paid to destroy property, block traffic, and challenge law enforcement who try to do their job because Trump tries to stop the flow of eventual terrorism with a ban on certain Muslims. He will be challenged even more when he starts to send the army of illegal Hispanics who are draining our resources with free medical, free food, free housing, etc.
What really bothers this old American is that Congress, the Supreme Court, the ACLU, misguided youth, college professors and especially the “Leftmedia” and even FOX News only have consistent concerns for immigrants’ rights. None of the these misguided “Turkeys” have any concern for the millions of real American veteran who are homeless, untreated mistreated by the VA and forgotten heroes who served and fought for their right to protest.
Oops, I forgot we do have a few leaders who have been motivated to care by our new President Trump who will help the veterans get rights at least equal to illegals. That is if the Demoncrats led by Chuck Schumer will get off their asses and help.
I have one question should any other concerned American read this article. Do you agree or disagree with me? If you disagree and can write, please correct me with facts, not feelings.
C Brewer, an 86 year old veteran who cares.
My friend, Ron Jenkins and I have an old friend, Baxter Henderson, who lives in Melbourne Australia. Ron and Baxter met during Ron’s tenure as the Deputy General Manager of the Australian Lottery and GTech was the supplier of their gaming terminals and software. Baxter was GTech’s Service Manager fot the South East portion of Australia. I met Baxter 22 years ago this month when I was in Australia. GTech, was one of my finest customers, and they asked me to make the trip even though I had been retired over a year. I met Ron a few years later when he accompanied Baxter on one of his several visits here in Hemphill TX over the years. Ron is a retired Air Force officer and married to an Australian lady he met during an assignment to the ” Outback” of South Australia, Ron and Doreen now reside about 250 miles SW of Hemphill in San Antonio.
Our multi-faceted backgrounds and experiences have resulted in some interesting and deep discussions about worldwide subjects. The following is a response from Ron to Baxter who has questions about Trumps recent statements about the millions of fraudulent voters in the recent election. I have expressed my concerns in many articles about voter fraud in America. As Ron is also an Election Judge and I felt that his response to Baxter’s about voter fraud was something educational for many Americans and especially the young teenage voters. I doubt that ten percent of American voters know the details of how the election operations are conducted before, during and after the election is conducted.
Baxter, the following is my response to your question about Trump’s remark on the possibility of millions of fraudulent voters affecting the total of the popular vote in our recent election.
I’m a Texas Election Day Judge in Bexar County (the county we live in.)
It is my job to recruit and train other residents of the county to be “Clerks” and to preside over a “Polling Place” in any and all elections, in nearby neighborhoods. It’s a very responsible position and has a fair bit of authority. I’ve been notified that I’ll be doing that again, this May.
Our responsibility and authority, in Texas, is broad when it comes to qualifying people to cast a single vote, for a slate of candidates, one time, per election (including a period of “early voting”).
We verify that the prospective voter is who they say they are, and are “Registered” in the “Voting Precinct” where they reside; that they are legal citizens and of legal voting age (18). So, we ask for documents that prove those requirements. The most common on the list of acceptable Photo ID’s, are a Texas driver’s license or a Concealed Handgun Carry (CHL) license, because they reflect the birth date, proof of citizenship and current residence. Most people carry them in their wallets because they’re credit card size and shape. There are half a dozen other forms of ID that are acceptable, such as: a US passport, a Citizenship Certificate, military and Civil Service ID’s, Plus, the state offers, free of charge, a special Voter ID. The latter is provided to obviate the claim that the poor, indigent and minority “citizens” are discriminated against, if they claim the inability to afford one of the other forms of ID.
Despite that, a life-long Democrat, a female, US District Judge from Corpus Christi, TX., enjoined the State from implementing those requirements. So, it is the Democrat Party and their faithful followers, who don’t want potential voters to have to prove their legitimate right to vote. They want to preserve the possibility of ineligible people casting votes in any US election because illegal aliens and others, such as convicted felons, are more likely to vote Democrat VS GOP for many reasons but mostly because the Democrats are the ones supporting the extension and perpetuation of gov’t transfer and welfare payments. Our welfare rolls have increased by millions (40%), since the Obama Administration came to power in 2009 because the federal government weakened the requirements to become eligible for government transfer payments and to maintain their eligibility for longer periods.
Any blow back would be strictly party based and totally politically motivated.
The 50 sovereign states control the voting process, from Presidential elections on down to local dog catcher! Where the Secretary of State is a Democrat or where the Mayors or governors are Democrats, those states have loose Voter ID Laws. They don’t require proof of citizenship. Many of those states don’t have the means of limiting votes to one per person for a variety of reasons, such a lack of a computerized tracking system and a state law to authorize the imposition of those requirements. They allow a person to vote after presenting a state driver’s license.
In California and in at least nine other states, an illegal alien can get a driver’s license without proving their citizenship, and they are allowed to vote merely by showing a license.
The Texas Voter ID Law requires a computer system with the capability to track voter identity. So, if someone has already voted (has “Early” voted) or voted at another polling place; the system alerts the Clerk so they do not give access to a voting machine or paper ballot; therefore, the chance of fraudulent voting is significantly reduced.
The concern about dead people voting has always been around. Some groups, seeking to sway local elections, go to local cemeteries or monitor obituary notices for names of recently departed citizens, and in those states without strict Voter ID Laws, they are able to impersonate them and cast a vote. Many states don’t purge their voting rolls, annually, by using their computer system to compare a file of deceased persons with the active voter data base. In Texas, Voter Registration Certificates are renewed annually, so that people who relocate or die are scrubbed from the active voter data base.
Hope that helps your understanding. Ron
I hope this will awaken Americans to insist that the voting process be conducted to insure that “EVERY” vote cast in America is valid vote. President Johnson won his Senate election in Texas using illegal votes cast in the Hispanic area around and south of San Antonio. These invalid votes impacted history. Had LBJ lost that Senate election you can only speculate what might have resulted when Kennedy was killed.
Folks, voter identification is so easy to verify today. All we need are Judges and Congresspersons who are not politically biased and were forced to comply with the Constitution and the law of “Common Sense”.
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR THESE HYPOCRITES.
My old friend Jack Peck sent me these facts that just prove how much wealth politicians can amass in their government jobs. This writer who is black choose to use Democrats to make his points and I feel they are the greediest but they are all suspected crooks. It would be nice if we had a law that required every elected politician to make available to the public their current IRS accepted net worth before they are sworn in. Then they would have to make public their latest audited net worth when they leave office. If the net worth was greater when they left office they would be required to justify how the gain was achieved. C Brewer
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn (Derrick Wilburn is the Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives and BlackandConservative.com.)
As they prepare for their exodus from the White House, the Obamas are about to join another rarified club that of the ruling liberal elite class owning multiple ultra-expensive homes in highly exclusive communities that none in America can afford save the one-percenters. The very same one-percenters whom they rant and rail against as being the greedy, ego-centric millionaires who simply have too much.
Following the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton who (despite Hillary’s claim earlier this year that they left White House dead broke) somehow managed to educate their daughter at Stanford, Oxford, NYU and Columbia; acquire a $1.7 million estate in Chappaqua and a $2.85 million mansion in Georgetown) and Bernie Sanders who shortly after ending his 2016 presidential bid bought his third home a $600,000 lakefront vacation house on Lake Champlain. Barack and Michelle have real estate designs of their own.
Earlier this year it was revealed that upon his leaving the presidency the Obamas will not be returning to Chicago they will instead be moving into a $6 million, 8,200-square foot, 9-bedroom 12-bathroom mansion in Kalorama, one of the District’s most posh, desirable and exclusive neighborhoods in the heart of one of America’s wealthiest zip codes.
With daughter Malia off to college that leaves just Barack, Michelle and Sasha until the younger daughter graduates high school in 2018. Nothing says I care about climate change, energy consumption and our CO2 footprint re than keeping an 8,200-square foot house heated and air conditioned year round for just three people. The hypocrisy and do as I say not as I do hubris of all these wealthy climate change proponents is sickening.
By the way, the Obama’s new home is just two doors down from Clinton campaign manager, John Podesta, who recently lost the most significant campaign of his life. But that’s not the new news. We have now learned Barack and Michelle are the proud owners of yet another home, this one on the Left Coast .As reported by Page Six and other sources, the Obamas have a new home in Rancho Mirage, California. Rancho Mirage is a popular golf getaway which would explain its attraction to the soon-to-be ex-golfer-in-chief. By some counts this makes the Obama’s fifth home. Also from Page Six, The Obamas are also said to have bought a holiday getaway in Obama’s childhood home state of Hawaii. How many American families own five of anything, let alone houses? Let alone houses in Hawaii that they see once a year or so. Most of us are blessed if able to rent a hotel room or condo on Hawaii once a decade.
The relocation habits of Democrats leaving office is very interesting. For example; having been voted out of office in 2014, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu didn’t return to Louisiana. She instead made her 7,300-square foot $2.5 million Washington DC mansion her new home. Rather than returning to Little Rock, when Bill and Hill left the White House they chose the liberal, ultra-wealthy haven of Chappaqua New York with its average household income of $285,801 and average household net worth of $1,564,366 for their new residence.
Now it’s the Obama’s turn. Are they going back to Chicago to live amongst the little people and take their chances becoming yet another statistic (total number shot as of this writing this year: 3,961)? No, not so much.
They, like the others, are moving into a private, secured community to live in a house big enough for five families where they will host cocktail parties for golf buddies and other millionaire and billionaire friends.
Yet like the Sanders, Landrieus and Clintons of the world, they will accept exorbitant five-, six-, even seven-figure speaking fees to give speeches about how the rich in our country are steadily pulling away from everyone else and increasingly isolating themselves. About how the concentration of wealth at the top is allowing some Americans to own multiple houses, vacation when and as they please and live lives most of the rest of the country cannot fathom. They’ll blather on and on about how the rich are a big part of the problems in our country. END
The creation of this new elite class of greedy Americans that have rights far beyond the rest of us is wrong. I pray that our new President, for all of the people, will eliminate this elite class of politicians from having special rights. All Americans should have equal rights as our Constitution and Bill of Rights provide. If the laws applied to these elites the Obama’s, Clinton’s, Sander’s, Bush’s and thousands more would be in jail. Unfortunately if us plain folks made money the same way the politicians do we would be in prison.
Sitting here writing this article I was thinking about the task of preparing the necessary information required to be sent to my CPA to prepare my 2016 tax filing. I have a Master’s Degree in Business and there is no way I could possibly fill out the some 50 pages of information required by the IRS each year. I am 86 years old and worked hard for 50 years saving enough to supplement our Federal Entitlement payment that I started paying into when I was eight years old in 1938. I have Neuropathy in both feet and lower legs, bone on bone problems in both knees. I have high blood pressure, severe water retention problems, sleep apnea and take about 25 total pills at 5 different times of the day. My memory is waning and I use notes and an Amazon Echo to help me remember things like I have a dental appointment next Tuesday, I saw the doctor this week, I have blood work week after next and I also help my wife of 56 years remember her requirements.
If I went out and shot a Democratic politician in the butt, plead guilty to save a trial, they would let me go to prison in East Texas close to where I live because I did not kill him. No more income tax filing, paying for my medicine, good doctors, groceries, and even TV. I would have doctors far better than at the VA as I served nearly 5 years in the US Navy starting at age 17. I am too old to drink, don’t smoke, can’t walk long distances and if you ever reach 86 you will find out there are many more things you used to do that are now impossible. My kids would no longer feel guilty for not visiting much anymore. When I croaked my family would not have to pay to cremate or bury me and my wife might have enough money left to pass on to our kids?
I only used this scenario to make a point as I would never want to ever be away from my partner and wife, Norma, for 56 years. Another misconception I used was I would never find a Democratic politician in East Texas and my legs would not let me drive to Austin, Dallas or Houston where all of the Democrats live in Texas. C Brewer