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 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”.
Unfortunately I have no idea who wrote this fantastic fact sheet and message to the under educated “Pretenders” who reside in the land of fruit and nuts. These folks drink different water than the rest of us. Off screen they fully exhibit their ignorance and inability to communicate with anyone but the “Tree Hugger’s” ,”Communists Professors” and all of the “Right Wingnut’s” of America. My thanks to Dr. Peter Forrest for sharing this on this day before we will finally have a President who is a “Leader”. C Brewer 1-19-17
Dear Hollywood celebrities,
It’s time to wake up now. Get this! The only reason you exist is for my entertainment. Some of you are beautiful. Some of you can deliver a line with such conviction that you bring tears to my eyes. Some of you are so convincing that you scare the crap out of me. And others are so funny you can make me laugh uncontrollably.
But you all have one thing in common. You only exist and have a place in my world to entertain me. That’s it. Nothing else!
You make your living pretending to be someone else. You play dress-up like a 5-year-old. Your world is a make believe world. It is not real. It doesn’t exist. You live for the camera while the rest of us live in the real world. Your entire existence depends on my patronage. I crank the organ grinder, and you dance.
Therefore, I don’t care where you stand on issues. Honestly, your opinion means nothing to me. Just because you had a lead role in a movie about prostitution doesn’t mean you know what it’s like to be a prostitute. Your view matters far less to me than that of a someone living in Timbuktu .
Believe me or not, the hard truth is that you aren’t real. I turn off my TV or shut down my computer, and you cease to exist. Once I am done with you, I go back to the real world until I want you to entertain me again.
I don’t care that you think BP executives deserve the death penalty. I don’t care what you think about the environment. I don’t care if you believe fracking is bad. I don’t care if you call for more gun control. I don’t care if you believe in catastrophic human-induced global warming. And I could care less that you supported Hillary for President. Get back into your bubble. I’ll let you know when I’m in the mood for something pretty or scary or funny.
And one other thing. What was with all this “I’ll leave the country if Donald Trump wins”? Don’t you know how stupid that made you sound? What did you think my reaction was going to be? I better not vote for Trump or we’ll lose Whoopi Goldberg? Al Sharpton? Amy Schumer? Leave. I don’t care! And don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. Oh by the way, is Clinton returning any of the money you so generously donated to her election?
Make me laugh. Make me cry. Even scare me. But realize this, the only words of yours that matter are scripted — just like your pathetic little lives. I may agree with some of you from time to time, but in the final analysis, it doesn’t matter. In my world, you exist solely for my entertainment. So, shut your pie hole and dance, monkey, DANCE! ANON
Send’um to Syria Donald and see it they can make ISIS surrender. CB