Saturday, January 02, 2021

From Latinos for Tennessee: Leaving on the Midnight Train to GA…. Join Us!

We are on the homestretch and freedom lovers in Georgia need YOUR HELP. 

 Will you consider joining Latinos for Tennessee as we campaign in Georgia? 

 As you know, the fate of the U.S. Senate rests on the outcome of two U.S. Senate races. The only thing preventing progressives from raising our taxes, limiting school choice and stomping out religious freedom hinges on a Republican-controlled Senate. 

Please click here right away to get in touch with Nilsa, Eastern Tennessee Director for Latinos for Tennessee. 

Reminder: Free lodging and meals for all volunteers 

In Liberty, 

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Victory Rally in Georgia, January 4, 2021

President Donald J. Trump will return to Georgia for a Victory Rally in Dalton on Monday, January 4, 2021, at 7:00 PM EST. President Trump will campaign for Senator David Perdue, Senator Kelly Loeffler, and Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald. 

The two Senate runoff elections in Georgia are critical to holding the line and maintaining a majority in the U.S. Senate. If Democrats win, we can expect them to defund the police, raise taxes, pack the courts, pass the radical Green New Deal, and take over our health care system. 

Show your support for President Trump by attending the Victory Rally in Dalton, Georgia! 

 Rally with President Donald J. Trump January 4, 2021
 Doors Open: 3:00 PM 
Program Begins: 7:00 PM 
 Dalton Regional Airport, 4485 Airport Rd SE, Dalton, Georgia 30721 

 Like President Trump, Senator David Perdue and Senator Kelly Loeffler are defenders of the Constitution, supporters of law enforcement, and will work to support local businesses. Join them and President Trump at the Victory Rally on Monday, January 4, 2021! 

When we win Georgia, we save America! 

 Scott Golden Chairman 
Tennessee Republican Party 

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Both Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty to support rejecting Electoral College votes and requiring an audit of elections.

by Rod Williams, Jan, 2, 2021 - According to the Epoch Times, Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator Bill Hagerty, both are  among the group of eleven Senators that today announced they’re going to challenge electoral votes during the Jan. 6th joint session of Congress. This makes 12 Senators planning on doing so. 

In addition, should the vote of the Electoral College be rejected, they are going to call on Congress to immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of election returns in disputed states.  When completed, the states would evaluate the commission’s findings and convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.

This will fail as I think it should. I do not believe there was enough fraud to change the election outcome and I do not support this effort. In  public statements and tweets, President Trump has alleged massive fraud and claims he won by a landslide, but in court filings the Trump team has not made a convincing case of sufficient fraud to change an election outcome. Attorney General Bill Barr has said the Justice Department found no evidence of wide-spread fraud sufficient to change the election outcome and dozens of federal and state courts have ruled against the president's effort to overturn the election results. 

Should this effort pass, the next president could still be inaugurated by the January 20th inauguration, so this would not be a violation of that provision of the Constitution.  This is not the first time, members of Congress have challenged a vote from the Electoral College.  Some Democrats did it in both 2017 and 2005.
Update: To read this story from a source I consider more trustworthy than the Epoch Times, read the story in The Wall Street Journal, however WSJ is behind a paywall and you must be a subscriber to view it.  The WSJ story is more in-depth.   

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Congratulations to Harlow Rose Huntingon, first Nashville baby of 2021 and born to married parents.

Ashley and Rashon Huntington with new baby Harlow Rose

 by Rod Williams - Every year, the news media announces with fanfare the first baby born in Nashville in the new year.  This year, Harlow Rose Huntington was born at 12:02 AM at Tri-Star Summit Medical Center here in Nashville. (1)

I have noticed that in some years, the media will feature the mother and baby and not mention a father at all.  I assume those are single mothers and there is no father in the photograph and I assume there is no father in the picture. 

We hear a lot about income inequality in American and we blame it on racism or capitalism or some other perceived fault of the system in which we live.  It is not nice to "blame the victim," but if people were honest, we would have a lot less poverty if there were fewer out of wedlock births. Instead of judging out of wedlock births negatively however, we praise "single mothers."  

Unfortunately, the term "single mothers" lumps together women who had children and who were never married and may not even know who the father is, in with divorced mothers, and widowed mothers.  I think that is a shame.  The widowed mother is to be honored; the women who irresponsibly got pregnant and brought a baby into the world without a father ought to be shamed. The distinction as to what type of "single mother" should be preserved whenever possible. 

About 4 out 10 children currently born in America are born to unwed mothers. Nearly two-thirds are born to mothers under the age of 30.  Some of these are born to mothers who are co-habituating with the father, so at least initially, the child does have a father in his life.  While the child with the most advantages in life is born to married parents, the child born to cohabitating parents is considerably better off than the child born to a solo mother.  Most children born out of wedlock are born to solo women, with no partner. This is more likely to be the case among Black children.   

Today 1 in 4 children under the age of 18, a total of about 15.7 million, are being raised without a father. The U.S. had the world's highest rate of children living in single-parent households (2).  The median income for families led by a single mother in 2018 was about $45,128, well below the $93,654 median for married couples. Three in 10 solo mothers are living in poverty. 

Children of single-parent households are at greater risk of dropping out of high school, have less chance of going to college, teen boys are at greater risk of becoming delinquents, and teenage girls have a greater risk of pregnancy. Everything from obesity to gang activity to suicide rates to incarceration rates as adults shows that children raised by single mothers are at greater risk of negative outcomes. 

Congratulations to baby Harlow Rose Huntington.  She has a better shot a good life than the baby born to a single mother down the hall. 

For more see link, and link.  The data on the disadvantages of being brought up in a fatherless household is overwhelming. 

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

On January 1st, Tennessee will really be an income tax-free state.

On January 1st, Tennessee will really be an income tax-free state. Tennessee’s Hall Income Tax will finally be laid to rest! Thanks to the Beacon Center which was a leading advocate of abolishing the tax, to various other citizens and organizations who were relentless over a long period of time calling for an end to the tax and to all of our Republican leaders who fought so hard to make this a reality. 

I would like to see us now amend the Tennessee constitution so the idea of an income tax stays dead.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

How Tennessee’s Congressional delegation voted on $2,000 stimulus checks

by Rod Williams -  I am pleased all of Tennessee's Republican congressmen voted against the $2000 stimulus check, except for Phil Row who abstained.  Tennessee's two Democrat congressmen, Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep. Jim Cooper, voted for it.  The measure passed the House by a vote of 275 to 134, To read what individual members of Congress said on the issue follow this link

In the Senate, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked a request for unanimous consent for the CASH Act from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Unanimous consent enables a bill to pass without a recorded vote. President Trump is pushing the $2,000 direct payments,  All Democrat Senator are supporting the bill. (link

It is weird that a Republican President is pushing this spendthrift bill favored by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. One would normally expect a Republican president to be more fiscally responsible than Democrat legislators. I think this is an indication that either Trump has lost touch with reality or he is so focused on his wounded ego from losing the election that he is burning the house down on his way out the door. It will only require 12 Republicans to vote with the Democrats for the bill to pass.  I hope Republicans stay true to their principles and vote against this bill. 

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Will President Trump declare martial law to hold on to power?

by Rod Williams - I am apprehensive about the immediate future and will not rest easy until after Joe Biden is inaugurated and Donald Trump is out of the White House. I fear Trump may use military force to stay in office.  I never thought I would need to be concerned about something like this.  What has been unimaginable is now a real possibility. 

Let me make it clear that I voted for Donald Trump in the last election.  While I have disapproved of some things he has done as president; not many.  My problem with Trump is more his personality than his policies.  He is not sensitive or compassionate and he is a bully and a jerk and he has trouble with the truth.  Our president is not only the chief executive but also the head of state.  I think Trumps fails in the head of state role.  He is not good at the I-feel-your-pain stuff.  He is not good at the ceremonial stuff. However, he can be good at it when he stays on script. When I vote, however, I am not voting for a spouse or a daddy or a Sunday School teacher.  His personality does not bother me all that much.  

Trump has brought us prosperity, reduced inequality, decreased Black unemployment to the lowest rate ever, turned back the tide of illegal immigrants, made Europe pay a greater share of their own defense, took seriously the threat of China's expanding military might, called China to task for unfair trade practices, destroyed Al-Qaida,  cut back drastically on stifling and overreaching regulations, appointed hundreds of justices who respect the Constitution, advanced peace in the Middle East for the first time since 1979, quieted North Korea, made America energy independent, and more. Not a bad record. 

I wish he would have been reelected.  Not only do I like his record, the Democrat threat of packing the Supreme Court, the Green New Deal, nationalizing health care, statehood for D. C and Puerto Rico. the threat to the Second Amendment, reimposing massive stifling regulations, raising taxes, opening our border to a flood of illegal immigration, reversing energy independence, and other policies may destroy America. So, yes, I voted for Trump and wish he would have won. 

Do I believe there was widespread fraud in the last election? Yes.  Enough to change the outcome of the election?  Maybe. Does that justify declaring martial law and suspending the constitution? Hell NO! That some are even entertaining doing so is appalling. 

My view is we should follow the Constitution.  There is no constitutional provision for a military take over and then soon having an election do over. In some countries, the military steps in every few years and rules for a while.  It is not uncommon in Turkey, Thailand, various central and South American countries and has happened in Greece and eastern European nations and is commonplace in Africa. We have prided ourselves as being governed by a constitution.  Our peaceful transfer of power and stability has made us the envy of the world and an example other countries aspire to.  We have been that shining city on the hill.  If we allow a military take over, then even if there is an election to clarify who actually would win in a fair election, we have opened the door to military take overs always being an acceptable part of our system of governance. 

Some will ask of me, so, if the Democrats stole the election we should just let them?  Unless our constitutional remedies can correct what is perceived by many as a stolen election then, yes, we follow the constitution. We do not break the mold of being a constitutional  republic.  I still believe that in the Nixon-Kennedy election, that the Democrats stole the election. There was enough fraud in Mayor Daley's Chicago and Lyndon Johnson's Texas to change the outcome.  I am glad Nixon chose to allow Kennedy to take office rather than have a military coup.

Sometimes there is a miscarriage of justice but preserving the framework of rule of law is more  important the particular outcome of one case.  The Trump team has been unable to legally win this election.  They have not prevailed in the courts.  It is time to accept the results.  I compare this to the criminal justice system.  There are times when the guilty go free and worst than that, there are times when the innocent are found guilty.  No system created by man is perfect.  Because there is the occasional miscarriage of justice do I want to replace it with mob rule?  No! Assume a despicable person has been charged with a horrendous crime, say rape of a child, but because of police misconduct in the investigation, he is likely to be found not guilty.  Would I support a mob breaking into the jail, dragging him out and stringing him up?  No.  The legal system, imperfect as it may be, is more important than the possible miscarriage of justice in one particular case. 

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, retired, has joined retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and some others in calling on Trump to declare martial law and to void the election. There have also been other voices urging this course of action. I do not believe this will happen, but am concerned that it might. It is a real possibility and that is frightening.  Also, I am not sure Trump is thinking rationally. He seems to be acting on emotion rather than principle or logic. Of course, I think he often does so.  If reports are to be believed he has narrowed the number of people who have access to him.  I am not sure he has any advisors who do not tell him what he wants to hear.

Vallely is somewhat of a nut who has endorsed the Q-annon nonsense, but then Trump would not denounce Q when offered an opportunity to do so, so Trump may be listening to people like Vallely.  Sometimes I get the feeling Trump is delusional.  He may believe the Q-annon theory himself but even if  he doesn't believe it, he may not discount Vallely's opinion simply because Vallely believes it.  

Between now and when Biden takes office, is a scary period. Foreign advisories may see us vulnerable during this period.  The threat that Trump may actually declare martial law is frightening.  If that happens we may never return to being a nation of laws.  

On January 6th the Congress will confirm the electoral college vote. If there is a military action to keep Trump in office it will most likely be after January 6th. At this point Trump is banking on January 6th to hold onto power. When that fails, then we need to watch carefully for military mobilization. Republicans need to speak out and tell Trump to accept the election results. The military needs to consider any call for martial law an illegal order. Republican leadership needs to be privately telling military brass to refuse such an order. The Congress needs to be ready to invoke Article 25 if there is military mobilization. 

I have been dismayed that so many of my Facebook friends are advocating Trump declare martial law. I hope they are a miniscule minority.  However, I am getting the distinct impression they are not.  I posted something similar to this post on Facebook and got over 160 responses, most of them supporting a call for martial law.  I know a lot of these people and others I know though Facebook over several years.  Frankly, I am shocked.   I have been unfriended and called a traitor. So many are so adamant that they will not accept a Trump loss, that I think if Trump told them to use force to stop the inauguration of Biden, many of them would take up arms.  I am afraid many Trump supporters are willing to start assassinating "traitors" to keep Trump in office. 

It is sad that they are putting loyalty to Trump above loyalty to their country. 

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Congressman Mark Green: The push for $2,000 checks is selfish and irresponsible.


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