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THE OBAMA/BIDEN ADMINISTRATION'S LATEST POLITICAL PRISONER

Today at noon, Stephen K. Bannon will surrender himself to the Danbury Federal Prison in Connecticut to serve four months for the “misdemeanor” of defying an illegal Congressional subpoena.

There is no doubt he is being held as a political prisoner to keep him from participating in Trump’s presidential campaign. Bannon will be the first person incarcerated for defying a congressional subpoena in more than half a century under a statute that is rarely prosecuted.

BANNON-POLITICAL PRISIONER

For those unfamiliar with Bannon’s crime…

Stephen K. Bannon was an advisor/confidant of President Donald J. Trump, who was titled “Chief Strategist and Counselor to the President.”

The illegally constituted “The United States House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol” summoned Bannon to appear before the Committee with requested documents to give testimony about his conversations with Donald Trump relating to January 6 and other matters.

Bannon consulted legal counsel, who then requested President Trump to waive “executive privilege” regarding the documents and testimony, which Trump refused to do.

Again, following legal counsel, Bannon requested the Court’s guidance.

Bannon refused on substantive legal grounds. The Committee recommended that Bannon be found in contempt of Congress, and the House of Representatives adopted that recommendation by a vote of 229-202. The following Republicans voted to punish Bannon, although the Democrats had a clear majority.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming (January 6 committee member); Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois (January 6 committee member); Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania; Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; Rep. John Katko of New York; Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina; Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan; and Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan. Of course, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hand-selected Cheney and Kinzinger on the Committee – and named Cheney Vice Chair to avoid the requirement of a ranking member to sign off on any subpoena.

The DOJ decided to prosecute Bannon for a misdemeanor, even though previous scofflaws, like Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder, were not prosecuted.

Two Charges Filed for Failing to Honor House Subpoena From Select Committee Investigating Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

Stephen K. Bannon was indicted today by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress stemming from his failure to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.

Bannon, 67, is charged with one contempt count involving his refusal to appear for a deposition and another involving his refusal to produce documents, despite a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol. An arraignment date has not yet been set in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. <Source: DOJ>

In Court proceedings, Bannon was found guilty by the trial court and sentenced to four months in prison and a $6,500 fine. The judge said he would stay the penalty pending Bannon’s expected appeal.

Upon an appeal to a higher Court, a three-judge panel denied the appeal.

Bannon’s attorney requested an en banc hearing before the full appellate Court.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols ordered Bannon to be jailed, ruling, “I don’t believe that the original basis for my stay of Mr. Bannon’s sentence exists any longer. I no longer consider that his appeal raises substantial questions of law likely to reverse his conviction.”

In a last-ditch effort to remain free while he challenges his conviction on charges of defying a subpoena from the House committee, the feckless Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. denied Bannon’s request in a single sentence: “The application for release pending appeal presented to the Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court is denied.”

At issue…

The legitimacy of the January 6 Committee and its authority to issue a subpoena.

The limits of executive privilege, including whether another President can waive it.

Judicial error or misconduct since Judge Nichols ruled that Bannon could not argue at trial that he relied on his lawyer’s advice or believed Trump’s claim of executive privilege barred his cooperation.

Punitive prosecution of a defendant who has followed the advice of counsel and sought the Court’s guidance.

Selective prosecution for interfering with a presidential election.

Bottom line…

Bannon is a hard-ass and will not be side-lined, but he will likely prevail in his appeal if the Court and Jury follow the law.

We are so screwed, and instead of praying for Bannon, we are redoubling our effort to get out the vote for a decisive Trump victory in 2024.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


CAN SOUTH DAKOTA'S COMMON-SENSE CONSERVATISM COEXIST WITH MAGA POPULISM?

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There is every indication that ‘common-sense conservatism’ may be on a collision course with MAGA-style populism. The wrong Vice President could seek to thwart a rapid turnaround of a government infested with progressive communist Democrats, especially given Trump’s age and lifestyle, which could see the Vice President becoming the President.

What makes this scenario troubling is that South Dakota’s John Thune will likely succeed Mitch McConnell as Speaker of the House, giving enormous influence to Burgum and Thune in Congress. It is also expected that South Dakota’s Governor, Kristi Noem, may receive a powerful cabinet appointment like Secretary of the Interior or Secretary of Energy, given that North Dakota ranks third in the nation, after Texas and New Mexico, in crude oil reserves and production.

What are the chances that Burgum will morph into a Romney when faced with significant social issues?

Burgum is considered generally conservative but has demonstrated that his ideology was tempered with pragmatism on specific issues like education reform and handling the pandemic, whereas Mitt Romney was said to be a moderate RINO – Republican In Name Only) when dealing with social issues like healthcare, climate change, and immigration.

Both Burgum and Romney are well-educated and have achieved substantial success in business. However, as most people know, the government cannot be treated as a business with efficiency and data-driven metrics, given the divisions of power within the government and competing interests.

According to the Washington Post…

  • Economy: Doug Burgum’s position on Social Security and Medicare is unclear. He implemented state tax changes as governor, as well as supported infrastructure investments in North Dakota. He opposes investment funds that prioritize social and environmental responsibility.

  • Immigration:  Doug Burgum’s positions on immigration are unclear, including his position on deporting undocumented immigrants, providing a path to citizenship, family separations at the border and granting asylum. He has supported policies that allow state and local governments to turn away refugees from resettling in their jurisdictions.

  • Foreign policy:  Doug Burgum has said China is the greatest threat to the U.S. He supports continued support for Ukraine. His position on defending Taiwan is unclear.

  • Crimes and guns:  Doug Burgum supports the First Step Act. He opposes federal legalization of marijuana. He is open to restricting access to guns for people who might harm themselves or others, but opposes requiring background checks. His position on barring people from carrying guns in schools is unclear. He opposes allowing gun manufacturers to be sued in court. It’s unclear whether he owns guns.

  • Climate:  Doug Burgum’s position is unclear on whether climate change is caused by human activity or whether it is making extreme weather events worse. He favors market-based solutions over regulation. He supports clean-energy tax credits and subsidies, though not for electric vehicles.

  • Education:  Doug Burgum opposes student loan debt forgiveness. He opposes teaching students about systemic racism. His position on teaching sexuality and gender in schools is unclear. He opposes allowing transgender students to use bathrooms or play sports on teams that correspond with their identified gender. He opposes access to gender-affirming care for minors.

  • Elections: Doug Burgum recognizes Joe Biden as the legitimate winner of the 2020 election. It does not appear that he has publicly committed to accepting the certified results of the 2024 election. It’s unclear whether he would consider pardoning people convicted in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  • Abortion:  Doug Burgum opposes a federal law on abortion, though as North Dakota’s governor, he signed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country. He supports exceptions that would allow abortions in cases of rape, incest or when a pregnancy is life-threatening. His position on mifepristone, one of the pills used in medication abortion, is unclear.

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Bottom line…

There is no guarantee that Burgum will be chosen as Trump’s running mate; he is likely to be offered a high-profile cabinet position. Given Trump’s historically poor choices in vetting and selecting government appointees, now is the time for constitutional conservatives to vet potential officeholders.

Without strong and significant support, Trump can be overcome, once again, by bureaucratic resistance and the progressive communist democrat’s lawfare.

No matter what is going on with Biden and the progressive communist democrats, we must achieve an unassailable majority in Congress as well as take the Presidency. Don’t talk—vote—and make sure your like-minded relatives, friends, and co-workers vote as soon as they receive their ballots. If possible, register and train to be a poll watcher.

We are so screwed unless we vote for America.

GOP-CHARGE-- Steve

 


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS