The #ExecutiveOrder/#ExecutiveAction Double-Edge Sword

Gov. Matt Bevin is giving The Left a lesson in the double-edge nature of executive orders and the rule-of-law:

Kentucky’s newly sworn-in Gov. Matt Bevin has issued a series of executive orders undoing much of his Democratic predecessor’s work in one fell swoop.

Not only did Bevin strip the voting rights of some 140,000 former felons, he also reduced the minimum wage for some state employees from $10.10 per hour back to $7.25, Think Progress reported. …

Though Bevin’s predecessor, Steve Beshear, didn’t restore the voting rights to violent felons, Bevin said he doesn’t support Beshear’s use of an executive order to achieve that end. “While I have been a vocal supporter of the restoration of rights,” Bevin said in a prepared statement to the Lexington Herald Leader. “it is an issue that must be addressed through the legislature and by the will of the people.”

Of course, liberals are losing their minds over Gov. Matt Bevin upholding the rule of law. They’re basically jumping up and down saying that you can not undo an executive order. You can read all of that here, because I am too lazy to link them all.

I would like to note that yes, yes you can undo an executive order. These are not laws and are subject to the whim of executive branch. As the Wall Street Journal notes, President Obama’s executive orders/executive actions may not last long:

The Obama legacy is built on executive orders, regulations and agency actions that can be overturned using the same authority Mr. Obama employed to put them in place.

An array of President Obama’s policies – changing immigration law, blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, the Iranian nuclear agreement and the normalization of relations with Cuba, among others – were implemented exclusively through executive action. Because any president is free “to revoke, modify or supersede his own orders or those issued by a predecessor,” as the Congressional Research Service puts it, a Republican president could overturn every Obama executive action the moment after taking the oath of office.

Since Donald Trump is the Republican front runner, would he undo those four policies?

It goes without saying that a President Trump would undo President Obama’s executive orders/executive actions on immigration. I do not have to give you examples.

A President Trump would be very supportive of the Keystone XL Pipeline: “If I am elected President I will immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline. No impact on environment & lots of jobs for U.S.”

From what I have heard, Trump is not a fan of the Iran Deal.

And to top everything off, Trump would take a hardline on Cuba.

There is talk on new executive orders by Obama on Gun Control. Trump is having none of it.

Rule by fiat is fleeting. I, for one, appreciate this life lesson from Gov. Matt Bevin and I hope you do too. This is also a warning to Republican Presidents/Governors as well.

Well, see ya’ later!


The Swamp #42

The Lord Spoda Is In The Swamp!

The Swamp #42: #Filibuster, #PopeInUS, #Terrorism, @LordSpoda Guest!

Today we got Lord Spoda in the house! Since it has been an insane week for me, I just had Kat and Spoda on to talk about whatever. First (mostly) me and Kat had a lively debate on the filibuster. The we talk about the Pope and Terrorism. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!


5 Longest Filibusters in U.S. History by Tom Murse

Dems filibuster Iran vote by Alexander Bolton

Pope Francis weighs in on climate change. How do his proposals measure up? by Jessica F. Green

Saving the Planet by George Carlin

Pope Francis Met With Kim Davis, Kentucky County Clerk, in Washington by JIM YARDLEY and LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Obama: Romney called Russia our top geopolitical threat by Molly Moorhead

BREAKING! U.S. Officials Say Putin Bombed CIA-Backed Rebels In Syria!! by SooperMexican

Well, see ya’ later!

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#FLSen: Lt. Governor @LopezCantera’s #Cuba Statement

Sec. Hillary Clinton spoke out yesterday on some pressing issues. No, not her emails, but the lifting of the Cuban Embargo:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called for lifting the embargo on Cuba

I am going to stop right there, because the rest is just left-wing agitprop. Luckly, we have someone like Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera to counter that nonsense:

Today, Hillary Clinton joined Barack Obama in sad political capitulation to the Castro Regime. For over 50 years, Fidel and Raul Castro have presided over a police state of where the most basic human rights are abridged, where they and their cronies are enriched, and where the regime has been a known state sponsor of terrorism.

Right on, Lt. Governor! Lopez-Cantera then goes criticizes a part of Hillary Clinton’s speech:

Mrs. Clinton also had the audacity to mention the Ladies in White today, but failed to acknowledge that abuses against them have increased since President Obama’s concessions. Lifting the trade embargo with Cuba may actually make the situation worse for the Ladies in White and other Cuban pro-democracy forces. It will do nothing but fund the machinery of violent oppression that has seen members of the Ladies in White beaten and imprisoned. Her moral blindness on Cuba is almost worse than that of President Obama; at least her husband understood the need to maintain the trade embargo against the dictatorship.

He’s right. Anyone with basic search can find this out:

The “Ladies in White” say they were rounded-up by police on Sunday (July 12th), as they tried to divert from their normal protest route in the capital, Havana.

More than 90 of them were bundled into buses off the city’s smart 5th Avenue as they headed towards the seafront, they say.

The women were planning to lay flowers in memory of the adults and children who died when the tugboat they had hijacked sank as it was pursued by the Cuban authorities in Caribbean waters.

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera finishes strong:

Hillary Clinton made it clear today she wants to reward the Castros, but asks for nothing in return. As she surely knows, any economic benefit flowing to Cuba as the result of ending the trade embargo will not go to the Cuban people, but will enrich the Castro tyranny and cement their despotic hold on power.

A conversation about the future of Cuba is vital, but for me, the conversation must start by putting the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Cuban people first, not the desires of Fidel and Raul Castro.

If Hillary Clinton wants to bury her head in the sand about the reality of Cuba, I am thankful that we have in Carlos Lopez-Cantera a person who can tell us the truth. That is why I support him and you should too.

Well, see ya’ later!


The Swamp #29

Free Cuba Of The Castro Bros!

The Swamp #29: #CorporateWelfare, #AmtrakWelfare, #Cuba, @RattlerGator Guest!

Today, me and Tex talk about the state of corporate welfare of public transportation. We both think that supporting Amtrak is a waste of money.

Then we have J. B. White (aka RattlerGator) on his epic trip to Cuba (pictures below). Then we talk a little about what might happen if Cuba becomes free. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!


Pictures From J.B. White’s Week-Long Cuba Trip: Google+FlickrShutterfly

Well, see ya’ later!

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Why #Cuba *SHOULD* Be On The #StateSponsoredTerrorism List

President Barack Obama is on the verge of making one of the biggest mistakes of the 21st Century (the other one is the Iran Deal, but that is for another day), taking Cuba off the State Sponsors Of Terrorism.

Ben Domenech underscores how Cuba is giving up nothing for normalization:

What does the United States get in return for this overture? Do we get normalization of the status of Guantanamo? Do we get our fugitives back so they can face justice? Does Cuba apologize for any of its support for terrorism? Does Cuba have to render justice or accountability for shooting down American civilian aircraft in international airspace, as it did in 1996? Do meaningful numbers of Cuban political prisoners get released? Does Cuban social and political repression ease one iota? Does Cuban support for radicalism and violence abroad cease? Does the Cuban communist grip on power and society relax even slightly? Does America receive Cuban support or even neutrality on any issue over which Cuba was previously opposed? Does Cuba concede a single item of strategic value or tactical value?

The answer to every single one of these questions is the same: no.

No! Nothing! Ben Domenech didn’t mention the almost $7 Billion worth (after inflation) of property stolen from US citizens and companies! According the to the 1996 Helms-Burton Act:

…the US cannot lift the embargo until both governments agree to settle the more than 5,900 claims the US Foreign Claims Settlement Commission (an arm of the Justice Department) recognizes against Cuba stemming from the expropriation of property owned by Americans following the Cuban revolution.

But I digress. All you will get from the MSM is that there is “no reason” that Cuba should be on the State Sponsored Terrorism List. I call bullshit on that claim, because a quick search on the web revealed a great archive on Cuba’s Terrorism.

Not only are the Castro Brothers a thugocracy to their own people, they have been exporting their brand of violence to the rest of the world:

When it first came to power, the Castro regime had its own theory of how to spread revolution: to reproduce elsewhere the rural-based guerrilla warfare experience of Castro’s 26th of July Movement in Cuba. In Che Guevara’s words, the Andes would become the Sierra Maestra of South America.

Initial attempts to repeat Cuba’s revolution elsewhere failed decisively. During the late 1960s, the Castro regime gradually reined in its zealots. Without abandoning its ideology or its ties to radical states and movements, Cuba began to pursue normal government-to-government relations in the hemisphere. By the mid-1970s Cuba’s isolation in the Americas eased, and full diplomatic or consular relations were reestablished with a number of countries.

But diplomacy proved unable to satisfy the Castro government’s ambitions. First in Africa and now in Latin America and the Caribbean, Cuba’s policy has again shifted to reemphasize intervention.

On July 26, 1980, Fidel Castro declared that the experiences of Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, and Bolivia teach us that there is no other way than revolution, that there is no other “formula” than “revolutionary armed struggle.” Castro’s statement was an attempt to justify publicly what Cuban agents had been doing secretly since 1978: stepping up support for armed insurgency in neighboring countries.

These groups include, but not limited to, the following:

LASO – Latin American Solidarity Organization – A Cuban controlled organization founded during the 1966 Tri-Continental Conference in Havana to “coordinate and foment the fight against North American imperialism.”

M-19 – Movimiento 19 de Abril – A Castro supported group formed in 1974 to disrupt Colombia’s government through acts of terrorism and violence. The M-19 was very active throughout the 1980s receiving assistance and training from the Montoneros and Tupamaros groups and the Cuban government, causing Colombia to temporarily sever diplomatic relations with Cuba.

MACHETEROS – This terrorist organization is composed of four Puerto Rican groups: 1) the Macheteros, 2) the Ejercito Popular Boracua (EPB), 3) the Movimiento Popular Revolucionario, and 4) the Partido Revolucionario de Trabajadores Puertorriquenos. Most of the Macheteros have been trained in Cuba, were they have established relations with other terrorist groups. They are responsible for several terrorist acts within the United States and throughout Puerto Rico.

IRA – Irish Republican Army – The IRA is the most dangerous terrorist organization of Northern Ireland dating back to the early 1920s. Although, it wasn’t until the 1970’s when the IRA began terrorist actions and resurrected the historical conflicts. The IRA targets political transformation for United Ireland by eliminating Britain from Northern Ireland and replacing the government of Northern Ireland with a socialist government. Its Latin American headquarters are in Havana.

So you see, the Castro Brothers not only supported terrorism in the Western Hemisphere, but against Europe as well. Does Europe really want to expose themselves to Castro Terrorism again?

To top everything off, Castro Brothers are harboring a host of criminal fugitives:

They include members of a violent Spanish separatist movement, the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA), which the State Department estimates has killed more than 800 people since the 1960s.

Cuba has also provided safe haven to members of the Colombian guerrilla army known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which has been waging a civil war with the Colombian government since the 1960s.

In addition, Cuba is providing refuge for dozens of U.S. fugitives, including one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists – Joanne Chesimard, a member of the Black Liberation Army. She shot and killed a New Jersey State Police trooper execution-style in 1973. She received a life sentence but escaped prison and made her way to Cuba.

“It is essential to recognize that the Castro regime has a long track record of providing sanctuary to terrorists and harboring U.S. fugitives who have murdered American citizens, while undermining national security,” Sen. Bob Menendez*, D-N.J., wrote in a Feb. 26 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. “Before Cuba is removed from (the list), the Castro regime must be held to account for these acts and American fugitives must be brought back to face justice in the U.S.”

“I think the Obama administration has already made a political decision to remove Cuba from the list,” said Mauricio Claver-Carone, executive director of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, which opposed Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba. “But if the assessment is made on facts and law, it’s very difficult to remove them.”

Indeed. But the Obama Administration has thumb their nose at the rule of law before, so no big surprise there.

So there you go. There is a reason why Cuba is on the State Sponsored Terrorism List and they are completely unrepentant of the matter. They should be on that list. You do not need to dig so deep to find out why. People need to wake up to the danger here.

The U.S. Department of State Counterterrorism Bureau, likely under direction from the Obama White House, is about to forgive the Castro Brothers and wipe the slate clean. Without any repentance from Cuba, any blood that flows from Cuba will be on Barack Obama and John Kerry. History will judge them wanting. Since they are doing this unilaterally and they alone will bear responsibility.

Well, see ya’ later!


The Swamp #23

Viva La Revolucion, El Pendejos!

The Swamp #23: #Venezuela, #Ukraine, #Iran, @NoahCRothman Guest!

Today The Swamp takes a look outside the United States and what going on at three locations. First Gator talks about the failed state of Venezuela and how socialism brought down that once great nation. Then Tex shares his views on the Ukraine/Russia conflict.

Last, but not least, we have Noah C Rothman from on to give us the history of US-Iran relations and the current details surrounding the bad Iran Deal. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!


None for this week.

Well, see ya’ later!

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Outrageous: @SenatorMenendez’s #PoliticalProsecution Well Underway

I’m brimming with so much outage and anger right now, it’s not even funny:

The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.

People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of the statute of limitation on some of the allegations.

And we all know why:

Senator Menendez gives legitimate and bipartisan opposition to President Obama’s “Peace With Dangerous Iranian And Cuban Thugs” policy. We on the right turned these allegations upside-down and inside-out and only now, after two long years, does the Justice Department bring criminal corruption charges? I might not agree with Senator Menendez on a lot of issues, but the timing on this just stinks to high heaven. This has all the hullmarks of a political prosecution to silent a political opponent.

I am going to break with my conservative brothers and sisters, and side with Senator Menendez here. I rather beat him at the ballot box than use trumped-up corruption charges to force him to resign.

Well, see ya’ later!


The Swamp #17

Goodbye and good luck, Laura!

The Swamp #17: #SchoolChoice, #StudentLoanDebt, #CubanEmbargo, @RattlerGator Guest!

Today we say goodbye and good luck to the Texas Blonde, Laura, as this is her last podcast with The Swamp as a co-host. Laura is always welcome back on as a guest in the near future! But before I let her go, we talked a little about School Choice since there is a rally going on in Washington DC right now and that of government forgiving Student Loan Debt (which we both agreed is a very bad idea).

Next, me and J.B. White (The “RattlerGator“) talk about his trip to Cuba and the Cuban Embargo. We both have nothing against the Cuban people per say, just the the murderous Castro Brothers! But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!


Common Core Is Pretty Dumb

Well, see ya’ later!

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