John Elway Endorses Gorsuch For SCOTUS

Researchers can’t find a Supreme Court nominee who wasn’t endorsed by a Hall of Fame quarterback, so in that spirit John Elway endorsed Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. And he did so on official Broncos stationary. There is nothing strange about this at all. Here’s the letter…

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Perfect Time To Unite

The senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as secretary of education today by a 51-50 vote, with the extra vote coming from Vice President Mike Pence as the tie breaker. This is causing the left to have another meltdown. Democratic senators went to bed on time last night while their futile procedural move only kept senate pages up all night. They called it #holdthefloor and it had even less substance than most trendy hashtags. In the end the votes were cast and nothing changed. It was all just another dog and pony show from the Democrats.

Enough of these games. The time has come to unite. Principled conservatives and angry liberals can join hands and rally behind the idea that now is the time to abolish the Department of Education. Seriously.

Conservatives have never liked the Department of Education. President Jimmy Carter elevated the Department of Education to the cabinet level in 1980 and since then conservatives have pushed back against its intrusive reach. We prefer parents and localities, not DC, to have the largest say in how their kids are educated.

Angry liberals who just can’t understand why an education secretary would favor school choice for parents can join principled conservatives in our mission to return more discretion in education to the states by advocating the end of the federal Department of Education. So what if the Democrats who sign-up are only doing so as a reaction to the individual who is temporarily in charge, their vote will count just the same.

This could happen thanks to Rep. Thomas Massie who submitted HR 899 today. It reads as follows: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” That’s all and that’s all it needs to say.

So let’s team up and unite behind the idea of returning education to the parents (or call it taking power away from DeVos if you must). She can lead this effort at the federal level along with Representatives Massie and Justin Amash, and we’ll lead the effort at the grassroots level. Together we can empower parents and local school districts to the betterment of our children.

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It Didn’t Matter

The picture below says it all. It didn’t matter who Trump announced as his nominee for the Supreme Court. The signs were ready. Oppose anyone.

It would have been funny if someone in their crowd had told people to write a name other than Neil Gorsuch, like Judy Sheindlin for example. To the Democrats out there seriously consider this; if you were in the crowd ready to oppose the Trump pick and someone told to quickly write Sheindlin on your poster you would do it. You would not stop to think if that’s Judge Judy or not (hint, it is).

Photo taken by Senator Ben Sasse the night of the announcement.

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TBT To The Destructive TEA Party

Yesterday’s violent riot at the University of California at Berkeley is just the latest example of the intolerance of the radical left. They destroyed things, beat a man until he was unconscious, and pepper sprayed a college girl while she was talking to a reporter. Really, that happened. And yet somehow those uneducated criminals believed that they were protesting. Protesting what? So to honor their failed attempt at civic engagement, for this Throwback Thursday (#TBT) we would like to offer a reminder of the senseless destruction perpetrated by the TEA Party after both of Barack Obama’s presidential wins.

Below is an accurate photo of the TEA Party burning the country to the ground.

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Confirm Judge Gorsuch

Guest Post by Ryan Lodata

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced his nominee to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the United State Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Evangelicals, initially skeptical of a Trump presidency, may find a measure of relief in President Trump’s selection of Judge Gorsuch. Best known for decisions in support of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor in their opposition to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandates, Judge Gorsuch is likely to be seen as an excellent pick by the – presumptively now less skeptical – pro-life crowd. In fact, a number of conservative Senators were on hand for the announcement of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Judge Gorsuch possesses the bona fides that, aside from the aforementioned court decisions, make him a well-qualified nominee for the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch, a graduate from Harvard Law School, clerked for Judge Sentelle on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and subsequently clerked for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the United State Supreme Court. Following many years in private practice, President George W. Bush appointed Judge Gorsuch to his current seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006. Put simply, Judge Gorsuch possesses the very achievements that have traditionally been used as a gauge to determine competency to the highest court.

While Judge Gorsuch may have to follow the well-respected legacy of Justice Scalia, many in the legal community see an opportunity for Judge Gorsuch to run with the conservative torch that was feared to have fallen with the late Justice. One of the most interesting questions of a potential Justice Gorsuch, however, is how – if at all – he will differentiate himself from Justice Scalia should he make his way to the bench.

Jonathan Adler, Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, noted one potentially transformative difference in opinion between Justice Scalia and Judge Gorsuch in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post; Chevron deference. Derived from the United States Supreme Court’s opinion in Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., Chevron deference is blamed by many small government advocates as being responsible for the explosive growth in federal regulations passed by executive branch agencies and is seen as one factor in the creation of the so-called administrative state. The simplest explanation of Chevron deference is that courts will defer to an executive branch agency’s legal interpretation of a regulatory statute. Justice Scalia’s opinion, however, differed from that of Judge Gorsuch’s. However, I believe that analysis is best left to Professor Adler, and I highly recommend that you give his article a read.

I have no doubt that Chevron deference will remain at the center of discussions on the size and scope of federal executive branch agencies. In fact, congressional Republicans recently introduced legislation which would end the use of Chevron deference by courts as just one part of an effort by President Trump’s Administration and Congress to rein in burdensome government regulations. The potential outcome of these efforts could begin a dramatic shift in Washington, D.C. that will occupy legal and political discussions for many years to come.

Pro-life and small government conservatives have a potential win in the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. They should not celebrate too soon, however. There is no telling what sort of “jiggery pokery” may surround Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation within the Senate over the next several weeks.

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Ryan Lodata is an attorney working in Northern Virginia. Any conclusions or opinions expressed in this article are those of the author acting in his personal capacity. Linked articles are not necessarily the opinion of the author and are given only for general information purposes. And no information, statements, or conclusions from this article are legal advice and do not create an attorney-client relationship. Should you require legal services, please contact your local bar association.

Snowflakes In DC

Snowflakes fell in DC on Friday. They came out to riot against President Donald Trump. Not protest, just riot and yell things. They weren’t protesting a policy, or a new law, or an executive order. They were in town to destroy the city because they find the new president to be destructive. Try to figure that out. Their intolerance and fearmongering were on full display. It was a truly repugnant display put on mostly by kids who need safe spaces when things don’t go their way.

Some of the snowflakes used hammers to smash things, like Starbucks for example. And what a more perfect example of a Donald Trump-like thing to destroy than a trendy new-age style coffeehouse that donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Obviously their smashy smashy was well thought out.

Some were claiming to oppose fascism. But, of course, they failed to connect anything about a Trump administration to anything remotely resembling fascism. These snowflakes are just kids and yet they present themselves as such uncompromising know-it-alls. There is nothing fascist about the hour old Trump administration at all. It is very disappointing to see these kids behave in such an intolerant way. To them, identity politics is the only realm for diversity, while diversity of opinion is forbidden and all opposition needs to be labeled as hateful. That is no way to conduct appropriate political discourse.

I hope these kids will grow up and understand this. Right now, they really are delicate little snowflakes. They need to understand that that is not a good thing. No snowflake has ever endured a change of seasons, and these kids are proving the metaphor fits them perfectly. Their current state can only be described as a meltdown.

trump inagurationPictured above could be Cecile Richard’s limo, or maybe it was Ashley Judd’s or Madonna’s. We don’t know, and neither do the kids who burned it on Inauguration Day.

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Too Much Hate

Unbelievable. For those of you unfamiliar with the author of the below tweet, he lives in Maryland where he is the basis for the character Tommy Carcetti from HBO’s The Wire. Since losing the presidential election he has lost his mind. And this is from the political party that describes itself as the most tolerant while their conservative counterparts are [fill in the blank, I can’t keep up with the name calling].

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Hey Tommy, delete your account.

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Mattis Easily Clears First Hurdle

The Senate today voted to waive the waiting period for retired General James Mattis so that he can serve as secretary of defense. The vote was 24-3 in committee and 81-17 from the floor. All the nay votes were from Democrats. A confirmation vote still needs to be held, which Mattis is expected to win easily.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called Mattis’ confirmation “a historic mistake.” She pushed the point of civilian control of the military, but failed to address how Mattis is still too connected to the military to be considered a civilian. She just highlighted that he is still with-in the waiting period and therefore nothing further needs to be examined. She was careful not to criticize Mattis, but by doing so she ended up not making much of a case at all.

Here is a list of the 17 Democrats who voted against the Mattis waiver (you can expect their presidential exploratory committees to soon follow):
Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Richard Blumenthal
Sen. Corey Booker
Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Sen. Dick Durbin
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Ed Markey
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Sen. Chris Murphy
Sen. Patty Murray
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sen. Jon Tester
Sen. Tom Udall
Sen. Chris Van Hollen
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Ron Wyden

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Trump Picks ExxonMobil Executive For State Department

President-Elect Donald Trump has selected Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, to be the next secretary of state. Trump called Tillerson “a world class player.” He will serve our country well in this position.

Tillerson’s qualifications are perfectly fitting for the state department in that he has managed a multi-national business, dealt directly with foreign leaders, and accomplished the construction of many large infrastructure projects which have required as much diplomacy as they required business skill. He is a manager who is well-known in international circles.

These qualifications are stark contrasts from his last two predecessors. This pick should have the liberals going nutty because in addition to the big oil part, Tillerson is the opposite of how the Democrats have recently used the top spot at state department.

The office of secretary of state can be used for political positioning in two ways. The first is to give it to the person who your party wants to launch as the next presidential contender, which is why Barack Obama chose Hillary Clinton. The other way is to give the position to a career party player to reward them for their service and to not disturb the already set political order, which is why Obama picked John Kerry. Tillerson fits neither category.

Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates said Tillerson “would bring to the position vast knowledge, experience and success in dealing with dozens of governments and leaders in every corner of the world.” Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said Tillerson has “a deep understanding of the global economy and a belief in America’s special role in the world.”

As qualified as Rex Tillerson is, none of it will matter to the left, who will see ExxonMobil and then claim to already know enough to oppose, which is too bad because Tillerson is qualified. Tillerson is not using the position to launch to the presidency like Clinton, and he is not a political hack in is twilight like Kerry; he is a global economist who has built relationships by building large infrastructure projects throughout the world. Tillerson is, as Trump puts it, “a world class player.” He is a fine choice for secretary of state.

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NFL Greats Brown, Lewis Meet With Trump

The Trump Tower watch is a wild spectacle. Politicos want to know who is coming in and so does TMZ and other celebrity stalking cameramen. So we weren’t too surprised when the populist president-elect meet with pop culture figure Kayne West today. But we are a little surprised by the appearance of NFL legends Jim Brown and Ray Lewis. After their meeting with Donald Trump the two Hall of Famers sung praises for the president-elect, story linked here.

You never know who will show up next.

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Mattis Picked For Sec Def

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate General James Mattis, Marine Corps (Ret.), for secretary of defense.

This is a great pick as General Mattis is highly respected throughout our military. His subject matter expertise on the logistical management of the defense budget is an asset. His presence at the top level of the Pentagon will surely be a morale boaster to our troops who have been asked to do an awful lot, especially over the last 15 years.

One of the many reasons we like this selection is because General Mattis is a scholar, who is a scholar because he is a humble man who reads to understand and appreciate his field of work as best he can. Below, and linked here, is an email General Mattis sent to one of his colleagues on why reading history is an important tool for the modern day:

….The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s experience), i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men.

Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead.

With TF 58, I had w/ me Slim’s book, books about the Russian and British experiences in AFG, and a couple others. Going into Iraq, “The Siege” (about the Brits’ defeat at Al Kut in WW I) was req’d reading for field grade officers. I also had Slim’s book; reviewed T.E. Lawrence’s “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”; a good book about the life of Gertrude Bell (the Brit archaeologist who virtually founded the modern Iraq state in the aftermath of WW I and the fall of the Ottoman empire); and “From Beirut to Jerusalem”. I also went deeply into Liddell Hart’s book on Sherman, and Fuller’s book on Alexander the Great got a lot of my attention (although I never imagined that my HQ would end up only 500 meters from where he lay in state in Babylon).

Ultimately, a real understanding of history means that we face NOTHING new under the sun. For all the “4th Generation of War” intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc, I must respectfully say… “Not really”: Alex the Great would not be in the least bit perplexed by the enemy that we face right now in Iraq, and our leaders going into this fight do their troops a disservice by not studying (studying, vice just reading) the men who have gone before us.

We have been fighting on this planet for 5000 years and we should take advantage of their experience. “Winging it” and filling body bags as we sort out what works reminds us of the moral dictates and the cost of incompetence in our profession. As commanders and staff officers, we are coaches and sentries for our units: how can we coach anything if we don’t know a hell of a lot more than just the TTPs? What happens when you’re on a dynamic battlefield and things are changing faster than higher HQ can stay abreast? Do you not adapt because you cannot conceptualize faster than the enemy’s adaptation? (Darwin has a pretty good theory about the outcome for those who cannot adapt to changing circumstance — in the information age things can change rather abruptly and at warp speed, especially the moral high ground which our regimented thinkers cede far too quickly in our recent fights.) And how can you be a sentinel and not have your unit caught flat-footed if you don’t know what the warning signs are — that your unit’s preps are not sufficient for the specifics of a tasking that you have not anticipated?

Perhaps if you are in support functions waiting on the warfighters to spell out the specifics of what you are to do, you can avoid the consequences of not reading. Those who must adapt to overcoming an independent enemy’s will are not allowed that luxury.

This is not new to the USMC approach to warfighting — Going into Kuwait 12 years ago, I read (and reread) Rommel’s Papers (remember “Kampstaffel”?), Montgomery’s book (“Eyes Officers”…), “Grant Takes Command” (need for commanders to get along, “commanders’ relationships” being more important than “command relationships”), and some others. As a result, the enemy has paid when I had the opportunity to go against them, and I believe that many of my young guys lived because I didn’t waste their lives because I didn’t have the vision in my mind of how to destroy the enemy at least cost to our guys and to the innocents on the battlefields.

Hope this answers your question…. I will cc my ADC in the event he can add to this. He is the only officer I know who has read more than I.

Semper Fi, Mattis

Wow. Great pick.

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School Choice Wins With New Education Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced he will name Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education. With DeVos we can expect more local control of schools and more freedom for parents to send their kids to an alternative choice rather than a failing school. Her website says “her political efforts are focused on advancing educational choices.” This is a big win for advocates of school choice.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse expressed his support in a Facebook post; “The nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education is great news for those of us who care about educational freedom, local control for parents and more opportunity for all. But it’s even better news for the millions of low-income kids who for too long have been locked out of their best shot at an education that allows them to compete.” Senator Sasse concludes his post his post with, “This is an excellent pick.”

Some conservatives expressed concerns over DeVos position on The Common Core. She irrefutably stated in a tweet that she is “not a supporter-period.”

But the left will line up, ready to stop freedom in education. Teachers’ unions have come out against DeVos and they should because, like so many supporters of school choice, she does not believe the government should have a monopoly on education.

The Wall Street Journal describes liberals’ gripe on this topic well with,

“Ms. DeVos, a prominent charter-school advocate, would enter the office at a time when traditional public schools are fighting charter schools for students, as enrollment drives state and local funding. Some school districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, have reported losing thousands of students and millions of dollars.
Charter schools, publicly funded campuses that are mostly privately run, are the fastest-growing educational option. Enrollment in charters rose 219% from 2004 to 2014 to more than 2.5 million students, while school-district enrollment dropped by 1%, according to an analysis of the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics.”

New York Senator Chuck Schumer took the usual Democrat line of more money solves all problems when he tweeted “Students thrive when we invest in public education, this Ed Sec pick threatens that.” More appropriately, DeVos will work to stop forced union membership, break up the idea of a government-ran monopoly on education and offer more freedom for parents in the education of their children.

A little deregulation is a move in the right direction for the Department of Education. Founded in 1867, the Department of Education did not become a cabinet-level agency until 1980, when Jimmy Carter was president. This is a case where rolling back another growth in the federal government leftover from a Democrat’s administration will benefit the states.

Betsy DeVos looks like a great selection for Secretary of Education. We are wishing her the best in her pursuit of furthering school choice, home schooling, vouchers, and charter schools. With DeVos deregulating in Washington, freedom in education finally has the legs it needs to meet its full potential.

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19,000 Reasons To Be Happy

For those little snowflakes who are still too distraught from the 2016 election to rejoin society, here is something to brighten your day; the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed today at over 19,000 points for the first time ever.

The market has responded well to the election of Donald Trump as president. Since his win on November 8, the Dow has climbed over 800 points, including a 250 point bounce the day after the victory. The Trump Administration is off to a solid start.

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