History Facts: Founding Father James Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine

History Facts:

Founding Father James Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine

James Monroe (/mənˈroʊ/; April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was an American statesman who served from 1817 to 1825 as the fifth President of the United States. Monroe was the last president among the Founding Fathers of the United States as well as the Virginian dynasty; he also represented the end of the Republican Generation in that office.[1] Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Monroe was of the planter class and fought in the American Revolutionary War. He was wounded in the Battle of Trenton with a musket ball to his shoulder. After studying law under Thomas Jefferson from 1780 to 1783, he served as a delegate in the Continental Congress.

As an anti-federalist delegate to the Virginia convention that considered ratification of the United States Constitution, Monroe opposed ratification, claiming it gave too much power to the central government. He took an active part in the new government, and in 1790 he was elected to the Senate of the first United States Congress, where he joined the Democratic-Republicans. He gained experience as an executive as the Governor of Virginia and rose to national prominence as a diplomat in France, when he helped negotiate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. During the War of 1812, Monroe served in critical roles as Secretary of State and the Secretary of War under President James Madison.[2]

Facing little opposition from the fractured Federalist Party, Monroe was easily elected president in 1816, winning over 80 percent of the electoral vote and becoming the last president during the First Party System era of American politics. As president, he sought to ease partisan tensions, embarking on a tour of the country that was well received. With the ratification of the Treaty of 1818, under the successful diplomacy of his Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, the United States extended its reach from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by acquiring harbor and fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest; the United States and Britain jointly occupied the Oregon Country. In addition to the acquisition of Florida, the 1819 Adams–Onís Treaty secured the border of the United States along the 42nd Parallel to the Pacific Ocean and represented America’s first determined attempt at creating an “American global empire”.[3] As nationalism surged, partisan fury subsided, and the “Era of Good Feelings” ensued, until the Panic of 1819 struck, and a dispute over the admission of Missouri embroiled the country in 1820. Nonetheless, Monroe won near-unanimous reelection.

Monroe supported the founding of colonies in Africa for freed slaves that would eventually form the nation of Liberia, whose capital, Monrovia, is named in his honor. In 1823, he announced the United States’ opposition to any European intervention in the recently independent countries of the Americas with the Monroe Doctrine, which became a landmark in American foreign policy. His presidency concluded the first period of American presidential history before the beginning of Jacksonian democracy and the Second Party System era. Following his retirement in 1825, Monroe was plagued by financial difficulties. He died in New York City on July 4, 1831. He has been ranked in the aggregate by scholars as the 16th most successful president.

Revolutionary War service

Monroe wounded in battle of Trenton, Revolutionary War, and cited for bravery

In early 1776, about a year and a half after his enrollment, Monroe dropped out of college and joined the 3rd Virginia Regiment in the Continental Army.[8] As the fledgling army valued literacy in its officers, Monroe was commissioned with the rank of lieutenant, serving under Captain William Washington. After months of training, Monroe and seven hundred Virginia infantrymen were called north to serve in the New York and New Jersey campaign. Shortly after the Virginians arrived, Washington led the army in a retreat from New York City into New Jersey and then across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania. In December, Monroe took part in a surprise attack on a Hessian encampment. Though the attack was successful, Monroe suffered a severed artery in the battle and nearly died. In the aftermath of the battle, Washington cited Monroe and Washington for their bravery, and promoted Monroe to the rank of captain. After his wounds healed, Monroe returned to Virginia to recruit his own company of soldiers.[9] Monroe’s participation in the battle was memorialized in John Trumbull‘s painting, The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776, as well as Emanuel Leutze‘s Washington Crossing the Delaware.[10]

Monroe Doctrine

After the Napoleonic wars (which ended in 1815), almost all of Spain’s and Portugal’s colonies in Latin America revolted and declared independence. Americans welcomed this development as a validation of the spirit of Republicanism. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams suggested delaying formal recognition until Florida was secured. The problem of imperial invasion was intensified by a Russian claim to the Pacific coast down to the fifty-first parallel and simultaneous European pressure to have all of Latin America returned to its colonial status.[citation needed]

Monroe informed Congress in March 1822 that permanent stable governments had been established in the United Provinces of the River Plate (the core of present-day Argentina), Colombia, Chile, and Mexico. Adams, under Monroe’s supervision, wrote the instructions for the ministers (ambassadors) to these new countries. They declared that the policy of the United States was to uphold republican institutions and to seek treaties of commerce on a most-favored-nation basis. The United States would support inter-American congresses dedicated to the development of economic and political institutions fundamentally differing from those prevailing in Europe. The articulation of an “American system” distinct from that of Europe was a basic tenet of Monroe’s policy toward Latin America. Monroe took pride as the United States was the first nation to extend recognition and to set an example to the rest of the world for its support of the “cause of liberty and humanity”.[citation needed]

Monroe formally announced in his message to Congress on December 2, 1823, what was later called the Monroe Doctrine. He proclaimed that the Americas should be free from future European colonization and free from European interference in sovereign countries’ affairs. It further stated the United States’ intention to stay neutral in wars amongst European powers and their colonies, but to consider new colonies or interference with independent countries in the Americas as hostile acts toward the United States.[b]

Although it is Monroe’s most famous contribution to history, the speech was written by Adams, who designed the doctrine in cooperation with Britain.[79] Monroe and Adams realized that American recognition would not protect the new countries against military intervention to restore Spain’s power. In October 1823, Richard Rush, the American minister in London, advised that Foreign Secretary George Canning was proposing that the U.S. and Britain jointly declare their opposition to European intervention. Britain, with its powerful navy, also opposed re-conquest of Latin America and suggested that the United States join in proclaiming a “hands off” policy. Galvanized by the British initiative, Monroe consulted with American leaders and then formulated a plan with Adams. Ex-Presidents Jefferson and Madison counseled Monroe to accept the offer, but Adams advised, “It would be more candid … to avow our principles explicitly to Russia and France, than to come in as a cock-boat in the wake of the British man-of-war.” Monroe accepted Adams’ advice. Not only must Latin America be left alone, he warned, but also Russia must not encroach southward on the Pacific coast. “the American continents,” he stated, “by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European Power.”[citation needed]

The Monroe Doctrine at the time of its adoption thus pertained more to the Russians in North America than to the former Spanish colonies. The result was a system of American isolationism under the sponsorship of the British navy. The Monroe Doctrine held that the United States considered the Western Hemisphere as no longer a place for European colonization; that any future effort to gain further political control in the hemisphere or to violate the independence of existing states would be treated as an act of hostility; and finally that there existed two different and incompatible political systems in the world. The United States, therefore, promised to refrain from intervention in European affairs and demanded Europe to abstain from interfering with American matters. There were few serious European attempts at intervention.[

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Abuse of power exposed: Colossal Mainstream Media Trust issue; Obama Administration behind Mueller Probe Smear Campaign Scandal

Abuse of power exposed:

Colossal Mainstream Media Trust issue; Obama Administration behind Mueller Probe Smear Campaign Scandal

Critical Thinking Dinner Topics. This is a must-see video. As you view this discussion between Mark Levin and reliable investigative journalists John Solomon and Sarah Carter, watch for:

  • What message did John Solomon receive from his midnight visitors?
  • When Mr. Solomon said you can tell a good journalist by the soles of his shoes, what did he mean?
  • Why did the Obama administration want to get rid of General Flynn?

 

Clapper: Obama responsible for Russia-collusion Mueller probe

He ‘set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding’

https://www.wnd.com/2019/04/clapper-obama-responsible-for-russian-collusion-probe/

 

April 03, 2019

Michael F. Haverluck

Obama led ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ smear job

Clapper then directed the attention away from himself onto Trump, before trying to shed Obama in a positive light.

If it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today … notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation.”

He then credited Obama for masterminding the probe orchestrated to incriminate Trump.

“President Obama is responsible for that, and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place,” Clapper continued. “I think it’s an important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama.”

Obama led ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ smear job

https://onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2019/04/03/obama-led-trump-russia-collusion-smear-job/

Border Crisis: Illegal Immigration Crime rampant, Children Kidnapped, abused

Border Crisis:

Illegal Immigration Crime rampant, Children Kidnapped, abused

The Trump Administration is treating the crisis on our southern border as the true national emergency that it is. Last night, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen explained how U.S. law enforcement has broken up so-called “child recycling rings,” a horrid practice where smugglers kidnap children, give them to adults to cross the border posing as a family, and pass them back to other illegal immigrants, repeating the process.

“The smugglers . . . they are sicker than we have ever seen before,” Secretary Nielsen says.

A video published by ABC News shows a group of migrants abusing young children who appear to be in no imminent danger by forcing them under a razor-wire lined border fence in a water-filled ditch. The children scream in terror as the adults force them into the cold water and submerge them while passing them under the concertino wire-lined border barrier.

“The blades of the concertina wire ensnare shirts and jackets of asylum seekers who are dunked into the 55-degree water, wading through the drainage ditch just yards from the San Juan del Rio Colorado border crossing,” ABC News’ Matt Gutman wrote. “One cannot easily make out faces, only wet fists gripping the steel slats and the piercing screams of children. On the other side, U.S. Border Patrol agents are filming and shouting in Spanish, ‘Go back…don’t do this. Look at the child! Hey! Be careful with the child! Be careful with the child!’”

Watch Video Here Showing Migrants Abusing Children at Arizona Border Fence

Maybe they haven’t seen how these old fence sections actually work.

“American Express”

Illegal immigrants, understanding the loopholes in our laws, are now using children as a way to get into the United States. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

More A.F. Branco Cartoons at The Daily Torch.

In just one example, on December 22, smugglers pushed a group of adults and children through a hole in the Sanchez Canal border infrastructure—an area of the wall that’s partially underwater. These smugglers profit off thousands of children brought along by adults on this terrifying journey.
Watch White House Tweet here: Smugglers push children underwater to cross the border

Measles Outbreaks in 2019 2nd Highest Since Disease Eliminated in U.S.

 

Abuse of Power exposed: Ilhan Omar holds Secret Fundraisers with Islamic Groups tied to Terrorist Financing

Abuse of Power exposed: 

Ilhan Omar holds Secret Fundraisers with Islamic Groups tied to Terrorist Financing

National Security risk?

Legitimate Questions for Muslim Members of Congress!

Everyone seems to be super-sensitive when any questions are asked of Muslims but why do they get a pass? Traditional Muslims have some very strange (even dangerous) beliefs and it is only reasonable to ask a Muslim candidate where he or she stands on beliefs that might be disruptive, dangerous, or even disastrous to our nation.

If a Christian Identity follower runs for office, we want to know how his belief will affect his or her political votes. ~Don Boys

Ilhan Omar Holding Secret Fundraisers With Islamic Groups Tied to Terror

Closed-door events spark further questions about anti-Semitic rhetoric

BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0

Washington Free Beacon

“I just wonder what is Rep. Omar saying to a group of Islamic supporters that she feels is so secretive that she cannot say it to the American people, as a whole? What is so secretive that it has to be off the record and closed to reporters? Will she say the same things in public to her Jewish voters in Minnesota that she says to her Islamic friends? What does this tell us about her openness, her honesty and her integrity?” ~ Sarah Stern, founder of president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET, a pro-Israel group

US Representative Ilhan Omar attends a youth climate rally on the west front of the US Capitol on March 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) has been holding a series of secret fundraisers with groups that have been tied to the support of terrorism, appearances that have been closed to the press and hidden from public view.

The content of these speeches, given to predominately Muslim audiences, remains unknown, prompting some of Omar’s critics to express concern about the type of rhetoric she is using before these paying audiences, particularly in light of the lawmaker’s repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes in public.

Omar recently spoke in Florida at a private event hosted by Islamic Relief, a charity organization long said to have deep ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Israel. Over the weekend, she will appear at another private event in California that is hosted by CAIR-CA PAC, a political action committee affiliated with the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, a group that was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a massive terror-funding incident.

Omar’s appearance at these closed-door forums is raising eyebrows in the pro-Israel world due to her repeated and unapologetic public use of anti-Semitic stereotypes accusing Jewish people of controlling foreign policy and politics. 

With Omar’s popularity skyrocketing on the anti-Israel left, it appears her rhetoric is translating into fundraising prowess.

It remains unclear what Omar has told these audiences in her private talks. Washington Free Beacon attempts to obtain video of past events were unsuccessful, and multiple local news and television outlets in the Tampa, Fla., area, where Omar spoke to Islamic Relief last month, confirmed they were unable to gain access to the closed door event.

Islamic Relief has come under congressional investigation for what lawmakers have described as its efforts to provide assistance to terrorist group such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The charity has been banned by some countries as a result of these ties.

In 2017, Congress sought to ban taxpayer funds from reaching the charity due to these terror links.

“The event was closed to the media. No materials are available,” the official said.

On Sunday, Omar will hold another meet and greet in Irvine, Calif., for CAIR-CA PAC. Those wishing to hear Omar speak are being asked to donate anywhere from $50 to $250 dollars, according to a flyer for the event.

The CAIR event also appears closed to the press. Free Beacon attempts to contact the organizer and obtain access were unsuccessful. Requests for comment on the nature of the speeches sent to Omar’s congressional office also were not returned.

CAIR, a Muslim advocacy group known for its anti-Israel positions, was named by the U.S. government as part of a large network of groups known to be supporting Hamas.

CAIR has been cited by the Anti-Defamation League, or ADL, for using its network of supporters to promote an “anti-Israel agenda.”

“CAIR’s anti-Israel agenda dates back to its founding by leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a Hamas affiliated anti-Semitic propaganda organization,” according to the ADL. “While CAIR has denounced specific acts of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad, for many years it refused to unequivocally condemn Palestinian terror organizations and Hezbollah by name, which the U.S. and international community have condemned and isolated.”

Democrats refuse to remove Omar from House Foreign Relations Committee

After last month’s Islamic Relief event, Stern’s EMET and many other pro-Israel groups penned a letter to Democratic leaders in the House demanding Omar’s removal from the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. These groups argued that Omar’s anti-Semitic rhetoric and secretive meetings should disqualify her from a seat on that committee, which oversees the U.S.-Israel military alliance.

“Rep. Omar’s presence as a keynote speaker to raise funds for Islamic Relief USA, whose parent organization and chapters have documented ties to terrorist organizations, demonstrates that she has learned next to nothing over the last few weeks when she was reprimanded by your office and by other Democrats for posting ugly, anti-Semitic attacks on Jews and their organizations,” the pro-Israel groups wrote in a letter send to House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Elliott Engel (D., N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).

https://freebeacon.com/issues/omar-holding-secret-fundraisers-with-islamic-groups-tied-to-terror/

Bigamy, Fraud in Immigration

Reporter: Feds were informed Omar married her brother

Muslim congresswoman ignoring questions about claim

Push Back: Border Wall Funding Found; Free Speech on Campus or else

Push Back:

Border Wall Funding Found; Free Speech on Campus or else

Pentagon identifies $12.8 billion in funding for the wall

The money will come from funds already allocated for various military construction projects in the states.

By Rick Moran

The Pentagon has identified $12.8 billion in military construction spending that could be used to fund the building of a wall on the southern border.

The money has already been appropriated but not spent and is targeted for various stateside military facilities.  It’s unclear which projects would be affected.

Washington Examiner:

It’s a question of priorities.  Should building a new PX at a Georgia military base be given a higher priority than building a wall?  That’s the Pentagon’s reasoning, and, given the president’s declaration of a national emergency, it’s not a hard call.

Not all the projects will be scrapped.  Some may be delayed; other long-term projects could see reduced funding on a year-to-year basis.  The allocation of money is somewhat at the discretion of the secretary.

The point is, the money is there whenever Trump wants to use it.  There will no doubt be temporary court injunctions to prevent any construction immediately, but with the emergency declaration, the delay is not likely to be a long one.

Pentagon identifies $12.8 billion in funding for the wall
Mar 20, 2019 01:00 am

CNN Stunned to Find Pro-Trump Latinos: We Want ‘Longer and Taller’ Wall

 

Executive Order: Free Speech on Campus or No $$$

Donald Trump Demands Universities Comply with Free Speech Requirements to Receive Federal Grants

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday requiring universities receiving federal grants to certify that they follow free speech principles.

“The president strongly supports free speech,” a senior administration told reporters during a briefing on the upcoming order. “American institutions of higher education should support open intellectually engaging debate, which is critical to creating the next generation of successful leaders and thinkers.”

The order directs twelve federal grant-making agencies and the Office of Management and Budget to ensure that schools receiving federal research or education grants uphold the First Amendment and principles of free inquiry. The order will not apply to student aid, the official confirmed.

All universities already follow certain criteria to get federal aid, and the president’s order will include free speech on campus as one of the requirements.

“Agencies will enforce the order how they are already enforcing grant conditions,” the official said, who confirmed that the new requirements would take several weeks to implement.

The president signed his executive order on free speech on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

 

Exec Order: Free Speech on Campus or No $$$…

Report: Trump Could Save Billions by Ending ‘Press 2 for Spanish’

 

Is Trump embracing Brazil to teach Germany a lesson?
Mar 20, 2019 01:00 am
Are we about to have a new NATO member?

ADL: Extremist Killings DOWN 39% Under Trump

Political Cartoon: Border Wall Funding is much less than Welfare for Non-Citizens

Political Cartoon:

Border Wall funding is much less than Welfare for Non-Citizens

No Crumbs for You

According to the latest figures, The cost of not having a wall is much more expensive than building a wall when you figure in welfare, healthcare, and housing for illegals. Pelosi remains blind. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

More A.F. Branco cartoons at FlagAnd Cross.com here.

National Security Facts, Border Wall National Emergency vs Democratic Party and Mainstream Media Censorship

National Security:

UPDATE:

President Trump’s response to the Senate national emergency vote

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signed a resolution to disapprove of President Donald J. Trump’s national emergency for the crisis on our southern border.

The President had a one-word response for the Democrat-led bill: “VETO!”

The stakes couldn’t be clearer, as Vice President Mike Pence laid out in an interview with Fox News. “A vote against the President’s national emergency declaration is a vote to deny the humanitarian and security crisis that’s happening at our southern border.”

This morning, three state Attorneys General explained the Constitutional authority President Trump used in declaring the national emergency. “Unlike President Barack Obama, who unlawfully used executive power to create new laws or rewrite laws Congress enacted, President Trump is lawfully using executive power to address a crisis worsened by CONGRESSIONAL INACTION,” Ken Paxton (R-TX), Curtis Hill (R-IN), and Jeff Landry (R-LA) write.

Border Wall National Emergency vs Democratic Party and Mainstream Media

Top 5 Border Falsehoods Pushed by Congressional Democrats and the Media

Illegal immigration is not compassionate. It’s inhumane, unjust, and cruel. ~President Donald J. Trump

Left-wing Policies: ” [A] fervid but false solicitude [“compassion”] for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. ~David O. McKay

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke before Congress yesterday about the security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Acknowledging that such a crisis exists would make Democrats accountable for working with President Trump to solve it. Their leaders have already gone on the record to say they will not.

Instead, they hope to keep a lid on the ugly, painful truths behind America’s broken immigration system. It is important to set the record straight.

MYTH #1: There is no crisis at the border.

FACT: We continue to face a surge in illegal immigration that has brought the border crisis to a breaking point.

  • There has been a massive surge in illegal migrants arriving at our border, with more than 76,000 apprehended or deemed inadmissible at a port of entry last month—the most of any February during the past 12 years.
  • This fiscal year, U.S. Border Patrol has seen a 97 percent increase in apprehensions compared to the same time period last year.
  • Even before this recent surge, former President Obama called the situation at our southern border “a humanitarian crisis” as early as 2014.

MYTH #2: The problem at the border used to be much worse.

FACT: Today, we face an unprecedented number of illegal immigrants that loopholes prevent from being returned quickly to their home countries.

  • The makeup of illegal immigration has completely changed from previous years. Now, record numbers of family units and minors are arriving at our border, and legal loopholes force them to be released into the interior of the country. Human smugglers know this, and these criminal enterprises routinely exploit these loopholes to smuggle children across the border as leverage.
  • By contrast, in FY 2000, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) apprehensions were primarily single adults and, as such, 95 percent of those apprehended were repatriated within hours.
  • Apprehensions of family unit aliens and Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) have surged by 338 percent and 54 percent respectively this year.

MYTH #3: A wall wouldn’t help because drugs are coming through ports of entry.

FACT: Not only do we not know the amount of drugs smuggled between ports of entry, but building the wall will help free up more resources to seize the drugs coming in.

  • Obviously, there are more drug seizures at ports of entry that are manned by security than remote areas of the border with limited law enforcement presence. That doesn’t mean drugs aren’t coming in between ports of entry.
  • A physical barrier allows law enforcement personnel on the ground to carry out their missions more safely and effectively, preventing more deadly drugs and criminals from crossing our border in undermanned areas.

MYTH #4: Law enforcement such as ICE and U.S. Border Patrol are the villains in this story.

FACT: The real villains are the vile cartels and smugglers who exploit loopholes in our immigration laws for their own horrific gain. Law enforcement is the front line against them.

  • The brave men and women who enforce our immigration laws and secure our border are working tirelessly to keep our communities safe.
  • The cartels have devastated American communities with deadly drug supplies.
  • The smugglers who profit from our weak borders and immigration laws have subjected migrants to horrific violence and abuse. Our border officers are the ones fighting to stop them.
  • Secretary Nielsen testified on March 6 that law enforcement must give pregnancy tests to all migrant girls 10 years or older as a result of regular sexual assault from smugglers and others on their journey.
  • One-third of the women making the trek to our border become victims of rape or other forms of sexual abuse.

MYTH #5: President Trump’s executive action on the border is overreaching, similar or worse to President Obama’s.

FACT: President Trump’s exercise of executive power is categorically different from the kind President Obama used to circumvent existing immigration law. 

  • President Trump acted under the clear authority provided under the National Emergencies Act to address the crisis at the border.
  • This is the literal and exact opposite of President’s Obama’s orders invalidating Congressional statute. President Obama violated Congressionally enacted law by effectively awarding lawful presence to those living in the country illegally and granting them affirmative immigration benefits—contravening a variety of clear-cut provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act (such as 8 U.S.C. §1101, 1158, 1226, 1229b, 1231, 1325, and 1326).
  • Beyond violating the INA, the whole thrust of President Obama’s action was to facilitate activity Congress had expressly outlawed (e.g., illegal entry, illegal work, etc.).
  • By contrast, President Trump is fulfilling his core Article II duties to enforce our duly passed immigration laws and prevent foreign nationals from violating those laws en masse. Whereas President Obama could not find a single statute authorizing his Administration to issue DACA/DAPA (because none existed), President Trump’s emergency declaration is an explicit and straightforward invocation of authority delegated to the President by Congress.
  • Far from unprecedented, 60 national emergencies have been declared since Congress passed the National Emergencies Act in 1976, and 32 are still in effect today. The President’s Emergency declaration enforces existing law and carries out his sworn duty to uphold U.S. sovereignty and national security.

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/top-5-border-falsehoods-pushed-congressional-democrats-media/

 

Critical Thinking Topics: Judgment and Decision Making

Critical Thinking Topics:

Judgment and Decision Making

Discernment

Sometimes people feel that it is wrong to judge others in any way. While it is true that you should not condemn others or judge them unrighteously, you will need to make judgments of ideas, situations, and people throughout your life.

The Lord has given many commandments that you cannot keep without making judgments. For example, He has said: “Beware of false prophets. . . . Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15-16) and “Go ye out from among the wicked” (D&C 38:42). You need to make judgments of people in many of your important decisions, such as choosing friends, voting for government leaders, and choosing an eternal companion.

Judgment is an important use of your agency [free will] and requires great care, especially when you make judgments about other people. All your judgments must be guided by righteous standards.

Remember that only God, who knows each individual’s heart, can make final judgments of individuals. (Revelation 20:12; 3 Nephi 27:14; D&C 137:9)

How to Make Righteous Judgments

Your righteous judgments about others can provide needed guidance for them and, in some cases, protection for you and your family. Approach any such judgment with care and compassion.

As much as you can, judge people’s situations rather than judging the people themselves. Whenever possible, refrain from making judgments until you have an adequate knowledge of the facts. Always be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, who can guide your decisions. True to the Faith, 90-91

How Do We “Judge Righteous Judgment”?

By Tyler J. Griffin

Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, Brigham Young University

Jesus is not telling us never to judge. He is commanding us to make sure the judgments we make are righteous.

Have you ever been in a situation where somebody tried to correct another person by saying, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”? (Matthew 7:1). Few of Jesus’s teachings are more widely known than this one. Unfortunately, this phrase is not always correctly understood or applied. Our ability to benefit from this command will increase as we examine how Jesus Christ used it in His teachings and how His prophets have reiterated it through time.

In the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 7, we read, “Judge not unrighteously, that ye be not judged; but judge righteous judgment” (Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 7:2 [in Matthew 7:1, footnote a]).

According to Joseph Smith’s addition to this passage in Matthew, Jesus is not telling us never to judge. He is commanding us to make sure the judgments we make are righteous.

Our Judgments of People

Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught, “God cares a lot more about who we are and who we are becoming than about who we once were.”5

Our own sins and lack of perfect understanding disqualify us from being able to pass final judgments on anyone, including ourselves. We must, however, make constant intermediate judgments. We are to righteously judge actions, not condemn people.

 

Related post:

Critical Thinking Definition: Discernment and Judgment

Push Back: Abuse-of-Power Witch Hunt to end? Taxpayer Funded Congressional Pensions to end? GOP bill vs. Infanticide

Push Back:

Abuse-of-Power Witch Hunt to end?

John Dowd Says Mueller Probe Will Clear Trump

“There’s no basis. There’s no exposure. It’s been a terrible waste of time.” ~John Dowd

John Dowd, who once headed Donald Trump’s legal team, is predicting the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller will clear the president.

Dowd made his comments to ABC News in an interview for an episode of “The Investigation,” a new podcast centered on Mueller’s probe.

“I know exactly what (Mueller) has,” Dowd said. “I know exactly what every witness said, what every document said. I know exactly what he asked. And I know what the conclusion or the result is.”

He added: “There’s no basis. There’s no exposure. It’s been a terrible waste of time.”

“I don’t think there’ll be a report. I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than ‘We’re done.’”

Fraud

Mueller used FBI SWAT tactics when arresting Roger Stone, Some say that is a bit overkill for such a small fish. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

More A.F. Branco Cartoons at The Daily Torch.

Dowd called the investigation “one of the greatest frauds this country’s ever seen.”

While on the job, Dowd said he provided Mueller’s office with extensive documents, but put his foot down when it came to a possible special counsel interview with Trump.

Dowd said he did not want to establish a precedent by permitting the interview.

“You cannot treat the president like anybody,” he said.

And he called the indictments stemming from the probe “nickel-dime process crimes.”

“I ran big corruption cases,” he said. “I didn’t go around, picking scabs and just making any case I could make.”

He offered the advice for Mueller: “Your job is to find out if there’s collusion or there was obstruction. And the answer’s ‘no,’ so let’s get on with it.”

Ex-Trump Lawyer Dowd: Mueller Won’t Issue a Report

Report: Senate Intel Panel to Conclude No Evidence of Trump-Russia Conspiracy

GOP bill vs. Infanticide

Born-Alive Infant Protection Act vs. Infanticide

“We must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life. All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God,” he said. “Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven.” ~President Donald Trump

House Republicans Re-Introduce Born-Alive Act to Protect Babies from Infanticide

Missouri Republican Rep. Ann Wagner re-introduced a bill Wednesday that would protect babies born alive after abortion from infanticide.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asked for unanimous consent for the House to consider the bill.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would ensure any infant born alive following an abortion receives the same medical care and protection the law gives any newborn baby.

Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana – who originally co-sponsored the legislation when it was introduced previously – will bring a resolution that provides for floor consideration of Wagner’s bill. The two Republicans would force a vote in the House after 30 legislative days if no action is taken.

“Innocent life must be defended and protected at every stage, and that includes babies born alive during an abortion,” said Scalise in a statement. “We must immediately extend legal protections to these vulnerable newborns and prosecute any doctor who would leave them to die.”

Scalise added he began the process of forcing a vote on the bill “especially after horrific actions taken in New York and Virginia to permit infanticide.”

“The silence from Congressional Democrats is deafening and shameful,” Scalise continued. “Every Member of Congress, regardless of party, needs to go on record against infanticide, and we must immediately take action to stop it. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this critical issue.”

House Republicans Re-Introduce Born-Alive Act to Protect Babies from Infanticide

Trump Standing O at National Prayer Breakfast

“We must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life. All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God,” he said. “Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven.”

Cuomo’s Popularity Plummets After Abortion Law

Taxpayer Funded Congressional Pensions to end?

Time to End Taxpayer Funded Congressional Pensions

Sens. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced legislation on Tuesday to end taxpayer-funded congressional pensions. Braun contends that this legislation would help drain the D.C. swamp.

Ben Garrison

Sens. Braun and Scott introduced the End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act on Tuesday. Lawmakers can receive a taxpayer-funded pension if they work in Congress for five years and their pension can rise even higher depending on their years of service and average of the highest three years of salary.

Braun and Scott’s bill would eliminate the congressional pension.

Sen Braun said in a press release on Tuesday that this bill will help drain the swamp. The Hoosier conservative also said that he would donate his pension to Hoosier charities if Washington bureaucrats force him to accept the pension.

Braun, Scott Introduce Legislation to End Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Pensions

National Security, Border Wall

State of Texas Considers Building Its Own Border Wall

Texas Lawmakers Propose State Wall Funding…

U.S. to Purchase Iron Dome Missile Defense System from Israel

 

Socialism Fails

’We are BORN FREE, will STAY FREE… America will NEVER be a socialist country’ ~President Donald Trump

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Bolsonaro: Erase ‘Marxist Rubbish’ from Brazilian Colleges

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Culture Wars

Florida School Hires Armed Combat Vets to Protect Students, Teachers

Job Openings Dispel Fears That Metals Tariffs Have Hurt U.S. Workers

…Parent of Parkland Victim: President Trump Delivering on School Safety

National Security: Border Wall gives US Crime Prevention

National Security:

Border Wall gives US Crime Prevention

 What about “put an end to stoppable crime and drugs!” do the democrats not understand?

Donald Trump: ‘Build a Wall & Crime Will Fall!’

Charlie Spiering

President Donald Trump tested a new slogan Wednesday on Twitter, promoting his idea to build a wall on the southern border.

“BUILD A WALL & CRIME WILL FALL!” he wrote. “This is the new theme, for two years until the Wall is finished (under construction now), of the Republican Party.”

The president commented as the partial government shutdown showdown continues into its 33rd day.

“Use it and pray!” Trump wrote, referring to the slogan.

Despite the president’s attempt to work out a deal with Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to budge, demanding the president unconditionally reopen the government.

Trump said that Republicans were still united in the standoff.

“Great unity in the Republican Party. Want to, once and for all, put an end to stoppable crime and drugs!” he wrote. “Border Security and Wall. No doubt!”

 

Trump: ‘Build a Wall & Crime Will Fall!’