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The American Public Is Losing In the Impeachment Battle [Opinion]

A brilliant opinion piece from Dr. Bruce L. Hartman…

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What’s going in Washington is horrifying to watch. It is like watching children on the playground yell at each other about who did what first. A game of one-upmanship where the truth gets buried. A game that the media accentuates to gain ratings and advertisers. Meanwhile, the American people sit horrified, akin to how the children of screaming parents feel.

Nancy Pelosi declares that she is starting an impeachment hearing to honor the founding fathers of our country. It is a move not prompted by the facts, but she could no longer control the unruly gangs that make up the Democratic coalition in the House of Representatives. Knowing full well that the two-year investigation by Mueller failed, here was another chance to try something new.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee intentionally states words that the president did not say. When challenged, he declared it was only a parody. In the pursuit of gaining fame, he aggressively seeks out cameras to wax on about what a great person he is and how he is working for the good of America.

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The national media, seeing an opportunity to gain more revenue, prints headlines that are downright wrong. Creating headlines that the president is coming unglued. Perpetuating a sense that our president is out of control.

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Hidden in this story of impeachment are the real facts. Sure, the president asked a foreign leader to investigate Hunter Biden’s role in the Ukraine. Frankly, I would have done the same thing. They claimed he pressured the Ukrainian President when, in fact, the Ukrainian president acknowledged he didn’t feel pressured.

Why wouldn’t the president ask this question, once you know the facts. Hunter Biden was paid over one hundred thousand dollars a month to sit on a board of a Ukrainian company that had a bad reputation. Nowhere in his resume did it show he had any ability to help guide this company. His father, Joe Biden pressured the powers in the Ukraine to stop an investigation into the company or he would withhold one billion dollars in funding.

Hunter Biden, throughout his life, had received the benefit and privilege of having a powerful father. When he was in the armed service, he was caught using cocaine. Instead of being dishonorably discharged, he received a waiver of release. He went to some of America’s best college, but never achieved the success of his compatriots. When you look at his resume, he was able to gain contacts—not through his abilities—but through his dad’s influence. Influence that is not available for the young person struggling to make a life who goes to college and amasses a large amount of debt.

You bet I would have asked the same question the president did. In the national media television coverage last week, the president received over four hundred and twenty minutes of negative press. While only forty-two minutes were spent on the Hunter Biden issue.

The president himself is acting like a petulant child and needs to back off. Sure, he feels wronged, but he is the president and needs to hold himself to a higher standard. I wish I or anyone had the power to control his twitter outbursts. I would make him write on the chalkboard ten thousand times the famous Teddy Roosevelt quote, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Heck, if it was humanly possible, one million times!
The president is his own worst enemy and has not learned that his opponents know how to attack him. They know how to rile him up. Sure, the media is mostly against him. Sure, the Democrats will do anything to slow him down. But you don’t fight back with words. You fight back by doing the best job you can.
So here we sit, watching two out-of-control factions publicly embarrass us on an international stage.

We are the ones who elected them. We are the ones who pay unusually high taxes to support them. We are the ones who must comply with disinterested government workers inane rules.

We are the ones whose trust level of our leaders has sunk to 17 percent—a remarkable low when only a few decades ago it ran well into the 70 percent range. We no longer look up to our leaders but instead are ashamed.

The American people know the answer to this problem. The answer is for our politicians to develop hearts that forgive first and judge last. We know the answer is tolerance and not intolerance. We know more is accomplished through love than anger.

We know that our pursuits shouldn’t be to gain fame but to serve. We know that through vengeance there are no winners. We know that listening is far better than talking.

I know it has been declared by the “politically correct police” to not mention Jesus. But the American people do know that following, Christian values will end the acrimony.

In times of identity politics, there is no bigger group than the neglected Christian voice. Maybe today our pastors will speak up. Maybe today people of faith will get a chance to voice their beliefs.

Why not try to love our neighbors? Why not try to turn the other cheek? We, the American public, are exhausted from the squabbling and want our politicians to become as great as the everyday American.

Dr. Bruce L Hartman, Christian Author and Story Teller. A former Fortune 500 CFO who left the corporate world to engage in a ministry of “Connecting The Lessons of the Gospels to the Modern Life.” His life mission is “Helping People Walk into a Brighter Future.”

He is the author of Jesus & Co. and Your Faith Has Made You Well

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Social Media Giant Permanently Banishes Pro-Life News Outlet

So much for free speech.

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Our nation appears destined to fall into the clutches of a technological oligarchy, headed by the likes of Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, and there is very little that can be done about it. These two men, who run Twitter and Facebook, respectively, have been ruling their public forums with an iron fist, hiding behind the concept that their private status is a workaround for the First Amendment.  Their gargantuan reach and influence has made it possible for them to act with impunity, steering the narrative on any number of subjects, from Donald Trump to the wonder of maternity. The latest affront to free speech comes to us from Facebook, where a pro-life news organization has been completely banished. Facebook permanently banned LifeSiteNews, a popular pro-life news outlet, for publishing “false information about COVID-19 that could contribute to physical harm.” As justification for unpublishing LifeSiteNews, Facebook cited an article posted on April 10, 2021, titled “COVID vaccines can be deadly for some.” Facebook said they erase Facebook pages that publish “vaccine discouraging information on the platform.” The site’s staff was livid. “This all comes down to another case of Big Tech silencing free speech on their platform,” said LifeSiteNews Marketing Director Rebekah Roberts. “Facebook has been silencing any voice that goes against their beliefs and agenda,” Roberts said. “Our LifeSiteNews Facebook page has been removed simply because we have shared reports of doctors, nurses, expert researchers, and even the former Pfizer VP speaking out against the COVID shots.” This is just the latest in a long line of Orwellian moves by these social media mavens, and may in fact be just another harbinger of something far more sinister to come.

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CDC Readies Cruises, Complete with Human Guinea Pigs

Fingers crossed!

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As the world prepares for its grand reopening, there are a number of high value industries that are eagerly awaiting permission from medical authorities to resume operations. First and foremost, there are the service industries:  Places like restaurants, bars, music venues, and sports arenas whose entire livelihood depends on whether or not people are being allowed to gather in public.  While many of these venues are now beginning to ramp up their capacity, there are issues bringing some of these workers back into the fold thanks to the enhanced unemployment benefits provided by the federal government. And then there’s the tourism industry, whose regulatory structure is far more susceptible to interference by government agencies. Now, after over a year of stagnation, it appears as though at least one facet of this wide-ranging corporate amalgam will be given a chance to sail on. Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters with volunteer passengers helping test whether the ships can sail safely during a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave ship operators final technical guidelines Wednesday for the trial runs. The CDC action is a step toward resuming cruises in U.S. waters, possibly by July, for the first time since March 2020. A spokeswoman for the cruise industry’s trade group said the group was reviewing the CDC instructions. So, how will this work? Each practice cruise — they’ll run two to seven days — must have enough passengers to meet at least 10% of the ship’s capacity. Volunteers must be 18 or older and either fully vaccinated or free of medical conditions that would put them at high risk for severe COVID-19. The ship operator must tell passengers that they are simulating untested safety measures “and that sailing during a pandemic is an inherently risky activity,” the…

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