So you think the US presidential elections are wild and crazy: try the Philippines!
by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
So you think that American politics, especially the 2016 presidential race, in nuts? I’ve recently acquired a curiosity about the politics of other nations, especially the Philippines, because my fiancé is from there; and their presidential race going on right now is just as colorful and crazy as ours.
It turns out that the presidential race of the Philippines corresponds with ours a little, and it’s just as contentious and dramatic as ours. Their election is in May, and there are five major candidates vying for the chief executive slot. And, they all have very interesting profiles and platforms.
It turns out four of the five candidates debated on Sunday. I’ve included the partial YouTube Video here. I hope you can speak Tagalog (Filipino), because there are no English subtitles.
There were plenty of fireworks and accusations tossed back and forth during the debate, such as lack of patriotism, corruption charges, and a claim of ineligibility due to citizenship from another country.
Grace Poe launched the opening salvo at her political rival, current Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, over corruption charges stemming from his time as mayor of the large Philippine city of Makati.
Binay fired back, claiming that Poe’s citizenship as an American made her ineligible to become President of the Philippines, questioning her allegiance and patriotism to the country. Poe had left the country and lived as a citizen in the United States for many years before returning. The Philippine Supreme Court recently ruled that Poe was indeed eligible to run.
Said Binay, “You always say you’re a true Filipino, but how can you be one when you took an oath to become an American and you abjured, you were ashamed of where you came from?”
Binay found himself under attack again, this time from the popular mayor of Davau City Rodrigo Duerte, who called for Biney to resign from office and quit the political race over his current corruption scandal.
Said Duerte, “”I’d like to be very, very brutally frank to the vice president. Sir, you have so many cases … that’s public knowledge.”
Duerte had plenty of criticism to go around. He attacked his opponent former secretary of interior Mar Roxas over his lackluster response to the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan of 2013. Duerte claimed that Roxas was a weak leader who acted “zombie like” in the midst of the crisis.
Roxas responded with attacks of his own against Duerte, calling him a dangerous leader who responds only on allegations. Duerte has been tough on crime in his city where it is rumored he has utilized death squads to kill drug pushers and addicts in what has been called, “extra-judicial killings”. I will not speculate on whether the rumors are true or not.
A fifth presidential candidate, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, did not participate in the forum. She is said to be battling cancer.
A final debate is scheduled for April. The election is scheduled for May 9th.
Want to know where the candidates stand? Check out this article from CNN here.
The Hillary and Bill Clinton political team is so corrupt, so dishonest and self-centered; they must forever be precluded from public office. The only reason they would rise to the level of leading the nation that was once the leader of the free world is that they actually do reflect the values, (or lack thereof) of the majority of the people living here now.
It’s a hard reality that I confess I have been slow to embrace, but I have to consider now having watched the Clinton’s for so long, especially this political season. With the vastness of the Internet and the ease of the flow of information, it is difficult to conceive why so many people are still ignorant of the corruption of Hillary and Bill Clinton. The only conclusion I can some to is that the people know, they just don’t care. Perhaps even more of a mental jar is the realization that that is exactly the kind of person the people want to occupy that position, because they too are as selfish and corrupt as the leaders they choose.
In case you have been living under a rock and don’t know about what I’m talking about, below is a list of the corrupt acts the Clintons have been involved in over the years. This list is in no way comprehensive. It’s not so much of a list, but rather a list of lists of media sources that have previously reported on these issues.
And so the lists of lists go on. If you don’t like those, here is a list of the sex scandals Bill Clinton was involved in, to which Hillary not only turned a blind eye to, but actively harassed and intimidated those who brought forth allegations. If you are a woman voter, you might have some pause about choosing Hillary over another candidate because of her seeming willingness to ignore, smear, and intimidate women who have been abused, fondled and raped by her pervert husband. Here you go.
Poor Bill Cosby! If only he was a leftist, white politician instead of a black entertainer, he wouldn’t be facing charges for his alleged sexual misconduct. But that is the crux of the issue isn’t it. Women choose Hillary are willing to sacrifice their fellow women on the alter of abortion rights, because that issue, more than the one about sexual misconduct and harassment, is the more important one.
And then there are the dead bodies that follow the Clintons. Here is a fun list.
While it should be noted that Snopes very accurately states that many of these deaths can be discounted as having the intimate involvement of the Clintons, due to the fact that public figures like the Clintons have far larger social circles than the average American, it should also be noted how many people who were very close to the Clintons have perished under mysterious or unexplained circumstances.
It is our view that the truth is somewhere in the middle. Look at Mogadishu and Benghazi. Policies of the Clintons, like tragic book ends, inevitably end in chaos and death, followed by a Clinton, either Bill or Hillary, covering up, lying, and otherwise laying blame on somebody else.
Who wants this toxic pair to continue public life at the head of the most powerful nation in the world. They should be forced to go into quiet retirement and forgotten. Even Bernie Sanders, who we are not a fan of, would be better than the Clintons in that he comes by his misguided political opinions honestly. The Clintons are anything but honest. Indeed, they will say anything or do anything to get elected, and then go back on their promises. Meanwhile, people in their social circles seem to suffer negative outcomes through their association with America’s power couple.
Donald Trump would be a welcome change to the Clintons, even though he too in our view has a lot of problems with his candidacy. Only Ted Cruz is clear from all the political intrigue and negativity. In this election cycle, the choice is clear. The Clinton’s must not be allowed to retain public office again. The baggage is too much for America to handle. The liberal news media have been kind to the Clinton’s, calling this phenomenon, “Clinton Fatigue”. I think it goes much deeper than that. The second co-presidency of the Clintons would be a horrible second chapter in American history that would leave a wake of destruction, unhappiness and broken dreams in their wake, the aftermath of which would take the United States a long time to recover from.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is is greeted by an enthusiastic Iowa crowd in Cedar Rapids. -photo by Jeremy Griffith
by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
This column’s purpose is to explain why I endorse Ted Cruz for president of the United States and not Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, and I hope to articulate why he can be as great as Ronald Reagan.
The American Millennium has obtained a full copy of Ted Cruz’s college thesis entitled Clipping the Wings of Angels, which speaks at length about the purposes of the 9th and Tenth amendments to the constitution. In the document Ted explains why it is so necessary to limit the power of government at the federal level and in all possible circumstances return that power to the states or the people. I wish I had permission to release the whole document online so that you can see for yourself the loving way Ted refers to the constitution, but unfortunately I have not been able to secure permission. When Ted is elected president as I hope he will, this should be the first document to be enshrined forever in his presidential library, somewhere in his home state of Texas. The language he uses to refer to the constitution is so laudatory and at times a little dorky. You can see his love of the law and especially the cornerstone of American Law, the US Constitution.
See, unlike the other candidates, Ted Cruz is not in this race for is own gain. He is different in that he doesn’t seek to create a cult of personality like the other candidates; rather he desires to show the people again that our greatness as a people is our adherence in the rule of law and in our commonality with one another. If there is equal protection under the law, if there is fairness and not an over abundance of regulation, if the federal government refrains from always trying to pick winners and losers then the US economy will recover, on Wall Street as well as main street.
When you see Ted speak, some might be turned off by his seemingly inauthentic smile. There is an article that I think accurately explains why some are uneasy with it. He’s like me in that he has the kind of smile that goes the wrong way that might even scare little children. People want to see someone’s face behave a certain way when they smile and if it doesn’t, they don’t quite trust that person. I get that a lot, so I understand it. To understand how Ted Cruz is in person, one should observe him in his candid moments when he is not in front of a camera. The polish comes off, he is more authentic, less controlled, the real Ted comes out. There are photos of Ted Cruz playing with his kids during moments when he is taking a break from the campaign. That is the Ted I trust. He is a man who has time for his children even though he is busy with a very important campaign.
What does Trump with his spare time? Has he ever smiled? Trump is like Barack Obama in that his support is a cult of personality. He is enshrined behind massive walls of people who only tell him what he wants to hear; his political speech has resonated with people concerned about jobs, the economy, the border and immigration. He has tapped into the anger of Americans. But he has not articulated a vision of where he wants to take this country. Trump is a caricature of himself. He always repeats the same words in every speech. “We’re going to make America great again. We’re going to build a wall. It’s going to be a high wall. It’s going to be huge! We are going to win again, even against China!” He says China a lot. When asked about specifics, he has none, because he doesn’t have a plan. All he knows is that it will be “great” if he is president.
Hillary Clinton in contrast is a liar, a thief and a phony. There is no reason anyone should let the Clinton’s back in the White House. They are power hungry and corrupt and she particularly is unlikeable. Why would people in government ever want her as a boss? When Hillary Clinton was First Lady there is talk that people avoided her in the halls. She didn’t want to deal with people, she was terrible, and when she wandered the halls, people would duck into their offices to avoid having to deal with her. She is unpleasant, even with her staff!
When Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she denied military support for her trusted employees on a difficult mission to Libya where the ambassador and his staff were in constant threat of attack. Watch the You Tube video we created of Rand Paul talking about his questions laid before her on whether or not she read the cables from the ambassador begging for more security help. Hillary granted many requests for frivolous improvements to other embassies, but when it came to enhancing the security of staff, she had no time for it. It is for this reason that we agree with Rand Paul; Hillary Clinton should be permanently precluded from holding public office.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul takes the stage at US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Iowa. The presidential candidate took part in the Freedomworks Rising Tide Summit Saturday. -photo by Jeremy Griffith
Hillary has always been under tight control. Don’t bother to try to read her college thesis on Saul Alinksi, even though I think even as a conservative, it would be fascinating. Only the privileged are allowed into that college library to read the vaunted document. Barack Obama’s thesis was so hideous; his college advisor threw it out in the trash. So don’t try to dig too deep into their history. You won’t find much of substance.
Hillary Clinton has spent her life in the world of politics. She understands it better than any other one thing. And she has been dishonest and corrupt from the start. Members of her own party threw her off the Nixon investigation because she attempted to break the rules and acted in an unethical and unprofessional manner. Piles of bodies of people once loyal to the Clintons are strewn around so much so that if they were in a room together you might think there was a war or terrorist bombing. If you have something on the Clintons and if it worries them, you can find yourself going missing, a victim of suicide, and your house and personal affects gone through, your personal documents destroyed. That is the real Hillary Clinton.
As for Bill Clinton, who in their right mind wants him wandering around the White House with nothing to do? He is a serial rapist and molester, he can’t keep his hands off the women and they don’t even necessarily have to be pretty. He would be a national embarrassment if they were allowed to return to Washington.
Ted Cruz is not the sexiest most interesting candidate out there today. But he is the one who has the potential to return the nation to the right path. He has a reputation for defending us and our rights in front of the US Supreme Court as solicitor general of Texas and he has won every time. He has protected our religious freedoms, our freedom of speech and our right to self-protection under the Second Amendment. Everyone else still in this race has fought to empower the federal government, not limit it, not return power to the people.
John Kasich is a joke and should get out of the race. He is a republican who believes that government can solve every problem. Ted Cruz is with Ronald Reagan in that he believes government is the problem.
Marco Rubio is a good man with a great story and a hopeful vision for the future. He made a mistake with the immigration issue as a member of the gang of eight and the voters punished him for it. I don’t think he is done with politics. For now perhaps, but his supporters can be reassured that Ted Cruz is the only conservative still in the race who upholds their values and will take their cause. They should throw their support to him now and with luck, Ted Cruz will be the next president of the United States.
A word to republican leaders who talk about a “brokered convention”. Don’t do it. If neither Ted nor Donald get the required number of delegates to seal the nomination that’s fine. Let the delegates haggle at the convention. It’s supposed to be a convention after all, not a coronation. Let the delegates decide and they will select the best candidate for the voters. But don’t, don’t, don’t bend the rules to select someone who had fewer delegates than Ted or Donald, or hasn’t even darkened the campaign trail this cycle. Don’t! If you think that it is you and not the American voter who decides on who is worthy to lead this party, if you think your opinion matters more than ours and you select rather than elect a candidate then I swear to you as a veteran of this nation’s wars that I will get as many friends together and I will burn you out. We will drag you out of your offices, we will burn your buildings, we will banish you from Cleveland and from Washington. We are not the Democrats. We have no super delegates. We trust our voters.
I am a veteran. I swore an oath to defend our constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. My brigade spent the longest number of consecutive days in combat in Iraq, longer than any other unit. The division of which that brigade is a part spend the most number of consecutive days in combat in World War II. When we were in Iraq we monitored and secured free elections in that country, where they didn’t have it for many years. We built schools where girls for the first time in a very long while had the right to an education just like the boys. We built power plants, water treatment plants, schools! We did that for people we didn’t know. How can you assume that having spent so much blood and sweat to secure the future of that country that we would just roll over and let other people steal our future here in our own country. We were extended for the surge and we were winning when I left. Government bureaucrats squandered the success we had there. We are not going to let unelected leaders steal away our future here in our own back yard. So if you want to have a future, obey the will of the delegates and the voters or we will come after you. We took an oath, and since we retired and left the service, no one has relieved us of that oath. We will camp out in Cleveland and in Washington and we will make your lives hell, I swear!
At the end of the day I would rather have Donald Trump be our candidate if it is the will of the people. But if some one emerges from the convention that spent no time on the campaign trail and he or she is nominated, then the electoral process means nothing and we’ve lost our Republic any way. Might as well burn it all down and start fresh. But it doesn’t have to come to that. The party can do the right thing, and the convention can be allowed to work. It must. In the end, who ever emerges from the convention has a better chance to lead the country than Hillary Clinton, and I believe, the only adult in the room, Ted Cruz is the right man to lead our nation into the future.
A little girl from Texas was trapped for many hours after climbing a tree. The seriously ill girl had been suffering a debilitating, incurable stomach disease that was robbing her of her happiness. In an effort to feel normal, the girl climbed a tree outside her home with her sister, in an effort to enjoy the day. Then the unthinkable happens.
Miracles From Heaven starring Jennifer Garner is a new movie released in theaters today that tells the true story of Annabele Beam who was trapped inside the trunk of a 100-year old tree. Striking her head should have killed her, but instead, it made her well. Now there’s a book out about her experience, and the movie, that tells the story, alleging that the girl spoke to God while stuck in that tree, and that God said she would be all right.
I saw this movie today with my girl friend and we cried all the way through. It is very well shot, well acted, and the script is great. There’s an uplifting musical score including the music of Third Day, and Howie Day and Rachel Platten. It also follows a surprising new trend of religious, feel good movies that reject the same old formula of violence and gunfire and focus more on Christian or spiritual themes. I recommend this movie to anyone and I predict there will be some awards, especially for lead actress Jennifer Garner, who plays the girls’ mom.
-Goodie: Funny the god you were taught is the one that shows up and it’s never allah or Buddha. . . just to prove a point.
God’s Divine Mercy (in part): I saw the movie today. . . It took me back to when I was six years old and diagnosed with a brain tumor. Miracles, not coincidences, happen all the time. We just have to stop being so cynical and become more childlike with an innocent perspective . . .
You’re a liar – in response to God’s Divine Mercy: In other words, you’re a lying cock sucker.
Goodie – to God’s Divine Mercy: How special god talked to you and let over 20,000 children die. You must feel special.
Shutupidiot: Not a believer, not one bit! But hey, Christy (Annabele’s mom), good looking out for your family’s financial gain from writing a book about something that I highly doubt happened.
Guest: Sometimes I wish I was not a basically decent and honest person. I read the comments by people stupid enough to believe this garbage and see how incredibly easy it must be to take money away from them. Not only are they stupid, they are so fatuously stupid robbing them blind has a certain poetic justice about it.
Bye ass hole –in response to guest: The Truth hurts, doesn’t it you faqqot (sic) worshiping queer. Why is your gay Jesus always pictured looking like Bruce Jenner. You turn your children over to your perverted shamans to be raped and abused. You embrace evil with open arms. You’re a rude cock sucker, so obviously your religion is an excuse you use to be a full blown ass hole.
And on it goes. There are plenty of other grotesque examples in this feature and some good ones too, but they all illustrate one thing. The battle between good and evil is real. This writer believes this girl’s story. We believe that like Jesus’s friend Lazarus, Jesus healed this little girl and brought back from the dead not only for her own happiness and that of her family’s, but so that her story might give us all hope for a brighter future in the midst of a fallen world.
I think the people trolling the People story are evidence of deep problem with our country. We’ve lost faith many of us, and those who have lost faith are loathe to see happiness in others and like the devil to whom their souls are enslaved, they like to steal the happiness, joy and faith in others. My question to people like that is this: feel better? Of course you don’t.
Stories like this are meant to inspire us to be better people and to work to help others around us in need. Instead, some chose to use it as an excuse to trash God and troll one another. Instead of writing an angry, anonymous message on the Internet, how about doing something good for someone else? It might make you feel a whole lot better than you feel right now.
My fiancé couldn’t stop talking about the movie after we left and the story will be with us for a long time. She told me about something that happened to her brother while they were still living in the Philippines. Her brother was riding a motorcycle near their town when he was sideswiped by a van that came out of nowhere. It launched him into the air and he fell on his head. He wasn’t wearing a helmet.
For many hours doctors there didn’t think he would make it and his family gathered to pray and perhaps to say their last good bye. Miraculously, he woke up with a head ache and an interesting story. My fiancé’s brother said that he saw his father on the other side, and that his dad told him to go back, that it wasn’t his time yet.
I believe that Jesus, the Son of God, can do miracles. And, while he doesn’t do it often, he does it when he chooses to, to show that he is in control of everything. And, if we believe in him, we never really die and we don’t have any reason to fear death that we will be with him in the afterlife. The atheists and agnostics think it’s a fairytale and that’s fine. But, why do they go so far out of their way to trash people who believe the story, if there isn’t anything to it? I think their spite is driven by one who wanted to be God and failed, and in his bitterness he knows he can never experience the joy of heaven again, and so must rob us all of that happiness. His people are caught in the same trap. Rather than hate them, I think we should pray to be put in the path of such a person, so we, by the grace of God, can tell our story of happiness and perhaps, save a life.
Go watch Miracles from Heaven, but when you do, bring a box of tissues with you.
At long last, after a month of speculation, an amateur cell phone video shot from within the Robert “LaVoy” Finicum’s truck reveal new details about his tragic death at the hands of the Oregon State Patrol.
Finicum, a 55-year old Arizona Rancher, had been participating in the armed militia take-over of the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve in Oregon for over a month. Ranchers and militia had taken over the reserve in protest of fellow ranchers being taken back into custody to complete prison terms for arson. Finicum and other members of the militia were on their way to a public meeting in the city of John Day, north of the reserve when they were stopped on a narrow wooded road by officers of the Oregon State Patrol. Occupants of another vehicle in convoy with Finicum, not pictured by the cell phone video or the FBI drone video, were stopped and the occupants arrested. Those people were referred to by the people in the Finicum vehicle as their conversation on the cell phone video shows.
Finicum, a passionate participant in the militia movement, is shown in the video arguing with police and refusing to come out of the vehicle. He explained to the state patrol deputies that he was on his way to a meeting with the Sheriff and that the deputies were welcome to follow him. He even encouraged the officers to shoot him saying, “you can do what you want to do”.
In light of this new video I think there is ample evidence that LaVoy did not help his situation by arguing with police and refusing to surrender to the arresting officers. He is culpable in part in his own death and the endangerment of the people in his vehicle whose safety he was responsible for. While I have plenty of criticism for the late Mr. Finicum, there is enough to go around. Even though Finicum refused to stop for the deputies, it is not clear to me that the state patrol officers had license to use the level of force that they did under the circumstances. The Oregon State Patrol is partially responsible for elevating the level of violence to a new level without justification. While the Bundy/Finicum militia was costing the state a lot of money due to their involvement in the standoff, no one at that point had been threatened or shot. No one was in any danger of being shot until the State Patrol opened fire.
And there may be case law supporting this position based on US Supreme Court precedent and the FBI released drone video. Another blog, analyzing the drone video asserts that the State Patrol in this case employed an illegal blind corner blockade that unnecessarily endangered the occupants of the vehicle and the officers themselves. The driver, Finicum, at that point had been guilty of nothing more than misdemeanor fleeing an officer, but as he rounded the blind corner, the driver would have been unable to stop in time and had two very difficult decisions to make in a split second, either to ram into the vehicles of the state patrol barricade or to swerve off to the side to avoid a collision. Finicum chose to swerve off.
From the video it is clear that an officer of the state patrol fired needlessly into the vehicle as the driver swerved to the side and, as the drone video shows, left cover in order to fire those shots, proving that he had no real reason to fear his own safety, but was only attempting to wound the driver to get him to stop.
I think these two videos, shown together, prove that Finicum showed a lack of judgment in his refusal to give into the proper authorities and that the tragedy was amplified by actions of the state patrol officers who used a level of force that was unjustified in this case. I think these videos taken together could be used in a civil law suit against law enforcement, and with the Supreme Court precedent as a baseline, officers who fired on Finicum and the truck, endangering the passengers within, could find themselves in hot water legally very soon.
It should be noted here that The American Millennium does not condone threats of violence against law enforcement officers. Nor are we here to call for armed revolution against the government. Our flawed political system is still the best on Earth and there are legal means to fight injustice that do not include bloody revolution. We should exhaust those means before a revolution is even thought of. That said, I have sympathy for the ranchers who feel they have been unfairly targeted by the government and their rights curtailed. I feel their frustration. The Federal government owns far too much state land and the states and their legislatures should demand it back. Frustrated ranchers are free to call their congressman, governors and senators and petition the government with their grievances. They are not allowed to revolt until all legal means at their disposal are exhausted.
The Bureau of Land Management as a law enforcement organization is quickly becoming as reprehensible in their actions as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms was in the ’90s when the Ruby Ridge and Waco Texas incidents were going on.
Law enforcement, with the Black Lives Matter situation going on, is drawing a lot of criticism and coverage as of late, often unfairly. I think that the issue of police brutality that does happen from time to time should be taken into account in context one case at a time. Officers who go over the line should be fired and prosecuted.
But, law enforcement officers are extremely hard to prosecute and that leads to a feeling that they are above the law. Juries should take a fair and balanced view when dealing with these incidents and come to reasoned judgments regarding fault based on evidence. The government should be more transparent in their dealings with the public, remembering who it is they work for. A good show of faith now would be for the FBI to release the Finicum autopsy to show the public how he died. They should also release photos and analysis of the truck Finicum was driving.