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Mark Caserta: DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood

16 Dec

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December 15, 2017

 

The abortion of an innocent, unborn child is a dagger in the heart of God’s gift of life to His children. It’s unfathomable continuation stabs deeply into man’s flesh, leaving behind a wound defiled with the blood of the most unblemished among us.

One hundred years ago, Margaret Sanger, an advocate for women’s reproductive rights and a vocal eugenics enthusiast, opened her first birth-control clinic in the United States and founded an organization known as Planned Parenthood.

Per The Heritage Foundation, today Planned Parenthood offers a “wide range” of women’s health care as justification for taxpayers providing more than 40 percent of their funding. Data show that Planned Parenthood is now the country’s largest abortion provider with affiliates performing more than 300,000 abortions per year and has become an organization deeply embedded in controversy.

Per reports from multiple news organizations, including The New York Times, the Justice Department recently launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices and the sale of fetal tissue derived from abortions – for profit.

In a letter, reportedly first obtained by Fox News last month, Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd has formally requested unredacted documents from the committee who led the congressional probe into the women’s health organization following a 2015 undercover operation by activists David Daleiden, and Sandra Merritt, of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress.

During the investigation, both Daleiden and Merritt recorded undercover video while posing as researchers interested in purchasing fetal tissues from Planned Parenthood. The request for the information was made to the same Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, referred Planned Parenthood, along with other providers to the FBI for investigation last December, according to The Hill.

Like millions of Americans, I had opportunity to view many of the undercover videos produced during the investigation and found them nothing short of horrifying. I was sickened my tax dollars were helping support this wretched practice which has been essentially ignored over the years by Democrats and Republicans alike.

In a statement to Fox News, Daleiden provided some details on the videos and shared investigative findings.

“After Planned Parenthood’s top doctors were caught on camera casually negotiating the sale of aborted baby hearts, lungs, livers and brains, two congressional investigations confirmed there were ‘systematic’ violations of federal law in Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby parts business,” he said. “The FBI’s investigation of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded, criminal abortion enterprise is long overdue.”

Planned Parenthood vehemently denies the allegations brought about by the undercover video. And while it’s true Daleiden and Merritt were indicted in 2016 on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record, it was related to presenting a fake California driver’s license with the intent to defraud, and had nothing to do with the video content, per The New York Times.

Today’s abortion ideology is a result of progressivism working to expand “choice” in every area of our lives. Tragically, the unborn are paying the ultimate price.

May God convict our hearts and give us wisdom as we fight to end this madness.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

Mark Caserta: DOJ should consider some factual Russian collusion

9 Dec

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

December, 8, 2017

 

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For nearly a year, liberals have been frantically attempting to delegitimize the presidency of Donald J. Trump by asserting American voters somehow fell victim to the influence of “evil” Russians who wanted Trump to win and Hillary to lose.

It lacks credulity at face value! Whose ideology aligns more closely with Vladimir Putin, the socialist rationale of Hillary or the capitalist conviction of Trump?

To date, liberal Democrats have failed to produce any evidence that even a single vote was fraudulently impacted by the Russians. And special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into this progressive pipe dream has cost taxpayers over $5 million thus far, per a report by Pierre Thomas of ABC News.

Liberals are repulsed by President Trump because he’s committed to negating the failed policies of the previous administration. Unlike his predecessor, he lacks the willingness to appease his enemies or apologize for his country. His performance isn’t a factor in moving the liberal “hate-ometer.” He could perform superbly for Americans, and progressives would still hate him.

Frankly, the futility of the fight makes one wonder about the patriotism of a faction of people willing to vigorously pursue the demise of an individual and possibly themselves over the success of their nation. Once again, I’m reminded of those famous final words of Captain Ahab in Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick”:

“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.”

The emotional, nonsensical nature of this quote just seems befitting of progressives.

Factually, when one considers how liberals have turned a blind eye to verifiable acts of Russian collusion by their peers, it makes the accusations against Trump laughable. For posterity’s sake, let’s reverse roles in some of the liberal-Russian interactions over the past few years.

Imagine, for a moment, the mainstream media’s reaction to a “hot mic” inadvertently picking up President Trump’s conversation with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev relaying that Vladimir Putin should “give him more space” and that after his re-election Trump would have “more flexibility,” as happened with President Obama.

Suppose President Trump gave Russia control of approximately 20 percent of U.S. uranium capacity and in turn received $2.35 million in donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, as happened with Obama and the Clinton Foundation. And supplemental to the deal, the FBI gathered evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaging in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering inside the U.S. as reported by The New York Times.

And suppose, germane to the Uranium One deal, Melania Trump delivered a speech to a Russian bank, promoting Uranium One stock and received $500,000, as happened with Bill Clinton.

Liberals would be calling for Trump’s immediate removal from office and subsequent prosecution for treason.

I’m convinced liberal allegations against Trump were a premeditated diversion from the real Russian collusion that transpired under the Obama administration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions should launch an immediate counter-investigation.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

Mark Caserta: What’s wrong with returning America to greatness?

1 Dec

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Dec 1, 2017

 

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Despite what the mainstream media and liberals would have you believe, there is no anti-Trump “wave” throughout our country from previous supporters. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Rather than a “wave” against the president, the president’s increasing number of wins has gone so far as to solidify and broaden his base of supporters.

And conservatives certainly aren’t dissuaded by the liberal meltdown over their unsettling loss in the 2016 presidential election. It’s sad they keep allowing it to fuel their flames of discontent to the point they can’t seem to rationalize what’s good for America!

In a single year, Donald Trump has successfully negated a large portion of the damage caused by the Obama administration by doing exactly what he promised his constituents – win on behalf of the American people!

America is beginning to win at home with people going back to work. I’m encouraged as I travel through the coalfields of West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania and see coal trucks and barges, once again, filled with coal for transport. And while the labor participation rate is still way too low, we’re well on our way to jobs recovery with the unemployment rate falling to 4.3 percent, a 17-year low, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Remarkably, per an August column in Breitbart by John Carney, the American economy has added more than 1 million jobs since President Donald Trump took office, despite economists predicting a job slump this year. Carney reports that America has added more than 200,000 jobs in four of Trump’s first six months in office!

Even an August column in CNN Money, by Chris Isidore, confirms the economy created an average of 179,000 new jobs in each of the first six months of Trump’s presidency – far better than his predecessor’s first six months, when 3.4 million jobs were lost!

Illegal immigration along the U.S.Mexico border is also declining at an amazing rate. In March, the Border Patrol recorded 12,193 apprehensions at the Southwest border, the lowest in 17 years, per the Border Patrol and confirmed by Politifact. And Trump hasn’t even built the wall yet!

It simply required a decisive, unwavering stance on illegal immigration by a leader who values sovereignty and safety over a voter base dependent upon the hands that feed them. It’s really that simple.

So, why does America returning to greatness annoy liberal Democrats and the GOP establishment? Why would these Trump naysayers be willing to cripple the presidency of Donald Trump when doing so would be harmful to most Americans?

Sadly, for many of these career politicians, politics have become so entrenched in winning for the party, that the needs of the American people don’t seem to factor into the equation. In what world would we hire them to fight against lowering taxes and reducing illegal immigration?

The “swamp” is still very deep and crawling with loathsome varmints. Electing Donald Trump was the first step toward draining it dry. Rest assured, he will be calling on voters to play an integral role in expediting the process.

 

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

 

Mark Caserta: What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

29 Nov

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Nov 24, 2017

 

 

One of the most sacred principles in our American criminal justice system is the presumption of innocence until a defendant is proven guilty.

The requirement, according to Wex Legal Dictionary, is “the prosecution prove beyond a reasonable doubt every element of a crime to convict a defendant,” and is granted by the due process clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments.

Sadly, the politicization of nearly every aspect of our lives, bolstered by the mainstream media’s desire to mold public sentiment, has reduced the presumption of innocence statute to “what best serves political expediency.”

Frankly, the double standard to which liberals and the GOP establishment adhere would be laughable, if not tragic for the victims of this dereliction of duty.

Case in point is the travesty of journalism offered by reporter Stephanie McCrummen of The Washington Post when earlier this month she made public the allegations that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore fondled a 14-year-old girl and pursued at least three other teenage girls decades ago as an assistant district attorney in the state of Alabama.

Per the Post, McCrummen was in Alabama as part of her paper’s coverage of the Senate race. She recently explained the genesis of the story to NPR.

“I was in Alabama actually reporting another story on Roy Moore supporters, a story aiming to understand, you know, the basis of his support in the state,” McCrummen said. “And it was at the end of a long conversation with someone there that these allegations surfaced.”

Why do you suppose a liberal reporter from The Washington Post would travel to Alabama to cover another state’s Senate race? Does anyone really think McCrummen’s intent was to report on the race or simply to scavenge skeletons in Moore’s closet and derail the chances of another conservative joining the Senate ranks?

So, a man’s career is virtually on the brink of destruction resulting from a newspaper story, based on unsubstantiated evidence, simply because he’s conservative.

Sadly, this appears to be the new evidentiary standard for the progressive movement in assaulting conservatives.

So, how does one intellectualize the major liberal media coverage of Bill Clinton, the assaulter-in-chief, when he faced multiple allegations of misconduct, both as Arkansas governor and POTUS? Clinton was confronted with multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from women like Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathy Shelton and Paula Jones.

While the media, liberals and the GOP establishment conduct themselves in support of the women accusers in Alabama and call for Moore to step aside from his Senate candidacy, Clinton’s accusers were berated and humiliated in the court of public opinion.

Irrespective of your political leaning, our country is teetering on the edge of judicial disaster if we succumb to this disregard for the presumption of innocence simply because it supports our political aspirations. Our judicial system would collapse beneath the weight of political jurisprudence!

Due process, afforded every individual by the Constitution, must be paramount in our list of protected rights. And the rule of law mustn’t be forsaken to propagate any political ideology.

 

Mark Caserta: Uranium One relevant to US-Russia relations

18 Nov

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Mark Caserta: Free State Patriot editor

Nov 17, 2017

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After a full year of Donald Trump as president, the “swamp water” in Washington is indeed beginning to recede, exposing deplorables in both political parties.

In an ironic turn of events, it would seem the Russian-Trump “collusion” apparition, which Democrats have vigorously labored to propagate (without a shred of evidence) has morphed into a Russian-Clinton collusion investigation in which evidence is quickly mounting.

Despite the liberal, mainstream media virtually ignoring the so-called “Uranium One” scandal, it appears it may have been integral to Russia, indeed, conspiring to influence our 2016 presidential election, but not as progressives would have you believe.

So, what is the relevance of the Uranium One deal?

In 2013, as reported by news outlets like Fox News and CNN, a Russian company, ROSATOM, acquired a Canadian uranium mining company, now called Uranium One, which has uranium assets in the U.S. The deal, approved by the Obama administration, reportedly gave Russia control of about 20 percent of U.S. uranium capacity.

Per their website, “The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders and one of the largest companies of the Russian Federation and largest taxpayers of the country.” It acquires nuclear power assets, mining approximately 3,000 tons of uranium domestically and is the largest electricity generating company in Russia, owning a large portfolio of foreign construction projects, including some in nations hostile to the U.S.

Now, liberal Democrats insist we should “move on, there’s nothing to see here,” based on the assertion the deal doesn’t allow any of the acquired uranium to leave the U.S. But that’s not to say Russia and her benefactors won’t profit from the deal.

Two weeks ago, as reported in a column by Adam Kredo, of The Washington Free Beacon, a Russian atomic energy corporation announced it has formally begun construction of a second nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran. This new plant, dubbed Bushehr-2, will be supplemental to the first plant Russia built for Iran in 2011, and will be equipped with the latest nuclear technology, per reports in Russia-controlled media.

Under Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015, Iran is permitted to construct new nuclear reactors and plants. So, guess who will be handling the deal to build the nuclear reactors in Iran? Russia’s ROSATOM corporation!

Beyond the obvious, potential collusion here, per recent reports in The Hill, the FBI has been reviewing the Uranium One agreement and uncovered some Russian nuclear industry officials engaging in nefarious dealings, to include extortion, bribery and political kickbacks, with possible connections to our old friends Hillary and Bill Clinton.

The House Oversight Committee is now reportedly considering investigating whether any criminal activity occurred regarding the Clinton-Russian connection. And CNS News reports that uranium mining deals in Kazakhstan, multimillion-dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation, and the U.S. government’s approved sale of Uranium One to a Russian state-owned company are now under investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

With the political pendulum swinging the other way, what will further abatement of the murky swamp reveal? Time will tell, but it doesn’t look good for progressives.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

 

Mark Caserta: American Dream is within reach once again

12 Nov

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Nov 10, 2017

 

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The so-called American Dream is something to which most people have aspired at some point in their life. While it means something different to everyone, its pursuit is something our Founding Fathers felt was worth protecting.

The Declaration of Independence states early in its text, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Conservatives consider this particularly important because we believe our rights truly come from God, not man. Yet, the ever fallible man often seems to overvalue these rights for ourselves while undervaluing them for others. I’m dismayed at the lack of engagement by individuals in societal issues until they’re impacted directly. This sort of short-sightedness has allowed the progressive movement far too much success in America.

In fact, I submit the American Dream, which for many of us includes the freedom to worship, honor our flag and pray to our God, all openly, has been desperately attacked by those whose progressive dream lacks these virtues. And if eight years of the Obama administration taught us nothing else, we learned how quickly even the mightiest of nations will falter beneath the weight of liberal leaders with socialist tendencies.

For some retrospection, I recently read a 2014 column by Simone Pathe, of “PBS NewsHour,” titled “Why half of U.S. adults no longer believe in the American dream.” The column shared data collected at the time by the annual American Values Survey showing nearly half of Americans, who once believed in the American Dream (defined as the belief that if you work hard, you’ll get ahead), thought it no longer existed.

Fast-forward to a column last week by Samantha Smith of the Pew Research Center titled “Most think the ‘American dream’ is within reach for them,” which revealed an entirely different, optimistic perspective. This column stated that despite persistently “low levels of public satisfaction” with the state of the nation, most Americans (82 percent) believe they’ve achieved the American Dream or are on their way to achieving it.

The state of the union and the mindset toward achieving the American Dream is dramatically improving per every economic indicator under the Trump administration. Unemployment is falling, manufacturing is returning to the U.S., the stock market is at an all-time high, GDP is on the incline, the EPA is being reined in, our enemies once again fear us while our allies are learning to trust us again, and our military is regaining global prominence.

Despite these facts, liberals seem to be working frantically to keep our focus elsewhere. Don’t forget, the same people who are trying to convince you President Trump’s approval ratings are tanking are the same ones who told you Hillary would win in a landslide!

Liberals may choose to reverie in their progressive nightmare, but most Americans are enlivened by the new spirit we’ve embraced as a nation.

The American Dream is once again reality.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

Mark Caserta: Sanctuary cities affect sovereignty, safety

5 Nov

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Nov 3, 2017

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Opening statements began last week in the case of Katie Steinle, 32, who was killed as she strolled along the San Francisco waterfront with her father. Steinle was fatally shot by a homeless illegal immigrant who had returned to the U.S. multiple times illegally.

Per multiple news sources, including Fox News, Steinle’s father delivered an emotional testimony, sharing Katie’s ardent plea, “Help me, dad,” as her last words.

Two days after Steinle was killed, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump unleashed a scathing statement on the shooting.

“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately,” he said. “This is an absolutely disgraceful situation, and I am the only one that can fix it. Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it. This won’t happen if I become president.”

Trump was, no doubt, referencing the role of “so-called” sanctuary cities, ignoring federal immigration law and providing aid and protection for illegals entering our country.

San Francisco, for example, passed an ordinance in 1989 prohibiting city employees, funds or resources from assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in enforcing federal immigration law. If an illegal was identified through contact such as an arrest, ICE was not to be notified, protecting them from possible deportation.

Since becoming president, Trump has been delivering on his promise to the American people by helping enforce current immigration law. National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd reports a “miraculous” drop in illegal immigration under the Trump administration, per Fox Business.

Within a week following being sworn into office, President Trump ignited a firestorm when he signed an executive order designed to crack down on sanctuary cities and “jurisdictions” that harbor illegal immigrants by stripping them of federal grant money. The order, by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, directs the Office of Management and Budget to compile federal grant money going to the sanctuary districts.

Aside from cities, at least five states, California, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont, have “enacted laws that limit how much police can contribute assistance to federal immigration agents,” according to the New York Times. The Times also noted it’s difficult to determine just how many cities offer sanctuary for illegals, since some do not have an official ordinance or policy in place.

“Unfortunately, over the last several decades, respect for the rule of law has broken down and immigration enforcement has been sacrificed for the sake of political expediency,” said Attorney Jeff Sessions in a statement released by the White House this month.

There is no “up side” for protecting illegal immigrants in our country, beyond the Democrats’ political ambition for creating a dependable voter base. And frankly, they’re willing to do so at the expense of our nation’s sovereignty and our citizens’ safety.

Any sanctuary states, cities and/or jurisdictions found guilty of breaking federal law should be held accountable, financially, and the leaders responsible should face criminal charges. Anything less compromises the rule of law.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

 

 

 

 

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