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Foreign Policy Terrorism WTF?!

Newt Gingrich Admits: Trump Has No Strategy For Fighting ISIS, May Suspend Civil Liberties

On numerous occasions during the 2016 race for the White House, Donald Trump proudly declared that he would defeat the terrorist group ISIS in short order if elected. He even said he knows more about ISIS than the generals at the Pentagon do. Here, see for yourself:

Like with all things Trump, that turns out to be a complete lie, as Newt Gingrich acknowledged yesterday during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. Gingrich admitted:

“I don’t think they have a strategy. I think that what they know, which is important, is that they are gonna need a strategy.”

Yet for some reason Gingrich said he’s optimistic Trump and his advisers will be able to cook up a really great plan for defeating terror:

“They are going to be able to produce a very aggressive strategy. They have a much better grip on reality than the Obama administration did.”

Time to fact check that statement by Gingrich: Under President Obama, ISIS has been pushed out of Mosul and their one-time headquarters in Raqqa, and they are on the run in both Iraq and Syria. So what exactly is the “better grip” that Trump has? Is it in saying the magical words “radical Islamic terrorism” and suddenly all the bad guys disappear? Trump has repeatedly said those words and yet the attack on the Christmas market in Berlin still took place.

While he was at it, Gingrich also suggested that perhaps what we need to do in this country is suspend civil liberties until terrorism is defeated. In other words, eliminate everyone’s rights forever:

“People should go back and look at how Lincoln dealt with Southern sympathizers during the Civil War. We passed a Sedition Act for example, which changed our ability to control people who were advocating treason.”

Yes, if only we’d had a modern-day Sedition Act for the past eight years, we could have prosecuted traitors like Gingrich and Trump who were constantly alleging President Obama wasn’t really an American citizen, was secretly a Muslim, and was, in the words of Trump, “the founder of ISIS.” If a Democrat had advocated such a piece of legislation to deal with birthers, you would have heard Republicans screaming about tyranny and a police state. But when they want to do the same thing, suddenly it’s in the name of national security. Their hypocrisy truly has no limits.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Civil Rights WTF?!

Trump Suggests Loss Of Citizenship, Prison For Flag Burning (TWEETS)

Once again Donald Trump has gone on Twitter and made a complete ass of himself by suggesting anyone who burns an American flag should face severe consequences.

Tuesday morning, the President-elect posted this:

Jeez! Where to start? Let’s try this line of logic, though it will no doubt be completely lost on Trump: Burning an American flag is protected under the First Amendment. This was decided in the 1989 case Texas v. Johnson. The Chief Justice of the United States, William Rehnquistwho was as conservative as they come, wrote in his decision that any statute or law which criminalizes the desecration of an American flag directly violates a person’s First Amendment privileges as outlined by the Bill of Rights, which Don the Con has probably never even read.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Trump spokesperson Jason Miller then went on CNN this morning and doubled down on Trump’s moronic ranting, telling Chris Cuomo:

“I think most Americans would agree with me that flag burning should be illegal. It’s completely despicable.”

I don’t think it should be illegal, Mr. Miller. And this is settled law! We had this debate when George H.W. Bush was pushing for a Constitutional amendment to make flag desecration illegal. That was back when Poppy Bush was trying desperately to prove he was a tough guy instead of a wimp.

Perhaps most of all, this needs to be said: a flag is nothing more than a piece of cloth. I constantly see people wearing variations on the flag as shirts or caps, yet no one says anything about it. What gives the flag intrinsic value are ideals it represents. And to burn or walk on an American flag in no way threatens the precious ideals we hold so dear–freedom, liberty, the right to disagree, the right to assemble, the right to speak out.

The threat is that some among us, including Donald Trump, want to impose their version of patriotism on everyone else. This is how tyranny begins. And it must be fought every single time it rears its head.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org