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The Riddle Report

The Riddle Report 02 01 2021

News Item #1

President Biden has called himself a Unity President. He touts his experience in the Senate as evidence that he can bring unity to the table. Let’s accept that definition and history of The Unity President, and considers what that suggests.

First of all, he means he will be a better President than Obama and will be carrying on the tradition of President Trump. The fact is that what Trump accomplished legislatively was through working with both parties. On the other hand, President Obama excluded the Republicans from participation.

Right from the start we have Biden discovering that being a President of a unified government is going to be difficult. There are huge pressures on him from the far Left that want ‘instant’ gratification. They don’t care about the economic risks. In their childish dreams they are willing to cause massive unemployment and a devastated economy worse than we now have to bring about their far Left dreams. Biden doesn’t necessarily embrace those same dreams, but they are his core support.

He wants to pull a Clinton who at the beginning of his second term moved toward the center. The problem is that there is not much of a center for him to move toward. It is hard to imagine a man who apparently has dementia problems being strong enough to move the dialog a notch or two to the right. But if he can’t do that, there is no unity.

Already we are seeing the Left wanting to shut the Republicans out of the picture. And while there are Democrats and Republicans willing to work together, they are few in number. Can you imagine relying upon Mitt Romney for political success? I just don’t see President Biden accomplishing this, but for our nation’s sake I wish him well.

News Item #2

The goal of being a unity President is a good goal. If President Biden is able to bring the two sides together, what can we expect?

For one thing, the New Green Deal would be moved to the back burner. It is too radical. If that gets passed within the first 100 days, then unity is gone. You are not going to find very many fiscally responsible conservatives willing to sell America’s future for what amounts to a pipe dream.

Another thing that we should see is the President putting the kibosh on the movement to expand the Supreme Court so as to make it nothing more than a rubber stamp for the Left. It would cripple our justice system and, in effect, do away with the Constitutional structure of our government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) and replace it with only an Executive and Legislative government.

News Item #3

Stimulus package. The package put together by the Moderates (Democrats and Republicans) does restrict the stimulus money to the lower income more so than the original. That is good. But does it also remove helping states that got in trouble because of their own mishandling of states budgets? And, what about the excessive funds going to other countries? Shouldn’t Americans come first?

Bailing out state governments to cover their own irresponsibility does not seem like a good use of taxpayer money. To bail out state government would only be a bandage that would have to later be replaced with a bigger bandage as the irresponsibility continues.

News Item #4

President Biden has his hands full. So far, his actions have not matched his words. It is a sad day in America when the President caves into party politics, but that is what appears to be happening. And such a cave-in signals that President Biden is going to be a weak President rather than a unifying President. I hope I am wrong, but that is what I see.

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A New President

The Riddle Report 01 20 2021

News Item #1

We have a new President. Actually two. We have a new current President Joe Biden and we have a new Standing By President Kamala Harris, although her title is Vice President.

Most observers don’t expect Biden to last more than one term with the Vice President expected to run in 2024. But there are also a great many who don’t believe Biden will finish his first term.

This is not due to any form of death, but rather to the strongly suspected, if not known, case of Dementia. We all saw evidence of it during the campaign to become the Candidate and again during the Presidential campaign itself.

But for the time being he is President of the United States of America. Some people are saying he’s not their President. That is foolishness. Whether you voted for him or not, he is your President as long as he holds that office.

As such, it is our duty as citizens to respect and honor him. You have the right to disagree with him, to oppose him, and fight against his agenda, but you do not have the right to malign him. Only the Democrats have that right as they demonstrated the last four years!

News Item #2

I did not watch the inauguration for two reasons. One I was busy and secondly, I have a pretty good idea what kind of President he will be. He may speak of unifying the country, but he and the Democrats in Congress have already telegraphed that disunity is their agenda.

The biggest question is what will he do beginning today? Will he push for the Green New Deal or for a stronger economy as Trump did; will he approach Covid-19 with a crushing lockdown or a balanced approach such as Trump did; and will he put globalism first or America first as Trump did?

Speeches are fine, but actions speak louder than words. We’ll wait and see.

News Item #3

I’ve noticed that Mitch McConnell has turned against Trump. Perhaps he thinks his constituency will forget. I doubt it.

News Item #4

While today is a sad day for Conservatives it is wise to remember that we survived 8 years of President Obama. We can survive Biden.

Christians need to pray for our new President as we are commanded in the Bible. America still has the best government in the world, and we need to pray for it and work to improve it. In two years the Biden/Harris legacy will be apparent.

What needs to be done is work to negate voter fraud and build a strong grass roots that can build upon the Trump campaign accomplishments.

News Item #5

Unsubstantiated

This was the term we heard over and over from the news media. The word means ‘not proven to be true’ or ‘not supported by other evidence’.

But the media used it as a catch phrase. The fact is nothing can be substantiated if it is not first examined. At no time during the aftermath of the election was the evidenced looked at by the courts. Instead, judges dismissed the evidence without taking the time to examine it.

In the case of the Supreme Court, cases were refused because the litigants had no ‘standing’. This is foolhardy!

Every citizen of the United States, no matter what state they resided in, had standing. That is because everyone stood to lose or gain if fraud was found. The Court failed us. And this failure casts a cautionary light upon the Court for future cases no matter their nature.

It is scary.

What Will I Do?

First, let me tell you what I won’t do.

I won’t wring my hands and cry, “Oh me!”

I won’t take up arms against my government.

I won’t leave America.

But here is what I will do:

I will pray for our President.

I will pray for members of Congress.

I will pray for Supreme Courts judges.

I will pray for America.

I will pray for Revival.

By the way, that is what I have been doing for years!

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Riddle News: Certified?

11 05 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the 2020 election.

Claim: Election goes to Pelosi controlled House within days of election.

As with anything there are always facts that have to be dealt with. The next step in the election is quite often called certification. Votes need to be verified and counted. Let’s take a closer look.

State certification.

Each state has their own laws and state constitutional requirements. These can vary from as couple days after the election to weeks and even into December. During this time all the ballots will be counted and verified. Verification usually means checking the postmark (if a mail-in), proper signature, proper marking of ballot, and eligibility (i.e., is the person a registered voter in the particular state).

However, legal challenges can impact the process. And it is safe to say there will be legal challenges. I believe some have already been filed.

 Because of Covid-19 the process is further messed up. Some states mailed out ballots to people irrespective of whether they asked for one or not. This raises serious mail fraud questions that will likely have to be settled in court.

But the counting of ballots is not the whole story.

Electoral College

Contrary to liberal thought, the President is not elected by popular vote. Within a state, yes. But each state has Electoral College electors. The number of electors differs by state and often are chosen by the parties. The winning party’s list of electors would then be chosen.

These electors then meet and vote for the President. In theory they vote according to the popular vote count, but it is possible to vote for someone else. The U.S. constitution does not require electors to vote according to their state’s popular vote. On the other hand, some state’s have laws binding the elector’s to vote as they ‘pledged’. (Pledged simply means if they are part of the Republican electoral list they will vote for the Republican, and if on the Democratic list they will vote for the Democrat.)

NARA

NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) is an independent government agency responsible for preserving historical records. In a national election they are also responsible for transmitting the electors (Electoral College) votes to Congress where they will be counted. Electors cast their votes on December 14, while Congress counts the votes and declares a winner on January 6th.

Congress

On January 6th Congress will convene and the votes will be counted state by state. In the end there will be a final tally and the President will be announced. There is the possibility of a tie, but I am not going into that.

Lawsuits

This is a long drawn out process. And because of lawsuits it will be more drawn out. But when you have evidence indicating voter fraud (and it certainly appears so) then the legal challenges must go forward.

Elections are serious business and when an individual, a group of individuals, or a party attempts to ensure their candidates election by suppressing votes or adding votes it requires a legal investigation.

Are There Instances of Voter Fraud?

Don’t expect an honest answer from the media. But, yes, there have been reports of improper actions to suppress or alter votes. One such accusation involved certified vote watchers being denied the ability to watch the count in disregard to a court order. I wasn’t there and didn’t see it, but such accusations deserve to be explored by a legal authority (i.e., court).

Also, the practice of some states to send out ballots to all people living within their states, regardless of whether they were citizens or not, or registered voters is reprehensible and needs to be investigated.

Supreme Court

Yes, it is possible this will go to the Supreme Court. In fact, I will go so far as to say it is likely. Assuming we now have a court that esteems the Constitution, then I welcome it.

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Ron’s Lit Tip Observations

09 30 2020

Welcome to Ron’s Lit Tip. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will share a tip with you.

Last night I watched the debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. I decided to report on that instead of my normal lit tip.

The debate was a disaster in many ways, but I did draw a few things from it.

  1. Classic Trump

The President is combative. That is not a news flash, we all know it. And last night he was very combative. He won’t and wasn’t silent when he felt Biden was lying. He interrupted Biden frequently and dominated the debate.

  • Joe Biden

Joe had memorized certain words and phrases prior to the debate. This showed up several times. He used the following, “he doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” “he’s a liar,” “a clown,” plus the laugh. All of these were put out there hoping that one of them was a virile sound bite. The laugh was designed for video.

But for all intents and purposes these failed. What I remember the most from the debate was that Biden was ineffective, at times he fumbled his words, his lips quivered, and some people noticed stressed facial expressions, all of which indicated that Joe Biden was having cognitive troubles.

But of more concern to me was he couldn’t handle the attacks from President Trump. He had to know that the attacks were coming, and his only response was to mumble words and phrases he had memorized. In one instance, he seemed to need the moderator, Chris Wallace, to help him.

It occurred to me that if Joe Biden couldn’t handle a debate where he knew attacks were coming, how could he expect to handle the pressure of the Presidency?

  • Chris Wallace

Wallace is Center Left, a liberal who doesn’t like Trump. So, it wasn’t surprising that his overall performance favored Biden. Although both candidates ignored the agreed upon rules and interrupted one another, Wallace appeared to give Biden more leeway.

  • Fact Checkers

I have little confidence in factcheckers, so I didn’t watch them. This morning I looked at a couple to see what they were saying. Basically, they were predictable.

  • Overall

I remember a time when debates revealed information that proved important to the election. Last night’s debate revealed little. There are a few items though.

Court Packing – There has been talk that if the Senate confirms Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court and if Biden wins, he will try to pack the court. In other words, increase the number of judges. This only requires a Congressional act signed into law by the President. Biden refused to answer the question by Wallace if he supported packing the court.

Economy – Simply put, President Trump favors opening up businesses, schools, etc., while Biden supports shutting everything down. I find Biden’s leanings amusing to a degree. He continually referred to Trump’s shutdown as a “recession.”

Jobs –Biden and Wallace both cited the number of jobs Obama created as opposed to the number of jobs Trump has created. The problem with that is that the Obama jobs were low paying (think McDonalds) while the jobs under Trump have been increased factory jobs, higher paying white collar jobs, and the return of many white collar employees to or near the pay levels of prior to 2008.

Who won? That’s easy. Trump 1, Biden 0.

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Supreme Court News

09 21 2020

Welcome to The News which is published every Monday and Friday.

What’s all this noise about the Supreme Court?

With the death off Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a major shift is in the wind for the Supreme Court. Because of this the Left and Right are squaring off. For the Democrats it represents what might be a distant prospect of changing the judicial landscape solidly to the Left. For the Republicans it represents the opportunity to finally shift the court to the right where the Constitution and rule of law outweigh social experimentation.

The current battle is whether a justice should be nominated by President Trump or by the next president (Trump or Biden).

Who’s Right?

That depends on your worldview. If you are on the left and are hoping Biden wins then you want to delay the nomination until Biden is in office. If you are on the Right, you want the nomination now for at least two reasons.

The first reason is that if the election is close, like some prognosticators think, then it could be decided by the court. In that scenario you need a full Supreme Court bench. Otherwise, you get a real mess.

The second reason is that the court would be returned to its original status, namely, a court ruled by the Constitution. Not the modernized constitution of the Liberals but the Constitution that is the foundation of American.

What Happens if Trump’s Nominee Fails to Win in Senate?

Not much. It only delays it if Trump is re-elected. I believe he will be re-elected, but if not, then Biden would have the choice.

Doesn’t Trump trail in the Polls?

In some he still trails, but in polls based on “Likely” voters he is winning, and the margin has been increasing. There has been a shift toward Trump in the Battleground States and among the Hispanics and perhaps the Black communities.

Another factor to consider is the influence of the Internet. In the past the Democrats would use all manner of deception and confuse, even deceive, the American public. But things have changed. Americans of every age, color, and ethnicity are proficient with the Internet and know how to look up the facts. Many, if not most, understand that so-called “Fact Checkers” are unreliable and biased.

So, they look the information up and find out the truth.

So, what can we expect?

As far as the Supreme Court is concerned it is hard to tell. But despite House Speaker’s Pelosi’s claim she has something up her sleeve it is doubtful there is anything there. The real question is whether the Republicans will stand with the President. Time will tell.

As for the election, I think Trump benefits no matter which way the Senate goes. And I think he will be re-elected perhaps in a landslide.

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Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

Today’s Issue: Need for a Constitutionalist
Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice.
There are a lot of side issues in this nomination with the democrats acting like spoiled babies. Even today I saw an article that indirectly attacked Kavanaugh though it was aimed at the GOP. The author of the article made a big issue about whether the nominee was likable. Claims that the GOP thinks he should receive Senate approval simply because he’s a nice guy. Actually I don’t know of any senator who would ever make that claim.
But the writer missed the most important issue: The View of the Constitution.
When selecting a person to be on the Supreme Court, we all want our favorite politics represented. Democrats generally want a liberal and Republicans generally want a conservative, but that doesn’t tell us of the person’s view of the Constitution.
Unfortunately there are elitists who believe they know better about what is good for Americans. They can be either Democrat or Republican or any other party. These same people view the constitution as a living document. To some extent so do I, but not as they do. They consider it a living document that can be interpreted according to the times we live in.
My view is that the constitution is a living document because it can be amended. When the constitution was first written there was opposition to it because it failed to protect certain perceived rights. Thus, it was amended.
And throughout our nation’s history there have been times when the constitution has been amended through the constitutional mechanism. That is the right and proper way of making the constitution viable for our generation and future generations.
But in matters of law and governance the constitution is the absolute authority.
It is not up to an activist judge, whether liberal or conservative, to twist the constitution to his/her opinion. It was meant that the judges up to and including Supreme Court judges protect and enforce the constitution. This requires a strict adherence to the constitution. No opinion, no outside document, and no circumstance should ever hold sway in contrast to the constitution. It is the absolute authority.
But what about our rights?
When black men and women’s rights needed protection an amendment was passed; when women’s rights were threatened an amendment was passed; and when other rights were threatened specific amendments were passed. These are time consuming avenues that are meant to allow a thorough examination of the issues before a vote. It is meant that the American people not elitists in Washington D.C. determine what is needed.
The Supreme Court needs Constitutionalists.
Judge Kavanaugh has a career resume that demonstrates that he takes a literal view of the constitution. If this causes him to vote conservative most of the time then so be it, although I’d bet that sometimes we conservatives will not like his vote. Why? Because we conservatives don’t always stick to the constitution either.
We don’t need Activist Judges.
By definition an activist judge is not a constitutionalist. Whether liberal (usually) or conservative (sometimes) they tend to bend the constitution and the law to fit their own bias. I think Americans are getting sick and tired of that.
We need men and women who will stick by the constitution and by the law. And if the constitution or the law needs changed, follow the constitutional mechanisms provided! This approach served our country well for its first 100 years and then we started getting cute with our interpretations. And look at the mess we have!
That is the criteria for selecting a jurist for the Supreme Court. Not the person’s likeability, not the person’s sex, and not the Senate’s political bias’s. The Senate is suppose to determine if the nominee fulfills the Constitutional requirements not the current politically correct view. If they’d do that the entire process would not take nearly as long as it probably will take.
Based on what I’ve heard and read, Brett Kavanaugh deserves Senate approval.
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