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The Forgotten Man Is Alive and Well at CPAC PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaDonna Ryggs   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Conservatives grapple with the reality and permanence of “Rust Belt, Religion and Realignment,” as the GOP tent expands to include the Forgotten Man.

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National Harbor, MD - The Conservative Political Action Committee, commonly known as CPAC, held its annual gathering at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, MD, last week. The program was a Who’s Who of iconic conservatives, ranging from elected officials and celebrities to policy experts, journalists and talk show hosts. A walk in the hallway for refreshment yielded great dividends of photo opportunities for attendees, such as Dog, the Bounty Hunter (Duane “Dog” Chapman) and Mr. Brexit, Nigel Farage (a member of the European Parliament).

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The Promise Keepers from CPAC 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaDonna Ryggs   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

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National Harbor, MD—Permeated with electricity and anticipation, a well-beyond capacity crowd began chants of “Trump, Trump,” in rippling waves, reminiscent of Inauguration Day.

President Trump’s speech was the highlight for the Conservative Political Action Committee’s (CPAC) conference. With likely 8,000 people in attendance, and a long line of people stretched around the halls hoping to get in, his speech was the most attended event of the conference. Even the media overflowed their section to cover the speech.

The speech began with a scathing attack of the Mainstream Media and its treatment of him, as he called it “Fake News.” But the majority of the speech could have been called “The Promise-Keeping” speech. To cheers, Trump went over a litany of his conservative reform agenda.

On Guns and Military: We will protect the 2nd Amendment. We will rebuild our military, we will respect our flag, and we will take care of our veterans. I want us to invest in our military once again. I have ordered our Defense Department to formulate a plan to eradicate ISIS.

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Quilt of Valor Goes to Charlie Porter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Clyde Rector   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

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At the American Legion Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. Post 214 Tuesday evening meeting, Charlie Porter was presented a Quilt of Valor by Kenneth Hinkle and Suzanne DiCarlo.

 
   
Muslim Refugees and the European Rape Epidemic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

The Role of Un-Free Speech, Political Correctness, and Islamic Doctrines

If I were writing and publishing this article in Sweden, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, or the UK, I could probably expect to be in court, heavily fined, or even jailed with little confidence of receiving a just hearing. When nations shield “protected classes” from criticism or fail to prosecute even-handedly criminals because of their “protected class,” they encourage lawlessness within that class and in general. They also incur the just resentment of the lawful citizens who endure these crimes. When nations punish those who speak out against such policies and their consequences, they silence truth and conscience and cross the boundaries of just government into totalitarian government. This also applies to the European Union, which has been inspiring and pushing its members into the misguided social manipulations of multiculturalism and diversity with a sharp totalitarian edge.

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Don’t Forget Local Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Since the Presidential Election, most media attention has been  focused on the national scene. I have been guilty of the same diversion. The excitement has been and continues to be at the national level with a new President very different than anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. It is an exciting time for conservatives and a frightening time for Communists, Muslims and advocates of the One-World Government.

Senator John McCain, who plays the role of a conservative to get reelected, told an international audience last week that President Trump is going about destroying 70 years of work done toward building a World Government. The aging former POW was on the verge of revealing his true world-view.  

 When Greenville County Council, last week, voted 7 to 5 to pass the largest tax (fee) increase in history, there was no report found in the daily newspaper or on the local television station. It is understood that the current rules would require 9 votes to approve. The County Attorney ruled that they could pass the increase with 7 votes with the County Chairman’s approval.

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Gary Varvel Cartoons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

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Trump Administration Insurrection? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Democrats, RINOs (Republicans in name only), and media pundits are attempting to convince the American people that the Trump White House staff and cabinet offices are in chaos.   There is no evidence to support the claim; however, it is repeated by virtually every news outlet regardless of whether there is anything or not to substantiate the claim.

President Trump stated that those who supported Hillary for President can’t allow themselves to acknowledge that they lost the election. Trump has begun calling them the enemies of the American people. The media is making a big deal out of that, however it is a true statement,

Many of them are enemies of the Constitution that the President and all other government officials, including those in uniform, are sworn to protect. Their subversive activities have been ignored in the past, but can be ignored no more. Their threat to the survival of the Republic is too serious.

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Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration of U.S. National Security Agencies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Stealth Jihad for Transforming America

A September 29, 2015,  Center for Security Policy (CSP) article indicated that more than 50 U.S. intelligence analysts working with the U.S. Central Command had filed complaints with the Department of Defense Inspector General claiming that their analyses had been manipulated by senior officials to downplay the threat of ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria. The alleged motive for these omissions and manipulations was to present a picture of ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Syrian War that supported Obama Administration ideology and policy.

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Trump Visits Boeing Facility in Charleston PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff West   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

President Donald Trump and Governor Henry McMaster visited Charleston’s Boeing aircraft facility on February 17 for the new 787-10 Dreamliner  airplane debut.  Over 5,000 Boeing employees and VIPs attended the private event.  The latest improvements in design and technology are incorporated into this new Dreamliner model, famous for its advanced lightweight carbon fiber construction.  The most efficient jetliner ever, the 787-10 is 25% more efficient than similar-sized airplanes.  First introduced in 2011, the 787 has carried 148 million people and saved 13 billion pounds of fuel.  

The 787-10 will be built exclusively in Charleston, where almost 74% of the workers voted two days previously against unionization.  This plant has the highest rate of production ever for twin-aisle airplanes, with orders for 149 of the 787-10.  

Boeing VPs Joan Robinson-Berry and David Carbon thanked all those involved for their hard work on the new 787-10 in a private reception before the unveiling.  Ms. Robinson-Berry said the numerous technological developments made at the Charleston facility are only possible in the flexible atmosphere of the union-free environment.

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Study Proves U.S. (Un)Educational System Is Destroying Economy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff West   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

The U.S. (un)educational system has become increasingly secular in recent decades.  Many Christian education experts warned of this but were largely ignored while our schools continued to deteriorate.  Sadly, we are reaping what we sowed, having condemned children to our dysfunctional educational system.  While Christian criticism is rejected, mainstream analysis documents this dysfunction.  A January 2015 report, AMERICA’S SKILLS CHALLENGE: Millennials and the Future, by Educational Testing Service (ETS) (see: https://www.ets.org/s/research/29836/), delivers shocking proof of the inadequate education students receive at all levels.  ETS is a non-profit organization that tests over 50 million students worldwide, including the GRE graduate school entrance exam in America.  

This educational deterioration has been ongoing for decades.  The ETS report states: “In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education...declared that the state of America’s education made it ‘a nation at risk.’...’[T]he educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people.’”  Furthermore, adult scores have declined in literacy since 1994 and in numeracy since 2003.

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Greenville County Planning Fee Increases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

Greenville County Council Finance Committee voted three to two to approve two fee increases to fund improved communications and road maintenance.

The new ordinance would add a fee to each real estate parcel of $14.95 annually to lease, purchase, lease-purchase, or maintain county-wide public safety telecommunications network infrastructure.

In addition, the road maintenance fee would be amended to increase the fee to $25 per vehicle annually.

Voting in favor of the fee increase were Butch Kirven, Bob Taylor and Xanthene Norris. Voting in opposition, Sid Cates and Willis Meadows.

The ordinance will go to the full council for consideration at the next scheduled meeting which is Tuesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. at County Square.

 
   
Chad Connelly Joins Race to Replace Mulvaney PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

Additional Announced Candidates: Rep. Tommy Pope, Rep. Ralph Norman, Tom Mullikin, Sheri Few and Kris Wampler

Chad Connelly has been a controversial figure in an issue of great importance to SC Republicans.

The smooth-talking politician who scuttled the efforts by the Greenville County Republican Party Executive Committee that had financed a lawsuit to bring about closed party primaries in South Carolina has thrown his proverbial hat into the already crowded Fifth Congressional District Primary Race.  

The congressional seat is being vacated by Rep. Mick Mulvaney who is awaiting Senate confirmation as director of the Office of Management and Budget of the Trump Administration.

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Vietnam Veterans Celebrate New Year With Vietnamese-Americans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

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A group of Vietnam War veterans were the honored guests of Greenville area Vietnamese-Americans as they celebrated their traditional Lunar New Year in native dress. Hundreds of Vietnamese-American families reside in the Greenville area. Many of the older generation were members of the South-Vietnam Armed Forces who served as much as five years in Communist reeducation labor camps after the United States abandoned the war effort and Communist forces occupied the former democratic republic.
 Before escaping and eventually arriving in the United States, the now proud Americans learned firsthand what it was like to live in a Communist dictatorship.

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Ashley Landess Challenged Women to Get Involved in Local Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

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Ashley Landess, President of the South Carolina Policy Council, was the featured guest speaker at the January luncheon meeting of the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club at the Poinsett Club.

Landess and her non-profit organization have become known for their exposure of fraud and corruption in state government, as well as shortcomings in the public education system.

The Policy Council accepts no government funds, is nonpartisan and is totally dependent on private donations to fund their research and daily operations.

Landess, a native of the Upstate, has earned a reputation for being one of the most knowledgeable individuals regarding the operations of state government and the abuse of power by key individuals.

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Taking the Wrecking-Ball to Greenville County Square PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

Greenville County Square, the seat of county government  offices, formerly University Ridge, the one-time campus of Furman University, is located on the most desirable piece of real estate in the city of Greenville. For more than a decade Mayor Knox White and favored developers have attempted to design ways to acquire the property for development. The County Administrator has long been an advocate for such a plan.

Commercial development of the property would greatly increase the tax base of the city and provide lucrative business deals for local insider business interests.

Greenville County has announced that they will accept proposals for redevelopment of the County property in the near future. The use of “proposals” for procurement purposes is a legal, but unethical method of selecting contractors to receive County contracts. Using this method, it is possible that the County Administrator and other individuals may have already decided on a contractor and a plan, and will go through the procedures to create the illusion of appropriateness for the public.

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Gary Varvel Cartoons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

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The Early Returns Are Promising PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Thompson   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

Donald John Trump (DJT)  is now the 45th President of the United States (POTUS). Since many people apparently won’t accept that the campaign is over, I allude to election results by calling this column, “The Early Returns are Promising.” We can now make the clear distinction between what DJT said, and what he now does as POTUS.

As I write this, DJT is finishing his first week in office. In a flurry of actions, that included 12 Executive Orders (EO’s), he has rescinded the ACA, approved the XL Pipeline, stopped funding abortions done abroad, rescinded NAFTA and announced there will be an honest DOJ investigation of voter fraud in California.

Many people did not realize that Obama had rescinded a Reagan EO stopping the practice of taxpayer money being used to pay for abortions outside the US…Trump put Reagan’s EO back in place. The North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA), involves Mexico, Canada and the USA. Trump and private sector unions agree it caused American jobs to leave the country. Trump articulated his goal throughout the campaign; he wants to renegotiate a new NAFTA, one that puts “America first.”

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Gary Varvel Cartoons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Varvel   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

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The Biggest Mistakes of the Vietnam War (and others) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

Demonstrating Lack of Resolve, Misguided Negotiation Expectations, and Limited Strategic Outlook - Part 8 (Mistakes 9, 10, and 11 of 13)

From early 1965 through early 1968, there were six major confrontations between Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and the Pacific Area Commander (CINCPAC) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).  These involved a number of Johnson-McNamara policies and strategies that CINCPAC Admiral U.S. Grant Sharp and the JCS believed severely hindered the defeat of Communist aggression in Southeast Asia. After the war and his retirement, Admiral Sharp even wrote a book titled Strategies for Defeat: Vietnam in Perspective, first published in 1978. It was Sharp who characterized Johnson’s Operation Rolling Thunder as “powder-puff air warfare.” A major issue with Sharp and the JCS was the Johnson-McNamara policy of  highly restricted bombing of strategic targets in North Vietnam, leaving huge enemy sanctuaries around the most strategic North Vietnamese military and logistical targets critical to their invasion of South Vietnam. President Nixon eventually reversed this costly and absurd policy.

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The Biggest Mistakes of the Vietnam War (and others) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00

Failure to Mobilize the Support and Will of the People - Part 7

Prussian General and military theorist Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) insisted that any successful theory of warfare had to balance what he called “the trinity of war.” This concerned the motivation and morale affecting the people, the government, and the Army. The support and will of all three had to be mobilized to accomplish strategic objectives and victory. Moreover, successful military strategies should undermine the morale of the enemy’s people, government, and Army.

The French did not withdraw from Indo-China solely because of their defeat at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. They withdrew because the French people were war weary from World War II and Algeria, and the Communists had been relentless in exploiting this war weariness by undermining the morale of the French people and Parliament. It is a significant footnote in history that Marx, Engels, and Lenin had studied Clausewitz’s 1831 unfinished work: On War, and incorporated many of his principles, including “the trinity of war” in Communist political and military doctrine. Mao also studied Clausewitz.

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The Biggest Mistakes of the Vietnam War PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Not Knowing the True Nature of the Enemy - Part 6 (An Even Bigger Problem Today)

The most famous quote of Sun Tzu, the Chinese general and philosopher (circa 544 to 496 BC) and author of The Art of War, is:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”

Sun Tzu (Master Sun), whose birth name was Sun Wu, must have considered this vitally important , because he said it at least four different times with slight variations.

He also emphasized the importance of the intelligence function in warfare.  This seems to include a much broader outlook than simply the military strength, weapons, and positions of the enemy. It is of utmost importance to know what motivates the enemy and what our own motivations are. We must be honest about our own motivations and predispositions to believe what is most comfortable to us rather than the hard facts of reality.  Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote: “We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.”  Military Intelligence is most useful, when as far as humanly possible; it conforms to the reality of the enemy’s strength, morale, ideology, and motivation. It is useless, when it conforms to wishful thinking, political pressures, self-deception, or humanist fantasies about human nature.  

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