DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/24/2016

Expanding Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs

: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message

The first few years of a child’s life are crucial to his or her success. That’s why one of our top goals has been giving all Delaware families access to high-quality early learning programs and why I made early childhood funding one of my top budget priorities this year. It supports social and emotional development, helps even the playing field for children across socio-economic levels, and puts all kids on the path to meeting their full potential. The efforts of state leaders, advocates, and, most importantly, teachers and other staff are paying off. Today, more than 70 percent of low-income children are enrolled in our highest quality pre-schools, up from 5 percent in 2011. More than 120 programs now receive the highest rating of 5 Stars, up from just 24 in 2012. And we’ve made significant investments in professional development for teachers, better classroom materials, and early intervention to detect children’s needs. This week we celebrated an additional investment, a $7 million federal grant Delaware won to keep increasing access for families who need the most support – and in communities where our deficit of quality early learning opportunities is the greatest. At the Sussex Tech childcare center, I saw how this grant has helped enroll more students, expand teacher education, and secure needed classroom materials and equipment. At seven centers statewide this funding is also connecting families with needs assessments and referrals to services that help keep their kids growing healthy and strong. These efforts show how Delaware and the Obama Administration’s historic investments in early learning can make immediate and lasting change in the lives of our children. By continuing to live up to those commitments, we’ll create bright futures for our kids, and we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.


Rubio Looks Strong, Republicans May Hold Senate

Senator Marco Rubio has a 8 point lead in the Senate race versus has likely Democratic opponents and a reported 50 point lead in the primary race. His kick off was successful and anchors good news for Republicans in the tight Senate races. Democrats need to pick up 5 seats.

Republicans were trailing the Democrats in Florida. Now they are leading. Neighboring Pennsylvania was supposed to be close, Pat Toomey had the great fortune of the Democrats backing a hack they could control over the stronger candidate, Adm. Joe Sestak. He is up 9 points and polling near that magic majority. North Carolina is too close but looks like a Republican hold as well. New Hampshire is too close to call. Ohio is tied, but people don’t like Strickland and he is likely polling near his ceiling while oddly Portman is still unknown by 1 of 3 voters after 6 years in the Senate. Nevada is a toss up and may be a Republican pick up.

Still Democrats have some good news. Senator Kirk is still fighting, but he is not likely to win in Illinois. Senator Johnson is a fine Senator in Wisconsin but like Portman has not connected with the people. One guy polled numbers that could beat him, Feingold in a rematch and that one guy is running. It will be close, but if the election were held today, he would lose. Republicans could not find a strong candidate in Colorado and have been suffering in-fighting. It does not look good for a pick up.

If the election were today, it would be 50 Republicans, 47 Democrats and 3 Toss ups.

BREXIT and the DOMINO Theory


By: Wolf von Baumgart

Many who grew up the the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s still remember the quasi-ubiquitous conventional Cold War Domino Theory that if one country fell to Communism, all the rest would successively fall like a stack of dominoes. That mindset was a major factor in US involvement in the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict and its aftermath until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990.

The globalist paradigm of trans-national organization, centralization, cultural homogenization and “open borders” emerged in late 1945 at the dawn of the post-WW2 era out of the ashes of excessive nationalism. The political ideologies of imperialism, Bolshevism / Communism, Fascism, National Socialism, terrorism, etc., coupled with abuse of state power on a massive scale, killed over 200 million people in the last Century and gave greater rise to a corporate/bureaucratic worldview with a proportionate loss of individual freedom in democratic countries.

Political ideology and the legalistic/bureaucratic mindset have their obvious and not so obvious limitations , largely at expense of science, economics, ecology, individual sovereignty, creativity, innovation and human dignity. Three analogies apply:

1] The sociopolitical pendulum

2] The cultural rubber band

3] The political extension of Newton’s Third Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Despite attempts of special interests to impose their will from the top down for their major benefit, political, economic and social systems ultimately require at least some form of popular support ( or absence of effective resistance) in order to remain intact. Just as even the most well-coordinated battle plans survive first contact with the enemy, the most “elite” comprehensive theoretical trans-national economic and political integration plans rarely survive protracted contact with their respective national realities and limits of tolerance.

In their vote to leave the European Union, the people of the UK have made both an epic and seismic decision to reassert national sovereignty and individual freedom in the face of regionalist collectivism, centralization of power and bureaucratic autarky, despite the fear-mongering of various politicians, foreign and domestic. This is truly a British paradigm shift. The shock was heard throughout the world’s stock, bond, currency and commodities markets as various economic sectors react. The dust has yet to settle and the details of the Brexit will take at least two years to implement. The ultimate fallout and its aftermath have yet to be determined during Britain’s and Europe’s new Sturm und Drang period.

Logically, intuitively and instinctively, many questions arise:

Will Scotland (whose majority voted to stay in the EU) ultimately vote to leave the UK?

Will Wales follow suit?

Will the UK successfully reorient itself towards global markets through a rejuvenated British Commonwealth?

Will other European countries also vote to leave the EU as in NEXIT, FREXIT, DEXIT and maybe even GEXIT?

Will Angela Merkel’s government survive the flood tide of Middle Eastern refugees and the newly negative German bond ratings?

What will be the long-term implications for German politics and emergent domestic and foreign policy?

Will the EU in an attempt to fill the Brexit void, engage in a new “Ostpolitik” to economically court Russia and, by extension, the CIS?

Will the EU, theoretically predicated upon regional integration of intrinsically disparate national economies and societies , ultimate collapse of its own weight in the face of reality?

Will the American People ultimately demand withdrawal from NAFTA, GATT and the WTO, reject the TPP and repudiate MFN for the PRC?

What political effect, if any will the BREXIT have on the 2016 US presidential election and what will be the long-term effect on the US economy?

Despite the chatter from various media talking heads, we really won’t know the full extent until the next decade when a sufficient body of global events and economic statistics have been evaluated. What we do know is that people worldwide are increasingly fed up with incompetent and duplicitous politicians and their pseudo-elite special interest handlers. The establishment is under increasing political and intellectual challenge as a new independent paradigm emerges as the new realpolitik. Clearly, we in the industrial democracies have the power vote them out, but ultimately we must ask if we have the will and wisdom to use it in the greater public interest, as power itself begins in a question.

Trump and Clinton Comment on Brexit Vote


The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.

Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.


Hillary Clinton Statement on Brexit Vote

“We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made. Our first task has to be to make sure that the economic uncertainty created by these events does not hurt working families here in America. We also have to make clear America’s steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe. This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House to protect Americans’ pocketbooks and livelihoods, to support our friends and allies, to stand up to our adversaries, and to defend our interests. It also underscores the need for us to pull together to solve our challenges as a country, not tear each other down.”


Pot Legalization is Common Sense

I have long favored refocusing drug efforts on hard drugs. The reason we are losing the war on drugs is that we are trying to keep people from getting high. When we go after prescription drugs and marijuana, it diverts valuable resources from the dangerous drugs. If you take away people’s options, they will go for the greater high. If you allow a safety value, most people want to avoid illegal options. Therefore we should focus on something other than ruining lives and filling our prisons at a great cost to taxpayers, families, and our economy.

The state is moving in that direction with decriminalization. Decriminalization is the worst of both worlds. If you are going to legalize and regulate do it. Don’t go half way. I wrote this in response to the Decriminalization bill. It is just as true today.

It is stupid to give someone a criminal record for smoking marijuana. It is a problem House Bill 39 is attempting to address. Rep. Helene Keeley’s bill makes it civil penalty. It is the exact wrong approach.

My city is suffering from drug related killings and violence. This bill will empower the illegal trade by preventing the police from doing anything when they find weed. Most heroin busts seem to come out of they pull a car over for speeding and smell weed. They search the car and find 100 bags of heroin. If we pass this, the legal merchants won’t be able to sell it because they won’t be able to get it in profitable quantities, but the criminals will be shielded. They will continue to destroy our neighborhoods. It also won’t meet the objective of freeing up the criminal justice system. Most police officers use common sense. They won’t arrest someone for small amounts of weed. If it is just a ticket, the pressure will be to give it out to get more revenue for cash strapped cities and New Castle County. The poor won’t be able to afford $200 and will end up in jail for a few days to pay it off for default of the fine. The justice system will become more burdened not less.

If you legalize weed, then at least you take it out of the hands of the underground drug gangs. They no longer have an entry level high that they can use to recruit for the hard stuff. You can regulate it better. You get tax money to deal with the social problems. You hinder the criminal gangs and put money and jobs into the legitimate economy. You no longer destroy lives of talented and promising people because they made a bad choice. People who would medically benefit will no longer have to jump through hoops to get better.

If you think it is good policy, go all the way. One of the pieces of logic supporting this bill is so kids aren’t criminals for making a mistake and trying weed. Well as amended this bill keeps it a crime for use and possession for those under 18. What logic can justify that? Ruin kids lives with criminal records but not adults? Don’t be double minded. You create the worst of both worlds. We don’t get the tax money, but get the social problems. We empower the drug cartels not local business people who will respect the law. We put our kids in a room with people who will sell them crack, crank, and whatever else. Public policy is not about feeling good. It is about doing good. This bill is a folly. We need leaders who will be bold and thoughtful. It appears that we are a long way from that.

Bonini Goes Bannanas For Pot

Bonini announces on the senate floor, he is in favor of legalizing marijuana.

After announcing on the senate floor, that marijuana should be made legal in Delaware, he stated that he would co-sponsor legislation to legalize marijuana if asked. This action would be a first for a GOP gubernatorial candidate in Delaware.

The leftward drift of Delaware’s GOP has been apparent to many for years and could be construed as a vain attempt to engage soft democrats and unaffiliated independents to their ranks. Delaware’s GOP has seriously followed the national GOP’s leftward drift causing a split in conservative ideology with the more conservative and growing “Tea Party groups.”

In recent elect election cycles, Delaware’s GOP has repudiated and even campaigned against so-called Tea Party candidates. The rift has seriously splintered Delaware’s Republican Party with nasty infighting and rancor. The Republican Party, both locally and nationally appears to many as abandoning their values to gain votes or influences.

Sen. Bonini’s separation from traditional GOP values is no surprise to many middle or “left of center” republicans and signals a major shift in the Delaware GOP’s, Ideological paradigm, in a vain attempt to gain House, Senate and even the gubernatorial seats.

Can the national and local GOP so easily sell out their principles or have they already given up and sold out. The real question here in Delaware and the nation has been and will be decided by the national presidential election. It is my opinion that if Trump is elected as POTUS, America will once again be thrust in prosperity and nationalism, and our global political presence will once again be honored. Our borders will be closed and immigration laws will be enforced.

<>The United Kingdom has just taken back their sovereignty by exiting the European Union. Kudos to the Brits. Now it is Americas turn to take back our sovereignty and enforce both the Constitution and the Bill of rights! Will Americans step up and take back Their nation or will they cower to the Democrats, and receive a free living until the nation collapses in poverty.

Brexit Defeat for Globalism and Bureaucracy

The People of Great Britain voted almost 52% to 48% to leave the Bureaucratic European Union. The EU is in trouble. The rumbling is starting in Italy, France and elsewhere. European Markets will be shaken, but in the long run Britain is a place to be. British and American Markets look to be down but not as much as Europe. The globalists are in a panic and already trying to figure out the next 20 moves to mitigate the vote. Globalism is declining in popularity worldwide. Their big fear has to be losing here in America this November.

The vote was a victory for Democracy over Bureaucracy in the place that started the modern movement a thousand years ago. It was a vote for national self determination over the bureaucrats determining everything. It was a vote to control a nation’s borders over open borders.

The future looks bright, but self determination means the right to make one’s own mistakes as well as own one’s successes. Britain will need strong leadership. I hope that a true visionary conservative like MEP Dan Hannan rises to the top in the new government. I would love to see him as Prime Minister, but he would be a great member of the cabinet. Boris Johnson is the odds on new PM. He went all in and is credited with being the difference maker. If Brexit lost, he would have been attacked, pummeled and exiled politically. He is now one of the people that Britain is looking toward to chart the future. Johnson, Hannan and others need to step up or other forces will. The best to the Brits. Lead the way back to freedom.

Self Inflicted Wounds: City of Dover Moves to Destroy Successful Economic Development Operation

All was going great at the budget hearings until a series of motions by Tim Slavin. If we can’t stop this train before the budget passes, it will abolish the economic development department which will risk jobs, business training and money invested here. Business people are using terms like crazy to describe this move. Downtown Merchants used the word trepidation. I say that it is temporary insanity.

We have been the most successful that we have been in decades downtown, at the Garrison Technical Park and beating national trends. Now that things are working, let’s change. Let’s not change with forethought and structure, let’s change and form a committee to figure out how to put together the pieces we are about to break. Call now or put our economy at risk.

People are complaining but not all to the right people. The other councilmen have avoided recent business gatherings. It is as if they are trying to avoid opinions they may not agree with. According to WBOC, people are afraid to speak on camera. That is not the way government should work. The funny part is the fears are misplaced, but that is why government gets disconnected.

What has been achieved by the department? Grants, USDA money, put us on the path for a billion dollars in private investment in a city with 3 billion in property, we are adding manufacturing jobs, we are filling empty box stores, we have workforce development, we have partnerships, we have many vibrant events downtown, unemployment is falling faster than the state average, we have a new grocery store with Family Dollar’s expanded grocery store downtown, we have small business incubation, and they chair the Restoring Central Dover Economic Development committee. The office compiled a vacant property list then worked with Real Estate brokers to fill it.

There are challenges ahead. Economic trends are tough. Downtown needs a new strategy focused on serving people which is the key to the new economy. The economic development department staff understood the need to work in this direction. Our marketing efforts need to be for service oriented businesses. Downtowns are not going to be retail centers in the age of the Internet. Offices, services, entertainment, restaurants, food services, education/training and beauty and barber services will not go away as long as people are here. Parking and safety perceptions must be positive for Downtown to thrive. We do this by focusing on developing new business including minority and women run businesses. To do this, we need staff and infrastructure. Dismantling it is counter productive.

I don’t like the fact that the economic development issue is focused so much on one street downtown. It needs to look at the city as a whole as well. It needs to be inclusive and business friendly. We need a government that makes sense. We need to stop punishing people who buy vacant buildings and delay vacant building fees a year for new purchasers. We need one stop shopping in government.

I will offer amendments to mitigate this mess. Stay tuned.

No Fly List Sham, how about a no corruption list?

Maybe we should have a corruption watchlist. If you are under investigation for misuse of office or breaching national security by the FBI, you can’t run for office. Of course that would be absurd, it would violate the presumption of innocence, if you can’t even meet the low bar of arrest or indictment, why should a mere investigation stop someone from exercising their Constitutional rights? Would that not open the door to political prosecutions? I would love to see Hillary Clinton dropped, but that would be wrong.

Look at poor Tom Delay. House Republicans put in a rule that if you are under indictment you can’t be in leadership. What happen? A Democrat prosecutor, who hated him, made up a creative indictment so that he would be removed. He was innocent. Did Democrats support Bill Clinton’s removal based upon the Star Report? The Delay case was most interesting because it was a pure power play.

People in Washington and the media understand this argument. Why do they have such a problem with the no-fly list which has thousands of people not even under investigation on it? People whose names sound like people who are bad are on it. Journalists, members of Congress, singers, and people with “Muslim names” have found themselves on it and have a difficult time getting off it.

You see they do not want to do the actual work of funding the FBI so they can follow the 2 or 3 thousand leads. They do not want to do the surveillance necessary to stop these crimes or follow up when they actually have leads. They don’t even want to admit that a terrorist is a terrorist when they have a 5 year track record and have him recorded saying that he is pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. Yet, we are to trust them with our rights. They want easy answers. We should want real action.

I am Not a Trump Fan, but the nonsense outrage about his reimbursing his corporations is bogus. It’s the law.

All of a sudden following the law is a scandal. The Press is either dishonest or dumb. As one who has been a senior staffer on Congressional campaigns and a state coordinator for 2 Presidential candidates as well as a local officeholder, let me explain why he did it right.

Trump funded his own campaign–mostly, therefore, the money he put in was his. Federal law allows him to put as much as he desires into his own campaign with no campaign contribution limits. He saved money by using properties owned by his corporations. However, the corporations are viewed as different entities than Trump. Trump would have problems and have to prove that he and his wife owns them 100% which he may not because his children may own shares. Otherwise it could be an illegal contribution. If he rents the property or reimburses his flights, it is unlimited. Sure by the public view, Trump is paying himself, but it is his money that he is using, and by federal regulation, he is not.

If you don’t like it, repeal McCain Feingold. Don’t blame Trump for not wanting to go to jail. The funny part is the Democrats would have been having the FEC and the AG investigating him if he did it differently. He does it right and they want to act like he is doing some sort of double dealing. They have to ignore that it is his own money in the first place so of course it is not double dealing. They are either idiots or deceivers. I bet on the latter.

Interestingly if you want to look at suspicious money games, look at the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. Only 10% of the money went to charitable grants. Much of the money went to the Clintons. Unlike Trump, it wasn’t their money, it was other people’s.

Government Records Should Not be Propaganda Tools

911 Transcript Edits Blowback Force Release of Unedited Transcripts

The administration backed off from its indefensible editing of the 911 transcript of the Orlando shooter to remove references to Islam or ISIS. They claim that they were attempting to deny him a propaganda victory. In reality, they were engaging in propaganda over history themselves.

The administration doesn’t respect the historical record. We see them revising Gitmo detainee assessments to allow release. They revised the intelligence assessments on Iran to hide information before the vote on the nuclear deal. They edit videos of press briefings. They claimed that Benghazi was about a video so they would not have to explain an Al Qaeda attack 6 weeks before the 2012 election. They withheld IRS files on the investigation into denying nonprofit status for political reasons. They withheld records in the Fast and Furious Case that contradicted the administration narrative. This is a disturbing pattern of behavior that we do not even know how far it goes.

The attempt to shape our policy and our understanding by changing the record is the stuff of dictatorships not a representative republic. We need to insist that the next administration be truly transparent. This is a slippery slope that we most exit or we will end up crashed at the bottom of history’s hill.

Globalism Or Liberty

A Nation Must Decide

Washington crossing the Delaware Revolutionary war
Washington crossing the Delaware Revolutionary war

Who would not be faint of heart as the world is forced toward the slavery of a “New World Order,” or Globalism, if you will

Already America’s socialist leadership would have foreign United Nation troops policing American citizens. Weak leadership within the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate has sold Americans into economic slavery to feather their own nests. Have we become a nation of cowards that would not defend what our Founding Fathers won for us? Is this truly the last generation of free Americans?

Those Americans that espouse Globalism only seek to create a world two-class system of totalitarian world government that would keep all but a small super-elite class in continual power, while the bulk of the world becomes enslaved and under-educated

Why then, would our Founding Fathers include the Second Amendment, that states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

When the Second Amendment talks about ,”a well regulated militia,” it is not speaking about the National Guard. A National Guard works for, protects and is paid for by the state and not its people. A militia is self-armed and rises up to protect the people from a corrupt or oppressive government.

The Declaration of Independence stated to the British Crown: “That to secure these Rights, governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.”

Does America have enough patriotic men and women left to overcome the encroaching insidious tide of globalism. In Delaware, the State Legislature has already illegally eliminated the people’s right to a constitutionally elected sheriff, leaving the State Police as the total police authority, which created an ad hoc police state in Delaware. A statutory law, created by Delaware House Speaker Pete Schwarzkopf, violated Article 15 sec I, of Delaware’s Constitution which states, “The Chancellor and Attorney General shall be conservators of the peace throughout the state, and the Sheriffs shall be the conservators of the peace within the counties respectively in which they reside.

When the Delaware legislation accomplished this one act of cowardice, the people lost the only buffer between them and the state and federal government they had. This didn’t seem very important to many people at the time, but a new police state was formed by one stroke of the Delaware Legislature. These legislators that voted yes for this House Bill, were warned that this legislation was illegal and voted yes irregardless of the consequences to their constituency.

In November, we must make a decision at the polls, do we want A New World Order or do we want to retain our sovereignty as a nation. It would seemingly be an easy decision, but the young people in the universities have already been educated in socialism and globalism. It is up to every American to decide which direction the nation will take

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 6/17/2016

Ensuring the Rights and Safety of All Delawareans and Americans

By: Delaware Governor, Governor Jack A. Markell

Last Sunday, Delawareans and Americans across the country awoke to the horrifying and tragic news of the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history – a crime that the President appropriately called “an act of terror and an act of hate.” Victims were largely from the LGBT community.  To Delaware’s LGBT community, we stand with you.  To Camp Rehoboth and Haven at University of Delaware, thank you for standing strong and providing comfort.  We will remain vigilant to ensure protections against discrimination remain strong and undeniable. To Delaware’s Muslim community: thank you for speaking out against the perpetrator of this murder and for making it clear that your community stands strong against this perversion of your religion.  We will not impose religious tests on admittance to our country. The Orlando shooting is yet another reminder of the frightening frequency of mass shootings. We have taken steps to make our state safer by requiring the reporting of lost and stolen firearms and expanding background checks to private gun sales. But we can do more. That includes denying those on terror watch lists from acquiring weapons and ensuring that authorities have sufficient time to conduct background checks. By recognizing that we are stronger together, when we present a united front and take responsible steps to keep people safe while protecting everyone’s natural rights, we keep Delaware moving forward.



Why Women Should Not Be Drafted

The U. S. Senate wants women to register for the Selective Service just like men do. It makes sense because the only reason the High Court gave for not drafting women was that they were not allowed into combat when the draft was challenged during the Vietnam war. There is another reason not discussed because it is not politically correct.

A draft should be about national survival. We should not compel people into a war unless it is necessary for national survival. While everyone is important, a nation can survive the mass loss of its young men but not of its young women. Women of child bearing age are vital to the continuation of a nation. You can allow multiple spouses for a time to replenish a population, but that would not work if you lose massive numbers of young women. Frankly, we cannot afford to put millions and millions of young women in combat.

Women who are properly trained are great warriors. Still it is likely that in certain combat roles women would have lower rates of survival than men. If you discriminate and put men primarily in dangerous roles and allow women to choose, you will hurt morale of draftees. Either way will hurt the war effort.

In a volunteer military, you do not have the same issues. In a draft, it would be a different world. Drafting women is not good for national survival and we need an honest conversation about it.

What should we do to stop the Terrorists?

What does America need to do about terrorism? I don’t know all of the answers, but I do have some positive suggestions.

I absolutely reject the idea that people should have their rights suspending because they have the wrong name or religion and some bureaucrat put them on some list with a bad sounding name. Terror watchlist means that we have no evidence even to arrest you. Obviously, no rights should be suspended nor can be. Do you want to suspend first amendment rights too? There is room for compromise. If someone is on the list, the FBI should know and have a day to respond before someone on the list (or use up to 3 days available under law if necessary). If you ban them from getting it, you alert them that they are being watched which they may not have known. They may go underground or use alternative weapons. There is no violation of rights or due process to vet someone or be aware of a possible threat. There may be none, but would the FBI have reevaluated the Orlando shooter if they saw that he was buying an AR 15 with lots of Ammo? Of course they dropped him from the list and were not notified. It is reasonable to keep someone under a domestic abuse, terrorism, or in danger of mental health commitment from automatic access to powerful weapons until law enforcement is notified.

We need to give grants under the Voice of America Foundation to promote Islamic Modernists through the web, short wave, and satellite. We are getting eaten alive in the communication side of the struggle. There is plenty of oil money going to the other side, we have nothing to lose by balancing some out. The fear is that the other side will declare them tools, but at this point who cares, at least the message will get out and people will be educated and persuaded.

Increase funding of our counter intelligence and profiling. It is not just Radical Islamic terrorism that is a problem. Radicals exist in all persuasions. We have experienced as much domestic terrorism as radical Islamic terrorism. We need to flag public information so we can track people. We have 2000 people that we believe should be tracked but only have the manpower for 800. That should change.

We need to inhibit the formation of terrorism overseas. We need to destroy the Caliphate. We can do it, but we don’t have the will. It will take a real war. We need to have our allies hold the ground so we are not stuck a decade in Syria. We also need to give Jordan and Egypt the support that they request. We need to support the Kurds and the Christians who want to avoid genocide.

We need to keep Afghanistan from slipping. The Taliban must be stopped. We must give real air support and intelligence to Afghanistan as well as special operations and logistical support.

We need to screen our immigration better and secure our borders. We need to protect the people who we promised to protect and bring in those in Afghanistan and Iraq who worked for us and our under attack. American needs to be seen as a reliable ally that keeps its word so that allies will have confidence that we support us.

We need to win by developing a comprehensive strategy like Reagan, Thatcher, and John Paul II did in the cold war. We have to take a three tier approach, defeat the ideology, defeat them on the battlefield, and stop them from kill us here.

Sanders to Hold Online Video Message

From Bernie 2016:

The Political Revolution Continues

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders will speak directly to grassroots supporters in a live, online video message on Thursday.

“The political revolution continues,” said an email message to volunteers and supporters notifying them of the event at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday from Burlington, Vermont.

To sign up for the online video address, click here.

Trump Addresses Terrorism, Immigration, and National Security:

The TRUMP 2016 Campaign has released the following statement re: terrorism, immigration and national security:

Today, Donald J. Trump spoke at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. During his speech, Mr. Trump took strong positions to protect and defend all Americans from hate and violence, to strengthen homeland security by renewing intelligence-gathering and supporting law enforcement, to conduct a full and long overdue security assessment and enact a common sense, mainstream immigration policy that promotes American values. The transcript of the remarks can be viewed via the link below.

What the President Missed

We are all Americans. We pray for the victims of the nightclub shooting. Today we are not gay or straight. What do I mean? I mean that we do not tolerate our fellow Americans being targeted for whatever reason. I mean we one against Islamic terrorists who think murder and terror are tools for change. We are at war. It is not a gun control problem. I bet if it were a country bar, the shooter would not have killed as many. It is silly to use this to advance a social agenda. ISIS wants to wipe out homosexuals as their next target. We need to join together and defeat them both there and restore the intelligence sharing between federal and local law enforcement.

This terrorist seemed to hate everyone. We need to love everyone. We need to resist social balkanization. Our nation is growing weaker partially because we no longer value our diversity. We use it as a weapon to gain one up on each other.

The terrorist called 911 and claimed solidarity with ISIS in case we missed the connection. The President said that we can’t be sure of his motivation. That is a problem.

This is why the world is in flames. The President doesn’t have an understanding of radical Islam necessary to confront it. His romanticized version of Islam doesn’t allow for the fact that there is a minority cancer in the body of Islam.

We can’t fix a problem that we won’t acknowledge. Ironically, admitting it is the key to stopping the radicals from ruining Islam. It is not a betrayal of it. CAIR, Obama and Clinton are the ones hurting Islam. The Modernists who are confronting it, sometimes at the cost of their lives, are the heroes. We need to help them win. President Obama is uniquely positioned among Western leaders to do so.

We are on the verge of eight years of squandered opportunity. Sadly, in many areas, that is the legacy of this administration. He is a charismatic leader, decent man and philosophically wrong. Unfortunately, not understanding this particular problem comes with a high cost. The cost of lives both here and abroad. We can pretend not to be at war with them, but they are at war with us.

President Comments on Orlando Massacre

The WHITE HOUSE has issued the following statement on last night’s mass killing in Orlando, FL.

“Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it is still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and act of hate. And as Americans, we are united in our grief, our outrage and our resolve to defend our people.

“I just finished a meeting with FBI Director Comey and my homeland security and national security advisors. The FBI is on the scene and leading the investigation, in partnership with local law enforcement. I’ve directed that the full resources of the federal government be made available for this investigation.

“We’re still learning all the facts. This is an open investigation. We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer. The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism. And I have directed that we must spare no effort to determine what — if any — inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups. What’s clear is that he was a person filled with hatred. Over the coming days, we will uncover why and how this happened, and we’ll go wherever the facts lead us.

“This morning I spoke with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and conveyed the condolences of the entire American people. This could have been any one of our communities. So I told Mayor Dyer that whatever help that he and the people of Orlando need – they’re going to get it. As a country, we are going to be there for the people of Orlando today, tomorrow and all the days to come.

“We also express our profound gratitude to all the police and first responders who rushed into harm’s way. Their courage and professionalism saved lives, and kept the carnage from being worse. It’s the kind of sacrifice that our law enforcement professionals make every day for us all. We can never thank them enough.

“This is an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends — our fellow Americans — who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and sing-to live. The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub — it’s a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have long come together to raise awareness, speak their mind and advocate for their civil rights. So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American — regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation — is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country. And no act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans. “Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. We have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing — that’s a decision, too.

“In the coming hours and days, we’ll learn about the victims of this tragedy. Their names. Their faces. The joy they brought to families and friends. The difference they made in this world. Say a prayer for them and their families — that God give them the strength to bear the unbearable. That He give all of us the strength to be there for them, and the courage to change. We need to demonstrate that we are defined more – as a country — by the way they lived their lives, than by the hate of the man who took them from us.

“As we go forward together, we’ll draw inspiration from heroic and selfless acts — friends who helped friends, took care of each other and saved lives. In the face of hate and violence, we will love another. We will not give in to fear or turn on each other. Instead, we will stand together, united, as Americans, to protect our people, defend our nation and take action against those who threaten us.

“May God bless the Americans we lost this morning. May He comfort their families. And may God continue to watch over this country we love.”

Donald Trump Comments on Orlando Terrorism

DONALD J. TRUMP has issued the following


Last night, our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic terrorist. It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in 6 months. My deepest sympathy and support goes out to the victims, the wounded, and their families.

In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’. For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency.

If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore. Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore.

The terrorist, Omar Mir Saddique Mateen, is the son of an immigrant from Afghanistan who openly published his support for the Afghanistani Taliban and even tried to run for President of Afghanistan. According to Pew, 99% of people in Afghanistan support oppressive Sharia Law.

We admit more than 100,000 lifetime migrants from the Middle East each year. Since 9/11, hundreds of migrants and their children have been implicated in terrorism in the United States.

Hillary Clinton wants to dramatically increase admissions from the Middle East, bringing in many hundreds of thousands during a first term – and we will have no way to screen them, pay for them, or prevent the second generation from radicalizing.

We need to protect all Americans, of all backgrounds and all beliefs, from Radical Islamic Terrorism – which has no place in an open and tolerant society. Radical Islam advocates hate for women, gays, Jews, Christians and all Americans. I am going to be a President for all Americans, and I am going to protect and defend all Americans. We are going to make America safe again and great again for everyone.

– Donald J. Trump

Tomorrow Mr. Trump will deliver a major speech to further address this terrorist attack, immigration, and national security. The speech will be delivered at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm’s College. For more information please visit

Hilary Clinton Comments on Orlando Mass Killing

Hillary Clinton Statement on Orlando Terrorist Attack

In response to the terrorist attack last night at an Orlando gay nightclub Hillary Clinton released the following statement:

“I join Americans in praying for the victims of the attack in Orlando, their families and the first responders who did everything they could to save lives.

“This was an act of terror. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are hard at work, and we will learn more in the hours and days ahead. For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad. That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home. It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values.

“This was also an act of hate. The gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub during Pride Month. To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them. We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear. Hate has absolutely no place in America.

“Finally, we need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals. This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets.

“This is a time to stand together and resolve to do everything we can to defend our communities and country.”

Sanders Comments on Orlando Massacre

BURLINGTON, VT. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Sunday after a gunman opened fire at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub where police said 50 people were killed and 53 others injured: “All Americans are horrified, disgusted and saddened by the horrific atrocity in Orlando. “At this point we do not know whether this was an act of terrorism, a terrible hate crime against gay people or the act of a very sick person, but we extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones and our thoughts are with the injured and the entire Orlando LGBTQ community.”

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 6/10/2016

Making the Most of the Talents of All People

By: Governor Jack A. Markell

Our state is at its best when we make the most of the talents of all of our people. Every member of our community deserves a chance to be productive, to be told they and their work matter, and to contribute to the greater good by putting their time and talent to use. I’m pleased that in Delaware we’ve made real progress in supporting people with different types of abilities through programs like Project Search. This career development program for people is sponsored by Christiana Care, with strong support from the State’s Department of Labor, Red Clay School District, and non-profit service providers who provide career coaching and job search assistance—Bayhealth also participates. This past week I visited with this year’s inspiring class of Project Search graduates, including Chris Coulston. Chris had a genuine interest in the healthcare field and a strong desire to help people. After gaining valuable job skills through Project Search, Chris recently accepted a full-time position at Christiana Hospital. Chris is one of dozens of Delawareans to find rewarding careers since the program started five years ago. He and his fellow graduates have risen to challenges in fast-paced jobs in a competitive marketplace. They have a new purpose and immense satisfaction, and they’ve set an example for their peers. And increasingly, employers like Christiana Care and Bayhealth are realizing that giving individuals with disabilities a chance isn’t about charity, it’s about finding the most talented employees. Because of people like Chris, and committed employers, Delaware ranks first in the nation for helping those who receive disability benefits get a job. When we focus on the ability, it’s amazing what we can accomplish. Creating those pathways and keeping true to that commitment in the years ahead will keep Delaware moving forward.


Will Obama Stand Behind The Party’s Presumptive Indictee

Sanders refuses to back down, vowing to take this fight to the Democratic Convention

While Clinton has accumulated enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination without the “super-delegates, Sanders refuses to yield defeat. Can the hatred and differences between the two candidates be that strong?

It would be interesting to be present at the upcoming private meeting between Obama and Sanders next week. Will Obama subtly threaten Sanders political career for failing to yield and endorse the host of the Benghazi Butchery? Oh, that’s right, Obama was the “Top Dog” on that call.

Challenging Hillary for any position after she has become the presumptive nominee could be dangerous to Sanders. Many people have seemingly committed “suicide” around the Clintons. Just coincidences I’m sure!

Politics has become an increasingly dangerous business in America as well as Delaware. The stakes have become exceedingly high in this election cycle. On the Hillary left, America as we know it will collapse into a socialist state, and the First and Second Amendments will be the first to disappear forever from the “fruited plains.” Without the Second Amendment in place, Americans only will have the liberty that the reigning government allows them. {A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.}

On the other hand, should Trump be elected, America will strengthen both economically and militarily, and once again gain respect with world leaders, while gaining new and more advantageous trade deals. Trumps energetic persona will lead Americans and America to greatness once again. For the patriotic American this decision should not be a difficult one.

It will be the choice of America at the polls in November that will decide which course America decides to take. It would seem to be an easy choice, however with the last seven-and-a-half years of encroaching socialism with the Obama Administration, people have become accustomed to not working for a living. Free goods and services for Obama supporters became a great incentive to keep the current debauchery in place.

I say, stand up and be counted. Let’s help Trump “make America great again.” Let’s show the world that America is, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Our ancestors gave us the gift of freedom, hard fought with their blood and many American men and women have fought to safeguard that freedom. It is now our turn to take up that mantle of responsibility with our vote at the polls in November. Don’t let the lies of the left deceive you, vote for freedom!

“A nation can only be disgraced by the failure of its citizenry to take action in the face of tyranny”

Donald Raleigh Ayotte, August 2010

Steven Washington Comments on Education

Independent Party of Delaware Wilmington mayoral candidate, Steven Washington was a recent guest on From the Heart with Marva Richardson on CH 28, featuring a discussion of education with Linwood Jackson and Democratic mayoral primary candidate, Maria Cabrera.

You Tube video can be viewed here:

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