| Stand For America Newsletter June 3, 2020 A focus on conservative policy. Of Propaganda and Protests China, Russia, and Iran are loving every minute of America’s meltdown. With seven straight nights of riots across the country, our adversaries are trying to turn this crisis to their advantage. Specifically, they want to undermine America and elevate themselves.|
Their propaganda is as predictable as it is self-serving. China is pushing the message that U.S. mob violence justifies its repression of peaceful protests in Hong Kong. Iran is stoking the fires of racial discord. So is Turkey, where the autocrat ruler complained about America’s “racist and fascist approach.” You can bet the regimes that hate the U.S. want to keep this crisis going as long as possible.
So it’s all the more important for law enforcement and local leaders to restore order fast. Not only is the continued violence destroying entire communities, it’s benefitting America’s adversaries. Every day the riots continue is another victory for the forces of tyranny and oppression.
→ Read more: Dictators smell blood in the water (Wall Street Journal)
→ Read more: China revels in America’s unrest (New York Times)
This week, China’s Communist Party passed the highly contentious national security resolution we’ve told you about that upends Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedom. In the annual session of China’s National People’s Congress, the legislature approved the sweeping plan 2,878 to 1 — completely sidestepping Hong Kong’s own legislature in the process.
What does the legislation do? The plan bans any type of activity viewed as a threat to the Chinese Communist Party, including “subversion, secession, terrorism” and acts that could threaten “national security.” Because the law is so broad, the Communist government will have wide authority to craft new rules to crack down on basic rights enjoyed by Hong Kong residents for decades. Beijing authorities could shutdown protests, target activists, and spread its secret police in Hong Kong — all allowed by the new law.
What’s next? The move is a clear sign that President Xi is closing ranks on territories he considers under the Communist authority. For the people of Hong Kong, it means a new era under China’s thumb, destroying the “one country, two systems” policy that has guaranteed Hong Kong’s autonomy from mainland China since 1997.
How did the United States respond? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement declaring an end to Hong Kong’s autonomy.
“The State Department is required by the Hong Kong Policy Act to assess the autonomy of the territory from China. I certified to Congress today that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as U.S. laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997. No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China…it is now clear that China is modeling Hong Kong after itself.”
Last year, the United States enacted (at the urging of SFA members), the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, requiring the State Department to make an official declaration regarding Hong Kong’s autonomy. Secretary Pompeo’s finding essentially declares Hong Kong no different from Communist China, opening the door to end Hong Kong’s special status in the eyes of U.S. law. That could result in sanctions on Chinese officials, tariffs on Hong Kong goods, or other restrictions.
U.S. lawmakers are eager to support Hong Kong. Sens. Patrick Toomey (R-PA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) proposed a bill that goes further than the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, empowering the State Department to sanction anyone who threatens Hong Kong’s legal autonomy.
President Trump announced he will impose sanctions on China for “eroding Hong Kong’s autonomy” and take steps to remove Hong Kong’s favored trade status.
|Defrauding the government when there aren’t enough babies to kill?|
Planned Parenthood says yes!
Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider, has improperly applied for, and received, $80 MILLION DOLLARS of government funding set aside for small businesses that are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These loans, which are specifically designated for small businesses with under 500 employees, are designed to help businesses pay their employees while times are slow.
They are also completely forgivable if the right conditions are met.
In other words, they are meant for the little guys that work hard and honestly, not giants like Planned Parenthood who profit from butchering babies.
Thirty-seven (37) Planned Parenthood affiliates received this funding.
One branch, which received $7.5 million dollars in government money, is the Orange and San Bernardino Counties, California Planned Parenthood affiliate that was caught selling the body parts of aborted children.
President Trump and other Republican lawmakers have denounced this action by the abortion supplier and demanded that the funds be returned immediately.
Other legal actions are also being pursued.
Contact your local representatives here to DEMAND they DEFUND Planned Parenthood now.
Planned Parenthood already receives a third of its funds from government grants and Medicaid to the tune of a half of a billion dollars a year, and that under the guise of providing ‘health care’ to their patients.
But, apparently, when people aren’t touching as much due to a widespread virus, pregnancies go down, and thus abortions go down, and for Planned Parenthood, business is down.
It’s hard to understand the depraved consciences of those that do these things, but also hard to understand why good people won’t cut funding to them ENTIRELY!
Why are they getting even one red cent?!
Planned Parenthood continues to show its colors as the deceitful, murderous organization that they are.
They need to completely DEFUND Planned Parenthood NOW.
We need to keep the pressure on our elected officials to put away this abhorrent organization.
Contact your local representatives here to DEMAND they DEFUND Planned Parenthood now.
Remind them that evil organizations like Planned Parenthood have no place in civilized society.
They certainly shouldn’t be receiving public funds.
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With millions of Americans unemployed or forced to shutter their small businesses, charitable organizations are becoming even more vital. If you’re working fewer hours, out of work, or losing your income because your business was declared non-essential, you may be one of the many Americans who needs charitable assistance to get through this crisis. Through their AmazonSmile program, the tech giant allows customers to donate small amounts of money to charities as part of their order. Sounds great, right? You’re giving an extra few cents each time you order, costing you as an individual almost nothing, but because Amazon is the recipient of massive traffic, the charities end up receiving massive amounts of money.
But there’s a problem: Amazon doesn’t determine which charities can be included in their “Smile” program in-house. This task is outsourced to a third party; in this case, none-other than the Southern Poverty Law Center, among the most prolific of America’s political smear factories. The consequences of this particular partnership are massive, not just because of Amazon’s size, but because the organization they’ve entrusted to screen out allegedly problematic entities happens to be one of the worst offenders for partisan activism. The Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, runs a “hate-list” which arbitrarily labels essential Christian and conservative charities as “hate-groups.” This same list is used by Amazon to filter out potential recipients of charitable donations. In other words, if you as a customer wanted your AmazonSmile donations to go to a traditional Christian charity that happened to be targeted by the SPLC as a hate-group, you couldn’t do it.
Whatever noble history the SPLC may have had in the now-decades-past period where it still possessed a sound moral compass, it has now become a propaganda machine for destructive partisan politics. The SPLC routinely labels normal, harmless individuals and organizations as hateful and tries desperately to deny them funding and shut them out of the conversation. They even went so far as to label Maajid Nawaz, a moderate Muslim activist, an “anti-Muslim extremist,” until Nawaz filed a defamation lawsuit. Christian charities such as the Family Research Council, founded by Dr. James Dobson, have been exempted from the Smile program after being included in the SPLC’s hate-list. By any reasonable definition, the SPLC isn’t a neutral arbiter.
Amazon’s affiliation with this biased political activist organization is denying Christian and conservative charities much-needed funds at a time of national crisis. In light of this, the Alliance Defending Freedom (among the foremost defenders of religious liberty) has put forward a resolution to be voted on at Amazon’s annual shareholders meeting on May 27th. If passed, the resolution will compel Amazon to create a report “evaluating the range of risks and costs associated with discriminating against different social, political, and religious viewpoints.” Amazon is a publicly traded company, which means their ultimate owners are the shareholders. The leadership is legally subject to the will of the true owners of the company.
If this resolution receives enough support to pass, it will help expose the SPLC for what it is and start a process that will hopefully end with Amazon removing the SPLC from its throne as supreme arbiter of charity-worthiness. Here are a few steps you can take to help ensure that this resolution passes:
- If you’re an Amazon shareholder, you will soon receive (or may have already received) a ballot that contains all of the resolutions set to be voted on on the 27th. The ADF is resolution is Item #12. Follow the instructions in the email or on the pamphlet to vote your shares in favor of the resolution.
- Independently of the resolution, as a shareholder you can go to https://shareholderequity.org/campaign/amazon/ and send an email to the Board of Directors urging them to stop relying on the biased SPLC’s hate-list for their Smile program.
- If you have an investment manager who buys and sells shares in Amazon on your behalf, you can contact them and either request that you vote your shares personally or direct them to vote your shares in favor of the resolution.
- If you are invested in a mutual fund which holds shares in Amazon, you can contact investor relations at the fund and let them know how you feel about the resolution and Amazon’s partnership with the SPLC.
- If you’re simply a customer with Amazon, you can go to https://nationalcenter.org/advocacy/petition/ and sign the petition calling for an end to Amazon’s discrimination against conservatives and Christians.
It’s imperative to push back on organizations like the SPLC that exercise such enormous influence over corporate life. Supporting the ADF’s resolution and campaign is an important step in taking back the board-room from radicals. Amazon is now a massive part of daily life for millions of Americans, and that influence carries with it a responsibility to be unbiased and just. Amazon should allow their customers to fund essential charities, regardless of whether they conform to the SPLC’s biased definition of what is hateful and what is not.
Jeff Berwick tells us about a WHO document “A WORLD AT RISK”. A report on global preparedness for health emergencies. They list progress indicators they plan to complete by Sep 2020. “The United Nations (including WHO) conducts at least TWO system-wide training and simulation exercises, including one for covering the deliberate release of a LETHAL respiratory pathogen”. PAGE 39 of document : https://apps.who.int/gpmb/assets/annual_report/GPMB_annualreport_2019.pdf
Trump says US won’t close over second COVID-19 wave
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Rep. John Ratcliffe as President Donald Trump’s top intelligence official, in a move aimed at ending nine months of reshuffling at the top of the nation’s spying establishment.
Lawmakers voted 49-44 in a party-line vote to confirm the Republican congressman from Texas as the sixth director of national intelligence since the office was created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The split was a contrast to the 85-12 vote in 2017 that had confirmed Ratcliffe’s predecessor, former Republican Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, and comes amid an escalating feud between Trump and Democrats over the political use of intelligence.
But Ratcliffe’s path to the intelligence post was still relatively smooth — this time around. Thursday’s vote came just two days after a divided Senate Intelligence Committee approved his nomination, and well before initial expectations for full chamber consideration sometime after Memorial Day.
Trump had originally picked Ratcliffe for the job in July, after the Texas Republican had put on an aggressive public display in his grilling of former special counsel Robert Mueller. But despite serving on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees, Ratcliffe was something of a puzzle to key Republican senators, and he soon withdrew his name amid questions about whether he had inflated his resume.
Ratcliffe got a second nod from Trump this year after serving on the president’s impeachment defense team. And by Thursday, even Senate Democrats were eager to see Ratcliffe succeed acting Intelligence Director Richard Grenell, a Trump ally who has used his temporary perch to push organizational changes to the national security apparatus.
Grenell, who is also the U.S. ambassador to Germany, has also provided Congress with newly declassified documents related to the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the FBI’s Russia investigation. Democrats contend that the GOP is politicizing those documents to attack former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
In contrast, Ratcliffe had vowed at his confirmation hearing to be independent and deliver unvarnished intelligence assessments to Trump, even if he believed it would risk his job.
Still, Democrats don’t seem entirely convinced.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the vote that he had asked Ratcliffe earlier this week if he agreed with the intelligence community’s initial January 2017 assessment that Russia had interfered in the last presidential election with the goal of putting Trump in the Oval Office — a finding recently backed the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“He could not confirm it,” Schumer said.
He said he also asked Ratcliffe to brief the congressional “Gang of Eight” every two weeks on election interference and requested that Congress be notified within 72 hours if Russia or another country attempts to interfere in U.S. elections.
“In neither case could he commit,” Schumer said.
After the vote, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said “nothing would be better than to be proved wrong on” concerns about Ratcliffe’s independence and partisan history.
“But time will tell. With Coats, we made that leap, and he ended up being independent. I hope to see the same from Mr. Ratcliffe,” Warner told POLITICO.
Republican accolades rolled in after the Senate vote.
In a statement, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who was tapped earlier this week to serve as the acting chairman of the Intelligence panel, said it was “critical to have a Senate-confirmed DNI ensuring the wide array of intelligence agencies are sharing information across lines, coordinating capabilities” and furthering U.S. national security goals.
“Director Ratcliffe understands this responsibility, and I am confident that he will fulfill all of the roles assigned to the DNI with integrity,” Rubio added.
Ratcliffe is a “man of character who will bring strength and accountability to the role,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Grenell tweeted: “Congratulations, @RepRatcliffe ! You will be the best DNI ever! #USA”
UPDATED 11:50 AM PT — Wednesday, May 20, 2020
For the first time in months, all 50 states are relaxing social distancing restrictions and they now have CDC guidelines to aid in the transition.
Over the weekend, the CDC posted a 60 page report addressing a range of topics from testing and contact tracing to high risk employees returning to work.
The CDC believes strict testing policies will be the key to avoiding a resurgence of the virus in the fall.
“Rapid, extensive and widely available timely testing is essential to reopening America,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield. “CDC’s role in testing continues to support diagnosis and contact tracing surveillance and outbreak.”
The CDC is also working to improve current data gathering and reporting to allow labs across the country to combine their efforts and share their findings more efficiently. Through several “surveillance operational plans,” the CDC aims to monitor “disease trends” such as asymptomatic cases, anti-bodies and outbreaks in workplace environments.Report Ad
Moving forward, the report outlines a three phased system that analyzes six “gating” factors to help an area determine if it is safe to reopen. The factors include a jurisdiction’s number of visits to emergency rooms for flu-like symptoms, ability to treat patients without “crisis care” and the amount of usable personal protection equipment on hand.
The White House rejected an earlier draft of the reopening plan with reports indicating administration officials felt it was too “prescriptive” and limited states that had already begun to ease restrictions.
The report notably does not address concerns from religious facilities that have arisen during the lockdown and White House officials said it will likely be up to individual congregations to decide what is best.
So far, no governor has said whether the CDC report will impact their current reopening plans.