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COMMON SENSE: President Trump’s legal team was wise to decline participation in Rep. Jerry Nadler’s hearings. To have participated, the President would have had to relinquish his Executive Privilege, which is something no President would ever do. Knowing that the Democrats have already made up their minds to impeach him, Trump is much wiser to make his case during his trial in the Senate, where the Republicans are in charge.
In the Senate, Trump will not have to worry about fairness or being able to call his own witnesses. The trial will run on two tracks, the legal track and the public opinion track. Trump must win both, but he is well-positioned to do so, especially since Nadler and Schiff have already shown their hands. Neither has any fact witnesses, and it seems perfectly clear to millions of Americans that this entire impeachment effort is much ado about very little.
Speaker Pelosi may say that she is impeaching Trump prayerfully and out of patriotism, but she isn’t fooling anybody. This impeachment and trial are predicated upon unbridled hate and nothing else. It’s obvious.
Because this is true, Trump has an opportunity that he must seize. Nobody has been or heard what his defense is, so he can call the Whistleblower, Schiff and both Bidens and link this entire impeachment effort to a scheme hatched by Schiff’s staff. When this happens, and I think that it will, we may have a Perry Mason moment that will be the Democrats’ undoing. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Trump even called Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to testify. That would destroy what the Democrats are doing in the eyes of all fair-minded Americans.
With the economy soaring, Trump has an opportunity to win the PR war as well as his legal struggle and drive the Democrats out of office. Pelosi’s ill-advised impeachment effort is destined to backfire, if Trump plays it right and I believe he will.
Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: In 2016, Donald Trump was not my first choice for President. Senator Ted Cruz was. Once I realized that Cruz could not win up North, however, I changed my support to Trump, knowing how important it was to defeat Hillary Clinton. In the process, I wrote a book about it, “Creating Trump Nation,” detailing how I came to my decision and what came from it.
There were some thing I didn’t care for about Trump back then, but I was convinced he loved America and the American people. Since then, my admiration for what President Trump has been able to accomplish, despite being hammered daily by the media, the Progressive Left and our reluctant allies worldwide, has truly been phenomenal.
Trump is the Energizer Bunny on steroids in his relentless pursuit to advance America’s interests. I could not be more impressed by his stalwart determination to do what is best for us, regardless of the mountain of dreck that is thrown at him daily. In the process of witnessing this for three years, my support for him is no longer reluctant; it is enthusiastic.
His impeachment, which is imminent, is unjustified and mean-spirited. Those who are pushing it hate him, hate America and, by inference, they also despise you and me. They believe their hatefulness will win the day, but they are mistaken because people like us are determined to stand strong for the President of the United States. We will not be cowed or intimidated by the Progressives—not now, not ever. Bring it on. We’re ready.
Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: Okay, now that Speaker Pelosi has made her announcement about the House voting on impeaching President Trump, what will happen now? There are numerous possibilities, but let me tell you what I think will come from this.
When the vote is taken, the Democrats will vote for three or four articles of impeachment, but there will not be any Republicans who will join them. These votes will occur just before Christmas.
In January, President Trump’s trial will be held in the Senate with Chief Justice Roberts residing over the proceedings. While the trial is being held, Trump will remain President. For any of the charges to be sustained, there would need to be 67 Senators to vote against Trump. That would be 47 Democrats with twenty Republicans joining them. That’s not going to happen. No Republican will vote against Trump.
That being the case, then why are we going through all of this? Good question. It’s to appease the Progressive base of the Democratic Party and to try and flip the Senate. Specifically, the Democrats are targeting Gardener in CO, McSally in AZ, Tillis in NC, Collins in ME and, thanks to Governor Kemp in GA, Kelly Loeffler.
If they can use impeachment to weaken these Republican candidates and flip the Senate, then Trump’s transformation of the judicial branch will end. He will not be able to get another judge confirmed. If that happens, then the Democrats will think they have been victorious.
Because they used the Mueller investigation to flip the House, they are doing the same thing with the Ukrainian issue. Just as it’s obvious that they don’t care about anything not being accomplished in the House since it flipped to them, they will be equally satisfied that nothing will get done in the Senate either. That’s because they measure success by denying Trump a victory. If they can do that, nothing else matters.
So, the only way for the Democrats to lose is if the Senate remains Republican and the House flips back to the Republicans. With any other scenario, they will consider themselves to have won.
That what they are doing is destructive to America is irrelevant. To them, we don’t deserve prosperity anyway. This is how they think. You know I’m right about this, don’t you?
Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: The Democrats went a long way toward delegitimizing their impeachment efforts yesterday. By having their “expert witnesses” lecture us about what our republic should be, Noah Feldman and Pamela Karlan did more to alienate people than convince them. Gerhardt, who seemed bored by having to testify, just sat there like a slug most of the day, but not Feldman and Karlan. Oozing arrogance, condescension and bitterness, both did their best to convince us that Trump must be removed from office, but all they really accomplished was convince millions of Americans that we never want another Progressive to become President.
Both reminded me of several of my professors at Emory during my Ph.D. program, which is not a fond memory. By way of comparison, Jonathan Turley was a breath of fresh air. Once again, the Republicans have outsmarted the Democrats, which doesn’t take much with Nadler, the Round Mound of Malice, running the show. We simply must flip the House in 2020.
Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: At the end of World War II, the destruction in Europe was so complete that nations like West Germany, Austria and France could not recover on their own. With the Soviet Union refusing to leave any territory that the Red Army occupied, our fear was that all of Europe would end up becoming dominated by the Soviets.
To counter this, we developed the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe economically and N.A.T.O. to protect them militarily from Soviet aggression. To counter us, the Soviets developed the Warsaw Pact. As the Iron Curtain stretched across Europe, the Cold War between East and West commenced.
At that time, Europeans were not able to either defend themselves or even feed themselves. The United States was required o take up the slack and bear the economic and military burden for all of Western Europe. We did this so successfully, replicating what we did in Japan and a few years later in South Korea, we came to believe that we could create strong democracies wherever we intervened. As we have come to learn, this model doesn’t work in Islamic countries, but that’s beside the point.
From 1949 forward, the responsibility for defending Western Europe has been ours. Even when the Soviet Union collapsed thirty years ago, this responsibility remained ours. The Europeans loved it and we just came to accept that this burden would always be ours. Then, President Trump came along to challenge this assumption. When he did, this rocked the established order in the USA and Western Europe as well.
People balked but Trump held his ground, demanding that Europeans pay their fair share. I’ll admit this made me nervous at first, but Trump’s point has been well taken. Why should we continue to pay the tab for Europe, when they are no longer destitute? The answer is that we shouldn’t. With Putin flexing his muscles by taking Crimea when Obama was President, Europeans have become justifiably concerned that they are once again vulnerable to Russian aggression.
So, they desperately need us again, which they know but resent, while Trump has held his ground about them paying the 2% of their GDP for defense. They hate being forced off of the dole but they are starting to pay. So far, they have increased their expenditure by $130 billion. That’s a good start. As a result, N.A.T.O. is stronger and Trump’s hardline approach is the reason why.
Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: President Trump is destined to have a significant legacy, which includes rebuilding the military and expanding our economy, but his greatest achievement will have been the transformation of the judicial branch of government. Trump’s impact, thanks to President Obama leaving 120 judicial appointments vacant, will change the landscape of America for the next half century.
Trump’s administration has been success in getting more than 160 federal judicial nominees confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate. This including 48 appeals court judges and two Supreme Court Justices. To date, about a quarter of all current federal appeals court judges have been nominated by Trump, and everyone of them has been a Conservative—just like Trump promised they would be.
He has been able to do this because the Republicans control the Senate, and Mitch McConnell has been a master at holding the Democrats in check to confirm each of Trump’s appointments. Currently, the Republican have 53 Senators and the Democrats have 47, so the margin is very thin. To complete the judicial transformation, the Republicans need to maintain their majority. If they lose it in 2020, no more judges will be confirmed. You can count on Schumer being an obstructionist, just like Pelosi has been.
The Senate is particularly vulnerable in 2020 because there are many more Republican up for reelection than there are Democrats. In fact, the only Democratic seat that is vulnerable is Doug Jones (D-AL). The Republicans are vulnerable in at least the following races:
—Susan Collins, Maine
—Martha McSally, Arizona
—Cory Gardner, Colorado
—Thom Tillis, North Carolina
If the Republicans lose all of these races, Trump’s transformation of the judicial branch of government will cease. But now, thanks to Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia, we will be able to add another marginal candidate, Kelly Loeffler. This woman is who Kemp intends to appoint to take Johnny Isakson’s seat. By appointing an unknown, untested person, Kemp is risking Trump’s legacy, but the Georgia Governor, who would not have won in 2018 without massive help from Trump, doesn’t care.
Kemp knows how high the stakes are and that Rep. Doug Collins, who is well-known throughout the state, would have a much easier time being elected in the special 2020 election. Nevertheless, as unwise as Kemp’s decision is and how soundly he has been criticizes for making it, intends to risk control of the Senate anyway. Therefore, in my opinion, he is masterfully playing the part of an ingrate and a fool. Kemp’s decision may have a negative impact not only on Georgia but also the rest of the country that will last for decades. This is how big a fool Kemp is. Every Georgian needs to understand exactly what is at stake here.
Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: In football, it’s always a good thing when the coach yells at you because, when he stops yelling, it means he has made a decision about you that you are no longer worth coaching. Thus, in an interesting way, being scolded in sports is very affirming.
The same thing is true in politics. I have been particularly hard on Governor Kemp the past few days because of his desire to appoint Kelly Loeffler to fill Senator Isakson’s seat. Like President Trump, I want Kemp to name Rep. Doug Collins to the position.
Kemp, who thinks Kelly will help recapture female voters in GA, is determined to appoint Loeffler, even though she’s a RINO at best. I want Collins because he has what it takes to be a floor general in support of Trump in the Senate, much like Lindsay Graham from SC. In the past, Georgia has always had a strong Conservative voice in the Senate, which Collins is capable of continuing. Loeffler probably isn’t.
I’m not going to criticize kemp any more though. He’s not worth the effort, nor is he capable of being what we need in Georgia. Like many others, I will be looking for a new candidate to challenge Kemp when he runs for reelection. I have zero intention of supporting him, not after this.
Jack Watts

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