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PFAW Hosts Briefing & Rallies at the Supreme Court for Workers’ Rights Case

Just hours after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in a case that will likely have a profound impact on the rights of working people, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, People For the American Way hosted a member telebriefing to help unpack what’s at stake in the case.

On the call, PFAW Senior Fellow and constitutional law scholar Jamie Raskin explained that at issue in Friedrichs are “agency fees” that allow the costs of collective bargaining and other union benefits to be shared by all public sector employees rather than by union members alone. Attacking this practice amounts to “a broad-based assault on public sector unions,” Raskin said.

PFAW Executive Vice President Marge Baker situated the case within the context of the Roberts-Alito Court’s pro-corporate record, where the high court has consistently privileged the interests of corporations over the rights of individual people, such as in the Citizens United decision.

“Workers have a right to stand up for themselves” and to “represent their own interests,” Baker added.

Before the telebriefing, PFAW staff and supporters were at the Supreme Court demonstrating in support of the rights of working people as the justices heard arguments in the case.


You can listen to the full telebriefing below, and read affiliate PFAW Foundation’s new report on “Corporations, Unions, and Constitutional Democracy” here.

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Ben Carson: 'Abnormal' LGBT People Shouldn't Get 'Extra Rights'

In a rambling interview with a Catholic news network over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson derided marriage equality and protections for transgender people as “extra rights” for “a few people who perhaps are abnormal,” warning that if the next president’s Supreme Court nominees protect LGBT rights, you can “say goodbye to America.”

Carson made the comments in an interview with the Witherspoon Institute’s Matthew Franck as part of a series of conversations with presidential candidates on the Catholic network EWTN.

When Franck asked Carson about Department of Education efforts to protect the rights of transgender students in schools, Carson launched into a discussion of how “political correctness” and “extra rights” are ruining America.

“You see how silly this is,” he said. “I mean, it’s beyond ridiculous that you take the most abnormal situation and then you make everyone else conform to it. That doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. That’s one of the very reasons that I have been an outspoken opponent of things like gay marriage. I don’t have any problem with gay people doing anything they want to do. You know, it’s a free country, there’s freedom of association. However, when you now impose your value system on everybody else and change fundamental definitions and principles of society, I have a big problem with that. Everybody is equal, everybody has equal rights, but nobody gets extra rights. And when we start trying to impose the extra rights based on a few people who perhaps are abnormal, where does that lead?”

After warning that gay marriage could lead to legalized polygamy and railing against “garbage” arguments for transgender rights, Carson said, “We are absolutely destroying ourselves because we are paying attention to political correctness.”

“Our time is running out,” he added. “If we don’t stand up for principles now and we get a progressive and they get two or three Supreme Court picks, say goodbye to America.”

GOP Rep: Gun Reform An Obama Plot To Distract From North Korea Going Nuclear (Under Bush)

On Friday, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, appeared on “The Sam Malone Show,” where he revealed the real reason for President Obama’s executive actions on gun reform.

The new measures were not meant to curb gun violence, Olson explained, but to distract from foreign affairs, such as ISIS terrorism, territorial disputes in the South China Sea and North Korea attaining nuclear weapons, which happened before Obama — whom Olson referred to as the “Schmuckatelli-in-Chief” — even became president.

“The whole gun issue by President Obama, that is just one big diversion,” the congressman said. “‘I don’t want you to focus on how weak we are overseas; the fact that ISIS is killing Americans in America, are planning to do that here in America, the fact that they’re killing people all over the world; the fact that Iran is driving to have a nuclear weapon; the fact that North Korea has nuclear weapons; the fact that China has built islands in the South China sea. It is the complete failure of leadership from Schmuckatelli-in-Chief.”

He criticized Obama for failing to stop a Pakistani scientist who reportedly helped North Korea acquire nuclear weapons.

WND 'Expert' Thinks Obama Is 'Slipping Mentally'

Yesterday, WorldNetDaily interviewed Andrew G. Hodges, a psychiatrist who claims “that by accessing and interpreting messages from a person’s ‘unconscious super intelligence,’ he can uncover confessions as well as motives for crimes,” about President Obama. Hodges told WND that any time Obama says anything, he means exactly the opposite, which he calls a “denial confession.”

According to Hodges, when Obama says that he won’t hesitate to retaliate against terrorists, that means Obama is in fact hesitant to act; if Obama says he plans to fight ISIS, that means he is “totally submissive to ISIS”; and if Obama says he will make sure refugees are screened for potential terrorists, that means “he ensures that terrorist refugees will be admitted.”

Hodges previously claimed that the president’s subconscious revealed that he stole the 2012 election and plans to implement martial law and mass gun confiscation.

Just another example of the “informative” WND news coverage that Donald Trump so admires.

He notes that Obama, before the Paris attacks on November 13, said, “ISIS is contained.” And he said, “I don’t think they’re gaining strength.”

“Read past the denial. Unconsciously he’s aware ISIS’ strength is growing as they certainly demonstrated with one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in Europe’s history.”

After the attack, Obama said, “If there’s a good idea out there, then we’re going to do it I don’t think I’ve shown a hesitation to act.”

Actually, Hodges writes, Obama is declaring, “I am hesitant to act.”

Likewise, with Obama’s promise the U.S. “will not relent,” Hodges said, “What his super-intel is saying is that Obama will continue to relent, doing nothing of real consequence, in fact accepting the ISIS attacks as normal.

“Indeed, he has constructed a new normal by failing to protect America, a stance which he has totally rationalized. In fact, he remains totally submissive to ISIS.”

Similar negative circumstances are apparent in his comments about immigrants, Hodges told WND.

“Obama then follows with an immediate plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees, mostly Muslims, into the U.S. insisting they are harmless ‘widows and orphans.’ So he grandiosely proclaims, ‘[we will] ensure that a refugee is not admitted that might cause us harm.’ Reading past his denial, we see that he ensures that terrorist refugees will be admitted. Unconsciously he knows some refugees will carry out attacks. His surface promise of ‘the most rigorous [vetting] process conceivable’ is a sham. Intelligence officials admit that we sorely lack adequate screening data.”

He continued, “How do we know when Obama’s denials are the exact opposite of the truth? How can we determine that these statements are secret cover-ups which we can see through?”

He said, “Look at the basic facts. Virtually everyone is hyper-conscious about the threat of ISIS – everyone but Obama. But he remains the emperor with no warrior clothes while only his indoctrinated supporters pretend otherwise. Another denial and projection provides an important clue to his passivity and secret enabling. He said about the recent attacks, ‘The most powerful tool we have is to say we are not afraid.’ His conscious message is ridiculous alluding to the fact he does nothing but talk. Weapons – not words – are the most powerful defense we have now. But reading through his key denial confession, ‘we are not afraid,’ Obama admits he’s secretly terrified of ISIS and can’t take action. Deep down, he’s so frightened he cannot even utter the name ‘Islamic terrorists.’”



And WND reported when Hodges suggested Obama was “slipping mentally.”

“Not madness such as total loss of control mentally, but more and more drastic behavior seen in disturbed traumatized leaders,” Hodges said at the time.

Hodges previously suggested Obama was revealing alarming ideas about martial law and described how the president wants “total gun control,” and also has addressed Obama’s opinions on election fraud and how he’s driven by revenge.

Alex Jones: Secret Muslim Obama Is 'At War With America'

On Friday, Alex Jones spoke with far-right birther activist Steve Pidgeon of the North American Law Center about Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema’s resolution “urging Congress to act on about 50 articles of impeachment” against President Obama that were “drafted by the North American Law Center.”

The InfoWars commentator kicked off the program by lamenting that he can “hardly sleep at night” because he can “feel” that “evil is on the move” because of the Obama administration, while Pidgeon painted a bleak picture of the country’s future under Obama, one which includes internment camps, martial law and dictatorship.

Pidgeon alleged that the Affordable Care Act and the president’s recent executive actions on gun reform are both “policies that were originated in the Third Reich,” insisting that Obama intends to “completely disarm the American public while he imports hundreds of thousands of Muslim terrorists and other paid mercenaries who come into the country unarmed to find mosques that are essentially armories.” He went on to say that Obama is using taxpayer dollars to aid terrorist groups including “Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinian Liberation Army [sic], Islamic jihad,” as well as ISIS.

“He wears a Wahhabist ring,” Jones declared, referring to the debunked claim from WorldNetDaily’s Jerome Corsi that loops on a ring worn by Obama are actually the Islamic statement of faith. Jones added that “high-level people” have told him that “Obama is a practicing Wahhabist, he actually prays five times a day.”

Pidgeon said that the Democratic Party as a whole is bent on destroying America by pushing gun reform: “It’s gun control today and internment camps tomorrow.” “We don’t have months, we don’t even have weeks, this man could start World War III tomorrow and he could enact martial law at the twilling of a pen,” he added, before accusing President Obama of committing treason and building “a ruthless dictatorship.”

We will not get to a 2016 election if Mr. Obama has his way,” he warned. “Be a man and do what you’re supposed to do,” Pidgeon demanded of members of Congress. “Stand up for this country and introduce these articles of impeachment while we still have an opportunity.”

Jones said that the “elites” who are running the country are “really evil people” who treat Americans like “scum,” while Pidgeon claimed that the New World Order wants to “Islamify” the West in order to create a fascist state. “The theory,” he said, “and this theory, by the way, was the theory proposed initially by Adolf Hitler, which is that National Socialism works better in a Muslim society than it does in a Christian society, so the concept within the New World Order is to Islamify all of Western society so that the dictatorship will flow more easily and that the population will be more easily controlled.” 

“They are power-hungry people and they go to bed at night thinking about how they are going to kill 5 billion human beings,” Pidgeon said. “And what they have planned for the United States is control of the population and, of course, the systematic elimination of any people who remember freedom, any people who remember the constitutional republic, any people who remember the American way of life, those people have to go, they have to be replaced by subservient slaves who are under the control of some imam somewhere that allows the elite to pluck them and to pluck their wealth and to live in their one-percent life while the rest of us starve in the street.”

Jones tied this into his criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement, which he says challenges “the legitimate police state,” and warned of a plot “using socialism and the radical Islam” to destroy the U.S. “Obama is at war with America,” he said.

Donald Trump Should Condemn White Nationalist Ads on His Behalf

This week, Iowans will receive robocalls and hear radio ads from a white nationalist super PAC urging caucus-goers to support Donald Trump. The ad, recorded by self-described white nationalists, calls on Iowans to support Donald Trump because of his extreme and bigoted stance on immigration. “We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people,” the ad states.

In response to the ad, People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan stated:

“This is an ugly ad, and it comes from an ugly stance being taken by Donald Trump. Trump should condemn this ad—and he should renounce his racist policy position to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. No one aspiring to the nation’s top office should accept bigotry as any part of his or her campaign or promote it as part of his or her platform. Trump and many of his fellow Republican contenders’ willingness to embrace anti-Muslim rhetoric goes against American values.”

People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch has tracked how white nationalist leaders and groups have interacted with elected officials and candidates. To speak with an expert about the white nationalist movement and/or Donald Trump’s campaign, please email media@pfaw.org.

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Cruz Gets Another Anti-Gay Endorser: Linda Harvey

As Kyle pointed out a few weeks ago, people who hate gay people sure do seem to love Ted Cruz.

Today, Cruz can add another name to his long list of anti-gay endorsers: Mission America’s Linda Harvey, who as a columnist and host of a conservative radio show spreads some of the most extreme anti-gay rhetoric in the country.

Harvey announced her support for Cruz in a joint press release with a number of Ohio conservatives, including Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values and Molly Smith of Cleveland Right to Life. The release directs supporters to the website of Keep The Promise, a pro-Cruz Super PAC led by Religious Right activist David Barton, but the endorsements have not been promoted by the PAC or the Cruz campaign, at least not yet.

Perhaps Harvey thinks that Cruz will be the president she has longed for who will issue “an Emancipation Proclamation … to free America from the tyranny of sodomy.”

Harvey, who is boycotting so many pro-LGBT businesses that she complains she is running out of places to shop, has just this year:

Harvey has also advised parents not to let gay doctors or nurses treat their children, even when they’re hospitalized, and has insisted that “there is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human.”

Burress and Smith also have anti-gay records that allow them to fit right in with their fellow Cruz supporters. Burress, whose Citizens for Community Values is the Ohio state affiliate of the Family Research Council, was an influential player in the passage of waves of anti-gay-marriage legislation in the 1990s and early 2000s, although his true passion is fighting against pornography. Smith, the head of Cleveland Right to Life and a leader of the fetal personhood group Personhood Alliance, has clashed with the National Right to Life Committee over her anti-gay activism.

Both Burress and Smith have fought to stop the Republican Party from becoming too friendly to gay people, attacking Ohio Sen. Rob Portman when he came out in favor of marriage equality. Burress, who called Portman “a very troubled man,” urged the senator to put his gay son into ex-gay therapy and later vowed to run a primary challenger against him.

Even Ann Coulter Thinks The Birthers Backing Cruz Are Hypocrites

In an interview with the Los Angeles talk radio station KABC last week, Ann Coulter said she was bewildered as to how birther conspiracy theorists who think President Obama was born abroad and therefore is ineligible to be president of the United States could back Ted Cruz, who, unlike Obama, was actually born outside of the U.S. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, to an American mother and Cuban father.

In September, Public Policy Polling found that only 28 percent of Cruz supporters believed that Obama was born in the U.S., while 62 percent of them claimed Cruz was American-born.

As recently as 2013, Coulter insisted that Cruz was eligible to run for president, but has since changed her mind. (Mainstream legal experts agree that Cruz, because he was an American citizen at birth, is a “natural born citizen” eligible to be president under the Constitution.)

In the interview with KABC, Coulter faulted Obama birthers who support Cruz for their logical inconsistency.

“So in other words,” she said, “their position is that if in fact Obama had been born in Kenya, he’d be a natural born citizen, because nobody contests that his mother was an American citizen. Why didn’t they just come back and say that then, why didn’t they say, ‘So what, he’s still a natural born citizen’?”

“It’s because they want Ted Cruz in the White House and they didn’t want Obama in the White House, so they’re not applying the same logic to each one,” host John Phillips said. Coulter agreed: “I guess that’s right, but it never occurred to anyone to say, ‘Oh, no, sure, you can have only one American citizen parent and it can be your mother.’ Nobody, nobody, nobody contested whether Obama’s mother was an American citizen.”

Man Behind Trump Robocalls Wants To Deport Non-Whites From U.S.

Over the weekend, some voters in Iowa received robocalls featuring the voice of prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor urging them to vote for Donald Trump because “[we] don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture.”

The ads were paid for by a group called the American National Super PAC, which is registered at the FEC by William Johnson, a Los Angeles-based attorney who specializes in working with Japanese and Chinese corporations and is also the chairman of the racist American Freedom Party. Johnson speaks briefly on the robocalls, identifying himself as “a farmer and white nationalist.”

It’s hardly a surprise that Johnson would support Trump, who has called for barring Muslims from entering the U.S., thinks the U.S. should ignore the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship clause and wants to round up and deport all undocumented immigrants living in the country, since the real estate magnate might be the closest he’ll get to a candidate who will carry out his goal of deporting most non-white people from the U.S.

In the 1980s, Johnson put considerable effort into promoting his plan to strip the citizenship of and deport all but a small number of non-white people from the United States. From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

In 1985, under the pseudonym James O. Pace, Johnson wrote the book Amendment to the Constitution: Averting the Decline and Fall of America. In it, he advocates the repeal of the 14th and 15th amendments and the deportation of almost all nonwhite citizens to other countries. Johnson further claimed that racial mixing and diversity caused social and cultural degeneration in the United States. He wrote: "We lose our effectiveness as leaders when no one relies on us or can trust us because of our nonwhite and fractionalized nature. … [R]acial diversity has given us strife and conflict and is enormously counterproductive."

Johnson's solution to this problem was to deport all nonwhites as soon as possible. Anybody with any "ascertainable trace of Negro blood" or more than one-eighth "Mongolian, Asian, Asia Minor, Middle Eastern, Semitic, Near Eastern, American Indian, Malay or other non-European or non-white blood" would be deported under the Pace Amendment.

To smooth the process, Johnson proposed that financial incentives be offered to nonwhites who cooperate with the government in the deportation process. Nonwhites who are too old to leave would be allowed to stay, as they were past childbearing age and did not present an obstacle to long-term racial homogeneity. Johnson imagined that black Americans could be employed to help the transition. He wrote, "Because of their physical abilities, the blacks would be the ideal enforcers." Johnson believed it critical that the amendment be enacted; if not, he said, nonwhites would strip rights from white Americans, potentially leading to a deadly "race war." For Johnson, the deportation of nonwhites is an act of self-defense, a preemptive strike in defense of real Americans.

Johnson specified that "Hispanic whites, defined as anyone with an Hispanic ancestor, may be citizens if, in addition to meeting the aforesaid ascertainable trace and percentage tests, they are in appearance indistinguishable from Americans whose ancestral home is the British Isles or Northwestern Europe."

Back in October, Trump issued a blanket disavowal of all super PACs supporting him. Maybe it’s time for him to remind his many white nationalist supporters of that.

Phyllis Schlafly: Donald Trump Is Our 'Only Hope'

Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly once again praised GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, telling Breitbart yesterday that Trump “represents everything the grassroots want.”

She also hailed the business mogul as the only hope that conservatives have "to defeat the Kingmakers,” or the Republican elites whom she said “have picked our last bunch of losers.”

Schlafly said she was won over by Trump’s extreme anti-immigrant stances, warning that “this torrent of immigrants coming in” is “destroying our schools” and the character of America.

“[W]e’re not going to be America anymore because most of the people coming in have no experience with limited government,” she said. “They don’t know what that is. They look to the government to solve all of their problems, and as soon as we have a high majority of people who think that, it’s going to be a different country.”

“Trump is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers,” Schlafly told Breitbart resolutely. “Because everybody else will fall in line. The Kingmakers have so much money behind them.”



“The Kingmakers,” Schlafly told Breitbart, “have picked our last bunch of losers. And there’s one loser after another because they were more interested in maintaining their flow of money from the big donors and their cooperation with the Democrats—their bipartisanship—and that’s not my goal. I’m for America [Schlafly slams hand on table] and America first [slams hand on table again].”

When asked what is the “most pressing issue facing the country today,” Schlafly—without a moment’s pause—said, “Immigration. And that’s why Trump is doing so well. People recognize that is the biggest thing. In the first place, it’s just about destroying our schools. All of these kids, who can’t read in any language, are coming in and expecting to be taught by our English-speaking teachers. And it’s not going to work. And yet we have to babysit them all day.”

Schlafly explained that immigration represents an existential issue for the nation: “If we don’t stop immigration—this torrent of immigrants coming in—we’re not going to be America anymore because most of the people coming in have no experience with limited government. They don’t know what that is. They look to the government to solve all of their problems, and as soon as we have a high majority of people who think that, it’s going to be a different country.”



“I certainly think he represents everything the grassroots want,” Schlafly said.

Corporations, Unions, and Constitutional Democracy: When It Comes to Politics, the Roberts Court Makes Corporations Strong and Unions Weak

Corporations and unions are fundamentally dissimilar, but conservatives in Congress and on the Supreme Court have tried to equate them in an attempt to enlarge corporations' political rights. This equation has sunk into our legal, political, and social consciousness, weakening the sense of unions as organic democratic institutions while aggrandizing the political power of CEOs of large companies.

Santorum: Allowing Gay Marriage Like Changing 'The Chemical Equation For Water'

Rick Santorum came up with another creative way to illustrate his opposition to marriage equality yesterday, telling Iowa radio host Simon Conway that allowing states to expand marriage to same-sex couples is like saying “the states have the right to redefine the chemical equation for water, it can be H3O instead of H2O.”

When Conway asked Santorum about Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent remarks about the need for conservatives to unify around one presidential candidate (him), Santorum took a dig at Cruz, implying that the Texas senator is a “libertarian” for wanting to return the decision about marriage equality to the states.

“Look, I’m very proud of the conservative record I’ve put together,” he said. “There’s no one who’s fought more on moral and cultural issues. I’m not a libertarian. There are people in this race that want the states to decide whether there should be same-sex marriage or polygamy or marijuana use. I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that the states have the right to redefine something that’s not capable of redefining.

“For me, when you say the states have the right to define marriage, it’s like saying, well, the states have the right to redefine the chemical equation for water, it can be H3O instead of H2O. Well, the states can’t do that. Why? Because nature dictates what water is, nature dictates what marriage is, and the states don’t have the right to violate what nature has dictated.”

Mike Huckabee: If College Is Free, Students Will 'Probably Cut Class'

Mike Huckabee returned to the subject of greedy young people wanting government help paying for college in an interview with Iowa radio host Simon Conway yesterday, telling Conway that only he “can speak the common-sense language of the people” and tell them that if college education is free, they won’t appreciate it and will “probably cut class.”

When Conway asked Huckabee about voters wanting “free stuff” from the government, the presidential candidate responded by recalling a conversation that he had had that very day with a “young lady” who wanted “free college.”

I think, ultimately, we have to make the case to the American people. And this is one of the reasons, I feel like, that I would be the best candidate, because I can speak to the common-sense language of the people and explain to them, as I did to a young lady today who asked me, she said, ‘What can you do to maybe see that I can have free college?’

And I said, ‘I would never try to get you free college, because if we gave it to you free when you were 20, you’d be paying for it when you were 30, 40 and 50, and the fact is there’s no such thing as free.’ And I went on to explain to her that if we gave it to you for free, you wouldn’t appreciate it, you’d probably cut class. I’d like to give it to you with a way that if you were willing to serve your country, either in the military or some other way, we would give you credit for that and help you with your educational expenses. But rather than give it to you free, let’s ask of your generation to invest in this country and we’ll be willing to invest in you. But as far as just providing free books and free education and free everything, with $20 trillion of debt, first of all, we financially can’t do it, but it’s not a point of responsibility to do that at all.

Donald Trump: Your Equine Posterior Achievement Award Winner

Ted Cruz 's Equine Posterior Achievement Award winning streak has come to an end, with Donald Trump taking a clear majority — 53.3% — this year, relegating Cruz to a distant second. People For the American Way’s Equine Posterior Achievement Award “honors” the politicians and pundits who reach new lows in right-wing extremism.

Trump proved that he truly deserved the award when he boasted recently that he was named “Man of the Year” by WorldNetDaily, the bizarre conspiracy site that thinks President Obama is a demonic leader bent on throwing Americans into FEMA camps.

The Republican presidential frontrunner has shown that he is not constrained by facts. He tweeted, and then defended his decision to tweet, fabricated, racist crime statistics that he said “came from sources that are very credible”. (In fact, they were from a neo-Nazi website.) He falsely claimed that “thousands and thousands” of Muslim-Americans in New Jersey celebrated on 9/11, which he said was unprovable simply because the media was conspiring to cover up footage of the celebrations. He absurdly claimed that the unemployment rate in the U.S. is at 42 percent. He alleged that the Obama administration plans to take in 250,000 Syrian refugees, which helped lead to his call for a blanket ban on all Muslims from entering the country. And, of course, he accused the Mexican government of sending rapists and murderers to the U.S.

As one libertarian writer put it, “Trump is proving himself to be a fabricator of colossal untruths and an expert liar.”

But Trump’s falsehoods are driving the media’s narrative of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Just see how Trump’s suggestion that Cruz may not be able to serve as president because of his Canadian birthplace led to several days of media coverage on the matter, even though experts roundly concur that the Texas senator is in fact eligible.

Trump’s use of paranoid politics, particularly warning that immigrants want to enter the U.S. to commit crimes and that terrorists are crossing the southern border in order to commit acts of terror has proven effective in the GOP primary. This may be because the Republican base has gotten used to years of politicians similarly suggesting that President Obama is an un-American — if not anti-American — leader who is letting immigrants “take” jobs from Americans and ignoring threats from radical Islamists.

When not focusing on the purported threats from the Obama administration, immigrants and Muslims, Trump knows what’s really important: fighting the War on Christmas.

Rick Wiles: U.S. Government Will Side With Terrorists In Coordinated Attack On America

After warning that America will soon be thrown into a third world war with Russia, End Times radio host Rick Wiles told televangelist Jim Bakker this week that the U.S. is about to be hit by a string of terrorist attacks with the backing of government officials.

Wiles recounted previous conversations he had with disgraced ex-FBI agent John Guandolo, who emerged as an anti-Muslim activist after leaving his position due to a sex scandal. Wiles warned that the day will come when all of the mosques in the U.S. will call on Muslims to “commit acts of terror” simultaneously, lamenting that there will be “certain elements of the U.S. government that will be on the side of the jihadists.”

The broadcast then turned to a message from evangelist Perry Stone, who alleged that ISIS has weapons warehouses in all 50 states and has set up “sleeper cells” in “Knoxville, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky and throughout the Southeast, including in the mountains of West Virginia.”

After Bakker asked Wiles why politicians “want to disarm America totally,” the End Times broadcaster said it was because “they are trying to overthrow the constitutional republic of the nation.”

Hillary Clinton Lays Out Her Vision For the Supreme Court

In an op-ed today in the Boston Globe, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes on what may be the biggest issue at stake in the 2016 election: the future of the US Supreme Court.

The court’s decisions have a profound impact on American families. In the past two decades alone, it effectively declared George W. Bush president, significantly weakened the Voting Rights Act, and opened the door to a flood of unaccountable money in our politics. It also made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, preserved the Affordable Care Act not once but twice, and ensured equal access to education for women.

On Election Day, three of the current justices will be over 80 years old, which is past the court’s average retirement age. The next president could easily appoint more than one justice. That makes this a make-or-break moment — for the court and our country.

That’s true. As People For the American Way recently laid out in our Judgment Day report, virtually every single important issue—from voting rights to guns to reproductive freedom to workplace fairness to the environment and beyond—will be at stake before the Supreme Court. And because the Justices most likely to retire in the next few years come from both sides of the bench, our country has the opportunity to pull the Court from its dangerous rightward lurch of the last decade—or to solidify a far-right majority for a generation.

But just as important as preventing the next president from appointing more Justices in the mold of Scalia, Thomas and Alito, we need to elect a President who will appoint extraordinary jurists who understand the profoundly progressive nature of our constitution. In her op-ed, Senator Clinton lays out what that looks like.

As president (and a lawyer and former law professor), I’ll appoint justices who will protect the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or political viewpoint; make sure the scales of justice aren’t tipped away from individuals toward corporations and special interests; and protect citizens’ right to vote, rather than billionaires’ right to buy elections.

Secretary Clinton isn’t alone in laying out a progressive vision for the Court. Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken repeatedly about the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United and how we need to "overturn this disastrous decision.”  And Governor Martin O’Malley has promised to “appoint judges who don't think corporations are people.”

All of this is good news for progressives—and why People For the American Way has been pushing so hard for more conversation about the importance of the Supreme Court as we head into the 2016 election. But it’s not enough.

In the coming weeks and months we’ll continue to push candidates of both parties to make clear what kind of judges they’d appoint to our nation’s highest courts, because, as Secretary Clinton says, “There’s a lot at stake in this election. Nowhere is this clearer than in the US Supreme Court.”
 

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Ben Carson: Gay Marriage Jeopardizes 'Live And Let Live,' Free Speech

Back in November, Ben Carson appeared on “Kingdom Connection with Jentezen Franklin,” to discuss how the U.S. Constitution “was written at an eighth-grade level” so “that the American people could understand it.”

However, Carson said that “the people who claim they are constitutional scholars,” like justices on the Supreme Court, are making a “mess” because, he alleged, they haven’t read the Constitution.

The Republican presidential candidate alleged that gay rights advocates want to classify certain speech as “hate speech,” claiming that they use “hate speech ridicule” to silence others and don’t believe in “live and let live.”

The way it works now is they target you and they have all kind of hate speech ridicule, if there’s a way they can bring action against you they will do that, try to ruin your life. Look at all the people who because of their religious convictions and their belief in what the Bible says have lost their livelihood and they’re put in jeopardy over the gay marriage issue, when in fact this is supposed to be a country where you live and let live. I personally don’t have any problem with any two people, regardless of what their feelings are, of living together, of getting a lawyer to create some documents so they can share property and have hospital visitation rights, but to change the definition of marriage, the problem is once you do that for one group, why wouldn’t you have to do that for the next group?

“Everybody gets equal rights, but nobody gets extra rights, extra rights to change everything for everybody else to suit them,” he added.

Carson went on to warn that “the secular-progressive movement” is bent on “beating people down so that they are silent” and having them “sit down and shut up so they can drive the boat.” If evangelical Christians don’t “stand up,” Carson warned, “it’s going to be too late.”

Alex Jones: Maybe Aliens Really Do Run The World!

When Donald Trump appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio program last month and hailed Jones’ “amazing” reputation, we pointed out that among other beliefs Jones has promulgated on his InfoWars network, he has floated the idea

New Hampshire House Votes Down Bill on Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

PFAW New Hampshire Organizer: Elected Officials Failed to Carry Out the Will of the People

Today, after initially voting in favor of the measure, the New Hampshire House ultimately voted against S.B. 136, a bill in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United and allow lawmakers to set reasonable limits on money in elections. In March 2015, the bill was passed unanimously in the state Senate.

“Today our elected officials failed to represent the 72 percent of Granite Staters who oppose the Citizens United decision,” said Lindsay Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way (PFAW). “Instead, opponents of the measure used extraordinary procedural tactics to kill the bill after it had already passed. This was a miscarriage of democracy. But make no mistake: Granite Staters are paying attention, and care deeply about this issue. On Election Day, voters will remember which representatives stood on the side of reform and which stood on the side of wealthy special interests."

People For the American Way has been working with ally groups to organize residents to speak out in favor of S.B. 136, including by encouraging New Hampshire PFAW activists to call their representatives and urge them to support the bill.

Support for overturning decisions like Citizens United is strong both in New Hampshire and across the country. Local activism has pushed 69 towns in New Hampshire to pass resolutions in support of an amendment, more than a dozen of which passed in 2015 alone. Sixteen other states have already officially called for an amendment. A national Bloomberg Politics poll released in September found that 78 percent of Americans believe the Citizens United decision should be overturned.

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Brigitte Gabriel: 'America Will Not Survive If Hillary Wins'

Yesterday, Brigitte Gabriel of the anti-Muslim group ACT! for America appeared on “The Sam Malone Show,” where Malone, a Houston-based radio host, hailed her as “one of the top national security experts in the world.”

Gabriel offered a positively dystopian vision of America, warning that “the country is so weakened right now” and “falling apart in every direction from every side and from within and from without,” all thanks to President Obama. She explained:

Our president weakened our military, our president weakened our intelligence services, our president made us the laughing stock of the world, our president is weakening the American public. Us here at home, as citizens, our ability to protect ourselves, our ability to have free speech, to stand up and speak the truth, every citizen right now, everywhere where you go, you are concerned about what to say. Is anybody going to get offended? Is the government monitoring my calls? Can I write this? What is anybody going to say about me? Where does it end? And this year is so scary because it looks like our president is unstoppable, basically.

She said of Obama: “He’s trying to become the dictator America never had.”

When Malone asked what would happen — “gosh forbid” — if Hillary Clinton were to win the presidential election, Gabriel suggested that wouldn’t happen because Donald Trump and other Republican candidates would “basically destroy her” and “evaporate Hillary.”

“Hillary is not going to win because America will not survive if Hillary wins,” she said. “Listen, this is an election about survival. This is not a regular election. This is an election about survival, period. America has to make a decision whether we want to survive or we want to evaporate.”

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