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Will the National Guard be a Strong Enough “Wall” to Secure our Borders?

April 9, 2018

Have you been eagerly waiting for a wall to secure our borders? Congress did not include funding for the wall in the omnibus spending bill. So, instead of sending construction workers and engineers to build the border wall, President Trump is sending soldiers from the National Guard to the border.

The president proclaimed that “until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military.” He hoped to send 2000-4000 soldiers. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is on board, authorizing up to 4000 National Guard troops to be deployed to the Southern U.S. border.

That’s a higher number of soldiers than former President Barack Obama sent (1,200 soldiers), and a lower number than former President George W. Bush sent (6,000 soldiers).

President Trump is eager to secure our borders, but he’ll need the continued help of state governors. If the National Guard acts under the control of the president, by law it must have a more limited role in domestic affairs (See Title 10 of the U.S. Code and the Posse Comitatus Act). However, the National Guard is under less restrictions if it is under the command and control of state governors (see Title 32 of the U.S. Code). Here’s the kicker, though: governors can refuse the help of the National Guard on their borders.

Fortunately for the nation, the Republican governors of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas welcome the support of the National Guard in securing their borders. Arizona and Texas got the ball rolling immediately this past weekend, already deploying troops to their borders!

Unfortunately for the nation, the democrat governor of Oregon tweeted: “If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.”

This goes to show how important it is to have Republicans in authority at the state and local level. Their decisions to cooperate or not cooperate with the president to secure our borders will affect the nation as a whole.

What are your thoughts? Is sending soldiers a good makeshift plan until the wall can be built? Are you holding out hope for a wall as the long-term solution, or do you think there’s a better long-term strategy for securing our borders? Feel free to reply to let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.

In Service for God, you, your family, and Colorado,

Gary Gates
President and Founder
Colorado Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Colorado Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Colorado citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

Did the Russians Help President Trump Win?

February 25, 2018

If you voted for Trump, I’m guessing you did not do so merely because you saw an ad calling Hillary a Satan! If we do not just blindly believe every advertisement, then it’s safe to say that based on Robert Mueller’s investigation thus far, the Russians did not impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

It’s true, however, that according to Mueller’s indictment, at least 13 Russians did meddle with the election. Working under an organization called the Internet Research Agency, they engaged in information warfare against the U.S. They spread derogatory information about Hillary Clinton and spread positive information about then-candidate Donald Trump. They were against other candidates like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and they supported Bernie Sanders.

The fact that the Russians meddled with the election and fought an information warfare against us may sound quite alarming, but before you start running through the streets shouting “The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming,” let’s break down what type of meddling they did and see if it’s threatening. 

They stole American identities (including social security numbers) so they could pose as Americans to set up social media accounts and stage rallies.

On social media, they created groups like “Tennessee GOP,” “Secured Borders,” and “Heart of Texas” and put out ads such as “Trump is our only hope for a better future!” and “Hillary is a Satan, and her crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is.” (You can see page 20 of the indictment for more ads.) They spread hashtags like “#Hillary4Prison” and “Clinton FRAUDation.”

They also created groups like “Blacktivist” and “United Muslims of America” to encourage minorities to boycott the election or vote for a third party. One ad said, “Choose peace and vote for Jill Stein. Trust me, it’s not a wasted vote.”

They staged rallies such as “Down with Hillary” and “March for Trump” by sending emails to Americans, convincing them to coordinate the rallies. The Americans assumed the messages were coming from an American grassroots organization—they didn’t mean to be in cahoots with the Russians. For one rally, the Russians paid an American to build a cage and another American to dress up in a prison uniform to depict Clinton in the cage.

So, does that type of meddling mean President Trump won because of the Russians? Their goal was not centered around getting President Trump elected. By around 2014—before Donald Trump had announced his presidency—they already had decided their strategy would be to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Their stated goal was to spread “distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.”

That goal is clear by what they did after the election: using their false U.S. personas again, the Russians coordinated a rally to “show your support for President-Elect Donald Trump,” but at the same time, they coordinated a rally called “Trump is NOT my president!” Obviously then, their real interest was creating political disruption.

And here’s the bottom line. This indictment does not show the Russians influenced the election results. It just shows they came up with some clever hashtags against Hillary. But if you voted for Trump, you didn’t do so just because you saw a hashtag against Hillary, or saw an actress impersonating her in a prison costume. You voted for Trump because you wanted him to end the killing of unborn babies, secure our borders, provide tax relief, replace Obamacare, appoint constitutional conservatives to the Judiciary, etc.

Although the Russians’ information warfare does not appear to have altered the election outcome, this whole ordeal is still an important wake-up call for us. It means we must stay on our guard. It’s a reminder not to accept social media propaganda and rhetoric at face value—we must look deeper and see if hashtags are backed by facts and reasoning. You never know—your favorite new hashtag could be coming from the Russians!

The Russians are not a threat to our democracy though, unless we’re only getting our information from social media and obeying rhetoric and propaganda. If we are an educated citizenry, however, the Russians’ information warfare will be harmless on American soil.

Do the Russians really think we’re gullible enough to fall for their ploy? None of us has to listen to rhetoric instead of reason. If some random activist organization on Facebook says jump, we don’t just jump! If they say Hillary should be in prison, we don’t just have to take their word for it. We can investigate the facts ourselves. If they say, “trust me; you should vote this way,” we do not just have to trust them!

The charge in 2 Corinthians 10:5 can help us with information warfare: “…take every thought captive to obey Christ.” Our POWs from information warfare should be thoughts and ideas—take ideas captive and examine them. The way to defend yourself is to load your arsenal with truth and sharpen your reasoning powers. Let’s stand together on the battle line.

In Service,

Colorado Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Colorado Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Colorado citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

President Trump Stands Up for the Unborn

January 25, 2018

Wanting to give a voice to the voiceless in the womb, pro-lifers gather together in D.C. every year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the 1973 case that legalized abortion in all 50 states) to protest, grieve, and celebrate life during the March for Life. In the past 45 years of the March for Life, presidents have not given an address to the marchers, except by phone or recorded message a few times. Last Friday, however, President Trump made history by becoming the first sitting president to address the marchers via live video satellite from the White House!

The “big 3” television networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) did not think the March for Life was worth reporting on for long. CBS ignored it, and ABC and NBC only reported on it for 2 minutes, 6 seconds combined, according to the Media Research Center. Apparently, when tens (perhaps hundreds) of thousands of people march on SCOTUS to rally against one of the worst human rights atrocities of our time, it’s not “news-worthy” enough.

Fortunately, the President thought it was worthy of his time. Did you get a chance to hear his speech yet? One of our favorite parts was when he boldly stated, “Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”

The theme of the march this year was “Love Saves Lives,” and the President expanded on that theme in his speech: “The March for Life is a movement born out of love. You love your families, you love your neighbors, you love our nation and you love every child — born and unborn — because you believe every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.”

That’s exactly right, Mr. President! Pro-lifers are not against abortion because we’re haters of women, but because we’re lovers of life. We want to love women, but we don’t want to limit our love to the women already born—we also want to expand our love to girls and boys in the womb.

The March for Life page exclaims, “Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering, and self-sacrificial option.” Indeed. The loving and empowering option is not to tell a woman, “You can’t handle this; you should take the easy way out and have your baby killed”! Rather, the loving option is to come alongside women, supporting them and reminding them how strong they are: they are strong enough to do the right thing. They are brave enough to choose love.

The most loving thing we can do for others is to lay down our life for them. Sound familiar? I’m just quoting Jesus (John 15:13). He laid down his life for us, and his Love saves the lives of all who call on him.

What are ways that you can love in order to save lives? Here’s a few ideas: we can lay down our lives, giving up time, energy, and money, to support pregnant women. Abortion providers can sacrifice their fat paycheck and quit doing abortions. Women can lay down their lives to carry their babies to term. We can make sacrifices to adopt. What would you add to the list?

As the President said in his speech, it’s time we all come together for “one beautiful cause: to build a society where life is celebrated, protected, and cherished.”

In Service,

Gary Gates
President and Founder
Colorado Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Colorado Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Colorado citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

Tax Bill: Will It Define a Fetus as a Person?

November 21, 2017

Last week in the President’s Corner, we covered how the tax reform bill could potentially eradicate the individual mandate of Obamacare. The bill has an even more surprising twist: it defines the unborn as human beings.

If you were falling asleep while reading the bill, page 93 likely jolted you awake as if you just drank three shots of espresso. You probably didn’t believe your eyes at first. I sure didn’t. Is that pro-life language…in a tax bill, of all things?

Indeed, it is. It reads: “The term ‘unborn child’ means a child in utero…‘child in utero’ means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”

There you have it. A fetus defined as a “child” and “member of the species homo sapiens”—a human being. Apparently, the bill authors have taken a biology class and know that a fetus is not a mere “clump of cells.” It’s about time our bills reflect the facts of human biology by acknowledging the fetus as a human!

How did Republicans fit pro-life language in among taxes? The tax reform bill allows parents to open a 529 college-savings account (which offers tax breaks) not only for their born children, but for their unborn children as well. Since unborn children can be beneficiaries of the account, the bill also had to define “unborn child,” and that’s how Republicans arrived at putting pro-life language in the bill.

Finally, a tax code can apply to unborn children: “A child in the womb is just as human as you or I yet, until now, the U.S. tax code has failed to acknowledge the unborn child – all while granting tax breaks for those seeking an abortion under the pretense of ‘healthcare,’” said Jeanne Mancini of March for Life.

Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America are not happy, so we must be doing something right! Planned Parenthood tweeted their disapproval that the bill includes an attempt to restrict abortion, and NARAL tweeted, “Leave it to the GOP to figure out how to stick language that would help them pass an abortion ban into a tax bill.” You know what, NARAL? I’ll take that as compliment to the GOP. Leave it to us to figure out a way to promote life and truth in all bills, even a tax bill!

NARAL continued their tweet rant: “The GOP’s relentless obsession with advancing its dangerous anti-choice ideology knows no boundaries and no common sense.” No, NARAL. We don’t have a relentless obsession with advancing an ideology, but we are obsessed with valuing human life, inside and outside the womb.

I’m proud that conservatives have a relentless obsession with defending and protecting human life.

In Service,

Gary Gates
President and Founder
Colorado Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Colorado Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Colorado citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

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