When the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump reached the Senate, one brave senator challenged its constitutionality.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul declared former President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial “dead on arrival” on Tuesday after 45 Senate Republicans voted against holding the proceeding, viewing it as unconstitutional.
Rand, a Kentucky Republican, had called for a procedural vote regarding holding a trial, claiming the Senate shouldn’t address the article of impeachment against Trump filed by the House this month because Trump is now out of office.Rand Paul calls Trump impeachment trial ‘dead on arrival’ after 45 GOP senators vote against it | Fox News
Check out Senator Paul’s appearance on “FOX News Primetime” with Maria Bartiromo,” Rand Paul calls Trump impeachment trial ‘dead on arrival’ after 45 GOP senators vote against it | Fox News.
Also, check out Senator Paul’s floor speech (H/T Rand Paul slams ‘sham’ impeachment in fiery floor speech urging colleagues to end the ‘kangaroo court’ (washingtonexaminer.com)).
Senator Paul pointed out what should now be obvious. President Trump was more surprised than anyone by the mob who stormed the Capitol Building, that the charge of inciting an insurrection is absurd and hypocritical.
Why do some politicians insist upon personally attacking, silencing and even trying to destroy their opponents? None of us perfect. None of us is without sin. Therefore, when we cannot defend our argument for what we want, we can be tempted to attack the person or the people who refuse to give us what we want. We can force those who oppose us to do what we know they cannot do, defend themselves. We can refuse hear and even deny our opponents the opportunity to make a logical argument against what we want. We can even demonize our opponents. At least, that is what we may attempt do when we are enslaved to pride and sin.
Pay attention to what is going on now. Observed the widespread divisions within our society. Consider all levels of government: Federal, state, and local, even our school board. See which of our leaders wants to discuss the issues and which of our leaders wants to personally attack, silence, and destroy their opponents. Also note which of our leaders have been cowed into silence or driven by pride, greed, or fear to join in the name calling. When our leaders would rather annihilate their opponents than debate them, we need to replace those leaders. No republic can long survive the leadership of such men and women. Leaders who encourage us to hate each other instead of love each other rule as tyrants.
When our leaders strive mightily to divide us and pit us against each other, when they split us into identity groups instead of seeing us as individuals with God-given rights, we must be wary of them. When our leaders promise to give us our “rights” by giving us other people’s things and denying other people their rights, we must fear them. Such demand powers we know they will abuse. In fact, such leaders demand the power to make decisions we each have the God-given right to make for ourselves, but they want to blind us with hatred and fear so we won’t see the truth.
Pay attention to President Joe Biden’s unrelenting stream of executive orders. Remember what a magician does.
Misdirection Techniques: No.1 – Drop The ‘Mis’!
Most magicians believe ‘misdirection’ is about distracting your audience as you make a secret move. The truth is far more exciting.
When a great magician uses misdirection correctly, the audience doesn’t FEEL distracted at all. Quite opposite, they would swear they’ve been staring at the magician’s hands the entire time—and that they’ve NEVER looked away.
That’s what misdirection is all about. We want our spectators to believe that THEY are in control of their attention. In reality, we choose where they look, and what they see, at every moment.
Wonder starts his epic lesson on misdirection by pointing out that the term ‘misdirection’ itself sets us up for failure. The word seems to combine ‘wrong’ and ‘direction’. It’s as if we magicians force our audiences to look in the wrong place—and miss seeing the secret action.
Wonder makes it clear that this attitude only serves to make our job harder.
Instead of directing the audience’s attention away from the method, Wonder urges us to direct the audience toward the effect.
When people experience a compelling performance, they become fully engaged in the story. As a result, they lose interest in what happens ‘behind the scenes.’Misdirection Techniques: 5 Simple Steps To Incredible Magic (conjuror.community)
We must not allow ourselves to be misdirected or goaded into a tyrannical regime. Many of those executive orders are unconstitutional, and many will be so costly they don’t make sense. We must remember what our Declaration of Independence calls the purpose of government, to protect our God-given rights. When our leaders use baseless accusations against their opponents and phony crises like the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as excuses for their denial of or the cover-up a proper, orderly debate, they are trying dominate and lord over us, not protect our rights.
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H/T Citizen Tom