donald trump – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 07:06:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://draftgore2008.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-14T222418.754.png donald trump – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ 32 32 Ex-Marine Colonel Tears Army’s Attention On Gender Ideology https://draftgore2008.org/ex-marine-colonel-tears-armys-attention-on-gender-ideology/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 21:45:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/ex-marine-colonel-tears-armys-attention-on-gender-ideology/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Retired Navy Col. Mitchell Swan, a Republican running to represent Georgia’s 10th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks during the 2022 ad campaign. | Screenshot: YouTube/Colonel Swan for Congress | YouTube/Colonel Swan for Congress A former US Marine colonel and Republican candidate […]]]>
Retired Navy Col. Mitchell Swan, a Republican running to represent Georgia’s 10th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks during the 2022 ad campaign. | Screenshot: YouTube/Colonel Swan for Congress |

A former US Marine colonel and Republican candidate for Congress argues that the US military has become increasingly preoccupied with gender ideology as concerns over a protracted conflict with Russia loom.

Retired Navy Col. Mitchell Swan is one of several Republican candidates vying to represent Georgia’s 10th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

He published a campaign ad titled “Insane” on Tuesday, warning that the military has misplaced its priorities because the Russia-Ukraine conflict represents the “biggest European ground war since World War II”.

“Where is our army concentrated? ” He asked. “Gender dysphoria and wake-up training. It’s insane.”

“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is looking at nuclear options while we are evaluating transgender therapy options,” he lamented. “As a retired colonel who has led marines overseas, I know this woke up the indoctrination in our military.”

He didn’t mince his words saying that “[t]This is why I oppose transgender people in our ranks.

If elected to Congress, the candidate has pledged to “fight woke politics on all fronts.”

Swan’s announcement includes screenshots of a presentation obtained by The Washington Free Beacon highlighting a “Policy on Military Service for Transgender Persons and Persons with Gender Dysphoria” from the U.S. military.

The publication obtained the slides from a “whistleblower who was ordered to undergo high-ranking officer training in the Army’s Special Forces.”

An army spokesperson told the Free Beacon that all army personnel will be required to complete the training by September 30 and confirmed the slides were part of ‘mandatory training’ on the recent changes made to the Department of Defence’s military service policy.

Introducing Army Gender Dysphoria
Screenshots of a U.S. Army presentation highlighting its “Policy on Military Service for Transgender Persons and Persons with Gender Dysphoria” were included in an ad for Col. retired Marine Mitchell Swan. |

The training slides instruct army commanders on how to respond in certain scenarios where a soldier identifies to varying degrees with the opposite sex.

One storyline features a “soldier who was assigned at birth” who “says he identifies as female”.

“Soldier lives like a woman during his hours of rest. He does not have a medical diagnosis, does not plan to seek treatment, and does not experience significant distress related to his gender identity. The soldier does not ask to be treated like a woman during his service.

In this scenario, army commanders are given a list of “considerations and responsibilities” instructing them to “treat the soldier with dignity and respect.”

However, the presentation asks army commanders “to inform [the] Soldier of the Army Soldier’s Transgender Policy and recommend that he seek medical attention” if he “later requests to be identified as female during duty hours and/or experiences heightened distress related to his identity of gender”.

“Gender transition in the military begins when a soldier receives a diagnosis from a military medical provider that gender transition is medically necessary,” the guide states.

In the second scenario, a soldier who was “assigned female at birth” tells his first sergeant “she identifies as male and would like to be treated as male” even though she does not didn’t see a doctor.

As in the first scenario, the army commander is advised to treat the soldier “with dignity and respect”. In this case, the commander is obliged to inform him that the army recognizes a soldier’s sex based on his “gender marker in [the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System].”

“Coinciding with this gender marker, the soldier is responsible for meeting all uniform and grooming standards; assessment of body composition; physical preparation tests; participation in the drug abuse screening program for military personnel; and other standards applied taking into account the sex of the soldier,” the presentation reads. The commanding officer also has an obligation to “advise [the] Soldier to see a military medical provider.

The presentation also describes the Army’s “Transgender Service Policy”, which “allows transgender soldiers to serve openly” and requires that “an otherwise qualified soldier shall not be involuntarily separated, removed from duty, or refused service. re-engage or continue service on the basis of gender identity.” The document states that the military is “open to anyone who can meet the standards of military service.”

“All soldiers must maintain Army standards, good order and discipline at all times,” the presentation added. “Transgender soldiers are held to the same standards as any other soldier with the same DEERS gender marker.”

The US military began allowing trans-identified soldiers to serve openly last year.

Swan isn’t the only candidate in a crowded Republican primary to draw attention to the hotly contested transgender debate.

Last month, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., one of several Republican candidates seeking an open seat in the Missouri Senate, posted an ad bemoaning the participation of biological men who identify as women in women’s sports, insisting that “women’s sports are for women, not men pretending to be women.

According to Politico, former President Donald Trump won Georgia’s 10th congressional district by a margin of 24 percentage points in the 2020 presidential election.

The Republican presidential ticket’s large margin of victory indicates that whoever wins the GOP primary will head into November’s general election as an overwhelming favorite. As noted by the Cook Political Report, the district includes the cities of Athens and Greensboro.

Polls have shown Swan failed to gain traction in the race to replace incumbent Rep. Jody Hice.

In January, a poll conducted by Republican pollster Fabrizio Lee found that Swan received 3% support among Republican primary voters, tying three for fourth place. A February poll by the Trafalgar Group did not even list Swan as an option in the Republican primary.

The National Conference of State Legislatures lists May 24 as the date for primary elections for federal races in Georgia in 2022. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in a primary, a runoff between the top two will be held on 21st of June.

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DC nun’s medical license restored in vax warrant lawsuit https://draftgore2008.org/dc-nuns-medical-license-restored-in-vax-warrant-lawsuit/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/dc-nuns-medical-license-restored-in-vax-warrant-lawsuit/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Sister Deirdre Byrne, a Catholic nun, speaks at the 2020 Republican National Convention in support of President Donald Trump’s pro-life policies. | YouTube/PBS News Time A Roman Catholic nun who sued the District of Columbia over an exemption from the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for […]]]>
Sister Deirdre Byrne, a Catholic nun, speaks at the 2020 Republican National Convention in support of President Donald Trump’s pro-life policies. |

A Roman Catholic nun who sued the District of Columbia over an exemption from the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers has had her medical license restored and can continue to practice medicine for the foreseeable future while her trial is judged.

Sister Deirdre Byrne, an outspoken pro-life activist and practicing physician who serves a ministry providing free medical services to the poor, has filed a lawsuit against District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, the city and the director of the Department of Health. health of DC LaQuandra Nesbitt last week for their refusal to grant him a religious exemption from the vaccine mandate.

Byrne first submitted a request for religious exemption from the coronavirus vaccine mandate shortly after it was rolled out as an emergency measure six months ago, citing concerns about the use of aborted fetal tissue in the development and testing of COVID-19 vaccines.

For most of the past few months, Byrne had been able to practice medicine in DC without taking a coronavirus vaccine and encountered no objections from the hospitals and clinics where she served.

Following an ongoing back-and-forth with the DC Department of Health, Byrne was told late last month that her request had been denied and told that failure to take at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine would result in a ban on renewal. medical license or its “revocation or suspension”.

During an appearance on EWTN’s “The World Over” on Thursday, Byrne said her license was suspended and she was forced to close her clinics. She couldn’t see the patients and couldn’t help anyone.

With the help of the Thomas More Society, the nun petitioned the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a declaratory judgment saying the vaccination mandate for healthcare workers violates her rights under the Health Care Act. restoration of religious freedom and the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

Additionally, she sought a “temporary restraining order” and a “preliminary and permanent injunction” restraining the defendants from enforcing the vaccination warrant against her, as well as an award of nominal damages, attorney and other litigation-related costs.

On Facebook on Tuesday, the Thomas More Society announced that Byrne’s medical license had been reinstated.

The religious freedom law firm noted that “Friday’s letter advising Sister Dede that her license was now active until September does not resolve all of the issues raised in her lawsuit.” The legal group said it was concerned that the letter said its exemption could be “cancelled” at a later date if the “director believes it is in the best interest of public health”.

The letter notifying Byrne that his medical license has been reinstated came just a week before the order denying Byrne’s religious exemption from the coronavirus vaccine would become final.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Byrne’s attorney, Christopher Ferrara, described the letter as “unacceptable” but said “she’ll take it.” Ferrara said the litigation will continue because the letter was “not a solution” but rather “a band-aid on an issue that needs to be resolved.”

“So Sister Deirdre, Mother Teresa of the District of Columbia, who dedicated herself to providing free medical care to the needy, including life-saving surgery, now lives with the sword of Damocles hanging from her above her head, brandished by the defendant. Nesbitt,” he added. “She’s a woman who could have easily made a million dollars a year. Now she is a nun in habit.

Byrne burst onto the national stage for the first time with a speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention, where she described the unborn child as “the largest marginalized group in the world” and argued that the Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden, and his running mate, Kamala Harris, were “the most anti-life presidential ticket ever.”

Byrne also spoke at a conference organized by the pro-life group Heartbeat International last spring. She condemned abortion as “the greatest inhumanity”. She urged people to pray for “the politicians who want to make the abortion pill over-the-counter so people can take it like chewing gum or Tylenol.” She warned that “their soul is in a mortal state”.

The District of Columbia has removed most of its coronavirus restrictions and mandates, mirroring other major cities and states in the United States

Last month, the nation’s capital eliminated its requirement that those seeking entry to most businesses provide proof of vaccination while dropping its mask mandate for public and private school students two weeks later.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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Russia not obstructing a good deal in Vienna: Iranian spokesperson https://draftgore2008.org/russia-not-obstructing-a-good-deal-in-vienna-iranian-spokesperson/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:23:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/russia-not-obstructing-a-good-deal-in-vienna-iranian-spokesperson/ Speaking to reporters at a weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed a Wall Street Journal report that the relaunch of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was threatened by Russian demands over sanctions imposed on Moscow after the war. in Ukraine. He said Russia had offered its demands in a fairly formal […]]]>

Speaking to reporters at a weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed a Wall Street Journal report that the relaunch of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was threatened by Russian demands over sanctions imposed on Moscow after the war. in Ukraine.

He said Russia had offered its demands in a fairly formal and transparent manner, and that the subject should be discussed by the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, like any other question or request raised by the other parties.

“Russian officials have hinted in private talks and in the Joint Committee (JCPOA) that they will not prevent any good deals,” Khatibzadeh said.

Declaring the United States as the main culprit for the status quo, the spokesperson said that Russia and China had displayed the “most constructive and close” positions in favor of Iran during the talks in Vienna at the course of the last 11 months.

“Reducing what is happening in Vienna (and tying it) to a single element, namely a Russian demand, is what the United States is looking for to forget its responsibility in the current situation. No one should forget that the United States is currently held responsible for the current conditions because we are in a state of no agreement,” the Iranian spokesman added.

He reiterated that as soon as the United States makes its political decision, all delegations can return from their capitals to Vienna and reach an agreement.

The United States left the JCPOA in May 2018 under former President Donald Trump. The Vienna talks began on Trump’s successor Joe Biden’s promise to join the deal and repeal the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran. Biden, however, has so far failed to undo Trump’s own loss of Barack Obama’s Iran policy, which led to the JCPOA in June 2015.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on Dec. 27 with a focus on lifting all sanctions the United States had imposed on Iran following its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA. The United States is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its 2018 withdrawal from the Iran deal.

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,Virginia. city ​​drops plan for ‘abortion provider appreciation day’ https://draftgore2008.org/virginia-city-drops-plan-for-abortion-provider-appreciation-day/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:01:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/virginia-city-drops-plan-for-abortion-provider-appreciation-day/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Tuesday 08 March 2022 The City Hall of Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. | Wikimedia Commons/Hermann Luyken The Washington, DC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia backed out of hosting “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” this Thursday following the refusal of the local Roman Catholic diocese. Mayor Justin Wilson, […]]]>
The City Hall of Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. |

The Washington, DC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia backed out of hosting “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” this Thursday following the refusal of the local Roman Catholic diocese.

Mayor Justin Wilson, a Democrat, unveiled a proclamation last week announcing his intention to make Thursday, March 10, an “abortion provider appreciation day” to “celebrate courage, compassion and high quality care. quality that abortion providers and clinic staff provide.”

While Alexandria is a majority Democratic city where more than 80% of residents who voted in the 2020 presidential election supported Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the plan to recognize “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” was strongly pushed back.

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington issued a statement condemning the proposal to celebrate abortion, which he described as a “direct and violent attack on human life”.

“Proposing a celebration of abortion and a ‘day of appreciation’ for those who destroy lives defies belief,” he said. “The city of Alexandria should rather do the opposite. It should celebrate all who save, protect and care for human life. It should redirect its focus to acknowledging and supporting both mothers and their children, as so many dedicated and compassionate people in Alexandria do every day.

Burbidge called on the people of Alexandria to “express their opposition to this proclamation”. St. Mary’s Basilica in Alexandria’s Old Town district shared the bishop’s statement on its website and provided a link to a form for residents to contact the mayor and city council members. The council was due to consider Wilson’s proclamation at a city council meeting on Tuesday.

Virginia’s oldest Roman Catholic Church provided a list of sample statements residents could include on the form, urging them to “take a strong stand for life!”

In addition, prominent conservatives living in Alexandria have also taken issue with the proposed “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.”

“My Democratic mayor and my city council celebrate people who kill babies,” said Mollie Hemingway, editor of The Federalist, tweeted. She called the proclamation “demonic.”

Mercedes Schlapp, another Alexandria resident who served as the White House’s director of strategic communications under former President Donald Trump, supported that “Mayor Justin Wilson is trying to divide our country”, insisting that “this action must be stopped”.

In an email obtained by The Daily Wire, Wilson announced that “This proclamation has now been removed from the agenda at my request.”

“The proclamation you refer to is part of a nationwide effort, timed to occur 29 years from the date of the murder of an OB-GYN in Florida, who was murdered for providing legal and safe health care services. “Wilson said.

Wilson began the proclamation last week by noting that March 10 marks the 29th anniversary of the murder of an abortion doctor “by a white supremacist anti-abortion extremist.” That doctor’s name was David Gunn, who was murdered by Michael Frederick Griffin in Pensacola, Florida in 1993.

The current file from Tuesday’s city council meeting contains a list of proclamations the legislature will consider. Agenda item #7, which previously included the proposed “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day,” reads: “This item has been removed from the record.”

Schlapp responded to development in a tweet on Friday.

“Glory to God,” she tweeted. “That’s why it’s so important to speak out against the left pushing a radical agenda even at the local level.”

In her proclamation last week, Wilson framed abortion as necessary “reproductive health care” that “must be accessible so people can make real decisions about their bodies, their lives and their futures.”

He lamented the “recent restrictions in some states” that “forced many family planning clinics to close” as well as the “recent gutting of the Title X program” that “further threatened access to abortion referrals.” and reproductive services and care. ”

The mayor also expressed concern that “the United States Supreme Court now contains a majority of justices who may fail to interpret the Constitution to protect the right to terminate a pregnancy and may overrule or severely limit Roe vs. Wade in 2022,” referring to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

He denounced the “threat to women’s reproductive rights” posed by the possible partial or complete reversal of deer as “a threat to women’s reproductive rights” and “therefore a threat to fundamental human rights”.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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Ukrainians victimized by bad US policy: Iran’s president https://draftgore2008.org/ukrainians-victimized-by-bad-us-policy-irans-president/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 06:25:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/ukrainians-victimized-by-bad-us-policy-irans-president/ “The Islamic Republic of Iran is against war and every day the war ends earlier, it is in the interests of nations, and the dangers, injuries and problems of the people are reduced,” said the Iranian President at a press conference. cabinet session on Sunday. “The Ukrainian people, like the Afghan, Yemeni and Iraqi people, […]]]>

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is against war and every day the war ends earlier, it is in the interests of nations, and the dangers, injuries and problems of the people are reduced,” said the Iranian President at a press conference. cabinet session on Sunday.

“The Ukrainian people, like the Afghan, Yemeni and Iraqi people, have been victims of the evil policy of the United States,” he added.

The President also commented on the latest developments in the negotiations on the lifting of sanctions in Vienna, saying: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the negotiating team are continuing the negotiations, but the government has nothing to do with the negotiations and does not the.”

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not Iran’s entire foreign policy, but it is seen as a problem in this area, Raisi noted.

“The secret of the government’s success over the past six months has been that it has treated all issues, including foreign policy, banking and oil issues, seriously and has not delayed any between them so that an agreement can be reached,” the president said. said, according to its official website.

Iran and the other participants in the JCPOA have been holding talks in Vienna since April last year with the aim of reviving the agreement by bringing the United States into full compliance.

The United States left the JCPOA in May 2018 under former President Donald Trump. The Vienna talks began on Trump’s successor Joe Biden’s promise to join the deal and repeal the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran. Biden, however, has so far failed to undo Trump’s own loss of Barack Obama’s Iran policy, which led to the JCPOA in June 2015.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on Dec. 27 with a focus on lifting all sanctions the United States had imposed on Iran following its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA. The United States is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its 2018 withdrawal from the Iran deal.

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Guarantees, 3 other issues still pending in Vienna talks: Source https://draftgore2008.org/guarantees-3-other-issues-still-pending-in-vienna-talks-source/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 07:42:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/guarantees-3-other-issues-still-pending-in-vienna-talks-source/ In comments late Friday, the knowledgeable source said that in addition to safeguards issues, there were at least three other pending issues in the Vienna talks. The comments came amid speculation fueled by U.S. and European officials and media that issues resolved in the Vienna talks and the final outcome of the JCPOA negotiations would […]]]>

In comments late Friday, the knowledgeable source said that in addition to safeguards issues, there were at least three other pending issues in the Vienna talks.

The comments came amid speculation fueled by U.S. and European officials and media that issues resolved in the Vienna talks and the final outcome of the JCPOA negotiations would hinge on the visit that the Director General of the International Peacekeeping Agency Atomic Energy (IAEA) is pay to Iran.

“The question of safeguards is one of the very important topics, because the logical approach of the (International Atomic Energy) Agency and the rational conduct of the P4+1 could play a significant role in the success of the negotiations. However, that is not the whole story and three other issues are also outstanding,” the source added.

The source went on to say that Iran showed maximum flexibility in the negotiations, and now the ball is in the court of the P4+1 whose logical decision will help the talks bear fruit.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi arrived in Tehran to hold talks with Iranian officials on continued technical cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the UN nuclear agency.

The visit comes as talks between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries aimed at reviving the 2015 agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), continue in Vienna.

Ahead of his trip to Tehran, the IAEA chief tweeted that his visit came at “a critical time but a positive outcome for everyone is possible”.

The Vienna talks began last April on the assumption that the United States, under the Joe Biden administration, is ready to repeal the so-called maximum pressure policy pursued by former President Donald Trump.

Tehran says it will settle for nothing less than the removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. He also wants guarantees that Washington will not abandon the deal again.

The United States left the JCPOA in 2018 and began implementing what it called the “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, depriving the country of the economic benefits of the agreement, including the lifting of sanctions, for which Iran had agreed. certain ceilings on its nuclear activities.

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Iran not hoping for miracle in Vienna talks: Raisi https://draftgore2008.org/iran-not-hoping-for-miracle-in-vienna-talks-raisi/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 06:49:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/iran-not-hoping-for-miracle-in-vienna-talks-raisi/ Speaking to reporters after a visit to the northern province of Golestan on Friday, Raisi said it was not possible to limit the country’s relations to a few countries. Highlighting his administration’s efforts to promote and strengthen ties with neighbors and countries in the region, the President stressed the need for balance in foreign relations. […]]]>

Speaking to reporters after a visit to the northern province of Golestan on Friday, Raisi said it was not possible to limit the country’s relations to a few countries.

Highlighting his administration’s efforts to promote and strengthen ties with neighbors and countries in the region, the President stressed the need for balance in foreign relations.

Lamenting his predecessor for his foreign policy orientation towards the West, the president said the country must move forward without depending on Western governments.

Commenting on the talks in Vienna to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Raisi said Iran had placed its hopes first on God and then on the people.

“We are not hoping for a miracle in Vienna. We are and will be after sanctions are lifted, but more importantly, we are pursuing the removal of sanctions,” he added.

Vienna talks between Iran and the other parties to the Iran deal began in April on the assumption that the United States, under the administration of Joe Biden, would be willing to join the JCPOA.

Former US President Donald Trump abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 seeking illegal “maximum pressure” sanctions against Iran.

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Truckers stop in Missouri on their long-haul freedom convoy | Politics https://draftgore2008.org/truckers-stop-in-missouri-on-their-long-haul-freedom-convoy-politics/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 03:12:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/truckers-stop-in-missouri-on-their-long-haul-freedom-convoy-politics/ United States flags fly in the wind as the popular convoy stops in St. Robert, Mo., Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. The convoy travels from the West Coast to the East Coast to protest vaccination mandates . Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com Colter Peterson ST. ROBERT, Mo. – As someone from the San Francisco Bay Area […]]]>





United States flags fly in the wind as the popular convoy stops in St. Robert, Mo., Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. The convoy travels from the West Coast to the East Coast to protest vaccination mandates . Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com


Colter Peterson


ST. ROBERT, Mo. – As someone from the San Francisco Bay Area who voted for Donald Trump and was not vaccinated against COVID-19, Marianne Pedley-McClintick knows what it’s like to to be in the minority.

Especially when it came to doing her old job as a telehealth nurse for Kaiser Foundation hospitals.

“I refused to take the hit and they fired me,” said Pedley-McClintick, 69.

The experience ultimately motivated her to travel to Southern California to cheer on the people’s convoy as it set off Wednesday for a cross-country trip to protest government excesses.

She didn’t count on joining the procession of big rigs for more than a day. But she said the energy of the movement – people shouting and waving flags from overpasses and along freeways – was captivating and alluring. Six days and 1,700 miles later, she and her two small dogs traveled to south-central Missouri, where she felt right at home.

“I’m so overwhelmed by the experience,” she said. “I am engaged now. I am fully committed. It’s so nice to be around like-minded people. It really is beyond the vaccine. It’s really fighting for the soul of democracy, for the soul of America as we knew it.

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The People’s Convoy is one of many trucker-led protests, and likely the largest, heading to the Washington, DC area this week. Not all succeeded. The “Freedom Convoy USA 2022”, which left California on Friday and was due to pass through Kansas City on Sunday evening, instead disbanded early Saturday morning as only five trucks showed up in Las Vegas.

The people’s convoy is presented as a “peaceful”, “unified” and “freedom-loving” movement that seeks to end the state of emergency involving COVID-19 mandates. It is not known how many vehicles are part of the convoy. Some said it stretched for miles, with gaps in between. There were drivers for the long journey, others just for the moment, during the day or in the afternoon.

At a rally stop in St. Robert on Monday, about 250 people gathered in front of a flatbed trailer to sing the national anthem and listen to some speeches before trucks, RVs and cars moved towards ballast. The convoy, which was to stop overnight in Cuba, Missouri, is expected to pass through St. Louis on Tuesday.

Leigh Dundas, a California lawyer and activist helping lead the convoy, told the crowd of “two years of hell” because of the closures.

“We are all essential,” she said to cheers. “And we have to get back to working and making this capitalist country what it has always been – a wonderful, God-loving, God-fearing economy that has just begun.”

She said the convoy is “100% committed” to carrying her message of “peace and unity” across the country so elected leaders can hear her better. She congratulated the people in the crowd and many others along the way who had supported them.

While American flags and Trump banners were all the rage (and at least one flag associated with the far-right “Three Percent” militia), Dundas pointed out that there were also gay pride flags in the mixed. She said there were fans of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, as well as “triple” vaccinated people who view the terms as “un-American.”

“I’ve only seen Americans praising these truckers on the road,” she told them.

Brian Brase said he was one of about 30 truckers who helped organize the convoy with organizations that “believe the message”. He said they are not “anti-vaxxers”, but rather strong supporters of freedom.

“It’s not a leftist problem. It’s not a good question. It’s an American problem,” Brase, 37, said to cheers. “Not only have we seen multiple violations of our constitutional rights, but globally we have seen violations of our God given rights Governments around the world are violating your human rights.

Brase, a “God-fearing, red-white, blue-blooded American” from Ohio, said he was taught to believe in democracy. He always does.

“It’s time to remind our government who they are working for,” he said to applause.

Eric Greitens, who resigned in 2018 following a scandal as governor of Missouri, would also like to convey this message to Washington. He is one of several GOP candidates in a crowded race for the US Senate. In a speech at the rally, he strayed from the theme of unity.

“You know what scares the left? he immediately asked the crowd. “You do. You know what scares bullies? You do. You know what scares the mainstream media with all their lies? We do. Let everyone know we are here to take back our country.”

When asked in an interview about his speech, Greitens said the left, which tries to silence people, is beyond party affiliation.

“We talk about leftism as a tyrannical movement,” he said. “And that’s why all these people are here. It is freedom against tyranny.

Ruben Carrion, 63, said in an interview that he was there for future generations. He came from Florida to join the convoy in St. Robert.

“It’s an American dream,” he said of driving his own truck, an orange Peterbilt 379 diesel with 3 million miles.

He says he grew up in a cabin in Panama without electricity. He started by cutting sugar cane, pulling a cart with cattle. He was a trucker in the United States for about four decades.

He said he didn’t like that his wife, who works at a county courthouse, had to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“She had no choice,” he said.

That’s part of the reason he likes driving a truck, but increasing government regulations don’t go down well. He said the country was going “very left-wing”.

He said he had three weeks to spend with the convoy. Then he has to get back to work.

“I’m nobody,” he said of the effort. “I’m just a trucker.”

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One move from Putin and behold: Western unity tightens overnight | National policy https://draftgore2008.org/one-move-from-putin-and-behold-western-unity-tightens-overnight-national-policy/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 16:04:34 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/one-move-from-putin-and-behold-western-unity-tightens-overnight-national-policy/ By RAF CASERT – Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — In a matter of days, Russian President Vladimir Putin achieved what remained out of reach for the European Union for many decades — jointly buying and sending weapons to a war zone — and restored something that was broken for years – trans-Atlantic unit. For years, […]]]>

By RAF CASERT – Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a matter of days, Russian President Vladimir Putin achieved what remained out of reach for the European Union for many decades — jointly buying and sending weapons to a war zone — and restored something that was broken for years – trans-Atlantic unit.

For years, Putin has been able to sit back and savor unseemly scenes of Western disunity – ranging from Britain’s Brexit exit from the EU in 2016, Hungary’s longstanding antipathy to its EU seat and , also, of the divide created by former President Donald Trump. which is far from completely healed under Joe Biden.

For Putin, the timing seemed perfect for his invasion of Ukraine, as it had the potential to open the cracks of division even further, with a war on the continent forcing everyone out of their diplomatic comfort zones.

“And just as Vladimir Putin thought he would destroy European unity, exactly the opposite has happened,” European Council President Charles Michel said in an interview with a small group of Europeans on Monday. journalists.

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“The cooperation is rock solid,” he said. “This is required by the circumstances of the story. Required by circumstances none of us could have imagined,” added Michel.

On Monday, Biden was leading another videoconference with the EU, Britain and other Western leaders to solidify a common set of sanctions of unprecedented scope and unity. Over the weekend, Brussels and Washington announced financial sanctions within minutes of each other, all targeting the central bank and cutting Russia off from much of the SWIFT international financial transaction system.

Together they closed their airspace to Russian planes, agreed on lists of Russian oligarchs to hit. Seeing the West merging instead of splitting apart, Putin on Monday picked up on the old lingo the West loved to use during the Cold War era of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.

Centering his anger on Washington, he described Western allies as “American satellites who humbly flatter him, bow down to him, copy his conduct and happily accept the rules he proposes to follow”.

“So it’s fair to say that the whole western bloc formed by the United States to their liking represents an empire of lies,” Putin said.

Western powers will take such unity as a compliment these days, and it was unheard of before Putin started massing troops on the Ukrainian border.

In particular, the position within the EU27 is a sea change that has been achieved in some ebb and flow.

“This is a watershed moment,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said following Sunday’s EU decision “to fund the purchase and delivery of weapons and other equipment to an attacked country”.

This is the same European Union based on a post-World War II peace project that would only turn swords into ploughshares to recreate a continent of welfare of unprecedented wealth. It was this same European Union that received the Nobel Peace Prize 10 years ago for what it could achieve without the use of weapons.

It’s also the same bloc that for years has touted the value of what it calls soft power – diplomacy, aid, cultural exchange – instead of the raw power that comes through the barrel of a rifle.

All that changed in just a week. Now, Michel says: “There is no room for weakness and we must be firm.”

Nowhere has the change been more pronounced than in Germany, the EU’s leading economic power, but also a country that has been reluctant to invest heavily in military might, largely because of its militaristic past that has led to the horror of World War II.

Germany has faced persistent criticism in recent years for failing to meet the NATO target of spending 2% of its gross domestic product on defence. On Sunday, however, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Germany would commit 100 billion euros ($113 billion) to a special fund for its armed forces and increase defense spending above 2% “from now, year after year”.

Scholz also flip-flopped on Germany’s refusal to export weapons to conflict zones, pledging to send anti-tank weapons and surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine.

“If our world is different, then our politics must be too,” Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said. The political U-turn was executed by a government led by centre-left Social Democrats sometimes criticized as soft on Russia and a Green party that has a pacifist heritage

This world has also changed for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban – often seen as Europe’s version of an autocratic leader not unlike Putin. For years he denounced the EU as indiscreet, was friends with Putin and was seen as someone who could break the bloc from within.

Especially since the EU sanctions against Russia require the unanimity of the 27, the time had come. Yet Hungary has aligned as much as the others on sanctions – within days.

“I spoke immediately with Viktor Orban when we faced this new situation and I can tell you that it was less difficult than expected to have the support of Hungary,” said Michel.

However, the war may still be in the early stages and tougher times could come with even bigger decisions to make, especially since Putin and his entourage have had time for many years to prepare for any eventuality.

“They have the ability to go on for a while despite the pain,” said Amanda Paul of the European Policy Center think tank. “So that means the West will have to be very engaged and very determined to keep pushing and pushing.”

Geir Moulson in Berlin, and Lorne Cook and Mark Carlson in Brussels, contributed to this report.

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Zelenskyy’s unlikely journey from comedy to warlord | National Policy https://draftgore2008.org/zelenskyys-unlikely-journey-from-comedy-to-warlord-national-policy/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 19:39:14 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/zelenskyys-unlikely-journey-from-comedy-to-warlord-national-policy/ JOHN DANISZEWSKI – Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When Volodymyr Zelenskyy was growing up in southeastern Ukraine, his Jewish family spoke Russian and his father once forbade young Zelenskyy from going to Israel to study abroad. Instead, Zelenskyy studied law at home. After graduating, he found a new home in film and comedy – […]]]>

JOHN DANISZEWSKI – Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When Volodymyr Zelenskyy was growing up in southeastern Ukraine, his Jewish family spoke Russian and his father once forbade young Zelenskyy from going to Israel to study abroad. Instead, Zelenskyy studied law at home. After graduating, he found a new home in film and comedy – exploding in the 2010s to become one of Ukraine’s top entertainers with the TV series ‘Servant of the People’.

In it, he portrays an adorable high school teacher who is fed up with corrupt politicians who accidentally becomes president.

A few years later, Zelenskyy is the real president of Ukraine. At times, as the Russian invasion approached, the comedian-turned-statesman had seemed incoherent, chastising the West for scaring one day and not doing enough the next. But his bravery and refusal to leave as rockets rained down on the capital also made him an unlikely hero for many around the world.

With a courage, good humor and grace under fire that has rallied his own and impressed his Western counterparts, the 44-year-old compact, dark-haired former actor has stuck around even though he says he has a target on his back from from Russian. invaders.

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After a US offer to transport him to safety, Zelenskyy fired back on Saturday: ‘I need ammunition, not a round,’ he said in Ukrainian, according to a senior US intelligence official. having direct knowledge of the conversation.

On Saturday, Russian forces surrounded Kiev on the third day of the war. The main goal, military observers say, is to reach the capital to depose Zelenskyy and his government and install someone more in line with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The boldness of Zelenskyy’s stand for Ukrainian sovereignty might not have been expected from a man whose greatest political responsibility for many years was a feeling that he was too inclined to seek a compromise with Moscow. He ran for office partly on a platform that he could broker peace with Russia, which seized Crimea from Ukraine and backed two pro-Russian breakaway regions in 2014, leading to a frozen conflict. which had killed about 15,000 people.

Although Zelenskyy succeeded in a prisoner exchange, reconciliation efforts have failed as Putin’s insistence on Ukraine departing from the West grows increasingly intense, portraying the government in Kiev as a nest extremism led by Washington.

Zelenskyy used his own story to demonstrate that his country is a land of possibilities, not the hateful politics of Putin’s imagination.

Despite Ukraine’s dark history of anti-Semitism, dating back centuries to Cossack pogroms and the collaboration of some anti-Soviet nationalists with the Nazi genocide during World War II, Ukraine after Zelenskyy’s election in 2019 has become the only country outside of Israel with both a president and prime minister who were Jewish. (Zelensky’s grandfather fought in the Soviet army against the Nazis, while another family died in the Holocaust.)

Like his TV character, Zelenskyy came to power in a landslide Democratic election, defeating a billionaire businessman. He promised to break the power of the corrupt oligarchs who had haphazardly controlled Ukraine since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

That this newcomer, campaigning mostly on social media, could come out of nowhere to claim the country’s highest office was likely troubling for Putin, who has slowly tamed and surrounded his own political opposition in Russia.

Putin’s main political rival, Alexei Navalny, also a comedian and anti-corruption campaigner, was poisoned by the Russian secret service in 2020 with a nerve agent applied to his underwear. He was fighting for his life when he was allowed, under international diplomatic pressure, to leave for Germany for medical treatment, and when doctors rescued him he chose to return to Russia despite certain risks.

Navalny, currently being held in a Russian prison, denounced Putin’s military operation in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy and Navalny seem to share a perspective that they have to face the consequences of their beliefs no matter what.

“It’s a scary experience when you come to visit the president of a neighboring country, your colleague, to support him in a difficult situation, (and) you hear from him that you may never see him again because he stay there and will defend his country until the end,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Friday.

He spent time with Zelenskyy on Wednesday just before the fighting began, one of several political leaders who have met with Ukraine’s president over the past month, including US Vice President Kamala Harris.

Zelenskyy first came to the attention of many Americans during the administration of President Donald Trump, who in a phone call with Zelenskyy in 2019 leaned on him to dig up dirt on the presidential candidate. Biden and his son Hunter who could help Trump’s re-election campaign. . This “perfect” phone call, as Trump later called it, resulted in Trump being impeached by the House of Representatives for using his office and threatening to withhold $400 million in authorized military support from Ukraine, for personal political purposes.

Zelenskyy declined to criticize Trump’s appeal, saying he did not want to get involved in another country’s politics.

Putin’s attack, which the Russian president called a “special military operation”, began early Thursday. Putin for months denied intending to invade and accused Biden of stoking war hysteria when Biden revealed the number of Russian troops and weapons. which had been deployed along Ukraine’s borders with Russia and Belarus – surrounding Ukraine on three sides.

Putin justified the attack by saying it was to defend two breakaway districts in eastern Ukraine from “genocide”.

With Russian media presenting such an image of his country, Zelenskyy recorded a message to Russians to refute the idea that Ukraine is the aggressor and that he is some kind of warmonger: “They told you that I I ordered an offensive on the Donbass, to fire, bombard, that there is no doubt about it. But there are questions, and simple ones. To fire on whom, to bombard what? Donetsk?

Recounting his many visits and his friends in the region – “I saw the faces, the eyes” – he said: “This is our land, this is our history. What are we going to fight for and with who ?”

Unshaven and in a khaki olive green shirt, he has recorded other messages to his compatriots on the Internet in recent days to boost morale and stress that he will not go anywhere, but will stay to defend Ukraine. “We are here. Honor to Ukraine,” he said.

In the run-up to the Russian invasion, Zelenskyy criticized President Joe Biden’s open and detailed warnings of Putin’s intentions, saying they were premature and could cause panic. Then, after the war began, he criticized Washington for not doing more to protect Ukraine, including defending it militarily or accelerating its NATO bid.

Zelenskyy and his wife, Olena, an architect, have a 17-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. He said this week that they had remained in Ukraine, not joining the exodus of refugees, mostly women and children, seeking safety abroad.

“The war transformed the former comedian from a provincial politician with delusions of grandeur into a true statesman,” Melinda Haring of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center for Foreign Affairs wrote on Friday.

While he could be faulted for not pushing through political reforms fast enough and dragging his feet on hardening Ukraine’s long border with Russia over the past year, Haring said, Zelenskyy “showed a stiff upper lip. He displayed enormous physical courage, refusing to sit in a bunker but openly traveling with soldiers, and an unwavering patriotism that few expected from a Russian-speaking Eastern Ukraineer.”

“To his great credit, he has been irremovable.”

Associated Press writer Monika Scislowska contributed to this report from Warsaw.

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