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Thursday, November 23rd, 2017Last Update: Sunday, November 5th, 2017 11:44:31 PM

The Federal Page for Fall 2017

By: Theodore King

Trans Ban

Last summer I reported on an amendment proposed by Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler of Missouri to the National Defense Authorization Act, which funds the Department of Defense, that would ban sex change surgeries for members of the armed forces. It was defeated 214 to 209. Twenty-four Republicans (none from Oklahoma) joined Democrats in blocking this common sense amendment. As we were going to press with the summer issue, President Trump sent a message out on Twitter that transsexuals would no longer be admitted to the armed forces, and in late August he signed a directive banning transsexuals from serving. This was a good move, one he took because Congress refused to act the right way on something so sensible. Sex change surgeries cost taxpayers about $100,000 a surgery. Moreover, transsexuals are weird “headcases” unfit to serve.

The Little Sisters of the Poor Win!

On Friday, October 6, President Trump scrapped the most controversial provision in the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the contraception mandate, as it applies to religious organizations. The mandate required insurers to provide contraceptives and abortion inducing drugs for employees regardless of their employers’ religious or moral beliefs. Failure to comply would result in steep fines. This led to a lawsuit filed by a Catholic order of nuns, The Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate nursing homes. They did not want to comply because of their objections to abortion and contraception. This October 6 decision on the contraceptive mandate follows an executive order in May regarding religious liberty that instructed the Department of Health and Human Services to re-examine the mandate. It is still in place, but will no longer apply to organizations that have a religious or moral objection.

Defending Trump and Confronting Antifa

After the white nationalists’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past August over a planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee and the riot by communist agitators that ensued, President Trump used his bully pulpit to tell the truth about what happened that Saturday since the press was determined to mislead the public regarding the role of the communist agitators called Antifa or anti-fascists. It was a great performance on his part that made weakling Republicans uneasy. Trump said much of the trouble was caused by these Antifa counter demonstrators who brought clubs and other weapons, which the press chose not to report. Fools like Utah Senator Orrin Hatch even applauded the deeds of Antifa that day, saying his brother fought in World War II to confront Nazis.

I don’t defend the ideas of neo-Nazis – they do not help in the defense of maintaining monuments to the Confederacy – but I do defend their legal right to say the awful things they say. I also defend the right of so-called anti-fascists to counter demonstrate. My only objection to what President Trump said was that there were “good people on both sides” of that debacle. Neo-Nazis, white nationalists or whatever they wish to be called, are irrelevant. They are few in number and are watched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Justice Department also needs to keep a watch on the “anti-fascists” or Antifa. They are dangerous and would hang all of us, including Orrin Hatch, from lamp posts and happily watch us die if they had their way. Recently, an Antifa group took to social media to call for defacing statues of Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day. That’s inciting criminal behavior and needs to be stopped. Antifa has called for civil disruption in our major cities beginning November 4.

If you think you may go to an event they choose to disrupt, bring a can of pepper spray with you. These bad people cover their faces, but they don’t cover their eyes. As bad as they are, they have the right to protest, scream, and yell obscenities, but when they throw a punch or a rock, that’s a different matter.

Nathan Dahm for District One

Self three terms-limited First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine has been selected by President Trump to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which means, if confirmed by the Senate, and he will be, that Bridenstine will be departing his office in Congress before his third term ends next year. There are several Republican candidates running to fill his seat, and all of them appear to be fine candidates. The best one is Broken Arrow State Senator Nathan Dahm. Unlike the others, Nathan Dahm has a record, and it’s excellent. In what was the worst year for conservatism in the Oklahoma Legislature this year, Nathan Dahm had a perfect 100 percent Conservative voting record according to Oklahoma Conservative Index published by this newspaper. His average over the past five years is 98 percent. I’ve contributed to his campaign, and I hope you will support his candidacy to the U.S. House of Representatives and voting for him if you live in his district. Nathan Dahm is a fitting successor to Jim Bridenstine.

Congressional Stalemate

The 10 months of the Trump administration have been a flurry of activity and controversies, some of them self-inflicted. Congress, on the other hand, has been in a stalemate: no repeal of Obamacare, no tax reform, no border wall or immigration reform – nothing! The Republicans control the White House and the House of Representative and the Senate. While the House has passed some legislation, the Senate has intentionally stalled. If they cannot enact some legislation in the next few months, the Republicans will lose control over the House and perhaps the Senate. The clock is ticking.

“If you are litigating against nuns, you’ve probably done something wrong,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz speaking in Tulsa in August 2015 referring to the Little Sisters of the Poor.

About Theodore King

Theodore J. King is an Oklahoma native who graduated from Northeastern State University in 1996. He spent a summer at the Republican National Committee in 1994, worked at the National Right to Work Committee, and spent time working on the Hill in Washington D.C. In 1999, he was a temporary employee with Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas and later worked for the Media Research Center in Alexandria, Virginia. He served as our Washington D.C. correspondent for our From Washington page before returning to Oklahoma in 2001, and continues his reports with The Federal Page. He recently authored a book, The War on Smokers and the Rise of the Nanny State, which is now available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million and iUniverse. You may contact him at: theodoreking@juno.com

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