“The Federal Rules of Evidence can be invoked by the Senate upon a majority vote...it could actually be done by Mitch McConnell himself.”
So said Gregg Jarrett, FOX News legal analyst and author of WITCH HUNT, in an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday night. Rules of evidence are exactly what the Schiff hearings have been lacking:
During the House “inquiry,” the Federal Rules of Evidence are being tossed out the window, and it can’t be stopped because the Constitution is silent about what rules the congressional majority can choose to follow during an impeachment hearing. You’d think the founders would have at least guaranteed the same rights for the accused that the Bill of Rights proscribes. Maybe they just assumed these rights WOULD apply; if so, they never counted on THIS power-mad group running the show.
In Adam Schiff’s court, witnesses are “auditioned” behind closed doors. The Intel Committee chairman will deny any question or witness he wants to, shut down a member of Congress entirely, ignore any evidence inconsistent with his narrative, and admit any “evidence” he deems helpful, even opinion and hearsay, regardless of whether it would be admissible in a court of law. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life; it truly is a kangaroo court. If someone’s testimony might damage the President, Schiff says, “Bring it on!” He doesn’t care what it does to legal precedent as long as it helps him and his cohorts get the President --- or, in a show of political theater, at least makes it LOOK as though they’re getting the President.
A Big Mistake Christians Make In Politics
I’m a follower of Jesus and though I am far from perfect on that path, I truly am grateful for the grace of God in my life. I’ve also been in the political arena for almost 30 years and I get questioned or even challenged often about reconciling living in the kingdom of God with living in the rough, sometimes savage world of the kingdom of politics & government. Sometimes, the questions are honest and simple, such as “how can you be a Christian and engage in something as mean and vicious as politics?” And then there are the people who usually admit they aren’t even believers, but who blast me on social media platforms like Twitter and seek to shame me by saying something I’ve said or done “isn’t very Christian.”
Well, determining something to be Christian or not isn’t the responsibility of some Twitter troll who believes they rattle me by questioning the authenticity of my faith. Sorry, Charlie, but you’re fishing in the Dead Sea! God knows me inside and out and is uniquely qualified to rebuke me, correct me, or even discipline me. The petty and often petulant grievances of some twit typing out his tantrums while sitting in his Snoopy pajamas in his Mama’s basement doesn’t disturb me. God gets my attention. The angry, irrational bile coming from someone hiding behind a juvenile “internet name” doesn’t cause me to curl up in a fetal position and meow like a house-cat set outside in the cold.
And for those who think Christians in politics shouldn’t fight back and should be sweet, smiling, and sugary, let me explain something. If a Christian plays in the NFL, he hits people. Hard. He tackles, he blocks, he runs over people. If he doesn’t, he won’t even start on a junior high team, much less make it to the NFL. Because in the arena of football, it’s just a rough game. If a Christian plays in the NBA, he will fight for every rebound, use his elbows to keep the ball, and run over people in the lane to get the shot, because in the arena of basketball, that’s how it’s played.
And in the game of politics, there are no prizes for 2nd place; everyone does NOT get a trophy, and you have to play hard and fight hard because the issues matter. Sure, you play within the rules and you don’t cheat, lie, or hit below the belt. But the football player unwilling to hit hard won’t be in the game long. And the candidate who doesn’t fight for every inch of turf doesn’t belong in the game, because like it or not, that’s the arena in which we play.
One doesn’t have to be unnecessarily rough, mean, or vicious, but don’t play politics if you can’t stand to see your own blood, or can’t accept being hit from behind. It’s a full contact sport played without pads. Not for the faint of heart. The Christian in the NFL or NBA plays hard and plays to win, but hopefully plays ethically. The Christian in politics shouldn’t lie, steal, or cheat, but can’t pretend the game is without conflict and contact.
Taking a stand for the sanctity of life, for Biblical marriage, or for the treatment of the poor may take some tough tactics. Doesn’t mean you aren’t a Christian if you play for keeps. It means you aren’t much of a Christian if the outcome means so little to you that you’d rather be popular with your opponents than to win the issues.
But wasn’t Jesus nice? Of course, but he also called his opponents snakes a vipers and even turned over tables in the Temple to protest exploitation of gullible people. It’s okay to hate politics, but it’s not okay to pretend you’re in the game when you don’t have the courage to play to win.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
READER COMMENT OF THE DAY
On the impeachment "inquiry," from Robbie:
I am not watching it. I just wait for your comments as I don't have the stomach for it. I would need a whole bottle of Xanax to calm down if I had to listen to that all day.
From the Gov:
I don't think even that would do it. My researchers are demanding hazard pay.
The latest example of “Everything Trump Does Is an OUTRAGE!” involves the criticism of his weekend pardons of two Army veterans accused of war crimes. Their defenders say they were defending themselves on the battlefield (one was charged with war crimes for killing an alleged Taliban bomb maker.)
At the link, Matt Margolis of PJ Media offers some more details, along with a few examples of people who got pardons from Barack Obama that liberals didn’t get OUTRAGED over in the least.
Speaking of Barack Obama, even President “Fundamentally Transform America” is worried that the current pack of Democratic President candidates are so far-left that they’re unelectable. At a meeting of the Democracy Alliance in DC, Obama said average Americans want to see things improved, they don’t want revolutionaries vowing to tear down the whole system and rebuild it.
Now, I don’t know if Obama really is alarmed by how far off the leftward deep end his party has dived, or if he wishes they’d just move slower or keep their traps shut about their real intentions until they actually get into power. But one thing that’s undeniable is that he does know how to win a national election. So, how did the “progressives” in his party receive his wise advice?
If you guessed that they mocked him, claimed he didn’t know what he was talking about, and pressed the gas pedal even harder toward the leftward cliff, then you win a toy unicorn! They even created a mocking hashtag (the only thing most of them have ever created) of #TooFarLeft, attached to tweets like “I’m #TooFarLeft because I oppose injustice, inequality and violence!”
No, you’re #TooFarLeft because you support using violence to silence anyone who disagrees with your crazy plans to destroy the economy with open borders and unlimited government spending.
Yeah, yeah, I know: I’m #TooFarRight because I read what you actually say and quote you accurately.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
- John 11:25-26
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