THE WESTMORELAND WATCHMAN
A PUBLICATION OF THE WESTMORELAND COUNTY CONSERVATIVE COALITION
VOLUME 11, NUMBER 7 www.conservativecoalitiononline.org NOV, 2019
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THE NOVEMBER MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
Due to some illness and other issues, we haven’t been able to hold a regular meeting since June. However, I hope that is all behind us now and we will be having one on Thursday, November 19th. The main agenda for the evening will be the showing of the powerful pro-life movie entitled, ‘UNPLANNED”, which is the true story of Abby Johnson. She was the director of a Planned Parenthood facility in TX for a number of years before the light turned on, and she finally realized the horror she was overseeing. This profound change in her life is a testimony to prayer and faith. Once you see this video, you will never think about abortion the same way. Even if you have seen this film in the theater, this is an excellent chance to view it again and bring some friends.
Since this film is about TWO hours long, we are going to begin it very shortly after 7:00 PM, and after a few quick announcements, I hope have you on your way home by 9:30 PM. As usual, we will be meeting at the “Warehouse” located on Boyd Road behind Cornerstone Ministries off Route 22 in Murrysville.
ALSO, EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL GIFT!
SUMMARY OF THE NOVEMBER 5TH ELECTION
The recent election caused a breath of fresh air to blow across the county as conservative Republicans garnered most of the key races. It appears the GOP used its new majority in registration to full advantage even though less than 40% of the electorate bothered to show up and vote. I hope the new Commissioners, Doug Chew and Sean Kertes, will bring bold ideas to the table to set Westmoreland on an upward trend. Also we were glad to see our friend Frank Schiefer regain his old seat as Recorder of Deeds. Victories by Jeff Balzar, Jared Squires and Sherry Hamilton covered the rest of the row offices as these incumbents have been doing an excellent job in their respective offices.
It was also a pleasant surprise to have State Representative Justin Walsh win one of the two positions for Common Pleas Court. He was outspent 5-1 by his opponent but was able to pull off a well earned victory.
The only major defeat was that of Sheriff Jonathan Held, who has been attacked on many fronts for the last few years by both sides of the aisle. We wish him well on future endeavors and pray that all the charges against him are found to be false and that he can move on with his life in an orderly fashion. Jonathan was one of the original Tea Party members and was strong on the second Amendment and law enforcement in general.
In scanning the county-wide results, there were at least 10 races that were decided by 5 votes or less, giving credence to the old adage, “Every vote counts!” In North Huntingdon, a Republican won a commissioner spot by TWO votes, and a city council position in Irwin was captured by only THREE votes by the Republican. This certainly doesn’t mean that every Republican is conservative, but it shows more people are thinking and shedding off the old party line vote. This will be even more important in 2020 when we go all out to re- elect President Trump.
As you recall, Western PA was instrumental in giving him PA, and we must do even better next year. I think we came in with about 67% of the county going for him in 2016. Of course that included many registered Democrats being fed up with Hillary and the whole leftist agenda she represented. Based on the lunatics and their platforms running this time for the Dems, we should be able to get nearly 80% for Trump and he’ll need every vote to offset the irregularities that occur in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia every election.
We are also looking forward to the opening of the TRUMP HOUSE in a few months. That will be able to provide all the materials needed to spread the “Keep America Great” message! Enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and then buckle up for a wild ride in 2020!
THE FORTHCOMING IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS
The circus began on November 13th—I hope a very unlucky day for the swine in the Democratic party, namely Adam Schiff and his lackeys. The absurd nature of these wild charges against Trump and his administration are beyond belief. The dictatorial methods by Schiff are right out of the Communist playbook with secret hearings and the opposition being stonewalled at every turn. Schiff has shown his total disregard for the law and decency with his heavy-handed tactics. One day he talks of “bomb shell” testimony and the next day that witness fades into the sunset as what was leaked indicates that person is not giving the “right” answers to convict Trump of wrong doing. The crown jewel of the impeachment victory seemingly was going to be presented by the infamous “whistle-blower”. Now that he has been outed as a former Democratic operative and associate of Sleepy Joe Biden, his credibility is being seriously questioned even before the hearings begin. Former State Department officials and ambassadors likewise have given conflicting testimony and the various phone calls offer no evidence of quid-pro-quo agreements. The Dems keep talking about obstruction of justice, cover-ups and collusion. The father/son tag team of the Biden clan have obvious connections with the Ukraine, not to mention their dealing with red China, yet the Media lapdogs ignore those proven indiscretions. I hope the Jim Jordans, Doug Collins and Devin Nunnes of the GOP will expose this fraud and hoax before more valuable time in this Congressional year is wasted.
Every day I pray that God will confuse and confound the enemy—may that prayer be answered now and in 2020 as the American people are so fed up that they give the House back to the GOP!
ANOTHER ICON BITES THE DUST
Last month, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland died. It was his Baltimore District that was called a rathole. When Trump said so, he was called a racist, etc. for maligning poor Elijah. I think my house is bugged as when he died I said to Carolyn, “They’ll blame his death on Trump because he caused Elijah to have undue trauma for his rathole remarks.” Sure enough, Elijah’s widow said that very thing at his funeral. The Media referred to Elijah as an “icon”. That is true—his whole life was devoted to “conning” the people with fake promises, thus earning the title “I Con”!
THE FOLLOWING SPEECH ON RELIGIOUS LIBERY WAS GIVEN BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE UNITED NATIONS IN OCTOBER. WHAT A POWERFUL READ!
“Today, it’s a true honor to be the first President of the United States to host a meeting at the United Nations on religious freedom. It’s long overdue and I was shocked when I learned that I would be the first one to do so. That’s very sad, in many ways and it’s great to be with you. I want to thank Vice President Pence for the outstanding job he’s doing. He has been a fantastic and valuable representative of our country.
Likewise, Secretary Mike Pompeo, Ambassador Kelly Craft, Secretary Ross, Secretary Mnuchin, Ambassador Sam Brownback all for joining us today. And we have other representatives of our cabinet in the room. We’ve done a lot.
The Johnson Amendment doesn’t get spoken about enough, but I’m very proud to say that we have obliterated the Johnson Amendment within our country so that now we can listen to the people that we want to listen to—religious leaders—without recrimination against them. It’s a very important thing, and I said that at the beginning and I say it now: it’s something I’m very proud of.
The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government—they come from God. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Our founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous and virtuous society that the right to follow one’s religious convictions.
Regrettably, the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world. Approximately 80% of the world’s population live in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted or even banned. And when I heard that number, I said, “Please go back and check that number because it can’t possibly be correct”. But sadly, it was true.
As we speak, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddists, Hindus, Sikhs, Yazidis and many other people of faith are being jailed, sanctioned, tortured and even murdered, often at the hands of their own government, simply for expressing their deeply held religious beliefs. So hard to believe.
Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution. To stop the crimes against people of faith, release prisoners of conscience, repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief, protect the vulnerable, the defenseless and the oppressed. America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts.
As President, protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities and always has been. Last year, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, hosted the first-ever Ministerial to Advance International Religious Freedom. In this year’s ministerial, Secretary Pompeo announced plans to create the International Religious Freedom Alliance—an alliance of like-minded nations devoted to confronting religious persecution all around the world.
I’ve appointed a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. We’re standing up for almost 250 million Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. It is estimated that eleven Christians are killed every day for following—I mean, just think of this—eleven Christians a day, for following the teachings of Christ. Who would even think that’s possible in this day and age?
With us today is Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned in Turkey for a long period of time. Last year, my administration was thrilled to bring him home after a very short and respectful negotiation with President Erdogan of Turkey. I called the President, and said, ‘He’s an innocent man”. They’ve been trying to get Andrew out for a long time—the previous administration. I don’t think they tried too hard, unfortunately. But I want to thank President Erdogan and I want to thank you, Pastor, for being with us here today.
And I want to thank Franklin Graham because he’s been so instrumental in everything we are doing. He has done such an incredible job in so many different ways, including floods and hurricanes. And every time I go, I see Franklin there. He’s always there before me. I’m going to beat him one day, but he’s always at these places of—really disaster areas. He’s right there with an incredible, large staff of volunteers that are just amazing. Thank you very much.
In July I met with survivors of religious persecution at the White House. And we’re honored that many of them could be here today as well. Some of these individuals suffered as a result of state-sponsored persecution; others, at the hands of terrorists and criminals. No matter the case, America will always be a voice for victims of religious persecution everywhere. No matter where you go, you have a place in the United States of America.
In recent times, the world has also witnessed devastating acts of violence in sacred places of worship. In 2016, an 85 year old Catholic priest was viciously killed while celebrating mass in Normandy, France. In the past year, the United States endured horrifying anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish Americans at synagogues in Pittsburgh and California. In March, Muslims praying with their families were sadistically murdered in New Zealand. On Easter Sunday this year, terrorists bombed Christian churches in Sri Lanka, killing hundreds of faithful worshippers. Who would believe this is even possible.
These evil attacks are a wound on all humanity. We must all work together to protect communities of every faith. We’re urging every nation to increase prosecution and punishment of crimes against religious communities. There can be no greater crime than that. This includes measures to prevent the intentional destruction of religious sites and relics. Today, the Trump administration will dedicate an additional $25 million to protect religious freedom and religious sites and relics.
Too often, people in positions of power preach diversity while silencing, shunning or censoring the faithful. True tolerance means respecting the right of all people to express their deeply held religious beliefs.
Before I conclude, I want to once again thank all of the survivors in the room for their courage and resilience. You’re an inspiration to the world. You remind us that no force on Earth is stronger than the faith of religious believers. The United States of America will forever remain at your side and the side of all who seek religious freedom.
Today, I ask all nations to join us in this urgent moral duty. We ask the governments of the world to honor the eternal right of every person to follow their conscience, live by their faith and give glory to God. The United States has a vital role in this critical mission.
So I want to thank everybody for being here. God bless you. God bless the faithful and God bless America. Thank you very much.”
Reprinted for the November issue of Decision magazine.