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WILKES-BARRE, PA- It must be difficult to be the lame duck governor of a state which has turned from one of the most beautiful states in the nation to a crime-infested, third-world craphole. Such is the case for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Poor old Tom is really upset.
No, not by the record number of murders and violent felonies being committed in the city of Philadelphia.
Poor Tom has his panties in a bunch because members of the Pennsylvania State Police had the audacity to take a picture with the only president in the past 14 years who supports police officers—former President Donald Trump, Gateway Pundit reports.
Wolf’s outrage is actually quite hilarious, and one might say is payback for his decision in June 2020 to throw the Keystone State’s police officers under the bus in order to virtue signal over the demise of George Floyd. In fact, Wolf even advocated defunding the police, pushing several “reforms” to do just that.
To add injury to insult, Wolf accused police officers of abuse, criminal actions and unprofessional conduct. In other words, he channeled his inner Joe Biden. The next time you hear President Trump say such about law enforcement will be the first time.
At the time Wolf proposed undermining law enforcement, then-president of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, David Kennedy lit Wolf up, slamming his proposals.
“What Gov. Wolf is saying today is the Pennsylvania State Police, and all law enforcement in our commonwealth, are no better than those charged with Mr. Floyd’s death. This was clear when he ignored his own order and marched in Harrisburg this week during a pandemic with people holding signs that read, ‘Blue Lives Murder’…
“So here is a message to the people of Pennsylvania: Troopers go to work every day knowing they may not return home to our loved ones.”
Wolf was of course one of a number of leftist governors who imposed draconian COVID mandates on the peons, aka taxpayers, while justifying protests…many which became violent and turned into riots…in the name of “social justice.”
Now, just over two years later, poor old Wolfie is really upset that police officers showed up last week to support President Trump at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, which drew an estimated 10,000 supporters inside the venue and hundreds more outside. In other words, about one-hundred times the number Joe Biden gets at an event packed with union members and others forced to be there, including on-duty cops.
That fact was laid bare earlier in the same week, when old Sleepy had trouble filling a high school gym, also in Pennsylvania, and with paid operatives to boot.
Wolf is apoplectic that some troopers had the nerve to sit with Trump, a president who openly and lovingly supported the men and women in blue. So angry was the bearded wonder that he’s opened an investigation.
As reported by PennLive:
Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is “looking into the matter” after former President Donald Trump published a photo of himself posing with dozens of uniformed State Police troopers on his social media website when the picture was supposed to be private.
Wolf’s press secretary Elizabeth Rementer told PennLive “according to PSP, this was a private photo opportunity with the former president and it was not approved for use by the former president for public purposes.”
Wolf appoints the police commissioners who oversee the state police.
The photo shows Trump standing in the middle of 31 uniformed troopers, and five men in plainclothes, and includes a Pennsylvania State Police banner for Troop P Wilkes-Barre.
As of Thursday, the photo was at the top of Trump’s “Truth Social” website, which has more than 4 million followers. Trump, who was banned from Twitter, uses the account to attack his political enemies and share polls that support his potential presidential candidacy in 2024.
His former deputy chief of staff, Dan Scavino Jr., also promoted the photo on Twitter after the Sept. 3 rally to his minions of followers.
It was shared thousands of times on Twitter after a former federal prosecutor posted it, sparking outrage from people who questioned the propriety of troopers posing in the same photo with Trump on the campaign trail. Most police departments have policies forbidding political activity.
That didn’t seem to prevent Biden from using uniformed police officers as convenient props when he appeared in Pennsylvania the same week.
Just waiting to see the leftist talking heads on CNN and MSNBC find some law or other legal reason that Trump should be locked up for life for posting the picture on Truth Social. They’re pretty good at making stuff up.
For more on the failed governor of Pennsylvania, we invite you to:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized- The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
No person…[shall be]…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…- The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial…and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.- The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Read the above three amendments to the constitution closely. They are among the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, each considered so important and vital that they are included in the Bill of Rights.
Yet in states across the country and in the United States Senate, legislation is being considered that stomps on all three of those rights under the guise of so-called “Red Flag” laws.
One such proposal is being floated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has the undying support of leftist lunatic Gov. Tom Wolf. In fact, Wolf posted an infographic which shows exactly how much of an attack on our constitutional rights such proposals are.
In the infographic, it talks about how posting pictures of guns with “undefined” cryptic messages would start a chain of events which would lead to a fictional character named “Randy” having his firearms confiscated not based on probable cause but on a complaint from a random citizen named “Jane.”
How it works is as follows:
- Jane’s social media contact, Randy, posts photos of guns & cryptic messages [emphasis added]
- Jane calls the police to report the posts
- The police petition in court [based on hearsay] to temporarily remove Randy’s guns
- Police provide evidence that Randy is [allegedly] a danger to himself/others
- The court agrees to a temporary removal of Randy’s weapons [emphasis added]
Red flag laws allow us to take action when someone who has a gun begins to act erratically.
Red flag laws still require due process, and any removal of weapons is temporary. pic.twitter.com/IVPHgbrvhD
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 16, 2022
Wolf of course thinks this scenario is simply peachy.
“Red flag laws allow us to take action when someone who has a gun begins to act erratically,” Wolf posted, which could include posts on social media.
“Red flag laws still require due process, and any removal of weapons is temporary,” Wolf continued.
Claiming “due process” is included in red flag laws is a crock. In such scenarios, the accused must petition the court after his guns are confiscated and you can bet that once the government has guns in their possession, it will be difficult if not impossible to get them back. So yes, “officially” there is a “due process” procedure and “officially” it is only “temporary.”
Wolf also doesn’t address the fact that in a number of the mass shootings that is spurring the hysteria to “do something,” law enforcement…in particular federal law enforcement…was in touch with the shooters, or at least was aware of some “issues.”
Wolf is unhappy that Republicans in Pennsylvania’s House Judiciary Committee refused to rubber stamp the bills, which he referred to as “commonsense” bills addressing gun violence in the state.
It is unknown if Wolf has been equally as critical of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, who has turned the city’s district attorney’s office into a revolving door of criminals being let out with nary a slap on the wrist. If anything is feeding the state’s gun violence issues it’s the ineptitude of Krasner.
Instead, Republicans referred the bills to another committee, which sent the feckless Wolf into a hissy fit.
“Shameful. That’s what I’d call today’s action—or rather, inaction,” Wolf said.
“Lawmakers have an opportunity to take commonsense steps, which the majority of Pennsylvanians support. Instead of taking a vote to advance these bills, they are just delaying debate on this legislation. Gun violence won’t delay. Every day the Republicans stall, more people are at risk.
“This isn’t just a ‘Philadelphia’ issue. This is a statewide and national issue that must be addressed. It’s reprehensible that Republicans continue to stall when our own constituents want this addressed right now,” Wolf complained.
“I urge Republicans to stop these tactics and take action.”
Last week, Wolf sent a letter to members of the committee calling for them to approve the four bills as they are.
“I have committed to doing everything I can to bring peace to our communities, but ultimately, sensible gun laws save lives, and the General Assembly must act to make statutory changes,” Wolf wrote. “Communities across the commonwealth—urban, suburban, and rural—have experienced the horror of gun violence. We must do our part to prevent these tragedies.”
Yes, because clearly, gang-bangers in Philadelphia will obey gun laws just like they obey laws against things like say, murder.
Wolf’s letter alleged the proposed bills are not intended to take guns away from law-abiding citizens, however, doesn’t explain how social media posts with pictures of guns, such as shown in the infographic, could be illegal.
“If the aforementioned bills became law, they would not infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners. This is not about taking guns away from those who lawfully own and operate them, it’s about ensuring guns are appropriately locked up and kept out of the hands of those who are more apt to cause harm.”
Wolf concluded, “We can no longer afford to do nothing. Every day that we delay, lives are on the line. Pennsylvanians are counting on you.”
The fact of the matter is, the laws Wolf is referring to will have zero effect on the overall crime rate in the Keystone State. People will continue to die on the streets of Philadelphia and the only ones being punished are lawful gun owners. Period.
For a previous red flag post by our esteemed writer Mitch McKinley, we invite you to:
BALTIMORE, MD – In the wake of the horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York last weekend, many people are asking questions. Questions like:
Could this have been prevented?
In an attempt to answer that last one, CBS Baltimore’s Mike Hellgren made the approach from the angle of red flag laws.
As he pointed out, numerous states, like Maryland, have implemented red flag laws that allow law enforcement to remove legally owned guns from individuals that are deemed to be threats to themselves and others. These Extreme Risk Protection Orders also make it difficult for some people to acquire weapons.
And all of that for the low, low price of violating the 5th amendment and denying these citizens the right to due process.
According to Cornell Law School:
“The [due process] clause promises that before depriving a citizen of life, liberty or property, government must follow fair procedures. Thus, it is not always enough for the government just to act in accordance with whatever law there may happen to be.
Citizens may also be entitled to have the government observe or offer fair procedures, whether or not those procedures have been provided for in the law on the basis of which it is acting. Action denying the process that is “due” would be unconstitutional.”
So, constitutionally speaking, red flag laws must follow either substantive or procedural due process. They are not to be executed on a whim or an opinion, without probable cause or evidence.
But that is exactly what laws like those in Maryland do. The circumvent the Constitution in the name of safety.
Those impacted by the laws are not allowed to defend themselves and go through an investigative process. They are not allowed to face their accuser. They simply have the government infringe on the only Constitutionally protected right that states that the government shall not infringe on.
The man who carried out the heinous act of killing 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket in what is believed to be a racially motivated act, was taken into custody last year after he threatened to shoot up his school. He went through a mental evaluation.
And yet, he was cleared in the system to be able to legally purchase the weapon he used in the mass slaying.
“This defendant had been interviewed by a mental health professional and professional who deemed him to be not dangerous or not at risk,” Broome County District Attorney Michael Korchak said. “He was released to the custody of his parents and returned home. He was actually cleared and went back to school and participated in his high school graduation.”
As a result of the actions the shooter carried out, Governor Kathy Hochul is now requiring state police to file an “extreme risk” order of protection when they encounter anyone they believe to be a risk to themselves or others. So much for that whole due process thing.
So, through this all, there are many who believe that the issue here is how this individual carried out his devious plan. They are focusing on the tools rather than the mindset and ideology behind such an act.
If this young man did what he did for the reasons that are being reported, he is a hate-filled and depraved individual. His hatred would have fueled him to do something, regardless of the tools available.
If he were not allowed to purchase or possess guns, he may have obtained them illegally. He could have driven a car into a crowd. He could have used a knife or created an explosive device. The means and the methods are simply that, means and methods.
For someone who is entrenched in such a hateful core belief, it is the end result that matters, the tools are simply a means to an end.
If we want to discuss the best ways to eradicate hateful ideologies, let’s have that conversation. But let’s have it from a realistic standpoint. Most of us agree that this world would be a better place of racism didn’t exist, in any form or from any direction.
We cannot simply listen to the Biden administration of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who both claim that they biggest threat to our way of life domestically is white supremacist groups.
This is, of course, coming from two groups that still believe that Antifa is not an actual thing, and that labeling it as hate group or extremist group is dangerous and threatens civil liberties.
You know, burning down buildings, violently attacking police, shining lasers in the eyes of law enforcement and vandalizing homes and businesses owned by the very community members that they claim to be standing up for, all while calling it peaceful protests.
They both stand behind the notion that doing such a thing makes no sense.
SPLC asserts that while Antifa may resort to “skirmishes and property crimes, their actions to not rise to the level of “lethal violence” often seen from far-right groups. Here is an excerpt from a 2020 article published on their website as it relates to race-based grassroots organizations like BLM.
“…the FBI identified a category called ‘Black Identity Extremists’ as a threat to law enforcement, specifically in response to police brutality against African Americans. The euphemism can be understood as an attempt to criminalize a broad set of organizations and grassroots movements advocating for the human rights and civil liberties of black people — most notably Black Lives Matter.
Such designations are used to instill fear, discredit legitimate protests and serve as justification for surveillance and the further use of militarized force against citizens by police. The communities that are already overpoliced and have a disproportionate number of victims of officer misconduct suffer the most from the expansion of federal terrorism powers.”
Have they printed retractions or edits in the nearly two years since this was written?
Of course not. Yet, only 6 days after it was written, Antifa members created an autonomous zone in Seattle. The made it unsafe for law enforcement to be in the area, even chasing them from a local precinct building.
They interfered with emergency services when they responded to call for assistance due to injuries in the area. They repeatedly attacked people who disagreed with their beliefs and actions. People were killed.
They even extorted local residence and business owners, charging them to receive protection for them very same people who were providing the protection.
Yet, SPLC would have you believe that the only real domestic terrorists in the country are all white supremacists. Categorizing any other group as such is purely a political move by the right.
But what would you expect from a group that literally says on their website:
“Extremists in the U.S. come in many different forms – white nationalists, anti-LGBTQ zealots, racist skinheads, neo-Confederates and more.”
Following that link, we find that they expand the list further, creating the following categories:
Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, White Nationalist, Racist Skinhead, Christian Identity, Neo-Confederate, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-LGBTQ and Anti-Muslim.
Why do they no longer list groups as Black Separatist?
Buckle up for the answer.
“In pursuit of a more accurate and more just hate map, the Intelligence Project (IP) collapsed the Black Separatist listing. We will still monitor these groups, but we will be transferring them to other hate ideologies, including antisemitism, that better describe the harm they inflict.
This comes after extensive consultation with internal and external experts. A change in the way the map is structured will better capture the power dynamics endemic to white supremacy. Black separatist groups are listed on the SPLC’s hate map because they propagate antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ and male supremacist views, not because they oppose a white supremacist power structure.”
The italics were added to highlight certain aspects of the statement.
You read that right. They wanted the map to be more just and more accurate. So, instead of providing assistance in fighting these ideologies, they just arbitrarily decided to remove groups for the sake of being fair and just.
Yet on their own website, they list the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense as “a bigoted, anti-white, antisemitic Black Nationalist group.”
So SPLC, which is it?
The reality is, the SPLC is pushing a very specific narrative.
Yet through it all, millions of Americans are realizing that their race narrative and bigoted ideology has no place in our world.
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