In a world full of sadness and chaos, every American can look toward our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico if they want inspiration.
I have been through several CAT-3 hurricanes but the difference between 120mph winds and 155-75 mph winds is exponential. I watched a four-door sedan spin on its nose like a child’s toy and steel dumpsters dance like tops and fly through the air like cardboard boxes and the roof of a house disappear into the heavens like a kite.
Really, there are no words that I can give that are adequate to describe the power of such a storm and no doubt experts will be debating the mechanics of its fury for years. What I can say is, that every American can be extremely proud of our fellow citizens of all classes and every persuasion in Puerto Rico.
The way that almost every person has come together and helped one another, is the essence of what I have always thought it means to be American – and make no mistake, Puerto Ricans are red white and blue.
Observing their grit, courage and grace, in the midst of such horror has been one of the most inspiring things I have ever witnessed.
Not everyone is a hero heroine.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is not.
In fact, she has repeatedly put her own well-being and personality cult ahead of others.
A wanna-be socialist revolutionary, for her entire time in office we have had to listen to her extoll the virtues of Cuban communists and Venezuelan “chavistas.”
When Oscar Lopez Rivera, the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña terrorist and bomb maker was released by President Barack Obama as one of his last acts of office, Yulin Cruz declared a holiday for all government employees in San Juan for the FALN revolutionary.
Where are her friends in Caracas and Havana now?
Today, the regular citizens of San Juan are paying the price for her failure to prepare for Hurricane Maria and her failure to execute the public safety responsibilities of her office.
How for example was she able to get tee-shirts printed bashing her country, but was unable to move supplies? These are all questions that every American should ask.
If Americans want a heroine, they need look no further than Republican Rep. Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon, who represents Puerto Rico in Congress. She is a public servant, everyone can be proud of.
The same goes for every other Puerto Rican, who crawled out from the debris and set politics aside, to help their fellow citizens and human beings.
I have lived all over the world and I have never known such a fine people as our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. Today, they are showing the whole world what it means to be an American.
Chances are you do not know, so I will tell you: Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans donated their own supplies from Hurricane Irma to their fellow Americans and Caribbean islanders in the Virgin Islands in the week before Maria struck.
Literally, hundreds of wonderful people at their own expense carried water, diapers, drugs, food, medical supplies and baby formula in a constant flow in boats of every size and description in the week before tragedy struck them.
I was proud to have participated in a very small way on one of these trips to St. Thomas the Sunday before Hurricane Maria, in which we took supplies and brought back people, many of whom lost everything.
One beautiful lady could do nothing, but weep for the entire journey back to Puerto Rico.
The only historical example I can give for this spontaneous effort would be the rescue of the English army at Dunkirk.
Now, I am weeping for Puerto Rico, in sadness, pride and anger that their courage and goodness is not being revealed as it should be.
As for San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz? She lectures the rest of us from the pulpit of a bankrupt city. If anything, she is the Ray Nagin of this tragedy—another mayor, who put partisan politics and personal gain ahead of caring for their people.
As for average Puerto Ricans, they will do what Americans have always done, they will dust off and rebuild. We should all of us together let them know that they are not forgotten.
Rand Paul Warns Third Party Will Rise if Republican Senators Vote with Democrats to Convict President Trump
The GOP is crumbling.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is warning that at least one-third of GOP senators will revolt and leave the party if Republicans join Democrats to convict the president.
This would potentially create the most viable third party in recent political history if Republican leadership is foolish enough to go down this path. Even though he refused to oppose the vote steal last week, Paul claims he and many of his colleagues intend to leave the party forever if the Senate goes through with impeachment.
“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week. I voted against over-turning the election,” Paul said while appearing on FOX News on Friday night. “But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party.”
“A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul added. “This isn’t about, anymore, about the Electoral College, it’s about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.”
Paul made these responses after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly flirted with the idea of voting to convict President Trump.
“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said.
Paul is putting McConnell and the rest of the GOP leadership on notice. This is the line in the sand as far as he is concerned.
“They will destroy the Republican Party. If leadership is complicit with an impeachment or if leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party,” Paul said.
“Like I say, I have opposed President Trump when I thought he was wrong, I’ve been for him when he was right. We did a lot of good things throughout the Trump presidency, and impeachment is purely a partisan thing,” he added.
The full segment with Paul and host Laura Ingraham can be seen here:
Big League Politics has reported on the division within the GOP since 10 Republican turncoats in the House join Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time:
Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, was one of ten GOP House members to vote “yes” on President Donald Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment. Then when some were calling on Cheney to resign over her disgraceful vote, Dan Crenshaw, who voted against impeachment, quickly came to her defense and announced his “full support” for her.
“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” Crenshaw tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support.”
“We can disagree without tearing each other apart,” he added…
Cheney’s vote comes as no surprise. Big League Politics reported on her recent statement in support of Trump’s second impeachment, part of which read: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.” For this CNN laughably called her the “conscience of Republicans.”
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