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VAN VOORHIS: Keep the International Space Station

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The International Space Station (ISS) is the sole orbiting laboratory for human spaceflight, whose missions have allowed America to remain the leading space program in the world. In an era where American superiority on the global stage is more critical than ever, it would be a mistake to prematurely end federal funding for the space station until a suitable alternative is up and running.

One of the leading proponents of this initiative has been Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has come out strongly against proposals to defund the ISS as a waste of taxpayer money that would give China or Russia opportunities to assert superiority in outer space.  

According to The Hill, “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blasting a proposal to end funding for the International Space Station (ISS) and vowing to fight for the program. Cruz told representatives from NASA that lawmakers were united behind the program during a hearing Wednesday on the ‘Future of the International Space Station’ before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness. ‘Nowhere in federal statute is there a request from Congress seeking a hard deadline to end federal support for ISS,’ said Cruz, the subpanel’s chairman.”

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Cruz stated additionally that, “Prematurely canceling a program for political reasons costs jobs and wastes billions of dollars. We cannot afford to continue to pursue policies that have consequences of creating gaps in capability, that send $3 1/2 billion in taxpayer money to the Russian government, or that create a leadership vacuum in low-earth orbit that provides a window of opportunity for the Chinese to capitalize on it.’ Cruz said China would have a manned space station by 2022.”

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Cruz is right. It would be a mistake to risk American superiority in outer space, when we have foreign adversaries who would be more than happy to replace us.

If there were a suitable private sector alternative that would free up NASA to work on new space investments, then the proposal to end federal funding of the ISS would sound more reasonable. However, no such plan currently exists. To cut funding without a waiting alternative to government would be irresponsible.

NASA Inspector General Paul Martin recently shared his feelings on the issue, telling Congress that,

“The scant commercial interest shown in the station over its nearly 20 years of operation gives us pause about the agency’s current plans. Any assumption that ending direct federal funding frees up $3–4 billion beginning in 2025 to use on other NASA exploration initiatives is wishful thinking.”

Republicans and Democrats alike would be wise to keep the International Space Station afloat, not just for cost-saving reasons, but also to sustain American leadership in space. It’s critical that we maintain this advantage continuing into the 21st century.

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President Trump Must Consider Annihilating the GOP to Reverse Electoral Impropriety

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While vote fraud whistleblowers are putting their freedom and their reputations on the line to expose an unprecedented assault on American democracy, the GOP leadership class is getting ready to capitulate.

Republican leaders at the state level, who could reject the fraudulent official election results and choose pro-Trump electors under lawful authority granted to them under the 12th Amendment of the Constitution, are instead announcing declarations of fealty. Lawmakers in contested states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona have pledged total and complete compliance with the rigging of this election, announcing to their enemies publicly that they lack the backbone to overturn their historic vote steal.

“I don’t see us in any serious way addressing a change in electors,” said Rusty Bowers, Arizona’s Republican House speaker, announcing that he is effectively spitting in the faces of constituents begging him to use his constitutionally-valid powers to stop the steal. “They are mandated by statute to choose according to the vote of the people.”

“The Pennsylvania General Assembly does not have and will not have a hand in choosing the state’s presidential electors or in deciding the outcome of the presidential election,” leading Republican legislative leaders, state Sen. Jake Corman and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, wrote before the election. They remain steadfast in their unwillingness to act even after Democrats have made a mockery of the electoral process in their state.

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Republican legislative leaders in Michigan have pledged total fealty even as terror campaigns are launched against Republican officials in Wayne County for lawmakers who refuse to certify a dubious vote. They also applauded the Michigan state board of canvassers for certifying earlier this week, after whistleblowers attested to the grotesque fraud that occurred in Detroit and throughout the state, calling the immense betrayal “America at work.”

“Speaker Chatfield’s position on this has been clear from the beginning — the candidate who receives the most votes will receive Michigan’s electoral votes,” said Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesman for Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield. Meanwhile, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is throwing cold water on investigations about inner-city vote-rigging, saying that “it is not the expectation that our analysis will result in any change in the outcome.”

Chatfield and Shirkey are at the mercy of a deranged state attorney general in Dana Nessel, who threatened the lawmakers with criminal prosecution for merely accepting a meeting with President Donald Trump. The lawmakers are in a position where they won’t just receive threats and hatred from mobs of deranged left-wing extremists empowered by monolithic Big Tech platforms. They will also potentially be criminally prosecuted, based on the conspiracy theories of a histrionic LGBT activist on a power trip, for performing their duties under the Constitution.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already making deals to get his establishment cronies into the administration of his old chamber buddy, president-elect Joe Biden. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) pushed for the Biden team to begin receiving intelligence briefs, believing that it is good for the country to go along with the media’s charade. Trump eventually capitulated after a successful left-wing terror campaign against the GSA chief.

The president does have one final trump card that he can use to enforce compliance and prevent cowardly Republican leaders from submitting: the total annihilation of the GOP.

Republican establishment figures like House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have the audacity to point to 2020 being a break-out election for Republicans with underprivileged groups as if the party is viable with or without Trump as its figurehead. They ignore that it was Trump’s unconventional approach – shattering the conventional wisdom of every pollster, consultant, and prognosticator in the business – that brought the minorities on board.

It was President Trump’s authenticity, his unabashed defense of American greatness, and projection of strength against a bankrupt political class that opened the GOP tent to groups typically dominated by Democrats. It wasn’t politically correct pandering, parading around a handful of corporate-funded tokens, or inclusive talking points that led to this sea change. As soon as the Trump era is shuttered, the GOP establishment will revert back to the recipe of failure faster than you can say: “2024 presidential nominee Nimrata Randhawa.”

President Trump must play hardball to defend his legacy, which is now inextricably tied with the fate of America. He must make it clear to Republican leaders that if this steal is not overturned, then the Republican Party goes down with him. The prospect of a viable independent “America First” political party led by Trump and bolstered by his loyalists in the GOP would make the likes of McCarthy and McConnell fall in line rather quickly. Republican leaders are feeling pressure from the other side, and now the Silent Majority must flex its muscle to keep them from faltering.

Millions of Trump supporters being whipped into a frenzy demanding that their Republican lawmakers show fealty to this new collective would effectively destroy the GOP. It may help the Democrats temporarily, but the short-term losses would be worth it to end Republican cowardice forever. The master maneuverer in the White House has the political capital to pull off such a gambit, and right now, he has nothing to lose. It’s time to bring the Republican establishment to heel, once and for all, by going nuclear on its leaders.

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