The American Form of Government

Most Americans believe we live in a ‘democracy’.  However, our form of government is actually a ‘republic’.  So what’s the difference between the two?  A great deal actually.

To get a very good idea of government structures, please watch the following video.  It will make clear two things:

1.  It describes our current form of government;

and,

2.  How tenuous our current government state is and how it can easily become something we do not want!!

Political Scale

Click on the picture above to view the video.

Today we stand on the edge of our country’s future.  If we do not alter the direction of our leadership and government power, we will ‘all’ become slaves to an oligarchy which will depress the American people beyond their imagination.  In very few years we can be facing a future that is intolerable to most.

 

 

Shifting Economics of Global Manufacturing

The United States was the largest exporter of goods during WWII (which is one of the main reasons we won) and has slowly shrunk since.  Due to ‘outsourcing’ of first the garment industry, steel, and others started our primary spiral downward with exports.  The modern era saw software companies drop jobs likes crazy to India and other less expensive countries which hurt greatly also.  (However the end product to the U.S. companies wasn’t such a great deal.)

Since, income for U.S. workers has become stagnant and their effective salary has shrunk.  Consequently because of that and changes in our resources availability, we have apparently moved up the ‘food chain’ in the export world.  The real question is, if we are becoming a stronger country (money) than others, what will the other countries do to make the playing field even.??  Change their money’s value?  (e.g., China)

The following is a report from a newsletter I receive and is somewhat enlightening — almost surprising.


 

August 19, 2014 by Harold L. Sirkin, Michael Zinser, and Justin Rose

For the better part of three decades, a rough, bifurcated conception of the world has driven corporate manufacturing investment and sourcing decisions. Latin America, Eastern Europe, and most of Asia have been viewed as low-cost regions. The U.S., Western Europe, and Japan have been viewed as having high costs.

But this worldview now appears to be out of date. Years of steady change in wages, productivity, energy costs, currency values, and other factors are quietly but dramatically redrawing the map of global manufacturing cost competitiveness. The new map increasingly resembles a quilt-work pattern of low-cost economies, high-cost economies, and many that fall in between, spanning all regions.

In some cases, the shifts in relative costs are startling. Who would have thought a decade ago that Brazil would now be one of the highest-­cost countries for manufacturing—or that Mexico could be cheaper than China? While London remains one of the priciest places in the world to live and visit, the UK has become the lowest-cost manufacturer in Western Europe. Costs in Russia and much of Eastern Europe have risen to near parity with the U.S. (See Exhibit 1.)

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To understand the shifting economics of global manufacturing, The Boston Consulting Group analyzed manufacturing costs for the world’s 25 leading exporting economies along four key dimensions: manufacturing wages, labor productivity, energy costs, and exchange rates. These 25 economies account for nearly 90 percent of global exports of manufactured goods.

The new BCG Global Manufacturing Cost-Competitiveness Index has revealed shifts in relative costs that should drive many companies to rethink decades-old assumptions about sourcing strategies and where to build future production capacity. To identify and compare the shifts in relative costs, we analyzed data in 2004 and 2014. The evaluation is part of a series of findings from our ongoing research into the shifting economics of global manufacturing.

In developing the index, we observed that cost competitiveness has improved for several countries and become relatively less attractive for others. Within the index, we identified four distinct patterns of change in manufacturing cost competitiveness. (See Exhibit 2.) They include the following:

  • Under Pressure. Several economies that traditionally have been regarded as low-cost manufacturing bases appear to be under pressure as a result of a combination of factors that have significantly eroded their cost advantages since 2004. For example, at the factory gate, China’s estimated manufacturing-cost advantage over the U.S. has shrunk to less than 5 percent. Brazil is now estimated to be more expensive than much of Western Europe. Poland, the Czech Republic, and Russia have also seen their cost competitiveness deteriorate on a relative basis. They are now estimated to be at near parity with the U.S. and only a few percentage points cheaper than the UK and Spain.
  • Losing Ground. Several traditional high-cost countries that were already relatively expensive a decade ago have lost additional ground, resulting in 16 to 30 percent cost gaps relative to the U.S. This is largely because of weak productivity growth and rising energy costs. The countries losing ground include Australia, Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland.
  • Holding Steady. From 2004 to 2014, the manufacturing cost competitiveness of a handful of countries held steady relative to the U.S. Rapid productivity growth and depreciating currencies have helped keep costs in check in economies such as India and Indonesia—even as wages have grown quickly. In contrast to the dynamic changes in India and Indonesia, the Netherlands and the UK have seen relative stability across all the cost drivers we examined. The performance of these four countries has positioned them as potential future leaders in each of their respective regions.
  • Rising Global Stars. Cost structures in Mexico and the U.S. improved more than in all of the other 25 largest exporting economies. Because of low wage growth, sustained productivity gains, stable exchange rates, and a big energy-cost advantage, these two nations are the current rising stars of global manufacturing. We estimate that Mexico now has lower average manufacturing costs than China on a unit-cost basis. And except for China and South Korea, the rest of the world’s top-ten goods exporters are 10 to 25 percent more expensive than the U.S.
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These dramatic changes in relative costs could drive a large shift in the global economy as companies are prompted to reassess their manufacturing footprints. (See Exhibit 3.) One implication is that global manufacturing could become increasingly regional. Because relatively low-cost manufacturing centers exist in all regions of the world, more goods consumed in Asia, Europe, and the Americas will be made closer to home. These trends also have implications for governments, whose leaders increasingly recognize the economic importance of a stable manufacturing base. We hope that this report will encourage policy makers in developed and developing economies alike to identify growing areas of strength and weakness and take action to shore up their manufacturing competitiveness.

I don’t know about you, but this came as a bit of a surprise to me..!

Printing Money and U.S. Financial Insight

The following article is taken from a newsletter I recently received.  The author describes our government’s current financial direction and how it doesn’t work — and why.  Because this article is in plain language, I thought that it may help explain how our money printing is leading us to disaster in the near future.  The public should know in order to prepare.


Bernanke’s Helicopter

In its September/October issue, Foreign Affairs wanders away from the calamity of its interventionist foreign policy consensus to offer equally calamitous interventionist monetary advice.

The publication offers a piece instructing the Federal Reserve to give the money it prints directly to the people.

To make sure there is no mistake about this, the article is even entitled Print Less but Transfer More: Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People.

The Federal Reserve has already created trillions of dollars at the printing press, most of which ended up as bank reserves on deposit with the Fed.

Why isn’t that money being used in the economy making loans, funding new and expanding businesses, and creating jobs?

Because under the prevailing conditions of mal-investment and distorted credit conditions, capable borrowers are not lining up to take out loans. Why should a business expand its plant and add to its employment when it can’t sell what it can produce with its existing capacity?

Why expect a business to borrow more when its existing debt is too great? Why would lenders willingly make loans to borrowers who may not be credit worthy?

The distortion caused by the Fed’s interference with interest rates has concealed problems in the economy, and even enabled marginal and otherwise failing business to limp along a while longer thanks to artificially low rates. Many of them will fall by the roadside when rates rise, succumbing to real market conditions.

In other words Fed policies have prevented the liquidation of bad debt and clouded real financial conditions.

Much of the economy is operating in the dark.

The Fed can print money, but it can’t force borrowers — households or businesses — to borrow when they are concerned with whether they can pay the money back. And except for costly government guarantees, the Fed has a hard time making lenders loan money to risky borrowers.

Under these conditions, when banks won’t make loans, all the freshly printed money sits idly on the sidelines of the economy, parked in the present environment in the reserves the banks keep on deposit with the Fed.

That’s where Helicopter Ben Bernanke comes in. Under such conditions Bernanke, citing Milton Friedman before him, said that if need be the Fed could simply drop cash from helicopter doors into the waiting hands of people below.

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What incentive is there to work when money falls like manna from heaven?

The Fed, according to this incompletely thought-out option, could generate consumer spending in this way, bypassing financial institutions like banks and employers altogether.

It is an idea of Keynesian absurdity. What will make merchants willing to sell their goods, or businesses willing to sell their production, at yesterday’s price when they see today that free money is raining down from the skies above?

What assures savings and capital formation when it rains money? What assures productive effort — work — when money falls like manna from heaven?

Of course the business about shoving money out helicopter doors is just a metaphor, much as is the expression “printing money.”

The Fed actually creates money in a way that is the functional equivalent of just printing it up, except that it’s a more sophisticated sleight of hand. And it is all done digitally, without even the expense of old-fashioned paper and ink.

In the same way, the provision of liquidity directly into the hands of the populous is not really dependent on a fleet of Fed helicopters. Other more sophisticated means are available, like the negative income tax that envisions sending money directly to people below some fixed income level.

The authors of the Foreign Affairs piece write, “The Fed should hand consumers cash directly. In practice, this policy could take the form of giving central banks the ability to hand their countries’ tax-paying households a certain amount of money.”

While there’s no need for actual helicopters in this proposed mechanism, the authors make up for it by proposing another even more bizarre scheme.

The Fed should issue debt, they propose, and invest the proceeds in a global equity index. “After around 15 years, the funds could distribute their equity holdings to the lowest-earning 80 percent of taxpayers.”

Now there’s a shell game for you. Who pays the interest on all that money the Fed is supposed to borrow to make cost-free government speculation possible? Who is impoverished by the currency debauchment implicit in these rackets?

Among the first victims are the lowest 80 percent.

The whole thing has the ring of adolescence, like little Mickey Rooney saying, “Hey kids! Let’s put on a show!”

In fact the authors even conclude with an eager sounding, “All it will take to change course is the courage, brains, and leadership to try something new.”

Hey, kids!

But there is nothing at all new about thimble-rigging and no brain power at work in helicopter money stunts. Such schemes are older than John Law of the Mississippi Bubble, the assignats of the French Reign of Terror, or Gideon Gono.

Gono was the central banker who made the 100 trillion Zimbabwe dollar bill the currency of everyday commerce. One can easily imagine Gono in 2003 bubbling with childish enthusiasm, “Hey kids! Let’s increase the money supply by a factor of 20,000,000 times.”

That the editors of Foreign Affairs take seriously such puerile nonsense suggests how frighteningly close the governing classes of this country are to adopting something like it.

I hope this helps…

TV Propaganda

One of the things the communist party in the U.S.  have to do in order to take over this country is to pervert the thinking of the American public.  During the soviet union period of Russia, propaganda was used daily to make their people believe whatever they wanted — worse yet, it worked.

Fast-forward to today in the U.S.  Now ‘we’ are being subjected to propaganda daily!  Allow me to share just a few tidbits of propaganda I have collected by taking pictures of my TV screen after finding bizarre titles and synopsis narratives.

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‘Kidnapped for Christ’ — What a title.!?  Here we have an example of how those ‘crazies’ with their bibles are abusing innocent children.

The point: Christians are bad!!

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‘Warm Bodies’ — Zombies are typically viewed as a ‘bad thing’.  However, although very subtle, a zombie here is doing a good thing worthy of even gaining the love of a living woman..?

The point:  Bad is good  (Which is becoming a very common theme today.

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‘Breakfast on Pluto’ — A young cross-dresser prostitute is ‘common enough’ to join a magician on stage to entertain people.

The point: Cross-dressing is perfectly ‘normal’.  Desensitize the public into believing perverse behavior is normal.

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‘1492: Conquest of Paradise’ — How Columbus corrupted America.

Once again we have an example of how the people of this country are lead to believe that ‘we’ are evil.  How often have you heard of the U.S. referred to as the ‘imperialistic’ country?  Well, here’s yet another example of how our forefathers were the foundation of that evil.

The point: The United States and its people are evil.

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‘The Great Martian War’ — You’re going to love this one!!

I actually watched part of this ‘documentary’ on the BBC channel while channel surfing.  At first I thought is a spoof.  But after a few minutes of watching very good cinema and life like depictions, it was difficult for me to discern if it was for real or not.  They even had British people interviewed who were present during the ‘Martian war’..?  At one point they brought a museum curator on to be interviewed to talk about ‘facts and evidence’ from that war.

This documentary was one and a half hours long.  And I couldn’t help but think how many of our less ‘enlightened’ people in this country would actually believe what they were seeing.  History is being perverted daily on the ‘History’ channel, H2, et al.

As fast as the wool is being pulled over the eyes of the public, my guess is they will be — as Lenin once said — ‘useful idiots’.

My action point is, look for propaganda in your life.  Think ‘critically’ and don’t just accept ridiculous propaganda like this without running it past your B.S. filter.

Nuclear Blackout

The following article is taken from The Blaze website.  It describes probably the most serious threat to the U.S. over any other to date.  Why?  Because it does not require a protracted ‘war’, any third world country can launch such a threat against us, and we are NOT prepared!

The even more serious threat is, it would take out a conservative estimate of 90 million people in this country — one bomb.  If that isn’t scary, I don’t know what is.  What is worse, congress submitted a bill ‘five years ago’ to address hardening our electrical grid.  To date what have they done?  Nothing!!?  One must really wonder what the heck these people are thinking..?

And by the way, if you are thinking this is just the ravings of one or two ‘crazies’, think again.  There are more than a few U.S. Representatives in this country that not only believe in this threat, they have stated so publicly as it being a serious threat.

And lastly, we are currently in a solar flare heightened level period.  We are facing the possibility of getting hit with a flare the size of the last significant one received in the late 1980’s.  Given that occurred today, it would be the same as an EMP being detonated 300+ miles up.  Meaning, the entire continent would be lights out for a minimum of 1+ years.

The main point here is, if the government isn’t going to prepare, maybe you should!?


The Blaze

The potential destruction of the United States by an EMP attack is more than a theory. Our most lethal enemies — Iran, North Korea, China and Russia — have the means and quite possibly the desire to knock out our entire power grid. They’ve even conducted practice runs to test our vulnerabilities. And we can be sure the new caliphate in the Middle East will be happy to play along.

So why isn’t our government doing everything it can to prevent this nightmare?

In his cover story for the September issue of TheBlaze Magazine, Larry Kelley, author of “Lessons From Fallen Civilizations: Can a Bankrupt America Survive the Current Islamic Threat,” details not only the technological threat of an EMP weapon — a topic readers of TheBlaze are likely very familiar with — but also the bad actors who have us in their sights. Kelley explains both the capabilities our enemies have and the test runs they’ve actually performed.

The good news: There is a way to protect the country. Will our leaders listen?

Every issue of TheBlaze Magazine contains exclusive content not found anywhere else, online or in print. The magazine’s stories, research and special reports are reserved for subscribers to the print and/or digital edition.

Below is an excerpt from the September 2014 cover story, “Slouching Toward a Nuclear Blackout.” The full story is available ONLY in the newest issue of TheBlaze Magazine.

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When France fell to Nazis in June 1940, Soviet Premier Vyacheslav Molotov cabled Nazi Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop to congratulate him on “the splendid victory of the Wehrmacht.” In the dark days of 1940, President Roosevelt watched the defeat and evacuation of the British at Dunkirk and the capitulation of the French to the Nazi war machine and confided to his staff that he worried the vast populations of Europe, Eurasia and the Far East would soon coalesce into one vast global enemy able to “hold a gun to America’s head.”

THE NEW AXIS OF EVIL

A new consortium composed of America’s most maniacal and most powerful enemies—Iran, North Korea, Russia and China—are in the final stages of developing an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon and a clandestine delivery system capable of destroying the United States in the blink of an eye. Moreover, there is unmistakable evidence that they have already conducted a dry run of the attack.

In early May, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a member of the Congressional EMP Commission and the executive director of the Task Force on National Homeland Security, issued some dire warnings in his testimony before Congress. Pry, a former member of the CIA, warned of the dangers of an EMP from a single nuclear weapon detonated between 25 and 300 miles over the lower 48 states. He said that it would act like ten thousand lightning bolts and permanently knock out the nation’s entire electrical grid—a scenario The Heritage Foundation has been talking about for years. Airplanes would fall from the sky; most cars would be inoperable. Water, sewer and electrical devices would fail simultaneously. Systems of banking, energy, transportation, food production, water, emergency services and even cyberspace would collapse. Nine out of 10 Americans would die due to starvation, disease and societal collapse.

Both Russia and China already have advanced EMP weapons, close trade partnerships and, more importantly, interlocking alliances with the rabid rogue states of North Korea and Iran.

China is not only a patron of North Korea but is also its agent in Pyongyang’s nuclear weapon sales and proliferation. On June 20, in the Wall Street Journal, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Claudia Rosett reported, “In April, the U.S. government offered a $5 million reward for help in apprehending a Chinese national, Li Fangwei, accusing him of running a sanctions-violating international procurement network out of China that has sold Iran both [North Korean-made] missile and nuclear-related materials. The U.S. has asked China to shut down this network since at least 2006, to no avail.

And in August, China confirmed the existence of its newest missile, the Dongfeng-41, capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the United States. The revelation was made just days after an independent blue-ribbon panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress produced a bombshell report denouncing President Obama’s strategy for downsizing the American military. The assessment warns that the cuts will render America unable fight in multiple theaters simultaneously, specifically naming China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as rising challengers to American hegemony.

Additionally, Russia is a patron of the Assad regime in Syria, which is Alawite, a sect of Shiite Islam, and is closely allied with Iran. Syria was also secretly receiving help for years from North Korea to build a reactor at the remote area of Al Kibar on the Euphrates River. Nearing its completion, Israel destroyed the reactor in a September 2007 airstrike. Iran has tested scud missiles fired from freighters on the Caspian Sea, which also borders Russia and several former Soviet ’stans. Both Putin and Iran’s Khamenei have a common strategic objective—ejecting America from the region. …

And Tehran and Pyongyang have their own connections without their Moscow/Beijing sugar daddies’ direct involvement. Iranian nuclear scientists have reportedly attended North Korea’s nuclear weapon tests, and North Korean nuclear scientists are frequent visitors to nuclear facilities in Iran. These close allies not only have mutual defense treaties but, as Rosett pointed out, also are “drawn together by decades of weapons deals,” which go back to at least the 1980s “when North Korea hosted visits by Hasan Rouhani (now Iran’s president) and Ali Khamenei (Iran’s supreme leader since the death of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989).”

DR. PRY: THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE

In an interview with Dr. Peter Pry conducted for this story, he didn’t pull any punches about the threat and our vulnerability. When asked about reports that the United States can’t detect an incoming EMP attack and probably wouldn’t be able to trace its source, Pry was clear about the seriousness of such a threat.

“For those of us on the Congressional EMP Commission, our nightmare scenario is a nuclear-armed scud missile launched from an unmarked freighter near our shores, because it wouldn’t give us enough time to detect it with missile defenses,” he said. “It could come from a direction where we are completely blind, like the Gulf of Mexico. And we wouldn’t know which nation launched it, because it’s coming off an anonymous freighter. And because it detonates high in the atmosphere, there’s no bomb debris so that you can do forensic analysis the way you would do in a city with glass, steel and concrete debris to determine where the bomb originated. Essentially, there are no fingerprints.”

Many Americans have no idea that North Korea has actually been making preparations for a future attack on the United States, Pry added, including “experimenting with that same scenario I just described to see what it could get away with.”

“Last July, there was a tramp freighter they sent into the Gulf of Mexico,” said Pry. “On board were two SA-2 nuclear-capable missiles on their launchers. They weren’t equipped with nuclear warheads, but they were the exact kind of missile you would need to do a short-range, high-altitude EMP attack to take out the U.S. grid. The only reason we found out about it was because, once they saw that they could bring the missiles in close to the U.S. [off our southern coast], they decided to see if they could get them through the Panama Canal. And that’s where we caught them. We found the two launchers under a few thousand bags of sugar.”

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And that was not the only time that North Korea and its allies have tested their capabilities to attack America with an EMP weapon.

THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS STILL MY ENEMY

In 2009, upon his release from Camp Bucca, Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, now the sultan of the new Islamic State, said to his American captors, “I’ll see you guys in New York City.”

Despite the fact that the Sunni-led ISIS is at war with the Shiite dominated Iraqi army, the fact remains that the Middle East is now swarming with terrorists, some with European and American passports, operating freely and openly inside the new terrorist caliphate, but also in Libya, Yemen and elsewhere.

Why does this president (and American military planners) assume that the new Axis of Evil would not outsource an EMP attack on the United States? Why wouldn’t the Axis simply hire a stateless anonymous terrorist cell, Sunni or Shiite, provide it with …

Ted Cruz Stands Up to ‘Hatred and Bigotry’

The following article is taken from The Washington Free Bacon which reports a recent talk by Ted Cruz was ended early by him due to audience booing.  This report is another example of the insidious force working in this world to rid it of Christianity.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon that the “hatred and bigotry” he encountered when he was booed off the stage at a Middle Eastern Christian conference for defending Israel on Wednesday night was like nothing he has previously seen in his political career.

“I’ve certainly encountered audiences that disagreed with a particular point of view. But this virulent display of hatred and bigotry was remarkable, and considerably different from anything I’ve previously encountered,” Cruz said, just a few hours after his pro-Israel speech to the In Defense of Christians conference was drowned out by shouts and jeers from the audience.

The senator was booed off stage at the conference, which is aimed at raising awareness for the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, after saying that Christians “have no greater ally than Israel” and calling on the audience to support the Jewish state.

“The division and anti-Semitism expressed tonight by some of the crowd is not reflective of the teachings of Christ, and is in fact directly contrary to the tenets of Christianity,” Cruz said.

In video posted by the Daily Caller, audience members can be heard shouting at Cruz during his keynote address.

“I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate,” said Cruz, before he was interrupted with shouts of “all of us!” from the audience.

“You speak for yourself!” one participant yelled during the senator’s defense of Israel.

“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” said Cruz, as audience members drowned him out with boos and cries of “enough!,” “no!” and “never!”

The Free Beacon reported on Wednesday that several Hezbollah and Syrian regime supporters were scheduled to speak at the conference. Numerous members of Congress were scheduled to attend, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), and Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.).

The speakers included Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raï, who has defended Hezbollah’s right to attack Israel and has called for a meeting with the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Another speaker, Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, boasted on his official Facebook page last week about his Sept. 5 meeting with a “high level delegation from Hezbollah.”

The conference also featured Antioch Church patriarch Gregory III Laham, who has blamed terrorist attacks against Iraqi Christians on a “Zionist conspiracy against Islam” aimed at making Muslims look bad.

“It is actually a conspiracy planned by Zionism and some Christians with Zionist orientations, and it aims at undermining and giving a bad image of Islam,” Laham said in 2010, according to the Daily Star.

Despite the controversial speakers, Cruz decided to speak at the conference because he wanted to bring attention to the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, his office told the Free Beacon on Wednesday afternoon.

He said Wednesday night that he was disappointed he was unable to give the speech he had planned.

“I’d intended to talk tonight about Pastor Saeed Abedini, wrongfully imprisoned in the nation of Iran for practicing his Christian faith. I’d intended to talk tonight about Mariam Ibrahim, wrongfully imprisoned and sentenced to torture and death for her Christian faith,” said Cruz. “I had intended to talk about the three Jewish teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas simply because they were Jews.”

“Radical Islamic terrorists do not distinguish between Christians and Jews,” he added. “They hate us both, they murder us both.”

Funding for the conference was provided by top Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, organizers told the Free Beacon on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the conference did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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