The election in November 2018 is important for Congress and how Trump will be treated on legislation. Here is how most — but not all — Democrats will vote in 2019:

1. Gun control: All guns will be confiscated. Only military and police will have guns.

2. Immigration: Completely open borders and all illegal aliens in the U.S. will be granted citizenship.

3. Abortion: Unlimited abortion for all nine months will be approved and encouraged.

4. Global warming: Every global warming proposal to shut down carbon dioxide release will be approved.

5. Gay marriage and transgenders: Every proposal to encourage and approve these will be passed.

6. Sanctuary cities: Hundreds of these cities will be encouraged and approved, the U.S. will be like California.

7. Military: Spending on the armed forces will sharply be reduced and U.S. military around the world will be withdrawn.

8. Middle East: The U.S. will pull out of all countries in the Middle East and far east, i.e., Syria, South Korea and Japan.

9. North Korea: No solution with North Korea will be approved by Congress.

10. Marijuana: Will be legalized nationwide and other drugs are likely to be as well.

11. Left wing: Many socialist positions will be passed by Congress as supported by Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, and new Congresswoman Acasio Cortiz of New York.

12. Abolish ICE: Legislation may be passed to eliminate such agencies as ICE and other law enforcement agencies.

13. Anti-Christian and anti-white: Legislation to promote anti-Christian and anti-white programs will be submitted to Congress.

14. Spending: We are headed for national bankruptcy in 10, 20 or 50 years now, but Democrats will make Trump look like Scrooge.

If you don’t believe me, look at what Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a potential presidential candidate, has already proposed:

1. Medicare for all;

2. Universal child care;

3. Debt free college for all;

4. Criminal justice reform (no more prisons);

5. Immigration reform (open borders for all);

6. Gun reform (no more guns);

7. Clean energy (no natural gas or oil);

8. Break up banks (you figure it out);

9. Bring back unions (everyone joins); and

10. Living wage for all ($15 minimum).

And our buddy, the socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, promotes these bills, which means thousands of his supports do, too:

1. ObamaCare 2.0: Single payer government health care.

2. Repeal the new tax law that dropped taxes for all taxpayers.

3. Very strong gun restrictions.

4. Citizenship for all illegal aliens.

5. Stopping Trump’s judicial appointments.

6. Minimum wage of at least $15 per hour.

7. Trump’s impeachment.

The left-wing Democrats are energized because they know what is at stake, and they have raised tons of money already. If we are to keep our free enterprise system and American freedom all these proposals must be defeated and that means electing Republicans in November especially in the Senate so the next Supreme Court nominee and other federal judges will be confirmed. Also, we must stop Nancy Pelosi from being elected speaker of the House of Representatives. What a disaster that would be.

Most people do not understand what a socialist agenda the Democrats will pass if they are in the majority. And of course they will try to impeach Trump.

Ray Holbrook lives in Santa Fe.


(102) comments

Allison Buchtien

Haha! I think someone has been listening to too much Infowars.

Bill Cochrane

Allison, It appears that you have been watching only the liberal news media. Try FOX and a few doses of Rush and Hannity and see how you feel in the morning.

Priscilla Files

That would be like taking arsenic for a tummy ache

Gary Scoggin

Bill.... that was a joke, right?

Steve Fouga

This might be the most asinine column I've ever read. It's so extreme it has to be a joke, right? I'm surprised the paper would publish it, it's so silly.

Jim Forsythe

Steve, just wait for the comments that are coming.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, everything the Judge wrote can be backed. From your posts you know the direction the Democratic Party is heading. Why deny it? There is the Democrat Party Platform they want us to see. Then there's the actual Democratic Party agenda which is what the Judge posted. Admit it. " 'Tis true, 'tis pity, And pity 'tis true". Liberal forum contributors can truly admit, “We have met the enemy and he is us”.

Jim Forsythe

The "I don't believe in borders T-shirt" come from? The original phase came from , four young women holding a sign that said, "My Dreams Don't Have Borders" This morphed into "I do not believe in the political borders"
"Yo no creo en fronteras" means I do not believe in the political borders" in some Spanish-English Dictionary's and can also mean frontiers or boundaries and limits.
fronteras pl f —borders pl · boundaries pl · frontiers pl · limits pl · border areas p

From the Democrat Party Platform.
Fixing our Broken Immigration System
"The United States was founded as, and continues to be, a country of immigrants from throughout the world. It is no coincidence that the Statue of Liberty is one of our most profound national symbols. And that is why Democrats believe immigration is not just a problem to be solved, it is a defining aspect of the American character and our shared history.
The Democratic Party supports legal immigration, within reasonable limits, that meets the needs of families, communities, and the economy as well as maintains the United States’ role as a beacon of hope for people seeking safety, freedom, and security. People should come to the United States with visas and not through smugglers. Yet, we recognize that the current immigration system is broken"

Truth is, you do not like the direction the Democratic Party. My truth is that I so not agree with everything in the Democrat Party Platform, nor should I, as I'm not Liberal or conservative on all issues . Most people are not just a
Liberal or conservative on all issues.
You may have political enemy's, and that is your right.
I may be out of the Democrat party, as I did not receive "the actual Democratic Party agenda " I will checking the mail today, maybe it will be in todays mail.
No way would I say, Conservative forum contributors can truly admit, “We have met the enemy and he is us”.as this is trying to place every Conservative in the same box and means I would be saying all Conservatives are the same.
In American politics, a conservative Democrat is a member of the Democratic Party with conservative political views, or with views relatively conservative with respect to those of the national party.

Of course, issues aren't everything, and these days, conservatism is defined in many ways. It's a set of policy positions, but it can also be measured by the depth of your loathing for Democrats in general and Barack Obama in particular, or by the kinds of political tactics you embrace. But this is a good reminder that there are significant numbers of Republicans out there who, if you just look at what they think about issues, actually look pretty liberal.

24 percent of the USA consider themselves as Liberal. Not all Democrats are Liberal, and not all Liberals are Democrats. Elections will be decided by the Independents and not by the two major parties. Democrats 30%, Republicans 26% and the largest group Independents 43 %.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, a Spanish lesson
"Yo no creo en fronteras" means I do not believe in the political borders
Yo = I
no = no
creo = believe
en = in
fronteras= borders
Where does that "political" come from? Not in my knowledge, not from a translation website. Doesn't matter it still means the DNC Chair Keith Ellison does not believe in borders. DNC Chair = Democrat Party leadership.

Jim Forsythe
English Translation of FRONTERA
: border, frontier
(=línea divisoria) frontier, border
Translation of "frontera" in English
Israel no desea intensificar la violencia en su frontera septentrional.
Israel does not seek an escalation of violence on its northern border.
Tienes que venir pasando frontera la conmigo.
You have to come over the border with me.
Fuller buscaba... una nueva frontera.
Fuller was onto... a whole new frontier.
Por tomar estos pasos hacia una nueva frontera.
I envy you, taking these first steps into a new frontier.
+argento, hemos cruzado una extraña frontera.
Sergeant, we have crossed some strange boundary here.
The original phase came from , four young women holding a sign that said, "My Dreams Don't Have Borders" This morphed into "I do not believe in the political borders"

Carlos Ponce

Notice Jim the word "political" NEVER appears in your translation untl you claim it morphed which it never did.
Yo no creo en fronteras = I don't believe in borders. (What DNC Chair Keith Ellison's T-shirt actually had)
Yo no creo en fronteras políticas = I don't believe in political borders. (NOT what was on his T-shirt
Try this:

Jim Forsythe

FRONTERA does not just mean border.
English Translation of FRONTERA
: border, frontier ,boundary
Sorry, you were right , as I left out "at all"
I do not believe at all in the political borders".
Political borders are imposed on the world through human agency. That means that although a political border may follow a river or mountain range, such a feature does not automatically define the political border, even though it may be a major physical barrier to crossing.

Carlos Ponce

Jim posts: "My truth is that I so not agree with everything in the Democrat Party Platform, nor should I, as I'm not Liberal or conservative on all issues "
From your previous hundreds of posts it's evident you are Liberal. And there is no doubt that you do not support anything on the Conservative side of things. But that's okay. Jim has to be Jim. "To thine own self be true."
Doubtful you will wear a MAGA hat in the near future but "hope springs eternal".[beam]

Jim Forsythe

You can sit around in your hat if you want, but I do not wear hats unless required to.
I'm not Liberal or conservative on all issues . A lot of the issues
I'm in the middle, and not on either side of the spectrum.
Most people are not just a Liberal or conservative on all issues , are you.
A few issues I will not commit on, as they may get me band for GDN, as I'm further right than anyone on here.
Death Penalty is one of the issues that I'm Conservative on.
The death penalty should be abolished. It is inhumane and is ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment. Imprisonment is the appropriate punishment for murder. Every execution risks killing an innocent person.
The death penalty is a punishment that fits the crime of murder; it is neither ‘cruel’ nor ‘unusual.’ Executing a murderer is the appropriate punishment for taking an innocent life.

If you go by the Second Amendment and are a Conservative Gun Control does not come into play. I stand for control of Machine gun and there type. I also favor of controlling who gets a gun. I do not want a convicted murder to have a gun .

The Second Amendment does not give citizens the right to keep and bear arms, but only allows for the state to keep a militia (National Guard). Individuals do not need guns for protection; it is the role of local and federal government to protect the people through law enforcement agencies and the military. Additional gun control laws are necessary to stop gun violence and limit the ability of criminals to obtain guns. More guns mean more violence.
The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Individuals have the right to defend themselves. There are too many gun control laws – additional laws will not lower gun crime rates. What is needed is enforcement of current laws. Gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns. More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime.

Social Security, I'm Conservative on this issues .
The Social Security system should be protected at all costs. Reduction in future benefits is not a reasonable option. [Opinions vary on the extent of the current system’s financial stability.] Social Security provides a safety net for the nation’s poor and needy. Changing the system would cause a reduction in benefits and many people would suffer as a result.
The Social Security system is in serious financial trouble. Major changes to the current system are urgently needed. In its current state, the Social Security system is not financially sustainable. It will collapse if nothing is done to address the problems.

Carlos Ponce

Jim posts: "I stand for control of Machine gun "
Machine guns have been outlawed for decades. The only one I've ever seen was the French machine gun mounted at the Oleander Cemetery along Broadway in Galveston. It disappeared in 1976.

Jim Forsythe

"Jim posts: "I stand for control of Machine gun " I do , and hope you do to. That would be Liberal thinking?

Machine, guns and other "exotic" weapons are restricted, and not outlawed since 1934( the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA)).
Maybe you want to outlaw them, which would mean you are in favor of taking some guns away from USA citizens. Kind of Liberal thinking.

Still legal for USA citizen to possess a Machine gun.
The domestic manufacture of new machine guns that civilians could purchase was effectively banned by language in the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 (also known as "McClure-Volkmer"). The language was added in an amendment from William J. Hughes and referred to as the Hughes Amendment. Machine guns legally registered prior to the date of enactment (i.e. May 1986) are still legal for possession by and transfer among civilians where permitted by state law. The static and relatively small number of transferable machine guns has caused their price to rise, often over $10,000, although transferable Mac-10 and Mac-11 submachine guns can still be purchased for around $5,500

Jim Forsythe

There’s no better Las Vegas gun range for a bachelor party or bachelorette party than the Vegas Machine Gun Experience. When you plan your night out, make sure it includes a stop at our Las Vegas gun range for your bachelorette party or bachelor party.
If you ever go to Las Vegas, they have many ranges were you can fire a Machine Gun .They are legal. Here are a few, The Range 702 ,Bullets and Burgers, Battlefield Vegas and others.

At Shoot Las Vegas ,in addition to our assortment of fully automatic machine guns, you can select Western style guns like a .45 caliber Long Colt
, Gangster style firearms like a "Tommy Gun", Law Enforcement handguns, and more.

Jim Forsythe

If you ever go to Las Vegas, they have many ranges were you can
fire a Machine Gun .
All are legal. Here are a few, The Range 702 ,Bullets and Burgers ,Battlefield Vegas and others.
Shoot Las Vegas ,in addition to our assortment of fully automatic machine guns,
you can select Western style guns like a .45 caliber Long Colt
, Gangster style firearms like a "Tommy Gun", Law Enforcement handguns
, and more.

Carlos Ponce

"Vegas Machine Gun Experience" uses AK47 - not a machine gun and M4 also not a machine gun . These are semi-automatic. There are fully automatic variants but they are sold ONLY to armed forces and law enforcement. A sales gimmick calling them "machine guns" but not truthful.

Jim Forsythe

Yes it is a sales gimmick , as a lot of Vegas is. But you did not dig deep enough. They have Machine guns at several places in Vegas. You can also buy one off the internet , if you have the right permits. I looked at one that they wanted $12,000 for.
A few examples in Vegas.
At The Vegas Machine Gun Experience
The M249 light machine gun (LMG), formerly designated the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), and formally written as Light Machine Gun, 5.56 mm, M249, is the American adaptation of the Belgian FN Minimi, a light machine gun manufactured by the Belgian company FN Herstal (FN).

At Shoot Las Vegas
M1919 Browning machine gun
The M1919 Browning is a .30 caliber medium machine gun widely used during the 20th century, especially during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
At Bullets and Burgers
M249SAW light machine gun (LMG), previously designated the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), and formally written as Light Machine Gun, 5.56 mm, M249 is an American version of the Belgian FN Minimi. The M249 is manufactured in the United States and is widely used by the U.S
The PKM is a 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun designed in the Soviet Union and currently in production in Russia. The PK machine gun was introduced in the 1960s and replaced the SGM and RPD machine guns in Soviet service. It remains in use as a front-line infantry and vehicle-mounted weapon with Russia’s armed forces.
The M60, officially the United States Machine Gun, Caliber 7.62 mm, M60, is a family of American general-purpose machine guns firing 7.62×51mm NATO cartridges from a disintegrating belt of M13 links. There are several types of ammunition approved for use in the M60, including ball, tracer, and armor-piercing rounds. Introduced in 1957, it has served with every branch of the U.S. military and still serves with the armed forces of other states. Its manufacture and continued upgrade for military and commercial purchase continue into the 21st century, although it has been replaced or supplemented in most roles by other designs, most notably the M240 machine gun in U.S. service.
PK Machine Gun
The PK (Russian: Пулемёт Калашникова, transliterated as Pulemyot Kalashnikova, or “Kalashnikov’s Machinegun”), is a 7.62x54mmR general-purpose machine gun designed in the Soviet Union and currently in production in Russia.

Carlos Ponce

Jim- "if you have the right permits." The average Joe or Jim would not.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos Ponce Jul 15, 2018 12:11pm
"Jim posts: "I stand for control of Machine gun "
Machine guns have been outlawed for decades"
This was your statement , which is totally false. As you can own one and fire one.
I think you could qualify for a permit to own a machine gun.
Federal law strictly regulates machine guns (firearms that fire many rounds of ammunition, without manual reloading, with a single pull of the trigger).
Among other things, federal law:
1. requires all machine guns, except antique firearms, not in the U.S. government's possession to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF);
2. bars private individuals from transferring or acquiring machine guns except those lawfully possessed and registered before May 19, 1986;
3. requires anyone transferring or manufacturing machine guns to get prior ATF approval and register the firearms;
4. with very limited exceptions, imposes a $200 excise tax whenever a machine gun is transferred;
5. bars interstate transport of machine guns without ATF approval; and
6. imposes harsh penalties for machine gun violations, including imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both for possessing an unregistered machine gun.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, Read the law:
Firearms Owners' Protection Act
"Makes it unlawful, with certain exceptions, for any individual to transfer or possess a machinegun."
Sometimes I think it would take an act of Congress signed by a president to convince you. Well, here's the act of Congress signed by President Reagan.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, if you would have read the whole law, you would have know it was for Machine Guns manufactured after May 19, 1986.
Under the NFA, it is illegal for any private civilian to own any fully automatic weapons manufactured after May 19, 1986. Only certain types of FFL/SOTs may make them, and then only for purchase by qualified state and federal agencies. There are no exceptions. According to the ATF’s official handbook on NFA laws and regulations, it’s not even legal to make new replacement parts for pre-1986 machine guns: “There is no exception allowing for the lawful production, transfer, possession, or use of a post-May 18, 1986 machinegun receiver as a replacement receiver on a weapon produced prior to May 19, 1986.”

Jim Forsythe

How to Own a Machine Gun
If you aren’t a “prohibited person” you can own a machine gun in one of two ways as a non-government/law enforcement officer:
Purchase a pre-1986 machine gun (expensive and slow), or
Become an FFL/SOT (cheap and fast).
Confirm that they are lawful to possess in your state
Find a currently registered machine gun made before 1986 either at a gun shop or a private individual. You can search locally or online (but out-of-state online sales of all firearms must go to your local gunshop).
Purchase the machine gun as an individual or through a trust – but, no, you can’t take it home yet! Trusts were popular to avoid certain requirements (fingerprints, law enforcement approval, etc.) but ATF changed the rules last year. Previously, your local Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) approval was required but the ATF changed the rules last year to only require notification. Also, members of a trust could obtain new NFA firearms without fingerprints/photos but now every lawful possessor is required to submit them each time. These rule changes removed much of the reason to get a trust.
Fill out an ATF Form 4 application to transfer an NFA firearm. This application will include a $200 check for your tax, your fingerprints, a passport-style photograph, and information about you and the firearm.
Wait 9-12 months for the ATF to approve and return your paperwork.
Take your machine-gun home and enjoy!

Carlos Ponce

How many machine guns are out there?
Pre-1986: 175,977 two years ago.
But try and buy one. Because they are no longer made for civilian use, the law of supply and demand has forced the price UP.
Price is usually $15,000 to $32,000 but a C&R Reising 50 can be obtained at $6000 on sale but can go for $8000.
Needless to say these are mostly in the hands of collectors. Rarely shot except to prove they still work.
And the prices keep on RISING!
Check the price guide at one dealer. Interested?

Jim Forsythe

If I wanted a Machine Gun, I would own one, and I would also use it as you can buy parts. .I was able to find several machine guns for sale on line.The price is about the same price as some high-end shot guns.
So this recap, It is legal to own and fire a machine gun. If I just want to fire one, I would go to Vegas or the Ox Hunting Ranch in Uvalde . If I wanted to buy one, it is legal for me to do so, if I meet the guidelines. I could buy one as a investment, because the prices keep on RISING!
Not just shooting machine guns at the Ox Hunting Ranch
Uvalde, TX 78801
United States of America
One of the more popular activities at Ox Ranch is machine gun shooting . We have partnered with and are now offering guests a chance to shoot machine guns, mini guns, flamethrowers, mortars, artillery, and real WWII tanks!
Drive a Sherman Tank while shooting it’s machine guns and main cannon. Tank driving.Blow up a pyramid of watermelons, a car, and much more!

Mike Zeller

I'm with you Steve, either Ray Holbrook has gone off the deep end, or this was an April Fools Day article that he just now got around to sending in.[huh]

Carlos Ponce

Mike, truth hurts?

Gary Scoggin

“Truth hurts?” I wouldn’t know anything about truth from reading Judge Holbrook’s column.

Bill Cochrane

Steve, all of the column is spot on. It looks like you need to get out more. When someone sees the truth as a joke, they usually have a sad sense of humor.

Carlos Ponce

Steve, everything posted by the Judge can be traced to a Democrat Party politician or pundit. Find something that isn't - if you CAN.

Carlos Ponce

Thank you Ray Holbrook for your observations. Every one of your statements can be backed with statements from Democrat politicians and pundits and can be found in Leftist News sources. Democrats know their socialist Leftist party has been taken over by those even further Left.
Democrat Party spokesmen - Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Chuckie Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, etc.
DNC Chair Keith Ellison is seen wearing a "Yo no creo en fronteras" T-shirt which translates as "I don't believe in borders".
Liberal contributors to the GCDN forums - are you going to disavow the words and actions of your party leadership or embrace it?
From your posts it looks like you running away from them. What we sense is, "Shhhhh - we don't want Republicans and Independents to know our real agenda."
And if you don't like the agenda - don't vote Democrat. Most of Galveston County doesn't.

Curtiss Brown

I think we ought to just cut the c**p here Carlos and recognize that any large group of people will have individuals who believe different things and speak out differently.

Cherry picking the odd statement here or there and then adding your own prejudiced spin on to it does not damn an entire group. Especially a group like the Democratic Party. Democrats come from a wide spectrum of people. Democrats include people who are not amused by racist or prejudiced comments. Democrats include people who are appalled at the human impoverishment of Trump: ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency. And appalled at the deplorable actions of the people who support this man. Representative Gohmert certainly knows his constituents. He knows he can't embarrass them, only impress them with his conduct. The Democratic Party will work to keep our country safe from the threats to our constitution and democracy by those who would cheapen our country into a global bully. No thanks.

George Croix

"And appalled at the deplorable actions of the people who support this man."

Interesting, especially after just calling out Ponce for 'cherrypicking'.....

Carlos Ponce

Not cherry picking Curtis. You can find their statements on Liberal media. I dare say the Galveston County Democrats I know do not share the same values as those Left Coast-West Coast Democrats. But I do find Bernie Sanders support among GCDN forum posters and he's extreme Left. I suggest those of you who do not think that way retake your party.

Jarvis Buckley

Democrat party no longer exists.

Bailey Jones

This is, of course, ridiculous. The platforms for every candidate and every state party are freely available on the internet. No one is advocating open boarders, 9 months of abortion, etc. (Although heck yeah to the legalization of marijuana.) Read them. While you're at it, read the Republican ones as well. Be an informed American, not an ignorant one.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey Jones -
"The platforms for every candidate and every state party are freely available on the internet. " That's just for the gullible. Listen to the politicos.
"No one is advocating open boarders(sic)"
Keith Ellison, DNC chair wears a T-shirt saying he does not believe in borders
"9 months of abortion"
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, one time National Democratic Party Chair Supports Late-Term Abortions: No Limits “Period. End of Story” It's called Late Term Abortions and partial birth abortions. Don't you remember the Trump-Hillary debate?
Trump: Well I think it's terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother in the ninth month - on the final day. And that's not acceptable.
Hillary: “Well, that is not what happens in these cases and using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate.”
Trump: “Honestly, nobody has any business doing what I just said, doing that as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth. Nobody has that.”
See "Yes, Hillary Clinton is a late-term-abortion radical."

Curtiss Brown

Carlos, don't talk about abortion. No rational approach to the problem is considered by you. Those T-Shirts were created just for you and your similars. They are a response to the sort of language you used in your posting. It is wording such as yours that is driving this problem to an unsolvable condition. It is not appropriate for a considered public policy debate, and we see it from you all the time.

Carlos Ponce

"Carlos, don't talk about abortion." Excuse me but Die Gedanken Sind Frei. I will talk and post about any topic as long as it follows the paper's guidelines.
"Those T-Shirts were created just for you and your similars." Sounds patronizing and they were not created for me. And I have no idea what you mean by "similars".

Curtiss Brown

Thank you Bailey Jones.

Kay Lowell

I agree with your statement, Bailey Jones.

Carlos Ponce

Despite evidence that contradicts Bailey Jones you still agree with him. C'est la vie. There are things that knowledge cannot fix.

Lisa Blair

The politics of fear replaced by the Trump tactic of just flat out lying. Ray, stop embarrassing yourself.

Carlos Ponce

What is he lying about, Lisa? Everything he writes can be found in Liberal news sources advocated by Democrat politicians or pundits.
All I read from Liberals on this forum is attacks on the Judge's character but no proof that what he writes is not true.
By the way, "the politics of fear" is the Democrat Party Playbook.

Michael Jozwiak

This is an asinine column. A full opposite of this column could put out as the full program of the GOP - give everyone guns, put military bases in every country across the world, let citizens die in the streets for lack of health control, judge citizenship on skin color, let seniors fend for themselves, eliminate child health care, etc etc etc. He must hide under a pillow every night, but surely is an AmeriKKKan KKKhristian.

Ken Hufstetler

Thank you Mr Holbrook for sharing where you stand on all these issues. I think Galveston County will stand with you.

George Croix

Toss in the KKK, huh.
You forgot the Nazis.
And racist....don't forget the racists!!!
And homophobic, and zenophobic, and mysogenistic, and all that deplorable stuff.

Jarvis ics correct.
The Democrat party is in name only.
Been replaced by 'progressives', which is certainly a moniker that's a study in irony, and the most extreme bunch of all, the 'resistance'.....
When your Party is not only warm to but hot for Socialism, you've got very little business finding fault with anybody else, as any 12 year old who could stay awake in Social Studies class knows how Socialism works out.....but, we'll try it again, and see if we get a different outcome.
Judge Hollbrook tends to get a bit out there at times, but he's NOTHING compared to the deranged 'resistance'.....
At least he's not advocating harrassment and attacks on opposing views.....

Van Jones

What a load of manure! You need to stick with gardening.

Michael Jozwiak

WOW! I guess the right wing is the only part of a chicken that this guy eats!

Diane Turski

Nothing but propaganda and outright lies! Lions, and tigers, and bears again! Oh my!

Ron Binkley

Did I miss the one where the world will come to an end?

Carlos Ponce

Diane, what lies do you find? Everything can be traced to a Democratic Party politician or pundit.

Steve Fouga

Sorry Carlos, Bill, Jarvis, Ken, etc, but whenever I see the words "every," "all," "completely," "unlimited," etc., repeated indiscriminately by someone on either side of the fence, my bullshirt alarm goes off.

To me, pundits at either extreme are non-credible. So are people who defend or denounce a political figure without fail, no matter what he or she does. It proves the defender is either not paying attention, which is understandable in a busy world, or willfully denying reality, which is inexcusable.

Emile Pope

To all the people who find this column laughable...he and people who believe what he says will definitely vote in every election. So if you are against what he says but don't vote then he and people like him will be making decisions for you. VOTE!!!

Gary Miller

Socialists know it always fails when it runs out of OPM. They know it will fail in the U.S. They believe failure will come after they have spent all YOUR money. Failure will come years after they die because the U.S. is so wealthy it would take several lifetimes to run out of OPM.

Casey Alan

My goodness. You should look up your facts before you write anything. I’m surprised the paper printed all these lies. These are things you just pulled out of your thin air. Unfortunately it’s stuff like this that creates hate and division in this country. So sad.

Carlos Ponce

Casey, everything the Judge wrote is backed - even by Left wing websites. If you don't believe in these things don't vote Democrat. If you do - it's your vote.

Rusty Schroeder

I vote for the person who shares my values and concerns, same with bonds and government issues to become law. The democratic party started the straight vote ticket, the republican party perfected it. I have discussed this once before, don't have the compassion nor time for it today. In my honest opinion, no one should tell another how to vote. It is the candidates duty to inform the voting public on issues and stances for electability, that is democracy.

Priscilla Files

A ludicrous column.

David Doe

It's extremely difficult for Democrats to argue that they aren't moving in this direction.

Susan Smith

Excellent column. MAGA!

Carlos Ponce

Just look what happened recently. Liberals had FOUR anti-judge posters already made up before the announcement - one for each possible nominee. Others had one made up with the name left off. Students and teachers at NYU were denouncing Trump's nominee - before the name was announced! It didn't matter WHO Trump named. They were against him r her! Liberals are LOSING IT!
Back in 2015 when the number of Republican POTUS candidates numbered more than a dozen I posted in a GCDN forum that no matter WHO was nominated, Democrats would proclaim that person "racist, homophobic, anti-woman, wanting to throw grandma off a cliff, etc. etc. etc." Remember?
We're in reruns now. Remember Ted Kennedy's rant in 1987?
"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is—and is often the only—protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy ."
THIRTY ONE YEARS LATER - and the Democrat mantra is identical, except for the name. Nothing original. No truth in 1987. No truth in 2018. Come on Democrats, run on your real motives as Judge Holbrook describes. This anti - Republican ANYONE is getting old and stale.

Gary Scoggin

What scares me is that so many people actually believe this stuff.

Carlos Ponce

Everything the Judge writes can be traced to Democrat politician or pundit.

Gary Scoggin

You could play that game with any group. You could take 10 out of context statements or 10 statements from the fringe of Republicans, Veterinarians, Christians, Muslims, Pipefitters or any group and assemble a similar list and it would be just as silly and as inaccurate as this one. It’s like the old notion that you can justify anything you want by taking a single Bible verse out of context. But it’s great fun to watch you guys twist yourselves inside out justifying this stuff.

Carlos Ponce

Gary, you can do that. But Democrat Party leadership has presented the ideas found in the Judge's letter.
The only two mentioned by challengers to this letter are:
open borders - DNC chair Keith Ellison among others
abortion - Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, all Democrat members of the House and Senate who voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act which called for no restrictions on a "woman's right to choose".
Can you name anything you claim is not made by Democrat Party leadership but by "fringe" elements of that party?

Jim Forsythe

Gary, Republicans make up 26% of voters which means 74% of voters are wrong, if all of the 26% believe the same .
They are the only ones right, everyone else is wrong, no matter what.

Carlos Ponce

Oh gee, Republicans make up only 26% of voters. In the light of reality that makes no sense since they hold a majority in the House, the Senate, governorships, etc., etc., etc. How can such a minority party get that many votes? I suspect Jim's 26% is suspect unless most of people who call themselves Independent actually vote Republican.

Jim Forsythe

The Independent voter was the reason that Trump is President. Just as the last several elections it has been true, it will be a big factor in the up coming elections. A story like this one will help Independent voter's decide who they will vote for. As the numbers increase in Independent voter's the majors will lose numbers.

Independent voter's are increasing as the major parties are decreasing in numbers.
In 2004 33% considered themselves independent , in 2016, 39 % considered themselves independent and today 43 % considered themselves independent and growing.
February 28, 2016
Turned off by the partisan wars in Washington, 39 percent of voters now identify themselves as independent rather than affiliated with one of the two major political parties. Self-identified Democrats accounted for 32 percent of the electorate, Republicans 23 percent.
An independent voter, often called an unaffiliated voter in the United States, is a voter who does not align themselves with a political party. An independent is variously defined as a voter who votes for candidates on issues rather than on the basis of a political ideology or partisanship; a voter who does not have long-standing loyalty to, or identification with, a political party; a voter who does not usually vote for the same political party from election to election; or a voter who self-describes as an independent.
Today the number of independent voters is growing.
Democrats 30%, Republicans 26% and the largest group Independents 43 %.

David Smith

So... if all these points dont represent todays democrat party..
Tell us what does..

Jim Forsythe

You know the issues and you know the Republican side and what is in the news, but it may not be the same as what the rank and file Democrat thinks. Most people are not 100% in line with any party. Below are a few of the issues,
which one would you like me to expand on, as far as how I see the issues.
I can not speak for all Democrats, as we all have different views.
As far as a Independents view , a Independent would have to respond.

These are broadly generalized opinions; there are many politicians in each party who have different and more nuanced positions on these issues.
Minimum Wage
Democrats favor increase in the minimum wage to help workers. Republicans oppose raising the minimum wage because it hurts businesses.
Politicians from both parties are often heard saying that "The immigration system in this country is broken." However, the political divide has been too wide to let any bipartisan legislation pass to "fix" the system with "comprehensive immigration reform."
Some more issues that I will give my opinion on.
Military,Gun control laws, Abortion,LGBTQ rights, Taxes ,Foreign Policy, Civil Rights, Voter ID laws,

Carlos Ponce

Be cautious when you read any news source about the "Republican side". Is it an actual quote or as in the case of Donald Trump a quote with a Liberal interpretation? He did not disrespect a Gold Star family. Yest the Liberal Media reports he did.
He did not say the NAZIs were good guys but the Liberal media says he did.
He did not mock a handicapped man yet the Liberal media said he did.
He did not demean an entire country (Mexico) yet the Liberal media said he did.
If you believe any of this FAKE NEWS, you've been fooled.
On the other hand, Leftist quotes found in Leftist media seem to reflect the views of the Leftist leadership. If this is not your view then why vote for them? Or do you merely vote D out of habit, not questioning but blindly obeying? When Republican rank and file disagree with Republican leadership, the Leftist media reports it as THE END OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! One thing about about Democrats, they stand unified behind their leaders. Is that good?

Jim Forsythe

It was a response to David letting him know , we could talk about what he wants to know. I was telling him I would be happy to talk about anything he wants to discuss, and gave him a few topics to choose from.
"You know the issues and you know the Republican side and what is in the news, but it may not be the same as what the rank and file Democrat thinks", is exactly what I said.

If you want to rehash all that passes as Republican news, you can. If would like to discuss issues, just say so.
What you just posted are ramblings from Republican talking points.
When you say leftist, are you talking about some Democrats, all Democrats or anyone that disagrees with your point of view?Are you including some Independents, that may not have your point of view or all Independents?
When you say that one person or a small group did some activity, and try to pass it off as this is what all in the Democrat party did or said, is not being truthful. I have no control over what someone else does .

Just as Republicans, Democrats have warts.

Carlos Ponce

"Just as Republicans, Democrats have warts."
They want my money. They want to take away our tax reductions - Nancy Pelosi says so.

Jim Forsythe

If you want to rehash all that passes as Republican news, you can. If would like to discuss issues, just say so.
What you just posted are ramblings from Republican talking points.

Carlos Ponce

Not really, Jim. If you will notice I annotate my posts from Leftist sources. You have to hunt for truth in them among the Liberal interpretation. That's not easy.

Jim Forsythe

If you would like to discuss issues, just say so.

Carlos Ponce

Just read my posts, Jim.

George Croix

It's easy to see what the remnants of the former Democrat Party, along with their even further left 'Democratic Socialist' brethren - collectively referring to themselves as 'the resistance', are against...they're against EVERYTHING that the current Administration is for...not even a good word for record low unemployment, rising wages, lower taxes...etc. Thus, they are against everything that the people who elected the current administration are for.
SO, being against everything now, WHAT are they FOR!!
Are they FOR open borders and unlimited amnesty for illegals?
Higher taxes? Fewer job and wages opportunities? Kissing foreign rear ends?
Totally unbalanced trade deficits? Business killing regulations? Limiting production of natural energy sources?
You LOST the last election being ONLY against Trump.

Jim Forsythe

The Democratic party has moved away from the party of Thomas Jefferson.
The USA has had many parties that are no longer. A few are Federalist Party ,(Jeffersonian) Republican Party ,National Republican Party, Anti-Masonic Party , Whig Party and other parties that are no longer.
The Democratic party has changed , but it still intact.
If a party does not change, it will no longer be.

Carlos Ponce

"The Democratic party has moved away from the party of Thomas Jefferson.'
They have moved away from Judge Ray Holbrook's Democrat Party as well.

Jim Forsythe

I check and could not find any reference to Judge Ray Holbrook's Democratic Party on the national level.
I was talking about the national level, so the Democrats did not move away from Judge Ray Holbrook's Democratic Party.
You may know better than I about Galveston County and Judge Ray Holbrook's Democratic Party.
All the years I have been in the Democratic party, no one that I have know has called it the Judge Ray Holbrook's Democratic Party. As he is no long part of the Democratic Party, I do not think anyone will call it Judge Ray Holbrook's Democratic Party, now.

George Croix

It appears that nobody KNOWS what the current Democrat party is FOR, rather than just against. Maybe more platitudes?

Steve Fouga

George, this is one of the Dem's two critical problems -- little commonality of purpose beyond disliking Trump. The other is a lack of central leadership, which, if solved, would help solve the first. I don't currently see a Dem or coalition of Dems that can bring the Leftist and Moderate wings together. My sense is that despite what some in this forum believe, moderates make up a HUGE majority of Democrats and, of course, an even huger majority of people likely to vote Democrat, which includes some of the Independents. Yet the Leftists are by far the loudest, as extremists always are. I say this as an independent, and by no means an expert on the Democratic Party.

A year ago, I saw no way for the Repubs to survive the midterms. Now, with no cohesive leadership among the Dems, I wonder. I guess the Party has decided to allow local Democrat leaders to wage their own wars in the midterms without benefit of a unifying strategy. "We'll see what happens."

George Croix

My wife says I'm a bad influence...guess she's right.....[wink]

Cary Semar

This op-ed is a good example of extremist rhetoric. The opposition is not just wrong, they are evil. They are illegitimate. They are criminals, and enemies of the people. This is how democracy dies.

Vote for democrats in November. This is the last free exit before tyranny.

Carlos Ponce

Good example of "extreme rhetoric" -"The opposition is not just wrong, they are evil. They are illegitimate. They are criminals, and enemies of the people."
Vote for whomever you want, Cary. Galveston County voters will vote and the results may not be to your liking.[beam] Life goes on.

Keith Gray

Then pony up a candidate that will adhere to our Constitution and not some elitist POS like Clinton...

Kenneth Macpherson

Looking forward to midterm elections…

Has the party in charge of the White House, US Senate and House of Representatives worked the last 18 months to secure your affordable health care?

Do you recall, as I do, Ivanka Trump talking about ways to provide child care during our 2016 election? What has happened the last 18 months to advance child care by this administration?

Are you more able under this administration to afford college for your children? If not, then why not?

Has the party in charge reformed immigration policy in line with your values?

Has the majority party made our schools safer for all to get an education free from daily anxiety of active shooters?

Is the republican administration working to advance clean energy? Clean air? Clean water?

If you are working for minimum wage is that a living wage? Are republicans making your life easier or are they just taking care of the top 1%?

In 115 days, on Tuesday, November 6th if you don’t like what the party in power is doing for you are you ready to send a loud and clear message with your vote?

Carlos Ponce

Things are getting better, Kenneth. If they don't meet your Leftist expectations too bad, so sad. As for me and mine, things are getting much better.

Kenneth Macpherson

Carlos, better for who? Just you or everyone? Your too bad, so sad comment answers my question. As demonstrated by Melania you, as most in your party, don’t care. On November 7th things will begin getting better for the 99%...

Carlos Ponce

Just look to see how many people vote Democrat as opposed to those who vote Republican come November. Galveston County voters will vote overwhelmingly Republican. Better for them. 99%?????????? Talk about hyperbole.[whistling]

George Croix

It's a fact:
The top 1% are the only ones to benefit from the tax cuts, the increase in real wages, the decrease in unemployment, the increases in jobs, the decreases in food stamp use.
ALL efforts to say that anyone else benefitted are LIES LIES LIES.
Dirty lies....

Absolutely unfixable......

Susan Smith

I'm definitely not in the top 1%, and I've seen the benefits!

George Croix

I was replying Tongue In Cheek to an HUA comment....
Yes, of course we've seen some benefit from the tax cuts...I can't go buy a new F-350 with mine, but it's my money staying in my pocket which is something the last Admin. wasn't eager to provide. Pretty near everyone else who actually works for a living and gets a paycheck they earned themselves is getting some more jingle in their pocket, along with increased opportunities to do that.
The idiotic Polly-parroting of 'the evil 1% got it all' only plays well for anyone unable to observe and think for's gotten as boring as and predictable as calling everything 'racist' that one disagrees with.....
Can't fix either one.....

Curtiss Brown

Sure you can buy a new F-350 if you want to. Our next debt crashing misadventure by our less than regulated banks. Haven’t you noticed all the new trucks and SUVs driving around? And Obama lowered the tax rate as well just not so irresponsibly. He had to deal with GWBs destructive rate reductions. Should not real Americans be willing to stand up and pay for such things as expanding the military budget? Or even the budget. Real conservatives avoid debt and we haven’t seen a real conservative since Clinton.

George Croix

People actually pay you for advice, Curtis???

Kimberly Klepcyk

This rubbish is not even deserving of a response. Utter nonsense.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Wow! This article is perhaps one of the most disturbing opinion articles I have read in GDN. Defeat Hate: Vote.
If you vote Democratic you are supporting anti White AND Anti-Christian policy and legislation. This rhetoric sounds eerily familiar to the 1950’s and 1960’s racist propaganda. But it’s better to be pro-life and racist. We are living in such odd times. Ray, one size does not fit all in either party. Americans share many different beliefs in both parties. No party is completely monolithic.
Defeat Hate: Vote.

George Croix

Defeat hate.

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