• Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Christian Washington State Lawmaker Tagetted for Destruction by Leftists 

    Surge Summary: Rep. Matt Shea is a pro-life, pro-family, conservative Christian lawmaker from Washington State — so it is no surprise the political Left has targeted him for slander and destruction, creating accusations even more ludicrous than those leveled against Donald Trump in the impeachment effort. Some members of his own Republican party aren’t even standing by him. 

    by Bryan Fischer

    We’ve seen it happen before. There was Brett Kavanaugh, attacked relentlessly and shamelessly with scurrilous, unfounded, and uncorroborated accusations from decades ago. Then there was Judge Roy Moore, again ambushed with defamatory and manufactured accusations from decades ago, all of which fell apart on closer examination. For the past three plus years, regressives have been trying to politically decapitate the president of the United States using the same sleazy tactics.

    Now we are seeing it happen again with Matt Shea, a staunch constitutional conservative in the state of Washington.

    After graduating cum laude from Gonzaga Law School, Shea served two combat tours overseas, including eleven months in Baghdad as a company commander. He was awarded a Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal, and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Following his military service, he turned his attention to public policy.

    For the last decade, Shea has been a rising young star in conservative circles. First elected to the state legislature in 2008, he was immediately named “Rookie Legislator of the Year.” He eventually rose to the number three position in the Republican caucus. From day one, he has been an unflinching advocate for the sanctity of life, the sanctity of natural marriage, the sanctity of private property, and the sanctity of self-defense.

    He has been an unrelenting opponent of government overreach, tax increases, government threats to freedom, and an unwavering, unbending defender of our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and property. The Washington Conservative Union gave him the “most conservative” lifetime rating among Washington lawmakers.

    Shea was the co-founder of the Washington Family Foundation, now the Family Policy Institute of Washington. He’s an allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the leading First Amendment and religious liberty law firm in the country. He is the closest thing Washington has to Thomas Jefferson.

    Meanwhile, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington gave him a “Grade F” and a “0 percent” rating. Haters are gonna hate, and Shea is now directly in the crosshairs of those who make their living off animosity and disinformation. The SPLC and the Talking Snake Media have a vitriolic and seething hatred of Shea, and have labeled him a one-man hate group.

    They have falsely called him everything from a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, a white supremacist, an anti-Semite, to a neo-Nazi, the same terms they robotically and mindlessly slap on anyone who threatens regressives and their hold on power.

    Shea has participated in God and Country Celebrations at Marble Country Fellowship, which has been labeled a white supremacist church in the Shea dossier (more about that in a moment), despite the fact the church has an associate pastor (Doug Taft) who happens to be black.

    Well, Matt Shea is not a man the regressive left can allow to roam the earth. So they have trained their heat-seeking missiles on him in an effort to destroy him and wipe him off the face of the political map. And they’re making progress. His own party has turned on him, suspending him from the Republican caucus and treating him as if he is a carrier of the bubonic plague who must be quarantined.

    He has been stripped of his committee assignments, and is currently forbidden by his own political “colleagues” from using Republican staff or meeting with the Republican caucus. The leader of the Republican caucus in the House, J.T. Wilcox, has publicly urged Shea to resign. U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who represents Shea in Congress, even joined in the pile-on. Shea’s response: “I will not back down, I will not give in, I will not resign.”

    At least Wilcox had the decency to say that whether Shea stays in the legislature or not is up to the voters in his district. (He won his last election with 58% of the vote.)

    Shea’s office in the capitol in Olympia is not where it is supposed to be. He has been hastily broomed from his 4th floor office and dumped in an empty room on the first floor. We could wish that establishment Republicans would train some of their firepower on the enemies of freedom instead of their own troops, but it hasn’t happened yet.

    So what happened? Just as Democrats seized on an innocent phone call President Trump had with the president of Ukraine, so they have tried to Shea out by seizing on his support of ordinary Americans.

    Democrats spent $120,000 of taxpayer money to hire the Adam Schiff of Washington state, former FBI agent Kathy Leodler, and her husband, Paul Leodler. They launched an investigation into Shea’s support of citizen ranchers. Their report, which you can read here, mostly consisted of reading and regurgitating a lot of leftwing media reports. The report histrionically concludes, “Shea participated in an act of domestic terrorism against the United States” while promoting “armed conflict” with the federal government.

    All this despite the fact that he has never been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime at all. If he truly is a “domestic terrorist,” operating in plain sight in the capitol building of one of our most prominent states, one can only wonder why the FBI hasn’t already sent him off in chains to Guantanamo. Perhaps because they know the “domestic terrorist” charge is a laughable accusation with zero merit.

    James Comey said the Steele Dossier was “salacious and unverified.” The “Shea Dossier” is even worse.

    The Democrat hatchet job dossier – their version of what Nancy Pelosi calls “the wrap-up smear” – charged that Shea  “planned, engaged in, and promoted a total of three armed conflicts of political violence against the United States government between 2014 and 2016.” The first was the 2014 standoff at the Nevada ranch of Cliven Bundy, the second was Shea’s 2015 support for the Second Amendment rights of a disabled veteran in Priest River, Idaho, and the third was the 2016 standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon over accusations that the Hammond family had committed domestic terrorism by setting backfires that accidentally spilled onto federal land.

    Let’s take them in order.

    1. The stand-off at the Bundy Ranch, Bunkerville, Nevada

    The Bundys’ cows were confiscated by the federal government and the Bundys themselves were sent to prison for unpaid grazing fees, which according to the Constitution the federal government is not entitled to assess in the first place.

    According to COWS, the explicit purpose of the Coalition of Western States is to “restore management of public lands to the States where it constitutionally belongs.” This is hardly a radical idea, since the Constitution in Article I, Section 8, only authorizes the federal government to exercise authority over land it has “purchased” (not seized) from the individual States, and only with the “consent of the legislature of the State” in which the land is located. Further, the federal government is only allowed to acquire land for “the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards and other needful buildings.” That’s it.

    Keep Reading the Rest @ The Ballad of Matt Shea

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