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September 19, 2020
The left threatens death, destruction and fire if President Trump dares nominate a replacement for RBG on SCOTUS
The news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing has driven much of the left bonkers. They know that President Trump may nominate a constitutionalist replacement and rather than a robust opposition, are vowing death and destruction in response:
Here’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and note the innuendo in her tone:
“If Mitch McConnell isn’t going to honor RBG’s final wish, we will. We will. And we have to.” Thank you, @AOC. For your voice. For your fight. Tonight. And always. pic.twitter.com/2P5ttuvJsx
— Eliza Orlins (@elizaorlins) September 19, 2020
Doesn’t sound like a democratic response she has in mind. No smiles, no sexy red lipstick, no pricey designer clothes, she’s got a dirty tshirt with something written on it, a blazer thrown over it, and her hair in a rarin’ for revolution mess. Among socialists, this is what is meant by meaning business.
Others are much more explicit — such as this blue-check:
If they even TRY to replace RBG we burn the entire fucking thing down.
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 19, 2020
He’s talking about dead bodies.
If they even TRY to replace RBG we burn the entire fucking thing down.
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 19, 2020
So much for Twitter’s terms of service policy. His tweet remains up, but it sounds like maybe the cops should be called. He’s kind of a crazy, whose signature means of expressing himself is with the phrase ‘piece of s***’, which he says a lot, according to this Vanity Fair piece. He was last seen dining on human flesh with a cannibal, according to this item dug up by GatewayPundit. No, really.
There are others on the left who make their intentions entirely clear, too:
We aren’t going to let Mitch McConnell pack the courts. Join us for a direct action and street smarts training to get ready to #DefendDemocracy https://t.co/SPBtruGQpI
— ShutDownDC (@ShutDown_DC) September 19, 2020
McConnell says the Senate will vote on Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, after preventing Obama from putting Garland on the court. We’re up against people with no regard for the law. And it’s time to stop letting them get away with it. Anyone Trump nominates must be blocked, by the people.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) September 19, 2020
If they attempt to fill this SCOTUS seat we must take to the streets like never before and disrupt all life as we know it. In 2016 they denied a vote to seat Garland for nearly a year. This can not be allowed!
— James Woods (@RuckSacWoods) September 19, 2020
RIP Ruth Ginsburg. Over my dead body that the racist fucking orange Hitler gets to appoint another arch conservative judge. Over my dead body. People, VOTE and SPEAK UP. Put your money where your mouth is. #NoNoNo#RIPRuthBaderGinsburg#SupremeCourt pic.twitter.com/SES2NU5Oj1
— Max Lifer (@lifetothemax1) September 19, 2020
We’re shutting this country down if Trump and McConnell try to ram through an appointment before the election.
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) September 18, 2020
It’s strange stuff, given that they no longer believe in debate, persuasion, or even congressional maneuvers — they just want to menace, burn, and kill, which is the sort of thing totalitarian mobs in nasty third world hellholes do, if not National Socialists in action.
And they speak of it as if they haven’t already been to that well once, burning and looting to demonstrate their supposed calls for what they claim to be racial justice, frequently targeting small black-owned buisnesses in inner cities to make their mendacious claims.
Basically, it’s full blown civil war they want and like overconfident Confederates, they may be surprised how quickly they get it. Unlike the Confederates, they lack courage, so it could be over quickly.
What it tells the rest of us is that these aren’t rational people. They’re so deranged they’ll burn and kill as a means of getting what they can’t get at the ballot box. They need to taken at their word that it’s insurrection they want, and smacked down hard.
September 19, 2020
The Biden Hoax
Joe Biden’s nomination is the Democrats’ crowning insult. They’re making another go at playing voters for chumps. Democrats, the D.C. establishment, and the left started hoaxing Americans back in 2016. The Russia Hoax was about destroying candidate, and then President, Trump. The conspirators dragged the nation through nearly three years of divisive and costly investigations and hearings. Framing Trump and destroying his presidency was worth stoking enmity. The Russia Hoax morphed into the Impeachment Hoax, wherein vindictive congressional Democrats abused their powers to — yes — try to frame the president. The Democrats’ malice knows no bottom.
Biden’s nomination is more than a go at sly stagecraft; it’s the most audacious gaslighting in American history. Everybody and his sister can see that Biden is suffering early onset dementia. If not, then let’s see the neurological evals, because Biden’s compass isn’t pointing true north. He’s slow, often confused, irritable, and, increasingly vacant. He shuffles when he walks. Trotting ten feet to a podium — once — doesn’t count. He takes days off, and his availability is strictly limited. Packing Biden off for a quick, canned event in Florida isn’t close to Trump’s indefatigable stumping. Most days, Biden lives out the campaign at his spacious Wilmington, Delaware house.
Not surprisingly, the MSM throws Biden softballs. That’s a given among Fourth Estate bulldogs. Democrats always get passes, even when their minds are intact. But you’d expect so-called journalists to give enough of a damn about the nation’s welfare that Biden’s fitness would merit a few questions.
Simple question: Does the Democrats’ nominee — the man put forward to occupy the most powerful elective office on the planet — have the mental acuity and stamina to meet the job’s 24/7 demands? China is increasingly an adversary. The nation faces stiff challenges domestically. The MSM are reckless in their disregard. They’re so corroded by cynicism, so in the tank for the Democratic Party, that they maintain a monkish silence. Or glide over the obvious about Biden’s decline.
Future generations will ridicule what passes for journalism today. An entire generation of journalists is, in fact, made up of shills — propagandists — eagerly participating in a con.
With Biden’s self-awareness drifting away, maybe he doesn’t grasp that he’s been set up. Biden is the second coming of Chauncey Gardner. The Democratic establishment wants addled ol’ Joe to be the empty vessel that voters pour whatever they want into.
Orange Man bad? Joe’s un-orange. Hanker for an old-fashioned liberal Democrat? Find a Kennedy to backslap Joe. Need Joe to be a race healer? Forget about his earlier anti-busing stance and ‘hood busting stands on crime. Need him to be a working man’s friend? Slap a little grease on his chin. He’ll play that role. Just skip over his support for the Green New Deal. Speaking of which, want Joe to be pro-environment? Why, pimp him as for the Green New Deal! Want him to be a straight talker? Deep-six his chronic lying and plagiarism.
The Democratic establishment, in cahoots with the party’s ascendent left, has no illusions. For them, Biden isn’t an empty vessel. He’s a prop. They want nothing more from him than to hit his marks and read the teleprompter without too many stumbles.
Democrats and the left have their agendas. They’ve cut a deal so that each can grab their pieces of the pie — for the time being. In time, they’ll be at each other’s throats. But for now, a deal.
The establishment wants something close to the status quo ante, whereby they can reclaim sinecures while growing fat off our tax dollars. The left wants power and loot, too, but it also wants to pick up where Obama left off: “transforming” America. That’s always been code for destroying America as founded to impose the left’s anti-liberty schemes — schemes that cement their power and access to plunder.
Wavering voters need to wrap their minds around this fact: President Trump isn’t squaring off against Joe Biden. He’s battling the cabal that Biden is fronting. If through some perversion, some warping of sensibilities — or epic fraud — Biden is elected president, it isn’t just Kamala Harris who becomes de facto president. It’s the entire depraved enterprise that comprises the Democratic Party and the left. Harris may well be the General Secretary in a “Harris Administration,” but you can bet that she’d have a Politburo to answer to.
If Democrats steal the election, then for years ahead, a spiderweb of lies, fraud, and venality will stretch across America. America will be run by some amalgam of Sacramento, Portland, and Chicago — or, in other words, some combo of Big Brother, lawlessness, and corruption. The country may not free itself for decades. Or the nation could break apart.
The convenient forgetting of Biden’s corruption is another aspect of the hoax. If Biden is upright than crooked is straight. Caught on videotape, Biden bragged about strongarming the Ukrainians. Why? To pull Hunter Biden’s, and Hunter’s business associates’, nuts out of a legal fire in the Ukraine.
We know about Hunter and associates raking in millions of dollars from the Chinese. Merely coincidental, goes the party line. Joe confabbing with Xi Jingping and other Chinese oligarchs just days ahead of Hunter and company inking a deal with a state-owned bank there is pure chance. Where were the packs of reporters hounding the Bidens? No calls for congressional investigations from CNN or CNBC talking heads. Instead, shrugs and offhand dismissals of Joe Biden’s highly suspect role. What would be the point of Joe influence-peddling? To make Hunter rich? Any curiosity about a Biden skim? Like the Clintons, Biden, now useful, is granted generous license.
Understand what we’re up against. We’re up against a Democratic Party that began unraveling in the late 1960s. It’s policies and governance failed then, and have failed ever since. Progressive (aka, liberal) economics needed bailouts from Reagan and Trump. Progressive social policies have created the dysfunctions that are causing the lawlessness and collapse in Democrat-run cities. Black generational poverty — a root cause of urban derangement — was spawned by LBJ’s Great Society. Cronyism and corruption — always rife in the Democratic Party — are historic today in terms of pervasiveness. Democrats are bankrupt. What do they have left but bolder subterfuge and criminality?
Then there’s the left. Communism — Marxism, in fashionable parlance — started failing shortly after the Russian Revolution. Communism’s ideas — tried across the globe — never worked. Human nature — hundreds of thousands of years of human development — make it so. Yet, those who are insatiably power-hungry love communism, because it’s a vehicle to unfettered power. In little more than a century, to make communism stick, some hundred million people were killed, from Russia to China to North Korea to the Killing Fields of Cambodia and elsewhere. Intimidation and violence are, finally, all the left has to gain the power it craves.
Are American leftists any different? In 2020, what have we witnessed unfold in blue cities from Seattle to New York? The street thugs and shock troops now present on Democrat turf are mere prelude to what American leftists intend to unleash in their quest for dominance.
The Biden Hoax is the crudest of the hoaxes yet perpetrated by Democrats and the left. They’re playing, perhaps, the last card in their deck of hoaxes. What comes next will have less to do with deception. What’s next is the fully unleashed rage of a flailing party and ism.
September 18, 2020
Why Kamala Harris will lose in November
In a bit of chutzpah worthy of Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris told Americans during a roundtable to be ready for “a Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States.” She quickly corrected herself, but by then, Humpty-Dumpty had crashed to the ground.
A day later, talking about jobs and educational programs for military members and their families, Biden said this:
For example, making it easy to carry your professional credentials with you from one state to another when your spouse moves. Harris-Biden administration is going to relaunch that effort and keep pushing further to make it easier for military spouses and veterans to find meaningful careers[.]
What’s going on here? Here are some scenarios. Take your pick.
- Biden and Harris are both addle-brained; it’s just a matter of degree.
- Joe is scared of Harris and the left generally and didn’t dare correct her.
- Joe’s wife wears the pants in the family, so he’s used to being second.
- Joe was just reading from a script as usual, doing as he’s told.
- Joe was afraid of being accused of sexism and/or racism if he corrected Harris.
- Harris thinks she’s already in charge and doesn’t need to clear anything with the Biden people.
- Harris was admitting what everyone knows: Biden is senile and won’t be making decisions in their administration.
- Joe is often confused. He doesn’t know where he is, which day it is, whether it’s about Iraq or Iran, and so on.
- Joe was predicting who’ll be running the show.
- Biden sees Harris as a female Obama and obediently put himself second, which is where he was for eight years. Old habits die hard.
Though you didn’t see this admitted on CNN or the rest of them, one key reason Hillary Clinton lost the election is that millions of Americans perceived Clinton, correctly, as an ambitious, heartless, corrupt, arrogant harpy. These attributes are also present in Harris, who is an AA/EOE “twofer” to boot: female and “person of color.” The latter is why she got the V.P. spot, despite dropping out after a disastrous campaign for the top position.
Americans absolutely detest arrogant politicians. A “Harris-Biden” or “Biden-Harris” administration is delusional. Forget about polls and other propaganda nonsense on the news, including Fox, claiming that the election will be close. It will be a blowout, because it’s about sheer survival. The choice is simple: the rule of law or anarchy. Without blue lives, whom Republicans love and Democrats hate, we are at the mercy of the “mostly peaceful protesters” coddled by the Democrat press. We can’t afford the security details Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have, paid for by taxpayers.
Democrats have done absolutely nothing to disavow the rioting and the looting. On the contrary, there is a widespread and correct perception that they encouraged the mayhem, calculating that it would help elect them. This should boomerang and result in the removal of Nancy Pelosi as House speaker. President Trump will be able to work even more miracles with full congressional support during his second term.
September 18, 2020
Who Killed George Floyd?
If they get a fair trial, a questionable proposition at best, Minneapolis police officers charged with murdering George Floyd should be acquitted.
Let’s consider new, undisputed evidence, beyond the initial bystander’s video that we’ve all seen, to understand why.
On Memorial Day, around 8 PM, Minneapolis Police are called to a local convenience store. Two suspects passed a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes. When police arrived, the shop manager pointed across the street, where three suspects sat in a parked vehicle. George Floyd sat behind the wheel.
When the officers crossed the street to investigate, two other suspects, another man, and a woman, both black, stepped from the car and politely cooperated.
But George argued and disobeyed ten separate commands from officers to keep his hands up. After the tenth order, he finally put his hands on the steering wheel as instructed.
As George protested, police walked him across the street to the police cruiser, the vehicle shown in the bystander’s video.
That bystander’s video, isolated alone, implies that the officer cruelly forced George onto the ground, then callously put his knee on George’s neck, causing George to cry out, pitifully, “I can’t breathe.”
But when a Minnesota judge authorized the release of police body cam footage, a completer and more different story emerged. First, the police never wanted George on the ground at all, and frantically tried getting him into the back of their squad car.
But Floyd, a strong six-feet-eight-inches tall, fought police every second, and tried pushing his way out. Police video shows George repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe” long before he was on the ground, and before Officer Chauvin employed the infamous knee-restraint tactic.
This is crucial.
Claiming to be “claustrophobic” as they ordered him into the back seat, George Floyd demanded to be placed on the ground. So, the officers did not thrust him down to the ground and then put their knee on George’s neck, as the bystander’s video suggests.
Let’s delve into the evidence.
From Officer Thomas Lane’s body camera, at 8:09 PM, officers approached George’s vehicle, tapped on the window, instructing him to either put his hands up or put his hands on the steering wheel. But George refuses.
Ten separate times, police either instructed George to let them see his hands, or to put his hands on the wheel. Finally, George puts his hands on the wheel, protesting he had “not done anything.”
At 8:17 PM, officers walk George across the street. He keeps arguing, as they order him into the back of the squad car.
“I’m claustrophobic,” he claims, twice, resisting as they again order him to sit in the back seat. He screams, fights and resists getting in the squad car.
At 8:18:08, still standing beside the car and fighting the officers, he says, for the first time, with no knee on his neck, “I can’t breathe, officer!” At this point, police are still ordering him into the back seat.
A bystander urges George to stop fighting. “You can’t win,” the bystander says.
George fights anyway.
Police push him in the back seat. He keeps resisting.
Nine seconds later, fighting from the backseat of the police car, George says three times, in rapid succession, beginning at 8:18:19, “I want to lay on the ground! I want to lay on the ground! I want to lay on the ground!” He repeats it a fourth time, five seconds later, ““I want to lay on the ground!”
Then, as if he knows he is dying, says, “I’m going down.”
At 8:18:39, fighting in the backseat, he again says, three times in rapid succession, “I can’t breathe!” Then again,” I can’t breathe.” And then, again, at 8:18:50 repeats, “I can’t breathe!”
At this point, George had demanded to be laid on the ground four times and said “I can’t breathe” at least six times, while in the back seat of the squad car, with no knee on his neck.
At 8:19:06, he again says, “I can’t breathe,” for the seventh time.
Of course he can’t breathe. A fentanyl overdose stops a man from breathing.
George fought the officers non-stop for over ten minutes before officers finally removed him from the car and put him down on the ground, beside the squad car, as George himself demanded.
Bystanders then film George on the ground, declaring, “I can’t breathe,” as if this was the first time George said, “I can’t breathe,” and as if Officer Chauvin’s knee (not the fentanyl) caused George’s breathing problems.
Fox 9 in Minneapolis reported that Chief Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker, in a memorandum filed May 26 concluded, “The autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation.”
In other words, Dr. Baker initially ruled out Chauvin’s knee as causing George’s death.
In a second memorandum filed June 1, Baker described Floyd’s fentanyl level as “pretty high,” and a potentially “fatal level.”
Dr. Baker reported Floyd had 11 ng/mL of fentanyl in his blood, adding, “If he were found dead at home alone and no other apparent causes, this could be acceptable to call an OD. Deaths have been certified with levels of 3.”
In other words, while levels of 3 ng/mL have caused fatal fentanyl overdoses. George ingested nearly four times that amount, or 11 ng/mL of fentanyl, in his bloodstream. In another document, Dr. Baker said, “That is a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances.”
Granted, mounting political pressure led to subsequent private autopsy reports, paid for by the family, showing the cause of death as a combination of both fentanyl and asphyxiation from the officer’s knee.
Of course they do.
But the prosecution, to obtain a conviction, must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. They must prove that the officer’s knee, and not the massive fentanyl dosage, killed George Floyd.
That’s a tall order.
Not only that, but the infamous, “knee-technique,” which should be banned, was authorized by the Minneapolis PD. Officer Chauvin followed authorized procedure, a technique for keeping a suspect on the ground, after George Floyd had fought officers for over ten minutes, and after, only — and this is the kicker — George requested, repeatedly, to lay on the ground.
But Chauvin’s knee is a red herring. The issue here is fentanyl.
Here’s how the respected website, WebMD, describes the effects of fentanyl:
“[F]entanyl has rapid and potent effects on the brain and body, and even very small amounts can be extremely dangerous.
“It only takes a tiny amount of the drug to cause a deadly reaction,” … “Fentanyl can depress breathing and lead to death. The risk of overdose is high with fentanyl.”
Here’s what the CDC says about fentanyl. “It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.” https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/fentanyl.html
Of course George couldn’t breathe — because fentanyl, mixed with methamphetamines, kills breathing. Despite the bad optics, “I can’t breathe” was not because of the officer’s knee.
The medical examiner’s statement on lethal fentanyl, and the previous protestations of “I can’t breathe,” even before he got into the back seat of the squad car, and long before Chauvin applied the notorious “knee” technique, shows that George was already dying from the lethal fentanyl overdose before officers put him in the back seat of the car. That fentanyl, with methamphetamine ingestion, and cannabinoids — that’s right, George popped some meth alongside the fentanyl, plus a little reefer too — raises more than a reasonable doubt in favor of these policemen.
Here’s the prosecution’s problem – proving beyond a reasonable doubt that it was the officer’s knee, and not the massive fentanyl overdose, that killed George.
No one can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, not in this case, that Chauvin killed Floyd, not with any intellectual honesty. George overdosed on fentanyl, and mixed it with meth, and reefer. That’s why he’s dead. Without the overdose, George Floyd would still be alive. The officers should be acquitted.
Which begs the question, who killed George Floyd?
Sadly, George Floyd killed himself.
Attorney General William Barr told WGN Radio on Monday that Democrats were demanding “[Joe] Biden or no peace,” adding that they were “creating an incendiary situation” that would lead to “rule by the mob” and a “socialist path.”
Speaking to conservative Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass for his podcast, The Chicago Way, Barr was unusually strident:
The so-called “Resistance,” which is not a proper term to use in our democracy — you know, instead of loyal opposition, it became actual resistance. There undoubtedly are many people in the government who surreptitiously work to thwart the administration, and the turn now to the mob violence, and the countenancing of mob violence, is another very disconcernting develepment, because I think, increasingly, the message of the Democrats appears to be, “Biden or no peace.” … That is rule by the mob, and we’re approaching that.
Barr was in Chicago for Operation LeGend, the federal effort to shore up local law enforcement in several cities that have crime waves in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests and riots.
He said that after crime rates had fallen across the nation for two decades, recent liberal reforms in many parts of the country had created new threats to public safety.
The effect on inner city communities had been “devastating,” Barr said, because unlike “wealthier liberals,” they could not “buy their way out of it” and move to “gated communities.”
People in the urban communities most affected by crime wanted “more police, not fewer police,” he said. While they wanted police reforms, and felt the police had been insensitive, they did not want to weaken the criminal justice system.
Barr added that this was the most important election of our lifetimes.
“As an attorney general, I’m to supposed to get into politics,” he said.
However, he said: “I think we were getting into a position where we were going to find ourselves irrevocably committed to a socialist path, and I think if Trump loses this election, that will be the case. In other words, I think there’s now a clear fork in the road for our country.”
Barr warned that the mail-in ballot was a “terrible danger” to the integrity of democracy.
The traditional voting system, he said, had been designed to protect the secrecy of the ballot. “All of that is gone with mail-in [voting]. There’s no secret vote.” Mail-in ballots were associated, by design with the person who cast them, he noted.
He mocked Democrats for claiming that President Donald Trump would refuse to leave office if he lost.
“Liberals project. You know, the president is going to stay in office, and seize power, and all that [expletive]? I’ve never heard of that crap. I mean, I’m the attorney general, I would think I wouldd have heard about it. They’re projecting. They’re creating an incendiary situation, where there’s going to be loss of confidence in the vote.”
He lamented that much of the great thought that provided the foundation of American democracy had been forgotten, or perhaps never taught to young Americans.
“I personally think — and I’ve been saying this for decades — that the only way out of this is school choice, where we return education to the control of the parents.”
He said that it was harder to believe that public schools could be “neutral,” given that what was being defined as “neutral” was rejected by many Americans.
Kass was recently accused, falsely, of antisemitism for pointing out the role of George Soros in funding the election of left-wing prosecutors.
President Donald Trump on Sunday rallied support for the two Los Angeles deputies that were shot on Saturday night.
“As we begin tonight, our thoughts are with the two sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles who are fighting for their lives when a vicious criminal walked up to their vehicle and shot them at point-blank range,” Trump said, referring to the horrific crime.
The president spoke at a campaign rally in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday night.
“We send our love and our support to their families, and we pray to God for their recovery,” he said.
Trump blamed Joe Biden for fueling the left’s campaign against police officers, recalling that the former vice president failed to condemn violence against police officers, including a Las Vegas officer who was shot in the head in June and left paralyzed.
“For the entire summer Joe Biden was silent as left-wing mobs assaulted police officers,” he said. “When Biden’s far-left supporters set fire to police cars and precinct stations, courthouses, Joe Biden called them, ‘peaceful protesters.’”
Trump also ridiculed Biden for remaining silent about the violence during the Democratic National Convention but then suddenly condemning it when his polls started to drop.
“In the Republican Party, we know that police officers are not villains but heroes that risk their lives to keep us safe,” he said.
Trump described the criminal who shot the deputies as an “animal” and again promoted the idea of leveling the death penalty against people who kill police officers.
“Biden wants to appease domestic terrorists, and my plan is to arrest domestic terrorists,” he said. “And we also believe that if you murder a police officer, you should receive the death penalty.”
The president reminded his supporters that Biden wanted to eliminate the death penalty.
“Joe Biden opposes the death penalty even for these cop killers, predators that murder children. He opposes the death penalty for the Boston bomber,” he said.
September 14, 2020
Getting Republicans into the House is as crucial as getting Trump re-elected
Few Americans doubt that this year will result in a contested election. The Republicans are preparing to go to court, while the Democrats are threatening to take to the streets and bring in the military. Under either scenario, there’s the real possibility that the House of Representatives will ultimately decide who will be America’s next president. Moreover, what most people don’t realize is that their votes for the upcoming term of the House of Representatives will affect the vote’s outcome.
It’s relatively common knowledge that if the Electoral College cannot return a majority vote for president, then the House of Representatives is the body charged with selecting which of the three top candidates will become president. When Americans think about this procedure, most probably assume that, because the Democrats hold the House, a House vote inevitably means a Biden victory.
That assumption is wrong.
The Twelfth Amendment, which defines the procedure for a House vote, makes explicit that this is not an ordinary vote, with each member of the House having a say. Instead, each state gets only one vote (emphasis mine):
But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. (U.S. Const., Amendment 12, Clause 3.)
Although the Democrats have the majority of House members, under the “one vote per state” rule, the current House (the 116th Congress) would almost certainly end up voting for Trump. Reviewing the list of current members of the United States House of Representatives reveals that many purple states, despite having Democrat senators or even having sent Democrats to the Electoral College, actually have more Republican House members than Democrat House members.
Currently, 27 states have sent more Republicans than Democrats to the House. It’s true that the big blue states give Democrats a majority for regular House business. However, under the Twelfth Amendment, it’s the Republicans who have the all-important majority for selecting the president.
Unfortunately, if the election ends up before the House, it may not be the favorably composed 116th Congress that will cast the determining vote. Should the purple states elect more Democrat than Republican House members, Nancy Pelosi can hold off on having the House decide the election until the new House members are seated.
Here’s how that works: under the Twentieth Amendment, congressional terms end and begin on January 3, over two weeks before the newly elected president assumes office on January 20:
The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
Nancy Pelosi knows that, under the Twelfth Amendment, the House has until March 4 to cast its vote for president. If the 117th Congress is the same as the 116th Congress — that is, 27 states have more Republican than Democrat members — Trump wins no matter what. However, if there’s a shift within the states, so that just two more states return a majority of Democrat members, then Pelosi will refuse to hold the vote for president during the 116th Congress and wait, instead, for the new House members to be seated.
If the House ends up having to decide the election, it’s the political allegiance of those House members returned for the 117th Congress that will determine who becomes the president of the United States. The practical implication is that every House vote is more critical than one has ever been in our lifetimes.
Conservatives naturally want to retake the House, so there is some incentive to make sure to vote for the Republican candidate in each voter’s House district. This year, though, the urgency is even greater.
Conservatives must understand as they vote on November 3 that even one Republican House member in their state could make the difference between a Biden versus a Trump presidency. If just one or two districts in a purple state switch to the Democrats, that could throw the House to Biden.
Your vote has never been more important. Do whatever you can to vote in person so that you know that your vote will be counted. And when you fill out your ballot, make extra sure that, in addition to voting for the Trump/Pence ticket, you also vote for the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives.
September 12, 2020
Peace breaking out all over from Trump, and the left is going haywire
Democrats are having a shattered-glass crack-up to the continuous good news coming from President Trump on the global peace front. Their famously disciplined lockstep “narrative” has gone haywire.
Over in Sweden, a legislator has nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize over his role in bringing peace to longtime foes Kosovo and Serbia. That’s the second one who’s done it. It follows a Norwegian legislator’s nomination of Trump this same week for the same prize over his role in brokering an Israel-UAE entente, the biggest peace breakthrough since the Camp David accords, which made peace between Israel and Egypt. That one earned its participants a Nobel Prize, too.
Instead of saying “nice job” with a pat on the back, hoping the news cycle moves on, Democrats are going nuts. The Swedes have noticed! Now their responses are absolutely crazy.
Start with sleepy, befuddled Joe Biden, who’s been famously wrong about every single foreign policy issue, according to old swamp thing Robert Gates. For him, this baffling breakout in peace must have just…happened:
Former Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump is making peace between Israel and several Arab states, but he said that he was doing so “accidentally.”
“I think Trump is going to accidentally do something positive here, in terms of this issue of … other Arab states” making peace and establishing normal relations with Israel, Biden told a fundraiser hosted by the far-left J Street organization, as quoted by the Times of Israel.
The Laurene Powell–financed Atlantic had another tack — that with Trump up for it, it’s time to get rid of the prize:
“Giving the peace prize to no one at all is a tradition the Nobel Committee should revive, perhaps on a permanent basis,” Wood continued, arguing “the committee should take a long break to consider whether peace is a category coherent enough to be worth recognizing.”
The article responded to reports that Trump’s name was submitted for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde for brokering a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and by Swedish lawmaker Magnus Jacobsson for Trump’s role in an economic deal between Kosovo and Serbia.
The article called Trump’s nomination “preposterous,” suggesting the president’s “main diplomatic maneuver is to adopt a lickspittle posture toward authoritarians.”
See, if Trump creates peace, then it’s time to pick up our marbles and go home. Trump isn’t allowed to create peace.
Meanwhile, over in Nancy Pelosi’s rat’s nest of leftism, news of peace spreading to Bahrain and Israel, in a nuclear chain reaction style, elicited this crazed response from the speaker well known for her loose grip on reality:
On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reacted to President Donald Trump’s announcement of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain by stating she hopes the agreement and other peace agreements will help the region, and “good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increased.”
A distraction. Just as those paycheck rises to American workers were “crumbs.” Seriously, peace a distraction? From what, her party’s riots? That’s some weird peace potion she’s got going there.
What the crazy array of responses suggests is one thing: that the Democrats have been caught off guard. Trump has stolen one of their proprietary issues, peace, something they claim to know more about than anyone and, like lightning, has actually converted their empty promises of peace, premised on kowtowing and appeasement, into real peace.
Better still, he did it without troops, with no the send-troops-first approach characteristic of the neocons, who are among Trump’s most vehement NeverTrump opponents. He did it with actual diplomacy, that thing the Democrats have claimed they knew all about but obviously didn’t.
The left and its allies might have hoped to ignore this explosion of peace coming from Trump as a result, but they couldn’t. The Swedes have noticed, and you can’t have the Swedes noticing, because with the Swedes noticing, there’s no going back.
And if Trump wins the Nobel Prize from this, as he should, they know they’re going to go even crazier, having even less of intelligence to say than they do now.
There’s just no “narrative” for this for them from their big-money puppet masters, so their response was atomized, each leftist coming up with a different bizarre take.
What this peace news shows is not just that Trump has been right at every turn on how to create peace; he’s also still extremely good at exposing the left for what it is — taking them off guard, leaving them naked without a “narrative” to repeat in lockstep, and watching them go bonkers in all directions.
One more reason, a very big reason, to vote for Trump.