#BloombergIsRacist

#BloombergIsRacist trends away on Twitter

By Monica Showalter
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With the Democratic Party nomination rapidly coming down to Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg, Bernie’s allies, (or maybe the pro-Sanders Russian bots), have started a #BloombergIsRacist trend on Twitter.

Someone’s dug up these tapes on Michael Bloomberg to shock the locals:

Which is kind of amusing to see, because Democrats now are so woke and politically correct. How someone like Tom Perez is going to explain bending the rules to let Bloomberg into the Democratic debates now with that going around will be a be popcorn-worthy question.

According to NewsOne:

The edited, minute-long clip from a speech Bloomberg gave to the Aspen Institute in 2015 echoed his other previous defenses of “stop and frisk,” an unconstitutional policing tactic that disproportionately targeted Black and brown people — a policy for which he is widely credited with being the architect and chief enforcer during his three terms leading New York City. On the clip, which undoubtedly was uploaded and circulated online by some of Bloomberg’s political rivals, features Bloomberg espousing some damningly racist rhetoric about how he identifies criminals.

“Ninety-five percent of murders — murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops,” Bloomberg can be heard saying in his unmistakable and signature nasal tone. “They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city (inaudible). And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed.”

To be clear, stop-and-frisk has had a damaging legacy that continues unchecked to this day and has been touted by President Donald Trump as something police officers should do more of. With that as the underlying context, Bloomberg continued with his speech.

He went on in the same speech to say cities much “spend the money to put a lot of cops on the streets.” Put those cops where the crime is, which means minority neighborhoods. Bloomberg then defended “arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.”

Which is about par for Bloomberg – roughly a New York-style blunt realist — but unlike President Trump, possessing a startlingly inhuman view of his fellow human beings. Bloomberg ought to be blaming the state for the reality of crime in the black community, but he’d rather blame blacks instead, which lets the state off easy. You don’t see this kind of talk from President Trump, whose approval ratings among blacks is soaring.

Bloomie, recall, has a lot of inhuman stuff in his political baggage. He has also been caught paying off women for sexist remarks and the hostile work environment he created at Bloomberg News, telling an employee with an inconvenient pregnancy to “kill it” with an abortion, calling for fingerprinting and cataloguing welfare recipients, and declaring poor people specially taxable because they might spend their money on booze and junk food and he can’t allow that to happen.

Remember this one?

Now it’s blacks who are inconvenient to him, and with some accurate stats about black crime, he manages to make crime some kind of thing intrinsic to blacks instead of a problem of the pathologies of fatherless homes and the welfare state, both big government problems that bring the kinds of problems seen in the black community anywhere they are tried. But Bloomberg is blaming blacks.

Here’s a black Twitterer last Jan. 30 pointing to the problem with Bloomberg’s big-state cure-alls:

 

This is a self-created problem for Democrats, given that they just can’t get away from Big State solutions for everything. Put in a market shark like Bloomberg to that mix and don’t be surprised to see a whole lot of racist baggage coming out of the woodwork.

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The Dems Have Lost It

After Three Years of Hate, the Dems Have Lost It

By Jonathan F. Keiler
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Writing in the Atlantic (“This is No Way to Beat Trump”) Thomas Nichols, a self-described former Republican and #NeverTrumper, castigates Democrats for their failure to take down President Trump, in light of the disorganized Iowa Caucus and the party’s unimpressive stable of candidates.  In the piece, Nichols pretends to dispense hard-headed political advice.  In fact, the article reveals why he and the Democrats he wants to help are floundering.  Their perception of the world is so distorted by manic dislike of President Trump that they have ceased to act as a responsible political party which can offer a reasonable alternative.

The very premise of Nichols’ case, and by extension that of the Democrat party and all its putative candidates, is that beating Trump must be their principal goal, eclipsing all other concerns.  Nichols thinks the Democrats are not attempting to do this — which is preposterous.  But more interestingly having come to this false conclusion, he has no prescription for exactly how to beat Trump, only that it must be done.

Of course, beating Trump has been the monomania of the Democrats (and #NeverTrumpers) for over three years.  It’s the first and last thing out of all the candidates’ mouths when they speak, and one of the few things they agree upon.

The Washington Post recently ran a typical article highlighting the malady entitled “’Tempted to despair’: Trump’s resilience causes Democrats to sound the alarm.” Huh?  Are we talking about a presidential campaign or a soap opera?  It’s quite as if Trump were ill, the Dems suffering heirs hoping he’ll just die — which is probably not far from the truth.

Manias in general are not good things.  Occasionally a smart or extremely lucky maniac reaches his objective.  Much more often mania sidetracks its victim by severely narrowing his focus, depriving him of necessary context and a broader and more realistic picture of reality.

That’s what’s happened to the Democrats.  The Iowa caucus disaster is one symptom.  The failed impeachment of Trump another.  The stable of unstable Democrat candidates yet another.

Which bring us to George Orwell’s 1984, but not in the usual way.  Big Brother is usually the focus of such commentary, the putative leader of dystopic totalitarian Oceania, a fellow both Comrade Sanders and tribal chief Warren can easily admire.

Often forgotten is Big Brother’s antagonist, Emmanuel Goldstein.  He is the subject of a daily “two minutes hate,” which is where the novel opens.  The “two minutes hate” is part of Oceania’s political regimen, required of all citizens. It’s not clear at all in the novel that Goldstein is real, or just an invention of regime propaganda, yet it doesn’t matter.  The two minutes hate is designed to deflect the population’s anger and fear away from the regime to this supposed enemy of the people.

It’s a sick regime, which is the point of the story.

And it’s pretty easy to see in the modern Democrat party the same dynamic taking hold, albeit before they have actually achieved total political control.  Trump in almost every respect is the Dems’ Emmanuel Goldstein, a subject of such mindless animus and vituperation that the party can’t see the forest for the trees.  It’s been three years of hate, and way more than two minutes a day.

Modern therapeutic psychology would suggest an intervention, and in the United States such a role has often been played by the press.  Historically, when a party or politician went off the deep end, there was a vibrant press to point it out, mock it, and return things to semblance of rationality.  That has not been the case in America for a generation or two now, with the mainstream media having lost most all semblance of objectivity to become the Democrats’ great enabler.  And indeed, the mandarins of the modern media are, if anything, even more Trump-afflicted than the party that they supposedly cover.

Very much like a schizophrenic, neither the Dems nor the media can recognize the pervasive objective truth about American today — things are going pretty well.  The economy is doing great, unemployment is low, and the markets are confident.  We are ending a China trade war with some gains.  Borders are more secure.  Unemployment is at historic lows.  With the exception of small military commitments to Afghanistan and Syria, we are at peace.  We are energy self-sufficient, and even climate-change doomsayers must now admit things are not so bad.

The Democrats have a lot of problems.  But their biggest one is their grip on reality.  As long as that’s the case, whoever they pick in 2020 is not likely to be any more successful than Emmanuel Goldstein.

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Mini Mike Bloomberg

Mini Mike Bloomberg thinks Americans are really stupid and lack nuance

By Andrea Widburg
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Looking at the dysfunctional group of Democrat presidential candidates, Mike Bloomberg is planning, through strategically placed ads and a well-funded ground-game, to be the last man standing. His problem, though, is that he’s a bully, lacks charm and, as a recently unearthed video reveals, dislikes and disrespects the American people.

American politicians used to pretend they liked the citizens whose votes they sought. Nowadays, though, Democrat politicians limit themselves to attacking their opponents; they also attack the American voters. The most famous example is Hillary’s “deplorables” statement:

“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

Barack Obama castigated Americans as bitter-clingers and hostile xenophobes:

You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. *** And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

John “Reporting for Duty” Kerry didn’t think much of the military:

You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.

Indeed, he didn’t think much of Americans generally:

We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on, so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening.

Two of those American-hating candidates lost badly. Barack Obama rose above his gaffe because he had charm and the media ensured that his skin color insulated him from ordinary criticism.

The charmless Mini Mike Bloomberg can now join the club of Democrat politicians who hate Americans. In 2016, while speaking at Oxford University, the multi-billionaire who is trying to buy the American election told the assembled audience that ordinary Americans are not intelligent, making it impossible to teach them that so-called transgender people have rights greater than young girls trapped in restrooms with them:

If you think about it, we, the intelligentsia, the people who could make it into this room, we believe in a lot of things in terms of equality and protecting individual rights that make no sense to the vast bulk of people. They’re not opposed to you having some rights but there’s a fundamental disconnect between us believing the rights of the individual come first and the general belief around the world, I think it’s fair to say, that the rights of society comes first.

And so, I don’t know how many of you familiar with the bathroom issue in the United States — anybody know what I’m talking about? If you want to know is somebody a good salesman, give them the job of going to the Midwest and picking a town and selling to that town the concept that some man wearing a dress should be in a locker room with their daughter. If you can sell that you can sell anything.

I mean they just look at you and they say. “What on earth are you talking about?” And you say, “Well, this person identifies his or her gender as different than what’s on their birth certificate.” And they say, “What do you mean? You’re either born this or you’re born that.”

And, you know, I will say, in our prison system in New York City, we have to have the policy when you walk in, you know, “drop your trousers, you go this way you go that way.” That’s it because you can’t sit there and you can’t mix things in a jail. That’s a practical case of where you have to make a decision but it’s so many things that we are nuanced and the issue the social issues that we’re very proud of achieving aren’t believing, aren’t believed by the vast bulk of the people.

You heard it from the horse’s mouth: You’re not intelligent, you don’t support equality, and you have no nuance. But Bloomberg still thinks that you should vote for him so he can tell you how to live your narrow, little, hate-filled life the right way . . . his way.

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Trump’s campaign strategy

Democrats Hate What Trump Is Highlighting about Them

By Fletch Daniels
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President Donald Trump’s campaign strategy came into sharp focus during the State of the Union address, and the Democrats are horrified at the mirror held up to their faces.

The campaign strategy has three components.  The president will tout the incredible record of achievement hidden by the media.  He will engage in sustained and aggressive outreach to minority voters who have been victimized the most by Democrat policies.  Finally, he will force the Democrats to defend the indefensible.  It is those last two components that left the Democrats stuck on stupid.

Frozen Face, whose attempt to be the equivalent of the prepubescent heckler making fart noises behind the teacher’s back was somewhat stymied by her inability to show any emotion, clearly planned her in-kind contribution to the Republicans long before the speech.

She was transformed into the equivalent of a toddler angrily holding her breath on national television because she knows that every lethal word is scoring true while she is powerless to do a thing about it.  The president has an amazing record to run on.  She has her failed impeachment gambit and crazy pen ceremony, ensuring that House Democrats have nothing to run on.

Consider a few of the indefensible Democrat positions that were artfully highlighted:

1. Socialism. One of the best lines in a speech loaded with them was “Socialism destroys nations.  But always remember: Freedom unifies the soul.”  The president’s team will hammer this theme between now and the election.  This issue creates a conundrum for Democrats in 2020.  The younger core of the party, largely indoctrinated at Marxist educational factories, is pining for socialism and will tolerate nothing less.  But many of the older voters they still need with a better understanding of history are horrified at the prospect.  The president needs to drive this issue home in the hopes of reaching history-illiterate younger voters because America is nearing a disastrous tipping point on this issue.  The speech also did a nice job of showing how socialism is an immediate threat to wiping out the private health plans of 180 million Americans.

2. Opposition to School Choice.  Poorer Americans, many of them minorities, are harmed disproportionately when forced to send their children to failing schools.  The Democrats, buried in the pockets of the teachers’ unions, have no room to maneuver on this issue.  The fiscal argument also strongly favors school choice since it is costing more by the year to send kids to public schools.  In the Northern Virginia area, where I live, it costs between $15,000 and close to $20,000, depending on the county, to educate each student every year.  To spend that much to send students into often unsafe environments where they are certain to fail is ludicrous.  As the president noted, “no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing government school.”  My only quibble is that schools are failing only when examined from an American perspective, since they are doing exactly what Democrats want, which is cranking out postmodern anti-American anti-religious future Democrat voters by the truckload.

3. Favoring noncitizens over Americans.  I’m not sure any issue so clearly illustrates Democrat extremism as this one.  In a country where we are already borrowing at an obscenely unsustainable rate, the idea of committing to “free” health care for noncitizens is the very definition of asinine.  Yet the Democrats fell over each other to box themselves into this corner during the earlier debates.  There is now a fundamental divide between Republicans and Democrats, best viewed as pro-American and anti-American.  One side views America as the greatest sovereign nation in the world, a beacon of liberty and freedom.  The other side views it as an abomination, a patriarchal, colonial, and racist toxic brew that can be remedied only through apology tours, elevating foreigners over Americans, and having no borders.  Thanks to academia’s influence, that message now reverberates beyond university faculty lounges.  In the Democrat-dominated suburbs in Northern Virginia, there is barely an American flag in sight.  In small towns in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, it is almost an anomaly to drive by a house that doesn’t display a flag.

4. Late-term abortions.  In my younger years, when I watched many of my close friends become Democrats, horror at abortion was the anchor that ensured I could never follow suit.  Nobody could convince me that abortion was anything other than the murder of an unborn child, which by its nature denies Americans their lives and liberty.  In a country where ultrasounds abound, there is no excuse for anyone not realizing that a third-term abortion is a horrible evil.  President Trump has emerged, to the surprise of many, as America’s greatest president in espousing and advancing a culture of life.  But running on the issue is also good politics.  The Democrats’ position here is beyond extreme, which is why they howl whenever it is highlighted.  Credit to the president’s team for pointing out the wonder of life in a child born at 21 weeks.

5. Support for “sanctuary” lawlessness.  Favoring hardened criminals over citizens isn’t just radical; it is also stupid.  As I’ve noted before, this is the issue that Republicans should be pounding in the suburbs.  Suburbanites who may be uneasy at the tone of some of the president’s comments or tweets, particularly as spun by the media, will be horrified when they realize that their families are being put in real danger by a party that is for tossing rapists, drug-dealers, and murderers back into their midst.  I live in one of these jurisdictions, so I’ve had a front-row seat to observe how quickly this can damage what were once model communities.  Elections are binary propositions.  There are plenty of people who don’t personally like the president who will vote for him when the other choice is somebody promising to put their families in danger.

6. Destruction of America’s Energy Industry.  The president pointed to the incredible achievement of energy independence under his watch, a reality once thought impossible.  This was a game-changer in that it provided a powerful economic boost to all Americans while also delivering a profound national security advantage, ensuring that America is no longer reliant on hostile regimes while weakening those regimes.  Left unsaid was that the Democrats have all promised to destroy this industry, gutting the economy and returning America to the equivalent of an addict under the sway of malevolent drug-pushers.

This brilliant State of the Union address was bristling with optimism and was unabashedly pro-American.  My vote for best line: “In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline, and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny.”  It was the perfect contrast between a party that believes that America’s best days are in front of it and a party that thinks it needs to accelerate and manage America’s decline for the good of the world.

The speech signaled the president will tout his record while going on the attack on these six key vulnerabilities for the Democrats.  This is where the adoring Democrat media cocoon is about to smother them.  Because national media members applauded and egged on these positions instead of challenging them, Democrat candidates raced to become Bernie-lite and left themselves out on an anti-American limb.  It’s a little late to realize that voters won’t go for an inauthentic facsimile when a true believer is offering the same failed recipe.

The president will now serve Democrats the hemlock tea they ordered up with a smile, and no amount of robotically tearing up papers will save them.

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Islam’s Hidden Role

Islam’s Hidden Role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

By Raymond Ibrahim
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From its inception, Islam’s history with the West has been one of unwavering antagonism and seismic clashes, often initiated by the former.  By the standards of history, nothing between the two civilizations is as well documented as this long war.  Accordingly, for more than a millennium, both educated and not so educated Europeans knew — the latter perhaps instinctively — that Islam was a militant creed that for centuries attacked and committed atrocities in their homelands, all in the name of “holy war,” or jihad.

These facts have been radically “updated” in recent times.  According to the dominant narrative — as upheld by mainstream media and Hollywood, pundits and politicians, academics and “experts” of all stripes — Islam was historically progressive and peaceful, whereas premodern Europe was fanatical and predatory.

Whatever else can be said about such topsy-turvy claims — and there is much — they raise the question: if such a formerly well known, well documented, and bloody history could be revised in a manner that presents its antithesis as the truth — with little objection or challenge — what then of Islam’s more subtle but also negative influences on history, the sort that, unlike the aforementioned centuries of violence, are not copiously documented or readily obvious but require serious historical investigation?

Take Islam’s role in facilitating the transatlantic slave trade — which is otherwise almost always presented as an exclusively European enterprise.

Slavery is, of course, as old as humanity.  Centuries before the coming of Islam, Europeans — Athenians, Spartans, Romans — were fully engaged in the slave trade.  With the coming of Christianity, and as it spread all throughout the Roman and post-Roman empire (circa fourth–seventh centuries), the institution of slavery was on its way to becoming extinct.  

Then Islam came.  While hardly the first to exploit human flesh, it was the most effective to perfect and thrive on it in the post classical, medieval, premodern, and even modern eras — with untold millions of non-Muslims enslaved throughout the centuries (one source indicates that 15 million Europeans alone were enslaved). 

As usual, it was only natural for those near and in constant contact with Islam to be infected by the same vice of dehumanizing — and taking advantage of — the “other.”  After all, the few instances of Christians in Europe buying and selling slaves are largely limited to the long war with Islam.  Malta’s Knights of Saint John, for instance, responded to Islamic slave raids by enslaving the raiders and other Muslims.  Similarly, those Europeans who first became involved in the African slave trade, the Spanish and Portuguese, were also the ones who for centuries lived side by side with — often in violence and themselves enslaved to — Muslims (those of al-Andalus).

Islamic slave raids into Africa began in the mid- to late seventh century.  Then, according to Muslim records, astronomical numbers of Africans — in the millions — were enslaved in the name of jihad.  By the time seafaring Europeans reached the coasts of West Africa, the Islamic slave trade was bustling.

While most Western historians are aware that it was African “tribesmen” who captured and sold enemy tribesmen to Europeans, left unmentioned is that the “tribal” differences often revolved around who was and was not Muslim.

As John Alembillah Azumah, an African academic and author of The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa, said in an interview:

Slavery was a very important part of Islamic expansion in West Africa, and in fact in the Sudan, and from the very earliest period of Islamic penetration of Africa. … Slavery was a very endemic part of Islamic interaction with Africa.  And in West Africa, the jihad’s period of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries involved massive slave raiding and slave trading; and many of the slaves that were captured and sold and sent to the transatlantic slave trade [were captured by Muslims]; most of those who were doing the slaving at the time were Muslim communities.

A look at historic maps seems to confirm this: the western coast of Africa, where captives were enslaved and sold to Europeans, was a hotbed of jihadi slave raids.  The populations from Senegal to Angola — the regions where arguably most African-Americans trace their bloodlines — were roughly half-Islamic, half-pagan between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

More to the point, if today, when slavery has been formally abolished around most of the world, Muslims groups are still subsisting on the slave trade all throughout Africa — “Slavery Prevalent in Africa 400 Years After Transatlantic Trade Began” is the headline of one report — the role Muslims played in facilitating the transatlantic slave trade should be evident.

Unfortunately, however, and as mentioned, if the obvious things of history — such as more than a millennium of unprovoked Islamic attacks on Europe — have been revised in a manner that presents the antithesis is truth, surely, Islam’s more insidious or subtle role throughout history, such as its facilitation of the transatlantic slave trade, will remain unheard of.

Meanwhile, here is a rule of thumb to help cut through all fake, pro-Islamic histories: to know what Islam did in the past, simply look to what it is doing in the present.

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Fake Fire Alarm

Nancy’s Fake Fire Alarm

By A. Welderson
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A common experience in public schools is when some smart aleck decides to waste everyone’s time by pulling the fire alarm.  The people in charge have to take it seriously.  There’d be hell to pay if there was a fire and it was ignored.  So, everybody has to file outside, usually in the rain or cold.  Then the teachers have to check the whole school before the business of learning can resume. Or as close to learning as can be achieved in public schools these days.

Since October, that’s what’s been going on in Washington.  Nancy Pelosi decided it would be fun to pull the impeachment fire alarm. We’ve all been standing outside in the cold since, with the Democrats giggling at all the trouble they caused and how cool they are.

As more than a few have pointed out, the Democrats seem strangely scared of democracy lately.  They won’t accept the result of the last presidential election, and are making noises like they won’t accept the next one either if it doesn’t go the way they want.  People notice that type of behavior.

When Obama was elected, I commented to a friend that the best which could be expected from his administration would be four years of nonsense and a lot of bad laws to repeal.  That proved optimistic.  Obama lasted eight years, and we’ve barely made a start at cleaning up the legislative mess he left.  But he was president, duly elected, for better or worse.  We were stuck with him until the next election.  The country had the opportunity in 2012 to trade in Obama for Romney, but Mitt didn’t pass the smell test (and his odor hasn’t improved since, to be honest). Republicans concluded that Romney was nothing more than Obama in whiteface and stayed home on election day.  Perhaps they hoped that another four years of the affirmative action president would help race relations… Didn’t work out that way.

The point is that the way our system works gives a president a full term to govern.  Then there’s a performance review in the form of another election.  There have been good presidents and bad presidents, and a whole lot of mediocre ones.  But so far, we’ve been willing to afford them all four full years to show what they can do.  And it takes quite a bit to make us cut that short.  In fact, the closest we’ve come to tossing out a president between elections was Nixon in 1974. And he actually resigned before it got to that point.  I was too young at the time to really pay attention, but I suspect Nixon’s problem was a combination of stepping on too many toes in Washington and getting the blame for losing the Vietnam war. Vietnam was the first war we lost, and the country was going to take it out on somebody.  Nixon was in the wrong place at the wrong time, regardless of how crooked or how competent he was.

The next impeachment was Clinton, for whom I was old enough and engaged enough to watch and learn from.  There is no doubt that Slick Willy was guilty of everything he was impeached for, and more.  Still, in retrospect, we shouldn’t have bothered.  At that point the American people knew how corrupt and incompetent Bill Clinton was, but the economy was still riding the Reagan boom and the next guy would be along in a couple of years.  Granted, Clinton and his cronies were sowing the seeds of disasters which wouldn’t show up for years, but we didn’t know that then.  So, he got a pass.

Which brings us to the present tantrum the Democrats have been throwing about Trump.  The biggest problem Democrats have with Trump is that he’s a winner in almost every sense of the word.  Trump is one of those rare individuals who is successful whatever he tries his hand at.  Fortunately, Trump loves this country and decided to help fix what’s wrong with it.  Perhaps it’s true what Otto von Bismarck said: “God takes care of fools, drunks and the United States of America.”

The American voter is smarter than politicians tell themselves.  We might go along with some stupid stuff (ObamaCare, solar power subsidies, and low-flush toilets) simply because it’s too much trouble to try and stop before they collapse under the weight of their own foolishness.  But, if you think we’re going to go along with tossing out the first president in thirty years who actually listens to us, and is doing a great job in the process, you don’t really have a firm grasp on reality.   People can see that Trump’s impeachment is nothing more than a cheap political stunt, and a childish one at that.  We’re not going to trade in a winner for that lying bunch of losers.

In America, if a party loses an election, they’re supposed to use the time until the next one to figure out what they did wrong.  If we, as a populace, elected the wrong man, we’ll figure that out on our own.  And if you, as a political party, haven’t learned your lesson by the time the next election rolls around, we might just decide to stick with that reprobate until you come up with someone we like better.

What really pisses us off is when you try to pull some cheap, nasty trick like impeaching a president who not only hasn’t done anything wrong but is doing a bang-up job.  It shows that you really don’t understand how thing are supposed to work. It also shows that you are pathetic losers, and sore losers at that. Impeachment is serious stuff, Nancy. The founders put it in the Constitution for when the president is an actual threat to the republic, not just a threat to your job. So don’t screw around with it when it’s not really needed. Keep that crap up and you’ll get sent to the principal’s office come November.

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Gun control?

Gun control? Don’t sell your rights

By Jerry Powlas
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The other day, I saw a T-shirt that read:

Gun Control
Breathe, relax, aim, sight, squeeze.

Make no mistake: Big Mike (Mini Mike?) is coming for our guns.  He might just buy the White House or the Democratic Party and then start passing laws that ignore the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Everything  has a price.

As the camel’s head extends into the tent, you will hear the term “commonsense gun laws.”  The implication is that if you don’t agree with the people pushing these laws, you lack common sense.

There are some rules that are common sense.  Some version of these rules will come with any gun you buy.  Depending on their origin, there will be from three to ten rules.  If you follow them, you will have a much safer experience as a gun-owner.  The Marine Corps version has only four rules:

1.  Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.

2.  Never point the weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.

3.  Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.

4.  Keep the weapon on safe until you intend to fire.

Recently, I had reason to review these rules before I taught a young boy the beginnings of learning to shoot.  His father was a Marine.  He never met his father.  Freedom has a price.

Here are some more rules or at the very least thoughtful suggestions.  When you carry, if at all possible, carry concealed.  Guns frighten people.  In particular they frighten Democrats.  It does not help our cause to frighten anybody.  If the bad guys can’t see who is armed, he has to play some form of Russian Roulette when he picks a victim.  Many states require classroom and range training to qualify for a carry permit.  Most of these classes are excellent.  Take one even if you don’t need it to carry legally.

So are we who choose to get a permit to carry dangerous?  Maybe to the bad guys, but the statistics point in the other direction.  Comparing the general public, police, and permit-holders, it goes something like this: the general public is 37 times more likely to be convicted of a crime than the police are.  And the police are about six times more likely to be convicted of a crime than the permit-holders.  These comparisons roughly hold true for DWI, assault, and narcotics crimes.  Turns out the safest place you can be is among a group of permit-holders.

So let’s talk about good gun control.  Mike plows a ton of money into politics in Virginia and manages to get a Democrat governor and both chambers of the Legislature.  Nothing to stop them now — they pile on the gun control laws.  Some 20,000 to 22,000 protesters rally at the capital.  Of these, perhaps 6,000 were not armed.  A goodly number of protesters were armed, many with weapons visible and openly carried.  Thousands of armed people staged a rally to protect their Second Amendment rights.  There were no shots fired.  None fired on purpose.  None fired by accident.  The protesters were cordial to the police, and at the end of the day, they picked up their litter and went home.  That would come under the First Amendment, the right to assemble peacefully.  Now, that’s gun control.

Robert Heinlein was right when he said, “An armed society is a polite society.”  If you don’t believe him, go to the handgun ammunition counter at your local sports store and listen to the people there.  It seems to me there are no more courteous people on the planet.

So Big Mike (or Mini Mike) doesn’t think you can decide for yourself what size soft drink you should have, and he doesn’t think you can decide whether you should arm yourself for your own protection.  His idea is to control your access to guns.  He can have round-the-clock armed security, but not you.

Don’t sell your rights.

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Marxism

Trump puts a stake through Marxism

By Diana Mary Sitek
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Every now and again, a single human has an impact far beyond his lifespan.  Marx was one.  Donald Trump will be another.

We have been living in the shadow of Marx’s corpse since his death almost 137 years ago.  This is despite the fact that socialist economics has been debunked, and Marxist political experiments have been an unmitigated disaster.  Yet, like a continually adapting virus, Marxist ideologues have infected every area of knowledge.  Consequently, Marx-inspired dogma informs the politics of the Left, the hermeneutics of academia, Common Core’s woke “bootcamp for the global economy,” rabid feminism, justification for bureaucratic intervention, revenge plots against the traditional Western canon, revisionist history, the undermining of individual freedom in favor of “victim” groups, and now the deconstruction of human nature itself.

Worse has been the recent liaison of the Left with the globalist Right, represented by the likes of George Soros, the Bush dynasty, the clepto-Clintons, RINOS, and “Manchurian candidate” Bloomberg (invested to the eyeballs in China).  As NeverTrump Bill Kristol says, “We’re all Democrats now.”  Marxism was an international movement from its inception.

Yet, in merely three years, Donald Trump has felled the Marxist Goliath.  While lowering taxes and pruning the overgrown administration, he has raised up the “downtrodden.”  The poor are finding jobs and getting off food stamps.  Black American employment has never been so high.  Unemployment has rarely been so low.  Those companies who sold out to globalism are returning to the USA.  The economy is booming.

Donald Trump has exposed the corruption of unelected bureaucrats and depraved politicians (an inevitable outcome of socialist regimes).  He has not feathered his own nest by propping up a foundation to camouflage grand theft, and he abstains from collecting the salary he’s entitled to as president — hardly the action of a dictator!  Patriotism is more important to him than siding with one class against another, as the Left does.  And he does not believe that God is the opiate of the masses, which Marx and Lenin claimed.

He sees the state as the protector of last resort for its citizens, not as the instrument of oppression, as Marx accused.  Yet, under communism, the state became the greatest source of terror to its people, from the Soviet Union to China.  And let’s not forget the “socialism” in Hitler’s National Socialism — and its millions of victims!  Unelected bureaucrats remain abusers of power in local, national and global arenas — under the pretext of serving the people.  What hypocrisy.  They serve themselves!

Now we understand why the Left hates Donald Trump.  He’s put a stake through Marxism.  And the Left knows it’s fighting for its life.  It will ultimately lose, but the battle is far from over.  The enemy congests within institutions of power like an overgrowth of candida.  No wonder the body politic is suffering chronic inflammation!

Donald Trump is the new broom of the New Conservatism.  Unlike the Left, he does not seek to remake society through an endless revolution of radical transformations.  His broom is to sweep the Republic’s Augean stables, to crop the pile-up of regulations and cauterize the deformed ideologies that have mushroomed inside the morbid Marxian corpse.

A good cleaning and decontamination will unveil the solid bones of the Republic and its supreme Constitution — one of the most illustrious documents ever written.  The venerable conservative thinkers of the first half of the twentieth century, ignored by the Left, will return and give us light.  The New Conservatism is founded on the primacy of hearth and home, which secure the family as the fundamental unit of society.  Our first human bonds are those between parents and children.  The family deserves to be revered, not desecrated by feminist rants against men, LGBT lobbies, murdering the unborn, and perpetuating childish dependence through the Nanny State.

Trust must be restored.  It is the organic glue that holds a community together.  Marx destroyed trust, and the state stepped in to compel unity by the threat of force.  The Rule of Law will be restored, and all citizens should speak English and be educated to respect the American way of life and its history.  We are the taxpayers.  We have the power to do it in partnership with the president.  The Left has turned the state into a racket for extorting citizens, and it’s about time we supported Donald Trump in holding its feet to the fire.  Clearly, there is an enormous amount of work to be done in dealing with corruption, the public dishonesty of the Left’s MSM, and the urgent necessity to defang leftists’ poisonous ideology.

Marx viewed tradition with utter contempt.  He believed that his “scientific method” had unlocked the key to the perpetual political engineering of society.  Perhaps he, and his ideological offspring, ought to have taken warning from the Father of the Scientific Method itself, René Descartes.  Descartes admonished against the “claim of any private individual to reform a state by altering everything, and by overturning it throughout” (quoted in The History of Political Philosophy, edited by Leo Strauss and Joseph Copley, pp. 712-713).

Donald Trump will be forever remembered.  He proved, in real time, that Marxism is no more than “fake news,” and he is leading us into an American Renaissance.

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Adam Schiff

Adam Schiff wraps up impeachment with egg all over his face

By Monica Showalter
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With a listing, massively failing impeachment ship to navigate back home, and news focused on Iowa, you’d think House impeachment manager Adam Schiff would want to make his grand exit closing speech with some kind of dignity.

No such luck.  He went out like a nut instead, throwing out crazy talk and reminding voters that the whole thing was a cooked up plot by anti-Trump lunatics.

According to Mairead McArdle at National Review, here’s Schiff’s final pitch to the Senate, seeking to persuade the very tired senators up there past midnight to do what he wants and vote to oust President Trump from office.

Representative Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) said Monday that “a whole range of utterly unacceptable conduct in a president would now be beyond reach” if the Senate acquits President Trump in his impeachment trial.

Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager, said during closing arguments in the trial that “Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election, or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war.”

Like every speech Schiff gives, it’s looooong:

Just his opener, that “It’s midnight…,” gives a portent of how bad it’s going to get, because what follows sounds like the midnight ravings of a thoroughly deranged person, steeped deep in his Trump derangement and cooking up ever more fantastic bad dream scenarios.

Trump, he says (the president who tried to buy Greenland from Denmark), might just sell Alaska to the Russians if the Senate doesn’t vote to oust him, so the senators had better vote to oust him.

That’s the pitch now, and apparently, all he has left following his hours and hours of lecturing against Trump that succeeded only in turning the Senate against him.  He tried insults.  He tried blocking Republican witnesses while arguing for his own.  He tried to stop Rep. Jerry Nadler from insulting more senators.

When the word came down that the Senate had no intention of calling in Schiff’s new plate of witnesses, he knew that the game was up.  All that hullabaloo for nothing — all he sees now is a strengthened Trump now drawing hundreds of thousands to his rallies and millions to his campaign coffers.  The smart thing for him would have been to wrap up and hope no one noticed.  A loser project tends to drive voters away.

Instead, he called attention to himself with the nutty claim, invented out of thin air, about Alaska, sounding like a desperate street corner barker.

He’s an embarrassment — the last thing he will now be remembered for is the loony Alaska projection, product of his fevered imagination.  All he’s doing now is reminding voters and senators what a good idea it was to reject the Schiff show.  That’s egg on his face.  Smart politicking, bozo.

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Total Disaster for the Hapless Democrats

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