I doubt that I have many readers in New York’s 14th Congressional District (The Bronx), but just in case there are any, I offer this as a public service:
Today is the Democratic primary, where you have the golden opportunity to do both America and yourselves a tremendous favor by voting for Michelle Caruso Cabrera over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Two years ago, the little-known socialist underdog pulled a fast one on you, using well-organized leftist activists to yank the nomination away from 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley, whom most voters thought was so safe that they didn’t pay attention or bother to show up. That allowed AOC to take the nomination, and thus the solid blue House seat, with just 15,897 votes in a District with a population of over 706,000.
Since that time, she has become, along with her fellow “Squad” members, one of the most notoriously radical and divisive voices in the House, a rigid socialist ideologue who can’t even get along with her own party, much less the Republicans. She wants to abolish immigration enforcement and pass Medicare For All and the “Green New Deal” (her socialist takeover plan thinly disguised as an environmental bill.) She was the only Democrat to vote against the Payroll Protection Plan because it didn’t include enough deficit spending and government expansion. Her occasional pronouncements on economics make one want to abolish the Boston University economics program that gave her a degree. She seems to think capitalism exists solely to screw over the workers, so she celebrated when she helped drive Amazon out of your District, where it had planned to create 25,000 new jobs. Her most recent childish pronouncement was to cheer teenagers for committing fraud to interfere with the election.
The limousine liberal elites love her for her good looks, fashion sense, and huge social media following, but she is so obsessed with being a social media star and the celebrity face of socialism to America that she's apparently forgotten she’s supposed to be representing your interests. Why should she, when she has over $6 million to spend on her reelection campaign, much of it donated by rich socialists who don’t even live in your district (that’s another problem with socialism: only the very rich can afford it.)
I doubt that I agree with her challenger on much of anything, but she least seems to be a reasonable moderate Democrat who’s capable of working with others and has the good of the people of her District as her #1 priority, not becoming the Inside-the-Beltway Eva Peron. I understand you might be worried about throwing AOC out of work, since she has no marketable skills and the bar where she used to work was driven out of business by policies she supports. But never fear: I’m sure the producers of “The View” are already poised with phones in hand to make her an offer. All you have to do to get her into a far more suitable career is to show up at the polls this time.
Saturday, President Trump was in Tulsa for his first rally since the coronavirus lockdowns forced a hiatus. Media outlets and “health experts” who had been scolding anti-lockdown demonstrators for spreading the virus, then declared that it was okay to join anti-police/BLM protests, did another 180 and blasted Trump and supporters for potentially spreading the virus. Apparently, it only spreads at Republican events. It’s the first virus to be a registered Democrat. I’ll bet a lot of the virus spores end up voting in Chicago.
Here’s a write-up of Trump’s lengthy speech (it had been a long time, and he had a LOT to say):
A few highlights:
Trump said that the “silent majority is stronger than ever before” and "five months from now we're going to defeat sleepy Joe Biden... We're going to stop the radical left. We're going to build a future of safety and opportunity... Republicans are the party of liberty, equality and justice for all. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, and we are the party of law and order."
He also suggested that the Democrats have gone crazy and are bowing to radical left anarchists, which we can see in the cities they run, like Seattle. He said that he could send in the troops to deal with Seattle’s so-called “autonomous” zone and have that mess cleaned up in about an hour, but he wouldn't unless local Democratic officials asked him to. That puts the lie once again to the claim that he’s a fascist or wannabe dictator, and it also dashes the Democrats’ hopes that he would overreact with force so that they could use that to attack him before the election. Trump even admitted some say it would be good for the Republicans to let that “disaster” fester, to illustrate what the whole country would look like if they take the Senate and White House in November.
Trump said that the Supreme Court’s rejection of his rescinding of Obama’s DACA program was based solely on their claim that the DOJ didn’t do the proper paperwork, so he would have the DOJ redo it and refile the order. So that issue is not over. Some want him just to accept the SCOTUS ruling and keep DACA, while others want him to defy them and not set a dangerous precedent for the separation of powers by acquiescing to the Court’s assertion of approval rights over a President’s power to rescind a previous President’s executive orders. That could happen, but Trump seems more willing to take that chance than spark a Constitutional dog fight. He might look at it as taking a small loss for the larger win of rescinding DACA. Which, I will remind you, doesn’t mean he wants to deport all the “Dreamers.” He’s always said that Congress should act to help them because it’s not the President’s job. All of this would have been settled long ago if the Democratic House had ever passed any law to deal with it, but they were too busy trying to impeach Trump.
Trump also pointed out the ways in which his Administration has benefited African-Americans, with opportunity zones, record-low minority unemployment and rising wages, support for black colleges and prison sentencing reform, all things that Democrats have promised and never delivered. He also mentioned that Joe Biden has been in government for over 40 years and done none of those things (he even co-wrote the harsh sentencing law he now condemns) and has been on the wrong side of every major issue.
Trump also refuted the media narrative that he had botched the coronavirus response, pointing out his early shutdown of travel from China and Europe that his critics opposed, the rabid ramping up of manufacturing of ventilators and hospital beds (most of which have never been used) and COVID-19 testing that’s now reached 25 million people. He added, "Here’s the bad part. When you test to that extent, you are going to find more people, find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down please!’” That was an obvious joke, which the crowd recognized and laughed at. But as Deadline.com reported it, “A White House official later suggested to reporters that the comment was a joke. Journalists, though, seized on the comment…”
I’m sure they did. After a steady four-year diet of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Trever Noah, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers, et al, they probably no longer recognize an actual joke when they hear one.
US ATTORNEY FIRED
You might have heard about President Trump’s firing of Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Originally, Attorney General Barr announced that Berman was “stepping down” (the traditional diplomatic way of saying someone is being fired), but Berman declared that he had been appointed by the courts as the interim US Attorney and defiantly refused to step down until he's replaced by someone confirmed by the Senate. That’s not his call, and it’s clear insubordination. US Attorneys are appointed and serve at the pleasure of the President, not the courts (there’s a good case that such court appointments are unconstitutional.)
The media and the opposition being what it is, this molehill of a story was immediately blown up into a mountain of “OUTRAGE!!!” Because Berman is investigating some Trump associates, there were overheated comparisons to Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” (and not for the first time: we heard the same nonsense when the media were heatedly speculating that Trump would fire Robert Mueller, and look how long he let that drag on.) In fact, there’s much less to this than you’d imagine: the investigations will continue under Berman’s current deputy. It also won’t help Trump’s reelection because his chosen replacement wouldn’t take office until after the election anyway.
While the media have tried to ignore the details and reduce this to their usual simplistic “TRUMP BAD!!” narrative, Andrew C. McCarthy of the National Review used to work for the SDNY office, and he knows all the rules and principals, so read his explanation if you really want to know what’s going on.
I’ll just add that, like the Supreme Court ruling on DACA, this is another example of how the anti-Trumpers still can’t get their heads around the concept that Trump really, really is the President. That means (pay very close attention, Chief Justice Roberts) he has the power to undo previous Presidents’ executive orders, and he has the unquestioned power to fire US Attorneys when he thinks they need to be replaced. Just like Bill Clinton fired them all the moment he took office. Funny how we're not hearing any media outlets compare Trump’s firing of just one of them to that.
UK TERROR ATTACK
A 25-year-old Libyan refugee has been arrested under the UK's Terrorism Act, following a knife attack in Reading, England, that killed three people and injured three more. He had just been released from prison 17 days ago. The British intelligence agency MI5 had taken notice of him a year ago, but determined that he did not pose a substantial terrorism threat. More at the link, and please say a prayer for the victims.
THE LUNACY OF A JOE BIDEN WIN
Now that the Supreme Court has unconstitutionally rewritten the 1964 Civil Rights Law so that “sex” means “gender identity,” the only hope of restoring sanity is to elect a Republican House that will clarify the law. At this link, Terence P. Jeffrey of CNSNews.com speculates on the lunacy that will ensue if Joe Biden is elected, considering that he not only supports this ruling but has also vowed to immediately reimpose the Obama-era guidelines that forced schools to let males who claim to identify as females compete on girls’ sports teams and use girls’ bathrooms, showers and locker rooms.
Jeffrey speculates on the mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world that will reign under Biden, if he’s allowed to codify all the latest “gender fluidity” propaganda into law. It’s like Masters & Johnson meets Abbott & Costello. At least we could finally have our first female President, since Joe could declare himself to be a woman right after Inauguration Day, and nobody would dare suggest otherwise.
In a related story, the NYPD is considering a strike on the Fourth of July, so that New Yorkers who want to defund the police can find out what that would actually be like. Or you could stream the movie “The Warriors.”
Now that the America-hating rioters have destroyed and defaced virtually all of the real monuments to American history in Democrat-run cities, they’ve been reduced to destroying virtual statues of fictitious comic book American heroes. As part of the promotional materials for its upcoming “Marvel’s Avengers” video game, which takes place in a San Francisco abandoned by the heroes and run by supervillains, Marvel Comics released an image of “Heroes’ Park,” with a statue of the now-deceased Captain America.
That actually caused the Twitter mobs (Motto: “Scouring the world for anything to be outraged by!”) to express OUTRAGE that the image of a Captain America statue was released during this time when people are naturally expressing their anger over George Floyd’s death by smashing and burning other people’s property and other things that have no connection with it.
The game's maker, Japanese media company Square Enix, has a partnership with Marvel, which has recently become so woke that it’s almost turned into a comic book version of itself. So Square Enix instantly capitulated. They removed the image of the nonexistent stature of the fictitious superhero, and groveled, “We’ve heard your response to our recent post and agree that now was not the appropriate time to share this content from our game. We apologize for being insensitive.” It’s not even a real statue of a real American hero in a real park. It’s all just as made-up as the fake pain and OUTRAGE the people complaining about it claim to be feeling over it.
This has become beyond stupid. It’s now “super-stupid!” Although I suppose you could argue that a depiction of San Francisco that American heroes have abandoned and that is now being run by the criminals is closer to the reality of the current situation than anything you’re likely to see on CNN.
A UC-Berkeley law professor who opposed Donald Trump for President in 2016 has written a book about Trump’s dealings with the Constitution. If I were a betting man, I’d bet the farm that you couldn’t guess what he says about that subject.
WHAT AMERICA IS REALLY LIKE
Contrary to some nonsense recently in the news accusing Cracker Barrel restaurants of “feeling” racist because of the name, there’s a growing number of stories coming out of Cracker Barrel restaurants that remind us of what America is really like, and it’s nothing like the hateful tribalism described by the far-left. This is just the latest. If you need a little good news for a change, this is a small story that may give a big lift to your mood.
Hilarious Video! A group of conservative commentators (and one of the few remaining genuine liberals, Dave Rubin) created a parody of those self-righteous videos featuring celebrities, shot in black-and-white and set to weepy music, looking into the camera and telling us how they’re going to show us the way to ending injustice from their Beverly Hills mansions. This deserves double kudos because it’s so hard to parody a self-parody.
The latest venerable product to be considering a name-change because the name it’s had forever is suddenly considered “derogatory” and “racially insensitive” is (spin wheel)…”Eskimo Pies!”