BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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The pile of evidence of outrageous corruption by the Biden family is growing so high that all the Democrats’ and the media’s efforts to ignore it are straining credulity. But a lot of House Republicans have seen enough and think it’s time to start impeachment proceedings. Here are quotes from some of the latest converts to that view.
The problem, of course, is that while the House can vote to impeach Biden with a simple majority, removal requires a two-thirds Senate vote, and today’s Democrats don’t have enough integrity to vote one of their own out of power even if they caught him standing over a dead body with a gun in one hand and a signed confession in the other. Also, Kamala Harris would then become President, which is an entirely different problem, but put that aside for now.
So if it’s ultimately not going to remove Biden, why go to the trouble of a divisive and distracting impeachment trial when House Republicans have so many other things they really need to get passed? Especially when they know the media will ignore the trial and the evidence, downplay the charges and attack the Republicans? Kurt Schlichter examines that question in his inimitable style and explains why it’s still necessary.
Ultimately, not even all the media sycophants in DC can prevent the people from learning that Biden is being impeached and why. If you doubt that, consider that two recent polls found that a majority of Americans now believe it’s likely that Joe Biden took bribes from foreign entities.
They obviously didn’t come to that conclusion from watching CNN and MSNBC. This shows that it’s harder than ever for the left to control the narrative, and as Lincoln said, “You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” As another example, they did everything short of building gulags to stop us from talking about the Wuhan Lab COVID origin theory, and yet look where we are now. As Shakespeare wrote in “The Merchant of Venice,” “At the length, truth will out.” And even more of it will out in an impeachment trial.
As for those who write in the comments that it’s pointless for us to keep talking about these scandals when nobody will ever be held accountable, look at it this way: Nobody will ever be held accountable if we stop talking about these scandals.
New Biden Department of Energy regulations
The Biden White House never seems to run out of ways to make our lives better by making our appliances worse and more expensive. It’s really too bad that with their genius for designing cars and appliances and running the energy industry that they’ve spent their entire lives in government. Their latest target is our water heaters (pet peeve: not “hot water heaters.” There’s no need to heat hot water.)
The Biden Department of Energy is proposing new regulations requiring electric heaters to use heat pump technology and gas-fired heaters to have condensing technology. They claim it will save us money in the long run (a claim familiar to anyone who’s ever had a sleazy salesman assure them that “this product will pay for itself!”) In fact, there’s no guarantee that the savings will ever offset the initial higher cost. But it will definitely make water heaters more expensive when you first buy one. That’s why many people don’t go for those options, which are available now, but we can’t let consumers make their own choices in a free market. I’m sure that would somehow destroy “our democracy” or something.
I like Republican Rep. Thomas Massie’s simple response to this latest government overreach: “Leave us alone.” I hope that any politician who backs this ends up in hot water with the voters.
“So, what else is new?”
If I told you that Vice President Kamala Harris made a divisive speech in which she said something so utterly wrong and completely fabricated that it was obvious she had no idea what she was talking about, you would likely respond, “So what else is new?” But this was such an unusually egregious, horrible and desperate lie (accusing Florida of teaching kids that slaves benefited from slavery) that Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review went through the entire Florida curriculum, checking every reference to slavery, and found Harris’ claim to be “deliberately and cynically misleading,” and a “brazen,” “astonishing” and “evil lie.”
How bad is it? So bad that a commentator on CNN described it as being made up “completely out of nothing.” Normally, Democratic accusations made up completely out of nothing are reported without question on CNN.
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Biden Administration proves again how unserious they are about the border
How serious is this Administration about ending illegal immigration? When they refused to do their duty and secure the border, Texas put up floating barriers in the Rio Grande to stop the invasion of their state. That finally roused the Biden DOJ into action: they’re threatening to sue Texas if they don’t remove the barriers.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “Texas has the sovereign authority to defend our border, under the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution,” and “the tragic humanitarian crisis on the border was created because of Biden’s refusal to secure the border.” As for removing those barriers, Abbott said, “We will see you in court, Mr. President.”
If the Biden DOJ thinks he doesn’t mean that, here’s a reminder that Texas is the state that not only gave the world the “Come and Take It” flag, but where Texans still get that flag tattooed on their bodies.
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Don’t ask Pete
If you wonder why trains keep derailing, flights keep being canceled, and products can’t seem to make it to store shelves, don’t ask our “Secretary of Transportation” Pete Buttigieg. He has more important matters to deal with. During a recent interview, Buttigieg listed the “five major priorities of the Department of Transportation: safety, economic development, equity, climate and innovation.”
Notice something missing? How about “transportation”? Well, at least the next time you’re stuck in an airport for 48 hours waiting for a flight, you can spend that time thinking about what a bang-up job the Transportation Secretary is doing at increasing equity and controlling the weather.
“Admiral” “Rachel” Levine
Since our theme today seems to be “Incompetent Radical Morons in the Biden Administration,” I might as well add “Admiral” “Rachel” Levine, the “transgender” assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Pushing for the necessity of imposing disfiguring surgery and hormones on gender-confused minors, Levine declared that some American children are “going through the wrong puberty.” If you ever wanted a perfect example of a bureaucrat playing God, there you go.
I offer in rebuttal the tragic experiences of a young man identified only as Kobe, who told his story to the New York Post. He underwent hormone blockers and castration and regrets every decision he made. He now considers what he did “self-harm” and a way to deal with his “internalized homophobia,” or revulsion at himself for being gay (why do gay activists back this stuff?) He said, “I was expecting it to help me help my mental health, and it didn’t do anything. I just wasted so much time and all I did really was become a medical patient for life.”
One especially interesting point regards the blackmail argument that’s made to justify mutilating minors: If we don’t do it, “trans kids will die,” because they’ll commit suicide (FYI: studies have shown so noticeable difference in suicide rates after this surgery.) Kobe told the Post:
“I started using, like, ‘the suicide tactics,’ because that’s what they are. That’s what they tell us all to do…I don’t want to use the word ‘groom,’ but we are, like, taught. I guess the older trans people teach us to say that stuff to get the health care and everything.”
But remember: if you suggest that any of this is due to grooming, peer pressure or social media manipulation, you’re a transphobe.
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Leftist academics call on Biden to go ahead and act like a dictator
The same leftists who love to throw around words like “dictator” to describe President Trump are actively encouraging President Biden to act like one.
A couple of leftist academics, Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet and San Francisco State University political scientist Aaron Belkin wrote an open letter to Biden, calling on him to defy Supreme Court rulings that he considers “mistaken,” in the name of “popular Constitutionalism.” Specifically, they’re talking about the Court’s recent ruling against race-based college admissions. Just ignore it, they essentially tell Biden, and follow your own interpretation of the Constitution.
Ironic note: if they want to argue “popular Constitutionalism,” perhaps they should look at recent polls that show race-based college admissions are not popular, even in California, where a majority support the Supreme Court and disapprove of affirmative action in schools. No, it’s these academics’ OWN values they want to impose when they talk about ignoring checks and balances, not the popular will.
Other Presidents through history have grappled with this kind of idea. (Abraham Lincoln actually did it when he suspended habeas corpus, but he was fighting the Civil War.) And Trump has certainly made statements meant to discredit the judiciary, though he did not go as far as to directly defy Court decisions. But these academics are actually trying to LEGITIMIZE doing just that --- as long as only their side does it.
Jonathan Turley wrote a great column about this over the weekend, pointing out that in order to justify this behavior from the White House, leftists have “come to embrace the authoritarian language and logic of segregationists in calling for defiance and radical measures against the Supreme Court.”
Indeed, as Turley points out, it was Democrat segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace, about 60 years ago, who in speaking about the order to desegregate schools said, “I shall resist any illegal federal court order.”
Even if something WERE the popular will --- as school segregation mostly was in the South 60-plus years ago --- that wouldn’t make it right for an executive to violate a Supreme Court ruling. And when it’s the U.S. President involved, the “states’ rights” argument doesn’t even factor in.
These two academics say something eerily similar to Gov. Wallace’s pronouncement: that when “the Court’s interpretation of the Constitution is egregiously wrong,” the President should refuse to go along with it. They rationalize their view by saying (I kid you not), this is “not a normal Supreme Court.” What?? I guess by “normal,” they mean one that agrees with them.
They say “MAGA justices,” who pose a “grave threat,” need to be “restrained.”
To that end, they support “expansion” of the Court, adding that “in the meantime, the threat that MAGA justices pose is so extreme that reforms that do not require Constitutional approval are needed at this time, and advocates and experts should encourage President Biden to take immediate action to limit the damage.”
And they go further to enlist Congress and the public: “Popular Constitutionalism is not a silver bullet against MAGA justices. Its success requires support from members of Congress and the public generally.” Ironically, one risk they cite is the precedent this will set for REPUBLICANS to ignore the Court down the road. In other words, it’s great --- even necessary --- for the left to do this, but not for others.
“In light of Dobbs as well as ongoing revelations of judicial corruption,” they say, “a solid majority of the public understands the danger posed by unchecked MAGA justices,” because “what they pretend to pass off as law is often just partisan and ideological nonsense...”
“The President has the power to clip MAGA justices’ wings right now,” they actually wrote in a sentence. This is tyranny disguised as protection from tyranny.
Here’s their letter…
Here’s Jonathan Turley’s column for THE HILL...
And here’s a must-read commentary from Jim Thompson at REDSTATE. It cites an example from 1820 in which President Andrew “Trail Of Tears” Jackson (the racist founder of the Democratic Party) acted in effect as a proxy king when he ignored a Supreme Court ruling about Cherokee rights that he and the governor of Georgia disagreed with. Thompson rightly goes on to say that we’re in the midst of a constitutional crisis, “one caused by a cabal of palace partisans who want to abandon the Constitution, but only when it suits them.”
Devon Archer cancels on House Oversight Committee for third time
We originally were going to offer some suggested questions for former Hunter Biden business partner Devon Archer in advance of his testimony this week, but the only question for right now is, “All right, Mr. Archer --- do we have to hog-tie you and physically drag you in to testify, or what?”
Archer has canceled on the committee, again. This is the third time. Oversight Chairman James Comer has already subpoenaed him, so he’s wondering, “Now what?” This coming week is the last one before the August recess, so he’s still trying to get Archer to come in. Personally, we think he should go with the hog-tying idea.
Here’s what we found on the ability of Congress to compel testimony. They could try to jail him for contempt of Congress, but this DOJ will undoubtedly not support them in that fight and will probably do everything in their power to thwart the committee. Still, try anyway!
In the meantime, if you could use a refresher/catch-up on what we know about the whistleblower testimony from last week surrounding the FBI’s interview of a confidential human source (CHS), the U.K. DAILY MAIL has an excellent one.
This piece also helps clarify the role then-Attorney General Bill Barr played in opening that investigation and how the 2020 interview enshrined in that “1023” came to be. As a source familiar with the investigation explained it to the DAILY MAIL, Barr chose to split the Hunter case into two different parts, giving Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss the responsibility of a tax and money laundering probe, and tasking U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady with vetting and investigating allegations of international corruption and illegal foreign lobbying, among other potential crimes.
The DAILY MAIL source explained how his FBI colleagues were digging through their records at the request of Brady’s office and found a 2017 interview of a very trusted, dependable FBI confidential source that mentioned Hunter and the notoriously corrupt Burisma energy firm. The interview had been done by “a West Coast-based agent.”
The DAILY MAIL source told them there was “a fight for a month” to get the go-ahead to re-interview this CHS, but when they finally got the report back from that, in June 2020, they thought, “Holy smokes, this is something.”
This was the report Chuck Grassley recently obtained, the one that said Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky had told the CHS he had to pay Hunter and Joe Biden $5 million each to make a Ukrainian criminal investigation of him and his company go away. (Recall that lead prosecutor Viktor Slokin was subsequently fired, and President Biden later publicly bragged about threatening to withhold aid to Ukraine unless that happened.) The CHS also told the FBI that Zlochevsky had remarked he’d had to keep Hunter on the Burisma board even though “his [Zlochevsky’s] dog was smarter.”
Gary Shapley, the lead IRS agent-turned-whistleblower in the case, told the House Ways & Means Committee in sworn testimony that Weiss never shared the information in this “1023” with his team. The source for the DAILY MAIL said he believes this is because Weiss’s prosecution team was reluctant to embroil then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in a criminal investigation because of the “political sensitivity.”
“They were scared of their own shadows,” the source said. “They were so worried about what they were doing and the sensitivity of it. This was an election year and there were a lot of eyes on it.”
The DAILY MAIL source corroborated what the whistleblowers said last week about Weiss having enough evidence to charge Hunter of tax crimes in 2019, before restrictive DOJ policies kicked in during the 2020 election year, and found his failure to do so “inexplicable.”
Oh, are they not supposed to be targeting political candidates during an election year? Tell that to prosecutors who have charged lead GOP candidate Donald Trump and are scheduling trials in prime campaign season next year. Somehow this election interference is...different.
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