Today's Edition: 7 minute read
This was a tragic and bloody weekend, with mass shootings at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas (at least 20 dead at this writing) and an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio (27 injured and 9 dead), as well as widespread shootings in Chicago.
Despite all those who are denouncing the idea of prayers for the victims (do a Google search for “Thoughts and prayers are not enough” and see how many hits you get), I will continue to pray for the victims and their families and for an end to this mindless violence, and I hope you will, too. In fact, amid all the finger-pointing and blame-laying and repulsive attempts to turn these tragedies to political advantage before the bodies are even cold, I would posit that the lack of thought and prayers is probably the single biggest factor in what is behind them.
Let’s examine all the things that politicians and the media are telling us are to blame for these sickening mass killings and see if they hold up to scrutiny.
AOC's chief of staff is out
By Mike Huckabee
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has no problem getting publicity on her own, but the coverage she was getting from her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, was impossible even for her media partisans to spin, which may be why he’s now her ex-chief of staff. Chakrabarti is the “brains” behind the far-left PACs, Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, which aim to get leftists like AOC elected to office by targeting low-turnout Democratic primaries in one-party districts.
Chakrabarti made a lot of enemies in the Democratic establishment by comparing moderate Democrats to 1960s Southern segregationists, often wearing a T-shirt depicting a Nazi-sympathizing radical Indian leader, and admitting in an interview that the “Green New Deal” was originally a plan to remake the entire economy, not to save the environment.
So it’s not surprising that he’s out, nor is it surprising that AOC is trying to put a positive spin on it, claiming he’s just leaving to oversee a PAC promoting the Green New Deal plan to impose socialism…oh, sorry: to “save the environment.” She also claimed that stories suggesting he (and possibly she) had engaged in illegal campaign finance practices were just right-wing smear stories and there’s nothing to them.
And that brings us to today’s breaking news: the Federal Election Commission isn’t convinced that there’s “nothing to see here,” and there is now an official FEC investigation underway. This could get really interesting.
I wonder if Chakrabarti’s departure (or the FEC investigation) have anything to do with this miraculous news: AOC says she has some areas of agreement with Republicans and is willing to work across the aisle.
By Mike Huckabee
As an example of how the cry of “racism” has become meaningless, the latest to be accused of it is “Grey’s Anatomy” star, Ellen Pompeo. Pompeo is not only one of Hollywood’s most outspoken leftwing celebrities, she also has an African-American husband and mixed-race children. Yet, she’s now a “racist,” according to the geniuses on Twitter. And how did she betray her hitherto unknown penchant for white supremacy?
She tweeted during last week’s debate that Kamala Harris seemed “overconfident.” Yes, apparently, “overconfident” is now a racist dog whistle word. Seriously, you have to read the responses to believe it.
Ms. Pompeo responded, “First I don’t have to tiptoe around when I’m talking about a performance on a stage by a candidate…to me that’s what she is first in this context…race has nothing to do with her ideas or plans as a candidate…it informs her plans but I only care about their ideas.”
Sounds perfectly reasonable. But you know what the left would call that if President Trump said it? An attempt to “downplay his previous racist comment.”
Welcome to our world, Ms. Pompeo. Or I should say, welcome to the world your friends have helped create.
By Mike Huckabee
On a day like this, we could all use something funny in the news, so check out the coverage of the national conference of the “Democratic” Socialists of America. They barely managed to conduct their meeting because there were so many interruptions from people complaining about misgendered pronouns and “points of privilege” and being triggered by all the chatter. It was less like a political convention than like a glass globe full of shaken snowflakes.
Some conservatives are worried that the video of this group will lull Americans into not taking the threat of socialism seriously because the people look incapable of ordering a sandwich, much less taking over the government. Some have compared it to an ultra-woke version of “The Office.” But remember, what made “The Office” relatable is that so many of us have had to deal with people like that in our own work lives. Just because they don’t look like competent revolutionaries, that doesn’t mean they can’t worm their way into the government bureaucracy and run it with all the efficiency of the Dunder-Mifflin paper company.
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Congressional news: Get well wishes to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who broke his shoulder in a fall at home over the weekend.
And kudos to Rep. Elijah Cummings for inviting President Trump to visit his district in Baltimore and promising he will be welcomed. That’s a welcome gesture of turning down the heated rhetoric. And judging from Trump’s history, it might actually be a good first step to getting some action taken to clean up and rebuild an area where the residents’ problems have gone unaddressed for too long.
Since a lot of people who know nothing about guns will be talking a lot about guns this week, I’ll share this repost of a commentary from someone who does know the subject. Larry Correia is a writer, competition shooter, weapons instructor and former gun shop owner, so he knows everything about guns, from the laws to their manufacture. This was originally written after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, then reposted in 2015. Thanks to the Instapundit blog for finding it and reposting it again. It’s another reminder that nothing has changed or is going to change if we just keep doing things that make ourselves feel better instead of addressing the root problem.
As horrific and tragic as the Dayton, Ohio, shooting was, it might have been even worse if a courageous police officer hadn’t almost immediately returned fire and killed the shooter. This cop took action and saved countless lives instead of waiting for backup. At this writing, I don’t yet know this heroic officer’s name, but as soon as I do, I will let you know. That’s the person whose name should be in the news, not these deranged shooters.
And I hope that the people in New York who have been throwing buckets of water at police officers look at this story and think about what they expect the cops to do for them, and that they feel even more ashamed of themselves than they already should.
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