The hysteria over Kavanaugh
On Saturday, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court (amid the anguished howls of protesters that were aptly compared by J. Christian Adams to the sounds of “an exorcism in an insane asylum.”)
It’s one thing for random protesters or “paid professional protesters,” as President Trump dubbed them, to act like unhinged moonbats; but what is the excuse for United States Senators and Representatives to follow suit? Already, they’re railing about taking over Congress and impeaching Kavanaugh. They plan to impeach Trump on no grounds, so why not just impeach everyone they don’t like? If you want a Congress focused almost entirely on abusing its power to exact revenge on political enemies for beating them, then vote Democrat next month.
I don’t think that’s why the Founders included the impeachment option in the Constitution, but if today’s Democrats cared what those old dead, white guys thought, they wouldn’t be so adamantly opposed to judges who actually look at the Constitution before ruling. Despite all the claims that women will die and Kavanaugh is a beer-fueled Mr. Hyde, this is really all about the fact that unelected liberal judges who ignore the Constitution are the only weapon the left still has for imposing its unpopular failed policies on an unwilling public, so they must protect the activist judiciary at all costs.
I’m hearing very few voices among top Democrats trying to calm the hysteria and remind their constituents that in a democracy, you don’t get your way by screaming, threatening people you don’t like and terrorizing their families. We have for far too long indulged that kind of unacceptable behavior, and it’s time to start reminding people that there are legal consequences for making threats and attempting to intimidate American citizens out of exercising their Constitutional rights. (Yes, there is a right to protest, but for those who never bothered to read the Constitution, it's described as "the right of the people peaceably to assemble." Have you seen many peaceable leftist assemblies lately?)
One good place to start in demonstrating there are consequences for illegal political behavior would be with the now-former member of Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee’s staff who allegedly posted the private home addresses of Republican Senators on Wikipedia and threatened to release their Social Security numbers, children’s health records and more. Contrary to early reports, he apparently was not merely an “unpaid intern” (chilling new details are at this link):
If he is charged with all the applicable crimes, he could face nearly 50 years in prison, which as some commentators pointed out, would mean he would get out, appropriately enough, just about the time Brett Kavanaugh was finishing his Supreme Court career.
Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that a couple of Democratic Senators really outdid themselves in their last-ditch attempts to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Senate Minority Leader (and let’s pray he remains so) Chuck Schumer argued that Kavanaugh should not be confirmed because with his angry reaction to being accused of being a blackout drunk who committed horrible sex crimes and to having his name smeared and his family threatened, he couldn’t possibly be impartial when Democrats bring a case before him.
That’s a stunning admission. To put it into plain English: “This man can’t be a judge! We Democrats have acted like such vicious, unrepentant jackholes toward him, how could he possibly even look at us without wanting to send us to jail?” Agreed! But I think his 12-year career on the bench proves that he can be fair when dealing with any party to a case, no matter how personally reprehensible that party might be.
Giving Schumer a run for his money in the Chutzpah Sweepstakes, Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono said that President Trump’s mocking comments about the lack of details in Dr. Christine Ford’s testimony were a “new low” in American politics. Granted, I cringed at that and wished he hadn’t done it. Although nothing he said was inaccurate, I thought it was insensitive and fed the opposition. But Trump strongly defended it, saying it was necessary to force people to examine her story critically and to rally support for Kavanaugh. He felt it was the turning point in the fight back, and he might be right, even if it did seem like getting down in the mud with Kavanaugh's critics.
But there’s a lot of competition these days for the title of “a new low in American politics.” I think my nominee would be a certain Hawaii Senator who declared that an unsupported and unproven allegation was not only reason enough to find a judge with a sterling reputation guilty of a heinous act, to destroy his reputation and endanger his family, but that he didn’t even deserve the basic civil right of presumption of innocence – indeed, that no man had a right even to speak up in his own defense when accused by a woman, simply because of his gender.
I’d call that such a new low in American politics that the person who said it would have to use a periscope to look up and see the bottom of the barrel.
Liars among us
Democrats and media (but I repeat, etc.) constantly accuse President Trump being a liar who slanders people in his speeches and tweets. Latest case in point, when he called the two women who accosted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator, yelling at him about Brett Kavanaugh, “paid professionals” funded by George Soros and others. Their defenders deny that, and even when it turned out one of the women was the co-executive director of the left-wing group, the Center for Popular Democracy, insisted that they are just a struggling grassroots organization – hence the need for them to use the elevator incident as a pretext for a fundraising email to raise $50,000 to keep them alive because “We don’t have private jets or big money donors. Instead we have a people-powered movement to save our democracy.”
That may be true, if you are generous enough to classify Machiavellian socialist billionaire George Soros as “people.” The Washington Free Beacon dug into the public records of the CPD and its sister organization, the Center for Popular Democracy Action, and found that in 2016 and 2017, they received nearly $3 million from Soros’ Open Society Foundations (ironically, they don't seem very open about it), plus around $12 million from the Ford Foundation between 2015 and 2017.
By the way, the linked article quotes a campaign finance lawyer as noting that the CPD encourages people to engage in civil disobedience and risk getting arrested, and boasts that 300 CPD-trained protesters were arrested during the protests of the GOP tax cut (you remember, the one that was going to kill a lot of people, according to Nancy Pelosi?) Interesting side note: “IRS rules state that organizations that plan or sponsor demonstrations where group members are ‘urged to commit acts of civil disobedience, don’t qualify for’ a tax-exemption as a nonprofit.”
Is anyone in the government going to look into revoking the tax-exempt status of this organization, or will this be yet another example of the IRS, which went after conservative groups seeking non-profit status tooth-and-claw, turning a blind eye to groups that couldn’t be more blatantly leftwing partisan if they had “Subsidiary of the DNC” on their stationery?
A frightening new survey by Maru/Blue and BuzzFeed News found that nearly one-third of Millennials identify as socialist, and that includes nearly half of Millennial Democrats.
How could so many younger Americans who are part of a generation that’s enjoyed perhaps the safest, healthiest, most pampered lifestyle of any generation in history due to the benefits of capitalism possibly embrace a system whose guaranteed spiral to failure, misery, starvation and oppression has been illustrated time and again throughout history? Maybe because, to quote the old Sam Cooke song they probably also know nothing about, they “don’t know much about history.”
Another new survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found that only about 1 in 3 Americans could pass the US citizenship history test. Not surprisingly, younger Americans performed worst, with only 19% of those under 45 passing the test that asks the most basic questions about US history.
How basic are these questions? Brace yourself: Only 24% could name one thing Ben Franklin was famous for, with 37% thinking he invented the light bulb. Twelve percent thought Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was a Civil War leader. At least most knew what the Cold War was, but 2% thought it was caused by climate change (of course, we all know that global warming actually ended the Cold War. That’s a joke, for the 2% of you who think I’m serious.)
It’s said that those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it. It’s obvious that a lot of young Americans need to repeat history class (one exemplar of this trend, “Democratic” socialist media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been nicknamed “Alexandria Occasionally-Correct” by critics for her off-the-wall pronouncements about history, civics and economics); but I mean a real American history class, not one where the teachers tell them that America is responsible for every bad thing that’s happened since the birth of Christ.
Unless we root out the far-left indoctrination from our schools and start teaching our kids real history, civics and economics, then they (and this entire nation) will be easy prey for those who would exploit their ignorance to enslave them with the failed nostrums of socialism. It would be bad enough to repeat the mistakes of America’s history, but trust me, kids, you really don’t want to repeat the mistakes of Russia’s, China’s, Cuba’s or Venezuela’s history.
A new health care idea
Up until recently, when the main impetus for people voting became hatred of Trump on one side and keeping the lunatics from taking over the asylum on the other, pollsters were telling us that the #1 issue among voters was health care. Okay, if anyone is still concerned about that minor issue, the Center for Health and Economy has developed a plan called the Health Care Choices Proposal that they say would reduce individual health insurance premiums by up to one-third, reduce Medicaid spending and the federal deficit, nearly eliminate a predicted 20 million-person increase in the number of uninsured Americans and increase the number of people with private health insurance by up to 1 million.
So what’s the catch? It would require getting rid of the last vestiges of Obamacare. Under the new proposal, the Obamacare Medical expansion and entitlement premium subsidies would be replaced with direct grants to the states to help the poor and needy buy coverage. All the federal regulations that force the young and healthy to pay unfairly high premiums would be scrapped in favor of subsidized high-risk pools to provide affordable coverage for the old and sick. States would have the freedom to develop their own market-based reforms to provide affordable care without federal micromanagement. There are more details at the link.
I’m not a health insurance expert, so I won’t judge this plan, other than to say that the people who developed it are health care experts and most of the people attacking it won’t be. But you can learn more at the link. It is obvious, though, from the soaring health care premiums and rising deductibles, that Obamacare was the cure that made the disease worse, and imposing “Medicare for All” or other massive government-centered programs would be like trying to cure anemia with more leeches. Anyone who reflexively attacks proposals that call for replacing Obamacare without explaining why they wouldn’t be better is simply signaling that they don’t really care about your health, they just care about making sure that the government is in charge of your health.
Taylor Swift speaks out
I was sorry to hear that Taylor Swift had abandoned her very wise decision to keep out of politics in order to endorse the Democratic Senate candidate in Tennessee, a decision that could easily swing that race if 13-year-old girls could vote. But she’s only one of many Hollywood celebrities who seem to think that telling us how to vote is their real job and showbiz just a sideline. If you’re sick of that, then Greg Gutfeld had a hilarious parody commercial that says what many of us have been thinking for a long time when we’re lectured by the self-appointed guardians of morality who gave us Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby. (Warning: contains some bleeped but obvious rough language.)
One woman's view: Sen. Susan Collins is my hero; hope she has tight security
By Laura Ainsworth
Yes, the hysterical antics of leftist women still make me embarrassed to be female. But now that embarrassment is mixed with pride.
The source of that pride is Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, my new hero. The speech she made before the Senate outlining her compelling reasons for supporting Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court was one of the most magnificent orations I’ve heard in my life. It was also one of the bravest, because she’s become the focus of obscene rants and fevered death threats that will likely continue for years.
Sadly, much of the vile abuse being heaped on her is coming from other women, who feel she has betrayed her gender simply by asserting key American principles like due process and presumption of innocence. Even before the accusations against Kavanaugh were made public, leftist women had a raging, stop-him-at-all-costs reaction to his nomination. I found the intensity of this reaction somewhat puzzling in that he is not by any stretch a right-wing idealogue, having voted pretty much the same way (93 percent) as the Obama nominee they so dearly wanted on the Court, Merrick Garland. Leftists showed us that, for them, it’s got to be 100 percent or nothing. They would have reacted with screams of horror to anyone President Trump had put forward.
On the day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation and swearing-in, a mob of crazed and, I have to assume, wildly misinformed protesters –- mostly female but joined by some of their militant male comrades (and, no doubt, some members of the other 55 genders) –- smashed through a police line and pushed their way to the locked door of the Court’s chamber, where they cried, screamed and literally pounded and clawed. Think I’m exaggerating?
It’s easy to go online and find freaked-out rants representing the fringes of every political persuasion, left and right, but today, mass quantities of left-wing bile have seeped far into what used to be called “mainstream” media. The New York Times ran an op-ed by Alexis Grenell that is such a piece of vile, racist, left-wing drivel that one would only hope most left-leaners would be put off by it and rush to order their #WalkAway t-shirts. After all, Grenell didn’t write this trash for some obscure, far-left wacko website. The Times’ decision to feature tripe like this leaves no doubt as to what they really are, and it is not pretty.
And it was some editor at the Times who wrote the headline: “White Women, Come Get Your People --- they will defend their privilege to the death.” Grenell, herself a white woman and (no surprise) Democratic strategist, fills her piece with violent imagery such as this: “After a confirmation process where women all but slit their wrists, letting their stories of sexual trauma run like rivers of blood through the Capitol...” She borrows a term from (ugh) The Handmaid’s Tale, “gender traitors,” and applies it to all the Republican women who “caved.” “They’ve made standing by the patriarchy a full-time job,” she expounds. “The women who support them show up at the Capitol wearing “Women For Kavanaugh” t-shirts, but also probably tell their daughters to put on less revealing clothes when they go out.”
Good lord, where to start? Here’s another gem: “But the people who scare me most are the mothers, sisters and wives of those young men, because my stupid uterus still holds out some insane hope of solidarity.”
I do think the word “stupid” applies here, but to her brain, not her uterus. Same for the word “insane.”
Read on, and it’s obvious that she, as a typical leftist, sees people primarily are representatives of their race and gender. She condemns white women (that way, she gets to congratulate her white-female self for not being typical), 53 percent of which “put their racial privilege ahead of their second-class gender status in 2016 by voting to uphold a system that values only their whiteness, just as they have for decades.”
“White women benefit from patriarchy by trading on their whiteness to monopolize resources for mutual gain,” she writes. She calls this “a blood pact between men and women,” adding that “game girls will defend their privilege to the death.”
Think this kind of bilge will go away? If you have a daughter –- or a son, come to think of it –- in college, this is what she or he is going to hear. I have friends whose daughters are being inundated with left-wing dogma like this even before college. The indoctrination starts early. It’s this new generation of women that I am most worried about.
As Rod Dreher says in his excellent piece in The American Conservative, “Alexis Grenell –- who earned her master’s degree in 2015 from an Ivy League School (Columbia) --- is the face and the voice of extreme liberalism. The Times editors read her savage essay and considered it within the mainstream of commentary whereas no responsible editor of any serious publication would have published the same kind of rhetoric wielded against people of color.” He calls this “the language of Tribalism...blessed by elite liberal gatekeepers, as long as it is wielded by the Righteous Tribe, against the Deplorable Tribe.”
He prefers to be part of the “American Tribe”...judging people not on their reproductive organs or the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. "That’s the America I want to live in. It’s the America that people like Alexis Grenell and the editors of The New York Times want to end.”
Even the restaurant that served Ted Cruz and his family in the face of loud protests –- the Cruzes were confronted and driven out before the owner led them back in and allowed them to continue their meal –- has reportedly faced death threats. Owner Fabio Trabocchi released a statement saying in part, “I am blessed to work with the staff who have handled the harassment and life-threatening messages we and our families have received in the wake of the event...The restaurant “welcomes all patrons, irrespective of creed, ideology or opinion." He offered reassurance that “security and privacy consultants and investigators have implemented additional safety and security measures...”
So, back to Sen. Collins and her bravery in this toxic environment. As she was writing her Senate speech, she had to be aware that she would be needing those “additional safety and security measures.” Indeed, she had already been targeted for weeks by lefty loons as the likely swing vote. (I have to wonder if these people were actually so crazy that they thought torrents of verbal abuse would win her to their side.) Now that she has voted for Kavanaugh, the Women’s March is tweeting that she's a “rape apologist.” Never mind that in Collins’ 21 years in the Senate, she has sponsored 28 bills addressing sexual violence.
Twitter is failing to police the violent tweets like “I won’t mourn your death,” “If only you were capable of shame, maybe you would kill your horrible self,” “I hope someone kills you,” and much worse. (I thought about including a link to this trash but decided the language was just too filthy to inflict upon you. You’re welcome.) I think about what Sen. Collins must be going through, knowing it would be hard for me to take even one day of this kind of abuse --- and danger.
Again, she is my hero. If anyone thought I was brave just for writing under my own name occasionally and “coming out” against the left, it’s she who is really exhibiting toughness and courage under fire. (I should also point out the bravery of Judge Kavanaugh, who could have withdrawn but didn’t.) I have written Collins’ office to thank her. Will you?