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BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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As noted elsewhere in the newsletter, some FBI agents are fed up with seeing their agency’s reputation destroyed by the political animals who’ve been put in charge of it, and they’re speaking out despite AG Merrick Garland's attempts to silence whistleblowers. The Washington Times spoke to several current and former agents who complained that they’re being pressured by the Biden Administration to file domestic terrorism cases and find “white supremacists” to meet internal quotas, on the flimsiest of pretexts.
While Biden rants about all these alleged racist extremists who are threatening democracy, one agent said, “The demand for White supremacy” coming from FBI headquarters “vastly outstrips the supply of White supremacy. We have more people assigned to investigate White supremacists than we can actually find.”
I'm not surprised. It hasn’t been that long since it was estimated there were only about a thousand KKK members left in the US. They were thankfully an endangered species, and every time they dared to appear in public, they were outnumbered at least 10-1 by protesters of all races. But it’s often been said that if there were no such thing as racism, certain people would have to invent it to keep their paychecks coming. This is how we got America’s most successful hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, falsely branding mainstream conservative and Christian organizations as “hate groups” to frighten donors and keep the moolah rolling in. It’s why the media gives huge play to alleged racist incidents, then quietly buries the news when many of them turn out to be hoaxes.
Standard disclaimer: Of course, I’m NOT saying that there is no racism anymore! But the idea that there is a rising mass movement of dangerous white supremacists is a dangerous McGuffin designed to frighten minority voters into reelecting Democrats since they have no successful policies to run on. They have to terrify minorities into voting for them because if they said, “Vote for us, and we’ll make every city in America like Chicago, Detroit and Portland,” they’d lose in a landslide.
These latest FBI revelations prove that Biden is following an ugly tactic described by H.L. Mencken a century ago, and still in use today because, sadly, it still works. Mencken wrote:
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
A palate cleanser
As a palate cleanser for that last story of how the person who ran for President as a “uniter” is deliberately trying to divide the nation on racial lines, here’s a feel-good story about what Americans are really like. It’s about a nation where people do the right thing, look out for each other and go out of their way to help strangers, without any thought of their skin color.
New Orleans takes the lead
You might think from watching the news that Chicago is the murder capital of America, or maybe Philadelphia or New York City. But in fact, in terms of homicides per 100,000 residents, New Orleans just took over the top spot from St. Louis. Since the beginning of the year, the homicide rate in New Orleans is up 141% from last year, shootings are up 100%, carjacking up 210%, and armed robbery up 25%.
New Orleans has some unique problems to deal with going back to Hurricane Katrina, and there are details at the link. But that hurricane didn’t affect Chicago, Philadelphia, New York or St. Louis. So what is it that all these cities that are suffering huge surges in crime have in common? I guess it’s a mystery…
Oh, no, wait! Here’s the solution! It’s the gun makers’ fault…
“Careful What You Wish For” Dept
Instapundit reminds us that two major unions of flight attendants endorsed Joe Biden for President. Now, with the economy and airlines struggling, American Airlines is closing its San Francisco-area base, displacing over 400 flight attendants.
Joe Biden’s disastrous interview
Last night, “Sixty Minutes” aired an interview with President Biden, and not since the last ice storm in Texas has there been such a pile-up of crashes. The White House staff is used to rushing to do damage control every time Joe goes off the Teleprompter, but this sent them running around like the Keystone Kops to contain the damage.
The Liberty Daily compiled a good round-up of the most disastrous moments, along with some commentary and his staff’s attempts to roll it back.
Bonchie at Redstate.com also has some good commentary on this slow-motion train wreck.
A few of the high (or low) lights: Biden stated unequivocally that US forces would defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion, which sent his staffers rushing out to deny that there had been a change in US policy on Taiwan. He claimed his approval rating is so low because the pandemic made such an impact on Americans’ psyches that it affected their attitudes about themselves, their families and the state of the union, making it impossible for them to be happy. When asked about the 40-year-high 8.3% annual inflation rate in August that’s crushing working Americans, he dismissed it as just going up “an inch” month-to-month. That’s sort of like telling a drowning man, “Relax, the water level is only an inch above your nose!”
And he admitted (saying it twice) that “the pandemic is over.” That blindsided his health officials who are still pushing various unpopular COVID policies, and gave critics of those policies plenty of ammunition. It’s telling that this Administration has to rush out “corrections” to Biden’s statements just as urgently when he tells the truth as when he lies.
And as Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review writes, Biden’s admission that the pandemic is over also renders illegal his rationale for forgiving all that student loan debt.
The President has no constitutional authority to transfer debt from one group of people to another (for instance, from underemployed Democrat lesbian dance studies majors to taxpayers), but Biden wildly stretched the 2003 HEROES Act to claim he could broadly forgive student loan debt because it was an active national emergency. But now he’s publicly admitted that the pandemic is over, so there is no active emergency, which means that even the microscopically thin reed of justification he offered for it does not apply.
If anyone is preparing a lawsuit challenging that massive and illegal transfer of debt, Biden just handed them “Exhibit A” on a silver platter.
PS – That Biden interview was such a richness of embarrassments that Nick Arama at Redstate.com added a few more jaw-dropping moments that weren’t even mentioned above.
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