Evening Edition - September 24

September 24, 2020 |

THE "PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY ACT"

Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats unveiled proposed legislation called the “Protecting Our Democracy Act,” which would severely curtail Presidential powers. Of course, they made no secret of the fact that it’s aimed specifically at President Trump, because long-term thinking is not their strong suit.

Boy, where to begin? First, the USA isn’t a democracy, it’s a representative republic, so they don’t even know what kind of government they’re a part of running. And I’ve always assumed they don’t know what the Constitution is, but it provides for three co-equal branches of the government. Congress doesn't have the power to limit the President’s powers, and if they try, he’ll either ignore them or take them to the Supreme Court, and guess how that will work out, especially a couple of months from now.

At least it’s a relief to know that for all the public gasbagging they did about this, they’re not actually dumb enough to vote on it and send it to the Senate, which they know would stomp it like a cockroach. Like virtually everything else the Democrats have done since taking over the House in 2018, it’s an empty piece of political theater designed solely to smear President Trump. Wouldn’t it have been nice if they’d taken the time and energy they wasted on this political mudball and instead put it into working with Trump and the Senate to pass another coronavirus relief bill? This is what Americans who are hurting from the shutdowns get for Halloween instead: a trick instead of a treat.

NO GAS-POWERED CARS IN CALIFORNIA

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that sales of gas-powered cars will be banned in the state by 2035. Why didn’t he cut out the middleman and just order the climate to stop changing?

Put aside the fact that by 2035, Newsom will have been out of office for at least eight and hopefully 12 years. For those of us who are so old we remember when Jimmy Kimmel was funny, this grandiose order elicits an amusing sense of déjà vu.

For decades now, California’s liberal politicians have been belching out laws and policies, orders and incentives, all to try to force all the state’s residents into electric cars. Their utter cluelessness about how markets work have doomed all these efforts to humiliating failure. They’ve mandated that a certain percentage of cars sold had to be electric by a certain time, and forgot that first, consumers had to want to buy them. They’ve mandated that a certain number of EVs had to be on every car lot, which forced makers and dealers to waste space with cars that gathered dust as consumers purchased SUVs. They’ve offered rebates, carpool lanes and other incentives to try to bribe people to buy them.

They previously used their imagined godlike powers to declare that there would be 5 million EVs on the road in California by the end of the last decade. They reached 11% of that goal.

The fact is, Californians didn’t want electric cars. They do a LOT of driving, and they get stuck in loooooong traffic jams on overcrowded freeways (another reason to thank their liberal politicians), and they don’t want to be in a car that might die if they turn on the A/C and then have to find an outlet to charge it for hours just to get home.

As technology improved, electric cars became a bit more popular among a certain small subset of the market (in some circles, “EV” stands for “Electric Virtue-Signaler”), but they’re still impractical for the majority of drivers.

Newsom claims that by 2035, EVs will be superior to gas-powered cars. Maybe, maybe not. But will California’s politicians be superior to today’s, who can’t even provide enough juice to keep people from having to swelter in their homes with no lights or air conditioning? If not, what are they going to plug all those electric cars into?

James Taylor, president of the Heartland Foundation, called Newsom’s order a “classic example of politicians seeking short-term political gain by imposing impossible requirements on future residents and politicians.” He said they’d actually create an ecological catastrophe: to generate enough “green power” (which the state’s leftist leaders also are mandating), thousands of square miles of land would have to be clear-cut to install windmills and solar panels. Taylor added, “On the other hand, it will leave fewer forests for Newsom to mismanage and turn into overgrown fire hazards.”

Personally, my theory is that this is a plot by California liberals to stick every resident with an electric car and no electricity to charge it with, making it impossible for them to flee to Texas.

NOT A NEW STORY, AND NOT SURPRISING

Actress Alyssa Milano, a Twitter leftwing activist and proponent of defunding the police, made embarrassing headlines after she reportedly called 911 about an “armed gunman” in black clothing on her property (she later claimed a neighbor called 911, but admitted her husband made a follow-up call to police.) She lives in an 8,000-square-foot, $2.5 million home in a gated community in an upscale area north of L.A.

The call elicited a massive police response, including a K-9 unit and a helicopter. They determined that the “armed gunman” was a teenager shooting at squirrels with an air rifle.

Milano praised the police, but blamed “rightwing trolls” for “targeting” her with ridicule, which you must admit would be extremely hard to resist doing.

Let it be known, though, that I am not singling her out for mockery. She did the right thing in calling the police. I think that by now, we should have all learned that if you see a young person in black clothing carrying what appears to be a rifle, the police should definitely be called in to deal with the situation in whatever numbers are needed. If that had happened in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, etc., a lot of black neighborhoods and businesses might not be smoking ruins today.

I also don’t think it’s fair to single her out for hypocrisy for denouncing the police while expecting them to pull out all the stops to protect her. In that regard, she’s simply like virtually every liberal celebrity in Hollywood, like the ones who want to defund the police and ban you from owning a gun to protect your family while they’re protected by armed bodyguards and battalions of cops at awards shows.

And it’s not even a new story. Back on June 2nd, I wrote about a certain former NBA and ESPN star who was tweeting “Burn it all down” about the Minneapolis riots, and just one day later, frantically tweeting about some “animals” trying to get into his gated community, then expressing relief when the cops showed up and repelled them.

But I will ask this: what’s with all these liberal celebrities living in “gated communities”? I thought walls were useless for providing security.

WHAT WE NEED TO SEE MORE OF FROM THE DEMOCRATS

When I write negative commentary about Democrats, I hope my readers know that I’m using that as a shorthand term to refer to certain current party leaders and office holders whom I believe are taking the country and their party in a very dangerous and radical direction. I’m not referring to working class Americans who have traditionally voted Democrat, many of whom are alarmed at the direction their party is heading. I’m also not referring to all Democrat politicians.

For instance, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and I might disagree on a number of issues, I find her to be a rare example of an open-minded liberal who’s willing to reach out and find common ground, as you can see in this interview with her from last weekend’s episode of “Huckabee” on TBN.

Of course, that refusal to treat anyone who disagrees with her as a monster and a pariah could be why she was the only presidential candidate who won delegates and still wasn’t asked to speak at the Democratic Convention.

Another rare Democrat is West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who scolded his fellow Democrats for attacking Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic religious faith just because she’s rumored to be a potential Trump SCOTUS nominee.

On Fox News, Manchin gave them a much-needed lesson about something fundamental to the American system:

“I’m Catholic, OK. And religion should not enter into it. It sure doesn’t with me…The freedom of religion is one of the basic rights we all have as an American citizen. Whether you’re Catholic, whether you’re Protestant, whether you’re Jewish, evangelical, whatever it may be, God bless you. You worship who you want and you worship how you want. You worship the same God. All of us do.”

That actually sounds like something you’d read here!

So in case you think I’m just being a political partisan when I criticize Democrats, remember that I’ve always said I think it’s good for America to have a robust two-party system. But that requires both sides to respect the free exchange of ideas and everyone’s right to hold their own views, even if you disagree with them. I might even be saying many more nice things about Democratic leaders if they’d have the guts to stand up and strongly denounce mob rule, character assassination and the attempt to influence elections by making threats.

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  • John Snell

    09/29/2020 10:38 AM

    The movement to impeach Newsom should get into 5th gear now.

    It's time for CA to flip to conservative.

    To get CA attention he should take a page from "Atlas Shrugged" and make gas $40/gallon.

  • Jack macdnald

    09/28/2020 08:10 AM

    Where do the Dems find all these creepy, corrupt women to fill their ranks? After Hillary, Pelosi is as evil as they come. She does more harm to this country than Putin in all his dreams. They accused Trump of being a Russian agent. I think they need to investigate her. Then you can go down the roster from Stacey Abrams, the MI governor, Kamala, AOC, Maxine and dozens more.

  • Diane W Hawkins

    09/27/2020 03:15 PM

    So nice to hear you speak well of Democrats when it is deserving. I like it when you come across as discerning and not just Democrat bashing. And I'm a Republican who believes that bad-mouthing the opponent is not the way to win. That is joining them in their tactics. I don't like it coming from either side.

  • Donald Tygart

    09/25/2020 10:58 PM

    Governor, Who in the world stands to gain the most from our failure as a nation? What is the difference between Germany in the 30's - 40's and China, over the last twenty years?

    Does California then lose it's access to the Federal Gasoline Tax repository?

  • Donald Tygart

    09/25/2020 10:57 PM

    Governor, Who in the world stands to gain the most from our failure as a nation? What is the difference between Germany in the 30's - 40's and China, over the last twenty years?

  • Karen M. Solie

    09/25/2020 07:15 PM

    Is there a reason you no longer include the Pinterest "save" icon on your bible verses. I like to save them to Pinterest and now I am not able. Hope this is just an oversight on your part.
    Thanks.

  • Joseph Orsini PhD

    09/25/2020 04:54 PM

    No gas cars? What about DIESEL - ENGINE cars; and trucks?

  • Floyd A Unger

    09/25/2020 03:52 PM

    Thank you

  • mary neal

    09/25/2020 03:36 PM

    Don't forget that soon in California, no soft drinks, candy or chips within 3 feet of a register when you check out.

  • Helen Sustachek

    09/25/2020 01:40 PM

    You said, " First, the USA isn’t a democracy, it’s a representative republic, so they don’t even know what kind of government they’re a part of running." Mike, I think they do know. They are deliberately calling this a Democracy, saying it enough times to drill it into our heads so they can make the changes they want. Obama started it, and is still doing it. I think they are not that stupid but they think everyone else is. Everyone needs to fight back on this, I think.

  • john roy Clark

    09/25/2020 01:17 PM

    thank you for being the voice of reason in this idiot country

  • Cheryl Breon

    09/25/2020 12:58 PM

    These masks seem like they're going to go on forever. Somehow I think the Democrats might like burkas. Do you have any predictions on how/when they can call an end to the mask wearing? After we get a vaccine? I can't believe a guy was arrested for singing hymns with his church OUTSIDE without a mask. The police didn't want to do it. So church goers get arrested while arsonists and murderers and assaulters don't. "They will call evil good and good evil" is sure here!

  • Gail Denham

    09/25/2020 11:54 AM

    Well said - and I agree - openly debating and discussing situations with democrats is a very good thing. If only our viewpoint was respected and not ridiculed. I agree with Manchin on the demeaning of the Scotus possible nomination - we are free to worship.
    I will pray for this judge who's being (possibly) selected however - the tensions and horrible things tossed at her will be relentless. May God put a hedge of protection around her and her family.

  • Anita Ward

    09/25/2020 11:46 AM

    Thank you Mike!
    VERY WELL SAID!!!!! One of the best EDITIONS you’ve published.
    I agree with everything you said with one exception. I America, we are granted religious freedom and I totally agree, but disagree that we all worship the same god. I wish we did, but there is only one GOD, the TRIUNE GOD.
    Love you Sir!
    Anita

  • Jerrie Z

    09/25/2020 11:26 AM

    Can you explain to me why Yahoonews.com, you can no longer put a comment on a particular article and discuss it with other people? I use to love hearing what other citizens were feeling about what is going on. Thank you for answering me.

  • Connie Kehoe-Purcell

    09/25/2020 11:24 AM

    I listen to VCY America daily and they spoke of this on Thursday. President Trump does have powers that would override Pelosi's weak attempt to limit his powers. All I can say is that the position the Democrats are pushing President Trump into may be the "only" thing that can save this country. My prayers are constant with regard to GOD being in control of all of this. There was a reason for Donald J. Trump to be elected. He was never a politician - thanks be to GOD. All Christians should be vigilant in prayer that this mere man, Pres. Trump, be protected as it is rapidly becoming evident that he stands between us and Anarchy.

  • William J Douglas

    09/25/2020 10:40 AM

    At some point, electric vehicles or hydrogen powered combustion may become more economical than gasoline powered vehicles. That point is not now, and dictating a replacement date is ignorance of physics, engineering, and economics. If we continue to have a market economy, the market will decide. The cost of electric charging includes generation from fossil fuels, mining of exotic materials to produce batteries, and massive areas consumed by wind and solar energy to do the charging. Government officials are, in most instances, oblivious to the real costs of transforming a gasoline to electric transportation economy. Supporting research into these areas is warranted, and the appropriate role of government. Making irrational laws is not.

  • Barbara Hall

    09/25/2020 10:32 AM

    I'm so glad to hear / see you emphasize that our nation is a REPUBLIC and not a democracy !!
    A Representative Republic.!!!
    Huge difference ! Pelosi and GANG would not THINK of using the wonderful word " Republic " !
    And , I guess, out of ignorance, most of our Republicans use the same wrong description !
    Also , I detest the naming of the opposing party , as the " democratic" party..
    It is the " Democrat Party "
    Keep up the good work !!!

  • Vaslav Nijinsky

    09/25/2020 09:33 AM

    FYI Tulsi G didn't even bother to run in the demonrat primary in The Sandwich Islands this year. Y? Maybe she was "muscled" out the same way she was "disinvited" from any more debates after she demolished Comrade Harris. She made herself persona non gratis with the demonrat party from top to bottom. They are a regimented lot of Marxist socialists, and will brook no independent thinking from any party apparatchik. She'd be well advised to stay in the DC sewer, cause back in the Islands the party power brokers won't allow her to run for even dog catcher. You see, as is their wont, demonrats have demonized their opposition to the point that they have effectively exterminated them. By comparison, even CA and NY are competitive two-party gulags.

  • G. M. Brock

    09/25/2020 08:27 AM

    lOVE YOUR COMMON SESNSE COMMENTARY AND BELIEF IN GOD ALMIGHTY

  • Christine Carter

    09/25/2020 08:26 AM

    I am old enough to remember when the media used the Catholic issue against President Kennedy, claiming his allegiance would be to the church first. Seems the Democrats have forgotten that he was their candidate.

  • JC Holland

    09/25/2020 07:11 AM

    Sorry Gov: But Tulsi and Manchin are nothing more then friendly sounding socialists. They aren't any better then Pelosi and rest of the nuts due to the policies they support. Manchin is actually worse because he has been a part of the killing of millions of babies by being a Democrat. If he actually believed anything he said on Fox News, he'd be changing parties today.

  • Frank Remski

    09/25/2020 06:20 AM

    Interesting note on California's blunder into electric vehicles. I wonder if Newsome will lead the charge and give up his private jet for an electric powered air travel device that he can charge in the air from his virtual electric power system?
    It is always upsetting to see politicians dictating to commoners while enjoying all of the technology they are denying to the rest of us. But hey. No planes, no politicians flitting around the world doing damage?

  • Michael Hutch

    09/25/2020 04:35 AM

    Oh California!!
    Loved story on EV's and Gavin

    Here is another CAL story
    Six years after enacting a tax on soda, Berkeley officials became the first in the nation to ban unhealthy food from being sold at checkout aisles at most grocery stores. Don Ford reports. (9/23/20)

  • James Evart

    09/24/2020 11:36 PM

    The other night at one of the President's "peaceful demonstrations", he mentioned that he was working HARD almost every day doing good things and going from rally to rally and the people at the "peaceful demonstration" started chanting "We love you!" which he quite rightly deserves and was moved by. His hard work, dedication and love for ALL of the people of this country is evident and his people, all of his people, recognize it deeply. After all, love is an action word as God points out in the gospel of James, "Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that --- and shudder." James 2: 18-19 And, "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial , because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." James 1: 12
    President Trump has proven his love for this country through his hard work, perseverance and dedication in doing all the good he can, in every way he can, every time he can and how ever much he can and when he talks about winning he talks about "us" winning using the word "we".
    Is it any wonder that "his" country loves him the same as those who belong to and follow our Lord as well?
    May God bless and vindicate him in every way as he IS doing day after rough day. May he be given wisdom, honor, strength, protection, knowledge and the victory to accept the Salvation given so freely by the greatest KING of all, JESUS CHRIST, our Lord.