House Democrats probably hoped that releasing their lengthy “impeachment” case with a vote set for 48 hours later would make it easier to sneak things past everyone, but sharp-eyed observers noticed that buried in all that text, they snuck back in the discarded allegations of bribery and “wire fraud” (Trump used the telephone) that don’t appear in their articles of “impeachment.” In addition, Republicans pointed out that “none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor.”
Frankly, I’m surprised they didn’t accuse Trump of pulling off the Great Train Robbery and kidnapping the Lindbergh baby. As long as they’re filing articles of impeachment with no firsthand witnesses, no evidence, and "crimes" that exist only in their imaginations, why not go whole hog?
No matter what happens with impeachment in the Senate, and even if Trump is reelected next year, Democrats are vowing to keep impeaching him over and over.
This prompted a great comment from Ed Driscoll at the Instapundit blog:
“At the risk of going out on a limb, I only wish there was some way for the people of the nation to come together every four years to choose a new President, rather than burdening Congress with the task.”
As a staunch defender of the Constitution, I would never tell anybody that they don’t have the right to protest. That falls under freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. However, your right to protest does not give you the right to infringe on other people’s rights. That’s what we’ve seen in recent years, primarily from the left: “protests” that involve screaming obscenities into people’s faces, threatening them and their families, vandalizing property and blocking public thoroughfares. The general rule should be that if an activity is already illegal, then claiming you’re doing it in the name of “protest” shouldn’t be a “Get Out of Jail” free card.
Unfortunately, leftist authorities in certain cities and way too many college campuses have taken the attitude that as long as the protesters are pushing an agenda they support, then they’re allowed to get away with anything short of murder, and their victims not only lose their rights, they are often blamed for “inciting” the violence against them by voicing their honest beliefs that the mob disagrees with. One of the most outrageous examples I’ve seen lately (and it takes a whole lot of outrageous to stand out these days) happened at Chico State University in California.
Last weekend, I welcomed to my TBN show Brandon Straka, the founder of the #WalkAway movement. (If you missed that show – and if you did, HOW DARE YOU?!! – it will soon be posted at http://www.huckabee.tv ) Brandon is one of the nicest, most positive people I’ve ever met, and he makes it clear that he’s not urging people to walk away from the Democrats to join the Republicans, just to walk away until the Democratic Party renounces violence, threats and intolerance of different viewpoints.
The Chico College Republicans invited him to speak, and of course, leftist students went ballistic because words they don’t want to hear make them feel “unsafe.” As usual, Brandon kept smiling and tried to engage them in friendly conversation. They were having none of it, as the video at this link shows (WARNING: this video is filled with obscene finger gestures and disgustingly vile language, courtesy of the cream of America’s higher education system.)
The leftists also blasted the College Republicans with loud music, ripped their signs out of their hands, and attempted to hit them. After watching that uncivilized garbage from these Chico Marxists, can you guess who the California Faculty Association, the state’s union of college educators, claims is responsible for it? That’s right: the College Republicans.
The CFA claims that while, of course, the Republicans have First Amendment rights (Really? Nice to finally hear!), they support President Trump, who is associated with “white supremacist ideas,” so merely by using the President’s name, they are provoking all the poor members of various leftist identity groups who have recently suffered so many “ongoing acts of harassment and even physical abuse,” of which they offered no examples. I could give them plenty of examples of harassment and physical abuse of students who identify as Republicans, but that doesn’t move them because, they say, “the hypocrisy of right-wing political voices crying out that they are being silenced is absurd. No one in authority is silencing them.”
No, the authorities just stand back and let leftist mobs silence them, knowing that they will face little to no consequences from administrators who tacitly support their fascist tactics.
Note to parents: in-state tuition to Chico State is $7,040 a year, and if you actually want to come from out of state to attend, it’s $18,200 a year. I’ll leave it to you to decide if exposing your kids to this is worth that.
I wrote elsewhere today about liberal protesters who think they have a right to block traffic because their “cause” is more important than everyone else’s lives. Well, about a dozen “climate change” activists in Worcester, Massachusetts, took that to a new level by thinking they could block the path of a coal-hauling freight train. They were wrong.
They stood on the tracks in front of the oncoming train, whose driver was alerted and leaned hard on the whistle, but they didn’t move…until they realized the train was not stopping, and they decided not to become Darwin Award contenders and got out of the way. I guess they do want to hang around until the world ends in 12 years after all, and standing in front of moving freight trains isn’t a good way to insure that.
A man named Danny Anderson on Twitter posted a series of tweets in response to the story that I think are well worth quoting:
“As a professional train driver I applaud this guy. Whilst it’s good that no one was injured, it would have served the idiots on the track right if they had been struck. A train is NOT an automobile and takes a lot of distance…to stop.
People don’t even begin to comprehend the stress and emotional/psychological affect this has on drivers. (A)side from knowing that you’ve maimed or killed another person through no fault of your own, the worry over losing your livelihood hangs like a dark cloud…
Suicide by train is more common than people realize and is something that drivers consider many times a day. Stunts like this should be emphatically (prosecuted) because of the distress they cause and for the absolute and utter disregard that they show for anyone other than them.”
There are many very good points there, both about the physics of how long it takes for a freight train to come to a complete stop and the selfish disregard for other people. We get it, your cause is important to you. But the surest way to make other people not care is to act like selfish jerks about it, whether that means standing in front of a moving train or blocking traffic when people are trying to get to work or school or the airport on time, or when an ambulance or fire truck is trying to reach an emergency. That doesn’t win people over to your side, it just makes them wish you WOULD go stand in front of an oncoming freight train.
For those who still care, here’s blogger Lawrence Person’s latest handy round-up of news about the Democratic Presidential race (or as he puts it, the "clown car.") The big news is that the fifth (!) debate will be held Thursday, and it could answer the question, “What if the Democrats had a debate and nobody showed up?”
I’m not talking about the TV audience; they’re already not showing up. I mean the candidates. Thanks to the arcane rules about polling levels and donors, only seven mostly very white people qualified for the debate anyway, which sparked protests from Cory Booker, among others. Tulsi Gabbard decided just to skip it and campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. And all seven who did qualify are threatening to boycott if they have to cross a picket line by the food service workers’ union.
All I can say is that if those workers save me from having to spend a night of the Christmas season watching another deadly Democratic debate, then I hope they get everything they’re striking for.
Looks like we won’t have “Beto” O’Rourke to kick off our diner counters anymore. First, he dropped out of the Presidential race, and now, he’s decided not to challenge Republican Sen. John Cornyn for his Texas seat. That’s left the Texas Democratic Party scrambling for potential candidates.
As for all the coastal liberal donors who have millions of dollars to waste, they could just send it to Pete Buttigieg instead.https://apnews.com/47c733cd7acd4405988cb16dfba2a399