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BY MIKE HUCKABEE

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

Let all your things be done with charity.

1 Corinthians 16:14


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The Three Cs That Made America Great: Christianity, Capitalism and the Constitution

Forces on the Left seek to fundamentally change our nation by disregarding the principles upon which it was founded. Members of the media and liberal politicians seek to damage our economic, political, and educational systems for their gain. The Three Cs That Made America Great: Christianity, Capitalism, and the Constitution:

  • exposes the Left's plan to undermine the Christian values on which the nation was built

  • reveals how attacks on Christianity are part of the political agenda of Liberals

  • provides a clear understanding of capitalism and how free markets benefit all people

  • reveals how Liberals undermine capitalism with their socialistic policies

  • shows how the Constitution’s purpose to restrain government and protect individual liberty

  • unmasks the efforts of the liberal Left to subvert the power and relevance of the Constitution

  • exposes the current corruption in government and culture which undermines the principles on which the nation was founded

America faces a war of values that will determine its future and likely decide if it will continue as a great nation on the world stage. Mike Huckabee and Steve Feazel sound a needed alarm to Christians and conservatives to answer the call to action and push back against the forces that desire to move America from its heritage and founding principles. It is time for God's people to take an active role in the political arena, not with violence, but with votes and voices that proclaim and defend the values that made our nation the brightest light of freedom the world has ever known.

To buy this book from Mike Huckabee go to his website here: 

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Tech leaders agree with Congress that we need to rein in AI development

The two parties in Congress can’t seem to agree on much these days, but at least they can agree with many of the rest of us that the rapid development of artificial intelligence is frightening and needs to be reined in.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/democrats-republicans-coalesce-around-calls-regulate-ai-development-congress-engage

Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and other tech giants signed an open letter calling for a six-month pause in advanced AI development, citing “profound risks to society and humanity” (see any "Terminator" movie.)

The question is, can the dangers of artificial intelligence be held back by Congress, which isn’t famous for possessing natural intelligence? And even if they do pass some sort of regulation, that won’t stop its development in other nations, like China. This is a worldwide threat, but how do you regulate it when it’s going on all over the world? And please don’t suggest that we need a one-world government overseen by benevolent robots.


U.S. Senate: The COVID-19 “emergency” is done

Another thing on which at least some Congress members of both parties agree is that the COVID-19 “emergency” is done. Yesterday, 21 Senate Democrats joined Republicans to pass a resolution declaring the pandemic to be over. It passed by 68-23 in the Senate after passing the House by 229-197. President Biden opposes the bill but will sign it. Incidentally, it comes months after he said himself that the pandemic is over.

https://nypost.com/2023/03/29/senate-votes-to-end-covid-19-national-emergency-and-white-house-says-biden-wont-veto-bill/

A White House official said, “The administration will continue working with agencies to wind down the national emergency with as much notice as possible to Americans who could potentially be impacted.” I have the feeling that it’s not Americans who are being impacted as much as it’s the agencies that don’t want to give up the power. Too bad. They’ve become the cure that’s worse than the disease. COVID is now endemic and we have to live with it forever, but that doesn’t mean we have to live with a government that uses the guise of a health emergency to trample on our Constitutional rights forever.


Holding tech companies accountable

While some politicians are trying to defend TikTok despite its pernicious influence on children (ahem, AOC), I’m proud to report that the Governor of Arkansas is holding their feet to the fire.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/gov-sarah-huckabee-sanders-files-lawsuits-against-tiktok-meta-for-exposing-children-to-a-world-of-inappropriate-damaging-content

 


Cracking Narratives

For the past few years, the loud woke minority has pushed its narratives while silencing anyone who questioned them, as if truth were determined by who’s allowed to speak. But at long last, the shaky foundations of those narratives are finally starting to be revealed.

One of the most often repeated is that if minors suffer gender confusion, the best (if not only) way to treat it is with dangerous chemicals and irreversible body-altering surgery; and that anyone who opposes that is a “transphobe” who hates trans people and wants them to die, because they will commit suicide if they aren’t allowed to medically “transition" (FYI, threatening suicide if you don't get your way is not the best argument that you don't have a mental condition.) It should be patently obvious that none of that is true, and now some people are finally daring to stand up against it.

For instance, a study by the Heritage Foundation discovered that previous studies claiming higher suicide rates among kids prevented from getting gender-altering hormones and surgery were extremely flawed. Their own more rigorous study found that in states where young people were allowed to get these treatments without parental consent, their suicide rates actually significantly increased.

https://www.heritage.org/gender/commentary/does-gender-affirming-care-trans-kids-actually-prevent-suicide-heres-what-the

As for the narrative of trans youths being at much higher risk of being victims of violent fanatics, a study in Quebec found that transgender youth were actually the group with the highest risk of “violent radicalization” themselves.

https://www.breitbart.com/crime/2023/03/28/study-transgender-youth-highest-risk-violent-radicalization/

And in a subscriber-only story at PJ Media, Matt Margolis reports that FBI statistics refute the Human Rights Campaign’s claim of a “trans genocide,” and that trans people are being targeted more than anyone else for hate crimes, which is used as justification for that violent radicalization and tomorrow’s planned “Day of Vengeance.” According to the FBI, in 2021, trans people accounted for 2% of hate crime victims, far fewer than blacks (31%), whites (13%), Hispanics (6%), Jews or Asians (4% each.) Out of 271 documented hate crimes against trans people, only two were homicides.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/03/29/debunking-the-trans-genocide-conspiracy-theory-n1682549

Of course, any hate crime against anyone is one too many and should never be tolerated. But two homicides out of a US population of 330 million (and 1.6 million trans people) is not a genocide.

Whether you think the biggest problem in this issue is kids being deprived of medical treatments they might later seriously regret, or kids being given those treatments over parental objections, the attempt to gain more political power by radicalizing confused kids with lies isn’t helping anyone, least of all the “trans kids” the radicals claim to care about.

 


It’s almost like Biden is ‘numb’ to what’s happening: Mike Huckabee


THE EVENING EDITION

BY MIKE HUCKABEE

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 KJV


Buy Mike Huckabee's Book:

The Three Cs That Made America Great: Christianity, Capitalism and the Constitution

Forces on the Left seek to fundamentally change our nation by disregarding the principles upon which it was founded. Members of the media and liberal politicians seek to damage our economic, political, and educational systems for their gain. The Three Cs That Made America Great: Christianity, Capitalism, and the Constitution:

  • exposes the Left's plan to undermine the Christian values on which the nation was built

  • reveals how attacks on Christianity are part of the political agenda of Liberals

  • provides a clear understanding of capitalism and how free markets benefit all people

  • reveals how Liberals undermine capitalism with their socialistic policies

  • shows how the Constitution’s purpose to restrain government and protect individual liberty

  • unmasks the efforts of the liberal Left to subvert the power and relevance of the Constitution

  • exposes the current corruption in government and culture which undermines the principles on which the nation was founded

America faces a war of values that will determine its future and likely decide if it will continue as a great nation on the world stage. Mike Huckabee and Steve Feazel sound a needed alarm to Christians and conservatives to answer the call to action and push back against the forces that desire to move America from its heritage and founding principles. It is time for God's people to take an active role in the political arena, not with violence, but with votes and voices that proclaim and defend the values that made our nation the brightest light of freedom the world has ever known.

To buy this book from Mike Huckabee go to his website here: 

The Three Cs That Made America Great: Christianity, Capitalism and the Constitution - Mike Huckabee


So, is DA Bragg dropping his ridiculous case against Trump?

At the time of this writing, early Monday morning, it’s not yet known if Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s “Trump” grand jury will convene today as scheduled, after missing meetings last Wednesday and Thursday. As you know, they’d been listening to “evidence” from a convicted liar, Michael Cohen, that Trump violated campaign law with a $130,000 non-disclosure payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels seven years ago (!) over a sexual incident that he still denies. President Trump said after a rally this weekend in Waco, Texas, that Bragg had “dropped” the case.

https://nypost.com/2023/03/26/trump-claims-da-bragg-has-dropped-case-against-him/

Maybe Trump knows something we don’t. As far as we can tell, though, the Soros-backed Bragg is still pursuing him. Kim Strassel at the WALL STREET JOURNAL says that as weak as this case is, she’s “very worried” that he will continue it, because of the intense “blowback” he got from the left when he chose not to. The precedent an indictment would set is the most problematic aspect.

Side note: The NEW YORK POST story also refers to a social media post that shows the former President aiming a baseball bat at the DA’s head. Even if Trump meant this in the most figurative way (and we’re sure he did), his adversaries are going to say he meant it literally and accuse him of inciting violence. Much better not to play into that. Please, President Trump, don’t give them the bat to hit YOU over the head with. Stay above this.

But speaking of the Waco rally and incendiary rhetoric, Peter Strzok did his best to stoke the fire and then blame Trump for the flames. As if the city of Waco hadn’t dealt with enough stigma from the Branch Davidian tragedy 30 years ago. Peter Strzok sets the inflammatory “tone” here, not Trump.

https://twitter.com/petestrzok/status/1639366308784472064

What an incredible insult it is to the people of Waco to automatically associate their city with nothing but that Clinton era tragedy. Does Strzok also think of that every time he watches “Fixer Upper” on HGTV?

Harvard Law professor emeritus and civil libertarian Alan Dershowitz, appearing with Maria Bartiromo on this week’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” said that of the four main instances of lawfare we’re seeing against Trump, the most egregious is the one in New York led by Bragg. “America’s legal system is at stake here,” he said, “and District Attorney Bragg should do the right thing and drop this case.”

Dershowitz is so dismayed at the conduct of those in the ‘justice’ system trying to take down Trump that he’s written a book called GET TRUMP. (Full title: “GET TRUMP: The Threat to Civil Liberties, Due Process, and Our Constitutional Rule of Law.”) He’s still no fan of Trump, but his former friends on the left are still going berserk, saying he has lost his mind. Dershowitz is talking about the law, not one candidate, and to us constitutionalists he makes perfect sense.

When asked about the future of this case, Dershowitz said he didn’t see how an indictment can go forward now after the testimony of Bob Costello, who said Bragg’s “star” witness Michael Cohen was so afraid of going to jail that he admitted he’d say anything. “This puts the district attorney in a terrible position,” Dershowitz said. If Bragg uses this witness, he could actually lose his license to practice law. (And he should, we would add.) “It’s unethical,” Dershowitz said, “to put a witness on the stand you know is lying. And he has to know that Cohen would be lying.”

Trying the case without Cohen would be “very difficult,” he said, but Bragg has the choice between doing that and doing “the right thing --- he drops the case.”

In fact, none of the four cases against Trump has any basis in law, Dershowitz said. “All four of them are politically motivated.” He thinks “the worst and the weakest” is Bragg’s case, which is based on “a sworn, admitted perjurer who lied to his own lawyers, who’ve essentially broken the [attorney-client] privilege and said that he lied to us, he told us he was the only one involved in this payment...How is he going to explain on the witness stand? ‘Did you lie now, did you lie then?’ Nobody’s going to believe him.” (FYI: Costello says he has a waiver of attorney-client privilege signed by Cohen.)

If Bragg doesn’t drop the case, Dershowitz hopes the grand jurors will finally wake up and stand up for the law, which says, “No, you don’t indict under these circumstances.”

If you didn’t catch the interview Sunday morning, here’s the link. Former assistant Attorney General Matt Whitaker also appears in the segment, talking about the danger of using the ‘justice’ system to target individuals instead of serious corruption cases that should take priority. So it’s well worth your time.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6323387909112

“We have a two-tiered system of justice,” Dershowitz said. “There’s no doubt at all that if his name was not ‘Donald Trump,’ there’d be no investigation of him.” The title of his book, GET TRUMP, came from the campaign pledge made by New York Attorney General Letitia James and echoed by Manhattan AG Bragg to --- quote --- “GET TRUMP.” I would think they’d be disbarred just for acting on that promise.

That’s because, as Dershowitz said, “they first targeted the individual...[as in] ‘get Trump.’ Then they said, ‘Let’s rummage through the statute books and see what we can find.’” When they couldn’t find anything, they “made one up,” he said. It was beyond the statute of limitations, so they combined a misdemeanor with a federal (or maybe state) felony, “which is the worst example of prosecutorial abuse of discretion I have seen in my 60 years of practicing criminal law.” And if it can be done to Trump, it can be done to anyone.

“This is one of the most dangerous precedents that any prosecutor has ever tried to establish in the United States,” he said. If the grand jurors won’t stop him, the politicians --- both Republican and Democrat --- need to tell him “NO --- you can’t bring this case.”

But don’t they need a willing ‘Justice’ Department to make him stop? Whitaker said the House committees have subpoenaed Bragg out of a “legitimate interest” and that “this is going to put an interesting contrast in what we’ve seen previously.” Pelosi’s January 6 Kangaroo Kommittee was given unfettered power to subpoena anything they wanted, but the GOP House committees can apparently just go whistle up a rope, though they’re asking important questions about the spending of federal money, the use of federal resources, and much more. So if Bragg doesn’t honor the subpoena and is held in contempt by Congress, failure of the DOJ to enforce it will show their partisan hackery.

The J6 committee is complicit in this, Dershowitz said. “They actually doctored the tape of President Trump’s speech on January 6...DELIBERATELY OMITTING the words ‘peacefully and patriotically.’ If a lawyer did that, that lawyer would be subject to disbarment…”

By initially deciding not to pursue the case but then moving towards indictment upon his entrance into the ‘24 presidential race, Bragg is interfering with that election, trying to keep him off the ballot. In a must-see interview with Chris Cuomo, Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington confronted him about that, even daring to bring up January 6 and Trump’s belief that the election wasn’t above board. “If we don’t have free and fair elections,” she said, “we don’t have a country.” Her message is just the best. At the same time, you can see by Cuomo’s response how the left automatically tamps down any discussion of election interference.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/03/these-corrupt-das-the-doj-the-fbi-you-name-it-for-seven-years-they-havent-been-investigating-crimes-theyve-been-investigating-a-person-liz-harrington-spars-with-chris-cuomo/

You know from last week’s reports that Bragg’s case is in trouble because of the testimony of Bob Costello, who said Cohen had lied “hundreds” of times and had told him he’d say anything to stay out of prison. Bob Costello, we have found, turns up in some interesting places and must have quite a comprehensive picture of what’s been done to “get Trump.” We encountered his name in the book AMERICAN INJUSTICE, John Paul Mac Isaac’s account of his experiences with the laptop.

As it happens, in August 2020 Costello was Rudy Giuliani’s attorney when Mac Isaac delivered to Giuliani’s office a copy of Hunter’s hard drive, out of frustration that the FBI had done zilch. In fact, Costello was apparently the first non-FBI person to respond to Mac Isaac and perhaps the first to see the shocking contents of the laptop.

Very interesting reading. Costello makes his entrance on page 127.

https://www.amazon.com/American-Injustice-Battle-Expose-Truth-ebook/dp/B09YS4VNVG

By the time you read this, we’ll probably know whether Bragg has indeed dropped the case. If he has, and the left is called to give up its dream, ---at least for now --- of arresting and perp-walking Trump, they’ll still have AI (artificial intelligence) to create realistic “deepfake” video of this, to engage their TDS-fueled fantasies. The technology is so good now, they can watch Trump go to prison after all!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/03/22/trump-arrest-deepfakes

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Cuomo condemns DA pursuing Trump indictment

Just two days ago, I wrote about how I have always defended the due process rights of the accused, regardless of their politics, and I cited former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment accusations as an example. Now, by a strange coincidence, Cuomo is in the news for defending someone’s due process rights, and you’ll never guess whose. Brace yourself: Cuomo is condemning New York DA Alvin Bragg for trying to press a bogus, politicized indictment against Donald Trump!

https://www.westernjournal.com/andrew-cuomo-surprising-take-manhattan-das-looming-indictment-donald-trump/

During an interview on WABC radio, Cuomo pointed out the glaring holes in Bragg’s case and how he’s stretching the law to try to turn a bookkeeping dispute into a felony to get Trump, adding, “I think it’s all politics and that’s what I think the people of this country are saying.”

Cuomo went on to say that the warping of the legal system to target political opponents feeds the anger, partisanship and cynicism “that’s the cancer in our body politic right now.”

I couldn’t agree more. As I’ve been arguing since the first hints of politicizing law enforcement began, this kind of thing erodes the public’s confidence in the fairness of our court system that’s the glue that holds our society together. It’s as corrosive as the hints of election fraud that undermine confidence in the fairness of our elections and the legitimacy of our government.

You know the abuse of power and the public trust has become blatant when Andrew Cuomo is starting to sound like Mike Huckabee in denouncing it!


“Misinformation” Alert!

A photo is going around the Internet of Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman in which he looks so unlike other photos, it’s sparked rumors that he’s been replaced by a body double while he’s been in the hospital with severe depression. In fact, that photo is over a year old and shows Fetterman before he had his stroke.

https://www.westernjournal.com/hospital-photo-john-fetterman-goes-viral-just-1-problem-insane/

I’m sure the angle the media will take on this story will be to scold people for believing conspiracy theories, but I would humbly suggest that such theories only arise when the public is given official stories that are impossible to believe. One is that Fetterman was capable of being a Senator when he’d had a stroke, with this photo being even more evidence of its severity when he's unrecognizable afterward.

Another is that he’s doing great, handling his Senate duties from inside the hospital and will be back at work any day now. Meanwhile, nobody but his top staffers have seen him for weeks, there’s still no word on when he might be released, and that cheery prognosis defies everything we know about the treatment of severe depression and the recovery times of stroke victims.

As the linked article makes clear, rumors and conspiracy theories arise when people suspect that official sources are covering up and lying to them. Want to stop the rumors? Stop covering up and lying.

By the way, the latest story is that Fetterman was hospitalized for another two weeks to “balance his medications.” But other than that, he’ll be out any minute now and is perfectly fine to be in the US Senate! Trust them on this!

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/03/26/oh-by-the-way-john-fettermans-hospitalization-was-extended-for-another-two-weeks-n2621142


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Something to consider

Former President Trump had a big rally and speech in Waco Saturday. If you missed it, you can watch it online here:

https://www.youtube.com/live/AtB5jM8bnYo?feature=share

As you can see elsewhere in the newsletter, I reaffirmed my support for Trump on my TBN show monologue on Saturday. But I also mentioned that I occasionally cringe at some of the things he says or the way he says them. And I think Joe Cunningham at Redstate.com makes a point here that Trump should consider, that he won in 2016 because he was the candidate who seemed to really care about America and working Americans. But that message is getting lost.

https://redstate.com/joesquire/2023/03/26/the-trump-of-waco-texas-is-very-different-from-the-trump-who-came-down-the-escalator-in-2015-n721633

Cunningham argues that Trump needs to pull back on past glories, unfair attacks (admittedly, there are plenty of those) and swipes at other Republicans and start talking about the future, telling Americans what he plans to do to fix the many Biden disasters and reminding them of why they voted for him the first time: because unlike his opponents, he was not from Washington, and he really was there to help them.


Stop helping us

Remember how the Democrats were going to ban gas stoves; then when it became news, they denied it and claimed it was crazy MAGA Republican propaganda; and then once the outrage blew over, they went right back to banning gas stoves? Well, now they’re coming for your air conditioning. This could be the final straw that makes Texas declare itself an independent republic again.

https://www.westernjournal.com/not-just-gas-stoves-biden-administration-announces-crackdown-another-appliance/

They claim they’re not banning AC units, they are just going to “help us” by requiring that they be more energy efficient. In reality, that means meddling bureaucrats who know zip about manufacturing A/C units will tell people who do make them that they must achieve impossible energy goals (shades of government auto mileage standards.) That will drive up costs and force many less expensive units out of production, making it harder for anyone other than rich people to afford air conditioning. Oh, but don’t worry: if you can still afford an air conditioner, it might save you as much as 15 dollars a year on your energy bills.

If this sounds familiar, maybe it’s because just last month, they proposed similar rules to save the Earth from climate change by making washing machines worse.

https://news.yahoo.com/biden-washing-machine-rule-americans-214054133.html

We’ll probably end up paying more for “energy efficient” washing machines that defeat the whole purpose because we’ll have to wash our clothes twice to get them clean. Much like they’re “saving water” by forcing people to buy low-flow toilets that have to be flushed two or three times.

And this is why Ronald Reagan said that the most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”


Why I'm Endorsing Donald Trump for President

We’re almost 2 years away from the next Presidential election, but it’s already in full swing.  Candidates are announcing in both parties, and the media has already started their worthless, meaningless, and clueless speculating and pontificating on who’s up, who’s down, and who won’t make it to town!

Donald Trump was my 2nd choice for President in 2016.  My first choice was ME!  When I didn’t make it, I endorsed, supported, and campaigned for Donald Trump.  As President, he exceeded my expectations in implementing the America First policies that were long overdue to truly Make America Great Again.  I surprised most of my friends and some of my enemies in supporting Trump.  He often said things that were cringe-worthy, and some of the labels he affixed to political opponents and the media were harsh, if not accurate and incredibly funny.  I didn’t like all his Tweets or his comments from the podium.  And when people asked how I could support him I said it was like choosing a doctor to do surgery on a member of my family.  If my choice was between a kind, loving, praying surgeon who had the bedside manner of a pastor but who had never successfully done that particular surgery or a surgeon who was gruff, bombastic, and impatient, and who had the bedside manner of a schoolyard bully but had successfully done that surgery hundreds of times, I’d pick the guy with the questionable personality but the experienced and skillful surgical hands. 

Voting for a President is not like being on a church pulpit committee and hiring a pastor.  Ideally, I’d love to have people in office who share my political views as well as my personal views and my personality.  But in the same way I choose someone to work on my car, fly the plane I’m on, repair my home air conditioner, or dry-clean my suits, I select people to work for me who are the best at what they are hired to do.  There was a reason that people were lined up on the sidewalk to get soup from “Soup Man” that we all saw on Jerry Seinfeld.  The soup was good, even if “Soup Man” was an insufferable grouch.

There are going to be some very fine people running for President in 2024 and some who could prove to be as worthless as a milk bucket under a bull, but I will again personally support President Trump so he can finish what he started during his first term.  He accomplished more to make America Great Again than any President in my lifetime—and that goes back to Eisenhower.  There were Presidents who were more articulate and had a more engaging sense of humor, such as Kennedy and Reagan.  There were some who had great legislative savvy, such as Lyndon Johnson.  Some were truly decent and kind human beings, such as Jimmy Carter and George Herbert Walker Bush.  But no President helped the country get steered away from the insanity of socialist economics and insane polices on energy, the military, and the proper role of the courts as did Donald Trump. 

His tax and regulatory reforms put more than $4000 in the pockets of working-class families.  His energy policies provided us with affordable energy for our cars and homes and made us energy independent over Middle Eastern countries who hated us for the first time in 75 years.  His “tough love” to European nations who were derelict in paying their agreed-to dues for NATO actually saved NATO.  He was the first President since Reagan to NOT get us into a war, yet he advanced the pay and benefits of our military and focused on our armed forces being lethal instead of being woke.  In 2016, I introduced him in New York to 1000 pastors and said I wasn’t sure he could find John 3:16 in a marked New Testament, but NO President ever did more for religious liberty than Donald Trump.  NO President was ever as pro-life as he was, not just in what he said, but what he actually DID.  And he had the guts to move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, recognize it as the rightful capital of the Jewish state, and enact the ground-breaking Abraham Accords.

Maybe there are other conservative candidates for President who would do well, but who else could take and endure the relentless hate he faced and the never-ending persecutions and prosecutions of the demonic deep state? 

Donald Trump is far from perfect, but then so am I.  And so are you.  But I love my country and I don’t want it to be in second place or third.  I want it to be FIRST.  And I’ll put up with a personality that can be at times vain and vulgar in order to make America Great Again and that’s why I will support him again for President.


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Can Trump Win?

This was originally published on March 20th.

A new theory has arisen as to why the Democrats want to arrest Trump, other than toxic Trump Derangement Syndrome, and it’s not that they want to prevent him getting the 2024 GOP nomination or lure his supporters into protesting so they can spark a riot and brand MAGA grannies as violent insurrectionists (although it’s likely quite a few do dream of that.)

This latest theory is that they know an arrest for Trump will galvanize his base and assure they rally around him so that he WILL win the nomination, and then he’ll be much easier for Biden to beat than someone like DeSantis, who is younger and has similar policies to Trump but without all the negative baggage and set-in-stone opposition.

I don’t know, I think that’s giving them credit for being better long-range thinkers than they are (see “defunding the police.”) But it does bring up a question Republicans need to ask themselves: If Trump gets the nomination, can he win the 2024 general election? Remember, it’s an electoral college victory that will come down to a handful of swing states that did not go our way (for whatever reason) in 2020.

Scott Morefield at Townhall.com has a thought-provoking column on this subject, arguing that like some of the candidates he backed in 2022, Trump can win the GOP primaries but not the general elections in swing states. He backs up his case with numbers and asks for comments from those who have a reasonable counter argument.

https://townhall.com/columnists/scottmorefield/2023/03/20/donald-trump-has-no-path-to-general-election-victory-n2620864

I’d urge you to read this with an open mind and consider this question carefully. The future of America – possibly even its survival – may be riding on it.

The Oscars

This was originally published on March 14th.

I doubt that many of my readers really care much about the Oscars. Tom Cruise must’ve been so sure they’d never give an Oscar to “Top Gun: Maverick,” the patriotic movie that saved the studio, that he didn’t even attend. Indeed, a writer for Hollywood’s preferred “news” source, MSNBC, wrote an article slamming the movie as “insidious” and “literal propaganda” for portraying the US military in a positive light.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/top-gun-maverick-is-insidious-for-portraying-virtue-of-u-s-military-msnbc-editor/ar-AA18vjLf

The only way he could have any kind of point is if he admitted that their heroism protects the freedom of idiots like him to write garbage like that. And the show, by all reports, had the usual doses of leftwing politics, virtue-signaling and slams at conservatives because Heaven forbid you shouldn’t insult half your potential ticket-buying public on national TV.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/03/13/diversity-and-drag-define-the-2023-oscars-as-the-rest-of-us-just-go-see-top-gun-maverick-for-the-third-time-n715619

Also, the Academy is so steeped in woke jargon that it described Best Actress winner Michelle Yeoh as “a self-identified Asian actress.” Pretty sure she’s an actual Asian actress.

As always, the same celebrities who condemn a border wall and think you don’t deserve the Second Amendment right to own a gun to protect your family from all the criminals that the politicians they back keep letting out into the streets were themselves protected by barricades and walls and a contingent of police and private security larger and better armed than the Ukrainian military.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/03/12/oscars-hollywood-builds-walls-to-keep-celebrities-safe-during-academy-awards/

However, there was one moment of the Oscars that’s worth seeing, and that was the Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech by Ke Huy Quan. He recounted how his life’s journey began on a boat, fleeing the communists in Vietnam. His family was separated for a year and lived in a refugee camp. But he finally made it to America and after many years of work, he achieved the American dream.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/03/12/my-journey-started-on-a-boat-communism-refugee-ke-huy-quan-celebrates-american-dream-during-oscars-speech/

It’s not only a moving and inspiring speech, but I love the idea of all those celebrities who kowtow to communist China, and who constantly tell us America is racist and evil, that minorities can't succeed here and the American dream is a myth, being forced to sit there, listen and applaud.


Biden issues his first veto

This article was originally published on March 21st.

Tuesday, President Biden used his veto power for the first time, and I think history will record it as one of the worst vetoes of all time, and his justification for it as one of the most shameless lies on record.

Please bear in mind that I try to look for the good in people, not make negative assumptions, consider other points of view, etc. etc. But there’s just no other way to slice it.

It all started when Biden (stop me if you’ve heard this before) reversed a Trump executive order requiring retirement fund managers to consider only return on investment and not use the money entrusted to them to push political agendas. Biden’s Labor Department instead encouraged them to use the money to pursue his “climate change” and leftwing activist “ESG” (environmental, social and corporate governance) agenda.

The GOP House and all Republicans and two Democrats in the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to protect the retirement accounts of Americans by requiring managers to consider only maximizing returns, not pursuing political agendas. That’s the bill Biden vetoed, and then tried to defend it by telling America’s seniors that he was actually the one protecting their savings because the bill would make it “illegal to consider risk factors that MAGA House Republicans don’t like.”  

https://www.foxnews.com/media/biden-shredded-issuing-first-veto-presidency-protect-esg-liar

By any standards, that is an outrageous, cynical, bald-face lie. He should be thoroughly ashamed of himself, for the order, the veto and the lying explanation for the veto. It’s a triple-decker sandwich of shame. And he’s rightly being shredded from all sides for it.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/03/20/manchin-slams-biden-prioritizing-radical-policy-agenda-vetoing-anti-esg-bill/

Sen. Joe Manchin fumed, “This Administration continues to prioritize their radical policy agenda over the economic, energy, and national security needs of our country, and it is absolutely infuriating.”

It’s bad enough that seniors are already struggling with rampant inflation caused by this President’s idiotic radial policies, as well as a stock market that’s cost most of them up to 30% of the value of their IRAs and 401Ks. Now, he’s actively encouraging the people in charge of their dwindling savings to prioritize leftist nonsense over protecting and increasing their money.

I can describe the wisdom of that policy in three letters:

“S-V-B.”


Chaos in the White House press room

This article was originally published on March 22nd.

The White House press room descended into chaos yesterday (some described it as hilarious chaos, but chaos nonetheless.) Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was trying to set up an innocuous PR event to promote mental health with the cast of the streaming sitcom “Ted Lasso” and reporter Simon Ateba of Today News Africa was having none of it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/press-sec-blows-reporter-throws-wrench-whs-hollywood-actor-briefing/

Ateba is known for being one of the few among the fawning liberal press corps who actually asks tough questions, which is probably why Jean-Pierre has refused to call on him for seven months and counting. So he was understandably peeved that she refused to let him talk but devoted a whole press briefing to the cast of a sitcom, and he interrupted the happy talk. Jean-Pierre began shouting, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no” and repeating, “We’re not doing this! We’re not doing this!” over and over. Ateba shouted back, “You’re making a mockery of the First Amendment!”

The most telling moment came when Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News apologized to the actors on behalf of the Washington news establishment for this unseemly outbreak of actual journalism. Can you guess whose side she’s on?

While I would prefer it if everyone remained professional and kept the shouting confined to elementary school playgrounds, and think Ateba’s behavior may be questionable, his frustration is understandable. He told Tucker Carlson that Jean-Pierre refuses to answer his questions and refuses to meet privately with him, even when Biden is meeting with African leaders and he’s the White House reporter from Africa. He claims that because he’s not a wealthy, white, American reporter but a poor, black reporter from Africa, the White House looks down on him, stonewalls him and discriminates against him, and they show disrespect for the First Amendment.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/reporter-slams-karine-jean-pierre-refusing-take-questions-look-down-me

I thought that Democrats were supposed to oppose all those things he just described. Well, aside from showing disrespect for the First Amendment.


The hubris of Dr. Anthony Fauci

This article was originally published on March 22nd.

We don’t hear much these days about the sin of hubris, since its definition (“overbearing pride, presumption or arrogance”) is now such a popular lifestyle. But I have to give kudos to whoever released the video outtakes from an “American Masters” episode of PBS that I’m sure was intended to deify Dr. Anthony Fauci. Instead, it gave the world a shining example of what “hubris” means.

The videos showed Dr. Fauci and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser going door-to-door during the pandemic to fight “vaccine hesitancy” in a mostly black DC neighborhood. In retrospect, we can see that the average people who had allegedly been “misinformed” about COVID and the vaccines were actually better informed on the subjects than Fauci was.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/03/20/watch-fauci-get-rejected-by-americans-when-he-pushes-vaccine-makes-bad-comment-about-gop-n719168

When a mom (correctly, as it turned out) told Fauci, “I heard that it doesn’t cure it and it doesn’t stop you from getting it,” he replied with smug certainty, “No, on the very, very, very rare chance that you do get it even if you’re vaccinated, it’s a very – you don’t even feel sick. It’s like you don’t even know you got infected. It’s very, very good at protecting you.”

He then blamed Republicans for this “crazy” vaccine resistance, saying, “They don’t like to be told what to do. And we got to break that, unpack that.”

Maybe they just didn’t like to be told what to do by a power-mad bureaucrat who was absolutely certain that he was correct about things he was wrong about.

Click the link for this must-see video, and for the other one, where they encountered a man who really wasn’t in the mood for Fauci's snow job.


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March 20, 2023

It appears that Barack Obama’s threatened “fundamental transformation” of America is about to be complete next week, as we will reportedly turn full-on banana republic with the unprecedented arrest of a former President and leading presidential candidate on clearly partisan charges.

Life in a Blue City

March 20, 2023

A CNN crew was shooting a report about street crime in San Francisco, and even though they’d hired security to watch their cars, someone still smashed their car window and stole their property out of it in less than four seconds.

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March 17, 2023

Yesterday at the University of California-Davis, black-clad and masked leftist and LGBTQ “protesters” (the more accurate term would be “thugs” or “terrorists”) attempted to violently prevent an appearance by Turning Point USA founder, Charlie Kirk.
 


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A New Song for Democrats

The 1929 song “Happy Days Are Here Again” has been the unofficial theme song of the Democratic Party since FDR used it as a campaign song in 1932. But looking around at the filth-covered, crime-plagued dystopias that have been created in various cities and states by decades of Democratic rule, I think we can all agree that “Happy Days” are hardly the result of Democratic governance. In short, the party needs a new theme song.

“The Internationale” is a little too on-the-nose, so judging by the Party’s recent descent into widespread denial of reality and brutally-enforced self-delusion, I would like to suggest the 1939 tune recorded by everyone from Vera Lynn and Glenn Miller to Connee Boswell: “Wishing Will Make It So.”

“The Internationale” is a little too on-the-nose, so judging by the Party’s recent descent into widespread denial of reality and brutally-enforced self-delusion, I would like to suggest the 1939 tune recorded by everyone from Vera Lynn and Glenn Miller to Connee Boswell: “Wishing Will Make It So.”

https://youtu.be/LhoazjBWR3A

Here’s a sample of the lyrics. Tell me if this doesn’t sound like the current “woke” DNC platform:

“Wishing will make it so…Just keep on wishing and care will go…Dreamers tell us dreams come true, It’s no mistake…And wishes are the dreams we dream when we're awake…”

Are you a man who wants to be a woman? Well, just say you’re a woman, and you ARE! Wishing will make it so! Don’t like the police? Fire them all, and crime will magically go down by itself! Are people being robbed, raped and murdered every day? Claim that’s all in your political opponents’ imaginations, and it miraculously goes away! Are there inconvenient facts about sleazy deals or dishonest and disastrous national health policies that might harm your electoral chances? Bully social media platforms into silencing any talk about them and they disappear! Is the economy struggling and hamstrung by inflation? Then declare inflation over and the economy booming, and they are! Were only 10,000 jobs created during the last quarter? Say a million jobs were created…and they were! Suffering horrific problems caused by an open border? Then insist that the border isn’t open, and abracadabra! It’s secure!

I could easily fill up the rest of this essay by just continuing with that last paragraph. The Democrats have become the denial of reality party. They make up new jaw-dropping fantasies faster than President Biden invents new jobs that he used to hold. The question is, how have they brainwashed so many people into actually believing this tripe?

The answer is that they really haven’t. They’ve managed to take over a number of cities and states by driving the reality-based community out, leaving behind almost nothing but their natural constituency: self-deluded radicals and people dependent on government. That’s now become obvious with the year-end release of the latest Census data showing the continued exodus of population from blue to red states.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/americas-blue-state-exodus-census-data-red-blue-lockdowns-pandemic-florida-california-economy-progressive-11671993469?st=40ay52dr5n4zk3w&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

Texas and Florida make up about 15% of the US population, but accounted for 70% of population growth. From July 2021-2022, the US population grew by about 1.2 million, but California lost over 343,000 residents to other states, and New York nearly 300,000. Blue states that are still showing population growth, like Washington, mostly owe it to foreign immigrants.

The new term for this is the “Texodus,” since so many are heading to Texas, but Scott McKay at Spectator.org also adds “Flexodus” to cover the huge migration to Florida. As he notes, those who were disappointed that New York voters kept reality-denier Kathy Hochul as their Governor when they could have saved the state by electing Lee Zeldin must understand that the rational voters he needed to win had already moved to Florida and gave Ron DeSantis a landslide victory.

https://spectator.org/texodus-and-flexodus-and-what-they-mean-for-america/

But how long can this continual downward spiral continue? You’d think the people would revolt at some point, or the politicians would do something to head off the crash. But they won’t because, as McKay points out, this is planned. It even has a name: “Weaponized Governmental Failure.” Terrible leftist leaders like Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer and Lori Lightfoot want the productive, middle class people to move out because they actually expect results for their tax dollars and accountability from politicians. When they call 911, they think cops should show up. That’s not the Democrats’ model anymore. They hate normal Americans like that. They’re all in on maintaining power through identity politics, divisiveness, chaos, demonization and government dependence.

And if productive people leave and take their tax dollars with them? Who cares, as long as Democrats in DC keep taxing the productivity of red states and sending billions to failed blue states and cities?

The best thing that could happen to those blue states and the people in them might be forcing them to go through bankruptcy and get their houses in order, but that will never happen as long as Washington keeps refilling their troughs with other people’s money. There’s a way to stop that, but it will take a major change at the federal level, and not just of Democrats, but also some Congressional Republicans who are reliably complicit in the scam, as we’ve just seen.

Read McKay’s entire article. It’s a bracing blast of cold reality in a political world that’s been obscured by a fog of fantasy.


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Untangling the “Biden Family Business”

Kentucky Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has revealed the name of a “third Biden” to receive a cut from a $3 million wire transfer from a Chinese company that was divided among family members.  But the committee has determined that at least one other Biden received a cut --- an individual who has NOT yet been identified.

How can both these statements be true?  Well, it’s because a FOURTH BIDEN (“unknown”) has been discovered in the “Suspicious Activity Reports” (SARS) relating to Hunter Biden.

But let’s start with the Biden we do know --- who is that?  According to the financial records viewed by House Oversight Committee staff, it would be Hallie Biden, widow of Joe’s older son Beau and paramour (in those days) of Hunter, brother of Beau.

According to the Oversight Committee, “The Biden family members who received money from this account included:  Hallie Biden, who received two separate payments totaling $35,000 in 2017; James Brian Biden, Sr. (James Biden); Robert Hunter Biden (Hunter Biden); and a bank account identified as an unknown ‘Biden.’  The committee is continuing to investigate the identity of this account holder.” (I wonder if they’ve checked out the “Tomb of the Unknown Biden?”)

The wire transfer from Chinese company State Energy HK Limited to Robinson Walker, LLC, was made just two months after Joe Biden left the Vice President’s office.  Rob Walker, described as a “Biden family associate,” was subpoenaed a few weeks ago by Comer’s committee, and the documents he provided them show he’d wired about a third of it --- $1,065,000 --- to European Energy and Infrastructure Group (EEIG), a company in Abu Dhabi associated with one of Hunter’s business partners, James Gillar.

We were curious as to what EEIG company does, so we went to their website and found dense paragraphs of near-impenetrable jargon.  Now we know that “EEIG is an integration and advisory organisation working with governments and global corporations to solicit business opportunities and facilitate programme delivery through its global network of partners.”

Oh, one of those.

https://eei-group.com/about-us/

Notice that they also tout their “close ties to policy and decision makers.”  (Like, perhaps, the Vice President of the United States??)  “We pride ourselves,” they boast, “on the benefits that we can pass on to our clients because of these relationships.”  I’ll bet they do.

As for the rest of the money sent by State Energy HK Limited, the Biden family received approximately $1,065,692 over three months, in different bank accounts.  So it looks as though each account was getting a third of the money wired.  These were the accounts of 1) Hunter Biden’s company (presumably Hunter and James), 2) Hallie Biden, and 3) the “unknown” Biden.

So, why was the money sent first to Robinson Walker?  Was this some kind of “pass-through” step to place distance between the Chinese company and the Bidens?  That’s sure what it looks like.  And why would some of it be going to Hallie Biden, who was working as a school counselor and surely had nothing to do with whatever business ventures the money was purportedly for?

And who is the fourth, “unknown” Biden?  Since pains were obviously taken to keep Joe Biden’s name out of emails sent among the business partners, it’s only natural to suspect it’s “the Big Guy.”

Nick Arama at Redstate.com reports that Democrats such as Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin are “freaking out so much” about this investigation that they’re trying to claim it’s somehow “opposition research” for President Trump’s re-election bid next year.  That’s pretty funny, considering the investigation has been going on for years and the reason it’s now kicking into high gear is that the GOP has only now gained the House majority and control of the committees.  The Democrats were doing everything they could to slow them down.  If Republicans on the Oversight Committee could have seen those banking records last year, they would have.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/03/16/comer-names-third-biden-who-received-ccp-related-payout-now-theres-a-fourth-biden-n717234

There are, as Arama says, “all kinds of potential national security questions.”  He also quotes legal professor Jonathan Turley, who tells us that besides potentially unlawful work as foreign agents, there might also be evidence of potential tax crimes, the evading of financial rules, false statements and money laundering.  Turley, in a piece written just after the Treasury Department agreed to turn over the SARs, said that “even by the corrupt standards of [DC], the Bidens took influence peddling to an unprecedented level in raking in millions from foreign interests, including some with alleged ties to foreign intelligence.”

If you missed Turley’s piece, it goes directly to the need for congressional investigation of this corruption, as possibly the only way “to force accountability for corrupt efforts to sell influence and access.”

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/03/14/times-up-treasure-finally-agrees-to-turn-over-hunter-biden-transaction-reports/#more-202072

So, what do we know about this company, State Energy HK Limited, that made the wire transfer?  According to the Daily Caller, the chairman and executive director of the company at the time the money was sent appears to have been Lei Donghui, who joined the Chinese Communist Party in July 2002, according to a Chinese government website.

Lei, who holds a Ph. D. in management, left State Energy HK Limited in February 2018 and reportedly serves as general manager of Sanshui Development Company in Foshan, located in the Guangdomg province of China near Hong Kong.  (We’re guessing the “HK” stands for “Hong Kong.”)

Rob Walker sent some wire transfers directly to Biden family members, the committee says, but others went to “their companies,” including Owasco PC, JBBSR Inc., and RSTP II, LLC.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/03/16/hunter-biden-joe-biden-ccp-state-energy/

As we all know, the same people in government and media who have relentlessly investigated and hounded Trump have given the Bidens a pass.  The ‘Justice’ and Treasury Departments have even done what they could to prevent a look into Biden influence-peddling.  Paul Sperry, writing for RealClear Investigations, has put together an excellent analysis of that double standard that is, for when you have time, a must-read.

Sperry shows that at the very time the FBI was investigating CEFC’s Patrick Ho, they knew from tracking Ho and CEFC’s banking and wire transfer records that they’d made those payments to the Bidens.   That’s right --- they already knew what the Oversight Committee has been pulling teeth to try to find out.  “Former FBI officials,” Sperry tells us, “say agents had a clear window into how the Chinese were trying to cultivate the Bidens.”  Yet it was all kept quiet. 

We know Trump and his family would have been impeached/prosecuted and convicted/jailed if anything close to this were found to have been going on.  Trump has been pursued relentlessly by political adversaries in government and media looking for something --- anything --- to tar him with.  Yet we now know the FBI was aware of the Biden-Chinese connection as it was playing out before their eyes, and did nothing.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2023/03/15/feds_foreign-agent_double_standard_protective_of_bidens_even_as_they_bore_down_on_trumpworld_885544.html

 

……………….

 

RELATED:  Speaking of the FBI protecting the Bidens when they knew what was going on, the House Judiciary Committee is looking into that perfectly-timed October 19, 2020, letter from 51 former intel officials saying that Hunter’s laptop had all the classic earmarks of Russian disinformation.  This, as we now are aware, was about a year after the FBI had acquired the real laptop, which they KNEW all along was real.

The Washington Examiner has details.  We find it extremely interesting that some of these officials are being represented by Mark Zaid, who represented the “anonymous” whistleblower (Eric Ciaramella) during Trump’s first impeachment over what his call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy was wrongly said to be.  Now, Zaid is trying to argue that it was third parties, such as media, who embellished what was actually said in the “classic earmarks” letter.  But we know better --- that they gave themselves an “out” (which Zaid is using now) while knowing just how the media would report the story.

Sperry’s report also makes it clear that Joe Biden must have been lying about the laptop being Russian disinformation.  Then-candidate Biden knew what was going on with his messed-up son.  Does anyone seriously think he DIDN’T know that laptop was real when he told us it wasn’t?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/justice/hunter-biden-laptop-letter-signers-fully-cooperate-gop-investigation-lawyer

We wonder what sort of cover story Zaid will have for another story, just reported by LAPTOP FROM HELL author and New York Post reporter Miranda Devine.  She reports that a Federal Election Commission complaint to be filed this week states, “The speed with which this letter was written, and the number of Individual Respondents involved, points directly to the surreptitious involvement of the Biden campaign in soliciting or organizing the drafters of the letter in a clear violation of the [Federal Election Campaign Act].”  The complaint says that since this was done to influence the election, the signatories gave the Biden campaign an in-kind contribution.  This should be interesting...

https://nypost.com/2023/03/15/joe-bidens-2020-presidential-campaign-had-surreptitious-involvement-report-reveals

Finally, guess what the Washington press pool DIDN’T ask one question about now that we know Biden’s family was paid millions of dollars by a member of the Chinese Communist Party?  Somehow, I knew you’d have the answer to that one…

Tom Elliott: “I have some shocking news”

 


Why We Need Term Limits

You’ve heard the saying, "Two things you should never watch being made -- a law and sausage." I don't agree with half of that. I've been involved in lawmaking as a Lieutenant Governor presiding over the State Senate and as a Governor negotiating every step of the process with a legislature that was 90 percent Democrat. I've also seen sausage made.

I still eat sausage.

For the faint of heart and those without a strong stomach, seeing the process of politics become the process of governing can result in serious reactions. It's not a pretty process. It can be tedious, exasperating, and embarrassing. But let me let you in on a little secret: it’s supposed to be!

Recently, some Congressional Democrats have been publicly ranting over what an offense to “our democracy” it is that they can’t ram through their agenda with a one-vote majority. Some are pushing to blow up the system that slows down their efforts to enact what they claim “the people” (i.e., “them”) want, from eliminating the Senate filibuster to stacking the Supreme Court with partisan political appointees.

This is what John Adams called “the tyranny of the majority.” It’s not only poison to the American system, it’s also a really stupid political tactic. Apparently, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin were the only Democrats who understood how dumb it is to strip all power from the minority when you’re just one election and one seat away from being the minority yourself (see the 2022 House elections.)

As hard as it may be to believe, making a law was never designed by our Founding Fathers to be quick and simple. When they wrote and approved the Constitution, they intended for the passage of a bill into law to be a hard slog. They feared that passion would overwhelm reason and thoughtfulness, and so they built in plenty of speed bumps to make sure that a bill never whizzed through Congress and got signed by the President as hurriedly as some celebrities go through rounds of rehab.

Now, I'm pretty sure that the Founding Fathers didn't want total gridlock in Congress, but as much as it may surprise you, they would prefer gridlock to haste. Why? Because they feared government in the same way I fear snakes, spiders, and sharks. They knew that the sheer power of it is an intoxicant and that most of the people who enter government will be like sixteen-year-old boys with keys to the liquor cabinet whose parents are gone for the weekend.Watching Congress make laws and oversee regulation is a lot like watching sixteen-year-olds with booze and a BMW. You get the distinct impression that they have no business with either one, and a crash is inevitable.

This is why I have long been a proponent of term limits, which are hardly a new idea. The concept dates back to ancient Rome and Greece, with the great Greek philosopher Aristotle observing, “It is not so easy to do wrong in a short as in a long tenure of office.”

This idea was most famously summed up many years later by English historian, politician and author Lord Acton, who said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” The current DC bureaucracy seems to be trying their best to become a living illustration that absolute power corrupts absolutely and turns you into a bad person.

In 1807, half-way through his own second term, President Thomas Jefferson warned that "if some termination to the services of the chief Magistrate be not fixed by the Constitution, or supplied by practice, his office, nominally four years, will in fact become for life."

The popular novelist James Fenimore Cooper summed up the prevailing American attitude in 1838 when he said that "contact with the affairs of state is one of the most corrupting of the influences to which men are exposed." This might explain why so many of them retire (if they ever do retire) as multi-millionaires after a life selflessly devoted to “public service.”

Historian Robert Struble notes that the American preference for turnover in leadership was so deeply ingrained that it took until the twentieth century for the concept of “career politicians” to take hold. Unfortunately, among the many bad ideas that arose in the twentieth century, like Nazism, socialism, and letting movie actors talk, came the argument that a lifetime of "experience" in government was a far more valuable asset than a fresh perspective or a knowledge of business, farming, or other fields in which the vast majority of Americans work. Not everyone swallowed that argument, including twentieth-century Presidents of both parties.

In 1953, after deciding not to run for a third term, Democrat President Harry Truman said:

“In my opinion, eight years as President is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity. There is a lure in power. It can get into a man's blood just as gambling and lust for money have been known to do.”

Interesting quote, considering that he became President only because he was Franklin Roosevelt's Vice President when FDR died in office shortly after being reelected to his fourth term.

Republican Calvin Coolidge, who was President in the 1920s, said:

“When a man begins to feel that he is the only one who can lead in this republic, he is guilty of treason to the spirit of our institutions...It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness. They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgment. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant.”

Old “Silent Cal” must have been truly passionate about this subject because I believe those are the most words he ever said in one sitting.


A new organization for James O’Keefe

Leftists who preferred keeping their true agendas hidden were gleeful at the idea of getting James O’Keefe fired from Project Veritas. But I wish I had a hidden camera to see their faces when they learn that he’s already forming a new organization that’s going to be even bigger. How big? Think about how many formerly hidden things have been exposed thanks to everyone having cell phone cameras and Twitter accounts. Well, it’s kind of like that…

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2023/03/16/james-okeefe-n2620637

O’Keefe says his new venture will recruit a “citizen army of journalists” and be an “Uber for journalism.” He will host journalism seminars nationwide to train thousands of people in how to document wrongdoing from school board meetings to statehouses to city councils. He calls it O’Keefe Media Group, or OMG, which is what a lot of leftists will be saying when they hear this.

It sounds as if he plans to become the Obi Wan Kenobi for citizen-journalists, which is appropriate because if they strike him down, he will become more powerful than they can possibly imagine.


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The Oscars

March 14, 2023

I doubt that many of my readers really care much about the Oscars. Tom Cruise must’ve been so sure they’d never give an Oscar to “Top Gun: Maverick,” the patriotic movie that saved the studio, that he didn’t even attend.

Wayne Shorter, RIP

March 11, 2023


As a music lover, indie record label co-owner, University of North Texas graduate, and husband of a jazz singer (Laura Ainsworth) whose dad was a major big band saxophonist, it gives me great sorrow to have to report that Wayne Shorter died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital at 89.

https://news.yahoo.com/saxophonist-weather-report-co-founder-194054530.html

Shorter was an extremely influential saxophonist, composer and arranger who was a founding member of the pioneering jazz fusion group Weather Report. He played with everyone from Miles Davis and Art Blakey to Steely Dan (he played the sax solo on “Aja”), Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell. Over a career that spanned seven decades, he was nominated for Grammy Awards 23 times and won a dozen, most recently in 2019 for Best Jazz Album for his final release, “Emanon.” He retired from performing in 2018 due to health problems, but continued composing.

If you’d like to explore his music, USA Today compiled some videos of some of his most popular tracks, including the jazz standard, “Birdland.”

https://ftw.usatoday.com/lists/wayne-shorter-best-songs-died-jazz

For those wanting to do a real deep dive, Ranker.com has a list of his albums ranked by fans (but don’t necessarily go by that.)

https://www.ranker.com/list/best-wayne-shorter-albums-list/reference

Finally, Robert Spencer at PJ Media penned an appreciation of Wayne Shorter and how his passing represents the passing of a great era of American music, art, literature and culture, the likes of which are almost nonexistent today.

https://pjmedia.com/culture/robert-spencer/2023/03/02/wayne-shorter-is-dead-and-so-is-a-great-era-of-american-culture-n1675174

SPLC nonsense

March 11, 2023

The Southern Poverty Law Center, America’s second-most lucrative hate group (behind BLM, of course), is defending their attorney who was arrested for domestic terrorism in Atlanta for allegedly being part of an Antifa attack on police officers and arson of a police training center construction site.