Biden’s Actions Speak MUCH Louder Than His Words (Campaign Promises)

“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” – Ronald Reagan

“Whenever you hear people talking about “a living Constitution,” almost invariably they are people who are in the process of slowly killing it by ‘interpreting’ its restrictions on government out of existence.” – Thomas Sowell

To President Trump: Thank you President Trump and Vice President Pence. For serving the people. For keeping your promises. And for MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

To President Biden: God Bless and Good Luck. Hopefully you will be able to govern from the “center” you promised and will have the strength and political will to temper the progressive left who will push you at every turn.

Biden’s First Day: The Swamp strikes back. Biden’s first actions eliminates 11,000 union jobs and another 40,000 jobs by stopping the Keystone Pipeline project? Why?!?

He signed an order allowing biological boys to play in girls’ sports and use girls’ bathrooms? Why?!?

He signs another order to effetely open our borders to illegal immigrants, stop the deportation of convicted criminals, and pushes for amnesty? Why?!?

He “claims” credit for the Warp Speed program to deliver over 100 million vaccines over the next 100 days and says it’s “new” and it’s “his plan.” Sorry, it was already in progress. Why?!?

Why…all because the progressive liberal swamp is back…politicizing EVERYTHING with a kinder/smiling face mainstream media will cover up for and American families will pay the price. At least I’ll be able to say “Don’t blame me, I voted Republican!”

So far his centrist rhetoric isn’t matching his progressive liberal actions. Unfortunately, the only folks he’s uniting are conservatives and Republicans who are waking up to his progressive liberal policy. Submission is not unity.

Question – will moderate/mainstream Congressional Democrats blindly follow along?!?

Balance Budget Amendment: With Congress and the White House in the hands of progressive liberals, now more than ever we have to complete the effort to call for an Article 5 Constitutional Convention to pass a Balance Budget Amendment.

Join the effort at with the BBA Task Force which explains: The U.S. national debt ($24.6 trillion) is now 7 times federal revenue ($3.6 trillion), a serious imbalance that will cost us over $600 billion (16.5% of federal revenue) in 2020. We’ve already seen a $1 trillion spike in the 2020 deficit in just the last month as the Corona-virus stimulus starts to add up. It is hard to calculate where we will be at the end of the year, but the one thing we can say for certain is that it will be on for the record books.

The root cause of the problem was best explained by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee when it concluded, “the many statutory constraints enacted over the years to control spending failed because no Congress can bind a succeeding Congress by simple statute.” Therefore, only a balanced budget amendment (BBA) will do. Given Congress’ 75-year failure to propose a BBA, the states must do so by calling an Article V convention.

Join this fight to get a Balance Budget Amendment and it will be much less important as to what political party controls Congress.

Demonstrators vs Rioters: If you riot, destroy property, illegally storm the Capitol, steal government property and/or commit or threaten to violently hurt or kill someone…you should be arrested and prosecuted as appropriate.

All of them…whether they are far right nuts, white supremacists, ANTIFA, BLM or Trump supporters caught up in the moment…we are a country based on the rule of law…if you broke it, you should pay.

But justice must be blind and fairly administered. We ignored violent and destructive riots for years. Many believe the Democrats encourage and empowered most of these riots because of policy or not prosecuting or punishing the culprits.

Somehow lawless activities became acceptable in the name of social justice or election fraud or just plain greed and/or stupidity.

This is NOT a partisan issue…this cuts to the core of our system of governance and civil society. The ONLY revolution America needs in this day and age is at the ballot box. 

VOTE…shake up this system. As Thomas Jefferson said “a little rebellion now and then is a good thing” but today, that should only be at the ballot box not at the end of a gun, sticks or fire.

Florida Did It Right: Let’s learn from Florida! It was the first large state and battle ground state to announce its results on election night this last year with virtually NO controversy at all!

After the 2000 electoral debacle in Florida that made “hanging chads” famous, Florida created a bi-partisan commission to review its state laws and procedures to make sure something like that would NEVER happen again. It instituted a set of reforms that today makes Florida a model for the country.

At the very least…all the states that had controversies and confusion with regard to their voting process and procedures that contributed to this year’s electoral fiasco should consider creating a similar commission and passing reforms in their respective state legislatures.

Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada could go a long way towards restoring trust in our system of elections by doing a fair and open assessment of the issues raised and insure they are fairly addressed by new laws and rules where necessary. We have to have a process that EVERY voter in America trusts, win or lose, that continues this great tradition of a constitutional republic.

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Can Biden Avoid Obama’s First-Term Mistake?

The left will try to convince the new president he has a mandate for progressive change. He doesn’t.

When Barack Obama and Joe Biden entered the White House 12 years ago, the economy was in recession, unemployment was pushing 8%, and their fellow Democrats controlled the House and Senate. Sound familiar?

We know what happened next. Instead of focusing on economic growth, the Obama administration advanced an expensive but ineffective stimulus package and then went all in on a partisan transformation of the U.S. health-care system. The upshot was the slowest economic recovery since World War II. Democrats lost their House majority in 2010, and Republicans won the Senate four years later.

We’re about to find out what, if anything, Mr. Biden and his more liberal allies took away from that experience. Mr. Biden has said that his first order of business as president will be addressing Covid-19 and the economy. What we don’t know is whether the political left intends to let him do that. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party is much stronger than it was in 2009, and its members of Congress are far more numerous. Back then, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren did not command the national attention that they do today, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t old enough to buy beer.

On the campaign trail, Mr. Biden tried to put some rhetorical distance between himself and more radical proposals like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. It’s a strategy that obviously served him well in the election, but how well will it work for him in the White House?

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1 big thing: Biden’s centrist words, liberal actions

President Biden talks — and promises to govern — like a soothing centrist. But early moves show he’s keeping his promise to advance a liberal agenda, Axios’ Dion Rabouin, Courtenay Brown and Jennifer A. Kingson report.

Why it matters: Never before has a president done more by executive fiat in such a short period of time. These actions, coupled with a progressive slate of regulators and advisers, look more like the Biden of the Democratic primaries than the unity-and-restraint Biden of the general election.

Jaret Seiberg of Cowen Washington Research Group says that having it both ways “will work in the short-term, but eventually those progressives who are taking over key jobs will impact the regulatory environment.”

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‘Dark Money’ Helped Pave Joe Biden’s Path to the White House

President Joe Biden benefited from a record-breaking amount of donations from anonymous donors to outside groups backing him, meaning the public will never have a full accounting of who helped him win the White House.

Biden’s winning campaign was backed by $145 million in so-called dark money donations, a type of fundraising Democrats have decried for years. Those fundraising streams augmented Biden’s $1.5 billion haul, in itself a record for a challenger to an incumbent president.

That amount of dark money dwarfs the $28.4 million spent on behalf of his rival, former President Donald Trump. And it tops the previous record of $113 million in anonymous donations backing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

Democrats have said they want to ban dark money as uniquely corrupting, since it allows supporters to quietly back a candidate without scrutiny. Yet in their effort to defeat Trump in 2020, they embraced it.

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Biden’s militarized inauguration showcased Democrats’ insecurity

Nothing says, “This was a perfectly normal election, and now it’s time to come together as a united nation,” like having your swearing-in behind 12-foot-high razor wire surrounded by 25,000 troops whose loyalty you doubt. That’s what we witnessed at President Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday: a grim testament to the fundamental insecurity and fragility of the re-ascendant liberal elite.

Democrats no doubt hoped that the optics of this military-heavy presidential installation would convince ordinary Americans that the republic is in peril from the populist ferment that sent Donald Trump to the White House in 2016 and garnered more votes four years later than any GOP ticket, ever. It’s a peril that can only be addressed by, in James Comey’s lovely phrase, “burning down” the Republican Party. 

But the whole aura was less Lincoln and more bananas. As in banana republic. 

Abe Lincoln had fewer troops to defend Washington during the Civil War, even though the Confederate capital of Richmond was just down the road. LBJ used only about half as many troops to put down the 1968 riots that killed more than a dozen, injured hundreds and did property damage that lasted decades.

Having filled the nation’s capital with enough soldiers to invade a small country, the Democrats went further and suggested that the National Guard troops might not be trustworthy.

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National Guard in D.C. was nothing but political prop

Members of the National Guard stationed in Washington, D.C., to protect the incoming president from conservative voters during the canceled inaugural activities that nobody would’ve attended anyway were banished by police from the Capitol, booted to a nearby parking garage.

Their time in the photography sun had ended, you see.

The official reason given for the banishment was that Congress was in session. In other words, the guards members were in the way.

But what happened to security first, security at all costs?

Right. We all know the deal here. We all know the real deal.

President Joe Biden’s protectors had all the media imagery they needed. So the National Guard was no longer needed.

The thousands upon thousands upon thousands of armed soldiers sent to patrol the capital city streets and Capitol Building hallways to keep out the deplorables from deplorably supporting Donald Trump did their duty — they stood strong in the face of all the MSNBC and CNN and ABC and CBS photographers who snapped away happily to capture on film what their minions back at studio base then claimed was the consequence of being conservative. See what happens when you vote for Donald Trump? See how dangerously racist all those MAGA people are? And now it was time for them to go.

The guardsmen, the guardswomen, were simply props for the Democrats.

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Democrats Are Framing Americans As Terrorists To Erase Our Rights

Democrats have moved swiftly to use the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol mayhem to push for a frightening expansion of federal surveillance and police powers, openly smearing anyone who voted for Donald Trump as a potential terrorist.

Democrats have moved swiftly to use the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol mayhem to push for a frightening expansion of federal surveillance and police powers under their sole control for two years, smearing anyone who voted for Donald Trump as a potential terrorist. Joe Biden himself called the Capitol protesters “domestic terrorists” and “insurrectionists” and said his administration will prioritize legislation to increase federal crackdowns on what Democrats consider to be “domestic terrorists.”

The main problem with that is that Democrats openly link Republican Party affiliation and mainstream conservative ideas to “domestic terrorism,” “extremism,” “white supremacy,” and other evils. To the left vanguard of the party that Biden’s administration is marching behind in both personnel and policy, simply supporting lower taxes and believing that “hard work can help you get ahead” is enough to mark you a “racist” and “white supremacist.” These redefined “racists” and “white supremacists” now face increased FBI surveillance, discrimination in military and other careers, suspension of their right to own guns lawfully based only on another person complaining they are a “threat,” public harassment and smears, government and business pressure campaigns and investigations, and more.

As usual, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a canary in the coalmine. The New Yorker went on Instagram on Jan. 12 to hysterically claim that she felt endangered in a safe room during the Capitol anarchy because Republican members of Congress were also there. She baselessly accused them of being violent “white supremacists” solely due to their political affiliation. This is as stupid as claiming the average Democrat is an arson risk simply because she vocalized support this summer for Black Lives Matter.

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Democrat’s Lockdowns Are Ending The Middle Class And Making The Rich Richer

2020 could not have gone better for the country’s elites. Wall Street, Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley are swimming in cash and prosperity.

The vast majority of Americans, on the other hand, have been forced into financial, physical, and emotional ruin. 2020 served as the year that government dictates — purposed with fighting a disease with a 99.98 percent recovery rate — manifested unprecedented wealth inequality and created health issues far more dangerous than COVID-19. The unintended consequences of “fighting a virus” with the power of government are now on display for the world to see.

A stunning survey just released by Morning Consult has revealed part of the extent of the devastation caused by COVID-19 lockdowns and other wealth- and health-destroying restrictions.

The remote work economy is functioning perfectly well for people who have already established robust income streams. For those still struggling to obtain the American dream, not so much.

Americans who were already earning six-figure salaries have reported an increase in income for 2020, while those making between $50,000 and $100,000 reported a drop in income. Tragically, respondents earning less than $50,000 have been absolutely hammered by destructive pandemic policies, reporting by far the largest income drop among their peers.

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Where Trump Came From—and Where Trumpism Is Going

A populist movement rooted in worries about globalization and alienation from elites culminated in the storming of the Capitol. What can conservatives salvage from the debris?

At the outset of the 2016 presidential campaign, Chris Christie, then the governor of New Jersey, sensed a yearning within a changed Republican Party for a populist voice—for a political figure who knew how to speak bluntly for the burgeoning ranks of working-class voters in the GOP.

So he set out to be that guy: a no-nonsense everyman from outside Washington who talked about the economic travails of a prototypical 45-year-old construction worker, the need to use government aggressively to end the opioid crisis in working America, the virtues of law and order, and the need to “stop the Washington bull.”

Mr. Christie was right, in part. The party was ready to move away from traditional conservative formulations and toward a populist message—and even toward somebody who came across as a bit of a bully delivering it. His problem was that the biggest bully with the loudest megaphone turned out to be somebody else: Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump won the nomination and the White House with a populist and nationalist message and has led a consequential, tumultuous presidency.

That presidency effectively collapsed in flames on Jan. 6, when Mr. Trump sent a crowd of his supporters to the Capitol to stop the constitutional transfer of power to his elected successor. That crowd turned into a mob that ransacked the seat of American democracy and tried to hunt down its elected leaders.

Republicans, and the nation as a whole, now are left to ponder what went wrong—and whether such an ugly and violent ending was inevitable. Mr. Christie, who went from Trump rival to informal Trump counselor, thinks that he knows how things went awry. “One of the big concerns I’ve had all the way through the Trump presidency—and I’ve spoken to him about this directly—is that his behavior has obscured his message and his accomplishments,” he says. “And worse than obscuring them, as time went on it was discrediting them.”

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Why Democrats demonize good GOPers, too

There’s a reason why blameless Republicans and Trump voters are being tarred with the same brush as the Capitol rioters. 

It’s not enough just to arrest and prosecute actual lawbreakers who smashed their way into the Capitol. 

No, anyone who supported the president, voted for him or worked for his administration now has to be hunted down and purged. 

They’re losing their jobs, having their insurance canceled, their book contracts and recording deals torn up. They are being banned from flying or banking or speaking on social media. 

A petition at Harvard University even demands Trump staffers have their degrees revoked. 

A feverish mood is afoot, evoking the spirit of McCarthyism and the Salem witch trials, in which irrationality and hysteria point fingers at the innocent. 

But it is not just an emotional overreaction to the frightening events of Jan. 6. 

It is a deliberate tactic designed to intimidate conservatives and silence their protests when the Biden administration radically remakes the country, as it has promised to do from Day One. 

Democrats and their allies in corporate America are preemptively taking out the opposition because they know that their prescriptions don’t work and are opposed by the majority of Americans.

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The Republican Party Has Failed America, And Here’s How It Needs To Change Now

It’s been a tough week for our country. Violence has no place in our American political system, and we’re all in agreement that the events that played out on Capitol Hill this week were unacceptable.

There are many in the media who are eager to blame Republicans for the events that transpired. And there are many in our party who are eager to blame President Trump both for the violence in Washington and for the results of the senate elections in Georgia.

But you know what? If that’s all we get out of this, our future will be no different than our past.

There are a lot of Americans whose frustration has been building for many years. Republicans have had opportunities to fix our healthcare system, reform immigration, and get our fiscal house in order, among many other things. Republicans have had chances to deliver for the American people. But we haven’t followed through.

Republicans got our butts kicked in Georgia on Tuesday. A 33-year-old with no accomplishments and a smooth-talking preacher wiped the floor with us. The idea that Georgia, of all places, could elect two communists to the United States Senate was ridiculous.

Our country has changed. We have failed to educate generations of our children about what makes America unique. Few, if any of them, have been taught the history of our decades-long fight to defeat communism. Meanwhile, the left’s indoctrination takes place every day with kids all across America from the time they walk into a school at age 5 to the time they graduate college at 22.

Republicans have not been disciplined enough to do the hard work. The American people need us to fight for them on a daily basis, not just 30 to 60 days before an election.

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What Biden can and can’t get from an evenly divided Senate

So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden?

Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia runoff elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats. Hours after the races were decided, a mob of zealots ransacked the U.S. Capitol and reshaped the national and political landscape.

The unexpected new balance of power giving Democrats only the barest control of Congress has big consequences for the president-elect — easy confirmation of his Cabinet most importantly — but the road ahead for his ambitious legislative agenda remains complicated and murky.

Republicans remain poised to block most of Biden’s proposals, just as they thwarted much of President Barack Obama’s efforts on Capitol Hill. But 50/50 control permits action on special legislation that can’t be filibustered, and momentum for the popular parts of COVID-19 relief could easily propel an early aid bill into law.

What 50-50 really gets — and doesn’t get — Biden as he takes office:

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Maher: Don’t confuse 5,000 rioters with 74 million voters

Words of wisdom from Bill Maher, who certainly doesn’t express any sympathy for or with Donald Trump within them. It’s a couple of days old, but the wrap-up of his Real Time episode on Friday addresses some important points, especially in the near future. How do 81 million Biden voters get along with 74 million Trump voters, and vice versa? Maher argues that attempting to paint all Trump voters as insurrectionists is about the worst possible strategy for the media and in politics, and he’s correct.

And Maher adds in defense of the 74 million: “You can like something run by a****les without being one yourself.” Via our friend Ian Schwartz at RealClearPolitics, with mildly NSFW language:

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Biden plans early legislation to offer legal status to 11 million immigrants without it

During his first days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to send a groundbreaking legislative package to Congress to address the long-elusive goal of immigration reform, including what’s certain to be a controversial centerpiece: a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the country without legal status, according to immigrant rights activists in communication with the Biden-Harris transition team.

The bill also would provide a shorter pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of people with temporary protected status and beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who were brought to the U.S. as children, and probably also for certain front-line essential workers, vast numbers of whom are immigrants.

In a significant departure from many previous immigration bills passed under both Democratic and Republican administrations, the proposed legislation would not contain any provisions directly linking an expansion of immigration with stepped-up enforcement and security measures, said Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center and its Immigrant Justice Fund, who has been consulted on the proposal by Biden staffers.

Both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have said their legislative proposal would include a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally, and The Times has confirmed the bold opening salvo that the new administration plans in its first days doesn’t include the “security first” political concessions of past efforts.

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An Impeachment Incitement

Donald Trump was impeached again on Wednesday, a week before leaving office in one of the great travesties of modern politics.

Here are reasons why the exercise proved a farce.

One, impeachment was never intended by the founders to become a serial effort to weaken a first-term president. But this latest try will mark the third failed attempt of Democrats in Congress to remove Trump before his allotted tenure.

The first Democratic impeachment effort of December 2017 fizzled. The second impeachment of December 2019 succeeded but predictably failed to obtain a Senate conviction.

This third try will likely not result in a Senate conviction, either.

But from now on, House impeachment will be used by the out-party as a periodic club to wound a first-term president. President-elect Biden should beware.

Two, the country is wracked by a pandemic, recession, a summer of Black Lives Matter and Antifa looting, arson, and violence, and the recent rogue group of Trump supporters storming the Capitol. Washington, D.C. is now militarized in a way not seen since the Civil War. Over 20,000 troops patrol the streets.

Thousands are dying from COVID-19. Politics and incompetence at the state level slow down the widespread vaccination of the vulnerable.

So the last thing Americans now needed was the distraction of virtue-signaling politicians to impeach a lame-duck president who will be gone in a week.

Three, the rushed third impeachment attempt was even sloppier than the first two. There was neither an appointment of a special counsel nor a formal case presented for illegal or improper presidential behavior. Trump’s advocates had no time to present a legal or political refutation of “incitement.”

There was no real debate, just for-show stump speeches in a rushed spasm of hatred—a circus entirely contrary to the Founders’ notion of a solemn and rare procedure.

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6 conspiracy theories about the 2020 election – debunked

On the day Congress officially counted the electoral votes making Joe Biden the next president, chants of “Stop the Steal” echoed through the U.S. Capitol. The deadly assault followed months of President Trump’s insistence that Mr. Biden’s win could only be explained by rampant fraud, and he encouraged his supporters to demand a different result. 

But none of the claims of widespread fraud or election theft hold up under scrutiny. Election officials around the country and the Trump administration’s own attorney general and cybersecurity experts verified the election was the “most secure in American history.” All of the lawsuits claiming otherwise were rejected by state and federal courts.

Here is a look at some of the most common conspiracy claims that were used to try to undermine the election results, and what experts have to say about their validity.

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Before the Capitol Riot, Calls for Cash and Talk of Revolution

A network of far-right agitators across the country spent weeks organizing and raising money for a mass action to overturn President Trump’s election loss.

Keith Lee, an Air Force veteran and former police detective, spent the morning of Jan. 6 casing the entrances to the Capitol.

In online videos, the 41-year-old Texan pointed out the flimsiness of the fencing. He cheered the arrival, long before President Trump’s rally at the other end of the mall, of far-right militiamen encircling the building. Then, armed with a bullhorn, Mr. Lee called out for the mob to rush in, until his voice echoed from the dome of the Rotunda.

Yet even in the heat of the event, Mr. Lee paused for some impromptu fund-raising. “If you couldn’t make the trip, give five to 10 bucks,” he told his viewers, seeking donations for the legal costs of two jailed “patriots,” a leader of the far-right Proud Boys and an ally who had clashed with the police during an armed incursion at Oregon’s statehouse.

Much is still unknown about the planning and financing of the storming of the Capitol, aiming to challenge Mr. Trump’s electoral defeat. What is clear is that it was driven, in part, by a largely ad hoc network of low-budget agitators, including far-right militants, Christian conservatives and ardent adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory. Mr. Lee is all three. And the sheer breadth of the movement he joined suggests it may be far more difficult to confront than a single organization.

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Carlson Explains What Message Dems Are Sending With the Militarization of DC

In his opening monologue on Monday, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson said the Democratic Party is using the militarization of the nation’s capital as a clear political weapon.

There will reportedly be more than 26,000 federal troops—something Carlson said “no living American has seen” before…

“Republicans have spent years ignoring the leftward drift of our officer corps, but we can’t ignore it now. The mask is off our military leadership. The very same generals who howled at the idea of deploying American troops to stop an invasion of our southern border sent tens of thousands of soldiers with rifles to Washington purely as a show of force on behalf of the political party they support. Once they did that, they allowed Democratic politicians to degrade and politicize the military itself.

Democrats in Congress demanded that the troops sent to Washington this week submit to a political purity test — “ideological vetting, as they put it — to make certain that every soldier professed loyalty to the new regime. Not loyalty to our country, not loyalty to our Constitution, but loyalty to the aims of a specific political party. Nothing like that has ever happened in America and just a few months ago, it would have been unimaginable. Suddenly it’s compulsory.

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., has even gone so far as to say that every White man in this country is a potential murderer, that every White man in America should be under suspicion — purely on the basis of being White and male — of planning a presidential assassination. (Fox News)

He argued if an “irreparable civil conflict” is what they want to stoke, this is how to do it. And Republicans aren’t even pushing back. He said his program received no calls from GOP lawmakers asking to talk about the militarization of D.C.”

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Crazy Left Wing Progressive Court Packing Idea!!! WARNING!!!

Structural Reforms to the Federal Judiciary. Left wing perspective…

Discussions of the federal judiciary often focus on the substance of decisions made—which side wins and which side loses—and rightly so. These individual opinions are frequently of incredible importance, not just to the parties involved but in shaping the law more broadly. Yet this focus on substantive decisions has obscured deeper structural factors at play in the nation’s federal judiciary. Structural problems—such as lack of judicial diversity, ideologue judges, and lack of judicial accountability—undercut the courts’ legitimacy and have tangible negative effects on judicial decision-making. Instead of protecting everyday Americans by serving as a check on abuses of power, too often the federal courts have become a tool for carrying out the agendas of special interests and corporations.

Structural problems with the judiciary have always existed to varying degrees. But they have been exacerbated in recent years due to an ongoing campaign by conservatives to take control of the federal courts, often through procedural changes that have significant effects but garner little public attention. The problem has now reached a crisis point. Conservatives have shown a willingness to abandon any and all norms to undermine the judicial nominations process and pack the courts with judges who will help them realize political goals they cannot achieve through the political process. These judges have proven more than willing to carry out the task, supporting the most specious of legal claims in order to skew the system in favor of conservative interests and even prevent many Americans from accessing the courts at all.

Progressives need to consider policies to combat the ideological bias of the courts. This report outlines the current problems in the federal judiciary and then discusses two types of structural reform: changing the composition and authority of the courts and changing the rules that dictate who has access to them.

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Poll: Over 80% of voters favor limiting power of Big Tech in the U.S.

The vast majority of U.S. voters think that government should rein in the powers of Big Tech companies in the U.S., according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Eighty-one percent of respondents said it was important “to limit the power of big tech companies in America.”

Just 8% disagreed, while 11% were unsure. 

Tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter have come under increasing scrutiny about censuring third-party content — especially after Twitter permanently banned Donald Trump in the final days of his presidency.

Google and Apple recently suspended Parler, the alternative social media site to Twitter, from their app stores. 

Facebook and Twitter claimed that Trump posed the risk of inciting violence among his supporters, while Google and Apple argued that Parler was not doing enough to police violent content on its own servers.

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