“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” -Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Justice Ginsberg’s death
Trump’s 5 Point Plan: Jobs, jobs, jobs and law & order! There is a stark difference between Trump & Biden…and it’s summed up in Trump’s 5 point plan.
President Trump helped shepard the strongest economic engine this country has seen pre the Chinese pandemic. The U.S. had record job growth in every sector, record income growth across the board, and more minority job & entrepreneurial growth than at any time in our history. His program initiatives to lower taxes, unburden job providers, reduce over-regulation, create a self sufficient energy sector, and provide greater stability internationally all contributed to a stronger economy that EVERY American benefited from. That same engine will be the foundation that moves this country forward.
Joe Biden wants to reverse virtually EVERY policy Trump initiated. His agenda and that of the progressive left will stifle job growth, negatively affect the stock market, increase taxes, and weaken our economy overall. This will certainly make the world a more dangerous place in general.
Policies matter! Judges matter!
R.I.P. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: In the words of President Donald Trump: “Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one’s colleagues or different points of view. Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds.”
Appoint a New Supreme Court Justice ASAP: History is on the side of filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court as soon as possible. Additionally, Democrats have promised to contest the results of the presidential elections regardless of the results (unless they win). For the good of the country the Supreme Court cannot afford a potential 4-4 split on the court at a time when partisans are threatening the foundations of our constitutional republic.
In the words of Senator Ted Cruz: “I believe that the president should, next week, nominate a successor to the court. I think it is critical that the Senate takes up and confirms that successor before Election Day.”
“Democrats and Joe Biden have made clear they intend to challenge this election. They intend to fight the legitimacy of the election. As you know, Hillary Clinton has told Joe Biden ‘under no circumstances should you concede, you should challenge this election.’ and we cannot have election day come and go with a 4-4 court.”
Cruz continued, “A 4-4 court that is equally divided cannot decide anything. And I think we risk a constitutional crisis if we do not have a nine-justice Supreme Court, particularly when there is such a risk of … a contested election.”
Protests vs Riots – But Mostly Peaceful: “Right to Peaceably Assemble” is granted. “Right to Vandalize, Destroy Public & Private Property, Assault, Injure, Kill, Inflict Fear, Public Nuisance & Hide – These & Other Criminal Behaviors Under the Cover of Angry Mobs” is not.
The problem is innocent people, families and private businesses, who had NOTHING to do with police shootings or excessive force are being targeted and terrorized by arsonists, vandals, looters and rioters.
Obamagate: The weaponization of both domestic and foreign intelligence against a presidential campaign from a sitting administration solely for political purposes to prevent the smooth transition of power and weaken his presidency to limit his legislative successes.
That’s what Obamagate is all about…they spied, they lied and tried to cover it up.
This should NEVER happen to ANY American…there should be bipartisan outrage!!!
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R.I.P. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Pioneering Justice on Supreme Court, Dies at 87
Supreme Court, died Friday in her Washington home, surrounded by her family. She succumbed to metastatic pancreatic cancer at the age of 87, the Supreme Court said.
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” said Chief Justice John Roberts. “Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her—a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
Former President Clinton, who appointed her in 1993, said: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and landmark opinions moved us closer to a more perfect union. And her powerful dissents reminded us that we walk away from our Constitution’s promise at our peril.”
Cast by seniority to lead the high court’s liberal bloc, Justice Ginsburg spent her last years on the bench pushing back against an emboldened conservative majority, sometimes winning surprise victories or mitigating expected defeats by peeling off a vote from conservatives including Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Neil Gorsuch or Brett Kavanaugh.
History Is on the Side of Republicans Filling a Supreme Court Vacancy in 2020
Choosing not to fill a vacancy would be a historically unprecedented act of unilateral disarmament.
If a Supreme Court vacancy opens up between now and the end of the year, Republicans should fill it. Given the vital importance of the Court to rank-and-file Republican voters and grassroots activists, particularly in the five-decade-long quest to overturn Roe v. Wade, it would be political suicide for Republicans to refrain from filling a vacancy unless some law or important traditional norm was against them. There is no such law and no such norm; those are all on their side. Choosing not to fill a vacancy would be a historically unprecedented act of unilateral disarmament. It has never happened once in all of American history. There is no chance that the Democrats, in the same position, would ever reciprocate, as their own history illustrates.
For now, all this remains hypothetical. Neither Ruth Bader Ginsburg nor any of her colleagues intend to go anywhere. But with the 87-year-old Ginsburg fighting a recurrence of cancer and repeatedly in and out of hospitals, we are starting to see the Washington press corps and senators openly discussing what would happen if she dies or is unable to continue serving on the Court. Democrats are issuing threats, and some Republicans are already balking.
History supports Republicans filling the seat. Doing so would not be in any way inconsistent with Senate Republicans’ holding open the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. The reason is simple, and was explained by Mitch McConnell at the time. Historically, throughout American history, when their party controls the Senate, presidents get to fill Supreme Court vacancies at any time — even in a presidential election year, even in a lame-duck session after the election, even after defeat. Historically, when the opposite party controls the Senate, the Senate gets to block Supreme Court nominees sent up in a presidential election year, and hold the seat open for the winner. Both of those precedents are settled by experience as old as the republic. Republicans should not create a brand-new precedent to deviate from them.
America’s Fight: Civilization vs. Anarchy – Newt Gingrich
The level of violence we are seeing around America cannot be understood and analyzed as a normal event within a free society.
Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis reports that of the 200 people arrested in Kenosha so far more than half were from out of the city. In fact, those arrested and processed have been from 44 different cities.
In Portland, 50 years of pro-radical mayors have led to 97 straight nights of violence culminating in the deliberate killing of a supporter of President Donald Trump. Mayor Ted Wheeler’s press conference was a classic case of pathos and weakness. It’s no use begging people to quit being violent when it is clear they are deliberately being violent. Parts of downtown Portland are controlled by Antifa and its allies, and they have repudiated the rule of law in favor of the rule of their anarchist violence.
In Seattle, the mayor’s “summer of love” turned into murders and destruction as a significant part of downtown Seattle had effectively seceded from the city and was run by local radicals based on their own use of force. It took weeks for the city’s radical leadership to clear the blocks, and weeks more to deal with the destruction left behind.
In Chicago, the mayor had already lost control of most of the Southside to random criminals and a horrifying murder rate of children and innocent adults. Then, she lost control of the highest value retail streets in the city as the mob looted. The best the police could do was to draw up bridges and try to make it hard for the violent looters to get into the highest value stores. Now she has diverted police resources to blocking off the street her house is on so at least she is relatively safe.
In New York, the police department budget cuts, constant attacks on the police, passage of a no cash-bail law (which effectively automatically puts criminals back on the street) have all combined to make the city so dangerous that people are moving out in record numbers.
In our national capital, people leaving the White House after the president’s speech last Thursday night found themselves running a gauntlet of vicious and sometimes violent anti-Americans. The case of Sen. Rand Paul and his wife being harassed and threatened has gotten a lot of publicity. Even more disturbing was the harassment of Alice Johnson, the 65-year-old African American who was granted clemency by President Trump last year, and Georgia Legislator Vernon Jones, who has opposed mob violence throughout the country. A group threatened them, called them vicious names, and tried to intimidate them.
Remember, a terroristic threat is a crime. Assault and battery require a physical attack. A charge of terroristic threats requires that your words indicated a willingness to do eminent harm. All these intimidating attacks should be subject to prosecution.
With all this happening, what do you think is going on?
The Higher Wages of Growth
Before the pandemic, income growth soared and poverty fell to the lowest rate since 1959.
In case you missed it, and most of the media did, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the median household income in 2019 grew a whopping 6.8%—the largest annual increase on record. While this year’s government-ordered lockdowns will erase these gains in the short term at least, it’s still worth highlighting how lower-income workers and minorities benefited from faster growth and a tighter labor market before the pandemic.
Real median U.S. household income last year rose by $4,379 to $68,709. In dollar amounts, this is nearly 50% more than during the eight years of Barack Obama’s Presidency. The wealthy last year benefited from a roaring stock market, as they did during most of the Obama years.
But lower and middle-income folks were also finally sharing more in the country’s growing wealth. Notably, median household incomes increased more among Hispanics (7.1%), blacks (7.9%), Asians (10.6%) and foreign-born workers (8.5%) versus whites (5.7%) and native-born Americans (6.2%). One reason is more Americans with lower education levels were working.
Last year the number of Americans with employment earnings increased by 2.2 million, including 1.2 million more who were employed full-time, year-round. Median earnings increased by an astounding 7.8% for women compared to 2.5% for men. What was that about closing the gender earnings gap?
…The pandemic will eventually end, and the labor market is recovering faster than expected. The question for Americans on Nov. 3 is what kind of economy they want to have on the other side. The Trump policy mix lifted wages for all and reduced inequality. The Obama-Biden policy mix that put income redistribution first led to slower growth and more inequality.
Why Trump Deserves Credit For Brokering Mideast Peace Deals
It’s been remarkable to watch the mainstream press and official Washington try to downplay the significance of the peace deal the Trump administration brokered between Israel and two Arab states this week.
The signing of the Abraham Accords on Tuesday between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain at the White House, which for the first time normalized relations between Israel and the two Persian Gulf states, is by any measure historic. It’s been 26 years since any Arab state recognized Israel, and the deal struck this week holds out hope that other Mideast countries, maybe even Saudi Arabia, will be next.
Under a Democrat president, this would have met paeons in the press and soliloquies on cable news about the historic nature of the accords. Think tankers and foreign policy experts would have marveled at the achievement. Elected leaders would have hailed the agreement as the beginning of a new era for peace in the Mideast. It would have dominated the headlines all week.
Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it a “distraction.” MSNBC’s Chuck Todd said he was “uncomfortable” with it because it “seems transactional.” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell scoffed that “it is not Middle East peace.” CBS called it a “business deal,” and The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, never one to miss the conventional wisdom train, said the accords “amount to an arms deal.”
Black Lives Matter Linked To 91% Of Riots Over Three Months
The Black Lives Matter movement is linked to more than nine-in-ten riots across the country, according to a recent study.
The U.S. experienced 637 riots between May 26 and Sept. 12, and 91% of those riots were linked to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the US Crisis Monitor, a joint project of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project and the Bridging Divides Initiative at Princeton University.
Forty-nine states, not counting Washington, D.C., experienced riots during that time period, the study found. California led the nation with 86 riots during that time, closely followed by Oregon with 79 riots during that time period, the data show.
Seven percent of Black Lives Matter-linked events have turned violent, according to the data.
The project defined “riots” as “demonstrations in which any demonstrators engage in violently disruptive or destructive acts (e.g. violence, looting, vandalism, etc.), as well as mob violence in which violent mobs target other individuals, property, businesses, or other groups.”
Black Lives Matter-linked events were defined as: “demonstrations that have a local BLM group involved; when the main issue of the demonstration concerns the police killing of a specific Black person (e.g. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor; when the main issue of the demonstration concerns police brutality against Black people in general; or when the demonstration is in solidarity with the movement in the USA against police brutality against Black people.”
Democratic Derangement: Party ‘Games’ A Possible Coup If Trump Wins In November
The strength of America’s elections lies in people’s confidence that votes will be fairly tallied, and that the losing party will bow out gracefully and become the loyal opposition. But what if a loser refuses to acknowledge the results of a free and fair election?
What if it instead takes to the streets to commit violence and mayhem? Or even attempts a coup?
We ask because there’s every sign now that the Democrats, in a panic over candidate Joe Biden’s lackluster basement campaign and growing evidence that he is suffering age-related mental impairment, will refuse to acknowledge President Donald Trump for a second term, even if he wins clearly.
The last time we had a party really refuse to accept the results of an election was in 1860. Then, Democrats in southern states threatened to secede if Abraham Lincoln, candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party, won. He did, and southern states began seceding before he even took office. We fought a civil war.
Today, we might be edging toward another.
Red Mirage or Blue Coup? Democrats and the Mail-in Ballot Campaign
President Trump has warned the nation that the Democrats’ push for vastly expanded mail-in voting could signal their plans to rig the 2020 election. His warning about potentially massive fraud with mail-in voting is buttressed by the work of American experts in the electoral process as well as the experience of other countries.
And now, the “red mirage” scenario being floated in the news media highlights the possibility that it will be precisely those controversial mail-in votes that will decide the 2020 election and the future of the country. The “red mirage” scenario comes from analysis by a data firm funded by Michael Bloomberg and refers to the likelihood that the nation could see what appears to be a Trump landslide on election night, but that his victory will fade like a mirage in the desert in the coming days as Democrat mail-in votes are counted.
Given the well-known problems with mail-in voting and the history of opposition by Democrats to protections against voter fraud, it is possible that what the nation may see in November will look less like a “red mirage” and more like a blue coup.
Liberal Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook platform silences Trump and Republican candidates
Facebook is claiming that their ban on new political advertising the last week before the election equally affects everyone and is simply an attempt to stop “misinformation” and at the last minute. However, they know that it is simply not true.
Make no mistake about it, Facebook’s recent announcement has little or nothing to do with stopping “misleading” last-minute ads, and everything to do with trying to stop President Trump and Republicans from winning at the polls this fall is true.
They know two things are true: 1) Facebook advertising is much more important for Mr. Trump’s campaign than for the Biden campaign; and 2) Communicating with voters via Facebook advertising during the last week before the election is much more critical for the Trump campaign and Republicans than it is for Joe Biden and the Democrats.
When you look back at the 2016 campaign, the outsized role Facebook played in Mr. Trump’s victory is apparent and is noted by nearly every postmortem report written. In 2016, the Trump campaign spent more money on Facebook than any other platform while spending less than half of what Hillary Clinton spent on TV in the last month of the election.
On average, the Trump campaign at any time was running 40,000 to 50,000 versions of their ads on Facebook tailoring their messages to specific audiences they needed to reach and testing the effectiveness of different methods and messages.
The Democrats May Not Be Able to Concede
If Trump wins, especially after losing the popular vote, the left may draw the wrong conclusions.
This is the era of expecting the worst while hoping for the merely tolerable. Some might say that the worst is already happening—economic disaster and 190,000 dead from a pandemic—while the president and his surrogates insist, in a feat of self-delusion, that the “best is yet to come.” As someone who has argued against catastrophism—I don’t believe Donald Trump is a fascist or a dictator in the making, and I don’t believe America is a failed state—I find myself truly worried about only one scenario: that Trump will win reelection and Democrats and others on the left will be unwilling, even unable, to accept the result.
A loss by Joe Biden under these circumstances is the worst case not because Trump will destroy America (he can’t), but because it is the outcome most likely to undermine faith in democracy, resulting in more of the social unrest and street battles that cities including Portland, Oregon, and Seattle have seen in recent months. For this reason, strictly law-and-order Republicans who have responded in dismay to scenes of rioting and looting have an interest in Biden winning—even if they could never bring themselves to vote for him.
In presidential elections, once is a fluke; twice is a pattern. I struggle to imagine how, beyond utter shock, millions of Democrats will process a Trump victory. A loss for Biden, after having been the clear favorite all summer, would provoke mass disillusion with electoral politics as a means of change—at a time when disillusion is already dangerously high. If Democrats can’t beat a candidate as unpopular as Trump during a devastating pandemic and a massive economic contraction, then are they even capable of winning presidential elections anymore?
Democracy, after all, is supposed to self-correct after mistakes, particularly mistakes as egregious as electing Donald Trump—whose unfitness for the nation’s highest office makes itself apparent with almost every passing day.
George Floyd Riots Caused Record-Setting $2 Billion in Damage, New Report Says. Here’s Why the True Cost Is Even Higher
When George Floyd died while in police custody in late May, most agreed his premature death was a tragedy. Yet the discussion on criminal justice reform that emerged in the weeks after Floyd’s passing was quickly overshadowed by the rioting, looting, and violence that broke out in major cities such as Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York.
Dozens of people were killed or injured in the violent unrest, and thousands of businesses and properties, many minority-owned, were looted, torched, or otherwise vandalized. Only now are we beginning to realize the full cost of the destruction. New reporting from Axios reveals that the total insured property losses incurred during the George Floyd riots will come in at $1 billion to $2 billion.
The US has experienced rioting over racial tensions before, but this report shows that the damage from the latest unrest will far exceed any historical precedent.
“The arson, vandalism and looting… will result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims,” Axios reports. “[This will] eclips[e] the record set in Los Angeles in 1992 after the acquittal of tHowever, there are many reasons that this figure vastly underestimates the true damage wrought by the looting and violence that has broken out in recent months.
For one, the Axios report only measures insured losses. The obvious problem here is that not all the damages were insured.
As I have previously explained, insurance is no panacea for the societal ills imposed by rioting. Indeed, 75 percent of US businesses are under-insured and about 40 percent of small businesses have no insurance at all. Their untold millions in losses don’t show up in the $2 billion figure.
The police officers who brutalized Rodney King.”
The Pandemic Has Parents Fleeing From Schools—Maybe Forever
COVID-19 is a catalyst for families who were already skeptical of the traditional school system—and are now thinking about leaving it for good.
When sharon jackson looks out on the mid-pandemic landscape of New York City, she sees a scary place for a sixth grader. Her daughter, Sophia, just graduated from the kind of Lower Manhattan public school where the PTA can easily raise money for iPads and SMART Boards. Jackson liked that Sophia’s days were structured, and that she was able to make a handful of close friends. The past six months, however, have left Jackson wary of how school might affect her child. For one thing, Sophia doesn’t like wearing masks. “If we go to Whole Foods, she’ll put it on, but she just feels very restricted,” Jackson told me. At home, there’s no need for such barriers: “She can do her studies in her underwear.”
Jackson has started noticing more unhoused people in the park near her apartment in Tribeca. The city “feels less safe in general to me right now,” Jackson, who is white, said, citing “the rioting, the rowdiness, the random acts of violence happening.” (While shootings have spiked in New York this summer, the overall crime rate has remained flat, and far below the high crime levels of the 1980s and ’90s, according to a recent New York Times report.) With protesters calling on the government to defund the police, she feels as if “there’s less protection” in the city. With families facing economic hardship and the city on edge, Jackson fears Sophia could be exposed to danger. “You don’t know if there’s a kid in the classroom [whose] parents are going through a tough time, and maybe that child would act out and snap and decide they want to hit another kid,” she said. And when a vaccine for COVID-19 eventually arrives, Jackson is worried that New York officials will make proof of vaccination mandatory for kids to attend public schools. “I’m not comfortable with a vaccine that’s not rigorously tested,” Jackson said. “To expose her to something that just is so questionable doesn’t seem like a sound decision.” Before the pandemic, she never wanted to homeschool her daughter. Now, she said, it seems like her best option.
COVID-19 has created a strange natural experiment in American education: Families who would have never otherwise considered taking their kids out of school feel desperate enough to try it. Reopening has been chaotic: In New York City, the start of school has been pushed back to late September, as teachers and principals scramble to prepare for a semester split between online and in-person learning, fighting to secure the extra staffing and testing needed to safely bring kids back to class.
This is why millennials adore socialism
America’s young people have veered to the left. Opinion pollsters tell us so. According to a November 2019 Gallup poll, “Since 2010, young adults’ positive ratings of socialism have hovered near 50 percent.” A March 2019 Axios poll concurs, saying that 49 percent of millennials would “Prefer living in a socialist country.” And The Hill puts it more strongly, citing an October 2019 YouGov Internet survey in a story headed, “7 in 10 Millennials Say They’d Vote for a Socialist.”
Traditional liberalism still exists. In a March 2018 Pew Research Center study of Americans aged 22–37, 57 percent called themselves “mostly” or “consistently” liberal.
But “mostly” or “consistently” liberal may not be enough for young voters. This was evident in the 2018 congressional elections. Ten-term incumbent congressmen Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and Joe Crowley (D- NY) were as mostly consistently liberal as they come. And they were kicked to the curb in Democratic primaries by leftists Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
What’s the matter with kids today? Nothing new. A large portion of the brats, the squirts, the fuzz-faced, the moon calves, the sap-green, and the wet behind the ears have always been “Punks for Progressives.”
As soon as children discover that the world isn’t nice, they want to make it nicer. And wouldn’t a world where everybody shares everything be nice? Aw … kids are so tender-hearted.
What is ‘Critical Race Theory’? The Controversy, Explained
Does Critical Race Theory promote racial harmony or does it “sow division” as the Trump administration claims? And what is its relation, if any, to Marxism?
With the November election just around the corner, it’s only to be expected that President Trump would seek to rally conservative voters and drive his supporters to the polls. So, when his administration, on September 4, instructed the federal government to eliminate all training in “Critical Race Theory,” some thought it was just a red-meat stunt to excite the Republican base. Others saw it as an act of right-wing censorship and an obstruction of racial progress.
In truth, there’s much more to this development than mere politicization and censorship.
Here’s a breakdown of what the administration is doing and why it’s a welcome move.
‘Talk about losers’: The top moments from CNN’s kid-gloves town hall with Biden
For the second time this week, a presidential candidate fielded questions from voters in a town hall setting. But if ABC’s event with President Donald Trump was an icy grilling, CNN’s drive-in conversation with Joe Biden Thursday was more like an affable reunion of old acquaintances.
“Chief, didn’t I meet you when you were chief?” Biden said through a half-smile, pointing at the man preparing to ask him a question. Bill Barrett, a retired police chief who is in his fifth term on city council, wanted to know how Biden will address growing violence in cities and the lack of respect for police and the military.
Barrett confirmed that, yes, they’d met when he was chief. And so it went with several other questioners and Biden during a 75-minute homecoming close by to where the candidate spent his youth.
Trump had few such comfortable moments in his brutal town hall: For his first time as president, regular people got the chance to call him out on his boasting and exaggerations. Biden, by comparison, got a “total pass,” the Trump campaign complained afterward, in a typical lashing of the media. The Democratic nominee made the most of the friendly confines, relaying feel-your-pain anecdotes in mostly grammatical syntax and, until the last half-hour, with high-energy.
By destroying evidence, Team Mueller proved they have a lot to hide
Justice Department veterans know darn well that destroying potential evidence is a huge breach of ethics. Yet many of the top members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team did just that when the Inspector General’s Office came calling.
They have all manner of (ridiculous) excuses for wiping more than two dozen government-issued iPhones used in the Russiagate investigation.
OK, maybe one or two screens really did get smashed so badly that a wipe was needed; perhaps another phone really was wiped by accident. But not dozens of them: Apple’s phones are far better designed than that.
One phone “wiped itself,” according to records that Judicial Watch obtained thanks to the Freedom of Information Act: Then-FBI attorney Lisa Page’s phone had been restored to factory settings when the IG’s office received it.
And Mueller’s top deputy, Andrew Weissmann, claims he “accidentally wiped” his phone after entering the wrong passcode too many times — twice in one month, March 2018. Funny: More than a dozen of the phones suffered the exact same “accident.”
Republican Rep. Doug Collins wrote Apple CEO Tim Cook, sarcastically asking for details on how such wiping works: “It would be truly shocking if the attorneys chosen to investigate the President of United States — arguably the Democrats’ ‘best and brightest’ lawyers — could manage to inadvertently wipe their government-issued iPhones because they spent hours entering an incorrect passcode to a phone they had used for over a year.”
Systemic Racism? Make Them Prove It.
I worked in the criminal-justice system for a quarter century. It is run, day-to-day, by the crème de la crème of graduates from America’s top law schools. Those institutions wear their progressive bona fides on their sleeves and proclaim it for all the world to hear.
In their offhand rhetoric — insouciant, because they know their bien pensant allies in politics and media will never call them on it — legal elites will tell you that the administration of justice in America is systemically racist. But they are the system. The judges, the top prosecutors, the defense bar, the experts who craft the sentencing guidelines and the standards of confinement — overwhelmingly, they are political progressives.
That’s fine. I’m a lawyer from New York City. I’ve not only lived in and around this world for decades, I have affection for lots of its denizens. Most of them are proud of being on the left. I don’t agree with them politically, but the routine handling of criminal cases is not political. It is clinical: professionals doing the best they can.
And that’s just the point: They do the best they can. That is the antithesis of racism.
Biden Needs Seniors More Than They Need Biden
Democrats and the media are hyper-focused on the seniors’ vote in 2020. It’s a sizable constituency and early polling suggests former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in this demographic, which Trump won handily over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In recent days, we’ve seen headlines proclaiming, “Biden leads Trump by double digits,” and “Biden is outperforming Trump with seniors,” and my current favorite, “Why older voters love Joe Biden.” The Boston Globe last week even announced that the seniors’ vote is now more powerful than suburban moms, and will decide the presidency.
Some of this may be close to accurate. Some might even be true — in mid-September. But a lot will happen between now and November 3 and these stories, often accompanied by splashy photos of old people holding Biden signs, carry just a whiff of desperation. Biden campaign operatives and more than a few media outlets not only hope seniors side with Biden, they know seniors must side with him.