Different people have very different reactions to President Barack Obama. Those who listen to his rhetoric are often inspired, while those who follow what he actually does are often appalled.Thomas Sowell
Yes to Mandated Diversity Programs: I think it’s time for the country to embrace mandated diversity programs.
Colleges and Universities should be mandated (i.e. “forced”) to hire x percentage of conservative professors to reflect the political/philosophical makeup of the country.
Mainstream media should be mandated (i.e. “forced”) to hire x percentage of conservative journalists to reflect the political/philosophical makeup of the country.
Social Media giants that now dominate the “public square” should be mandated (i.e. “forced”) to hire x percentage of conservative tech professionals to reflect the political/philosophical makeup of the country.
What happened to the liberals of the past who supported diversity, free speech and tolerance?
This sounds like an idea whose time has come?!?
No Collusion: Now the Senate Intelligence Committee report came out this week CONFIRMING what the Mueller “Russiagate” investigation concluded, which was “the Committee found no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government.”
Russia has and will always try to meddle in our elections and affairs. We must be diligent and not forget they are NOT our friends when they try to manipulate public policy. But the “never Trumpers” waste tremendous time and energy trying to somehow “prove collusion” and their best hacks from Schiff to Mueller and all the way to the Senate Intelligence Committee found NO collusion. There was no “second shooter” (collusion) on that grassy knoll.
Protests vs Riots: “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.
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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Dems 2020: The Good, the Bad and the Gimmicky
America’s very first political convention, which preceded the Declaration of Independence by a decade, took place in Connecticut where the “Sons of Liberty” chose an upcoming gubernatorial ticket. If this week’s virtual Democratic National Convention struck you as too progressive, you should have been in Hartford in 1766. Those delegates, white males though they may have been, were true radicals.
The idea of a quadrennial convention to choose a national ticket dates to the 1832 election cycle, when the long-forgotten Anti-Masonic Party met at the Athenaeum Club in Baltimore. The party nominated local U.S. Attorney William Wirt, who would carry only Vermont in November. Watching with interest, President Andrew Jackson didn’t give a whit about Wirt, but he liked the idea of a convention. So Jackson took the Democrats to Baltimore, too, where he changed running mates – replacing a future traitor (John C. Calhoun) with a future president (Martin Van Buren).
What Happens if Donald Trump Fights the Election Results?
On the night of November 7, 1876, as the results of the Presidential election between Samuel Tilden, the Democratic governor of New York, and Rutherford B. Hayes, the Republican governor of Ohio, began to come in, America, in its centennial year, was barely holding together. Reconstruction was faltering. The economic collapse that followed the Panic of 1873 had left millions out of work, and provoked strikes and labor unrest across the nation. The outgoing Republican Administration of Ulysses S. Grant had been embroiled in a series of corruption scandals. A few months earlier, Sioux warriors had defeated General George Custer and his troops at Little Bighorn. Hayes, whom Henry Adams described as a “third-rate nonentity,” had earned the Republican nomination, in large part, by being the one candidate all factions of the Party could agree on. Tilden and the Democrats seemed poised for an easy victory. As the historian Eric Foner writes in “Reconstruction,” his history of the period, “political corruption and the depression became Tilden’s watchwords; issues many Republicans feared would suffice to carry the election.”
Antifa Is Not Fighting For Freedom, But For Communist Revolution
Despite antiseptic portrayals throughout American media, Antifa are more than ‘anti-fascists.’ Antifa provide the violent complement to academic neo-Marxism.
In the immediate aftermath of the Charlottesville violence, several prominent figures—including CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic—equated left-wing “Antifa” activists with the thousands of Allied soldiers who stormed Normandy’s beaches to invade Adolph Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” on D-Day.
A more appropriate equation would be with the thousands of soldiers in the Red Army, who brutally marched toward Berlin, where they would establish Soviet hegemony in the so-called German Democratic Republic after defeating Hitler.
Antifa returns to the news this week. On Tuesday night, former Breitbart.com editor Milo Yiannopoulos spoke at California State University, Fullerton in a program sponsored by that university’s College Republicans. Seven were arrested amid reports of head-punching and pepper-spraying. Protesters of the event chanted “Cops and the Klan go hand in hand!” and held signs reading “Only socialist revolution can defeat capitalist reaction.” In February, Antifa militants committed such mayhem while protesting Yiannopoulos’ appearance at the University of California at Berkeley that university officials cancelled his speech at the last minute.
On Saturday, Antifa will join other leftist groups in massive nationwide protests designed to force President Donald Trump’s administration out of office. Organizing those protests is “Refuse Fascism,” which declares that “in the name of humanity, we REFUSE to accept a Fascist America!”
Despite antiseptic portrayals throughout American media, Antifa are more than “anti-fascists.” Antifa represenst the chaos of Germany’s Weimar Republic and provide the violent complement to academic neo-Marxism. Like their philosophical comrades, Antifa seek to destroy the American emphasis on liberty under law and to impose a revival of one of history’s most repressive ideologies.
Joe Biden’s 564 pages of empty promises – American Consequences
Now I’ll tell you what you’re thanking me for…
I just read Joe Biden’s presidential campaign platform so you don’t have to.
If you’re thinking, “Thanks anyway, but I’ll read it for myself,” think again…
Joe has 43 exhaustively detailed platform planks. My print-out totaled 564 pages, and that’s not counting the pleas for campaign donations and campaign volunteers tacked onto the end of each document or the full text of “Joe’s Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic” that sends you down a rabbit hole of links to everything Joe has ever said about the coronavirus.
I burned through an ink cartridge and wasted more than a reforestation’s worth of copy paper. (Joe has a plan for reforestation – Joe has a plan for everything.) I used up three pads of Post-it Notes, dried out four highlighter pens, and spent three days I’ll never get back reading and annotating Joe’s platform. In the middle of the second day, I had to lie down in a darkened room with a cold compress on my forehead.
Voter Fraud and Voter I.D.
One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting.
Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote.
The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book “Injustice” by J. Christian Adams. He was a Justice Department attorney, who detailed with inside knowledge the voter frauds known to the Justice Department, and ignored by Attorney General Holder and Company.
One of these frauds involved sending out absentee ballots to people who had never asked for them. Then a political operator would show up — uninvited — the day the ballots arrived and “help” the voter to fill them out. Sometimes the intruders simply took the ballots, filled them out and forged the signatures of the voters.
Trump Pushes Saving Suburbs from Forced Diversity
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted an event on Tuesday at the White House to commemorate women gaining the right to vote.
“The first lady and I are delighted to welcome the members of Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to the White House to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote,” Trump said. “That’s something.”
I want to thank the commission members who have worked tirelessly for three years to tell the very powerful story of America’s suffrage and America’s suffrage movement,” Tump said.
But the reporters in the room were more interested in Trump reversing an Obama-era rule that aimed to force diversity into suburban neighborhoods in the guise of making every neighborhood accessible to people of all incomes.
In practice, that meant requiring neighborhoods in cities across America to allow the inclusion of multiple-unit and low-income housing.
The Left-Wing War on America’s Suburbs
The Trump administration recently rescinded the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, adopted in the early months of the Obama administration.
The rule was an add-on to the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The act was about preventing discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing.
However, like so much of the distortions that occurred after the civil rights era of the 1960s, this rule is not about preventing discrimination but about using civil rights language to advance a brazen left-wing political agenda.
In the case of the AFFH rule, there are so many different stated objectives it’s not even clear which is the main one.
The AFFH rule is war on the lifestyle of the single-family home and American suburban family life.
Trump didn’t collude with Russia to get elected, Senate panel belatedly concludes
There’s not much intelligence on the Senate Intelligence Committee. It’s one of those oxymorons so endemic in Washington.
It took the committee three years to figure out the obvious. Its report released Tuesday said there is “absolutely no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 election.”
Maybe next week the geniuses on the bipartisan committee will announce that the Earth is round.
You’d have to be intolerably ignorant not to have recognized long ago that the whole Trump-Russia collusion narrative was a deviously contrived fiction — a collection of politically driven fables designed to defame and discredit Trump.
A year-and-a-half ago, the report by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no collusion conspiracy. Two-and-a-half years ago, the House Intelligence Committee (the so-called “Nunes Memo”) reached the same conclusion.
But let’s not stop there. It turns out that then-FBI Director James Comey’s agency knew it was all a hoax as early as January 2017 — the very month Trump was inaugurated. That was three-and-a-half years ago.
So, excuse me for mocking the Senate Intelligence Committee. But their report is like the mailman who delivers a draft notice years after the war is over.
Most of the wild accusations against Trump were based on the fabricated dossier composed by ex-British spy Christopher Steele and funded by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Their goal was to smear Trump with phony Russian information in advance of the 2016 election.
In other words, Trump didn’t collude with Russia to unduly influence the election. Hillary Clinton and the Democrats did.
The new Senate report reiterates old truths. That is, Comey’s FBI deceived the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to gain an unlawful warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The bureau knew that Steele was unreliable and biased. It knew that the dossier was unverified and not remotely credible. The FBI knew the dossier was conjured up and commissioned by Trump’s political opponents.
Yet, Comey and others at the FBI deliberately concealed all of this vital information from the FISC. In legal terms, they committed fraud on the court.
The Russian Grassy Knoll
The collusion conspiracy theorists keep looking for a second shooter.
By now you’d think promoters of the Russia-Trump 2016 collusion myth would give up from embarrassment, but they’ve become like believers in the second JFK shooter on the grassy knoll. Note how they spin the lack of evidence in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s final report into a reprise of false accusations.
At nearly 1,000 pages, Volume 5 purports to analyze “Russian efforts to influence the Trump campaign and the 2016 election.” The sheer volume of detail about Trump campaign officials’ interactions over decades with Russians and Ukrainians provided the opening for conspiracy theorists to pretend this proves the case.
It proves nothing of the sort. Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent two years hunting for a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, only to concur with House investigators that there was no evidence. The Senate report throws innuendo at everyone from Carter Page to Donald Trump Jr., and claims that former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s ties to Russians posed a “grave counterintelligence threat.”
…Six committee Republicans make this crucial point in an “additional comments” section, scoring the report for failing to “explicitly” state that “the Committee found no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government.”
Will the Dam Break After Clinesmith’s Plea?
News reports have downplayed the significance of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith’s guilty plea, acknowledging he altered an official document in the government’s Trump-Russia collusion probe. There has been some coverage, mainly because it is so rare to see FBI agents charged with a felony and because it is the first tangible result of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s sprawling investigation of the investigators. But mainstream news outlets have minimized its importance. It’s only one count, they say, and it deals with a relatively minor crime by a mid-level figure.
That’s spin, and it’s wrong. This plea is like finding water seeping from the base of a dam. The problem is not one muddy puddle. The problem is that it foreshadows the dam’s failure, releasing a torrent. That’s what the Clinesmith plea portends.
What Did Clinesmith Admit?
Clinesmith acknowledges he altered an email from the CIA to the FBI, answering a question about Carter Page. Page is an American citizen and a Naval Academy graduate who spent considerable time in Russia. His time abroad raised a question for the FBI’s counter-intelligence division. Was Page a Russian agent? Or was he on our side, helping the U.S. gather intelligence about the Kremlin? The CIA would know.
The answer mattered because the FBI and Department of Justice were preparing warrants to spy on Page as a hostile foreign agent. The CIA gave them a clear answer in August 2016, before the first warrant was issued: Page was working for us. That answer was given to a still-unnamed FBI case agent, and we don’t know what he did with it. Did he show it to those preparing the warrant applications? Why else would he even ask the CIA for the information?
NYT Manipulates FBI Lawyer’s Guilty Plea To Hide Real Spygate News
Because they were co-conspirators in the hoax, too many in the corporate media are serving as obstacles to holding the FBI and other powerful government agencies accountable for their actions.
A New York Times reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his role perpetrating the Russia collusion hoax was tasked with framing the news that a former top FBI lawyer was to plead guilty to deliberately fabricating evidence against a Donald Trump campaign affiliate targeted in the Russia probe. The resulting article is a case study in how to write propaganda.
Adam Goldman broke, and cushioned, the news that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was to plead guilty to fabricating evidence in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to spy on Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page.
His job was to present the news as something other than an indictment of the FBI’s handling of the Russia collusion hoax, to signal to other media that they should move on from the story as quickly as possible, and to hide his own newspaper’s multi-year participation in the Russia collusion hoax. One intelligence source described it as an “insult” to his intelligence and “beyond Pravda,” a reference to the official newspaper of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. Here’s how Goldman did it.
When Chivalry Dies, Women Suffer
These instances are proof that if a woman or girl’s suffering does not fit into the left’s narrative, it is ignored. They are a small sample of the way the left treats women.
The philosopher Montesquieu argued that the moral character of a civilization should be judged by how well or poorly it treats women and children. Now that the distinction between male and female has been erased and abortion has gone from being considered a “necessary evil” to a “positive good,” women and children are fair game.
For example, there was little uproar over the Indiana woman who was shot after telling Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors that “all lives matter,” reports the New York Daily News. A 2017 video depicting a 60-year-old feminist being beaten by two young men was celebrated by trans activists on social media.
Also ignored are the numerous children who have been killed in this summer of violence. While protestors call for defunding the police, a handful of precious little girls have lost their lives in cities across the country. Not one of their names has made it into BLM’s murals or chants.
Recall the video of a self-described BLM activist who told a white woman to get on her knees and apologize for her white privilege. Seemingly intimidated and flustered, the woman complied and even thanked the man. Are feminists really okay with this?
The Obama-Biden Economy Redux
The Democratic convention case against President Trump boils down to Covid and character, and the polls suggest it’s working. But the bigger issue next year will be reviving the economy from the shutdown recession, and on that score the Democrats are mostly quiet. Perhaps that’s because Joe Biden is promising to repeat the same policy mix that produced the slowest recovery in modern times during the Obama years. The record is worth examining.
Mr. Biden’s cheerleaders declare the Obama Administration a smashing economic success. They say he inherited the deepest recession since the Great Depression, and handed President Trump the longest expansion on record. Mr. Obama did get some things right. He tolerated the shale energy revolution that emerged on his watch, albeit on private land. Only late in his term did he try to strangle it with pipeline bans and regulation. Despite conflicting instincts on trade policy, he also pushed for progress on major multilateral trade deals with Europe and around the Pacific.
But the overall economic numbers tell a negative story. Annual economic growth, adjusted for inflation, averaged 2.3% after the recession ended in June 2009 across Mr. Obama’s two terms. Despite the length of the post-2009 expansion, it was shallow.
Sluggish growth went hand-in-hand with the worst labor recovery in generations. The unemployment rate peaked at 10% in October 2009 and didn’t reach the pre-recession level of 4.4% until March 2017. That painfully slow healing overstates the improvement since so many Americans dropped out of the workforce.
The Challenge of Marxism – The collapse of institutional liberalism
For a generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, most Americans and Europeans regarded Marxism as an enemy that had been defeated once and for all. But they were wrong. A mere 30 years later, Marxism is back, and making an astonishingly successful bid to seize control of the most important American media companies, universities and schools, major corporations and philanthropic organizations, and even the courts, the government bureaucracy, and some churches. As American cities succumb to rioting, arson, and looting, it appears as though the liberal custodians of many of these institutions—from the New York Times to Princeton University—have despaired of regaining control of them, and are instead adopting a policy of accommodation. That is, they are attempting to appease their Marxist employees by giving in to some of their demands in the hope of not being swept away entirely.
We don’t know what will happen for certain. But based on the experience of recent years, we can venture a pretty good guess. Institutional liberalism lacks the resources to contend with this threat. Liberalism is being expelled from its former strongholds, and the hegemony of liberal ideas, as we have known it since the 1960s, will end. Anti-Marxist liberals are about to find themselves in much the same situation that has characterized conservatives, nationalists, and Christians for some time now: They are about to find themselves in the opposition.
This means that some brave liberals will soon be waging war on the very institutions they so recently controlled. They will try to build up alternative educational and media platforms in the shadow of the prestigious, wealthy, powerful institutions they have lost. Meanwhile, others will continue to work in the mainstream media, universities, tech companies, philanthropies, and government bureaucracy, learning to keep their liberalism to themselves and to let their colleagues believe that they too are Marxists—just as many conservatives learned long ago how to keep their conservatism to themselves and let their colleagues believe they are liberals.
Trump Campaign’s Hopes Rest on Boosting White Working-Class Turnout
Not long ago, white working-class voters flooded to the polls in unusually large numbers to help the GOP win the White House. But that year wasn’t 2016. It was 2004, and the president they turned out to re-elect was George W. Bush.
Today, Mr. Bush’s achievement in driving turnout suggests an opportunity for another Republican re-election bid. Donald Trump’s campaign has said its strategy is to boost voter registration and turnout among the people who most support him—largely, the white working class—a goal distinct from trying to persuade undecided groups or Democrats to move his way.
An analysis of voter data shows that the opportunity, at least on paper, is substantial.
Barack Obama Reminds Americans Why He Was the King of “I” in DNC Speech
By any estimation, Wednesday was the night for the Democrats’ past, heavy hitters to sell Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the party faithful.
After all, both of the party’s previous presidential nominees were scheduled to speak. To start off, as my colleague Nick Arama wrote about earlier in the night, was a pre-recorded video of 2016’s nominee (and loser), Hillary Clinton.
But even though the third night of a convention is supposed to allow the vice presidential nominee to shine, that wasn’t the speech everyone was waiting for. Barack Obama’s, which he gave live from Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution, was.
And like many of the major speeches during Days 1 and 2 of the 2020 DNC, Obama’s was introduced by a lengthy video introduction.
As my returning colleague Scott Housell pointed out as part of our RedState #RSLiveBlog during the program, the minutes-long airing of the January 2017 ceremony — in which Pres. Obama honored then-Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — was just so much “filler.”
Because if Americans recall anything from Obama’s eight years in the White House, it’s this: Everything’s about the king of “I” — Barack Obama himself.