Democrat’s #1 Legislative Priority

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Not border security.  Not education.  Not healthcare.  Nope, the #1 bill in the newly Democrat controlled House of Representatives is one that would establish  placing elections under centralized federal control:  https://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/h-r-1-democrats-act-to-strip-state-powers-over-elections/

Some of the provisions of HR1, misleadingly named “For The People Act,” include:

  1. Automatic, mandatory voter registration, using government welfare rolls.
  2. Same day voter registration.
  3. Expanded, mandatory early voting.
  4. Mandatory voting rights for felons.
  5. Elimination of states’ power to cross-check and purge voter rolls of deceased voters and voters with multiple registrations.
  6. Mandated, “independent” redistricting commissions
  7. Federal control over “false information” distributed by political campaigns
  8. Federal DOJ approval of state election laws, known as “pre-clearance” power.

This last power, that of “pre-clearance,” would consolidate centralized federal control over all elections, not just federal contests.  Sixteen states instituted this power in the 1960’s, but it was struck down by the Supreme Court:

“Here’s how it worked: Whenever a state wanted to make an election law change, no matter how small, it needed approval from Washington, D.C. bureaucrats at the Department of Justice. Move a polling place, change the hours the election office is open, hire a new translator, change a precinct line, or move voting from the school gym to the school library? DOJ had to approve.”

Liberal and left-wing activists are characterizing HR1 as a great civil rights and anti-corruption act: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/nancy-pelosi-election-reform-bill-save-democracy.html

In reality, it is a huge power grab by those who pretend to be looking out for us…

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Who produced this?

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Seriously, there had to be consultants, lighting techs, makeup artists, and producers on this shoot, and they had a couple of days to rehearse and get it right!     

I mean, I get that Nancy Pelosi’s botox hadn’t had time to settle, so she had that frozen, I-can’t-blink-or-move-my-mouth look.  And Chuck Schumer is a not very attractive older man.  But, Donald Trump is no Brad Pitt either, and his producers made him look decent.

I think that it would have been better had only one of them given the rebuttal.  At least then, they wouldn’t have had to stand so close together, which looked stiff and awkward. I suppose that  they wanted to present a united front.

But, honestly, I had trouble paying attention to what they said, because I was distracted by the horrible optics…

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“The Same Old Serpent”

 

 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper garnered a great deal of attention this past weekend.  Representative Ocasio-Cortez (now popularly known as “AOC”) is, undoubtedly, a fast-rising political superstar.

 During the interview, Ocasio-Cortez describes her proposal that those at the “tippie tops” of  income earners, pay up to 70% on their earnings over ??? (AOC doesn’t say exactly, she merely leaves us to determine what the “tippie tops” might be).  This rate would, according to AOC’s logic, allow the US to implement her “Green New Deal,” the goal of which would be to force Americans completely off of fossil fuels within 12 years.

Anderson Cooper reacts with understandable surprise and skepticism that this sort of radical policy would work, and, in response to his question, Representative Ocasio-Cortez says that she accepts the description of herself as a “radical.”  Because, as she asserts, Abraham Lincoln was a radical, and so was FDR.  Apparently,  AOC, in her first week as a 28 year-old freshman House representative, believes that she is in the same league as two of America’s greatest presidents.  Or, at the very least, that her idea of taxing the living hell out of top earners, in order to subsidize a political agenda, is a great radical idea, on par with the Emancipation Proclamation and the Social Security Act.

Ocasio-Cortez, who often seems to have not even the slightest grasp of historical or economic  facts, calls herself a “democratic socialist.”   The term presumes that the good citizens of a democratic society would willingly agree to have most of their earnings taken from them by those in government power, like AOC, to be used for projects and programs such as banning fossil fuels, subsidizing health care, and anything else that earnest and eager socialists at the “tippie tops” of political power might come up with.

Some of us would beg to disagree…

 “this argument… is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it.”

~Abraham Lincoln

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Brazil “liberated from Socialism”

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Jair Bolsonaro, the retired military officer who survived an assassination attempt during his victorious campaign for the presidency of Brazil, has vowed to eliminate political corruption and  left-wing political correctness.  Most significantly, he has promised to free the world’s 4th largest democracy from the socialist policies of the Workers Party, which has held the Brazilian presidency for 15 years, moving the nation politically closer to Russia and China.  Bolsonaro is often referred to as the “Tropical Trump,” and has, in fact, stated his openness to bringing Brazil and the US into closer partnership.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban  all attended Tuesday’s inauguration.  Bolsonaro has promised to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, a promise supported by one of his key constituencies, Brazilian evangelicals.  He has, in many ways, followed the playbook of populist leaders like Orban, and, of course, Donald Trump.

Significantly, Bolsonaro has expressed his willingness to consider hosting a future US military base in Brazil.  Given recent moves by Russia to strengthen military ties with Venezuela, this is an important strategic move by Bolsonaro, and one that signals that the economic partnership that Brazil had previously established with Russia and China may be changing, in favor of closer American ties, both economically and militarily.

 

 

 

 

 

“Donald Trump is a Good President”

…writes self-described French nationalist, Michael Houellebecq.

https://harpers.org/archive/2019/01/donald-trump-is-a-good-president/

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Houellebecq considers Trump’s greatest achievements to be in the areas of foreign policy and trade.  He applauds him for disdaining the European Union and NATO :

“He’d rather negotiate directly with individual countries, and I believe this would actually be preferable; I don’t think that strength necessarily proceeds from union. “

And Houellebecq strongly supports the American president’s stance on trade; he acknowledges that as the American president, Trump’s responsibility is to American workers, and laments that recent French leaders have chosen not to put French workers first:

“President Trump tears up treaties and trade agreements when he thinks it was wrong to sign them. He’s right about that; leaders must know how to use the cooling-off period and withdraw from bad deals.

Unlike free-market liberals (who are, in their way, as fanatical as communists), President Trump doesn’t consider global free trade the be-all and end-all of human progress. When free trade favors American interests, President Trump is in favor of free trade; in the contrary case, he finds old-fashioned protectionist measures entirely appropriate.”

Houellebecq is not unaware of Trump’s flaws.  In fact he describes Trump as “pretty repulsive,” on a personal level.  But he considers Trump’s refusal to knuckle under to the globalists, and his steadfast insistence that he must put America first to  make him “one of the best American presidents I’ve ever seen.”

Houllebecq’s essay ends with this:

“You have to get used to the idea, worthy American people: in the final analysis, maybe Donald Trump will have been a necessary ordeal for you. And you’ll always be welcome as tourists.”

 

The Media’s Cultural Fascism

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Kyler Murray, the incredibly talented athlete who won the 2018 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, awoke on Sunday morning to discover that several media outlets had dug up old tweets that he had posted ~ and, by old, I mean that the tweets were posted when Murray was 14 years old ~  and were calling him a “homophobe,”  demanding that he apologize for his “anti-gay” tweets.

First of all, the tweets apparently involved Murray mocking some of his friends and using words that are considered anti-gay slurs.  So, we can assume that he jokingly called his friends “f**s,  f***ots, or something similar.  Rude and unacceptable language, but not unusual for a young teen, who hasn’t learned that posting this sort of thing on social media can come back to haunt you many years later.  Kevin Hart is a recent example…Hart’s tweets were also several years old, although Hart was an adult when he posted them.

Secondly, we can presume that USA Today, and other media outlets that published Murray’s old tweets, had knowledge of these tweets prior to his winning the Heisman, and waited until his moment of glory to smear him.  Rather than celebrate a young man who had just achieved what may have been a lifelong goal, the media chose to make his moment of athletic glory a moment of shame and embarrassment, over a mistake that he made when he was a kid.

On Sunday, Murray tweeted,

“I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. I used a poor choice of word that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group.”

This was the correct response, under the circumstances, and received mostly positive reactions on social media.

Nevertheless,  this what our media has become ~ a predatory bunch of judgmental ideologues, always looking to destroy anyone who may not conform to politically correct rules of thought and language.  The idea is to isolate and demonize those who oppose leftist newspeak, at least until they beg for forgiveness…

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces, and putting them together again in new shapes, of your own choosing.”

~ George Orwell