“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
If you’re one of those suburban moms who President Donald Trump has been scaring away with his bombast, his boorish behavior, and his bullying of poor Joe Biden, you saw a completely different candidate last night. And you just might have begun to reconsider your vote for his opponent, “the typical politician.”
And if you’re Donald Trump, you did exactly what you needed to do, if we do say so ourselves.
Yeah, the president may have missed an opportunity to land another zinger here or there. He may have failed to mention the crack-addled sex tapes and the child pornography that’s allegedly on Hunter Biden’s laptop, or, more importantly, to even really explain why the Bidens’ corruption is a real problem. But if he’s looking for more votes from that massive electoral trove of suburban women, his performance was spot-on.
Throughout the night, Biden preached pessimism and a “dark winter.” Trump, on the other hand, offered real and Reaganesque optimism.
Oh, and he probably won Pennsylvania last night. Biden’s amateurish remark about “transitioning” from our oil and gas economy, and his say-anything-to-get-elected doublespeak about the crucial issue of fracking, will certainly move voters in the Keystone State. He let the mask slip, and the only question now is whether the administration’s voting-integrity efforts can keep the fraudulent Philly vote to a less-than-decisive number.
As John Hinderaker notes, “[Last night’s] debate went well for President Trump, I thought. The moderator was pro-Biden; she didn’t ask him any hard questions and avoided the subjects where he is most vulnerable. But that was a given. She was considerably better than Chris Wallace, and better than most. Unlike the first debate, President Trump stayed calm and in control. His answers were generally sharp and he got in plenty of shots against Joe Biden.”
One of those repeated shots the president took was at the lifelong ineffectiveness of his opponent. “Joe, I ran because of you,” he said. “I ran because of Barack Obama, because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would have never run.” Sticking with this theme of Biden’s all-hat-no-cattle career in Washington, Trump said, “You were the vice president. You keep talking about all these things you’re going to do, and you’re going to do this. But you were there just a short time ago, and you guys did nothing.”
After one attempt by Biden to change the subject by looking into the camera and invoking the kitchen table, the president pounced. “That’s the typical political statement,” he said. “‘Let’s get off this China thing.’ And then he looks, ‘The family, around the table.’ … Just a typical politician. … I’m not a typical politician. That’s why I got elected.”
Trump also persevered through a thicket of steady interruptions by moderator Kirsten Welker. Every time the president began to draw blood, it seemed, Welker would interrupt him to save Biden’s bacon. Post-debate analysis had the count somewhere around 30 interruptions of the president compared to just two — two — interruptions of Biden.
Nevertheless, during the pressure-cooker of this final debate, President Trump even had the wits and the wherewithal to pause and send a compliment Welker’s way: “By the way,” he said, “so far I respect very much the way you’re handling this, I have to say.” It’s hard to know how many thousands of votes that single thoughtful sentence was worth, or how much it meant to Welker. But notice, too, how two tiny words within that compliment worked the ref ever so subtly: “so far.”
There’ll be plenty of fact-checking today and over the weekend, and plenty of it will be directed at Biden, who lies as easily as a dog licks its, er, paws.
As National Review’s Kyle Smith writes, “Joe Biden is a career liar and he lied some more in the debate, for instance when he dismissed the now well-supported New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s business dealing as ‘a Russian plant.’ There is zero evidence for this. … Biden’s lie about fracking — ‘I never said I opposed fracking’ — was so egregious that even CNN’s Daniel Dale mentioned it in his after-action report.”
When CNN calls out its guy for lying just 12 days before an election, it must’ve been a whopper with cheese. And it was.
Biden also looked straight into the eyes of the American people and said, “Character is on the ballot.” He may well come to regret that bit of bravado.
Conservative pollster Frank Luntz called last night’s debate “a tie,” but he wasn’t paying attention to his own focus group. The words they used to describe Donald Trump? Controlled, reserved, poised, con artist, and surprisingly presidential. And the words they used to describe Joe Biden? Vague, unspecific, elusive, defensive, and grandfatherly.
President Trump won last night’s debate. No doubt. You could tell just by looking at the giddy grins on Fox News and the dour demeanors on CNN. The question is, Which of these two candidates is best equipped to run through the finish line?
As The Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti notes, “Trump adviser Jason Miller mentioned on Twitter that Trump’s underdog victory in 2016 began with a good performance at that year’s third presidential debate. The Trump campaign hopes 2020 will turn out to be a replay of 2016: a last-minute scandal dogging the Democratic nominee, a disciplined Trump criss-crossing the nation on behalf of the forgotten man, and an unexpected Electoral College win.”
“Unexpected”? We’re not so sure it’ll be unexpected.
Often in presidential debates there’s an “uh-oh” moment when a candidate gets caught on a baited hook, endangering their election chances. That moment came in the second and final 2020 presidential debate last night when Joe Biden admitted he would end America’s fossil fuel industry.
One of the primary goals in any debate is to catch your opponent in a contradiction or lie. In presidential debates in particular, the objective is to get your opponent to expose themselves on an issue that isn’t popular with the American public. For Biden, that issue is his position on fossil fuels and, more specifically, on fracking.
President Donald Trump has been badgering Biden over his fracking flip-flop, noting that Biden had repeatedly referenced his support to ban fracking during his Democrat primary run only to suddenly turn and claim he doesn’t support a fracking ban.
Last night, Trump worked to set the hook and catch a slippery Biden.
Early on, Trump chummed the water by first mentioning fracking as a way to highlight that Biden is beholden to his party’s socialist polices: “You’re going to have socialized medicine. Just like you went on with fracking — ‘We’re not going to have fracking. We’re going to stop fracking. We’re going to stop fracking.’ Then he goes to Pennsylvania … and he says, ‘Oh, we’re gonna have fracking.’”
As the debate turned to the topic of energy, Trump once again baited Biden by asserting, “We’re going to have the greatest economy in the world. But if you want to kill the economy, get rid of your oil industry. And what about fracking? Now we have to ask him about fracking.”
Biden took the bait, falsely claiming, “I never said I oppose fracking.”
Trump set the hook, firing back, “You said it on tape.”
Biden retorted, “I — show the tape. Put it on your website. The fact of the matter is he’s flat-out lying.” Biden was clearly caught on the line, and Trump reeled him in.
Trump asked, “Would you rule out banning fracking?” It was at that moment that Biden realized he was caught and the flailing began, as indicated by Biden’s bumbling equivocating, “I do rule out banning fracking because the answer we need — we need other industries to transition to get to, ultimately, a complete zero emissions by 2025. What I will do with fracking over time is make sure that we can capture the emissions from the fracking. Capture the emissions from gas. We can do that and we can do that by investing money into — it’s a transition to that.”
At that point, debate moderator Kristen Welker attempted to save Biden by interjecting, but to no avail. “Excuse me, “Trump continued to press. “He was against fracking. He said it. I will show that to you tomorrow. ‘I am against fracking,’ until he got the nomination [and] went to Pennsylvania. Then he said — you know what, Pennsylvania? He’ll be against it very soon because his party is totally against it.”
Biden, knowing he was caught in a BIG lie, sought to further equivocate, falsely claiming, “Fracking on federal Land, I said. No fracking or oil on federal land.”
Welker again came to Biden’s aid with an anti-oil-industry question, but Trump knew he still had Biden on the line and didn’t let him off. “Would you close down the oil industry?” he asked. Biden answered, “I would transition from the oil industry, yes.” Welker’s follow-up said it all: “Why would you do that?”
Finally, Trump showed off his trophy catch, simply observing, “Basically what he’s saying is he’s going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember that, Texas? Will you remember that, Pennsylvania? Oklahoma? Ohio?”
True to his word, Trump posted the tape.
If Trump comes out on top in November, he will likely have done so by winning Pennsylvania. And Trump may have Biden’s “uh-oh” moment to thank for it.
In one fast-paced week, Joe Biden’s efforts to conceal his family Quid Pro Quo Crime Syndicate pay-to-play schemes with Red China are falling apart.
Biden has avoided any substantive response concerning his knowledge and role in a lucrative “political influence for profit” arrangement with a ChiCom company, and there has been a massive Leftmedia propagandist and social media blackout to assist his obfuscation and evasion.
That effort has been aided and abetted by high-profile political assists from former Obama-Biden deep-state hacks, with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) leading the “dezinformatsiya” charge. Schiff has summarily and repeatedly declared the Biden/ChiCom story “comes from the Kremlin” and is a Russian disinformation campaign, and the “disinformation” mantra has been repeated everywhere.
However, we now know that the party who validated the China pay-to-play email from Hunter Biden, who identified the 10% cut for “the big guy” as Joe Biden, is Hunter’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski. He is a former naval officer, was approached by Hunter Biden to head up the ChiCom deal, and has briefed Joe Biden directly about the political-access-for-profit setup. It is apparent that there was a template for these corporate fronts, as details of others in Russia, Romania, and Kazakhstan are emerging.
Yesterday, an hour before the final presidential debate, Bobulinski, a registered Democrat, met with members of the press to “set the record straight.” What follows are the highlights of his statement:
“My name is Tony Bobulinski. I served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy with high security clearance. My father and grandfather both served for decades in our country’s armed forces. Since leaving the Navy, I’ve been involved in various successful businesses both in this country and abroad. I’m making this statement to set the record straight about the involvement of the Biden family, Vice President Biden, his brother Jim Biden, and his son Hunter Biden in dealings with the Chinese.
“I have heard Joe Biden say that he’s never discussed business with Hunter. That is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden. I have also heard that Vice President Biden said on Tuesday that Senator Ron Johnson, the chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, should be ashamed for suggesting that Biden family sought to profit from their name.
“Well, here are the facts I know, and everything I’m saying is corroborated by emails, WhatsApp chats, agreements, documents, and other evidence, and the American people can judge for themselves. … I was told this past Sunday by somebody who was also involved in this matter that if I went public this information it would bury all of us. … I have no wish to bury anyone. I’ve never been political; the few contributions I’ve made have been to Democrats. But what I am is a patriot and a veteran. To protect my family name and my business reputation, I need to ensure that the true facts are out there.”
Bobulinski detailed how he was contacted and how the Bidens proposed to structure the company.
He then noted his conversation with Joe Biden:
“On May 2, 2017, the night before Joe Biden was to appear at the Milken conference, I was introduced to Joe Biden by Jim Biden and Hunter Biden. At my approximately hour-long meeting with Joe that night, we discussed the Bidens’ history, the Bidens’ family business plans with the Chinese, with which he was plainly familiar at least at a high level. After that meeting, I had numerous communications with Hunter, Walker, Gilliar, and Jim Biden regarding the allocation of the equity ownership of Sinohawk. On May 13, 2017, I received an email concerning allocation of equity, which says, ‘10 percent held by H for the big guy.’ In that email there’s no question that H stands for Hunter, ‘big guy’ for his father, Joe Biden, and ‘Jim’ for Jim Biden. In fact, Hunter often referred to his father as the ‘big guy’ or ‘my chairman.’”
“On numerous occasions, it was made clear to me that Joe Biden’s involvement was not to be mentioned in writing, but only face to face. In fact, I was advised by Gilliar and Walker that Hunter and Jim Biden were paranoid about keeping Joe Biden’s involvement secret. I also had a disagreement with Hunter about the funds CFC was contributing to Sinohawk. Hunter wanted $5 million of those funds to go to himself and his family, so he wanted the funds wired directly to an entity affiliated with him. I objected because that was contrary to our written agreements concerning Sinohawk. He said referring to ‘the chairman,’ his father, that CFC was really investing in the Biden family, that he held the trump card, and that he was the one putting his family legacy on the line. He also said to me on May 17, 2017, that CFC wanted to be my partner, to be partner[ed] with the Bidens.”
“During these negotiations, I repeated to Hunter and others that Sinohawk could not be Hunter’s personal piggy bank and I demanded that proper corporate governance procedures be implemented for capital distributions. Hunter became very upset with me. CFC through July 2017 was assuring me the funds would be transferred to Sinohawk, but they were never sent to our company. Instead, I found out from Senator Johnson’s September report that the $5 million was sent in August 2017 to entities affiliated with Hunter.”
“Tomorrow I will be meeting with the Senate committee members concerning this matter, and I will be providing to the FBI the devices which contain the evidence corroborating what I have said.”
The Biden response: Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter allegations.
Despite three years of fake Russian-collusion allegations that Trump was in the Kremlin’s pocket, the emerging ChiCom links to Joe Biden are much more direct in affirming he was picking Beijing’s pockets.
Political analyst Kimberley Strassel observes: “The former vice president is running on trust and good judgment. The Hunter tale is … at worst, an example of the entire Biden clan cashing in on its name with a U.S. rival.”
As Wall Street Journal editor James Freeman concludes, “Now the corruption story is about Joe, not Hunter.”
At this point, we can say for sure that EVERYONE who has declared Joe Biden’s corrupt involvement with this scheme to be “Russian disinformation,” most notably Adam Schiff, is LYING. Biden’s ChiCom deception is rapidly unravelling. Whether any of his equally corrupt constituents cares is another matter.
“Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” —David Burge, 2013
With Big Media obsessively “fact-checking” President Donald Trump’s “pillows and sheets” comment in last night’s debate, that old quote came to mind because Big Media is vigorously smothering news about the Biden Crime Family. The corrupt alliance between the Democrat Party and the Leftmedia is the biggest threat to American Liberty we face today.
Let’s survey the landscape just this week.
We’ll start with National Public Radio, which receives $250 million in annual taxpayer funding. Will NPR commit actual journalism by asking a few questions about Joe and Hunter Biden? Nope. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories,” says Terence Samuel, NPR’s managing editor for news. “And we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”
NPR Public Editor Kelly McBride agrees, first saying there are “many, many red flags” about the New York Post’s Biden exposé, while also regurgitating the debunked canard about it being “Russian disinformation.” Then she adds that even “if that story could be verified” (fact check: it has been), NPR still won’t touch it because “the assertions don’t amount to much.”
A candidate for president is alleged, with some pretty damning apparent evidence, to have exploited his drug-addicted son and his public office to rake in millions of dollars for his family. That’s a “pure distraction” that doesn’t “amount to much”? Ponder that one for a moment.
And as the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams quips, “Anyway, for no reason at all, it is probably worth mentioning now that a search on NPR’s website for the term ‘Russian collusion’ produces 2,859 results.”
Which brings us to another story the Leftmedia is smothering.
President Trump sat down for an interview with CBS’s Leslie Stahl for an upcoming “60 Minutes” episode. He obviously smelled a rat, because he preemptively released the interview himself before CBS could selectively edit it. What was the rat? There were at least two: the debunked narrative of Russian collusion and the Biden corruption scandal.
When Trump asserted that Biden is embroiled in scandal, Stahl shot back, “He’s not. He’s not. No.” Obviously, her assertion is false. When Trump argued that the even bigger scandal was the way his campaign was subjected to spying by the FBI, Stahl again argued contrary to the facts, “There’s no real evidence of that.” She even indignantly lectured, “This is ‘60 Minutes,’ and we can’t put on things that we can’t verify.”
You can now wipe up the coffee you just spewed on your keyboard.
Fact check: The FBI did spy on Trump’s campaign, and it did so based on the phony Steele dossier that Hillary Clinton paid for. The Left spun the yarn for three years that Trump colluded with Russia to win in 2016. Given Stahl’s demonstrably false claims, it’s not surprising that Trump cut off the interview and preemptively released it.
CBS hilariously responded, “The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter ‘60 Minutes’ from providing it’s full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades.”
In a separate interview also set to run Sunday night, Stahl huffed to Vice President Mike Pence, “I feel that you both have insulted ‘60 Minutes.’”
No, it is “60 Minutes” and the rest of the Leftmedia that have insulted the American people by serving as the dezinformatsiya outlet and super PAC for the Democrat Party. When the full might of the mainstream media is leveled against one candidate while covering for the other, American Liberty is in danger. And as Trump put it to Stahl, “I don’t have to discredit you. You’ve discredited yourself.”
Imagine Donald Trump Jr. left his MacBook at a repair shop and never claimed it.
Imagine the owner of the repair shop looked at the contents of the laptop and was alarmed enough by what he saw — including, allegedly, child pornography and videos of Don Jr. smoking crack while engaging in sex acts — that he made a CYA copy of the hard drive before turning the laptop over to the FBI.
Imagine the FBI sat on that laptop for months until the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper broke a story about it. Imagine the FBI then confirmed that the laptop is being held as part of a money-laundering investigation.
Imagine the hard drive purportedly includes an email to Don Jr. from a senior executive of a corrupt Ukrainian energy company that reads, “Dear Don, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”
Imagine a former business partner of Don Jr. — a former U.S. Navy officer and a donor to only Republican political candidates — vouching for the authenticity of the emails and explaining their meaning because he himself was included on the emails. Imagine, further, that he’s agreed to turn over his cell phones and their many incriminating text messages to the FBI.
Imagine neither Don Jr. nor his dad denying the authenticity of the laptop or the emails.
Imagine the nation’s directors of National Intelligence and the FBI refuting the claims of Trump surrogates and conservative media that the story is “Russian disinformation.”
Imagine President Trump dismissing the allegations as “a Russian plan” and “a last ditch effort to smear me and my family.”
Imagine the New York Post, which broke the story a week ago and tried to share it via Twitter, being locked out of its Twitter account ever since it broke the story.
Now imagine our nation’s leading media organs — including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, and PBS — all refusing to cover the story less than two weeks before President Trump stands for reelection.
Now imagine the outcry from the Left.
Joe Biden has been selling the latest iteration of his tax plan by erroneously claiming it will only increase taxes on Americans earning $400,000 or more annually. Campaigning in Florida last week, Biden sounded like a used-car salesman, promising, “I’m not going to raise taxes on a single solitary American making less than $400,000 a year. You won’t pay a penny more. It’s a guarantee.”
And how does Biden plan to pay for his trillions of dollars in new government programs? Why, taxing the rich, of course. And by taxing, he means nearly bleeding them dry. According to a CNBC analysis, top-earning Americans living in high-tax states like California or New York would pay a combined state and federal tax rate of a whopping 62%.
Biden’s claim that he won’t raise taxes on lower- and middle-class Americans also fails the basic economics test. While Biden’s plan may not directly target those households for tax hikes, his tax increase on the wealthy and increasing the corporate tax rate would impact lower- and middle-income earners via lower wages and higher consumption costs. The Tax Foundation found that Biden’s plan would lead to a reduction in Americans’ income across the board, with the wealthiest 1% seeing a 6.5% reduction in after-tax income and the rest of wage earns seeing a 1.7% decline. That’s not a recipe for economic growth.
The American Enterprise Institute determined that “in 2021, Biden’s proposal would increase taxes, on average, for the top 5 percent of households and reduce taxes on households in the bottom 95 percent.” Yet by 2030, his plan “would increase taxes, on average, for households at every income level, but tax increases would primarily fall on the top 1 percent of income earners.” So, essentially, Biden can dubiously claim that he won’t raise taxes on 95% of Americans by putting off the tax hike until after he’s out of office. It’s a classic bait and switch, just like ObamaCare.
As National Review’s Kevin Williamson observes, “Most economists agree that at least some of the payroll taxes that are in theory paid by employers end up being paid by employees, whose wages are reduced in order to offset the expense of the tax. Inevitably, that kind of cost-shifting falls most heavily upon low-wage employees, who, by definition, have relatively little power in the market.”
But those tax increases are also passed along to consumers, the majority of whom are lower- and middle-income Americans who find themselves shelling out more of their hard-earned money for goods and services as prices increase in order to pay for the increased tax rates. The Washington Times notes that, according to a Hoover Institution report, “the Biden agenda would result in a 7% drop in real consumption per household and a $2.6 trillion drop in GDP, factoring in his plan to expand ObamaCare and aim for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
Indeed, that’s the hidden taxation of regulatory growth. One of President Donald Trump’s most effective actions in stimulating the American economy has been slashing government red tape. Biden would reverse this cost-cutting practice with his plan to expand or add new government programs. “With all these spending programs come regulations to implement them,” observes American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin. “Last time we saw Joe Biden in office, there was $100 billion in regulatory costs added every year for eight straight years. That’s nearly a trillion-dollar disguised tax increase that comes along with these spending programs.”
But sure, Scranton Joe cares about families around the kitchen table worried about making ends meet.
It was just four short weeks ago when we covered California’s bid to increase the market for electric cars by mandating all new cars sold in the state be electric by 2035. Left unresolved by that mandate, of course, is just how the state will come up with all that electricity considering it couldn’t even keep the lights and air conditioning on this summer.
Not to be outdone, this week the usual suspects in Congress introduced legislation taking that mandate national, with the added kicker of requiring half of all vehicles sold in 2025 be zero-emission vehicles. (In California, ZEVs are defined as “electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles.”) Among the Senate cosponsors behind Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley are Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker.
It’s worth mentioning, as the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal pointed out, “Last year a mere 2% of car sales were electric, notwithstanding the $7,500 federal tax credit, state subsidies and other incentives such as car-pool lane access.” The editors added, “Progressives have been hyping electrics for years, and that’s fine if consumers want to buy them … but they are still out of price range for 99% of Americans.” As an example, the reborn Hummer from GM, which has evolved from the epitome of a gas guzzler to a ZEV, will have a 350-mile range … and a colossal $112,595 price tag. The editorial board concluded, “Folks in middle America can buy a home for less.”
Speaking of middle America, there are a lot of farmers who may be hopping mad about this mandate. Along with their senator, Chuck Grassley, the leaders of two Iowa-based agricultural-advocacy groups condemned the ZEV proposal, stating that “banning the sale of new vehicles powered by biofuels would be a hammer blow to Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel producers and would crush a vital market for [our] farmers.” Remarkably, and perhaps alarmingly to those who like to eat, over half of Iowa’s corn crop and one-third of its soybeans go into producing ethanol and biofuels. As they explain, “Losing this market could very likely trigger another farm crisis.”
We’d be remiss not to point out that the ethanol market exists solely because the government mandates that, too. Thus, with the Democrats’ legislation, we’d end up with competing mandates that benefit opposing constituencies.
To be sure, Merkley’s legislation is intended more for a revisit under a Biden-Harris administration and a far-left progressive Congress, but should it somehow pass it would also bring back the prospect of resellable “zero-emission vehicle credits.” These credits allow larger automakers — those who actually produce and sell cars that people want — the opportunity to purchase their penance from the smaller manufacturers, who’ll specialize in making a limited number of boutique cars. In essence, this amounts to selling each car twice — once to a customer and once for the credit. Welcome to the newest version of wealth transfer.
We were once told that if we liked our health insurance plan, we could keep it. (Who could forget that lie?) And because a ZEV mandate for California would “create the biggest market for used cars and vintage parts this side of Cuba,” don’t be surprised if and when this passes nationally that we see another “Cash for Clunkers” type of program to eliminate gas-powered cars and make their replacement parts more difficult to obtain.
After all, we need to cut the planet’s temperature another hundredth of a degree somehow.
Brian Mark Weber
It’s hard to believe some pro-life Christians are about to vote for Joe Biden, despite his strong pro-abortion stance and his other anti-Christian, anti-religious liberty policy preferences.
But upon reading a letter from some prominent ones, we see that these so-called Christians aren’t worried much about the killing of preborn babies. Instead, it’s racism and climate change that keeps them up at night.
It’s probably a good thing this group of radical leftists disguised as evangelicals doesn’t care much about abortion, because it’ll have good company if Kamala Harris becomes the next president. (Does anyone really think Biden will finish out his first term?) Then we’ll have the most radical pro-abortion president in American history.
As Matt Hadro of the Catholic News Agency writes, “Senator Kamala Harris’ 2016 senate campaign was supported by several large donors who were executives at pro-abortion groups. Harris went on to repeatedly grill judicial nominees on abortion while in the Senate.”
Hadro adds, “Harris is considered a champion of the abortion industry. When the Biden campaign announced her inclusion on the ticket in August, Planned Parenthood Action spent five figures on an online video ad promoting Harris.”
Harris’s obsession with protecting Planned Parenthood, an organization that sells body parts of aborted fetuses and collects half a billion taxpayer dollars each year, became evident in 2016. At that time, Harris was the attorney general of California and ordered a raid on the home of David Daleiden. His crime? Investigating Planned Parenthood and going under cover to expose the organization’s most heinous practices. Daleiden had his laptop and hard drives seized, some of them containing footage yet to be seen in public.
As Leah Barkoukis reports at Life News, Harris worked directly with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation to pull off the raid and to meddle with Daleiden’s defense.
Why did Harris and these pro-abortion organizations find it necessary to silence Daleiden? It certainly had nothing to do with providing women with essential healthcare. Instead, Harris was defending Planned Parenthood’s practice of coercing women into getting abortions and profiting from the sale of fetal body parts.
One might think Daleiden had a fighting chance once Harris took him to court. After all, even Planned Parenthood admitted to illegally selling fetal organs. But what jury can reach a fair conclusion when even the judge suppresses evidence? In this case, Judge William Orrick had ties to Planned Parenthood. In the end, Daleiden and one of his colleagues at the Center for Medical Progress were found guilty on various charges.
The battle to bring justice for Daleiden, and to go after the real criminals, continues.
Sam Dorman writes, “While the federal government hasn’t brought any criminal charges, the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee did send criminal referrals to the Justice Department, which opened an investigation into the group. For Daleiden and others, the core of the ongoing saga is whether Planned Parenthood violated federal law by selling fetal tissue.”
It’d be one thing if Harris kept her own radical views to herself, but she wants to silence anyone with pro-life views. Two years ago, she supported California Assembly Bill 775, known as the Reproductive FACT Act, which would have forced pro-life pregnancy centers to provide abortion information to vulnerable women.
A president who doesn’t have basic respect for human life can’t claim to respect the very ideals of life and Liberty that are enshrined in our founding documents. Millions of preborn children never had an opportunity to pursue their happiness, and a President Harris would be just fine with that. Along with a packed Supreme Court, there will be nothing to stop her from forcing her radical agenda on the rest of us.
Next spring, if all goes well, yet another museum will open up in the heart of our nation’s capital. Our sense, though, is that this grand opening will receive little media fanfare. The museum, in fact, might even open its doors to organized protests. But this would be in poor taste, because not a single one of the 100 million people for whom the museum is built will be there to defend it. They’re all dead.
The museum we’re talking about is the Victims of Communism Memorial Museum.
There’s a statue — a rather humble one by Beltway standards — currently standing at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, New Jersey Avenue, and G Street, NW, two blocks from Union Station and within view of the U.S. Capitol. She’s holding a torch in her hands, and her arms are stretched outward and upward. The inscription on her front pedestal reads, “To the more than one hundred million victims of communism and to those who love liberty,” while her back pedestal reads, “To the freedom and independence of all captive nations and peoples.”
The memorial was dedicated by President George W. Bush on June 12, 2007. June 12 was chosen as the 20th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s famous Brandenburg Gate speech at which he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Two years after Reagan’s speech, the Berlin Wall fell. Two years after that, the Soviet empire collapsed.
We mention all this to tee up the release of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s fifth Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism. The YouGov report synthesizes data from 2,100 representative U.S. respondents ages 16 and older, and the results are grim. A full 40% of Americans now have a favorable impression of socialism.
As the Foundation notes, “This year’s study showed increased favorability of the term ‘socialism’ (49%) among Gen Z compared to 2019 (40%). Opinions of capitalism declined slightly from 2019 to 2020 among all Americans (58% to 55%), with Gen Z (ages 16-23) slightly up (49% to 52%) and Millennials (ages 24-39) down (50% to 43%). 35% of Millennials and 31% of Gen Z support the gradual elimination of the capitalist system in favor of a more socialist system.”
Man, are we ever doing a rotten job of educating our nation’s young people about the deadly perils of socialism and communism. But wait. It gets worse.
“It also showed growing concern for Donald Trump as president,” the report continues, “especially among younger generations of Americans, with 34% of Gen Z and 35% of Millennials seeing him as the greatest threat to world peace, up 8% and 7% from 2019, respectively. This sentiment held true regarding his handling of the pandemic as well, with 39% of Gen Z and 32% of Millennials believing Trump is more responsible for COVID-19 becoming a pandemic than Xi Jinping of China.”
So a third of our young people believe that their president is more to blame for the worldwide spread of the coronavirus than the leader of the communist regime that unleashed it on the world and then conspired with the World Health Organization to withhold information about it. Got it.
There’s a nightmarish scene toward the end of George Orwell’s 1984 wherein Winston Smith’s torturer, O’Brien, tries to describe to Smith what a totalitarian future holds for humanity: “But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.”
The Victims of Communism’s Memorial Statue should be a must-see for every ninth-grade trip to our nation’s capital. And 1984 should be required reading for all young Americans.
Finally, as Reagan said back in 1964, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Those words suddenly have an alarming ring.
Top of the Fold
- Hunter Biden business associate’s text messages indicate meeting with Joe Biden (Fox News)
- Judiciary Committee votes to subpoena Twitter and Facebook CEOs following attempts to suppress Hunter Biden story (National Review)
Elsewhere in Politics
- What could possibly go wrong? Socialist Bernie Sanders makes a play for Biden labor secretary (Politico)
- Lincoln Project boosted Iranian disinformation that claims Proud Boys group intimidated voters (Disrn)
- At least 47.1 million have voted nationwide, and there are still 11 days until Election Day (The Washington Post)
The Latest on COVID-19
- At least 14 states have a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations (The New York Times)
- Factors that could lead to long-term issues (New York Post)
- Remdesivir receives full FDA approval to treat coronavirus (Disrn)
- The pandemic has led to a “national mental health crisis,” APA survey finds (The Daily Signal)
Stranger Than Fiction
- National Abortion Rights Action League slammed for tweet blasting “family separation” (Disrn)
- Biden falsely says America “had a good relationship with Hitler” (Disrn)
- Third-degree murder charge dismissed against Derek Chauvin, but he still faces second-degree charges in the death of George Floyd (National Review)
- Iran ordered to pay Robert Levinson’s family $1.4 billion (Sharyl Attkisson)
- Policy: Iran is targeting the Strait of Hormuz. The world needs to take heed. (The Daily Signal)
- Policy: Trump’s four-year national security report card: As, Bs, Cs, and several incompletes (Washington Examiner)
- Humor: Democrats insist Biden was actually a Republican when he committed those crimes (Genesius Times)
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Yes, Kamala Harris Targeted Pro-Lifers — Evidence of the former California AG’s vendetta is spurious, Facebook claims. Actually, it’s not.
Twenty-Three Times Biden & Harris Have Dodged the Court-Packing Question — Their avoidance is because voters loathe the idea. But a non-answer is an answer.
Humor: Virtue Signaling 101 — “Awareness is great, because we never actually have to do anything.”
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Insight: “It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.” —Henry George (1839-1897)
Nailed it: “‘We can’t vote for [Amy Coney Barrett], because our radical base will get mad. We can’t vote against her because she’s immensely qualified and Americans actually like her. So we will just be dramatic juveniles and not show up.’ That’s Senate Dems for ya.” —Rep. Dan Crenshaw
Sad, but true: “Joe Biden … lied about healthcare. He lied about his family taking in millions of dollars from foreign adversaries. He lied about asking congressional Democrats to pass more legislation that gets relief money to the unemployed during the pandemic. Fact-checking really is dead. That’s a good thing for Biden.” —Eddie Scarry
Nothing to see here… “I’m not answering those questions. … I don’t have all day.” —Nancy Pelosi on Hunter Biden
Pick a lane: “I don’t look at this in terms of what he does, blue states and red states. They’re all the United States. And look at the states that are having such a spike in the coronavirus. They’re the red states.” —Joe Biden
Non compos mentis: “We had a good relationship with Hitler before he in fact invaded Europe.” —Joe Biden
Belly laugh of the week: “I think we have to be very careful about any statements coming out about the election from the intelligence community.” —Nancy Pelosi, who impeached President Trump earlier this year over statements from the intelligence community
Lack of self-awareness: “Family separation is an unconscionable policy. 545 children are without their parents. The cruelty was always the point for the Trump administration.” —National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) (NARAL has advocated for the permanent separation of 60 million American babies from families since 1973.)
And last… “Just be honest and say you won’t report any stories that reflect poorly on Biden because you believe it’s so vital that Trump lose that anything is justified — including suppressing reporting — to ensure it happens. People know this is the reality of the national press. Why lie?” —Glenn Greenwald
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