“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” —George Mason (1788)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
The Democrats’ second impeachment trial of Donald Trump kicks off in the Senate today. It can be rightly described as a politically orchestrated sham, as there is little constitutional support for what the Democrats are doing.
Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley recently condemned the Democrats’ impeachment gambit as gutting both “the impeachment standard but also free speech.” He further notes, “Congress is now seeking an impeachment for remarks covered by the First Amendment. It would create precedent for the impeachment of any president blamed for violent acts of others after using reckless language. What is worse are those few cases that would support this type of action. … Democrats are pushing this dangerously vague standard while objecting to their own remarks given new meaning from critics.”
However, Turley’s biggest criticism of the impeachment charade is the massive damage it does to America’s standard for jurisprudence. “In this new system, guilt is not doubted and innocence is not deliberated. This would do to the Constitution what the violent rioters did to the Capitol and leave it in tatters.”
Democrats are essentially insisting on applying a new standard for judging the actions and words of others — namely that they and they alone have the authority to interpret Trump’s intent and thereby declare him guilty. Yet they disregard his words in the same speech that would at the very least show the opposite to be the case.
Hypocritical Democrats continually and consistently conflate their own political narrative surrounding both the election and the Capitol riot with “objective truth.” Trump’s first and primary offense was his refusal to accept the Left’s election narrative. Therefore Democrats contend that he’s responsible for the Capitol riot irrespective of the words he actually spoke at the rally, because he led people to doubt the Left’s narrative. That’s apparently tantamount to “threatening American democracy.”
This rationale is clearly displayed in the impeachment allegation that Trump “willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.’”
As far as how this second impeachment show trial of Trump proceeds, it appears that it will only last a few days. For one thing, this time around Democrats do not plan to call any witnesses. Why not? As Politico reports, “Now, [Democrats] say their experience as witnesses to the Jan. 6 insurrection is enough.”
Yeah, ask Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She was (not) there.
By making themselves the witnesses, Democrats intend to put not only Trump on trial but more importantly their GOP colleagues for daring to show any support for “Trump the insurrectionist.” Any failure to hold to the Left’s preferred election narrative will be used to smear Republicans as enabling kooky conspiracy theorists and “white supremacists.” With this smear, Democrats aim to divide Republicans by suggesting that any defense of Trump equates to an endorsement of the Capitol riot — an argument they hope to use against Republicans in the 2022 elections.
So much “unity” we can hardly stand it.
Meanwhile, Republicans will look to use the trial as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the Democrats’ hypocrisy over their history of inflammatory rhetoric over the last four years. That’s particularly true of last year’s summer of rioting, which Democrats repeatedly refused to condemn, while in some instances outright supporting, the leftist violence as the “language of the unheard.”
Nancy Pelosi is a hypocrite. Yeah, yeah, tell us something we don’t know, you say. Fair enough, but it’s always worth highlighting just what a morally bankrupt and sanctimonious charlatan the leader of the House Democrats really is.
After the Capitol riot, Democrats have had one aim: Smear all 74 million Donald Trump voters with the actions of a few loons. They went so far as to impeach Donald Trump a second time on trumped-up charges, and his trial starts today. But there have been a few other side effects, like instituting a policy that stipulates even House members must go through a metal detector upon entering the Capitol building. It’s security theater evidently meant to embarrass and ensnare Republicans.
Two Republicans, Louie Gohmert (TX) and Andrew Clyde (GA), have been fined $5,000 for violating Pelosi’s rule. Gohmert called it unconstitutional, since Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution says members of Congress shall be “privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same.”
Come now. The Constitution never stood in the way of anything else Pelosi has ever wanted, so why start now?
Moreover, what’s good for the gander wasn’t good for the goose.
Several Republicans from the Committee on House Administration sent a letter to House Acting Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett advising that Pelosi isn’t following her own rules. In fact, they say, “Multiple members observed the Speaker of the House entering the House Chamber without completing security screening. What was observed was a clear violation of House Resolution 73 and you are required by House Rules to impose this fine.”
It’ll never happen, of course, because everyone knows Democrats operate under a completely different set of rules than the rest of us commoners.
Or how about that time Pelosi ripped up a physical copy of the State of the Union Address in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2071 and the Presidential Records Act of 1978? Nothing came of it.
And again, Pelosi is guilty of this hypocritical fine and rules violation after having impeached Trump on charges related to the very subject of her rules violation, and after leading the effort to strip a Republican of committee assignments for saying things less offensive or violent than numerous Democrats.
None of this is to say that Pelosi should be punished for her metal detector avoidance or her salon visit. (The SOTU might be another matter.) But she should quit holding anyone else to standards she’s unwilling to follow herself or enforce on her own party. That’s just generally a good rule of life.
Bruce Springsteen must think we’re idiots — that we’ve forgotten who he is and how much disdain he has for us. And by “us” we mean conservatives — the folks who he campaigns against every four years while he throws a concert for John Kerry or Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
And now the 71-year-old Botox Boss is doing Joe Biden’s bidding, cutting a Super Bowl commercial for Jeep with a deeply phony religious undercurrent and a laughable call for unity.
The commercial is called “The Middle,” and the New York Post’s Andrea Peyser, among millions of others, saw right through it. “The most nausea-inducing moment of Sunday night’s Super Bowl,” she writes, “came … during a tone-deaf, two-minute TV commercial starring New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen, in which the mega-wealthy musician and leftist sage revealed that his longtime working-class grift is as phony as his cowboy hat.”
As Peyser notes, Springsteen drives a 1980 Jeep CJ-5 to a humble old chapel in Lebanon, Kansas, “which he describes as ‘standing on the exact center of the lower 48.’”
Does Springsteen not realize that Kansas went for Donald Trump by 15 points, or that all but five of its 105 counties are red? Or is he intentionally setting the stage in Middle America, in Flyover Country, and thereby putting it on all of us to move toward the Left’s middle?
And just where might that middle be, when even God has fallen out of favor with the Left? And why would we want to meet leftists anywhere near there now, when for the past four years they practiced none of what they’re now preaching to us?
One wonders what the Jeep folks were thinking when they commissioned this ad. Did they really think Bruce Springsteen was credible? That he was the guy with the centrist street cred who could bring us all together? That we’d fall for the phony messenger and the phony religiosity and the phony hat and boots, and ascribe that borrowed equity to one of their all-American vehicles, which are made by a multinational manufacturing firm whose headquarters are in Amsterdam?
Moreover, as Peyser mordantly puts it, “[Springsteen] sifts soil with hands that have never performed manual labor. (Or labor of any kind.)”
As for Springsteen himself, who’d he think he was fooling? Did he not imagine we might hold him accountable for a career’s worth of derisive words? Did he not think we’d search out that Atlantic interview he did in June? Back then the turf he was staking out wasn’t anywhere near Lebanon, Kansas. “I believe that our current president is a threat to our democracy,” he said. “He simply makes any kind of reform that much harder. I don’t know if our democracy could stand another four years of his custodianship. These are all existential threats to our democracy and our American way of life.”
Springsteen actually said he’d quit the U.S. and just might move to Australia if Trump won reelection. So much for the middle.
Not content to simply bash our 45th president, though, Springsteen then cast his condescending gaze upon the 74 million of us who would ultimately go to the polls to support Donald Trump: “Of course, there’s a constant pushback to whatever progress gets made,” he says, “by a reactionary element. But I feel that that’s smaller now … and it’s diminishing. It’s folks who see themselves being left behind by history and losing status, and it’s forces within the Republican Party and in society that are intent on keeping the power balance of the nation in one place.”
Right on, Bruce. Why, it’s almost as if they get bitter and they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them as a way to explain their frustrations.
Meet you in the middle, eh? We’ll be right there, Boss man.
The “gender deniers” are back in power — those who promote the meaningless slogan “Believe the Science” and then deny the chromosomal distinction between male and female. Joe Biden signed an executive order reversing Donald Trump’s recruitment policy prohibiting waivers for so-called “transgender” hormone treatment for those who are gender confused.
The Department of Defense has long barred any potential recruits with a diagnosed mental illness or those receiving hormone therapy of any kind as either mentally or physically unfit for service. In 2016, however, the Obama administration established a politically motivated waiver express lane for self-proclaimed “transgenders.” Trump removed most but not all of these unfair and unequal exemptions in 2018 only to have Biden bring them back in 2021.
It should be self-evident why mental illness and hormone treatment are general disqualifiers for military service. The mental stress, physical demands, and austere living conditions characteristic of combat make soldiers with these disqualifiers a liability to themselves and their squad or teammates. Recruits that have already received sexual reassignment surgery are at significant risk in the unsanitary conditions typical of field maneuvers. Recruits suffering from or previously treated for gender dysphoria are at significant risk for suicide from both the long-term effects of that dysphoria and the immediate stress of the civilian-to-soldier transformation.
The most comprehensive study ever conducted on suicide by those attempting to transform their gender was a 30-year Swedish study that concluded those doing so were 20 times more likely to commit suicide and 2.8 times more likely to be hospitalized for a psychiatric illness. It should be noted that Sweden is also one of the most “trans-friendly” cultures in the world, making these numbers even more alarming. Being subjected to the stress of military life can only exacerbate gender dysphoria and the effects of hormone treatment, not improve them.
Allowing soldiers to pursue this medically dubious process while in the military is also the equivalent of sanctioned malingering. Reassignment requires at least one year, sometimes two, of mental health evaluation and hormone therapy before surgery and then several months to a year of recovery. During this entire process soldiers are non-deployable (read: unable to do their job). A typical initial enlistment is only between two and four years long, which includes six months to a year of initial training, and less than 40% of enlisted recruits serve beyond four years. This means your typical gender-confused recruit would join the military, request and receive taxpayer-funded reassignment surgery, enjoy an exemption from the military’s most critical duties, and then leave with an honorable discharge to cash in on full veteran’s benefits. To say this is unfair to both troops and their commanders is an outrageous and shocking understatement.
The Biden administration’s war on the 23rd chromosome ignores the negative effects it might have for the health and welfare of both troops and recruits and aims to make the military health system and the Department of Veteran Affairs a gender-reassignment welfare state. Leftists running the Department of Defense are also determined to unleash the Thinkpol on any dissenters to their ideology, regardless of reality or any inconvenient facts.
One of those caught in the crosshairs of the Rainbow Mafia’s lynch mob inside DOD is an Army Chaplain named Major Andrew Calvert. Major Calvert is under investigation by the Security Force Assistance Command for a post on Facebook in which he asked, “How is rejecting biology not evidence that a person is mentally unfit and thus making that person unqualified to serve?” Good question, Chaplain! The chaplain’s logic was literally enshrined in Pentagon policy prior to 2016 and reinstated in 2018, but that didn’t stop a horde of social media minions from questioning his ability to care for soldiers. They apparently missed the point that as a chaplain he also has to shepherd soldiers who actually hold firm religious views and who believe both in the biological reality of gender and the sanctity of the human form as God designed.
Two things are certain, however. Allowing self-proclaimed “transgender” recruits to join the military is bad for both recruits and military unit cohesion, and persecuting those in the Army Chaplain Corps that may disagree is the antithesis of religious freedom enshrined in the First Amendment.
(Lee Miller is a West Point graduate and combat veteran.)
We’re not even a month into the Biden-Harris regime, and it’s already obvious that America’s enemies are going to be winners. This is the risk of diverting from an “America first” mindset that was the hallmark of Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
Trump’s policy was not isolationism, but a strategy of putting the interests of the United States of America first. Joe Biden’s actions since he took office have not done so. If anything, it’s been “America’s enemies first.” And they thought Trump was a puppet of foreign governments…
Biden’s decision on Keystone XL is a boon to China on several levels. First, at least some Canadian oil and gas will likely head there as opposed to being used in North America. That’s bad enough, but the fact is, if domestic energy sources aren’t used, then we have to import oil from the Middle East, and that often means diverting forces from an overstretched military from confronting China.
We’re not even discussing Biden rejoining the compromised and corrupt World Health Organization, which helped China cover up the coronavirus until it became a full-blown pandemic. Meanwhile, China will continue spreading propaganda — and Biden won’t say anything against that. He’s even looking to reverse the Trump administration’s declaration that the ChiComs are committing genocide against the Uyghurs.
Biden’s energy policy will have Vladimir Putin laughing all the way to the bank. If only the stakes were just money — Biden’s planned destruction of America’s energy sector, the Green New Deal in all but name, is actually going to let Putin off the ropes in a big way.
As we discussed earlier, low oil prices aren’t just helpful to the economy; they’re also a big help in the geopolitical realm. For one thing, Putin will use the money from the necessarily higher oil and gas prices to rebuild his military. For another thing, the military assets available to reinforce NATO are going to be smaller because we will have to increase our presence in the Middle East.
In some ways, Biden rode phony claims about Russia’s undue influence on Trump’s behalf to power. But who really just gave Russia a big economic and geopolitical boost? It wasn’t Donald Trump.
But the worst of all is how Biden is resuming Barack Obama’s policy of giving away the store to Iran. He’s halted support for the Saudi military effort against Iran’s stooges in Yemen — the same stooges who fired on the USS Mason in 2016. Trump designated them terrorists, and rightly so. Biden wants to reverse that.
Biden’s also paused the arms sales that are crucial to helping American allies in the region, notably Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, contain Iran. Incidentally, he may also be placing the multiple peace treaties Trump secured between Israel and these Arab nations at risk.
Worst of all, Biden wants to bring back the failed nuclear deal — when it’s patently obvious that Iran is not only seeking nukes, but it’s also as likely as not that Iran will attempt to use them to carry out a second Holocaust.
We’re going to be in for a long four years of bad foreign policy that harms national security. Trump was serious about strengthening America’s position on the world stage. He began rebuilding the military. Now, we get Biden’s “America last” mindset for the next four years — as if the damage from Obama wasn’t bad enough.
Are people who drive electric vehicles better people than those who do not? Or maybe a better way to frame the question is this: Are electric vehicles morally superior to gas-powered vehicles? The dominant popular narrative answer to both those questions would be in the affirmative. After all, “green energy is clean energy.” However, the dirty little secret is that the “green” associated with electric vehicles is far from clean or free of pollution.
This is not to discount the amazing technological developments that have come about in the electric vehicle industry. Rather, this criticism is aimed at dispelling the popular misnomer of green equating to clean. Electric vehicles are not morally superior to gas-powered cars. Each have advantages and disadvantages that any considerate consumer should weigh according to their own interests and concerns and not simply imbibe the propaganda of dubious activists or outright ecofascists.
There are at least three significant factors that compromise the popular image of electric vehicles being more environmentally “responsible.” First, there’s the highly toxic nature of lithium batteries, which are the essential component in making electric vehicles possible. Second is the disposal of spent batteries. Third is the means by which power is generated for those batteries.
The mining and extraction process to acquire the massive amounts of lithium needed to meet the ever-growing world demand has been causing quite the polluting mess. As Guillermo Gonzalez, a lithium battery expert from the University of Chile, stated in 2009, “Like any mining process, it is invasive, it scars the landscape, it destroys the water table and it pollutes the earth and the local wells. This isn’t a green solution — it’s not a solution at all.” And it’s not only the extraction of lithium that’s problematic, but also other essential and highly toxic products such as cobalt that are needed make these batteries. Much of this mineral extraction happens in countries that don’t share the same concern for protecting the local environment as espoused by those in the West.
Meanwhile, there’s the reality of the environmental impact of aging and disposed batteries. For the most part, the polluting days of gas-powered vehicles ends when the vehicle no longer runs, while the issue of dealing with spent lithium batteries must continue. No parking the old electric in a junk yard and letting it rust away with little concern.
Finally, there’s the issue of powering. While green energy fans love their renewables like wind and solar, the fact of the matter is that neither offer the amount or consistency to meet the energy needs of today’s world, let alone a world where more and more folks are driving around in electric vehicles.
An ironic video clip has recently resurfaced featuring Kristin Zimmerman, a prominent member of General Motor’s Chevy Volt design team, in which she admits that 95% of the electricity used to power the vehicle is generated by coal power. That video is years old, and the numbers have shifted some, but coal is still a major source. What would truly work to cut down on the pollution from electric vehicles would be to increase the number of nuclear power plants producing reliable energy. But environmental activists shun nuclear. Until then, the notion that electric vehicles are significantly more environmentally responsible than gas-powered autos will continue to remain a popular fairy tale.
Well, at least they’ve admitted it.
No, not to stuffing ballot boxes in Philly or Detroit or Milwaukee, but to conspiring and colluding to do everything in their power — including changing the rules — to beat Donald Trump. For leftists, desperate times called for desperate measures. And it took every ounce of collusion between Democrats and their fellow travelers in Big Media, Big Tech, Big Ed, Big Labor, Big Sport, Big Pharma, Big Academia, Wall Street, Hollywood, and a host of others for Borderless Joe Biden to beat Donald John Trump and his 74 million legit votes.
Hopefully, that paragraph won’t get us banned by the free-speech fraidy cats. Besides, the title of the incriminating Time magazine article admits as much: “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.”
“Saved” it from what, we wonder?
Apparently from theft by us Deplorables. Time’s Molly Ball says that when Trump challenged the results of the election, corporate America turned on him. “In a way, Trump was right,” she writes. “There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes … an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain — inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests — in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s [wait for it!] assault on democracy.”
Ah, yes. Whenever a Republican challenges the results of an election won by a Democrat, it’s an assault on democracy. Of course, ours is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. And democracy is little more than mob rule. As Founder James Madison rightly noted in Federalist 55, “Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.”
Thus, one man’s “assault on democracy” is another man’s defense of the republic against mob rule by the Left.
As James Freeman writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Changing the rules of a game right before it’s played normally inspires skepticism, if not cynicism. But a new Time magazine report celebrates a well-funded effort to change voting processes and the flow of political information before the 2020 elections. Time’s Molly Ball happily describes a ‘conspiracy’ among the progressive left, big labor, big business and the Washington establishment to counter Donald Trump and suppress unwanted elements of U.S. political conversation before and after Election Day. Like the various actors she describes at the heart of this vast campaign, Ms. Ball presents it as a virtuous effort to protect democracy from Mr. Trump and Covid-19. The participants in the conspiracy alleged by Ms. Ball certainly seem to have influenced the outcome.”
Longtime conservative thinker and columnist Gary Bauer says that the forces arrayed behind Biden interfered with the election by changing rules and laws, steering the coverage, and controlling the information. He writes, “Big Media and Big Tech manipulated the news and covered up major stories that were embarrassing to Biden and the left. And I was struck by the admission in this article of just how much the street protests we have seen in the past year were coordinated and not spontaneous events. There were plans for major post-election protests, but liberal activists were ordered to ‘stand down.’ One progressive leader said, ‘We wanted to be mindful of when was the right time to call for moving masses of people into the street.’”
So President Trump was right about what we were up against — and still are — even if some of his legal team appear to have gone off the reservation in terms of allegations of massive electronic vote manipulation by the likes of Dominion and Smartmatic.
But given the Left’s admission that its collusion helped decide the 2020 presidential election, what’s next?
As Bauer concludes, “I am bringing this article to your attention not to demoralize you but to urge you to remain in the battle for faith, family, and freedom. The left succeeds in part because it never gives up. It is constantly organizing, constantly fundraising, constantly influencing officials, constantly registering new voters, etc. We must be just as committed to our values as leftists are to theirs.”
As a 17-year-old gearing up for my senior year of high school, irrevocably altered amidst the ChiCom Virus pandemic, the election of Joe Biden and the first female vice president, Kamala Harris, has me taking a second look at my rights — and those of all Americans.
Biden recently asserted, “Women, and particularly women of color, have never had a fair shot to get ahead in this country.” He used that sweeping statement as justification for executive orders that seriously threaten women’s rights.
So, is his idea of giving women “a fair shot to get ahead” using American taxpayer dollars to kill them before birth? He’s done that in the name of “Affordable Health Care.”
The Biden/Harris regime’s official website claims it’s going to “build our country back better after this economic crisis and that includes ensuring we get closer to full inclusion of and equality for women.” Interestingly enough, the memorandum on “Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad” that Biden signed has lifted restrictions on our funding of global organizations that perform abortions. This means that around the globe, centers will have Biden-backed American taxpayer funding to end preborn women’s lives before they could fight for their rights themselves.
Or is Biden’s “fair shot to get ahead” his executive order decreeing that men can compete in women’s sports?
As a sports competitor, I am directly impacted by Biden’s insistence that “transgender women” can compete fairly against actual biological women in sports. How will we have “equality and inclusion” if we are unequally competing against men? Studies from the British Journal of Sports Medicine show that “transwomen still had a 9% faster mean run speed after the 1-year period of testosterone suppression that is recommended by World Athletics for inclusion in women’s events.” These biological males have a severely unfair, genetically unmatched advantage.
A first look at the decisions Biden is making for our country demonstrate they do not just affect adults. This administration’s support for ending female lives through abortion and suppressing female opportunity in sports are just two examples of the way Biden’s administration directly affects my generation and those to come.
Government & Politics
- U.S. to reengage with the farcical UN Human Rights Council (State.gov)
- Senator Richard Shelby is fourth Republican to not seek reelection in 2022 (Senate.gov)
- Senate confirms Denis McDonough as secretary of Veterans Affairs (Axios)
- Minimum wage increase would kill 1.4 million jobs, CBO finds (Daily Caller)
- Biden press secretary says illegal immigrants convicted of crimes will not be prioritized for deportation (Post Millennial)
- Ron Wright is the first congressman to die after coronavirus diagnosis (NPR)
- Biden administration considers COVID tests for domestic flights (Roll Call)
Odds & Ends
- South Dakota legislation seeks to nullify Biden executive orders, which, if court-tested and survives, would have substantial implications (Daily Wire)
- North Dakota bill would legally define abortion as first-degree murder (Disrn)
- Chicago reaches deal with petty teachers union, preventing strike; in-person classes now finally set to resume (Disrn)
- Hacker attempted to poison water supply in Florida city near Super Bowl in Tampa (Examiner)
We’re Shocked — Shocked!
- WHO whitewash: Investigators back Beijing’s claim COVID did not leak from a Wuhan lab and call for “no further study into that theory” (Daily Mail)
- Paris court finds France guilty of failing to meet its own Paris climate accord commitments (CBS News)
- Chase Bank closes account of pro-Trump Covfefe Coffee company (Disrn)
“Non Compos Mentis” Award
- Tom Brady called “racist” on social media for winning Super Bowl during Black History Month (PJ Media)
- Policy: Iran has no interest in altering its behavior (AEI)
- Policy: Is America’s educational system becoming more pluralistic? (The Atlantic)
- Satire: Nation prepares to celebrate first anniversary of two weeks to flatten the curve (Babylon Bee)
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“The Senate would be wise to censure the House for bringing an action so frivolous that the chief justice would not have anything to do with it. The resolution should also criticize the overheated rhetoric branding, without evidence, supporters of President Trump as ‘domestic terrorists’ and ‘insurrectionists,’ and proposing reeducation camps for them. This paranoid rhetoric is irresponsible and creates reasonable fears that the First Amendment right of all citizens is under assault by the very people charged with upholding it. Thus, it is far more likely to cause a violent response than anything President Trump said. This would do more to unify the nation than any speech by Joe Biden. But I expect politics as usual to overrule wisdom.” —Mark (Minnesota)
“This impeachment is a farce, but I think calling it unconstitutional is not quite correct, since it doesn’t violate any explicit restriction in the Constitution. It seems that ‘extraconstitutional’ would be a more accurate adjective to apply, as the Constitution itself contains no reference to nor provision for impeaching a former president. Not only is the charge of citing insurrection demonstratively baseless in view of Trump’s actual words, it is laughable that those now pursuing it have themselves arguably made much more inflammatory statements tied to subsequent violent actions against government officers.” —Joel (Illinois)
“Mr. Ahlert writes, ‘People who have no faith in the system will not participle in it. For the GOP, that means de facto extinction. Even worse? That extinction will be self-administered.’ Even worse? That extinction will include at least the loss of: (1) freedom of speech; (2) freedom to worship; (3) freedom of assembly; (4) the right to bear arms; and (5) guarantee from unreasonable search and seizures. Of course, taxes (fines on the ‘rich’) will be increased to enforce ‘equity.’” —James (Missouri)
“Thanks and kudos to Clay Travis for calling out the progressive bias of so many sports ‘journalists’ who, rather than presenting real sports commentary, choose to spew personal, often irrelevant opinion on social political matters. Rather than describing and celebrating individual and team sports for the healing and unifying events they provide for participants and fans alike, they choose to dwell on perceived injustices to sow rancor and division. Sports journalists who choose to pontificate on social and political issues should direct their attention to those outlets and leave sports commentary to the real sports journalists. Thanks again to Mr Travis for his enlightening and timely presentation.” Charles (Florida)
Re: “Monday Short Cuts”
“I know sometimes we get consumed by numbers. It’s going to be $2.1 trillion, $1.9 trillion, $1.7 trillion. That is not the issue.” —Bernie Sanders
“$2 trillion is enough to give EVERY single U.S. citizen, including infants, children, and the very rich, over $6,000! This COVID relief bill promises only $1,400 to adult individuals, with more for parents. Where is the rest going, and why? No doubt, many certainly need financial help. I support such assistance. But charity used to be the domain of our churches, synagogues, and philanthropic organizations. This is NOT charity! This is confiscation of property from those who legitimately earned it. Elections have consequences? Yeah! Like thievery!” —James (Missouri)
Re: “Video: Wealth Flight”
“I’m 72 and a lifelong resident of California. I too have pondered why Californians have continued to vote for policies that make living here more difficult and expensive. The only answer I’ve come to is that the majority have not lived here long enough to experience the general deterioration of life. We pay high taxes and fees for roads and transportation that are horrible; energy that is becoming unaffordable and unreliable; and schools that consistently rank near the lowest in the U.S. Mismanagement of resources has resulted in mediocre air quality, frequent water shortages, housing shortages, and soaring energy costs. I don’t think Californians stop to consider if they are getting good value for the price they pay to live here.” —Dennis (California)
Mask Forever — NBC mask-shames a Florida grocery store on national TV, without a shred of evidence.
Capitalism Wins — More and more, it seems people find it difficult to defend capitalism — even those who benefit from it most.
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Insight: “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.” —Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
For the record: “In order to credibly argue that we need a fundamental reordering of our constitutional and judicial systems, leftists must show that America is irredeemably drenched in the sin of racism and can only expatiate itself through the atonement of socialism, reparations, guaranteed universal income, outright wealth redistribution and the rest. This is why I keep saying the endless vendetta against Donald Trump is not primarily about Donald Trump. He is a convenient scapegoat to taint the entire conservative movement. If they can succeed with their preposterous claim that the 74 million Trump supporters were accessories before the fact to the few hundred or so people who stormed the Capitol, then they’ve made a prima facie case that conservative ideas — and conservative speech — are intrinsically hateful and dangerous. What’s the big deal, after all, of silencing ‘domestic terrorists’?” —David Limbaugh
Observations: “I think if we’re going to criminalize speech, and somehow impeach everybody who says, ‘Oh, go fight to hear your voices heard,’ I mean, we really ought to impeach Chuck Schumer then. [Schumer] went to the Supreme Court, stood in front of the Supreme Court and said, specifically, ‘Hey, Gorsuch. Hey, Kavanaugh. You’ve unleashed a whirlwind, and you’re going to pay the price.’” —Senator Rand Paul on the Trump impeachment farce
Tongue-in-cheek: “People keep calling Serena Williams the greatest female athlete of all time, as if Caitlyn Jenner didn’t even exist.” —Michael Knowles
Missed it by that much: “Anthony Brindisi (D) has conceded to Claudia Tenney (R) in #NY22. Final 2020 election House result: 222D, 213R. Republicans came within 31,751 votes of winning the majority.” —Dave Wasserman
Upright: “President Trump’s words and actions leading up to the attack were reckless and wrong. But as we all know, the constitutional standard for impeachment isn’t recklessness.” —Senator John Cornyn
The BIG Lie: “You have great personal courage. I’ve been with some of you when we’ve been shot at.” —Joe Biden in a State Department address (Biden has NOT been shot at anywhere.)
A blind squirrel finds a nut, part I: “These poor kids are not in school. They will never recover from this… It’s time for Joe Biden to stand up and say … the teachers just are going to have to suck it up and stand up and provide an education.” —Michael Bloomberg
A blind squirrel finds a nut, part II: “Republicans have now flipped 15 Democratic House seats even with a losing candidate atop their ticket. Somehow it seems foolish to govern as if progressive views are all that matter.” —NY Times columnist David Brooks
Braying jackass: “I will not apologize for what I said.” —AOC, who ridiculously claimed Ted Cruz “almost had me murdered”
And last… “Customer service in this country is, by and large, so aggressively horrible that a company like Chick-fil-A can stand out simply by having employees that don’t visibly hate you.” —Matt Walsh
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