I Got a Fevah…

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After weeks of speculation (and days of hyping it more than a new Lady Gaga CD), I’m finally breaking down and writing about the coronavirus. For those of you who have been living under a rock lately and aren’t familiar with the story (and for that I am eternally jealous), the coronavirus is a viral strain that appears to have started in China and has the potential to wipe out all life on Earth for centuries to come…or maybe it’s just like the flu. There are certain symptoms related to it, such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath, being overly pessimistic about the way the government is handling the situation, and being enough of a jerk to wish people of different political ideologies would contract it.

The first three are symptoms of people who have coronavirus. The latter two are symptoms of people who watch waaaaaaaay too much cable TV and Internet.

Seriously, the coronavirus has turned seemingly normal people into frothing-at-the-mouth lunatics whose humanity is more in question than Shawn King’s lineage. (As an aside, Shawn, I’m a Midwestern guy, and have more legit street cred than you do. Take your cul de sac cred and admit you’re Edgar Winter with some blush applied.) I have seen people on the Left wishing this on President Donald Trump and people on the Right wishing it on Nancy Pelosi, and few people outside the ideological Thunderdome are calling it out because then they would get targeted by these groups.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the media are hyping the story at every turn, even managing to put a little top-spin on their reporting to make the coronavirus outbreak look like it’s President Trump’s fault. Granted, some of the actions he’s taken on it have been slow and seemingly ignorant, but for someone who is thought of as being a fighter, the President hasn’t really been fighting back. He’s let the media paint a narrative that makes him look like, well, Donald Trump, or at least their version of him.

And when the media aren’t trying to Simon Bar Sinister up the President, they’re rushing out stories that would make H. P. Lovecraft cower in a corner asking for a plush C’thulu to hold. In turn, this worries people who still trust the media and sends them into a panic, buying up surgical masks at prices that could only gouge you more if they were literally screwed onto your face. And when there are shortages, the media report the shortage, which drives even more hysteria and worry. It’s gotten so bad, people are on record (seriously, I fear) as saying the coronavirus is caused by Corona Beer. If this is what the media are doing now, I can only imagine what will happen during Sweeps Week!

In trying to wrap my head around the various moving parts of this story, I came to one conclusion: this is not normal, kids. This is as far away from normal as I am from winning Mr. Universe, unless they start judging dad bodies instead of musculature. Then, I might have a shot. And after reading what people post online, I need a shot of booze to steady my nerves. And remember, a good number of these people can legally vote in the upcoming Presidential election. The tension is mounting to real-estate-brokers-trying-to-sell-property-along-the-Gaza-Strip-for-nothing-but-commission levels.

In fact, I’ve coined a term for what’s going on right now on the Left and Right where they treat each other worse than Ike treated Tina. I call it Coronavirus Fever. Put simply, it’s hypochondria with multiple social media platforms on blast. To determine if you have Coronavirus Fever, answer these simple questions:

–  Do you find yourself Tweeting every single news item you hear about the coronavirus to people who are friends of friends of friends so they can be up on the latest hot takes?

– Are you boycotting Panda Express, not because their food sucks, but because you’re afraid they’re in league with the Chinese government to spread the coronavirus here?

– Are you checking WebMD every 15 minutes to determine if you have the coronavirus and being relieved when you think it only says you have cancer?

– Have you started drinking hand sanitizer to fight off the coronavirus?

– Has the CDC blocked you on social media for “asking too many questions”?

If you’ve said yes to any or all of these, you have Coronavirus Fever. Oh, and you’re an idiot. Do you know the most effective way of fighting coronavirus or a good chunk of illnesses for that matter?

Wash your hands.

I’m not saying to take it to Howard Hughes levels, but use a little common sense, soap and water, and hand sanitizer (on your hands, not your innards). And if you feel sick, even a little, stay home and rest. Whatever it is you think you have to do today will still be there tomorrow. And for the love of Pete, think before you post! Not every nugget of what passes for news these days is important, and not everybody in what passes for news is trustworthy. Read up a bit, take a breath, figure out if what you’re intending on posting will help or hurt the situation, and act accordingly. (No, this does not mean post anyway.)

If you do these things, we will find a cure for the Coronavirus Fever in our lifetimes. Just in time for something else to kill us all. Cheers!

“A yearn to quell the Bern” – Guest Opinion by Ari Kaufman

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After his 30-point primary loss Saturday in South Carolina, and considering relatively low turnout in earlier states, people are not “coming out in large numbers” for Bernie Sanders. He is apparently not “bringing in new voters,” as he often shouts. 

Perhaps the do-nothing senator has too many toxic radicals — the infamously misogynistic Bernie Bros; Jew haters like Marc Lamont Hill, Ilhan Omar, Al Sharpton, Rashida Tlaib, Cornel West and more  — supporting his campaign, harassing political opponents and throwing tantrums when their idol is criticized.

When Sanders constantly bemoans bigotry, he should look at the fringe company he keeps and the tyrants he’s praised around the globe. 

Of course he recently denied all these troubling issues, since Sanders often avoids facts like he ignores the limitless cost of his programs. He says “Russian bots” are the ones spewing hatred. But as James Kirchick recently explained in Tablet magazine:

“Such unpleasant behavior is an inherent function of his brand of holier-than-thou utopianism. If you’re running on a platform decrying our country’s entire political, economic, and social system as rotten to the core, if you believe that America’s world role has almost exclusively been for the bad, and that wildly better alternatives are easily available, then anyone who opposes your promised penny-ante nirvana becomes complicit in terrible evil.” 

It should be reiterated that Sanders has the same preposterous views as when he lived on a secular Israeli kibbutz more than a half-century ago. 

He once claimed, “We could wipe out economic hardship almost overnight. The problem is that the great wealth and potential of this country rests with a handful of people.”

Familiar rhetoric? Most of us know banal hard-left apologists akin to Sanders who excuse despots and value victimization over achievement; his rallies are full of ne’er-do-wells who believe America is a terrible place, but none of his ilk has been this close to the Oval Office.

He also repeatedly deems America a “racist society.” This is mendacious and offensive.

As Bill O’Reilly, who rarely makes overtly partisan statements on candidates, wrote last week:

“To buy into Sanders’ irresponsible statement, you must also believe that the United States’ social system, by design and execution, denies the equal pursuit of happiness to millions of its citizens based on skin color. There is absolutely no factual basis to support that heinous point of view. Yes, individual bias exists, but to allege it is national policy is a lie. And Bernie Sanders embraces that lie.”

O’Reilly claims Sanders, nearing age 80, and with a recent heart attack to boot, is the most dangerous person to run for President in his lifetime. Those supporting him, per the former Fox News host, “are enabling a dangerous point of view that would directly harm me and my family.”

He’s right. More conservatives, moderates, and every day Americans should speak out. I said this five years ago. And the Vermont Senator must be stopped now. 

Democrat candidates instead dithered and balked on exposing their new thought leader for over a year, set up an absurd primary calendar, and allowed way too much early voting. It’s been pitiful to witness. 

Contradicting ongoing theories, the DNC also did everything to accommodate the aggrieved socialist this election cycle. They changed the rules for 2020 — even though he agreed to the 2016 version — so Sanders got exactly what he wanted with chaotic direct democracy and more. Now this career politician complains? He is a pathetic hypocrite and playing the victim.

The next 36-48 hours are crucial. With Pete Buttigieg dropping out Sunday night, Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg — a combined 155 years old — are the last chance for Democrats, a party of octogenarian white men.

Otherwise, Donald Trump, a President with mediocre debating skills, a short attention span, a deficit of small government principles, and a propensity to speak admiringly of Sanders’ populism, may be our last chance to do so; Democrats, meanwhile, either agree with Sanders or are too feckless to make cogent arguments any sensible 7th grader could to expose the vacuous authoritarian.

A former teacher and historian, Ari Kaufman has worked as a journalist in various roles since 2006. He currently resides with his wife in Minnesota.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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Politics isn’t touch football, as recent Presidential campaigns have shown. When you decide to run for President, your life goes under the microscope so your opponents know where to attack you for maximum effect.

With Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, that seems pretty easy, but the Left can’t quite bring themselves to attack him directly on substantive matters. Instead, the focus is on his supporters, colloquially called “Bernie Bros.” Not every Bernie supporter is the same, but there seems to be a common thread with the Bernie Bros that doesn’t help the candidate nor make the Left look good.

Which is why I’m bringing it up in this week’s Leftist Lexicon!

Bernie Bros

What the Left thinks it means – a group of primarily male Bernie Sanders supporters who act like violent, racist, misogynistic goons whenever anyone criticizes their candidate

What it really means – a group of Bernie Sanders supporters acting like, well, Leftists

Recent populist Leftist movements seemingly come from diverse backgrounds, but beyond the outer wrapper, they share many traits, ranging from a belief capitalism has failed worse than Joe Biden’s ability to know what state he’s in to universal health care to a $15 per hour minimum wage, even suggesting the rich in this country should be held accountable for economic inequality. Some groups like ANTIFA or Occupy Wall Street don’t publicize all of their beliefs, but they’re there in the fine print.

So, which candidate of the past few years has found a way to coalesce the various groups with the same or similar beliefs? Why, it’s Bernie Sanders, America’s favorite Grandpa (next to Grandpas Jones, Simpson, and Munster, of course)! And with that combination of grassroots support comes the various negatives of said groups. You know, like violence, sexism, and general buffoonery?

This is not to say all Bernie supporter act like the Bernie Bros. Many are good people who just want a new direction and fairness for all across the board. (Oddly enough, many of them also haven’t passed Econ 101, but that’s not important right now.) As with any group of political supporters, there are going to be scumbags and bad hombres. Donald Trump has them, Joe Biden has them, even Hillary Clinton had them. (This latter group was called “Hillary’s 2016 Presidential Campaign Staff.”) And now Bernie has them, thanks to the Bernie Bros.

And just like with ANTIFA and Occupy Wall Street, the Left has little or nothing to say about the Bernie Bros because these group represent potential Leftist voters. So, they plead ignorance or try to deflect the criticism by invoking Donald Trump and MAGA supporters who “did worse.” The problem is…well, the Bernie Bros have not only done worse, but more frequently and with larger political implications. The Left paints Trump supporters like uneducated troglodytes who are threatened by anything that could interfere with their ways of life. They’re set in their ways and have to be dragged kicking and screaming into a better (i.e. progressive) future. In some cases, the Left has Trump supporters pegged. Now, what if I told you the Bernie Bros are a variation on that theme?

Bernie Bros have verbally attacked women, blacks, gays, and others who either disagree directly with Bernie’s positions or who don’t actively agree with them. They paint anyone who isn’t slurping the Kool Aid like the enemy. There is no middle ground with them; it’s their way or the highway.

Hmmm…sounds eerily like…the way the Left describes Trump supporters! Dun dun DUNNNNNNNNN!

The politically damaging part comes at the ballot box. The more Bernie Bros act up and get called out on it, the harder it gets for Bernie to gain traction in the communities affected by the Bernie Bros’ behavior. If the choice in November is between Trump and Sanders, there will be a number of voters in the aforementioned blocs that would either not vote or vote for someone other than Bernie. If the former occurs, it hurts Democrats down ticket by siphoning votes away from preferred candidates. Want to keep the House and take the Senate and White House in November? That ain’t the way to do it!

On a larger scale, the Bernie Bros present a unique challenge. As much as the Left tries to brush boorish behavior by trustworthy Leftists under the rug, they really can’t do that with the Bernie Bros. For one, the Left still doesn’t understand internet and social media culture as well as they think. Just having a Twitter handle and an Instagram account doesn’t make you PewDiePie. Just because you have the tools doesn’t mean you know how to use them, and as we’ve seen with the 2020 Democratic Clown Car, they’re treating everything like a nail (which would be great if their only tools were hammers, but they’re packing Whiffle bats).

To his credit, Sanders has disavowed supporters who treat others poorly (albeit he didn’t call them out by name like President Trump did with white supremacists). But until the Bernie Bros realize the jerks he was disavowing were themselves, they aren’t going to change, and the Left isn’t going to make them because they value the White House more than the rhetorical structural integrity of their platform. No matter how much the Left hates Donald Trump, it’s hard to defeat him when the guy running against him has supporters who actively dissent from stated Leftist ideology when it suits their needs.

Leftists not being good long-term thinkers. Who saw that coming?

In the meantime, it will be interesting to watch Bernie Sanders simultaneously support progressive causes while accepting support from people whose support for said causes are tied more to him than to the causes themselves. Bernie Bros aren’t the albatross around his neck; they’re the millstone around the neck of the albatross around his neck, and Bernie’s wearing cement galoshes. 

Socialist Security

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Please note: This was originally posted on Facebook.

Yes Socialism has already taken root in the United States. That doesn’t mean we want or need more of it. In fact I’m all for getting rid of the Socialist aspects we already have. Which of course will be blogged about at some point in time. In fact I’ve already written several of them.

I get great ideas from Leftist memes on social media. I normally just take a snip of the meme and then write my blog were I ridicule and trash the false narrative of it. I want to thank the internet and the useful idiots as Stalin called them for giving me an endless supply.

But there is this meme circling about and instead of writing a blog post about it. I decided instead to just take care of it right here on Fascist Book.

First I want to point out that this meme is actually sort of correct. And that’s a theme with Leftist propaganda. A little bit of truth sometimes is used.

Social Security is indeed as Socialist institution. It is the government taking care of your retirement because you cant be trusted to do it yourself. And it paid for with taxation. The FICA tax on your payroll stub.

Now where the meme spreads its wicked falsehood is stating that if you have this Social Security Card, you are a Socialist. That is a total BS. Most people born in the US are assigned a SSN at birth now days. There is no need to apply for an SSN unless you are immigrating to the United States.

You see we don’t have a choice to participate in this Socialist scheme of robbing our wages from us. It is forced on everyone. Like every other Socialist program. You can’t opt out of them.

I would like to see Social Security go away. Abolish it. Return personal accountability to seeing to our retirement. We have a chance to do this with every new generation. But like most Socialist programs once they take root. It is difficult to remove them.

Now before some one goes crazy and says the Social Security pays for other things besides retirement in old age. Yes I know it does. But other institutions were originally took care of those aspects long before Social Security came into being. And they can do it again.

But this fact also clearly shows that more people collect on Social Security than who pay into it. Social Security is not a sustainable system. Which is also like most Socialist programs. As Lady Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

So in summary. The United States already has a multitude of Socialist programs and Social Security is one of them. But just because one has a SSC doesnt make them a Socialist. It makes them a victim of Socialism.

“Never met a Commie he didn’t like” – Guest Opinion by Ari Kaufman

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“The whole quality of life in America is based on greed. I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

It’s no surprise Bernie Sanders stated these iniquitous lines but would you believe this occurred more than 50 years ago?  

Perhaps in 1963 when he lived on a radical Israeli kibbutz called “the Young Guard”? 

Once that left-wing system failed and the nascent Jewish State progressed into a thriving democracy, and our lone ally in the world’s most volatile region, Sanders moved on to lauding Cuba, the Viet Cong, the Chicoms, USSR and, yes, those bread lines.  

Sanders spent most of his life as an angry agitator who accomplished very little, even pilfering electricity from his landlord via an extension cord.  

Despite a nice inheritance from his father and elite private college education, he was writing worthless fiction and making slideshows for schools “from an alternative point of view” into his late 30s about his lifelong political hero, socialist Eugene Debs.  

He didn’t receive a steady paycheck until age 40. Nearly four decades later, Sanders still only receives a taxpayer-funded salary.  

Sanders, whose current wife is a white collar criminal, also has never passed a relevant bill during his three decades in Washington. And yet the collegians and aging hippies think this economic illiterate deserves the power to run our finances.   

Even his devotees might confess that yelling is what Sanders is “best” at; and it’s non-stop pablum, about the billionaires, how every nation is superior to America, and how our great country is institutionally racist. He deflects serious questions and rarely has an original thought. It’s truly surprising he didn’t go into academia.    

Instead Sanders tried politics, starting his own fringe anti-war party. During the 1970s, he ran four times in four years for statewide office, losing each time and never receiving more than single-digit support, even in Vermont.  

Sanders’ current nationalization plans for our innovative health care system, energy sector and other vital industries will destroy over a million jobs, make heating/cooling, gas production and general progress unaffordable, while taking away health insurance from nearly 200 million Americans during his first term.  

Formerly a protectionist, he now says he’ll end deportations, defund the heroes of Customs and Border Protection, while granting amnesty to illegal aliens. None of his beloved Scandinavian countries allow this.  He actually has little interest in Scandinavian systems, other than using them to obfuscate his real totalitarian idols.  

The stock market will, of course, crater and the “rich will get richer” as their educational loans are inexplicably paid off by lower middle class taxpayers. Want more “income inequality”? Vote for a Sanders regime and good luck portraying that as anodyne.  

The most noxious anti Semites support this campaign — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Keith Ellison, Pramila Jayapal, Michael Moore, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to name some of the worst  —  including his chief of staff and top campaign officials. These are folks he’ll place in his cabinet. Hide your children.   

Sanders doesn’t like the long-standing Israel-American alliance. He instead calls the venerable Israeli prime minister, and our staunchest ally, a “racist” on national TV. Sanders prefers to support many of our worst enemies. 

Unsurprisingly but appallingly, Sanders, who claims to be Jewish, is boycotting this week’s annual AIPAC event. He did so with an odious ad hominem attack. Naturally he’s never attended the massive bi-partisan pro-Israel gathering.  

Sanders also wants to cut U.S. military funding but increase spending everywhere else. Almost $100 trillion in new “well intentioned” taxes to fight normal weather patterns? Profligate, to put it mildly.

He writes admiringly of Cuba, the USSR and most rogue dictatorships. He once said John F. Kennedy “made him physically nauseous” for being against the Cuban Revolution. He still defends left-wing Latin dictators in Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela today.  

Like anti-freedom radicals, Sanders never met with brave Cuban or Soviet dissidents in America, even when Nobel Prize Winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lived just an hour away in Vermont.    

Sanders, who once told students that our military actions in Vietnam were “almost as bad as what Hitler did,” is simply a useful idiot like Lebron James, Colin Kaepernick or John Legend. He is a devotee of Lenin and Trotsky, just like America haters Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. Glorification of evil sans penitence.  

And while it is true that Castro implemented a “literacy program” — mostly Communist propaganda — after seizing power in his bloody revolution, Cuba’s literacy rate was already high among Latin American nations. About 80 percent of Cubans knew how to read by 1959. It was an educated nation with figures similar to highly-educated Costa Rica, except Costa Rica did so without the heinous dictatorship Cubans have endured under the Castro regime for six decades.  

Lastly, it’s often mentioned that Fascism is remembered as a crime in schools and film, whereas Communism is glossed over or treated like a mistake. It’s mentioned because it’s true. Has any recent movie portrayed the evils of the Great Leap Forward or Stalinist gulags and collectivism that killed more than 100 million?  

But I am sure Sanders has a Che Guevara shirt and probably saw recent hagiographic films romanticizing the Argentine-born Marxist. That Guevara was a mass murderer who supported ignominious policies that placed homosexuals and dissidents in concentration camps? Bern prefers to talk about literacy programs.

 A former teacher and military historian, Ari Kaufman has worked as a journalist since 2006. He’s lived in 11 states and currently resides with his wife in Minnesota

Your vote is in danger

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There are 16 states that have already passed legislation to steal the votes of the people of their respective states. Additionally 10 other states are considering similar legislation in a move that will alter the voice of those states as well. This should not be allowed to continue.

When our nation’s Founding Fathers gathered to create our government form. There was a clean slate. They could have created anything. There was talk about crowning George Washington as King. But the wisdom of our Founding Fathers gave us a Republic under the Rule of Law.

Our Founding Fathers knew of the dangers of a democracy. Many of them hated the very concept. For democracies do not promote the freedom of Liberty that was hard fought for in our War of Independence from the British Crown.

In our Constitution, the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College. Thus destroying any attempt at having a popular vote of of urban populations dictating policy towards rural populations. It made the states of the United States all equal. It also made possible that importance of the first in the nation Iowa Caucuses.

But since 2006 there has been an established effort to circumvent the protections of the Constitution and the Electoral Collage without rewriting the Constitution. The legislative effort is called “The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact”.

Under this legislation, once passed and enforced, will grant the state’s electoral votes to whomever wins the national popular election. Even if that means the people of the state had a majority vote for someone else.

This legislation, if allowed to continue, will destroy the Republic. We will fully become a Democracy and enter the violent twilight years of our nations history. Some will say it is to protect our “democracy” but there is no democracy to protect in the first place.

To put somethings into perspective. There is no danger to our Republic if a Presidential election results in a President winning the Electoral College vote but losing the national popular vote. This means it is working at the Founding Fathers designed it to work.

This event has only happened 5 times since the founding of the Republic. There have been 58 presidential elections since that time. So 8% of them. Hardly a sign of trouble. This is an invented crisis.

The Electoral College is based on the total number of Senators and Representatives in Congress. Most states give all of their electoral votes to whomever wins the popular election in that state. Which ever candidate gets more than 270 electoral votes wins the election.

There are 2 proper ways to reform the Electoral College. One is to have each state give a proportional electoral vote. So it is no longer winner take all. This makes it harder to get to 270 votes. It also means that the Presidential election could be determined by the House of Representatives instead of the peoples vote.

The 2nd method is to increase the number of Representatives in each state. This will raise the threshold above 270 while still keeping the winner take all on the electoral votes.

But the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact doesn’t go into effect until there are enough states that have passed the legislation to reach 270 electoral votes. At this time the total is 196 electoral votes from the 16 states. The state of Virginia is close to passing this legislation which if it does will bring the electoral vote total to 209.

Even if this legislation does pass to 270 electoral votes. It will be challenged. As it violates Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the US Constitution which reads in part:

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, … enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact requires the consent of Congress to enact. And Congress should not grant that consent which would destroy the Republic.

How the Votes will add up

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We are early in the caucus/primary season for the Democratic Party. This is the beginning of how the party chooses it’s delegates and eventual nominee for president this summer. The delegates are locked into their assigned candidate, at least on the 1st round of voting during the summer convention.

To win the Democratic Party nomination the candidate needs to get 1991 delegates/votes. If this happens on the 1st round of voting due to the results of the caucuses and primaries then that candidate did extremely well. However, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen just yet.

Senator Bernie Sanders is doing well. He is getting about 1/3 of the available delegates in each contest. While the remaining delegates get split up between all of the other candidates that are running. If this rate holds through the entire caucus/primary season then Senator Sanders wont have enough delegates/votes to win in the 1st round. He will be over 650 delegate/votes short of that goal.

In the 2nd round of voting, the powerful block of Democratic superdelegates are able to vote. They are not locked into any one candidate. This powerful block gives 771 votes. But right now Senator Bernie Sanders is only supported by 23 of them. Still not enough to win the nomination.

The regular delegates will have to be freed from their pre-assigned voting block before there is a clear winner. And it might not be Senator Sanders. There will be backroom deals cut during the convention so there is a strong enough block of delegates supporting one candidate to get the nomination. When it comes down to the delegates and deals at a convention the nomination is wide open. Even the 5th place loser can become the winner.

I am predicting it wont be Senator Sanders. He isn’t really a Democratic Party member, he always runs as an independent for this Senate seat. He does have a strong following of useful idiots that don’t know why or who everything is free but they like it. But that wont be enough for Bernie to win the nomination. The Democratic Party base still has a strong moderate lean to it. And a hardcore Socialist rubs them the wrong way.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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Another week, another existential threat against the Constitution, our democracy (which is actually a Constitutional republic, but the Left doesn’t get that), and America. This week’s outrage revolves around President Donald Trump commuting sentences of several people who were convicted of various crimes and were sentenced accordingly, often in excess of what the actual punishment should have been. Not surprisingly at this point, the Left lost their collectivist minds.

Although it’s nice to see Leftists care about criminal justice reform, it’s odd they’ve decided to attack the President for pardoning criminals. While they concern themselves with the color of those they think got the lion’s share of the pardons (i.e. white people, or as I prefer to be called Honkey-Americans), they might not have the first idea of the Presidential pardon powers. In the interest of informing (and possibly entertaining) any Leftist who might be reading this, I am going to give a quick primer on pardons.

Presidential pardon

What the Left thinks it means – the power of the President to forgive criminals, a power abused by Donald Trump to help out his white collar criminal buddies

What it really means – the power of the President to forgive criminals, a power that has been overly scrutinized depending on which party is in the White House

Since we’re talking about the power of the President, let’s consult with the US Constitution. Article 2, Section 2 reads:

The President…shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

In the interest of transparency, there are a lot of words between “President” and “shall” that have nothing to do with Presidential pardons, but if you want to look for yourselves, here is a handy link.

Meanwhile back at the Leftist hivemind, there are people who think this use of a Constitutionally-defined Presidential power is unprecedented, signals a dark time in our history, and should cause massive panic and outrage. The truth is none of this is true. (Shocking, I know!) What President Trump did was exercise his Presidential powers in accordance with the Constitution, which goes over in Leftist circles as well as a white male eating full GMO vegetables with his so-rare-you-can-still-hear-the-moo hamburger washed down with a non-soy coffee produced by MAGA hat wearing American veterans and taken as dark as Michael Avenatti’s 2020 Presidential hopes. (To quote the great Dennis Miller, “Stop me before I subreference again.”)

For all of the Left’s fearmongering over President Trump wanting to be a dictator, you would think they would be happy he’s following the Constitution, but we can’t have nice things, so they aren’t. A huge (or yuge if you prefer) portion of the outrage comes from who is doing it, but there’s another element at work here. Chelsea Handler’s idiotic Twitter post suggesting the recipients of the President’s commutations and pardons were all white notwithstanding, a significant chunk of them didn’t look like Trump. People of color and women in particular made up a noticeable percentage of the recipients, and that scares Leftists because it destroys a few of their narratives. Cries of “racist” and “sexist” are harder to justify when looking at those on the good business end of a Trump Presidential pardon.

But the most profound narrative that gets destroyed is Leftists are the only ones who can understand the struggles of minorities in America. With a stroke of a pen, Donald Trump has taken action while Leftists only give lip service to the minority communities across America. Although it’s still several months before the Presidential election, actions like this speak volumes about who is really committed to addressing the concerns of all people, not just the ones one party or the other is trying to sucker into voting for their candidate.

Now, here’s the part that will really blow Leftists’ minds. President Trump is on pace to pardoning or commuting the fewest number of people in the past several years. If Trump is a power-mad dictator who can do whatever he wants, why so few pardons with none going to people who support him? He even pardoned Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat! Wrap your few but still functional neurons around that, Leftists!

However, I do have to take a slight issue with the idea of Presidential pardons because of the political nature they’ve taken on in recent years. Ever see the name of someone getting a Presidential pardon and wonder why he or she is getting it? More than likely, it’s because it advances a political/ideological agenda. Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich was one such instance because Rich and his wife were large donors to the Democrats. (Who says Leftists don’t love Rich guys?) To keep that sweet contribution money rolling in, the Commander in Briefs did Rich a solid. Naked partisanship (and, really, does Bill practice any other kind) is bad enough, but it gets worse when people who should be locked up for life get a Get Out of Jail Free card from the President. Clinton and Barack Obama both pardoned known terrorists for reasons that still escape me, but the damage is done and we have to live with the consequences.

I’m not sure what, if any, political or ideological angle President Trump’s recent pardons and commutations entailed aside from the ones I mentioned above, but he would be wise to take extra care with each request he receives to dole out the appropriate amount of compassion and justice. If anyone Trump pardons gets involved in shady dealings after the fact, the Left is going to scream. Then again, that’s pretty much been their standard MO since November 2016. Regardless, handing out pardons shouldn’t be handled with the grace of a sledgehammer in a china shop and should be based on merit, not politics. After reading up on a number of the cases involved, I can say the President met that burden.

Now if he pardons Jussie Smollett, on the other hand…

Democracy in Danger

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There are a lot of memes on Social Media recently stating that President Trump and other Republicans are dangerous to Democracy.

I agree with these memes. And it is a good thing too. Democracy was hated by our Founding Fathers. That is why they gave us a Republic.

Democracy is nothing more than mob rule. The whims of the majority can change like the wind. Democracies don’t last and they are violent in their deaths. A little knowledge of US and World History, untainted by the Left, is the best teacher of these facts. It is a shame it is no longer taught in our schools.

I am glad that President Trump is fighting against Democracy. I support this effort fully. I do not want a Democracy to take hold of the United States, it will be the end of our nation if it does.

Unfortunately we have already had some encroachments of Democracy. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the 17th Amendment was ratified. And for more than a 100 years now we have had this stain of Democracy eating away at our Republic. It is time to stop it. Repeal the 17th Amendment and preserve the Republic and end Democracy.

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There is a phrase that has been batted around lately more than a tennis ball during a long rally at Wimbledon: rule of law. But for once, it’s not the Right that is doing the batting. It’s the Left. It seems they’ve become acutely aware of the concept after claiming President Donald Trump believes he’s above the law due to his recent impeachment acquittal in the Senate. On top of that, the President has also suggested the Department of Justice look into the conviction of former Trump associate Roger Stone (and with good reason if the recent news around the judge and jury in his case are accurate). Now, the Left is on their outrage soapboxes demanding the President and the Right respect the rule of law.

As you might guess, I take the rule of law seriously, or at least seriously enough to write a weekly blog post highlighting the Leftist take on the phrase.

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What the Left thinks it means – following the letter and spirit of the law

What it really means – following the letter and spirit of the law even when it’s politically inconvenient to do so

The Left may have the trial lawyers in their back pockets (and their hands in the back pockets of the trial lawyers for that matter), but that doesn’t mean they have a healthy respect for the law. What they do have is a healthy respect for those who can create laws through rhetorical or contextual devices that judges who are already predisposed to agree with the outcome will allow to stand in court. From the bizarre arguments from Roe v. Wade to the more recent, yet equally bizarre, legal arguments requiring Christians to act against their faith to accommodate same sex marriages, the Left figured out how to get what they want without consulting the voting public: file a lawsuit! Then, it’s just a matter of crafting a legal argument so seemingly air-tight that no appeals court could overturn it and, voila, you have a law and the rest of the country has to go along with it.

Of course, once that happens, the Left demands everyone follow the letter and spirit of the law with no deviations whatsoever. On the other hand, if it’s a law they don’t like, they feel it’s morally justified to defy the law. Sanctuary cities, anyone?

It’s this duplicity when it comes to the law that rings hollow when the Left talks about the rule of law. The recent impeachment fiasco…I mean trial is a nice microcosm of this. Remember when the Left jumped all over Mitch McConnell and other Republican Senators to recuse themselves because they already made up their minds on impeachment? On the surface, it seems like a reasonable and legally justifiable position. Of course, that same argument could have been applied to Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and a whole host of Democrat Senators who had not only made up their minds to impeach the President, but made it a part of their regular communication with followers, constituents, and fawning media types.

And let’s not forget one of the articles of impeachment had zero basis in law, but it didn’t bother Senate Democrats enough to make them vote with the law and not with their party. But hey, party over country is a Republican thing, right?

If you haven’t recognized this Leftist tactic, it’s right out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. They are trying to hold the Right to the rule of law (or at least the Leftist version of it) while ignoring it themselves, and until recently it was virtually foolproof. Then, as more conservatives and Republicans began to educate themselves on the Left’s tactics, they started to call out the Left and flip the script on them. Not only did the Right flip the script, but the Left flipped their lids, as well as their talking points, to the condition we’re in now. To use a more modern bit of terminology, we’re in the Upside Down.

Or at least some of us are.

Although it’s nice to hear Leftists take the rule of law seriously for a change, it’s based on the politics of the situation, not out of any core principles they have. In fact, the same Leftists going after President Trump for alleged violations of the rule of law were conspicuously absent when President Barack Obama took similar action on matters more pressing than a Tweet about Roger Stone.

This is where it’s important to take the politics out of the rule of law. President Obama violated the law on several occasions and many, including your humble correspondent, were justifiably outraged. President Trump, I feel, has violated the law as well, and only some of us are outraged. By letting our politics guide our decision-making, we can justify poor behavior for the sake of rooting for “our team.” But wrong is wrong, no matter whether we love or loathe the criminal. An eye for an eye may be a boon for the eyepatch industry, but it’s a poor way to enforce the law. It has to be enforced across the board for the rule of law to have any weight.

That is why Lady Justice is blind. Either that or it was an unfortunate recreation of a scene from 50 Shades of Gray, but in either case, we need to be absolutely sure we are standing for the rule of law in every case. Donald Trump isn’t my cup of Earl Grey (not of the 50 Shades variety), but I want him to be extended every legal opportunity I would get as an American citizen. The Left doesn’t want that, though. They want to prosecute first and ask questions never, all under the guise of defending the rule of law from the man they’re trying to prosecute. Call me crazy, but doesn’t that sound a lot like abuse of power? And, if so, where are the Left’s rule of law hawks on impeaching Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, and the whole cast of characters involved with the impeachment process? I’m sure they’re working on it, right after they try to impeach President Trump for something else that may or may not be against the law.

After all, it’s not like Leftists are known to be hypocrites, right?