“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.

Impeachment II

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The first round of the Impeachment of President Trump is about to come to a close in the Senate. The Senate will vote on the charges against the President this week. I am confident that the Senate vote will be one of acquittal. But the House Democratic majority isn’t finished.

No the Leftist Democratic majority in the House will immediately bring up new charges against the President for another round of partisan impeachment efforts to undo the 2016 election and to prevent Trump from winning a 2nd turn this November. This has always been the goal since Donald Trump won the Republican nomination and won the election in 2016. Since then, before he did any official acts as President, the Democratic Party leadership was calling for his impeachment.

The first impeachment attempt has failed. Of course the charges against the President weren’t crimes either. They were feeling and subjective thoughts. The opposition always brings up the notion of “abuse of power” but in many cases it is not abuse of power at all. And the “obstruction of congress” is likewise bogus. Since congress didn’t take further action because they knew that the President was acting in accordance with his powers as the chief executive.

So the Democratic Left will bring up new charges against the President. Throw enough mud and it might stick to the wall. But since there is no evidence or witnesses of any wrong doing or any crimes being committed. This second attempt will have even less ground to stand on. If the Democratic Left had any actual evidence or witnesses to an actual impeachable crime they would have came out of the gate with it.

But no the House will waste time, energy, and tax payer money on another fraudulent impeachment case until the November elections. But they may sit on it longer in the House hoping for their alleged victory in the 2020 elections. It wont happen of course. The 2020 elections will bring about a stronger Republican majority in the Senate, a sweeping Republican majority in the House, and the reelection in a landslide victory for President Donald Trump. The Trump card is played and the Republican Party holds the deck.

The Bernfire

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During the 2016 election cycle, Senator Bernie Sanders had quite a following. But he didn’t get the Democratic Party nomination because of the power and corruption of the Clinton’s.

Four years later, Senator Bernie Sanders is again surging in popularity among the useful idiots. Bernie Sanders is an avowed socialist and has no business being in the government, let alone the White House. But he has a greater chance at getting the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Time will tell if his popularity increases after the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary. If Senator Sanders wins both of these contests but doesn’t get the nomination. Then there may still be some hope for the Democratic Party. It will also mean that the corruption within the party runs very deep.

If Senator Bernie Sanders is the nominee for the Democratic Party then it will be an interesting Presidential election cycle. And a strong contrast between capitalism and socialism.

In the end though President Donald Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory. Winning both the popular vote and the Electoral College by wide margins. And we will have four more years to save the Republic.

2020 Caucus Countdown

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We are now less than a month away from the, first in the nation, Iowa caucuses. This is where the process of nominating the next President of the United States begins.

There have been a few ripples in some places across the nation where another Republican has stated that they would challenge President Trump for the Republican nomination. I haven’t seen or even heard of anyone foolish enough to try this in Iowa. It just wouldn’t fly.

So the GOP will still have the President as our nominee here in Iowa. But the Republican Caucus not only votes for the nominee of choice. It also creates the state’s party platform.

This gives direction for the party’s candidates and delegates as well. Additionally this is the start of the process that will eventually choose the members of the Electoral College.

In 2016 I started at my local precinct caucus and became a delegate to the county convention, then a delegate to the district convention, and finally a delegate to the state convention. During this process I was nominated for the Electoral College and to be a delegate to the national convention. I didn’t get either but it was an honor to be nominated.

On the Democratic Party side, they too decide on their nominee. The process is different as they do not do a direct vote.

As to other actions taken at the caucus by the Democratic party. I don’t know as I have never attended one. If anyone has it would be great to know.

This process is generally repeated across the nation in other caucus based states. In a primary based state I do not know how party platforms are decided. I wouldn’t want to live in a state where I wouldn’t have the means to be in direct control of my political party.

So if you live in Iowa. The caucus is February 3rd at 7:00pm. There are various resources online to find your local precinct locations. Use them and take part in this processes. I will be at mine.

Salem 2016

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The Democratic Party continues it’s witch hunt against President Trump. They are still very much upset at the loss of the 2016 election and they will do anything to undo the result.

They wanted Hillary to be President so they could enact policies that would prevent another Republican from ever being elected to the White House again. After all Hillary had stated during her campaign that the greatest threat to American Democracy was the Republican Party. And the Democratic Party wished to end that threat forever.

I would agree with Hillary on this point though. The Republican Party is the greatest threat to American Democracy because they know America is a Republic and not a democracy of any kind. That truth is what the Democratic Party wishes to stamp out.

With Donald Trump becoming President in 2016, that single event forever changed the hopes of the Democratic Party. It was such a blow to their plans that they refuse to accept it. They cannot believe that the American people elected Trump. Especially after the socialist utopia of the Obama Administration. It’s just inconceivable that Hillary did not win the election.

Thus the Democratic Party has shifted the blame. Since it cannot be a failed candidate or the failures of the previous administration. It must be something else. Mass hypnosis, space aliens, mind control lasers. Or the good old standby … Russia.

And because Donald Trump won, he must be guilty of something that got him elected. So he must be conspiring with the Russians. There has been no evidence linking Donald Trump or his campaign to any Russian or space alien conspiracy and the 2016 election. But that just means it hasn’t been found yet. The President is guilty and must prove his innocence to the Democratic Party.

So here we have the same logic behind the Salem Witch Trials and a complete disregard for American judicial history and innocent unless proven guilty. One cannot reason with the madness that infects the Democratic Party on this issue. It is a burning fever and hell bent to destroy the President at any cost.

At this point I am convinced that the Democratic controlled House will launch a new investigation, or simply move towards impeaching the President Trump. They may do both. There is no way to stop them currently so let them hang themselves on this rope.

The House will vote to Impeach President Trump, mostly along party lines. And he will be Impeached. Then the Senate will hold a Trial which is what the Democratic Party and their Leftist followers tend to forget how our system works. The Senate will be the judge of any wrong doing as suggested by the House. Here the Senate will acquit the President bringing this witch hunt to a close.

And these events will have a direct impact on the 2020 elections. The people elected Donald Trump in 2016 and they will do so again in 2020. Along with removing the Leftist Democratic Party from congress.

Rolling in the D’OH!

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Although billionaire Howard Schultz is capturing a lot of headlines these days, there’s another billionaire who is upset at it. I’m referring to one of the “good” billionaires, Tom Steyer, the guy funding “Impeach Trump” commercials that haven’t moved the needle, but has Leftists creaming themselves. Anyway, Steyer recently tweeted the following:

@HowardSchultz isn’t ready for prime time. His knee-jerk rejection of a wealth tax shows why. We can’t end inequality until people like Howard & me are required to invest our fair share into our country. It’s not “punitive”—it’s patriotic.

Steyer’s tweet is full of the typical Leftist squawking points, but one part of it caught my eye: “required to invest in our country.” It’s not enough Schultz created a business that employs millions, supports Leftist causes, and elevates people and industries worldwide. Apparently, he needs to do more by force of government (because, let’s face it, that’s what Leftists want). And Schultz’s refusal to submit to force means he’s not a serious Presidential candidate?

There’s a lot to unpack here, so I’ll give you a moment to get a sammich and a cold drink. Ready? Here we go.

The First Amendment outlines a right to peaceably assemble, which means Congress can’t tell us who we can hang out with as long as it’s done without causing harm to others. At first blush, this seems to underscore Steyer’s point, but not when Leftist ideology used in another part of the First Amendment is brought into play. Leftists have maintained the freedom of religion also applies to the freedom from religion, meaning people should be free not to feel obligated to be part of a religion. So, in order for the Left’s argument regarding religion to be logical, they would have to reject Steyer’s idea that billionaires should be forced to contribute.

Judging from the responses to his tweet, that ain’t happening.

Plus, there’s the whole idea of being forced to do something for the common good. These days, the only things people can agree upon are hating the New England Patriots and Michael Bay movies. Beyond that, there is no common approach to the common good. It’s all about perspective.

Say for example you think it would be in the common good to bulldoze a crack house and erect a park. Many people might agree with your idea and support it, but others, like the International Brotherhood of Crack Dealers Local 305, would disagree with it. In their eyes, a crack house is a source of income and putting up a park would affect it. Which common good should prevail? Are both ideas valid? Could there be a compromise, like turning it into a Crack Fun House?

Whenever you invoke the common good, you have to deal with the possibility of pushback, and Steyer hasn’t considered that yet. Even though I’m not a billionaire (but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night), I would be one of the first to object to his plan to force people like him to give more to the government because a) the government can’t spend the money it already gets effectively, and b) using force to make a desired societal change opens the door to swing the other way once people of a different ideological persuasion get into power. And it will, sooner or later. Don’t damage yourself down the road for a little instant gratification.

However, I do have an idea for Mr. Steyer if he thinks he should pay more in taxes. The IRS takes gifts, and it’s not hard to find out where to send it. If he’s serious about Schultz’s lack of contribution, he should lead the way and voluntarily give up more of his income.

But notice his tweet doesn’t mention that. He’s waiting for government to tell him to do it, meaning…he’s not willing to do it himself. And he’s telling us Howard Schultz isn’t ready to be a leader?

Let that sink in, folks. Then, promptly tell Tom Steyer to shove his idea where the sun don’t shine. That’s right, I’m referring to his brain.

Which, appropriately enough, is shoved up his ass.

First Look – Kamala Harris

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Kamala Harris had a staged Town Hall at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa last night. Since she announced her candidacy for President the other day she is at least smart enough to come to Iowa first.

But as stated in the opening line this Town Hall meeting was staged. The audience was carefully screened. The questions were prewritten and just read aloud by those participating in the charade.

So these were just your typical progressive socialist and Trump-hating questions and answers. Nothing new here at all. Nothing with real solutions to real problems. Just the talking points.

At this point she doesn’t stand a chance of getting the Democratic nomination, let alone defeating President Trump for a 2nd term in the 2020 November election.

You Really Don’t Like Me! You Really, Really Don’t Like Me!

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Elizabeth Warren has been toying with the idea of running for President since at least 2016, but recently she announced in a cringe-worthy video she started an exploratory committee for 2020. This has media types asking the most important question they can think of.

Is Elizabeth Warren likeable?

Seriously. That’s the idea they’re going with, and Leftists are up in arms over it. To them, Warren is accomplished, articulate, intelligent, and many other things these same folks said Hillary Clinton was in 2016. Any criticism of her, legitimate or otherwise, is written off as sexist, racist, unintelligent. You know, the same things said when any criticism of Hillary was made in 2016 (and oddly enough descriptors that apply to her as well). Some have gone so far as to say asking if Warren is likeable or relatable is offensive.

Let me field this one. No, no it’s not. Politics is a game of style over substance, so likeability/relatability is a legitimate concern, and when it comes to it, Elizabeth Warren isn’t that likeable or relatable. She’s more awkward than John Kerry on a hunting trip. I’m not sure she’s up to Dukakis in a tank level yet, but the election season is still young. (On a side note, why are Presidential candidates from Massachusetts so bad? Must be something in the imported spring water….)

I will admit I am not a fan of Chief Running Mouth, mainly because of her creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which from personal experience has little to do with consumer protection and everything to do with financial bureaucracy. Since it’s existence, the CFPB has accomplished very little for consumers while raking in federal dollars to do the job they’re doing at a frozen snail’s pace. The only federal program who does less with more is Super Fund, but give the CFPB time and they’ll make Super Fund look thrifty.

But this tangent cuts into one of the reasons Warren isn’t likeable. She thinks she’s smarter than she actually is and her attitude reflects it. Watch her when she’s presiding over a Senate hearing or in an interview. She thinks she is the expert whenever a subject comes up for discussion, just like your typical Leftist. This may win her Leftist hearts and minds, but it can be off-putting to someone outside of the Leftist hivemind. And before you Leftists reading this say “You’re just intimidated by a strong, intelligent woman,” let me point out if that were the case, I wouldn’t be married to my wife. And, unlike Warren, she doesn’t need to show off how smart and capable she is.

Warren is having the same trouble Hillary did in 2016 in that she’s trying too hard to fit in. When that happens, people see right through it and it hurts the tryer’s credibility. This is especially true in the Midwest, where I’m from. We can spot a phony a mile away and tend not to give them a chance to burn us once, let alone twice. No matter how many corn dogs she can wolf down or how many visits she makes to the Iowa State Fair, she will be seen by enough as a phony.

If Elizabeth Warren does decide to throw her 1/1024 of a hat into the ring, the likeability issue will need to be addressed. Instead of trying to tiptoe around it or dismiss it out of hand, let me give you a piece of advice: be honest with us. I know you think you are, but you’re not. Just come out and tell us what you want and let us decide if we’re in favor of your vision of the country. Trying to appeal to different groups and failing only makes you look foolish.

But if you want to stay on the course you’re on, at least make it an entertaining dumpster fire! Sure, you’ll go down in flames like the Hindenburg, but at least you’ll bring joy to millions of Americans like me and you’ll be liked for being brave (if you’ll pardon the expression) enough to take this tack and crazy enough to have agreed to it in the first place. Ross Perot and Ron Paul tapped into this and they’re still beloved today.

You’ll thank me later.