“Coronavirus crisis calls for the opposite of socialism” – Guest Opinion by Ari Kaufman

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants the U.S. Senate to take quick action on a trillion-dollar stimulus plan to help Americans with expenses due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The government would send a check after calculating an amount per individual or couple based on a taxpayer‘s adjusted gross income from 2018. Aid would be phased down at income thresholds of $75,000 per person ($150,000 per couple) and those individuals who earned six figures two years ago receive no relief.

This is an unnecessary exercise in jumping through federal government hoops to obtain a questionable result. McConnell is too shrewd a leader to fall for this. Democrats, meanwhile, seem mostly concerned with the name of the virus, bashing “corporations” and using straw man clichés like “workers over shareholders.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House Bill was so rushed that it needed nearly 100 pages (!) of corrections and arguably would accelerate small business lay offs.

The most straightforward objection to the Senate bill is why base everything on 2018 AGI. Two years ago, many people’s lives were different. You may have sold a business, bought a house, or married since. There is no good rationale in going back two years to test incomes.

The people who most need help to financially survive the current panic lack income because their jobs disappeared this month, thus swift action surely is needed. 

Injecting liquidity is key to stabilizing the economy. Hospitals need help. Folks require money for groceries, rent, and maybe some proprietors can pay their remaining employees instead of shutting down.  A public school teacher, “non essential” government worker, or an accountant still being paid their same salary every fortnight does not need money urgently. They’re doing just fine.

Think instead about the entrepreneur who invested his life savings in a business only to see his customers vanish. Or ponder the recent college graduate with $50,000 in student-loan debt — not ironically taken on with the encouragement of Elizabeth Warren types — now laid off from her first job.

And if someone who receives a check is not desperate, have faith that he or she can figure out where to donate the money without government edicts.  

Two of the most impressive senators in recent days, as often is the case, are Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse. Both men offer realistic, responsible solutions. 

Rubio told CNBC last week he wants to use a network of lenders for an existing program to help small businesses and employees. He hopes to “figure out the most effective way to get cash into the hands of small businesses so that they can maintain payroll for at least a six-week period.”

The Florida Republican is sponsoring legislation to match President Trump’s call for $50 billion in loans from the Small Business Administration.  

Sasse, the only senator who lives his life completely outside the Washington bubble and has authored two recent books on related topics, gave a stellar St. Patrick’s Day Speech on the Senate floor. Everyone should watch it on YouTube.

The Nebraska Republican prefers letting governors direct spending instead of Washington-driven bailouts akin to “shoveling money out of a helicopter.” He instead called for most economic relief spending to be administered by state governors. He claims governors know how to target money more efficiently than U.S. Senators.

Sasse says we can’t mindlessly go down same path with spending people’s money. A dozen years ago, for example, President Obama irresponsibly tossed trillions into supposedly shovel-ready projects; most still can’t be found today. 

“This is not an opportunity for Washington’s connected insiders to exploit personal relationships, to put their pet projects first on things that they wouldn’t have been able to get passed if it weren’t a time of crisis. We don’t have to go down that path. Instead, we can more efficiently and more wisely spend the people’s resources,” Sasse said. “We can give our states and our governors the lead in making sure the majority of the money and the majority of the resources get where they’re most needed. We can help families and businesses keep afloat during this storm by admitting that 50 laboratories of democracy are going to be more effective than a rifle shot approach from Washington.”

The Senator is non-partisan, sentient, and correct.

Governors know their people, what their workforce needs, how to target money, and how to build public-private partnerships. Minnesota is not California, and Nebraska is not New York. Every state has unique needs that others may not. 

Polls show the least popular governors in America are still more popular than almost any DC-based Senator. There’s probably a reason. 

While state and local governments aren’t miracle workers, they have the capacity to restore companies and livelihoods to their prior economic standing better and more quickly than Washington.

No industry, company or person has an innate right to public money, no matter how severe the crisis. The principled Nikki Haley, likely already the 2024 GOP presidential frontrunner, was correct to resign her board seat late last week over Boeing’s pursuit of a government bailout. 

As an important Wall Street Journal staff editorial examined late last week:

“The politicians in Washington are telling Americans, as they always do, that they are riding to the rescue by writing checks to individuals and offering loans to business. But there is no amount of money that can make up for losses of the magnitude we are facing if this extends for several more weeks. After the first $1 trillion this month, will we have to spend another $1 trillion in April, and another in June?”

These are good questions. Bernie Sanders, who wants more and more spending and to “revolutionize” America and perhaps nationalize much of the economy, has no answers. 

Instead we receive the standard vacuous “these policies seem like socialism to me” claims from retired schoolteachers and assorted lazy lefties. 

They ignore that it’s PRIVATE companies developing a mass testing system, treatments and vaccines for coronavirus. Several private companies now have in place reliable testing systems already being mass-produced and distributed. 

A government-run “single-payer“ Bernie Sanders healthcare system is clearly not the answer in times of crisis (or normal times).

That would sap innovation, research and incentive. No cures would be found. We’d probably have millions dead already. As usual, the private sector works best for perilous moments. 

But let’s give state and local governments a shot at this before another capricious, bloated federal plan. 

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

The Real Losers of Super Tuesday

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With Super Tuesday rapidly becoming a thankfully fleeting memory, political pundits (and cranky curmudgeons like yours truly) are naming winners and losers. One of the more prominent losers, however, isn’t being discussed, mainly because I don’t think the people who get paid the big bucks to come up with tepid takes with good PR have even considered it.

I’m talking about progressivism.

Whether it was in the Presidential race or local races, progressives took a beating up and down the ticket, even in California where you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a progressive, self-professed or otherwise. Or if you’re a member of PETA…you’d be providing the dead cats.

One race that really stood out for me because of who was involved was the race to replace former Representative and nude hairdressing aficionado Katie Hill. Among the candidates was founder of The Young Turks and progressive internet celebrity, Cenk Uygur. If you listen to him (and to be fair, why would you), he was the progressive candidate in the race. He talked the talk, walked, the walk, and promptly wound up getting stomped by his Democrat opponent…and two Republican candidates. Mr. Super Progressive pulled down 5% of the vote. Put another way, I didn’t even run and I came within the margin of error of tying and/or beating him.

And again, this is in California.

If that doesn’t signal how disliked progressivism has become, we can look at the Super Tuesday results. Of the active Democrat candidates at the time, two of them (Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) were the clear progressive choices. And how many states did they win?

Zero. Zilch. Nada. Goose egg. The big donut/bagel. One fewer than Michael Bloomberg.

Up and down the ticket, progressives saw defeat after defeat. Even candidates backed by the Socialist Socialite couldn’t propel them to victory. And now other progressives like the aforementioned Uygur and Representative Ilhan Omar (who just happens to be a vocal and visual Sanders supporter) are offering up excuses. It was the media! It was the lack of a unified progressive movement! It was comments taken out of context! It was everything and anything except for the real reason progressives lost.

Progressivism isn’t that popular.

When I think of progressives these days, there are two ideas that come to mind. One is they tend to be more grassroots and people-driven than the Democrats. And two is they’re bat-crap insane. Where they excel in the former is on social media. Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook (to some degree) are filled with progressives expressing themselves to the masses and getting noticed. You can’t log on without seeing someone you know retweeting a hashtag or putting it in a post or message to show you and the world how they feel about an issue.

The problem is social media isn’t the real world. The best way I can describe it is social media is like the elementary school playground where you can find any number of ways to get attention. Hanging upside down on the monkey bars, eating worms, or getting into fights will get you noticed and may keep you popular for a time, but eventually the novelty wears off. Pretty soon nobody cares how many worms you eat because there’s another kid on the other side of the playground who eats bugs. And eventually no one cares about what you eat because they’ve all grown up and figured out new ways to get and maintain popular status, like having a cool car or being good in sports or having a lot of money.

Right now, progressives are still on the playground hanging out with themselves because everyone else “sold out”, i.e. grew up. And instead of taking the hint and figuring out what type of car gets the most attention, they’re clinging to those bug/worm eating days as though they were the best years of their lives. (If Greta Thunberg gets her way, though, you folks will be totally cool again!) Meanwhile, those who gave up that kind of life to enter into a more adult environment are doing well, or at least not sucking as much as progressives have. And that makes progressives mad, mad enough to want to tear down what Democrats have built just so everyone will be equally miserable.

And that makes for great content for me, so…I guess it’s a win-win.

In the meantime, progressives will be on edge after Super Tuesday put a major kink in their plans to take over the Democrats and may lack the introspection to realize why they failed. Oh, they’ll have reasons, but none will be the right one because they don’t want to admit their ideas, and subsequently they, aren’t as popular as their echo chamber says they are. Until they realize where they went wrong, we will be in for a lot more progressive tantrums.

But, like I said, more content!

Super Thursday Results

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken the lead in the delegate count in the Democratic Party nomination race over Senator Bernie Sanders.

The next vote will be on March 10th. But right now it looks like none of the candidates will have the 1991 delegate majority needed to win the nomination without the Superdelegates voting.

This is of course the nail in the coffin of Senator Sanders’ hope at getting the nomination by delegate count. The DNC will not give the nomination to someone who isn’t really a member of the Democratic Party. And the establishment choice is Mr. Biden.

So here is my early congratulations to Mr. Biden, the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2020 election.

The question becomes who will be Biden’s running mate. And will Senator Sanders again submit to the DNC choice like he did in 2016 or will he run as an independent candidate for President with his supporters.

2020 will be an interesting election for sure. A three-way race would be something to talk about. But I’m just going to go ahead and congratulate President Trump on winning the election to his 2nd term as President of the United States.

“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. 

“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

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.

In Defense of the Iowa Caucuses…Or At Least Some of Them

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Well, it happened, pretty much as I predicted. The Iowa Caucuses are over, the candidates have moved on, and the Hawkeye State is the center of some controversy because we don’t know who actually won the caucuses on the Democrat side. As a result, the country is looking down at Iowa for being disorganized and incapable of counting beyond ten without taking off our shoes.

But here’s the thing. There were two sets of caucuses going on, not just the one for Democrats. The Republicans had one, too, which was more of a formality than anything else. President Donald Trump won the Iowa Caucuses for the GOP with 97% of the vote. How do I know?

Because the Iowa Republican Party has its shit together.

I’ve participated in the Republican caucuses and observed the Democrat caucuses, so I have an idea of what the internal processes are. The Republicans take their time, but not in excess because they’re there to complete the tasks before them and get out. Democrats, on the other hand, play a game of Red Rover where they try to attract/bully other potential voters to abandon their first choices if they’re not considered viable and add them to the roles of those supporting viable candidates. This process can be quick, and other times it’s more painful than watching the Socialist Socialite trying to explain how gum works.

Last night was the latter on steroids.

And it was made worse thanks to an app developed by the totally non-scary-sounding Shadow Inc. with a website listing none of its board members or leadership and made up of people who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Then again, given how her campaign turned out, I’m not sure I’d want my name out there on anything. Maybe there’s a Witness Relocation Program for failed Presidential campaign staffers, especially ones that couldn’t even win a rigged election….

Adding to the intrigue is the fact Shadow Inc. is associated with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who just happens to be one of the Democrats running for President. Let’s not forget what the DNC did to Bernie Sanders in 2016, too, in understanding the magnitude of fuckitude we’re dealing with here. If the DNC were trying to exorcize the demons of 2016, they didn’t do a very good job of it here because these little niggling issues make it look like there is someone or something pulling the strings. I’m not usually one to indulge in conspiracy theories, but let’s just say I’ve made a tidy profit after investing heavily in tinfoil.

So many moving parts, and so many fingers being pointed at the wrong people, namely President Trump, Russia, and Iowa in general. The Iowa Caucuses are run by the Democrats and Republicans, and the President and Russia have nothing to do with the chaos that occurred with the Democrats. Iowa as a whole isn’t to blame, either. Remember, the Republicans didn’t seem to have trouble reporting the outcome, only the Democrats did. (Maybe the non-Democrats in Iowa need a hashtag, #NotAllIowans?) As such, the slings and arrows of outrageous commenters should be pointed not at the entire state, but at the Iowa Democratic Party.

But that can’t and won’t happen, thanks to the Leftist mindset. The Left hates Iowa and Iowans (but, surprisingly, not their votes and money). They consider us to be ignorant hicks lacking in the sophistication that can only come from living on either coast. They see us as a roadblock to progressive success and want us to take a back seat to what they want and what they feel we need. The caucus debacle only helps to make their case.

Or so they think.

When you dig a little bit deeper, you see this was a self-fulfilling fuck-up. The Left needed the Iowa Caucuses to fail so they could better make the argument why Iowa shouldn’t take such a prominent role in determining who gets to be the Democrats’ nominee. Just like with Obamacare (with a healthy hat tip to Tammy Bruce for making and inspiriting this same point), the solution to the problem was meant to fail so a larger objective could be achieved. In this case, the Iowa Caucuses served many purposes, including a continuation of the “Russia hacked our elections” narrative that has become gospel to the Left since Hillary Clinton lost. If the Left can repeat the notion our elections aren’t secure, they will cast doubt on whomever wins in 2020 (except, of course, if it’s a Leftist who wins because that only proves we were able to overcome Russian interference). Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Yet, the failures of the Iowa Caucuses only point in one direction, and it points to the party that claims to be smarter and more moral than we are. Oh, and who want us to adopt Medicare For All as a solution to what they think is a health care crisis. If they can’t run a caucus that they control, that makes the best argument for why they shouldn’t be allowed to run anything come November.

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.

‘Twas the Week After Impeachmas

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‘Twas the week after Impeachmas and all through the House
The Dems were still cheering at impeaching Trump, that louse!
The Articles were hung near the Senate with care
In the hopes that Cocaine Mitch would run a trial that’s fair.

The Squad were nestled all snug in their beliefs
That impeaching Trump would soon bring them relief.
And Speaker Pelosi in her Prada, after finishing a night cap,
Had just settled in for a long wine-fueled nap.

When out near the Mall there arose such a clamor
But Pelosi didn’t stir because, well, she was hammered.
Rashida Tlaib took charge, running out like a heifer,
And started screaming, “Let’s impeach that MFer!”

The moon on the snow made the light seem to dance
And made poor little Adam take a Schiff in his pants.
When what to his big bugged out eyes did appear
But a big monster truck with Trump/Pence on its rear.

With an orange-hued driver, so lively and plump
They knew in a moment it was President Trump
More rapid than Creepy Joe Biden feels shame
He called to his minions and called them by name.

“On Nunes! On Limbaugh! On Pence and Rudy!
On Laura! On Pirro! On Rush and Hannity!
To heck with Impeachmas and what the Left wants
Let’s fill up their Twitter accounts with our taunts!”

As dry heaves wracked the Speaker before she blew chow
The Left cried, “We impeached him, but how?
How is he still more popular than we think?”
When Ms. Pelosi replied, “I’ll have another drink.”

And then in a twinkling (or was it a thunk),
AG Barr then appeared and said, “Listen, you punks.
Your articles were bogus, not a crime to be had,
And John Durham knows if you’ve been good or been bad.”

Trump dressed in a suit, dark blue, almost black
And his fingers flew quickly as he Tweeted another attack
“Impeachment is a hoax! Dems hunt for a witch!
And Schiff is a low down dumb son of a snitch!”

His eyes, how they sparkled, each time he hit Send
And then he would insult them again and again
He questioned Dems’ ethics and the extent of their crimes
He mocked Elizabeth Warren, for the sake of old times.

He blew up their Twitters, he lambasted the news
He made them even angrier by supporting the Jews
He mocked them as weak and without many brains
And said, “Take a look at those Stock Market gains!”

AOC was astounded! Adam Schiff was aghast!
(Speaker Pelosi, of course, was still drunk off her ass.)
Bernie Sanders was furious! Liz Warren’s face looked quite grim.
Tom Steyer kept trying to get people to pay attention to him.

Mayor Pete was in shock, for Trump’s tactics he did resent!
Tulsi Gabbard showed up just to vote “Present.”
The blood from all the Left’s faces did drain
When their rhetoric made Marianne Williamson sound sane.

Trump’s minions arrived on the White House West Lawn
And made note the Left’s hopes of removing Trump were gone.
The Left made the bed in which they would now lie
And all they could do was yell, curse, and cry.

There would be no removal, the impeachment was for naught
And soon the full fury of John Durham would be wrought
Their crimes would be exposed, their hopes would be dashed
(But not before their checks from George Soros could be cashed).

Impeachmas was pyrrhic in spite of their bliss
‘Cause they forgot “If you come for the king, you better not miss.”
Even Speaker Pelosi, still tipsy from the booze
Knew in the upcoming election, they’d be lucky to lose.

With one final Tweet, the President did turn
And let the Left’s hopes for 2020 smolder and burn
As the truck sped off like a giant metal manta
AOC looked puzzled and asked, “Was that Santa?”