IT’S LUCKY (D) STANDS FOR DUMB
by Burt Prelutsky
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If you’re a conservative, there are times when things seem bleak and hopeless. What chance have we when the Democrats can count on the mass media to not only defend them against charges of malfeasance, but to attack those who make the charges. It’s been decades since football players were expected to play all 60 minutes of a game, playing both offense and defense, but left-wing pundits do it all the time.

Moreover, Democrats can count on the votes of those who have no legal right to cast a vote, which is why they fight so hard against electoral safeguards such as photo IDs.

Still, the Republicans managed to capture the majority in the House and Senate and, against all odds, to defeat liar-Hillary Clinton with a candidate who was allegedly as unpopular as broccoli.

You could credit divine intervention, but I doubt if even God, with all the other stuff He has to take care of, could pull off these miracles, even with the collusion of Russia. I believe that credit should go where it belongs, and that’s to the Democrats. I’m not saying they’ve thrown these elections. What I am saying is that for Republicans, their secret weapon is that the Democrats are stupid. And for that, I suppose we should thank God.

I mean, whether it was stupidity, sloth or over-confidence, that prevented liar-Hillary Clinton from campaigning in the Rust Belt, we may never know. What we do know is that the tortoise out-worked the sleepy hare and maybe that was enough.

Mrs. liar-Clinton has blamed everyone in the world for her defeat, but it’s just possible that watching her collapse on the way to her SUV was enough to plant a doubt about her health and stamina in a few thousand minds in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, enough to tilt the election. So, perhaps the election turned on those two extra gin-and-tonics at lunch.

But even with liar-Hillary now no more than an irrelevant footnote in history, look at what passes for a major political party. Leadership consists of Chuck clown-Schumer, a man who has probably not been more than 40 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean in his entire life; and Nancy Pulosi, who seems to constantly be rehearsing for her role as mad Miss Havisham in “Great Expectations,” at least as the part would be played by Zasu Pitts, with the fluttery hands and eyes that have lost the ability to focus on stationary objects.

Perhaps we have reached the point of no return in America. But if we have, I think the Democrats have painted themselves into a corner. I mean, when Trump delivers a speech in which he proposes family leave, a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens and brags about a supercharged economy that’s resulted in more jobs for blacks and Hispanics, and can’t get a single “Hallelujah” from the liberal side of the aisle, I can’t believe there’s a single Independent voter at home watching clown-Schumer, Pulosi and their martinets, sitting stony-faced, and thinking: “I admire that sort of obstinacy. I can’t wait to vote for those people in November.”

*  One of the oddities of the scandal swirling around the FBI is the way that those on the Left feel they have to circle the wagons and defend the underlings, even though nobody has attacked them. I mean, I don’t recall anybody assuring us in the wake of the Lois Lerner scandal that the rank-and-file at the IRS were all super patriots. It was generally accepted that Ms. Lerner had given the order to target conservative groups and individuals, and the lowly bureaucrats simply followed orders like the good little toadies they were.

However, now that the unsavory activities by McCabe, Comey, Strzok, Page and the Ohrs have come to light, the leftists and the lap dog media can’t stop carrying on, pretending that thousands of anonymous bureaucrats are being slandered.

*  Sometimes, the goofs by Washington bureaucrats are so outrageous that you have to wonder who helps them put on their shoes in the morning.

Brenda Fitzgerald, who was recently appointed Director of the Center for Disease Control, lost her job when it was discovered that shortly after being named to head up the CDC, she invested in tobacco stocks. Easy come, easy go.

One can only hope that the new director will refrain from opening a recreational marijuana shop, at least for the first six months.

* I understand that it was a judge named Rudolph Contreras, appointed to the federal bench by President liar-nObama, who issued the first FISA warrant, allowing the FBI to use the phony Russian dossier to surveil Carter Page.

Considering what Trump had said about judges with Hispanic surnames, which was that Gonzalo Curiel, to name one, couldn't be trusted, I’m guessing Senor Contreras couldn't wait to issue the warrant, even if the dossier was bought and paid for by the DNC, liar-Hillary Clinton and, rumor has it, the FBI.

* In a recent article, which some may have construed as nostalgia for vigilante law, I tried to explain why I basically distrust the American legal system.

Something I neglected to mention is the immoral nature of plea-bargaining. I know that judges and prosecutors claim that without it, our courts would be backed up for years, if not decades. To which I say, as I do whenever people complain that our prisons are over-crowded, build more damn prisons.

So, go out and hire more judges and prosecutors. Perhaps if we didn’t waste so many tax dollars feeding, clothing, schooling and plea-bargaining, with illegal aliens, we would find ourselves with enough money to do the things that citizens have a right to expect of their lawmakers.

There are many problems with plea-bargaining. For one thing, the punishment never comes close to fitting the crime because the crime he’s sentenced for is never the one the perp actually committed. It may not even still be a felony.

The reduced sentence also means the perp will be out on the streets sooner rather than later. It also means there is less risk in committing crimes because the punishment isn’t as severe, meaning that for the public it’s a lose-lose situation.

While I’m at it, I would do away with parole boards. If a sentence is five years, that is how long the criminal should remain behind bars. If new evidence proves the prisoner wasn’t guilty of the crime, he should be pardoned. But removing years from a sentence because of good behavior is farcical. What are they saying? That he hasn’t robbed any banks, burgled any homes, raped any women or molested any children, while being kept in a cage and being watched by armed guards 24/7? If he’s dumb enough to misbehave in that situation, you simply add years to his total.

* Jan Hooper of San Mateo, CA, claims that a good friend of hers, after seven years of medical school and training, has been fired for one minor indiscretion. It seems he had sex with one of his patients and can no longer work in his chosen possession. He hadn’t even had time to pay off his student loans.

“It just goes to show,” Mrs. Hooper concluded, “how one little mistake can ruin a person’s life. It’s a shame. He’s a great guy and was, in most ways, an excellent veterinarian.”
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ALERT ALERT

Schumer Refusing To Help Border Kids
Wants To Hurt Trump Instead

The controversy over how underage illegal aliens are handled at the border is heating up — but Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just rejected a good-faith proposal to fix the problem.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern for border separations, which occur when migrants are caught breaking the law along the border while they have children with them, or when the often exploitative relationship between adults and minors at the border cannot be established.

A vast amount of mis-information and outright lying about the situation has muddied the water, making it tough to understand the situation in its entirety.

Both liberals and conservatives, however, have voiced their support for a better system that results in fewer family separations, and even President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to stand with Congress if they change the law.

Shockingly, however, it looks like one of the most well-known faces of the Democratic party isn’t willing to take action, and is instead playing politics in order to attack Trump.

On Tuesday, Schumer openly rejected a Republican proposal to fix the immigrant separation problem at the legislative level, and instead whined about the president.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer stated, according to The Hill.

“Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it,” he complained.

Democrats Reject Bill To Keep Families Together At Border – Schumer Says He “Wants To Keep Focus On Trump”

Think about that for a second: The president’s job is to execute existing laws. The legislature’s job is to change or enact new laws when needed.

A senator elected to the legislature for exactly that purpose is now refusing to do his job and pass legislation, while simultaneously blaming the president for enforcing the existing laws, as he is sworn to do.

If there was any doubt that Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics instead of trying to actually help migrant families, the senator made his intentions clear: Obstruct and point fingers at Trump.

“Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump,” The Hill explained.

Make no mistake: The Democrats dragging their feet and refusing to back legislation already drafted by Republicans will prolong the problems at the border.

“Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down,” The Hill reported.

“Democrats want to keep the pressure on Trump instead of having Congress assume responsibility for the growing crisis,” the news outlet continued.

Again: There’s a solution ready to go, with Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ready to support it. Yet Democrats like Schumer apparently believe that scoring political points against Trump is more important than helping broken families on the border, even as their own liberal voters demand action.

“Congress alone can fix it,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday.

“I support, and all of the senators of the Republican conference support, a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell agreed.

“We need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution,” he said.

Yet Democrats refuse to budge.

This “do nothing but blame Trump” response from the left should prove beyond a doubt that all the tears and hand-wringing from liberals are disingenuous. They’re for show. If it was truly about helping innocent kids at the border, Schumer and his fellow Democrats could act right now.

If their priority was actually to solve the problem and help broken families, scoring points against Trump shouldn’t even be a concern. Even if they believed he was being stubborn on the issue, they could take the high road by doing their jobs and supporting bipartisan legislation.

They don’t, because solving the problem was never their goal. They are playing political games and using devastated children as pawns, while pretending that the president is the monster.

That’s sick… and the American people need to see exactly who is doing the obstruction.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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