Why 26,000 Guardsmen?
The Democrats’ fear of the coronavirus, coupled with their fear of another “armed insurrection,” has caused them to drastically dial back the attendance numbers for tomorrow’s inauguration of scumbag/liar-Joe Biden. Thus, an event typically attended by 200,000 will tomorrow be attended by around 1,000.
This seems both a shame and a shameful capitulation by the Democrats – especially given that the Wuhan flu has a better-than-99.9% survival rate for those under 70, and given that the “armed insurrection” of January 6 was the most peaceful and the least effective insurrection in history.
At the same time, our nation’s capital is now hosting some 26,000 National Guard troops from all across the nation — which seems like an awful lot of force for such a sparsely attended event.
But as we think about it, 1,000 attendees sounds about right, given the well-documented difficulty that scumbag/liar-Biden has in drawing a crowd. This should lend comfort to the Nervous Nellies who’ve committed to attend, because it means that the ratio of National Guard protectors to Democrat protectees will be about 26 to 1, which also sounds about right. After all, we wouldn’t want even the slightest show of patriotic dissent during the swearing in of the oldest, most corrupt, and least compelling president in modern history.
But sending so many National Guard troops to our nation’s capital isn’t without its own risks — especially given how many of them are white males and therefore murderous Trump loyalists.
What’s that? You didn’t hear Democrat Representative Steve Cohen’s dire warning about our Guard’s demographics and its racially motivated disposition? The vast majority of them are males, he says, and white ones at that. And given that only about “20%” of white males voted for scumbag/liar-Joe Biden and lowlife/liar-Kamala Harris, many of these American Patriots are probably poised to carry out Armed Insurrection 2.0. They “would be the large class of folks who might want to do something,” he says ever so greasily.
What a disgraceful smear this is, and what a disgrace Cohen is to the great state of Tennessee. His apology and resignation can’t come soon enough, but neither ever will. After all, being a Democrat means never having to say you’re sorry and never having to worry about being censored.
As for the overwhelming presence of the Guard — a greater presence than that which guarded DC during the riots that followed Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968 — Fox News’s Tucker Carlson suggests there’s more to it than mere safety and protection. He says our Beltway betters are sending us a message — a message about power:
We’re in charge now. We run this nation, from Honolulu to our colony in the Caribbean and everywhere in between, very much including where you and your family live. Do not question us men with guns. We control the Pentagon.
Apparently, we’ve sent Guardsmen there from every state in the union as well as a smattering of mission-critical troops from Puerto Rico. Why? So that each state can now demonstrate its fealty to our newly Democrat national government? So that each state can take part in a symbolic (albeit fake) show of unity?
“In the meantime,” Carlson continues, “you’ve got to wonder what the Guardsmen themselves think of all of this. Serving in the National Guard is not easy work. Guardsmen aren’t paid much. Some, you’ve got to imagine, are doing it for love of country. Now, they’ve been deployed to their country’s own capital city and they’ve been given orders to shoot their fellow Americans if necessary. That’s a lot to ask. Now, on top of all of that, they’ve been told that if they were born a certain way, if they’re white and male and therefore evil and dangerous, they themselves are under suspicion of being the enemy. They’re potential killers, assassins, betrayers of a nation.”
“Democracy,” said H.L. Mencken, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
Ours is a republic, not a democracy. But we’re about to find out how right Mencken was. ~ The Patriot Post
Memo to the Capitol Riot Jackasses
The riotous mob who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, represent the worst of the American “Right” — a fringe element who claim to be “Patriots” supporting Liberty but who lack the most fundamental self-awareness requisite to represent anything other than its own emotive narcissistic impulses. In fact, those who led that riot — battling police and trashing the Capitol building — were indistinguishable both from the leftist mobs that violently swamped Washington, DC, a few months ago and from those who have wreaked havoc in other urban centers across the nation for the last seven months, largely unabated.
As I have noted previously, the real reason Capitol Police were not prepared for that fringe mob is that all law enforcement agencies expected Trump rally supporters to act like they always have — with civility and respect. Given the upbeat and lawful tenor of ALL previous Trump rallies across our nation over the last four years, there was no reason to believe that a tiny element of last week’s rally attendees, some fraction of 1% of those in attendance, would resort to the riotous thuggery associated with “peaceful” leftist protests. Heretofore that has been the standard modus operandi of so-called “Black Lives Matter” racists and so-called “antifa” fascists. What happened on the Capitol grounds was unprecedented for a Trump rally.
Those who battled with police outside and inside the Capitol building, by both action and appearance, certainly do not represent any even marginally mainstream contingent of conservatives or “Trump supporters.”
However, the self-aggrandizing jackasses who defiled our nation’s Capitol building managed to defile the standing and reputation of every Liberty-loving and law-abiding conservative across our nation. Their obscene actions have demeaned all Americans who have supported Trump administration policies over the last four years. Their narcissistic lack of self-awareness has done more to undermine the long list of Trump administration policy successes and advance the leftist agenda than anything Democrats could have hoped for in their wildest aspirations. The Capitol riot was the most profoundly reckless behavior by those claiming to be “conservatives” that I have witnessed in decades. And the consequences have been and will continue to be devastating.
The Capitol riot met with unequivocal condemnation from conservatives. Of course, there was no such universal condemnation from the Left or its Leftmedia propagandists regarding the burn, loot, and murder mobs across the country over the last seven months. The Demo/Leftmedia Capitol condemnation has, of course, been colossally disproportionate.
As I have written, if not for double standards, Democrats would have no standards — and clearly they have double standards for rioters. But we hold those who represent (or claim to represent) Liberty to a much higher standard.
Donald Trump has been the lightening rod for the Capitol riot, and, by extension, so have ALL genuine conservative Patriots. Trump’s incendiary language regarding election fraud, which has eclipsed the real concern we should all have for the Demos’ bulk-mail balloting strategy, was, arguably, the catalyst that incited this fringe element of rioters. But it is the riotous jackasses and other fringe elements across the nation that identify with their actions that are most directly to blame for the damage inflicted on all conservatives.
Their actions provided the opening for Democrats and their Leftmedia parrots to paint ALL Trump administration supporters with the disgraceful actions of a fringe few, thus branding something well in excess of 100 million people as riotous thug sympathizers.
Their actions have provided Democrats a smokescreen cover to consolidate power for their legislative agenda. And the Demos will continue to foment more division, anger, and violence, which they will continue to hang around Republican necks ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
That is the fallout of the actions of a few hundred riotous Capitol jackasses. It will take time to recover from their idiocy, and that time will be extended by any similar actions of their likeminded ilk across the nation. ~ The Patriot Post
The President and the Good AG
In a December 1 meeting in the Oval Office, then-Attorney General William Barr reportedly bluntly told President Donald Trump that his allegations of widespread voter fraud were “bullsh—t.” Barr had just announced the Justice Department found no evidence backing up the claims of widespread voter fraud that were being widely publicized by right-leaning media outlets and repeatedly touted by Trump. “To date,” Barr told the press, “we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
He did not mean that the Democrats’ bulk-mail-ballot strategy hadn’t been successful, but that other wild claims were not borne out by the evidence.
It was clearly not the news Trump wanted to hear, and it likely was the primary reason that led to Barr’s early exit. But in hindsight, it had been coming for months, as Barr increasingly found himself having to stand up for the Rule of Law and against Trump’s worst instincts.
Barr reportedly expressed his frustration with the Trump legal team’s dubious public claims of having evidence of widespread election fraud. “These things aren’t panning out,” he said. “The stuff that these people are filling your ear with just isn’t true.” He further added, “I’m a pretty informed legal observer and I can’t f—ing figure out what the theory is here. It’s just scattershot. It’s all over the hill and gone.” To which Trump simply responded, “Maybe. Maybe.”
Despite the Leftmedia’s dubious caricaturization of Barr as “the most dangerous member of the Trump administration” and a “danger to democracy,” the good AG stuck to his principles and the Rule of Law, even when that meant having to stand against Trump.
Barr is a man who is primarily motived by the truth and upholding the Rule of Law, no matter which side of the political aisle it may impact. He demonstrated this by refusing to concede to the Democrats’ Russia-collusion narrative and similarly by refusing to adopt the “stolen election” narrative popular with many Trump supporters. If hard evidence was there to support the legal claims of widespread election fraud, there is little reason to doubt that Barr would have acted upon them. He’s exactly the kind of AG the nation needed and continues to need.
Despite Trump’s late misgivings, his choice of Barr for AG was to his credit and to our nation’s benefit. The government needs more individuals of character like Barr who refuse to let the constantly changing political winds sway them from their commitment to stand for the truth and the Constitution. ~ The Patriot Post
Trump's Legacy: Domestic Policy Achievement
Before the Christmas break, we began work on a project to summarize President Donald Trump’s legacy. First, we noted his work to draw in more voters, especially black, Hispanic, and blue-collar workers, to the Republican tent. Then we praised his myriad achievements in foreign policy, from combatting terrorism to Middle East deals to taking on China. Coming into the new year, we were all set to tackle a third and final installment: his domestic policy work, which has largely been excellent and praiseworthy. He is one of the most consequential one-term presidents in U.S. history, and his myriad accomplishments indeed largely Make America Great Again.
Then the first two weeks of January happened, and this became a somewhat different story, with another likely to follow.
Sadly, it’s unlikely that much of President Trump’s agenda survives the next four years. He’s now been impeached twice and leaves under a cloud of division, including in his own party. His successor, scumbag/liar-Joe Biden, has pledged to undo everything he can.
In some ways, it seems that no matter how good his agenda has been, the greatest risk to Donald Trump’s legacy is and always has been Donald Trump. His Achilles heel cost him the election, got him impeached a second time, and eroded his legacy — or at least the perception of it — over the final two months on his way out of office. During that time, he has done a lot less governing than complaining and failing to prove his election-theft legal case, stirring up strife and bringing bipartisan condemnation on himself. When he was governing, it was throwing a monkey wrench in a bipartisan compromise to the advantage of scumbag/liar- Nancy Pelosi and Chuck scumbag/liar-Schumer before ultimately violating his 2018 promise to not sign anymore gargantuan and wasteful omnibus bills.
That leads us to argue that his greatest failure is government spending. Despite promising to eliminate the federal debt in eight years, Trump is leaving office having added an appalling $8 trillion (30%) to the national debt, almost as much as the $9 trillion Barack scumbag/liar- nObama added in two terms. He and a Republican Congress also failed to repeal scumbag/liar-nObamaCare. The Tea Party suddenly seems so very long ago.
Alas. Such is the complicated mess that is Trump’s legacy. Nevertheless, many of his domestic policies deserve praise, and we’ll do so here, though we can’t possibly do justice to a complete list.
Let’s start with the judiciary, which was the primary reason our own Mark Alexander gave for endorsing him in 2016. Together with the steadfast and courageous leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and outsized input from good conservative organizations like The Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation, Trump revitalized the judiciary with 220 constitutionalists, or roughly a quarter of the entire judiciary. This includes 53 circuit judges and three new justices on the Supreme Court — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. We expect that this work to defend Rule of Law and uphold the Constitution will pay dividends long after Trump is gone.
Next, let’s consider the economy. When Trump took office in January 2017, there were fears of another recession because scumbag/liar-nObama’s “recovery” was just that swell. By the end of 2017, Trump and the GOP Congress cut taxes for most Americans — without a single Democrat vote. Contrary to the Left’s rhetoric fomenting class warfare and instituting tax policies based on envy, the White House says of the GOP legislation, “A typical family of four earning $75,000 received an income tax cut of more than $2,000 — slashing their tax bill in half.”
Trump largely carried through on his promise of deregulation over the course of his presidency. Regulation is a form of taxation, and removing onerous burdens from businesses helps produce more commerce, which in turn provides real benefits for American families. The Trump administration says it “eliminated 8 old regulations for every 1 new regulation adopted,” which then “provided the average American household an extra $3,100 every year.”
Cutting taxes and regulation removed major impediments and set the economy on a growth trajectory that saw tangible gains for millions. Incomes, wages, and net worth rose for American families across the board. The stock market regularly set new records, helping the retirement accounts of millions of Americans. Unemployment hit a 50-year low. Nearly seven million Americans no longer needed food stamps. In particular, those left behind by the Obama “recovery” were doing well, namely the aforementioned blacks, Hispanics, and blue-collar workers.
As presidential biographer Conrad Black noted, “His is the first government in any important jurisdiction where the lowest 20 percent of income-earners were progressing more quickly in percentage terms than the top 10 percent — the closest that the advanced world has come to dealing with the income-disparity problem.”
Remember that just before the election, 56% of Americans said they were “better off now” than four years ago.
Trump also orchestrated major trade deals like the USMCA, and he took on unfair Chinese trade practices, even if he did so with tariffs that didn’t make that a cost-free battle. He fought for American jobs with a vigor that his predecessors never did, arguing essentially that fair trade is better than free trade. America First, as he put it. American manufacturing and jobs returned from overseas in part because of this work, but also because our corporate income tax, once among the world’s most punitive, was reduced to compete once again for those jobs.
Energy independence was something American presidents had talked about for 50 years, all while achieving nothing to make it happen — and often obstructing it. In roughly two years, Trump changed all that. The U.S. is, for the first time in 70 years, a net exporter of energy, as well as being the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas. This brings economic benefit to Americans up and down the supply line. It also yielded good things for national security, because we’re far less dependent on foreign nations — some of them hostile — for our economic lifeblood.
Trump was certainly exaggerating in his 2020 State of the Union Address when he said that “our economy is the best it has ever been,” but it most certainly was incredibly strong, due in large measure to his policy agenda.
Then came the coronavirus pandemic. The lockdowns in March and April created a veritable bloodbath of jobs lost and economic upheaval. Yet the epidemic of misery would have been far worse under the scumbag/liar- nObama economy because we wouldn’t have been hit while in a position of such strength.
Much of the stunted economic growth since May has been because many states, led by Democrats, have remained largely locked down. Low-income workers have been hit hardest by this ill-advised and ineffective strategy, though Democrats clearly managed to turn it into a political benefit by blaming the guy “in charge.”
The truth is the Trump administration’s response to COVID was laudable, including the travel restrictions for which he was falsely accused (again) of being racist. Particularly notable is the stunning success of Operation Warp Speed in bringing not one but two vaccines to market in record time. The lack of trust in that vaccine is the predictable result of deliberate division sowed by the Left and general distrust of government on the Right. But we expect time will prove the vaccine effective, and Trump deserves credit for that leadership.
He also deserves immense credit for not using COVID to justify trying to be the dictator leftists both feared and demanded he be.
Unfortunately, Trump’s daily rambling press conferences in the early days, and a concerted effort by the Left to demonize him, made the president the poster child for COVID misery. Thus he unfairly bore extensive and intense blame, yielding a large portion of the 81 million votes against him in November.
Trump’s support among evangelicals has been an enigma to many, but his defense of religious liberty amidst the cultural battles being waged against Christians goes a long way toward explaining it. He worked like no other president to protect religious liberty not just here but abroad. He stood for science on the transgender issue, which is the next great front in the Left’s assault on Christianity.
While Trump and the Republican Congress failed to defund Planned Parenthood — the nation’s biggest abortion mill receives $500 million in tax dollars annually — Trump did make progress around the margins by blocking some of its funding and restoring the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits funding for abortions abroad. He also became the first president to attend the annual March for Life.
Another cultural and political fad for which Trump bears mostly unjustified blame is the racial animosity ravishing the nation, particularly over the last eight months. We’ll grant that Trump is not a unifier, but much of the culpability for the division lies with Democrats. They and their allies in the mainstream media spent every day sowing division while blaming Trump. Too many Americans fell for those lies.
Trump’s actual record shows the lies for what they are. That’s true even of his immigration policies, which the Left falsely insists by definition are racist. When Trump came into office, the nation was beset by a porous border that allowed any and all comers to find permanent residence here, meaning Americans were competing against cheap labor for jobs and paying for lavish benefits for others.
Immigration policy should have nothing to do with race and everything to do with merit, law, and order. In the face of stiff resistance and a few defeats, Trump tried to achieve just that. The spectacle of separating families at the border was not his finest moment, but there are big caveats there too. It was the continuation of scumbag/liar-nObama policy, it often was separating children from trafficking adults who aren’t their parents, and it was overblown by the adversarial press. From doubling the 354 miles of border barrier to asylum rules to fighting human trafficking, he made significant progress, and we no longer routinely hear about an immigration crisis.
Trump also worked to achieve criminal justice reform, helping blacks and undoing much of the legacy of scumbag/liar-Joe Biden’s 1980s- and ‘90s-era crime legislation. That bipartisan achievement gets far too little play, because it undercuts the “Trump is a racist” narrative.
It shouldn’t go left unsaid that much of Trump’s success was brought about by surrounding himself with the right people. That didn’t always happen, of course, and many of his self-inflicted wounds were because of foolish spats with folks (formerly) in his employ who found themselves on the wrong side of his Twitter account. But in most cases, Trump’s people were good people.
It starts, of course, with Mike Pence. It’s outrageous that Trump put his loyal vice president in such a predicament early this month with the Electoral College spectacle, causing Trump’s most devoted supporters to turn on the VP as a “traitor” rather than acknowledge him as the unsung patriotic hero of the administration. For four years, Pence was a steady hand amid an often chaotic White House.
There was Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, of course, but Trump’s domestic policy was run by great people like Betsy DeVos at Education, Larry Kudlow on the economic team, and Ajit Pai at the Federal Communications Commission. And let’s not forget the stellar work done by William Barr at the Justice Department. We name far too few of the people at the forefront enacting Trump’s policies, but, contrary to media characterization, his team was patriotic, honest, and hardworking.
In sum, we haven’t by any means given a comprehensive narrative of all that President Donald Trump and his team accomplished in just four years. His work outshines many a two-term president, and we wish more Americans had been willing to let good and even great policy outweigh personality considerations. If they had done so, the Democrats’ nefarious election strategy would have failed. Even so, Republicans should find Trump’s record of achievement to be the inspiration for a winning policy agenda in future years. ~ The Patriot Post
It's Not a Lie to Say the Left Hates Us
In the course of pursuing accountability for the 2020 election results, we can’t ignore those who’ve been actively gaslighting grassroots Patriots about the Left’s intentions. It’s a strong word, yes, but when one looks at the facts, it’s an accurate description of what The Dispatch’s David French recently tried to do.
Pundits make their living by stirring the pot, no doubt about it. If they can generate a lot of discussion and comment in these click-bait times, so much the better. But French’s insistence that it’s a lie to say that the Left hates us is itself a lie. Furthermore, the evidence of left-wing hatred for the Right long predates Donald Trump’s escalator ride to announce his 2016 bid for president.
The Left’s track record of extreme animus is undeniable, and we’re not the only outlet to have noticed. It comes from Hollywood, from politicians like scumbag/worthless-Maxine Waters, from pundits like Eugene Robinson, from “media figures” like scumbag-Al Sharpton, and from plenty of other places. Hollywood elites and politicians who never missed a paycheck mocked not just those exercising their First Amendment rights to protest the harm the lockdowns did but those who were watching their businesses die and their financial situation turn more and more desperate. A certain former first lady said those trying to fix a botched school-lunch experiment were okay with kids eating crap.
But beyond ugly statements and the mocking of valid concerns, we have a long train of abuses. What motivated the regime of Andrew Cuomo and Letitia James to target the National Rifle Association? Cuomo all but admitted his reasoning — he hated the NRA for its opposition to gun control. And, by the way, the NRA is now leaving New York for Texas.
What motivated the notorious John Doe investigations in Wisconsin? French himself answered the question in his own National Review article on those abusive probes: hatred stemming from Scott Walker’s status as a Republican governor, and later his long-overdue reforms of the state’s teachers unions. Or, to put it bluntly, the vindictive leftist prosecutor hated the conservatives and the success they enjoyed in Wisconsin in the early 2010s.
What motivated the state of Colorado’s harassment of Masterpiece Cakeshop? The Supreme Court answered that in a 7-2 ruling: hatred toward the sincerely held religious beliefs of bakeshop owner Jack Phillips. The smoking gun was the disparity in how other bakeries were treated.
The abuse leveled at conservative commentator Dana Loesch after she took on Jake Tapper at CNN’s post-Parkland Second Amendment shaming special? Pure hatred for conservatives’ support of the Second Amendment. Much of the invective is unprintable, and Loesch isn’t the only woman who’s faced it. Just ask Sarah Palin, Candace Owens, or Nikki Haley to name three prominent targets.
When we look at the Left over the years, we see the over-the-top hatred leftists have directed at grassroots Patriots and other advocates for constitutional government. We can go on and on, but the fact pattern is undeniable. When it comes to the Left’s hatred of the Right, are we to believe David French or our own lyin’ eyes? ~ The Patriot Post
Incestuous. It’s an ugly adjective, but it’s the only one that accurately describes the interrelationship between three powerful and highly influential leftist families: scumbag/liar-nObama, scumbag/liar-Biden, and Big Tech.
As Katherine Doyle of the Washington Examiner reports, “The scumbag/liar-nObama- scumbag/liar-Biden administration from 2009-2017 was criticized for its close ties to Big Tech, and veterans of that White House, as well as of technology firms, are finding their way back into Joe Biden’s government. This at a moment when major tech firms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google are under fire for what critics call a politically biased crackdown on conservative speech.”
Doyle calls these people “reverse revolvers” — which is to say they’ve moved from the scumbag/liar-nObama administration to the private sector and back to the Biden administration. Their numbers are dizzying. Suffice it to say that scumbag/liar-Joe Biden and lowlife/liar-Kamala Harris will have plenty of speech suppressors whispering sweet nothings into their ears.
It’s great work if you can get it: Join an incoming administration’s transition team, help it vet thousands of personnel for key staff positions (including those at the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and the DOJ’s antitrust division), and then, when you’ve got all your people in place, jump aboard yourself. What could be more … incestuous? I mean, it’s not as if these Big Tech transplants will advocate on behalf of their former employers. And it’s not as if they’ll promote policies that make Big Tech even bigger and more powerful, regardless of whether those policies are beneficial to fundamental American institutions such as competition, free-market capitalism, and the marketplace of ideas.
Even Jennifer Palmieri, the longtime Democrat communications operative and author of the worst-selling book Dear Madam President, can see what’s going on here. “It has not escaped my attention,” she tweeted on January 7, two days after the Democrats took both Georgia Senate seats, “that the day social media companies decided there actually IS more they could do to police Trump’s destructive behavior was the same day they learned Democrats would chair all the congressional committees that oversee them.”
The Big Tech companies are, as Rachel Bovard says, “very much buying off any enforcement action from the Biden administration — be it aggression on Section 230, more antitrust enforcement, or regulatory action from the FCC.” Bovard, a senior policy director at the Conservative Partnership Institute, says Big Tech’s presence is everywhere, including Commerce, State, and Defense.
Serving as scumbag/liar-Biden’s one-woman Praetorian Guard will be former Facebook lawyer and regulatory wrestler Jessica Hertz. As his staff secretary, she’ll be able to review memos, regulations, and appointments before they reach his desk — even deciding whose viewpoints deserve a hearing in the Oval Office.
“Personnel is policy,” writes Steven Nelson at the New York Post, and this Beltway axiom couldn’t be any more true than with the intermingling of scumbag/liar-Biden and Big Tech and their targeted assassination of inconvenient speech.
As libertarian journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted, “History moves quickly. The 9/11 attack was 20 years ago. That means nobody under 35, maybe 40, has a real political memory of it. Liberals begging corporations to censor ‘extremist’ speech. Emotions exploited to demand quick new anti-terrorism laws & powers? The same dynamic.”
Greenwald is right. We’ve heard the Capitol rioters described as terrorists by numerous Democrats and even one feverish Republican, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, whose time would be much better spent denouncing the scumbag/liar-Biden administration’s creepy relationship with Big Tech and the Left’s craven efforts to silence the Right. ~ The Patriot Post
NRA to Leave New York for Texas
With a giant target painted on its proverbial back, the nation’s oldest and largest Second Amendment advocacy organization, the National Rifle Association, has announced that it is declaring bankruptcy with the expressed intention to remove itself from New York’s “corrupt political and regulatory environment.” After declaring bankruptcy — which is a strategic move, not a financial one — the NRA, which was first incorporated in New York in 1871, plans on moving to the friendlier pastures of Texas to restructure itself as a nonprofit.
NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre asserted in a letter, “This strategic plan represents a pathway to opportunity, growth and progress.” After being targeted by Democrat state officials and lawmakers for years, “dumping New York” and moving to Texas would allow the NRA to continue its 2A advocacy in a friendly environment.
Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has been aggressively working to get the NRA outright dissolved, responded, “The NRA’s claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt. While we review this filing, we will not allow the NRA to use this or any other tactic to evade accountability and my office’s oversight.”
But New York’s Democrats aren’t the only ones gunning to take down the NRA. scumbag/liar-Joe Biden has pledged to “defeat” the 2A organization, saying, “As president, I pledge to continue to work together with congresswoman Giffords, and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country, to defeat the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.” Remember, that would be violence in Democrat-run urban centers.
The NRA responded to the announcement by stating, “ scumbag/liar-Biden wants to ban our semi-auto rifles, tax our guns/mags & more. He knows the only thing standing in his way to dismantle the 2nd Amendment is NRA. Gun owners must stay vigilant & be engaged in elections and the legislative process.” ~ The Patriot Post
Get Ready for More scumbag/liar-nObama-Era Green Energy Scams
With Democrats about to control all the levers of power in Washington, the biggest winners might be the wind and solar companies. These firms’ stocks continue to surge mostly because President-elect scumbag/liar-Joe Biden has pledged to invest several hundred billion dollars in green energy through a pipeline of taxpayer-funded grants, loans, tax credits and loan guarantees.
This game plan looks suspiciously like a replay of the litany of green “stimulus” fiascoes that scumbag/liar-Biden piloted as vice president back in 2009 with the $800 billion scumbag/liar-nObama stimulus plan. The experiment in the government as an investment banker belly-flopped with embarrassing failures from Solyndra, Fisker Automotive and Abound Solar. Taxpayers lost billions of dollars on these lemons.
One of these disasters, the Crescent Dunes thermal solar power plant, located in the Nevada desert, is still embroiled in court battles to sort out who pays for all the losses. The scumbag/liar-nObama administration first started showering this project with money beginning in 2011, with a $700 million federal loan. The Department of Energy boasted that the facility was supposed to provide half a million megawatt-hours of electric power every year. Not quite. Thanks to construction design flaws, faulty equipment and hapless management, Crescent Dunes has never come close to its production target. Then, in 2017, Crescent Dunes came knocking on Treasury’s door again, this time receiving $275 million in cash grants instead of tax credits on top of $250 million in private capital. Even with this second round of life support, the plant had to shut down. Last month, the bankruptcy court approved the entire operation’s Chapter 11 reorganization plan.
But the story doesn’t end there. Under the settlement terms, taxpayers will only see $200 million recouped of the remaining $425 million still unpaid from the Department of Energy’s loan. The rest will be forgiven. Some of the loan losses could be recouped if the plant hits profitability. Expert testimony in the court proceedings concluded this outcome is unlikely given its track record so far. The bottom line: Expect taxpayers to swallow hundreds of millions of dollars of losses here.
What is especially galling about this whole misadventure is the Spanish firm Grupo Cobra, which botched the construction, received full payment to build the facility. The Department of Energy has reached a deal with Grupo Cobra that forgives the $225 million of outstanding loans and allows Grupo Cobra to become sole owners of the project. The total public and private investor losses could approach half a billion dollars when all is said and done. Meanwhile, a foreign company is going to walk away with sole ownership of a U.S. solar plant. Grupo Cobra is getting rewarded for its incompetence.
Will the scumbag/liar-Biden administration learn from bankruptcies such as Crescent Dunes? Don’t bet on it. It wouldn’t be surprising if scumbag/liar-Biden’s “green energy” crusaders, flush with taxpayer money, toss millions of more dollars into Crescent Dunes.
Renewable energy scams such as Crescent Dunes remind us that these “public-private” projects rarely produce much electric power, and they don’t save the planet from climate change. But they do make millionaires out of lobbyists and fraudsters. My friends at the Heritage Foundation have counted 25 separate green energy projects, each with multimillion-dollar taxpayer losses like those from the scumbag/liar-nObama era. My advice to the Biden team is the old saying: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. ~ The Patriot Post
For Trump: What Might Have Been
“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.” —John Greenleaf Whittier
There are many things beyond human control, among them, when and where you were born and who your parents are.
As President Trump leaves office, he will have time, but perhaps not much time given that his enemies seek to destroy his businesses and his chance for running again for any office, to contemplate what went wrong.
Before he announced for president, if a pollster had asked voters whether they would vote to grant a second term for a president who has accomplished what Trump has in foreign and domestic policy, I suspect the response would have been a resounding “yes.”
History is full of incidents where people have self-destructed by giving in to the furies of their lower nature.
In a speech last week that was too little, too late, President Trump spent a little more than five minutes addressing the nation from the Oval Office.
The president’s tone was, well, presidential. For a change he didn’t claim to have won the election; he didn’t blame “fake news.” Instead, he denounced violence and urged his supporters not to participate in it during scumbag/liar-Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Choose your analogy. This was a case of closing the barn door after the horse had escaped or calling the fire department after a building had been consumed by flames.
Trump’s problem has been diagnosed by amateurs and professionals as malignant narcissism. The Mayo Clinic defines it as: “People with narcissistic personality disorder may be generally unhappy and disappointed when they’re not given the special favors or admiration they believe they deserve. They may find their relationships unfulfilling, and others may not enjoy being around them.”
According to Mayo, narcissists have “…an exaggerated sense of self-importance; have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration; exaggerate achievements and talents; monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior; behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious.”
Don’t these symptoms perfectly fit Donald Trump?
Mayo says there is no known cause for this disorder.
The list of Trump’s accomplishments is long, but many will be undone by his successor and that is the biggest tragedy. Trump let his personality disorder become the issue and not his push-back against the Washington Establishment, which will regain control.
Government will again dictate what is good for us. Joe scumbag/liar-Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion spending plan for virus relief and vaccine distribution will swell the national debt and incentivize American dependency. Opening up businesses with caution and allowing people to earn a check, rather than getting a check from the government, which will addict more people to Washington and to Democrats, is the best cure for our economic ailment.
Trump may have won a second term, even as the coronavirus raged, had he not made everything about him.
Can he come back? After losing to John F. Kennedy for the presidency in 1960 and the California governor’s race to Pat Brown in 1962, Nixon attempted to re-cast himself as the “new Nixon” in the 1968 presidential race. He won and then won a second term in a landslide in 1972, but the old Nixon returned. The Watergate affair and the subterfuge that preceded it and followed it led to his political downfall.
If Trump is to come back, assuming Congress doesn’t bar him from future office, he needs the equivalent of a religious conversion and it must be seen as genuine. That, too, may be out of his control, which is why he should consult a Power higher than himself and try putting on a cloak of humility. ~ The Patriot Post