Great America

Enter at Your Own Risk: Bill de Blasio’s America

Americans are getting a taste of the anti-police rhetoric New Yorkers have suffered for years, and they’re not on board.

Say what you will about Bill de Blasio—he was ahead of the curve.

While the anti-cop fury may be a new phenomenon in the heartland, it’s old hat for Hizzoner. The left-wing mayors and politicians across the country who are now abandoning police departments are just following in the footsteps of de Blasio. As violent crime spikes, these cities’ leaders are demonizing law enforcement for doing their jobs. 

As a result, police chiefs from Washington to Georgia have resigned, even taking entire teams with them. And if America doesn’t fight back and defend our police, our nation could plunge into a decade of lawlessness and crime. In other words, the whole country could look like de Blasio’s New York.

While other mayors abandon their cops for the first time, de Blasio’s anti-police crusade started in 2013, long before the protests and riots that have rocked America since. New York’s Finest have never forgotten. Just this year, likely the deadliest since 2012, the mayor agreed to slash police funding by $1 billion, despite the objections of black councilmen like I. Daneek Miller. And instead of defending those policing violent protests in June, he called for their badges while praising his daughter for getting arrested by them.

We’ve seen the fruits of this anti-police rhetoric and action. Murders in New York are up nearly 50 percent in August compared to last year, and shootings have risen by 150 percent. After 6-year-old Maxwell Cesc-Dinho was shot by a gang member, de Blasio applauded the “peaceful” Labor Day weekend.

No one should be surprised at America’s most-hated mayor at this point. What’s really surprising—and unfortunate—is how many of his counterparts are following his lead.

Last week in Rochester, Mayor Lovely Warren responded to violent riots by promising to move funding and crisis intervention programs out of the police department—caving to the mob’s demand instead of standing by Rochester’s officers. Two days later, Chief La’Ron Singletary and his entire command staff stepped down.

Earlier this month, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, Seattle’s first-ever black police chief, stepped down. Even after Mayor Jenny Durkan’s “summer of love” turned deadly, the city council voted to slash police funding and cut Chief Best’s salary, putting her “in a position to fail.” In recent months, police chiefs in Atlanta, Dallas, and Milwaukee resigned, as well as 57 officers in Buffalo.

In the funhouse mirror of 2020, “progressives” are forcing out black police chiefs and providing fewer law enforcement officers to those who need their protection the most, all while chanting “Black Lives Matter.” Really? It seems a funny way to demonstrate it.

Anyone with a shred of common sense knows this is dangerous, and the evidence backs it up. A study from faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, predicted that cutting police budgets by 10 percent nationwide—less than New York’s cut—would directly lead to 1,000 additional homicides every year. The study also showed that cities are currently underpoliced, not overpoliced.

The ray of sunshine in this dark cloud: the American people still strongly support the police at a time when that support is needed most. Gallup polling shows a wide majority of Americans of every race want police to spend the same amount of time or more in their community. Heritage Action polling in swing states shows four in five voters oppose defunding the police.

Americans are getting a taste of the anti-police rhetoric New Yorkers have suffered for years, and they’re not on board. That’s why my organization, Heritage Action, is organizing a nationwide effort to support law enforcement. Nearly 100 members of Congress have signed a commitment to support the police and oppose defunding, and over 70,000 citizens nation-wide have followed suit. Our volunteers are organizing Back the Blue rallies. 

And on Monday, we launched two pro-police billboards in Times Square with a simple message for the mayor and the nation: No police, no peace.

There’s no superhero coming to save New York or America. As crime spikes and politicians take the de Blasio approach, the nation risks returning to the record violence of the 70s and 80s. That’s why today, we are standing up and supporting the everyday heroes who protect our communities. We need to hold the politicians accountable who refuse to do the same. We will fight for America.

News

Morning Greatness: Media Frets About Maskless Abraham Accords Signing

Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president participates in a High Holy Days Call with Jewish Leaders
  • President Trump has lunch with the Vice President
  • The president delivers remarks at National Republican Congressional Committee Battleground Dinner

Historic peace agreement signed, media alarmed about maskless attendees

Oh the humanity! The Trump Administration brokered a peace deal between Bahrain, the UAE and Israel and the killjoys on the clown networks were squeaking about social distancing and mask etiquette at the signing ceremony. CNN, the Karen network, has made a list of all the rule-breakers.  J’ACCUSE!

CNN spotted several attendees at the signing without a mask, including Republican National Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana.

A number of senior level staff at the White House, including Vice President Mike Pence, also opted to go maskless. Several Cabinet secretaries were also seen without masks, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, Attorney General Bill Barr and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

CNN did see a few Cabinet secretaries — Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — wear and then remove masks during the ceremony.

This is their schtick, their gimmick, their snake oil so they can avoid talking about the substance of a successful agreement. You can really tell who of the “interagency consensus” crowd and their foreign policy industry handmaidens want to see the dumpster fire Middle East sorted out by their (lack of) enthusiasm for the Accords. By any measure this is a great thing, the better the relationships are between Middle Eastern countries, the better for everyone, right? But the swampy detractors have long pretended that unless we got the “Palestinians” to sign on to an agreement, all the other Arab countries couldn’t have a relationship with Israel. Trump blew that up, he blew up their “smart people” policy. Strategically, the Abraham Accords are just magnificent. The more non-bat shit crazy Arab countries sign on to normalize relationships with Israel, the more marginalized the nutters get. So if the “Palestinians” or Iran do not want to come to the table to sort their mess out then we will get the party started without them. Bye Felicia.

And it gets worse. “President Donald Trump expects ‘seven or eight or nine’ additional Arab states to sign peace agreements with Israel in the near future, including Saudi Arabia, he announced Tuesday during a White House ceremony.”

Wolf Blitzer of CNN, the Karen network, spoke with Jared Kushner about the agreement or rather, the spoke to Jared about the mask situation.

“It’s still very worrisome to see all those of folks so close together, even if they’re outside, not wearing masks, not social distancing,” Blitzer belched up to Kushner.

“I will say, Wolf, I didn’t hear you and CNN being that worried when you saw people out there, you know, doing protesting in different ways,” Kushner fired back, referring to social justice riots that have taken place nationwide over the past several months.

“We were plenty worried about that as well,” Blitzer lied.  No you weren’t.

 

Election news:

Florida Dems ‘Aghast’ at Biden’s Performance With Latinos

Florida Man Angry Kamala Harris Visited Restaurant

Utah, Nevada officials: USPS sent voters wrong information about mail-in voting

Trump Defends Record In ABC Town Hall Event With Uncommitted Voters

Burn it down. Toxic intel feud dooms pre-election hearing on global threats

Harris, Newsom blame climate change for California fires following Trump visit

Biden says he’s worried about Trump’s ‘insurrection’ talk in Spanish-language interview

Biden panned for playing ‘Despacito’ at Hispanic Heritage Month event

Riot-zone voters back Trump 2-1, and most say violence affects vote

 

Riots/protests/Black Lives Matter/crime:

Louisville officials detail $12M settlement with family of Breonna Taylor

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza In 2015: Capitalism Must Be Abolished For Black Lives To Matter

Woman accused in Seattle police machete attack may be behind motel fire

Trump defends ‘MAGA’ when asked when America was great for black Americans

Virginia police cruiser shot multiple times with officer inside

Fantastic! Trump admin shuts down CDC training that purportedly flouted executive order on critical race theory

Portland protester charged with pointing ‘high-powered laser’ into officer’s eye

Judge Sets Bail at $1 Million Each for Alleged Lancaster Rioters

 

Coronavirus news:

HHS chief overrode FDA officials to ease testing rules

Trump says he doesn’t think he could’ve done more to stop virus spread

Iowa bar owner arrested for flouting social-distancing rules

Texas woman fraudulently submitted Paycheck Protection Program loan applications for nearly $2M, DOJ says

Bill Gates says the FDA lost credibility during pandemic

Apology, no firing: Official said US scientists hurt Trump

Texas Board of Education rejects proposed LGBTQ lessons as part of sex education revision

 

Other morsels:

U.S. Warns Against Travel to China and Hong Kong

Hollywood Director Judd Apatow: ‘China Has Bought Our Silence’

DHS IG won’t investigate after watchdog said Wolf, Cuccinelli appointments violated law

Of course. Trump’s tariffs on China violated law, trade body says

Caputo apologizes to HHS staff, signals desire for medical leave

Nearly 20 percent of Millennials, Gen Z in NY believe Jews caused the Holocaust: Survey

Chinese firm collects data of US leaders, military

Alan Dershowitz files $300 million defamation suit against CNN

New Patagonia tags: ‘Vote the a**holes out’

Group that led Facebook boycott is back with new action

Twitter and Facebook shut down accounts linked to youth conservative group’s misleading social media campaign

Debra Messing Calls Trump ‘Rapist,’ ‘Pedophile’ and Receives No Twitter Fact Check

 

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

Great America

Critical Race Theory Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg in Woke Government Training

President Trump can counter this dystopian vision with a more aggressive attack on diversity and inclusion training.

The Trump Administration put critical race theory on notice this month. The White House issued a directive outlawing the inclusion of exercises based on this theory in government training. “These types of ‘trainings’ not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce,” the directive declared.

Government agencies, such as the Department of Education, followed the directive’s lead and now aim to root out this insidious indoctrination. The Education Department’s memo singles out training “that teaches, trains or suggests the following: (1) virtually all White people contribute to racism or benefit from racism (2) critical race theory (3) white privilege (4) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country (5) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil (6) Anti-American propaganda.”

This is a strong and correct move by President Trump. Researcher Christopher Rufo has done a phenomenal job exposing these racist, anti-American teachings. Critical race theory has no place in our government and it’s commendable that the president is doing something about it.

But it must be understood this only scratches the surface of the problem. These employees will still learn about the absolute necessity of “diversity and inclusion.” They may not hear the worst excesses that Rufo has exposed, but they will be taught about why they must strive to make their agency more politically correct.  The White House directive leaves diversity and inclusion material standing—a major component of government training. The Education Department’s memo affirms its diversity and inclusion training satisfies the White House directive. 

Diversity and inclusion training is just a mild form of critical race theory. You can see this from the many examples of diversity and inclusion training offered by government agencies. 

Consider the Department of Veterans Affairs training on the subject. In its standard PowerPoint, it criticizes the idea of the American melting pot and tells employees to think of America as a “vegetable soup instead.” It supports resistance to assimilation, with one bullet point declaring: “Members of various cultural groups may not want to be assimilated, they want their tastes, looks and texture to remain whole.” The PowerPoint extols diversity as the greatest thing ever, claiming there is a business, economic, and human imperative for this trait. 

“Diverse teams are more creative and perform better in problem-solving than homogeneous teams,” the training states. It also argues: “the human costs of intolerance to diversity is incalculable.” The training curiously blames the 1986 Challenger disaster on NASA’s lack of diversity. The presentation also presents a case where an employee is supposed to overlook a Costa Rican worker’s tardiness and lack of apology due to cultural differences.

This is less outrageous than teaching employees to hate whites or whites to hate themselves, but it is still left-wing indoctrination. 

Some departments are even keeping critical race theory training and simply changing the name. On Monday, Rufo exposed a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teaching series that demands white employees acknowledge their privilege and claims America was founded on white supremacy. Thankfully, the administration announced the session was canceled soon after it was exposed, but there could be many more like it skirting the president’s directive. 

Sources tell me that the proposed directive was supposed to target all diversity training. That would make perfect sense, since much of the material and coursework also encourages white privilege-checking and anti-American views. But administration officials, fearful of a backlash, scrapped this expansive plan in favor of one more narrow in its aim at critical race theory training. 

Of course, it’s good that government employees will no longer be subjected to the more radical versions of diversity training. White employees won’t be told directly they’re racist and that they need to check their white privilege. They also probably won’t be told that America was founded on white supremacy and racial exploitation.

But the directive does not eradicate the woke rot within our government. The new plan merely restores the government’s level of indoctrination back to how it was under Barack Obama. Sadly, this training is not just limited to the government—nearly every corporation imposes some form of this indoctrination on their employees. Some corporations are implementing the radical anti-white training the administration is scrapping for government employees.

The Democrats want all of this to be expanded in the public and private sectors. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced legislation in July that would demand more diversity and inclusion initiatives from government agencies and contractors. Under the legislation, agencies and contractors would have to submit diversity plans to boost this most cherished project in their offices. 

“Our Federal Jobs Act strives to make a government by the people and for the people, look more like the people it represents. Increasing diversity in the workplace also creates a culture of inclusion that is reflected in the policies and programs advanced by the federal agencies, giving visibility and a voice to communities that are often left behind,” Menendez said of his bill.

Democrats also have legislation targeting private companies to make sure they comply with the diversity cult. The Promoting Diversity and Inclusion Act of 2019 is one such example. The bill would rate financial institutions based on how much they promote diversity and inclusion, essentially making this trait equivalent to a bank’s assets. 

“When you have power, you have to use it,” said bill sponsor Rep. Al Green (D-Texas). “We have the power. Regulations may be the thing to do. I think the carrot was a good idea, but after having heard some things today, I think we have to move to the stick, that’s regulations.”

“Move to the stick” is a good summary for how a government entirely controlled by the Democrats will promote diversity.

Trump can counter this dystopian vision with a more aggressive attack on diversity and inclusion training. America is a meritocracy that should not prize workers based on skin color. It should focus on training the best workers to do their jobs effectively. Diversity training shifts employee and employer focus toward left-wing imperatives and away from getting the job done right. It’s anti-American and a waste of resources. 

In the words of our president, this is a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue.

Elections

My Apologies, Mr. President

A suburban mom reflects on her 2016 vote and vows to do better in 2020.

Randall Smith made the point in a recent essay that a “do what you feel” society accustomed to indulging itself will not have the discipline or the grit to be truly progressive in the sense of doing what it takes to make the world a better place for future generations.

Immediately upon reading the article, I thought of President Trump. 

When Trump was elected, I was really disturbed. It just felt like a surreal joke to me. He was a party-switcher and a womanizer. I didn’t trust him. I feared he would ruin the presidency by turning it into an unbearable, narcissistic, reality-show farce, and his unfiltered mouth would get all the crazy dictators of the world stirred up and bombing. 

But this time around, I came away from the Republican National Convention feeling hopeful, protected in a “he’s got my back” kind of way, and completely blown away by how dedicated he has been to advancing pro-people, pro-America policies in such a short period of time—certainly more than any president I can remember, Republican or Democrat. 

From prison reform and tax cuts and incentives to pull good businesses back into the inner cities to declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency and launching a three-pronged all-out offensive against it involving education, cracking down on domestic and international supply chains, and funding proven recovery programs, Trump has been on America’s side. 

He restored funding to historically black colleges and sought the counsel of black Americans for his administration’s policy. Whether tough no-nonsense survivor single moms, ex-prisoners, or neurosurgeon Ben Carson as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, his administration has shaped its policies with input from people who know firsthand the overwhelming challenges of poverty, violence and racism that black Americans, and particularly our innocent black youth, face because generational sins have had huge generational consequences. 

He has stood up to China and created favorable trade deals for our workers. He has revitalized the military, showcasing it to create peace through strength, and has created and championed the space force; he took out two important terrorist leaders, thus delivering ISIS a horrible blow. Yet he has also championed the individual soldier: bringing home American boys from foreign entanglements and reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Today a workman came to give us an estimate on ductwork we need done in the basement. He was an ex-Marine and his knees were blown out—shattered along with other injuries to his legs during his tour of duty. In 1999, he applied for disability and was denied. The official determination was that he had torn cartilage in his knee as an 11-year-old so the condition was preexisting. He resubmitted his case, providing proof of the validity of the injury and was denied. In 2005, he tried again and was told they had no records of his previous claims. He produced the two denials and was denied a third time. 

As a single dad with full custody of his kids, he just felt he wasn’t going to waste his time trying anymore. But when Trump came into office, his veteran friends encouraged him to resubmit because things seemed to be moving. He said he applied in August 2019 and received full benefits plus retro payments by the first of December 2019. He explained how, pre-Trump, many veterans’ claims were routinely “lost” because VA bureaucrats would issue an immediate denial and then destroy the claims so as to come in under budget. Coming in under budget qualified them to receive bonuses for their money-saving, budget trimming work. His conclusion: “When Trump was firing everyone at the VA he was cleaning house. I voted as an independent last time. This time he has earned my vote.” 

All Trump’s firings since he has been in office at first made me nervous, underscoring a preconceived notion in my mind that he was unstable and too egotistical to work with anyone. Post-convention and after listening to the testimony of our contractor, I now see it in such a different light. He is effective because he makes sure his teams are top-notch and focused on getting the job done.

Trump’s administration has been at work eliminating intrusive governmental regulations so as to allow small businesses and many industries across the country to breathe and grow; he’s pushed through federal aid in record time to states during times of emergency. He’s appointed judges who honor the Constitution, and been a champion for school choice and religious liberty. He is standing strong against riots, violence, and radical movements and politicians who are calling to defund our police or promoting socialist agendas that history has shown over and over again lead to tyranny and spiritual, cultural, and economic poverty and devastation.

To me perhaps the most mind-boggling thing of all about the Trump phenomenon is that he breaks the religious Right’s womanizer stereotype mold. He speaks more boldly for the pro-life cause than some of our ministers and priests and stands firmly against pro-choice advocates who are lobbying for increasingly extreme abortion “rights”—like abortions at full term and the abolition of conscience protections. It causes my blood to run cold to think of any doctor having to abort a full-term baby, and it sickens me to think how New York and other states embrace and celebrate on national television with laughter their legislative victories in these matters as pro-woman, pro-doctor, or pro-human. No pro-choice friend or family member or pregnant woman I know who has been in such a crisis thinks abortion is a celebratory, laughing matter.

The Trump Administration seems to be keeping its head on straight as the rest of the nation goes pandemic bonkers. We wring our hands and despair, while the administration pushes, presses, demands that science and business and even government deliver: ventilators, PPE, eventually a vaccine, and that big, beautiful hope-inspiring Navy medical ship sent out to relieve hospitals overwhelmed by the pandemic. (Ah, what the fear of public humiliation and ridicule can do to get a fire under the buttinskies of the most entrenched bureaucrats.) 

From what I can tell, Trump and his administration simply won’t get distracted from the Make America Great Again promise and are absolutely determined, come hell or high water, to equip struggling and hard-working Americans of all races with the tools they need to succeed—not handouts, hand-ups; not welfare, jobs; not sentimental campaign promises, effective actions and results. 

As a mom of four, Herschel Walker’s comment about President Trump when he was owner of the U.S. Football League always taking the phone calls from his kids even during important board meetings, inspired me. In this fast-paced, tech culture, “Family First” is a very hard value to live. So many of our families are struggling and falling apart and we are losing a sense of who we are. I get it now, Mr. President, we need to put our American family first. Not out of selfishness or because of some superiority complex but out of the recognition that our American family is in crisis.

We need to pull in and care for our own. We can’t continue trying to save the world when we are drowning and hostile dictators all around the world are eager to watch us do so.

Circling back to my original thought, there is nothing I would rather do than give President Trump a first-class mouth upgrade—President Reagan-style. A mouth that is smooth and polished, light-hearted in its ribbing, and full of respect for all people including his enemies. But . . . I am guilty of judging President’s Trump’s mouth too harshly. His proven record of action makes me trust him in a way I absolutely didn’t before. 

He donates his salary to charity. That speaks to me. I believe he truly loves America and what it stands for, and I feel like he sees our people, our nation hemorrhaging—he’s in all-out emergency response mode, getting dirty and bloody as he tries to get those tourniquets on, and here I am shouting at him from the sidelines, “Tisk, tisk, Mr. President, your word choices are offensive.” 

What a joke! Before I put myself on a pedestal for my “kinder,” “gentler” way with words and people, I better make sure my delicate psyche, vanity, and stomach can handle the gruesome daily battle against entrenched hypocrisy, bureaucracy, evil and corruption—that my warm, fuzzy words can be backed by consistent, decisive actions that mean something. President Trump has made me very aware of my inner wuss—the coward made strong by her own judgments of moral superiority. 

My apologies, Mr. President. I misjudged you and grossly underestimated you. It is my judgy mouth that needs to be corrected this time—for criticisms I have made superficially and at no personal cost to me, from the comfy spectator chair on the sidelines of the war raging on this great American battlefield.

Thank you, Mr. President. God Bless you and your family, and God Bless America!

Book Reviews

A review of “Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster,” by Robert Spencer (Bombadier Books, $28, 560 pages)

Why Trump the Peacemaker Won’t Win the Nobel Prize

In this age, when it has become fashionable to hate the land of our birth and our forefathers, Robert Spencer’s new book is a bracing reminder that America has indeed been great—and can be great again.

Now should we rate and rank America’s presidents? It’s not just an academic question or one for documentaries. How we rate our past presidents tells us much about the present and probably more about the future. Robert Spencer has come up with a whole new way of rating America’s presidents that deserves wide consideration. His new book, Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster, is a must-read for students of America’s present and past.

As I said, it’s not an academic question. It’s on the table today and every day. A Norwegian politician named Christian Tybring-Gjedde has just nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination shocked the establishment. But should it? It wouldn’t if they rated America’s presidents the way Robert Spencer recommends. 

“I’m not a big Trump supporter,” Tybring-Gjedde explained. “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts—not on the way he behaves sometimes. The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump. For example, Barack Obama did nothing.” 

He’s right. Obama campaigned saying he would get American troops out of Iraq but he triggered more wars than he ever stopped. His drone strikes killed innocent civilians. He allowed ISIS to rise up, and turned Libya into a post-apocalyptic wasteland like something out of Mad Max. Obama also set Iran farther down the path toward obtaining nuclear weapons, while he lavished them with billions in untraceable cash. 

How does enabling an extreme autocracy and its violent terrorist proxies, Hizballah, foster world peace? The Nobel committee never should have granted Obama that prize and should hang their heads in shame now. 

Historians and the media continue to judge Obama a success, though. He won the Nobel Peace Prize, they say. The lens through which people like this view his and other presidencies may not be the right one to use. 

The fact that Obama was even considered for the Nobel so early in his presidency, never mind that he won it, highlights the fact that the Nobel Peace Prize today is so hyperpoliticized that it is essentially meaningless. The Nobel Peace Prize was once rewarded for truly extraordinary achievements that brought about real and lasting peace. Think of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin first establishing peace between their warring countries, and then being honored with the Nobel in 1978. Their countries have remained at peace with each other ever since. That Nobel prize honors real peace.

Obama winning it is more akin to the “everybody gets a trophy” mentality that is ruining our country. Now the Nobel Peace Prize is given to those who share the far-Left views of those who award it, while those who stand apart from the Left’s ideological camp and yet actually work effectively to bring peace are ignored. Trump, accordingly, though he has been nominated has no chance whatsoever to win the Nobel Peace Prize, no matter how transformative his efforts to bring about the accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates are on the one hand, and between Serbia and Kosovo on the other hand, have been. 

Just recently, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain announced they will allow Israeli airliners to cross their airspace, knocking down a restriction that had been in place for more than 70 years. They did this because of the Trump-negotiated Israel-UAE peace deal. Trump has built up an astounding record as the first president in decades to not involve America in a new war. But the Nobel committee is likely just to look the other way. Maybe they’ll hand Joe Biden the prize, just because. 

We simply take it for granted that the gatekeepers of worldly honors are all working from far-Left perspectives, such that only Leftists are ever recognized for their contributions, no matter how spurious. This is true not just of the Nobel Prize Committee, or of European honors and awards; it is also true in the United States. The Oscars just turned themselves into quota-obsessed nose counters and will not even consider a movie for its Best Picture honor unless it meets certain arbitrary race- and gender-based criteria. As Mark Steyn noted recently, this marks the death of art in film if it stands. 

The Left’s pollutive perspective has infiltrated virtually every conceivable field, even, or perhaps especially, our understanding of who we are as a people, and who we should be. As the Left steps up and more openly demonizes American heroes and paints American history as an unbroken record of racism and oppression, there is an increasingly urgent necessity for a sober, balanced view of American history, one that does not bow to the Left’s sacred cows or takes the likes of the New York Times’ biased word for it. 

This is where Robert Spencer and his new book come in. Spencer’s indispensable book provides needed facts and context in the field of presidential politics, and offers a refreshingly patriotic overview of the entire trajectory of American history.

Spencer takes a brisk look at each of the nation’s presidents, giving us a helpful list of their major accomplishments and the principal events of each presidency. He evaluates each one, as the subtitle of the book suggests, on the basis of America-First principles. By that often-loaded phrase, Spencer makes clear that he means no more and no less than this: Did the presidential administration in question benefit Americans, or did it not?

This question is not as easy to answer as you might think. Did, for instance, admitting China into the World Trade Organization and giving it full normalized relations help Americans or hurt them? The answer is not straightforward and does not stick to partisan assumptions. Opening China presented problems for our top enemy at the time, the Soviet Union. But in later years China has presented an economic and strategic threat to the United States. Presidents of both parties dealt with the China issue. How did they do, and how did Americans fare due to those decisions?

Some of what Spencer finds will come as no surprise to anyone who isn’t fooled by the corporate leftist media: Barack Obama’s presidency was as hollow as his Nobel Prize. Obama left Americans worse off in numerous ways as the much-lauded president continued and intensified the internationalist policies of his predecessors that had weakened America militarily and economically. Trump, in the first three years of his presidency, moved with remarkable dispatch and efficiency to reverse a great deal of this and to restore the nation’s industrial and military power. He did this without entangling the military in any more internationalist adventures that serve no real national security purpose for the United States.

Rating America’s Presidents is also full of surprises. Heroes—at least according to the conventional wisdom up to now—such as Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt who are rated extraordinarily high by historians and journalists fare poorly, while others who historians generally regard as failures and mediocrities, including John Tyler, Ulysses S. Grant and Warren G. Harding, did well by America-First principles. Grant, for instance, championed racial integration after the bitter Civil War. Wilson later re-segregated the federal workforce, presided over the Democrats’ introduction of racist Jim Crow laws, and helped revive the Ku Klux Klan, fostering racial strife we continue to suffer from today. Historians and the media tend to love Wilson and disregard Grant. 

In the course of his evaluations, Spencer reveals indirectly that the policies Trump is implementing—high tariffs, strong border control, avoidance of unnecessary foreign entanglements—have always made America stronger and Americans more prosperous, while the seemingly unstoppable expansion of the federal government into areas in which it has no business or constitutional authority being involved, and the Wilsonian internationalism that so many of Wilson’s successors have energetically pursued, have only weakened our nation and endangered our people.

That is just some of what makes Rating America’s Presidents so important. In this age, when it has become fashionable to hate the land of our birth and our forefathers, Spencer’s book is a bracing reminder that America has indeed been great, and of what we must do to (in Trump’s indelible phrase) make it great again.

Great America

The Left’s Moral Compass Isn’t Broken …

The left’s moral compass is not broken. The left simply rejects such a compass.

All of my life, I have said that the left’s moral compass is broken.

And all of my life, I was wrong.

Why I was wrong explains both the left and the moral crisis we are in better than almost any other explanation.

I was wrong because in order to have a broken moral compass, you need to have a moral compass to begin with. But the left doesn’t have one.

This is not meant as an attack. It is a description of reality. The left regularly acknowledges that it doesn’t think in terms of good and evil. Most of us are so used to thinking in those terms — what we call “Judeo-Christian” — that it is very difficult for us to divide the world in any other way.

But since Karl Marx, the left (not liberalism; the two are different) has always divided the world, and, therefore, human actions, in ways other than good and evil. The left, in Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous words, has always operated “beyond good and evil.”

It all began with Marx, who divided the world by economic class — worker and owner or exploited and exploiter. To Marx and to Marxism, there is no such thing as a good or an evil that transcends class. Good is defined as what is good for the working class; evil is what is bad for the working class.

Therefore, to Marxists, there is no such thing as a universal good or a universal evil. Those of us still in thrall to Judeo-Christian morality believe that good and evil are universal. In other words, whether an act is good or evil has nothing to do with who committed the act — rich or poor, male or female, religious or secular, member of one’s nation or of another nation. Stealing and murder are morally wrong, no matter who stole or who murdered.

That is not the case for Marx and the left. In Marx’s words in “Capital” (“Das Kapital”):

“Right can never be higher than the economic structure of society and the cultural development thereby determined. We therefore reject every attempt to impose on us any moral dogma whatsoever as an eternal, ultimate and forever immutable moral law.”

Fifty-three years later, Marx’s foremost disciple, Vladimir Lenin, architect of the Russian Revolution, proclaimed:

“We say that our morality is entirely subordinated to the interests of the class struggle of the proletariat. … We do not believe in an eternal morality. … We repudiate all morality derived from non-human (i.e., God) and non-class concepts” (Address to the Third Congress of the Russian Young Communist League, Oct. 2, 1920).

As professor Wilfred Cantwell Smith, director of Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions, wrote in 1957: “For Marxism there is no reason (literally no reason: our universe, the movement posits, is the kind of universe where there cannot conceivably be any reason) for not killing or torturing or exploiting a human person if his liquidation or torture or slave labor will advance the historical process.”

This is how Marx’s ideological heirs, today’s leftists, view the world — with one important difference: Morality is not determined only by class, but by race, power and sex as well.

RACE

It is left-wing dogma that a black person cannot be a racist. Only whites can be racist. And, indeed, all whites are racist.

It is increasingly a left-wing position that when blacks loot, they are only taking what they deserve, or, as the looters often put it, looted goods are “reparations.” A Black Lives Matter organizer in Chicago, Ariel Atkins, recently put it this way:

“I don’t care if somebody decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store because that makes sure that person eats. That makes sure that person has clothes. That is reparations. Anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance” (Chicago Tribune, Aug. 17, 2020).

POWER

Another nonmoral left-wing compass concerns power. Just as right and wrong are determined by class (worker and owner/rich and poor) and race (white and people of color), good and evil are also determined by power (the strong and the weak).

That explains much of the left’s hatred for two countries in particular — America and Israel. America is wrong when it does almost anything in the world that involves weaker countries — assassinates the most important Iranian terrorist, builds a wall between itself and Mexico, opposes unlimited immigration. It is wrong because it is much stronger than those other countries.

The left’s antipathy to Israel derives from both the power compass and the race compass. Because Israel is so much stronger than the Palestinians and because Israelis are classified as white (despite the fact that more than half of all Israelis are not white), the left deems Israel wrong. So, when Israel justifiably attacks Gaza for raining rockets over Israel, the world’s left vehemently attacks Israel — because it is so much stronger than the people of Gaza and because whites have attacked people of color.

SEX

When a woman accuses a man of sexually harassing or raping her, the left’s reaction is not, “Let us try to determine the truth as best we can.” It is, “Believe women.” One must automatically “believe women” because, on the left, it is not only morality that doesn’t transcend race, power, class or sex; truth doesn’t either. That’s why leftists protest and riot whenever a confrontation between a police officer and a black person ends with the death of an unarmed black person. The police officer is automatically racist, and the death is automatically deemed murder. On the left, the concept of objective truth is increasingly deemed a form of white supremacy.

So, then, it turns out I was mistaken all my life. The left’s moral compass is not broken. The left simply rejects such a compass.

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Morning Greatness: President Trump Welcomes Israel, Bahrain, UAE to Sign Abraham Accords

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president participates in the arrival of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • The president participates in the arrival of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates
  • President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates
  • The president and the first lady participate in the arrival of the Prime Minister of the State of Israel and Mrs. Netanyahu
  • President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel
  • The president and the first lady participate in an Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony
  • President Trump participates in a working lunch with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • The president participates in an ABC News Town Hall Event

Election news:

Kamala Harris accidentally touts plans under a ‘Harris administration’ during virtual roundtable

Report: Campaign Keeping Biden in ‘Sanitizer-Saturated Bubble,’ Aides Concerned About Health

Indoor Trump Nevada rally site fined $3,000 for violating state ban on large gatherings

Down-ballot Dems split from Biden on door-knocking

Blah blah blah. Michael Cohen: Trump’s disdain towards Obama was ‘purely racial’

Biden calls Trump a ‘climate arsonist’ who ‘won’t take responsibility’ for wildfires

Trump says if ‘weak’ Biden can vote in person, ‘any American can do it’

Biden proposes $5 trillion in new spending, undaunted by Trump’s massive deficits

 

Riots/protests/Black Lives Matter/crime:

Several Recent Protests And Riots Sparked By Deaths Of Armed Suspects

Conservative think tank Heritage launches pro-police billboards in three cities

Two Hospitalized During Sacramento Anti-Trump Protest

Black Police Chief Says It’s An ‘Extremely Rough Time To Be A Police Officer’

Manhunt intensifies for gunman who shot two deputies in LA

150 NYC Business Leaders Pen Letter to de Blasio Asking that Order Be Restored

Rioters Rage in Lancaster After Police-Involved Shooting of Man with a Knife

 

Coronavirus news:

Pennsylvania: Judge Rules Wolf, Levine’s Shutdown Orders Unconstitutional

LOL. Top HHS spokesman runs through conspiracies in video and claims without evidence CDC scientists are working to resist Trump

White House blocks Navarro from testifying to House panel about ventilator deal

Chinese virologist posts report claiming COVID-19 was made in Wuhan lab

University of Pittsburgh scientists discover antibody that ‘neutralizes’ virus that causes coronavirus

Trump HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo deletes Twitter account after late-night rant

LOL Top HHS spokesman runs through conspiracies in video and claims without evidence CDC scientists are working to resist Trump

Vaccine maker got $1 billion from taxpayers. Now it’s boosting drug prices

 

Other morsels:

JK Rowling’s new book renews transgender criticism

Axios Deletes Tweet Linking Criticism Of Netflix’s ‘Cuties’ To QAnonAnd th Conspiracy

US Freezes Imports On Goods Made By Uighur Forced Labor In Chinese ‘Re-Education’ Camps In Xinjiang

Postal police union sues USPS, DeJoy over limits to mail theft enforcement authority

Justice Department watchdog is probing handling of Roger Stone case

Once-standout DEA agent says he conspired with drug cartel

Five Connecticut residents infected with flesh-eating bacteria in Long Island Sound

Vindman says Trump is Putin’s ‘useful idiot’, considers himself a ‘never-Trumper’

Drip, drip, drip. Facebook says it’s cracking down on climate change misinformation. Scientists say it’s not doing enough.

Trump issues stark warning to Iran after reports country is considering plot to assassinate US ambassador

Vinyl record sales surpass CDs for the first time since the 1980s

Judge rules Chad Wolf likely unlawfully serving as Homeland Security secretary and temporarily blocks some asylum restrictions

Pompeo’s wife emailed State Department staff for help with personal Christmas cards, source says

South Dakota AG involved in fatal car accident over the weekend told officers he hit a deer: Police

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

Great America

The Truth About Our Pandemic Response

While Cuomo, Biden, and Pelosi were all downplaying the virus, President Trump and his administration were shifting into high gear.

I’m sure you remember watching hours of pandemic press conferences featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Dr. Deborah Birx (who CNN called a “legend in global health”). When the two doctors spoke, President Trump listened.

Armed with graphs, data, and knowledge, these two professionals got the floor for long periods of time during the pressers. The nation watched intently as they spelled out what they believed was before us. They implored the citizens of the United States to “flatten the curve” so that hospitals would not be overrun with critical COVID-19 patients. The country unified around that mission, and then we flattened the curve.

The curve has been flattened for some time now. Hospitals never had to choose life or death between an elderly patient and a younger patient. We ended up manufacturing more ventilators than we needed. Free COVID-19 tests have been available for months across the country. We have been experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment because we’ve been relying so heavily on China to provide that PPE, but now we understand why it’s so important to keep critical manufacturing within the United States.

I’m sure you will also remember the food and goods shortages at all the grocery stores when the pandemic began. There was a definite shortage of toilet paper—gold in an apocalypse. But even in pre-pandemic years, when a snowstorm came, people in Southern states would routinely buy up all the milk and bread over a half inch of snow. 

People panicking when uncertainty strikes is a given. Luckily our president was busy deftly responding to the deadly pandemic while carefully listening to the experts and keeping a positive outlook regarding the future, choosing not to panic us further but instead to give us all the facts while taking care of business.

On March 19, the Washington Post reported that 2.2 million people in the United States could die if we didn’t flatten the curve and mitigate our chances of spreading COVID-19 unhampered. In fact, the same article noted that if we did the mitigation, we would still see 1.1 million people perish. Six months later, and the death toll is 190,714—as of this writing, only a fraction of what experts were expecting. 

In the beginning, China lied to us about the virus transmission and their patsies in the World Health Organization parroted those lies to the world on January 14, tweeting “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.” According to a timeline published in the New York Post, the first COVID-19 positive patient in the United States was identified on January 21. The first known case that was contracted in the United States was on January 30. 

President Trump shut down the borders to China on January 31. Joe Biden’s response was to call the president a xenophobe. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi was in San Francisco’s Chinatown in late February telling people there was no reason to stay away.

That same month in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio allowed the Chinese New Year celebration to continue with thousands of people in the streets. The media’s main concern at the time was that the COVID-19 scare was somehow xenophobic

On March 25, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo made the deadly decision to order nursing homes to take recovering COVID-19 patients back into their facilities rather than leaving them in hospitals until they tested negative or sending them to the USS Comfort. At least 4,300 patients were put back in their nursing homes resulting in thousands more deaths in New York state. New York state has had by far the most deaths of all the states and U.S. territories from COVID-1933,019 as of this writing.

While Cuomo, Biden, and Pelosi were all downplaying the virus and equating worry of viral spread with anti-Chinese bigotry, , President Trump and his administration were getting into high gear working on the systems and the task forces that would carry this country through the storm of 2020. 

On January 20, Fauci announced the National Institutes of Health were already working on a vaccine. On January 21, the CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center. The Coronavirus Task Force began meeting in the White House on January 29. You can read the impressive timeline of the administration’s efforts here.

The response from the United States government during this pandemic is unmatched throughout history. Thank God for President Trump and his hard-working administration keeping so many millions of people alive through this harrowing time.

Great America

Segregation Makes a Comeback

If we cannot rally around equality before the law and within our institutions, and embrace color blindness within our own hearts, then we will not survive as a nation.

Dust off your “2020 bingo card.” Even with all this year’s craziness—impeachment; millions of acres of hellfire spreading across California; a global pandemic unleashed by China (which was also the occasion to shut down the engine of the greatest economy the world had ever seen); more than 100 consecutive days of rioting and looting in Portland, Oregon (not to mention similar criminal activity taking place across the country since the death of George Floyd in May)—did you seriously ever expect you’d be covering the square that reads, “American university unironically and enthusiastically endorses Plessy v. Ferguson”?

Didn’t think so.

But you’d better dig up your chips because that’s what very nearly happened at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. (2020 needs to slow down.)

The university tried to bring back Jim Crow-era segregation. The Center for Social Justice and Inclusion (CSJI) recently advertised its creation of a “Non-POC Cafe.” In plain language, it’s a (virtual) cafe just for white students, i.e., those who “do not identify as people of color,” “to gather and to discuss their experience as students on campus and as non-POC in the world.”

It goes on: “Feel free to drop in and discuss your experiences as non-persons of color and hopefully brainstorm solutions to common issues within the non-POC community. The Cafe will be facilitated by a non-POC faculty/staff member to ensure that discussions are kept safe and respectful.” (Go back and re-read that: CSJI considers whites are non-persons of color. Tell us how you really feel!)

Now, before you fret, you should know that there is also a separate (but equal?) “cafe” for BIPOC (“black, indigenous, or people of color”) students, which serves a similar purpose for the campus’s minorities.

I guess we can only hope that the water fountains aren’t of a dramatically different quality.

The university, of course, swiftly apologized after students took to social media to excoriate the idea. Tellingly, they didn’t blast the fact that the so-called cafes would be segregated on the basis of race, in blatant violation of the Declaration of Independence’s teaching that “all men are created equal,” not to mention the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of “the equal protection of the laws.” Rather, they took issue with the plan to give white students their own, shall we say, “safe space.” 

In other words, it’s not the fact of separation that enrages them (as it should), but that white students were going to get their own space (regardless of whether BIPOCs were, too).

Here’s a “news report” saying just that in so many words: “It wouldn’t be 2020 if a college didn’t attempt to host a whites-only event intended to give white people a platform to discuss their feelings about being white—you know, without people of color around to make them feel uncomfortable.”

Awkward.

But of course that’s their position. Young people have been thoroughly indoctrinated into the woke faith since they started school, and the finishing touches were applied by our nation’s universities, which have the high honor of training the woke religion’s clerics. That’s why these same people have no problem with minority-only spaces, which predate by several decades this cringe-worthy attempt at fostering “diversity, equity, and inclusion” among UM-Dearborn students.

For example, a report by the National Association of Scholars found that more than 75 universities as of 2019 offer “segregated graduations.” Moreover, lots of spaces on many campuses are described as “multicultural,” which is just thinly veiled code for, “White people really should stay away.”

And yet, not a peep from the social-justice warriors. That isn’t a surprise; it’s exactly in keeping with the tenets of the ascendant woke ideology—critical race theory—that now fully controls all of our major institutions. (Thankfully, that travesty of an intellectual movement is finally being recognized for the poisonous claptrap that it is and is being beaten back somewhat, at least within the sprawling federal bureaucracy.)

What is the attraction of being sorted, voluntarily or not, into a group of people with whom one shares skin tone alone? Why anyone does this is beyond me. I’d much rather spend time with people with whom I have real things in common so that we can share ideas, support one another, and laugh and grow together.

Just because someone shares my pigmentation doesn’t mean I automatically feel any kind of “solidarity” with them whatsoever. Frankly, that’s asking far too much of mere skin.

This worldview—this hyperconsciousness of race and other immutable characteristics that have nothing to do with the content of a person’s character—which is what really matters—is both contagious and dangerous.

If minorities get to parade their race around with pride, it’s only a matter of time before white people naturally wonder why they belong to the one group that isn’t permitted to do likewise. The surefire way to ensure racialized, tribal conflict doesn’t decrease over time is by constantly drawing attention to it. And maybe that’s the point; some people, after all, profit greatly from an angry, divided America. (I’m looking at you, Barack Obama, praiser of violent anarchists.)

If left unchecked, this ideology will destroy the country. In fact, it almost did more than a century ago, and that outcome was only averted by a bloody civil war, prosecuted by an uncommonly great president, Abraham Lincoln.

If we cannot rally around equality before the law and within our institutions, and embrace color blindness within our own hearts, then we will not long survive as a nation, as one people.

And we won’t deserve to, either.

Great America

The Forgotten Counties Will Make Their Voices Heard

Whoever does win, the story cannot just be about the suburban voters and their needs being met. Rural voters will still be here, and it is hard to imagine they will ever let both political parties’ establishments forget them again.

JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania — Ken Miller walked into one of the four storefronts on the right flank of the Richland Shopping Center, asked if this was where he could change his voter registration, sat down with a purpose and began to fill out the form.

“It is time to go,” he said flatly as he checked his Pennsylvania driver’s license number to place on the form.

Miller did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016; he didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton either. He is a retired insurance manager and does not like what he sees coming from the party he has been a part of his adult life. “I just get tired of the game playing that the Democrats are doing,” he says. “Everything’s just so disgusting today. Something has to change. Well, something’s going to change.”

“I’m afraid something’s going to break out here, and I’m pretty sure it will,” he said. He’s concerned that what happened to patrons having dinner at an outside cafe in Pittsburgh, when protesters swarmed them, will find its way here and other bucolic settings across the country.

Miller is not alone. For the first time anyone can remember, Cambria County is no longer dominated by Democratic voter registrations. It lost that dominance quietly on Labor Day weekend when Pennsylvania Department of State registration numbers showed Republicans having 37,951 registrations and Democrats holding 37,826.

Four years ago, Democrats still dominated by 12,000 registrations. Eight years ago, it was nearly double that. Despite the lead in registrations, both Trump and Mitt Romney prevailed over their Democratic rivals in this county.

Yet it was not that long ago that then-candidate Barack Obama won here over Republican John McCain, and not that long ago that Democrats had a 30,000-voter registration advantage over Republicans.

Cambria was one of 10 counties — part rural, part post-industrial, like Washington County, Luzerne County and Erie County — that helped Trump eke out a victory in Pennsylvania, the first GOP candidate to win the Keystone State since 1988. Republican-supporting voters turned out 9% to 10% higher for Trump than they did for Romney, numbers that offset the larger Democratic-dominated populations of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

For an outsider, this may not seem to be a big deal. A small-population county flips Republican. Who cares? Larger-population counties, such as Chester County in suburban Philadelphia, are now marginally more Democratic than Republican. Isn’t that where the focus should be? The short answer is maybe. The longer answer is that our political coalitions have changed and our focus has been on the suburbs, the comfortable class. But what if the little guy makes the difference?

For generations, Cambria County has been synonymous with working-class, blue-collar Catholic laborers who went down into the coal mines that powered our country and into the steel mills that built our country. They worked hard, hunted and fished for their food, served their country, played hard and went dutifully to church with their families every Sunday to atone for their sins.

This is the home of the late Jack Murtha, the Democrat who was the first Vietnam War veteran to serve in Congress, and who held his Johnstown-based seat from 1974 until his death in 2010. The fact that it’s now considered a safe Republican seat says more about the pillars of our political parties than anything about the people of the district.

Jackie Kulback was at the Cambria County Republican Party headquarters where Miller was filling out his forms. He was not the only one changing his registration, as dozens of other people were lined up to do the same thing. Others picked up signs and bumper stickers or signed up to volunteer for a variety of functions.

Kulback said that a handful of Cambria Republicans got together and decided to do something about the one thing they were very good at: losing elections. “We were experts at that,” she said laughing. “We had struggled to get good candidates to run, if at all. There were times where we had nobody running for some of our offices. So, we just put together a strategic plan, and the focus was making sure that we gave anybody who wanted to run a fair shot at running. And we also, on top of that, really worked hard at voter registration.”

Seven years later, a Republican presidential candidate and Senate candidate, Pat Toomey, won the county. So have two Republican members of Congress who represent the county. Republicans also now have two state House members who are running unopposed in November and half of the county row offices.

Kulback said for counties such as hers to help Trump over the line, they not only have to hit the 2016 numbers but also exceed them.

“We have to hit 60,000 votes here, and, honestly, I think we have a shot of exceeding that,” she said.

As the line formed for people to enter the storefront, Kulback’s goals did not appear out of reach. Democratic nominee Joe Biden needs to cut in and win back some of this rural vote to win the state, while Trump needs them to hold their enthusiastic 2016 numbers and push for 1% more.

Whoever does win, the story cannot just be about the suburban voters and their needs being met. Rural voters will still be here, and it is hard to imagine they will ever let both political parties’ establishments forget them again.

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Morning Greatness: Does Joe Biden Really Plan to Debate Trump?

Good Monday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president participates in a briefing on wildfires in McClellan Park, CA
  • President Trump delivers remarks and participates in a Ceremony Recognizing the California National Guard
  • The president participates in a Latinos for Trump Coalition Roundtable in Phoenix, Arizona

Five minutes of hate:

People are wondering, how will Joe Biden pull off a debate with Trump? It’s clear Biden is aged, he seems to have some degree of cognitive impairment, his media appearances are very controlled, his press conferences are choreographed and recently, he had difficulty reading off his teleprompter when answering a predictable question at an AFL-CIO event. What sort of performance can we expect in a debate setting, a setting without a teleprompter, and against Donald Trump who is a very aggressive adversary? There is a huge risk Biden will go sideways, that he will speak gibberish or make one of his strange “you ain’t black” proclamations. Additionally, Biden is not rigorously campaigning, he takes entire days off. The presidential horse race is competitive, Biden doesn’t have it locked up, so I wonder, what is the strategy to win the election without a strong debate performance?

I think there is something else planned.

It’s not a smart idea for the campaign to come up with a “health reason” as to why a sick Biden can’t debate three times.  He’s old, he looks old and he appears befuddled and confused in his rare unscripted appearances so to portray him as infirm is not wise, it is not confidence inspiring for those undecided, independent voters he will need to win an election. If Biden straight up refuses to debate Trump, that looks suspicious and would give credence to the rumblings about Biden’s physical and mental capacity. “What is he hiding?” people will ask. Many voters watch the debates because it is a unique opportunity during a campaign to directly contrast the two candidates. There is a big cost for refusing to debate, especially when the race is close.

Unless. Unless there is something that mitigates the cost. Something that doesn’t mean Biden has to win or earn votes, but something that will cause Trump to lose votes.

There will be some event or development that makes it more desirable for the undecideds and soft Biden supporters to vote for Biden despite his refusal to debate and crappy campaign than it is for them to vote for Trump. The Democrats have a bomb. They have something planned to damage Trump. Of course we know the mail in ballots will help boost Biden’s count, but vote fraud can only help so many percentage points before it looks suspicious. Trump’s entire first term was a series of bombs intended to damage Trump and undermine his legitimacy. The bomb will have to be detonated before the first debate to get Biden out of it and it will have to be damaging enough that Biden won’t have to debate or campaign at all.

The bomb doesn’t have to be true. Remember Harry Reid lied about the despicable Mitt Romney’s taxes. It had its effect. “Romney didn’t win, did he?” snickered the hateful Reid. We will see this move again except it will not be a politician launching a serious accusation against the president, that won’t fly because it happens on an hourly basis these days. Trump’s a RUSSIAN spy, Trump hates the military (LOL), Trump is making money off of the presidency, Trump bites the heads off of kittens…people are numb to it.

The bomb will involve a credentialed agent, a person or persons certified by the lefty-controlled institutions in which regular people still have faith.  We recently saw Adam Schiff resurface with his shiny new toy, a DHS whistle-blower who claims that he was told to stop reporting on the “RUSSIA threat” because it “made President Trump look bad.” Is this true? Probably not but every administration controls the flow and form of information. But it doesn’t have to be true for the prestige media to treat it seriously and highlight the specific allegations.

But this particular tale might not make enough waves since the public is burned out on the RUSSIA schtick. However we have another “scandal” brewing, this one coming from the derp state “scientists.” I am guessing that Trump’s alleged dereliction handling the coronavirus registers well in all the focus groups the Democrats are perpetually conducting. A group of Dr. Derp States are claiming that

The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the reports’ authors and water down their communications to health professionals.

Perhaps this episode will pick up steam and be the magic “get out of campaigning” free card for Biden. The legacy media will move forward with the bureaucrat’s allegations, gin up public hysteria and find more anonymous sources to tell tales of treachery for media showcasing. There will be pearl clutching, wailing and lamenting from the Democrats, the full Monty. We’ve seen it before: emoluments clause, Logan Act, Ukraine-impeachment, Hatch Act and on and on.

But if it’s not this issue, it will be something. The Democrats have something on the back burner they think will produce the desired effect of damaging Trump so severely Biden can just continue to phone it it. And by the time people figure out it is all a lie or just a partisan maneuver, it will be too late. I cannot think of any explanation for the lack of campaigning and their cognitively impaired loose-cannon candidate except they think they have something. There’s a hard out, the election day is set. We don’t have four years like we did with the RUSSIA-collusion hoax to unravel a scheme. The Democrats just need to keep something outrageous in motion for one month to pull it off but I guarantee you, the Democrats have a bomb and they are getting ready to set it off.

Election news:

Biden pushes gun control less than 24 hours after attempted assassination on deputies

Biden argues he’s in better shape than Trump: ‘Just look at us’

Is anyone watching? Biden campaign plans to run ad during every NFL game until Election Day

Black church leaders demand apology for Trump campaign ad

Schumer and Pelosi-Aligned Groups Funnel Millions in Secret Cash Into 2020 Elections

Federal judge temporarily bans USPS from sending election mailers with ‘false statements’

Crowd aims ‘lock him up’ chant at Obama during Trump rally

Trump holds first entirely indoor rally in nearly three months

‘Open up your state’: Trump defies Nevada Gov. with indoor rally near Las Vegas

Chris Wallace Presses Biden Advisor On Travel Ban: ‘Would You Agree … That Trump’s Actions Saved Thousands Of Lives?’

Major US city may soon allow 16-year-olds to vote, could others could follow suit?

Man warned for wearing MAGA hat when voting in Georgia

Peter Navarro abruptly cut from CNN interview after telling Jake Tapper network ‘is not honest with the American people’

Start of Pennsylvania’s election is on hold because of ballot delay

Bloomberg to spend at least $100M to help Biden in Florida

 

Riots/protests/Black Lives Matter/crime:

Trump calls for swift justice in shooting of ambushed deputies as manhunt intensifies in LA

Los Angeles County Deputies Out of Surgery, Expected to Survive

‘F**cking Die’: BLM Activists Lay Siege to LA Hospital Treating Officers Hit in ‘Ambush’ Shooting

This Week in Leftist Violence and Intimidation Vol. 3

Officer shot during traffic stop in New Mexico

Video shows police pinning journalist covering LA protest to ground during arrest

Westchester school under fire for cartoon comparing cops to KKK, slave owners

NAACP chapter president Talbert Swan: ‘No such thing as blue lives’

Racial injustice themes fill empty NFL stadiums

 

Coronavirus news:

400K sign on to ballot drive to repeal Michigan governor’s emergency powers

Scientists outraged by White House appointees’ meddling with coronavirus information: ‘Outright egregious’

Derp State. Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19

More pandemic fallout: No Peeps for Halloween and Christmas

Blitzer to Fauci: Who should we trust, you or President Trump?

 

Other morsels:

Wildfires Will Become Worse Thanks To Decades-Old Liberal Policies, Says Fire Expert Who Predicted Uptick In Blazes

Pompeo to resume ‘Madison Dinners’ despite controversy

Trump unveils plan to slash drug costs tied to what’s paid abroad

Of course. Justin Fairfax to run for Virginia governor despite sexual assault accusations

Iran weighing plot to kill US ambassador to South Africa: report

TikTok picks Oracle over Microsoft in Trump-forced sales bid

 

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

Great America

Cuomo and de Blasio’s Sustained Assault on New York’s Working Class

The two mafia terrorists who rule over New York are committed to holding average people in a permanent hostage situation.

Woe to the little man who dares to defy Lord Andrew Goombah and his yapping lapdog in Gracie Mansion—those men who imperiously abuse the powers of their offices like thug mafioso.

Their shameless siege on small businesses—barbershops, movie theaters, universities, and especially bars and restaurants—continues unabated, without the slightest signs of clemency or rudimentary awareness for the damage they have wrought on their city and state.

Meanwhile children begin the new school year cloistering like frightened guinea pigs behind clinically sanitized glass panes, obeying the commands of the czar’s legion of dutiful school teachers who obsequiously follow the edicts of the state. They remind a little one that should his nose slip through his mask it would be tantamount to Armageddon.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signals a possible reprieve for the month of September. “Little Restaurant Owner,” sayeth he, “You have been good during my reign. I shall grant thee a pardon: you may expand your total occupancy to 25 percent capacity.” He spits out these words with that bulbous smirk, hinting that one slight or inadvertent misdemeanor will delay the openings for an indefinite period of time, perhaps forever.

“Don’t forget,” His Majesty snarls, “how wonderful a job I did in leading the charge against COVID-19. New York far exceeded every other state in the country. We made mincemeat out of that bloviated Orangeman in the White House!” 

Dare anyone suggest that Cuomo’s performance in fact was the exact opposite of what he proclaims; that New York needlessly suffered because of Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s incompetence; that but for Cuomo’s early decision to effectively hold thousands of New Yorkers hostage in nursing homes and hospitals, tolling the death knell for the septuagenarian-plus population, America’s total deaths from the Great Pandemic might have been half of what they are, and that person is a pariah. 

Blind Capitulation

Instead, Cuomo expects New Yorkers to bend over backwards for him, kissing his ring while sabotaging their own livelihoods for the Glorious Cause. He expects blind capitulation to the most criminal and suicidal policy ever enacted by a single governor in the country’s history.

To a degree, New Yorkers are receiving their just deserts for voting in these two sociopaths. Those who believe in second chances, however, even if these people made the mistake of voting for one or both men, will recognize that their penance has far exceeded any sin committed. 

Moreover, the reality is that the greatest victims of these lockdowns do not comprise Cuomo’s natural constituency; they are the middle-class business owners who grimace at the sight or sound of the names “Cuomo” or “de Blasio.” 

Any New Yorker with an iota of common sense would notice the barefaced politicking afoot in the Empire State. Unfortunately, politics today is mostly optics. And the Democratic Party is happy to see the look of frightened citizens remaining segregated, confused, and ignorant. 

Our dynamic governor-mayor duo fetishizes the humiliating sight of people’s faces festooned in a useless mask wrapped tighter than a baby’s diaper so as to further dehumanize them, perpetuating a culture of hopelessness, and promoting the idea that they must depend upon the likes of them to alleviate their suffering.

That is the clear agenda at work. But average people, for the most part, cannot identify these political trends. They don’t have the time to contemplate the shadowy forces at work behind the scenes, in part because they are not accustomed to think that way. They are not natural cynics. They still believe that our governments are not utterly corrupt beyond repair, or at minimum, that the people in charge of them are not megalomaniacs. 

The Ultimate Flex

Ordinary people prefer to go with the flow, prove their bona fides as dutiful citizens, and avoid the wrath of the state or its caporegime. The Chamber of Commerce or the Board of Public Health extend their tentacles into local business communities, pouncing upon people for the most trivial oversights. This is the ultimate flex of power by pathetic, power-hungry bugmen who salivate over the opportunity to plummet their state into fiscal oblivion, hoping thereby to permanently fortify their power. 

Yet pointing these things out does little good for those who choose to take notice.

Even the most politically unaware, however, might have occasion to ask himself: what benefit could possibly be derived from shutting down the most economically prosperous city in the world over a virus that has not killed a single New Yorker in weeks? Our data crunchers no longer even care to update the latest death figures, which seems at odds with the unrelenting alarmism coming from America’s Scientific Industrial Complex.

The short-term political game is quite clear: Cuomo and de Blasio’s party hopes to oust Donald Trump in the upcoming election. Many voters, not being especially percipient, tend to see only a single snapshot of a much larger revolution. So they reason: the economy is bad, Trump is president, ergo he’s to blame.

But others may detect something more menacing at work. The term “social distancing,” as brilliantly explained by Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, seemed almost tailor-made for this particular crisis. One’s first instinct would not be to ascribe the label “social” to an objectively antisocial activity. Physical distancing would be getting closer to the reality of the call to “stand six feet apart.” If the phrase lacks the charm of “social distancing,” that’s because it bluntly conveys the message without political correctness.

This is important to note because shrewd observers will recognize this hasn’t been a “normal” pandemic. It has proven ripe ground for all sorts of experimentation—be it social with the “George Floyd riots,” and increasingly economic with the nonsensical excuses for keeping businesses on lockdown. Meanwhile, Zoom has seamlessly zoomed into schools, businesses, law firms, and myriad other professions, and is widely characterized as the next frontier in the full-throated campaign towards technological nirvana.

The Worst Is Yet to Come

Even more portentously, the lockdowns may prefigure an even more dramatic transformation of the American economy: an opportunity to usher forth something akin to the Chinese Communist Party’s social credit system. 

Under this future dystopian model, all economic decisions will be tied to social credit and managed by multinational corporations like Amazon. The drive to centralize healthcare is one example of this phenomenon. Where one is placed on the single-payer queue will be determined by the strength of his social credit, which will replicate the Chinese model, though it promises to be more “woke.” Those who tout the party line will be elevated on the intersectional totem pole. Trump voters, as Michael Anton notes in his new book, won’t be as lucky.

How will the deplorables be treated? Will they merely be relegated to the back of the queue, or is that too merciful an ask? If the end goal is absolute power, denying them a spot on the queue entirely would be the most reasonable, if sinister, way to go. 

That same reasoning could translate to food distribution. If America’s future food suppliers are all managed by elite corporations—a reality that otherwise would seem completely unthinkable if not for Cuomo and company’s onslaught on independently owned restaurants and supermarkets—it seems perfectly reasonable, and even plausible, to imagine that social credit ultimately will be linked to the food supply. Those who do not get on board with the program may starve.

Too outlandish? Consider the fact that small businesses, especially restaurants, are more than capable of returning to 100 percent occupancy today. Yet the two mafia terrorists who rule over New York are committed to holding average people in a permanent hostage situation. Obviously, this is no longer a question of public health, if it ever was. It’s a naked power grab; an unconstitutional and defiant exercise of power to a degree that was inconceivable only a few short months ago. 

It’s a question of fundamentally transforming New York, and the rest of the country with it, into a left-wing hellhole, in which mob-like interrogation, fear, and despotism rule the day.

Elections

Joe Biden Is a Catholic—Just a Really Bad One

A warning to good Catholics who may want to support Biden and the party of abortion.

You can be a bad Catholic and a good Democrat. You can be a good Catholic and a bad Democrat. What you cannot be is a good Catholic and a good Democrat.

A bad Catholic is someone who accepts the abortion of an innocent child at any stage of the life cycle, but especially in the later months shortly before birth. This type of bad Catholic, however, would be considered a good Democrat since the Democrats view abortion at all stages as nothing short of a sacrament. 

Concomitantly, a good Catholic opposing abortion for any reason at any stage would also be a bad Democrat for the reasons just mentioned. 

So, a good Catholic, who opposes all abortion, cannot also be a good Democrat who accepts all abortions. 

Got that?

A good Catholic possibly could get around all this mess by simply saying I oppose all abortions; they should be illegal. Still, the Republicans are going about it all wrong, so I am throwing my lot in with the Democrats. This is a bit of a stretch since the Democrats are not trying to make any abortions illegal in any way. Making this argument, therefore, is a rather hard sell. It is also delusional. 

A good Catholic may turn from the Republicans for what Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, called “proportionate” reasons—that is, for an issue that rises to the level of 1.2 million dead babies a year. This cannot be something like the minimum wage, or a certain number of refugees, or even climate change, however. For these do not rise to the level of 1.2 million abortions a year. In fact, it is nearly impossible to figure out what such a proportionate reason might be. 

Even though many are trying to make this calculation, it is practically impossible to be both a good Catholic and a good Democrat. 

All of these distinctions are pertinent to supporters and voters who may be Catholic and tempted to vote for Joe Biden. And the reason these distinctions resonate has to do with an ongoing debate about what constitutes a Catholic. Laymen, priests, and at least a few bishops have weighed in on whether one may be a Catholic in good standing and support the Party of Death, as writer Ramesh Ponnuru called the Democrats in a book of that name some years ago. So, this is a hot topic. 

What qualifies as true Catholicism is not just a charge made by Republicans against Democrats. Catholics and other Christian Republicans are often charged with being fake Christians for supporting Donald Trump, although the arguments are extraordinarily weak. “Kids in cages.” “Racism.” “Third wife.” And so on. 

Recall also that the Obama Administration made official definitions of what constitutes Catholicism in the application of Obamacare and who might be exempt. The Little Sisters of the Poor, for instance, were considered by Obama as not Catholic because they care for poor Protestants, Jews, and even atheists. Obama said you could be a Catholic organization only if you discriminated against other faiths and cared only for those of your own faith. So if your Catholic school accepts Evangelicals or Jews, your Catholic school is no longer considered Catholic. 

Of course, there is a vast difference between private citizens making these personal distinctions and the federal government making them for official policy purposes. 

But there is a final category not for voters or supporters but for candidates and policymakers who support and defend the right to kill the unborn with impunity. And here it gets somewhat sticky. 

Joe Biden is Catholic. He will be a Catholic until he meets Jesus in the sweet by and by. But he is such a bad Catholic on the question of abortion that he likely lives in a constant state of mortal sin. 

Worse than that, he has likely excommunicated himself under a concept called excommunication latae sententiae, an automatic excommunication for actions one has taken. Biden is still Catholic, certainly, but he may no longer avail himself of the sacraments, like the Eucharist. He has placed himself outside the Church. And in fact, every time he takes communion in this state, he commits yet another mortal sin and, in the language of the Bible, eats and drinks his own death. 

All of this is hypothetical—though based on the evidence—because we Catholics are not allowed to judge the state of anyone’s immortal soul. This last paragraph comes with an enormous “if.” If all of this is true, then Joe Biden might be in a lot of trouble, particularly if, God forbid, he drops dead today. 

But this also comes as a warning to good Catholics who may want to support him and the party of abortion. It comes with an enormous risk not only for the unborn but for your immortal soul. 

Great America

Defunding the Defunders Who Facilitate Riots, Violence, and Anarchy

Will “defund/dismantle the police” jurisdictions file suits to demand that the federal dollars continue flowing unabated? Probably.

President Trump recently issued a memorandum addressed to the attorney general and the director of the Office of Management and Budget, ordering them to review the federal tax dollars being sent to jurisdictions that have permitted flagrant lawlessness and rioting to prevail in their streets for weeks—some, for months now—or which have taken steps to limit and/or defund their police forces.

Some pundits are prognosticating that the president’s order cannot be implemented. That remains to be seen.

It has been interesting, if deeply disturbing, to watch the “defund the police” movement play out in some of the country’s most progressive jurisdictions, even as they burn for lack of adequate enforcement and prosecutorial responses to rioting and looting. These are jurisdictions which, by and large, also proudly declared themselves sanctuaries for illegal aliens. When decoded, this simply means that they were, and are, willing to let aliens who commit serious crimes walk away from their booking stations and jails rather than turn them over to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. 

ICE stepped up its activities in response, often taking custody of these aliens right in the hallways of state and county courthouses, which in turn led to many of the officials in these cities and counties (and, appallingly, sometimes even their congressional representatives) to advocate the defunding or dismantling of ICE. 

What did the police and sheriffs’ departments do when faced with standing by their federal law enforcement colleagues? All too often, they abandoned them and parrotted the “make our communities feel safe for migrants” nonsense even though many of the victims of the alien criminals they released were themselves members of those migrant communities. 

How many veteran police leaders really believed this mantra? And how many were simply currying favor with their political bosses, presumably to ensure that their organization continued in the good graces of the hands that feed them?

But no matter because now it’s coming back to bite those “woke” state and local enforcement organizations where it hurts. You can never be woke enough, and when you unleash the demons of chaos, they cannot be harnessed to go in any particular direction. They’re just as likely to come after you.

Another similarity to the immigration sanctuary issue is now manifest. Toward the beginning of his term, President Trump ordered withholding of federal monies for sanctuary jurisdictions. Admittedly the record of success is mixed. 

Jurisdictions that proudly declared they would resist federal immigration enforcement nonetheless kept their hands out for as much grant money as they could garner, and sued to have the president’s orders enjoined. In many instances the jury is still out because of stays and injunctions issued by judges at the district court level—and litigation moves slowly through the federal court system—but in some significant instances, the federal courts have upheld the withholding of funds for certain grants.

So whether or not the president’s recent “defund the defunders” order can be implemented will depend in large measure on exactly how carefully targeted the attorney general and OMB director are in their calculations. The devil assuredly will be in the details: what is the grant’s purpose, and to what specific conditions did state and local governments agree to adhere when accepting the money?

Certainly it makes sense that federal funding should not be used to fill the gaps and shortfalls created when governments divert police monies toward pet projects that don’t seem likely in the long run to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their communities. For the federal government to allow this to happen would only encourage more states and localities to default on their fiscal responsibilities toward their own enforcement agencies and expect the federal government to make good on the deficits—even as they demand that federal agents not be allowed within city limits for such purposes as safeguarding federal courthouses and bringing an end to chaos, arson, looting, and violence.

Here’s the $ 1 million question: Will those “defund/dismantle the police” jurisdictions file suits to demand that the federal dollars continue flowing unabated? If they are true to their beliefs, then they should welcome the withdrawal of federal monies so as to hasten the end of those bastions of hobnail-booted thugs with badges whose job is to risk their lives daily on behalf of the citizenry. 

Chances are, though, they’ll engage in the usual lawfare, spending significant amounts of state and local monies (that instead could have gone to police and sheriff departments) in order to fight Trump’s effort to hold them accountable, sublimely oblivious to the fact this shows them to be brazen hypocrites.

Greatness Agenda

The Complex and International Fight for America’s Future

Hugo Chavez understood fully that he was poisoning inner-city black youth with 26 tons of cocaine monthly, while simultaneously funding Black Lives Matter.

Recent sustained street protests, escalating intimidation, and violence by the Democratic Party’s leftist Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa activists have reached an untenable level of threat. Americans of all political parties, races, and faiths need to examine closely what is transpiring on America’s streets and stand with the founding principles of freedom, equality, and opportunity enshrined in our founding documents and improved upon by succeeding generations. 

America, the envy of the world, is under full assault by leftists determined to destroy it. The movement to defund the police is the first step in the establishment of a new order by anti-American radicals. The answer to that ambition must be no. 

As a veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired senior operations officer and chief of station in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, I normally write and lecture on national security, terrorism, and counter narcotics. What has transpired on America’s streets is well beyond domestic party politics. It has become a national security threat. 

 

There is an effort afoot to destroy the very foundation of American governance. 

Homegrown Radicals with Venezuelan Drug Money

A little context. In 2006, Venezuelan socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, working closely with Cuban intelligence, ceded his three southern provinces of Apure, Amazonas, and Bolivar to the control of two Colombian narco-terrorist organizations: the Fuerzas Armadas Revolutionarias de Colombia (FARC) and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN). 

FARC and ELN conducted massive coca cultivation and cocaine production and distribution in coordination with Cuban intelligence, and paid Venezuela a major percentage. Chavez told his inner circle that it was his personal goal to flood the United States with cocaine as a means of damaging American global dominance. 

Chavez died of cancer in 2013, but all of his leadership team that succeeded him—current President Nicolas Maduro, National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello, petroleum minister Tareck El Aissami, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, former intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal, Venezuelan Army Chief of Staff Vladimir Padrino, and more—are all indicted in the United States for narcotrafficking.

A month ago, I sat down with a defector from Chavez’s inner circle. He provided incredible specificity on the narco-trafficking and regime kleptocracy, but also recounted a 2013 visit to Caracas by Black Lives Matter founder Opal Tometi and a second BLM leader. The BLM leaders traveled with American actor and left-wing activist Danny Glover for meetings with Chavez and Maduro. During those meetings, Chavez ordered that BLM be given $10 million to help create a foundational base for their organization. 

The defector noted dryly that Chavez and his Cuban advisors understood fully that he was poisoning inner-city black youth with 26 tons of cocaine monthly, while simultaneously funding BLM to encourage young blacks to organize against the American political establishment. The defector noted that BLM’s first payment came out of a special account in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which was from FARC/ELN cocaine smuggling proceeds. 

The defector explained that Chavez started covert funding from this account but eventually transitioned to funding from Venezuela’s U.S. oil subsidiary, CITGO. This all took place as the Obama Administration was working through Venezuela to reestablish relations with Cuba! 

From Venezuela, by Way of Spain

More history and context: During the mid- to late-1970s when America was wrapped up in the Watergate scandal and then governed by a hapless President Jimmy Carter, the Soviet Union and its Cuban partners moved against the United States. Leftist victories and revolutions in Vietnam, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, and Central America were a challenge to America’s global leadership. 

Beginning in 1980, strong leadership by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush helped turn back this socialist wave. In the Americas, the CIA and Department of Defense took on the Cuban-supported terrorists and guerillas and put them down with counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts, restoring democracy to a majority of countries in the region. 

The Cuban Communists and their Venezuelan ally Chavez learned from these losses. Instead of creating terrorist organizations as a vanguard to create conflict in a target state, they shifted their sights to the political process. They infiltrated legitimate political parties throughout Latin America, and used a combination of bribery and violence to intimidate political opponents. 

So long as these Cuban-led covert efforts remained within political boundaries the United States would not intervene militarily. Chavez and his team then expanded their vision outside Latin America, according to the defector. In 2013, he used that same Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs account that funded BLM to create Spain’s leftist Populist Party “Podemos” (“We can”). For many months, the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs filled its diplomatic pouch to Madrid with cash and cocaine to fund Podemos. 

Podemos and Spain’s Socialist party now rule Spain, a NATO ally, in a coalition that answers to the Venezuelan narco-trafficking regime. Its banks and companies are loaded with stolen Venezuelan cash. Venezuela’s former intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal, the man who helped stuff the diplomatic pouch with cash and cocaine to create Podemos, is in Spain and the U.S. government is demanding his extradition for drug trafficking. He had been in Spanish custody several months ago and the Spanish have refused to extradite him, claiming he escaped. They are shielding him. The leftist Spanish government is full of liars. Critics of President Trump think he is too hard on our European allies. Think again!

Venezuela, once a significant oil-producing state, has been looted of $1.3 trillion by corrupt officials with their front men in league with the Cuban Communists. Together they have created one of the largest transnational criminal networks in history. Employing their wealth, they have penetrated business, banking, and political interests across the United States. American businessmen and political figures of both parties are in league with these transnational criminals. 

We will learn the names of these traitors. Their top priority is to defeat President Trump, and continue causing chaos and disruption of the American political process. They recognize that their survival depends on Trump’s defeat. 

Elections

How to Win Reelection in the Final 60 Days

It’s time for a full-court press.

If history is to repeat itself with Donald Trump as victor in the 2020 presidential election, the campaign will need to bend its strategy, cross certain t’s and dot other i’s, now. The execution must be near perfect. Much like the miraculous first victory, we count on the metaphysical necessity of a Trump victory to let Providence ensure the assortment of circumstances that will lead us to victory.

Execution is everything. As the inspirational Tony Robbins says, “Knowing information is not the same as owning it and following through. Information without execution is poverty. Remember: we’re drowning in information, but we’re starving for wisdom.”      

Trump 2020 Needs to Stay Wise!

If the busybodies at the Republican National Committee and Trump campaign are reading, I offer my sage advice for what it’s worth. 

Follow it to a second Trump term. Neglect it and the Trump presidency will go down as an incomplete one-term presidency. You don’t want to lose to senile O’Biden and the woke Left.

I was one of the original backers of 45 and have stayed with him through thick and thin, up and down. I was a surrogate on air and in print well over 200 times for the last winning effort. I was persecuted for my political faith.  I want him to win again. 

President Trump needs to heed this strategy as well, as he detests losing, and the United States needs him to win big and finish the job he has started. He is all we have standing between our country and the abyss of Joe Biden—really, woke Kamala Harris.

While America is a nation, elections are won and lost in particular states. Forty or more of the states are already pretty much determined. Some are in our column; others will firmly go Democrat. Focus only on those that can put us over the top in the Electoral College. They are Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Maine (one district), Minnesota, and Arizona. 

Go after them like a rat terrier. Help the Republicans keep control of the Senate, too. Don’t waste time in New York, California, or the coasts. Forget about it.

Guarantee the base. They are with you, Mr. President, but get them more motivated and willing to all turn out and bring a friend or two. The two issues to do that as you well know are: law and order and the economy. 

You need to quell the riots, reduce the virus, and get more money into the hands of the masses. Forget about everything else. Focus like the proverbial laser. Drop all extraneous activity and hyperbole. Stop with the flailing and uncoordinated junk. Message to persuade. The Trump videos are great! Do more airport rallies with crowds. Say we are back!

You need more suburbanites, particularly women; more blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, and more Reagan Democrats to come on board. All are within reach. Vastly more people will vote for you privately in the booth even if they don’t say so now. The way to go at this is twofold: what are we for? The winning purpose is a safe and prosperous America. 

Foreign policy is critically important. Remind voters of all the accomplishments so far. Then, dissuade them from going for a crony, swamp creature like Joe Biden, who will permanently change the country and install globalism with China as its centerpiece. Does that mean going dirty? 

No, it just means telling the truth. Say clearly what we are against.

The three nationally televised debates will be absolutely crucial because this election year is so unique. No rallies, “virtual” conventions, little traditional campaigning. You need to prepare, seriously prepare. Be natural, know what you are going to say, practice, and have zingers ready. I can send you some. They will get coverage and be remembered. 

You have to show Biden for what he is in the debates. Take no hostages and expose his poor mental state and newfound hard-leftist bent. Tell him: “No Malarkey.” Make him Quid Pro Joe. One conclusive image of him faltering means—you win.

You don’t want to wake up like Thomas Dewey did, slip in the final polls like Michael Dukakis, or get creamed on the final days of 2016 like Hillary Clinton. Surprise all the pundits, naysayers, pollsters, and haters. They want you to lose, badly. The way to avoid that fate is to follow this advice. Stay on target. Punch and counterpunch, harder. 

Do not tire. Never relent.

On COVID-19, spend 95 percent of your time putting out the “Warp Speed” plan to vaccinate all of America. The schools should reopen but the reality is only a successful vaccine wins the day and defeats the Wuhan nemesis. On the economy, remind everyone of the way things were just four months ago and show the contours of a V-shaped recovery. It is underway. Get checks into the hands of every taxpayer, ASAP and the $400 to those who need it. Sign the bottom line—Your President. Announce a bipartisan trillion-dollar infrastructure program to be commenced the day after reelection. You are the builder who can bring our country back.

Name your next Supreme Court appointee—a strict constructionist—in September. It will bring out conservatives you need to get over the top. Get the Justice Department to indict at least a half-dozen of the deep state culprits who attempted to cause a coup d’état.

You need to look and act presidential. Use the bully pulpit, the Oval Office, the Rose Garden, and the Roosevelt Room to your full advantage—daily. Be transparent and available—the opposite of your opponent. Show a dose of humility as well as confidence that America needs a leader to save her and keep her great

Get out the vote by using every possible means from canvassing to social media to algorithmic advertising. Take the sound opinion of Niccòlo Machiavelli in The Prince

A prince is despised if he is considered changeable, foolish, weak, mean, and uncertain. A prince should avoid these characteristics. In his actions, he should try to show greatness, courage, seriousness, and strength.

We can and will win. It’s time for a full-court press. At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, the quintessential American, Benjamin Franklin was queried about the outcome. His memorable reply: “A republic, if you can keep it.” 

All Americans are counting on you to help them keep it. Our future is in your hands. Make that the consequence of this election.

Mr. President, be patriotic and above all, stay optimistic. Win.

Elections

2010: An Election Fraudyssey

Democrats are confident they can score a big win in November. Americans have seen this movie before, and to avoid a similar outcome, ballot fraud needs to be addressed before Election Day, not after.

Democratic strategists of the Hawkfish firm, funded by Michael Bloomberg, are touting a scenario in which President Trump wins big on election night, but when all the ballots are counted, Trump is the loser and Joe Biden the winner. Such a production already played out with Kamala Harris, in her 2010 race for California attorney general.

The former San Francisco district attorney was so lightly regarded at the time that the Sacramento Bee endorsed her Republican opponent, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley. A prosecutor since 2000, Cooley had the backing of most law enforcement groups.

As CBS News reported, Cooley ran up “a comfortable lead in early returns” and on election night proclaimed victory. The next day, the Harris campaign declared, “Harris will be the next attorney general of the state of California.” Four days later CBS reported that the race “could take weeks to decide,” and Cooley trailed Harris by 12,000 votes. More than 2.3 million “late or provisional ballots remain to be counted,” according to the office of Secretary of State Debra Bowen, a Democrat. Scott Hounsell worked on the Cooley campaign and described the scene

“In the weeks leading up to the race, stories began to circulate about mail ballot operations being conducted throughout the state by forces loyal to Harris’ team.” On election night, Cooley held a lead of nearly 10 points and at 9 p.m. declared victory, but then “as the hours transpired, Cooley’s lead began to shrink, first to eight percent then five, four, and three.” By 2 a.m., Cooley’s lead shrank to less than a percentage point. 

Last year, Roll Call ran a story headlined “When Kamala Harris lost on election night but won three weeks later.” As author Bridget Bowman noted, in the late stages of the campaign, the Service Employees International Union, then headed by Laphonza Butler, launched a campaign for Harris. In the days following the election, Hounsell recalls, “the county employees who were counting these ballots were all SEIU members, often proudly wearing SEIU gear and chumming around with Harris team officials. As we were challenging a few votes, dozens of other employees were counting and eliminating votes on their own.” 

It was an “impossible situation,” Hounsell explains, and almost as if Harris and her team “knew what was coming.” Three weeks later, Harris was victorious by 0.8 percent of the 9 million total votes cast. For her part, Harris viewed the job as a stepping stone to higher office. She targeted for-profit colleges, supported gun control, and in 2013 refused to appeal the court decision overturning the 2008 Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage. 

The new span of the Bay Bridge, $5 billion over budget and riddled with safety issues, had whistleblowers calling for a criminal investigation. Harris failed to launch any criminal probe, which was no surprise. The bridge had been a pet project of her former boyfriend Willie Brown, whose daring acts of poontronage set up Harris in lucrative sinecures. 

 California’s attorney general stayed quiet in 2014 when Mexican national Luis Bracamontes gunned down police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis in Sacramento County. In 2015, Mexican felon and repeat deportee Jose Inez Garcia Zarate shot and killed Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier. Harris defended the city’s sanctuary policy and failed even to decry the “gun violence” in that case. 

On December 2, 2015, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 unarmed innocents and wounded 22 at an office party in San Bernardino. One year later, Harris finally issued a statement on the terrorist attack.

In 2016, former flame Willie Brown told former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to butt out of the Senate race and make way for Harris. In 2020, Brown was very pleased that his former understudy accepted Joe Biden’s offer. 

Biden’s strategists are now positively triumphal that Trump will win big on election night, but when all the ballots are counted, the Biden-Harris ticket will prevail. With Biden in obvious mental decline, Harris herself could wind up in the Oval Office. 

As Hounsell explains, voter fraud and biased counting of less than 1 percent handed Harris the victory in 2010, and such “ballot harvesting” is now legal in California, where more than 1 million illegals have been registered to vote by the state DMV. The illegals will all get mail ballots, by order of Governor Gavin Newsom. Government employee unions, the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, are also an issue. 

As Bridget Bowman notes, the SEIU’s Laphonza Butler is now an adviser to Harris’ presidential campaign. The SEIU parades around the California capitol chanting “This is our house!” and would surely be pleased to claim the White House. 

Another government union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, has endorsed Joe Biden for president, hoping for the bailout funds Nancy Pelosi has promised. A partisan force will thus carry the ballots Democratic strategists claim will put Joe Biden in the White House, in a thrilling come-from-behind victory like that of Kamala Harris in 2010. 

Americans have seen this movie, and to avoid a similar outcome, ballot fraud needs to be addressed, to the full extent possible, before November 3, not after. It is possible that President Trump could win by such a margin that Democratic post-election fakery would fail. But as the president says, we’ll have to see what happens. 

Great America

Let’s Talk About the ‘Systemic Racism’ of Public Schooling

If you care about this thing called systemic racism then demand K-12 public schools be fixed and fixed right now.

Something called systemic racism has been ubiquitous in the news recently. Now, I don’t really know what “systemic racism” means, but if you want to talk about the biggest driver of harm to people with dark skin, one need look no further than the K-12 public school system.

The schools kids in poor, urban, and largely minority neighborhoods are forced to attend are a national disgrace. It is not uncommon to find schools where more than 90 percent of all students are not proficient in any subject. 

There can only be two explanations. Either these kids are simply too dumb to learn much of anything or they are getting screwed by the education system. 

And since the first explanation is preposterous, the evidence is overwhelming that it is the second. 

Just think of language and speech. Imagine that years ago, the public school system effectively decided “those Irish or Italian immigrants are too stupid to learn to speak and write proper English, so we’ll just accept this and teach them a dumbed-down version.” 

Might that have had an effect on these children once they became adults? Do you think it might have branded them and their children and tied them to the lowest economic rungs in the country? Possibly forever?

Yet we all know this is exactly the situation that has been inflicted on poor kids across this country in the name of compassion—and far too many of these poor kids have black and brown skin. 

This misguided destruction of young lives before they even get a chance to start has been accepted as normal—generation after generation after generation. If that does not scream “systemic racism,” what does? 

And what about the realities these children face as they grow up? What exactly does the future hold for a 14-year-old with little to no math skills, no knowledge of science, history and much of anything else and poor reading, writing, and speaking skills? 

Where all this leads should come as a surprise no one. The entire process, and our sad acceptance and normalization of this savage destruction of young lives, is the definition of systemic racism. It’s assuming they can do no better.

How many of the problems of the inner cities in general and of black Americans in particular find their roots in generations of failed education and the shrugging it off that accompanies neoliberal compassion? How many of the supposed drivers of systemic racism are actually rooted in these failed education systems?

Why do people often treat young black men as criminals? Because a shocking number of them, unprepared or motivated by better prospects, are criminals. 

Do stores not open in certain areas? Do taxis not stop? Do pizza delivery services refuse the order because of their racism or because rational decision making takes into account a very real fear for one’s life and property? 

To solve this we need to fix what drives it in the first place; a failed education system that often acts as a direct pipeline to prison or the cemetery. Where even the best performing students are often woefully unprepared for a successful life, the systemic racism that accounts for low expectations is very real.

Some will claim that the parents have the responsibility to fix many of these issues and that blaming the failing schools misses the point. But let us never forget the “economic racism” unleashed on poor families almost 60 years ago. This impacted all poor folks but it was especially hard on—and, sadly, intentionally so—black families. These policies all but destroyed those families.

This systemic racism allowed our government purposely to attack the family structure of poor people. It was no accident that the “War on Poverty” included incentives for women to have more and more children, but only if no father or man lived with the family. They would send case workers out to ensure no man was present in these homes. If one was, the welfare checks stopped coming.

It was their goal to destroy the family to ensure poor voters and their offspring would be dependent on government forever. This was no accident. Policies provide incentives for the things they want to perpetuate, after all. That which is rewarded is repeated.

Now some 60 years after this on-going assault on the black family, it seems unfair to blame the victims. 

“The function of education,” Martin Luther King Jr. said, “is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

But the public education system is doing neither for young students forced to attend these life-destroying institutions.

We will never address the bogeyman of systemic racism and the issues of race, crime, poverty, and the pathologies they unleash until we at least provide an opportunity for every child in America to attend a quality school where his or her intelligence and character are developed in a way that unleashes his or her potential.

Will every parent or child take advantage of this opportunity when America finally affords it? Of course not. But until everyone who wants it is given a true opportunity to send their kids to quality schools, this country will fail in its basic commitment to those poorest among us. These failures are the foundation of anything we might rightly call systemic racism and these failures are a result of decades of neoliberal policymaking.

If you care about this thing called systemic racism then demand K-12 public schools be fixed and fixed right now.

Great America

COVID-19 in the U.S.: Who is to Blame? Who is Paying the Price?

Everyone is trying to figure out the right balance between opening the economy and reducing disease incidence. Bad faith and partisan arguments don’t help.

In an appearance on MSNBC in March, Washington Post columnist and obsessed NeverTrumper Jennifer Rubin asserted (more in sorrow than in anger) that more Republicans than Democrats would die from the novel coronavirus because of the unscientific policies (no social distancing, no masks, etc.) of Republican governors and other local officials who were being led, in spirit and example, by that most unscientific of chief executives, Donald Trump.

Rubin’s claim, which she elaborated upon at length at the Post, was risible on its face given the COVID-19 vectors originated in China and Italy and entered the United States through Washington state, California, and New York City and because—especially in the case of New York—the urban density in those locations was highly conducive to contagion.

Nevertheless, Rubin, who seemed more than anything to be blinded by wishful thinking, clearly suggested that the number of deaths in different jurisdictions would serve as evidence of which political leaders were culpable and which ones were not. 

In spite of the difficulty in realistically assigning blame for the COVID-19 deaths in the United States, it is nevertheless a talking point in this election season that more than 185,000 Americans are dead and someone must be responsible.

COVID-19 in Blue and Red

We have had a full five months of pandemic hell since Rubin’s provocative pronouncements. So what does the data say?

I have performed a simple calculation to estimate the number of coronavirus deaths of those who voted for Trump and those who voted for Clinton in the 2016 election. (This is distinct from numbers of Republicans and Democrats, of course—but this data is readily available and the Trump/Clinton distinction is, I think, a sensible proxy for Republican/Democrat under the circumstances). 

Election data is tabulated by county here. Daily U.S. deaths due to COVID-19 are compiled in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering database (henceforth called the JHU data) again by county. The calculation is simple and it is described in more detail in my webpage AIVoyager.com and, further, the Python code and datasets used are available for download from my github page

Briefly, I have taken the number of daily deaths as compiled in JHU data and I have multiplied each death in a given county by the fractions of Trump voters, Clinton voters, and voting age nonvoters in that county to obtain the number of Trump voter/Clinton voter/nonvoter deaths on that day in that county. The calculation thus assumes that no deaths occurred for citizens who are ineligible to vote, i.e. under the age of 18.

Figure 1(a) shows clearly that throughout the pandemic Clinton voter mortality exceeds Trump voter mortality, but both are exceeded by mortality among nonvoters. The final totals (as of August 29) are 58,200 Clinton voter deaths, 40,400 Trump voter deaths, and 81,300 nonvoter deaths. The dramatic rise in late April clearly shows the concentration of the disease in the urban northeast—especially New York City. The second wave of the disease is more closely distributed between the two groups with nonvoters continuing to show a larger percentage than both voter groups.

If we assume the vote proportion in a given county is indicative of the overall support for the candidates—even among citizens who did not cast a ballot—then we can calculate the number of deaths of Clinton supporters as compared to Trump supporters. This is shown in figure 1(b), where all the deaths in a given county are attributed to one or the other candidate’s supporters. The absolute numbers are thus higher for each group, but the ratios of the “D” to “R” numbers do not change from figure 1(a).

If there is no systematic bias for Clinton voters or Trump voters—in a given county—to contract the coronavirus, then the data in figure 1(a) gives a statistically sound depiction of the relative mortality numbers. 

As I alluded above, however, the fact that more deaths occur in blue counties than in red counties is only one piece of evidence that red county policies are better than blue county policies—and a fairly weak piece of evidence at that. 

In an attempt to get somewhat closer to partisan political leadership and its influence on COVID-19 mortality, I have performed a second calculation. In this case, I have taken a majority of Trump or Clinton voters in a given county to indicate “local political control (RL/DL).” Further, I have included the political party of the governor of the given state to indicate “state political control (RS/DS).” 

If a county has local Republican control (RC) and state Republican control (RS), all of the deaths in the county are assumed to be the fault of Republicans. Likewise for DL and DS, all deaths are assumed to be due to Democrats. For split counties (e.g. Republican governor but the county voted for Clinton) half the deaths go in the Republican and half in the Democrat column. 

The results, shown in figure 2, are the number of deaths per day weighted by the political control of the county. Here the data indicate that an even larger percentage of deaths in the first wave were in democratic-controlled jurisdictions. The second wave is far more evenly distributed, however, and even has a slight bias toward Republican-controlled states and counties.

The total numbers of deaths, in this case, are approximately 122,000 under Democrats’ control and 58,000 under Republicans’ control.

A Ghastly Sideshow

The numbers show clearly that roughly 18,000 more Clinton voters have died from the pandemic than Trump voters. While this is interesting to quantify it is not particularly surprising given the epidemiology and underlying demographic factors. 

The question lurking at the back of the COVID-19 discussion, and made explicit by Rubin’s columns (to say nothing of various Hollywood cranks who claim that Trump has killed more than 185,000 Americans) is who is responsible for those deaths? The simple calculation of figure 1 does not answer that question and figure 2 only suggests an answer.

In Rubin’s original thesis, she posited that Republican governors and local officials, through their denial of the gravity of the pandemic, were behaving “recklessly” and that the abundant Trump supporters in those places were going to pay the price. 

Stripped of the snarkiness and Trump obsession, and, generously, conceding to Rubin that what she really meant was the number of COVID-19 deaths going forward after the entry points and coastal urban density were discounted, Rubin’s argument is one of policy and it is entirely reasonable. 

It is wrong. But it is reasonable. 

Everyone is trying to figure out the right balance between opening the economy and reducing the incidence of disease. At its simplest, Rubin’s argument is just a call for greater caution and slower opening.

But it is also a bad faith argument, as she fails to even acknowledge that far more dominant epidemiological factors (New York City subways, for example) are at play.

My personal view, and this may be heterodox, is that everyone—from Donald Trump to Governors Gavin Newsom (Calif.), Brian Kemp (Ga.) and Andrew Cuomo (N.Y.) and many others in between—is doing his best in an unprecedented crisis. They all deserve to be cut some slack. What constitutes an “adult conversation” about the pandemic, and Lord knows we need one, is a recognition of this fact—a recognition that motivations are, for the most part, not sinister and that in 21stcentury America, appreciable competency exists in our executive offices for analyzing and countering pandemics like this one. 

But reflexive and, as this data shows, preposterously wrong claims—like Rubin’s—about expected Republican/Democratic mortality stemming from an obsession with Trump’s historically unique maladies is nothing more than a ghastly sideshow—one that, alas, we feel compelled to watch.

Still, we can hope for the brighter day when a future lethal, terrifying, and utterly nonideological threat to our nation is met with bipartisan comity and the collaboration of all. Now that is wishful thinking!

Elections

Joe Biden’s Two ‘Colleges of Collusion’

With the Penn Biden Center for Global Engagement and the Biden Institute for Public Policy and Administration, the Democratic nominee has found that higher education pays in more ways than one.

It’s worse than you think,” wrote The New Yorker in 2016 about Trump University. NPR castigated it for offering no degree after four years and having no accreditation. Comedians like John Oliver dumped on it in a long produced segment. 

Such was the coverage  when Donald Trump was running for president four years ago. 

It was not without some justification, as Trump University was little more than a diploma mill meant to cash in on Trump’s brand from “The Apprentice.” And his primary opponents made sure to point it out. But Trump University was closed in 2010, five years before he announced his candidacy. 

In 2020, however, as Trump’s opponent Joe Biden gears up for the debates, there has been scant coverage of Biden’s ongoing conflicts of interest in higher education. This despite the fact that the two Biden “colleges” involve foreign cash, have no classes accredited or otherwise, and are largely staffed by his political cronies.

In February 2017, fresh off eight years in office and in the wake of a stunning election in which their party had been swept out of office, a number of former Obama Administration officials helped to launch the Penn Biden Center for Global Engagement. This University of Pennsylvania initiative supposedly was going to impart the secrets of statecraft from former Vice President Joe Biden to young, would-be foreign policy advisors. 

Rather than locate this initiative on campus, however, Penn rented out expensive office space at 101 Constitution Ave. in Washington, D.C., across from Capitol Hill. The staff of the Penn Biden Center is composed almost exclusively of ex-White House and State or Defense Department officials for Biden and President Obama, even though Penn has a posted six-step hiring process for executive staff and must keep all documents on file for three years. What are the chances that such a process would come upon former Iran Nuclear Deal staffer Colin Kahl or lobbyist Daniel Erikson of Blue Star Strategies, a firm deeply entwined with Biden’s son Hunter in the Burisma natural gas scandal?

The Penn Biden Center, despite its stated mission, does not provide any academic instruction, and has not held an event since a 2017 Chicago conference, so one could be forgiven for not hearing about it or the $775,000 in salary that Biden has earned from it since its opening. 

In May, the National Legal Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Department of Education demanding that the PBC disclose anonymous gifts, including $22 million that originated from the People’s Republic of China. But apart from the NLPC and local Philadelphia media, there has been virtually no media scrutiny surrounding the PBC’s funding, staffing practices, and lack of actual academic activity. 

The Penn Biden Center has issued no academic reports, instead simply publishing and tweeting out opinion pieces written by its staff on foreign policy on niche sites like Balkan Insider. The entire operating profile of the PBC suggests that it is a washing machine for foreign monies dressed in a cap and gown for the benefit of former political appointees and Penn.

But the PBC was not enough, apparently. The University of Delaware also has the Biden Institute of Public Policy and Administration and the school’s renamed Biden School of Public Policy. Its vice chairman is Biden’s younger sister, Valerie Biden Owens, who the New York Times in February profiled as the manager of his previous Senate and presidential campaigns in 1988 and 2008. 

Samantha Vinograd, a national security analyst at CNN and former National Security Council point person on Iraq under Obama, is a “senior advisor” at Delaware’s Biden Institute. The school’s managing director is Mike Donilon, the brother of former Obama National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and a veteran political consultant for Biden since 1981. 

Politico in 2019 profiled Donilon as one of the aides assisting the former vice president in his battle to defeat the progressive Left and keep the party in the center. His UD executive salary is unknown as Delaware does not have a sunshine law requiring it to disclose such information for academic executives. 

Meanwhile, according to Inside Higher Ed, UD has accepted $28.6 million not only from China, but also from Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. The only outcry to investigate these connections has come from three GOP House committee ranking members. The Biden School of Public Policy is ranked 38th in the country by U.S. News and World Report, while UD itself is ranked 39th among public colleges and universities.

The ties between the university and the state’s former senator go back beyond the founding of the institute and the renaming of the public policy school. 

In 2008, it emerged that Hunter Biden’s old lobbying firm Oldaker, Biden & Belair had successfully lobbied for an earmark for UD. In April, as Biden was grappling once again with charges of sexual assault by former aide Tara Reade, his Senate archives housed at the university were the subject of demands for public disclosure. But as Fox News reported, its board of trustees rebuffed them. Board president John Cochran was Hunter Biden’s boss at credit card company MBNA during the 1990s and bought Senator Biden’s house in 1998 for $1.2 million. The same report documented campaign donations to Biden from seven other trustees.

Biden’s cronies at UD are not shying away from playing a hand in his current campaign, either. 

In 2019 Mike Donilon received $20,000 as a consultant for American Possibilities PAC, a firm formed by Biden that received more than $36,000 from the official Biden for President campaign. Donilon is now the chief strategist for the campaign itself. The PAC’s former executive director, Greg Schultz, would later serve as campaign manager for the Biden campaign from April 2019 until March of this year. 

The Democratic Party has championed diversity and intersectionality the past few years. Yet when perusing the public profile of its standard-bearer the only intersection that is reached is the one between his political appointees, the academic industrial complex, and anonymous foreign donors. Whereas Donald Trump has been hounded over allegations of sexual impropriety by women like E. Jean Carroll who have called rape “sexy” on live television, Biden’s most prominent accuser gets almost no airtime and records of her time in his office are sealed by a state university that clearly has a conflicted relationship with him. 

All of these facts should worry anyone who expects Biden’s team, now incubating at these institutions, to take control next January.