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Conservatives need a leader — and all we’ve got are politicians

Since November 2020, conservatives have been adrift, something that won’t change until someone moves to the head of the pack and brings them together.

One of the things that makes leftists leftist is that they are pack animals. They move in unison. Even when they’re being insanely tribal, as with Columbia University having separate graduation ceremonies for Blacks, “La-tinx’s,” Native Americans, Asians, gays, and low-income people, they still have an overarching ideological lockstep.

Meanwhile, the very nature of conservativism is a kind of “leave me alone” attitude that doesn’t want to move in lockstep with anybody. That approach to life, if given free rein and tempered with morality, tends to make for a very good country. The problem is when conservatives find themselves facing off against insanely well-organized leftists.

That’s what we’re seeing now in America. It’s not just that the leftists have control over the federal government, it’s also that they are moving with the precision of a synchronized swimming team. At the same time, it’s impossible to corral Republican senators and House members to do anything together. Republicans have NeverTrumpers, RINOs, Chamber of Commerce types, core conservatives, and every other “diverse” form of conservativism. Across the aisles from them are Democrats who can count on every last person to climb on board. (To the extent that’s not always true, the exceptions are notable precisely because they are exceptions.)

When Democrats lose an election they know whom to attack: As one, they attacked the Republicans. The four years of Trump’s presidency stand as Exhibit A. When Republicans lose an election, they also know whom to attack: Each other. In Congress, you can always count on Democrats to vote the straight Democrat ticket. And you can always count on the Republicans to go to war against each other.

So what happens when you have a situation such as the one we’re now facing, where not only are the Democrats triumphant, but Republicans have lost completes faith in the system because they believe, probably rightly, that the election was strongly affected by fraud? What happened wasn’t just any fraud, either. Jay Valentine calls it sovereign fraud, meaning that it wasn’t just random actors, but was a coherent government strategy from Democrats at every level of the government.

Unfortunately, the only thing that will pull conservatives together at this point is a true leader. Trump, much as I love the man, is not a true leader. He is a systems man. In 2015, he realized there was something very broken with the American system and he tried his darndest to fix it. He had no idea he was swimming among sharks, and when he did realize that, he did not know how to handle the sharks. That’s part of why he lost the election. Now that Trump is down in Florida, he is making plans to get rid of his political enemies but he shows no sign of wanting to lead 80 million disaffected conservatives who feel utterly betrayed by the political system.

No other leaders are appearing either. I really like Ron DeSantis, but he is focused on Florida. I really like Kristi Noem, but I think she’s a politician, not a charismatic, constitutional leader. The same is true for Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Dan Crenshaw, etc. All of them are politicians, who mostly vote a conservative line, for which I am very grateful, but they are not leaders. They are not charismatic. They don’t bring people together. And right now the Republicans are seriously fallen apart.

I find this whole thing pretty darn depressing. So today, as I did last week, I went to a beautiful place called Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. Spring is working its way through the gardens and I came back with some flower photographs which I always enjoy taking. I plan to go back every week for a while just so I can see the place come alive as Spring progresses:

Wolf pack image, with a powerful leader, by Thomas Bonometti on Unsplash

In 2021, is there such a thing as a “margin of fraud” in elections?

With computer voting machines, it’s entirely possible that the “margin of fraud” concept has been superseded by pre-programmed victories.

One of the things I check out every day is the Morning Report by J.J. Sefton over at Ace. I have absolutely no idea how J.J. manages to process and summarize that much material but every day, there it is, all processed and summarized. What caught my eye in today’s Morning Report was this:

“Peach State election integrity is the pits!”
Georgia Election: Loeffler and Perdue Need Turnout to Exceed Margin of Fraud

Under the old system, you could assume that perhaps 2% of your opponent’s votes would be faked (cemetery votes, underage, out of district, etc.). If that 2% was correct, you couldn’t just calculate your victory to be 51% to win. Your victory would have to be 53% to accommodate the imaginary votes. The great the fraud, the more you had to up your game amongst legitimate supporters. If you fail, you end up with John F. Kennedy beating Nixon in exchange for his promise to the mob to unionize federal workers — a promise he kept.

In so many ways, that election was the beginning of the end. Unionizing federal workers opened the door to a level of corruption that even Franklin D. Roosevelt, a hard core wealth-class socialist wouldn’t contemplate.

For those unfamiliar with the problem, in a normal union situation, both labor and management have skin in the game. Both want the company to survive and both are reliant on the marketplace for money. If either gets too greedy, they risk killing the goose that’s keeping their golden eggs flowing.

In the government context, though, neither of the two parties has any skin in the game. Labor understandably wants more money and the government representative has an interest in getting more money for labor, in exchange for labor’s promise to donate to the Democrat party. (It’s always about Democrats, since JFK started this scam.) The taxpayer is not at the table. He’s just the endless piggy bank. This is how you end up with a federal labor force that’s 90% Democrat and is willing to go to any lengths to keep a reforming Republican from getting elected — and, if that Republican gets elected, will violate any laws (because they’ll protect each other) to destroy him.

JFK’s election also started our downhill slide because his assassination broke something in middle-class American. They became deeply vulnerable with that assassination and the left rushed into to fill that empty space. Part of the left’s tactic, of course, was to claim — all evidence to the contrary — that it was a right wing conspiracy that killed Kennedy. Suddenly, Republicans had the mark of Cain.

JFK’s election and subsequent assassination also put Johnson in the White House. Johnson was a much more effective president than Kennedy would have been. He ruthlessly exploited the Civil Rights Movement to Democrat ends, rather than to American ends, or even black ends. He also escalated the war in Vietnam, although Kennedy might have too. (It’s doubtful that Nixon would have done the same but who knows?)

Anyway, I’m digressing wildly. My original point is that the margin of error has always mattered.

However, if all the information about computer manipulated voting is true, there is no longer a margin of error. What I believe happened in the disputed states (and probably in most states with Democrat election management and Dominion or ES&S voting machines) is that the machines were set so that, for every one vote Trump got, Biden got 1.056 votes. The reason I offer that precise number, although I can’t find the link, is because I know I saw somewhere that Biden invariably ran 5.6% ahead of Trump in the states using Dominion voting machine. That lead is a little too perfect across multiple states. If that data is true, it sounds as if Biden’s lead had been built into the system ahead of time.

And that’s why I think that “margin of error” is an outdated concept. Whoever controls the machines wins. The vote will always come out with a perfect, pre-programmed lead for the Democrat candidate. Or as the 1871 cartoon from Harper’s Weekly about New York’s corrupt Boss Tweed says:

If you can’t read the fine print, the made up quote says, “As long as I count the Votes, what are you going to do about it? say?” Meanwhile, the pedestal against which he leans says “In counting there is strength.” Democrats have never changed and Republicans, being fools, never learn.

If the Senate cooperates, the Constitution offers an easy path to a Trump victory

Pence could still save the day, but the 12th Amendment has a Trump-friendly remedy if Senators refuse to accept Electoral votes.

I’m willing to admit up front that mine could be a whackadoodle theory. I’m not a constitutional scholar and I was hopped up on caffeine and really tired when the answer to the election fraud problem suddenly occurred to me. Still, if I’m not completely off my rocker, this theory could be what smooths the path to eliminating election fraud and retaining Trump’s rightful place in the White House.

The House and the Senate will gather over the votes on January 6. At that time, as we know several House members and Sen. Josh Hawley, at least, will object to Electoral College votes based upon fraud. (For an overview of the evidence showing that there is overwhelming fraud, I recommend that you go here and here. Also, keep in mind that, while those are recent links, even more evidence of fraud has since emerged.)

Once that happens, both the House and Senate retreat to vote on those objections. We know that the House will vote to override the objections and accept the challenged Electoral College votes. But if the Senate refuses to — if more brave Senators add their voices to Hawley’s — that creates an unfamiliar situation.

Incidentally, I think these negative votes are clearly within Congress’s purview. Fraud voids everything. If the Courts refuse to consider fraud that doesn’t foreclose Congress from acknowledging fraud and saying that it vitiates Electoral College certificate.

But back to what happens if the Senate stands atop the mountain of fraud hollering “Stop.” There are a few theories for what happens then, based upon the 1887 Electoral Count Act.

One much vaunted theory is that Pence gets to make the call.

Another theory is that the state legislatures get to make the call.

Another theory is that the state governors get to make the call.

These are all theories. You want facts? Look to the Constitution, which spells it out. Keep in mind that, at the moment the Senate gives its thumbs down, there are no longer enough Electoral College votes to put any candidate over the top. So here’s what I think happens:

As I wrote in September, when no one was paying attention to this kind of thing, the Constitution is remarkably clear on the subject.  If there are not enough Electoral College votes to hand victory to any one candidate — as will be the case if the Senate refuses to accept Electoral College votes predicated on manifest and overwhelming fraud — the Constitution spells out who picks the winner: fifty members (one for each state) from the newly seated House of Representatives decide.

Here’s the Twelfth Amendment’s language:

But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by statesthe representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. (U.S. Const., Amendment 12, Clause 3.)

What’s of signal importance here is that the House as a body does not vote.  Instead, one House member from each state votes.  Handing the matter to the House in this way makes eminent sense because this is the body closest to the most recently expressed will of the American people.  If the Electoral College failed, at least the majority of voters in each state will speak through the majority of House members from their states.

Under the 20th Amendment, the vote takes place not with the currently seated House, but with the incoming House.  The incoming House has 27 states with a majority of Republican representatives, 20 states with a majority of Democrat representatives, and 3 states that are tied.  That spells a clear victory for Donald Trump.

In brief: If senators follow Hawley’s lead and take a stand against the fraudulently generated Electoral College votes, at that point, under the Twelfth Amendment, there is no elected president, and the matter returns not to the full House, but to a single representative from each state.  And so, Trump wins.

If you think I’m wrong and foolish, tell me so. But if you think I’ve got a point, please share this post or the underlying American Thinker article that I quote, above. The reason I ask is because, if I’m correct, what I just said actually matters.

Donald Trump and the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

People have worried that Trump’s Democrat past taints him but the Battle of Battle of Teutoburg Forest predicts that it made him stronger.

I keep thinking of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, in 9 A.D. It’s the reason the Romans lost their hold on Germania and were never again able to expand very far into the territory of the German tribes.

Arminius was a German prince whose tribe the Romans had conquered. The Romans took him away as a hostage so his father wouldn’t wage war. Arminius was accorded respect in Rome and trained in German fighting, eventually attaining the rank of equestrian.

Eventually, the Romans sent Arminius back to “Germania” as part of the Roman mission to conquer the German tribes. However, while there, Arminius plotted a return to his people and a revolt against the Romans.

When the Romans attacked, the Germans under Arminius’s command, rather than fighting wildly, as the tribes always did, fought in disciplined Roman fashion and completely defeated three Roman legions. Arminius managed to fend the Romans off for another 12 years before jealous Germanic nobles assassinated him.

After WWII, Germans were no longer allowed to learn about Arminius (whose name is the German “Hermann”) lest they once again get too big for their lederhosen.

So why am I thinking of Arminius?

Trump was a Democrat for a long time. He worked in a frequently Democrat-run city in a frequently Democrat-run state. He socialized with all the power players, from the Clintons on down. Trump saw what Democrats were doing. With his connections, he knew who they were and how they operate.

Now Trump, like Arminius, is leading a revolt against a ruling class he knows intimately. As we get ever closer to January 6 and January 21, it gives me hope that Trump can be the new Arminius, using his inside knowledge of the Democrats to defeat them. And because we don’t live in the assassination made first few centuries of the “anno domini” era, I fully expect Trump to have a much better ultimate ending than poor Arminius did.

It’s not Covid-19; it’s not the Wuhan virus; it’s the Democrats’ virus

While the virus known as Covid-19 originated somewhere in China, if you want to know who weaponized it, the real culprits are the Democrats.

One of the problems that the Democrats had going into 2020 was Trump’s refusal to be Hitler. Trump didn’t round-up Jews; he embraced them. Trump didn’t put the LGBTQRSTUV squad in concentration camps; he pretty much ignored them (unless they were Ric Grenell, in which case they occupied important government positions). Trump didn’t enslave blacks on plantations; he brought them the most economic prosperity they’d ever achieved in America (and same goes for Hispanics). Trump didn’t aim for world domination; he refrained from starting any wars at all. Trump didn’t destroy the economy with his mad tariffs; he immeasurably strengthened it with lower taxes, less regulation, and truly fair trade deals. Trump didn’t kill or imprison illegal aliens; he just stopped letting them in and, along the way, developed a good relationship with Mexico’s president. As each opportunity presented itself, Trump was defiantly NOT HITLER.

For the Democrats/Progressives/Leftists/Socialists/Communists (hereinafter, “Democrats”), this was a disaster. It was bad enough that every single probe, right up through the impeachment hoax, proved that Trump was as pure as driven snow. This was true for his politics and his past business dealings. We’ve probably never had a president in at least the past 150 years who was so clean. Even Harry Truman came up through the filthy Pendergast political machine, but not Donald Trump.

In January, the Democrats were too busy with the fauxpeachment to take much notice. By February, though, they realized that it was the best thing ever to happen to the Democrat party. Here’s what they were able to do with the virus:

Democrats were able to get Americans used to draconian restrictions on their lives. It must have fascinated the Democrats to see how many limitations they could incrementally impose on America.

Democrats were able to run a fake candidate, using the virus as an excuse to hide him from the people.

Democrats were able — temporarily — to destroy the Trump economic juggernaut and, along the way, substantially enrich their rich Democrat friends, everyone from Jeff Bezos to the Waltons to all of Silicon Valley.

Democrats were able to use this economic destruction to make more people dependent on the government, including the future need for government healthcare.

Democrats were able to get rid of tens of thousands of elderly people, along with a whole lot of other people who were frequent healthcare users. Elderly people and those with chronic illnesses are always a problem in socialist systems. They’re no longer contributing to the system, but they’re high users, especially in healthcare. Killing these people may not have been the original plan, but it certainly was a side benefit.

All of that was useful, but in the short term, the Democrats put into place two immeasurably important things:

Democrats were able to justify completely overriding legislation regarding voting and, whether by fiat or legislation from Democrat legislatures, to switch to mail-in voting. The Democrats mailed out millions of ballots, regardless of whether people were alive, were interested in voting, or had moved from their original addresses. With all those ballots out there, anything was possible.

And best of all for their political purposes, Democrats were finally able to call Trump Hitler: He wasn’t a “world domination Hitler or a “concentration camp Hitler.” Instead, by pointing to the 230,000 people alleged to have died directly from the virus, Democrats successfully (wrongly, but successfully) were able to label Trump as the “Disease Hitler.”

Looking at the election, I am certain that, if Trump can successfully reveal the massive fraud behind the election, both on the ground and behind the scenes (using corrupt and corruptible voting systems), it will be apparent that Trump won resoundingly. But to the extent there were people who genuinely voted for Biden, many did so because, at long last, the Democrats were able to convince them that Trump is Hitler.

That’s why my new name for the disease that came here from China is the Democrat Virus. After all, it was the Democrat party that so successfully weaponized it against the American people and President Trump.

 

The election: If you’ve got the coattails, you’ve got to have the coat

The fact that there is a red wave on the down-ballot votes in the swing states is all the proof you need that the Biden surge is a fraud.

Initially, I thought it marginally possible that Americans, after the four-year, nonstop media drumbeat against Trump, combined with the media’s and tech tyrants’ censoring anything negative about Democrats, might indeed have elected Joe Biden. Now, though, I’m convinced that the apparent Biden victory is a result of pure, untrammeled fraud in Democrat-run jurisdictions.

I haven’t reached this conclusion for the obvious reasons. That is, I don’t look for my proof of fraud in back-dated ballots, as happened in Michigan post offices. I also ignore Pennsylvania’s rabid efforts to lock out election observers; Nevada’s mobster-like voting, which is cheating on an epic scale; the shenanigans in Georgia; or any of the other apparently numberless examples of overt fraud.

For me, it’s all about coattails. When we looked at the rallies for Trump, especially in the Rust Belt swingstates, we saw coattails. That is, we knew that every one of those rally attendees would vote for Trump.

We also knew that these were not split-ticket voters. That is, they wouldn’t vote for Trump and then for a Democrat Senate candidate (both for Congress and their home state’s Senate). Likewise, looking at these rapturous crowds, it was inconceivable that they’d vote for a Republican House member but still select Biden as their president.

In the swing states (indeed, in all the states), this was all about Trump’s coattails: These voters would go to the polls and vote a straight Republican ticket to keep Trump in the White House and give him the Congress he needs to get the job done. And then, while they were at it, they’d cast votes their votes for Democrats in the state elections.

And by golly! Those coattails were there. I’m not going to take the time to hunt down the numbers but will quote Steven Hayward’s summing up because I trust him to be right about the facts:

Most pre-election forecasts were certain that Republicans would lose ground in the House of Representatives, but as of this moment, it is not impossible that Republicans might take the House right now. They elected a record number of GOP women candidates. (Incidentally, Republicans did well in state legislative races around the country, and didn’t lose control of a single chamber.)

The GOP has gained about 10 House seats so far, and is currently leading in about 20-25 more. (I’m not keeping up with the moment-by-moment counts in any of these races.) Not all of these leads are expected to hold up, but Speaker Pelosi is going to have a very slim majority come January, and may even face a leadership challenge.

In addition, notwithstanding what I’m certain was fraud against John James in Michigan, the Republicans are holding the Senate.

I am positive that every one of those conservative votes was a coattail vote.  Nevertheless, we’re being told that this ginormous red wave across the country was paired with the same voters happily marking “Joe Biden” on their ballot. Bunkum! That’s completely unbelievable.

It’s especially unbelievable when, as Trump said in his statement on Thursday night, he was leading in almost every state — at which point the swing states locked down the counting and waited like frogs on a lily pad looking for flies — and what were these flies? They were ballots that floated in from everywhere, in the tens of thousands, all for Biden.

But here’s the kicker: While they were all for Biden, they didn’t change those coattail votes! Just as it’s inconceivable that people whose down-ballot votes were conservative would then choose Biden for president, it’s inconceivable that people who honestly voted for Biden would vote for conservatives on the rest of the ballot or even leave the rest of the ballot blank.

The only way to account for the bizarre fact that Trump and a red-wave of conservatives won on election day, while Biden and a red-wave of conservatives won the day after election, is to accept that all those day-after Biden votes are fraudulent. The people committing the fraud don’t have time to fill out an entire ballot. They’re just ticking of Biden’s name and letting the rest go.

To me, this is all the evidence I need showing fraud on a massive scale: Trump’s coattails won but we’re being asked to believe that his coat didn’t.

The election — and my decision to be happy

If Biden really wins, a lot of bad things are coming our way, but that doesn’t mean we give up the fight or destroy our personal happiness.

As I write these words, the election is anything but over. It’s possible that the Democrats overplayed their hand when it came to vote fraud. It’s also possible that, in January, Americans will see a doddering, corrupt old man sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

I can game out some things if Biden actually wins (and by Biden, I also mean Harris when the Dems kick Biden out under the 25th Amendment), without getting the Senate, and it’s a mixed bag. These are my guesses:

1. Sunni nations will rush to make deals with Israel because Biden and Harris have promised to pull Iran back from the useful brink to which Trump’s policies pushed it. Those alliances might be enough to create a balance that looks like, although it won’t actually be, peace. This will be good for Israel because the new Democrat party is extremely hostile and President Biden-Harris will do everything possible to make Israel’s life miserable and pander to the Palestinians.

2. Biden will crack down on fracking because his base demands it. America will cease to be an energy-independent, energy-exporting nation and we’ll again start funding bad actors around the world who happen to be sitting on oil and gas. Everything will become much more expensive because our entire modern economy runs on oil. This will be a disaster for people on fixed incomes.

3. Because conservatives seem (just barely) to have kept the Senate, we will have two years during which we will not need to worry about court-packing or adding new states. If the Senate flips in 2022, expect both to happen immediately. The fact that the Constitution bars the District of Columbia from becoming a state will not stop Democrats because they will have a 15 member Supreme Court that finds a penumbra of an emanation that overrides the Constitution’s explicit words.

4. Biden will immediately reverse the President’s executive orders about Critical Race Theory, the 1776 Project, and the reinstatement of due process for men in academia accused of sexual wrongdoing. American education will continue to degrade and federal workers will be indoctrinated in Critical Race Theory. Race relations in America, contrary to what the media have told America, will decline rapidly. White men will bear the brunt of it, which neurotic white women engaging in high masochism to show that they’re not racist.

5. Biden will make love to China, which will once again suck the money out of our economy, and Midwesterners will return to unemployment and illegal Chinese opiates.

6. Biden will expand DACA and essentially give amnesty to all illegal aliens. The border will be reopened entirely. This election will have been a little too close for comfort for the Democrats, so they’ll continue to work on replacing the existing population with people already accustomed to socialism and corruption.

7. No, the Supreme Court won’t be able to stop him because the federal bureaucracy will simply ignore the Supreme Court. That’s the real problem. Trump has created a mostly conservative federal judicial system. But because Biden will allow the bureaucracy to do what it will, the Deep State will ignore any rulings it doesn’t like and their boss — the president — will do nothing to stop them. Indeed, ultimately, court-packing will prove irrelevant as the left realizes that the Court’s power is imaginary.

8. Keeping in mind that the Court’s power will be imaginary, Biden will issue a stream of executive orders aimed at disarming Americans.

That’s off the top of my head.

Having said all that, I’ve still decided to be happy. I’m certainly not happy about what will happen under President Biden, but I don’t do myself or the world a service if I collapse into a neurotic, screaming heap as the lefties did for the four years of Trump’s presidency. I will be a happy activist working to shore up conservativism in America, working to keep the Senate in Republican hands in 2022, and working even harder for a future President Crenshaw, or Cotton, or Cruz, or any number of other hugely intelligent, committed, proactive young conservatives.

Yes, politics is my life — I write about it for a living — but that doesn’t mean it has to destroy my life. There are so many good things: Lindsey Graham, my Senator, beat back the most heavily funded Democrat in American campaign history. I have my health and a good, hard-working brain. I have loving children. I have wonderful friends. America is still America and, God willing and thanks to Trump’s hard work over the last four years, it is strong enough to survive four more years of crazy.

What we conservatives need to do is what the leftists have done for 50 years — we need to fight to take back America’s institutions. Speaking of which, Fox, which hired a Democrat operative for its election desk, needs to be thrown in the garbage heap. I will continue to listen to Tucker, and I know there are many of you who like Gutfield (I just don’t have the time for both him and Tucker), but otherwise the station is dead to me.

Every election we talk about fighting back, but we never do. We’re conservative. We put our heads down and pay attention to our lives so that we can be self-reliant, free people. We have to look outwards, though. Frankly, I don’t know how. I guess that, like George Washington Plunkett, if you see your opportunity, take it!

And that’s all I have to say for now. The sun is shining, my dog is gently snoring behind me, and I am happy.

Are we looking in the right places for voter enthusiasm?

This post is not intended to rain on anyone’s parade, but I am getting concerned that we’re looking at the wrong voter enthusiasm metrics.

When I go to Real Clear Politics’s polling page with information for October 12, this is what comes up for the General Election polling:

As you can see, the polls show Biden running away with the election. For Trump supporters, these numbers are mystifying. First, they look remarkably like the numbers for 2016, when Hillary was beating the pants off of Trump in the lead-up to the election.

Second, we’re pretty sure that the Democrats have been so violent in their opposition to Trump that people are hiding information from the pollsters. After all, you don’t know if that nasal, mumbling person taking the poll is a BLM or Antifa supporter who is creating a database of people to harass. We know that’s what the BLM/Antifa types do. We saw it this August in Minneapolis when a person running for elected office terrorized a police chief’s family at their home:

Video shows incoming Minnesota State House Rep. John Thompson, a Democrat, leading the mob, hurling epithets and obscenities at frightened children standing outside Kroll’s home. The mob also took swings at pinatas that depicted Kroll and his wife.

“I’m a black man being terrorized by the f****** klansman right here,” Representative-elect Thompson shouted. “We are terrorized by the grand wizard. Ya’ll got the grand wizard living in your god**** neighborhood. All the klan exist in Hugo, Minnesota and it’s right here. Don’t run now. Don’t run now, racist white people. I’m here. Oh yeah, we pull up. We pull the f*** up.”

It’s also happening right now in St. Louis:

A radical lawyer and civil rights activist is under fire after threatening Kansas City police and their families in an speech addressing alleged police brutality last week. “You don’t think that we know where y’all live? You don’t think we don’t know where your children go to school?!” the attorney fumed in angry rant that was captured on video.

Stacy Shaw is the attorney for a pregnant black woman who was arrested at a KC gas station late last month. For the past 10 days, Shaw has been leading an “occupation” of City Hall in Kansas City, Missouri to protest the arrest.

“We are not being kind with you anymore,” said Shaw. “We have been courteous. We have been respectful, but we aren’t doing that anymore,” she warned.

Shaw said she is seeking to have the licenses of the peace officers involved in the arrest revoked, and then threatened to use her allies in the education system to turn their children against them.

“We are going to start showing things with your children’s teachers,” the attorney said. “You don’t think that we have extensive researchers? You don’t think that we know where y’all live? You don’t think we don’t know where your children go to school?!” she bellowed through a bullhorn.  “Who the f—ck do you think we are?!”

These people are scary and the less they know about us the better. Not only might they be making the phone calls but even a legitimate polling outfit poses a risk. Even if the person on the other end of the phone isn’t an Antifa/BLM monster, the polling companies probably have eminently hackable databases.

Third, we point to voter enthusiasm, which is over the top for Trump. Even with the Wuhan virus, people are still turning up by the thousands for Trump rallies:

Here are the crowds gathering today in Florida:

Then there was the amazing Miami car rally this past weekend, with 20,000-30,000 cars showing up. I believe that this consists only of a subclass of Trump supporters; namely, anti-communist Latin Americans:

All over America, people are turning up for boat and car parades. How can we lose? just look at Biden’s Miami car parade, which got 15 cars:

And there’s the now-famous footage of the Biden/Harris rally in Phoenix. No one showed up for that:

It’s the same all over. Nobody shows up to see Joe Biden and Kamala Harris:

It occurred to me, though, that we’re looking at this wrong. The polls shouldn’t be comparing Trump to Biden, or even Trump enthusiasm to Biden enthusiasm. It’s clear that the energy on the left isn’t for Biden. Instead, the energy is against Trump and America. Joe is just the decomposing surrogate for a Democrat party that intends to un-do the great American spirit.

Thus, perhaps when pollsters are asking, “Do you support Trump or Biden?” what the people responding are hearing is “Do you support the Trump or do you support the despising Trump and destroying America?” Unfortunately, there’s a lot of enthusiasm for that second choice:

If that’s the real poll — Trump rallies v. BLM/Antifa rallies — we have to fight harder than ever. We absolutely cannot look at the “Trump v. Biden” metrics and think “Those polls are wrong. The real energy is behind Trump. Of course we’ll win.” Instead, we have to look at where leftist enthusiasm really lies. Then, we vote as if our lives depend on it (because they do) and we hope that the people who like getting on the streets are too disorganized or too anti-social to make it to the voting booth. The fact that they’re young militates against a big voter turnout. The fact that they’re unprincipled carries the threat that they won’t be too impressed with the rules against cheating.

This election reflects America’s peculiar, and very dangerous, class war

America is in the midst of a weird Marxist class war, with the upper classes and dispossessed rebelling against the working and middle classes.

Victor Davis Hanson was on Tucker Carlson on Thursday. Hanson is always interesting, but this time he knocked it out of the park and into the next county. What  he talked about was the fact that Trump represents ordinary Americans.

Usually when people say, “If I were Trump, I would say blah, blah, blah,” I’m thinking “yeah, yeah, whatever. I know what you’d say, but it’s Trump who figured out how to get into the White House on the first try.”

This time, though, when I listened to VDH, I realized that he was saying something extraordinarily important. This isn’t just the speech that Trump should make. Instead, this represents one of the most cogent statements I’ve heard about Trump, the leader, and his coalition, the everyday Americans. VDH makes patently clear that America is in the midst of a revolutionary class war, and one that the working- and true middle-class (as opposed to the “elite” upper middle class) must win if America is to survive:

If you can’t watch the video, Jim Hoft, at Gateway Pundit, has the transcript. I’ll just quote here the key language. The set-up was that VDH was talking about the fact that all debate moderators are biased. Every question they ask is posed as a gotcha to Trump (or Pence) and a love letter to Biden (or Harris).

So the question is what is Trump to do about this? There’s a 360 degree celebrities, and the academic world, and celebrities and the wealthy and elite of Silicon Valley and Wall Street. I think he has to emphasize that this election is on class it’s not on race!

There’s 100 million people, muscular people who are out there every day taking a risk that they’re going to be infected. While they serve you at a store or they bring your DoorDash food to your curbside or they bring your oven when it blows up from Home Depot, or they’re trucking all night or they’re producing food or they’re farming.

And yes they don’t always have the correct mask or they don’t social distance but they keeping going for whom? They Zoom and the Skype class! They’re in their basements telemarketing or teleworking or whatever they do and making a lot of money. And then they’re hectoring everybody that they’re politically incorrect or they’re racist, or they’re mask is an inch too small or they were one inch closer.

And Trump has got to say, “I’m one with these people. I want to frack because that frees us from these Middle East quagmires. And gives your kids good wages or doesn’t send your kid to Afghanistan or Iraq.

I want to get out of the Green Deal ’cause I want you to have a job. I don’t want to have a lot of elites in the Bay Area to tell you how to live your life.

So it’s gotta be a class argument. And I think he’s got to say, “I’m one with you and I don’t have any apologies for getting sick.” That’s what the president’s supposed to do. You’re supposed to take risks. Meet foreign leaders. Bring foreign leaders into the White House. Crisscross the country.

And I’m even going to have a rally. And I might even get sick and take experimental drugs if I have to to get back on the job. I’m not going to stay in my basement and quarantine myself and isolate myself and pass judgments on others that you’re not willing to take the same risk. And I think that argument’s going to appeal to a lot of people.

I wanted to stand up and cheer when VDH was done.

And you know what’s really ironic? Since 1867, when Marx published Das Kapital, Marxists have been the ones who framed everything as class warfare. That’s part of why Marxism never really worked here in America the way it did in the rest of the world.

America, after all, didn’t have fixed classes and it always had economic fluidity. With hard work (and, yes, luck) you could make it in America — and then you’d really be something. In the Old World (Europe, Asia, Latin America, etc.), no matter how hard you worked, you couldn’t make it and, even if you made money, you were never “something” in those societies.

Because of the American resistance to class warfare, beginning in the 1960s, American leftists started to substitute race, sex, and sexual orientation for class. That is, instead of dividing America along economic lines, they divided it along immutable characteristics lines. By doing so, they created permanent fissures in society. The point, always, was to destroy constitutional government, the free market, and a liberty-oriented mindset, and replace it with pure statism: Rule by the iron hand of the so-called “expert.”

Ironically enough, this push, which started in and still has its center in, academia, managed to turn America into a class society. There were the university educated (look at our all Ivy League Supreme Court), and the “others,” the deplorables, the gun clutchers, etc. The computer revolution sped this class division, and the Wuhan virus has made perfectly plain how deep the divide had become. Let me reiterate what VDH said:

There’s 100 million people, muscular people who are out there every day taking a risk that they’re going to be infected. While they serve you at a store or they bring your DoorDash food to your curbside or they bring your oven when it blows up from Home Depot, or they’re trucking all night or they’re producing food or they’re farming.

And yes they don’t always have the correct mask or they don’t social distance but they keeping going for whom? They Zoom and the Skype class! They’re in their basements telemarketing or teleworking or whatever they do and making a lot of money. And then they’re hectoring everybody that they’re politically incorrect or they’re racist, or they’re mask is an inch too small or they were one inch closer.

He’s absolutely right that this is the new American divide.

And let me tell you, speaking as a member of the Zoom and Skype class, we are nothing special. We’re useless. We can run computers and write legal briefs and be bossy Karens, but the world will run without us. It will not run without the truckers, and plumbers, and electricians, and soldiers, and mechanics, and road crews, and police officers, and on and on — all the practical people who keep our world moving. These practical people are Trump’s people — and the left is terrified because they know that, behind all their superior scolding, that they are nothing without Trump’s people.

Because they’re functionally useless, the educated leftists have gotten themselves an army of dispossessed people: The crazy Antifa mobs, the people trapped in the hellholes that are Democrat-runs slums, and the young people driven mad by their victim-centric, self-hating college curricula. It’s the “elite” classes (that is, the people with money and power) and the dispossessed lower classes and the crazies — none of whom contribute material benefits to society — who are battling it out against the people who make things run.

And just so you know, the monied class is betting serious money on getting Biden in the White House:

President Trump is promising four more years of low taxes, light regulation and a laser-focus on the stock market. Yet professionals on Wall Street are shunning Trump and funneling staggering amounts of money to his opponent.

The securities and investment industry donated just $10.5 million to Trump’s presidential campaign and outside groups aligned with it, according to a new tally by OpenSecrets. It has sent nearly five times as much cash, $51.1 million, to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

That means Trump is losing the fundraising race among Wall Streeters by a slightly greater magnitude than in 2016. During that cycle, former New York Senator Hillary Clinton and groups aligned with her raised $88 million from the securities and investment industry, while Trump took in just $20.8 million.

Ideologues will often act against their own best interests. America’s white collar, wealthy, college educated Democrats are so terrified of the constructive class that they are siding with the violent radicals and anarchists to take political power back from Trump. They’re riding the tiger, though, because just a few years ago, their foot soldiers were calling themselves the 99% and vowing to kill all the Wall Street people.

These are dangerous, crazy times. All I can do is urge you to go to the polls on November 3 and do everything you can to ensure that Trump and Congressional Republicans win in a landslide.

The Trump haters and Biden lovers are irritating me

Most of the time, I retain my equanimity when dealing with Trump haters and Biden lovers. Today, I cut loose just a little bit.

I am in an unusually feisty mood today. I try not to be in feisty moods. I tend to write or say things I regret when these moods descend upon me. I was hostile to two people on Facebook and just stopped myself from responding to a very hysterical letter about Trump.

I’m sharing everything with you now because maybe that will get it out of my system and allowing me to return to the imitation of serenity that I try to impose on myself most of the time.

I’ll start with that hostile letter. The letter writer – a leftist Jewish woman — was deeply offended that conservatives would care about Jews, because we’re all going to die here from the virus, and it’s all Trump’s fault. She also said that millions will die from preexisting conditions because of Trump and that Trump will replace Roe v. Wade. Also, Trump is a dictator who can only be compared to Hitler. He doesn’t give a damn about Jews, blacks, Hispanics, immigrants, and LGBT people. He is, in other words, evil personified.

I wrote the letter below and decided, at the last minute, not to send it. I’ve learned that engaging with crazy people is like getting sucked into a black hole and, while there, being gnawed relentlessly by thousands of rabid rats. But this is what I wanted to say before common sense reasserted itself:

Dear XXXX:

I meant to begin this email by stating how impressed I was that you could correspond from the concentration camp in which Trump has placed America’s Jews preparatory to slaughtering them. You don’t deserve that kind of sarcasm, though. I can see that you’re genuinely upset here.

I might also have pointed out that Trump cannot take away Roe v. Wade. Only the Supreme Court can — and the most that the court can do is return the matter to the states, which may make their own choices about whether to allow abortion within their borders or not. Along the way, I would have said that the slaughter of 61 million babies since 1973 is quite a Holocaust, but one that doesn’t seem to concern you much. But again, I see that you are frightened of the prospect of de-federalizing the abortion question, so I’ll leave that one alone too.

As for his not caring about the blacks, well, I will admit that Trump doesn’t seem interested in defining people by and limiting people to their skin color. The fact that he’s past laws that help get out of prison the black men whom Joe Biden put there with his 1994 Crime Bill is surely an accident, as is the fact that he’s finally funded Americans Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Other than that, all he did was deliver a roaring economy that most benefitted blacks and Hispanics — but he was trying to benefit all Americans when he did it, so you’re right, he doesn’t care about blacks or Hispanics.

My parents were indeed immigrants. They waited patiently for nine years to come to America. It wouldn’t have occurred to them to sneak into the country and live here illegally while taking benefits from taxpayers. I guess there was something very wrong with my parents.

I can’t write about Obamacare as I can’t afford it. I’m not in the class of people who are heavily subsidized, but I am in the class of people who’s private market policies went up so dramatically in price that insurance is beyond my means. Let’s just say I’m not a fan of Obamacare. But clearly, it means a lot to you, and I respect that. I believe in the free market. Government mandates always strike me as costly, inefficient and reeking of political favoritism.

As for the virus, we must agree to disagree. While Trump was closing the borders and creating task groups, Biden was calling him a xenophobe and making vague statements about sending money abroad as he did during the incredibly incompetent Ebola response. While Trump was mobilizing the American industry to provide PPE and ventilators, Biden was still talking about Ebola. Only later did Biden start saying that he would use the government to make PPE more available.

Trump also had the opportunity to use the virus to become a full-blown tyrant and take over all of America — but he didn’t. Instead, he respected federalism and told the states to do what they felt they needed, knowing that he would support them in all ways. He rushed equipment to them, mobilized better testing after the CDC’s dismal failures, and helped built emergency hospitals (or send hospital ships), which were never used. New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and one or two other states had the brilliant idea to lock up healthy people and mandate that nursing homes, filled with the old and sick, must take virus-infected patients. The death rate was appalling.

You’re obviously someone of strong opinions and deeply felt emotions. I think it’s fantastic that you reach across the political divide to read a conservative site. I would urge you, though, to gather more facts, think more deeply, and, for God’s sake, turn off MSNBC. It’s rotting your brain.

Sincerely

As I said, I refrained. That letter-writer was a tar baby, and I was not going to show myself to advantage in that fight.

On Facebook, I got irritated when someone re-posted this ridiculous Facebook post:

I posted a snarkily disingenuous reply:

What did Kazu Haga think needed to be changed in the fundamental system? The evidence for the following came from third-party testimony, from the boyfriend himself, from police body cams, from forensic evidence, and from tapping a drug lord’s phones.

Breonna was identified because she had extremely close contacts with someone who was the head of a large drug ring in Louisville. Should the police stop investigating drug rings, which mostly harm poor people?

According to a third-party witness, the police loudly knocked and announced themselves, which gave the boyfriend time to arm himself and prepare to shoot. Should they have conducted a no-knock raid instead? Breonna would probably be alive if they had.

The moment the police entered, as they are allowed to do by law to preserve evidence, the boyfriend, with Breonna at his side, shot one of the police in the femoral artery, a potentially fatal wound. Should the police have stood there and waited to see if he shot again?

So what should be different?

And finally, when someone used the latest Deep State Pentagon leftist who just announced he’s supporting Biden as a reason to say she stands with Biden because he’s going to be a great president, I also snapped.

I have problems with Biden because he used his political power to block Ukraine’s anti-corruption investigations into a business that was paying his son tens of thousands of dollars a month.

I have problems with Biden because he called his political opponent Goebbels, something that completely debases American political discourse. Trump is not a Nazi, and it is an insult to those who died because of the Nazis to throw the term around.

I have problems with Biden because he still posts about his 1994 Crime Bill, which sent generations of black men to prison, rather than giving them the opportunity to be fathers and role models in their communities. Trump is getting those men out of prison if they’ve proven to be model prisoners and rehabilitated.

I have problems with Biden because he views Americans solely based on race and sex. If he didn’t, he would not have promised that his vice president could only be a woman, and any Supreme Court nominee could only be a black woman.

I have problems with Biden because he’s on tape calling our troops “stupid bastards” because they didn’t clap at something he said.

I have problems with Biden because I’m not okay with the fact that Biden’s campaign is hiding him, which seems to suggest that they’re hiding a problem with him.

I have problems with Biden because of his continued love affair with China, a country that gave his son $1.5 billion in business contracts, that has genocidal concentration camps for Uighurs, that uses slave labor, that unleashed a virus on the world, and that is systematically stealing American technology and jobs.

Everybody should stop pretending that Biden is okay. He’s not okay at all. He is a corrupt man with a long history of lying and bad judgment, and he’s now lapsing into dementia.

I’d have a lot more respect for Biden voters if they would admit that they are not voting for him but are voting instead for the policies his administration will enact: higher taxes, pro-choice judges and funding for Planned Parenthood, amnesty for illegal aliens, the reinstatement of Critical Race Theory training in the federal government, government healthcare, government support for unions, etc.

It’s different with Trump, who is obviously leading the decisions from his administration. Biden is a placeholder. Those who support him would do so if the only thing that showed up at the debates were a giant letter D.

I need to stop doing this because I’m talking to people who cannot change their minds. This is different from just be stubborn.

These are people whose world view is so diametrically opposed that we’re from different planets. We don’t have the same goals, in which case we’d just be arguing about policies to achieve those goals, something that’s been the norm in elections up until Obama. The current point in American politics truly is socialism (plus that all-important abortion) versus a free market, individual liberty system (with states’ rights determining abortion policy).

All the arguments about Trump’s taxes and even Biden’s dementia are just window dressing. This is the most values’ driven election we’ve ever had. If you’re arguing with someone who wants socialized medicine, open borders, 90% wealth taxes, appeasement of China, a reversion to pre-modern energy usage to save us from natural climate change, using race as the highest value for determining citizen rights (the darker the skin, the greater the rights), abortion up until and even after birth – there is no common ground. There is no persuasion. There is nothing left.

And that’s why I shouldn’t get in these feisty moods and say the things I said or that, just in time, I drew back from saying.

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