Archive for the ‘Special Interests’ Category

It isn’t difficult to figure out that Tina Smith is a place-holder senator in DC. She’s there to be a reliable vote for Sen. Schumer. Expecting her to show any leadership skills is a waste of time. She’ll vote no to confirm Judge Amy Coney-Barrett to a spot on the Supreme Court, just like faux centrist Amy Klobuchar.

Wouldn’t it be fun having a leader in the Senate instead of these do-nothings? Jason Lewis is that leader. He’s ready to go to Washington, DC to hold the powerful accountable. For instance, Jason Lewis just said that he’d hold Big Tech accountable:

Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis called out Big Tech’s censorship after Twitter and Facebook suppressed a story about Hunter Biden. Twitter blocked users from sharing a New York Post story Wednesday that contained alleged emails from Hunter Biden. Twitter did so under the guise of the story being “potentially harmful,” and Facebook took similar actions the same day.

After the news broke, former Congressman Lewis renewed his commitment to take on Big Tech if elected. “With the latest abuse of monopoly power, it’s long past due to end the censorship of Big Tech. They are, in the middle of a crucial election, making what amounts to a series of campaign donations to liberal Democrats. And the only reason they’re able to get by with it is the Sec. 230 carveout they got in the ’96 [Communications Decency] Act, not available to other editors and publishers. That ends when I get to the Senate,” Lewis told Alpha News.

I wrote here that the Biden scandal has now been verified. Twitter still won’t let the story be shared. Twitter still has the Twitter account of the NYPost locked. Twitter won’t unlock the NYPost’s account until they delete the tweet with the Biden Scandal url. That’s old-fashioned Soviet-style censorship. That’s the type of thing that the Chinese Communist Party still does.

Tina Smith was bought by Big Tech:

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement calling on Senator Tina Smith to return the campaign contributions she has received from big tech monopolies in the wake of latest censorship attempts:

Big tech and the mainstream news media are no longer fair and honest arbiters, but instead are acting as partisan activists bordering on election interference. Especially so when big tech platforms that are supposedly pledged to neutrality censor published stories revealing corruption involving their preferred Presidential candidate, Joe Biden.

“Senator Tina Smith has taken more than $14,000 dollars from big tech monopolies since getting to the Senate—including $5,000 dollars from Facebook—which I call upon her to return immediately. Her failure to do so would merely be the latest indication of how compromised she’s become in Washington, whether the donors are from Silicon Valley or from multinationals outsourcing American jobs to China.

Expecting Tina Smith to stand up against Big Tech’s censorship of political speech is foolish. She’s spineless on that front. She’s a special interest magnet.

If people haven’t noticed, the DFL is throwing this year’s election away. The DFL is throwing it away in multiple ways. First, the DFL supported Gov. Walz’s autocratic rules during the COVID pandemic. Gov. Walz shut down Minnesota’s economy, then kept it shut way longer than it needed to be. Meanwhile, Gov. Walz ignored the people while trusting a COVID model thrown together by a pair of college grad students over a weekend. Nothing says trust me like a COVID model that’s highly inaccurate but wasn’t peer-reviewed.

The ‘Party of Government’ put together a COVID model that, initially, was off by 20,000 in terms of deaths. Then we were told that we had to still shelter-in-place to prevent the peak from overwhelming hospitals and clinics. According to the grad student models, that’s still a month away. What a joke. The so-called ‘Party of Government’ is the actually the ‘Party of Incompetence.’

Next came the protests in front of the Governor’s mansion. People were mad as hell with Gov. Walz and they let him know about it. They let Gov. Walz and the DFL know that they didn’t appreciate them boarding up their businesses while sending recovering COVID patients to nursing homes. People didn’t like that because it killed seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities unnecessarily.

After George Floyd’s murder, the DFL decided that this was the time that they could push their farther-than-far-left agenda. The DFL started with protests, then moved to looting and pillaging before advancing to rioting and vandalism. It didn’t help that the House Majority Leader tweeted that a gas tanker truck had plowed into people and that this driver’s truck was covered with confederate flags and “white nationalist insignias’:

The DFL is telling their most loyal constituency, the minority community, that they aren’t worthy of police protection. On top of all that, native Americans tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus that’s located on the Capitol grounds. While that statue was toppled, State Troopers were ordered to stand down. After the statue was toppled, the Troopers were instructed to stand in a circle around the toppled statue:

Nothing says societal instability like a lack of law enforcement and a spineless governor. Gov. Walz won’t stand up to the special interests. We know that because he hasn’t done that yet. Why would we think that he’ll change that pattern now? Further, these special interests are led by idiots like Jeremiah Ellison and Lisa Bender and extremists like Steve Fletcher.

That trio, combined with Tim Walz and Jacob Frey, are the faces of the DFL Office of Incompetence and Stupidity. If you want to find that office in the State organizational chart, it’s part of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Another part of it is found in the Minnesota Department of Human Sacrifices Services. Still another part of that office is found where MNLARS used to be.

Seriously, Democrats in the executive branch are idiots. Wherever you find the DFL in the legislative branch, you find slush funds for their special interest allies. Isn’t that a surprise?

This won’t play well in the suburbs. Suburbanites prefer stability and predictability. Thanks to the DFL, suburbanites don’t have either of those things. They don’t have sensible leadership, either.

Based on the HEROES Act, it’s apparent that Nancy Pelosi’s highest priorities are paying off progressive special interest groups and gaining power. Senate Republicans should offer a delete-all amendment to the bill when it gets to the Senate. In fact, they should send the bill to the proper committees of jurisdiction for a proper mark-up.

In that mark-up, they should strip out provisions that would send money to lobbying organizations. Fox Business Network’s David Asman pointed to a provision in the Democrats’ bill that would spend money “on 501(c)(6) organizations with less than 300 employees.” Asman then noted that many lobbying firms are registered as 501(c)(6) organizations. Then he noted that none of those organizations have 300 or more employees.

Later, Asman pointed out that the HEROES Act has money in it for “associations that represent associations.” There’s a provision in the Democrats’ HEROES Act that would give the federal government control of federal elections while taking that authority away from local governments. That’s the first step to making mail-in ballots the law of the land.

These are just some of the disgusting provisions in the Democrats’ bailout bill.

Pelosi noted that governors across the country are “planning their budgets,” and could be forced to “cut services and/or raise taxes.” “The Congress of the United States must honor its responsibility to the American people to lessen the blow of the coronavirus by making the serious investment of The Heroes Act to our state, local, tribal and territorial governments,” she wrote. “The plan that we are voting on today will make a tremendous difference not only in the budgets of the states but in the lives of the American people: their public health, the education of our children, the sanitation so important to defeating the virus, with the support of so many essential workers.”

It would bail out public employee unions pension funds. No thanks with that. The Democrats’ bill would spend money on local government aid, aka LGA. That doesn’t buy down property taxes, like Democrats in Minnesota dishonestly insist. Instead, that money is used to pay for stupid things like artistic drinking fountains. (Minneapolis did that about a decade ago. Back then, they spent $500,000 on 8 artistic drinking fountains.)

Those cities have spent money on other idiotic things, too. Minneapolis cut police officers and firefighters but bragged about keeping their bike trail coordinator on the payroll. Rather than spending money foolishly on these types of things, We The People should force cities and counties to spend money on core functions first before allowing them to spend a penny on artistic drinking fountains and bike trail coordinators. If they have to change their charter to tie the hands of their city councilmembers, that’s fine. I’m totally ok with We The People micromanaging city government. About 7 minutes into this video, Kellyanne Conway positively torches Pelosi:

This morning on Good Morning America, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee, said something stupid even by Biden’s standards. Anyone that’s watched him knows how high a standard that is. Biden’s been an idiot virtually all his life. First, let’s dig into what Biden told Stephanopoulos.

According to the article, Biden was asked “What did you know about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn and was anything improper done?” Biden initially replied “I know nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn, number 1 and number two, this is all about diversion. This is a game this guy plays all the time.”

That’s downright insulting. Actually, it’s infuriating. For 3+ years, Robert Mueller and 19 hyperpartisan prosecutors and 40 FBI agents did their utmost to impeach President Trump. The upper echelon (singular, not plural) of the FBI, aka Comey, McCabe, Strzok and Page, in addition to former DNI Jim Clapper and Impeachment Committee Chairman Schiff, (D-Calif.), tried their utmost to impeach President Trump.

When people brought up tidbits of truth that didn’t fit with the Democrats’ storyline, we were told those were distractions. This isn’t a golden oldie but it’s certainly proof that Democrats view this as a strategy:

This nugget is just too good:

ADAM SCHIFF: This is a profound distraction from what Russia did from the issues that we’re charged with investigating. It’s quite by design and it’s very much in combination with the referral of Christopher Steele in a criminal investigation.

Adam Schiff was the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the time he said that. Schiff hadn’t yet turned it into the All-Impeachment-All-the-Time-Committee. Democrats hated President Trump so much that they simply set out to impeach him without any evidence of Treason, Bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Democrats still don’t have proof that President Trump committed any crimes. They don’t have proof that anyone in the Trump campaign committed a crime worthy of impeachment.

That Vice President Biden would say that the Flynn scandal is a diversionary tactic to distract from the Wuhan Virus is reprehensible. If we hadn’t panicked on how to best contain the Wuhan/Chinese Communist Party Virus, the Obama/Biden/Pelosi/Schiff scandal would be the biggest news story since 9/11. Entrapping the incoming national security adviser isn’t small potatoes. That’s a major civil rights violation. Don’t be surprised if major Obama administration figures get sued over this. This isn’t the type of thing that an ‘I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.’ will fix.

Sleepy Joe isn’t that bright. The worst news for Democrats is that Biden is the Democrats’ best option. What’s frightening for Democrats is that he’s a worse candidate than Hillary. He might be worse than John Kerry, who once served in Vietnam.

Democrats sold out to the AOC/Bernie wing of their party. This November, they’ll pay a price for that capitulation. That’s why, contrary to Paul Mirengoff’s post, there’s little chance that President Trump loses to Biden. Further, the more people find out what’s in Pelosi’s Porkapalooza bill, aka the HEROES Act, the more they’ll hate it. Democrats constantly complain about corporate welfare. Why don’t Democrats complain about welfare for politicians? They’re one of the beneficiaries amongst an brigade of beneficiaries from the HEROES Act. They’re far from the lone special interest beneficiaries created by the Democrats. Sen. John Kennedy, (R-LA), put it perfectly in this interview last night with Sean Hannity:

According to Katie Pavlich’s article, this is what prevented the Democrats from reaching agreement on the emergency stimulus bill:

According to a source close to the process on Capitol Hill, in order to move forward with any kind of relief package, Pelosi and her far-left Democrat caucus will demand the following be included:

  1. Publication of corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards
  2. A bail out on all current debt at the Postal Service
  3. Required early voting
  4. Required same day voter registration
  5. Provisions on official time for union collective bargaining
  6. Full offset of airline emissions by 2025
  7. Publication and reporting of greenhouse gas statistics for individual flights
  8. Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
  9. Federal $15 minimum wage
  10. Permanent paid leave
  11. Study on climate change mitigation efforts

People are getting laid off and this is Nancy Pelosi’s priorities list? Seriously? That isn’t a priorities list. It’s a special interest’s wish list. The thought that Senate Democrats would put a hold emergency financial assistance hostage for these things is beyond unethical. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi should be thrown out of DC for that type of bad-faith negotiating. You know you’ve gone too far when Susan Collins gets this irate:

Roger Simon nailed it in this column:

But the Dems don’t seem to be listening, at least as of this writing, and remain determined to squeeze every molecule of advantage while the nation and its healthcare professionals suffer. They also risk fully tanking the U.S. economy and affecting the welfare of its citizens for years.

The economy is tanking? What do Democrats care? They want $15/hr. minimum wage nationwide. That isn’t all Democrats want. Democrats want “retirement plans for community newspaper employees”, too. Democrats want “paid permanent leave”, too. Democrats aren’t the party of the little guy anymore. They’re the party of the special interests. Blue collar workers can go to hell as far as the Democrats can go. Paul Wellstone and Hubert Humphrey are turning over in their graves this moment.

The American people shouldn’t give Democrats any levers of power for the next 30 years after pulling a stunt like that. Jason Lewis criticized Tina Smith’s votes this way:

Senator Tina Smith is gambling with thousands of Americans’ lives. It’s disgusting and it needs to stop today. At the direction of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Tina Smith has been voting to block the coronavirus relief package. Until families and small businesses across Minnesota are put back to work (which must happen as soon as possible), they continue to struggle to get by. But shockingly, obstructionist Senate Democrats are holding up relief based on carbon footprints? It’s egregious and every American should be outraged.

Minority Whip James Clyburn made the Democrats’ intentions perfectly clear when he called the relief package ‘a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.’ Senator Cory Booker said the bill should be used to ‘reform corporate culture.’ To Senate Democrats, this relief bill isn’t about helping Americans who suddenly find themselves struggling financially in the face of this virus. Instead, they see it as a political tool to push their radical agenda, including the Green New Deal.

Unlike these partisans in Congress, Minnesotans and Americans are united against one common enemy. Doctors and nurses on the front lines are risking their lives and manufacturers are retooling. They badly need our support. Tina Smith must immediately put aside the partisan politics and put the needs of the American people first.

Tina Smith, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats don’t give a damn about America. With the nation facing this crisis, the Democrats’ priority has been the Green New Deal. Are you seriously kidding me? Chuckie Schumer finds a microphone every 2 hours, then repeats the line ‘We’re getting close to a deal.’

The people whose lives are getting ruined by the Democrats’ obstruction don’t give a damn, Chuckie. We need a deal done yesterday. If you gave a damn about the people who make this nation great, you would’ve finished this deal. You don’t give a tinker’s damn. This November, you’ll give a damn when We The People throw Democrats out of office en masse from the House and Senate.

Whether he’ll admit it or not, Mini Mike Bloomberg is a special interest group unto himself. It isn’t likely that he’ll admit that but he’s the Democrats’ biggest special interest group. In 2018, Mr. Bloomberg contributed at least $80,000,000 to Democrats running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

It isn’t likely that Bloomberg contributed to Democrats running in “rural, conservative-leaning districts where his views on guns and other issues could stir an uproar, according to people briefed on his plans, some of whom spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.” The people who accepted Mini Mike’s campaign contributions are beholden to him. The first logical question to ask is this: what does a candidate sign up for when they accept Mini Mike’s campaign contribution? This statement tells us:

In the last election, for example, I spent nearly ten million dollars to help a Republican, Pat Toomey, get re-elected in Pennsylvania. I disagree with him on many issues. But after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, he broke with the NRA and co-wrote a bipartisan bill to close the background check loophole. At the same time, I spent roughly the same amount to help successfully elect a Democrat in New Hampshire – Maggie Hassan – who was running to defeat a Republican incumbent who had voted against Toomey’s bill.

This year, I’m supporting both Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates who have shown strong leadership on gun safety, the environment, education, and other critical issues facing the country.

In other words, Mini Mike supports liberals from both parties. If they’re spineless and controllable, Mini Mike will consider contributing to them. That statement doesn’t tell the whole truth, though. In this video, though, Mini Mike slipped:

This paragraph says everything:

In fairness, some Republicans have taken their constitutional and legislative responsibilities seriously, like my friend John McCain. But too many have been absolutely feckless, including – most disappointingly – the House leadership.

Unified Republican leadership of government produced the Trump-GOP tax cuts that’ve lit a fire under the economy. Unified GOP government allowed Republicans to use the Congressional Review Act, which was used to revitalize the fossil fuel energy industry. That, in turn, allowed the U.S. to become energy independent while crippling Russia’s economy, and helped build the strongest economy in decades. If that’s Mini Mike’s definition of feckless leadership, give me tons of that type of leadership.

Compare that with Nancy Pelosi’s leadership. During this session, Pelosi’s puppets have spent tens of millions of dollars to impeach a president based on hearsay evidence testimony. My bad. I meant testimony because, except in rare cases, hearsay isn’t proof. The other thing of note that this Congress has accomplished is ratifying the USMCA trade agreement. That’s it in eighteen months.

If you want the next congress to march to the Resistance Movement/Bloomberg drum, ignore the Bloomberg/Democrat special interest syndicate. If you want Congress to work for you, there’s only this simple choice: Vote for unified Republican government.

While President Trump was implementing a travel ban to and from China, Democrats accused President Trump of being xenophobic and a racist. This weekend, medical members of the coronavirus task force praised President Trump’s decision. Democrats, including Mini Mike, have twisted President Trump’s words. Democrats said that President Trump called the coronavirus a hoax. Here’s what President Trump actually said:

President Trump jeered Democrats Friday night for criticizing his response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, saying that it was a “new hoax” after a failed attempt to remove him from office over Ukraine.

“They tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia — that didn’t work out too well,” Trump told a cheering crowd in South Carolina. “They tried the impeachment hoax. That was a perfect conversation. And this is the new hoax,” Trump declared.
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“Let’s get this right: A virus starts in China, makes its way into various countries all around the world, doesn’t spread widely at all in the United States because of the early actions that myself and my administration took against a lot of other wishes. And the Democrats’ single talking point and you see it is that it’s Donald Trump’s fault,” he said.

If you want a congress that’s controlled by a narcissistic, egotistical elitist that things that farming is what stupid people do and that thinks it’s ok to control your lives while decrying money in politics, vote Democrat. If you’re sane, though, it’s time to vote GOP. If you want to vote for a one-man special interest group, vote Democrat.

The opening paragraph from Speaker Pelosi’s statement on the November jobs report indicts the Speaker. Here’s what she said:

Despite some encouraging numbers, the November jobs report offers little solace to the farmers and hard-working families who are struggling to stay above water with the costs of living rising and uncertainty surging.

If she’s so worried about “farmers and hard-working families”, why hasn’t she brought USMCA up for a vote yet. For over a year, Ms. Pelosi has said that a) USMCA would be easy to pass and b) she was working her way to yes on ratifying it. Simply put, she’s failed farmers. Ms. Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats have been more interested in impeaching a president who has created 7,000,000 jobs since taking office less than 3 years ago.

Ms. Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats unanimously voted against the Trump-GOP tax cuts that have lit a fire under this economy. These Do-Nothing Democrats voted against eliminating the Obama administration’s regulations that would’ve killed the fossil fuel industry. In short, Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats have stood in the way of pretty much every Trump administration plan that’s produced this prolific economy.

Thus far, the Trump administration’s record includes the lowest unemployment rate in half a century, the lowest black unemployment rate and the lowest Hispanic unemployment rate ever, the lowest unemployment rate for women since WWII, rising wages, improving workforce participation rate and soaring consumer confidence. That’s what Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats voted against.

Getting lectured by Ms. Pelosi about “struggling” farmers and manufacturers is insulting. Ms. Pelosi’s focus on impeachment has prevented her from reaching yes on USMCA. She can complain all she wants about the 275 bills waiting for Senate action but that’s bad-faith whining. Why should we trust a caucus of Do-Nothing Democrat Socialists who voted against the policies that built this fantastic economy? This sums things up perfectly:

“What a contrast? A great economy, terrible politics.”

Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats haven’t helped with anything. They’ve focused on impeachment, not the economy. They haven’t lifted a finger to close the asylum loopholes or the immigration system. The 275 bills are meaningless. It’s time for Democrats to focus on what’s important instead of focusing on appeasing their special interest base.

What do the shooters who killed people in Odessa, TX, El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH have in common? This isn’t difficult. I’m betting that we’d quickly agree that the 3 shooters are criminals. Considering that fact, isn’t it interesting that the Democrats’ first ‘solution’ is to violate law-abiding citizens’ civil rights?

Stop and think about that in those terms. If you wanted to lower crime, why would your first step be to restrict the civil rights of law-abiding citizens? That’s like a mechanic changing the oil and coolant when the customer told him that the car was having difficulty shifting from reverse to overdrive. In other words, it’s stupid to fix things that aren’t broken instead of fixing what’s broken.

Why wouldn’t Democrats fix the things that are broken rather than tinker with things that aren’t broken? They might if their highest priority was to fix things rather than to acquire power and check things off the Democrats’ ideological check list. The things that Democrats most want are checking items off their ideological checklist and obeying Resist Movement activists.

Most of the criminal gun violence is committed by handguns. Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians alike know this. They’ve known that for a generation or more. Why hasn’t Robert Francis O’Rourke insisted on a mandatory handgun confiscation program like he’s pushing his mandatory assault weapons confiscation plan?

O’Rourke won’t champion such a confiscation program because he knows that the fastest-growing group of people applying for conceal-carry permits are single moms. Taking the guns away from single moms that they use to protect their families is politically stupid. That’s why Robert Francis O’Rourke won’t propose such legislation. Neither will other Democrats.

Instead, it’s easier to propose confiscating scary-looking weapons like this:

The weapon above isn’t any more lethal than a semi-automatic rifle of the same caliber that doesn’t have a pistol grip. That’s just reality. Finally, the assault weapons ban didn’t have an appreciable affect on gun crime because the so-called assault weapons that were banned in the legislation didn’t exist by the time the legislation took effect.

The assault weapons ban outlawed specific brands and models. The minute that the legislation was signed outlawing those guns, the manufacturers changed the model number. Problem solved. As I wrote here, the Heller Decision held:

Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. Pp. 54–56. 3. The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment. The District’s total ban on handgun possession in the home amounts to a prohibition on an entire class of “arms” that Americans overwhelmingly choose for the lawful purpose of self-defense.

The simple fact is that the Supreme Court has ruled on guns “in common use.” As long as a gun is commonly owned, Congress can’t confiscate it.

This SCTimes Our View Editorial is a total cheap shot on their behalf. They start their editorial by saying “If it seems like we just wrote about this a few weeks ago, it’s because we did. Following the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left more than 30 people dead and dozens more injured at the beginning of August, we (as well as millions of Americans) called upon lawmakers to enact common-sense regulations to help reduce these horrifying events. And as you likely know, nothing was done.”

That’s bad enough. Still, it’s infinitely worse when they said “Then, on Aug. 31, another mass shooting occurred in Odessa and Midland, Texas. Eight people, including the shooter, were killed and 25 people, including three police officers, were injured.”

The obvious inference was that Congress had dropped the ball by not coming back early from their annual August recess and immediately passing gun control legislation. I’d love hearing the SCTimes explain what they’d recommend. Here’s what they said:

And again, as we said earlier this month, it’s time for our elected officials to try some common-sense rules when it comes to guns:

  1. Require background checks for all gun purchases online and at gun shows.
  2. Do more to regulate high-capacity weapons, like in-depth background checks, mandatory training and even liability insurance.
  3. Ramp up resources for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms so that gun sellers are reviewed more often and with more scrutiny.
  4. Fully fund comprehensive mental health care. More resources for mental health care could help prevent mass shootings.

I’d love hearing the Times explain what they’d do when they ran into things like priorities like preserving doctor-patient confidentiality statutes. Is the Times recommending the erosion of another our rights? Or is it that they just didn’t think this through?

This is an unbelievably complicated issue. What’s worse is the fact that we’re dealing with protecting our civil liberties (the Second Amendment and HIPAA protections) while attempting to protect people from suicidal maniacs. Trying to do that when everything is calm is difficult enough. Doing that while everyone is looking over our politicians’ shoulders expecting them to pull a miracle out of their hat at the snap of their fingers. Good luck with that. This video, mostly featuring Sleepy Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, exposes the Democrats:

In the video, Sen. Warren said “Today, if it’s an average day in America, 7 children and teenagers will die from gun violence. Won’t make headlines, most of them. It’ll happen in neighborhoods that won’t get covered in the news. It’ll fall particularly hard in neighborhoods of color.” Later in the video, she chalks this up to corruption. I’d agree with that. The Democrat media isn’t interested in highlighting gang violence in Chicago. It happens virtually every weekend. That doesn’t get covered. The Democrat MSM won’t cover it because it doesn’t fit the Democrats’ narrative.

It used to be that the TV motto was “If it bleeds, it leads.” That’s ancient history now. Today’s motto is more like ‘We don’t cover it if it doesn’t fit the Democrats’ narrative du jour’. It isn’t brief or catchy but it’s the truth. If a story blows the Democrats’ narrative apart, it won’t get covered. I didn’t mean it might not get covered. I said it won’t get covered. But I digress. Back to the Times’ Our View Editorial.

It’s disgusting that the Times says nothing has gotten done. They know that it’s a complex issue. The Times (and the Democrats) know that this is an issue that can’t be fixed through demagoguery.

The only thing that demagoguery will do is drive the 2 sides further apart. The Republicans, for the most part, have acted like adults. They’ve talked about the limitations Congress has thanks to the Second Amendment and the Heller Decision. You can’t wish those away. You can’t ignore HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) rules out of existence.

What can be done is make sure that shooters don’t get ignored like they were at Parkland. That was totally preventable but we don’t talk about that because that hurts the Democrats’ narrative. Also, the Democrats don’t want people to notice that deputies acted like cowards and the sheriff pinned the blame on the NRA instead of on himself and his deputies.

There are steps that will make us safer. Unfortunately, Democrats have insisted that they don’t work or they don’t like guns in schools.

Saying that the Democrats have a candidate crisis this presidential election cycle is understatement. It isn’t just about the Democrats’ candidates, though that’s part of their problem. Part of their problem is that they’ve alienated their traditional base. Specifically, Democrats alienated blue collar workers and industrial unions. It’s more than interesting that Democrats have pushed aside unions like the UAW, Teamsters and United Mine Workers.

In this LTE, Rob Braun wrote “Middle America feels as if no one on the coast is taking their views and opinions seriously. The coastal liberal elites don’t want to hear that they aren’t happy with the moral and social re-engineering they promote. Or, calling Middle America bigots because they adhere to traditional sexual standards. And more importantly, the elites haven’t done a very good job at convincing middle America that their experiment in social and moral re-engineering is the best way of structuring a healthy and functional society.”

That’s certainly a significant part of why Democrats are pushing aside people of faith and rural America. When President Obama demonized people living in “small towns in Pennsylvania”, he criticized these people, saying that it isn’t “surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

That’s an invitation for rural voters to abandon Democrats. That’s what those voters did in 2016. President Trump capitalized on the situation, promising these voters that his policies would revive rural America’s economy. President Trump has delivered on that promise. Remember President Obama mocking then-Candidate Trump about promising to improve the US economy? I remember it because of this:

Longtime Democrat operative Mark Jaede responded to Braun:

It seems that the author thinks the Democratic Party should throw LGBT people and people of color under the bus in order to win votes from socially conservative rural white people.

I disagree. We won’t win by pandering to anti-gay people. We won’t win by dismissing the struggle against racism as “identity politics.” We won’t win by concerning ourselves with how many counties have GOP majorities. We will win by fielding a candidate who can offer Democrats in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, and North Carolina a reason to turn out and vote.

As long as Joe Biden promises to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, as long as Bernie promises to spend $16,300,000,000,000 on his version of AOC’s Green New Deal, as long as the entire Democrat field promises to decriminalize illegal immigration and give illegal immigrants free health care, Democrats will continue losing those states cited by Prof. Jaede, with the possible exception of Pennsylvania and Virginia.