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Apparently, there’s nothing that will penetrate President Trump’s ‘Blue Collar Firewall.’ That isn’t surprising. While Democrats pay lip service to unions, President Trump has gotten things done that’ve made blue collar unions’ lives better.

The Obama-Biden administration swore loyalty to the unions’ right to organize. They also led the fight to kill blue collar industries like mining, energy and infrastructure trades. That led to the deterioration of their communities. At his 2016 Convention, President Trump spoke to the forgotten men and women:

After getting elected, President Trump went right to work in rebuilding communities, industries and the economy. He immediately signed off on building the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Teaming with Congress, President Trump used the Congressional Review Act to “kill five Obama regulations” implemented in the last days of the Obama administration. President Trump didn’t just talk the talk. He kept that promise in a big way. Within no time, the energy industry roared back to life. That, in turn, gave people in the forgotten communities in the Midwest hope. They weren’t forgotten anymore.

Thanks to the deregulation but also because of President Trump’s start on renegotiating trade deals, these communities started rebuilding. That’s why this is happening:

“We haven’t moved the needle here,” said Mike Knisley, executive secretary-treasurer with the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, who estimated that about half of his members voted for Trump in 2016 and will do so again. “Even if given all the information that’s been put out there, all the facts — just pick an issue that the president has had his hands in — it doesn’t make a difference.”

“He has a very, very, very solid foundation of our members,” said James Williams, a vice president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, whose surveys of members painted a similar picture. “They connect with his messaging and a lot of the fear-mongering going all the way back to when he was first elected with, ‘Be afraid of the immigrant. The immigrant’s here to take your job.’ That resonated with our membership. They feel like their way of life and their way of living is under attack and without really understanding the dynamics at play. I mean, the immigrant worker is being abused by employers.”

It resonated because cheap immigrant labor hurt union workers. It’s the simple economic principle of supply-and-demand in action. Cheap immigrant labor produced an overabundance of a commodity — labor. Companies took advantage of that situation, which hurt blue collar union workers.

Those voters, historically a bedrock of Democratic support, shifted away from the party in 2016, according to exit polls. Hillary Clinton won union voters by less than half as much as former President Barack Obama had four years earlier — and that swing alone may have been enough to account for her losses in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, one analysis found.

This really summarizes things perfectly:

The question this year is whether Biden can win those union members back, and by how much.

This video explains why Biden is having difficulty with blue collar union workers:

Finally, the CDC has spoken definitively about reopening schools. According to Paul Peterson and Scott Atlas, it’s long overdue. In their Hill op-ed, they wrote “At long last, and maybe too late, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on ‘The Importance of Reopening Americans Schools this Fall.’ After issuing warnings about potential risks to children all spring and early summer, the CDC acknowledged what has been known throughout the world for months, that ‘COVID-19 poses relatively low risks to school aged children. … So far in this pandemic, deaths of children are less than in each of the last five flu seasons.'”

Next, they wrote “That couples with the CDC’s observation that ‘for children (0-17 years), cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rates are lower than cumulative influenza hospitalization rates during recent influenza seasons.’ Moreover, ‘the rate of infection … from students to teachers has been low.'” In other words, the things that Nancy Pelosi recently said about protecting children was Democrat fear mongering. She should be ridiculed in public endlessly.

The best way to punish Pelosi is by defeating Democrat House members this November and installing a GOP majority in the House.

Despite the CDC’s declaration, DC government schools will begin the year virtually. Democrats admit having failed the students:

Students who do not have Internet access or a computer at home will be provided with the necessary technology, the mayor’s office said. Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said D.C. had been collecting data from more than 13,000 respondents and found 44 percent of students do not have access to a device at home.

How can half of DC’s students succeed without having a device capable of connecting to the internet? That’s like saying DC has schools that don’t have running water. But I digress.

We know from research and simple common sense that these measures will seriously degrade the children’s educational experience. For one, masked teachers can hardly be effective: They will be hard to hear, difficult to understand and challenging to interpret when their facial expressions cannot be seen. For students, masks are hot, stuffy and uncomfortable, the very circumstances that compromise learning. Masking will likely adversely affect the quality of the teaching force, the people who are crucial for a child’s education.

Then there’s this:

Gov. Newsom says the damage from closed schools can be curtailed by online instruction. Virtual learning is better than no education at all, certainly. But several studies have found that students who attend virtual schools perform worse than students in brick-and-mortar schools. One study comparing the achievement of charter school students found that the consequences of attending a virtual school were “uniformly and profoundly negative.”

It’s time for politicians to stop interfering with the scientists. Scientists are trying to tell parents that opening schools is safe.

Anyone that thinks that today’s Democrats are similar to Hubert Humphrey’s Democrats or Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Democrats is kidding themselves. Today’s Democrats aren’t even like Paul Wellstone’s Democrats. Democrats took a terrible trip when Harry Reid and Ms. Pelosi won leadership positions in the Senate and House respectively in 2006.

Since then, they’ve governed from a my-way-or-the-highway philosophy. In 2008, Al Franken joined the Senate. Discourse sunk even lower. During Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing, Franken struck up a conversation with Sotomayor about Perry Mason. We were so enlightened by the exchange:

The point is that Democrats aren’t about making America better. They’re about changing the US into something it isn’t. When Biden says that he wants to transform the US, just like his boss said, that isn’t what a patriot would say. That’s what a hater would say. If you thought that the US was founded on great principles and that we’ve helped dozens of nations achieve liberty or helped them through natural disasters. you don’t think that the US needs a transformation. It needs some changes. It doesn’t need a transformation.

If you’re a patriot, you think that the US is great, though it isn’t perfect. Patriots think that the US is constantly changing, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. We’re constantly a work in progress.

Far left Democrats think that slavery is the lasting mark against the US. It isn’t. That’s like thinking that a student who didn’t understand math at first is forever destined for poor grades. That’s like saying the student can’t get tutoring that changes everything. One day, the final piece of the puzzle drops into place and the struggling student starts acing tests.

Today’s Democrats apparently think that anyone white is a racist. They talk about white privilege and implicit bias. The only thing we can do is constantly ask for forgiveness for something that’s beyond our control.

Today’s Democrat leadership aren’t patriots. They’re liars. Check out this joint statement from Ms. Pelosi and Rep. Earl Blumenauer:

As our nation mourns the loss of our colleague and beloved civil rights leader John Lewis, we are again reminded of the immense power of peaceful protest in the fight against racial injustice and police brutality. Yet time and time again, the Trump Administration shows its lack of respect for the dignity and First Amendment rights of all Americans.

Last month, the Administration tear-gassed peaceful protestors in Washington, D.C. Now, videos show them kidnapping protestors in unmarked cars in Portland, all with the goal of inflaming tensions for their own gain. While Portland is the President’s current target, any city could be next.

We live in a democracy, not a banana republic. We will not tolerate the use of Oregonians, Washingtonians, or any other Americans, as props in President Trump’s political games. The House is committed to moving swiftly to curb these egregious abuses of power immediately.

What a pile of BS. Predictably, Ms. Pelosi intentionally left out a few important details. She intentionally omitted the fact that the rioting in Portland had gone on for 40 days prior to President Trump’s action. Pelosi intentionally omitted the fact that this wasn’t a peaceful protest, which are protected by the First Amendment. They were full-fledged pre-planned riots. Dozens of arrests were made, with virtually each arrestee getting charged with interfering with the police. Does that sound like it falls within the protections of the First Amendment, which permits people to peaceably assemble.

Riots aren’t protected by the First Amendment. Portland police declared a riot when Democrat protesters attacked a building housing the police officers’ union. So much for Democrats supporting working families.

The next time that Ms. Pelosi wants to lecture us about the First Amendment, she should commit to telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Intentionally omitting important details of a story is lying. Lying for partisan gain isn’t patriotism. It’s the opposite of patriotism.

Wednesday afternoon, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) endorsed President Trump. That’s a major switch from 2008 and 2012, when NAPO endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket. NAPO didn’t endorse a candidate in 2016.

According to NAPO’s website, “The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States and was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action and education.”

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) endorsed President Trump’s reelection Wednesday, praising his “steadfast and very public support” for law enforcement. NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.

This is a major snub to Biden. NAPO figures to be a pivotal voting group this fall, especially with the rioting and looting taking such a prominent position in terms of issues that Americans care about. According to this report, NAPO is “the biggest group that represents the police benevolent associations and police unions across the country”:

This is NAPO’s endorsement letter, which was sent to President Trump:

Here’s why NAPO rejected Biden:

Officers have faced routine disparaging in wake of nationwide racial injustice protests, and some have called out presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for not condemning anti-police rhetoric. While Biden’s campaign has staunchly opposed the idea of abolishing police departments, the candidate said that some funding should “absolutely” be redirected from the police.

Gianno Caldwell’s op-ed shines a light on the pathway for President Trump’s re-election. In his op-ed, Caldwell, an African-American, states “President Trump and Republicans have delivered for the black community on tangible policies that have had a positive impact — something the Democrats never achieved.”

President Trump is fantastic at exciting his base voters. That’s the strongest part of his campaign game. Policywise, President Trump is excellent at delivering for African-Americans. Don’t trust me. Just ask Alice Marie Johnson. Better yet, listen to Sen. Tim Scott, (R-SC), and HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Sen. Scott and Secretary Carson worked together on the Opportunity Zones provisions in the Trump tax cuts.

The Opportunity Zones provisions transformed inner city hell holes into potential prosperous oases in virtually no time. Minority unemployment rates didn’t drop to historic lows accidentally. They happened because President Trump, Sen. Scott and Secretary Carson worked together to make something beautiful happen. Let’s remember that Carson grew up in inner-city Detroit. Saying that he was dirt poor is understatement. I don’t know where Sen. Scott grew up. I just know that he grew up dirt poor, too. President Trump didn’t grow up dirt poor but he was raised as a real estate developer. He understands what it takes to turn a run-down neighborhood into a rising middle-class neighborhood.

Each day, Tim Scott and Ben Carson should hold a press conference and ask the reporters what Joe Biden’s specific plans are for fixing minority neighborhoods. They should then cite the accomplishments that President Trump has made already, then report that they plan on working with him to expand opportunity scholarships and school choice.

Each day, Tim Scott and Ben Carson should be sent to Baltimore, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Detroit. Their day should include meeting with parents and entrepreneurs willing to invest in these neighborhoods. It should include a discussion on how these investors/developers could establish a scholarship fund with a little help from the tax code.

It should also include a conversation with parents on what their ‘ideal neighborhood’ would include. Getting investors to invest in these neighborhoods builds a trust that’s long been missing. Doesn’t that suggest that that’s what’s needed immediately?

Challenge Democrats to talk about what their plans are for revitalizing neighborhoods and building the schools of the future. The dirty little secret is that the Democrats can’t deviate from their ancient blueprint of throwing more money at a problem. That’s because the unions won’t let them change the blueprint.

Tim Scott and Ben Carson are 2 of the calmest-sounding people in government. If they can’t break through to apolitical parents, then this nation is lost. I don’t believe it’s lost. That’s why, after watching this video again, I’m more optimistic than ever:

Let’s force the Democrats to defend their record on racial policies. Republicans, unfortunately, don’t have a great record either. At least Republicans can say that they’re willing to change to make minority lives better. Democrats can’t say that.

It’s terribly apparent that Tim Walz, the DFL governor of Minnesota, isn’t a leader. Most of the time, he’s been a blithering idiot who couldn’t think his way out of a wet paper bag. During the COVID crisis, which Walz mishandled terribly, Walz used a one-size-fits-all strategy for the entire state. He didn’t detect the difference between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Little Falls. Yesterday, Walz took a cheap shot at the GOP state senate.

Though he didn’t mention Republicans by name, his intent was clear when he said “My call to action on this is: This is on us, and I don’t think things just happen by chance. I’m not sure there’s anywhere else in the country (where) their Legislature is coming back next week. So you’re gonna get to see an opportunity next week how serious people are about getting this done. Because I will guarantee you, there will be bills put on the floor and put to a vote: Yes or no. Put your money where your mouth is and send it forward.”

Here’s something more specific:

The agenda poised to embody much of the initiatives was laid out earlier this week by lawmakers in the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus, of which Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan was a founding member when she served in a Legislature. Their agenda includes some two dozen ideas, under five general topics — as the caucus defined them:

  1. Reform the investigation and prosecution of officer-involved deaths and wrongful actions
  2. Increase police accountability and transparency
  3. Raise standards of conduct and support officer excellence
  4. Partner officers with the communities they serve
  5. Repair and build community trust and create community-centered public safety

There’s a term for the vast majority of this initiative. That term is DOA. In fact, it isn’t worth trying. For instance, the goal of raising “standards of conduct and support officer excellence” sounds worthwhile until you get to the part that major city DFL mayors undercut police officers virtually daily, either by criticizing them for partisan gain, gutting their budgets and their forces or by accusing them of “systemic racism’.

If you’ve just graduated from a law enforcement program, why on God’s green earth would you want to serve a mayor who doesn’t hesitate in criticizing you, puts the police budget on the chopping block yearly and thinks that police want to kill people of color each day? That’s before tackling the issue of officer excellence without reforming the police unions. Officers often get criticized and kicked off the force, only to have the union file (and win) a lawsuit restoring the officer to full duty with back pay. There’s no chance that the DFL will take on a public employee union, especially in an election year.

Repairing and building trust within communities is virtually impossible when DFL politicians take cheap shots at the police. What’s worse is when Antifa-supporting legislators like Aisha Gomez say things like this:

This is why we talk about police abolition.

There is no reform that can fix this system. No training or body camera or coaching or diversification effort or outside investigation or toothless oversight body that can fix this.

The rot in police departments is the rot in our political and social systems, crystallized and heavily armed. It is a reflection of our country, built on the enslavement of African people and the genocide and dispossession of Native people, reliant on exploited immigrant labor to enforce the racialized social order and help the powerful accumulate wealth.

This female might be more insane than Ilhan Omar. Why would I take her seriously?

I’ve been thinking for quite some time about what police reform would look like. Frankly, most of it is impossible to accomplish without significant citizen buy-in. One of the things that must change is getting ride of bad officers.

Officer Chauvin is a perfect example of what needs to happen but didn’t happen. Various reports say he had anywhere between 12 and 18 citizen complaints. That can’t be allowed to happen.

A friend of mine in law enforcement told me that officers often get disciplined and kicked off the force. This friend then told me that officers that often get booted from the force then file an appeal in court, where the court orders them to be reinstated.

Another thing that we discussed was how difficult it was to work in big cities. My friend said that big city mayors frequently don’t put a high priority on public safety, instead putting a higher priority on quality-of-life issues than on public safety.

That’s foolish because people don’t care how many parks or bike trails there are when the city is overrun with violence. If cities don’t get the core functions of government right, everything else is meaningless. That led the conversation in another direction. When Minneapolis or St. Paul don’t get the money that they want in LGA, they immediately talk about cutting police and firefighters.

I might be wrong but I think that, under R.T. Rybak, they cut 2 officers and a firefighter but they were happy that they didn’t have to cut the city’s bike trail coordinator. This speaks volumes about liberals’ priorities. The Democrats’ priorities aren’t America’s priorities.

I used to think that more training was essential to better policing. Today, I’m convinced that better civilian leadership is essential. Politicians that moisten their finger, then play to the crowd, aren’t leaders. They’re just politicians. When holding office is more important than doing what’s right, corruption quickly follows.

There’s more to reforming law enforcement but that’s enough for tonight to chew on. Check back with LFR later this week for more on the subject.

There’s no question whether Joe Biden maintained a reputation for decades as a centrist. That reputation isn’t withstanding the pressure of his latest presidential campaign. Byron York’s article highlights how the Democrats’ presumptive nominee is transforming from a centrist into a leftist.

York’s first example is Biden’s years-long defense of President Obama’s deportation of illegal aliens. In his article, York wrote “Biden has defended the Obama administration’s record on deportations against those on the left who criticized President Barack Obama as the ‘deporter in chief.’ Then came last month’s Nevada caucuses. After ugly losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden was struggling for life in Nevada and trying to appeal to the Hispanic voters who made up a substantial portion of state Democrats. All of a sudden, Biden backtracked on the Obama deportations he used to defend. ‘There were too many,’ Biden told Univision’s Jorge Ramos. ‘I saw the pain in the eyes of so many people who saw their families being deported. I know what it’s like to lose family members. It was painful.'”

Biden’s immigration transformation didn’t stop there, though:

As the Nevada vote neared, Biden promised that if he became president he would not deport anyone, no one, under any circumstances, during his first 100 days in office. After that, Biden said he would deport only those who have committed felonies in the United States. Biden repeated the pledge at his recent debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last remaining rival for the nomination.

Think about that, people. A Biden administration promises to not faithfully execute this nation’s laws. In this debate, Sleepy Joe and Crazy Bernie gave the same answer on whether local communities should turn over illegal immigrants to their administration:

It doesn’t get much more leftist for a Democrat than that. Joe Biden got the reputation of Blue Collar Joe for standing with coal miners, construction workers and blue collar families. Blue Collar Joe doesn’t exist. Here’s proof:

Biden’s centrist-to-leftist transformation is complete.

There’s nothing democratic about how California is getting run politically these days. This article highlights how California’s ruling class couldn’t care less what their constituents say. One of the people that’s getting ignored is Gloria Rivera. California’s ruling class features a woman named Lorena Gonzalez. Here’s how California’s ruling class is changing Californians:

When Gloria Rivera, a San Diego-based, Peruvian-born translator and interpreter, achieved U.S. citizenship, the first thing she did was register as a Democrat. “Now I’m seeing a lot of people like me who are either going Independent or Republican,” she says, “myself included. The Democrats are not listening to us.

There’s little doubt that California’s politicians don’t listen to Californians. That’s what makes California’s politicians part of the problem. Democrats, in general, aren’t good listeners. The last Democrat that was a good listener is Bill Clinton. Nancy Pelosi, the most famous California Democrat, is a terrible listener.

Online and in person, independent contractors are confronting Gonzalez and demanding a repeal of the law. Her condescending response: independent contractors need the protection of union-driven labor laws. In a damning KUSI news interview, Gonzalez denied that AB5 has resulted in widespread income loss. Her dismissive attitude has fueled outrage against Democrats.

Gonzalez’ dismissive attitude is triggering a political backlash:

“I see a revolution on the horizon,” says David Mills, a musician from Lake Elsinore who created the Facebook group Freelancers against PRO Act. “This may be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back. But I think it’s leading to something good. The American people on all sides are waking up. We’ve gotten too caught up in partisan support. Now we’re paying attention. There is a huge uprising. People had to lose their jobs to find out what it was.”

It’s taken time for this resentment to build to this level but it’s getting there. There’s a timeless cliché that’s worth remembering in this situation. It goes like this “Beware the wrath of a patient man.”

This fits people who are patient and even-tempered. The fuse on their temper is longer than most. That doesn’t mean there isn’t an end to it. When that fuse hits that gun powder, the explosion is just as violent as the person with a short fuse. This situation has taken a ton of time to build into a major explosion.

California used to be known as the Golden State. That’s why its population grew each year. That ended this year when, for the first time in California’s history, it didn’t gain a congressional seat in reapportionment. Things are changing. What that means still hasn’t been determined but it’s changing. For some reason, this song just fits:

Here’s hoping that the California revolution starts soon. Here’s hoping that the revolution, when it happens, is a big one. Getting the state straightened out would result in a huge change for the better.

Matt Vespa’s article is the worst news Bernie Sanders has received in quite some time. Inside his article is this tidbit of information:

Nevada’s powerful Culinary Workers Union will not endorse in the presidential primary, while criticizing Bernie Sanders’ signature Medicare for All proposal, according to three sources with knowledge of the decision. In declining to pick a candidate, but sharply criticizing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ signature policy position, Medicare for All, the union created an opening for Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, two moderate Democrats with little demonstrated support in the state.

That’s truly throwing Bernie under the bus. Taking direct aim at Bernie’s signature issue isn’t what he’d like to hear. The question is whether this issue will sink him in other states. This suggests it will:

In Pennsylvania, some top union leaders were also adamant that they would tell their people to stay home or vote for Trump should Sanders or Warren become the 2020 Democratic nominee. In the Keystone State, Sanders’ commitment to a universal ban on fracking, which will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs in the must-win state, is just a bridge too far.

LFR has frequently said that the Democrats’ opposition to fracking and fossil fuels is their Achilles heel. That’s the thing that puts Democrats in God’s little acre: just east of the rock, just west of the hard place. Some issues have multiple solutions. Energy is a binary choice. If you oppose fossil fuels, you’re the enemy. Period.

This is predictable. Bernie truly believes in Medicare-for-All. What he can’t do anything about is the fact that unions have often negotiated for Cadillac plans, which aren’t taxed, while settling for lower wages. Meanwhile, Bernie is on the wrong side of the fossil fuels issue. Dan Crenshaw and Kevin McCarthy are offering a better way forward:

Congressmen including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of California, and Dan Crenshaw, of Texas, are pitching the legislation as a common sense alternative to Democrats’ calls for limiting the use of fossil fuels. “There’s this false choice between doing nothing and over regulating,” Crenshaw said. “That would do nothing, because the United States is only 15 percent of emissions.”

International corporations like Exxon-Mobil and Chevron favor a carbon tax, likely because that’s a competition-killer. That doesn’t do anything to fix what’s wrong. Expect union rank-and-file to agree with Republicans on this issue.