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Fred Kaplan’s article is proof that progressives are idiots. It’s Kaplan’s opinion that Mike Pompeo is the worst secretary of state in our nation’s history. Kaplan wrote “Through his two years and nine months as the nation’s top diplomat, Pompeo has said or done nothing that’s enhanced our security, our values, or even—right or wrong—his administration’s own policies.”

The only accomplishments that Mike Pompeo had as Secretary of State was moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, negotiate (as part of a team) the Abraham Accords with 5 Arab nations, box Iran in after the disastrous JCPOA that John Kerry capitulated on, held a legitimate red line with Syria and helping take out Qassim Soleimani, the leader of the IRGC. That’s unless you want to give him partial credit for the USMCA and Phase I trade deal with China and playing an integral role in de-escalating tensions between North Korea and the other Pacific Rim nations.

Like Trump, Pompeo ceaselessly inveighed against the Iran nuclear deal; it is no coincidence that Trump pulled out of the deal and re-imposed sanctions against the Islamic Republic on May 8, 2018, just 12 days after Pompeo was sworn in as secretary. (His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, had advised Trump to stay in the deal.) Pompeo claimed, with swaggering confidence, that the sanctions would compel Tehran back to negotiate a “better” nuclear deal—or possibly force a collapse of the regime. Fast forward to today: Iran’s economy is a wreck, but the regime survives, its hardline factions are stronger than before, and its reactors are closer than ever to churning out an atomic bomb. (President-elect Joe Biden wants to restart the nuclear deal, but Iran’s technological progress and the stiffening of its politics will make this harder to accomplish.)

Thanks to John Kerry’s talks with the Iranians after leaving office, Iran held out in hopes of a Biden administration. The bad news for Biden is that the Arab nations that’ve signed onto the Abraham Accords with Israel hate Iran. The UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, along with nations like Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait will balk at the US rejoining the JCPOA. They were driven into the Abraham Accords with Israel because of Kerry’s coziness with Iran. Here’s the Abraham Accords Declaration:

President Trump and Mike Pompeo have a lengthy list of foreign policy accomplishments. By contrast, the Obama-Biden administrations has a lengthy list of foreign policy failures.

Susan Page’s sloppy impeachment reporting is worthy of criticism. That’s especially true in light of the fact that John Sullivan, a known left-wing agitator, “can allegedly be heard egging on protesters in video he provided to the FBI, according to a federal criminal complaint. He has also shared the video to his YouTube and Twitter accounts under the pseudonym Jayden X.”

Page’s reporting is indisputably sloppy. Now that Sullivan “was charged Thursday in federal court in Washington after being arrested by the FBI”, it’s safe to say that Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment of President Trump is sloppier than the first impeachment of President Trump. This video lays things out pretty precisely:

That video does a far more accurate job than Ms. Page did. This paragraph from Ms. Page’s article is particularly sloppy in light of the new information:

The storming of the Capitol last week by a mob egged on by the president has brought a rapid judgment not only from the lawmakers whose lives were threatened on that violent day but also from other Americans who bore witness. The nation’s broader culture – from business leaders and bankers to coaches and golf pros and social media platforms – has delivered an unprecedented series of rebukes as well.

Now that we know that left-wing agitators infiltrated the crowd, it’s time to re-examine the theory that this was the work of an angry right-wing mob. This should dispel that myth:

Sullivan also allegedly told Foulger that he had been in the Capitol during the riot, entering through a broken window while wearing a ballistic vest. As protesters climbed over a wall near the Capitol entrance, he allegedly exclaimed in the video, “You guys are f—— savage. Let’s go!”

“There are so many people,” Sullivan’s voice can be heard saying as the camera shows a large group of people making its way toward the building. “Let’s go. This s— is ours! F– yeah. I can’t believe this is reality. We accomplished this s—,” he said at another point “We did this together. F— yeah! We are all a part of this history.”

Thank God we know that President Trump got this mob riled up. At least, that’s the media mob’s storyline. Finally, there’s this:

“There’s this narrative going around right now that Antifa was the people there causing the riots, causing the tension, they were the only people breaking into the Capitol, and I wanted to be able to tell a part of history and show that that was anything but the case,” John Sullivan, the founder of Utah-based Insurgence USA, told Fox News Thursday.

Insurgence USA describes itself as “the revolution.” It began protesting racial injustice in policing last year following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

In August 2020 remarks to a small crowd at a Washington, D.C., intersection, Sullivan pointed to the nearby White House and unleashed a torrent of violent rhetoric. “We … about to burn this s— down,” he said. “We gotta … rip Trump right out of that office right there,” he continued, adding, “We ain’t about … waiting until the next election.” He then led the crowd in a chant of, “It’s time for revolution.”

That confirms that this riot wasn’t President Trump’s making. This shames Nancy Pelosi’s “snap impeachment.” It’s just a replay of the Nick Sandman/Covington Catholic story where the media mob assigned blame, then were forced to retract their stories when the full video came out.

In November, Joe Biden called for unity throughout the nation. Conservatives didn’t take him seriously at the time. Conservatives were proven right that Democrats didn’t really want unity when Nancy Pelosi decided to impeach President Trump with just 8 days left in President Trump’s term in office.

If Democrats impeach President Trump again, it shouldn’t be taken seriously. It shouldn’t be taken seriously because:

  1. Democrats wouldn’t hold impeachment hearings.
  2. Democrats wouldn’t call a single witness.
  3. Democrats haven’t identified a high crime that President Trump has committed.
  4. Democrats would vote on a single article of impeachment in the middle of the night a week before the inauguration.

With only eight days remaining in President Trump’s term, the House of Representatives is barrelling toward a second impeachment vote in the coming days as outrage about the president’s role in the storming of the Capitol by his supporters last week continues to reverberate throughout Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will take two major steps toward impeaching Trump, which would make him the only president to be impeached twice. Tuesday evening, the House will vote after 7:30 p.m. on a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., calling on Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. That amendment sets up a process by which the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet may declare to Congress that the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

The vote likely will not happen until very late Tuesday night.

This isn’t something that I’ll take seriously. Democrats accuse President Trump of inciting violence. Pardon the pun but that’s a trumped up charge on steroids. Nowhere in his speech does President Trump call for violence. He does call for “peacefully” marching up to Capitol Hill to protest the House’s actions. That word “peacefully” douses the Democrats’ inauthentic claims with ice-cold water. You can’t incite violence while peacefully protesting.

Democrat Rep. David Cicilline of RI told CNN this morning that they didn’t need an investigation because everyone saw what happened. That’s true but it’s apparent that Democrats didn’t hear what President Trump heard. Democrats continually insist that President Trump incited violence. Either Democrats are liars or they can’t hear straight. I’m betting that they’re liars.

Democrats have been trying to impeach Trump since the day after the 2016 presidential election. Democrats lost all credibility after this:

Democrats apparently condone threats and intimidation against Republicans but they’re prepared to impeach a president who didn’t incite violence. That’s why I won’t take the Democrats’ impeachment seriously.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued this statement to make himself sound like he’s on top of all things COVID. Ultimately, it proved he’s just another deceitful Democrat. The truth is that deceitful Democrats are a dime-a-dozen.

In his statement, Gov. Cuomo said “There is a disturbing story coming out of the United Kingdom of a highly contagious new variant of the COVID-19 virus. A number of countries have banned people from the UK, and 120 countries demand that before you get on a flight in the UK to come to their country, you have to have tested negative. The United States has a number of flights coming in from the UK each day and we have done absolutely nothing. To me, this is reprehensible because this is what happened in the spring.”

Actually, Gov. Cuomo is full of it:

The Trump administration has known about this mutation for months. Further, the approved vaccines can handle the new mutation. Coming from the guy who killed thousands of senior citizens in LTCs, this is rich. Jim Clyburn’s criticism of President Trump is just about as disgusting:

“I give the scientists a lot of credit for that,” Clyburn told host Neil Cavuto. “And I’m glad he [Trump] got out of the way and stopped talking and he stopped having those press conferences every evening … the scientists were free to use their creativity.”

Clyburn, 80, added that he had received the vaccine “yesterday or day before, and I did because I believe in the scientists. I didn’t put … detergent in my veins [like] he advocated. You remember that. You remember him saying … it would magically disappear. Why don’t you talk about that?”

By the time Inauguration Day happens, tens of millions of people will have received their first vaccine shots thanks to Operation Warp Speed. OWS is President Trump’s project. He pulled all the parts of it together. Far from getting out of the way, President Trump got involved in pulling things together. From pulling Pfizer and Moderna together to wiping out the red tape to getting the military working with Fedex and UPS to deliver the then-future vaccine to hospitals, clinics, then outlets like Kroger, CVS and Walgreens.

Thus far, it’s happened virtually flawlessly. Jim Clyburn is a bitter old man and a political hatchet man. That’s what happens to you when you spend too much time around Nancy Pelosi.

According to the Blaze’s Daniel Horowitz, Tim Walz is a tyrant. In his article, Horowitz writes “There is no subtlety to Walz’s tyranny, and his evils are clearly no longer sufferable. His regime is now threatening to imprison business owners who have no options to feed their families other than keeping their businesses open. At the same time, he is releasing violent criminals, including child murderers, as violent crime consumes the Twin Cities region.” Check this out:

Larvita McFarquhar is America embodied. An African-American single mom with four children to support, Larvita never asked for handouts. She opened Haven’s Garden, in Lynd, Minnesota, a family-oriented restaurant with an attached gymnasium for kids to have a good time. She is the ultimate entrepreneur and family woman, but in Walz’s Sodom and Gomorrah, she is now a criminal. She had the audacity to pursue the rights spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and kept her business open at great expense with full compliance with all the unscientific distancing restrictions.

The twisted irony is that Walz is all in on the de-incarceration agenda. Just last month, he stated that “incarceration is a failure of the system.” But what he really meant was only incarceration for dangerous criminals should be shunned. On Wednesday afternoon, Nathan Hansen, Larvita’s attorney, posted on Twitter that “Assistant Minnesota Attorney General Kaitrin C. Vohs filed court documents to have Ms. McFarquhar potentially imprisoned to force her compliance with Governor Tim Walz’s executive order.”

With so many criminals being released for violating real laws, you know, like not to steal, carjack, or murder, wouldn’t “Mr. Anti-incarceration” himself not want lovely people like Ms. McFarquhar to be imprisoned for living a free life? Don’t count on it.

President Trump, a supposedly heartless Republican, signed the First Step Act to reform sentencing laws. Tim Walz, a supposedly compassionate Democrat, wants to jail a black single mother of 4 for wanting to put food on her family’s table and keep a roof over their head.

Who’s the heartless politician? Who’s the compassionate person? I think LFR readers understand that that’s a rhetorical question. The heartless politician, IMHO, is Tim Walz with a dishonorable mention to Keith Ellison:

Tim Walz’s indifference towards law-abiding citizens doesn’t stop there. Logic isn’t Gov. Walz’s strength. Be prepared to clench your fists after reading this:

On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, as part of the state’s Board of Pardons, voted to immediately commute the life sentence of Myon Burrell after he served 18 years for the murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards in 2002. He intended to kill someone else in a gang fight that day, but a stray bullet hit Edwards in the heart while she was in her home doing schoolwork. Burrell’s cousin and jailmate testified in 2002 that he confessed to the killing, and Timothy Oliver, the intended victim of the shooting, testified that Burrell pulled the trigger. But, of course, Burrell and his lawyer maintain that he is an innocent man.

Why did Walz release him? The “science” of teenage killers! “We cannot turn a blind eye to the developments in science and law as we look at this case,” said Walz. “We can’t shackle our children in 2020,” added Walz. “We need to grow as our science grows.”

The science? What the hell is Walz talking about? I get it that Ellison has supported murderers in the past. That’s old news. That he still supports murderers is disappointing on steroids, though it isn’t surprising.

Minnesota deserves a governor that applies logic to situations like this. Tim Walz doesn’t fit that description. He’s a tyrant drunk on his authorities. He’s unfit for office.

When I wrote this post, I was ahead of the curve in noticing that President Trump helped lots of Republicans win their elections. Stephen Moore, though, did a better job with this article because he went into detail. In Moore’s article, he wrote “So, how deep were the losses for the Democrats? In the U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi thought her troops would gain 10 to 12 seats. Instead, they lost, at last count, nine.” That count will likely stretch higher in the coming days.

Moore continued, saying “But the real carnage was in the state houses. Hold on to your hats; here is the latest from our allies at the American Legislative Exchange Council. The GOP gained a total of 192 House and 40 Senate seats. Republicans flipped control of three chambers.” This isn’t like 2010, when Republicans demolished Democrats, winning 63 net seats in the House while flipping literally hundreds of Democrat-held seats.

The Democrats’ goal was to increase their majorities in state legislative bodies so they could transform the redistricting process. Eric Holder was put in-charge of the project. That failed. Now they’ll have to win through the state courts what they couldn’t win through the ballot box.

As a result of these big and improbable wins, Republicans now have majority control in both House and Senate chambers in 31 of 50 states. Democrats have control in only 18 states. That’s a map of the USA that looks awfully red throughout middle America, with only the rusting Northeast and the West Coast colored blue.

What is truly stunning about this story is that Democrats and liberal/progressive donors (Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg, et al.) poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the states to take over legislatures with unprecedented spending in Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania. The American Legislative Exchange Council president, Lisa Nelson, estimates that Democrats outspent Republicans “at least 3-to-1 in the states.” And all they got was a lousy T-shirt.

The thing that Democrats keep missing is the fact that their policies don’t appeal to people. Whether it’s the regulations, defunding the police or rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, the Democrats’ policies put America last.

Donald Trump’s coattails mattered because he drove turnout. Joe Biden got more votes in big cities but that didn’t change the redistricting equation. Until Democrats start appealing to blue collar voters, the redistricting equation won’t improve for Democrats.

This morning, Tom Hauser let his partisanship show. During the Political Analysis segment, he led with a video of CAE President John Hinderaker awarding the Golden Turkey Award to Gov. Tim Walz for spending $6,900,000 to buy a refrigerated building to use as an overflow morgue to hold bodies that he expected from COVID. This refrigerated building is currently being used to store supplies. It’s never been used to hold a single body, much less a person who died of COVID.

During the Political Analysis segment, Hauser mentioned how Gov. Walz had to make all these decisions without a roadmap to guide him. Not once did he say that President Trump, who didn’t have a state to run but an entire nation to make decisions for. Gov. Walz’s decisions, starting with his shelter-in-place order to his model predicting “only 50,000 people dying” if Minnesotans shut their economy down entirely, were terrible. President Trump’s decisions, starting with shutting down travel with China, then Europe, to getting Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson working immediately on producing a vaccine, were indisputably right.

Despite those facts, Biden was considered the best to fix COVID, not President Trump. That’s a joke. But I digress. Back to Hauser. Hauser didn’t say anything about how Minnesota’s economy has tanked thanks to Gov. Walz’s decisions. Hauser didn’t blame Gov. Walz for the huge deficit that’s certain to be announced this Tuesday. The deficit happened directly as a result of Gov. Walz’s terrible decisions. Spending $6,900,000 on a temporary morgue is just a symptom of a bigger problem.

That problem is that Gov. Walz is in over his head. Walz has used 3 different models to predict how many people would die from COVID. Each has been off by tens of thousands of people. A fair-minded journalist would’ve mentioned that. Hauser didn’t ask that question during the MDH hearings. Why didn’t he? I think the answer is obvious.

If reporters won’t ask that type of question, then they aren’t doing their primary job. Informing the people is what they’re hired to do. If they fail that, they’re failing us.

Why didn’t Hauser or other reporters question why Gov. Walz bought this facility instead of renting it? With tons of offices empty, couldn’t Gov. Walz have gotten a better deal? A lifelong bureaucrat, which is what Gov. Walz is, apparently isn’t smart enough to make that type of decision. A businessman would’ve negotiated for a better price.

In the days after Hubert Humphrey died after a painful battle with cancer, the St. Cloud Times published a 20-page special section on Sen. Humphrey’s life. The thing that stood out most for me was something he said in a speech on Independence Day in St. Cloud. Sen. Humphrey said that America is great, partially because we’re the only nation in the world that states that “happiness is a national goal.” It says that in our Declaration of Independence.

Of course, our Declaration is independent of the Constitution in that they weren’t written at the same time. They’re similar documents, though, because the writers were writing from the same mindset. Both Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration, and James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, suffered through the British royalty’s despotism. If they wanted anything above all else, it was to avoid all-powerful, tyrannical government.

The opening paragraph of the Declaration says “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

Asserting that laws existed before government is a radical idea to AOC, Bernie Sanders, the Squad and Elizabeth Warren. The Constitution wasn’t written to limit people. It was written to limit government. The text of the Tenth Amendment states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

A loyal reader of LFR sent me this article about the Articles of Confederation. Here’s the opening paragraph:

The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union was the first written constitution of the United States. Written in 1777 and stemming from wartime urgency, its progress was slowed by fears of central authority and extensive land claims by states. It was not ratified until March 1, 1781. Under these articles, the states remained sovereign and independent, with Congress serving as the last resort on appeal of disputes. Significantly, The Articles of Confederation named the new nation “The United States of America.” Congress was given the authority to make treaties and alliances, maintain armed forces and coin money. However, the central government lacked the ability to levy taxes and regulate commerce, issues that led to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 for the creation of new federal laws under The United States Constitution.

Today’s Democrats love one-size-fits-all policies and centralized authority. This is what they’re rushing to create. Today’s Democrats want Medicare-for-all, cancel culture (where people who don’t agree with them 100% get shouted down and where Big Tech silences people that exposes Hunter Biden) and people that won’t fight for their constitutional rights.

People fighting for their rights is something that Democrats weren’t used to. Now that President Trump entered the fight, things changed rapidly. Pre-Trump, Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote. After President Trump installed Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett, Chief Justice Roberts is the swing vote. He doesn’t want to rule on anything, thereby giving Democrat lower courts victories.

That changed with the confirmation of Amy Coney-Barrett. She voted with the conservative majority in ruling that Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) went too far with his executive fiat on religious liberty. That’s another God-given right that the Founders addressed in both the Declaration and in the Bill of Rights.

Hardline progressive Democrats teach us that rights come from government. Bernie Sanders insists that health care is a right, not a privilege. Apparently, Sen. Sanders doesn’t have a clue about where rights come from.

On Wednesday, President Trump pardoned Gen. Michael T. Flynn. On Thanksgiving, Gen. Flynn wrote this thank you letter to the nation. The unconstitutional persecution of Gen. Flynn is officially behind us. Judge Emmit Sullivan is officially a laughingstock. Gen. Flynn is what he’s been all along — innocent of anything except of protecting his family.

In his letter of gratitude, Gen. Flynn said “We are a nation founded by leaders who fought tyranny and oppression to ensure that all American citizens be treated fairly and equally across this land. These constitutional and God-given rights should never be denied or disguised behind false prosecution or political persecution out of fear, hate, or an opposing voice. Those who scowl at the very core of our Republic and act from vengeance or revenge against one of us, threaten the safety and security of all of us.” That’s why the Fourteenth Amendment is essential to this nation’s health. Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment contains this:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

It was famously said that the laws either protect all of us or they don’t protect any of us. That’s quite right.

This makes the Flynn family warriors:

Together, we have overcome this enormous hurdle. Now we will get back up on our feet, dust ourselves off, and not fear what lies ahead. We may be tested again with false accusations and untruths and hatred for our beliefs and for raising our voices but we cannot be deterred and we cannot stop.

Make sure to read the entire letter. It’s definitely worth the time.

Kim Strassel’s weekly column highlights the corruption in DC. Specifically, it highlights how corrupt the FBI is, how corrupt the corporate media is and how corrupt Judge Emmitt Sullivan is. Throughout the Trump administration, the FBI has been highlighted as having a corrupted upper echelon. (Notice that I used the singular, not plural, version of the word. It’s important.)

Jim Comey, Andy McCabe and Peter Strzok were particularly corrupt throughout the Flynn fiasco. As Ms. Strassel wrote, the “Flynn pardon was necessary—to correct a corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation, a rogue special counsel, an unprincipled federal judge, and an embarrassingly complicit media.” She continued, saying “Mr. Flynn advised the Trump campaign and in November 2016 was named national security adviser. The FBI had spent months monitoring him as part of its Russia-collusion fantasy, yet by Jan. 4, 2017, it had found nothing and moved to close its case. In rushed Peter Strzok—the now-disgraced then-FBI agent—to keep the investigation open. The FBI had snooped on a Flynn call to the then-Russian ambassador to the U.S.”

The FBI didn’t need to interview the National Security Adviser about his conversation; it had the transcript. Yet the bureau’s then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sandbagged Mr. Flynn, arranging for him to meet with FBI agents without a lawyer. Former FBI Director Jim Comey later gloated over the setup. The FBI also chose not to provide Mr. Flynn a standard warning against lying, to keep him comfortable. Despite all this, the agents reported—according to government notes—that they “believe that F. believes that what he said was true.” He didn’t intentionally lie.

This was always totally about getting Flynn to flip on President Trump. The FBI’s problem was that there was nothing to flip about. The Mueller report stated that there wasn’t any conspiracy “between Donald Trump and Russia, the Trump campaign and Russia” or any American and Russia.

That didn’t stop the FBI or special counsel from pressing forward:

Fast forward to Robert Mueller, who didn’t care. The FBI knew in January 2017 that its collusion investigation was a bust; it confirmed the Steele dossier was a fabrication. So Mr. Comey engineered a special counsel to salvage the FBI’s reputation by ginning up unrelated “crimes.” Mr. Mueller dredged up the Flynn interview and threatened to prosecute the former national security adviser’s son unless Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying. Facing bankruptcy, Mr. Flynn succumbed to this naked abuse of power.

Jim Comey likely won’t be prosecuted. That’s unfortunate because he’s totally reprehensible. He didn’t think twice about setting up a 3-star general.

Here’s something worth pondering. Would people that set up a 3-star general hesitate to break the law to get rid of the president he served? Let’s remember that the president he served was the target all along.