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Ever since Impeachment Committee Chairman Adam Schiff impeached President Trump without citing a crime, we’ve known that it was just a matter of time until some lame-brained leftist Democrat would redeploy the Schiff Standard. That day arrived. The sad part is that it didn’t take long to arrive:

Professor Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government at American University, has penned an opinion column calling for President Trump to resign or be impeachment for his handling of the coronavirus crisis. It is just the latest in a long line of such impeachment theories that reflect a fundamental misconception of the function and standard for the removal of an American President.

Since Chairman Schiff has essentially instituted a whatever-a-majority-of-Congress-says-is-impeachable impeachment standard, it isn’t surprising that people are making up new impeachment charges. As Democrats become more desperate, we should expect these types of frivolous charges to come more often against Republicans. Democrats have shown that they’re a vindictive lot of sore losers. This treachery will become the new normal for Democrats.

If this becomes the Democrats’ new normal, then I pray that voters punish Democrats for being sore losers. Shame on them for not accepting the outcome of legitimate elections. You lost in 2016. A 4-year hissy fit just proves that you’re whiny little children. Whiny little children aren’t fit to govern. That privilege is reserved for adults.

Schiff’s problem isn’t that he’s a whiny little child. Schiff’s problem, along with every other Democrat that voted to impeach or convict President Trump, is that he’s a dishonest SOB. Trusting him is as stupid as trusting this professor. Then again, trusting any Democrat that voted to impeach or convict President Trump on the basis of hearsay testimony is stupid.

Schiff is an annoying SOB. He’s proven that by this:

President Trump said he is seriously considering a pardon for former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn. “So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has ‘lost’ the records of General Michael Flynn. How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!” Trump tweeted on Sunday.


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff quickly tweeted that Trump should keep his “focus on the current crisis” surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, adding that “the delay in testing and your failure to lead are already costing us dearly.” “Your attacks on the independence of the justice system and rewarding of cronies who lied for you can wait,” the California Democrat said. “Incompetence kills.”

My message to Professor Edelson is the same as my message to Chairman Schiff. Shut up and go away. Your warped thinking is hurting civilized society. Please stop wasting my time with your stupidity.

At the top of the RealClearPolitics website is an ad asking people to thank President Obama “for fighting to defeat Trump in 2020.” Here’s what it looks like:

President Obama might’ve been the smoothest-talking president in history but his policies stunk. Did his Iran Treaty guarantee nuclear peace into perpetuity? Did the Paris Climate Accords finish climate change? Oh wait. The negotiations between the Obama administration and Iran, handled so deftly (not really) by John Kerry were a masterpiece for artists who use crayons. It was so fatally flawed that it couldn’t be submitted as a treaty. It was so fatally flawed that dozens of Democrats voted against it.

The JCPOA and the Paris Climate Accord are now history. Prior to the Wuhan Virus, the Trump economy was hitting on all cylinders. The minute the virus is part of history, the economy will jump back to life. Unemployment is at 50-year lows. Consumer confidence is high. Companies are moving back from China. Other than that, the Trump economy is pretty mediocre.

President Trump’s handling of the virus crisis gets mixed grades. The mixed messaging definitely isn’t a positive. His travel bans deserve high grades, though. Wiping out the red tape at CDC that allowed the private sector to get involved in testing was brilliant. Why that wasn’t done sooner is testimony to President Obama’s obedience to big government.

It’s time to do what works and fix what doesn’t. Trusting government doesn’t work. Another 4 years of President Trump should fix lots of things.

Fred Barnes’ article highlights the GOP’s strategy for making the federal judiciary more conservative. According to Barnes’ article, “Eligible appeals court judges (appointees of Republican presidents, to be specific) are being asked to switch to senior status, a form of semi-retirement that allows them to continue hearing cases but opens their seat for a new nominee. This could create as many as 28 vacancies on the appeals courts.”

Utilizing this strategy is smart. There’s no sense in not exercising this option. That being said, the activists need to activate and grow Mitch McConnell’s majority and get President Trump re-elected so we can transform the federal bench. At some point, a Democrat will get elected president. Eventually, there will be a Democrat majority in the Senate. Pushing that date out further into the future means, potentially, another Supreme Court justice or 2 and 15+ conservative appellate court judges. Those are game-changers.

Democrats are frightened at the possibility of having their policy-making tool of preference, the courts, changed for a generation. Barnes notes that Democrats only have themselves to blame for this situation:

But Democrats have only their former Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to blame. He abolished the filibuster for appeals court nominees in 2013. Even with a thin Republican majority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has kept his caucus united in approving judges. Were the filibuster alive, conservatives would have to lie about their views to be confirmed.

Mitch McConnell deserves lots of credit for getting tons of judges confirmed but so does Harry Reid. At the time, most pundits thought that Reid wouldn’t be foolish enough to eliminate the judicial filibuster. They were wrong. Now, Democrats will pay the price for a generation. Most of the judges getting confirmed are in their 40s, with a small percentage being in their 50s.

McConnell has touted the confirmation of judges by saying that the Senate is in the personnel business. He’s right about that in that the Senate is where judges and cabinet secretaries get confirmed. He’s virtually guaranteed his re-election by confirming a record amount of judges.

Joe Biden tried to sell himself as a leader on Wednesday. Because large portions of Biden’s speech seemed plagiarized, conservatives wondered why Biden wasn’t scrutinized for the 2009-10 outbreak of the H1N1 Swine Flu. Before we get into the H1N1 statistics of 2009-10, let’s check the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus statistics website.

According to that website, US health officials have confirmed 2,174 coronavirus infections. That ranks the US eighth in the world. Of the 5,429 deaths worldwide attributed to coronavirus, just 41 are from the United States. That’s seventh in the world, far behind 3,075 in Hubei, China, 1,266 in all of Italy and 514 in Iran.

Early in his speech on the coronavirus, VP Biden said “We will lead by science. The World Health Organization has now officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Downplaying it, being overly dismissive or spreading misinformation is only going to hurt us…” Let’s focus on the “being overly dismissive” portion of that sentence for a moment.

This chart shows how much deadlier the 2009-10 H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic was than this virus:

In the US 2009-10 Swine Flu Pandemic, 60,000,000 people got infected. Over 12,000 people died. Coverage of the pandemic was virtually nonexistent. President Obama didn’t declare a national emergency until months after Swine Flu had been detected. Here’s the current top-of-the-page headlines on Drudge:

I’d say that someone’s a little freaked out. Six patients per bed? That might happen if we didn’t flatten the curve. Thankfully, President Trump restricted travel from China and Europe. If he hadn’t done that in January (while Democrats were trying him for impeachment), we would’ve had a much bigger explosion of COVID-19 cases.

Sleepy Joe said that shutting off travel is racist and xenophobic. He’s more worried about winning popularity contests than he’s worried about saving lives. Joe’s policy, as stated in his speech, is to work with other countries so we don’t get shut out from the family of nations.

President Trump’s policy is to prevent the loss of American lives to the greatest extent possible. Period. With President Trump, America First isn’t just about economics. His job, as he sees it and as Americans see it, it to put America first in all aspects of life without apologies.

David Gergen’s op-ed offers insight into a Biden administration:

For months, commentators have wondered whether there will be a return to normality after President Trump leaves office. In his address Thursday on the coronavirus pandemic, Joe Biden left no doubt that if elected, that’s exactly what he intends. His speech was for the most part well crafted, his ideas were reasonable, his words calm and reassuring, and he related well with working people and the vulnerable. In short, this was a classic presidential speech.

Biden’s speech was, for the most part, plagiarized from President Trump’s speech. (Old habits die hard. Think Neil Kinnock.) Does that mean that Gergen likes President Trump’s policies?

The MSM protected President Obama. The MSM constantly attack President Trump for making the right decisions. President Trump isn’t politically correct. He just makes terrific decisions. I prefer a leader that makes the right decisions frequently over a follower (Biden) who plays nice with others. Democrats want to be liked. Republicans strive to be right.

According to this article, the Chinese have threatened the US in a dangerous, unacceptable way. According to the article, “In an article in Xinhua, the state-run media agency that’s largely considered the mouthpiece of the party, Beijing bragged about its handling of COVID-19, a virus that originated in the city of Wuhan and has spread quickly around the world, killing nearly 5,000 people and infecting thousands more. The article also claimed that China could impose pharmaceutical export controls which would plunge America into ‘the mighty sea of coronavirus.'”

Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden are China sympathizers. They’ve partnered to defeat President Trump. Considering Bloomberg’s and Biden’s China first policies, this morning’s news is unacceptable. This news is particularly worrisome considering how dismissive Joe Biden has been. This video is the height of dismissiveness:

President Trump took tons of criticism from Democrats for slapping tariffs on China. He was right in exposing the Chinese manufacturing dominance. If not for the efforts of President Trump, we wouldn’t have learned about the US’s reliance on China for our health care needs:

Though the United States is a global leader in research, much of the manufacturing of life-saving drugs has moved overseas. The last American manufacturing plant to make a key component in penicillin shuttered in 2004. Since then, Chinese pharmaceuticals companies have moved in and taken over, supplying between 80 percent and 90 percent of U.S. antibiotics, 70 percent of acetaminophen and about 40 percent of heparin, according to Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

This situation must be fixed immediately. Joe Biden has kissed China’s backside too often to stand up to China. It requires a president with a titanium spine, which President Trump has, to fix this situation. President Trump already has stood up to China. It’s a certainty that he’d stand up to them again. It’s virtually certain that Biden wouldn’t stand up to them.

Sen. Marco Rubio is aware of the problem:

Rubio said Beijing’s comments should concern all Americans and that China is keenly aware that in a moment of crisis “they can threaten to cut us off from our pharmaceutical supplies, they could trigger a domestic problem here that would make it difficult or us to confront them.” “It’s a tremendous amount of leverage,” Rubio said.

It’s time the US stood up to China once and for all. They need us much more than we need them. Let’s teach them that we’re totally willing to use leverage against them by pulling our manufacturing plants out of China. With China’s economy on the rocks, let’s see who blinks first. We’ve already seen who blinked first the last time during the Phase One trade talks.

Our health systems are superior to China’s. We have plenty of raw materials, manufacturing capacity and innovation, too. If China wants to get into a fight over this, let’s let them know in no uncertain terms that they’d better prepare to lose that fight.

About 3 minutes into this speech, former VP Joe Biden made statement that’s still frightening:

Biden said “Banning travel from Europe or other parts of the world may slow it but, as we’ve seen, it will not stop it.” That statement isn’t frightening because it’s wrong. It’s frightening because of this article, which says “Are public health officials overreacting to the threat posed by the virus that causes the disease COVID-19? It’s absolutely necessary, because it’s worked in the past, says medical historian Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., a University of Michigan expert who has studied the effects of similar responses to past epidemics. ‘An outbreak anywhere can go everywhere,’ he says. And right now, ‘We all need to pitch in to try to prevent cases both within ourselves and in our communities.'”

Markel then explains “The tall, skinny curve is bad – it means that a lot of people will get sick at once, in a short period of time because we don’t take enough steps to prevent the virus from spreading from person to person. Most people won’t get sick enough to need a hospital. But those who do could overwhelm the number of beds and care teams that our nation’s hospitals have available.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out that a hospital that gets filled with lots of very sick patients at the same time isn’t likely to have as many of them survive as if a smaller amount of patients arrive at the clinic or hospital. Simply put so VP Biden can understand it, “flattening the curve” gives physicians the highest odds of treating patients successfully. Put differently, flattening the curve saves lives.

While that doesn’t “stop it”, slowing it down matters. That’s probably beyond Biden’s intellectual capacity but that’s why I’m thankful that he’s a former vice president, not the current president.

“If you don’t have as many cases coming to the hospitals and clinics at once, it can actually lower the number of total deaths from the virus and from other causes,” [Markel] says. “And, importantly, it buys us time for university and government scientists, and industry, to create new therapies, medications and potentially a vaccine.”

Following the Biden Plan potentially leads to more fatalities than by following the Trump Strategy. Health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Debbie Birx and others have testified that President Trump’s travel ban with China saved lives.

I’ll trust experts like Fauci and Birx rather than trusting a blowhard politician like Joe Biden.

If this article is accurate, a glimmer of hope might have just arrived at the right time. The opening paragraph provides that glimmer, saying “China’s Wuhan city, ground zero of the new coronavirus outbreak, reported five new cases on Friday, the second day in a row the tally has been less than 10, while no locally transmitted infections were reported in the rest of the country.”

The article continues, saying “Wuhan, capital of central Hubei province, registered the five new cases on Thursday, the National Health Commission said, down from eight cases the previous day. The commission routinely reports new cases the day after the data is collected. Excluding Wuhan, Hubei has reported no new infections for eight consecutive days.”

While there’s still some challenges to defeat, this article highlights some of what the city has been through:

Wuhan residents have been under lockdown for over six weeks now as a result of COVID-19, and the death toll in the city of 11 million has surpassed 2,000, higher than anywhere else in China.

It’s still logical to not trust these stories. They’re still being reported from a nation ruled by a brutal Chinese dictatorship. Still, it’s worth noting that the reports coming from Wuhan have been improving after the lock-up started. This news report is worth viewing, especially the last part of it:

While Democrats and the twisted media haven’t admitted it, it’s worth noting that President Trump was right in shutting down travel to and from China. That’s proof that President Trump’s decision wasn’t based on xenophobia but common sense. Further, there’s no disputing the fact that these tactics work.

Let’s give President Trump some credit, too, for his handling of this crisis. Each crisis has its own unknowns. Let’s stipulate that each leader faced with a crisis will make mistakes because of the unknowns. This speech by the Democrats’ presumptive nominee isn’t a display of leadership; it’s a display of followship:

It’s also a portrait in criticism at a time when unity is needed. Mr. Biden chose to criticize our president rather than act like a statesman. That isn’t surprising. It’s part of who VP Biden is. While President Trump made difficult decisions in real time, VP Biden sounded like he didn’t know what state he was in half the time. It takes chutzpah to act like that when the truth is that he’s unfit for the job.

At one point in the speech, Biden said that travel bans might slow the spread of the virus but it won’t stop it. Where did they dig this idiot up from? Of course, it won’t stop the virus. That’s why you have researchers working on a vaccine. Slowing it down is a huge deal though.

At one point, Biden said that “travel restrictions based on favoritism and politics rather than risk will be counterproductive”, insinuating that that’s what’s happening. Then Biden said that the American people have the ability to meet this crisis. That’s true. It’s that I don’t have confidence that a Biden administration would have the ability to meet this crisis.

That isn’t a mean-spirited statement. Back in 2009, the Obama-Biden administration dealt with the H1N1 virus. Here’s the statistics:

In 2009, the Swing Flu infected 60 million Americans and killed over 12,000.

That’s on Biden’s watch. Barring a total catastrophe, the death toll from the coronavirus likely won’t come within 10,000 fatalities of the Obama-Biden death toll. That’s just the facts.

The negotiations between Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have been ongoing all day. Hopefully, Ms. Pelosi won’t attempt to pull the type of stunt she tried pulling with last night’s bill. Last night’s bill is best described as a special interest’s special that had little to do with preventing and mitigating the coronavirus.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy highlighted some of the Democrats’ bill’s shortfalls:

McCarthy said there’s two “major problems.” First, creating a paid sick leave program through the Social Security Administration that would take six months to set up and hamper the agency’s normal functioning of disbursing checks to senior citizens. The second is forcing permanent paid sick leave “for all businesses without exemptions and no sunsets,” McCarthy said.

There was also language in the bill that would’ve weakened the Hyde Amendment. Another provision in the Pelosi-Schumer-Democrat bill would’ve prohibited President Trump from issuing travel bans from other countries into the United States. That isn’t constitutional because the head of the Executive Branch has virtually total authority to restrict international travel into the US. The sole exception to that authority is if the president restricts travel for purely religious reasons.

After Senate Majority Leader McConnell told Ms. Pelosi that her special interest special isn’t going anywhere, Ms. Pelosi has spent the day negotiating with Steve Mnuchin, President Trump’s Treasury Secretary. After getting shot down by Mitch, there’s been a dramatic change in tone from Ms. Pelosi:

“Families have needs,” Pelosi said at a press conference Thursday. She said they’ve been working with Mnuchin on the bill in good faith and questioned whether congressional Republicans are now moving the goalposts.

Pelosi should’ve reminder herself of that when putting this special interest bill together. The Democrats’ bill was known as a Christmas tree bill, meaning that it had all kinds of special interest ‘Christmas ornaments’ stuffed into it. If Democrats were interested in negotiating in good faith from the start, Democrats shouldn’t have started with their original bill. Instead, Democrats should’ve put together a good faith bill right from the start.

Now that Republicans put their foot down, Ms. Pelosi is negotiating in good faith. Next, Republicans should fundraise off Ms. Pelosi’s bad faith negotiations bill. They might as well since the DSCC already sent out a coronavirus fundraising appeal tonight. Democrats must be paid to pay a price for their partisanship.

This recent Gallup Poll shows the approval ratings for Republicans and Democrats heading in the opposite directions. According to Megan Brenan, the “rating for Republicans in Congress has risen six percentage points since late October, before the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the same period, congressional Democrats’ approval rating has edged down three points and disapproval has climbed five points, from 57% to 62%.”

Brenan later highlights the finding as “Although majorities of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, as well as Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, approve of the job their own party’s members of Congress are doing, there is a significant difference between the two groups. Republicans’ approval of congressional Republicans has jumped 13 points to 76% since October, but Democrats’ 65% approval of congressional Democrats is virtually unchanged from October.”

This is interesting, too:

Just as the public’s assessments of congressional Republicans appear to have benefited from Trump’s impeachment, so too has Trump. In January and February, the president’s job approval rating rose to his personal best of 49%; it remains elevated from where it was before his impeachment. Likewise, Trump’s favorability rating, which was 41% in October, reached 48% in January and is currently 46%, including 89% favorable among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

The Republican who should be most worried by this poll is Mitt Romney:

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the sole Republican to break with his party and vote to convict Trump on one of the two charges in the Senate impeachment trial. Although Romney’s 39% favorability among U.S. adults is unchanged from a year ago, he is currently viewed more favorably among Democrats than he is among Republicans, a reversal of previous readings. A 56% majority of Democrats but just 23% of Republicans now hold favorable views of Romney.

Utah is a caucus state so whether Utah Republicans approve of him matters. It was only a few years ago that Utah Republicans threw out Sen. Bennett and replaced him with Mike Lee. Republicans disliked Bennett so bad that he didn’t get enough support to get on the primary ballot.

The joint statement from Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Schumer is disappointing in that it’s a purely partisan document. While President Trump delivered a measured, serious speech to the nation in which he called for both sides to work together, Pelosi and Schumer chose to push division on Capitol Hill:

We have a public health crisis in this country and the best way to help keep the American people safe and ensure their economic security is for the president to focus on fighting the spread of the coronavirus itself. Alarmingly, the president did not say how the administration will address the lack of coronavirus testing kits throughout the United States.

Tomorrow, we urge Republicans in the House and Senate to help immediately pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill will include free coronavirus testing, paid emergency leave for workers, food security assistance, help to states overburdened by Medicaid costs, and strengthened Unemployment Insurance, among other much-needed measures to keep the American people safe.

Notice that the Democrats’ leadership on Capitol Hill didn’t acknowledge President Trump’s month-long travel ban of people coming from Europe, with the exception of the British. That’s a major step. When the Trump administration implemented the travel ban with China, Democrats called President Trump xenophobic. Tonight’s travel ban was met with crickets.

The Democrats’ plan is government-centric. President Trump’s plan is a mix of making sure that the US health care system stays strong, reducing international travel, financially helping workers who get infected with the virus and relying on the best public health system in the world to get us through this crisis. This isn’t just a ‘whole of government’ approach. President Trump’s plan is a whole of America plan.

Compare the Pelosi-Schumer 2 paragraph statement with this Rubio-Gingrich op-ed:

First, the U.S. government should empower our robust private business sector to expand in order to meet new demand for medical supplies. Congress should cut taxes on manufacturers committing to new capital spending in America by making permanent the accelerated cost depreciation measures in the 2017 Republican tax law. New medical structures and equipment should be temporarily singled out for additional reductions.

Second, agencies with lending operations like the U.S. Small Business Administration should make low-cost capital available to businesses seeking to solve their supply chain problems by bringing production in-house to America, or otherwise buying from American small businesses.

Third, as American businesses struggle with supply chain disruptions due to the coronavirus, the U.S. government must resolve any tax, regulatory or capital barrier preventing a new, trusted source from emerging.

The Pelosi-Schumer plan does nothing to address this frightening situation. The thought that China has this much of a grip on our medicines is totally unacceptable. From the start of his administration, President Trump has worked hard to eliminate US reliance on Chinese products. This proves that he’s right, especially in light of this crisis. This isn’t just a health crisis. It’s a national security crisis, too.

It’s time for Pelosi and Schumer to start putting America first rather than playing partisan games. They’re welcome to join the Put America First Team anytime.