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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.

After Collin Peterson lost his race by 50,000 votes to Michelle Fischbach, it’s clear that Peterson is a man without a party. When will he join Tom Bakk and David Tomassoni in leaving the DFL? After all, the DFL has already left them.

Beyond Peterson, though, are lots of blue collar Democrats who don’t fit into the DFL’s socialism-for-everyone blueprint. This past election, AOC’s Justice Democrats thrashed moderate Erik Simonson while ousting Deputy Senate Minority Leader Jeffrey Hayden because he wasn’t woke enough.

This isn’t the pro-mining, pro-natural resources DFL that Peterson and other like-minded DFLers signed up for. It’s time to start fresh with a new party that appreciates blue collar workers, small businessmen and women and don’t think of socialism as a legitimate economic principle. Right now, Democrats want to keep these voters so they hold onto their majority. They don’t want their agenda.

The Justice Democrats are just getting started. The Justice Democrats’ agenda is beyond frightening. It includes the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All, a federal jobs guarantee for all, taxing the rich, cancelling all student loan debt and “free public college and trade school.” That’s AOC’s vision for America, too. That means that dissenting voices will get primaried.

That’s the reality in 2022. This won’t be a 10-12 seat loss for Pelosi’s Democrats. It’s looking more like a 40-50 seat wipeout for Pelosi’s Democrats. If these Democrats want their agenda heard, they need to join Tom Bakk and David Tomassoni in leaving the Democratic Party. Republicans won’t give everything on their agenda a hearing but they’ll give most of their things a hearing.

Paul Wellstone’s Democratic Party is dead and forgotten. AOC’s Democratic Party is ascendant. It’s a tragic day for Minnesota. It’s a tragic day for the USA, too.

I know that I’ve been a broken record on the 2020 elections. Still, a bigger discussion needs to be had on the subject. A loyal reader of LFR submitted this series of suggestions for serious consideration and debate. As suggested, leave your suggestions in the comments section at the end of this post. Whether the politicians are serious or not, we can give this topic the consideration it deserves. Here is the letter without editing (except for punctuation):

Let’s Start a Conversation on What Needs to Be Done to Reform our
Election Laws.

My relative took the time to express their point of view. If you believe our nation’s laws assure a fair and honest election you do not need to take action. But if you believe our election laws are in need of reform please take time to formulate your thoughts and then do as my relative has done and share your views with your elected representatives.

Please use the comment feature of this blog to share your views on election law reform. I will be preparing a proposed set of election law reforms for a future post.

Subject: Election Results and Voting Integrity in Michigan
To:
From: A Michigan Relative

Hello Mike,

Like many concerned citizens in Michigan, and throughout the country, I am very concerned about trust in future elections. Many of us no longer trust how this right and power established when a collection of states created our country will be practiced.

Politicians, political parties, reconstructionists, revolutionaries, election officials, media outlets, Hollywood, and others are suggesting and implementing changes to longstanding, proven, and established procedures that help to ensure voter and election integrity. Much of this is being done with the specific intent of gaining election results that favor each group. Knowing that fraud and manipulation allows unscrupulous and dishonest individuals and groups to take advantage of “loosened” procedures that allow votes to be manipulated and outcomes altered.

Here are my concerns:

a. Too many people “touch” mail-in ballots, and make decisions to count or not count the ballots. This should never occur. Just open the envelope; confirm that it meets the standards for a valid ballot and run it through the machine that records the votes and stores the ballot. When too many people have access to the ballot and can make an unsupervised decision to count the votes, voter rights to a free and fair election are being violated here.
b. Letter “a” becomes possible only when mail-in ballots are allowed by request only, with the voter’s signature validated as coming from the voter by contacting the voter at their established address. If not confirmed as coming from the voter at that address, no mail-in ballot should be sent. All mail-in ballots must be tracked by number, referencing the voter. This is critical to fraud. Without these safeguards I am sure my right to a free and fair election will be violated.
c. Once “a” and “b” are established, the voter cannot vote at the precinct location unless their mail-in ballot is destroyed before voting at the precinct. This ballot must match the reference number that was assigned to the voter.
d. No ballot should ever be counted that is not RECEIVED on or before election day. Anyone mailing in a ballot should have plenty of time to get their vote in before election day.
e. Ballots (at least in some states) have been mailed out without the voter’s knowledge and without the voter making the request. This allows fraud to occur and should never be allowed. My rights to a free and fair election are being violated when fraud occurs in other states.
f. Does Michigan, and other states, make sure no one is voting in multiple states, or within the same state? How is this done? I believe there is ample opportunity for fraud here and that it takes place regularly. All voters need a specific, national ID number, that can be checked for duplication, to ensure multiple votes can not occur from the same person.
g. Does Michigan, and other states, make sure illegal aliens are not voting? How is this ensured? I understand some states just required a valid drivers license, which illegals can easily obtain. Illegal aliens should never be able to vote.
h. Michigan, and all states, should have their election results tabulated, by midnight on election day. Florida did it with about 10 millions votes. Why is
Michigan counting votes days after the election? And Nevada, Alaska, and many others, with less that a million votes. It reeks of fraud. It does not help build trust in the election results. It is absolutely unacceptable in 2020, as it was in 1920!!!

I am not sure President Trump had enough votes to win the state of Michigan, but I am certain that sizable fraud and error took place. This should not be. I would like to see recount take place that only counts legal votes before results are certified. I believe by taking such action, we can begin to tighten up our policies to establish greater confidence in our elections moving forward.

As Senate Majority Leader, you have the power, duty, and obligation to the citizens of this state to make this happen. We are counting on you and your fellow senators in the senate, democrat and republican, to ensure our trust in the integrity of maintaining free, fair, and honest elections. If not, I fear mob violence, fraud, and coercion will determine who your successors will be. Worse, my children will not enjoy a safe, free, country to live in.

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.

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.

Disinformation and Deceit
By Ramblin’ Rose

Ignorance is not bliss! Disinformation (“false information with the intention to deceive public opinion”) is deceit. American voters are not ignorant, but the MSM, aka legacy media, treated them like “irredeemable deplorables, rubes and chumps.”

The Media Research Center (MRC) released the findings of an explosive study just three weeks after the November 3rd election. Their findings indicate a complete reversal of the claims of the legacy media following the shocking tallies of November 4th. The subversion of just three Biden scandals and five stories from the lengthy list of Trump achievements altered the outcome of the election.

MRC President Brent Bozell provided his interpretation of the data. “The national news media stole this election, as far as I’m concerned, they deliberately stole it from President Trump.”

The poll was conducted in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin among 1750 Biden voters. An unbelievable 82% of them were unaware of at least one of the stories; some had not heard of any of them. 17% of them would not have voted for Biden had they known of the scandal vs. the accomplishments.


If the voting machines, dumped fake ballots, ballot harvesting, destroyed Trump ballots, etc. did not steal this election, the more than 90% negative stories about President Trump, the censorship by Big Tech, and the coverup of three Biden scandals and five outstanding achievements by President Trump certainly did.
This graphic would have been the reality of the vote IF the electorate had not been kept in the dark. President Trump would have been the undisputed winner. Many Biden followers were duped. We all will suffer from their ignorance. I repeat: Ignorance is not bliss.

Biden predicted the “winter of darkness” during the second presidential debate. Did he know the impact that the disinformation would have on the destruction of our president and our nation? He did admit to the most extensive voter fraud scheme in history:

Listing President Trump’s accomplishments is a lengthier responsibility than Democrats admit. In virtually every category, there’s something historic to talk about. That’s why a Biden administration better tread lightly. That’s why President Obama’s legacy is getting belittled by serious people.

Economy

First, President Trump’s record is filled with historic accomplishments. President Trump’s policies directly resulted in the lowest minority unemployment rates in history. Wages for blue collar workers grew twice as fast as for white collar workers. Pre-COVID, consumer confidence and small business were at all-time highs. Best of all, people were leaving the poverty rolls in major numbers. That’s because President Trump listened to Sen. Tim Scott in implementing Sen. Scott’s Opportunity Zones provisions into the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Next, President Trump worked with Congress to get rid of the Obama-Biden regulations that’d hurt the energy industry. That led to the US becoming energy independent and the largest energy producer in the world. (Under Obama, we were reliant on oil from the world’s hotspots. The result? Gas prices are cheap and home heating bills are affordable again.

Most importantly, President Trump started bringing our medical supply chains home while increasing medical manufacturing in the USA. As a result of CCOVID, we found out how reliant we are on China for PPE, the manufacture of antibiotics and other pharmaceutical products. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership and Peter Navarro’s work, those supply chains are coming home.

It remains to be seen if Joe Biden will continue with this or if he’ll foolishly reverse course. Biden’s biggest supporters are Wall Street financiers and globalists. That bunch hates President Trump’s America First policies.

COVID

I wrote here about the White House Fact Sheet on the actions President Trump took to combat COVID. It’s worth repeating some of the details of what he did:

  1. At the President’s urging, private companies shifted production to supplying masks, ventilators, hand sanitizer, testing supplies, and more.
  2. President Trump has acted under the Defense Production Act more than 30 times to ensure we have the supplies we need.
  3. President Trump understood early on that in order to defeat this virus once and for all and protect Americans, we need a vaccine and therapeutics.
  4. President Trump revolutionized the clinical trial process to ensure Americans get a safe vaccine as quickly as possible, by providing unprecedented investments in leading vaccine candidates to simultaneously produce them as they are tested and developed.

In other words, President Trump took actions that saved millions of lives. He used the DPA to build a national stockpile of PPE. Most importantly, he funded the vaccine that we’re only weeks away from getting.

Foreign Policy

President Trump demolished ISIS, stared down China, renegotiated trade deals, negotiated the Abraham Accords and put Russia and Iran in boxes. President Trump also killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qassim Suleimani.

If you needed proof that Democrats hate Trump supporters, this article provides that proof. The article is written by Dahlia Lithwick of Slate Magazine. The article is titled “Trump Is No Longer the Problem. His Army of Followers Is.”

The article isn’t about unveiling new information to people. It’s mostly a diatribe from someone with the mind of a child. Think of a child going through terrible 2s. Then think of the writer as someone with a temper. Finally, think of Lithwick as not that bright but definitely that insistent that she’s right. I won’t subject LFR’s readers to Lithwick’s diatribe. This paragraph is sufficient:

But even if we stipulate that Trump is a distraction from moving on, there is another reason we cannot be free of this persistent anxiety: Ugliness and lawlessness and norms violations did not end with the election, and they are not limited to Trump’s tweets or telephone calls. The disease has spread. And even as we should be moving on, acts of transparent racism, defiance of norms of governance, and clownish court performances by Trump surrogates all signal that, for the army of Trump enthusiasts, enablers, and imitators, law continues to be an afterthought—a sand trap limited to suckers, losers, and Democrats. The Republican Party is still insisting that it is a law unto itself. That part isn’t over, or even slowing. It is simply instantiated into more overt forms. Yes, yes we should ignore Trump, and Trump himself is ever-more ignorable. But his enablers and imitators are not slouching away quietly.

What drivel. It isn’t a stretch to think that Democrats are the party that believes in passing, but not enforcing, laws. They did virtually nothing in Minneapolis, NYC, then Seattle and Portland when the rioting started. I’d love hearing Ms. Lithwick explain how enabling rioting and destruction of family businesses isn’t a “defiance of norms of governance.” That happened in Democrat-run cities. It didn’t happen in Republican-run cities.

Democrats said that there wasn’t widespread voter fraud. That’s true. It’s found in Atlanta, Dane County, WI, Detroit, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. Don’t say that there isn’t evidence of that, either. Sidney Powell outlines it a little in this presentation:

About 2:25 in, Powell talked about spikes that corresponded with testimony provided in the affidavits that are sworn out under penalty of perjury. Powell then said that the spikes were straight up, not at a steep diagonal angle.

To summarize, Democrats think that President Trump and his supporters are problematic. Further, it’s clear that they think we need to be gotten rid of in a political sense. Going back to their deep state ways, mixed with their globalist, China-pandering ways, is the best path forward.

During a tour-de-force presentation this afternoon, Rudy Giuliani presented a lengthy list of evidence of systematic voter fraud encompassing multiple battleground states. The news conference was part scolding of the MSM for being totally incurious about the system that Democrats have allegedly put together, part presentation of signed affidavits from people with firsthand information from the vote-counting locations.

It’s especially disheartening that FNC wrote “His descriptions largely entailed recitations of allegations put forth in several lawsuits that the Trump campaign has filed. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the projected winner in the contest, but the Trump campaign is contesting those calls, raising concerns in several battleground states.” These weren’t “recitations of allegations put forth in several lawsuits.” Giuliani cited specific affidavits, which are sworn out under penalty of perjury. I expect that sloppiness from CNN or the NYTimes. I expect better from FNC because I’ve gotten better from FNC in the past.

Later in the article, the reporter contradicted himself:

[Giuliani] cited sworn affidavits from cases in Pennsylvania and Michigan from poll workers who spoke about instructions from supervisors. One affidavit said that workers in Pennsylvania were instructed to assign ballots without names to random people, resulting in thousands of people in Pittsburgh showing up to the polls to find that votes had been cast in their names.

Another affidavit said that a supervisor in Michigan instructed workers to change the dates on absentee ballots to show that they arrived earlier than they had. An affidavit also claimed that workers were told not to request photo identification from Michigan voters, even though state law requires it.

Giuliani also said that approximately 100,000 absentee ballots in Wisconsin should have been deemed invalid because there were no applications for them. President-elect Joe Biden leads President Trump in that state by roughly 20,000 votes. “If you count the lawful votes, Trump won Wisconsin,” Giuliani said.

These aren’t allegations. They’re eyewitness testimony from people who witnessed the law not being followed.

It’s time that the MSM paid attention to these details. Saying that the Trump campaign hasn’t collected evidence of wrongdoing is BS. It’s a fabrication on steroids. This isn’t acceptable in a developed nation. If the judiciary sanctions this level of fraud, we might as well disband the judiciary because our system of checks and balances will have disappeared.

Now that Tom Bakk and David Tomassoni have made it official that they’re leaving the DFL, I can finally write about the move. The article opened by saying “In a startling political development, two longtime Minnesota DFL senators announced Wednesday they are leaving the Minnesota Senate DFL Caucus to form a new ‘Independent Caucus.'”

The article continues, saying “Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook, a senator since 2003 and former DFL candidate for governor and former DFL Senate Majority leader, and Sen. Dave Tomassoni of Chisholm, a senator since 2001, say their move is designed to become more bipartisan and moderate.” This move isn’t unpredictable. When the DFL ran pro-mining Erik Simonson out in the primary by a 73%-27% margin, the DFL sent the unmistakable signal that pro-mining legislators weren’t welcome in the DFL anymore.

Shortly after that, 5 formerly Iron Range DFL mayors endorsed President Trump. Eventually 9 former DFL mayors endorsed him. In the general election, Sen. Bakk won with only 55% of the vote, the tightest race of his career. At that point, Bakk and Tomassoni didn’t have a reason to stick with the DFL. The DFL rejected the Iron Range’s way of life, which meant their cities couldn’t support themselves anymore.

Imagine being told that being a loyal soldier for 20 years just wasn’t enough, that your constituents’ way of life had to be shut down. Tom Bakk and David Tomassoni don’t have to imagine that. That’s what just happened to them. This segment captured things perfectly:

Now it appears there was much more to that move because both Bakk and Tomassoni will get committee chairmanships. Those positions can only be appointed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka.

In an update Wednesday morning, Gazelka stated, “Being a graduate of high school in Virginia, MN, I have a natural connection to the Range. I’ve worked across the aisle with Senators Bakk and Tomassoni for 10 years. I welcome their announcement and the stronger alignment we will have as a result. We share the same vision of a prosperous Iron Range and will continue to work with them to fight for jobs on the Range.”

This hurts the DFL immensely because it didn’t happen in a vacuum. These defections follow Collin Peterson getting thrashed by Michelle Fischbach in CD-7. When it comes to CD-7, Peterson was the DFL’s entire bench. The DFL isn’t getting Peterson’s seat back in the next decade, at minimum. It’s becoming clear that the DFL is the urban party. Further, the DFL can’t escape the fact that they’re the extremist party.

The DFL mayor of Minneapolis let his city get destroyed by rioters. The DFL Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Last week, that same City Council voted 7-6 to spend $500,000 through the end of the year on extra policing to protect against the violent crime that, predictably, skyrocketed after the dismantling vote. That outcome was predictable because officers retired, left or took medical leave after the riots.

The DFL has lots of things to figure out before the next election. If they don’t figure things out, 1 of 2 things will happen. Either Tim Walz will fight with a unified GOP legislature or a Republican governor will work with a unified GOP legislature to restore sanity to the state.