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Joe Biden’s message of unity and transparency is spreading across the nation. This week, the Biden administration dispatched Kamala Harris to West Virginia to pitch Biden’s “American Rescue Plan.” Biden’s American Rescue Plan is Biden’s COVID relief plan. Apparently, the Biden administration isn’t that bright at understanding that Kamala Harris isn’t a fantastic fit in West Virginia. (Harris fits West Virginia like Ilhan Omar fits Minnesota’s 7th District.)

Harris is as phony as a $3 bill and as likable as a rattlesnake. That being said, her laugh (cackle?) is a winner. Seriously, though, if you want to pressure Joe Manchin into voting for the American Rescue Plan, you might want to do that before ending the Keystone XL Pipeline and preventing energy exploration on federal lands across the nation.

That’s as tone-deaf as running for US Senate in Wisconsin after saying that you hate cheese, love the Minnesota Vikings and think that Aaron Rodgers is overrated. This won’t help Harris:

A reporter from the station asked Harris why the many Trump supporters in West Virginia should trust the new administration. “Because we have faith in the American people,” she said. “We ran as Democrats, but we are Americans and we will lead as Americans. We want our country to be strong, we want our country to be healthy, we want our children to thrive, and that’s the bottom line. That’s why we’re doing this.”

The Republicans’ reply should be ‘We don’t trust you because a) you’re killing the fossil fuel industry, aka the backbone of the economy, b) you haven’t told the teachers’ union to get back to work and c) you haven’t consulted a single red state/battleground state senator about this relief package.’

With Democrats in charge of the House and Senate and with Joe Biden in the White House, Democrats will try running roughshod over Republicans. If Republicans stand on principle, they’ll roll the Democrats.

Silicon Valley is getting what it paid for. It’s getting a president of its very own. Anyone who paid attention to the presidential election knows that Silicon Valley put their elbow on the scales of justice to get a president it can call its own. Silicon Valley Democrats now litter Joe Biden’s transition staff.

That’s what they’ve gotten thus far. What they’ll get next will be much more expensive. Silicon Valley’s billionaire Democrats expect Joe Biden’s protection from Republicans like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz. That’s why Biden picked Kamala Harris. This article explains much:

Joe Biden has built his long career in government on the back of large corporations and obviously plans to pack his transition team with those who have worked closely with the monopolies in Silicon Valley. Moreover, the Big Tech industry has had nothing but support from California Attorney General Harris during its recent rise and it is clear that the vice president-elect will do nothing to disturb Big Tech. Harris has even publicly stated that she is against breaking up monopolies like Facebook and Google. Ultimately, this is the fate leftists chose when they decided to back Biden as the Democratic candidate with the hopes of pushing his policies left.

That’s just part of it. Here’s more:

The teams are charged with planning for the incoming presidency, holding sway over thousands of political and staff appointments, including positions atop the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and leading the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Facebook is fending off regulatory action by the FTC, with Google fighting off the Department of Justice.

“Big Tech understands the executive branch. They know that beyond antitrust and communications policy, from trade law to defense contracting and beyond, Big Tech has an enormous amount at stake with how Biden chooses to staff his administration and what initial policies it implements,” the Revolving Door Project’s Jeff Hauser told the Washington Examiner.

Tucker Carlson spent lots of time explaining what this means to the Biden administration. In this segment, Candace Owens helped him explain things:

This is one of the segments on Outnumbered. It’s self-explanatory:

Dropbox Head of Public Policy Ted Dean has joined the Commerce Department team, where he spent three years as deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary working on digital trade, privacy, and data issues, according to a biography. Dean is the former chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, where he ran a tech, media, and telecom consulting firm for 16 years advising U.S. companies.

Will Fields, a senior associate at Sidewalk Labs, a technology and “urban innovation” firm owned by Google parent company Alphabet, and Nicole Isaac, a senior public policy director at LinkedIn, are on the Treasury Department teams.

Amazon’s director of international tax planning, Tom Sullivan, has joined the State Department team, while Mark Schwartz, enterprise strategist for Amazon Web Services, is on the Office of Management and Budget team. Last month, the transition quietly added four new Facebook and Google employees to its agency review teams, Politico reported.

The Biden-Harris administration is bought and paid for. Silicon Valley wins. Democrat censors win. These oligarchs will do their best to make sure that conservatives lose. That’s the plan.

Joe Biden’s speech after his Electoral College victory was mercifully brief. What it lacked in length was made up for with boasts. Early in the speech, Biden said “In the start of this pandemic, this crisis, many were wondering how many Americans would actually vote at all. But those fears proved to be unfounded. We saw something very few predicted, even thought possible, the biggest voter turnout in the history of the United States of America, a number so big that this election now ranks as the clearest demonstration of the true will of the American people, one of the most amazing demonstrations of civic duty we’ve ever seen in our country.”

Carefully omitted from that statement is the fact that Democrats used the courts to weaken the safeguards to voting. Signature matches weren’t like they were in 2016. In Nevada, signature matching was a major fight. This article highlights how Democrats rigged the election:

After Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske announced that June’s primary would be conducted primarily by mail, Democrats sued. Among other demands, they wanted more than one in-person polling place per county, ballots mailed to inactive voters and the elimination of signature verification. The Clark County Commission is filled with Democrats, so what happened next isn’t surprising. The county decided to give the litigious groups almost everything they wanted.

Rigging the system like that predictably leads to lower rejection rates and higher vote tallies. It wasn’t civic duty that drove vote totals higher. Officialized cheating drove vote totals higher.

After that, Biden’s speech went downhill:

These numbers represented a clear victory then, and I respectfully suggest they do so now. If anyone didn’t know before, they know now. What beats deep in the hearts of the American people is this, democracy, the right to be heard, to have your vote counted, to choose leaders of this nation, to govern ourselves.

We don’t live in a democracy. We live in a constitutional republic. Democracy is just a fancy name for mob rule. A constitutional republic guarantees rights from “Nature’s God” that government isn’t allowed to strip from We The People.

When did we hear from Biden or Harris? Biden talked to the press just often enough to stay visible. Harris was mostly used as a Barbie doll to remind people he’d picked a black woman as his running mate.

In America, politicians don’t take power, people grant power to them. The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago.

The exception is when Big Tech and the corporate media team with the Democrats in preventing We The People from hearing about the Democrats’ presidential candidate’s son’s international scandals. This wasn’t a free and fair election. This election was rigged by the DNC, Big Tech and the corporate media who refused to ask Biden tough questions.

Ilhan Omar’s money machine hasn’t limited itself to nepotism. While getting paid $2,780,000 from his wife’s campaign, hubby Tim Mynett also “received $134,800 from the Paycheck Protection Program and $500,000 in Economic Injury Disaster Loans.” Apparently, Democrats aren’t satisfied with just nepotism. Apparently, they’re into playing the victim, too.

Think of whether this sounds ethical:

Between July 23 and Sept. 30, E Street Group received $1.1 million from Omar’s campaign for expenses related to advertising, digital consulting, video production and editing, travel and more. The $1.1 million in payments accounted for 70% of Omar’s third quarter disbursements.

Omar defended her campaign’s financial relationship with E Street Group in a March statement, but announced in November that she is cutting ties with her husband’s firm. “So we’ve decided to terminate our contract with Tim and Will’s firm,” Omar wrote in an email to supporters, referring to her husband, Tim Mynett, and his business partner, Will Hailer.

Omar isn’t the only Democrat using the nepotism hook to benefit her family:

That’s before talking about the millions of dollars Hunter Biden made when his father was vice president. Democrats should change their name to All-in-the-Family Grifters. That’s who they really are.

Chris Wallace has had a difficult fall season. His popularity started dropping when he pretended to be the moderator of the first presidential debate. His ratings have dropped ever since he tried tag-teaming with Joe Biden against President Trump.

Wallace’s slippage continued yesterday when he “interrupted Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Sunday after Azar referred to Joe Biden as ‘vice president’ rather than ‘president-elect.'” It started when Secretary Azar said “We welcome Vice President Biden to the club. Since the middle of April … the president’s guidelines have called for —” That’s when Wallace inserted himself into the conversation:

“He’s the president-elect, sir. He’s the president-elect.”

I guess that settles it. Chris Wallace insists that Joe Biden is the president-elect. We don’t need the Electoral College to meet. President Trump’s legal team should withdraw their lawsuits. the DOJ should stop its investigations. Chris Wallace has declared this race over.

What chutzpah. There’s a reason why FNC’s ratings are tanking. Chris Wallace’s partisanship is major reason why. Of course, it didn’t help that their Decision Desk called Arizona way too early.

Wallace’s elitism drips from every word. If FNC wants to become MSNBC, that’s their decision. If they think that someone won’t replace what FNC used to provide, they’re kidding themselves. People drive markets, not elitists. There’s an old saying that goes like this: When the people want something bad enough and they scream for it long enough and loud enough, the people get what they want. That’s precisely how markets work.

Chris Wallace can make all of the declarations that he wants about who is or isn’t president-elect. When the Electoral College certifies the election, then we’ll have a president-elect, not a minute before.

Nancy Pelosi just admitted that she doesn’t care about the American people. CNN’s Manu Raju asked Pelosi if it was a mistake to not accept a smaller COVID relief package months ago.

Pointing her finger, Pelosi replied “I’m going to tell you something. Don’t characterize what we did before as a mistake, as a preface to your question, if you want an answer. That was not a mistake. It was a decision, and it has taken us to a place where we can do the right thing without other, shall we say, considerations in the legislation that we don’t want.”

In other words, she intentionally didn’t negotiate a COVID relief bill in good faith in order to defeat President Trump. Pelosi needs to be called out for being the snake she is. She’s as nasty as Harry Reid was. She doesn’t care that thousands of businesses went under. Pelosi and the Democrats don’t care that people lost their life savings. Pelosi and the Democrats don’t care because they defeated the best president of my lifetime.

Pelosi’s Democrats don’t care about what’s best for the USA. If they did, Democrats would’ve passed each COVID relief bill faster. In Pelosi’s Democrats’ minds, the people whose life savings were lost is simply collateral damage. It’s a statistic to be read, not a tragedy to be mourned.

Nancy Pelosi doesn’t care because she’s utterly cold-hearted. She can just go home to her $24,000 freezer filled with $14-a-pint chocolate ice cream. She can open a beauty salon to get her hair done, then close it down when she’s done using it. When it’s over and she’s been exposed, she insists that she’s the one that’s owed an apology.

Remember these things in 2022. The people who said that they were moderates voted for impeachment without a bit of eyewitness testimony. In 2018, many of them swore that they wouldn’t vote for Pelosi as Speaker. This week, they all voted to make her Speaker again.

During this crisis, Democrats put America last. They shut down small businesses and churches. They told the peasants not to travel. The mayor of Austin, TX, even videotaped the stay-at-home message from his timeshare in Cabo. There’s tons of proof like that showing how Democrats want you put down while they travel in private jets. Throw these America haters out the next time they’re up for re-election.

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.