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After impeachment failed, COVID took our mind off of Adam Schiff’s dishonesty. Thanks to Schiff’s op-ed, published by USA Today, we’re reminded that Schiff is still a world-class liar. Liar might be too harsh a word, though. It’s entirely possible that Schiff actually thinks that he’s telling the truth.

That would make him delusional or psychotic, not dishonest. That would mean that he needs to be put in a padded room, not a prison cell. That’s certainly a possibility. But I digress. Let’s examine the depths of Schiff’s potential psychosis.

The opening paragraph is fairly mundane, stating “Last week, we witnessed the reemergence of John Bolton, the president’s former national security adviser, and the release of his book. In it, Bolton describes his personal experiences with Donald Trump and his great alarm at Trump’s incompetence, his dangerous subordination of our national security to his own personal interests, and his fundamental indecency.”

Schiff’s psychosis isn’t exposed until the second and third paragraphs:

In short, Bolton is telling Americans what we already know. That the president is exactly what he appears to be: petty, self-serving, ignorant and utterly supplicant to autocrats in China, Turkey, North Korea and Russia.

We proved during the impeachment trial that Trump withheld hundreds of millions in military aid to Ukraine to coerce that country into announcing a sham investigation of his political rival. Bolton confirms our case and provides additional evidence of that flagrant abuse of power by providing a firsthand account of how Trump confirmed this illicit quid pro quo during a conversation they had. Moreover, Bolton also corroborates the testimony of Gordon Sondland, the former U.S. ambassador to the European Union who testified that “everyone was in the loop.” Indeed they were, including the secretary of State, the Defense secretary and Attorney General Bill Barr.

Saying that President Trump is “utterly supplicant” to China is beyond delusional. It’s totally unhinged with reality. Saying that President Trump is utterly supplicant to Russia is psychotic, too. President Trump sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, something that the Obama-Biden administration never did. If sending anti-tank missiles to Ukraine makes Trump utterly supplicant, does that make the Obama-Biden administration traitors or, at minimum, Russian assets? Remember this?

That’s what being utterly supplicant to Russia looks like. Sending anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, Russia’s neighbor, isn’t being supplicant, utterly or otherwise. That being said, Schiff was is lying when he said that Democrats “proved during the impeachment trial that Trump withheld hundreds of millions in military aid to Ukraine to coerce that country into announcing a sham investigation of his political rival.”

What was proven was that military aid was delayed until the Trump administration figured out whether the Zelenskiy administration was corrupt. The minute the Trump administration knew that President Zelenskiy could be trusted, the military aid was released. Mike Taylor proved that in this cross-examination of Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the EU:

KABOOM!!! Sondland’s testimony during Michael Turner’s cross-examination is proof that the Democrats didn’t prove that military aid wasn’t withheld from Ukraine to coerce Ukraine “into announcing a shame investigation” into Joe Biden. That’s irrefutable proof that didn’t happen. That’s the opposite of what Schiff said.

The rest of Schiff’s op-ed consists of Schiff quoting discredited Bolton quotes. While I won’t state that Schiff and Bolton are world-class liars, I wouldn’t hesitate in saying that Schiff is discredited Ambassador Joe Wilson’s equal in terms of lying. (The old joke about Wilson was ‘How can you tell Wilson is lying? A: If his lips are moving.’ That fits Mr. Schiff perfectly.)

Joe Biden thinks that wearing a mask “projects leadership.” That’s what he told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview right after Memorial Day. Later, Biden said “The truth of the matter is that I think you’re supposed to lead by example, and one of the things our governor has said he wants to keep social distancing, stay at home has been the order, until June 1 of this year. And so I think it’s important that – look, 100,000 deaths and at least 35,000 to 50,000 were avoidable, but for lack of attention and ego, I think. And just – so – and you know me, I’m usually the last one to leave an event, I like interacting with people. But, I hope to be able to do more, but we’re going to do it by the numbers, because I think it’s important because this is not over.”

Wearing a mask in the situations President Trump found himself in — outside, in bright sunlight and with family — are situations that don’t require a mask, especially outside in bright sunlight. COVID doesn’t last long in that situation. A potent argument can be made that using the right precautions in the right situations is leadership.

Be that as it may, President Trump showed leadership on January 31 when he stopped flights with China. What did Joe do? Check it out:

Later, Biden admitted that stopping those flights were the right thing to do. Leadership comes from getting the big decisions right the first time. Had Biden been president, he would’ve let untold numbers of COVID-infected people into the United States, spreading the contagion across the nation. That would’ve created a crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen since 1918.

President Trump brought together captains of industry in the Rose Garden to put together a response to testing. CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and other companies brainstormed ideas to make testing super-accessible and free. Joe Biden wouldn’t have had a clue who to bring together. President Trump told Peter Navarro to get ventilators built ASAP. Here’s what happened:

“In under 11 days, General Motors sourced materials, converted a manufacturing facility and trained a workforce to build lifesaving ventilators in Kokomo, IN.” Saving lives by manufacturing ventilators in record time is bigtime leadership that Joe Biden couldn’t make happen if Americans’ lives depended on it. Wearing a goofy-looking mask when he’s already social distanced is preening for the cameras. It isn’t leadership.

President Trump has his faults but they’re nothing like Biden’s. Biden provided ‘leadership’ on the 1994 crime bill that started mass incarcerations. President Trump provided leadership by fixing Biden’s mess:

Tearing families apart isn’t leadership. Reuniting families requires leadership.

Supposedly, following the experts is the safest path for politicians. I say supposedly because the ‘experts’ are wrong so often that I consider following them to be just as foolish as trusting conventional wisdom. FYI- trusting conventional wisdom is exceptionally foolish.

Gov. Walz is considered a trustworthy person, mostly because he’s been a public figure for a lengthy period of time. Joe Biden is considered a moderate because, other than his gaffes, he’d been a moderate until he met Barack Obama. While Gov. Walz isn’t as buffoonish as Biden, there’s little that he’s gotten right in his political career.

Biden and Walz benefit from the fact that they’re both Democrats. That automatically means that they’re protected from scrutiny. Recently, Biden admitted that President Trump’s decision to halt travel with China was the right decision. The MSM didn’t criticize him even though he’d originally called President Trump a racist and a xenophobe:


President Trump got criticized mercilessly for his decision. Dr. Fauci eventually insisted that he’d made the right decision. Few people disagree anymore — including VP Biden.

The ‘experts’, starting with Nancy Pelosi, howl each time President Trump talks about opening the economy. Here’s a question for the so-called experts. When is the right time to bring people back to work? What needs to happen before it’s safe to open the factories, restaurants, grocery stores and hardware stores? Here’s a question for Gov. Walz: why is it ok to let a tax preparer in Anoka do business but a hair salon right next door sit empty? Why can a Walmart be open for grocery shopping but Piggly Wiggly be subject to Gov. Walz’s EO?

In this video, VP Biden positively touts the World Health Organization, aka the W.H.O.:

That’s another set of experts that Democrats frequently tout. They’re just China’s puppets. They’re as corrupt as the Chinese. They say whatever China tells them to say.

President Trump is a leader. Yes, he takes tons of criticism from ‘experts’ like the W.H.O., Nancy Pelosi and Sleepy Joe Biden but his decisions have mostly been right the first time. You can’t say that about Biden or Pelosi.

The best way to limit Chinese communists, which should be the goal, is through limiting the Chinese communists’ economy. The best way to do that has already started. For years, pharmaceutical companies moved their operations to China. That’s changing, thanks in large part to President Trump.

At a recent COVID-19 task force meeting, Peter Navarro, one of President Trump’s economic advisers, said “One of the things that this crisis has taught us, sir, is that we are dangerously overdependent on a global supply chain. Never again should we rely on the rest of the world for our essential medicines and countermeasures.” He’s exactly right.

The Chinese communists lied to us about COVID-19, then lied to the world when they said that U.S. soldiers had spread it into Wuhan Province. The Chinese communists then threatened to cut off our medication if we kept telling the world that the Chinese communists had started this virus. The U.S. can’t be put in that position again. That’s a threat to our sovereignty and security.

Let’s let LeBron James know that Nike gear will have a stamp on it like the Surgeon General’s stamp on each pack of cigarette. It can say something like ‘These shoes were built by Chinese kids, who worked 60 hours a week and were paid $10 a month. Then let him know that anything with his name on them that’s manufactured in China will have a 250% tariff on them. Let’s call it a Social Justice Tariff for proper attribution.

Through PSAs, let’s tell Americans that Mike Bloomberg sold his soul to Chinese censors for a few extra $$. Let’s see how that information plays in Peoria.

The concern is bipartisan. Three Senate Democrats backed legislation put forward by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) last month that advocates for the U.S. to reprioritize its productive capability in order to achieve less supply chain dependence on China, particularly as it relates to products used in the federal health care system.

This is a priority. It’s foolish to put ourselves in a position to be held hostage by despots like the Chinese communists. On matters of national security, it’s best to be in control. Giving Chinese communists the opportunity to hold us hostage over life-saving medications is dangerous. Tom Cotton is, besides Sen. Rubio, the top expert on national security on China. Let’s listen to what he said a month ago:

Let’s restrict China’s influence. It’s the right thing to do.

Susan Rice apparently sees her post-Obama administration role as being an apologist for the Communist Chinese Party, aka the CCP. It should frighten Americans that she was President Obama’s National Security Adviser during his entire second term.

Appearing on Andrea Mitchell’s show on MSDNC yesterday, Rice said “the Trump administration’s description of the coronavirus as the ‘Wuhan virus’ is unacceptable and undermines global cooperation.” That’s interesting since China hasn’t exactly cooperated with the Western Hemisphere, especially in terms of telling us that a lethal virus had started in Wuhan.

The truth is that the Chinese still aren’t helping in terms of information. They insist that things are fine but they’ve just cancelled their professional basketball season. Is that proof that things are just fine? I don’t think so.

Rice added “It doesn’t serve us well, it doesn’t serve the objective of squelching the virus globally, to brand in nationalistic, or xenophobic, or racist terms. We all have to work together…”

Tell that to the CCP. They’re the ones cooking the books. They’re the ones that just re-opened the wet markets where this plague started. Check out how Rice defends the CCP and criticizes Secretary of State Pompeo in this interview:

Rice’s first implication here is that the need for cooperation means it is wrong to criticize China in any regard over the virus, even though the Chinese Communist Party’s deception led to its catastrophic mishandling of the virus in the outbreak’s earliest stages. You know, when the virus might just have been stopped from becoming a global pandemic.

This is the Obama administration’s appeasement strategy in action. China shouldn’t be criticized for igniting this pandemic. To say that is racist. This is the Democrats’ typical play. When backed into a corner, which Democrats frequently are, they start shouting ‘Racist’ at the top of their voices. It’s gotten to the point where people simply ignore them.

After reading Tim Morrison’s op-ed, one wonders who’s making these sloppy accusations. My first instinct is to blame it on Democrats. That’s because they’ve been throwing out nasty rumors about President Trump since he took office.

According to Morrison’s op-ed, “It has been alleged by multiple officials of the Obama administration, including in The Post, that the president and his then-national security adviser, John Bolton, ‘dissolved the office’ at the White House in charge of pandemic preparedness. Because I led the very directorate assigned that mission, the counterproliferation and biodefense office, for a year and then handed it off to another official who still holds the post, I know the charge is specious.”

This fits the Democrats’ deceitful theme that President Trump is flying by the seat of his pants with this crisis. While I can’t give President Trump a 10 on his handling of the virus, there’s certainly plenty to give him credit for. Let’s start with his travel bans with China and Europe. The travel ban with China is especially important.

While Democrats were holding the trial for President Trump’s far-fetched impeachment, President Trump put the China travel ban in place. Joe Biden accused President Trump of being xenophobic.

Now, Tim Morrison has first-hand proof that this accusation is false. The part of the NSC that Joe Biden and other Democrats said was closed was false from the start. Morrison knows because he ran that office before handing it off to another person, who is still running that office. I don’t know of better proof than that. This is important:

As The Post reported in 2015, from the Clinton administration to the Obama administration’s second term, the NSC’s staff “had quadrupled in size, to nearly 400 people.” That is why Trump began streamlining the NSC staff in 2017.

Though Morrison didn’t say this, I suspect that the main reason for the downsizing the NSC is because that’s where major parts of the Swamp lived. It makes sense, therefore, that the Swamp hit the Trump administration for eliminating the NSC, which is a part of the Swamp’s operation. Videos like this are just part of the Democrats’ smear campaign:

At a time when we need people coming together, Democrats are engaging in smear campaigns. How pathetic.

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.

What’s clear is that Bernie’s agenda should be rejected entirely. Despite his protestations, Bernie isn’t a Democrat Socialist. He’s a Marxist through and through. He isn’t just proposing socialist ideas, though that’s part of Bernie’s schtick. Bernie’s plan is to radically transform the USA into the former USSR. How do I know? Because he’s given us tons of hints as to who he is.

He honeymooned in the former Soviet Union. He thinks that Fidel Castro was a philanthropist because he started a literacy program. (I’m being sarcastic about that.) Bernie’s Democrats want to eliminate private wealth, then give it to the government. Bernie’s Democrats, starting with AOC + 3, want to determine how much money people are supposed to have. It’s amazing that Bernie’s ok with some people getting rich (think of himself) but thinking that others being wealthy is the nastiest type of greed imaginable.

Bernie wants to implement the Green New Deal. The GND won’t save the planet but it’s exactly what Putin wants. That’s because it tightens Russia’s grip on Europe by cutting off reliable supplies of natural gas to former Eastern Bloc nations and into Europe. Why doesn’t Bernie understand that Putin loves a timid US?

Bernie’s policies will make the U.S. poorer. Any policy based on the principle that the government does things better than the private sector is foolish. Trusting the government to provide consistent competence is like betting on the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series once a decade. Let’s get serious. One thing that is serious is the money he’s raising:

“The senator’s multi-generational, multiracial working class coalition keeps fueling his campaign for transformational change a few bucks at a time,” Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement. He said that, of the more than 2 million donations received this month, more than 1.4 million were from voters in Super Tuesday states.

Let’s return to Bernie’s agenda. Getting rid of fossil fuels strengthens Putin and cripples the US economy. Why should we decide to impose such an unnecessary penalty on families? That’s downright foolish.

Whenever Democrats need to distract attention away from their vulnerable members for their questionable votes, people can count on Nancy Pelosi providing that distraction. When Pelosi ripped up her copy of President Trump’s SOTU Address, she did it to distract attention away from her vulnerable freshmen.

Her freshmen promised to fix health care. Freshman Democrats failed that test miserably. Democrat freshmen promised to lower prescription drug prices. Democrats failed on that, too. Democrat freshmen told voters that they didn’t Pelosi for Speaker. Some of those freshmen voted for Pelosi to be Speaker. Freshmen Democrats that didn’t vote for Pelosi for Speaker voted to initiate the impeachment inquiry. These freshmen Democrats voted for both articles of impeachment, too.

Now, Pelosi has written a dishonest op-ed that the Washington Post has published. In the op-ed, Pelosi wrote “President Trump abused the power of his office to pressure a foreign power to help him cheat in an American election.” It’s impossible to know whether President Trump pressured “a foreign power to help him cheat in an American election” since that election is 9+ months away. Is Pelosi clairvoyant? Or is she just lying again? I suspect it’s the latter.

Further, it’s virtually impossible for presidents to abuse their power in setting foreign policy. Since we’ve proven that President Trump didn’t “pressure a foreign power to help him cheat in an American election”, then the only matter on the table is setting US foreign policy. The first sentence in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution emphatically states that “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” This is important to note because of something Jeff Dunetz wrote in this post explaining why Lt. Col. Vindman was reassigned out of the NSC. (Make sure you read Jeff’s entire article. It’s the type of information you won’t get from CNN, MSDNC or other MSM outlets.) Here’s Lt. Col. Vindman’s opening statement to the HPSCI:

Jeff’s article highlights a briefing Sen. Ron Johnson had in Ukraine. Here’s what Jeff quoted from Johnson’s letter:

I had just finished making the point that supporting Ukraine was essential because it was ground zero in our geopolitical competition with Russia. I was surprised when Vindman responded to my point. He stated that it was the position of the NSC that our relationship with Ukraine should be kept separate from our geopolitical competition with Russia. My blunt response was, “How in the world is that even possible?

It’s clear that Lt. Col. Vindman thought that the NSC, not President Trump, was in charge of setting foreign policy. It’s apparent because of testimony he gave to the House Intel Committee:

Vindman testified that an “alternative narrative” pushed by the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was “inconsistent with the consensus views of the” relevant federal agencies and was “undermining the consensus policy.”

Like Pelosi, Lt. Col. Vindman thinks that President Trump doesn’t set US foreign policy. The Constitution that Pelosi intermittently expresses praise for disagrees. The Lt. Col. Vindmans of the world serve the president to implement his foreign policy. But I digress.

I admit that I paid a ton of attention to Pelosi’s stunt. I don’t regret it, though, because there’s plenty of time to punish freshmen Democrats for voting “to initiate the impeachment inquiry and voting for both articles of impeachment.” We have 9+ months left to make the case for firing Pelosi’s Democrats. Let’s make the most of that time.