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Joe Biden finally condemned the street violence that’s been happening for 3 months. After CNN noticed that Biden’s poll numbers were tanking, Biden issued his statement.

In a tweet, Biden’s staff said “Once again, a Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by the police. In front of his children. It makes me sick. Is this the country we want to be? Needless violence won’t heal us. We need to end the violence, and peacefully come together to demand justice.” Way to go, Slow Joe. Where were you when Senate Democrats voted against even starting a debate on police reform? A: Biden was nowhere to be found. Biden was silent about Tim Scott’s police reform. Kamala Harris, his running mate pick, let her actions speak for her:

He noted that Scott “sat down” with Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Harris “and they said, ‘We have 20 problems with your bill.’” “And Tim’s response was, ‘OK, I’ll give you 20 amendments. You have 20 problems, I’ll give you 20 amendments. Let’s see if we can fix this, let’s say goodbye to politics, at least on something as important as the criminal justice system. I’ll give you an amendment for every problem you have with our bill’ and unfortunately, Kamala Harris put her vice presidential aspirations ahead of what is best for this country,” Gowdy continued.

“So don’t blame Tim Scott, blame the people who would not take an amendment for every single problem they had with the bill,” Gowdy said.

There’s a pattern here. Biden didn’t say anything until his polls started tanking. Harris sabotaged Tim Scott’s legislation because she wanted to be Biden’s running mate.

Partisan considerations took a higher priority thank protecting people. That’s proof that Biden-Harris put partisanship ahead of doing what’s right. That alone should disqualify them. Further, Biden offered only empty words:

On Wednesday, he struck a similar tone. “It is needless violence,” Biden said. “Violence that endangers lives and guts businesses and shutters businesses that serve the community. That’s wrong.” Biden said that the country needs to unite, heal, do justice, end violence and end systemic racism. “Needless violence won’t heal us,” Biden tweeted. “We need to end the violence and peacefully come together to demand justice.”

What we’ve seen isn’t “needless violence.” It’s criminal activity. Sugarcoating things like that doesn’t help. Making a video while reading a TelePrompter doesn’t help, either. That’s what he did in this videotaped message:

Watch his eyes throughout. They keep switching back-and-forth. He wasn’t speaking from the heart. He was reading from the TelePrompter.

Biden was silent about street violence for 3 months. When his polls started tanking, he spoke through a TelePrompter. That isn’t leadership. That’s what happens when you hand serious responsibilities to a senile career politician.

For the third straight night, the Republican National Convention unveiled a new rising star. This time, the rising star’s name is Madison Cawthorn. He’s running for current White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ seat in North Carolina’s Eleventh District. Last night, he gave a passion-filled speech about the adversity he’s overcome in his young life.

The real estate investment CEO, 25, recounted his own compelling life story where he was left paralyzed and wheelchair-bound after a car accident at the age of 18 before. Cawthorn sent shockwaves through Washington in June when he unexpectedly won the GOP primary runoff in a North Carolina congressional seat left vacant by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

“At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. My accident gave me new eyes to see, and new ears to hear,” he said on the third night of the convention, themed “Land of Heroes.” “At 20, I made a choice. In 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea, or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect,” he continued.

Already, Cawthorn is driving Democrats nuts:

“PBS NewsHour” correspondent Yamiche Alcindor was heavily criticized late Wednesday over a tweet describing GOP House candidate Madison Cawthorn standing at the conclusion of his Republican National Convention remarks as a “direct rebuke” to those protesting social injustice. Cawthorn, who was partially paralyzed in a 2014 car accident and uses a wheelchair, closed his speech by urging Americans not to “cower to a mob,” and to “kneel before God but stand for our flag.

“Be a radical for liberty and be a radical for our republic for which I stand, one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all,” Cawthorn said as he rose from his wheelchair and stood behind a walker.

This is Mr. Cawthorn’s speech:

Monday night was Sen. Tim Scott’s nationwide coming-out party. Tuesday night was Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s nationwide introduction. Last night was Mr. Cawthorn’s turn in the spotlight. This trio is filled with charisma, talent and an unlimited future.

Last week’s Democrat convention might’ve been the most negative convention since the 1992 GOP Convention. By comparison, Monday night’s GOP convention had the feel of Reagan’s Morning in America of 1984. When Nikki Haley talked about a US ambassador to the United Nations who spoke at a GOP Convention, my first thought was about Jeane Kirkpatrick characterizing Democrats as the “blame America first” party. That’s exactly what Ambassador Haley referenced:

It’s fair to say that South Carolina played a starring role in Monday night’s events. While Haley’s speech was positive and well-received, Sen. Tim Scott’s speech was the highlight of the night:

Sean Parnell made a name for himself, too:

Sean Parnell, a U.S. Army combat veteran and GOP candidate for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, ripped Democrats over their “contempt for middle America,” accusing the party of abandoning the families and workers they were supposed to represent in favor of hedge fund managers and celebrities.

“Where Democrats once stood for hard-working, law-abiding Americans who displayed our flag with pride, this New Democrat party considered them uneducated racists, clinging to guns and Bibles,” Parnell said during his Monday night speech to the Republican National Convention. “The party of Harry Truman became the party of hedge fund managers, Hollywood celebrities, tech moguls and academia, bloated with contempt for middle America.”

From a substantive perspective, last night’s event was filled with substance. From the standpoint of assessing the Democrats’ lack of character, it was devastating. From the standpoint of disproving the Democrats’ opinion of President Trump, it was powerful.

Most powerful, though, was how easy it was to create a positive first impression of the entire GOP, President Trump included. The production value was high. The tempo of the speakers was even better. The messages from the first night was that a) President Trump has accomplished a lot on behalf of the American people and b) Republicans are the hopeful party.

Republicans made a great first impression last night, despite what Jennifer Rubin thinks:

In the spin before the Republican National Convention began, President Trump’s team insisted we would get optimism, hope and uplift. Instead, the first night has brought a parade of angry and aggrieved, and mostly White, speakers who sound as paranoid as Trump.

Ahw must mean that the speakers were mostly white other than Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Herschel Walker, Vernon Jones, Kim Klacik and Maximo Alvarez. Rubin also made this insulting statement:

The white supremacy was barely disguised as 26-year-old Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA and Students for Trump said Trump is the “the bodyguard of Western civilization.” Let me translate: Anyone who is not a White American is foreign, alien and “the other.”

It’s stunning that an educated person like Rubin could be that racist. Equating Charlie Kirk with white supremacy is foolish. Only a Democrat would think like that.

The first night of the DNC was characterized by Michelle Obama’s angry scold of a speech. The first night of the RNC was characterized by one upbeat patriot after another after another. A tale of 2 conventions, indeed.

Kim Klacik’s viral video has paid off bigtime. According to this article, Ms. Klacik will speak at the Republican National Convention Monday night:

Kim Klacik, the Republican running for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, will speak during the first night of the Republican National Convention, according to a Trump campaign announcement Sunday. Klacik has sparked national attention several times, including when she documented Baltimore blight last summer, causing President Trump to call the city “rat-infested” and blaming then-Congressman Elijah Cummings.

If you haven’t seen Ms. Klacik’s video, then you’ve either been comatose or you just landed here from another planet. This explains why I’d say that:

Her new ad for her congressional race went viral recently as well, seen and shared by hundreds of thousands of people.

This weekend, she appeared as a guest on Gov. Mike Huckabee’s show:

Then there’s this:

The Monday night schedule isn’t star-studded in the way that Democrats did their convention. Instead, Republicans are featuring real people who’ve benefited from President Trump’s policies. I’ll just say that people should have some tissues handy for Monday night.

This Sunday night, Harris Faulkner will host a major special titled “Harris Faulkner Presents: The Fight for America.” Here’s what we’re told about the special: Harris Faulkner Presents: The Fight for America will be hosted by Outnumbered and Outnumbered Overtime anchor Harris Faulkner, and will spotlight discussions surrounding the national conversation about race in America and the path forward for the country, said network officials. Appearing on the special will be Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), former NFL star Herschel Walker, Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Joe Gamaldi and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, as well as Hannity host Sean Hannity and FNC contributors Dr. Alveda King and Gianno Caldwell.

Cuban better bring his A game. He’s supporting Joe Biden so it’s likely that he’ll try defending Joe Biden’s indefensible history on race. If that’s what Cuban’s role is, Faulkner will carve him up like a Thanksgiving Day turkey.

Tim Scott and Gianno Caldwell have the opportunity to become rock stars Sunday night. Sen. Scott is already approaching superstar status with his persistence and good faith decency in crafting police reform legislation. He’s also known for his Opportunity Zones legislation that was part of the Trump/GOP tax cuts. This is more information on Opportunity Zones:

The program provides three forms of deferred capital gains taxes or tax breaks to incentivize patient capital equity investments in Opportunity Funds to seed new business investments, expand existing businesses, or fund real estate development in Opportunity Zones. Other than excluding a few “sin” businesses, investors are relatively unlimited in what they can finance. And the potential pot is huge; over $6 trillion dollars in unrealized capital gains could flow towards these communities from both individual investors and companies.

Opportunity Zones were credited with lowering minority unemployment rates before the virus. Tim Scott does a better job pitching the legislation than the article:

I wouldn’t be surprised if Sen. Scott came out of Sunday night’s special as the biggest star, though I also think that Herschel Walker has a chance to shine, too.

Gianno Caldwell’s op-ed shines a light on the pathway for President Trump’s re-election. In his op-ed, Caldwell, an African-American, states “President Trump and Republicans have delivered for the black community on tangible policies that have had a positive impact — something the Democrats never achieved.”

President Trump is fantastic at exciting his base voters. That’s the strongest part of his campaign game. Policywise, President Trump is excellent at delivering for African-Americans. Don’t trust me. Just ask Alice Marie Johnson. Better yet, listen to Sen. Tim Scott, (R-SC), and HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Sen. Scott and Secretary Carson worked together on the Opportunity Zones provisions in the Trump tax cuts.

The Opportunity Zones provisions transformed inner city hell holes into potential prosperous oases in virtually no time. Minority unemployment rates didn’t drop to historic lows accidentally. They happened because President Trump, Sen. Scott and Secretary Carson worked together to make something beautiful happen. Let’s remember that Carson grew up in inner-city Detroit. Saying that he was dirt poor is understatement. I don’t know where Sen. Scott grew up. I just know that he grew up dirt poor, too. President Trump didn’t grow up dirt poor but he was raised as a real estate developer. He understands what it takes to turn a run-down neighborhood into a rising middle-class neighborhood.

Each day, Tim Scott and Ben Carson should hold a press conference and ask the reporters what Joe Biden’s specific plans are for fixing minority neighborhoods. They should then cite the accomplishments that President Trump has made already, then report that they plan on working with him to expand opportunity scholarships and school choice.

Each day, Tim Scott and Ben Carson should be sent to Baltimore, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Detroit. Their day should include meeting with parents and entrepreneurs willing to invest in these neighborhoods. It should include a discussion on how these investors/developers could establish a scholarship fund with a little help from the tax code.

It should also include a conversation with parents on what their ‘ideal neighborhood’ would include. Getting investors to invest in these neighborhoods builds a trust that’s long been missing. Doesn’t that suggest that that’s what’s needed immediately?

Challenge Democrats to talk about what their plans are for revitalizing neighborhoods and building the schools of the future. The dirty little secret is that the Democrats can’t deviate from their ancient blueprint of throwing more money at a problem. That’s because the unions won’t let them change the blueprint.

Tim Scott and Ben Carson are 2 of the calmest-sounding people in government. If they can’t break through to apolitical parents, then this nation is lost. I don’t believe it’s lost. That’s why, after watching this video again, I’m more optimistic than ever:

Let’s force the Democrats to defend their record on racial policies. Republicans, unfortunately, don’t have a great record either. At least Republicans can say that they’re willing to change to make minority lives better. Democrats can’t say that.

Saying that this election hinges on taming the various mobs (Black Lives Matter, Antifa and Justice Democrats) while jumpstarting the economy. That requires mental toughness, agility in messaging and the willingness to proverbially cut the Democrats’ heart out. Anyone that’s watched what’s happened to babies through teenagers in Chicago and thinks that the mob can be dealt with isn’t paying attention. That’s just stupid thinking. Anyone that’s watched what’s happened in Minneapolis, specifically along Lake Street, and still thinks that this election isn’t a street fight is kidding themselves.

Antifa, BLM and the Justice Democrats have Biden right where they want him. He isn’t capable of putting 2 straight sentences together, which means that Democrats can push him to do whatever they want him to do. What they want him to do is be a trojan horse, someone that looks harmless at first, then transforms into society’s worst nightmare.

For instance, the Justice Democrats state on their website that “Justice Democrats is working to elect a mission-driven caucus in Congress that will fight for solutions that match the scale of our many crises: skyrocketing inequality, catastrophic climate change, deepening structural racism as the country becomes more diverse, and the corporate takeover of our democracy.”

That isn’t all the Justice Democrats say. Here’s more:

We need a Democratic Party that fights for its voters, not its corporate donors. That’s why we helped elect leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress. We need leadership in the Democratic Party that will represent and fight for our communities.

After NYC cut $1,000,000,000 from the NYPD budget last night, AOC said this:

Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”

The Resistance isn’t disappearing. It’s getting stronger. If thoughtful people of all political stripes don’t recognize this, they should be ostracized. The Democrats’ political hacks, like Donna Brazile, Marie Harf and Jessica Tarlov can assure us that Democrats don’t want to defund police departments all they want. They’re either lying or they’re just stupid.

I don’t buy the notion that they’re stupid. They know that police forces are funded at the municipal level, not the federal level. It doesn’t matter what Pelosi or Jim Clyburn or Joe Biden says on the subject. The voices that matter are the voices of people most voters haven’t heard of. People like Lisa Bender and Jeremiah Ellison have infinitely more say in police budget matters.

It isn’t a stretch to say that the Justice Democrats essentially run the Democrat Party. They just took out Elliot Abrams in a primary. They almost beat Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s primary. Here’s their entire list of candidates.

This isn’t the time for nitpicking. It’s the time to fight like hell. Idiots like Mitt Romney should be criticized for supporting Black Lives Matter. Did Mitt even know that BLM’s co-founders admitted that they were “trained Marxists”?

Wake up Mitt. This isn’t some innocent organization. They’ll rip your heart out, too, after they’ve used you. You’re just a useful idiot that they’ll use on their way to achieving power that will lead to the overthrow of this constitutional republic.

Politicians, it’s time to set aside the partisanship. It’s time for everyone to put America first. To Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Jim Clyburn and other Democrats, it’s time to set aside the partisanship that’s been part of your system. Sit down in good faith with Tim Scott and negotiate a principled compromise with him. If Van Jones can work with Jared Kushner on the police reform executive order, then it’s certainly possible for you to negotiate in good faith.

If you can’t do that, then just step aside. Let others who can work in good faith finish this legislation. It’s time to fix what’s broken. Americans have the right to safety. Eliminate the idiotic ideas about eliminating police departments. Tell the activists who want deep cuts in police department budgets to take a hike. The vast, vast majority of Americans want that for their kids and expect that from their politicians.

If you won’t do what’s right, we’ll find people who will. You think that you’re irreplaceable? I’m telling you that you’re only essential if you do what’s right for the people.

Democrats think the George Floyd murder is a political winner. It’s indisputable that it started that way. Unfortunately for Democrats, the political issue didn’t stop with the murder. That was just the start of things.

After that, the race riots started, complete with the looting destruction of minority neighborhoods. If you’re accusing whitey of hating minorities, why would the first targets be minority businesses and neighborhoods? The next thing that’s destroying the Democrats’ George Floyd ‘advantage’ is the Democrats’ calls to defund the police. Minneapolis took it a step further by voting for dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department.

CHAZ/CHOP happened next. Jenny Durkan, Seattle’s dipstick Democrat mayor, and Jay Inslee, Washington’s pathetic Democrat governor, just say idly by while Antifa and BLM anarchists took over 6 blocks of downtown Seattle. When asked about how long it might last, Durkan tried spinning it:

If you’re sensing a trend developing, you aren’t alone. It’s what happens after every major crisis. After every crisis, the Democrats insist that they have a mandate to dramatically transform American society. These Democrats are terrible at reading the public, mostly because they spend little time listening to the public.

The current overstep is tearing down the statues. While some will go along with eliminating the Confederate Flag, only Antifa and BLM anarchists think that tearing down the statues of U.S. Grant, Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln is popular.

Like Yasir Arafat, Democrats never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The Democrats’ biggest mistakes came this week. First, Dick Durbin described Sen. Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act a token gesture. Next, Nancy Pelosi said that that “Republicans were trying to get away with murder, George Floyd’s murder.” Finally, Democrats voted against opening debate on Sen. Scott’s JUSTICE Act. These Democrats didn’t even want to debate the merits of the JUSTICE Act. Democrats didn’t want to amend the JUSTICE Act. Democrats wanted nothing to do with Tim Scott or the JUSTICE Act. Let’s hear Democrats respond point-by-point to Sen. Scott’s interview:

This might frighten Democrats but I’ll say it anyway. Tim Scott isn’t going away. The JUSTICE Act will get a hearing, whether that’s in the Senate as a complete bill or offered as amendments to the House bill when the Senate debates that bill. The only way for Senate Democrats to avoid voting on the JUSTICE Act is if they vote against debating the House Democrats’ bill in the Senate.

That I’d pay to see. Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act is supposedly a token bill so Senate Democrats won’t even debate it. The House Democrats is so bad that Senate Democrats won’t debate that bill either? I’d love hearing Schumer explain that.

The Democrats have a race crisis. Part of the Democrats’ crisis is that they’ve taken minorities for granted for 50 years. The other part of the Democrats’ crisis is Tim Scott, who can walk the walk.

Joe Biden insists that he’ll unite the country and heal our political divisions. I’ll believe that when he doesn’t use a teleprompter or notes and strings 3 straight coherent sentences together. It’s a myth to think that anyone can unite this nation from either political party. With Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other anarchists trying to end the US Constitution, why would anyone think that unity is possible?

I just spoke with a good friend of mine from the Twin Cities. He wanted my perspective from outstate Minnesota, which is fair because I wanted his perspective on Twin Cities things. I told him there wasn’t much of an appetite in central MN for paying for the destruction in Minneapolis because this wasn’t an act of God like a flood or tornado. This was preventable from a leadership standpoint. My friend said it isn’t clear whether the failure was Walz’s fault or Frey’s fault but that it was indisputable that there was a major failure.

Eventually, we started talking about how divided our nation is. We agreed that there’s some bumpy times ahead as the Baby Boomers get pushed aside and the next generation steps into leadership. The Boomers were known for their dealmakers. Alan Simpson, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Hubert Humphrey, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton, Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan were great dealmakers.

I told my friend that I’m certain that there are dealmakers today, though I said that the dealmakers were mostly on the GOP side. I said that that Pelosi and Schumer weren’t dealmakers. Neither is Omar or AOC. I said that it’s indisputable that Trump is a dealmaker. Specifically, I cited how Kim Kardashian reached out to the White House on criminal justice reform. Trump listened to her ideas. The next thing you know, Ivanka is part of the discussion. Before you know it, the First Step Act is getting signed into law.

Ms. Kardashian didn’t care whether Trump got a political victory. She just wanted to make life better for the Alice Johnsons of the world. That same mindset is present with Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Steve Scalise and Kevin McCarthy. This video shows why Tim Scott is respected amongst moderate center-left Democrats:

The last half of that interview is especially inspiring, though the entire interview is good stuff. Democrats will regret rejecting debating on Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act. According to Sen. Scott, they’ll debate the House bill while adding amendments to the House bill. That will force Democrats to vote for each of the provisions in Sen. Scott’s bill.

That eliminates the Democrats’ ability to say that they didn’t vote for Sen. Scott’s legislation because they didn’t like this or that provision. Each amendment will be a distinct provision. It’s a straight up-or-down vote on each provision. Forcing Democrats to defend each of their votes on the various amendments puts Democrats behind the proverbial 8-ball.

Until Democrats develop a group of good faith dealmakers, their calls for unity will be mostly mythical. As a society, we need voters who emphatically insist that politicians fix problems rather than saving issues for the campaign. Here’s what’s really encouraging. My Twin Cities friend is an old-fashioned, center-left Humphrey-style liberal.

Within the course of our conversation, we figured out a path forward for fixing Twin Cities policing, education and homelessness. The key with us is that we’re both low-key activists. It isn’t difficult to get things done when your highest priority is fixing things rather than worrying about getting re-elected.

Imagine Tim Scott campaigning with Jason Lewis on Lake Street during the Senate’s August recess. Then imagine them holding an invitation-only townhall with residents who own businesses or homes where the looting, rioting and violence happened. Schedule it to last 2-3 hrs. if needed. Tell the audience that respectful questions will be accepted but that that agitators’ taunts will be dealt with by security.

The point is that Lewis and Scott would be doing something that the DFL hasn’t done in a generation or more. The DFL has listened occasionally, which is what Sen. Scott and Rep. Lewis would do. The difference is that, after listening to the respectful audience, Lewis and Scott would propose solutions to the problems that they’d heard.

Tim Scott could tell the audience how he’d dealt with racism, including while he’s a US senator. Imagine Tim Scott walking into the room with Jason Lewis, then telling them that Sen. Scott has a bill that would fix the vast majority of problems the audience has cited. Imagine Tim Scott and Jason Lewis passionately embracing police reform and school choice.

During Sen. Scott’s interview with Guy Benson, Benson said told Sen. Scott that the major networks didn’t cover his historic speech after the Democrats voted against the starting of debate on Sen. Scott’s JUSTICE Act. Imagine Tim Scott asking that minority audience why Tina Smith voted to prevent debate and amendments on Sen. Scott’s bill.


What are Democrats afraid of? If their ideas are good, they should welcome this debate. That’s why they don’t want that debate. Democrats have a monopoly stranglehold on the African-American vote, which has led them to not compete for African-American votes with ideas. If Sen. Scott offered legitimate solutions, there’s a legitimate chance that minorities, not just African-Americans, would withdraw their support from Democrats. That thought must frighten the daylights out of Democrats.

The truth is that Democrats love minorities — for their votes. Anything beyond that, Democrats would rather ignore voters. These Democrats’ agenda is purely ideological. Whether it’s health care, climate change or police reform, Democrats would rather insist than listen to voters. Check this out from Glenn Reynolds:

Not only did the Democrats block debate on the bill, but Scott has been subjected to racial slurs — Sen. Dick Durbin used the word ”token” to describe Scott’s bill, a racial code word that Scott called out. And Democrat-supporting callers to Scott’s office are subjecting him to racial slurs and threats and calling him a “sellout.” That for pushing a revolutionary piece of reform legislation.

So do Black lives matter to Democrats? Not if there are votes at stake, apparently. Bear that in mind between now and November.

Democrats are the party of racist remarks and no solutions. It isn’t that these Democrats are do-nothing Democrats. It’s that they’re opposed to any solutions. It’s their ideological wish list or it’s nothing.