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While testifying to the House Committee on Administration, Newt Gingrich showed that he’s still part history teacher, part patriot and part constitutionalist. It isn’t surprising to me that his list of accomplishments as Speaker is lengthy and impressive. Speaker Gingrich is still one of the most impressive intellects of our time.

During Speaker Gingrich’s testimony, Speaker Gingrich started with a lesson on the Constitution, then transitioned to a civics teacher before finishing as a school principal admonishing disobedient students. Specifically, I want to focus on Speaker Gingrich’s role of admonishing Congress.

Specifically, Speaker Gingrich called out Congress essentially for being elitists and wimps:

Our national anthem says we are “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Our Founding Fathers risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to defend freedom. The Civil War generation lost 630,000 Americans fighting for the Union and to end slavery. The Greatest Generation went across the planet risking its lives to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. By the way, through all these events, Congress met in person.

Now, we are told that our members of the House are too precious to risk their lives by coming to Washington.

To these members I would say: If freedom isn’t worth the risk, quit the Congress. Someone with more courage will replace you in a special election. The emotion driving the proposal for remote voting is an expression of a kind of cowardice I would never have expected to see in America.

Ms. Pelosi, like Democrat governors Whitmer, Walz, Pritzker and Inslee, likes being in total control. The thought that Democrats voted to vote from their districts isn’t surprising, though it is wimpy. Across the way on Capitol Hill, the Senate is meeting regularly and getting lots of things done. They’re confirming judges and holding Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee hearings. The Democrat House has gotten things done but only after getting dragged kicking and screaming to do their job.

We are asking children and teachers to go back to school, but House members can’t come to Washington. We are asking truckers to crisscross the country bringing us food and supplies, but their representatives have to hide in fear and vote electronically to avoid risk.

We have young men and women risking their lives all across the planet to protect freedom, but their elected leaders can’t risk being in a room with immediate access to doctors and remarkably little risk of anything bad happening.

I am embarrassed for this House that such a proposal could even get to a hearing.

Let’s be clear about something. If average citizens can function safely in a Walmart, Congresscritters should be able to figure out a way to function on Capitol Hill. The routine is simple. Wash hands frequently, stay socially distanced, cough into your shirt rather than across a room and finally, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. If the House can’t figure that out, then we need a different Speaker and a different (GOP) majority.

Here is Speaker Gingrich’s opening statement:

Anyone that hasn’t noticed the Democrats’ culture war for the past 3+ years isn’t paying attention. It started before Trump was elected, when they started illegally surveilling Trump’s campaign. That surveillance continued during the transition, with Jim Comey signing FISA warrant applications that weren’t properly predicated. After ‘St. Jim of the FBI’ was fired, the Deep State hired Robert Mueller to prove that President Trump colluded with Russia. That improper investigation ended with a gigantic thud.

When Devin Nunes reported that the FBI had abused the FISA warrant application process, Democrats insisted that the FBI had done everything by the book. Since then, there’s been impeachment based on what wasn’t in the Mueller Report, Democrats criticizing President Trump for doing nothing about COVID, which is BS. He bailed out NYC, Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, built a new testing regime because the existing one was ancient and deficient, opened up new factories that built PPE, N95 masks and ventilators.

Then George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in a city that’s been run by Democrats since the 1970s. Democrats blamed President Trump for that, too. Now Democrats are tearing down statues, letting Antifa and Black Lives Matter riot, destroy and loot major cities, then criticizing President Trump for being divisive.

While Democrats aren’t excited in the least about Dementia Joe Biden, they’re jazzed at the thought of using him as a trojan horse to retake the White House and the Senate. Democrats are excited to tear down everything that the United States stands for. That’s because the leading ideological driver for Democrats is BLM, a self-admitted Marxist organization.

The Declaration specifically cites “Nature’s God.” The Declaration emphatically states that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Marxists think that people are servants of the government and have no rights.

BLM shouts down people with opposing points of view. The First Amendment insists that people have the right to say what’s on their mind without worrying that the government will oppress them for their beliefs. The Declaration emphatically states that “all men are created equal.” BLM insists that government is more equal than the people.

The next time you hear that there isn’t a major ideological divide between Democrats and the vast majority of people, ask yourself this question: would you rather live in a nation where you’re shouted down because people disagree with you? Or would you rather live in a nation that lets you speak your mind without punishment?

That’s the difference between BLM Democrats and the rest of this incredible nation. That’s literally what’s at stake in this election. If you aren’t willing to fight, bite, scratch and claw your way to victory, prepare to wake up to President-Elect Joe Biden. It’s just that simple.

Each year, I dedicate a pair of posts to remind this nation what it’s supposed to be. This post focuses on Red Skelton’s telling his audience about the Pledge of Allegiance. Here is the transcript of that story:

I remember this one teacher. To me, he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance one day, and he walked over. Mr. Lasswell was his name. He said, “I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester, and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?”

I: me, an individual, a committee of one.
PLEDGE: dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
ALLEGIANCE: my love and my devotion.
TO THE FLAG: our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody’s job.
OF THE UNITED: that means that we have all come together.
STATES: individual communities that have united into 48 great states.
Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries yet united to a common purpose, and that’s love for country.
OF AMERICA
AND TO THE REPUBLIC: a state in which sovereign power is vested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
FOR WHICH IT STANDS
ONE NATION: meaning, so blessed by God.
INDIVISIBLE: incapable of being divided.
WITH LIBERTY: which is freedom, the right of power to live one’s own life without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
AND JUSTICE: the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.
FOR ALL: which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.
Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: UNDER GOD
Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said, “That is a prayer,” and that would be eliminated from schools, too?

Soak up Mr. Lasswell’s words. Indeed, as Red Skelton said, he has “such wisdom.” Here is that story in video form:

This nation truly has been blessed by God. Specifically, we’ve been blessed by the God of the Christian Bible. It’s worth noting a few words/phrases:

AND JUSTICE: the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.
FOR ALL: which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

Are we living up to those principles? That’s up to each of us to determine individually with guidance from the Torah through the Revelation of Christ.

TO THE FLAG: our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody’s job.

That’s exactly right. It isn’t a symbol of white supremacy or white privilege. The men and women who revere Old Glory have liberated white Europeans, yellow Japanese and South Koreans and Muslims from Kuwait, Iraq and east Africa. If we’re racists, we’re the worst racists in history.

It’s time we reminded each other that we’ve truly been blessed, each one of us. Any nation that’s lifted men like Ben Carson, Barack Obama, Collin Powell and women like Condi Rice to cabinet positions and to the highest office in the United States isn’t systemically racist.

Whose Land? Whose Privilege?
By Ramblin’ Rose

Since late May, our nation has witnessed great destruction in the name of “justice.” But few seem to be able to articulate what really fuels the hatred…yes, hatred of our great country.

Granted, the First Amendment permits free expression and peaceful assembly. But the riots do not seem to fit within the stated parameters. Unless one professes that only black lives matter, what follows is only racism in reverse, filled with obscene epitaphs and frequently more violence.

Many white people have decided to bow before both BLM and Antifa, to apologize for their sins and the perceived sins of previous generations, to defund the police, to condone spikes in crime and utter anarchy. Those who refuse to utter those words and declare that “all lives matter” are mocked, called names and attacked verbally, physically, emotionally.

The “mob” maintains that there is “white privilege.” Many of us ask ‘what is white privilege?’ since we have not experienced it. Black athletes and Hollywood elites earn mega times more than middle class white people. Black students frequently attend better schools than white learners and often without having to pay for tuition or books. When a minority and a white person apply for the same job, the minority is the one with a paycheck. (Don’t forget the career politicians of any ilk.)

A couple of weeks ago, Mayor Ben Rozier of Bloomingdale, Georgia penned this definition of “privilege,” without even making it white privilege. Immediately, the council demanded his resignation. Read his words and determine for yourself if it is so inflammatory:

What is privilege? Privilege is wearing $200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job. Privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance. Privilege is having a Smartphone with a Data plan which you receive no bill for. Privilege is living in public subsidized housing where you don’t have a water bill, where rising property taxes and rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on your table. Privilege is the ability to go march against, and protest against anything that triggers you, without worry about calling out of work and the consequences that accompany such behavior. Privilege is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and be able to send them off to daycare or school you don’t pay for. Privilege is sending your kids to school early for the before school programs and breakfast, and then keeping them there for the after school program, all at no cost to you paid for by the people who DO HAVE TO DEAL WITH RISING TAXES AND COSTS! you know, us so called ‘PRIVILEGED’ the ones who pay while you TAKE TAKE TAKE!

As some attempt to destroy our historical memorials and statues, they do not seem to understand that we must learn from our story in order to avoid repeating it.

White privilege has morphed into “white supremacy.” That is the term used to reference President Trump’s July 4th (actually on July 3rd) celebration in the Black Hills. The Lakota tribe claims that the land belongs to them and not to the United Stated.

Let’s check with the impartial (tongue-in-cheek) historical source to authenticate the information. There we read “The Arikara arrived by AD 1500, followed by the Cheyenne, Crow, Kiowa and Pawnee. The Lakota (also known as Sioux) arrived from Minnesota in the 18th century and drove out the other tribes, who moved west.”

It appears that the Lakota-Sioux were not the original owners and, in fact, drove out other Native Americans who had forced out other tribes. One must also consider if the Arikara were residents there prior to 1500 AD or if they, too, were conquerors.

Wikipedia does not document their history other than to note that they were semi-nomadic people. If they did not displace any other humans, should they not be judged to the changes they caused to the environment? The killing of buffalo? The destruction of vegetation to cultivate their crops? Whose land did they occupy?

Yes, as we go back to determine who has more or longer-lasting rights, the arguments become illogical.

While we gather to celebrate the UNITED States of America, we see only division, angst, and hatred.

Many days I wish that those who hate this country and its history so much would just leave—as they often threaten but never seem to be able to fulfill their own promises.

Many still stand for the flag and OUR national anthem and kneel at the foot of the Cross. God, please heal our land and re-unite our citizens—the ones who love you and this nation.

In this post, I wrote about how Republicans won 2 special elections to fill empty congressional seats. Mike Garcia flipped the empty seat in California while Tom Tiffany held Sean Duffy’s seat in Wisconsin. This morning, I’m writing about something should scare the daylights out of Democrats. I’m writing about the city council races in Staunton, Virginia.

It isn’t just that Republicans swept the races. It’s the fashion in which they won that should frighten Democrats. According to the article, “The last Staunton election for all four members was in 2016 in which fewer than 7,000 votes were cast.” That was then. This is now:

More than 17,000 votes were cast in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats.

That’s just the start of it. This isn’t what people were expecting:

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout “more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls,” according to Graham.

DC Republicans are worried about a blue sweep this November. It’s undisputed that there will be some tough fights to maintain control of the Senate and take away Pelosi’s Speaker Gavel, though I’m not quite as worried about Joe Biden’s vice president running the nation. While the polls show one thing, the vote totals say another thing. The question I’d ask the DC GOP geniuses is this: does anyone think that Gov. Whitmer’s executive actions and Gov. Wolf’s corruption in Pennsylvania will cause GOP turnout to increase or increase by orders of magnitude?

Waves happen when people are upset, not when they’re happy. While it still remains to be seen how deep the frustration goes, it’s clear that the frustration is with the Democrat governors, not with President Trump. Truckers are rallying in front of the White House:

These protesters aren’t rallying in Gov. Whitmer’s favor:

This video is brief but powerful:

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these events aren’t working in the Democrats’ favor. These people aren’t mad as hell. They’re downright pissed and they aren’t taking it anymore. Whenever Democrats retake control, they overstep their mandate by orders of magnitude. It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east. This video is inspiring and infuriating:

Watch the entire thing. It’s worth it. PS- There weren’t any undecideds at that protest/rally. I don’t have as much data as I’d like but the trend is clearly in one direction. HINT: it isn’t pointing in the direction of a blue wave.

Anyone who doesn’t think that we’re living in transformative times hasn’t read this post on Glenn Reynolds’ Instapundit blog. If you’re depressed after a difficult day, read this post. If the coronavirus has you feeling the blues, read this post. After it revives you, which it will, pay it forward. Here’s just a little portion of the post:

Restaurants and schools have said, “we’ve got kitchens and staff; we can feed the poor kids who used have school lunch.”
NBA basketball players have said, “Hold our basketballs while we write checks to pay the arena staff.”
Construction companies are saying, “Here are some high-end masks for medical staff and doctors”.
Distilleries are making sanitizer out of distilling “heads and tails” which are normally discarded. Nasty shit to drink, but effective sanitizer.
People are tipping grocery check-out clerks and thanking them for taking the risk.
Local, state, and county governments are taking control of everything the feds cannot do. Some are doing it wrong, but for the first time in decades … they’re doing it. Federalism is re-emerging, and the smallest unit of government is the individual and the family. This, too, is re-emerging after decades of dormancy.

Have we defeated COVID-19? Nope. Am I confident we will? Yup. Should we still listen to Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx? If you know what’s wise, we will.

Back when I worked at Fingerhut, a friend of mine had a great sign in his office. It read “The difficult, we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.” Exactly right. We’re Americans. We won the ‘War to end All Wars.’ Then we won the war after that. We conquered the moon. We built the interstate highway system. Before that, we built the Transcontinental Railroad without GPS. I’m not certain that they had maps back then.

This is part of what I call the American DNA. It starts with my friend’s sign in his office. If we can dream it, we can build it. If we can build it, we can perfect it. President Obama didn’t understand the underlying principle behind American exceptionalism. President Trump does. He came from the generation that was taught by the greatest generation. Thank God for that minor miracle.

If you didn’t watch tonight’s Almanac Roundtable discussion, you’re in luck. I watched it so you didn’t have to. Predictably, impeachment was the main topic discussed by former DFL State Senator Ember Reichgott-Junge and former GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate Annette Meeks. My first impression of the discussion is that it’s painful to watch Ember Reichgott-Junge mix the Democrats’ political talking points with the Constitution.

At one point in the discussion, Junge trotted out the latest Democrat talking point. Junge said that “It isn’t just President Trump that is on trial. The US Senate is on trial, too.” She then posed a hypothetical question, saying “What happens if new information comes out 6 months from now?” Here’s what I’d say had I been debating her Friday night:

Ember, you’ve got it backwards. It isn’t the US Senate that’s on trial. It’s the US House that’s on trial. Specifically, it’s Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schiff and Chairman Nadler that are on trial. They’re the people who were tasked with the responsibility of conducting a thorough impeachment investigation. If this was truly about patriotism, Speaker Pelosi would have stopped the investigation once she learned that Chairman Schiff’s committee didn’t unearth proof that President Trump committed high crimes or misdemeanors.

She didn’t stop the investigation because she wanted to use impeachment as a partisan weapon. Democrats have wanted to impeach President Trump since the morning after he won the election. This wasn’t an investigation. It was a search-and-destroy mission. That isn’t about finding the truth. That’s about crippling the President of the United States for purely partisan purposes.

Democrats who voted for impeachment aren’t as guilty as Pelosi, Nadler and Schiff but they’re guilty, too. They’re guilty of impeaching a president who didn’t commit a crime. House Democrats voted to impeach a president without investigators identifying a single piece of direct proof that verifies the crime President Trump committed.

Prof. Jonathan Turley’s ‘indictment’ of the House Democrats still stings. In his testimony, Prof. Turley said “If you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You’re doing precisely what you’re criticizing the president for doing.”

Honestly, it’s exceptionally dishonest to blame the US Senate for US House Democrats not finishing their investigation. The Constitution states that the House of Representatives has the sole responsibility for impeachment. If House Democrats don’t properly finish their investigation, then that’s their fault. Honest historians won’t criticize the US Senate for conducting a sloppy impeachment investigation.

Senate Democrats better think this through thoroughly. If Senate Democrats want to call witnesses, they’d best be prepared to get buried with fact witnesses by the defense attorneys. That means the trial lasts until well after Super Tuesday. By then, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will have been forced to suspend their campaigns.

By the time an extended trial ends, President Trump will be well on his way to winning re-election, Republicans will be well on their way to regaining their House majority and well on their way to solidifying their majority in the Senate. That’s the Democrats’ worst nightmare.

This morning, Democrats got news that ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed. Rumors of al-Baghdadi’s demise started leaking out around midnight last night. One of the first Democrats to get the news was Eric Swalwell, who told Chris Wallace “I was told right before I came on.”

Speaker Pelosi was upset, saying “The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance, and on the Administration’s overall strategy in the region. Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington.” Instead of being just praising the military’s performance, Pelosi’s statement spent too much complaining. The Russians were alerted because the strike force flew through airspace controlled jointly by Turkey and Russia. During his news conference, President Trump told reporters that the Kurds, Syrians, Turks and Russians were told that US helicopter gunships would be flying through their regions but weren’t told why they flew through.

When President Trump announced that he was pulling troops out of Syria, he took tons of criticism, including from some Republicans. Now, he’s getting praised profusely by Republicans. Pelosi wasn’t the only Democrat whining. Adam Schiff, the House Democrats’ Impeachment Chairman, couldn’t stop whining either. According to this article, Schiff said “The idea that we would pull our forces away from this vital ally, the Kurds…and now we’re sending our troops back in to protect oil?. So we’ll betray an ally, but we’ll go back in to protect the oil? That sickens me.”

The US military just killed the world’s most-wanted terrorist and Schiff is whining about a detail? Where’s the patriotism? I haven’t seen it from the Democrats. The Democrats’ statements have been, putting it charitably, qualified. This is how a patriot makes a statement:

I applaud President Trump’s announcement that U.S. special forces have eliminated ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The world’s most wanted man has been brought to justice. The world is a safer place today.

This victory for the U.S. and our many counterterrorism partners is a significant step for the campaign against ISIS, for the future of the Middle East, and for the safety of the American people and free people around the world.

A victory like this is only possible because of the expertise, skill, and courage of those who work to keep the United States safe. I am grateful for the intelligence professionals who laid the groundwork for this raid, for the brave American servicemembers who risked everything to carry it out, and to President Trump and his team for their leadership.

While we welcome the fact that al-Baghdadi has been brought to justice, we know we cannot underestimate the resilience of terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda. The important counterterrorism work of the United States, our international coalition partners, and local forces will not end with this significant victory. To the contrary, history shows us how vital it is to keep building on this victory and continue our work to set the conditions for the enduring defeat of ISIS, al Qaeda, and other terrorists in Syria, in Afghanistan, and around the world.

That’s Mitch McConnell’s statement. That’s the right pitch, the right attitude. Vice President Pence provides the best explanation of the raid in this interview:

Pence quickly dispatched the impeachment questions before quickly pivoting to killing al-Baghdadi and praising the professionalism of our special operators. Today is a day to praise our military and its commander-in-chief. Politics can wait until another day.

Lebron James is a financially wealthy person. He’s also morally bankrupt. Yesterday, ‘King James’ criticized Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, saying “Yes, we do have freedom of speech. But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself. So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, it can be a lot of negative that comes with it.”

During last night’s protests in Hong Kong, protesters expressed their disgust with King James. For instance, “James Lo, a web designer who runs a Hong Kong basketball fan page on Facebook,” said that “he’s already received a video from a protester that showed him burning a No. 23 jersey bearing James’ name.”

He expects more, given the backlash from protesters who’ve been regularly hitting the streets of Hong Kong and battling police because of concerns that the international business hub is slowly losing its freedoms, which are unique in China.

“Students, they come out like every weekend. They’ve got tear gassed and then they got gun-shot, like every weekend. Police beating students and then innocent people, like every day. And then he (James) just comes up with something (like) that. We just can’t accept that.”

Lebron James is a portrait in corporate cowardice. It isn’t a surprise that he left Cleveland, his hometown, twice. He doesn’t fit in there. That’s why he’s spent most of his NBA career in Miami and Los Angeles. Check out this interview:

Actually, Daryl Morey got it right with his tweet. James got it terribly wrong with his interview. What a spineless America-hater James is. Whatever he is, Daryl Morey has played the role of American hero in this incident. Whatever his talent is on the court, Lebron James is the opposite of a patriot. In my estimation, Lebron’s a punk.

Finally, the NBA deserves nothing except empty arenas and choruses of boos this entire season. If NBA luminaries like Lebron James, Steve Kerr and Greg Popovich can’t defend the nation that’s made them spectacularly wealthy, then they’re worthless.

On Saturday, Universal Pictures announced that they were cancelling the release of ‘The Hunt’. The announcement is being treated as a huge victory for conservatives. It isn’t. It’s little more than a temporary appeasement.

In their announcement, the Universal spokesperson said “the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film … we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.” That’s the most wishy-washy statement I’ve ever heard. It’s downright disgusting, to be honest.

There isn’t a good time to make that film. It’s everything that’s wrong with the anarchist left. I see this as nothing more than treating a symptom. The underlying disease is kept intact. Hollywood still thinks of Trump supporters as Deplorables. Democrats criticize President Trump for his incendiary rhetoric. How isn’t this 100 times worse?

Democrats, especially the Antifa Wing of their party, hate deplorables. It’s been impossible for elitists to hide their contempt for conservatives. What is Hollywood doing to fix their underlying contempt for conservatism? What is Hollywood doing to fix our chaotic southern border? Hollywood hasn’t shown any interest in stopping the sex trafficking that’s running rampant these days.

These are things that Trump’s supporters care deeply about. While President Trump calls for unity, Democrats have praised division and hatred. To be American, we need shared priorities, shared interest in being virtuous and a belief that, while working together, there’s nothing that Americans can’t do.

People from other parts of the world are welcome here as long as they come by our rules. Bum-rushing an overwhelmed border, then applying for asylum, isn’t how we create a society that helps each other, pulls for each other and builds great things together.

The Hunt has been cancelled but fixing Hollywood is still part of America’s to-do list. Hollywood’s ‘Hate America First’ mentality must stop ASAP. Tolerating the left’s hate-filled attacks is unacceptable.