Are the Republicans trying to lose the mid terms?
Here’s why that is possible.
Are the Republicans trying to lose the mid terms?
Here’s why that is possible.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating a $150,000 donation from a Ukrainian businessman to President Donald Trump’s charity in 2015, according to a new report.
The donation from steel magnate Victor Pinchuk pales in comparison to contributions he gave to the charity set up by Bill and Hillary Clinton. The billionaire has contributed $13 million to the Clinton Foundation since 2006 and had access to Hillary Clinton while she served as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.
Mueller, who is not investigating the Clintons, is conducting a broad investigation of Trump, including the flow of foreign money into various Trump-controlled entities.
Mueller began investigating the Pinchuk donation after receiving documents in response to a subpoena issued to the Trump Organization—the real estate company Trump ran before entering politics.
In September 2015, Trump appeared via video link at a conference Pinchuk hosted in Kyiv. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, negotiated details of the event with Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen, a former consultant for Bill Clinton, according to The New York Times.
Trump did not initially request payment for the appearance, but Cohen contacted Schoen at one point to request a $150,000 honorarium, the Times reported.
In a seemingly unrelated matter, the FBI raided Cohen’s Manhattan office and residence Monday. The search reportedly was conducted for records related to Cohen’s payments to Stormy Daniels, a pornographic movie star who says she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006.
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation issued a statement to the Times, downplaying the donation to Trump. The charity reached out to Trump and other world leaders to “promote strengthened and enduring ties between Ukraine and the West,” it said.
Contact with Trump came at a time when “it was by no means assured that Mr. Trump would be the Republican nominee in 2016,” the foundation pointed out.
Pinchuk appears to have had a much closer relationship to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
In June 2012, the billionaire attended a dinner at the Clintons’ residence. And through Schoen, Pinchuk lobbied the State Department in 2011 and 2013.
Documents filed with the Justice Department show Schoen and Pinchuk met on several occasions in 2012 with Melanne Verveer, a close Clinton associate who then served as an ambassador at large for global women’s issues.
Bill Clinton attended Pinchuk’s annual Yalta conference, The New York Times reported on Feb. 13, 2014. Pinchuk also attended the former president’s 65th birthday party in Los Angeles.
The FBI reportedly investigated the Clinton Foundation over its foreign donations. The status of that investigation is unclear.
Chuck Ross is a reporter for The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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The Mueller witch hunt against Mr. Trump is nothing less than an attack on the election process. We are calling out the Republicans to take action.
Avengers’ director Joss Whedon suffers from the all-too-common mental disorder known popularly as Trump Derangement Syndrome. The condition is not yet part of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but it’s symptoms are depressingly evident.
But Whedon acts as a sort of poster boy for both the disorder, and the attendant philosophic descent of modern liberalism.
Whedon, who comes from a family of wealth, grew up in Manhattan and went to high school at an elite all-boys school in England. He attended Connecticut’s pricey, private liberal arts school, Wesleyan University. He’s lived and swam in Hollywood circles for decades. Whedon is not only a successful Hollywood producer and director — including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse and The Cabin in the Woods — he is wildly rich with a net worth estimated at $100 million.
He has had a full inculcation in modern liberalism, the kind that can make him rail against average Americans who oppose the dangers and wage suppression of illegal immigration while he lives securely in a gated mansion with no competition from those immigrants; the kind that can make him rail against guns, while his personal security is maintained by men with guns.
So as spring follows winter, he has imbibed heavily of irrational Trump hatred sauce since November 2016. No hyperbole is too great for the smallest of perceived infractions. No amount of good news on the economy or world stage is not met with even more frothing Trump hatred. It’s the heart of the disorder, and an almost logical plunge for those who think there are 72 genders.
His latest dive into the dark pool of jaw-dropping Trump hatred also sadly represents Big Liberalism, a philosophy in full breakdown in its own right. It’s unknown what tripped Whedon’s emotional trigger this time — it really doesn’t take anything — but he tweeted this a few days ago:
“Donald trump is killing this country. Some of it quickly, some slowly, but he spoils and destroys everything he touches. He emboldens monsters, wielding guns, governmental power, or just smug doublespeak. Or Russia. My hate and sadness are exhausting. Die, Don. Just quietly die.”
— Joss Whedon (@joss) April 4, 2018
Let’s break down the rant, because it is so instructive — not just of Whedon, but of all those suffering this same descent into madness.
Joss Whedon does not give one example of Trump “killing this country,” because there isn’t one. GDP is up, unemployment is down, deregulation is in gear, taxes have been cut, the military is slowly being rebuilt and so on. First sentence, demonstrably irrational. But to Whedon and others suffering, it’s just obviously true!
On the second sentence, charging that Trump spoils and destroys everything he touches, again he gives no evidence. Nothing.
The charge that Trump “emboldens monsters” is just provably false. Which monsters exactly has he emboldened? ISIS? ISIS has been largely eradicated as a land-holding terrorist organization since Trump’s election. Putin? Putin undoubtedly does not see it that way with sanctions, attacks on Putin allies and strengthening defenses against Putin’s expansionist desires. North Korea? Obviously the opposite is true with the North moving towards talks and pulling back some. Iran? Again, Trump is aiding the opposition trying to contain the terrorist state. What’s ironic is that the president who demonstrably emboldened all of these monsters was Obama. Each one became much stronger during Obama’s presidency.
The charge that Trump…“wielding guns, governmental power, or just smug doublespeak. Or Russia.” This is just where the frothing starts. Wielding guns? Who knows. Governmental power. Trump has been deregulating. That is kind of the opposite. And liberalism feasts on government power in the first place, so how would that even be a negative? Smug doublespeak? Or Russia? What now? Whedon, like so many others, is just sputtering nonsense repeated daily as though everyone knows. But there are no clothes on this king.
The fatefully critical part is the last sentence.
My hate and sadness are exhausting. Die, Don. Just quietly die.
Honesty. Finally. He hates Trump. He loathes to the point of wanting him dead. This is probably his most accurate portion.
Liberals hate Trump in a fashion that is wholly divorced from reality. Because by almost all actions and policies, he’s been an average to above-average conservative president. He simply has a unique and at times grating personality. Much of conservatism found that to be true of Obama, just in a different way. Note please, there was no such insanity then.
Then, wishing the president to die. This reveals the disorder in full bloom. Whedon is obviously not a dumb man. But when you publicly wish death to the President of the United States to your 226,000 Twitter followers, you’ve just begged for trouble.
But Whedon’s tweet includes many of the things that Big Liberalism tells itself and its devotees every day. They all believe it so blindly, with such religious-like fervor, they can just say, Guns! Russia! Monsters! And everyone nods their head in delusional agreement.
In an interesting and what appeared to be a contrarian sign, Joss Whedon appeared to be locked out of his account by Twitter, which generally only does this sort of thing to conservatives. Alas, however, it turns out it was just long enough for him to take down the tweet, then he was back in business.
But his grievance over it was real. He tweeted:
“Well I was put in twitter suspension but luckily there was also a jock, a weird girl, a socialite and a rebel and it turns out we’re all the same or something (?) anyway they all hooked up and I had to write this tweet so I’m not sure, trump still killing the country tho lol”
— Joss Whedon (@joss) April 6, 2018
This is the sort of thing someone unstable tweets. Whedon nicely exemplifies Big Liberalism: lots of money, lots of privilege, lots of arrogance, lots of hypocrisy, lots of insulation from Americans…growing mental instability.
Here’s the thing that many Americans will soon have to wrestle with (although probably not those suffering from the syndrome); despite all of these wild-eyed, bomb-throwing, the-end-is-nigh! proclamations, none of their prophecies of doom have come true.
There’s just not one iota of evidence to suggest Trump has done or will do any of the things these people claim he has already done. They don’t provide evidence for an obvious reason. Just wild denunciations. It’s easily arguable the country is better off at this point under Trump in every measurable way.
But Joss Whedon is Hollywood, and the media, and pop music stars and the broader Trump-deranged Big Liberalism culture that feeds off rabid hatred of the President that is beyond all reason. Eventually, either reality is going to create a crisis point for Whedon and the rest of Big Liberalism, or they will continue saying killing babies is a choice, and men can be girls if they feel like it and Trump is destroying the country. That will create a different crises.
After I ran a U.S. Senate campaign and assisted in two Gubernatorial and two Congressional campaigns, U.S. Senate Candidate A. Lateresa Jones (R) asked for my help.
I agreed and met with her, her Campaign Manager, her Political Director and her bodyguard in Pensacola.
After the meet and greet I went home and conducted my due diligence here is what I found out:
The integrity of the political process will be adhered to in order to protect the U.S. Constitution and the Republican Party.
I helped dismantle and expose Charlie Crist – assisting in his removal from the GOP and others – I look forward to continue the process of draining the swamp – God Bless America.
EDITORS NOTE: The author of this column Geoff Ross is a Senior Chief US Navy (Retired) and is a Republican Candidate for County Commissioner in District 1. – Santa Rosa County, Florida in 2020. The featured image of U.S. Senate Candidate Lateresa Jones (R) is courtesy of Lateresa Jones.
By Jay O’ Callaghan
As former President Obama once told a group of House Republicans after his election, “Elections have consequences… and at the end of the day, I won. So, I think on that one I trump you.” That mainly describes the situation as the Census Bureau prepares the final list of questions for the 2020 census which must be sent to Congress for its approval.
The result has been the elimination of the Obama Census Bureau’s recommendations for two new complicated artificial questions for racial categories based on geography – Middle Eastern North African (MENA) and ethnicity – Hispanic-Latino, as well as a complex new sex question for those identifying themselves as LGBT persons.
The Trump administration, even, without a director at the helm of the Bureau, has proposed so far, a simpler more common sense set of questions similar to previous censuses with a few refinements. The Justice Department has proposed only one new major question for the main 2020 census form asking about citizenship. This question was recently approved by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
The dilemma faced by those who are trying to improve what they believe is an Hispanic undercount (in the questions used for the last forty years) is described by Jomaira Salas Pujols, a sociology Ph.D. student at Rutgers University and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellow recently in the Huffington Post.
Since 1970 “the U.S. Census Bureau has had two questions about race and ethnicity on the main form which is filled out by everyone. The two-question format first asks respondents to identify if they are “Hispanic or Latino,” and then prompts them to select their race: “American Indian and Alaska Native,” “Asian,” “Black or African American,” “Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander,” “White,” or “some other race.”
Pujols points out that “many scholars and other experts had hoped that in the 2020 census, the bureau would change the format to one question by eliminating the ethnicity category and making “Hispanic/Latino” a new racial category. The advantage of this change, experts argued, would be to decrease the number of Latinos who select “some other race,” therefore capturing more accurate data about Latinos as a group.”
Pujols concedes that “there are good reasons to keep the two-part format, especially if Latinos like my father (who is Black and Latino) can be convinced to answer the question in a way that rejects internalized anti-blackness, and reflects their experiences as black Latinos. Latino is not a race, it is an ethnicity. Ethnicity describes a person’s culture, language, heritage and geography. Race, on the other hand, is about how others see us.”
In response to the concerns of scholars like Pujols, the Bureau will ask those who chose the “Black” racial category on their census forms to submit more information about their origins in 2020. They will be asked to add if they are also African-American, Nigerian, Ethiopian, etc. According to NPR, “the Census Bureau has reportedly attempting to respond to calls for more detailed disaggregated data for our diverse American experiences”.
The new suggested format also links specific origins under other race choices. For example, under the “White” choice, they can choose sample ancestries such as German, Irish, English, Italian, Lebanese and Egyptian. This will permit better choices for those from Middle Eastern countries. Respondents will also be allowed to mark one or more choices.
Samer Khalaf, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, expressed concern that the MENA racial category was not adopted by the Bureau because it might reduce government funding as well as the political power of Arab Americans. The ancestry question will still be asked on the American Community Survey, which will provide similar data on Arab Americans as it has in the past. As indicated above, the “White” category will be changed to provide data on Americans from Middle Eastern countries.
“For example, the social service organisation is providing social care to the Arab-American community and [finds] it hard to find funding. [It has] no way of giving that government entity how many Arab Americans they will be servicing.” He is also pointed out that “every ten years, each state divides up which areas congressmen are going to represent. They look at racial numbers and ethnic numbers. By stating that Arabs are white and not distinct on their own, this causes great disparities in statistics”
Even Khalad admits that there was a split with some Arab Americans considering themselves white while others do not. “There is also the big question of whether we are an ethnicity or a race. I don’t consider myself from the white race even though my skin tone is light,” he said. “There is a consolation prize in that we can identify ourselves as ‘Egyptian’ or ‘Lebanese’ but this is still not going to be very accurate.” Also, some Arab Americans said they were worried about the MENA category because it could help the government surveil their community.
A recent controversy about an Asian Data Disaggregation bill in Massachusetts raises questions about whether Asian-Americans support dividing Americans into ethnic subgroups. The bill requires all state agencies and entities created by the state identify Asian-Americans, and only Asian-Americans, based on their national origin or ancestry.
The Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight voted on Feb. 7 to postpone consideration of the bill and instead “establish a special commission to study the feasibility and impact of directing state agencies to collect disaggregated demographic data for all ethnic and racial groups, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The commission would submit its recommendations by December 31.”
George Shen, a naturalized American citizen from China and an associate partner at IBM in Cambridge, opposes the commission pointing out in an article in The Patriot-Ledger that “the state government’s attempt to divide ethnic groups based on national origin is counterproductive and even detrimental to the fight against deep-rooted racism. Our country has a shameful history of discrimination and xenophobia, from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the Japanese American internment during World War II, and even today, the hidden Asian quota in many top American colleges and universities which reminds us of the Jewish quota in 1920s.”
Shen adds that “it’s not surprising that since the bill was introduced, racial tensions, anxieties, angers and resentments have been running high in many communities. There were half a dozen protests and demonstrations held in the last six months by concerned constituents and an overwhelming number of emails and calls to their representatives. Quite contrary to the original goals … the bill created a deep division and animosities between different ethnic minority groups.”
He quoted President Theodore Roosevelt’s forgotten warning that, “the one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”
Shen concluded that “we must stop subdividing and segregating people. With a common set of values, principles, beliefs, and ideals, and a culture which sets us apart from the rest of the world, we shall call ourselves Americans and focus on our shared destiny and shared citizenship. The Legislature must say no to the rise of identity politics, tribalism, favoritism based on race and ethnicity, to ‘a tangle of squabbling nationalities’ and to the divisive and harmful ethnic profiling based on national origin once and for all.”
ABOUT JAY O’CALLAGHAN
Jay O’Callaghan has worked extensively with issues involving the U.S. Census Bureau including serving as a professional staff member for the House Government Reform Census Subcommittee, as a senior legislative analyst for the Florida House of Representatives Redistricting Committee and for two U.S. House members. He is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis, of the Conservative-Online-Journalism center at the Washington-based Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research.
What do you get when one side will not accept the results of a free election?
Not content to let the gun control and hardcore anti-Donald Trump communities’ hateful rhetoric be relegated to the internet, print media, television, and protests, prominent Texas Moms Demand Action President Kellye Burke decided she would take direct action against her political adversaries – by allegedly berating some teenage girls in a bakery. Burke is also a city council member in West University Park Place, Texas.
According to a report from Houston’s KPRC, a group of teenage girls were waiting in line at Tiny’s Milk and Cookies to buy some baked goods for their church when Burke happened upon them. Apparently disturbed that one of the teens had decided to exercise her First Amendment right by wearing a “Trump: Make America Great Again” shirt, Burke allegedly began to shout an expletive for a part of the female anatomy at the young girls.
The father of one of the girls told KPRC that the group initially ignored Burke’s aberrant conduct. However, Burke allegedly continued to harass the girls, reportedly shaking her fist and mockingly shouting “MAGA! MAGA! MAGA!”
Demonstrating a level of maturity not present in the council member, the girls reportedly left the bakery without engaging Burke. According to the father, “They were absolutely scared. My little girl essentially wanted to know if this woman was going to hurt her.”
The bizarre encounter was captured on video, which allowed Burke to be identified.
Due to Burke’s position as a city council member, the case is being handled by the Harris County Constable’s Office, who, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, cited Burke for disorderly conduct on Thursday.
The mother of one of Burke’s alleged victims didn’t appreciate Burke’s sardonic response, stating, “Clearly her ‘apology’ was an attempt to placate very angry parents as opposed to a genuine apology.” Offering Burke some friendly advice, the mother went on to note, “if a t-shirt triggers such strong emotions, one should seek therapy.”
Burke first came to the attention of the gun rights community when she offered false testimony to the Texas Senate’s Committee on State Affairs during a February 12, 2015 hearing on campus Right-to-Carry legislation. Representing Moms Demand Action, Burke told the committee,
We do not know about how, quote responsible [concealed handgun license] holders are because that dataset is not available and is completely locked down. Any statements about how quote responsible and law-abiding CHL’s are is completely anecdotal and therefore conjecture.
In fact, the Texas Department of Public Safety makes detailed statistics concerning conviction rates among CHL holders available to the public, as well as a variety of demographic data that includes CHL revocations.
Burke’s erroneous testimony failed to sway the committee. The State Affairs Committee approved the legislation by a vote of 7 to 2 and campus Right-to-Carry became law on June 13, 2015.
According to an interview with the radical left-wing publication Mother Jones, Burke was driven to support gun control by what she called the “sickness and the callousness” of NRA. Most Americans, and probably an even larger portion of Texans, do not share Burke’s view. A March 2018 Reuter/Ipsos poll found that a majority of Americans hold a favorable view of NRA. The same cannot be said for Moms Demand Action’s preferred presidential candidate.
Look for the top-down Michael Bloomberg gun control machine to distance itself from Burke following her alleged attempt to dictate the attire and political beliefs of those around her. Then again, why should they? Controlling the legitimate behavior of others is what gun control is all about.
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Diplomacy is often considered the most Genteel and cultured of governmental pursuits. And that can work many times, when done right. But it can also fail miserably, as Winston Churchill clearly understood watching the ever-so-Genteel Neville Chamberlain botch what could have preempted World War II. And it has been failing America over multiple presidential administrations.
Donald Trump is no Winston Churchill in eloquence or knowledge of history or philosophies or alcohol intake, but he has Churchill’s fiery love of country and willingness to speak bluntly outside the nicety circles while carrying a big stick to defend that beloved country. Refreshing and effective.
At the time of his inauguration, Trump inherited at least half a dozen perennial crises that had been allowed to fester through ignorance, incompetence or indifference. He did not have Henry Kissinger skills, but he also was not a John Kerry bungler. He wasn’t a new world order Bushian and he wasn’t an America-meh-whatever Obamaian. In fact, he was a wholly different kind of modern American president, a throwback to Reagan but perhaps much further. And let’s be frank, his developer-TV reality star skill set was unknown in the history of the White House.
But it appears that his blunt pro-Americanism is just what was needed by January 2017. Here are five international crises where it appears that after 14 months with Trump in office, are either promising or measurably better — from America’s point of view.
International relations and events are always fluid. It’s difficult to predict the future with any certainty. But it’s clear that Trump’s blunt, pro-Americanism style of diplomacy is having a positive impact on the world and certainly on American prospects. It may not be what will always be needed. But it is what has been needed at least in these six areas.
The Pence family is an amazing portrait of wisdom and grace under unrelenting, ugly attacks by leftist activists.
Vice President Mike Pence has been assailed repeatedly for his traditional Christian faith, from believing in God’s involvement in people’s lives to not accepting homosexuality as an equivalent lifestyle worthy of extra protections that heterosexuals do not enjoy. He’s been attacked for the private wedding of his Marine son in October being held at a public park in Indiana and inconveniencing people. Even his high moral standard of not being alone with a woman to prevent temptation to sexual infidelity or even give the appearance of it was roundly mocked — until the #MeToo movement erupted. Then that mockery fell silent.
Through all this hideous behavior by leftists and Democrats, Pence and his family have remained cheerful, loving and wise. And it shows in their children.
Because now comes Charlotte Pence, his daughter, who is proving to be a chip off the ol’ block.
Charlotte wrote a non-political children’s story about the family bunny titled “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.” She is donating the proceeds to charities fighting human trafficking and supporting art therapy. It’s just a fun children’s story and was illustrated by her mother, Karen Pence, who it turns out is quite a gifted artist.
But Pence disdain on the left, driven by the gay militant machine that brooks no opposition, could not allow his daughter to just write a lovely, non-political children’s book.
John Oliver, one of several late-night-style talkers who have transformed their platforms into Democrat attack dog kennels, is mocking Charlotte’s book and vilifying her father personally at the same time. So, you know, all class.
Oliver released a copycat book called A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo that makes a pair of rabbits gay as the main characters and, naturally, rants against Pence hating gay people (he doesn’t, by the way). Mocking, virtue signalling, ranting, attacking. The left just doesn’t have much else right now. Even this book. It is ironic, in that rabbits are best known for their reproductive acumen and two males ain’t reproducing anything — except snarkiness.
Oliver’s fans thought he had gone too far however and…haha, I’m joking! No, they went even further. Just applauding the snarker for attacking a politician’s child’s innocent children’s book was not enough. Nor could they just buy his book. No, his fans followed in troll fashion and spammed Charlotte’s Amazon page with one-star reviews. Because, well, that’s the sort of thing that rotten people do.
Fortunately, Charlotte is long acquainted with the hate emanating from the left for people who disagree with them. It is brutal, personal and ugly. (I know this personally.) She handled it all with the kind of grace the troll leaders like Oliver and his minions truly cannot imagine.
She thought his book was great and she lauded him for sending the money to charities, just as she is doing. “I’m fine with it!”
She comes by this affable, generous attitude because of how she was raised.
Charlotte once relayed her dad’s advice to her when protesters (it’s just what liberals do) would be outside their residence chanting things about her dad she knew to be untrue.
Mike Pence simply and beautifully told his daughter: “Charlotte, that’s what freedom looks like.”
As ugly and hurtful as the protest lies were, she realized that protests being allowed against a powerful man meant we still have a great and free country, filled with individual liberties.
The Pences are quite a compare and contrast moment with what else is going on.
In February 2017, at his first National Prayer Breakfast address after taking office, President Donald Trump vowed “to get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.”
The Johnson Amendment is a provision in the U.S. tax code, since 1954, which reads:
(3) Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
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There’s a new book out by Hillary Clinton’s former communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, suggesting that sexism by American voters – not Clinton’s email scandal – was the key factor responsible for Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Palmieri writes in her book – titled “Dear Madam President” – that Clinton couldn’t get out of the email “box” because American voters couldn’t get past their “unease” about a woman seeking power.
In fact, Palmieri goes on to suggest that the Clinton email issue was both trivial and irrelevant – notwithstanding the fact that a Reuters poll just six weeks before the election showed a significant 46 percent of Americans were “very concerned” about that very issue.
In her book, subtitled “An Open Letter To The Women Who Will Run the World” Palmieri writes:
“One thing our campaign was never able to move beyond was the vexing issue of Hillary’s emails … I think it was the unease people felt about Hillary’s motivation as a woman seeking power that made it impossible for us to very fully put this matter to bed. I have weathered a lot of political crises, but never encountered one quite like this. It was a box we could never get out of.” (Emphasis added).
Hillary Clinton’s problem was that many Americans didn’t trust her because she was caught telling untruths – repeatedly – about her email system.
Given Clinton’s recent comments that Trump voters were backwards and women voters were manipulated by men, it is no surprise to see a Clinton adviser attacking American voters rather than suggesting that voters fairly evaluated Clinton based upon her conduct.
Clinton’s problem was that many Americans didn’t trust her because she was caught telling untruths – repeatedly – about her email system. She first told us it was simply a matter of convenience to use her unsecure, non-government email system. That wasn’t true.
Clinton next told us there was no classified information on the email system. That wasn’t true.
Then the Democratic presidential candidate told us she turned over all the government emails that she had. That absolutely was not true.
And the kicker was Clinton’s attempted deletion of over half the emails she supposedly took with her when she left the State Department – 33,000 in total.
On top of that, there is the pay-to-play scandal that Judicial Watch uncovered in August of 2016 that raised further legal issues about Clinton’s conduct as secretary of state.
Palmieri’s suggestion that sexism made it impossible for Clinton to explain her way out of the email scandal insults all voters. The real concern – among male and female voters alike – was about putting someone into high office who had such utter contempt for the rule of law.
Recall that Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination back in 2008 thanks in part to his argument that Bill and Hillary Clinton’s record of corruption would be an albatross during the general election.
Just a few months ago, we disclosed the classified emails from the Clinton email server found on the laptop of Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s scandal-ridden husband, disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. It was one more instance of misconduct in a serial violation of national security laws that would have gotten anyone else arrested.
This “trivial and irrelevant” email scandal resulted in a FBI investigation into whether Clinton was in violation of criminal laws concerning the handling of classified information. She escaped prosecution because of the political intervention of the Obama White House, FBI and Justice Department leadership.
Palmieri’s book shows that Clinton wasn’t the only person on her campaign oblivious to the way people perceived her misconduct. While Palmieri does a poor job of explaining the Clinton email scandal, she does a good job of showing how Clinton’s aides enabled her misbehavior.
President Donald J. Trump on January 20th, 2017 during his inaugural address said:
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
How can power be transferred from Washington, D.C. and returned to the people?
Our friend and contributor Bill Finley gives each and every American the way to taking back America. In the below video titled “Battle Stations America” Bill lays out the way.
On February 19, 2009, when Rick Santelli, a commentator on the business-news network CNBC, referenced the Boston Tea Party (1773) in his response to former President Barack Obama’s mortgage relief plan. This lead to the creation of the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party.
Nine years later we see the launching of another grassroots movement Ultimate Success America (USA). While the TEA Party was politically based with a focus on the U.S. Constitution and bringing America back to its Founding Fathers vision of government of and by the people, this new movement is based on a higher calling. According to its website Ultimate Success America describes itself as:
[A] Grass Roots Organization of Like Minded Patriotic C4 (Christian, Conservative, Compassionate, Capitalist) Believers.
USA’s founder is Brit Hart a former U.S. Marine and successful American businessman. USA notes:
This last election has shown very clearly that the America Conservatives and Patriots have reached the end of tolerating the Progressive Nonsense of the Liberal Left. Abraham Lincoln said it best: “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”
As Christian Conservative Americans, we have, in the past decade, witnessed an unprecedented attack on our Core Values and Godly Heritage. An Anti-God, Anti-America spirit has infiltrated every level of our Government and plagued our Educational System, attempting to redefine America by overturning cultural and societal norms. It is time for “We the People” to Unite, Band together and Rise Up in order to Shake off the existing regime and help Restore this Nation to its former glory. It is imperative that we understand the gravity of this time and how we must work together to Secure and Restore our precious Heritage.
When our Nation’s Founding Fathers gave us the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they had to lean upon a common understanding of Law, Government, Social Order and Morality. That Understanding sprang from the common acceptance of what has come to be known as the Judeo-Christian Ethic. That is the System of Moral and Social Values that originates in the Old and the New Testaments in the Word of God. It is these very Moral and Social Values that we find ourselves fighting to preserve today.
There is a Clear and Honorable Pathway that any generation of Americans can use to protect that which is Right and Change that which is Wrong within our Nation:
Make no Mistake About it: We are engaged in a Spiritual Battle that threatens our Country, our Families and our very existence as Americans. Only God’s Intervention will return America to Solid Footing and Restore a moral nation that will Exalt Righteousness. As Believers in Christ, we have His call to be “Salt and Light” to the world (Matt. 5:13-16). We must take seriously our responsibility to put God first, not only in our homes but also in our National Affairs. It is to this end that Ultimate Success America was purposed and envisioned.
USA is dedicated to more than just Making America Great Again. It’s ministry is to win the cultural and spiritual battle for the heart and soul of America. USA, USA, USA is more than three simple letters that have been shouted out across America at rallies and in the halls of Congress.
The founder of USA Brit Hart believes, “All it takes for Evil to Prosper is for Good people to do Nothing… Let’s get this fire started and let it spread…Lets UNITE our Base – Lets Stand in the Gap for our beloved Values, and Lets Activate as Christian Conservative Compassionate Capitalists (C4s) in Taking Back the USA. We are an Organization that is made up of people who are Proud to be Americans. Join us… Get involved and Lets Display the “A” across this Great Land.”
The USA must stand for something or it’s citizens will fall for anything.
Barack Obama’s former director for media analytics told a shocked American public that Facebook allowed Team Obama campaign officials back in 2012 to mine tons of data that was collected on users by the social media site, and use it all for political purposes.
The collection normally would have been prohibited.
But because Facebook was “on our side,” it was allowed to go forth, the former campaign staffer said.
Shocked? Don’t be. Facebook is more political beast than social media friend.
Breitbart has more:
Facebook representatives told Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign that they had been allowed to use the platform in ways that would have otherwise been prohibited, because Facebook was “on our side,” according to explosive claims from Obama’s former director for media analytics, Carol Davidsen.
In a series of tweets, Davidsen that Facebook was “surprised” that the Obama campaign was able to “suck out the entire social graph” (the “social graph” is an individual’s network of friends on Facebook), but did nothing to stop them once they found out.
Davidsen also linked to a talk from 2015 in which she explained how Facebook’s privacy policies in 2012 allowed them to harvest data on friend networks across America.
Davidsen says that this gave the Democrats a massive advantage, as the Republicans did not gain access to the same data before Facebook shut off the feature.
“The privacy policies on Facebook were … if they opted in, they could tell us who all their friends were. So they told us who all their friends were…We were actually able to ingest the entire social network of the U.S. that’s on Facebook, which is most people.”
“Where this gets complicated is that freaks Facebook out. So they shut off the feature.”
“The Republicans never built an app to do that. So the data’s out there — you can’t take it back. The Democrats have this information, so when they look at a voter file and someone comes to them, they can immediately be like ‘Oh, here are all the other people that they know, and here are people they can help us persuade, because they’re really good friends with that person.’”
“The Republicans do not have that information and will not get that information. I’m a Democrat, so maybe I could argue that’s a great thing, but really it’s not, in the overall process. That wasn’t thought all the way through and now there’s a disadvantage of information that to me seems unfair. But I’m not Facebook…”
According to Davidsen, the Obama campaign used that data to target voters through their friend networks, and motivate people to vote.
“I worked on all of the data integration projects at OFA” said Davidsen. “This was the only one that felt creepy.”
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This is not a rose-colored view. The midterm elections are going to be dicey for Republicans in the House. Virtually all of modern American history, regardless of party i power, demonstrates this. Yes, the GOP could definitely lose the House.
First, here are the numbers suggesting GOP vulnerability in the House. In 16 out of 18 post-WWII midterms, the president’s party has lost House seats. Importantly, the average loss for the president’s party is 25 House seats. The Republicans currently have a 23-seat majority.
However, there is a counter case to the media narrative that muddies the electoral waters in a way not normally seen. This is pure political analysis, and things could change. Certainly some of the recent election losses are serious red flags.
First a quick look at the two exceptions to the postwar rule on midterm elections. In 1998 under President Clinton, Democrats picked up five seats. That was a second term president and a booming economy — which is relevant based on the case below. The other exception was in 2002 under President Bush, when Republicans picked up six seats in the House.
Both of those presidents had very high approval ratings; 66 percent for Clinton in a very strong economy and 63 percent for Bush, but we were a nation at war, just a year after the 9-11 attacks and Americans rally behind the president during times of war. In this Gallup chart, you can see how the midterm elections track generally with the president’s approval rating. President Trump’s Gallup approval rating is 39 percent. Reagan’s was 42 percent during his first midterm, and the GOP lost 28 seats.
So just by the numbers, it looks pretty bad for Republicans. And it may be. But numbers are usually driven by underlying factors — which is why Clinton in 1998 and Bush in 2002 bucked the overarching trend.
So let’s look at some of those underlying issues. There are at least seven fairly major areas affecting Americans that should be favorable for the President in power in a midterm election. Here they are in probable order of importance in November.
1) The Economy. Whether measured by GDP growth or job growth or unemployment rates, the American economy is perhaps the strongest it has been this century. This is a pocketbook issue and has always electorally benefitted the party in power. (Clinton in 1998.)
2) Tax Cuts. The tax reform package is putting more money in people’s pockets. It’s as if the GOP Congress and President Trump gave Americans a pay raise. This also is a very positive pocketbook issue. (Bush in 2002, from the 2001 tax cuts and, as stated, the 9-11 attacks.)
3) Obamacare rollbacks. More freedom for millions of Americans who will not be penalized for not buying a product that their betters in Washington were forcing them to buy. Again, a positive pocketbook issue, in addition to a liberty issue.
4) Deregulation. This has been going on steadily through the White House, freeing American corporations to be more competitive and provide more affordable products and services for Americans. This is the hidden gem because it is largely unreported, but it helps tens of thousands of companies and their employees, and will continue to benefit the economy.
5) Jobs and Manufacturing Jobs. President Obama said of declining manufacturing jobs that those are gone and they’re never coming back. Under Trump, American companies have added 222,000 manufacturing jobs in the past 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Obama was wrong, because Democrats have the wrong policies. This can matter in blue collar purple districts.
6) North Korea. For the first time, North Korea’s psycho leader is talking seriously to South Korea and reached out to meet with an American president. This may still tank given the brutal regime’s history, but just getting this far without giving in to extortion as previous administrations did is an accomplishment. It’s not a big electoral needle-mover, but it doesn’t hurt. Improving Trump’s approval rating could translate into House wins.
7) Hammering Putin and Russia. Despite all the Trump-Russia collusion nonsense, for which there is stil l no evidence at all, Trump has been considerably harder on Russia than Obama, who openly colluded with Russia during his 2012 re-election campaign. He’s bombed Russian allies, extended military cooperation with our Eastern European allies facing Russia and has slapped sanctions on Russia for meddling in 2016.
As demonstrated, several of these mitigating factors have played a role in the two midterm exceptions. They will play a role in this year’s also. Whether they are enough to offset the momentum and excitement of Democrat wins in 2017 and the most recent in Pennsylvania, only time will tell.
The wild card remains, of course, President Trump — his mannerisms that turn off a percentage of Americans who otherwise agree with this policies, if they are aware of them — and whether he will modify those mannerisms. Based on the underlying attitude of people thinking the nation is going in the right direction, it is probably Trump’s mannerisms and the daily drumbeat of negativity in the media that is driving down his approvals.
The media definitely won’t change. Trump probably won’t change them much. However, he already has dialed back the little side-fighting tweet wars with celebrities, athletes and other knuckleheads.
One last wild card is the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If Mueller finds real corruption in the Trump campaign, then a blue wave is assured. But that is seemingly not going to happen. If Mueller finds nothing more on Trump and Russia, or even pivots toward Clinton and the Democrats, that could blunt a lot of Democrat momentum.
Either way, it seems clear that a blue wave is not assured at this point — Democrat fundraising letters and media reports notwithstanding.