Tuesday, November 24, 2020

When It Comes to Election Fraud, It's 'Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil'

With each passing day, our country's journalistic and political elite grows more and more contemptuous of claims by President Trump that widespread fraud and irregularities in this year's election call into question the legitimacy of Joe Biden's “win." The line that “no evidence” exists to support such claims has become sacred dogma to all those who pined for so long to witness Donald Trump's abasement, and who now refuse to admit that the glorious victory they have won could be marred by even the tiniest of flaws. It simply can't be, because the consequences of a bogus election are, for them, too horrible to contemplate.

This article, however, is not about the mountain of evidence that is accumulating to support the presence of fraud and malfeasance in this year's election. There is statistical evidence, there are witness statements, and there is the obvious fact of “relaxed” requirements for mail-in ballots, which just happened to favor Joe Biden.

But that isn't the question that interests me today. What I wonder, instead, is: assuming there was electoral hanky-panky in 2020, and assuming that, somewhere out there, conclusive evidence to prove it exists, the question is whether Democrats and Trump haters would even care. Would their devotion to Democratic norms and electoral integrity override their animus for all things Trump, and would they therefore concede defeat graciously, or would they instead dig in their heels, close their eyes and ears to the testimony of those who witnessed or participated in such fraud, and assert, against all reason, that Biden won, Biden won, Biden won, and — oh, by the way — BIDEN WON!!!

We all intuitively know the answer. For the Left, and for the political, cultural, and economic establishment in this country, absolutely nothing matters — nothing — more than the destruction of Donald Trump and his movement. That is why absolutely no anti-Trump narrative has been ruled out of bounds, or has even been subjected to critical analysis by Trump haters since the man descended the golden escalator in 2015. Even maligning the sitting President of the United States as a traitor, as a tool of a foreign enemy, based on the “evidence” supplied to a rival political campaign by a paid informant, is considered entirely defensible in this alternative universe where norms and values are turned on their heads.

The most depressing thing about this situation, though, is that, while we conservative patriots long ago wrote off most Democrats in Washington, D.C. as pathological Trump haters — as people who would not give President Trump the benefit of the doubt even if their lives depended on it (which, in a sense, they do, since he's the Commander-in-Chief) — the truth is that most establishment Republicans loathe the man almost as much as their liberal colleagues. As Carl Bernstein indicated recently, many GOP grandees only feign respect for Trump, because of their fear of offending rank-and-file Republicans. In reality, they despise this boorish lout, this unrepentant sexist and racist, as they see him, almost as much as a rabid Antifa street brawler would. Unlike the street brawler, however, prominent Republicans know when and how to keep their mouths shut.

If there was cheating and fraud in our recent election, therefore, the truth is that most of the establishment surely doesn't want to know about it, and, if the strongest possible evidence arose to that effect, they would disclaim and disavow it. To prevail in the present struggle, therefore, President Trump might not need Democratic support, but he certainly would need federal judges and justices appointed by Republicans to stand with him. He would need Republican state legislators to stand with him. He would need the Republican caucus in the House and the Senate to stand with him. And none of these worthless, needless to say, so far show any inclination to rally to the “lost cause” of “four more years." Most, in fact, view President Trump as they always have: as a joke and a political liability, at best, and as a walking travesty, at worst. They view Joe Biden, by contrast, as a harmless, even likable, known quantity. They furthermore look forward to a “return to normalcy” in the GOP, to a time when the news cycle won't be dominated by President Trump's intemperate tweets, and by their own moral and verbal contortions in trying to explain them away.

In short, President Trump's “allies” in Washington have always been fair weather friends. They embraced him temporarily and strategically when the political winds seemed to be blowing in his favor. They stuck with him in trying times, as when he was impeached, reluctantly, because Republican voters demanded it. Now, though, that he has seemingly been defeated and disgraced once and for all, they are ready — eager, in fact — to cut ties with him and move on. We should hardly be surprised at that.

The reality, therefore, is that, if President Trump is to prevail in this fight over the integrity of the 2020 election, if he is to to serve another four-year term, it won't be because the courts, or the state legislatures, or Congress, swoop in to save him. Trump's salvation lies, as it always has, with the one and only force in this country that has consistently stood by him: the American people (or at least a very large fraction thereof). Only they — only we — by an act of sheer will and by a show of our steadfast devotion, could possibly persuade the necessary political forces to fall into line. And even that may be a forlorn hope.

The Age of Trump, then, may end where it began: with Trump and ordinary, humble citizens on one side of a political-cultural battlefield, and with “our betters," the elitists, on the other.

That, at least, is the kind of battle that Trump is accustomed to fighting — and the kind that, much more often than one would have thought possible, he actually wins.

Paris Climate Treaty Puts America Last

 Here we are in the midst of the second wave of a once-in-a-half-century pandemic, with the economy flattened and millions of Americans unemployed and race riots in the streets of our major cities. And Joe Biden says that one of his highest priorities as president will be to ... reenter the Paris Climate Accord.

Trump kept his America First promise and pulled America out of this Obama-era treaty. Biden wants us back in -- immediately.

Why? Paris is an unmitigated failure. You don't have to take my word for it. National Geographic, a supporter of climate change action, recently ran the numbers and admits in its recent headline: "Most Countries Aren't Hitting 2030 Climate Goals." That's putting it mildly. Most haven't even reached half their pledged target for emission reductions.

Robert Watson, the former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, laments: "Countries need to double and triple their 2030 reduction commitments to be aligned with the Paris target."

Gee, this sounds like a treaty we definitely should be part of and pay the bills for.

The one country making substantial progress in reducing carbon emissions is the U.S. under President Donald Trump. Even though our gross domestic product is way up over the past four years, our carbon dioxide emissions are DOWN. Our air pollution levels and emissions of lead, carbon monoxide and other pollutants are at record-low levels.

Meanwhile, Beijing is far and away the largest polluter. Year after year, it makes hollow promises to stop climate change while they build dozens of new coal plants. India and its 1 billion people are hooked on coal, too.

Here is Paris in nutshell: We put our coal miners out of their jobs and cripple our $1 trillion oil and gas industry while China and India keep polluting and laugh at us behind our back.

These nations have bigger and more immediate development priorities than worrying about climate change models and their guestimates of the global temperature in 50 years.

China has much deeper and sinister ambitions. Those don't involve cleaning up the planet. The communists in Beijing's are obsessed with seizing world superpower status away from the U.S. The China 2025 plan for technology domination doesn't involve switching to expensive and unreliable energy sources. Their plan is to goad the U.S. into doing that.

The tragedy of all this is that we have a clean and efficient source of energy. Thanks to the shale oil and gas revolution, the cost of fossil fuels has fallen by 70% to 80% -- and the costs will continue to fall, thanks to the superabundance of these energy sources. The U.S. has more fossil fuel energy than virtually any other nation. We are technologically ahead of the rest of the world in drilling productivity and have become a net exporter.

Gas is the planet's wonder-fuel. It should be the 21st-century power source. It makes no sense economically or ecologically to switch to windmills and solar panels, unless you are an investor in these expensive 19th-century energy sources.

Across the globe, world leaders are overjoyed that under a Biden administration, the U.S. will reenter the Paris Accord. Why wouldn't they be? We pay the bills. We hang our booming free market economy on a cross of climate change regulation. We pretend that the world is complying -- when their actions speak much louder than their words. We trust, but we don't verify.

If Paris is one of Biden's first official acts as president, he will be announcing to the world that putting America First has been replaced with putting America Last.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hey Conservative Billionaires, Step Up Already


The idea of complaining about the people funding the conservative movement seems a bit odd, after all, they cut a lot of big checks. They fund think tanks and websites, the very heart of the conservative movement, and those organizations have done some great work in the past. The only problem is it’s not the past anymore, and the old model no longer works. The people funding the left have out-flanked the right, and it is long past time for the right to catch up.

Yes, it was a good year for Republican House candidates, and depending on how Georgia goes, it could be a good year in the Senate too. It was also a good year for those of us who despise what the media has become – an appendage of the Democrat Party (you can pick whichever one you prefer to think of for it) – as Americans hold those left-wing, narcissistic blowhards in lower esteem than ever before. But there is a lot more work that needs to be done.

Take a look at any major Democrat-controlled city and what do you see? Aside from the crime and unemployment, or perhaps behind it, are local elected officials actively engaging in thwarting the law. 

Leftist billionaires, led by George Soros, have bankrolled local political races, particularly for district attorneys and prosecutors, to fundamentally change the country locally. Winning Washington is great, but serious changes, and real damage, are happening across the country locally.

What good does passing laws to protect people do if the people charged with enforcing them refuse to do so? All the legislative victories in the world add up to nothing if they’re ignored. 

The difference between Democrat and Republicans is Democrats play the long con – they’re out to get your bank account, your IRA, the title to your car, the deed to your house, they are working the system to get everything. Republicans play the short con – they’re happy if they get your watch, and even if they don’t they don’t really care because they already have a watch. 

Election day is not a finish line, it’s a checkpoint. Democrats have understood this my entire life, Republicans never have. Republicans win or lose elections and go about their life like they’re relieved the “stressful part” is over. Elected officials breathe a sigh of relief and donors go about their lives, waiting for the next fight to start in a couple years. 

That needs to change, and change quickly, if conservatives are going to stand a fighting chance of protecting what makes American great. 

Thinking has to be different. Democrats are entrenched in places that matter and they have to be chased out. As much attention needs to be paid to this micro level of politics and has been paid to the macro-DC world. 

If conservatives are really looking for a way into these blue strongholds, this is the way. Thinking strategically, in places where these offices are partisan, and a Republican candidate is a non-starter, a conservative Democrat is better than a progressive one – think of them as the gateway drug to the concept of conservatism. Is it going to cost money? Yes. Will a lot of it be spent in losing races? You bet. But no first swing of an axe ever knocks down a tree, and you’ll never change anything by not trying.

On that front, there are stories that CNN is possibly on the market. How amazing would it be if one or a group of these rich donors cutting checks to name fellowships and rooms after themselves at think tanks with endowments so big they could choke a horse, decided to put some money toward something that wasn’t a vanity project, something that could have more impact on the country, and the world, than all the recycled ideas in papers rewritten by “experts” at those think tanks and read by no one ever, could.  

Imagine CNN doing news again, actual news. Imagine removing that tool from the left’s bag and placing it firmly on the side of honesty, something foreign to it currently. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, as some are proposing to do, when there’s a wheel factory for sale. It just needs to be retooled.

There are countless options and opportunities available for those with the means and the will. Unfortunately, it takes both, and so few people have either, let alone both. Billionaire philanthropist and businessman Charles Koch, someone who could do some of these things, is now lamenting his “partisanship,” which is wildly unproductive in pursuit of Koch’s lifelong political goals. 

The right needs people uninterested in separating their business and political interests; people willing to meld the two. Preaching to the choir has its place, and small investments in vanity websites that otherwise wouldn’t exist are all well and good, but they aren’t anything close to difference-makers. There are markets and customers being underserved or ignored that are hungry for alternatives. In other words, there is money to be made while fighting for the cause. Of course, they’d have to be willing to step up, and step out front, to actually fight for the cause – put their name on it and take the slings and arrows that come with it. 

There is no “bad publicity” in getting a room no one but other rich people will visit in a think tank headquarters named after you, but there’s also no difference to be made there. Wealthy conservatives have to step up now, if they really want to have a legacy that matters, and take the fight to the left on the only field that matters – the public square.

Trump to GOP Senator on 2020 Race: If It Doesn't Work Out, I'll Just Run Again in Four Years

 Look, folks—I know some of you don’t like when I mention that the Trump campaign is in ‘hail Mary’ territory here on this drive that is the 2020 election, but it’s the truth. Yes, the allegations of voter fraud are numerous, but the legal challenges are not a sure bet. Every legal vote should be counted, but if Trump falls short on both fronts—it’s over. I hate it. Trump sure hates it, but that’s the nature of elections. You cannot win them all. Regardless, I hope for the best and will remain a Trump Republican, but even the president seems to know that there’s a possibility he could lose.

Still, Trumpism isn’t going away. And Donald Trump remains the dominant force in the GOP. The Never Trump wing will never win. They’re too few and most have already become Democrats, so when 2024 rolls around, don’t be shocked if Donald Trump runs again. Grover Cleveland lives! Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) spoke with the president last week, where Trump admitted that losing is a possibility. No matter, he’s just run again in four years, he said to the North Dakota Republican (via Politico) [emphasis mine]:

    Kevin Cramer called Donald Trump last week to convey his support for the president’s efforts to contest the election results when Trump dropped a casual aside that snapped the North Dakota senator to attention.

    “If this doesn’t work out, I’ll just run again in four years,” Trump said.

    Cramer could only chuckle at the president musing about the next presidential race while he’s still in office. But to the lineup of Republican hopefuls with their eyes on becoming the GOP’s post-Trump standard bearer, the president’s remark was no laughing matter.

    While Trump’s loss was supposed to trigger a Republican Party reset, his flirtation with a 2024 bid ensures he’ll remain the dominant force in the party and cast a shadow over anyone looking to succeed him. Even the possibility of Trump running again will impede other Republicans from laying groundwork for their own bids — lest they upset Trump and his tens of millions of supporters, many of whom are convinced the election was stolen.

    Those who’ve worked for Trump — Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley — are in perhaps the toughest spot of all. Each would have to maneuver around the soon-to-be-former president after spending the last four years aligning themselves with him.

    But some argue the three would benefit from the president freezing the 2024 field. Pence, Pompeo and Haley have used their roles in the administration to establish national profiles, build donor networks and deepen their ties to conservative activists. In the event Trump eventually decides not to run, they would start out a primary with advantages over others who are further behind organizationally.

Yet, the writing is on the wall here. If Trump fails to secure a second term in 2020, he’ll run again in 2024 and his mere announcement around that time is the end of the 2024 GOP primaries. The man commands the base. Period.  Yes, I like Nikki Haley. I think she could be president, sure. But if Trump runs again after all else has failed this cycle—count me in for a 2024 rematch.