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:60 Of Sanity

GOP’s National Supermajority Will Help Hold Their Congressional Majorities

The dismal TV drones are missing something important in handicapping the midterms.

They obsess about how narrow are the GOP congressional majorities without considering the supermajorities Republicans enjoy in state houses and governors’ mansions across the country.

That’s called political infrastructure and it matters.

Local political officials and operatives have credibility with voters and thus turnout capacity that can’t be bought with Michael Bloomberg’s millions.

Federal races are not national elections. They’re local ones.

Just as local races can be federalized so can federal races be localized.

Popular Republican governors with Republican legislative majorities matter too.

That’s good news for key Senate and House races in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas

The state and local Republicans in these states are popular because they’ve made choices in advance of economic liberty that have improved the vitality of life for their constituents, as a report earlier this year by the American Legislative Exchange Council found.

It’s not complicated.

I suspect voters in these states may elect to continue to keep it simple on November 6th by sticking with what’s working.

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The Helpful Senate Democrats

Thank you, Senators Pagliacci Schumer, Quarters Whitehouse, T-Bone Booker, Missing in Action Blumenthal, Hang ‘Em High Hirono, Clammy Coons, Methuselah Feinstein, Kamala the Congenial and Sack of Durbin.

You’ve provided much needed clarity.

We now know the Left’s definition of “being mean”.

It is not mean to attack a GOP senator on his front lawn and put him in the hospital.

It is not mean to berate conservatives in restaurants, in front of elevators and in other public places.

It is not mean to call a conservative judge a rapist without basis and to lampoon the pre-adolescent child of said judge in a political cartoon.

It is mean to challenge the credibility of a woman who has made an allegation regardless of evidentiary support.

We now also know the Left’s definition of justice.

A conservative, white, Christian man is not to defend himself against allegations made by a woman.

A conservative, white, Christian man should not be afforded the presumption of innocence, the legal standard and cultural norm of a free society.

Only liberal judges like Ruth Bader Ginsburg can make partisan statements—labeling Trump a “faker” and calling on him to release his tax returns—and maintain their impartiality.

This has been immensely helpful, Senators. You’ve given Americans a lot to think about it in advance of November 6th. 

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Establishment Republicans Mugged By Reality

Once again the U.S. Senate has distinguished itself as the world’s greatest deliberative body and vanguard of the Republic by putting high school yearbook committees across the country on notice.

Dennis Miller’s long ago formulation of Congress as a bunch of “mediocre intellects Earl Scheib-ed into looking somewhat consequential” has never been more clearly illustrated than by the current Senate Judiciary Committee.

My question is for establishment Republicans who were bailed out by Brett Kavanaugh and Sen. Lindsey Graham, two establishment Republicans recently mugged by the reality of the Left themselves: Does the Shakespearean farce you witnessed clarify things for you?

Do you now understand what you’re up against?

Will you now turn a deaf ear to the Left’s Siren songs?

Do you now realize that whether it’s the Supreme Court, Russian collusion, or tax cuts, the Left entices you with talk of common ground only to carpet bomb you as soon as you step onto it?

You should find it instructive when three former state attorneys general—Sens. Harris, Blumenthal and Whitehouse—discard the presumptions of the American justice system and thus the rule of law because they can.

Now you should locate your backbones.

You should define the stakes and bring the fight.

Brett Kavanaugh picked up the first round. November 6th is on you. 

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The Challenge Of Reason In Unreasonable Times

Chesterton observed that, “He who has gotten used to unreason is ready for unkindness.”

The Left’s big bet is a majority of Americans are not only ready for unkindness, they demand it.

The more brutal, the more devoid of merit, the better as the horde feeds on frenzy not reflection.

This is on full display as the Left sets aside any semblance of reason, concern for evidence, or respect for due process in pursuit of turning Brett Kavanaugh from Opie into Chucky in the public’s mind.

Unreason.

Connecticut Sen. Dick “Missing in Action” Blumenthal contends that confirming Kavanaugh would be an irreparable stain on SCOTUS from which it could not recover. Not Dred Scott. Not Korematsu v. U.S. Brett Kavanaugh.

Unkindess.

Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono says all the men of America should shut up and do the right thing for once. To be fair, Mazie didn’t really mean all the men of America just the white, Christian men not of the Left, as her colleagues made clear.

This is not simply a matter of overzealous #MeToo minders as their lack of interest in Keith Ellison’s case illustrates.

This is the prosecution of a culture war by aspiring autocrats who deify themselves and vilify nonbelievers.

They will create heaven on earth no matter how many political, professional or actual graveyards they have to dig. 

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The Obama's 2020 Netflix Lineup

The Obama’s 2020 Netflix Lineup

Producing quality agitprop is a team effort.

So it’s nice to see the Democrat Socialists rally for the Obamas to help them consummate their $50 million Netflix production deal.

The lineup really assembles itself:

Cory Booker will star in a remake of Spartacus. Only this time, Spartacus is the wealthy senator and he only thinks he’s a slave.  He runs around Capitol Hill yelling, “I am Spartacus,” with no one else echoing the sentiment.

Kamala Harris will play the lead in the spinoff, How to Get Away with Murdering the Legal Canons. The ripped-from-the-headlines season premiere will feature a bizarre temper tantrum masquerading as an interrogation of a SCOTUS nominee.

Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to reprise the role of Abby Lee Miller from the Lifetime hit, Dance Moms. The Emanuel version will be entitled Tiny Dancer Moms.

Chris & Andrew Cuomo will play conjoined twins in the long-awaited sequel to Stuck on You.

Other shows under consideration:

Brian Williams as a bomb tech in a remake of The Hurt Locker.

Rachel Maddow as K.D. Lang in the biopic, Crying.

And Elizabeth Warren as Henry Fonda playing Tom Joad in a stirring interpretation of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.

It’s a lineup that’s binge-and-purge worthy.

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Tell Me About The Rabbits, Blase

“The Pope has a bigger agenda. He's got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church. We're not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.”

Those were the words of Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago in the wake of credible accusations that Pope Francis had guilty knowledge of sexual misconduct within his inner circle and did nothing.

The Pope’s response to the assertion he did nothing is to say nothing.

The Cupich and Francis responses are telling in their familiar ring.

Both are ideological.

Cupich’s flacking is of the Weinstein variety: my work is too important to indulge distractions about my behavior.

Pope Francis’ imperious silence makes it clear he doesn’t answer to you.

The posturing of these two is more contrived than Jimmy Swaggart’s “I have sinned” sobbing.

Francis and Cupich are conducting themselves like politicians in damage control to protect their personal ambitions rather than as faith leaders tending to a wounded flock to protect the Church.

Cupich’s misdirection and Francis’ silence aren’t going to fly.

Nothing short of a complete accounting and a full reckoning for the horrors that were unleashed and excused inside the Catholic Church is acceptable.

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Educating Politicians

It’s that time of year again.

Politicians are on your TV screen and in your mailbox inundating with you promises they don’t intend to keep. While, under the influence of their misplaced faith in magical words, the kids head back to college to accrue debt they’ll finance into their 40's.

Comrade Bernie & The Socialists have re-released their Siren song of tuition-free college.

They’ll make college debt disappear much like Bernie’s dutiful wife Jane made an entire college disappear.

Of course, that debt will reappear in the form of increased government taking from you to finance schools your children didn’t attend and pensions you won’t receive.

The Socialists are offering a free lunch with you on the menu.

Make your own lunch.

Not only should you send your kid to a school that promotes free markets, you should apply the fundamental tenet to the financing: work.

One way is through income-share agreements like Purdue University’s “Back a Boiler” program, where a student’s education is paid for up front and paid back through an agreed upon percentage of his post-graduate income over a defined term.

This aligns the interests and the responsibilities of both the student and university: both want the students to get good-paying jobs at companies or in sectors with upward mobility.

Let’s make financing a college education a teachable moment for the students and the politicians.

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A Look At The Left

Here’s one week’s worth of Leftist intellectual offerings:

  • Former CIA Director John Brennan, whose value as an Intel officer closely rivals Chuck Barris’ value as a CIA assassin, argued the revocation of his ability to leak classified information was some sort of unconstitutional abridgement of his free speech rights. Brennan was barking on MSNBC and opining  in the New York Times that he is being silenced.

  • Elizabeth Warren proposed to save capitalism by nationalizing private property.

  • Three hundred and fifty newspapers colluded to publish the same anti-Trump ransom letter to their readers to prove what well-adjusted, independent-minded journalists they are.

  • New York Governor Andy Cuomo announced that America will be great for the first time if and only if he is either elected President or bumps his brother Chris in CNN’s primetime lineup.

  • And of all the cake shops in all the world, a trans person walked into Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado because, SCOTUS ruling notwithstanding, the Left and their government commissars will make Jack Phillips - and every other Christian in America they can target - choose between his faith and his business.

The Left is impervious to irony, unbounded by hypocrisy, undaunted by legal restraint, and unyielding in their quest for dominion over every aspect of your life.

And that’s just in the last week.

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White Liberal Savagery

Made infamous by the Time-Life books “Old West” ads, outlaw John Wesley Hardin was so mean he once shot a man just for snoring.

In Chicago, the streets are so mean that Earl Young was murdered because his dog peed on a neighbor’s porch.

Chicago sent a black man to the Oval Office, but what the city is really good at is sending young black men to either prison or the morgue.

47% of black men aged 20-24 are neither in school nor employed.

The response from Chicago hustlers to these realities is to indulge fantasies: more money for job training pantomimes, new anti-violence patronage plantations, a DOJ consent decree to monitor police gender pronoun usage and the reopening of schools no one attends.

Congressman Danny Davis, one of Chicago’s elder dependency dealers, can’t explain how redundant programming would’ve saved his 15-year-old grandson murdered two years ago for his gym shoes.

Chicago has the nation’s highest black unemployment rate. But the white liberals in charge for the past century can’t explain why that isn’t a long enough probationary period to make a performance evaluation.

More than anything, Chicago is the fullest expression of the Champagne Socialism—segregation and savagery—espoused by the American white liberal.

When it comes to barbarism, John Wesley Hardin had nothing on white liberals in Chicago.

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Labeling The DC Press Corps

Sarah Sanders refused to oblige CNN’s Jim Acosta’s demand to remove the “enemy of the people” moniker President Trump has bestowed upon the DC press corps.

I guess the Secret Service protection Sanders now requires amid the calls from that same press corps’ fellow travelers to subject her to a lifetime of public harassment has Sanders not particularly interested in what Acosta thinks he deserves.

Is the DC press corps a protector of the people? Is it a professional Fourth Estate acting as a check on the ruling class? Those descriptions don’t seem to fit either, do they?

Not all the members of the DC press corps are enemies to all of the people.

But the great majority are devotees of every big government gambit launched since the New Deal.

They cheer the economically illiterate agitprop of a millennial bartender and the communist virtue-signaling of a backup quarterback.

They want to force men into your daughter’s locker room, Howard Zinn into her classroom, and religion out of her life.

They call for our discourse to be elevated while welcoming a racist simp to the New York Times editorial board.

They champion policies and policymakers who oppose free minds and interfere in free markets.

Maybe the word to describe such people is not “enemy” but I know it’s not “friend” either.

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Trump Is Winning Ugly

What a contrast, right?

At the same time President Trump was stumbling through his post-game presser with Putin which necessitated a next-day contraction retraction, former President Obama was in South Africa treating the world to his soaring rhetoric thereby reminding us how good we had it.

That’s the DC press corps’ version of events.

Unfortunately for Democrats, Obama’s tawdry sentimentality and Life’s Little Instruction Book maxims hold up about as well over time as do his policies.

Obama got away with congenial disdain for the Bible-and-gun clingers but his political progeny—not to mention his administration’s apparatchiks—are not nearly as adroit.

Obama’s veiled invective is weak tea compared to his former CIA Director’s call for a firing squad.

Obama’s cliché-ridden claptrap lacks the appeal of Adam Schiff’s Manchurian Candidate conspiracy theories or a Business Insider deep dive on bugging soccer balls.

Obama served as a veneer for the Left’s ugliness.

Trump has unleashed it and marginalized Obama as a political asset in the process.

Now Trump leads the Left’s parade of horribles around by their P-hats in full public view.

It’s messy. And Trump is sloppy. But, like the 1983 Chicago White Sox, Trump is Winning Ugly.

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America Owes Two Illinoisans A “Thank You”

You’re welcome, America.

That’s not a statement a resident of Illinois gets to make very often with sincerity.

But the nation owes a debt of gratitude to two Illinoisans who advanced the cause of liberty for millions more Americans through their courage to dissent.

Pam Harris and Mark Janus are their names.

Pam is the mother of a young man with developmental disabilities who resisted SEIU’s attempt to force parents of children with disabilities into its union, literally pitting parents against their children.

Pam took her case all the way to the Supreme Court which ruled in her favor in 2014.

That set the table for Mark Janus, a child support specialist for the State of Illinois, who challenged his forced membership in and financing of AFSCME.

Mark took his case all the way to the Supreme Court which ruled in his favor in June.

Without Harris there would’ve been no Janus.

Without Janus, public sector workers in 22 states would still be second-class citizens with respect to their First Amendment rights.

Courage begets courage. 

As I know them both, I can tell you what they would say about the history they’ve made: Don’t worry about remembering our names. Focus instead on emulating our example.

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From The Noble Lie To Ignoble Truths

I don’t think Plato had former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden’s tweet comparing Trump immigration policy to the Birkenau death camp at Auschwitz in mind when he conceived of the noble lie.

Nor would Plato likely place under the noble lie header the DC press corps’ magical storytelling about a 2-year-old Time magazine cover girl who was separated from her father in Honduras by her mother but never separated from her mother by border patrol or anyone named Trump, not even Peter Fonda’s nemesis, Barron.

Noblesse oblige no more.

The lies told by elites these days are intended to foment social unrest not cohesion.

The ignoble truth is that today’s elites cover their tracks by feeding the public supersized whoppers to stunt their appetites for edifying information and dull their attention spans.

Never mind that the fix was in at FBI. See Trump’s criticism of Comey, et al., as a veiled predicate to martial law.

Never mind that family separation was not new policy at the border and that only the enforcement of it was new. Instead, understand this as an existential battle not for border security but against bigotry.

In other news, Paul Manafort has pled guilty to a violent crime for which he was not charged. ABC News reporting.

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Don’t Drain The Baby With The Bathwater

Insubordination.

Indifference.

Intimidated by Hillary’s lawyers.

Improper gifts.

Lack of impartiality.

The IG’s report makes Democrats’ dreams of a Trump impeachment inconceivable.

So complete is the Trump vindication that the Left has regressed back to trying to figure out whether or not they’re supposed to like Jim Comey.

Trump should press his advantage here by consummating his anti-ruling-class value proposition.

The public doesn’t want the FBI and DOJ to go away. They just don’t want the senior leadership of those agencies to be conniving political operatives who believe themselves to be above the law.

Both are headed by Trump appointees now. The President should make a very public play to take a very active role in working with Christopher Wray and Jeff Sessions—or replacing if need be—to make the personnel and policy changes necessary for culture change and credibility restoration.

Much of the positive disruption President Trump has brought to the Beltway has been through simply doing what he said he would do as candidate Trump. It confounds the men and women of always.

Trump ran as a law and order candidate. The FBI and DOJ are instrumental institutions to the rule of law and public order in America.

Trump would bedevil his critics once again if chose this moment to be an institutional rebuilder.

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Chicago Public Schools: The Predators’ Playground

Everything big city Democrat mayors like Rahm Emanuel do is for the kids, they tell us with ersatz earnestness.

Rahm—Tiny Dancer, I call him--is quick to take up cause célèbres like the Parkland high school gun control brigade in the name of school safety.

What Rahm and his leftist colleagues won’t do is change school systems run by the adults for the adults—even when some of those adults are child predators.

In a blockbuster expose, the Chicago Tribune documented a long-running sex abuse scandal inside the Chicago Public Schools that should end Tiny Dancer’s career, that should be international news on par with coverage given the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal, and that should serve as a warning to public school parents across the country.

According to the Tribune, since Tiny Dancer was elected in 2011, 430 reports of sexual abuse, assault or harassment have been investigated with credible evidence of misconduct found in 230 of those incidents.

The Tribune also found that school administrators may have acted criminally in failing to report incidents of abuse to the state’s child welfare agency.

Worse yet, the story identified repeated failures to screen out Chicago Public Schools employees with prior arrests related to alleged sexual offenses involving children.

A lot of attention is devoted to holding pols and their appointees accountable for threats to kids in school that come from the outside.

What about the threats they welcome inside and cover for?

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We Don’t Beat Them By Joining Them

If Roseanne gets cancelled so should Samantha Bee!

Who?

It’s someone you’ve never heard of who has a show you’ve never seen who said something vile about Ivanka.

Ok. Yeah. Fire what’s her name too.

And if Bob Iger is going to apologize to Valerie Jarrett, when is he going to apologize to President Trump?

Who? For what?

He’s a network executive you’ve never heard of whose opinion you otherwise find irrelevant who employs on-air personalities who have said profane and ignorant things about POTUS without consequence.

Ok. Yeah. Apologize!

Empty outrage is not synonymous with standing up for yourself or putting in the fight for others.

It’s just an uninspired substitute for having standards.

What Valerie Jarrett termed a teaching moment during one of MSNBC’s signature hastily-assembled, bigot-baiting town halls is actually a trap for conservatives.

Jarrett wants you to give in to the Left’s lack of principles by abandoning yours.

Outrage one-upmanship is a two-player game, you see.

Ask yourself: do you think we beat them by joining them?

Or is the move to be who they say they are but are not and, in so doing, give lie to who they say we are and are not?

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Do Something

How many more shootings before we do something?

That is, how many more good guys with guns have to stop bad guys with guns before we stop stigmatizing inanimate objects?

The high school resource officer in Dixon, Illinois, and the Good Samaritan outside the restaurant in Oklahoma City aren’t inanimate objects or a three-letter acronym so they are of minor, passing interest to the DC press corps.

While well-intentioned Americans want to hear ideas about improving public safety, champagne socialists are interested only in using people’s fears against them to leverage more power over them.

This fact was laid bare in a recently released email exchange between Obama consiglieres Rahm Emanuel and Arnie Duncan two days after the Sandy Hook massacre.

In the exchange, Rahm tells Duncan, “Go for a vote this week asap before it fades. Tap peoples [sic] emotion. Make it simple assault weapons."

The dizzying intellect that is Arne Duncan replied, “Yup-thanks.”

Do you understand now?

Do you understand how little the Political Royals think of you and that they care for you even less than that?

They are as cavalier with your life as they are craven in using the lives of 20 dead children to manipulate you.

You might consider this when you’re deciding how much of your life to turn over to them.

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Nancy Pelosi’s Humanity

No one sets the bar unrealistically high for the woman who gave us “we have to pass the bill for you to find out what’s in it”—the unintentionally definitive statement on both Obamacare and the legislative process.

This is the same woman who compared persons who chose to come to America illegally to Japanese-Americans who were involuntarily imprisoned during WWII.

Nancy Pelosi’s talent for turning moral indignation into a punchline is as boundless as her bigot-baiting.

So I couldn’t feign surprise when I learned Pelosi has a big heart for those with a predilection for cutting out the hearts of others.

Such is her unyielding allegiance to the Catechism that Pelosi sees the “spark of divinity” where the nonbeliever can see only a muzzle flash.

To label as “animals” professional murderers who hack people to death with machetes, enslave women in the sex trade, and worship Satan is to rob them of their humanity, per Pelosi.

As a visionary, Pelosi understands that those MS-13 rapscallions are but a $15 minimum wage and a free ride to Swarthmore away from one day joining her caucus.

Nancy Pelosi has a big heart indeed. But do you want it two beats away from the Presidency?

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The Excused

G.K. Chesterton observed that, “Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”

In DC, what is excused depends on who is committing the evil.

The standard of acceptable personal conduct is inversely proportional to one’s partisan value.

Ted Kennedy was indispensable whereas Al Franken was expendable.

Two different eras, yes. But consider, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg drowned a woman, do you think the Left would demand her resignation and give Trump another SCOTUS nomination?

The use of political capital to quantify character lays bare the hypocrisy of ruling elites but, worse, it results in the steady degradation of the rule of law by raising our tolerance level for the excesses of said ruling class.

Thirty years ago, Gary Hart’s POTUS ambitions were felled by an affair and Douglas Ginsburg’s Supreme Court nomination derailed by a history of marijuana usage. Both would be treated as veritable Quakers by today’s standards.

Senator X or Governor Y is to be exempted from the laws we must follow much less any code of common decency we may conceive. He is too important to this or that movement.

Excusing evils to advance political ends steadily supplants the rule of law with the rule of men and the rule of men with no character at that.

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Hillary Sends Out Distress Call Over May Day Democrats

To paraphrase Lenin, in 2018 America, a socialist is a Democrat in a hurry.

Just ask Hillary who said when asked if labeling herself a capitalist hurt her in 2016, “Probably. I mean, you know, it's hard to know but if you're in the Iowa caucuses and 41% of Democrats are socialists…”

Setting aside the merits of what she calls capitalism, Hillary effectively conceded that Democrats are in a hurry to exile her and embrace Comrade Bernie’s guarantee of a federal paycheck in every mailbox and a Tesla in every garage.

Instead of being on defense over the personal chaos that follows Trump around like the cloud of dust that did Pig-Pen, Republicans should restrain themselves from spending like socialists and get on offense over Democrats’ wholesale embrace of a gutter ideology whose main feature is a body count.

The electorate that gave control of two-thirds of governors’ mansions and state legislatures to Republicans along with the House, Senate and White House, is not on board with the Venezuelan model of shared misery and imposed orthodoxy of thought.

Democrats may or may not be overplaying their hand on Trump. But they most certainly are on Karl Marx.

Republicans would be wise to answer Hillary’s distress call over May Day Democrats.

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