Is America Back in the Fight?

OPINION
The Sun
Saturday, February 3, 2024

Is America Back in the Fight?

President Biden’s insistence that America seeks no war with Iran’s leaders is a green light for the Islamic Republic maintaining its war on us and on our allies.

BENNY AVNI
Saturday, February 3, 2024
10:43:37 am

“Welcome back to the fight”: This was Victor Laszlo’s reaction to Rick Blaine’s hopping off the fence in the pre-World War II world of “Casablanca.” It’s too early to assess whether America’s Friday night bombing of multiple targets on the Syrian-Iraqi border deserves such a welcome. Forgive the Islamic Republic’s leaders if they conclude that President Biden’s insistence that America seeks no war with them is a green light for maintaining their war on us and on our allies.

Borrowing an Iraq War-era term, the Economist described Friday’s B-1 bomber attack on 85 targets “shock and awe.” Yet are the commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps awed? According to reports from Iran, one air attack a day earlier, in which a top IRGC commander, Saeed Alidadi, was killed, garnered more shock and anger at Tehran than the deaths of an estimated 40 unknown persons in the American multi-target strike.

While Israel did not acknowledge responsibility — it rarely does — its Thursday strike was likely more effective than the much-advertised and much-discussed American one. In fact, since the start of 2024, six countries conducted air attacks in Syria, including Iran, Russia, and Turkey. Significantly, the Jordanian air force joined America on Friday. Israel consistently, and quietly, targets IRGC bigwigs and arms deliveries to Lebanon from Iran.

If Syrian, and Iranians, saw the extensive American assault as just another Friday, was it significant? Since the start of his presidency, Mr. Biden attempted to sweet-talk the mullahs, so, sure, it is significant that he now realizes that perhaps diplomacy with Iran is no longer the only option on the table. A somber trip to Dover, Delaware, on Friday to receive the caskets of William Jerome Rivers, Kennedy Ladon Sanders, and Breonna Alexsondria Moffett will do such a thing.

That is especially true for a president who often signs off speeches with the line, “May God protect our troops.” Yet, as the White House’s most effective spokesman, John Kirby, put it Friday, the goal is to get attacks on our troops to stop, but “we’re not looking for a war with Iran.” That message is so ubiquitous by now that any half-wit IRGC operative knows how to slip out and empty warehouses long before the B-1 bombers hover overhead.

Indeed, the endless leaks since Sunday of where America was going to strike and to what end minimized the damage to Iran and proxies. If the president really wants to join the fight, he should concentrate on reviving his predecessor’s “maximum pressure” policies that dwindled Iranian foreign currency reserves, halted its oil sales, and killed the IRGC’s Qasem Soleimani. Only then we could be assured, as Laszlo was, that “this time our side will win.”

BENNY AVNI
Benny Avni is a columnist who has published in the New York Post, WSJOpinion, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Israel Radio, Ha’Aretz, and others. Once New York Sun, always New York Sun.

What is Palestine


What is Palestine?

AUTHOR Allen West
DATE October 10, 2023

I condemn the actions of Hamas, send a warning to Hezbollah, and desire that our policies change towards the top sponsor of Islamic terrorism, Iran.
ALLEN WEST
OCT 10

Once again, attention is being drawn to a region I am quite familiar with, the Middle East. Once again, it has to do with an Islamic terrorist organization and their savage brutality. I find it extremely unconscionable to have useful idiots and mindless lemmings who are siding with these depraved monsters. Once again, they scream “Free Palestine” and disturbingly advance an idea that these terrorists are some misunderstood freedom fighters seeking relief from an “apartheid” type of persecution. Hmm, is that why we are seeing images of little Jewish children in cages? Anyone with a semblance of a moral compass can recognize who the perpetrators of evil are, and always have been.
However, perhaps it is time for the ol’ Colonel to give a little history lesson and expose the utter absurdity of this delusion of Palestine, and Palestinians.
Let’s take a trip back to the 2nd century, the years 132-135 AD to what was known then as Judea. First, let’s understand that the Nation of Israel has been in existence some 5,775 years, if my memory serves me correctly. But it was during this time period that the Romans controlled the region and subjugated the Jewish people, and nation. It was then that a man named Simon bar Kohkba embarked upon what is known as the Bar Kohkba or Second Jewish revolution, against the Roman empire. Initially, the Jewish people were successful against a numerically superior, and dominant, Roman army, but that did not deter Rome. The resolve of the Roman empire was well known at that time in history and their commitment to crush the Jewish people was intense.
The end result of the bar Kohkba revolt was that Rome unleashed hell upon the region of Judea, and the Jewish people. Roman Emperor Hadrian believed that the root cause of the revolt was Judaism, the Jewish faith. The objective was to erase the Jewish people and their faith from existence. Scrolls were burned, rabbis were executed, temples were once again destroyed, and the Jewish people fled, the first diaspora. To add greater insult, Emperor Hadrian decreed that Jerusalem would be renamed Aeolia/Aelia Capitolina and the region would no longer be called Judea, but rather Syriac/Syria Palaestina. Yes, the first introduction of the word “Palestine” was as punishment to the Jewish people, by the Romans, for revolting against their rule.
Now, the interesting thing about the word “Palaestina” is that the root word, or derivative, comes from the word “Philistia.” This goes back to the ancient Philistines — you know, Goliath — and scholars believe the Philistines originated from Greece or the islands in the Aegean Sea. Now, fast forward to just after World War I, when the region fell under the control of the British upon the defeat of the Ottoman Turk Empire. The passports issued to those residing in the region were Palestine. But do not forget, the region was also referred to as the Levant and even the terrorist organization used this reference as ISIL. But we do not hear of any references to Levantinians?
My point? There has never been a nation called Palestine, it is just a region. The introduction of the word is based upon the destruction and dispersion of the Jewish nation 132-135 AD, as a decree from Roman Emperor Hadrian. There has never been a separate Palestinian language, culture, currency, anything. Much differently, the Kurdish people, the world’s largest ethnic group without a homeland, have a distinctive language, culture, and history, which is why I support an independent Kurdistan.
People talk about a two-state solution, well, the world made that decision, it was Israel and Jordan. That was not good enough for a militant Islamist, an Arab, named Yasser Arafat, who established the original Islamic terrorist organization, the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization). Just what were they intending to liberate? Their goal was the same as subsequent Islamic terrorist organizations — Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad — to eradicate, eliminate, and erase the Jewish nation, and its people. Hmm, was that not the same goal and objective of Roman Emperor Hadrian? Or for that matter Adolf Hitler as well as Yasser Arafat’s uncle, the so-called Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who blended Naziism with Arab Nationalism. Oh, didn’t Yasser Arafat receive the Nobel Peace Prize?
This whole Palestine thing is just a big ruse and a hoax, that is if you accept history and fact. Otherwise, you are, as mentioned earlier, a useful idiot and mindless lemming who has been duped. The entire purpose of Hamas and Hezbollah is the eradication of Israel, just as with Roman Emperor Hadrian. There is no, and never has been a nation called Palestine or a people called Palestinians. Heck, it would be the same in declaring “Free Appalachia!” They’re American, speak English, and it is a region, not a nation.
In order to Live Free, you can’t be stupid and a pawn of leftist and Islamic terrorist propaganda. As the Executive Director of the American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU), I condemn the actions of Hamas, send a warning to Hezbollah, and desire that our policies change toward the top sponsor of Islamic terrorism, Iran. Israel is a sovereign Nation-State, our closest ally in the Middle East, and has the right to exist and defend itself against this barbaric incursion which claimed the lives of nine Americans as part of the nearly 1,000 Jewish citizens who were killed, with three times that number wounded.
If you wish to “Free Palestine,” based on history, it means returning Judea to the Jewish people, and I would also include Samaria. There has never been any such thing as a West Bank until the smoke screen of Islamists forced it into existence, after losing a war to Israel because of their attack.
Islamic terrorists who control Gaza invaded a sovereign nation, as non-state, non-uniformed belligerents they are not protected under the Geneva Convention. America should be on alert as we have allowed millions of single military-age males entry into our nation, some known, many unknown, and thousands from countries on the terrorist watch list.
The tolerance for this abhorrent behavior has run out. No amount of ranting from progressive socialists and their media accomplices will deter the inevitable: the destruction of Islamic terrorism. I am all in with that.

Steadfast and Loyal.
Allen West

Trump Indictment Is a Mockery of Common Sense

Trump Indictment Is a Mockery of Common Sense
Attempting to criminalize Trump’s dispute of the election could stunt healthy political dissent
By Christopher Roach

August 7, 2023
At the end of the classic independent film Reservoir Dogs, the characters end up in a Mexican standoff. The criminal gang’s ringleader, Joe, insists that Mr. Orange is working with the police, even though he is dying on the floor, having been shot during a failed jewelry store heist. Mr. White – the crooks use aliases – insists that Joe is wrong. Guns get drawn. Mr. White demands some proof for Joe’s claim about Mr. Orange. Joe angrily responds, “You don’t need proof when you have instinct!” You can watch the (admittedly brutal) scene here.
This illustrates something we all experience: People disagree about many things for many reasons. Sometimes they have different sources of information. Often, they have different intuitions about shared information. Sometimes, their views are clouded by self-interest. And, frequently, people disagree because a pattern of facts matches their experience, even though they do not have rigorous proof.
Much of politics has this quality. Politics arise from disagreements. People disagree about their values and opinions, about who should rule and how, and sometimes they disagree about facts, particularly complex ones. What caused a recession? Who started a war? What is the best way to reduce crime? These are factual questions of a sort, but beliefs about these kinds of facts are inseparable from one’s values and loyalties.
A Stretch of an Indictment
For Special Counsel Jack Smith, who has now brought a second indictment against former President Trump, the world is much simpler: There is only truth and fraud. There are no honest disagreements, misunderstandings or debates.
Thus, most of the indictment consists of ridiculous constructs: The election was not stolen, and we know because Jack Smith told us so. Someone told Trump this, but Trump disagreed. Because Trump didn’t embrace the conventional wisdom, he is now a liar committing criminal fraud.
In one typical passage, the indictment alleges: “On November 13, 2020, the Defendant had a conversation with his Campaign Manager, who informed him that a claim that had been circulating, that a substantial number of non-citizens had voted in Arizona, was false.”
Let us set aside the fact that contesting elections has never been criminal before. Since when does someone have to believe everything they’re told? Millions of Americans have concluded the election was stolen or, at the very least, rigged. Are we all criminal coconspirators too?
Information, Misinformation and Disinformation
One of the more corrosive developments of recent years is what I would call the “Results-Oriented Epistemology of the National Security State.” For the bloated national security regime, everything is an information operation. There is no truth as such, only what advances the mission or the party line. After it’s dressed up with the trappings of science, or the intelligence community’s consensus, or NPR’s imprimatur, otherwise unproven beliefs become gospel truth. Indeed, their opposites do as well when the party line changes.
The whole thing reeks of insecurity because outside of this official “truth,” there is very little room for disagreement or debate. Any deviance is given a sinister and value-laden label: disinformation, misinformation, conspiracy theory and hate speech. It is of minor importance that the government-dictated truth is not, in fact, always true.
Under this view of truth and falsehood, the fact/opinion distinction collapses too. Things that were always considered opinions or mixed assertions of fact and opinion – questions like “Who is the most beautiful woman?” or “Who has the best football team?” – now become undebatable axioms, for which there is only one correct view when they involve analogous political questions, like whether an election was fair or what are our foreign policy interests.
This way of thinking really took shape during the Russian Collusion hoax. The media, the FBI and Robert Mueller transformed a handful of Russian-funded memes into dangerous “election interference” and “disinformation,” a threat to our sacred democracy. They repeatedly connected Trump to these hackneyed efforts with a vague charge of “collusion,” even though it was actually his callow opponent, Hillary Clinton, who funded a completely false “dossier” on Trump and colluded with foreign nationals to do so.
Donald Trump pointedly said in a recent opinion piece, “As the Twitter Files have proven, the Radical Left establishment also used the Russia Hoax to attack freedom of speech. They built a sprawling domestic censorship regime under the guise of combatting so-called ‘Russian disinformation’ – which they quickly defined to include any content they did not like.” Having achieved some results this way, our ruling class applied the same approach to complex matters like COVID, mRNA vaccines and the recent transexual mania.
This understanding of truth empowers the government to prosecute Trump for contesting the 2020 election. Trump has done nothing novel here. Candidates have previously contested elections both in court and in the court of public opinion. Remember Stacy Abrams and Al Gore.
Is Political Disagreement Still Allowed?
Until recently, Americans always understood that politics could be rough and tumble, that people have different beliefs about both facts and values and that some things cannot be known with 100% certainty.
The competitive election process was supposed to air out both sides. Voters knew politicians exaggerated the facts a little bit (or a lot). Even so, there used to be a certain amount of trust in the common sense of voters to navigate through the fog and arrive at a reasonable decision. After all, if we do not trust voters to sift through competing accounts of reality and judge proposed policies, why so much praise from our overlords about Our Democracy?
With the Deep State and donor class now united on most items, everyone running for office is supposed to endorse a single, narrow party line or else. We have seen this before.
The indictment alleges Trump fought like hell over the 2020 election, even though he secretly knew he lost. This is ridiculous. Trump, I’ll admit, likely didn’t do extensive regression analysis; it’s not his style. But he smelled a rat with Biden’s avoidance of campaigning, extensive mail-in voting, the prolonged vote-counting process, and the various mid-game rule changes in places like Pennsylvania and Michigan. Trump is being persecuted for noticing.
Returning to the opening vignette from Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Orange really was an undercover cop. Joe was right. Like he said, “You don’t need proof when you have instinct!”
Christopher Roach is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness and an attorney in private practice based in Florida. He is a double graduate of the University of Chicago and has previously been published by The Federalist, Takimag, Chronicles, the Washington Legal Foundation, the Marine Corps Gazette, and the Orlando Sentinel. The views presented are solely his own.
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Moms for Liberty

DeSantis, Trump and Other 2024 GOP Campaigns Take Notice of Moms for Liberty
Members are shaping a new Republican Party platform on education
By Eliza Collins | Photographs by Madeline Gray for The Wall Street JournalMay 30, 2023 12:01 am ET

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.—In recent weeks, Tara Wood has introduced Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a gathering of conservative activists, brought people to South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s campaign launch and is talking to the Trump campaign about meeting with the former president.
Wood is president of the Charleston County, S.C., chapter of Moms for Liberty, a nationwide organization that has become an influential force in the GOP presidential primary. The group, which didn’t exist during the 2020 race, has become the loudest voice advocating for greater parental involvement in schools. Members are helping shape a new education platform for the Republican Partyin 2024.
“The moms in this country, they’re going to save America,” said Wood, who has a 14-year-old daughter and a 28-year-old stepson. She quit her job as a real-estate agent to focus full time on her efforts to change what students are taught in schools.
Moms for Liberty is technically nonpartisan but largely attracts conservative women. What started as a grassroots entity of moms working to change their local school boards’ votes on corona virus restrictions and curriculums has morphed into a nationwide network with more than 100,000members and 275 chapters. Members are pushing to revamp the U.S. education system with policies aimed at limiting teachings on gender, race and sex in schools; banning books they deem inappropriate;and placing limits on transgender students in school sports.
GOP presidential candidates are trying to tap into Moms for Liberty’s powerful networks to gain an edge in states that hold early nominating contests, including South Carolina, which is third behind Iowa and New Hampshire. Candidates have courted the group’s leaders and members, inviting them to key campaign events and holding listening sessions over pizza and barbecue. And, after intensive lobbying efforts by the group, some top Republican hopefuls have reflected their proposals in campaign platforms or legislative efforts.
The group pushed Donald Trump to embrace their issues more than he did in 2016 and 2020, and his campaign platform reads like it is from the group’s website, including a pledge to cut federal funding from any school pushing so-called critical race theory and what he deems other inappropriate sexual and political content. Its members lobbied DeSantis, an early advocate for restrictions on curriculum, to sign a slate of education measures that Moms for Liberty touts as the gold standard. Members also backed bills that the GOP-majority House of Representatives passed to put restrictions on school curriculums and ban transgender girls and women from competing in female event categories in school sports.
Critics say these moms have inappropriately inserted conservative beliefs into school systems and are impeding necessary conversations about the history of racism in America. They say that limiting conversations about gender and banning transgendered people from competing in sports is harmful for students.
President Biden and Democrats see the issue as boosting their chances in a general election where they hope voters will view such moves as excessive government control and censorship. Biden, who is expected to get his party’s nomination, cited book bans in his campaign launch. One progressive organization, MoveOn, is fundraising with the goal of filling a bus with books banned in Florida schools to hand out.
Women have had higher turnout than men in midterm and presidential elections since 1982, census data show. One-third of women identify as conservative. Republican women vote for the GOP candidate nearly all of the time, according to analysis from Gallup and AP Votecast.
Moms for Liberty doesn’t plan to endorse in the GOP primary. Candidates will have to court its members individually or in small groups, like the one gathered over coffee on a recent spring day outside of Charleston. These members of the Berkeley County South Carolina chapter of Moms for Liberty described in interviews why no candidate is their clear favorite.
Those who want Trump back in the White House say it is because they view him as the strongest fighter, and they believe he would get their education priorities implemented if elected. Those lining up behind DeSantis say he has the record—including signing a bill restricting teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in public school—and has a better chance at winning a general election.
“Trump is the only one who has the chutzpah to be able to do away with that bureaucracy,” said grandmother Peggy Lassanske, 76, referring to the education department and government. Lassansk evoted for Trump twice, put out yard signs and made phone calls for him in 2020. She has not committed to any candidate and wants someone to earn her vote.
April Coleman, 49, with three teenagers, said she has a “Trump girl” hat and Trump flags she can pull back out if he is the nominee. But she is going to support either DeSantis or Scott because she worries the former president is too divisive in a general election. “I just want to win,” she said.
Christi Dixon, 54, a mom of four kids between ages 14 and 31, chairs the Berkeley County chapter and is undecided on whom to support, though she has been heartened to see candidates “recognize that the movement for parental rights has gained traction and it’s gonna be important in the next election.”
Moms for Liberty is a nonprofit that doesn’t have to disclose its donors, and founders say it is funded by donations and merchandise sales. Two political-action committees run from the group are focused on school board and superintendent races.
Schools rely on only about 10% of federal funding, and funding decisions must first be approved by Congress, giving the executive branch less power than presidential candidates often campaign on, said Marguerite Roza, director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University.
DeSantis has held listening sessions over pizza and barbeque with Moms for Liberty members in the general election battleground states of Michigan and Georgia. Earlier this year, he met with Moms for Liberty founders to discuss endorsements for school-board candidates and spoke at their summit last year. Trump’s team offered a chance for members of Iowa chapters to take a photo with him and reserved special seating for them at an event.
Scott’s team reached out to Wood and Dixon ahead of his campaign launch and asked them to bring friends, the two said. A Scott-aligned group donated to a fundraiser held by the Charleston chapter, and he frequently talks during appearances about education and his push to expand school choice.
Vivek Ramaswamy, founder of a biopharmaceutical company, has held town-hall gatherings with Moms for Liberty members in Iowa and South Carolina. Ramaswamy said he signed the group’s parent pledge, a promise to push the issue, “to provide empowerment to parents and to moms in particular across the country who are concerned about their kids’ education.”
The concept of changing what kids are taught in schools has had mixed success in a general election. Tiffany Justice, a Moms for Liberty cofounder, said roughly half of 270 candidates endorsed by her group won their seats in the 2022 midterms.
An April Wall Street Journal poll found that 59% of GOP primary voters favored withholding federal funding from schools that teach concepts related to systemic racism, while 33% of the general electorate backed such a move.

Aaron Zitner and Ben Chapman contributed to this article.
Write to Eliza Collins at eliza.collins@wsj.com—
Appeared in the May 31, 2023, print edition as ‘Moms for Liberty Is Force in GOP’.

The Bigotry That Proudly Speaks Its Name

The Bigotry That Proudly Speaks Its Name
From Dodger Stadium to Washington, indulging anti-Catholic sentiment is an elite pastime.

By Gerard Baker

When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he felt compelled, memorably, to make a declaration ofpolitical independence from the authorities of his Catholic faith.
His opponents had notoriously exploited anti-Catholic sentiment in key states to suggest that somehowa papist in the Oval Office would owe principal loyalty to the Vatican and would take instruction fromthe pope on critical questions of the presidency.
The issue had dogged him through Democratic primaries and threatened him in a close generalelection, so in remarks to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in September, Mr. Kennedysought to lay the calumny to rest: “I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the DemocraticParty’s candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church onpublic matters, and the church does not speak for me.”Sixty years on, Joe Biden, the second Catholic president, hasn’t had to make a similar declaration. It would be nice to think that is because America is a more tolerant place than it was in 1960. But with each day of his presidency it seems the opposite is true. Anti-Catholic bigotry is entrenched among the left-wing elites who control the Democratic Party, and they have no fear that Mr. Biden in office would lift a finger to restrain it. Far from being a secret agent for the Vatican, the president seems content to be a very public agent for the continuous denigration of those who hold to traditional Catholic doctrine.
The grip this bigotry holds on our cultural life was on display last week in a revealing surrender by the Los Angeles Dodgers. As they planned for their annual Pride Night festivities next month, the Dodgers, the leading baseball franchise in a city that is one-third Catholic, initially thought it prudent to withdraw a plan to give an award to a famously ribald group whose signature is the mockery and vilification of traditional Catholic teaching on sexual mores.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence describe themselves facetiously as a “leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns.” They do community-service work but are most visible for their performative acts— frequently involving lewd depictions of sacred Catholic rituals that crudely lampoon the church’s precepts on homosexuality and transgenderism.
After an outcry over the disinvitation, the Dodgers reversed course and reinvited them last Monday. There is a wider political and cultural significance to the Dodgers’ craven genuflection to the powerful crowd who dominate our cultural conversation. The White House declined to comment on the matter, its press spokeswoman saying she wasn’t “going to get in the middle of who a sports team is going to honor or should honor or should not honor.” You don’t need a vivid imagination to ponder what the administration might have said if a sports team had invited an anti-trans or pro-life group to receive plaudits at a game.

The Bigotry That Proudly Speaks Its Name

The Bigotry That Proudly Speaks Its Name
From Dodger Stadium to Washington, indulging anti-Catholic sentiment is an elite pastime.

By Gerard Baker

When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he felt compelled, memorably, to make a declaration ofpolitical independence from the authorities of his Catholic faith.
His opponents had notoriously exploited anti-Catholic sentiment in key states to suggest that somehowa papist in the Oval Office would owe principal loyalty to the Vatican and would take instruction fromthe pope on critical questions of the presidency.
The issue had dogged him through Democratic primaries and threatened him in a close generalelection, so in remarks to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in September, Mr. Kennedysought to lay the calumny to rest: “I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the DemocraticParty’s candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church onpublic matters, and the church does not speak for me.”Sixty years on, Joe Biden, the second Catholic president, hasn’t had to make a similar declaration. It would be nice to think that is because America is a more tolerant place than it was in 1960. But with each day of his presidency it seems the opposite is true. Anti-Catholic bigotry is entrenched among the left-wing elites who control the Democratic Party, and they have no fear that Mr. Biden in office would lift a finger to restrain it. Far from being a secret agent for the Vatican, the president seems content to be a very public agent for the continuous denigration of those who hold to traditional Catholic doctrine.
The grip this bigotry holds on our cultural life was on display last week in a revealing surrender by the Los Angeles Dodgers. As they planned for their annual Pride Night festivities next month, the Dodgers, the leading baseball franchise in a city that is one-third Catholic, initially thought it prudent to withdraw a plan to give an award to a famously ribald group whose signature is the mockery and vilification of traditional Catholic teaching on sexual mores.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence describe themselves facetiously as a “leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns.” They do community-service work but are most visible for their performative acts— frequently involving lewd depictions of sacred Catholic rituals that crudely lampoon the church’s precepts on homosexuality and transgenderism.
After an outcry over the disinvitation, the Dodgers reversed course and reinvited them last Monday. There is a wider political and cultural significance to the Dodgers’ craven genuflection to the powerful crowd who dominate our cultural conversation. The White House declined to comment on the matter, its press spokeswoman saying she wasn’t “going to get in the middle of who a sports team is going to honor or should honor or should not honor.” You don’t need a vivid imagination to ponder what the administration might have said if a sports team had invited an anti-trans or pro-life group to receive plaudits at a game.

Objectivity is the Objective

Fundamentally Transformed

By: Judd Garrett

Objectivity is the Objective

April 2, 2023 American Greatness

In 2008, Barack Obama promised that he was going to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America. This past week’s unprecedented indictment of a former President and frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election on trumped-up process crimes is a clear sign that Obama has succeeded. The United States of America has been fundamentally transformed. The foundation of America which had made us the greatest country on the planet has been destroyed. All that is left is a corrupt shell of our past greatness.

This has been building over the last 15 years. It started in 2010 when Lois Lerner weaponized the IRS to target Barack Obama’s and the Democrats’ political opponents – The Tea Party. In 2016, the Obama DOJ falsified FISA warrants to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign, his transition team, and eventually his Presidency. Hillary Clinton paid a foreign spy to create a false dossier that the DOJ used to launch a 2½ year fraudulent Russia collusion investigation against Trump which hamstrung his presidency. In 2022, the FBI raided Donald Trump’s private home looking for “classified”documents, something that many former White House officials had also done, but were not raided. Since 2016, 11 associates of Donald Trump have been arrested and charged with crimes, most of which are process crimes. And now, Donald Trump has been indicted for bookkeeping errors.

The DOJ and the legal system have been weaponized against the one candidate and the one President who made it his goal to destroy the deep state. The two impeachments, the spying, the fraudulent investigations, the arrests of his associates, the sham January 6 hearing, the FBI raid, and now this indictment, are all proof that the deep state actually exists and will go to great lengths to protect itself. The deep state is trying to stop Trump from becoming President not because he is a threat to our democracy but because he is a threat to their corruption of our democracy. Each attack against Trump is proof that he is clearly over the target, and they are scared to death.

All of this malfeasance against Trump is further evidence that the 2020 election was rigged because if they will go to these extremes to prevent Donald Trump from being President now, they would not have balked at stuffing the ballot boxes with fraudulent mail-in ballots then, especially after we substantially changed the election security laws which made our elections extremely vulnerable to fraud. If Joe Biden legitimately beat Donald Trump by over 7 million votes in 2020, the Democrats would be salivating at the chance of a potential rematch between Biden and Trump. It should be a cakewalk for Biden, yet they are going to unprecedented lengths to take Trump out of the race because they know the last election was fraudulent.

The Twitter files showed that the FBI and Democrats colluded with big tech during the 2020 election cycle to censor the Republicans’ political speech and also to ban damaging stories about Joe Biden on social media which influenced the result of the election, but no one is going to jail for that. When polled, 15% of Biden voters said they would not have voted for Biden if they knew about Hunter Biden’s laptop, which means Biden would have only received 68 million votes instead of 81 million, and would have lost the election to Trump’s 74 million votes. The Democrat censorship of social media produced a 13 million vote swing that they fear they will not be able to reproduce in 2024, with censorship again.

The weaponization of our intelligence agencies and DOJ has created a two-tiered justice system. Donald Trump was impeached for a false charge of “quid pro quo” in Ukraine while Joe Biden admitted on video that as Vice President, he used $1 billion of military aid in a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine to keep his son from being prosecuted, and no one batted an eye. Thousands of Republican protestors who breached the United States Capital on January 6th, 2021, were arrested and have spent over a year in jail without having their cases adjudicated while very few Democrat protestors who breached the Wisconsin capital, the Tennessee capital, the Oklahoma capital, the Florida capital, and even the United States capital have been arrested, and the ones who were, had their charges dropped or reduced to nothing fairly quickly. Donald Trump is indicted for financial process crimes while Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Mitch McConnell have been selling political influence to our geo-political enemies such as China to enrich themselves for years, and nothing happens to them.

Parents who speak out against the woke curriculum being taught in public schools at school board meetings are placed on the FBI’s Terror Watch list, while members of BLM and Antifa who conducted over 500 riots in 2020 and burned parts of our major cities to the ground, and firebombed Federal courthouses and police stations, were never placed on the Terror Watch list.

In 2016, Trump supporter, Douglas Mackey, tweeted a joke, “Avoid the line. Vote from home. Text ‘Hillary’ to 59925,” and he has been convicted of election interference and is facing 10 years in prison; while Clinton supporter, Kristina Wong tweeted a very similar joke, “Trump Supporters! Skip poll lines at #Election2016 and TEXT in your vote! Text votes are legit,” and she has not even been arrested or charged with anything.

Democrats have been warning about threats to our democracy. They claim that if you didn’t want to take a vaccine that you don’t need and doesn’t work, then you are a threat to our democracy. If you don’t support giving Ukraine $100 billion to fight the Russians for us, then you are a threat to our democracy. If you support voter ID or are against universal mail-in bailouts, then you are a threat to our democracy. But we are witnessing the true threat to our Democracy with the indictment of a leading political candidate.

Those who are cheering this indictment, or who are indifferent to it because they don’t like Trump, do not realize what the left is doing to our country. If it is now okay for a partisan prosecutor to arrest a political opponent on trumped-up charges, we are opening the door for this to become commonplace. They are doing this knowingly because they do not believe in the rule of law. They want to destroy the rule of law. That’s the way they get supreme power. The rule of law and the constitution stand in the way of them attaining absolute power, so they must be destroyed, and indicting a former president is a major step in the destruction of our system. People are claiming that this is the type of thing that only happens in a banana republic, but in reality, this is the stuff of totalitarian states.

As further proof that the people in power no longer believe that we are living in a constitutional system, Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence.” In our former constitutional system, the burden is not on the defendant to prove his innocence, the burden is on the prosecutor to prove guilt. We are innocent until proven guilty. In a totalitarian system, we are guilty until we can prove our innocence, and that’s what people like Nancy Pelosi want. But this inverted statement of our judicial philosophy is coming from a career politician who made millions of dollars from her husband engaging in insider trading using the privileged information she gave him. She also tweeted, “No one is above the law,”while knowing full well that she is above the law

What are Vladimir Putin, President Xi, and Miguel Díaz-Canel thinking, as they witness the party in power in the United States locking up their political opponent? The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, tweeted: “Sadly, it’ll be very hard for US Foreign Policy to use arguments such as ‘democracy’ and ‘free and fair elections’ or try to condemn ‘political prosecution’ in other countries, from now on. ” As all of this is going on, China and Russia have aligned. China and Iraq are aligning. The biggest threat to our democracy and democracy around the free world is totalitarian China, yet one of the very few politicians willing to stand up against China, Donald Trump, is the politician who Joe Biden – the president who has been selling out our country to China for years – wants to lock up.

This should scare the hell out of every American. By coming after Trump, they are coming after you and me, and they will use every power at their disposal to keep us under their heel. The 87,000 new IRS agents were not hired to go after the billionaires. The tax code is already set up to favor them. The 87,000 IRS agents were hired to go after you. They were hired to go after me. They were hired to go after anybody who has the temerity to question the administration.

I’ve always believed that the United States of America is the greatest country the world has ever seen. But with this indictment of a former President and the weaponization of the judicial system, it is hard to say where we are unique anymore, and that is what Obama wanted to transform us into all along. 250 years ago, John Adams said, we are a “nation of laws, not of men. ” This fundamental transformation of the United States of America has flipped that on its head. We have become a nation of men, and not of the laws. And the irony is that the law is being twisted and perverted and weaponized to destroy political opponents, just like the kings and the despots did centuries ago.

The transformation of America over the last 15 years has brought the American experiment to its end. And maybe the American experiment was a fool’s errand all along. Maybe human beings are not capable of the ideals set forth by our founders – freedom, individual rights, and self-government. Maybe we are no better than all of those Third World Middle Eastern countries that we tried to import democracy and constitutionalism into but failed miserably. I never understood why the people in those countries did not fight more for freedom, individual rights, and democracy. Why did they allow their country to implode back into totalitarianism so quickly? But now, looking at what is happening to our country today, I better understand.

Maybe the ideals of our founding are incompatible with the human race altogether. There are always people who want to be despots, who want total rule over others, and there will always be people who want to be ruled. That is the natural bent of humanity, As the Jews were wandering in the desert for 40 years after being freed from the enslavement of Egypt, many of them longed for Egypt, they longed for the security of their slavery. The insecurity, the not knowing of being free in the desert was too scary for them, so many of the Jews wanted to go back to Egypt, they wanted the security of being a slave, again. Too many people in this country are all too willing to exchange their freedom for a false sense of security that never comes, and when we all eventually succumb to it, we will have fundamentally transformed America into Obama’s totalitarianism.

China rallies countries against dollar as US bickers over gender

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4/1/23, 8:28 AM China rallies countries against dollar as US bickers over gender | Frontline Newshttps://frontline.news/post/china-rallies-countries-against-dollar-as-us-bickers-over-gender 1/5 China rallies countries against dollar as US bickers over gender 

China, France conduct first energy transaction in Chinese yuanYSMarch 31, 2023 | 09:02 AMPosted by Yudi ShermanAs the US bickers over the gender of the latest mass shooter, China is nearing dominion over the United States by playing peacemaker amongthe world’s most powerful countries and rallying them against the dollar.China made attempts this month to broker a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine, much as Israel did last year. Both times, the US ledWestern countries in shutting down any proposal of peace, though this time the Biden administration did not wait for negotiations to begin before declaring peace between the countries “unacceptable”.“What we have said before, and we’ll say it again today, that if coming out of this meeting [between China and Russia], there’s some sort of callfor a ceasefire, well, that’s just going to be unacceptable because all that’s going to do . . . is ratify Russia’s conquest to date,” National SecurityCouncil spokesman John Kirby said in an interview on Fox News. “All that’s going to do is give Mr. Putin more time to re-fit ,retrain, re-man and try to plan for renewed offensives at a time of his choosing.” And, true to form, Ukraine and its Western allies declined the Kremlin’s China-brokered proposal for a ceasefire because it did not include the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Donbas region. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that it would “simply freeze” the conflict 
Just days earlier, China President Xi Jinping had brokered an historic peace deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia after paying a visit to Riyadh inDecember and hosting Iran President Ebrahim Raisi in Beijing. The two oil-rich countries, who have been feuding bitterly for seven years in adeeply religious conflict, signed an agreement in Beijing this month to reestablish diplomatic relations.On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia joined China’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a security, political and trade alliance led by the ChineseCommunist Party and involving Russia, India, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey, with Iran counted among the four observer states. CNBC describesthe move by Riyadh as “a further step away from U.S. interests”. On Wednesday, Watcher Guru reported that for the first time, China and France conducted a liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade in Chinese yuan,thereby ending reliance on the US dollar for energy trades. The trade involved 65,000 tons of LNG from the United Arab Emirates.China this week also reached an agreement with Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, to exclude the US dollar from their transactions.Instead, China and Brazil will transact in yuan and reals, respectively. China is Brazil’s largest trading partner with a record high $150.5 billion in bilateral trades last year, and Russia’s top trading partner witha record high $190 billion in trades last year.At the same time, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa make up the BRICS economic alliance that is also alienating the United States,who is imposing sanctions on Russia. BRICS, which represents 42% of the world population, launched the New Development Bank in 2014 asan alternative to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. At the urging of financial experts, BRICS is currently considering offering membership to other countries, in part to untie its members from the US dollar.    
         

BIDEN AND HARRIS BOTH WEAK GOING INTO 2024. BYRON YORK

BIDEN AND HARRIS BOTH WEAK GOING INTO 2024.

President Joe Biden’s job approval rating has fallen to 38% in a new poll from the Associated Press and the National Opinion Research Center — close to his lowest rating ever in that poll. Just last month, Biden’s rating was 45%, which was as high as it has been since his rating began a long slide a few months after he took office.
What’s going on? The economy. In the month since Biden’s previous, higher rating, people have become deeply concerned about the safety of the banking system. They have renewed worries about inflation. They are concerned about some difficult-to-understand maladies affecting world economic stability. They are, in short, worried about the economy, and when voters are worried about the economy, they are less inclined to view the president of the United States positively.
You can see it in some of the poll’s measurements. When respondents were asked, “Generally speaking, would you say things in this country are headed in the right direction or the wrong direction?” — the oldest question in the polling book — just 21% said the country is headed in the right direction, versus 78% who said wrong direction. The right direction number fell 7 points from just last month, and the wrong direction number rose 7 points.

The pollsters gave respondents several ways to describe the economy. Would you say it is very good, somewhat good, or leans toward good? Or would you say it is very poor, somewhat poor, or leans toward poor? The number of people who said it is good, or even just leans toward good, was 25%, versus 75% who said it is some version of poor. The good number was down 7 points from last month, and the bad number was up 7 points — a perfect reflection of the right direction/wrong direction measure.
The pollsters then asked respondents to describe their own financial situation the same way — very good, somewhat good, leans toward good, very poor, somewhat poor, or leans toward poor. The number who called their situation some version of good fell 4 points to 53% — the lowest it has been in Biden’s presidency. The number who called their situation some version of poor rose 4 points to 47% — the highest it has been in Biden’s presidency.
Finally, Biden’s rating specifically on his handling of the economy fell to 31% — the lowest of his time in office. Put it all together, and you see how vulnerable a president’s job approval rating is to the state of the economy.

As he considers a reelection race, Biden has problems he can fix, problems he can do a little about, and problems he cannot do anything about.
You have seen him try to move toward the center on two of his biggest vulnerabilities — the border and crime. Maybe he can do something about them and increase his approval in those areas.
Then there is the economy. Biden has already done a lot to damage the economy, mostly by pushing federal spending to unheard-of heights, which helped drive up the inflation rate that made making ends meet far more difficult for millions of people. Now, he could help by trying to reverse some of those policies, but he’s not going to do it because that would put him at odds with much of his Democratic base.
And then there are the things — the thing, actually — that Biden can do absolutely nothing about. He is 80 years old. He would be 82 at the start of a second term and 86 at the end. That is something that is always an underlying concern of voters, and Biden can’t change it.
One more thing. He apparently cannot, or will not, change his vice presidential running mate, either. And that could be another big problem for Biden 2024. A new report from Reuters said Biden is increasingly frustrated with the performance and attitude of Vice President Kamala Harris. Presidents look to vice presidents to take on difficult or unrewarding jobs, and Biden doesn’t see Harris doing that. “A point of tension in their relationship is that I don’t think that the president sees her as somebody who takes anything off his plate,” a former White House official told Reuters. The reason? Harris has a “fear of messing up,” the former official said. Another former White House official said Biden worries whether Harris is capable of “consistently rising to the occasion.”
Of course, the vice president already has low job approval ratings. It is fair to say she has not caught on with the public during her time in office. And beyond that, she does not fix any weakness that Biden has — that is, the two are not a complementary mix.
In the past, presidential candidates have picked running mates to make up for some of their own deficiencies. George W. Bush was thought to be callow, so he picked a government heavyweight, Dick Cheney, to be his running mate. Barack Obama was thought to be inexperienced, so he picked an experienced senator, Joe Biden, to be his running mate. Cheney and Biden lent heft to the ticket that the presidential candidate did not possess.
Now Biden is president himself, and with his decades of experience in government, his needs are different than those of Bush or Obama. As an 82-year-old candidate, he needs a vice president who voters believe could instantly assume the presidency and be able to do the job. Harris has not made that impression on voters. Her weakness heightens, rather than reduces, Biden’s weakness.
So that is Biden’s situation now as he plans to announce his 2024 candidacy. Voters worry about his advanced age. His job approval is low, extremely vulnerable to variations in the economy. And his vice president offers him no help. Not a good platform for the launch of a new campaign.
For a deeper dive into many of the topics covered in the Daily Memo, please listen to my podcast, The Byron York Show — available on the Ricochet Audio Network and everywhere else podcasts can be found.

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The March Madness of the President: Victor Davis Hanson

The March Madness of the President

Joe Biden’s political utility and near senility serve as exemptions for his often sexist, racist, and creepy riffs.

By: Victor Davis Hanson

American Greatness

March 12, 2023

Another couple of weeks, another bout of madness from Joe Biden and his team. Of recent Biden delusions, consider:

ü Biden went off in one of his impromptu Corn Pop or “beat-up-Trump-behind-the-bleachers” fables. These often slurred and nearly unintelligible tales characteristically virtue signal Biden’s own victimhood and “courage.”

ü They are interspersed with his bizarre propensity for eerie female contact. So we see or hear of his long record of blowing into the ears and hair or squeezing the necks of young girls. He hugs, for far too long, mature women. He can call out among a crowd an anonymous attractive teen stranger. Or, recently he relates an incoherent but quasi-sexual vignette.

ü So Joe recalled his patient days in his usual off-topic “no lie/not kidding/no joke” manner (i.e., tip-offs that he’s lying). He told us that a noble nurse once would “come in and do things that I don’t think you learn in medical school—in nursing school.” The president got a nervous laugh from the apparent quasi-pornographic reference (but then again Joe is excused because he is a “feminist”) before he detailed her technique:

“She’d whisper in my ear. I didn’t—couldn’t understand her, but she’d whisper, and she’d lean down. She’d actually breathe on me to make sure that I was—there was a connection, a human connection.”

ü A woman leaning over to blow into a prone man’s ear certainly constitutes a “human connection.” Yet all of Joe’s fables have different Homeric-style retellings. Two years ago he claimed that the same nurse in question actually blew into his nostrils. What a strange air-pressure technique that must have entailed for a person recovering from brain surgery. But perhaps it was consistent with biblical references to God blowing the spirit of life into the nose of man.

ü About a week later, referencing that hospital stay, Biden added that doctors “had to take the top of my head off a couple of times, see if I had a brain”—a reference that did not reassure the nation he is not enfeebled.

ü No one in the media had much of a reaction because Joe Biden’s political utility and near senility serve as exemptions for his often sexist, racist, and creepy riffs.

ü Instead, the media wrote off the nurse breathing into good ol’ Joe’s orifices as belonging to the same weird genre that a while back gave us inner-city kids stroking the golden hairs on Joe’s tan legs, or the shower revelations of Ashley Biden’s diary, or his “you ain’t black,” “put y’all back in chains,” and “junkie” sorts of racial condescension (e.g., “Why the hell would I take a test? C’mon, man. That’s like saying before you got on this program, you take a test on whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”).

ü Joe also blustered to a crowd during Black History Month, “I may be a white boy, but I’m not stupid.”

ü The crowd laughed at the idea that the jester Biden believes white people are usually stupid, but that he, Joe, the exception to his race, is not stupid, despite being white. At least Biden finally referenced himself as “boy.” Usually, he has used that racial putdown for prominent blacks like Maryland Governor Wes Moore or a senior White House advisor Cedric Richmond.

The February-March madness of Joe was not through. Sometimes, his venom renders him disgustedly comic, as when he took the occasion of mass American deaths from fentanyl on his watch, to chuckle that the carnage was at least worse under Trump (an abject lie):

‘I should digress, probably. I’ve read, she [Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene], she was very specific recently, saying that a mom, a poor mother who lost two kids to fentanyl, that, that I killed her sons. Well, the interesting thing is that fentanyl they took came during the last administration.’ Followed by the Biden laugh.

Apparently, 100,000 dead at least deserve from Joe a “Trump did it” chuckle.

Joe, for the third time in two years, tripped and nearly fell ascending the ramp of Air Force One. At some point, even his supporters will concede that when octogenarians repeatedly stumble and fall, if not put under careful watch or provided a walker, it is only a matter of time until they break a hip and become bedridden.

In another replay, once again Biden finished his remarks, turned around to exit—and had no idea where he was going to go or whose invisible hand he was supposed to shake.

Amid all this, Biden more or less stuck to his now tired rhetorical themes.

One is the serial denunciation of the MAGA Republicans. Usually, he trashes them as semi-fascists or un-American, often in the context of his “unity speeches.” After calling for reconciliation, bipartisanship, and unity, Joe then usually tightens his face, grimaces, and starts yelling about the MAGA dregs and chumps.

If Biden is really angry, he adds the intensive adjective “Ultra” for the MAGAites. He gets particularly incensed when referencing the one percent who “don’t pay their fair share” (the one percent pays over 40 percent of all income tax revenues). Biden is oblivious that the entire Biden clan is under popular suspicion of not reporting all of the millions of dollars in quid pro quos leveraging they raked in from foreign governments without registering as their agents.

Note that his entire team, when stung by charges of incompetency or illegality, usually follows Joe’s tactic of “Trump did it.” So when Pete Buttigieg was criticized for ignoring the East Palestine rail wreck and reminded of his past serial transportation failures, junkets, and incoherent systemic racism charges, he retreated to blaming Trump for the derailment.

Buttigieg falsely claimed that Trump’s past lifting of particular electric railcar brake regulations caused the wheel bearing failure in East Palestine, a lie that even members of his department could not stomach.

Too, Joe creates elaborate fables. In the past two weeks, he returned to his civil rights lie that he was a campus activist agitating for racial justice. At least he did not add his usual fillips of being arrested or standing up to apartheid police in South Africa.

In Biden’s world, he brags he has reduced inflation. Yet when he entered office in January 2021, the annualized inflation rate was 1.7 percent. Two years later in January 2023, inflation went up to 6.4 percent, after hitting a high in June 2022 of 9.1 percent—3 ¾ times higher than when he took office. In mid-March, we will learn of the February 2023 annualized rate, but it is expected to climb back to more than 8 percent.

If anyone compares the current price of eggs, rent, diesel fuel, a natural gas heating bill, or building materials to their respective costs when Biden entered office, then he would know Biden’s inflation is cumulative, and has nearly destroyed the affordability of shelter, food, and fuel—the stuff of life.

He mentioned lowering the heating and cooling costs of American homes through his climate change advocacy. In truth, on average electric rates shot up over 10 percent last year. Natural gas and fuel went even higher to over 25 percent in a single year.

Biden talks about his low unemployment rate of 3.4 percent. But it is almost identical to what the Trump Administration achieved—without Biden’s high interest rates and acute inflation—in the months before the massive COVID lockdowns.

Moreover, current low employment is largely a reflection of reduced labor participation—due to early retirements, exits during the pandemic, fear of COVID, long COVID, the zoom culture, and most importantly the Biden continuance of massive COVID-era subsidies that discourage employment. The labor participation rate has hit near historic lows under Biden, lower than the pre-COVID rate under Trump.

It was not until last month that the Biden economy finally achieved the level of total employed Americans who had been working in January 2020 on the eve of the Covid lockdowns.

As far as interest rates for 30-year fixed mortgages, they were 2.9 percent when Biden took office. Now they are currently over 7 percent -2.4 times higher than when Biden took office.

In sum, Biden repeats the same patterns of deception: crash the economy as evidenced by many of its major indicators, then when a data point reveals a slight and likely temporary monthly recovery, he brags he “reduced” inflation, interest, or unemployment.

We also heard during the same week from Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland who was shredded during his testimony to the Senate. He argued that the vastly disproportionate FBI response to violence against abortion centers versus attacks on pro-life groups was only due to the differences between light and dark—literally: abortion centers are attacked during daytime; in contrast, pro-life shelters are attacked during the night.

Apparently, his Justice Department and the FBI shut down at sunset and reawaken at dawn—as if either most violent crime does not occur at night or there is nothing to be done about it when it does.

Garland further embarrassed himself when he could not explain the disproportionate use of force in arresting or detaining conservative suspects versus the virtual exemptions given prominent left-wing suspects.

Most embarrassingly, when asked why he did not charge mobs that swarmed the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices to influence their decisions—a federal felony—he lamely claimed there were federals protecting the residences.

In Garland’s world, some criminals committing felonies are completely exempt if law enforcement prevents further violent manifestations of their criminal behavior. So illegally swarm a Supreme Court justice’s residence to influence a court decision, but then stop short of escalating further by the sight of law enforcement—and, presto, you never committed a crime in the first place.

Garland finished off his recent nonsense by repeating the lie that five police officers were killed due to the January 6 protests. In fact, none were. Officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes after the protests were over. The other four committed suicide weeks or even months later and no one has connected their self-induced deaths with any act of the protestors.

About the same time, a beleaguered Pete Buttigieg went off on riffs about Tucker Carlson, who, he implied, lacked the grassroots, working-man fides of Buttigieg.

He claimed that for all the criticism he has endured, he believes that he will be remembered for posterity for his fight against “climate change”—although he did not point to any concrete result in reducing carbon emissions due to his singular policies.

Buttigieg will be known but for other characteristics: He repeatedly emphasizes his identity politics gay stature both to note his supposedly pathbreaking courage and to claim victimhood when attacked. He sees transportation through the lens of race and so chases the unicorn of white privilege, whether concerning past freeway routes or the makeup of current construction crews (falsely charging that white men are overrepresented on them). Under his tenure as Transportation Secretary, the country experienced dangerous supply interruptions, ossified ports, and harbor-bound trains robbed in Wild West fashion.

Buttigieg’s diversity mandates either did nothing to ameliorate or actually led to:

ü a series of near-miss airline crashes,

ü the complete shutdown of the airline industry due to computer glitches and weather,

ü the implosion for a week of Southwest Airlines,

ü the East Palestine derailment disaster, and

ü labor interruptions.

In all these cases he either was on leave or a junket, wrote them off as Trump’s fault, or contextualized them as no big deal.

Delusional Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorkas has declared the border closed and the nation secure, even as 100,000 Americans per year have died from overdoses of fentanyl shipped with impunity across the open border by Mexican cartels. When upwards of 7 million aliens flow across the border illegally since Biden took office, it is written off as Trump’s fault.

Finally, last week there were several interviews with FBI Director Christopher Wray. He could not explain why his agency goes full military mode to arrest a father and husband for protesting at an abortion clinic while having no clue who has been attacking pro-life shelters.

In Wray’s mind, the performance art sweep into Mar-a-Lago, which he claims was not a “raid,” was no different from having Biden’s lawyers quietly conduct their own “investigations” of Biden’s improper removal of classified documents (improper with an asterisk, since no vice president has the president’s legal authority to declassify whatever he wishes).

Wray could not explain why the FBI sat on the Biden trove until the midterm election was over, and then only acted to further search Biden’s residences when its own asymmetrical protocols came under fire.

Add up the last few weeks, and we learned that Christopher Wray’s FBI is doing splendidly in its even enforcement of the law. Merrick Garland’s Justice Department is absolutely disinterested and treats all sides equally. Alejandro Mayorkas has closed the border and we are now “secure.” Pete Buttigieg is building a legacy for the ages as a climate change crusader.

And an eloquent and dynamic Joe Biden has compiled an impressive legislative record on his way to a great presidency—with the energy, we are told by Dr. Jill Biden, that is more impressive than any 30-year-old’s.