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The Left Needs To Get A Grip, And So Do Trump’s Biggest Fans

I made the mistake today of turning on the TV while The View was on. I didn’t keep it on for long, but long enough to know that the leftists need to get a grip on themselves. They were acting like the election of Donald Trump is going to bring back the KKK the likes of which we haven’t seen since the days of Bull Conner. (Oh, and isn’t it convenient how they always fail to mention that when the KKK had any influence it was run by a bunch of Democrats?)

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Donald Trump, and I find the KKK people’s embrace of him kind of disturbing, but that doesn’t mean that the millions of people who voted for him are secret white nationalists. Just like all of the people who voted for Barack Obama aren’t all apostles of the church of Jeremiah Wright.

One thing that is pretty clear is that Obama didn’t have some left wing mandate when he took office. He might have thought he did, but the mid-term elections in 2010 and 2014 put that idea to rest. People just liked him, as a person, because he’s young and he’s cool. It wasn’t about policy.

As for Trump, he has a core of supporters that will stand behind him no matter what he does. But really, the only reason he won the election is that Hillary Clinton was such a horrible candidate. If Trump was that inspirational, if he truly led a massive movement, he would have won the popular vote and all of this talk of getting rid of the Electoral College wouldn’t even be happening.

So Stephen Moore’s declaration that the Republican Party is now the party of Trump, rather than the party of Reagan, is just preposterous. Yes, Trump won the Electoral College, but it was hardly a huge endorsement of Trumpism.

Let’s look at some figures:

In 1980, Ronald Reagan won the popular vote by 51-41% over an incumbent president. He won 44 of 50 states and smashed the Electoral College 489-49. In 1984, he was reelected in a stunning landslide, taking 49 of 50 states and obliterating his opponent in the Electoral College, 525-13. The only state that Walter Mondale in 1984 won was his home state of Minnesota.

In 1980 and 1984, Reagan twice won California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and even Massachusetts. He twice won pretty much everything.[…]

As Philip Bump notes in the Washington Post, Trump won Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin by 0.2, 0.7, and 0.8 percentage points, respectively — by 10,704, 46,765, and 22,177 votes. “Those three wins gave him 46 electoral votes; if Clinton had done one point better in each state, she’d have won the electoral vote, too,” Bump observes. “Or put another way: But for 79,646 votes cast in those three states, she’d be the next president of the United States.” Bump notes that more people were in attendance at the Ohio State Buckeyes football game in Columbus last weekend.

Moreover, as Nate Silver points out in an excellent historical analysis of Electoral College victories, Trump’s margin over Hillary in the Electoral College was a nice one but historically well below average (44 out of 54). It certainly ranks way below Reagan’s two massive victories (Reagan’s victories ranked 7th and 3rd out of 54).

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If there is any mandate to be found, Republicans in the House and Senate have more of an argument to make than Trump does. They kept the majority in both houses, plus Republicans now control more state governments than ever before. They write the laws, what they need is a president who will sign off. Now they have that, hopefully. And hopefully they will finally be able to follow through on their promises. If so I might re-enroll in their party.

For now, I’m only cautiously optimistic, which is better than the dread of the thought of Hillary Clinton in the White House. Then again, the way Donald Trump and Mike Pence used the power of government to save a thousand jobs in Indiana is kind of disturbing. Sure, it’s great that those people will keep their jobs, but at what cost to the rest of us? Since when are conservatives all about crony capitalism and economic fascism?

Oh, and now there are reports that Trump’s daughter Ivanka is going to act as the First Lady instead of his wife. That’s kind of weird, but I guess people could overlook it. But then the reports of how the wannabe liberal darling’s top issue is climate change should be a big red flag.

But hey, what do I know? I’m just a suburban mom in the flyover part of New York state trying to raise a family and make ends meet. If only I had the time to drink the Kool Aid maybe I’d feel differently.

Why The Progressives Want A Recount They Know They Will Lose

The following is a guest post by Dr. Robert Owens.

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Why the Progressives Want a Recount They Know They Will Lose 

The recount in Wisconsin and the coming ones in Michigan and Pennsylvania will not change the outcomes in any of those states.  Even though the party of Mayor Daley, Boss Tweed, and their big city machines are famous for winning recounts by finding bags of votes in candy store basements no recount has ever changed thousands of votes let alone tens of thousands.  I do not believe changing the outcome is the purpose.  It is instead changing the perception of it.  

I predict that they will demand the recounts are done by hand.  This would make them take so long these three pivotal States would not certify their results by the last day possible for directing their Electors how to vote.  If all three states miss the deadline, Trump is at 260, Hillary at 232.  No one hits 270.   

Then, according to the Constitution, the election would go to Congress.   The House votes with one vote per State.  The Republican House would then elect Donald Trump as the 45th president.  The Republican Senate would elect Pence Vice President.  

This has happened before.  In 1824, though Andrew Jackson had more popular votes and more electoral votes John Quincy Adams won in the House.  President Adams made a deal with the Speaker of the House Henry Clay who Adams then named as his Secretary of State, which at the time was considered the stepping stone to the presidency.  This was immediately termed the Corrupt Bargain by supporters of Jackson.  The antagonistic presidential race of 1828 began practically before Adams took office.  To the Jacksonians the Adams-Clay alliance symbolized a corrupt system where elite insiders pursued their own interests without heeding the will of the people. 

This is Hillary and the Progressives strategy to place the mantel of corrupt elite insiders on the Republicans now that they see the nation is incensed against the circle of Progressive power brokers who led us from the pinnacle of prosperity to the brink of bankruptcy.  This is akin to how the Democrats have successfully placed the mantel of racist on the party of Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.  What a masterful stroke of political maneuvering that convinced the descendants of slaves that their natural allies are the descendants of Jim Crow. 

If this goes to the US House and Senate, and the result is the same as the result from the Electoral College without the recounts, why do it?  The answer is to make Trump seem completely illegitimate. They and their obedient shills in the media will tell us every day and at every opportunity that Trump did not win the popular vote saying he lost by over 2.1 million ignoring the fact that millions of illegals voted.  He did not win the Electoral College since in this scenario he would not have attained 270.  They will say just as they did about Bush the Younger that he was not elected he was selected by members of his own party in Congress. 

However, there is one wrinkle in this strategy.  If a state never gets to name electors, the number needed to win does not remain the 270 needed if every state names every elector.  In that case it would once again be a majority of those named.  Even with 260-232, Trump would still win.  Then again the thugs on the left are sending death threats to electors already named trying to frighten some of them into becoming faithless electors who do not vote as instructed by their States.  I don’t foresee this happening.  The number of faithless electors in American History doesn’t make a handful. 

So if after all these devious machinations Trump still wins without the election being thrown into Congress this would only be used by the Sandernistas and the Clintonites to cry rigged system.  They would keep their bully boys from Black Lives Matter and Move On in the streets for years while they hope and pray that Trump’s policies don’t make America great again which could solidify his hold over the working men and women throughout the nation. 

No matter how this evil strategy plays out, whether the election is thrown into Congress or if Trump wins with a majority of a short electoral count, we will have four years of the Democrats calling this another Corrupt Bargain.  They will try to disrupt the inauguration.  They will have protestors outside the White House from day one.  They will have demonstrations everywhere President Trump goes.  They may even try to incite mass marches and violence in the rotted hulks of our once magnificent cities they control like medieval fiefdoms.  Using their big megaphone in the media they will use print, broadcast, movies, and songs to agitate their followers for the 2020 rematch between the Donald and perhaps Senator Elizabeth Warren or whoever they can scrape up to be the new face for their shopworn collectivist movement. 

In other words they know the recount won’t change anything but they hope it will be enough to energize their low information base for a restoration of corporate socialism in four more years. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

 

A Republic Is Not Mob Rule

The following is a guest post by Rod Eccles.

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A Republic Is Not Mob Rule

By Rod Eccles

There has been renewed talk, mostly from the left, about the problem with our Electoral College as it pertains to electing a President.

The leftists are upset that their candidate, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote (although that is not actually the case due to known voter fraud) yet lost to Donald Trump in the Electoral College count.

They scream that it’s not fair.  That the Electoral College is out dated, old fashioned and has no place in a modern Democracy.

Well that is the problem right there.  We are not a pure Democracy.  We are a Representative Republic.  And that means our representatives have to be elected via the entire population in which that representative represents.

Let me simplify.

In local elections, it’s easy to elect via popular vote.  Local elections are small compared to the whole of the nation.  So it makes sense that the popular vote prevails in small amounts.

But since we are a UNION, not an actual and technical COUNTRY, you cannot simply elect the Union’s Representative via a simple popular vote.

Example: Let’s say you have 7 people, 3 women and 4 men.  Let’s assume that there is a referendum in front of these seven people.  The referendum is about sex.  Let’s say that the referendum is that men can have sex with any woman they want at any time and the women have to happily capitulate.

By a simple vote, it might go down as 4 men say yes and 3 women say no.  Mob rule, the women lose.  But now let’s say that the men represent a portion of the population and the women represent another portion of the population.

Let’s say that in order for this referendum to pass, they need 10 points or delegates.  Those delegates are distributed by population numbers.  The men have 4 points and the women have 6 points in total.

Now let them vote.  The men all vote for the referendum and thus garner 4 points.  The women decide they don’t like it and vote against.  They represent a larger percentage of the population in total even though they are in the minority in voting numbers.  They vote no.  They have 6 points.

The women have defeated the referendum even though there were fewer of them.  This means the mob of men cannot run rough shod over the women.

This is how the Electoral College works.  But instead of men and women, we are talking states.  So in other words, large states cannot run rough shod over small states simply because the large states have a larger population.

The Electoral College is there to make things fairer.  To make all states more equal on a national level.  So if you believe in FAIR elections then there is nothing more fair than to try and treat all states in the Union as equal as possible.

And that, boys and girls, is why the Electoral College system is not outdated.  But a brilliant way to make the Union more fair for everyone.

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Happy Thanksgiving Post-Turkey Coma!

Sorry I didn’t get a chance to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving earlier in the day. I worked yesterday and even though we stayed home this year I was busy all day preparing our feast. It was a great day, with the exception of Aretha Franklin’s rendition of the National Anthem at the beginning of the Detroit vs. Minnesota game. I like her just fine, but, yikes!

I hope you all had a great day. I certainly hope you didn’t need to read all of those therapy “news” stories about how to spend time with your family on a holiday if you disagree with some of them on politics. I think the folks who write those things are so immersed in everything political that they forget that most Americans don’t live it and breathe it every moment of their lives. Someone even wrote a poem. Whoever wrote that needs Netflix or therapy or something.

Oh well. Enjoy the Black Friday sales, if that’s your thing, and the leftovers, your family, friends and beloved pets. I hope you have as much to be thankful for as I do. We all have struggles, and life can be difficult at times, but as Americans we are truly blessed. Let’s try to keep it that way.

1917, 1932 And 2016

The following is a guest post by Richard Lowery, Jr.

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I remember once reading an article describing how prominent past events are reinterpreted as contemporary conditions change and that historical milestones are reduced or increased in perceived significance with the passage of time.   I forgot who wrote the essay, but I think it was either Jonah Goldberg, Niall Ferguson or the comedian Carrot Top.   The unrecalled writer provided as examples the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and 1932 Saudi Arabian monarchy’s promulgation of Wahhabism.

If you were to ask the average New York Times editorial board member 30 years ago to comment on the 1917 Bolshevik Revolutionary Debutante Ball, then you would have been instructed to regard it as a highly prominent galactic event – almost equaling the birth of Margaret Sanger.    But with Marxist-Leninism having subsequently been flushed down the historical toilet, it can now be viewed as a nightmarish cul de sac that will thankfully grow more distant in the rearview mirror. (1)  Sane human beings that are equipped with neuron synapses that properly fire electrical signals between their two ears no longer believe in Marxist principles a’ la Das Kapital; exceptions include hold outs skulking about American college faculty lounges, a couple of U.S. Catholic nuns and one French Parisian mime that performs on the Pont de l’ Alma entrance side to the Luxemburg gardens.  (If you are ever in Paris – ask the mime to do his interpretation of how the World’s workers will unite to control the means of production.  You may not agree with it, but it is a brilliant performance.)

Conversely, until recently the Saudi Arabian Royal brain trust’s 1932 proclamation – that true believers should be adhering to the Wahhabism Thing with all its fanatical accoutrements – was viewed as having the same impact as the Des Moines, Iowa Rotary Club’s November 1932 meeting minutes.   But with Islamic nut jobs currently coming out of the woodwork beheading scores of infidels, blowing up cities, advocating for an Islamic world conquest to establish a planetary caliphate and what not, the 1932 proclamation has been moved up a bunch of notches on the importance scale.

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Carrot Top:  Historically Insightful? I can’t remember.

On the morning of Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 on or about 6:00am Eastern Time the smart people thought that the Republican Party was out of date, out of touch and out the door.  On the following morning of Wednesday, November 9, 2016 on or about 6:00am Eastern Time the smart people thought that the Republican Party was out of date, out of touch but had taken over the control room and had barricaded itself behind the control room door.    During every election season we are told that this election is the most important election ever with far reaching impacts ranging from influencing sunspot development in Andromeda Galaxy to snack food consumption in the Outer Hebrides.  So is 2016 – in the long run – going to be 1917 or 1932?   Honest people who do not reside in rubber rooms and wear straight-jackets to Sunday brunch should admit that they really don’t know.  It depends a lot on Mr. Trump.  Here are some opinions of mine to factor in as we stir our pots of prognosticatory bouillabaisse.

The Tight 2016 Election Factor:

It was a close one.  There have been four other U.S. elections where the winner has won the Electoral College, but did not win the popular vote and they are listed below.   As a courtesy, please note that I have underlined and highlighted the election winner in a blue color that has a shade somewhere between a Midnight Blue and Navy Blue.  The hue is lighter than an Oxford Blue, but too dark to be considered Zaffre.  And no way is it Sapphire Blue!

1824: John Quincy Adams vs. Andrew Jackson

1876: Rutherford B. Hayes vs. Samuel J. Tilden

1888: Benjamin Harrison vs. Grover Cleveland

2000: George Bush vs. Al Gore

None of them were transformative in nature.  Two of them saw the losing candidate win the next election. (Jackson 1828 and Cleveland 1892)   Razor thin edges present challenges to do big enduring things because every cat in your corner needs to consistently – over long periods of time – be herded in your desired direction and since you do not have many cats to spare in your feline inventory, a couple of renegade cats can cause you to cough up fur balls.   Too many fur balls and you ball up your ability to make a long term impact.

 

The Demographic Factor:

Which brings up demographics and how they allegedly doom the GOP.  Perhaps this issue was over-stated this time around, but at the moment they still do not favor Mr. Trump and a little higher turn out here and there among the Democratic Party faithful and we would now be talking about the enduring legacy of the Clinton Family and how their power allows them to join the five families of the New York Mafia.   Andrew Jackson – the populist – ultimately rode the crest of long term 1830’s demographic changes that favored his party.  Meanwhile, Mr. Trump – the populist – encounters demographic changes – at least as understood now – that do not favor his party.   Mr. Trump has turned many rules of thumb on their heads.  Here is another one he will need to upend.

 

The Hillary Revulsion Factor:

Which brings up Mrs. Clinton.  She stinks.  A lot of people think she stinks.  People that voted for her thinks she stinks.  Even John Podesta thinks she stinks.  According to the WikiLeaks goons Mr. Podesta said that Mrs. Clinton smelled like “cabbage, urine and farts” which are not three winning attributes for any candidate.  There were large groups of people that held their nose and voted for Mr. Trump and not because they liked him.   It was because on a pungency scale of 1 to 10, he rated an 11, but Mrs. Clinton rated a 14.   Voting for someone and then throwing up after you emerge from the voting booth is not the recipe for a long term relationship.  In fact, I hereby declare that if the bland but apparently honest Democrat Evan Bayh – who got trounced in the Indiana senatorial race – had been the Democratic candidate for President, he would have won.

 

None of this is to say that Mr. Trump cannot be transformative; in fact there appears to be some post-election energy generating in Republican and some conservative quarters.    But grinding down some of his harder edges might go a long way in supplementing the Trumpian ranks and as a starter I recommend that the Trump Transition Team hire the Clinton minion who used a hammer to smash Mrs. Clinton’s BlackBerry phones to perform the same act with Mr. Trump’s Twitter devices.   My dart throw guess is that 30% of American voters view Mr. Trump as a Satanic Nixon with Hitlerian tendencies who dines on live baby seals for supper.  About 20% don’t like him but are mad at the Democratic Party for forcing them the pull the lever for Mrs. Clinton.  Around 20% voted for Mr. Trump, but were then compelled to go home to take a shower.  That leaves roughly 30% who are all in and have signed up for Cult Trump.   He is going to need more people in his corner to give him staying power.   More people means a bigger tent which means more compromises which means risking dampening the enthusiasm of his base.  Yet Mr. Trump’s gravity defying Teflon suit has worked wonders so far…

Most events are beyond the control of a U.S. President, but they can take advantages of opportunities and situations to “make” their own luck.  Much will depend on whether Mr. Trump truly possesses Reaganesque strategic judgement and Rooseveltian political navigation skills as to how history views him:    Will it be like the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution or the 1932 Saudi Arabian Wahhabi Proclamation?

Ultimately, we may need to get Carrot Top’s opinion.

 

Frightfully Yours,

Richard J. Lowery Jr.

 

  • One recalls the inane Lincoln Steffens remark upon his return from a visit to the USSR during the era of the Stalinist genocidal purges and collectivist economic ruin: “I have seen the future and it works.”  Poor Mr. Steffens, people like me are always bringing up this quote when we want to illustrate the sophisticated blockheadedness of our intellectual betters.

 

Well Here’s A Little Bit Of Good News

I’m still a bit skeptical that Donald Trump is going to govern as a conservative, but this here is a step in the right direction.

Donald Trump has selected one of the best-known climate skeptics to lead his U.S. EPA transition team, according to two sources close to the campaign.

Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, is spearheading Trump’s transition plans for EPA, the sources said.

Ebell is a well-known and polarizing figure in the energy and environment realm. His participation in the EPA transition signals that the Trump team is looking to drastically reshape the climate policies the agency has pursued under the Obama administration. Ebell’s role is likely to infuriate environmentalists and Democrats but buoy critics of Obama’s climate rules.

Ebell, who was dubbed an “elegant nerd” and a “policy wonk” by Vanity Fair, is known for his prolific writings that question what he calls climate change “alarmism.” He appears frequently in the media and before Congress. He’s also chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group of nonprofits that “question global warming alarmism and oppose energy-rationing policies.”

Ebell appears to relish criticism from the left. (Read More)

Hahaha! Fantastic!

Hat Tip: Proof Positive and Red State

Hillary Clinton Blames FBI Director For Her Defeat

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Hillary Clinton blamed her stunning defeat in the presidential election on FBI director James Comey, because heaven forbid progressives ever look within to figure out why they fail.

Clinton told her supporters on Saturday that her team had drafted a memo that looked at the changing opinion polls leading up to the election and that the letter from Comey proved to be a turning point. She said Comey’s decision to go public with the renewed examination of her email server had caused an erosion of support in the upper Midwest, according to three people familiar with the call.

Clinton lost in Wisconsin, the first time since 1984 that the state favored the Republican candidate in a presidential election. Although the final result in Michigan has still not been tallied, it is leaning Republican, in a state that last favored the Republican nominee in 1988.

Comey sent a letter to Congress only days before the election announcing that he was reinstating an investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information when she used a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2012. (Read More)

Oh yeah, it wasn’t her smug sense of entitlement, lifetime of scandals, putting national security at risk, or rotten personality. No, it was Comey. It’s almost laughable.

Oh, and if you think the Clinton’s are going to just fade off into the sunset, think again. Rumor has it that they are grooming Chelsea for a Congressional run.