Rewriting History…Again

homas Jefferson by RembranThe left is at it again. Elements of the Democrat Party have decided that they no longer wish to be associated with two of most noted Presidents: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. A number of state organizations have advocated the the Jefferson-Jackson events be renamed.

Their reason is that these two Southerners held slaves. Unfortunately, this was a common practice for Southerner landowners in the first half of the 19th century.

Both men were archetypical Southerners who owned large estates that required a great deal of labor in order to be profitable.

Jefferson was ambivalent about the ‘peculiar institution’. He was a consistent opponent of slavery his whole life.  Calling it a “moral depravity” and a “hideous blot,” he believed that slavery presented the greatest threat to the survival of the new American nation.

Jefferson also thought that slavery was contrary to the laws of nature, which decreed that everyone had a right to personal liberty.  These views were radical in a world where unfree labor was the norm.

In 1778, he drafted a Virginia law that prohibited the importation of enslaved Africans.  In 1784, he proposed an ordinance that would ban slavery in the Northwest territories.

But Jefferson always maintained that the decision to emancipate slaves would have to be part of a democratic process; abolition would be stymied until slaveowners consented to free their human property together in a large-scale act of emancipation.

Jefferson advocated a plan for the gradual emancipation of slaves. First, the transatlantic slave trade would be abolished.  Second, slaveowners would “improve” slavery’s most violent features, by ameliorating living conditions and moderating physical punishment.  Third, all those born into slavery after a certain date would be declared free, followed by total abolition.

Andrew Jackson owned many slaves on his plantation, The Hermitage, 10 miles east of Andrew Jacksondowntown Nashville, Tennessee. Jackson himself was a substantial planter, owning as many as 150 slaves, and while he insisted that they be treated “humanely,” he showed no disposition to disturb the legal and constitutional arrangements that maintained the slave system.

His administration certainly was hostile to abolitionism and any efforts to disturb the South’s “peculiar institution.” It showed a continuing solicitude for southern opinion and interests, and it embraced the racial tenets of “herrenvolk democracy,” which affirmed the equality of whites and their superiority over non-whites. Yet Jackson’s position on the slavery issue was more complex than this.

Jackson’s denunciation of abolitionism did not signify that he considered slavery a positive or permanent good. Rather, he thought that by maintaining sectional calm, Providence would, in time, somehow eradicate the evil. Indeed, he generally perceived the growing slavery controversy as artificial and political, with both abolitionists and southern extremists seeking to divide the Union to serve their separate ends.

Remember that Thomas Jefferson was the man who wrote one of the most significant documents in American history: the Declaration of Independence. His undying line that “All men are created equal” lives on in the hearts of his countrymen and women.

Yet, the politically correct revisionists in the Democrat Party are choosing to divorce themselves from the third and the seventh Presidents of the United States. We cannot judge 19th century Americans by our 21st century standards. It’s unfair to us and our progeny and it’s unfair to the men and women who lived in a different America.

Who will be the next person to be written out of American history, George Washington?

 

Understanding Hillary’s Sense of Entitlement

Hillary Clinton madChris Stirewalt on his daily newsletter Fox News First Daily Politics gives us an excellent take on why Hillary Clinton has a sense of entitlement for the Presidency and why she is acting as she is.

The press and public are apparently in need of a history lesson to understand why Hillary Clinton feels entitled to do as she does.

Clinton’s catastrophic press conference in Nevada on Thursday, her eye-rolling dismissal of Black Lives Matter protesters and her flippant but still mirthless jokes about the scandals that have overtaken her candidacy reflect a candidate who doesn’t get that her audience doesn’t understand.

So here’s a primer for those who don’t know why Clinton is behaving as she does.

Clinton is currently as disliked as she has ever been, at least according to the CNN poll out today. She clocks in with 53 percent unfavorability, and two points worse than that among registered voters. She’s underwater by 9 points. She is more disliked than at any prior point in 23 years of polling, including during her 2008 defeat, except one. She currently matches her score from March 2001 amid the scandals surrounding the issuance of pardons to donors and friends at the end of her husband’s administration.

And, as it happens, Clinton’s answers to the current scandals about unseemly buckraking and secret servers are substantially the same as they were upon her departure from the White House: What Ken Starr and Newt Gingrich put the Clinton’s through made her do it.

People too young to recall rotary phones or ashtrays in offices might not remember those guys, but when Clinton made her first stumble of her current candidacy, it was because of them. She was “dead broke” because of the legal bills incurred defending her and her husband on a variety of charges, including the successful fight against removal from office and the unsuccessful fight against disbarment.

The Clintons, then, were entitled to rake in the dough from Denise Rich back then or Vladimir Putin’s inner circle in the current iteration.

Putting secret material at risk on a homebrew email server? That too is because of Starr and the Republicans. The Clintons, having been hounded so relentlessly by their persecutors, came to love secrecy too much. But can you blame them?

It turns out that, yes, you can.

These dangerous indulgences were nurtured over the years by the same clutch of friends, supplicants and favor seekers who will wreathe the Clintons as they spend the week in the Hamptons. These are people who believe that because of the cruelties of the late 1990s, the Clintons are owed a return engagement at the White House.

But as she interacts with reality, albeit in limited doses, she is finding that others don’t remember (or care) how deserving she is when it comes to breaking the rules and sometimes ask insistent questions – we’re looking at you Ed Henry – about things which she has already said she did not want to talk.

On her way to defeat in 2008, Clinton found a degree of engagement and vigor to which voters responded, albeit too little, too late. Her tenacity and ambition were authentic and letting it show created some kind of a connection. Her neediness broke through brittle entitlement.

How bad will it have to get this time before Clinton gives in to the clarifying panic that drove her in the later phases of 2008? Maybe not so long now…

Kill all the pundits

Kill the political pundits“The first thing we do,” said the character in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, is “kill all the lawyers.” The new mantra should read ‘kill al the pundits’.

Ever since Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders began to gain some traction in their respective nomination battles the inside-the-beltway pundits have been predicting their demise.

After Trump’s tumultuous performance in the first Republican debate most pundits felt that he would begin to fade in the polls. But he hasn’t and continues to sit atop the Republican field. Meanwhile, others like Rick Perry are already running out of money.

I’ll put on my pundit hat and predict that we might see a winnowing of the field after the next debate on September 16th. And it’s about time. I’m guessing that you can’t have a cup of coffee in Des Moines without bumping into a candidate.

Meanwhile, the very same pundits predicted that Hillary Clinton would make mincemeat out of Senator Bernie Sanders in no time at all. Instead, he has been steadily gaining on her and drawing huge crowds that are far bigger than any that Mrs. Clinton drawn so far.

Even Mrs. Clinton’s staff will admit that the largest crowd that she has spoken before was a mere 5,500 while on a recent West Coast and Midwestern swing Sanders drew a total of 100,000.

So what’s going on here? It would seem that both Trump and Sanders have both tapped into the electorate’s Howard Beale’s ‘mad as hell’ attitude. In the movie Beale asks his viewers to go to their windows and yell “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”.

Well, voters all over the country are following Beale’s admonition by supporting Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, the pundits are continuing to say that these two candidates will fade when they aren’t.

Instead, Martin O’Malley, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Lindsay Graham, George Pataki, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee and Jim Gilmore are either fading or never have taken off.

None of their opponents have realized that this cycle the road to the nomination is through people’s anger. Of course, most of the other candidates think that its undignified to tap into this anger. If they don’t pay attention they’ll be the ones sitting in audiences at their respective conventions.

Welcome to the Democrat Circus

Welcome to the Democrat CircusIf you’re a Republican, a Conservative or a Tea Partier (or all three) get down on your knees and pray that Vice President Joe Biden heeds his late son Beau’s advice and jumps into the Democrat nomination fray.

Biden who is 72 would join Hillary Clinton who is 67 and Bernie Sanders who is 73. For the mathematically challenged the total ages would 212 years or an average age of 70 and change.

This shows the bankruptcy of the Democrat Party when they can’t find or convince a younger Democrat like Andrew Cuomo or some other governor to run. Instead, the Democrats are putting forward two and possibly three wizened pols whose philosophies have run their course.

Can you imagine the political theater at the Democrat debates? Bernie Sanders waving his arms and intoning his socialist policies, Clinton laughing nervously and gaffe-a-minute Joe Biden the viewers will be on the edge of their seats.

But seriously folks this triumvirate of semi-socialists would prove to the American people that the philosophy of the Democrat Party has taken us where we are now.

And where is that? For starters we’re now $18+ trillion in debt and climbing. And that’s only on paper. Our unfunded entitlement liabilities are in the hundreds of trillions of dollars.

In the words of Margaret Thatcher: ‘The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.’ Well, we can only print so much money before it becomes a problem. The money is running out.

We’re spending almost as much on debt payments as we do on pollution control, higher education, food & nutrition assistance and unemployment benefits. Our interest amounts to $229 billion in 2015.

Then, we have ObamaCare, a program that forces its enrollees to pay exorbitant insurance rates in order to fund other people’s insurance. And if you can’t afford it, well then the government will subsidize you. How long will that last until we run out of money?

ObamaCare is accelerating the growth of the National Debt while our military struggles to keep up in a dangerous world.Between the Russians, the Iranians, the Chinese and ISIS we’re surrounded by ‘thieves and assassins’ in the words of my father’s late partner.

Under the Democrats our entitlement spending has grown exponentially and Clinton and Sanders are proposing even more spending. Free college is one of Sanders’ issues. He also wants to break up big banks. Finally, he wants to spend, spend, spend.

Hillary Clinton is more circumspect but her economic plans are just as damaging as those of Bernie Sanders. Like Obama, she is pushing income redistribution. Her entire plan is spend, spend, spend.

Then, we may have Joe Biden pushing is own plans on more spending, stronger unions and the Obama policy of leading from the back.

Get the three of them on stage and each will play ‘Can you top this’ with the American taxpayers’ hard earned money. Republicans, Conservatives and Tea Partiers pray that this happens for the good of the country.

 

Our Broken Rule of Law

Our Broken Rule of LawWe may be seeing the final days of the American jurisprudence system as practiced by the Department of Justice and their prosecutors. I am referring to the department’s actions with regards to the Planned Parenthood body parts scandal.

Federal prosecutors seem to be diligent in whether the Center for Medical Progress committed obscure and technical violations of law during the course of uncovering Planned Parenthood’s criminal conspiracy.

The Department of Justice seems strangely uninterested in even investigating this apparent massive criminal violation of Federal law. This is a violation that shocks the conscience of even the most ardent pro-choicers.

You see, the Department of Justice is no longer respecting the rule of law. Instead, they and their sidekick the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become allies of the Obama White House. Those in power don’t wish Planned Parenthood to be investigated and so they won’t be.

The organization has retained several lobbying firms to assist them in placing the blame on the revelations not on those who perpetrated these heinous acts but rather on the messenger, the Center for Medical Progress.

We no longer live under the rule of law. Instead, we live under the rule of men. The Department of Justice and other federal law enforcement departments can no longer be trusted.

Instead, it seems that they are more than willing to carry out the wishes of their political masters. But we need to remember that this the ‘Chicago Way’.

Under the Cook County machine there was rampant corruption, use of the law against political enemies and suppression of opposition political groups. It was and to a certain extent the ‘Wild West’ of politics.

Remember that Barack Obama and political allies in the White House are disciple of the ‘Chicago Way’. They will, lie, cheat and steal to get their way. In fact, it’s exactly how they are acting.

Other examples of the corruption at the Department of Justice are the ongoing Clinton scandals. The email server scandal is a clear violation of federal law.

Mrs. Clinton while she was Secretary of State transmitted classified information on her private server. In the words of two inspectors general the information was classified when she transmitted it and is still classified.

Yet, the DOJ has only just now opened an investigation. The U.S. Justice Department received a referral to investigate a “potential compromise of classified information” associated with Clinton’s email use.

The DOJ statement comes after a now-corrected Thursday report from The New York Times that two inspectors general had asked to open a criminal investigation into whether classified government information was handled improperly in connection with Clinton’s private email account.

The DOJ confirmed Friday in a statement that they received a referral to investigate, but clarified it isn’t “a criminal referral.” One must ask why not? General David Petraeus was forced to resign from the CIA. He was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $100,000.

In addition to the email scandal, Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have acted in an unethical and perhaps an illegal manner over the contributions to their foundation.

The most recent revelation is from the Wall Street Journal. While Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State she intervened to settle a dispute with the IRS and Swiss Bank UBS.

The bank increased their donations to the Clinton Foundation grew from less than $60,000 at the end of 2008 to approximately $600,000 by the end of 2014.

The Journal reports that the bank also lent $32 million through entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs it launched in association with the foundation, while paying former President Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of corporate question-and-answer sessions with UBS Chief Executive Bob McCann.

This is an obvious case of “pay-to-play”. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in a federal penitentiary for much the same thing.

The Justice Department complaint alleged that the governor conspired to commit several “pay to play” schemes, including attempting “to obtain personal gain … through the corrupt use” of his authority to fill Barack Obama’s vacated United States Senate seat, claiming that in wiretapped recordings Blagojevich discussed his desire to get something in exchange for an appointment to the seat.

All of the circumstances for federal law violations are there but without an investigation. Perhaps, it’s time to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate these potential violations of the law. Mrs. Clinton seems to think that she is impervious to any type of prosecution. Perhaps she is.

Cowardice thy name is Washington

Kerry declares peace in our timeOver the last two weeks our Executive and Legislative Branches have been unmasked as perfidious political hacks.

We have seen the White House and the State Department deny that the Iran nuclear agreement is not a treaty but simply an executive agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry claims that the agreement wasn’t treated as a treaty “because you can’t pass a treaty anymore.”

Kerry may go down in history on the page as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain who declared that the Munich agreement was “Peace in our time”.  Less than a year later Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland and started World War II. As many as 80 million people died, including 6 million Jews.

So the Executive Branch is working purely on expediency. The Iran deal is deeply flawed and the majority of the American people are opposed to it. But Obama sought to bypass the Senate and instead allowed the United Nations Security Council to approve it.

This attempt to preempt the Senate should ring an alarm for every Senator. It says that the Executive Branch is willing to govern the country and really doesn’t care what they think.

The treaty gives the Iranians everything they wanted and the West gets nothing in return. The inspection protocol is a farce. The Iranians will continue to work on their ‘Persian’ bomb and once they have it will threaten their neighbors.

But never fear those neighbors have the wherewithal to arm themselves. If they’re smart they talk to the Israelis who already have nuclear weapons. After all ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is an old Arab proverb.

The Sunni countries of the Middle East allied with Israel will create a strong counterbalance against Iran and their terrorist allies Hezbollah and Hamas. A defacto alliance of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf States and Israel armed with nuclear weapons would pose a significant threat to the Iranian-led alliance.

Of course, the United States under Barack Obama would want to lead from the back. Our President is only concerned about his legacy and his Congressional allies will march in lock step like lemmings over the cliff.

The inside-the-beltway thinking is that the bill will pass because unlike a treaty that needs two-thirds of the Senate the President only needs one-third to vote for it. Thank you Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

The second major story in the news is the horrifying selling of aborted babies’ body parts by Anti abortion demonstratorsPlanned Parenthood of America. The release of videos by the Center for Medical Progress with PPA doctors discussing prices of body parts was shocking to anyone with an ounce of compassion.

But the discussion by these doctors on how to go about preserving certain parts with selective crushing of parts of the babies’ bodies was even more horrifying. Remember we’re talking about doctors who have taken an oath to ‘do no harm’.

Planned Parenthood has accused the organization of releasing videos that were heavily edited. In fact, they have convinced their supporters in the media to go along with this fable.

The Center for Medical Progress, the previously obscure group behind the attacks, released a third video that includes graphic footage – obtained surreptitiously – of a lab technician separating tissue collected from an aborted fetus.

Planned Parenthood has hit back at the anti-abortion organization and its supporters of violating patient privacy and editing the videos.

Coinciding with the newest video’s release, anti-abortion activists staged “women betrayed” rallies in dozens of cities around the country to protest the organization. At the US Capitol in Washington, protesters were joined by Republican presidential contenders Ben Carson and Senator Rand Paul, along with several other anti-abortion politicians.

However, where the rubber meets the road Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his leadership team seem more concerned about the Senate’s schedule than the reality on the ground.

They had an opportunity to attach amendments repealing Obamacare and Planned Parenthood funding to the must-sign Highway bill but declined to pick a fight with the President. Isn’t that why they were elected?

 

Coca-Cola (@CocaCola) and Verizon (@Verizon) Have Subsidized the Brutal Killing of Animals

Erick Erickson head shotI read this post from Erick Erickson of Red State and I was sickened. We have three lovely cats who are our pets for the rest of their lives. We rescued all three. I thought that we were beyond this but apparently not. 

If you want to do something about this slaughter share this post and let these companies know that what they are doing is wrong and horrific.

Coca-Cola has not only ruined its signature product with that idiotic Freestyle machine that makes all its drinks taste terrible, it also has subsidized the brutal killing of animals. It is horrific news that should unite the left and the right. Coca-Cola has been joined by Verizon in subsidizing this.

Both companies have contributed to an organization that takes pregnant female animals and pulls their unborn from them and crushes them. In numerous cases, the barbarians who do this procedure then take the organs from the small, crushed animals and give them to others for scientific research.

PETA and other organizations have long protested the use of animals for scientific research, yet Coca-Cola and Verizon have subsidized the harvesting of organs from young animals that are otherwise crushed up through direct donations to the organization crushing the animals. In some cases, a procedure is done on the pregnant females where their unborn are vacuumed out. In other cases, the unborn baby animals have their heads slit open and their brains sucked out before the rest of the animal is ripped apart and extracted from its mother via the animal’s birth canal.

Coca-Cola has subsidized this organization. Verizon has subsidized this organization. The have contributed money that is used to make this happen. Even worse, scientific evidence strongly suggests that the baby animals in many cases can feel themselves being ripped apart. In fact, they have to let the animals grow to an advanced stage to be able to harvest the organs — a stage advanced enough for brain function and nerve function and pain sensors to develop.

Coca-Cola and Verizon have subsidized this. They should be ashamed.

There are thirty-seven other companies that have subsidized the brutal extraction of small animals from their mothers to harvest their organs. The Homo sapiens need to be protected and cared for against this brutal torture. The full list of thirty-nine organizations:

  1. Adobe
  2. American Cancer Society
  3. American Express
  4. AT&T
  5. Avon
  6. Bank of America
  7. Bath & Body Works
  8. Ben & Jerry’s
  9. Clorox
  10. Coca-Cola
  11. Converse
  12. Deutsche Bank
  13. Dockers
  14. Energizer
  15. Expedia
  16. Verizon
  17. Fannie Mae
  18. Groupon
  19. Intuit
  20. Johnson & Johnson
  21. La Senza
  22. Levi Strauss
  23. Liberty Mutual
  24. Macy’s
  25. March of Dimes
  26. Microsoft
  27. Morgan Stanley
  28. Nike
  29. Oracle
  30. PepsiCo
  31. Pfizer
  32. Progressive
  33. Starbucks
  34. Susan G. Komen
  35. Tostitos
  36. Unilever
  37. United Way
  38. Verizon
  39. Wells Fargo

The Death of the Senate

United States Senate“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation

The United States Senate is now officially dead as a counterweight to the American President, any American President.

Harry Reid (D-NV) began the process of killing the Senate as a viable institution. He relentlessly blocked every House Republican initiative for all Obama’s 6 1/2 years in office. He similarly blocked any and all legislation from the Senate Republicans.

Anything that would have helped the country recover from the Great Recession went in Harry Reid’s wastebasket of dead bills. They were never investigated in committee or saw the light of day on the floor of the Senate.

Mitch McConnell in his brief six months has continued to process by being way too deferential to the President and his allies. The Senate has now been preempted by the United Nations Security Council on the one-sided Iranian nuclear deal.

First of all, he allowed Bob Corker (R-TN) to write a bill that reverses the Constitutional process on treaties. We don’t know why the Republicans agreed to it but they did. All of the Republicans voted for it except Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark).

The Democrats could be heard laughing from Capital Hill to the White House. A brief explanation is required to understand the idiocy that is the Republican caucus.

The Constitution puts the burden on the president to find 67 Senate votes to approve an international agreement, making it virtually impossible to ratify a badly-negotiated deal. The Corker bill puts the onus on Congress to muster 67 votes to block an agreement.

The Constitution does not allow the president to make binding agreements with foreign countries all on his own. This is based on the theory that the American people should not take on enforceable international obligations or see their sovereignty compromised except when they are approved by the elected representatives most directly accountable to them.

Thus, the Constitution mandates that no international agreement can be binding unless it achieves either of two forms of congressional endorsement: a) super-majority approval by two-thirds of the Senate (i.e., 67 aye votes), or b) enactment through the normal legislative process, meaning passage by both chambers under their burdensome rules, then signature by the president.

Once the deal is submitted, Congress would have 60 days (or perhaps as few as 30 days) to act. If within that period both houses of Congress failed to enact a resolution of disapproval, the agreement would be deemed legally binding — meaning that the sanctions the Iranian regime is chafing under would be lifted.

Under the Corker bill as few as 34 Democrats in the Senate could block disapproval, contrary to the Constitution. The bill will pass and we will have a nuclear Iran on our hands before very long.

A bill that is actually a treaty (but isn’t because Obama said so) will aid and abet terrorism in the world by gifting the Iranian government some $150 billion. Make no mistake they will use it to attempt to overwhelm their Sunni enemies across the Middle East. This has been a Persian goal for a millennium.

Meanwhile, the Senate of the United States once a glorious institution has become a vassal of whoever is the President. This one feels free to bypass both Houses with executive orders and regulations from departments that are no longer accountable to the people.

Throw dirt on the grave of the America Republic. Sadly, Benjamin Franklin may have been right.

 

The Sphinx finally speaks

Hillary Clinton at her UN Press ConferenceThis post got lost in the shuffle but it’s well worth reading because Mrs. Clinton will be appearing before the House Select Committee on Benghazi and the subject of her secret email server is sure to come up.

Hillary Clinton has finally explained her email policy and it really makes no sense. Her statement before a compliant press was contradictory and told the American electorate very little in the way of facts.

The former first lady acted like the Empress of China with her attitude and stance. She was self-righteous, secretive, arrogant, angry, stubborn, legalistic and unconvincing in her replies. Her entire defense rests one implausible premise: that she can be trusted.

  • She won’t allow an examination of her server.  We have to trust her that none of the emails concerned classified material.•  She wouldn’t consider allowing an outsider to review the emails and decide if the correct ones had been turned over?•  She would not tell who made the decision on which emails to turn over to the State Department.

    •  She revealed that she destroyed half of the emails, the ones she, not an impartial reviewer, considered not related to official business.

And this is the woman that expects the American voters to elect her to the Presidency.

In past Clinton scandals the strategy of concealment and delay would be effective. We would begin to lose interest and so will the the prosecutor. We will move on and forget it ever happened. It will become old news.

But this scandal has a time limit with the presidential looming in 2016. The Democrats will become impatient with the continuous Republican attacks. The implication that Mrs. Clinton cannot be trusted will eat away at the public’s support of the one-time anointed candidate.

The Democrats will demand that there be an understudy to Hillary.  Facing the possibility that the emails, when fully disclosed and the server, when subpoenaed, will prove incriminating is too dangerous a gamble to play during a presidential election.

The Democrats will demand certainty and only have confidence in her candidacy if she has met that standard.  Otherwise, the pressure to put Elizabeth Warren, at least, on the ballot to be an alternative if needed will mount.

Hillary’s contention is that she did comply with the State Department regulations because the recipients of the emails kept their correspondence on government servers.  This contention belies the fact that in so doing, she made it almost impossible to discover what was in the emails.  What was a Congressional committee to do?  Subpoena every government employee to determine if they received any of Hillary’s emails?

Previously, Hillary’s office had indicated that 90% of the emails were sent to State Department employees in whose systems they are presumably stored.  But what about the other 10%.  If they were sent to non-State Department employees or even foreigners, there would be no record.

Hillary had previously told us that she carried two smartphone, an iPhone and a Blackberry. Now, she says that she only carried a blackberry for convenience. Which is it, Madam Secretary?

Bill has been quoted as saying that he hardly ever used email while Hillary claims that she sent him emails all of the time. Which is it, Madam Secretary?

How will this story end. Congressman Trey Gowdy, a tenacious former prosecutor, will subpoena her emails and the server that they were on. Eventually the House Committee will get the documents and more than likely they will contain embarrassing details. Mrs. Clinton will take a huge hit and with her the Democrat Party.

 

 

The New, the Old and the WTF Candidates

Republican candidatesYesterday’s announcement of Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin’ candidacy sharpened the issue of the New World versus the Old World.

Senator Marco Rubio started this debate when he announced his candidacy in April. In a direct attack on Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy, which she announced Sunday, Mr. Rubio said:

Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday. Yesterday is over and we’re never going back.

Walker said much the same thing calling Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton candidates from the Old World.

We need new, fresh leadership, leadership with big, bold ideas from outside of Washington. The kind of leadership that knows how to get things done, like we’ve done here in Wisconsin.

Now, we’ll take a look at the rest of the Republican field:

  • Jeb Bush: As the son and brother of former Presidents one wonders if the former Florida governor is one Bush too many. Governor Bush is an establishment candidate who gives us the same, old regurgitated issues and solutions. He may be leading now in a field of conservatives but once the herd thins out he’ll become a target for the remaining conservatives.
  • Dr. Ben Carson: Dr. Carson is a thoughtful, articulate candidate. But he has next to no experience in campaigning. People may support him now but when things heat up he probably won’t stay around.
  • Donald Trump: Burst into the race with his incendiary comments on Mexico and Mexicans. Has very little message discipline and says things that he shouldn’t. When asked if he might run as an independent replied that he might. That’s the kiss of death for the Republican base. Once the rest of his philosophy is revealed he’ll fad and lose interest.
  • Mike Huckabee: a classic ‘yesterday’ candidate who is only being supported by his evangelical base. He’s at 7% now and probably won’t get above 15% once the field thins out then he’ll bow out and return to making gobs of money.
  • Rand Paul: an articulate libertarian who probably won’t get above 20% like his father. Should do OK in Iowa and New Hampshire.
  • Ted Cruz: a one trick pony candidate. He’s a great speaker but hasn’t shown much beyond criticizing everyone in his party plus Hillary Clinton.

Then we have the candidates who time has passed by and who are all at 2% in the RealClearPolitics polling:

  • Rick Perry: a supremely qualified former Governor of Texas who fumbled his chances in 2012. He’s currently polling at 2%.
  • Chris Christie: current Governor of New Jersey who was fatally wounded by the BridgeGate scandal. Also, currently polling at 2%.
  • Bobby Jindal: Governor of Louisiana is an Indian-American with a Cajun accent. A policy wonk from the get go who is an expert on health care and education. Unfortunately, he’s another 2 percenter. Waited too long to get in the race.
  • Rick Santorum: constantly reminds his audiences that he won Iowa and ten other states in 2012 but still was throttled by a lack of funding. Hasn’t held political office since 2007. He’s the last of the 2 percenters. Living in 2012 not 2016.

Then we have the remainder. These are a mixed bag of WTF candidates and just plain unknowns:

  • Carly Fiorina: former CEO of HP. A great speaker she has virtually no organization or exposure. Polling at 1%.
  • John Kasich: The Governor of Ohio who is still undeclared and might remain that way since he’s only polling at 1%.
  • Lindsay Graham: The senior Senator from South Carolina is a little like Don Quixote with 0% polling.
  • George Pataki: former Governor of New York is even registering in the polls and belongs in the WTF category. He hasn’t held political office since 2006. He tried to start a fight with The Donald to get some publicity but it didn’t work. He’s not even on the radar.
  • Jim Gilmore: the ultimate WTF candidate. The former Governor of Virginia hasn’t held political office since 2002. He wasn’t popular then and is even less so now. He mustn’t have anything to do this summer.

That’s everyone but realistically there are maybe five to eight viable candidates: Bush, Walker, Rubio, Cruz, Paul, Carson, Trump and Huckabee. The rest should go to the beach or DisneyWorld while they have a chance.

 

 

 

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