“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” —Samuel Adams (1781)
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Dems, media, and Trump agree: Today is all about Trump.
- An educated electorate is critical to preserve our republic.
- Daily Features: Columnists, Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, and Short Cuts.
- Featured Analysis: Angry, rich, white leftists are running the Democrat Party.
Election Day has finally arrived, and Democrats will soon find out if their “make everything about resisting Donald Trump” gamble will pay off. In truth, Democrats had little else to campaign on besides fear, anger, hatred, and division, as a majority of Americans want nothing to do with the party’s extreme leftist policies.
The economy is roaring thanks to the extraordinary record of Trump and Republicans. Unemployment numbers have hit record lows, wages are up, and consumer confidence is high as Americans are feeling increasingly optimistic about the future. Trump has been equally impressive on the international front, from his ongoing work to bring about an end to the North Korean nuclear nemesis to reworking trade deals (the most significant being NAFTA) and his bold willingness to confront China’s unfair trade practices. He has also proven successful in reversing Barack Obama’s dismal foreign-policy deals, specifically by pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate and the Iran nuclear deal. These are all huge wins for the country, which have reestablished the U.S. as a world leader and further protected the nation’s sovereignty.
For his part, Trump has fully embraced the mainstream media’s narrative that the midterms are a referendum on his presidency. Historically, midterm elections have been more about local politics, but that is becoming less true with each cycle. Thus far, early voting has hit record numbers, indicating a higher-than-normal voter turnout. Voter enthusiasm across both parties is high.
Erick Erickson sums it up: “If the GOP does well today, it will be because Americans are looking around and realizing Donald Trump isn’t as bad as they thought. If the GOP does badly today, it will be because Americans, including some of those who voted for him, have decided someone needs to restrain the President. Up and down the ballot the issue of Trump will impact voters.”
Will Americans awake tomorrow morning to a blue wave, a red wall, or a mix of both? We’ll soon find out, but there is one thing all Americans should be happy to see — no more campaign commercials.
America’s Founders gave us, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, “a republic … if [we] can keep it.” The way we keep that republic is to be informed about who and what we’re voting for. As John Adams wrote, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.” And as Samuel Adams put it, a citizen’s vote is “one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
The trouble is, one of the nation’s two major political parties depends upon the appalling civic ignorance of the electorate. Democrat voter IQ too often hinges on what we call “dezinformatsiya” and “pollaganda” from the Leftmedia. And some portion of the population receives its “news” primarily from late-night comedy shows.
We all get a good laugh when we see “man on the street” interviews in which people can’t name the vice president or the speaker of the House or how many justices there are on the Supreme Court … until we realize some of those people vote. Then it’s not so funny.
In 1789, only white, land-owning men could vote in most states. That has — rightly — been expanded to include minorities and women, but the Founders were absolutely correct in one key respect: Voters should have “skin in the game.” Today, elections are often decided by those who don’t pay taxes and/or who are net beneficiaries of unearned income redistribution. Such voters simply vote for the politician who promises them the most lavish benefits. Conversely, these voters are often motivated by fear that the other guy will “take away” their health care, food stamps, etc. A campaign staffer for Florida Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum recently said on an undercover video, “You have to whip them up — the poor, the middle income. You have to whip them up into a frenzy in order for them to vote.” Political operatives will tell people anything to get them to vote.
Again, our Founders knew that this constitutional republic could not be maintained unless citizens possess knowledge and discernment adequate for the task. Unfortunately, thanks to the media and the education complex, many citizens are woefully short on both.
ON THE WEB TODAY
- Trump Reimposes Sanctions on Iran — He follows through on his promise to reverse Obama’s terrible Iran nuclear deal.
- Video: Rising Jobs Tide Lifts Republican Votes — Bill Whittle offers what should be the closing argument of every Republican candidate.
- Video: Hamilton: The Man Who Invented America — Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin were critical, but Hamilton was the pragmatist — the man who got it done.
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.
- Election Day to test Democrat resistance (Associated Press)
- Trump implores voters to protect GOP gains: “Stop the radical resistance in its tracks” (The Washington Times)
- Here are the biggest issues for voters (Townhall)
- Stunning early-voting numbers ahead of Election Day (NBC News)
- Twelve ways to know if you shouldn’t vote today (The Federalist)
- Democrat lackey Louis Farrakhan chants “Death to America” during visit to Iran (National Review)
- Justice Department asks Supreme Court to hear DACA cases this term (The Washington Times)
- Natural disasters are destroying a lower percentage of GDP since 1990 (Reason)
- Keith Ellison hit again for domestic violence allegations (The Washington Free Beacon)
- Humor … sort of: Christians face clear choice between party that’s a hypocritical mockery of their faith and one that’s openly hostile to it (The Babylon Bee)
- Policy: Yes, pressure works on Iran (American Enterprise Institute)
- Policy: What would it take to get our debt under control? (RealClearPolicy)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report.
Two-year-old Hyla’s father had to learn the Pledge of Allegiance as he works toward becoming a United States citizen, so his daughter decided to partner with him. Hyla’s mother posted on Facebook that the little girl has a cute “obsession” with the American flag, and that she has been helping her learn the pledge.
Read more at Fox 35.
For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.
For more of today’s top cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.
Don’t Miss Patriot Humor
Check out Presidential Alert.
If you’d like to receive Patriot Humor by email, update your subscription here.
The Democrat Party has pursued a national strategy to make the midterms all about Donald Trump. (To be fair, Trump has happily obliged.) Democrats have identified Republican districts they believe they can flip and linked those GOP incumbents (or candidates for open seats) to the president in hopes of inspiring a strong anti-Trump turnout. Top Dem strategists know they can’t run against a booming economy, so they are hoping they can get around that by stirring anger against the president.
Such is the state of political affairs today, and we’ll know if this strategy pays off when the polls close tonight. But it’s worth looking into how the Democrats got to this place where all they have to offer is threats of impeachment, cries of racism, and the promise of endless investigations into who-knows-what that will bog down our government and squelch our economic growth.
The Democrats, in short, have an anger-management problem, and it is driven by rich white people.
For several years now rich progressive whites have solidified their power in the Democrat Party in deep-blue areas like New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago, forcing the party further to the ideological left. Driven by so-called white guilt and pet issues like the environment, these wealthy white leftists are the reasons why we are seeing an upsurge in the popularity of socialism.
A recent Politico article uses socialist poster child Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as an example.
The young political firebrand made national headlines earlier this year when she ousted longtime Democrat Congressman Joe Crowley in the primaries. Crowley was a 10-term incumbent and a mainstay in his Queens, New York district. He was unquestionably leftist, brought home the bacon for his constituents, became a reliable fundraiser for the Democrats, and he was the No. 4 House Democrat. But along came Ocasio-Cortez, who convinced voters that Crowley was a creature of Washington who didn’t represent the interests of the poor minorities in the district.
Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory shocked Crowley, the district, and much of the country. Since New York City is overwhelmingly Democrat and election victories are usually decided in the primaries, Ocasio-Cortez is all but assured to go to Congress. Her victory fit squarely into the narrative of a progressive, diverse Democrat coalition. But it’s not as diverse as we are led to believe.
The precincts Ocasio-Cortez won were predominantly white, higher-educated, and wealthier than the overall district. Crowley performed best in precincts with a high percentage of blacks and Hispanics, including Ocasio-Cortez’s home turf.
This has been happening all over the country; Ocasio-Cortez is just the most well-known case. Rich, college-educated white progressives control the levers of power, and they are squeezing out establishment Democrats who have long had the support of lesser-educated poor minorities, despite the fact that they have conspired to keep them that way for generations.
The party’s new elite will not free minorities from the Democrat plantation, though. Instead, they will use them for cannon fodder in their attempt to seize Congress this year and the White House in 2020.
The Democrat Party power structure does not hold the same concerns as its large minority base. Minorities care about the economy and jobs, and they are more socially conservative than the Democrat leadership would have us believe. Yet that same leadership sees the environment and racial diversity as the big issues of the day. These are the hot-button issues that stir anger among the progressive power players who write the big checks and run for public office.
Diversity and race are issues that also keep minority voters in line. Democrats are experts at painting the Republican Party as one led by racist, rich, white men. Democrats have labeled Republicans as racist to keep minorities from leaving the party or entertaining the notion that the Republican Party just might be a better alternative than one that keeps them strung out on public assistance like a back-alley drug dealer.
This is what National Review’s David French refers to as negative polarization, “allegiance to your political party not out of love for its ideas but instead out of fear for the other side.” These minority voters are trapped in the Democrat Party. They can’t get ahead, but they don’t dare leave for fear of being exploited by racist, rich whites.
Well, the bad news for minorities is that they are already being exploited by racist, rich whites. The trillion dollars in spending on entitlements Democrats have delivered over the last 60-plus years has done nothing to improve the lives of the poor. Those who have escaped the cycle of poverty have done so with a helping hand and hard work, not through handouts and embracing victimhood.
It is the Democrat Party that is racist because its rich elite want minorities to believe they are powerless to improve their lives, that they are victims of unseen forces beyond their comprehension. There are few things more insulting to a person’s intelligence and their humanity than telling them they cannot help themselves and must be reliant on the government to guide their lives.
Republicans have a real opportunity to seize the moment and demonstrate to minorities that the GOP is the party that will represent them. A strong economy, a secure border (many black and Latino citizens strongly oppose illegal immigration), and low taxes do more to improve peoples’ lives than shaking a fist and accusing political opponents of racism ever will.
Trump is enjoying broader support among minorities than any Republican leader in years. Now is the moment to take advantage of that and smash the Democrat plantation once and for all.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Gary Bauer: “Have you noticed the dog that stopped barking? Up until six weeks ago, the Left was on a rampage in the streets and on college campuses across America. Conservative groups were being disrupted. Protestors were interrupting Trump rallies. Thousands of left-wing demonstrators descended on Washington for the Kavanaugh hearings. In recent weeks, the GOP started promoting the theme of ‘jobs versus mobs.’ And as if someone flipped a switch, the mobs suddenly disappeared. A few groups didn’t get the memo. Antifa took over the streets of Portland last month, while the New Black Panthers, armed with ‘assault weapons,’ took to the streets in Atlanta campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who wants to ban so-called ‘assault weapons.’ But I can’t help wondering whether these spontaneous left-wing mobs really aren’t so spontaneous after all. Perhaps the people behind them decided they didn’t want to scare voters too much right before a big election.”
Presidential: “I am asking every citizen from every party, every background and every race, color and creed, to reject the Democrat politics of anger and division, and to unite behind our proud and righteous destiny as Americans.” —Donald Trump, rejecting the Left’s politics of hate and disunity
Reality check: “For Democrats, one trend that has taken hold is quite alarming: our swing to the far left. That trend has been exemplified by almost all of our putative presidential candidates. … So, the moral of the story is: if we continue to tack to the far left in the 2020 election cycle, we surely will see another four years of President Trump.” —former DNC chairman Ed Rendell
Braying Jenny: “I told someone the other day who is trying to say that we are violent when we protest: Protest is about making you feel uncomfortable. I’m not supposed to come to you and say: May I protest you? No! Absolutely not. If your heart tells you that this is what you need to do because you see some injustice — that you see people who are creating, you know, a terrible time and pain for others — and you want to protest to try and make change, to try and make it right, then speak what your heart is telling you to do.” —Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Alpha Jackass: “The relationship between Trumpism and crazed right-wing killers is like the relationship between climate change and extreme weather events. You can’t necessarily prove causation in an individual case, but the changing climate makes these events more likely.” —Paul Krugman
Non Compos Mentis:: “People often say, like, ‘How are you going to pay for [Medicare for All]?’ And I find the question so puzzling because, ‘How do you pay for something that’s more affordable? How do you pay for cheaper rent?’ You just pay for it. We’re paying more now.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Fact check: It would cost $32.6 trillion more over 10 years.)
Belly laugh of the week: “A picture that has gone viral shows a mosquito on a person’s hand with the caption: ‘And just like that, Elizabeth Warren’s Indian blood was gone.’ What it fails to mention is that there is now a mosquito who is a full-blooded Cherokee who happens to be sitting at his phone, waiting for a call from Harvard offering him a full professorship.” —Burt Prelutsky
Join our editors and staff in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher