Mid-Day Digest

Mar. 11, 2020


“We have heard of the impious doctrine in the old world, that the people were made for kings, not kings for the people. Is the same doctrine to be revived in the new, in another shape — that the solid happiness of the people is to be sacrificed to the views of political institutions of a different form?” —James Madison (1788)

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Biden Prevails on Septuagenarian Tuesday

Nate Jackson

Joe Biden continued his march toward the Democrat nomination Tuesday with resounding victories in Michigan (53%), Missouri (60%), Mississippi (81%), and Idaho (49%). Bernie Sanders took North Dakota (49%), and he leads in Washington (32%), though it’s too close to call this morning because ballots are cast predominantly by mail. With Biden’s wins coming on the heels of his Super Tuesday blowout, as we go to press, the former VP has 843 delegates to Bernie’s 681. Tulsi Gabbard is close behind with two delegates. Alright, so maybe “close behind” is a bit of a stretch…

The writing is on the wall for Bolshevik Bernie. He is not gaining traction as it appeared two weeks ago. Instead, his voters simply aren’t turning out to the polls. As The Atlantic’s David Frum argued before Iowa, “The Sanders campaign is a bet that the 2020 race can be won by mobilizing the Americans least committed to the political process while alienating and even offending the Americans most committed to it.” It seems he’s done the latter without accomplishing the former.

A key stat to that effect: “Voters older than age 65 made up about a quarter of the Democrats who cast ballots,” says The Wall Street Journal editorial board, “and Mr. Biden won them 73% to 23%.” Put another way, if you’re old enough to have lived through the Cold War, you’re not going to elect a commie.

Meanwhile, The Dispatch notes, “In 2016, Bernie Sanders won 23 contests, including Michigan, North Dakota, and Washington. Hillary Clinton wasn’t able to secure the nomination until June after beating Sanders in California by single digits. But last night, the Sanders campaign may have reached an early end.” In retrospect, that’s more a sign of Clinton’s incredible weakness than Sanders’s strength.

Then again, can Biden win the general election if Bernie’s hardest-core supporters become alienated from the party? That’s the delicate balance Democrats now face.

Next up: A debate between Biden and Sanders in Phoenix on Sunday, March 15. It will feature no audience because of coronavirus. That’s followed by primaries on Tuesday, March 17, in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio.

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Biden Is Coming for Your ‘AR-14’!

Mark Alexander

Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving. Campaigning in Michigan, he paused for a photo-op with a group of construction workers — and that quickly broke bad. Biden bad.

When a young plant worker, Jerry Wayne, asked Biden about “trying to end the Second Amendment,” Biden spun out of control, telling Wayne, “You’re full of s—t. … I support the Second Amendment.” A female campaign aid tried to intervene, but Biden condescendingly commanded, “Shush! Shush!”

Biden then clarified, sort of, that he wasn’t coming for all your guns, but he was just “going to take your AR-14s away.” (Yes, “AR-14s.”)

Recall that at a recent rally to “celebrate” Beto O'Rourke’s endorsement, Biden declared, “I’m going to guarantee this is not the last you’ve seen of this guy. You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me. You’re going to be the one who leads this effort.” And recall that O'Rourke outlined his plan “to take care of the gun problem” last September: “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” When Biden was asked earlier in a CNN interview about “Democrats coming for your guns,” he responded, “Bingo. You’re right if you have an assault weapon … period.”

According to Wayne, who did not vote for Trump in 2016, it was Biden’s assertion about putting O'Rourke in charge that disturbed him: “I just had a question that needed to be answered” about what Biden “calls assault rifles.” He wanted Biden to clarify “how he wanted to get the vote of the working man when a lot of us … bear arms and we like to do that.”

When Wayne insisted that Biden’s efforts to infringe on the Second Amendment were “not OK,” Biden snapped back, “Don’t tell me that, pal, or I’m going to go out and slap you in the face. I’m gonna go outside with you in a minute.” Wayne, who could have tipped Biden over with one finger, showed great self-control as Biden wagged his finger in his face.

Wayne told Biden, “You’re working for me, man.” Biden responded, “I’m not working for you. Give me a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”

After the Trump campaign highlighted the demented exchange, New York Times writer Jonathan Martin, a Biden sycophant, gleefully exclaimed, “Why on earth is the Trump Campaign sending this out? Do they think this makes Biden look bad? People are going to love this.” And indeed, leftists like Martin will love it. Martin concluded that this was an “earthy Biden encounter” — you know, kinda like telling a young New Hampshire woman who asked him a question, “You’re a lying, dog-faced pony soldier.”

Finally, at one point Biden says his sons “hunt” — implying that the Second Amendment is about protecting hunters. Perhaps Biden meant his son Hunter Biden bagged a lot of Burisma bucks!

Over the last four years, the Leftmedia talkingheads have speculated frequently about Donald Trump’s “mental competence” and whether the 25th Amendment regarding incapacitated presidents should be invoked to remove him from office. But in fact, Joe Biden is increasingly non compos mentis. On the outside chance that Biden is elected president, questions about the 25th Amendment would take on a whole different level of legitimacy (but never be asked). Or maybe the Democrat strategy is that Biden will resign within a month of taking office and turn the office over to his VP?

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Bernie’s 40-Year Russian Love Affair

Louis DeBroux

For several years, Democrats breathlessly warned that President Donald Trump was a stooge, doing the bidding of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. They still claim $100,000 in Facebook political ads, paid for by Russian proxies, swung the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. Never mind that few of the ads even referenced a candidate. Despite their hysterics over supposed Trump-Russia ties, until recently it looked like an actual Russia-loving candidate would win the Democrat presidential nomination in a landslide.

That would be “Bolshevik Bernie” Sanders, the proudly self-declared socialist who has a disturbing habit of praising brutal leftist dictators.

Sanders was a slacker who didn’t hold a steady job until he was almost 40, a man his friends described as “a slob who kept a messy apartment.” When he finally got a steady job, it was a government job as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Bernie has been collecting government checks ever since, becoming a multimillionaire with three houses despite never working outside of politics.

It was as mayor of Burlington that Sanders began to nurture his love affair with the former Soviet Union. As a newlywed, he honeymooned in Moscow, slamming back vodka shots while sitting shirtless and singing under a portrait of Soviet mass murderer Vladimir Lenin.

After returning to the United States, Sanders established a “sister city” program with the city of Yaroslavl, Russia. Recently obtained 1980s-era Soviet documents reveal the Soviet government eagerly used Sanders to promote communist propaganda in order to “reveal American imperialism as the main source of the danger of war.”

The Sanders campaign counters that President Ronald Reagan was encouraging sister-cities programs, which is true as far as it goes. But using the program to promote America and her values in the communist USSR is one thing; praising a regime that killed and imprisoned millions of its own people is entirely another.

After returning from a visit to the USSR in 1988, Sanders was very complimentary of the totalitarian regime, declaring, “People there seemed reasonably happy and content. … I didn’t notice much deprivation.”

When city officials from Yaroslavl visited then-Mayor Sanders in Burlington, unearthed Soviet government documents show the trip was only approved after Burlington officials sent a letter to the Kremlin promising to “emphasize the ‘peace-loving foreign policy’ of the Soviet Union,” with a seven-point “plan for information-propaganda work.”

But Soviet Russia is not the only totalitarian communist dictatorship with which Bolshevik Bernie has long been enamored. He’s also quite fond of the Castro regime in Cuba.

Sanders recently came under fire for defending deceased Cuban strongman Fidel Castro, a staunch Soviet ally for decades. “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” he declared. “When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?”

It seems that in Bernie’s mind, oppression, torture, and brutal murder are tolerable so long as the victims can read the names of their tormenters and executioners. Even when given the opportunity to backtrack and recant, Sanders doubled down on his defense and praise of the Castro regime, even taking time to praise the Communist Chinese regime as well.

Maybe most horrifying is that just six years ago Sanders was part of a delegation that visited Alan Gross, an American accused of spying and thrown in a Cuban prison. Gross spent 1,841 days in prison, during which time he lost five teeth and over 100 pounds. He was kept in a dark cell where he saw “20 minutes of sunlight during the first year.” His interrogators threatened to pull out his fingernails and hang him.

Later released in a prisoner exchange, Gross tells of how Bernie barely spoke during the visit, but at the end of the visit, looking at this beaten, emaciated fellow American, said only that he didn’t see what was so wrong with Cuba.

What kind of twisted, freedom-hating, communist-loving stooge could look at a haggard political prisoner and express only sympathy for the torturers? And what does it say about the Democrat Party that such a large percentage of its base adores a man who openly embraces merciless, brutal totalitarian regimes?

Nothing good.

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Cuomo Calls in the Troops to Combat COVID-19

Thomas Gallatin

Amidst a growing number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in New York, Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo called in the National Guard and announced his establishment of a “containment zone” in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City where the virus appears to be spreading. “New Rochelle, at this point, is probably the largest cluster of these cases in the United States,” Cuomo asserted as he defended his directive. However, he was quick to note that area businesses would not be closed and people’s movement would not be restricted. “You’re not containing people,” he explained. “You’re containing facilities.” Got to make sure those facilities don’t up and move about.

What exactly is Cuomo seeking to “contain”? As Mark Alexander observes, “This is one big reason you don’t elect a socialist Democrat to any position of authority. Cuomo can’t contain or eradicate eight-ounce rats in a one-block radius of New York, yet he thinks he’s going to lock down coronavirus in a ‘one-mile containment zone’?” As Rush Limbaugh observed of the Left many years ago, it’s symbolism over substance.

Cuomo’s overreaction is what happens when Democrats have spent recent weeks blasting President Donald Trump for supposedly not doing enough to combat COVID-19 — they have to go to ridiculous lengths to outdo him.

Democrats and the Leftmedia have exploited COVID-19 in their effort to paint Trump as unfit to meet the challenge. This is demonstrated by the false but oft-repeated talking point that Trump cut the CDC budget, when in truth funding has increased every year of Trump’s presidency. Furthermore, Trump has acted on the Centers for Disease Control best-practice plan for addressing a viral threat of this nature. His tweeting and public comments notwithstanding, the president has handled this well so far.

Meanwhile, it should come as no surprise that increasing the number of tests for COVID-19 would reveal more cases. In fact, the discovery of more COVID-19 cases will actually lower its mortality rate. That a virus most health experts view as comparable to the flu is spreading should not be reason for hysterics, but since Trump’s the president…

Hysterics over COVID-19 are rooted in a flawed leftist view of the role of government. Leftists desire to elevate government authority to god-like status, while at the same time diminishing individual responsibility to that of absolute dependence.

Here’s the simple test question that any honest observer should be asking: If Trump could actually stop the spread of COVID-19, would he not have done so? If some people’s answer to that question is “no,” then they are arguably suffering from a much worse ailment than COVID-19. Americans have historically bristled at the notion of a government nanny state. Whatever the challenge — be it natural disaster, financial struggle, or health — Americans first looked to God and the means He provides via self-sufficiency, family, and neighbors rather than demanding government help. In fact, this is the only view that promotes individual freedom and development leading to greater overall societal benefit. To blame Trump for not doing enough to “contain” COVID-19 is akin to blaming the Second Amendment for the crime rate.

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Getting Serious About U.S. Nuclear Power

Thomas Gallatin

While concern over climate change has spurred popular demand for more “clean” energy sources such as wind and solar, it has also provided an opportunity to highlight a technology with benefits yet to be fully appreciated — nuclear power. Demonized by ecofascists, nuclear power remains the cleanest, most efficient, and consistent means of meeting the growing power needs of the nation. Currently, nuclear power supplies 20% of America’s energy needs, but that percentage could easily be increased, benefiting both the environment and Americans’ power costs.

Unfortunately, leftist politicians like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have called for not only limiting nuclear power but eliminating it. Thankfully, this extremist position does not appear to be winning the day. In fact, under President Donald Trump’s leadership, America’s nuclear industry is getting a much-needed boost. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is now working to accelerate the development of advanced nuclear reactors.

Furthermore, as Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) writes at National Review, “In December of 2019, the NRC approved an early site permit for the Tennessee Valley Authority to build a small modular reactor at the Clinch River Site, in my district in Tennessee. In 2018, Congress passed and the president signed the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, which eliminated financial and technological barriers that stood in the way of American nuclear innovation.”

Both China and Russia have been aggressively working to usurp American leadership on developing nuclear technology. Allowing either nation to become the world leader in nuclear technology would be a disaster for not just the U.S. but the world. Notwithstanding the Sanders-Warren-AOC trio, an encouraging development is growing bipartisan support in Congress for the U.S. to refocus efforts on maintaining our world leadership in nuclear development.

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What if They Were White?

Grassroots perspective by Willie Richardson

Recently another young person was assaulted in the “inner city” streets. The victim was beaten by 18 young males who thought it was a good day after school to incite violence. However, there is one thing that was left out of the tabloids when this savage beating took place. It’s the very thing that is used in other similar news stories; the one thing that is being used to divide this country at its seams. Skin color.

What happened at the corner of Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, was tragic, but the media painted a mirage.

Let me paint the picture that the media refuses to color. An unidentified black female was seen running on surveillance video from a mob of 18 bloodthirsty black hoodlums in utter fear. The mob of black thugs brutally kicked, punched, and stomped the black female teenager, and then they robbed her of her Air Jordan shoes. Reports say this viciousness was a result of words exchanged during school. Regardless, this assault of 18 goons gone wild beating a defenseless girl is unadulterated savagery! That picture gives a more vivid display than the headlines below:

“Teen girl savagely beaten and robbed by group of boys in Brooklyn”
“Disturbing video shows teen girl beaten, robbed by mob”
“Teen girl beaten, robbed of Air Jordans ‘traumatized’ by assault”
‘Sickening:’ 15-Year-Old NYC Girl Beaten, Robbed in Vicious Teen Mob Street Attack"

Nonetheless, if you were to hypothetically change the skin color of the thugs to “white” and keep the victim as brown skinned, what do you think the tabloids would read?

“18 Savage white boys with ropes nearly kill defenseless black female after school”
“Disturbing video that proves the ongoing legacy of slavery still exists”
“White boys with MAGA hats brutally beat black female for kicks. Pun intended.”
“Sickening: 15-Year-Old Black NYC Girl Beaten, Robbed, in Vicious Hate Crime Attack by White Mob”
“Black Lives Don’t Matter to America”

What happened to this young girl is most certainly deviant. I don’t want to trivialize her emotional and physical misery. A few of the attackers have been turned in by their own mothers. Good! What if their fathers turned them in? Even better.

Why is this proverbial race card used only when the victim or assailant fits the slave narrative? Why won’t this story go viral across social-media platforms? Why will this be another drop in the bucket of violence assaults in the inner city? Why won’t this become a hashtag? I think you know the answer by now. It doesn’t fit the victim narrative the Leftmedia has made this nation believe is true. Fake news has become the reality in the hearts and minds of many Americans. Regardless of the fake news, let’s come together and realize our fullest American potential.

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Jordan Candler

UPDATE: Known coronavirus cases in U.S. top 1,000 (The Hill)

FOR THE RECORD: Here’s why coronavirus stats are fake news (CNSNews.com)

VULNERABLE OLD MEN: Next Democrat debate to be held without an audience (CBS News)

REPRIMANDS: Chuck Schumer’s Supreme Court saga not over, as GOP presses forward on historic censure (Fox News)

ACRIMONY: Saudi Arabia throws down gauntlet to Russia, raises crude oil supply to record high (The Daily Wire)

SEEMS LEGIT: Hunter Biden to skip deposition in paternity case, citing coronavirus and pregnant wife (Washington Examiner)

“A REAL LEADER”: President Trump endorses Tommy Tuberville over Jeff Sessions in Alabama Senate runoff (National Review)

POLICY: ObamaCare at 10: A massive failure (Issues & Insights)

POLICY: Why social-justice investing is a load of politicized hypocrisy (The Federalist)

HUMOR: Democrats promote book burning as an alternative to fossil fuels (Genesius Times)

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Video: Biden Tells 2A Supporter He’s ‘Full of S—t’ — He then insisted he doesn’t need an “AR-14” with “100 bullets.”

Video: Draining the Juice From the Electric-Vehicle Dream — Are “emissions free” electric vehicles inevitable? No, they’re not.

Video: The Bill That Killed Freelance — A new California law is supposed to help millions of freelancers by dictating that they be hired as employees.


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Demo-gogues: “I think you’ve got to tell the truth. So, if in China they’ve reduced extreme poverty, does that make me a communist who supports China? No. I’m just telling you a simple fact.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders (“Actually, if you can stand up and credit China with reducing poverty without mentioning that they starved 45 million people to death in four years, then it pretty much makes you a communist apologist. Or at the very least, a ‘useful idiot.’” —Ed Morrissey)

Grand delusions: “The coronavirus is Trump’s Chernobyl — a growing catastrophe in which the government response is deadly because Trump is more worried about protecting the myths that define his alternative reality than protecting vulnerable people who will die.” —Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas

The BIG Lie: “There is a lot of misinformation, unfortunately, in campaigns these days. We see it from every, every corner. And I think what Biden was saying there is I’m not going to allow somebody to distort my record.” —spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield on Biden’s “you’re full of s—t” tirade

Braying jackass: “I’m going to be blunt. We are very worried about the president’s incompetence and lack of focus on fighting the spread of coronavirus. We believe that his lack of focus is hamstringing efforts to address this public crisis and inflicting pain on the stock market.” —Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Non compos mentis I: “There’s a lot of restaurants that are feeling the pain of racism. Where people are literally not patroning [sic] Chinese restaurants, they’re not patroning [sic] Asian restaurants, because of just straight-up racism around the coronavirus.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Non compos mentis II: “Viruses don’t have nationalities. This is racist.” —Rep. Ilhan Omar responding to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s tweet, “Everything you need to know about the Chinese coronavirus can be found on one, regularly-updated website.” (“The lady at the bakery asked if I wanted French bread. I told her that breads don’t have nationalities and then I called the police.” —Matt Walsh)

And last… “I may not be popular for saying this but I’ll compromise and support banning AR-14s in exchange for leaving other guns alone.” —former Army Ranger sniper Ryan Cleckner

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