Mid-Day Digest

Jun. 22, 2020

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Desecrating and Whitewashing Our History

Douglas Andrews

Ask a friend to name the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and the response is likely to be “Gettysburg.” Which is correct. But ask that same friend to name the second-bloodiest battle and you’ll probably get a shrug of the shoulders. That’s Chickamauga.

We mention this because our humble editorial office is near the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and because this park and its monuments had a special purpose: reconciliation. And because that noble spirit of reconciliation is nowhere to be seen in our nation today.

Two Seattle-based statues tell us all we need to know about the nature of our differences and about the enemy within. First, let’s consider the nearly 100-year-old statue of George Washington, the state’s namesake, which was toppled on Thursday night. No arrests were made, but the vandals first wrapped Washington’s bronze head in an American flag before setting it afire, yanking it down, and continuing to vulgarly defile it.

As Power Line’s John Hinderaker put it, “This was entirely predictable, and now it’s happened. Anyone who thought liberals would be satisfied with demolishing the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson doesn’t know liberals.”

We might take issue with Hinderaker’s swipe at liberals rather than leftists, because liberals once embraced our nation’s history and its values. Indeed, some 55 years ago, they fought for the most liberal value of all: free speech. As Dennis Prager brilliantly pointed out not long ago, however, “leftism is not liberalism.”

Still, the image of George Washington being desecrated by a mob of American citizens is a jarring one, and viscerally so. To view the video of this atrocity — to hear the giddy shrieking of those who watched it, to hear the thunderous clank of heavy bronze hitting cement — and not be moved is to somehow lack the gift of patriotism, the gift of being thoroughly American.

As for reconciliation, where can we start? And where does this end? How can we even begin to look for common ground with those bent on destroying the most fundamentally American of icons?

We mentioned two Seattle statues, and the other one still stands. Indeed, it’s unblemished, and it thus fleshes out the other side of this intractable issue. It’s a statue of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. As Mark Powell of Australia’s Spectator puts it, “How ironic! Lenin’s Marxism was responsible for the death of untold millions. The first President of the United States, though, established one of the greatest democracies the world has ever known. The first produced violence and bloody revolution, the latter political and social freedom.”

Again, how do we reconcile with folks like this?

“The roar of the battle’s bloody storm has ceased,” wrote Sergeant McGee of the 72nd Indiana back in 1882, some 19 years after the Battle of Chickamauga, “and all is still save the waves that sob upon the shore — those waves are the shrieks of the wounded and dying — and these are more horrible and trying to our hearts than was the storm of battle. In this storm of groans and cries for help that come on the black night air, manly sympathy for comrades and enemy make our hearts bleed.”

As we watch the desecration of our shared history by anarchist thugs and brainwashed young collegians, we should remember the 34,000 men, blue and gray, who bled at Chickamauga. And we should remember the raison d'etre of the park that memorializes them.

We should also consider that the Cancel Crowd won’t be content to merely topple statues of Confederate generals. No, they’re coming for Ulysses Grant, the man who saved the Union. They’re coming for Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence. They’re coming for George Washington, the father of our country.

Finally, we should remember that elitist whites and not urban blacks are behind this orgy of desecration, and that it won’t in any way improve the lives of our African American brothers and sisters.

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The Kerfuffle Over Trump’s Tulsa Rally

Nate Jackson

President Donald Trump held his first campaign rally since the pandemic began, and roughly 6,200 people attended Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That’s the silver lining. The embarrassment for the president is that his reelection campaign set expectations far higher than a few thousand, touting more than a million ticket requests in the days leading up to the rally. So it’s little wonder that falling so far short was newsworthy, and it’s certainly not surprising that Leftmedia coverage was full of schadenfreude. Ever the showman, Trump loves to brag and bicker about his crowd sizes. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

The scuttlebutt is that leftists organized via social media to “claim” a large portion of those tickets, as well as show up to protest and obstruct entrance to the event. It’s possible that these efforts suppressed turnout, given that a “ticket” merely allowed folks to stand in line for hours to enter the 19,000-seat stadium. But a couple hundred protesters at a Trump rally isn’t anything new, and surely leftists didn’t snatch up so many tickets that only 6,200 people in bright red Tulsa were motivated to show up.

“Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don’t know what they’re talking about or how our rallies work,” insisted Brad Parscale, the campaign manager who organized the rally and pushed the big numbers. “Registering for a rally means you’ve RSVP’d with a cellphone number and we constantly weed out bogus numbers, as we did with tens of thousands at the Tulsa rally, in calculating our possible attendee pool.”

The Washington Examiner’s Tiana Lowe, who is no fan of Trump, likewise argues it was “absolutely not” this leftist effort on social media but the coronavirus pandemic. “You could be Trump’s most emphatic supporter,” she says, “but an indoor rally with no social distancing, full of people refusing to wear masks is a recipe for contracting the coronavirus. It’s no wonder that turnout paled in comparison to his previous rallies.”

Regardless, the fact that Trump’s campaign so grossly overestimated the size of this rally should be reason for some soul-searching and perhaps a few staff changes.

On the other hand, at least Trump held a rally. Joe Biden’s still running his campaign from his basement, which is right where Democrats want him. Their strategy is to prolong the economic tribulation of the pandemic by blaring headlines about every uptick in COVID cases and deaths, all while fomenting racial division by somehow blaming Republicans for the death and mayhem in cities run by Democrats for decades. The more they make the election a referendum on Trump’s personality and supposed failures, and the less they make it about Biden, the better they think their chances are. In that respect, Trump may indeed be his own greatest opponent.

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In Racial Reconciliation, What Matters Is Truth

Robin Smith

Last week, a prominent activist declared that she and her colleague “are trained organizers.” In fact, she said, “We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories.”

In Marxism, capitalism is framed to be an exploitive, oppressive societal problem. A communist economy, the goal of Marxism, emphasizes cooperative ownership of property with no private-property rights or personal wealth. The popular slogan of Karl Marx sums it up: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” But that doesn’t fully reflect the fact that the German economist, along with his comrade, Friedrich Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto, taught that socialism was the necessary first step to communism where all divisions of class would be erased.

Patrisse Cullors, one of the two cofounders of Black Lives Matter, was the one who made these Marxist statements of her beliefs. The other founder, Alicia Garza, in a 2018 feature on Blackpast.org, identified herself as “a queer social justice activist and a Marxist.”

Thinking they are aiding racial and social justice, corporate giants and the political left are now carelessly funding these “trained Marxists” who lead 16 chapters of BLM in the U.S. and Canada in the disruption of commerce and the destruction of small and large businesses. No one is defending racism or the deaths of innocent black men, but BLM and antifa have hijacked the emotions stirred by select recent deaths to promote the very behaviors and practices that keep minorities trapped in government dependency.

Andrew Klavan of The Daily Wire wrote in an analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement that “The Racial Matrix” is “an entirely false narrative in which just those very prescriptions that will make black lives worse provide whites a sense of virtue while continuing the Democrat destruction of actual black lives.”

Neither BLM tactics of anger-baiting nor the virtue signaling of guilty whites will help. We should instead be identifying problems, working with leaders for solutions, and moving the underprivileged toward independence.

BLM as an organized movement has a Marxist devotion to a new world order destroying America’s economic freedom and, even more contemptibly, the freedoms of individual Americans. Its own website uses the word “comrades” to describe a new order where “we disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and villages that collectively care for one another.” BLM makes it clear that encouraging self-reliance and freedom from government dependency is not at all a priority. These radicals have no belief that an intact family, personal property, personal wealth, and achievement are healthy rights. And because of this, they do not promote a sense of personal accomplishment or greater attainment in the next generation. Our government housing projects are, in many cases, now full of third- and fourth-generation residents.

Many blacks are tired of BLM’s leftist political agenda because it will only lead to harm for their community. Niger Innis recently exploded, “I’ll be g-dd-mned if you use the suffering and misery of black Americans and our legacy to the United States of America as your shield and use us as cannon fodder when your agenda really has not a d—n thing to do with saving black lives.” Leo Terrell, racial activist and lawyer, insisted that a “criminal element” has taken over the protest movement that began with the death of George Floyd.

Ultimately, what will succeed in healing the racial divide is not the Marxist lies being peddled. It’s authentic truth that withstands subjective opinion and bias.

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SCOTUS-Enabled Totalitarianism

Arnold Ahlert

“You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” —tennis great and long-time homosexual-rights activist Martina Navratilova, December 2018

“‘Woman’ is not an idea in a man’s head. ‘Woman’ is not a pink brain, a liking for Jimmy Choos or any of the other sexist ideas now somehow touted as progressive. Moreover, the ‘inclusive’ language that calls female people ‘menstruators’ and ‘people with vulvas’ strikes many women as dehumanising and demeaning.” —author J.K. Rowling, June 2020

Whether an increasingly impotent women’s movement realizes it or not, last Monday’s 6-3 Supreme Court ruling has made biological reality irrelevant. While anyone with an ounce of integrity would know that when Congress passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title VII’s prohibition of sexual discrimination meant sex in the biological sense, a majority of justices swept aside thousands of years of biological reality in favor of progressive ideology.

In short, the Court conferred upon itself both legislative powers and scientific expertise. Legislative powers Congress itself conspicuously declined to exercise, and scientific expertise that required the complete abnegation of a condition still defined as “gender dysphoria” among leading entities in the mental-health community.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, who wrote the majority opinion, epitomized the Orwellian logic — and rank hypocrisy — necessary to reach such a decision. The same justice who insisted the ruling was based on “plain statutory commands” long before transgenderism was even a topic of conversation is the one who insisted, “[Laws] are meant to be understood and lived by. If a fog of uncertainty surrounded them, if their meaning could shift with the latest judicial whim, the point of reducing them to writing would be lost.”

The latter statement was made in 2018. Two years later, Gorsuch and five other justices have subjected the entire nation to the “latest judicial whim.”

Moreover, as columnist and Amherst College professor Hadley Arkes points out, Gorsuch’s opening statement regarding Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC — whereby a man hired by a funeral home was terminated due to the consternation his decision to behave and dress as a woman caused for grieving families — is nothing short of astounding. “He said that Aimee Stephens, the one who had been known to the world and his own wife as Anthony Stephens, had ‘presented as a male’ when ‘she first got the job,’” Arkes writes. “Without the slightest strain, Gorsuch had simply incorporated as his own the predicate of Stephens’s claim: that he had in fact become a woman.”

The implications? “For the Court to come down on his side the judges would have to do nothing less than confirm, as a matter of controlling fact, that in the eyes of the law Stephens was indeed a woman if he regarded himself as a woman,” Arkes adds. “And the effects would instantly radiate outward: Stephens’s colleagues would be obliged to accept his definition of himself, and the pronouns that came along. If they did not, they and their employer could be accused of sustaining a hostile work environment and put themselves at legal hazard.”

It gets worse. Harris was one of three cases brought together to reach this decision. The other two, Altitude Express v. Zarda and Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, involved discrimination against homosexuals. In other words, the Court failed to make any distinction between homosexuality and transgenderism. “The Supreme Court combined the cases for purposes of the decision — and there was a very ‘good’ bad reason it did so: Gorsuch’s reasoning collapses when the case of a ‘transgender’ individual — enclosed in quotes because the court leaves that term undefined — is inserted in the parade of hypotheticals the majority used to justify its decision,” columnist Margot Cleveland explains. “Rather than analyze the questions separately, Justice Gorsuch conflated the two separate classifications, analyzed homosexual employees (or applicants), and then added a throw-away conclusory sentence to extend the reasoning to transgender people.”

That “throwaway sentence” will have enormous implications going forward. There was a reason Title VII permitted sex-specific policies. Without them, explains columnist Kate Anderson, “women could be compelled to compete with men for job opportunities under the same physical strength requirements,” and more women-owned businesses competing for Small Business Administration loans would be shouldered aside “if those funds are distributed according to gender identity.”

And then there’s sports. Though Title IX, passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, prohibited sexual discrimination regarding “any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance,” it didn’t specifically mention sports. However, it became best known for its requirement that men’s and women’s athletic programs in high school and college be equally funded.

If the Court’s reasoning is extended into this realm, there is nothing to stop men claiming to be women from dominating women’s sports. A case filed by three Connecticut high-school girls whose track meets were dominated by “transgenders” competing as women addresses that reality. By contrast, a lawsuit has been filed by the ACLU of Idaho, challenging that state’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act that bans biological males from participating in female sports.

Which side will ultimately prevail? Given the tenor of the Supreme Court — combined with the now-revolutionist determination of agenda-driven progressives and the unseemly cowardice of those who should stand against it — Ms. Navratilova, et al, will likely be compelled to endure the reality that “having a penis and competing as a woman” will be the new standard, no matter how “dehumanising and demeaning” J.K. Rowling, et al, think it is.

Yet this decision has far more ominous implications. “A man who intends to have no surgery and take no hormones may now secure himself a Gender Recognition Certificate and be a woman in the sight of the law,” Rowling explains. “Many people aren’t aware of this.”

Such insanity is possible due to the UK’s passage of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004. That act allowed people to change their legal gender, but it required a medical process to do so. Activists have been pushing to eliminate that process in favor of a self-identification system — as in “I am what I say I am” — but are currently meeting resistance from Boris Johnson’s administration.

What about America? The Supreme Court has apparently embraced that very same self-identification system, and simultaneously precluded Congress — as in our duly elected representatives — from making any contrary decision on the subject. Yet by ruling that sexual identity is based on nothing more than self-declaration, irrespective of biology and chromosomes, SCOTUS has moved way beyond sex. If one aspect of reality itself can be based on nothing more than self-declaration, why not other aspects — or every aspect?

What could better enable totalitarian control than a “fog of uncertainty” surrounding everything?

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Senate Dems Target Religious Liberty

Thomas Gallatin

It will take time to unravel the implications of the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling/legislation in Bostock v. Clayton County, though it will almost certainly significantly erode protections for religious liberty. Indeed, the assertion made by Justice Neil Gorsuch in his majority opinion claiming that religious folks have little to fear because the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is a “super statute” bulwark protecting their First Amendment rights is quickly proving to be far from prescient. The very fears expressed by conservative Christians — that the ruling opens the door for the government to force Christian organizations to bow to the Rainbow Mafia’s demands on gender identity and sexual orientation — appears to be a coming reality.

In fact, the day after SCOTUS’s ruling, all 47 Senate Democrats (and one Republican) demanded that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell hold a vote on the dubious Equality Act. That would effectively “stamp out religious exemptions,” warns University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock. “It regulates religious non-profits. And then it says that [the RFRA] does not apply to any claim under the Equality Act. This would be the first time Congress has limited the reach of RFRA.” Laycock added, “This is not a good-faith attempt to reconcile competing interests. It is an attempt by one side to grab all the disputed territory and to crush the other side.”

Indeed, Democrats are attacking the very “super statute” Gorsuch appears to believe will withstand the test of time and increasing leftist hostility. The Washington Examiner’s Nicole Russell says she “spoke to some attorneys who thought it was highly plausible this ruling would allow for a bevy of lawsuits to be filed against religious organizations.” And if Democrats get their way and limit RFRA protections, then there will be little left for religious organizations to use in defending themselves. Russell further noted, “Going forward, expect to see targeted lawsuits in important areas where an appellate court is likely to rule on these religious liberty issues. In time, we will see how the lower courts interpret this ruling and how this Supreme Court decision shakes out in the real world.” And when some of these cases wind up before SCOTUS, do conservatives have any reason to believe Gorsuch won’t kneel before the Rainbow Mafia?

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It Was Demo/Russian Social-Media Collusion?

Mark Alexander

As Donald Trump hosted his first 2020 rally since the disastrous CV19 pandemic shutdown, Demo Joe Biden remains sequestered in his basement — and that is his campaign’s strategy.

Notably, in a scripted ad that Biden’s campaign is using to saturate social-media platforms, Biden is unable to even get the script correct. He opens by saying, “I’m coming direct to you for ask a quick favor” instead of “to ask a quick favor.” No telling how many times they had to recut this 30-second ad to get it this close to script.

On the subject of social media, as Democrat Party leaders rejoice over the economic and social damage done by CV19 disease, and now their election-year race-bait riots, they can, again, expect help from Vladimir Putin to further weaken Trump. But as a reminder, that is exactly how the Russian Facebook ads panned out last time around.

Despite all the direct evidence of Clinton/DNC collusion with Russia regarding the fake dossier setup to take Trump down, it’s worth taking a quick look back at who Russian social-media advertising really benefited in the last campaign.

According to a review of all 3,517 Facebook ads placed by Russian operatives with the “Internet Research Agency,” more than 50% of those ads referenced racial issues and another 25% referenced policing — all of which played into the Democrats’ perennial politics promoting racial division. And once again, with a lot of help from their Leftmedia propagandists (which amounts to priceless Demo campaign support), that racial division is front and center ahead of November, and they will do their best to keep it that way.

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Above the Fold

  • “President Trump says he will refile his executive attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ‘soon,’” The Daily Caller reports. “Trump reportedly made the statement in an interview with Fox News prior to his speech in Tulsa, Okla. on Saturday night.” When nullifying Trump’s original executive order last week, Chief Justice John Roberts stated in the majority opinion: “The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so.” However, “Trump has not clarified how he would adjust his strategy to avoid another loss in the Supreme Court,” the Caller adds.

  • National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy writes: “There is tumult in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where I proudly spent nearly 20 years as a prosecutor. In a nutshell, after the two men met in Manhattan on Friday, Attorney General Bill Barr announced that evening that SDNY U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman was stepping down. Later during the night, Berman issued a statement essentially saying, ‘Like hell I am!’ Inevitably, President Trump fired Berman on Saturday afternoon, as announced by Barr. … Congress is already demanding answers to the questions raised by Geoff Berman’s removal as U.S. Attorney for the SDNY. None of the people involved in this escapade is a shrinking violet. Soon enough, we’ll know why this happened.”

Government & Politics

  • Joe Biden thought Juneteenth was about a massacre in Tulsa, and the media yawned (The Resurgent)

  • Juneteenth coverage on MSNBC and CNN up 1,200% in 2020 after years of near silence (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • The nefarious UN Humans Rights Council will “prepare a report on systemic racism, violations of international human rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies” (Power Line)

  • Judge declines to block release of John Bolton’s book (The Washington Post)

  • Here’s how everyone is spinning Trump rally’s lower-than-expected turnout (The Daily Caller)

Culture & Heartland

  • Shootings, violence jump in Seattle, Minneapolis, New York City, and Chicago — cities where mayors have restrained the police (The Federalist)

  • “We do not want that history erased”: Family of black woman who portrayed Aunt Jemima opposes move to change brand (KLTV)

  • Dreyer’s to drop “derogatory” Eskimo Pie name after 99 years (CBS News)

  • In Portland, an American flag was used to set a George Washington statue ablaze (Power Line)

  • Ulysses S. Grant and Francis Scott Key Statues pulled down in San Francisco (The Daily Caller)

  • Vandals pull down and burn Washington, DC’s sole statue of a Confederate general (AP)

  • Theodore Roosevelt statue to be removed from Museum of Natural History (The New York Times)

  • Tennessee legislature passes fetal heartbeat bill; Planned Parenthood, ACLU file lawsuit (The Tennessean)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Six Trump campaign staffers test positive at Tulsa rally (The Daily Caller)

  • Hundreds test positive at Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas, most asymptomatic (National Review)

  • South Korea is fighting a second wave of infections, which it attributes to a holiday weekend in May (National Review)

  • Coronavirus is weakening and may disappear on its own, Italian infectious disease doctor says (Fox News)

World

  • Is the world ignoring a Christian genocide in Nigeria? (Providence)

  • Libyan refugee murders three and wounds several others in UK knifing rampage (The Telegraph)

  • International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is engaged in secret nuclear work (The Washington Free Beacon)

Other Notables

  • Nineteen black Americans explain why they’re conservative (The Daily Signal)

  • “The results of the investigation justified the relief”: Navy upholds firing of former USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain Brett Crozier, who warned of coronavirus outbreak on ship (National Review)

  • Rising coronavirus cases cut into business optimism (Washington Examiner)

  • According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which is tracking more than 860 institutions’ plans, two-thirds of colleges are planning to welcome back students in person, while only 7% are planning to hold classes only online (USA Today)

  • This will fix it! Meghan Markle tells friends her instinct to leave the UK “all makes sense” now because she was “destined” to help fight systemic racism in U.S. — and she hasn’t ruled out a career in politics (UK Daily Mail)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Amid the pandemic and anti-racism protests, school choice can be so much more (Washington Examiner)

  • Policy: Americans want to own their retirement, not expand Social Security (American Enterprise Institute)

  • Satire: “I told you so,” whispers ghostly image of George Orwell hovering over nation (The Babylon Bee)

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.” —Ronald Reagan

Upright: “Contemporary American society is suffering from many crises, but one stands out above all the others: We have a crisis of gratitude. It’s time for Americans to fall in love with America again.” —Josh Hammer

Going out with a whimper: “It is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton’s final public role is that of a traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people.” —Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Food for thought: “There is no ‘nice’ way to arrest a potentially dangerous, combative suspect. The police are our bodyguards, our hired fists, batons and guns. We pay them to do our dirty work of protecting us, the work we’re too afraid, too unskilled or too civilized to do ourselves. We expect them to keep the bad guys out of our businesses, cars, and houses, out of our faces. We want them to ‘take care of the problem,’ we just don’t want to see how it’s done.” —Charles H. Webb, PhD

For the record: “What we should have learned from the Trump administration’s daft and destructive little trade war with China is that we cannot bully our way into success with tariffs. The U.S. balance of trade in the month of January 2017, when Trump took office, was –$65.6 billion, and in January of 2020 it was –$65.5 billion. (The so-called trade deficit is the wrong metric, but it is the one the president has chosen.) Total U.S. exports were lower in 2019 than they were in 2018.” —Kevin Williamson

Belly laugh: “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people. You’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please!’” —Donald Trump, joking with supporters at his Tulsa rally

Non compos mentis: “The American people are owed answers about why President Trump wants less testing when experts say much more is needed.” —Nancy Pelosi, deliberately missing the joke

Demo-gogues: “If people don’t have adequate access to the ballot, I mean, that’s the stuff on which revolutions are built. If you begin to deny people the capacity of your democracy to work, even the Founding Fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, we have an inherent right to challenge that. And I’m worried that increasingly, people are disaffected.” —John Kerry (“Thing is, he’s right. Not because there will be voter fraud, but because people like John Kerry will tell everyone there was.” —Keith Koffler)

And last… “Since we’re dismantling anything built by white supremacists I guess it’s time to get rid of Planned Parenthood.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

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