Impeachment continues to backfire as majority oppose it

My personal favorite Latin saying is “alea iacta est.”

That’s what Julius Caesar is purported to have said when his armies crossed the Rubicon river in 49 B.C. (The only living witness to this is Larry King, so we have to take his word for it.) Translation: “The die is cast.”

Caesar, who was then in the midst of fighting the Roman Civil War, had taken his armies beyond what was then the northern boundary of Italy in defiance of the Roman Senate.

At that point, he knew he’d reached the point of no return.

This is where “crossing the Rubicon” comes from, as well, but there’s no better way to wax pseudo-intellectually than to use Latin phraseology in place of an English idiom.

Plus, it’s not like anyone knows where the Rubicon is, anyway.

We have a different caliber of officials than ol’ Julius these days, which is a bit of a good news/bad news situation.

The good news, at least in our country, is that they’re elected — unlike Caesar, whose ejection from office was a bit less orderly than if it had happened at the ballot box.

The bad news is that they don’t quite know when to cast the die.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her House Democratic caucus, for instance, had an “alea iacta est” moment a few weeks ago.

They, like everyone else in the country, were no doubt aware of how polling was trending when it came to the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump.

According to the RealClearPolitics average, since mid-December, a plurality of Americans have been against it or the polling average has been a tie.

This is as opposed to the high-water mark of mid-October, when 49.5 percent were for removing Trump from office compared to 44.8 percent against it.

In December, the Democrats threw the die for the first time.

This involved the impeachment vote against Trump, which coincided almost precisely with the moment the polling average began turning against the Democrats.

One could say the die had been cast long before the vote had been taken; the impeachment inquiry, like an ocean liner at full steam toward a predetermined destination, is a tricky and unwieldy thing to turn in an instant.

They were no closer to removing him, but they’d rolled the dice and taken their chances. And the polling average continued to turn against them.

Since then, they’ve cast the die again, this time in terms of their messaging in the run-up to the trial.

Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold the Senate trial that Democrats would have preferred — which is to say, messy and protracted, with privileges and protections afforded to Democrats in the Senate that Democrats would have never dreamed of extending to Republicans in the House — Pelosi decided to sit on the articles and only handed them to the Senate last Wednesday.

Even then, the Democrats made sure to let America know how solemn and somber an occasion the delivery of the articles was — I mean, if you discount the signing ceremony with those nifty pens.

Now that most Senate Republicans have made it clear they don’t support allowing new witnesses to be called — that should have been the House’s job, not the Senate’s — Democrats are predictably livid.

“He doesn’t want to hear any of the evidence and he doesn’t want to hear any new evidence,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said of McConnell, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. “That’s a cover-up, not a trial.” (This petulance, presumably, will last throughout the trial, however long it goes.)

How’s that party line holding up? A newly released poll from Gallup of 1,014 U.S. adults surveyed between Jan. 2 and Jan. 15 — as much of this messaging was taking form — shows that if it’s having an effect, it’s not an observable one.

“Forty-six percent of Americans say they would like their senators to vote to convict Trump and remove him from office, while 51% want their senators to vote against conviction so Trump will remain as president,” a statement from Gallup, released along with the poll on Monday, read.

“Like his approval rating, Trump’s impeachment figures are also sharply divided along partisan lines. Ninety-three percent of Republicans are opposed to convicting Trump and 84% of Democrats favor doing so. Independents are evenly divided, with 49% in favor and 46% opposed.”

The poll’s margin of error was plus-or minus-4 percentage points. These numbers are, like the larger polling average, flipped from last autumn.

In October, a Gallup poll found that 52 percent of respondents favored Trump’s impeachment and removal compared to 46 percent who were opposed.

So maybe the American public isn’t in favor of impeaching and removing the president, but perhaps this whole controversy is souring conservatives and independents on Trump?

Again, not so much.

“As the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins, 44% of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president. Trump’s approval rating has been steady in the past three polls — between 43% and 45% — slightly above the 39% to 41% ratings he received as the impeachment inquiry started in the fall,” Gallup’s Monday release read.

“Trump’s recent job approval ratings — though below the historical average 53% for post-World War II presidents — are among the highest of his presidency. His personal best is 46%, while he has averaged 40% job approval for his entire term.”

One poll taken in isolation isn’t much of a big thing unless you take into account this is how things have been trending, more or less.

The RealClearPolitics average has Trump’s job approval at 44.2 percent, essentially the same as Gallup poll.

It also shows the same trend: His approval hit a low in October and has since rebounded. The events of the last two months have changed little. The die has been cast multiple times and the Rubicon has been crossed.

There were plenty of times the Democrats could have turned back. But, even staring down poll numbers that should have disabused them of any desire to go the way of impeachment, they marched on unabated.

At least Caesar became the dictator of the Roman Republic for his trouble.

 

[From an article by C. Douglas Golden, published in the WESTERN JOURNAL]

 

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Are you living in the same country the Dems think they’re living in?

As the Democrat candidates for president fall over each other complaining about our economic system, imagined inequality, capitalism, our free market, and lack of opportunities, one has to wonder what country these ingrates are living in.

As millions throughout the globe attempt to reach our shore legally and illegally, surely it is not to an America as described by these Democrats.  Perhaps millions who often risk their lives to set foot on our shore can teach these ungrateful contenders the benefits America has to offer.  Our framers had the wisdom to create a constitutional republic for the people and by the people with liberty and justice for all.  It is precisely our Constitution and its underpinnings that permit men and women the opportunity to be the best they can be and to live lives they themselves create.

We have an entire Democrat party that seeks to erase those principles and replace the country with a welfare state run by big government, a government that will dole out free education, free health care, and ultimately free housing for all.  It sounds so good, but a government that offers you “free stuff” can easily take it away.  We saw it in the old Soviet Union, North Korea, China, Cuba, and recently in Venezuela.  It’s called communism, and it is often introduced as socialism.  Wherever it has been tried, it has failed.

Why would we in America buy what the socialist Democrats are selling?  With the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 (3.5%), a growing GDP, and the largest economy in the world, a record breaking stock market, a rebuilt military, American companies returning home, and growing security at home, why would any American seek a revolutionary transformation as sought by these blind Democrats?  Instead, we can see what their socialist ideology has wrought upon California and New York, states that once thrived and where the middle class is currently being erased.  Millions are now leaving these new third-world outposts for greener pastures found in red states governed by sound economic policies and a respect for law and order.

There was a time when Democrats and Republicans shared a common vision but held a different methodology toward that common goal.  However, that shared vision has fallen by the wayside as Democrats have shed our American trilogy of “in God we trust,” e pluribus unum, and liberty, exchanging these for secularism, identity politics, and the state as regulator.  Under President Trump, Americans have more money in their pockets to spend as they choose, and they have many more opportunities to invest and acquire wealth.  Thus, when Bernie Sanders, a longtime communist, and Elizabeth Warren, AKA Pocahontas, rail against the wealthy among us and our American corporations, they are railing against you and me, who have invested in these corporations or who are employed by them.

Millions around the globe can only dream of the opportunities large corporations have afforded the average American, yet if the Democrats had their way, these corporations would be put out of business.  What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sports as her Green New Deal is actually the same Old Red Deal that can be found in the Communist Manifesto.  If adopted, government will decide how our goods and products are produced and marketed.  Each American would be given a government-guaranteed job, a sustained wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security while ending the use of fossil fuel.  Nuclear energy would be eliminated, as would life as we know it.  Instead, we would have big government, a redistribution of wealth, more government regulations, and a lower standard of living.

The average American Joe scratches his head while listening to the drivel offered by these Democrat contenders, since the downtrodden America they describe is not the average American’s reality.  The average American is not living in a mud hut or a primitive shed scrounging for food as others not so fortunate do throughout the globe.  At home, Americans do not want the Democrats’ communist utopia.  Instead, we want the opportunities to make it on our own and to be the drivers of our own destiny.  That is the American ideal that has served us well for over two centuries, and that ideal can be realized only with the re-election of President Trump, who offers us a choice between socialism/communism and liberty.

Come November, I predict Americans will choose liberty.

 

[From an article by Shari Goodman, published by AMERICAN THINKER]

 

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Trump is finding it very easy to use Democrats’ opposition against them

It took the American mass disinformation media and the Democrats three years of Trump’s presidency to finally develop a coherent policy of confronting Trump.

This policy is very primitive: everything that Trump does is denied, rejected, and negated.  Everything.

As a result, the opposition’s reaction began to resemble the reaction of Pavlovian dogs — any statement by Trump, any action by Trump, and any achievement of Trump can cause only one thing — salivation of total negation.

However, the complete and unconditional denial of everything makes the Democrats predictable and, as a result, vulnerable and easily amenable to manipulation and provocation.

The White House probably noticed this a long time ago, and it will certainly take advantage of the thoughtless but predictable denial by the Democrats of absolutely everything for their political purposes.

What does the predictable reaction of the Democrats look like?  For example, Trump makes it clear that he is not going to fight in Syria anymore, and without exception, all Democrats immediately become militant hawks, who categorically demand a continuation of the war.  If Trump trolls the Iranian regime by threatening to attack Iranian sites including cultural sites, all Democrats without exception immediately become peace doves and demand “hands off Iran!”

The irony here is that the very opponents of Trump, who advocate for “preserving the Iranian cultural heritage,” are calling at the same time for the destruction of Confederate historical monuments in America.

No doubt, all this will be beneficial to Trump during his re-election campaign.

Many TV channels associated with the DNC broadcasted detailed, multi-hour reports on the funeral of the handful of dust that remained from General Soleimani as if it were the funeral of some outstanding American politician.  The NBC, MSNBC, and NPR channels, as if by magic, turned into Shiite propaganda channels.  At the same time, former Obama administration officials continue to meet with Iranian leaders, trying to undermine President Trump’s policy toward Iran. (If former secretary of state John Kerry had been in the car with the Butcher of the Middle East, Soleimani, no one in the world would have been surprised.  No one.)

The result of the anti-American actions of the Democrats is the constant erosion of their reputation.  For example, a complete rejection of the administration’s recent actions forced the Democrats to openly defend the terrorist Soleimani and offer a significant defense, not just words.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put forward a legislative initiative to establish significant restrictions on a potential attack on Iranian targets.  In fact, Pelosi advocates for the preventive surrender of the United States and is trying to strip the commander-in-chief of his constitutional power.  Pelosi’s grief over Soleimani was allowed to take the legislative form.

If I were asked in 2019 whether the Democrats could make an even more grave political miscalculation than impeachment, I would have laughed.  Just a few weeks ago, the impeachment was the pinnacle of political idiocy.  But 2020 came, and someone has advised the Democrats to openly take up pro-Iranian positions, protecting terrorists.

In all its glory, this was manifested during the Iranian “attack on U.S .military bases in Iraq” on the night of January 8, 2020.  This “attack” should be quoted because it was nothing more than ballistic theater for internal Iranian use.  Not only did the Iranians greatly exaggerate the scale of their “attack,” but it looks as if they also deliberately launched some missiles into the deserted places of Iraq.

In September 2019, Iran attacked the oil rigs of Saudi Arabia, and all the missiles hit their targets.  The same rockets.  What could have happened to the rockets in the last few months?  Did they suddenly lose their targeting capabilities?  The “attack” on American military bases ended in nothing — no one was hurt, and there was practically no destruction.  The suspicion is that the Iranians deliberately missed.  That is, it looks as though the Iranians simply gave a rocket salute during the burial of General Soleimani and nothing more.

Well, what is Tehran supposed to do?  Iran is extremely weak economically, inflation is about 30% per year, and the ayatollah regime has been humiliated after the termination of Soleimani.  They are frightened by Trump’s tough reaction and desperate to save face.  At the same time, one should not forget that the strike group of the aircraft carrier Truman (not only the aircraft carrier itself, but also dozens of warships, plus the secret number of nuclear submarines) is located near the southern coast of Iran.  In addition, the strike group of the aircraft carrier Bataan is moving toward Israel (among other things, there are an additional 5,000 Marines there).  Plus there are numerous U.S. military bases throughout the Middle East.

Alas, the Democrats expected something more significant from Iran.

Democrats desperately hoped for a retaliatory strike from Iran, with many casualties and destruction — just as they hoped that an attempt to attack the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on New Year’s Eve by Soleimani’s militants would become Trump’s infamous Benghazi.  Democrats hoped Trump was about to start a war.  They shouted in unison with Iran that the termination of General Soleimani by Trump was unlawful, that Trump’s actions are unconstitutional.  In order to bring down Trump, Democrats would even advocate for the start of the Third World War.

At first, Iran initially claimed that 30 Americans were killed, then this figure rose to 80.  However, the Pentagon confirmed that no one was hurt.  What have CNN and MSNBC done?  For many hours, they broadcasted exactly the Iranian version of the story…the LIE.

Not a single U.S. president has been exposed to attempts at treason and micromanagement by the Democrats as has President Trump.  The arrogant intervention of the House of Representatives — the non-binding War Powers Resolution — into the prerogative of the Executive Branch, calculated to provoke the reckless response of Trump, is doomed to…lack of response.  Doomed to the absence of a rash response by Trump is this bright Iranian firework for those who mourn the Soleimani terrorist the most — the Iranian Shiites and American Democrats?

Trump is unlikely to miss the opportunity to use this latest ill-conceived Democrat ruse to convince American citizens that Democrats are defenders of Tehran’s terrorist and anti-Semitic regime.  In doing so, the Democrats themselves will help Trump convince Americans that Democrats pose no less a threat to America than Islamic terrorism.

Currently, Democrats are working hard to ensure that they all are identified as (D-Iran).

 

[From an article by Dr. Gary Gindler, published by AMERICAN THINKER]

 

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Former congressman Trey Gowdy on the impeachment outlook

It’s the new year and we are getting closer to the end of this impeachment charade. Democrats were hoping to impeach Trump as a way of ending his chances at re-election. But from all appearances, their impeachment push is backfiring. Former congressman Trey Gowdy spoke about the left’s scheme. He tore it and them to shreds.

You might remember Trey Gowdy’s role in uncovering what Hillary Clinton did (or better put, did not do) during the siege on Benghazi. It was Gowdy’s work that revealed how the former Secretary of State sat back and refused to send help as terrorists attacked our embassy. Four Americans died, including an ambassador, because Hillary Clinton denied them aid—and went to sleep as the fighting raged.

During her campaign for president, Clinton was trying to hide all this information. But Gowdy released his committee’s findings around that time, showing the world exactly how Clinton abandoned our men when they needed her most.

You could say his report helped ensure Clinton’s ultimate defeat.

Now, Gowdy is setting his sights on the left’s bogus impeachment campaign. He was set to become a member of Trump’s defense. But D.C. swamp rules prevented him from doing so. That hasn’t stopped him from weighing in on the left’s pathetic attempt to remove your president from office.

“He’s got great facts… I think for several months we’ve been talking about the process and how fundamentally flawed it’s been. Imagine being investigated by somebody like Adam Schiff, that’s the process.… The single best piece of evidence for the president is the transcript itself…”

“Go pull the transcript from the first phone call. Not a single word. Look at the remainder of the transcript. What does the president say? He said I want you to do ‘us’ a favor. For those wondering who ‘us’ is, he answered it, he said I want you, our country has been through a lot. The ‘us’ is linked to the country…”

“The only thing President Trump did is he inserted Bill Barr and if it’s an impeachable offense to ask the attorney general, the top law enforcement official of the country, to look in to potential impropriety… then we’re not going to have presidents serving very long.” [Source: Daily Wire]

Gowdy set the record straight by looking at the facts. Democrats have been pushing hearsay and rumor all this time. They want us to believe their interpretation of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine, based on the opinion of partisan hacks. But the transcript itself clears Trump’s name.

President Trump was, in fact, doing his job. He was asking for Ukraine to aid the United States is rooting out corruption. Isn’t that what we want the president to do? Shouldn’t he rely on the AG to catch criminals? On the other side, Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire a man who was investigating his son’s company. He threatened to withhold a billion in aid. Biden later bragged about it to anyone who would listen.

So who was really offering an illegal quid-pro-quo?

Once again, we see Democrats accusing the president of something they are guilty of. This entire impeachment scheme has been a cover for Joe Biden’s crimes. That’s the reason they are doing it.

That’s also the reason Nancy Pelosi is too scared to send the articles to the Senate. When the Senate trial is held, Trump will actually have a chance to defend himself. Do you think he’s going to sit back and say nothing?

Of course not. He’s going to hammer the Democrats over Ukraine. He’s going to expose every time the left offered quid-pro-quos or broke the law. He’s going to show the country that the real abusers of power are in the House, not the White House.

Gowdy stood up for the president when he said: “look at the facts.” The facts are on Trump’s side. Democrats only have their partisan slander. But Americans are seeing through their web of lies.

We demand the Senate trial. We demand the president have the right to defend himself and reveal the truth.

 

[This article was published by THE BEARDED PATRIOT]

 

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From the “As If I Needed Another Reason” Department…

Well, at least they don’t mince words or beat around the bush or any one of a number of other clichés. Once again, we have been shown for the umpteen thousandth time (although I quit counting in the summer of 2016 during the election campaign) just what the liberal media thinks of Bible-believing, God-fearing Americans:

The liberal left-wing media hates you, thinks you’re an idiot, and delights in saying so to your face.

But they honestly expect you to believe everything they say. Oh, and vote for a Democrat.

NBC News Anchor Chuck Todd is being pilloried by anyone out there with a molecule of decency and self-respect after his comments on Meet the Press this past Sunday. Todd went on at length about a letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader, and I’ll grit my teeth and quote a salient portion thereof:

“Why do people support Trump? It’s because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales… This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good… The more fairy tales and lies he tells the better they feel… Show me a person who believes in Noah’s ark and I will show you a Trump voter.”

This is the message from the liberal left that is being paraded on the mainstream media, waved in the faces of millions of Christians, and oozes from your television screen if you watch CNN or any of its left-wing ilk:

1. Even a childish moron knows the Bible is a book of fairy tales.
2. People who’ve been trained to believe in fairy tales enjoy being lied to.
3. People who enjoy being lied to are the kind of people who voted for Trump.
4. Therefore, if you voted for Trump, you are a childish moron.

One commenter named Zach Parkinson remarked:

“If Chuck Todd’s wondering why Trump voters don’t trust the mainstream media, one reason might be they don’t like supposedly impartial reporters insinuating the real reason they support the President is because they ‘want to be lied to’ and comparing the Bible to ‘fairy tales.'”

Couldn’t have said it better myself…and as if I needed another reason to completely ignore the mainstream media.

So, have a Happy (CNN-free) New Year!

I know I will.

 

[By Greg Lauer, on his website A LITTLE STRENGTH]

 

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Stunning breakthrough: Researchers successfully teleport data between quantum computer chips without electrical or physical connection

Quantum entanglement

Move could lead to a more secure ‘quantum internet’, researchers claim

Experts from the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark were able to ‘instantly send data’ using a process called ‘quantum entanglement’.  The information was exchanged without electrical or physical contact as the process allows these particles to instantly communicate over large distances. Their breakthrough involved creating specially designed and programmable circuits within a chip that are able to generate light particles.

Computer chips are advancing to the point where data is being transferred in particles of light suspended in space, opening up a door to advancements that will absolutely revolutionize every aspect of how we do business, transfer information and interact with our machines.

This is useful in quantum computing and networks as changing one particle will automatically change the other, say researchers from Bristol.The team say their study could lead to a quantum internet that ‘would ultimately protect the world’s information from malicious attacks’.

In quantum entanglement two particles become entwined together. They are so interconnected that they can continue to ‘communicate’ over long distances. Changing the properties of one particle causes the other to instantly change as well.

Their breakthrough involved creating specially designed and programmable circuits within a chip that are able to generate light particles. The particles are then able to use quantum entanglement to ‘teleport’ between different chips and maintain instant communication. The team had a 91 percent success rate when getting the particles to talk to each other through the specially programmed computer chips.

‘We were able to demonstrate a high-quality entanglement link across two chips in the lab,’ says Dan Llewellyn, co-author of the study.

This new research is important as quantum computers, internet and other technologies rely on ‘quantum information’,’ he said. ‘This is encoded in single particles that are difficult to control and measure’.

Dr Llewellyn and the team have been able to create devices that can generate and manipulate single particles of light within programmable circuits. The chips they created encode quantum information in light generated inside the circuits, they then process the information with high efficiency.

Their breakthrough involved creating specially designed and programmable circuits within a chip that are able to generate light particles.  The particles are then able to use quantum entanglement to ‘teleport’ between different chips and maintain instant communication.

The team had a 91 per cent success rate when getting the particles to talk to each other through the specially programmed computer chips. ‘We were able to demonstrate a high-quality entanglement link across two chips in the lab,’ says Dan Llewellyn, co-author of the study.

This new research is important as quantum computers, internet and other technologies rely on ‘quantum information’,’ he said.

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HOW DOES QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT WORK?

In quantum entanglement two particles become entwined together.

They are so interconnected that they can continue to ‘communicate’ over long distances.

Changing the properties of one particle causes the other to instantly change as well.

This can happen regardless of the distance separating the two particles – effectively ‘teleporting’ the shared information.

There is no hypothetical limit to the distance between the two particles.

 With quantum teleportation, information seems to travel instantaneously, meaning it is potentially moving faster than light.

 

[From an article published by NOW THE END BEGINS]

 

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