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Why doctors are going along with the Fauci Fraud

I recently had a conversation with a reasonably well-informed writer who simply missed the real reasons why most practicing physicians go along with the Fauci Fraud.  As a public service, I will attempt to fill in a few gaps.  But first, I must define the fraud.

There are two basic legs to the fraud.  First is the idea that the Centers for Disease Control is in any way concerned with a mission related to its name.  The failure of the CDC to endorse any treatment that did not emanate from its exalted halls should give us our first glint of clarity.  There are literally millions of physicians around the world, and the great bulk of them truly wish to treat their patients well.  Among those are thousands of researchers, a number far in excess of those at the CDC, the NIH, and other alphabet soup government agencies.  The very idea that outside researchers are incapable of discovering anything useful without the help of the bureaucrats in D.C. is hubris of the highest order.  And it prevents the CDC, the FDA, or any other such agency from considering the idea that maybe, just possibly, there might be intelligent life down here.  Mount Olympus cannot be threatened.

The second leg of the fraud is less visible to the naked eye but much more powerful.  If I wrote this before I retired, I would be called before the Board of my group and told in no uncertain terms to shut up.  I might even be assessed a financial penalty with several zeroes after the one.  That’s a serious impairment of my pursuit of happiness.  The reason for my group’s dislike is more than the fact that I might be an irritant.  They may actually agree with what I have to say.  But they simply cannot afford for me to say it.  That’s right: as a practicing physician in a group, my freedom of speech can become very expensive…to the group.

My group cared for patients of all descriptions, with roughly half of them on Medicare and another batch on Medicaid.  Both programs are ultimately managed by the feds, one of the most humorless groups on the planet.  They write a whole bunch of rules on how you have to document everything you do.  If you didn’t document it correctly, it didn’t happen, and you won’t get paid.  But that’s not the half of it.

Suppose you have one of those patients brought in by the ambulance from under the bridge.  His only clothes are the ones he’s wearing, and he doesn’t have two nickels to rub together.  It’s more than obvious that this surgery for bowel obstruction will be a charity case.  Before Medicare, you’d simply write it off as your good neighbor duty.  Now you don’t get a choice.  CMMS (the actual administrative agency) requires you to send a bill.  Twice.  Or maybe three times.  Whatever it takes to turn the bill into bad debt.  Then you have to send it to a collection agency.  Your only alternative is for your group to bring it up in its Board meeting and declare it a write-off that gets noted in the minutes.

All this rigmarole serves no purpose, and you knew that before you got to this sentence.  But CMMS has a sinister side.  If you do the case for free (which you did before you spent that useless money on billing and collection), CMMS will define that as your “usual and customary” bill for an exploratory laparotomy.  Since your U&C is now zero, you can’t ever bill more than that for an ex lap in the future.

But what does that have to do with ivermectin?  I’m glad you asked.

U&C bills are just one of the hundreds of rules that CMMS enforces.  Another is “Pay for Performance.”  Basically, P-f-P requires you to check a host of boxes when taking care of patients.  If you didn’t get that IV antibiotic in 20 minutes before the incision, you failed P-f-P and may not get paid.  The hospital won’t get paid to take care of the patient if there’s a complication.

So let us suppose that you use ivermectin to treat a COVID patient as he arrives in the hospital.  Ivermectin isn’t on the Medicare/Medicaid approved list of medications for COVID.  Your hospital pharmacy will call you up and give you grief.  After wasting a lot of time getting them to finally let you have it, you’ve had to cancel half of your office day.  The next day, you’ll get a visit from a coder, who will tell you that you didn’t use the approved treatment protocol and put the hospital in jeopardy because you flunked P-f-P.  By the way, that “coder” is the person who “helps” you use the proper ICD (billing) code for whatever the patient has in order for the hospital to make the most money.  But that’s not the worst of it.

Because you flunked P-f-P, that waves a red flag in front of the CMMS bulls, and you’re about to get gored.  They will wonder what other bad things you’ve done.  As soon as they find one, it gets flagged as “Medicare fraud,” and they will bill you for twice what you got paid as a penalty.  Can you guess how many other instances of fraud they’ll find if they look hard?  Do you have to ask why my partners would get upset if I published while I was still in practice?  By the way, CMMS can go two years back as they look for your crimes.  They can ultimately take your house, your car, and your wife’s poodle while they’re at it.

Let’s change the scene.  Suppose you’re in private practice.  You can’t give ivermectin because the feds will key in on it if your patient is on Medicare or Medicaid.  So you decide to take care of him off the books.  He pays you cash, and all is well.  Not!  You now took a private payment for Medicare-covered service.  That will get you barred from seeing another Medicare patient for two years.

Let’s forget all the regulatory traps.  You’re conscientious and try to do the best for your patients.  But you’re busy, and you can’t keep up with the flood of papers on all the various COVID bits.  So you wear a mask, have your patients wear masks, and do a lot of telemedicine.  You keep up on the latest through Medscape and the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reporter.  You should be good?  Not!  MMWR is put out by the CDC, and they won’t say the first good word about HCQ or ivermectin.  Medscape is a little better, but not much.  And all the specialty societies are toeing the line.  Can we guess why?

Any doctor who actually reads the studies, or follows any of the protocols published by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, will see a lot of peer pressure to stop.  The financial risks may be extreme.  It takes a spine of steel to stand up to the authoritarian orthodoxy.

[Written by Ted Noel, M.D. who is a retired anesthesiologist/intensivist who posts on social media as DoctorTed. This article was published by AMERICAN THINKER.]

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Weakness is toxic in dealing with the Chinese

The new, weaker face of the U.S. has serious implications for our future interactions with China and even of course with North Korea, Iran, and Russia. Weakness is toxic in dealing especially with the Chinese, but also with any well-armed government.

The vaunted naval superiority of the United States has been superseded by the newly emboldened burgeoning naval services of the Peoples Republic.   But just as important is the paucity of females attendant on the Chinese preference for males and the long interregnum of the one-child policy, when millions of girls were sacrificed, aborted or adopted by Western couples.  So, there are generations of missing females. No brides for Chinese males. In some cases, China has gone to other countries to snatch females: Tibet. Malaysia. Korea. Even Japan.

Furthermore, this absence of females means the  testosterone and aggression levels are fairly high, without outlet. The natural outlet for such “backup” is investment in other pursuits. A major alternative, for China, is the military, and their manpower is massive and mighty.  Thus, China fights and conquers with unusual ferocity and dedication, not having the normal avenues of release most nations enjoy.

 This should give the West more than adequate reason to pause and take stock of their presumptions of superiority. When a test comes, it will be extremely well prepared, very large, and very ferocious.

[From an article by Marion D. S. Dreyfus, published by AMERICAN THINKER]

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What we know — and what we do not know — about the events of January 6th

The dust storm of information and misinformation takes a while to settle in the perpetually-online USA. The truth lodges in fewer places now. Emigres from the 1970’s Soviet Union advised us that the only real information in Pravda lay between the lines. So it is with the bulk of U.S. media, which doesn’t even try now to hide its role as the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.

After 60 days, what do we, and don’t we, know about the events of January 6th? What we don’t know is very concerning. When information that ought to be publicly available isn’t, there’s a reason, and it’s seldom good.

We know there was no “insurrection,” “coup,” or “sedition.” Insurrection is an organized rebellion with the intent of toppling a government. A coup d’état, or “coup,” is the seizure of political power by illegal or violent means. Insurrections and coups often involve the military. Always, they involve weaponry. “Sedition” is the act of encouraging them.

No one condones the events of January 6th. We condemn them without equivocation. That said, neither an insurrection nor a coup took place, no matter how often politicians or their media sycophants parrot those words. No attempt was made to topple the government. Not a shot was fired by protesters. Of the hundreds of thousands who rallied, only a handful were arrested for bringing guns (and the FBI didn’t recover any guns at all).

What should we call the terrible events of that day? We’d call it a riot, albeit a small one, but the Associated Press prohibited that term in 2020, instead mandating “unrest.” AP covered a great deal of unrest this past year, accompanied by murder, assault, arson, and looting. 700 buildings were destroyed. 28 people died. Hundreds of police officers were injured. Even when silhouetted against a skyline of flames, reporters invariably described the “unrest” as “mostly peaceful.” Following its own rules, the AP would have us call the events of January 6th the “mostly peaceful unrest” at the Capitol. (We all know that what we saw in the USA during the late spring and summer of 2020 was anything but “mostly peaceful.”)

We don’t know how many forced their way inside. Charges have been filed against more than three hundred. We were told that would increase by an order of magnitude or more than a thousand. It will not. Because we’ve seen footage, we do know many were allowed into the Capitol calmly by law enforcement. They proceeded between velvet ropes in Statuary Hall, on camera, damaging nothing. They broke no law.

We do know the charges filed against others: trespassing, disrupting an official proceeding (as is done routinely; at the Kavanaugh hearings, roughly every ten minutes), disorderly conduct, and a few cases of destruction of property. Four windows were broken. Some will be charged with assault on officers, a serious crime, routinely ignored of late. At least one may have contributed to the subsequent death of Officer Brian Sicknick, tragically the most recent innocent victim of unrest.

There is, alas, no autopsy or official cause of death for Sicknick. We know he returned to his post after telling his brother he was “fine,” though exposed to pepper spray. His mother Gladys revealed to The Daily Mail, “He wasn’t hit on the head, no. We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure. We’d love to know what happened.” FBI Director Wray testified on March 2nd that he still couldn’t tell her — or us.

We don’t know why police officers let protestors in. They may have done so in defiance of orders. They may have been directed to do so. We’ve seen footage of the red-hatted protestor screaming at a group of riot-gear-clad officers to repel others forcing their way in: “This is the Capitol! Stop them!” They do nothing. Why? We don’t know that, either. Dozens of Capitol police are suspended and being investigated. Chief Steven Sund resigned almost immediately, but maintains his department “did not fail.”

We don’t know why the Capitol wasn’t better-defended. We know Sund begged House officials prior to January 6th for reinforcements, including National Guard. President Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 National Guard troops. All were turned down, reportedly because of “optics.” Additional law enforcement was deployed during BLM unrest last summer. We saw photos of them lining the Capitol steps, well-equipped. We’re told the disparity was motivated by racism. That claim is preposterous.

We don’t know how many nefarious agents were in the crowd. These people, whose mission is always evil and destructive, are sent by the opposition to encourage rash and illegal action during a “false flag” event. It’s a very old tactic, often employed effectively by Communists.

We do know at least three such agents were present. One, unidentified, wears a black helmet with a Trump sticker. In the video, he breaks a window with a staff. He’s wrestled down with shouts of “He’s Antifa!” Two others were John Sullivan, “Jayden X,” a left-wing activist who urged the crowd forward, exhorting them to “burn it down,” and Jade Sacker, accompanying Sullivan and filming. Both appeared on CNN under misleading premises. They were paid an extraordinary $35,000 for the film by two network news sites.

We’ve seen additional video from Sullivan’s phone. He congratulates Sacker: “We did it!” and “Is that the greatest film you’ve ever shot?” She’s concerned when she realizes their exchange is being recorded.

FBI Director Christopher Wray denies Antifa involvement. This comes as no surprise; Wray believes Antifa is only an “idea,” though Sullivan, an Antifa agent, is charged. Were there more such? We don’t know. The presence of nefarious agents doesn’t excuse criminal behavior. It does reveal there’s much more to know.

Perhaps most of all, we’d like to know why a police officer dealing with unrest could fire a fatal shot at an unarmed woman without consequence. We’d also like to know the officer’s identity. On any other occasion, we would. Police officers tell me that’s often done before they’ve finished the paperwork.

We know the unrest of January 6th was caused by a tiny percentage of radicals at a mostly peaceful protest over the disenfranchisement of 75 million-plus Americans. We know the President did not incite or encourage it. We heard his words. The unrest at the Capitol building began before he even finished speaking, a half-hour away by foot. We have highly credible evidence it was planned long before. The President was impeached by the Democrat House for inciting insurrection because he questioned the results of an election. If questioning election results qualifies as incitement to insurrection, we know our constitutional republic is lost.

Nonetheless, the chilling phrase “January 6th” is now used to brand President Trump — and Trump voters, conservatives, and Republicans — as domestic terrorists, insurrectionists, and (in defiance of logic) white supremacists, a term properly reserved for fringe groups like neo-Nazis and the Klan.

The Left, whose goal is to marginalize and silence anyone opposing their radical agenda, will use “January 6th” as a bludgeon forever.

Such events hardly ever happen by sheer luck. There is far too much we still don’t know about this one.

[From an article published by AMERICAN THINKER]

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How can Biden be against kids learning about patriotism in America?

Biden shows he is just the figurehead in Obama’s third term


Of all the executive orders that newly elected Joe Biden swiftly enacted,  nothing is more indicative of his anti-American animus and radical left-wing influence than his revoking Trump’s “1776 Commission” to promote “patriotic education.” 

The 1776 Commission to Create a Patriotic History Curriculum is in direct contrast to the “1619 Project,” which reflects a decidedly  anti-American, factually incorrect, and blatantly biased program currently being pushed through the U.S. education system.

The mission of the 1776 Commission is “to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character.”  But the left continues the onslaught of falsehoods about America.

Considering the people Biden is choosing to assist him, this move should come as no surprise.

After all, Susan Rice, his incoming domestic policy adviser, views America as a racist nation.  In fact:

[I]n 1986 she wrote an 86-page book titled A History Deferred, which claimed that because most U.S. students were ‘taught American history, literature, art, drama, and music largely from a white, western European perspective, their grasp of the truth, of reality, is tainted by a myopia of sorts.’  Hence, ‘[t]he greatest evil in omitting or misrepresenting Black history, literature, and culture in elementary or secondary education is the unmistakable message it sends to the black child,’ Rice elaborated.  ‘The message is ‘your history, your culture, your language and your literature are insignificant.  And so are you.’

Susan Rice’s presence indicates that we are headed for Obama’s third term with Biden as a mere figurehead.

In truth, the “1619 Project rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  America’s founding set in motion the unstoppable chain of events that abolished slavery, secured civil rights, defeated communism and fascism, and built the most fair, equal and prosperous nation in human history.”

That an American president would find it palatable to replace American history with a blatantly “leftist warped, distorted and deceptive one” is a frightening portent.

Other radical left-wingers include secretary of defense nominee Lloyd Austin, who said that if he is confirmed, he will “rid our ranks of racists and extremists.”  By “racists and extremists,” he is referring to white male Trump supporters.

And for the first time in our lives, free speech is about to be criminalized — the ultimate leftist dream come true.

All of Biden’s edicts flow from this abhorrence of American ideas.  Clearly, his actions are meant to efface every MAGA achievement by President Trump.  Biden is quite willing and eager to rob Americans of their birthright.

In his final speech, President Trump asserted that Now, as I leave the White House, I have been reflecting on the dangers that threaten the priceless inheritance we all share.  As the world’s most powerful nation, America faces constant threats and challenges from abroad.  But the greatest danger we face is a loss of confidence in ourselves, a loss of confidence in our national greatness.  A nation is only as strong as its spirit.  We are only as dynamic as our pride.  We are only as vibrant as the faith that beats in the hearts of our people.  No nation can long thrive that loses faith in its own values, history, and heroes, for these are the very sources of our unity and our vitality.

At the center of this heritage is also a robust belief in free expression, free speech, and open debate.  Only if we forget who we are and how we got here could we ever allow political censorship and blacklisting to take place in America.  It’s not even thinkable.  Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions.

These ideas stand in utter contrast to the left/Marxist/communist ideology, which is all about identity politics, not liberty and justice.  Government by consent is an anathema to the totalitarian left.

Indeed, “[f]or far too long American students … have been taught to consider America to be a hateful, racist country instead of a republic [which is] a government … designed to be directed by the will of the people rather than the wishes of a single individual or a narrow class of elites.”  Elites like these, perhaps?

Moreover, Biden is on board for the diversity and equity theories of the left.  But the 1776 Report clearly states that “by dividing Americans into oppressed and oppressor groups, activists of identity politics propose to punish some citizens … while rewarding others.  This new system denies that human beings are endowed with the same rights and creates new hierarchies with destructive assumptions and practices.  Members of oppressed groups are told to abandon their shared civic identity as Americans and think of themselves in terms of their sexual or racial status.”  Such “diversity training programs which are based on identity politics often use a person’s race to degrade or ostracize him or her.”

Nonetheless, Biden’s “cabinet nominees, whether in health, finance, environmental policy, or education, have declared that eradicating systemic racism is their top priority.  How this agenda will play out has already been shown in the CDC’s initial priority list for Covid vaccinations: hold off on vaccinating the elderly, despite their higher risk levels, because the elderly are disproportionately white.  Racial quotas will become even more the order of the day than now.  The diversity obsessives in the federal science bureaucracies … will now redouble their efforts to treat a researcher’s race and sex as scientific qualifications in the awarding of federal research grants. Expect to see any mention of merit or excellence denounced as a form of bigotry[.]”

The charge about systemic racism is standard leftist offal.  It flies in the face of the fact that  “Kamala Harris is not only our first female vice president but also the first Democratic vice president who is a person of color.”  Thus, “her charge of  ‘systemic racism’ would make it impossible for her to discharge the duties of her office because she would not be eligible to vote or serve in public office if it were true.”  Moreover, “systemic racism would require the interposition and nullification of the 15th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution [but] these facts do not matter.”

Because so many Americans are unschooled concerning the major foundational American ideas, they fail to see that “the degradations of individuals on the basis of race expose the lie that identity politics promotes the equal protection of rights.”  In essence, “identity politics denies the fundamental tenet of the Declaration of Independence, that human beings are equal by nature.”

So what exactly would newly elected Joe Biden find problematic or offensive with the 1776 Project?  It does not align with his values or the beliefs of his radical leftist allies. 

In the past 50 years, leftists have taken over the schools, and the endgame is a total transformation of this country.  The puppet-master Obama said as much.  Never forget that the left is hell-bent on destroying the nuclear family and making government the “parent.”  We are about to see “a great socialist/Marxist reset in America in which these things will be brought to bear upon us by a radicalized leftist Democrat party. Globalism will be implemented by almost imperceptible increments.”

If we continue “to fail to educate American youth about effective, representative, and limited government, the rule of law and the security of civil rights and private property” as well as a “love of the natural world and the arts, good character and religious faith,” we will no longer be the “shining city on the hill” and that will be a tragedy of epic proportions.

If we do not “instill the beauty and glory of American identity,” as President Trump explained, we are, indeed, in dire danger of losing who we are to the poisonous ideology that rules the leftist mind.  

Clearly, Biden is delighted by that possibility.

[From an article by Eileen F. Toplansky, published by AMERICAN THINKER]

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Still no reckoning or accountability for the stolen 2020 presidential election

It’s Trump or a long walk in the wilderness for the GOP

“It’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes.”

Republicans are oblivious to the obvious, that this is their last stand. It’s do or die, sink or swim. The opportunity with orange hair and a Queen’s accent won’t be coming around again. In 2016, he easily dispatched the cream of the Republican crop, a gang of 16, all of whom would have lost badly to Hillary Clinton without him. Are there any heirs apparent? I don’t see any. It’s Trump or a long walk in the wilderness for the GOP.

If Democrats, the corporate media, and foreign interests can steal a presidential election, they can steal any congressional or gubernatorial election, easily. If a thief can rob Fort Knox with ease, any bank on Main Street will be child’s play.

If they can weaponize the CIA, FBI, IRS, and DOJ to target their political enemies, without punishment, why won’t they double down next time? For the left, crime does pay.

There has been no reckoning or accountability for the stolen 2020 presidential election. What’s to stop every subsequent election from being stolen in the same way? I have no doubt that if the 2020 electoral fraud is given a pass, the same methods will be used in full force in Georgia, electing both Democrat candidates to the Senate, making current Senate Republicans irrelevant seat warmers.

Does anyone seriously believe that the Biden FBI or DOJ will lift a finger to investigate voter fraud? Forget Special Counsels as they can be fired with the stroke of a pen, cheered on by the DNC media. Republicans may cry foul, but so what? In the permanent minority, they have no power.

There is always a Plan B for the Democrats, aside from outright election theft. Create a few more states with Democrat senators, and elections don’t need to be stolen, since with a simple vote, the senate filibuster becomes history. Democrats controlling two branches of government, with the third afraid of their shadows, creates one-party rule, guaranteed passage of every twinkle in the eyes of AOC, Bernie, or Pocahontas.

Add six more far-left justices to the Supreme Court and Trump’s three nominees will have as much say as their clerks in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Does that even matter as few current justices have any interest in something as constitutionally important as a free and fair election, instead choosing to hide under their black robes behind a wall of “standing”? How ironic that with a stacked Supreme Court, the three new “originalist” justices will have no standing against new fellow justices like Michelle Obama, Lawrence Tribe, Sally Yates, or Eric Holder.

Republicans talk a good game about “getting ‘em next time” but there will not be a next time. Do Republicans say that in California, now that the Golden State has been renamed the Blue State, with not even a whiff of Republican red anywhere in sight? Such is the course for America.

Plan C for Democrats is to open the borders, granting amnesty, citizenship, and voting rights to millions of foreigners, mostly poor, eager to enjoy the largess of American workers and taxpayers, voting to keep the benefit spigot wide open. Flood Texas with immigrants, turn it blue, and it’s lights out for the GOP, assuming Democrats haven’t yet abolished the Electoral College. They won’t even need to rig the election at that point.

Republicans may object to the Paris climate accords or the Iranian nuke deal but will be powerless to prevent any of it. How will they stop Medicare-For-All or the Green New Deal? Or a fracking ban and higher income taxes? They won’t.

Their complaints will fall upon deaf ears. Just like the NeverTrump crybabies of the past five years, objecting to Trump implementing everything they advocated for in their subscription newsletters, op-eds, and cruise ship trips, yet suddenly find objectionable solely because the big mouth on Twitter actually got the job done, rather than only discuss it, as they did for decades.

Republicans can talk about new Republican voters, how “Hispanic, Asian vote shifted sharply to the right in 2020” but so what? If Democrats are allowed to steal an election, it doesn’t matter who votes for Republicans, as the Democrat will always win.

Do Republicans not realize the realities of rigged elections? Although attributed to Josef Stalin, this is the electoral mantra of every dictator, “It’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes.”

When Democrats can blatantly and brazenly steal the most important election in the world, using tactics that the UN would be screaming about if employed in any third-world backwater election, it’s lights out for America. 

This is the GOP’s last stand. If they don’t support the leader of their party, and he falls, that’s it for their party. Many Trump supporters, myself included, would gladly walk away from the GOP, in votes and financial contributions, to a new party or no party at all, voting only in local races or ballot initiatives, telling the national GOP  and RNC to go Trump themselves.

Are they that oblivious or do they simply not care, happy to serve as back benchers in a uni-party controlled by the far left, giving the Mitt Romney types a small spoon to feed from the trough of foreign and corporate slop?

This is their do-or-die moment. If they go wobbly on Trump, 75 million Trump supporters will go wobbly on the GOP, sending them the way of the Whigs.

Time to step up. If opportunity knocks and the GOP doesn’t answer the door, then it’s lights out for the Republican Party. And for many of us, good riddance.

[Written by Brian C. Joondeph, M.D. for AMERICAN THINKER]

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VP Mike Pence has ultimate authority to judge whether a legal presidential election was held at all

On January 6, a joint session of Congress will open with Vice President Pence presiding as president of the Senate.  His power will be plenary and unappealable.  You heard that right.  As president of the Senate, every objection comes directly to him, and he can rule any objection “out of order” or “denied.”  His task will be to fulfill his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and to ensure that the laws be faithfully executed.  This is a high standard of performance, and V.P. Pence will have two choices.  He can roll over on “certified” electors, or he can uphold the law.

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution gives state legislatures “plenary authority” as enunciated in Bush v. Gore.  This is key, since the counting of votes is discussed in Article II, the 12th Amendment, and 3 USC 15.  To this we must add the history of counting and objections recounted by Alexander Macris (here and here).  Put bluntly, it’s as clear as mud.  Add to that the fact that the contested states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have sent dueling slates of electors to D.C.  This means that the V.P. has to decide how he will handle the situation when two sealed envelopes are handed to him from any of those states.

Macris points out that in 1800, even with constitutional deficiencies in Georgia, Thomas Jefferson blithely counted defective electoral votes from Georgia, effectively voting himself into the presidency.  This demonstrates that the president of the Senate is the final authority on any motions or objections during the vote-counting.  There is no appeal.  That doesn’t mean there won’t be any outrage.  Whatever Pence does, people will be angry.  But what does the law demand?

Seven contested states clearly violated their own laws.  Rather than list the facts, which have been detailed in multiple articles, we must consider the following:

An election is a process of counting votes for candidates. Only valid, lawful votes may be counted.  A valid lawful vote is:

  • Cast by an eligible, properly registered elector as prescribed by laws enacted by the state Legislature.
  • Cast in a timely manner, as prescribed by laws enacted by the state Legislature.
  • Cast in a proper form as prescribed by laws enacted by the state Legislature.

Any process that does not follow these rules is not an election.  Anything that proceeds from it cannot be regarded as having any lawful import.

Most commentators suggest that a process of collecting pieces of paper with marks on them is an election regardless of errors, omissions, and even deliberate malfeasance.  This is a mistake.  Imagine a golf tournament where every bad shot by one player gets a do-over, but the competing player has to follow USGA rules in detail.  One player gets to drop freely out of hazards, but the other has to tackle every embedded ball as it lies.  The result is a travesty.

The same thing applies to elections.  If there are a handful of improper votes, we can suggest that there was in fact an election, perhaps tainted, but the election wasn’t materially harmed.  But when the people charged with managing the election decide to ignore the law, whatever process they supervise is not the process defined by the law.  Therefore, it is not an election.

This leaves V.P. Pence with a dilemma.  He is a gentleman who regards our governmental traditions with a degree of reverence, so he will be reluctant to take any bold action.  But as an honorable man, faced with massive illegality, he must act to protect the law.  Consider how things might go down as the two closed envelopes from Georgia are handed to the V.P.  Rather than opening them, he says:

In my hand are envelopes purporting to contain electoral votes from Georgia.  They are competing for consideration, so it is essential that I consider the law that governs this.  That law, according to the Legislature of Georgia and Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution is the Georgia statute that includes procedures for signature-matching on absentee ballots, a requirement that all absentee ballots be first requested by a legitimate voter, and that election monitors be meaningfully present at all times while votes were counted.

The Georgia secretary of state, who is not empowered by the U.S. Constitution to make changes to election law, entered into a Consent Decree that gutted these protections enacted by the Georgia Legislature.  The processes that he prescribed and were ultimately followed were manifestly contrary to that law.  Further, the State of Georgia, in unprecedented concert with other states, suspended counting of ballots in the middle of the night, covering its conspiracy with a false claim of a “water main break.”  We now know from surveillance video that many thousands of “ballots” were counted unlawfully in the absence of legally required observers.

Finally, the State of Georgia, under the authority of secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, a non-legislative actor, used fatally flawed Dominion voting machines that have been demonstrated to be unreliable.  In testing, the error rate of Dominion machines has exceeded 60%, far in excess of legal limits.  They are designed to facilitate fraud without creating the legally required paper trail.  This alone is far more than enough to swing an election.

Since the state of Georgia has failed to follow the election law established by its legislature under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, it has not conducted a presidential election.  Therefore, no “presidential electors” were appointed in Georgia.  Further, “electors” “certified” by non-legislative actors pursuant to this process are in fact not “presidential electors.”  The competing slate of “electors” is similarly deficient, having not been elected through a presidential election.

Therefore, the chair rules that Georgia has not transmitted the votes of any presidential electors to this body.  Georgia presents zero votes for Donald Trump and zero votes for Joseph Biden.

The central point is that the VP, as the presiding officer and final authority, has the unquestionable authority to declare that the states in question have not conducted presidential elections.  There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth, but no one has the authority to override his decision.

The statement says nothing about who might or might not have “won” the contested states.  Rather, by not following their own laws, as enacted by their own legislatures, they have violated Article II, Section 1.  Thus, they have not conducted an election, and their results are void.

If the votes of all seven contested states are registered as zero, President Trump will have 232 votes, and Joe Biden will have 222.  The 12th Amendment says, “[T]he votes shall then be counted[.] …  The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President[.]”

In plain language, Donald Trump will be re-elected, since he has a majority of the actual electoral votes.  There will be no need to involve the House of Representatives to resolve a contingent election.

Richard Nixon chose not to contest the 1960 election because he felt that winning that way would lead to an ungovernable country.  If V.P. Pence does this, that same argument might be made.  But is the country governable even now?  Blue states such as California, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, and Michigan are already operating in an openly lawless manner with their “emergency” “COVID-related” restrictions.  Their denial of the civil rights of law-abiding citizens is horrific.  Their refusal to do basic policing and law enforcement is a recipe for open war.  How much worse would things be if the V.P. lived up to his oath and upheld the law?

[This article by Ted Noel was originally published by AMERICAN THINKER]

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Media firemen scramble to save Biden candidacy

Watching the media scramble these last two weeks to save Joe Biden’s candidacy, I am reminded of a scene in Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian sci-fi classic, Fahrenheit 451. That title refers to the temperature at which paper burns.

In the novel, the state employs “firemen” to burn paper lest the few civilians who care about books avail themselves of information the state does not want them to have. During the Biden stretch run, the firemen on the left have shredded what is left of their reputations as journalists to destroy information the Deep State does not want their audiences to have.

Even before Hunter Biden’s laptop surfaced, the media busied themselves suppressing information that was readily available to the ordinary citizen — montages of Biden plagiarizing, groping little girls, making racially insensitive comments, eulogizing exalted KKK cyclops, threatening Ukrainian prosecutors, even sexually assaulting at least one very credible Democrat — and they did so with enough success that the Biden camp felt comfortable positioning Joe as the candidate with “character.”

The Hunter laptop was too tangible to dispose of subtly. Not since Joseph Goebbels urged the German Student Union “to commit to the flames the evil spirit of the past” has a western nation so flagrantly thrown in on the side of ignorance. Twitter has gotten most of the attention for its total blocking of the New York Post, which broke the laptop story, but the firemen at NPR were not far behind.

“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions,” NPR Managing Editor for News Terence Samuel told his audience in the way of answering a reader question. “And quite frankly, that’s where we ended up, this was… a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way.” NPR’s public editor added that, in any case, “the assertions don’t amount to much.”

Had it not been for the final debate, the firemen might have succeeded in keeping major media audiences fully in the dark about what Trump called the “laptop from hell.” Knowing the subject would surface, Biden came prepared. He dismissed the laptop as a “Russian plant” and had his allies line up some 50 “intelligence” officials who seemed to agree with him.

The more sober members of the major media knew the “Russia, Russia, Russia” accusation — as Trump aptly mocked it — was insane, but it was out there. No longer able to burn it, they had to finesse it into insignificance. Top honors for sophistry in this effort go to the Washington Post and its “disinformation and political warfare” fireman, Thomas Rid.

To his credit, Rid acknowledged that Biden’s 50 intelligence officials conceded they “did not have evidence of Russian involvement.” Rid added the obvious, namely that there is good reason to be skeptical of a foreign plot:

If a competent Russian intelligence agency went to the length of procuring hacked material, blending it with forgeries, perhaps researching a suitable surfacing locale and setup in Wilmington and surfacing the package in a human intelligence operation that required careful planning — then it’s highly likely that agency would have found, or more likely forged, files that would have actual political impact, instead of the unremarkable material revealed in the Post so far.

Duh! The remainder of Rid’s article – “Insisting that the Hunter Biden laptop is fake is a trap. So is insisting that it’s real” — is pure bait and switch. It could make sense only to those mesmerized by the past four year of the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning disinformation.

Rid argues that “the Russian interference of 2016” holds valuable lessons for 2020. In 2016, unlike 2020, Rid claims that the public had “meaningful public artifacts on day one.” He refers here to the alleged hack of the DNC servers in April 2016.

The initial Post article from June 14, 2016 — two months after the hack — may well have been prompted by Julian Assange’s appearance on a British TV show two days earlier. On that occasion, Assange told the interviewer, “We have upcoming leaks in relation to Hillary Clinton,” adding ominously, “We have emails.”

If Assange released damaging emails, the Clinton campaign needed to establish an alternative story line to offset the pending embarrassment. No doubt it would be more politically useful to portray Hillary as a victim of a Russian plot on Trump’s behalf than as a criminally negligent keeper of secrets.

Assange never did release Hillary’s emails. He did, however, release emails purloined from the DNC servers and from Hillary campaign chair John Podesta, the first in July, the second in October. The emails may have been embarrassing, but they were not “disinformation.” They were “information.” No one seriously disputed their legitimacy.

As to Rid’s “meaningful public artifacts,” they were not exactly public, nor particularly meaningful. In fact, the artifacts were held tight by CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that the DNC hired to examine its servers, a firm that, according to the Post, did not even pretend to know “how the hackers got in.”

Scandalous in its own right was the willingness of the Obama DOJ to allow the DNC to sidestep the FBI and hire a private firm on a matter of the highest national security. By contrast, John Paul MacIsaac, the computer repair storeowner, promptly took the Biden laptop to the FBI when he became aware of its contents.

Rid tells us that MacIsaac is a Trump supporter. He does not mention that “CrowdStrike is a deeply Democratic firm” served up to the DNC by Perkins Coie, the same law firm used as a DNC cut-out on the Steele dossier. In fact, Rid does not mention CrowdStrike at all.

Nor, most tellingly, does Rid mention Christopher Steele or his infamous dossier. Yes, a massive disinformation campaign took place in 2016 and the years following. Yes, it involved Russians. Yes, the conspirators — likely including some of the 50 Biden “intelligence” operatives — conspired to smear a candidate for president with nonsense allegations that defied the most desperate attempts at confirmation.

“We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation — even if they probably aren’t,” says Rid. Alice’s Queen of Hearts could not have said it better.

[From an article by Jack Cashill, published by AMERICAN THINKER. Jack Cashill’s new book, Unmasking Obama: The Fight to Tell the True Story of a Failed Presidency, is widely available. See also http://www.cashill.com.]

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Who killed George Floyd?

If they get a fair trial, a questionable proposition at best, Minneapolis police officers charged with murdering George Floyd should be acquitted.

Let’s consider new undisputed evidence, beyond the initial bystander’s video that we’ve all seen, to understand why.

On Memorial Day, around 8 PM, Minneapolis Police are called to a local convenience store.  Two suspects passed a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes.  When police arrived, the shop manager pointed across the street, where three suspects sat in a parked vehicle. George Floyd sat behind the wheel.

When the officers crossed the street to investigate, two other suspects, another man, and a woman, both black, stepped from the car and politely cooperated.

But George argued and disobeyed ten separate commands from officers to keep his hands up. After the tenth order, he finally put his hands on the steering wheel as instructed.

As George protested, police walked him across the street to the police cruiser, the vehicle shown in the bystander’s video.

That bystander’s video, isolated alone, implies that the officer cruelly forced George onto the ground, then callously put his knee on George’s neck, causing George to cry out, pitifully, “I can’t breathe.”

But when a Minnesota judge authorized the release of police body cam footage, a completer and more different story emerged.  First, the police never wanted George on the ground at all, and frantically tried getting him into the back of their squad car.

But Floyd, a strong six-feet-eight-inches tall, fought police every second, and tried pushing his way out. Police video shows George repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe” long before he was on the ground, and before Officer Chauvin employed the infamous knee-restraint tactic.

This is crucial.

Claiming to be “claustrophobic” as they ordered him into the back seat, George Floyd demanded to be placed on the ground. So, the officers did not thrust him down to the ground and then put their knee on George’s neck, as the bystander’s video suggests.

Let’s delve into the evidence.

From Officer Thomas Lane’s body camera, at 8:09 PM, officers approached George’s vehicle, tapped on the window, instructing him to either put his hands up or put his hands on the steering wheel. But George refuses.

Ten separate times, police either instructed George to let them see his hands, or to put his hands on the wheel. Finally, George puts his hands on the wheel, protesting he had “not done anything.”

 At 8:17 PM, officers walk George across the street. He keeps arguing, as they order him into the back of the squad car.

“I’m claustrophobic,” he claims, twice, resisting as they again order him to sit in the back seat. He screams, fights and resists getting in the squad car.

At 8:18:08, still standing beside the car and fighting the officers, he says, for the first time, with no knee on his neck, “I can’t breathe, officer!”  At this point, police are still ordering him into the back seat.

A bystander urges George to stop fighting. “You can’t win,” the bystander says.

George fights anyway.

Police push him in the back seat. He keeps resisting.

Nine seconds later, fighting from the backseat of the police car, George says three times, in rapid succession, beginning at 8:18:19, “I want to lay on the ground!  I want to lay on the ground! I want to lay on the ground!”  He repeats it a fourth time, five seconds later, ““I want to lay on the ground!”

Then, as if he knows he is dying, says, “I’m going down.” 

At 8:18:39, fighting in the backseat, he again says, three times in rapid succession, “I can’t breathe!” Then again,” I can’t breathe.” And then, again, at 8:18:50 repeats, “I can’t breathe!”

At this point, George had demanded to be laid on the ground four times and said “I can’t breathe” at least six times, while in the back seat of the squad car, with no knee on his neck.

At 8:19:06, he again says, “I can’t breathe,” for the seventh time. 

Of course he can’t breathe. A fentanyl overdose stops a man from breathing.

George fought the officers non-stop for over ten minutes before officers finally removed him from the car and put him down on the ground, beside the squad car, as George himself demanded.

Bystanders then film George on the ground, declaring, “I can’t breathe,”  as if this was the first time George said, “I can’t breathe,” and as if Officer Chauvin’s knee (not the fentanyl) caused George’s breathing problems.

Fox 9 in Minneapolis reported that Chief Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker, in a memorandum filed May 26 concluded, “The autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation.”

In other words, Dr. Baker initially ruled out Chauvin’s knee as causing George’s death.

In a second memorandum filed June 1, Baker described Floyd’s fentanyl level as “pretty high,” and a potentially “fatal level.”

Dr. Baker reported Floyd had 11 ng/mL of fentanyl in his blood, adding, “If he were found dead at home alone and no other apparent causes, this could be acceptable to call an OD. Deaths have been certified with levels of 3.”

In other words, while levels of 3 ng/mL have caused fatal fentanyl overdoses. George ingested nearly four times that amount, or 11 ng/mL of fentanyl, in his bloodstream.  In another document, Dr. Baker said, “That is a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances.”

Granted, mounting political pressure led to subsequent private autopsy reports, paid for by the family, showing the cause of death as a combination of both fentanyl and asphyxiation from the officer’s knee.

Of course they do.

But the prosecution, to obtain a conviction, must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. They must prove that the officer’s knee, and not the massive fentanyl dosage, killed George Floyd.

That’s a tall order.

Not only that, but the infamous, “knee-technique,” which should be banned, was authorized by the Minneapolis PD.  Officer Chauvin followed authorized procedure, a technique for keeping a suspect on the ground, after George Floyd had fought officers for over ten minutes, and after, only — and this is the kicker — George requested, repeatedly, to lay on the ground.

But Chauvin’s knee is a red herring. The issue here is fentanyl.

 Here’s how the respected website, WebMD, describes the effects of fentanyl:

“[F]entanyl has rapid and potent effects on the brain and body, and even very small amounts can be extremely dangerous.

“It only takes a tiny amount of the drug to cause a deadly reaction,” … “Fentanyl can depress breathing and lead to death. The risk of overdose is high with fentanyl.”

Here’s what the CDC says about fentanyl. “It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.” https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/fentanyl.html

Of course George couldn’t breathe — because fentanyl, mixed with methamphetamines, kills breathing.  Despite the bad optics, “I can’t breathe” was not because of the officer’s knee.

The medical examiner’s statement on lethal fentanyl, and the previous protestations of “I can’t breathe,” even before he got into the back seat of the squad car, and long before Chauvin applied the notorious “knee” technique, shows that George was already dying from the lethal fentanyl overdose before officers put him in the back seat of the car. That fentanyl, with methamphetamine ingestion, and cannabinoids — that’s right, George popped some meth alongside the fentanyl, plus a little reefer too — raises more than a reasonable doubt in favor of these policemen.

Here’s the prosecution’s problem – proving beyond a reasonable doubt that it was the officer’s knee, and not the massive fentanyl overdose, that killed George.

No one can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, not in this case, that Chauvin killed Floyd, not with any intellectual honesty. George overdosed on fentanyl, and mixed it with meth, and reefer. That’s why he’s dead. Without the overdose, George Floyd would still be alive. The officers should be acquitted.

Which begs the question, who killed George Floyd?

Sadly, George Floyd killed himself.

[This article by Don Brown was published by AMERICAN THINKER. Don Brown, a former U.S. Navy JAG officer, is the author of the book “Travesty of Justice: The Shocking Prosecution of Lieutenant Clint Lorance.” He is one of four former JAG officers serving on the Lorance legal team. Lorance was pardoned by President Trump in November of 2019.  Brown is also a former military prosecutor, and a former Special Assistant United States Attorney.]

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Awakening the sleeping giant

In recent weeks not only have we seen some very large holes punched in the narrative of what happened to George Floyd, but we’ve also seen the very thin veil come off, as the “peaceful protests” by Black Lives Matter and Antifa rapidly devolved into perhaps the worst string of violent riots the country has ever seen.  As of this writing, the city of Portland, Oregon has been host to violent riots for 86 days straight — nearly three months of chaos.  

As we all know, violence in the name of outrage (or really in the name of anything) is nothing new for the Left.  No one is quicker to protest violence by smashing your face with a brick than the tolerant, loving Left.  No one understands better than the Left that the way to fight perceived racism in America is with even stronger and more brazen racism.  No one — not even L. Frank Baum — could construct a better Straw Man to rail against than the Left, and they’ve built one to rival Burning Man against President Trump (see Trump as racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamaphobe, et al).  

None of this is a surprise to anyone who is actually paying attention, regardless of what side you vote for.  If you don’t see how lawless and dangerous the riots have become, then you’re not willing to see.  On a daily basis, the police are being attacked with rocks, frozen water bottles, bricks, Molotov cocktails, improvised explosive devices, and all manner of other weapons.  The attacks are coming from “peaceful protesters” clad in military style body armor and riot gear and are being directed at anyone who displeases them or seems to disagree with their narrative.  Or for that matter, anyone who is just trying to pass by, either on foot or in their vehicle.

We saw recently a charming young lad named “Keese Love” deliver the final kick to the head of an unconscious man whose grievous crime was to try to protect a transgender woman from an angry mob.  We’ve seen buildings being set on fire, looting on a scale possibly never seen before and even portions of cities being co-opted and taken over as “Autonomous Zones” where police are not allowed.  All the while, leftist governors and mayors have tied at least one arm behind the backs of their police forces and allowed the rioting and looting to continue almost unabated. 

What is new is something we’re starting to see happen around the country more and more (but not if you’re watching most of the mainstream media, because they will not show it).  We are finally starting to see a pushback by John Q. Public; and I believe we’ll see more as the weeks and months go by.

The forces of Antifa and Black Lives Matter — mostly overindulged, pampered, underparented, overeducated spoiled children — are on the verge of a rude awakening.  They are on the verge of waking the sleeping giant, which is to say most of the law-abiding, hard-working and family-focused people of this country.

There have been several reports recently of clashes in the streets; not between Antifa and the Proud Boys, police or other demonstrators, but between Antifa and regular people in their own neighborhoods.  We’ve seen Antifa, emboldened by the almost nonexistent response by the neutered Democrat politicians who run their cities and states, attempt to export their nonsense out to the suburbs and other non-urban locales… and the response has been glorious! 

In the big Left Coast cities, citizens have almost no ability to arm themselves to protect their families or property, but once you wander out past the city limits, you find those still in possession of their 2nd Amendment rights (and their testicles) who are ready, willing, and able to stand up to the lawlessness and say very loudly and clearly, “Not here.” 

In several instances, Antifa has been very promptly and swiftly (and sometimes violently) ejected from towns or neighborhoods who knew what their intentions were and collectively decided to take a stand.  Those stories are wonderful to hear, because to me it means that regular people — you know, those crazy people who have jobs, families, responsibilities, maybe faith in God and a love of their country — are starting to tire of the violence and overall nonsense.  They’re tired of being called racists simply for existing with white skin. They’re tired of seeing the legal double-standard that arrests the gym or hair salon owner for trying to earn a living during COVID-19 but allows and even endorses the nightly riots of hundreds or even thousands of AINOs (Americans in name only).

In the last few days, there were at least two serious shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin which appear to have been by people defending themselves or their businesses from the BLM mob.  Multiple businesses were seen with armed men on the roofs defending what likely took them a lot of hard work and dedication to build (yes, President Obama, they built that.)  Kenosha is not Portland, and they are not going to stand by and watch as their city is laid to waste by what amounts to a group of petulant children having a tantrum.

The violence is only going to intensify leading up to Election Day, and I believe there may even be great violence at the polls themselves. We’ve already seen in years past the New Black Panthers standing outside polling places with nightsticks and their trademark Angry Glare going completely unchecked by law enforcement.  Antifa and BLM do not care about nor fear the law and are more than willing and able to bring the violence.

So the question is, how much more patience will law-abiding, peaceful Americans have before the laws of physics come into play, and the rioters’ force is met by an equal and opposite force?  (Although I don’t really think it will be equal… I think it will be massive, swift and brutal… but it will be opposite, for sure).  It’s pretty easy to see that patience is wearing thin. 

I believe the Sleeping Giant is yawning, stretching, and turning on the coffee pot right now, and will be fully awake before too long.  Beware, Antifa and BLM… you may not like what the morning has in store for you.

[From an article published by AMERICAN THINKER]

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Obama actively involved (it’s called meddling) in the election

Obama was the only president ever to come to the White House manifestly disliking and being embarrassed by the country he was elected to lead. With that as a background, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that he’s publicly meddling in the upcoming election in a way that even Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton didn’t attempt. (Former Republican presidents have more graciously stayed out of the fray.)

Both of Obama’s lines of attack are serious. First, he’s explicitly saying that Trump is trying to throw the election by putting his managerial skills to work to address a postal system that is in complete disarray. Second, he’s attacking his own former Vice President, who is now waiting in the wings to be officially crowned as the Democrat party’s presidential candidate.

In 2018, the Post Office had a net loss of $3.91 billion. In 2019, the net loss had more than doubled, reaching a staggering $8.81 billion. Even considering the claim that some of that money was a result of bookkeeping changes, the net loss was still almost $2 billion greater than in 2018.

Thanks to the Wuhan virus, 2020 is promising to be the worst year ever. At the end of April, the Post Office said that its first-quarter losses were already $4.5 billion. In the second quarter, the Post Office lost another $2.2 billion.

Nevertheless, Democrats are insisting that all voting in America in November must be done via the U.S. Mail, with states mailing ballots to every registered voter and the voters mailing them back. Others have pointed out that this will be a disaster, so I won’t belabor the point. It’s enough to say that the possibilities of fraud on a hitherto unknown scale are enormous. Moreover, with the Postal union just having endorsed Joe Biden, if Trump voters are forced to vote by mail, they’ll have a reasonable fear that their ballots will never get counted.

Donald Trump, looking at this mess, decided to do what he’s done for decades: Install new management to make a business better. This isn’t just his avocation; it’s also his constitutionally-mandated job.

In June, Trump appointed Louis DeJoy, an experienced businessman, as his Postmaster General. DeJoy immediately set about trying to slow the financial bleeding. Democrats, of course, complained. Things really went “postal,” though, on August 7, when DeJoy reassigned or removed 23 senior postal officials. Management shuffles are a logical step to take when an organization is dysfunctional.

In our politicized age, this was going to be a hot potato under any circumstances. Still, Obama, who should be staying out of things, turned it into a nuclear potato by accusing Trump of deliberately sabotaging the election:

Barack Obama slammed President Donald Trump for trying to ‘actively kneecap’ the postal service to disenfranchise voters.

Obama did not say Trump’s name but did refer to the ‘president’ in his interview on the podcast of David Plouffe, his former campaign manager, in some of his harshest, direct criticism of Trump to date.

‘What we’ve seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a President who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting,’ Obama said. ‘What we’ve never seen before is a President say, ‘I’m going to try to actively kneecap the postal service to encourage voting and I will be explicit about the reason I’m doing it.’’ 

‘That’s sort of unheard of,’ he added. 

Ironically, Obama meddled on the same day that Dr. Fauci finally admitted that, if people could shop, they could also do in-person voting.

But that wasn’t the end of Obama’s meddling. There was a leak just recently (which Obama might have planted) that Obama is unhappy with Biden’s candidacy:

[A] number of anonymously sourced quotes from Obama leaked out throughout the 2020 Biden campaign where the former president allegedly expressed doubts about his former running mate’s fitness for office.

“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to screw things up,” one Democrat who spoke to the former president recalled him saying.

When lamenting his own diminishing relationship with the current Democratic electorate, particularly in Iowa, Obama reportedly told one 2020 candidate: “And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”

It sounds to me as if, with ultra-liberal Kamala Harris now in place in the campaign, Obama is attempting to remove Biden from the picture entirely. Obama was never really going to let a senile man head the Democrat party ticket, and he may now be getting his ducks in a row to ease Biden out. Plainly Russia could not have done a better job at interfering with a presidential election than Obama has done.

Four years ago, his interference was covert and illegal. This year, it’s overt and it’s disgusting.

[From an article by Andrea Widburg, written for AMERICAN THINKER]

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