Fort Washington

In two days Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. The city of Washington, D.C. looks to be a city under martial law with ten-foot tall fencing (topped with razor wire), armed military troops as far as you can see and soldiers sleeping on the floors inside the nation’s Capitol. There are some 25,000 armed National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., more than are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. According to intelligence there is fear of further attacks on the inauguration ceremony and possible assassination attempts on president-elect Biden. If the Washington mayor and police had been diligent additional security would have been secured days before the planned Trump rally at the Capitol. If proper precautions had been taken ahead of time there would not have been a storming of the Capitol. A show of force would likely have prevented any hostile behavior that fateful day. The events of January 6 were no insurrection as the media insists. An insurrection is a widespread rebellion, whereas this was an isolated incident. You could possibly have called the activities that took place this summer an insurrection where protests in numerous cities turned into coordinated riots and attacks on law enforcement. But any violence done in the name of social justice is always given a pass by the media but conservatives who commit violence are dangerous and need to be “controlled.” When it comes to protecting their own hides, Congress will turn Washington into a military encampment to keep themselves safe.

The National Guard soldiers are undergoing background checks because intelligence is concerned there may be “inside attacks” at the inauguration of Mr. Biden. Apparently they are interested in knowing if any of them supported President Trump or perhaps voted for him. That is an obvious infringement of our first amendment rights. To be on the safe side they have removed live rounds from some of the soldiers “just in case.” I think that speaks volumes for the legitimacy of our election. If everyone really trusted that this was a fair and honest election Mr. Biden would have nothing to fear. We are looking more and more like a third world country that rules by military force and rigged elections. We have already become a nation that suppresses free speech and persecutes people for their political beliefs. It is a nation that indoctrinates our college students and is now doing the same to our grade school children as well. I barely recognize my America and I can only imagine what it will look like after four years of Democratic control. If you’ve never read Orwell’s 1984, you must do so. We are becoming Oceania and Big Brother (the media) is controlling our every thought.

None So Blind

Nancy Pelosi rushed to impeach the President for the second time wanting to completely humiliate and disqualify (or so she believed) him from ever holding office again. With only days remaining in his presidential term House members couldn’t wait for arrests and an investigation as to what actually triggered the mob action. This was a planned event that should have been stopped before it took place. It was as much the result of security negligence as it was a planned assault. We seemed to have learned nothing from the surprise attack on 9/11 when we ignored intelligence and nearly 3000 lives were lost as a result. There was plenty of intelligence before the event that was ignored as well. The President’s speech was typical Trump rally speech but did not “incite an insurrection.” The riot that took place afterward was military-style in the manner in which certain members moved, signaled and were attired. House members were on a mission to impeach the President regardless of the circumstances out of their incessant hatred for for Mr. Trump. On the eve of the holiday honoring the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we would do well to remember one of his famous quotes. “When given the choice between love and hate, I choose love. Hate is too great a burden.” Sadly ten Republican members of the House also voted to impeach with no evidence other than what they witnessed that day. A rush to judgement is seldom proper or just. To add insult to injury Speaker Pelosi appointed Eric Swalwell as the Impeachment Manager. Mr. Swalwell is the disgraced congressman from California who had a years-long relationship with a female Chinese spy. Instead of being removed from Congress for his behavior, Pelosi appointed him to the Intelligence Committee where he has access to highly classified material despite his questionable behavior. The West Coast segment of the Democratic party appears beholden to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as Swalwell, Senator Diane Feinstein and ex-Senator Barbara Boxer have all interacted with the CCP. Hunter Biden made lucrative deals with companies tied to the CCP so don’t expect the Biden administration to be tough with China on any fronts.

According to Constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz, once Trump leaves office on January 20 Congress loses its constitutional authority to continue impeachment proceedings. The role of impeachment is to remove the president from office. Once the president has left office a trial is unnecessary because the president is already out of office. We have Big Tech, large corporations and the Democratic party telling us who we can support and what we can say. Perhaps an alliance with China and the CCP is our next step because America is no longer the land of the free. We now have a nation where one group is taking away the freedoms of others and trying to impose their will. That sounds more like a socialist or communist nation than the America I remember. With wolves at our door we don’t need to be hating each other and fighting among fellow Americans. Our enemies will conquer us without firing a shot.

Turning Up the Heat

We know that Joe Biden placed a great deal of emphasis, as did his party, on climate change. During his campaign Mr. Biden promised to rejoin the Paris Accord on Climate Change, end fracking (although he later denied that), and ban fossil fuels altogether in the not-too-distant future. The one idea he isn’t completely on board with is the radical Left’s “Green New Deal.” That proposal is too massive and expensive for a moderate like Biden to embrace and risk losing his support among Middle America. The entire basis for the climate change hysteria is a concern over the gradual and progressive rise in global atmospheric temperatures. The official monitoring and documenting of temperatures by the weather service began in 1880. Since record keeping began the yearly rise in global temperature has been 0.14 degrees F per decade. But beginning in 1981 that rate has doubled. According to a study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this past year (2020) tied 2016 for the warmest year on record. Most scientists in the global warming debate believe that CO2 and methane are chiefly responsible for trapping heat and raising air temperatures. President-elect Biden emphasized in his campaign the need to lower CO2 emissions as a means of preventing further global warming. President Trump successfully grew the economy and lowered greenhouse gasses throughout his term in office. The global pandemic of 2020 resulted in markedly less air travel, more people working from home and many people sheltering in place. As a result greenhouse gases were down and carbon emissions dropped by 7%. If greenhouse gasses were totally responsible for the rise in atmospheric temperatures, how then do we account for the increase that was seen in 2020?

The earth is believed to be 4.54 billion years old but the study of the earth (Earth Science) is relatively young. We know that the earth has warmed and cooled numerous times over the lifespan of the earth. These cycles took place eons before humans appeared on the planet. It’s very possible that the earth is in another warming cycle independent of human activity. That is not to say that human activity is not contributing to a warming effect. I seriously doubt that what humanity does is completely controlling the earth’s climate. Atmospheric CO2 has also fluctuated over time and it doesn’t necessarily correlate with atmospheric temperatures. I am more concerned about what we put into the atmosphere from a health standpoint than from a global warming standpoint. We all must breath the air around us and I would prefer that we keep the air as pure as possible. I think it is a good idea to take better care of the earth. This is a case where we are “all in this together” because if we destroy this planet we have nowhere else to go.

The Purge 2021

To no one’s surprise President Trump was impeached for the second time by a Democratic House out to destroy the most powerful Republican since Ronald Reagan. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is out to completely eradicate the President and his followers. Joining her in the effort are their allies in the media, Big Tech and major corporations. Even the banks are blacklisting anyone associated with Donald Trump or his administration. In an earlier post I predicted that a Biden victory would result in retribution against Trump supporters. It appears the Capitol Hill riot was a convenient excuse to reinstitute McCarthyism whereby individuals can be singled out as enemies of the state. Like the hunt to find communists in the ’50s the Dems are hunting down Trump supporters and doing their best to destroy them politically and financially. Many of those who were at the Washington rally, whether or not they participated in any of the riotous behavior, were fired from their jobs. It is discrimination (and therefore illegal) to hire or fire someone based on their political affiliation and companies that do so are opening themselves up to lawsuits. Nancy Pelosi and others are pushing for those at the rally to be placed on the “no fly” list as domestic terrorists. Numerous major corporations have announced that they will stop donating to the 148 House members and the eight Senators who objected to the certification of the electoral college vote. This is a knee-jerk reaction to a dreadful event by a bunch of misguided radicals. I am among the 80% of Trump voters (some 75 million) who believe that the presidential election was not legitimate and much of his support (if not all) is still intact. The bullying tactics of the Left will divide the nation even further. I have seen no indication from the president-elect that he is serious about unifying the country. If he is serious about healing the nation, he better start acting the part.

President Trump did not promote violence in his January 6 speech; he encouraged “peaceful” protest. Those intent on violence were planning to do so for some time. Washington police chose to ignore the warning signs and failed to ask for additional security. A show of force (such as we see now at the Capitol) would most likely have deterred any misbehavior. Where was all this concern for security during the summer of riots when cities were being destroyed and businesses burned to the ground? When the Senate holds their trial they will be hard-pressed to prove the President’s speech caused the actions that took place shortly thereafter. There is no justification for the actions that took place on January 6, but it suggests an extreme level of frustration with legislators. With an 11% approval rating Congress is definitely out of touch with the average voter. The attacks on Donald Trump and his followers will further divide the country and will come back to bite the Democrats in the mid-terms and in 2024. Democrats are self-serving with little concern for average Americans. Donald Trump’s success was from his ability to speak for and fight for the forgotten voter. He became the champion of the working class and will remain their champion. The more the elitist Big Tech and corporations attack Trump, the more his followers will back him. It is a grave mistake to penalize Trump supporters if you want reconciliation and unity.

So Much for Unity

Joe Biden was elected on the promise of uniting the country but every time he opens his mouth the words he utters are contemptuous and divisive. In the immediate aftermath of the assault on the Capitol the president-elect accused the Capitol police of racism. That was in light of the fact that an unarmed female Trump supporter was shot and killed. The behavior of a few has led to banishment of the President from Twitter, Facebook and a number of other sites. Nancy Pelosi is calling for the President to be impeached for a second time and were this ancient Rome, Trump would be thrown to the lions with the Democrats clamoring for his blood. Biden has done nothing to calm the political turbulence and if anything is agitating an already tenuous situation. If there is a trial in the Senate, Biden’s agenda of tax increases and stimulus packages will be delayed. The more moderate Democrats in the Senate may ultimately prove to be the firewall against the socialist policies of the “squad” and other progressives. Biden has actually shown himself to be vindictive toward the President and his followers. During the campaign he referred to them as “chumps” and Hillary called them “deplorables.” The Tech Sector is out to destroy Parler and other conservatives by blocking and deleting accounts. In another recent speech Biden called Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley Nazis for challenging the certification of the electoral vote in the Senate. Unwilling to let a crisis go to waste, Pelosi wants the Senators to resign. Barring that they have an alternate plan to remove them under the 14th Amendment, Speaker Pelosi and Congresswoman Cori Bush are calling for those who supported the Trump narrative of a “stolen” election be removed from the House and Senate.  Pelosi wishes to invoke Section 3 of the 14th Amendment that specifically states that “No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such lawmakers.” Pelosi also wants the Senators placed on the government’s “no fly” list as potential terrorists. These Senators did nothing to encourage the behavior that took place on January 6 and should neither be removed from office nor be placed on the “no fly” list. The Senators were expressing legitimate concern over obvious voter fraud that was being largely ignored by the media and the courts.

The President received nearly 75 million votes in the presidential election and a large percentage of those voters believe the election was “rigged.” The size of the January 6 rally was an indication of the support and frustration of the President’s supporters. The vast majority of Trump supporters are law-abiding Americans who respect authority and federal property. The riotous behavior was led by a fringe element and does not the typical Trump supporter, the party or the President. If Biden wanted unity and peace he would authorize an investigation of the states in which Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell found voter fraud. The courts refused to examine the hundreds of sworn affidavits and other evidence gathered by Giuliani and the rest of his team. The federal government managed to spend nearly 3 years and $30 million on a phony story of Russia collusion after the 2016 election but is now unwilling to address witnessed voter fraud in swing states that decided the election. Once sworn into office, Joe Biden had better adjust his attitude to the opposition party if he wishes for there to be unity and cooperation. The approach he is displaying now offers little chance of bringing the two parties together, much less the nation as a whole.

Impeachment 2.0

Nancy Pelosi plans to introduce before Congress article(s) of impeachment tomorrow (January 11) against President Trump. With only nine days remaining in his term of office it would seem to be an unnecessary effort. The current Speaker has proven to be self-serving and vindictive. Her goal is total humiliation of one of the strongest presidents in history. He accomplished more in 4 years than any other president in memory in 8 years. Since the media hates him, however history books will likely treat him unfairly as have many others. Ms. Pelosi led the movement to impeach Trump the first time and immediately seized on the riot at the Capitol as an opportunity to impeach him a second time. With a majority in the House Dems can use any excuse (or none at all)to “remove” the President. Many within the Republican party are equally upset with the events that took place on January 6 and Speaker Pelosi will have no problem obtaining the votes for impeachment in the House. The goal of impeachment is removal from office (in this case the President). Even if the House succeeds in impeaching the President, a Senate trial will not take place before January 20 making the entire stunt meaningless. Pelosi believes if the President is impeached for a second time that he would be disqualified from running for president in 2024. There are many within the Republican party who would like to eliminate Donald Trump as a competitor for the 2024 nomination. The GOP owes Mr. Trump a debt of gratitude for pumping new life into a dull party and remade it into the party of the working class. Donald Trump had something not typically found in Republican politicians, fortitude and a willingness to fight. Trump had to fight the past five years for survival and many of his political “friends” have now abandoned him. Those same friends are now hoping Trump is not a viable candidate in 2024 but after the past five years I wouldn’t count him out.

The Democrats (and many Republicans) have accused the President of inciting a riot. Online “chatter” revealed that radical groups were planning this sort of action weeks (perhaps months) in advance of the D.C. rally. Critics are now saying the D.C. police were negligent and should have increased security for the rally knowing there would be trouble. I listened to the President’s speech and it sounded much like a typical Trump rally. I was shocked to see many in the crowd storm the Capitol and didn’t feel the President “incited” a riot. Photos of those inside the Capitol revealed some carrying zip ties and various weapons, not something that you would bring to a simple rally. The common definition of inciting a riot is organizing, promoting, urging or participating in violent activity. That does not include the oral or written advocacy of ideas suggesting or instigating other persons to riot. If we read a book written by Karl Marx and decide to riot, we can’t blame Marx for our behavior. We are still responsible for our actions. It is difficult to limit who attends rallies and there were probably extremists in attendance who were intent on causing trouble. Americans are promised that peaceful change comes through the ballot box. When voters feel elections are rigged and their vote no longer counts, they may feel the need to turn violent. When the federal government spent 3 years and $30 million to investigate the 2016 election, they could have devoted some effort to investigating this election. I am among the 70 million+ Trump voters who feel cheated; if this election had been properly investigated the government could have gained back voter trust. No politician will be safe from removal unless we get election reform!

Full Speed Ahead

President elect Joe Biden has stated he plans to release all the COVID-19 vaccine in storage immediately for distribution once he is inaugurated on January 20. The Trump administration had been holding a portion of the vaccine back for the second dose since both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines consist of two doses each. So if the federal government had 100 million doses total of vaccine, that was sufficient enough to vaccinate 50 million Americans. The idea of “flooding” the country with remaining supplies of the vaccine on hand may sound like an excellent idea on face value, but it could be fraught with problems. Storage has always been an issue with the Pfizer vaccine since it must be stored at such ultracold temperatures (-90 F). Once thawed both vaccines must be used within a given timeframe (generally 30 days). If communities are not adequately prepared to dispense the vaccine within that window, this valuable resource would be wasted. An estimated 3.5 million Americans have been vaccinated thus far when original estimates were that 20 million would have been vaccinated by now. This can be partially explained by the fact that federal and state guidelines are recommending a stepwise vaccination approach. Only after one group has been immunized will the vaccines be given to the next group. A “first come, first served” approach would immediately reach more individuals but would create long lines and the potential for chaos. When it came to vaccinating nursing home residents, equipment, medication and personnel had to be dispatched and setup on site before any injections could be given. Reaching all healthcare and nursing home patients was probably the most time-consuming portion of the entire immunization process.

The other concern with releasing all the vaccine now is assuring that there will be sufficient vaccine available for second doses of the same vaccine. Some suggest that if vaccine supplies run low (due to administering more 1st doses to novel patients) we could increase the interval between the 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recommend going beyond the between dose interval that was used in the vaccine studies. In the Pfizer study it was 3 weeks, for the Moderna study it was 4 weeks. The FDA also does not recommend switching vaccines (1st dose of one vaccine and 2nd dose of the other vaccine). With two more vaccine candidates coming on scene soon, it makes more sense to fully immunize a portion of the most vulnerable population and allow the rest to wait for more vaccine availability. Joe Biden couldn’t resist the urge to criticize President Trump and his administration for the slow process to this point. Mr. Biden is fortunate to be entering his presidency at the point where the most difficult “bugs” have been worked out. Biden will also benefit from the fact that (unless there are major issues) two more vaccines will soon be receiving Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) by the FDA. It wasn’t long ago that we were worried about public acceptance of a vaccine. Now we are concerned about having enough vaccine to meet the demand!

A Nation Divided

Joe Biden ran on a promise to unite the country and he successfully sold that message to the American people in the November presidential election. Although he has yet to be inaugurated we don’t seem to be hearing a unifying message from the president-elect. I expect wild allegations and divisive speech out of talk show hosts (such as those on the View) but not from our president-elect. Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made public statements yesterday implying that police responded differently to the Capitol Hill rioters than they would if these would have been BLM protestors. Michelle Obama issued a similar statement implying that the police reaction was racially driven. Security at the Capitol was grossly undermanned and unprepared for the aggressiveness of the crowd. The Washington police, however were wearing riot gear and could be seen dispersing tear gas in an attempt to control the crowd. I saw no significant difference in this response compared to the Washington violence by Antifa and BLM this summer. Sixty people were arrested in the Capitol Hill violence (more than were arrested during the summer violence) and more will follow once they have identified many of the intruders through surveillance. Five people died from the events on Capitol Hill, more than in the summer protests. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser is already using the recent violence as a call for D.C. statehood. She sees that as a solution to her inadequate police response.

Lawlessness is never to be condoned regardless of the cause. We can’t allow prosecutors to apply bail free rules for “non-violent” offenses where criminals are simply “booked” and put back on the street to re-offend. Such policies endanger everyone in the community. Police are trained to react to a threat in a specific manner. Threat response may change based on whether or not an individual is armed and the type of armament, but it DOES NOT change based on skin color. American society is not perfect (including the police) but we have come a long way toward equal treatment of all Americans. We shouldn’t jump to conclusions on any police action before having all the facts. President Obama created unnecessary racial tensions by frequently making race an issue in situations where it might have had no bearing. I hope Mr. Biden won’t continue down the same path. We can’t be united as Americans if we allow race to act as a wedge that divides us as a people. We can celebrate our individual cultural and racial uniqueness but must all work together for the betterment of our nation. To quote Patrick Henry, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

Capitol Offense

The world witnessed a disgraceful display of lawlessness by a large crowd of Trump supporters at our nation’s capitol building. The President gave a long, impassioned speech outlining the numerous voting irregularities that took place during the November presidential election. Some of the irregularities included twice the number of votes cast as voters in the district, dead voters casting a vote and votes being made by people who have moved from the state. The media repeatedly stated that the Trump legal team found “no substantiated evidence” of fraud. The fact that thousands of votes suddenly appeared in the wee morning hours that were nearly 100% for Biden was also ignored by the media. The courts refuse to accept any of the Trump fraud lawsuits cases so evidence obtained could not even be presented for adjudication. There is no justice when courts will not even look at the merits of a case. President Trump hasn’t been treated fairly by the media or anyone in Washington for the past five years. He and his family have been attacked like no other president in my lifetime. Despite this he has a loyal following like no other president that I can recall. Working class Americans believe that Trump fought for them and some of them probably felt as if this was their time to fight for him. I don’t condone the assault on the Capitol if his supporters were totally responsible for the assault. Trump supporters have always been strong promoters of law & order and I have never seen his rallies become violent. Security cameras will soon identify those involved and whether there were instigators behind the violence. Some believe there were “professional” rioters dispersed among the crowd who were intent on causing problems. These “rioters” were possibly involved in other large-scale violence in places such as Seattle, Portland, Kenosha, New York and other cities. Three explosive devices were found around the Capitol suggesting this was likely more than a simple riot. Hopefully we will learn more about the incident over time. Sadly four people lost their lives during the chaos including an unarmed, female Air Force veteran. Because this action was “Trump-inspired” the media is describing the event in the strongest of anti-Trump terms. They (media) are promoting the idea of invoking the 25th amendment and removing the President from office with only two weeks remaining in his term. The events of yesterday were also frightening from a national security standpoint; our enemies must be delighted seeing how easy it was to “capture” the Capitol.

President Trump damaged his party and ruined his chances for another run at the presidency in 2024. For all the accomplishments that he has achieved in his four years of office, this single event cancelled out everything in the minds of many. If Congress does not address the numerous deficiencies in our voting system, events like the one that took place yesterday could be repeated. The ability to trust that our elections are fair and honest is essential to the continuation of our democracy. Without it we are no better than some third world dictatorship. Voter rolls must be updated regularly, especially before each presidential election. Voter ID must be enforced when voting in person. Voter registration should include a mandatory voter ID to be used at polling places. These should be provided free of charge so no one can claim identification discriminates against the poor. Absentee ballots MUST be requested and signature verification included upon submission. Enforcing these standards are NOT infringing on anyone’s civil rights or freedoms. If you believe in fair elections this is common sense!

Nothing Has Changed

The Republicans were hoping to hold onto the two Senate seats in the Georgia runoff elections yesterday. The once solidly “red” state can no longer be counted on to deliver elections for the conservative, Republican candidate. Southern states have become magnets for those wishing to relocate from mostly northern states. As a result, these states are becoming a blend of liberal and conservative philosophies. Climate is a big reason for northern migration but other reasons include lower taxes, cost of living and often more job availability in a “right to work” environment. Many auto manufacturers have built assembly plants in southern states where operating costs are lower. Southern states have also become popular “retirement” locales for many of the aforementioned reasons. I could have predicted the outcome of Georgia’s runoff elections, expecting them to follow the same shady path that the November 3 presidential election took. Nothing had changed from the obvious corruption that took place leading up to and on the night of November 3. The expansion of voting by mail along with the elimination of signature verification guarantees voter fraud. When attempts were made to purge voters rolls of individuals who had moved from the state, Stacy Abrams sister (who happens to be a district judge) ruled against the move. This is an obvious conflict of interest and the judge should have recused herself from the case. As we all know, the Democrats do not follow the same ethical standards that Republicans generally expect. I have said previously, that Democrats believe in the motto: Winning isn’t everything, it’s the ONLY thing!

There should have been a special investigation of the presidential election in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada. There was evidence of significant fraud in each of these states and my belief is the President won each of them. Late on the evening of Nov 3 he led in each of them before Biden votes mysteriously appeared. Only one court was even willing to listen to Trump’s legal team out of the countless lawsuits filed. Our judicial system has become a tool of the Democratic party, much like the media. We are now no better than Russia or China where the government rules all the news sources. Average Americans believed that Trump was “their” president, and his supporters were the “deplorables” as described by Hillary Clinton. The media and Washington politicians despised Trump and did everything in their power to destroy him. He did put America first and restored pride in our flag and our military. Despite all the obstacles, he did more to restore America in four years than most presidents in eight years. If the Trump haters thought they were through with “the Donald” they have another thought coming!