Thursday, February 7, 2019

Virginia Democrat Party in Disarray. I Say Blame Todd Gilbert

I have been following Virginia politics for a few decades now and this week is without a doubt the most bizarre week I have ever seen. All three elected statewide officials are in trouble, and I mean they may have to resign trouble. All are members of the Democrat party.

And who is to blame for their current predicament? I for one blame/credit Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert. A Republican from Shenandoah county.

It started last week, the last week of January. Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran sponsored a bill, HB 2491, which would remove virtually all restrictions on third trimester abortions. Planned Parenthood’s dream bill. Gee, I wonder if Planned Parenthood ever gave her money? If they haven't they probably will now.

In a subcommittee Delegate Todd Gilbert asked her if her Bill would allow an abortion seconds before delivery. Tran hemmed and hawed, and mumbled something about a valuable witness not being able to testify. But Gilbert persisted with his questions, and Tran admitted that yes, the baby could be killed right before delivery.

The video of the hearing went viral, so naturally it became the big story in Virginia and nationally.

Well, not to be out done, Governor Northam on Wednesday was asked about it on his radio show, which he must have known would come up. Oddly, Northam suggested that the bill was rather mild. And criticism of the bill was “blown out of proportion.”

Northam went one step further than Tran. He said that the baby could be aborted/killed after being born! One concession he did grant was that the baby should be made ‘comfortable’ as the adults in the room decide the fate. Thumbs up the baby is resuscitated, thumbs down it is death.

Well, rumor has it that one of Northam’s classmates from medical school was so outraged by Northam’s support for infanticide that he or she leaked to the press the school’s yearbook. In it, on Northam's page, is a racist photo of a man in a Klan hood and a man in blackface. Gee, I wonder how it got there.

By the end of the week Northam seemed to admit that yes he was in the photo. He wouldn’t say whether he was the guy in black face or the guy with the Klan hood on.

On Saturday Northam changed positions. He announced that after looking at the picture again, and discussing it with family and friends, and maybe some lawyers and political consultants, concluded that he was not in the photo.

However, he did acknowledge that he did once, while impersonating Michael Jackson, put shoe polish on his face. An act that is considered racially offensive. He added that he learned not to put too much shoe polish on his face because it is nearly impossible to get off. Experience is the best teacher.

That brings us to Justin Fairfax. He is the Lt. Governor of Virginia. Like Northam a Democrat, a rising star and someone that most Democrats would rather have as Governor. Fairfax, an African-American may even be politically to the left of Northam. So, Democrats called on Northam to resign. Makes good political sense. Get rid of the politically toxic Northam and get the rising star Fairfax.

No way said Northam. I don’t think you need to be a conspiracy theorist to believe that Northam dug up dirt on Fairfax. And guess what? A day later a story surfaced that Fairfax had attacked a woman in 2004. Fairfax denies the story.

That brings us to the third in line for the Governor’s mansion, Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring. Herring called for Northam to step down. Herring denounced Northam for appearing in a racist photo, an offensive that Herring believes(at least as of Monday) requires a resignation.

Well, what's that expression those that live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Yesterday, Herring admitted that like Northam he also engaged in a racist act. He too went in black face to imitate a rap artist. I wonder if Herring still believes that such an act requires a resignation from public office?

No doubt Northam’s allies spread the dirt on Herring. Maybe they even have pictures. I wonder if Northam had these pictures in the safe just in case they would be needed one day.

So, you see it all comes down to a series of questions posed by Todd Gilbert. The Titanic was brought down by an iceberg. At first it appeared to be just a scratch. But nearly two hours later the Titanic was underwater. For Virginia Democrats their iceberg has a shape, a form, it even has a name - Todd Gilbert.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Election Eve

It is election eve, less than a week away, and with it comes to mind one of my favorite stories. On the eve of the 2000 Presidential election I happened to walk into a McDonald’s in McLean Virginia. Yes, I admit McDonald’s food is a habit I have, and probably never will, outgrow.

While there I noticed former Republican Congressman Phil Crane. Crane was a conservative from Illinois. He ran for President in 1980 on the belief that Ronald Reagan was not going to run.

Well, not being shy I walked up to him and introduced myself. I should say I re-introduced myself to him. I met him at a college Republican event. He didn’t seem to remember me, but he remembered the event.

And in the conversation, I asked him who he thought would win the election, Bush or Gore. I’ll never forget his answer, he said “Son, I don’t know who is going to win, but I do know this, this is the most important election in our lifetime.” Actually, he probably didn’t say “son” since I was well into my twenties but the rest of the quote is verbatim.

I do remember thinking he was right, this is the most important election. But it seems that every election since is the “most important.”

It is the most important because the parties are so competitive, the stakes so high, and the consequences are so great.

If we Republicans keep the senate we can keep nominating and confirming conservative judges. If not, we won’t get another conservative on the bench. If we keep the senate Trump can get rid of Sessions, Rosenstein, and maybe Mueller.

If Democrats take the House they will investigate the hell out of the Trump administration. Subpoena every member of the administration down to the clerks in the mailroom.

If Democrats win they will move to impeach the President. They will push to repeal the tax cuts that have given a great boost to our economy and a terrific bull market. (My IRA is up big!)

If Democrats get elected they will push to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, they will push to abolish ICE. If Democrats get elected they will push for insane programs such as Medicare for all, and “free” college. Just think you didn’t like paying for your college tuition how do you feel about paying for someone else’s.

So, every election eve I think about my chance meeting with Phil Crane. And his words still ring true today, “this is the most important election of our lifetime.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

CNN and The Politics of Personal Destruction

It is true that CNN is a purveyor of fake news, but that does not tell the whole story of what motivates and animates CNN. Their goal is to advance a political narrative. It is not just to spread lies (fake news), rather it is to advance a misleading narrative. It is a narrative in the direction of socialism.

As President Trump racks up wins and advances his make America great again agenda CNN gets more hyperbolic. Take the Kavanaugh nomination.

Two months ago they simply advanced the idea that Brett Kavanaugh, on the supreme court, would try to take away “a woman’s right to choose”, or deny people healthcare, or protect President Trump from justice.

Now their attacks have entered a new phase. The politics of personal destruction. The other night they had on a classmate who said Kavanaugh was a “heavy drinker” back in school. What a crock of you know what.

For every one person that they could dig up who would say that he was a heavy drinker I bet they could find ten that would swear that they never saw him take a drink. However, CNN is not interested in the truth. They want to spread a narrative. The narrative is that Kavanaugh was a drunkard. Didn’t he say under oath that he was a moderate drinker, wow that could be perjury? A drunkard and a liar.

They have even promoted discussion of whether as a young person he was a rapist. This based on an unsubstantiated charge, and it turns out that the person who made the charge is a liar.

They even discussed a charge that he pulled his pants down and exposed himself at a college party. I thought that was a regular occurrence at college parties where alcohol is on tap.

I will tell you this if I am at a party and someone drops their pants I would leave. And I would not do an interview with the New Yorker describing it 30 years after the fact.

For CNN it is not enough to oppose him on philosophical grounds rather they have decided to destroy his character.
Shame on CNN. What a disgrace.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Obsession With Roe

H.L. Mencken once observed that the greatest glory of the Constitution was that it can be read and understood by anyone at a 10th grade reading level, and it could be done in 15 minutes. Now we have added a few amendments since Mencken, but I agree with his observation.

Now take that same 10th grader, give him a copy of the Constitution, and the task of finding any justification for the Roe vs. Wade decision. Even give him a hint, “Johnny look for a penumbra of rights.” Johnny wouldn’t be able to find it. Because Justices Blackman, Stewart, Douglas, Potter, Burger, Marshall, and Powell made it up.

One thing liberals don't understand is that we conservatives are not looking to the courts to stop abortion, rather we want the courts to rule on the law and the Constitution, and not legislate from the bench. Overturning Roe would not outlaw abortion, it will simply allow states to have their own abortion laws. If Roe were to be overturned would New Jersey outlaw abortion? Would Massachusetts or New York? I highly doubt it.

But to the left Roe v. Wade is sacred. It is precedent don’t cha know. It is settle law, like anthropogenic global warming is settle science. Off limits to all debate.

The Supreme Court’s job is to interpret the Constitution as it was written and amended. This statement may keep me from ever being nominated to the Supreme court, but I will say it. Precedent is not that important, actually it doesn’t matter. In other words, it deserves very little consideration.

In minutes after Kennedy announced his decision to retire the mainstream media started wringing their hands with worry about the legacy of Roe. The sky is falling, the barbarians are taking over. As if a country without Roe would be akin to the fall of Rome.

In the weeks before President Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh and since I estimate that NBC leftist Chuck Todd has spent at least 60 percent of his time on air discussing abortion, which may or may not ever again be taken up by the Supreme Court. Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer may have spent even more time talking about it.

But as Bob Dylan once sang, “These times they are a changing.” One more conservative on the Supreme Court and we will have a conservative Judicial branch of government for at least a decade. Precedent be damned.