Thursday, May 28, 2020

Proxy voting, an unconstitutional abuse of power

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2020. – Photo by Susan Walsh / AP

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“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
– Thomas Sowell

At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the one most contentious issue the delegates had to deal with was representation. Fisticuffs broke out as lines were drawn in the sand, on how power was to be divided and who would be able to pass which laws and who would have the last word enforcing them. This battle ensued during the dog days of the summer in Philadelphia while the concept of a central government with three branches was debated along with the role of each individual branch. The issue of representation was so perverse it put the success of the entire convention in jeopardy.

When the Convention got so out of hand it looked as though all was lost, Roger Sherman proposed what would become the skeletal corpus of our government, “the Great Compromise.” He proposed each state would be represented by population in the House and they would have equal numbers of votes in the Senate. Senators chosen by state legislatures would protect state rights and the House Representatives chosen by voter would insure every American had a voice in government.

Article One of our Constitution established the legislative branch of government, Congress. It was bicameral consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. It granted Congress limited powers and restricted ability to pass necessary and proper law to enforce them. It also established the procedures for passing bills with limits on powers. This insured they never usurped the will of the people or abused those powers to disenfranchise the voice of voters in every American region.

“The question is how our rights are equally and effectually guarded in society.”
– Roger Sherman

The House of Representatives last week passed a bill to spend over $3 trillion for Covid-19 relief and a rules change to allow lawmakers to vote remotely during the pandemic. The measure barely passed by nine votes and reflects all leftist priorities and is the largest relief package in U.S. history.

If the Senate approved this bill, the House would have a free reign to pass anything they wished. It was written by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and went directly to the floor. It was the socialist wish list and more. It would give federal aide to illegal immigrants, federalized elections, released prisoners, and allocated money to the growers of cannabis. It restructured Congress to allow voting by proxy, which would disenfranchise all opposing voters and give Pelosi and her socialist comrades unadulterated control of Congress.

In agreeing on this atrocity, House Democrats openly violated our Constitution with this proxy voting scheme. Our founders mandated Congress to convene and deliberate. The Constitution requires a “quorum of members” be present to pass all laws. In times of a national crisis, changes in rules may be necessary. But when they are contrived with open partisan maneuvering to bypass the tenants of our Constitution to eliminate the voice of the people in government, this is tyrannical despotism.

This latest support for abridgment of Congressional power shows how untrustworthy House leftists are. Just a few weeks ago in the heart of the COVID crisis when it was suggested Congress vote by “proxy,” Pelosi said on the House floor, “We are the captains of the ships. We are the last to leave. Proxy voting calls on Congress to abandon the ship, to be the first to leave for months or even the rest of the session. For members to leave and never have to return to session is totally wrong.”

This is the first time in American history that such a conspicuous abuse of power by Congress has been attempted! There are 435 members that represent the voters of America. There are districts created to represent the wishes and demands of the voters in each precinct. We evaluate districts for changes every two years. Each district “loans” their voice and their power to those members of Congress that they elect to “represent” and vote for “them” in the halls of Congress in Washington.

This new leftist scheme of a proxy-ship would enable 20 people to have control of Congress, since each member represents 10 proxies. The 435 members who represent regions around the nation would no longer be accountable to voters that elected them. This would also enable Democrats to have 20 people with 10 proxies to pass every bill without approval from one voter. This would be a flagrant abuse of power.

“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”
– Edmund Burke

This contrivance would reconstruct Congress and nullify the Great Compromise without the states ever voting on a constitutional amendment. Members of Congress would do what their party told them to do, not what the people who elected them and “loaned’ them the authority to do for them.

Pelosi could sit in her office and compose the biggest government monetary give-away bill that’s ever been written in the history of government. And it would not be vetted in one committee. The bill would go directly to the chamber floor without amendments or objections from one person.

It was revealed that Pelosi’s “left hand man” in Congress, Jim Clyburn, recently said that he believes COVID-19 is a perfect time to restructure government to meet the needs of Democrats. The socialist left is not looking at COVID-19 as an obligation to work with the president to resolve a crisis for Americans. They see it as an opportunity to reinvent government for the socialist, liberal far left.

When Roger Sherman proposed the Great Compromise, he said “this government should be made to represent all people in each sovereign state.” He would be turning over in his grave if Pelosi were to succeed with this assault against voters by her and the socialist liberal left. It would be a coup to give unlimited power to the House speaker and violate every principle our founders wanted to bring to America.

“Congress is too old. They don't have a stake in the game.”
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

President Donald Trump has worked tirelessly with other world leaders to contain and to find a way to stop the spread of COVID-19. He finally forced the Chinese to share data with other nations in an effort to discover the true source of this virus so a legitimate vaccine can be created. Since this crisis began, he has asked for bipartisan support to work with him and public health officers to help manage this pandemic. But Congress has rebuffed him and the American people to gain favors for their party.

Author Ken Blanchard wrote, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” We’re the most powerful nation in the world because ‘When the going gets tough, America gets going.” We brought communism to its knees in the Soviet Bloc and Korea. We’ve defended world freedom in two great wars against a common enemy. One can only imagine how quickly this crisis would have resolved if Congress had worked with the president against this common enemy COVID-19 – instead of working against him.

Roger Sherman dedicated his life to this nation. He was the only founder to sign all Revolutionary documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation and The Constitution. As Roger Sherman looks down from the heavens above he has got to be ashamed to see what his Congress is doing to his beloved America.

 “Tyranny in democratic republics does not proceed in the same way. It ignores the body and goes straight for the soul.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville, 1832

Contributing Columnist William Haupt III is a retired professional journalist, author, and citizen legislator in California for over 40 years. He got his start working to approve California Proposition 13.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Science Says: Lockdowns Could Kill More Of Us Than The Coronavirus

We’ve listened intently as mainstream media outlets, both print and broadcast, have lectured us and the rest of America on the lifesaving virtues of the Wuhan virus lockdown. While it may well be true that it saved lives from the virus, what about the lives lost to the lockdown?

The economic devastation from the lockdown has had brutal consequences, in particular for small businesses, their owners and their often low-wage employees. With 38.6 million suddenly unemployed and applying for benefits, jobless rates shooting toward 20%, and bankruptcies crushing major industries, such as retailing, the near-term outlook is grim if the lockdowns continue.

Contrary to the now-trite progressive chant of “we’re all in this together,” those at the struggling bottom rungs of our once-thriving economy bear the brunt of the lockdown — not the privileged minority with secure government jobs or stable stay-at-home telecommuting gigs impervious to such things as shutdowns.

No, we’re not “all in this together.” And doctors, economists and others are concluding that the costs in lives lost may actually exceed the benefits, a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease.

A group of 600 doctors recently signed a letter sent to the president seeking an end to the lockdown. These doctors braved the opprobrium and possible political harassment from some of their fellow citizens to warn us all that the number of suicides from the lockdown’s crushing economic and psychological effects appears to be soaring.

“We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. The downstream health effects of deteriorating a level are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error,” the letter said.

“The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure,” the letter continues. “In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.”

As Dr. Mike deBoisblanc, head of trauma at John Muir Medical Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently told a local ABC affiliate: “We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time. I mean, we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.” 

Worse, badly needed medical procedures have been put off due to shutdowns.

A recent news story predicted “thousands” of cancer deaths due to postponed cancer surgeries in England. Expect nothing different here. Many Americas with life-threatening ailments also have had treatments “postponed” so that we could flatten the curve.

Those arguing loudest for a continued shutdown of our cities and towns and the enormous economy they represent are among the first to scream “science!” when anyone questions their bad ideas, including the lockdown.

Well, doctors are on the cutting edge of health science. So why don’t lockdown supporters heed their words?

In fact, we may be on the verge of a far more serious long-term plague than COVID-19: a wave of what social scientists and doctors now call “deaths of despair.

How serious is it?

An early May study by the Well-Being Trust and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care predicted 75,000 added deaths from COVID-19 lockdown-related stress and depression. But, if the economic recovery is slow and unemployment remains high, the number of deaths, the study warned, could shoot as high as 154,037.

For the record, that latter death toll is well more than the Wuhan virus is likely to kill.

“The collective impact of COVID-19 could be devastating,” according to the report, which blames lockdown-related factors such as “economic failure with massive unemployment, mandated social isolation for months and possible residual isolation for years, and uncertainty caused by the sudden emergence of a novel, previously unknown microbe.

“The economics of COVID-19 have already caused a massive jump in unemployment: job loss leading to personal and professional economic loss across all business sectors. Hourly workers as well as salaried professionals have been laid off and furloughed indefinitely.”

As we’ve said before, the predictions of disaster in states reopening have been wrong. Georgia, Florida and Texas so far are doing fine, and their economies are starting to perk up. Las Vegas, taking their lead, plans to reopen casinos in early June.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control show that coronavirus infection fatality rates (IFR) are basically only slightly worse than for a bad flu season. The current IFR rate of 0.26%, based on CDC data, is way below the 3.4% (and higher) rates that the World Health Organization and others used to scare us and shut down much of the global economy.

The lockdown may turn out to be one of the worst policy mistakes in American economic history. If so, it prompts the question: Did we really need to shutter our powerful economic machine to control the virus?

It sure doesn’t look that way. Not only will we be saddled with lower incomes, lost revenues and trillion-dollar deficits for years to come as a result of the lockdown and uncontrolled government spending, but working Americans who had made such nice economic gains in recent years will start slipping down the income ladder.

That will lead to a tragic, but sadly predictable, uptick in depression, drug use, alcohol abuse and suicide, among other outcomes, as we recently wrote. It may well be those, and not COVID-19 deaths, will be the lasting, tragic legacy of the Wuhan virus.

To repeat: It’s time we ended this insane national lockdown, if only to restore some sense of normalcy to America. And maybe save tens of thousands of lives while we’re at it.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Red Wave Coming? GOP Sweeps Election in Virginia Democratic Stronghold

By Ellie Bufkin|

Source: AP Photo/Steve Helber

With the November general election less than six months away, results of local and special elections are giving an eye-opening preview of possible voter behavior. While recent polls still show Democratic hopefuls, including presumed presidential nominee Joe Biden, edging out their Republican counterparts in competitive parts of the country, actual ballots are telling a very different story. 

Special congressional elections in California and Wisconsin this month both yielded Republican victors after Democrats launched strong campaigns in other races. In California, Republican Mike Garcia beat Democrat Christy Smith by almost 10 points after receiving 10,000 fewer votes in the primary election just two months earlier. Garcia replaced Democrat Katie Hill, who resigned at the end of 2019, flipping a California House seat from blue to red for the first time in more than 20 years. 

As stunning as Garcia's resounding victory for Republicans in California was, however, a shocking GOP blowout in the Staunton, Virginia city council election this week has given Democrats a reason to be alarmed. 

Like many cities in Virginia through the last several years, Staunton has trended toward liberal candidates in national and municipal elections, supporting Barack Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 elections, and Hillary Clinton in 2016. The city also helped buoy Democratic governors Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam to victory in the past two gubernatorial elections while consistently electing a majority of Democrats to the city council.

Following the 2019 'Blue Wave' in Virginia legislature elections, however, residents of Staunton, which is supported in large part by private liberal arts college Mary Baldwin, came out in droves to support Republicans this week. Three Democratic council members lost to their Republican challengers in an unprecedented sweep by the GOP with a voter turn out that smashed previous election cycles. 

More than 17,000 votes were cast in the in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats. The last Staunton election for all four members was in 2016 in which fewer than 7,000 votes were cast. One Virginia political analyst, Chris Graham, of the Augusta Free Press described the results as "stunning almost beyond words."

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout "more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls," according to Graham. 

Following the 2019 Virginia election in which Democrats took control of the state senate and the House of Delegates, liberal policy pushes by local lawmakers and Governor Northam have soured residents of the state on many Democrats. Anti-gun legislation signed by Northam earlier this year drew massive protests in the state capital of Richmond and have drawn a line in the sand between residents and progressive lawmakers. 

Northam also angered Virginians at the onset of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic in the state, becoming one of the first Democratic governors to enact strict lockdown orders and called for a shutdown into mid-June just weeks into the crisis. He has since eased on his stringent orders for the state, but as he keeps the most populous counties in the northern part of the state on continued restriction and continues with a very slowly phased reopening plan everyone else, criticism against him remains at a fever pitch. 

Election analysts and representatives of the August County Republican Committee agree that the unpopular gun legislation and Northam's response to COVID-19 factored into the GOP shellacking in Staunton this week. 

"I’m rarely shocked by something that happens in politics, but I have to admit, I didn’t see this one happening," Graham said in a post-election analysis. 

"This turning point for the city shows that the citizens want a change in their government," Austin Armentrout of the ACRC told Townhall. "Many people are getting involved in politics and making their voices heard around our country, and it is resulting in Republican victories. The Staunton City Council Election was one of many in the Commonwealth of Virginia that show a growing momentum for Republican candidates that will carry through into November when President Donald Trump and Congressman Ben Cline [R-VA 06] are re-elected."

With Republican victories in California and Virginia already on the books for 2020, Democratic Party operatives will be forced to look at how to reach voters clearly frustrated with state lockdowns that are almost entirely perpetuated by Democratic governors. Likewise, Democratic congressional candidates and incumbents must stand behind their actions during the last two years in which they pushed an unfounded impeachment of the president and blocked attempts to help Americans during the pandemic. 

The trouncing in Staunton, a city that has supported almost every Democrat for more than 15 years, is a bellwether that Democrats across the country would be foolish to ignore. 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

NAACP blasts Joe Biden's claim that it endorsed him every time he’s run for office


NAACP President Derrick Johnson (pictured) said in a statement that the organization does not endorse political candidates at any level

During an interview with Charlamagne tha God, Biden claimed the NAACP has endorsed him each time he's run for office

The statement comes in response to comments the presumptive Democratic nominee made Friday during an 18-minute interview with radio host Charlamagne tha God on The Breakfast Club.  

Biden claimed that the NAACP has supported him each time he's run for office in an attempt to prove his consistency in supporting the black community.   

'Take a look at my record. I extended the Voting Rights Act for 25 years. I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP’s endorsed me every time I’ve run,' said Biden.

'Take a look at the record.' 

But Johnson assured in his statement that 'the NAACP has one mission and that is fighting for and advancing our Black communities towards an equitable reality.' 

Charlamagne was angered that people talked about how the coronavirus was devastating the black community but failed to talk about 'health issues stemming from systemic racism that has never been fixed.'

The radio host then turned his critique directly to Biden. He slammed Biden's work on the 1994 crime bill, which many have critiqued for its effects on mass incarceration, especially for African Americans. 

Photo: Biden pictured with Bill Clinton during the signing ceremony for the bill

'Like I said before if you have created legislation that has hurt then you have to create legislation that helps, it's just that simple,' Charlamagne continued. 'The whole system needs to be dismantled and rebuilt and he has been a very intricate part of that system.

'Whether you're talking about '84 with the mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealers, when you talk about '86 with crack laws that gave you more time for crack cocaine and powder cocaine, or if you talk about the '94 crime bill.        

'He really was one of the people on the front lines when it came to the War on Drugs, and mass incarceration. If he wants to be president, he needs to fix that.' 

Following the passage of the federal crime bill in 1994, incarceration rates climbed for 14 years, according to the ACLU. Many have slammed Biden's work on the bill to contributing to some of the disparities still impacting many today.

Biden apologized to black business leaders for telling the popular radio show host that he 'ain't black' if he can't discern the better presidential candidate between Biden and President Trump. 

'I should not have been so cavalier. I've never, never, ever taken the African-American community for granted,' Biden said, according to the Associated Press. 'I shouldn't have been such a wise guy.' 

Biden added that, 'No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, their religion, their background,' on a conference call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce Friday afternoon.

Among those who criticized Biden for what he said was Diddy, tweeting, 'Aye bruh @JoeBiden I already told you the #BlackVoteAintFree.' 

President Trump and his surrogates also took advantage of Biden's gaffe.   

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Dem Strategist Wrongly Assumes Two Black Models Won't Vote for Trump

By Bronson Stocking |

Source: Twitter/Screenshot

The media's liberal bias is always apparent, but especially after a Democrat does or says something so horrific that it would constitute political-suicide if a Republican had done or said the same thing. A good example of this is Joe Biden's recent comments that black voters who support President Trump "ain't black." 

Instead of calling Biden a "racist," exploring "links" between Biden and the Klan, and bringing "experts" on to "de-code" Biden's "dog whistles" to white supremacists everywhere, when it's a Democrat in hot water, the liberal media frame the discussion as "Republicans pounce," or, in this instance, "THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN CAPITALIZES ON BIDEN'S REMARKS," as the CBS News chyron read on Sunday. 

The big news covered by CBS is not Biden's racist comments but how the Trump campaign is responding to those racist comments. 

"Within hours they had these t-shirts, 'you ain't black,' that were on sale at the president's online store," a CBS host asked Democratic strategist Joel Payne, as pictures of two black models wearing the Trump campaign's t-shirts appeared on the screen. "The campaign has confirmed a million-dollar ad blitz against the former vice president. Ads have already begun circulating online within hours. How does the Biden camp combat these kind of aggressive moves particularly online by the Trump campaign?"

The Democratic strategist answered by questioning whether the two models wearing the campaign's t-shirts would actually vote for President Trump. 

"It's so interesting, the two models you showed showing those shirts, I wonder if they would actually vote for Donald Trump. That might be a good question for an industrious journalist to dig into," said Payne. 

Well, not much digging was needed as both models happen to be full-time staff members for the Trump campaign. 

Payne must be so wrapped up in identity politics that he can't even imagine two black people, wearing pro-Trump t-shirts, might actually vote for President Trump, much less work on his campaign. 

Here's the embarrassing moment, or, as the liberal media would put it, here's the Trump campaign capitalizing on Payne's comments: 

Following the CBS News segment, Trump campaign Senior Adviser Katrina Pierson confirmed that both individuals were full-time staff members on the Trump team. 



MAY 22, 2020

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, made the following statement about a remark by former Vice President Joe Biden during his Friday morning interview on “The Breakfast Club.”

“Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about the NAACP’s endorsement. We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level. Persons affiliated with the NAACP at the national, state, and local levels are free to make candidate endorsements in a personal capacity, but they do not reflect support by the NAACP as an organization. The NAACP has one mission and that is fighting for and advancing our Black communities towards an equitable reality. Our primary focus at this moment is to ensure that our communities that have been victims of domestic terrorism and disproportionately impacted by this pandemic have the opportunity to cast their powerful vote come November.”


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas at


Photo from Aidan (Thanks to Jim Diehl, Gathering of Eagles)

the Gathering of Eagles)

The S.S Jeremiah O'Brien, named for an Irish-born American Revolutionary War hero, and one of the last of the hundreds of Liberty Ships produced during WWII, silhouetted by the great fire today on Pier 45.  She has a triple-expansion steam engine which took her back to the Normandy beaches as the only full-size ship to return there after fifty years.


They Gave Two Lives

President Reagan gave this speech at Arlington National Cemetery in 1985. I hope this will help people to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day. May those that have fallen in the fight for freedom Rest In Peace and may their families know that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

No Matter Who Biden Picks, His Running Mate Will Be A ‘Karen’

By J. Frank Bullitt | I&I Editorial

We’re still at least a month away from Joe Biden announcing who his running mate will be for the 2020 election. It’s hard to tell which way he’s leaning, but no matter who he chooses, it will be “Karen.”

Applying “Karen” as a pejorative is not as fresh as it might seem. Some uses of the name to describe a spiteful, unpleasant woman go back maybe as far as three decades. But the name has been more widely used as a cultural meme in recent months.

With apologies to those named Karen but aren’t “Karens,” a “Karen” in 2020 is, “an entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman,” says Wikipedia says a Karen “displays aggressive behavior when she is obstructed from getting her way.” She often wants to “speak to the manager” because it’s her nature to complain, hector, and rage. During the pandemic, we’ve seen Karens all over, screeching and nagging about masks, social distancing (both for and against it and on occasion taking both sides simultaneously), and any conduct she doesn’t agree with.

A Karen is a tattletale and a snob, mean girl who got older but didn’t grow up. And her defining traits, bullying, a desire to subjugate others, and rank hypocrisy, fit snugly with progressive-left politics.

Biden, guided by the identity politics of his party, has promised that his choice for running mate will be a woman. It’s said he’s looking hard at five candidates, at least, and maybe as many as eight. So who makes up this field of possibilities?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Maybe the most Karen of them all. Given the pulpit of a vice presidential candidate, and, Heaven help us, possibly the soapbox of the vice presidency, she will constantly howl about economic inequality, Wall Street, profit, and just about any principle that has made America the exceptional nation it is.

“She is a nag. A scold. An ideologue,” law professor Michael Greve wrote in 2012 when Warren was running for U.S. senator in Massachusetts. “An advocate of a nanny state beyond a Swedish socialist’s wildest imagination. A bureaucratic Bruegel who paints an America of victims — pathetic figures in a landscape of unremitting hostility. Also, professor Warren is an economic idiot.”

Sen. Kamala Harris. The junior senator from California isn’t white, but she does relish managing the lives of others, as does any good Karen. She’s also an unpleasant person. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson says “Harris embodies everything that is grating and unlikable about” progressive-left politicians, who are “mindless children of privilege who sneer at those below them for not obeying.”

“As California attorney general, she and her staff fought to uphold wrongful convictions and prevent potentially exculpatory evidence from coming to light (as has been well documented),” the Washington Monthly reported last year.

And while she “sells herself as a girl from Oakland who grew up to fight powerful interests,” it’s been revealed “that Harris relied on San Francisco elites and cushy appointments from her then boyfriend, former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, to power her political rise.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The Minnesota Democrat has a reputation of being cruel to her staff members. If she’s abusive to the people she’s closest to, how much worse would she treat the more than 325 million Americans she doesn’t know, if she had that chance?

The New York Times said that many of her former aides “say she was not just demanding but often dehumanizing — not merely a tough boss in a capital full of them but the steward of a work environment colored by volatility, highhandedness and distrust.”

According to Politico, “former staffers portray her as a brutal boss who mistreated them.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The coronavirus pandemic has shown the country just who the Michigan chief executive really is.

“Whitmer to Michigan: Stay Home and Shut Up,” reads a headline of a recent Debra Saunders column. Saunders suggests Whitmer should have a shirt made for herself that says “Nanny state scold.”

Michael Walsh, writing in the Epoch Times, identified Whitmer as one of several governors who have been “acting like petty tyrants as they unconstitutionally restrict personal freedom, religious observance, and the right to free association – over what is essentially a nursing-home disease that strikes the very elderly.”

Whitmer also threatened to extend her stay-at-home orders if the protests at the capitol against her heavy-handed approach continued. Hillsdale College professor Paul Rahe says the governor has “punitive instincts” and her pandemic policy “is nothing less than tyrannical.”

Others who’ve been mentioned as possibilities – Catherine Cortez Masto, one of Nevada’s U.S. senators; New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham; Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin; Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth; and Georgia governor-in-her-mind Stacey Abrams, to name a few – are no better. The Democratic Party is an assembly of Karens. That’s who it attracts. So it doesn’t matter which prospect Biden chooses. He gets a Karen.

For those who would complain that our editorial is sexist, we counter that with, one, Biden limited himself when he promised to choose a female running mate, so there are no men to criticize, and, two, there are male Karens out there, they just don’t have a name yet. We suggest Barack.

Friday, May 22, 2020

BET co-founder blasts Biden over comments on black voters: 'Arrogant and out-of-touch attitude'

BET co-founder Robert L. Johnson had a blistering reaction to Joe Biden's remarks that have sparked accusations of racism regarding how black Americans vote in the upcoming election.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee raised eyebrows during an interview with Charlamagne tha God on the radio show "The Breakfast Club" as he defended his record with the black community.

“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden said.

Johnson slammed the former vice president and suggested he apologize to "every black person he meets."

"Vice President Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell Black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not Black unless they vote for him," Johnson told Fox News. "This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though, we as Black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets."

Later Friday, Biden walked back those remarks during a conversation with black business leaders, stopping short of a full apology.

"I've never ever taken the African-American community for granted, had their support ... I shouldn't have been such a wise guy. I shouldn't have been so cavalier," Biden said. "I don't take it for granted at all, and no one, no one should have to vote for any party, based on their race or religion or background."

This walk back is a shift from what the statement Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders issued earlier in the day, insisting that Biden's remarks were "in jest."

The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period.

Biden's remarks sparked condemnation from the Trump campaign, Republican lawmakers, and supporters of his former primary competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders.

However, it's unclear whether some prominent black groups will weigh in on the controversy. Fox News has reached out to the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus for comment.

Fox News' Bret Baier, Paul Steinhauser, Madeleine Rivera, Allie Raffa, Marisa Schultz, and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.



Liberal professor says Biden interview 'shows how Democrats take Black votes for granted'

By Sam Dorman | Fox News

Liberal professor and commentator Marc Lamont Hill had some biting criticism for Democrats on Friday as former Vice President Joe Biden faced backlash for suggesting black voters weren't authentically black if they supported President Trump.

"Joe Biden’s comments demonstrate how Democrats take Black votes for granted," tweeted Hill, who hosts BET News. "It’s sad how often Democratic candidates become indignant when asked about an actual Black agenda. His response, whatever his intention, was reflective of a broader and deeper problem."

He also called Biden out for previous comments he made about Republicans trying to put black people "back in chains." For Hill, Biden's "smug and condescending" interview that day had broader implications for the way black people related to Democrats.

"This Joe Biden interview is precisely why we gotta stop giving White people 'invitations to the cookout' or fictive kinship status like 'uncle.' We can no longer applaud and reward liberal white people for showing basic decency or, worse, merely hiding their racism."

Hill's comments represented just some of the many attacks on Biden's remarks. “I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden said during an epsiode of "The Breakfast Club" on Friday.

Biden's comments created a media firestorm, prompting leading political figures to criticize him.

"He truly believes that he, a 77-year-old white man, should dictate how Black people should behave,” Trump senior adviser Katrina Pierson said in a statement.

Biden's record on race came under scrutiny earlier in the campaign season when he defended working with segregationist senators. He also notably described then-Sen. Barack Obama as "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean."

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser, Allie Raffa, and Madeleine Rivera contributed to this report.

Sam Dorman is a reporter with Fox News. You can follow him on Facebook here.