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Never-Trumper GOPers: Wake Up! It’s Trump Or Anarcho-Socialism

By Cathi Chamberlain 

This may come as a surprise to Republicans who have been sabotaging our President since the day he announced his candidacy over five years ago, your party couldn’t have won without him. Not in 2016. And, certainly not in 2020. 

I’m intentionally not directing this message to those on the left. We know how hard they’ve worked to overthrow Trump. They have their political reasons, some justifiable, others not so much. But their idol, Saul Alinsky, teaches them that war must be won by any means necessary. And, they’ve learned well.

Rather, I’m talking directly to the GOP establishment. Those who’ve been working from within the White House, and from without, to undermine our President every step of the way. I’m angry with you. From whoever wrote the pompous op-ed in the New York Times under the pseudonym “Anonymous” to those Republicans who allowed the phony witch hunt to progress relatively unimpeded.

As former Attorney General Jeff Sessions tries to retake his old Senate seat in Alabama, he wants voters to believe that he did everything allowable under the law to protect our President. He says he had no other choice but to recuse himself when the Dems pressured him to do so. Really? I beg to differ. 

At the very least he had an obligation to advise Trump against choosing him as Attorney General precisely because Sessions had a possible conflict of interest. But, he didn’t do that. Instead, he took the job then buckled under the left’s demands without as much as a whimper. He cowered.

The once-respected Senator from Arizona, John McCain, has always been a difficult target to criticize. Who relishes denigrating a Vietnam War POW, after all? Trump did and lost the support of many veterans. Yet, we now know McCain as having been the tie-breaking thumbs down vote to repeal Obamacare. I wrote about the many questionable acts made by the Senator during his career in my March 30, 2019 blog entitled, “McCain, Hero or Traitor?” I, too, lost some veteran friends after writing that. While I wouldn’t call McCain a “coward”, his many betrayals of conservative principles over the years is hard to ignore, if one wants to be truthful.

More egregious was McCain’s eagerness to share the fake Steele dossier with the FBI. It was a betrayal of his own party. Of course he understood that. He didn’t go to his party’s President to get the story straight. He went under the radar to deliver it where it would cause the most damage.

Both McCain and his wife announced their refusal to support Trump in 2016 shortly before the elections. Nothing has changed today. His wife and daughter have recently indicated they won’t vote for Trump in 2020, either. Who, exactly, do they think they are hurting?

When General Mattis, backed by other globalist military officers, accused the President of causing the division resulting in rioting and looting of our cities today, typical RINO Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney jumped on the anti-Trump bandwagon.

Such betrayals and cowardice by the above-mentioned are almost understandable. At least these politicians have been open with their opinions. And, they ought to all be voted out of the party. At least they give voters that option. It’s the insidious Republican GOP establishment cowards that I’m most angry with.

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It’s no secret, for those who’ve read my book or heard my speeches, that I was a diehard Independent-registered voter prior to Donald J. Trump entering the political landscape. As I write in the prologue of Rules for Deplorables: A Primer for Fighting Radical Socialism, I would not have become a Republican had it not been for him entering the race. And, I’m hardly an anomaly.

As an indoctrinated Democrat during my fifteen years living in Los Angeles during the eighties and nineties, I began my move to the center once Ross Perot’s ideology sunk in. I remained an Independent for the next 23 years. I grew ever more disillusioned with the Dems’ dirty fighting and ever-increasing lack of principles and ethics. But, I couldn’t bring myself to become a Republican either. My reasons varied, but were mostly because I failed to see much unity in the party. The truth is, as an insider now, it seems even worse.

Most alarmingly, I’ve witnessed GOP “old guard” Republicans fighting Republican Trump loyalists over the most idiotic of reasons. Do they not see what trouble our country is in? Have they no idea that Election Day 2020 will determine whether our country remains free-market or socialist? Are they unaware that, should Republicans lose in November, the Democrats will ensure that a fair vote will never again be recorded? It will not just be a loss for Trump. It will be the end of America. And, for certain, it will spell the death of the Republican Party. Please tell me you Republicans are not so obsessed with power that you are missing that very obvious point. 

Recently, I received notice from a Republican leader telling me to no longer post another Republican leader’s articles on Facebook. I was dumbfounded. As it turned out, she felt the latter was too harsh in his push back of the left’s support of Antifa’s and the Black Lives Matters’ militant tactics and language. He let it be known. I deemed it refreshing and much-needed. That his straight-from-the-hip strategy would pit a fellow Republican against him was alarming enough. That she would air her grievance publicly via the local newspaper was appalling to me. Indeed, it was a good reminder why I had remained an Independent for so long.

In my book, I explain Alinsky’s tactics by using current events. His book, Rules for Radicals, was written in the early seventies and includes thirteen tactics for the left to use against Conservatives in an effort to transform America to socialism. It was a blockbuster then and remains in many colleges today indoctrinating our kids to hate this country. 

My book relates how Democrats use those tactics against Trump and Republicans. Some Republicans use them, too. Not against the Dems, except for some notable Congressmen like Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, Marsha Blackburn, and a few others. Rather, many use it against their own, including against President Trump.

The usual suspects are Romney and Murkowski. But, the truly disappointing Representatives are those who pick and choose arguments with the President specifically to make political points in their home districts or for future power grabs. They couch their anti-Trump positions with absurdly indefensible arguments supposedly centered on “ethics” or “principles”. They’ve evidently never learned that the left follows Alinsky’s eleven rules of ethics, too. One rule dictates that if the goal to be achieved is of utmost important, ethics can be thrown out the window.

Trump fights the left using Alinsky tactics and rules of ethics. It’s exactly why he is so popular with the American people. When he punches back, we thank him for it while many in his own party deride him for being “unpresidential”. That’s idiotic. The only way we will save our country from the corrupt globalists who are nearing success at destroying America is to punch back.

Every time Republicans side with Democrats in criticizing Trump, or against each other, they empower the left. They believe this is “business as usual”. It’s not. If they understood that socialism would be the end result should the Dems win in November, they’d back Trump 100% of the time with 100% of his proclamations, actions, and tweets. There’d be no disparity within the party. Instead, they are playing their infantile, cowardice games of immediate gratification.

The absolute epitome of Republican weak-kneed decision-making happened the week leading up to Independence Day. The current battle being fought in the streets of America involves rioters controlled by the left and law enforcement backed by Trump. As our history is being rewritten before our eyes, with the tearing down of statues and renaming of streets, several lawmakers proved their supreme cowardice.

Juneteenth, the official commemoration day of the emancipation of slaves, was barely mentioned by former President Obama, if ever. Yet, as the left has been using the death of George Floyd as their flashpoint for division, several Republicans have bowed to pressure from a minority of constituents. According to Breitbart, “Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is up for reelection this year, sponsored a bipartisan bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.” 

Not to be out-pandered, Republican Senators Ron Johnson and James Lankford decided that the cost of adding a new holiday must be off-set by the elimination of another. They chose Columbus Day. Could they have been more transparently appeasing?

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Contrast their bone-headed capitulation to the left’s never-ending demands to President Trump’s decisive move to deliver a powerful speech in front of Mount Rushmore. In it, he beseeched all Americans to stand strong against the left’s erasure of our history and destruction of our monuments. There could not have been a starker difference between his pro-America platform and the Republican establishment’s pro-self, destructive behavior. These Senators should be ashamed of themselves.

The Republican Party has consisted of puppets of the left’s master plan to destroy America for decades. Because of men like Lankford, Johnson, Cornyn and others just like them, our country is in tatters today. These Republicans are weak compromisers. We are on the precipice of losing our country for God’s sake. Trump understands that and is doing everything he can to unite Americans behind him. Will we wake up before it’s too late?

From the moment Trump entered the White House, never-Trumpers and self-aggrandizing Republicans have been sabotaging our President. They are either globalists or are simply putting their careers above the survival of our country. Either way, they’re quickly losing the respect of the very Americans who would consider siding with them. What these betrayers don’t seem to understand is that Trump supporters aren’t Republican die-hards anymore, even if they’ve been registered to that party their entire lives. Trump supporters are Make-America-Great-Again believers first and foremost. As such, they back the President 100%.

If it’s one thing Trump-supporting Republicans and Independents and many, many newly-transformed Democrats have earned throughout Trump’s presidency, it’s that politicians of both sides have failed them. And, Trump has not.

Here is the cold, hard truth Republicans: if you don’t unite behind Trump before the election, and he loses, you can kiss your party goodbye. If the “old guard” establishment doesn’t reach out to Trump supporters in a more united, welcoming way, they will lose in the end. If they don’t stop their immature internal bickering over the small stuff, they will lose. If they do not figure out that this election is about saving our country from socialism, their party will be no more.

While these lukewarm Trump backers complain about Trump’s tweets often and harshly, this tweet on July 3rd from our President sums up the state of our union: “My fellow Americans, it is time to speak up loudly, strongly, and powerfully—and defend the integrity of our country.”

Fellow Republicans, as someone who has toured the state of Florida for the past year speaking about the dangers of losing our country to socialism, trust me when I say our party is in danger. Contrary to what you may believe, it is not a party of Republican die-hards. A majority of your party today are Trump loyalists who are tired of those within your ranks who put personal ambitions over Trump.

I feel I speak for many like-minded voters when I plead with you now to reign in those who are refusing to line up 100% behind our President in order to save our country. He is urging Americans to “speak up loudly, strong, and powerfully”. For doing so, no Republican should ever be silenced, ridiculed, or targeted, least not by another Republican.

To you Republican establishment “old guard” who don’t believe we are facing the grave danger of becoming socialist should we lose the upcoming election, I promise you this: if Trump does not win in November, you will never earn my vote again. I’m begging you now to unite, before it’s too late.

Cathi Chamberlain, aka The Deplorable Author and founder of The Deplorable Report, is a four-time start-up business owner, published author of a self-help book featured on CNN worldwide and owner of the nation’s first all-female construction company. She is a sought-after political speaker and has been a regular contributor on the Salem Media Radio Network. In her book, “Rules for Deplorables: A Primer for Fighting Radical Socialism,” Cathi heavily references Saul Alinsky’s 1970’s blockbuster book, “Rules for Radicals.” She is currently on her “Florida Deplorable Book Tour.” Contact her for your next speaking event at [email protected]


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Pennsylvania Governor Uses Virus Scare To Institute Socialism Measures

by Kimberly Kennedy

“The plea of necessity, that eternal argument of all conspirators.”
— William Henry Harrison, 9th U.S. President

Back on Jan. 15, 2020, I told a group of business owners at a Rotary meeting that freedom for the everyday citizen is in the hands of those who control their economic destiny. The enemy of Marxism is a population who have understanding based on truth. The following has just happened within the past couple of weeks.

Gov. Tom Wolf issued an executive order, dated April 8, 2020, allowing for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with Commonwealth agencies to “commandeer… personal protective equipment, pharmaceuticals, and other medical resources located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” 

The Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association responded with the following blistering statement:

“As with his business closure decree of March 19, the Governor’s order came with no warning and no input from employers. The order is excessive, considering that the National Association of Manufacturers has been surveying inventories for weeks. The order is unwarranted, as PMA and other business groups have been working with DCED to establish a portal for manufacturers to retool to fight the pandemic. The order is contradictory because it conflicts with established protocols between Pennsylvania health care institutions. All of these failings could have been corrected if the Governor or his front office staff had sought input from the stakeholders who actually understand these issues.

“Many manufacturers in Pennsylvania are retooling and assisting in the efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic despite Governor Wolf’s best efforts to shut down supply chains and distribution networks. Having our commonwealth’s manufacturers inventory all personal protective equipment, pharmaceuticals, and other medical supplies for state-directed ‘commandeering’ adds uncertainty, complexity, and anxiety to an already strained relationship between the private sector and state government.

 “Governor Wolf’s overreaching and extra-constitutional executive order threatens the foundation of the market response needed to battle the COVID-19 pandemic in our commonwealth and across the nation. We call on Governor Wolf to rescind this executive order immediately.”

Gov. Wolf is violating the Pennsylvania State Constitution as Section 12(c) forbids the suspending of laws and Section 32.1 states that the General Assembly shall pass no local law or special law regulating the affairs of counties, cities, townships, wards, boroughs or school districts. Is the Governor aware of the efforts of organizations such as PMA and their advanced experience to deal with such a crisis as opposed to government takeover? What kind of relationship does he have with the private sector? The private sector should be the friend of government to assist in such circumstances, and be a friend to the citizens to help keep government power in check. Overreaches like this are happening in other states.  

These are classic Marxist tactics to nationalize business and thus control the money flow, which means controlling people. There is no reason for this overreach. Why not work alongside private industry and let their expertise guide in this situation? Look to history and send out warning sirens to those around you. 

The integral relationship between liberty in general and freedom in the economic realm is a reality.  F.A. Hayek states in his book, The Road to Serfdom, Economic Control and Totalitarianism:

The authority directing all economic activity would control not merely the part of our lives which is concerned with inferior things; it would control the allocation of the limited means for all our ends. And whoever controls all economic activity controls the means for all our ends and must therefore decide which are to be satisfied and which not. This is really the crux of the matter.

A modern-day example of the above is Venezuela. This country was once the world’s leading exporter of oil. They were a prosperous nation and the people were self-sufficient. After Chavez came into office, oil workers went on strike and he replaced them with workers loyal to him. This resulted in inexperienced oil workers and a government who had no idea how to run this business soon. It was soon run in into the ground. 

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We are told by some “experts” that there is no connection between economic liberty and civil liberties. History tells a different reality. As everyday items for living became scarce, the government took control of regulating electricity, food, toilet tissue, etc. Long lines and selective processes for getting necessities ensued. For the everyday citizen, life was all about surviving.  

I say this as in early April I drove through King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, a prosperous suburb of Philadelphia, observing long lines outside a grocery store and employees telling people when they could enter and how long they could stay. This is a great time to remind people again about the virtue of self-government (don’t buy ALL the toilet tissue) and help them to learn how some in government use fear to grab power. 

As George Bailey tried to explain to his frightened customers in It’s A Wonderful Life, we are responding in fear to this economic crisis and Potter isn’t. He’s buying and we are selling and he’s getting some great bargains. We are acting in fear and Potter is not. I would say the same about some of my fellow Americans based on what I’ve heard and read. 

In Pennsylvania, I’ve not seen the state government demonstrate that they are more capable to handle this crisis than the private sector.  I suggest that citizens in Pennsylvania and from all around the country contact their local representatives and tell them they need to be included in the decision making before decisions are made. Let’s dust off our state Constitutions and read them over to be sure they are being heeded. Liberty hinges on it. 

Don’t tell yourself that when things go back to normal, control will go back to the private sector. Once again, history is not kind to that idea. Guard your liberty zealously.  

Kimberly Kennedy is Founder of Restoretheculture.org and can be reached at [email protected]


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EXPLAINED: Why Democrats Are Generationally Blind To The Spectacular Failure of Socialism

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

In full deference to the Iron Lady, that’s not the only problem. That is a functional reality of socialism’s practical doom. But at its core, socialism is a violation of elemental human nature that desires to build, innovate, expand and improve life — the same nature that drives parents to be always working towards a better future for their children.

Socialism denies that elemental nature and so not only dooms itself to eventual self-destruction, but creates enormous misery en route. This has been demonstrated in every country where it has been substantially put in place, from the Soviet Union to Cuba to Vietnam to Cambodia to Angola to Venezuela.

Yet for many — from college campuses to Reddit fever swamps to now much of the Democratic Party’s leadership — socialism still holds a dreamy-eyed allure. They passionately to angrily believe the world would be dramatically better if socialism supplanted capitalism. This defies not only human nature, but also all historical experience. And yet it persists at amazing and growing levels.

The reason: Democrats don’t work on an operational assumption of immutable human nature, or even increasingly in the reality of science. They operate in an arena that combines emotional utopianism (socialism) with just flat emotional make-believe (there are 112 genders.)

Communism, the maturity of socialism, officially rejects God, because the supreme deity is the State. It is hard to against the idea that the leadership of the Democratic Party gives some lip-service to God and church, but philosophically has jettisoned anything remotely tethered to the Christianity of the Bible. Kill God and then create a new “reality” based in what feels good.

This is a continual trend on the philosophical left.

So let’s start with defining socialism, no small task really because part of the current Democratic/media task is to redefine socialism as having nothing to do with every social failure that has existed in history — which is every attempt at socialism in history.

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” — Winston Churchill

Socialist ideology defined

Wikipedia has a fair if somewhat dry definition of socialism, summarized as being a range of economic and social systems characterised by social ownership and control of every aspect of production. Social ownership includes public, collective, or cooperative ownership.

Means of production is the key. The means of production is essentially anything that is not human that is part of an economy. In socialism, the means of producing everything are in the hands of the “everyone.” There are no individual property rights, there is no individual ownership. Everything is owned by the collective, the hive, an economic Star Trek Borg 100 percent antithetical to the founders and the Constitution.

Socialism grew out of pre-Marxist ideologies that saw the inherent problems with feudalism. But it’s popularity exploded with Karl Marx and others as the industrial revolution took hold in the 1800s and abuses of the low-end labor pool grew exponentially at the same time wealth did. Socialism was a response to that by upending the entire system.

People power. But not person power.

Merriam-Webster defines socialism as “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.” Google defines socialism as “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” Alexis de Tocqueville

What it looks like in reality

The Russian Revolution of 1917 led to the largest experiment in socialism. The doey-eyed utopianism of Trotsky led to the authoritarianism of Lenin which led to the brutal tyranny of Stalin and the soul-crushing Communist Soviet Union.

That story is pretty well known but also a well-worn path for every socialist experiment, albeit it was on maybe the largest scale.

Cuba was the people’s revolution heralding in a communistic state that was ruled with an iron fist by Fidel Castro, just as Stalin, Khrushchev and the rest did in the Soviet Union. That was a thriving little island economically, but it was not hugely free and it was not a democracy. The income disparities and relative poverty in large swaths fueled Castro’s form of socialism and people followed him.

Venezuela is the most recent example. Due to its oil wealth, Venezuela had the highest per capita GDP in South America in 2005. It had not been well run and was fairly corrupt and incompetent at the government level. But it was still the best and richest in South America — a continent known for corruption and incompetence in government.

In 2005, President Hugo Chavez took the country in a deep socialist direction. He began nationalizing industries such as oil companies and the media — natural steps for socialism — and started transferring large sums to the poor. The results are truly epic. Venezuela now has a totally collapsed economy with starvation and the lack of basic infrastructure becoming more common. A failure on an amazing level.

In an explanation of Venezuela’s collapse, Bloomberg noted: “The last years of Chavez — he died of cancer in 2013 — and the first under his handpicked successor Nicolas Maduro have been a time of unparalleled fiscal profligacy.”

But that is always the case in socialism. Massive government debt driven by a declining economy — a common side effect of socialism — and huge welfare spending generated hyper-inflation has made the country the poorest in South America. In eight years it went from the richest to the poorest by pivoting sharply to socialism.

“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.” Ronald Reagan

Capitalism’s inequality “problem”

Capitalism is duty-bound to create inequality in wealth. Some people are just great at making money. Some are great at making things. Some are clever and some are lucky (think Mark Zuckerberg.) Those generally do very well in capitalism. Many others are simply hard workers and they often do well, though in more of a middle class sort of way — which in America is beyond kingly from just 150 years ago.

Other people are bad at making money and worse at money management. Others are not clever and some are unlucky. Some are just lazy. These all do relatively poorly in capitalism.

Relatively.

The question is whether inequalities are bad if all or most boats are being lifted, just some lifted higher than others. In the United States, the poorest 10 percent of people are better off than the richest 10 percent in any third world or developing nation. But Forbes points out an Economist chart that shows that America’s poor are better off than most of Europe’s poor, including better off than in far more socialist countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, France, Great Britain and Italy.

This is worth noting because those are considered social democratic nations by the likes of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But they are actually capitalistic countries with free markets, but a heavy overlay of social welfare programs.

While they are often heralded as examples for America to follow, it seems like the trade-off of inequality is worth it for the rising quality of life of the poor — unless envy trumps quality of life, which is what socialist-espousing politicians play on. It’s why class warfare must precede socialism, as it did with Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro, so it does with many in the Democratic Party.

China is the largest socialist/communist country and struggled with universal poverty for decades after its revolution. But as it instituted capitalism’s free market reforms beginning in the 1980s — while retaining its authoritarianism, and socialist structure in name anyway — China’s economy began booming and is now second only to the United States. Capitalism did that. But it also created the inevitable inequalities.

Vietnam became socialist/communist after the Vietnam War. The country was already a disaster from the long war, but socialism provided no means for pulling it out. In recent years, the leadership has instituted more capitalist-based market reforms, a la China. That has begun creating more wealth for the country, but it is mostly flowing into a few hands — starting with those most connected to government leadership.

So capitalism works everywhere to generate more wealth. But it will always be unequal. Socialism equalizes, but does so by making everyone but those in charge poorer.

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” Thomas Sowell

What it might look like in America

What happened in Venezuela is instructive, because it is similar to Cuba and even the Soviet Union, although every situation will have its unique dynamics.

In a vision of what the first steps toward socialism would look like in the United States, Democrats are running variously on platforms of free government-run single-payer healthcare, free college, expanded Social Security and more. Of course, the beginning, as a bad as that would be for the American middle class, is never the ending with socialism.

To pay for it — and this is where Thatcher is just so right — Democrats would dramatically increase taxes by trillions of dollars. In fact, they frequently speak of tax increases alone to pay for all of the nationalized healthcare. That’s just taking other people’s money on a more massive scale, and would due to the math require a giant middle class tax increase.

These proposals were only a small step toward full-blown utopian socialism. A totally predictable outcome would be that the high taxes would start slowing the economy, necessitating more tax increases, which would further slow the economy. You see the spiral.

The tax increases would never keep up with the expenses being run up in national healthcare, free college, expanded Social Security and the host of further steps that would ultimately be taken. The United States would not be immune to the immutable laws of economics and human nature. Eventually, we would succumb — as has every other nation.

Socialism is a siren song to the idealistic, the frustrated and the naive. But it is a fool’s errand. It requires ignoring known reality and supplanting it with a make-believe utopianism — which is the precise groundwork being laid by the 2019 Democratic Party in line with leftists for the past 150 years. Presumably, if right-thinking Americans prevail again in this battle, it will erupt again in 30 years or so.

Socialism’s end is the proverbial pack of wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner. There is a new sheep member each dinner until there are no more sheep, and the remaining wolves starve.

And you have Venezuela. Or Cuba. Or Vietnam. Or the Soviet Union.

(This is a vastly updated version of an article was first published at The Revolutionary Act on May 15, 2017)

Rod Thomson is an author, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator, former journalist and Founder of The Revolutionary Act.


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Don’t Be Fooled: Ocasio-Cortez Is A Very Real Threat

Rod Thomson

Too many conservatives are having too much fun with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s gaffes and more-than-apparent ignorance of economics, history and the U.S. Constitution. There is truly a lot of low-hanging fruit, and it hardly needs to be re-hashed. Just check your social media feed.

But just deriding the woman belies two errors. One is thinking that she is a lightweight one-off to be mocked and ridiculed for sport and the other is to think there is no harm in doing so.

On the first count, she is showing herself to be a much quicker study than one might expect considering her astounding ignorance on so many levels (that is a condemnation more of her education than of her, it seems.) Her speeches are improving, her communication skills are respectable and getting stronger, her use of social media is adroit — with one glaring exception we will get to — she understands how to use a friendly and sympathetic media to her advantage, she uses emotional arguments well and she is already learning how to work within the Washington, D.C. establishment while maintaining her quasi-revolutionary status.

On the second count, the endless memes and savage mockery do nothing more on the right than entertain, but do serve to strengthen the depth of her supporters and probably expand them. “Look, the rotten old Republicans keep attacking this young woman and calling her stupid,” many in the middle will exclaim. “I want to hear what she has to say!”

It’s worth remembering that Democrats and the left mocked, belittled and laughed at candidate Donald Trump until he won. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not Trump, but not taking someone seriously in the political realm is a recipe for disaster. And would the D.C. swamp really be that upset at someone who wanted to dramatically expand their realm of influence and power? Would they go after her some day as they have Trump? We all know the answer to that.

If we conservatives content ourselves to ridicule her with the “crazy eyes,” we make a young, pretty woman with a bright smile into a sympathetic victim, thereby strengthening her without ever engaging her on her message — which is a total shipwreck for the nation.

Kevin McCullough at Townhall wrote, “…we must engage, confront with truth and winsomely dispense with her most emotionally charged but intellectually dishonest ideas.”

Further, Ocasio-Cortez has displayed very thin skin, which is par for her generation, and a willingness to swiftly move to use the levers of power against opponents — an instinct of every socialist ever worldwide.

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Most recently on this point, she was trolled by Donald Trump, Jr., who shared a meme on Instagram. It had two images: one on top of Ocasio-Cortez with the text, “Why are you so afraid of a socialist economy?” Below that is an image of President Donald Trump with the text, “Because Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them.”

Funny, pointed, harmless.

But not to Ocasio-Cortez. She amazingly went straight to threat by the power of government, then tried to say that’s not what she did when it was transparently what she did. She tweeted:

“I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “Please, keep it coming Jr [sic] — it’s definitely a ‘very, very large brain’ idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.”

That’s pretty pointed. Sean Davis, at the Federalist, responded by pointing out that the House Ethics Manual prohibits members of Congress from threatening citizens due to partisan politics.

“It’s worth noting that the official House Ethics Manual explicitly prohibits the kind of threat that @Ocasio2018 just issued against @DonaldJTrumpJr for his refusal to support her political agenda. https://ethics.house.gov.”

In this sense, she is not the bright, pretty young lady from the Bronx. She’s taking the first step toward being a Stalinist. (Yes, many steps to go, but you have to start with one, and she did.)

Since upsetting one of the most powerful and entrenched Democrats in Congress, Joe Crowley, during the primaries, Ocasio-Cortez has argued for a broad array of socialist policies, including a single-payer government healthcare system; government-guaranteed high-paying jobs; government-issued housing; abolishing the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and much more.

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Perhaps the most chilling part of her agenda was first broached during a rather infamous interview on PBS, when she said “capitalism has not always existed in the world, and it will not always exist in the world” while arguing for why America should end the tyranny of capitalism and move towards socialism.

Of course, she is right that capitalism has not always existed. And neither has anything remotely approaching the standard of living that the poorest American or Western European enjoys today. Just a lowly working stiff in 2018 lives a life of luxury and amazements that Louis XIV, the Sun King of France, could not have imagined. Billions have been lifted out of poverty while starvation due to scarcity has all but disappeared from the planet.

None of that happened before capitalism. And none of that has happened where capitalism was replaced by socialism — in Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Vietnam, the Eastern Bloc or China, which has seen its economic boom only after adopting capitalist markets.

But the chill-down-the-spine statement was the last part: capitalism “will not always exist in the world.” A world without capitalism, governed by the socialist elites that always end up at despotic communism, is a truly terrifying goal.

And it is her goal. She is much smarter than her original ignorance belied. (She really needs her money back from Boston College.)

The way to fight Ocasio-Cortez — and she must be fought — is not by mocking her ignorance or calling her stupid. That only strengthens both her personal resolve in pursuing terrible ideas and those backing her and her ideas. The way to fight her is to destroy her ideas with relentless history, facts, data and economics.

Socialism is like Sharia law when it comes to America and the U.S. Constitution. Neither of those brutal doctrines can co-exist for long in the same country with the Constitution. The First Amendment alone is antithetical to socialism, and where it always and inevitably leads is to erasing free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and so on.

Socialism is simply un-American at its core. Americans used to know that. They don’t so much anymore, and certainly not the younger generation. And Ocasio-Cortez is now the smiling face of that brutal philosophy. Mocking her is a grave error.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Plea From A Former Socialist And Castro Supporter

By Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

I recently received a message from my father-in-law, containing a link to a Spanish language Facebook post by a man named Habitante, which translates to “Inhabitant.” I was unable to confirm the identity of Habitante, but his words and insights are so compelling and authentic — and what my family personally knows to be true — that it must be shared.

What follows is my translation of the post written by Habitante (In trying to stick to his message, I have, to the best of my abilities, not disturbed his grammar and paragraph structure. So there is a little awkwardness. Please read it through as it gets more and more powerful.)

Tell me if it does not fit today’s Democrats’ agenda:

Musings from a Cuban of 85 years of age who, at 30 years of age, adored Castro

What is COMMUNISM and how does it function?

Here comes the overarching concept:

First, they promise you many beautiful things. Equality, health, “free”, education, “free”, this “free”, that “free”, etc. etc. EYE on the word FREE, this is the first lie from those communist demagogues.

After they assume power, they tell you that the opposition is your “enemy”, the gringos are your “enemies”, your family and friends on the right are your “enemies”, etc. etc. EYE on the word ENEMIES.

They need a ghost enemy, first to polarize the people, then to divide families, and lastly to blame the “Yankee Imperialists” for every one of their failures.

Then they take your weapons with the one hand, and with the other, they give them to their sympathizers. Then they nationalize the industries, take all the businesses, they tell you that you cannot sell your properties (your car, your house, etc.) nor may you open your own business.

Everything belongs to the state, or as they say, to “the people”. They lower the salaries (only those of the professionals; the soldiers are “purchased” with higher salaries), because all those “free” services have to be paid and the payment comes out of your wages. In other words, you earned 1000 now they give you 200. The remaining 800 is for your “free” health and education. But with those 200 you can neither eat nor fix your house that time is deteriorating, nor your car, which is already old. Then they subsidize your food and they give you a series of “accounts” where each month you can go to the grocery store and get 1 egg, 1 pound of potatoes, and . . . there is nothing else.

They cause hunger, the people no longer have time to innovate, nor money to invest, nor incentive to study. Your time is employed “inventing”, devising ways to survive where there is famine, your children are malnourished, your buildings look like ruins, the people envy what little you can get, your brothers are exiles, your uncle is in prison because of political issues, your friends have disappeared, and you are left disillusioned.  

Then comes the cruelest part. It turns out that the government is officially “ATHEIST”. The churches are off limits. The bishops were expelled, the priests and the pastors were sent to a concentration camp, a type of modern day slavery.

You have spiritual needs, but there are no open temples, you cannot pray in public nor should you have a Bible in hand. Life has hit you hard (really communism was the one that knocked you out) and left you without goals or aspirations.

Communism hemorrhaged you, but worse, it took the spiritual part of you, that part which takes us beyond our ephemeral existence of flesh and bone, beyond the dust and the sad reality that surrounds us.

Everything was lost, the soul, the desires, the education, a complete corruption of all our values, of everything that makes us humans. THAT IS COMMUNISM. If you want to prove it, just study Cuban history. Not the history that Castro tells you. The real history without censorship. Talk to the old people who saw the former Soviet Union, with those from East Germany.

You don’t have to go that far, ask the Venezuelans what they think of the socialist hand in the 21st century. For that reason, my dear Latin American, I AM AND CONTINUE TO BE 100% ANTICOMMUNIST. The problem is not the United States, the problem is your opportunistic dictator who sells you a utopic and failed philosophy. Neither Castro, nor Che, nor Chavez are examples to be emulated.

Enough of looking at the disaster they left us. Everything I have told you, all this is their legacy.  As to everything else, LOOK FOR GOD, LOVE YOUR COUNTRY AND DON’T EVER LET THEM TELL YOU THAT YOUR BROTHER IS YOUR “ENEMY”.  WORK, STRUGGLE FOR WHAT IS YOURS, DON’T LET THEM GIVE YOU ANYTHING FOR “FREE” AND ELIMINATE FROM YOUR LAND ANYTHING THAT SMELLS LIKE COMMUNISM!!!

Please do not erase this as doing so means you are bothered by having your friends read this in your wall, and in so doing becoming an accomplice of a certain reality!!!

Habitante’s cautionary story is the Socialist vision for the American Democratic Party today, the first steps of which have already been taken. This should be read as a warning.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. (His parents fled Communist Cuba.) He is the author of The Federalist Pages and cohost of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod. Dr. Gonzalez is presently serving in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.


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Facts Don’t Care About Socialism’s Feelings: Mississippi More Prosperous Than Europe

Rod Thomson

There are a lot of ways to dice numbers, particularly economic numbers. But almost any way you cut it, America is far wealthier, more productive, more prosperous and more consumptive than Europe or almost anywhere else on earth.

In fact, according to an apples to apples comparison by the American Enterprise Institute, most Europeans, including wealthier Western Europeans, would have a higher living standard if they were living in Mississippi — America’s poorest state. This goes for Sweden, Denmark and Belgium — mentioned because the growing cadre of Americans extolling socialism like using them as examples.

Pretty sure they don’t like using Mississippi as an example.

In a chart put together by Mark Perry, a scholar at AEI and professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan, the GDP per capita of America’s 50 states in 2014 — based on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis — is compared to the GDP per capita of countries in Europe and Asia on a Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) basis.

The PPP, according to the World Bank, is “Gross Domestic Product (GDP) converted to international dollars using purchasing power parity rates. An international dollar has the same purchasing power over GDP as the U.S. dollar has in the United States.”

Using this measurement makes the comparisons more accurate in real life by adjusting for the differences in prices in each country. So the United Kingdom’s unadjusted GDP per capita was $45,729 in 2014, but because prices for goods are higher on average than in the U.S., for everything from food and clothing to energy and transportation, the adjustment lowers per capita GDP in the U.K. to below $40,000. Conversely, prices in South Korea are generally lower than in the U.S., which means that its GDP per capita goes from below $28,000 on an unadjusted basis to above $34,000 on a PPP basis.

So, apples to apples.

AEI’s Perry writes: “Most European countries (including Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium) if they joined the US, would rank among the poorest one-third of US states on a per-capita GDP basis, and the UK, France, Japan and New Zealand would all rank among America’s very poorest states, below No. 47 West Virginia, and not too far above No. 50 Mississippi. Countries like Italy, S. Korea, Spain, Portugal and Greece would each rank below Mississippi as the poorest states in the country.”

Here is the chart:

The chart above demonstrates clearly that the U.S. average per capita GDP of $54,629 is higher than European nations. The big difference? America’s robust capitalism compared to Europes’ burdensome socialism.

More data making this very same point comes via the consumption side as opposed to the production side.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, showing “average individual consumption” for various member nations, creates a baseline average of 100 — again to make apples and apples comparisons.

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So the averaged score for all OECD nations is 100. The score among its European member nations is 96. But the U.S. score is 147 — clearly indicating that Americans are far more prosperous than Europeans and other First World countries.

This OECD data is two years older, but as you can see this is just a long-term truth. By both production and consumption measurements, the U.S. is far stronger than Europe.

All of this should make the point clearly that for the United States to continue to prosper — and carry other nations along in our wake — we must reject the burgeoning socialism that is revealing itself.

A few examples to complement the data.

Hong Kong and Singapore were small, poor Asian locales at the end of World War II. But both instituted free markets, limited government, robust capitalism, and a rule of law supporting those. Doing so, the pair have becoming two of the richest locations on the planet. Their citizens are thriving and prosperous.

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Conversely, Cuba and Venezuela were at one point growing economies. Cuba was a thriving little island, albeit with divided wealth, that for generations now has been locked in poverty under the boot of Communist dictators where there is almost no wealth left at all. Venezuela has immense oil reserves and was building some economic momentum. But they turned to socialism and the people are now literally starving, eating stray animals to stay alive.

These four examples are the extremes, but they solidly back the hard data.

Our European friends would be much better off if they had not travelled down the social democrat road, as their economies continue to fall behind the United States’ economy, and their people’s standard of living stagnates or declines.

Free stuff from the government is not free. It brings a big, costly government that restricts rights and prosperity. We would be foolish to emulate the socialistic parts of Europe.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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The Democrats’ 5-Point Pitch For Voters Summed Up

Rod Thomson

Remove all of the nonsense spun up daily by the media, peel back the coverage spin, and what is revealed is a series of five Democratic positions that are, not to put too fine a point on it: Absurd and unpopular.

And most Americans find them to be absurd, damaging, crazy, annoying or all of these.

Of course, the shifting polls are showing this. As Americans are paying more attention to political positions and actions, particularly those swing voters who are not too involved with politics generally but who will vote in November, we’re seeing a swing toward more Republican support.

The GOP is now broadly thought to be able to pick up two to three Senate seats, after the Democrat-Media Establishment made a real push to retake the Senate. And the House, which was at one point a foregone conclusion to flip Democratic because of normal midterm responses to the party in power, the (former) unpopularity of the President, and the polls, now appears to be in play with the actual possibility that Republicans could maintain control.

The violence done by Democrats against the bedrock American principle of a presumption of innocence and concept of fairness during the Kavanaugh hearings certainly pushed some swing voters away from Democrats. And the roaring economy surely is moving politically middle Americans toward Republicans.

But the actual issues Democrats are running on are also driving away those in the middle as they actually become aware of them.

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Here’s a quick look at those:

  • TRUMP: The primary animating issue Democrats have led with in their agenda is fueled by Trump hatred, and it means stopping, investigating, crippling and if possible removing Trump. But most Americans don’t really want that. And this shows. Despite the ongoing onslaught of negative reporting on President Trump by the media and the daily drumbeat of criticism, Americans feel pretty good about the country and the direction of the country. Astonishingly, given the comparative media coverage, Trump’s approval rating is now at an all-time high of 47 percent — two points above President Obama’s at this exact same point coming up on the midterms.
  • IMMIGRATION: In a nation with more than 20 million illegal aliens, and a massive caravan of now 14,000 Guatemalans and other foreigners marching toward the U.S. southern border (“coincidentally” right at election time,) the Democrats want to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. This is deeply unpopular because it is rightly seen as deeply stupid and counterproductive. Democrats fight every effort to secure the border and to control immigration. In practice, they are pushing for de facto open borders. Again, a disastrous policy in a country with generous welfare provisions. This general open-border stance, along with the abolishment of ICE, is overwhelmingly opposed by the American people.
  • MEDICARE: Democrats are in the starting gates and ready to bust out to spin up a quick $20 trillion entitlement called “Medicare for All,” which will not only be more than $20 trillion, but which would rob those who worked a lifetime and contributed to Medicare — while buying their own health care insurance — of true Medicare coverage when their turn comes. It would throw everyone into government healthcare, grind to a halt medical innovation in this country (which means medical innovation in the world,) require crippling tax increases and end with rationed care. This last part is why older people, who had paid in through their lifetimes, would not receive the level of care they paid for others to receive. Basically, it destroys Medicare. When American voters understand this, the polls turn sharply.
  • SOCIALISM: The Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Democratic Party is promoting the idea of Democratic Socialism, a colossal expansion of the welfare state in which Medicare for All is only a portion, and would require the nationalization of the healthcare industry and much more, and of course massive tax increases. Millennials may not fully grasp the destruction this would wreak on the American economy and American way of life, but most voters do.
  • GUNS: Democrats not running in red districts or states have given up on the 2nd Amendment. Their efforts at banning undefinable “assault weapons” and attempts to whittle away at Americans’ gun rights have now turned into an increasingly full-throated call to repeal the 2nd Amendment. Yes, repeal it. Americans are very divided on assault weapons, particularly after an egregious mass shooting. But there is little support for ridding the U.S. Constitution of the 2nd Amendment.

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When the unpopularity of these five points are combined with the #walkaway movement and the shift in black voters’ support for President Trump, it suggests that the vaunted blue wave may never materialize — media hyperventilating aside. And part of it will actually be policy-based.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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How Socialism Rots The Soul, The Culture And The Country

Rod Thomson

Socialism, newly obfuscated by some as Democratic Socialism, is all the rage on the American left again, making yet another comeback after universal global failures during the past century of attempts.

The fact that so many young people are warm to it is nothing more than an indictment of our public and post-secondary education system. If they were aware of what socialism really is, and the fatally failed experiments of the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, Venezuela, Angola and so on — with death tolls topping 100 million in the 20th century — they would probably not be so warm to it. But they are not, because they are poorly educated but well indoctrinated.

Socialism has not failed in all those places because it was done wrong, or bad people were running it, or some other marginal excuse. Socialism is in itself a defiance of human nature, of economic laws and of the natural desire to live purposeful lives. It also ends up depriving real and effective charities of the fuel they need — fuel that capitalism provides in abundance.

Giving, helping others, being charitable is part of what makes for decent human beings. And importantly to this discussion, it is central to practicing the Christian faith. The teachings of Christ and of the apostles always go straight to the heart of man, to willing sacrifice for others, to caring and providing for needs of the less fortunate. Christian organizations, churches and charities provide the vast amount of charity in the world today. The Catholic Church operates more than 10,000 orphanages, 5,000 hospitals and some 16,000 other health clinics, plus thousands of schools in Third World countries. And that’s just part of Christianity, and aside from what individual Christians do outside of organized structures.

And virtually all of it is fueled by capitalism. Socialist countries provide very little aid to those in need around the world and even in their country, because they don’t generate much capital. Very high welfare, high-tax capitalist countries, such as we find in Western Europe, provide more than socialist countries, but still nothing like relatively lower tax capitalist countries such as the United States, which is the worldwide monster in giving — per capita and by GDP.

Just a cursory look at charitable contributions by country show the overwhelming truth of this.

According to the Charities Aid Foundation, and measured as a percentage of GDP combined with percent of citizens who donate, the United States is the top giver followed by New Zealand, Canada, the U.K., South Korea, Singapore, India, Russia, Italy and the Netherlands. The commonality here is that all of these are capitalist countries (with an asterisk next to Russia for having capitalistic markets as a base but also offering restricted freedoms in its oligarchic setup) and all are either majority Christian or have a strong Christian heritage. (Again, bit of an asterisk for Russia as it was official atheist for more than half of the 20th century. But today, more than 50% of the population identifies as Christian.)

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It is worth noting that the United States donates at almost twice the rate of the second country on the list — again, as a percentage of GDP, not raw numbers — and that high rate is on, by far, the largest economy in the world. Bottom line: the capitalistic country with the strong Christian influence and freest peoples is the runaway winner in global charity, helping people in need.

Socialist countries don’t even make an entrance on the list.

So the fuel for charitable giving around the world — from famine to earthquakes to tsunamis to war refugees — comes almost entirely from capitalist countries, not socialist countries.

But there is an even more important detriment to socialism as a concept: It destroys the inner person.

Socialism operates under the rubric “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” That was from Karl Marx, the father of socialism, writing to the Social Democratic Workers’ Party of Germany. Social Democrat — for the record, the very term being used today by the American political left most represented in soon-to-be U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“From each” of course means the government taking money from some, while “to each” means the government giving it others. This is not a voluntary transaction, such as charitable giving is in the United States.

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Socialism in the end teaches — indirectly but via immutable human nature — that you don’t have to work hard, you don’t have to take responsibility for your own actions and you sure don’t have to help others.

Let’s take each one.

Hard work. Immutable human nature makes clear that if I work hard and it will be taken from me and given to someone who is not working hard, then I will most definitely not work harder. And neither will the other guy. The economy rising from that dynamic will be terrible. This, of course, has been the result in every socialist experiment as our natures trumped the dreamy-eyed Marxian concept.

Taking responsibility. Socialism allows that part of our nature that wants to blame others and never take personal responsibility for our own actions to thrive. Regardless of my crummy personal choices, I will always be bailed out according to my need. The greater my irresponsibility, the greater will be my need. Naturally enough, this breeds more irresponsibility.

Charitable giving. If I live in a socialist country, then I inherently have zero responsibility to help my neighbor, to give to those in need, to lend a helping hand, because Marx told us that would be done by taking from those who had more money — “ability” was his word, but you can’t take and give ability, so he is really talking about money.

These three characteristics of socialism are destructive to the soul. Socialism takes away the self-discipline of hard work, the self-worth of personal responsibility and the joyful rewards of being able to help others in need. The government does it all by force.

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On the flip side, a capitalistic society — which really must go hand in hand with personal freedoms and choices to really create vibrant markets — reinforces all three of those good characteristics in people, providing purpose and self-worth; nurturing the soul. Plus, the charitable transfers are voluntary. If a capitalist country takes some amount of money from the earners to redistribute, that does not make it socialist or change the underlying nature of the capitalism. It merely creates welfare.

Combining both points here, that free capitalist countries are by far the biggest givers to those in need and that capitalist countries reinforce strong character traits in people, it’s clear that if the American left really wants to help the poor, they should be running from socialism and urging the formation of capitalistic markets and free peoples.

U2 lead singer Bono has learned this reality through his experience with charitable organizations. Bono used to meet with government leaders and call on them to provide more spending on foreign aid. No longer, he now realizes: “Aid is just a stopgap. Commerce, entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty.”

Yes, while nourishing the soul.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Socialism vs. Trump after Massive Turnout in Florida’s Tuesday Primary

Rod Thomson

Florida is the largest swing state in the union and possibly the most demographically representative with transplants from the Northeast and Midwest, along with natives of the South. Plus it’s the third largest state after California and Texas, which are not as representative.

That makes the results of Tuesday’s primaries so intriguing to the tea-leaf reading set. In this case we can see some real actual trends, because it is not just one special election that both sides were trying to make into a national referendum — it’s a mini three-quarters of America.

One big takeaway: The establishment, “centrist” portions of both parties lost big time. The Democrats went all in on the surging socialism elements of the Party while Trump remains a monstrous force in the Republican Party. That looks like the war shaping up in November, as the Democratic base moves toward the surging Bernie Sanders-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Party and Republicans continue to move toward the strong America First Trump wing.

Second big takeaway: Everyone is jazzed up. The off-year Florida primary broke records across the state for any primary this century — with higher turnout even than in presidential election years. Importantly, the increase is in both parties. The Democratic turnout is up more than the Republican turnout, but in the red areas of Florida, there was a record number of people voting Tuesday.

This is relatively unheard of in off election years and what it portends for November is not so easy to determine. One would have to give an edge to Democrats for historic reasons and greater increase in turnout reasons. However, what we know for sure is that everything could change tomorrow. Mueller could issue his report and who knows what all else. What’s clear is that Trump is turning out Democrats, but anti-Trump hysteria and socialism is turning out Republicans.

Here are the themes from the demographically representative Florida primaries Tuesday:

 

Trump remains a very powerful force in the GOP

In the race between long-time presumed Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a favorite of the GOP establishment, and one-time longshot Congressman Ron DeSantis, a favorite of President Trump and the Trump wing of the GOP, DeSantis pulled off not just an upset but a landslide upset.

DeSantis was an early Trump supporter and spent a lot of time on Fox News defending the President and attacking his critics. This is something Trump likes and rewards. Going into the election process, DeSantis was not well-known outside of his Congressional district while Putnam had strong name recognition and a ground game that had been built over many years through the GOP. He’s conservative, but definitely seen as establishment.

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Eight weeks ago, Putnam was polling with solid and consistent leads of 15 to 18 percent over DeSantis. After Trump endorsed DeSantis on Twitter and then went to Tampa for a DeSantis rally, the polling flipped by an astonishing 30 percentage points and DeSantis won the primary 56 percent to 36 percent. Not even close.

That’s the power of Trump in the GOP. We’ll find out in a few months the power of Trump in a general election.

 

Socialism ascends in Democratic Party with nomination of Andrew Gillum

Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, daughter of popular former Governor and Senator Bob Graham, was ahead in the polls going into the primary Tuesday. Wealthy candidates out of Miami spent about $70 million combined trying to pass her. But Gillum worked the grass roots, the black turnout, and the socialist/progressive wing and pulled off an upset that left the pollsters, pundits and media embarrassed. No one saw it — other than a little known but growing outfit of anti-Trumpsters called Change Research. They nailed it.

Graham was seen more as an establishment Democrat in the same way that Putnam was as a Republican. In fact, until Trump’s entry, it was widely believed this would be a race between those two. But the establishment in both parties is being rapidly neutered and that was obvious by Tuesday night.

Gillum spent the least of the five major candidates in his primary race and was barely seen on TV — important elements in a state with 21 million people with at least four major metro areas. He relied on a grassroots campaign, the support of the furthest left in the party and the socialism appeal of Sanders and Ocassio-Cortez to beat four other candidates, including Graham.

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Gillum is young at 39, and was endorsed by socialist former Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He was the heavy favorite among Democrats who called themselves progressives. He was supported by California billionaire environmental extremist Tom Steyer. And President Trump wasted no time in going after him this morning as a “failed socialist,” tweeting out: 

“Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream….a failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city. This is not what Florida wants or needs!”

In addition to the socialism label, there are some threats moving forward with Gillum. The FBI is conducting an ongoing investigation of corruption among Tallahassee city officials (it is a long-time Democrat-run city) and no one — including Gillum — has been cleared of anything yet. Will the FBI pull a James Comey and act politically? Who can say in this environment. But that looms out there. Expect the DeSantis camp and allies to use it.

Final point. Gillum was not seen as a threat to win among any of the major candidates, and as such, he received virtually no attack ads and minimal scrutiny by the media and other candidates. That will not be the case in the next few months. (Except for the media part, of course.) A lot will come to light that has hitherto been hidden.

 

Flipping the Florida U.S. Senate seat just got harder

Everyone nationally is watching the races for Congress, and in this too, Tuesday’s results give the lay of the land.

The race between Gov. Rick Scott and long-time incumbent seat-warmer Sen. Bill Nelson was seen as a strong opportunity for Republicans to pick up a Senate seat and give them a cushion by flipping it to red. However, that goal just got tougher. Having Andrew Gillum, the first black gubernatorial candidate to win his party’s primary, at the top of the Florida ballot will likely ensure high black turnout from the Democratic Party as they can feel something historic to be excited about. It could be a similar dynamic for Florida as was in play in 2008 with Barack Obama.

Bill Nelson excited no black voter ever — well, no voter ever. He is a reliable Democratic vote whose 40 years in Washington have netted virtually no legacy beyond a warm D seat. Scott currently has a small lead in the contest. But Gillum’s presence will almost assuredly deliver votes to Nelson, next on the ballot, that he would not have otherwise received. Flipping the seat is now more difficult to pull off.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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California’s Slow Decline Into The Abyss of Venezuela

Rod Thomson

The slow, steady erasure of California’s middle class holds the very real potential to descend that state into a version of the chaos and anarchy in Venezuela.

Yes, yes, that sounds like the crazy hyperbole we hear from the Left. But it’s not. If not for the fact that we still have a functioning democratic republic with both an undergirding constitution and long heritage tethering that careening state to the more stable Union, it actually would be almost assured. The burgeoning lower end of the state and the walled off high end of the state are squeezing the middle, resulting in an eye-popping number of productive Californians fleeing the state.

We think that because California is so large and prosperous that it always will be. It has Silicon Valley and Hollywood and a pretty solid creative class, along with outstanding weather and a beautiful natural geography from oceans to mountains. The problem is, that is only part of the picture. Venezuela also had a top tier of wealth and entrepreneurship, plus a bustling, growing middle class and massive natural resources, such as oil — along with the ocean and mountains.

But through overbearing government control of private businesses, ever increasing taxes, transfers from the working classes to the not-working class, and ultimately nationalization of industry, the socialist leaders of that South American country managed to crush and eliminate its thriving middle class. And that was the final straw that began the chaotic and rapid spiral into the horrific desperation the country is experiencing now. Want to know what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s vision for America would look like? There it is.

A middle class is required to sustain an economy and ultimately a stable society. A middle class provides stability in the culture, political stability, entrepreneurs and plentiful responsible workers that hope for a good life. It is fuel for a thriving capitalist country. Any society that does not have a middle class — just a thin upper and vast lower class, a la feudal societies — is doomed to strife, a crashing economy, anger, resentment and ultimately revolution.

This has been Venezuela’s path. Starting with the Socialist/Communist President Hugo Chavez — whom Obama praised and literally embraced — and continued by his fellow socialist, Nicolás Maduro, policies squeezed out the middle class and bled them until none were left — leaving the country with only some rich people and a whole lot of poor people.

California is in the early stages of the exact same dynamic.

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That state is experiencing overbearing government control of private lives, religious freedoms, private businesses, draconian environmental regulations, very strict land-use laws and eroded property rights. What the state does not regulate and control, major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego and Sacramento do.

Hardest to miss is that the California Assembly in Sacramento adds ever more taxes, as do most of the major cities in the state. California has one of the highest income tax rates in the country, with 10 rates up to 13.3 percent as of 2018. (Of course, it is all on top of federal taxes.) Property tax rates aren’t bad, but they are on the most inflated property values in the nation, and they are levied on full market value, which means in real dollars they are sky high. Sales tax is high at 7.25 percent. Gas tax is 54 cents per gallon, second highest, on gas prices that are among the highest because of regulations — making gas 25-30 percent higher per gallon than the rest of the nation. But California also kills with a thousand cuts by taxing an incredible number of oddball items for political purposes, i.e. fruit out of a vending machine has a 33 percent tax.

Regulation is always harder to assess specifically, but the results are not hard to see. California has earned the reputation for having the most onerous regulations for companies and land-use in the country, which makes everything more expensive — on which the high tax rates are then levied, added to the smothering cost-of-living burden.

Socialist-minded Democrats then take the enormous tax largesse they have extracted from struggling middle class Californians — and the wealthy elites in secluded conclaves that can afford it — and transfers it to the burgeoning non-working classes.

The state spends $106 billion annually on welfare at the state level, nearly twice as much as the next largest state, New York, and three times as much as the third highest state, Texas. California’s $103 billion is the lion’s share of it’s entire budget of $183 billion, dwarfing the next largest item of education — on which it spends more than the national average.

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The largest welfare cost is Medi-Cal, the healthcare program for low-income Californians, which now has 14.2 million people enrolled — meaning more than one in three state residents are on government healthcare. California also provides cash payments to people who work but do not earn enough to pay taxes, another transfer payment from the middle and upper income to the low income. Relatively paltry amounts for such a large state and budget are spent on infrastructure — things the middle class relies on — such as $2.8 billion on roads, about 1 percent of the budget.

Remember, while more than one million people exited California for other states — that’s a net number, one million more left than arrived — the state’s population still soared. There is obviously only one place all of these new residents are coming from; immigration. Some of those are legal immigrants, a portion of whom bring talents to the state. But millions are illegal immigrants. California is estimated to have close to three million illegal aliens inside its borders, and about one in ten workers are illegal aliens, although these numbers are really unknown. Virtually all of these people are receiving some form of transfer payment from California’s middle and upper income residents.

The exorbitant costs cannot be sustained by increasing portions of the middle class. This is maybe most clearly demonstrated in the exodus from California. San Francisco represents the problem precisely.

Perhaps the most liberal major city in America, San Francisco residents pay some of the highest taxes and deal with the most overburdening regulations — particularly on private property use — in the country. This has resulted in a median home price of $1.6 million dollars. The average rent for a one-bedroom, unfurnished apartment in the city is about $3,258 per month. These astronomical prices stun most of the country, but this is a clear result of the first stages of Socialistic tendencies in government control, regulation and taxation for redistribution.

This dynamic is in operation throughout the Bay Area, and in Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento. California families on average paid three times their income for a home in 1970. Now that figure has jumped to nearly 10 times their income. The nation as a whole has seen nothing comparable, which of course becomes almost impossible for the lower part of the working middle class.

And it comes with a staggering price tag. According to the San Francisco Business Times:

“Nearly half of San Francisco Bay Area voters plan to leave the region in the next few years, fed up with exorbitant housing costs and the long commutes caused by the lack of available homes near their workplaces…Most troubling for the future of the regional economy, is that millennials plan to flee; 52 percent said they will depart vs. 46 percent last year, the Council poll says.”

The major metro areas technically have very low unemployment. But in reality, they have a massive homeless population, a street defecation epidemic, a diminishing working class and a mushrooming illegal alien population.

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And its emblematic of the red warning flag waving over the state. According to the Orange County Register:

Between 2007 and 2016, California lost 1 million more domestic residents than have come into the state, according to the IRS. Many are moving to Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.

This is ongoing. Major, well-paying companies such as Toyota, Occidental Petroleum, Nissan and others who paid between $80,000 and $120,000 — solid middle class pay — have shuttered factories and left the state due to the overly burdensome regulations, taxes and cost of living for workers. Those people have fled to Texas, first, and then other states where they found it affordable to live and raise families.

Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, told the Register:

“Today, we have a society which over time is becoming more and more feudal with the very rich, very successful — some of the richest people in the history of the world — at the very top, and then a diminishing middle class…And what’s more frightening is you have young people, some of them with college educations working at Uber, working at Starbucks, essentially barely making it.”

The picture painted here is one of the middle class being squeezed out in a way that even the naturally beautiful weather and geography cannot overcome.

The reality is that California is slowly driving a stake through the heart of its once thriving middle class. And that is where the parallel with Venezuela is so strong — and dangerous.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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