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Day One of the Democrat Con-vention: Pros and Cons — Watching PR Pros Combine to Con America
Michelle Obama at DNC, Aug. 17, 2020 (YouTube screenshot)

A pledge of allegiance by five or so White kids. Clean cut. Again: Clean cut. Just like the kids whose parents the Dems need to win in northern Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. No rings hanging from their noses, lips, or eyelids. No tattoos observable. Just five kids reciting the Pledge the way I did as a kid and still do today (also without tattoos or rings hanging from my face, by the way).

Dozens of Zoom-type squares of people — mostly young, but also adults and elder citizens — singing the Star Spangled Banner. No one kneeling. Again: No one kneeling. The kind of patriotism that is intrinsic in the hearts and souls of Independent Voters the Dems need to win in northern Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. A third time: No one kneeling during the National Anthem. No one wearing African kente cloths and kneeling as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer did.

It is time for Michele Obama. And she reminds us that, four years ago, the American people had a chance to extend the Obama vision with Hillary.

A reverend or priest prays to “Almig-ty G-d” and invokes the name of Jesus. He does not refer to the sanctity of life. To the rights of the unborn. He avoids discussing the abortion sacrament at the center of the Democrat Progressive religion. Which part of Catholicism or other Christian religious faith and practice supports abortion on demand? In his prayer, he avoids discussing the movement among Democrat “progressives” to kill fetuses even after they are born and become unequivocal living human beings, the “progressive” movement to keep the babies “comfortable” as the parents decide whether to terminate their newborn baby. Amen.

A White farmer tells us about the soybean tariffs against China impacting him. He does not tell us that China has been cheating America for more than half a century, has been stealing our intellectual property, hacking our computer systems, cheating us in international trade, sending outright spies into our country and basing them in consulates and at universities to steal our national secrets. There was no way to stand up to the despicable cheating by China except by taking the tough stands on trade that President Trump took and that led to China blinking, buckling, and ultimately conceding on issues of trade — and on purchasing American soybeans.

Next, throughout the evening, we are treated to little brief soundbites of Biden. “We choose [this] over [that], [this] over [that].” I remember a Biden quote like that, but they omit the last part: “We choose unity over division. We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts.”

Tonight we are going to talk about the Pandemic, an Economic Downturn, and “Systemic” racism.

We hear from George Floyd’s brother: “My brother George was selfless.” He does not mention the selflessness of George when he broke into a Black woman’s home and pressed a firearm into her pregnant torso as he burglarized her home. The sibling asks for a moment of silence, allowing me time to write this sentence. He does not mention that, between 1997 and 2005, Floyd was sentenced to jail terms eight times on various charges, including drug possession, theft, and trespass. In 2009, he was sentenced to five years in prison for that selfless armed robbery invading that woman’s home. Or that Mr. Floyd, on the day of his absolutely awful death, was consumed not with selflessness but with restricted drugs including fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

Next we get lectured on COVID-19, on how President Trump has not handled the coronavirus battle the way the Democrats would. Who lectures us? The inadvertent though recklessly liable mass killer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who singularly has killed more people by leveraging government to mishandle COVID-19 than has any other person alive. Details here. His direction killed more than 10,000 people. Gov. Cuomo, we thank you for your service. And for your advice on how much better your approach to COVID would have been. And for having told us previously that America “was never that great.” Actually, Covid Cuomo was never that great.

An Arizona young lady named Kristin Urquiza next comes to blame President Trump for her father’s death from coronavirus. It is Trump’s fault that her 65-year-old father got infected by coronavirus and died. So now she is her dead father’s spokesperson. Did she turn against Trump just now, with her Dad dying? No. Rather, her own biography at UC Berkeley tells us:

I’ve known my primary mission on this planet since I was nine years old: to protect Mother Earth. It was then that I first learned about climate change.… I have dedicated my career to working with environmental groups focused on stopping the climate crisis and protecting nature.… I am confident we cannot enact the type of change we need without transforming our society’s definition of “leader,” and I realize I am a trailblazer in the environmental movement for others like me — brown, queer, community-focused, ethically-minded changemakers; future leaders who are not benefiting from the current status quo and are ready to upend our current systems of oppression and privilege.

On “Linked In,” she posts (until she is advised to take it down by Democrat public-relations damage control) that she “likes” this post by the Southeast Regional Organizer at “Mighty Earth”:

I joined my org 1.5 yrs ago and in that time I’ve:
-Disguised myself as a law student in order to infiltrate the on-campus interviews of a firm that represents mining companies
-Organized 50 people to die-in at an art gallery endowed by a major polluter.
-Slept on the sidewalk in front of the DNC with several coworkers to push for a climate debate….

Ms. Urquiza was ideologically radical-left long before COVID and long before the Trump presidency. On her “Linked In” page, she further describes herself as a “San Francisco Bay Area … Grassroots Fundraising and Organizing Consultant.” What does that mean? Come and hear: She explains, in pertinent part, that she is a “[r]esults driven social and environmental justice organizer.” And when did she begin this role? By her own keyboard: January 2016 — fully half a year before President Trump was nominated by the GOP to run for the nation’s highest office and nearly a year before he was elected President. So, for those interested in honesty, Ms. Urquiza’s political views were fixed in cement long before her father died or even contracted illness or anyone even imagined Coronavirus; she merely is exploiting his tragic death for her “results-driven social and environmental  justice” purposes. Disgusting.

My dear precious wife, the love of my life, recently passed away from the same disease that took John McCain and Ted Kennedy. I would never — never — leverage that incomprehensible personal tragedy to score a political point, like telling people that “enough is enough, and it all is Nancy Pelosi’s fault.” I cannot even comprehend the reprehensible mercenary nature of someone who would leverage her Father’s death from COVID to advance the political agenda she long before advocated. But, then again, my soul is that of an Orthodox Rabbi, not of a “results-driven social justice organizer.” Again, such exploitation of a man’s personal tragedy by an opportunistic virus infection is despicable — and, even worse, by his own opportunistic daughter whose daily social-media endeavor is to go viral! — and not a single media outlet has exposed the information being set forth here.

This brings us to a bashing of the president over COVID. The alternative presumably is that Joe Biden would have saved us? There is no mention that Biden attacked Trump when the president closed air travel to visitors from China, where the coronavirus erupted and was virulent. How many more would have died if that infection source had not been cut off? Is it Trump’s fault that coronavirus exists throughout the world, that there have been “second waves” everywhere? Look at Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gained national accolades for handling the coronavirus there in March through May, gaining huge poll approval numbers. And then Israel reopened her commerce, as she had to, and a Second COVID Wave erupted. Now Netanyahu’s polls have sunk. This is reality throughout the world.

What would Biden have done differently — have us all live in basements?  If our American economy at the start of the pandemic had been in the perilous state of stagnancy and under-employment of the Obama-Biden years, the pandemic’s inevitable economic downturn would have left us now in a cataclysmic state of utter collapse. Instead, we began at three years of historic economic growth and strength under President Trump that enormously cushioned the inevitable terrible blow.

Next we get Rockefeller Republicans who would vote Democrat — again. Christine Todd Whitman, a former governor of New Jersey, who has opposed limits on partial-birth abortions. Former Rep. Susan Molinari, an outspoken pro-abortion advocate. Meg Whitman, another pro-abortion advocate who supported leftist California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer, donated to her, served on a “Friends of Boxer” committee, and even next supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. In an op-ed during her 2010 California gubernatorial campaign, Whitman wrote, “Clearly, when examining our positions on [illegal] immigration, there is very little over which [Democrat liberal] Jerry Brown and I disagree.” And then we get poor rejected John Kasich, whom the Republican electorate roundly rejected during the 2016 GOP primaries. By May 2016, Trump had won 996 delegates to Kasich’s 153, so he dropped out. Now he carries the bitterness by appearing four years later on the DNC show.

Next, we get clips of Kirsten Gillibrand, Robert O’Rourke, and other dismally failed Democrat presidential candidates. I watch for a sound bite of Gillibrand at a gay bar, like the one she visited in Iowa to yell, “Gay Rights!” I watch for a “Beto” clip of him getting his teeth flossed or a flu shot, the skateboarder who “was born to be in it.” One by one, all the phony baloneys.

And then, at 10:36 p.m. EDT, Bernie the Communist. This millionaire “Socialist” attacks “greed,” though it is not clear from which of this millionaire’s three splendid residential estates or dachas he is speaking. No Potemkin villages for him. He talks of people of color without reminding us that he fled the demographic diversity of Brooklyn for lily-White Vermont. The same Bernie who supported and praised Castro Cuba, Hugo Chavez Venezuela, and extolled bread lines in the Communist Soviet Union when he honeymooned there tells us that he is concerned about Trump’s commitment to democracy. He blames Trump for the economic crisis derived from the pandemic, overlooking that Trump had achieved the lowest unemployment numbers ever for Blacks, Latinos, and women and had boomed the economy until the tragedy of COVID came and destroyed economies uniformly all over the world.

Bernie is not done. He extols Biden for adopting sections of the Bernie agenda and reminds us that “the future of our economy is at stake.” He speaks eight minutes. We then get some Zoom-type squares of some “typical” viewers, who are clapping for Red Bernie. Well, not exactly. After we see two couples clapping, the camera next shifts to a family of five sitting on a couch in front of a TV, sort of like the last moments of the opening of episodes of The Simpsons. And none of them is clapping. Not one. It is like they are waiting for the “Itchy and Scratchy” cartoon. And then, after 10 startling seconds, they look up and realize they missed the “APPLAUSE” sign. So, embarrassedly, they start clapping, but it is too late, and the camera moves on to the next “enthralled” viewers — who also initially miss their cue.

It is time for Michelle Obama. And she reminds us that, four years ago, the American people had a chance to extend the Obama vision with Hillary — and instead threw her out and dumped the Obama agenda. Soon she is telling us about George Floyd. She tells us that “we don’t stand in judgment,” but she does not remind us that her husband, when the cameras were off, judgmentally mocked Americans who “cling to their guns or religion”:

And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

She tells us that she “must be as honest and clear as she possibly can.” She — the wife of Obama — tells us that Donald Trump is “in over his head.” We saw what her husband did to stagnate the American economy for eight years, how Putin took the Crimea and marched into Eastern Ukraine on Obama’s watch, how ISIS metastasized from a “J.V.” team to a terror caliphate, how Obama signed a “climate accord” that imposed devastating restrictions on the American economy while allowing polluters like India and China free reign. We saw what Obama did with Iran, secretly flying $400 million blackmail in cash to Iran. We saw “Fast and Furious,” Lois Lerner, and now are learning more daily about how the Obama government spied on the incoming Trump administration and used the FBI to spy and perjure themselves to the FISA court. All while the economy stagnated for eight years, even though it had nowhere to go but up.

And yet she tells us that Donald Trump, who immediately boomed the economy, brought record unemployment lows, recently helped broker the first peace agreement between Israel and an Arab country in more than 25 years, stopped Putin’s expansions, eradicated ISIS, eliminated the whimpering mass-rapist Abu Bakhr al Baghdadi who “died like a dog,” vaporized Iranian terror mastermind Qassim Soleimani days after his people threatened the American embassy in Iraq, got NATO skinflints and tightwads to cough up their fair share of the cost to defend them, implemented major tax reform, deregulated the economy, transmogrified America from needing to import oil from Arab dictatorships to becoming a net energy exporter — that he is “in over his head.” Well, this much is true: Michelle indeed was being as honest and and clear “as she possibly can.” Her honesty cannot transcend her limits. Another example of post-modern “mindfulness” where each “progressive” steps forward to relate “My truth.”  Or as Biden might say: “My Truth over facts.”

And we close with a Stephen Stills classic we knew from Buffalo Springfield in 1966, converted with background stills to seem instead, for what it’s worth, like a cringe-worthy, The Producers-like parody of an Ode to Black Lives Matter.

End of Day One. Is this what the critical Independent voters of Middle America want? Is this what suburban married Moms want, a world where Bernie is the keynoter? One can only hope they will ask themselves that very question, because the night’s program may have begun by catering to them, but it ended warning them what lies in store if Biden and Kamala slither in. The pros put on a show to con the Independents Middle America. Pros and Cons. Day One.

Dov Fischer
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Rabbi Dov Fischer, Esq., a high-stakes litigation attorney of more than twenty-five years and an adjunct professor of law of more than fifteen years, is rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California. His legal career has included serving as Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review, clerking for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and then litigating at three of America’s most prominent law firms: JonesDay, Akin Gump, and Baker & Hostetler. In his rabbinical career, Rabbi Fischer has served several terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, is Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Coalition for Jewish Values, has been Vice President of Zionist Organization of America, and has served on regional boards of the American Jewish Committee, B’nai Brith Hillel, and several others. His writings on contemporary political issues have appeared over the years in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Jerusalem Post, National Review, American Greatness, The Weekly Standard, and in Jewish media in American and in Israel. A winner of an American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Legal Ethics, Rabbi Fischer also is the author of two books, including General Sharon’s War Against Time Magazine, which covered the Israeli General’s 1980s landmark libel suit.
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