This is long, so just read the numbered paragraphs that grab you. These are some thoughts that have occupied my mind this past week. With Thanksgiving at hand, and my governor, Navin Gruesome, having slapped a curfew on us that I cannot fathom, I will come back to many of these topics and thoughts in future days. With Turkey Day at hand, I only regret that I have but one column to give for my readers. Here goes:
1. It is appearing that Biden (hereinafter “His Fraudulency”) will be the next president. Attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell have staged a nice show, but there comes a time to produce the goods. So far, no goods. And even if they present evidence of fraud, it is not evident that they have evinced enough to move sufficient votes from His Fraudulency back to the cemetery where they came from. Only a powerhouse breakthrough that shows massive cheating via the Dominion machines and software will carry the day, and I don’t see it.
2A. The election was stolen. Where’s my proof? My proof is that the election was stolen. Period. Why? Because. It won’t change the results, but there is an old Yiddish proverb (also the title of a Judge Judy book): “Don’t micturate on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” For two decades I have taught Advanced Torts at two law schools. A tort is a social wrong that, instead of being enforced by the government, gets enforced when a victim successfully sues the tortfeasor (the person who perpetrated the tort). We cover subjects like invasion of privacy, intrusion, right of publicity, false light, defamation, and business torts including fraud. Every term, in my lead-up to our section on fraud, I ask my class whether any of them ever has been defrauded but found himself or herself unable to gather or access the evidence needed to sue. At least 50 percent of my 2,000-plus students over the years have raised their hands: yes. And then I describe to them two or three situations in which I was defrauded — in the years when I simply was a naïve rabbi believing in every person’s inherent goodness — and never got justice. Then I became a pretty good attorney, and it never again has happened. There was a ton of fraud, but — as with all expert fraud — it gets hidden and covered up. Robert Mueller investigated for two years. John Durham — if there even is such a guy — has been investigating forever. A month is ridiculously inadequate time to investigate 75 million ballots.
2B. I have absolutely no doubt the presidential election was stolen by cheating. It was stolen, inter alia, in these ways:
3. Trump’s court fight is absolutely worth it, even though Trump seems en route to losing. The American Way, for those of us not operating under a local dictatorship, is to seek justice in the courts when all other avenues for redress are closed. The legal battle already is exposing so many of the above flaws in voting by mail, Dominion, and other aspects of the election. Many countries outright prohibit mass voting by mail, permitting it only for overseas diplomats, military men and women stationed away from home, hospital and nursing-home patients, and (where applicable) for prisoners. What happened this time was a train wreck coming for six months and more. So many of us saw it coming. Trump kept blowing the whistle. The GOP just plain blew it.
4. Still, despite all, the GOP blew away the Democrats down ticket. Not a single House Republican incumbent lost an election. Republicans took back two-thirds of the seats they need to regain the House. Just six or seven more flips in 2022, and Pelosi can go back to blow-drying her $13-a-pint ice cream. Senate seats that were said to be in jeopardy — Susan Collins in Maine, Steve Daines in Montana, Joni Ernst in Iowa, Thom Tillis in North Carolina, John Cornyn in Texas, Lindsey Graham in South Carolina, Mitch McConnell in Kentucky — all were huge and easy wins, typically by spreads of approximately 10 points or more. The false polls wreaked havoc by giving Democrat millionaires and billionaires false hopes of winning unwinnable seats, thus inducing them to pump tens of millions and hundreds of millions they would not have donated if they knew the real numbers underlying voter sentiment. So the phony polls made the non-competitive races “competitive” by motivating money to be pumped in. Even so, the GOP blew them off down ticket, even with major wins in state houses.
5. Paradoxically, the phony polls helped, too. By convincing the Democrats that they would take the Senate and add 10 or 15 more House seats, the polls encouraged them to boast openly that they would end the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court, add Puerto Rico and D.C. as states, and mess with other aspects of the U.S. Constitution. They promised to defund the police, open the borders, and basically to send the whole country to purgatory. And, oh yes, the Green New Deal. As a result, their bold boastfulness terrified many Independents and moderates to take back many of the House seats they just had entrusted to Democrat “moderates” two years earlier.
6. Why didn’t the cheating extend down ticket? Several reasons. It takes time to falsify a ballot. It is one thing to fill in one circle. It is another to fill in 10. Secondly, the polls predicted that the House and Senate seats were handily in Democrat hands, so no point in risking having an entire ballot invalidated when the only office in doubt was the presidency. Third, the focus was on electing His Fraudulency over Trump, and many such voters had no idea who or what else was on the ballot. A remarkable number of ballots for His Fraudulency had no other bubbles filled in at all down ticket.
7A. Trump has changed the Republican Party. The single highest priority for Republicans now is to preserve the new Trump-defined GOP. The old Grand Old Party was dominated by white-shoe, foo-foo country-club sorts and by determined capitalists like the Koch Brothers. The latter sorts look upon Mexicans and other South Americans as subhuman cheap labor. They imported as many millions of them as they could. They never cared that the millions were changing the electorate while driving down wages of working-class Whites and Blacks, union and non-union workers, because they and that pre-Trump GOP did not care about the working class but the upper-class economic and social elites. Trump turned the GOP on its head: “Yes, very nice, all that lovely theory about ‘free trade,’ but American factories are closing, and we soon will not even be manufacturing aluminum and steel products in this country, posing an incomprehensible national security risk in times of war.” Trump rebuilt the military while pulling us out of foreign adventures, demanding that Europeans pay their fair share towards NATO, staring down China and Russia on trade and on geopolitics, and brought three peace treaties in the Middle East while finally giving us a presidential administration that did not start a war. Finally — four years without a single new war, though a whack on Qasem Soleimani, another whack on rapist and Muslim theologian Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the end of the ISIS caliphate. No foreign country wanted to mess with Trump. Trump crazy? Yeah, crazy like a fox. They did not hesitate to push us around, even kill an ambassador, while we had oh-so-cool Obama and Hillary. We now shall see what lies in store under His Fraudulency.
7B. The new Grand Old Party is built around new principles. It is more flexible and populist, less locked in to book theories and rigid philosophies that cannot be modified. Free trade is good, but no one does free trade. They all impose tariffs on us and cheat: China, Russia, and also Britain, France, and Germany … and everyone else. So a new USMCA made even better sense. The Pan-Pacific needed to be panned. The Paris Accords were a fraud that, while crushing our industries, still allowed China and India to pollute away — and not one European co-signer onto those “accords” has complied with the terms. The Iran Deal was a mess, born in sin with secret payoffs to the mullahs, and now proven to have failed to stop Iran from continuing efforts to build a nuclear arsenal. As the Democrats have made clear that their focus is on Black and Hispanic voters, more Rust Belt states with White voters have come to realize that their life-long love affair with the Democrats is over. For all the focus on how Georgia, Arizona, and Colorado have turned purple from red, few have noticed that the new Trump-driven Republican party has moved Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to purple from deep blue. Minnesota is inching over. Look at West Virginia and at Kentucky and at Iowa. If the Republicans somehow return to the universe of the George Bushes, the Romneys, and the McCains, then the party is finished. Over the past half century, too many illegal immigrants have entered, then been given amnesty, and the electorate does not have enough “Never Trump” George Wills, George Conways, George Bushes, and Koch Brothers to overcome that. But if the new flexible-and-populist vision of the party under Trump continues, then the close battleground states will continue moving to the GOP, disillusioned at having been abandoned wholesale by the Democrats. We have seen this trend for two consecutive elections. That is no longer a “Blue Firewall.”
8. Trump got great advice on how to handle the second debate. Had the first debate been handled that way … He now has four years to contemplate whether there is a lesson to be learned there.
9. It is a shame that Pfizer and Moderna announced their pending Phase Three vaccine-testing results just after the elections. Trump was mocked by the Left for saying that, under his Operation Warp Speed, a bona fide vaccine could be at hand in November. Yes, it still is months away from mass distribution and vaccination, but he is a real hero in the war against COVID. Time will reveal.
10. Life is cyclical. Democrats thought Kennedy and Johnson were ushering in a new Democrat era, a brave new world, and a Great Society. Nope. The Reagan Revolution augured a new conservative era, but Reagan selected a George Bush to carry his legacy, and that was his worst mistake, even more flawed than granting that first massive illegal-immigration amnesty. The Clintons thought they were changing Reagan’s America, but their mess-ups (Bill’s zipper, Hill’s crookedness) brought another Bush decade soon enough. And then came Obama, who thought the oceans would stop rising and the Earth would heal as he ascended his papier-mâché Greek or Roman columns. Obama’s two great contributions were: (i) he foisted on a country at racial peace the falsehood of “systemic racism” even though his very election disproved that lie, and (ii) he gave birth to the Trump Revolution. Now we have an interlude, worthy of political elevator music, with His Fraudulency. It all is cyclical. Go back sometime and read the Book of Ecclesiastes; it all is there. If the GOP sticks with its guns — clings to its guns and religion — and does not back off, Bush style, into a “kinder and gentler” approach but firmly continues to demand tight borders, preserve the 400 new miles of wall, defends rather than defunds the police, and calls out the fraud by which Black racists and Black Nationalists wield the camouflage of “Black Lives Matter” to beat up White people at restaurants and to intimidate weak school boards into brainwashing children and teens with the lies of critical race theory, then the GOP will see fruit in two years in the House and two years thence in the White House. The White, Black, and Hispanic working class is moving in the right direction. Asian Americans are figuring out that they are not the “People of Color” that intersectionalists care about; quite the contrary — Asian Americans are the ones being kicked out and facing the worst discrimination under Left critical race theory and intersectionalism. Many foolish suburban Independents will be kicking themselves these next two years, realizing that, because of objectionable tweets or other personality nuances that irked their neighbors or patients or customers, they now have cut their noses to spite their faces. Good — the impending Democrat lockdowns will make it challenging to obtain tissues once again. But if the Republicans revert to Romneyesque apologies for wanting to secure the border, and if they again nominate a man from the Upper Crust instead of a Crusty Trump, they are toast.
11. If G-d continues to give Mr. Trump good health, he should (i) campaign all over Georgia and bring out his voters for David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler on January 5, thus preserving the Senate and leaving behind a compelling memory as Republicans contemplate those coattails, (ii) use the barnstorming throughout Georgia to remind voters of all he accomplished in only four years while subjected to 48 and more months of sabotage from within and without, (iii) make himself available regularly for TV interviews these next four years and keep tweeting daily, (iv) play a key role in 2022 campaigning in tight 50-50 House districts where his presence can flip more GOP seats over, (v) write a book a year (which can be ghost-written, so is easier to produce annually, as politicians like Obama and Hillary do) and then leverage those annual books to be all over the media for months, and (vi) run again in 2024. His Fraudulency will not be on the next ballot. The recent year of Democrat primaries brought home that they have no one. Kamala Harris slept her way into public life, and she fizzled immediately when she ran. Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, Beto, Mayor Pete, Swalwell — the whole bunch of them failed to take off. Bloomberg plummeted instantly like an anvil in a Looney Tunes cartoon. Nothing proves their own nullity more than that they lost to His Fraudulency, a 47-year political hack who even has lied brazenly about his own biography, his grades and class standing in school, his family, his father, and everything he has touched. Trump’s got it in 2024 if he shows himself capable of self-tweaking and fine tuning.
Gotta stop now. Governor Gruesome probably has announced a curfew on typing from Thanksgiving Weekend 2020 to Rosh Hashanah 2021. I hope it does not apply to spellchecking if I wear a mask and cover my keyboard with Silicon Valley silicon, while spooning $13-a-pint ice cream. Oh wait, that company’s products are not kosher. Just like Nancy Pelosi and His Fraudulency.
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