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On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, President Trump will address the nation about the situation on the southern border of the United States.

The main networks, including cable, will broadcast his address, which is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

Whilst many Americans are coming round to Trump’s idea of ‘the Wall’, about half as many (depending on what national surveys one reads) think such a physical barrier is overkill.

On January 7, Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire tweeted statistics from the GOP (‘Grand Old Party’, Republican Party) about the chaos along the border with Mexico:

Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, says that terrorists are also entering the United States via Mexico:

The GOP is helping raise awareness of the very real danger of a nearly uncontrollable flux of people entering the United States illegally. The advert is powerful (also see the YouTube version):

The latest tragedy involved the December 26 shooting of a police officer from Newman, California, Ronil (‘Ron’) Singh, who was on shift but looked forward to spending time later with his family. That time never came, sadly for him and his family.

Ronil Singh, a legal immigrant from Fiji, was murdered in cold blood, allegedly by an illegal alien suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. Singh’s tragic story is also in the GOP advert:

Ryan Saavedra reported on the stubbornness of Democrat leaders who refuse to help safeguard the American people:

The video was released as part of a new website launched by the RNC called Borderfacts.com, which was created to combat misinformation from the media and Democrat Party.

“President Trump is committed to fighting for American citizens and our national security,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “Meanwhile, Democrats are committed to fighting President Trump.”

Saavedra pointed out that Democrats used to believe that a secure southern border was a high priority.

Here’s more from Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, back in 2009:

On January 7, the retired sheriff of Milwaukee, David A Clarke Jr, wrote an article about Officer Singh’s murder for Townhall: ‘Enabling Criminal Aliens’. I encourage everyone to read it, especially those who think that all and sundry should be allowed to cross the border and take up residence.

Excerpts follow, emphases mine:

Singh, 33, legally immigrated to the United States, became a U.S. citizen, and then became one of Newman’s finest citizens serving as a police officer for twelve years. Singh’s legal entry into the U.S. added value to our country. Sadly, this husband and father of a 5-month-old son was allegedly murdered by an illegal criminal alien gang member on Christmas Eve.

This tragedy was preventable.

Singh’s suspected murderer had “prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson had said. “Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with (Cpl.) Singh… the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted or had their hands tied because of political interference.”

California is a state that provides a safe harbor for people illegally in the country. California boasts its status as a sanctuary state in violation of federal law and the supremacy clause in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution. California cities have passed laws prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with law enforcement officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with the apprehension of illegal immigrants even after they have committed a crime. Many of these illegal criminals continue on to murder, rape and rob U.S. citizens post-release from a local jail under the catch-and-release policies before notifying ICE officials.

Such criminals, Clarke writes, are detained only for the most serious of crimes while they await an immigration hearing. Most are handled on a catch-and-release basis. Anything could happen between their being caught and their hearing date.

Several serious offences do not require detention of an illegal alien:

Typically the definition to detain involves only crimes such as murder, rape, and armed robbery. That’s about it. Serious drug dealing or gun possessions are not considered crimes of violence under this strict definition. Neither does burglary or the severe crime of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Do these lenient rules apply to American citizens? No, they do not:

Burglary is a felony and as far as I am concerned a crime of violence. It’s not merely a property crime that results in minor victimization. It involves forced entry. It is a category Part I crime by FBI statistics. Part I crimes are serious felonies. Anybody whose home has been broken into suffers a traumatic mental experience. I have seen it when investigating burglaries. People who once felt safe in their homes lose that sense of security after their home is burglarized.

Drunk driving, which Singh’s alleged killer was stopped for, is hardly a minimal offence, either:

Another offense that is marginalized by sympathetic lawmakers is driving under the influence. It is not merely a traffic offense. Tens of thousands of people are killed and maimed by impaired drivers every year. I have arrived on the scene of crashes involving impaired drivers. Seeing lifeless and mutilated bodies is not pretty. This is why most states take it so seriously that a first offense is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Many make a second and third offense a felony. It’s worth mentioning that the illegal alien who allegedly murdered Cpl. Singh had two prior arrests for DUI and was being stopped by Cpl. Singh for suspected driving under the influence again.

Clarke cited data from a Pew Research Survey which looked at crimes illegal aliens committed in 2016 and 2017:

the bulk of those arrested in 2016 and 2017 had prior criminal convictions. It indicates that in 2017 illegal immigrants with past criminal convictions accounted for 74% of all arrests made by ICE which is a 30% increase from the year before. The study points out that those with no previous conviction increased by 146% compared to a 12% increase of those with a past criminal conviction. They have demonstrated a propensity to victimize. This conviction rate includes nearly 60,000 arrested for drunk driving and approximately 58,000 arrested for dangerous drug dealing (opioids). The other classification of convictions are as follows:

Assaults: 48,454

Larceny: 20,356

General Crimes: 17,325

Obstructing Police: 14,616

Burglary: 12,836

Clarke rightly says that crime is expensive, not only for the victim and the victim’s employer, but also for the criminal in terms of law enforcement, incarceration and court costs. Therefore, when it comes to illegal aliens:

the policy on when to deport and for what reasons also needs to reflect these costs to the American people. The time to deport is before they go on to serious offenses, not after.

He would like to see more offences allowing illegal aliens to be detained:

Redefining what constitutes deporting a criminal alien is needed. By changing the definition from what is considered a ‘violent act’ to a ‘serious act’ would be more inclusive of the dangerous crimes I have highlighted in this article. Our laws need to reflect the protection of the American people not sympathy for criminal aliens.

He also says, rightly, that were Americans committing such crimes in foreign countries, punishment — and deportation — would be swift. You bet it would.

Clarke warns against watering down the definition of crime:

When we water down the standard for what is criminal behavior, we are heading toward a very dark place. Crime is crime. Period. This should be the standard for automatic deportation for criminal aliens.

Clarke is a strong supporter for building a wall:

Once we get the criminal illegals out, a wall is required to prevent these thugs from running back in and continuing to victimize Americans like Cpl. Singh who hours before his death stopped home to visit his family on Christmas Eve, kissing his wife and child for the last time.

Here is the final Singh family photograph taken during that visit, re-tweeted many times since his death:

Let’s look at the grief:

Let’s end by considering the following:

Furthermore, he thought enough of his adopted country to serve his local citizens in a dangerous job. Millions of people not only in the US but also around the world are so sorry he suffered that danger by being killed on duty.

In closing, President Trump is scheduled to visit McAllen, Texas, a border city on Thursday, January 10. His press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeted:

A border wall sounds cruel until we start to look at all the criminal statistics involved.

Another serious crime taking place along the border is human trafficking, including (especially?) that of children, but that topic will be covered in a separate post.

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Mitt Romney was the Republican candidate for president in 2012.

He lost. Every Republican (including Independents) who cast a vote for him has a theory about that loss.

No matter. He ended up being a never-Trumper in 2016 …

… even though Donald Trump had donated to his campaign and even took him out to a fancy post-election dinner in 2016:

President-elect Trump — as he was at the time — also interviewed Mitt for the Secretary of State post that month. Fortunately, Rex Tillerson got the job:

Last year, Mitt ran for senator in Utah. Look at how nice President Trump was:

Mitt won in November. He began his term on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

But, shortly before, he wrote an editorial for the Washington Post, published on January 2, roundly criticising President Trump:

Trump’s campaign manager for 2020, Brad Parscale, nailed it by mentioning jealousy:

Think of it this way:

In 2016, Mitt made it clear that he objected to Donald Trump’s character (the quote on the left is one of his):

And Romney seemed to voice what many people were thinking that year. The debate continues about Trump’s personal character (click on the text message image to see it in full). I agree with Jack Posobiec here:

So, how does character affect the office of President of the United States?

A conservative lawyer discusses Mitt’s — and never-Trumper journalist Jonah Goldberg’s — views on ‘character’:

I’m going to interrupt with a gratuitous photo of JFK:

Now back to Will Chamberlain’s findings on character and the presidency:

There is no way a man of ‘decency’ is ever going to be a successful world leader — anywhere.

A world leader needs to command respect. It’s always fascinating to see how leaders from the Middle East and Asia react to President Trump. They respect him, even — especially — when he’s driving a hard bargain with them.

It’s a pity that weak Republicans like Mitt Romney and the entire Democrat Party cannot see that.

A ‘decent’ man of ‘character’ is hardly able to transform the nation’s economy and begin re-establishing a long-lost manufacturing base.

Nor can such a man take strong-willed decisions that might just result in — strangely enough — world peace.

This is President Trump’s reaction to Romney. Flake refers to anti-Trumper former Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), who did not run for re-election last year:

The point is: a man of character as Mitt defines it is unlikely to make a good president. For that, one needs a brawler — someone who is fearless in stepping up to the plate and getting things done. Trump would call that winning. He is the right man at the right time, not only for the United States but also for the world.

POSTSCRIPT: Even Mitt’s own niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, head of the Republican Party, thought he was bang out of order —

Whoa. That’s saying something right there.

On my recent post, ‘Mid-term vote discrepancies — a dress rehearsal for 2020?’, reader Mark C posted five imperatives that the Republican party must accomplish before 2020.

He has given his permission for a guest post, which is much appreciated:

Here’s how the GOP can win back every American to its fold.

Step 1.) The Republican party needs to go back to its roots, not just to the time of Lincoln, but also to the time of Jefferson. This means that it must abandon the New Deal and take steps, not just lip service, to restore constitutional, limited, and secular government, individual rights, and economic and social freedoms.

The GOP needs to realize that liberalism (in its classic sense) is independent of either the left wing or the right wing, although liberalism was certainly a brainchild of the left wing that slipped away from it when it finally achieved power. I’m hoping that the Trump administration will do this. If not, at least it can pave the way for a presidency that will commit to do the same platform.

Step 2.) Republicans need to cease enabling extremists in both right and left wings by either adopting milder versions of leftists’ programs (like George W. Bush when he signed the No Child Left Behind Act) or doing things that will play into the hands of their detractors (like Todd Akin in 2012 did when he made a callous remark that nobody needs to worry about abortions as the result of rape because women don’t become pregnant as the result of rape).

For this to happen, the GOP must adopt a new way of recruiting new members. For instance, detractors have been accusing the Republican party of having members with ties to neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate groups, so it behooves the GOP to exclude such people from the party and start recruiting more sensible people from diverse background sharing a common appreciation of the tenets of (classical) liberalism. We already have the likes of Brandon Straka and Candace Owens, but we need more of them, which leads to the next step.

Step 3.) Many Americans fall in love with leftism because they think that private entities such as churches, charities, and non-public schools have been failing them. This the Republicans should bear in mind.

Thus, Republicans who are schoolteachers, CEOs, and managers of charities must make the first move in helping many worse-off kids have quality education, talented yet unemployed minorities have jobs, and neglected people such as elderly veterans and laid-off employees start a new life, so that people will no longer depend on the government for help. Also, Republicans need to remind everyone that anyone, even a leftist, can start a business, and they can cite as an example Bill Gates who gave free contraception to women after the Trump administration resolved to stop its governmental funding.

For Republicans who sell guns, they can provide free gun training, especially to minorities, starting with their non-white, non-male, and non-Christian friends if they have one.

Republicans involved in businesses and other private organizations must make genuine efforts to help those in need so as to deprive leftists of their base.

Step 4.) The GOP must hire more reliable advisers to its fold. Dinesh D’Souza isn’t enough. It needs people like Larry Elder and Thomas Sowell to strengthen the party, especially in economic matters.

Also, I know of a libertarian schoolteacher that can help the GOP get its act together. His name is Kelley L. Ross, PhD, the author of the online philosophy journal friesian.com. He ran for Congress several times as a Libertarian, and I think that he can advise President Trump as well if he resolves to join the GOP. Here’s a primer to his political standpoint at http://friesian.com/ross/kindof.htm.

Step 5.) This one is the most important of all steps that I’ve listed so far. Republicans need to be articulate when it comes to stating political truths. That involves vocabulary.

It means that Republicans must cease adopting the terminology of its detractors. For example, Republicans must always say “illegal alien” and “illegal alien intrusion” instead of “illegal immigrant”, “illegal immigration”, “undocumented immigrant”, “undocumented immigration”, or even “immigration”. Doing otherwise would jeopardize their reputations. Rep. Steve King is one recent example of this.

Also, Republicans can smash accusations of racism by saying that racial segregation and discrimination against women mandated by the government are enemies of the free market and the principles of Founding Fathers.

Well, I’ve said what I had to tell the GOP to win back the country. Whether it does what I’ve listed here is up to them.

These are so straightforward and simple, yet, how many Republicans will take these on board?

I will offer a few qualifiers of my own on the above. So far, President Trump is the only Republican following Mark C’s five-step plan.

Re Step 1: The Republican National Committee must craft a set of talking points for Party members: a one- or two-sided card with a summary and a detailed booklet explaining them, not unlike a short and a long catechism. For example, the GOP must make clear that smaller government does not have an impact on ‘free stuff’ for the truly needy. Another example is that, since ridding industry of crippling regulations, manufacturers are able to operate more efficiently:

It is also important to note, that at the same time, the US has the cleanest air in the world:

On Step 2, Trump’s Prison Reform plan is a brave and necessary one, even if middle-class Republicans might balk.

Step 3 assumes that Republicans are not active in charitable endeavours. Personally, I think they are, but they operate under a biblical principle of not boasting about their good deeds. However, I agree that they should get more publicity from conservative media and the Republican Party. I’m not sure that Bill Gates and free contraception is a good talking point, but I understand the principle of private enterprise helping to improve society. The GOP corporate tax cuts have enabled businesses to give more to charity. On January 31, 2018, the White House picked up media points about the benefits that lower taxes provide, including charitable giving. The Wall Street Journal had an article about Pfizer at that time, which said in part (emphasis mine):

As a result of savings from the tax changes, Pfizer made a $200 million contribution to the company’s charitable foundation in the fourth quarter, plans to pay $100 million in bonuses to employees and will make a $500 million contribution to its U.S. pension plan by the end of September. The company said it plans to buy back $5 billion in shares this year and invest $5 billion in manufacturing and other capital projects in the U.S. over the next five years.

I wholeheartedly agree that Step 4 is vital. Democrats have dozens of pundits, and Republicans have very few.

Step 5 is also critical. Republicans do need to use correct vocabulary. They also need to make it clear that a Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation after the Civil War and that Republicans were the ones promoting civil rights in the 1960s via the late senator Everett Dirksen who helped to write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Interestingly, both Lincoln and Dirksen were from Illinois. They must also stop calling Democrats ‘liberals’; today’s Democrats are leftists, totally illiberal.

Well, there’s no better — and easier — place to start with talking points than the GOP chairwoman’s — Ronna Romney McDaniel’s — Twitter account. Go for it, Ronna. Make the Grand Old Party great again!

In closing, I would add a sixth step to Mark C’s five. Republicans must develop an aggressive GOTV — Get Out The Vote — plan that rivals the Democrats’. They have to learn how to go door-to-door to canvass and also make sure they distribute tons of flyers with varying messages, depending on the stage of the election campaign.

In some American states, the mid-term vote discrepancies seem to have been a dress rehearsal for 2020, President Trump’s re-election year.

So many strange things have been happening since Tuesday, November 6, 2018, especially in Florida, where a state-wide recount took place.

Here is a partial summary of vote discrepancies.

South Carolina

Katie Arrington (R) ended up losing narrowly to Joe Cunningham (D) in a bid to represent South Carolina’s 1st District in Congress.

On election night, The State reported (emphases mine):

11 p.m.

With 52 percent of results now in from the slow-moving 1st District race, Arrington maintains her lead of 53 percent to 47 percent for Cunningham.

The next morning, The State reported that Cunningham had won in a surprise upset:

In a stunning upset, a Democrat has won South Carolina’s coastal 1st District for the first time in 40 years.

Political newcomer Joe Cunningham narrowly defeated Republican state Rep. Katie Arrington Tuesday, flipping from red to blue a district that Republican President Donald Trump won by 13 points just two years ago. The Associated Press called the tight race at 2 a.m. Wednesday

Cunningham will replace U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, the Charleston Republican whom Arrington beat in the June GOP primary after highlighting the two-time congressman’s criticisms of Trump and pledging to support the president’s agenda in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, all five of South Carolina’s incumbent congressmen kept their seats in landslide victories.

TheLastRefuge — Sundance of The Conservative Treehouse — tweeted:

Hmm.

New Mexico

New Mexico discovered several thousand Democrat votes after a Republican candidate gave her victory speech:

Curious.

Minnesota

Keith Ellison won his bid for Minnesota attorney general, despite being investigated for domestic abuse against his former partner:

It’s not just fraud. Add to that voter stupidity.

Ellison had represented Minnesota’s fifth Congressional district since 2007 and was appointed as Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee last year, so he certainly had name recognition.

Wisconsin

Scott Walker (R) lost his re-election bid to Wisconsin’s governorship to Tony Evers (D) by just over one percent. Hmm.

One Wisconsin voter, Bev, was furious:

Her message is an important one, even though it is all one paragraph. It explains how the Dems know how many fraudulent votes to manufacture.

Arizona

Arizona’s Senate race was controversial. Military veteran Martha McSally (R) lost to Kyrsten Senema (D), raising eyebrows in a state where a Republican — i.e. the late John McCain — was Senator for many years:

By November 10, votes were still being counted — continuing in Sinema’s favour:

That day, The Epoch Times stated:

On Friday night, the lead was about one percentage point of the two million ballots tallied, with Sinema at 991,433 votes and McSally at 971,331 votes. Some 80,000 ballots were submitted to the state from Maricopa County, tilting towards Sinema by more than 11,500, reported 12 News. More than 400,000 remain to be counted statewide, most from Maricopa.

Sinema for Arizona campaign manager Andrew Piatt said in a statement that Sinema will win. “Kyrsten will steadily build her advantage and be elected to the U.S. Senate. She will win this race,” he said.

And, lo, she had.

On November 12, Ricochet said that McSally had been too cautious a candidate and was unprepared for a determined Democrat GOTV (Get Out The Vote) campaign:

The Pima County Republican is very cautious. Very cautious. Instead of barnstorming the map and mixing it up with all comers, she carefully issues press releases and attends controlled events. She wouldn’t even agree to a debate with Sinema for months and then only participated in one …

McSally hails from Pima County, home to Tucson, while Sinema is from Maricopa County, home to Phoenix. More than half the state’s population lives in the latter, so they didn’t know much about the Tucson-based candidate. She needed to spend a lot more time defining herself since Sinema was already defined to a big chunk of Arizonans

If the GOP wants to win in the Grand Canyon State, they can’t rest on their party registration advantage and old trends. Instead, great candidates need to run great campaigns and, at the very least, keep up with Democratic GOTV innovations.

Larry Schweikart, who watched the mid-terms closely, has this analysis:

Sinema is, at heart, a radical. However, she was careful not to expose that side to the public.

I still maintain there were suspect votes in that count. So does the president:

Florida

As I write, the final recount totals appear to be in for Florida.

The initial count was still going on for two days after the election:

Senator Marco Rubio (R) pointed out that counties hit by Hurricane Michael were capable of getting their vote totals in on time:

That day, Rubio went further. Fox News reported:

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday charged that two Democrat-controlled counties in the state, in possible violation of election law, have been reporting a “slow drip” of tens of thousands of additional ballots favorable to several Democratic candidates for statewide office, including incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.

Liberal lawyers, Rubio said in an extraordinary series of tweets that alleged incompetence if not outright complicity by Florida officials, are “descending on” the state in a calculated attempt to “change the results” and “try and steal” races for Senate and agriculture commissioner.

Some former Floridians now living out of state received Florida ballots. Interesting:

President Trump was aware of the situation in the Palm Beach – Fort Lauderdale area:

Gateway Pundit discussed what was going on in Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) on November 8:

The US Senate candidates in Florida received 24,000 fewer votes than the Gubernatorial candidates.

How is this possible? (We know the answer already) …

Breaking update: Governor Rick Scott & the NRSC are filing a public records lawsuit against Broward election supervisor Brenda Snipes for failing to provide them with information about outstanding ballots that have yet to be tabulated

The lawsuit comes as Scott’s margins are shrinking v. Sen Nelson …

That same day, Gateway Pundit carried an eye-witness report on ballots in Broward County (emphasis in the original):

Florida voter JoAnn Knox captured Broward County Election Officials Transferring Ballots in Rented Truck on Election Night!

The article includes her full statement from Facebook, which makes for shocking reading.

Former Independent candidate Tim Canova tweeted this video:

More reports emerged:

On November 9, it looked as if Mike Caldwell (R) had lost his bid for Florida’s agricultural commissioner to Nikki Fried (D). The News-Press reported (emphases mine):

Caldwell thought he had edged out a victory in the agricultural commissioner race Tuesday night when he had about a 40,000 vote lead over Democratic candidate Nikki Fried.

But the latest vote count shows Caldwell losing by 3,120 votes to Fried. The difference between the candidates is .04 percent, signaling an automatic recount, and a likely manual recount.

“Over the course of the last two and half days, the Broward supervisor has continued to magically find boxes of ballots that have potentially altered the course of the race,” Caldwell said in an interview Friday. “And after all that time, we still cannot get a straight answer as to where they came from, when they were cast. We just heard there is another magical box of 2,100 ballots they supposedly found here (Friday).”

He said what is happening in Broward County is unacceptable.

Fried, he said, is from Broward County. Fried’s campaign team had no comment to make to News-Press at that time.

Florida’s congressman Matt Gaetz (R) had this to say about Florida’s election count in Broward:

In Palm Beach County, Democrats wanted non-citizens’ votes counted:

It seems as if Rick Scott (R) won his Senate seat by a narrow margin. Here’s the GOP chairwoman offering her congratulations. Incidentally, she is Mitt Romney’s niece:

Nelson was hanging tough, though:

It also looks as if Ron DeSantis (R) won the governorship over Andrew Gillum (D), again by a slim margin.

President Trump said:

This is how many votes Broward County’s election commissioner managed to find:

On Sunday, November 11, a criminal investigation was launched into voting in Broward and Palm Beach counties. According to the Gateway Pundit, all Florida counties met a deadline for final vote tallies on November 10.

Even so, on November 11, investigative journalist Laura Loomer who was in Fort Lauderdale at the time, reported a ‘bomb threat’ was declared at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Another box of ‘provisional votes’ had been spotted in a rental car last driven by a Broward County employee (this man, perhaps?). Laura Loomer has more on her website. Here is a brief video of an interview of a Republican Party lawyer. Here is another video of hers explaining what the sheriff’s office had to say. She alleges that some of his law enforcement officers are embarrassed.

She also managed to obtain a frank statement from a Democrat attorney on destroying votes:

Indeed, because as someone else explained, quick destruction means no trail:

Other states

On November 12, the Gateway Pundit reported that vote count irregularities had also occurred in Georgia and California:

Democrats have mysteriously found thousands of new votes in Georgia on Saturday after losing the governor’s seat on Tuesday.

And now several California Republican candidates who led their races by significant margins on election night days later are losing their seats as Democrats produce new votes several days later.

Conclusion

President Trump had set up an election commission to address fraud in 2017. However, because so many blue states refused to co-operate, it had to be abandoned in January 2018.

It’s apparent that something concrete and effective must be done before 2020 about vote fraud, which, contrary to what Democrats and their water carriers in the media say, does exist.

Enforcing the laws would be a start. Getting rid of early voting weeks before an election would be another. Stipulating that absentee votes must arrive on or by election day would be another. Non-citizens must be prohibited from voting (the Motor Voter programme registers nearly everyone applying for a driver’s licence). At least Texas governor Greg Abbott will investigate that in his state.

Until then, by golly, what a dress rehearsal by the Dems for 2020.

Politically and culturally, the whole of this year in the US has been a build-up to the mid-term elections.

I barely scratched the surface of everything I wanted to cover in this regard, so I might use that material to analyse the results in the days to come.

Two things are clear.

One: this is a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency.

Two: the Democrat Party is dying. (I refuse to write ‘Democratic’, because they do not live up to it.)

That said, it is incumbent on independents and Republicans to go out and vote on Tuesday, November 6. Here are Cuban immigrants’ views:

The US needs another monster Republican vote to overcome voter fraud.

What follows are my final thoughts before Election Day, written at the end of October.

Trump and young black conservatives

By the time you read this, President Trump will have welcomed a large group of young black conservatives to the White House:

On October 23, the New York Post reported that the first ever Young Black Leadership Summit is sponsored by Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a conservative student organisation founded by Charlie Kirk (see tweets throughout this post). Candace Owens is TPUSA’s Director of Communications and has been pivotal in getting Kanye West to speak out about his support for President Trump.

The Post‘s article says, in part (emphases mine):

Owens, who was gaining traction as a black YouTube star with right political leanings, wanted to hold a forum for young black Americans who were “conservative curious,” as she once was, from day one.

“So my mission was always really clear when Charlie and I met. One of the first things he asked me was, ‘What do you want to do?’ And I said, really, in plain words, ‘I’d like to lead the black revolution against the Democrat Party,’” Owens told The Post.

While Owens joined the group in November, the plan to hold a conference for young black people got a shot of dragon energy in April.

Just days before he would put on the MAGA hat and pronounce his love for Trump, rapper Kanye West tweeted, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks,” the first online suggestion that he was more Republican-leaning.

Kirk said that West’s tweet made both Owens and Turning Point more prominent.

“And kind of gave more reinforcement to the idea of a black leadership summit because during that moment we saw hundreds of blacks across the country come out and say to Candace, ‘Oh my goodness, this is an amazing thing that you’re doing, we love you, we’re afraid to voice our mind,” Kirk explained to The Post. “Candace and I wondered, ‘I wonder how many there really are?’”

Turns out there are at least 350 to 400 young black people interested in hearing Trump speak.

Kanye was not at the conference and by Monday, October 29, had pulled away from the Turning Point organisation over a disagreement about Blexit (black exit) merchandise marketing.

That said, the crowd attending President Trump’s address to them was highly enthusiastic:

This is news bad for the Dems:

Border security

ICE have a tough job, especially as they are under-manned patrolling the southern border. That said, they rack up some incredible accomplishments, as TPUSA’s Charlie Kirk tweets:

Think about that, especially when Democrats, the media and other leftists plea for us to ‘think about the children!’

When it comes to illegal entry, there are a lot of bad, exploitative people crossing the border. When I think of the children among them, I think of the human and sex trafficking victims, exploited people.

Obama, when he was a senator, also said that the rule of law must be respected with regard to crossing the border:

The ‘caravan’

While the world still believes the Trump campaign is guilty of colluding with Russia two years ago at this time, there is little news associating the human caravan in Mexico — happening right before the election — with foreign interests.

Vice President Pence said it is being ‘financed by Venezuela’ which is a nuanced way of saying that foreign powers that own and influence the impoverished nation are behind it. The Conservative Treehouse (CTH) explains:

Announcing the migrant caravan is “financed by Venezuela” is a direct notification the Central American invasion force is being funded by Russia and China.  Venezuela doesn’t have any money to sustain its own operational government – let alone a 10,000 person convoy.  Venezuela is entirely reliant upon massive investment from Russia and China.

In fact China owns 49% of Venezuela’s state run PDVSA energy production. A collateral system where Beijing takes oil as payment for prior loans the Maduro regime cannot pay back.  With the crippling treasury department sanctions President Trump put on Venezuela last year, Trump has punched Maduro and Xi-Jinping hard.

With Mike Pence pointing a finger at Venezuela the politics behind the invasion force begin to make much more sense. The invasion objective takes on a geopolitical angle directly targeting a series of U.S. policies that are against the interests of Russia and China.

The post goes on to say that Trump and Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin have sanctioned Venezuela and limited their ability to expand state oil revenue. China cannot trade directly with Venezuela at the risk of losing access to the US banking system. China continues lending to Venezuela, which will have little chance of repaying the loans.

Furthermore, the US has withdrawn $900m in aid from Pakistan in an effort to stop them enabling extremism in Afghanistan. As China is Pakistan’s main trading partner, Pakistan looks to them to fill the aid gap, unless the World Bank decides to bail them out.

Russia is being squeezed as the US increases its influence in the energy markets in Europe. European nations that were getting their energy supplies from Russia are increasingly turning towards the US for LNG, oil and coal.

The CTH post has more details, but, from this, we see that it is entirely plausible for Vice President Pence to conclude that ‘Venezuela’ is behind the human caravan just before the mid-terms. If so, this constitutes election meddling by a foreign power.

On that note, the Gateway Pundit reported that tens of thousands of migrants are already pouring across the southern border into the United States — including Chinese citizens:

Thousands of illegal aliens are swarming the Texas border this month in advance of the migrant caravan marching through Mexico, prompting Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr., the Customs and Border Patrol Sector Chief of the Rio Grande Valley, to beg for help dealing with the onslaught of illegal aliens, gang members and drug cartel smugglers. Just on Saturday over 700 illegal aliens were caught, with over 12,000 caught in the past three weeks. In addition, safe houses have been busted and drug smugglers intercepted by the overstretched CBP in the Rio Grande Valley.

16,000 “family units” were reported caught in the last month in the RGV sector by CBP. All these illegals take manpower and resources to detain, process, house, clothe, feed, and give medical treatment.

Padilla sent out several tweets this weekend with the message, “We need “, in conjunction with video reports by on scene Fox News Channel reporter Griff Jenkins …

In his interview Sunday with Jenkins about the migrant caravan marching through Mexico, Padilla said that just the day before his sector reported 700 illegal aliens caught at the border, 8 human smuggling cases, one dead body recovered, a potential river drowning (body not surfaced yet), over 700 pounds of marijuana and 68 pounds of peyote seized–all on Saturday.

In a separate report, Jenkins noted a group of illegal aliens from China were caught.

This migration is being orchestrated. It is not a spontaneous ‘humanitarian’ movement. It is designed to provoke Trump into taking violent action before November 6.

Nationalism

Nationalism has been a dirty word for nearly 20 years, unless a Democrat uses it favourably. Then it’s okay:

At a recent campaign rally, President Trump described himself as a ‘nationalist’ in the MAGA sense. On October 23, CNN’s Jim Acosta, the son of immigrants, took him to task for it in the Oval Office. Trump replied that he is tired of seeing the US pay more than its fair share when it comes to NATO and trade. Trump’s answer is excellent and measured, especially to a journo who should have had his White House press privileges revoked last year:

Selected state races

Here is an update on a few state races.

North Dakota

On October 17, I wrote about the deleterious effect the Dems’ antics during the Kavanaugh hearings had on American voters. I mentioned North Dakota, where Heidi Heitkamp is running for re-election against Kevin Cramer. Up until the Kavanaugh hearings, she looked comfortable. Now, not so much. She also had to suspend campaigning after her team released an ad which identified victims of sexual assault:

Worse was to come. That day, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released an expose of her and her campaign team. Her campaign workers say that, if the Democrats win a majority, her political stance will move further to the left. Currently, she tries to present herself as a centrist, even refusing an appearance from Obama, so as not to offend Trump Democrats who might vote for her. However, it’s all for show:

Michigan

Another Democrat senator running for re-election is Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow. Her GOP opponent is a young veteran and West Point graduate, John James. Unfortunately, only lately has James’s campaign been getting much traction. That’s because he is a political outsider:

Here’s a short, honest advert from James. I hope he wins:

Florida

Andrew Gillum is the Democrat candidate running for governor in Florida.

He has influential money behind him, as the Tampa Bay Times reported on July 23, which was during primary season:

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s group NextGen America made waves last month when it announced it is backing Democrat Andrew Gillum in the Florida governor’s race.

This week, the group is putting some more money where its mouth is.

NextGen America is making a six-figure digital ad buy in support of Gillum, pushing two new ads on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other online platforms, according to a release obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

“We know that young voters are online, and a strong and smart digital campaign will be key to pushing Andrew Gillum across the finish line on August 28th,” Steyer, the president of NextGen America, said in the release.

Gillum won the Dem nomination, but questions arose soon afterwards:

Gillum admits the following is true and that he has a ’15-year relationship’ with another influential donor:

On September 3, this appeared:

In that interview, the show’s host Chuck Todd summarised Gillum’s platform:

You ran as an unabashed progressive Democrat. You’re for Medicare for all, you talk about getting rid of ICE …

No wonder those two billionaires are supporting him. That’s exactly what they want.

On October 14, online host Bill Mitchell did a little social media stumping for Gillum’s Republican opponent:

Meanwhile, Breitbart was digging into Gillum’s background. On October 17, they gave us more information about the Soros connection (bold emphasis in the original, the one in purple mine):

Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum graduated from an Oakland, California-based training school for progressive revolutionaries that has spawned a list of activists who have gone on to become the who’s who of the far-left leadership world, with many taking senior positions at organizations financed by billionaire George Soros.

In scores of cases, graduates of the Rockwood Leadership Institute founded or directed notorious Soros-financed activist groups, such as Black Lives Matter, Media Matters for America, MoveOn.org and the Tides Foundation, one of the nation’s largest funders of progressive groups.

Soros’s own Open Society Foundations sent top staff to Rockwood for training. Notorious radicals Van Jones and Linda Sarsour are among the many famous names listed as alums.

Gillum graduated from Rockwood in 2012, yet he told independent journalist Joe Biggs (see above tweet), that he has a ’15-year relationship’ with Soros. Interesting.

Breitbart‘s article describes how Soros donates to Gillum’s campaign (emphases mine):

Soros, meanwhile, has directly donated to organizations seeking to get Gillum elected. Days before Gillum’s Aug. 28 primary, Soros joined with billionaire Tom Steyer to lead a group of donors making a $650,000 infusion into Gillum’s coffers.

Soros also contributed to The Collective, a little-known but increasingly influential political organization that says it is seeking to build a “black political power” movement. The Collective reportedly injected nearly $2 million into Gillum’s campaign, funding television and radio ads, get-out-the-vote drives, and playing a key role in helping Gillum defeat his Democratic opponents, some of whom were better-funded and had more statewide name recognition. The group announced plans to continue backing Gillum during the current general election campaign.

On October 20, Breitbart reported voting irregularities among Gillum’s siblings:

Leon County voting records show Marcus Gillum voted by absentee in the 2012 general election, absentee in the 2014 primary election, and early voted in the 2016 general election.

But the trouble is, months before he cast that 2016 ballot in Florida, Marcus Gillum, in an affidavit for an unrelated court case, swore under oath he was a resident of Chicago.

Also, according to records, Marcus Gillum is still currently registered to vote in Leon County at a home that his brother, gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, sold over three years ago. The Leon County Property Appraiser indicates that Andrew Gillum sold 5325 St. Ives Lane on February 27th, 2015.

Furthermore, Florida Department of Motor Vehicle records show that Marcus Gillum has not had a valid Florida drivers license since 2011

This information was presented to Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley. “Based on this information I will initiate an investigation into potential voter ineligibility,” Earley said.

Earley also added that fraudulent voting is actually very difficult to prevent.

“It could be that (ineligible voters) consider Leon County to be their place of residence,” Earley said. “But the reality is until they notify us that it isn’t their residence, or we are notified by a different jurisdiction we have nothing to go on to remove them as an active voter.”

But voting irregularities involving Andrew Gillum’s siblings may not be confined to his brother Marcus. Voter records indicate that Monique Gillum, Andrew Gillum’s sister, voted in Florida despite questions about residency.

Monique Gillum voted absentee in the 2012 general election, absentee in 2014 primary election, early voted in the 2016 general election, and voted in the 2018 primary election.

However, like her brother Marcus, voting records also show that Monique Gillum is still currently registered to vote at the St. Ives address. However, the mailing address she provided to the Leon County Supervisor of Elections is a P.O Box in New York City.

Public records show Monique Gillum does have a current Florida drivers license with a Tallahassee address. However, the address is different from the two provided to the Leon County Supervisor of Elections.

Also, other records, including work she did as a registered lobbyist for the Southern Poverty Law Center, indicate that Monique resided in Montgomery, Alabama from 2014 to 2016 …

Hmm.

On October 23, news emerged that Gillum’s ticket to the musical Hamilton came from an undercover FBI agent:

The Miami Herald broke the story, which also involves Gillum’s aforementioned brother Marcus:

Undercover FBI agents paid for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s hotel room and his ticket to the Broadway musical “Hamilton” during a 2016 trip to New York City, according to a bombshell trove of records that raises new questions two weeks before the Nov. 6 election for Florida governor.

Among the records released Tuesday: photos, a video and dozens of text messages between Gillum, who is the Democratic nominee for governor, former lobbyist Adam Corey and an undercover FBI agent. They appear to contradict Gillum’s explanation for the expenses, which have been made a major issue by his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis.

Gillum’s campaign has maintained — and continued to do so Tuesday after the records were released — that Gillum’s brother, Marcus, handed him the ticket the night of the show.

But text messages at the time of the trip show Gillum was told the tickets came from “Mike Miller,” an FBI agent looking into city corruption who was posing as a developer …

The campaign has not said how Marcus Gillum, who lives in Chicago, came by such a sought-after Broadway ticket, or whether Andrew Gillum asked his brother about it.

“These messages only confirm what we have said all along,”Andrew Gillum said on Facebook Live on Tuesday. “We did go to see ‘Hamilton.’ I did get my ticket to ‘Hamilton’ from my brother. At the time, we believed that they were reserved by friends of Adam’s, Mike Miller.

“And when I got there after work, got my ticket, we went in there and saw it, assumed my brother paid for it, and so far as I know, that was the deal” …

Once a close friend of Gillum’s, Corey is at the center of the FBI’s long-running probe into corruption in Tallahassee. No one has been charged, and Gillum has said that agents assured him he was neither a target nor a focus of the probe.

Gillum has repeatedly given vague answers to questions about who paid for the New York City trip. His avoidance of a direct answer became pronounced during a Sunday debate on CNN between DeSantis and Gillum.

“Did you pay for the ‘Hamilton’ tickets?” DeSantis asked.

But there’s more. The new information raises a question over how the trip to New York was financed:

They show that undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen were working for months to get an out-of-state meeting with Gillum, and that Gillum appeared willing to oblige them.

In June 2016, Corey texted Miller, the undercover agent, telling him that he would discuss options with Gillum.

“I just want to make it a good trip and Sweets and B will be booked on something else if we don’t lock something down,” Miller replied.

“Mike Sweets” and “Brian Butler” were the two other undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen

… they met in New York, while Gillum was attending a conference on behalf of the People for the American Way Foundation, a liberal advocacy group that employed him.

Text messages show Miller paid for the airfare and hotel room for Gillum’s brother, Marcus.

“Send me the mayor and his brother’s information and I will have my girl book their flights,” Miller wrote.

Corey replied that Gillum had already booked his flight, but he would send his brother’s information “ASAP.”

“Just tell them to let me know what their flights cost and I will cover it,” Miller said.

The ethics complaint was filed against Gillum in June this year, and Gillum met with investigators in early September

Tuesday’s document dump was the type of event Democrats feared when Gillum won the party’s nomination in August but hoped would never come. Though supporters generally dismissed the significance of the texts and emails between Gillum and Corey, one Democratic consultant acknowledged that anyone on the fence about Gillum could be deflated.

The timing of the release — exactly two weeks before Election Day and on the second day of early voting — comes during a key period for the Democratic Party, when voters typically begin showing up to the polls in large numbers and making up the advantage Republicans build during absentee voting …

On October 31, Project Veritas issued a damning video of Gillum’s campaign and a written summary. Gillum is left wing, not just left-of-centre. Omar Smith, the main campaign worker interviewed, said Gillum promises things he will not be able to accomplish. Be prepared for untoward remarks about Floridians:

James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, went to follow up. Omar Smith, the main speaker in the video, has asked that these videos not be circulated. This is bad news for Gillum:

From 1968 …

In closing, this 50-year-old poster about voting helped Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew win an election in a highly turbulent year in the US (Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, Bobby Kennedy’s assassination and the riots by radicals during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago). It’s no surprise that Republicans won that year:

It has the same message that Republicans are trying to get out today, especially taking other people along so that they, too, can vote.

Fifty years on, here is the unofficial, but no less powerful, Republican slogan circulating online:

President Trump has tweeted several times recently, including in the tweet below with a short video from his Houston rally, promising what Republicans will continue to do to shore up the US:

PROMISES MADE. PROMISES KEPT.

Regardless about what one’s personal opinions are about the much-derided Stephen Bannon, his documentary about President Trump is one which must be seen, particularly with America’s upcoming mid-term elections in mind.

This is his complete video, Trump@War, which is well worth watching. It is one hour and 16 minutes long:

‘Explicit version’ in this instance does not mean anything a family cannot view together, unless they find President Trump’s manner of speech appalling. If they do, then this documentary is not for them. They are not Americans who respect the polity of the Great Republic.

The first third of the film explores Trump’s candidacy from the summer of 2015, complete with film of the escalator scene, through to 2016 with the Left’s unhinged violence.

After 40 minutes or so, Trump’s first term, the present one, unfolds, with its many accomplishments nationally and internationally.

Trump @War makes clear that the US president has many enemies at home, however, what is worth noting is that many of America’s former enemies respect the man who is attempting to wrestle them into a peace-loving proposition.

For this reason, please, America, vote a straight Republican ticket on or before Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Thank you. The world depends on it.

In closing, below are two important pro-Republican adverts to watch. I hope any Americans reading pass these onto their friends before November 6. (There’s rough language in the second, but it is good that it was left in, because it shows how much hate that guy has.)

Thank you in advance for passing these along!

The GOP — Grand Old Party — has come out with some good adverts in the run up to the mid-term elections.

A recent one is about the violence that Democrat legislators encourage.

Before getting to the ad, however, here are even more examples of how the unhinged Left are attacking Republicans, even wet ones like Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona:

The Secret Service has also been investigating people who have sent threatening items sent through the post to Republicans and their family members:

Now on to the recent ad from the Republican Party:

Here’s the YouTube version:

That’s former Speaker of the House (yes) Nancy Pelosi (D-California) indirectly advocating violence against political opponents. The Daily Wire‘s Ryan Saavedra reports her quote (emphases mine):

“We have to have total clarity about what we do when it comes to everything — a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage … whether it’s about immigration, whether it’s about gun safety, whether it’s about climate …” Pelosi said earlier this week. “I think that we owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there’s some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original purpose.”

Pelosi was Speaker of the House under Obama for a time and famously said of the bill for Obamacare:

We have to pass it to find out what’s in it.

Incredibly, millions of Americans believed that line.

One hopes they will not make the same mistake on Tuesday, November 6.

It would be a shame if Pelosi were once again Speaker of the House.

Vote Republican.

Senator Lindsey Graham is a bit of a wet Republican.

However, he is passionate in seeing Republican judges appointed, such as Justice Kavanaugh. The crazy Left gave him a lot of flak for that.

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, he appeared on FOX & friends to give his viewpoint on voting Democrat in the upcoming mid-term elections:

The Democrats of the 21st century are all about chaos, intimidation, violence and open borders.

Vote Republican on or before November 6.

The crazed Democrat reaction to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is the 2018 mid-term October Surprise.

It’s galvanised the GOP — Republican — base to the extent that, provided all these angry yet decent Americans vote between now and November 6, the Grand Old Party should hold both the House and the Senate, possibly with increased majorities.

The outrage is even spreading in Dem-dominated states, such as New Jersey. George S Bardmesser, a lawyer, wrote about it for The Federalist, ‘The Left’s Treatment Of Kavanaugh Fills Millions Of Americans with Rage’ (emphases mine):

This last Friday night, I spoke to my 81-year-old father. We talked of his health, and then he surprised me. “Can you believe this outrage in the Senate?” he said, his voice trembling with rage. “How can they do this to this man? How?”

We rarely talk politics

I didn’t think my father followed the goings-on in Washington. My initial response was: “I’d rather not talk about it, or I’ll pop an artery in my brain.” But then I told him: “You live in New Jersey. Guess what? Your senator is up for re-election, and he is a corrupt Democrat. Talk to your friends. Get them to vote for the Republican in November. This time, you have a chance.”

Again, he surprised me. He said he doesn’t need to talk to them, they are already planning to vote Republican. Every single one of them. “Tell them to talk to their friends,” I said. “Tell them to get every one of their friends to vote.” “I will,” he said, “I must.” So there will be a few more people voting against Sen. Bob Menendez five weeks from now.

Bardmesser writes that Kavanaugh’s speech in his own defence turned his nomination around. Let’s recall that Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations comprised a story full of unanswered questions. The Left — including Dems — accepted them as true. Bardmesser and many other Americans know this was not about Kavanaugh but American men in general.

He wrote this on October 2, when leftist accusations were at their peak, but it’s worth remembering what those first few days in October 2018 were like:

The next step in the progressive hate parade is straightforward: Kavanaugh is a serial rapist and killer who buries his victims in his back yard. (Pardon me, an alleged serial rapist and killer—he hasn’t been convicted yet, which is a minor inconvenience for the left, but only a minor one.) But worry not. Stormy Daniels and her reptiloid lawyer are on the case.

I shake with fury when I think about how Democrats are using Ford, a woman with memory and documented psychological issues, in a calculated vicious campaign of obstruction, character assassination, and destruction of one of our finest judges. If they can do this to him, they can do it to anyone. And we all know they will do it to anyone. We all know this is the new normal: weaponizing sexual misconduct allegations, however uncorroborated, however improbable, however lurid or bizarre, against Republican nominees. Everyone is vulnerable. Everyone.

Righteous anger at Democrats about Kavanaugh lanced a figurative boil, reminding Americans of everything else that infuriates them:

I shake with fury when I think of how this farcical confirmation process is symptomatic of what Democrats are doing to our country, from workplaces to universities, from old media to new media, from schools to kindergardens. Everyone is now vulnerable to the wildest accusations of sexual impropriety, with no proof needed, since the charges are inherently unprovable, and one must always believe the victim.

They will take that righteous anger to the ballot box, Dems.

That same day — October 2, when Dems were sure Kavanaugh would cave — Quinnipiac published a poll saying that Republicans were closing their deficit of voting enthusiasm, from 14 to 7 percentage points. Hot Air reported:

Quinnipiac has produced some of the largest gaps in the aggregated polling on the generic congressional ballot this cycle. Their previous poll, taken at the beginning of September, showed Republicans trailing by a disastrous 14 points with two months to go before the midterms.

Today, it’s seven points — among registered voters

Also worth noting: this is the lowest level polled for Democrats in the Quinnipiac series since at least the first week of July, after which they have remained at 50% or above until now. It also ties the highest level achieved by Republicans in the series from mid-August

Does this represent a Kavanaugh effect? The polling for this took place between Thursday and Sunday, meaning that three of the four days came after the televised hearings in which Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified, a hearing obsessively covered by the national news media. One might have expected Democrats to get a bump coming out of that hearing, especially given the tenor of the coverage it received. Instead, the momentum shifted in the other direction even among the wider population. It’s tough to directly correlate that to Kavanaugh, since Quinnipiac didn’t bother to ask any questions on the issue, but it’s tough to assume that it had no impact either.

Another state where the Dem lead is in trouble is North Dakota, home to Senator Heidi Heitkamp, whose re-election bid could be in trouble. On October 1, KFYR TV reported:

We start out with the latest numbers for the race for Senate. According to SRA, it surveyed 650 likely voters last month. And, Republican challenger Rep. Kevin Cramer leads incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp by 10 percentage points; 51 percent to 41 percent. Eight percent have yet to make up their mind …

Obviously a hot topic lately is the pending confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Sixty percent of voters in North Dakota support Kavanaugh with 27 percent expressing opposition. The poll was conducted during the recent disclosure that Kavanaugh may have engaged in sexual misconduct while in high school and college, but before the Sept. 27 testimony by Kavanaugh and one of his accusers before the Senate Judiciary Committtee.

And in national issues, the SRA poll say[s] an overwhelmingly that 21 percent of North Dakota voters have Kavanaugh as their biggest concern.

True, particularly among North Dakotan women:

Heitkamp voted against Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court on Saturday, October 6, so it will be most interesting to see how that plays out in November.

Her opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer:

called Ford’s accusations “absurd” and criticized Democrats for orchestrating a campaign against the nominee.

“At some point Brett Kavanaugh deserves due process,” Cramer said in a radio interview. “You can’t just stage these allegations to delay the Supreme Court.”

On October 3, the New York Post reported that the Kavanaugh nomination process had galvanised Republican voters. Again, this was written before the confirmation vote took place:

Whatever the outcome of the immediate contest, it’s increasingly clear that Democrats and the media establishment made an enormous miscalculation by waging total war against Kavanaugh and his family

Whatever disputes we have on our own side, the thinking on the right now goes, we have to set them aside and stop a politics of personal destruction, fueled by a moral panic and an uncritical mainstream media that sees itself as an adjunct of the anti-Trump resistance.

These forces have combined to turn Kavanaugh into a folk hero, a stand-in for every American who has found himself falsely accused, or railroaded by malicious hearsay, or facing an unfeeling bureaucracy that treats juvenile missteps as unforgivable sins …

The result of all this: Republicans are now more fired up about the November midterm elections than Democrats. NPR reported Wednesday: “In July, there was a 10-point gap between the number of Democrats and Republicans saying the November elections were ‘very important.’ Now, that is down to 2 points, a statistical tie.”

This is particularly true for Republican women:

Crazed Democrat reactions to Kavanaugh have also had a big effect in Nevada — and across the country. Breitbart reports that support for Nevada’s Republican candidates has improved noticeably over the past few weeks.

Nationally:

A recent NBC News survey found that Republicans across the nation have matched Democrat interest in the midterm election.

Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus recently contended that the Kavanaugh effect will give Republicans an extra boost in the midterm elections.

“Something incredible has happened over the last couple of weeks, and it’s called the Kavanaugh effect on Republican voters,” said Priebus.

“Before Kavanaugh, Democrats were at a ten [in enthusiasm] to defeat Trump. Republicans were at like a six. They were happy with the economy,” Priebus added. “They were happy with the wins that we had. But they weren’t at the level they needed to be. Well, now they are at a ten. So the effect is the Democrats didn’t go above ten. They are at ten. And now, the Republicans are at a ten. And so you get the juice that you need to run the machinery.”

On Friday, October 5, I heard a substantial part of the lengthy speech that Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) made regarding Kavanaugh. With its many historic references, it was her way of saying she was voting ‘Yes’ for his appointment to the Supreme Court.

Regardless of what Kavanaugh’s opponents said about her …

… Collins’s speech played well with sensible women voters who did not believe Christine Blasey Ford’s nebulous accusations:

Radical Dem water carriers are doing their side no favours by harassing Collins, especially privately. On Monday, October 15, a suspicious envelope arrived at her home. Her husband was there at the time. CBS News in Boston has the story:

It was unclear who sent the letter and why. But critics have hurled threats at Collins recently over her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Outside the house, a Bangor Daily News photographer captured an image of a person in a hazmat suit holding an envelope in a plastic bag. Later, the FBI arrived, along with vans carrying people in military uniforms, the newspaper reported.

Law enforcement officials were analyzing the contents of the letter. An FBI spokeswoman said Monday evening that preliminary tests on the envelope indicated there was no threat to the public.

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, who voted against Kavanaugh, came to his fellow senator’s defense.

“Regardless of any political differences, @SenatorCollins, her family, and her staff should not have to be subjected to these threats — there’s just no place for it in our discourse,” he tweeted.

Absolutely agree.

Here is more Kavanaugh polling …

… and more polling (‘Harvad’ should be ‘Harvard’):

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) thought the anti-Kavanaugh craziness resembled a Salem witch trial:

Crazed leftists were consumed with KDS (Kavanaugh Derangement Syndrome) and TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). This tweet is too filthy to display.

Here’s one I can show:

The design lead at Google had to delete one of his tweets, although he kept an anti-Evangelical one and an anti-conservative one up for display. As for the one he deleted:

In the end, it was all good. Thanks, Dems!

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) thanked the Dems for energising the Republicans:

We can only hope that everyone fired up over Kavanaugh is ready to go out and VOTE REPUBLICAN between now and November 6.

Remember …

Please help President Trump Make America — and the world — Great Again!

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, President Trump appeared at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, in support of Republican candidate for Senate, Lou Barletta:

It was yet another high-energy Trump rally, inside …

… and outside:

Fortunately, jumbotrons were provided for those who could not get in:

Trump always thanks the crowds via Twitter:

This year, he is emphasising the importance of voting in the mid-terms (content — Trump’s speech — will be available if you click on the tweet, which will open in a new tab):

This is one of Trump’s new angles:

Millie Weaver of Infowars interviewed several self-proclaimed ex-Democrats after the rally. This is an instructive 10-and-a-half minute video, especially for my readers who do not live in the United States:

Most of the people interviewed had voted Democrat in several elections, had voted for Obama at least once and came to realise the Democrats were not making America great again. They came to realise that Donald Trump was the only candidate who spoke out and up for them. One teenage girl noticed that Erie was starting to look better again since he became president.

A union man said he supports Trump because the unions weren’t preserving American jobs for their members. He said that he had seen more and more jobs go overseas.

A teenage girl, possibly just out of high school, said that she started to research Trump because the negative coverage about him piqued her interest. She discovered that Trump wasn’t at all the person the media portrayed. Her mother says she managed to ‘red pill’ the whole family.

Others reported that they lost close relationships with family and friends for supporting Trump. How sad.

A black man said that he was sick of the identity politics that the Dems go in for; he judges candidates by what they say and do and refuses to support Democrats just because he is an ethnic minority.

A young university student says that he was left-wing until he started looking at the Dem stance on gun control. He says that the Second Amendment is fundamental to American rights as citizens.

More and more people are waking up to the dirty tricks that the Democrats play. On Thursday, October 11, The Hill reported that Tucker Carlson’s book, Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution, toppled Watergate journalist Bob Woodward’s Fear from the top spot on the New York Times best-seller list. That is excellent news indeed.

The president tweeted his congratulations at the weekend:

The Hill noted:

Carlson consistently finishes in the top 3 from a ratings perspective in the cable news race along with Fox’s Sean Hannity and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. In the third quarter of this year, Carlson averaged 2.78 million viewers.

Carlson’s one of the good guys. Unfortunately, most pundits, presenters and reporters in Big Media are anything but. LoveBreedsAccountability says that most media people are helping to inflame violence against respectable Americans:

The violent, angry grassroots Democrats we’re seeing attack people and break laws, are inspired and enabled by the media. And because they’re liberals, they’re that awkward combination of ridiculous, terrifying and hilarious that make for great campaign ads. So President Trump and the GOP are using those mobs as evidence of why you should vote Republican in the midterms. And it’s working. The midterms are shaping up to be a lot more competitive than anyone thought, and so the media is pushing back hard against the “mob” characterization.

The post included a video clip from the Washington Free Beacon‘s Andrew Kugle who observed that the media are now trying to excise the word ‘mob’ from their coverage:

There’s also this comment from another Twitter user:

Indeed.

Eric Holder, Obama’s first attorney general, is the latest to suggest violence against Republicans:

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), who was shot and seriously injured at a practice session for the annual Congressional baseball game in June 2017, tweeted:

It took months for Scalise to recover from the injuries inflicted upon him by a shooter from Illinois. Therefore, he knows whereof he speaks.

The GOP has released a new ad with a montage of left-wing violence against not only Americans but also Canadians. Breitbart reports:

The new GOP ad also features a recording of a leftist man attacking a woman demonstrating against abortion in Toronto, Canada.

Democrats and their news media allies took umbrage with Trump’s aforementioned description of them, expressing support for left-wing and partisan Democrat activists who harass Republican politicians and their supporters.

However, this year has been very bad for Republicans, including women (emphasis mine):

Various Republicans have accused Democrats of inciting politically motivated violence — deliberately or negligently — through rhetoric. Sen. Rand Paul’s wife, Kelley Paul, recently told Breitbart News that she now sleeps with a loaded gun by her bed as a security precaution following threats against her husband, herself, and her family.

It cannot be emphasised how important it is for decent Americans to go out and vote in the mid-terms.

Vote Republican: the future of the United States and the world depends on it.

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