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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Biden Set to Eviscerate US Farmers with Cabinet Picks and Their Policies

Seton Motley
by Seton Motley
: Illegally President-elect Joe Biden is looking to establish the most hyper-regulatory administration in US history.

Which is exceedingly terrible news for US.Biden’s ‘Build Back Never’: His Endless Government Assaults Will Make Building America Impossible

Biden’s ‘Unity’ – Unites Leftists and Government Bureaucrats Against US

Great News: Biden, Inc Looks to Massively Ramp Up Regulations
So…I like to eat. Do you like to eat? God bless our farmers – they like to manufacture food for us to eat.

The Barack Obama-Joe Biden Administration REALLY liked to make life for farmers as exceedingly terrible as possible.Burdensome Federal Regulations Hurt American Farmers and Ranchers

The EPA is Turning Water on Farms Into a Weapon Against Farmers

A Government Agency Making Farmers’ Lives Miserable – Besides the EPA, We Mean
President Donald Trump has been a US farmers’ Godsend.US Farmers Know – DC Doesn’t: Trump Remains Farmers’ Best Friend

Trump Proposes EPA Budget and Staff Cut: Farmers, Ranchers and Energy Producers Rejoice

Trump EPA to Dump ‘WOTUS’; Frees 247 Million Acres of Farmland
Of course, Biden, Inc needs awful employees to implement its awfulness. And they are choosing scads of exceedingly awful employees – many of whom were also exceedingly awful for Obama-Biden, Inc.

To be sure: Nigh all of the good work for farmers Trump has done – will be undone.Trump And Biden Differ On Agriculture Policy

Environmentalists Hope Biden Will Reverse Trump Policies
Who Will Spearhead Biden’s Climate, Energy and Agriculture Policies?:

“President-elect Joe Biden has vowed an overhaul of U.S. energy and environment policy to fight climate change, with a goal of bringing the economy to net-zero emissions by 2050.

“While the plan has yet to be clearly defined, it includes things like ramping up clean energy technology and usage, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, federal procurement of clean energy technology and reengaging the United States in a global pact to fight warming.”
All of which will make farmers’ lives MUCH worse.

Biden’s plans are awful – his planners somehow awfuller still.Biden Selects Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary, Michael Regan as EPA Chief

Five Ways the EPA Can Get Its Mojo Back Under the Biden Administration
Trust that farmers do NOT want the EPA to “get its mojo back.”

Who is looming EPA Chief Michael Regan? All you have to know is – Leftists LOVE him:“Several environmental advocacy groups lauded the selection….Regan…is known for prioritizing environmental justice, which…’helped win him the post.’”

Here’s Regan Tweeting:

“Climate change is the most significant challenge humanity faces. We’ll make meaningful progress together by listening to every voice—from our youth & frontline communities to scientists & our workforce. I will be honored to be part of that work as EPA Administrator.”
I’m quite sure Regan won’t actually be listening to any farmers’ voices at all.

Can you feel the EPA mojo coming back? Farmers certainly can – and they’ll hate it.

Who is looming Interior Chief Deb Haaland? All you have to know is – Leftists LOVE her:“Even before her selection, Haaland was drawing broad support from environmental groups, indigenous peoples’ advocates and members of Congress, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who released a statement on Wednesday saying ‘Haaland knows the territory, and if she is the President-elect’s choice for Interior Secretary, then he will have made an excellent choice.’”It looks like Interior too will get back its exceedingly awful mojo:“Haaland’s selection positions Biden’s Interior Department to build on the budding alliances between tribes and environmental groups that have been formed in recent years to battle fossil fuel projects like the Dakota Access pipeline, expand land conservation and keep water in overdrawn rivers.”Water, you say? More mojo a-coming…:“(T)he Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, rule…could be a top priority should the former vice president win the White House in November — right after reinstating President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and reining in President Trump’s revisions to a rule for National Environmental Policy Act compliance.

“‘I think there’s going to be considerable pressure to deal with the Waters of the U.S. mess,’ said Vermont Law School professor Pat Parenteau, referring to the regulation that defines the scope of the Clean Water Act. ‘I think what he really has to do is what Trump did, in reverse, and flip the script.’”
Farmers yet again hardest hit.

Even on the occasional instance where Biden goes moderate – farmers fear yet again getting hammered.Biden’s Choice of Tom Vilsack for U.S.D.A. Raises Fears for Small Farmers:

“Mr. Vilsack faces a steep challenge, with progressive and environmental groups warning that he is too friendly with big industrial agriculture businesses.”
But…:“(R)ural farmers, who voted overwhelmingly for Mr. Trump, are wary that more regulations are in store under a Democratic administration.” As opposed to, you know, the nation’s very many urban farmers. The New York Times is out of its depth reporting upon…well, just about anything not in the Upper West Side.

Can you blame the nation’s food manufacturers – rural, urban and everywhere in between – for being more than a little wary of a third Obama Administration?

Given how awful to them the first two were?

This isn’t rural rocket science.
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Everything You Need to Know as Congress Debates Electoral College Vote for President

by Fred Lucas: President Donald Trump sounded confident during a rally Monday night in Georgia about his chances for victory after the House and Senate convene a joint session Wednesday to count the Electoral College votes for president.

But the probability of altering former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead of 302 votes to Trump’s 232 votes in the Electoral College seems very low, even with the House and Senate poised to debate certification of some states for Biden amid allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities.

Thousands of Trump supporters were expected in Washington for a “Stop the Steal” rally Wednesday outside the Capitol, where the certification of votes will be debated.

Whatever happens, this will almost certainly mark the end of the tumultuous 2020 presidential election. Whether there is any chance to change the outcome, the lawmakers’ debate will offer grand political theater.

Here’s what you need to know before the big day.

1. What’s the Role of Mike Pence?
Vice President Mike Pence, in his role as president of the Senate, will preside over the joint session of Congress. What Pence can do and what he will do are becoming the biggest questions.

Article II of the Constitution and the 12th Amendment say the president of the Senate (in this case Pence) shall, in the presence of the Senate and House, “open all the certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted.”

The language of the 12th Amendment reads:The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;–the person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President.Trump is putting public pressure on Pence not to open the electors’ votes from some states suspected of being fraudulent.

“I hope that our great vice president comes through for us. He’s a great guy,” Trump told the Georgia crowd Monday night. “Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much. No, Mike is a great guy. He’s a great man and a smart man.”

Trump also tweeted Tuesday: “The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors.”
A lawsuit led by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has sought to pressure Pence to reject Electoral College votes from states where the Trump campaign and its supporters suspect voter fraud or irregularities. The other plaintiffs in Gohmert’s lawsuit are 11 “alternate electors” for Trump from Arizona.

The lawsuit is based on a legal theory that the Constitution grants Pence, as president of the Senate, the sole authority to determine which electors’ votes to count.

The lawsuit also argues that the Electoral Count Act of 1887, which allows Congress to legitimize electoral votes, violates the Constitution’s Electors Clause and limits or eliminates the vice president’s 12th Amendment authority to determine which slates of electors should be counted.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the Gohmert suit with an opinion Monday from Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee, that said the Gohmert argument “lies somewhere between a willful misreading of the Constitution and fantasy.”

But the Constitution doesn’t grant the president of the Senate the authority to disqualify some votes and accept others, said Tara Ross, a constitutional lawyer and author of the book “The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders’ Plan Saves Our Country From Mob Rule.”

“Vice President Pence does not have the authority to intervene and decide the election,” Ross told The Daily Signal. “I agree there are some open constitutional questions about the Electoral Count Act.”

She said she fears that action by Congress could undermine the Electoral College.

“The Electoral College is about state sovereignty and how states choose a president,” Ross added. “This could open the door to full-fledged partisan fighting and states could lose their voice.

To the degree Congress is concerned about fraud, they should ask state legislatures to address this and investigate themselves.”

During a press call Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tem Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, referred to his presiding over the Senate debate when Pence is not presiding. Grassley’s remark set off another Washington minidrama when it appeared that he was saying Pence would not preside over the joint session.

But both the White House and Grassley’s office clarified that this was a reference to the Senate debate and the option to give Pence some time off.
2. How Will the Process Work?
Congress passed the Electoral Count Act of 1887 in response to the aftermath of the controversial 1876 presidential election.

The law established a procedure for challenging the counting of the Electoral College votes. If an objection is signed by one House member and one senator, the joint session of Congress will adjourn and the House and Senate will separately debate the objection for two hours. After each chamber votes on the matter, the joint session will reconvene.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., has announced that he would lead a challenge to counting electors’ votes from states where election procedures were controversial. More than 100 other House Republicans say they intend to join the objections.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., became the first senator to announce he would join the objection, and others followed.

So far, another 11 Republican senators have said they would vote against certifying the results unless Congress agreed to an emergency 10-day audit of the election.

For the objections to change the outcome in any state, it would require a simple majority in the House and Senate. That seems unlikely, since many Senate Republicans oppose the objections, and Democrats control the House.

3. How Long Will the Debate Run?
How long the congressional debate goes depends mostly on how the lawmakers’ objections are written.

The Trump campaign brought litigation in seven states, all of which have an alternative slate of Trump electors. These states are Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.

An objection could oppose the count in all, some, or one of the states, depending on how it is written, said Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative at The Heritage Foundation.

So debate time in the House and Senate could be as little as two hours if the targeted states are debated together. It could go as long as 14 hours if all seven states are debated separately. That’s on top of the time it will take the joint session to certify the electors’ votes.

Procedurally speaking, each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia will be read off in alphabetical order before their results are certified.

In announcing his plan to support the House members’ objection, Hawley singled out one state.

“I cannot vote to certify the Electoral College results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” the Missouri senator said.

4. Will Lawmakers Present Evidence?
Some House members have said they would present evidence of election irregularities. Trump indicated in a tweet Monday that evidence will be put forward Wednesday.
More than one-third of Americans, or 39%, say they believe the “election was rigged,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Broken down by party, that’s two-thirds of Republicans surveyed, 17% of Democrats, and almost a third of independent voters.

The Trump campaign’s legal team has presented sworn affidavits from more than 1,000 people alleging dead voters, voters from outside the election jurisdiction, voting by illegal immigrants, destruction of ballots, and other claims.

Also, state legislatures in five states have held hearings examining claims of problems with voter machines, ballots sent to vacant addresses, suitcases full of ballots, duplicate ballots, and other matters.

There has been a clear lack of curiosity from much of the mainstream media on such questions, Ross said. After the election, both Congress and state legislatures should investigate, she said.

“The problem has been a lack of transparency. All discussion about this has been shut down,” Ross said. “If it is just innuendo, bring the cameras on it and show that it’s innuendo so the public can know it’s frivolous. Don’t declare it beyond discussion.”

Shunning discussion is a recipe for causing greater suspicion among the public, Ross said, comparing the dispute this year to 2000, when Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore disputed the outcome.

“No matter who is inaugurated on Jan. 20, half the country will believe the president is illegitimate,” Ross said. “It should be more like 2000. You always saw Republican and Democratic lawyers debating with news commentators. People were upset, but the transparency helped with the acceptance.”

This is likely the final chance to present evidence, Tommy Binion, vice president for government relations at The Heritage Foundation, told “The Daily Signal Podcast” in describing the process.

“This is the moment where all of the evidence is going to be seen. There is no more time. There is no further opportunity for evidence to impact the election,” Binion said, adding:So, certainly, any evidence that President Trump has compiled or his legal team, or his staff in those states, that evidence will be given to the members of the House and Senate that are conducting this debate, and it will be put on display. So, the American people will have a chance to look at it all in its totality and assess for themselves what they think about it. 5. Is This Definitely the End?
Inauguration Day for the president is Jan. 20, and it would seem unlikely that anything could change after Congress certifies the Electoral College vote count.

However, according to the liberal news site Daily Beast, two anonymous sources “familiar with the matter” say that Trump plans to keep fighting after Wednesday. The article quotes one of the sources as claiming to have had a conversation with Trump.

After Congress certifies the Electoral College results, it’s not clear what legal avenues Trump could use to continue fighting the election outcome, Ross said.

“That would be completely unprecedented,” Ross said. “That has never been an issue before that I’m aware of.”

6. What’s Happened Before?
Even before the 1887 law, Congress ran into an unusual circumstance regarding how to certify the Electoral College count.

It had nothing to do with the outcome. President Ulysses S. Grant won a landslide reelection victory in 1872 over Horace Greeley, earning 286 electoral votes to Greeley’s 66.

However, before electors met, Greeley died. All but three of the pledged Greeley electors gave their votes to someone else. It was up to Congress how to deal with those three.

“After 1872, there was a dispute in how to count electoral votes for Horace Greeley,” Ross said. “Congress determined they would not count those votes because Greeley couldn’t be counted as a person under the Constitution.”

Only twice since the passage of the Electoral Count Act of 1887 has an objection been sustained by both a House member and senator–in 1969 and 2005.

However, after Republican victories in modern presidential races, it has become routine for House Democrats to make objections on the floor, rarely gaining a Senate sponsor.

On Jan. 6, 2017, House Democrats made 11 objections to Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Biden, then the outgoing vice president, presided over the session in his role as Senate president and asked whether any objection had a Senate sponsor. None did. So the joint session continued.

After the votes were counted, Biden said, “It’s over,” making Trump’s victory official.

In 2000, Gore, then vice president, conceded the presidential election to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush after the Supreme Court ruled against his campaign’s efforts to win Florida. The Electoral College voted for Bush.

However, more than a dozen House Democrats made 20 separate objections during the joint session on Jan. 6, 2001—20 years ago to the day. Gore, presiding over the session, asked each time for a Senate sponsor and each time got no one. Gore gaveled out the session and certified his opponent Bush as the winner.

In 2005, Democrats alleged voting irregularities in Ohio after Bush won reelection in 2004 over then-Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

Then-Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, and then-Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., objected in writing to Ohio’s electoral votes for Bush. Boxer called that objection her proudest moment on the Senate floor, according to CNN.

“Our intent was not to overturn the election in any way,” Boxer said. “Our intent was to focus on voter suppression in Ohio.”

Both chambers withdrew to consider the objection and then, in separate votes, the House and Senate each rejected the objection.

The Senate voted 74-1 against the 2005 challenge, the House 267-31.

At the time, Republicans controlled both the House and Senate. Then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., praised the effort.

“This is their only opportunity to have this debate while the country is listening, and it is appropriate to do so. If there were other venues of this caliber, we would have taken that opportunity,” Pelosi, now House speaker, said in 2005. “But this is the opportunity. We have a responsibility to take advantage of it.”

In the 1968 presidential election, Republican Richard Nixon defeated Democrat Hubert Humphrey and independent George Wallace, a rare third-party candidate to win some electoral votes.

On Jan. 6, 1969, then-Rep. James O’Hara, D-Mich., and then-Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, D-Maine, objected in writing to counting the vote of a faithless elector from North Carolina who voted for Wallace even though Nixon had won the state.

The Senate voted 58-33 against the objection, the House 228-70.

At the time, Democrats controlled both the House and Senate.

When the joint session resumed, the challenged electoral vote was counted for Wallace, a former Democrat, who won a total of 46 electoral votes after carrying five states.

Simply reaching a debate in Congress is tough, Binion noted, and changing the result of a presidential election is even tougher.

“It’s a pretty high hurdle to clear that you need a member of the House and a member of the Senate together to object in writing, and then both chambers need to debate and vote on that,” Binion said on the podcast.

“So, it’s not surprising that it has happened before. It’s not surprising that it’s happening now, and we should all be comforted by the fact that if the election results are going to be changed, passing that hurdle, it’s an extremely high bar.”
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Fred Lucas is chief national affairs correspondent for The Daily Signal.
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The Georgia GOP Disaster

by Newt Gingrich: As a Republican who began his volunteer activities in Georgia in the 1960 Richard Nixon-Henry Lodge campaign (I was in high school and there was such a small Georgia GOP that everyone was welcome) I think it is necessary to have the courage to face the depth and scale of yesterday’s disaster in Georgia.

Many Republicans will try to avoid the scale of Tuesday’s defeat, but that would be an enormous mistake.

Everything we said about how important this runoff was (the most consequential in history) and the impact of losing it (a profound shift in power from Republicans to Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats) was true.

This vital runoff has now been lost. There is still some clinging to hope for Sen. David Perdue, but as I write virtually all of the uncounted votes come from Democratic areas.

This double victory will be an enormous morale boost – and a real increase in power for the Washington Democrats.

So, what lessons must we learn from this disaster of the first order?

We should look at the series of often unrelated events and activities which made a Republican victory much more difficult.

First, the remarkable job Stacey Abrams has done in building a powerful first-class voting machine in Georgia (making herself the most likely next governor). She has spent two full years raising money nationally and building an organization that can turn out the vote on an unprecedented scale. She was a major factor in carrying Georgia for Biden and in electing the two Democrats in the runoff. By force of personality and a lot of hard work, she is becoming a major player. Republicans must study her and what she has achieved and figure out how to overmatch it.

Then there is the polarization of Americans into pro- and anti-Trump. It has such intensity that what would have normally been powerful attacks against Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were simply ignored or shrugged off by their polarized supporters. I was really surprised at how little impact descriptions of Warnock’s radicalism had on voters who normally would have been appalled at some of his positions. Because of polarization they had picked their team and they resented rather than listened to negative information about their side. It eliminated most of the argumentative side of campaigning and reduced the opportunity to have a campaign dialogue.

The civil war between Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the rest of the Republican Party, including President Trump, clearly had a distracting impact. President Trump’s hour-long argument with Raffensperger further weakened enthusiasm as people couldn’t figure out what was going on or who to believe. This runoff was so vital that everything should have been subordinated to winning it. This clearly was not done. The bitterness on both sides of the Kemp-Raffensperger vs Trump fight further weakened the GOP at a crucial moment. Perhaps the most devastating blow was the idiotic push for Republicans to boycott the election.

The failure of President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell to coordinate what they would do on the $2,000-per-person stimulus proposal disappointed Trump populist voters and left Sens. Perdue and Loeffler in difficult positions. I warned at the time that trying clever parliamentary maneuvers would simply fail to satisfy the Republican base. As public policy the $2,000-per-person grant is a bad idea. However, as political policy in the most important runoff in American history, once President Trump staked out a pro-$2,000 policy, the Senate GOP should have voted on it and given Sens. Loeffler and Perdue a chance to prove to economic populists that they were on their side.

Further, there was a failure to follow up on President Trump’s success with Latino voters and win the same share for the two senators (this would almost have been enough of a difference to decide the election). In November, President Trump got a higher percentage of minority votes than any Republican in 60 years. The Georgia GOP should have spent far more resources on the Latino and Asian American votes. This opportunity would have included highlighting the election of the largest number of Republican women and minority House members in history.

The decision by the Loeffler and Perdue campaigns to run almost entirely negative ads was a mistake. (The complaints I received about the ads from many pro-Republican sources was a warning that something was not working). As my daughter, Jackie Cushman, said, it gave the appearance that Perdue and Loeffler weren’t running for anything but only against their opponents. This isn’t a great position for any campaign – especially incumbents. Meanwhile, the Democrats had some positive ads designed to communicate warm caring personalities. All too many of our consultants have grown stale and only want to repeat things that used to work. I have heard from several people in Georgia who said the campaign-runners simply wouldn’t hear suggestions to try different, more positive messages.

Finally, there is the failure to address or clean up the allegations of a corrupt election process which arose from the Nov. 3 vote. This failure is the most amazing thing I have seen in six decades of Republican politics. Despite serious concerns from many Georgians, Gov. Kemp and Secretary of State Raffensperger took the position that everything was fine – or simply unfixable. This did nothing to increase public trust or credibility.

This is a brief introduction to what should be a much longer and more detailed inquest. These two races were winnable. But all too many of the participants, supporters, and major players had agendas that put the GOP victory at risk. The result is a nightmare from which we will spend years recovering.
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Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) is a former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House. He co-authored and was the chief architect of the "Contract with America" and a major leader in the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections. He is noted speaker and writer. This commentary was shared via Gingrich Productions.
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Georgia On My Mind, The President's Speech

Gary Bauer
by Gary Bauer: Georgia On My Mind As of this writing, one of the two Georgia Senate contests has been called. Democrat Raphael Warnock has been declared the winner in his race against Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly leads Sen. David Perdue.

But according to various reports, nearly 24,000 military ballots have yet to counted, and there are thousands of overseas civilian ballots also still to be counted. Those ballots could make a critical difference, especially in the Perdue/Ossoff race, where Sen. Perdue is likely to demand a recount.

However, none of this prevented Ossoff from declaring himself the winner this morning. Remember when Trump was warned not to declare victory during last year's election?

Nor did it stop Chuck Schumer from declaring himself the Senate majority leader. And, of course, there's complete media silence regarding these premature declarations.

But there's no sugarcoating the results. Georgia appears to have elected two senators who will be among THE MOST liberal senators in the U.S. Senate. It is the equivalent of Georgia electing someone like Senator Bernie Sanders or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.

How did this happen? There are myriad reasons, but here's my analysis.

A "Fixed" Election
The same rules that applied in the November election also applied in yesterday's runoff election. You don't have to entertain theories of wired machines or hidden boxes of ballots to understand what happened.

The reality is that weak Republican leadership in Georgia agreed to significant changes in the state's election laws, including massive absentee and mail-in voting. Unsolicited ballots were sent to millions of households.

In the past, if you voted by absentee, your signature on the ballot had to be an "exact match" with your signature when you registered to vote. Stacey Abrams recently bragged about "eviscerating" this requirement. That's all you need to know.

She used her massive grassroots organization, developed right underneath the noses of Georgia's Republican leadership, to harvest hundreds of thousands of votes they would not have received if normal voting rules had been in place.

COVID
The coronavirus pandemic was the excuse used for this massive change in voting rules. Beyond that, exit polls showed that voters who backed the two extreme left-wing candidates had COVID as their main issue. Voters who backed the Republican candidates had the economy and economic growth as their main issue.

But by a 10-point margin (52% to 42%), voters said that containing COVID was more important than rebuilding the economy.

Moreover, polling showed that voters overwhelmingly felt Congress had done too little to help average Americans deal with the economic damage caused by the coronavirus and the imposed lockdowns. (Here, here and here.)

When President Trump warned that Republicans who opposed more emergency relief had a "death wish," he was right. Once again, the president proved that he understood the populist instincts of the country better than the GOP establishment.

The President's speech
This morning, just before Congress convened to count the Electoral College votes, President Trump addressed a massive crowd, which he described as "hundreds of thousands of patriots" who came to Washington to "save our democracy." Many of you who read this daily report were in this crowd today.

The president blasted the "fake news media" as "the single biggest problem we have," and declared that Big Tech "rigged the election." He accused the media and the tech giants of suppressing free thought and free speech. He is right.

President Trump vowed to never concede when "theft is involved," and he outlined a litany of alleged illegal actions in various states that corrupted the election.

The president was bi-partisan in his criticism, directing much of his ire at "weak Republicans," promising to "primary the hell out of the ones that don't fight." On that point, I completely agree with him!

As I have repeatedly done in recent days, President Trump also demanded "sweeping election reforms," and vowed, "Today is not the end. It's just the beginning!"

Unfortunately, it was also obvious that President Trump and Vice President Pence disagree about what authority the vice president has in his role today as he presides over the joint session of Congress. (See next item.)

Vice President Pence has been one of the most loyal, if not the most loyal, vice presidents to a Republican president that I have ever witnessed. My guess is that the position he finds himself in right now is breaking his heart.

I know he believes that he and the president were victims of a stolen election, made easier by cowardly Republican officials in states like Georgia. And the courts were afraid to intervene.

But I believe that if the vice president took the action that the president is urging him to take, it would not stand up under judicial scrutiny, assuming it survived obvious procedural challenges in Congress.

We should all be praying for the president, the vice president and our country's future.

Counting The Votes
As the president was concluding his remarks, Congress began meeting in a joint session to count the Electoral College votes. This is expected to be a long process.

Dozens of members of the House and Senate are expected to challenge or object to the results from six states – Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Each objection requires members to return to their respective chambers for two hours of debate and votes in the House and the Senate.

Then members of Congress will reconvene in the joint session to announce the results of the objection from each chamber, and proceed with the count until the next objection is heard.

That's at least twelve hours of debate. And even more time is required given current COVID restrictions for the votes and reconvening of the joint session of Congress.

Needless to say, we are following these events very closely. But I want to be honest with you: I do not see a scenario that results in Donald Trump taking the oath of office on January 20th.

Please don't blame the messenger. I am obligated to tell you what I see and hear around Washington.

I believe it is extremely important for each objection to be heard in order to expose the irregularities so they don't happen again. But my gut instinct tells me that these challenges and objections face very long odds, primarily because House Democrats will reject every single objection.

Some have suggested that Vice President Mike Pence has the authority to make certain rulings or declarations. I do not believe that is the case.

His role in the proceedings is limited by the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which defines the process for counting Electoral College votes.

Under the Electoral Count Act, the vice president's role is purely ceremonial. The act is clear that any disputes or objections are to be resolved by votes in the individual houses of Congress, not by the vice president.

In recent days, Rep. Louie Gohmert filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Electoral Count Act. His lawsuit sought to give Pence the power to make authoritative rulings.

By virtue of filing that lawsuit, Gohmert acknowledged that the vice president currently does not have that power. Two federal courts dismissed the case.

Those suggesting that Pence has that power would be agreeing with the notion that four years ago Joe Biden could have rejected the Electoral College votes and declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the 2016 presidential election.
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Gary Bauer (@GaryLBauer)  is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families
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Federal Judge Orders Pro-Life Laws in Arkansas to Remain Blocked

Federal Court House, Little Rock, AR
Jerry Cox, Contributing Author: On Tuesday U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker in Little Rock ordered four pro-life laws Arkansas passed in 2017 to remain blocked. The laws are:
  • Act 45 of 2017 prohibiting certain surgical abortion procedures that dismember a living unborn child;
  • Act 733 of 2017 prohibiting abortions performed due to the baby’s sex;
  • Act 1018 of 2017 requiring abortionists to report abortions performed on any girl under the age of 17 to law enforcement in case the girl turns out to be the victim of sexual assault;
  • Act 603 of 2017 requiring aborted fetal remains to be disposed of according to the Arkansas Final Disposition Rights Act of 2009.
Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying,“This is at least the third time in less than four years that Judge Baker has blocked these good laws. She blocked them in 2017, but a three-judge panel from the Eighth Circuit unblocked them last August. Judge Baker has given the ACLU and the abortion industry in Arkansas nearly everything it has ever asked for, but the judges above her at the Eighth Circuit have been much more reasonable over the years. With that in mind, I believe it’s likely the Eighth Circuit eventually will overturn her bad ruling.”Cox said the laws protect women’s health and prevent barbaric abortion practices. “Arkansas’ General Assembly strongly supported these laws in 2017. They protect women from dangerous abortion practices, and they prohibit barbaric abortion procedures that tear living unborn children apart. They also help stop companies from buying and selling organs and tissue harvested from aborted babies, and they protect girls who may be victims of sexual assault.

These are good laws, and our courts ought to uphold them. I believe there’s a good possibility that the Eighth Circuit ultimately will do exactly that.”
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Jerry Cox is the founder and president of Family Council and the Education Alliance and a contributing author to the ARRA News Service.
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Biggest Horse-Race Fixer of All Time Says Democrats Stole Election

by Wayne Allyn Root: I am the only nationally syndicated conservative talk radio host in America who spent his prior career as a professional gambler and "the King of Vegas Sports Gambling" (as the media dubbed me). But don't take my word for it. Next time you're in Vegas, look for my 180-pound granite star on Las Vegas Boulevard in front of Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

So, no other conservative media personality has friends like I do. In addition to many of the top GOP politicians and the president of the United States, my list of buddies includes some "only in Vegas" characters such as "Richie." Richie is a professional gambler and a convicted horse-race fixer.

Back in the day, Richie may have been the greatest and most prolific horse-race fixer in history. He fixed over 1,000 horse races in 11 years at every racetrack in California, bribing over 100 jockeys. Eventually, he was convicted and served time in prison.

That was 25 years ago. Today, Richie is one of the good guys and a respected member of his community, as well as a noted philanthropist. But Richie still has his street smarts — something no one in Washington, D.C., has. For over 50 years, he witnessed the smartest and sharpest scammers and cheaters in the gambling world. No one can spot a scam like Richie. My buddy has a Ph.D. in the Art of the Steal.

Richie watched and studied the 2020 presidential election. He calls it "the greatest scam and steal in world history." He says anyone who denies this election was stolen is a criminal who was in on the scam; a bribed politician or bureaucrat who benefits from the scam; or a complete naive moron.

What does the world's greatest horse-race fixer believe happened on election night? Richie says it's clear that President Donald Trump won in a landslide in key battleground states, so big that Democrats had to move quickly to plan B and bring in reinforcements — vans, U.S. Postal Service trucks, even planes filled with fake ballots, in the wee hours of the morning, with no GOP witnesses watching.

The millions of fake ballots reportedly cast for Joe Biden weren't enough. Democratic scammers had to call a timeout and obviously brought in millions of additional fake ballots to erase Trump's massive lead.

In a coordinated conspiracy so easy to see — Richie calls it "amateur hour" — five states clearly agreed at the same time to pause or stop counting votes, thereby buying themselves time to have millions of additional fake ballots filled out, trucked in or, in some cases, flown into nearby airports.

In the case of Georgia, there are accusations of scammers faking that a pipe burst and caused a flood, during which they rolled out suitcases filled with ballots, all of which was caught on video.

Any idiot who isn't blind can see what happened, says Richie. It was as if a brazen gang of 50 carrying AK-47s and not wearing face coverings robbed five banks at the exact same time, showed their IDs on the way out the door and then got a blind eye turned by every FBI agent and every judge. Maybe people are in denial. Maybe the D.C. swamp got to them. Maybe they're in on the scam. A lot of respectable people in power must be getting filthy rich on this scam, says Richie.

Some telltale signs of the scam: reports that GOP witnesses had to be removed from the room; that these ballots had only one name filled out (Biden) because scammers were rushing and didn't have time to fill out down-ballot races; and that many of the ballots looked pristine because they were clearly never mailed but rather rushed from printing presses to counting rooms.

Street-smart Richie says this case is such a slam dunk that any judge who throws it out is dirty and any prosecutor who can't convict these scammers should lose his or her license to practice law.

Richie compares this case to Scott Peterson's 2004 murder trial. Peterson got the death penalty based only on circumstantial evidence. This 2020 election scam was so obvious it makes Scott Peterson look innocent by comparison.

Yet here we sit, with a conspiracy so deep that political leaders, mainstream media, social media, judges, prosecutors, the U.S. justice system and virtually every person in power in D.C. act as if nothing happened. And they do it so casually, so matter-of-factly, that Richie says it's easy to conclude they're all in on the scam.

Jan. 20 will determine whether we are still a nation of laws or a corrupt, third-world banana republic where horse-race fixers tell the truth and politicians are the real scam artists.
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Wayne Allyn Root is the author of the new No. 1 national bestselling book "TRUMP RULES." Wayne is a CEO, entrepreneur, and host of the daily nationally syndicated show "Wayne Allyn Root: Raw & Unfiltered" on USA Radio Network, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST and the "WAR RAW" podcast.
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The Mob Terrorizes a Senator's Family

While Republican Josh Hawley was out of town, a leftist mob paid a nighttime visit to his suburban DC home.
by Douglas Andrews: In her 2011 book Demonic, Ann Coulter explores the mob mentality of the Left throughout history. She also drives home a point that hardly needs to be driven home: Political violence comes overwhelmingly from the Left.

While progressives and their Big Media enablers constantly warn us of the looming threat of widespread violence on the Right, it never seems to materialize. And while they strain mightily to make agnostic Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh a Christian conservative (which he never was), we in the reality-based world can point to “a century of violence from the Ku Klux Klan, the labor unions, the communists, the anarchists, the anti-war protesters, the Weathermen, the SDS, the Black Panthers, Jim Jones’s People’s Temple,” and more, as Coulter points out.

Not content to rest on their laurels, however, today’s Left brings us Black Lives Matter, antifa, and an assortment of lesser-known thuggish groups, one of which terrorized the wife and baby daughter of Republican Senator Josh Hawley on Monday night.

“Tonight while I was in Missouri,” Hawley tweeted, “Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”

There are at least two sides to every story, of course, and The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis dutifully rose to tell the mob’s side of things, defending its disturbance of a quiet suburban neighborhood after dark. “‘Antifa scumbags’ = ShutDown_DC,” he tweeted, in an apparent effort to make the people terrorizing Hawley’s wife and baby girl seem somewhat less menacing. “They described their protest as an ‘hour long vigil.’”

DeBonis then tweeted out the far-left group’s statement, which began, “This evening around a dozen activists with ShutDownDC held an hour long vigil at the Virginia home of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) to demand that he drop his baseless contestation of the 2020 presidential election results. Hawley was the first of 12 Republican senators who pledged to join more than 100 Republican House members in their plan to derail Congress’ acceptance of Joe Biden’s election win on January 6.”

The Post’s Teo Armus offered a similarly sympathetic take: “The activists said they had staged a peaceful vigil Monday night to protest a GOP plan to object to Congress’s certification of the presidential electoral vote this week. On the sidewalk in a Northern Virginia suburb, a group of 15 people chanted while holding candles and signs reading, ‘Protect democracy.’”

Somehow, though, both DeBonis and Armus missed the bullhorns.

DeBonis did, however, smugly share a 51-minute video of the entire event, which began innocently enough with an almost comical non-threatening group organizing in a local parking lot. “Seems they taped the whole thing!” tweets DeBonis triumphantly. And for the first 30 minutes of the video, we get the impression that maybe he’s right, and maybe Senator Hawley and his wife simply overreacted. But then “the vigil” takes a loud and ugly turn, as further footage makes clear.

As Hawley put it, “Now ‘vigil’ means screaming threats through bullhorns, vandalizing property, pounding on the doors of homes and terrorizing innocent people and children.”

The senator is right. There’s a line of decency that today’s Left seems utterly uninhibited from crossing — a line that’s been pushed far beyond the bounds of simple free speech and peaceful political protest. As Coulter puts it, “The Democratic Party activates mobs, depends on mobs, coddles mobs, publicizes and celebrates mobs — it is the mob.”
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Douglas Andrews writes for The Patriot Post
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Kamala Harris Schemes With Fake "Oppo" Research

by Mike Huckabee: If you’re sick of hearing about the U.S. Senate run-off election in Georgia –- which looks at this point like a sad replay of the Nov. 3 election in Georgia, complete with late night shut-downs, Dominion crashes and poll-watcher evictions –- I have a fascinating article for you, but it’s not exactly going to make you feel better.

It will, however, make you smarter. Never again will you be taken by surprise when some negative information about a nominee or candidate is suddenly “found” or just appears out of nowhere. This article is about the calculated nature of “oppo research,” showing just how far it’s been taken in today’s political culture, and, most disconcerting of all, the eagerness Kamala Harris has displayed in using it. She’s shown that she’s quite fond of using dirt, even totally made-up dirt, to ruin people.

I’ve always said you shouldn’t go into politics unless you can stand the sight of your own blood, and oppo research has been around forever, of course, But today, it’s routinely taken to the tenth power, especially by the hysterical left, who are right at home with the concept of total personal destruction. Who knows how many great people have been intimidated from running for office or taking a judgeship or cabinet position because they can’t stand the thought of going through what, say, Brett Kavanaugh went through?

As it happens, of all the candidates vying to be Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris spent “more on oppo research than anyone has ever seen,” according to Federal Election Commission records. She hired a man known in the industry as “Dr. Death,” a.k.a. Averell “Ace” Smith, who also has worked his black magic over the years for Chicago mayor Richard Daley, Texas Gov. Ann Richards, Barbara Boxer, Howard Dean, Dianne Feinstein, the Clintons and many more.

It was “Dr. Death” who appeared at a book party with Kamala in July 2018, just weeks after Brett Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court –- that timing, as you’ll see, is significant –- and proudly introduced him as “the father of oppo research.”

Apparently, no one equals this guy when it comes to dirt-digging. His reputation precedes him everywhere he goes, and politicians are justifiably terrified of him. “I’ve seen him walk into a room, and the opposition candidate will literally start mumbling,” former Democrat strategist Clint Reilly is quoted as saying.

Reading this, one can’t help but think there is surely no corruption involving the Bidens that Kamala Harris doesn’t already know all about. How she and the powers behind her will use it, and when, is anyone’s guess, but I don’t think it will take long. If Biden did have anything to do with the selection of Harris as his running mate, that in itself is testimony to his own lack of mental acuity, as having her in that spot is certainly not in his own interest. On the other hand, maybe he’s aware of this but has no choice, given what she knows. If that’s the case, and he manages to get inaugurated on the 20th, he’ll have to continue doing exactly what she and the people behind her want.

Though Harris stood beside him to get where she wanted to go, the idea that she might have any fidelity whatsoever to him is laughable, especially in light of what she said in support of women who have accused him of sexual impropriety. We’re all supposed to forget that now, but the internet is forever.

The article about “Dr. Death” and Kamala’s use of oppo research was written by Mark Judge, who was the friend of Kavanaugh’s that Christine Blasey Ford named during her testimony, saying he was in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her at a party in 1982 and witnessed this event before stepping in to break things up. Judge was interested in how, less than 24 hours after the story broke in the WASHINGTON POST, a very long and richly detailed “exclusive” story appeared in the DAILY MAIL about the culture at their high school, Georgetown Prep. Impossibly, there it was, appearing out of the blue fully formed, with quotes from books Judge had written and pictures he had posted on Twitter and Facebook months before.

"How did a slimy local D.C. lawyer have a copy of our 1983 yearbook?” Judge wondered. “Why was he ready to pore through it with passages highlighted with post-it notes, on a local news station, just one day after the Ford story broke?”

At the same time, Ford’s own yearbook had been scrubbed from media coverage and most online searches. All this takes expert, long-range planning. A team of high-powered pros had to have been working on this from the moment Kavanaugh’s name was even mentioned as a prospective Supreme Court nominee. No doubt they had “dossiers” prepared on EVERY prospective conservative nominee.

Apparently, Ford herself was in on the planning, using an oppo research “professional” herself for weeks leading up to Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. We know his name: Keith Koegler. He’s profiled in the book THE EDUCATION OF BRETT KAVANAUGH, by former WASHINGTON EXAMINER Supreme Court reporter Ryan Lovelace.

It’s hard even to find the words to communicate how toxic this process was. I would add that the work takes hours and hours of digging and strategizing and is no doubt very expensive. It would be interesting to know where the money came from to pay Koegler. Surely Ford didn’t pay for his services herself.

At the time she was positioning herself to be Biden’s running mate, then-Sen. Harris showed the political stuff she was made of and displayed remarkable initiative by using oppo research herself to target Kavanaugh. Way to impress the Democrat machine! Two days before the Senate confirmation hearings began, Harris’s staff turned over to Senate investigators a letter from a “Jane Doe” in Oceanside, California, claiming that Kavanaugh and a friend had raped her. The claim unraveled and turned out to be bogus. A woman named Judy Munro-Leighton identified herself as Ms. Doe and admitted she didn’t even know Kavanaugh, saying she’d just participated in this stunt to “get attention.”

Given her Hillary-like history of using oppo research to sink others for personal gain, just imagine Kamala’s future political life as Biden’s second-in-command (and, not long afterwards, first-in-command). Think of how she might weaponize the considerable forces of government to keep her political enemies in line. She seems willing and even eager to do so. Hillary may have been the resident spider of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in her time, but the sticky resources for spiderweb-building are far greater now than they have ever been.
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Mike Huckabee, Morning Edition, January 6, 2021
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President Signs Boozman-Authored Veterans Benefit Provisions into Law

. . .Delivers Improved Care to Women Veterans 
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR)
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that expands veterans benefits and includes provisions authored by U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) to enhance education, pensions, burials, compensation and landmark enhancements to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care and services for women veterans. 

“I applaud President Trump for signing this bill into law so we can provide more resources for veterans and expand benefits they earned,” said Boozman, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “This law includes the historic Deborah Sampson Act that will enable us to better serve the needs of women veterans. We’ve worked in a bipartisan manner to get this across the finish line so we can fulfill our promise to all who have worn our nation’s uniform.” 

The Deborah Sampson Act, legislation introduced by Boozman and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), eliminates barriers to care and services many women veterans face and helps ensure the VA can address the needs of women veterans who are more likely to face homelessness, unemployment and lack of access to needed health care.  

Additional Boozman-authored and championed provisions in the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvements Act of 2020 signed into law include:

  • Expanding wartime benefits to veterans who served in the Vietnam War and have been ineligible for assistance because of differences between the war era dates at the Department of Defense (DoD) and the VA. Currently, DoD recognizes the Vietnam War era as November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, while the VA recognizes the Vietnam War era as February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975. This discrepancy has prevented members of the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group from qualifying for wartime veterans benefits like the veterans pension.
  • Increasing the number of health care providers who are allowed to conduct the required medical exam for veterans applying for benefits in order to help reduce the existing backlog.
  • Improving access to specialized training that would ensure 
  • VA grant-funded cemeteries meet and maintain the National Cemetery Administration’s (NCA) National Shrine Commitment.
  • Updating the VA’s funeral benefits to treat all non-service connected deaths equally, regardless of where the veteran passes away.
  • Closing a loophole that prevents the VA from putting the names of veterans’ family members on headstones in private cemeteries. Currently, the VA is only authorized to put veterans’ family members’ names on headstones in national, state and tribal veterans’ cemeteries.
  • Modernizing the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to permit servicemembers to deliver notice of termination of residential and car leases electronically, including by email.
  • Expanding the list of work-study activities that qualify for payment of work-study allowances under the VA’s rehabilitation, training and education programs.

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Bully for Your Thoughts

by Paul Jacob, Contributing Author: Professor William Jacobson, a Cornell Law School professor who also publishes the popular Legal Insurrection blog, got into trouble last summer by criticizing the violent Marxist organization Black Lives Matters.

BLM’s standard weapons include rioting, burning, looting, and screaming.

Jacobson had argued that the “Hands up, don’t shoot” version of the Michael Brown case is a lie and, in another post, that all the “bloodletting and wilding” around the country was primarily about tearing down the country, not about George Floyd.

These opinions upset the bullies.

Being a conservative professor on a liberal campus had all along made Jacobson feel like a “mouse waiting for the cat to pounce.” After 12 years at Cornell, though, the summer of 2020 was the first time that fellow Cornellians actively sought his ouster.

Six months later, we sure hope Professor Jacobson has managed to land on his feet. And he has. Back then, he was a professor at Cornell Law School. Today, he is a professor at Cornell Law school.

Why didn’t he seek friendlier pastures?

“I don’t see why I should be forced to change my life because they are so intolerant and they are so malicious,” he recently told The Daily Signal podcast. “Why don’t they leave? I’m not going to leave voluntarily. And if they do try to interfere in the renewal of my contract in a year and a half, I will take them to court over it.”

Bully for you, Professor.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
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Paul Jacob (@Common_Sense_PJ) is author of Common Sense which provides daily commentary about the issues impacting America and about the citizens who are doing something about them. He is also President of the Liberty Initiative Fund (LIFe) as well as Citizens in Charge Foundation. Jacob is a contributing author on the ARRA News Service.
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How Liberals Will Attack Your Credibility to Control the Narrative

by Michael Deviney: “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

Warning labels like this are growing exponentially at an alarming rate. It seems that every free thought is fact-checked by a third party, oftentimes as justification for censoring content.

This tactic, invoked by media outlets and social media platforms, is being used to silence and shut down debate on a range of topics in society today. Censorship and cancel culture are growing issues in many American institutions.

I know. This issue impacted me personally.

Last month, I was asked to write an op-ed explaining Republican gains in Congress by The Ithacan, my campus newspaper.

My submitted op-ed was shared internally with over 50 members of their editorial staff for review and was approved to be published.

The piece received immediate backlash. Within 24 hours of publication on Facebook and Twitter, the attacks began. I was called a Nazi and my family was attacked.

Criticism on the merits of my piece would have been perfectly acceptable, but this was defamatory rhetoric of the highest order.

What was my offense? I mentioned that there may have been fraud in this election and others in the past. I cited The Heritage Foundation’s credible work on the subject, including its Election Fraud Database.

The Ithacan took the rare step of removing the piece from its website and writing an editor’s note explaining its rationale for doing so.
To their credit, The Ithacan editors granted me an opportunity to resubmit the article, which was surprising. However, I had to fight tooth and nail to defend the credibility of my sources, including The Heritage Foundation, and to keep major points in the article.

The most perplexing aspect of this experience is that the same sources that were deemed problematic, and used as evidence for why the story was pulled, were allowed in the resubmission. That showed me the editorial process was in shambles.

As I sat waiting for the next round of social media hate, I realized that The Ithacan buried the article by sharing it in an existing Facebook thread deep in its timeline rather than posting it as a standalone where it was more likely to be seen by its audience. This was a clear example of The Ithacan taking additional steps to reduce the spread of information.

My experience is hardly the only example. It is becoming so commonplace that if a conservative dares to question liberal thinking, controversy follows.

The war on discussion also does not end at the university steps—for even The New York Post, America’s oldest newspaper, had its story on Hunter Biden censored on social media. Those who questioned Big Tech’s decision to restrict the story were smeared as Russian puppets. This is just one example of how Big Tech abuses its power.

There are other notable cases involving the media. Look at the whirlwind Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., created for the editorial board at The New York Times when he wrote an op-ed titled, “Send In the Troops,” daring to suggest President Donald Trump use the military to quell protests this summer. After a supposed rushed editorial process, The New York Times editorial page editor, James Bennett, chose to resign.

A similar situation played out at the Philadelphia Inquirer when the newspaper ran a headline, “Buildings Matter, Too,” about the buildings damaged during protests. The newspaper’s longtime editor, Stan Wischnowski, resigned after a backlash over the headline.

Intolerance to those with opposing views has become normalized in our current society. Unfortunately, colleges are some of the most intolerant.

Take the situation involving Austin Tong, a student at Fordham University who was attacked on social media. Tong had commemorated those killed at Tiananmen Square in a post captioned “don’t tread on me” while holding a rifle in support of the Second Amendment.

These instances are becoming more prevalent. We are seeing a common theme here—whether questioning credible sources in my case or the intentions of Tong. We live in a society that moves quickly to censor, especially when you question the prevailing narrative.

Censorship appears in many forms, and attempts to discredit speakers are the latest tactic to silence conservatives and anyone who dares question authority. If you speak against the grain, the social media mob will attack your sources as pseudo-science, go after your credibility, and stop at nothing to block the discourse.

No one should be intimidated to give their opinion. We must stand up and speak out—don’t give in.
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Michael Deviney shared this Michael Deviney article and is a student at Ithaca College.
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