I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

In a speech this evening before a mostly empty chamber of the House of Representatives, Joe Xiden described the 6 January brouhaha at the Capitol as “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

None of the American citizens of Japanese ancestry interred during the Roosevelt administration were available for comment.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This TKPOTD first ran eight years ago today.

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One of the latest efforts of Brett Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution US is a website called NRA Watch (No, I won’t link to it.) that is advocating for stricter gun control, including a ban on modern sporting rifles such as the AR15 and standard capacity magazines. Hold that thought while you read the following passage from page 173 of Mark Singer’s Citizen K:

To counter Kimberlin’s claim that he was temperamentally incapable of violence (“not prone to assaultive behavior”), for instance, the government cited the array of weapons that had been seized during the drug bust in Texas. Among them was a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol equipped with a silencer. The testimony of Bixler placed this gun in Kimberlin’s hands, along with the half-dozen AR-15s he said he had bought the defendant.

At the time that he was busted while trying to smuggle 5 tons of dope in Texas, Brett Kimberlin was already a convicted felon, and it was illegal for him to possess any firearm. Did that law stop him? Straw purchases were against the law then as now. Did that stop him?

Do you think that he would have complied with a 10-round magazine limit for the AR15s he wasn’t supposed to have?

Me neither.

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It seems that some criminals just won’t obey gun control laws. BTW, this post also ran that same day.

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Five Pinocchios for Joe Biden

Joe Biden invents bogus illegal gun buyer statistics on the fly. Video here.

Such blatant misrepresentation of the facts earns five out of a possible four pinocchios.5pinocs

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

On Xiden’s “Infrastructure” Program

After reviewing the basics of Joe Xiden’s “infrastructure” proposals, it seems to me that the principal deficiency relates to the management of the various schemes. Almost none of the effort is under the government department with related expertise. Clearly, any program based on organic fertilizer should be run by the Department of Agriculture.

How Confident Are They?

During last year’s elections, the Democrats managed to get their guy into the White House, just barely flipped control of the Senate, and maintained a slim margin of control of the House. OTOH, they did not do well in state races, and they will not be in control of the reapportionment of House districts coming before the next election. Moreover, many states are reforming their election laws to improve election integrity. 2022 could be a challenging election year for the Democrats.

Looking at the Democrats’ legislative agenda, it appears that they are trying to ram as much of their wish list through as quickly as possible, regardless of the political cost. For example, their pending “infrastructure” bill spends a couple of trillion dollars with less than half going to actual infrastructure projects. The bulk of the bill simply directs government spending into the pockets of favored businesses and not-for-profits.

They’re proposing the biggest tax increase in almost 30 years to pay for their schemes. Now, Joe Xiden was in the Senate in the 1990s, and if his mental faculties were intact, he should remember that tax increases and gun control were what caused the Democrats to lose control of the House in the 1994 midterm elections. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi managed to keep their House seats in ’94, but they should remember that loss and what caused it. So why are they pushing legislation that’s likely to ensure a similar loss in 2022?

It could be that they don’t remember or that they discount the possibility of an electoral backlash because they believe America has changed. They thought that was the case when they rammed Obamacare through on a party line vote, and they lost the House in the next election, but they may think that this time will be different.

Perhaps, but I believe that Xiden (78), Pelosi (81), and Schumer (70) see this Congress as their last chance. They see handwriting on the electoral wall for 2022, and they want to get as much of their agenda passed while they still can.

Whether because of arrogance or desperation, we should expect the Democrats to act recklessly.

Is it 2023 yet?

The President’s Speech

Joe Xiden gave an allegedly live speech this evening. When I went to check on it at YouTube, I found that all the various feeds had a total viewership of just under 130,000 as of 9:30 ET this evening. That’s a total for views during the “live” feed and views afterward. That’s fewer than one view per 600 of his “voters.”

His Fraudulency doesn’t seem to be stirring much interest among the public.

Transparency

The Washington Times reports that as of day 42 of the Xiden administration—the President hasn’t held a solo press briefing, the White House refuses to publish his daily schedule, visitor logs have been restricted, and whitehouse.gov has disabled all public comments and petitions on the site.

Also, President Xiden signed an executive order ending the requirement for federal agencies publicly post the reasoning behind their policies. The White House Press Secretary has explained that requiring bureaucrats to offer reasons for what they do is too “cumbersome” and presents unnecessary hurdles for the administration.

Democracy Dies in Derpness™.

Elections Have Consequences

The election of 1856 put James Buchanan in the White House. He is generally viewed as one of the worst presidents in the nation’s history. Buchanan won the election by carrying every slave state except Maryland while the rest of the country split their votes between Republican John Fremont and Know-Nothing Millard Fillmore. Buchanan understood who elected him.

Buchanan intervened in the Supreme Court to gather majority support of the pro-slavery decision in the Dred Scott case. He supported the Southern attempt to bring Kansas into the Union as a slave state, angering both the Republicans and also many Northern Democrats. Finally, he failed to take action to stop Southern states from seceding during the last months of his administration.

That’s the sort of thing that happens when the Democrats win an election and come to believe that their grasp on the reins of power is so absolute they can act with impunity.

History doesn’t repeat itself in the sense of actual do-overs. Indeed, it does a very poor job of rhyming. But certain themes do reoccur, and one of them in impatient overreach by wannabe elitists.

The next couple of years may be quite ugly.

LARPing at Leadership

One on the most effective political cartoonists of the middle of the 20th century was Herbert Block who drew under the name of Herblock for the Washington Post. He always gave his caricature of Richard Nixon five o’clock shadow. Herblock clearly despised Nixon, but the day after the 1968 election, he published the cartoon on the left as a way of congratulating Nixon on winning the election. It wasn’t long before the five o’clock shadow reappeared.

Here at Hogewash!, I run every new president’s name through the spell checker for one post.

I’ve seen comments to the effect that Donald Trump was the most divisive president in history or at least in recent history, and that Joe Biden has an opportunity to bring the country back together again. Unity seems to be a big buzzword on the Left these days. I don’t have much hope for such healing.

First, trying to paint Trump as a particularly divisive president is counterfactual. Trump was elected as a response to the divisive politics of the Obama administration much as Nixon was elected in response to the divisive politics of the Johnson administration and Lincoln was elected in response to the divisive politics of the Buchanan administration. BTW, an argument can be made that while Lincoln was among our greatest presidents, he was THE most divisive. His election triggered the Civil War.

But back to 2021.

At least 74,000,000 Americans voted against Joe Biden, and many, perhaps the majority, of them don’t believe that Biden actually won. The Left’s making lists of Trump supporters and talking of reeducation camps isn’t going to help depolarize the country, and it’s up to the new president to show some leadership by engaging respectfully with his political opponents and insisting that his supporters do likewise. I don’t see any indication of such behavior.

Indeed, his initial round of personnel appointments and some of his acts on his first day of the job lead me to believe that he’s the same Joe Biden who has spent almost fifty years as a hack pretending to be a political leader.

Because I want America to be successful, I wish Joe Biden and his administration success in doing well for the country. I wish I had more hope.

What Norms and Which Institutions?

While Hillary Clinton eventually conceded the 2016 election to Donald Trump, she and her enablers/allies among the Democrats, Media, and Deep State spent four years peddling lies about Russia! Russia! Russia!, the Mueller investigation, an impeachment falsely accusing Trump of doing the sort of thing Biden actually did, and more.

It’s 2020, and Trump is using litigation and other processes prescribed by law to challenge apparent fraud in the election. A significant portion of politicians and the media say the President’s insistence that the game be played by The Rules is a threat to “our norms and institutions.”

Well, yes, it is.

It was Trump’s pledge to drain the swamp of a grifting Elite whose norms and institutions force one set of rules on the Deplorables but are not binding on themselves that led to his winning in 2016. It was Trumps modest success in beginning to drain the swamp that led a sufficiently large majority of voters to support him that the logistical planning for stealing the election was overwhelmed, causing the shutdown of vote counts and mad scramble for extra ballots in various places around the country.

America’s constitutional DNA assumes that men are fallible, so our system is rigged with checks and balances as a form of immune system. Thus far, we’ve been able to through off infections from various tyrannies. I hope we survive this time.

The Week Ahead

These days, I’m only cleared for local rumor, so I’m not sure about the reliability of the various hints, leaks, and innuendos swirling around the legal challenges to the questionable vote counts in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Arizona. However, I’m probably safe in predicting that while all those case won’t be settled this week, we will see actual hard news about them that will be interesting.

BTW, when the Biden family began working with Chinese investors, did anyone inform them of the Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times!”?

As Some of the Dust Settles

It will be a few days or weeks before we know whether Joe Biden’s “most extensive and inclusive voter fraud” has flipped enough states to hand him the Presidential election. While the Democrat’s operation has been extensive and inclusive, it hasn’t been stealthy. It’s been an in-your-face exercise of raw power by overtly corrupt election officials and their enablers. Too many people have seen how the sausage is being made, enough that I expect that effective steps will be taken to improve election security and integrity before the 2024 election cycle.

The Democrats may win the presidential battle, but they probably have lost the overall campaign. As a result of the unexpectedly good performance by Republicans up and down the ballots, the Republicans will have even more control of the state legislatures that will be redrawing Congressional districts. That won’t be good for House Democrats in 2022. The Republicans will still control the Senate, providing a firewall against most of the Democrat’s legislative wish list—especially court packing. And the federal judiciary now has a significantly higher proportion of judges who are committed to following the Constitution.

If Biden “wins,” I suspect Harris will be a failed one-term President.

Pyrrhus of Epirus was unavailable for comment.

I’ll Wait to See

There are troubling accusations of various corrupt practices being used to …. I was looking for a polite way to say this, but I can’t think of one … to steal the Presidential election. I would not be surprised if some of them are true. I hope that enough will be exposed and shutdown by recount and legal processes so that the real choice of the American voters takes the oath of office next January.

I have no desire for four years of Biden family corruption and a White House alliance with the Deep State, but if Biden wins the election, President Harris will face a Congress with a Republican Senate and a smaller Democrat majority in the House. She’ll also be hemmed in by a federal judiciary that has a greater percentage of judges willing to operate within the bounds of the Constitution and statute law. A Harris administration would be doomed to be a failure on the order of those of Buchanan, Carter, and Obama (all of whom were Democrats). Things will get messy, and the 2022 midterm elections will offer the country an opportunity to turn away from the Democrats vision of America or to turn away from the nation’s heritage and become something I’d rather not contemplate.

The next few weeks will be interesting.

Minnesota?

In the last days before an election, a well-run campaign will put its resources into holding on to votes where it has a weak lead and/or securing additional votes where it can best be competitive.

Joe Biden is campaigning in Minnesota tomorrow.

Is Minnesota in play? Really? The RCP Tracking shows Biden with 4.7 % lead in that state.

Hmmmm.

Who Won?

When I first checked this poll, Biden was ahead with about 56 %. I checked it again about an hour after the debate ended and found this.

BTW, abc7 dot com is the website for KABC-TV in Los Angeles. That suggests these poll numbers are mostly driven by California voters.

UPDATE— As I was about to hit the PUBLISH button, I checked the poll again. Trump was up to 56 %, and the percentage of vote switchers was up to 6 %.

Hmmmmm.