The radical calls to defund the police by members of the left has driven a great divide between them and the police officers that protect their cities – and now these officers are saying enough is enough.
Over 100 law enforcement agencies have made the decision to pull out of agreements to work security at the Democratic National Convention next month in Milwaukee. The decision comes partially as a result of recent restrictions placed on police that limits their ability to respond to violent riots.
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales was ordered last month to change the department’s policies to ban the use of tear gas and pepper spray.
“Since the Milwaukee order was issued, more than 100 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and across the country decided against coming to Milwaukee, Morales told WTMJ-TV on Tuesday,” the Associated Press reported. “They were concerned with directives placed on the police department, including not allowing tear gas or pepper spray, he said.”
In Wisconsin, Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva said, “It is apparent there is a lack of commitment to provide the Milwaukee Police Department with the resources it needs to ensure the safety of peaceful protesters, attendees, citizens and police personnel. I can not send personnel if they are not properly equipped or will not be allowed to engage in appropriate actions which would ensure their safety.”
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson responded by indicating that his department would not be sending officers to event, saying, “I understand that use of chemical irritants and pepper spray is serious and those are to be used only when legally justified. But when you take that out of the continuum that doesn’t leave the officers much other than getting harmed or using deadly force and that’s not good for any officer or the public.”
Democrats have become overrun by the more radical wing of the party who have been rather vocal about their desire to see the police destroyed.
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar suggested that police were a “cancer” during a rant last month, adding, “we are saying we don’t want your damn reforms.”
“The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root, and so when we dismantle it, we get rid of that cancer, and we allow for something beautiful to rise, and that re-imagining allows us to figure out what public safety looks like for us,” Omar said.
Democrat Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly has sought to bring the police to their knees after insisting that they must be entirely defunded and that a $1 billion dollar budget cut to the NYPD was not enough.
Shootings have skyrocketed since NYC began targeting their police and officers have certainly felt the impact of not having the support of their local government.
The Democrats are at risk of permanently losing the trust of the police as this anti-police rhetoric has even reached the “top” of the Democratic party with presidential candidate Joe Biden charging that police are the “enemy” and that they should “absolutely” be defunded.
Earlier this month the National Association of Police Organization, the nation’s largest police association threw their weight behind President Trump’s re-election campaign after praising his “steadfast and very public support.”
The Jacobin Left is just now beginning to get edgy.
A few of its appeasers and abettors are becoming embarrassed by some of the outright racists and nihilists of BLM and the Maoists of Antifa — and their wannabe hangers-on who troll the Internet hoping to scalp some minor celebrity.
The woke rich too are worried over talk about substantial wealth, capital-gains, and income taxes, even though they have the resources to navigate around the legislation from their wink-and-nod brethren. Soon, even Hunter Biden and the Clintons could be checking in with their legal teams to see how much it will cost them to get around the Squad’s new tax plan.
The lines are thinning a bit for the guillotine. And the guillotiners are starting to panic as they glimpse faces of a restless mob always starved for something to top last night’s torching. Finally, even looters and arsonists get tired of doing the same old, same old each night. They get bored with the puerile bullhorn chants, the on-spec spray-paint defacement, and the petite fascists among them who hog the megaphones. For the lazy and bored, statue toppling — all of those ropes, those icky pry bars, those heavy sledgehammers, and so much pulling — becomes hard work, especially as the police, camera crews, and fisticuffs thin out on the ground. And the easy bronze and stone prey are now mostly rubble. Now it’s either the big, tough stuff like Mount Rushmore or the crazy targets like Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
There are only so many ways for adult-adolescents to chant monotonously “Eat the Rich! Kill the Pigs! Black Lives Matter!” blah, blah, blah. And there are only so many Road Warrior Antifa ensembles of black hoodies, black masks, black pants, and black padding — before it all it ends up like just another shrill teachers’-union meeting in the school cafeteria or a prolonged adolescent Halloween prankster show.
Some 150 leftist writers and artists recently signed a letter attesting that they are suddenly wary of cancel culture. They want it stopped and prefer free speech. Of course, they first throat-cleared about the evil Trump, as if the president had surveilled Associated Press reporters, or sicced the FBI on a political campaign, or used CIA informants and foreign dossier-mongers to undermine a political opponent. And some petition signers soon retracted, with “I didn’t know what I was doing” apologies. Nonetheless, it was a small sign that not all of the liberal intelligentsia were going to sit still and wait for the mob to swallow them.
They learned well from #MeToo that, in the end, being emancipated, feminist, and woke did not mean that anyone accused of anything was protected by the Bill of Rights, statutes of limitations, the right to cross-examination, sincere apologies, and all that reactionary jazz, whether the accused was Al Franken or Garrison Keillor. Everyone else can also learn from #MeToo: As the revolution moved on from Brett Kavanaugh to Joe Biden himself, it went the way of the fading Jacobins. Tara Reid, after all, was tsked-tsked away in the old-boy “she’s lying” fashion. If not, then she might have empowered the evil Trump in his reelection bid.
The Lincoln County, Ore., authorities just backed off from their earlier homage to Jim Crow — they had issued an edict that all residents would be equal and wear masks in public except African Americans, who would be more equal than others and not be required to wear them. Even Oregon has standards?
The CEO of Goya, Robert Unanue, recently ignored calls to ruin his company — for his sin of praising the U.S. president. So far, he seems utterly unfazed by the pajama-boy mob.
The inveterate racist and anti-Semite Al Sharpton can’t decide whether he wants to dynamite Mount Rushmore or chisel Obama’s visage on it. How strange that the radical Left is divorcing the Democratic Party from all its iconic American referents and leaving them with nothing to replace them except painted slogans of Black Lives Matter on city streets, Kente-cloth shawls, and a Woodie Guthrie song or two. Bill de Blasio believes it is legal for a mayor to ban all public demonstrations — except those predicated on skin color, as he exempts Black Lives Matter outings. That Confederate idea may be too much even for the city’s liberals in hiding.
Seattle’s CHAZ/CHOP is gone. Warlord Raz Simone is back to his capitalist land-lording without even a citation for trespassing. Maybe former CHOP residents will get a discount at his Airbnb rentals.
The streets of our big cities are no longer a “summer of love” hate-fest targeting Donald Trump, but downright scary, given that murdering someone on sight is a COVID-get-out-of-jail-free crime. Blue-state officials green-lighted the multibillion-dollar wreckage and are now coming cup in hand, begging the Trump administration to pay for it. Their logic is: “Don’t dare send your damn troops to interrupt our beautiful looting and arson, but now please send your racist money for us to clean up the mess.”
In California, the jails and prisons are emptying, ostensibly because of the virus, in reality to enact a long-desired agenda of emptying and defunding prisons. As a result, you cannot find an automatic handgun in most California gun shops: The more left-wing a community, the harder to find a gun on the shelf. For what reason do liberals think liberals are buying guns?
COVID-19 is back for a while. The more the Left insists that millions in the streets for a month were not violating quarantines and had no effect on the second wave, the more protestors got infected and graciously went home to spread it to their more vulnerable relatives. Even leftists who were not infected know that this narrative is untrue and that their own demonstrations essentially ended the legitimacy of mass quarantining.
The hated police are slowing down in anticipation of early retirements, layoffs, and budget shortages. The logic is that going into the inner city is a trifecta losing proposition for them: Either get shot, or get accused, or get hated for doing your proper duty. De facto “community policing” seems to be operating in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York as murder spikes and shooters rediscover how it once worked out in Deadwood, Dodge City, and Tombstone. One can learn a lot about “community policing” by watching a 1950s Western in which “community leaders” plead for the outgunned sheriff to remove the accused from his jail cell and hand him over to the posse, which, with one minor lynching, would make it all go away.
How did woke Beverley Hills left-wing zillionaires respond to the Black Lives marcher shouting into their enclave “Eat the Rich”?
Try now politically correct tear gas.
When an Atherton or Georgetown liberal calls 911, will he now first say: “One, I am not an angry white person calling to rat out a suspect of color. Two, I am not calling to save my ‘brick and mortar’ property at the expense of the life of a marginalized victim. Three, I support defunding the police. And so, four, look — an individual of unknown appearance may kind of, sort of be shattering our bedroom window and could be pondering a felonious infraction. So could you send out a community facilitator to inquire?”
The Marxist-birthed Black Lives Matter now resembles Robespierre’s ridiculous Cult of the Supreme Being. So likewise, it has become our new state-sponsored religion for America’s nonbelievers. All that is left is to set up a BLM statue on a man-made mountain in D.C. where all can take the knee.
Suddenly retired generals are growing quiet. It’s as if the much-reported “small number” of violent protesters somehow got really, really big. And they do not necessarily worship the military.
Or maybe promises of renaming Fort Bragg and tearing down the Lee statue at West Point strangely did not quite satisfy the architects of Black Lives Matter. It is, after all, a blink of an eye from “Defund the Police!” to “Defund the Military!” (How strange that retired four-star generals in their sixties and seventies suddenly discovered in late spring 2020 that their once hallowed bases a century ago were named after racist Confederate mediocrities. Who would have thought?)
If the chairman of the Joint Chiefs won’t even appear on camera with the commander in chief who restored a decrepit Pentagon budget, and the pantheon of retired military luminaries believes that proof of a Mussolini, Nazi, or fascist in the White House is to be found in the act of securing the southern U.S. border, or not staying another 20 years in Afghanistan, or not inserting American youth into the middle of Kurdish-Turkish bloodletting while inside Russian- and Iranian-occupied fascist Syria, then many might decide that the U.S. military should deal on its own with the defunding Left.
The NFL pulled a Joe Biden VP trick and prematurely promised to play the “black national anthem” at a few games so that all can stand in homage in racial solidarity and then all kneel in disrespect for the subsequent ecumenical national anthem.
Players can wear political insignia to remind incorrect viewers at home about how they are to think correctly. Will extra points be given for great passes and catches by the most woke?
NFL owners can’t yet fathom how they have conjured up a brilliant new way of destroying a 100-year heritage and an inherited huge audience. Is the message of the most non-diverse players to their most diverse fans now to be: “We don’t like your racist country and won’t stand for your toxic anthem, but you owe us to stay tuned for the commercial ads and to come out to the stadium to pay oppressed multimillionaires like us”?
Anyone who watches such an NFL game this fall might as just as well get it over with and enroll in a more honest North Korean–style reeducation camp. If that doesn’t work out, one can always tune in to the NBA preseason and hear more lectures from philosopher-king coach Steven Kerr, contextualizing the many reasons the NBA honors the power of Chinese Communist Party money.
As the cities turn into wastelands, children are gunned down, and careers are destroyed, fewer and fewer bore us by intoning that Trump is Mussolini, or that he resembles the operators of Auschwitz. Fewer still care about the spiraling tragic carnage of the inner cities — not Black Lives Matter, not the Squad, not Nancy Pelosi.
When will we see the BLM/Antifa/Democratic agenda spelled out in full? A new inheritance tax for the midlevel retiring Google executives? A yearly wealth tax on Beyoncé, Cher, and LeBron James? No more carbon foot-printing in a private jet for Barack and Michelle, or Bill and Hillary? Reparations for Maxine Waters? No police force for Pacific Heights?
Terrified inner-city dwellers can’t count on their progressive governors or mayors, or sympathetic billionaires, who will soon be able to hire politically incorrect ex-policemen at a bargain to beef up their private security patrols.
So, the revolution is tiring, devouring its own, terrifying its enablers, embarrassing its abettors, and becoming worried that somewhere some courageous nobody might dare say, “You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”
The unhinged revolution is trying to make the U.S. into one big CHOP. Millions of Americans seem to be scrambling to avoid it, preferring instead to let the effort cannibalize itself at a safe distance — at least for now.
NRO contributor VICTOR DAVIS HANSON is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Case for Trump. @vdhanson
Democrats Stunned After Trump-Backed Candidates Win Big
by National Insiders https://www.nationalinsiders.com/democrats-stunned-after-trump-backed-candidates-win-big/
This week a series of run-off elections were held in states across America. Notable primary races were decided as voters chose who will face off in November. President Trump saw some big wins, with candidates he endorsed securing their nominations. But the results of Democrat races were less than promising.
For months, the liberal media has been saying Trump is doomed. They claim that their own polls prove that Joe Biden—a man with no vision and no brain—is going to win in November. The media has no evidence to support this claim. In fact, everything we’ve seen this year only proves Trump has the same momentum and enthusiasm he had in 2016—perhaps even more.
This week, several states held run-off elections to decide nominations for November. Trump was vocal about several candidates. Democrats were struggling between radical leftist candidates and the establishment. But the results of these races prove one thing: Trump’s finger is on the pulse of the country.
First, the big winner of the night was President Trump. Several Trump-backed candidates defeated their opponents and unquestionably benefited significantly from the president’s support. The most notable of these was former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, who defeated former senator and attorney general Jeff Sessions for the GOP nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. Tuberville will face Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, considered a highly vulnerable incumbent.
Second, Democratic primary results show the party is deeply divided, complicating the Democrats’ path to winning majority control of the Senate and defeating Trump in the November election. [Source: Fox News]
It was a foregone conclusion that Republicans will win back their Alabama Senate seat from limp-wristed Doug Jones. But former Senator Jeff Sessions lost his chance, because Trump backed Tommy Tuberville. Other Republican candidates secured their nominations, after Trump put in the good word for them.
What’s also interesting to note is how these races reveal the deepening divide among Democrats. Republicans have long been united under Donald Trump’s America First agenda. Few Republicans will gain anything by defying the POTUS. But Democrats? They are splintering at the seams. Radical socialists are dragging the party over the left-wing cliff. So-called moderates—who have been in power for years—are losing ground.
But the party can’t decide which direction to go. As the radicals move further and further into Marxist territory (going as far as to defund the police), many Democrats struggle to stay in the center. They know that many Democrat voters—as well as independents and moderate Republicans—will in no way support the left’s radical agenda.
The problem is these “moderate” Democrat leaders have burned every bridge that could have saved them. They refused to work with Trump over the last four years, alienating any voter they need to win. They’ve sat back and let idiots like AOC run the show. Now, they face virtual extinction as insane Marxists try to take over the party.
Not that I’m all broken up about it.
Democrats have sold their souls to the socialist devil. Radicals are taking over the party, inch by inch, leaving the many moderate Democrat voters out in the cold. Numerous far-left candidates secured close wins this week or managed to come in a close second—signaling a big split in the party.
A split party can’t win general elections. The far-left Democrats won’t vote for moderates. And moderates will struggle to win the support of Bernie Bros and other voters who want a socialist America.
In a few short years, we might see the party completely fall apart. The radicals will break off and form their own group. Moderates will lose out big time and be forced to join America-hating socialists or join up with conservatives.
Either way, bad things are in store for the Democratic Party.
For those who have no idea what our President has been doing the last 3 1/2 years while he has been under constant attack.
*Trump recently signed 3 bills to benefit Native people. One gives compensation to the Spokane tribe for loss of their lands in the mid-1900s, one funds Native language programs, and the third gives federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana. * Trump finalized the creation of Space Force as our 6th Military branch. * Trump signed a law to make cruelty to animals a federal felony so that animal abusers face tougher consequences. * Violent crime has fallen every year he’s been in office after rising during the 2 years before he was elected. * Trump signed a bill making CBD and Hemp legal. * Trump’s EPA gave $100 million to fix the water infrastructure problem in Flint, Michigan. * Under Trump’s leadership, in 2018 the U.S. surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil. * Trump signed a law ending the gag orders on Pharmacists that prevented them from sharing money-saving information. * Trump signed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA), which includes the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” (SESTA) which both give law enforcement and victims new tools to fight sex trafficking. * Trump signed a bill to require airports to provide spaces for breastfeeding Moms. * The 25% lowest-paid Americans enjoyed a 4.5% income boost in November 2019, which outpaces a 2.9% gain in earnings for the country’s highest-paid workers. * Low-wage workers are benefiting from higher minimum wages and from corporations that are increasing entry-level pay. * Trump signed the biggest wilderness protection & conservation bill in a decade and designated 375,000 acres as protected land. * Trump signed the Save our Seas Act which funds $10 million per year to clean tons of plastic & garbage from the ocean. * He signed a bill this year allowing some drug imports from Canada so that prescription prices would go down. * Trump signed an executive order this year that forces all healthcare providers to disclose the cost of their services so that Americans can comparison shop and know how much less providers charge insurance companies. * When signing that bill he said no American should be blindsided by bills for medical services they never agreed to in advance. * Hospitals will now be required to post their standard charges for services, which include the discounted price a hospital is willing to accept. * In the eight years prior to President Trump’s inauguration, prescription drug prices increased by an average of 3.6% per year. Under Trump, drug prices have seen year-over-year declines in nine of the last ten months, with a 1.1% drop as of the most recent month. * He created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans. * VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far. * Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life. * Because of a bill signed and championed by Trump, In 2020, most federal employees will see their pay increase by an average of 3.1% — the largest raise in more than 10 years. * Trump signed into a law up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for millions of federal workers. * Trump administration will provide HIV prevention drugs for free to 200,000 uninsured patients per year for 11 years. * All-time record sales during the 2019 holidays. * Trump signed an order allowing small businesses to group together when buying insurance to get a better price * President Trump signed the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act that provides funding for states to develop maternal mortality reviews to better understand maternal complications and identify solutions & largely focuses on reducing the higher mortality rates for Black Americans. * In 2018, President Trump signed the groundbreaking First Step Act, a criminal justice bill which enacted reforms that make our justice system fairer and help former inmates successfully return to society. * The First Step Act’s reforms addressed inequities in sentencing laws that disproportionately harmed Black Americans and reformed mandatory minimums that created unfair outcomes. * The First Step Act expanded judicial discretion in sentencing of non-violent crimes. * Over 90% of those benefitting from the retroactive sentencing reductions in the First Step Act are Black Americans. * The First Step Act provides rehabilitative programs to inmates, helping them successfully rejoin society and not return to crime. * Trump increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by more than 14%. * Trump signed legislation forgiving Hurricane Katrina debt that threatened HBCUs. * New single-family home sales are up 31.6% in October 2019 compared to just one year ago. * Made HBCUs a priority by creating the position of executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs. * Trump received the Bipartisan Justice Award at a historically black college for his criminal justice reform accomplishments. * The poverty rate fell to a 17-year low of 11.8% under the Trump administration as a result of a jobs-rich environment. * Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels since the U.S. began collecting such data. * President Trump signed a bill that creates five national monuments, expands several national parks, adds 1.3 million acres of wilderness, and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. * Trump’s USDA committed $124 Million to rebuild rural water infrastructure. * Consumer confidence & small business confidence is at an all time high. * More than 400,000 manufacturing jobs created since his election. * Trump appointed 5 openly gay ambassadors. * Trump ordered Ric Grenell, his openly gay ambassador to Germany, to lead a global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality across the globe. * Through Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative, Federal law enforcement more than doubled convictions of human traffickers and increased the number of defendants charged by 75% in ACTeam districts. * In 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismantled an organization that was the internet’s leading source of prostitution-related advertisements resulting in sex trafficking. * Trump’s OMB published new anti-trafficking guidance for government procurement officials to more effectively combat human trafficking. * Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations arrested 1,588 criminals associated with Human Trafficking. * Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline to identify perpetrators and give victims the help they need. * The hotline identified 16,862 potential human trafficking cases. * Trump’s DOJ provided grants to organizations that support human trafficking victims – serving nearly 9,000 cases from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. * The Department of Homeland Security has hired more victim assistance specialists, helping victims get resources and support. * President Trump has called on Congress to pass school choice legislation so that no child is trapped in a failing school because of his or her zip code. * The President signed funding legislation in September 2018 that increased funding for school choice by $42 million. * The tax cuts signed into law by President Trump promote school choice by allowing families to use 529 college savings plans for elementary and secondary education. * Under his leadership ISIS has lost most of their territory and been largely dismantled. * ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed. * Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs. * Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers. * Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the U.S. government from discriminating against Christians or punishing expressions of faith. * Signed an executive order that allows the government to withhold money from college campuses deemed to be anti-Semitic and who fail to combat anti-Semitism. * President Trump ordered a halt to U.S. tax money going to international organizations that fund or perform abortions. * Trump imposed sanctions on the socialists in Venezuela who have killed their citizens. * Finalized new trade agreement with South Korea. * Made a deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe. * Withdrew the U.S. from the job killing TPP deal. * Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam. * Okay’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation. * Has had over a dozen US hostages freed, including those Obama could not get freed. * Trump signed the Music Modernization Act, the biggest change to copyright law in decades. * Trump secured Billions that will fund the building of a wall at our southern border. * The Trump Administration is promoting second chance hiring to give former inmates the opportunity to live crime-free lives and find meaningful employment. * Trump’s DOJ and the Board Of Prisons launched a new “Ready to Work Initiative” to help connect employers directly with former prisoners. * President Trump’s historic tax cut legislation included new Opportunity Zone Incentives to promote investment in low-income communities across the country. * 8,764 communities across the country have been designated as Opportunity Zones. * Opportunity Zones are expected to spur $100 billion in long-term private capital investment in economically distressed communities across the country. * Trump directed the Education Secretary to end Common Core. * Trump signed the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund into law. * Trump signed measure funding prevention programs for Veteran suicide. * Companies have brought back over a TRILLION dollars from overseas because of the TCJA bill that Trump signed.
Prior to Covid-19 * Manufacturing jobs are growing at the fastest rate in more than 30 years * Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded. * African-American unemployment is at an all time low. * Hispanic-American unemployment is at an all time low. * Asian-American unemployment is at an all time low. * Women’s unemployment rate is at a 65-year low. * Youth unemployment is at a 50-year low. * We have the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded. * The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. * 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future— the highest ever. * As a result of the Republican tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years. * Record number of regulations eliminated that hurt small businesses. * Signed welfare reform requiring able-bodied adults who don’t have children to work or look for work if they’re on welfare. * Under Trump, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. * Reformed Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors 100’s of millions of $$$ this year alone. * Signed Right-To-Try legislation allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental treatment that wasn’t allowed before. * Secured $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic * Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care. * U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high so we are less dependent on oil from the Middle East. * The U.S. is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957. * NATO allies increased their defense spending because of his pressure campaign. * Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord in 2017 and that same year the U.S. still led the world by having the largest reduction in Carbon emissions. * Has his circuit court judge nominees being confirmed faster than any other new administration. * Had his Supreme Court Justice’s Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh confirmed. * Moved U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. * Agreed to a new trade deal with Mexico & Canada that will increase jobs here and $$$ coming in. * Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports. * Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices, has agreed to a Part One trade deal with China. * Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline. * Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments. * The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by Trump doubled the maximum amount of the child tax credit available to parents and lifted the income limits so more people could claim it. * It also created a new tax credit for other dependents. * In 2018, President Trump signed into law a $2.4 billion funding increase for the Child Care and Development Fund, providing a total of $8.1 billion to States to fund child care for low-income families. * The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) signed into law by Trump provides a tax credit equal to 20-35% of child care expenses, $3,000 per child & $6,000 per family + Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow you to set aside up to $5,000 in pre-tax $ to use for child care. * In 2019 President Donald Trump signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act (CARES) into law which allocates $1.8 billion in funding over the next five years to help people with autism spectrum disorder and to help their families. * In 2019 President Trump signed into law two funding packages providing nearly $19 million in new funding for Lupus specific research and education programs, as well an additional $41.7 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the most Lupus funding EVER. * Another upcoming accomplishment to add: In the next week or two Trump will be signing the first major anti-robocall law in decades called the TRACED Act (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence.) Once it’s the law, the TRACED Act will extend the period of time the FCC has to catch & punish those who intentionally break telemarketing restrictions. The bill also requires voice service providers to develop a framework to verify calls are legitimate before they reach your phone. * US stock market continually hits all-time record highs. * Because so many people asked for a document with all of this listed in one place, here it is. No links provided to remove bias as Google search is easy. Print this out for family, friends, neighbors, etc. I encourage you to drop this list off to voters before the 2020 election too! *Trump did all of this while fighting flagrant abuse and impeachment charges.
——-please explain to me why you have a problem with OUR president? Because he has misspoke a few times, stretched the truth to make a point, said a naughty word, or called someone a name in his own defense? Tell me when you find a perfect person, please….I’ll wait! This imperfect human is doing the job I asked him to do when I voted for him.
St. Petersburg police officers will no longer respond to non-violent 911 calls, such as quality-of-life complaints or mental health concerns, amid nationwide calls for budget cuts and policing changes, the agency announced.
The Florida city’s police department will instead send employees from its newly created Community Assistance Liaison division, which officials described as “a social service agency.” They will respond to 911 calls pertaining to a number of issues, including drug overdoses, disorderly intoxications, suicide crises and panhandling, the department said in a Thursday press release.
“Change is coming to St. Pete Police Department,” said Chief of Police Anthony Holloway during a Thursday press conference, referencing the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, a Black man, died after a White police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Holloway said the police department spoke with faith and community groups, protesters and union officials, in the wake of Floyd’s death.
“After all those conversations, we had one common goal. That common goal is very simple: Our citizen is asking for change. The City of St. Petersburg and the police department is ready for that change.”
City officials have, in turn, ordered the reallocation of $3.1 million in federal grant money and $3.8 million in earmarked city funding to the new program, according to the release. The funds initially were intended to pay for the hiring of 25 more police officers for the department.
According to the press release, CAL officers will respond to the following calls:
Intoxicated individuals Mental health crises Drug overdose Disorderly intoxication Suicide crises Homeless complaints and panhandling Neighborhood disputes Truancy, or disorderly minors Disorderly juveniles at elementary schools
The program is slated to begin Oct. 1.
Holloway explained that the median age of police officers on the force is 25 and most don’t even have children, “but we’re asked sometimes to help someone raise their kid.”
As for mental health calls, Holloway said, the officers don’t have enough training in the area and are not experts on those types of issues.
Out of the 259,800 911 calls in 2019, the St. Petersburg Police Department responded to an estimated 12,700 calls for help regarding those issues, the department said.
On Thursday, Holloway also said the department is examining its use of force policy and how complaints are handled. It’s monitoring calls to determine whether or not to respond at all.
“Believe it or not, we still get some calls about, ‘there’s an African American male sitting in the park, he doesn’t look like us,’” the police chief said during the press conference. “We’re not coming to those calls. If that person, he or she, is not committing a crime, we’re not going to that.”
He detailed additional training for the department, doubling de-escalation and self-defense training from one to two times per year.
The department also requires civilian members to receive “Fair and Impartial Policing” training, which its sworn officers already receive. A civilian member from a local advocacy or faith group will be added to the police department’s hiring board.
She became an unwitting poster girl for the current protest movement and the violence that has accompanied it
A TikTok video that recently went viral on social media showed a recent Harvard graduate threatening to stab anyone who said “all lives matter.” In her melodrama, she tried to sound intimidating with her histrionics.
She won a huge audience as she intended. But her video also came to the attention of the company that was going to give her an internship later this summer, Deloitte, which decided it didn’t want to add an intern who threatened to kill strangers who said something she didn’t like.
This wouldn’t have been much of a story. But then the narcissistic Harvard alum posted a very different video — one that showed her weeping in a near-fetal position.
She fought back tears while complaining about how unfair the world had been to her. Her initial TikTok post had earned cruel push-back from the social media jungle she had courted.
Deloitte, she sobbed, was mean and hurtful. And she wanted the world to share her pain.
The Harvard grad instantly became an unwitting poster girl for the current protest movement and the violence that has accompanied it. What turns off millions of Americans about the statue toppling, the looting, the threats and the screaming in the faces of police is the schizophrenic behavior of so many of the would-be revolutionaries.
On one hand, those toppling statues or canceling their own careers on the internet pose as vicious Maoists — the hard-core shock troops of the revolution. Their brand is vile profanity, taunts to police, firebombs and spray paint.
In homage to Italy’s Blackshirts of the past, they wear black hoodies, don makeshift helmets and strap on ad hoc protective padding — part lacrosse attire, part cinematic Road Warrior costume.
The televised stereotype of the antifa activist is a physically unimpressive but violent-talking revolutionary.
He seems to strut in laid-back, blue-city Minneapolis but wisely avoids the suburbs and small towns of the nation’s red states.
He spits at police when standing beside fellow agitators but would never do that when alone confronting an autoworker or welder.
When police march against the antifa crowd and their appendages in order to clear the streets, they often scream like preteens, objecting to mean officers who dare to cross them.
When arrested, the trash talkers are usually terrified of being jailed or of having an arrest on their records.
Federal authorities are currently searching thousands of videos to ferret out looters, arsonists and assailants. Perpetrators who are caught are shocked that the evidence that they once posted online in triumphant braggadocio is now being used to charge them with felonies.
What is going on?
Black Lives Matter, antifa and their large numbers of imitators and loosely organized wannabes are mostly made up of middle-class youth, often either students or graduates.
They deem themselves the brains of the rioting, the most woke of the demonstrators, the most sophisticated of the iconoclasts. In truth, they are also the most paranoid about being charged or being hurt.
What explains the passive-aggressive nature of these protesters and rioters?
Many no doubt are indebted, with large, unpaid student loans. Few seem in a hurry to get up at 6 a.m. each day to go to work to service loans that would take years to pay in full.
While some of those arrested are professionals, many are not. Few seem to be earning the sort of incomes that would allow them to marry, have children, pay off student loan debt, buy a home and purchase a new car.
Historically, the tips of the spears of cultural revolutions are accustomed to comfort. But they grow angry when they realize that they will never become securely comfortable.
In today’s high-priced American cities, especially on the globalized coasts, it’s increasingly difficult for recent college graduates to find a job that will allow for upward mobility.
The protestors are especially cognizant that their 20s are nothing like what they believe to have been the salad days of their parents and grandparents — who did not incur much debt, bought affordable homes, had families and were able to save money.
Earlier generations went to college mainly to become educated and develop marketable skills. They weren’t very interested in ethnic and gender “studies” courses, ranting professors and woke administrators.
For the students of the 1960s who were, protesting was a side dish to a good investment in an affordable college degree that would pay off later.
But when such pathways are blocked, beware.
The woke but godless, the arrogant but ignorant, the violent but physically unimpressive, the degreed but poorly educated, the broke but acquisitive, the ambitious but stalled — these are history’s ingredients of riot and revolution.
This weekend our country came together to celebrate our nation’s independence. Happy Independence Day!
Last week, I returned to Washington to vote on the Democrats’ latest attempt to shove parts of the Green New Deal through Congress. This legislation contains radical, progressive provisions which would cost our country billions. Congress has already gone trillions over budget and this irresponsible spending needs to stop.
Also this week, unverified intelligence was leaked to the New York Times which suggested that Russia had secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and British troops in Afghanistan. This information was leaked before any consensus was reached in the intelligence community as to its accuracy and before the President of the United States was briefed. We will not tolerate rogue intelligence officers leaking classified information for politically motivated attacks against our President while putting our national security at risk. Keep reading for my full thoughts below.
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There is a lot of controversy these days about the effect masks have on preventing the spread of Covid 19 and on what the masks do to the wearer. The mainstream media view may be a bit biased in saying there are no health concerns associated with wearing a mask.
Here are two independent testimonials arbitrarily captured this morning from Facebook on the subject. I don’t know the authors, but amazingly their results are very similar to my own test covered further down in this article:
“I have trouble wearing a mask. When we remodeled I had to wear them to help cut some of the dust from all of the sanding I was doing. The mask did a horrible job and made me feel like I was struggling to breathe. I felt light headed which is bad news when you are on a ladder.”
Second Facebook article:
So I just wanted to share an actual personal experience I had today. I’m an airline pilot and twice a year I have to go in for a flight physical. Today was that day. When I got called back to the room, the nurse and I had an amazing convo about masks. He’s been a nurse for 29 years and he thinks they are ridiculous and do way more harm than good and here’s how he proved it to me.
He took my blood pressure and measured my O2 level without a mask. My BP was 118/60, my O2 was 98%. Then he told me to put my mask on.
We watched as my O2 level fell immediately to 94% and my BP started to rise. He said my heart was starting to pump harder trying to get oxygen to my organs and brain and the mask was limiting the amount of oxygen I could breath. We watched for only about 2 minutes.
He said “now imagine making your kids wear a mask for 7 hrs a day every day. What do you think that will do to their growth, organs, brains, overall health?”
He straight up told me he would never make his kids wear masks for this reason, along with many other reasons. This was just one way he could physically demonstrate to me exactly what happens. I will not make my kids wear a mask. It’s alarming how quickly things changed.”
View this short video and then my comments below will make sense.
I own an oximeter just like the lady has in the video.
I took my oxygen reading normally and I ranged from 96 to 97, more to the 97 side over the minute I observed my normal reading.
I put a mask on and almost immediately that reading dropped to 92, and as I wore it just a few minutes while just sitting in a chair, not moving or exerting myself at all, it dropped to 85 and 86 and stayed there.
I went outside and walked 2 blocks, just enough to increase my cardio and work up a light sweat. I took my reading then and it read 77 to 79, dipping occasionally to 75 to 76. That is dangerously close to HYPOXIA, which can cause a heart attack, blacking out, or serious injury when you fall totally blacked out. (Note: As this is a live test, using immediate data input, the meter vacillates from one reading to another, but stays generally within a zone of 1 or 2 values.)
When I took off the mask, my oxygen reading (within seconds) rose to 90 and within 30 to 45 seconds it returned to 95 or 96. It actually took me a little over 5 minutes for my oxygen reading to return to my normal level of 96 to 97, and then only after taking long deep breathes.
But don’t take my word for it. Take the test for yourself. If you don’t have an oximeter, Amazon has them on sale for around $25 (Good to have these days anyway.):
Before this test, I admit I was primarily revolting against the Marxist Democrats when not wearing a mask even though I recognized some breathing problems associated with wearing a mask as others I’ve spoken to have also recognized. But now, I’m also revolting for my health, as I have known all along that the mask is worthless against Covid 19 due to the inability of the mask to stop the small Covid 19 particles (both exhale and inhale) within the much larger mesh of the cloth of the mask.
But, as shown on the video and in my test, the mask is a perfect device for limiting the inflow of critical oxygen and outflow of CO2, and even forces us to rebreathe the carbon dioxide our body is trying to rid itself of in the breathing process.
Many people have inherent breathing problems without the added impedance of trying to breathe with a mask. Parents with young children and senior citizens must know the downside of these masks that our politicians and health officials are mandating or fear-mongering Americans into wearing, even though there is a wealth of medical advisors stating that masks don’t work for what politicians and some biased health officials promote them to prevent.
MY PERSONAL OPINION: This is just another ploy by the Marxist Democrats to control our lives, but also they won’t mind a bit if a few Republican voters or even a few of their own die in the process for their demented cause.
Somehow our politicians need to wake up and start fighting for “We the People”, instead of being complacent toads sitting and watching the world flow by, collecting their bloated checks. Where are our Republican leaders fighting for American Patriots? I’d tell you, but all of you know exactly where they are and it isn’t helping us out here in the weeds (Grassroots).
There are those who argue that the mask prevents droplets from escaping when one sneezes or coughs. My mother taught me when I was young to always cover my mouth when I sneeze or cough, which I still do today.
When did that basic lesson on manners cease to be taught and why can’t a tissue or handkerchief be used temporarily today instead of formally imposing a mask?
A political issue (Wearing the mask as a symbolic measure to inhibit Covid 19) has now morphed into a health issue that may affect far more people than our knee-jerk reaction medical and political officials have considered or refuse to consider because of their political agenda.
I, for one, do not wish to be a statistic in yet another one of their erroneous medical theories. They’ve not been right on much of this pandemic to date. What makes this any different?
ANSWER: Your life matters, our lives matter, and it shouldn’t be ended before its time by a live political experiment that is overwrought with controversy directly affecting the lives of you and your family – LIVES DO MATTER!!!
A little history most people will never know. Interesting Veterans Statistics from the Vietnam Memorial Wall. There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 63 years since the first casualty.
The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps LCpl Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.
There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
8,283 were just 19 years old.
The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam .
1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam .
31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school
8 Women are on the Wall, nursing the wounded.
244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall
Beallsville , Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
The Marines of Morenci – They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci’s mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
The Buddies of Midvale – LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field
And they all went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 – 2,415 casualties were incurred.
For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, Husbands, wives, sons and daughters
There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.
Independence is expensive. On this day, we try to remember and pay back with our prayers to those who paid for our independence with all that they had to give. We also wish to remember those who stood shoulder to shoulder with these heroes, some being maimed for life. We can never repay our heroes enough, but we must try to remember them and fight for the independence that they paid for in some way every day. For there will always be enemies who wish to steal the freedom we Americans paid for in blood. Some want to steal it for free, using corruption, or by removing our colorful history. But those enemies will always fail, because this is America, and failure is not an option!
FREEDOM IS SYNONYMOUS WITH AMERICA – KNOWN WORLDWIDE!
I’m not sure if any of you remember Paul Harvey, the great story teller. As a kid, I tuned in to hear his phenomenal stories every day. Well this is that kind of story, well actually two stories, but exactly the feel good type of story and ending that Paul Harvey was famous for. I hope you enjoy this one that I ran across and felt compelled to share! Happy Fourth of July – Randy Wedin
STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well.. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.
Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.
And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example.
One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.
He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some resemblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.
Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
The poem read:
“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.”
STORY NUMBER TWO
World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare.
(Added note – As a teenager Butch wanted to become a Naval Aviator. A friend got Butch appointed to the US Naval Academy in 1933. He Graduated in 1937 and attended Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fl. In 1939).
He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.
One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.
He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.
His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.
As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American-fleet.
The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.
Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.
Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.
Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.
Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.
Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft. This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
A Year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His hometown would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.
Now this is the Paul Harvey-like “Rest of the story” on this July 4th weekend that Mr. Harvey was famous!
SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?