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The Democrats are Ready to “MAVA” – Make America Venezuela Again

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

How stupid are Democrat voters? – Impossibly stupid, apparently. With a textbook socialism-caused collapse of a formerly prosperous nation taking place right here in our own hemisphere for all to see, the Democrat voter base here in the U.S. appears intent upon taking our own country down that same doomed-to-fail path.

It isn’t just the elevation of mindless nitwits like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to congress, nor is the movement to self-destruction limited to support for an array of socialist presidential candidates, from Pete Buttigeig to Kamala Harris to The Commie. Democrat voters are also electing socialist thugs at the local level.

The latest example comes in Chicago, where, after the holding of this week’s runoff elections, the city council will now be home to as many as six new socialist aldermen. One of those winning socialists, a thug (because all socialists are thugs by their very nature) named Andre Vasquez, looked at the supporters assembled at his victory celebration Tuesday night and exclaimed, “Take a look around the room, we did this!”

That’s pretty much what Hugo Chavez said when he was first elected el Presidente in Venezuela in 1998. At that time, that country was a thriving, vibrant country blessed with incredible, growing wealth from its gigantic oil reserves. Today, just 21 years later, its residents are starving and dipping their buckets into sewers for drinking water.

Good luck with that, Chicago!

Speaking of thug politicians… – Chuck Schumer’s tireless efforts to prevent the proper staffing of the Trump Administration are going to become a lot harder to carry out now that Mitch McConnell and the GOP Senate majority went all nuclear upside his head on Wednesday.

The move by Republicans will result in the application of limited debate time for district judge appointments and sub-cabinet-level officials nominated by President Trump. Democrat thugs have used the pre-existing rule that allowed for them to tie up the senate for 30 hours of floor time on each nominee to prevent the Trump Administration from becoming properly staffed, and to build a huge and growing backlog of district court openings that now numbers 130.

Schumer, who, while serving as Senate Majority whip under Harry Reid, aggressively worked to enact Reid’s first “nuclear option” move when the Dems still had the majority in 2013, naturally took to the floor with a hypocritical screed against McConnell’s move, saying at one point that he was “so sorry that my Republican colleagues have gone along with Sen. McConnell’s debasement of the Senate.”

Honestly, how do these Democrats sleep at night? That’s actually a serious question.

And speaking of thug Democrats… – meanwhile, over in the House of Representatives, Democrat thugs were throwing out subpoenas like mardi gras revelers in New Orleans throw out cheap strands of beads. And these subpoenas are roughly equal in value, come to think of it.

The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by the despicable Jabba the Nadler, voted along party lines to authorize the corpulent Chairman to issue subpoenas for the “full Mueller report” in unredacted form, along with its supporting documents. They won’t get it, because such a subpoena would require Attorney General William Barr to break a multitude of federal laws.

The main concern is that federal law has always prevented the public release of grand jury material, and the Mueller report is chock-full of such material. Nadler and Bug-eyed Adam Schiff went on TV to promise they would never, never, ever allow such damaging material to be leaked, but we all know that that promise would last for about 30 seconds before it all started appearing in the New York Times and Washington Post.

So, that cat won’t flush, and the Democrats know it. They’re just doing this to keep the whole “Russia Collusion” fantasy alive through November, 2020.

Next, the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal, threw out a demand to the IRS for all of President Trump’s tax returns for 2013 through 2018. That also ain’t gonna happen, and the Democrats know it – it’s just another effort to keep that particular sham alive through the 2020 elections.

Kevin Brady of Texas, who chaired Ways and Means in 2017-18, slammed the Democrats’ grotesque lurch into political thuggery: “This particular request is an abuse of the tax-writing committees’ statutory authority, and violates the intent and safeguards of Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code as Congress intended.”

That’s all true, but the Democrat Party as a whole no longer cares about such things. All they care about is the acquisition and maintenance of political power, patiently working towards the day when they once again control all levers of federal power as they did in 2009-10, during which they succeeded in nationalizing and destroying our nation’s health insurance system.

Should they ever achieve that goal again, this even more radicalized socialist Democrat Party will make 2009-10 seem like a walk in the park. They’re ready now to go full Nicolas Maduro on us, make no mistake about it.

I used to tell friends ‘vote for Democrats at your own risk,’ but I can’t even go there anymore. Because these days, a vote for any Democrat is a risk to all of us.

That is all.

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Democrats Eating Their Own in Florida is Always a Great Day for America

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Things I wonder about… – With all the amazing, near magical things mankind has invented in modern times, isn’t it sort of amazing that no one has been able to come up with a banana that lasts longer than five days after you bring it home before it starts to spoil?

Liberals, liberals, where are all the liberals? – Gallup released a new survey last night that claims to show that self-identifying “liberals” outnumber self-identifying “conservatives” in only six states, and get this – California is NOT among them.

Huh???

Yes, friends and neighbors, the survey results indicate that voters in the Golden State call themselves either “liberal” or “conservative” in equal 29% ratios. Not sure what the other 41% of Californians identify as being, but we can be certain it is very odd.

Meanwhile, only in the states of Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Washington, New York, and New Hampshire do more people admit to being liberal than conservative. What do these results tell us? Well, first of all, they tell us that Gallup isn’t going out to cemeteries and including all those dead Democrat voters in their polling sample, nor are they making any effort to poll all those illegal aliens who vote Democrat in higher numbers with each passing election cycle.

The results also tell us something we have known for decades now, since we watched our very “conservative” yellow-dog Democrat grandparents go out to vote for communists like George McGovern and closet leftists like Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey. There are an awful lot of “conservatives” out there who simply do not pay enough attention to politics to understand the true nature and goals of the Democrat Party.

And so it is that we get poll results like this one from Gallup, polls that make absolutely no sense at all when viewed in the context of recent U.S. voting patterns. Like most other political opinion polls these days, this one is worthless.

News you won’t see on CNN… – Military troops loyal to Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro are now openly murdering opposition protesters on the streets as the situation in that country continues to deteriorate. Maduro also continues his efforts to starve his own people by blocking convoys of food and medical supplies from entering the country from neighboring Brazil and Colombia.

This is always the end game with brutal socialist/fascist regimes, isn’t it? They ultimately always run out of other people’s money to steal, their economy collapses, people start starving and dying from lack of medical care, they take to the streets to protest and the government responds by killing them. This is not an aberration – it is indeed the inevitable outcome.

And yet, it seems that American leftists are incapable of learning from the dozens of similar object lessons we have seen over the decades in countries all over the world, as evil socialists like Maduro and Stalin and Castro and Mao and Pol Pot and too many others to name have ended up starving, shooting, beheading and otherwise murdering well over 100 million human beings in the past century.

Indeed, the most prominent American leftist – you know, the guy who we see praising breadlines in 30-year-old videos – Bernie Sanders is so stubbornly incapable of learning that just yesterday, he enraged members of his own party down in Florida when he could not bring himself to admit that Maduro is a “dictator,” or even that he should be deposed from power:

“I think there are serious questions about the recent election,” Sanders said. “There are many people who feel it was a fraudulent election. I think the United States has got to work with the international community to make sure there is a free and fair election in Venezuela. Clearly, [Mr. Maduro] has been very, very abusive. That is a decision of the Venezuelan people.”

This refusal by Sanders had the old Clinton-era nitwit and current Florida member of congress Donna Shalala rushing to Twitter to condemn the old Bolshevik: “I’ll make it clear,” Democratic Rep. Donna Shalala tweeted Thursday. “@SenSanders does not reflect the majority of the Democratic Party. And our support for Venezuela’s interim president [opposition leader Juan Guaidó] and the Venezuelan people. Maduro is a dictator and must go.”

So, why is it Democrats in Florida who are so upset by Sanders’ remarks? Why, because Florida is where tens of thousands of Venezuelans have immigrated, become citizens and registered to vote in recent years. The mollycoddling of Maduro by Democrats like Bernie, in stark contrast to the aggressive anti-Maduro position assumed by President Trump in recent weeks, is threatening to turn the “swing state” of Florida into a GOP stronghold.

If bad things have to happen to some group of people, it’s always a great thing when they happen to leftist jackasses like Breadline Bernie and Shalala.

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Trump Puts the Lie to “Russia Collusion” With Venezuela Actions

The Afternoon Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

In case you’re still thinking  this whole “Trump is Putin’s puppet” narrative has legs, well, think again. Vladimir Putin is a decidedly unhappy hombre’ today, and it all has to do with the ongoing efforts by the Trump Administration to depose his real puppet, Venezuelan socialist thug Nicolas Maduro.

Earlier today, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the U.S. would place severe sanctions on Maduro’s regimen and Venezuela’s national oil company, PdVSA:

Steve Mnuchin:  “As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of PdVSA subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.”

At his press conference, Mnuchin said these actions basically place a quarantine on $7 billion in PdVSA assets in the U.S., and would represent $11 billion in foregone oil exports to the U.S. over the next 12 months. Mnuch said the U.S. decided to target PdVSA because it has long been used by the Maduro regime as “a vehicle for corruption.”:

“A variety of schemes have been designed to embezzle billions of dollars from PdVSA for the personal gain of corrupt Venezuelan officials and businessmen.  For example, a 2014 currency exchange scheme was designed to embezzle and launder around $600 million from PdVSA, money obtained through bribery and fraud.  By May 2015, the conspiracy had allegedly doubled in amount, to $1.2 billion embezzled from PdVSA.  Abraham Edgardo Ortega, a Venezuelan national who was PdVSA’s executive director of financial planning, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his role in the billion-dollar international scheme to launder funds embezzled from PdVSA.”

The ongoing, aggressive efforts by the Trump Administration to depose Maduro put the lie to Democrat/media allegations that the U.S. President is some sort of “puppet” or ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin has, over the last several years, invested billions of dollars in efforts to prop up the Maduro regime, often taking ownership of Venezuela’s oil assets in return.

As Reuters reported in 2017, Putin’s Russia had by that time already made at least $17 billion in such investments, a total that has only grown in the intervening two years. Thus, any sanctions on Venezuelan oil assets strike directly at the Russian Bear.

Putin’s spokesman at the U.N. made Russia’s displeasure with the efforts to oust Maduro very clear, as Russia led the effort to deny a unanimous U.N. Security Council vote in favor of an effort by the U.S. and European Union to impose international sanctions on Maduro, and endorse opposition leader Juan Guaido.

All of which adds up to completely refute the ongoing joint efforts by the Democrat Party and our fake news media to portray President Trump as a Russian agent.  These people really are shameless.

That is all.

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Trump Forgets He’s Putin’s Puppet, Moves to Depose Socialist Thug Maduro

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

This is not how this whole “puppet” thing works.  Not how it works at all. – President Trump apparently forgot on Wednesday that he’s supposed to be a “puppet” for Vladimir Putin. Yesterday  morning, the President recognized Venezuelan Opposition leader Juan Guaido as the rightful President of that country, essentially de-legitimizing the socialist thug Nicolas Maduro.

Surely the “puppet” of Putin had to be aware that is putative “boss” – according to the Democrat Party and the fake news media – has, over the last two years, poured tens of billions of dollars into Venezuelan oil assets, spending billions more to prop up Maduro in the process. Indeed, it appears to actual neutral observers that the advancing Russian hegemony into the South American nation is a major reason why the Trump Administration is hoping to depose Maduro and replace him with a leader who plans to restore the democracy and freedoms Venezuelan citizens formerly enjoyed.

This is not the behavior of a puppet. Indeed, the Administration appears deadly serious here, with the President himself warning that “all options are on the table. Always,” related to the situation. To reinforce that point, when Maduro announced he was ordering U.S. diplomatic personnel to leave Venezuela within 72 hours, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded thusly:

“The United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela,” the statement said. “Accordingly the United States does not consider former president Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata.”

Pompeo went on to warn Maduro to avoid endangering U.S. personnel, or face “appropriate actions.”

Reports late in the day had Venezuelan troops loyal to Maduro shooting at some of the millions of citizens who took to the streets in support of Guaido. It’s easy to shoot and kill innocent people who stupidly allowed themselves to be disarmed by the country’s previous socialist thug, Hugo Chavez. It’s much harder and more futile to fire back at U.S. Marines backed up by American air cover and gun ships.

It is long past time for Maduro and his fellow thugs who have been starving the Venezuelan people (the average Venezuelan has lost 24 lbs. in the past year) to be deposed, and we should all hope the Trump Administration is intent on backing up its words with force if necessary. Unlike all of Obama’s mis-adventures in the Middle East and Africa in support of radical Muslim interests, this conflict, right in America’s back yard, is worthy of U.S. involvement.

It’s your move, Nancy. – With a pair of late-night tweets, President Trump, for all appearances, seems to have backed down to San Fran Nan in the famous battle over the State of the Union address:

This decision is, to say the least, odd. President Trump, as we have repeatedly seen, is not a man to just back down from a fight, so that is most likely not exactly what this is. There are most probably other factors at play of which we are not currently aware, but probably will be soon. The key thing to remember about Donald Trump is that he always, unfailingly, treats every situation as a negotiation.

Over the past couple of days, for example, we have seen both House Majority Leader Stenny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jame Clyburn assume positions in conflict to Pelosi’s related to negotiations over border security issues.  Clyburn has even proposed legislation containing the President’s requested $5.7 billion in border security funding, but with the caveat that it could not be deployed to build a “physical” barrier along the border.

That’s a giant step away from Pelosi’s offer of one dollar. It also represents a compromise that would allow both San Fran Nan and the President to save face.  Trump would get exactly the amount of money he requested and still be able to work to find other means of expanding the border barriers. Meanwhile, Pelosi has never said that enhanced border “security” is immoral, just a wall.

Ann Coulter and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would both go nuts, which would be the clearest sign possible that it was a pretty solid deal.

So, it could well be that there are negotiations ongoing behind the scenes that are about to get the fake partial government “shutdown” resolved over the next few days, and the President decided that it is best not to rock the boat, at least for now.

But as we have also seen many times before, Mr. Trump keeps his options open, and can turn on a dime. So it would be foolish to think these two tweets represent the end game here. They were simply Trump’s next move in some ongoing negotiation.

That is all.

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If Democrats Didn’t Exist, No One in Their Right Mind Would Dream of Making Them Up

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

I thought this must be a satire piece in The Onion, but it turns out someone actually believes this is really the Democrats’ problem. – The New York Times ran an op/ed penned by – naturally – a couple of professors – who contend that the real problem the Democrat Party has is that it’s just too darn…wait for it…oh, you have to wait for this one…MODERATE!!!!

Yes, friends, these two people who probably have never spent a moment outside of academia believe that the biggest mistake the Dems made in 2016 was not nominating an outright communist, and nominating a mere aspiring fascist dictator instead.  Let’s all hope that San Fran Nan, Chuckie Schumer and the rest of what passes for “leadership” in the Democrat Party today all read this piece and take it to heart.  If they do, the Democrat Party won’t even exist 8 years from now.

Dude, there are proper times to complain.  This is not one of those times. – Mike Repole, the owner of two horses that finished as poor also-rans in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, is complaining that the trainer of Triple Crown winner Justify had a second horse in the race that was serving as an “offensive lineman” for the winner, interfering with other horses.

There’s just one problem with this argument:  Repole’s horses finished a very poor fourth and dead last, and the accused horse ran behind the 4th place finisher almost the entire race, finishing 8th in his own right.  Repole even said that Justify, who ran in first place wire to wire and was barely challenged, was the “rightful winner.”  So what’s the complaint?  Does he think his 10th place horse might have finished 9th were it not for the “interference?”

Sometimes it’s best just to remain quiet and take your lumps.

But back to Democrats… – The utter depravity and intellectual poverty of the American left was on full display over the weekend as two of its most prominent celebrity leaders opened their mouths and revealed the #resistance for the oozing pustule of anti-Americanism it truly is.

Once-great actor Robert DeNiro took the mike at last night’s Tony Awards to introduce fellow faded talent Bruce Springsteen and decided to go off-script, saying “I’m just gonna say two words:  F*ck Trump.”  For this, he received a standing ovation from the #resistance-filled awards show audience.  If you’re wondering why I quit trying to have any sort of reasoned conversation with leftists along about 1996, there you go.

Earlier in the weekend, the execrable Bill Maher told his audience that “I feel like the bottom [of the economy] has to fall out at some point.  By the way, I’m hoping for it because one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession.”

Thus, he revealed the Democrat Party’s entire economic program for the 2018 elections.  As is always the case, the single most damaging thing any Democrat can do is open his mouth and utter what he’s really thinking.  Which is why they spend pretty much every waking moment lying.

From our Canadian Metro-sexual Problems file… – At one of his press availabilities at this weekend’s G7 conference, one of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s fake eyebrows (yes, he apparently wears fake eyebrows) came loose and almost slid down into his left eye:

This led to all sorts of uproar and hilarity in social media, even to the point where some enterprising soul created a Twitter account named “Trudeau’s Eyebrows.”  Here is the account’s first tweet:

It’s fair to note here that if Justin Trudeau were an American politician, he’d be a Democrat.  Just sayin’.

And speaking of people who would be mainstream Democrats if they lived in the United States of America, Venezuela’s socialist thug dictator Nicolas Maduro’s regime has now devastated the once-thriving nation so drastically that polio is making a comeback.

Oh, but that’s not all, not by a long shot.  Venezuela has also “accounted for 85 percent of  of measles reported across Latin America and the Caribbean over the past year,” according to the Pan-American Health Organization.  Proving one more time that there is literally nothing – not one damn thing – that leftist politicians cannot destroy when given the chance.

Let’s don’t give them another chance to destroy our country this November, ok?

Just another day of leftists destroying stuff America.

That is all.

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The Fakest Fake News This Week Comes From an Unexpected Source

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Hey, remember that “Blue Wave” that was going to carry Irish Beto O’Rourke to a smashing victory over Ted Cruz in November?. – Yeah, that’s not really a thing, no matter how much some desperate media mavens in Texas want it to happen.  The Blue Wave media lobby’s hopes were raised back in early April when Quinnipiac University issued a poll purporting to show the race between Irish Beto and Cruz within the margin of error, with Cruz holding just a 47-44 lead.

But a new Quinnipiac poll issued on Wednesday now pegs Cruz’s lead at a much more believable 51-40, which is likely within a point or two of where it will end up finishing in November.  The same poll has Texas Governor Greg Abbott holding a whopping 19 point edge over the latest poor soul the Democrat Party nominated to be its sacrificial lamb this fall, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.  This is a dramatic 10-point uptick for Abbott since the April poll.  Abbott defeated Democrat Wendy Davis by almost 20 percent of the vote four years ago, and other than wishful thinking on the part of the media and the professional political class in Austin, there is no real reason to believe Sheriff Valdez will improve on that performance in any substantial way.

Speaking of Greg Abbott, it’s not even 2 weeks down the road from the tragic school shootings in Santa Fe, Texas, and the Texas Governor has already spearheaded an effort to develop a plan to provide upgraded security and mental health screening at the state’s public schools.  The total cost of the plan is $110 million – the majority of which can be funded with existing federal grants – and the great preponderance of the measures it contains should be implemented by the start of the next school year in mid-August.

Naturally, media stories “reporting” on the plan went out and copiously quoted Ms. Valdez and other Democrats and teacher’s union reps who knee-jerked in opposition, but they’re just lost voices wandering the woods as the adults in the state go about trying to provide better protection for the state’s school children.  Because most Texans tend to like leaders who actually exercise leadership rather than just point fingers and criticize.  One would think Texas Democrats would eventually figure this out, but one would apparently be wrong.

God Bless Texas.

Fakest #fakenews of the week, and it’s not from CNN, NBC, the NYTimes or the WaPo?  Can this be true? – Yes, it is true, and the story comes from the Wall Street Journal.

The fakery starts with the story’s headline:  “‘Tropical Messiah’: A Trump-Style Politician Is Mexican Presidential Front Runner”, and only goes downhill from there.  The subject of the story is the race for the presidency in Mexico in general and specifically on the guy who is going to win, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.  The WSJ spells Mr. Obrador’s name correctly, and that’s where the story begins to break down.

At one point, the story describes Obrador as a “leftist nationalist”, hardly the path being followed by U.S. President Trump, who has governed as the most conservative chief executive in modern times.  Guess who else was a “leftist nationalist”:  the late Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez.  Oh, and the guy who succeeded Chavez, Nicolas Maduro.  These guys were role models for Barack Obama, not Donald Trump.  Those guys are also responsible for turning what was a thriving and prosperous Venezulean economy into a socialist misery pit.

Like every other person who has run for the Mexican presidency as the drug cartels have risen in power over the last 30 years, Obrador promises to rid the nation of …wait for it… the drug cartels!  Great idea – tell us how socialism is going to accomplish that.

Frightfully, Obrador has also hinted that he will also re-nationalize the nation’s oil industry, just as Mexico, under the leadership of current President Enrique Pena Nieto, has begun to really benefit from the opening of the industry to foreign investment that took place in 2013.  A re-nationalization and seizure of assets of private investors will ensure that no company will be willing to invest in Mexico’s economy again for decades to come.

The authors of the otherwise fawning profile even appear to recognize this reality with the following passage:

“Foreign investors are nervous about Mr. López Obrador’s plans to reassess Mexico’s opening to private investment in the country’s oil industry, which is expected to bring $150 billion to the energy sector. They also worry about his threats to cancel Mexico City’s multibillion [dollar] new airport, currently under construction.

Such talk reminds many Mexicans of President Luis Echeverría, who governed Mexico in the 1970s. Mr. Echeverría combined import-substitution policies, sharply increased government spending and socialist rhetoric. The story ended badly: Inflation skyrocketed and the government devalued the peso for the first time in 22 years.”

Yes, and it is inevitable that this story will end badly as well, because that story – as with the story currently playing out in Venezuela – is in fact the inevitable outcome of the implementation of the socialist, command-and-control policies that Obrador’s election will inevitably bring to the country.

How the story’s authors see any of this as being similar to the story playing out in America today – a story in which the U.S. economy is booming thanks to the overtly anti-socialist policies being implemented by Donald Trump – is simply mind-boggling.

The story playing out in Mexico’s presidential election right now is a tragic one, one that does not deserve the fantasy-based, kid glove treatment of Obrador provided by the Wall Street Journal.

Just another day in the fake news comes from all directions America.

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