Another eventful week with more good news leaking out.
1- Kurt Schlichter uses some colorful language to express what many of us feel about the old Republican Party. The good news is that we are slowly showing the political world that we do not want politics as usual anymore. We do not want anymore Cheneys.
QUOTE: She is Republican monkeypox, you know. She is a walking, talking, warmongering, loathsome disease infecting the nether regions of the Republican Party, and her resounding rejection by the decent Americans of Wyoming demonstrates that we are curing the infection that is her kind. The Bill Kristols, the Jen Rubins, the Jeff Flakes, and the John McCains are gone, and we don't miss them.
We are the new Republican Party, one not dedicated to getting its leading lights invited to DC cocktail parties but one determined to drop a turd in the DC punchbowl.
And the new Republican Party has no place for Liz Cheney, her horrific father, or other insipid creatures like them. We're tired of GOP poohbahs who never met a war they didn't want your kids to fight. The Cheneys are absolutely perfect examples of what we are talking about. What have they ever done? I mean accomplished, as opposed to run their fool mouths about. What's Dick Cheney's big score? What's in his win column? Nothing, and the same with his useless daughter.
Hey, is everyone running as conservative as I'd like? Nah. But we're adults, and we get that you don't win every race every time. Look, no one is going to just hand us our nation back. The enemy is not going to shrug and go back to their faculty lounges and Trader Joe's white wine sections and leave the country to us normal people. We have to fight for it, every day and in every way, forever.
2- We can never take for granted state Attorneys General races. They provide a bulwark against the federal government over-reach.
QUOTE: Attorneys general from 23 states have filed an amicus brief in a federal appeals court urging judges to uphold a ruling from earlier this year that struck down the mask mandate for interstate travel.
Four months ago, Florida U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle sided with the Health Freedom Defense Fund and two Florida residents. They claimed the restriction the Biden Administration announced Jan. 29, 2021, as part of its COVID-19 guidelines exceeded federal authority.
Led by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, the states' attorneys general say in their 37-page filing that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pursued "expansive" measures in its handling of the pandemic. Officials from the states also remind the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that federal judges set several other CDC guidelines aside.
The states "share an interest in protecting their sovereign authority to enact quarantine measures of their choosing to combat the spread of disease in the manner best adapted to their distinctive local conditions – authority historically reserved to the states, as CDC's own regulations reflect even today," the brief states.
"It's astonishing that Biden continues to fight to force mask passengers," Moody said. "We are once again pushing back, in court, against his unlawful federal overreach." The states also claim the mask mandate is unlawful because it goes beyond the CDC's ability to enforce sanitation measures. They also claim the federal government failed to review what steps states were taking or determine if those measures were sufficient.
Besides Florida, other attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia signed on to the brief.
3- It is good news that these people are finally saying out loud how wrong they have been on everything.
QUOTE: Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Wednesday delivered a sweeping rebuke of her agency's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it had failed to respond quickly enough and needed to be overhauled.
"To be frank, we are responsible for some pretty dramatic, pretty public mistakes, from testing to data to communications," she said in a video distributed to the agency's roughly 11,000 employees.
Her admission of the agency's failings came after she received the findings of an examination she ordered in April amid scathing criticism of the C.D.C.'s performance. The report itself was not released; an agency official said it was not yet finished but would be made public soon.
It is notable that the experience of the last two years has caused a sharp, and well-justified, decline in public perceptions of CDC as well as other public health institutions.
Perhaps most important of all, let's not forget that for most of the last two years, social media outlets have routinely suppressed any information that dissented from or questioned whatever dogmas were, at that moment, being disseminated by CDC. Anyone who disagreed with that agency's line of the moment was relentless smeared. And yet, we now see the agency itself admitting that it made many mistakes.
This experience obviously shows the importance of free speech and robust debate, but there are major elements in our society, including the leading social media platforms, that continue to be hostile to dissent from the liberal party line on public health and many other topics.
4 - It is always good to read the actual history when people like Cheney twist history to suit their narrative.
QUOTE: As Congresswoman Liz Cheney was being decisively repudiated by the voters of Wyoming (66 percent to 29 percent is a repudiation), her smug Eastern establishment certainty of moral virtue remained intact.
However, in describing her situation with the words of Abraham Lincoln, she skewed the historic record. If Lincoln had only garnered 29 percent support in his 1858 U.S. Senate race against Stephen Douglas, he would never have been president.
In fact, Lincoln won the popular vote against incumbent Douglas. However, Democrats had more seats in the state legislature (which selected Senators in those days) so they sent Douglas back to Washington. Lincoln then had the Lincoln-Douglas debates published as a book and worked methodically to win the GOP nomination for president in 1860.
Cheney is also profoundly mistaken in her claim that Lincoln ignored public opinion to follow some internal conviction against the popular will.
Lincoln was deeply careful about doing what the public wanted. He was possibly the most thoughtful of all American presidents in this regard. Lincoln warned: "In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."
Anyone who studies Lincoln's presidency knows he listened carefully to the American people (at least those in the North who favored maintaining the Union and ultimately supported abolishing slavery). When Lincoln called for government of the people, by the people, and for the people, he meant everyday folks – not just Ivy League elites.
The government of the people in Wyoming means representing a deeply pro-Donald Trump position. After all, President Trump got 69.94 percent of the vote in Wyoming in 2020.
When Cheney decided her mission in life was destroying President Trump, she was in effect repudiating the people of Wyoming – the people she was supposed to be representing. She had joined the government for the elite – the government for the establishment system – and rejected Lincoln's formula of government by and for the people.
In her concession speech, Cheney continued her anti-Trump fervor which had marked the Jan. 6 Committee as a show trial. Essentially, she was vice chair of a fake committee colluding with the fake news media to produce fake information.
5- We need to win EVERY single Senate seat. This is good news!
QUOTE: In the first poll since the unprecedented Mar-a-Lago raid, Emerson College Polling showed that J.D. Vance, the Trump-backed Republican nominee for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat, and Republicans had overtaken Democrats in the Buckeye State.
Vance leads Ryan by three points in the most recent Emerson College poll. The poll found that 45 percent of the 925 general election voters would vote for Vance over the 42 percent who would vote for Ryan. There were also four percent who said someone else, and ten percent were undecided.
In fact, when the voters were asked, "regardless of whom they support, which candidate they expect to win," a majority of the respondents (52 percent) said Vance would win, compared to the 48 percent who said Ryan.
6- Fourteen whistleblowers.....it's a start.
QUOTE: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, has been fielding whistleblower allegations against officials at the Justice Department and FBI since last November.
Jordan said Sunday to Fox News's Trey Gowdy that 14 whistleblowers from within the FBI had come forward to his office.
"Fourteen FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people. There are lots of good people in the FBI. It's the top that's the problem. But some of these good agents are coming to us telling us this is bologna what's going on, the political nature now of the Justice Department."
Jordan asserted to Breitbart News that he has in fact had 14 whistleblowers speak to his office about the Justice Department and FBI but that all of them approached his office prior to the Trump raid.
"It started when we realized what the Justice Department was doing relative to parents and the whole school boards issue," Jordan said, in reference to allegations one whistleblower made to Jordan's office in November 2021 that the FBI was taking counterterrorism measures to investigate parents who it deemed a threat at school board meetings.
Jordan had another whistleblower contact him in March 2022 who raised questions about "the progress and extent" of the FBI's investigation into two pipe bombs that the FBI said were placed near the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee the night before the January 6 Capitol riot.
"I think the reason they come to us is they know they can trust us and we'll will work with them," Jordan said. "But when they come to us in the minority, all we can really do is begin to tell their story. We can't subpoena. We can't do the things that you can typically obviously do in the majority, but yet they're still willing to come forward, which I think underscores how political that place has become."
Should Republicans take the majority in November, Jordan is poised to serve as chair of the committee and has already publicly indicated his intent to formally investigate the Justice Department and FBI.
"It's been on all kinds of issues, but the overall theme here is the political nature," Jordan said. "Fourteen whistleblowers have come to us, and, frankly, we anticipate more."
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