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February 18, 2020 · OPINION

Our republic’s foundation shaken to the core

By Jimmy Bowman

We have failed. The Founding Fathers created, and each subsequent generation has preserved “The World’s Best Hope.”

For 233 years our country has functioned under the fundamental belief that the laws and values embodied in the Constitution have always been more important than the different political beliefs we hold. As Americans we pursued, “The Great Experiment,” changing things when needed, but always striving to maintain the fundamental American belief that, “The rule of law implies that every person is subject to the law.”

Over the past few weeks we have seen an impeachment trial where it was argued that the president is above the law. That any actions taken by an elected official to secure political office are in the best interest of the nation and therefore not criminal. We have seen a trial with no impartial jury, no witnesses and a defendant openly flaunting his crimes on live TV.

Seventy-five percent of Americans wanted witnesses called. Instead, by a vote of 51-49, witnesses were not called. Elected officials no longer act in the interest of the people they represent. Our system of government has been corrupted to the point of breaking down for the first time in American history.

How can we, the first Americans to fail to uphold the Constitution, correct this? We can start by not electing any of those officials who were deaf to the voices of the American people. We can elect a president who not only abides by the rule of law, but also believes that the duty of the office is to better the lives of the American people, not use the power of that office to their own gain.

We can show with a strong united voice that “We the People” will uphold the values of the Constitution of the United States of America and that those who neglect those duties have no place in the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.

Let us not forget what Benjamin Franklin said when leaving the Constitutional Convention in 1787. When asked what kind of government we had Franklin responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

The recent actions taken by the GOP have shaken the foundation of our Republic to the core. Let us act swiftly, resoundingly and with a strong united voice to rebuff those who threaten “The World’s Best Hope.”
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martinkus · February 22, 2020 at 1:42 pm
Trump - morally bankrupt, ethically bankrupt, and clearly, intellectually bankrupt! A mob boss running the country who cares more about "loyalty" than defending the U.S. Constitution and democratic institutions. The American Hitler is alive and well, and his name, in my opinion, is Donald Trump.
Jeffersonian American · February 22, 2020 at 8:21 am
Andrea, to respond specifically to your Facebook concern raised below, the reason we have a President Donald J. Trump today is due to the equal and opposite reaction to several of our immediate past Presidents, most notably the unconstitutional and illegitimate Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro (his African Aunt and African Grandmother gave sworn depositions in their native Swahili language in 2008 that they witnessed Obama's birth in Mombasa, Kenya in 1961; this prompted the Kenyan Government to cut off all foreign journalists and three U.S. state Secretaries of State and other U.S. officials from further interviewing the Obama African family members during 2008), but also due to William J. Clinton (and his notorious long suffering, scheming and caustic wife); and not to be discounted, George W. Bush- all supported by the Deep State which has been exposed in their unconstitutional undermining of then-2016 candidate Trump and subsequently, President Trump.

On a Black History Month note, President Trump has been repeatedly polling around 30% of the American Black and (45% of American Hispanic) populace. Conservatives estimate this will translate into a 2020 Election victory provided everyone is determined not to retreat backward to the failed Committed Marxist policies of the Obama/Clinton years and the Big Government Republican years of the Bush Family Swamp. It will be a very difficult task to drain the swamp in Washington of all of this mess which has been brewing since Mr. Lincoln's War (having grown exponentially since FDR, Kennedy/Johnson, and most dramatically under the Clinton/Obama Regimes) Now Communism is fully exposed inside the Democrat Party and they are no longer hiding this fact from the American people of where their allegiance and policies are grounded). These are among the many compelling reasons why Donald J. Trump is now U.S. President- not because of his warts and imperfections- but because he has stated his promises and policies to lift **ALL** Americans up the economic ladder with his focus on issues of strategic national importance- Moral, Economic and Military. These were last championed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was head and shoulders above any other modern-era Presidents in the 20th century and 21st century to date based on the historic record. While Trump is definitely no Dwight Eisenhower in conviction and sound judgment and avoidance of deficit spending, he has stopped America from its first truly all-out bloody civil war taking place in the 21st century with his promises kept to the American people to reduce government regulations, lower taxes on American families and small businesses, promote American energy independence, negotiate military objectives and economic trade with our adversaries and allies around the world, and largely keeping American troops out of foreign wars, among many other positive accomplishments. American citizens understand without secured national borders, there is no need for all the rest of it- you don't have a country without borders, language and culture. Without secure borders, there is no need for hundreds of billions of dollars spent on defense or even for having a Department of Defense, much less all the rest of our bloated, massive Federal Government which now spans the globe in a race to insolvency, spending worthless, fiat, digital currency created out of bits and bytes.

Jeffersonian American · February 22, 2020 at 8:17 am
(CONTINUED): Andrea, on a personal note, I saw no evidence of any wrongdoing or impeachable offense in the Trump's phone call to the President of Ukraine. It was a phone call between the U.S. President who promised to fight American Government corruption with a foreign Head of State who was elected on a platform for fighting government corruption in Ukraine. The President was wise to release the transcript of the formerly classified phone call, receiving the permission from the other Head of State to do so. Once again, these and other actions exposed the Democrat Spectacular Lies, the Leftist Deep State and the Democrat Old Media for what they are- constitutional usurpers all. Also, Americans have seen how the Obama/Clinton Regimes broke countless laws to seek and maintain their power in a disastrous 16 years in office- probably fatal to the survival of the country at this point- so much damage was done to faith and trust in our local, State and Federal Government and institutions with the undermining of our U.S. Constitution at every turn, rendering the document today essentially a "Dead Letter." Clearly, with the election of the undocumented, Committed Marxist Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro, whose mother and his maternal grandparents were documented Communists- and whose real father, Frank Marshall Davis- was also a documented Communist and CPUSA Member, there is no turning back now from the new era we are living in across the American Continent since Election Night 2008, which marked the official death of our former constitutional republic when the two institutions charged under the U.S. Constitution to properly vet the presidential candidate to be eligible for seating as U.S. President failed the American people and looked the other way- the U.S. Electoral Commission and the U.S. Supreme Court. So we are all witnessing the final death throes of our former American Republic- and a growing majority of American citizens of all races are realizing the one individual who is singularly capable of effectively fighting back (liberal elements of his own Big Government Republican Party, the Democrat Party, and the Radical Left Old News Media) to restore some former semblance of our constitutional government, law and order and initial dismantling of the Deep State is President Donald J. Trump- the imperfect messenger and personality right out of some of the flawed characters found in the Bible who performed the Lord's work. If you do not recognize the crimes and horrors inflicted upon the American people and our former constitutional republic under the Clinton and Obama regimes, then you cannot understand the conditions across our land which gave rise to the ascension of President Trump to deal with the wreckage and aftermath of these Committed Marxists. Where was your outrage during the Clinton and Obama years of actual, genuine lawlessness, corruption and evildoing against the American people and our constitutional government? To date, President Trump may not be anything close to a President Dwight Eisenhower, but an increasing majority of modern Americans of all races and backgrounds are coming to know that President Trump- in his heart- loves America and wants to help all Americans attain and realize the traditional American Dream for all individuals and their families to live and grow in peace and prosperity. Let us pray he will make progress in this endeavor during his second term without a crippling slim Democrat-Bolshevik majority in the House of Representatives. But it will take a concerted effort by every concerned American citizen who knows what is truly at stake (their liberty, freedom, quality of life, national and family security, and their God-given right to pursue the traditional American Dream) to stand firm against these evil forces and defeat both rampant election fraud in Virginia and nationally; and to defeat Marxist-Communist thought in America. This is why we have a President Donald J. Trump- and his message of restoring our traditional American values and principles are resonating across the land among all Americans. The implications of returning to the Clinton/Obama years- or returning to a Bolshevik Democrat Party in 2020 for that matter- are too horrible to contemplate. May God bless you and yours and take care.
Jeffersonian American · February 21, 2020 at 9:42 am
I can’t help being somewhat amused at so many self-righteous Democrats writing and posting to our local community forums about how traumatized they are over the comparatively recent departures of the Kennedy/Johnson/Clinton/Obama administrations- each of which were vile and corrupt to the core- and central in their Long March of undermining- and destroying what little remains of our former American constitutional republic. This destruction has been going for a long time now. If you are truly angry, don't just get mad at FDR and Woodrow Wilson- get angry at Abraham Lincoln, who began the massive consolidation of power in Washington, D.C. Get mad at the Hamiltonians 80 years earlier. But I digress.

The last U.S. President to wage a secret war against Communists (read: Democrat Leftists, both then and now) which had become embedded in the highest levels of our Government was General Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Eisenhower characterized in very stark terms the danger of the internal Communist threat to America in 1953 in a classified memo to his Attorney General:

“The Communists are a class set apart by themselves. Indeed, I think they are such liars and cheats that even when they apparently recant and later testify against someone else for his Communist convictions, my first reaction is to believe that the accused person must be a patriot or he wouldn’t have incurred the enmity of such people. So even when these “reformed” Communists have proved useful in helping us track down some of their old associates, I certainly look for corroborating evidence before I feel too easy in my mind about it… But I also believe that anyone who, after the blockade of Berlin began (or some other equally revealing incident), continued to speak in support of the Soviets or in terms of sympathy for them, is either very stupid or very dangerous.”

But to address several of your specific concerns raised in your article (beyond the standard "Democrat Good- Republican Bad" political context), let’s look at our current situation in America another way, shall we?

One of the most distinguished scholars of our time observes it is no secret that America is coming apart. In 1960, the U.S. was at the height of its prosperity and prestige. Although the size of a continent, it was unified by a common language and a common Anglo-Protestant political, moral and religious culture. To protect that culture, immigrants from Western Europe were favored as being the easiest to assimilate. When populations from Eastern Europe and Russia seemed to unbalance that culture, immigration was virtually shut down for some 40 years to allow assimilation.

It resumed in 1965 but with some 90 percent of immigrants coming from the third world. America, it was said, should “look like the world.” This occurred with the rise of political correctness and its charge that America is structurally a white supremacist society. Immigrants were encouraged to retain their culture. And immigration laws were not substantially enforced. By some estimates the number of illegal immigrants could be as high as 20 million. If so, that is more than all the Germans, Italian, Irish, and Jews who immigrated in the past 400 years.

The result has been an ethnic demographic revolution unequaled anywhere in the world. In 1960, 85 percent of Americans were white, 11 percent black, and Hispanics were a mere 3.5 percent. The estimates today are that by 2040 whites will be a minority of around 47 percent, Hispanics will be 30 percent, and blacks will be 13 percent. The great majority of Hispanics are from Mexico. Of all immigrant groups, Mexicans are at the bottom in education, entrepreneurship, desire to assimilate, or even to seek citizenship. (CONTINUED NEXT POSTING)
Jeffersonian American · February 21, 2020 at 9:35 am
(CONTINUED): In California and South Florida, there are Hispanic communities totaling 3 million each where 66 percent speak Spanish on a regular basis. Each community is the size of Uruguay or larger than Lithuania. Arabic is an official language in Michigan. In time, these could be independent states. Thirty percent of Dearborn, Michigan is Islamic, and there is persistent demand for the incorporation of Sharia Law. Some two hundred languages are taught in Chicago schools (and over 160 languages are spoken in Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools). In every county and state across America, our public schools from K-12 are nothing more that Radical Left Government Indoctrination Centers infecting the dangerous cancers of Marxism, Globalism, Multiculturalism, Diversity Awareness (“Celebrating Our Differences”) into the young impressionable minds of our American youth, in addition to teaching generations of young American-born students to be ashamed of the essential truths of their American and Southern heritage- and the suicidal notion that all of our American heritage is something to be despised instead what it actually was and is- a beacon of hope to the world which came from Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence and the classical liberal concept of Natural Law rights and the right to self-determination- a document which, championed by the sacrifices of our American founders and Patriots (and subsequently, by the Confederate States of America and the War for Southern Independence descended from our "Principles of 1776") all of which led to our liberty and freedom to establish our American Republic, and which marked the end of several thousand years of human darkness, serfdom and feudalism.

Much of what the author’s article and posters here decry are the fruits of the now mainstream mantra that America is a “multi-cultural” society, that “diversity” is our strength, Government as centralized force where the privileged elite dictate what is best for the mass of individual, sovereign citizens, and the like. To this should be added, the implacable struggle between Red and Blue states for control of central power. After Bush defeated Gore in 2000, Blue state Democrat pundits raised the question of secession. This sentiment has filtered down to the public. In 2008, a Zogby poll found that 22 percent of Americans believed a state has a right to secede. In a 2018 Zogby poll, that number had jumped to 39 percent with 29 percent not sure. That means 68 percent of Americans are willing to consider secession. Francis Bellamy, who created the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, recorded that it was designed to explain the meaning of the War of 1861-65 which he said, “reduced to three words: ‘one nation indivisible.’” Today, a majority of Americans are open to scrapping the “indivisible” part. The debate on dividing the United States that has long been massively out of human scale and size after Mr. Lincoln’s bloodiest conflict of the 19th Century to create an American empire- and the subsequent destruction of any true representative government originally envisioned by our American Founders- is underway.

The only thing that keeps me, as a paleo-conservative, from the bitter anger of witnessing our beloved country move from the leadership and competence of our last truly great American President, Dwight Eisenhower, to a period 59 years later, over the Long March through our local, State and Federal Governments and academic institutions (which gave rise to the idiocy of the Bolshevik Left and the current fatal course and speed of our country and its looming breakup) is the fact that my faith isn't in government and this world isn't my home. And that's a whole lot more hope than most Democrats in our community and across our nation have. Each of us should remember the ultimate revenge against tyranny and the truly disturbing damage to our country inflicted by U.S. Presidents in my lifetime- be it the vile corruption of the Kennedy/Johnson era, the Clintons, and exponentially, by the ascension of the documented (and undocumented) Committed Marxist, Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro. That ultimate revenge is to lead as good and noble a life as possible with your family, friends and loved ones in our corner of Virginia and our country.

After all, even the Christians led good and noble lives during the fall of ancient Rome.
martinkus · February 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm
Lot of "brown shirts" on this forum. All hail the American Hitler, also known as Donald Trump!

Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 10:40 pm
Tracking lag. Gallup is credible and neutral. I would not be proud of the tracking trend for Trump, it is clearly down:
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 10:37 pm
How do you explain presidential approval going UP during the impeachment? That does not look good for Democrats. I think you underestimate the support for this president.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 10:27 pm
Never liked HRC, didn't vote for her, cannot defend anything she did. Was furious about the email server from the start, thinking it plainly wrong to deny history access to all official emails.

Every Democrat and Independent will show up to vote against DJT. Regardless, this election is not for anyone, it is all anti-Trump, as the new theory goes.

It may be Bernie. Depends on how Bloomberg handles himself, though he may simply muddy waters and hand it all to Amy, who would be an excellent choice.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 10:22 pm
Two problems with Bloomberg:

1. He's about the most anti-gun candidate we have ever had, and

2. If the Democrats steal it from Bernie and give it to Bloomie the Bernie Bros wont even show up and vote.

And you never addressed Hillary asking China to get Trumps tax returns.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 10:19 pm
Typically Obama's victories are included in the long losing streak for Commonwealth Republicans. I wish they could be taken more seriously, but for now the disorganization is remarkable, with intraparty legal battles up to the elections in some cases. Their intransigence has cost them credibility and demographics are highly unfavorable to progress.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 10:16 pm
State candidate then? I trust you understood what I was getting at or should i explain further?
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 10:14 pm
I currently believe it will be Bloomberg, and that he will beat Trump soundly. The polls show even Bernie beating Trump.

There's plenty of time and lots more criminals to pardon, so it can get lots worse for DJT. Bloomie and Bernie are on the rise. Amy could do well, too, and it wouldn't surprise to see a divided convention turn to her.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 10:12 pm
The battle for Virginia electors is typically considered a statewide election, conducted as it is within our state.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 10:11 pm
I predict Bernie will be in the lead until the convention, then convention will select Bloomburg.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 10:09 pm
Not Virginia statewide elections, Trump is a federal candidate. Republicans are finished in state elections until they clean up the party. Same for the NRA, they need to clean up their internals. Trump has a chance in Virginia simply because its in an off-year from state voting and I don't see excitement for any Democrat
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 10:04 pm
You did write about Virginia. You wrote you wouldn't be surprised if Trump won Virginia. Go back and read it.

You're on with the bet. I reciprocate and will pay, but that doesn't mean I've chosen a candidate yet. Who will the Dems run? Don't know.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 10:02 pm
Jim, you really need to get a grip. It was an obvious joke. Move man.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 10:02 pm
DF: You claimed that it was fake news. Effectively, a denial. Sometimes I wonder if you are simply here playing games. Seriously.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 10:00 pm
Hillary Clinton on Rachel Maddows show:

China, if you're listening, why don't you get Trump's tax returns? I'm sure our media would richly reward you."

So should we investigate Hillary ties to China now?

Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 10:00 pm

Trump illegally asked Russia to help him win in 2016. He shouldn't get away with it.

Trump's public request for Russian help in finding Hillary Clinton’s emails was a violation of US law. There are ways to hold him accountable.

Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen

Prosecutors triggered a national firestorm last month when they asserted that President Donald Trump conspired with his ex-fixer, Michael Cohen, to commit campaign finance crimes involving hush money payments to two women. But the discussion has overlooked another Trump campaign finance offense — one that is even easier to prove because it occurred in plain sight.

On July 27, 2016, Trump called on Russia to find presidential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump proclaimed. He added, “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Federal campaign finance law prohibits any person from soliciting campaign contributions, defined as anything of value to be given to influence an election, from a foreign national, including a foreign government.

In asking Russia to find Clinton’s emails, presidential candidate Trump violated this statutory prohibition on seeking help from a foreign country to influence an election. Trump in essence called on a foreign adversary to locate and release something that was of great value to him and his campaign.

The law provides that such a solicitation is illegal regardless of whether the person soliciting the help receives anything in return. The risks of foreign intrusion in our elections are so great that even asking for help from foreigners without consummation is a crime. But in this case, on or about the same day that Trump solicited help from Russia, Russia made its first attempt to break into servers that Hillary Clinton’s personal office used. That event is laid out in detail in an indictment of Russian hackers obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump can hardly claim he could not have seen that coming. Suspected Russian election-related hacking was already much in evidence at the time. Nor can he plead ignorance of the law. Trump has given sworn affidavits and made other statements that he has deep understanding of campaign finance laws.

... Some may say Trump’s invitation was merely campaign rhetoric or hyperbole, which should not be criminalized. But that is to ignore the plain language of the law and its purpose: to protect the United States from the influence of foreign countries in our elections. The statute says, “It shall be unlawful for … a person to solicit, accept or receive a contribution or donation … from a foreign national.”

In using the word “or,” the statute makes plain that the act of solicitation in and of itself is a violation. The danger of Trump’s words can be seen in the fact that Russia took them both seriously and literally.

... If this were an isolated incident, that would be one thing. But the Cohen revelations expose a pattern of campaign finance law violations by Trump, complete with a tape of him discussing the cover-up: evidence he knew what he was doing was wrong. Then there are the many other allegations of illegal conduct, including substantial evidence of obstruction of justice. The president appears to operate with blatant disdain for the nation’s laws, and his alleged violation in soliciting campaign help from Russia is only one instance.

DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 9:58 pm
I know he said it! What are you talking about deny it? I wrote what he said on my post. Why are you saying I denied it?
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 9:55 pm
Oh the Republican party in Virginia is in bad shape, no argument there. But perhaps you misread my post? Did I say anything about Virginia state elections? Don't think I did. What I did say was that I wouldn't be surprised if Trump won Virginia, so please don't twist my words. And I base this on the fact that the Trump base is energized and I don't see that energy for a Bernie or a Mayor Pete.

Trump may be reviled by you or your circle and I don't blame you for thinking it's the same everywhere if you watch CNN or read the Post. But Trump has crowds camping out for his rallys, can't say the same for Elizabeth Warren.

Jim, if Trump loses I'll buy you dinner at Claire's. You'll need to buy the booze for me and drive me home though.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 9:54 pm
DF: I heard Trump say it. He wasn't kidding. And then they did just that.

"Russia, if you're listening,” said Trump, looking directly into a television camera, “I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

He wasn't joking. And it's ridiculous for you to deny it out of one side of your mouth while calling out the press for lying from the other side. It's on video, DF.

Is this another version of "Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes and ears?"

My hearing and eyesight are fine. It happened. You are relying on the after-the-fact assertion of a back-tracking liar who knows what he said and now thinks saying he was kidding is enough to excuse atrocious behavior.

Like you said, DF: If you cannot agree this happened then there is nothing to discuss.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 9:45 pm
They can pretend all they want. They have complete freedom of speech. It's always been this way, even before the founding of our country. Read the article about George Washington's presidency and his relationship with the press and his colleagues:

Just like your prediction -- you're entitled to it, even if you are trying to buoy your dispirited troops.

Apparently the last election in Virginia taught you nothing, but that's no surprise: Republicans haven't won a statewide Virginia election in over a decade. Indeed, the Republican Party will invest little to change that, and the RPV is unfortunately leaderless.

It would please me to see a robust Republican Party in Virginia, but if it happens it will take time, lots of time.

Maybe seven states matter. Dems need two of them, Republicans need six. Republicans cannot win without Florida. I'll give them NC, Florida, Arizona, to be charitable. Wisconsin? Unlikely. Minnesota? The same. Pennsylvania? Blue.

Right now, Dems need 21 electoral votes, Republicans more than 60. I like the Dem's chances. Trump is reviled.
Sonny Day · February 19, 2020 at 9:39 pm
For some reason the 24 hour talking-heads media isn't covering this. If it was Trump it definitely would. Perhaps hush money being passed around? The hypocrisy grows...
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 9:37 pm
Jim, I wanted to give you an example of Yellow Journalism or "Fake News" from your own post.

Jim Griffin said about Trump:

"Like openly ask the Russians to access emails."

Now you know this is false. But you continue to repeat it, just like CNN does. You know that Trump was making a joke at one of his rallys. And what he actually said was Maybe Russia can FIND Hillarys 30,000 missing emails. The emails she deleated AFTER Congress issued a subpoena for them. It was an obvious joke, directed at the feckless media that could not find three emails and wouldn't report on them.

Another lie the media constantly parrots is that Trump called the Neo Nazis at Charlottesville "fine people." He actually said he was NOT talking about the nazis and white supremacists in the SAME statement he made it clear he was NOT saying they were fine people. He was talking about people on both sides of the debate, of removing confederate statues. That there were fine people on both sides of the debate. But they continue to lie. This is why they can't be trusted. This is why Trump calls them the enemy of the people.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 9:26 pm
I don't care if journalists give their opinion. Just don't pretend it's news.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 9:23 pm
Jim, President Trump is going to win in a landslide. He will win all the states he win in 2016 plus New Hamshire, Minnesota, and maybe even Nevada. He is a very well liked President. I wouldn't be surprised if he won Virginia after the mess from the Democrats. And I know Wexton and Spanburger will be gone too.

Democrats have a nearly 80 year old Socialist that just had a heart-attack or a 37 year old mayor of a city that like it or not, will not win the black vote because he is gay.

Democrats need approximately 90% of the black vote to win a national election. They only have 70% now and with Mayor Pete they will be lucky to get 50%.

It's going to be a blood bath for Democrats. And they deserve it.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 9:03 pm
For proof our forefathers knew the press as we do, read this:

Little difference between now and then. They print that which draws a crowd.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 8:56 pm
There is only one thing the news cares about: Revenues. Survival. If their readership falls, they get less revenues. Audited circulation or ratings.

None pretends it is anything other than their viewpoint, and this is how it's been forever. Read news from the 1700s -- little different in tone than today.

There is new election theory from a Virginia professor named Rachel Bitecofer:

She says we vote against those we don't like, which makes sense. A lot of people -- including me -- did not like HRC. They voted against her, or as I like to say, they wanted to raise their middle finger against the status quo. I certainly felt that way.

This does not bode well for DJT.

The press chases ratings, pure and simple. You're kidding yourself if you think they get bought off. Most people get far more angry about the sports coverage.
Sonny Day · February 19, 2020 at 8:52 pm
You are right on DF! If our forefathers could have seen the mess the press was going to become, they would have added the press must report the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to be considered a legitimate press organization. If they want to spin the truth for political reasons, they must disclose to their audience it may not be the whole truth.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 8:46 pm
Because it's the news. That is how The People are getting their information. That is why reporters have press passes. Not to give their biased personal opinions. If they want to have an opinion show, fine. But don't pretend they are reporting the news when in fact they are giving their opinion.
Sonny Day · February 19, 2020 at 8:45 pm
Unfortunately, hush money is not a new thing in politics. Bill Clinton had at least 3 sexual misconduct allegations prior to his election in 1992. For some reason the press offered no reports until 1994, hush money perhaps?

Trump didn't win because anyone likes his egotistical, womanizing personality (neither did Bill Clinton in 1996). They won because people liked their agendas. Trump's was preventing this country from becoming a huge corrupt,socialist government ghetto. Remember Obama proudly declaring that no new jobs were coming to this country? Trump is doing what he campaigned on and opening new factories and creating new jobs. He has also exposed the swamp that has become of Capitol Hill. That's what really needs to be cleaned up, but for some reason the press is only focusing on the White House. Hush money perhaps?

It's time to start holding politicians to the same standards regardless of party.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 8:40 pm
Why shouldn't they? They should no more be restrained in their exercise of their First Amendment rights than you should be restrained in your exercise of your Second Amendment rights.

That's what our founders experienced, expected, wanted: A press unbounded by obligation. Likewise those who choose to read/view/listen -- or not.

News has no obligation or expectation of objectivity. All speech is inherently subjective and carries bias. Even the assignment of stories is subjective. The budget for news is subjective. No wonder the coverage is also subjective.

Maybe bots will carry out your vision in the future, but their programming will render them subjective, too. Every single step in journalism is subjective, and rightly so.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 8:30 pm
Nightly network news is not opinion shows like Hannity on Fox. They should not be spouting continuous attacks on the President just because they do not like him.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 8:21 pm
Avanetti belongs in prison, from what I can tell.

I know of no other news organization that practices or practiced this type of journalism. In fact, most legit news orgs belong to wire services and share stories. Killing stories is never their style -- paying for stories to kill? Unheard of.

It makes me wonder why we expect anything other than what we get from news companies, which are owned by big businesses. They have no duty to cover things in any other manner than that which is dictated by their owner.

I have no complaint about Fox. They do what they want. No one would claim them fair, and they needn't be anything other than what they are. Their ratings will determine their revenues, like McDonald's, or the show The Apprentice, or any other enterprise.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm
Jim, I'm familiar with the story. Many news organizations did this, so what? You are talking about one paper. I'm talking about the entire news media.

Doesn't Stormy Daniel owe Trump $250,000? Because she lost in court? And isn't her attorney Avanetti going to prison? Lol.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 7:22 pm
You needn't click the link to discover the Enquirer silenced them, kept the story off every network and news outlet and not just out of the Enquirer:

The company that publishes the National Enquirer admitted that it paid $150,000 in hush money to silence alleged mistresses of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The publisher, American Media Inc., will avoid prosecution by stipulating that it worked with Trump's campaign to buy the silence of women — who have identified themselves as adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal — ahead of the vote two years ago, prosecutors said.

The agreement between prosecutors and AMI was signed and dated Sept. 21.

Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for lying to investigators about the hush-money operation.

"As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate," according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York.

"AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election."

The practice, known in the industry as "catch-and-kill," paid women for the exclusive rights to their story, with the intention of never actually publishing them.

A representative for AMI and the company's CEO, David Pecker, a long-time ally of Trump's, declined comment on Wednesday.

AMI officials will avoid any prosecution as long as they continue to cooperate with investigators, prosecutors said.

"Assuming AMI’s continued compliance with the agreement, the Office has agreed not to prosecute AMI for its role in that payment," according to the statement by the U.S. Attorney's office.

"The agreement also acknowledges, among other things, AMI’s acceptance of responsibility, its substantial and important assistance in this investigation, and its agreement to provide cooperation in the future and implement specific improvements to its internal compliance to prevent future violations of the federal campaign finance laws."
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 6:59 pm
I'll address that, DF: Most major news outlets give Trump negative coverage because he does things that draw negative coverage and negative opinions. They don't like him because he does things they don't like.

Not just things that they don't like, but also things the readers and viewers don't like.

Like openly ask the Russians to access emails. Or call out reporters, mocking their disability. Or act like this:

Ninety-five percent of 100 top newspapers did not endorse Trump. They still don't like him. He earns that opinion every day.

As my momma said, if you don't want to see it in the newspaper, don't do it. As my old boss once said of an opponent, "You wanna know why I say bad things about you? It's because I think bad things about you."

Is that enough of an admission for you? Of course it's true, and for very good reasons.

Shall we recount the nasty things his fellow Republicans said about him? That they consider him amoral and worse?

I could not print the things Lindsey Graham said about Trump -- far worse than any news outlet
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 6:48 pm
Yeah, headlines like "Man gets beamed up by UFO!" That well respected Enquirer. LOL. Is that where you are getting your news? Meanwhile you won't address the fact that every major news outlet has a 95% negative coverage of Trump. If you would at least admit it I might have a constructive debate. Otherwise there is no point.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 6:46 pm
Oh, and BTW, SD, you missed that one because the Enquirer practiced "catch and kill" by buying the story and keeping it off the other news outlets with NDAs. You did read the coverage about how they did it, didn't you? So why did you ask, if you understood the technique?
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 6:40 pm
Back to the ad hominem attack, eh, Sonny? Shall we dox you, too?

I teach copyright law. Not much brainwashing to do. Care to read more about you and yours? You'd be shocked, and since a pseudonymous name cannot be libeled or slandered, it's a field day!
Sonny Day · February 19, 2020 at 6:36 pm
I missed that one. What channel are the talking-head news crews of the National Enquirer on 24 hours a day; like NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox are?

The press never talked about all the Bill Clinton women before the 1992 election either. Hmm, wonder why?...

It's good too see our liberal brainwashing college professors are more focused on distraction, instead of fixing the growing hypocrisy of standards.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm
It's not grasping at straws, DF.

I worked in journalism for a decade, and at Pulitzer Prize winning papers. We all knew that the editorial voice was theoretically divorced from the deep pocketed owners, but always working at their behest. Journalists rarely criticize their advertisers.

The Enquirer example is especially raw, or is your tactic here (and let's not forget, you are an election tactician if nothing else, the ends of victory justifying your every means) to simply admit it and move on?

More of America reads the National Enquirer than any other print publication. It is at the counter at nearly every grocery.

You are very intelligent, DF, and I respect you, but you are a contortionist. The ends you seek permit you to excuse the unfortunate means used to pursue them.

The press is never fair. If you want objectivity on the screen, get a security camera. It's always opinion -- always has been, always will be. Big money controls the press, especially the big press. The Enquirer incident is simply one admitted example, so I use it -- admitted and big big media.

Besides, you ignore the story -- which is that they killed the story for all news outlets by buying it and subjecting it to NDAs. So, no, DF, it's not just The Enquirer, which practiced "catch and kill" to keep it out of other news outlets, too.
DonkeyFarmer · February 19, 2020 at 6:20 pm
Talk about grasping at straws Jim. The Enquirer? Is that the best you got?

Meanwhile ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, New York Times , Washington Post, and pretty much every other news orginization has reported 95% negative coverage of Trump. And he still has a higher approval rating than Obama at the same time in his Presidency. Imagine if we had a fair press.
Jim Griffin · February 19, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Sonny Day · February 19, 2020 at 4:32 pm
Trump needs to learn from the queen of corruption, Hillary, how to destroy all evidence, convince witnesses that suicide is the best option, and have his spouse meet with the Attorney General on an airport tarmac before an investigation gets too far.

The growing hypocrisy involving the different acceptable standards of our political parties is becoming stunning. Controlling the press has its advantages.
Sonny Day · February 19, 2020 at 4:16 pm
Just wait until Trump starts using federal agencies, such as the IRS, to target political enemies like Hitler would. Shouldn't be hard to do, Obama has already done it with no recourse.
martinkus · February 19, 2020 at 3:46 pm
All hail the American Hitler...Donald Trump!

Heil Trump!
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