ONE CORPSE-ONE VOTE

SOURCE UNKNOWN:

Every time a dead person votes a Democrat gets his wings.”

Democrat cheating in elections is so well known that it has attained a kind of cultural joke status. Big-city Democrat political machines buy votes, harvest votes, make up votes, ply the homeless with booze and bus them to polling sites and yes, wake the eternally slumbering dead to vote for Democrats. Republicans have long said that in order to win close elections they need larger than razor-thin margins to get beyond Democrat cheating.

One example is Al Franken’s win over then-Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman. Coleman was a moderate Republican, sober and judicious in temperament and judgment. Franken was silly, mean, petty and deeply unserious. He did have one advantage over Coleman; he had a D after his name. It was a close election that found Coleman in the lead on election night. The lead vanished over a period of months of vote counting. Miraculously, Democrats found box after box of new votes that eventually overcame Coleman’s lead and vaulted Franken to the Senate.

As to the recent Presidential election, Democrats and their wingmen, the news media, tell us there is no fraud, Biden won and Trump should concede and we should all just move on. But I have some questions, and I think we need thorough manual recounts and court challenges on Constitutional grounds before I’m willing to call Biden Mr. President.

President Trump held 3 to 5 rallies a day, each attended by thousands of people. He garnered more votes in the primary than any other Republican Presidential candidate in history. He held a wide lead in voter enthusiasm over Biden. By contrast, Biden inspired no one. He picked a running mate who’s so arrogant and nakedly ambitious she alienated members of her own party. Biden hid in his basement and had afternoon naps instead of campaign events (those he did hold were poorly attended.) He answered no questions about his plans for the country – not that the press asked him. Biden could hardly string two sentences together without screwing it up, is obviously losing it, and is ripe for removal via the 25th Amendment. How exactly did this dementing, cranky and somnolent old man beat the Energizer Bunny that is Donald Trump?

Look at the down-ticket issue. Republicans picked up House seats, as many as fourteen. They gained in the statehouses and they held on in the Senate. If this was a Trump repudiation, where are the massive Republican losses?

I think the fix was in long before the first vote was cast. Democrats weakened election laws in the swing states. Big media, big tech, big business and of course the China Lobby all wanted Trump gone. The media ignored the Hunter Biden story, and big tech censored it. To this vile mix add Democrat big-city voting shenanigans and voila: President Biden. In one of his rare candid moments Biden gave the game away by saying, “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

Let’s win the two Senate seats in Georgia, cooperate with Biden where we can, and oppose him where we must.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

ONE CORPSE-ONE VOTE

SOURCE UNKNOWN:

Every time a dead person votes a Democrat gets his wings.”

Democrat cheating in elections is so well known that it has attained a kind of cultural joke status. Big-city Democrat political machines buy votes, harvest votes, make up votes, ply the homeless with booze and bus them to polling sites and yes, wake the eternally slumbering dead to vote for Democrats. Republicans have long said that in order to win close elections they need larger than razor-thin margins to get beyond Democrat cheating.

One example is Al Franken’s win over then-Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman. Coleman was a moderate Republican, sober and judicious in temperament and judgment. Franken was silly, mean, petty and deeply unserious. He did have one advantage over Coleman; he had a D after his name. It was a close election that found Coleman in the lead on election night. The lead vanished over a period of months of vote counting. Miraculously, Democrats found box after box of new votes that eventually overcame Coleman’s lead and vaulted Franken to the Senate.

As to the recent Presidential election, Democrats and their wingmen, the news media, tell us there is no fraud, Biden won and Trump should concede and we should all just move on. But I have some questions, and I think we need thorough manual recounts and court challenges on Constitutional grounds before I’m willing to call Biden Mr. President.

President Trump held 3 to 5 rallies a day, each attended by thousands of people. He garnered more votes in the primary than any other Republican Presidential candidate in history. He held a wide lead in voter enthusiasm over Biden. By contrast, Biden inspired no one. He picked a running mate who’s so arrogant and nakedly ambitious she alienated members of her own party. Biden hid in his basement and had afternoon naps instead of campaign events (those he did hold were poorly attended.) He answered no questions about his plans for the country – not that the press asked him. Biden could hardly string two sentences together without screwing it up, is obviously losing it, and is ripe for removal via the 25th Amendment. How exactly did this dementing, cranky and somnolent old man beat the Energizer Bunny that is Donald Trump?

Look at the down-ticket issue. Republicans picked up House seats, as many as fourteen. They gained in the statehouses and they held on in the Senate. If this was a Trump repudiation, where are the massive Republican losses?

I think the fix was in long before the first vote was cast. Democrats weakened election laws in the swing states. Big media, big tech, big business and of course the China Lobby all wanted Trump gone. The media ignored the Hunter Biden story, and big tech censored it. To this vile mix add Democrat big-city voting shenanigans and voila: President Biden. In one of his rare candid moments Biden gave the game away by saying, “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

Let’s win the two Senate seats in Georgia, cooperate with Biden where we can, and oppose him where we must.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

Joseph Stalin

The man who calls himself President-Elect, Joe Biden, has recently called for unity. We desperately need to be unified, but first Biden needs to convince the 72 million Americans who voted for Trump that Biden won in a fair election. Fair elections are a cornerstone of a functioning republic.

When Trump won in 2016, no Democrat called for unity. Instead, they launched the “resistance” which tried to intimidate Electors into casting their vote for someone other than Trump in the Electoral College. The term “resistance” means resistance to a foreign occupation, not an elected President from the opposition party in your own country. Long before that, the Obama administration intelligence agencies had spied on the Trump campaign and transition, spinning the narrative that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. Elected Democrats routinely called Trump “Putin’s puppet” and said he was “illegitimate,” attempting to negate the 2016 election. Conclusion: when Democrats say every vote must count, they don’t mean Republican votes.

The Democrats were lying about collusion. Trump won the 2016 election. Democrats famously said that Trump voters were deplorables, chumps and (the constant refrain) racists. They undermined public confidence in elections and in the office of the Presidency itself. So, why wouldn’t we believe that they fixed the 2020 election?

President Trump has not conceded the election, nor should he. Trump has a solemn duty to his voters and the Constitution. The Trump campaign and the GOP are filing lawsuits in key states. Republican poll watchers were denied access to observe vote counters in Detroit and Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania supreme court changed election law, when the Constitution clearly states that only state legislatures can do that. The Trump campaign is also filing suit under the equal protection clause of the US Constitution. The suit alleges that in Democrat counties, voters were allowed to alter mistakes in their ballot, in a process known as curing. Voters in Republican districts were denied this opportunity, as their election officials strictly followed the law.

If Biden truly wants to unite the country, he should call for a manual recount in every state where the margin of victory was 1% or less. The count must be observed by both Democrat and Republican poll watchers. Words are easy, but deeds are hard. Hey, Joe: Come on, man! Look, here’s the deal. Call for a recount. Then I’ll believe you.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.

STOP THE RADICAL DEMOCRAT AGENDA

Dear friends. If after election certification and all appropriate re-counts, Biden is the winner, and Democrats retain control of the house, our freedoms will depend on keeping the US Senate in Republican hands. On January 5th Georgia will hold a run off election which will decide who controls the Senate. There are two Republican senators who are facing challenges from far-left radicals. The two Republicans are DAVID PERDUE and KELLY LOEFFLER.

Jo and I have donated to their campaigns and we respectfully ask you to donate as well.

Remember what Minority leader Shumer said:

We take Georgia we change America.”

Here are the links.

Kelly Loeffler

https://www.loeffler.senate.gov/

David Perdue

https://perduesenate.com/

Thank you

Mike and Jo

WOKE TRAIN WRECK HEADING OUR WAY

I wish I was kidding, that I had made this up as a joke. But what follows is right from the California Department of Public health “guidance” for families observing that most American of holidays, Thanksgiving. This is of course directed by California Governor Gavin Newsom. How do they intend to enforce this? Fly drones over peoples homes, peak in their windows, or recruit informers? This is as totalitarian as it gets. Thanksgiving should be a celebration of being American and the blessing of liberty that goes with it. Instead, Newsom opresses his people and gives us a glimpse into our future if we don’t turn out and vote for Trump on election day. Give it a read and pass it on and if you have not already voted please vote for the President.

Dr. Mike Morrongiello

Summary

This guidance provides an updated plan for Californians to gather outside their household and replaces the prior gatherings guidance issued on September 12, 2020 and March 16, 2020. It applies to private gatherings, and all other gatherings not covered by existing sector guidance are prohibited. Gatherings are defined as social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place.  When people from different households mix, this increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Mandatory Requirements for All Gatherings

All persons planning to host or participate in a private gathering, as defined above, must comply with the following requirements. Local health jurisdictions may be more restrictive than this guidance. Refer to your local guidance for what is allowed in your area.

1.Attendance

  • Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests.  Remember, the smaller the number of people, the safer.
  • Keep the households that you interact with stable over time. By spending time with the same people, risk of transmission is reduced. Participating in multiple gatherings with different households or groups is strongly discouraged.
  • The host should collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.

2.    Gather Outdoors

  • Gatherings that occur outdoors are significantly safer than indoor gatherings. All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.
  • Gatherings may occur in outdoor spaces that are covered by umbrellas, canopies, awnings, roofs, and other shade structures provided that at least three sides of the space (or 75%) are open to the outdoors.
  • A gathering of no more than three households is permitted in a public park or other outdoor space, even if unrelated gatherings of other groups up to three households are also occurring in the same park or other outdoor space.  If multiple such gatherings are occurring, mixing between group gatherings is not allowed.  Additionally, multiple gatherings of three households cannot be jointly organized or coordinated to occur in the same public park or other outdoor space at the same time – this would constitute a gathering exceeding the permitted size.

3.    Don’t Attend Gatherings If You Feel Sick or You Are in a High-Risk Group

  • Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, night sweats, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headaches, confusion, or loss of sense of taste/smell), must stay home and not come into contact with anyone outside their household.
  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a gathering should notify the other attendees as soon as possible regarding the potential exposure.
  • People at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions) are strongly urged not to attend any gatherings.

4.Practice Physical Distancing and Hand Hygiene at Gatherings

  • For any gatherings permitted under this guidance, the space must be large enough so that everyone at a gathering can maintain at least a 6-foot physical distance from others (not including their own household) at all times. 
  • Seating must provide at least 6 feet of distance (in all directions—front-to-back and side-to-side) between different households.
  • Everyone at a gathering should frequently wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. A place to wash hands or hand sanitizer must be available for participants to use.
  • Shared items should not be used during a gathering. As much as possible, any food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-serve disposable containers. If providing single-serve containers is not possible, food and beverages must be served by a person who washes or sanitizes their hands frequently, and wears a face covering. Self-serve items from communal containers should not be used.

5.   Wear a Face Covering to Keep COVID-19 from Spreading

  • When gathering, face coverings must be worn in accordance with the CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings (PDF), unless an exemption is applicable.
  • People at gatherings may remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.
  • Face coverings can also be removed to meet urgent medical needs (for example, to use an asthma inhaler, take medication, or if feeling light-headed).

6.   Keep it short

  • Gatherings should be two hours or less.  The longer the duration, the risk of transmission increases.

7.   Rules for Singing, Chanting, and Shouting at Outdoor Gatherings

  • Singing, chanting, shouting, and physical exertion significantly increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission because these activities increase the release of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols into the air. Because of this, singing, chanting, and shouting are strongly discouraged, but if they occur, the following rules and recommendations apply:
    • All people who are singing or chanting should wear a face covering at all times while singing or chanting, including anyone who is leading a song or chant. Because these activities pose a very high risk of COVID-19 transmission, face coverings are essential to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols;
    • People who are singing, shouting, chanting, or exercising are strongly encouraged to maintain physical distancing beyond 6 feet to further reduce risk.
    • People who are singing or chanting are strongly encouraged to do so quietly (at or below the volume of a normal speaking voice).
  • Instrumental music is allowed as long as the musicians maintain at least 6-foot physical distancing. Musicians must be from one of the three households.  Playing of wind instruments (any instrument played by the mouth, such as a trumpet or clarinet) is strongly discouraged. 

I wish I was kidding, that I had made this up as a joke. But what follows is right from the California Department of Public health “guidance” for families observing that most American of holidays, Thanksgiving. This is of course directed by California Governor Gavin Newsom. How do they intend to enforce this? Fly drones over peoples homes, peak in their windows, or recruit informers? This is as totalitarian as it gets. Thanksgiving should be a celebration of being American and the blessing of liberty that goes with it. Instead, Newsom opresses his people and gives us a glimpse into our future if we don’t turn out and vote for Trump on election day. Give it a read and pass it on and if you have not already voted please vote for the President.

Dr. Mike Morrongiello

Summary

This guidance provides an updated plan for Californians to gather outside their household and replaces the prior gatherings guidance issued on September 12, 2020 and March 16, 2020. It applies to private gatherings, and all other gatherings not covered by existing sector guidance are prohibited. Gatherings are defined as social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place.  When people from different households mix, this increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Mandatory Requirements for All Gatherings

All persons planning to host or participate in a private gathering, as defined above, must comply with the following requirements. Local health jurisdictions may be more restrictive than this guidance. Refer to your local guidance for what is allowed in your area.

1.Attendance

  • Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests.  Remember, the smaller the number of people, the safer.
  • Keep the households that you interact with stable over time. By spending time with the same people, risk of transmission is reduced. Participating in multiple gatherings with different households or groups is strongly discouraged.
  • The host should collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.

2.    Gather Outdoors

  • Gatherings that occur outdoors are significantly safer than indoor gatherings. All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.
  • Gatherings may occur in outdoor spaces that are covered by umbrellas, canopies, awnings, roofs, and other shade structures provided that at least three sides of the space (or 75%) are open to the outdoors.
  • A gathering of no more than three households is permitted in a public park or other outdoor space, even if unrelated gatherings of other groups up to three households are also occurring in the same park or other outdoor space.  If multiple such gatherings are occurring, mixing between group gatherings is not allowed.  Additionally, multiple gatherings of three households cannot be jointly organized or coordinated to occur in the same public park or other outdoor space at the same time – this would constitute a gathering exceeding the permitted size.

3.    Don’t Attend Gatherings If You Feel Sick or You Are in a High-Risk Group

  • Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, night sweats, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headaches, confusion, or loss of sense of taste/smell), must stay home and not come into contact with anyone outside their household.
  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a gathering should notify the other attendees as soon as possible regarding the potential exposure.
  • People at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions) are strongly urged not to attend any gatherings.

4.Practice Physical Distancing and Hand Hygiene at Gatherings

  • For any gatherings permitted under this guidance, the space must be large enough so that everyone at a gathering can maintain at least a 6-foot physical distance from others (not including their own household) at all times. 
  • Seating must provide at least 6 feet of distance (in all directions—front-to-back and side-to-side) between different households.
  • Everyone at a gathering should frequently wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. A place to wash hands or hand sanitizer must be available for participants to use.
  • Shared items should not be used during a gathering. As much as possible, any food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-serve disposable containers. If providing single-serve containers is not possible, food and beverages must be served by a person who washes or sanitizes their hands frequently, and wears a face covering. Self-serve items from communal containers should not be used.

5.   Wear a Face Covering to Keep COVID-19 from Spreading

  • When gathering, face coverings must be worn in accordance with the CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings (PDF), unless an exemption is applicable.
  • People at gatherings may remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.
  • Face coverings can also be removed to meet urgent medical needs (for example, to use an asthma inhaler, take medication, or if feeling light-headed).

6.   Keep it short

  • Gatherings should be two hours or less.  The longer the duration, the risk of transmission increases.

7.   Rules for Singing, Chanting, and Shouting at Outdoor Gatherings

  • Singing, chanting, shouting, and physical exertion significantly increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission because these activities increase the release of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols into the air. Because of this, singing, chanting, and shouting are strongly discouraged, but if they occur, the following rules and recommendations apply:
    • All people who are singing or chanting should wear a face covering at all times while singing or chanting, including anyone who is leading a song or chant. Because these activities pose a very high risk of COVID-19 transmission, face coverings are essential to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols;
    • People who are singing, shouting, chanting, or exercising are strongly encouraged to maintain physical distancing beyond 6 feet to further reduce risk.
    • People who are singing or chanting are strongly encouraged to do so quietly (at or below the volume of a normal speaking voice).
  • Instrumental music is allowed as long as the musicians maintain at least 6-foot physical distancing. Musicians must be from one of the three households.  Playing of wind instruments (any instrument played by the mouth, such as a trumpet or clarinet) is strongly discouraged. 

LAWLESSNESS BEGETS CHAOS IN DEMOCRAT RUN CITIES

The riots that have swept across America’s largest cities are the end result of the Democrat party’s depraved indifference to the Constitution and the law itself.

Soon after Donald Trump announced his candidacy, the Obama administration began spying on him, on the absurd premise that he was a Russian spy. Democrats used the Justice Department and FBI to spy on senior Trump campaign staff, and ultimately Trump himself. Never before in American history has an incumbent administration used the power of US law enforcement to spy on a political campaign of the opposition party. No prominent Democrat has denounced this or called for an investigation into the Obama administration, FBI or Justice Department for this. But the Democrat party’s deep dive into lawlessness continued.

Presidential elections are really 50 separate state elections. The victor wins the votes of Electors from that state, members of the Electoral College, who then cast their vote for President. This Constitutionally mandated system has been in place since the founding of the republic. When Trump won a majority of electoral votes and therefore the presidency, the left was outraged. They tried to intimidate individual electors into casting their votes for a candidate other than the legitimate winner, Trump. Never mind the law, tradition or the Constitution; Trump’s victory could not stand. No elected Democrat criticized the effort to overturn the 2016 election.

Immigration is a Federal responsibility. Federal law determines who is allowed in the country and who can remain. But the progressive left wants as many illegal immigrants as possible – they want their votes, and have created so-called sanctuary cities, where they violate Federal immigration law and obstruct Federal law enforcement. Democrats have gone so far as to warn illegal aliens of upcoming operations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), aiding and abetting fugitives from justice and endangering Federal agents. They have prevented Federal authorities from apprehending and deporting violent gang members.

The death of George Floyd led to peaceful protests which were hijacked by the Marxist Black Lives Matter (BLM) and ANTIFA. The protests became riots in Democrat-run cities. Businesses, many of them black-owned, were looted and burned to the ground. While the cities burned, Democrats were silent. Why? Until recently, they thought the riots were increasing their chances of success in November. But the polls have turned against them, leading to tepid denunciations of the riots, which they now blame on Trump.

Ever since Trump’s election Democrats have cynically lowered the bar on political discourse, broken the law, and, by their silence, encouraged rioting. They have done incalculable damage to the institutional fabric of this country. Their election loss in November will be richly earned.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.

EVERYONE COUNTS OR NO ONE COUNTS

The title comes from fictional LAPD detective Harry Bosch, a tough cop who gives justice to all regardless of race. George Floyd shouldn’t have died in police custody, and those responsible for his death are facing justice, as they should.

Protesters carrying signs that say “black lives matter” are right. Obviously a black person’s life is precious. A foundational principle of our country is that we are all created in God’s image and are therefore unique and important. But don’t confuse the words “black lives matter” with the organization of the same name.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) founder Patrisse Cullors said she and co-founder Alicia Garza are “trained Marxists” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp-RswgpjD8 . The hallmarks of Marxism are lying to achieve political ends and using violence, threats and intimidation. The head of Greater New York BLM, Hank Newsome said, “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down the system” https://nypost.com/2020/06/25/blm-leader-if-change-doesnt-happen-we-will-burn-down-this-system/ BLM’s reason for being is the lie that all police are racists who frequently kill black people as a matter of policy.

The National Academy of Sciences https://www.pnas.org/content/116/32/15877 in 2019 published an exhaustive study of police use of deadly force and concluded:

…We find no evidence of anti-black or anti-hispanic disparities across shootings, and white officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-white officers.”

At Michigan State University, Joseph Cesario also examined race in police shootings. https://msutoday.msuedu/news/2019/the-truth-behind-racial-disparities-in-fatal-police-shootings/

Cesario observed, “We found that the race of the officer doesn’t matter when it comes to predicting whether black or white citizens are shot.” Cesario also found that 90% to 95% of civilians shot by police were attacking the officers, 90% were armed, and accidential shootings (like a person with a cell phone who’s shot by an officer) are rare.

Over father’s day weekend, the city of Chicago set a new record of 104 shootings and 14 deaths. This year Chicago has a total of 254 shooting deaths already, passing the 2019 murder total of 238. Most are in minority neighborhoods, and none were by cop.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-homicides-data-tracker-htmlstory.html

Moral authority is built upon truth, and therefore BLM has no moral authority. Their name is a lie, because all black lives clearly don’t matter to them. Young black Americans are regularly slaughtered on our streets by other young black Americans. Black merchants in poor neighborhoods have had their stores burned and looted by the mob. BLM never says a word about them, because their deaths don’t fit the narrative of a racist country in need of a complete remake. And they do intend to transform our country. That’s what “trained Marxists” do.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.

FOUNDED BY GENIUSES, RUN BY POWER-MAD MORONS

Abraham Lincoln: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Trying times reveal character. We’ve had massive revelations into the hearts, minds and souls of the nation’s governors. President Trump could have increased and centralized executive power, but he devolved it to the states instead, because governors know their states best. States are separate governmental entities not always beholden to the federal government. In encouraging governors to handle the crisis in their own way, Trump is operating in the American tradition of Federalism.

Democrat governors gleefully grabbed power and promptly oppressed their people. Governor Phil Murphy (NJ) admitted he did not think about the Bill of Rights when he seized power. Later, Murphy sent the police to shutter a fitness center, but that wasn’t enough; he had police lock its doors. One Texas judge demanded that a beauty salon owner apologize for making a living for herself and her employees by opening her salon. The judge actually called her selfish. Governor Cuomo (NY) declared a state of emergency in New York, which gave him the authority to assume the power of the legislature and judiciary. He issued absurdly lengthy and convoluted guidelines on allowing people to return to work. Governors in other states have threatened to arrest people and revoke their licenses for trying to make a living.

Democrat governors (NY, NJ, MI, VA, IL) happily embraced the opportunity to take and use emergency powers. These states are run by progressives who believe in centralized authority. Woodrow Wilson, a founder of the progressive movement, jailed socialist and antiwar activist Eugene V. Debbs for opposing America’s entry into WWI. Soon after his election, Republican President Warren G. Harding freed Debbs.

The Founders studied the successes and failures of governments and human nature.

Washington: “We must take human nature as we find it; perfection falls not to the share of mortals.”

James Madison: “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition…It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government.”

The Founders devised the separation of powers to prevent one person from having all the awesome powers of government. The progressive governing philosophy, which basically rejects the Constitution, led to the abuses of power by Democrat governors.

The Founders were right. Some people crave power and can’t be trusted with it. To protect our rights and prevent abuse, power must be divided.

Red state governors like Florida’s Desantis, Georgia’s Kemp and South Dakota’s Noem managed the corona crisis without stomping on people’s rights. The difference in governing philosophy could not be more clear: crushing regulation and dictates from on high, versus restrained government that puts people’s rights first. People will flee blue states in even greater numbers for freer and more prosperous Red states.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

POWER; HE’S ROLLING IN IT

James Madison, Federalist Papers #51:

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

Mr. Madison, like many of the Founding Fathers, knew that combining human frailty with government power usually has bad results. Exhibit A: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Covid 19 was Cuomo’s opening. He declared a State Disaster Emergency on March 7th which he recently extended to June 6th. This gave Cuomo the authority to temporarily suspend or change ANY New York State law. He already had executive power; he then seized legislative and judiciary authority, making him a dictator. Please find the link below.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2026-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

Any honest observation of Cuomo’s daily briefings reveals a man who loves power, is not shy in welding it, and loves the attention of a fawning media.

Cuomo’s playbook is on full display. He claims everything he does is rooted in “science” and “metrics.” Any opposition is branded as emotional, political or just plain mean. Next, he loses people in a blizzard of verbiage, charts and numbers. And of course, he always satisfies his political base. Cuomo never deviates from this.

In 2014, Cuomo ordered the DEC to ban hydrofracking. He used “dangers to health” as an excuse, citing dubious studies focusing on potential future health risks. With one move, he solidified support from his base and short-circuited any serious political opposition by making sure Upstate stays poor and economically weak. Cuomo is not to be trifled with. This is one ruthless dude.

The economic effect of Cuomo’s shutdown order has devastated Upstate’s already weak economy. We are always first into recession and last out of it. Businesses don’t easily start in New York State. And before the shutdown, census data pointed to further population losses in upstate counties.

Now Cuomo has a plan to re-open the economy, with “essential” businesses first in line – he decides what’s essential, of course. Cuomo promises to shut it all down again if his benchmarks (which he claims are based in “science” and “metrics”) are not met. That uncertainty is a job killer. Add to this the concentration of power in one man’s hands and his dislike of the private economy and you have a recipe for a long recession in upstate New York.

Cuomo decreed that nursing homes accept Covid-positive patients, which exposed vulnerable seniors to the virus. Everyone knew the elderly were the most likely to die from Covid, but Cuomo didn’t care. He didn’t even require increased testing for nursing home staff. The result: 5,000 seniors died. Tragically, this is what results from one-man rule.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.

REMEMBERING THE 70’S—AND NOT FONDLY

I’m old enough to remember the woebegotten decade of the 1970’s: bad hair, bad clothes and a stagnant economy. Nixon took Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, a massive expansion of government, and made it even bigger. On top of that, both Johnson and Nixon funded the war in Vietnam, while pushing the Fed to slash interest rates and loosen the money supply. Nixon is billed as a conservative, but he was really a big-government Republican, a RINO (Republican in name only). The result of Johnson-Nixon policies in the 60’s and early 70’s was a nagging inflation that lasted until the early 80’s. It ate into buying power and drove up interest rates for mortgages and car loans to unimaginable levels; 15% mortgages were common.

The 2020 Federal budget is $4.7 trillion. Now add to that the bipartisan spending free-for-all of $2.2 trillion dollars in Covid-19 “stimulus,” and an additional $4.4 billion for small businesses. This brings the total to $2.64 trillion. We don’t have the money. The Fed is increasing the money supply, meaning that we’re printing money. There is a ton of money out there and zero goods and services being produced.

I have problems with the so-called stimulus. One, the economy doesn’t need stimulating; it needs to be reopened. People need to get back to work. The economy was in great shape before the government shut it down; growth was steady, inflation and unemployment were low, the stock market was humming along and wages were rising. The $2.64 trillion is really meant to help people get by until the economy reopens and we can get back to work. I agree with the concept, but disagree with the size and the terminology. From the point of view of branding, calling this a stimulus is caving to a Democrat narrative and a tacit endorsement of failed Democrat economic policies. FDR, and Obama after him, borrowed and spent and piled up debt with little benefit to the economy.

There is an old economic nostrum that inflation is caused by too many dollars chasing too few goods. There’s a lot of cash out there, and few goods being produced. It is said that history repeats itself. Are we going to repeat the inflation and economic doldrums of the 70’s? I hope not, but all the ingredients are in place.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.