BERNING DESIRE FOR POWER

Remember the classic gallows humor of the Lincoln assassination: “But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?” …..thus ignoring the elephant in the room. This is what leading Democrat Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders did when he praised Cuba’s literacy and healthcare programs.

The elephant in the room is that Cuba is a repressive dictatorship which has murdered the political opposition, kept their people in crushing poverty and prevented their people from leaving the country, to mention just a few of Cuba’s abuses. Stack that against a literacy program and healthcare. We’ll give you healthcare, but if you oppose us, we’ll kill you.

Giving people stuff is another way to control them, and Bernie is just fine with that. Why do leftists never praise Hitler? Hitler’s party was the National Socialist Party. He gave the German people jobs, righted their reeling economy, gave them healthcare, radios and affordable cars. But no name says “mass murderer” like Hitler. Castro, Chavez, Stalin and Mao were murderers too, every bit as evil as Hitler. But because these names aren’t readily associated with mass murder, leftists praise them. For the Left, it’s simply a matter of branding.

You’d think that history might teach Bernie and his progressive buddies that concentrated government power is a bad thing. Our Founders studied history and knew that too much power in the hands of too few people is dangerous. But have Bernie and the progressives learned this? No, no.

So how does Bernie ignore the obvious? Every progressive policy is based on centralized power, two examples being the Green New Deal and Medicare For All. Every tyrant has what Bernie – and every progressive – secretly craves: power. Bernie sees himself as “good.” The idea that he or his ideological mates could harm other people when given so much power never enters their minds. And that is what is really scary.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

AN INCONVENIENT MAN

Who is Daniel Cameron? I’ll bet you’ve never heard of him. There’s a good reason for that, because he scares the bejesus out of the left; here’s why. Cameron is 34, attractive, articulate, an attorney, a conservative, and…wait for it…he’s black. Cameron is Kentucky’s newly elected Attorney General. He is Kentucky’s first African-American statewide office holder and the first Republican elected to a state office in 70 years. Why have you not heard of him? Because you’re not supposed to. Cameron’s transformational win represents a frightening trend to the Democrat party and their media wing. Click on the link below to see his touching campaign video, called Lincoln.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=t-7rd9HEbWc

The paper of record in Kentucky is the Courier-Journal, a USA Today publication. They savaged Cameron, calling him everything from an Uncle Tom to a closet racist. If there is one thing that scares Democrats to death, it’s the nightmare scenario of an appealing, conservative African-American candidate. Let me clarify: when I say Democrats, I mean those running for office and those in the corporate-media complex who are a wing of the Democrat party, like the Courier-Journal. They ran a hit piece disguised as news about Cameron’s Lincoln ad.

Using an old press trick, the so-called reporter quoted a university professor who is black to attack Cameron: “Trump’s comments about race and black figures have made it difficult for black Republicans and conservatives to tout his virtues to other blacks.” This is obviously pure opinion, but it’s there to damage Cameron. This is a twofold trick. The reporter finds people critical of Cameron to say what the reporter would like to say himself but can’t, because he must feign objectivity. Then he finds a black university professor to send the message that Cameron is not really simpatico with the black community.

Another Kentucky newspaper, the Lexington Herald Leader took their fury against Cameron to a vile new low. They published a disgusting cartoon depicting Cameron with big lips holding the white-sheet KKK robe worn by President Trump. Of course, they swept any criticism aside, calling this trash “political opinion” or “satire.” To paraphrase Michelle Obama, they go low and then they go lower.

Recent polling really scares the left. Pollster John Zogby, a Democrat stalwart, found a 27% approval rating for President Trump among African-Americans. The Emerson and Rasmussen polls have Trump’s approval ratings at 34% among black voters. According to the Trump campaign, his support is growing.

Cameron’s win should have been a cause for celebration. A black man wins state-wide office in a former Confederate state, a sign of racism receding and a harbinger of the long-hoped-for end to racial bigotry. But no, Cameron’s victory is a threat. If Democrats lose a significant chunk of the African-American vote, they’re in big trouble. They can’t allow it. They will deploy every raciest trope in their ugly playbook. Keep an eye out. If they continue to lose African-American support, in desperation they’ll get even meaner. And that means we are winning.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

LIES+ARROGANCE=BAD POLICY

Dear readers.  I have had the pleasure of writing for the Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE) before.  They were kind enough to print my article on the NYS Red Flag law in the last edition of their excellent publication called Firing Lines.  The following article will appear in the next edition.   Thank you to SCOPE and let’s celebrate our liberties granted to us by our creator and preserved by the two greatest political documents in human history–THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE US CONSTITUTION.  The fight to preserve our freedoms begins and ends with each of us.

Mike

 

 

A hate-filled mentally ill man attacked Hasidic Jews in the home of their Rabbi with a machete in the upstate town of Monsey, New York, seriously injuring five. Senate Minority Leader Schumer promptly called for an increase in Federal grants to help secure houses of worship and schools. The attack, New York’s Governor Cuomo said, was due to a “scourge of hate in this country” and Cuomo, never to be out-pandered, proposed a new state law, the Hate Crimes Domestic Terrorism Act, which makes illegal that which is already illegal. If Cuomo was being consistent, he would have called for a ban on “assault machetes.”

New York City mayor Bill deBlasio, who can out-pander anyone, said, “We New Yorkers have the ability to stop the hatred.” Frighteningly, the mayor thinks, or wants you to think, that he has the power to change people’s feelings. The new “no bail law” in New York State turns many violent offenders loose. But thankfully, this perpetrator of this crime remains in jail on $5 million bail.

Let’s compare the Democrat response to the machete attack in Monsey with the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. The difference in tone and focus is striking. Immediately after the Newtown shooting and long before the facts were known, Schumer, Cuomo et.al. blamed so-called assault weapons. At the federal level, Schumer pushed for tougher gun control laws, while Cuomo shoved the Safe Act through the state legislature in record time. Boosting funding to make schools a harder target was never a priority. Democrats never blamed alienation or mental health services that don’t reach everyone. Nor did they blame a collapsing moral structure. The focus of their ire was never the shooter, another mentally ill man who stole his mother’s guns and murdered her before going to the Newtown school to slaughter the innocents. No, they blamed guns and, by extension, gun owners. Here in New York, the Safe Act didn’t make schools safer – it made gun ownership harder, which was the point.

But New York’s ruling ideocracy is at it again with State Senate bill S1412. This monstrosity will require every buyer of a shotgun or long gun to apply for a hunting license first. The bill imposes other burdens such as: taking a 5-hour gun safety course, passing a shooting test with 90% accuracy, notarized proof of a passed drug test and mental health evaluation, and finally, proof of safe storage.

Meanwhile, New York State continues to hemorrhage population. The latest census data paints a bleak picture. New York has lost 1.4 million people to other states since 2010. Cuomo was governor for 9 of those 10 years. New York lost 77,000 people in 2019. I don’t know the numbers for the 55 counties upstate, but I know that upstate always takes it on the chin.

The title of this article says it all. We know that the Albany/Washington ruling class would love to delete the Second Amendment. But Cuomo, et.al. never admit it; instead, they say they want to make us safer. They’re obviously lying. Their arrogance knows no bounds; it is gigantic, oceanic, titanic arrogance. Lies and hubris make for bad public policy. Problems are never really defined or solved. People experience the results and they sense that their leaders are dishonest and govern poorly. This is why people flee New York, if they can.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

 

 

 

LIES LIKE A RUG

CODGERTATING: WHEN OLD GUYS THINK

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Elizabeth Warren’s well-earned monicker is Pocahontas. Her false claim that she was part Native-American gave her an Affirmative Action advantage in school admission and hiring. A subsequent DNA test revealed that she is 1/1,024th Native-American. Which is to say, she has as much Native American blood as I do (my parents are from Southern Italy.) Ms. Warren later released a video in which she said, “I think I’m going to have me a beer.” Have me a beer? Does anyone think this Ivy-League educated attorney, former head of Harvard Law School and a US. Senator, talks like that? Warren is now walking back her support for Medicare For All. Now she says she wants to keep the private system while we transition to total government control in, get this, the third year of her first term. Which means she has concluded that government healthcare will never happen. She read the polls and saw doom, but now Warren is lying to her base. Another whopper is that her children went to public schools. They didn’t – they went to fancy private schools. I’ll just bet that the 1/1024 relative was the long lost Chief Slinging-Bull.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

SHOCK WAVE FROM ACROSS THE POND

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Leftists got their clocks cleaned in what can only be described as a crushing defeat in the recent UK elections. Conservatives (the Tory party, analogous to our Republican party) swept to the largest majority since 1987. Conservatives won 365 seats in the House of Commons (like our House of Representatives) to just 203 seats for the Labour party (the UK’s leftists, similar to our Democrat party). Labour usually wins the blue-collar vote, but not this time; the Tories won the working-class vote in a walk. Districts that have voted Labour since WW II, 73 years, voted Tory. A huge issue was leaving the European Union. But there was so much more to this election.

Britons rebelled against rule by the elites of the European Union. Similarly, in this country, the Democrat party has abandoned working-class and rural voters in favor two new voting blocs. One is the so-called “creative class,” a term coined (by Richard Florida, a University of Toronto economist) to describe well-paid urbanites who work in professional, managerial and technical fields. The second group is a replacement electorate: illegal aliens. Democrats have courted illegals by letting them jump our border with no consequences, allowing them to live in so-called sanctuary cities and giving them lots of free stuff: college tuition, health care, welfare, drivers’ licenses. By design, Democrat policies invite more border-jumping. The Democrat party, like the Labour party, loathes decent, hard-working Americans. Remember what two Democrat Presidential candidates said? Barack Obama in 2008:

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and…in the Midwest, the jobs have gone now for 25 years…And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment…”

And Hillary Clinton in 2016:

you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables…racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic….you name it.”

This is as contemptuous as it gets, and it exactly mirrors the attitude of Britain’s Labour party. Let’s think about this for a moment. On immigration, all we want is a rational policy based on merit. If you’re an asset to the country, can support yourself and love America, you’re in. For this, we’re labeled “racist.” We want border enforcement; you can’t have a functional immigration policy with open borders. And for this, we’re called “xenophobic.” When we question giving taxpayer money, our money, to illegals, we’re called heartless and cruel. When we ask, “Where have all the jobs gone?” we’re told to shut up, move elsewhere if you want a job, that’s just the way it is, nothing can be done.

Right here in New York State, our ruling elites now give us an end to cash bail, as well as needle exchange sites in “hard-to-reach rural areas,” which will release criminals onto our streets and worse, invite them into our neighborhoods. This will not hurt the politicians, who have armed guards, or people in living in gated communities or posh apartments with a 24/7 doorman. No, this hurts the working class.

Not one poll predicted the stunning repudiation of the UK’s Labour party. Polls didn’t predict the recent conservative sweep in Australia. In Paris, the yellow vests are out in force. The message is the same: We’re sick of the condescending attitude of the elites, and we’re taking our government back. Government of, by and for the people never goes out of style, but sometimes our rulers forget who’s in charge. They will need to be reminded AGAIN in 2020.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

BIG TROUBLE FOR DEMS?

 

 

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         CODGERTATING: WHEN OLD GUYS THINK.

Support for the bogus impeachment of President Trump is dropping. Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D) recently said that she no longer saw any “value” in the proceedings. Note that Lawrence is the African-American Representative of an African-American district. It’s rare for Democrats to break ranks, but Lawrence did. The question is, why? Congressmen run for election every two years and if they want to keep their jobs, they’d better know what the people in their district are thinking. Could it be that support for Trump is growing in the black community, making impeachment unpopular? African-American unemployment is at historic lows, and the latest Rasmussen Reports poll shows Trump with a 32% approval rating among black voters. Illegal immigration is a signature Trump issue, and no group is hurt more by illegal immigration than African-Americans.

But Lawrence quickly recanted and jumped back aboard the impeachment express. I’m betting she got a heated call or two from the House Speaker or one of her lieutenants. If Democrat support in the African-American community is slipping, they can’t let it get out. If I’m correct and polls in the black sectors maintain or continue to trend in Trump’s favor, expect to hear the words racist, white supremacist, Klansman and Nazi with sickening frequency to scare blacks back to the Democrat Party. They can’t afford to lose this traditionally Democrat voting block. If Republicans can get 20% of the black vote, the Democrats are doomed.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

 

 

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

GIVE THE MAN HIS DUE

 

           CODGERTATING: WHEN OLD GUYS THINK.

 

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Due process, that is. Congressman Adam “Shifty” Shiff (D-CA) conduced the “Shiff Show,” the impeach-Trump farce which has now gone to the Judiciary Committee headed by Jerry Nadler (D-NY). Speaker Pelosi has instructed Nadler to draw up articles of impeachment. The process has been anything but fair and that is by design. The intention was to impeach all along. The phone call to the Ukrainian president is just an excuse for Pelosi, Nadler and Shiff to conduct a Soviet show trial to move public opinion against Trump thereby damaging him in the election less than 1 year away. But in doing so they have utterly trashed Due Process rights which are fundamental to our criminal justice system. Fanatics are single minded and never think about the long-term consequences of their actions. If they can railroad the most powerful man on the planet, they can do it to YOU. These Due Process rights come to us from the mother country, England, and have been in place since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Someone tell the House Democrats about them. Here they are:

1. The right to confront your accuser.

2. The right to cross-examine your accuser.

3. The right to call witnesses.

4. The right to cross-examine witnesses.

5. The right to present evidence.

6. The right to counsel.

7. The right to a public trial.

Trump was deprived of all of these. Clinton, Nixon and Johnson who were each impeached, were not. Now the sham has moved to the Senate where Trump and the Republicans can really wage a fight. Do it, House Democrats! Impeach him, and let all that you have hidden come out. I can’t wait.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.