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Three terrible decisions this week exemplify why Democrats keep failing

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Three terrible decisions this week exemplify why Democrats keep failing

Keep in mind, it’s only Tuesday. We still have three awful decisions by Democrats to discuss. In fact, “awful” or “terrible” just aren’t strong enough to describe how bad these decisions were.

It’s been my contention that since the mid-90s, Democrats have been trending away from sensibility and towards unhinged lunacy. At the time we thought the Clinton administration was going too far, but let’s be fair. Outside of his sexual deviations, they weren’t pushing the crazy ideas of today’s Democratic Party. Socialism wasn’t even a consideration. The 2nd Amendment was relatively safe, Brady bill aside. Economic growth was strong (in large part because of the internet). Crime was low.

No, I’m not defending Bill Clinton’s presidency. I’m simply suggesting we thought it was so far to the left at that moment, but his actions were clearly moderate compared to the far-left lurch we’re seeing today.

It isn’t just the policy shifts. Their styles of campaigning and governing have gone completely bonkers ever since Barack Obama took office. Since Sunday, we’ve seen three glaring examples of extremely poor decisions that are indicators of two undeniable truths.

They are lost in their leftist lunacy and they don’t even know it.

Here are the decisions that exemplify the path of today’s Democratic Party.

Sunday: 60 Minutes “interview” is a bickering battle

There’s one thing leftist mainstream media hasn’t learned for some reason. If they let the President answer questions, as they did during the 2016 primary season, he will say things that either don’t match reality or that paint him into a corner. It seems like every set of questions, whether at a press conference or interview, turns into an attempt by the “journalist” to debate the President rather than let him answer the question.

Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes Sunday was no exception. If anything, it was a shining example of how the press handles the President. Not a question went by where she didn’t interrupt his answer or challenge him in some way. It was a stark contrast to the first time President Obama took was interviewed in the Oval Office.

There’s one glaring difference between 60 Minutes’ interviews with Presidents Obama and Trump

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/14/theres-one-glaring-difference-60-minutes-interviews-presidents-obama-trump/“Journalist” Lesley Stahl spoke over the President multiple times. If you watch the entire interview, you’ll see that this happened throughout. She would ask a question, most of which were attempts at “gotcha” responses, then would interrupt the President any time he didn’t give the answer she was wanting.

Now, compare that to the interview in the early days of the Obama administration.

Some may attempt to argue that mainstream media is not part of the Democratic Party. To this, I eloquently reply, “LOLOLOLOLOLOL.”

Monday: Someone told Elizabeth Warren releasing her DNA test was a good idea

It started off as a real winner for the Democrats when headlines started popping up that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) had released a DNA test conducted by an award-winning scientist that demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that she had substantial Native American heritage. Mainstream media started pushing the story immediately. Leftists cheered.

Then, things started coming to light. First, the initial report required a correction because their math was off. This highlighted the possibility that she is only 1/1024th Native American, which is actually below the national average. Then, it was revealed that the test couldn’t confirm actual Native American heritage, but that the results could have revealed a distant ancestor from South America.

Things were looking pretty bad as social media started taking her bold declaration and mocking it profusely.

Elizabeth Warren releases DNA proof that she’s at least 1/1024th Native American. Twitter responds appropriately.

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/15/elizabeth-warren-releases-dna-proof-shes-least-11024th-native-american-twitter-responds-appropriately/The test shows she is at most 1/32nd Native American if she is six generations from her Native American ancestor. That’s her best-case scenario. At worst, her ancestor was as far back as ten generations which would make her 1/1024th Native American. To put that into perspective, if she were to honor her heritage by engaging in 1/1024th of a four-hour Native American Sweat, she’d be in and out of the lodge in 14 seconds.

Okay, so it may not have been a great idea to release the results. Instead of backing her claims in the past that she’s part Native American, they seemed to refute them. Democrats started pointing in other directions, including the President’s promise to give $1,000,000 to a charity of her choice if she could prove she had Native American ancestors.

It was a good ploy, but then the hammer dropped on the whole thing.

Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren’s DNA test

https://www.cherokee.org/News/Stories/20181015_Cherokee-Nation-responds-to-Senator-Warrens-DNA-test“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

Someone gave Warren really bad advice by telling her this will get her in the spotlight and help her launch her presidential campaign. Whoever it was should probably give up on being an adviser. This was a bad idea that could be seen from a mile away.

Tuesday: Heidi Heitkamp outs sexual assault victims in an ad without getting their permission

The singular purpose of an ad placed in the Bismarck Tribune was to showcase that Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) was sensitive to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape. Moreover, it was intended to show that her competitor, Kevin Cramer, was not.

Her campaign wanted it to appear they had reached out and were assisting these 127 survivors of abuse. The problem is they weren’t helping these survivors and they didn’t reach out to many of them. Some went to social media to voice their outrage of being outed by a United States Senator to the public. A few claimed they weren’t even victims. At least one said she’d never heard from Heitkamp nor did she support the Senator.

This should have been extremely easy. Do what you claim by reaching out, getting feedback, and offering support to women. 127 is a lot of people to contact, but it must be done if that’s what your ad claims you’re doing. Instead, the campaign failed to do the most basic tasks of actually contacting the people they claimed they contacted. It’s turned into a major debacle.

Heidi Heitkamp just blew her reelection hopes to smithereens

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/16/heidi-heitkamp-just-blew-reelection-hopes-smithereens/“Sexual assault is a serious crime – and one that too many North Dakota women have experienced,” Heitkamp said. “In an attempt to bring awareness to this issue and push back against dismissive comments toward sexual assault survivors by Kevin Cramer, our campaign worked with victim advocates to identify women who would be willing sign the letter or share their story.”

This should be the end of her campaign. In a sane world, you can’t do something like that and still keep your job. This is the political world where sanity is not required, but hopefully the people of North Dakota will hear about this and be rightly disgusted.

Her chances of reelection were slipping away, but now they should be essentially zilch.

Today’s Democratic Party

It’s only Tuesday. There are plenty of days left in the week to make a bigger mockery of the party of failure.

My biggest concern isn’t that the party keeps failing. That’s actually a good thing, especially considering how far to the left their ideologies have become in recent years. The real concern here is that they’re becoming more of a wounded dog than a fighter, which means their activists are becoming more and more likely to engage in extreme measures to make their points heard.

When their leaders continuously fail them, the leftist activists will have no choice but to become more vocal, more defiant, and more violent. Party leadership can’t get anything done, so the far left in the trenches are becoming more of a threat than ever before. If they can’t legislate their agenda, they’ll attempt to force it upon us. That’s troubling.

The modern machinations of the Democratic Party are marked by mistake after mistake. They seem like a party without a cause other than trying to stop the President. Even in this singular goal, they’re failing miserably.

Image via The Nation.

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump, as expected

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump as expected

It was one of the most replayed parts of President Trump’s announcement regarding his national emergency declaration last Friday – a sing-song moment as the President predicted the declaration would be made, Democrats would sue, they’d go through the 9th circuit, and their decision will hopefully be overturned by the Supreme Court. So far, he’s been absolutely correct as 16 states have filed against the declaration.

New York, California, 14 other states sue Trump in Ninth Circuit over emergency declaration

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-york-california-sue-trump-in-ninth-circuit-over-emergency-declarationThe attorneys general of California, New York, and 14 other states on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit against the White House’s recent national emergency declaration over border security, claiming President Trump has “veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making.”

President Trump sarcastically had predicted the lawsuit last week. He’s slammed the Ninth Circuit multiple times as “disgraceful” and politically biased.

My Take

This is their right, and while it may annoy those who support building the border wall, it would be a mistake to condemn these states for trying to stop it. This is part of the way our nation is intended to operate. If one or more states feel the need to challenge the authority of Washington DC, they should be able to make their case before the courts. If the courts make decisions based on the Constitution, then the end result will be the accurate and righteous one.

That’s how this was all intended.

I’m not suggesting the 9th Circuit is going to treat this fairly, nor am I confident the Supreme Court will make its decision solely on the Constitution, but until things are changed, this is what we’ve got. Attempts to subvert any component of this system from the President’s right to declare the emergency to the states’ rights to challenge it to the courts’ responsibility to make a ruling about it all would be to denounce the foundation upon which this nation was built.

There was a way this could have been avoided. Had the President and the GOP decided to have the debate over the wall while they had power over the House, Senate, and White House, they would have been in better position to get the wall going by now. Unfortunately, they an improper political calculation to hold off on the wall debate until after the midterm elections, and now it’s costing the American citizens. It costs us money to sit here through the shutdown and the legal battle over the national emergency declaration. It’s costing us time; the wall should be much further along by now. It may end up costing us the wall altogether if they aren’t able to make a strong case before the Supreme Court.

We are in the midst of a crisis at the border, one that has been going on for decades. Let’s not exacerbate the crisis by adding a Constitutional crisis on top. This needs to play all the way out.

 


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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

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It’s been an up-and-down couple of weeks for proponents of the Green New Deal. Before details were released, it was already being heralded as the greatest thing since President Obama’s election. Then, the details came out and even many on the left were taken aback by the ambitious and incoherent provisions of the deal as detailed in a FAQ section on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s government web page.

But that was just a draft. They took it down. At least that was the story.

Unfortunately for proponents, they were caught a little flat-footed as questions started pouring in about, well, all of it. Even if we dismiss the less-draconian concepts such as eliminating air travel or the less-sane ideas like taking care of those who are unwilling to work, the left is still stuck with a proposal that the most frugal estimates put at costing around $7 trillion while other’s consider the decade-long cost to be in the HUNDREDS of trillions of dollars.

This is, of course, ludicrous. There’s not enough money in the entire world to pay for the proposal if its cost is somewhere between the lowest and highest estimates, but that hasn’t stopped leftist media from regrouping. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, they’re doing everything they can to recommit to this concept. It’s not that they suddenly believe in this fairy tale. It’s that they don’t want this to be the issue Republicans attack in the 2020 elections.

One article in particular that I read from CNN (yes, sometimes I need to see what the other side is thinking) really struck me for its honesty about the situation. Though I stopped reading it in paragraph two when it referred to “non-partisan” PolitiFact, I went back to it just now to digest the awfulness fully (see the sacrifices I make for our readers!).

To be clear, much of what this article says is correct. It asserts the GOP will take the tenets of the Green New Deal and use it to scare voters into thinking it’s even worse than Obamacare. From 2010 through 2016, Republicans attacked Obamacare incessantly and it worked, giving them the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016. Unfortunately, they stopped there and didn’t actually go after Obamacare with the same fervor they held in their campaign rhetoric and now the Democrats have turned the issue on its head.

But here’s the thing. Obamacare may have been bad, but the Green New Deal truly is worse. It’s not even close. Even if we take at face value the notion that the Green New Deal is simply an ambitious framework around which real legislation can be forged, we have to look at the core issues entailed in order to see the true damage it can do. This is a socialist document. It’s a call for the same levels of insanity that drive the Medicare-for-All movement. Within its frivolous attempts to change perceptions of air travel, cows, and job creation is a deep-rooted desire to convert Americans to needing more government.

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The Green New Deal represents the far-left’s desire to make more American dependent on government. At the same time, it aims to increase the levels of dependency for those who are already in need of assistance. It wants Democrats to latch their wagons on the notion that if we become a militantly environmentalist nation, that will serve the dual purpose of giving us fulfillment while saving the planet.

I believe most leftist journalists understand this, but they see in the ridiculous framework a path through which Republicans can be defeated wholesale in 2020 as long as the left can control the narrative surrounding the Green New Deal. They fear another Obamacare counterinsurgency that would wipe out the anti-Trump gains they made in 2018, so they’ve adopted a stance that the Green New Deal isn’t as bad as Fox News says it is. Meanwhile, they’re doing everything they can to say, “look over here and not at the Green New Deal.”

The politics behind what the Green New Deal represents is more in play than the tenets of the proposal itself, at least in the eyes of leftist media. It’s not that they want to promote the concept. They simply don’t want the concept to derail their party in the next election.

 


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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as ‘sweetheart,’ prompting zero outrage

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan referred to Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as “Sweetheart” as he addressed her during a speaking engagement on Sunday. He apparently caught his faux pas and immediately justified the remark, but at that point the moniker which many consider to be sexist or misogynistic had already been noted.

Nevertheless, it didn’t cause the stir one might expect. As a far-left progressive, Omar is known for being a feminist icon on Capitol Hill even though she hasn’t been in office for a full two months yet. As our EIC noted, the lack of a rebuke was because of the source, not because she now feels it’s okay to refer to her as “sweetheart.”

The statement came as Farrakhan was telling Omar she shouldn’t be sorry for the statements she made last week about Israel, AIPAC, and Jewish influence in Washington DC, particularly over Republicans.

In a world where consistency was still considered a virtue, followers of Omar would be wondering why she’s not expressing outrage over the belittling reference from a powerful man. But the world isn’t consistent and Farrakhan always gets a pass.

 


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