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Politically Speaking – December 12, 2023

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When you think you’ve heard or seen it all in today’s political arena, think again. It seems it only gets worse. As reported in the New York Post, Governor Gavin Newsom of California is right up there with the likes of Joe Biden. Both are lacking in common sense. Just implemented is another hare-brained law. In just a few weeks, starting on January 1, major retailers in California are having to create gender neutral sections, regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or boys under the age of 12. Any department store that fails to create a gender neutral section could face a fine of $250 for the first violation and a $500 fine for subsequent violations.

The law does not prohibit typical boys and girls sections, but with Newsom’s track record, that’s probably next. And while I’m at it, Joe Biden and his press secretary last week were bragging about an uptick in the employment numbers. In typical Joe Biden truth-telling they forgot to tell you the increase in jobs included — according to CNN — UAW union members in the auto industry and Hollywood screenwriters and actors. More than 60,000 SAG AFTRA members went on strike in July. Sadly, the current Biden
Administration from agency to agency couldn’t and wouldn’t know or should I say tell the truth if it bit them.

And speaking of hypocrisy, Ludwig pointed out last week John Kerry’s attack on coal power and went on to say, “I can’t understand how a man could acquire a position of power as a Climate Czar that takes a private jet to the climate summit again and again.

Such blatant hypocrisy, and all Democrats can do is sigh and move on.

My comment to Ludwig was, “You can’t fix stupid, arrogant, or mean.” So with all that said, moving on to the brilliance of Ludwig.

Until next week.


On November 30, 2023, Alpharetta, Georgia, Red vs. Blue! Gavin Newsom promised to Californicate the USA if he wins his shadow campaign and Biden drops dead or drops out. Ron DeSantis was positioned to contrast the conservative way to govern, and Hannity supported him with the facts that Newsom wanted to deny. It didn’t matter. The winner was Trump.

On December 6, 2023, Alabama, Christie, Haley, Ramaswamy, and DeSantis conducted another useless debate that degenerated into a series of ad hominem attacks. The winner was Trump.

We are finished with the debates for now. They were only auditions, and no one changed anyone’s mind. Trump has a strong base that is not likely to disappear. The Republican Party is divided and having trouble keeping harmony in their big tent full of businessmen, traditionalists, conservatives, libertarians and Trump-voters. The Democratic Party unites its members on union support, wealth redistribution, green fantasy agenda, entitlements and abortion. It is splitting over Israel and Hamas, and is losing support from minorities that were taken for granted. Biden is in serious cognitive decline, but remember, Woodrow Wilson had a massive stroke, but his close advisors managed to keep his secret for almost two years. Today, Biden’s dementia is an open secret, although his supporters will gaslight us that he is fully in command.

If it comes down to Trump versus Biden, it looks like a close race that no one really wants. Don’t expect these two to debate, since Biden must go back to the basement in 2024. The media will unite against Trump. It is up to The Atlantic magazine and the New York Times to publish articles to denigrate Trump. Even Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are actively promoting Nikki Haley. Fear, hate, and righteous anger will dominate the 2024 election news cycle. It looks like 40% of the electorate hates Trump, while 40% loves him, so the deciding votes will come from the center 20%, who may or may not care enough to vote. Keep an eye out for a third party challenge from RFK Jr. or No-Labels.

The right to vote is a fundamental aspect of the American experiment in self-government. The evolution of the right to vote originated in freemen male landowners. Over many years, the franchise was extended to emancipated slaves, naturalized immigrants, and women. At the end of the Vietnam War, the right to vote was lowered to eighteen, to respect the fact that if you were old enough to die in a war, you were now considered old enough to vote. One citizen, one vote. Have we guarded this blessing properly?

On Wednesday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass) stood behind a sign “The Inclusive Democracy” and asserted that arresting criminals and prosecuting young black men was interfering with their right to vote. Pressley went on to push for lowering the voting age to allow adolescents to vote, and criminals to vote. She belongs to the far left radical “squad”, and I think that it is a sign of desperation when you start searching the prisons and high schools for new voters. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is struggling to determine what constitutes a valid mail-in ballot if it isn’t properly signed and dated. Now we are finding that a significant number of ballots in the last election were cast by non-citizens. Not surprising. Democracy can only be valid, if the rules for voting are clear and understood, before the election. In 2020, the emergency pandemic allowed many suspicious activities, while politicians maneuvered to alter the rules during the election. That has to stop. It is noteworthy that in 2020, Trump won the majority of in-person votes, and Biden won the majority of the mail-in absentee votes.

Politics is about power. The power to tax, to spend, to regulate and legislate.

In spite of all the posturing, it is not about honesty or integrity.

I recall a candidate approaching me some years ago, who asked me for a donation to his campaign. He looked at me with his hand out and said: “The first rule of politics is that you support the ones who support you.” He was a Democrat, but the Republicans follow the same rule.



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