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Politically Speaking – December 19, 2023


As the year winds down, I look at the past year as well as the last three or four years. There’s so much I’m grateful for, and the lessons I’ve learned are many. One of the biggest in the last few years is THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN BE DESTROYED! And in my opinion, it has reached the point it could go one way or the other. God help us!

I was reminded of this last week when a dear friend emailed me a quote from Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Paine from a letter written in 1796. The quote was, “Go on doing with your pen what in other times was done with the sword.” I guess Jefferson’s point was the pen is mightier than the sword.

Today I question that. My comment was, as for the sword, there would be no winner, and I certainly pray it doesn’t come to that.

More and more are speaking of a World War III, which is absolutely possible under the weak, woke administration of Biden. However, in my opinion, there would be no winner

With all that said, wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and on to the brilliance of my dear friend Ludwig, who I generally agree with, although I did tell him I wasn’t ready to discount Michelle Obama yet. After all, Barack did want to serve four terms. He’s just about finished his third.

Until next week.

What is happening to the great American political parties? We see RFK Jr. and Joe Manchin on the sidelines, contemplating a third party run. Liz Cheney just released a new book. The establishment conservatives are backing Ron DeSantis or Nikki Haley. The big event of the week was the decision by the Fed and the European Central Banks to keep interest rates unchanged, resulting in a new record for the markets. Jerome Powell has hinted at rate reductions in 2024, which is typical in an election year. Let the psychological games begin:

The New York Times, Washington Post, and Atlantic have begun publishing articles suggesting that if Trump regains the presidency, an authoritarian dictatorship will replace the American Republic, comparing him to Mussolini or Hitler. Expect a repetitious drumbeat on this theme.

Why is the totalitarian alarm being spread by the Democratic Party and their propaganda organs, accusing Trump of threatening the end of democracy?

In psychology, there is a defense mechanism that is known as projection. This happens when a person possesses unpleasant beliefs or intentions that they subconsciously ascribe to others. Democrats often accuse Republicans of crimes that they have committed. Democrats are actively pursuing the goal of absolute power.

Who is assuring us of election integrity, while the rules of voting lack rigor? Who is using the levers of the government justice system to jail political opponents? Who is censoring our social media? Who is ignoring the Constitution? Who wants to infringe on an individual’s right to self-defense? Who is scrutinizing private financial transactions? Who is forcing us to buy products we don’t want? Who is banning gas stoves and heating? Who is really acting like a dictator?

Between now and the Democratic Convention (August 19-22) in Chicago, the plan is to keep Biden quiet and avoid any primary challenge. The dilemma for Democrats is that they are stuck with a corpse at the wheel and an idiot for a vice president. Timing will be the key. The Democrats will continue a full-scale campaign against Trump while Biden secures all the delegates, and then during those critical four days in August, Biden or his secret committee will select the Democratic candidate, probably Gavin Newsom, and Biden will step down. The deals are already being made behind closed doors to deal with contingencies.

The GOP has problems as well in terms of keeping the elements united. The Impeachment inquiry will fester and fizzle. Even if the thin GOP majority in the House does vote to impeach Biden, they will not be able to remove him from office, since the Democratic Senators will unite to acquit, and the act of impeachment may backfire, by making him sympathetic to the voters. A lot can happen between now and then. If the prosecution of Hunter Biden is successful, it could prompt Biden to issue a presidential pardon for his wayward son.

Meanwhile, most of us will be transfixed by the daily news reporting on events that seem to be beyond our control. Expect an intense and chaotic 2024 election year. Who remembers what happened at the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968?

The Shoppers Weekly

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