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French elections…

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A win by Marine Le Pen would  be devastating  according to Ben Rhodes, the Obama former national security adviser.   Does he actually believe that his former boss will be able to influence this election?   No doubt he and Obama nodded sagely when a German pundit said that Le Pen would break down  the European Union even if she loses.

There is a fairly strong belief that the  recent terrorists  attacks in Paris are helping Le Pen because she doesn’t share the Left’s fondness for unlimited immigration and a relaxed attitude about terrorism.   Obama called to congratulate her rival, Emmanuel Macron,  whose  view is  that terrorism is just part of daily life one must get used to,  which is something the two men certainly agree on.

I rather suspect the French are weary of being set up like prey in a trap and will put Le Pen through to the next round.    I think the Germans and Swedes are as well,  but I could only guess as to whether the French elections  portend anything  for those of other nations.  If you can spare a few extra minutes,  do read this excellent piece by Christopher Caldwell, here  (h/t Andrew Stuttaford at The Corner).

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April 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm

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Je suis confus…

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His Oneness is  now meddling  in France’s presidential election,  which he also did while President.   Isn’t this precisely what Democrats are accusing the Russians of doing in ours?    But what I find most interesting is Obama’s admission that he is  a progressive.

Democrats are fine with one of their own meddling,  which would include Obama’s efforts  to dislodge  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using taxpayer money.   Indeed,  the U.S. has a very long history of mucking about  with elections in other countries.   American Democrats are better known for interfering with U.S. elections by stealing identities, stuffing  ballot boxes,   stealing votes,  or the more modern efforts of George Soros-funded groups which sought to  put in place  Secretaries of State,  on the theory that it’s better to own those who count the votes than those who vote.

Governments meddle everywhere.  It is our job to defend against the intrusions  not sit in the corner sobbing with our thumbs in our mouths.  It should be instructive that the Democratic National Committee had lousy security on its servers,  just as the Obama Administration did on the ObamaCare websites,  while the hackers who targeted the republicans National Committee were blocked out.

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April 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

Watching Super Tuesday…

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Real Clear Politics is offering some  timely suggestions  for making sense of the elections today.   If this doesn’t help,  just have another beer.

That said,  it’s highly unlikely that the big election day will be  the end  of the process.

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March 1, 2016 at 10:07 am

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Residents vs voters…

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This lawsuit challenging  the way  Texas draws electoral districts could have far-reaching consequences in elections.  The issue is whether districts should contain the same number of people or whether they instead should contain the same number of eligible voters.

Many government programs count the total number of people, which magnifies the power of urban areas and diminishes that of rural areas.   That is an advantage Democrats will fight furiously to keep,  so you can be sure they are watching this case closely.

 

 

 

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December 8, 2015 at 11:48 pm

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Heed Gov. Walker…

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Congressional Republicans  should listen  to Gov. Scott Walker.   For starters,  the man has won three elections in four years.  He has done what he said he would do,  despite the ferocious attacks by unions and recalcitrant Democrats,  and an obviously media bias.

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November 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Democratic America…

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This shows  the areas controlled by Dems.   Does it match your expectations?.

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November 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

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Broken glass time…

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This notion  of cancelling  midterm elections was written by somebody who thinks his side will lose big-time.   Yes, there are some valid points about the amount of time spent by Congress critters raising money and campaigning,  but the correct answer might be to go back to part-time legislating,  as some states do.   And no,  this is not satire,  unlike  this.

True,  some Republicans  are not very conservative,  but no Democrat is,  so your choice is limited to known disaster and perhaps persuadable.   You sat on your asses last time and whined,  and you are responsible for another four years of His Oneness and Our Lady of Perpetual Dissatisfaction.   If you are towards the low end of the educational scale,  consider what will happen to your job prospects when Obama legalizes another 5 million illegal immigrants.   Even if you aren’t,  ask how safe your children are from the “mystery virus” brought  into this country  by the thousands of illegal immigrant children who have flooded across our southern borders because of Obama’s refusal to protect the territorial USA.

Jonathan Chait views  judicial appointments  as why the Senate race matters.   It’s not the only reason,  but in light of his elevating Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court,  and their complete failure to understand their jobs,  much less the limits of their purview,  it is a point you must consider unless you just love ObamaCare and can’t wait to have them employ rulings by foreign courts to reach conclusions on American law and our Constitution.

Yes,  there is some nose-holding to be done here.   Scott  Brown holds  some beliefs at odds with mine,  but he is neither liberal nor a fool,  and he is certainly not Jean Shaheen,  who has never seen a liberal program she disliked.   Similarly,  members of  the TEA Party think most candidates want to tax too much,  spend too much and control too much.   I find myself in agreement with them,  but we have to start somewhere,  and this is it.   We cannot leave  the liberals  in charge to vote for everything they desire in their wildest dreams.   Hold your nose,  but vote for  the possibility  of competent governance.   How do you imagine your principles will matter if you stay home?   Strap on your knee pads and start moving  across the broken glass.   You can say ouch and wince,  but you can not quit.  Have some  additional  encouragement.

Start by disabusing yourself of the notion that liberals and progressives,  which pretty much covers all modern Democrats,  are just like the rest of us.   They are claiming to be because it’s election time,  but the fact that they have to lie to get votes should tell you something.   They  are not  like the rest of us.   They do not think as you do.   They do not even process information the same way we do,  because they substitute emotion for logic and reason.   Facts which run counter to their belief system do not count and are not to be considered.   See global warming,  of which there has been none for 17 years now,  yet they still insist we must be terrified and stampeded into stupid reactions to a nonexistent threat.   Let a lefty tell you  why elections  matter,  and someone on the right explain why you make no progress if you  talk only  to yourself.   You  libertarians need  to get on board as well.   I fully understand pessimism,  but that is  no excuse  for not helping..

There are plenty  of reasons  to vote against Democrats if you have difficulty voting for Republicans.   The Jewish  voter has  still not woken up,  though I still hope the Obama Administration’s execrable treatment of Netanyahu will ring a loud enough bell to do the trick.   Facing an onslaught of Democratic  race-baiting,  some black Americans are beginning to suss out the  real message.

Bottom line?   We deserve  better than  this.   Let us hope Sun  Tzu’s wisdom  does not become necessary.

P.S>  My blog was blacklisted just before the last presidential election,  and I fully expect this post to garner the same attention,  so don’t be alarmed if I disappear for a few days.

 

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November 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm

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