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Democrat Election Scam Just Chose Wyoming's Next Republican Governor


Democrats pretending to be Republican for primary day just chose the next Republican candidate for governor in America’s reddest state.  Wyoming gave President Trump his biggest victory in the entire presidential election, with sixty-seven percent of the vote.  Because the state is so red, the Democrats’ choice will definitely win the general election and become the next governor of Wyoming.

In Wyoming’s recent primary, Republican voters didn’t get to choose their own  candidate.  Democrats in the 21st century don’t believe in having two-party elections.  In California, they try to shut out Republican voters by having a system where the two highest polling candidates win, even if both are Democrat.  In Wyoming, they believe they should get to choose their primary candidate and ours – because they will choose more wisely and more “moderately” than Republican voters.  They get away with it, because Wyoming was forced by the federal government under Clinton to allow cross-over voting in the primary.

A red state like Wyoming has a double problem come election time.  Democrat politicians don’t have a chance to be elected, so at all levels of local, state, and federal office, they masquerade as Republican candidates, lying to the voters about their true political affiliation. 

The double whammy is that Wyoming voting law allows people to register or change their party affiliation at the polling place on voting day and vote in whichever primary they choose.  So RINOs are chosen in the Republican primary by Democrat voters pretending for a day to be Republicans.  It makes a travesty of the two-party system and cheats Republicans of getting to select their own candidates.

Wyoming is small in population but economically one of our most important states and a key part of President Trump’s pro-energy agenda.  It is famous and beloved for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; it should be equally beloved for its contribution to the nation’s economy.  Wyoming is surpassed only by giant Texas as an energy powerhouse.  Wyoming’s Powder River Basin is one of the greatest coal fields in the world.  It produces more coal than the next six coal-mining states combined.  If Wyoming stopped producing fossil fuels and uranium, 30 states would go dark.

This year, a few days before the hotly contested gubernatorial election, Democrat supporters mounted a campaign called Switch for Wyoming urging their voters to switch their affiliation to Republican in order to push the most liberal GOP candidate for governor over the top.  They pulled it off.  

Their preferred candidate, Mark Gordon, beat the conservative frontrunner, Foster Friess, by approximately 6-9,000 votes (the official count isn’t in yet), well within the margin provided by Democrat voters. Comparing this year’s primary to the last two, as many as 13,000 Democrats “disappeared” – many presumably masquerading as Republicans.

At one polling place in Teton County, according to a volunteer checking in voters, all but four registered Democrats asked for Republican ballots.

The Democrat choice for our next Republican governor, Mark Gordon, believes that “global warming is a critical issue for our time.”  The man who will now be governor of the largest coal-producer in our nation believes in what is euphemistically called alternative energy.  While he makes speeches about protecting the coal industry, he makes political donations and even served on the board of groups that fight fossil fuels.

Mark Gordon made political contributions to the DNC, John Kerry, and Democrat candidates for Congress in 2004 and 2006.

In 2012, The Nature Conservancy listed him as a donor in the 10,000-to-99,999-dollar category. In 2018, a Friends of the Earth website (later removed) listed him as a “notable donor, Treasurer of Wyoming.”  While he has campaigned against federal restrictions on coal, in the recent past he contributed to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).  RMI is working toward a U.S. economy “needing no coal, no oil.”

In a state where he beat Hillary Clinton by 46%, President Trump has just been cheated of an ally among the governors, and Wyoming’s voters have been cheated of a true conservative candidate.  Gordon’s win was also used by President Trump’s opponents in the media to embarrass him, because on election day, the president tweeted his support for the conservative frontrunner, Foster Friess.

These Democrat primary shenanigans have happened before, and the state legislature does nothing about it, despite the best efforts of the legislature’s handful of actual conservatives.  That the powers that be want to allow Democrats to select the Republican candidate is extremely frustrating to Republican voters in the state.  This year, the Democrat tide almost swept away some beloved conservative incumbents. 

Perhaps the answer is simple: business as usual in Wyoming is bloated government and corruption.  True conservatives would rein in the overspending that has emptied the state coffers.  Wyoming has the highest ratio of government employees to citizens of any state in the nation and the highest ratio of government supervisors to workers and ranks lowest in transparency on financial matters.  

Runner-up candidate Foster Friess, a staunch Christian conservative and outspoken supporter of President Trump, is also a businessman who understands finance.  No wonder he was the target of the Democrats’ crossover scam.  Mr. Friess told me his “number-one focus” right now is the scandal that Wyoming has an F ranking by the Center for Public Integrity.  That’s an F in executive accountability, civil service management, procurement, lobbying disclosure, ethics enforcement, and management of the state pension fund.

“We can wait until the legislature gathers in January to decide the best method of conducting Wyoming’s primary elections, however, first we must address the much more important issue and focus all our efforts on that, and that is the disclosure of the entire state’s checkbook to the Wyoming citizens.  Wyoming is one of only three states that does not make its checkbook available.  This will be my number-one focus,” said Mr. Friess.

Wyoming’s state legislators have a ready excuse to do nothing to protect the integrity of their elections.  Crossover voting is actually required in the state, thanks to the strong-arm tactics of the Clinton administration.  Wyoming refused to adopt Clinton’s 1994 “motor-voter” law, a partisan Democrat initiative to boost registration by under-motivated voting blocs.  The law proved to be a disaster that led to widespread corruption of the country’s voter rolls – in some cases, 100% of the new voter registrations were fraudulent.  Motor-voter raised the cost of keeping election rolls free from fraud to twice the “Election Division’s entire annual budget” for some states.  

Clinton’s attorney general Janet Reno sued three states to force them to comply.  Wyoming was given a waiver only by agreeing to same-day registration and allowing primary day “crossover” voting.  Both those provisions have been used by Democrats in recent elections to enter the state, register, and vote all on the same day, and to flood the Republican primaries with Democrat voters.

Because it is a deal with the federal government, Wyoming cannot stop same-day registration and cross-over voting unless the state’s attorney general is “willing to fight the feds,” something the state has been unwilling to do for 16 years under the last two governors, one a Democrat and one a Republican, according to conservative state representative Marti Halverson.  Representative Halverson proposed legislation last year to require voter registration to end two weeks before candidates file, but the Legislative Service Office, dominated by progressive bureaucrats, ensured the bill’s failure with a “you can’t do that” four-page memo. 

Unfortunately, voters in a state this red are so complacent that they do not bother to inform themselves.  Few bother to vote in the primaries.  They simply assume that if someone claims to be Republican, it means he will vote based on conservative principles.  The number of actual principled conservatives in the State House is low, indeed.  Harriet Hageman, a sterling conservative and clean government advocate who ran a strong campaign to be the Republican candidate for governor, told me, “Our current system, which provides for same-day crossover voting, stifles debate between conservatives and liberals by allowing the Democrats to pick both of the candidates for the general election.  While small in number, the Democrats have found a way to exercise an outsized influence in Wyoming.  In this case, they did it by branding themselves as ‘Independent Republicans of Wyoming,’ despite the fact that they are committed and avowed liberals.  They are, in other words, willing to use their dark money and distort their affiliation to improperly influence the Republican primary.  That is wrong and corrupt.” 

Idaho had the same problem with crossover voting by Democrats.  Fed up Republicans went to court and won.

According to Newsweek:

It wouldn’t be the first time Democratic voters had tipped the scales by participating in Republican elections.  In 2011, Idaho’s Republican Party sued to close its primaries to voters who weren’t registered Republicans, citing a study that said as many as 40 percent of Democrats admitted to crossover voting.  The judge presiding over the case later estimated that it was likely a much smaller percentage but still ruled in favor of the GOP and closed the primaries to party-affiliated voters only.

Wyoming voters – the few who are paying attention – want this to be the last time Democrats chose who runs on the Republican ticket.  They are being cheated of a fair election in which they, not their political opponents, choose their own party’s candidate.

In the words of Teton County’s Tea Party’s letter to its members:

There is clear evidence that the recent Vote Switch-A-Roo is a concerted effort, NOT to support a good candidate, but instead to block a good candidate from the party the voter does not like.  This attitude could be called many things: Dirty Pool, Not Kosher, Gaming the System and Unethical are some that come to mind.

Some Republican voters are hoping Foster Friess will use his considerable moral courage and energy to mount a campaign on this issue.  If Friess can reform Wyoming’s unfair crossover voting law, his entry into Wyoming politics will not have been in vain.  It remains to be seen if enough citizens will galvanize themselves to correct this abuse of fair elections.

Democrats pretending to be Republican for primary day just chose the next Republican candidate for governor in America’s reddest state.  Wyoming gave President Trump his biggest victory in the entire presidential election, with sixty-seven percent of the vote.  Because the state is so red, the Democrats’ choice will definitely win the general election and become the next governor of Wyoming.

In Wyoming’s recent primary, Republican voters didn’t get to choose their own  candidate.  Democrats in the 21st century don’t believe in having two-party elections.  In California, they try to shut out Republican voters by having a system where the two highest polling candidates win, even if both are Democrat.  In Wyoming, they believe they should get to choose their primary candidate and ours – because they will choose more wisely and more “moderately” than Republican voters.  They get away with it, because Wyoming was forced by the federal government under Clinton to allow cross-over voting in the primary.

A red state like Wyoming has a double problem come election time.  Democrat politicians don’t have a chance to be elected, so at all levels of local, state, and federal office, they masquerade as Republican candidates, lying to the voters about their true political affiliation. 

The double whammy is that Wyoming voting law allows people to register or change their party affiliation at the polling place on voting day and vote in whichever primary they choose.  So RINOs are chosen in the Republican primary by Democrat voters pretending for a day to be Republicans.  It makes a travesty of the two-party system and cheats Republicans of getting to select their own candidates.

Wyoming is small in population but economically one of our most important states and a key part of President Trump’s pro-energy agenda.  It is famous and beloved for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; it should be equally beloved for its contribution to the nation’s economy.  Wyoming is surpassed only by giant Texas as an energy powerhouse.  Wyoming’s Powder River Basin is one of the greatest coal fields in the world.  It produces more coal than the next six coal-mining states combined.  If Wyoming stopped producing fossil fuels and uranium, 30 states would go dark.

This year, a few days before the hotly contested gubernatorial election, Democrat supporters mounted a campaign called Switch for Wyoming urging their voters to switch their affiliation to Republican in order to push the most liberal GOP candidate for governor over the top.  They pulled it off.  

Their preferred candidate, Mark Gordon, beat the conservative frontrunner, Foster Friess, by approximately 6-9,000 votes (the official count isn’t in yet), well within the margin provided by Democrat voters. Comparing this year’s primary to the last two, as many as 13,000 Democrats “disappeared” – many presumably masquerading as Republicans.

At one polling place in Teton County, according to a volunteer checking in voters, all but four registered Democrats asked for Republican ballots.

The Democrat choice for our next Republican governor, Mark Gordon, believes that “global warming is a critical issue for our time.”  The man who will now be governor of the largest coal-producer in our nation believes in what is euphemistically called alternative energy.  While he makes speeches about protecting the coal industry, he makes political donations and even served on the board of groups that fight fossil fuels.

Mark Gordon made political contributions to the DNC, John Kerry, and Democrat candidates for Congress in 2004 and 2006.

In 2012, The Nature Conservancy listed him as a donor in the 10,000-to-99,999-dollar category. In 2018, a Friends of the Earth website (later removed) listed him as a “notable donor, Treasurer of Wyoming.”  While he has campaigned against federal restrictions on coal, in the recent past he contributed to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).  RMI is working toward a U.S. economy “needing no coal, no oil.”

In a state where he beat Hillary Clinton by 46%, President Trump has just been cheated of an ally among the governors, and Wyoming’s voters have been cheated of a true conservative candidate.  Gordon’s win was also used by President Trump’s opponents in the media to embarrass him, because on election day, the president tweeted his support for the conservative frontrunner, Foster Friess.

These Democrat primary shenanigans have happened before, and the state legislature does nothing about it, despite the best efforts of the legislature’s handful of actual conservatives.  That the powers that be want to allow Democrats to select the Republican candidate is extremely frustrating to Republican voters in the state.  This year, the Democrat tide almost swept away some beloved conservative incumbents. 

Perhaps the answer is simple: business as usual in Wyoming is bloated government and corruption.  True conservatives would rein in the overspending that has emptied the state coffers.  Wyoming has the highest ratio of government employees to citizens of any state in the nation and the highest ratio of government supervisors to workers and ranks lowest in transparency on financial matters.  

Runner-up candidate Foster Friess, a staunch Christian conservative and outspoken supporter of President Trump, is also a businessman who understands finance.  No wonder he was the target of the Democrats’ crossover scam.  Mr. Friess told me his “number-one focus” right now is the scandal that Wyoming has an F ranking by the Center for Public Integrity.  That’s an F in executive accountability, civil service management, procurement, lobbying disclosure, ethics enforcement, and management of the state pension fund.

“We can wait until the legislature gathers in January to decide the best method of conducting Wyoming’s primary elections, however, first we must address the much more important issue and focus all our efforts on that, and that is the disclosure of the entire state’s checkbook to the Wyoming citizens.  Wyoming is one of only three states that does not make its checkbook available.  This will be my number-one focus,” said Mr. Friess.

Wyoming’s state legislators have a ready excuse to do nothing to protect the integrity of their elections.  Crossover voting is actually required in the state, thanks to the strong-arm tactics of the Clinton administration.  Wyoming refused to adopt Clinton’s 1994 “motor-voter” law, a partisan Democrat initiative to boost registration by under-motivated voting blocs.  The law proved to be a disaster that led to widespread corruption of the country’s voter rolls – in some cases, 100% of the new voter registrations were fraudulent.  Motor-voter raised the cost of keeping election rolls free from fraud to twice the “Election Division’s entire annual budget” for some states.  

Clinton’s attorney general Janet Reno sued three states to force them to comply.  Wyoming was given a waiver only by agreeing to same-day registration and allowing primary day “crossover” voting.  Both those provisions have been used by Democrats in recent elections to enter the state, register, and vote all on the same day, and to flood the Republican primaries with Democrat voters.

Because it is a deal with the federal government, Wyoming cannot stop same-day registration and cross-over voting unless the state’s attorney general is “willing to fight the feds,” something the state has been unwilling to do for 16 years under the last two governors, one a Democrat and one a Republican, according to conservative state representative Marti Halverson.  Representative Halverson proposed legislation last year to require voter registration to end two weeks before candidates file, but the Legislative Service Office, dominated by progressive bureaucrats, ensured the bill’s failure with a “you can’t do that” four-page memo. 

Unfortunately, voters in a state this red are so complacent that they do not bother to inform themselves.  Few bother to vote in the primaries.  They simply assume that if someone claims to be Republican, it means he will vote based on conservative principles.  The number of actual principled conservatives in the State House is low, indeed.  Harriet Hageman, a sterling conservative and clean government advocate who ran a strong campaign to be the Republican candidate for governor, told me, “Our current system, which provides for same-day crossover voting, stifles debate between conservatives and liberals by allowing the Democrats to pick both of the candidates for the general election.  While small in number, the Democrats have found a way to exercise an outsized influence in Wyoming.  In this case, they did it by branding themselves as ‘Independent Republicans of Wyoming,’ despite the fact that they are committed and avowed liberals.  They are, in other words, willing to use their dark money and distort their affiliation to improperly influence the Republican primary.  That is wrong and corrupt.” 

Idaho had the same problem with crossover voting by Democrats.  Fed up Republicans went to court and won.

According to Newsweek:

It wouldn’t be the first time Democratic voters had tipped the scales by participating in Republican elections.  In 2011, Idaho’s Republican Party sued to close its primaries to voters who weren’t registered Republicans, citing a study that said as many as 40 percent of Democrats admitted to crossover voting.  The judge presiding over the case later estimated that it was likely a much smaller percentage but still ruled in favor of the GOP and closed the primaries to party-affiliated voters only.

Wyoming voters – the few who are paying attention – want this to be the last time Democrats chose who runs on the Republican ticket.  They are being cheated of a fair election in which they, not their political opponents, choose their own party’s candidate.

In the words of Teton County’s Tea Party’s letter to its members:

There is clear evidence that the recent Vote Switch-A-Roo is a concerted effort, NOT to support a good candidate, but instead to block a good candidate from the party the voter does not like.  This attitude could be called many things: Dirty Pool, Not Kosher, Gaming the System and Unethical are some that come to mind.

Some Republican voters are hoping Foster Friess will use his considerable moral courage and energy to mount a campaign on this issue.  If Friess can reform Wyoming’s unfair crossover voting law, his entry into Wyoming politics will not have been in vain.  It remains to be seen if enough citizens will galvanize themselves to correct this abuse of fair elections.



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Will Wyoming Get a New Governor – and Conservatives a New Superstar?


Harriet Hageman, running for governor of Wyoming, began learning to drive when she was four years old.  She would steer the family pickup across open ranchland, avoiding holes, bumps, and ditches, while her dad stood in the back, throwing out bales of hay for the cattle.

Hageman grew up differently from how most Americans did.  Her childhood had more freedom, more responsibility, and more hard work.  It harks back to an earlier century.  These are real Wyoming credentials.  They are also values the country needs, and needs badly.

Hageman’s belt is notched with victories fighting the feds on behalf of the little guy.  As a land and water rights lawyer going up against EPA and Forest Service overreach, she won precedent-setting victories for embattled ranchers, farmers, and businesses, protecting their rights over their own private property.  Now she is aiming for political victory as a principled conservative going up against overspending and overregulation. 

Wyoming is a peculiar state.  It is one of the largest states in the nation, the emptiest and most wild – and most regulated.  Half the state is owned by the federal government – Forest Service, BLM, and national parks.  Mining and ranching, the mainstays of the economy, require federal permission of some kind for much of what they do. 

Wyoming is the kind of flyover country the elites ignore but couldn’t survive without.  It is one of the top ten states crucial for our national prosperity.  Wyoming is our number-two energy powerhouse, right behind Texas.  It produces more coal than the next six coal-mining states combined.  Wyoming’s Powder River Basin is one of the greatest coal fields in the world, but Americans have never heard of it.  If Wyoming stopped producing coal, natural gas, and uranium, 30 states would go dark.

America needs Wyoming’s voice.  It needs to hear from Wyoming on energy, on how to win free from federal overregulation, on Wyoming’s lived principles of helping neighbors and taking care of one’s own family.  America needs more of Wyoming’s old-fashioned individualism.  Hageman has the potential to be that voice on the national stage.

Her message is based on solid underpinnings from the life she has lived.  She knows that less control and more freedom and responsibility are as necessary to good government as they are to a good life.  These Wyoming values are central to every person in her audience.

I heard Harriet give her pitch last summer, before it was official, and came away excited that the Republican Party was about to get another spine implant from a political outsider.

Hageman is smart – really smart, not ordinary smart.  Even more important, she is a fighter.  When she stood up to the EPA, she won by going on offense instead of defense.  She was famous for her unconventional warfare – surprise attacks on the shadow government of left-wing environmental groups.  She forced them to play by the rules, and she won her cases.

Hageman is exceptionally tough and hardworking, evidence of her ranch childhood.  Since announcing she is running for governor, she has been a human dynamo across the state, talking to pillars of the community, to miners and ranchers, to small businessmen who need capital to grow, to people with problems they want her to know about – problems with health insurance, elderly parents, addiction, education, jobs – problems that existing government programs are just making worse. 

While she has not run for office before, Harriet is not exactly a political neophyte.  Her father served for 24 years in the state legislature, and as a water and land rights lawyer, she has advised and won cases for individuals, cities, and counties across the state.  Everywhere she goes on the campaign trail, she is known and appreciated. 

Hageman is an attractive woman with a million-watt smile, with a signature look of stunning Indian jewelry.  She is not self-conscious about being a powerful personality or having a brilliant mind – her focus is on the job to be done.  She expects her audience to share this attitude of rolling up your sleeves to get down to the hard work of drilling into the problems before us.

This approach was lighting up the audience the evening I heard her speak.  Hageman was racing through a 61-slide presentation packed with hard-hitting statistics, as she lectured on what she calls “Regulation without Representation.”  The audience was nodding and at times groaning or laughing out loud.

You can easily see her as a formidable opponent.  You wouldn’t guess Hageman grew up outside a town of 350 people a hundred miles north of Cheyenne.  Her family met the normal challenges of ranch life – a mountain lion killing stock, her father bucked off his horse and breaking his back.  In other ways, her family was exceptional.  Hageman tells me:

[My parents] sent all six of their children to college, they adopted or took legal guardianship of three other children, and they took in over 40 foster children over a 25-year period.  They believed in public service and instilled their beliefs in all of us. 


I’m eternally hopeful and optimistic.  We can solve these problems if Wyoming can pull our constitutional rights back from the feds to control our own destiny.  My message – why launder money through D.C. when we can improve things right here at home for our own citizens?  Washington does not have Wyoming citizens’ interests in mind.  If we could keep even 30% of the money Washington takes from our state in taxes and fees, we could do a better job than the feds.  We have to get away from a central planning model. 

It remains an open question if Hageman is savvy enough to learn how to play and win in the dirty arena of politics.  She’s good at fighting bad laws and bad government in the courts.  Can she put across a compelling message of what to fight for?  If the answer proves yes, Wyoming could end up with a great conservative governor, and America with a new political leader.

The Republican field for governor of Wyoming is wide open at the moment.  No one is blocking Hageman’s way to the statehouse.  This is one to keep an eye on.

Harriet Hageman, running for governor of Wyoming, began learning to drive when she was four years old.  She would steer the family pickup across open ranchland, avoiding holes, bumps, and ditches, while her dad stood in the back, throwing out bales of hay for the cattle.

Hageman grew up differently from how most Americans did.  Her childhood had more freedom, more responsibility, and more hard work.  It harks back to an earlier century.  These are real Wyoming credentials.  They are also values the country needs, and needs badly.

Hageman’s belt is notched with victories fighting the feds on behalf of the little guy.  As a land and water rights lawyer going up against EPA and Forest Service overreach, she won precedent-setting victories for embattled ranchers, farmers, and businesses, protecting their rights over their own private property.  Now she is aiming for political victory as a principled conservative going up against overspending and overregulation. 

Wyoming is a peculiar state.  It is one of the largest states in the nation, the emptiest and most wild – and most regulated.  Half the state is owned by the federal government – Forest Service, BLM, and national parks.  Mining and ranching, the mainstays of the economy, require federal permission of some kind for much of what they do. 

Wyoming is the kind of flyover country the elites ignore but couldn’t survive without.  It is one of the top ten states crucial for our national prosperity.  Wyoming is our number-two energy powerhouse, right behind Texas.  It produces more coal than the next six coal-mining states combined.  Wyoming’s Powder River Basin is one of the greatest coal fields in the world, but Americans have never heard of it.  If Wyoming stopped producing coal, natural gas, and uranium, 30 states would go dark.

America needs Wyoming’s voice.  It needs to hear from Wyoming on energy, on how to win free from federal overregulation, on Wyoming’s lived principles of helping neighbors and taking care of one’s own family.  America needs more of Wyoming’s old-fashioned individualism.  Hageman has the potential to be that voice on the national stage.

Her message is based on solid underpinnings from the life she has lived.  She knows that less control and more freedom and responsibility are as necessary to good government as they are to a good life.  These Wyoming values are central to every person in her audience.

I heard Harriet give her pitch last summer, before it was official, and came away excited that the Republican Party was about to get another spine implant from a political outsider.

Hageman is smart – really smart, not ordinary smart.  Even more important, she is a fighter.  When she stood up to the EPA, she won by going on offense instead of defense.  She was famous for her unconventional warfare – surprise attacks on the shadow government of left-wing environmental groups.  She forced them to play by the rules, and she won her cases.

Hageman is exceptionally tough and hardworking, evidence of her ranch childhood.  Since announcing she is running for governor, she has been a human dynamo across the state, talking to pillars of the community, to miners and ranchers, to small businessmen who need capital to grow, to people with problems they want her to know about – problems with health insurance, elderly parents, addiction, education, jobs – problems that existing government programs are just making worse. 

While she has not run for office before, Harriet is not exactly a political neophyte.  Her father served for 24 years in the state legislature, and as a water and land rights lawyer, she has advised and won cases for individuals, cities, and counties across the state.  Everywhere she goes on the campaign trail, she is known and appreciated. 

Hageman is an attractive woman with a million-watt smile, with a signature look of stunning Indian jewelry.  She is not self-conscious about being a powerful personality or having a brilliant mind – her focus is on the job to be done.  She expects her audience to share this attitude of rolling up your sleeves to get down to the hard work of drilling into the problems before us.

This approach was lighting up the audience the evening I heard her speak.  Hageman was racing through a 61-slide presentation packed with hard-hitting statistics, as she lectured on what she calls “Regulation without Representation.”  The audience was nodding and at times groaning or laughing out loud.

You can easily see her as a formidable opponent.  You wouldn’t guess Hageman grew up outside a town of 350 people a hundred miles north of Cheyenne.  Her family met the normal challenges of ranch life – a mountain lion killing stock, her father bucked off his horse and breaking his back.  In other ways, her family was exceptional.  Hageman tells me:

[My parents] sent all six of their children to college, they adopted or took legal guardianship of three other children, and they took in over 40 foster children over a 25-year period.  They believed in public service and instilled their beliefs in all of us. 


I’m eternally hopeful and optimistic.  We can solve these problems if Wyoming can pull our constitutional rights back from the feds to control our own destiny.  My message – why launder money through D.C. when we can improve things right here at home for our own citizens?  Washington does not have Wyoming citizens’ interests in mind.  If we could keep even 30% of the money Washington takes from our state in taxes and fees, we could do a better job than the feds.  We have to get away from a central planning model. 

It remains an open question if Hageman is savvy enough to learn how to play and win in the dirty arena of politics.  She’s good at fighting bad laws and bad government in the courts.  Can she put across a compelling message of what to fight for?  If the answer proves yes, Wyoming could end up with a great conservative governor, and America with a new political leader.

The Republican field for governor of Wyoming is wide open at the moment.  No one is blocking Hageman’s way to the statehouse.  This is one to keep an eye on.



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How One Arizona Charter School Teaches Patriotism in Ten Easy Steps


“You can tell a Benchmark kid.  They love their country – they know why it’s special.”  I asked Carole Challoner, one of the founders of this public charter school in Phoenix, how she teaches patriotism to her elementary students.  The teachers do it by inspiring the kids with opportunities for gratitude, service, and patriotism.  Carole explained how Benchmark does it in ten easy steps.

1. August.  The school year begins with teaching the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Many students coming in from other schools do not know them.  Each morning, we play the national anthem over the P.A. system.  A couple of students from kindergarten, then rotating up the grades through the year, go to the office and lead the Pledge over the P.A. system.  The kids love being picked.

Lesson plans: Each grade learns the meaning of each stanza, what pledging means.  They know what they are saying.  “If I promise if I’m going to donate $2 of my allowance, that’s a pledge.”  Allegiance is standing for something that is right.  “To the flag” means you believe in what the flag stands for.  They learn how the flag came about, part of beginning a new country.

2. September.  We hold a school assembly outdoors and raise two new flags on 9/11 in remembrance.  In preparation, each class learns patriotic songs, appropriate to the grade – “We Love America,” “Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue” and so on, different for each grade level. 

Reinforcement: At the end of the year, two students are recognized as “good citizens” and are given the flags to take home.  It is a great honor.  The teachers keep their eyes out for good citizenship – respect to teachers and fellow students, holding a door open for a teacher, cleaning up a mess in the playground without being asked, being kind to a fellow student.

3. October.  The kids collect jars of peanut butter and jelly for the troops serving our country.  Students help with the delivery to Packages from Home.  They collect nearly 3,000 jars in total.

4. One year, Benchmark had two teachers become new citizens and held their naturalization ceremony at the school.  This is now a yearly tradition.  The students sing their patriotic songs, and the new citizen takes their Oath of Allegiance.  After the ceremony, a new citizen visits each classroom to answer questions and explain why he wanted to become an American.  

The lesson: It’s an eye-opener for kids, why people want to live here.  They realize how lucky we are to be born here.  The two things they all mention are, “I came here for freedom and to live the American dream.”  To work as hard as they want at what they want in order to become successful.  Kids love it; they are very excited.  They want to know why they left, why they came here.  We’ve had people from Venezuela, Bosnia, African countries.

5. November.  On Veterans Day we invite a veteran to each classroom.  It is great.  They explain why they served in the military.  How important it is to serve your country.  The students write personal notes of appreciation and give them to the vet – expressing appreciation for keeping them free.

They learn what kind of sacrifice is made for them.We’ve had vets without limbs, we’ve had family members talk about not having Dad at home for 18 months – that’s 2 school years. There is also an all school assembly attended by the veterans in their honor. Students share their poetry and letters to the vets along with singing beautiful patriotic music.

We keep a bulletin board in the school office to honor staff members and family members who have served -they all have their photos up with captions explaining who they are and where they served.Grandpa Joe served in Vietnam.

6. November – Thanksgiving.  The last two weeks of the month are a segment on the Pilgrims, with age-appropriate lessons for each grade.  They realize how brave the pilgrims were.  Kindergarteners tape out on the carpet the size of the ship the Pilgrims traveled on.  It is always a shock to see how cramped they were in the long journey over the sea.

7. December is Wreaths across America.  Kids and their families volunteer to buy wreaths and go to the National Memorial Cemetery.  Families and veterans show up to put wreaths on graves, but some graves have no one to honor them.  We have been able to purchase and place 400-500 wreaths yearly.  The Benchmark choir performs.  Kids hand out notes saying thank you to the visiting vets.  About 150 families do it each year.

8. December is also Christmas.  Every two classrooms adopt a military family, through the chaplain at Luke Air Force Base.  The kids buy Christmas presents and food for the military kids and their family.

9. Writing is an area where patriotism is regularly taught.  They write essays for Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day.  Ten students are chosen to present their essays at an assembly.  This is a big deal, and the kids are thrilled to be recognized for their achievement.  They compete in history essay contests held by the Daughters of the American  Revolution, Constituting America, the VFW, and the Elks Club.  They have to do the research.  Benchmark has had a number of contest-winners. 

10. On Washington’s birthday, Nancy Arnold, a retired Benchmark teacher who is very patriotic, dresses as Martha Washington and comes to school to teach.  She’s the author of Patriotic Pups, a children’s book on the American Revolution.

The classroom environment reinforces these lessons every day.  There’s an Uncle Sam poster in the classroom, asking, “What Are You Doing to Protect the Constitution?”  The kids learn that each of us has the responsibility as citizens to protect our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Classrooms have pictures of the current president; the Founding Fathers; the Declaration of Independence; and, in upper grades, the Preamble of the Constitution.

Benchmark is a public school.  Students are not handpicked – they get in by lottery.  Tuition is paid for by taxes, but as a charter, Benchmark has independence from the public school system.  Benchmark achieves academic excellence.  The school scores are almost twice the state average – 96% scores in science, for example – but equally important is teaching character.  “Everyone can tell a Benchmark student.  Our students are kind, they are respectful, they are caring, and they love their country.”

The two teachers who founded the school, Carole Challoner and Barbara Darroch, invested their own money for land and buildings, putting in sweat equity and years of hard work, because they had a clear idea of what they wanted to do differently.  As children, they lived in third-world countries, Carole because her very patriotic father served over 20 years in the Air Force, and Barbara because her father worked in the oil industry.  

Carole explains, “We know how lucky our students are to have been born in this wonderful country, and it is our responsibility to make sure they never forget that.” 

As news junkies, American Thinker readers learn weekly about the terrible things being taught to our kids in the public schools.  It is important to know our opponents and do everything in our power to stop what they are doing to the next generation.  It is equally important to know and celebrate the everyday heroes on our side.

Gratitude is the beginning of wisdom.  We have a lot of smart, dedicated, and capable people working for what is right and good.  As Carole Challoner teaches her students, we have many people to thank for their hard work and sacrifices.  Never forget the teachers out there who love our country, buck the system, and teach our children to love the national treasure that is America.  The Benchmark example can be spread far and wide.

“You can tell a Benchmark kid.  They love their country – they know why it’s special.”  I asked Carole Challoner, one of the founders of this public charter school in Phoenix, how she teaches patriotism to her elementary students.  The teachers do it by inspiring the kids with opportunities for gratitude, service, and patriotism.  Carole explained how Benchmark does it in ten easy steps.

1. August.  The school year begins with teaching the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Many students coming in from other schools do not know them.  Each morning, we play the national anthem over the P.A. system.  A couple of students from kindergarten, then rotating up the grades through the year, go to the office and lead the Pledge over the P.A. system.  The kids love being picked.

Lesson plans: Each grade learns the meaning of each stanza, what pledging means.  They know what they are saying.  “If I promise if I’m going to donate $2 of my allowance, that’s a pledge.”  Allegiance is standing for something that is right.  “To the flag” means you believe in what the flag stands for.  They learn how the flag came about, part of beginning a new country.

2. September.  We hold a school assembly outdoors and raise two new flags on 9/11 in remembrance.  In preparation, each class learns patriotic songs, appropriate to the grade – “We Love America,” “Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue” and so on, different for each grade level. 

Reinforcement: At the end of the year, two students are recognized as “good citizens” and are given the flags to take home.  It is a great honor.  The teachers keep their eyes out for good citizenship – respect to teachers and fellow students, holding a door open for a teacher, cleaning up a mess in the playground without being asked, being kind to a fellow student.

3. October.  The kids collect jars of peanut butter and jelly for the troops serving our country.  Students help with the delivery to Packages from Home.  They collect nearly 3,000 jars in total.

4. One year, Benchmark had two teachers become new citizens and held their naturalization ceremony at the school.  This is now a yearly tradition.  The students sing their patriotic songs, and the new citizen takes their Oath of Allegiance.  After the ceremony, a new citizen visits each classroom to answer questions and explain why he wanted to become an American.  

The lesson: It’s an eye-opener for kids, why people want to live here.  They realize how lucky we are to be born here.  The two things they all mention are, “I came here for freedom and to live the American dream.”  To work as hard as they want at what they want in order to become successful.  Kids love it; they are very excited.  They want to know why they left, why they came here.  We’ve had people from Venezuela, Bosnia, African countries.

5. November.  On Veterans Day we invite a veteran to each classroom.  It is great.  They explain why they served in the military.  How important it is to serve your country.  The students write personal notes of appreciation and give them to the vet – expressing appreciation for keeping them free.

They learn what kind of sacrifice is made for them.We’ve had vets without limbs, we’ve had family members talk about not having Dad at home for 18 months – that’s 2 school years. There is also an all school assembly attended by the veterans in their honor. Students share their poetry and letters to the vets along with singing beautiful patriotic music.

We keep a bulletin board in the school office to honor staff members and family members who have served -they all have their photos up with captions explaining who they are and where they served.Grandpa Joe served in Vietnam.

6. November – Thanksgiving.  The last two weeks of the month are a segment on the Pilgrims, with age-appropriate lessons for each grade.  They realize how brave the pilgrims were.  Kindergarteners tape out on the carpet the size of the ship the Pilgrims traveled on.  It is always a shock to see how cramped they were in the long journey over the sea.

7. December is Wreaths across America.  Kids and their families volunteer to buy wreaths and go to the National Memorial Cemetery.  Families and veterans show up to put wreaths on graves, but some graves have no one to honor them.  We have been able to purchase and place 400-500 wreaths yearly.  The Benchmark choir performs.  Kids hand out notes saying thank you to the visiting vets.  About 150 families do it each year.

8. December is also Christmas.  Every two classrooms adopt a military family, through the chaplain at Luke Air Force Base.  The kids buy Christmas presents and food for the military kids and their family.

9. Writing is an area where patriotism is regularly taught.  They write essays for Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day.  Ten students are chosen to present their essays at an assembly.  This is a big deal, and the kids are thrilled to be recognized for their achievement.  They compete in history essay contests held by the Daughters of the American  Revolution, Constituting America, the VFW, and the Elks Club.  They have to do the research.  Benchmark has had a number of contest-winners. 

10. On Washington’s birthday, Nancy Arnold, a retired Benchmark teacher who is very patriotic, dresses as Martha Washington and comes to school to teach.  She’s the author of Patriotic Pups, a children’s book on the American Revolution.

The classroom environment reinforces these lessons every day.  There’s an Uncle Sam poster in the classroom, asking, “What Are You Doing to Protect the Constitution?”  The kids learn that each of us has the responsibility as citizens to protect our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Classrooms have pictures of the current president; the Founding Fathers; the Declaration of Independence; and, in upper grades, the Preamble of the Constitution.

Benchmark is a public school.  Students are not handpicked – they get in by lottery.  Tuition is paid for by taxes, but as a charter, Benchmark has independence from the public school system.  Benchmark achieves academic excellence.  The school scores are almost twice the state average – 96% scores in science, for example – but equally important is teaching character.  “Everyone can tell a Benchmark student.  Our students are kind, they are respectful, they are caring, and they love their country.”

The two teachers who founded the school, Carole Challoner and Barbara Darroch, invested their own money for land and buildings, putting in sweat equity and years of hard work, because they had a clear idea of what they wanted to do differently.  As children, they lived in third-world countries, Carole because her very patriotic father served over 20 years in the Air Force, and Barbara because her father worked in the oil industry.  

Carole explains, “We know how lucky our students are to have been born in this wonderful country, and it is our responsibility to make sure they never forget that.” 

As news junkies, American Thinker readers learn weekly about the terrible things being taught to our kids in the public schools.  It is important to know our opponents and do everything in our power to stop what they are doing to the next generation.  It is equally important to know and celebrate the everyday heroes on our side.

Gratitude is the beginning of wisdom.  We have a lot of smart, dedicated, and capable people working for what is right and good.  As Carole Challoner teaches her students, we have many people to thank for their hard work and sacrifices.  Never forget the teachers out there who love our country, buck the system, and teach our children to love the national treasure that is America.  The Benchmark example can be spread far and wide.



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What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right


Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, “a fecalized environment.”

In plain English: s— is everywhere.  People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water.  He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water.  Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country.  Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral.  The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see.

I have seen.  I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

Senegal was not a hellhole.  Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures’ terms.  But they are not our terms.  The excrement is the least of it.  Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.

As a twenty-one-year-old starting out in the Peace Corps, I loved Senegal.  In fact, I was euphoric.  I quickly made friends and had an adopted family.  I relished the feeling of the brotherhood of man.  People were open, willing to share their lives and, after they knew you, their innermost thoughts.

The longer I lived there, the more I understood: it became blindingly obvious that the Senegalese are not the same as us.  The truths we hold to be self-evident are not evident to the Senegalese.  How could they be?  Their reality is totally different.  You can’t understand anything in Senegal using American terms.

Take something as basic as family.  Family was a few hundred people, extending out to second and third cousins.  All the men in one generation were called “father.”  Senegalese are Muslim, with up to four wives.  Girls had their clitorises cut off at puberty.  (I witnessed this, at what I thought was going to be a nice coming-of-age ceremony, like a bat mitzvah or confirmation.)  Sex, I was told, did not include kissing.  Love and friendship in marriage were Western ideas.  Fidelity was not a thing.  Married women would have sex for a few cents to have cash for the market.

What I did witness every day was that women were worked half to death.  Wives raised the food and fed their own children, did the heavy labor of walking miles to gather wood for the fire, drew water from the well or public faucet, pounded grain with heavy hand-held pestles, lived in their own huts, and had conjugal visits from their husbands on a rotating basis with their co-wives.  Their husbands lazed in the shade of the trees.

Yet family was crucial to people there in a way Americans cannot comprehend.

The Ten Commandments were not disobeyed – they were unknown.  The value system was the exact opposite.  You were supposed to steal everything you can to give to your own relatives.  There are some Westernized Africans who try to rebel against the system.  They fail.

We hear a lot about the kleptocratic elites of Africa.  The kleptocracy extends through the whole society.  My town had a medical clinic donated by international agencies.  The medicine was stolen by the medical workers and sold to the local store.  If you were sick and didn’t have money, drop dead.  That was normal.

So here in the States, when we discovered that my 98-year-old father’s Muslim health aide from Nigeria had stolen his clothes and wasn’t bathing him, I wasn’t surprised.  It was familiar.

In Senegal, corruption ruled, from top to bottom.  Go to the post office, and the clerk would name an outrageous price for a stamp.  After paying the bribe, you still didn’t know it if it would be mailed or thrown out.  That was normal.

One of my most vivid memories was from the clinic.  One day, as the wait grew hotter in the 110-degree heat, an old woman two feet from the medical aides – who were chatting in the shade of a mango tree instead of working – collapsed to the ground.  They turned their heads so as not to see her and kept talking.  She lay there in the dirt.  Callousness to the sick was normal.

Americans think it is a universal human instinct to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  It’s not.  It seems natural to us because we live in a Bible-based Judeo-Christian culture.

We think the Protestant work ethic is universal.  It’s not.  My town was full of young men doing nothing.  They were waiting for a government job.  There was no private enterprise.  Private business was not illegal, just impossible, given the nightmare of a third-world bureaucratic kleptocracy.  It is also incompatible with Senegalese insistence on taking care of relatives.

All the little stores in Senegal were owned by Mauritanians.  If a Senegalese wanted to run a little store, he’d go to another country.  The reason?  Your friends and relatives would ask you for stuff for free, and you would have to say yes.  End of your business.  You are not allowed to be a selfish individual and say no to relatives.  The result: Everyone has nothing.

The more I worked there and visited government officials doing absolutely nothing, the more I realized that no one in Senegal had the idea that a job means work.  A job is something given to you by a relative.  It provides the place where you steal everything to give back to your family.

I couldn’t wait to get home.  So why would I want to bring Africa here?  Non-Westerners do not magically become American by arriving on our shores with a visa.

For the rest of my life, I enjoyed the greatest gift of the Peace Corps: I love and treasure America more than ever.  I take seriously my responsibility to defend our culture and our country and pass on the American heritage to the next generation.

African problems are made worse by our aid efforts.  Senegal is full of smart, capable people.  They will eventually solve their own country’s problems.  They will do it on their terms, not ours.  The solution is not to bring Africans here.

We are lectured by Democrats that we must privilege third-world immigration by the hundred million with chain migration.  They tell us we must end America as a white, Western, Judeo-Christian, capitalist nation – to prove we are not racist.  I don’t need to prove a thing.  Leftists want open borders because they resent whites, resent Western achievements, and hate America.  They want to destroy America as we know it.

As President Trump asked, why would we do that?

We have the right to choose what kind of country to live in.  I was happy to donate a year of my life as a young woman to help the poor Senegalese.  I am not willing to donate my country. 

Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, “a fecalized environment.”

In plain English: s— is everywhere.  People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water.  He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water.  Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country.  Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral.  The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see.

I have seen.  I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

Senegal was not a hellhole.  Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures’ terms.  But they are not our terms.  The excrement is the least of it.  Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.

As a twenty-one-year-old starting out in the Peace Corps, I loved Senegal.  In fact, I was euphoric.  I quickly made friends and had an adopted family.  I relished the feeling of the brotherhood of man.  People were open, willing to share their lives and, after they knew you, their innermost thoughts.

The longer I lived there, the more I understood: it became blindingly obvious that the Senegalese are not the same as us.  The truths we hold to be self-evident are not evident to the Senegalese.  How could they be?  Their reality is totally different.  You can’t understand anything in Senegal using American terms.

Take something as basic as family.  Family was a few hundred people, extending out to second and third cousins.  All the men in one generation were called “father.”  Senegalese are Muslim, with up to four wives.  Girls had their clitorises cut off at puberty.  (I witnessed this, at what I thought was going to be a nice coming-of-age ceremony, like a bat mitzvah or confirmation.)  Sex, I was told, did not include kissing.  Love and friendship in marriage were Western ideas.  Fidelity was not a thing.  Married women would have sex for a few cents to have cash for the market.

What I did witness every day was that women were worked half to death.  Wives raised the food and fed their own children, did the heavy labor of walking miles to gather wood for the fire, drew water from the well or public faucet, pounded grain with heavy hand-held pestles, lived in their own huts, and had conjugal visits from their husbands on a rotating basis with their co-wives.  Their husbands lazed in the shade of the trees.

Yet family was crucial to people there in a way Americans cannot comprehend.

The Ten Commandments were not disobeyed – they were unknown.  The value system was the exact opposite.  You were supposed to steal everything you can to give to your own relatives.  There are some Westernized Africans who try to rebel against the system.  They fail.

We hear a lot about the kleptocratic elites of Africa.  The kleptocracy extends through the whole society.  My town had a medical clinic donated by international agencies.  The medicine was stolen by the medical workers and sold to the local store.  If you were sick and didn’t have money, drop dead.  That was normal.

So here in the States, when we discovered that my 98-year-old father’s Muslim health aide from Nigeria had stolen his clothes and wasn’t bathing him, I wasn’t surprised.  It was familiar.

In Senegal, corruption ruled, from top to bottom.  Go to the post office, and the clerk would name an outrageous price for a stamp.  After paying the bribe, you still didn’t know it if it would be mailed or thrown out.  That was normal.

One of my most vivid memories was from the clinic.  One day, as the wait grew hotter in the 110-degree heat, an old woman two feet from the medical aides – who were chatting in the shade of a mango tree instead of working – collapsed to the ground.  They turned their heads so as not to see her and kept talking.  She lay there in the dirt.  Callousness to the sick was normal.

Americans think it is a universal human instinct to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  It’s not.  It seems natural to us because we live in a Bible-based Judeo-Christian culture.

We think the Protestant work ethic is universal.  It’s not.  My town was full of young men doing nothing.  They were waiting for a government job.  There was no private enterprise.  Private business was not illegal, just impossible, given the nightmare of a third-world bureaucratic kleptocracy.  It is also incompatible with Senegalese insistence on taking care of relatives.

All the little stores in Senegal were owned by Mauritanians.  If a Senegalese wanted to run a little store, he’d go to another country.  The reason?  Your friends and relatives would ask you for stuff for free, and you would have to say yes.  End of your business.  You are not allowed to be a selfish individual and say no to relatives.  The result: Everyone has nothing.

The more I worked there and visited government officials doing absolutely nothing, the more I realized that no one in Senegal had the idea that a job means work.  A job is something given to you by a relative.  It provides the place where you steal everything to give back to your family.

I couldn’t wait to get home.  So why would I want to bring Africa here?  Non-Westerners do not magically become American by arriving on our shores with a visa.

For the rest of my life, I enjoyed the greatest gift of the Peace Corps: I love and treasure America more than ever.  I take seriously my responsibility to defend our culture and our country and pass on the American heritage to the next generation.

African problems are made worse by our aid efforts.  Senegal is full of smart, capable people.  They will eventually solve their own country’s problems.  They will do it on their terms, not ours.  The solution is not to bring Africans here.

We are lectured by Democrats that we must privilege third-world immigration by the hundred million with chain migration.  They tell us we must end America as a white, Western, Judeo-Christian, capitalist nation – to prove we are not racist.  I don’t need to prove a thing.  Leftists want open borders because they resent whites, resent Western achievements, and hate America.  They want to destroy America as we know it.

As President Trump asked, why would we do that?

We have the right to choose what kind of country to live in.  I was happy to donate a year of my life as a young woman to help the poor Senegalese.  I am not willing to donate my country. 



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Trump Keeping His Word on H-1B Work Visas


The pro-immigration lawyers are apoplectic, which is always a sign for celebration. As in other Trump achievements during his first year, the President is accomplishing a cutback on foreign tech workers displacing Americans entirely on his own. The Republican Congress remains stubbornly opposed to the immigration restrictions Republican voters want.  

The main tool at President Trump’s disposal is the appointment of a new agency head, in this case Francis Cissna as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), who came on board in October, followed in swift order by the novel idea of actually following the law and scrutinizing visa applications.

Unsurprisingly, the law calls for high-skilled visas for foreign workers to fill critical jobs. Instead, Silicon Valley and the Obama Administration abused the privilege and used it to import cheap STEM workers to replace higher-paid Americans.  H-1B visas are heavily used by outsourcing firms. First, they bring a worker here to be trained by skilled Americans. Then they shut down the American facility and outsource the jobs to India. Not a nice policy for the U.S. government to actively support.

Wages in the IT industry rose rapidly throughout the 1990s, but have been essentially flat or declining in the past decade, which coincides with the rising number of guest workers on temporary visas.


(snip) Companies so routinely evade protections in the visa system designed to prevent displacement of American citizens that immigration lawyers have produced videos about how it is done. For instance, tech companies that import temporary workers, mainly recent graduates from India, commonly discard more expensive, experienced employees in their late 30s or early 40s, often forcing them, as Ron Hira and other labor-force researchers note, to train their replacements as they exit. Age discrimination, Hira says, is “an open secret” in the tech world.

Controlling the abuse of H1-B visas is a core part of Trump’s agenda to bring jobs of American companies back home.

Outsourcing companies use the temporary visas to bring workers to the US to learn the jobs that the client company is planning to move to temp workers’ home country. The 10 firms with the largest number of H-1B visas, the most common visa for high-skill workers, are all in the business of shipping work overseas, and former Indian commerce minister Kamil Nath famously labeled the H-1B “the outsourcing visa.”


These practices have helped to reduce incomes and career prospects in STEM fields drastically enough to produce what UC Davis’s Norman Matloff calls “an internal brain drain” of talented Americans to other, more promising career opportunities such as Wall Street, healthcare, or patent law.

Under Trump, our immigration agency is doing its job, to protect American jobs.  More than a quarter of the applications are being sent back for further proof of necessity.  Most of the refused visas are for programming jobs at the low end of the pay scale, unlikely to be critical skills Americans can’t supply.

More immigration restrictions are expected soon. Obama’s Immigration service automatically granted wives of H-1B visas the right to work here, taking American jobs. That regulation was challenged in court, and the Trump DOJ is expected to drop the defense and allow it to become illegal. 

Obama also instituted a program giving green cards to every foreign graduate of an American college with a master’s or PhD in a STEM field — even though hundreds of thousands of STEM graduates are unemployed or underemployed, and are being forced to leave science and engineering fields.

The Wall Street Journal:

Two big regulatory changes are looming that would undo actions by the Obama administration that eased the way for high-skilled foreign workers…  the Optional Practical Training program, which allows foreign graduates from U.S. colleges in science and technology an extra two years of work authorization, giving them time to win an H-1B visa. The Trump administration could kill that benefit or reduce the two-year window, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Including subcategories, we have 185 different visa programs, a rich field for abusing the law and American workers by large multinational and IT firms. 

Another section of the swamp is being drained, one destructive regulation at a time.

The pro-immigration lawyers are apoplectic, which is always a sign for celebration. As in other Trump achievements during his first year, the President is accomplishing a cutback on foreign tech workers displacing Americans entirely on his own. The Republican Congress remains stubbornly opposed to the immigration restrictions Republican voters want.  

The main tool at President Trump’s disposal is the appointment of a new agency head, in this case Francis Cissna as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), who came on board in October, followed in swift order by the novel idea of actually following the law and scrutinizing visa applications.

Unsurprisingly, the law calls for high-skilled visas for foreign workers to fill critical jobs. Instead, Silicon Valley and the Obama Administration abused the privilege and used it to import cheap STEM workers to replace higher-paid Americans.  H-1B visas are heavily used by outsourcing firms. First, they bring a worker here to be trained by skilled Americans. Then they shut down the American facility and outsource the jobs to India. Not a nice policy for the U.S. government to actively support.

Wages in the IT industry rose rapidly throughout the 1990s, but have been essentially flat or declining in the past decade, which coincides with the rising number of guest workers on temporary visas.


(snip) Companies so routinely evade protections in the visa system designed to prevent displacement of American citizens that immigration lawyers have produced videos about how it is done. For instance, tech companies that import temporary workers, mainly recent graduates from India, commonly discard more expensive, experienced employees in their late 30s or early 40s, often forcing them, as Ron Hira and other labor-force researchers note, to train their replacements as they exit. Age discrimination, Hira says, is “an open secret” in the tech world.

Controlling the abuse of H1-B visas is a core part of Trump’s agenda to bring jobs of American companies back home.

Outsourcing companies use the temporary visas to bring workers to the US to learn the jobs that the client company is planning to move to temp workers’ home country. The 10 firms with the largest number of H-1B visas, the most common visa for high-skill workers, are all in the business of shipping work overseas, and former Indian commerce minister Kamil Nath famously labeled the H-1B “the outsourcing visa.”


These practices have helped to reduce incomes and career prospects in STEM fields drastically enough to produce what UC Davis’s Norman Matloff calls “an internal brain drain” of talented Americans to other, more promising career opportunities such as Wall Street, healthcare, or patent law.

Under Trump, our immigration agency is doing its job, to protect American jobs.  More than a quarter of the applications are being sent back for further proof of necessity.  Most of the refused visas are for programming jobs at the low end of the pay scale, unlikely to be critical skills Americans can’t supply.

More immigration restrictions are expected soon. Obama’s Immigration service automatically granted wives of H-1B visas the right to work here, taking American jobs. That regulation was challenged in court, and the Trump DOJ is expected to drop the defense and allow it to become illegal. 

Obama also instituted a program giving green cards to every foreign graduate of an American college with a master’s or PhD in a STEM field — even though hundreds of thousands of STEM graduates are unemployed or underemployed, and are being forced to leave science and engineering fields.

The Wall Street Journal:

Two big regulatory changes are looming that would undo actions by the Obama administration that eased the way for high-skilled foreign workers…  the Optional Practical Training program, which allows foreign graduates from U.S. colleges in science and technology an extra two years of work authorization, giving them time to win an H-1B visa. The Trump administration could kill that benefit or reduce the two-year window, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Including subcategories, we have 185 different visa programs, a rich field for abusing the law and American workers by large multinational and IT firms. 

Another section of the swamp is being drained, one destructive regulation at a time.



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Down the Memory Hole: Obama Stole the 2008 Primary with Help of DNC


It’s an odd experience to dig this information out of the memory hole.  No one in the Democratic Party, their media, or their base cares – not about rule of law, not about fair elections.  Their primaries reveal how their will to power trumps every other value.  What these corrupt Democrat primaries show is that progressives want permanent power, not a functioning republic.    They don’t want fair and free elections – witness their dirty attempts to overturn the last one and deprive Trump voters of their victory. 

As Hillary might say, Democrat corruption, like Hollywood corruption, takes a village.

Like the revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s abuses, one big dog gets punished, while the even bigger dog (Bill Clinton for sexual abuse, Barack Obama for political abuse) remains untouchable. 

A documentary by Hillary supporters on Obama’s cheating and abuse was reported on Fox & Friends only in 2010; at the time of the election, no one would cover their complaints. Read about it here.

In one documentary interview, civil rights activist Helene Latimer recounts seeing an elderly woman being intimidated at the polls. “As she approached the entrance way to go into the building, one of the young men said to her, ‘If you’re not voting for Obama, go home because you’re not voting here today.'”


“It’s our right as Americans to be able to vote and everybody was alerted, we went to press, we went to Fox, we went to CNN, nobody wanted to hear the story (in 2008),” Gaston told Fox’s Alisyn Camerota. “Nobody wants to deal with this.”

From “How Obama Used an Army of Thugs to Steal the 2008 Democratic Party Nomination”:

… the Obama Campaign… encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stalk them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices and stop their right to vote.

Political junkies will recall that Obama gained crucial momentum after his surprise win of the Iowa primary.  He won in Iowa by breaking the law and busing in supporters to vote.  Everyone in Iowa could see it with their own eyes – and that includes the entire national press corps.

Dr. Long spent several months studying the caucus and primary results, published here.  Unlike primaries, caucuses are run by the Democrats, using party rules, with no outside observers.

“After studying the procedures and results from all 14 caucus states… my conclusion is that the Obama campaign willfully and intentionally defrauded the American public by systematically undermining the caucus process,” she said.

In Hawaii, caucuses ended up with more ballots than participants.  In Nevada, Obama supporters upturned a wheelchair-bound woman who wanted to caucus for Hillary.  They flushed Clinton ballots down the toilets.  Union members were told they could vote only if their names were on the list of Obama supporters.

Two thousand Texas Democrats filed official complaints, in outrage and total frustration, against Obama’s lawless tactics. The party acknowledged that the Obama campaign’s actions “amount to criminal violations” and ordered them to be reported to state and federal law enforcement.  Nothing happened.

Thanks to these and other strong-arm tactics, Obama won victories in all but one of the caucuses, even in states such as Maine where Hillary had been leading by double digits in the polls.

Bernie Sanders supporters are justifiably angry that the superdelegates gave the nomination to Hillary.  The Washington Post reports in 2008 Hillary won the popular vote in the nomination process.  She was neck and neck with Obama in the delegate count.  Yet the DNC pressured the superdelegates who were pledged to Hillary to flip their votes.  From the Washington Post:

In 2008, the superdelegates became infamous — and essential. That year, as in this one, they helped the party’s front-runner cross the threshold by releasing endorsements around the final primary.  The irony was that the 2008 election, a near-tie, ended with pro-Clinton superdelegates flipping to support then-Sen. Barack Obama.

The Post makes it sound like the superdelegates flipped themselves.  Hillary delegates tell us the  DNC did the deed:

Basically, the delegations would meet and the leadership would say, ‘We need to vote for Obama. You need to basically switch your vote from Hillary to Obama.’ Even though in some 16 or 14 states it was required by law that the delegation needed to vote for the candidate that they represented on the first ballot. Those state party chairs were still manipulating that delegation to break the law and vote for Obama.”

As early as April, Virginia’s party leaders pressured their superdelegates:

Another Clinton superdelegate, senior Democratic strategist Mame Reiley, said she understood targeting undecided superdelegates, but including longtime Clinton supporters only created ill will.  “If we wanted to have a nominee decided in June then we’d have scheduled the convention in June,” Reiley said. “It sort of makes me wonder what they’re afraid of.”

In May 2008, Hillary wrote to the superdelegates, begging them to respect the popular vote.

As we reach the end of the primary season, more than 17 million people have supported me in my effort to become the Democratic nominee – more people than have ever voted for a potential nominee in the history of our party. … And with 40 and 35 point margins of victory, it is clear that even when voters are repeatedly told this race is over, they’re not giving up on me – and I am not giving up on them either.

Clinton trounced Obama by half a million Democrat votes in the 2008 Democrat primaries.  She bettered him among women, seniors, Latinos, the working class, those earning less than $50,000 and first-time voters.  Clinton won the primaries where it is harder to cheat; Obama’s delegate count was based on his fraudulent caucus wins.  Polls showed Clinton beating McCain and Obama losing.  Rasmussen showed Clinton was more competitive than Obama by 16 points.  Yet 100% of the superdelegates threw the nomination to the weaker, less popular candidate.

Senator Obama’s win in Indiana was used by the Democratic leadership to call for the party to unify behind him.  But Obama lacked the minimum number of signatures to legally run   In 2013 two county election board workers were convicted on felony charges for forging hundreds of signatures to get Obama on the ballot. 

In Lake County, home to the long-depressed steel town of Gary, the bipartisan Elections Board has stopped processing a stack of about 5,000 applications delivered just before the October 6 registration deadline after the first 2,100 turned out to be phony.


“All the signatures looked exactly the same,” Ruthann Hoagland, a Republican on the board. “Everything on the card filled out looks exactly the same.”

As a Heritage Foundation expert on election fraud explains, Obama’s Indiana victory was at a crucial juncture. 

Had this fraud been discovered, Barack Obama would have been disqualified from the primary ballot in a major state…the course of the campaign—and history—could have changed. … Clinton would have been almost even with Obama… Obama’s campaign would have been enveloped in a major scandal involving election fraud by local Democratic officials.

The Indiana fraud was discovered in 2011 by a Democrat Yale college student.  The inquiring mind wants to know –did anyone bother to check Obama’s victories in other close primary states?

Nees said the fraud was easy to detect “because page after page of signatures are all in the same handwriting.” A close inspection also revealed their similarity to signatures from a petition for a previous gubernatorial election.

Some of the Obama campaign abuses Democrat voters testified to in “We Will Not Be Silenced,” are disturbing in the extreme.  The documentary is available in four parts on YouTube here. (hat tip canadafreepress.)

In Texas, Hispanic voters were told to go home before they got a chance to sign the caucus sheets, so their vote was not counted.  In Indiana, parents were livid that their high school children were taken out of school, bussed to vote and told to vote for Obama.

The most emotional report is from a Civil Rights activist who had marched with Martin Luther King (Part 3, 3:54). 

I got out of my car and there was this lady, probably about 80 years old, who was slowly walking up the street. As she was approaching the entranceway to go into the building, one of the young men called to her ‘If you’re not voting for Obama, go home, because you’re not voting here today.’ She turned and walked away. The pain that I felt, because of the people who have fought for African Americans to have the right to vote… While I was standing there, there were other people approaching, maybe four or five, and when they heard that they all turned and walked away.

In Texas, elderly Hillary voters were also turned away from voting:

Part 3, 7:20, The two women saw that these women had Hillary stickers on them… so they weren’t going to let them caucus. They said ‘Oh, you must be in some other caucus.’ I said ‘Look lady, I’m from Chicago and I know tricks like this. Let me see that book or we’re going to get the precinct captain over here and we’re going to look and find the names together. I guarantee this woman’s in here, because she’s not a liar. She’s ninety years old and has been looking forward to this. Don’t tell me she’s not in the book.’ Well then, wouldn’t you know it … she magically found her name in the book and let her go be a part of the caucus… I noticed that that was not happening for any of the Obama people, they were just getting waved right through.”

Fixing the nomination for Obama didn’t end with secret lawbreaking.  There was the infamous ruling by the DNC to not count the primary votes in Florida and Michigan, where Clinton won.  These two states were allotted 796 superdelegates.  If her two wins had been credited to Clinton, she would have won the nomination hands down, instead of 137 delegates short.

The Democrat primary process is not this corrupt and ugly by accident.  This is not a problem found in both parties.  It is characteristic of our leftist party, and its leading politicians, because they feel morally entitled to hold power, and are given cover by the mainstream media.  The Democrat lust for power destroys other civic virtues. They lie to voters about themselves, they lie to voters about this country, and they lie about their own elections. 

In 2008, Obama used the obvious but unstated threat of black voters boycotting the election to silence even Clinton, who knew very well he was cheating.  In 2016, Hillary copied not only Obama’s identity politics but his cheating in the primaries.  She did it her own way, by buying the DNC, which was cleaned out by Obama and left $24 million in debt.  (President Obama, it turns out, did all that non-stop fundraising for his personal foundation, Organizing for America, not the party.) 

Obama is now busy destroying Clinton via his surrogates, as if she alone will be blamed for the administration’s corruption of the FBI and spying on candidate Donald Trump.  Neither Obama nor Hillary can reconcile themselves to honest elections, where there is chance they lose. 

President Trump won free and on the square, relying on his message and his voters.  The Democrats are at their wits’ end.  They can’t scare Trump, they can’t fool Trump voters, and they can’t silence the conservative websites.  What was done in the dark is coming to the light.

The country is shocked, shocked that the DNC colluded with the Hillary campaign to anoint her as their nominee. In her 2015 caper, Clinton made a backroom deal with the DNC. But in 2008, Barack Obama combined muscular Chicago-style clout with community organizing acumen to steal the nomination directly from the voters. 

Obama’s illegal shenanigans in the 2008 Democrat primaries were far worse than Clinton’s – and will never be widely reported.   Obama used outright election fraud and thuggery, the tried and true Chicago methods.   When he got far enough, the DNC pressured Hillary’s pledged superdelegates to violate their voters’ wishes and award Obama an unearned victory.

It’s an odd experience to dig this information out of the memory hole.  No one in the Democratic Party, their media, or their base cares – not about rule of law, not about fair elections.  Their primaries reveal how their will to power trumps every other value.  What these corrupt Democrat primaries show is that progressives want permanent power, not a functioning republic.    They don’t want fair and free elections – witness their dirty attempts to overturn the last one and deprive Trump voters of their victory. 

As Hillary might say, Democrat corruption, like Hollywood corruption, takes a village.

Like the revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s abuses, one big dog gets punished, while the even bigger dog (Bill Clinton for sexual abuse, Barack Obama for political abuse) remains untouchable. 

A documentary by Hillary supporters on Obama’s cheating and abuse was reported on Fox & Friends only in 2010; at the time of the election, no one would cover their complaints. Read about it here.

In one documentary interview, civil rights activist Helene Latimer recounts seeing an elderly woman being intimidated at the polls. “As she approached the entrance way to go into the building, one of the young men said to her, ‘If you’re not voting for Obama, go home because you’re not voting here today.'”


“It’s our right as Americans to be able to vote and everybody was alerted, we went to press, we went to Fox, we went to CNN, nobody wanted to hear the story (in 2008),” Gaston told Fox’s Alisyn Camerota. “Nobody wants to deal with this.”

From “How Obama Used an Army of Thugs to Steal the 2008 Democratic Party Nomination”:

… the Obama Campaign… encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stalk them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices and stop their right to vote.

Political junkies will recall that Obama gained crucial momentum after his surprise win of the Iowa primary.  He won in Iowa by breaking the law and busing in supporters to vote.  Everyone in Iowa could see it with their own eyes – and that includes the entire national press corps.

Dr. Long spent several months studying the caucus and primary results, published here.  Unlike primaries, caucuses are run by the Democrats, using party rules, with no outside observers.

“After studying the procedures and results from all 14 caucus states… my conclusion is that the Obama campaign willfully and intentionally defrauded the American public by systematically undermining the caucus process,” she said.

In Hawaii, caucuses ended up with more ballots than participants.  In Nevada, Obama supporters upturned a wheelchair-bound woman who wanted to caucus for Hillary.  They flushed Clinton ballots down the toilets.  Union members were told they could vote only if their names were on the list of Obama supporters.

Two thousand Texas Democrats filed official complaints, in outrage and total frustration, against Obama’s lawless tactics. The party acknowledged that the Obama campaign’s actions “amount to criminal violations” and ordered them to be reported to state and federal law enforcement.  Nothing happened.

Thanks to these and other strong-arm tactics, Obama won victories in all but one of the caucuses, even in states such as Maine where Hillary had been leading by double digits in the polls.

Bernie Sanders supporters are justifiably angry that the superdelegates gave the nomination to Hillary.  The Washington Post reports in 2008 Hillary won the popular vote in the nomination process.  She was neck and neck with Obama in the delegate count.  Yet the DNC pressured the superdelegates who were pledged to Hillary to flip their votes.  From the Washington Post:

In 2008, the superdelegates became infamous — and essential. That year, as in this one, they helped the party’s front-runner cross the threshold by releasing endorsements around the final primary.  The irony was that the 2008 election, a near-tie, ended with pro-Clinton superdelegates flipping to support then-Sen. Barack Obama.

The Post makes it sound like the superdelegates flipped themselves.  Hillary delegates tell us the  DNC did the deed:

Basically, the delegations would meet and the leadership would say, ‘We need to vote for Obama. You need to basically switch your vote from Hillary to Obama.’ Even though in some 16 or 14 states it was required by law that the delegation needed to vote for the candidate that they represented on the first ballot. Those state party chairs were still manipulating that delegation to break the law and vote for Obama.”

As early as April, Virginia’s party leaders pressured their superdelegates:

Another Clinton superdelegate, senior Democratic strategist Mame Reiley, said she understood targeting undecided superdelegates, but including longtime Clinton supporters only created ill will.  “If we wanted to have a nominee decided in June then we’d have scheduled the convention in June,” Reiley said. “It sort of makes me wonder what they’re afraid of.”

In May 2008, Hillary wrote to the superdelegates, begging them to respect the popular vote.

As we reach the end of the primary season, more than 17 million people have supported me in my effort to become the Democratic nominee – more people than have ever voted for a potential nominee in the history of our party. … And with 40 and 35 point margins of victory, it is clear that even when voters are repeatedly told this race is over, they’re not giving up on me – and I am not giving up on them either.

Clinton trounced Obama by half a million Democrat votes in the 2008 Democrat primaries.  She bettered him among women, seniors, Latinos, the working class, those earning less than $50,000 and first-time voters.  Clinton won the primaries where it is harder to cheat; Obama’s delegate count was based on his fraudulent caucus wins.  Polls showed Clinton beating McCain and Obama losing.  Rasmussen showed Clinton was more competitive than Obama by 16 points.  Yet 100% of the superdelegates threw the nomination to the weaker, less popular candidate.

Senator Obama’s win in Indiana was used by the Democratic leadership to call for the party to unify behind him.  But Obama lacked the minimum number of signatures to legally run   In 2013 two county election board workers were convicted on felony charges for forging hundreds of signatures to get Obama on the ballot. 

In Lake County, home to the long-depressed steel town of Gary, the bipartisan Elections Board has stopped processing a stack of about 5,000 applications delivered just before the October 6 registration deadline after the first 2,100 turned out to be phony.


“All the signatures looked exactly the same,” Ruthann Hoagland, a Republican on the board. “Everything on the card filled out looks exactly the same.”

As a Heritage Foundation expert on election fraud explains, Obama’s Indiana victory was at a crucial juncture. 

Had this fraud been discovered, Barack Obama would have been disqualified from the primary ballot in a major state…the course of the campaign—and history—could have changed. … Clinton would have been almost even with Obama… Obama’s campaign would have been enveloped in a major scandal involving election fraud by local Democratic officials.

The Indiana fraud was discovered in 2011 by a Democrat Yale college student.  The inquiring mind wants to know –did anyone bother to check Obama’s victories in other close primary states?

Nees said the fraud was easy to detect “because page after page of signatures are all in the same handwriting.” A close inspection also revealed their similarity to signatures from a petition for a previous gubernatorial election.

Some of the Obama campaign abuses Democrat voters testified to in “We Will Not Be Silenced,” are disturbing in the extreme.  The documentary is available in four parts on YouTube here. (hat tip canadafreepress.)

In Texas, Hispanic voters were told to go home before they got a chance to sign the caucus sheets, so their vote was not counted.  In Indiana, parents were livid that their high school children were taken out of school, bussed to vote and told to vote for Obama.

The most emotional report is from a Civil Rights activist who had marched with Martin Luther King (Part 3, 3:54). 

I got out of my car and there was this lady, probably about 80 years old, who was slowly walking up the street. As she was approaching the entranceway to go into the building, one of the young men called to her ‘If you’re not voting for Obama, go home, because you’re not voting here today.’ She turned and walked away. The pain that I felt, because of the people who have fought for African Americans to have the right to vote… While I was standing there, there were other people approaching, maybe four or five, and when they heard that they all turned and walked away.

In Texas, elderly Hillary voters were also turned away from voting:

Part 3, 7:20, The two women saw that these women had Hillary stickers on them… so they weren’t going to let them caucus. They said ‘Oh, you must be in some other caucus.’ I said ‘Look lady, I’m from Chicago and I know tricks like this. Let me see that book or we’re going to get the precinct captain over here and we’re going to look and find the names together. I guarantee this woman’s in here, because she’s not a liar. She’s ninety years old and has been looking forward to this. Don’t tell me she’s not in the book.’ Well then, wouldn’t you know it … she magically found her name in the book and let her go be a part of the caucus… I noticed that that was not happening for any of the Obama people, they were just getting waved right through.”

Fixing the nomination for Obama didn’t end with secret lawbreaking.  There was the infamous ruling by the DNC to not count the primary votes in Florida and Michigan, where Clinton won.  These two states were allotted 796 superdelegates.  If her two wins had been credited to Clinton, she would have won the nomination hands down, instead of 137 delegates short.

The Democrat primary process is not this corrupt and ugly by accident.  This is not a problem found in both parties.  It is characteristic of our leftist party, and its leading politicians, because they feel morally entitled to hold power, and are given cover by the mainstream media.  The Democrat lust for power destroys other civic virtues. They lie to voters about themselves, they lie to voters about this country, and they lie about their own elections. 

In 2008, Obama used the obvious but unstated threat of black voters boycotting the election to silence even Clinton, who knew very well he was cheating.  In 2016, Hillary copied not only Obama’s identity politics but his cheating in the primaries.  She did it her own way, by buying the DNC, which was cleaned out by Obama and left $24 million in debt.  (President Obama, it turns out, did all that non-stop fundraising for his personal foundation, Organizing for America, not the party.) 

Obama is now busy destroying Clinton via his surrogates, as if she alone will be blamed for the administration’s corruption of the FBI and spying on candidate Donald Trump.  Neither Obama nor Hillary can reconcile themselves to honest elections, where there is chance they lose. 

President Trump won free and on the square, relying on his message and his voters.  The Democrats are at their wits’ end.  They can’t scare Trump, they can’t fool Trump voters, and they can’t silence the conservative websites.  What was done in the dark is coming to the light.



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Good Jobs Are Out There – It’s the Schools that Are Failing


It’s the public schools that are failing, more than the job market. Last summer set an all-time record of 5.9 million unfilled jobs. Manufacturing job openings were at the highest level in years, with 300,000 new jobs becoming available each month.  

A Wall Street Journal interview with the CEO of United Technologies, Greg Hayes — who famously caved to Trump and kept the Indiana Carrier plant in the U.S. — has some surprising information about jobs and American workers. His company has jobs for machinists, with only a high-school degree required, that pay $100K a year. The jobs are going begging. Applicants cannot read or do math.  

“I’ve got thousands of job openings.”


Do you really?


“Thousands,” he replies. “A lot of this is because we’ve got growth in business on the aerospace side, but we’ll be adding thousands of jobs in the next three years, and right now I cannot hire mechanics who know how to put together jet engines. But it’s not just jet engines. We also make fan blades, other products, very sophisticated things. These are the high-value manufacturing jobs that America can actually support.”


A Pratt machinist earns $34 to $38 an hour, which with overtime works out to more than $100,000 a year — “pretty good money,” Mr. Hayes says. The positions can be filled by high-school graduates with “basic competencies in math and English” sufficient to, say, read a blueprint.

Why don’t our students have basic competence in math and English? The decline of American education is a long-term problem with many causes, but the dumbing down of our schools was put on overdrive by Barack Hussein Obama and Bill Gates. We’ve had five years of the bizarre diktats of progressive Common Core education that decided numbers were too difficult for “at risk” (poor black and Hispanic) students, so no child in America should be taught normal arithmetic.

The result is what you would expect — the lowest math scores in 25 years of testing.

Common Core is unconstitutional — Obama issued ‘guidelines,’ tied to $4.4 billion in federal education grants, to flout our Constitutional protections against a federalized curriculum for our schools. Like other centrally planned, bureaucratic programs designed by ‘experts’, it earns healthy salaries for the consultants and bureaucrats, profits for the crony capitalist publishers and testing companies, a bonanza for the liberal nonprofits, and disaster for the children.

What does Common Core education look like? A 2-step 4th-grade arithmetic problem requires 108 steps. Kids are required to draw circles; if they use numbers, they fail. Later the same year, the kids can’t master long division. In eighth grade, they’re no longer being offered algebra.

Later in life, the high-school grads can’t get a job.

Limiting the use of numbers in teaching arithmetic, Dr. Milgram explains, is a progressive fad promoting the idea that “at-risk” (failing) students learn better with drawings and stories, not numbers.


“Common Core creators believe the focus of U.S. standards should always be these students,” Milgram said. “So they choose pedagogy that effectively turns off the average… students in a desire to focus on the weakest students.”

Ominous news for our children: Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, seems to be less than honest about repealing Common Core, which she falsely claims is already dead.

 …the opposite of what DeVos claimed. ESSA (Obama’s 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act) requires the states to submit, for USED approval, state plans that include “challenging” academic standards, which elsewhere are described as “college- and career-ready” — code language for Common Core. The state plans must be aligned with 11 different federal statutes, including those that have their own standards requirements (such as the Head Start statute, which requires “Baby Common Core” for early-childhood education).

Many states stopped calling their tests Common Core, but they are still in place, still being taught, still required to qualify for federal education money. Bill Gate’s Common Core advocate boasts that, “despite all the pushback from the grassroots organizers, only one state — Oklahoma — has actually repealed the standards without rebranding them.”

Mike Pence, when governor, was one of the culprits:

Pence has created the illusion of quality and independence, while installing second-rate standards that are little more than Common Core rebranded. For some on the left, Common Core is a (misguided) bid to secure “social justice” by dumbing down the most challenging state education standards — along with the SAT. For others on both sides of the aisle, Common Core is an opportunity to pitch texts and technology to a newly nationalized education market… Pence may have calculated that formally withdrawing Indiana from Common Core, while effectively reinstituting it under another name, would win him admirers from both sides of the debate.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a champion of standardized testing, as is Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, and other establishment Republicans who like to spend taxpayers’ money and satisfy corporate lobbyists, and feel good pretending to themselves they’re helping the disadvantaged,

Devos’ continued support will bring the havoc of Common Core to private, charter, and home-schooled kids. There is no escape from mandated standardized testing.

If you’re aiming at college, getting good scores on the SAT and Advanced Placement exams means parroting progressive indoctrination.

school vouchers… could increase regulation of private and religious schools and even homeschooling across the United States. Because vouchers are a transfer of taxpayer funds, the schools that accept them could open themselves up to more regulation regarding curriculum, testing, and federal mandates — all in the name of “accountability.” (snip)


“Of course, if private schools must administer the state tests, they must teach Common Core — in other words, they must become just like the public schools parents are trying to escape…”

The Common Core curriculum has abandoned traditional teaching of English and history as well as math, in favor of the progressive agenda. Students are trained to respect and obey government and politically correct thought, not learn to read and think for themselves. They graduate feeling ashamed of America, and unable to satisfy basic requirements for an employer.

Common Core requires 50-70% of the full-length books to be dropped from the curriculum to make room for “informational” material. …suggested texts include the EPA’s “Recommended Levels of Insulation” and “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” 


Huckleberry Finn has been dropped from Common Core’s reading list, but it does have Blue-Eyed Girl by African-American author Toni Morrison, a book full of graphic sex scenes of rape and incest. …describes these revolting acts as “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender”; she “explains that she never portrayed the actions as wrong in order to show how everyone has their own problems.” 

(snip)


James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and the other founders are largely left out of the new test, unless they are presented as examples of conflict and identity by class, gender, race, ethnicity, etc. The Constitution can be studied as an example of the Colonists’ belief in the superiority of their own culture, for instance. But any teacher who presents a full unit on the principles of the American Constitution taught in the traditional way would be severely disadvantaging his students.

Ignorance is institutionalized in our public schools with so-called standards. It is a corrupt system serving teachers, bureaucrats, publishers, and the testing companies. Our schoolchildren need a fighter in Washington who will get the government and unions out of the way of competent, caring teachers and involved parents. Betsy DeVos is fighting for school choice on one hand, but giving local and parental control away with the other.

When CEO Greg Hayes has manufacturing jobs that can earn a high school grad $100K and can’t find an applicant with basic competency in math and English to hire, you know our children have been let down, very, very badly. As President Trump would say, it’s a horrible mess.

The author is a retired clinical social worker, Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, author of a mystery series set in Kenya, and political commentator.

It’s the public schools that are failing, more than the job market. Last summer set an all-time record of 5.9 million unfilled jobs. Manufacturing job openings were at the highest level in years, with 300,000 new jobs becoming available each month.  

A Wall Street Journal interview with the CEO of United Technologies, Greg Hayes — who famously caved to Trump and kept the Indiana Carrier plant in the U.S. — has some surprising information about jobs and American workers. His company has jobs for machinists, with only a high-school degree required, that pay $100K a year. The jobs are going begging. Applicants cannot read or do math.  

“I’ve got thousands of job openings.”


Do you really?


“Thousands,” he replies. “A lot of this is because we’ve got growth in business on the aerospace side, but we’ll be adding thousands of jobs in the next three years, and right now I cannot hire mechanics who know how to put together jet engines. But it’s not just jet engines. We also make fan blades, other products, very sophisticated things. These are the high-value manufacturing jobs that America can actually support.”


A Pratt machinist earns $34 to $38 an hour, which with overtime works out to more than $100,000 a year — “pretty good money,” Mr. Hayes says. The positions can be filled by high-school graduates with “basic competencies in math and English” sufficient to, say, read a blueprint.

Why don’t our students have basic competence in math and English? The decline of American education is a long-term problem with many causes, but the dumbing down of our schools was put on overdrive by Barack Hussein Obama and Bill Gates. We’ve had five years of the bizarre diktats of progressive Common Core education that decided numbers were too difficult for “at risk” (poor black and Hispanic) students, so no child in America should be taught normal arithmetic.

The result is what you would expect — the lowest math scores in 25 years of testing.

Common Core is unconstitutional — Obama issued ‘guidelines,’ tied to $4.4 billion in federal education grants, to flout our Constitutional protections against a federalized curriculum for our schools. Like other centrally planned, bureaucratic programs designed by ‘experts’, it earns healthy salaries for the consultants and bureaucrats, profits for the crony capitalist publishers and testing companies, a bonanza for the liberal nonprofits, and disaster for the children.

What does Common Core education look like? A 2-step 4th-grade arithmetic problem requires 108 steps. Kids are required to draw circles; if they use numbers, they fail. Later the same year, the kids can’t master long division. In eighth grade, they’re no longer being offered algebra.

Later in life, the high-school grads can’t get a job.

Limiting the use of numbers in teaching arithmetic, Dr. Milgram explains, is a progressive fad promoting the idea that “at-risk” (failing) students learn better with drawings and stories, not numbers.


“Common Core creators believe the focus of U.S. standards should always be these students,” Milgram said. “So they choose pedagogy that effectively turns off the average… students in a desire to focus on the weakest students.”

Ominous news for our children: Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, seems to be less than honest about repealing Common Core, which she falsely claims is already dead.

 …the opposite of what DeVos claimed. ESSA (Obama’s 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act) requires the states to submit, for USED approval, state plans that include “challenging” academic standards, which elsewhere are described as “college- and career-ready” — code language for Common Core. The state plans must be aligned with 11 different federal statutes, including those that have their own standards requirements (such as the Head Start statute, which requires “Baby Common Core” for early-childhood education).

Many states stopped calling their tests Common Core, but they are still in place, still being taught, still required to qualify for federal education money. Bill Gate’s Common Core advocate boasts that, “despite all the pushback from the grassroots organizers, only one state — Oklahoma — has actually repealed the standards without rebranding them.”

Mike Pence, when governor, was one of the culprits:

Pence has created the illusion of quality and independence, while installing second-rate standards that are little more than Common Core rebranded. For some on the left, Common Core is a (misguided) bid to secure “social justice” by dumbing down the most challenging state education standards — along with the SAT. For others on both sides of the aisle, Common Core is an opportunity to pitch texts and technology to a newly nationalized education market… Pence may have calculated that formally withdrawing Indiana from Common Core, while effectively reinstituting it under another name, would win him admirers from both sides of the debate.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a champion of standardized testing, as is Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, and other establishment Republicans who like to spend taxpayers’ money and satisfy corporate lobbyists, and feel good pretending to themselves they’re helping the disadvantaged,

Devos’ continued support will bring the havoc of Common Core to private, charter, and home-schooled kids. There is no escape from mandated standardized testing.

If you’re aiming at college, getting good scores on the SAT and Advanced Placement exams means parroting progressive indoctrination.

school vouchers… could increase regulation of private and religious schools and even homeschooling across the United States. Because vouchers are a transfer of taxpayer funds, the schools that accept them could open themselves up to more regulation regarding curriculum, testing, and federal mandates — all in the name of “accountability.” (snip)


“Of course, if private schools must administer the state tests, they must teach Common Core — in other words, they must become just like the public schools parents are trying to escape…”

The Common Core curriculum has abandoned traditional teaching of English and history as well as math, in favor of the progressive agenda. Students are trained to respect and obey government and politically correct thought, not learn to read and think for themselves. They graduate feeling ashamed of America, and unable to satisfy basic requirements for an employer.

Common Core requires 50-70% of the full-length books to be dropped from the curriculum to make room for “informational” material. …suggested texts include the EPA’s “Recommended Levels of Insulation” and “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” 


Huckleberry Finn has been dropped from Common Core’s reading list, but it does have Blue-Eyed Girl by African-American author Toni Morrison, a book full of graphic sex scenes of rape and incest. …describes these revolting acts as “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender”; she “explains that she never portrayed the actions as wrong in order to show how everyone has their own problems.” 

(snip)


James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and the other founders are largely left out of the new test, unless they are presented as examples of conflict and identity by class, gender, race, ethnicity, etc. The Constitution can be studied as an example of the Colonists’ belief in the superiority of their own culture, for instance. But any teacher who presents a full unit on the principles of the American Constitution taught in the traditional way would be severely disadvantaging his students.

Ignorance is institutionalized in our public schools with so-called standards. It is a corrupt system serving teachers, bureaucrats, publishers, and the testing companies. Our schoolchildren need a fighter in Washington who will get the government and unions out of the way of competent, caring teachers and involved parents. Betsy DeVos is fighting for school choice on one hand, but giving local and parental control away with the other.

When CEO Greg Hayes has manufacturing jobs that can earn a high school grad $100K and can’t find an applicant with basic competency in math and English to hire, you know our children have been let down, very, very badly. As President Trump would say, it’s a horrible mess.

The author is a retired clinical social worker, Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, author of a mystery series set in Kenya, and political commentator.



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Racist Obama Caused Dems' Downfall, Not Hillary


The press is starting to pile on Hillary Clinton for losing to President Trump, but the real cause of the Democrats’ defeat is never discussed.  It is Obama himself.

According to Gallup, averaging his two terms, Obama was the most unpopular President since President Truman, save only for Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.  Even Nixon was more popular.  That poll will never be reported in the liberal press.  But Democrats can’t ignore this astounding precinct map, that shows how tiny the blue islands have become in a sea of red voters.

Obama thinks Democrats should continue to write off those red voters.  They don’t have long to wait for the demographics of immigration to turn America’s majority non-white.  Obama is unfazed because he dreams about this: we already have a non-white majority among Americans under age 5.  Obama foresees a permanent Democratic government, based on minority immigration rates, coupled with ginning up racial and gender divisiveness. 

Trump won the Democrat heartland?  A short-term setback.  Soon progressives can tell the heartland to get lost.  As Obama told David Remnick, he ‘believes in demographics.’

The hyper-partisan media will never criticize Obama.  This week, the DNC’s number two guy, Keith Ellison, broke the rules and shocked everyone by blaming Saint Barack Obama for the party’s diminished, sorry self. 

“Given we lost a lot of statehouse seats, governorships, secretary of states… he can’t say that he wasn’t part of those losses. Who else, right?”

 

 

Ellison understated the problem.  There are fewer Democrats in Congress than since 1929, fewer Democrats in state and federal offices than since the Civil War.  Democrats can beat up on Hillary Clinton all they want. It has nothing to do with Hillary’s campaign and everything to do with Obama’s radical agenda as President. Hillary is just the biggest Democrat politician of them all who followed Obama’s polarizing priorities right off the cliff. 

Mainstream America wanted jobs and racial healing, secure borders and safety from jihad.  Obama gave them the opposite.  Once elected, he went further and repeatedly dissed his white voters as bigots.  Obama’s radical millennial shock troops, financed and trained during his eight years in office, now pipe the tune to which the Democrats dance.  (See my columns, Obama’s Snowflakes and Obama Fundamentally Transformed America the Democrats.) 

Americans have had enough progressive politics to see they don’t like it. Voter flight from Democrats started with Obamacare and the corrupt stimulus.  They were losing their jobs by the millions.  It doesn’t get worse than that.  Except it did get worse, as Americans began to lose their lives to jihadis and cop killers and illegal criminal aliens.  If you didn’t like it, you were called a racist and Islamophobe.  Progressives boasted that whites would soon be a minority in America.  People could see the exploding Hispanic and Muslim population in their towns and cities, brought into this country for the good of the Democrat Party, not for America’s good.  The culture war Obama launched against religious freedom was the coup de grace

During Obama’s two terms, ordinary Republicans and independents turned to Tea Party conservatives, at every level of government.  They wanted leaders to fight Obama’s re-do of America, and go-along Republicans.  Trump was the first fighter they had a chance to vote for in a Presidential race, and the crowds flocked to him.   

Hillary’s failure is supposedly that she ignored the white working class.  The entire Democrat party thought that calling Trump supporters names was the way to go – they still do. 

Since her loss, the DNC and the Democratic leadership have doubled down.  They are still not talking about jobs or national security or the immigration problem.  They’re too busy screaming that Trump is a Russian stooge, based on fake leaks apparently orchestrated by our exiting President.  They’re still yelling that businessman Donald Trump and his working class voters are white nationalists.  They’re blaming Hillary, because her identity politics flopped, all the while continuing it themselves. 

Obama’s polices didn’t even work well for Obama, as the Gallup Poll shows, but they served the purpose of his radical takeover of the party.  Eight years is a long time.  Obama abused federal funding and threats of lawsuits to yank campus culture hard left.  He forced the black community left by purposely inflaming racial grievances in Florida and Ferguson, Missouri, and from there across the country.  It was Obama who awarded the Marxist Black Lives Matter power and legitimacy. Hillary was stuck with them.  Obama even promoted pro-jihadi Islamists to positions of power and influence. 

As president, Obama started a private foundation, which he calls Organizing for Action, which trained 30,000 millennial street activists, as many as half from immigrant families.  He funneled his campaign experts and donors to this left-wing army, leaving normal liberal politicians on their own.  Most of them went down to defeat, but Obama never changed course.   He was not interested in building the Democrat Party, but in taking it over. 

Thanks to Obama’s community organizing from the White House, America now has a hardcore, violent, progressive vanguard, which the useful idiot Democratic Party leaders and media are applauding as “the Resistance.”   This is Obama’s lasting legacy.

With the help of a partisan, unethical press, the Democrats normalized Obama’s every aberrant trait.  But Obama is aberrant.  He is a Democrat in name only – in reality, he is a hard left “red diaper baby” – as were Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod.  Obama has had literally lifelong radical ties, starting with his grandfather and mother, as well as his Kenyan father, and Obama’s beloved teenage mentor, child molester Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party.  (According to Paul Kengor, Frank Davis’s political work for the Soviets got him placed on the FBI’s Security Index, so he could be immediately arrested in a national emergency – the Cold War equivalent of our terrorist watchlist.)

In college Obama tells us, he only associated with radicals.  After law school, he moved to Chicago and began radical left “community” organizing.  He entered politics as the chosen successor to a socialist state senator.

Out of sight of the public, President Obama’s actions continued those of the professional agitator he was in Chicago.  He funneled half a billion dollars in federal fines to leftist groups, using a “a shakedown system eerily reminiscent of the ACORN “Muscle for Money” program that he was a part of in Chicago.”  On campuses, he forced colleges to hire radical blacks and feminist thought police and start a rape witch-hunt against white men, using the threat of civil rights suits and loss of federal funds. 

After his re-election, Obama flirted with what he called going “Bulworth” – that is, revealing that he is a socialist.  How galling for him Sanders’ acclaim by millennials must be, but Sanders is a loser.  By hiding his Marxism, Obama made it to the White House, twice.

Ominously, Obama says he will devote his post-presidency to funding, training and organizing more activists.  That is not normal.  Presidents in America retire from politics.  They have since George Washington.  It is crucial to our democracy.  

Happily, the rest of us are not stuck in Obama’s scenario.  America is not as racist as he is.  We have a unified vision of success for the whole country, based on our common American values. A renewal of freedom and personal responsibility has the potential to unleash enormous prosperity for every American citizen.

If Trump succeeds in doubling and tripling the GDP growth rate, easily within his grasp with sensible pro-growth policies and reining in the administrative state, he can blow Obama’s race-based strategy to bits.  Trump has sworn he will be the greatest job creator the world has ever seen – not just for white Americans, for all Americans.  If he succeeds in bringing jobs to our unemployed white working class, minorities and millennials, it will be a game changer.

Racial demographics need not be destiny.  We are all Americans and want the best for each other.  America is better than Obama’s dark radical vision of us. 

What a wonderful thought:  Democrats will play the race card, and no one will listen.

 

The press is starting to pile on Hillary Clinton for losing to President Trump, but the real cause of the Democrats’ defeat is never discussed.  It is Obama himself.

According to Gallup, averaging his two terms, Obama was the most unpopular President since President Truman, save only for Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.  Even Nixon was more popular.  That poll will never be reported in the liberal press.  But Democrats can’t ignore this astounding precinct map, that shows how tiny the blue islands have become in a sea of red voters.

Obama thinks Democrats should continue to write off those red voters.  They don’t have long to wait for the demographics of immigration to turn America’s majority non-white.  Obama is unfazed because he dreams about this: we already have a non-white majority among Americans under age 5.  Obama foresees a permanent Democratic government, based on minority immigration rates, coupled with ginning up racial and gender divisiveness. 

Trump won the Democrat heartland?  A short-term setback.  Soon progressives can tell the heartland to get lost.  As Obama told David Remnick, he ‘believes in demographics.’

The hyper-partisan media will never criticize Obama.  This week, the DNC’s number two guy, Keith Ellison, broke the rules and shocked everyone by blaming Saint Barack Obama for the party’s diminished, sorry self. 

“Given we lost a lot of statehouse seats, governorships, secretary of states… he can’t say that he wasn’t part of those losses. Who else, right?”

 

 

Ellison understated the problem.  There are fewer Democrats in Congress than since 1929, fewer Democrats in state and federal offices than since the Civil War.  Democrats can beat up on Hillary Clinton all they want. It has nothing to do with Hillary’s campaign and everything to do with Obama’s radical agenda as President. Hillary is just the biggest Democrat politician of them all who followed Obama’s polarizing priorities right off the cliff. 

Mainstream America wanted jobs and racial healing, secure borders and safety from jihad.  Obama gave them the opposite.  Once elected, he went further and repeatedly dissed his white voters as bigots.  Obama’s radical millennial shock troops, financed and trained during his eight years in office, now pipe the tune to which the Democrats dance.  (See my columns, Obama’s Snowflakes and Obama Fundamentally Transformed America the Democrats.) 

Americans have had enough progressive politics to see they don’t like it. Voter flight from Democrats started with Obamacare and the corrupt stimulus.  They were losing their jobs by the millions.  It doesn’t get worse than that.  Except it did get worse, as Americans began to lose their lives to jihadis and cop killers and illegal criminal aliens.  If you didn’t like it, you were called a racist and Islamophobe.  Progressives boasted that whites would soon be a minority in America.  People could see the exploding Hispanic and Muslim population in their towns and cities, brought into this country for the good of the Democrat Party, not for America’s good.  The culture war Obama launched against religious freedom was the coup de grace

During Obama’s two terms, ordinary Republicans and independents turned to Tea Party conservatives, at every level of government.  They wanted leaders to fight Obama’s re-do of America, and go-along Republicans.  Trump was the first fighter they had a chance to vote for in a Presidential race, and the crowds flocked to him.   

Hillary’s failure is supposedly that she ignored the white working class.  The entire Democrat party thought that calling Trump supporters names was the way to go – they still do. 

Since her loss, the DNC and the Democratic leadership have doubled down.  They are still not talking about jobs or national security or the immigration problem.  They’re too busy screaming that Trump is a Russian stooge, based on fake leaks apparently orchestrated by our exiting President.  They’re still yelling that businessman Donald Trump and his working class voters are white nationalists.  They’re blaming Hillary, because her identity politics flopped, all the while continuing it themselves. 

Obama’s polices didn’t even work well for Obama, as the Gallup Poll shows, but they served the purpose of his radical takeover of the party.  Eight years is a long time.  Obama abused federal funding and threats of lawsuits to yank campus culture hard left.  He forced the black community left by purposely inflaming racial grievances in Florida and Ferguson, Missouri, and from there across the country.  It was Obama who awarded the Marxist Black Lives Matter power and legitimacy. Hillary was stuck with them.  Obama even promoted pro-jihadi Islamists to positions of power and influence. 

As president, Obama started a private foundation, which he calls Organizing for Action, which trained 30,000 millennial street activists, as many as half from immigrant families.  He funneled his campaign experts and donors to this left-wing army, leaving normal liberal politicians on their own.  Most of them went down to defeat, but Obama never changed course.   He was not interested in building the Democrat Party, but in taking it over. 

Thanks to Obama’s community organizing from the White House, America now has a hardcore, violent, progressive vanguard, which the useful idiot Democratic Party leaders and media are applauding as “the Resistance.”   This is Obama’s lasting legacy.

With the help of a partisan, unethical press, the Democrats normalized Obama’s every aberrant trait.  But Obama is aberrant.  He is a Democrat in name only – in reality, he is a hard left “red diaper baby” – as were Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod.  Obama has had literally lifelong radical ties, starting with his grandfather and mother, as well as his Kenyan father, and Obama’s beloved teenage mentor, child molester Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party.  (According to Paul Kengor, Frank Davis’s political work for the Soviets got him placed on the FBI’s Security Index, so he could be immediately arrested in a national emergency – the Cold War equivalent of our terrorist watchlist.)

In college Obama tells us, he only associated with radicals.  After law school, he moved to Chicago and began radical left “community” organizing.  He entered politics as the chosen successor to a socialist state senator.

Out of sight of the public, President Obama’s actions continued those of the professional agitator he was in Chicago.  He funneled half a billion dollars in federal fines to leftist groups, using a “a shakedown system eerily reminiscent of the ACORN “Muscle for Money” program that he was a part of in Chicago.”  On campuses, he forced colleges to hire radical blacks and feminist thought police and start a rape witch-hunt against white men, using the threat of civil rights suits and loss of federal funds. 

After his re-election, Obama flirted with what he called going “Bulworth” – that is, revealing that he is a socialist.  How galling for him Sanders’ acclaim by millennials must be, but Sanders is a loser.  By hiding his Marxism, Obama made it to the White House, twice.

Ominously, Obama says he will devote his post-presidency to funding, training and organizing more activists.  That is not normal.  Presidents in America retire from politics.  They have since George Washington.  It is crucial to our democracy.  

Happily, the rest of us are not stuck in Obama’s scenario.  America is not as racist as he is.  We have a unified vision of success for the whole country, based on our common American values. A renewal of freedom and personal responsibility has the potential to unleash enormous prosperity for every American citizen.

If Trump succeeds in doubling and tripling the GDP growth rate, easily within his grasp with sensible pro-growth policies and reining in the administrative state, he can blow Obama’s race-based strategy to bits.  Trump has sworn he will be the greatest job creator the world has ever seen – not just for white Americans, for all Americans.  If he succeeds in bringing jobs to our unemployed white working class, minorities and millennials, it will be a game changer.

Racial demographics need not be destiny.  We are all Americans and want the best for each other.  America is better than Obama’s dark radical vision of us. 

What a wonderful thought:  Democrats will play the race card, and no one will listen.

 



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Why Trump Supporters are Still Solid


Trump voters can see that the president has had both successes and failures in the first months in office.  That’s normal.   The successes have been ignored by the Democrat press, but we inform ourselves by going to our own, more truthful, news sources.  There is much to celebrate.  When we focus on our side’s accomplishments, this is a happy time for our country.

We know full well President Trump is not perfect, nor is his team, and his first 100 days have brought disappointments, too.  Support for Trump is not like the creepy hero-worship that Democrats gave Obama.  Conservatives have God to worship.  We do not confuse politicians with the Messiah.  We do not need to think our president is the most brilliant man in every room, or that all his failures are the fault of others.

The reason we are so happy is that the big picture is astoundingly positive.  Perhaps this is why the Democrats have to scream so very loudly and continuously, in their effort to drown it out.  There are so many things to celebrate, in a few short months, it is hard to remember them all.  Jobless claims are at a seventeen-year low.  Illegal border crossings are at a 20-year low.  The stock market had the longest winning streak since 1987.  Our trade deficit is down and exports are up.  Companies are hiring.  We are beginning a sane energy policy.  Job-crushing government regulations and  waste are being rolled back.  Four thousand illegal Somalis have been deported, and embassies told to slow down and do their job in vetting.  The speed of change to rational, pro-America policies is dazzling.

Foreign policy successes are impressive.  There are clearly brilliant strategic thinkers at work, as we were promised with the Mattis and McMaster nominations.  Trump is following American interest on the world stage without asking permission from the UN.  Our swift, unilateral bombing of Syria’s chemical weapons stores showed President Trump and America can once again be trusted.  At the same time, the presdent signaled to China that their dangerous Korean games are over.  By coupling threats on trade with a clear demand we expect cooperation on Korea, Trump has accomplished more in getting China to act responsibly than every president before him.  We have Israel’s back at the U.N., which has been put on notice that antisemitism is no longer accepted as normal, thanks to Trump’s wonderful pick for ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley.

There are things conservatives don’t like so far, but most of them have to do with the pace, not the direction of change. 

Trump the fighter is underperforming in key areas.  Powerful Obama people are still in place, and likely to remain so for months, even years, at the rate his appointments are going.  The remnants are creating havoc with their leaks, and fighting implementation of Trump’s policies. 

Odd and disturbing reports tell us that Trump’s national security advisor, Lt. General McMaster, claims that ISIS isn’t Islamic and advised the president not to use the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”  It is troubling that both Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson fought to bring in truly awful Obama appointees — the people who enacted Obama’s attempt to hand Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, his Benghazi lies and the Iran Deal.  That’s not good.  Trump has picked his Cabinet members for their capabilities, which are impressive, but they seem dangerously comfortable with leftover Obama operatives.  We can’t promote Obama policy makers to positions of even greater power.  Bannon and Kushner, and even Trump, have had to waste their time fighting these appointments.  What is going on?

On several big campaign promises there have been setbacks, but not defeats, and, so far, no broken promises.  We don’t like the way Trump and Bannon were outmaneuvered by activist judges on their first two attempts to control Muslim immigration.  We expected Obamacare to be repealed by now.  We expected more focus on jobs and trade.  We were told the Iran Deal would be dead the moment Trump arrived in office.  It’s still in force.

Welcome to the real world.  Trump hasn’t given up on a single one of these challenges.  We were given exaggerated expectations by campaign rhetoric about how fast things happen.  We can wait.  We understand that setbacks are often a necessary step on the road to success. 

That doesn’t mean we won’t have strong criticisms of our President.  Trump supporters are the opposite of see-no-evil Clinton supporters.  Clinton opened our national security secrets to the whole world on her secret email server, to hide her corrupt dealings selling favors (including strategic uranium reserves) as Secretary of State.   Democrats pretended she was neither a felon nor a traitor.

That will never happen on our watch.  Conservatives are not loyalists the way Democrats are.  We don’t march in lockstep, hedged in by vicious thought police.  Our enthusiasm about Trump is tempered by general cynicism about the corruption of power, the DC swamp, and a belief in checks and balances.

Liberals swallowed Obamacare whole and blamed the mess on Republicans.  We fought Trump on his backing of Paul Ryan’s Obamacare Lite.  We understand that Trump is to the left of his conservative base on healthcare.  He has a paternalistic streak of wanting government to take care of people, that has been obvious all along.  We intend to remain vigilant. 

Despite our own strong principles, we accept that the sausage-making of opposition and compromise is healthy and necessary politics.  We are pressing the conservatives in Congress to win us a free market health care system.   In the first round on Obamacare, we forced Trump to line up with us.  He listened and we’re still with him.  Big changes are not accomplished without time, effort and conflict. 

Democrats have succeeded in filling the headlines with off-putting and depressing stories – fake news, fake outrage, real violence against Trump supporters.  We are fighters, we know what is at stake, we care with all our hearts and souls.  We are so happy we finally have someone to lead the fight from the White House.

Conservatives are eager to fight, not just for policies we like, but for our very Constitution, which protects our freedom and the primacy of personal responsibility.  (See Daniel Greenfield and Rush Limbaugh for a deep analysis of the unprecedented nature of the Obama Democrats’ civil war against our Constitution.)  Trump ran on our ideal: we want to replace Democrat divisiveness with an emphasis on our common national identity.

This fight is the other huge reason we are so happy to have Trump in office, with Jeff Sessions heading the DOJ, and Neil Gorsuch in the Supreme Court.  What an amazing team to reassert rule of law under our Constitution.

As the First Hundred Days marker approaches, we are rejoicing in President Trump’s positive accomplishments, large and small.  Let democracy work. 

Trump voters can see that the president has had both successes and failures in the first months in office.  That’s normal.   The successes have been ignored by the Democrat press, but we inform ourselves by going to our own, more truthful, news sources.  There is much to celebrate.  When we focus on our side’s accomplishments, this is a happy time for our country.

We know full well President Trump is not perfect, nor is his team, and his first 100 days have brought disappointments, too.  Support for Trump is not like the creepy hero-worship that Democrats gave Obama.  Conservatives have God to worship.  We do not confuse politicians with the Messiah.  We do not need to think our president is the most brilliant man in every room, or that all his failures are the fault of others.

The reason we are so happy is that the big picture is astoundingly positive.  Perhaps this is why the Democrats have to scream so very loudly and continuously, in their effort to drown it out.  There are so many things to celebrate, in a few short months, it is hard to remember them all.  Jobless claims are at a seventeen-year low.  Illegal border crossings are at a 20-year low.  The stock market had the longest winning streak since 1987.  Our trade deficit is down and exports are up.  Companies are hiring.  We are beginning a sane energy policy.  Job-crushing government regulations and  waste are being rolled back.  Four thousand illegal Somalis have been deported, and embassies told to slow down and do their job in vetting.  The speed of change to rational, pro-America policies is dazzling.

Foreign policy successes are impressive.  There are clearly brilliant strategic thinkers at work, as we were promised with the Mattis and McMaster nominations.  Trump is following American interest on the world stage without asking permission from the UN.  Our swift, unilateral bombing of Syria’s chemical weapons stores showed President Trump and America can once again be trusted.  At the same time, the presdent signaled to China that their dangerous Korean games are over.  By coupling threats on trade with a clear demand we expect cooperation on Korea, Trump has accomplished more in getting China to act responsibly than every president before him.  We have Israel’s back at the U.N., which has been put on notice that antisemitism is no longer accepted as normal, thanks to Trump’s wonderful pick for ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley.

There are things conservatives don’t like so far, but most of them have to do with the pace, not the direction of change. 

Trump the fighter is underperforming in key areas.  Powerful Obama people are still in place, and likely to remain so for months, even years, at the rate his appointments are going.  The remnants are creating havoc with their leaks, and fighting implementation of Trump’s policies. 

Odd and disturbing reports tell us that Trump’s national security advisor, Lt. General McMaster, claims that ISIS isn’t Islamic and advised the president not to use the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”  It is troubling that both Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson fought to bring in truly awful Obama appointees — the people who enacted Obama’s attempt to hand Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, his Benghazi lies and the Iran Deal.  That’s not good.  Trump has picked his Cabinet members for their capabilities, which are impressive, but they seem dangerously comfortable with leftover Obama operatives.  We can’t promote Obama policy makers to positions of even greater power.  Bannon and Kushner, and even Trump, have had to waste their time fighting these appointments.  What is going on?

On several big campaign promises there have been setbacks, but not defeats, and, so far, no broken promises.  We don’t like the way Trump and Bannon were outmaneuvered by activist judges on their first two attempts to control Muslim immigration.  We expected Obamacare to be repealed by now.  We expected more focus on jobs and trade.  We were told the Iran Deal would be dead the moment Trump arrived in office.  It’s still in force.

Welcome to the real world.  Trump hasn’t given up on a single one of these challenges.  We were given exaggerated expectations by campaign rhetoric about how fast things happen.  We can wait.  We understand that setbacks are often a necessary step on the road to success. 

That doesn’t mean we won’t have strong criticisms of our President.  Trump supporters are the opposite of see-no-evil Clinton supporters.  Clinton opened our national security secrets to the whole world on her secret email server, to hide her corrupt dealings selling favors (including strategic uranium reserves) as Secretary of State.   Democrats pretended she was neither a felon nor a traitor.

That will never happen on our watch.  Conservatives are not loyalists the way Democrats are.  We don’t march in lockstep, hedged in by vicious thought police.  Our enthusiasm about Trump is tempered by general cynicism about the corruption of power, the DC swamp, and a belief in checks and balances.

Liberals swallowed Obamacare whole and blamed the mess on Republicans.  We fought Trump on his backing of Paul Ryan’s Obamacare Lite.  We understand that Trump is to the left of his conservative base on healthcare.  He has a paternalistic streak of wanting government to take care of people, that has been obvious all along.  We intend to remain vigilant. 

Despite our own strong principles, we accept that the sausage-making of opposition and compromise is healthy and necessary politics.  We are pressing the conservatives in Congress to win us a free market health care system.   In the first round on Obamacare, we forced Trump to line up with us.  He listened and we’re still with him.  Big changes are not accomplished without time, effort and conflict. 

Democrats have succeeded in filling the headlines with off-putting and depressing stories – fake news, fake outrage, real violence against Trump supporters.  We are fighters, we know what is at stake, we care with all our hearts and souls.  We are so happy we finally have someone to lead the fight from the White House.

Conservatives are eager to fight, not just for policies we like, but for our very Constitution, which protects our freedom and the primacy of personal responsibility.  (See Daniel Greenfield and Rush Limbaugh for a deep analysis of the unprecedented nature of the Obama Democrats’ civil war against our Constitution.)  Trump ran on our ideal: we want to replace Democrat divisiveness with an emphasis on our common national identity.

This fight is the other huge reason we are so happy to have Trump in office, with Jeff Sessions heading the DOJ, and Neil Gorsuch in the Supreme Court.  What an amazing team to reassert rule of law under our Constitution.

As the First Hundred Days marker approaches, we are rejoicing in President Trump’s positive accomplishments, large and small.  Let democracy work. 



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Obama's Snowflakes


As President Trump focuses on jobs, Barack Obama’s oddness as a President is thrown into relief.  How little we heard about jobs during Obama’s two terms — not even jobs in the inner city.  We did hear a great deal about racism and sexism and homophobia on college campuses.  On college campuses?   

The media created the impression that Obama didn’t do much as president besides fundraise and play golf.  He was actually both busy and effective in radicalizing his chosen identity groups.

It is not necessary for the hard-left to win over a majority of their targeted demographics.  They only need to create a vocal, domineering minority that gets their hands on the levers of power and money.  Nowhere do we see the success of this strategy more than on college campuses.

Jobs for radicals was Obama’s major jobs initiative:  get progressives hired on campus, where they recruit thousands of young people, encouraging vulnerable kids to major in grievance studies, then use threats and funds from the federal government, and campus agitation to require more hiring of grievance professors and staff, more power for the hard left.

Obama’s Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department and the Department of Education’s own Office for Civil Rights accused our colleges of being hotbeds of racism and rape.   In response, colleges staffed up their rape protection, diversity and bias offices – 150 full time professionals at U.C. Berkeley alone.  These professional community organizers set to work creating a culture of antagonism and grievance on campus. They turned colleges into centers of progressive indoctrination and bullying.

UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity and Inclusion has placed vertical banners across the main campus reminding students of the contemporary university’s paramount mission: assigning guilt and innocence within the ruthlessly competitive hierarchy of victimhood. Each banner shows a photo … beside a purported quotation from that student or bureaucrat.  (snip) “I will think before I speak and act,” promises a white male student from the class of 2016. … it means: “I will mentally scan the University of California’s official list of microaggressions …

The transformation of our campuses into Orwellian safe spaces for snowflakes did not happen spontaneously.  There was a snow machine behind it all.  Obama’s Department of Education sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter to every campus in America,  threatening them with sexual discrimination lawsuits and loss of federal funds.  Due process for those accused, protection for free speech or freedom of religion, were no longer allowed on campus – our Bill of Rights is redefined as abusive to victims.

Williams documents how she went from being “Dean of Students” (to) “Dean of Sexual Assault


“… because of misguided pressure from the Office of Civil Rights and the Obama administration as part of their hysterical campaign against the alleged campus rape culture.  

The new head of the DNC, Tom Perez, led the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.  He deliberately scared the heck out of college administrations:

For reasons that baffled us all, OCR released a list of colleges and universities under investigation for alleged Title IX complaints, despite the fact that these institutions had not yet been found to be in violation of anything.

Hand in hand with the intimidation tactics was the buying of power and place for progressives to dominate campus life.  Obama offered millions of dollars of federal funds to launch rape programs. 

… resources to help students who are victims of sexual assault …one of 61 grants totaling $25 million. The college will use the nearly $300,000 grant …to improve offender accountability… to make the campus safer for students.

Federal money to staff up on thought police followed the Dear Colleague threats.  To cover their rear ends, colleges created Bias Response Teams that now supervise the speech of 2.84 million college students.  Their speech police monitor politics and “intellectual perspectives,” as well as speech on race, sex, gender, and “shape.” Students and faculty are asked to anonymously report one another to administrators, who are empowered to reprimand, require re-education, even suspension and expulsion.  To meet the demand for thought supervision, colleges have staffed up with hundreds of progressive administrators (driving up the cost of college, making administrators more dominant than faculty).

Diversity training began as a requirement for freshmen, to teach them the new rules on approved thinking and train them in white guilt.  After holding out for decades against requiring diversity courses, UCLA caved last spring. The new black activists on campuses want even more – they are requiring white privilege and social justice be woven into every course, even engineering and forestry. 

When Thomas Easley interviews people who want to teach statistics at North Carolina State University (NCSU), he poses a question most applicants probably aren’t expecting: How would you integrate diversity into your curriculum? 

Radical campus groups demand more staff and new centers for the progressive agenda – a reinforcing spiral of radicalizing students and providing jobs for radical blacks, gays, and feminists to continue the pressure on campus.

Yale’s response to protests includes doubling funding for cultural centers and the creation of a new multicultural center (in addition to an existing $50 million campaign to increase the diversity of the faculty). Brown has promised a $100 million diversity initiative. Claremont McKenna will create “new leadership positions on diversity and inclusion” in the offices of academic and student affairs. At Ithaca College, site of more November protests, leaders announced the creation of a “Chief Diversity Officer.”

There were yet more snowflake machines.  Obama instituted a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault that worked in “partnership” with Generation Progress.  They spread the progressive ‘men are rapists’ message in 500 schools and got a quarter of a million young people to sign a pledge called “It’s On Us.”  Generation Progress is Obama’s kind of group.  Rape prevention is just the recruiting tool.  Young people are trained to fight Republicans on illegal aliens, gun rights, religious liberty, free speech and so on. In their own words:

“…strengthen progressive voices on college and university campuses,” “counter the growing influence of right-wing groups on campus,” and “empower new generations of progressive leaders.”

Obama and his radical allies target young people through scores of non-profit organizations that become a cycle of agitation and coercive funding, to train more agitators and provide positions of influence for them.

Three billion dollars of money from our banking system was extorted with ACORN-like tactics by Obama’s DOJ, and funneled to radical groups, like La Raza, active among millennials.  Muslim radicals were invited to the White House; a leading Palestinian jihadi was awarded by Obama as a White House “Champions of Change.”  BDS on campus and threats to Jews exploded.  The global warming narrative gins up leftwing support among millennials, and has received $100 billion dollars in federal funds since 1989.  In his last budget, Obama kept funding for science research flat, except for one winner – global warming.

Obama launched the narrative of killer cops, hosted Black Lives Matter leaders, and encouraged street riots in Ferguson and Baltimore to help his re-election in 2012.  Then the trained agitators on campus demanded more hiring of progressive staff to fight racism because of Ferguson and fake racist incidents perpetrated by leftist students.

Over the past 18 months, the Times reports, 90 American colleges and universities have hired “chief diversity officers.” These administrators were hired in response to the wave of racial incidents that convulsed campuses like the University of Missouri over the past year. They are bulking up an already thriving industry. 

Hiring of history professors has declined by almost 50% under Obama, but diversity hiring is on steroids.

Obama’s private foundation, Organizing for Action, trained thirty thousand young activists while he was president. 

47 percent of those who applied to the group’s summer fellowship program spoke a language other than English fluently. … specialized tracks for female and college-aged fellows. … (to send) progressive advocates out into the world of politics.

Since President Trump’s election, Obama has announced he will devote his efforts to OFA.  They have staffed up and opened 250 offices nationwide.  Expect more black-masked, violent “protestors” assaulting democracy as we know it – supported by approving press releases from Obama.  

The hard left has become a political force in America, with our angry snowflakes as the shock troops.  Obama plans for OFA to churn out 2 million millennial agitators.

It is time to stop blaming helicopter moms for our snowflakes.   Our kids actually require a lot of compulsory diversity training and thought policing to be sure they follow Obama’s progressive agenda.  Open rebellion is punished harshly, with social stigma and even expulsion.  The only voices safe on campus are the leftists.  They dominate the debate and become the new normal for this generation.

The term “politically correct” is itself a euphemism for something older and uglier, the thoughtcrimes of Stalin and Mao.  Our young people have been mercilessly submitted to propaganda and punishment.  Should we be surprised when some of them start to act like Red Guards?

As President Trump focuses on jobs, Barack Obama’s oddness as a President is thrown into relief.  How little we heard about jobs during Obama’s two terms — not even jobs in the inner city.  We did hear a great deal about racism and sexism and homophobia on college campuses.  On college campuses?   

The media created the impression that Obama didn’t do much as president besides fundraise and play golf.  He was actually both busy and effective in radicalizing his chosen identity groups.

It is not necessary for the hard-left to win over a majority of their targeted demographics.  They only need to create a vocal, domineering minority that gets their hands on the levers of power and money.  Nowhere do we see the success of this strategy more than on college campuses.

Jobs for radicals was Obama’s major jobs initiative:  get progressives hired on campus, where they recruit thousands of young people, encouraging vulnerable kids to major in grievance studies, then use threats and funds from the federal government, and campus agitation to require more hiring of grievance professors and staff, more power for the hard left.

Obama’s Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department and the Department of Education’s own Office for Civil Rights accused our colleges of being hotbeds of racism and rape.   In response, colleges staffed up their rape protection, diversity and bias offices – 150 full time professionals at U.C. Berkeley alone.  These professional community organizers set to work creating a culture of antagonism and grievance on campus. They turned colleges into centers of progressive indoctrination and bullying.

UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity and Inclusion has placed vertical banners across the main campus reminding students of the contemporary university’s paramount mission: assigning guilt and innocence within the ruthlessly competitive hierarchy of victimhood. Each banner shows a photo … beside a purported quotation from that student or bureaucrat.  (snip) “I will think before I speak and act,” promises a white male student from the class of 2016. … it means: “I will mentally scan the University of California’s official list of microaggressions …

The transformation of our campuses into Orwellian safe spaces for snowflakes did not happen spontaneously.  There was a snow machine behind it all.  Obama’s Department of Education sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter to every campus in America,  threatening them with sexual discrimination lawsuits and loss of federal funds.  Due process for those accused, protection for free speech or freedom of religion, were no longer allowed on campus – our Bill of Rights is redefined as abusive to victims.

Williams documents how she went from being “Dean of Students” (to) “Dean of Sexual Assault


“… because of misguided pressure from the Office of Civil Rights and the Obama administration as part of their hysterical campaign against the alleged campus rape culture.  

The new head of the DNC, Tom Perez, led the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.  He deliberately scared the heck out of college administrations:

For reasons that baffled us all, OCR released a list of colleges and universities under investigation for alleged Title IX complaints, despite the fact that these institutions had not yet been found to be in violation of anything.

Hand in hand with the intimidation tactics was the buying of power and place for progressives to dominate campus life.  Obama offered millions of dollars of federal funds to launch rape programs. 

… resources to help students who are victims of sexual assault …one of 61 grants totaling $25 million. The college will use the nearly $300,000 grant …to improve offender accountability… to make the campus safer for students.

Federal money to staff up on thought police followed the Dear Colleague threats.  To cover their rear ends, colleges created Bias Response Teams that now supervise the speech of 2.84 million college students.  Their speech police monitor politics and “intellectual perspectives,” as well as speech on race, sex, gender, and “shape.” Students and faculty are asked to anonymously report one another to administrators, who are empowered to reprimand, require re-education, even suspension and expulsion.  To meet the demand for thought supervision, colleges have staffed up with hundreds of progressive administrators (driving up the cost of college, making administrators more dominant than faculty).

Diversity training began as a requirement for freshmen, to teach them the new rules on approved thinking and train them in white guilt.  After holding out for decades against requiring diversity courses, UCLA caved last spring. The new black activists on campuses want even more – they are requiring white privilege and social justice be woven into every course, even engineering and forestry. 

When Thomas Easley interviews people who want to teach statistics at North Carolina State University (NCSU), he poses a question most applicants probably aren’t expecting: How would you integrate diversity into your curriculum? 

Radical campus groups demand more staff and new centers for the progressive agenda – a reinforcing spiral of radicalizing students and providing jobs for radical blacks, gays, and feminists to continue the pressure on campus.

Yale’s response to protests includes doubling funding for cultural centers and the creation of a new multicultural center (in addition to an existing $50 million campaign to increase the diversity of the faculty). Brown has promised a $100 million diversity initiative. Claremont McKenna will create “new leadership positions on diversity and inclusion” in the offices of academic and student affairs. At Ithaca College, site of more November protests, leaders announced the creation of a “Chief Diversity Officer.”

There were yet more snowflake machines.  Obama instituted a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault that worked in “partnership” with Generation Progress.  They spread the progressive ‘men are rapists’ message in 500 schools and got a quarter of a million young people to sign a pledge called “It’s On Us.”  Generation Progress is Obama’s kind of group.  Rape prevention is just the recruiting tool.  Young people are trained to fight Republicans on illegal aliens, gun rights, religious liberty, free speech and so on. In their own words:

“…strengthen progressive voices on college and university campuses,” “counter the growing influence of right-wing groups on campus,” and “empower new generations of progressive leaders.”

Obama and his radical allies target young people through scores of non-profit organizations that become a cycle of agitation and coercive funding, to train more agitators and provide positions of influence for them.

Three billion dollars of money from our banking system was extorted with ACORN-like tactics by Obama’s DOJ, and funneled to radical groups, like La Raza, active among millennials.  Muslim radicals were invited to the White House; a leading Palestinian jihadi was awarded by Obama as a White House “Champions of Change.”  BDS on campus and threats to Jews exploded.  The global warming narrative gins up leftwing support among millennials, and has received $100 billion dollars in federal funds since 1989.  In his last budget, Obama kept funding for science research flat, except for one winner – global warming.

Obama launched the narrative of killer cops, hosted Black Lives Matter leaders, and encouraged street riots in Ferguson and Baltimore to help his re-election in 2012.  Then the trained agitators on campus demanded more hiring of progressive staff to fight racism because of Ferguson and fake racist incidents perpetrated by leftist students.

Over the past 18 months, the Times reports, 90 American colleges and universities have hired “chief diversity officers.” These administrators were hired in response to the wave of racial incidents that convulsed campuses like the University of Missouri over the past year. They are bulking up an already thriving industry. 

Hiring of history professors has declined by almost 50% under Obama, but diversity hiring is on steroids.

Obama’s private foundation, Organizing for Action, trained thirty thousand young activists while he was president. 

47 percent of those who applied to the group’s summer fellowship program spoke a language other than English fluently. … specialized tracks for female and college-aged fellows. … (to send) progressive advocates out into the world of politics.

Since President Trump’s election, Obama has announced he will devote his efforts to OFA.  They have staffed up and opened 250 offices nationwide.  Expect more black-masked, violent “protestors” assaulting democracy as we know it – supported by approving press releases from Obama.  

The hard left has become a political force in America, with our angry snowflakes as the shock troops.  Obama plans for OFA to churn out 2 million millennial agitators.

It is time to stop blaming helicopter moms for our snowflakes.   Our kids actually require a lot of compulsory diversity training and thought policing to be sure they follow Obama’s progressive agenda.  Open rebellion is punished harshly, with social stigma and even expulsion.  The only voices safe on campus are the leftists.  They dominate the debate and become the new normal for this generation.

The term “politically correct” is itself a euphemism for something older and uglier, the thoughtcrimes of Stalin and Mao.  Our young people have been mercilessly submitted to propaganda and punishment.  Should we be surprised when some of them start to act like Red Guards?



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