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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Ross Marchand, Director of Policy at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance: U.S. Postal Service;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Associate Editor of the Washington Examiner and Nationally Recognized Authority on the American Political Process: the Decline of the Humanities and the Rise of Prejudices;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Ashton Hayward, III, President of Andrews Research & Education Foundation: AREF's Mission and Projects;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Myron Ebell, Director…[more]

February 18, 2019 • 07:26 pm

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On the Contest for the Next Speaker of the House:
 
 

"There is a fight now for the soul of the Democratic Party.

"That fight runs through the contest for the next speaker of the House, between former speaker and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and the former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio.

"While only as many as 20 incoming and incumbent House Democrats have said that they will oppose Pelosi, this maneuvering within the party does raise the possibility, under the arcane voting rules by which representatives can vote for a candidate or simply vote as present, that Pelosi may be denied the votes necessary to reclaim the speaker's gavel.

"I would argue, though, that the very fact Pelosi is being contested, despite her raising more than $100 million for the party committee this cycle, speaks volumes about the divisions within the Democratic Party.

"Indeed, the RealClear Politics Average puts Pelosi's national favorability rating at a lowly 28.5 percent, and a recent post-election Gallup poll found that an astounding 56 percent of Democrats do not want Pelosi to be the next speaker.

"Put simply, the numbers make it clear that Democrats should move on."

 
 
— Douglas E. Schoen, Political Consultant and Former Pollster for President Bill Clinton
— Douglas E. Schoen, Political Consultant and Former Pollster for President Bill Clinton
Posted November 20, 2018 • 08:06 am
 
 
On the Supreme Court and the 2nd Amendment:
 
 

"If liberals should fear the great contradiction between the Constitution's text and their elevation of an unenumerated right to privacy ... conservatives must confront the same challenge with gun ownership. Despite the text of the Second Amendment, supporters of a right to bear arms have rooted their arguments in a murky pre-constitutional right to self-defense. As a result, the Supreme Court has shied away from halting the spread of federal and state schemes for gun control, for which the cries will only rise higher after the recent mass shootings. Unless the new conservative majority on the Court, solidified by Justice Brett Kavanaugh's arrival, places the right to bear arms on a par with the rest of the Bill of Rights, the coming blue wave of gun-control proposals may swamp what the Framers considered a core constitutional right. ...

"Far too often for far too long, the Second Amendment has been a second-class right, banished to the back of our constitutional bus. Perhaps the day will come when the people will determine that the best way to curb gun violence is to cull the Second Amendment from the Constitution. Until then, the Court's constitutional duty is to keep enforcing the right to bear arms just as it would any other constitutional right. Constitutional rights are legal equals. They should be treated as such."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Yoo and James C. Phillips
— John Yoo and James C. Phillips
Posted November 19, 2018 • 08:14 am
 
 
On Restoring Trust in the Press:
 
 

"Reporting the news is difficult and expensive. Grandstanding is more fun and everyone has an opinion. That's why reporters were once taught, often by a stern taskmaster, to leave opining to the columnists and the editorial page, and save their opinions for after work in the bar across the street. This particular affliction -- grandstanding rather than reporting, advocacy rather than observing and distilling those observations before passing them on to press and tube, is the affliction of the modern media. And why not? Talking is cheaper than reporting.

"The symptoms have exacted a considerable long-term cost. The Pew Research Center finds that a mere 21 percent of Americans have 'a lot of trust' in the national newspapers and television networks, 49 percent have only 'some trust' and 29 have 'not too much' or 'none at all.' A startling 68 percent say the national media reports the news with a bias."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
Posted November 16, 2018 • 07:42 am
 
 
On Florida 'Voting Irregularities':
 
 

"TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Department of State last week asked federal prosecutors to investigate dates that were changed on official state election documents, the first voting 'irregularities' it has flagged in the wake of the 2018 elections.

"The concerns, which the department says can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, center around date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information. Known as 'cure affidavits,' those documents used to fix mail ballots were due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 -- the day before the election. But affidavits released on Tuesday by the DOS show that documents from four different counties said the ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, which is not accurate. ...

"DOS officials have repeatedly told the media that the monitors they sent to Broward County saw no election fraud. It wasn't until Tuesday that the office revealed publicly that it had turned over information to federal prosecutors."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Matt Dixon, Politico
— Matt Dixon, Politico
Posted November 15, 2018 • 07:45 am
 
 
On the Present American Revolution:
 
 

"The courts have become revolutionary. They now routinely overturn popular referenda, presidential executive orders, and legislative statutes, mostly on the principle that better-educated, more moral and experienced judges answer to a higher, more progressive calling and know what in the long run is best for the uneducated rabble. From now on out, every Republican-nominated Supreme Court nominee will probably result in a Kavanaugh-like circus, in which protestors in the gallery, disruptive senators themselves, and mobs in the street will attempt to create so much chaos that the wearied public will cave and just wish that conservatives would not nominate such controversial constructionists. ...

"The mob is becoming in some ways as powerful as the French rabble who cheered on the guillotine, or the adolescent crowds that spoiled affluent kids such as Bill Ayers and Jane Fonda once used as demonstration fodder. Instead, it is vast and global -- and linked by instant communications on social media and the Internet, and it remains often anonymous. Post or say one wrong word, and the electronic turba comes out of the shadows, swarming to demand career-ending confessions, or offering amnesty on promises of correct reeducation. One's entire life can be accessed in nanoseconds to root out past thought crimes and counterrevolutionary speech. Be deemed a right-wing obstructionist or activist, and everything -- from one's cell-phone number and email address to private residence and office -- can become known to 7 billion. ...

"Almost everything we have seen in just the last three months -- the Kavanaugh chaos, the 'caravan,' the ongoing Mueller octopus, recounting election results until they are deemed 'correct,' the Beto and Gillum neo-socialism craziness, the swarming of a Fox News anchor's home, driving public officials out of restaurants, the media circus at presidential press conferences -- are symptoms of revolutionary America. In this conflict, one side believes it is not only not fair but also not allowable that it lacks the necessary power to make us all equal -- but equal only in the eyes of a self-anointed elite."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted November 14, 2018 • 08:14 am
 
 
On the 2018 Broward County, Florida, Recount:
 
 

"Conspiracy theories are bad for civic life.

"So are conspiracies.

"I wonder if there is one mentally normal adult walking these fruited plains -- even the most craven, abject, brain-dead partisan Democrat -- who believes that what has been going on in Broward County, Fla., is anything other than a brazen attempt to reverse the Republican victories in the state's Senate, gubernatorial, and (not to be overlooked) agriculture commissioner's races. I cannot imagine that there is, but it is really quite something to see partisan Democrats -- the same people who pretend to believe that the 2016 presidential election was invalid because Boris and Natasha posted something on Facebook -- watch not only utterly contented but with joy in their hearts as the rolling crime wave that is Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes and her coconspirators try to actually steal an election or three.

"Boxes of ballots magically showing up in the trunks of rental cars in the Fort Lauderdale airport -- cars last rented by Democratic operatives? What is this, a Coen Brothers movie? At least Saddam Hussein had the good taste to be amusing when he was stuffing the ballot boxes.

"That voting fraud that our Democratic friends insist never happens happens quite a lot under Snipes's watch. She has allowed disenfranchised felons and illegal aliens to vote; sent out mail-in ballots in which a proposed constitutional amendment was simply omitted; secretly opened ballots to thwart oversight. Her team doesn't seem to be able to add up votes very quick -- except when they add them up too quickly: In one truly banana-republic shenanigan, her office posted a final vote tally while the polls were still open. Rick Scott's team has detailed much of this in its legal complaint against her."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted November 13, 2018 • 08:19 am
 
 
On the 100th Anniversary of Veterans' Day:
 
 

"The United States of America remains the land of the free because we are still the home of the brave. The men and women who've served in our armed forces are those brave, and today all of us should do our part to honor their service and appreciate their sacrifice.

"So on this 100th Veterans' Day, I encourage every American to thank a veteran. Outside the grocery store, at your place of worship, or maybe over the backyard fence, I urge you to extend your hand, look them in the eye, and say those words that every veteran deserves to hear: 'Thank you for your service.'

"To all of those who've worn the uniform, on behalf of a grateful nation, Happy Veterans Day."

 
 
— Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
— Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
Posted November 12, 2018 • 08:10 am
 
 
On the U.S. Senate Race in Florida:
 
 

"The Florida Senate race is rapidly becoming a clown show. It's been over two days and Broward County, the largest Democratic bastion in the state, is still counting ballots. Counties slammed by Hurricane Michael last month have all tallied their votes. Broward seems unable to do so, or say how many are left outstanding. Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes seems to struggle answering basic questions about this process, even ones required by law. So far, there have been no regular updates. Instead, they're dumping vote totals by the thousands, which has chipped away at Republican Gov. Rick Scott's lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. ...

"As of now, we're heading into recount territory, with Scott leading by less than half of one percent, but Broward's vote counting irregularities pose questions about whether Democrats are trying to steal this election. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) certainly feels this way, going on lengthy spats on Twitter railing this process. In one polling location, provisional ballots were just left, with no chain of custody. A schoolteacher discovered them after they were never picked up. We don't know how long they were there, and they might be unverifiable at this point. Now, Gov. Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have had enough; they're suing Broward County. Palm Beach County, another Democratic stronghold, is another one where sketchy vote counting is occurring. Scott has already declared victory, but he's also mobilizing his legal team, as Democratic lawyers begin to pour into the state ..."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Matt Vespa, Townhall.com
— Matt Vespa, Townhall.com
Posted November 09, 2018 • 08:14 am
 
 
On Prospects of Tax Cuts Post Mid-Term Election:
 
 

"President Trump and the Republican Party intended to pass new tax measures to provide relief to middle-class Americans, but now that Democrats control the House of Representatives -- that legislation is likely dead on arrival.

"'I can't see anything happening on taxes,' Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute and editor of www.DownsizingGovernment.org, told FOX Business.

"When asked about the future of tax cuts during a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said the prospects depend on cooperation from Democrats.

"Even though Republicans pushed three separate tax packages through the House in September, Edwards said he didn't expect them to be approved anyway -- noting the only way that could've happened under Republican control was if the GOP used the fast-track process known as reconciliation."

 
 
— Brittany De Lea, Fox Business
— Brittany De Lea, Fox Business
Posted November 08, 2018 • 08:32 am
 
 
On the Lack of Mid-Term Election WOW Factor:
 
 

"The three-plus years since Donald Trump came down that escalator and changed American politics forever have been so melodramatic that everybody expected the first midterm election of the Trump presidency would be equally so.

"Turns out the melodrama on election night was basically that there was no melodrama.

"What we could have predicted the night after the 2016 election appears to be the story of 2018.

"Republicans knew on Nov. 9, 2016, that they were going to have a good national map when it came to the Senate two years later -- and indeed they improved on their position in the upper chamber.

"Similarly, Democrats had every reason to believe on that bitter morning that the common rules governing midterms would secure them the 23 seats necessary to take control of the House of Representatives in 2018 -- and it appears they have done so.

"What didn't happen in this election was something that would make everybody go WOW."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
Posted November 07, 2018 • 08:15 am
 
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following has the sole power of impeachment under the U.S. Constitution?
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"In America, the left knows it can't just spring socialism on the land. They must accustom people to their most grandiose projects while maneuvering the politics and grinding away at public opposition.Miss Ocasio-Cortez and her comrades expect us to ridicule then ignore her silly Green New Deal while they work tirelessly to make it a reality. So unless we're willing to cede our most fundamental freedoms…[more]
 
 
—Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
— Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
 
Liberty Poll   

Do you believe President Trump's Emergency Declaration and Executive Order to fund southern border wall construction partially by repurposing DoD funds is within his constitutional authority, despite congressional objections?