Americans are by now broadly aware of the threat posed by Chinese-owned TikTok, including its threat…
CFIF on Twitter CFIF on YouTube
TikTok’s Latest Assault: Ripping Off American Artists and Songwriters

Americans are by now broadly aware of the threat posed by Chinese-owned TikTok, including its threat to U.S. national security.

In recent days, we’ve witnessed in real time another emerging TikTok threat reaching the headlines:  The threat it poses to intellectual property protections, which undergird America’s status as the most artistically and musically productive and influential nation in human history.

Universal Music Group, however, has decided to stand up and fight back by removing its catalog of songs – including artists like Taylor Swift, Drake and Billie Eilish – from TikTok.

Tone-Deaf TikTok has built its aggressive worldwide empire largely on the backs of music created by American artists, as even its corporate leadership openly admits.  As TikTok’s very own…[more]

February 08, 2024 • 12:44 PM

Liberty Update

CFIFs latest news, commentary and alerts delivered to your inbox.
Biden Betrays Israel for Michigan Votes Print
By Timothy H. Lee
Thursday, February 08 2024
Biden’s hesitancy to wield power with greater conviction, his inclination to tread softly when bold steps are appropriate, his weak hand extended in reconciliation toward Iran and even their Houthi rebel surrogates, suggest that his motivations stem as much from electoral calculation than propriety or strategic interest.

By now it’s acknowledged even among increasingly despondent mainstream media that Joe Biden trails Donald Trump in general election polling.  

Specifically, Biden hasn’t led Trump in the Real Clear Politics polling average since October 19 of last year, whereas Trump never came within four points in 2020 yet still almost won the election.  

Biden’s polling deficit in individual swing states, however, paints an even more grim picture for him just nine months out from November’s election.  

Of particular note, Biden now trails Trump by an astonishing 5.1% in Michigan, a state he won by nearly 3% in 2020.  What particularly distinguishes must-win Michigan for Biden is its disproportionate percentage of Arab American and Muslim voters, upon whom Biden must rely to retain that closely balanced state’s fifteen electoral votes.  

This week, Biden officials rushed to Michigan in an effort to placate Arab American and Muslim voters fuming over Gaza deaths, as reported by The Wall Street Journal:  

Dearborn is home to the largest Muslim population in the U.S. and is roughly 54% Arab-American, according to census figures.  …  The leaders have been pressing the White House for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza and said the moves are aimed at holding Biden accountable.  Biden has faced protests and disruptions at his recent public events from activists calling for a cease-fire, and Democrats have expressed anxieties that the issue could hurt Biden’s ability to replicate the enthusiastic turnout from young voters that helped him win in 2020.  

In that light, Biden’s increasingly hostile approach toward Israeli leaders and his interference in their campaign to fully eradicate the Hamas threat assume a much more sinister hue.  

Biden’s hesitancy to wield power with greater conviction, his inclination to tread softly when bold steps are appropriate, his weak hand extended in reconciliation toward Iran and even their Houthi rebel surrogates, suggest that his motivations stem as much from electoral calculation than propriety or strategic interest.  

Moreover, while Biden may consider himself an innocent bystander and unfortunate victim of Middle East chaos, his dilemmas and growing electoral difficulties are of his own making.  

Ironically, in January 2020 when President Trump decisively eliminated Iran’s top terrorist military commander Qassem Soleimani, Biden erroneously predicted a Middle East “tinderbox.”  

Four years later, the Middle East actually is a chaotic tinderbox, but that has nothing to do with Donald Trump.  

Recall that upon becoming president, Biden commenced what NBC News labeled “a near wholesale rollback of some of the most stringent Trump-era sanctions imposed on Iran.”  As a result, Iranian oil exports increased, and the resulting wealth allowed it to subsidize its terrorist proxies like Hamas and the Houthi rebels.  

Indeed, Biden’s ostentatious choice to rehabilitate the Houthi rebels and reverse the Trump Administration’s designation of them as a terrorist organization was among his first acts as president:  

President Joe Biden’s administration will remove the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen from the Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist lists, the State Department confirmed Friday.  The last-minute decision by former President Donald Trump’s administration to designate the group that controls 80 percent of Yemen’s territory was widely condemned by international organizations for cutting off the delivery of critical food aid to a country on the brink of famine.  

The resulting tinderbox that Biden predicted in January 2020 is now creating electoral peril.  

As a consequence, Biden must now attempt to thread a needle by at least superficially expressing support for Israel and responding to deadly Iranian proxy attacks against American troops while placating far-left voters in the hope of sustaining his thin and diminishing reelection hopes.  

Meanwhile, Biden is now incoherently restricting American energy companies’ ability to export liquid natural gas to our allies, which has the effect of empowering Russia, Iran and other exporters.  

As America and the world descend further into the abyss of Joe Biden’s fourth year in office, many have drawn the parallel to Jimmy Carter’s similarly dysfunctional and unpopular presidency.  

That comparison, however, is unfair to Carter.  

Whereas Carter’s failures were attributable to his haplessness, Biden’s increasingly appear attributable to calculated electoral cynicism.  Accordingly, Biden’s accumulating foreign policy failures and electoral peril are well-deserved.

Notable Quote   
 
"A nursing student bludgeoned to death near a tranquil Georgia college campus. A developmentally disabled person raped in Boston. A mother and son killed in a head-on crash in Colorado. New York's finest assaulted in the heralded Times Square.The roll-call of victims violated by Joe Biden's border policies is rising as fast as the hotel and welfare tabs for sanctuary cities, thrusting an American…[more]
 
 
— John Solomon, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
 
Liberty Poll   

Would you feel safer riding in a self-driving car or one driven by Vin Diesel?