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March 19, 2019 --

When Michael Cohen, appearing before the House Oversight Committee, February 27, said that President Trump would not leave office peacefully if he loses the 2020 election, Cohen was repeating one of the paranoid tropes the Trump resistance uses. Add to this reports that Cohen met with Democrats before his appearances before Senate and House committee, it would not surprise LPR that Cohen testified in large part from scripts provided him by the Democrats, not excluding his charge that the president "is a racist. He is a con man. And he is a cheat" -- and including,certainly, Cohen's fear that the president would not leave office peacefully -- a concern expressed by Tim Rogers at Fusion TV's site on August 25, 2017! To hear the shrill cries from the left, one would think that the president is a Constitution nullifier.

For the Trump resistance, no accusation is too tame. March 3, Maureen Dowd's New York Times column called the president a "sociopath." What errant noinsense! He has long been called "authoritarian," yet LPR is unaware of any judges who have been sent packing because of decisions not favored by the president. LPR is unaware of newspapers that have been padlocked for their anti-Trump articles. Congress seems to be functioning without interference from the president, including that Cohen appearance before the House Oversight Committee while, in Hanoi, the president met with a true authoritarian leader, North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

For anti-democratic actions, consider the decision by the Democratic National Committee to bar Fox News from televising any of the planned Democrat primary-season debates. For evidence of an authoritarian mindset, consider leftists who will not let conservatives speak, even resorting to violence not noticed by the media. Leftists who are criticized by the president transform his criticism into "attacks" in desperate attempts to support the anti Trump trope that he is an authoritarian leader opposed, in the words of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, to "democratic norms."

If the left wanted to point to a true authoritarian leader it would take note of Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega or Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro. Authoritarianism seems to go hand-in-hand with socialism, and who can say that a socialist in power in the United States would not take the country down the road to suppression of individual liberty -- all for the common good of course. And how is freedom of the press served when the media march in lockstep to denounce the president. What better proof, , of the vitality the freedom of the press in the U.S. than the media's anti-Trump reporting.

To glean the message from the media, it is tantamount to asserting: we don't recognize Donald J. Trump as the legitimate president. Hence the constant speculation about one issue or another being the grounds for removal from office -- while from time to time the media will speculate that some GOP voters would like to see a Republican challenge the president in 2020.

For the Trump resistance, no accusation is too tame. March 3, Maureen Dowd's New York Times column called the president a "sociopath." What errant noinsense! He has long been called "authoritarian," yet LPR is unaware of any judges who have been sent packing because of decisions not favored by the president. LPR is unaware of newspapers that have been padlocked for their anti-Trump articles. Congress seems to be functioning without interference from the president, including that Cohen appearance before the House Oversight Committee while, in Hanoi, the president met with a true authoritarian leader, North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

For anti-democratic actions, consider the decision by the Democratic National Committee to bar Fox News from televising any of the planned Democrat primary-season debates. For evidence of an authoritarian mindset, consider leftists who will not let conservatives speak, even resorting to violence not noticed by the media. Leftists who are criticized by the president transform his criticism into "attacks" in desperate attempts to support the anti Trump trope that he is an authoritarian leader opposed, in the words of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, to "democratic norms."

If the left wanted to point to a true authoritarian leader it would take note of Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega or Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro. Authoritarianism seems to go hand-in-hand with socialism, and who can say that a socialist in power in the United States would not take the country down the road to suppression of individual liberty -- all for the common good of course. And how is freedom of the press served when the media march in lockstep to denounce the president. What better proof, , of the vitality the freedom of the press in the U.S. than the media's anti-Trump reporting. To glean the message from the media, it is tantamount to asserting: we don't recognize Donald J. Trump as the legitimate president. Hence the constant speculation about one issue or another being the grounds for removal from office -- while from time to time the media will speculate that some GOP voters would like to see a Republican challenge the president in 2020.

 

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The House Judiciary Committee Chairman seems to be aiming for impeachment

March 19, 2019 --

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on ABC's "This Week," March 3, with reference to President Trump, "Impeachment is a long way down the road, " adding "We don't have the facts yet, but we're going to initiate proper investigations." It is unclear, therefore, if Chairman Nadler envisions impeachment proceedings to run during the primary season -- or the first two years of the term of a re-elected President Trump. It does seem that Mr. Nadler expects impeachment of President Trump at some point.. The chairman told This Week moderator George Stephanopoulos "We've seen real threats to the rule of law from this White House, whether personal enrichment in violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, we've seen .abuses of power, obstruction of justice, threats to the Mueller investigation, threats to witnesses...."

When Stephanopoulos asked "Do you think the president obstructed justice?" Chairman Nadler quickly replied, "Yes, I do." The chairman, March 4, sent document requests to 81 people, including members of the president's family.

(Mr. Nadler told Stephanopoulos that it was "an abuse of power" for the president to grant a top-secret security clearance to son-in-law Jared Kushner, over the opposition of the White House counsel and intelligence agencies. Mr. Kushner has been working on Mid-East peace and is said to have developed a good relationship with Saudi Arabia's leaders.)

 

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The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar

March 19, 2019 --

The following is a list of the 2020 presidential primary dates copied from Wikipedia. The Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 13 - 16, 2020. The Republican National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 24 - 27, 2020.

February 3: Iowa caucus[203]
February 11: New Hampshire primary[203]
February 22: Nevada caucus[203]
February 29: South Carolina primary[203]
March 3: Super Tuesday (Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia primaries)[203]
March 7: Louisiana primary[203]
March 10: Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio primaries[203]
March 17: Arizona, Florida, and Illinois primaries[203]
To be determined: Colorado primary (March 3, 10 or 17)[203]
April 7: Wisconsin primary[203]
April 28: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island primaries[203]
May 5: Indiana primary[203]
May 12: West Virginia primary[203]
May 19: Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oregon primaries[203]
June 2: Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota primaries[203]
June 7: Puerto Rico primary[203]
June 16: District of Columbia primary[203]

As of March 11 - eleven months before the start of the primaries - Sen. Bernie Sanders has emerged as an acceptable candidate to the Democratic establishment for the party's nomination for president in 2020-- for the time being. Polls put socialist Sanders second to Joe Biden, who was reported by The Hill, March 13, to have decided to seek the presidency next year. Would Sen. Biden stand apart from the hard left positions of Sen. Sanders, or -- would he accommodate his candidacy to a leftward lurch by the Democrats (nudged by reports that socialism is preferred younger voters over capitalism).

We still have to learn about the Mueller report, and the multitude of forthcoming investigations of the president by House Democrats to wonder if impeachment of President Trump ( or his removal from office) will impact the GOP choice, 17 months from now. The left and some Republicans never did accept the election of President Trump, in 2016. The Trump resistance has given us something of a political civil war by other means, it seems not unfair to say. Indeed, the refusal to accept the election of President Trump by the left and the GOP Never-Trumpers could present a new form of presidential politics as indicated by the rejection of Mr. Trump: first, demands for a recount; then calls for Electoral College members to vote their conscience, not the winner of a given state's plurality; next, appointment of a special prosecutor, followed by demands for congressional investigations, while, throughout, the media maintains a drumbeat demonizing the disfavored president. This seems to be the pattern of the Trump resistance.

Concerning the Mueller probe, Prof. Stephen F. Cohen mentioned on the John Batchelor Show, March 12, that he did not believe a finding of no collusion of the Trump presidential campaign with the Russians would end the probes of the president, not with Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives. Prof. Cohen also noted, March 12, that Speaker Nancy Pelosi had invited the head of NATO to address Congress. The professor sees this invitation as a provocation to Russia and a slap at President Trump who has criticized NATO, and rightly so, if not eloquently, in the professor's view. He points out that NATO, which once consisted of west European countries, has expanded to the borders of Russia, and now includes former members of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact nations. Professor Cohen also said that if the economy continues to do well and U.S. forces are not in combat, could the Democrats defeat a "Peace and Prosperity " campaign by President Trump?

LPR would advise President Trump to continue his campaign, begun in 2016, to run against the Washington swamp denizens.

 

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Why AO-C is not A-OK

March 19, 2019 --

The folksy campaign of Sen. Sanders in 2016 seemed to have softened the harsh bureaucratic, big government edge of socialism.

And the election to Congress of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who worked in the Sanders 2016 campaign and is now promoting a Green New Deal, is seen as a sign that the Democrat party is intent on making a hard left turn.

But, as Friedrich Hayek warned, socialism is opposed to democracy; the term democratic-socialism is an oxymoron. LPR is favorably disposed to conservative populism, the goal being the common good.

Socialism imposed by an "elite," ignorant of economic reality leads, inevitably, to common misery. Consider the current travail afflicting Venezuela, where millions have fled and the infrastructure is crumbling; where there are reports that people get water from drainage pipes to flush toilets, water that is not drinkable.

As indicative of her instant-celebrity status in the media, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is often referred to be her initials, AO-C, but the letters could also stand for Always Obnoxiously Confident. Consider, please, her warnings of the threat to the planet if we don't end reliance on fossil fuels. Her warnings of existential danger reflect ignorance, LPR believes, not common sense.

 
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More LPR Observations

March 19, 2019 --

On Meet the Press, March 10 former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, as panelist on the program, had interesting criticism of "these new millennials" in the Democrat party. Calling them "AOC millennials," he said they "think they have all the answers, they think they already have wisdom." McCrory indicated that in his view wisdom comes with experience -- and age.

The former governor's mention of "AOC" referred to freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who seems, at age 29, to have become the media's favorite House member, and is pushing for a Green New Deal that is intended to do away with fossil fuel, so as to thwart climate change and save humankind from disaster. Here LPR will go on record to disagree with the left's alarums on climate change.

The earth may be a medium-sized planet, but LPR believes it is still too vast to be endangered by the doings of mere mortals. That is not to say people cannot be responsible for polluting particular venues, but the entire planet? LPR does not think so. Stated differently, protecting the environment is a noteworthy endeavor, but the hysterical shrieks amounting "Gevalt, the sky is falling, " are not indicative of wisdom.

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The New York Times reported on March 11 that President Trump is popular in Israel and is "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's secret weapon" in his uphill battle for re-election, April 9. Reason enough for assertions by certain "AOC millennials" that the president is under the influence of Mr. Netanyahu -- as well as of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, of course.

 

Red Line

The Ilhan Omar Controversy

March 19, 2019 --

LPR has some difficulty with Speaker Pelosi's explanation that Rep. Ilhan Omar did not understand that the "full weight" of her statements about Israel's supporters pointed to anti-Semitism. One comment at issue was "But it's all about the Benjamins, baby." Clearly, the "full weight" of the statement referred to the Benjamin Franklin on the one-hundred dollar bill. This would credit Rep. Omar with knowledge of U.S. jargon -- and in a dual loyalty context.

( To deny her familiarity with the language would amount to...racism?)

One might say of Omar's comments about Israel and aspersions of the motivations of her U.S. supporters",But It's the anti-Semitism, baby." (The House, March 7, adopted a meaningless resolution that did not mention Rep. Omar, but condemned anti-Semitism and other forms of hate against specified groups, including Muslims. The New York Times, March 8, carried a front page story titled, "House Measure/Condemns Hate/In All its Forms.)

 

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Remembering Lenox

March 19, 2019 --

Lenox:
September 21, 2007 - March 8, 2019

Lenox left LPR on March 8. He was an adorable, handsome, intelligence wonderful dog who left us much too soon.

Lenox loved people and people loved Lenox. He was a very, very special. When let off the leash, Lenox always kept an eye on me. There was never the possibility of his being a lost dog. Till now. I will miss him terribly.

Lenox, after grooming at A Cut Above in Manhattan.

A Healthy Lenox, age 3 years, 9 months, standing on the rear seat of "Car"
 
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March 19, 2019 --

A good example of Trump Derangement Syndrome ...

Clintonista Philippe Reines in The New York Times, March 15, 2019 argues for impeaching President Trump because he "is a pernicious, divisive figure, who is poisoning our politics, and hopes to do so for years go come."

Who, for the left is "divisive?" Anyone who disagrees with their politics. President Trump is trying to drain the swamp, not poison the waters.

Help for the struggling class ...

Last October, Sen. Kemala Harris made a proposal, repeated as presidential candidate last month, to make up to $500 dollars a month available to people to avoid struggling with unexpected bills. LPR suggested in its June 19, 2015 lead, nearly four years ago, that people struggling on social security income be given credit cards with a cap of $5,000 at 3% to make it possible for them to pay unexpected bills. LPR here renews its four year-old suggestion as alternative to the Harris proposal.

Well, the Virginia governor said he wasn't going anywhere and apparently he isn't ...

The controversy over a blackface image on a page in a medical school yearbook is apparently over and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is still in the governor's mansion. Also dropped out of sight is the controversy caused by sexual assault allegations from two women against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Would the media be more interested if the governor and lt. governor were Republicans?

And what about Ukraine?

We haven't seem Ukraine mentioned prominently in news reports lately. Is the fighting between nationalists and secessionists over? LPR doubts it.

 

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