Trump Team PA; WFYL celebration
WASHINGTON TIMES: Imagined legacy; McCARTHY – Not populism; WILLIAMSON – Powerless progressives.
RECOUNT: The Plot, ZAPOTOSKY – Clinton recount; INFO WARS: The real strategy; INGRAHAM – Collision with history; DRUDGE LINKS 11/28/16.
ISSUES: JOANNE – DeVos a blunder for education; HARRIS – DeVos a mistake; van der GALLEN – Wilders on his way.
“Trump Team Pennsylvania”
On Nov 27, 2016 1:46 PM, “Trump Team Pennsylvania” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thank you for everything you did to help Donald Trump and Mike Pence win the State of Pennsylvania!
Because of your efforts, on Monday the County Election Boards will report to the Secretary of the Commonwealth that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes!
However, liberal special interests are preparing to spend millions of dollars on a long recount process – all because they didn’t like the result of the election.
In case of a recount, we will need every single person to volunteer their time to help ensure that every vote is counted fairly and accurately. We can’t let allies of Hillary Clinton try to steal this election.
Sign up here to volunteer to help in the event of a recount. We will be in touch soon about the next steps in the process.
Thank you for all of your hard work throughout the campaign – with your continued dedication we will ensure that Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes remain in the column for Donald J. Trump!
Trump Team Pennsylvania
Sending out reminders to save the following date:
Monday, December 19, 2016
WFYL Christmas Open House
The station will be open from 1-7 pm to all our friends as we celebrate the reason for the season: our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Come and join us for as long as you can. Light refreshments and beverage will be served.
RSVP by replying to this invitation
Kim Kennedy, WFYL Radio, “Working For Your Liberty”
2400 W. Main Street Jeffersonville, PA 19403
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Washington Times: “The legacy Mr. Obama imagines”
“Shading the facts is expected, but he abuses indulgence
“A president on his way out of town, like a dinner guest who frets the next morning that he talked too much and stayed too long, is obsessed with how he’ll be remembered. As the days dwindle down to a precious few, he spends his time bolstering his image and polishing what he imagines will be his “legacy.” He’s prone to inflating accomplishments and shading the truth about the disasters that occurred on his watch. President Obama is indulging himself only a little more than usual.
“He boasts in an interview that his pride swells when he regards his eight years in the White House as “scandal free.” It’s true that no one was jailed for taking a bribe, but calling his administration “scandal free” is more than a stretch. All presidents live in a bubble, but Mr. Obama appears not to have subscribed to a newspaper, not even The Washington Post or The New York Times, over these past eight years. If he had, he could have read about scandals.
“Scandal free? His secretary of State violated basic security directives, as well as the law, by setting up a private email server and selling access to the favors of her office. His attorney general was held in contempt of Congress for illegally withholding information and blocking an investigation of the Justice Department’s gun-running operation in Mexico, several attempts to ignore Congress and govern by executive orders were struck down by the federal courts as unconstitutional, as were appointments when Congress was out of town and unable to confirm or deny, and the Internal Revenue Service under his watch was caught singling out groups out of favor with the administration for “special treatment.” When the tax man cometh, he can be counted on to sting.
“Those were scandals enough. But there was also the employment of well-connected outside vendors to construct the government’s Obamacare website, which never worked, at a cost not of millions but billions, and the funneling of government millions into failed crony enterprises like Solyndra that The Washington Post observed were “infused with politics at every level. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “No, Conservatism Should Not Embrace Populism”
“Many political observers are over-interpreting the message sent by Trump’s election.
“Populism? No thanks.
“I am not now, nor will I ever be, a populist. Evidently, that separates me from a growing number of commentators, including some conservatives, wistfully engaged in Washington’s latest fad: over-interpreting Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.
“The normally sensible Mike Lee, Republican Senator from Utah, took to our pages to plead the case of ‘principled populism’ — which is akin to calling for a sober Bacchanalia. Not surprisingly, Senator Lee’s brief doesn’t get very far before strangling in its own illogic, as odes to populism inevitably do. The ‘characteristic weakness’ of populism, he tells us, is the lack of ‘a coherent philosophy,’ which inevitably makes its ‘proposals’ (I’d have said ‘careenings’) ‘inconsistent’ and ‘unserious.’ Well, yes . . . that is because populism is inherently unprincipled, inconsistent, and unserious, such that arguing for ‘principled populism’ is so much nonsense.
“Lee, a very smart guy, is anything but nonsensical. He is clearly trying to exploit Trump’s supposed populist moment for conservative ends. In his telling, ‘principled populism’ becomes a menu of conservative proposals ‘focused on solving the problems that face working Americans in a fracturing society and global economy.’ I’m all for the menu, but that’s not ‘principled populism’; it’s conservatism — or, as Lee unnecessarily modifies it, ‘authentic conservatism.’
“To slip it into the trendy ‘populist’ brand, Lee has to misdiagnose the ‘chief political weakness of conservatism,’ which he takes to be the failure to perceive problems. To the contrary, conservatives are quite good at perceiving problems — especially problems demagogically manufactured into crises for the purpose of rationalizing populist solutions of the statist variety. In reality, the chief political weakness of conservatism is that modern Americans are conditioned to expect that government can — or must at least try to — solve all our problems. It is the lot of conservatives to resist ill-conceived solutions. Populism cannot change the fact that government is incapable of solving problems upstream of government — problems of culture and complexity that government amelioration efforts, however well-intentioned, often make worse.
“There is obvious incompatibility between conservatism’s ‘don’t just do something, stand there’ nature and populism’s demands for action that is forceful even if rash. Yet, by the end, Lee convinces himself that populism can not only ratchet up limited-government approaches but even ‘anchor conservatism to the Constitution and radically decentralize Washington’s policymaking power.’ Again, these are worthy conservative objectives. They are rooted, however, in a deep understanding of why the Constitution’s separation-of-powers framework and promotion of individual liberty are, in the long run, good for society. It is fantasy to believe these objectives will be helped along by populism. More reflective of a mood than a theory, populism is notoriously content to have big-government preening overrun limited-government caution. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Progressives without Power”
“Hard times for the Sanctimonious White Lady Party
“A very nice liberal broadcaster asked me earlier this week whether I am worried about the future of the Republican party.
“There are 25 states in which the state legislatures and governorships are controlled by Republicans, and two states with executive/legislative divides in which there are Republican legislative majorities large enough to override a veto from the Democratic governor. Sixty-eight of the country’s 99 partisan state legislative chambers are Republican-run. There are only four states with Democratic governors and legislatures; it is true that these include one of our most populous states (California), but the majority of Americans live in states in which there are Republican trifectas or veto-proof legislative majorities. Two-thirds of the nation’s governors are Republicans; more than two-thirds of our state legislative houses are under Republican control. Republicans control both houses of Congress and have just won the presidency.
“Democrats control the dean of students office at Oberlin.
“And Democrats have responded to their recent electoral defeat with riots, arson, and Alex Jones–level conspiracy theories. Progressives have just raised $5 million to press for a recount in several states. Clinton sycophant Paul Krugman, sounding exactly like every well-mannered conspiracy nut you’ve ever known, says the election “probably wasn’t hacked,” but “conspiracies do happen” and “now that it’s out there”—(who put it out there?)—“an independent investigation is called for.”
“Maybe it isn’t the Republican party whose future needs worrying about.
- Recount Wisconsin, Michigan, & PA but time will not allow task completion.
- Electoral College votes for these three states will not be counted.
- Trump drops to 260 votes, less than the 270 that he needs.
- The election goes to the House and Senate to settle. The House chooses Trump, the Senate chooses Pence.
- Outcome: Hillary has some fun and Trump begins his term discredited.
Matt Zapotosky, WaPo: “Clinton campaign will participate in Wisconsin recount, with an eye on ‘outside interference,’ lawyer says”
“The recount effort is somewhat unusual in that it comes weeks after Clinton conceded — and at the request and with the financial backing of a third-party candidate, Stein, who has no chance of winning, said election law expert Richard L. Hasen, a law professor at the University of California at Irvine. Clinton, too, has virtually no chance of altering the result, given that she would have to reverse not just Wisconsin, but also Michigan and Pennsylvania, to become president, Hasen said.
Recounts can change outcomes. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) famously defeated Norm Coleman for the seat he now holds after a months-long recount and legal battle, even though Coleman seemed initially to have a lead. But the margins are usually in the hundreds, not thousands, and typically, recounts are initiated by candidates in close races refusing to accept defeat, as is the case in the current North Carolina gubernatorial race between incumbent Pat McCrory (R) and Democrat Roy Cooper, Hasen said.
“I don’t think there’s any realistic chance whatsoever that even if recounts are done in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, that’s going to change the outcome in the states, or in the presidential election generally,” Hasen said.
In a statement Saturday, Trump said the recount was ‘just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money.’”
Laura Ingraham, Polizette: “Hillary’s Popular Vote Holdouts on Collision Course with History”
“Electoral College designed by Founders to protect vulnerable Americans from the tyranny of elites
“After complaining for months that our electoral process takes too long, now some commentators apparently want it to take even longer. Lawrence Lessig has written an article for The Washington Post saying that members of the Electoral College should ignore what they were actually elected to do, and should take it upon themselves to give the presidency to Hillary Clinton.
“His argument is that since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, she is the ‘people’s choice.’ Other commentators have made similar claims, and given the general angst and unhappiness that fills so much of the commentariat these days, we can expect this meme to float around for years to come. So let’s clarify a few points right now . . .”
Joanne – Secretary of Education
“Thanks for putting the information I sent about the selection of Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education. Unfortunately, he has already made what seems to be a bad choice. Take a look…
“. . . NO. Just no. We’ve already been through 8 years of “transformational change” in every facet of American life including public education and we don’t need any more of that crap. That was why you were elected. That was your edict from the people. In addition, I don’t want ANYONE to ensure every student in America ANYTHING. I want a USED Secretary to hand off responsibility over education to the states (and parents) where it belongs. Period. This is EXACTLY the kind of stuff we asked you NOT to allow, and yet, here is DeVos, ‘ensuring’ me of ‘opportunities’ for my children – whom she doesn’t know – which indicates to me that she’ll continue the quest to collect individual level (granular) data on students which the USDE has no business collecting in any way shape or form in order to make sure she can benevolently ‘give’ my kids what they need to fulfill their ‘highest potential’ – which is MY job. . . .”
Also – Douglas Harris, NYT: “Betsy DeVos and the Wrong Way to Fix Schools”
“NEW ORLEANS — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education has sent shock waves through the educational establishment. Understandably so, since this is a clear sign that Mr. Trump intends a major national push to direct public funds to private and charter schools. But this is more than just a political or financial loss for traditional public schools. It will also most likely be a loss for students.
“The choice of Ms. DeVos might not seem surprising. Mr. Trump has, after all, proposed $20 billion to finance “school choice” initiatives and Ms. DeVos supports these ideas. Yet of all the candidates the transition team was apparently considering, Ms. DeVos has easily the worst record.
“As one of the architects of Detroit’s charter school system, she is partly responsible for what even charter advocates acknowledge is the biggest school reform disaster in the country. At least some of the other candidates for education secretary, like Michelle Rhee, the former District of Columbia schools chancellor, led reforms that were accompanied by improved student results.
“Consider this: Detroit is one of many cities in the country that participates in an objective and rigorous test of student academic skills, called the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The other cities participating in the urban version of this test, including Baltimore, Cleveland and Memphis, are widely considered to be among the lowest-performing school districts in the country.
Detroit is not only the lowest in this group of lowest-performing districts on the math and reading scores, it is the lowest by far.
Michael van der Galien, PJM: “Geert Wilders on Track to Become Next Prime Minister of the Netherlands”
“Geert Wilders, chairman of the Party for Freedom (PVV), has been celebrating on Twitter today. The reason? His party is now the biggest party in the Dutch polls. With elections coming up in March 2017, the populist politician seems to be on track to become the Netherlands’ next prime minister.
According to the latest poll of Maurice de Hond, the Netherlands’ most famous pollster, the PVV would become the biggest party in parliament if elections were held today (link in Dutch): they’d get 33 seats in the 150-seat lower chamber.
The PVV is the Netherlands’ one and only populist party. It’s more or less “conservative,” although certainly not conservative on issues such as health care. Wilders is especially well-known for his criticism of Islam and Europe’s open-borders policy, which he routinely — and accurately — describes as suicidal. His main goal is to end “the Islamization” of Europe generally and of the Netherlands specifically.