It was inevitable. As one Biden disaster follows another – from Afghanistan to the COVID-swarmed southern border to rising inflation – the mental competence of President Joe Biden is now a front and center concern in both Washington and with American allies. In the middle of all the chaos, the President vanishes for long stretches to Camp David or home to Delaware, not to be seen or heard from.
Headlines like this one from the liberal Newsweek magazine are growing:
Impeach Joe Biden Calls Grow After Taliban Seize Power In Afghanistan
Ronny Jackson, the former Obama and Trump White House physician, now a Republican Congressman from Texas, believes Biden is mentally unfit for office, saying the President is suffering from “cognitive decline.”
Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott is among those who have had enough, tweeting this:
After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment? https://t.co/l1bFrUdZH9
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) August 16, 2021
For those not familiar with its history, the 25th Amendment came about after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Vice President Lyndon Johnson ascended to the presidency. The problem? The next in line was Speaker of the House John McCormack. At 72, McCormack looked visibly frail, but if anything happened to the new President Johnson – who had already suffered a massive heart attack a few years earlier – McCormack would have gotten the job. Additionally, other presidents had been incapacitated for months on end. President James Garfield had been incapacitated by an assassin’s bullet, finally dying two months later. Only then did Vice President Chester Alan Arthur take over. And in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a severe stroke. His wife secretly ran the country.
Congress finally moved after JFK’s death, passing the 25th amendment. Among other things it provided for a president to appoint a vice president if the office had been made vacant when a VP succeeded a deceased or resigned president, as had happened with Johnson. It also enabled a president to appoint a new vice president if the incumbent vice president resigned. This would later happen when Vice President Spiro Agnew was indicted and then resigned, enabling President Richard Nixon to appoint then-Congressman Gerald Ford as vice president. The 25th was used again when Nixon himself resigned, making Ford president. Ford then appointed former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller as the new vice president.
But relevant right this moment is Section 4 of the then-new amendment that says this:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
This is exactly what Senator Scott is calling for. This would mean Vice President Kamala Harris and a majority of the Cabinet would need to formally notify Congress that Joe Biden “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” – in which case, Harris as vice president would become president.
It is crystal clear – even to America’s allies – that Joe Biden is not mentally competent to perform the duties of his office. Everything he has touched has turned into a disaster.
Clearly, as Senator Scott and a growing number of others have come to believe, for the safety of the United States – and the world – Joe Biden must be removed from the White House.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) could not have been plainer. Standing in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota – where rioting has broken out over the police shooting of Daunte Wright, a young black male stopped for a traffic violation – Waters said this when asked about the trial of Derek Chauvin, the latter the Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd (bold print for emphasis supplied):
“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
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She also urged rioters to “stay in the streets.”
This as Minneapolis, braced for the Chauvin verdict, is described as a powder keg, city stores and buildings, including the courthouse where the trial is being held and the paper’s liberal paper the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, boarded up or encased in multiple layers of fences and razor wire, with the National Guard on the scene.
Got that? In a city that has already been wracked by violence and arrests, Waters was not asking for calm but instead inciting more violence. Insurrection.
Here’s the report from Brooklyn Center per Fox News:
“An emergency curfew was imposed by police Friday night as rioting escalated outside police headquarters, FOX 9 of Minneapolis reported. As of early Saturday, Public Safety Commission John Harrington estimated about 100 people had been arrested.
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…Around 9:30 p.m., rioters breached a barrier surrounding the building, drawing a police response of flash bangs and pepper spray, the station reported. The gathering – which also included objects hurled at police – was declared an unlawful assembly soon after, according to FOX 9.”
Recall that in 2020 Minneapolis was the target of rioting that cost $350 million in damages, damaged or looted some 1300 private businesses or properties, destroying almost 100 of them. The adjoining city of St. Paul, which is also the state capital of Minnesota, had $82 million in damages, over 300 damaged buildings with over 30 destroyed outright when not seriously damaged. The record shows that by the beginning of June 2020 there had been 2 deaths, 604 arrests, and more than $500 million in damage to 1,500 properties.
None of this counts the death, destruction and damages inflicted on other major American cities both in 2020 and right this minute in 2021. As this is written Portland, Oregon is yet again ablaze, a Friday night riot resulting in buildings set on fire and windows of private businesses smashed.
On and on goes this orgy of violence. And what does this sitting Member of Congress have to say? In a visit to one of these war zones she demands the rioters be “more confrontational” and to “stay in the streets.”
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Let’s cut to the chase. What Maxine Waters is doing is urging insurrection. She is deliberately, willfully inciting the mobs to violence.
So where is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi? At first, Pelosi was silent. Then Pelosi, the self-same Speaker who said President Trump’s January 6th speech urging peaceful and patriotic protest “incited an armed rebellion against our common country” – and therefore Trump “had to go” – made a point of backing Waters and her comments.
By Pelosi’s own standards, Waters’ is out there inciting violence and insurrection, or, to use Pelosi’s own words, Congresswoman Maxine Waters has “incited an armed rebellion against our common country.”
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy got it. On Monday he tweeted, as headlined and reported in The Washington Examiner:
McCarthy warns Pelosi to take action on Maxine Waters ‘inciting violence in Minneapolis,’ or he will
McCarthy’s tweet said this:
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”
Not long after that tweet, Pelosi responded, telling CNN in answer to a question of whether Waters owes an apology:
“No, she doesn’t. Absolutely not.”
In a blink, McCarthy acted. In an exclusive with Breitbart McCarthy’s reaction was headlined this way:
Exclusive – Kevin McCarthy Moves to Formally Censure Maxine Waters
‘Broke the Law,’ ‘Incited Violence’
Said McCarthy in his statement:
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Increased unrest has already led to violence against law enforcement and her comments intentionally poured fuel on the fire. We’ve heard this type of violent rhetoric from Waters before, and the United States Congress must clearly and without reservation reprimand this behavior before more people get hurt. But Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior. That’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments, and I hope that all my colleagues – both Republican and Democrat – will stand up for peace on America’s streets.”
Added Texas Senator Ted Cruz:
“Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart.”
The question now should be: Is it time to censure not only Waters – but Pelosi herself?
Well of course liberal Hollywood elites would do this. Here’s the headline from the Hollywood trade paper Variety:
Hollywood Stars, Entertainment Companies Sign Open Letter Condemning Georgia Voting Restrictions
Among the stars listed as signing, says Variety, are:
“The hundreds of signatories included the likes of Netflix, Amazon, ViacomCBS, Starbucks, Facebook and UTA, as well as celebrities such as Rooney Mara, George Clooney, Mark Ruffalo, Larry David, Josh Gad, Lee Daniels, George Lucas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leonardo Dicaprio, Demi Lovato, Shonda Rhimes, Samuel L. Jackson, Orlando Bloom and Naomi Campbell. Business titans such as Michael Bloomberg, Scooter Braun, J.J. Abrams, David Geffen and Warren Buffett also signed the note.”
One has to ask: Have they even read the law?
Over there at Real Clear Politics a number of leaders in the black community had another view altogether. The headline:
Why We Black Leaders Support Voter ID Laws
The column said, in part, this, bold print for emphasis supplied:
“America is a country of over 300 million people. We are comprised of every shape, size, nationality, and opinion. This diversity has proven to be one of our greatest strengths.
However, if you listened to largely white liberal media personalities and elite CEOs, you wouldn’t know this. According to liberal orthodoxy, all Blacks think alike, and all Blacks support Black Lives Matter, and all Blacks oppose the recently enacted Georgia Election Integrity Act.
…These elites are totally oblivious to the real Black leaders, such as civil rights legend Robert Woodson and Richard Finley; younger leaders like Wall Street wizard John Burnett; National Black Chamber of Commerce founders Harry and Kay Alford; Michael Murphy, political operative extraordinaire from Georgia; business and football legend Herschel Walker; Texas state Rep. James White; 21-year-old West Virginia state Rep. Caleb Hanna; former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer S. Carroll; former ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission Ken Blackwell; and U.S. Congressmen Byron Donalds and Burgess Owens, to name a few.
What do all these people have in common? They are all Republican, therefore white liberal elites don’t deem them to be Black because they come from a conservative perspective.
…To add insult to this patronizing injury, the very same liberal elites who blast voter ID laws that most Blacks support run corporations that practice similar ID policies. If every other ethnicity is required to show an ID to vote, why is the Black race considered incapable of doing so.
This notion is absolutely insulting.
You can’t board a plane without an ID. You can’t pick up a package from a UPS distribution center without an ID. You can’t buy alcohol without an ID. And you definitely can’t visit President Biden in the White House without an ID. Is that racist? Of course it isn’t.”
Got that? These liberal Hollywood elites are attacking ID to vote in Georgia – in spite of the fact that black leaders aplenty in and out of Georgia do in fact support the law. (As noted in this space right here with Georgia black clergy standing up for the law.)
As a matter of fact, when it comes to ID in Hollywood? Take a look at just one major Hollywood studio – Warner Brothers. The studio runs tours. And if you are visiting Hollywood and want to take the Warner studio tour you will learn this from the studio web site:
“A form of legal photo identification is required to be shown during check-in.”
It doesn’t get more hypocritical than that.
But hey, this is Hollywood.
Uh-oh. Former Vice President Joe Biden, briefly out of his basement, has just landed himself in hot water – with his own leftist activist base. Biden’s sin? Here’s the headline from Mediaite:
Joe Biden Says Confederate Monuments Should Come Down, But ‘Protect’ Columbus and George Washington
The story says:
“2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden expressed support for the removal of Confederate statues on Tuesday, though added that statues of Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson should be protected by the government.”
Google “ Columbus was…” and there are entries with headlines like this one from the left-wing Vox:
9 reasons Christopher Columbus was a murderer, tyrant, and scoundrel
Why do we even celebrate Columbus Day?
Or this from The Philadelphia Tribune just last October, The Tribune being “the nation’s oldest and continuously published newspaper reflecting the African American experience.”
Five facts proving Columbus was one of history’s worst monsters
This 2019 jewel begins:
“Monday, Oct. 14 is Columbus Day this year. If you celebrate Christopher Columbus (born Cristofor Colombo) on that day or any other day, you are a celebrator of racist genocide, massive land robbery, barbaric slavery, child/adult serial rape, and systemic torture.”
The kind of stories that say these things have now moved to the next, seriously violent steps. Here are some of the current headlines:
Newsflash? These attacks are not the result of anti-Biden conservatives or intoxicated country club Republicans. These attacks are the latest – and decidedly violent – a manifestation of leftist rage. And these kind of people are going to sit back and quietly vote for Joe Biden – who is now out there saying this?
“For example, taking down, toppling Christopher Columbus statues or George Washington statues, et cetera, I think that is something that the government has an opportunity and responsibility to protect from happening.”
Let’s be clear. This “movement” is no longer about race. It’s about open sabotage of everything American, which quite specifically includes the destruction of American history and culture. And, yes, the sabotage of the Democratic Party as it is now constituted and led by Joe Biden.
These activists are out to take over the Democratic Party and get rid of leaders like Joe Biden – beginning with Joe Biden himself. There is nothing Biden can do – and he is surely going to try – to appease these self-imagined revolutionaries. He will bob and weave, duck and cover and try and find the middle ground. In this instance the Biden “solution” is “Confederate statues bad” but “Columbus deserves government protection.”
It isn’t going to work. These activists are not about compromise or moderation. Appeasement does not work with revolutionaries.
Which is to say, Joe Biden’s monument problem is monumental.
In the midst of all the statue pulling-downs, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi removing portraits of her predecessors as Speaker and demanding that various statues lining the halls of the US Capitol be removed, it is clearly the moment to ask:
Is it time to disband the Democrats? To abolish the Democratic Party outright?
After all, the portraits Pelosi removed were all Democrats. So too are those depicted in the statues she wants ousted. And, but of course, there was a reason.
Way back there in the ancient days of 2008, I took a detailed look at the Democratic Party’s record on race. It ran in The American Spectator with the title Democrats: The Missing Years. The Wall Street Journal picked up the piece as well.
I wrote the piece because as the Democratic Convention that nominated Senator Barack Obama was gathering, the Democratic National Committee had dedicated a portion of their website to recounting the party’s history. Except, well, the DNC’s account was missing – a lot. Not to mention was it deliberately and decidedly falsely trying to cast the Democrats as the party of civil rights. Clearly it was time to set the record straight, which I did. Here are a few excerpts:
“So what’s missing?
• There is no reference to the number of Democratic Party platforms supporting slavery. There were 6 from 1840-1860.
• There is no reference to the number of Democratic presidents who owned slaves. There were 7 from 1800-1861
• There is no reference to the number of Democratic Party platforms that either supported segregation outright or were silent on the subject. There were 20, from 1868-1948.
• There is no reference to “Jim Crow” as in “Jim Crow laws,” nor is there reference to the role Democrats played in creating them. These were the post-Civil War laws passed enthusiastically by Democrats in that pesky 52-year part of the DNC’s missing years. These laws segregated public schools, public transportation, restaurants, restrooms, and public places in general (everything from water coolers to beaches). The reason Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks became famous is that she sat in the front of a “whites only” bus, the “whites only” designation the direct result of Democrats.
• There is no reference to the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, which, according to Columbia University historian Eric Foner became “a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.” Nor is there reference to the University of North Carolina historian Allen Trelease’s description of the Klan as the “terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.”
• There is no reference to the fact Democrats opposed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. The Thirteenth banned slavery. The Fourteenth effectively overturned the infamous 1857 Supreme Court Dred Scott decision (made by Democrat pro-slavery Supreme Court justices) by guaranteeing due process and equal protection to former slaves. The Fifteenth gave black Americans the right to vote.
• There is no reference to the fact Democrats opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. It was passed by the Republican Congress over the veto of Democratic President Andrew Johnson. The law was designed to provide blacks with the right to own private property, sign contracts, sue and serve as witnesses in a legal proceeding.
• There is no reference to the Democrats’ opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses Grant. The law prohibited racial discrimination in public places and public accommodations.
• There is no reference to the Democrats’ 1904 platform, which devotes a section to “Sectional and Racial Agitation,” claiming the GOP’s protests against segregation and the denial of voting rights to blacks sought to “revive the dead and hateful race and sectional animosities in any part of our common country,” which in turn “means confusion, the distraction of business, and the reopening of wounds now happily healed.”
• There is no reference to four Democrat platforms, 1908-1920, that are silent on blacks, segregation, lynching, and voting rights as racial problems in the country mount. By contrast, the GOP platforms of those years specifically address “Rights of the Negro” (1908), oppose lynchings (in 1912, 1920, 1924, 1928) and, as the New Deal kicks in, speak out about the dangers of making blacks “wards of the state.”
• There is no reference to the DNC-sponsored Democrat Convention of 1924, known to history as the “Klanbake.” The 103-ballot convention was held in Madison Square Garden. Hundreds of delegates were members of the Ku Klux Klan, the Klan so powerful that a plank condemning Klan violence was defeated outright. To celebrate the Klan staged a rally with 10,000 hooded Klansmen in a field in New Jersey directly across the Hudson from the site of the Convention. Attended by hundreds of cheering Convention delegates, the rally featured burning crosses and calls for violence against African Americans and Catholics.
• There is no reference to the fact that it was Democrats who segregated the federal government of the United States, specifically at the direction of President Woodrow Wilson upon taking office in 1913. There is a reference to the fact that President Harry Truman integrated the military after World War II.
• There is a reference to the fact that Democrats created the Federal Reserve Board, passed a labor and child welfare laws, and created Social Security with Wilson’s New Freedom and FDR’s New Deal. There is no reference these programs were created as the result of an agreement to ignore segregation and the lynching of blacks. Neither is there a reference to the thousands of local officials, state legislators, state governors, U.S. Congressmen and U.S. Senators who were elected as supporters of slavery and then segregation between 1800 and 1965. Nor is there reference to the deal with the devil that left segregation and lynching as a way of life in return for election support for three post-Civil War Democrat presidents, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt.
• There is no reference that three-fourths of the opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Bill in the U.S. House came from Democrats, or that 80 percent of the nay vote on the bill in the Senate came from the Democrats. Certainly, there is no reference to the fact that the opposition included future Democratic Senate Leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia (a former Klan member) and Tennessee Senator Albert Gore, Sr., father of future Vice President Al Gore.
• Last, but certainly not least, there is no reference to the fact that Birmingham, Alabama Public Safety Commissioner Bull Connor, who infamously unleashed dogs and fire hoses on civil rights protestors, was in fact — yes indeed — both a member of the Democratic National Committee and the Ku Klux Klan.”
Now, of course, all of this history of judging – and punishing – by skin color has now morphed into so-called “identity politics” – the son of segregation and grandson of slavery. The Democrats – past and very much present – are the Party of Race.
Pelosi’s removal of portraits of four of her predecessors, not to mention various statues, is a quiet admission that all of them were, yes indeed, leaders of the Democratic Party. The move by Princeton University to remove President Woodrow Wilson’s name from the university’s public policy school is a quiet admission that Wilson, a former Princeton president elected as the Democrat governor of New Jersey and who, as the leader of the progressive movement that was at the core of the Democratic Party, was indeed a serious racist. Which is exactly why Wilson was so at home as both prominent member and leader of the Democratic Party.
So as the statues come down and the portraits of Democrats are removed the obvious question.
Isn’t time – perhaps past time? – to disband and abolish the Democratic Party? And start over?