Attacks On Capitol Hurt US Abroad, As Well

The shameful display of the riots that attacked our seat of government and our lawmakers gave America’s enemies an opportunity: China compared the riots to Hong Kong protests. Russia, Iran & Venezuela all mocked America. Zimbabwe argued the US lost its “moral right to punish another nation under the guise of upholding democracy.”

Quote of the Week

Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell said Friday that President Donald Trump should resign immediately after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol to stop the counting of votes by the Electoral College.

“I wish he would just do what Nixon did and that’s step down,” Powell said in an interview on NBC.

“Somebody ought to go up there and tell him, ‘It’s over. Plane’s waiting for you. You’re out,’” Powell said.

Storming the US Capitol and Threatening Congresspeople?!

The events of two days ago were so stunning that, frankly, Thinking Man hasn’t been able to wrap his mind completely around it. Who would have ever imagined that here, in the United States, we would ever see a scene like this picture where Capitol police are literally barricading the doors of the House of Representatives to try to prevent rioters from entering the chamber.

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Democrats Sweep Georgia Runoffs, With Some Help

Yesterday, Georgia held two runoff elections for its seats in the US Senate. Because of Georgia’s unique election laws, if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote then the top two vote-getters face in a runoff. Although Republican candidates got the most votes in both racess, none got a majority and so a runoff was held yesterday.

In the November elections, Democrats maintained their majority in the House (although with less seats) and Joe Biden will become President. Which party controls the Senate was still undecided until the Georgia elections. Republicans simply had to win one of the two to maintain a majority, and since both incumbents were Republican and Republican candidates got the most votes in November, they were favored.

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Person Or Principle?

It’s a classic thing that organizations of all kinds deal with. When you have a visible and dynamic leader: do people follow the leader, or do they follow the organization, what it’s built around and the purpose that originally brought people together?

Such is the dilemma of the Republican Party, or more specifically Republican voters.

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Events Of The Week Reveal Trump

If there is anyone that thinks they don’t know President Trump (is that possible these days?), then this week revealed his personality and priorities with crystal clarity. Three things stood out to anyone who was paying attention.

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Trump’s Final Election Lawsuit

In a decision on Saturday, the US District Court serving Wisconsin rejected a lawsuit brought by the Trump campaign. The judge was a Trump appointee.

A number of Trump supporters have echoed his claims of election fraud. But when you read the details of Trump’s legal briefs, you wonder how many of those people have actually read any part of the court filings.

Below is a link to an article from the conservative magazine National Review (which was founded by William F. Buckley), that gives some background and detail around the lawsuit and the ruling in that final case before the Electoral College met today. It’s worth the read.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/12/a-stunning-passage-from-the-latest-court-rejection-of-team-trump/

Weekend Quick Takes

A busy week in the news, as the Supreme Court declines to review a lawsuit on the election results, another historic peace deal in the Middle East and news on law and order. Summaries of these, in this edition of Quick Takes

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A Short History Of Election Fraud In 2020

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it had rejected a request to hear a case challenging the election results in Pennsylvania. By not hearing the case, the Court was saying that they saw no merit and that the lower court ruling (whose majority opinion was written by a Trump appointed judge) was sound.

The last time an electoral case went to the Supreme Court was in 2000. So maybe it’s worth reviewing how we got here, in the roughly one month since election day.

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