Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here No matter the length of the Donald Trump era, four years or eight, the next Democrat – or even Republican – who ultimately lands in the Oval Office will begin his or her administration under the heavy shadow of the deliberately disruptive, history-altering 45th president. This will force, front and
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Editor’s Note: Say What? is the segment of Liberty Nation Radio where we unveil some of the most wacky, astonishing, and damnable things uttered by politicians and the chattering class. Tim Donner: So, as if we haven’t been through the wringer enough this year, President Donald Trump says no to a virtual debate, even
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here President Trump says no to a virtual debate with Joe Biden. So now that we won’t even have the second debate, will there be another? We examine this latest in a seemingly endless series of shocks to the system, after Mike Pence did his best to clean up some of
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Now that our betters in big corporate media have all but called the election for Joe Biden, we come face to face with a proposition all but dismissed just a few months ago: Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. as the leader of the free world. The key word in there is
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Editor’s Note: Say What? is the segment of Liberty Nation Radio where we unveil some of the most wacky, astonishing, and damnable things uttered by politicians and the chattering class. Tim Donner: No doubt you uttered the title of this segment — “say what?” — when you woke up Oct. 2 to discover the president and first lady have COVID-19. The questions were many, and the drama was at peak level. ABC Reporter: Who else was exposed in the West Wing? Will the president’s senior advisors and the vice president also go into quarantine? … The campaign is totally frozen in time. And the president had a very crowded schedule of campaign events over the upcoming days. Also, the presidential debates, we’re supposed to have two more debates. We’re supposed to have a vice-presidential debate. Will those go on? Obviously, all of that is uncertain. CNN Reporter: This was a code red moment for the US government, before we even had these diagnoses from FLOTUS and POTUS … This may be the most dangerous moment that the US government has ever faced … The president is suffering from a deadly virus. This feels like something we should be watching on an episode of Homeland. Tim: A deadly virus, and the average age of death from COVID-19 is 78, most with underlying conditions. President Trump is 74 with a potentially troubling condition. And on MSNBC, Dr. Vin Gupta sounded the alarm, unsurprisingly taking the opportunity to blame the president for his disregard of COVID protocols. Dr. Vin Gupta: He has a significant co-morbidity, a risk factor in addition to his age, which is being overweight. The combination of the two … I’ve cared for several patients in the ICU who have that double whammy. They’re older and they’re overweight. They have a bad trajectory, meaning they start developing shortness of breath or a cough or fever. So this is a very serious situation for the president. Perhaps, the way he’s been behaving and messaging has been wrong. And now, he’s, unfortunately, bearing the brunt of that consequence. Tim: Well, that was a typical reaction from the elite media. And like all the other unprecedented crises voters have been forced to process in 2020, when deciding how to vote they will now have to figure the president’s physical condition into the mix. But the election campaign will continue in some form, depending on how Trump gets through this period of quarantine. And at the heart of the debate over this election are the prevailing ideologies of Trump and Biden and who controls the two parties. While we know what Trump is all about — he tells us every day in every way — how about Biden, an historically moderate candidate by Democrat standards who’s been all but held hostage by the rising tide of left-wing progressives in his party? When you vote for Biden, for what policies are you voting? The Democrat nominee said he won his party’s nomination because he was not a socialist like Bernie Sanders on many issues, but particularly health care. But Trump was having none of it in the first debate. Joe Biden: Biden wanted to allow people to have private insurance still. They can, they do. They will under my proposal. President Trump: That’s not what you’ve said. And it’s not what the party has said. Biden: That is simply a lie. Trump: Your party wants to go socialist medicine … Biden: My party is me. Trump: … and socialist health care … Biden: Right now, I am the Democratic Party. Trump: And they’re going to dominate you, Joe. You know that. Biden: I am the Democratic Party, right now. Tim: Trump says the left will dominate; Biden, in turn, says he is the Democratic Party, right now, even though he’s adopted positions far to the left of his own expressed ideology for almost 50 years. Only the voters can decide whether Biden is his own man or not. And only they can decide what to make of this much-debated question and the answer by Trump, on whether he would condemn white supremacists. And he ridiculed the idea that the rampant mob violence in cities across the land was anything but a product of far-left extremism. Trump: Who would you like me to condemn? Moderator Chris Wallace & Biden: White supremacists … Trump: Stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left, because this is not a right-wing problem. This is a left one. This is a left-wing problem. Biden: Antifa’s an idea, not an organization. Trump: Oh, you’ve got to be kidding. Tim: So Trump tells a fringe far-right group to stand back. But Biden actually denies the very existence of the domestic terrorist organization identifying as Antifa. Go ahead and ask any of the people who saw their communities destroyed if the Antifa organization exists. But if there was a single soundbite from the debate that Trump supporters would like to resonate and have legs, it revolved around the number 47. And former Bush 43 Press Secretary Ari Fleischer used it to deliver a devastating critique on Biden’s refusal to say whether he’d pack the Supreme Court with more progressives if he became president. Trump: In 47 months, I’ve done more than you’ve done in 47 years, Joe. Ari Fleischer: When he said I’ve done more in 47 months than you’ve done in 47 years, that was a pretty good way to sum everything up. And I still think that Joe Biden is leaving himself very vulnerable, because he just refuses to take a stand out of weakness. He acknowledges it. I won’t give you an answer on court packing or the filibuster, because I don’t want my answer to be the issue. What kind of leader or statesman answers a question like that? Tim: Indeed, the question of leadership is what voters must ultimately decide during these trying times. But leadership qualities and policy debates may in the end shrink, in comparison with the fight over the actual outcome of the election already being waged by both campaigns, before, during, and after the debate. Trump touts what he calls a scandalous distribution of unsolicited mail-in ballots while relying on the Supreme Court and the prospective new justice, Amy Coney Barrett, to bring it to a final resolution. The last Democrat nominee said a while back that Biden should never concede. And senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin of Illinois, took issue with Hillary. Trump: If it’s a fair election, I am a 100% on board. But if I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated, I can’t go along with that. Hey, they found ballots in a wastepaper basket three days ago, and they all had the name … Military ballots, they were military. They all had the name Trump on them … I think it’s better if you go before the election, because I think this scam that the Democrats are pulling, it’s a scam … The scam will be before the United States Supreme Court. And I think having a four-four situation is not a good situation. Hillary Clinton: Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because I think this is going to drag out. And eventually, I do believe he will win, if we don’t give an inch. Dick Durbin: I disagree with Hillary Clinton. I respect her, I like her, but I think she’s just flat out wrong. If we are going to maintain a democracy, peaceful transition through an election is the only way to do it. Whoever the winner is, if it is clear and legal, that should be announced. And the other party should concede. Tim: It is actually conceivable that the loser of this election will never concede, because counting the expected deluge of mail-in ballots may take days or weeks. And courts in crucial swing states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin — have extended the deadlines for counting ballots to days past the election. ~ Read more from Tim Donner.
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here President Trump has named his third nominee to the Supreme Court: Appellate Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, constitutional originalist and devout Catholic. The nomination comes as the height of drama is reached on Capitol Hill, with the world awaiting a seismic shift in the nation’s highest court in the midst of an election for the ages. With the replacement of the most liberal member of the Supreme Court with a conservative, triggering another all-out war between Republicans and Democrats, just how much more can we take in a year already marked by pandemic, widespread civil unrest, staggering unemployment and a frightening economic downturn? We attempt to put it all in perspective … and we take a look back at how the type of progressive threat and insurrection we are witnessing now has ample historical precedent … every 50 years. We’re joined in the analysis by LibertyNation.com Political Columnist Joe Schaeffer and Legal Affairs Editor Scott Cosenza. Click for a videocast of this episode of LN Radio. For more episodes click here.
In some ways, at least, history appears to be repeating itself. Tim Donner Washington Political Columnist at LibertyNation.com. Tim is a radio talk show host, former candidate for the U.S. Senate, and longtime entrepreneur, Conservatarian policy advocate, and broadcast journalist. He is Founder and President of One Generation Away, LN’s parent organization.
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Did we even think it possible that an electorate already forced to navigate the frightening, shark-infested waters of a pandemic, crashing economy, and widespread civil unrest would see those existential issues shoved aside just a month and a half before an election of historic magnitude? Only in 2020. Indeed, a year we have all spent in a tormented existence just turned even more taxing on the soul of the nation. A grim, twilight struggle to gain control of the highest court in the land for a generation or more is now a certainty. And while the framers of the U.S. Constitution hardly envisioned a Supreme Court and federal judges with the level of power that has ultimately accrued to the judicial branch in the fullness of time, the reality on the ground – judicial supremacy – assures a titanic battle which could make the shameful Brett Kavanaugh episode look tame – if that is actually possible. Joe Biden The left will almost certainly employ whatever weapons remain in their well-worn anti-Trump arsenal to obliterate Trump’s nominee. You can bet they are already preparing the harshest of personal attacks on the most prominent names on Trump’s extensive and publicly-released list of potential justices. So Much At Stake For the Left This is for good reason. The left has far more at stake in this confirmation fight than the right. If Joe Biden wins the election and can name a replacement for the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that would only sustain the current right-leaning composition of the court. But if Trump and Mitch McConnell push his nominee across the finish line, conservatives will gain control of the court. One side seeks to survive, the other to thrive. Thus, the stakes are higher than ever for a progressive movement that has long depended on the federal courts to sanction explosively controversial initiatives rejected in the normal legislative process. Abortion, gay marriage, and restrictions on the first and second amendments are issues that come most immediately to mind. Democrats have tied their own hands in this matter. They have unloaded virtually every scurrilous allegation on Donald Trump, so incessant personal attacks on the president during this process will hardly startle voters accustomed to hearing for years on end that Trump is everything from a fascist to a white supremacist. The Trump-addled left has cried wolf for so long that few beyond the long-gone Trump haters will pay much attention. Brett Kavanaugh The Kavanaugh Miscalculation The party also disgraced itself immeasurably in the battle to destroy Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. It cost them dearly in the 2018 Senate elections, which expanded GOP control of the upper chamber. The Democrats’ array of scandalous, unfounded allegations against Kavanaugh will make their coming sound and fury about another upstanding nominee little more than just hollow cries in the darkness. There was always a sense that in going after Kavanaugh, the left picked the wrong battle, for control of the court was not at stake – Kavanaugh was simply a bit more conservative than the justice he replaced, Anthony Kennedy. It seemed more prudent to save their fire for this battle, with the very direction of the court at stake, but they all but forfeited their integrity at the altar of destroying Kavanaugh. On top of that, much like in the vice-presidential selection process, Joe Biden has boxed himself into a corner by promising to name a black woman to the high court. The need to satisfy a party given over to identity politics rendered Kamala Harris the only real choice as running mate for the former vice president, and now he will have to respond by either doubling down or renouncing his promise to nominate a woman of color to the Supreme Court. We will soon find out whether Biden will bow to growing pressure to announce who his nominee would be. The Possible Nominee? Among likely Trump nominees, there is little question that the most politically advantageous choice for the president would be Appellate Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett. She is a rising star in conservative judicial circles, young (48 years old) and attractive, already Senate-confirmed, and widely admired. As a woman replacing another woman on the court, her selection would box Biden and the left into an even deeper corner because personal attacks on the winsome Judge Barrett days before an election would not sit well with those pesky suburban women who the left has been heavily courting throughout the Trump era. Like the famous Tinkers to Evers to Chance double-play combination of baseball legend, the judicial assembly line from the Federalist Society to the White House to the Senate has been nothing short of a well-oiled machine. Trump has already delivered more than 200 judges to the federal courts – more in three and a half years than Obama named in eight years. Now, he stands at the precipice of a historic moment, destined to be discussed and debated for years to come. The opposition has weakened itself to a point where only the hope of a precious few Republican Senators who might be cajoled into joining the resistance can stand in the way. ~ Read more from Tim Donner.
Weaponizing weather, the growing specter of collectivism, and liberty under threat as never before. Tim Donner Washington Political Columnist at LibertyNation.com. Tim is a radio talk show host, former candidate for the U.S. Senate, and longtime entrepreneur, Conservatarian policy advocate, and broadcast journalist. He is Founder and President of One Generation Away, LN’s parent organization.
The events of 52 years ago are shockingly similar to what we're witnessing today. Tim Donner Washington Political Columnist at LibertyNation.com. Tim is a radio talk show host, former candidate for the U.S. Senate, and longtime entrepreneur, Conservatarian policy advocate, and broadcast journalist. He is Founder and President of One Generation Away, LN’s parent organization.