How Dark Money Could Harm Trump in 2024

By J Robert Smith

  • Nov. 21, 2023
  • 2-min read

Pennsylvania just had off-year elections. They weren’t for high-profile offices. That made them un-sexy. But the results of those contests offer clear warning shots for Trump and Republicans in 2024.

A state supreme court seat was filled along slews of lesser judgeships. County offices and school boards in some places were filled, too.

The Democrats did well, too well. Much of that is attributable to “dark money.” That’s money from sources where the donors are generally anonymous. Dark money involves a lot of big dollar contributors (as in multimillionaires and billionaires) giving huge chunks of cash to national groups who, in turn, target contests in states. The money is used not only to boost Democrat – most often “progressive” – candidates, but to run negative campaigns against Republicans.

This November in Pennsylvania, dark money made significant differences in contests that most voters pay scant attention to. Yet, the mostly local offices targeted serve as building blocks for bigger offices. They’re foundational, so critical in their ways.

If Trump and Republicans aren’t fretting now about what dark money means in statewide and larger district races in 2024 (legislative, governorships, attorneys general, secretaries of state, state treasurers, Congress, and last but hardly least, the presidency), they better start fretting and figuring out ways to raise money to counter this onslaught of rich progressives across the country … accomplished people who don’t hesitate to stroke big checks that are funneled through progressive groups to win elections.

To that end, it’s best to read Matthew Brouillette’s article at Real Clear Wire, Democrat’s National Dark Money Machine Dominates PA Elections.

Even if you don’t live in PA or give much of a damn about what happens there, what is happening there is happening – or will happen – in your state.

Here’s one pull from Brouillette’s piece that sums up the danger. In the statewide contest for a seat on the PA Supreme Court:

The media howls about outside money or individual Pennsylvanians engaging on behalf of Republicans but largely turns a blind eye to special interests bankrolling Democrats. With final spending reports still coming in, nearly 95% of McCaffery’s [pro-abortion Democrat nominee] funding came from unions, trial lawyers, other special interests, and dark-money groups.

Dark money, along with tactics (put charitably) to identify and harvest ballots, made the difference in battleground states in 2020. Trump lost those states – including Pennsylvania – by razor thin margins.

History can repeat itself if Trump and Republicans fail to fully appreciate the dark money threat and put in place strong countermeasures today.

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Why Did Democrats Spiff Up San Fran for Murderous Dictator Xi?

By J Robert Smith

  • Nov. 15, 2023
  • 2-min read

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but some people’s eyes are downright screwy. Case in point, San Francisco, where multitudes of homeless roam the streets. Said streets, sidewalks, and entrance ways are depositories for human feces, urine, vomit, blood, and whatever else humans exude from their bodies. There are also plenty of criminals who wander among the walking dead.

This is how Democrats – who laughably style themselves as “progressive” – want it. We know so because Democrats, led by their slick-haired, used car salesman-of-a-governor Gavin Newsom, just cleaned up the streets of San Francisco for Xi Jinping, the despicable tyrant atop China’s communist pyramid. Evidently, Xi doesn’t share Democrats’ sensibility that filth, crime, and general nastiness make for a pleasant, hospitable environment.

So, why do you think California Dreamin’ Democrats would go to such great pains to make San Francisco resemble a livable city again?

Sure, Democrats admire the hell out Xi and the PRC model for controlling organizing society from the top down. Scratch most progressive Democrats and there’s a Mao admirer just below the surface. More and more Democrats don’t worship God. They worship money and power – or power to get money. Power, also, to impose their debauched values on you and yours.

But for all Democrats’ blather about equity, fairness, inclusivity, and compassion, they love money and the high life. While working- and middle class Americans struggle in the Not-Golden State and across the republic, Democrats up the food chain are living like Xi and his Politburo chums live: fat and happy. You can bet their neighborhoods are homeless-free and clean as a whistle.

California enterprises – particularly high tech outfits – make bundles of dough off Xi’s China. You don’t think that California’s Democrat elite have their grubby fingers in those high tech pies?

Keeping Xi happy – and not revolted by the craphole that San Fran usually is – matters to Newsom and his own version of Xi’s politburo. San Francisco is disgusting and crime-ridden because Democrats perverted ethos makes it so.

Bet on it.

Hat tip: American Thinker contributor Olivia Murray

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DC Lifers want Gaza Ceasefire; Where were they with Ukraine?

By J Robert Smith

  • Nov. 14, 2023
  • 3-min read

Per Y! News, November 14:

More than 400 political appointees and staff members representing some 40 government agencies sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Tuesday protesting his support of Israel in its war in the Gaza Strip.

Oh, yeah? So, where have these DC lifers been when it comes to Ukraine? Since the Russian invasion happened in February 2022, mum’s been the word. If estimates are true, anywhere from 400,000-650,000 Ukrainian combatants have lost their lives in that misbegotten conflict. Millions of Ukrainians have fled their country, living as refugees in Central Europe.

Russia has lost 50,000 soldiers by some counts.

Ukraine’s summer offensive pushed by the Biden administration proved a tragic bust. Ukraine has spent itself. It didn’t have to be this way.

Whatever the propaganda from Ukraine and the U.S., the Russians didn’t want war. Putin wanted a negotiated settlement. His primary ask was that Ukraine not join NATO… that Ukraine position itself as unaligned. Period.

At first, the Ukrainians were open to the idea, but Biden’s handlers insisted otherwise. They convinced Zelenskyy to fight. The U.S. would give his regime full backing, including billions of dollars in aid. We’ve learned since that an untold amount of that money was siphoned off and pocketed by By generals and bureaucrats. Corruption is rife in Ukraine.

And let’s not forget that U.S. defense contractors are turning tidy profits off the war.

So, the war happened, but not once – not once – did the usual DC suspects send a letter to Biden calling for a halt to the killing and destruction in Ukraine.

But now they send a letter to Biden asking that his administration insist that Israel halt it’s offensive in Gaza … that humanitarian aid be rendered the Palestinians. Never mind that Hamas leaders are worth billions of dollars.

From NewsNation via MSN:

(NewsNation) — While the people of Gaza are struggling for food, water and medical care, Hamas’ wealthy leadership lives luxuriously in Qatar, according to Israeli officials.

The terrorist group has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007 after winning parliamentary elections and violently seizing control from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.

Now, its top three leaders are worth over $11 billion together, according to reports confirmed by the U.S. Treasury.

While there is a web of men who lead the terror organization, Abu Marzouk, Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh are the primary heads, each worth billions. Haniyeh, the “prime minister,” does not live in Gaza and allegedly flies between Turkey and Qatar in a private jet.

So, why this side of the Suez Canal should the U.S. send humanitarian aid to Gaza when Hamas leaders are sitting on billions of dollars in fortunes? Where’s the concern for their fellow Palestinians?

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu insists that the war in Gaza will continue until Hamas is effectively wiped out. He’s not wrong to do so. If similar gruesome attacks had occurred in the U.S. by a (fill in the blank) terrorist group, what do you think our response would be? Would it be unlike the Israelis?

The only way the Israelis should settle is if Hamas is forced from Gaza for good with ironclad guarantees that Hamas or like terrorist outfits will be kept out. The Israelis must be permitted to police Gaza.

Israel is right to wage war. Hamas demonstrated that it’ll engage any savagery to kill Israelis. “No more” is Netanyahu’s cry. As it should be.

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America’s Politics are Getting More Like Russia’s, Only Less Trustworthy!

It is not always easy to know when you are experiencing an historic event. But bank on this: people will be talking about this election for decades to come. Unless the left wins, in which case we’ll probably see the end of free speech, and history will be rewritten. But that is a topic for a future column.

This is the first quadrennial U. S. election in which one of the two major political parties has attempted to imprison their leading opponent. This is the stuff of Putin, Mao, and the Woody Allen movie “Bananas.” More importantly, it has become the “stuff” of America’s leading leftist group: the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party embodies America’s Socialist/Marxist movement. Republicans are the conservative wing, although the GOP clings less faithfully to conservative principles than the Democrats cling to leftist ones. Although that sounds simplistic, it is also manifestly true. If there is a left and a right cohort in American politics, it is the Dems who are the left and the GOP who is the right. It is a complex question, but that much generalization is accurate.

There is no doubt you could find millions of Democratic voters who love America, support freedom, capitalism, and the Constitution. There is also no doubt you will find very few of those people in positions of leadership in the national Democratic Party. It is equally true that average Democrats are becoming more leftist and more comfortable with socialist and fascist activities. They even say so.

Democrats are now accepting, with almost no pushback, ridiculous tropes that most people could even mutter without rolling their eyes. Their party is led by people who accept things on face value that are demonstrably false. For example: there are hundreds of genders; men can have babies; killing a baby in the final trimester only involves the body of the mother; America is systemically and irredeemably racist; all white people are racist; all black people are victims; or police murders of unarmed blacks are a daily occurrence. Those statements are all provably false but widely accepted by Democratic leaders and their sycophants.

The Dems have also rejected the concept of equal opportunity, preferring the concept of equity. Equal opportunity has long been the basis of the American Dream. No longer. Today, our leaders plead for equal outcomes – equity – based on a worldview that values groups but not individuals.
If you seek a party that puts a priority on the individual, the GOP welcomes you. If you seek one that cares about your sex and race, but not you, the Democratic Party is your home.

There should also be no doubt about which is America’s fascist party. Hint: it isn’t the GOP. Nearly every major policy proposal from the Dem leadership involves strengthening the government, and Washington, in particular; reducing freedom; or restricting speech. Their policies depend on big government working in an alliance with rich elites and corporate media.

When a corporate leader strays away from their playbook, he is despised. Consider Elon Musk. He has long been the darling of the left. He believes climate change is a problem and that electric vehicles are a big part of the solution. Then he dared to buy Twitter and become a vocal advocate for free speech. He questioned liberal dogma and exposed the actions by the FBI, White House, DOJ, and even the Democratic National Committee to unconstitutionally censor the speech of individuals and organizations. Now, he is excoriated. This is mostly because he supports free speech. Got it? A principle that used to be the foundation of liberal thought has now become the reason the left rejects people.

Unfortunately, it is not just the Dem leaders who abhor free speech. Public opinion surveys show huge numbers of Democratic voters – ordinary people –think Americans have too much freedom and that speech should be restricted. Just a few short years ago Dems and GOPs alike valued free speech. But one party is turning its back on it.

The differences between the leadership of the two major parties are profound. But the differences among the rank and file of both parties are becoming starker as well.

In a new RealClear Opinion Research poll, a startling 47 percent of Democratic voters said speech should be legal “only under certain circumstances,” and 52 percent approve of government censoring social media posts. A third of Democrats believe Americans have “too much freedom.”

Those saying speech should be “legal under any circumstances” included 74 percent of registered Republicans and 61 percent of independents.” Just five years ago the numbers were at parity. Something has happened to cause the number of Democrats who oppose free speech to skyrocket, and it happened very quickly. Be afraid. Be very afraid!

America’s Socialist/Democratic Party is hell-bent on growing the size and power of government; they are committed to reducing your freedom while they build their own wealth and influence; and they don’t mind using police powers to do it.

A precedent has been established that the party in power should use all means available to destroy their opponents, even to the point of tying them up with legal battles and potentially imprisoning them. This will be the most astonishing and dangerous election in our history. Fascist socialism has overtaken the Dem leadership and many of their followers. It is happening now, and it should concern you deeply.

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End of the Road for Free Speech?

By Rob Meyne

  • Nov. 8, 2023
  • 1-min read

It has been learned that the FCC will vote, next week, to give itself control over the internet. That’s right. Complete control of the internet. If this is allowed to stand, it could well be the end of all free speech in this country.

Everything we do, read, learn, and believe comes to us through the internet, or is connected with it at some point. NO governmental agency has the authority to, or justification for, controlling the internet.

It is instructive that the Biden administration has tried to keep a lid on this. They know it is bad policy, they know it is probably unconstitutional, and they know they are pursuing governmental control of the internet so they can censor you.

Don’t let them do it.

See the full proposed rule below (PDF download):

FCC FACT SHEET* — Safeguarding and Securing the Open Internet
 
 

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If Trump is so bad, why lie about him?

By Rob Meyne

  • Nov. 6, 2023
  • 4-min read

It is astonishing, but no longer surprising, how little connection exists between facts and the left’s weaponization of the media and judicial system against their political opposites. Many of the statements that are bandied about as facts simply do not hold up under even minor scrutiny.

A friend, who is a rabid anti-Trumper. He says this letter generally reflects how he feels.

The LTE (Letter to The Editor) includes many of the charges spewed millions of times every day in an attempt to portray Trump and his supporters as villains. Like so many things you hear when politics is the topic, the key charges are simply lies. And remember this: there are plenty of valid, factual things to criticize about both Biden and Trump. If you’re an anti-Trumper, you do not need to make things up. So why do you?

Consider:

  • The writer says there was an effort to establish Trump as dictator for life. There is precisely zero evidence of that. Have you seen evidence that Trump wants to be a dictator? Neither have I. Because there is none.
  • The writer also claims it was an attempt to overthrow the government. There was a riot on January 6, 2021, and people have gone to jail. But no one tried to overthrow the government.

Think logically for fifteen seconds and you will realize there was no effort to overthrow anything. The president was Donald Trump. Therefore, an attempt to overthrow the government would have been an attempt to remove Trump. An overthrow is precisely what the rioters did not seek.

  • By the same reasoning, there was no insurrection. An insurrection involves an effort to replace the people in power. The rioters supported Trump. They didn’t want to replace him.
  • One also hears January 6 was an attempt to interfere with the “peaceful transfer of power.” Yet, again, that isn’t even logical. The transfer of power DOES NOT take place on January 6. It happens on January 20. Power was not being transferred January 6, so the riot, factually, could not have been an attempt to interfere with it.
  • The letter mentions that at “least two people died that day.” The implication is, clearly, that rioters killed them. They did not. No one died at the hands of Trump supporters. Not. One. Person.

The only person killed during the riot itself was an unarmed woman shot in the face, without warning, by a Capitol Hill Police officer. Again, the description of the riots as “deadly” is an intentionally misleading statement. It is factually untrue.

There’s more:

  • The accusation that the crowd was “white supremacist goons” says nothing factual about them but does speak volumes about the bigotry and stupidity of the writer. The crowd supporting Donald Trump that day included people of all races, from all states, and represented hundreds of occupations. Anyone capable of coming up with the “white supremacist goon” line must have the knowledge and IQ of a random bag of vomit. Although that is a bit insulting to bags of vomit.
  • On a related note, we often hear the accusation that the riots on 1/6 were an effort to stop the counting of the electoral college votes. Again, there is not one shred of evidence of that. You’ve heard it but it just isn’t true.

The only specific action ANYONE advocated is the suggestion that a few select slates of state electors – where their accuracy or legitimacy was in question – be returned to their state legislatures for a final review and approval. That action would not have stopped the count or interfered in the process.

It is a FEATURE of the process, provided by law and the Constitution. It has been done before. It would have resulted in a higher degree of confidence in the results. It would not have prevented a vote count or impeded it. If you ask to get $100 out of the bank, and the teller has to confirm you have it in your account, is he or she impeding the process? Of course not. Anti-Trumpers are saying that Trump committed treason by trying to do something that is provided by law.

  • We also know that dozens, if not hundreds, of police officers and federal agents were in the crowd that day. Were they encouraging violence? We don’t know, because the FBI refuses to tell us even how many were there.
  • We also know that many police officers peacefully and politely let people into the Capitol that day. We have footage of it. The suggestion that every demonstrator entered violently or illegally is simply, again, a lie.
  • Finally, make note that President Trump has been accused of orchestrating the riot on January 6. Even after more than a year of the one-sided House committee investigation, they failed to find even a single piece of direct evidence that Trump wanted violence that day. Not. One. President Trump called for the protestors to be peaceful. So, they claim he wanted violence.

It is mind-numbing that anyone could agree with the drivel in the LTE, or the broader anti-Trump beliefs it represents, and think it is insightful, persuasive, or even factual. It is none of those things. The accusations in it are baseless, unhinged, and the product of bigotry and ignorance.

If you agree with those views, you should go back to wherever you attended school and demand your money back.

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Fear Not RFK Jr.

By J Robert Smith

  • Oct. 25, 2023
  • 5-min read

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gives some conservatives the willies. Kennedy is a vote stealer – from Trump more than Biden come autumn 2024, they claim. The fear was, is, and will be baseless. Kennedy just came out for reparations, which is a zany proposition. Even in whacko California, they’re having second thoughts about this fabulous free lunch justice measure for blacks or anyone who has Rachel Dolezal’s or Jessica A. Krug’s hutzpah.

Reparations, however, are adored by scads of affluent, progressive whites. This crowd is always looking for ways of relieving their perpetual white guilt. Kennedy’s call for reparations resonates with them. They’re mighty fine pickings for RFK Jr. That should give you a hint where Kennedy’s votes will come from. America First has nothing to do with it.

Kennedy won’t pull Trump’s voters, not many, anyway. His strategy of bestriding the ideological spectrum to gain support from the right and left is destined to fail. So, who should have the jitters? Democrats.

RFK Jr. will siphon off most of his votes from Joe the dementia sufferer. Joe, the frail, befuddled guy who a year from now – if he’s not pushing up daisies – is going to be even more feeble and witless. But if Joe is gone, you say, Democrats will move on to a more attractive candidate, say, Gavin Newsom. Surely, Newsom complicates things? He isn’t old Joe.

Au contaire! Newsom is no less a puppet – a cogent one, but no less than Joe. He has no intentions of “messing with the primal forces of [the establishment].” The moneybags will have their puppet.

Newsom, if he’s the nominee, will end up running a crimped campaign. His record as governor may appeal to California flakes and the bluest of blue precincts elsewhere, but voters who make up the broad middle will be appalled.

But Newsom has to scramble to the center. The establishment knows the game.

It may, and Newsom’s instinct will be to try, unless he has a suicide wish. But how far can Newsom stray from the weird mélange of globalism, woke, and racism that’s become orthodoxy among progressives?

Even if the string-pullers give Newsom wiggle room, he won’t venture to the middle in a void.

Unless they’re entirely lame – and they won’t be – the Trump and Kennedy campaigns will unload on Newsom as he tries to dance toward the middle. Super PACs aligned with Trump and Kennedy will weigh in. And Newsom needs to be made to own Biden’s awful policies and governance. Continue reading

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Two Fools: Tlaib and Graham

By J Robert Smith

  • Oct. 16, 2023
  • 4-min read

Last week, after Hamas attacked Israeli civilians, welcomed words of sympathy and support poured forth for Israel from Americans. Prominent Americans doing so included politicians, of course, though a good many Democrats were mute. Their quiet was reminiscent of 2020, when BLM and Antifa stoked “George Floyd” riots ran riot in Democrat-run cities. Silence is a form of consent.

Some, like Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit congresswoman – and notoriously, vehemently anti-Israel – couldn’t bring herself to answer a simple question from Fox News reporter Hillary Vaughn about those valiant Hamas terrorists butchering Israeli infants. Why, a five-year-old would have had no difficulty condemning such an act. But for Tlaib, judging by her silence, the question was fraught with circuit-overloading complexity. Or maybe it was just a case of quiet approval?

In the last couple of days, under withering criticism – and a possible House censure vote – Tlaib is backpedaling. But, heck, we kinda really knew where her heart is, and it ain’t with dead innocent Jews.

We had no trouble anticipating how Tlaib, Omar, AOC – and the other fools who make up the ridiculous Squad – would react to Hamas atrocities. Nor did we expect neocons – of a GOP stripe – to respond in any other way than calling for war.

Mind you, the Israelis have never asked the U.S. to fight it’s wars. They’ve asked for the means to fight, which we’ve gladly provided, but not for American boots on the ground. The military industrial complex isn’t complaining. Arms sales are profit. Israel eviscerating Hamas is a good and necessary thing, no question. American support is a plus.

But arm sales or not, neocons want in on the action. That would be young Americans dying in a conflict somewhere. Since Iran backs Hamas – financially, with weapons, and training – they’re focusing on warring with Iran.

The biggest mouth among the neocons – South Carolina Republican senator Lindsey Graham – wants war with Iran; he’s blustering about it a lot. War – any war, anywhere – is his default position, actually. Rev up the tanks and let the missiles fly, be that toward Russia, China, Iran, or fill in the blank. Graham is open to suggestions.

Not getting a major war with Russia – to date, anyway – has frustrated neocons in both parties. Hillary Clinton and Democrats have had a weird Russia obsession for nearly a decade. The sinister Russians have been the cause of everything bad in the Democrats universe, they bleat incessantly. The reptilian Hillary lost the presidency in 2016 because Donald Trump colluded with Vlad Putin. Yeah, and aliens want to abduct Bill and Hillary. Maybe little green men are conspiring with Putin, too?

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Is Mental Illness Destroying America?

By J Robert Smith

  • Sept. 24, 2023
  • 1-min read

Christopher Rufo, who wears a few hats, including “senior fellow and director of the initiative on critical race theory at the Manhattan Institute,” has produced an 11-minute video everyone should watch. It’s called, The Cluster B Society. It’s about how the mentally ill have worked their way into positions of power and authority in government and private institutions. The breakdown of societal norms — the rejection that truth and reality exist outside ourselves — are principal culprits in excusing a range of mentally and emotionally troubled people who follow their ambitions, ambitions that lead them to have a lot of sway over our lives.

More specifically, it’s about female mental illness. With the rise of women — women who have assumed more decision-making roles — the forms of mental illness that afflict women most peculiarly are impacting society. And, please, let’s not hear this feminist twaddle that there aren’t differences between men and women. There are and there always was, and there always will be. Those differences — the healthy ones — must work in tandem to make society function successfully.

Is there mental and emotional illness among men? You bet. Most everyone has had psycho bosses, male and female. Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were likely psychotic (none of these men were ever examined by mental health professionals, so there are no definitive diagnoses).

But mental illness can’t explain everything. There’s evil in the world, too. Lots of it. I’ll make the argument that perfectly mentally healthy people can choose to do terrible things because they’ve calculated a benefit to themselves. They choose evil over good because they gain somehow.

In modern society, ofttimes, murder, rape, child abuse, assault, theft — whatever — are excused as crimes people have committed because of circumstances and/or deranged minds. Not all criminals are insane, not by a long shot. Many are perfectly sane yet make decisions that are wrong — even evil — because they see advantages to themselves. We all know the Seven Deadly Sins.

The people running our institutions — in and out of government — most often aren’t criminal (though more appear to be). Unethical behavior, though abominable, isn’t necessarily criminal. If it were, presidents, members of Congress, CEOs, and law firm senior partners would be jailed routinely.

Regardless, I believe Rufo is making an excellent point. Mentally and emotionally troubled people — particularly women — have ridden their ambitions up ladders. They are contributors to society’s ongoing destabilization and collapse. Notice, too, that the implosion of American society seems to be happening at a quicker pace with each passing week and month.

The solution from Rufo’s perspective? Watch his impactful video to find out.

See Christopher Rufo’s short video at Rumble: Click here to watch.

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Will Democrats False Flag Us into a War with Russia?

By J Robert Smith

  • Sept. 15, 2023
  • 1-min read

Mention the Ukraine War to most Americans and their eyes glaze over. A lot of folks can’t locate Ukraine on a map. Yes, that’s partly the fault of our educational system.

Historically, though, if it ain’t happening here at home, it ain’t happening — until the Lusitania sinks or Pearl Harbor is bombed. Vietnam was peripheral until LBJ and the “military-industrial complex” took advantage of the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Only then did Americans grab their Rand McNally’s to discover where Vietnam was. Then there was Iraq, Saddam, and “weapons of mass destruction.” But that was a short war and casualties were fewer. People barely had time to unfold maps.

The Ukraine war is still a blip on the radar. Fortunately, more people oppose sending billions to Zelinsky’s corrupt regime. They’re starting to wonder why Biden’s handlers and dazed and confused Mitch McConnell give more of a damn about Ukraine than Maui and East Palestine. But those radar blips may soon balloon. Speculation is afoot that Democrats may provoke a hot war with Russia. A diversion is necessary for 2024.

To read the article in its entirety, go to American Thinker.

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