Impeach Away Democrats!

Steve Sheldon, November 7,2019

Time is running out in the third quarter. Our quarterback steps back under a heavy blitz unaided by his weak offensive line. He passes. It’s complete for another first down! But wait, he’s down. Some in the crowd are booing. It looks like there has been another targeted hit, but the referees did not throw a flag. The crowd boos more loudly. Soon a silence comes over the field as the quarterback slowly rises to his feet. 

So let me get this straight. A guy who wasn’t in the room who, reports suggest, was a Democrat asset, heard from another person that the president of the United States somehow was engaged in a horrible high crime worthy of removing him from office. This guy then, after secretly consulting with Adam Schiff for a month, comes forward under “whistleblower” status and rats on the president about the conversation that he wasn’t even in the room to actually hear. He was allowed to do this because someone conveniently changed the rules of “whistleblowing” to include information received second-hand. This “whistleblower” information is so damaging to the president that the Democrats believe he needs to be immediately impeached and removed from office. Did I miss something?

What was this high crime?” you ask. Did the president arrange the funneling of $1.5 billion dollars from a foreign entity to a company run by his son? Did he destroy evidence during a criminal investigation about the illegal handling of classified information? Did he threaten to withhold foreign aid to a country investigating a company run by his son? No, no, and no.

He simply asked a foreign country to further investigate alleged corruption involving the former Vice President of the United States who actually admitted on video that he told said country that foreign aid would be withheld if the investigator wasn’t fired who was looking into his son’s company. This is the same son who was put on the corporate board of the company being investigated who had literally zero experience in the field and didn’t even speak the language. Everyone knows this happens all the time. I just got asked to serve on a board in Uzbekistan. It has been reported widely that he was paid $50,000 a month for being a board member. Does this sound like corruption to you? It does to me and it does to every single American who isn’t hyper obsessed with losing an election three years ago to the point of the obsession becoming a mental health issue. 

Out here in real America we see this for what it is and we’re seething. How do you know we’re angry? Do we spit in the faces of those who think differently than us? Do we dress up in masks and physically attack those who share a different ideology? Do we use criminal tactics to obstruct society? Do we use violence to make our voices heard? No.

Instead, we stand in line for an entire day to show our support for the man being targeted. We make complete fools of ourselves by attending a rally and singing the National Anthem loudly. We send his campaign our hard-earned dollars five and ten at a time. Despite the censoring from the enemy in Surveillance Valley, we still tweet, post, and email our friends about what rotten treatment this president has received. We watch Tucker and Hannity and listen to Rush by the millions. We eagerly await the newest evidence of corruption from Tom Fitton and his Judicial Watch colleagues through their investigations and lawsuits. We patiently wait for John Durham to complete his task. While we do this, we still get up and go to work every day and try to improve our lives, our communities, and our nation. 

We don’t live in echo chambers like those in the D.C. bubble do. We look at real evidence, the actions of accusers, their political backgrounds, and come to our own conclusions. We know when due process is being turned on its head. We know when propaganda and opinions are substituted for actual facts. And, we’re sick and tired of it. 

Out here in forgotten America, we recognize one thing: We love America and so does our president. With every attack, every false accusation, and every smear, we love him even more. This is what the other side doesn’t get. Every attempt at cutting him down only makes our resolve stronger. He’s our Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Force has awakened.

When he was elected, many of us were lukewarm to him. Some of us were even repulsed by his demeanor and awkwardness with certain presidential tasks. However, with every attack we care less and less that he calls a spade a spade in a language we all understand. I personally howled at my TV with delight when he called the latest smear campaign “B.S.” at a rally on national television. I cheered not because I like my president to swear on national television, but because he described the situation exactly how I and millions of other Americans saw it, “bull*hit.”

He has earned our respect by his actions. From jobs, to the stock market, to his love for our military and police, to his stance on the border, to his foreign policy, to his treatment of our enemies, to his judicial appointments, to his enthusiasm for our great country, his actions speak louder than the smears from the other side. The stock market is roaring, manufacturing jobs have come back, unemployment is at all-time lows, our enemies fear us, we’re stronger as a nation than we’ve been in two generations yet the Left can do nothing but attack. This will be their complete and total undoing.

The impeachment/not impeachment vote will be a watershed moment for the Democrat party. They have sealed their fate. Their playbook is worn thin. They’ve run “smear up the middle” and “fake accusation option” far too many times. They have targeted our quarterback with cheap shots way too often while the referees looked the other way. Well, the fans of America are packed in the stands cheering for the home team, and they’re not having any more of it.

Go ahead Democrats, impeach away. Take one more cheap shot. Our quarterback can take it. You’re in the final quarter, two scores down, and he has many touchdowns yet to make. If we could only get the line to block for him on occasion. It will be a gamechanger when the video review reverses the last play and disqualifies some of your team for your dirty tricks. A few of us saw it when it happened, but more and more of us are seeing it every time it is replayed. 

Maybe when the fans come out of the stadium to carry off our victorious quarterback in a celebration of a tremendous victory, you will finally understand how much we love our team. 

Your bus ride home will be a long and quiet one. Go ahead, take one more cheap shot. Impeach away.

What Should Trump Supporters Make Of The Latest Impeachment Polling?

Scott Morefield, November 7,2019

As polling on impeachment again dominates the news cycle, it’s worth revisiting the issue from the perspective of those who support President Trump. As I’ve noted here before, it’s important not to get too wrapped up in these polls. However, it would also be unwise to take the position that there’s no validity to any of them or the patterns they represent. Statistical sampling, done properly, IS a thing, and political types should indeed take polling seriously. However, such polls merely represent public opinion during a very specific window. Right now, a complicit, Trump-hating media is pushing impeachment like candy-flavored crack, purposefully duping many into falsely thinking that POTUS actually did something illegal and somehow deserves being removed from office.

That said, though there is definitely an entrenched percentage of the population that would hate the Bad Orange Man even if he personally wrote them a check for a million dollars each, I believe the national opinion isn’t quite as ‘anti-Trump’ as the media would have us believe. Last month, I wrote about how Fox News’ “bogus” impeachment poll essentially shifted the national narrative - unfairly - to that of a majority of Americans supporting the impeachment and removal of President Trump from office. The problem, as I and many others saw it, was the fact that this poll and others like it failed to control for political party identification, thus almost always under-sampling Republicans. 

According to Gallup, 31 percent of Americans identify as Democrats, 29 percent identify as Republicans, and almost 4 out of 10, or 38 percent, identify as Independents. So, if polls want to give an honest assessment, it would seem logical to think they should control for political party identification with as much gusto as they control for other factors such as race, education, age, etc. Instead, the official “Fox News Poll Methodology Statement” says: “Generally, weights are only applied to age, race, education, and area variables. The Fox News Poll is not weighted by political party.”

Instead, what we generally get is Democrats, for whatever reason, being polled and/or responding to polling at a significantly higher rate than Republicans. Last month, 48 percent of Fox News’ poll respondents identified as Democrats and 40 percent were Republicans. That’s an eight percent difference, with only the remaining 12 percent Independent. The mid-October result on impeachment? 51 percent, or a newsworthy national majority, wanted Trump impeached and removed from office.

This month, Fox News’ latest poll had a similar sample, albeit a slightly different, but significant, outcome. This time, Democrats outnumbered Republicans statistically to the tune of 49 percent to 41 percent, with Independents making up the rest. That’s still an eight percentage point difference. Of the Independents who did make it into this poll, those who do not favor Trump being impeached and removed from office lead those who do by a significant gap, at 47 to 38 percent. As for the non-independents, party identification pretty much dominates how respondents feel about the question of impeachment, with an overwhelming percentage of Republicans wanting to keep the president in office and a similarly overwhelming percentage of Democrats wanting to see him gone. But as many of Trump’s defenders have pointed out, Democrats have been wanting to see Trump gone since January 2017. So, that’s nothing new.

But Fox News isn’t alone. The recently-released NBC/Wall Street Journal poll had a similarly distributed sample. In that poll, 43 percent of respondents identified as a Democrat while only 35 percent identified as Republican. In that poll, 14 percent were “Strong Independent” and another 8 percent weren’t sure. It also found 49 percent backing Trump’s impeachment and removal.

Besides the sample weighting, I also continue to take issue with the line of questioning, and it’s worth mentioning again. To sum up what I expressed last time: To ask “Should President Donald Trump be impeached and removed from office?” - as most of these polls do in some form or another - is unfair to the seriousness of the process, in my opinion. Impeachment is one thing. It’s done in the House of Representatives and is currently being done in a completely partisan manner by House Democrats. But removing a president from office for “high crimes and misdemeanors” is a Senate function. Might there be some who want to see him impeached as a sort of punishment or check, but think tearing the country apart by removing a sitting president and essentially undoing the 2016 election is a bridge too far? It’s quite likely, but we won’t find out with any of these polling methods.

I have the real polls,” Trump said Sunday in response to the polling news, calling the Fox News polls “lousy” and saying they should “get themselves a new pollster.” Maybe he’s referring to internal polling, but still, it’s a pretty safe bet that a vast majority of Democrats want the president removed. But again, that’s no different than the landscape looked the moment he assumed office. 

In truth, President Trump doesn’t need to win the impeachment polling wars, as long as he wins the impeachment vote in the Senate. He doesn’t need to win the approval ratings either, or even a majority of voters, as long as he wins the electoral college in November 2020. 

Steve Scalise Says Law Required Trump To Ask Ukrainian President About Corruption

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La) told ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos that Trump had a legal requirement to ensure that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was rooting out corruption before Trump could legally send foreign aid to Ukraine. Rep. Scalise said the National Defense Authorization Act passed last year requires the president to certify a country is rooting out corruption before the president can send taxpayer money to that country.

"Well, first of all on that call [President Trump] was not talking about the 2020 election or political opponents, he was talking about corruption relating to the 2016 elections. By the way, when Russia tried to interfere, George, when Russia tried to interfere with our election, it was Barack Obama who was president, not Donald Trump. President Trump has a legal requirement to ensure that the country given foreign aid, in this case Ukraine, is taking steps to root out corruption. And he and President Zelensky talked about that. Zelensky, in fact, was asked, did he think it was inappropriate, was there pressure put on him, and President Zelensky said he wasn't pressured. And he got the money ultimately. He got the money."

Rep. Scalise says Trump's conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky was not about Trump's 2020 political rivals, but about the past actions of former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden has admitted to pressuring the Ukrainian government into firing a prosecutor that was investigating Burisma, a company that Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, served as board member. Hunter Biden lacked the experience for the board position, but nevertheless drew a monthly salary of $50,000 or more. Rep. Scalise says it was these actions of former Vice President Joe Biden that Trump had a legal obligation to discuss with Zelensky. 

"It wasn't about the 2020 election, it was about what had happened prior in 2016, corruption in Ukraine. And again, the law requires the President to certify that a country before they get foreign aid is actually taking steps to root out corruption. [Speaker Pelosi] voted for that. [Chairman Adam Schiff] voted for that. I would imagine Eliot Engel voted for that. But at the end of the day, the President was talking to Zelensky about rooting out corruption. And Zelensky himself said there was nothing wrong with the call. He wasn't pressured. And he got the money. He actually got the taxpayer money."

Editors Corner 

I wasn't ready for winter yet, this morning it reared its ugly head.  What a shock to the system, I let the dog out and she made a pit stop next the front steps and made a hasty retreat back in the house.  Thank goodness the gas man is coming today and will start the gas logs.  I know one golf cart that will get a breather today and from what the weatherman forecast that machine will get a rest for the near future.  Looking at next week they say we may not get out the forties for a day or two.  Hope you folks stocked up on your anti-freeze.