• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

This isn’t the only reason Americans are fleeing their public schools….Why Is It Encouraged?



At a school board meeting this evening, the board that governs one of Minnesota’s largest school districts will vote on a resolution that would institutionalize the promotion of LGBTQ doctrine in that district’s schools. Here it is:

LGBTQIA+ History and Culture Resolution
June 21, 2022

A RESOLUTION of the Osseo Area School District Board of Education to acknowledge the value of the lives of our trans, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, queer, intersex, two-spirit, asexual, nonbinary, and gender-expansive scholars and staff

So I guess it’s now TLGBQITANG-E.

WHEREAS, by recognizing Pride Month, the District supports, models, and advocates for policies, practices, and curricula that honor and respect LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and their families; and

WHEREAS we are committed to creating environments for our transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive youth to not experience trauma and harm and to show up as their full authentic selves as stated in our district vision “to unleash and enhance the brilliance of our scholars to thrive and change the world;” and

WHEREAS ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools is the fifth-largest school district in the state and serves a self-reporting population of 2.7% (1) of students who are transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive, and 20% (2) of students who identify as LGBTQIA+; and

Those numbers are, I think, unprecedented through human history. Why are a large percentage of our young people suddenly “identifying” as LGBTQetc? Could it be that there is positive encouragement in that direction?

WHEREAS the month of June has become a symbolic month in which lesbians, gay, bisexual people, transgender, and supporters come together in various celebrations of Pride; and

WHEREAS School Board Policy 508 states that all school district students, including transgender and gender diverse students, deserve respectful and inclusive learning environments that value students’ gender identity and gender expression. The school district strives to provide programming and facilities where all students feel safe and supported; and

WHEREAS School Board Policy 102 prohibits discrimination and harassment based on a person’s protected status which includes the following: race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, including gender identity or expression, age, family care leave status, or veteran status. The school district also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled persons; and

WHEREAS sexual orientation and gender expression-biased bullying are among the most common forms of harassment in schools, and scholars who are gender-expansive are more likely to be targets of harassment, bullying, and violence; as “The majority of LGBTQ youth (52%) who were enrolled in middle or high school reported being bullied either in person or electronically in the past year.” (3) and

WHEREAS Osseo Area Schools seeks to eliminate transphobia and homophobia in any form and is committed to examining our own practices, procedures, and policies to identify structural barriers that are embedded and perpetuated in the educational system; and

WHEREAS the problems of society are mirrored in schools, and these problems can only be fully addressed with a united effort of community and school coming together for the betterment of our student’s future; and

WHEREAS, in 1993, Minnesota amended its Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity in employment, housing, education, and public accommodations; and

WHEREAS Osseo School Board’s Strategic Directions include the expressed goals to “create safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environments that foster global curiosity, belonging, innovation and engagement;” and “address, acknowledge, and reduce systemic disparities, barriers, and inequities as we lead, develop and align our district toward continuous improvement”; and

Some of us remember when a school district’s goals revolved around teaching students to read and write, do mathematics, and master the basics of science and history. It would be interesting to know how this school district is doing on those metrics.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Independent School District 279 School Board supports the following district and department operational plans that value and support the lives of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Nonbinary, and Gender-expansive scholars.

1. Declaration of June as Pride Month. Osseo Area School Board declares June as Pride Month and directs the Superintendent and all District staff to support policies, practices, and curricula that respect LGBTQIA+ students and their families in June and throughout the school year.

2. We re-commit to practices within the Osseo School District that protect and affirm our transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive scholars. This includes the full implementation of our Gender Inclusion Policy, support for Gender Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and Queer Straight Alliances (QSAs) in our schools, professional development for all school staff, and gender-affirming curriculum and pedagogical practices.

3. Elevate the voices of LGBTQIA+ scholars and staff to help dismantle systemic barriers in our school district by establishing an LGBTQIA+ employee affinity group and establishing an LGBTQIA+ scholar/parent/caregiver/ally advisory group. This committee will advise our district administration and school board on structural barriers, inequities, and the lived experience of LGBTQIA+ scholars and their families.

4. Ensure there is adequate initial and ongoing support for the Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Achievement, and the Equity Department to implement an intersectional approach to systemic barriers to equity of all forms.

I suppose most public schools nowadays have an Equity Department and subscribe to the shibboleths of “intersectionality.”

5. Require system leaders to measure disparities and track district performance to inform progress LGBTQIA+ disparities through policy, practice, and pedagogy.

Apparently no one noticed that that sentence doesn’t make sense. Educational standards are not high.

6. Ensure that all facility design standards include increased privacy and greater student choice in restrooms and locker rooms.

7. Establish a full month before June during each academic year to observe LGBTQIA+ History and Culture Month because it is essential for our education system to teach the experiences, honor the history, and highlight the contributions of transgender, gender expansive and non-binary people; and

8. Provide resources for families/caregivers in the district to understand and talk with their scholars about LGBTQIA+ identities.

9. In recognition of LGBTQIA+ in June each calendar, the Osseo School Board invites the community to join in the celebration by raising the LGBTQIA+ Progress Pride flag on June 1st at all district buildings and in the school board room as a symbol of support to our LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and their families.

10. Report the progress of this resolution annually to the Osseo School Board during the month of June.

(1) 2016 State Grade 11 demographics
(2) 2019 State Grade 11 Demographics
(3) https://www.thetrevorproject.org/research-briefs/bullying-and-suicide-risk-among-lgbtq-youth

This kind of thing isn’t the only reason that millions of Americans are fleeing the public schools, but it is high on the list. I understand that this resolution is expected to pass.

America’s Hero Conservative….DAVID HOROWITZ!!!

une 21, 2022

David Horowitz, Extraordinary Anti-Communist

By John Dale Dunn at American Thinker:

For decades, going back to the mid 1980s David Horowitz has been a leader of the anti-communist movement and for America.  In 2021 he released 2 more books to add to his oeuvre of more than 25, The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America and I can’t Breathe: How a Racial Hoax is Killing Americaboth published by Regnery.

Horowitz is now a famous and prominent conservative activist, rhetorician and writer of books and essays.  He was a  communist who grew up a red diaper baby of two New York City communist teachers, went to college at Columbia and UC Berkeley for graduate school, a tour with Bertrand Russell where he was heavily involved in the anti-Viet Nam, communist, progressive movement of the 60’s.  Then he returned to America as co-editor of Ramparts, published out of San Francisco and the signature Marxist/Socialist magazine in America in the late 60s and early 70s.  

During his time as editor of Ramparts, Horowitz became very involved with the Black Panthers and Huey Newton and that led to a life-changing event.  He recommended his friend and professional colleague Betty van Patter as accountant for the Black Panthers, who had some grants for racialist projects in Oakland.  But when van Patter advised the Panthers to avoid illegal use of the grant moneys, the Panthers murdered her and dropped her body in San Francisco Bay. 

Horowitz retreated from political activity for a time and in the mid 1980s went public as a conservative supporter of Reagan and that was the beginning of new role that has continued to this day.  Horowitz continued to write and speak, created an activist anti-communist conservative advocacy project named the David Horowitz Freedom Center, with an arm called Discover the Networks, that does research and publishes studies on leftist/communist/Islamist front organizations.  He wrote and advocated for academic freedom and against the racialist/crit theory/progressive/socialist/ anti-America agenda.  He has been and is strong supporter of Donald Trump’s agenda to restore American values and reject the “woke” progressive agenda.   

The Enemy Within is a fast-paced book that is 200 pages of text and is heavily referenced for the scholars and curious.  In the first chapter Horowitz sets the table with a discussion of the ideological forces afoot in America to tear it down.

In the introductory discussions, Horowitz covers a lot of ground about the domestic enemies of America in and out of government. He also identifies and discusses major public figures and exposes the malevolence of the left in detail.  In sequence, Horowitz discovers the ideological underpinnings—identity politics, cultural Marxism, racialism, efforts to harass and cancel the opposition, highjack the social and economic and religious institutions to accomplish the “march through the institutions” advocated by the 1930s Italian  commie Antonio Gramsci.                 

In the middle chapters he focuses on events and trends as well as major malefactors in the racialism/ progressive/crit theory movement, the race protests, intimidations and the public disruptions movement directed at all things American—from public violence to harassment of opposition and blocking the opposition from speaking.  Special attention is devoted to the impact of race hustlers and the communists that use race to denigrate and destroy the American society.

In chapter 8, he returns to ideological issues in identifying domestic seditionists and promoters of Orwellian dystopian changes in American government and social fabric.  The final chapters cover the salutary impact of Trump and the exposure of the deep state and dystopian oligarchic tyranny; the challenge of reversing the march through the institutions and the corruption of government by leftist progressive oligarchy in academic, media, and corporate America as well as the deep state, that have as a goal a one-party totalitarian state.

Dinesh D’Souza: “David Horowitz has firsthand knowledge of who these people are, how they act, and how they think”

I Can’t Breathe is easier to summarize for my purposes because it is an in-depth and insightful book on the white cop/black criminal events of the past decade used as an excuse by communist racialist revolutions to tear the country apart and enshrine racialism as a new religion, with various black criminal types as patron saints.

I reviewed the many events investigated by Horowitz and blown up by the media into race events, and Horowitz does a good job of exposing the lies and deceit. You will recognize a good number of the many cases.

I also appreciate the assiduous effort of Horowitz to debunk the claims of the racialists with the facts of the cases as well as the statistical proof that blacks are disproportionately inclined to criminality, particularly violent criminality.  Horowitz shows that the ginned-up complaints about unequal justice are easily disproved, and he provides the evidence.

Larry Elder: “Horowitz blows the lid off Black Lives Matter lies and exposes the damage the movement has done to the black community.”

John Dale Dunn MD JD is a retired emergency physician and inactive attorney.

(Just a note….I was teaching Russian at the University of Minnesota High School when David Horowitz was at the TOP of the country’s national Red Communist leadership as I recall.

I was a voting Democrat of the day….the Hubert Humphrey kind. The University stationed about twenty coast to coast communist and such newsprint sources at Dinky Town where lefties cared to conquer their beer. Horowitz seemed to be the most talented selling his fascism, so I would buy his monthly….I think it was a quarter rate.

I was fully aware of the Soviet Communist Revolution and Stalin Soviet bloody decades. David Horowitz was a talented writer while selling his communist product.

And wow! Murder arrived at his Central Red Station via the local news….was it in San Francisco? As I recall Horowitz was supposed to be the target…….

Years later I came across a local Twin City news article reporting that David Horowitz was attacked by rioters while giving a college speech somewhere.

No, not exactly. He was attacked by a large group of lefty RED COMMUNISTS who objected to his conservative lecture at this big-time college.

David Horowitz has been one of my favorite Americans ever since! He’s a good writer as well as a taunting speaker! ghr)

Why Aren’t There Any Republicans In Congress “To make their moves TO SAVE THE COUNTRY?”

WaPo: Investor response to Biden’s anti-oil policies is why we can’t get more gasoline, you know

ED MORRISSEY Jun 21, 2022 at HotAir:

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Yes, we know. So does the White House and Joe Biden, who deliberately set those signals and might have even bragged about their results, had his fantasy energy ambitions come true. Instead, Biden’s blathering about corporate greed, while even normally sympathetic media outlets like the Washington Post are putting two and two together:

The futility of the White House effort came through in the response to letters President Biden sent this week to the nation’s major oil companies, chastising them for squeezing “historically high profit margins” out of their refineries. “At a time of war, refinery profit margins well above normal being passed directly onto American families are not acceptable,” Biden wrote. Biden threatened to invoke emergency powers if the companies don’t bring prices down.

The companies are unmoved. The profits follow years of heavy losses at many facilities after demand plunged during the pandemic. Unpredictable shifts in oil markets had created a challenging business climate before that. Even at this moment of windfall refinery earnings, when the profit margin on each barrel of oil processed has jumped from a dollar or two a year ago to as much as $18 today, investors are hardly jumping at the opportunity to enter the sector. They fear the profits are short lived. The administration’s environmental priorities — as well as rising public and corporate concern about climate change — would make many refineries obsolete in the not-too-distant future.

Building and upgrading the mammoth structures is a messy, expensive undertaking that can drag on longer than a decade, strain the finances of even the biggest fossil fuel giants and run the risk of getting abandoned before that investment is returned. …

The last major refinery to come online in the United States, in 1977, is the one owned by Marathon Oil in Garyville, La. It is capable of pumping out 578,000 barrels per day. Since it opened, more than half the refineries in the United States have closed.

And why is that? And why haven’t we built more refineries? It’s not because the demand for gasoline has slaked off over the last 45 years, certainly. It’s because environmental activists have demanded more and more restrictions, with much higher costs, for building new refineries. Both Barack Obama and Joe Biden have amplified that hostility into regulatory policy. Joe Biden got elected while declaring that he’d block any new drilling, shut down pipeline construction to refineries, and start shutting down the oil and gas industries altogether.

Would you invest any serious long-term capital into the oil and gas industry in that political environment? Of course not, especially after Biden made good on his campaign promises in his Executive Order 13990. If the oil and gas companies are “unmoved” by the potential demand, it’s because policies and regulation like this make it clear that any investment in expansion for fossil-fuel production and refining will end up getting destroyed. And deliberately so, as Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm admitted last week on CNN:

This clip is ASTONISHING.

Energy Sec. @JenGranholm demands energy companies to make massive investments to increase oil supply while simultaneously saying they want to shut them down over the next 5-10 years.

WHAT IS THIS WHITE HOUSE?! pic.twitter.com/CTgC4dk92x

— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 15, 2022

BERMAN: Do you want – do you want – do you — five years from now, ten years from now, are you telling me you want them drilling for more oil, you want the refineries putting out more gasoline in five or ten years?

GRANHOLM: What we’re saying is today we need that supply increased. Of course, in five or ten years – actually, in the immediate, we are also pressing on the accelerator, if you will, to move toward clean energy so that we don’t have to be under the thumb of petro dictators like Putin or at the whim of the volatility of fossil fuels.

Ultimately, America will be most secure when we can rely upon our own clean, domestic production of energy through solar, through wind, through –

BERMAN: But that’s the problem for these companies. These companies are saying, you know, you’re asking me to do more now, invest more now, when, in fact, five or ten years from now we don’t think that demand will there be [sic]. And the administration doesn’t even necessarily want it to be there.

Small wonder that they’re putting profits back into the companies via stock buybacks, when they’re not just paying out dividends. No one will sink money into building a new refinery when it will take the better part of a decade just to jump through the regulatory and environmental hoops erected by Biden, all while Biden and his successors keep fighting to end the entire industry.

By the way, the oil and gas industry does have a plan to revitalize and expand their ability to deliver gasoline. The American Petroleum Institute, the industry’s interest-group non-profit, released a ten-point plan that would allow for much higher capital commitments to extraction and refining, as well as support for a comprehensive all-in energy policy that includes renewables. In case anyone wants to keep asking, “where’s your plan?”, well, here it is:

Given global circumstances, it is time for an energy awakening – for the natural gas and oil supply chain and the government at all levels to open a new era of working together to ensure that essential energy resources are unlocked; to encourage investment opportunities and accelerate infrastructure development; and to strengthen global energy security, affordability and reliability.

Bottom line: Washington policymakers must confront the global mismatch between demand and supply that has driven higher fuel prices by supporting greater U.S. production. To address the growing crisis we face, Congress and the President must support energy investment, create new access and keep regulation from unnecessarily restricting energy growth. The world is calling out for energy leadership. America can and should step up fast.

Will Biden and Granholm act to support this? Not on your life.

The Disappearance Of Civilized Minneapolis Since Thief George Floyd’s Day?



The Minneapolis city charter requires the city to fund and employ a minimum number of police officers, yet the city resisted its legal obligation all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Yesterday the Court ruled unanimously that the city’s resistance to its legal obligation lacked merit. I have embedded Chief Justice Gildea’s 9-page order at the bottom of this post.

Five of the Court’s seven justices, by the way, were appointed by Democratic governors (Dayton or Walz). Only Chief Justice Lorie Gildea and (my friend and law school classmate) Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson remain among the justices originally appointed to the Court by Governor Pawlenty.

The case was brought by eight residents of Minneapolis’s high-crime north side. They were represented by the “>Upper Midwest Law Center (John Hinderaker serves on the center’s board). When the Star Tribune gets around to opining on the ruling — the editorial board is otherwise occupied today — I seriously doubt that it will extend its thanks and congratulations to the UMLC. I would accordingly like to do so here. To Doug Seaton, James Dickey, and the rest of the crew at UMLC, thanks and congratulations.

The Supreme Court order represents a striking milestone in the descent of the city. It should be a major civic embarrassment for city boosters, such as they are. Take the rag away from your face!

The Star Tribune has served as a substantial contributing factor all along the way down — not that we have reached the bottom. Far from it. While the city has lost 300 officers since the summer of George Floyd, the paper has piled on the police department at every opportunity.

Most recently, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has charged the MPD with systemic racial discrimination over a 10-year period. The city can’t wait to sell out the police, but the MDHR has declined to show the city its evidence. That has held things up.

The Star Tribune quotes interim City Attorney Peter Ginder on the Supreme Court ruling. Ginder declared the city’s amazing shrinking police force since the summer of Floyd “an unprecedented loss of personnel that is not easily corrected.” It’s not just the numbers, man, it’s the lack of support. The Star Tribune reporter also paraphrased Ginder to the effect that “the city has provided funding for additional recruit classes, hiring bonuses and officer wellness programs.” Some things money can’t buy!

The rhetorical question that I have repeatedly asked since the summer of George Floyd is this one: Who in his right mind would choose to sign up to serve in the Minneapolis Police Department? Minneapolis has elected the practical alternative to defunding the police.

Big Time Leftism “Rules” The Hole Of Troubled Minneapolis!?

JUNE 20, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at Power Line:


Kyle Hooten recently rode along with the Minneapolis police during its Operation Safe Summer operation. Kyle briefly covered his ride-along in the Alpha News story here. The video is below.

Minneapolis has fallen into a deep, deep hole with an undermanned and demoralized police department, an empowered criminal class, and an ineffectual judicial system. Over the past two years, the Minneapolis Police Department has lost almost 300 officers. Any sentient fool can see why, although the local press does not pass that test. Kyle’s story quotes Sergeant Andrew Schroeder, the officer with whom he rode. “There’s days where north Minneapolis [high crime precinct] has four cops,” he said, explaining how this “staffing crisis” has caused specialized units to be cut.

The Minneapolis city charter actually imposes a minimum staffing requirement for the department, but the city would rather fight than comply. Today the city lost the case in the Minnesota Supreme Court, which has ruled that the city “has a clear legal duty under the Minneapolis City Charter to employ at least 731 sworn police officers.” The Star Tribune appends Chief Justice Gildea’s order to its story. Woo hoo!

If Americans Were Truthful and Serious, Sleazy Adam Schiff Would Be In Jail… PERIOD!

If Dems Were Serious, Adam Schiff Wouldn’t Be On Jan. 6 Committee

BY: DAVID HARSANYI at the Federalist:

JUNE 20, 2022

The day Adam Schiff was named to the “Jan. 6” committee is the day we knew the investigation was going to be a frivolous partisan sideshow. As a political strategy, placing an inveterate fabulist like Schiff on the committee only ensured that it wouldn’t have credibility with Republicans—presumably the people Democrats want to convince.

With dwindling national interest in the proceedings, Schiff went on TV this weekend and announced that the Jan. 6 Committee was in possession of evidence that Donald Trump had hatched a “fake elector plot” (another scheme that had absolutely no chance of working. The more we see the evidence, the more it’s apparent that the system was working). When asked to clarify his contention, Schiff said he did not “want to get ahead of our hearing.” Priming your base for Trump’s arrest—again— is almost surely getting beyond the hearings. But then, Democrats have been overplaying the Trump hand since 2015. The Jan. 6 Committee has become a political version of “Lost,” always a cliffhanger and never a payoff.

What we do know is that Schiff says he has evidence he probably doesn’t. Let’s remember, Schiff was the one who read the Steele Dossier, among other fabrications, into the congressional record—even though he was aware that it was a partisan oppo file paid for by the DNC and shopped by Hillary Clinton partisans with her blessing. On numerous occasions, and with great certitude, Schiff told the media that the central assertion of the dossier was not only conceivable because of Trump’s words, but a fact. And not only did he famously claim to be in personal possession of a “smoking gun” that would prove collusion, he said he had an “abundance” of incriminating evidence.

As the fake Russiagate story fizzled out, Schiff refused to share proof of a seditious, clandestine plot against America. Not in his speeches. Not in Congress. Not on CNN. Not in his self-serving memoir. When then-“View” co-host Meghan McCain asked Schiff about it, the congressman said it had been in “plain sight” the entire time, which is opposite of what he asserted previously.

Yet, when CNN’s Dana Bash hears news of Schiff’s alleged new bombshell, she does not respond, “You know, the last time you promised a smoking gun it turned out to be bogus.” No one at CNN, where 2016 election lies were incubated and spread, does. Jake Tapper—so utterly distraught about the delegitimization of democracy that he has no compunction throwing around Nazi-era terms like “Big Lie” and degrading the suffering of millions—certainly does not.

Schiff’s lying goes beyond the political norm—which, needless to say, is bad enough. This is the guy who lied repeatedly on national television when asked point blank if his office had contact with a whistleblower at the center of Trump’s second impeachment. Turned out his office had coached Alexander Vindman. (Not only did Devin Nunes’ assessment of “Russiagate” turn out to be more largely accurate, so did his claims about Schiff coaching a witness in an impeachment hearing.)

Schiff then fabricated dialogue between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and read it on the congressional floor during that impeachment trial, later claiming it was a “parody.” When Wolf Blitzer—in a classic “Republicans pounce” framing—asked Schiff if he regretted lying, his answer was that his fabrication was “all too accurate.”  

In a healthy, functioning “democracy,” elected officials involved in plots to discredit the results of an election are denounced and saddled with repercussions. In a banana republic, they are charged with investigating others who discredit the results of elections. Whatever Trump did or didn’t do, it has become insufferable watching the same people who spent four years spinning conspiracies about 2016 lecture us about the importance of honoring the outcomes of presidential elections. The committee has spent most of its time conflating what looks like completely legal, if often destructive and dumb, actions with the violence of rioting. If they have proof of sedition or of incitement or of a conspiracy or coup, go for it. Send it to the Justice Department.  

But if Adam Schiff says it exists, I wouldn’t bet on it. 

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist. Harsanyi is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of five books—the most recent, Eurotrash: Why America Must Reject the Failed Ideas of a Dying Continent.