• 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

MN Man, John Hinderaker, Visits the Minnesota State Fair

AN ENCOURAGING AFTERNOON AT THE FAIR

Today, I spent the afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair. I was on the radio for 2 1/2 hours with my friends Ed Morrissey and Lee Michaels of AM 1280 the Patriot. Minnesota’s State Fair is one of the world’s great events. Even the New York Times, which is rarely right about anything, has acknowledged as much.

If you have never been to the Minnesota State Fair, photos accompany the Times story. Like this, for example:

Which gives you some idea. Today I was probably the only Fairgoer dressed in a coat and tie and carrying a briefcase. What can I say? I was coming from my office and was on company time.

All Minnesota politicians work the Fair. (It was at the Fair that Al Franken encountered one or more of his #MeToo women.) It is a unique opportunity to talk with a broad cross-section of Minnesotans–Americans, that is–and learn what is on their minds. Today at the Patriot booth, we interviewed my Congressman, Jason Lewis, who is running for re-election in a bellwether swing district; Doug Wardlow, the Republican who is running against Keith Ellison for Attorney General; and Karin Housley, the Senate candidate who I think may score a major win for the GOP.

These candidates’ comments on their State Fair experiences were strikingly similar. They all noted the yawning chasm between the “news” as reported on cable TV stations and in the liberal media, and the concerns expressed by State Fairgoers. No one cares about Paul Manafort. No one cares about Amaroso, or whatever her name is. Everyone knows taxes have been cut, and everyone knows the economy has taken off. There is massive support for continuing the policies of the Trump administration. Impeachment? No one is talking about it, but the last thing voters want is to derail the successes of the last year and a half.

In my opinion, Minnesota State Fairgoers are as good a cross-section of American voters as you can find. And, despite the old-time roots music at the Farmers Union booth–the Farmers Union still exists, apparently–and a pretty darn good 60s band at the AFL-CIO booth, it doesn’t appear that many Minnesotans are buying what the far Left is selling. That is probably a pretty good microcosm of American voters.

I am very much tuned into this, since I have been invited to testify before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress next Thursday, a week from tomorrow, on the effects of the Trump tax cuts on Minnesota’s economy. Those effects have been positive, to say the least. I think voters across America, not just in Minnesota, have noticed. I will have more to say about my Joint Economic Committee appearance in due course.

To wrap up, here is a photo of me with Karin Housley following our interview. I told her I would only post it on my family’s chat line. Sorry, Karin, I changed my mind:

Karin Housley is one of the nicest and most hard-working people I have met in politics, and she is a solid conservative. You can help her by going here to donate. She represents a real opportunity for a Senate pickup. Trust me on this one.

Similarly, my friend Jason Lewis is in a tight re-election race in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. He won in 2016 by 1.7%, and the Democrats are running the same candidate, lesbian activist Angie Craig, this time. If Republicans carry districts like Minnesota’s 2nd, we will hold the House. If not, we won’t. Jason is a long-time talk radio host and both a principled and a practical conservative–the sort of person we need more of in Washington. You can contribute to his campaign here. Again, I vouch for Jason as a worthy conservative candidate who won’t go swamp on us, and whose seat is vital to maintaining control of the House.

Finally, if you don’t want a Nation of Islam has-been; an abolish-ICE, sanctuary state, no-borders leftist; a multiple domestic abuser; and a life-long advocate for cop-killers elected Attorney General of Minnesota, where his entire agenda will be bedeviling the Trump administration, not enforcing the laws–many of which he is opposed to and has pledged to disregard–go here to contribute to Doug Wardlow’s campaign. Doug is a good guy and the alternative to a truly dark future for Minnesota law enforcement.

When I watch cable news, I get depressed. When I spend an afternoon at the State Fair, I think there is still hope. Let’s make it happen!

 

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/08/an-encouraging-afternoon-at-the-fair.ph

(Proof not all is gray, fascistic, sulky and Ellison in Minnesota……at least for a day!)

CNN ticked the Knavs Become U.S. Citizens!

Melania’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, The Left Melts Down

First Lady Melania Trump’s parents became U.S. citizens Thursday. In Trump’s America, this feel-good story turned the ugly left and their cohorts in the press into indignant critics. Not surprisingly, sources say Melania sponsored her parents’ green card application. 

Sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News first lady Melania Trump sponsored both her parents’ green card application, a move which eventually led to their gaining U.S. citizenship on Thursday through a process that the president has derisively called “chain migration”.

The first lady’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, were sworn in as U.S. citizens at a federal immigration court in New York City.

“Citizenship was just awarded,” the Slovenian couple’s immigration lawyer Michael Wildes said after accompanying them to the courthouse.

While the ABC News story admits it is impossible to tell if the Knavses were sponsored by the First Lady or became citizens through what is known as chain migration, judgments have been leveled.  Most importantly, everything was done legally.

“They have travailed a wonderful journey like most have – millions have – in getting citizenship and waiting the requisite period of time,” Wildes said. “The application, the process, the interview was no different than anybody else’s other than security arrangements to facilitate today.”

In February, the Knavses were confirmed as permanent residents of the United States after emigrating from Slovenia by Wildes.

That’s just not good enough for the disbelieving #NeverTrump brigade. They prefer to describe the Knavses’ citizenship path as chain migration – becoming American citizens because their daughter is an American citizen – because President Trump has stated a desire to end chain migration. How else would the ugly crowd get pleasure in such an easy excuse to call President Trump a hypocrite? Not all legal ways to becoming a U.S. citizen after holding a legal green card are in the chain migration category. It’s best to just stick with the facts.

 The US allows a number of ways for US citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor family members to come to the US permanently, including categories for parents, adult siblings and adult children, married and unmarried.

The tsk-tsking tweets made the rounds on social media Thursday. Suddenly everyone on Twitter is an immigration law expert and eager to pass judgments without hearing all the facts, as the lawyer will not confirm either way. His clients ask for privacy, as private citizens.

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Melania’s spokeswoman won’t comment and her reason is the First Lady’s parents aren’t a part of the Trump administration.

The White House declined to comment on the Knavses’ newly acquired citizenship status, saying they were “not part of the administration and deserve privacy.”

After living between Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago for several years, Viktor and Amalija Knavs reportedly moved to the Washington suburbs following Trump’s inauguration,and are frequently spotted traveling with the first lady and the Trumps’ son, Barron Trump.

They sound like regular grandparents to me, though on a sliding scale. They live near their daughter’s family and help out with their grandchild.

And, the critics continue to conflate President Trump’s intention to reduce illegal immigration with an attempt to eliminate immigration. The descriptive word that is left out is the most important – ‘illegal’. (Emphasis mine)

This is the most anti-immigration administration probably in the history of the country, except when it comes to this family, and the hypocrisy is just stunning,” said David Leopold, an immigration lawyer in Cleveland. “He and his administration are on a crusade to rid the country of immigrants, particularly immigrants of color. What can you say when the first lady and her family have such an easy time?”

What is stunning to me, really, is this level of deception from the legal community and the journalists who can’t wait to quote them. That’s the real hypocrisy. They know better but they just don’t care because it is how they frame the narrative.

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/08/10/melanias-parents-become-u-s-citizens-left-melts/

Why the Fascist Left Movement?

Explaining American Leftists: Part I

What could explain the leftists’ descent into irrational and immoral hysteria?

by Dennis Prager at the Stream:       Article sent by Mark Waldeland:

As I watch a great number of my fellow Americans and virtually all of the mainstream media descend further and further into irrational and immoral hysteria — regularly calling the president of the United States and all of his supporters Nazis, white supremacists and the like; harassing Republicans where they eat, shop and live; ending family ties and lifelong friendships with people who support the president; declaring their opposition to Trump and the Republican Party the “Resistance,” as if they were American reincarnations of the French who fought real Nazis in World War II; and so on — I ask myself: What is going on? How does one explain them?

Here are some answers:

Naivete

Many Americans are naive, about life, about good and evil, and about America. They don’t realize how rare America is and how good they have it. This mass naivete was vividly expressed by the reaction of tens of thousands of mostly white middle-class Americans to then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008, when he was campaigning in Columbia, Missouri. Obama announced, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

I frequently play the recording of Obama’s statement on my radio show not only to explain a basic difference between right and left — the left believes America needs to be fundamentally transformed, while the right thinks America needs to be incrementally improved — but also for people to hear the crowd’s reaction.

Very few contemporary American recordings are as depressing as the ecstatic and prolonged cheering the crowd gave that terrible promise from Obama. I believe it is not an exaggeration to say that had he announced a cure for cancer, the cheering could not have been louder and probably would not have been longer.

Why would middle-class Americans — people who have more affluence, more opportunity, better health, better health care and more liberty than almost anyone alive in the world today, and certainly than anyone who ever lived — thunderously applaud a call to fundamentally transform their decent country?

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One answer — one of many, as we will see — is naivete.

Earlier this year, I had a debate/dialogue with two left-wing students at the University of California, Berkeley. I thought debating left-wing students, rather than giving a speech, would accomplish two objectives: deter left-wing protesters from disrupting my appearance and enable young people at Berkeley and around the world (via the internet) to hear differences between right and left clearly spelled out. Both aims were achieved.

My final question to them was “Do you believe people are basically good?” Without a moment’s pause, both students said yes.

I told them they think that way because they live in such a decent country. It is easy to remain naive in America, where most are insulated from the suffering inflicted on so much of humanity in deeply corrupt, poverty-stricken and war-torn societies. Nevertheless, given the way humans have treated one another throughout history, and only two generations after Auschwitz, only the naive can believe people are basically good. And since no Western religion (i.e., any religion based on the Bible) has ever posited that people are basically good, this naivete is abetted by secularism, which allows for the pursuit of knowledge but destroys wisdom.

Only the naive — or willfully ignorant — could equate support for Donald Trump with Nazism. Are most Israeli Jews Nazis? Are a third of America’s Jews Nazis? (Many on the left would probably answer yes, which gives you an idea how mean and sick many on the left are.)

Boredom

Boredom, at least in our time, is the most overlooked source of evil. In the past, before people went to college and abandoned religion — the two greatest reasons there is so much moral idiocy in our time — people knew how dangerous boredom was. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” was a commonly used aphorism that wouldn’t even make sense to most young people today.

By bored I am not referring to a lack of things to do. There is more opportunity to do and experience things today than ever before. By bored I mean a deep boredom of the soul, what the French call “ennui.” This is the boredom that emanates from lack of purpose and a yearning for excitement.

The combination of affluence and secularism produces boredom as surely as the combination of hydrogen and oxygen produces water. Without affluence, people have a built-in purpose: obtaining food and shelter, supporting oneself and one’s family, etc. And religion, with or without affluence, likewise has always provided people with meaning. Without religion, therefore, purpose is often lost. Add to that the number of people who are not married and do not have children (also a result of the combination of affluence and secularism) and you remove another universal source of meaning.

A disproportionate percentage of those on the left (not traditional liberals) do not lack for material needs, have no religion and are single and/or childless. Those left-wing screamers you see in restaurants, the left-wing mobs on campus, the left-wing “antifa” thugs and the left-wing Black Lives Matter demonstrators who close down bridges and highways do not generally consist of married people with children who attended church the previous Sunday.

These people find this lack of purpose assuaged by leftism. It provides meaning and excitement, a very heady combination.

These are a few explanations. In Part II I will offer others.

 

Dennis Prager’s latest book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, was published by Regnery. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.com.

 

https://stream.org/explaining-american-leftists-part-i/

Civilized America Relies on Donald Trump and the Senate to Strengthen the Supreme Court

Conservatives Should Unite Behind Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court

Many Americans were blindsided when a Supreme Court vacancy opened up last week. One conservative lawyer has been weighing the President’s list for two years.

On March 9, 2018, Judge Amy Coney Barrett addressed Georgetown Law School students in Washington, D.C. at a conference on “First Principles of the Constitution.”

by Phillip Jauregui     at the Stream

Days before celebrating our nation’s 242nd birthday, Americans received a long-awaited gift. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last Wednesday. The respected jurist has been controversial as the “swing vote” on the U.S. Supreme Court.

For the first time in two generations, the nation’s highest court could have a solid conservative majority. A compelling case can be made that the next Supreme Court selection will be the single most important decision President Trump will make.

President Trump is deciding on his nominee this week. He plans to announce the nominee on July 9. If this next nomination is a miss, history informs us that another such opportunity may not arise for 30 more years.

This week, most Americans are going to focus on fireworks and barbeque with family and friends. I hope to as well. Yet we cannot be silent in this hour, despite a charged political climate.

Indeed, we must see the Supreme Court as much more than politics. The impact of the nine Justices on culture, ethics and public morality cannot be overstated.

Whether or Not We Like It, The Court Matters

Constitutional conservatives rightly lament how the high court has become the center of national political power.

In June 2015, the Obergefell decision purported to impose same-sex marriage across our land. Dozens of state laws defining marriage as between a man and woman were declared unconstitutional, without any textual support in the Constitution. In a close 5-4 vote, Kennedy “swung” towards the left.

This is one of several controversial cases Kennedy decided. Now he is vacating his seat. Lest we forget, the Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973 opened the door to the loss of 60 million American lives in the womb since then. The stakes could not be higher.

A compelling case can be made that the next Supreme Court selection will be the single most important decision President Trump will make.

One of my dreams in life is to witness judicial renewal. We define it as restoring the Judiciary to the honorable role of deciding cases rather than legislating from the bench.

Accordingly, I have gladly researched all 25 names on the President’s Supreme Court list — especially those in the top tier. At this moment in history, I believe the one nominee all conservative constitutionalists should rally behind is Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Many informed voices have arrived at this conclusion. On Thursday, eminent legal scholar Professor Robert George shared (but did not author) an article strongly backing Barrett as the nominee. Evangelical leaders praise her record of upholding religious liberty. Contributors at National Review and Washington Examiner have endorsed her.

Let’s review her record, then consider some of the popular objections to selecting her now.

Scalia Law Clerk Takes After Her Former Boss

A former law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, age 46, mirrors his judicial philosophy.

“What we want in a Justice [is] someone who applies the law,” she said in a 2016 lecture. “[A Justice] follows the law where it goes and doesn’t decide simply on the basis of partisan preference.”

Her judicial philosophy, honed at the University of Notre Dame where she served 15 years as law professor, is well known. Barrett has written extensively on the limitedrole of the judiciary, precedent and judicial intrusion into legislative affairs.

Last year, Barrett was nominated and confirmed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. During her Senate confirmation hearing, liberals had a miserable time. They turned to their tired playbook of personal attacks.

She was treated with hostility for her Christian faith, the same tactic used against other recent Trump nominees. Senator Dianne Feinstein famously said to Barrett: “The dogma [of your faith] lives loudly within you.”

Despite the drama, Barrett was confirmed with the votes of all Republicans and three Democrats. Those same three Democrats recently met with President Trump in a meeting to discuss his Supreme Court nominee.

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Less than three weeks after her confirmation, President Trump added her to his Supreme Court prospect list.

Life and the Scales of Justice

Barrett would be a solid constitutionalist on the Supreme Court. “A justice’s duty is to the Constitution,” she once wrote. “It is thus more legitimate for her to enforce her best understanding of the Constitution rather than a precedent she thinks clearly in conflict with it.”

This brings us to one of society’s most contentious issues — that of abortion rights. Roeis surely the most-debated precedent, decided on faulty legal reasoning.

Having a holistic view of life issues brings into focus the compelling, compassionate life story of Amy Coney Barrett. She and her husband have seven children, one with special needs. Several were adopted from Haiti.

One never knows with certainty how a judge will decide a case before them. Yet conservatives must demand that a prospective nominee get the key questions right. One 2013 story from Notre Dame Magazine gives a good example.

Barrett has a clear understanding of the value of every life, aligned with constitutional principles.

It addressed the so-called “right to privacy” upon which Roe and Doe are founded. “Abortion deals with the life of a child, so it differs from the earlier case[s] relating to privacy,” stated Barrett in the article. Such reasoning shows how one may begin to question precedents that have long plagued our society.

Barrett also recognizes how society must uphold conscientious objection. In 2012, the new health care law mandated even Catholic sisters’ insurance cover drugs and devices that may induce abortion. A broad coalition of legal scholars responded. Barrett was one of those scholars.

It described how Obamacare required “purchase of a health insurance contract that provides abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization.” They responded: “This is a grave violation of religious freedom and cannot stand.” The Little Sisters of the Poor had their day in court and prevailed in the end.

Barrett understands the value of every life, and her view aligns with constitutional principles. She also has shown the courage to maintain these principles once on the Supreme Court.

Answering the Barrett Critics

There is always some degree of risk with any Supreme Court nominee. Yet in this former Scalia law clerk and Notre Dame law professor, we have someone as solid as Justice Neil Gorsuch. In fact, I believe she would be even better. And that’s saying a lot.

Because Barrett is female, talk has turned to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Some say Barrett should be “held in reserve” to replace Ginsburg, since the 85 year-old Justice might vacate the court soon.

This wager fails to account for the chance that Ginsburg may remain on the court during President Trump’s term. More importantly, if Barrett is the best prospect now — then she should be put on the court now. The chance missed now may never come around again.

Conservative constitutionalists should seek to identify the best nominee for the Supreme Court. Then we should humbly but boldly make our voices heard. This is our opportunity, duty and call.

Some in D.C. have voiced a concern that Barrett may be “young” or need “more judicial experience.” Another view is that her age and experience are beneficial and historically appropriate.

If confirmed, she would be older than Justice Clarence Thomas was when he was confirmed. Barrett would also have more judicial experience than Justice Elena Kagan had when she was confirmed. By Republican and Democratic standards, she clearly has the age and experience to serve on the Supreme Court.

A Clarion Call of Truth and Justice

We’ve seen this past term what a difference one vote can make. In a 5-4 decision, a California law forcing pregnancy help centers in California to advertise abortion was overturned.

More challenges to free speech — not to mention questions on the value and definition of life itself — will inevitably arrive at the nation’s highest court. Will a voice of compassion, wisdom and courage be there to tip the Supreme Court from activist to constitutional?

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Conservative constitutionalists should seek to find the best nominee for the Supreme Court. Then we should humbly but boldly make our voices heard. This is our opportunity, duty and call.

So if headlines come up as you chat around the grill with family and friends this week, remember the name Amy Barrett. And enjoy the fireworks!

https://stream.org/conservative-unite-behind-judge-amy-coney-barrett-supreme-court/

Pray for Our Donald to Win Florida’s American Puerto Rican Vote!!

Poll of Puerto Ricans in Florida shows Scott better-liked than Nelson

 Gov. Rick Scott is better-known and better-liked than Sen. Bill Nelson among Puerto Ricans in Florida, according to a new poll that spells trouble for the incumbent as this Democratic-leaning group leans toward the Republican challenger ahead of the November election.

About 75 percent have a good opinion of Scott, while just 18 percent do not, according to the poll of 1,000 Puerto Ricans in the state commissioned by Florida International University.

Only 7 percent didn’t know enough about Scott to hazard an opinion of him — a sign the governor’s seven trips to Puerto Rico and his aggressive campaigning welcoming evacuees from the island after Hurricane Maria have paid dividends.

Nelson’s numbers: 62 percent favor him, 26 percent don’t and 13 percent don’t know enough to voice an opinion, the poll shows.

Calculated another way, Scott’s net approval rating is 57 percent and Nelson’s is 36 percent among Puerto Ricans. So the Republican is running ahead of the Democrat by about 21 percentage points.

The numbers are even more striking because 57 percent of the poll’s respondents say they’re registered as Democrats; only 12 percent are Republicans. And almost 57 percent said they would vote for a generic Democrat while only 7 percent would vote for an unnamed Republican.

“This is not necessarily the best news for Democrats,” FIU professor Eduardo Gamarra — who analyzed the survey data along with his colleague, Jorge Duany — told POLITICO. “It’s not necessarily ideological. I think they thought this man [Scott] was genuinely interested in their well-being.”

The poll — which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points and surveyed people in the Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas — didn’t test a head-to-head horse race between Nelson and Scott, however, because it surveyed all Puerto Ricans in the state who have arrived both before and after the hurricane. About 75 percent of the respondents said they have registered to vote, and most plan to vote.

The poll numbers are making Democrats fret even more about Nelson’s Hispanic, and specifically Puerto Rican, outreach after POLITICO reported the depths of his struggles. In some focus groups of Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, few knew much about Nelson. Many knew and liked Scott.

That’s a huge danger for Nelson and a big advantage for Scott because, historically, Democrats have counted on the growing Puerto Rican vote in Central Florida as a counterweight to Republican-leaning Cuban-Americans in South Florida. Puerto Ricans are now the largest Hispanic group in Florida, with more than 1.1 million residents, and experts estimate about 500,000 are voters.

But Cuban-American turnout is among the highest in the state, experts say, while Puerto Rican turnout fluctuates with other non-Cuban Hispanics, who are also Democratic and whose turnout rate has historically collapsed in midterm elections. Scott won his last two elections, during midterms, by 1.2 and 1 percentage points, respectively, amid poor turnout by non-Cuban Hispanics in counties with big Puerto Rican communities.

However, Nelson has a not-so-secret weapon he can wield against Scott: the name of President Donald Trump, who is deeply disliked by Puerto Ricans over the lackluster response to Hurricane Maria. Trump urged Scott to run for Senate, and Scott raised money for Trump’s presidential bid. Focus groups showed Scott’s approval plummeting when he was tied to Trump.

Only 18 percent approve of the president, and 72 percent disapprove. His net rating is a negative 53 percent. So Scott is running 104 percentage points better than the president of his own party among Puerto Rican voters.

Jose Parra, a Democratic strategist and CEO of the Prospero Latino consulting firm, said Nelson can turn things around with Puerto Rican voters. But time is short.

“This is a solvable problem if it’s done now. If you do this two months before the election, it’s too late. We’re getting very close to that already,” Parra said. “The fact you point out that the Trump numbers are so low, it’s more than a sliver of light for Nelson, it’s a massive flash of light. But they need to act aggressively on it and act on it now.”

Parra said Nelson has a good record for most Hispanic voters and Puerto Ricans specifically, but Democrats “need to take his record and weaponize it, and they haven’t done it up until this point.”

For his part, Scott has said Nelson has failed to show up for Latinos as well as all Floridians. “I haven’t seen him around the state,” Scott said recently.

Nelson and Scott also have better numbers among Puerto Ricans than the bilingual Sen. Marco Rubio, whose net approval rating is 33 percent.

Scott, who is learning to speak Spanish and conducts Spanish-language interviews more often than Nelson, has traveled to Puerto Rico seven times since Hurricane Maria. Nelson has been there three times.

Among Puerto Ricans who’ve come to Florida since 2017, more than 37 percent have a “very good” opinion of Scott. Just over 10 percent of new arrivals share the same opinion of Nelson. New arrivals are also the most independent voters. While 57 percent of those surveyed are still registered as Democrats, that trend is declining among new arrivals. A quarter of those who migrated to Florida in the past year are registered independent — the largest group in that category.

The pollster, Gamarra, pointed out that the Federal Emergency Management Agency money supporting displaced Puerto Ricans while they look for employment is set to run out on Saturday, saying, “they will lose their benefits and no longer stay in their hotels for free.” If they are displaced again, he added, their favorable opinion of Scott could turn.

Island evacuees living in Central Florida set up a “tent city” this week in protest of the voucher program’s expiration and to demand that Scott help them with housing, the Orlando Weekly reported.

About 90 percent of those polled have received some public assistance. About 61 percent were able to find work soon after arriving in Florida. Those who have been in Florida the longest report more employment: 53 percent of those who arrived in 2017 say they were employed, and about 69 percent of those who have been in the state the longest report employment.

About 56 percent of Puerto Ricans plan to stay in Florida “indefinitely.” But almost 18 percent said they are having trouble learning English, and about 17 percent said finding work was a problem, the second-highest challenge for those polled.

The poll found that the top reason for leaving the island or moving to Florida was economic conditions or work, with 57 percent citing the tough conditions in Puerto Rico or the lure of jobs in the Sunshine State. Fewer than 11 percent cited the hurricane.

The Puerto Rican Alliance of Florida paid for the poll and, along with FIU and the Puerto Rican Leadership Council of South Florida, will present its findings on Saturday at a “Nuestro Futuro” symposium attended by representatives from business, government, academia and the media.

 

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/06/30/poll-of-florida-puerto-ricans-shows-scott-better-liked-than-nelson-495614

DJT, America’s Great Problem Solver, is Winning New Followers!!

Trump is Winning Over Blacks, Hispanics, Millennials, and Even Gays

by Karin McQuillan  at American Thinker:

Democrat hate speech targeting deplorables has always worked — on their own voters.  Libeling Republicans as racist, homophobic morons has kept Democrat voters in line.  President Trump laughs at their insults, and just gets stronger.  Suddenly, one more Trump success.  The Democrat line is breaking.  Our minorities are breaking free.

President Trump’s off the charts achievements on jobs and security are improving the lives of every single Democrat identity voting bloc.  A small, but increasingly significant number are noticing.  With his MAGA gains on the economy and foreign affairs, President Trump is slowly chipping away at the Democrat Party’s foundations.  The white working class already belongs to Trump.  Fed up blacks, Hispanics, millennials and gays are starting to follow.

Ordinary people, including our minorities, are focused on the reality of their lives.  Most Americans actually care about exactly the two big issues Trump cares about:  jobs and personal safety.  They notice more money in their paychecks.  They notice when they get off food stamps and the unemployment line.  They notice when they move from flipping hamburgers to a high-paying construction or assembly-line jobs.  Securing our border, supporting cops, defeating ISIS in Syria, pressuring North Korea to “denuke” — ordinary people get that we are safer than we were under Obama. Democrats can scream as loud as they want, but they cannot drown out reality.

On top of it, the screaming is turning people off.  In the words of a gay woman, member of the #WalkAway movement,

Lea Anna Bright, in a mohawk, looks into the camera and says in a slow, simmering voice: “This is a Vice article I am reading right now. It says, ‘The activist left doesn’t give a shit about your calls for civility. Get ready for a summer of rage.’” She looks up. “This is where the party is going, and this is why I chose to walk away. Peace. Not for me. Bye.”

As Michael Goodwin notes in the New York Post, Trump is gaining inside Democrat strongholds.  He is reaching women and non-whites.  A Harvard/Harriss poll shows a 10-point upswing among Hispanic voters.  He has made a four-point gain among Democrats.

Pollsters attributed the rise to the strong economy and that a whopping 75 percent approved of the president’s decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Finally, a Pew finding about Trump supporters upends stereotypes: Just 31 percent are white men without college degrees, while 66 percent are college graduates, women or nonwhites.

Millennials are growing up, getting jobs and paying taxes.  They are still turned off by the Republican Party (as are Trump supporters).  They are stubbornly unwilling to give President Trump personal credit.  But they recognize his pro-growth agenda is a good thing, and they don’t want Pelosi to wreck the economy.

Millennials are telling Reuter/Ipsos pollsters that they are going to vote Republican in the mid-terms.  In 2016, white millennials supported Democrats for Congress by a whopping 47 to 33 percent.  No more.  Millennial support for Democrats has fallen by almost 10 percent.  If sustained, this is seriously bad news for Democrats.

For the first time, millennials will be the largest eligible voting bloc surpassing baby boomers come November. Historically Democrats have relied on the youth vote to carry them over the finish line. This new polling suggests a blue wave may be less likely than previously thought.

Racial appeals are at long last getting old.  Race-baiting is less effective delivered by Maxine Waters than by the nation’s first black president.  A redpill video by a young black woman named Candace Owens, praised by Kanye West, is credited with creating a fateful first chink in the black voting bloc.  Following Kanye’s tweet, President Trump’s approval among black men doubled, to 22 percent, and among all blacks, to over 16 percent.

This is bigger than Kanye.  Trump promised blacks that if they gave him a chance, they would see real economic progress and he has delivered, big time.  Blacks are working more than ever, many at better jobs.  They like it — and have been voting differently in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  According to a June Rasmussen poll, twice as many black voters will now admit they are better off under President Trump.

Unbelievably, thanks to an honest gay man’s viral video, #WalkAway, we are hearing from the ultimate Democrat stronghold, the LGBQT community.  It turns out white gay men are not appreciating the blatant anti-white and anti-gender hate speech of the new Democrat left.  “They’ll come for me, and then they’ll come for you,” Straka tells his listeners.

He shows a handout about the “privilege hierarchy’:  white gay men are near the top of the privileged bad guys list.  They get less victim points than white women, black women, trans and non-genders.  Most gay men are quite successful financially.  Democrat’s ginning up rage against successful white men is a turn-off.  But it is more than that.

One gay man declares that before being gay, he’s a patriotic American.  He appreciated President Trump’s Muslim travel ban, as a rational security measure.  The two parties’ reaction to the Orlando massacre changed everything for him.

“Trump said he was going to protect gay men, and he did, [with] the travel ban. Hillary was telling Americans not to ‘pick on all Muslims because of this,’” and that did not feel like protection, Roberts says. “I swear to God, wanted to throw my shoe through the TV.  “At that point I was like, I can’t do it anymore. I really can’t. (snip)

His assessment of the Democrats: “From immigration to everything, they are just a disaster.  “They’re anti-American, anti-common sense, rational — anything good, they’re against it.”

We have seen astroturf movements, like Occupy Wall Street and the anti-gun children’s crusade.  They soon fizzle away.  The #WalkAway movement feels more like the Tea Party.  It is based on people’s gut reality.  The voices are not echoing talking points, they are from the heart, and carry a lot of power.  The Tea Party stayed within the GOP and morphed into the Freedom Caucus.  #Walkaway are lifelong Democrats totally leaving the blue tribe.

Conservatives have been watching the anti-Trump hysteria with growing revulsion.  In one corner, President Trump, delivering the goods on jobs, national, and personal security.  In the opposing corner, Democrats’ rejection of our electoral system, fake news and calls to violence.  We’ve been wondering how ordinary, decent Democrat voters will react.

They are starting to break free.

Democrat hate speech targeting deplorables has always worked — on their own voters.  Libeling Republicans as racist, homophobic morons has kept Democrat voters in line.  President Trump laughs at their insults, and just gets stronger.  Suddenly, one more Trump success.  The Democrat line is breaking.  Our minorities are breaking free.

President Trump’s off the charts achievements on jobs and security are improving the lives of every single Democrat identity voting bloc.  A small, but increasingly significant number are noticing.  With his MAGA gains on the economy and foreign affairs, President Trump is slowly chipping away at the Democrat Party’s foundations.  The white working class already belongs to Trump.  Fed up blacks, Hispanics, millennials and gays are starting to follow.

Ordinary people, including our minorities, are focused on the reality of their lives.  Most Americans actually care about exactly the two big issues Trump cares about:  jobs and personal safety.  They notice more money in their paychecks.  They notice when they get off food stamps and the unemployment line.  They notice when they move from flipping hamburgers to a high-paying construction or assembly-line jobs.  Securing our border, supporting cops, defeating ISIS in Syria, pressuring North Korea to “denuke” — ordinary people get that we are safer than we were under Obama. Democrats can scream as loud as they want, but they cannot drown out reality.

On top of it, the screaming is turning people off.  In the words of a gay woman, member of the #WalkAway movement,

Lea Anna Bright, in a mohawk, looks into the camera and says in a slow, simmering voice: “This is a Vice article I am reading right now. It says, ‘The activist left doesn’t give a shit about your calls for civility. Get ready for a summer of rage.’” She looks up. “This is where the party is going, and this is why I chose to walk away. Peace. Not for me. Bye.”

As Michael Goodwin notes in the New York Post, Trump is gaining inside Democrat strongholds.  He is reaching women and non-whites.  A Harvard/Harriss poll shows a 10-point upswing among Hispanic voters.  He has made a four-point gain among Democrats.

Pollsters attributed the rise to the strong economy and that a whopping 75 percent approved of the president’s decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Finally, a Pew finding about Trump supporters upends stereotypes: Just 31 percent are white men without college degrees, while 66 percent are college graduates, women or nonwhites.

Millennials are growing up, getting jobs and paying taxes.  They are still turned off by the Republican Party (as are Trump supporters).  They are stubbornly unwilling to give President Trump personal credit.  But they recognize his pro-growth agenda is a good thing, and they don’t want Pelosi to wreck the economy.

Millennials are telling Reuter/Ipsos pollsters that they are going to vote Republican in the mid-terms.  In 2016, white millennials supported Democrats for Congress by a whopping 47 to 33 percent.  No more.  Millennial support for Democrats has fallen by almost 10 percent.  If sustained, this is seriously bad news for Democrats.

For the first time, millennials will be the largest eligible voting bloc surpassing baby boomers come November. Historically Democrats have relied on the youth vote to carry them over the finish line. This new polling suggests a blue wave may be less likely than previously thought.

Racial appeals are at long last getting old.  Race-baiting is less effective delivered by Maxine Waters than by the nation’s first black president.  A redpill video by a young black woman named Candace Owens, praised by Kanye West, is credited with creating a fateful first chink in the black voting bloc.  Following Kanye’s tweet, President Trump’s approval among black men doubled, to 22 percent, and among all blacks, to over 16 percent.

This is bigger than Kanye.  Trump promised blacks that if they gave him a chance, they would see real economic progress and he has delivered, big time.  Blacks are working more than ever, many at better jobs.  They like it — and have been voting differently in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  According to a June Rasmussen poll, twice as many black voters will now admit they are better off under President Trump.

Unbelievably, thanks to an honest gay man’s viral video, #WalkAway, we are hearing from the ultimate Democrat stronghold, the LGBQT community.  It turns out white gay men are not appreciating the blatant anti-white and anti-gender hate speech of the new Democrat left.  “They’ll come for me, and then they’ll come for you,” Straka tells his listeners.

He shows a handout about the “privilege hierarchy’:  white gay men are near the top of the privileged bad guys list.  They get less victim points than white women, black women, trans and non-genders.  Most gay men are quite successful financially.  Democrat’s ginning up rage against successful white men is a turn-off.  But it is more than that.

One gay man declares that before being gay, he’s a patriotic American.  He appreciated President Trump’s Muslim travel ban, as a rational security measure.  The two parties’ reaction to the Orlando massacre changed everything for him.

“Trump said he was going to protect gay men, and he did, [with] the travel ban. Hillary was telling Americans not to ‘pick on all Muslims because of this,’” and that did not feel like protection, Roberts says. “I swear to God, wanted to throw my shoe through the TV.  “At that point I was like, I can’t do it anymore. I really can’t. (snip)

His assessment of the Democrats: “From immigration to everything, they are just a disaster.  “They’re anti-American, anti-common sense, rational — anything good, they’re against it.”

We have seen astroturf movements, like Occupy Wall Street and the anti-gun children’s crusade.  They soon fizzle away.  The #WalkAway movement feels more like the Tea Party.  It is based on people’s gut reality.  The voices are not echoing talking points, they are from the heart, and carry a lot of power.  The Tea Party stayed within the GOP and morphed into the Freedom Caucus.  #Walkaway are lifelong Democrats totally leaving the blue tribe.

Conservatives have been watching the anti-Trump hysteria with growing revulsion.  In one corner, President Trump, delivering the goods on jobs, national, and personal security.  In the opposing corner, Democrats’ rejection of our electoral system, fake news and calls to violence.  We’ve been wondering how ordinary, decent Democrat voters will react.

They are starting to break free.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/07/trump_is_winning_over_blacks_hispanics_millennials_and_even_gays.html

Donald Trump….The Man We Love Visits Duluth….the Northern One

HOWARD ROOT: LIVE FROM DULUTH

Our friend Howard Root attended the Trump rally in Duluth last night. This is his (fantastic) report along with photos he took at the event (at the top and bottom below):

by Scott Johnson at PowerLine:

When I arrived at 4:00 p.m., the line for admission was at least a half mile long. People had been lining up since before 10:00 a.m., with the line snaking through a glass skyway where the afternoon sun had raised the temperature to over 100. I’ve seen shorter lines for Springsteen tickets, yet everyone was exceptionally polite.

I only saw one protester on the walk over. He was standing on the street corner with his two small children and yelling “F*** Trump” as everyone walked past. On the way back to the car after the event I only saw three scraggly protesters trying to incite the crowd, to no avail other than getting detained by the police officers. I never saw the protest march or talk with anyone who saw it.

At least 25 percent of the audience was under the age of 30, and around 40 percent were women. The senior citizen percentage was less than 10 percent — the lowest I’ve ever seen at a Republican event. Other than the hundred or so party leaders, this was a vastly different crowd from the Minnesota Republican Convention that I attended in Duluth three weeks ago. None of the attendees I spoke with in the concession line at the rally were politically active (other than voting) and none were born-and-bred Republicans.

My big takeaway is that the atmosphere made Trump’s words almost irrelevant — and I mean that as a compliment. Trump understands emotion unlike any other politician I’ve followed. He stages his delivery with plenty of smiles, frequent claps (to the audience) and the longest walk to and from the podium I’ve ever seen. The two big differences between Trump and the usual politician are that (1) Trump never asks the audience for anything other than to be happy, and (2) Trump’s shtick is received as 100 percent authentic. Until I saw it last night, I never would have believed that a one-hour political speech could capture a 10,000-strong crowd from start to finish. A Trump rally is the one political event where you have to be in the room where it happens to understand how it works.

This rally was in support of Pete Stauber, who’s running for Congress in Minnesota’s Eighth District, and who delivered his best (and shortest) stump speech ever. Karin Housley, who’s running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by the disgraced Al Franken, also hit the mark in her short warm-up act and demonstrated why she’s a legitimate contender in November.

 

 

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/06/howard-root-live-from-duluth.php