Biden and the Nuclear Code—Yikes!

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Do 36 Democrat House members calling for Joe Biden to relinquish sole authority over the nuclear code know something we don’t know?Not in the slightest!

The idea of a man who couldn’t remember what state he is in (figuratively and literally), who refused to take a cognitive test so normative most sixth graders could pass it, who plagiarized in law school but still graduated at the bottom of his class (it wasn’t Harvard), who was the only person in the room that voted against assassinating Bin Laden, who makes so many gaffes nobody even notices anymore (certainly not the press), making such an epochal decision by himself is, well, mortifying (check the derivation of that word).

Maybe he could call a “lid” on nuclear war, give himself some time…And this is all without bringing up the unfortunate remark from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ memoir that Joe Biden never got anything right on foreign policy during his entire career.

So maybe those House members have a point. It’s time to let those nukes loose by committee, be democratic, as it were, with a small d, or, in their cases, a capital one, as in Democratic.The problem is, however, who should be on this committee?

Who in today’s Democratic Party would you trust with the nuclear code?The governors of their two most populous states—Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom—assuming they haven’t been recalled for charges ranging from sexual assault to murdering senior citizens in retirement homes?

Adam Schiff? Jerrold Nadler?And considering “diversity” is such a religion for the Democrats, at least one of Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would have to get a vote. (Be still, Benjamin Netanyahu! Your country’s expendable.)

Further, they would have to have someone from the military, someone who knows what’s what. Where is General Buck Turgidson from “Dr. Strangelove” when we need him?“BUCK: [on phone from War Room] Well, look baby, I can’t, can’t talk to you now, but… My president needs me. Of course Bucky would rather be there with you. Of course it isn’t only physical. I deeply respect you as a human being. Someday I’m gonna make you Mrs. Buck Turgidson. Listen, you go back to sleep. Bucky’ll be back there just as soon as he can. All right? Listen, sug’, don’t forget to say your prayers.”You get the picture.

In modern parlance, the optics aren’t great.But no matter. As we all know, Donald Trump had the nuclear code by himself and he’s worse, much worse.Oh, wait. Trump was the first president in memory who didn’t get us into a war.

Not funny, huh?Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin may be having a laugh at our country now, but we shouldn’t.So what do we do?We need to get our proverbial ducks in order or we will soon be dead ducks, nuclear or otherwise.

Toward that end, I will be attending CPAC to write my commentary on the doings while standing with that man who may have been deprived of (more likely was) the presidency in 2020.If he gets reelected in 2024, I won’t mind at all that he has the nuclear code—by himself.

(PERSONAL NOTE: If you’re at CPAC and read these columns, come up and say hello. I’d be delighted to meet you.)

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Cruz Says Trump’s Not ‘Going Anywhere’ in Speech Against Cancel Culture

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke out against cancel culture and conformity during a speech on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)—the largest annual conservative conference.Cruz said the media “desperately wants to see a Republican civil war,” adding that what can unite the party is the defense of liberty. The Texas senator also made clear he believes former President Donald Trump will play a role when it comes to the future of Republican politics.“Donald Trump ain’t going anywhere,” he said on stage. “And the Republican party is not the party of the country clubs. It is the party of steel workers, construction workers, pipeline workers … the men and women with calluses on their hands.”Earlier this week two of the top Republicans in the House of Representatives disagreed about whether Trump should speak at the conference. Trump is expected to deliver remarks at CPAC on Feb. 28, his first public speech since leaving the White House.“There are a whole lot of voices in Washington who want to erase the last four years,” Cruz said. “They want to go back before when the government was by the lobbyists, for the lobbyists.”During his speech, Cruz often spoke out broadly against cancel culture and of conformity in the country.“The media here looks at the men and women gathered here as dangerous radicals,” he said. “This is the rebel alliance. And Vader and the emperor are terrified of the rebels who are here.”At one point Cruz criticized the misuse of political power amid the pandemic, namely the hard-hitting restrictions enacted in some states as he spoke out against the shutting down of churches. In recent times, the Supreme Court has issued decisions blocking politicians from enforcing tougher restrictions on attendance.Cruz acknowledged that COVID-19 is a “dangerous virus” but also critiqued some of rules put into place. He pointed out how people have to wear masks before they enter into restaurants, but once they sit down everything is fine and they can take their masks off.“The left believes in conformity,” he said. “We believe free speech, religious worship, you can worship whoever you like … that’s the beauty of freedom, the second amendment. The left hates the second amendment, they want people docile and compliant.”The senator urged everyone attending the conference to “speak out for freedom” and suggested there will be a political backlash against the Democrats in the coming years.“Mark my words: 2022 is going to be a fantastic election year—and so is 2024,” he said.

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Judge Rules Arizona’s Maricopa County Must Turn Over 2.1 Million November Election Ballots to Senate

A judge on Friday ruled that Maricopa County must provide some 2.1 million ballots from the Nov. 3 election to the Arizona state Senate and allow access to its election equipment to conduct an audit.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason ruled that subpoenas issued by Arizona’s state Senate are valid and should be enforced, and he disputed arguments from Maricopa County officials saying the subpoenas are unlawful.

The county previously stated that multiple audits have been sufficient and said ballots should be sealed.“The Court finds that the subpoenas are legal and enforceable,” Thomason wrote (pdf) in his ruling.

“There is no question that the Senators have the power to issue legislative subpoenas. The subpoenas comply with the statutory requirements for legislative subpoenas.

The Senate also has broad constitutional power to oversee elections.”He argued that the “Arizona legislature clearly has the power to investigate and examine election reform matters,” adding that senators can “subpoena material as part of an inquiry into election reform measures.”

The move was hailed by Republican legislators in Arizona.Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, told news outlets after the judge’s ruling that their move was “never about overturning the election, it was about the integrity of the Arizona election system.”

“This was always about voter integrity and the integrity of the voting system itself,” Fann added.State Sen. Warren Petersen, a Republican, confirmed that the Senate will go through with a “forensic audit” of Maricopa’s Nov. 3 election results.

Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, saw more than 2.1 million people vote during the last election.

But Bill Gates, the vice-chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, wrote Friday that the county has “nothing to hide,” adding that officials have “conducted three fully transparent audits, including two forensic audits by independent, qualified and outside Vote System Testing Laboratories.”

“I trust the Senate will be completely transparent with the public as Maricopa County has been,” he added. “From the beginning, the County sought clarification from the court.

The court has ruled. I look forward to working with the Senate to provide them the information they are requesting.”The subpoenas were issued following allegations of voter fraud and irregularities made by former President Donald Trump and surrogates including Rudy Giuliani.

A dispute over the election began when former Senate Judiciary Chairman Eddie Farnsworth held a hearing to question county officials about the election.

Farnsworth and Fann then issued several subpoenas, which prompted Maricopa County to issue a lawsuit. The subpoenas were re-issued in January.

It’s not clear if the Maricopa Board of Supervisors will appeal Thomason’s decision. The Epoch Times has reached out to the county for comment.

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COVID Aid Bill Would Pay Federal Employees $1400 a Week if Kids Are Out of School – Foundation for Economic Education

In Forbes, Adam Andrzejewski writes that a provision in the $1.9 trillion House bill—“the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021”—would allow federal employees to make up to $1,400 a week without working.Buried on pages 305-306 of the legislation, the provision creates a $570 million fund for disbursements to federal employees who are not working because they are caring for others because of the coronavirus.“Among those eligible are those who are ‘unable to work’ because they are caring for school-aged children not physically in school full time due to Covid-19 precautions,” writes Andrzejewski, the CEO and founder of OpenTheBooks.Under the legislation, full-time federal employees are eligible for 600 hours in paid leave through September, receiving up to $35 an hour.“That’s 15 weeks for a 40-hour employee,” he writes.

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Trump ‘Planning for the Next Administration’: Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows, the chief of staff of former President Donald Trump, said that they will be moving forward with the “America First” agenda and that he’s “planning for the next administration.”On the topic of Trump’s re-appearance on the national stage this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Meadows talked to Fox’s “Hannity” on Thursday evening.“Well you’re going to see a speech on Sunday that talks about not only the beginning, but what the future may look like, and I’m excited about it,” said the former White House Chief of Staff.“What we will see on Sunday is we will see the start of planning for the next administration. And I can tell you, the people that are at the top of that list, all of them have Trump as their last name.“I spoke to President Trump last night for a fairly lengthy conversation where [we] we’re talking about America, where it needs to go, continuing the America first agenda. But more importantly than that, how this President, Biden, has undermined that particular policy within days. And we see it.”

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