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In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Omar & Tlaib Look Beyond Socialist America

The last two posts have focused on the hostile anti-American socialistic activities of the four freshmen congresswomen who call themselves the Squad – AOC, Omar, Tlaib, & Pressley.
Top Democrat Party leaders are worried about the oversized effect & definitional face for the party the Squad, & particularly AOC & Omar, are having on a crucial group of likely general election voters that went for Trump in 2016 – whites with two years or less of college education.  The party leaders' concern was confirmed by a Democrat internal poll conducted last May that shows these swing voters, needed by Democrats to win in 2020, don't like socialism – 56% had favorable views of capitalism versus 18% favorable for the Squad's socialism.
The fear is that the Squad is turning off swing voters in swing House districts which could cost Democrats both the House & Presidency in 2020.
The poll found that 1) AOC was recognized by 74% of voters & that she had a 22% favorable rating, & 2) Omar was recognized by 53% of the voters & she had a 9% favorable rating.
AOC's oversized publicity is called out by one top Democrat Party leader who said AOC's "getting all the news & defining everyone else's race."
So it is instructive for the rest of us to see just how these four Squad members went from obscurity to such power.
AOC won her district primary election in June 2018 by receiving 7.4% of the total registered vote in a primary that had a 12.9% turnout.  AOC received 57.1% or 15,897 primary votes which was less than the 25,000 Amazon jobs she cost NYC.  AOC received 78% of the general election vote in 2018. 
Omar won her primary over five other Democrat rivals after Keith Ellison announced he would not seek reelection in 2018 in a district rated D+26.  The third place finisher in Omar's Democrat primary got more votes than all the Republican primary candidates combined.  Accordingly, Omar won her congressional seat in 2018 over her Republican opponent 78% to 22%.
Tlaib won her primary representing Detroit in 2018 by 887 votes in a six person field.  Tlaib won the seat held since 1965 by John Conyers who stepped down because of charges of harassment & mistreatment of staffers over the years – in fact Conyers endorsed his son who was one of Tlaib's five primary opponents.  Tlaib won the general election seat with 84% of the vote with no Republican opponent.
Pressley won her primary in 2018 against a ten term incumbent opponent who was out of favor with both Massachusetts senators (Warren & Markey) & thus became the first black women elected to Congress from Massachusetts in a district Hillary Clinton carried by 72 points in 2016.  Pressley was unopposed in the general election.
We can see from the above that the Squad members came to power in low turnout elections sometimes with no significant general election opponent meaning they did not start with a groundswell of support but have made the absolute most of their victories.
Until the Squad, the best example of oversized influence from low turnout races was NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio defeating his general election opponent in 2013 by a 72% to 28% margin with a turnout of 26% of registered voters meaning de Blasio received 18.72% of the votes of registered voters.  The majority of the other registered voters either didn't care or could not be bothered to vote after de Blasio clearly campaigned on anti-police priorities such as reining in the "stop & frisk" police technique that had been so successful in cleaning up NYC crime.  In addition de Blasio had campaigned on raising taxes on high income earners, stopping the practice of closing low performing schools, & slowing the growth of charter schools.  The new mayor was sworn in by Bill Clinton with Hillary on stage nodding & clapping approvingly in a sign of things she hoped to see nationally. 
Now the above Party leader's observation is not only true in defining Democrat House candidates' races but also virtually all the Democrat presidential candidates' races as well, as they all march to one degree or another to AOC's socialist Squad – some just a little more incrementally than others.
The entire Democrat party presidential primary field, with few or small exceptions, favors 1) open, or no, borders & sanctuary cities & states as a first step before any of them seek to totally repeal our immigration laws in favor of millions of people who violated our national sovereignty by coming to America when they knew it was wrong, 2) Medicare for All, a universal single payer healthcare system totally controlled by the federal government that makes employer provided healthcare insurance illegal for over 150 million American workers thereby bringing the country another giant step closer to the statists' ideal of total dependence on the federal government – both financially through taxes & physically though universal healthcare, 3) a federal jobs guarantee, 4) a proposed Green New Deal that calls for the end of the use of fossils fuels by 2030 thereby eliminating all the jobs of people employed in coal & fracking, 5) abolishing ICE, 6) eliminating the electoral college, 7) free public college & trade school, 8) raising the top income tax rate to a minimum of 70%, 9) instituting a wealth tax, 10) bashing police forces instead of supporting these people who risk their lives every day when they leave their homes in uniform, 11) strict new gun control laws like they have in Democrat controlled Chicago – to no avail, 12) pursuing slavery reparations for descendants of people who were slaves more than 150 years ago, & 13) a no-first-use nuclear policy that means the United States under a Democrat president would be willing to see major cities on either coast wiped out by a nuclear strike before responding in kind.
So far, following AOC's socialist policies is paying off as witnessed by the following recent FNC poll, the results of which are supported by a separate July 7 to 9, WSJ/NBC News poll that showed Biden, Sanders, & Warren leading Trump & Harris tied with him.
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The above poll is believable because there are more Democrats than Republicans, voters do not yet have the benefit of watching the one on one presidential debates that are over a year away, & the Democrats currently have a 14 point advantage being the preferred party to control healthcare.
Bernie's six point popular vote lead is the most disturbing because he already has recent electoral college victories in the Wisconsin, Michigan, & Pennsylvania primaries over Hillary in 2016 – the three states that propelled Trump into the presidency in 2016.  Six points could be hard for Trump to overcome in the electoral college as these votes are distributed in the states – Hillary led by 2.5 points in the popular vote while losing the electoral college vote.
Right after FNC presented the above poll results Trump tweeted ". . .there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One" –referring to being 10 points behind Biden in the poll. 
The difference is that the youthful voters are not focusing on Trump's economic accomplishments & neither are the older generations to some degree.  Generation Z is interested in mass shootings, racial equality, & immigration policy & treatment of illegal immigrants.  Millennials are interested in healthcare, global warming/climate change, & mass shootings.  Generation X & older generations are interested in healthcare, terrorism/national security, & the national debt. 
With regard to the economy, the June Jobs Openings & Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on August 6 showed there were 7.348 million job openings in America, a figure exceeding the number of unemployed people who are actively looking for a job by over 1.3 million.  There have been more job openings than unemployed people looking for work since March 2018 so there certainly are quite a number of people not concerned about where they fit into the jobs economy – much to President Trump's consternation.  See graphic below that shows even more clearly that the number of people with skills qualified for employment has lagged the number of job openings even more than the job openings – unemployed ratio indicates.
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But any of the twenty plus Democrat candidates running for president will reliably start with 232 electoral votes they can count on (CA – 55, CO –9, CT – 7, DE – 3, DC – 3, HI – 4, IL – 20, ME – 3, MD – 10, MA – 11, MN – 10, NV – 6, NH – 4, NJ – 14, NM – 5, NY – 29, OR – 7, RI – 4, VA – 13, VT – 3, & WA – 12).
AZ (11), GA (16) & even TX (38) had a purple tinge to them in 2016 & of course Trump won WI (10), PA (20), & MI (16) by a combined total of less than 80,000 votes – these were the three key states that threw Trump over the top in 2016.
So a lot has to happen between now & November 2020 or the socialist policies of AOC will go into place. 
But even AOC's socialist policies are just a stepping stone for Omar's & Tlaib's true intentions as they use their working relationship with AOC & Pressley as useful unsuspecting idiots.  Omar & Tlaib are looking for an America ruled by Sharia Law – not merely a socialist utopia that has the greatest possible income inequality between the rich elites & the remaining masses.
As an example, last month, the House overwhelmingly approved 398 to 17 a nonbinding bipartisan resolution (Roll Call #497) opposing an international effort to boycott Israel.  The resolution puts the House on record opposing the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions (BDS) movement & its efforts to target companies that do business with Israel.  The BDS movement is not only a threat to delegitimize the Jewish state but to economically annihilate Israel.  Omar, Tlaib, & AOC voted to support the BDS movement.  In an apparent break from the Squad ranks Pressley voted to oppose the House BDS resolution, in deference to her Jewish voters, but said that if a binding Senate bill came to the House floor she would vote with the other Squad members.

I present below some of the tenets of Sharia law – they show exactly why the concept of the separation of church & state is a founding principle of America in that the governing body should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit(ing) the free exercise thereof" & why everyone who applies for American citizenship should prove they want to assimilate into our society – not change it.


• Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand.
• Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
• Criticizing or denying Muhammad is a prophet is punishable by death.
• Criticizing or denying Allah, the moon god of Islam is punishable by death.
• A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
• A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
• A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
• A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
• Girls' clitoris should be cut (per Muhammad's words in Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251).
• A woman can have 1 husband, but a man can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
• A man can unilaterally divorce his wife but a woman needs her husband's consent to divorce.
• A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
• Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
• A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
• A woman's testimony in court, allowed only in property cases, carries half the weight of a man's.
• A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
• A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
• A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
• Meat to be eaten must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah – i.e., be Halal.
• Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.

To hear the clearest commentary of what is going on with Members of Congress, like Omar & Tlaib, attacking Israel with anti-Semitic rhetoric & why Jewish Democrats don't call them out click here for Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's riveting explanation.

Reference: Statement by Judge Jeanine Pirro – January 9, 2016



  1. At first, I felt optimistic about the squad’s “luck” in getting elected but then when all the electoral votes seemed shoo-ins, it got scary! Sharia law is positively frightening! I tried to listen to the rabbi but it kept shutting down. Will try again tomorrow to listen. Doug, thank you for all your research - God bless you! We certainly need prayer and Our Lady’s protection!

  2. Great analysis why a strong economy is, for perhaps first time, not a top priority for many voters. It is also incomprehensible that many innovative start and rapidly growing successful companies contribute to Dems. I hope they get a wake up call that Deep Socialism is NOT in their best interests.