Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The moral rot of the left is now undeniable

If you want to know how deep the moral rot is on the left in America you need look no further than the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act. The bill would do just what its name says. It protects babies that are born alive during a botched abortion and gives them the same consideration of life that any other human being is given. But all but three Democrats in the Senate voted against this bill, keeping it from reaching that magic number of 60 votes to pass.

We got a glimpse into the heart of the American left recently when the state of New York passed a bill allowing abortions up to and including the day of delivery. A bishop from Tyler, Texas described the jubilant signing ceremony with Governor Cuomo as “the chattering of demons.”

It was right after that that Governor Northam of Virginia pushed to modify that state’s abortion law to allow third trimester abortions if the mother’s mental or physical health is threatened as determined by just one doctor instead of the three required now. The bill’s sponsor acknowledged that it would technically allow abortion up until the point of birth. The “mental health” provision could be interpreted by a doctor as practically anything, including the mother just wasn’t emotionally equipped to take care of a baby.

Northam, who supported the bill, was asked what would happen to a baby who was born after a failed attempt to abort. “The infant would be resuscitated, if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” 

Wait a minute. The baby would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother wanted? So, if she didn’t want the baby she could have it killed? And if it was resuscitated then the mother and doctor would decide if they would kill it?

This is why the Senate bill was needed, and the Democrats killed it.

But the blame is not just on the 44 Democrats who voted against it. It’s also on Mitch McConnell and the Republicans who allow this ridiculous charade called the filibuster to continue.

CBS News blatantly lied to the readers of its website in 2017 by saying of the 60-vote rule “that that’s what the Founders intended.” Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is the filibuster and its 60-vote rule came about by accident when presiding officer Vice President Aaron Burr pushed to eliminate the ‘previous question motion’ arguing that it was redundant. The Senate voted to eliminate the previous question rule and unwittingly left a void in terminating debate. It wasn’t until 1837 that the first filibuster was actually used, some 50 years after the first U.S. Senate.

The truth is the Founding Fathers intended for bills to pass with a simple majority. The only things they required a super majority for were issues like impeachment convictions, overriding presidential vetoes, and ratifying treaties. They never envisioned the minority party holding Washington hostage with the 60-vote rule. It should never have come into existence and it should be eliminated immediately, yet Mitch McConnell is too spineless to push for it.

These days a filibuster is not even required. Used to be a senator had to hold the floor in order to gum up the works. Nowadays the lazy bums just have to threaten a filibuster and the 60-vote rule is invoked. 

The House once allowed the idiotic filibuster but wisely chose to eliminate it long ago. It’s time the Senate does the same, before another innocent child dies.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Show. He's also the co-host of The PodGOATs podcast.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The purposeful deception of the mainstream media

I saw a headline from PJMedia.com this week. Actually, it was a question. ‘Why Does the MSM Keep Falling for Obvious Hoaxes?’ It was in reference to the Jussie Smollett hoax that he was the victim of a hate crime. Smollett is one of the stars on the Fox hit Empire. To answer the question of the headline we must first look at how many hoaxes the mainstream media have fallen for in the era of Trump.

Back in November of 2016, an openly bisexual student at North Park University in Chicago claimed to be the victim of hate notes. She told NBC News, “I just want them to stop.” Turns out she was the one writing them.
Jussie Smollett on Good Morning America

A woman in Philly took to Facebook with the claim that some Trump-supporting men pulled a gun on her at a gas station saying, according to her, that they were glad they wouldn’t have to deal with ni**ers much longer. When her story went viral (of course) she claimed the men had been caught by the police. Turns out the police had no idea what she was talking about.

Remember the church that was spray-painted with a swastika and anti-gay slurs? Turns out it was the church’s own Trump-hating organist.

Then in February of 2017 a Muslim student found anti-Muslim graffiti on his dorm room door, only he didn’t just find it. He wrote it.

A big one came in September of 2017 when racist notes were found at the Air Force Academy’s prep school. One note read, “Go home ni**er.” The general in charge of the school gave an impassioned speech about dignity and respect. It was all a big hoax.

There are examples all over the place of waiters and waitresses claiming to find racist notes that turned out to be written by them. And who can forget the recent media frenzy around the Covington Catholic school kids who were these white-privileged monsters taunting Indians and black guys until we learned from video evidence that the Indians and the black guys were the ones harassing them. In fact, the Indian guy at the center of that controversy has a history of making up “hate crime” stories.

So when I first heard on the news that a gay black man who stars in the TV show Empire was the victim of a hate crime in 12-below-zero Chicago by two white guys who put a noose around his neck and shouted pro-Trump slogans I knew immediately it was bovine scatology. Then, to get back to PJMedia’s headline question, why didn’t the mainstream media? 

I’m going to be bold in answering that question. They did know. They knew just like I did that the story couldn’t possibly be true. However, it made great anti-Trump copy. That’s more important than the truth. It doesn’t matter that it turns out to be bogus. It doesn’t matter that they know it’s bogus from the start. All that matters is it fits into the template. Trump is a racist, homophobic, anti-Semite who also hates Muslims. And his followers are just as bad. They go out and beat up the people Trump only wishes he could beat up. Then it all ends up not being true and where’s the story? Buried, if they run it at all.

Why does the mainstream media keep falling for obvious hoaxes? They don’t. They merely take them and amplify them as part of their propaganda against President Trump. And then feign outrage when he calls them fake news.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Show. He's also the co-host of The PodGOATs podcast.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Donald Trump is our only hope

I told you last week that President Trump had turned a corner with his State of the Union address. He is in full campaign mode, and no one is better on the campaign trail than Donald Trump. But the liberals are handing him ammunition. The Green New Deal is a dream come true for Trump. That’s why it’s so important in this moment of American history that we have someone like Trump in the White House. He is the clear delineation between capitalism and socialism.

This is where the Democrats have been heading for a long time. It could be argued that this is where they’ve been for a long time. Tip O’Neill didn’t start the slide to socialism for the Democrats, but he’s emblematic of the bridge between the likes of Sam Rayburn and Nancy Pelosi. When my father was a Democrat in Congress in the ‘80s, people like Pelosi and Barney Frank were considered the left fringe of the party. Now they’re the middle of the road of the Democrat Party. They’re also being edged out by the more radical voices of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris.

Some are frightened of these radical new voices, and well they should be, but these voices also offer a clear contrast to capitalism in this country. Trump is capitalism personified. He loves this country. He knows what made it great. He’s an American success story. Had we even had someone as business-minded as Mitt Romney as president we wouldn’t have this clear distinction. Romney tends to be mushy on the important issues like illegal immigration and global warming. He would surely be compromising with the likes of AOC.

Trump understands his role in history. He is the bulwark against a total transformation of this country from capitalism that made it great to socialism that has failed wherever it’s been tried. That is the litmus test. Ask any proponent of AOC and socialism to cite any example—past or present—where socialism has worked. They can’t. The irony of all of this is they cry for taxing the ‘tippy top’ at 70 percent while Venezuela, which did exactly that, crumbles before our eyes.

Speaking of irony, Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her candidacy for president and scolded the Republicans about the dangers of global warming in the midst of a blizzard. Of course, the people who spent decades telling us the earth was going to burn are now telling us the frigid weather is climate change. These are the same people who point to floods as climate change but were just telling us we were running out of water.

Any other Republican president would be buckling to the pressure from the radical global warming crowd. Not Trump. He made fun of Klobuchar’s announcement, and well he should. The liberals are fond of saying, “Speak truth to power.” Trump is speaking truth to liars. This Green New Deal would be a disaster for America. It would cut off the lifeblood of capitalism which is affordable energy. It would reward people who don’t work. It would cost the taxpayers trillions they don’t have.

Global warming like Occupy Wall Street and myriad other left-wing causes are merely vehicles to destroy capitalism and give rise to socialism. Socialism is complete government control. If you don’t know what that looks like remember this. The Nazis were socialists. Like I said, socialism has been tried many times before and failed.

Trump is now above 50 percent in approval. He is what stands between us and another Venezuela. Our only hope is that he prevails. 

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Show. He's also the co-host of The PodGOATs podcast.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Americans now have a clear choice: Socialism or capitalism

Try as she did, Speaker Nancy Pelosi could not keep President Trump away from the American people. She knew if she allowed him to address the nation from the House chamber during the shutdown it would be game over. She may have just delayed the game, but the outcome was inevitable. Trump was going to connect with the American people one way or another. He was going to explain our dire situation at the border. He was going to make the case for the wall. And he was going to paint a contrast between those who are for law and order and keeping Americans safe and those who are not.

Going into the State of the Union address, the president’s approval rating was at 48 percent, according to Rasmussen. That’s two points ahead of where Obama was at this point in his presidency. One thing Trump has working against him is so many people personally despise him. Obama, on the other hand, was liked by the opposition, even though they disagreed with him. What Obama didn’t have that Trump does is an unmistakable track record to point to in such a short time in office. Unemployment is at a near 50-year low. Black and Hispanic unemployment numbers are at historic lows. Trump’s approval with Hispanics rose 19 percent during the shutdown specifically because he was working to keep illegal aliens out of the country.

Nancy Pelosi’s childish ploy to delay the State of the Union until after the government reopened may have been a gift to the president. Had he given the address on schedule we wouldn’t know that we added 304,000 new jobs in January, far ahead of the 170,000 predicted. We wouldn’t know that wages increased last year at over 3 percent, the greatest clip in a decade. And we wouldn’t know that the government shutdown had no negative effect on the economy.

We also wouldn’t know that the Chinese blinked and agreed to buy about 18 times more soybeans than they bought before Trump hit them with tariffs. We wouldn’t have known, had he given the speech in January, that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated tariffs would only reduce GDP by 0.1 percent. And that was before the administration announced the Chinese soybean deal.

Despite negative news coverage of this president at well over 90 percent, the man is still more popular than his predecessor who was fawned over by the press. What the American people are slowly learning is the mainstream media folks are scared to death of Donald Trump. They’re scared to death because they know what he’s doing is working. That’s why Nancy Pelosi did her best to delay the State of the Union address for as long as she could.

And we’re building the wall. In spite of Congress, the president is fulfilling his promise to the American people, something totally unheard of in Washington.

Meanwhile, the Democrats, drawing a false sense of boldness from the president’s perceived weakness, have decided to show their true colors. They hoped Trump’s negative numbers would give them cover. New York has just passed—and gleefully so—an abortion-on-demand bill that allows a woman to terminate her pregnancy at any stage of it. As they wring their hands over Trump’s Supreme Court appointments out of fear they’ll overturn Roe v. Wade, the liberals themselves are hastening its demise. If killing a child the day the mother goes into labor is now Roe v. Wade, they’ve left the high court no other option.

The choice is now clear. Socialism versus capitalism. America versus Venezuela.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Show. He's also the co-host of The PodGOATs podcast.