Hypocrisy, dishonesty, lying, and cheating don’t even begin to describe today’s Democrats.
The total politicization and weaponization of the IRS and FBI by the Democrat party is now complete as evidenced by the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home this week and the morbidly obese spending bill voted on by every Democrat member of the U.S. Senate. Not a single Republican voted for this monstrosity.
There are only 27,000 border agents, and Democrats refuse to add to that or build the border wall. But the Democrats voted in a dreadful bill to add 87,000 new IRS auditors to go after you and me. This is in addition to the current 75,000 employees the IRS already has.
Instead of going after the tens of thousands of illegals including drug smugglers, terrorists, murderers, sex traffickers and others illegally crossing our southern border they’re coming after us and former President Trump. In their nine-hour rampage of the former president’s house these government thugs even rummaged through Melania Trump’s closets.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis agrees, saying this week: “The fact that the Left is turning taxpayer-funded government agencies into extensions of the Democrat Machine to do their political bidding right before our eyes should be alarming to every American. These are not actions indicative of leaders in a free republic. This mirrors a Banana Republic. This blatant overreach by the federal government is an attack on our democracy and the American people.”
Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott said this week: “The FBI, Merrick Garland, and Joe Biden must explain what happened TODAY – or face impeachment.”
Marco Rubio, our other Florida Senator, echoed Scott’s sentiment saying: “Using government power to persecute political opponents is something we have seen many times from Marxist dictatorships, but now, we’re seeing it from the Biden administration.”
Even if you’re a Democrat be worried, very worried. If you make only $10,000 a year and own a business, no matter how small, and you’re sitting in your yurt reading this by candlelight, they’re coming after you too. If the FBI can barge into the former president’s home you’re small beer to them, a push over. If the FBI doesn’t nail you their pals at the IRS will.
Like FBI agents, IRS auditors are armed and authorized to use deadly force if necessary. That’s scary.
A current IRS recruiting ad says qualifications include: “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary. Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”
A letter from the IRS is frightening enough for most people causing them to possibly rethink that deduction of a Denny’s “Grand Slam” while they chatted with a casual business acquaintance on a cell phone.
Recent actions by Democrats make it clear why they want to take guns from American citizens.
The Democrat party now resembles the Nazi party of the early 1930s with the FBI’s Christopher Wray acting as Attorney General Merrick Garland’s chief lieutenant backing up the new armed IRS recruits, much like Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Schutzstaffel (SS) did for the Nazi’s Heinrich Himmler. Both the Gestapo and SS were under the control of Himmler, who bears a striking resemblance to Garland. Both are mousey looking, nasty little men, who depend on the muscle of others to enforce their party’s obscene programs.
The FBI and DOJ have enabled the Democrat party’s illegal activities for years. Following are just a few examples.
- 2008 Jeffrey Epstein non-prosecution agreement
- The Russia collusion hoax they participated in
- Spying on law-abiding Americans
- Lying to FISA court
- Lying about Hunter’s laptop, saying it was Russian disinformation
- Ignoring Hillary’s server escapades
- Ignoring Biden Family criminal activity
- Persecuting journalists at Project Veritas
- Treating January 6 trespassers like terrorists
- Going after parents for criticizing school boards, calling them domestic terrorists.
Where were the FBI and DOJ when ANTIFA and BLM were rioting and destroying federal buildings? Where have the resources been to investigate any wrongdoing by anyone on the left? What is the name of the Supreme Court clerk who leaked information about the Dobbs decision and why hasn’t this person been as ardently prosecuted as those who were involved in the January 6th “insurrection”? Why was the IRS’s Lois Lerner allowed to retire with a full pension even after it was proven she targeted conservative groups?
Even some Democrats are alarmed at their party’s thuggish tactics including Andrew Cuomo, the former governor of New York who resigned following accusations of sexual misconduct. Unless the FBI and DOJ found something huge their blunder is backfiring, propelling Trump into contention as the favored 2024 GOP presidential candidate, among independents, Republicans and even some Democrats who don’t want to see America run like a banana republic.
The raid at Trump’s home is a disaster for the U.S. domestically and in the eyes of foreign governments, who are now looking at us like we do those third world countries that jail or exile their former elected leaders.
The Biden administration is probably looking at this fiasco as a positive since it has been keeping the public from focusing on raging inflation, a stumbling incoherent buffoon in the Oval Office, and the coming avalanche of IRS agents and tax increases as a result of the misnamed ‘Inflation Reduction Act” which is the height of recklessness and stupidity.
Insanity doesn’t begin to describe what’s happening.
Things I Wish I’d Said: “Always be yourself – unless you suck.” – Senator John Kenney (R-Louisiana).
The Good, The Bad & The Awful: I’ve been a press spokesman for a variety of corporations, and I’ve volunteered as press secretary for politicians running for office.
My background as a newspaper reporter prepared me for the onslaught of hostile questions I could expect when standing at a lectern in front of a group of journalists anxious to score an exclusive or publicly attack the enterprise conducting the media event.
The job offered an opportunity to fail or succeed in a public arena and I’ve witnessed folks who have done both.
One of the best spokespeople ever was the late Tony Snow, who served as the 25th White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush from May 2006 to September 2007.
Snow, who was a journalist, political commentator, anchor, columnist, and musician, radiated charisma and charm. He came to the lectern fully prepared. When he didn’t have an answer he admitted it and then got back to the questioner. He managed the toughest press secretary’s job in the world with self-confidence, composure, humor, and grace. Sadly, ill health forced him to leave the position and just a few months after departing, he died of cancer at 53.
Currently the best in the business is unflappable Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s press secretary, Christina Pushaw.
How good is she? So good that Washington Post antagonist and media reporter, Paul Farhi, in a failed attempt to disparage her did just the opposite by penning the following: “In the 14 months since joining DeSantis’s staff, she has transformed the typically buttoned-down role of gubernatorial press secretary into something like a running public brawl — with Twitter as her blunt-force weapon. Her usual targets: Democrats, the news media and anyone else she deems insufficiently supportive of DeSantis’s agenda and her own conservative politics.”
Farhi’s lame attempt to discredit Ms. Pushaw inadvertently painted her as one of the best professionals in the business.
She doesn’t back down, staying on the offensive General George Patton style, continuing to advance even when her adversaries are retreating in disarray. Her targets include biased and inaccurate outlets ranging from The New York Times and the Associated Press to the USA Today and CNN among other media outlets that get the facts wrong and allow their biases to slant their articles.
Farhi’s feeble Post piece quotes a publisher of a Sunshine State political website as saying that “She’s the Dennis Rodman of Florida politics,” referring to the professional basketball player who specialized in getting under the skin of his opponents.
Last month when a group of liberal media outlets publicly whined about being denied access to the conservative Sunshine Summit in the south Florida town of Hollywood Ms. Pushaw mocked them on Twitter saying: “Liberal media in Florida doomed itself to irrelevance because these ‘journalists’ make every story about themselves & their delusions of persecution,” she wrote. “People don’t want to read your handwringing. It’s not news. Nor is the 500th hit piece on Gov. DeSantis.”
The putrid media garbage Ms. Pushaw contends with is unrelenting. For example, when DeSantis sacked Florida Hillsborough County’s State Attorney Andrew Warren last week for pledging not to enforce laws that restrict abortions after 15 weeks and sex changes for minors, the reliably leftwing Tampa Bay Times described the action as: “politically craven, legally suspect, suspiciously timed and odorously soaked in autocracy, partisanship and bad faith.”
Last Friday, August 5, when the Florida Board of Medicine voted to begin the process of banning transgender hormone treatments for little children Ms. Pushaw blasted the media for their misleading reporting with numerous headlines saying: “Florida medical board moves to block gender affirming treatments for minors,”
In tweets posted Saturday, August 6, she called out the media for playing games with the “Orwellian euphemism ‘gender-affirming care.’”
Under her direction her office recently rejected a DeSantis invitation by ABC’s The View to appear on that show providing a producer a list of vile statements that program’s hosts previously made to smear the wildly popular Florida governor.
Someday this lady will make an outstanding White House press secretary.
Two of the worst White House press secretaries ever came back-to-back: Jen Psaki and Karine Jean-Pierre. These two are up there with Baghdad Bob.
While staying calm under pressure, Ms. Psaki was arrogant, condescending and an outright liar. Her successor, Ms. Jean-Pierre, is flat out awful.
Like her boss in the Oval Office, the pathetic Ms. Jean-Pierre doesn’t appear to know where she is or what she is supposed to be doing. She provides answers that have nothing to do with the questions. She reads material unrelated to the question word-for-word from a thick briefing book without ever looking up. She is ill-prepared and easily flustered. Her appearances are cringeworthy. Her only qualifications appear to be that she’s a black lesbian.
I don’t know who is in charge of appointing White House press secretaries in the Biden administration but whoever it is should consider Admiral John Kirby, the knowledgeable former Pentagon spokesperson who is currently spokesman for the National Security Council. He’s smart, articulate, well-informed and can address issues without reading from notes or briefing books. However, since he’s as white as Snowy Bleach and doesn’t tick off any of the LGBTQA, etc. boxes he’s probably not under consideration.
(An abridged version of this commentary is also available on Biz Pac Review at https://www.bizpacreview.com/2022/08/09/press-secretaries-the-good-the-bad-the-awful-1271572/)
Who NOT To Vote For: A number of folks ask me for my suggestions on who to vote for in local elections. Instead of suggesting candidates I tell them who I’m casting ballots for. I also tell them that if they want to know who NOT to vote for they should drive down Alachua Street in downtown Fernandina Beach and look at the names of candidates on campaign signs in the yard of admitted socialist News Leader columnist Ron “Get Off My Lawn You Little Bastards” Sapp.
In case you’re thinking of voting for California transplant and current Fernandina Beach Commissioner and Mayor Mike “Left Coast” Lednovich here’s a photo of him a number of months ago marching in a Fernandina Beach parade. He’s blatantly supporting the Marxist Black Lives Matter (BLM) group while it was busy burning and rioting in various U.S. communities as well as beating, robbing, stabbing, and shooting bystanders. He’s either a supporter of this militant anti-American group or a naïve idiot, probably both. The only thing that makes sense in the photo is the red clown’s nose he appears to be wearing. This should be his campaign poster.
Meanwhile Back At The Ranch: Fernandina Beach City Clerk Caroline Best announced Monday, August 8, that the Budget Workshop meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 9 was cancelled “because the City Commission, at their 8/04 Workshop, reached consensus to move forward with the 2022/2023 Proposed Budget as submitted by staff.”
She announced that the “the tentative date for the next Budget Hearing and Reading of Millage Rate is September 6; Final Budget Hearing is scheduled for September 20. New fiscal year begins October 1.”
So, the city staff and its ruling don, Dale Martin, get all the shiny new stuff and new employees they requested, and the taxpayers get hosed. Also, Mayor Mike “Left Coast” Lednovich said he is planning on using impact/capacity fees for purposes that I understand may not be within state law.
Even former City Comptroller Patti Clifford is fed up. She penned a note to a crowd of citizens recently writing: “Clearly, the City Commission is not interested in lowering the millage rate.”
“Bradley Bean did an honest job looking for ways to lower capital spending but to no avail.
“It is very frustrating to see them not challenge a thing!
“Hugh pay increases and adding staff… no efficiencies looked for or expected.
“Adding 3 new full-time firefighters AND increasing Overtime!
She closes her note adding: “Also, the Mayor is looking to use Recreational Impact Fees for very inappropriate uses.”
She said she’s planning on writing to the state authorities about the mayor’s proposal, but she may have to get in line as from what I understand there is already a crowd of folks knocking on State Attorney Ashley Moody’s door with requests to come down here and take a look at the city’s Three-Card Monte financial shenanigans.
She signed her note: “A very frustrated Patti Clifford.”
More About Rick Keffer’s Favorite Book: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Emmy” award was rescinded when the truth about his behavior became known. Regarding the undeserved accolades bestowed on the New York Times’ “1619 Project”, when will the “Pulitzer” committee follow suit? Debunking the 1619 Project, scholar Dr. Mary Grabar’s book surely will give them food for thought. Naïve News Leader columnist Rick Keffer, who admits he doesn’t do much reading, wrote an entire column a few weeks ago praising the “1619 Project” book saying he is now working with activists to get that load of bunkum introduced to institutions hereabouts including the school system. Let’s hope rationale, well-read heads prevail, and he fails miserably.