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Tony Katz has been writing for years, but for quality not for quantity. When he writes, it will be posted here.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death has created calls for Violence and Ignoring the Constitution, but It Is Not the Voters First Concern

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87 after a long and public battle with pancreatic cancer. In the 36 hours since the announcement of her death, social media activists, politicos and pundits have put forth reactions that range from outright calls for violence to total dismissal of the Constitution’s clear explanation of the rules for nominating a Supreme Court justice.

Reza Aslan, a CNN product who is most notable for saying that Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann had a “punchable face,” posted tweets that are meant to incite violence, threatening President Trump and the Republican-led Senate (and Americans) if they should try to replace Ginsburg this close to the election:

This was followed by an echos of calls for violence on social media, including from celebrities and university professors. Justice Ginsburg, in a letter dictated to her granddaughter just days before her death, stated her dying wish:

My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.

Celebrities and members of Congress like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez have jumped on this, demanding that President Trump not move forward with any nomination:

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3 Things The Midwest Wants To Hear From The RNC

During four nights of the Democratic National Convention, there was lots of lip-service given to bringing good paying jobs to America. But farmers were really only referenced once, and manufacturing barely got noticed. Rather, it was radical hate, radical calls for justice and radical ideas for the country like the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal doesn’t create jobs, it destroys farmers and manufacturing.

The Midwest got short-shrift. And those still wondering where to cast their vote found nothing of substance from Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s platitudes. Here are three things the RNC must say to get fence-sitters in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio to vote for Trump:

1 – Remind farmers of trade deals made, and of more trade deals on the way

It’s good to sell soybeans to China, but farmers have no faith in a China deal lasting long term. Republicans must focus on potential and completed trade deals to get farmers excited. Specifically, how US farmers can sell the EU more corn to fuel their ethanol craze.

2 – Reduce more regulations

The Trump team has not done enough to explain to America how reducing regulation has not only saved Americans billions of dollars, but has put those dollars into new equipment, new opportunities, new jobs and put new dollars in their pockets. They should announce further regulation reduction to ease the burden on manufacturers, and encourage growth.

3 – Drug independence means drug manufacturing

Coronavirus has exposed a massive problem: America relies far too much on China for life-saving medicine for those we love. America must begin the manufacture of those drugs immediately. The Midwest is craving opportunities to further build out its medical growth. If Trump is smart, he will drill down on this need and identify the Midwest as the place to bring investment and tax incentives.

We know the RNC will talk about law and order – something that the DNC also avoided – and that conversation is a winner. But jobs can not be overlooked. Moreover, respect for the people who actually build America is what the Midwest is looking for…and what they will respond to.

Biden Picks Kamala Harris, But Will It Move The Needle?

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has picked California Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate.

Sen. Harris responded:

The pick, however, comes with tremendous baggage. While the New York Times immediately moved to frame her as a “pragmatic moderate,” the facts do not line up with this narrative. According to GovTrack, she is listed as the 4th most progressive member of the Senate. Like Biden, she favors the banning of fracking and a full-scale assault on the Second Amendment.

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Biden’s Mental State Is Just One Thing Midwest Voters Are Concerned About

America is now debating, in earnest, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s mental state. It is obvious to both political junkies and casual observers on both sides of the aisle that Biden is not all together there. And, heading into a potential debate showdown with President Donald Trump, many wonder if he is up to the task. Democrats have openly questioned whether debates are necessary, or suggested Biden put conditions on debating. Translation: Joe Biden should not debate Donald Trump, because Joe Biden can’t be trusted on a debate stage.

CNNers like Brian Stelter are claiming that this is all a right-wing media dustup that is “far from campaign reality:”

How wrong Stelter is. (Again!) This is far more than a beltway-esqe campaign issue. Biden’s mental state, and mental issues, are a big deal to voters across the nation. But is it the only issue voters have with Biden, as was asked on Twitter?

Oh, no. When you start getting into that list, Biden’s verbal stumbles and mental lapses might be the least of the concerns for Midwest and fence-sitting voters.

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If Biden Doesn’t Debate, Biden Loses The MidWest…and the Election

It was the commentary of author Thomas Friedman that got me asking if this is a legitimate tactic: could the Biden Team seriously be considering the idea that they could keep presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden off the debate stage? Could they really keep him from debating President Donald Trump going into November?

Nevermind that failing to debate Trump will cost Biden the election, Freidman’s idea was farcical, as are many of the things now written in the New York Times (like the 1619 Project, which its author now admits is a flight of fancy.) Friedman wrote:

First, Biden should declare that he will take part in a debate only if Trump releases his tax returns for 2016 through 2018. Biden has already done so, and they are on his website. Trump must, too. No more gifting Trump something he can attack while hiding his own questionable finances.

And second, Biden should insist that a real-time fact-checking team approved by both candidates be hired by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates — and that 10 minutes before the scheduled conclusion of the debate this team report on any misleading statements, phony numbers or outright lies either candidate had uttered. That way no one in that massive television audience can go away easily misled.

Tax returns? The Supreme Court has already ruled on this. Twice. Besides, no one who is fence-sitting on this race cares about tax returns (though, if we can also see Hunter Biden’s returns, maybe this could get really interesting!) As to his second point? Ok! Fact check away! But does Freidman not understand the double-edged sword of immediate fact checking? Has he never heard Joe Biden speak? Or, more accurately, fail to speak?

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Today’s Inaccurate Polling: The Secret Trump Voter is Not A Secret

A recent Fox News poll shows presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden with an eight point lead over President Donald Trump in the general election. As with any poll taken in a pandemic, panic-gripped world, the results should be taken with massive grains of both salt and narrative.

A Fox News poll on the presidential race.

The Real Clear Politics polling average has shown Biden ahead for months. In the month of July alone, Biden’s lead has fluctuated between +3 and +15. But for what reason would anyone trust the polling? It’s as if four years ago never happened, when, at this time in the race, then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had, what we were told, was a commanding lead.

Of the 25 polls recorded in the month of July, Hillary led in 19 of them. Of the weekend just past (7/17-7/19,) Trump led one by +1 and Hillary led one by +4. In the week that followed, Trump led in four different polls, from between +1 to +7. By the end of July, 2019, Hillary was leading in the polls by +8 and +9. Media never looked past the polls to check their validity or understand the people who took them; they simply pushed the narrative. Hillary to victory!

And that was without a virus that has become so horrifically politicized that any rational-thinking American should be disgusted. California has returned to shutdowns, pushing down the economy that has looked forward to resurgence. Politicos have put unions over parents and students, demanding schools not re-open, or be only virtual; to be clear, multiple Democrats have proudly used school-aged children as a weapon to be wielded against Trump’s election chances. And media has deliberately played along in this fear-mongering about schools.

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Biden is Angry with Trump’s Rose Garden Press Conference because it Hurt Him in the Midwest

The Biden team is furious with President Trump for going at the former VP during an address in the Rose Garden. Members of the media, the pundit class and the Woke Blue-Checks are all screaming that it was a campaign speech, and therefore a violation of the Hatch Act. What they are really upset about is that Trump showed Biden as weak on China, and the Midwest might take notice.

On China, Biden started his campaign by saying they were nothing to worry about. During a campaign rally in 2019, Biden noted:

China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man…they can’t even figure out how to deal with the fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains in the east, I mean in the west.

As author and pundit Gordon Chang rightly noted, “He’s absolutely incorrect…one can argue that China doesn’t pose for instance a robust challenge to the US, we can argue that we will prevail. But to say as the vice president said that they’re no competition to the US is just inexplicable.”

Trump argued that Biden’s positions on the environment have been not only expensive, but a “gift” to China:

As vice president, Biden was a leading advocate of the Paris climate accord, which was unbelievably expensive to our country…It would have crushed American manufacturers while allowing China to pollute the atmosphere with impunity, yet one more gift from Biden to the Chinese Communist Party.

Trump then lumped Biden in with former President Barack Obama:

So Joe Biden and President Obama freely allowed China to pillage our factories, plunder our communities and steal our most precious secrets,” Trump said, adding, “I’ve stopped it largely.’”

Of course, the media pundits came to Biden’s rescue, lambasting the President for having a “political rally” instead of a press conference.

“Soiled.” He actually said “soiled.”

Biden’s people tried to respond by being too cute by half:

…but there was one topic that President Trump couldn’t seem to get off his mind: Joe Biden, whose name the President invoked nearly 30 times. The whole sad affair says more about Donald Trump than he said about any particular topic.

They quickly changed their tune when they realized the damage the Rose Garden presser had done. They now argue that President Trump should reimburse taxpayers for using the press conference as a campaign rally! From Biden spokesperson Katie Bedingfield:

What we heard in the Rose Garden today wasn’t a president at all. It was a politician who sees his re-election slipping away from him and who is furious that his own botched response to the coronavirus pandemic has denied him the campaign events he so craves…The American taxpayer should be reimbursed for the abuse of funds this spectacle represented.

It’s already clear to Americans across the Midwest – in must-win states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio – that Biden (or his team) are afraid of debating President Trump. They know, like Biden’s team knows, that the odds of the former Vice-President to be able to handle a 90-minute debate without debilitating gaffes – or worse! – are very small. But for Trump to remind Midwest Mainstreet of Biden’s weakness on China, and foreign policy as a whole, is damaging to Biden’s spurious claim that he can rebuild the economy; especially as trade and manufacturing become of even more importance in a world financially damaged by coronavirus.

Trump may avoid the Rose Garden for a while, but the damage to Biden is already done.

Support Goya and Free Speech with the #GOYA1K – UPDATES

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and numerous other “woke” folk want to boycott Goya Foods because their CEO, Robert Unanue, attended a Hispanic Prosperity event at the White House where he spoke well of President Donald Trump.

Some people hate Trump so much that they threw their Goya products in the trash. This is madness! We have lots of Americans hurting financially because of coronavirus shutdowns who could use that food. And Ocasio-Cortez pushing #CancelCulture on Goya because they didn’t act they way she wanted is despicable.

So, Tony decided it was time to have the #GOYA1K. It’s not a foot race, it’s how you can help your town donate 1,000 cans of Goya products to a local food bank. Take a photo of your donation, and post it online with #GOYA1K. Stand up for free speech and free thought, and help people while you do it. Check out the video below, and share everywhere!

NOTE: Turns out Tony was not alone. Radio host Mike Opelka had the same idea, and posted it on Twitter last week. And check out this guy, who raised $100,000 to buy Goya products!

DeSean Jackson was wrong for his antiSemitic posts, but the Eagles Should Not Fire Him

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted vile antiSemitic and bigoted statements on his Instagram account, as well as showering praise on long-time bigot Louis Farrakhan.

I’m Jewish, in case you didn’t know. And I don’t think he should be fired:

Jackson was wrong. Farrakhan is disgusting, and quoting Hitler is just beyond low. Jackson has apologized, saying he has no hate for Jewish people, and has spoken with the team ownership about the issue. Both team owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are Jewish.

The Eagles are more than justified in firing him for violating the team’s, or the NFL’s, code of conduct. However, I favor ending Cancel Culture. And to do so, we actually have to end it.

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Media Fails Again: Trump’s “Fiery” Mt. Rushmore Speech Was Not Racist Nor Divisive

The Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and the Twitter blue-checks were all in lock step in calling President Trump’s speech on July 4th at the base of Mt. Rushmore, “hateful,” “racist,” “divisive,” “dark,” and “angry.” But nothing could be further from the truth, which is exactly where those mainstream media outlets like to be.

The Washington Post said the speech, “…exploited social divisions” and was a “dark speech.” ABC said the speech, “…pushes racial divisions.” MSNBC quoted an Oglala Lakota tribe member who said that Mount Rushmore was a, “symbol of White Supremacy.” CNN followed along in this line of attack:

Of course, CNN’s short-term memory is, indeed, short. It was CNN in 2008 that referred to Mt. Rushmore as “majestic” and “quite a sight” when former President Obama visited.

America has watched statues being torn down, while media tells us rioters are not tearing down statues willy-nilly. America has watched as media viciously demeaned Americans who wanted to get back to work to support their families, claiming they were selfish, hateful and going to get people killed from Covid-19 just so they could make money; even claiming that open-up protesters were mocking the dead! But when protesters and rioters gather by the thousands, the media doesn’t stay silent; they push the notion that rioting and protesting without masks is valuable and important…and won’t lead to increased spread of coronavirus.

Americans who heard the speech know that the Washington Post and CNN lied to them. They’ve known that the New York Times lied with the 1619 project. They know that MSNBC pushes the anti-Trump agenda – claiming he’s a racist, for example – while hiring Al Sharpton (whose insults of Jews are the stuff of legend, just ask MSNBC host Joe Scarborough when he was a member of Congress!) and Joy Reid (whose anti-gay posts would get any radio host in America fired and deem them un-hireable ever again.)

Those who heard the speech heard about love of country, about, “equal opportunity, equal justice and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion and creed.” They heard President Trump say that the family, “…is the bedrock of American life.”

You can like or dislike the speech, but it wasn’t divisive nor dark nor angry: That’s the American mainstream media. The media that demands your respect, and your fealty, had no choice but to hate the speech. They hated the speech because they hate Trump. And they hate you, me and we for not listening to them.

And America has taken notice.