If You’re Voting For Joe Biden You’re Voting For …

  • A man with a career of corruption behind him.
  • A man who has disrespected and abused women.
  • Abuse of power: the Obama-Biden Administration illegally used the IRS to deny tax benefits to conservative organizations; they used the Department of Justice to attack law enforcement personnel who were working to prevent illegal aliens from entering the country; they shut down the work of and fired federal agents to monitor and prosecute terrorist cells in the U.S., also protecting organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood which are sworn enemies of the U.S.
  • Censorship
  • The removal of Second Amendment gun rights and home protection.
  • Gender confusion (people who’ve had sex change surgery are less happy than they were before).
  • Socialism: The rights of the individual are made secondary to the control of the collective; Vladimir Lenin said “The end game of socialism is communism.”
  • Loss of freedom, including free speech and religious freedom.
  • Increased taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, which profits from the shedding of human blood.
  • Open borders, drug and human smuggling.
  • Voter fraud and voting by felons, illegal aliens and unregistered individuals.
  • Over regulation of small businesses, the backbone of America.
  • Prohibition of school choice.
  • A smaller, weaker military.
  • Obama II, a country that befriends and funds America’s enemies while turning away from America’s allies.
  • Civil unrest in the streets, i.e., Seattle and Portland.
  • Higher taxes.
  • Harmful laws based on non-existent, politically based global warming.
  • Criminalization of the conservative movement.
  • Confused men posing as “transgenders” in order to take the positions of females on girls and women’s sports teams.
  • Continued attacks on America’s founding ideals.
  • Damage to the public education system.
  • Expanded government health insurance, which does not guarantee medical care.
  • Sanctuary cities.
  • Judicial activism by judges who make law from the bench.
  • Radical individuals with access to the White House and the highest levels of government who cannot pass background checks.
  • Increased likelihood of terrorism on American and foreign soil. Democrats are very weak on terrorism.
  • Bigger government making the individual smaller and smaller.
  • A greater likelihood that America, “the home of the free and the land of the brave” will become a nation of one-party rule with opposition to Democrat policies outlawed.
  • A re-writing of U.S. history and the Constitution.

You will also be voting for a man whose health is failing, and who may have to relinquish his presidency to a vice president with even more radical views on important issues.

Raul Grijalva: Good Friend of Communists

Raul Grijalva is a long-time Southern Arizona congressman running for re-election in November. 

By Trevor Loudon, Contributing Writer, The Epoch Times

December 26, 2018

Long-time Communist Party USA ally Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is to chair the critical House Committee on Natural Resources. This position will give Grijalva significant influence over key economic and environmental decisions.

In this position, he will be able to stall and otherwise influence legislation and create major uncertainty for potential infrastructure, natural resource, and energy investors.

Grijalva is so excited about his new post that he has even opted to resign from his influential position as co-chair of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Allowing a man with Grijalva’s radical record to wield such influence could have disastrous implications for American jobs and economic growth.

The Early Years

Grijalva foreshadowed his legislative strategy in 2013 when he revealed to In These Times, a Democratic Socialists of America affiliated publication, that “I’m a Saul Alinsky guy,” referring to the “community organizer” who mentored Hillary Clinton and inspired Barack Obama.

But even the Marxist Alinsky wasn’t Grijalva’s most radical influence.

According to a 2009 Center for Immigration Studies memorandum, as a young activist in Tucson, Arizona, Grijalva became a leader in several Marxist-leaning groups including the Chicano Liberation Committee, which pressured the University of Arizona to implement affirmative action for Chicano staff and establish a Mexican-American Studies program.

Grijalva was also active in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), which agitated for the return of the “Chicano” areas of the U.S. Southwest to Mexico. The group’s motto was “Por la raza todo, fuera de la raza nada,” which translates to “For the race, everything; outside the race, nothing.”

Grijalva further joined the radical Raza Unida Party. After losing a school board race in 1972, Grijalva dropped some of his revolutionary posing and sought to involve himself in more “mainstream” Democratic Party politics.

In 1993, Grijalva, identified at that time as a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, wrote an anti-NAFTA article headlined “North America Needs ‘Fair’ Trade” for the Nov. 13 edition of the Communist Party USA’s newspaper People’s Weekly World (which has since changed its name to People’s World).

Through the 1990s, Grijalva used his Pima County position to assist Communist Party USA-affiliated organizations, such as the Southern Arizona People’s Law Center and the Tucson Tenants Union.

By the early 2000s, Grijalva was ready for the big time, and the Communist Party USA was eager to help.

Communist Party Assistance

According to Tucson Communist Party USA leader Steve Valencia, his mentor—the late Arizona Communist Party USA chair Lorenzo Torrez—was a pioneer in the “struggle” for Mexican-American political representation.

Valencia told People’s World newspaper in 2012, “I always say: Before [Communist Party USA-aligned Democratic Rep.] Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva, there was Lorenzo Torrez.”

The article continues: “Pastor and Grijalva are Arizona’s first two Mexican Americans [sic] members of the U.S. Congress. But Torrez ran for Congress before they ran, and also boldly ran against Republican Senator Barry Goldwater.

“‘Lorenzo told us it is time for these majority Latino districts to be represented by a Mexican American,’ said Valencia. ‘He wanted voters to see a Latino name on the ballot.’

“When Pastor declared his candidacy, Torrez rallied the Tucson CP [Communist Party] club to join in the effort. Pastor’s victory in 1991 set the stage for Grijalva’s election in 2002.”

On Sept. 21, 2002, the People’s World published an article headlined “People Gain in Arizona Primaries” by local Communist Party leader Joe Bernick. It dealt mainly with Grijalva’s victory in the recent Democratic Party primary:

“The tireless efforts of hundreds of grassroots volunteers dealt a blow to the corporate establishment here and their attempt to dominate Southern Arizona politics in the Sept. 10 primary election.

“Long-time progressive Raul Grijalva routed seven other candidates to win the Democratic nomination for CD-7, one of Arizona’s two new Congressional seats. …

“As a Pima County Supervisor and Tucson School Board member Grijalva consistently fought for working people’s interests.

“The Grijalva campaign was a textbook example of how to conduct a people’s campaign, beginning with its name: ‘A whole lot of people for Grijalva.’ Hundreds of people came out seven days a week, sometimes twice on Saturday, to wear out tons of shoe leather.

“Grijalva thanked labor for its key support and for ‘putting the union label on me.’ He promised the Southern Arizona Central Labor Council, at its Sept. 12 meeting, to become ‘an extension of the voice of labor in the U.S. Congress.’”

At a meeting of the National Board of the Communist Party USA in South Chicago, on the last weekend of January 2003, an Arizona activist boasted, “Using street heat tactics, all of labor worked to back one candidate Raul Grijalva in Tucson … And we won!”

Tucson Communist Party USA supporter Susan Thorpe confirmed this narrative in an article covering the 2002 Grijalva campaign in an article in People’s World on Nov. 7, 2003, titled “Arizona: Grassroots Can Beat Big Bucks”:

“Nevertheless, here in Tucson, we are gearing up for local elections in 2003 and the presidential election ahead in 2004 by using the same tactics we did in 2002 to get Raul Grijalva elected to Congress. …

“Congressman Raul Grijalva is proving to be a wonderful voice for the people of Arizona. And our movement and those important connections made during his campaign are still alive in Tucson.”

In Congress, Grijalva worked to help the Communist Party USA where he could.

Returning the Favor

According to a 2005 statement by Latinos for Peace (an anti-Iraq War front for the Communist Party USA) published in the Communist Party USA theoretical journal Political Affairs on Oct. 4, 2005: “On Monday September 26 we participated in the peace movement lobby day at the capitol. We met with Rep Raul Grijalva who said he would work to help build our campaign.”

On July 13, 2006, Communist Party USA member Carolyn Trowbridge addressed 14 fellow black-shrouded members of the “peace” group “Raging Grannies” along with 40 supporters. Trowbridge’s speech was followed by “a reading of an antiwar speech” by Grijalva. They then marched to the late Sen. John McCain’s office to “deliver a petition on Iraq demanding an immediate end to the U.S. occupation, the closing of all U.S. military bases and the removal all U.S. mercenaries and corporate involvement,” according to People’s World.

Later that same year, on Nov. 7, Arizona voters became the first in the nation to reject a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign was led by activist group Arizona Together. Both Arizona state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and Congressman Grijalva assisted the campaign.

According to Arizona Communist Party leader and Arizona Together activist Joe Bernick, who wrote it up in the People’s World:

“Why Arizona? How come voters in more liberal states have voted for similar hateful laws while conservative Arizona voted no?

“So how did we do it? The answer is: educating, organizing and mobilizing.

“As soon as proponents started circulating petitions to put 107 on the ballot, opponents brought out their own clipboards, signing up thousands of volunteers. Arizona Together emerged as the campaign committee, chaired by progressive state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

“Congressman Raul Grijalva appeared on radio ads calling Prop. 107 an attack on working families. The Grijalva campaign worked closely with Arizona Together, using its literature in their extensive door-to-door canvassing.”

Sinema, now the newly elected U.S. senator from Arizona, also has close ties to the Communist Party USA.

On March 29, 2003, Grijalva sponsored and addressed the Third Annual Cesar Chavez Day March and Rally for Peace.

The rally was organized by Tucson Communist Party member and high school teacher Ray Siqueiros, one of the most militant teachers in Tucson. In 2006, Siqueiros was involved in organizing a mass walk-out by Tucson high school students protesting proposed legislation that would classify illegal immigrants as felons. Some of the students waved Mexican flags.

In June 2015, Siqueiros received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Grijalva for “valuable service to the community.”

Border Security

In September 2015, the late Sen. John McCain from Arizona introduced legislation (S750) to exempt certain projects from environmental protection laws, in order to better enhance border security.

S750, if passed, “would exclude new surveillance installations and other border patrol activities from environmental protection laws. The bill would apply to federal lands within 100 miles of the U.S.–Mexico border in Arizona and parts of California,” according to People’s World.

Grijalva was apparently willing to work with the Communist Party USA to stop legislation designed to keep America’s borders secure.

Then the senior Democrat in the House’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations, Grijalva fought back against the proposal.

Grijalva spoke at a forum co-sponsored by the Communist Party USA-led Arizona Peace Council, and the Communist Party USA-run Salt of the Earth Labor College, saying he was “confident regarding the ability to defeat S750 provided people stay aware of it and speak out against it.”

According to People’s World, Grijalva said in part: It’s a two pronged agenda. … Part of the agenda … [is] to end any legislative hope … that we would end up with something semi-rational in terms of comprehensive immigration reform because this bill is about enforcement only—only enforcement. …

“The other agenda is about attacking bedrock environmental laws that have been on the books for 50, 40, 45 years. … It’s both about immigration and the environment and citizen accountability and participation in decision making.”

As today’s Communist Party USA is loyal to Cuba, China, and Venezuela, Grijalva was effectively attempting to aid and abet enemies of the Republic.

The Communist Party USA is the sworn enemy of American capitalism.

Houston Communist Party leader Bernard Sampson wrote only this past September: “We aren’t like other parties. We are a party dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist class in this country.”

Yet Grijalva has worked with these people for more than 30 years. He is clearly fully on board with the Communist Party USA agenda.

Imagine the damage Grijalva will be able to do to America’s economy, environment, and national security as Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Communist Party USA leaders must be rubbing their hands in revolutionary glee.

Americans likely do not realize that elected officials such as Grijalva are not required to undergo any form of background security check before serving on sensitive committees. If they were, Grijalva would certainly fail.

America’s enemies are aware of this loophole and are using it to their advantage.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch

Arpaio’s Long Political Career Ends

Jerry Sheridan is the future hope for Republicans in the Maricopa County election for sheriff this November. He outlasted long-time former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a closely contested primary this week.

At age 87, Arpaio’s political career is now officially over.

Sheridan won the contest by some 6,200 votes. On election night, the partial tally of votes was much closer than that.

Arpaio served as sheriff for 24 years. He began to lose favor with the party’s conservative base in the early 2000’s when Gilbert Republicans voted to censure him. His then primary foes Tom Bearup, formerly Arpaio’s No. 2 man in the sheriff’s office, and Dan Saban, accused him of corruption. However, Arpaio fended off those challenges and when President Barack Obama began targeting him, Republicans closed ranks around Arpaio. Eventually the Obama attacks got Arpaio out and Democrat Paul Penzone elected to the office.

President Trump pardoned Arpaio for his 2017 criminal contempt of court conviction for disobeying a judge’s order in a racial profiling case.

Now Sheridan, a 38-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office who had no ties to the Arpaio court order, will try to re-take the SO for Republicans.

Chicago Using Social Media to Spy on Tourists

By John Semmens — Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News

Desperate to replace the tax revenues lost due to the City’s oppressive response to the COVID pandemic, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady has authorized a widespread surveillance of social media posts.

“There are 22 states whose residents must report for a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they travel to Chicago,” Arwady said. “Very few are voluntarily submitting to this requirement. This forces us to monitor their social media activity. If we spot selfies or other posts sent from known tourist hot spots we check to see whether other posts from the same account were made from one of the 22 mandatory quarantine states. If they were we use this as evidence to make an arrest, levy a fine, and lock the offenders up for the required 14-day quarantine.”

The Commissioner denied that this police-state tactic violates the legal right to privacy, saying that “that there is no right to privacy when public health is at stake. Besides, posting a selfie while dodging our quarantine requirement flouts the law. If we don’t crack down on such willful disobedience respect for authority will be undermined and chaos will ensue.”

COVID Vaccine Effectiveness “Iffy”

White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that “the chance of creating an effective vaccine for COVID is not great. Respiratory viruses are notoriously difficult to combat. They mutate at a high rate and their transmission through the air cannot be effectively countered. As we have seen from work on flu vaccines, the typical odds of getting the flu after being vaccinated is about 50%. Ironically, the odds of getting the flu without being vaccinated are also about 50%.”

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn confirmed Fauci’s assessment, saying that “a vaccine with a 50-50 chance of being effective is no worse of an outcome than the 50-50 odds faced by a person who has not been vaccinated. Remember, even a vaccine that matches the odds of the control group has the psychological advantage of reassuring patients that medical authorities are doing something for them.”

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned that “we cannot put our faith in the idea that any vaccine we develop will be a ‘silver bullet’ that will kill COVID. What we can do is continue to invest money in medical research. Even if the chances of success are slim, at least we will have provided jobs for some of the best and brightest among us, myself included.”

Mayor Complains “Rioters Are Helping Trump”

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) condemned the actions of a mob that set fire to the Police Bureau’s East Precinct and blocked the exits, calling it “attempted murder. Luckily the officers inside were able to get out, but the use of accelerants and fire bombs discredits the meme that these are peaceful protests. And that plays right into the hands of President Trump’s campaign to restore law and order.”

While Portland police chief Chuck Lovell called the violence “incomprehensible and senseless,” Wheeler preferred the phrase “poorly timed” and pleaded with the leaders of Antifa and Black Lives Matter to “restrain your people. There will be opportunities to legally redistribute wealth and punish the capitalist exploiters after Trump loses in November. All I’m asking for is a little patience. The Democratic Party and the media are with you, but we won’t be able to fully implement our program until we have a president in tune with our agenda.”

Meanwhile in Seattle, the City Council majority rejected contentions from Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) and Police Chief Carmen Best that “their plan to totally disband the police force is irresponsible and reckless.” Council Member Lorena Gonzalez (D) countered, contending that “it is the presence of police on our streets which fuels the nightly battles for control of the City. If we remove the police there will be no opposition to the protesters and, consequently, no more need for the levels of violence we have seen when two armed combatants struggle to control the area. There may still be some scattered mostly peaceful rioting, but there won’t be pitched battles.”

Ironically, while Democratic politicians imagine that their anti-police stances will earn them black votes, a Gallop poll released this week shows that 81% of black respondents want more police in their neighborhoods. This view is also held by 83% of Hispanic and 88% of white poll respondents.

Schumer: “We’ll Sue”

President Trump’s effort to break the Congressional deadlock on the next iteration of coronavirus relief by threatening to issue an Executive Order has Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) incensed. “His insistence that the coronavirus relief bill be focused on stimulating the economy after it was shut down to slow the spread of the contagion is too narrow,” he said. “We want to include bailouts for states that have crippled their economies with reckless spending and high taxes. There are hundreds of thousands of government employees in my state who could face layoffs, pay cuts, or deferred pensions if federal taxpayers don’t pick up the tab.”

“We also want to get a head start on the Green New Deal by appropriating funds that the next Democratic president will need to transform the nation from the fossil-fueled prosperity foisted on the American people by Trump,” Schumer added. “This will put us back on the trajectory of decline that former President Obama set in motion. It’s time that Americans reduce their expectations and adjust to lower standards of living. Rather than aspiring to join the ranks of the rich and powerful, it would be better for Americans to take their place among the masses of the world who live more modest lifestyles.”

“Not only does Trump reject our aims, his main objective—granting a payroll tax cut—unduly rewards those who work for a living,” the Senator complained. “It’s long past the time when we should get over the notion that work is a virtue that entitles a person to a better standard of living than his non-working neighbor. This is rank discrimination and we will sue to overturn any Executive Order that seeks such an outcome.”

Pro-Trump PAC Banned from Facebook

Facebook announced that the Committee to Defend the President will not be allowed to advertise on its platform. Facebook Policy communications director Andy Stone explained that “we have a duty to prevent misinformation from using our platform to promulgate falsehoods. Inasmuch as our fact checkers have determined that Trump is indefensible, the PAC’s name alone justifies the ban.”

“It is also likely that the PAC’s ads would say negative things about Joe Biden and the Democratic Party,” Stone said. “No one at Facebook believes these things could be true. So, to prevent voters who rely on our platform from being misled we must block advertisements from sources we view as untrustworthy. To do less would put us on the wrong side of history.”

Mail-in Ballot Mishaps Abound

In Las Vegas, Nevada election officials sent 223,000 mail-in ballots (17% of the total) to the wrong addresses. Persons residing at these addresses could wrongfully cast the ballots. The intended recipients never received the mailed ballot. The remedy for this according to Governor Steve Sisolak (D) is “to allow campaign workers to harvest such ballots, fill them out, and mail them in so we can ensure that there is no shortfall of votes cast and counted.”

In Roanoke, Virginia absentee ballot request forms were mailed to every registered voter. The printed address on all the return envelopes was wrong. Voters using these envelopes would never receive an actual ballot.

In New York City more than 84,000 of the mail-in ballots (21% of the total) for the Democratic primary were disqualified for a variety of reasons including arriving late, lacking a postmark or failing to include a voter’s signature. The primary was held June 23, but six weeks later they’re still searching for votes in several of the races.

In Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) issued an executive order “amending” state law to allow ballots received after election day to be counted. He cited civil unrest and a mysterious “surge in the anticipated number of late-arriving ballots” for his unconstitutional action.

Most countries in Europe ban mail-in voting in order to reduce the vote fraud and vote buying that mail-in ballots foster. They consider mail-in ballots a threat the integrity of their elections. In the countries that allow mail-in ballots a photo ID is required to get one.

In Chappaqua, New York defeated 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned that “Trump could sabotage the 2020 election by ordering the Postal Service to delay or trash ballots mailed from Democratic precincts. Ordering the Postal Service to delay or trash ballots mailed from Republican precincts is what I would do if it was necessary to prevent an unqualified person from becoming president.”

COVID Crisis Shows Way to Redistribute Wealth

Former First Lady Michelle Obama used her podcast to thank the pandemic “for opening our eyes to a new way of distributing the nation’s wealth. Barack always thought it would require an act of Congress to implement the kind of redistribution needed to achieve social justice. But the unilateral power wielded by almost every governor during the COVID crisis showed that it could be accomplished much more easily than he thought.”

“In state-after-state we saw governors decreeing which businesses were essential and which were not,” she observed. “Declaring a business nonessential effectively confiscated an owner’s right to earn an income for however long the decree stayed in-place. As polls have shown, a majority of Americans support these executive actions by the governors. Some even went so far as to spy on those trying to evade or resist these autocratic decrees. Legislative bodies were either frozen out of the process or meekly endorsed it.”

“Well, if a governor could do these kinds of things he certainly could take the much more modest step of ordering a business or wealthy person to pay higher taxes that the state could then use to make payments to the deserving poor,” she pointed out. “Or he could order banks to transfer money out of some accounts and into others. Either way, we could more rapidly transform America from an individualistic Hell into a collective paradise without the muss and fuss of adhering to a republican form of government.”

Poll Results Slam Media for Bias

A poll conducted by Gallup and the Knight Foundation found widespread distrust of media reporting among Americans. 73% of respondents found too much bias in so-called news reporting. 84% blamed the media for fomenting divisiveness. 75% of Republicans and 52% of independents have an unfavorable view of the media. 70% of Democrats feel the media is treated unfairly.

Chelsea Aardvark, one of the so-called fact checkers at the Washington Post gave the poll results “four pinocchios.” “The average person is unqualified to judge the accuracy or bias of any news source,” she said. “Much of what is reported today comes from undisclosed confidential sources. There is no way that the consumer of these reports can objectively verify the accuracy of these reports without access to some unbiased authority. The viewer’s or reader’s doubts are not backed by facts. Consequently, their judgments are based on ignorance. When we compare this ignorance to the credentials of those employed in the media we must conclude that the respondents’ opinions are erroneous.”

CNN’s Chris Cuomo called the “four pinocchios” finding “a vindication of all the hard work we do here to get things right. Our viewers should be ashamed of their negative attitudes. It is not we who are heightening the divisiveness in America. It is those who disagree with us and mistrust our reporting.”

Former MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary disagreed with Cuomo, saying that “the media today are a cancer that threatens diversity of thought and the free flow of ideas. Nonconforming ideas are considered too cumbersome for the audience and are routinely suppressed, while the Democrat ‘Party line’ is repeatedly pushed even when directly contradicted by the known facts.”

L.A. Mayor Punishes Disobedience

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he has ordered the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to cut off the water and electricity to any homes, venues, or businesses that defy the COVID-19 safety measures he has imposed on the City.

“Quite frankly, I must admit that I am fed up with people trying to exercise freedoms that I have put off limits during this pandemic,” the Mayor said. “I have given the people in this City the opportunity to voluntarily obey me. Most have complied, but others insist that their freedom to earn a living, go to church, or visit friends is being illegally infringed. Well, let’s see how they like it when I ratchet up the infringement another notch.”

Garcetti justified his dictatorial rule as “necessary to secure the public health and safety. In times like this reasonable people recognize their obligation to sacrifice freedoms they have taken for granted in order to serve the public good. They should be confident that these freedoms will be restored if and when I deem it proper to do so.”

Local Antifa bully Clyde Burns dismissed Garcetti’s infringements as “wishy-washy. If he had any balls he’d blow up the power plant and water distribution system. The Revolution has sterner measures in mind for those who resist our authority. If Garcetti can’t get on board with us he’d better get out of town himself.”

Biden Contrasts His China Policy with Trump’s

In a bid to show his foreign policy expertise and prove he is not cognitively impaired, former Vice-President Joe Biden contrasted his planned approach to dealing with China with Trump’s.

“Basically, I’m saying that Trump’s efforts to bully China are un-American,” Biden asserted. “He’s always blaming China for what’s wrong with America. He says the coronavirus came from China, but China says it came from us. I ask myself, who’s telling the truth. My gut tells me it ain’t Trump.”

“Trump also accuses China of stealing our technology,” Biden continued. “He calls this theft of intellectual property. I’m not sure of what that means, but what if they’re just copying our secrets because they didn’t do their homework. I can’t remember the number of times I had to copy someone else’s work just to get a passing grade. Tell me, who did I hurt? Was I a bad person for doing that? Or was I a needy person? I’m thinking that China is stealing our secrets because they’re needy too.”

“When I’m president we’ll have an entirely different attitude toward needy countries like China,” the Candidate promised. “If we give them what they want they won’t have to steal it. This will save them from committing crimes and save us from being niggardly. China will have no need to be confrontational or warlike. A new era of brotherhood will unfold for our two countries and the world.”

In an unsurprising simultaneous development, the Revolutionary Communist Party has endorsed Biden for president. Bob Avakian, self-proclaimed head of the Party called Biden and the Democratic Party “the best hope for socialism that this country has ever seen. If the people of this country want to see peace on the streets they are advised to surrender to the Revolution and elect Democrats to all the offices lest we be forced to sweep them into the dust bin of history by other means.”

Satirical Look at Recent News

John Semmens is a retired economist who has written a weekly political satire for The Arizona Conservative since 2005. He says working on his satires is one of the ways he tries to honor the liberties our Founding Fathers tried to protect.” His work has been cited on the Rush Limbaugh program.

Please do us a favor. If you use material created by The Arizona Conservative, give us credit and DO NOT change the context. Thank you.

August 7 Primary Election Updates

The Arizona Secretary of State’s office now reports that 100 percent of the votes are in from Tuesday’s Primary Election.

U.S. Senator Martha McSally won a primary challenge by Daniel McCarthy, claiming almost 76 percent of the vote. She’ll face off against Mark “China” Kelly in November.

In a closely contended primary for Arizona Senate District 8, Frank Pratt has a 54-vote lead over Neal Carter for the second seat nomination to the general election.

Cathy Herrod, president of the Center For Arizona Policy has some interesting election insights, which we’re posting below:

While we await the official, final vote tallies from this past Tuesday’s Primary Election, here’s what we know to date:

  • More Arizonans turned out to vote in the primary than in any previous cycle. While the turnout partly results from population growth, the higher numbers also resulted from increased enthusiasm among younger generations and liberal voting segments.
  • U.S. Congressional races: No surprises in the candidates nominated by their respective parties.
  • Arizona Senate
    • Incumbent senators Sylvia Allen (District 6) and Heather Carter (District 15) lost their bids for re-election. Sen. Allen lost to Wendy Rogers and Sen. Carter lost to Rep. Nancy Barto.
  • Arizona House
    • Progressives’ attempts to unseat moderate Democrats were not successful in several legislative districts. The moderates all won their parties’ nomination.
    • Incumbent house member Jay Lawrence lost his race to newcomer Joseph Chaplik.
    • See detailed election results here.
  • Campaign Spending
    • Surely records were set for campaign spending in party primaries.
      • In the state senate race in Legislative District 6, over $1 million was spent, $704,000 on behalf of Wendy Rogers.
      • In LD 15 race, over $1.6 million was spent, $800,000 from independent expenditure campaigns on behalf of Heather Carter – for a total of about $1.2 million spent on the Carter side alone.
      • Record spending also occurred in the Democrat contests between the progressives and the moderates.
      • One outside Arizona group funded by a New York billionaire spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to persuade Arizona voters to vote for liberal candidates.
      • See who supported candidates financially, and how much they spent at gov
    • Voters
      • Your vote matters. At the end of the day Thursday, two mayoral candidates were separated by only 12 votes. In another race, two state legislative candidates were separated by only 40 votes. Taking the time to vote wisely for those who share your values is well worth the time and effort.
      • Voters in Arizona thoughtfully and prayerfully made their electoral decisions. At the CAP office, we fielded calls and emails daily from voters seeking information on candidates.
      • Our comwebsite continues to be a go-to site for information on candidates and voting in general.
      • Write-in candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, Jim O’Connor, easily got the required number of about 6,700 write-in votes to qualify for the November 3 ballot. What seemed like an impossible number turned out to look relatively easy for grassroots advocates. That’s a good sign for voter engagement and activism.

November 3 Outlook

  • As with the primary, expect to see record spending in federal and state legislative races. Grassroots activism and mobilization will be necessary in many areas of the state to counter the money. If you can financially support candidates and groups you agree with, then please do so. If not, please volunteer your time to help advance your values.
  • By October 7, CAP will unveil an updated comwebsite that will include the following information on races:
    • President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
    • Arizona Corporation Commission
    • Arizona Senate and House
    • Arizona judges on the retention ballot
    • Select county and city races
    • Select school board races
  • Most of all, continue to pray for the 2020 election. It’s a much different year with COVID-19, our changing state demographics, and the ever-increasing rise of false information being disseminated about candidates and issues.

ICYMI:

  • Learn about the graphic hyper-sexualized materials being foisted on children in schools by joining this virtual summit on protecting children in education on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Register today at here.
  • The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson writes about the new data showing transgender surgeries do not help mental health.
  • Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, joined several other attorneys general in signing an Amicus brief in support of a Washington state high school football coach exercising his First Amendment rights. The case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals addresses the coach’s right to pray to himselfafter football games. Read the brief here.

 

Pence: ‘The Choice We Face Is Whether America Remains America’

By Rob Bluey, The Daily Signal

TAMPA—Vice President Mike Pence portrayed a stark contrast facing America during a visit Wednesday to Florida.

“We stand at a crossroads of freedom,” Pence said. “Before us lie two paths: One based on the dignity and worth of every individual, and the other on the growing control of the state. One road leads to greater freedom and opportunity, and the other road leads to socialism and decline.”

He added, “The choice we face is whether America remains America.”

Two regimes are fighting an ideological war in America today. But what side are you on? And how can you sharpen up on how to defend your position? Learn more now >>

Pence’s words drew strong applause from the 250 supporters gathered in the hotel ballroom. It was Pence’s third and final stop in the Tampa area, where he was greeted with flag-waving and sign-toting supporters along the route of the motorcade. Pence also visited a women’s medical clinic and a Baptist church Wednesday.

Throughout the day, Pence touted the Trump administration’s pro-life achievements and commitment to religious freedom while offering a warning to supporters on what the future might hold.

Pence also spoke forcefully in defense of law enforcement and against efforts to defund police in America’s major cities.

“President Trump and I know that the men and women who put on the uniform of law enforcement every day are the best people in this country,” Pence said to applause. “With this president and this administration, we will always back the blue. We will always stand with the men and women on the Thin Blue Line of law enforcement. We’re not going to defund the police—not now, not ever.”

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that 36 of America’s 50 largest cities have experienced a double-digit rise in homicide rates. Two cities—Austin and Chicago—have seen homicide rates skyrocket more than 50% compared to last year.

“We don’t need to choose between supporting law enforcement and supporting our minority communities,” Pence said. “This president has done both every single day, and we will continue to deliver. We will support law enforcement, we will support our minority communities, with liberty and justice for all.”

The Daily Signal traveled with Pence aboard Air Force Two as a member of the press pool—a point of contention for some journalists in the White House press corps. The New York Times published a story Wednesday evening, “Member of Conservative Think Tank Takes On Reporter Duties on Air Force Two.”

Pence’s staff invited The Daily Signal after the White House Correspondents Association was unable to find a volunteer to travel with the vice president. NBC News, The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, and CBN News’ David Brody also accompanied Pence on the trip.

In an interview scheduled to air Thursday, Pence told CBN News about the importance of the Supreme Court. He also bluntly stated, “Chief Justice Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives.”

Pence cited Trump’s appointment of conservative jurists among the administration’s top accomplishments, adding other achievements that include protecting the sanctity of life and religious freedom, rebuilding the military, reviving the economy, cutting taxes, reducing red tape, enacting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and creating jobs.

“President Trump has kept the promises that he’s made to the American people, to the people of Florida, and especially to people of faith,” Pence said.

Pence’s early afternoon visit to a pregnancy center marked the first time a sitting vice president appeared at such a medical clinic, according to the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. Afterward, Pence spoke to the organization’s Life Wins! 2020 Tour at the nearby Starkey Road Baptist Church.

“Life is winning in America,” Pence said. “I believe life is winning because of the compassion and love that have been shown to women and children.”

Pence spoke about his meeting at the clinic with Kia Farrell and her son Ollie Farrell, who turns 1 next month. Farrell considered an abortion at Planned Parenthood before turned to A Woman’s Place.

Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, who preceded Pence’s speech, cited the department’s Title X family planning services rule as an example of the Trump administration’s commitment to protecting the dignity of human life.

“There has never been a more pro-life and pro-family administration,” Hargan said.

Pence said the Declaration of Independence put life at the center of the American experiment. Yet, 47 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision in Roe vs. Wade that fundamentally challenged the right to life. He warned that decades of pro-life progress could soon be erased.

“Now more than ever, pro-life Americans need to make our voice heard. … You need to speak out and become involved,” he said. “The radical left wants to silence pro-life Americans.”

Speaking later in the day at a “Faith in Freedom” rally in Clearwater, Pence said, “The foundation of America is freedom, but the foundation of freedom is faith.”

He added, “I’m more convinced than ever of two things: America is a freedom-loving nation, and this is a nation of faith.”

With cases of coronavirus still hampering Florida, Pence acknowledged the challenges facing America. He said the Trump administration was focused on helping all Americans.

“We’re opening up America again, and we’re opening up American schools again,” Pence said to applause. “I’ll make you a promise—as you in the Sunshine State and people all across the country continue to contend with this pandemic—we will not rest until Florida and America put this coronavirus in the past, and we bring Florida and America back bigger and better than ever before.”

 

Latest Updates on 2020 Arizona Primary Elections

The Arizona Secretary of State’s office is reporting, as of Thursday morning, that 50 percent of the primary votes have been counted.

In contested Republican congressional primary races:

Tiffany Shedd leads Nolan Reidhead by 5,207 votes in District 1;

Brandon Martin leads Noran Eric Ruden by 6,285 votes in District 2;

Paul Gosar leads Ann Marie Ward by 28,006 votes in District 4;

Dave Giles leads Sam Huang by 13,989 votes in District 9.

Long-time state lawmaker Sylvia Allen is losing to challenger Wendy Rogers for the Arizona Senate in District 6 by 4840 votes.

In Senate District 15, veteran lawmaker Nancy Barton has a slim lead of 956 votes over Heather Carter.

In the District 8 race for GOP AZ Representative, David Cook, Frank Pratt and Neal Carter are ranked in that order and locked in a very close race for two seats. Pratt leads Carter for the second position by only 40 votes.

Former legislator Steve Montenegro is 392 votes behind Joanne Osborne in the race for the second representative spot in District 13. Tim Dunn has a comfortable lead.

In District 23, veteran lawmaker Jay Lawrence is in third place for a representative slot, trailing Joseph Chaplik by 643 votes.

Eric Sloan leads Lea Marquez Peterson by more than 54,000 votes in an Arizona Corporation Commissioner race, though will advance to November’s general election.

The Arizona Conservative will continue to monitor and report election results through to the end of vote counting in days to come.

 

Sheridan, Arpaio Locked In Tight Race for Maricopa Co. Sheriff

With 100,000 votes still to be counted, Jerry Sheridan maintains a slim lead over Joe Arpaio in the Republican Primary for Maricopa County sheriff. The winner will face off against incumbent Democrat Paul Penzone in November.

Sheridan leads with 136,960 votes to Arpaio’s 136, 419. That’s a difference of just 541 votes.

Apaio, now age 87 and long recognized as “America’s toughest sheriff,” served four terms as the county’s sheriff until Penzone defeated him four years ago.

Election officials are not certain when the vote counting will conclude.

AZ GOP Chair Ward’s Statement On McSally Victory

Arizona Republican Chairwoman Kelli Ward released the following statement on Martha McSally’s primary victory over Daniel McCarthy:

“Conservative Arizonans turned out in historic numbers to support Senator McSally and send her on to the general election to defeat China-owned Democrat Mark Kelly and defend our Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. While Kelly struggles to explain his disturbing ties to the Communist Party of China, Senator McSally is holding China accountable, ensuring the passage of new and improved trade deals like the USMCA, strengthening our military, securing our borders and confirming reliably conservative judges to the federal bench. Over the course of the next 90 days, every Arizona voter will see Mark Kelly for who he really is: a radical Democrat beholden to Chuck Schumer and coastal millionaires in New York and California. Arizonans want a Senator who will be a champion for working families, seniors, veterans, single mothers, students, and business owners — and that’s why they’re going to elect Senator McSally and send her back to Washington to finish the job she’s already started.”