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Adam Johnson Tries to Argue GOP 'Chicken Hawks' Are Cowards, Then Forgets How to Argue

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Adam Johnson wrote a pice for Alternet, which was reprinted on Salon.com, in which he trashes the top five Republican “Chicken Hawks.” For the uninitiated, a chicken hawk is someone who has himself never served in the military, but is “eager to send American men and women overseas.”
First mistake. Johnson uses a word that encourages the reader to believe that these men are excited to send people to war, that they are just itching to send men and women to die. Eager. False.
Johnson then proceeds to list these five men: Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and George Pataki, and compare their hawkishness to their lack of military records, including the wars in which they could have participated.
The following are two excitedly douchie quotes from Johnson (the whole piece can be read here):

“Military service also was the last thing on Christie’s mind in his military age years. He worked for corporate law firm Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci and launched his political career as the state coordinator for George H. W. Bush’s 1992 campaign…He skipped the Gulf War and the Bosnian War.”

“When Cruz was of enlistment age, he groomed himself to be an anti-elitist “small government” conservative by attending Ivy league schools where he was a debate champion and then ladder-climbing in the GOP establishment, first clerking at the U.S. Supreme Court and then returning to Texas to work as a special prosecutor. Cruz could have honed his military credential in the Gulf War, Bosnian War, Kosovo War, War in Afghanistan and Iraq War. Instead, his chosen weapon is a verbal barb.”

Johnson then compares his deliciously prickly opinions of these men with things they’ve said about wars and skirmishes, such as the following from Ted Cruz:

“The mission should be defeating ISIS before they succeed in carrying out more horrific acts of terror, before they succeed in murdering Americans. If need be, we should go that step.”

And this from Rick Santorum:

“If we don’t start winning the war against ISIS my fear is we are going to see casualties here in the United States.”

Oh, the horror! They’re just so—what’s the word?—EAGER to send men and women to their deaths, bereft of any and all understanding of what that entails!

Oh wait, that’s not what that indicates at all. Silly me. I was in the head of a mush-brained liberal for a second.
Johnson then undermines his own argument and the entire point of his piece by stating:

“The more those sending our largely poor classes off to war have little firsthand experience in what they are being asked to do, the greater the likelihood of tragic mistakes. While military service doesn’t, of course, make one more dovish—the perpetually belligerent John McCain disproves this assumption—it perhaps gives some pause. Some perspective. Or, at the very least, it doesn’t entirely divorce the consequences of war from those who level it.”

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Wait, didn’t he just spend his entire piece telling me that these men are chicken hawks—men “eager” to send youth to war, but who themselves were too chicken to go to war? I mean, that was the thrust of the entire piece, yet he just undermined the entirety of his argument in a single paragraph.
Johnson accidentally mentions the two teeny-tiny-little things that make us who we are, and what make us able to make decisions that have consequences outside our own scope of experience: intellect and empathy.
As human beings, we have the intelligence (even if we didn’t serve in the military) to grasp the weight of the decision to send men and women into battle. More than that, we have the emotional understanding of the consequences of such actions. It’s called not being a sociopath.
To suggest that someone’s non-enlistment as a youth means they are out of their depth when mulling the choice to send people to war is an odious suggestion. It dismisses all intellect and empathy in favor of personal experience, which—as Johnson even pointed out by citing John McCain–does not always prevent one from being a hawk. I would add Tom Cotton to that list as well.
Ah, I get it. Johnson just hates these candidates and wants to undermine them in any way he can. In this instance, he happened to choose the military angle. This could have been moderately successful if he hadn’t then undercut his premise in his final paragraph.
In a nutshell, Adam Johnson’s article goes like this: “These men are desperate to send troops to die, but they’re cowards! Oh yeah, one doesn’t have to have served to know what they’re talking about. Shh! Don’t read that last part! Lol.”
Good try on the attempted hit piece, Adam. But next time, do a proofread before you hit the publish button, checking for portions that spoil your premise entirely.

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Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Abandon Donald Trump in Election Fraud Fight

The rats have already jumped ship and are swimming away as quickly as they can and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are leading the exodus.

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The rats have already jumped ship and are swimming away as quickly as they can and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are leading the exodus.

According to journalist Jonathan Swan, Jared and Ivanka have distanced themselves from President Trump’s election fraud fight as they look to crafting the next stage of their political careers.

Perhaps Kushner did lend a hand in the crafting of Trump’s Middle Eastern peace success, but he has done little else while in Washington. And Ivanka has done even less. In fact, we’ll see Ivanka dive to the far left in the next few years. She’s already shown that in her many statements over the years.

If conservatives know what is good for them, they’ll jump Jared and Ivanka’s ship, too. These two are not conservative and will be no vessel for Americanism going forward. The only reason they weren’t jettisoned years ago is because they are family.

Still, according to Swan and Byron York, these inside snipers are aiming at Trump’s election fraud lawyers including Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, and not the president. But inference is clear. They mean to say that Trump is over.

If Donald Trump’s presidency is over, we also must be sure to bury Ivanka and Jared at the same time. These two have always been enemies inside the walls.

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Biden Snaps At Reporter Asking About Hunter

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“There is no controversy about my son. It’s all a lie. It’s a flat lie because the president has nothing else to run on. If you noticed, while the American people are talking about what’s happening to their families; he has no plan, and at the debate, he has no plan. Everything from ‘The Wall Street Journal,’ every other major news outlet has said what he’s saying is simply not true about my son.”

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Van Jones Praises Trump, ‘Doesn’t Get Enough Credit’ For ‘Good Stuff He Has Done For Black Community’

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Van Jones Praises Trump, ‘Doesn’t Get Enough Credit’ For ‘Good Stuff He Has Done For Black Community’

Furious liberals demand that CNN fire Van Jones for saying Trump ‘doesn’t get credit’ for the ‘good things’ he has done for the black community.

“I think it’s really unfortunate because Donald Trump, and I get beat up by liberals every time I say it but I keep saying it, he has done good stuff for the Black community,” Jones said. “Opportunity Zone stuff, Black college stuff, I worked with him on criminal stuff, I saw Donald Trump have African American people, formally incarcerated, in the White House, embraced them, treated them well. There is a side to Donald Trump that I think he does not get enough credit for.”

Daily Mail:

Van Jones, the former Obama administration official and current CNN commentator, said on Friday that President Trump ‘doesn’t get credit’ for the ‘good things’ he has done for African Americans, prompting Twitter users to call for his firing.

Jones made the comment while providing on-air analysis during Jake Tapper’s daily CNN broadcast on Friday.

Tapper began the segment by panning Trump’s comment during Thursday’s debate in which the president said he had done more for black Americans than any of his predecessors aside from Abraham Lincoln.

The CNN host, who mentioned Lyndon Johnson’s signing into law of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as an example of a president who did more for African Americans than Trump, then played a clip from the debate. More

Van Jones is absolutely correct. I’m no a fan of  him, but regardless we could use more of this from both sides. Nothing wrong with acknowledging good work. The true measure of a person’s belief on an issue is in their actions and not what they say. President Trump has done most of what he said he would even under the most extreme of opposition.

 

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Letter Threatens To Burn Homes Of New Hampshire Trump Supporters

“Your address has been added to our database as a target when we attack should Trump not concede the election.”

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President Trump supporters in two small New England cities have gotten menacing letters threatening to burn down their homes.

“Dear neighbor. You have been identified by our group as being a Trump supporter. Your address has been added to our database as a target when we attack should Trump not concede the election. We recommend that you check your home insurance policy and make sure that it is current and that it has adequate coverage for fire damage. You have been given “Fair Warning.” Always remember, it was “you” that started this Civil War. Be prepared to face the severe consequences of your pre-emptive actions against democracy.”

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Someone is sending letters to Trump supporters in New Hampshire, threatening to burn down their homes if President Trump loses the presidential election but will not concede defeat.

As WMUR reported, the letter, which Milford police stated has been sent to various homes in the town displaying support for the president.

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Brookline police Chief Bill Quigley confirmed two Trump supporters in his town also received the letter. “I was kind of quite shocked that anyone would send a letter out with that type of threat,” he admitted.

Quigley said he alerted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, adding that the perpetrator could be charged with a serious crime. He explained, “Not only with us, with criminal threatening. It’s on a felony level, because of the threat of burning homes down and causing injury, but it could also be with the postal inspectors, something on the federal level.” More

So instead of trying to talk to people to earn their vote they would rather threaten and scare people.  These people who did this have no idea who they are screwing with. Live Free or Die and if pressured, we are ready to defend ourselves and our homes.

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Naked Moonbat Celebrities Try To Get Americans To Vote-By-Mail

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Naked Moonbat Celebrities Try To Get Americans To Vote

In a video posted on Twitter yesterday, a number of famous Hollywood figures are encouraging Americans to vote and they’re doing it naked. The video features naked Sarah Silverman, Mark Ruffalo, Tiffany Haddish, Chris Rock, Naomi Campbell, among others.

They are stripping down to bring attention to naked ballots and encourage voters to follow vote-by-mail instructions.

The video was created by Represent Us, which is organizing the masses to get out the vote effort before the November presidential election.

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Independent Pollster Frank Luntz: Voters Turned Off By ‘Condescending’ Harris, Pence ‘Was The Winner’

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Independent Pollster Frank Luntz: Voters Turned Off By ‘Condescending’ Harris, Pence ‘Was The Winner’

Pollster Frank Luntz told Fox News after the vice presidential debate last night that Vice President Mike Pence was the winner of the debate, saying that voters were turned off by Kamala Harris’ “condescending” and “abrasive” attitude toward Mike Pence.

“The complaint about Kamala Harris was that she was abrasive and condescending,” said Frank Luntz, who analyzed reactions from voters in various swing states. “The complaint about Mike Pence was that he was too tired, but [he was] vice presidential, or presidential. If this is a battle over style and substance — which is often the case with undecided voters because they simply do not choose on policy, they also choose on persona — this was Mike Pence’s night.”

Frank Luntz said that voters disliked the candidates dodging questions but overall they were much happier with the way the debate went vs. the way the first debate went.

Frank Luntz said that while voters were frustrated with the vice president for repeatedly running over his allotted time, “Harris’ reactions to Pence — the smiling, the smirking, the scowling’ left them far ‘angrier’ with her performance,” Fox News reported.

Luntz said that voters were “more agitated with Kamala’s presentation than they were with Mike Pence.”

Twitter has a few thoughts:

 

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Trump Vows Immediate $1,200 Check To Americans If Pelosi Moves Bill

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Trump Vows Immediate $1,200 Check To Americans If Pelosi Moves Bill

Democrats and Republicans have been quarreling for months over another stimulus bill to help millions of Americans struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic. But the president has a plan to cut through all their red tape.

“If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” Donald Trump wrote on Twitter this morning.

Trump had another message for Pelosi: “Move Fast, I Am Waiting To Sign!”

As the leader of the Democrats in the House, Nancy Pelosi could recommend that her caucus to support such a bill, which likely would move quickly through the Republican-controlled Senate and make it to Trump’s desk in the Oval Office for his signature.

On The View today, Nancy Pelosi said: “It’s hard to see any clear sane path on what he’s doing but the fact is, he saw the political downside of his statement of walking away from the negotiations …he’s rebounding from a terrible mistake he made yesterday and the Republicans in Congress are going down the drain with him on that.”

“But I will say this, it is really important for us to come to this agreement. When the president just popped off and made that announcement without even informing us that that was the case, he insulted the Constitution of the United States.”

Nancy is the most powerful woman in the world? Keep on dreaming Joy Behar! How fitting… The biggest hypocrite in the country on the most hypocritical show on TV.

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