Lanhee is joined by long-time election lawyer Ben Ginsberg to talk about what could (but probably won’t) go wrong in this year’s election. They talk about everything from ballot harvesting to recounts in a effort to help us understand what is likely to transpire in the last two weeks before Election Day, and beyond.

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From Hawk Newsome, chairman of Black Lives Matter, speaking on Fox Nation:

I think that it is a tool of white supremacy to say if you want freedom, then you get it by protesting peacefully. For a country that drops bombs on people, for a country that incarcerates people, for a country that enslaves people — to criticize us for vandalism is preposterous, Why is it a tool of white supremacy? Because the white supremacists who built this country never earned anything peacefully. They did it through bullets and blood. And that’s the American way.

Tuesday evening the PM announced that the greater Manchester area would be given the Third Tier Lockdown treatment. And for Toby and James the one thing this situation has done is highlight the divide between England and the devolved nations of the “United” Kingdom.

It has also highlighted the power struggle between the elected and the unelected in government, namely S.A.G.E. (the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies), which at this point should probably be renamed C.Y.A.. In the end it has made James and Toby relieved to be married (although not to each other,) especially given that Boris’s new lockdown rules mean couples that live apart can only meet outside.

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In my last post about outcomes following the election, I suggested that no matter who wins, there will be violence. The discussion was exceptional, with a whole range of possibilities suggested. I’ve been thinking about the potential of violence a great deal, and I’m feeling even more certain that no matter who wins, there will be riots and destruction. If Trump wins, outbreaks of violence are almost guaranteed. If Biden wins, violent demonstrations are less likely, but they are possible. The extreme actors on both the Left and Right will probably show up, not necessarily for partisan reasons, and it will be ugly.

I’m making this prediction because the vicious rioters of the Left know that if Biden is elected, he won’t do anything. They will have the ability to do essentially anything they want. We already know that the local authorities are inept and won’t act. Every city in America will be threatened.

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Everyone might be well advised, even to this day, to heed the advice of Watergate informant Deep Throat. Joe Biden and the Biden campaign have not refuted the revelations from son Hunter’s laptop as reported by the New York Post, or any of the allegations made by Peter Schweizer on a separate track in released emails to him from a former business partner (now serving time in prison) of Hunter and Devon Archer. Therefore, Americans can assume that the former VP’s sudden boom in wealth and profligate real estate spending may indeed be from sources other than his salary or his book deal — specifically from Ukrainian oligarchs, Chinese oligarchs and/or the Chinese Communist Party, and others.

Back on September 11, 2019 (that date … hmm…), Ryan Grim of The Intercept described how Joe and Jill Biden managed to hide the source of their newfound wealth by using Delaware’s non-disclosure provision for S-corporations (emphasis mine):

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I do a lot of local travel. This means, in this time of coronavirus (when McDonald’s bathrooms are no longer as reliable as they once were), that I visit many rest stops. The scene at every rest stop is much the same:

A carload of pre-masked people pulls into a parking space. They disembark, mask their way up the pathway to the bathrooms, finish their business, mask themselves back to their car, pile in, and mask away into the sunset.

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“The Battle of Yorktown was the climax of the American Revolution and directly led to the independence of the United States of America. While others may have been larger and more dramatic, no battle in history has been more influential. From the days following their victory at Yorktown, Americans have steadily gained power and influence up to their present role as the world’s most prosperous nation and only military superpower.

“The idea that a group of poorly armed, loosely organized colonists would have the audacity to challenge the massive, experienced army and navy of their rulers seemed impossible when the revolution’s first shots rang out at Lexington and Concord in 1775. The rebels’ chances of success seemed even more remote when the American colonies formally declared their independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.

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We fondly refer to our little corner of Paradise as “the bubble,” as we are surrounded here in the Westernmost reaches of the Florida Panhandle with natural beauty, delightful climate, gentle breezes off the Santa Rosa Sound, peace, silence and tranquility, and some of the most friendly people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. As we watched wonderful places we had enjoyed visiting, like Portland, Seattle, and Chicago and places we had fallen in love with, like San Francisco, be ripped apart by savages and/or soiled by the filth of the decadent and depraved, we cozily comforted ourselves in the “sure” knowledge that, to use a phrase with sinister underpinnings, “it couldn’t happen here.”

We were wrong.

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While reading Bari Weiss’s excellent essay “Stop Being Shocked” at Tablet, I encountered the phrase “therapeutic totalitarianism” from the Eastern Orthodox author (and occasional crank) Rod Dreher. I’m familiar enough with Dreher but do not follow him closely, but when I read his term I understood it immediately. It puts a name to the strange, bipolar philosophy on the left in which every person must feel positively affirmed about their manufactured identity, their apparently fragile minds soothed and cheered at all times by their government, their entertainment, their education, and their places of employment—that is, everyone who is a non-white and secularized progressive consumer. Everyone else must suffer for their sins at the hands of an avenging state.

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One of the few bright spots of 2020 has been the embrace of new educational options for kids. The greatest success has been the “microschool” model, where five to ten students gather in a home and receive instruction from one or more teachers. And the nation’s largest labor union is furious about it.

In a recent poll, about one-third of parents already participate in a learning pod, while over half have either joined or are looking to form one. Teachers love microschools as well, with nearly 70 percent expressing interest in teaching in one.

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A friend of mine sent me this link to a National Review article on polling. Two key takeaways from the article:

Another factor, is that “conservatives are less likely to participate in polls in general,” he says. “We see a five-to-one refusal rate among conservatives.” That means “you’ve got to work very hard to get a fair representation of conservatives, when you do any kind of a survey.”

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During the hearings on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, one constant theme was whether her vote would jeopardize the Affordable Care Act. From the time of its inception, the ACA was a grievous social and economic mistake. Thereafter, Chief Justice John Roberts’s decision in NFIB v. Sebelius (2012) was a constitutional train wreck. Notwithstanding this sorry history, the most recent challenge to the ACA—raised in Texas v. California—is whether neutralizing the individual mandate under Section § 5000A(c) of the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) undoes the whole statute. This new challenge to the ACA is a sure constitutional loser, no matter what view one takes of the original legislation.

To set the stage for the current dispute, it is necessary to recapitulate the two key constitutional challenges to the ACA in NFIB v. Sebelius. The first was that the ACA exceeded the scope of the Commerce Clause, which gives Congress the power to “regulate commerce among the several states.” The second was that the individual mandate counts as a “tax” that falls within Congress’s power “to lay and collect taxes.”

Cameron Hilditch is a writer for National Review, born in 1998, as the Troubles wound down: the Troubles in Northern Ireland. This Northern Irishman is a “child of the peace,” as he says. He went to Magdalen College, Oxford. He has a great love for the United States, and a great knowledge about it (and other things). Jay asks him about Northern Ireland, America, democracy, and a lot more. You can learn a lot from this young man, and he is a delight to listen to. You may even want to hear the podcast twice.

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Researchers in Peru have found a previously unrecognized 120-foot-long geoglyph (that was a new word for me) in the shape of a cat that was etched into a Peruvian hillside about 2,200 years ago. Kitty was uncovered during research for a project to create new visitor observation sites along the Pan-American Highway which stretches from Alaska to Argentina.

The story and photos are in the Daily Mail.

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So just before the election, we have a conversation on the catastrophes of the Republican Party, which seems to have succumbed to its own corruption. In 2020, patriotism would be quite helpful, since America’s elites are now openly anti-American and want a democracy built on excluding the majority of the American people. The most privileged white liberals talk incessantly about white supremacy and systemic racism–always someone else’s fault–like normal people say hello and goodbye. Yet America turns out not to have a Republican party willing to defend the nation, much less lead, and all this during a presidential election. Pete Spiliakos and I talk about what we learned about politics and rhetoric from Peter Lawler, and we apply it to our times.

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I have a number of friends with kids in public schools who are starting to say the quiet part out loud: Why aren’t our kids in school and at what point will they be transitioning to in-person learning? If you dare say that around teachers or administrators and you’ll be asked why you want to kill them, but more and more parents in my social circles are asking it anyway.

I’ve been long in favor of reopening schools; the science is quite clear on the fact that kids aren’t super spreaders. There was yet another study today about New York City that showed that the in-person opening didn’t lead to anything resembling a spike; the New York Times reports,

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“Laundry,” by

I have folded this same towel hundreds of times. And that floor, I’ve swept it more times than I can count. My dishwasher has endured load after load, always with the exact same dishes loaded in the exact same way. I know every nook and cranny of both toilets in my home, including the spot where the pee always puddles (I have 5 kids after all). And surely, if it were possible, my vacuum would be tired of being run over the same floors day in and day out.

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Trigger Warning: Deep depression may ensue after reading this post.

Tonight I realized that in many respects, everyone is going to lose, no matter what the election results are. In particular, relationships with friends, family, and co-workers that are polarized will become even further antagonistic. Civil disruption will grow. It’s a pretty ugly picture.

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Christian Toto at Just the News writes about Amazon Prime Video not streaming a new documentary by Shelby Steele titled What Killed Michael Brown? The good news is you can get it at Vimeo. It is a natural extension to Professor Steele’s White Guilt. If you’ve not read it — what’s wrong with you?

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Ballot boxA friend told me this weekend about his longtime neighbors, another data point in this unusual election season. This couple in their 80’s are lifelong Democrats. They voted for Ronald Reagan, and no other Republican ever. They voted for Hillary in 2016. Now they cannot wait to get to the polls and vote for President Trump. The political establishment, of both parties, and the whole lot of broadcast and cable media drove them to this point.

This octogenarian couple say it is because of the outrageous way President Trump has been treated every day since November 2016. It has been one long violation of our basic civic principles, a refusal to peacefully transfer power. This dyed-in-the-wool Democrat couple will vote for Trump as they voted for Reagan, to punish the bad behavior of the political class. 

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This is a reminder that while there is value in looking back through a modern lens, if that is the only set of lenses we use our vision will be blurred, flattening our history, reducing people to cardboard figures designed to fit predetermined categories, and, in the end, making our history and our humanity less understandable. Unfortunately, large parts of our society seem intent on taking that path.

On April 5, 1864, Reverdy Johnson, 67-year-old Democratic Senator from Maryland, rose to speak on the floor of the Senate.

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For the last several weeks, New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have set their aim on the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn and Rockland county for unique punishment amid the coronavirus pandemic. As time passes, we’re seeing just how much the targeting is for reasons other than public health.

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So the FBI had Hunter Biden’s laptop for about a year, and didn’t do anything with all that evidence. Ok, that makes sense. The FBI’s job is to investigate Republicans. There were no Republicans implicated in this evidence, so why would they pursue an investigation? Again, that makes perfect sense. But then, after that perfectly predictable beginning, some rather odd things started to happen.

A copy of the laptop’s hard drive falls into Republican hands a few weeks before the election. How fortuitous. And then there’s Barack Obama. He could have campaigned for Joe Biden during the primary, but he did not. He could have campaigned for him after Biden won the nomination, but he did not. But then Mr. Obama changed his mind, and decided to help Biden on the campaign trail. And he did so, I think, within a few days of the laptop evidence being exposed. One wonders what other evidence is on that laptop. I have no idea. But I suspect that Mr. Obama may have some idea.