“The only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election”

WATCH THIS FIRST

THEN WATCH THIS

Not his acceptance speech but an address that was streamed live on Aug 24. In part what he discusses is, ‘What They’re Doing Is Using COVID to Steal an Election’. which leads to the demand for mail-in voting”.

Trump spent much of his speech warning against election fraud, which he described as “more dangerous” than spying on his campaign, “because it’s more effective.”

He noted that his administration is now challenging states that have adopted universal mail-in balloting:

“Now we’re in courts all over the country, and hopefully we have judges that are going to give it a fair call. Because if they give it a fair call, we’re gonna win this election. The only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election. We’re gonna win this election–We’re gonna win this election.”

If they will burn down their own cities, stealing votes would be a mere nothing.

The truth about the Charlottesville demo

Was reminded by The Outsiders today – during which they gave our very own Alan Moran twenty minutes to discuss the multi-billion dollar cost of green energy to Australian consumers – but also discussed the outright lies of the media and the American left over what Donald Trump had said about the demonstrators in Charlottesville in 2017. No lie ever grows old and cold on the left since they are utterly closed to reason and debate. Joe McCarthy in the early 1950s was absolutely right about communist infiltrators in the American State Department, which has been proven beyond any possibility of refutation – see <a href=”https://www.c-span.org/video/?201983-1/blacklisted-history”>Blacklisted by History</a> by N. Stanton Evans if you are still in any doubt.

That the left lies without impunity – counting on the ignorance and will to disbelieve of their voting sub-class – is perfectly demonstrated by the distortions and outright lies that have been embedded within their communal mythology. They will still be saying the same in fifty years from now and will be being repeated by the same clueless clowns then as are repeating it now.

Here is the actual press conference:

There were a lot of lessons learnt by the President about the media he was dealing with on that day. I just wish more people appreciated that if you read it in the mainstream press or hear it on the mainstream media, you must assume an anti-Trump bias that will be evident at least 90% of the time if you do any research yourself, and obviously research that is outside what has been reported by the mainstream media itself.

<strong>AND FROM OF ALL PLACES:</strong> <a href=”https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2020/08/23/bbc-fact-checks-joe-biden-for-charlottesville-very-fine-people-hoax/”>BBC Fact-checks Joe Biden for Charlottesville ‘Very Fine People’ Hoax</a>.

<blockquote>In <a href=”https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/08/20/fact-check-joe-biden-repeats-the-very-fine-people-hoax-at-dnc/”>reality</a&gt;, Trump said the neo-Nazis should be “condemned totally,” a fact that was <a href=”https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/08/08/watch-breitbart-news-confronts-joe-biden-about-misquoting-trump-on-charlottesville/”>brought directly to Biden’s attention</a> more than a year ago.

Biden persists in making the false claim, and the U.S. media did not fact-check it Thursday. But the BBC <a class=”x5l” href=”https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53858940&#8243; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener external noreferrer”>did</a> (original emphasis):

<blockquote><strong>Claim 3: President Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides”, when asked about a far-right rally in 2017.</strong>

Mr Biden said one of his goals would be to “wipe out the stain of racism” and he recalled the far-right protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 which led to violent clashes and left one counter-protester dead.

He said: “Remember what the President said when asked, he said there were, quote, very fine people on both sides”.

Mr Biden said that after this moment “I knew I had to run” for president.

According to a <a class=”story-body__link-external x5l” href=”https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-infrastructure/&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener external noreferrer”>transcript of a press conference</a> on 15 August, President Trump did say – when asked about the presence of neo-Nazis at the rally – “you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

During the same press conference, Mr Trump went on to say “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”</blockquote>
Most major media outlets — including Fox News — failed to point out that Biden was lying Thursday.</blockquote>

The left never forgets, especially the things that never happened.

Donald Trump discusses the Democrat Convention

It lasts over an hour but you get the point early and can stop even after only ten minutes and understand much of what he is getting at. Below is Slow Joe’s acceptance speech which I haven’t been able to steel myself to watch.

First response.

HAVING WATCHED BIDEN’S SPEECH: It was the most dishonest speech I have ever heard. Not just platitudes, although there were plenty of those. Not just insincerity, because there was lots of that. It was a speech crafted out of the same lies that brought Obama into the presidency – built out of what most people would like, but without a policy proposal to bring any of it around. I can only hope what once worked for Obama will not work here, that they will not be suckered a third time, and that a gap large enough for Donald Trump to overcome the level of cheating will be the final result.

Five PDT ads

It’s just starting but here we begin with this: Five Trump Ads. You should go to the link to see them all, but here’ one.

How anyone can even think of voting for Biden and Harris is beyond me. Not just no sense of danger, but no sense at all. And you might also have a look at this: The Biden-Harris Levitation which begins:

Each week in the inexorable march to Election Day, it becomes more challenging to believe how the campaign is unfolding and to rationalize it as a serious process for choosing the leader of the world’s greatest nation. After some reflection, it becomes clear that the extreme improbability of this process is the result of it not really being a race between two pairs of candidates for national office. It is surely the last round in the great battle between Donald Trump and the national political media.

Trump’s ostensible opponents, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, are a spavined political wheel-horse who came in fifth in the New Hampshire primary and a vice presidential nominee who flamed out ignominiously two months before the Iowa caucuses. They are a matched pair of bombed-out losers; Biden was retrieved by the party elders in desperation that otherwise the Democratic candidate would be Marxist Senator Bernie Sanders. They salvaged Biden and Biden salvaged Harris from the pre-primary ash heap.

Democracy is undoubtedly the worst form of political system except for all of the others that have been tried from time to time.

LET ME ADD THIS FROM INSTAPUNDIT:

MICHAEL ANTON: THE CASE FOR TRUMP.

Yes, President Trump enjoys the overwhelming loyalty of Republican voters—but his hold on Republican donors, and especially officials, is much more tenuous. He ran against them and won—and most of them will never forgive him. They play nice to his face and undermine him behind his back. That’s before we even get to the ones in open rebellion. No president—Democrat or Republican—has ever come to power facing organized efforts by his own party’s middle management to tally lists of people declaring on the record that under no circumstances will they work for the incoming administration. It’s been hard, to say the least, to staff up when a good chunk of the party is dead-set against their leader, and nearly all the rest spent their careers furthering policies diametrically opposed to those he ran—and won—on.

And that’s just President Trump’s ostensible own side. Then factor in all his open enemies from the other party, and virtually every other power center in our society, plus the steadfast opposition of the so-called “deep state”—i.e., the very federal bureaucrats whom he was elected to oversee and direct. Viewed from this angle, one may fairly wonder how it’s been possible for him to accomplish anything at all.

More fundamentally: where do you think the country would be without him?

In the crapper.

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PLUS THIS COMMENT:

Peter Smith

Generally, I am cynical about blaming governments and absolving the populace that puts them there. For example, many say, it’s not the Chinese people who are to blame but their communist government. I don’t buy it. There is usually something rotten in a culture that produces corrupt or despotic government. America faces a test in November. If Biden and Harris are elected it will say a lot about the drift of the American population, taken as a whole, towards the dark side. This might be put down to immigration and the changing racial and cultural makeup of the population. However, there are too many multigenerational Americans sticking to the Dems as they drift further and further to the woke left to blame it on immigration. We shall see. The result will tell us whether western civilisation is likely doomed or whether there is still a chance.

Here’s the question

And if you don’t like this question we have others just as important.

Found here where there’s plenty more along the same lines.

It is what it is

TOP 25 QUOTES BY MARCUS AURELIUS (of 777) | A-Z Quotes

A comment in response to my post on The Australian is now the print version of the ABC.

I disagree Steve. The Australian is by the far the most balanced newspaper in Australia. And I saw the Swan interview of Trump – I think Trump looked like an idiot. He really has lost the plot; moreover he has destroyed the Republican brand and therefore has really been the Manchurian Candidate – the Democrat sleeper agent to tear the GOP apart. This he has done an amazing job – basically he will lead to a left wing Democratic Presidency with a Democrat majority in both the HoR and the Senate. I can’t believe you can support this man. The response to Covid has been appalling and the data shows clearly the excess deaths due to the incompetence of the Trump administration. We have had four years of idiocy and he has achieved none of the promises, which is not surprising since he stood for nothing and has no substance. All those people who wanted to take down the elites in Washington have only managed to cement them in more power thanks to their support of Trump.

You may take this comment as you find it. So far as The Oz being the most balanced of the papers, let me note that this article was in The Age: The economic crisis is still to come, and was written by our very own Sinclair Davidson. As for the C&P, this is the most “cutting edge” of the comments:

When asked, Donald ducked:

Trump: Well what’s your definition of control? Under the circumstances, right now, I think it’s under control.

Swan: How? A thousand Americans are dying a day.

Trump: They are dying, that’s true. And it is what it is.

The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon:

It is what it is? You’re the President of the United States. You’re not Paulie Walnuts delivering bad news to Tony Soprano! “Sorry T, things got a little messy and, uh, it is what it is, capiche?”

I suppose what these fools were looking for is an approach along the lines taken by Daniel Andrews, such as by the Governor of New York, who sent individuals who were diagnosed with the coronavirus back into their nursing homes. But the real point is first, no one is arguing against what Trump did do, since he was early on the scene and attempted against all the opposition the Democrats could muster, to stop everything he tried to do. They were the ones inviting people to come along to Chinese New Year celebrations in February or to BLM marches just last month.

But the second part I am astonished about is that Trump actually said this:

“They are dying, that’s true. And it is what it is.”

This is a comment worthy of Marcus Aurelius. Stoicism in the face of adversity is all that can sustain us.

AND LET ME CONTINUE: I wish to continue with a bit of further research since posting. On Wikipedia, I confess, but since none of this offends modern political agendas, we can probably rely on what I found.

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 which happened to coincide with the Antonine Plague.

The Antonine Plague of 165 to 180 AD, also known as the Plague of Galen (after Galen, the physician who described it), was an ancient pandemic brought to the Roman Empire by troops who were returning from campaigns in the Near East. Scholars have suspected it to have been either smallpox  or measles. The plague may have claimed the life of a Roman emperorLucius Verus, who died in 169 and was the co-regent of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, whose family name, Antoninus, has become associated with the pandemic.

Ancient sources agree that the plague appeared first during the Roman siege of the Mesopotamian city Seleucia in the winter of 165–166. Ammianus Marcellinus reported that the plague spread to Gaul and to the legions along the RhineEutropius stated that a large population died throughout the empire. According to the contemporary Roman historian Cassius Dio, the disease broke out again nine years later in 189 AD and caused up to 2,000 deaths a day in Rome, one quarter of those who were affected. The total death count has been estimated at 5 million, and the disease killed as much as one third of the population in some areas and devastated the Roman army.

Australian sinologist and historian Rafe de Crespigny speculates that the plague may have also broken out in Eastern Han China before 166 because of notices of plagues in Chinese records. The plague affected Roman culture and literature and may have severely affected Indo-Roman trade relations in the Indian Ocean.

A number of interesting parallels there, I’m afraid. There is then this on Stoicism:

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early 3rd century BC…. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to eudaimonia (happiness, or blessedness) is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself, by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or fear of pain, by using one’s mind to understand the world and to do one’s part in nature’s plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly.

But beyond that, there is Modern Stoicism where we find this:

 “Following nature means following the facts. It means getting the facts about the physical and social world we inhabit, and the facts about our situation in it […] before we deliberate about normative matters. It means facing those facts – accepting them for exactly what they are, no more and no less – before we draw normative conclusions from them. It means doing ethics from the facts constructing normative propositions a posteriori. It means adjusting those normative propositions to fit changes in the facts, and accepting those adjustments for exactly what they are, no more and no less. And it means living within the facts – within the realm of actual rather than hypothetical norm.” Ethical reasoning of a Stoic “cannot begin until all relevant description, representation, and prediction are in hand, […] – until, let us say, the empirical work is done.”

Or to quote another modern political philosopher, “It is as it is”, which will be the only approach for people such as ourselves for getting on with life should Joe Biden become President.

The Australian is now the print version of the ABC

The comments section still carries just enough of the right side balance but the rest of the paper is ideologically just The New York Times. Two days back I took a look at Jonathan Swan’s useless interview with Donald Trump which you can find here. I wrote then:

Hardly wild at all. If you see these posts in the context of the full interview, there is nothing whatsoever noteworthy about these moments to single out. I don’t know how the President puts up with it. Must also say that this Swan is a serious jerk. And so shallow that it is an embarrassment. Rude as well.

And you know why you haven’t heard a thing about this interview? It’s because Donald Trump takes the interviewer apart. It also seems to be truncated from what would have been the full interview so Trump must have done even better with the rest of it.

It has now shown up in Cut&Paste: Trump gets grilled by Aussie Jonathan Swan, son of the ABC’s Norman. Here’s how it ends:

Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast, Thursday:

And, full disclosure, he’s the son of Norman Swan, our Norman Swan, host of the Health Report here on RN and the Coronacast podcast.

Days until the US presidential election:

88.

From the C&P you’d think Trump was completely done over. But if you watch the interview, even the bits they were willing to show, Trump took him to the cleaners. And what will happen in 88 days that the Oz is looking forward to? That Joe Biden will be elected? It’s not just the bias at the Oz that bothers me, but the stupidity.