Footnotes for tonight's TV show on Nazism

RESEARCH:

A BLOCK: Linking the Nazis and the Muslim Brotherhood

Jew-Hatred and Jihad

The Nazi roots of the 9/11 attack.

Matthias Küntzel – The Weekly Standard

September 17, 2007, Vol. 13, No. 01

  • Islamism was born not during the 1960s but during the 1930s. Its rise was inspired not by the failure of Nasserism but by the rise of Nazism, and prior to 1951 all its campaigns were directed not against colonialism but against the Jews.

  • It was the Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928, that established Islamism as a mass movement. The significance of the Brotherhood to Islamism is comparable to that of the Bolshevik party to communism: It was and remains to this day the ideological reference point and organizational core for all later Islamist groups, including al Qaeda and Hamas.
  • The Brotherhood's jihad…focused almost exclusively on Zionism and the Jews. Membership in the Brotherhood shot up from 800 to 200,000 between 1936 and 1938, according to the research of Abd Al-Fattah Muhammad El-Awaisi for his book The Muslim Brothers and the Palestine Question 1928-1947.

  • In those two years the Brotherhood conducted only one major campaign in Egypt, and it was against Zionism and the Jews.

  • This campaign, which established the Brotherhood as a mass movement, was set off by a rebellion in Palestine directed against Jewish immigration and initiated by the notorious grand mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al--Husseini.

  • The Brotherhood organized mass demonstrations in Egyptian cities under the slogans "Down With the Jews!" and "Jews Get Out of Egypt and Palestine!" Leaflets called for a boycott of Jewish goods and Jewish shops, and the Brotherhood's newspaper, al-Nadhir, carried a regular column on "The Danger of the Jews of Egypt," which published the names and addresses of Jewish businessmen and allegedly Jewish newspaper publishers all over the world, attributing every evil, from communism to brothels, to the "Jewish danger."

  • The Brotherhood's campaign against the Jews used not only Nazi-like tactics but also German funding. As the historian Brynjar Lia recounted in his monograph on the Brotherhood, "Documents seized in the flat of Wilhelm Stellbogen, the Director of the German News Agency affiliated to the German Legation in Cairo, show that prior to October 1939 the Muslim Brothers received subsidies from this organization. Stellbogen was instrumental in transferring these funds to the Brothers, which were considerably larger than the subsidies offered to other anti-British activists."

  • After World War II it became apparent that the center of global Jew-hatred was shifting from Nazi Germany to the Arab world. In November 1945, just half a year after the end of the Third Reich, the Muslim Brothers carried out the worst anti-Jewish pogroms in Egypt's history, when demonstrators penetrated the Jewish quarters of Cairo on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. They ransacked houses and shops, attacked non-Muslims, and torched the synagogues. Six people were killed, and some hundred more injured. A few weeks later the Islamists' newspapers "turned to a frontal attack against the Egyptian Jews, slandering them as Zionists, Communists, capitalists and bloodsuckers, as pimps and merchants of war, or in general, as subversive elements within all states and societies," as Gudrun Krämer wrote in her study The Jews in Egypt 1914-1952.

  • In 1946, Amin al-Husseini, the former grand mufti who was being sought as a war criminal by Britain and the United States, was granted asylum and a new lease on political life in Egypt.

  • As leader of the Palestine National Movement, al-Husseini had been a close ally of both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Nazis. Based in Berlin from 1941 to 1945, he had directed the Muslim SS divisions in the Balkans and had been personally responsible for blocking negotiations late in the war that might have saved thousands of Jewish children from the gas chambers. All this was known in 1946. Nonetheless, Britain and the United States chose to forgo criminal prosecution of al-Husseini in order to avoid spoiling their relations with the Arab world. France, which was holding al-Husseini, deliberately let him get away.

  • For many in the Arab world, what amounted to amnesty for this prominent Islamic authority who had spent the war years broadcasting Nazi propaganda from Berlin was a vindication of his actions. They started to view his Nazi past with pride, not shame, and Nazi criminals on the wanted list in Europe now flooded into the Arab world. Large print-runs of the most infamous libel of the Jews, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, were published in the following decades at the behest of two well-known former members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat. Both the Muslim Brothers' unconditional solidarity with al-Husseini and their anti-Jewish riots mere months after Auschwitz show that the Brotherhood did not object, to say the least, to Hitler's attempt to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

  • The consequences of this attitude, this blindness to the international impact of the Holocaust, continue to affect the course of the Arab-Jewish conflict today. How do Islamists explain international support for Israel in 1947? Ignoring the actual fate of the Jews during World War II, they revert to conspiracy theories, viewing the creation of the Jewish state as a Jewish-inspired attack by the United States and the Soviet Union on the Arab world. Accordingly, El-Awaisi writes, the Brotherhood "considered the whole United Nations intervention to be an international plot carried out by the Americans, the Russians and the British, under the influence of Zionism." The mad notion of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy, suppressed in Germany since May 8, 1945, survived and flourished in the political culture of the Arab world.

  • In particular, Nazi-like conspiracy thinking persisted and grew. An especially striking example of its continuing influence is the charter adopted in 1988 by the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine, better known as Hamas. In this charter--which "sounds as if it were copied from the pages of Der Stürmer," as Sari Nusseibeh, former PLO representative in Jerusalem, has written--Hamas defines itself as "the spearhead and the avant-garde" of the struggle against "world Zionism." The Jews, the charter explains, "were behind the French Revolution [and] the Communist Revolution. . . . They were behind World War I . . . they were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. . . There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it. . . Their plan," states Article 32, "is embodied in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.

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Mufti and The Führer: (The Nazi/Islam Connection)

jewishvirtuallibrary.org

  • Haj Amin al-Husseini - appointed Mufti of Jerusalem by the British in 1921
  • Haj Amin al-Husseini was the most prominent Arab figure in Palestine during the Mandatory period
  • Al-Husseini was born in Jerusalem in 1893, and went on to serve in the Ottoman Army during World War I
  • Anti-British and anti-Jewish, the mufti was the key nationalist figure among Muslims in Palestine. Fearful that increased Jewish immigration to Palestine would damage Arab standing in the area, the mufti engineered the bloody riots against Jewish settlement in 1929 and 1936.
  • The decision to grant al-Husseini the position was made by Herbert Samuel, the first high commissioner of Palestine. It was odd that Samuel, a British Jew, would appoint a man who would be responsible for so much unrest within the Mandatory area.
  • Al-Husseini in fact had been sentenced to ten years in prison by the British for inciting riots in 1920. None of that sentence was served, as al-Husseini had fled to Transjordan, and was soon after amnestied by Samuel himself.
  • Al-Husseini had used his influence to quiet additional disturbances in 1921. He assured Samuel that he would continue to maintain order, and it was with this understanding that the high commissioner granted him the position of mufti. In the following year, he was also appointed to lead the Supreme Muslim Council, expanding his already significant powers. Known later as the Grand Mufti, al-Husseini was able to establish himself as the preeminent Arab power in Palestine.
  • One of the mufti's most successful projects was the restoration of the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa mosque.
  • With funds collected from India and various Arab states, the Dome was plated in gold. The impressive looks of the Dome greatly enhanced the status of Jerusalem in the eyes of Muslims throughout the world. Similarly, al-Husseini's own status as Mufti of Jerusalem increased his standing as an influential Arab leader.
  • The mufti was dismissed from his position following the riots of 1936. No longer able to stay in Palestine, he continued his extremist activities from abroad.
  • During World War II, the mufti was involved in the mobilization of support for Germany among Muslims.
  • In November 1941, the Mufti met with Hitler. Although he continued to be involved in politics, al-Husseini's influence gradually declined after the defeat of the Arab armies in 1948.
  • The Mufti sent Hitler 15 drafts of declarations he wanted Germany and Italy to make concerning the Middle East. One called on the two countries to declare the illegality of the Jewish home in Palestine. Furthermore, “they accord to Palestine and to other Arab countries the right to solve the problem of the Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries, in accordance with the interest of the Arabs and, by the same method, that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries.”
  • The Nazi dictator rebuffed the Mufti's requests for a declaration in support of the Arabs, however, telling him the time was not right. The Mufti offered Hitler his “thanks for the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches....The Arabs were Germany's natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely....the Jews....” Hitler replied:  Germany stood for uncompromising war against the Jews.
  • In 1945, Yugoslavia sought to indict the Mufti as a war criminal for his role in recruiting 20,000 Muslim volunteers for the SS, who participated in the killing of Jews in Croatia and Hungary. He escaped from French detention in 1946, however, and continued his fight against the Jews from Cairo and later Beirut.
  • Al-Husseini died in 1974

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Media Ignore Muslim Brotherhood Role in Fomenting Anti-Jew Hatred and Pro-Hitler Sentiment

By Brad Wilmouth | February 27, 2011

As the mainstream media have reported on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s beliefs, failing to pick up on contradictory claims by its leaders that the Islamist group opposes terrorism, also ignored was the role that the Muslim Brotherhood has long played in fomenting anti-Jew hatred in the Middle East. After Nazi Germany financed and helped build up the previously struggling Brotherhood in the 1930s and 1940s, the group disseminated anti-Jew propaganda and inspired the kind of persecution that sent almost a million Jewish refugees fleeing violence, confiscation of property, and expulsion in Muslim countries between the 1940s and the 1970s. Some even estimate that the land confiscated from Jewish residents in Muslim countries amounts to four times or even five times the total area of the state of Israel. A number of Muslim countries saw their Jewish populations almost completely erased, including Egypt where the number dwindled from about 100,000 Jews to only a couple of hundred.

Even somewhat recently, Brotherhood leaders have made such incendiary statements as praising Adolf Hitler to declaring that Muslims should stop fighting each other and fight against Israel instead. As previously documented by NewsBusters, an interview on CNN's Parker-Spitzer helped reveal the tendency of Muslim Brotherhood leaders to twist the meaning of words, as one leader claimed that the group opposes terrorism and violence but then suggested that Palestinian militants are not engaged in terrorism against Israel but instead "resistance," which he rationalized. He also refused to give a straight answer on whether the group would support adherence to Egypt’s treaty with Israel.

But on the January 31, NBC Nightly News, not picking up on Muslim Brotherhood wordplay, correspondent Richard Engel claimed, "The Muslim Brotherhood denounces terrorism, but supports Islamic law, is anti-Israel, and opposes U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East."

On the February 6, World News Sunday, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, having just interviewed a high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood member, claimed, "He told us the Brotherhood is not seeking the presidency or any cabinet position, and he says the Brotherhood accepts Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel."

Back to the Parker-Spitzer interview, when Eliot Spitzer asked if the Brotherhood had any connections to terrorist organizations, spokesman Mohammed Morsy claimed that his group opposes violence: "We do not have any kind of relationships with any organization that is practicing violence. We are against violence, wherever it comes from, governments, states, individuals, organizations. This is not acceptable at all."

But, moments later, when asked about Israel and the Palestinians, Morsy justified violent actions against Israel as "resistance" by Palestinians. Morsy: "We do not use violence against anyone. What’s going on on the Palestinian land is resistance. The resistance is acceptable by all mankind, and it’s the right of people to resist imperialism."

In the February 7, 2011, article, "The New Leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in His Own Words," CAMERA’s Steven Stotsky picked up on a translation of Mohammed Badie’s first public address after being chosen as Muslim Brotherhood leader in January 2010. Badie encouraged Muslims to stop fighting each other and fight against Israel instead:

"[The Arab and Muslim regimes] have forgotten, or are pretending to have forgotten, that the real enemy lying in wait for them is the Zionist entity. They are aiming their weapons against their own peoples, while avoiding any confrontation with these Zionists and achieving neither unity nor revival for their nations. Moreover, they are disregarding Allah's commandment to wage jihad for His sake with [their] money and [their] lives, so that Allah's word will reign supreme and the infidels' word will be inferior...

"Today the Muslims desperately need a mentality of honor and means of power [that will enable them] to confront global Zionism. [This movement] knows nothing but the language of force, so [the Muslims] must meet iron with iron, and winds with [even more powerful] storms. They crucially need to understand that the improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death just as the enemies pursue life."

As he complained about the most recent negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, Badie declared that "Resistance is the only solution."

Stotsky also cited the Carnegie Guide to Egypt’s Elections as having related that "Badie’s election was generally viewed as a victory for the Brotherhood’s conservative wing and a marginalization of its reformist trend."

In the February 16, 2011, article, "Tariq Ramadan Obscures the Truth About Muslim Brotherhood," CAMERA's Dexter Van Zile recounted Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusef Qaradawi’s recent history of expressing admiration for Adolf Hitler:

Then there are the public statements of Yusef Qaradawi, who was twice offered the position of Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood and who is described as the movement's spiritual leader or father figure. In January 2009 he stated that Hitler was a "divine tool" sent to punish the Jewish people for their sins. He also called on Allah to "take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one." (Qaradawi, who is mentioned nowhere in Ramadan's piece, offered a prayer in the 1995 funeral of Tariq's father, Said Ramadan.)

The same article also relates German Professor and author Matthias Kuntzel's contention that anti-Jewish sentiment in the Middle East was fomented by the Muslim Brotherhood:

"The Muslim Brotherhood was also responsible for stoking anti-Jewish hostility – not just in Palestine – but in Egypt as well. Matthias Küntzel, author of Jihad and Jew Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 (2009, Telos), reports that the Muslim Brotherhood was a "driving force" behind "a shift in direction in Egypt from a rather neutral or pro-Jewish mood to a rabidly anti-Zionist or anti-Jewish one, a shift that changed the whole Arab world and affects it to this day." This shift, Küntzel states, took place between 1925 and 1945 and was stoked by a 1936 boycott against Jewish business owners in Egypt organized by the Muslim Brotherhood. Küntzel writes "In mosques, schools, and workplaces, the Brotherhood worked up the believers with the legend that the Jews and British wished to destroy the holy places of Jerusalem, tear up the Koran, and trample it underfoot." (Page 21)"

In the January 31, 2011, American Thinker article, "Why We Should Fear the Moslem Brother," Karin McQuillan recounted:

What you haven't been told is this: the Moslem Brothers were a small, unpopular group of anti-modern fanatics unable to attract members, until they were adopted by Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich beginning in the 1930s. Under the tutelage of the Third Reich, the Brothers started the modern jihadi movement, complete with a genocidal program against Jews. In the words of Matthias Kuntzel, "[t]he significance of the Brotherhood to Islamism is comparable to that of the Bolshevik Party to communism: It was and remains to this day the ideological reference point and organizational core for all later Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda and Hamas."

What is equally ominous for Jews and Israel is that despite Mubarak's pragmatic coexistence with Israel for the last thirty years, every Egyptian leader from Nasser through Sadat to Mubarak has enshrined Nazi Jew-hatred in mainstream Egyptian culture out of both conviction and political calculation. Nasser, trained by Nazis as a youth, spread the genocidal conspiracy theories of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, making it a bestseller throughout the Arab world. On the Ramadan following 9/11, Mubarak presided over a thirty-week-long TV series dramatizing Elders and its genocidal message.

She later continued:

In the 1930s, the Third Reich poured men, money, weapons, and propaganda training into the Moslem Brotherhood. It was the Reich that taught the fundamentalists to focus their anger on the Jews instead of on women. By war's end, thanks entirely to Hitler's tutelage and direct support, the brotherhood had swelled to a million members, and Jew-hatred had become central to mainstream Arab culture. Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini listened daily to the Nazi propaganda broadcast from Berlin by Moslem Brother Haj Amin al-Husseini. So did every Arab with a radio, throughout the war, as it was the most popular programming in the Middle East. Thanks to Hitler, the Moslem Brothers enshrined anti-Semitism as the main organizing force of Middle East politics for the next eighty years.

B BLOCK: What’s Past is Prologue

Brief look back in history at some of the bigger moments where Jews have been persecuted, expelled or killed:

  • Antiochus Epiphanes, King of Syria & the Seleucid Empire (175-163 B.C.) – the first to try to outlaw Judaism

  1. thought Jews were the root cause of the opposition to his policy of Hellenization
  2. circumcision, owning a Bible, and the Sabbath were outlawed
  3. Jews of 2nd Century BC were the only monotheists in the world – if they had been eradicated – Islam & Christianity may not have come into existence

  • 167 B.C. - Mattathias & the Maccabees revolted against Antiochus (Hanukkah)

  1. Maccabees rule Judea from 164-63 B.C. when the Romans captured Jerusalem

  • 72 A.D. - Romans expelled the Jews from Palestine (they settled in North Africa, Spain, and eastern and western Europe)
  • 1096 - 800 Jews killed in Worms, Germany as part of The Crusades – 12,000 killed during first months of First Crusade (Av ha-Rakhamim prayer)
  • 1099 – Crusaders captured Jerusalem – gathered all the Jews and burned them
  • 1215 - Pope Innocent III in at the 4th Lateran Council decreed that Jews should wear a solid yellow circle sewed onto an upper garment

  1. Pope Innocent III:  “Jews, like the fratricide Cain, are doomed to wander about the earth as fugitives and vagabonds, and their faces must be covered with shame.”

  • 1240 – King Louis IX ordered the Talmud to be put on trial in Paris
  • July 18, 1290 - Jews expelled from England on by King Edward I (9th of Av,

the saddest day on the  Jewish calendar … not welcomed back until 1650s)

  • 1306 & 1394 - Jews expelled from France
  • 1349-1360 - Jews expelled from Hungary
  • 1421 - Jews expelled from Austria
  • July 30, 1492 - Jews expelled from Spain on (Ferdinand & Isabella) … approx.

200,000 Jews (the thought was the Jews would taint newly converted Christians)

  • 1445 & 1495 - Jews expelled from Lithuania
  • 1497 - Jews expelled from Portugal
  • 15th century to 1772 - Jews not permitted in Russia
  • 1555 – Jews in Italy forced into ghettos – made to wear yellow hats outside of ghettos
  • 1543 - Martin Luther’s “Concerning the Jews and Their Lies”:

  1. Burn all synagogues
  2. Destroy all Jewish homes
  3. Confiscate all Jewish holy books
  4. Forbid rabbis to teach, on pain of death
  5. Forbid Jews to travel
  6. Confiscate Jewish property
  7. Force Jews to do physical labor
  8. [if preceding restrictions prove insufficient] Expel all the Jews

  • 1648-49 – Chmielnitzki massacres in Ukraine … 100,000 Jews killed
  • 1925 – Mein Kampf published
  • 1933 – Nazi Party comes to power in Germany
  • 1935 – Nuremburg Laws introduced
  • Nov. 9-10, 1938 - Kristallnacht (Luther’s birthday Nov. 10) – public Judaism ceases in Germany
  • 1941 - Babi Yar, Ukraine – 33,000 Jews killed
  • 1941-1945 – 67% of European Jews are murdered (5.9M out of 8.8M)

Did a Nazi say it or a radical Muslim?

  • Are they human beings? ... They are a group of blood-thirsty savages putting all other criminals to shame."
  • “I’ve always said the Jews are the most stupid devils that exist…They are liars, forgers, deceivers.” 
  • "…kill the Jewish Zionists, every last one of them."
  • “All the predators, all the birds of prey, all the dangerous reptiles and insects, and all the lethal bacteria are far less dangerous than the Jews.” M
  • “We won't waste much time on the Jews…The more that die the better; hitting them represents a victory…We will crush these Jews wherever we can.”
  • “The Jew is the parasite of humanity. He can be a parasite for an individual person, a social parasite for whole peoples, and the world parasite of humanity.”
  • "[The Jews] suffer from a mental disorder, because they are thieves and aggressors…They are not human beings. They are not people. They have no religion, no conscience, and no moral values.”
  • “We extended our hands to feed these hungry dogs and wild beasts, and they devoured our fingers. We have learned the lesson – there is no place for you among us, and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed to annihilation."
  • “If we eradicate this plague, we will be carrying out a good deed for mankind.”
  • "There once was a dog that frightened the entire neighborhood with its barking. This dog begot a pup which was more wicked than its father. The Jews are always the same, brothers. Both dogs and pups bark and bite, and both are impure. That is the truth about the Jews."
  • “Anti-Semitism is exactly the same as delousing. Getting rid of lice is not a question of ideology. It is a matter of cleanliness.”
  • "It is not enough to isolate the Jewish enemy of mankind - the Jew has got to be exterminated."
  • "You must believe that we will fight, defeat, and annihilate them, until not a single Jew remains on the face of the Earth."
  • · We must destroy the Jews wherever we find them and wherever it is possible to do so.”

C BLOCK: The Depth of the Nazi hatred and what they wanted to do and

what they did to the Jews

  • “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” (Wannsee Conference, 1942)
  • Concentration camps
  • Extermination, annihilation, holocaust
  • Quotes: Himmler, Hitler, Heydrich, Goebbels, Frank, Nazi propaganda

NAZI ANTI-SEMITIC QUOTES:

"If I am ever really in power, the destruction of the Jews will be my first and most important job. As soon as I have power, I shall have gallows after gallows erected…Then the Jews will be hanged one after another, and they will stay hanging until they stink. They will stay hanging as long as hygienically possible. As soon as they are untied, then the next group will follow and that will continue until the last Jew in Munich is exterminated. Exactly the same procedure will be followed in other cities until Germany is cleansed of the last Jew!"

-Adolf Hitler to Josef Hell, 1922 (pg. 116 “Adolf Hitler” by John Toland)

“If we eradicate this plague, we will be carrying out a good deed for mankind.”

-Adolf Hitler - 10/21/1941 – pg. 488 “Hitler” by Ian Kershaw

“I’ve always said the Jews are the most stupid devils that exist…They are liars, forgers, deceivers. They’ve only got anywhere through the simple-mindedness of those around them. I the Jew were not washed away by the Aryan, he wouldn’t be able to see out of his eyes for filth. We can live without the Jews. But they can’t live without us.”

-Hitler - 11/5/1941 – pg. 489 “Hitler” by Ian Kershaw

“…this war will be the annihilation of Jewry. For the first time the old Jewish law will now be applied: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth…And the hour will come when the most evil world-enemy of all time will have played out its role.”

-Hitler speaking in the Sportpalast, Berlin, 1/30/1942 – pg. 459 “Hitler” by Ian Kershaw

"If I can send the flower of the German nation into the hell of war without the smallest pity for the spilling of precious German blood, then surely I have the right to remove millions of an inferior race that breeds like vermin."

- Hitler - "The Voice of Destruction: Hitler Speaks" by Hermann Rauschning

“We won't waste much time on the Jews. It's great to get to grips with the Jewish race at last. The more that die the better; hitting them represents a victory for our Reich. The Jews should feel that we've arrived. We want to put half to three-quarters of all Jews east of the Vistula. We will crush these Jews wherever we can. Everything is at stake. Get the Jews out of the Reich, Vienna, everywhere. We have no use for Jews in the Reich. Probably the line of the Vistula, behind this line no more. We are the most important people here.”

-Heinrich Himmler - November 25, 1939. Quoted in "Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and Its Legacy" - Page 160 - by Ismail K Merchant, Richard L. Rubenstein, John K. Roth - History – 2003

“I hope to see the very concept of Jewry completely obliterated.”

- Himmler - March 23, 1941. Quoted in "Murderous Science" - Page 48 - by Benno Müller-Hill - History – 1998

“I only want figures on how many Jews have been shipped off and how many are currently left.”  - Himmler to Ernst Kaltenbrunner. Quoted in "Hitler and the Final Solution" - Page 137 - by Gerald Fleming - History – 1987

"The Jewish people are being exterminated…. it's part of our plans, we're eliminating the Jews, exterminating them, Ha! A small matter."

- Himmler before senior SS officers in Poznan, October 4 and 6, 1943

“Anti-semitism is exactly the same as delousing. Getting rid of lice is not a question of ideology. It is a matter of cleanliness.”

- Himmler at Kharkow, April 1943.Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1946, Vol. IV, p. 572-574:

“The difficult decision has to be taken, to cause this Volk [people] to disappear from the earth.”

- Himmler before senior SS officers in Poznan, October 4 and 6, 1943

“A judgment is being carried out on the Jews which is barbaric, but fully deserved.”

-Josef Goebbels diary entry, 3/27/1942 – pg. 459 “Hitler’ by Ian Kershaw

We must destroy the Jews wherever we find them and wherever it is possible to do so.”

-Hans Frank – 12/16/1942 – pg. 491 “Hitler” by Ian Kershaw

“The Jew is the parasite of humanity. He can be a parasite for an individual person, a social parasite for whole peoples, and the world parasite of humanity.”

-From a pamphlet originally published by the Nazi Party in 1943, and republished by the Wehrmacht for distribution among soldiers in 1944

“Jewry is neither a race nor a mixed race. It is a confusing mixture of races, racial mixtures, and racial fragments, artificially held together by its rabbis. It acts as a kind of counter-race, which can only destroy, never build. Jewry is the product of the inbreeding of asocial, criminal, sick, degenerate and rejected elements of every possible race in the ancient world. Jewry is neither a race nor a people nor a religion in our sense of those words. He possesses no homeland, but leads a rootless, parasitic life at the expense of the host peoples. Its current homeland is largely the criminal neighborhoods of the great cities of the world, its god is money, its policy is revolution and the destruction of the cultural treasures of mankind.”

-From a pamphlet originally published by the Nazi Party in 1943, and republished by the Wehrmacht for distribution among soldiers in 1944

http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/ww2era.htm#Speech

“The Jewish question is not only a German matter! It is also not only a European problem! The Jewish question is a world question! Just as Germany is not safe from the Jews as long as even one Jew remains in Europe, so Europe cannot solve the Jewish question as long as Jews live in the rest of the world. Jewry is organized world criminality. The Jewish danger will be eliminated only when Jewry throughout the world has ceased to exist.”

-1942 article from Julius Streicher’s anti-Semitic newspaper Der Stürmer claims that Germany will be secure only when Jews have been eliminated from the entire world. Its writer, Ernst Hiemer, was a top editor for the Stürmer.

http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/ww2era.htm#Speech

"Germany will regard the Jewish question as solved only after the very last Jew has left the greater German living space...Europe will have its Jewish question solved only after the very last Jew has left the continent."

-Alfred Rosenberg, Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal, Vol.3, Nuremberg, 1947, p. 35)

"We swear we are not going to abandon the struggle until the Last Jew in Europe has been exterminated and is actually dead.  It is not enough to isolate the Jewish enemy of mankind-the Jew has got to be exterminated."

Robert Ley, Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal, Vol.3, uremberg, 1947, p. 36)

D BLOCK: What’s happening today

  • Anti-Semitism in the Middle East
  • Hamas, Hezbollah, Ahmadinejad
  • Hamas & Fatah alignment
  • Muslim Brotherhood rebirth in Egypt
  • New Nazi Party in Egypt
  • Israel in peril (Obama speech)

Ahmadinejad quotes:

  • October 26, 2005: "Israel must be wiped off the map … The establishment of a Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world

  • November 13, 2006: "Israel is destined for destruction and will soon disappear"

  • August 2, 2006: "Are they human beings?... They (Zionists) are a group of blood-thirsty savages putting all other criminals to shame."

  • May 28, 2006: "We say that if the Holocaust happened, then the Europeans must accept the consequences and the price should not be paid by Palestine.  If it did not happen, then the Jews must return to where they came from."
  • September 18, 2008: "The Holocaust is a lie and the real Holocaust is happening to the Palestinians."

  • March 11, 2010: "See what has become of Israel. They [the West] gathered the most criminal people in the world and stationed them in our region with lies and fabricated scenarios. They waged wars, committed massive aggression… and made millions of people homeless…Today, it is clear that Israel is the most hated regime in the world… It is not useful for its masters [the West] anymore. They are in doubt now. They wonder whether to continue spending money on this regime or not…But whether they want it or not, with God's grace, this regime will be annihilated and Palestinians and other regional nations will be rid of its bad omen."

HAMAS ANTI-SEMITIC QUOTES:

  • Qaradawi: Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them - even though they exaggerated this issue - he managed to put them in their place. (Al-Jazeera TV Qatar – January 2009)

http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2005.htm

  • Qaradawi: The Jews are the most miserly of all people and the most protective of their lives, yet they devote their lives and their money [to their cause]. The Muslims worldwide must contribute to the regaining of Palestine. Palestine is not merely Islamic land. It is the land of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and of the holy places. (Dec 17, 2010)

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  • Qaradawi: To conclude my speech, I’d like to say that the only thing I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad even if in a wheelchair, I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews.

  • Qaradawi: "kill the Jewish Zionists, every last one of them."

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,745526,00.html

  • Qaradawi: I will shoot Allah's enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom. Praise be to Allah,” (January 2009)

http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2005.htm

  • Hamas Cleric Yunis Al-Astal: All the predators, all the birds of prey, all the dangerous reptiles and insects, and all the lethal bacteria are far less dangerous than the Jews. In just a few years, all the Zionists and the settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre, by means of which Allah wants to relieve humanity of their evil. When Palestine is liberated and its people return to it, and the entire region, with the grace of Allah, will have turned into the united states of Islam, the land of Palestine will become the capital of the Islamic caliphate, and all these countries will turn into states within the caliphate. when this happens, any Palestinian will be able to live anywhere, because the land of Islam is the property of all Muslims

http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2934.htm

  • Hamas Deputy Minister of Religious Endowments Abdallah Jarbu: "[The Jews] suffer from a mental disorder, because they are thieves and aggressors. A thief or an aggressor, who took property or land, develops a psychological disorder and pangs of conscience, because he took something that wasn't his… They want to present themselves to the world as if they have rights, but, in fact, they are foreign bacteria – a microbe unparalleled in the world. It's not me who says this. The Koran itself says that they have no parallel: 'You shall find the strongest men in enmity to the believers to be the Jews… May He annihilate this filthy people who have neither religion nor conscience. I condemn whoever believes in normalizing relations with them, whoever supports sitting down with them, and whoever believes that they are human beings. They are not human beings. They are not people. They have no religion, no conscience, and no moral values. http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/2415.htm

  • Hamas Leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar: "The series of expulsions continues to this day. Blood continues to be shed, martyrs continue to fall, our sons continue to hoist the banner high, and Allah willing, their expulsion from Palestine in its entirety is certain to come. We are no weaker or less honorable than the peoples that expelled and annihilated the Jews. The day we expel them is drawing near… We extended our hands to feed these hungry dogs and beasts, and they devoured our fingers. We have learned the lesson – there is no place for you among us, and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed to annihilation." http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/2676.htm.

  • Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad: "The Jews have become abhorred and loathed outcasts, because they live off corruption and the plundering of the peoples – not only the Arab and Islamic peoples, but all the peoples of the world. The world has begun to be aware of this corrupting danger, and to applaud Hamas. The entire world says: 'Bravo, Hamas, for confronting these people of corruption.' Whenever we score a goal, by achieving something against the Jews, the world applauds us. When we are playing, the entire world supports us. http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2734.htm.

  • "Allah willing, the moment will come when their property will be destroyed and their sons annihilated, until not a single Jew or Zionist is left on the face of the Earth… There once was a dog that frightened the entire neighborhood with its barking. This dog begot a pup which was more wicked than its father. The Jews are always the same, brothers. Both dogs and pups bark and bite, and both are impure. That is the truth about the Jews." http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2080.htm

  • Egyptian Cleric Hazem Shuman: "I have a message for every Jew on the face of the earth. The army of Muhammad will return. Oh offspring of apes and pigs, the day of vengeance is nearing. Oh most accursed creatures created by Allah, those who swore before the Prophet Muhammad to die are returning. Wait for us and you will see, you most accursed creatures.” http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2274.htm

  • Egyptian Cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub: "If the Jews left Palestine to us, would we start loving them? Of course not. We will never love them. Absolutely not. The Jews are infidels - not because I say so, and not because they are killing Muslims, but because Allah said: 'The Jews say that Uzair is the son of Allah, and the Christians say that Christ is the son of Allah. These are the words from their mouths. They imitate the sayings of the disbelievers before. May Allah fight them. How deluded they are.' It is Allah who said that they are infidels… This is it. We must believe that our fighting with the Jews is eternal, and it will not end until the final battle - and this is the fourth point. You must believe that we will fight, defeat, and annihilate them, until not a single Jew remains on the face of the Earth." http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2042.htm

  • Statement from Hamas Ministry of Refugee Affairs : “We cannot agree to a programme that is intended to poison the minds of our children…Holocaust studies in refugee camps is a contemptible plot and serves the Zionist entity with a goal of creating a reality and telling stories in order to justify acts of slaughter against the Palestinian people." (on U.N. Relief and Works Agency plan to include Holocaust education in the curriculum taught Palestinian refugees, February 28, 2011)

  • From the Hamas Charter: “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks

    and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”

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Anti-Semitism in the Hamas Charter: Selected Excerpts

Preamble:

Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realised.

Article Seven:

The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the links in the chain of the struggle against the Zionist invaders. It goes back to 1939, to the emergence of the martyr Izz al-Din al Kissam and his brethren the fighters, members of Muslim Brotherhood. It goes on to reach out and become one with another chain that includes the struggle of the Palestinians and Muslim Brotherhood in the 1948 war and the Jihad operations of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1968 and after.

Moreover, if the links have been distant from each other and if obstacles, placed by those who are the lackeys of Zionism in the way of the fighters obstructed the continuation of the struggle, the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah's promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Article Twenty:

In their Nazi treatment, the Jews made no exception for women or children. Their policy of striking fear in the heart is meant for all. They attack people where their breadwinning is concerned, extorting their money and threatening their honour. They deal with people as if they were the worst war criminals. Deportation from the homeland is a kind of murder.

Article Twenty-Two:

You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.

"So often as they shall kindle a fire for war, Allah shall extinguish it; and they shall set their minds to act corruptly in the earth, but Allah loveth not the corrupt doers." (The Table - verse 64).

The imperialistic forces in the Capitalist West and Communist East, support the enemy with all their might, in money and in men. These forces take turns in doing that. The day Islam appears, the forces of infidelity would unite to challenge it, for the infidels are of one nation.

"O true believers, contract not an intimate friendship with any besides yourselves: they will not fail to corrupt you. They wish for that which may cause you to perish: their hatred hath already appeared from out of their mouths; but what their breasts conceal is yet more inveterate. We have already shown you signs of their ill will towards you, if ye understand." (The Family of Imran - verse 118).

It is not in vain that the verse is ended with Allah's words "if ye understand."

Article Twenty-Eight:

The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.

Arab countries surrounding Israel are asked to open their borders before the fighters from among the Arab and Islamic nations so that they could consolidate their efforts with those of their Muslim brethren in Palestine.

As for the other Arab and Islamic countries, they are asked to facilitate the movement of the fighters from and to it, and this is the least thing they could do.

We should not forget to remind every Muslim that when the Jews conquered the Holy City in 1967, they stood on the threshold of the Aqsa Mosque and proclaimed that "Mohammed is dead, and his descendants are all women."

Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people. "May the cowards never sleep."

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Egyptian activists 'to form Nazi party', newspaper reports

By YAAKOV LAPPIN

05/26/2011 16:41

Jerusalem Post

'Al-Masry Al-Youm' report says Facebook pages launched to attract followers; Nazi parties operated secretly in Egypt during Mubarak regime.

A group of Egyptian political activists have announced plans to set up a local version “of the Nazi party,” an Egyptian newspaper reported on Thursday.

Citing a leftist Egyptian news portal, the Al-Masry Al-Youm daily said that “the party’s founding deputy is a former military official,” and that the party would be aimed at bringing “together prominent figures from the Egyptian society.”

The report cited founding member Emad Abdel Sattar as saying that the unestablished party “believes in vesting all powers in the president after selecting him or her carefully,” and that “preparations are under way to choose the most competent person to represent the party.”

Almasry Alyoum added that an Egyptian Nazi party “operated secretly under former President Hosni Mubarak, whose regime prevented party leaders from carrying out their activities freely.”

The newspaper said it could not verify the report, but said it found two Facebook pages that appeared recently under the title of “the Egyptian Nazi Party,” which have so far attracted 70 followers.

Members are “increasing at an unexpected rate, and several people came to ask about the nature of the party and its plans,” the report said.

The party has a one-year plan to develop Egypt – unlike the “marginalized liberal parties, which are like dead bodies,” a source was quoted as saying.

The idea to start it came after some fundamentalist-religious waves emerged, which, according to the source, created a state of chaos, and led to the burning of churches, the destruction of shrines and assaults on unarmed civilians.

Responding to the report, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, of Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, said Egypt was going through a highly turbulent period, adding that all manner of bizarre individuals were launching Facebook groups and attracting members.

Historically, he said, the German Nazi party saw three attempts to copy it in the Arab world in the 1930s in Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt. The Egyptian party of that time was led by former president Anwar Sadat, who went on to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

“They were copying the extreme nationalism of Germany, before the Second World War, and before the word ‘Nazi’ became a coarse word,” Kedar said.

Irrespective of the unconfirmed report on “the Egyptian Nazi party,” Egyptian activists opposed to army rule in Egypt are planning to hold demonstrations on Friday, Kedar noted.

“Egypt is a country of 85 million people. Some activists want a second and a third revolution. No one knows where things are heading yet,” he said.

E BLOCK: More of current day’s events

F BLOCK: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat

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We’ve talk about the bad, now let’s talk about the good … people from different ethnic backgrounds, who did not sit, but stood as symbols for good … the righteous among the nations:

  • Leopold Socha - Lwow, Poland

Leopold Socha lived in a poor neighborhood of Lwow and worked as a laborer for the municipal sanitation department in maintaining the sewage system. When the Germans occupied Lwow, Socha, horrified by the Germans’ atrocities against the Jewish population, befriended Jews who had been interned in the ghetto. After he decided to rescue at least twenty of them, he co-opted Stefan Wroblewski, a Pole who worked with him in cleaning out sewage canals, into his plans. One night, as he worked in the canals during the Aktion in which the ghetto was liquidated, Socha noticed several Jews wading through the effluent. Socha allayed their fears, stopped them from heading toward the mouth of the river—which was swarming with large numbers of police and Gestapo agents—and proposed that they stay where they were so he could assist them. The sewage canals became the Jewish refugees’ hideout, and Socha, his wife, and the Wroblewskis met their needs from that day on.

At the beginning, the hiding Jews paid their benefactors, but eventually the money ran out, and Socha and his wife continued to care for the fugitives and, together with the Wroblewskis paid for the food out of their own pockets.

Hiding in the sewers was very difficult and both the hiding Jews and their benefactors faced enormous challenges. Among the Jews was a woman named Weinberg, who was in the last month of her pregnancy. When conditions in the hideout caused her baby and her elderly grandmother to die, the rescuers went out of their way to bury them. Several Jews, unable to endure the harsh living conditions in the canals, perished after seeking alternative refuge. It was Socha and Wroblewski who found their bodies and had them buried.

Mrs. Socha and Mrs. Wroblewski provided the fugitives with clothing and, in a complicated operation, did their shopping. Socha brought the people in hiding newspapers. He also helped them keep their Jewish traditions: he brought them a prayer book that he had found in the ghetto area, and for Passover, he provided them with a sack of potatoes. The Chirowski family went into the sewers with their two children, aged 4 and 7. Keeping the children busy was not easy, and in her testimony to Yad Vashem, Paulina Chirowski told them stories and tried to teach her daughter as much as conditions permitted. They would spend time under the sewer grills, listening to the noises from the streets. Paulina Chirowski remembered how her little girl was saddened when she listened from below to the conversation between a girl and her mother, on their way to church one Sunday morning, as they were buying flowers. All Paulina Chirowski could do was promise her daughter that one day they too would be free, and that she would then buy her flowers.

On the day of the German defeat in Stalingrad and on July 27, 1944, when Lwow was liberated, the rescuers and the survivors celebrated together at the Sochas’ home.

After spending thirteen months hiding in the sewage canals, ten of the twenty-one Jewish refugees in the group survived.

  • Josef & Wiktoria Ulma – Markowa, Poland

Jozef Ulma was a farmer and lived with his wife Wiktoria and their six young children in the small town of Markowa in the county of Lancut, district of Rzeszow.

In the fall of 1942, while the hunt for Jews was going on in the entire area, a Jewish family from Lancut by the name of Szall came to Markowa to find shelter. When they asked Josef and Wiktoria Ulma to hide them, the couple agreed, and took them in along with two sisters – Golda and Layka Goldman. “These Jews stayed on the premises of the Ulmas and slept in the garret of the house... They never hid in particular, since all of them were busy helping to run the Ulmases’ farm,” reported Stanislaw Niemczak, a neighbor of the Ulma family. Although the Ulma house was at the outskirts, the Jews’ presence on the farm was soon discovered.

In the night of March 23-24, 1944 German police came to Markowa from Lancut. They found the Jews on the Ulma farm and shot them to death. Afterwards, they murdered the entire Ulma family - Jozef, Wiktoria, who was seven month pregnant, and their six small children - Stanislawa, Barbara, Wladyslawa, Franciszka, Maria, and Antoni. The eldest of the Ulma’s children had just begun to attend classes in primary school.

  • Oskar Schindler
  • Miep Gies – helped Anne Frank and her family hide
  • Jan Lipke – saved 40 of the last 200 Jews left in Latvia
  • Irena Sendler – saved 2,500 Jews in Poland
  • Constantin Karadja - saved 51,000 Jews in Romania

    • Selahattin Ulkumen – Turkish diplomat, who helped save the lives of some 42 Turkish Jewish families, totaling more than 200 persons, among a Jewish community of some 2,000 after the Germans took over the island of Rhodes
    • Victor Bodson - helped create and operate an escape route for Jews requiring Jews to cross over the river Sauer before meeting up with Bodson at his house in Steinheim, Luxembourg … using a special apparatus in his car, he would ferry these people to a safe haven that had been prepared in advance by his friends … approximately 100 Jews were saved from the concentration camps.
    • Chiune Sugihara - provided approximately 3,400 transit visas to Jews in need
    • Jose Castellanos Contreras - provided Salvadoran citizenship papers to approximately 13,000 Central European Jews
    • Aristides de Sousa Mendes - issued 30,000 visas to people escaping the Nazis
    • Carlos Sampaio Garrido - sheltered about 1,000 Jews in safe-houses in Budapest and gave them Portuguese documents to leave the country.
    • Luis Martins de Souza Dantas - Brazilian diplomat who helped Jews in France escape…estimated he saved 800 people, 425 confirmed to be Jewish

    As we move along this endless primary season, we implement our first major adjustments to our power rankings model. Because of all the changes on the model itself, we'll keep the write ups short this week so that we can get an update posted before we hit the second round of debates.

    There are now 40 separate measures of candidate performance which are summarized by the 0-100 score that helps us makes sense out of this chaos.We also have a new style of graphs, where the section highlighted in blue will show the progress (or lack thereof) made by each candidate over the life of their campaign.

    In this update, we have our first campaign obituary, a couple of brand new candidates (when will it ever stop) and plenty of movement up top.

    Let's get to it.

    In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

    The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history. Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes. The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground. If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

    See previous editions here.

    Campaign Obituary #1

    The Eric Swalwell Campaign

    California State Congressman

    April 8, 2019 - July 8, 2019

    Lifetime high: 20.2

    Lifetime low: 19.5

    I ended my initial profile on Eric Swalwell with this:

    "There's a certain brand of presidential candidate that isn't really running for president. That's Eric Swalwell."

    amp only placement

    It's now more true than ever that Swalwell isn't running for president, because he has officially dropped out of the race.

    To any sane observer, Swalwell never had a chance to win the nomination. This was always about raising his profile with little downside to deter him from taking money and building a list of future donors.

    In one of many depressing moments in his FiveThirtyEight exit interview, he noted that one of his supporters told him he definitely thought he'd eventually be president, but it wasn't going to happen this time. (This supporter was not identified, but we can logically assume they also have the last name Swalwell.)

    Swalwell did outline a series of reasons he thought his ridiculous campaign might have a chance.

    1. He was born in Iowa. After all, people from Iowa will surely vote for someone born in Iowa, even if they escaped as soon as possible.
    2. He had what he believed was a signature issue: pretending there was no such amendment as the second amendment.)
    3. He's not old.

    It was on point number three where Swalwell made his last stand. In an uncomfortably obvious attempt to capture a viral moment that would launch his fundraising and polling status, Swalwell went after Joe Biden directly.

    "I was 6 years old when a presidential candidate came to the California Democratic Convention and said it's time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. That candidate was then-Senator Joe Biden." This pre-meditated and under-medicated attack, along with Swalwell's entire campaign future, was disassembled by a facial gesture.

    Biden's response wasn't an intimidation, anger, or a laugh. It was a giant smile that somehow successfully communicated a grandfathery dismissal of "isn't that just adorable."

    Of course, headlines like this didn't help either:

    Eric Swalwell is going to keep comparing the Democratic field to 'The Avengers' until someone claps

    The campaign of Eric Swalwell was pronounced dead at the age of 91 days.

    Other headlines:

    Eric Swalwell ends White House bid, citing low polling, fundraising

    Republicans troll Swalwell for ending presidential campaign

    Eric Swalwell Latest 'Cringe' Video Brags About Omar Holding his 'White' Baby

    Eric Swalwell's message to actor Danny Glover is 'the cringiest thing I've ever seen in a hearing'

    Eric Swalwell's 'I Will Be Bold Without The Bull' Bombs

    25. Joe Sestak 11.0 (Debut) Former Pennsylvania State Congressman

    Joe Sestak is a former three-star admiral who served in Congress for a couple of years in the late 2000s. Besides his military service, his most notable achievement is figuring out a way to get Pat Toomey elected in a purple state.

    With Arlen Specter finally formalizing his flip from Republican to Democrat in 2009, he was expected to cruise to reelection. However, Sestak went after him in the primary, and was able to knock him off in the by eight points. Sestak then advanced to face Republican Pat Toomey in the general election. He lost by two points during the Tea Party wave election of 2010.

    Needless to say, losing to the former president of the fiscally conservative Club For Growth isn't exactly an accomplishment that is going to help Sestak in the Democratic presidential primary.

    Unfortunately, with the current state of the party— his distinguished service in the Navy probably isn't helpful either.

    Other headlines:

    Joe Sestak on the issues, in under 500 words

    Joe Sestak, latest 2020 candidate, says it's not too late for him to gain traction

    Sestak aims to 'heal the soul of America' with presidential bid

    Joe Sestak Would Move the US Embassy 'Back Out of Jerusalem'

    24. Mike Gravel: 12.5 (Previous: 24th / 15.3) Former US Senator from Alaska

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    Gravel was able to get celebrities and other candidates to send out pleas to raise funds in effort to get above 65,000 donations and qualify for the second debate.

    We may never know if it was grift or incompetence, but Gravel probably should have known that crossing this line made no difference. He'll still be yelling at the TV when the debate starts.

    Other headlines:

    Gravel meets donor threshold to qualify for Democratic primary debate

    Gravel spends a bit of cash to run an ad against Joe Biden in Iowa

    Mike Gravel: Why the American People Need Their Own Legislature

    Mike Gravel Is the Anti–Joe Biden

    23. Wayne Messam: 12.7 (Previous: 23rd / 15.8) Mayor of Miramar, FL

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    Messam has made no impact in this race so far, and has fundraising numbers that don't even get into the six digits, let alone seven. He's not really running a campaign at this point, so there's no real downside in staying in for now.

    Other headlines:

    Wayne Messam: Money Kept Me Out of the First Democratic Debate. Will It Keep Me Out of the Second?

    22. Seth Moulton 17.2 (Previous 20th / 21.5) US Rep. from Massachusetts 

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    Seth Moulton is the invisible man on the campaign trail. Most people don't even know who he is when they're talking to him. His appeal to the Democratic party is heavily flavored with his military service and appeal to patriotism.

    Good luck with that Seth.

    Other headlines:

    Moulton: Buttigieg Was a Nerd at Harvard

    Moulton: Democrats shouldn't go on 'moral crusade' against Trump

    Moulton talks reclaiming patriotism from Trump, Republicans

    Moulton: 'Trump is going to be harder to beat than many Democrats like to believe'

    Presidential candidates hear challengers' footsteps at home

    21. Tim Ryan 18.4 (Previous: 18th / 24.3) US Rep. from Ohio

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    Tim Ryan's first debate performance was so bad he lost about a quarter of his score with this update. He's not without a plan to get that support back though. He wants to bring hot yoga to the people.

    Other headlines:

    Tim Ryan on CNN: Trump 'clearly has it out for immigrants'

    Ryan Falls Way Behind in Q2 Fundraising Race, New Poll

    20. Marianne Williamson 20.7 (Previous: 21st / 20.6) Author, Lecturer, Activist

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    Williamson is not going to be the nominee for the Democrats, but if you throw a debate watch party, she might supply the most entertainment. So much so, Republicans have started to donate to her campaign to keep her in future debates.

    Other headlines:

    "I call her a modern-day prophet": Marianne Williamson's followers want you to give her a chance

    Williamson Uses Anime to Explain 2020 Candidate's Holistic Politics

    What Marianne Williamson and Donald Trump have in common

    Marianne Williamson's Iowa director joins John Delaney's 2020 campaign

    19. John Hickenlooper 22.5  (Previous: 11th / 32.0) Former Gov. of Colorado 

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    Hickenlooper has been shedding campaign advisors at a relatively furious pace as he admits "there's just a bunch of skills that don't come naturally to me" when it comes to campaigning.

    Probably best to pick another line of work.

    Other headlines:

    Hickenlooper defends campaign fundraising to The Onion: 'The race is wide open'

    WP: 'You are who?' The lonely presidential campaign of John Hickenlooper

    Gary Hart Warns John Hickenlooper Against Campaigning On Bipartisanship Message

    Hickenlooper refuses to condemn protesters who hoisted Mexican flag at ICE facility

    18. Michael Bennet 27.4 (Previous: 14th / 28.8) US Senator from Colorado

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    Michael Bennet is a bit of a boring no name, but give him credit for actually trying to differentiate himself from the field. He's one of the only candidates willing to criticize his socialist opponents from the center, calling out the open borders crowd and student debt. Obviously this has no chance of success in the democratic party, but at least he's trying.

    Other headlines:

    George Will touts Bennet to beat Trump in 2020

    Bennet: America doesn't know what the Democratic Party stands for

    17. Steve Bullock 28.3 (Previous: 16th / 27.7) Gov. of  Montana 

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    Bullock's biggest moment of his campaign, and quite possibly his only important moment , will come in this round of debates. He missed the first round, but squeaks in for round two after Eric Swalwell decided to take his zero percent and go home.

    Bullock has a theoretical argument that doesn't look half bad on paper, but it seems impossible for another "moderate*" to make noise with Biden still hanging around.

    (*-None of these moderates are actually moderate.)

    Other headlines:

    For Democratic presidential hopeful Steve Bullock, it's all about the 'dark money'

    Steve Bullock hates 'dark money.' But a lobbyist for 'dark money' donors is helping his campaign.

    Steve Bullock looking to introduce himself as someone who won in Trump country

    Bullock said he's not one to eliminate all student-loan debt

    Steve Bullock raises $2 million for 2020 bid in second quarter, campaign says

    Lowering of state flag at capitol draws criticism

    15. John Delaney 29.5 (Previous 19th / 20.3) Former US Rep. from Maryland 

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    The power ranking model likes Delaney more than voters seem to like him. He continues to pour his own money into the race and at some point you have to believe someone in his life stops him from setting his cash on fire.

    He did steal a key advisor from Marianne Williamson's campaign, which doesn't seem like a path to success.

    Other headlines:

    Delaney: "Non-Citizens Are Not Covered By My 'Better Care' Plan, But…"

    Delaney says he opposes decriminalizing border crossings

    Undaunted by low polling, John Delaney keeps his show on the road

    Delaney presidential campaign theme: fix what's broken, keep what works

    14. Andrew Yang 30.0 (Previous: 15th / 28.3) Attorney and Entrepreneur 

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    Before the campaign started, if you would have said Yang would be in the middle of the pack at this point, he probably would be happy with that result. His embrace of quirky issues like banning robocalls, giving everyone free cash, and spending $6 billion to fix the nations malls is enough to keep him in the news.

    His fundraising was decent, and he remains an interesting and thoughtful candidate. But, Yang has a better chance of dropping out and running on a third party ticket than winning in this Democratic Party.

    You do have to wonder how long it will be before the word "Math" moves from his campaign slogan to the reason he needs to drop out.

    Other headlines:

    Andrew Yang Is Targeting The 'Politically Disengaged' To 'Win The Whole Election'

    You can't turn truck drivers into coders, Andrew Yang says of job retraining

    Yang's plan to give $1000 a month to everyone is popular with young, poor Democrats

    13. Jay Inslee 31.4 (Previous: 12th / 30.4) Gov. of Washington state

    CANDIDATE PROFILEf

    Expect Inslee to capture the king-czar-chancellor role of the new climate police or whatever draconian nightmare the actual Democratic nominee creates if they win.

    In the meantime, he should try to avoid cringe inducing nonsense like this.

    Other headlines:

    Presidential hopeful Jay Inslee says Trump's immigration policies will 'end his presidency'

    Crowd roars for Elizabeth Warren, Jay Inslee follows to tepid applause

    Inslee on listening to Carole King, wanting an anchor tattoo

    Inslee Says He Tried to Arrest Fleeing Republicans

    12. Tulsi Gabbard 33.4 (Previous: 13th / 28.8) US Rep. for Hawaii 

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    Tulsi Gabbard really wants to be Joe Biden's vice president. Or, at least, she wants to hold an important role in his cabinet, like Secretary of Defense.

    Gabbard has been running interference for Biden, aggressively going after Kamala Harris for her very successful but substance free bussing attack, while hammering Harris as not qualified to be President. These have been among the harshest criticisms levied by any candidate in the race so far, and there is definitely a purpose to all of it. Her presence in the same debate as Biden and Harris should be something Harris prepares herself for. Expect incoming fire.

    Along with Yang, Gabbard remains among the most interesting Democratic candidates to Republicans and Libertarians, which is not helpful to her chances of actually winning the Democratic party nod.

    Other headlines:

    Gabbard says Harris used "political ploy" to "smear" Biden on raced

    Which U.S. Wars Were Justifiable? Tulsi Gabbard Names Only World War II

    Tulsi Gabbard Says It's A 'Good Thing' Trump Met With Kim Jong Un

    Gabbard Sympathizes With Amash, Says the Two-Party System Sucks

    Tulsi Gabbard Files Bill To Study Hemp's Uses For Just About Everything

    Gabbard: '14-year-old girl hacked into a replica of Florida's election system'

    11. Tom Steyer 33.5 (Debut) Billionaire hedge fund manager

    Tom Steyer is a Democratic billionaire that has spent millions plastering his face all over MSNBC for the past two years begging people to consider impeaching Donald Trump.

    The campaign power ranking model loves Steyer's potential because of his unlimited money and theoretical ability to put together a serious campaign team.

    All of this is theory at this point though, as the millions spent so far has lead to a giant pile of zilch. If he's serious enough, he should be able to buy his way into the low single digits, and squeak his way into a debate or two.

    Steyer's billionaire status isn't an obvious fit as the party of inequality attempts to take down Donald Trump. But, he does have legitimate movement credibility, tons of cash to buy support, and a long developed immunity to embarrassment—so the sky is the limit.

    Other headlines:

    Tom Steyer on the issues, in under 500 words

    Tom Steyer announces 2020 bid, reversing course

    Why We're Not Treating Tom Steyer As A 'Major' Candidate (Yet)

    Steyer banks on South Carolina in 1st presidential bid stop

    10. Kirsten Gillibrand 37.1 (Previous: 9th / 36.7) US Senator from New York

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    There is probably no candidate that enters the second round of debates more clearly in do-or-die mode than Gillibrand. With headlines like "The Ignoring of Kirsten Gillibrand" lighting up her feed, she needs something big to happen, and fast. Her performance in the first debate wasn't actually horrible, but still went unnoticed.

    She has zero percent in lots of polls, and that includes all of the benefits she says she's received from white privilege. Imagine if she didn't have that going for her.

    Other headlines:

    Gillibrand: I'd Tell Concerned Coal Miner the Green New Deal Is 'Just Some Bipartisan Ideas'

    Struggling in White House bid, Democrat Gillibrand seeks bump in Trump country

    Gillibrand Annoyed by Question About Immigration 'Reversal'

    9. Robert Francis O’Rourke 40.7 (Previous: 6th / 52.8) Former state Rep. from Texas

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    The free fall continues for Betomania.

    When campaigns show signs of death, reporters start to write long profiles that aim to tell the story of the demise, or launch the amazing comeback.

    Politico's headline (What Beto O'Rourke's Dad Taught Him About Losing) probably wasn't all that helpful.

    Beto did secure Willie Nelson's vote though, meaning he can now count on 2 votes, assuming his "Republican" mother votes for him.

    Other headlines:

    Welcome to America—It's a Hell Hole!

    A desperate Beto O'Rourke goes for broke, claims America was founded on white supremacy

    Beto O'Rourke finds 'personal connection' to slavery, argues for reparations to unite 'two Americas'

    Beto boldly vows not to prosecute people for 'being a human being'Rebooto O'Rourke

    Fact Checker: Has Beto O'Rourke visited the most Iowa counties? No.

    Beto O'Rourke: Let's Forgive All Student Loan Debt For Teachers

    8. Amy Klobuchar 42.9 (Previous: 8th / 41.9) US Senator from Minnesota 

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    Klobuchar has been a massive underachiever so far, but is still sticking around in that third tier of candidates. Along with Beto, Booker, and maybe Castro— they aren't exactly eliminated, but can't seem to catch fire. Or even get warm.

    Klobuchar would serve herself well to focus on the fundamentals and avoiding desperate pleas for attention if she wants to remain in the Biden VP sweepstakes. Or she could totally shake things up by throwing binders at her opponents in the debate.

    Other headlines:

    Klobuchar: I Don't Support Open Borders Like Warren, Castro

    Deportation raids are about distracting from issues: Amy Klobuchar

    Klobuchar hoping 'nice' finishes first

    Sports bookmakers put Klobuchar as "heavy underdog" in presidential race

    7. Julian Castro 43.2 (Previous: 10th / 34.5) Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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    Castro is a good example of how overblown debates can be. His first debate performance was quite solid, but did more to sink Robert Francis O'Rourke than actually help his own candidacy.

    One more good debate performance should be enough to get him into the next round of debates, as he has already passed the donor threshold. Polling, however, has been elusive. Perhaps there is a swath of America that is uncomfortable voting for a Castro for president, like say, all of south Florida?

    Still, in a field of a zillion candidates that have shown no potential, he stands out as a long shot with a punchers chance to make some noise. This is reflected with a nice bump in his score for this update.

    Other headlines:

    Julián Castro Doubles Down On Decriminalizing Migration: Repeal Felony For Reentry, Too

    Julian Castro: 'Instead of breaking up families, we should break up ICE'

    Bill Maher rips Julián Castro for remark about abortion for trans women

    Julián Castro declines to hold baby

    Julián Castro can't speak Spanish

    Julian Castro wants to solve homelessness by 2028

    A consulting firm made specifically to prevent sexual harassment is providing Castro and other 2020 campaigns advice and training

    5. Pete Buttigieg 65.8 (Previous: 2nd / 68.8) Mayor of South Bend, IN

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    There probably isn't a campaign that has been more bizarre than Mayor Pete. He was a complete nobody to the public, though as we initially noted, he had support from a bunch of Obama era celebrinerds.

    This helped him rise to a top tier candidate with all the money and momentum to make a run at the nomination. Since then we've seen a complete fizzle. He is using the cash to build the infrastructure to make himself a serious candidate, and he should last a while, but he probably must win Iowa to have a chance at the nomination.

    Also, finding one African American who will vote for him would be nice.

    Other headlines:

    Pete Buttigieg goes on hiring spree after top fundraising quarter.

    Buttigieg, Struggling With Black Voters, Releases Plan to Address Racial Inequities

    South Bend police call out Buttigieg for sending pizza rather than apology after race comments

    CNN's Axelrod Rips Buttigieg: Blacks Doing Worse Under His Leadership

    Only Pete Buttigieg gets standing ovation from Corn Feed audience

    New Republic Drops Out Of Climate Forum Over Backlash To Pete Buttigieg Op-Ed

    Pete Buttigieg says it's "almost certain" we've had gay presidents

    Pete Buttigieg Sets Hollywood Fundraisers With Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Handler and More

    4. Elizabeth Warren 70.4 (Previous: 5th / 53.4) US Senator from Massachusetts 

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    Looking back at my initial analysis of this field, I'd say it's played out pretty closely to what I expected. Warren has surprised me though.

    In an election where beating Trump is the most important characteristic for democratic voters, she seems to be grown in a lab to lose to him. She comes across as a stern elementary school principal who would make kids terrified to be called into her office, because she'd bore them to death by reading them the handbook.

    Her DNA kit roll out was so catastrophic, I assumed democrats would see that her political instincts are awful. When put under the intense pressure Trump is sure to bring, she's going to collapse, and I figured democrats would recognize that.

    Instead, she's in the top tier. This rise has been legitimately impressive for Warren.

    It's also a dream come true for Donald Trump.

    Other headlines:

    The Activist Left Already Knows Who It Wants for President

    Netroots Nation was the day Elizabeth Warren became president of the American left

    Elizabeth Warren pledges to decriminalize border crossings

    Warren plans to increase annual refugee admissions nearly 800 percent from FY2018

    Warren, Biden Campaigns Appear to Find Loophole Around Paid Internships

    Warren says she'll push to end Israel's 'occupation'

    Warren staffer: 'I would totally be friends with Hamas'

    Elizabeth Warren reintroduces legislation requiring corporations to disclose climate risk exposure

    Elizabeth Warren Wants Reparations For Same-Sex Couples

    Elizabeth Warren proposes executive orders to address race and gender pay gap

    This is how Elizabeth Warren plans to close the pay gap for women of color

    How much would a wealth tax really raise? Dueling economists reflect new split in Democratic Party

    Elizabeth Warren Brings Ad Buying In-House

    Elizabeth Warren says she raised $19 million in the second quarter of the year

    3. Bernie Sanders 71.1 (Previous: 3rd / 67.2) US Senator from Vermont

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    Sanders has fallen slowly but steadily in the polls the past couple of months, and while not every metric yet reflects it, the socialist wing seems more likely represented by Warren.

    That being said, Bernie holds her off for third place. Warren and Bernie have reportedly struck a truce to not attack each other, an arrangement which benefits Warren far more than Sanders.

    Bernie's machine and name recognition continues to keep him near the top of the heap, but one wonders how long that lasts as name recognition for other candidates get higher, and Iowa gets closer.

    No matter if he wins or loses, he's moved the Overton window of the party in a dramatic way. And don't underestimate the appeal of his Medicare-for-all-humankind dream. Bernie may be too old and cranky to see socialized health care into the end zone, but he has advanced that ball much further than he had any right to.

    Other headlines:

    Bernie Sanders has 'deep sense of satisfaction' his positions are now 'centrist' among Dems

    Bernie Sanders: I Will Cancel All $1.6 Trillion Of Your Student Loan Debt

    Sanders hits back at Biden over criticism of 'Medicare for All'

    Bernie Sanders: Nancy Pelosi shouldn't 'alienate' freshmen House Democrats

    Why Sanders Wanted His Meeting With a Rabbi Kept Secret

    Bernie Sanders Says Being the First Jewish President Would Be 'Another Barrier Broken Down'

    Liberal billionaire calls Bernie Sanders a 'Communist' and 'a disaster zone'

    Blackstone's Byron Wien: Markets are terrified of far-left Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

    Antiwar candidate Bernie Sanders faces backlash over the $1.2 trillion war machine he brought to Vermont

    The time Bernie Sanders ranted about baseball in a low-budget film

    Bernie Sanders shows off sword Ross Perot gave him

    Bernie Sanders Raises $18 Million in 3 Months, Trailing Buttigieg

    2. Kamala Harris 79.2 (Previous: 4th / 65.9) US Senator from California 

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    Harris has given back a good chunk of her post debate bounce, which is to be expected. While she rockets to number two in the power rankings, there are a few things to worry about.

    The difference between Warren and Harris is notable. The candidates are nearly tied in most polls, but much of the strength of Harris is based on one spectacular moment. Warren alternatively seems to have a lower ceiling, but a stronger foundation.

    The good news for Harris is she does incredibly well among voters that are actually paying attention, while her weakness lies with those who haven't really tuned in yet.

    At some point, Harris has to clean up her mess of a policy package, which includes supporting a Bernie style Medicare for All without the Bernie style middle class tax hikes-- a combination that even the left admits makes no sense.

    Quotes like this still feel way too accurate, "She's the easy-to-listen-to, poorly defined identity candidate." This needs to be sorted out eventually if she's actually going to win.

    Other headlines:

    It's Hard To Have A Conversation With Kamala Harris When She Doesn't Even Know What She's Talking About

    Kamala Harris: Immigration Raids Are 'A Crime Against Humanity', there are 'babies in cages'

    Harris doubles down on criticism of Biden's busing comments on The View

    Mother Jones: Kamala Harris Wants to Bring Back Busing? Really?

    Kamala Harris's Call for a Return to Busing Is Bold and Politically Risky

    Race is 'America's Achilles' heel,' Harris tells African-American group

    Kamala Harris claims her campaign is being targeted by Russian bots, also says she's not a plan factory

    Harris proposes $100 billion plan to increase minority homeownership

    What's Kamala Harris's record on Israel?

    Kamala Harris Called Young People "Stupid" in 2015

    Kamala Harris lags behind top-tier candidates in Q2 fundraising

    Utah man arrested after alleged scheme to plan fake Kamala Harris fundraiser

    1. Joe Biden 80.8 (Previous: 1st / 82.3) Former US Senator from Delaware and Former Vice President

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    Biden's polling has mostly rebounded to his pre-debate status and he remains the favorite to be the nominee.

    He can't survive too many more performances like his first debate however, and he needs to show voters that he can stand up to the heat President Trump is going to bring. In other words, don't get smoked again, fall over on your walker, or look like your dentures are going to fall out in the middle of a debate.

    This is a real test for Biden's candidacy. He's had time to prepare, and he's had time to stretch the old muscles. No more excuses.

    If Joe can get spry, he probably wins the nomination. But, that is far from a sure thing.

    Other headlines:

    NBC/WSJ poll: Biden tops 2020 Democratic field...

    Joe Biden Decides He Doesn't Need to Stay Above the Fray After All

    Biden campaigns as Obamacare's top defender

    Biden says Democrats haven't been straightforward about 'Medicare for All'

    Biden under fire for mass deportations under Obama

    Biden refuses to apologize for high deportation numbers during Obama years

    Joe Biden's campaign office opens in Philly with a protest, not a party

    AOC: Segregationist controversy and debate performance raised question Biden could be too old for office

    Are Biden's Apologies Killing His Electability Argument?

    Liberal activists at Netroots Nation bet Joe Biden drops out of race

    Joe and Jill Biden have made $15M since leaving White House

    How Joe Biden, who called himself 'the poorest man in Congress,' became a multimillionaire

    Penn Paid Joe Biden $775,000 to Expand Its "Global Outreach" … and Give Some Speeches

    Biden: 'Occupation is a real problem'Joe Biden raised $21.5 million in second quarter, campaign announces

    Joe Biden: I Promise To 'End The Forever Wars In Afghanistan And Middle East'

    Joe Biden promises to 'cure cancer' if elected president

    No, stealth Obamacare won’t fix the failed status-quo

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    Another day, another proposed fix to a pressing national problem by a Democratic presidential hopeful. Former Vice President Joe Biden has positioned himself as the "moderate" leader of the Democratic Party, putting pressure on him to come up with a "sensible" alternative to Sen. Sanders' (I-Vt.) Medicare for All plan. But Biden's healthcare proposal, released July 15, doubles down on flawed, top-down solutions without offering any new ideas. Presidential hopefuls should instead pledge to unleash market innovation and lower healthcare prices for all.

    Of course, a former vice president will inevitably find it difficult to make a clean policy break from the administration he has repeatedly hailed and defended. Biden's tenure as vice president made him into a second-tier political rockstar, and it makes sense that he's reluctant to separate himself from former President Obama's Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"). It's also no surprise that "Bidencare" preserves Obamacare's disastrous expansion of Medicaid, the federal government's insurance program for low-income Americans. His plan even provides a public option for residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid. Perhaps more surprising, or just disappointing, is how thoroughly the Democratic orthodoxy has embraced government medical insurance even at gargantuan cost, despite little evidence that it'll work.

    RELATED: Medicare for all: Obamacare was only the first step

    Back when he was a heartbeat away from the presidency, Biden vigorously defended Obamacare, criticizing Republican governors for failing to expand Medicaid and predicting that all states would eventually see the light. That never quite happened (as of now, 17 states wisely refuse to expand health insurance targeted at low-income Americans). But the Obama administration tried to cajole red and purple states into expanding the Medicaid eligibility threshold "up to 138 percent of the poverty level." Nevertheless, states such as Texas, Florida, and North Carolina wisely considered the evidence that Medicaid was breaking the bank — without helping the poor get access to the care they needed.

    This evidence isn't just based on one or two stray studies produced by the "right" think-tank. In June 2018, Health Affairs published a blockbuster analysis of 77 studies on Medicaid's effectiveness, and the results may be disappointing for fans of government-provided insurance. Around 60 percent of the studies included in the meta-analysis found that health status and quality of care failed to improve for low-income patients after Medicaid expansion. The analysis also finds that a majority (56 percent of studies) found no improvement in the financial performance of hospitals post-Medicaid expansion. This finding contradicts claims by Obama, Biden and co. that Medicaid expansion would shift patients from the emergency room to doctor's offices, lowering system-wide costs.

    These findings are scandalous for an expansion program that costs federal taxpayers at least $70 billion per year. How could all of this money be failing to improve outcomes? Plausibly, the types of institutions that accept Medicaid are larger facilities that aren't as great at delivering quality health-care as smaller offices? The copious paperwork and documentation required by the program don't really allow smaller facilities the bandwidth to deal with Medicaid in an efficient manner. Yet this documentation is necessary to curb rampant fraud in the program that costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year.

    Greater Medicaid funding and corresponding anti-waste measures fail to address the cancer undermining the healthcare system: sky-high drug prices and expensive medical equipment.

    Greater Medicaid funding and corresponding anti-waste measures fail to address the cancer undermining the healthcare system: sky-high drug prices and expensive medical equipment. Instead of pushing for ever-higher government spending, a President Biden could push for a streamlined Food and Drug Administration approval process for drugs and medical devices, which would keep medical costs down and give a green light to innovators everywhere. The cost to develop a single medication is now more than $2 billion, and an onerous FDA approval process costs lives by being too risk-averse.

    Presidential hopefuls such as Biden should also pledge to work with states to roll-back "certificate of need" laws, which force medical institutions to jump through countless barriers to expand their facilities and invest in new services. It's not just hospitals and their patients that suffer from these needless laws; Harvard medical scholar David Grabowski sums up the evidence that these laws make nursing homes far worse and costlier than they need to be. Getting rid of these laws nationwide would give patients and consumers far more options when shopping around for the care and facilities they need.

    The price problem gripping the American healthcare system simply won't go away while regulatory barriers and onerous approval processes continue to stifle the sector. Presidential hopefuls such as Biden can make a dent in this problem by supporting market reforms, instead of doubling-down on failed government healthcare.

    Ross Marchand is a Young Voices contributor and the director of policy for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both fulfilled their goal of living to see the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Then, both died later that day — July 4, 1826. Adams was 90. Jefferson was 83.

    Because of their failing health, Jefferson and Adams each declined many invitations to attend July 4th celebrations. Adams sent a letter to be read aloud at the 50th Independence Day celebration in his local town of Quincy, Massachusetts. He wrote that the Declaration is:

    ... a memorable epoch in the annals of the human race, destined in future history to form the brightest or the blackest page, according to the use or the abuse of those political institutions by which they shall, in time to come, be shaped by the human mind.

    It's remarkable how well the Founders understood human nature and what could happen to the United States. It's the postmodern mindset that increasingly rules the U.S. now. It has infected our institutions and untethered us from the bedrock principles of the Declaration. In its place? Hypocritical and vitriolic partisan righteous indignation.

    Less than a century after Adams' and Jefferson's deaths, the most serious attempt to undermine the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution came from America's 28th president — Woodrow Wilson. He wrote:

    Some citizens of this country have never got beyond the Declaration of Independence.

    As if that's a bad thing.

    During Wilson's career as a college professor, he thought deeply and wrote extensively of his contempt for our founding documents. His issue with them formed the core beliefs of Progressivism that are still alive today.

    In 1911, before he was elected President, Wilson said in a speech:

    I do not find the problems of 1911 solved in the Declaration of Independence ... It is the object of Government to make those adjustments of life which will put every man in a position to claim his normal rights as a living human being.

    See what he does there? He completely inverts the Declaration — he's saying, you don't have inherent rights until government puts you in a position to claim them. That's the heart of Progressivism.

    In a later speech, Wilson said:

    If you want to understand the real Declaration of Independence, do not repeat the preface.

    Wilson did not think the equality, natural rights, and consent-of-the-governed parts of the Declaration defined the proper role of government. He preferred the Declaration's list of grievances because they addressed specific problems. That's what he thought government existed to do — solve problems for people. And since people's problems change over time, so should the Constitution and government to keep up with the times.

    Wilson said:

    No doubt we are meant to have liberty; but each generation must form its own conception of what liberty is.

    We hear this sentiment echoed all the time today: follow your heart, find your truth, etc.

    Another key to Wilson's Progressive theory of government was human evolution. He thought that because humans were now more enlightened, they could be trusted not to abuse government power. The Declaration's committee of five (Adams, Sherman, Franklin, Livingston and Jefferson) would've laughed Wilson out of the room.

    It's hard to believe that less than 150 years after the signing of the Declaration, the U.S. president — Wilson — was saying this:

    We are not bound to adhere to the doctrines held by the signers of the Declaration of Independence: we are as free as they were to make and unmake governments. We are not here to worship men or a document. Every Fourth of July should be a time for examining our standards, our purposes, for determining afresh what principles, what forms of power we think most likely to effect our safety and happiness. That and that alone is the obligation the Declaration lays upon us.

    Wilson was so effective at imposing his philosophy on government that he forever diverted the U.S. presidency away from the Constitution. Progressives have kept Wilson's torch alive ever since.

    Progressives are still hostile to the Declaration of Independence because of this idea of “historical contingency" which holds that truths change over time. Progressives think the “self-evident" truths of the Declaration are outdated and may no longer apply. And that means the Constitution based on those truths may no longer apply either. Wilson and Progressives especially don't like the whole separation of powers thing, because it hinders the fast action they want out of government. They want a justice warrior president who will bring swift change by fiat.

    The current trend in attacking the Declaration and Constitution is to tear down the men who wrote them. In late 2015, students at the University of Missouri and the College of William & Mary, placed notes all over the statues of Thomas Jefferson on their respective campuses. The handwritten notes labeled Jefferson things like, “racist," “rapist," “pedophile" (not sure what that one's supposed to mean), “How dare you glorify him," “I wouldn't be here if it was up to him," and “Black Lives Matter."

    That is the handiwork of students who are blinded by self-righteous victimhood and can't see the value and merit that the Declaration still holds for us today. After these incidents, Annette Gordon-Reed offered a reasoned defense of Jefferson. Reed is a respected history professor at Harvard Law School, who also happens to be a black woman. She wrote:

    I understand why some people think his statues should be removed, but not all controversial figures of the past are created equal. I think Jefferson's contributions to the history of the United States outweigh the problems people have with aspects of his life. He is just too much a part of the American story to pretend that he was not there ... The best of his ideals continue to influence and move people. The statues should be a stimulus for considering all these matters at William & Mary and the University of Missouri.

    At the opposite end of the spectrum from Woodrow Wilson's disdain for the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln loved it. If there is one overarching theme in Lincoln's speeches, it is the Declaration. Lincoln pointed the nation back to the Declaration as a mission statement, which ended slavery and preserved the Union.

    Unlike Wilson, who recommended leaving out the Preamble, Lincoln considered it the most vital part. To Lincoln, the self-evident truths were universal, timeless, and more important than the list of grievances. Lincoln wrote that these truths were:

    ... applicable to all men and all times ... that today, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and oppression.

    In a speech Lincoln gave in 1861, shortly after he was first elected president, he said:

    I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence… I have often inquired of myself what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the mother-land, but that sentiment in the Declaration which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time.

    Lincoln went on to say that he would rather be assassinated than see the nation forfeit the principles of the Declaration. His Gettysburg Address is a brilliant, concise renewal of the Declaration:

    ... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    We cannot assume that this radical idea of freedom will always be embraced by Americans. It has found hostility on our shores every step of the way. The Declaration's principles must be continually defended. Because while humans do have certain unalienable rights that are endowed by our Creator, there is darkness in the world, and for some strange reason humans, while valuing freedom, also seem to have a natural bent toward tyranny. That's why we must understand and discuss the Declaration. It's not alarmist. It's not a quaint history lesson. It's a reality, right now, that the fundamental principles of the Declaration are under attack. The Founders would have undoubtedly shuddered at most of the rhetoric from last week's Democratic presidential debates. Left to its own mob devices, even America would turn its back on freedom.

    Shortly before his death in 1826, 90-year-old John Adams was asked to recommend a toast that could be given in his honor on July 4th. Adams didn't hesitate. He suggested, “Independence Forever." The small group of visitors silently glanced at each other for a moment, before someone asked Adams if he'd like to add anything else. Adams shifted forward in his chair, leaned on his cane, stared intently at the men, and replied, “Not a word."

    China is having its Boston Tea Party moment

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    Freedom. It usually begins as a whisper. A secret passed on between patrons at a secluded bar or private meeting. And no matter how hard the tyrants may try and stop it, no matter how many dams they throw up to try and contain it, the whispers eventually become a flood. Sometimes it takes longer to break through, but it's the same EVERY TIME. Liberty and freedom always wins. It's an unstoppable force that knows no immovable object.

    For us it was exactly 243 years ago to this month that those whispers became a flood. A group of ragtag colonists took on the world's only superpower —and won. Our forefathers proved it — freedom refuses to recognize tyranny as an immovable object. The world was forever changed.

    And I can't help but see the poetic justice as more whispers became a flood, defying their own immovable object, just three days before all of us were buying fireworks to celebrate our Independence Day. But this time it was just off the coast of mainland China.

    Last week over a MILLION protesters filled the streets in Hong Kong. Literally a FLOOD of humans looking for one thing — freedom. They stormed the government building that is the equivalent of their Congress. They smashed windows, broke down doors, and a photo was taken that I think just might be the picture of the year.

    A British colonial flag, a symbol thrown out when Hong Kong was given back to China, was draped — BY THE PROTESTORS — over the chair of their head of government. I can't restate how historic this actually is. The people of Hong Kong, with a population that is over 90 percent ethnic Han Chinese, are saying to the mainland that they prefer colonial rule over the tyranny of the Chinese government. Leftists would tell you that communism is the remedy for colonialism, but for those living in the dark shadow of communism, they actually prefer colonial rule over what they now face.

    The local Hong Kong government is caught between the immovable object of the Chinese communist government, and the unstoppable force of liberty.

    When Hong Kong was given back to the mainland, China agreed to allow them a few freedoms that the rest of the Chinese don't enjoy. They're free to engage in protest against the government and they maintain a legislative body — both of which are outlawed on the mainland. But, as every tyrannical oppressor always does, China has been looking to reel that in. Most recently, China attempted to make it possible to extradite dissenters back to Beijing. The result? The quiet whispers of freedom, the secrets told in private at clandestine meetings, became a flood of millions in the streets.

    On July 3rd, police began a crackdown. More than 13 people have been arrested so far. If China eventually gets their way, those 13 people will no doubt be the first of many to be extradited over to the mainland. Their crime? The dream of freedom. As of right now, the extradition law has been temporarily delayed. The local Hong Kong government is caught between the immovable object of the Chinese communist government, and the unstoppable force of liberty.

    History has shown who will win in the end. Yesterday, over 200,000 protestors gathered at the high speed train station that links mainland China to Hong Kong. The message was just as clear as the British colonial flag hung inside their legislative building. For our forefathers it was symbolized with the Gadsden Flag and the phrase “Death To Tyranny." The message is simple: “we will not be ruled. Freedom knows no immovable object."

    News of the protest movement has been censored in mainland China, but how long will they be able to contain THEIR OWN whispers with over two hundred thousand freedom lovers camped out at the bridge between Hong Kong and mainland China? How long before those whispers spread to secret meeting locations in Beijing or Shanghai? How long before that cascades to the Christian and Muslim minorities that are tired of being rounded up and thrown into camps?

    We might have just witnessed the Chinese version of the Boston Tea Party. July 4th is still a long way away for them, but — as it does time and time again — freedom and liberty always win in the end.