'The School of No!': Do you really need more evidence than this that progressivism has failed America's youth?

How many times have you heard the argument in your lifetime, if it just helps one child, then it’s worth it, just one child, one, you know, big-eyed, little, one-eyed child? If we just help them, then it’s worth it. They use it all the time. Don’t believe me?

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Jay Carney: If even one child’s life can be saved by the actions we take here in Washington, we must take those actions.

President Obama: This act is about doing what’s right for our children.

Michelle Obama: There is nothing Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative, about doing what’s best for our kids.

Arne Duncan: Most importantly for our children.

President Obama: This is our first task, caring for our children.

Michelle Obama: In the end, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children, nothing.

Does anybody buy any of this bull crap from these people anymore? And I mean that for the right as well. I hear a Conservative say yeah, we’ve got to do it for the children, shut up, shut up. We’ll just do it for the children, it’s so stupid. Even if it just saves one child, let’s save the stupidity of that argument for a minute, and let’s focus just on the reality, because it isn’t about the children, and that’s what makes me so angry about it. It isn’t about the children. If things for the children were really getting better, well then maybe.

Let me take you to schools here for a second. Do you remember the union thug that was one of the only ones that was willing to admit the truth because he was leaving the union? Watch.

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Bob Chanin: Which is why at least in my opinion NEA and its affiliates are such effective advocates. Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merits of our positions. It is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.

Wow, is that amazing? Oh, there goes Glenn Beck again, throwing around baseless allegations – did you hear this guy? It’s because they have power, one truthful union member. Okay, so what are they doing with that power? Are they helping the kids? Because they get things done because they have power, but in the end, does it help the kids?

I want to introduce you to another public school. This one’s in Far Rockaway Queens. Prepare yourself to be horrified and see something that I think this is what it’s like in North Korea. It’s a Title 1 school, which means they get extra federal funding, but nobody seems to know where it’s going, and they’re wondering because it certainly is not going to the school.

They’re getting an additional about $2.5 million every year. Two hundred thirty-four kids show up to school every day in this building, but there’s no art class. There is no gym class. There’s no music class. Oh see, see what you Conservatives are doing? You’re cutting the gym. You’re cutting the music. You’re cutting the art. No, there is also no nurse’s office. There are no substitute teachers when a teacher is out. There is no special ed, even though a teacher for special ed is required.

There are no books even for the Common Core curriculum. When you’re supposed to be teaching Common Core, how are you doing it without books? Now, sure, the art, the gym, all conservatives hate that, but how about math? There’s no math program. The kindergarten class sit down in trailers that “reek of animal urine.” “Rats and squirrels noisily scamper in the walls and ceiling.”

Well, what is it the kids are doing all day? What are they doing? They don’t have math. They don’t have gym. They don’t have art. They don’t have reading. They don’t have books. What are they doing? Are you ready? They’re watching movies all day, lots and lots of movies, not educational films. Monsters, Inc. was one film that they aired last week for the whole school.

You’d ask yourself who is in charge of this childhood hell? Well, the principal’s name is Marcella Sills. She’s been the principal there for almost a decade. Predictably she is rarely showing up for work, and when she does, it’s usually after 11:00 AM. Oh boy, are you judging her because she’s black? According to the New York Post last week, Sills missed every day except one, and the day she showed up, it wasn’t until the kids had already been dismissed for the day.

Okay, alright, let’s cut her some slack. She was probably sick. Yeah, not really. She didn’t appear that way. Here she is spotted driving around in her BMW all around town when she wasn’t at school. Boy, she looks really nice. I mean, she’s all dressed up. She’s got the glamour lipstick on. She’s got that nice fur coat and hat, huh? Now she’s a struggling educator. For her efforts when she shows up, she is paid $128,207 a year, but that’s not all. She also gets bonuses on top of that because of all of the overtime that she works.

Nothing is about the children, nothing. Nothing is being done, they’re not doing anything for these 234 kids, and no one seems to care in the system. You know what, let me take that back. See, there he goes again, Glenn Beck flying off the handle saying she’s not done anything for the kids. That’s not true. That’s not true. Every year she does make the parents pay $200 each so their kids can attend some sort of strange annual prom-like wedding event.

The boys have to dress in mini tuxedos, and the women have to wear like white gowns. Isn’t that great? Uh huh, and then Queen Sills, the principal, enters. She is the queen of the ball, of course.

I’m going to give you an update that should make this better, but it doesn’t. There’s an investigation now into the school, and because of the investigation, Sills showed up on work on time on Monday, first time in six or seven years according to sources inside the school. Wow! Do you have the picture of her showing up at school? There she is. And what’s nice is she was dressed to impress. I don’t know if she had to go right out afterwards, you know, for, you know, a night on the town or what, but she looks good. She looks good.

Also, the Department of Education investigator, not really troubled by anything that they saw there. In fact, I’ll let them explain.

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Dorita Gibson: I don’t know if I’ll be recommending further investigation, but we will be making some recommendations, because, as you know, this is Far Rockaway, and this school was part of the tragedy of Sandy.

Tiffany?

Tiffany: Yes?

Why didn’t you tell me that this school was hit by Hurricane Sandy?

Tiffany: I know, it totally changes the story.

It totally changes the story. I didn’t know that. Sandy just happened how long ago, just like not very long ago, okay? Nothing to see here. I apologize. There was a storm which obviously means kids can watch movies all day for the next year and a half while principal bunny fur takes a spin in her BMW. It’s great.

Now, it has taken just a few reports by the New York Post for someone to actually check into things, but you saw what they’re going to do. Nearly a decade this school has been churning kids through this system and sending them out into the world with absolutely no chance of success, unless they want to replace Siskel and/or Ebert. That’s it. Nearly a decade, and no one really has cared.

Now, there’s two indictments here: Number one indictment, parents. How long would you let your kids sit in that school? How long? Now, if you’re underprivileged, what do you do? You raise holy hell, that’s what you do. But do you think very many kids, 234 kids, been going on for a decade, this is the way it’s been, do you think any of the parents are sitting down with their kids and saying, “Hey, what happened in school today? What did you learn in math today?”

This has been going. They don’t have math books. They don’t have book books. They don’t have a library. They have nothing. Anybody ask? So number one indictment, parents, where are they? Number two, media, where are they? You know what they’re doing with their time today? I kid you not, there is currently or there was 20 minutes before we went on air, there was a banner. Do we have the pictures? Yeah, here it is.

Here’s CNN. They got a chopper over Justin Bieber’s house, okay? FOX and CNN, breaking news alerts, they’re investigating at Justin Bieber’s house – I better sit down for this – an egg throwing incident. Yes, Justin Bieber, can you believe it, has been in a spat with his neighbors. Why is TheBlaze – Tiffany?

Tiffany Yes?

Glenn Thank you. First of all, you give me a story, and you left out the hurricane, and now Justin Bieber, and what are we covering? We’re covering the neglected crumbling public school.

Here’s why I think this is really an important story for you to share with a friend, because the world is absolutely upside down. I don’t think I need to remind you, but you need to remind your friends that the people who brought you this fail, this factory fail of a school are the same people who are going to be running America’s healthcare system. See, greed is an interesting thing. You want to talk about greed, they always talk about the capitalists that are greedy.

People are greedy, people. Racism, that’s a human disease, okay? Greed, racism, human disease, all people have it. And I can tell you right now that you’re greedy. If I said to you right now that everybody in your office except maybe 20% are going to be laid off, are you the one that’s going to march in and say, you know what, I’m probably the weakest link in the chain, or do you keep your mouth shut and your head down, and you try to be the one? You’re greedy. Or are you a survivalist?

You see, greed comes in many forms. Hey, how come people in Poland and all across Europe didn’t raise their hand and say hey, maybe we should stop putting Jews into the ovens? You know why? Greed. What are you talking about? Well, some people got rich running that system.

Do you know that there is a trademark on the door of the crematorium, a trademark? Because that company thought they were going to – this is true – they thought they were going to get rich making the crematoriums because once Nazism hits the whole world, we’re going to be burning people in ovens all over the world.

Greed, but how about the people who didn’t raise their hand and say hey, what happened to my neighbor? That was greed too. You were greedy for your children, your time, your life. See, greed is human, and greed happens. And it happens with Socialism and Progressivism like nobody’s business, and it hits the poor the hardest because they’re the ones whose kids are forced first into the rat-infested schools. They are the ones who are forced into an awful healthcare system.

You go there as well. Everybody goes there unless you’re willing to compromise and play ball with the people at the top. And their friends, the greediest of them all, they get in. It seems no amount of failure ever stops Socialism and Progressivism from marching on, and we are watching the progressive mecca that is Detroit crumble right in front of us. And yet, we’re saying hey, let’s do that again around the whole country. Let’s do that everywhere.

There’s an amazing YouTube video out right now with 14 million views. It’s called Income Inequality in America, and it makes a really good case if you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. We have to put together a response to this, 14 million views. Socialism fails every time. They don’t explain this, because there’s always somebody that wants to get wealthy, and how do you get wealthy in a socialist system? You’re the one that says no, I’m going to make sure everything is equal. That way you get kickbacks.

Never ever, ever, in all of human history has big government Progressivism, Communism, or Marxism, ever, ever, ever worked, never; However, where there is capitalism, yes, there is greed, and there is inequality; however, because of the free market, people live. Because of the free market, people change stations, people who are poor. I was flat broke in 1999, flat broke. I couldn’t afford my apartment. It was like $700 a month. I couldn’t afford it. Now look at me.

What happened? I can lift myself out of poverty. I can change my station in life. Now I’m a greedy capitalist. Before I was a poor schlub that somebody had to help. Yesterday, we had a guy on from the Tea Party in Italy, and he gets it better than most Americans. Why? Because he’s in the belly of the beast, the far-left beast, the socialist beast, the communist beast, the fascist beast, the Mussolini beast. He’s seen it. He had the answer for America and the rest of the world. Listen.

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Carlo: In the Second World War, the German army and the SS take some people from their home, and they put these people on the oven. They kill more than 6 million people. The SS, it was under respect to the German Nazist rules. But these kind of rules is the human rules. The natural rules is another kind of rules, and they come from the God. I think that if we stay concentrate – of course, it’s not easy, but if we stay concentrate on these rules, we really can build a better world.

It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

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.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

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.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

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14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

RELATED: SOCIALISM: This is the most important special we have done

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.