History of the Democratic Party: Part IV

The real legacy of the Democrat Party is one of slavery, hypocrisy and lies. The party today has moved so far left that John F. Kennedy wouldn't recognize it --- or have a place within it. The roots of progressivism, planted in the 1800s, with seeds sewn by President Woodrow Wilson in the 1900s, have born rotten fruit, choking off and eliminating all other fruit that might have existed.

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GLENN: In this series, we've covered the almost inconceivable history of the Democratic Party from its inception in 1830 as a rabidly pro slavery party through the secession of the mostly Democratic southern states to the civil war, Democratic Party led Jim Crow laws in reconstruction all the way through one of our most racist democratic presidents. In fact, I think one of our most racist presidents, period, Woodrow Wilson.

In past series, we've discussed the horrific internment of the Japanese American citizens by another democratic hero, FDR. And the terrible policies that he enacted that prolonged the Great Depression by ten years and plunged us into serious debt. FDR, like Wilson before him, believed the Constitution to be inadequate, and he actually sought to change it from a charter of negative liberties, telling the government what they can do to a charter of positive liberties, telling the government exactly what they must do. This is more along the lines of the former Soviet Union, and he called it the second bill of rights. We've also featured a democratic President Lyndon Johnson in the past who in addition to being another big, fat racist who initially opposed civil rights, he passed more egregious debt programs than all other American presidents combined, leaving us, the U.S., with unfunded liabilities today of $128 trillion. Check your watch. That number will be a lot higher in about ten minutes.

Referring to the elections of 1960 and 1964 and speaking to a black audience, Malcolm X made his feelings known about the Democratic Party.

MALCOLM X: The Democrats have been in Washington, D.C. only because of the Negro vote. They've been down there four years. And all their legislation they wanted to bring up, they're bringing it up and getting it out of the way, and now they're bringing up you. You put them first, and you put them last because you're a chump. A political chump.

GLENN: So this is the real legacy of the Democratic Party. And I don't ask you to believe me. I ask you to do your own homework. Do it. Find out for yourself if what I've presented here is true. If not, drop us a note, will you? Let me know. The Democratic's Party racism is well documented. In fact, one of the Democrats most revered senders Robert Bird was a former Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan. I can't imagine thinking -- hey, honey, guess what? I'm the Grand Cyclops. When he passed away in 2010, his fellow Democrats fell all over themselves in praise to Hillary Clinton, for instance. He was a friend and a mentor.

HILLARY: Today our country has lost a true American original. My friend and mentor Robert C. Bird. Senator Bird was a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility.

GLENN: To the KKK, a Grand Cyclops is indeed noble. But that praise became even more poignant and telling.

HILLARY: It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Bird. He was not just its longest-serving member. He was its heart, its soul, and its historian.

GLENN: Based on everything that you have seen in this serial, it does seem appropriate to refer to Robert Bird, the Grand Cyclops, as the heart and soul of the Democratic Party --- at least of the past. Ironically, of the former Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, America's first black president said:

OBAMA: May we all find comfort in a verse of scripture that reminds me of our dear friend. The time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. It's interesting that you've heard that passage from several speakers now. Because it embodies somebody who knew how to run a good and long race. And somebody who knew how to keep the faith. With a state, with his family, with his country and his constitution.

GLENN: Amazingly, unreserved and profuse praise for a man with a kind of history that Robert Bird had. Especially in light of the Democrats excoriation of Republican senator Trent Lott just a few years earlier.

OBAMA: Years from now when I think of the man we memorialize today, I'll remember him as he was when I came to know him. His white hair full like a mane, his gate steadied with a cane, determined to make the most of every last breath. A distinguished gentleman from West Virginia could be found at his desk until the very end doing the people's business --- delivering soul-stirring speeches, a hint of Appalachians in his voice, stabbing the air with his finger fiery as ever, years in his tenth decade. He was a senate icon. He was a party leader. He was an elder statesman. And he was my friend.

GLENN: Now, we all believe in forgiveness. But it seems as though when a Republican or somebody who's not a Democrat is involved, forgiveness just isn't in the cards. Let me give you the example of the Trent Lott in 2002, he spoke at a fellow Senator Strom Thurmond's 100 birthday celebration where he said, quote, when Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him, and we're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have all of these problems over the years either, end quote.

Well, that's kind of a problem. Strom Thurmond ran for president in 1948. Lot was 7 years old at the time, so he couldn't actually vote for him. The "we," he described, referred to his state. And, no, I'm kind of actually really glad we didn't vote for Strom Thurmond. But he was 100 years old. It was his birthday party. Say something nice and move on with your life. Still, the attack on Lot from the Democrats was vicious. And maybe it was appropriate. But definitely not consistent. It was so vicious, in fact, that lot had to resign from leadership in the senate. The problem for Democrats was that in 1948 during the same period Robert Bird was the Grand Cyclops in the clan, Strom Thurmond supported segregation. No cross burning for Thurmond. Just support in Congress for separate living space.

While not right, neither was it even close to being a member, in fact, a leader in the KKK. It's also interesting and relevant to note that at the time presidential candidate Strom Thurmond was a Democrat.

Today's Democrats purport now to champion the minorities that for two centuries they persecuted and killed. But do they actually champion them? Or by pushing government assistance and continually harping about income inequality, are they actually enslaving them all over again and creating even more racial and economic discord? That's a serious conversation that Americans should have.

Today's Democrats have a party that for eight years was led by a man who was raised and mentored by communists. That isn't an insult or a slur. It's just stating a fact. And as president, Barack Obama maintained at least some of the Marxist beliefs of those around him like redistribution of wealth.

OBAMA: I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.

GLENN: He was a man who led the nation for eight years and believed America was just like everybody else, no worse and no better.

OBAMA: I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

GLENN: That's a far cry from the days of Washington or Lincoln, even FDR, John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan. The Democratic Party elites of today believe that climate change is the greatest threat we face --- even greater than terrorism.

OBAMA: Today there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change.

VOICE: ISIS renewed its call to followers to launch attacks here in the U.S.

OBAMA: No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

VOICE: He was apparently beheaded by ISIS militants.

KERRY: It is indeed one of the biggest threats facing our planet today.

VOICE: The two suspects brothers would assault assault rifles...executing editors, cartoonists.

BIDEN: Climate change is the threat multiplier.

VOICE: In a baron desert, the mangled remains of a plane that was carrying 224 --

OBAMA: If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we would do everything in our power to protect ourselves. Climate change poses the same threat right now.

VOICE: Bodies lay in the streets after multiple coordinated terrorist attacks.

OBAMA: And years from now, I want to be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we did everything we could to protect them. Thanks, everybody.

GLENN: It's a party that complained about spending under George W. Bush then doubled America's debt in eight years from $10 trillion in debt accumulation from George Washington to George W. Bush to 20 trillion during Obama's first two terms. And it was policies like this that made it happen.

BIDEN: Now, when I say that, people look at me and say what are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?

GLENN: It is a party that to some seems so obsessed with aborting babies at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason that many in the party leadership aren't even willing to admit that their own children were human when they were inside the womb. Here's former Democratic National Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

VOICE: You have three children, correct?

WASSERMAN: I do.

VOICE: What are their ages?

WASSERMAN: I have twin 16-year-olds and a 12-year-old.

VOICE: And in your opinion, were they human beings before they were born?

WASSERMAN: You know, I believe that every woman has the right to make their own reproductive choices.

VOICE: What did you believe about your children, though?

WASSERMAN: That I have the right to make my own reproductive choices, a right which I was proud to have.

VOICE: Were they human beings, just yes or no?

WASSERMAN: They're human beings today, and I'm glad that I had an opportunity to make my own reproductive choices, a right that every woman has and should maintain.

GLENN: But somehow or another, those who oppose Democrats are called fanatics for trying to protect human life in the womb.

And the Democratic Party today is a party that recently nearly made congressman Keith Ellison the head of the National Democratic Committee.

So you know a little bit about Keith, while he was a U.S. congressman, he was also a man who had dabbled in 9/11 conspiracy theories. He has spoken frequently at fundraisers for CAIR, an organization that was unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror financing trial in American history. CAIR is also banned as a terror group in the United Arab Emirates. Keith also, from 2009 up until the present day, has engaged with several figures who were close to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas. And in 2009, he met with a man described by the FBI as a fundraiser for the terrorist group Hamas. And in the end because, they wanted to make sure that everybody knew that they didn't stand for this kinds of policies, rather than voting for Ellison as the DNC chair, the DNC just made him Deputy Chairperson.

The Democratic Party today is so far to the left that John F. Kennedy wouldn't recognize it nor have a place within it. It all comes back to its roots. Not only the roots that were planted in the early 1800s, but then again, the seed sewn by Woodrow Wilson over 100 years ago. They all have years ago born their rotten fruit and those progressive roots have now completely choked off and eliminated any moderate fruit that might have once existed.

This compromise is an abomination

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Three decades ago, "The Art of the Deal" made Donald Trump a household name. A lot has happened since then. But you can trace many of Trump's actions back to that book.

Art of the Deal:

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.

People laughed when he announced that he was running for President. And I mean that literally. Remember the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner when Obama roasted Trump, viciously, mocking the very idea that Trump could ever be President. Now, he's President.

You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.

This empire-building is a mark of Trump.

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The most recent example is the border wall. Yesterday, congress reached a compromise on funding for the border wall. Weeks of tense back-and-forth built up to that moment. At times, it seemed like neither side would budge. Trump stuck to his guns, the government shut down, Trump refused to budge, then, miraculously, the lights came back on again. The result was a compromise. Or at least that's how it appeared.

But really, Trump got what he wanted -- exactly what he wanted. He used the techniques he wrote about in The Art of the Deal:

My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.

From the start, he demanded $5.7 billion for construction of a border wall. It was a months' long tug-of-war that eventually resulted in yesterday's legislation, which would dedicate $1.4 billion. It would appear that that was what he was after all along. Moments before the vote, he did some last-minute pushing. A national emergency declaration, and suddenly the number is $8 billion.

Art of the Deal:

People think I'm a gambler. I've never gambled in my life. To me, a gambler is someone who plays slot machines. I prefer to own slot machines. It's a very good business being the house.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Senate passed the legislation 83-16, and the House followed with 300-128. Today, Trump will sign the bill.

It's not even fair to call that a deal, really. A deal is what happens when you go to a car dealership, fully ready to buy a car, and the salesman says the right things. What Trump did is more like a car dealer selling an entire row of cars to someone who doesn't even have a licence. When Trump started, Democrats wouldn't even consider a wall, let alone pay for it.

Art of the Deal:

The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.

He started the wall on a chant, "Build the wall!" until he got what he wanted. He maneuvered like Don Draper, selling people something that they didn't even know they wanted, and convincing them that it is exactly what they've always needed.

As the nation soaks in the victory of the recent passing of the historic First Step Act, there are Congressmen who haven't stopped working to solve additional problems with the criminal justice system. Because while the Act was impactful, leading to the well-deserved early release of many incarcerated individuals, it didn't go far enough. That's why four Congressmen have joined forces to reintroduce the Justice Safety Valve Act—legislation that would grant judges judicial discretion when determining appropriate sentencing.

There's a real need for this legislation since it's no secret that lawmakers don't always get it right. They may pass laws with good intentions, but unintended consequences often prevail. For example, there was a time when the nation believed the best way to penalize lawbreakers was to be tough on crime, leading to sweeping mandatory minimum sentencing laws implemented both nationally and statewide.

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Only in recent years have governments learned that these sentences aren't good policy for the defendant or even the public. Mandatory minimum sentences are often overly harsh, don't act as a public deterrent for crime, and are extremely costly to taxpayers. These laws tie judges' hands, preventing them from using their knowledge and understanding of the law to make case relevant decisions.

Because legislation surrounding criminal law is often very touchy and difficult to change (especially on the federal level, where bills can take multiple years to pass) mandatory minimum sentences are far from being done away with—despite the data-driven discoveries of their downfalls. But in order to solve the problems inherent within all of the different laws imposing sentencing lengths, Congress needs to pass the Justice Safety Valve Act now. Ensuring its passing would allow judges to use discretion while sentencing, rather than forcing them to continue issuing indiscriminate sentences no matter the unique facts of the case.

Rather than take years to go back and try to fix every single mandatory minimum law that has been federally passed, moving this single piece of legislation forward is the best way to ensure judges can apply their judgment in every appropriate case.

When someone is facing numerous charges from a single incident, mandatory minimum sentencing laws stack atop one another, resulting in an extremely lengthy sentence that may not be just. Such high sentences may even be violations of an individual's eighth amendment rights, what with the imposition of cruel and unusual punishment. It's exactly what happened with Weldon Angelos.

In Salt Lake City in 2002, Weldon sold half a pound of marijuana to federal agents on two separate occasions. Unbeknownst to Weldon, the police had targeted him because they suspected he was a part of a gang and trafficking operation. They were oh-so-wrong. Weldon had never sold marijuana before and only did this time because he was pressured by the agents to find marijuana for them. He figured a couple lowkey sales could help out his family's financial situation. But Weldon was caught and sentenced to a mandatory 55 years in prison. This massive sentence is clearly unjust for a first time, non-violent crime, and even the Judge, Paul Cassell, agreed. Judge Cassell did everything he could to reduce the sentence, but, due to federal law, it wasn't much.

The nation is facing an over-criminalization problem that costs taxpayers millions and amounts to the foolish eradication of individual liberties.

In cases like Weldon's, a safety valve for discretionary power is much needed. Judges need the ability to issue sentences below the mandatory minimums, depending on mitigating factors such as mental health, provocation, or physical illness. That's what this new bill would allow for. Critics may argue that this gives judges too much power, but under the bill, judges must first make a finding on why it's necessary to sentence below the mandatory minimum. Then, they must write a clear statement explaining their decision.

Judges are unlikely to risk their careers to allow dangerous criminals an early release. If something happens after an offender is released early, the political pressure is back on the judge who issued the shorter sentence—and no one wants that kind of negative attention. In order to avoid risky situations like this, they'd use their discretion very cautiously, upholding the oath they took to promote justice in every case.

The nation is facing an overcriminalization problem that costs taxpayers millions and amounts to the foolish eradication of individual liberties. Mandatory minimums have exacerbated this problem, and it's time for that to stop. Congresswomen and men have the opportunity to help solve this looming problem by passing the Justice Safety Valve Act to untie the hands of judges and restore justice in individual sentences.

Molly Davis is a policy analyst at Libertas Institute, a free market think tank in Utah. She's a writer for Young Voices, and her work has previously appeared in The Hill, TownHall.com, and The Washington Examiner.

New gadget for couples in 'the mood' lets a button do the talking

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, there's a new romantic gadget for couples that is sure to make sparks fly. For those with their minds in the gutter, I'm not talking about those kinds of gadgets. I'm talking about a brilliant new device for the home called "LoveSync."

This is real — it's a simple pair of buttons for busy, modern couples who have plenty of time for social media and Netflix, but can't quite squeeze in time to talk about their... uh... special relationship.

Here's how it works. Each partner has their own individual LoveSync button. Whenever the mood strikes one partner, all they have to do is press their own button. That sets their button aglow for a certain period of time. If, during that time window, their partner also presses their own button, then both buttons light up in a swirling green pattern to signal that love has "synced"...and it's go time.

According to the makers of LoveSync, this device will "Take the Luck out of Getting Lucky." It brings a whole new meaning to "pushing each other's buttons." It's an ideal gift to tell your significant other "I care," without actually having to care, or talk about icky things like feelings.

If you find your significant other is already on the couch binge-watching The Bachelor, no problem! You can conveniently slink back to your button and hold it in for four seconds to cancel the desire. No harm, no foul! Live to fight another day.

Have fun explaining those buttons to inquiring children.

No word yet on whether LoveSync can also order wine, light candles or play Barry White. Maybe that's in the works for LoveSync 2.0.

Of course, LoveSync does have some pitfalls. Cats and toddlers love a good button. That'll be a fun conversation — "Honey, who keeps canceling my mood submissions?" And have fun explaining those buttons to inquiring children. "Yeah, kids, that button just controls the lawn sprinklers. No big deal."

If you've been dialing it in for years on Valentine's Day with flowers and those crappy boxes of chocolate, now you can literally dial it in. With a button.

Good luck with that.