Food Insecurity Is Coming To America by Jeff Crouere

After one-third of the horrific term of President Joe Biden is almost complete, the United States of America is facing a series of mind-boggling crises.

The Biden administration’s COVID-19 response focused on forcing Americans to wear masks and take vaccines. The President pushed mandates and lockdowns, instead of freedom. The toll on our economy, overall health and psychological well-being has been staggering.

This week, in their commitment to continue these policies, the administration refused to abandon the unnecessary and ridiculous mask mandate for public transportation and will appeal a federal judge’s sensible ruling striking down this unpopular mandate.

There is an unprecedented crisis on our southern border as an invasion of illegal immigrants continues to pour into our country. This is leading to a massive increase in illegal drugs, which is contributing to a record number of drug overdose deaths.

Fueled by a rise in illegal drugs, illegal immigrants and “woke” prosecutors in urban areas, violent crime is skyrocketing in America. Our police officers are overwhelmed, underpaid, and constantly disrespected by progressive Democrats who blame them for the dangerous conditions instead of the real culprits, the violent criminals.

Americans are facing a plethora of economic troubles as huge debt, reckless spending and the targeting of our energy industry contributed to record gasoline prices and devastating inflation levels. The wages of workers are not keeping pace with the high inflation rates, so Americans are falling further behind economically.

To combat inflation, interest rates are increasing, which will make home buying more difficult and cause problems for our real estate industry.

While all these problems are truly dreadful, the scariest issue that will soon be facing Americans is an unfamiliar situation in the wealthiest country on earth, a food shortage. The last time the United States faced a real food shortage was during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. At that time, there were “hunger marches” as millions of Americans were impacted by food shortages made worse by a severe drought in the Great Plains.

While we face nothing like that situation today, there are disturbing signs of trouble ahead. Already, Americans are noticing many shelves to be empty at local grocery stores.

The war in Ukraine has made a dire situation much worse. Both Russia and Ukraine are major exporters of food, such as wheat. In Ukraine, many farms have been destroyed during the war and able bodied farmers are fighting on the front lines instead of tending to their fields.

The result was predictable, as global food prices soared 12% in the first few weeks of the war. The Executive Director of the World Food Program, David Beasley, called the escalating food shortages caused by the war a “catastrophe on top of catastrophe.” Even President Biden admitted that the war in Ukraine will lead to “real” food shortages in the days ahead.

To make matters worse, there have been a series of unusual accidents at food processing plants and warehouses in recent months. There have been fires, unexplained accidents and even a deadly plane crash, which occurred Thursday, at a General Mills plant in Covington, Georgia. Sadly, two people were killed and there was considerable damage at the plant with numerous trailers being destroyed.

The plane crash occurred just two days after a fire destroyed the headquarters of Azure Standard, the nation’s largest manufacturer of organic and healthy food, in Dufur, Oregon.

With almost two dozen incidents in the last year, it is hard to imagine these events at similar facilities being purely coincidental. Regardless, the Biden administration has no answer to this dilemma. In fact, recent actions will make the situation even worse.

On April 14, Biden announced that a gasoline blend with 15% ethanol would be allowed during the summer. It is normally prohibited during the summer months because of negative environmental effects, such as increased pollution. The President waived this prohibition so that Americans would have minor relief in gasoline prices.

Unfortunately, this change will encourage more farmers to use their crops for ethanol, a biofuel that is made with corn. The result will be a shortage in food products, such as sweet corn, and corn feed, which is used to put weight on livestock. Thus, meat prices will soar to even higher levels.

The ethanol decision is particularly unwise as the country faces an upcoming food shortage. Nevertheless, the Biden administration is uninterested in addressing the real anxieties of Americans. Instead, their major areas of focus are pushing the climate change agenda, globalism, and retaining power. The actual economic condition of the American people is of little concern to Biden and his administration.

Curiously, as America faces this food crisis, approximately 250,000 acres of our farmland have been purchased by billionaire Bill Gates. In fact, Gates is the largest owner of farmland in the country.

Simultaneously, investors with ties to communist China have purchased almost 200,000 acres of our farmland. Both Gates and China are poised to reap massive financial benefits as food prices continue to rise. Even worse, it is a true national security dilemma for communist China to own such a significant amount of our country’s farmland as a food shortage is looming.

The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Sadly, this “condition” is coming to America in the very near future.

To combat this crisis, the Biden administration should be working overtime to investigate the troubling incidents at food processing plants and encourage farmers to expand their food crops, not redirect them toward ethanol.

In addition, Biden and his administration should be focused on trying to negotiate a peace settlement to the war in Ukraine. Instead, this administration is allowing other countries, such as Turkey, to take the diplomatic lead in efforts to end the war.

It seems as if the President and his administration are doing everything possible to exacerbate the impending food shortage instead of solving it.

Written by Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs nationally on Real America’s Voice Network, AmericasVoice.News weekdays at 7 a.m. CT and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America’s Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on Crouere.net. For more information, email him at jeff@ringsidepolitics.com.

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America Needs Sarah Palin In Congress by Jeff Crouere

Thank goodness, she is back! Sarah Palin, the driving force behind the Tea Party movement, has been away from the political limelight for too long. It was welcome news to learn that she entered the crowded race to replace Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young, who recently passed away after a 49-year congressional career.

While Palin is a resident of Alaska, she is known nationwide. After being elected Governor of Alaska, she burst onto the national political scene in 2008 when the late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) selected her as his running mate.

Palin added excitement and energy to a terrible campaign. She also made history as the first woman selected as a Vice-Presidential nominee on a Republican ticket.

She gave an outstanding acceptance speech at the GOP convention and did very well in her Vice-Presidential debate against then U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE). Undoubtedly, she served the Republican Party and her running mate with distinction.

Unfortunately, she was mistreated by the McCain staff and the left-wing media did nothing but trash her and her family. The media turned her family life into fodder for the tabloid magazines.

Despite the sleazy media coverage, Palin was able to survive the 2008 campaign to become the leading force behind the Tea Party movement. These grassroots activists were the main reason the Republican Party won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.

Sadly, the GOP never delivered on their conservative promises and the establishment wing of the Republican Party reasserted control. Foolishly, the GOP nominated moderate insider Mitt Romney as the presidential nominee in 2012.

He was destined to lose because he refused to take the fight to President Barack Obama. In the 2012 campaign, Romney showed more interest in attacking his conservative opponents in the Republican Party than in highlighting the failed left-wing policies of the Obama administration.

After that election, Palin’s political star faded, but the conservative causes she championed were later successfully espoused by outsider presidential candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign. These issues, along with Palin’s strong endorsement, undoubtedly helped Trump secure the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 and, ultimately, the White House, in a shocking upset over the Democratic Party’s nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s focus on “America First” and “Make America Great Again” featured many of the ideas that Palin and the Tea Party activists endorsed several years earlier. In many respects, Palin and the Tea Party laid the political groundwork for the Trump campaign.

Like Sarah Palin, President Donald Trump has been the victim of vicious and abusive treatment by the media and the political establishment. Fortunately, he stood firm in his presidency and accomplished an incredible record of success for the American people.

He easily captured the GOP presidential nomination in 2020 and received over seventy-four million votes in the election, a significant increase from his total in 2016. Trump registered this historic number of votes, despite mistreatment from both social media and the mainstream news media.

Palin knows plenty about being the victim of media corruption. She sued the New York Times for incorrectly linking her political action committee to the 2011 shooting of then Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ).

While the newspaper later corrected their editorial, they did not apologize for the mistake, which spurred Palin to file the lawsuit.

In February, a jury found that the New York Times did not libel Palin and that she failed to show evidence that her reputation had been damaged. Several weeks later, Palin announced that she will appeal the verdict.

As she is fighting the left-wing bias of the New York Times, Palin will be contending for an open congressional seat in Alaska against fifty opponents. This field of candidates includes a plethora of Alaskan politicians, including one with the name Santa Claus.

The election will be held on June 26 to winnow the field to the top four candidates. The winner will be elected on August 16 via ranked choice voting.

According to Fox News,  prior to her decision to enter the congressional race, Palin spoke with President Trump, who encouraged her to run. Hopefully, Trump will officially endorse Palin and campaign for her. If he chooses to remain neutral, Palin will still be a major factor in the race due to her universal name recognition and her ability to raise money nationwide.

While some political leaders in Alaska will oppose her due to her resignation as Governor in 2009, the grassroots voters in the state should give her thoughtful consideration because she has earned it.

No other candidate in that race or any race has sacrificed more for their political principles than Sarah Palin.

Despite being mocked, abused, and targeted, Palin has remained steadfast to her conservative beliefs. If elected, Palin would be a strong fighter for not only Alaska, but also for her principles.

If Palin becomes a new member of Congress, she would be a perfect fit for the House Freedom Caucus and would surely become one of the most powerful advocates for the “Make America Great Again” agenda espoused by President Trump.

Fortunately, Sarah Palin is not a Republican in Name Only (RINO), she is not a neocon warmonger, and she is not an establishment Republican. All of this should be welcome news to the voters of Alaska, who have had to suffer while RINO U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski has represented their state.

Congress desperately needs more “America First” advocates. In Congresswoman Sarah Palin, this movement would have an experienced communicator who knows how to challenge the media and the Republican Party establishment.

There are too many dinosaurs on Capitol Hill who are not interested in change and couldn’t care less about the needs or desires of their constituents. Sarah Palin would represent a refreshing change from the usual suspects who get elected to Congress.

Sarah Palin has paid a tremendous price for her beliefs, hopefully, her reward will be a much-deserved seat in the United States House of Representatives.

Written by Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs nationally on Real America’s Voice Network, AmericasVoice.News weekdays at 7 a.m. CT and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America’s Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on Crouere.net. For more information, email him at jeff@ringsidepolitics.com.

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Republicans Should Focus On America, Not Ukraine by Jeff Crouere

Obviously, the war in Ukraine is a tragedy of monumental proportions. Over three million Ukrainians have fled their country in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion. While brave Ukrainians have put up a very stout defense of their nation, the Russians have been able to take control of some areas and are killing innocent civilians.  

President Joe Biden has authorized $14 billion in aid, including robust supplies of military hardware, to assist the Ukrainians in defending their country.  For many Democrats and Republicans this military aid is not enough. They claim we should help transfer military aircraft to Ukraine and enforce a no-fly zone over the country.

The problem is that each escalation of our involvement risks our country becoming engaged in armed conflict with the Russians, thereby commencing World War III. Too many politicians in Washington D.C. and members of the Deep State and elite media want to start a war with Russia. These beating of the war drums are dangerous and do not represent the will of the American people, who do not want to start World War III with the Russians.

Our country just ended a twenty-year war in Afghanistan with a horrific exit of our personnel that resulted in thirteen military service members being killed. After that experience, Americans are not ready to start a new war with a country that possesses 6,500 nuclear weapons.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 75% of the American people want to help Ukraine without risking a war with Russia. Only 17% favor helping in a way that may lead to war with Russia.

On this issue, the American people are correct, but political leaders of both parties, especially Republicans, are dangerously wrong and are hellbent on war with Russia. For example, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants the full power of our country “unleashed” on Russia to not only stop their invasion, but also to defeat Russian President Vladimir Putin so thoroughly that he will be “ousted from power by his own government.”

While Gingrich advocates regime change in Russia, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is calling for the assassination of Putin. Graham tweeted, “for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country — and the world — a great service.”

Fortunately, not all Republicans have developed hysterical war mania. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) labeled Graham’s suggestion “an exceptionally bad idea.” As Cruz noted, no U.S. politician, nor GOP leader, should be “calling for the assassination of heads of state.”

Even the idea of a no-fly zone in Ukraine is problematic, according to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). He likened it to “World War III.” Rubio defined it as “the willingness to shoot down the aircrafts of the Russian Federation, which is basically the beginning of World War III.”

Cruz and Rubio understand there should be limits on our support of Ukraine. Despite the horror of the war in Ukraine, it is not a crisis which threatens the survival of the United States of America.

What does threaten our country are the extremely detrimental policies being advanced by the Biden administration. Instead of trying to oust a foreign leader, Republican leaders should be focusing on politically ousting the Democrats from power in this country.

The United States of America is facing a multi-faceted crisis impacting our economy, our educational system, our public safety, and our national sovereignty. The 330+ million people living in our country recognize the problems and are demanding action from our leaders. Unfortunately, our political leaders are either delivering the wrong responses or are willfully ignoring the problems.

The last fourteen months of the new Biden administration have been a horror show in America. Our once secure southern border has become wide open as over 2 million illegal aliens surged into our country in 2021. Incredibly, the rate is increasing in 2022.

While we allocated $14 billion to help the Ukrainians protect their borders and fight against the invading Russians, nothing has been allocated to finish our border wall and stem the flow of millions of illegal aliens into our country.  

In addition, illegal aliens bring drugs, including fentanyl, which killed over 100,000 Americans last year. Illegal aliens take jobs away from law-abiding Americans and send money back to their home country, taking it out of our economy. They do not pay income taxes, while they receive many services that are funded by the taxpayers of our country. 

While our problems multiply, our leaders are focused on the war in Ukraine. Of course, the human tragedy there is compelling, and we must aid the victims of that war; however, we cannot neglect the true suffering in our country.

American cities are crime ridden and the number of police officers shot last year reached a new record high. Along with soaring crime, poverty is on the increase as well. Our streets are filled with homeless people, including too many veterans, living in squalid conditions.

If Republicans beat the war drums too loudly, their voters will resent the attention being diverted from problems on the home front. For example, gasoline prices have reached a record and inflation soared to a 40-year high. Sadly, the wages of Americans are not keeping pace and people are falling further behind economically.

Under President Donald Trump, our country was energy independent. Incredibly, Biden made our country energy dependent again by a series of moves meant to inflict harm to our oil and gas industry. After the banning of Russian oil imports, we face the prospect of importing oil once again from tyrannical regimes. Of course, the answer is unleashing our energy industry, but Biden is too beholden to the “New Green Deal” fanatics who are so influential in his administration.

For our country to truly help other nations in need of assistance, we must fix our problems first. Republicans should be focused on America, not Ukraine. If not, they will pay a heavy price at the polls in November.

Written by Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs nationally on Real America’s Voice Network, AmericasVoice.News weekdays at 7 a.m. CT and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America’s Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on Crouere.net. For more information, email him at jeff@ringsidepolitics.com.

Copyright ©2022 JeffCrouere.com


Biden’s Disorganized Dictatorship by Cliff Kincaid

There’s nothing socialists and communists hate more than a disorganized dictatorship, unable to consolidate power. As a result, the plan for Biden’s $3 trillion “human infrastructure” plan, described by socialist scholar Paul LeBlanc as “Socialist Convergence” for America through the Green New Deal, remains in limbo. The “progressives” are angry.

This rage represents an opportunity to save America from the abyss.

Looking at foreign affairs, the Biden effect is working to the advantage of our enemies.

America-friendly countries in Europe and Asia, such as Ukraine and Taiwan, are in grave danger. China Joe’s foreign policy, an extension of that practiced by Barack Hussein Obama, is designed to make it risky to seek the kind of freedom and independence we once had in America. Israel is even in danger of nuclear attack by the Russian-armed religious fanatics in Iran, who are now targeting former Trump officials for death in retaliation for the killing of Iranian terrorist commander Soleimani.

Here at home, however, the communists are desperate.

Written before Biden “won” the election, socialist scholar LeBlanc said, “It is possible and necessary to build a powerful mass socialist movement in the United States by 2030 that could be in a position to provide an effective challenge to capitalism and transition to a socialist democracy.” Biden’s “victory” moved up the timetable.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

But “moderates” like Senator Joe Manchin are standing in the way. “Anger erupts after Manchin kills Build Back Better” was the message from the once Moscow-aligned but now pro-China Communist Party USA in an email to party cadre, referring to the multi-trillion dollar bill.

In the other body of Congress, the party is happy with Speaker Pelosi’s job, issuing a message, “House Democrats push for votes on human needs.” The “progressives” are running the show and passing a series of socialist measures.

The message is crystal clear — the House is controlled by communist-friendly forces while the Senate has yet to succumb to the revolution.

Another base of support for the communists, if you read the People’s World,  lies in various unions, including those running the public schools, as the paper highlights National Education Association President Becky Pringle as a leading “progressive.”

Covering the pro-communist NEA was one of the first assignments I had when I worked for the national conservative weekly newspaper Human Events, almost 40 years ago. The speaker then was “Berkeley Ron” Dellums, a Congressman from Oakland, succeeded by Rep. Barbara Lee, a trusted confidant of House Speaker Pelosi.

Lee, former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus and a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is perhaps best known for casting the lone vote in the House against U.S. military action to remove the Taliban regime in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. The Taliban had harbored the al-Qaeda terrorists responsible for 9/11.

In her book, Renegade for Peace & Justice, Lee declared her support for “a world vision of peace” and a Cabinet-level Department of Peace. She favors big cuts in the Pentagon budget and reliance on the United Nations in foreign affairs.

Another left-wing favorite is AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler.

In the context of the “one-year anniversary of the Trumpite insurrection and invasion of the U.S. Capitol,” as the communists describe the events of January 6, the demonization of Trump is a clever tactic, designed to divert attention from the socialist takeover of the major institutions of government.

The left-wingers once started a group called “Move On” when they got tired of the effort to impeach President Clinton, a liar and philanderer.  

However, with the economy in shambles under China Joe, it is apparent many people want to “move on” from the current administration. Hence, the “progressives” are desperate to consolidate power. Time is running short, as mid-term elections in 2022 approach.

But is House Republican Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy the man to lead America out of the current predicament?

Staunch conservative and former Rep. Steve King’s new book, Walking Through the Fire, describes in detail how the GOP leadership, led by Kevin McCarthy, forced him out of Congress through lies and collaboration with the New York Times.

In an interview, he provided the inside story of moral corruption in the Republican establishment and names the names of the next conservative members being targeted for destruction.

In any case, Biden is facing opposition from other quarters. Various courts, including the Supreme Court, are striking down an assortment of unconstitutional executive orders on matters such as vaccine mandates and open borders that emanate from the White House occupied by China Joe.

China Joe’s promise to “shut down” the virus is in tatters, as people get sick and die with no end in sight and there are no tests to gauge the extent of the calamity.

Sensing this is an administration without even an amateurish degree of competence, Biden’s former advisers in the health field are now telling the American people this is the “new normal” and they just have to get used to it. Forgive and forget that China unleashed this monster on America and the world, and that China is undergoing additional lockdowns as the virus mutates and cases of hemorrhagic fever are documented.

America is the real target, the ground zero, for the next variant or disease that China decides to unleash on the world, even while American athletes participate in what critics call the “genocide games.”

Every day Americans with a foot in the real world learn of more shortages in the economy, as goods and services are difficult to obtain when people need them the most. It turns out the COVID test shortages are a symptom of a problem much greater in the real economy. And China Joe has no plan to make things right, except to rely on an ill-informed Fed chief promising higher interest rates and more economic pain and suffering .

Instead, as the communist People’s World as trumpeted, echoing the unions, Biden is using Donald J. Trump as the real threat, blaming the former president “for leading the ongoing conspiracy against democracy.”

The communists have completely embraced China Joe, perhaps as their last best hope to impose socialism on America and weaken it further in global affairs.

At the same time, the communist paper recognizes the Supreme Court as an obstacle on the path to dictatorship, insisting there is a GOP majority on the Court standing in the way of social progress. A caption in the paper over the photos of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Neil Gorsuch declares that “the Trump Supreme Court Appointees tip the balance on the Court completely in favor of what is essentially a group of Republican operatives acting as a check on any and all progressive legislation or actions coming from the Executive and Legislative branches of government.”

Let’s hope and pray that the communists’ fears are realized.

Written by Cliff Kincaid

Cliff Kincaid, president of America’s Survival, Inc., is the author or co-author of 15 books, including Red Jihad, Permanent Revolution and Back from the Dead: Return of the Evil Empire. His website is: www.usasurvival.org and visit his YouTube channel.

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No blue wave! by Miguel A. Faria, MD

As of Wednesday, 9:00 AM, November 7, 2018, Trump has won a great victory in the states where he campaigned; and in the states where he did not and where moderate House Republicans separated themselves from Trump, Republicans generally lost.

Media elitism and bias persist. Much was said about upper class and well-educated suburban women turning to the Democrat Party. CBS was quick to give the victory to Democrats even when less than 50% of votes were counted, but not so for Republicans. While Republicans like Heller were quick to concede when losing by significant numbers, the Democrats such as gubernatorial candidates Stacy Abrams in Georgia and Marxist Democrat Andrew Gillum in Florida, refused to concede even when losing by significant margins, and the media of course complied by not submitting to the vote count.

U.S. House map after midterm 2018 election. Courtesy RealClearPolitics Live

True, the House flipped sides but not as much as expected by the pundits. So far the Democrats have gone from 195 to 233, gaining 38 seats. Republicans are down from 240 to 200. This is essentially an average loss of seats, not unusual for the president’s party during midterm elections, not a “blue wave.” There were still three undecided seats. In contrast, consider that in 2010 during Obama’s first midterm election, the U.S. Senate went from 57 to 51 Democrats and the House from 256 to 193. The Democrats not only lost control of the U.S. House of .S. House map after midterm 2018 electionRepresentatives by losing 63 seats but also by losing 6 Senate seats only retained control of the Senate by one vote. As if that was not enough, in 2014 during Obama’s second midterm election, the Democrats lost another 9 Senate seats going from 53 to 44 and in the House lost another 13 seats reduced from 201 to 188. Those were true “red tides,” although they were not so proclaimed by the media then or now!

Suffice to say, Trump lost one house of Congress, but only one president in recent times has experienced an entire term with his party controlling Congress. That was Jimmy Carter and his administration turned out to be a disaster despite his overwhelming Congressional support!

Returning to the 2018 midterm election, consider the gubernatorial results: The Democrats may have picked up 7 seats but Republicans preserved their comfortable majority — 27 to 23 seats.

It is a great victory for Trump, regardless of the liberal media spin, including the progressive, globalist BBC. Officially the Republicans not only retained the U.S. Senate but flipped and gained several seats and losing only one in Nevada, where Republican Senator Dean Heller lost to Democrat Senator-elect Jacky Rosen.

But the big story, as of yet untold by the mainstream media and the BBC: All the previously categorized “toss ups,” contested and still “undecided” seats during the night November 6-7 in the Senate are projected to be won by Republicans, who could end up extending their net gains 2 to 3 seats:

Other than in Nevada, only West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted for the Kavanaugh confirmation, defeated Republican Patrick Morrisey — 50% to 46% without dispute. The Democrats retained this seat.

Photo courtesy Wikipedia

Tennessee: Republican woman Marsha Blackburn soundly defeated Phil Bredesen — 55% to 44% — GOP retains.

Texas: Republican Ted Cruz defeated the ”rock star of the Democrat Party” Beto O’Rourke — 51% to 48% — GOP retains.

Mississippi: Republican Roger Wicker defeated Democrat David Baria — 60% to 40%. The other seat in Mississippi goes to a run off election because of three candidates, 2 Republicans and one Democrat, contending in the midterm election. The GOP will very likely retain this seat too.

Arizona: After a week of a see saw contest, Republican Martha McSally lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema 48% to 49% of the votes.

Florida: Republican Rick Scott is beating incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson — 50.% (4,073,835 votes) to 50.2% (4,039, 298); that is by over 30,000 votes — GOP picks up.

Indiana: Republican Mike Braun soundly defeated Joe Donnelly — 53% to 43% — GOP picks up.

Missouri: Republican Josh Hawley soundly defeated Claire McCaskill — 51.5% to 45.5%. GOP picks up.

North Dakota: Republican Kevin Cramer soundly defeated Heidi Heitkamp — 55.4% to 44.6%. GOP picks up.

Montana: Democrat Jon Tester is projected to beat Republican Matt Rosendale — 49% to 48% (84% precincts), a certain Democrat pick up. At this point I would like to mention the fact that third parties have been spoilers for both Democrats and Republicans. In Montana, the Libertarian candidate siphoned 3% of the GOP vote and facilitated the victory of Senator Tester. In Indiana, the Libertarian Party took 4% of the vote, but the solid victory of Senator-elect Mike Braun did not require those votes. In Arizona, the Green Party, it must be admitted, garnered 2% from the Democratic vote facilitating a possible Republican win by Republican Martha McSally. This race remains undecided.

Final projected tally at the very least: Republicans 53 (+3); Democrat 47 (-3) by my count. Exactly what I had predicted a week before the election. By 10:00 AM, November 9, the media has not yet decided on Arizona, but the next day McSally had lost and conceded in a very conciliatory tone. One seat in Mississippi will go to a run off but in the end likely will go to the GOP. As I said, October 19, 2018:

For a minimum “blue wave” to take place [as dictated by the conventional wisdom of the pundits], the Democrats needed to add two Senate seats (as to make 51) and take 24 new House seats for control in both chambers. Political scientist Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia, who asserted that “the blue wave will take place and the only question is how big it will be,” has a good chance of ending with egg on his face, again!

There was no blue wave because of the Senate victory. We can still say that Sabato, like many other “objective” pundits, ended up with egg on his face again, and the forced smiles at CBS the night of the election confirmed that it was so!

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, M.D. is an Associate Editor-in-Chief in socioeconomics, politics, medicine, and world affairs of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). His upcoming book is America, Guns, and Freedom: A Journey Into Politics and the Public Health & Gun Control Movements (2019).

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Copyright ©2018 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.


An Appeal to the GOP: Get the Republican House in Order! by Miguel A. Faria, MD

When Barack Obama was elected and re-elected president in 2008 and 2012, the GOP went out of its way to reach across the aisle to the Democrats and extend to President Obama two sequential honeymoon periods. Conservatives waited and hoped for the political pendulum to swing their way. But the future did not look bright.

Yet, despite the odds, conservative voters turned out in record numbers and elected a Republican President, Donald Trump. Incredibly, instead of getting together and working with the president, the GOP-controlled Congress became intransigent and rudderless, a party unto itself, hostile and obstructive to the Trump administration, cocky and overly fastidious about its legislative prestige and congressional prerogatives.

GOP Republican Senate leaders speak to reporters in 2017

The Republican Party, in short, has been torn asunder with its executive and legislative branches pulling in different and seemingly capricious directions —and therefore highly ineffective. The Democrats drubbed in the 2016 election are sitting back gloating. The conservative political agenda, despite GOP control of every branch of government, even the majority of state legislatures, has become bogged down. ObamaCare was not repealed, much less replaced; immigration reform is a mess; the filling of vacancies in the lower courts is lagging behind; North Korea with the hydrogen bomb on ICBMs is threatening to use them on the U.S. territory of Guam and our allies, South Korea and Japan. The Democrats and their toadies in the Republican Party, Senators John McCain and Lyndsey Graham, have managed to create tensions with Russia, who should have been our ally in Syria and elsewhere.

Trump may be difficult to work with, but he’s still the President of the United States. And frankly, I don’t think the Republicans could have won the presidential election of 2016 without Trump and his vitality, his message to those who had felt ignored, and the support he built for himself with blue collar workers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc.

A magnificent 2016 GOP victory has up to now been squandered by ludicrous quarrels within an aimless GOP. This needs to stop. The President must go to Congress and fix the problem. Feathers of the fastidious and proud GOP leaders of Congress may need to be unruffled and smoothed — but be that as it may, cooperation is needed to get the work done for the good of the nation. 

Republican and conservative voters waited and roamed in the wilderness for eight years, and except for the filling of the Supreme Court vacancy with a great jurist, Neil Gorsuch, much work still needs to be done.

Instead of carrying out a conservative agenda and making “America Great Again,” as Trump and the Party promised, Americans are witnessing an untenable and infantile situation between the GOP Congress and the President.

Trump also needs to consider what happened politically in the first “American dynasty.” John Adams (1797-1801), a great American patriot, lawyer and Founding Father, floundered as U.S. president. He could not lead his own party. Both he and the Federalists went on to defeat. He was a one-term president; the Federalists went into extinction. A quarter of a century later, his gifted son, John Quincy Adams (1825-1829), was elected president. He could not work with his own administration or Congress. He also was defeated at reelection, another one-term president. John Quincy Adams was also the last president of the Democratic-Republican Party of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

The next major political party to form, the Whigs, was a party of ideas and to win presidential elections chose victorious generals, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor, as candidates. They won but unfortunately died too early in office to carry forward their party’s platform. The man who should have lead them, Henry Clay, who had a clear vision for the party, was never selected to run for president and the party went down the path of extinction after 1853. From then on, it was the Jacksonian Democrats, the Democrats of today, opposed by the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln (1860).

One man, even if he is the U.S. President, without a political party behind him accomplishes nothing — and becomes a one-term president. Likewise, a party without a working president is doomed to extinction.

It is high time President Trump invites the GOP leadership to Camp David, iron out differences, and trace a winning plan for the good of the nation.

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, M.D. is a retired clinical professor of neurosurgery and long time medical editor. He is the author of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002). His website is https://HaciendaPublishing.com.

This commentary may be cited as: Faria MA. An appeal to the GOP — Get the Republican house in order! HaciendaPublishing.com, September 7, 2017. Available from: https://haciendapublishing.com/an-appeal-to-the-gop-get-the-republican-house-in-order-by-miguel-a-faria-md/

This commentary was also published on GOPUSA.com on September 7, 2017 and in The Telegraph at Macon.com on September 6, 2017.

Copyright ©2017 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.