Democrats Will Lose in 2022. They can Win in 2024 if Biden/Harris Drop out of the Race.

For the foreseeable future, the Democratic Party is in trouble. In today’s essay I will describe just how bleak the situation is — spoiler alert, very — and how I would advise party leaders to respond if they asked my advice.

First, they’re probably going to lose big in the upcoming midterms.

Prediction is fraught, things change, you never know, blah blah blah. Polls are mixed. That said, Republicans will almost certainly take back the House of Representatives and probably the Senate as well.

The tea leaves look ugly. Plagued by the perception that he is tired, feeble and out of it, the nearly octogenarian President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are at a near-record low 41% and sinking. Gallup’s monthly poll of the issues that worry American voters lists the top problems as poor government leadership (20%), inflation (17%), the economy in general (12%) and fuel/oil prices (6%). Rarely has a political situation been so straightforward; voters think the economy sucks and they blame Biden.

The president has no one to blame but himself for the perception that he doesn’t understand how much pain inflation is causing, and that he doesn’t have a plan to bring it down. First, he said that inflation wasn’t happening. Then he said it would be temporary. Now he’s blaming Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for an economic phenomenon that began a year earlier and that his sanctions against Russia are making worse. The White House’s most recent published statement focuses on attacking inflation by … taxing the rich and big corporations. I’m all for a progressive tax system. But changing who pays for missiles and bombs won’t bring down food and gas prices.

Not that we’ll find out. Democratic proposals to increase taxes on the wealthy are dead in the water. So, Biden’s idea to fix inflation is something he can’t try.

Inflation, the problem that most scares voters, will remain high at least through the end of the year. And there’s nothing the president can do about it; he told us that himself last week. Biden’s inability to lead will prompt swing voters to cast rage votes for Republicans.

So, 2023 will likely begin with divided government.

The president will be the lamest of all lame ducks. Biden, 80 and about to topple over at any moment, will finally have to admit to himself and the nation what everyone already knows: He will not run for reelection. Heir-apparent Kamala Harris has one of the lowest popularity ratings of anyone in American politics, 31%, the same as for lawyers and Big Pharma. How bad is it? Not only is Harris incapable of clearing the field by scaring away potential rivals for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination but she would almost certainly face the devastating embarrassment of a sitting vice president losing in the primaries.

Worse still, Republican control of Congress will make it impossible for the Biden-Harris administration to rack up any legislative accomplishments for them, or any Democrat, to run on in 2024.

When voters are miserable and hopeless because they don’t see government taking action that might alleviate their pain, they punish the incumbent party. So the trick for Democrats in the upcoming presidential election would be to shed the albatross of the failed Biden presidency. There’s only one way to do it: Both Biden and Harris should announce early in 2023 that they do not plan to run for president, thus opening the field to all comers.

American elections are about the future. Sweeping the slate clean will make for one of the most exciting Democratic presidential primary campaigns in history and could attract new candidates who otherwise might have sat out the race.

Republicans, on the other hand, will almost certainly renominate an old white man, Donald Trump. The reality-TV real-estate pseudo-billionaire who once seemed so fresh as to be wild and crazy will be a bitter blast from the past.

My suggestion, of course, runs directly against the conventional wisdom that a first-term president becomes instantly impotent following the announcement that he will not run again and that it’s therefore better to keep up the fiction as long as possible. With Republicans controlling Congress, however, what difference will it make?

A soon-to-be-retired Biden would be freed to pass all sorts of executive orders and other programs that require nothing more than a stroke of his pen. With Harris not running, no other candidate would be held to account for his actions beyond party affiliation. Biden could do all sorts of things on progressives’ wish list, thus shoring up the currently unenthusiastic party base: a blanket pardon of nonviolent drug offenders, closing Guantanamo Bay, forgiveness of federal student loans, canceling federal contracts with companies that engage in union-busting, pardoning political prisoners like Julian Assange and targets of the security state like Edward Snowden. He could follow the lead of Richard Nixon of all people and impose wage and price controls to fight inflation.

There’s no point worrying about the 2022 midterms. Democrats are going to lose those. They need to look ahead to 2024. Job No. 1 is convincing Biden and Harris to stand down.

Ted Rall (Twitter: @tedrall), the political cartoonist, columnist and graphic novelist, is the author of a new graphic novel about a journalist gone bad, “The Stringer.”

America Needs a Plan B…and Fast

If the 75 percent who disapprove of Biden simply IGNORE ALL OF HIS EDICTS, we won’t need an election.

Let’s get real. Unless something drastic changes, we will continue to have election fraud at the presidential level. That means no Republican president — ever again. Maybe an occasional RINO, but RINOs are part of The UniParty. No Trump, no DeSantis, no Reagan — not ever again. You cannot delude yourself that it will happen when the criminals in charge of Democrat-run states will — like any criminal — simply repeat what worked before, without consequences. In 2020 they found a way around the Electoral College system they so loathe. It’s called CHEATING.

It remains to be seen what happens with Congress. At times, it looks like there could be a red wave and that many of the RINOs will get thrown out of office. But that remains to be seen. There’s going to be a LOT of cheating. Consider Georgia. The RINO Republican Governor there sailed to victory over a real Republican, in contrast with other states where Trump intervened and was largely successful in kicking the RINOs out via primaries. How could that not happen in Georgia? Georgia has a Republican governor and the state is still filled with rational patriots, despite the Communist infestation in and around Atlanta. Has Georgia really become left-wing, like Washington/Oregon, California or Massachusetts? Or is something else going on?

The point is: You can’t put most of your hope in elections anymore. You need something else. That’s where resistance comes in. That’s where civil disobedience comes in. I keep reading that 75 percent of the country strongly disapproves of where the country is headed. However some of those people might feel about Trump or Republicans, they know that Biden’s policies have something to do with it. But they’re going to get more and more of Biden’s policies. Biden is NOT going to stop. He’s overtly laughing at us as he destroys us. The rotten old pervert may get kicked out of office by his party bosses — and then you’re stuck with someone just as bad policy-wise, and perhaps even more nauseating to look at. The point: We only have one party government. And that’s the end of civilization, in any country. America is not immune, and never was.

Something has got to give. Election waves are not the main thing to hope for. The only hope for a formerly free people is to STOP obeying. I’m including people with disproportionate amounts of power and influence. The people who manufacture guns that are becoming illegal, the people who produce baby formula that the government for some sick reason doesn’t want produced, the people who have the power to drill and perhaps should take on the Biden regime, and — yes — even the military itself, full of good guys who can’t approve of what’s happening to our country. Why or how could you possibly put your life on the line, risking it for your country by joining the military, watching your demented, twisted “commander-in-chief” destroy it with your help? These good souls in the military have GOT to be upset.

Something has got to give. There are no easy or coventionally rational strategies in a situation where an entire nation is, in effect, held at gunpoint. The first step is to get out of denial. Millions are out of denial now, and that’s a start. But others must start waking up. This is not going to end well. I’m not talking “conspiracies”; I am talking THE ACTUAL OBJECTIVE FACTS OF WHAT IS BEING DONE TO US IN PLAIN DAYLIGHT. If deliberately induced hyperinflation and everything else doesn’t convince you, then you must be highly wealthy or highly psychologically defended. But reality WILL assert its will, and sooner than you think.

You’ve run out of time, America. You better come up with a plan B — and fast.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

Does Anyone Know What a Right Is ?

Nobody has a clue as to what “rights” are. Government-run schools and an ignorance-peddling media have done their jobs well. People are (at best) stupid on the subject and (at worst) willfully malicious.

Most people think of “rights” as getting something for free. They think they have a “right” to free college; to health care; to a house; to retirement pensions; to child care; the list is endless. Note that everything deemed a “right” today is to be paid for by another (or by a Federal Reserve which inflates the currency to pay for its massive spending and borrowing).

You don’t have a RIGHT to anything other than sovereignty over your own life. What you do with that life is YOUR choice and YOUR responsibility. If you need or want help from someone, it’s your job to obtain it — through charity, persuasion, trading or any other VOLUNTARY means. You have no “right” to hire an armed gunman to get money or property from someone else just because you need it or want it, or just because they have more. But that’s what government has become in America, as in every prior collapsing civilization in human history. America is no longer special; our government has become a glorified Mafia.

You do not have a “right” to enslave another person. When you claim you have a right to “free” anything, then by definition you are authorizing the government to impose force to make that other person pay for it. That is NOT your right.

Ayn Rand, decades ago, gave a great description and definition of what a “right” actually is. Note how her framework is the utter opposite of the attitude now prevalent in America under America’s Marxist-fascist hybrid horror show.

Rand wrote: A “right” is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man’s freedom of action in a social context. There is only one fundamental right (all the others are its consequences or corollaries): a man’s right to his own life. Life is a process of self-sustaining and self-generated action; the right to life means the right to engage in self-sustaining and self-generated action—which means: the freedom to take all the actions required by the nature of a rational being for the support, the furtherance, the fulfillment and the enjoyment of his own life. (Such is the meaning of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.)

The concept of a “right” pertains only to action—specifically, to freedom of action. It means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by other men.

Thus, for every individual, a right is the moral sanction of a positive—of his freedom to act on his own judgment, for his own goals, by his own voluntary, uncoerced choice. As to his neighbors, his rights impose no obligations on them except of a negative kind: to abstain from violating his rights.

The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.

Bear in mind that the right to property is a right to action, like all the others: it is not the right to an object, but to the action and the consequences of producing or earning that object. It is not a guarantee that a man will earn any property, but only a guarantee that he will own it if he earns it. It is the right to gain, to keep, to use and to dispose of material values.

Michael J. Hurd/Ayn Rand

The World According to Leftists/Socialists Is Hell on Earth

In the post-capitalist future that we are now creating, there will be no luxuries like Krispy Kreme donuts. People won’t know what they’re missing!


Never trust anyone who HATES capitalism, but LOVES money.


“Batteries do not make electricity — they store electricity produced elsewhere, primarily by coal, uranium, natural gas-powered plants, or diesel-fueled generators.

So, to say an EV is a zero-emission vehicle is not at all valid.” [unknown]

The United States has Turned into a Shithole Country

The Biden regime has turned the United States into a laughing stock. Not that the US wasn’t already a laughing matter, but now, oh boy!, even patriots are laughing.

You know those sanctions that were going to bring down Russia? Well, Biden’s sanctions drove up, not down, Russian oil shipments and revenues by 300,000 barrels a day as reported by the Wall Street Journal, and doubled the price of gasoline to Americans as reported by the American Automobile Association.

You know all those tanks and weapons promised to speed Ukraine’s defeat of Russia, well, sorry, the Russians aren’t supplying us with the titanium necessary for tank armor.

The United States government is so stupid and incompetent that the Washington morons do not yet comprehend that by becoming involved in Russia’s limited intervention in eastern Ukraine, formerly part of Russia, Washington is doing more than making the West combatants in the conflict and, thereby, potential targets. The people in Washington have to be the most stupid in the world. They are convincing Russia that her goal of demilitarizing and neutralizing Ukraine requires conquest of the entire country, not just destroying the Ukrainian army sent to reconquer the two breakaway republics in the Russian Donbass region.

In other words, by interfering in the conflict with the hope of bogging down Russia in a Vietnam-type situation, Washington is convincing the Kremlin that Russia cannot achieve her objective without conquering the entirety of Ukraine. Faced with this task, Russia is unlikely to use a go-slow-save-the-civilians war policy. “The Horsemen of the Apocalypse are galloping ahead,” warns Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia, but Washington is incapable of hearing anything that sounds like truth.

With Russia strengthened by Western incompetence, Washington has turned its guns against the Republican leading candidate for the governorship of Michigan. Ryan Kelley, leading in the polls, was knocked out of the race when the Democrats had their politicized FBI arrest him for “insurrection” in the false narrative of the “January 6” plot of Trump white supremacists intending to overthrow the US government, not with weapons or armed force, but by taking selfies of themselves sitting in Nancy Pelosi’s chair. For the woke Democrats, a few people wandering around the Capitol is all it takes to overthrow the Unipower US government.

In the South American banana republics, former presidents are subject to being arrested by their successors. In much of the world, government is just a place where interest groups fight for power, and as the saying goes, all is fair in love and war. By arresting a political candidate to keep him from being elected, the United States has now joined this third world group. The Nazified Democrats have put the writing on the wall for the wimp Republicans.

The Democrats are abusing their legislative power by conducting “hearings” that President Trump and his supporters are guilty of sedition by attempting an insurrection. In actual fact, Trump’s supporters were listening to Trump’s speech a mile or more away at the Washington Monument, when the alleged “insurrection,” a FBI-orchestrated event, occurred at the Capitol.

Bloomberg “News,” a leading presstitute lie factory, demonizes patriotic Americans as insurrectionists who attempted a coup. Be sure you understand the nonsense of the accusation. Americans who came to Washington to show their support for a presentation to Congress of evidence that the Democrats stole the election from Trump have been arrested as “insurrectionists.” There were not enough “insurrectionists” at the Capitol to overthrow a McDonalds hamburger restaurant. Even if the Capitol had been occupied by people who refused to leave, how does occupying a building amount to a coup?

The purpose of the orchestrated “insurrection” was to breakup and prevent the presentation of the evidence of a stolen election to Congress, which the orchestration succeeded in doing.
Observing the gullibility of Americans, the Democrats and the whore media that services them have turned support for an investigation of election theft into a “deadly attempt to block the transfer of power” and into an “attempted coup” that was “the bloody culmination of a seven-part plan that began before the 2020 election–a plan ultimately moved forward by one person”–Donald Trump.

Well, Trump forgot to arm his troops and he assembled them at the wrong place. 99% of the racist Trump deplorables were assembled too far away to participate in the attempted coup.

Joe Biden Meet President Calvin Coolidge

Despite the blindingly obvious leftward political bias of the press, there is a growing chorus of dissatisfaction toward President Biden, reflected in historically poor approval ratings.

It seems that everything he touches turns to dross. From inflation not seen for decades to an unprecedented expansion of the welfare state, not to mention an eagerness to evade constitutional limits and coerce Americans everywhere he looks, based on what could only be termed “political” science (though I apologize to political scientists for any perceived slur), he has been a disaster. To pile on, he tells Americans that spending trillions more dollars costs nothing and claims credit for recent growth, which largely represents recovery from what we would never have been forced to endure if Hurricane Biden hadn’t blown through the economy.

As Doug Bandow recently noted, “Internationally, the President has done no better,” summarizing Biden’s performance as having “earned an indelible record for incompetence.”

Bandow is reminded of Jimmy Carter’s struggles, reflecting an administration that was “hopelessly naïve and incompetent, and in the end, desperate.” And while that is an analogy to what Biden’s performance is like, I find an analogy to what it is not like more powerful.

That inverse analogy is to Calvin Coolidge, who, despite mediocre evaluations from historians who like Presidents who produce dramatic change, rewriting history more to their liking (perhaps why the increasingly undeniable smell of failure has even turned some of them away from Biden), produced outstanding results for Americans without sacrificing our freedoms largely because he respected their rights and liberties to live their own lives and stayed within the confines laid out in the Constitution,

What did those results include? Under Coolidge, the top income tax rate of 65 percent was eventually cut to 20 percent. The stock market began its unprecedented “Roaring 20s” climb as it became clear through 1924 that Coolidge’s tax reduction bill would pass. In both his first and last year in office, federal receipts were $3.8 billion and expenditures were $3.1 billion In between, he cut the national debt from $22.3 billion to $16.9 billion. His policies took more than a million people off the income tax rolls, and 98 percent of Americans paid no income tax at the end of his term.

As a result, America prospered under Coolidge. Real economic growth averaged 7 percent per year while he was in office, while inflation averaged only 0.4 percent. Investment, manufacturing output, and disposable income rose dramatically, and unemployment averaged 3.3 percent. That remarkable record explains why, after Coolidge outpolled his Democratic opponent by nearly 2 to 1 in 1924, he would have won in another landslide if he had run again in 1928. But unfortunately for America, he did not.

One might ask why there is such a gap between Coolidge’s success and his reputation. In large part, it is because he advocated individualism, as clearly spelled out in his speeches (which he composed himself, in sharp contrast to Biden, who can now barely deliver words written for him), and the newspaper column he wrote after leaving the Presidency. For example, his speech to mark the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence is well worth people’s attention. While that seems appropriate for the only President born on the Fourth of July, it is so distant from the modern mindset that many now cannot understand why someone who, as Senator, Governor, Vice-President, and President, viewed government intervention in broad areas of life as a problem rather than a panacea.

Some people’s unduly negative evaluations of Coolidge also come from attributing the origins of the Great Depression under Herbert Hoover, who had been his Secretary of Commerce. But they have not done so because of any evidence that his policies were responsible. Along with monetary policy blunders, the Great Depression was triggered by Hoover’s abandonment of Coolidge’s policies, in favor of disasters ranging from erecting monumental trade barriers to sharply raising tax rates. Coolidge made the chasm between the two men clear when he said of Hoover:

“That man has offered me unsolicited advice for six years, all of it bad.”

The differences between Coolidge’s results and Biden’s results are like night and day. But I believe “Silent Cal” is even more useful today in illustrating what the underlying approach the Biden administration has applied to Americans is the opposite of. Coolidge closely reflected our Founders’ insights in what he wrote and said, which we would truly profit from, given how far we have deviated from those ideas in modern America.

Consider just some of the wisdom that not so silent Cal has to offer us about our current circumstances.

On Liberty and Rights

There is no greater service we can render the oppressed of the earth than to maintain inviolate the freedom of our own citizens.

Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.

There is no substitute for a militant freedom. The only alternative is submission and slavery.

Freedom is not only bought with a great price; it is maintained by unremitting effort.

There is no justification for public interference with purely private concerns.

The individual has rights…And the protection of rights is righteous.

Ultimately, property rights and personal rights are the same thing.

When once the right of the individual to liberty and equality is admitted, there is no escape from the conclusion that he alone is entitled to the rewards of his own industry. Any other conclusion would necessarily imply either privilege or servitude.

The property of the people belongs to the people. To take it from them by taxation cannot be justified except by urgent public necessity. Unless this principle be recognized, our country is no longer secure, our people no longer free.

A government which requires of the people the contribution of the bulk of their substance and rewards cannot be classed as a free government.

I want the people of America to be able to work less for the Government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. That is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we can re-establish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very distinct curtailment of our liberty.

If ever the citizen comes to feel that our government does not protect him in the free and equal assertion of his rights… he will withdraw his allegiance from that government.

In its main features the Declaration of Independence…is a declaration not of material but of spiritual conceptions. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man…are ideals.

Our doctrine of equality and liberty and humanity comes from our belief in the brotherhood of man.

On the Constitution–Defender of American Liberty

To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.

The Constitution is the sole source and guaranty of national freedom.

Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority. They must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness.

There is scarcely a word in the constitution of any of our States or of our nation that was not written there for the purpose of protecting the liberties of the people from some servitude which a despotic government had at some time imposed upon them.

[But] the matchless wisdom that is enshrined in our Constitution…needs constant effort and tireless vigilance for their protection and support.

We need not concern ourselves much about the rights of property if we will faithfully observe the rights of persons. Under our institutions their rights are supreme. It is not property but the right to hold property, both great and small, which our Constitution guarantees.

Unfortunately the Federal Government has strayed far afield from its legitimate business. It has trespassed upon fields where there should be no trespass. If we could confine our Federal expenditures to the legitimate obligations and functions of the Federal Government, a material reduction would be apparent. But far more important than this would be its effect upon the fabric of our constitutional form of government, which tends to be gradually weakened and undermined by this encroachment.

On Freedom of Commerce–Outgrowth of Liberty

Where commerce has flourished there civilization has increased. Today it is not the battle fleet, but the mercantile fleet which in the end will determine the destiny of nations.

The chief business of the American people is business…In all experience, the accumulation of wealth means the multiplication of schools, the encouragement of science, the increase of knowledge, the dissemination of intelligence, the broadening of outlook, the expansion of liberties, the widening of culture. Of course the accumulation of wealth cannot be justified as the chief end of existence. But we are compelled to recognize it as a means to well-nigh every desirable achievement. So long as wealth is made the means and not the end, we need not greatly fear it.

We cannot improve the condition of the people or reform human nature by intruding the Nation into the affairs of the States or despoiling the people of their business.

I would like it if the country could think as little as possible about the Government and give their time and attention more undividedly about the conduct of the private business of the country.

Our country is an exceedingly good example of the fact that if production be encouraged and increased, then distribution fairly well takes care of itself…no other country ever approached ours in the equal and general distribution of prosperity.

We have had many attempts at regulation of industrial activity by law. Some of it has proceeded on the theory that if those who enjoyed material prosperity used it for wrong purposes, such prosperity should be limited or abolished. That is as sound as it would be to abolish writing to prevent forgery.

An expanding prosperity requires that the largest possible amount of surplus income should be invested in productive enterprise under the direction of the best personal ability. This will not be done if the rewards of such action are largely taken away by taxation.

That tax is theoretically best which interferes least with business.

The wise and correct course to follow in taxation and all other economic legislation is not to destroy those who have already secured success but to create conditions under which every one will have a better chance to be successful.

No matter what anyone may say about making the rich and the corporations pay the taxes, in the end they come out of the people who toil. It is your fellow workers who are ordered to work for the Government every time an appropriation bill is passed.

No complicated scheme of relief, no plan for Government fixing of prices, no resort to the public Treasury will be of any permanent value.

Government price fixing, once started, has alike no justice and no end. It is an economic folly from which this country has every right to be spared.

On A Government Consistent With Liberty

What the people cannot do their government cannot do.

After order and liberty, economy is one of the highest essentials of a free government.

I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.

Of course necessary costs must be met, proper functions of the Government performed…But the people must know that their Government is placing upon them no unnecessary burden.

The success of the Government does not lie in wringing all the revenue it can from the people, but in making their burden as light and fairly distributed as possible, consistent with the proper maintenance of the necessary public functions.

Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.

The people cannot look to legislation generally for success.

There can be no perfect control of personal conduct by national legislation.

[I will not] surrender to every emotional movement seeking remedies for economic conditions by legislation.

You can display no greater wisdom than by resisting proposals for needless legislation. It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

We have got so many regulatory laws already that in general I feel that we would be just as well off if we didn’t have any more.

We do not need more law.

If all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.

We cannot improve the condition of the people or reform human nature by…despoiling the people of their business.

When depression in business comes we begin to be very conservative in our financial affairs. We save our money and take no chances in its investment. Yet in our political actions we go in the opposite direction. We begin to support radical measures and cast our votes for those who advance the most reckless proposals. This is a curious and illogical reaction.

The appropriation of public money always is perfectly lovely until some one is asked to pay the bill…the people will have to furnish more revenue by paying more taxes.

I am not in favor of imposing any new kinds of taxes.

Whenever the state of the Treasury can permit, I believe in a reduction of taxes. But I am not advocating tax reduction merely for the benefit of the taxpayer; I am advocating it for the benefit of the country.

When one looks at Calvin Coolidge’s record and his words, particularly his close adherence to the long-since eroded principles on which America was based, it is easy to see why, despite all the historical mudslinging that he has been the victim of, he might well have been our Founders’ favorite 20th century President. It is time we looked under the blanket of obscurity and calumny that has been thrown over his record and his ideas, so that we can rediscover that wisdom. But if we do so, the vast shortcomings of the Biden administration, and how it has truly earned sharp opposition, will become even clearer.

Gary Galles

Made available by the American Institute for Economic Research.