What To Thank God For

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We know that we are to be thankful. The Lord’s will is for us to be thankful, 1 Thes 5:18. And this includes being thankful “always for all things,” Eph 5:20. One of the reasons that men stray so far from God, turn to idolatry and evolution, and get into really wicked sin is that they refuse to be thankful to God, Rom 1:21. Jesus referred to the generation that saw His earthly ministry as a “wicked and adulterous,” Matt 16:4. One of the reasons is that they were a thankless bunch of people. When Jesus healed the ten lepers only one of them thanked Him, Lk 17:12-19.

 

I’m aware that our society is also thankless. So, we need to stand apart from society and be thankful. Therefore, we need to know what to thank God for. We need to thank Him for:

 

His goodness – Ps 118:29 – God is good and His goodness and nature never change. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. Even when we are out of sorts with Him the Bible says that the goodness of God leads you to repentance. We can take great confidence in Rom 8:28 not because the circumstances are always good but because the God of the circumstances is always good. Hasn’t He been especially good to you?

 

His mercy – Ps 118:29 – If it weren’t for the mercy of the Lord we wouldn’t be here today. If He hadn’t had mercy on us we would have already been toast. God flooded out Noah’s generation for the same corruption that we have going on today. He would be justified to wipe us out as He wiped out Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet, because of His mercy, He has spared us. He surely has been merciful to us!!

 

His holiness – Ps 97:12 – 1 Chr 16:35 and His holy name. Thank God that He has never succumbed to iniquity. All exalted beings, in pride, fall. Our God has never done one thing wrong. He is perfectly holy and no legitimate accusation can be charged against Him. Jesus was proven faultless at His own trial. And as a result, His exalted name has the power to save and the power to heal.

 

His righteous judgment – Ps 119:62 – God justifies the innocent and punishes the wicked and He never gets it wrong. Thank God that His righteous judgment against sin allowed Him to pour out His wrath on His holy Son that through His mercy we might be saved. And since He has already punished His Son for our sins, He gives us an assurance that we will never spend even one second in hell.

His answered prayer – Dan 2:23 – This is one of the most common reasons we thank the Lord But be sure to thank Him. You don’t want to be like those lepers.

Jesus thanked His Father for answered prayer before His prayer was answered. His heart was so in tune with the heart of the Father that He could boldly ask knowing it was the will of God. In the same way, our Savior calls us to align our hearts with our Heavenly Father’s heart. His plan is for our desires to be His desires, our wants to be His wants, our goals to be His goals, our will to be His will, and our prayers to be His prayers. Hence, we can thank Him for answered prayers!

His grace – 1 Cor 1:4 – The great provision of His grace that strengthens us in our own weakness is one of the greatest gifts of God given to us. You can do without many of the things you and I consider “necessities” as long as we have His grace.

 

His victory – 1 Cor 15:57 – You aren’t going to get out of this world in the same shape you’re in right now. You’ll either die or be changed. But thank God that, because of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are going to get the victory over death and the grave.

 

His saints – Phil 1:3 – This is one of the most common reasons that Paul thanked the Lord. He was thankful to God for the people who had come to Jesus Christ through the preaching of the gospel. I am thankful for you!!

Conclusion: Be thankful ALWAYS!! 

 

Beautiful (LIVE) – Jaye Thomas & Chris Tofilon

Watch the live performance of “Beautiful” by Jaye Thomas and Chris Tofilon, from “Together: Live Worship at JTL Studios”. Recorded live, one take, no overdubs. March 8, 2019

 

LYRICS:

Verse 1
Your face is shining
Like the sun in all its strength
The sun in all its strength
“Worthy worthy”
Is the song of the redeemed
The song of the redeemed

Pre-Chorus 1
Where else is mercy found
But in the place where all bow down

Chorus
You’re beautiful
I stand in awe of You
(REPEAT)

Verse 2
Your voice like thunder
Fills the earth and endless skies
The earth and endless skies
All those who wander
Are drawn by kindness in Your eyes
Kindness in Your eyes

Pre-Chorus 2
All other idols fall
And our hearts repeat the song

Bridge 1
We fix our eyes
We turn our gaze
We stand in awe
We stand amazed

Bridge 2
There’s never been
There’ll never be
Another more beautiful than You

 

 

The Citizenship Problems Of Kamala Harris The Minnesota Liberty Key A CDC Admission Of The Insignificance Of C19 Masks And Social Distance Are The Real Medical Threats

The Citizenship Problems Of Kamala Harris

The Minnesota Liberty Key

A CDC Admission Of The Insignificance Of C19

Masks And Social Distance Are The Real Medical Threats

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‘How To Tell RINOs From Elephants’

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Illuminating Anniversaries for this week

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“The preservation of a free government requires, not merely that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained, but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great barrier which defends the rights of the people. The rulers who are guilty of such encroachment exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are TYRANTS. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them and are slaves…..”

-James Madison

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HEY, PEOPLE! Please don’t just read what I post here (or anywhere), and nod your head sagely or approvingly and then move on to other things. I don’t post in order to affirm your sense of things. I post in order to equip you with perspectives and arguments with which to educate others, and in the expectation that you will forward my posts to other people (or direct them to those posts). PLEASE do those things.

We won’t win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.

Potpourri

Brief touchdowns on a selection of current issues.

The Issue Of Kamala Harris’s Eligibility For Office

I’VE RECENTLY SEE CLAIMS that Kamala Harris, while born in the USA, is the child of non-citizens in America merely on student visas. If so then she is not qualifies to be vice-president, or even senator, for that matter.

A child of non-citizen parents does not acquire citizenship simply by being born on American soil– myths about so-called “birthright citizenship” notwithstanding. The law on this is perfectly clear and unambiguous; see it laid out and explained here.

AS NOTED IN THAT ABOVE-LINKED ARTICLE AND ANALYSIS, the Wong Kim Ark ruling by the Supreme Court in 1898 which is relied-upon by advocates of the mistaken “birthright citizenship” as supporting their notions, is wrongly decided. The court in that case failed to recognize the distinction between United States and state citizenship that is the heart of the 14th Amendment provision in question– perhaps due to poor briefing by the litigants in the case.

But even if Wong were soundly decided, it would not avail Harris in her claim, if indeed her parents were merely in America on student visas at the time of Harris’ birth.

The Wong court reached its conclusions in Wong’s favor based solely on the legal residency of Wong’s parents, who were found by the court to have been “permitted by the United States to reside here” and to, in fact, have “permanent domicil and residence in the United States”. The court reasoned that in seeking and establishing legal residency Wong’s parents had affirmatively and deliberately relinquished their former allegiances and become allegiant to the USA, thus– and only thus– bringing them under the relevant provisions of the 14th Amendment.

If Harris’s parents were in the country merely on visas, as I understand to be the case, this would not meet the standard laid down by the Wong court.

“Resident” is a condition of specific legal meaning, as stated here, in Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856:

RESIDENT, persons. A person coming into a place with intention to establish his domicil or permanent residence, and who in consequence actually remains there. Time is not so essential as the intent, executed by making or beginning an actual establishment, though it be abandoned in a longer, or shorter period. See 6 Hall’s Law Journ. 68; 3 Hagg. Eccl. R. 373; 20 John. 211 2 Pet. Ad. R. 450; 2 Scamm. R. 377.

Obtaining or being in the country by virtue of a student visa is merely visiting on a deliberately and declared temporary basis, and not for purposes of, or with permission to, establish permanent residency. Entry into a country on a student visa involves no relinquishment of prior national allegiance and replacement of it with allegiance to the USA either affirmatively and deliberately or even casually and by accident, and being here on such a visa does not constitute legal residence.

In fact, particular legal steps must be taken by student visa holders in order to convert their status to one with the potential for lawful residence of the sort on which the Wong court rested its decision. See this for some professional discussion of the subject.

In sum, even if it were not incorrect overall in its finding of a “birthright citizenship” right on behalf of Wong Kim Ark (as it is), on its terms the Wong ruling offers nothing on behalf of Kamala Harris’ claims. If the student visas thing is sound, the Senate should initiate proceedings to evict Harris (and I suppose it should consider examining its votes during the time she has been seated against the possibility that the outcomes of some of the squeakers should be reversed…).

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The Minnesota Liberty Key

THE EXCELLENT TONY JACKSON has stepped up and produced a “Lockdown” Liberty and Accountability Key for Minnesota. Hats off to Tony!

Tony now lives in South Dakota, where no key is needed since its sensible and respectful governor did NOT presume to assume dictatorial powers and wreak havoc on the law, property and liberty rights and the economy. But he had occasion to travel into neighboring Minnesota last week, and so followed the models I have posted here for Michigan, Texas, Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, Georgia, Louisiana and Wisconsin to produce a version based on The North Star State’s Constitution.

Find the Minnesota Key here, and start doing your part to constrain Tim Waltz to the letter of the People’s law. If you live in a state not already equipped with a Liberty Key, follow Tony’s example and crank one out.

Seriously, it’s typically no more than a two-hour exercise. Considering what’s at stake, it would be well-worth the effort if a two-thousand hour exercise.

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The CDC Quietly Makes A Significant Admission

LAST WEEK THE CDC posted, with no notice or discussion from the MSM of which I am aware, the following admission that a mere 6% of even its wildly over-puffed supposed C19 fatalities were actually attributable to the scary “novel coronavirus”:

Do you get this? Per the CDC, C19 could not be said to have been anything but merely present (or suspected to be present) in fully 94% of all deaths attributed to the “2020 plague”.

This means that per the national fatality figures reported by Johns Hopkins University as of Saturday, August 29, 2020, only 10,963 Americans have actually died from COVID-19, nationwide. At most, that disease is merely suspected or alleged to have been a contributing factor in other deaths.

In those other deaths 2.6 seriously-life-threatening conditions, on average, were already in play. One or more of those other morbidities are as likely as not to have been the actual cause of death in each such case, and as like as not would have brought about the death of the victim even without the presence of C19 (if it was present at all)!

And yet it is on the basis of that alleged horrific plague that the American economy and rule of law have been shitcanned.

It is on the basis of that alleged horrific plague that we’re all supposed to submit ourselves to a “new normal” of masks, isolation in other forms, tracking, and ultimately “vaccine passports” as requirements for being permitted to engage in the routine exercise of what used to be recognized as our unalienable rights.

OF COURSE, ALL OF THIS HAS long been known to anyone who has been paying attention to any real sources of information (such as the summary here), as opposed to MSM fear-porn pimps. But this admission is significant nonetheless, due to its source.

Americans should long-since have been storming statehouses across the country, pitchforks and torches in hand. Maybe this’ll do it.

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

-Edward R. Murrow

P.S. Others are not so shy as Americans have become. See this (and disregard the obligatory MSM smear-references to a handful of unsavory types who showed up to take advantage of the cameras) and this. Pretty pathetic that we still have the brass to call America “leader of the free world”…

I’ll put it plainly, if a bit fancifully: My mother, who passed away a year ago today, was a proud Daughter of the American Revolution. She lies with my father, who, while a child of immigrants, commanded a tank under Patton in the 1940s putting down the same kind of collectivist fascism oozing forth from the purveyors and exploiters of this “pandemic” hoax.

I hesitate to visit my parents’ shared grave at this point. I fear the ground there would be burning hot from the friction of their furious spinning in response to the timidity of today’s Americans in the face of the systematic assault being made on their liberties since the beginning of this year.

P.P.S. Despite the admissions made by the CDC shown above, the truth of which must long have been known to people like those at John Hopkins University, they and other institutional fraudsters continue to announce scary big numbers of C19 deaths. And they do so without so much as a “possible” or “suspected” or “alleged” in sight.

Co-conspirators in the MSM parrot these big, scary numbers in turn, apparently in order to keep the panic– and the support it provides for their “new normal” agenda– alive. All these people need to be denounced for that “fake news” crime at every turn, and happily, now everyone is equipped with the evidence with which to do so in one concise little paragraph from the CDC.

(Revealingly, in my mind, at least one of the MSM culprits tips its hand by including a coy disclaimer in at least some of its presentations of the fake news. See the following “related”-equipped lead paragraphs from the Detroit News/Free Press reports on Michigan’s alleged plague progress for Thursday, August 27, 2020 and Friday, August 28, 200, respectively– with the latter including an interesting statement about the numbers being apparently derived by revision of previous conclusions:

Per the CDC’s admission discussed above, the total actual C19 deaths in Michigan all year is only 388… How shameless this all is, and how despicable.)

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The Real Medical Threat Is Immune-System Compromise From Masks And Social Distancing

AMONG MANY OTHER PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES rampant in the America right now is the bizarre hostility on display from masked Kool-Aid consumers toward those who show a clear head and respect for the rule of law by refusing illegal orders from executive departments and agencies. The confused proposition behind this hostility is that the unmasked thereby endanger the community.

In fact, it is the wearing of masks, and the other “social distancing” practices, that endanger the community. These practices hamper or thwart the natural social interactions and the exchange of bio-resources by which immune systems are kept healthy (as discussed and documented here). Those NOT wearing masks and thereby showing sensible perspectives on the primacy of rule of law should be the ones blazing away at the selfishness of the mask-wearers whose effort to protect themselves by shameless impositions on everyone else are actually making the entire population more vulnerable to not only C19 but every other pathogen out there.

In short, it is the mask-wearers, and those who encourage the practice among all others, who are actual plague vectors. Those imposing mask mandates (whether from statehouses or at the doors of retail establishments and workplaces) are setting the country up for a real medical crisis under the pretext of addressing a hoax crisis.

And they do so by standing common-sense on its head.

Obviously if some folks are terrified of catching a disease, it is on them to inconvenience solely themselves, by self-isolating, donning PPE when venturing out into the hostile world, and disinfecting all that comes into their homes, and so forth. In this fashion they can protect themselves completely and, more importantly, appropriately– because these timid folk have no right to impose inconveniences upon the rest of us on behalf of their phobias.

AS AN EXTENSION OF THIS POINT, let’s anticipate the issue of vaccines. To the degree that those boosting the vaccine idea believe such a prophylactic will furnish protection, only their own embrace of the device is needed for their risks to be eliminated.

That is, those in fear can take the vaccine (if one is ever produced), and will afterward require nothing whatever from the rest of us to be safe from the disease. In no way is there any rational argument for everyone be required to take the vaccine, and more than it has ever been found necessary (or argued to be remotely lawful) to compel everyone to take the flu vaccine. Those needing (or wanting) special protection from the aliment get the vaccine, the rest of us make are own choices, unmolested.

This is simple common sense, and also simple consistency with American principles of liberty and law. But those behind the pandemic hoax want that vaccinations of everyone, by force if necessary, whether for the money it will bring them from participation in the creation of the treatment, or other reasons (some of which are briefly discussed here).

This push for universal vaccination needs to be strangled in its crib. A good way to accomplish that, or at least prepare the ground for it, is to denounce and debunk the “universal masking and social distancing” mandate nonsense which rests on the same assault on common sense.

By the same token, a failure to denounce and refuse the universal “mask”-mandates and the rest sets the stage for success of the universal vaccine argument.

Think ahead, people, and get on your feet.

BTW, Tom Woods has a good common-sense discussion of other considerations related to this mask madness here, which is well worth reading.

“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.”

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson

All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.”

-I. F. Stone

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

-Edmund Burke

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This Is the Best Way to Reheat Pizza | Eat This Not That

August 15, 2019

hot pan pizza

Rest assured, it’s not time to throw your leftover pizza in the garbage just yet. Whether you enjoy your pizza hot or cold, there’s no better feeling than waking up the next morning to realize you have some leftover slices in the fridge. There are tons of creative ways to revive your slice, but what is the best way to reheat pizza in order to keep that fresh, cheesy taste that you can’t resist?

We spoke with pizza experts Dave Anoia, Chef and Owner of Pizzeria Davide, and Chef Tony Galzin, owner of Nicky’s Coal Fired, to find out the inside scoop on how to reheat pizza. Say goodbye to soggy slices and reheat your pizza so it’s as tasty and crispy as when it first got delivered!

What is the best way to reheat pizza?

“First, you want to avoid soggy crust by starting with a skillet. You can perfectly crisp your crust by putting the leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on high heat and leaving the flame on for one minute,” says Anoia. “After you’ve crisped your crust, throw the pizza in a 400-degree oven until the cheese is re-melted. The oven will thoroughly reheat the rest of the pizza.”

The oven seems to be the true key to properly reheating slices.

“We recommend you reheat pizza in a 400-degree oven for about 5-8 minutes. Transferring to a stone or sheet pan is great, but if you don’t have one, right on the bottom of the pizza box works,” Galzin adds. “Turning your oven to low broil, and reheating from the middle rack is a great way to get all the cheese gooey again.”

Can you reheat pizza in the microwave?

It’s apparent that a professional chef will rarely recommend using a microwave to heat the pizza up. “A microwave is definitely the fastest, but I feel like you give up all the crispiness with that, so I don’t recommend it,” warns Galzin.

However, if you do plan on microwaving the pizza, follow these steps for the ultimate hack because it’s been said that microwaving the slice next to a cup of water will prevent the crust from getting soggy.

  1. Place a slice on a ceramic or glass plate.
  2. Place a (microwave-safe) mug of tap water in the microwave right next to the plate.
  3. Heat the pizza on high power for about 45 seconds until it’s hot.

How should you store leftover pizza?

“The cardinal rule of leftover pizza is proper storage. Don’t just throw the pizza box in the fridge and call it a day,” advises Anoia. “Instead, wrap each slice in paper towels and plastic wrap to preserve the flavor and freshness.”

After proper storage, reinvent your pizza by adding fresh, high-quality ingredients and seasonings that are already in your kitchen, like parmesan cheese and oregano. Now, enjoy your crispy slice of pizza that tastes just as good as it did the first time around!

Rush Returns with His Take on the RNC: “It Lifted Me Up and Inspired Me”

RUSH: And greetings to you, music lovers, thrill-seekers, conversationalists all across the fruited plain. Rush Limbaugh back with you via recorded message to kick off Open Line Friday. Folks, I have to tell you something. I had something happen this week that I have been striving to avoid. It has been at the top of the list of things that I have told myself just can’t happen, and yet it did.

I came down with a severe infection, and it’s not good. A severe infection with an immune system that is suppressed because of chemotherapy. A white blood cell count that is less than normal is not a good circumstance, and it’s where I found myself last weekend, and I’ve had to devote every waking moment to dealing with it. And only just now I’m starting to feel, quote-unquote, “normal.”

I’ve missed you all so much.

I can’t tell you how frustrating it has been, because we’ve been doing everything we can to avoid coming down with an infection. I mean, I’ve put my doctorate in Hermit and Recluse 101 into full action, and it still happened. But, you know, folks, as I always say, there’s good in everything if you look for it. And I have a new appreciation for a whole lot of things because of what I’ve had to go through this week.

I have a better appreciation for what others are going through, especially cancer patients, but not just limited to cancer patients. People who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic. People who have lost their livelihoods, lost their businesses. It’s a tough set of circumstances that we in America have been dealt. But, you know, last night’s speech by President Trump… I have to be very up-front with you.

It lifted me up, folks. It made me inspired. It lifted me up. It inspired me to be assured that the future holds promise, that the best is yet ahead if President Trump is reelected. Whatever you’re going through — whether it’s an illness, a small business in trouble — the event last night truly was inspiring. It assured me that our future does indeed hold promise, that there’s somebody in the White House who literally does care about the future of the country and your future and my future.

We can rest assured that this is the case having watched it last night. I saw people complaining. The Fox News people were complaining that the speech was too long, 70 minutes. Let me tell you: If anybody has earned the right to take as much time as he wants to explain himself, it’s Donald Trump. The man has been slandered and libeled multiple times a day every day for four years.

He has been unfairly criticized. He’s been lied about. He has been the subject of a search-and-destroy campaign. And this entire week the Republican National Convention has been a focused period of time for Trump and his administration to tell their story, and if it took him 70 minutes last night to do it, fine and dandy. They say, “Well, y’know, he didn’t see to have a whole lot of energy out there.”

He was not gonna win no matter what he did. If he’d done Trump at a rally, they’d have said he wasn’t presidential. If he had gone out and been really tough and called Biden a bunch of names, they would have said, “He’s not presidential! He’s not taking it seriously.” So last night I thought he was actually really good. The only thing that upset me about it going long was people were falling asleep in the Eastern Time Zone and missing some of it.

I thought it was exactly what was called for. It was calm. It was assuring. And you know something else? Remember the prepublicity on all this. The prepublicity was, “Trump was gonna come out, he was gonna fire on all cylinders, and he was gonna be ripping Biden and Kamala Harris a new one,” and that’s not what we got last night.

We got a guy who was self-assured, who was confident. I couldn’t tell when he was on the prompter and when he wasn’t. He was funny in a deadpan, slow-stated or downplayed kind of way — and he was unthreatening. You know, the prepublicity on this was, “Well, this guy, he’s gonna come out firing both barrels! You better be prepared! He’s gonna launch everything.” It wasn’t that way at all.

It was calm, it was reasoned — and for those watching Trump to learn a little bit about him, there wasn’t anything about it that was threatening.

Look, folks, I also have some other observations about things that have happened while I’ve been away. I want to take the opportunity here of this occasion just to get some of those thoughts in, in preparation for my return to the Golden EIB Microphone on Monday. I loved Ivanka’s speech last night. One line particularly stood out: “Washington didn’t change my father. My father changed Washington.”

Boy, is that true. It is right-on-the-money true, and it continues to be the case, and it explains why they continue — in the establishment, deep state, whatever — to be so outraged and indignant and irrational. They’re incapable of being rational when Trump is around, precisely because he is changing where they live. He’s changing where they work.

Now, can I remind you of something? And I took a lot of heat for this. I said last week that the Democrat challenge was gonna be to find a way to renege on the debates, and everybody — blogosphere, pundits, and people on cable news — said, “Limbaugh is off his rocker! He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Of course there’s gonna be debates!

“There’s gonna be three debates. Biden is assuring everybody there’s gonna be debates,” and what happened? Nancy Pelosi… Stop and think of this, folks. Nancy Pelosi comes out and says, “I would not legitimize a conversation with him.” Now, she’s clearly laying the groundwork for Biden not to have to debate, and she wouldn’t have done that without the Biden campaign’s knowledge of it.

The idea she’s out there shooting from the hip? I guess it’s possible, ’cause it’s Pelosi. She may be trying to manipulate things, ’cause I’ll tell you something else going on out there, folks. You know, internal polls for politicians don’t lie. The polls that they do that they report to you and me — like take your pick of any poll. Those polls, as you well know, are made to shape public opinion, not reflect it.

But internal polls, like the Trump campaign internal polls or the Biden internal polls? They’re not lying to themselves in those polls — and those polls must be bad. I saw a poll, and I can’t remember the name of it right now. Let me find it real quick. (shuffling papers) Black Lives Matter in Wisconsin’s popularity has gone from plus-25 to zero in two months. Oh, yeah. It was a tweet here from noted hate expert Jonathan Chait.

“Democrats need to be extremely concerned about what’s happening in Wisconsin, where support for BLM has gone from +25 to +0 in 2 months.” In Wisconsin! It’s happening all over the place, and by now I’m sure you’ve all heard that CNN anchors are warning, “Oh, we gotta get serious. We gotta talk about the rioting. The focus group data looks bad. The polling data looks bad.”

Oh, so now it’s not about saving lives, not about saving property. Now that all this is starting to hurt the Democrats, now they’ve gotta start talking about it? But these internal polls must be bad. They don’t lie in these internal polls. Biden … Did you notice yesterday he didn’t just leave the basement; he went up a floor? He went to the living room. He went up to where there’s a fireplace — in August.

Kamala Harris emerged from whatever hovel she was living in to come out and tell a bunch of whoppers about Trump, and I think the fact that these polls — the internal polls in the Biden campaign — are bad can be seen in the Biden campaign’s activity. Here’s a New York Times story: “How Chaos in Kenosha Is Already Swaying Some Voters in Wisconsin,” and there’s a quote from somebody here.

“Ellen Ferwerda, who owns an antique furniture store downtown just blocks from the worst of the destruction that is now closed, said … Democratic leaders seemed hesitant to condemn the mayhem. ‘I think they just don’t know what to say.’” Uh, if you don’t know what to say about rioters, if you don’t know what to say about people that are destroying your town, then it’s obvious you don’t know what to do about it, either.

Bruce Arians, the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You know, a lot of these players — NFL, NBA, NHL — decided to not practice or cancel a bunch of games because of the shooting in Kenosha, and Bruce Arians, the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said, “I don’t know that protest is an action. I think each guy has a personal thing.

“I would beg them to take action, find a cause and either support it financially or do something to change the situation, because protesting doesn’t do crap in my opinion. I’ve been seeing it since 1968.” He’s talking here about the Democrat convention Chicago, but this is a heck of a courageous thing to say. “[P]rotesting doesn’t do crap.”

Already people in the sports media are outraged that he would say this, that “the Boston Tea Party was protest.” No, it was action. It was much more than just marching up and down the street or carrying a bunch of signs or looting and destroying other people’s property. There is a big difference between action and protest. What he was really saying was (summarized):

“Canceling practice — not practicing football one day — is not gonna change anything you claim to be in favor of. It’s not gonna matter a whit,” and so — he didn’t say this; I will — they’re getting away with engaging in a bunch of symbolism while not having to engage in any genuine substance.

Folks, a couple other things here that I want to delve into. I actually believe… I saw a little note from Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit. Actually, there were some major things happening this week that I haven’t heard anybody say. Now, that doesn’t mean nobody has, ’cause I haven’t been able to listen to everything. But I look at the Republican convention.

It’s been the most diverse political convention I’ve ever seen, including Democrat conventions. And as I’ve watched it, it has occurred to me that Trump isn’t just running for reelection. The story that is being told at the Republican National Convention is about saving America. It’s about saving America from a race war that the Democrats are out there actively trying to promote. They’re trying to foment it.

They want this country to be black versus white, immigrant versus native, male versus female. That’s what they want. They want that chaos. They want this constant us-versus-them aspect of daily life. And Trump is making it clear that he’s interested in people who are constructive, productive, generally happy. He’s not interested in parasites, the generally miserable.

He wants everybody to join in this project of making America great again, to restoring America’s greatness where we had contentment and happiness and people sought happiness. The fact that all of that is controversial still amazes me. But I think it’s an… If you look at the Republican convention, it is astounding, the understory or some of the themes underneath the surface that are, I think, extremely powerful.

There’s another thing, folks, that is undeniable, and that is the Republican Party is no longer the party of the McCains or the Bushes or the Romneys or take your pick. I mean, or the Koch brothers, all the big donors and so forth. This is clearly a Republican Party now that is Donald Trump’s, and he’s got 92 to 95% Republican loyalty.

It’s one of the most amazing transformations of a political party, and it’s taken place in less than three years. At this convention, George W. Bush was nowhere to be found. None of the old Republican elders. Romney was nowhere to be found. Not that they wanted to be there, but that’s the point. So I just… I think that there is a lot, folks, to be optimistic about, particularly if President Trump wins.

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RUSH: Oops! There’s my timer telling me that my time is up, but it’s not up. I gave myself a couple extra seconds here. It is an opportunity for an upbeat, positive nature among all of us. This week has been very eye-opening for me. It’s been a very bad week, and yet it has ended for me feeling inspired and upbeat and really confident about the future of our country if President Trump is reelected. I believe the opposite is true if he’s not.

But we’ll delve into that more as I get back next week. Again, thank you, folks, for your patience and understanding. I’m sorry I have missed this week, but was really… It is a bad infection. I have to get it under control, and that’s what the next few days and what this week have all been about.

I’ve missed you — I always miss you — and I’m looking real forward to getting back to you next week. Thanks to Ken Matthews and all the guest hosts who are doing yeoman work here in my absence.

I love everybody, I love you all, and can’t wait to see you next on Monday.