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Thursday, February 4, 2021 -- Iranian Diplomat Convicted, Double Standards, Fighting Back

Iranian Diplomat Convicted
An Iranian diplomat was found guilty today by a Belgian court and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Assadollah Assadi wasn't convicted of spying.  Instead, he was found guilty of plotting to bomb a rally of Iranian dissidents in Paris, France. 
Belgian authorities determined that Assadi's crimes were directed by the Iranian regime in Tehran.  Three accomplices were also convicted.
In addition to targeting the dissident group, several prominent Americans, including Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and former FBI Director Louis Freeh, were also at the rally and, according to the New York Times, were considered targets of the attack.
It is important to note that Iran has been accused of conducting multiple terrorist attacks and assassinations throughout Europe in recent years.  (Here and here.)  Regime leaders have even threatened the life of President Trump.  That's not surprising coming from the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism.
What is surprising is that so many Democrats, led by President Joe Biden, are so eager to reward that radical Islamist regime with another nuclear deal, even though the tyrants of Tehran have not changed one bit and have repeatedly violated the terms of Obama's 2015 deal.  (Here, here and here.)
By the way, Iran just test fired a new rocket, which Tehran claims is part of Iran's space program.  Only the most naive fool believes that.  This was a long-range missile test, part of the regime's nuclear weapons program. 
Double Standards
President Trump's fake impeachment trial is scheduled to begin next week.  The main charge against the president is that his rhetoric at the Capitol Hill rally, during which he urged supporters to protest "peacefully," incited an insurrection against the government. 
By that standard, virtually every leader on the left must be impeached too. 
Every time Democrats like Vice President Kamala Harris and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insist that America is a systematically racist country and that law enforcement is racist, they bear responsibility for the violence against police officers and the riots that took place this summer.  (See item below.)
In recent years, Supreme Court justices have been given augmented security, something that hasn't been done in the past.  Why?  Well, it probably has something to do with the left's rhetoric. 
For example, Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer said this on the steps of the Supreme Court last year as the justices were hearing an abortion case:
"I want to tell you Gorsuch. I want to tell you Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."
Democrats insist that Trump is guilty of undermining our democratic process because of his claim that he won the election.  Well, every Democrat leader in Congress knowingly promoted the false narrative for four years that Trump and Russia stole the 2016 election. 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi practically begged for "uprisings" against President Trump.  And unlike Trump's claims, their charges resulted in Americans being prosecuted and going to jail, people like Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos. 
When Brett Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court, the left promoted a disgusting conspiracy theory against him.  Before it was over, multiple women from all over the country claimed they had been raped or sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh. 
His confirmation hearings were repeatedly disrupted.  Senate offices were occupied.  Senators were accosted.  Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested.  Christian women who went to Capitol Hill to pray were assaulted by left-wing demonstrators.  Liberal activists also attempted to storm the Supreme Court.
The left undermined the integrity of the Supreme Court and accused a well-respected judge of being a "gang rapist." 
Oh, how quickly we forget.
More Double Standards
House Democrats are expected to take up a measure today stripping Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from her committee assignments because of incendiary things she has said in the past, comments she has apologized for and disavowed. 
Greene's treatment stands in stark contrast to how Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat majority dealt with Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) repeated anti-Semitic outbursts.
You may recall that even after a series of outrageous statements, House Democrats were unwilling to condemn Rep. Omar directly.  They passed a meaningless resolution that condemned hate generally and never actually referenced Omar by name or her offensive statements.  Anyone reading the resolution would have had no idea why it was even necessary.
To be clear, intolerance and bigotry have no place in Congress.  Period.  But justice must be fair and equal.  There should be no double standards.
That's why I am pleased to report that House Republicans are fighting back and demanding that Rep. Omar be held to the same standard that Democrats are attempting to impose on Rep. Greene.
Fighting Back
Kudos to Mark Robinson!
North Carolina's Republican lieutenant governor, the first black American elected to the position, is leading the charge against efforts to inject elements of the radical 1619 Project into the state's curriculum. 
Rather than teaching elementary-aged school children about systemic racism, various gender identities, revolution and resistance, Lt. Gov. Robinson believes students should be focused on "learning how to read, write and do mathematic."
He also unapologetically defended America, saying:
"The system of government that we have in this nation is not systemically racist; in fact, it is not racist at all.  To say that this is a racist nation—that is not true. And when we write standards that point to that direction in any way, we are doing our students a disservice."
Speaking of education, I also want to applaud Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for exposing the extremism of Miguel Cardona, Joe Biden's nominee to be secretary of education. 
Cardona currently serves as Connecticut's commissioner of education, which will raise eyebrows with anyone who has been closely following the news in recent years.
Connecticut has been ground zero in the left's war against women's sports.  And Biden's choice of Cardona was no coincidence.
Yesterday, Paul grilled Cardona about the fundamental unfairness of forcing girls to compete against larger, stronger boys and losing out on scholarships and college dreams and why Cardona thought that was okay.
After a frustrating back and forth with an increasingly evasive Cardona, Paul declared:
"The vast majority of America [is] wondering, 'Who are these people who think it's okay?  What planet are you from?'  I mean, to think it's okay that boys would compete with girls in a track meet and that that somehow would be fair."