Biden Takes A Hit
A CNN poll released overnight confirms what everyone suspected. The two days of Democrat debates were a disaster for the frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, and a bonanza for Sen. Kamala Harris. Here are the results:
No other candidate received double digit support.
Since CNN's last poll, Biden is down 10 points, Harris is up 9 points and Elizabeth Warren is up eight points. Bernie Sanders has lost four points.
Here's another interesting observation from these results: Biden is supposed to be the "moderate" in the race, yet he is attracting less than a quarter of the vote in this poll, while hard-left candidates are attracting twice as much support. That speaks volumes about the state of today's Democrat Party.
Why is this happening? Let's look at another poll.
In a separate survey by Gallup, 70% of adults say they are proud to be Americans, while 45% of adults say they are "extremely proud" of America.
Among self-identified Republicans, 76% were "extremely proud" of America. But among self-identified Democrats, only 22% were "extremely proud" of their country. According to Gallup, that represents a new low among Democrats expressing pride in the country.
Some may be tempted to dismiss the results of the poll as merely a partisan reflection on the presidency. That would be a mistake. When Obama was president, the percentage of Republicans who were "extremely proud" never dropped below 68%.
The left has declining pride in America. It has embraced the narrative the country is evil, founded on genocide and slavery. It wants to "fundamentally transform" America. So it is not surprising that the candidates moving up in CNN's poll are so-called "progressives" known for bashing the country.
Nike & The Flag
Nike had a great idea to celebrate America's upcoming 243rd birthday with a new shoe design sporting a patriotic look by featuring the Betsy Ross flag. Unfortunately, you can't buy it. Nike pulled the shoes from store shelves after Colin Kaepernick complained. Sources say that the original NFL kneeler found the flag "offensive."
A company spokesman told the Wall Street Journal, "Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag."
In my opinion, this is just an excuse. I suspect Kaepernick would have objected to any version of the flag, old or contemporary.
This is just another example of the left's hatred of America. Any historical reference about America pre-1860 is considered by some to be so evil that it cannot be displayed. Monuments to our Founding Fathers are routinely vandalized and at risk of being torn down.
And now the left claims that the Betsy Ross flag is a symbol of slavery and oppression rather than freedom and independence from Great Britain.
Sadly, a spoiled ingrate like Colin Kaepernick is now in a position to tell a conglomerate like Nike what is appropriate. Yet Kaepernick will never come close to being as important to America as Betsy Ross.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is reportedly canceling state tax incentives for Nike, tweeting:
"Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike. . . Nike has made its decision, and now we're making ours. . . Arizona's economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don't need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation's history."
Progressives vs. The Holocaust Museum
The Holocaust Museum is now feeling the wrath of the progressive left. What's that, you say? The preeminent institution on the Holocaust is being attacked by the left? Yes it is.
I recently reported to you that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared border detention facilities to concentration camps. The Holocaust Museum, well-known for its non-partisanship, issued a statement saying it was unacceptable to compare U.S. immigration policy and our border facilities to the camps where six million Jews died.
Now hundreds of "scholars" have gone on the record urging the Holocaust Museum to recant its criticism of AOC. Incredibly, the scholars are accusing the museum -- not AOC -- of "taking a radical position," and they are threatening the museum's reputation as "a credible, leading global institution dedicated to Holocaust memory, Holocaust education and research."
This is another example of how the left demands that facts and reality must bend when the truth conflicts with left-wing ideology.
These so-called "scholars" are in fact left-wing activists. Their letter is an attack on free speech and academic integrity in the pursuit of a political agenda. They are members of the social justice mob, attempting to browbeat every institution, even the Holocaust Museum, into submission in order to advance the left's agenda.
They should be ashamed of themselves, as should any institution affiliated with them.