The ‘Visible Deterioration’ in American Democracy Is Just the Start

While many in the media and political landscape are distracted by the phantom menace of wokeness, the US was just added to an annual list of “backsliding” democracies for the first time ever.
It’s an urgent reminder to Americans battling windmills like Critical Race Theory and The 1619 project, and desperately rehabilitating former Trump officials, that we have less than a year to try and save our ailing Republic from an increasingly radicalized and weaponized GOP death cult.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on the Border Crisis, Election Integrity, and Kamala Harris

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was the keynote speaker at The American Spectator‘s 53rd annual Robert L. Bartley Gala on October 14, 2021. He was joined by Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, for a fireside chat.
You can watch or read the conversation below.
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Grover Norquist: Right now, we all have the opportunity and the honor of learning from the governor of Arizona. I first met the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, when he was treasury secretary and was campaigning to kill a sales tax increase that the Republican governor had put in.

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The Foreign Policy “Credibility” Argument Is, Well, Not Credible

This summer, as U.S. troops beat a hasty and chaotic retreat from Afghanistan, the foreign policy community both here and abroad was near unanimous in its belief that President Biden had done grievous harm to America’s international credibility.
Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster declared there would be “severe political consequences in connection with our credibility with our allies and partners.” Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said events in Afghanistan “will certainly harm America’s credibility with its friends and allies.

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Big GOP Donors Poured Money Into Kyrsten Sinema’s Campaign in September

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Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema has spent the last six weeks under increasing pressure from progressives to stop obstructing President Joe Biden’s agenda. Along with fellow Democratic moderate Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Sinema has all but halted the passage of Biden’s budget complaining about the price-tag  for the wide-ranging piece of legislation publicly.

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The Cost of California’s Recall Election

That soft sound you hear out West these late-summer nights might be a sigh of relief from voters in the California gubernatorial recall election, which, after days of closeness (not the Summer of Love kind), last week bestowed on Governor Gavin Newsom the right to hold his seat through to the natural end of his term, in January, 2023. The off-schedule election, called to the ballot by 1.

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Direct Democracy Is Breaking California

The foolishness of California’s recall system—which failed this week to replace California Governor Gavin Newsom with a right-wing talk radio blowhard—is not a new story. It ought to have been made evident by the California election in 1910 that led to its creation. 
The Progressive Republican candidate for governor that year, a San Francisco prosecutor named Hiram Johnson, ran on the promise to “kick the Southern Pacific out of politics in California.” He succeeded almost before Election Day.

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College student destroying American flags on 9/11?

ANALYSIS/OPINION:
A student activist destroys a 9/11 memorial in the middle of the night – throwing away 2,977 American flags. Sounds impossible? Sadly, it is not. 
The woke agenda on college campuses is increasingly anti-American. The actions of a member of the student government at Washington University in St. Louis on the morning of September 11 is the latest example of the radical indoctrination infecting so many involved in higher education across the country.

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