The Erick Erickson Show 11-07-17 The Great Obama Cleanup

Tonight on the show Erick breaks down more details surrounding the shooting in Texas, we will be cleaning up after Obama for years, the left really hates ‘thoughts and prayers’ and a French atheist is suing over “so help me God” in US citizenship oath.

Gubernatorial Elections 2017: NJ and VA — Resurgent Live Blog

Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, right, gestures during a news conference with his running mates, Lt. Gov. candidate Jill Vogel, left, and Attorney General candidate John Adams, center, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

 

Hello everyone! The Resurgent will have live special coverage of the two gubernatorial races transpiring in New Jersey and  inVirginia tonight. Stay here for the latest updates.

NEW JERSEY

8:06PM— Race has been called for Democrat Phil Murphy. 

8PM — Polls will close in New Jersey. 

#NJGov

VIRGINIA

8:26PM — An openly trans-woman and Democrat socialist won seats in the House of Delegates. Wow.

Race called at 8:12PM for Ralph Northam. 

https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/928065017383194624

8:12PM—Larry Sabato and NBC News are calling it for Ralph Northam.

8:10PM— With 56% of the precincts in, Northam leads Gillespie 51.50% to 47.31%. 

7:56PM — With 40.34% of precincts reporting, Mark Herring leads John Adams 50.22% to 49.73%. 

7:54— With 34.22% of precincts reporting, Jill Vogel leads Justin Fairfax 49.99% to 49.95%. 

 7:44PM— With 24% of precincts reporting, Northam has narrow lead over Gillespie, 50.92 % to 48%. 7:53PM— With 30% of precincts reporting, Northram is leading Gillespie 51.13% to 47.79%. 

 

7:38PM— Election results have started to pour in

 

7:02PM — You can watch election results here from the Virginia Department of Elections. 

7:00PM — Polls are now closed in Virginia. 

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Conservatives encourage adding Thune Bill to tax reform legislation

Conservatives are encouraging the addition of Sen. John Thune’s (R-SD) New Economy Works to Guarantee Independence and Growth (NEW GIG) Act of 2017 (S. 1549) to the House tax reform legislation.

The legislation was introduced by Thune and Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) in July.

“My legislation would provide clear rules so these freelance-style workers can work as independent contractors with the peace of mind that their tax status will be respected by the IRS,” Thune said of the bill then.

Conservatives say adding the bill would simplify and update the tax code to bring in order to bring it in-line with the modern economy – making it easier for independent contractors who work on these “on-demand economy” platforms to file their taxes.

“The new and growing gig economy is an exciting new feature of modern life, but it has unfortunately run up against numerous challenges posed by outdated tax law. Tax reforms that account for the gig economy would allow for workers to engage in mircro-entrepreneurship without worrying about running afoul of the IRS,” says Matt Feeney from the Cato Institute.

Jenny Beth Martin from Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund agrees.

“Tax laws not only need to be reformed but they need to be updated to reflect today’s economy,” she said.  “More and more people are working multiple jobs as contractors because it fits their schedule, lifestyle, and financial needs. They can spend their mornings doing graphics or website design while driving for Uber or Lyft the rest of the day, and perhaps even do a third job in the evening. The reform proposed by Senator Thune and Congressman Rice would simplify the tax code for Gig Economy companies and their independent contractors, and therefore incentivize more people to participate and succeed in these new jobs.  There’s no cost to taxpayers and it’s true reform.”

The House tax reform bill was slammed last week by Sen. Marco Rubio and others, who feel like the bill doesn’t do enough to help working class families.

Bolshevik Revolution Centennial: Deadly Legacy 100 Years Later

Today marks a dark moment in history: the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution that metastasized in Soviet Russia.

From Lenin, this movement empowered Joseph Stalin, Mao Zhedong, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, and countless other dictators across the globe to order their henchmen—or they personally—to carry out policies on torture, starvation, collectivization, confiscation of private property, and outlawing religion.

Since 1917, over 100 million have died at the hands of socialism in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. The late historian RJ Rummel estimated a high of 148 million murdered as a result of the tyrannical regimes Bolshevik Revolution spawned.  But that doesn’t bother most academics, media elites, and historians. To them, Soviet communism is misinterpreted or was, gasp, poorly executed! Look at “Red Century” columns published at the New York Times over the last year. Many of the articles, which were absolutely ridiculous in nature, affirmed  the spirit of Walter Duranty (their famed propagandist and Stalin apologist) lives on.

We hear these people clamor and say, “Well if we had another chance to retry it, it won’t turn out like this!” Oh really? Bless their hearts.

This centennial perhaps is personal for me because my family, especially my grandparents, suffered at the hands of Stalinist policies born out of this bloody movement.

It was Stalin’s gulag system that broke my grandpa’s spirit when he was imprisoned at the Belomor Canal on the Finnish-Russian border for eighteen months. By some act of God, really, he survived. Surviving this barren tundra, built on the bones of prisoners, was virtually impossible. Due to my grandpa being able-bodied from farm work all his life, he miraculously survived. Many of his fellow prisoners weren’t so lucky—ultimately succumbing to the deadly effects of life in a gulag.

My parents grew up in post-Stalinist Soviet-occupied Lithuania, but similarly encountered limited opportunities due to this movement deep-rooted infection in their homeland. While the death camps slowly disappeared, many oppressive policies were still in tact after Stalin died. Racism was rampant, opportunities were limited, kids snitched on their parents, and food was heavily rationed, for example. This was the reality of life in the Soviet Union—not some rosy fairy tale we hear from many on the Left.

These horror stories aren’t isolated to countries previously (and illegally) occupied by the former Soviet Union. Look at the blood that was shed in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. So many families were wrecked by this movement and not a peep or sympathy from scholars, academics, celebrities, and supposed reporters.

The White House issued its first-ever National Day for the Victims of Communism honor those who were oppressed by communism. Below is the statement:

Today, the National Day for the Victims of Communism, marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life.

Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation. These movements, under the false pretense of liberation, systematically robbed innocent people of their God-given rights of free worship, freedom of association, and countless other rights we hold sacrosanct. Citizens yearning for freedom were subjugated by the state through the use of coercion, violence, and fear.

Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.

Bolshevism in 1917 gave rise to global communism. It’s time this horrible movement in history be rejected and its effects be condemned like its ugly cousin, National Socialism. Please take this week to honor the victims of communism and honor their memories.

 

*Updated article to include White House declaration honoring victims of communism.

Disney Shuts LA Times out of Coverage of its Latest Blockbuster

Thor: Ragnarok is the latest Disney blockbuster, shattering records in its opening weekend and getting impressive reviews. But you’d never know much about it from the pages of the Los Angeles Times. The reason? Disney has engaged in a blackout of the Times over its coverage of the company’s relationship with the City of Anaheim.

Deadline reports:

The notoriously sensitive media giant cut off the Times‘ access in response to the newspaper’s coverage of Disney’s business ties with the city of Anaheim. The article published this fall examined the public policy debate around whether Disney, which has received subsidies, incentives, rebates and protections from future taxes on its Disneyland theme park, is paying its fair share.

Shortly after the article appeared, Disney stopped returning reporters’ calls.

The Times went public with the dispute — the latest expression of long-running tensions between the media company and the newspaper, which covers Disney closely and critically as one the region’s biggest employers — its Calendar section today. The newspaper published a statement explaining to readers why the section was devoid of a review for the much-anticipated Marvel superhero tentpole Thor: Ragnarok, which opens to wide release today and likely will surpass $100 million at the box office in its opening weekend.

“Walt Disney Co. studios declined to screen the movie for The Times’ critics, citing what it called unfair coverage of its business ties with the city of Anaheim,” the statement read. “The Times will continue to review and cover Disney movies and programs when they are available to the public. Justin Chang’s review of “Thor: Ragnarok” will appear in Saturday’s paper.”

Disney has had a long history of cultivating unusual relationships with localities in order to be able to do business its own way. Since Disneyland was in its developing stages in the early 50s, Walt and Roy Disney worked out special tax incentives with Anaheim, and the company spent half a decade working with Orange and Osceola Counties in Florida in the run up to the opening of Walt Disney World (which I talk about in detail in my book Football, Faith, and Flannery O’Connor: A Love Letter to the South.)

Now the LA Times is questioning whether Disney is “paying its fair share.” Typical liberal move, isn’t it? It’s easy to see why Disney is mad – for all the complaint about left-leaning content coming from Disney, they’re pretty conservative when it comes to business – but it’s fascinating that they would choose to play hardball in such a way.

The move may backfire for Disney, as the New York Times is threatening to boycott Disney screenings until the company restores press access to the LA Times. Other media outlets could follow suit.

The whole tiff comes down to the fact that Disney is a big enough company to try to bully a media outlet, but the media could gang up enough to hit back pretty hard. And Disney doesn’t want that.

Japan to Host First Asia CPAC Conference

CPAC, or the Conservative Political Action Conference, is going global. It was revealed recently that the annual conservative confab annually held in D.C. every winter — with occasional regional stops— is being held in Japan from December 16-17, 2017.

Per translations, the conference touts the following principles: “Freedom and the Rule of Law”; “Security and Technology”; “Economic Growth and Deregulation”; “Intellectual Property”; and “Family Values.”

The main reason for holding Japan CPAC? Their website expounds on this:

During the eight years in the Obama administration, the situation in Asia has changed dramatically. China actively acts to expand its military facilities in the South China Sea while at the same time North Korea continues to conduct nuclear development and missile tests for nuclear warhead loading. On the other hand, the United States has greatly reduced its influence in East Asia. 

In Japan, strategic acquisitions of corporate stocks, etc. related to natural resources such as real estate by China capital and underground water source are continuing. Also, in the United States, acquisitions related to businesses from companies controlled by the Chinese government, from American pop culture such as theaters and movie production companies to industrial equipment, home electronics manufacturers and hotels are continuing.

 China’s attempt to acquire a foothold in the US financial market through the acquisition of the Chicago Board of Trade by a state-owned investment company is currently being investigated by the Trump regime. These acquisitions are not merely capitalistic transactions, but rather that China is not part of a big attempt to gain economic and military benefits to enemies, including the United States and Japan Cow.
 
During the presidential election campaign last year, Donald J. Trump candidates took a tough stance toward China’s unfair trade practices and illegal territory expansion. Immediately after winning the election, he broke the Protocol decades ago and President Trump has received a telephone call from Tsai Inge of Taiwan.

ACU believes that Japan plays an important role as the foundation of stability in Asia, and strong aggressive economic power of Japan and the United States and appropriate defense capability, especially China’s aggressive attempt to dominate worldwide We believe that it is important to develop defense capability to counterbalance against the situation.

At J-CPAC 2017 hosted by the Executive Committee of J-CPAC 2017, J-CPAC 2017 sponsored by these two themes focuses on freedom and rule of law, security and technology, economic growth and deregulation, intellectual property, families Focusing on five topics, such as prosperity, discussions will be held.

It was pointed out by Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff, who tweeted the following:

https://twitter.com/woodruffbets/status/927918551066988546

If you’re curious to learn more about J-CPAC, follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Our CPAC will be held at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort in National Harbor, MD from February 21-24, 2017.

Could this coincide with President Trump’s visit to Japan and subsequent meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Perhaps! This will be very interesting to and we at The Resurgent will keep tabs on this first non-American CPAC.

 

U.K. Says Fox News Isn’t Fair and Balanced

While student protesters on college campuses may not think so, the First Amendment is a beautiful, precious, and rare thing.

Look no further than one of our closest allies, the United Kingdom. This week, the U.K broadcasting regulation office, Ofcom, ruled that Fox News broadcasts violated laws regarding impartiality.

The ruling stems from episodes of Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight earlier this year regarding coverage of President Trump’s travel ban in January and the Manchester terrorist bombing in May.

Tucker Carlson’s May 25th episode attacked the U.K. government for engaging in politically correct policy rather than seriously combating the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism, the Guardian reported. The program included criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May, Manchester Mayor Beverly Hughes, as well as other local and law enforcement officials.

Ofcom’s ruling concluded there was “no reflection of the views of the UK government or any of the authorities or people criticised” and the presenter “did not challenge the views of his contributors; instead, he reinforced their views.”

Sean Hannity’s January 31st episode featured clips of public officials reacting negatively to the executive order banning travelers entering the United States from certain predominantly Muslim countries, followed by a rebuttal and dismissal from Hannity. In short, he did his usual opening monologue. Ofcom was not a fan.

Ofcom acknowledged that viewers were likely to expect Hannity to address controversial issues from a perspective that is generally more supportive of the US Republican party. However, the likely audience expectations did not provide sufficient contextual justification to outweigh the numerous highly critical statements made about people who had opposed the order, coupled with the clear support being expressed for the policies of President Trump.”

Consider for a moment that somewhere in London there is a government bureaucrat who goes to work every day with the sole purpose of watching the previous evening’s cable shows to determine whether critical coverage provided “sufficient contextual justification.” After writing up the report on Hannity this same bureaucrat, after a quick trip to the water cooler and looking in a mirror to check his comb-over, determines whether Tucker Carlson accurately reflected the views of the U.K. government.

These subjective determinations do not come with a mere slap on the wrist. Ofcom violations can result in substantial fines paid by media companies. Fortunately for Rupert Murdoch and Fox, they stopped broadcasting Fox News in Britain in August, so they will not be subject to fines for this activity. Sky, the British satellite broadcast company partially owned by Fox, paid an indirect price, with shares dipping 1.72% upon the announcement. Investors are worried that the announcement does not bode well for the government’s review of Fox’s attempt to purchase the remaining portion of Sky that it does not own.

While it is easy to shake our head at our friends across the ocean, it’s worth noting that such nonsense could easily happen here at home. Despite the First Amendment, the Supreme Court upheld the so-called “fairness doctrine” in 1969. The policy was created to ensure equal time among the conservatives and liberals on radio and television broadcasts. While the policy was repealed in 1987, liberals long sought to restore it under the guise that the federal government must ensure a fair and balanced media environment. For his part, President Trump has opined on Twitter that he would like to see something like the fairness doctrine reinstituted.

Of course, objective and professional journalism is important. Considering the amount of fake news and Russian propaganda which makes its way into our Facebook and Twitter feeds on a daily basis, everyone must be conscious of where they get their news.

None of this means that we need some centralized agency of imperfect and biased human beings making one big collective decision for all of us. No matter what the Supreme Court says (and the Warren Court was wrong a lot), regimes like Ofcom or the fairness doctrine violate the First Amendment’s right to a free press and free speech.

Anyone watching Hannity or Tucker Carlson Tonight for news are fooling themselves. Tucker and Sean do not hold themselves out to be objective broadcasters. They are not journalists. They provide commentary and analysis regarding the day’s events. In 2017, such shows are not a novel concept. Anyone tuning into Fox News at 8 or 9pm over the last 25 years understand this.

While Hannity and Carlson have their detractors across the political spectrum, all Americans should relish the fact that they are not being overseen by some Washington bureaucrat demanding that they play nice. Any opinion, as long there’s a large enough audience, is welcome on American airwaves.

Long live Sean Hannity. Long live Tucker Carlson. Long live Bill Maher and Rachel Maddow, for that matter.

Be thankful for the robust freedoms we enjoy, and how rare and precious the First Amendment is, even among Western democracies.

And be vigilant at future attempts to infringe upon it.