Saturday, March 18, 2023

D.L. Gardner: Time for More Debate

Comparing Trump’s baseline economic numbers at the end of his term with Biden’s numbers today has no impact on the divisions in America. Likewise, comparing Trump’s work to prepare for the coming pandemic with Biden’s response to the pandemic has no impact on the divisions. Comparing Biden’s date-certain  plans to get American troops, citizens, and allies out of Afghanistan with Trump’s condition-based plans is all water under the bridge. So what if people died and were left behind under Biden’s plan?

September 6, 2019, candidate Biden told a supporter in New Castle, NH, “I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuels.” From January 2021 to July 2022, President Biden reduced our Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) from around 650 million barrels to about 450 million barrels. With the SPR at its lowest level since 1983, Biden has announced he will sell 26 million barrels beginning in April. The depletion of our SPR will have no impact on divisions in America.

Last week House Speaker Kevin McCarthy gave Fox News’ Tucker Carlson an exclusive first look at more than 40,000 hours of security camera footage from the Capitol Building January 6, 2021. Carlson and his staff aired parts of the footage showing “insurrectionists” peacefully milling through the Capitol and being guided by Capitol Police. The video stood in stark contrast to all of the footage released by the J6 Committee the past two years which never showed peaceful interactions between Capitol Police and rioters. 

Notably, Carlson’s video appeared to debunk charges against Jacob Chansley, aka “QAnon Shaman” who followed Capitol police officers peacefully around the Capitol without any incidents. 

On January 6, Democrats, media and other Trump detractors had already developed the narrative that January 6 was a “deadly insurrection,” though they have never shown video of anyone being killed during the riot except for Ashli Babbit, an Air Force veteran and Trump supporter who was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer. Evidently, there is no video footage showing the death of any Capitol police officers.

In the weeks following the riot, the New York Times led other media outlets to claim that “insurrectionists” had hit Officer Brian Sicknick in the head with a fire extinguisher and that he had died later from his injuries. This claim is simply another false link in the narrative. Officer Sicknick was never hit in the head. The DC chief medical examiner found that Sicknick had died from a stroke and classified his death as natural adding, “all that transpired (January 6) played a role in his condition.” Sicknick’s death was tragic, and we should all mourn his loss. 

None of these incidents will have any impact on the divisions in America. What forces continually divide Americans against each other? Why are everyday prices still rising precipitously? Why are American K-12 students falling behind their peers around the world? Why do polls show 27-percent of Americans believe we are going the right direction, but 64-percent believe we are on the wrong track?

For the past 25 years Americans have become increasingly political. Social issues and causes have vaulted from top tiered topics of conversations into federal laws. Many voices have been cancelled or even censored, and media outlets have devolved from fostering debate to quashing “the other side.” Now is the time for more debate.  

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at


Anonymous said...

"Now is the time for more debate" No. Now is the time for the truth. The trouble is, the media has found that propaganda is far more marketable than truth and it's a lot easier to produce. So people are inundated with the narrative "facts" that fits their own core beliefs, not the truth. The media bosses don't care, it's how they get rich or famous.

Anonymous said...

DL and you folks in Missippi will heed Trump’s call for protest when he is lawfully indicted. At the end of the day Trump will lawfully be indicted several times for his crimes. Will yall stand with him or the rule of law?
If there is evidence to indict Hunter or another member of his family, where is the evidence, show it and let the chips fall.
The country is in a better place and if Trump is the Nominee the blue wave will engulf the Whitehouse and both houses of congress.

Anonymous said...

It's a well known and often repeated maxim around any courthouse that a prosecutor could go to a grand jury, cherry pick the evidence to present, and indict a ham sandwich. Indictments alone don't mean squat.

Anonymous said...

“The country is in a better place”, damn, what country do you live in? Oh, by the way, if you can't afford all the letters to spell Mississippi, just don't mention the state at all.

Anonymous said...

Now that’s funny right there…..

Anonymous said...

So nice to read someone who has a logical progression of thought as opposed to reading Crawford or Salter.

Anonymous said...

@6:15 are y’all finally going to get him? You clowns have been saying that since 2016 and nothing has happened. It’s funny watching you children get all excited then depressed everytime. Like your policies, the democrats will fail again and again.

Anonymous said...

That NY prosecutor, "Braggs" has no evidence of a crime, he's just harassing Trump. Hunter Biden's crimes are on his laptop and in his father's bank accounts and assets.

Anonymous said...

DL would have you believe no officers were attacked, much less with a Fire extinguisher.
“Robert Palmer apologized for acting upon a “false narrative about a stolen election” when he attacked police officers with a fire extinguisher during at the Capitol on Jan. 6. It didn’t save him from getting slapped with a a 63-month prison sentence on Friday, the longest to date among those who have been charged as a result of the riot.

Palmer said in court that he was “really, really ashamed of what I did,” and promised to “never, ever, ever” attend another political rally. He won’t for another five years and change, at least.”
I don’t know who is worst Russian Bots on Twitter, Fox or DL

Anonymous said...

D.L. doesn't know medicine or he'd know hypertension / blood pressure is a major risk factor for a stroke in males. One need not be "hit over the head".
If DL watched more than Carlson's 4 minutes rather than hours of Jan 6th video ( including in real time) he'd know Chansley entered with Proud Boy Pezzola's violent group and was filmed in more than a few places where "tourists" are never allowed. He even behaved like the guest you'd never allow back in your hope because they snoop and abuse your furnishings and belongings.
If DL could do unbiased research or read those who do know how that's done , he could actually understand economics and what can or cannot be attributed to a President. He pretends there is no Congress that makes the laws and that government actually controls the Stock Market speculators and prevents financial criminals from running cons.
D.L. doesn't know apparently that Trump AND his lawyer said they would voluntarily surrender on Tuesday. And, despite quoting Scripture incessantly, DL doesn't mind that committing adultery ( while your wife is pregnant) and with a prostitute and paying her ( either for services rendered or silence) and lying about it to your wife and supporters is morally acceptable and not an indicator of a lack of Christian principles. And, while the law was a big deal for John Edwards (whose gal wasn't a "pro")was an unfit adulterer and liar). Trump behaving worse is fine with DL.
Gee, I could have sworn the Bible says something about adultery and coveting and bearing false witness.
D.L. also knows zero about our oil reserves or oil capabilities or where the oil in our pipeline originates. He absolutely reads ONLY industry published for the " public" information. God forbid he should read Congressional records. If DL read non-fiction, he could actually track oil prices over time and be shocked at how little it has to do with production or government policies.
But, DL loves the feelings that magical thinking that myths give him. Sorta like the two year old gets from sucking his thumb.

Anonymous said...

How about we use the same ruler that is used to measure Trump on Biden? That would be a way to prove the law is equal. Right now everyone can see that is is not equal. What is a crime for one person is not a crime for the other.

Anonymous said...

We are under a constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is.

Not my words. But there's your "rule of law" for you in today's America.

Anonymous said...

^^^Troll alert^^^

Anonymous said...

I blame Mississippi State for all of these problems.

Anonymous said...

Lock him up. Lock him up. Lock him up.

The Orange Julius did it to himself for himself.

Anonymous said...

@6:15pm Please put down your crack pipe.

Anonymous said...

The fact remains, he paid two women for their silence. It was a crime, shouldn’t he be held to the same standard?
When he is indicted if you good ole boys want to protest, go right ahead, just don’t break any laws in the process.

Anonymous said...

The real question is as 8:02 alluded to, can you believe Gardner. I personally would have a had time believing him if he told me it was Sunday.

Anonymous said...

It is not a crime to pay for silence. The prosecutor Bragg spent 5 years trying to prove Trump declared a business expense for the payoff to his attorney Cohen, who in turn paid Stormy Daniels to shut up. Not only has time expired to prosecute such a misdemeanor, but a dismissal by the Judge is likely.

Not to mention that shutting up that stripper was a good business expense investment, anyway.

Anonymous said...

@6:54am "Missippi" is exactly how it's often said here. Just like "Pigressive" (the likely religion of 6:15pm) is how 'progressive' is often pronounced in Dixie. Also commonly heard: "Loozanna" and "Kehlina".

Anonymous said...

The case in Georgia is the strongest and biggest, you can peacefully protest his arrest and send him letters while he’s in jail.

Anonymous said...

Po as Missippi is y’all need to thank the progressives across the country, they are the ones funding 75% of the state.

Anonymous said...

I voted for Trump in 2016. It's actually more accurate to say I voted against Clinton, but six of one...

There's no way I'll vote for Trump again. I can hear the queued up volleys of "Liberal!", "Lefty!", "Woketard!" etc. coming from the Trump faithful, but that's kneejerk reacting. I am none of those things, I assure you.

The Chris McDaniel contingency may think that Trump will waltz right into the office of Chief Executive, but most of us know that won't happen. I mean for goodness, he lost to Joe Biden!

If Joe runs again, a half decent Republican candidate will stomp him after his track record, but the spectre of a second Trump administration will galvanize the left to vote in droves to keep him out.

They'll turn out not to support Biden, but to defeat Trump...just the way that I did to defeat Hillary all those years ago. Count on it.

Anonymous said...

Same 5:16. I held my nose and voted for Trump twice. I wont bother again.

And if Trump wins the nom, as you correctly stated...the left will turn out en masse just to vote against him. So we are doomed if he is selected. No need for me to waste my time voting for him again.
Our whole political system and DC in general is just an absolute joke after Trump and Biden.

Anonymous said...

6:15 PM, 12:35 PM & 2:30 PM are the types that wanted Trump charged for a crime in 2015 and every year since. Not because he had committed any crime but because he had the temerity to run against the worst candidate to ever run for POTUS (Hillary). Ever since then they have had wet dreams of "the walls are closing in". Fact: He and Stormy Daniels made an agreement between two consenting adults that neither would disclose their sexual relationship. She broke it, he sued her, and she lost and had to pay his legal fees, after she was ripped off by that scam artist attorney (Michael Avenatti) who they laughably suggested as a candidate for POTUS. Non-disclosure agreements are not a crime. They are made everyday between successful men and gold-diggers who are trying to squeeze a little more cash out of their former sugar-daddy.

Oh, no, Trump, a billionaire playboy, had affairs with beautiful women who then extorted him for their silence. Nothing about that is a crime by Trump. His campaign did not make the payments, Cohen did as a lawyer for the Trump Organization. The Trump Organization paid Cohen for legal services to protect the Organization's greatest asset (Trump) from scandal. No one thought he would win the election, therefore the payments had to be for the purpose of protecting Trump's professional reputation as a profitable showbiz personality.

2:30 PM - The Georgia stuff is just as silly and immature as the grand jury foreperson.

Anonymous said...

@9:20 - Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!

The irony is dripping from your post.

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