The Democrats’ choice of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate and presumptive replacement as President is a truly frightening proposition for America, and particularly America’s Catholics and cultural conservatives.
As Michael Gerson observed in a January 20, 2019 op-ed, those who want to understand how Democrats manage to scare the hell out of vast sections of the country need look no further than the story of Sen. Kamala Harris and the Knights of Columbus.
In considering the confirmation of Brian Buescher to a federal judgeship, Harris (and Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Hirono) submitted written questions that raised alarms about his membership in “an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men.”
“Were you aware,” Harris asked, “that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?” And: “Have you ever, in any way, assisted with or contributed to advocacy against women’s reproductive rights?” And: “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed marriage equality when you joined the organization?”
Mr. Gerson concluded by if saying liberal Democrats like Harris want to compare the Catholic Church to a hate group, good luck with that. They will offend the last religious traditionalists they haven’t already offended and alienate a good many others besides.
As Attorney General of California, Ms. Harris in large measure made her reputation with the activist Far Left by persecuting pro-life conservatives, such as independent journalist and filmmaker David Daleiden, and cultural and economic conservative non-profit organizations, such as the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
Harris’ contempt for the Constitution, in particular the First and Fourth Amendments’ free speech and privacy protections, earned her lawsuits from several conservative organizations, including Americans for Prosperity and the Institute for Free Speech.
In its lawsuit, the AFP Foundation said it had been filing its IRS form 990 with the state every year since 2001. But when Harris became California Attorney General the office rejected the report as incomplete because it didn’t include the donor lists – lists the Supreme Court held could remain confidential in the landmark case of NAACP v. Alabama.
“The First Amendment grants individuals who donate to private advocacy organizations the right to remain anonymous lest public disfavor and harassment chill their speech,” according to the lawsuit. Yet the group said Harris gave it an ultimatum: disclose donors and threaten such speech, or refuse and be put out of business in California observed Steven Greenhut in a column for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
District court judge Manuel Real later ruled that attorney general Kamala Harris’ office did not demonstrate a sufficient need for that information when it sought to bar the conservative Americans for Prosperity Foundation from raising money in the state unless it turned over that list.
Judge Real’s decision was particularly useful in giving conservatives a preview of what a Kamala Harris presidency might look like – the Lois Lerner IRS scandal on steroids.
"Although the Attorney General [Kamala Harris] correctly points out that such abuses are not as violent or pervasive as those encountered in NAACP v. Alabama or other cases from that era, this Court is not prepared to wait until an AFP opponent carries out one of the numerous death threats made against its members," the judge wrote, according to Lachlan Markay, reporting for The Washington Free Beacon.
Real also dismissed arguments that the AG’s office would prevent public disclosure of information in the foundation’s schedule B and thereby avoid any potential infringement on the group’s or its supporters’ First Amendment rights.
"All told, AFP identified 1,778 confidential Schedule Bs that the Attorney General had publicly posted on the Registry’s website, including 38 which were discovered the day before this trial," Real wrote.
"The pervasive, recurring pattern of uncontained Schedule B disclosures—a pattern that has persisted even during this trial—is irreconcilable with the Attorney General’s assurances and contentions as to the confidentiality of Schedule Bs collected by the Registry."
Translation: Even a liberal Ninth Circuit federal judge thought Kamala Harris was lying and would continue to intentionally leak the confidential donor information for political purposes.
Few voters outside college campuses and the liberal Twitterverse are attracted to angry feminists, sneering liberal arrogance, smug elite condescension, Hillary Clinton-style flip-floppers and scary socialist commissars – which pretty well sums-up Kamala Harris.
During her abortive run for the Democrat presidential nomination, Senator Harris said her biggest priority was raising salaries for every teacher in the United States. She proposed a $315 billion “investment” that would boost teachers’ pay by $13,500. She also is a co-sponsor of “Medicare for All” and wanted to reform the criminal justice system by legalizing marijuana at the federal level and changing the cash bail system.
But her real selling point to the Democrat primary voter is her lack of civility and prosecutorial demeanor, which was rolled-out to great acclaim during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.
Here is one of the more interesting highlights:
As a former prosecutor, I have led investigations and I have tried these cases in a courtroom. I have spent countless hours with assault survivors. And when I look at what has occurred over these few days, we have fallen short in fulfilling our constitutional duty to fully evaluate Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. This process has been a disservice to Dr. Ford. This process was a disservice to survivors everywhere. And this process has been a disservice to the American people.
That was Senator Harris claiming uncorroborated accusations against Brett Kavanaugh should disqualify him for a seat on the Supreme Court and exile him from polite society.
And when similar – and well-corroborated – accusations of sexual assault were made against Joe Biden, Harris first said “I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.” After Biden was accused of sexual assault by former aide Tara Reade, Harris said that Reade “has a right to tell her story.”
Tara Reade and other women may have a right to tell their stories, but now, much as Hillary Clinton used her marriage to serial sexual predator Bill Clinton to vault her to high office, Kamala Harris is happy to ignore them and run with Joe Biden.
Americans for Prosperity Foundation
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NAACP v. Alabama
Schedule B disclosures