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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

After Ignoring Angel Moms, Senate Dems Hold Rally for Government Workers Affected by Shutdown

by Debra Heine:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leads the Senate Democrats, carrying
large photos of federal workers affected by the governement shut down, down
the Senate steps a news conference to call on President Trump to re-open the government
on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
Senate Democrats held a shutdown rally in front of the Capitol Wednesday morning, holding giant photos of government workers affected by the shutdown.
"Each one of these Americans has a different story about how the shutdown is hurting them and their families," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. "As the Trump shutdown drags on, more and more Americans are hurt," Schumer intoned. He went on to share the story of a federal food safety inspector for the Department of Agriculture who has missed a paycheck and now doesn't know how he's going to be able to afford his medical bills.


This rally came a day after a group of Angel Moms (mothers of those killed by illegal immigrants) wielded giant photos of their murdered children at the offices of Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Angel Moms have attempted in vain all month to meet with Democrat leaders to discuss legislation to fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Angel Mom Sabine Durden, whose son Dominic was killed by an illegal alien in 2012, reacted to Schumer's rally on Twitter, saying: "Really? They can still hug their children, many of us Angel moms will never b able to do that. I would give up everything to just have my son for 1 hour."


Asked for comment, Durden told PJ Media: "How incredibly insulting to those who would give up EVERYTHING to have their loved ones back for just a few hours. He’s showing his true colors and they are NOT red/white and blue. This little show is exactly what we talked about when we went to his office and he didn’t make time to even meet us for a minute. Those workers will get their pay, I will NEVER get my son back. Shameful and I wish he would fight this hard for Americans who suffered the ultimate loss because they are not helping to secure our borders ."

Last week, Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son, 32-year-old police officer Brandon Mendoza, was killed by a drunk illegal alien in 2012, said on Fox News' Hannity: "I would love the opportunity to stand in front of Nancy Pelosi mother to mother, and look her in the eye, and say, 'which child of yours, or grandchild of yours, would you give up to support this agenda?'"

She added that Pelosi's refusal to meet with them was "like a slap in our face and a kick to our loved ones' graves." Mendoza said that she tried calling Pelosi's office to set up a meeting for when she would be back in D.C., "and it was dead silence" on the other end of the phone "and the staffer said no."
Unable to meet with the leaders, the Angel Moms ended up protesting inside the Capitol Hill offices of Schumer and Pelosi on Tuesday instead.
“It’s a slap, it’s a stab, it’s a kick in the gut, in the groin,” Durden said.

Radio talk show host Rose Tennent asked how it felt to be refused a meeting with the speaker.

“If you can talk all that talk, why don't you walk all that walk?” Durden asked, referring to Democrats who have heavily criticized President Trump’s wall proposal. “If you’re that tough, come see me. Come see all of us in one room. No press, just us, just for two minutes.”

“What’s interesting is, literally, there’s a wall between you and Nancy,” Tennent pointed out.

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Debra Heine is a Catholic, mom of six and long time political pundit. She has written for PJ Media and several blogs including her own, Nice Deb!

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Shutdown Showdown, Pelosi's Pique, Religious Freedom Day

Gary Bauer
by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Shutdown Showdown - It's Day 26 of the partial government shutdown. Amid all the hysterical headlines of reduced economic growth and bankrupt bureaucrats, here's something you need to know: Democrats still refuse to negotiate with President Trump.

Consider these excerpts from The Hill:

"Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer . . . told reporters Tuesday that he hasn't spoken to President Trump in nearly a week. . . A group of centrist House Democrats on Tuesday rejected a White House invitation to attend talks with Republicans and Trump."

Yes, you read that right. Schumer isn't talking and neither are House Democrats.

Keep in mind that many of these "centrist House Democrats" promised voters that they would be independent and willing to buck their leadership. Yet not one was willing to cross Nancy Pelosi.

Even more disturbing were other meetings that did not take place yesterday.

Angel families, the relatives of those killed by illegal aliens, went to Capitol Hill hoping to speak to Democrat leaders who say this is a "manufactured crisis." Incredibly, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi refused to meet with them.

Schumer and Pelosi, who refuse to secure our borders, hid behind their walls, behind their security details and behind their phalanx of staff members.

Once again, the Democrat leadership proved that it is far more sympathetic to illegal immigrants than American citizens and their families.

Pelosi's Pique - Speaker Pelosi clearly despises President Trump. Citing security concerns, she essentially rescinded her invitation for the president to deliver his annual State of the Union address.

Initially scheduled for January 29th, Pelosi said the address should be delayed until after the government re-opens. Or the president could submit his remarks in writing.

Call me skeptical, but I don't think Pelosi is really concerned about Trump's safety. I think she is attempting to deny President Trump another prime time opportunity to address the American people about the crisis at the border.

And we do have a crisis at the border. As we have reported in recent days:
The Washington Post acknowledged that "Record numbers of migrant families are streaming into the United States, overwhelming border agents."

The Pew Research Center reports that apprehensions in 2018 were "the most . . . since 2014." That was same the year as Obama's big border crisis.

The Department of Homeland Security reports that December apprehensions of migrant families set a record and marked "the third month in a row that more than 50,000 people have illegally crossed into the U.S."

The first wave of the latest migrant caravan from Honduras just crossed into Guatemala on its way to our southern border.
Here's something else to keep in mind: Not every illegal immigrant is looking for work or is a refugee fleeing violence.

We don't know who they are because they are trying to illegally sneak across our border totally unvetted. But we do know that ranchers along the border are finding Muslim prayer rugs in the desert.

Administration officials have told us that thousands of people on the terrorist watch list have been detained attempting to enter the country. That is a fact.

The left counters that very few known terrorists have actually crossed the southern border. But exactly what is the acceptable number of terrorists allowed to enter the country from the southern border?

In my opinion, one is too many. It took only one terrorist to kill eight people on the streets of New York City.

Those on the left who argue for open borders are intentionally ignoring the reality that a vast network of Islamic supremacists already exists within our borders. Numerous radical mosques are spewing hatred on a regular basis. (Here, here, here and here.)

By the way, German intelligence officials recently declared that the Muslim Brotherhood was a greater threat to German democracy than Al Qaeda or ISIS. Has anyone at the FBI read the German report?

Religious Freedom Day - Today is Religious Freedom Day. While the ability to worship freely is something many Americans take for granted, that hasn't always been the case.

The Pilgrims came to America not in search of treasure but seeking religious freedom. And our Founding Fathers were so concerned about guaranteeing that freedom that they enshrined it in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Nor is religious freedom the norm in many parts of the world today. As a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I can tell you that we are currently working on our annual report identifying the world's worst violators of religious liberty. The reality of religious persecution around the world is harrowing.

President Trump issued a proclamation recognizing today as Religious Freedom Day. Here are some excerpts:

"On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate our Nation's long‑standing commitment to freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one's own faith. The right to religious freedom is innate to the dignity of every human person and is foundational to the pursuit of truth. . .

"Our Nation was founded on the premise that a just government abides by the 'Laws of Nature and of Nature's God.' As the Founders recognized, the Constitution protects religious freedom to secure the rights endowed to man by his very nature. On this day, we recognize this history and affirm our commitment to the preservation of religious freedom."


A High Barr - William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, returned to Capitol Hill this morning for a second round of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. By all accounts, Barr's handled himself well and effectively deflected the left's attacks.

Barr assured senators that he would be independent, saying, "I am not going to do anything that I think is wrong, and I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong. By anybody."

He described James Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's email scandal as "weird," "herky jerky" and "bizarre."
Barr assured Chairman Lindsey Graham that he would look into reports that the FBI launched an investigation to determine if President Trump was a Russian agent.

He told senators that physical barriers were "a critical part of border security."

On the Mueller probe, Barr resisted demands that he recuse himself.
Barr was unanimously confirmed in 1991, and there is no reason for Democrats to oppose his nomination now. He did not express a single opinion that is out of the conservative mainstream.

But because of the "resist-at-all costs" mentality that prevails on the left, I will be surprised if one Judiciary Committee Democrat votes for him. They don't want this president to have a conservative attorney general.
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Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families

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Boston Mayor Wants To Force Doctors To Ask About Guns

by Tom Knighton: I’ve been pretty down on the American Medical Association and anti-gun doctors for a while. Honestly, it’s taken a concerted effort on my part to remember that not all doctors support this kind of nonsense. After all, the anti-gun doctors get the headlines while groups like Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership barely get mentioned.

I respect doctors. I count several as friends and who do I go see if I feel bad? That’s right, a doctor.

Doctors are a vital part of our society.

Now, the mayor of Boston wants to force them to ask whether or not you have a gun in your home.A glimpse of your upcoming doctor visit:

As you grimace uncomfortably during the prostate exam, your doctor casually asks, “Oh, by the way — do you own a gun?

How many? Is there one in your house?” Startled, you jump (big mistake) and say, “Why are you asking me that?”

“Oh, I have to,” the doctor says as she takes one last pass over your prostate. “It’s mandated by law.”

That, my friends, is the future Mayor Marty Walsh envisions, not just for Boston, but for the entire state of Massachusetts.

Mayor Walsh’s legislative agenda for the city includes a bill that would require medical professionals to ask patients about guns in the home, and bring up the topics of gun safety. Not “suggest” doctors do it, or “allow” it. Require it.

... One Massachusetts official who’s all for doctors grilling their patients over guns is Attorney General Maura Healey. In 2016, she launched a partnership with the Massachusetts Medical Society to encourage doctors to do just that.

However, even Healey is unwilling to support Mayor Marty’s mandate thuggery. “The AG believes medical providers should have the tools and training to ask such questions, when appropriate,” was as far as her spokesperson was willing to go.

Another element that’s entirely missing from this conversation is the issue of free speech — or in this case, compelled speech. There are plenty of doctors who have no interest in talking about gun ownership with their patients or see no need to. What about their free-speech rights?
Columnist Michael Graham goes on to remind folks that when Florida passed a bill that forbade doctors from talking to their patients about guns, the Boston Globe jumped up and down, screaming about the physicians free speech rights.

Free speech is a double-edged sword. If I’m free to say things, then I’m also free not to say things. Granted, the latter is a right my wife probably wished I’d exercise a lot more often, but that’s beside the point.

Compelling a physician to ask about a firearm, particularly when there’s no legitimate reason to do so, is compelled speech. That’s a violation of the doctor’s freedom of speech.

Now, couple that with the fact that whether or not I have a firearm is irrelevant in the majority of cases for why one might see a doctor, and you understand why this is such a head-scratcher. I mean, I get that Walsh is an anti-gun Democrat who doesn’t want anyone to have a firearm, but wow.

What makes them think people will answer honestly? If my doctor has to ask and has to record the information I give, then I can see a lot of people saying, “Oh no, no firearms for me.”

You know, kind of like how they lie about cutting out saturated fats and exercising more when their doctors ask them about that.

At least those questions are relevant to people’s health. Whether or not I own a gun, isn’t.
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Tom Knighton is a Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist, and a blogger at Bearing Arms. He lives with his family in Southwest Georgia and also contributes to PJ Media.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Problem Isn’t Sexism: It’s Elizabeth Warren

. . . There’s a reason no one likes her.
Caricature by Donkey Hotey
by Daniel Greenfield: "Is ‘Likability’ in Politics Sexist? Yes. It’s Also Outdated," the New York Times blared. "The issue with Elizabeth Warren isn't likability. It's sexism," The Guardian bleated. "Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton and the sexist hypocrisy of the 'likability' media narrative," NBC wailed. "Talking About Elizabeth Warren’s Likability is a Way to Tell Women to Sit Down and Shut Up," the Daily Beast ranted.

Lefties like to believe that the essential elements of human nature, economics, aspiration and biology are outdated, having been disproven by some professor in an obscure TED talk or Marxist tract. Likability was apparently discredited in a panel discussion, but we went on liking people and never realized it.

There’s no surer sign that Warren is walking down Hillary Clinton Boulevard to the ditch of history than that a mere 3 days after she announced her run, her defenders are already accusing critics of sexism.

And it’s even sillier for Warren’s warriors to make the claim than it was when Hillary’s hellions tried to attribute all criticism to sexism. Hillary Clinton was the only major female candidate in the 2016 election. Warren is likely to go up against two other women. And no one is complaining about the likability indexes of Kamala Harris or Kirsten Gillibrand. Nor is anyone comparing either woman to Hillary Clinton.

Likability isn’t sexist. John Kasich and Martin O’Malley are examples of 2016 candidates on both sides of the party line whom no one actually liked. Warren’s likability deficit has nothing to do with her gender. It might have something to do with her role in ripping off asbestos victims while pocketing a tidy sum.

But not really.

The ‘Hillariness’ of Warren doesn’t lie in their shared fabulism or lack of ethics. There isn’t a Dem front runner in this race who can be counted on to tell the truth for more than 3 seconds at a time. Joe Biden could lie Elizabeth Warren under the table and still dissemble Hillary Clinton to a draw.

Nor is the issue a double standard that discriminates against women who obviously seek power. Warren had been playing it coy until just now, while Gillibrand spent years broadcasting that she wants to run, despite a complete lack of qualifications for the White House, her current job or a job at Starbucks. But no one compares her to Hillary Clinton, even though she actually holds Hillary Clinton’s old job.

A politician, male or female, who doesn’t want power has something important in common with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. He or she is a mythical legend that no one over the age of five believes in.

Elizabeth Warren is Hillary Clinton reborn, and they’re both unlikable, because they’re both inauthentic scolds who suffer from hall monitor syndrome. They spent their entire lives breaking every rule they could find while awkwardly fantasizing about running every tiny detail of everyone else’s lives.

Warren and Clinton are both unlikable because you can’t picture either one having any fun. When they boast about carrying hot sauce in their purses or drink beers on livestream, you roll your eyes.

An inability to have fun is a forgivable sin. Joyless people power professions from TSA night shifts to laundromat sock inspectors. But combine that with an obsessive need to monitor, regulate and eradicate other people’s fun, and you have the miserable essence of the progressive movement.

A scold.

Scolds come in both sexes. America’s greatest scold is the eight-richest man in America who spends half his time trying to force people to drink smaller sodas. That’s why nobody liked Michael Bloomberg when he was trying to ban salt and jaywalking in New York City. It’s why not even Elizabeth Warren voters will vote for him even if he drops his threatened $100 million to come in 32nd in the 2020 Dem primaries.

Scolds are awkward and arrogant. They’ve spent a lifetime navigating the system, but never learned to fake plausible human emotions. They stay up nights afraid that somebody, somewhere is having fun. The only game they know is bureaucracy, and they play it to get the nicest office chairs and ruin the most people’s lives. In Colonial America, scolds burned witches. In modern times, they wipe out lives.

They are convinced that humanity’s problems could be solved by eliminating its bad habit of happiness.

President Trump has been whacking away at Warren because he would love to run against her. All he has to do is brush off the 2016 playbook and swap out email gags with DNA test jokes. And they would connect because nobody really likes her.

Likability, like economics and biology, isn’t actually going anywhere no matter what a New York Times op-ed says.

Likability has nothing to do with gender. We view people as likable when we think they like us. Even when we might not agree with them politically, we like to think that we could shoot the breeze.

Can you picture anyone shooting the breeze with Hillary Clinton for under six figures?

Likable people are people we might enjoy having fun with. Unlikable people ruin other people’s fun.

Elizabeth Warren has a likability problem because it’s hard to imagine her liking anyone. It’s all too easy to imagine her turning that look, which owes nothing to the Cherokee, but much to some dour Swedish ancestors hardened by centuries of exposure to freezing winds and colorless skies, upon us.

Warren, like the authentic hard-core progressive, doesn’t like people. She sees them as problems to be solved. Unlike Hillary, she isn’t animated by a free-floating bitterness and resentment. And probably doesn’t have a flow chart of enemies or voodoo dolls of everyone who ever thwarted her on a shelf.

But hating the human race less than your 2016 candidate does not a 2020 candidate make.

Lefties succeed when they pretend to like people. The best of them, like Obama and Hillary’s better half, are narcissists who thrived on the adulation of the campaign trail. But Warren doesn’t like people. Until recently, she avoided doing interviews. Her campaign debut had the frenzied desperation of careful planning. Unlike her rivals, she avoided people, until she had to grit her teeth and dive in all the way.

There’s never a politician so bad at politics that he or she won’t attract an admirer somewhere. But Warren’s ceiling is of her own making. Enough people told her that she could one day sit in the Oval Office that she came to believe it. And, like Hillary Clinton, she laboriously planned out a political campaign with the methodical relentlessness of a position paper, but with no grasp of people.

Three days in, Elizabeth Warren’s media shadow guard was already accusing critics of sexism.

Playing the identity politics card is a cheap way of suppressing dissent. But it doesn’t overcome the inherent flaws of a candidate. No amount of sexism accusations made Hillary Clinton a better candidate.

Identity politics works best when practiced by likable politicians who make voters want to reassure them of their own likability. That’s why Obama played the identity politics game and won big. Hillary Clinton didn’t make voters want to reassure her that they weren’t sexist pigs. Nor will Elizabeth Warren.

Warren’s resources and organization mean that she will be at this for over a year. When running against two other women, Warren’s constant cries of sexism will seem sillier than Hillary’s. But Democrats will still have to listen to them for over a year. It won’t make Warren any more likable, just more losable.
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Daniel Greenfield is Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and a New York writer focuses on radical Islam and the radical left. David Horowitz is a Contributing Author of the ARRA News Service

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The US Should Ban Spying China From Selling Us Commuter Trains - Especially in DC

Spying - It’s What They Do
by Seton Motley, Contributing Author: This Donald Trump-Russia Collusion nonsense – is nonsense for about nine million different reasons.

On of the very many reasons is – Russia can’t even afford to feed itself.

It’s a gas station with a nation attached – and Trump has drilled the US into global petroleum leadership. Which drives way down gas prices – which is awful for Russia.

Russia is about five trillion rubles short of being able to mess with eastern Europe – let alone US.

Communist China, on the other hand, is a huge geopolitical foe and threat.

We have spent the last half century-plus very stupidly funding China’s rise – by handing them tens of millions of our manufacturing and other jobs. Which handed them trillions of our dollars.

China has become exponentially stronger – by making us exponentially weaker.

And now China is looking to press their advantages – all over the world.

And most importantly – right here in the US:

“China hacks the living daylight out of…well, just about everything Internet and electronic….

“China has for decades been dumping hundreds of millions into our colleges….

“China is buying trillions in our real estate.

“But as bad as ALL of this is, the worst of it all is…their owning our domestic infrastructure.

“To wit: Our trains. On an average workday, more than fifteen million Americans ride the rails. China owning large swaths of the network is…more than a mite problematic.”

Why are today’s trains problematic in China’s hands?:

“Modern rail cars are nodes in complex transit communications networks, extensions of a transit authority’s information and operational technology infrastructures, and even WiFi hotspots.”

In other words – trains are now are rambling tech tubes.

And if we’re on Chinese trains – in Chicago, or Philadelphia, or, I don’t know, our nation’s capitol – you can with moral certitude know the Chinese will be spying on us:

“The warnings sound like the plot of a Hollywood spy thriller: The Chinese hide malware in a Metro rail car’s security camera system that allows surveillance of Pentagon or White House officials as they ride the Blue Line – sending images back to Beijing.

“Or sensors on the train secretly record the officials’ conversations. Or a flaw in the software that controls the train — inserted during the manufacturing process – allows it to be hacked by foreign agents or terrorists to cause a crash.

“Congress, the Pentagon and industry experts have taken the warnings seriously, and now (Washington, D.C.) Metro will do the same.

“The transit agency recently decided to add cybersecurity safeguards to specifications for a contract it will award later this year for its next-generation rail cars following warnings that China’s state-owned rail car manufacturer could win the deal by undercutting other bidders.”

That’s great – as far as it goes. Which isn’t very far at all – and nowhere near far enough:

“With more than 600,000 riders a day, Washington’s Metro system is the transportation lifeblood of our nation’s capital. Federal workers, military personnel, tourists, students and many others all depend on a safe, secure and reliable transit system to get them to work, school, home and everywhere in between.”

Of particular national security note are the “federal works (and) military personnel.” You certainly want to allow China to declare open spy season on that commuter contingent.

Why the heck aren’t all Chinese companies barred from bidding on any train gigs – in DC, and anywhere in the US?

A Chinese company ban – would not be unprecedented. For identical spying concern reasons.

Why Is Huawei Banned in the United States?

“A few years ago, Huawei was banned in the United States citing the risk on national security.”

That’s great – as far as it goes. Which isn’t very far at all – and nowhere near far enough:

“Although Huawei returned to the US market, it had to encounter a huge resistance…..

“The news from Huawei made some people think that the U.S. government has blocked all the Chinese mobile phones from US market, but this is not the case. At present, ZTE, Lenovo Motorola, TCL and other companies have all gained a certain share in the United States. Among them, ZTE has a share of more than 10%, has a number of operator partners, and also has maintained the presence of its brand.”

That’s just stupid. Because happening all the frigging time – is stuff like this:

Is the World’s Biggest Surveillance Camera Maker Sending Footage to China?:

“Imagine a world where almost everyone can be tracked, and everything can be seen by cameras linked directly to the Chinese government.

“The rapid growth of a little known Chinese manufacturer of high-powered surveillance technology has some people concerned that it’s no longer a theory.

“Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, a company controlled by the Chinese government, is now the world’s largest supplier of video surveillance equipment, with internet-enabled cameras installed in more than 100 countries.

“In the United States alone, the company’s surveillance systems can be found everywhere from prisons to airports to private homes and public schools, and even in places with sensitive national security concerns, such as Fort Leonard Wood military base in Missouri….

“According to a U.S. government procurement document published on IPVM.com, the world’s largest online video surveillance trade magazine, U.S. embassy officials decided in August 2016 to allow only Hikvision suppliers to bid on the installation contract.”

Well, we’re getting slightly less stupid. To wit:

ZTE: US Bans Firms from Selling Parts to Chinese Phone Maker

US Bans Sales to Chinese Chipmaker Fujian Jinhua

China’s Hikvision Hits Out at US Congress over ‘Baseless’ Ban on Using Surveillance Equipment over National Security Concerns

President Trump Signs NDAA, Banning Government Use of ZTE and Huawei Technology

Trump Wants to Ban US Companies from Using Chinese Telecom Equipment

But again – why is ANY Chinese telecommunications equipment allowed anywhere near here?

Again – why would we allow China ANY opportunity to spy on us?

We shouldn’t allow any Communist Chinese train bidders anywhere in the US.

In Washington, D.C. – that ban should be patently obvious and immediate.

Yet we’re still considering allowing Communist China to build trains for DC Metro.

On which every day travel hundreds of thousands of people who work for our federal government.

That is a captive audience spying bonanza.

One of which Communist China should be banned from buying any part.
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23 Million Americans Feed at the Leftmedia Trough Every Night

. . . Insanely high Leftmedia bias is still the spearhead of the Democrat #Resistance.
by Nate Jackson : For more than 22 years, The Patriot Post’s mission has been to combat Leftmedia bias. Thus we weren’t surprised when the Media Research Center released its latest report revealing that coverage of President Donald Trump on network nightly newscasts — watched by 23 million people — was 90% negative in 2018. That matches historically bad coverage in 2017, and it aligns with similar studies by organizations like Pew Research Center and Harvard University, neither of which are conservative.

One major aspect of incessantly negative coverage is Russia. “For the second year in a row,” NewsBusters notes, “the Russia investigation was the single most-covered topic amid the networks’ Trump coverage, garnering 858 minutes of airtime. Since January 20, 2017, the Russia probe has received 2,092 minutes of coverage on just the three evening newscasts.”

Or, as humorist Dave Barry put it, “That was all we heard about, day after soul-crushing day, for the entire year.”

Oddly, Trump’s relationship with the mainstream media is almost symbiotic. As we’ve noted before, the Leftmedia gave Trump $5 billion in free airtime during the 2016 campaign in what was supposed to prop him up for a sure loss to Hillary Clinton. Beset by Trump Derangement Syndrome after he won and desperate for ad revenue, the media ramped up the negative attacks. But Trump feeds off of those attacks, and, as with Democrats retaking the House, he arguably benefits from having a foil or a villain. He loves battling “the FAKE NEWS media,” which he calls “the enemy of the American People!

It works. NewsBuster (a division of MRC) says, “Despite the media’s obvious disapproval, public opinion of the President actually improved slightly during 2018, from an average 40% approval on January 1 to 42.7% approval on December 31, according to RealClearPolitics.” We noted a similar trend last May.

A Republican with less backbone — which is to say virtually every other Republican — would have backed down long ago in the face of this media barrage. Not Trump, for good or ill. The real collusion scandal in our nation is between the media and the Democrat Party. This study is another marker.

As a final question: What would our 50/50 political landscape look like if media coverage was 50/50 instead of 90/10?
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Nate Jackson is Managing Editor at The Patriot Post.

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Shutdown 'Crisis'

John Stossel
by John Stossel: This government shutdown is now longer than any in history. The media keep using the word "crisis."

"Shutdown sows chaos, confusion and anxiety!" says The Washington Post. "Pain spreads widely."

The New York Times headlined, it's all "just too much!"

But wait. Looking around America, I see people going about their business -- families eating in restaurants, employees going to work, children playing in playgrounds, etc. I have to ask: Where's the crisis?

Pundits talk as if government is the most important part of America, but it isn't.

We need some government, limited government. But most of life, the best of life, goes on without government, many of the best parts in spite of government.

Of course, the shutdown is a big deal to the 800,000 people who aren't being paid. But they will get paid. Government workers always do -- after shutdowns.

Columnist Paul Krugman calls this shutdown, "Trump's big libertarian experiment." But it's not libertarian. Government's excessive rules are still in effect, and eventually government workers will be paid for not working. That makes this a most un-libertarian experiment.

But there are lessons to be learned.

During a shutdown when Barack Obama was president, government officials were so eager to make a point by inconveniencing people that they even stopped visitors from entering public parks.

Trump's administration isn't doing that, so PBS found a new crisis: "Trash cans spilling... (P)ark services can't clean up the mess until Congress and the president reach a spending deal," reported "NewsHour."

But volunteers appeared to pick up some of the trash.

Given a chance, private citizens often step in to do things government says only government can do.

The Washington Post ran a front-page headline about farmers "reeling... because they aren't receiving government support checks."

But why do farmers even get "support checks"?

One justification is "saving family farms." But the money goes to big farms.

Government doesn't need to "guarantee the food supply," another justification for subsidies. Most fruit and vegetable farmers get no subsidies, yet there are no shortages of peaches, plums, green beans, etc.

Subsidies are a scam created by politicians who get money from wheat, cotton, corn and soybean agribusinesses. Those farmers should suck it up and live without subsidies, too.

During shutdowns, government tells "nonessential workers" not to come to work. But if they're nonessential, then why do we pay 400,000 of them?

Why do we still pay 100,000 American soldiers in Germany, Japan, Italy and England? Didn't we win those wars?

We could take a chainsaw to so much of government.

The New York Times shrieks, "Shutdown Curtails FDA Food Inspections!"

Only if you read on do you learn that meat and poultry inspection is done by the Department of Agriculture. They're still working. And the FDA is restarting some inspections as well.

More important, meat is usually safe not because of government -- but because of competition.

Food sellers worry about their reputations. They know they'll get bad publicity if they poison people (think Chipotle), so they take many more safety measures than government requires.

One meat producer told me that they employ 2,000 more safety inspectors than the law demands.

Lazy reporters cover politicians. Interviewees are usually in one place -- often Washington, D.C. Interviewing politicians is easier than covering people pursuing their own interests all over America. But those are the people who make America work.

While pundits and politicians act as if everything needs government intervention, the opposite is true.

Even security work is done better by the private sector. At San Francisco's airport, security lines move faster. Passengers told me, "The screeners are nicer!" The TSA even acknowledged that those screeners are better at finding contraband. That's because San Francisco (Kansas City, Seattle and a dozen smaller airports) privatized the screening process. Private companies are responsible for security.

Private contractors are better because they must compete. Perform badly, and they get fired.

But government never fires itself.

Government workers shout, "We are essential!" But I say: "Give me a break. Most of you are not."
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John Stossel is author of "No They Can't! Why Government Fails -- But Individuals Succeed." Article shared by Rassmussen Reports.

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Procter & Gamble’s Toxic Sanctimony

by Michelle Malkin: One of the world’s most successful brands committed ideological hara-kiri this week. Recognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of progressivism.

To which I say: R.I.P.-C. (Rest In Political Correctness).

In case you hadn’t seen or heard, parent company Procter & Gamble launched a Gillette ad campaign blanket-demonizing men as ogres and bullies. Guilt-ridden actors gaze ruefully at their reflections in the mirror — not because they’ve neglected their hygiene, but simply because they’re men. Various scenarios of boys being boors and males being monsters flash across the screen before woke interlocutors show how “real” men behave in nonaggressive, conciliatory and apologetic ways.

At home and at work, in the boardroom, on the playground, and even while barbecuing in the backyard, Gillette sees nothing but testosterone-driven trouble. Message: Y chromosomes are toxic. The “best a man can get” can no longer be attained without first renouncing oppressive manliness.

Self-improvement must begin with self-flagellation.

A Gillette company statement explained that after “taking a hard look at our past” and “reflecting on the types of men and behaviors we want to celebrate,” officials decided to “actively challenge the stereotypes and expectations of what it means to be a man everywhere you see Gillette.”

But Proctor & Gamble, which bought Gillette in 2005 for $57 billion, doesn’t spell out which part exactly of the 118-year-old company’s past it now rejects. Was it founder King Gillette, the relentless entrepreneur who appealed to “red-blooded” young American soldiers? Was it the decades of multimillion-dollar promotional campaigns catering to physically superior athletes?

Or perhaps the mau-mauing marketers have adopted the radical feminist position that shaving itself is sexist. Is the ultimate goal to undermine the very raison d’etre of the $15 billion shave care industry?

I ask only half in jest. How else to explain this latest suicidal episode of collective consumer-shaming? Gillette’s two-minute, man-bashing missive may have racked up 7 million views on YouTube, but the “dislikes” outnumber “likes” by 4 to 1.

And the reviews are brutal:

“How to destroy your company in 1 minute 48 seconds.”

“Companies attempting to make profit should stick to that.”

“The single male is the most attacked maligned ridiculed and forgotten person in today’s society.”

“You can buy High Quality Razors that are NOT Gillette at the 99 Cents Store with NO lecturing on how to be a Man.”

“I’ll buy P&G products again when I see them release an equivalent ad targeting negative female traits: toxic femininity/paternity fraud/fake accusations… doubt that’s going to happen any time soon!”

“So now Gillette thinks that it is the arbiter of what all men should think, say, and watch. Screw Gillette, bought their products for almost 50 years, I will never buy another Gillette product. NEVER!!!”

“Thank you Gillette, I purchased your razors and chopped off my testicles with it. No more toxic masculinity!”

Ouch.

You may remember that P&G, which I un-fondly refer to Protest & Grumble, has dipped its sanctimonious toe into social justice waters before. In 2017, the company tackled identity politics with a video called “The Talk.” The preachy ad stoked fear and hatred of police and perpetuated racial stereotypes of officers lurking around every corner waiting to pounce on innocent black children and teenagers — alienating law enforcement families across the country and insulting every minority cop to boot.

The backlash against that ad apparently didn’t faze Protest & Grumble’s activist zealots. Once again, industry marketers are proving they’re not satisfied with selling useful products people want and need. No, they’re hell-bent on exploiting successful businesses to cram odious politics down consumers’ throats.

Like many Silicon Valley giants (hello, Facebook and Twitter) and SJW-hijacked sports enterprises (hello, NFL and ESPN), Gillette is now openly discriminating against its consumers-turned-critics to curry political favor with the #MeToo movement. Savvy social media observers caught the company throttling negative comments and dislikes on its YouTube video. They can manipulate likes and de-platform dissenters. But they won’t be able to disguise the bloodletting effect of toxic sanctimony on their bottom line.

Falling on your virtue-signaling blade may win you awards and headlines, but ultimately, it’s a fatal proposition.
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Michelle Malkin is mother, wife, blogger, conservative syndicated columnist, and author. She shares many of her articles and thoughts at MichelleMalkin.com.

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Getaway . . .

. . . President Trump stays in Washington DC eager to make a deal as Democrats living it up at a Puerto Rico getaway while Federal employee’s go without a paycheck.
Editorial Cartoon by AF "Tony" Branco

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None Dare Call It Careerism

by Paul Jacob, Contributing Author: Let’s build a wall, I said last week, between the Office of the President and all these emergency powers our Congress has recklessly given away to the chief executive.

After admittedly “scrambling to figure out” the emergency powers possessed by POTUS, the Washington Post’s editorial board lamented its discovery “that Congress has delegated a surprising amount of emergency or quasi-emergency power to the executive branch over the years, possibly too much.”

Possibly? Well . . . it is the Post.

Yet, the paper acknowledges, “The implications for constitutional government are potentially serious.”

The federal government currently operates under “31 presidentially declared national emergencies,” informs Post columnist Charles Lane. “[I]f Trump evades Congress’s refusal to fund a border wall by declaring a national emergency at the border . . . it would not be the first time a president took advantage of the inherent elasticity of the term.”

Congress last legislated on emergency presidential powers in 1976, a mere two years after Richard Nixon became the first president in U.S. history to resign in disgrace. Yet, even then, the law left presidential authority largely unchecked, and the term “emergency” completely undefined.

Why has Congress simply handed away so much power, writing laws with so little accountability? Has Congress been saddled with inexperienced rookies? No. There are no term limits. This is the product of very experienced career politicians.

Read between the lines.

“Only Congress can reclaim the emergency powers it has granted the president,” Lane writes, adding . . . “assuming, of course, that lawmakers want the responsibility back, too.”

They don’t. They prefer their cushy careers.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
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Paul Jacob is author of Common Sense which provides daily commentary about the issues impacting America and about the citizens who are doing something about them. He is also President of the Liberty Initiative Fund (LIFe) as well as Citizens in Charge Foundation. Jacob is a contributing author on the ARRA News Service.

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AG Nominee William Barr Must Demand To Know How Russia Collusion Probe Into Trump Started

by Robert Romano: “[I]t’s strange to have a counter intelligence investigation of a President but I’m not — I just don’t know what the predicate is and if I’m confirmed I assume I’ll find out.”

That was Attorney General nominee William Barr’s answer to a question from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) at his first confirmation hearing on Jan. 15 about whether the counter intelligence investigation by the Justice Department into the Trump campaign that began in 2016 constituted an improper instance of the incumbent political party going after the opposition party.

It’s the right answer by Barr. He should not pre-judge the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller without the facts in hand. But neither should Barr assume anything about how the Russia collusion probe got started prior to Mueller or that getting to the bottom of the case’s predicate will be so easy. It’s actually a really great question — one of the most closely guarded secrets in Washington, D.C.

By the looks of things, the Justice Department and FBI were out to get President Donald Trump from day one in 2016 on allegations that he was a Russian agent, and then lied about the scope and extent of their investigation to the President after he was elected and to Congress in public hearings.

This much at least has been confirmed in the latest revealing report by the New York Times on the origins and extent of the Obama administration’s investigation, first into candidate Donald Trump and his presidential campaign, and then carried over into the Trump administration after he was inaugurated.

Five factors appear to have motivated the investigation into Trump, per the Times. The first three were: “Mr. Trump had caught the attention of F.B.I. counterintelligence agents when he called on Russia during a campaign news conference in July 2016 to hack into the emails of his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump had refused to criticize Russia on the campaign trail, praising President Vladimir V. Putin. And investigators had watched with alarm as the Republican Party softened its convention platform on the Ukraine crisis in a way that seemed to benefit Russia.”

The fourth was the dossier paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign, by former British spy Christopher Steele, that alleged that Trump was a Russian agent and that the Trump campaign had worked with Russia to hack the DNC and put their emails on Wikileaks: “Christopher Steele, a former British spy who worked as an F.B.I. informant, had compiled memos in mid-2016 containing unsubstantiated claims that Russian officials tried to obtain influence over Mr. Trump by preparing to blackmail and bribe him.”

Finally, the straw that breaks the camel’s back according to the Times is the firing of Comey, at which point “law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests…” So convinced they were of Steele’s allegations, they apparently even thought the Comey firing was a part of the collusion plot.

Taking these one by one, the first to occur actually was his speaking on Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the March 10, 2016 Republican debate, Trump called Putin “a very strong leader” for Russia in contrast with President Barack Obama, of whom he said “I think he has been a lot stronger than our leader, that I can tell you.”

But let’s take the New York Times article at face value. Let’s say Trump calling Putin “a very strong leader” and saying Obama was not caught the nation’s intelligence agencies’ attention.

Perhaps coincidentally or perhaps not, Trump campaign official George Papadopoulos was approached just four days later in Italy, on March 14, 2016, by Joseph Mifsud with promises of connections to Russian government officials. Later in April, Mifsud would promise Papadopoulos dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russia, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller: “‘the Russians had emails of Clinton’; ‘they have thousands of emails…’” presumably from her private server. No emails were ever delivered to Papadopoulos.

Recall, after the Steele’s dossier’s significance came to light, it was the Times who reported that Papadopoulos was actually the original genesis for the investigation in its Dec. 2017 report, “How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt.”

Papadopoulos now contends that they were not Russian agents at all, but Western intelligence operatives whose job it was to set up and sabotage the Trump campaign. That, in short, the UK and other Western intelligence agencies were using their own agents against the Trump campaign in 2016 in a sting operation to ferret out Russian collusion.

Papadopoulos was later prosecuted for incorrectly stating when his hiring by the Trump campaign was in conjunction with the first Mifsud meeting, which both occurred in March 2016. Was Trump’s “refus[al] to criticize Russia on the campaign trail” the genesis of that investigation, and did it lead to Papadopoulos being targeted first by Mifsud and later by prosecutors, who apparently did not find a crime to investigate him for until they questioned him?

Overall, Trump’s campaign proposal to try to improve relations with Russia is essentially non-criminal and not even controversial. It’s a political question. Presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower have sought, with varying degrees of success, to improve relations with Moscow, not because they were traitors, but to avert the very real possibility of hot war that might go nuclear and kill us all.

It’s not the FBI’s job to figure out why presidential candidates think Putin might be a strong leader or not. If that’s how this all got started it was dumb. We know the reason for trying to improve relations with Russia was to enable Trump’s proposed policy of teaming up to destroy international terrorists like Islamic State. Working with Russia against terrorists was something then-campaign advisor Michael Flynn had also advocated for publicly. It wasn’t a mystery. They could’ve watched Flynn’s video in Dec. 2015 in Moscow with a Russian television journalist on Youtube and read public reports stating Flynn was advising Trump at the time to figure that out.

But they knew all of that already. After all, this could have begun as a policy disagreement with Flynn and then after the election was won by Trump became a means of sabotaging that policy.

If that was indeed the basis for the investigation, Barr should take a close look, because foreign policy is a political question that presidents have the power to determine. And it is the American people, not the FBI, who gets determine if the policies proposed by presidential candidates are wise or not. The people voted for Trump, even if disgraced former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page did not.

Looking at the other items mentioned as prompting the counter intelligence probe, Trump was joking at a press conference in July 2016 when he suggested that perhaps Russia could find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails from her private server that contained classified information. That was never a basis for a criminal probe.

As far as the 2016 Republican National Committee Platform is concerned, anyone can look it up, which states of Ukraine: “We support maintaining and, if warranted, increasing sanctions, together with our allies, against Russia unless and until Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are fully restored. We also support providing appropriate assistance to the armed forces of Ukraine and greater coordination with NATO defense planning.” It calls for more sanctions on Russia, the restoration of Ukrainian territory from Russia and assistance to Ukrainian armed forces against Russia, and we’re led to believe that this is a provision of the platform that Russia wanted because the words “lethal defensive weapons” were removed and replaced with “appropriate assistance” in the process of inserting the language into the platform.

Again, not a crime and even if the preference was in order to be less provocative towards Russia — you know, because of that World War III problem where we all die — it was not at all inconsistent with Trump’s stated policy at the time to improve relations with Russia. J.D. Gordon, who was responsible for modifying the provision, has not been charged with being a Russian agent or providing text for the platform from Moscow. He has stated that at the convention when the amendment was being debated he told the co-chair of the committee to table the amendment in light of Trump’s policy position on Ukraine weapons, when it was ultimately modified to remove explicit mention of weapons and then strengthened to include the call for sanctions.

It’s not a crime to view U.S. military assistance in Ukraine as a potential flashpoint that risks war with Russia. Again, that’s a policy disagreement the American people could mete out in the 2016 election, and did, in favor of President Trump, who warned about actions that might lead to war with Russia. In any event, as President, Trump has sent weapons to Ukraine anyway. How is sending weapons to Ukraine doing Russia’s bidding?

Which leaves the Steele dossier, which accused Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Carter Page of being directly involved in a conspiracy to work with Russia to hack the DNC and put the emails on Wikileaks, but neither have been charged with that. Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was supposed to be in Prague meeting with Russian agents to deal with the fallout of Wikileaks, but to this day, even after he has been sentenced for unrelated campaign charges, he says he was never there, so he very well couldn’t have been there talking to Russian agents about anything.

In the end, it was the Steele dossier that was used by the FBI to get the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against Trump campaign official Page beginning in Oct. 2016. In Jan. 2017 former FBI Director James Comey called the allegations in the dossier “unverified,” yet it was renewed three times even though they had apparently no idea if the allegations were true.

All the while, once Trump was on his way into office, and after he was sworn in, the FBI via Comey repeatedly lied to the President and Congress about the extent of the investigation. Andrew McCarthy of the National Review, also a former federal prosecutor, wrote on Foxnews.com that this was an attempt to cover up the investigation.

McCarthy wrote, “If you believe the dossier, then of course Trump is the main focus of the probe. The FBI and DOJ knew this would be controversial – the incumbent administration spying on the opposition campaign in the absence of corroborated evidence of a crime. So, they designed the investigation in a way that allowed them to focus on Trump without saying they were doing so. Before Trump was elected, they papered the files to indicate that they were focusing on the Trump campaign or people connected to it, like Page and Papadopoulos. This way, they could try to collect evidence about Trump without formally documenting that Trump was the target.”

McCarthy continued, “After Trump was elected, the FBI realized that Trump was soon going to have access to government intelligence files. If they honestly told the president-elect that they had been investigating his campaign in hope of making a case on him, they had to be concerned that he would shut the investigation down and clean house at the FBI and DOJ. So, they misleadingly told him the investigation was about Russia and a few stray people in his campaign, but they assured him he personally was not under investigation. This was not true.”

So, you had the outgoing Obama administration spying on the opposition party in an election year, and then carried over the investigation into the Trump administration after the President won the election. When it didn’t find corroboration for the allegations against Trump, even with the surveillance, that should have been the end of it. Instead, the FISA warrant was renewed three times. And still the probe persists, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller still has not delivered his final report to Congress.

Rather than admit the original basis for the investigation, the Steele dossier and Papadopoulos set ups, were without merit, the Special Counsel has moved full speed ahead with prosecuting individuals named in it for unrelated crimes. Barr should ask if people should be investigated and prosecuted because their boss, a presidential candidate, has a policy disagreement with the FBI.

When former FBI Director James Comey was fired, reportedly, according to the New York Times, that’s when the FBI moved for a criminal prosecution of Trump.

Paul Manafort was convicted with unrelated bank and tax charges (the question of him discussing polling data with a Russian still has nothing to do with the DNC hack or Wikileaks, either), Michael Flynn was charged with lying to investigators about a conversation after the election with the Russian ambassador regarding sanctions, George Papadopoulos was charged with not remembering when he was hired by the Trump campaign, Michael Cohen was convicted of unrelated campaign charges to do with paying for non-disclosure agreements to alleged Trump mistresses and Carter Page hasn’t been charged with anything. So far, no Americans let alone anyone in the Trump campaign have been charged with working with Russia to hack the DNC and put the emails on Wikileaks.

So, this investigation based on a false charge, that Trump was a Russian agent, was carried over into the Trump administration and then Trump fired the person leading it, James Comey, which, we’re led to believe, was obstruction of justice, even though, under the Constitution and federal law, the President has the power to fire the FBI Director and to have input on the investigations the Justice Department pursues. They cannot prove the first charge, so they’ve shifted to trying to prove that defending himself against a false charge and reorienting the Justice Department to solving real crimes is a crime.

At the end of the day, Barr must get to the bottom of indeed what the predicate to this investigation was, and determine if it was all about getting Trump as much as it is about rescuing the reputation of the FBI and the Justice Department. If he cares about these institutions as much as his testimony indicates, he should care deeply that it was used politically. For, if the Justice Department under Mueller continues to pursue politically motivated prosecutions that would have never been pursued had Trump never been elected leading to legal action against the President, not for espionage but for insisting he was no Russian agent, it will do nothing to restore public confidence in the administration of justice. Instead, it will leave it irreparably in shambles, with a view that only Republicans get prosecuted and even then, if you’re innocent, the facts won’t matter. They’ll get you all the same.

It may be important for Special Counsel Mueller to finish his investigation so that the country can see that the issue is resolved, but if the genesis of the investigation was politically motivated and laid upon false foundations, the American people need to see that issue resolved as well. Barr has his work cut out for him.
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Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.

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Left Leaning on Lawless Judges to Try & Stick it to Trump.

by Joseph Sacco: In the two years since Trump has been elected president, we have seen many attempts from the Left to resist his presidency with all their might. More often than not, their tries have failed miserably. But there is one area where the #Resistance movement has worked: judicial activism.

There has been a disturbing increase in the amount of federally appointed judges across the country using their benches and power as #Resistance mills, striking down Trump policies left and right. Conservatives are rightly worried about these abuses of power because the judiciary is acting in a manner directly contrary to the powers delegated to it in the Constitution.

The most recent example highlights a blow to religious liberty. Previously, religious institutions were not required to provide mandated contraception coverage if it violated religious beliefs. This included the cases involving Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor during Obama’s presidency.

President Trump was working to implement religious and moral exemptions. As David French wrote:

The Trump administration has left the Obama regulatory mandate largely intact, but it has slightly expanded the employer moral and religious exemption in a manner it believes is consistent with the requirements of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.Judicial appointees have taken upon themselves to cement the legacy of Obama’s presidency. Above all else, they believe that it is their moral right to oppose everything that Trump is trying to accomplish. It is my belief, and one that is hopefully shared in the conservative sphere, that the judiciary must be reined in and returned to its original purpose.
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Joseph Sacco is nine year Navy veteran, degree in Homeland Security and contributes to The Resurgent.

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The Left, the Wall, and the Truth

by Dennis Prager: Democrats and others on the left offer three reasons for their opposition to building a wall on America’s southern border.
      A wall is ineffective.
      A wall is too expensive.
      A wall is immoral.
Each one is false, so false as to constitute lies. So, the only question is: Do Democrats and others on the left believe these lies?

This question has plagued me all my life. Leftism is built on lies—and has been since Lenin. That’s why he named the Communist Party’s lying newspaper “Pravda” (“truth”).

Did my left-wing professors at Columbia University really believe the United States and the Soviet Union were equally responsible for the Cold War? Did they really believe one of the most genocidal regimes in history—which butchered tens of millions its own people, starved as many as 4 million Ukrainians, enslaved seven Eastern European countries under totalitarian rule, and created the monstrous North Korean communist regime—was no more responsible for the Cold War than the United States, the freest country in human history?


Did my left-wing professors really believe men and women are the same except for body parts? And do today’s leftists really believe human beings with double X chromosomes, a vagina, a uterus, ovaries, menstrual periods, and lactating breasts are not necessarily female?

Do leftists really believe American universities constitute “rape cultures”? If so, why does any left-wing parent send his or her child to college? Would you send your daughter to a place you believe is permeated by rape?

Do leftists really believe that the statement “There is only one race: the human race” is a racist statement? That is the official position of the University of California.

Do leftists really believe that virtually every criticism of former President Barack Obama emanated from racism, that all opposition to lowering college admission standards for blacks is racist, that all attacks on George Soros are anti-Semitic?

If leftists believe any of the above, let alone all of it, they are deluded people. And the existence of tens of millions of deluded people in a society can only portend catastrophe.

If leftists do not believe those claims, they are not deluded; they lie for effect and, therefore, engage in evil. The existence of tens of millions of people consciously committed to lying means society has little hope.

Now to the wall.

Do leftists believe the country cannot afford $5.7 billion? As the Democrats have approved $1.3 billion for border security, the difference is about one-tenth of 1 percent of U.S. federal spending ($4.5 trillion).

Democrats and the rest of the left make this argument. Yet they are the very people who, for more than half a century, have successfully pushed for unprecedented expansion of government spending; the very people who are overwhelmingly responsible for local, state, and federal government debts of such magnitude that they cannot be paid without massive decreases in spending and the likely social disruption they entail.

It is not possible these people believe America cannot afford to pay for a wall. They are, therefore, lying when they claim the price tag is too high.

California Democrats have allocated some $77 billion to pay for a high-speed train between San Francisco and Los Angeles that will be ready in 2033 at the earliest. It will undoubtedly rise to more than a hundred billion dollars. And, thanks to the left and the Democrats, California is spending this money despite being an estimated $2 trillion in debt (between debt and pensions).

The left says a wall (or steel barrier) would be “ineffective” at preventing illegal immigration. We know it doesn’t believe this, because just five years ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., supported a bill that required the construction of 700 miles of border fencing. And Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was one among the “Gang of Eight” Republicans and Democrats who also supported 700 miles of fencing at the border. Every Senate Democrat voted for the Gang of Eight bill, including 36 Democrats who serve in the Senate today.

Do Schumer and Pelosi and all these other Democrats regard fencing as effective, but a wall as ineffective? Do Democrats deny that Israel’s barrier has virtually ended Palestinian terrorism? Do they believe Turkey’s just-built 500-mile wall across nearly its entire border with Syria will be ineffective? Do they know about the effective walls/barriers between the Turkish- and Greek-controlled areas in Cyprus; between Hungary and Serbia and Croatia; Morocco and Algeria; India and Pakistan; and elsewhere?

As for the Democrats and others on the left declaring a wall “immoral,” it is difficult to know which is preferable: that they are living in delusion or lying. On what grounds is it “immoral”? They never say.

Is there a Democrat or leftist who regards walls or other physical barriers surrounding homes or communities as immoral? One doubts it. For one thing, many of them live behind a physical barrier. So, then, why isn’t a physical barrier that protects America equally moral? The only possible answers are that these people don’t really regard America as their home or they are lying about a wall being immoral.

So why all the lies?

Because lies are effective in achieving left-wing goals. There are people in every political, social, and religious group who lie. And there are people within every one of those groups who are truth tellers. But—and this is a “but” whose significance cannot be overstated—while truth is a liberal value and truth is a conservative value, truth has never been a leftist value. For the left, there is always something more important.

In this case, it is the humiliation of the president of the United States.
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Dennis Prager (@DennisPrager) is a conservative best-selling author, radio talk show host, columnist and public speaker. He appears regularly on conservative TV shows. He is President of Prager University which offers on-line free five-minute videos on various subjects addressed by noted conservatives. He Shared this article on H/T The Daily Signal.

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