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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)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Faith of Our Founders: The Role of Religion in America's Founding

by Mark David Hall:“[The] significance of the Enlightenment and Deism for the birth of the American republic, and especially the relationship between church and state within it, can hardly be overstated.” —Frank Lambert, The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America

“Most of the American founders embraced some form of Deism, not historically orthodox Christianity.” —Richard Hughes, Myths America Lives By

“Deistic beliefs played a central role in the framing of the American republic. . . . [The] founding generation viewed religion, and particularly religion’s relation to government, through an Enlightenment lens that was deeply skeptical of orthodox Christianity.” —Geoffrey R. Stone, “The World of the Framers: A Christian Nation?”

“The Founding Fathers were . . . skeptical men of the Enlightenment who questioned each and every received idea they had been taught.” —Brooke Allen, Moral Minority

“Many of America’s ‘Founding Fathers’ were not Christians in any orthodox sense.” —Steven J. Keillor, This Rebellious House: American History and the Truth of Christianity[i]
The faith of America’s Founders has been a source of controversy since the nation’s inception. It has become increasingly popular to assert that they were deists who desired to build a wall of separation between church and state. This characterization is bad history, and it can lead to bad constitutional law. In this post, I show there is little reason to believe that America’s Founders were deists. In a following one, I will demonstrate that there is no reason to think that they embraced the sort of separation of church and state advocated by groups such as the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Deistic Founders?

In the eighteenth-century, deism referred to an intellectual movement associated with the Enlightenment that emphasized the role of reason in discerning religious truth. Deists rejected such traditional Christian doctrines as the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, the Atonement, the Resurrection, the Trinity, the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, and miracles. For our purposes, this last point is critical: unlike most Christians, deists did not think that God intervenes in the affairs of men and nations.

Scholars and popular authors regularly assert that the Founders were deists. They support these claims by describing the religious views of some combination of the following men: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, and Ethan Allen. They sometimes reach beyond this select fraternity to include another Founder or two, and almost inevitably they concede that not all Founders were as enlightened as the ones they profile. They leave the distinct impression, however, that most Founders, and certainly the important ones, were deists.

Ethan Allen and Tom Paine

Given the numerous, powerful, and clear claims that that the Founders were deists, it is striking that there are few instances of civic leaders in the era openly embracing deism or rejecting orthodox Christian doctrines. In 1784, Ethan Allen published Reason: The Only Oracle of Man, the first American book advocating deism. The book sold fewer than two hundred copies, and after its publication Allen played no role in American politics.

A decade later, Thomas Paine published a defense of deism entitled The Age of Reason, but he was born and raised in England and lived only twenty of his seventy-seven years in America, so one can reasonably ask if he should be counted as an American Founder. Paine wrote and published his volumes in Europe, and when he returned to America in 1802 he was vilified because of them. These cases suggest that whatever attraction deism had among a few elites, expounding such views in public was quite imprudent.

Six Other Suspects

We know from private letters and diaries that Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams rejected basic Christian doctrines such as the Trinity and the Incarnation. However, with a few minor exceptions they came to regret, they kept their heterodox views far from the public’s eye.

George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton are regularly referenced as Founders who embraced deism. Yet to my knowledge no writer has ever produced a public or private letter, journal entry, or text showing that these men rejected orthodox Christianity or embraced deism.

But Wait a Minute…

Before proceeding, we should note that if deism includes the idea that “God set the world in motion and then abstained from human affairs,” then one could argue that not one of these men was a deist, as all of them spoke or wrote about God’s intervention in the affairs of men and nations. Washington, for instance, referred to “Providence” at least 270 times in his writings. It is likely that Allen and Paine referred to God’s intervention in human affairs merely for rhetorical purposes, but there are good reasons to believe that even Founders who rejected some tenets of orthodox Christianity, such as Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson, continued to believe in miracles.

By my count, then, there are exactly two Founders—Allen and Paine—whom we may confidently label “deists.” And one of the two is arguably not an American Founder.

Representative Sample

But even if the Founders discussed above were all clearly deists, what would that say about the founding generation? Consider for a moment the background and experiences of these men. Washington, Jefferson, and Madison were wealthy Anglican plantation owners. Hamilton was born and raised in the British West Indies, and Paine was born and raised in England. In an era when few people travelled internationally, Jefferson and Adams spent significant time in Europe, and Franklin lived most of the last thirty-five years of his life in Britain and France. Needless to say, these men are not representative of late-eighteenth-century Americans.

When one turns from these few select Founders to the broader constellation of men and women who played significant roles in winning American independence and creating America’s constitutional order, the proposition that the Founders were deists becomes impossible to maintain. I have helped edit three books that collectively profile the religious views of thirty different Founders. These volumes reveal that most of the Founders usually called deists were not actually deists, and that most of others—including influential Founders such as Roger Sherman, Charles Carroll, Oliver Ellsworth, Patrick Henry, Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Samuel Adams, John Dickinson, John Jay, and many others—were orthodox Christians.[ii]

Why Does It Matter?

Anyone interested in an accurate account of the American founding cannot afford to ignore the important influence the Christian faith had on many civic leaders. Consider just a few examples.

If the Founders agreed on anything, it was that humans were sinful. To paraphrase Madison, “men are not angels.” Accordingly, they took great care to build a constitutional order that included limited government, the separation of powers, and checks and balances.

They understood as well that all humans were created in the image of God. As such, we are capable of rational self-government. This conviction also contributed to putting one of the gravest evils in early America, chattel slavery, on the road to extinction.

Finally, and many other examples could be given, their understanding of “liberty” was profoundly influenced by Christian morality. In the words of James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and an early Supreme Court justice, “law without liberty is tyranny, but liberty without law is licentiousness.” As Wilson makes clear in his law lectures, the “law” in the second half of the quotation refers to God’s moral law. The Founders were not moral relativists.

These views are not distinctly Christian, but if one hopes to understand the American founding, it is critical to recognize that most Founders were profoundly influenced by orthodox Christian theology.[iii]
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[i] Citation information for each of these quotations, and for many similar assertions, may be found in the introduction to The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life, ed. Daniel L. Dreisbach, Mark David Hall, and Jeffry H. Morrison (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009). [perhaps link to all three books?]

[ii] See, for instance, The Founders on God and Government, ed. Daniel L. Dreisbach, Mark David Hall, and Jeffry H. Morrison (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004); The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life; and Faith and the Founders of the American Republic, ed. Daniel L. Dreisbach and Mark David Hall (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

[iii] For further discussion, see my essay “Did America Have a Christian Founding?” available at http://www.heritage.org/political-process/report/did-america-have-christian-founding.
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Mark David Hall is the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Political Science at George Fox University. His primary research interests are American political theory and religion and politics. He has written or co-edited numerous books and articles. The Intercollegiate Review (IR) published by Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) which is dedicated to advancing the principles that make America free, virtuous, and prosperous. ISI shared this article with the editor of ARRA News Service.

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Mattis Explains Why U.S. Hasn't Shot Down Any North Korean Missiles

Defense Secretary James Mattis
by Bridget Johnson: Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that the U.S. has not moved to shoot down any of North Korea's test missiles because "those missiles are not directly threatening any of us."

"Obviously, Japan's missile defenses are up, and their radars are operating. Ours are. And they are intentionally doing provocations that seem to press against the envelope for just how far can they push without going over some kind of a line in their minds that would make them vulnerable," Mattis told reporters. "So they aim for the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as you know, where at least we hope no ships are around, right?"

"And the bottom line is that, when the missiles -- were they to be a threat, whether it be to U.S. territory, Guam, obviously Japan's territory -- that would elicit a different response from us."

Last week, Pyongyang fired an intermediate-range missile over Hokkaido, Japan, reaching its greatest test distance of 2,300 miles before splashing down.

"There are many military options, in concert with our allies that we will take to defend our allies and our own interests" should it come to that, Mattis vowed. "What we've done with the sanctions is we are putting the leader in North Korea in a position to be aware that the international community, voting unanimously twice now in the United Nations Security Council, seeing the increasing diplomatic isolation that comes with it, comes with the economic sanction that there's a penalty to be paid for ignoring international concerns and norms."

The Defense secretary acknowledged that there is a military option on the table against North Korea, but he would not go into details.

The Pentagon said Mattis spoke Thursday evening with Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera after the latest ICBM launch.

"The secretary reassured his Japanese counterpart of America's unwavering commitment to the defense of Japan and the broader security of the region," Director of Defense Press Operations Col. Rob Manning said. "Secretary Mattis and Minister Onodera agreed that the North Korean provocation called for a strong demonstration of a unified front between the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and agreed on the importance of robust trilateral defense cooperation between the three nations."
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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill. She is the Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Unwinding Obamacare

Sending The Money And The Power Out Of Washington Back To Where You Live’

SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “[Graham / Cassidy] would repeal the pillars of Obamacare and replace that failed law’s failed approach with a new one: taking decision-making power out of Washington, allowing states and governors to actually experiment with better ideas. Republican governors could do what’s best for their states on health care. Democratic governors could pursue the approaches that suit their constituents best.” (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 9/19/2017)

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): “[H]ere's the choice for America: prop up Obamacare, which is a disaster, it's not working, it will never work. Go to Bernie-care, which is a full-blown socialist, single-payer health care, or vote for our bill, which is a block grant back to the states, sending the money and the power out of Washington back to where you live. I vote for the last one.” (Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” 9/13/2017)

‘Republicans Aren't Done With Obamacare Repeal’

“Republican leaders are serious about one last attempt to overhaul Obamacare. What began last week as a long-shot option after Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana introduced their latest blueprint to overhaul the health care system has transformed into an all-hands-on-deck operation at the Capitol.” (“Republicans Aren't Done With Obamacare Repeal,” CNN Politics, 9/17/2017)
“Republicans are facing an end-of-September deadline to pass healthcare-related legislation through the budget-reconciliation process, which allows them to move measures with a simple-majority vote. … The Senate parliamentarian, an official of sorts for the chamber's rules, said the budget-reconciliation rules attached to the fiscal 2017 budget would expire at the end of the month.” (“Republicans' Last-Ditch Effort On Obamacare Repeal Is Gaining Some Steam — But It Still Faces Key Hurdles,” Business Insider, 9/15/2017)

SEN. GRAHAM: ‘Sending The Money And The Power Out Of Washington Back To Where You Live’

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): “What we do is we'll repeal the individual mandate, the employer mandate. We take all the money we'd spend on Obamacare and block grant it back to the state…. It will allow governors to control health care with the state legislators.” (Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” 9/13/2017)

SEN. BILL CASSIDY (R-LA): “I approach this as a physician…. We try and change [the system] to give a patient … or that self-employed person, wherever she or he may live, the ability to have affordable health insurance.” (Sen. Cassidy, Press Conference, 9/13/2017)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people…. As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis.” (“Statement By President Donald J. Trump On The Efforts Of Senators Graham And Cassidy To Repeal And Replace Obamacare,” 9/13/2017)

HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN (R-WI): “I appreciate Senators Graham and Cassidy continuing to work on a plan to pass the Senate. I’ll take federalism over Obamacare any day.” (Speaker Ryan, @SpeakerRyan, Twitter, 9/15/2017)

GOV. DOUG DUCEY (R-AZ): “Graham-Cassidy is the best path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare…. Congress has 12 days to say ‘yes’ … It’s time for them to get the job done.” (Gov. Ducey, @dougducey, Twitter, 9/18/2017)

GOV. SCOTT WALKER (R-WI): “I think it’s awesome… On healthcare, there are many of us in general who think sending more responsibilities and resources back to the states is directly what our founders intended in the Constitution be it healthcare, education, transportation, or otherwise. What a perfect way to kick start a true repeal and replace of Obamacare by sending it back to the states where we’re definitely more effective, more efficient, and more accountable to the people.” (“Gov. Scott Walker Backs Renewed Push To Repeal Obamacare: ‘A Winner All The Way Around,’” Breitbart, 8/30/2017)

SEN. DEAN HELLER (R-NV): “Doing nothing to try to solve Obamacare’s failures isn’t an option…. The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson plan is the most viable solution to achieving our health care reform goals by recognizing Obamacare’s failed one-size-fits-all approach and returning power to the states…. I urge my colleagues to join us in supporting a plan that allows our governors and legislatures the flexibility to support programs that are currently working in our states and to explore new options to address coverage and cost.” (Sen. Cassidy, Press Release, 9/13/2017)

SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WI): “Returning more health care decisions to the states and ensuring equal treatment for states like Wisconsin that spend taxpayer dollars wisely will allow local leaders to tailor their health care system to the needs of its citizens while maintaining protections for those with high cost and pre-existing conditions.” (Sen. Cassidy, Press Release, 9/13/2017)

SEN. JEFF FLAKE (R-AZ): “Graham-Cassidy plan to Repeal And Replace Obamacare has my support. It ought to be brought to the senate floor” (Sen. Flake, @JeffFlake, Twitter, 9/17/2017)

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Trump's U.N. Address, Trump Was Right, Hillary's Threat

by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Trump Addresses The U.N. - President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning.  In his first address to the world body, the president boldly defended the idea of national sovereignty and vowed to defend America's interests in the world.  He also challenged tyrants in Iran, North Korea and Venezuela.

President Trump told world leaders, "As president of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first."

He issued a strong condemnation of North Korea's human rights abuses, including the death of Otto Warmbier.  Then he warned that if Kim Jong-un forces a confrontation with the U.S. or our allies, "we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime."

Next, President Trump turned his attention to Iran, a regime that "speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room."  Trump declared that the Islamic Republic was a "an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos."  Trump also vowed to crush the "vile and sinister ideology" of "radical Islamic terrorism."

President Trump demanded reforms and accountability from the United Nations.  He blasted the U.N. Human Rights Council, with its anti-Israel obsession, as a "massive source of embarrassment."

Addressing the chaos in Venezuela, Trump denounced socialism, saying:

"The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.  From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.

Reacting to Trump's address, the foreign minister of Venezuela said, "For a moment, we didn't know if we were listening to President Reagan in 1982 or President Trump in 2017." I assume the Venezuelan foreign minister was trying to insult Trump, but I know he will take the comparison to Reagan as a compliment.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton had high praise for the president's address, saying it was exactly the kind of no nonsense, tough talk world leaders needed to hear.  I agree completely!

You can watch the president's address here.

Trump Was Right - As President Trump was preparing for his U.N. address, news was breaking this morning that his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was indeed "wiretapped" by the Obama FBI "before and after the election."

While the exact timeline is not clear, CNNi reports that the FBI initially obtained a warrant from the secret FISA court in 2014, but stopped the surveillance "for lack of evidence."  A second warrant was issued in 2016 with the approval of top officials at the Justice Department and the FBI.

Remember when President Trump first suggested that there was evidence that the Obama Administration wiretapped Trump Towers?  The media mocked him relentlessly.  Fired FBI Director James Comey told Congress that there was "no information that supports" Trump's claim.  Apparently there was, but Comey lied.

This gets us back to the fundamental question I posed last week after we learned that former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice had unmasked the identities of Trump campaign officials.  Are we going to tolerate the administration of one party using our vast national security apparatus to monitor the presidential campaign of the opposing party?

If the roles were reversed, if the Bush/Cheney team had wiretapped Barack Obama's campaign manager, the left and its media allies would be screaming "WATERGATE!"

Hillary's Threat - Hillary Clinton is continuing her "What Happened" book tour and sounds more like a sore loser every day.  During an interview with NPR yesterday, Clinton was asked if she would "rule out questioning the legitimacy of the election."  She responded, "No, I would not rule it out."

The implication of her answer is clear:  Clinton may challenge the legality of the 2016 election.

Let's rewind the tape to the third presidential debate in October 2016.  (Ancient history, I know.)  Moderator Chris Wallace asked then-candidate Trump, "Will you absolutely accept the results of this election?"

Of course, no one expected Trump to win.  The question really was, "Will you pledge now to accept defeat and go away quitely?"  Trump refused to preemptively surrender his right to challenge any Election Day irregularities, and the media pilloried him for days.

The notion that Trump was refusing to abide by the results reinforced the left's "Trump is a Nazi" narrative.  But as we later learned, it took a 2:00 am phone call from the president of the United States to get Hillary to abide by the results.

Now, months later, based on whatever she can piece together from the Obama Administration's monitoring of Trump and the Mueller investigation, Hillary is evidently entertaining some kind of challenge herself to the election results.

Many in the progressive movement are still fantasizing about impeaching Donald Trump and Mike Pence at the same time.  The left is refusing to accept the results of the elections, and it hates anything that "normalizes" Donald Trump.  They don't even like Nancy Pelosi discussing amnesty with Trump!

It would not surprise me at all if somewhere in New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, there is an office of left-wing legal eagles scheming to use the courts to overturn the election.​​
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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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California Dems Protect Child Rapists And Fight Trump

The #Resistance Dems are at it again.
by Daniel Greenfield: The Paris Commune, the Bavarian Soviet Republic and the California legislative supermajority of Dems are shining examples of what happens when insane leftists take over a formerly prosperous place.

“The issue of resistance is beyond the symbolism,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon declared. “A lot of other municipalities, as well as other states, are looking towards California … to be the leader of this resistance.”

The “resistance” is to President Trump, democracy and sanity. California has the best student government in the world. And like every student government, it’s eager to serve every leftist cause.

Forget good government. California is leading the “resistance.”

California lawmakers don’t waste time on trivialities like the pension bomb. Instead they tackle the serious issues. That’s why the California Assembly passed a bill mandating that Trump publish his taxes. The bill is unconstitutional. U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton settled that back in the 90s. If California wants to revisit that, it'll have to rely on a dissent from Clarence Thomas. Not to mention Scalia.

The bill would be signed by Governor Brown who hasn’t released his own tax returns.

But following the law is for Republicans and little people.

And California legislators compulsively generate bills that are immune to math, laws, precedent or legality. And that can only produce a complete and utter disaster if they are implemented.

And they wouldn’t have it any other way.

In addition to the multiple gratuitous legislative attacks on President Trump, which are as bizarre as they are unprecedented, there was a bill, introduced by Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco, to remove sex offenders from the sex offender registry. Wiener claimed that the sex offender registry was homophobic. The bill, which passed, will allow child rapists to be removed after 20 years, and gives child pornography distributors a pass after 10 years.

A spokesman for Governor Brown, whose former pal Jim Jones would have been thrilled by the legislation, spoke glowingly of the bill. But this is a state in which a statue of another Jim Jones ally, Harvey Milk, the Democrat pedophile who lured runaway teens, decorates San Francisco City Hall.

Move over undocumented immigrants. Here come the undocumented sex offenders.

Sadly, the “supervised heroin” bill which would have allowed heroin addicts to shoot up under the supervision of “qualified medical professionals” failed. But Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman claims that her bill got lots of “momentum” and will be back. Eggman is a member of both the LGBT Caucus and the Latino Legislative Caucus. And those are the only qualifications in California politics now.

Worse news still, it’s now illegal to ingest "any marijuana product while driving". But employers are not allowed to ask about your criminal history.

California did manage to pass the “Gender Recognition Act” inventing “non-binary” as a new gender and a bill sealing the juvenile records of teenagers who commit murder and other horrifying crimes.

The sanctuary state bill that bars law enforcement from asking illegal alien criminals if they’re illegal aliens went through to media applause. Landlords are also prohibited from reporting illegal aliens to the authorities. Businesses would be forced to demand a warrant from ICE: whether they want to or not.

“An employer… shall not provide voluntary consent to an immigration enforcement agent to enter any nonpublic areas of a place of labor,” the latter bill mandates.

The bill actually punishes Californians for cooperating with Federal law enforcement. Where do they think they live anyway? America?

There are extensive fines for landlords and businesses that choose to follow United States law and actually cooperate with immigration authorities.

Before long, everyone in California will be banned from reporting illegal aliens.

And using the term “illegal alien” will be a hate crime punishable by 20 years working to construct the light rail to nowhere under the supervision of undocumented non-binary sex offender murderers.

But there’s still no progress on the socialized medicine bill which would cost a mere $400 billion. Or twice California’s current budget. And the 100 percent renewable energy by 2046 hasn’t made it either. It would be a mistake to attribute these setbacks to sudden outbreaks of fiscal sanity. There’s no such thing in Sacramento. California is run by a crooked leftist oligarchy based on identity politics and special interests.

The California Senate will do anything and everything for illegal aliens. But when some unions didn’t like the latest renewable push, it stalled. It’s easy enough to protect child rapists because the coalition doesn’t care about children. It does care a great deal about alternate sexual identities, illegal aliens and heroin users. The homeless and criminals are top priorities. But while members of the oligarchy don’t care about children, they have compelling financial interests involving alternate energy sources.

Identity politics is important. But money matters more. And disguising that is the “resistance” circus.

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago taunts Trump as a "Russian crony" even while he promotes a college affordability program hosted by the Mexican Consulate. He attended a DACA shutdown opposition event alongside Senator Armando Ríos Piter, a Mexican politician who had called for retaliating against Trump by seizing American property in Mexico. Whose crony is Miguel Santiago?

Santiago was “inspired” to get into politics by propositions 187 and 209. These last gaps of democracy in California were quickly snuffed out. Illegal immigration and affirmative action rule now. The old people power propositions have either been rolled back or will be. Instead Dem pols drift in from the Mexican Independence Day celebration to find new punitive measures to protect their illegal alien voting bloc.

The left is in charge and is doing what it always does.

The Paris Commune returned to the old radical obsession with remaking the calendar as soon as it could. It abolished the death penalty even while killing hostages. It claimed the right to conscience even as it was seizing churches. Instead of preparing to fight, it spent its time on pointless political debates, circular firing squads and finally burning buildings that stood for the wrong sorts of things.

The California Commune has no interest in fixing the problems that it’s busy creating.

It decriminalized drugs and now has to worry about driving while high. It decriminalized public defecation and a hepatitis outbreak is sweeping San Diego. Its social policy spending sprees are bringing California closer to the economic abyss. Instead of dealing with these problems, the Dem supermajority will virtue signal on illegal aliens, on socialized medicine, on non-binary genders and on criminals.

It’s just easier that way.

California’s leftists would rather be the anti-Trump resistance than do the responsible thing.

Legal and illegal migration allowed the left to seize power in California. And now California is being destroyed by the left. But at least the undocumented pedophiles will have socialized medicine.
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Daniel Greenfield is Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. David Horowitz is a Contributing Author of the ARRA News Service

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President Trump's Remarks To The UN General Assembly

ARRA News Service: Below are the remarks of President Donald Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world.

As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.

Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th. The stock market is at an all-time high -- a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time. And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense.

Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assembly. Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed.

We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity. Breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve.

But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value. Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.
Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.

International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people; force dislocation and mass migration; threaten our borders; and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens.

To put it simply, we meet at a time of both of immense promise and great peril. It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.

We have it in our power, should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear.

This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars to help shape this better future. It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity.

It was in the same period, exactly 70 years ago, that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. Those three beautiful pillars -- they’re pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity.

The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free. As President Truman said in his message to Congress at that time, “Our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations. The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members.”

To overcome the perils of the present and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world.

We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success.

Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.

Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God.

In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch. This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution -- the oldest constitution still in use in the world today.

This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law.

The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words. They are: “We the people.”

Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country, and of our great history. In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs.

In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government's first duty is to its people, to our citizens -- to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first. (Applause.)

All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.

But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.

But in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure.

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations Charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America's devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies, from the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia.

It is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion, or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others. Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.

For the diverse nations of the world, this is our hope. We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife. We are guided by outcomes, not ideology. We have a policy of principled realism, rooted in shared goals, interests, and values.

That realism forces us to confront a question facing every leader and nation in this room. It is a question we cannot escape or avoid. We will slide down the path of complacency, numb to the challenges, threats, and even wars that we face. Or do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today, so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow?

If we desire to lift up our citizens, if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent. We must protect our nations, their interests, and their futures. We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow. And just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.

No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more.

We were all witness to the regime's deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later. We saw it in the assassination of the dictator's brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea's spies.

If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.

It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.

It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.

But we must do much more. It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior.

We face this decision not only in North Korea. It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime -- one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are, in fact, its own people.

Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors. This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran's people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship, fuel Yemen's civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East.

We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. (Applause.) The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it -- believe me.

It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran's government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Iran's government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.

The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict Internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protestors, and imprison political reformers.

Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror? Or will the Iranian people return to the nation's proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?

The Iranian regime's support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.

In Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations. We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamist extremism that inspires them.

We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the entire world.

We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology. We must drive them out of our nations. It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and others that slaughter innocent people.

The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people.

Last month, I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan. From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operations, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians.

I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups. In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS. In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined.

We seek the de-escalation of the Syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens -- even innocent children -- shock the conscience of every decent person. No society can be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread. That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack.

We appreciate the efforts of United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from ISIS, and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict.

The United States is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort. We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people, and which enables their eventual return to their home countries, to be part of the rebuilding process.

For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach.

For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere. We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.

For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.

For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

I want to salute the work of the United Nations in seeking to address the problems that cause people to flee from their homes. The United Nations and African Union led peacekeeping missions to have invaluable contributions in stabilizing conflicts in Africa. The United States continues to lead the world in humanitarian assistance, including famine prevention and relief in South Sudan, Somalia, and northern Nigeria and Yemen.

We have invested in better health and opportunity all over the world through programs like PEPFAR, which funds AIDS relief; the President's Malaria Initiative; the Global Health Security Agenda; the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery; and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, part of our commitment to empowering women all across the globe.

We also thank -- (applause) -- we also thank the Secretary General for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security, and prosperity. Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process.

In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution's noble aims have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them. For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more. In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes. The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but, to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it.

Major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell. But the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems.

The American people hope that one day soon the United Nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world. In the meantime, we believe that no nation should have to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially. Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own regions.

That is why in the Western Hemisphere, the United States has stood against the corrupt and destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom. My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms.

We have also imposed tough, calibrated sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse.

The socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country. This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule.

The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch.

As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal. That goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy. I would like to thank leaders in this room for condemning the regime and providing vital support to the Venezuelan people.

The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.

We are fortunate to have incredibly strong and healthy trade relationships with many of the Latin American countries gathered here today. Our economic bond forms a critical foundation for advancing peace and prosperity for all of our people and all of our neighbors.

I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis. We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela. (Applause.)

The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (Applause.) From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.

America stands with every person living under a brutal regime. Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their wellbeing, including their prosperity.

In America, we seek stronger ties of business and trade with all nations of good will, but this trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.

For too long, the American people were told that mammoth multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success. But as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories disappeared. Others gamed the system and broke the rules. And our great middle class, once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again.

While America will pursue cooperation and commerce with other nations, we are renewing our commitment to the first duty of every government: the duty of our citizens. This bond is the source of America's strength and that of every responsible nation represented here today.

If this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as President Truman said some 70 years ago, on the "independent strength of its members." If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations -- nations that are rooted in their histories and invested in their destinies; nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer; and most important of all, nations that are home to patriots, to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit.

In remembering the great victory that led to this body's founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil also fought for the nations that they loved.

Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain.

Today, if we do not invest ourselves, our hearts, and our minds in our nations, if we will not build strong families, safe communities, and healthy societies for ourselves, no one can do it for us.

We cannot wait for someone else, for faraway countries or far-off bureaucrats -- we can't do it. We must solve our problems, to build our prosperity, to secure our futures, or we will be vulnerable to decay, domination, and defeat.

The true question for the United Nations today, for people all over the world who hope for better lives for themselves and their children, is a basic one: Are we still patriots? Do we love our nations enough to protect their sovereignty and to take ownership of their futures? Do we revere them enough to defend their interests, preserve their cultures, and ensure a peaceful world for their citizens?

One of the greatest American patriots, John Adams, wrote that the American Revolution was "effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people."

That was the moment when America awoke, when we looked around and understood that we were a nation. We realized who we were, what we valued, and what we would give our lives to defend. From its very first moments, the American story is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future.

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.

Now we are calling for a great reawakening of nations, for the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people, and their patriotism.

History is asking us whether we are up to the task. Our answer will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve, and a rebirth of devotion. We need to defeat the enemies of humanity and unlock the potential of life itself.

Our hope is a word and -- world of proud, independent nations that embrace their duties, seek friendship, respect others, and make common cause in the greatest shared interest of all: a future of dignity and peace for the people of this wonderful Earth.

This is the true vision of the United Nations, the ancient wish of every people, and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.

So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world: We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all.

Thank you. God bless you. God bless the nations of the world. And God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

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Trump Was Right; Obama Admin Wiretapped His Campaign

by Tom Shattuck: All righty then. Looks like we may have a big problem. Remember in March when President Trump tweeted this shocking item? “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

And, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!.”

Heads exploded.

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey scowled, “Donald Trump should just do the right thing and apologize to Barack Obama, there is no evidence … it is absolutely not true.”

Sen. Liz Warren was right there to shout down the president, saying, “I just think it’s becoming clearer every day that President Trump is failing and he knows it, and that’s what these wild allegations are about.”

Not surprisingly, President Obama’s grenadiers in the media enthusiastically joined the charge.

While ABC’s Martha Raddatz excoriated Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mika Brzezinski griped, “What the hell … This White House is a joke.”

More recently Jake Tapper called Trump’s allegation “fiction,” snorting, “There is no evidence that Donald Trump was wiretapped by Barack Obama, it was and continues to be a lie.”

Not so fast, Jake.

Last night, Tapper’s colleagues at CNN broke blockbuster news: “US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election.”

Manafort has a residence in Trump Tower.

According to CNN, “The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.”

Indeed, according to the report, the FBI surveilled Manafort late last year into this year.

When James Comey, the FBI director during that time, was asked about Trump’s wiretapping tweets, his answer was, “I have no information that supports those tweets.”

Sorry, Jim. The rest of us now have information that supports those tweets and you’ve got another credibility problem.

Although the beltway elite and their Chia pets in the media will split hairs about whether or not it was Obama who explicitly ordered the surveillance, it is beginning to be clear that there was an effort to surveil candidate and then President Trump — and many parties lied about it.

A few months ago, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said that if true, Trump’s wiretapping claims would be the “biggest political scandal since Watergate.”

Brace for impact, swamp.
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Tom Shattuck writes for the Boston Herald. Article shared by GOPUSA.

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More Broadband Access For Everyone . . .

. . . Get Rid Of The Massive Government Taxes And Fees
Will No One Rid Us of
These Meddlesome Fees?

by Seton Motley, Contributing Author: One of the very many avenues the Left uses as an excuse to grow government – is the alleged “digital divide.” The number of people who do not have access to Internet service – contrasted with the number who do.
Broadband Digital Divide ‘Becoming a Chasm’: “There is ‘growing digital inequality between…the rich and the poor…’ says the United Nations’ Broadband Commission in its latest report.”

Does anyone actually believe the “digital divide” “between rich and poor” in the United States – is actually getting worse? That there is a smaller percentage of people with Internet access now – then there were three years ago? Five? Ten?

It is an absolutely absurd assertion.

Record Shares of Americans Now Own Smartphones, Have Home Broadband

Their lie is predicated in no small part on the ridiculously high official “definition” of “high speed broadband.” A level of speed far higher than the vast majority of Americans come even close to needing.

Their lie is also predicated on the completely disingenuous definition – that only wired broadband counts as Internet access. Our fast-and-getting-faster satellite Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – don’t count as Internet access. Our unbelievably-fast-and-growing-exponentially-faster wireless Internet connections – on incredibly dynamic smart phones and tablets – don’t count as Internet access.

How dumb is this? No item is more broadband intensive – than video. The second place item – isn’t even close. And we currently have wireless companies offering unlimited streaming of video services. Get that? WIRELESS Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – offering UNLIMITED video streaming.

That’s incredibly fast Internet access. Delivered to millions of people. On an access platform – the more-government-advocates don’t even count as Internet access.

All of this is terribly fraudulent. These fake “consumer advocates” fabricate these definitions – to fabricate a “problem.” To then fabricate their “solution” – which is, of course, more government. Shocker.

Public (Government) Ownership of Networks Can Solve Broadband Policy Fights: “Municipal (government) broadband can provide a solution: affordable or free broadband Internet access for everyone.”

Yes. Exactly like the Affordable Care Act provided affordable health insurance for everyone.

Obamacare Increases Health Insurance Premiums

Many Say High Deductibles Make Their Health Law Insurance All but Useless

Oops.

What the more government advocates don’t tell you is that the far-and-away chief impediment to Internet access – is government.

There are the monstrous taxes. On wireless, there is the Universal Service Fund (USF) tax. Which is currently a monstrous 18.1%. And it goes up automatically every three months. And can also be raised whenever by three votes from unelected Federal Communications Commission (FCC) bureaucrats.

Oh – and the more-government-advocates are whining about the Donald Trump Administration undoing the Barack Obama Administration’s unilateral Internet regulations. In no small part because those regulations would allow the government – to also apply the monstrous USF tax to wired Internet access.

Then there are the tens of thousands of sate, local and municipal governments – and their very many impediments to Internet access. They are particularly awful to wired ISPs – again, the only Internet access these clowns count:

“Local governments and their public utilities charge ISPs far more (for building rights) than these things actually cost. For example, rights of way and pole attachments fees can double the cost of network construction….

Emphasis ours – but did you get that? Local governments so shake down the ISPs – it DOUBLES the cost of building out the area. Meaning all the digging, trenching, cable-laying – for miles and miles and miles. All of which is the antithesis of cheap. And government DOUBLES that cost.

Does it get even worse? Of course it does:

“(A) system of forced kickbacks….(also) includ(ing) ISPs…building out service where it isn’t demanded, donating equipment, and delivering free broadband to government buildings.

Again, emphasis – and offense thereto – ours.

ALL of this government imposition – dramatically increases the cost of providing Internet access. Which, of course, dramatically increases the price access providers are forced to charge consumers. You know, the people about whom the more-government-advocating fake “consumer advocates” claim to care.

Nothing is more regressive on the poor – than the cost of government. Every time you read a headline about government imposing even more costs on businesses – insert the follow-up phrase “Poorest Hardest Hit.”

You say you want more people to have more – and cheaper – broadband access? In urban and rural areas – and everywhere else?

Get rid of the massive government-money-grabs on the buildout of service – and the massive government-money-grabs on service once it’s built.

We’ll write the sample headline for that fantastic story:

“Government Waives Taxes and Fees on Internet Access – Poorest Most Assisted.”
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Our Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity To Fundamentally Rethink Our Tax Code

After eight years of a heavy-handed Obama economy in which it often seemed only the ultra-wealthy could get ahead, it’s time to help middle class working families and small businesses get ahead. It’s time for comprehensive tax reform.’
ARRA News Service: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for tax reform:

“This morning, the Senate Finance Committee is hosting another in a series of hearings on comprehensive tax reform. The president, his team, and many of us here in Congress are in agreement that passing tax reform is the single most important action we can take today to energize the economy and help middle class families get ahead. Our tax code is overly complex and has rates that are too high.

“Chairman Hatch and the members of the committee are working to improve American competitiveness under a simplified tax code that works better for all Americans. Last week, the committee’s hearing examined how to make the tax code work better for American individuals and families. Today, the Finance Committee is discussing the consequences of our outdated tax code for American businesses and workers.

“In an increasingly competitive global economy, our tax code stands as a barrier between American enterprise and economic prosperity. It actually incentivizes companies to ship good American jobs overseas. That doesn’t make any sense. What we should be doing is working to bring them home. Comprehensive tax reform offers the chance to do so.

“This is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to fundamentally rethink our tax code. We want to provide American businesses small and large with the conditions they need to form, invest, grow, and hire. We want to stop American jobs from being shipped overseas. We want to bring jobs and investments home so we can spur economic growth and restore opportunity for our families.

“After eight years of a heavy-handed Obama economy in which it often seemed only the ultra-wealthy could get ahead, it’s time to help middle class working families and small businesses get ahead. It’s time for comprehensive tax reform.

“Many of our Democratic colleagues have expressed support for an overhaul of our tax code. I hope they will choose to work with us in a serious way to modernize our increasingly outdated tax system.

“I thank Chairman Hatch for his leadership, and I look forward to this morning’s hearing and more hearings to come as we continue to discuss our tax-reform goals. I thank the President and his team as well for their strong leadership too. Comprehensive tax reform is clearly a top priority for this White House, just as it is for this Congress. So let’s deliver more opportunity for the middle class — let’s continue the hard work of tax reform to help American families and small businesses get ahead.”

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Who Truly Imperils Our Free Society?

by Patrick Buchanan: “The Barbarian cannot make … he can befog and destroy but … he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.”

Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the Republic and of the West continue to be vandalized and smashed.

A week ago, the statue of missionary and Catholic Saint Fr. Junipero Serra was beheaded at the Santa Barbara Mission he founded. A century-old Columbus statue in Central Park was defaced and spray-painted with: “Hate will not be tolerated.”

Baltimore’s monument to Francis Scott Key, who observed the bombardment of Fort McHenry on a British warship late in the War of 1812 and was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was covered in red paint. “Racist anthem” was written across it.

In Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement, the university last week had to spend $600,000 to protect an invited speaker of the college Republicans from being assaulted.

But St. Louis was where the real action was. Friday, a mob hurled rocks and bottles injuring 11 cops, leaving one with a broken jaw. They smashed windows at the mayor’s residence and marched miles to the Central West End to berate diners on patios of restaurants with the menacing chant: “Off the sidewalk. Into the street.”

Saturday, the mob invaded and shut down a suburban mall, and then smashed windows across a nightlife district.

The protesters rationale: rage at a not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of ex-cop Jason Stockley in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith — in 2011.

Stockley’s police van had been struck by Smith’s car, who had been nabbed in an alleged drug deal and led police on an 80-mile-an-hour chase, at the end of which Stockley emptied his gun in Smith.

Yet even Attorney General Eric Holder declined to investigate.

On Sunday, Black Lives Matter showed up at the St. Louis’ police headquarters chanting, “Stop killing us!” But if the killing of black folks is a legitimate grievance, we need to ask: Who is killing them?

Last year, there were 4,300 victims of shootings in Chicago and 762 deaths. How many of those shootings were by cops?

How many of those shootings, mostly of blacks, were acts of “terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan,” all of whom our ever-heroic Congress demanded that President Trump, in a joint resolution after Charlottesville, denounce.

Nowhere in the resolution was there any mention of Antifa, the “anti-fascist” fighters on the other side of the Charlottesville brawl, where a protester was run down and killed by a Nazi sympathizer.

What is it in their DNA that causes Republicans reflexively to sign on to a one-sided Democratic denunciation of President Trump for the sin of suggesting there were two parties to the Charlottesville brawl?

And are neo-Nazis really a threat to the republic?

In 1963, this writer was at Dr. King’s March on Washington, which began on the Monument grounds where George Lincoln Rockwell’s Nazis were yelling slurs. On the site where Rockwell’s Nazis stood, there stands today the African-American Museum.

When my father was a 21-year-old Al Smith Democrat in D.C. in the Calvin Coolidge era, scores of thousands of anti-Catholic Klansmen strode up Pennsylvania Avenue, and the national Klan numbered in the millions.

But is the KKK of today a serious threat to civil rights?

Lately, St. Louis and East St. Louis have boasted the highest murder rates in America. Is that the doing of white supremacists?

This morning we read there have been so many smashed and stolen bicycles that Baltimore is canceling its Bike Share program.

Did David Duke and his Klan friends steal all those bikes?

Who are the ones shouting down speakers? Who violently disrupts political rallies, on campuses and off? Who engages in mob violence after almost every police shooting of a black suspect? As for interracial assaults, rapes and murders, according to FBI crime statistics, these are primarily the work of black criminals against white victims.

The Justice Department should report on hate crimes by white racists. But from the stats, anti-white racism is far more common and far more manifest in crimes of violence. Who reports that truth?

Are Christian supremacists murdering Muslims in Europe, or are Muslim supremacists committing acts of terrorism in Europe and conducting genocide against Christians in the Middle East?

The left has been marinated in an ideology where the enemy is always to the right. People blinded by ideology, unable to see the true enemies of their civilization, end up losing it, and their lives as well.

“We sit by and watch the Barbarian,” wrote Belloc, “We tolerate him … We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond; and on those faces there are no smiles.”
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Patrick Buchanan is currently a conservative columnist, political analyst, chairman of The American Cause foundation and an editor of The American Conservative. He has been a senior advisor to three Presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and was the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He blogs at the Patrick J. Buchanan.

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