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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)

Friday, September 01, 2017

Call To Prayer, Honoring Our Heroes, The Left vs. Reality, Comey Cover-up

by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Call To Prayer -  Great news, my friends! I just got back from the Oval Office. I was there with approximately two dozen faith leaders. It was a multi-racial group of leaders, many of whom represent large churches and denominations with millions of worshippers.

We were there to witness President Trump sign a proclamation declaring this Sunday a National Day of Prayer, not only for the victims of Hurricane Harvey but for the healing of the country's divisions.

Watch this brief video. I was honored to make a few remarks (around the 5:20 mark).

The president was the same genuine man I have seen over and over again. He expressed his love for America, as well as his tremendous respect for our nation's religious heritage. In our Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers declared that our liberty comes from God and that we are reliant upon Him.

I don't know how the media will report this meeting. But I do know that whatever the media say, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus knows that the president of the United States has asked the people of the United States to pray for the restoration and healing of our land. Ultimately that is all that matters.

Honoring Our Heroes -  President Trump tweeted out a picture yesterday of a group of Fort Worth, Texas, police officers huddled together in prayer. One hundred of them were heading to Houston to assist with recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. You can see it here.

Accompanying the picture, the president wrote: "Thank you to all of the brave first responders and volunteers from around the United States helping with the ongoing rescue and relief efforts in Texas."

As the saying goes, "A picture says a thousand words." And there was a lot packed into that one photo. It showed two major pillars of strong, stable societies -- faith and the men and women of the Thin Blue Line who risk their lives every day to protect the innocent.

By the way, the White House announced yesterday that President Trump was personally donating $1 million to the recovery effort.

The Left vs. Reality -  There is another iconic picture from the Harvey rescue. Columnist Ben Shapiro aptly noted that this photo exposes the lies the left has been preaching for the past several decades.

It is a photo of a white man in a baseball cap -- the stereotypical Red Neck -- carrying an Asian woman, who is holding a sleeping baby. Shapiro wrote: "This is the vision of humanity that carries us through our darkest trials: men as protectors, women as guardians, children as innocents. And yet our society has devoted itself wholesale to the destruction of this image."

That is a powerful commentary.

Feminists everywhere must be seething. I can hear the cries at Planned Parenthood and NOW, "She doesn't need that man to carry her, especially not if she had aborted that baby!"

There are real differences between men and women. It is foolish to try to deny them or believe we can be something we are not. Mothers and fathers matter. Families matter. Faith matters.

The left increasingly rejects every foundation of society. It talks of "fundamental transformation." It seeks to tear down what it calls the "symbols of oppression" -- be they statues or accepted societal norms.

But what is the left offering in return? What will it build to replace all that we have known?

Comey's Cover-up -  Newly uncovered emails appear to confirm what many Americans feared all along: The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of our national security secrets was a complete scam.

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reveal that FBI officials told congressional investigators that James Comey began drafting his statement exonerating Hillary Clinton well before she was interviewed.

In fact, the timeline suggests that Comey decided to clear Clinton before FBI agents had even interviewed 16 key witnesses!

"Conclusion first, fact-gathering second -- that's no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy," Grassley and Graham wrote.

No doubt you will recall that there was considerable consternation within the FBI over Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation. Well, now we know why. It looks like it was a cover-up, not a real investigation.

This revelation is raising questions about the veracity of Comey's Senate testimony. After all, he blamed Loretta Lynch's tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton for his decision to go public in order to "protect the credibility of the investigation."

But if the outcome was predetermined, then the investigation never had any credibility to protect!

Every Republican on Capitol Hill should be issuing press releases about this Comey/Clinton scandal. This story cannot be allowed to die over the holiday weekend.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Obama-era Justice Department.
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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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Stiletto-Gate . . .

. . . People are dying, injured and losing their homes while the mainstream media obsesses over Melania Trump’s shoes.
Editorial Cartoon by AF "Tony" Branco

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Hill, Cotton & Crawford on Elizabeth Bowles’ Appointment as BDAC Chairman

ARRA News Service: Congressman French Hill (R-AR), Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) congratulated Little Rock’s Aristotle, Inc., President and Chair of the Board Elizabeth Bowles on her appointment as Chairman of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). In February 2017, the three lawmakers supported Bowles’ nomination for the broadband panel.

In January 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai formed the BDAC for a two-year period in order to provide advice and recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access.

“Arkansans couldn’t be prouder to have Elizabeth in this leadership position,” said Congressman Hill. “Her deep understanding of the broadband industry makes her an outstanding choice to lead the council in finding innovative ways to ensure rural communities across Arkansas and our nation have an equal competitive footing.”

"Elizabeth Bowles is an excellent choice for this position,” said Senator Tom Cotton. “She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to expanding access to broadband in rural Arkansas and -- rural America at large. I commend Chairman Pai on his decision, and congratulate Elizabeth on her appointment.”

“Congratulations are in order for Ms. Bowles, who will represent well the interests of rural Arkansas as the Chairman of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee,” said Congressman Crawford.

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Is Keith Olbermann Crazy Or Is The Left Insane?

by Daniel Greenfield: Before we get started, this the cover of Keith Olbermann's latest book.

Why have that, "This is not a joke" subtitle there? Because it looks like a joke, doesn't it. If I were doing a parody of a leftist book, it would be some sort of "Jon Stewart on Crack" thing like this.

There's Keith Olbermann lying wrapped in the flag like a crazy but very well groomed homeless man. And yes, he interrupts his rant to tell you, that it's not a joke. Because that is exactly what you do when you take yourself so seriously that you worry that someone might not take you seriously enough.
was mocking the latest phase of Olbermann's career early on. And then he jumped the shark so many times that there was no longer any point. There was a time when Olbermann was trying to channel Walter Cronkite. Now he's channeling Morton Downey Jr. If the latter had been a pathetic freakish figure whose crazed threats somehow just make him seem sadder.

And yet that book, the one that looks like it should be an ebook on a site that's in ALL CAPS, is being put out by Penguin. Specifically Penguin's Blue Rider Press.

Penguin-Random House is one of the largest publishers in the world. Here's their writeup of it.Witty, acerbic, hard-hitting, and timely, Keith Olbermann’s Donald Trump commentaries come adapted from his hit GQ series The Resistance.

Since Donald Trump’s presidential nomination, Keith Olbermann has emerged as one of the web’s most popular anti-Trump screedists—each installment of his GQ web series The Resistance receives nearly four million views, and his fiercely progressive monologues have garnered a new generation of fans and followers. In TRUMP IS F*CKING CRAZY, Olbermann takes our Commander in Chief and his politics apart with journalistic acuity and his classic in-your-face humor. With more than 50 individual essays adapted from his GQ commentaries, including new up-to-the-minute material, TRUMP IS F*CKING CRAZY is essential reading for concerned citizens who—like Olbermann—refuse to normalize or accept our new political reality.
So the upshot is that Olbermann's book will just consist of transcripts of some of his crazed rants. That's good enough for Penguin.

So is Olbermann crazy or is the left insane?

Is he really like this or is he just mining the deep vein of crazy that the left has become. Under Bush, they wanted to pretend that they were the sane and decent ones. Increasingly they no longer even want to pretend.

Lefties love to talk about "normalizing" Trump. Here's what they're normalizing. And it's only one small sample.

Don't think of Olbermann as crazy. Think of him as a canny operator tapping into a crazy political movement. And then start thinking about what that means for America.
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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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Judge Orders FBI To Make Details Of Clinton Email Probe Public

by Jack Crowe: A federal judge ordered the FBI Thursday to publicly release previously unseen documents related to the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ordered the FBI to produce uncensored court documents describing the grand jury subpoenas issued to force Clinton’s internet service providers to turn over information related to her private server use, according to a statement released by Cause of Action Institute.

The ruling was made in response to a motion filed in June as part of a suit brought by Cause of Action Institute and Judicial Watch. The organizations claim the Department of State violated the Federal Records Act by failing to maintain records related to Clinton’s handling of classified information.

Boasberg justified his ruling on the basis that the set of documents in question “rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy.”

Cause of Action President and CEO John J. Vecchione praised the decision in a statement released Thursday following the court’s ruling.

“I applaud the court’s opinion. The government attempted to end a case with evidence no one could review. This order makes public details submitted by the government about the FBI’s efforts to recover then-Secretary Clinton’s unlawfully removed emails,” he said. “Americans deserve to know the full scope of that investigation, and we, as Plaintiffs, should have an opportunity to contest the relevance of the government’s facts.”

Former FBI Director James Comey called Clinton’s use of a private email address and server to handle classified information “extremely careless” in his July Congressional testimony but stopped short of filing charges.

The requested documents relate specifically to subpoenas related to emails Clinton sent on two Blackberry accounts during her first few weeks in office.

Boasberg’s order overrules objections made by the Trump administration, who previously claimed that publicly releasing the documents would violate grand jury secrecy rules.

The order comes days after the FBI refused to turn over documents related to their investigation into Clinton’s private email server, citing a lack of public interest to justify denying the FOIA request.
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Jack Crowe (@jackrcrowe) is a political reporter for The Daily Caller

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What Harvey Wrought

by Patrick Buchanan: Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together.

In awe at the destruction 50 inches of rain did to East Texas and our fourth-largest city and in admiration as cable television showed countless hours of Texans humanely and heroically rescuing and aiding fellow Texans in the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

On display this week was America at her best.

Yet the destruction will not soon be repaired. Nearly a third of Harris County, home to 4.5 million people, was flooded. Beaumont and Port Arthur were swamped with 2 feet of rain and put underwater.

Estimates of the initial cost to the Treasury are north of $100 billion, with some saying the down payment alone will be closer to $200 billion. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the cost of Harvey will exceed that of the Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Europe after World War II.

Though the country has appeared united since the storm hit, it is not likely to remain so. Soon, the cameras and correspondents will go home, while the shelters remain full, as tens of thousands of people in those shelters have only destroyed homes to return to.

When the waters recede, the misery of the evacuees left behind will become less tolerable. Then will come the looters and gougers and angry arguments over who’s to blame and who should pay.

They have already begun. Republicans who balked at voting for the bailout billions for Chris Christie’s New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the coast in 2012 are being called hypocrites for asking for swift and massive federal assistance to repair red state Texas.

And whereas George W. Bush soared to 90 percent approval after 9/11, no such surge in support for Donald Trump appears at hand.

Indeed, the sneering and sniping began on his first visit to Texas.

He failed to celebrate the first responders, they said. He failed to hug any of the victims. He failed to show empathy. First lady Melania Trump wore spiked heels boarding Marine One for Texas.

A prediction: The damage done by Harvey — as well as the physical, psychic and political costs — will cause many to echo the slogan of George McGovern in 1972, when he exhorted the country to “come home, America.”

The nation seems more receptive now, for even before Harvey, the media seemed consumed with what ails America.

The New York and D.C. subway systems are crumbling. Puerto Rico is bankrupt. Some states, such as Illinois, cannot balance their budgets. The murder rates are soaring in Baltimore and Chicago. Congress this month will have to raise the debt ceiling by hundreds of billions and pass a budget with a deficit bloated by the cost of Harvey.

And the foreign crises seem to be coming at us, one after another.

Russia is beginning military maneuvers in the Baltic and Belarus, bordering Poland, with a force estimated by some at 100,000 troops — Vladimir Putin’s response to NATO’s deployment of 4,000 troops to the Baltic States and Poland.

The U.S. is considering sending anti-tank missiles to Kiev. This could reignite the Donbass war and bring Russian intervention, the defeat of the Ukrainian army and calls for U.S. intervention.

In the teeth of Trump’s threat to pour “fire and fury” on North Korea, Kim Jong Un just launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan. Trump’s answer: U.S. B-1Bs make practice bombing runs near the demilitarized zone. Reports from South Korea indicate that Kim may soon conduct a sixth underground test of an atomic bomb.

War in Korea has never seemed so close since Dwight Eisenhower ended the Korean War with an armistice more than 60 years ago.

Despite the opposition of his national security team, Trump is said to be ready to repudiate the Iranian nuclear deal in October, freeing Congress to reimpose the sanctions lifted by the deal.

This would split us from our NATO allies and, if Iran ignored the new U.S. sanctions or began anew to enrich uranium, force Trump’s hand. Is he, are we as a country, ready for another trillion-dollar war, with Iran, which so many inside the Beltway seem so eager to fight?

The U.S. and Turkey have urged Iraq’s Kurds to put off their nonbinding referendum on independence Sept. 25. The vote seems certain to endorse a separate state. A Kurdistan, seceded from Baghdad, would be a magnet for secession-minded Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iran, 30 million in all, and present a strategic crisis for the United States.

Along with the steady growth of entitlement spending, the new dollars demanded for defense, the prospect of new wars and the tax cuts the White House supports, Hurricane Harvey should concentrate the mind.

Great as America is, there are limits to our wealth and power, to how many global problems we can solve, to how many wars we can fight and to how many hostile powers we can confront.

The “indispensable nation” is going to have to begin making choices. Indeed, that is among the reasons Trump was elected.
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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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3% Growth In 2nd Quarter Doesn't Guarantee 3% Growth For Entire Year

by Robert Romano: There was good news on the economic front as the Bureau of Economic Analysis revised upwards reported growth of the Gross Domestic Product in the second quarter from an inflation-adjusted 2.6 percent annualized to 3 percent annualized.

The news was heralded as great news for the American people by conservative media outlets and the Trump administration, naturally so, but a word of caution. 3 percent growth for a single quarter does not mean 3 percent growth for the entire year.

Growth in the first quarter remained at 1.2 percent, meaning, the growth rate for the year so far averages out to only about 2.1 percent.

To get to 3 percent for the year, the economy will still have to grow at about an annualized 3.9 percent for the remaining two quarters each just to get to the average of 3 percent for the year. Not saying it cannot be done but whether it will be done remains to be seen.

Although it is true that growth never rose above 3 percent annually during the Obama administration, there were many quarters where it grew above that level on an annualized basis. For example, in 2014, in the second quarter, the economy grew at an annualized 4.6 percent, and in the third quarter it grew at an annualized 5.2 percent. But because in the first quarter it shrank at an annualized 0.9 percent and only grew at an annualized 2 percent in the fourth quarter, the average growth for the year was still less than 3 percent.

Meaning, we’re not yet out of the slow growth doldrums that have plagued the U.S. economy for more than a decade — where the economy has not grown above an inflation-adjusted 3 percent annually since 2005 and not above 4 percent since 2000. From a growth perspective, the economy the past decade prior to President Donald Trump taking office was the worst on record.

The Trump administration should be mindful of the challenges the U.S. economy still faces — and manage expectations accordingly. The slowdown has been several years in the making, and it will not be turned around by sheer will or optimism alone.

Fortunately, it appears the President has surrounded himself with sober economic advisors, including Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. The budget submitted by OMB does not project 3 percent growth annually until 2021. And in a comprehensive oped for the Wall Street Journal on July 12, “Introducing Maga-nomics,” Mulvaney outlined the several conditions for getting there, including “Tax reform… Curbing unnecessary regulation… Welfare reform… Smart energy strategy… Rebuilding America’s infrastructure… Fair trade for America… Government spending restraint… [and] the size of the workforce.”

Three of those, curbing regulations, trade relations and smart energy strategies are all in the White House’s court. Although reducing the trade deficit will be difficult. It’s actually larger on average per month in 2017 at $46.1 billion a month than it was at this point in 2016 at $41.6 billion. That, even as U.S. exports have increased. The trouble is that imports grew even faster. Also, currency mismatches overseas remain a challenge.

But other essential items, including tax and welfare reform and spending restraint, depend on Congress and it remains unclear whether the GOP leadership there can create the consensus to get big things done.

Another factor cited by Mulvaney, the size and growth of the workforce, is dependent on other demographic factors — such as population growth of the working age population.

It also depends on social conditions — for example young people receiving the right kind of education and job training to obtain the jobs available — that may be beyond the scope of the government’s ability to affect in the near-term or even over the course of four years.

On those latter counts, the slower growth rate of the working age civilian labor force has correlated with the economic slowdown seen since 2000. The more people who enter the labor force, the more momentum the economy tends to have and vice versa.

As far as education and job training goes, there 131 million Americans over the age of 25 with some college or with degrees competing for only 55 million jobs that require that sort of education. That leaves the other 76 million or so people overeducated and yet unqualified for the many other jobs that actually require some form of vocational training. This is a generational challenge, and will not be fixed overnight.

This might help explain the slowdown of labor force growth in part but other factors including automation and outsourcing also loom.

In short, getting the growth engine of the U.S. economy moving again is not going to be so easy — and the economic advisors in the White House need to manage the President’s as well as the public’s expectations in this regard. It is good we have a president who is optimistic. Trump’s goal of 3 or 4 percent growth is laudable.

But to get to where we need to be will require outlining the real challenges facing the economy, even if it includes unpleasant news, and seek to aggressively address them via pro-growth policies.

Happy talk alone won’t make the economy grow robustly. Just ask former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
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Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.

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America’s Toughest Sheriff . . .

. . . Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty of enforcing the law in a leftist kangaroo court system. Thankfully President Trump had the good sense to Pardon him.
Editorial Cartoon by AF "Tony" Branco

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How To Bring Tax Reform And Relief To Arkansas

by Caleb Taylor: Members of the Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force have a little over one year left to submit a written report to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders that describes how to make Arkansas’s tax code more competitive.

They might find a new book from the Advance Arkansas Institute (AAI) valuable: it outlines the depressing reality of the higher tax burden Arkansans bear, compared to their neighbors in surrounding states.

Marjorie Greenberg, the report’s author, encourages lawmakers to increase the transparency of tax expenditures, reform the state’s budget process, and limit the spending of state government.

Greenberg is the former budget director for Gov. Hutchinson. She writes:These recommendations are triple-edged: they provide policymakers with more information; they establish better tax and budget processes; and they create a smaller and smarter government. These reforms are aimed at making Arkansas a better place. If enacted, they will produce a state government that spends and taxes less and delivers more; these reforms also will (not incidentally) improve the job prospects, the take-home pay, and the well-being of our citizens by encouraging business to invest in Arkansas.True tax relief in Arkansas will only be accomplished if it’s accompanied by budgetary reform, according to the report. Therefore, the task force should examine ways to reduce spending to compensate for revenue decreases from tax relief, Greenberg says.

The report is already receiving praise from some elected officials.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said of the report today in a statement:The Advance Arkansas Institute’s report on tax relief and budget reform is a must-read: it is a wake-up call for anyone interested in growing good-paying Arkansas jobs in an increasingly competitive environment. This report is a thoughtful, insightful, and well-timed analysis of our current situation. It is the perfect place to begin any conversation about Arkansas’s future.You can read the full AAI report here.
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Caleb Taylor writes for The Arkansas Project an affiliate of the Advance Arkansas Institute.

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Know Your BS

by Paul Jacob, Contributing Author: “Help me get my B.S. in the voters pamphlet,” read the subject-line of Tim Eyman’s email.

Eyman is a practitioner of the art of the voter initiative, foremost in his state, Washington, and one of the most effective nationwide.*

This particular call to action concerns the voter pamphlet statements about a tax increase placed on Washington State’s November ballot by the mayor and city council in Tim’s hometown of Mukilteo.

“In the pro statement,” Eyman explained, “they wrote that the need for the tax increase was ‘indisputable.’” Which his rebuttal countered with: “Politicians always say the need for higher taxes is ‘indisputable.’ We call B.S. on that.

It is rather to the point.

But soon he received word from the city that, “The Auditor feels the language is inappropriate and would like you to choose different wording.” Rather than “We call B.S. on that,” it was suggested that he might use: “We call foul.”

Eyman objected. He pointed out that B.S. is used ubiquitously; he sent the city examples.

“I called the ACLU,” his email noted, and “they thought it was B.S. for the government to say you can’t say B.S.”

Eyman’s own attorney, Stephen Pidgeon, sent the city a detailed letter pointing out that this is “exactly the speech protected under the First Amendment.”**

The City of Mukilteo has yet to announce a final decision. Tim Eyman invites all of us to send an email to encourage the city to Let Eyman Keep his B.S. in the Voters Pamphlet.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

* He was once even dubbed “America’s No. 1 freedom fighter” — by me.
** Pidgeon also offered, “While the pious may construe the inference of these two alphabetic avatars as meaning something crude, my client may very well have been referencing an ancient Latin phrase ‘Bubulum Stercus’ which no average voter would ever find inappropriate.”

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Paul Jacobs 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. Jacobs is a contributing author on the ARRA News Service.

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Better Immigration Policy

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) with President Trump
by Kerby Anderson, Contributing Author: Even if it won’t pass anytime in the future, we need to give credit to Senators David Purdue and Tom Cotton for drafting the RAISE Act and starting a needed discussion about immigration reform. Their bill would change some of the problems with our immigration policy that was implemented in 1965.

The 1965 law gave preference to relatives of U.S. citizens over just about everyone else. At the time, it was thought that the beneficiaries would be small in number. That is not what has taken place. Nearly two-thirds of the new greens cards issued each year are for relatives rather than for immigrants who could immediately help the U.S. economy.

This policy has led to what critics call “chain migration.” One immigrant who is granted a green card, sponsors a spouse, who then sponsors her siblings, who then sponsor her adult children. The process goes on and on for what seems like an endless chain.

The RAISE Act would modernize immigration policy by using a point system. It would still allow family members, but also weight immigration toward those with skills needed in the American economy. Critics say that it would give high-skilled citizens from affluent countries in Europe and Asia a boost. That is true, but it would also help potential immigrants from poor countries that have skills needed in the American economy.

Politicians who want to keep the current system argue that high immigration levels actually provide significant economic benefits to the U.S. economy. Reihan Salam writing in the National Review quotes from studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The research shows only a slight economic benefit in terms of GDP. A new policy that may favor skilled workers with high earning potential should have a much more positive effect on our economy.

It is doubtful the bill will pass anytime in the near future, but it deserves more attention and discussion. A change in immigration policy would be better for skilled immigrants and certainly better for America.
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Kerby Anderson is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network endorsed by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service

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Spewing Outrage at Voter Fraud Commission, Judge and Media Miss Facts

by Katrina Trinko: Once you know the facts, the latest narrative painting President Donald Trump’s Election Integrity Advisory Commission as a shady group refusing to make its documents public falls apart.

Let me backtrack.

Here is the key section from a Washington Post article published Aug. 30:U.S. District Judge Colleen ­Kollar-Kotelly of Washington said the Election Integrity Commission released only an agenda and proposed bylaws before its first meeting at the White House complex last month.

But once gathered, commissioners had thick binders that included documents the public had not seen, including a specially prepared report and a 381-page ‘database’ purporting to show 1,100 cases of voter fraud, both from the think tank Heritage Foundation.
Ah, yes, those scary thick binders. (What is it with the left and binders? Maybe Mitt Romney could give me some insight.)

Well, as exciting as it would be if there were a top-secret Heritage Foundation voter fraud database … there isn’t one. You can peruse the entire public Heritage voter fraud database right here.

The existence of the 2-year-old database has hardly been a secret. In fact, we’ve run two Daily Signal articles just this summer that mention it: “Growing Pile of Data Shows That Voter Fraud Is a Real and Vast Problem” and “Voter Fraud Database Tops 1,000 Proven Cases.”

If we were trying to keep it a secret, we’d be doing a lousy job of it.

So, far from being “documents the public had not seen,” these are documents The Heritage Foundation and The Daily Signal—the multimedia news arm of the organization—have been pushing out to the public and encouraging wide readership of.

And no, the database isn’t “purporting to show,” as the Post put it, over 1,000 cases of voter fraud. It’s just, well, showing around 1,100 cases of clear voter fraud.

As the introduction to the database puts it, “The Heritage Foundation is providing a list of election fraud cases from across the country, broken down by state, where individuals were either convicted of vote fraud, or where a judge overturned the results of an election.”

And that “specially prepared report” also cited?

My Heritage Foundation colleague Hans von Spakovsky, who is a member of the Election Integrity Commission, thinks the Post might be referring “to a report that was provided to members of the commission by U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Christy McCormick, not The Heritage Foundation.”

“’The Election Administration and Voting Survey – 2016 Comprehensive Report’ is an official report of the [Election Assistance Commission],” explains von Spakovsky. “It is also a report available to the public on the [Election Assistance Commission] website. This report was filed by the [Election Integrity Commission] with Congress at the end of June, several weeks before the July 19 meeting of the commission.”

So yeah, that was also available to the public.

“If the judge or the reporters had spent 10 seconds on the internet doing a Google search, they could have easily found the hyperlinks to these documents that individual commissioners on their own brought to the commission to provide to their fellow commissioners,” says von Spakovsky.

Huffington Post also reported on the judge’s remarks about the commission:Those documents included prepared opening statements, a Heritage Foundation study on alleged incidents of voter fraud, a voting survey by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and an article from the Yale Law & Policy Review. The commission did post the documents after the meeting.So those opening statements?

Well, if you’re looking for a way to fall asleep, you can watch the full 2 hours and 18 minutes of the commission’s meeting, at which the opening statements were read out loud, here on the White House’s YouTube channel.

And the Yale article?

Well, granted, we live in busy times, but anyone who’s interested has had a full eight years to peruse that—it’s been available since 2009.

You’d think it would be relatively uncontroversial to have a commission study how to ensure the integrity of our election process. But apparently not.

But misleading statements by judge and media aside, it’s clear that there’s no hidden, secret packet of information that was read by those on the commission when they met July 19.

Now if only the left could spend as much energy on actually eliminating voter fraud, cleaning up voter rolls, and ensuring that only eligible Americans are voting.
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Katrina Trinko (@KatrinaTrinko) is managing editor of Heritage Foundations's The Daily Signal and a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors. 

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New Arkansas Concealed Carry Law Goes Into Effect. What To Watch Out For

by Tom Knighton: Things are about to change a bit in Arkansas. Effective Friday, September 1st, new concealed carry laws will be going into effect in that state. However, one of the new changes will be how businesses that don’t want firearms won’t be required to post any kind of signage.


This Friday, Arkansas’ expanded concealed carry law formally goes into effect. People will soon be able to take guns into places they never have before, such as bars, as long as they have an enhanced carry permit.

But once that law goes into effect, it may not be obvious to tell which establishments have opted out of expanded carry as “gun free zones.” A provision in the new law allows businesses to refuse concealed carry without posting signs. Instead, state representative Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) says management can communicate one-on-one to customers either verbally or in writing. An example of that would be security or a bouncer working the door of a bar informing customers no concealed weapons allowed.

Collins says allowing businesses that discretion should let them feel comfortable as gun free zones without leaving the people inside as sitting ducks.

“It allows an establishment to choose to refuse to allow conceal carry,” Collins explained “but not advertise to the world, including advertising to bad guys, that the people inside may be more susceptible to some type of crime.”
So, let’s get this straight. These businesses understand that guns in private hands make them safer, but they’re still going to opt out of allowing guns in their establishments?

Don’t look at me, folks. I’m as confused by this “logic” as anyone.

If someone doesn’t carry a firearm into an off-limits establishment, Collins claims they can’t legally be asked to leave. Instead, they will not be allowed to return in the future if they have a firearm on their person.

This is, of course, assuming the law works the way Collins intends. I seem to remember a Georgia lawmaker who wrote a bill in part so he wouldn’t have to disarm himself when picking someone up at the Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta, only to be told after it passed that the law didn’t actually allow him to carry in the airport at all. (Note: He was not looking to carry beyond where TSA would screen.)

So here’s hoping Collins is right.

Of course, none of that really matters, because while the law goes into effect on Friday, it appears that there’s no training program in place to actually issue the enhanced permits in the first place. In fact, it appears the new law will merely be a technicality until sometime in early 2018, which I’m sure will make all the difference in the world to Arkansas voters. I’m quite sure they won’t mind waiting a few more months for something they were basically promised on September 1.

Still, at least the law provides for the enhanced permits and that means they’re coming for Arkansas resident. While I don’t think you should necessarily need a permit to exercise any of your constitutionally protected rights, at least a permit is better than not being able to exercise those rights at all.
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Tom Knighton is a Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist, lifetime shooter and a blogger at Bearing Arms.

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Rep. Don Young - August 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)
Porker of the Month
August 2017
(Washington, D.C.)  – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) its August 2017 Porker of the Month for advocating for the “road to nowhere.”

On July 20, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 218, Rep. Young’s King Cove Road Land Exchange Act, which would permit the building of a road between the two remote Alaska towns of King Cove (with a population of 989) and Cove Bay (with a population of 122) through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

On March 14, 2014, a bipartisan group of former Interior Department officials from the Bush, Clinton, Ford, and Nixon administrations sent a letter to then-Interior Secretary Sally Jewell supporting her decision to reject the proposed road. The letter stated that, “The Izembek road was a terrible idea in 1998, it was a terrible idea when you heroically rejected it last December, and it still remains a terrible idea today.”

Peter Mjos, a former Eastern Aleutian Medical Director for the Public Health Service, bluntly laid out the dangers of the proposed road: “Combined with darkness, avalanche conditions, and ice-glazed roads, an attempt to travel the proposed road would be foolish beyond reason, regardless [of] the emergency or business.”

It should be no shock that Rep. Young is in favor of such a wasteful project. He has been an infamous defender of pork-barrel earmarks for many years and was the creator of the $223 million “bridge to nowhere” in the 2005 highway bill. Rep. Young has called the congressional earmark moratorium “bad government” and bemoaned that, “we let a bunch of bobbleheads in the media change the conduct of this Congress.”
CAGW President Tom Schatz said in a statement: “Rep. Young has a long track record on the wrong side of taxpayers. From the bridge to nowhere, to his support for earmarks, and now his advocacy for a road to nowhere, he is the poster representative for irresponsible spending. Instead of casting blame, Rep. Young should end his earmark crusade for once and for all.”

For his support of wasteful, pork-barrel projects like the road to nowhere, CAGW names Rep. Don Young its August 2017 Porker of the Month.
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Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers. 

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

‘Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs, Pro-Worker’ Tax Reform

Sen. McConnell: ‘We Are In Agreement That Any Reform Needs To Keep American Families At The Heart Of Our Plan’

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “… the foundation of our job creation agenda is to fundamentally reform our tax code for the first time in more than 30 years. I want to work with Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, on a plan that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker -- and pro-American…. If we want to renew our prosperity, and to restore opportunity, then we must reduce the tax burden on our companies and on our workers.” (Remarks by President Trump on Tax Reform, 8/30/2017)

Congressional Leaders: ‘Our Top Priority This Fall Is Reforming The Tax Code And Cutting People’s Taxes’

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “The time has come to fix the federal tax code so our economy can grow and help Kentuckians achieve their goals…. In the months ahead, I will continue working with the President, his team, and my colleagues in Congress to put our tax reform principles into practice. In July, we outlined our shared principles for unleashing the American economy through comprehensive tax reform. Together, we are in agreement that any reform needs to keep American families at the heart of our plan.” (Sen. McConnell, Op-Ed, “Tax Reform to Move Kentucky Forward,” 8/28/2017)

HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN (R-WI): “Here in the House, we’ve made it clear that our top priority this fall is reforming the tax code and cutting people’s taxes. Right now, our tax code is burdensome, incomprehensible, and puts American businesses at a severe disadvantage on the world stage. We want American companies to hire here and make things here. We want Americans to be able to keep more of their hard-earned money. That’s why we are committed to reforming the tax code and why President Trump reiterated his commitment today in Missouri. We are united in our determination to get this done.” (Speaker Ryan, Press Release, 8/30/2017)

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ORRIN HATCH (R-UT): “[T]he president made clear he is committed to remaking the tax code in a way that will help propel our economy forward and produce bigger paychecks, better jobs, and more opportunity for all Americans…. As the Senate Finance Committee moves forward with additional hearings and a markup this fall, I hope we will be able to find consensus and unite behind pro-growth policies to help lift our nation and increase the standard of living for Americans across the country.” (U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Press Release, 8/30/2017)

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY (R-TX): “I am also encouraged by the President’s excellent remarks on tax reform. He explained clearly today why Washington must act now on pro-growth tax reform that will create jobs, grow paychecks, and improve the lives of all Americans. As the President mentioned, our tax reform plan will make the American Dream more accessible than ever before. The Ways and Means Committee is ready to work with the President and deliver on this important priority this year.” (U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Press Release, 8/30/2017)

Senate Republicans: ‘We Now Have The Opportunity To Create A New Tax System That Is Fairer For Everyone And Makes Our Country Competitive Again’

SEN. ROB PORTMAN (R-OH): “Tax reform is about more jobs and better wages for American families, and I commend the president for making the case about how simplifying our complicated, burdensome, and outdated tax code would benefit our country….  I’m focused on ensuring that this reform effort encourages more investment in America, brings jobs home, and gives American workers a competitive advantage.  I have been working closely with my colleagues in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the administration on this effort, and I’m committed to getting this done for Ohio and the American people in order to help grow our economy, create more jobs, and increase wages.” (Sen. Portman, Press Release, 8/30/2017)

SEN. DEAN HELLER (R-NV): “Congress is ready to address tax reform, and that’s why I’m encouraged by the President’s comments today about bringing tax relief to all Americans. Nevada’s hardworking families and small business owners have been waiting for a simpler, fairer tax code for years now, and Congress and the White House are poised to make that happen. I was honored to host Secretary Mnuchin earlier this week in Las Vegas for a meeting with Nevada employers and the message we received from these business leaders was clear – lowering rates will help boost the economy, create jobs and increase wages.” (Sen. Heller, 8/30/2017)

SEN. RICHARD BURR (R-NC): “I’m pleased by the President’s first steps forward in reforming our broken tax code…. I have advocated for years in Congress for simplifying our tax code, lowering rates for everyone, and allowing individuals to save money and time filing their taxes. These commonsense solutions will allow our nation to again be the envy of the world when it comes to opportunity. I look forward to getting to work in the Finance Committee on the President’s proposals and finally bringing relief to the millions of Americans who desperately need it.” (Sen. Burr, Press Release, 8/30/2017)

SEN. JOHNNY ISAKSON (R-GA): “Tax reform is essential to economic growth. Our competitiveness as a nation is at stake, and I agree that it’s past time to simplify our broken tax code so that we can grow our economy, create more jobs and provide tax relief for hardworking Georgians. I look forward to addressing this priority, and I hope that we can deliver for Americans to make sure our nation is on the right path to the future.” (Sen. Isakson, Press Release, 8/30/2017)

SEN. THOM TILLIS (R-NC): “I applaud President Trump for laying out principles for tax reform that include simplifying the tax code, cutting rates, and producing economic growth…. I look forward to working closely with the President and Congressional leaders to fulfill our promises to deliver tax relief to hardworking families and business owners that will provide them with an even better chance to achieve the American Dream.” (Sen. Tillis, Press Release, 8/30/2017)

SEN. DAVID PERDUE (R-GA): “President Trump's comments today are spot on. Thanks to American voters, we now have the opportunity to create a new tax system that is fairer for everyone and makes our country competitive again…. We are on the cusp of an economic turnaround, and these tax changes must happen this year in order to have any real impact on business decisions that can produce significant economic growth. Americans are watching the tax debate closely and counting on Congress to deliver real results.” (Sen. Perdue, Press Release, 8/30/2017)

SEN. SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO (R-WV): “This fall, Senate Republicans will work to pass comprehensive tax reform that spurs economic growth and benefits American families and business. Today’s roundtable demonstrated that tax reform is a necessary step to growth and expansion for West Virginia businesses.” (Sen. Capito, Press Release, 8/28/2017)

SEN. MIKE ROUNDS (R-SD): “I support the ongoing efforts by the tax-writing committees in Congress to take on comprehensive tax reform. When we return to Washington in September, we expect to ramp up these efforts. I look forward to working with my colleagues to lower the rates for South Dakota families, rein in the IRS and provide long-term certainty in our tax code. It has been more than 30 years since our tax code was reformed. Since then, other countries have lowered their rates and become more competitive, while our tax code has barely changed…. It is time to reform the tax code and lower the rates – a plan that we know will help our economy because we’ve seen it work in the past.” (Sen. Rounds, Press Release, 8/25/2017)

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Trump Takes On Taxes, Left-wing Hate, Politico Piles On

Gary Bauer
by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Trump Takes On Taxes -  President Trump addressed workers yesterday at the Loren Cook Company in Springfield, Missouri. He chose the 76 year-old manufacturing company with 1,000 employees to stress the importance of tax reform in creating good-paying jobs here in America.

In his remarks, President Trump outlined four principles for tax reform:


"First and foremost, our tax system should benefit loyal, hardworking Americans and their families. That is why tax reform must dramatically simplify the tax code, eliminate special interest loopholes. . . And allow the vast majority of our citizens to file their taxes on a single, simple page without having to hire an accountant.

"Second, we need a competitive tax code that creates more jobs and higher wages for Americans. . . We cannot restore our wealth if we continue to put our businesses at such a tremendous disadvantage. We must reduce the tax rate on American businesses so they keep jobs in America, create jobs in America, and compete for workers right here in America. . .

"The third principle for tax reform is a crucial one: Tax relief for middle-class families. . . We will lower taxes for middle-income Americans so they can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. . . We believe that ordinary Americans know better than Washington how to spend their own money, and we want to help them take home as much of their money as possible. . .

"Fourth and finally, we want to bring back trillions of dollars in wealth that's parked overseas. . . we can return trillions and trillions of dollars to our economy and spur billions of dollars in new investments in our struggling communities and throughout our nation. . .

"My administration is embracing a new economic model. It's called very simply: The American Model. Under this system, we will encourage companies to hire and grow in America, to raise wages for American workers, and to help rebuild our American cities and communities. That is how we will all succeed and grow together, as one team, with one shared sense of purpose, and one glorious American destiny."
While the details of the plan will be negotiated with Congress, President Trump's tax reform principles are terrific! If a plan similar to this passes Congress, I believe the economy will be booming in short order.

Members of Congress are still home for the August recess. Let them know that you want tax reform done! Tell them to stop punishing success. Tell them to pass pro-family, pro-growth reforms that will boost our economy, simplify the tax code and make America great again!

Left-wing Hate -  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) bills itself as an anti-hate group, but in fact it is promoting hate of Christians and conservatives, and even Muslims who want to reform Islam. The SPLC links mainstream conservative groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council, which I led for ten years, to real hate groups such as the KKK and neo-Nazis.

The Washington Free Beacon has done a tremendous examination of the SPLC's publicly available tax documents. There are lots of interesting details.

The group is massive. It is rolling in money, with $380 million in assets. Immediately after the Charlottesville rioting, the SPLC put the screws to top corporations, shaking them down for donations. In many cases, it wasn't a tough sell. Our corporate elites are often left-wing. Apple CEO Tim Cook, for example, donated $1 million to the SPLC after Charlottesville.

But what caught my attention in the Free Beacon report was this fact: The SPLC is regularly sending large sums of money to offshore foreign accounts. What charity does that? Tax experts interviewed by the Free Beacon were stunned.

Amy Sterling Casil, CEO of a nonprofit consulting firm, said, "I've never known a US-based nonprofit dealing in human rights or social services to have any foreign bank accounts. . . It is a huge red flag." Casil called the practice "unethical" for a charity, adding, "I know of no legitimate reason for any US-based nonprofit to put money in overseas, unregulated bank accounts."

Kudos to the Washington Free Beacon for this excellent example of real journalism. Of course, you won't hear about this on the evening news or read about it in the New York Times or the Washington Post.

Speaking Of Shady. . .   The left is once again proving its utter obsession with identity politics. Earlier this week, the Women's March tweeted out a list of organizations "working to keep immigrant, Black, Latinx & other communities safe after Hurricane Harvey."

Seriously?! Even in the middle of this tremendous tragedy, the left insists on dividing the victims by race.

Not surprisingly, Linda Sarsour got in on the act too. Sarsour, as you may recall, is a radical Palestinian activist and a leader of the Women's March.

Sarsour tweeted, "Donate to the #Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund." But anyone who clicked on the link was directed to a myriad of left-wing "ommunity organizing" groups. There is no indication at all that any money donated through Sarsour's link would actually go to hurricane relief.

And her record in this regard is not good. After several Jewish cemeteries were vandalized, Sarsour was quick to launch an online "Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery" campaign. According to The Algemeiner, more than $160,000 was raised, but only $50,000 was donated. And one historic Colorado cemetery that was promised $100,000 never saw a dime.

Politico Piles On -   As the ACLU recently learned, many leftists see a little white toddler with an American flag as a symbol of white supremacism and a threat to the Republic. Not surprisingly, the typical Texas couple are now targets of left-wing vilification, even if they are in danger of drowning in a hurricane.

Check out this disgusting cartoon from Politico.

Drawn by Matt Wuerker, it shows a white Texas couple being rescued from the roof of their home. Then it proceeds to mock their faith and political views. This repulsive cartoon is an attack on millions of people, including thousands of Texans who are facing the biggest crisis of their lives.

If someone produced a cartoon mocking black families in New Orleans during Katrina, such a disgusting caricature would be roundly condemned and the cartoonist would be unemployed.

In the unlikely event that Mr. Wuerker is feeling badly about his insult to flood victims, I would like to hook him up with the good folks in the Cajun Navy so he can do some community service this holiday weekend.
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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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Hate Trumps Good News . . .

. . . In spite of the anti-trump media and all the negative press MS Media and others dish out, there is good economic news, it’s just buried.
Editorial Cartoon by AF "Tony" Branco

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If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism

by Dennis Prager: Did you know that since 1970, the percentage of humanity living in extreme poverty has fallen 80 percent? How did that happen? Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, explains. Video below:
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Dennis Prager 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.


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Confederate Monuments & The Problem With Politically Correct History

. . . Where does viewing history through the prism of modern-day feelings end?
John F. Kennedy 
by Larry Elder: Malcolm X, as a member of the Nation of Islam, preached anti-Semitism and called the white man "devil." After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X dismissed the murder as a case of "the chickens coming home to roost."

In Spike Lee's biographical drama, "Malcolm X," a white teenage girl approaches the angry activist and says, "Excuse me, Mr. X. Hi. I've read some of your speeches, and I honestly believe that a lot of what you have to say is true. And I'm a good person, in spite of what my ancestors did, and I just — I wanted to ask you, what can a white person like myself who isn't prejudiced, what can I do to help you ... further your cause?" He stares sternly, and replies, "Nothing." She leaves in tears.

But Malcolm X changed. He visited Mecca, where he saw people of all colors worshipping together. It changed the way he thought. He repudiated his anger toward whites after discovering that people were more similar than they were different. He renounced the racist ideology of the Nation of Islam, and in doing so knowingly signed his own death warrant. He was assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam.

Alabama Gov. George Wallace, in 1963, proclaimed, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever," at his inauguration, and later stood in a doorway at the University of Alabama to bar blacks from entering. Nine years later, Wallace took a would-be assassin's bullet, leaving him paralyzed. Older, wiser and chastened by the attempt on his life, Wallace changed. Wallace, one day and without invitation, went to a black church where 300 black clergymen were holding a conference. He asked to speak. Wallace asked for forgiveness. He said to the church leaders, "I never had hate in my heart for any person. But I regret my support of segregation and the pain it caused the black people of our state and nation. ... I've learned what pain is, and I'm sorry if I've caused anybody else pain. Segregation was wrong — and I am sorry."

The voters in Alabama returned the former governor to office, but this time, he received black support and made several black appointments. The damage Wallace did through his actions and rhetoric was profound, and despite the assassination attempt, he lived long enough to undo some of it.

Even a Confederate general can change.

Confederate Gen. William Mahone, one of General Robert E. Lee's most able commanders, owned slaves before the Civil War. But after the war, he led an interracial political movement. He organized and became the leader of the Readjuster Party, the most successful interracial political alliance in the post-emancipation South. In 1881, Mahone was elected to the U.S. Senate, at the time split 37-37 between Republicans and Democrats. But Mahone aligned with the Republicans, the party founded two decades earlier by Northerners trying to stop the expansion of slavery.

From 1879 through 1883, Mahone's Readjuster Party dominated Virginia, with a governor in the statehouse, two Readjusters in the U.S. Senate and Readjusters representing six of the state's 10 congressional districts. Under Mahone's leadership, his coalition also controlled the state legislature, the courts and many of the state's coveted federal offices.

The Readjusters established what became Virginia State University, the first state-supported college to train black teachers. Democrats described the hated Readjusters and Republicans as advocates of "black domination."

What about Lt. Gen. James Longstreet? One of Lee's favorite generals, Longstreet not only became a Republican after the war and served in Republican administrations but also fought against the racist White League in New Orleans.

After the Civil War, Longstreet moved to New Orleans, where he urged Southerners to support the Republican Party and endorsed their candidate, Ulysses S. Grant, for president in 1968. He commanded blacks in the New Orleans Metropolitan Police Force against the anti-Reconstruction White League (a paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party) at the Battle of Liberty Place in 1874. He was shot and held captive for several days. He accepted political appointments from Republicans, and even dared criticize Gen. Lee. For this "betrayal," white Southerners pronounced Longstreet a "scalawag" and "leper of the community."

Where does this viewing of history through the prism of modern-day feelings end? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once gave advice to a gay young man that today would be heresy. King suggested he battle his feelings, strongly implying that the young man needed therapy and sexual re-orientation. Today, that kind of advice gets one branded a Neanderthal. President John F. Kennedy, frustrated with a high-profile Democrat who hadn't supported his election, threatened to banish him by giving him an obscure ambassadorship to one of the, as Kennedy put it, "boogie republics" in Africa. Tell that to Black Lives Matter.

History is complicated. And history requires perspective and understanding, something sadly lacking in those who seek to erase history by imposing today's standards of right and wrong.
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Laurence Allen "Larry" Elder is an American lawyer, writer and radio and television personality who calls himself the "Sage of South Central," a district of Los Angeles, California. H/T Front Page  Mag

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