Saturday, August 22, 2015

op ed review 8/23



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
CNN Poll: Trump now competitive in general election.  Clinton dips below 50%.
Trump is the clear leader with the support of 24% of Republican registered voters. His nearest competitor, Jeb Bush, stands at 13%. Ben Carson has 9%, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker 8%, Sen. Rand Paul 6%, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and John Kasich all land at 5%, Mike Huckabee rounding out the top 10 at 4%.
Rasmussen:  57% of Likely Republican Voters now think Donald Trump is likely to be the Republican presidential nominee next year.

National Review editors:  Trump’s Immigration Plan Is a Good Start — Trump grounds his policies in “three core principles” — that a nation should control its border, enforce its immigration laws, and put its own workers first — that are not only unobjectionable but should be the starting point of any reasonable immigration policy…”
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Intellectual leader of the conservative movement and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest:  “This is exactly the plan America needs…..Not only would the plan outlined in this paper work, but more quickly than many realize. “
On the other hand, Krauthammer thinks this is suicide for the GOP:  Donald Trump’s Fantasy of Mass Deportation Is Political Poison for the GOP”
“The alarm bells are reverberating throughout the halls of the Republican Establishment as the realization has begun to sink in that their days controlling the Party are over….The pent up anger over the abysmal performance of the Republican Party hierarchy over the past 27 years has justifiably reached a boiling point.”
Mexicans think Trump is a “nightmare.”

More than 300 of Hillary Clinton’s private emails — or 5.1 percent of those processed so far — have been flagged for potential secret information.
Clinton and two aides appear to have violated two national security laws by sending classified information on a private email server, according to a former Army counterintelligence agent.
The IT company Hillary chose to maintain her private email account was a ‘mom and pop shop’  run from a loft apartment and its servers were housed in the bathroom closet.
Bob Woodward: “Clinton emails 'reminds me of the Nixon tapes'”

Her campaign has centered on her claim that she will be the champion of the middle class if she is elected to the White House. So the average person will no doubt find it easy to relate to the beachfront mansion that Hillary Clinton is renting for her summer vacation in The Hamptons for $100,000/week.
One of Hillary’s aides, Huma Abedin,  recently tried to force her way past Secret Service agents without ID and expected them to carry her luggage.  'Don't you know who I am?

A new report on the freedom of countries around the world ranks the United States 20th, putting countries like Chile and the United Kingdom ahead of the U.S.

Multiculturalists are fond of saying, “We’re a nation of immigrants” when the United States is actually, as is any healthy country, a nation of citizens. But if current trends continue, we may become a land of disparate and divided immigrants and not really a nation, which involves far more than a political boundary drawn on a map. New information released by the Census Bureau shows that there are now a record 42.1 million immigrants and illegal migrants in this country; this means the two groups together comprise more than 13 percent of our 320 million population, the highest figure in 105 years.
Up to 400,000 children are born in the United States to illegal immigrants each year.

Muhammad is now the most popular boy baby’s name in London.

Unbelievable:  “Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect some nuclear sites, instead of UN inspectors.”

Three years after California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools, barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, and the state has no comprehensive list to show how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved.

Isn’t this special?: The White House now has an openly transgender staff member.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
The Trumping of Party
Mark Steyn 
Donald Trump has now said that he would reverse President Obama's executive amnesty for "DREAMers" - illegal immigrants who've been here since they were children - and deport every last member of the Undocumented-American community. The amnesty for the kids was supposed to prefigure an amnesty for their parents - for what mean old politician would advocate breaking up families? But, as he told NBC's Chuck Todd, Trump plans to keep the families together by deporting every single one of them:  But he's gone beyond that. Trump has - ta-da! - a policy paper: 1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border. 2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced. 3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

In other words, as every functioning society understood until two generations ago, immigration has to benefit the people who are already here. Government owes a duty to its own citizens before those of the rest of the planet - no matter how cuddly and loveable they might be. The fact that it is necessary to state the obvious and that no "viable" "mainstream" candidate from either party is willing to state it is testament to how deformed contemporary western politics is. Trump may not be a "real" Republican or a "real" conservative, but most of his rivals are not "real"  period, as Carly Fiorina would say.

The retort that Trump is not a "real" Republican or a "real" conservative would of course be a devastating criticism had "real" Republicans and "real" conservatives" in Washington managed actually to "conserve" anything during their time in office. Fiscal prudence? Constrained welfare? Private health care? Religious liberty? There's no point to a purity test for a party that folds more reliably than the White House valet. As I've said, for the Republican establishment the issue is Trump; for a large part of the base the issue is the Republican establishment.

…As Trump's detractors see it, he's just a reality-show buffoon with a portfolio of incoherent attitudes that display no coherent worldview. But very few people go around with a philosophically consistent attitude to life: Your approach to, say, health insurance is determined less by abstract principles than by whether you can afford it. Likewise, your attitude to the DREAMers may owe more to whether your local school district is collapsing under the weight of all this heartwarming diversity.

Presumably, if you're one of these bipartisanly extreme moderates, which of your incoherent positions is more pressing on election day determines your vote. The question then is whether large numbers of the electorate are as concerned about immigration as Trump purports to be.

On immigration both parties are engaged in a conspiracy against the American people. One party gets cheap voters and Big Government dependents; the other gets cheap labor and a chocolate on its turned down coverlet in the junior suite. The Democrats made a smarter deal. The Republicans signed a demographic death warrant. Yet Jeb! and the other alleged non-buffoons in the race have to be dragged kicking and screaming to get beyond the most ludicrous sentimentalist pap on the subject. If a "real" Republican is someone who toes the party line on a suicide mission, why be surprised that voters seek reality elsewhere?

The experts are still assuring us that the next Trumpian infelicity - after Mexicans, McCain and Megyn - will be the one that causes his campaign to self-destruct. You could be waiting a long time. As Ann Coulter says, the quickest way to get rid of Trump is to steal his issue and run with it.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“When something isn’t working, it is often a good idea to reexamine one’s premises. Perhaps it is time black Americans reexamined their belief that Democrats, and only Democrats, are looking out for their best interests. That reexamination begins with the simplest of questions: Why hasn’t 50-plus years of loyalty yielded little more than the very same discontent that arose in the 1960s? Hint: One definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time.”
              -Arnold Ahlert

“There are reports that if Joe Biden runs for president, he would promise to serve for only one term — because nothing says confidence like promising your presidency would be over quickly.”
              -Jimmy Fallon
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ISLAM
A chilling new propaganda video has been released by hardline Iranian activists imagining the ´inevitable´ destruction of the Israeli state at the hands of Islamic armies.
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LEFTIST WATCH
Billionaire leftie investor George Soros, who has demonized fossil fuels for years through his think tanks and political contributions, seems to have warmed up to Big Coal now that stocks are dirt cheap. The left-wing hedge fund legend has raised eyebrows with major purchases of stock in two large coal companies, firms his critics say he helped bring to their knees.

The huge crowds greeting socialist Bernie Sanders in his run for the Democratic presidential nomination cannot just be attributed to large numbers of left-wingers. There is a hard-core left-wing element to the Sanders candidacy, of course. But Sanders has tapped into what used to be one of Hillary Clinton’s key constituencies, the New Age Movement.
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ARTICLES
The Washington chattering class is perplexed and bedeviled by a political alien by the name of Donald Trump, who just doesn’t have the good manners to die, no matter how hard they try to kill him. No, like The Terminator, he keeps on coming, advancing through the fusillade of snide and snarky bullets, oblivious to the ad hominem walls of fire in his path, and immune to their favorite weapon: rhetorical condescension and ridicule.

Jeb Bush said Tuesday that birthright citizenship is a "constitutional right," casting doubt on fellow 2016 candidate Donald Trump´s plan to do away with it.
This practicing constitutional attorney explains why Bush is wrong.  ”Parts of Donald Trump’s immigration plan may raise serious constitutional questions, but the part that launched a media firestorm—ending birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens—does not. The Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment does not confer citizenship on the children of foreigners, whether legal or illegal. Media commentators have gotten this issue dead wrong. ……”

Many Ruling Class Republicans seem to suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Sometimes in the life of our nation there comes a tipping point during which a horror of such great magnitude is revealed so clearly the response can only be universal revulsion and outrage. Such a moment has come into being in the stomach churning revelations of Planned Parenthood’s sale of babies’ body parts. Out of the hours of video tapes have emerged portraits of human beings so morally degraded, so pitilessly brutal, so wiped clean of heart and soul that it causes a shudder down the spine to see and to hear them.

If you don´t like the idea of robot waiters and robot cooks replacing entry-level workers, you might think twice about the recent $15 minimum-wage craze. Because that´s what doubling the current federal minimum — which several cities are doing — is likely to produce. A Washington Post story this week says that restaurant chains are "already looking for ingenious ways to take humans out of the picture, threatening workers in an industry that employs 2.4 million wait staffers, nearly 3 million cooks and food preparers and many of the nation´s 3.3 million cashiers."
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
America Rising has put together a video that exposes Hillary Clinton’s lies about her email server.
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WISE WORDS
“The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity, but the one that removes awareness of other possibilities.”
                            -Alan Bloom

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