Friday, August 3, 2018

op ed review 8/5


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
President Trump’s approval rating has risen to 50% on Rasmussen Reports. President Trump is now 5 points ahead of Barack Obama at a similar point in his presidency. And this is while 90% of network media coverage has been negative of President Trump.

President Trump threatened to shut down the government if he doesn't get money for his border wall as REPUBLICANS (!) mull putting off the money until after November election.
New asylum rules approved by the GOP majority (!) and Democrat minority House Appropriations Committee would give the right to migrate to the United States to a foreign population at least half the size of the American Midwest.
?? The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank partially founded by the billionaire, pro-mass immigration Koch brothers, is advocating for full open borders to the United States.

Not good:  A Record Number of Democratic Challengers Are Outraising GOP Opponents
Even worse:  The online fundraising platform ActBlue this week surged past the $1 billion mark in contributions to Democratic candidates and causes in this election cycle. The fundraising milestone offers a sign that the liberal activism fueled by President Trump’s election isn’t slowing down. The average donation this cycle: $34.

When one of President Trump’s top economic advisers, Lawrence Kudlow, said recently that the federal budget deficit “is coming down,” the Democrats and the press — apologies for the redundancy — accused him of lying. After Friday’s news that second-quarter real GDP growth hit an estimated 4.1%, and that the real GDP growth rate for the first half of 2018 exceeded 3%, maybe it’s time for some fact-checking of the fact-checkers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center. That's trillion with a "T."

Portland Police Refused To Help ICE Agents Who Called 911, Agents Say

President Trump Is Correct--Study Shows 90% Of Administration Media Coverage Is Negative.

We call it “Trump derangement syndrome.” Therapists call it “Trump Anxiety Disorder”  A 'symptom' is feeling as though the world is going to end.
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Compares Trump to Joseph Stalin

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel compared Silicon Valley’s one-party culture to “North Korea” in a speech to last week’s Turning Point USA conference, a gathering of conservative high school students in Washington, DC.

Noncitizens across U.S. find it easy to register to vote, cast ballots

AG Jeff Sessions announced a new religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice to defend religious freedom as laid out in last October's memorandum. In his remarks, Sessions referenced the Southern Poverty Law Center as a threat to religious liberty, suggesting the new task force may investigate or target the left-wing smear group.

News you won’t see reported on CNN:  your President of the United States of America donated his second quarter salary ($100,000) yesterday to a project that helps rebuild military cemeteries.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Evan Sayet  7/13

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum.  They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”  Here’s my answer:  We Right-thinking people have tried dignity.  There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.  We tried statesmanship.  Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?  We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?  And the results were always the same.

This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.  I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.  I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.  Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s.   To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.  It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war.  While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety. With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end.  Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors.  Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.  Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.   Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man.  He fights.”

…….Trump is fighting.  And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”  That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics.

That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.  It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do.  First, instead of going after “the fake media”,,,,Trump isolated CNN.  He made it personal.  Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”

Everyone gets that it’s not just CNN – in fact, in a world where Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow, Paul Krugman and Nicholas Kristof are people of influence and whose “reporting” is in no way significantly different than CNN’s – CNN is just a piker. Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position.  With Trump’s ability to go around them, they cannot simply stand pat.  They need to respond.  This leaves them with only two choices:   They can either “go high”..and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery.

The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.  It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive……Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up. This makes “going high” a non-starter for CNN.  This leaves them no other option but to ratchet up the fake news, conjuring up the next “nothing burger” and devoting 24 hours a day to hysterical rants about how it’s “worse than Nixon.”

This, obviously, is what CNN has chosen to do.  The problem is that, as they become more and more hysterical, they become more and more obvious.  Each new effort at even faker news than before and faker “outrage” only makes that much more clear to any objective observer that Trump is and always has been right about the fake news media…….

So, say anything you want about this president – I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times.  I don’t care.  I can’t spare this man.  He fights.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Under Obama, economic growth peaked at 2.6% and averaged around 2% per year. And we were told over and over again that this was the new normal, that a roaring economy was a thing of the past. Yet Trump came into office and did the exact opposite of what Obama did. Obama raised taxes. Trump and the Republican Congress cut them. Obama imposed massive regulations on businesses and the economy. Trump has been rolling back red tape at a record level. Obama gave us eight years of bigger and bigger government (Obamacare) and more and more pessimism. He apologized for America and attacked small business owners, telling them, ‘You didn’t build that.’ Trump came into office promising to make America great again. And just as he has done on so many other issues, Donald Trump is delivering on that promise.”
                      -Gary Bauer

“‘Illegal straws’? Show some compassion. It’s 2018. They’re called undocumented drinking structures.”
                    -Allie Beth Stuckey
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FILM
Playing at a theater near you, “Death of a Nation.”  “Not since 1860 have the Democrats so fanatically refused to accept the result of a free election. That year, their target was Lincoln. They smeared him. They went to war to defeat him. In the end, they assassinated him. Now the target of the Democrats is President Trump and his supporters. The Left calls them racists, white supremacists and fascists. These charges are used to justify driving Trump from office and discrediting the right “by any means necessary.” But which is the party of the slave plantation? Which is the party that invented white supremacy? Which is the party that praised fascist dictators and shaped their genocidal policies and was in turn praised by them? Moreover, which is the party of racism today? Is fascism now institutionally embodied on the right or on the left? Through stunning historical recreations and a searching examination of fascism and white supremacy, Death of a Nation cuts through progressive big lies to expose hidden history and explosive truths.”
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LEFTIST WATCH
Democrats who are pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump will have $110 million to spend on the cause, thanks to the efforts of left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer.
Tom Steyer’s $110 million plan to redefine the Democrats

O´Keefe Catches Antifa ´Fight Instructors´ Teaching Activists How To Inflict Pain on Their Targets

280 Percent Increase In Young Democratic Socialists Of America Chapters On College Campuses

Democrats' love of socialism is a losing strategy – but they foolishly follow it anyway

Once again, the oh-so progressive, oh-so enlightened Seattle City Council is showing the rest of the country what not to do. The idealistic leftists who control the Council are wasting millions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars in failed attempts to solve problems the Council members created.
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ISLAM
An Imam in Copenhagen tells his followers “the final solution to the problem of the Levant – after the establishment of the Caliphate and the elimination of the Jewish entity – will be through the conquest of Europe.”
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ARTICLES
The tragedy of American conservatism is that its only electoral home is in a party most of whose funds come from those who agree with the globalist agenda and whose privileged position insulates them from its disastrous cultural consequences.  In short,  America’s corporate elite is making tons of money from globalism -- chiefly, mass immigration and manufacturing outsourcing -- while they experience no negative effects in their privileged and insular world.

“This week I posted what might have been my first truly controversial tweet, and I’m still trying to figure out what was controversial about it. While catching up on news about Papa John’s pizza founder John Schnatter’s resignation, I started thinking about society’s evolving standard for language, and hazarded the following: “Why is the N-word the only remaining curse word?...Every word that shocked and horrified 50 years ago is now mainstream, but the n-word is so unthinkably evil, it's a national headline when anyone says it, even as a quote…..Except for rappers, of course.”

Ann Coulter:  The ACLU won’t rest until every illegal gets in

“Donald Trump is the greatest threat to human life since the Black Death. As anyone who watches CNN or MSNBC knows, his policies have already murdered millions, er, billions, no make that trillions of people. It must be true, I saw it on Facebook. Trump’s death toll is staggering. It’s one genocide after another — net neutrality, tax cuts, pulling out of the Paris “climate accords,” Brett Kavanaugh, the Muslim travel ban, ripping children from their mothers’ arms, etc., etc. Who knew that full employment, a roaring economy and the destruction of ISIS could lead to the premature deaths of tens of millions of Democrats? But that’s what they’re saying on social — or should I say anti-social — media.”
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INTERESTING
The 10 Most Destructive Americans of My 8 Decades
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WISE WORDS
 “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
                -Samuel Adams

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