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      America has two gun cultures: Don't blame law-abiding gun owners for murders  (Fox 02/21/2018)
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I don't like to speak out at these times, because as Ecclesiastes correctly tells us there is "a time to every purpose under the heaven," including "a time to mourn."
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... the truth that is many in the media refuse to cover the truth about guns and the gun cultures in America.  They don't want to admit there are two wildly different gun cultures in our country.
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One is the freedom-loving, gun-rights culture that upholds the responsible use of guns for hunting, sport and self-defense.
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The other is the criminal culture that thrives in the places where government restricts gun rights.
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Not acknowledging that the two cultures exist separately, and instead pretending legal gun owners are responsible for crimes committed by the illegal gun culture in America, isn't just a lie.  It is getting good people killed.
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In the most recent mass murder last week at a Florida high school, where 14 students and three adults were killed, the FBI failed in its responsibility – not guns or gun owners.
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That was hardly an anomaly.  In many other cases a murderer should have been denied legal access to guns, but the bureaucracy failed us.
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In other cases, from Columbine High School in Colorado to the Pulse nightclub in Florida, law enforcement opted not to charge in to stop the carnage.
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They had their own safety in mind, but nevertheless this tells a person who carries concealed that they can't depend on law enforcement during such a scenario.
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And no matter how good a job law enforcement agencies do, police cannot be everywhere at all times when criminals may decide to begin murdering innocents.
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Because of this, disarming responsible and law-abiding gun owners to take away their ability to defend themselves and others is dangerous, and can result in greater loss of lives.
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America's gun owners aren't the problem.  They are allies in the fight to stop criminals who use guns.
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Blaming freedom for the actions of criminals is just nonsensical.  It also misdirects resources and, if that ideology gets its way, simply reduces the freedom of the law-abiding citizenry – not the criminals who by definition will break the law.
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When we stop blaming legal gun owners and guns for murders we'll be left, by the process of elimination, with those who are really to blame: criminals, some of whom are mentally ill.
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We'll also have to acknowledge that good citizens are being harmed because they aren't allowed to carry arms for their own defense in some areas of this otherwise free country.
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Of course we'll never stop all murderers, whether they are committed by terrorists, bank robbers or the mentally ill.
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But it would help if we could channel our attention and resources toward criminals and the mentally ill who are a danger to themselves or others – not the good citizens who live across this great nation.
      Missing fathers and America's broken boys - the vast majority of mass shooters come from broken homes  (Fox 02/19/2018)
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To point out that boys need their fathers is to shine a spotlight on divorce and single mothers; and that is, admittedly, uncomfortable.  But there's no way to address fatherlessness comfortably.
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The fact is, divorce and family breakdown ... is catastrophic for children.  There's more than one reason why, but an obvious one is that in the majority of cases, divorce separates children from their fathers.
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Girls who grow up deprived of their father are more likely to become depressed, more likely to self-harm, and more likely to be promiscuous.  But they still have their mothers, with whom they clearly identify.
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Boys do not have a comparable identification and thus suffer more from father absence.  They also tend to act out in a manner that's harmful to others, which girls typically do not.
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More often than not, children lose contact with their fathers — for two reasons.  One, mothers remain the default custodial parent in the average American divorce and thus retain most of the control.
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Second, it is usually women who consider themselves the aggrieved party, as evidenced by the fact that wives initiate 70 percent of divorces.
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The unfortunate result is that some divorced mothers use any opportunity to undermine their children's relationship with their father or, if not that, dismiss the significance of a father's role.
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It's not that single mothers can't be great mothers.  They can.  But they cannot be fathers.  Children need their mother and their father to have the best shot in life.
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... I take very little credit for who my son has become.  He needed me the most when he was little, but once he became aware of his male identity, it was his father — not me — he looked to for guidance and direction.  His father was, and remains, his model for manhood.
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When boys don't have this model, they suffer.  And when they suffer, society suffers.  A majority of school shooters come from fatherless homes; and a study of older male shooters ... produces similar results.  Indeed, the consequences of fatherlessness are simply staggering.
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And the saddest part is most absent fathers aren't absent by choice.  The "deadbeat dad" exists, but not in spades.
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In many instances, women are divorcing perfectly good husbands in their search for what they believe will be a better match — which is a natural outgrowth of no-fault divorce.
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Certainly, women who are married to abusive or dangerous men must file for divorce.  But such husbands and fathers cannot account for the 70 percent female-led divorce rate.
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The root of fatherlessness is deep and wide, but it ultimately rests in two things: our culture's dismissal of men as valuable human beings who have something unique to offer — on the one hand, we tell them to ‘man up,' and on the other we tell them manhood is the problem — and its dismissal of marriage as an institution that's crucial to the health and well-being of children.
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This long-standing belief has been supplanted by the notion that marriage is about the emotional fulfillment of adults.
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It is not.  Marriage is about the needs of children, pure and simple.
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That's how it began, and that's how it remains.  Children's needs are the same today as they were one hundred years ago.
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It is we, not they, who have changed.
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Thus, it is we who have failed.
      Frederick Douglass was a Christian and a patriot – why is this so hard for the left to accept?  (Fox 02/19/2018)
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... partisans often project their contemporary political views into the past — rather than allowing the past to inform the present.
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History, then, becomes not an explanation of how things came to be — but rather — a depository where ideologues come and go, mining for information that confirms their already long-held beliefs.
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Any discordant facts are conveniently discarded as "myths."
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Here's the truth about Frederick Douglass: he was an unapologetic Christian minister and a patriotic American statesman — two distinctions that the left just can't accept.
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... Douglass required his children to read an entire chapter of the Bible before dinner each night.  Passing the book around the table, each child was expected to read a verse until the chapter was complete.
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"I finally found my burden lightened and my heart relieved.  I loved all mankind, slaveholders not excepted, though I abhorred slavery more than ever."
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... decades after being subjugated to the evils of the slave system, Douglass accepted his former master's invitation to sit at his bedside as he took his last breaths.
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Somehow, even after enduring years in chains as another "christian" man's property, Douglass demonstrated the powerful Christian ethic of loving one's enemy.
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"Your celebration is a sham, your boasted liberty an unholy license...There's not a nation on the Earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour."
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... after the abolition of slavery — his views about the United States change.  But for those who need history to support their agenda, they tell half the story in place of the whole.
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"If now we have a united country, no longer cursed by the hell-black system of human bondage...and our country has before it a long and glorious career of justice, liberty and civilization, we are indebted to the... noble army"
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Frederick Douglass' life exemplifies precisely what's missing in today's politics.  He lived his life beholden only to his heartfelt beliefs — not a partisan political agenda.
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He loved God, his family, and his country.  What about that is so hard for the left to accept?
      DACA Deal: GOP should join Trump in demanding real immigration reform in exchange for any amnesty  (Fox 02/15/2018)
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President Trump was right to demand ... that new immigration legislation provide at least $25 billion to secure our southern border, end chain migration that allows legal immigrants to bring their extended families to the U.S., and end a diversity lottery system that gives preferential treatment to immigrants from nations that send few people to America.
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The Republican proposal before the Senate that the president endorsed would also grant legal status to some 1.8 million immigrants who were largely brought to the U.S.  illegally as children.
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While it is natural to sympathize with these young people, that sympathy must be balanced by the reality that any amnesty encourages more illegal immigration, thus threatening to extend the problem it purports to solve.
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While Pelosi's speech was not a surprise (it is sadly no longer atypical for Democrats to prioritize the interests of non-Americans over actual American citizens), the question remains: Why are so many Republicans in Congress willing to join her in advocating for DACA recipients without the significant immigration reforms backed by President Trump?
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As left-wing celebrity astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson recently wrote in a viral tweet: "Not that anybody asked, but one-third (95 out of 289) of all American Nobel Prizes in the Sciences have been earned by immigrants to the United States."
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But Tyson's tweet, much as it may provide a comforting illusion to leftists and open-borders advocates, is deceptive.
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Only one of those Nobel Prize recipients in the sciences immigrated from one of the top five countries DACA recipients came from, representing almost 90 percent of DACA recipients (That one was Mario Molina, the son of a senior Mexican diplomat.)
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Many DACA recipients cannot even speak English fluently, as indicated by the fact that the DACA application form offers space to list the name of the person who translated it for the recipient.
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Almost three-quarters of DACA recipients live in low-income households.  Less than 900 serve in our military.  Twenty percent are high school dropouts.
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And despite President Obama's rhetoric that DACA recipients are "Americans ... in every single way but one – on paper," the Center for Immigration Studies has estimated that 70 percent have only "basic" or less English fluency.
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No wonder that the top economic sectors employing DACA recipients are food preparation and serving, sales, administrative support, and construction – not exactly critical deficit areas for the U.S.  economy, unless your goal is to make sure Americans don't make high wages.
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Studies of immigrants with similar demographic profiles to the average DACA recipient suggest that their income and education levels will continue to lag U.S.  averages for multiple generations.
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They're also likely to be a natural Democratic constituency.
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But what is perhaps most frustrating about the GOP's rush to amnesty is that once they get amnesty, DACA recipients will become eligible for benefits and preferences over many American citizens, a group including both natives whose families have been helped build this country for countless generations and millions of legal immigrants who followed the rules and did things the right way.
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Based on their demographic profile, more than 95 percent of DACA recipients will be eligible for affirmative action covering everything from preferential college admissions and job placement to advantaged treatment for government programs targeted at "underrepresented minorities."
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While there have been countless stories written about the allegedly sad plight of DACA recipients "in the shadows" how come nobody is asking why we are giving a lifetime extra preference to illegal immigrants along with an amnesty?
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I believe that racial preference programs of all types should be canceled and are flagrant violations of the Constitution.
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As Chief Justice John Roberts famously wrote in a 2007 Supreme Court case: "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."
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Approximately 90 percent of voters who voted for Donald Trump will be directly disadvantaged if we don't close the DACA affirmative action loophole.
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And with the average DACA recipient having a skill level that lags the average American's, maybe we should think twice before we get on the amnesty train at all.
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Wouldn't it be great if all Republicans in Congress considered the dreams of their own constituents to be as important as those of illegal immigrants?
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See related Immigration Politics (Sean Delonas, 01/12/2018) cartoon from USA picture album
      Michael Goodwin: Did Hillary Clinton pull off the dirtiest dirty trick in US presidential history?  (Fox 02/12/2018)
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For law enforcement, Congress and even journalists, exposing misdeeds is like peeling an onion.  Each layer you remove gets you closer to the truth.
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A top layer involves the texts between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her married lover, Peter Strzok, the lead agent on the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe.
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They casually mention an "insurance policy" in the event Trump won the election and a plan for Strzok to go easy on Clinton because she probably would be their next boss.
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Those exchanges, seen in the light of subsequent events, lead to a reasonable conclusion that the fix was in among then-Director James Comey's team to hurt Trump and help Clinton.
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Another layer involves the declassified House memo, which indicates the FBI and Justice Department depended heavily on the unverified Russian dossier about Trump to get a warrant to spy on Carter Page, an American citizen and briefly a Trump adviser.
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The House memo also reveals that Comey and others withheld from the secret surveillance court key partisan facts that would have cast doubt on the dossier.
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Officials never revealed to the judges that the document was paid for by Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee or that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the dossier, said he was "desperate that Donald Trump not get elected."
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A third layer of the onion involves the revelations in the letter GOP Sens.  Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham wrote to the Justice Department.  They urge a criminal investigation into whether Steele lied to the FBI about how much and when he fed the dossier to the anti-Trump media.
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Strangely, even after it fired him for breaking its rule forbidding media contact, the FBI continued to praise his credibility in court.
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It also reveals that two former journalists linked to Clinton ... created and gave a State Department official additional unverified allegations against Trump.
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The official passed those documents to Steele, who passed them to the FBI, which reportedly saw them as further evidence that Trump worked with Russians.
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"It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr.  Steele's work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr.  Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility."
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The State Department official involved in the episode ... admitted he shared all the unverified allegations from the Clinton hitmen with other State Department officials.
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There are many more layers of the onion to peel, but here's where we are now: It increasingly appears that the Clinton machine was the secret, original source of virtually all the allegations about Trump and Russia that led to the FBI investigation.
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In addition, the campaign and its associates, including Steele, were behind the explosion of anonymously sourced media reports during the fall of 2016 about that investigation.
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Thus, the Democratic nominee paid for and created allegations against her Republican opponent, gave them to law enforcement, then tipped friendly media to the investigation.
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And it is almost certain FBI agents supporting Clinton were among the anonymous sources.
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In fact, the Clinton connections are so fundamental that there probably would not have been an FBI investigation without her involvement.
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That makes hers a brazen work of political genius — and perhaps the dirtiest dirty trick ever played in presidential history.
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The only thing that went wrong is that she lost the election.  And based on what we know now, her claims about Trump were false.
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Of the charges against four men brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, none involves helping Russia interfere with the election.
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... it is certain that Steele and other Clinton operators provided all the allegations about Trump himself that the FBI started with and that Mueller inherited.
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For Clinton, creating a cloud over Trump's presidency and helping to put the nation through continuing turmoil is a victory of sorts.
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America is fortunate it's her only victory.
      Silicon Valley’s surveillance capitalism has resulted in Big Tech killing off human privacy  (Fox 02/10/2018)
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... Silicon Valley had "created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works."
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"No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.  And it's not an American problem – this is not about Russian ads.  This is a global problem."
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He cited the role of mobile messaging service WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) in the killings of seven innocent men in India after hoax messages about strangers abducting children were shared.
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"And imagine taking that to the extreme, where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want.  It's just a really, really bad state of affairs."
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... Facebook "literally changes your relationship with society" and "probably interferes with productivity in weird ways."
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... the whole point of Facebook is to keep people using it.  ... "the thought process ... was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?'"
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"It's a social-validation feedback loop ... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology."
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The companies love to boast in high-minded terms about how their mission is not something as mundane as making money.  No, they are all about "changing the world"...
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Well, with all that wealth and power comes influence.  And increasingly, despite our Silicon Valley overlords' self-regarding and cloyingly sanctimonious smugness, it's not for the good.
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Because the business model of many of these tech firms relies on selling ads, their relentless focus is on gathering data on their users – that would be you – to enable advertisers to better target their messages.
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With a phone in everyone's pocket, these companies can now literally track your every move.
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And the creepiness seems to get worse by the day.  ... planning to install sensors into some of its boots and coats to track how they're used.
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Children are growing up talking to Alexa as if "she" is a member of the family.
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Silicon Valley is actively exploring computer chips that would be inserted into people's brains, so that artificial intelligence software can be "merged" with human thought.
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Who owns all this data and what will happen to it?  Quite apart from the sheer creepiness of tech companies wanting to invade your brain, we know from recent experience that literally everything can be hacked – whether by criminals or foreign governments like China that hacked our own government and stole millions of Americans' most personal data.
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Artificial intelligence, of course, is not just about invading your privacy: it's assaulting our economy too.
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Studies predict that huge swaths of jobs will be destroyed by Big Tech as it advances into new areas of economic activity and automates jobs from truck driving to accounting.
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Silicon Valley's only response to the economic devastation it's about to unleash on American workers is to push forward the idea of a "Universal Basic Income" – a government wage regardless of whether you work.
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Translation: "We, your tech overlords will be doing all the interesting work.  Sadly, there won't be any jobs left for you serfs – but don't worry, we'll makes sure the government gives you some money so you can sit around all day and make the most of your newfound leisure time.  Enjoy, little people!"
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Big Tech's baleful economic impact extends to another disastrous feature of our modern economy: a stifling of competition.
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When sector after sector in our economy ends up being dominated by a handful of giant corporations, workers lose their bargaining power. 
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Companies like Apple and Google are desperately sucking up to the brutal authoritarian communist regime in China in order to gain access to the vast market.
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But in the process, our own leading companies are aiding and abetting China's plan for world domination by handing over technology – like artificial intelligence – that China will use against us.
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And finally let's not forget the role of Silicon Valley in shaping our culture and the way we think. 
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... we can also see this in the manifestation of the liberal bias that pervades Silicon Valley and the tech industry.
      Cal Thomas: The memo and the truth  (Fox 02/06/2018)
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Partisans tend to read, watch and listen only, or mostly, to information and opinions that reinforce their beliefs.  If information surfaces that counters those beliefs, it is usually disparaged, excused or ignored.  That's human nature.
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... "the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath."
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If true, that is real collusion.
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Critics of the memo, who tried to stop its release, initially contended it undermines and smears the FBI and the Department of Justice.
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No it doesn't.  It suggests that a few higher-ups in those agencies used their power and influence in an attempt to keep Donald Trump from becoming president and after he was elected to undermine his presidency.
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Now that the memo has been made public, partisans on the left, who once claimed its release would seriously damage the FBI and the DOJ, now say there is nothing there.
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It can't be both a danger and nothing, so which is it?  In Washington, having it both ways is a cherished tradition.
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The memo asserts those seeking the warrant did not tell the judge about the fingerprints of the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign on the dossier.
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That is worse than oversight.  If true, it is criminal and possibly prosecutable behavior.
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The Republican memo is not the end but rather the beginning to exposing behind-the-scenes maneuvering by liberals to keep Donald Trump out of the White House and put Hillary Clinton in it.
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The public has a right to know all the facts in this case, wherever they lead.
      Michael Goodwin: FBI memo proves the ‘deep state’ is real – and the press is part of it  (Fox 02/05/2018)
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Now that we know what the declassified House memo says about government misconduct, we also know what it means: The Washington swamp — the deep state — is bigger, more vicious and more dangerous to American liberty than even a cynic could have imagined.
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Because of the memo and previous revelations, we know that swamp creatures are embedded in the top of the FBI and the Department of Justice.
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Some used their power to try to tip a presidential campaign based on their personal politics.
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They conducted a sham investigation of the Democratic candidate and misled federal judges to spy on at least one associate of her Republican challenger.
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To block exposure of their misdeeds, these officials falsely claimed that national security would be damaged.
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Add that despicable lie — issued in the name of the FBI itself — to their shameful records. 
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Thanks to the battle over the memo, we also know with 100 percent certainty that the mainstream media is part of the swamp.
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The efforts by The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others, to keep the memo from ever seeing sunshine were appalling.
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Those organizations are betraying their legacies and their duties as journalists.  They share with corrupt officials a hatred of Donald Trump and believe that ending his presidency justifies any and all means.
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Their motives are as partisan as that of the Democrats who fought tooth and nail to scuttle the memo.
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The details of the memo make a strong case that current and former officials committed crimes by misleading FISA court judges in seeking four surveillance warrants against Carter Page, a bit player in the Trump campaign ­orbit.
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Those details seal the sordid legacy of former FBI Director James Comey.
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He signed off on three warrant requests, reportedly without informing the judges that the essential piece of evidence against Page was the infamous Russian dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
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Its author, Christopher Steele, a former British spy, never went to Russia to interview his paid sources, some of whom were Kremlin officials.
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Steele was hired by the FBI, then fired when he shared his dossier with the press and lied about it.
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He also confided to an agent that he loathed Trump and "was passionate about him not being president."
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Did the agent, Bruce Ohr, whose wife worked for the same firm as Steele, Fusion GPS, tell the judges that?  Did Comey?  The memo says no.
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... the memo claims that Andrew McCabe, the former deputy FBI director removed for his conduct during the separate Clinton investigation, testified that no warrant would have been sought "without the Steele dossier information."
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Not incidentally, current FBI Director Christopher Wray and his team read the memo before it was released, and did not dispute McCabe's claim.
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To the Trump haters, these facts don't matter.  He is, in their minds, unfit to be president, so nothing short of assassination is out of bounds.
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Yet it is a mistake to view the memo's revelations through the lens of whether you like Trump, or what you think of Carter Page.
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Something even larger is now at stake.  Trump is the great disrupter who has overthrown the established political order like no one in modern history, and many opponents have lost their bearings in resisting his presidency.
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In their rage and bigotry, they are willing to abandon fundamental principles.  We only know this because he won the election; none of this shocking misconduct would have been revealed under a Hillary Clinton presidency.
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The claims in the memo that FBI and Justice officials acted corruptly should concern all fair-minded Americans, regardless of political preference.
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Those claims force us to ask whether we are a nation of laws that apply equally to all.
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If not, we are no longer America.  We are a banana republic where it's acceptable for the government to use its police powers against political opponents.
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... Page and others linked to Trump were accused of having ties to Russia, then their names were leaked to the media in a bid to sway the election and then to topple the president.
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There may be other flimsy FISA applications covering other Trump associates we don't yet know about.
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Hysterical Trump haters greeted the memo's release by declaring that we face a constitutional crisis.
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They are right — and they are creating it.
      Democrat and ex-CIA: Democrats are hurting themselves in dismissing FBI memo  (Fox 02/05/2018)
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Strzok, a self-described conservative Democrat, was a long-time counterintelligence agent with lead assignments on three key investigations.  These included 1) the Hillary Clinton email scandal, 2) the Michael Flynn inquiry, and 3) the special counsel's investigation into possible Trump – Russia collusion.
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His influence at the FBI is hard to understate.
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Meanwhile, his colleague and secret lover Ms.  Page served as an attorney within the Bureau's Office of the General Counsel and, for a time, on Robert Mueller's investigation.  She was also a Clinton supporter.
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In exchanges between Strzok and Page, both expressed views that are – at the very least – wildly inappropriate given their roles.
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Page went on to say that Strzok should focus on "protect(ing) the country from that menace" (Trump).  Her paramour agreed, adding, "I can protect our country at many levels."
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Page feared that the Democratic nominee would likely strike back in vengeance after she became president.
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"The last thing you need [is] going in there loaded for bear.  You think she's going to remember or care that it was more [DOJ] than [FBI]?"
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Recently departed FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe also faces concerns of bias.
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... he may have been present when Strzok and Page discussed the aforementioned "path" and related "insurance policy." Why?  According to text messages, the meeting where the conversation was held was in "Andy's office."
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Mr.  Ohr met with Mr.  Steele both before and after the FBI dismissed the British national for exposing his dossier to the media.  He also relayed Steele's information to other officials within the FBI.
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Mrs.  Ohr, for her part, conducted opposition research on Trump on behalf of her employer, Fusion GPS.  Mr.  Ohr shared this reporting with FBI colleagues too.
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Former FBI Director James Comey has acknowledged that, on at least one occasion, he served as an unauthorized source for a New York Times story critical of the president.
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This conduct was a clear violation of FBI rules and protocol.  It was also a possible violation of U.S.  law given the sensitive, proprietary nature of the information leaked.
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... Director Comey was also involved in another worrying episode when he, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-DNI James Clapper briefed the Steele dossier to a large number of elected officials in D.C.
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... this move was odd in that, by spreading the dossier's uncorroborated allegations, Comey and company virtually assured the dossier would leak and be given a degree of credibility that it didn't otherwise deserve.
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Their decision is all the more perplexing given that each of the men downplayed or rejected the dossier's claims within days of their briefing it.
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Though Mueller is widely regarded as fair-minded, some of his team members may not be.  Of Mueller's 15 known staffers, nine have faced scrutiny over their donations to Democrats (in general) and Hillary Clinton (in particular).
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... some Republicans express discomfort at Mueller's longtime friendship with Comey.  Given the latter's possible misdeeds, GOP officials worry that Mueller might not be able to separate his friendship from his investigation in the event Comey becomes a person of interest.
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For many Democrats, however, none of this warrants particular concern.  Indeed, they argue that Trump and Republicans have engaged in nothing but partisan smears against a wholly innocent FBI.
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Indeed, some have gone so far as to warn Trump and Republicans about the consequences of angering the Bureau.
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"You think you can push us off this?  You better think again, Mr.  President.  You've been around for 13 months, we've been around since 1908.  I know how this game is going to be played.  We're going to win."
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If senior FBI officials are rightfully under indictment next November rather than Trump, election night may not be as kind to The Resistance as one might hope.
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See related My Badge (Glenn McCoy, 12/07/2017) cartoon from Politics picture album
      Trump is right — He and his campaign were victims of a political attack by the Justice Department and FBI  (Fox 02/03/2018)
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Whatever the media and Democratic detractors say, the memo released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee Friday that revealed how the FBI and Justice Departments abused their powers to spy on the Trump presidential campaign is breathtaking.
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This kind of thing should not happen in America.  Average Americans have not heard the last of this.  They were betrayed.
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In sum, President Trump was right.  ... "This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump' in probe.  But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on."
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Nunes was right to be distressed at what he discovered.  All Americans should be.
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Why Democrats on the Intelligence Committee do not share this distress is beyond understanding, except because of shortsighted maneuvering for political advantage.
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The memo by Republicans on the committee summarizes raw intelligence confirming that formerly steady and professional staff of the Justice Department and FBI were motivated to act against candidate Trump by personal antipathy toward him, media-stoked fear of him, and perhaps personal loyalties to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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As a result, they traded their integrity for betrayal of democratic principles and our Constitution.
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... something overcame them, grabbed them and turned them into something else during the 2016 election campaign.  They devolved into political animals.
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The four-page memo confirms that Justice Department and FBI leadership were directly and personally intertwined with a company hired by the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to conduct opposition research on Trump.
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The research produced a series of false allegations tying Trump and his campaign to Russia.
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Though unsubstantiated, Steele's allegations were hard to counter, because it is always hard to prove a negative. 
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"Steele admitted to (Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce) Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he ‘was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.'"
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An anti-Trump cabal grew within Justice Department and FBI, animated by the cry to save America from itself by preventing Donald Trump from being elected president.
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The power of the federal government is enormous, can smash a private citizen and could crush most political campaigns.
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Amazingly, Trump and the American preference for him survived.  That is remarkable and sobering.
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We are living in a time when senior Justice Department and FBI officials felt justified, for political reasons, to deceive the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and all Americans.
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The House Intelligence Committee memo shows that federal officials appear to have violated the public trust and their oaths of office, subverting laws for political outcomes. 
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... here we are, watching laws perverted for political ends in our own country, watching the heart of who we are shredded by people sworn to uphold our laws.
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... we have not heard the last of this stunning abuse of power by the Justice Department and FBI, nor should we.
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President Trump was right – he and his campaign are the victims of an unwarranted, politically motivated, breathtaking, behind-the-scenes drama, and a profound violation of public trust.
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It should not have happened in America.  Rep.  Nunes should be congratulated, not vilified.
      Steve Hilton: Yes there is a Deep State — and Tony Blair warned me about it  (Fox 02/03/2018)
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Blair was candid and thoughtful, and gave us a brilliant primer on what he'd learned about making the machinery of government work.
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But there was one thing above all that stood out from our conversation: his blunt warning about the administrative state and the attitude any incoming government would face from the permanent bureaucracy.
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"You cannot underestimate how much they believe it's their job to actually run the country and to resist the changes put forward by people they dismiss as ‘here today, gone tomorrow' politicians."
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"They genuinely see themselves as the true guardians of the national interest, and think that their job is simply to wear you down and wait you out."
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That, in a nutshell, is the Deep State.
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... the problem of an entrenched permanent bureaucracy – with its own agenda, determined to thwart the aims of elected politicians – is if anything an even bigger problem here than the one Tony Blair warned me about in Britain.
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When the politicians, the bureaucrats, the lobbyists, the journalists, the think tank leaders and the donors all live in the same swanky neighborhoods, all go to the same dinner parties and all send their children to the same schools, a culture of arrogance and insularity inevitably follows.
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These swamp dwellers are invested in keeping their power and influence, and that depends on not rocking the boat.  Don't ask too many questions.  Don't dig too deep.  Keep the show on the road.
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That's why the swamp is up in arms about the idea that anyone should question the FBI or the Justice Department – it's simply not done.
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Well, all that changed with the election of President Trump.  An outsider stormed the barricades, eager to disrupt the snooty, self-serving world of our ruling elite, with the public cheering him on.
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No wonder they swamp dwellers resist him.  No wonder they want to crush him.  He represents a mortal threat to their interests and their way of life.
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Of course, they dress up their resistance in high-minded rhetoric about protecting the Constitution.
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But in reality, it is the ruling elite that is undermining democratic norms, by subverting the core of our democratic process: the idea that we the people should be in charge, through the representatives we elect.
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So yes, there is a Deep State in America and it has its own agenda.  Not just in the Justice Department and the FBI, but throughout the federal government.
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Dismantling this Deep State in the name of our democracy must be a top priority in the years ahead.
      President Trump, don't let your State of the Union lock you into a bad immigration deal  (Fox 01/29/2018)
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The future of President Trump's first term — and prospects for a second — hinge on the forthcoming immigration battle; so he shouldn't say anything in Tuesday night's State of the Union Address that locks him into a bad deal.
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And that is what's on the table now: a bad deal.
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Tax cuts, tax reform, and ObamaCare repeal have long been a part of the Republican Party orthodoxy, but the issue of immigration has set Trump apart since day one of his candidacy.
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He single-handedly elevated border security, citizenship, and national sovereignty to the top of the national debate — much to the chagrin of not just Democrats, but corporate and establishment Republicans who have long (and quietly) favored amnesty and open borders.
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The president's "deplorable" supporters love him for unapologetically pointing out obvious truths long-since abandoned in Washington: the rule of law matters, borders should be enforced, immigration policy should be rational, and patriotism should be the centerpiece of unity.
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"...  and if Democrats do reject the deal, it proves they don't actually want to solve immigration and are the obstructionists the president says they are.
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This deal should not be about revealing Democrats for the hypocrites they are, but about securing our borders.
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... and thus face a real choice: listen to the Establishment and accept a highly-flawed deal for the sake of a win or keep remembering the "Forgotten Man" and fight hard for lawful American citizens before illegal immigrants — unlike the Democrats.
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I believe strongly in the latter approach — not because I don't trust President Trump to make a good deal, but because I don't trust Congress to implement that deal.
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... future administrations and unaccountable bureaucracies will be left to implement any such deal — an untenable situation based on the history of previous immigration deals: amnesty always happens, security never does.
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The solution at this important moment starts and ends with timing.  As part of a future "deal," any narrow pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants should only be triggered after the wall is fully funded and being built, chain migration changes have taken effect, and the diversity visa lottery program has ended...
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For conservatives who support this president and his policies, demanding that the timing be done right is the best way to ensure we do not get hoodwinked — yet again.
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We know we can trust President Trump; but we also know we cannot trust this Congress, future presidents, and the permanent government bureaucracies to implement the policies faithfully.
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To believe so would be sheer idiocy.
      How about a State of the Union that's about unity, not emotional overreaction?  Just a thought  (Fox 01/30/2018)
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Despite a roaring economy, rising national security, tax relief and shrinking government, half the nation is now programmed for emotional overreaction. 
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Worse, half our leaders condone it, even participate in it, having decided that's where the votes lie, in pushing emotional disunion.
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The average American is getting tired of this perpetual venting, sniping, disparagement of facts, and recourse to raw emotion. 
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As a nation, Americans see their economy fundamentally growing, businesses suddenly hiring, tax rates falling, people rejoining the labor market after years of despair.  They see allies softening their opposition, adversaries newly deterred from aggression. 
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In Davos, President Trump was cheered, not jeered.  It was a brave trip.  His candor produced new honesty among friends, aligning with his straight talk on Jerusalem, balanced trade, the imperative of border security, ending United Nations waste, urging NATO to pony up for their defense, and China's assistance on North Korean sanctions. 
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In Syria, Islamic State has been virtually eradicated, a 180-degree reversal on the last administration.
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In the Persian Gulf, Iran no longer harasses U.S.  Navy ships, another dramatic turnabout.
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Truth, reason and integrity are powerful persuaders, at home and abroad. 
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But still, part of America is determined to supplant these positive facts with destructive emotions.
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That is our Union's greatest threat, reckless appeals to disharmony and dissolution, bold disaffection for fellow Americans, and the championing of disunion. 
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Hollywood will host an "alternative" State of the Union speech, no doubt filled with newly recycled Republican villainy, fresh vitriol, and sundry vituperative vicissitudes, in short, hot air.
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The real problem is irresponsibility where we should expect more...
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Last week, Schumer pitched gratuitous insults at his Republican Senate colleagues, calling them "delusional and paranoid" when they cited growing facts that support high-level bias and political malfeasance at the FBI.
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He should be equally concerned about the facts and impartiality of the FBI and Department of Justice, but instead defaulted to emotional pandering.
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Pelosi indulged her breezy belligerence, now a hallmark but not who Americans are, as she described President Trump's proposal to legalize 1.8 children brought to the United States illegally in a swap for 25 billion dollars to build a credible border as "staggering cowardice" and "hateful," even "a campaign to make America white again." Really?
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Then, capping the week, for a perfect hat trick, Hillary Clinton stooped to a new low, a new appeal to sex-based disunity, shouting out her thanks to "activist b****es supporting b****es."
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Abraham Lincoln in 1858 drew inspiration from St.  Matthew, quoting Christ: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand."
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The same is true for us, today.
      Suzanne Venker: I'm so happy Trump's not a 'feminist'  (Fox 01/29/2018)
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"No, I wouldn't say I'm a feminist.  I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far.  I'm for women, I'm for men, I'm for everyone."
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How utterly refreshing to have a president who not only rejects the feminist label but who implies that feminism is a divisive movement that has little regard for men.
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He's right, of course.  But he's the only commander-in-chief to admit it.  He may even be the only commander-in-chief to understand it. 
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Barack Obama, our former president proudly declared himself a feminist.
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George W.  Bush didn't say anything one way or the other, but like all presidents he had to contend with the pressures of the feminist elite.
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The feminist elite — who reside in Hollywood, in publishing, on campuses, in politics and in the media — have a lot of clout, and they stop at nothing to get what they want.
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That means when a Democrat is in office, feminists are on fire.  Obama, for instance, made a powerful ally.
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But when a Republican is in office, the pressure to conform to feminist edicts is intense.  And most presidents cave.
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That's what makes President Trump a breath of fresh air.  Clearly, he knows feminism has nothing to do with equality between the sexes.
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Clearly, he knows feminists sell the notion that American women are victims — of both men and society.
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It doesn't matter what the topic is ... the result is always the same: women are oppressed.  And men are the oppressors.
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"Women's magazines, a nearly $7 billion-a-year business, are based on telling women their lives are too tough for them to handle and they should feel very sorry for themselves.  This distorted vision of your life is absolutely crazy."
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So I, for one, am grateful to have a president who knows that oppression and victimhood, along with an anti-male, anti-marriage agenda, are the underpinnings of modern feminism.
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It means that unlike past presidents, Democratic and Republican, Trump will not cave to feminist demands.
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The one thing that makes this president unlike any other is his refusal to be bullied.
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And that's precisely what feminists are: bullies.  I think they've finally met their match.
      What alleged illegality is Mueller investigating?  Trump exercising lawful presidential authority?  (Fox 01/27/2018)
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview President Trump.  ... But the questions Mueller is looking at are not about the issue the special counsel was supposed to examine: collusion with Russians to fix the 2016 presidential election.
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Rather ... Mueller "is seeking to question President Trump in the coming weeks about his decisions to oust national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James B.  Comey..."
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The two acts ... are related to "efforts by the president or others to hamper the special counsel's probe."
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How can that be?  Flynn had nothing to do with the special counsel's probe.
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And firing the head of the FBI does not thwart what all the people under him are doing.
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So what is the alleged illegality here that could possibly "hamper" or obstruct the investigation?
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... a prosecutor wants to interview the president of the United States about conduct that is not only legal, but actually involves the execution of presidential authority.
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Two men have already fallen into Mueller's trap.  Retired Army Lt.  Gen.  Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making statements inconsistent with tapped and taped conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S.  Sergey Kislyak.
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But Flynn's entire conversation was legal, or his statements would have been part of the charges against him.
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One might ask why the FBI, having the entire transcript of a conversation that contained nothing illegal, even questioned Flynn at all.
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This was the legal equivalent of the FBI showing up to ask you what you had for breakfast – there's nothing illegal about eating breakfast.
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If you do not want to admit you had a glazed donut and reply "yogurt," the prosecutor can charge you with making a false statement to the FBI.
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George Papadopoulos, an adviser to the Trump presidential campaign, pleaded guilty to providing false statements about the timing of his contacts with certain Russians.
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But the contacts were legal no matter when they occurred or they, too, would have been part of the charges against him.
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There is also the danger of two people differing in their statements about an event and the prosecutor – without any other evidence supporting one side or the other – indicting one of them.
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By agreeing to be interviewed by Mueller, Mr.  President, you are agreeing to be questioned about exercising your executive authority in areas having nothing to do with any illegality or even collusion.
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In agreeing to this you may recall that an event occurred on Monday and Comey may recall it occurred on Tuesday.
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A la Papdoupoulos, only the timing is off.  Guess which one of you Mueller will indict?
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See related What's the Charge? (Glenn McCoy, 08/07/2017) cartoon from Politics picture album
      Hollywood tries to speak for us but really, they just don’t get it  (Fox 01/27/2018)
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Members of the privileged, elitist culture use fame, fortune and power as a compass to measure their identity and determine their fulfillment and happiness.
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They've become one big walking contradiction in their attempt to inundate the rest of us with their version of normal, which isn't really normal at all.
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This has gone on for so long they can't even see how morally bankrupt they've become.
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From Washington to Hollywood, and even bleeding into highbrow Silicon Valley, this oppressive, lost culture has spent far too long trying to enlighten the rest of the country.  Now it's time to enlighten them.
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Here are some things they don't understand about most of us.
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We are content.  While we have goals and dreams, which many of us are deeply driven to pursue, our greatest accomplishments and what we outwardly attain are not what bring us contentment.
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Our contentment comes from doing what is honorable – pursuing a deeper love in our marriages; raising our kids to be responsible and contributing members of society; volunteering in our communities; investing in our friendships; and building each other up instead of tearing each other down.
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Contentment is not something you get by hitting the next goal or milestone or attaining that next big thing. 
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The lost culture equates power, pleasure, money and fame with fulfillment and contentment – but is really pursuing an endless cycle of depravity.  Its members deceive themselves into believing the next thing will satisfy them.
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It's no secret many celebrity couples view marriage as expendable.  A quick glance at the magazine covers in the supermarket checkout line tells you all you need to know about who is upgrading to a newer model in any given week.
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Hollywood gets rich off of selling us fairytales and glamour.  To most of us, there is nothing glamourous about our spouse cheating on us.
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This is an industry that is drowning in a sea of sex scandals.  We just got done watching them wear all black to the Golden Globes to protest the sexual misconduct that many of them ignored for years.
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Now we're supposed to pay to watch them portray violence against women as some great love story, because the woman in the movie happens to agree to the violence?
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We don't want our kids to grow up to be like members of this depraved culture...
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They are a culture unto themselves.  They don't represent most of us or the values we are trying to instill in our kids.
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We may be entertained and amused by them from time to time, and even a little curious.  But we don't want to be like them and we certainly don't want our kids to emulate them.
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Depravity is an ultimately unfulfilling existence.
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In the end, it's investing in our families, our friendships and our faith – rather than just ourselves – that gives us the contentment and peace that we seek more than any amount of fame, fortune or power ever could.
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See related Dont Have the Addresses... (Mike Lester, 12/21/2016) cartoon from USA picture album
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See related Last Movie (Mike Lester, 01/07/2017) cartoon from USA picture album
      The importance of public safety and national security in the immigration debate  (Fox 01/25/2018)
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The battle occurring in Congress over providing amnesty, citizenship and government benefits to illegal aliens – as well as the debate over chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program – often boils down to well-worn talking points.
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Lawmakers should instead review two recent reports from the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, along with information from the U.S.  Sentencing Commission.
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They show that aliens commit federal crimes at a much higher rate than citizens, and that many terrorists have entered the U.S.  through our immigration system that a separate Inspector General's Office report says has a defective screening process.
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... from 2011 to 2016 44.2 percent of the criminals convicted in federal courts were non-citizens.
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This is despite the fact that aliens are only 8.4 percent of the American population, divided almost evenly between legal and illegal aliens.
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When immigration crimes are excluded, aliens still committed 21.4 percent of federal crimes during that five-year period – more than twice their share of the population.
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As might be expected, aliens represent 94 percent of criminal immigration offenses.  Those offenses include trafficking in U.S.  passports and entry documents, human smuggling and fraudulently acquiring U.S.  passports, among other crimes.
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... report that looked at the criminal histories of 55,322 illegal aliens in federal, state and local prisons found that they had been arrested 459,614 times for 700,000 criminal offenses.
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... 251,000 criminal aliens in federal, state and local prisons ... had committed 3 million criminal offenses, a majority at the state and local level.
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None of these crimes would have happened if these aliens were not in the U.S.
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Of the 549 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges in federal courts between the Sept.  11, 2001 terrorist attacks and Dec.  31, 2016, 402 – or 73 percent – were foreign-born individuals who entered the U.S.  through our immigration system.
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More than 1,700 other aliens have been removed from the U.S.  over national security concerns and suspected involvement in terrorist activities.
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... most of the ICE offices responsible for implementing the terrorist screening process don't even have access to the classified networks that have information about known or suspected terrorists.
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Because of the defects ... ICE "may be missing opportunities to identify, take into custody, communicate status of, and make decisions on those aliens who pose the highest risk to national security and public safety."
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This problem is compounded, according to the report, by sanctuary cities where "local law enforcement agencies do not cooperate with ICE," which prevents the screening of many criminal aliens.
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All of these problems show that the priority of Congress when it comes to immigration policy – in addition to making sure it is beneficial to the economic prosperity of the nation – must be to guarantee that our immigration system does not compromise public safety and national security.
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Based on these reports, that guarantee does not currently exist.
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See related Anything Else to Declare? (Glenn McCoy, 11/01/2017) cartoon from Terror picture album
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See related NY Terrorism Accomplices (Sean Delonas, 11/03/2017) cartoon from Terror picture album
      Where free speech should be promoted, free speech is under attack  (Fox 01/25/2018)
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Universities large and small, public and private, are restricting students' and professors' speech or enabling others to silence speech with which they disagree. 
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... stopped a student from speaking about his religious faith because it "disturbed the comfort of persons"...
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... a student was arrested and jailed for handing out copies of the U.S.  Constitution because they didn't have a permit.
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... student protesters violently shut down a debate and physically assaulted one of the school's own professors.
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In other cases, schools' policies effectively encourage this behavior by imposing special limitations on speakers they deem controversial.
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If you disagree with a speaker about to visit campus, simply declare his views offensive and threaten to riot, and the speaker will be sidelined.
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The heart of a university education used to be exposure to a wide range of ideas and the opportunity to debate their merits in order to inform one's own positions and learn to articulate them persuasively.
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And everyone should be concerned about threats to free speech, regardless of their political beliefs.
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Viewpoints that are mainstream now may quickly become minority views, and vice versa, as has happened repeatedly throughout history.
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That is why protecting even unpopular speech in the short run benefits everyone in the long run.
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When public universities restrict speech, it has constitutional implications as well.
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The First Amendment prevents government institutions from imposing speech restraints such as arduous permitting restrictions or arbitrary curfews, particularly if the school discriminates against certain viewpoints.
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Yet this is precisely what many university speech policies do.
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Free speech is not only a fundamental right, but, as James Madison said, the "effectual guardian of every other right."
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Free speech enables citizens to advocate for all their other civil rights and is the single most powerful bulwark against government tyranny.
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This is perhaps why our Founders protected it in the very first amendment in our Bill of Rights.
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See related Tolerance (Michael Ramirez, 02/06/2017) cartoon from USA picture album
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See related Counterpoint (Glenn McCoy, 02/03/2017) cartoon from USA picture album
      Greg Gutfeld: Why Trump's 'chaos' should make you chuckle, not choke  (Fox 01/24/2018)
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You have to be honest with me: you too feel anxiety under the current Trump era.
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Part of it is due to Trump himself: very day he appears to be walking the ledge, with the country in his hands.  Will he offend half of America?  Will he taunt a hermit kingdom to wage war?  Will he upset an entire gender, industry or ally?
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Add to that an especially loud opposition that proclaims every Trump action or tweet to be the harbinger of the apocalypse.
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It's a fight every day, and it's never been louder, or more hysterical.
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Every day is the first day of the end of the world.
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Yet every day, things seem to turn out fine.
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Sure, we live the Trump presidency in a day by day fashion, but each day seems to be working out for the American people.
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Never mind the sound and fury, Trump gets through it all, taking the heat, and we reap the benefits.
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He's like a drunk walking home during an earthquake.  Both effects (booze and seismic shakes) cancel each other out, and he makes it home in a straight line, without a scratch.
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It's due to what Trump plays with (big dangerous issues, not marginal stuff like nutrition and wetlands) and how he plays them (with little regard to the politically correct vernacular) and that brings us alarm.
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Because of this ... it's as if we're in one of those scary looking taverns in old westerns — where the sense of calm feels only temporary, before the next murderous brawl breaks out.
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But this is how it feels with Trump, for me — until I slow down and see what's really going on.
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And when you slow down and analyze the nature and consequence of his tweets — as one example — you realize that the sense of chaos is a sign not of trouble, but of good times.
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Do you think that in a terrible time — of deadly wars and economic ills — we would tolerate a leader who trolls his adversaries daily on social networks? 
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No.  But in good times, we'll put up with almost anything.
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"Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March.  Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months.  Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!"
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Whether you like him or not, you have to credit him for targeting so much good-natured tomfoolery at a group of people who might tear him to shreds if given the chance.
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It was a perfect troll, a perfect tweet.  And it served a key purpose: putting himself on the side of fun.
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... if you slow down and take a step back you realize that the tweet isn't reflecting unease at all — but reveals a country operating at full steam — so productive and peaceful that its boss can tweet out his cheerful thoughts just for kicks and giggles.
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The only worry, in my mind, is when he stops tweeting.  Because that means things are bad.
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Fact is, you can learn to embrace the appearance of chaos, and the churning emotional unease it causes, by taking these steps:
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1.  Acknowledge good things are happening in our country, mainly because our country is strong, industrious and can withstand any man or movement.
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2.  Admit that there is a cost to Trump — that such a personality/force like him will create disruption, and highly vocal animosity that can be jarring.
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3.  Trace that cost back to our country's ability to soldier it.  The only reason why so many small disturbing and surprising things are happening at once is because of the enabling of big, efficient things make it possible.
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4.  Stay calm, laugh at the little things, and be hopeful the big things keep happening.  Because, so far, that seems to be the trend.
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See related Gets Me Where I Want (Michael Ramirez, 02/25/2017) cartoon from USA picture album
      Evidence suggests a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI  (NYP 01/23/2018)
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During the financial crisis, the federal government bailed out banks it declared "too big to fail."
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Fearing their bankruptcy might trigger economic Armageddon, the feds propped them up with taxpayer cash.
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Something similar is happening now at the FBI, with the Washington wagons circling the agency to protect it from charges of corruption.
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This time, the appropriate tag line is "too big to believe."
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Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of America's premier law enforcement agency.
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The reports, which feature talk among agents of a "secret society" and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe.
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If either one is true — and I believe both probably are — it would mean FBI leaders betrayed the nation by abusing their powers in a bid to pick the president.
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More support for this view involves the FBI's use of the Russian dossier on Trump that was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
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It is almost certain that the FBI used the dossier to get FISA court warrants to spy on Trump associates, meaning it used the opposition research of the party in power to convince a court to let it spy on the candidate of the other party — likely without telling the court of the dossier's political link.
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Even worse, there is growing reason to believe someone in President Barack Obama's administration turned over classified information about Trump to the Clinton campaign.
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... clear evidence of bias against Trump by officials charged with investigating him and Clinton.  Those same agents appear to have acted on that bias to tilt the election to Clinton.
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It was in the office of Comey's top deputy, Andrew McCabe, where agents discussed an "insurance policy" in the event that Trump won.  Reports indicated that the Russia collusion probe was that insurance policy.
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"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office — that there's no way he gets elected — but I'm afraid we can't take that risk.  It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40 .  .  .," Strzok wrote.
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It is frightening that Strzok, who called Trump "an idiot," was the lead investigator on both the Clinton and Trump cases.
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Talk about irony.  While Dems and the left-wing media already found Trump guilty of collusion before Mueller was appointed, the real scandal might be the conduct of the probers themselves.
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Suspicions are hardly allayed by the fact that the FBI says it can't find five months of messages...  The missing period — Dec.  14, 2016, through May 17, 2017 — was a crucial time in Washington.
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There were numerous leaks of classified material just before and after Trump's inauguration on Jan.  20.
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Nunes has prepared a four-page memo, based on classified material that purportedly lays out what the FBI and others did to corrupt the election.
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A movement to release the memo is gaining steam, but Congress says it might take weeks.
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Why wait?  Americans can handle the truth, no matter how big it is.
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See related Hillary's Private Server (Mike Lester, 07/06/2016) cartoon from Government picture album
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See related My Badge (Glenn McCoy, 12/07/2017) cartoon from Politics picture album
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See related The Mueller Team (Glenn McCoy, 12/15/2017) cartoon from Politics picture album
      What the 'Dreamer' fight is really about  (JWR 01/22/2018)
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The loud fight over what will happen to America's "Dreamers" isn't what it seems.  For both sides, it's a fig leaf used to mask their true intentions.
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... the Democrats' method of fighting for DACA suggests that they are broadly in favor of letting immigration dysfunction continue apace.
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Why else would they refuse to give President Trump any significant concessions in the DACA negotiations — no wall, no end to chain migration, no cessation of visa lotteries?
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They know that if this generation of Dreamers gets a pass without broader reform, it will be followed by another and another, all expecting the same eventual exemptions.
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Democrats once used to talk about ending outright illegal immigration.  They worried that it put downward pressure on wages.
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In the current age of identity politics, a new generation of progressive Democrats has recalibrated mass illegal immigration as a godsend. 
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Many pre-Trump Republicans favored illegal immigration too, although for different reasons: They worried more about obtaining workers rather than future constituents and voters.
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The social costs of providing parity for these workers and their dependents from the poorest regions of Mexico and Latin America — arriving for the most part without legality, English, or high school diplomas — were always passed on to the taxpayer.
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Now, however, a newly ascendant conservative base objects to illegal immigration for many of the same reasons Democrats did historically.
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Immigration is not especially diverse.  About one in four immigrants in the United States arrived from one country: Mexico.
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In the past, immigration has proven a great boon to a host country — if it was legal, measured, meritocratic and diverse.
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That way, assimilation, integration and mastery of native languages and customs were enhanced by immigrants who in turn enriched their adopted country.
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The opposite holds true of massive, illegal and nondiverse influxes of foreign nationals.
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The results are too often tribalism, political manipulation and factionalism, as the current multicultural and multiethnic turmoil in the Balkans, Middle East, Africa — and now Europe — attest.
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Illegal immigration flourished because Democrats wanted future constituents, and Republicans sought inexpensive labor.
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But an irate public has had it with open borders — and both parties are scrambling to hide their past and present agendas for now by focusing on the idealized Dreamers.
      Much of the federal government should be shut down — and power given back to the people  (Fox 01/20/2018)
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The conventional wisdom about the government shutdown chaos in Washington is completely wrong.
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Whoever you listen to, their explanation for the shambles is political. 
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If you're on the left you blame President Trump – just as you blame him for everything from bad weather to burned toast.
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If you're on the right you call it the "Schumer Shutdown" – after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.  – and point out that today's Democrats are being driven by their extreme "open borders" base.
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... it surely makes sense to handle the DACA issue as part of a negotiated immigration deal, including the border wall and an end to the diversity visa lottery and chain migration.
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Using the "Dreamers," as DACA recipients are known, to hold up agreement on the entire federal budget is a ridiculous and damaging stunt.
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But none of this explains the real underlying cause of the federal government shutdown that began Saturday.
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The reason we have to put up with this seemingly endless succession of short-term crises and stop-gap fixes is not political, it's structural.
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The shutdown is not in fact an example of the system failing.  It's exactly what you'd expect to happen given the system we have.
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Why can't they agree a proper long-term budget in Congress?  Because everyone in Congress is fighting for their piece of the pie – and the bigger the pie, the bigger the fight.
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More significantly, it's a fight members of Congress wage for their political survival – because the piece of the federal pie that they're fighting for is not for their constituents, it's for the people who really matter to them: the donors and interests that got them to Congress in the first place.
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Getting appropriations that keep their sponsors happy: that's the name of the game in these budget negotiations.  It's the Swamp in action.
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The only long-term answer is a radical rethink of the entire federal government, transferring most of its functions to the state and local level where they would be carried out more effectively and with more accountability.
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... piecemeal efforts to slim down government bloat will always fail.  The bureaucracy will always win.  The only answer is, in fact ... a shutdown.
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Not a temporary, crisis-driven shutdown.  But a long-term, carefully considered, complete and total shutdown of every function of the federal government that could be carried out closer to the people: education, health care, housing, social services, transportation ... almost all of it apart from the Departments of Defense, State, Treasury and Justice.
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Of course, the Swamp-dwellers who have grown fat off our current, corrupt system would fight with everything they have to hold onto their power and influence.
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It will take a political revolution to wrench power out of the hands of the Washington establishment and put it in the hands of the people.
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But don't bet against it: just look at the evident, embarrassing failure of the current system and its shameless corruption.
      Rep.  Robert Pittenger: Trump's a diamond — with many rough edges.  There's nothing fake...  (Fox 01/17/2018)
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While political elites resoundingly condemn President Trump for his reported comment on "s — -hole countries," let's pause to take a careful look at context and truth.
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President Trump's comment clearly offended many individuals, but was he referring to the poor and exploited people in the respective countries or the governments ruled by tyrants and despots who have pilfered our aid and extracted their country's resources to fund their lavish lifestyle?
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The American people elected a street fighter from Queens who will fight every day in their behalf, unfazed by the elites, whose elegant diplomatic discourse has resulted in a world replete with national security threats and challenges.
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... President Trump has demonstrated a keen sense of the mindset of hardworking Americans, as well as of our adversaries.
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The guardians of "correct" diplomatic discourse are in denial of their own inept failures, as their "correct" dialogue allowed adversarial nation states to grow from garden snakes to boa constrictors. 
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Members of the political elite also abhorred Ronald Reagan's reference to the Soviet Union as an "evil empire."
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They scorned him when he walked away from arms reduction negotiations in Reykjavik over his refusal to give up missile defense.
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Yet ultimately, Gorbachev accepted Reagan's terms, and just a few years later, the Soviet Union collapsed without firing a shot, thanks to Reagan's clear understanding and resolute spirit.
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Where would we be today without missile defense?
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Winston Churchill was ridiculed and renounced by Neville Chamberlain and his "peace for our time" disciples for calling out Hitler as "a monster of wickedness, insatiable in his lust for blood and plunder."
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Great Britain and Western Civilization were spared dominion by Nazi Germany through Churchill's unequivocal oratory and leadership. 
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In the moment of these statements, polite society disparaged these comments as dangerous, harmful, and self-defeating.
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However, in time and history, the political class was proven to be all that they accused these great leaders to be. 
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President Trump has a clear understanding of our adversaries and knows how to speak to them in a way they understand.
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Mr.  President, many thoughtful Americans trust your instincts as you send direct, clear messages to the world.
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Your track record in business, media, politics, and directing a reinvigorated economy deserves a great deal of respect as you work with your exceptional diplomatic and military advisors to clearly stake out American interests and secure our country.
      Sen.  Chelsea Manning?  To even think about rewarding this criminal with a Senate seat is beyond...  (Fox 01/17/2018)
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Like me, you were probably shocked to find out that a felony conviction – let alone one for betraying your country – does not disqualify you from serving in the Senate.
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And while Manning's chances ... are extraordinarily slim, the very fact that this reprehensible backstabber can even perpetrate this farce is shameful.
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Manning basically provided randomly chosen pieces of our national secrets to all of our enemies.
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Operations were compromised and partners in Iraq and Afghanistan were identified and put at risk.
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... this was a selfish act by a childish individual who put her own petty grievances above the safety and security of the entire country and endangered the lives of honorably serving members of the U.S.  military.
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... let's think about the unlikely event that Manning beats the odds and actually becomes a senator.
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Should that come to pass, the "world's greatest deliberative body," as the Senate likes to call itself, would seat a felon who purposely violated the oath of enlistment in the U.S.  Army and betrayed America and fellow soldiers.
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What's important to note is that senators are not required to obtain a security clearance to gain access to classified government material.
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All Manning would have to do is swear another meaningless oath and promise to obey it this time to once again gain access to our national security secrets, which she could leak again if she wished.
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It could even come to pass that this person who put our intelligence agencies and American lives at risk could serve on a committee providing oversight on the same agencies whose information she sent flying into the digital breeze.
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It will be very interesting to see how much support this #Resistance heroine, who has been very noisy in opposition to President Trump, can gain from the left.
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Regardless of the outcome, we now have been forced to at least contemplate this senseless possibility.
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That is a sad commentary on the state of our political system, and we are all lowered by it. 
      Ex-CIA officer: Trump’s ‘s***hole’ controversy matters because it antagonizes friends America...  (Fox 01/16/2018)
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President Trump's alleged use of "tough language" last week during a congressional meeting on immigration led to yet another partisan fight between bickering Americans.
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Democrats labeled the president's remarks racist while Republicans mostly shrugged.
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Just Trump being Trump.
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In fact, some of the president's supporters wondered why the fuss.  "Who died?  No one."
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And that really is the heart of the matter.  For Trump supporters, there's no harm if the president shoots from the hip and upsets the delicate egos of foreign leaders or snowflake Democrats.
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To hell with them all.  He wasn't elected to play nice.
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That's a fair point.  Trump's victory represented a new direction for the country, with a mandate to shake up America's democracy.  And that he has.
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But let no one be fooled that Trump's approach – even if you love it – is without costs.
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To explain, the world has entered the early stages of a new Cold War.
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On one side are nations like the United States who have come to embrace the often slow and messy path of democracy.
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Why stick with it?  Our many wars and revolutions have taught us that no other path offers the freedoms we need for our people – any people – to thrive.
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Unfortunately, there are other nations who fundamentally disagree.  China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea believe that communism, monarchies, and religious dictators are better suited to decide humanity's fate.
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They don't want individual freedom.  They want control of the masses.  Suppression of free will.  Dominance by force.
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The first Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union and ushered in what many in the West hoped would be the dawn of world peace and prosperity.
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One important player, however, remained elusive.  Communist China.
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In the mid-1990s, President Bill Clinton – along with a Republican Congress – believed that if the West could get China to more fully engage with outsiders, the communist overlords might eventually come to embrace democratic freedoms.
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If China's economy were more fully integrated with the rest of the world, their embrace of dictatorship would surely lessen.
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Better yet, economists argued, cheap goods from China would allow Western consumers to buy more stuff.  More stuff would in turn mean bigger, better economies for all.
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American businesses flooded into Chinese provinces at a staggering pace, lured by the promise of cheap labor and big profits.
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And that's when the wheels came off of Clinton and Company's grand experiment.
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First went the economic promises.  As researchers now acknowledge, the American economy didn't get bigger and better for all of its citizens.  Only for some.
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The others – especially communities that lost out to cheap Chinese labor – were devastated.  They have yet to recover. 
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The economic losers became the angry voters.
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China offered Western businesses a poisonous exchange: you can have access to China's market but only in partnership with Chinese companies.
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Within a few years, Chinese businessmen would steal product designs and related intellectual property and instead launched their own enterprises that pumped out identical products.
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One might assume that Chinese officials would vehemently deny such tactics.  On the contrary.  They've gleefully encouraged the idea, calling it "bandit innovation."
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U.S.  intelligence officials estimate that the Chinese Communist Party's treachery has cost the American economy and her taxpayers in the low trillions of dollars...
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As the communists stole the global economy, so too did they kill the dream of a democratic government.
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And what of the Chinese people?  Experts highlight that the average citizen lives in a dystopian police state...
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If their present is crushing, the future looks far worse.  The government has announced an investment of billions of dollars in artificial intelligence designed to track and monitor the activities of each citizen.
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An ascendant China has also flexed its destabilizing muscle around the world.
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... the ultimate goal is to degrade the influence of the United States, India, and Japan throughout Asia and beyond.
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In short, China is aiming to lead the world.  Democracy and its freedoms will be pushed aside while communism will be celebrated and encouraged in its place.
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And that takes us back to Trump and the allegations of "s***hole" countries. 
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... it runs the risk of pushing weak-kneed countries into the eager arms of an intoxicating China that's willing to embrace dominance, control, and suppression of a restive people.  Of any people.  Of all people.
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Make no mistake, this is the fight of our time.
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But we cannot allow our differences to distract us from the sobering reality that we are in the very beginning of Cold War II.
      Of Crudeness and Truth: Thoughts on President Trump's latest verbal tempest  (JWR 01/15/2018)
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Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth.
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Point out that women and men are different, that black Americans commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, that most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims, and the Left leaps to its collective feet in openmouthed shock...
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This is racism!  This is sexism!  This is some sort of phobia!  I'm shocked, shocked to find facts being spoken in polite company!
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No one is really shocked, of course.  This is simply a form of bullying.
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The Left has co-opted our good manners and our good will in order to silence our opposition to their bad policies.
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The idea is to make it seem impolite and immoral to mention the obvious.
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The bullying is highly effective and very dangerous.
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In England, in the city of Rotherham, at least 1,400 non-Muslim girls, some as young as 11, were brutally raped by Muslim immigrants over a period of years in the 2000s.
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Police and other officials worked to keep the facts hidden because, according to multiple reports, they were afraid of being called racist.
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Think about that: police officers did not want to seem racist, so they stood by and let their city's children be raped.
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The same thing goes on in other cities in England and throughout Europe.
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And in fact, some who have spoken out have had their careers curtailed by manufactured scandal. 
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Here in the states, the First Amendment has so far allowed old-fashioned American loudmouths to fight the system whenever they could find ways around our monolithic corporate media.
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But the Empire of Lies is quick to strike back. 
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No person of importance on the right seeks to silence anyone on the left.
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The Left, on the other hand, is broadly committed to ostracizing, blacklisting, and even criminalizing right-wing speech.
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Enter President Donald Trump.  He is a rude and crude person.  He speaks like a Queens real estate guy on a construction site.
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And because he does not have good manners, he thoughtlessly breaks the rules with which the Left has sought to muzzle those who disagree with them. 
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If Donald Trump's boorishness crashes like a bull through the crystal madhouse of their leftism — well, good.  It's about time.
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I don't know exactly what Trump said in a closed-door meeting with senators at the White House this week.  Unnamed sources say that he referred to some African countries and Haiti as "shitholes." Maybe so; sounds like him.
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Various media knuckleheads have reacted to the alleged comment by calling Trump "racist," "Nazi," "Evil," and a "terrorist sympathizer."
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(Personally, my first thought on hearing about the remark was: "What squirrely little tattle-tale of a weasel went running to the press with that?" But never mind.  That's just me.)
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Let's state the obvious.  Some countries are shitholes.  To claim that this is racist is racist
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They are not shitholes because of the color of the populace but because of bad ideas, corrupt governance, false religion, and broken culture.
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Further, most of the problems in these countries are generated at the top.
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Plenty of rank-and-file immigrants from such ruined venues ultimately make good Americans — witness those who came from 1840s potato-famine Ireland, a shithole if ever there was one!
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It takes caution and skill to separate the good from the bad.
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For these very reasons, absurd immigration procedures like chain migration, lotteries, and unvetted entries are deeply destructive.
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They can lead to the sort of poor choices that create a Rotherham.
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Trump's suggestions — to vet immigrants for pro-American ideas and skills that will help our country — are smart and reasonable and would clearly make the system better if implemented.
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So, when it comes to the Great Sh-thole Controversy of 2018, my feeling is: I do not care, not even a little.
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I'm sorry that it takes someone like Trump to break the spell of silence the Left is forever weaving around us.
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I wish a man like Ronald Reagan would come along and accomplish the same thing with more wit and grace.
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But that was another culture.  History deals the cards it deals; we just play them.  Trump is what we've got.
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For all the bad language, for all the loose talk, I would rather hear a man speak as a man without fear of the Nurse Ratcheds in the press and the academy than have him neutered and gagged by a system of good manners that has been misused as a form of oppression.
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Better impoliteness than silence.  Better crudeness than lies.
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We have seen the effect of uncontrolled immigration on Europe.  It is very, very bad.
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The fact is: some countries are sh-tholes.
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I don't want this to become one of them.
      Michael Goodwin: Trump may be digging himself into a 's — -hole'  (Fox 01/15/2018)
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As President Trump nears his first anniversary in office, he faces an unforgiving political landscape.
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Every word he says and every action he takes will either help him keep a Republican Congress or hand control to Democrats.
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And if Dems get the gavel, impeachment could be the result.
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This is the binary world Trump inhabits, and seen through that lens, the uproar over the president's disparaging remarks about Haiti and other poor countries helps Dems in their goal of hobbling if not ending his presidency.
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Consider that a potty-mouth president is hardly a new phenomenon.  John F.  Kennedy, Lyndon B.  Johnson and Richard Nixon said far worse things, not to mention the words Bill Clinton must have used during his Oval Office trysts.
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But Trump is in a unique position.
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Not because of what he says or does, but because of the reaction to it.
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With over half the country needing no more reason than his election to demand his removal, and with many Democrats promising impeachment if they gain power, every mistake is potentially fatal.
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Each one gives the anti-Trump media license to go from zero to DEFCON 1, signifying an extreme national emergency.
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Yet while a biased media hyperventilating is no virtue, Trump's great flaw is that he keeps giving them ammunition.
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Did he forget that Democrats are out for his blood?
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Didn't he learn anything from the torrent of White House leaks that bedeviled his early months?
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For my money, "s***hole countries" is not by itself a racist remark.  It's certainly crude and shouldn't be said by a president, but those countries are a total mess.
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Central America is the murder capital of the world, and Haitians have been fleeing their country for years because they've given up hope it can be fixed.
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And the context matters: Trump and Congress were bargaining over the fact that Haitians, El Salvadorans and people from African countries who were admitted years, and in some cases decades ago, after emergencies were allowed to stay indefinitely.
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You don't have to be a racist to conclude that isn't sound immigration policy, and that America should pick the immigrants who can contribute to its prosperity and security.
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This ... is shaping up as ­another moment where style beats substance, and identity politics ­determines policy.
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... Trump has an impressive list of achievements, and his presidency marks an important course correction for America.
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But the job isn't done.  To have a successful presidency, Trump needs to finish what he started and that means keeping a Republican Congress for four years.
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For that to happen, he must start behaving as if his future depends on every word he says every day.
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Because it does.
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And if he needs to blow off steam without blowing the lid off his presidency, he ought to remember the sage advice often attributed to President Harry ­Truman.
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If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.
      Who is Sean Penn to lecture Trump about compassion?  (Fox 01/14/2018)
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Who is Sean Penn to lecture anyone about compassion?
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After all, it is Sean Penn who enabled and befriended the repressive and ruthless Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, using his Hollywood clout to lend credibility to Chavez and to spread lies about the "successes" of Chavez's disastrous socialist revolution.
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Of course, Penn was not alone.  Actor Danny Glover and filmmaker Michael Moore also lavished Chavez and his successor, Nicholas Maduro, with praise and support as Venezuela spiraled into chaos and poverty.
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So did Democratic Socialist Sen.  Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  Sanders' website once stated that the American Dream was dead and more likely to be found in Venezuela than the U.S
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Under Chavez and Maduro, Venezuela went from being the economic envy of Latin America – rich in oil and with a vibrant economy – to being one of its poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
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Today, thanks to the nationalization of oil production and government-imposed price controls, Venezuela is a country of hunger, deprivation, food shortages and humiliations that proud Venezuelans never thought they would be forced to endure.
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So what has Sean Penn said about these horrible indignities and abuses suffered by the Venezuelan people?  Nothing.
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Where is his "compassionate" op-ed to show concern for the victims of Venezuelan socialism and repression?  Silence.
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Meanwhile, President Trump – whom Penn calls "an enemy of compassion" over his reported use of vulgar language to describe some parts of the world in a closed-door Oval Office meeting – has been unequivocal in voicing his support for the Venezuelan people.
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President Trump has condemned Venezuela's socialist oppressors and made the quest of the Venezuelan people for freedom and prosperity one of his top three international concerns, behind North Korea and Iran.
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I do agree with Penn on one thing.  Immigrants and refugees who have escaped the corrupt, dysfunctional, crime-ridden, socialist and communist regimes of Latin America are precisely the kind of hard-working and grateful people we should be welcoming to the U.S. They truly appreciate the blessings that Penn takes for granted.
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Unlike Penn, these immigrants understand that it is democracy and American free-enterprise that have made our country the best and most prosperous in the history of the world.
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They know that nothing has lifted more people out of poverty than entrepreneurial capitalism. 
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And they resent the ignorant complicity of members of the Hollywood elite, like Sean Penn, in the destruction of their country and the misery and poverty it has wrought.
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"We need to educate our children to be wary of those who promise us ‘free' things."
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"I don't care if it's a bag of rice or a washing machine.  Nothing is worth your freedom.  It's priceless."
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This new immigrant knows more about America, freedom, and the fruits of free enterprise than Sean Penn and socialist Hollywood pals will ever know.
      Ron Hosko: The truth about fatal shootings by police  (Fox 01/14/2018)
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... "Nationwide, police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in 2017." The exact number of such deaths the Post counted was 987.
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... the flawed story takes the reader just where discerning people might expect – to the discredited myth that racist police are targeting and gunning down unarmed black men and boys for no reason other than the color of their skin.
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"...  Last year, police killed 19, a figure tracking closely with the 17 killed in 2016.  ..."
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Wait a minute.  Note that while the issue of unarmed black males being shot by police drew enormous news coverage last year – enough to make the average person think there was a massive wave of such shootings – ... only 2 percent of those who died as a result of police shootings were unarmed black men and boys.
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Yet four paragraphs later, the Post story blows the poisonous dog-whistle of race – even though 98 percent of people shot by police last year were not unarmed black males.
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"National scrutiny of shootings by police began after an unarmed black teenager from a suburb of St.  Louis was fatally shot by a white police officer in August 2014.  The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked widespread protests, prompted a White House commission to call for reforms, galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement and led many police agencies across the nation to examine their use of deadly force."
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What the Post states, as far as it goes, is true.  But writers of the Post article know – or certainly should know by now – that a Justice Department report cleared Police Officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, Missouri of any wrongdoing for his shooting of Brown.
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The report states: "Not only do eyewitnesses and physical evidence corroborate Wilson's account, but there is no credible evidence to disprove Wilson's perception that Brown posed a threat to Wilson as Brown advanced toward him."
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Simply stated, Michael Brown was no martyr for "police brutality." Brown was a thug and a thief.
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He stole a pack of $50 cigarillos from a convenience store, menaced the shopkeeper and shoved him out of the way.
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Brown then walked a few blocks and attacked Wilson, a uniformed police officer sitting in his marked police SUV, and tried to grab Wilson's gun.
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Do that in any city in the world – no matter what your race or ethnicity – and you put yourself in immediate risk of deadly force being used against you.
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Police are not required to allow anyone to grab their guns and kill them.
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... near three-quarters of the 987 people who were fatally shot by police last year posed a grave threat to police and others because they were armed with their own knife or a gun.
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Put the Post's numbers in perspective, because the paper chose not to do so.
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... a more realistic estimate of assaults on police last year would be roughly 75,000.
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... remember that each year thousands of cops are feloniously assaulted and injured by dangerous attackers.  And despite the danger, and their annual face-to-face contacts with tens of millions of us, police fatally shot only 987 people last year – a tiny fraction of 1 percent of those who assaulted the cops.
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What's truly remarkable is that thousands more people weren't killed as they assaulted police with the intent to seriously injure – or in some cases with the intent to kill – the law enforcement officers.
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So the Post story should not be focused on police excess.  It should be focused on the remarkable degree of restraint exercised by police.
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No police officer in his or her right mind sets out to kill anyone – and no officer finds the experience enjoyable or thrilling.  It is a nightmare they all want to avoid.
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... in the overwhelming majority of police shootings, officers are acting to protect themselves or others from the prospect of imminent death or injury.
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See related Fake News (Mike Lester, 11/27/2016) cartoon from Media picture album
      Trump not a barbarian and he's right.  America is far too nice  (Fox 01/12/2018)
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... Trump's "offensive words" about Haiti and African nations.  There are reports that Trump called those countries by a crude name.
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If he did, he certainly could have chosen his words more carefully.
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But... who cares?  If he said it, he told the raw truth.  As usual, he was right on the money.
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Trump summed up the weakness of America — we're far too nice.  We think about everyone, but our own people and our own taxpayers.
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Why on earth would we allow the world's poor, unskilled, desperate and dependent masses to come into our country, while we're $20 trillion in debt?
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We aren't running a charity, we're running a country.
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As usual, Trump told the raw truth.  Yes, he offended some people.  So what?  We elected him because he's a bull in a china shop. 
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The truth hurts.  Get used to it.  Trump's not going anywhere.  He has a tough job to do, to set America on the right course. 
      Don't remove Trump with the 25th Amendment  (Fox 01/10/2018)
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In ancient Greece, the sons of the great playwright Sophocles tried to have him declared incompetent because he spent so much time working on his tragedies and not enough time taking care of his estate.
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Something similar is happening today.  President Trump's opponents want him declared incompetent because he concentrates so much on his tweets and because they claim he doesn't properly take care of his presidential duties.
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To remove the president from office under the 25th Amendment, Section 4 would have to be invoked.  It allows the vice president to become acting president if it's determined the president is incapable of discharging his duties.
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As a practical matter, it won't be happening any time soon.  It would require the consent of Vice President Pence and over half the Cabinet, and it's hard to imagine any of them would go along with it.
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But the fact that invoking the amendment is being seriously considered by a not insignificant number of citizens is frightening.
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It's one thing to oppose President Trump.  It's another to play politics through psychiatry.
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The truth is that Donald Trump as president is pretty much the same man we saw on the campaign trail.  He announced his candidacy with a speech many thought outrageous.  All during the campaign, he tweeted up a storm.  Even after he got his party's nomination, he didn't pivot, as some expected, and stayed on the unconventional course.
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The public saw this, liked him (or at least his populist message) and voted him in.
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There's no denying that President Trump is unorthodox.  But he's also gotten a fair amount done – appointing judges, signing numerous executive orders, cutting regulations and getting a tax bill through Congress.
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Most likely this is the real reason so many want him removed.
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But there's a difference between being crazy and driving your opponents crazy.
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By the way, Sophocles won his case.  In court, he read from his latest play, "Oedipus At Colonus," and the jury declared him competent.
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When it comes to President Trump, he's already been tried in the court of public opinion.
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The American people got a good look at him and decided he should be president.
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To remove him now on sham charges would not be an example of politicians upholding their constitutional duty.
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It would amount to a coup.
      Alan Dershowitz: Don't diagnose Trump — respond to him  (Fox 01/09/2018)
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Is President Trump mentally ill, suffering from dementia, or both?  Some mental health professionals and others are arguing that he should be removed from office because the answer to at least one of those questions is "yes."
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I believe this is a dangerous course to follow.
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A Yale psychiatry professor has suggested the possibility that President Trump might be involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.
      Others have proposed that he be required to undergo psychiatric or psychological  ()
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Still others have suggesting invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and declaring the president incompetent.
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I find it unprofessional, unethical and absurd for any mental health professional who has not examined President Trump to offer a diagnosis or psychiatric prediction about him.
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We are all entitled to our opinions regarding the president's political and personal qualifications to serve.
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...  psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have no more right to pathologize a President or a candidate because they disagree with his or her political views than do prosecutors or politicians have a right to criminalize political opponents.
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I have been writing in opposition to the criminalization of political differences for decades, because it is dangerous to democracy.
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It is even more dangerous to pathologize or psychiatrize one's political opponents based on opposition to their politics.
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Getting mental health professionals to declare political opponents mentally ill was a common tactic used against political dissidents by the Soviet Union, China and apartheid South Africa.
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Perfectly sane people were locked up in psychiatric wards or prisons for years because of phony diagnoses of mental illness.
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The American Psychiatric Association took a strong stand against the use of this weapon by tyrants.
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... I understood how dangerous it is to diagnose political opponents instead of responding to the merits or demerits of their political views.
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It is even more dangerous when a democracy like the United States begins to go down the road of pathologizing political differences.
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It's one thing to say your opponents are wrong.  It's quite another to say they are crazy.
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Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, some of his most extreme critics were not content to say they disagreed with his policies – or thought he was unqualified because of his temperament, background, or skill set.  Instead, they questioned his mental health.
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... the American Psychiatric Association declared it to be unethical for a psychiatrist to offer any kind of a diagnosis on a public figure without having examined that person.
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... numerous psychiatrists and other mental health professionals are violating that sound ethical principle by diagnosing President Trump, who they have never examined
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We should continue to debate the merits and demerits of President Trump's policies, effectiveness, personality and other factors that are relevant to his presidency.
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Those who oppose the president are of course free to criticize him, to work for the election of a Democratic Congress in 2018, and to support another candidate for president in 2020.  That's how democracy works.
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But let's leave diagnoses to doctors who have examined their patients and not remove a duly elected president of the United States from office on amateurish speculation that he is mentally incapable of functioning in office.
      Dr.  Manny Alvarez: Trump's mental health and the duty doctors have to the wider world  (Fox 01/09/2018)
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Let's get one thing straight: Under no circumstances should a doctor diagnose anyone without a physical examination.
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So why is it that a psychiatrist at one of America's most highly revered medical institutions is able to meet with more than a dozen lawmakers — all Democrats with the exception of one Republican...  — to brief them on what she believes is an "unraveling" President Trump, having never examined him?
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Lee and her colleagues warned officials on Capitol Hill of their belief that President Trump is becoming unhinged and that they are "already seeing the signs."
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In order for her to validate her assessment, she would need to physically examine the president, review his medical history, and look at any specific medical data that was relevant to her diagnosis — just to start.
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Not only is it unethical to render a professional medical opinion based on casual observation, it undermines the entire diagnostic process and further stigmatizes mental illness.
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In subsequent interviews, Lee even went as far as to claim that should government officials not take action now in regarding the president's mental state, it could mean the "extinction of the human species."
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Over the past two weeks, her opinions have caused a media firestorm, giving her a bigger platform to continue to make damaging and irresponsible statements. 
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Many doctors make the mistake of diagnosing medical conditions through the media.  And by doing so, they are participating in one of the most unethical activities a physician can be party to.
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For Lee and her colleagues to attack a sitting president based on his public appearances and Twitter interactions is perhaps even sanctionable in the eyes of the medical community of which they participate.
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There's a big problem today in America where, because of the power of social media, people can easily fall victim to the court of public opinion before ever being tried for their perceived crime.
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... we need to hold our physicians and medical community at large to a higher standard than that.
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Let's remember the oath we all took to become healers and not be so nonchalant when it comes to practicing medicine by throwing around dangerous diagnoses.
      Tomi Lahren: 'Wackadoodle' Liberals Turn to New Conspiracy Theory After Russia 'Nothing Burger'  (Fox 01/09/2018)
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There's been a lot of talk lately about President Trump's mental stability.
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Robert Mueller's so-called "independent" Russia investigation has proven nothing ... and is nothing but a sorry and expensive waste of resources designed to discredit a president that Beltway insiders and Hollywood liberals don't like.
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If anything, we're learning through other reporting that Hillary Clinton was cozier with the Russians than the president.
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... so lefties and mainstream media hacks have to move on to this new means of sabotage: Declaring the president mentally unfit for office.
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Excuse me, the fact you don't like him or didn't vote for him doesn't make him mentally unfit.
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"He's mean," or "I don't like his Twitter feed" aren't grounds for impeachment, sorry.
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Why are some of you trying so hard to get rid of a president that's winning for the American people?  Why?
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If the steady defeat of ISIS, a tax cut for 80 percent of Americans, consistent economic growth, record highs in the stock market and the resurgence of American jobs, energy and hope is all crazy - I don't want sane!
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Importing poverty, crime and illegal immigrants is crazy.  Recognizing 64 gender options is crazy.  Playing nice with crazy dictators is crazy.  Forcing the American people to have health insurance they don't necessarily want is crazy.  Opening our pocketbooks even wider for the government, that's crazy.
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Our president is more rooted in reality than all these wackadoodle liberals calling for his mental evaluation.
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What's crazy is they can't and won't see any of the positive change this president has made because they are too wrapped up in themselves, their feelings, and salacious gossip to recognize what's really happening in this country...
      Tammy Bruce: 'Fake but important' Trump book proves liberals don't care about the truth  (Fox 01/07/2018)
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The story is meant to be an expose of a chaotic Trump White House, filled with whiney, gossipy aides who think the president dumb and churlish.
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The books ends up as graffiti, paying homage to every fabulous fantasy of a cosmopolitan smart-set drowning in their fear and loathing of the president.
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Mr.  Wolff admits in this note he's not sure what's true and what isn't.  ... He also confesses he, "settled on a version of events I believe to be true."
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"Read the book, see if you don't feel like you are with me on that couch in the White House, and see if you don't feel alarmed."
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The facts and truth don't matter, we are essentially told.  Trust the fabulist to make you feel alarmed, because feelings are what's important.  Just don't ask if anything is real.
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"... it has the power to change others' behavior and perception of the president and the White House... He was paranoid before; now one should expect him to trust virtually no one in the White House."
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... then giddily imagines how no one of quality will want to work in the White House, and can barely contain her excitement about how this book will negatively affect the president's relationships with our allies.
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Not because anything is true, but simply because the claims are in a book.
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"...  the scenes in his columns aren't recreated so much as created — springing from Wolff's imagination rather than from actual knowledge of events..."
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The willingness of Trump-haters to believe anything negative about the president bodes well for Trump fabulists, and has taken on pathological proportions.
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"... [H]e believes in larger truths and narratives.  So he creates a narrative that is notionally true, that's conceptually true.  The details are often wrong, it's more than — it's more than not 100 percent true.  It's a lot false."
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Mr.  Wolff and his book are important, but not for the reasons liberals think.
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The book itself and the ensuing coverage are confessions that liberals and their media have abandoned reality for a fantasyland of fear, madness and victimhood because, pathetically, it makes them feel better.
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See related He's Crazy! (Glenn McCoy, 05/16/2017) cartoon from Media picture album
      Pot is dangerous, not funny — a doctor tells us why  (Fox 01/07/2018)
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As a physician, my doctoring knowledge tells me that making marijuana legally available is a bad idea, except perhaps for certain medical conditions.
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Marijuana is a potent mind-altering drug that can cause serious harm, as I explain below.
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It will be just one more substance we have to warn our children to stay away from.
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... many people use marijuana even where it remains illegal.  But legalization will lead to increased use and make many people believe it is not all that dangerous.
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Sadly, it's very likely that the American people will become more and more acclimated to marijuana use in the years ahead, acknowledging it as just another way to "feel good."
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How do we as a society benefit from legalizing marijuana?
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Maybe it makes sense from a financial standpoint – perhaps it will cut illegal sales and it will certainly generate tax revenue and create jobs.
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But what about the overall health of our citizens?  Shouldn't that take precedence?
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Can there not be other creative ideas for generating money and reigning in crime?
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From a health standpoint, why is legalization of another mind-altering drug the right thing to do?
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The U.S.  is already in the midst of a devastating prescription opioid and heroin crisis.
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Too often, marijuana is treated as a harmless substance – something to joke and giggle about, and something that we see the people we admire on TV, in movies and elsewhere enjoying as a break from the workaday world.
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The message?  Treat yourself to an ice cream cone, a piece of cake, a beer or some pot.  It's OK to enjoy yourself. 
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It sure looked like CNN was doing its best to indoctrinate the public on the normalization and acceptance of marijuana.  As a medical doctor, I found this encouragement and joking to be both irresponsible and disappointing.
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What causes the "high" people experience is marijuana's effect on over-activating parts of the brain containing specific brain cell receptors.
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This leads to feelings of an altered sense of time, other altered senses, changes in mood, impaired body movement, impaired memory and difficulty in thinking and problem-solving.
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... the younger a person begins using pot, such as in the teen years, the greater the declines in general knowledge, impaired thinking, learning difficulties and lowered IQ.
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And no matter what proponents of marijuana use will tell you, marijuana use can lead to the development of a substance use disorder.
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There are however, ongoing studies on cannabidiol, a component of marijuana that does not have the mind-altering effects of THC.
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That may hold potential promise in helping conditions like drug-resistant epilepsy and some psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, substance use disorders, schizophrenia and psychosis.
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Here's a better idea – how about encouraging people to get "high" on taking good care of themselves?
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It's the little things, such as making every bite of food count, using physical activity every day to naturally release an endorphin high, relieving stress by watching a sunrise or sunset, or getting good feelings by helping others.
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Those are the kinds of "highs" that are positive, life-affirming and with few risks to our health.
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Smoking marijuana and slipping into a THC-induced mind-altered state has been shown time and again to have more negatives associated with it than positives.
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No matter how much fun using marijuana looks like on TV or in the movies, no matter what your friends say about it, no matter how many people tell you it's harmless, and no matter what laws politicians pass to get votes or raise tax revenue, remember one thing: unless you have certain medical conditions where the drug may be beneficial, you are better off without it.
      The real problem with Fusion GPS' Steele dossier  (Fox 01/06/2018)
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... called for the investigation of former British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the dossier after he was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS. 
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Fusion GPS initially received funding from the Washington Free Beacon, and then was paid by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee for the dossier that Steele produced.
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... "had reason to believe that a former British spy, Christopher Steele, lied to federal authorities about his contacts with reporters regarding information in the dossier, and they urged the (Justice) department to investigate."
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... now it's clear that the dossier was nothing more than an expensive political dirty trick by the Russians, the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign.
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We now know that the Fusion GPS dossier was nothing more than propaganda, much of it fed to Steele and Fusion GPS by current and former Russian intelligence operatives.
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In short, the Democrats, the Clinton campaign and the media facilitated the Russians' most effective campaign tactic to undercut Americans' faith in two important institutions: government and the media.
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To be clear, it would appear that many in the mainstream media, our government and one of our major political parties were willing stooges in a massive Russian misinformation campaign.
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Because the dossier fed into their biases against Donald Trump, many ate it up – hook, line and sinker.
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Yet, rather than own up to their failures, the media are doing what most people do when caught in a lie or a serious error in judgment: changing the narrative, shifting the blame and just making up another story.
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"The FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump's campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate, according to US officials briefed on the investigation."
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In other words, our government was weaponized against private citizens based on a piece of partisan propaganda
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... members of the left and the media are now working to reverse themselves, to undermine the very role they reported the dossier played in the investigation, to find something else – anything else – to blame for triggering the Russia investigation.
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If the fake dossier funded by Democrats spurred on the Russia investigation and was in many ways the impetus for the probe, this calls into question the entire legitimacy of the investigation.
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In addition, it would confirm in many ways what President Trump has been saying all along: that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is in fact nothing but a political witch hunt meant to nullify the 2016 elections.
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But it's another issue that should give every American – regardless of political affiliation – pause.
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Did a political party in power weaponize government against its opponents in an attempt to hold onto power?
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And was the self-appointed watchdog of government – a free, but at many times dishonest press – unwittingly or wittingly complicit in the effort? 
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The very troubling aspect, and an ironic one, is that for 90-plus years phony dossiers, rumors and innuendo were used by the Soviet Union's KGB spy agency to send innocent people to imprisonment in the gulags.
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The state-controlled media did nothing to expose this, and were in fact used as tools by the government.
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And we should never forget that the New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize in 1931 for what turned out to be propaganda fed to its Moscow correspondent by the Russian government.
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We are now seeing some of the same behavior: a phony dossier used as justification to spy on American citizens, used to spin up investigations that are illegitimate, all wrapped in whisper and rumor campaigns and anonymously sourced stories.
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See related US Media (Michael Ramirez, 08/12/2017) cartoon from Media picture album
      Say goodbye to Alexa and Siri, resist the temptations of Google Home and make your life more human!  (Fox 01/06/2018)
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In the first week of 2018 we learned that "most of the computers in the world" have dangerous security flaws that make them vulnerable to hackers, criminals, authoritarian regimes, our own security services – you name it.
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It means that pretty much anything you do online is at risk.  Your data, your money, your privacy.
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Delightfully enough, the geeks responsible – while failing to prevent these disasters – have at least managed to come up with some catchy names for them: Spectre and Meltdown.
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What staggers me about all this is the almost total lack of accountability or contrition.
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Can you imagine the reaction if we learned that Boeing knew about dangerous design flaws affecting every single one of the company's planes?
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... at the same time it is telling us we can't trust the safety or security of any computer, anywhere, the tech industry is busy also telling us that we should get ready for a world where computers are literally everywhere.
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... the tech companies are breathlessly promoting all the innovations they're about to force down everyone's throat, like it or not.
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Artificial intelligence, we are told, will be "everywhere" – running your home, your kitchen, your bath.  No aspect of life will be untouched by the robot revolution.
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And this is supposed to be progress?  What a disaster in the making.
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The more dependent we become on technology, the more we put ourselves in danger.
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Do you really want to give giant tech companies like Google and Amazon such control over your life, especially now that we know that the design of all this computing power is fundamentally flawed?
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Putting our faith in big, centralized, technocratic and technological systems is enormously risky because they are inherently fragile.
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And the bigger they are, the bigger the risk.
      Silicon Valley's drug-fueled, secret sex parties — One more reason to hate the hookup culture  (Fox 01/06/2018)
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We typically picture the movers and shakers in Silicon Valley as brilliant if geeky walking intellects, hunched over their computers, inventing new gadgets.
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... revealing that Silicon Valley is as sexually debauched as Hollywood, the political world and the media.
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For real reform, we have to dig deeper.  A hedonistic ethic pervades all our public institutions.
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Universities hold sex weeks where porn stars are speakers and sex toy companies display their wares.
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It should surprise no one that the hookup culture is metastasizing on campuses.
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Before reaching campus, students are primed by high school sex education courses that typically focus on the physical...
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Other segments of adult culture are complicit in sexualizing children at ever-younger ages.
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Advertisers use sex to sell, filmmakers use sex to entice viewers, musicians film raunchy videos.
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The sexual liberation ethic stems from an underlying idea that the world is a product of blind, material forces.
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... "the loyalty oath of modernity" is that "nature is without conscious design ... the emergence of Homo sapiens was without meaning or telos" (purpose).
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... no wonder those with power feel entitled to use other people for their own gratification.
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... at the root of moral issues is the question: What kind of cosmos do we live in?  Are we products of blind material forces?  Or does the natural world reflect some kind of purpose – and behind it, a Person who loves us and has a purpose for our lives?
      Want to get more family-friendly entertainment on TV and in the movies?  Here's how  (Fox 01/02/2018)
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Some nights I flip and flip and flip through the television channels searching for something family-friendly to watch.
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It blows my mind that I have several hundred channels and yet there are so few choices.  The same is often true when looking for a movie for the family to go see.
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... so many of our available choices today contain profanity, sexual innuendo (or more), fractured families and graphic violence.
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Lack of respect for others is often rampant – and one doesn't have to look far to see that a steady diet of the bad content in many of our television shows and movies is having an impact on our youth and our culture.
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... just as we wouldn't let our children reach into the trash can to pull out a cookie surrounded by garbage, we can't afford to fill their hearts and minds with trash.
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Even a little bit of bad content can make a lasting impression on young minds. 
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A wise parent will remember that what goes into our hearts and minds is what will come out.
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Make sure that what your children are watching is something that matches your values.
      Suppose President Barack Obama Spent Year 1 Battling 'Collusion'?  (JWR 12/21/2017)
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Imagine how Democrats, the media, academia and Hollywood would have reacted had the newly elected President Barack Obama, America's first black president, spent the first year of his presidency with his campaign and transition teams under investigation for "collusion" to steal the election.
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Imagine if, from the very moment Obama won the election, Republicans reminded the country that Sen.  Obama campaigned against what he considered President George W.  Bush's dark, hawkish vision of foreign policy.  And that Obama wanted to curry favor with Russia, whose assistance Obama wanted to secure the Iran nuke deal his administration so desperately wanted
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Imagine Obama supporters' reaction had Republicans, immediately after Obama's election, pushed the following narrative.  Russia wanted Obama to win so Vladimir Putin could get him to reverse the Poland and Czech Republic defense deals that Russia strongly opposed.  Obama, as president, delivered.
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Imagine the explosion in this country had Bush's top intelligence official called the newly elected Obama a Russian "asset" who does Putin's bidding, just as former National Intelligence Director James Clapper recently described President Donald Trump.
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Imagine if cable news televised hearing after hearing where Republicans aggressively questioned Obama officials about "collusion" with the Russians to win the election.
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Imagine that "after all this time and expense" spent on an Obama collusion investigation, Democrats argue that investigators found no evidence of collusion, but then the investigation shifts.
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The probe goes from whether Obama worked with Putin to win the election to whether anyone lied to investigators during the investigation — no matter the fact the "lies" had nothing to do with whether illegal collusion occurred.
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Imagine how Obama supporters would react to Republicans who first attributed Obama's win to illegal collusion, but then began saying, "It's not the crime; it's the cover-up," or "It's the obstruction of justice."
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Even more strident Republicans would likely note that the Communist Party USA no longer runs its own candidates for president but now supports Democrats, as they did Obama.
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In fact, we really don't have to imagine.  There is a parallel.
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Recall how quickly Obama defenders cried racism when Republicans simply expressed policy differences.
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Editorials in virtually every major newspaper would blast an investigation of Obama.  Most would call it racially motivated.
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An avalanche of angry editorials and opinion pieces would attack the "subversive effort to overturn this historic election."
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Cable TV commentators on CNN and MSNBC would have predicted, and prepared to cover, riots in the streets should Obama be impeached.
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Black Lives Matter leaders would encourage people to "take to the streets."
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Leaders would shout, "They can't even define 'collusion.'" "When did trying to get dirt on your opponent become a crime?"
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"This is nothing more than an attempt by white racists to undo an election because they still cannot believe a black man won."
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Every House and Senate Democrat would gather on the steps of the Capital to show solidarity, denounce the Obama probe and demand the firings of investigators who, in their view, "have shown bias."
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$Civil rights leaders would call it "political lynching" by a party that wants "to bring back Jim Crow, turn back the clock on civil rights and suppress the black vote."
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Leaders would warn of an impending "civil war" if the probe continued.
      Sessions needs to stop the misuse of intelligence for politics  (NYP 12/17/2017)
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"Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you," Schumer ­declared.
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Schumer was right about a vendetta, but wrong about timing.
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It's now clear that intelligence officials already had started "getting back" at the next commander in chief.
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They started in the summer of 2016.
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In early August, Mike Morell, who was acting head of the CIA ­under Barack Obama, broke with agency tradition by entering the ­political fray to endorse Hillary Clinton.
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He praised her as "highly qualified" and said Trump was "not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security."
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That same month, the FBI was also busy with its pro-Clinton, anti-Trump playbook. 
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"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office — that there's no way he [Trump] gets elected — but I'm afraid we can't take that risk.  It's like an insurance policy in the ­unlikely event you die before you're 40 .?.?."
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Here's the obvious question: What was "it" that's "like an insurance policy"?
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Was it the Russian dossier and its salacious, unverified accusations against Trump then being shopped around Washington?
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Or was the insurance policy the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign, which was only weeks old — and which Strzok was leading?
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Strzok was a busy man, working both sides of the presidential fix.  ... he also was a major player in the Clinton e-mail probe and helped to soften the language so Comey could legally exonerate her.
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If that were all, it would be enough.  But there's more, much more.
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A ranking Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, was secretly meeting with Fusion GPS, the firm that was paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC to produce the dossier.
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And get this: Fusion GPS has confirmed that Ohr's wife was working for the company on the anti-Trump contract.
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... dismissed Strzok when the department's inspector general alerted him to the damning texts, but Strzok is still working for the FBI.
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Those actions are baby steps next to the monstrous facts: Leading members of the intelligence community tried to tilt the election to Clinton and, having failed, tried to undermine the Trump presidency.
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How vast was this conspiracy and who else was involved?  Most important, how high did it go?*
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"So, he must have thought, ‘Who are these guys?  Are these guys out to get me?  Is this a political organization?  Can I think about them as a political organization when I become president?'"
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That is an astonishing admission.  And one that should finally stir the somnolent Jeff Sessions.
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The attorney general has gone missing when he is needed most.
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The emerging evidence follows earlier warning signs that include Comey's suspicious actions, Loretta Lynch's tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton during the e-mail case and the unmasking of Trump associates from intercepted phone calls.
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They all fit a consistent pattern of weaponizing intelligence and law enforcement for political purposes.
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In stark terms, Hillary Clinton got a free pass and Trump got sabotaged — by the same people.
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... along the way, Sessions' limited recusal mushroomed into a vow of inaction.
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Meanwhile, his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, looked like a deer caught in the headlights last week when House GOP members demanded to know whether the FBI paid Steele and whether the Trump dossier was used to get a surveillance warrant against Trump associates.
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Rosenstein said he knew the answers, but couldn't give them.
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I take that to mean the answer is yes, which would amount to compelling evidence that the Justice Department, FBI and CIA under Obama worked with the Clinton campaign to stop Trump.
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Americans are steadily losing faith in their government, and the CIA and FBI are not exempt.
      Trump shuts down ginned-up liberal 'uprising' in three words  (Fox 12/18/2017)
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You would've thought they were preparing for the apocalypse.
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Former Obama White House Ethics Chief, Walter Shaub, tweeted that he was "stocking up" on gear to "take the streets." In his words, it was supposed to be a "defining moment for the Republic."
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Actor-turned-activist George Takei tweeted that Americans should "shut the country down."
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Cenk Uygur, the founder and CEO of far-left online news show "The Young Turks" prophesied that this should be an "uprising like we've never seen in America."
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Former Attorney General Eric Holder drew what he called an "absolute red line."
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Their message was clear: if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, the American people should act as if their 241-year-old experiment in democracy has come to an end.
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But unfortunately, when asked about the firing on Sunday night, the president shut down all of the rumors (and all of their plans) by simply declaring, "no, I'm not."
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Make no mistake.  The left will soon decide on another issue (or rumor of an issue) to incense their base and stir outrage in our country.
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First, regardless of their empty assurances that their uprising will be peaceful — their rhetoric says otherwise.
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They pay lip service to holding a peaceful protest while using inflammatory language like "stock up on gear" and "shut down the country."
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You can't spew alarmist, end-of-the-world rhetoric and then expect your base to respond with careful, dignified street protests.
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Second, liberals' selective outrage is appalling.  Moveon.org, the organization behind the protests, made their motto "nobody is above the law."
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Ostensibly, that's an idea that both sides of the aisle could get behind.  Patriotic Americans would agree that all citizens are equal under the law.
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But to many who hold progressive political views, that idea only applies to one side of the political spectrum.
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Notably, these same activists made no such calls for mass protests after former FBI Director James Comey cleared Hillary Clinton of criminal charges a year ago.
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And there was no indignation from these folks after it came to light that the FBI softened the language in Comey's statement in her favor.
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That's why it's difficult to believe that these activists are genuinely motivated to uphold the rule of law, and not just their own political ideologies.
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One thing is true: the President's words may have temporarily halted what the left saw as a "defining moment for the republic."
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But they will find new opportunities.  New pots to stir.  And new calls for chaos.
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See related Which One? (Mike Lester, 06/13/2017) cartoon from USA picture album
      Washington Post attack on Trump about Russia briefings is deeply flawed fake news  (Fox 12/16/2017)
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It is clear to me that the Post story is designed to advance the left's teetering Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
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The Post article's authors ... say that a Jan.  6 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) said it was an "objective reality" that Russia meddled our election to help Donald Trump win.
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The Post article repeatedly asserts that President Trump's refusal to accept this assessment means he is refusing to recognize the threat to U.S.  national security posed by Russia.
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The truth is that the January ICA is far from objective truth and had serious problems.
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... intelligence community procedures on drafting this type of analysis were not followed and it reflected the views of only three intelligence agencies – not all 17 as the mainstream media claimed.
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... the January ICA on Russian interference in the 2016 election was drafted by a group of about two dozen hand-picked analysts, a major violation of intelligence community procedures.
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So what did the Washington Post article say about the huge problems with the January ICA?  Absolutely nothing.
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The reporters claim that the president's skepticism about intelligence assessments of Russian meddling in the election and his interest in establishing a working relationship with Russia represents something nefarious.
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Never mind that no evidence whatsoever of such collusion between Trump or his campaign and Russia to influence the presidential election has surfaced, despite multiple investigations since mid-2016.  The reporters also ignored that the Obama administration sought to establish a working relationship with Russia.  Remember Hillary Clinton's "Russia Reset?"
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I believe President Trump's reluctance to accept the findings of U.S.  intelligence agencies on Russian election meddling is understandable, given the major flaws in the January 2017 ICA as well as the incredible hostility that intelligence officers expressed against him before and after the election.
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Current and former intelligence officers have been trying to undermine Donald Trump since the summer of 2016 by calling him "a traitor," stating they would refuse to brief him when he was a presidential candidate and leaking details of his intelligence briefings to the media.
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Finally, the Post story misses the boat on President Obama's decision in late December 2016 to expel Russian diplomats and close two Russian diplomatic compounds to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election.
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The article discusses at length how the Trump administration considered lifting these sanctions.  However, it fails to discuss how the sanctions likely were imposed by the Obama administration to sabotage President Trump's Russia policy.
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President Obama imposed these sanctions on December 29, 2016.  It was extraordinary for an outgoing president with only 22 days in office to take such dramatic action without the consent of the president-elect, even though the sanctions were certain to result in retaliation by Russia during the next president's term.
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One has to ask why President Obama chose December 29, 2016 to sanction Russia when Russia had committed many other heinous acts during his presidency, such as invading and seizing Crimea and supporting rebels in Ukraine who shot down a Malaysian Air flight in 2014.
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President Obama's 11th hour Russia sanctions were not just an attempt to sabotage the Trump administration's Russia policy.
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They also were a trap to catch Trump officials in a supposed Logan Act violation by discussing these sanctions with Russian officials before Trump was sworn in.
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It's too bad that the authors of the Post article did not explore the suspicious nature of President Obama's last-minute Russia sanctions on Russia.
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The sanctions appear to have been part of a larger strategy by the Obama administration, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to abuse the enormous power of U.S.  intelligence agencies, the FBI, the Justice Department, and the Office of the President to discredit and defeat candidate Trump and then cause problems for President Trump.
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But expecting the Washington Post to do these things is too much to hope for from one of America's leading Fake News outlets.
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See related Fake News (Mike Lester, 11/27/2016) cartoon from Media picture album
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See related Trump Press (Glenn McCoy, 08/12/2016) cartoon from Media picture album
      Did the FBI and the Justice Department, plot to clear Hillary Clinton, bring down Trump?  (Fox 12/15/2017)
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There is strong circumstantial evidence that an insidious plot unprecedented in American history was hatched within the FBI and the Obama Justice Department to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. 
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And when this apparent effort to improperly influence the election did not succeed, the suspected conspirators appear to have employed a fraudulent investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president.
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Such a Machiavellian scheme would move well beyond what is known as the "deep state," a popular reference to government employees who organize in secret to impose their own political views on government policy in defiance of democratically elected leadership. 
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However, this apparent plot to keep Trump from becoming president and to weaken and potentially pave the way for his impeachment with a prolonged politically motivated investigation – if proven – would constitute something far more nefarious and dangerous.
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Such a plot would show that partisans within the FBI and the Justice Department, driven by personal animus and a sense of political righteousness, surreptitiously conspired to subvert electoral democracy itself in our country.
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... there are plenty of facts that lay out a damning case based on circumstantial evidence.
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"Part A" was to devise a way to exonerate Clinton, despite compelling evidence that she committed crimes under the Espionage Act in her mishandling of classified documents on her private email server.
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It seems the Obama Justice Department and FBI conjured up a "Part B" just in case the first stratagem failed.  This would be even more malevolent – manufacturing an alleged crime supposedly committed by Trump where no crime exists in the law. 
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And so, armed with a fictitious justification, a criminal investigation was launched into so-called Trump-Russia "collusion."
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It was always a mythical legal claim, since there is no statute prohibiting foreign nationals from volunteering their services in American political campaigns. 
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More importantly, there was never a scintilla of evidence that Trump collaborated with Russia to influence the election. 
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No matter.  The intent may have been to sully the new president while searching for a crime to force him from office. 
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Page: "And maybe you're meant to stay where you are because you're meant to protect the country from that menace." (This is clearly a reference to a Trump presidency). 
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Strzok: "Thanks.  And of course I'll try and approach it that way.  I can protect our country at many levels..."
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As the lead investigator in the Clinton email case, he is the person who changed the critical wording in Comey's description of Clinton's handling of classified material, substituting "extremely careless" for "gross negligence."
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... this alteration of two words had enormous consequences, because it allowed Clinton to evade prosecution.  This removed the only legal impediment to her election as president.
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It appears that Strzok was instrumental in clearing Clinton by rewriting Comey's otherwise incriminating findings.
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... Strzok was the agent who reportedly signed the documents launching the bureau's Trump-Russia probe.  And he was a lead investigator in the case before jumping to Robert Mueller's special counsel team.
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If there is any doubt that Strzok and Page sought to undermine the democratic process, consider this cryptic text about their "insurance policy" against the "risk" of a Trump presidency.
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Strzok: "I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office – that there's no way he gets elected – but I'm afraid we can't take that risk.  It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40..."
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The reference to "Andy" is likely Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was also supervising the investigation of Clinton's emails at the same time his wife was receiving roughly $675,000 in campaign money in her race for elective office in Virginia from groups aligned with Clinton. 
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What was the "insurance policy" discussed in Andy's office?  Was it the FBI's investigation of Trump and his associates?  Or was it the anti-Trump "dossier" that may have been used by the FBI and the Justice Department as the basis for a warrant to wiretap and spy on Trump associates?  Perhaps it was both. 
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The "dossier" was a compendium of largely specious allegations about Trump, compiled by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.  The dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  Comey called it "salacious and unverified."
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The dossier scandal recently ensnared Bruce Ohr, a top Justice Department official...  Ohr's wife worked for Fusion GPS.  This created a disqualifying conflict of interest for Mr.  Ohr.
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He was legally obligated under Justice Department regulations to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation of Russia's role in the election, but he did not. 
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Congress needs to find out whether the dossier was exploited as a pretext for initiating the Russia probe against President Trump.
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It would also be unconscionable, if not illegal, for the FBI and Justice Department to use opposition research funded by Clinton's campaign to spy on her opponent or his campaign.
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Both agencies have been resisting congressional subpoenas and other demands for answers, which smacks of a cover-up.  Since the Justice Department cannot be trusted to investigate itself, a second special counsel should be appointed. 
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This new counsel should also reopen the Clinton email case and investigate the conduct of Strzok, Page, Comey and others who may have obstructed justice by exonerating Clinton in the face of substantial evidence that she had committed crimes. 
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If Strzok or anyone else allowed their political views to shape the investigations of either Clinton or Trump and dictate the outcomes, that is a felony for which they should be prosecuted. 
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The Mueller investigation is now so tainted with the appearance of corruption that it has lost credibility and the public's trust.
      Toxic Hatred of Trump a Sign of Non Compos Mentis  (JWR 12/12/2017)
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Unlike the millennials today who haven't a clue about history, I grew up in the Cold War and knew all about communism and all forms of socialism.
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The nuns in my school taught about the dangers of Marxism and assigned us to read Animal Farm and 1984. 
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When the Democrats pushed through their job killing Affordable Care Act in 2009, it was clear where the Obama legacy was headed and his socialist policies were what conservatives objected to not the color of his skin yet any criticism drew leftwing charges of racism.
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At no point, however, did the majority dissolve into today's hate-spewing, violent and militant Deep State bent on removing our sitting president.
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Ever since Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, his adversaries have lost their collective minds especially those in the Republican Party.
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The fact is there should be no 'Never Trumpers' since his election.
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Those seeking to remove him via impeachment are nothing less than treasonous, self-serving, petulant, and just plain stupid.
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President Trump may be brash, outspoken and prone to politically incorrect tweets but he has done nothing wrong.
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I'm glad he tweets because he takes his point directly to the people without it being filtered by a hostile press which by the way manages to tweet faux news on a daily basis.
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In fact, President Trump has been incredibly effective in restoring the country to its former relevance.
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The stock market is booming; employment is the highest in years and unemployment is at its lowest.
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Yet those calling for his impeachment after his having been in office less than a year are displaying evidence of being non compos mentis.
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One can almost understand why the Democrats are devastated by his ascent to the presidency but the outcry among the GOP elite is not only inexplicable but downright destructive to progress.
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Hatred of President Trump has become self-toxic to the haters who are losing whatever credibility they ever had.
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The mainstream media is a joke with a slavish mission to remove a president they despise who has actually performed quite well yet is unacceptable to the minions of the left.  They twist reports to suit their narrative and end up with egg on their faces.
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If journalism has died, it has been killed by its wrongheaded allegiance to a very flawed ideological partner, Barack Obama, who demonstrated his hollow character and ignorance while on a trip abroad by comparing the Trump administration to Hitler's.
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This at a time when Donald Trump did what no president has had the cojones to do by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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... they need to take a deep breath, look in the mirror and say — "Donald Trump is president of the United States and we accept him for the good of our country."
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We deplorables did it in 2008 and 2012 and survived with our sanity intact.  Here's hoping the mainstream media will do the same.
      Matt Lauer was fired a week ago for appalling behavior, not ‘toxic masculinity’  (Fox 12/06/2017)
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We are seeing the fruits of a movement – both political and social – underway for decades, to tear down the traditional roles of men and women in society. 
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Hollywood and the media not only romanticized the shift in cultures, but took it further with decades of objectification of women in film and print, and normalizing abhorrent behavior.
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They tore down cultural institutions like marriage and the family, and replaced it with a vacuous, relativistic idea that has shaken our society and devastated our morality.
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I'm talking about the war on what progressives, extreme feminists and the cultural elites (Hollywood and the entertainment industry) have branded as "toxic masculinity."
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Yet it is these very groups that enabled and protected the likes of Weinstein and Franken and, as revealed last week, Matt Lauer.
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... the left's and feminists' willingness to look the other way for decades as male allies publicly supported their causes while they privately abused women...
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Yet today, these enablers insist on pinning their mess on the "toxic masculinity" of every male.
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After decades of conditioning to objectify, and even enabling toxic masculinity because it suited their purposes, many in the liberal elite are acting shocked – shocked!..
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In its attempts to blame all men for certain behaviors, the left is trying to avoid the fact that it created toxic masculinity.  It created the werewolves and the vampires with their twisted views of the world and the genders and love and sex — it created the rapacious male.
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Combine this with the objectification of other people and the premise that we're all the random result of chance, why wouldn't you demand immediate gratification for personal gain?  One follows the other and we are in many ways seeing the inevitable end of these ideas. 
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It should be hoped that we will question everything we've been conditioned to: are we just finite objects eking out our 70 or 80 or 90 years on this rock spinning around the sun in space, or is each one of us a unique creation, caught between the eternities with an immortal soul, with a greater purpose than just to exist for a moment in time?
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When you warp the essence of who we are and bend them to fit your twisted views of reality and purpose, you quickly end up with inconsistencies and wrong conclusions about literally everything: a human being's purpose and meaning, of belonging, of the genders, of sex, of love.
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But let's be honest: aren't all unchecked desires in every human being brutal and ugly?  Aren't all human actions abhorrent when motivated by twisted desires and beliefs?
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It's about teaching them gentle strength, to have self-discipline and to serve, to be noble in a world that wants them to be anything but noble, to be non-conformists in a world that seeks to conform them to its warped views of reality.
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It's time that we as a society and a culture start having these conversations about who we are as human beings.  To refuse to have them is to ask for more of what we're currently seeing.
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See related Democratic Hero (Glenn McCoy, 11/20/2017) cartoon from USA picture album
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See related A Tale of Two Bills (Glenn McCoy, 07/09/2015) cartoon from Adult picture album
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See related Shocked (Michael Ramirez, 10/13/2017) cartoon from Adult picture album
      How an FBI official with a political agenda corrupted both Mueller, Comey investigations  (Fox 12/05/2017)
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How is it possible that Hillary Clinton escaped criminal indictment for mishandling classified documents despite incriminating evidence that she violated the Espionage Act? 
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Why did Donald Trump become the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly conspiring with Russia to influence the presidential election despite no evidence that he ever did so?
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The answer, it seems, comes down to one person who played a vital role in both cases: Peter Strzok, deputy director of counterintelligence at the FBI. 
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Strzok was exchanging politically charged texts to an FBI lawyer that denigrated Trump and lauded Clinton at the same time he was leading the bureau's criminal investigation of Clinton.
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He is also the one who changed the critical wording of then-FBI Director James Comey's description of Clinton's handling of classified material that resulted in no charges being brought against her. 
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Then, Strzok reportedly signed the document launching the 2016 investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether the Trump campaign played any role.
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After leading the FBI's probe into Trump, he then joined Robert Mueller's special counsel team as an integral investigator. 
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Thus, it appears that one man with a strident political agenda accomplished his twin goals of clearing Clinton and accusing Trump, evidence be damned.
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The messages were so politically incendiary and so threatened the integrity of Mueller's investigation that Strzok was quietly canned over the summer from the special counsel team where he was a pivotal participant.
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Did Mueller or anyone else notify Congress that both the Trump investigation — and the Clinton case before it — were corrupted?  Of course not.  It was covered up.
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Mueller surely knew that if the truth was revealed it would further discredit his Trump-Russia probe which had already taken on the stench of dead fish.
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Importantly, all of the anti-Trump and pro-Clinton messages should be made public.  Americans should decide for themselves whether our system of justice has been compromised by unscrupulous influences.
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Just how rife with political prejudice and corrupt motives is the special counsel's investigation? 
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Instead of choosing prosecutors who could be neutral, fair and objective, Mueller stacked his staff with democratic donors.
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We were supposed to simply trust Mueller's judgment, notwithstanding his own disqualifying conflict of interest under the special counsel statute that demanded his recusal.
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The Trump-Russia investigation is now awash in illegitimacy.  Mueller and those who work for him have squandered all credibility.
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It is imperative that the special counsel be dismissed, the current staff fired, and a new counsel appointed to reevaluate the evidence objectively.
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Do not expect Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to make these changes.  He, too, should be removed in his capacity as Mueller's supervisor.  As both a witness and prosecutor, Rosenstein has his own conspicuous and disabling conflict of interest.  Yet, he has refused to step aside.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is duty-bound to remove both Mueller and Rosenstein.
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The computer accounts of the entire staff need to be examined by Congress and the DOJ Inspector General.
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Every member of Mueller's hand-picked staff must now be examined.  The special counsel has proven he cannot be trusted with his assembled team of partisans.
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In the meantime, the Department of Justice must now, belatedly, reopen the Clinton email case and reexamine fairly and impartially all of the evidence to determine whether criminal charges against her should be sought.  The statute of limitations has not expired.
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Sadly, the FBI is no longer the respected premier law enforcement agency in America.  People like Peter Strzok have politicized the bureau, discredited its work and done immeasurable damage.  So, too, have James Comey and Robert Mueller. 
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President Trump is right — the FBI's "reputation is in tatters," and the Clinton probe was "phony and dishonest."
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See related My Badge (Glenn McCoy, 12/07/2017) cartoon from Politics picture album
      NFL owners appear poised to pay nearly $100 million bribe for nothing  (Fox 11/30/2017)
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NFL owners seem poised to donate nearly $100 million (including some contributions from players) over seven years to support the favorite social justice causes of the players.
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But in a perfect show of how incompetent they are, the owners will get nothing from the players in return.
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No promise to stop disrespecting the national anthem or any other meaningful concessions.
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Who taught these clowns to negotiate, Neville Chamberlain?  Obviously, they are used to trying to buy their way out of problems.
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Can you even imagine the sum total spent bailing their pampered players out of legal beefs, domestic violence and sexual misconduct issues?
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It would likely dwarf even Congress and Hollywood.  But do they really think this will solve their problem?
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Now the owners have taught the players that disrupting the business that feeds them all will bring the players more satchels of cash to toss around to pet causes, in a frenzy of virtue signaling.
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So the NFL owners look like they will cave in and hope, hopelessly, that this will buy them some good will.
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What the owners should have done is said quite simply and emphatically: "Stand for the anthem or sit for the game – period."
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Let them sit out the game, and play their back ups.  Most of these guys are too over-leveraged spending their newfound wealth to miss too many paychecks.
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Better to have one fight on principle standing up for the national anthem and flag both literally and figuratively, then to set yourself up for a series of cringing capitulations week after week and year after year.
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The victorious players will now see their ability to extract funds for any cause, even their own enrichment, to be greatly enhanced.
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... by kneeling themselves, the owners have simply ensured that they will feed a social justice crowd that knows no compromise.
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They would have been much better off to read to the end of that Kipling poem on Dane-geld and do the hard thing now:
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"We never pay any-one Dane-geld, / No matter how trifling the cost; / For the end of that game is oppression and shame, / And the nation that pays it is lost!"
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These wannabe social justice warriors have plenty of their own cash and plenty of time outside the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to pursue whatever causes they wish.
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Americans should not stand for their disrespect, and I sure won't.
      America, we have it good - blessings and gratitude this Thanksgiving season  (Fox 11/26/2017)
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... here is my point: In America, we have it good.
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Our infrastructure is reliable, our gasoline is cheap, our food is affordable, and the choices endless.  We should be thankful that America is a nation whose backbone was?and largely still is?the family.
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Americans enjoy amenities that people from other eras would have fainted over — hot water on demand, the ability to maintain personal hygiene, smartphones, paved roads, hospitals and backyards not roaming with dangerous animals.
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We are blessed to be a nation of over 300,000 churches, and we still enjoy the ability to freely broadcast Christian content via the airwaves and online.
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America was founded on Christian principles.  In our country, problems may be addressed with peaceful elections without violent revolutions.
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Regarding the proliferation of churches throughout the colonies, Thomas Paine in 1776 said, "Where, say some is the King of America?  I'll tell you, friend, He reigns above!"
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As God has uniquely blessed America, it is only prudent to consider how to keep America in this position.
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We do not deserve God's hand of blessing.  But this Thanksgiving season, let's be grateful for it and humble enough to pray, realizing that the sins of this nation are causing His hand of blessing to be removed.
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See related Happy Thanksgiving (Michael Ramirez, 11/23/2017) cartoon from USA picture album
      Ten congressional Democrats want lenient treatment for young terrorists who murder Israelis  (Fox 11/24/2017)
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Palestinian terrorist leaders often use teenagers to commit acts of terror because they know the Israeli legal system treats children more leniently than adults.
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Now 10 Democrats belonging to the Congressional Progressive Caucus are trying to give terrorist leaders yet another reason for using young people to murder even more innocent civilians.
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... calling on the State Department to "prevent United States tax dollars from supporting the Israeli military's ongoing detention and mistreatment of Palestinian children."
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"This legislation highlights Israel's system of military detention of Palestinian children and ensures that no American assistance to Israel supports human rights violations ....  Peace can only be achieved by respecting human rights, especially the rights of children.  Congress must not turn a blind eye the unjust and ongoing mistreatment of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation."
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It is well established that recruiting and using young Palestinians to wage terror on Israeli civilians is part of the modus operandi of Palestinian terrorist leaders.
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For decades, members of the radical Palestinian political and religious leadership have been stirring up young people to wage war against the Jews and the Jewish State.
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This was seen in the gruesome intifada that began in 2000, in which Palestinian teenagers committed dozens of attacks against Jewish Israelis on buses, in cafes and at nightclubs.
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More recently – in what has become known as the "lone-wolf" intifada – children as young as 13 have stabbed Israelis with scissors, screwdrivers and knives
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While noting that children between the ages of 12 and 17 are held and prosecuted by Israeli military courts, the bill fails to acknowledge that some of the most barbaric terrorist attacks against Jewish Israelis have been committed by Palestinian teens.
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A Palestinian in his late teens – from a nearby village controlled by the Palestinian Authority – chose a Jewish house at random and fatally stabbed three members of a family as they ate their Sabbath dinner.
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The Palestinian "child" murderer also wounded several other family members, while one mother hid her young children in an upstairs room until the terrorist left.
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... a similar attack that occurred only six years earlier when two Palestinian teens armed with knives broke into the Fogel family home in Itamar as they slept on Friday night.
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The "children" butchered the mother, father and three of their children – including a 3-month-old baby as she slept in her crib.
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In August 2016, the Israeli parliament (Knesset) passed a bill allowing imprisonment of terrorists as young as 12.
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"This law was born of necessity.  We have been experiencing a wave of terror for quite some time.  A society is allowed to protect itself.  To those who are murdered with a knife in the heart it does not matter if the child is 12 or 15.  We've witnessed numerous cases where 11-year-old children were suicide bombers.  Perhaps this law will also do something to protect these children from being used to slaughter people."
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So I ask: What do these members of Congress think Israel should do?  If children as young as 13 were roaming the streets of New York, Los Angeles or Boston stabbing elderly women as they shopped at the supermarket or waited at a bus stop, would the Democrats protest the apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators?
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No country in the world would tolerate terror in its cities, regardless of the age of the terrorists.
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Israel has a right – according to international law – to protect its citizens from constant terror attacks, including those committed by young Palestinians.  It actually has an obligation to do so.
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... rather than condemning the abhorrent and unlawful use of children as terrorist pawns, the 10 congressional Democrats chose to single out Israel for punishment.
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People of good faith on both sides of the aisle should call out this double standard for what it really is: an attack on Jewish victims of teenage terrorism and the Jewish State.
      This Thanksgiving, thank private property.  Every day, it protects us from the tragedy of the commons  (Fox 11/22/2017)
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Ready for Thanksgiving?  Before you eat that turkey, I hope you think about why America has turkeys for you to eat.  Most people don't know.
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Everyone's heard about that first Thanksgiving feast — Pilgrims and Indians sharing the harvest.
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They almost starved because they acted the way some Bernie Sanders fans want people to act.  They farmed collectively.
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But communal farming creates what economists call "the tragedy of the commons."
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I repeated an experiment economics teachers sometimes do to demonstrate the tragedy of the commons.
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I assembled a group of people, put coins on the floor in front of them and said, "I'll give you a dollar for each coin you pick up.  But if you leave them down there for a minute, I'll give you two bucks per coin, and then three bucks.  Each minute the coins increase in value by a dollar."
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If the group waited, they'd make more money.
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Did they wait?  No.
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As soon as I said "Go!" everyone frantically grabbed for coins.  No one wanted to wait because someone else would have gotten the money.
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Collective action makes people more greedy and short-sighted, not less.
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Then I changed the rules of the game.  I divided the floor into segments, so each person had his or her own property.  Then we played the game again.
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This time there was no coin-grabbing frenzy.  Now patient people anticipated the future.
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"I want to reap the most benefit," said one.  "(On the previous test) I wanted it now, whereas this is going up, and it's mine."
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Exactly.  When you own property, you want to preserve it, to allow it to keep producing good things.
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That beneficial pattern disappears under collectivism, even if the collectivists are nice people.
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The Pilgrims started out sharing their land.  When crops were ready to harvest, they behaved like the people in my experiment.
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Some Pilgrims sneaked out at night and grabbed extra food.  Some picked corn before it was fully ready.  The result?
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"By the spring," Pilgrim leader William Bradford wrote in his diary, "our food stores were used up and people grew weak and thin.  Some swelled with hunger."
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Adding to the problem, when people share the results of your work, some don't work hard.  The chance to take advantage of others' joint labor is too tempting.
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Fortunately, the Pilgrims were led not by Bernie Sanders fans or other commons-loving socialists, but by Governor Bradford, who wrote that he "began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could ... that they might not still thus languish in misery ... After much debate (I) assigned each family a parcel of land ... (T)his had very good success, because it made every hand industrious."
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There's nothing like private ownership to make "every hand industrious."
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Private property became the foundation for building the most prosperous nation in the history of the world, a place where people have individual rights instead of group plans forced on everyone.
      Trump's historic impact on the federal court system will help our nation prosper for decades to come  (Fox 11/22/2017)
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... the president is restoring the intended purpose of the federal judiciary – to uphold the rule of law as outlined in the Constitution.
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Our Founding Fathers intended for the judicial branch to be an impartial institution with the sole mission of interpreting the law and ensuring it is applied fairly to all Americans.
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Under the Obama administration, judges instead cast themselves as political activists pursuing a liberal-leaning agenda.
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Our Founders fully understood the threat that a politically saturated judicial branch posed to our God-given and legally protected American freedoms.
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... President Trump has already taken monumental steps to restore the integrity of the federal bench by appointing originalist judicial nominees who will apply the law as it is written, rather than in the way current political forces desire.
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The left and the media are panicked because they know the large-scale changes President Trump is making will have long-lasting, history-shaping effects.
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Federal judicial appointments are for life, and President Trump is selecting relatively young individuals, by federal court standards.
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In addition to serving longer terms, these judges will also bring new experiences and aptitudes into the judicial system.
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This can be tremendously helpful as cases involving cybercrime, data theft, and malicious use of technology become more common.
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While it is easy to focus on the U.S.  Supreme Court, lower and appellate court judges will make decisions that impact ordinary Americans on a daily basis for decades to come.
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This Trump transformation in the judiciary could establish the most pro-American, pro-individual rights federal bench in modern American history.
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... the Trump revolution taking place in the federal court system will help our nation continue to prosper by ensuring that our judges protect our lives, liberty and core values for decades to come.
      NFL national anthem protests are teaching our children to NOT be thankful for America  (Fox 11/22/2017)
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The message?  Don't be thankful for the many blessings America has given you.  Instead, act ungratefully, disrespectfully and unpatriotically.
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And sadly, some children are now following that example.
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Unbelievably, the coach said: "I felt like it was a good teaching moment for me."
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Teaching what?  Hatred of America?
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If students banded together in a planned show of disrespect for a rainbow flag – the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride – you'd better believe they'd be punished for intolerance.
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And if students held a protest objecting to radical political Islam, there's no doubt they'd be disciplined for bigotry.  The same would happen if students denounced and disrespected any country on Earth – with one exception.
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When student football players disrespect America, our anthem and our flag, what happens?  They get applauded by the left.
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On Sept.  28, football players at Monroe Township High School in New Jersey knelt during the national anthem.
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Two referees walked off in protest, leaving the legitimacy of the game in doubt.  Only the refs were punished, being suspended for the rest of the season.
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What should happen next is that a parent of any American student insulted by the disrespect for America should demand that the school enforce Monroe's bullying policy and discipline the kneelers.
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Normally I don't encourage making a federal case out of school disciplinary matters, but if the left keeps jumping us with culture rumbles, we have to take their own weapons to use on them.
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      Marc Thiessen: Yes, the Clintons should be investigated  (Fox 11/21/2017)
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President Trump's critics are arguing that GOP calls for the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton and Democrats' ties to Russia are an effort to distract from the real Russia investigation, into potential Trump-Russia collusion.
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No, they are not.
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Ever since Watergate, the mantra of all major corruption investigations has been to "follow the money."
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Well, Americans of all political stripes should be outraged by the fact that both Democrats and Republicans in Washington are up to their eyeballs in Kremlin cash.
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This should suggest to objective observers that Russia was using its money to influence both sides in order to advance the Kremlin's interests.
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And it means that any full and impartial investigation of Russia's efforts to influence our political process needs to follow the Russian money flowing into the coffers of the Clintons, their foundation and their top associates.
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... "shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, [former President Bill] Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock."
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In total, $145 million went to the Clinton Foundation from interests linked to Uranium One, which was acquired by the Russian government nuclear agency Rosatum.
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Ask yourself: How many half-a-million-dollar speeches has Bill Clinton given to Kremlin-linked banks since Hillary Clinton was defeated?
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How much Russian money is flowing into the Clinton Foundation's coffers today?
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If Donald Trump had given a $500,000 speech paid for by a Kremlin bank, and his private foundation had accepted $145 million from Vladi­mir Putin-linked oligarchs and their Western business partners, do you think that his critics would be insisting there was nothing to see here?
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We should all be deeply concerned by how much Russian cash was sloshing around Washington, and how much of it found its way into the bank accounts of the Clintons and those around them.
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And we should all, Democrats and Republicans alike, want to get to the bottom of it.
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As Americans, it goes against our sensibilities to encourage the Justice Department of one party to investigate the vanquished candidate of the other party.
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But does the fact that Clinton lost mean Americans don't deserve to know the full extent of Russia's efforts to influence our political process?
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They played both sides, and in so doing preyed on the singular weakness of the Clintons and those around them — greed.
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Any impartial investigation of Russia's efforts to meddle in our democratic process needs to include a full inquiry of the Russian money flowing into Clinton world.
      Charles Manson — America's poster child for our fascination with evil and fear  (Fox 11/20/2017)
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No one will miss Charlie Manson.  Yet we keep searching for his heir.
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As his body rots on his route to hell, it's worth remembering what he accomplished – which was to order the deaths of nine people, poison the minds of his flock of followers, and somehow trick an entire subculture of the the American population – and even today, their heirs – into believing that he possessed the secret to an enlightened path to a higher form of life.
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He got three dim-witted, lost-to-the-world girls to go out on consecutive nights and kill innocent victims in what Manson hoped would look like the kick-off of a race war.
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Manson, not the first but the most famous charlatan spiritual guru we've seen, knew how to play on our secret fears of inability and inadequacy.
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Have doubts about yourself?  I'll give you the answers.  But first I must inseminate you with my wisdom.
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Then I need your unquestioning adherence to all I say, and order you to do.
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He beguiled with fake mysticism, some off-key music and the promise of enlightenment – because he somehow intuited that that is what we were looking for and feared we could not find on our own.
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Manson actually inspired and drew a blueprint for new generations of would-be shamans, swamis and gurus, who inherited his far-off stare, his mysterious mannerisms, and his bow-before-me-and-learn way of presenting himself to the world.
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And we, poor fools now as in 1969, nearly 50 years after he dispatched his deadly and devoted posse to paint his insane vision of fatal paradise, still fall for the promise of enlightenment in return for slavish devotion.
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The answer to Manson's appeal is to return to the known, perhaps less alluring but proven tenets of goodness, faith in God, and hard work.
      Judge Andrew Napolitano: The incredible new chapter in the Hillary Clinton chronicles  (Fox 11/16/2017)
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The Department of Justice will soon commence an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation (you read that nonsense correctly) of a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation and a company called Uranium One
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... will also be investigated to see whether there should be an investigation to determine whether she was properly investigated.  (Again, you read that nonsense correctly.)
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Only the government can relate nonsense with a straight face. 
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When President Donald Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey last spring, the attorney general's stated purpose for recommending the firing was Comey's dropping the ball in the investigation of Clinton's email when she was secretary of state.
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... notwithstanding a mountain of evidence of her grossly negligent exposure of secret and top-secret materials, which constitutes the crime of espionage — the FBI director decided that because no reasonable prosecutor would take the case, it should be dropped.  Weeks later, the DOJ ratified Comey's decision.
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At the same time that Clinton was failing to safeguard state secrets, she was granting official State Department favors to donors to her family's charitable foundation. 
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There are dozens of examples of this so-called "pay to play," the most egregious of which is the Uranium One case.
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When the FBI got wind of the Giustra donation and Secretary Clinton's approval and the Kremlin involvement, it commenced an investigation of whether Clinton had been bribed.
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At some point during former President Barack Obama's second term, that investigation was terminated.
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At the same time that the FBI was looking into Uranium One, American and British intelligence agents were surveilling Donald Trump.
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After being confronted by irate Republican members of the House and Senate judiciary committees, who demanded to know why the investigations of these matters had been terminated, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed that he has asked career DOJ lawyers to commence an investigation of all of the above to determine whether an independent counsel should be appointed to investigate all of the above.
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This is the investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation.  This is also the DOJ's reluctance to do its job.
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Can the government investigate itself?  The short answer is yes, and it has done so in the past.  But it hardly needs an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation.  The job of the DOJ is to investigate probable violations of federal law.  Sessions should not shy away from this and should not push it off to another independent counsel.
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We have one independent counsel already because his target — let's be candid — is the president of the United States.  That is a potato too hot for the DOJ.
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But Hillary and Bill Clinton, the FBI's tampering with the political process, and the use of intelligence-captured communications for political purposes are not.  It is profoundly the duty of the DOJ — using its investigatory arm, the FBI — to investigate all this.
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The evidence in the public domain of Clinton's espionage and bribery is more than enough to be presented to a grand jury.
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The same cannot be said about FBI involvements with the Steele dossier or the use of intelligence data for political purposes, because we don't yet know who did it, so we need aggressive investigation.
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But none of this presents the type of conflict that exists when the president is a target, and none of this requires an independent counsel.  All of this simply requires the DOJ to get to work.
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That is, unless the lawyers in the leadership of this DOJ are fearful of investigating their predecessors for fear that their successors might investigate them.
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Whoever harbors those fears has no place in government.
      Our culture is experiencing a hostile takeover.  We must stop rejecting God if we ever want it to end  (Fox 11/11/2017)
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The recent Texas church shooting, the terrorist driving a truck through a crowd in New York City, and the Las Vegas massacre may seem shocking – but to anyone who has been paying attention, they should not.
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Our culture is undergoing a hostile takeover.  American society used to be governed by Judeo-Christian do-unto-others morals.
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But we have drifted (been pushed, really) into a hedonistic YOLO (You Only Live Once) cultural morass.
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The upshot of this is a distinct lack of respect for human life in general, as well as a pervasive, insidious obsession with self.
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This is the "me" generation, the "selfie" culture, the "entitlement" mentality.
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And what is entitlement, except the narcissistic assumption of deserving and demanding what is not earned?
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Our cultural crisis is exhibited by egotistic multimillionaires demonstrating on football fields against the police instead of seeking solutions to rampant inner-city violence; coddled young people demanding free birth control and socialized health care...
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We've replaced our moral imperative to do what's right with a personal obsession of what's in it for ME?
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But no amount of self-love can fill the God-shaped hole in someone's heart.  We are created and called to love each other, and no self-absorbed spa treatment or Instagram post can supplant our innate yearning for love from God.
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The spirit of our time is gradually revealing in our culture a subversive, resolute, and increasing hatred toward God and Christianity, and an irresistible temptation toward evil that betrays man's innate desire for power: a longing to be God.
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So, like a child throwing a tantrum in a toy store, some people must deny the existence of God and his inherent goodness, and lord their power over weaker people.
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Society, still trading in our inherited moral capital, might verbally condemn the behavior.
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But that's just lip-service, because we've succumbed to the YOLO moral relativism and forgotten our metric for right and wrong.
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The YOLO culture seeks not content of character, but equality of outcome.
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Self-destructive loathing and jealousy stems from the hypocrisy that started in kindergarten, when children are taught: You are an accident of nature, and survival of the fittest is the law of the land.  Now, don't bully.
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Attacks against the only one who preached forgiveness and grace, goodness and love – and any who support him – will increase: He challenges the YOLO worldview taught in public school.
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To survive and prosper as a nation, we must reaffirm our Judeo-Christian heritage, indivisible, under God.
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Because if you only live once, it's survival of the fittest, and it's all about you, then laws are meaningless.
      Memo to DACA protestors: Stop shouting and start humbly persuading  (Fox 11/11/2017)
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Hundreds of protestors stormed the Hart Senate Office Building near the U.S.  Capitol on Thursday, hung banners and staged a loud demonstration demanding a no-strings-attached solution to allow immigrants brought to our country illegally as children to remain here.
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About 800,000 such immigrants have been protected from deportation since 2012 under a program begun under the Obama administration called DACA...
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Since DACA recipients entered the United States as children, they had no say in violating our immigration laws.
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As such, they comprise a totally separate category from adult illegals who willfully violate our rules.
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I believe a compromise can be reached.  But unruly, disrespectful activists make that process harder with their outrageous tactics.
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It is only reasonable for the White House to require more resources to protect our border and action to move toward a merit-based immigration system in return for continuing DACA protections.
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Importantly, illegal immigrants – no matter how much empathy I maintain for them – have no standing to make loud demands of the American people.
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Their attitudes should convey incredible gratitude that this country – unique among nations – shows such compassion to people who do not belong here legally.
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As a pro-DACA Latino, I urge these groups to cease using the leftist radical tactics of the so-called "Occupy" movement, and instead make a humble, reasoned case to persuade America why they should be allowed to stay.
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Many of these activists would respond that they are, in fact, Americans.
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... the term "American" can be defined in precisely six words: a citizen of the United States.
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It is a legal term in a country where rights are defined by laws – not by force.
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I am a citizen because I was born here, and I thank God daily for that good fortune.  My father was a citizen because he immigrated here legally.
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This concept is not difficult to understand and is not up for debate.
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I hope and pray that the DACA young adults are soon welcomed permanently into our country, and I humbly ask Congress and President Trump to ignore the radicals and work expeditiously toward a reasonable compromise.
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See related Demand Work (Paul Nowak, 04/04/2006) cartoon from USA picture album
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See related Guest Demonstrators (Chip Bok, 04/11/2006) cartoon from USA picture album
      Rep.  Marsha Blackburn: To save lives and money, we must cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities  (Fox 11/09/2017)
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Over two years ago, Kate Steinle was shot and killed on a San Francisco pier.
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A convicted felon illegal alien, Garcia Zarate, is currently on trial for Steinle's murder.
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Zarate had previously been deported five times and was to be deported again until the local sheriff's office released him because of San Francisco's sanctuary city policy.
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California took things a step further recently by declaring itself a sanctuary state.  New Jersey has also threatened to provide statewide amnesty.
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Sanctuary cities and states threaten public safety, cost taxpayers' money and encourage lawlessness.
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Liberals cheer sanctuary policies as compassionate, but the reality is far different.  Ask the Steinle family.
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Sanctuary cities endanger their citizens.  When Phoenix dropped its sanctuary city policy in 2008, its murder rate fell 27 percent the following year, and other violent crime rates also fell.
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Why are we protecting criminals who have already broken the law when they entered our country?
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In addition to being less safe, sanctuary cities cost hard-working taxpayers money.
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That money could be putting food on the table for struggling middle-class families.  Where is the compassion for them?
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Sanctuary policies are lawless, delusional and open up a Pandora's box of consequences.
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They promote open borders by serving as a magnet for illegals lured here by the false hope of amnesty.
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Every state becomes a border state and every town a border town.
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Further, if liberal politicians can ignore one law, what is to stop them from ignoring others?  Where does the madness end? 
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Kate Steinle would most likely be alive today if the law had been followed.
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California's decision to become a sanctuary state is similar to the open borders vision that is destroying Europe.
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If lawlessness prevails, we will eventually become a sanctuary country. 
      Libs think you're Stupid.  Are You?  (JWR 11/07/2017)
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Another mass shooting, this time in a Texas church and we hear the same old mantra from Democrat leaders and the lamestream press.
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It's guns.  We need more gun laws to combat right wing hate speech that's driving these incidents.
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What they will not tell you is that most of these mass killings are committed by jihadists, left wing psychotics and atheists.
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They also ignore that it is the hate speech on the left that has spurred attacks on recent innocent victims.
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GOP congressman Scalise was shot and almost killed at a charity baseball practice; Sen.  Rand Paul was attacked at his home by another Bernie Sanders supporter who broke five of his ribs.
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It is not tea party advocates knocking out total strangers on the street just because they're white.
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It is not right wing bureaucrats targeting conservative groups in the government agencies.
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In New York City, another metropolis ruled by Democrats who make it impossible for good citizens to get legal guns, an Isis fan just used a truck to mow down and kill bike riders and pedestrians.
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Turns out this militant had been questioned by Comey's ineffectual FBI in 2015 but as usual couldn't find enough to charge him.
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Seems also that this jihadist came here under a ridiculous program initiated by Democrats, of course, that allowed immigrants to come here permanently by lottery and this killer from Uzbekistan brought in 23 family members.
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What you will not hear from the major media about the shooting in the Baptist church in Sutherland Springs is that the killer, now known as Devin Patrick Kelley, was an atheist and Bernie Sanders supporter who was stopped while still reloading his deadly weapon by a civilian gun owner, Stephen Willeford. 
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That spoils the narrative so unless you're a dummy you should ignore this feeble attempt to demonize the NRA again.
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If there had been one civilized gun owner in any of those murder scenes, the killer's victims would have had a better chance of survival. 
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The celebrities who have felt comfortable threatening the life of President Trump since his election are responsible for most of the hate speech encouraging violence against conservatives.
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I don't recall right wing comics holding up a decapitated head of Obama or showing his dead body of the cover of a rap album but Kathy Griffin and Snoop Dog got away with that.
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Most of the supposed vandalism and hate tactics by conservatives have been exposed as hoaxes perpetrated by the left.
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Since the 2016 election, liberals and Never Trumpers have collectively lost their minds. 
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The entertainment industry seems to take delight in using foul language and trash talk by late night talk show hosts, movie stars and the dumb hostesses of The View but I've never put much credence in their intellectual prowess any way.
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But if you're one of the many Americans who laugh at their jokes and who still watch SNL then I'm sorry but the liberals may have pegged you just right.
      Ditch political correctness and wise up.  Empower cops to fight radical Islamic terrorists...  (Fox 11/07/2017)
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... when you're a cop looking for radical Islamic terrorists ... well, let's just say you don't look in a convent, a monastery or a rabbinical seminary.
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Is this politically correct?  Absolutely not.  Is it simple common sense?  Of course it is.
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There's no question that the vast majority of Muslims in America are peaceful, law-abiding and hardworking men and women.
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But there's also no question that a small subset of Muslims in this country don't fit the above description, because they support the aims of radical Islamic terrorists.
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And an even smaller, very tiny subset actually engages in terrorism.
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Finding these people after they commit terrorist acts is challenging.
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Finding them before they commit terrorist acts and stopping them is incredibly difficult.
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A basic principle of police work is that you use logic and common sense when searching for criminals of any kind.
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You can't search for everyone everywhere, so you narrow the field of possible suspects
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Where might a radical Islamic terrorist be?  Well ... wild guess ... mosques, other areas where Muslims get together, and Muslim neighborhoods.
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One thing's for sure: you won't find any radical Muslim terrorists who are not Muslims.
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Yet in New York City last week, where a radical Islamic terrorist drove his truck into innocent people on a bike path on Halloween – killing eight and injuring a dozen – police and other law enforcement officials are being handcuffed.
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They are being told to ignore their common sense and training, and not focus on Muslims when looking for Muslim terrorists.
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... the Halloween terrorist ... was radicalized here in the United States, not in his home country ... where in the U.S.  did the radicalization take place?
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No one lives in a vacuum.  Radicalization is a process that includes both internal and external catalysts and occurs in many environments.
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That principle was laid out in a report created by the New York City Police Department's Intelligence Division in 2006 titled "Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat: The NYPD Report."
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Mayor Bill de Blasio caved in to demands from the American Civil Liberties Union and several Muslim activist organizations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and ordered the counterterrorism report removed from both the NYPD's website and its training manuals.
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And if that was not enough, the mayor also ordered the police to discontinue standard police practices of surveillance and undercover operations of the group most susceptible to radical Islamic terrorists...
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De Blasio's absurd action came in response to a 2012 lawsuit filed in Newark, New Jersey by Muslim advocates.
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They claimed that the NYPD was profiling them strictly on the basis of their religion and that they had suffered irreparable damages as a result of police actions.
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One of the mosques in New Jersey that claimed to have been unjustly surveilled was the Omar Mosque in Patterson.
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This is the same mosque attended by Sayfullo Saipov, the now-accused self-proclaimed ISIS follower who struck on Halloween.
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Yet NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller stated publicly that the Saipov case has nothing to do with Islam or which mosque someone attended.  How quickly he forgets.
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Back then, he clearly acknowledged the obvious fact that that radical Islamic terrorists have connections with Muslim communities.
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Here's the bottom line: We need to spend less time worrying about being politically correct and more time worrying about how to protect the American people from bloodthirsty radical Islamic terrorists who want to kill and injure as many of us as possible. 
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At some point, we have to let the police be the police and investigate terrorists and other criminals – regardless of religion, ethnicity or race – based on tried and true procedures.
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It would have been as silly to search for Mafia kingpins in mosques as it would be to try hunting down ISIS terrorists at Knights of Columbus meetings.
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Hopefully, the NYPD ... will be allowed to go where the evidence leads, utilizing every tool at its disposal and not bow to political correctness when investigating potential terrorists and their hideouts.
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Perhaps the tool most needed in fighting radical Islamic terrorism today is a strong backbone. 
      Wake up America, Islamic terrorism targets you!  (INN 11/05/2017)
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The claim that the perpetrator of the November 1, 2017 NYC bicycle-path-terror is a "lone wolf" ignores the wider context of Islamic terrorism, oversimplifies and underestimates the threat, alleviates the pressure off anti-US Islamic rogue regimes, and derails counter-terrorism. 
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The NYC bicycle-path-terror was carried out by a member of the Islamic "pack of wolves" - not by a "lone wolf" – which has been systematically brainwashed and molded by the most effective production-line of Muslim terrorists: hate-education and incitement conducted by Islamic leaders, educators, social media and imams in mosques (and in US prisons!) in Muslim countries as well as in the US.
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"Prison radicalization primarily occurs through anti-US sermons provided by contract, volunteer, or staff imams, radicalizing inmates who gain religious influence and extremist media... similar to that of Iran and Hezbollah....  These radicalization efforts expand beyond prison walls, resulting in potential threats to society at-large...."
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The NYC bicycle-path-terrorism was not an aberration, but an integral episode of 1,400 years of the intra-Islamic tectonic reality ... and the 14 centuries of Quran-sanctioned terrorism against the abode of the "infidel."
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In fact, terrorism has dominated Islam from the 7th century, when three of the first four Caliphs (Umar, Uthman and Ali), who succeeded Muhammad, were assassinated by fellow Muslims.
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... this act of terrorism was intensely integrated with – not isolated from – a fundamental pillar of Islam, the Jihad (the Strive, the Holy War), which commands Muslims to emulate previous struggles against the enemies of Islam, within the context of the eternal battle between the Abode of Islam and the Abode of the "infidel."
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In order to defeat Islamic terrorism, Western societies – led by the US – must rid counter-terrorism of the "lone wolf" mentality; acknowledge the inherently non-compromising nature of Islamic terrorism and confront Islamic rogue regimes (just like rogue gangs at home) militarily, not diplomatically; recognize the centrality – and obliterate the infrastructure – of hate-education and incitement in the US and other Western democracies, as well as in Muslim countries; preempt, rather than react.
      New York Times’ coverage of Mueller is peak liberal bias  (NYP 11/05/2017)
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A friend likens The New York Times to a 1960s adolescent who refuses to grow up.
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In a perpetual state of outrage, it is a newspaper of college snowflakes who embrace all forms of diversity except thought.
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It sees its liberal politics not as a point of view, but as received wisdom that cannot be legitimately disputed.
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The fixation on conformity reached a new low last week when the paper rolled out a coordinated attack on those of us who believe special counsel Robert Mueller ought to resign.
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In the Times' view, there are only two reasons to question Mueller's credibility: insanity or treason.
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And so we detractors stand accused of engaging in a conspiracy that will embolden adversaries like Russia and produce a "constitutional crisis."
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The animating impulse for the assault is obvious — the Times is locked into its mission of destroying President Trump, and, like Hillary Clinton, still cannot accept Trump's election as legitimate.
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... the paper, following a bad habit it developed during Barack Obama's presidency, is not content with advocating its positions.
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Behaving like a party propaganda outlet, it takes a coercive approach to anyone with a different view.  Objections are demonized as heretical.
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... carries the unavoidable assumption that Trump is guilty of colluding with Russia, and so critics of Mueller are subversives with unpatriotic aims.
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... flatly declared doubts about Mueller unwarranted because "there is no evidence to support the assertion that the Democrats hired Fusion GPS with the purpose of getting Russians to spread ‘wild allegations' about Mr.  Trump."
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... if the lack of evidence is sufficient to avoid investigation, why is Mueller still investigating Trump, since more than a year of FBI probes has turned up no evidence of Trump wrongdoing.
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The zeal to protect Mueller from any criticism raises the question of why the Times cares so much.
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With the mainstream media in lockstep with its jihad against Trump, why bother to smear a handful of skeptics?
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My great sin was to argue that Mueller's close relationship with his successor at the FBI, James Comey, was always a problem and that recent developments created a situation that was fixable only by resignation.
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Those added conflicts include the revelation that Clinton's campaign and the Democratic Party paid for the Russian dossier against Trump, with some of its paid sources linked to the Kremlin.
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Because the FBI reportedly used the dossier to launch its probe of Trump and considered hiring its author, any probe faithful to Mueller's assignment would include an examination of the FBI's role in 2016.
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Moreover, as questions grow about whether the Obama White House used the dossier as justification for unmasking Trump associates picked up in wiretaps in an attempt to swing the election to Clinton, Mueller's probe must also examine the previous administration.
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But that, too, is an impossible task for him because he spent more than four years working for Obama, where he was a colleague of Clinton's.
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Resignation under these circumstances is not a radical idea...  a judge with Mueller's relationships and history would almost certainly be recused from overseeing those cases, so why should a special counsel investigating the president be held to a lesser standard?
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And if Justice Department rules required Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from anything related to the 2016 campaign because he was a Trump surrogate, those same rules should apply to Mueller's relationship with Clinton, Obama and Comey.
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In the end, the Times' rabid ­defense of Mueller resembles the debacle of its 2016 campaign coverage.
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It never saw Trump's victory coming because it was blinded by its hatred for him and contempt for his 63 million voters.
      Islamic terror is not a law enforcement puzzle, it’s a war.  Here’s how to show we get it  (Fox 11/04/2017)
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On each occasion we seem to go through the same ritual — sympathy, condemnation, a parade of well-meaning statements from government officials insisting that the terrorists "will not win."
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... the response of our leaders, in government and the bureaucracy.  They still seem to be treating Islamist terror as a law enforcement issue, rather than what it is: a war waged on us by an ideologically-driven and globally-distributed enemy.
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First, we should remove all known Islamists from our country.  If they are not U.S.  citizens, they should be immediately deported.  If they are naturalized U.S.  citizens, they should first have their citizenship revoked.
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"Every single person who we have intelligence upon, who is known to be involved in terrorism...  we deport and send them back to where they came from.  We do not allow them to roam free on our streets and murder and maim and disfigure our children."
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Second, we must force the big tech companies to help our security services track down terrorists and prevent attacks.
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Google announced earlier this year that it can track your online browsing and your movements in the real world by combining credit card data with data from your smartphone and services like Google Maps.
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But when the authorities ask tech firms to help in the fight against terror, suddenly they're all about privacy.
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Third, we need to force Saudi Arabia to pay reparations for their role in incubating today's terror threat.
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Over the years, the Saudis have funded a huge number mosques in the world — and with that funding came the vile, medieval strain of Islam known as Wahhabism (or Salafism) that is at the heart of today's Islamist ideology, whether practiced by ISIS, Al Qaeda or any other of the murderous death cults.
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Fourth, we need to toughen our own immigration procedures, just as President Trump pledged to do this week.
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No more entry by lottery; extreme vetting for everyone who wants to come to America and fits the profile of a potential Islamist supporter or sympathizer — whether they have become radicalized or not.
      Judge gives deserter Bowe Bergdahl a slap on the wrist, our military members get a slap in the face  (Fox 11/04/2017)
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His case is a sad reminder of why we should never engage in prisoner exchanges with terrorists and why deserters should be dealt with harshly.
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When Bergdahl deserted in 2009, a number of search efforts for him took place that endangered the lives of U.S.  soldiers and left some severely wounded.
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Military investigators found that Bergdahl walked away from his unit.  His actions were planned and thought out.
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One soldier in his unit said that Bergdahl mailed his belongings back home to his parents before deserting. 
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Further, Bergdahl sent an e-mail back to his parents saying that he was ashamed to be an American.
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Bergdahl was charged with and later pleaded guilty to "desertion and misbehavior before the enemy." He could have received a life prison sentence.
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Instead, he received no prison time, a reduction in rank, a fine and a dishonorable discharge.
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President Trump called the decision "a complete and total disgrace to our country and to our military." Our president is right.
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It's a sad day for our military justice system and all those who serve in our armed forces.
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Bergdahl deserved and should have received prison time.  Yes, disgrace is the right word.
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When an American enlists in the U.S.  military, he or she takes the Soldier's Oath.
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The oath reads in part: "I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, (and) that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same."
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The soldiers who risked their lives and sustained injuries searching for Bergdahl lived up to the Soldier's Oath.  Bergdahl did anything but live up to it because he was a deserter.
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His sentence was an insult to all those who wear the uniform of America's armed forces.
      How’s “diversity” working out for you?  (INN 11/03/2017)
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The reason we keep getting acts of terrorism is because we keep importing terrorists.
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That is not politics.  That is mathematics.
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... since the early 1990s we had a program named the "Diversity Visa Lottery." So each year some 50,000 people are invited into our country from hellholes all around the globe, like Uzbekistan.  Over there it is 96.3 percent Muslim, coincidentally.
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That is where the Manhattan murderer came from... and, along with the rest, was welcomed with smiles over the years from types like NY Gov Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen.  Chuck Schumer. 
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But that did not stop them from taking the stage to further dump on Trump and even though ashen-faced from shame, they continued to grandstand their Liberal pieties.
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As if none of this was their doing and if it came again between them and us, between migrants and citizens, they'd still choose the migrants.
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The very definition of the program, in view of the word "lottery," means that we are GAMBLING with our security.
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Under these terms, we don't really know who's coming. 
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In other words, we don't really know who we're betting on.  Democrats and even some Republicans don't care.
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Trump cares.  "The safety of our citizens comes first," says Trump.
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What a novel concept if you are a Liberal. 
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But the world and its experts took it to mean a Jewish problem rather than a universal problem.
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So nobody gave a damn.  Let the Israelis deal with it; it's got nothing to do with us. 
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They refused to learn... learn that, sooner or later, the same jihadists will come knocking anywhere and everywhere. 
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From the terror tunnels of Gaza to the streets of New York, they will come.
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Now even here jihadists feel they can get away with murder so long as they've got airheads like CNN's Jake Tapper to assure us that Allahu Akhabar really means peace. 
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Tell it to the dead, Jake. 
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It's a wonderful world of immigration jihad so long as they've got the fools of the world on their side – from de Blasio in New York City to Merkel in Berlin.
      Bowe Bergdahl wasn’t a victim, he’s a traitor  (Fox 11/03/2017)
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... Bergdahl put other soldiers in danger.  Despite his trauma, he had to realize that desertion would jeopardize those attempting a rescue operation.
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... the platoon that searched for Bergdahl went without food and limited water for 19 days.  Chief Petty Officer James Hatch came under fire while looking for Bergdahl.  Hatch was shot in the leg and has had 18 surgeries in the aftermath.
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By honoring Bergdahl in 2015, despite a full 2009 Army report indicating his desertion from duty, President Obama intentionally misled the American public and has contributed to the cynical belief you cannot trust comments emanating from the White House.
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When Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice maintained that Bergdahl represented the Army with "honor and distinction" she undermined the heroism of thousands who have defended the principles in this land of the free.
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Bergdahl was not a victim, albeit some will make this argument; he was an instrument to be used by President Obama in his desire to empty U.S.  military prison at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.
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Five Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo were released in exchange for Bergdahl and three are now fighting for Al Qaeda.
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I have it on good authority that the Taliban were prepared to return Bergdahl for cash exclusively.  But that was not what President Obama wanted.
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As a consequence, the United States paid a price in spiritual loss, political legerdemain and military morale.
      After NYC terror attack, let's use common sense to protect ourselves from radical Islamic terrorists  (Fox 11/03/2017)
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... radical Islamic terrorists have been launching attacks here in the United States for years, with the deadliest occurring on Sept.  11, 2001.  These attacks are not going to stop unless we first admit that we have been and are under attack and – finally – take strong steps to prevent further attacks.
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For eight years, the Obama administration refused to even use accurate language and terminology to describe what was occurring here in the U.S., as our nation suffered violent assaults in the name of Islam.
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... more than 200 individuals have been charged with terrorism-related crimes in the U.S.  since 2009...
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These aren't "lone wolves." These are individuals working toward the same goal, via the same broad organization known as ISIS and related groups. 
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Our nation's population reflects more than 200 years of diversity in one form or another; we didn't need another visa program to achieve that goal.
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... the Schumer visa program and others aren't simply adding new ethnicities, cultures or creeds to our shores; they are giving radical Islamists from regions other than the Middle East the opportunity to enter.
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Once here, these radicals don't assimilate.  Instead, they connect with like-minded Islamists to plan and perpetrate acts like the ones we witnessed on Tuesday afternoon in New York.
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Raise your hand if you think it was good idea to allow a young disaffected Islamic man with no prospects, no ties to the U.S., and only his religious zeal to keep him going into our country. 
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We as a nation must disabuse ourselves of the naive notion that somehow our Western values are magically transferred to all newcomers to our shores and embraced and lived by those individuals.
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The Western values of respect for freedom, human dignity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence – as well as the West's Judeo-Christian system of thought that gave root to those values – are not respected in many parts of the world.
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As a result, the only diversity we seem to be importing from these countries – short of legitimate, heavily vetted refugees, such as Christian minorities ­– is the diversity of hate for the United States and our institutions.
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... we must accept that there is evil in the world and that no matter how much we would like to avoid it, evil can never be appeased.  It is voracious and ever-encroaching and it can only be stopped and destroyed by forceful action.
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Radical Islam is evil; it is full of hatred and seeks to destroy our way of life.  Our way of life and our system of government, is anathema to radical Islam – like oil and water, they will never mix.
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And so we must take a strong stance and stop acting as though common sense is the same thing as intolerance.
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Common sense tells us that in addition to having a realistic view of immigration, we should address the breeding grounds of hatred that we have allowed to fester within our own nation.
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We can no longer allow radical clerics who preach hatred of America in mosques on American soil, seeking to radicalize young Muslim men in particular.
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By some estimates there are dozens and dozens of radical mosques in the United States. 
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The venomous words of the radical clerics are ticking time bombs.  It is only a matter of time before even more hands and feet are set into motion by this incitement, and therefore only a matter of time before more American people lie dead on American streets.
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Diversity and tolerance are America's strengths, but we should not sacrifice innocent American lives in the name of these lofty goals.
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It's time the Trump administration and Congress did what the Obama administration refused: reset our nation's visa process across the board to meet America's needs and values, intensively vet all visa applicants, and limit entry from countries on the State Department terrorist watch list.
      Judge Andrew Napolitano: Mueller's ultimate target is Trump.  Here's what could happen next  (Fox 11/02/2017)
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... indicted a former Trump presidential campaign chairman and his former deputy and business partner for numerous felonies.
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Both were accused of working as foreign agents and failing to report that status to the federal government, using shell corporations to launder income and obstruction of justice by lying to the federal government.
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... the government revealed that a low-level former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and become a government witness.
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The alleged crimes of Manafort and Gates appear to have nothing to do with Trump, nor have they any facial relationship to the Russians.
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So why were these two indicted by a grand jury hearing evidence about alleged American assistance to Russian interference with the 2016 presidential campaign?
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When prosecutors confront a complex series of potentially criminal events, they often do not know at the outset of their investigation where the evidence will lead them.
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Sometimes they come upon a person who they believe has knowledge of facts they seek and that person declines to speak with them.
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Such a refusal to speak to the government is perfectly lawful in America, yet it often triggers a prosecution of the potential witness so that prosecutors may squeeze him — not literally, of course — for evidence to which they believe he can lead them.
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The ultimate target of Mueller's investigation is President Trump.
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It is standard operating procedure when prosecutors have a high-level target to charge those below the target with something just to get them to cooperate.
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The danger of such a deal is that Manafort and Gates may offer to tell Mueller what they think he wants to hear — even if it is not truthful — so that they can have their prison exposure lessened.
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There is more danger in the seemingly smallest of this week's Mueller-generated events. 
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In a profound miscarriage of justice, federal law permits FBI agents to lie to us but makes it a crime for us to lie to them.
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It appears that Papadopoulos was gathering evidence for Mueller, probably by talking to his former Trump campaign colleagues while wired...
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Because Papadopoulos admitted under oath that he lied to FBI agents, the courts will treat his guilt as certain.  That gives Mueller great leverage with him.
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He also knows that if Mueller likes what he hears, a five-year prison term could be reduced to six months.
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Hence, Papadopoulos could be a treasure-trove for Mueller on the production of any evidence linking the Trump campaign and the Russians...
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Papadopoulos has already produced a wild tale about meetings with a Russian professor and a female Russian government agent in London that the FBI apparently believes.
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I have argued for years that squeezing defendants and witnesses by threats and promises to get them to spill the beans is a form of extortion or bribery — not much different from the extortion and bribery that the government regularly prosecutes.
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"You tell us what we want to hear and we will ask a judge to go easy on you.  If not, you will suffer great losses."
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It is bad enough that the feds can legally lie to us and get away with it, but can they also legally threaten and bribe witnesses to testify against us and get away with it?
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Can they do this to the president?
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In a word, yes.  ... Squeezing witnesses and defendants is a way of life for federal prosecutors.
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For the president, it is the tip of a dangerous iceberg.
      Ex-CIA officer: Mueller also needs to investigate US intel’s attempts to damage Trump  (Fox 11/02/2017)
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The scandalous series of memos – which contained allegations of treason and impropriety by then-candidate Trump and his campaign – took on renewed life after it was confirmed that the document was little more than a political hit job paid for by both Democratic and Republican operatives.
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But while the headlines may shift, Mueller's attention to a dossier-related scandal must not.  Indeed, the dossier is almost certainly connected to the most audacious crime of the 2016 campaign.
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America's senior law enforcement and intelligence officials were directly involved in the targeting of a democratically elected president for political assassination.
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By spreading the dossier throughout D.C.'s political class, the nation's spymasters virtually assured that the document's allegations would be leaked and given undue credibility.
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So why did they do it?
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Curiously, however, these spymasters also said that they gave the document no particular credence after having investigated its treasonous allegations.
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Why would our senior intelligence and law enforcement officials bother highlighting a debunked dossier when they knew it would leak to the press, thereby giving it a degree of credibility and life it wouldn't otherwise deserve?
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First, one or all of these spymasters may have been influenced by their profound dislike of Trump as a person.
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A second possibility is that these officials and their political chiefs may have been spooked by known or suspected connections between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives.
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In short, Obama officials may have been fearful that a "corrupted" President Trump would shut down any collusion investigation before the facts were known.
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Putting aside whether there's any truth to these fears, it would still be wildly illegal for America's spymasters to leak information to the media designed to damage a president.
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Officials working for the CIA and FBI are strictly regulated regarding their political activity, not to mention barred from disclosing classified or protected government information. 
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And that suggests a third and much more likely motivation of the intentional leakers: politics.
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It's reasonable to believe, then, that leaking a dossier alleging treason might severely wound Trump and his agenda for the duration of his presidency.
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Which begs the question: which spymaster had the greatest motivation to try to bring down the president?  And was he alone in his efforts?
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... Comey admitted to having the motivation, access, and ability to conduct what would effectively be a covert influence operation designed to damage the president.
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... there was a wholesale effort by the Obama administration to spread or disseminate classified information throughout the government and into the public domain that dealt with possible contacts between associates of Trump and the Russians.
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In short, there were others – many others – who were joining Comey in a similar "brief to leak" operation designed to throw sand in the gears of a Trump presidency.
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Regardless of who was involved or their precise motivation, one thing is certain: the spymasters' decision to spread the dossier's accusations contributed to nearly a year of political chaos that has roiled the nation.
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... even if one agrees that Trump is not fit to serve, voters of all stripes should be outraged by the spymasters' attempts to damage him.
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Indeed, one can disagree with Trump's agenda or find him personally distasteful but that does not give license to ignore unlawful behavior by America's law enforcement and intelligence communities.
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Said differently, we cannot support an illicit political assassination simply because it brings about misfortune to those we oppose.
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Accordingly, it's time for Mueller to investigate our national security community with the same ferocity that he's shown in his likely prosecution of Trump associates.
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It's time to investigate the scandal of America's spymasters. 
      Cal Thomas: Trump, Mueller and Manafort — Get ready for more magical thinking  (Fox 11/02/2017)
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Predictably, the major media are celebrating this as the beginning of the end of the nascent Trump presidency.
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"Will Manafort Sing?  If so, it may mark the beginning of the end of this presidency."
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Look for more of this wishful thinking that the establishment, the Democrats and all of the mainstream media have been hoping for since Trump won the election.
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What Manafort stands accused of has nothing to do with the 2016 election, or with Russian "collusion."
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No one, so far, has produced any evidence the Russians affected the election's outcome.
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This is all about overturning the results and keeping "the swamp" full for those who live in it and reject change.
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Real collusion might be in the significant share of U.S.  uranium sold to the Russians during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state (she signed off on the deal), followed by a $500,000 fee paid to her husband for a speech in Moscow and the millions of dollars that subsequently flowed into the Clinton Foundation from uranium investors.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller and Congress should investigate that Russian connection, along with the role of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign (and the earlier Republican role) in creating an anti-Trump dossier that has been shown to be a fraud and yet was used to justify the appointment of Mueller.
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If the reason for Mueller's appointment is fraudulent, how can it be said that his investigation, which includes staff attorneys who made donations to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, is not tainted?
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Congress is the proper avenue for such investigations, not special counsels, who can "go rogue" if they wish.
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No matter which party controls government, the other party does all it can, by whatever means, to undermine those elected.
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This behavior solves no problems.  It is only about grabbing and holding onto power.
      How Many More Americans Have to Die Before We Throw Away the PC Garbage?  (Fox 11/01/2017)
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We've got radical Islamic terrorists ready, willing, and honored to kill us on planes, trains and automobiles with knifes, guns, explosives and trucks.
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And we've got federal judges, top Democrats, and bleeding heart kumbaya liberals placing Islamic sensitivity, diversity options, and political correctness over reality, American lives, and national security.
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If he shouted "Allahu akbar," the motive and inspiration are crystal clear.
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Better question is: why the heck was he here in the first place?
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He wasn't airlifted in by ISIS, we let him in the front door - we rolled out the red carpet for him just like we did the 9/11 hijackers.
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... he was issued a green card by President Obama's DHS in 2010.  Isn't that something?
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Did you know nearly 1.8 million green cards were issued to nationals of predominantly Muslim countries from the September 11th attacks in 2001 through 2015?
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Now your liberal friends might tell you this is in the spirit of inclusion, love, tolerance and diversity but here's a reality check: ISIS and the dozen-plus other radical Islamic terrorist groups exploit this diversity and blissful ignorance and use it to attack and kill Americans. 
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It's called "civilization jihad" and it's not just coming, it's here.  It's not Islamophobic to point out the radical problem within Islam.
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It's reality, it's right in front of our faces, and it's not going anywhere so either we learn to confront it, name it and keep it the hell out or we sit back, bite our tongues, twiddle our thumbs, hold hands and pretend the evil doesn't exist.
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We tried the blind-eye politically correct BS for 8 years and look where it's gotten us.
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Yet, we still have these federal judges and Democrats who prefer political correctness and feelings to our safety and national security.
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Enough.  How many more Americans have to die before we throw away this PC garbage and understand the threat?
      New York terror attack — We've seen the face of evil but our politicians want us to look away  (Fox 10/31/2017)
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... there may be a legitimate debate about whether President Trump is unfairly singling out Muslims in his efforts to make America safe.
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But when a terrorist kills Americans – this time, with a rental truck – and then shouts "God is great" in Arabic, the president's zeal is understandable.
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There is no way to protect every block in our cities, every field on our farms, every school in our suburbs.
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We have become accustomed to our freedom to move around as we wish, and to gather with whom we choose.
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We stroll our streets without paying attention to what's around us...  If we're on a bike lane, we assume no four-wheel vehicles will intrude.
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The problem is that terrorists – those whose perverted view equates God's greatness with acts of bloodshed – know how clueless we are, and exploit our assumption that nothing bad can happen to us.
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And it is that careless confidence that makes us easy prey, soft victims for determined evildoers.
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Even before the names of the perpetrator and the dead and injured are known, there will be warnings not to stereotype, not to sully the reputation of any faith or ideology.  Don't link radical Islam with terror.
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... the same de Blasio who pompously defied Trump's call to dismantle so-called sanctuary cities, making it tougher for authorities to find and corral criminals.
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"Don't let the terrorists change our life in any shape, manner or form," said Gov.  Andrew Cuomo, just two hours after the attack took place.
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That's right, New Yorkers.  Listen to your governor.  Don't take any extra precautions in how you live your lives.
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Don't admit that there are evil people in the world who want to kill you, then exhort God's greatness.
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Don't use that ugly word — war – to describe our conflict with radical Islam.
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Don't offend.  And don't defend.  It might upset someone.
      NYC terror attack: Halloween horror would have been much worse without top notch NYPD  (Fox 12/01/2017)
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The Halloween assault in Lower Manhattan was straight out of the ISIS playbook.  ... jihadi leaders have been urging the faithful to turn ordinary cars and trucks into killing machines to "mow down the enemies of Allah."
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... Sayfullo Saipov, 29, a green-card holder from Uzbekistan in Central Asia and resident of Florida, responded to the call.
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... encouraged followers to attack "large outdoor conventions and celebrations, pedestrian-congested streets, outdoor markets, festivals, festivals, parades, [and] political rallies." It even specified the ideal type, weight, and speed of a car needed for terror purposes.
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... numerous eye witnesses said that the man, dressed in dark clothing and carrying a pellet gun and a paint-ball gun, was screaming "Allahu Akhbar" — "God is Great" in Arabic.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pointed out another hallmark of a vehicle assault.  The perp, he said, was one of those "lone wolves" who "meant to cause pain and harm and probably death and the resulting terror."
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But it takes a pack to raise a lone wolf.
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Even if Saipov acted alone, he was part of a growing ideological fraternity numbering in the tens of thousands who now inhabit every region of the globe.
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Those seeking eternal glory have staged similar attacks in at least a dozen other cities — from Nice to Paris to Barcelona to London to Jerusalem.
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Like the attacks in these cities, the Halloween attack in Lower Manhattan was aimed at inflicting maximum carnage.
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There was no shortage of targets.  The streets between West Houston and Chambers were crowded with parents picking up their costumed children prepared for an evening of trick-or-treating.
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Pedestrians and bikers on the Hudson River bike path were stunned and helpless as Saipov careened his weapon through the crowd.
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With the collapse of its self-declared "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq, ISIS is on the run.  So are its adherents.
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But as the extremists disperse, the terrorist threat, paradoxically, increases.
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American and other intelligence agencies have long warned of a likely rise in vehicle and other attacks as the frustrated, furious faithful are forced to reorient their campaign.
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... Islamist terrorists have carried out more than a dozen vehicular assaults since 2014 that have killed more than 170 people.
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Such attacks are ever more likely ... since "unsophisticated tactics such as vehicle-ramming" are hard to prevent and capable of inflicting "mass casualties if successful."
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Saipov might have killed even more people had the NYPD not been the nation's premier counterterrorism force.  NYPD officers showed up in force minutes after the attack began, shooting Saipov before he could kill even more New Yorkers.
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After being heavily, and in many instances unfairly, criticized for allegedly violating civil liberties ... shut down a particularly controversial program that the intelligence unit had run early in its existence — a so-called "demographic unit" that collected information on the location and activities of Muslims suspected of terrorist intentions.
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Another critic was New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who lambasted the NYPD for surveilling New Jersey-based Muslims and asked whether the spying was "borne out of arrogance, or out of paranoia, or out of both."
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The so-called "flash-to-bang" trajectory of lone-wolf radicalization is accelerating.
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An individual intent on mayhem against "soft" targets is the toughest law enforcement terrorist challenge.
      The nuclear blast of Russian collusion  (INN 10/27/2017)
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For a year, the Democrats, aided and abetted by a Hillary Clinton supporting media and a Deep State Establishment which includes Obama hangovers in the new Trump Administration as well as ‘Never Trump' Republicans, have been searching under every rock and stone for evidence of a Trump collusion with the Russians.
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Before leaving office, FBI head, James Comey contrived to appoint his friend, Robert Mueller, to be the Special Counsel to investigate links between the incoming president and the Russians, portrayed as the greatest evil on the face of the planet.
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Now, it seems, the nuclear storm they unleashed of Russian collusion has suddenly changed direction and is blasting the Democrats and the Establishment fully in their own faces.  In a two-pronged attack their demons have turned against them in what Trump calls "the Washington swamp."
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The affair is likely to include the breaking news of a huge multi-million-dollar scandal involving the Obama Administration, the FBI, the Department of Justice under the Obama presidency, Hillary and Bill Clinton and their Clinton Foundation. 
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Under Obama and the Clintons, the United States sold 20% of its vital uranium reserves to America's most evil enemy, Putin in the Kremlin.
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Today, the United States has to import uranium to power its nuclear power plants – from Russia.
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Part of the agreement stated that none of this uranium could leave the United States but there is evidence that much of it has left America for Europe and, almost certainly to Russia.
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Russia also supplies Iran with much of their uranium for their nuclear projects.
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And, in a pay to play quid pro quo, $145 million made its way from the Russian actors in this deal (acting for the Kremlin) into the coffers of the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was acting Secretary of State.
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Her husband, Bill, travelled to Moscow to give a $500,000 speech before having a private chat with Putin himself in his Moscow mansion.
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This, after Obama was recorded on an open mic in 2012 telling Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, "tell Vladimir that after my election I have more flexibility."
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This was the jovial atmosphere that accompanied the Obama Administration's collusion with Russia which is now being revealed to have sold off one of America's most vital strategic and security assets to "the greatest threat to any nation" according to FBI's James Comey...
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... the Democrats unleashed a nuclear storm when they went after Trump on trumped up charges of Russian collusion.
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Now they are about to reap the storm they created.  It is likely to burn and destroy several Establishment figures.
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If this is part of draining the swamp, so be it.
      Gregg Jarrett: The Clinton cover-up, brought to you by the same guys who are investigating Trump  (Fox 10/18/2017)
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Damning new evidence appears to show that Hillary Clinton used her office as Secretary of State to confer benefits to Russia in exchange for millions of dollars in donations to her foundation and cash to her husband. 
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But there's more.  It seems it was all covered up for years by the same three people who are now involved in the investigation of President Donald Trump over so-called Russian "collusion."
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... the FBI gathered a multitude of documents, secret recordings, intercepted emails, financial records, and eyewitnesses accounts showing that Russian nuclear officials directed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and hundreds of thousands of dollars to Bill Clinton during the very time that Hillary Clinton presided over a governing body which unanimously approved the sale of one-fifth of America's uranium supply to Russia.
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The corrupt scheme is said to have been financed by the Russians through bribes, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering.
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The FBI and the Department of Justice reportedly had the evidence in their possession before the uranium sale, but kept the matter secret and never notified Congress which would surely have stopped the transfer of uranium to Russia.
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It is a crime to use a public office to confer a benefit to a foreign government in exchange for money.
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It is often referred to as "pay-to-play," but it can be prosecuted under a variety of anti-corruption laws passed by Congress.
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... prosecutors are required to show a "quid pro quo" or "nexus" between the payments and the benefit provided.  But it appears that the FBI already possesses all the evidence it needs to make a compelling case.
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If Hillary leveraged her public office as Secretary of State for personal enrichment, but also used her charity as a receptacle or conduit for money obtained illegally, that would also constitute racketeering
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Racketeering is the use of a business for a corrupt and illegal enterprise.  ... Frequently, they devise a dual purpose company –one which operates lawfully from the front door, but unlawfully out the back door.
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... more than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state donated money to her foundation.  If Clinton was peddling access, was she also peddling influence?
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But why has there been no prosecution of Clinton?  Why did the FBI and the Department of Justice during the Obama administration keep the evidence secret?  Was it concealed to prevent a scandal that would poison Barack Obama's presidency?  Was Hillary Clinton being protected in her quest to succeed him? 
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The answer may lie with the people who were in charge of the investigation and who knew of its explosive impact.  Who are they?
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Holder, Mueller, Comey & Rosenstein
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Holder was a member of the "Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States" which approved the uranium sale to the Russians in 2010.
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Since the vote was unanimous, it appears Holder knowingly and deliberately countenanced a deal that was based on illegal activities and which gave Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America's uranium assets.
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It gets worse.  Robert Mueller was the FBI Director during the time of the Russian uranium probe, and so was his successor James Comey who took over in 2013 as the FBI was still developing the case.  Rod Rosenstein, then-U.S.  Attorney, was supervising the case.
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There is no indication that any of these men ever told Congress of all the incriminating evidence they had discovered and the connection to Clinton.  The entire matter was kept secret from the American public.
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It may be no coincidence that Mueller (now special counsel) and Rosenstein (now Deputy Attorney General) are the two top people currently investigating whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.
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Mueller reports to Rosenstein, while Comey is a key witness in the case. 
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It is not unreasonable to conclude that Mueller, Rosenstein and Comey may have covered up potential crimes involving Clinton and Russia, but are now determined to find some evidence that Trump "colluded" with Russia. 
      ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ actress and Hollywood conservative: Why the #Resist movement has it completely wrong  (Fox 10/18/2017)
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Since President Trump's election the progressives in the USA have decided that they are "the Resistance." Everywhere we look on social media we see the #Resist banner.
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From the virtue-signaling Hollywood celebrity to every leftist, tenured university professor, they have proudly declared themselves members of "the Resistance" club.
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... over the last fifty years leftist/cultural Marxist groupthink has taken over and infiltrated literally every aspect of society.
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That revolution was, in many ways, already won years ago and yet, they continue to fight on because for the left it won't be enough until every single one of us thinks exactly like them.
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The reality is that the #Resist movement is not the counter culture that they think they are.  They actually represent the status quo, and are supporters of the Establishment itself.
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Today's #Resist movement must be the first resistance in history that actually runs most of the nation and makes up most of the political and cultural Establishment.
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So, let's look at this Establishment that makes up the "Resistance" and see how very powerful and organized they are.
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First and foremost are academia and the education industry.  These are the Indoctrinators: from nursery school teachers, to tenured university professors and most of the administrators.
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They see their jobs more as social justice activism rather than teaching.  This is a "resistance" that has nearly all of academia on their side.  These are the most dangerous, for they are shaping the minds of our children and our future generations. 
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Then, there are The Enforcers: such as all the progressive social media giants like Facebook, You Tube and Twitter who push a leftist agenda and try to stifle conservative ideas and speech. 
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Add to that the high tech conglomerates such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft, the left-leaning CEOs of many huge multinational corporations, billionaires like George Soros, Ted Turner and Richard Branson, and the thousands of NGO's - all of whom spend millions promoting progressive causes.
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Next is the propaganda wing of the "Resistance," which just happens to be around 90 percent of the media entertainment complex, including most news channels, most newspapers, late night comedians, news anchors, ESPN and other sporting franchises and, of course, nearly all of Hollywood and most of its pundits, hangers-on and celebrities. 
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And last but not least, one of the wealthiest, most powerful political parties in the whole Western world: the Democratic Party and all their minions in the American civil service and the Deep State.
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... does it sound more like a vast, controlling, obscenely wealthy progressive network that uses every tactic at its disposal to oppose a democratic election result - from indoctrination and propaganda to the suppression of free speech and the violence practiced by Antifa.
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They say they are fighting "fascism" but then they use fascistic methods to bully, demonize and silence all who disagree with them.
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From Hillary calling Trump voters "deplorables" to the nearly militarized thugs of Antifa calling anyone with a conservative or libertarian viewpoint "Nazis," their aim is to dehumanize their opposition.
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Of course many of those who unthinkingly use the #Resist banner or wear pussy hats on marches or swoon to the rantings of Madonna are tragically ignorant of what they are actually supporting.
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... in fact, they are supporting those politicians and Establishment figures who are behind The Deep State: the powerful, and utterly corrupted part of our government that see themselves as rulers and elites, and not as representatives of the people. 
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The Constitution accepts that everyone is born equal but it's up to the individual whether they better themselves or not.
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Egalitarianism means equality of outcome and cannot freely exist without being forced on us through government mandates.
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For progressives this sounds great — it's the path to the utopian future they so desire (with John Lennon's "Imagine" piped through loud speakers ad nauseum).
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However, BIG government is required in order to enforce this global egalitarianism.  Pure Socialism, Communism and/or Fascism will soon follow.
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This is one of their main goals: make sure the people are helpless to fight against a tyrannical, military dictatorship.
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... to those who believe in leftist groupthink, egalitarianism is more important and noble than liberty.
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The #Resist movement is the antithesis of "resistance." They aren't the resistance, the rebellion or even anti-establishment.
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They are anti-freedom, pro-establishment and part of The Enforcers, right along with The Deep State. 
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I hope the American people can see the #Resist movement for what it actually is and treat its agenda with the derision it deserves, so we can survive this threat to the freedom and liberty of our USA. 
      Trump is not threatening the First Amendment; Americans' ignorance of what it means most definitely is  (Fox 10/16/2017)
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For the second time in as many months, Americans are demonstrating a profound ignorance of the First Amendment to the U.S.  Constitution.
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The president tweeted: "Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked.  Not fair to public!"
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Commentators claimed this threatened freedom of the press.
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"Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the U.S.  nuclear arsenal are absolutely false.  This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible."
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"With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?  Bad for country!"
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But if one takes the time to actually read the tweets and understand the First Amendment, you'll find that claiming President Trump is advocating for government regulation of the press is an absolutely baseless assertion and just another inane overreaction.
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First, let's understand what the First Amendment actually says and what it actually does.
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Contrary to popular belief, our Bill of Rights does not confer rights upon individuals, nor are our rights absolute.
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The Declaration of Independence acknowledges that our individual, unalienable rights are endowed by our Creator, not our government.  The mandate for American government is simply to best preserve and protect our preexisting rights.
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Thus, the First Amendment acts as a redundancy safeguard, or a check, against the specific, limited powers given through our U.S.  Constitution to government to operate in accordance with that mandate.
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In other words, just in case our federal government attempts to overreach its specific, limited powers provided in Articles I through III, the Bill of Rights tells Congress precisely what government cannot do.
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The First Amendment reads in relevant part: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...." It is important to note here that the operative term is "abridging."
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Freedom of the press generally means that the government cannot interfere with the publication and distribution of information and opinions – not that the government may never impose restrictions.
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The law provides relief for defamation, including libel and slander.
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The Supreme Court has routinely upheld defamation laws and afforded civil liability remedies.
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If NBC published a provably false story with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity, President Trump (like any other public official) can file suit.
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This legal remedy doesn't amount to "government regulation" or remotely contravene the First Amendment's protection of freedom of the press.
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The president and Mattis are correct that the media bears responsibility for veracity and truthfulness.
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Is it really too much to require that the media are at least accurately reporting facts, even if their constitutionally protected opinions are clearly biased?
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If the media are allowed to publish with reckless disregard for the truth in reporting facts, at that point we have lost all credibility and the original purpose for the freedom of press. 
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Publish any opinion you want, mainstream media, but at least do your job and verify your facts first.
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See related Fake News (Mike Lester, 11/27/2016) cartoon from Media picture album
      Trump doesn’t owe Obama anything  (NYP 10/14/2017)
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It's nine months into the administration, and there is no rest for the hair-on-fire coverage.
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Whether it's Trump's move to make changes to NAFTA, decertify the Iran deal, eliminate some ObamaCare rules or cut taxes, each is greeted with a collective howl of outrage.
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Every report is a parade of horrors that celebrates critics as truth-telling prophets.
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All the code words about cruelty to the poor and benefits for the rich are trotted out, capped with warnings about race and gender impacts.
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The hyperbolic language is designed to stoke partisan fear and rally the resistance. 
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Stripped of policy fig leaves, the media reaction amounts to, "You can't do that!  That's not how Barack Obama did it!"
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Never mind that unemployment is at a 17-year low and the stock market is at historic highs, or that it's boom times for consumer and business sentiment.
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The economic recovery is going global, but Trump, we are assured, deserves zero credit.
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The knee-jerk anti-Trump coverage shows that the media didn't learn anything from its biased performance during the 2016 campaign.
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It's still shilling for Democrats, with the left's political talking points echoed in headlines, articles and broadcasts.
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The media's abandonment of ­basic fairness adds to the nation's deepening polarization, and makes it difficult for any open-minded citizen to understand the significance of Trump's policy changes.
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That's not to argue that all his changes are self-evident improvements and that none will fail.  And there is no denying that he makes mistakes and contributes to the rancor with personal attacks on critics.
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But policy-wise, he deserves a fair assessment of his actions.  Instead, he gets automatic denunciation, as if anything he does is either stupid or corrupt.
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Take, for instance, the two most important moves Trump made last week — changes to ObamaCare rules and decertifying the nuke deal with Iran.
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It just so happens that those two items are the signature achievements of the former president.  It is also a fact that both were sold on backs of lies to the American people, and that both are falling far short of their promised objectives.
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Changes are not only welcome, they are necessary.  Yet from most of the coverage, you get the idea that Trump is messing with per­fection.
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But still Trump is the bad guy, even though he campaigned on a promise to repeal ObamaCare.  Congress has failed, so Trump is doing exactly what Obama did on so many occasions — using executive orders.
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Then there's the Iran pact.  Obama committed the US to a deal that was deeply flawed, both in content and scope.
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In addition to paving a way for the mullahs to get nukes, it completely ignored the fact that Iran is the largest state sponsor of terrorism and, rather than curb the aggression, the deal has emboldened Iran.
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As Trump said Friday, "We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more ­violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran's nuclear breakthrough."
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His willingness to work with Congress and our allies to improve the terms are a compromise that stops short of withdrawal.
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That is a responsible move to bolster security for ourselves and our allies, yet Trump is reflexively denounced as reckless.
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What's truly reckless is the continuing bias of the media.
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They campaigned to defeat Trump last year, and now campaign to defeat his every action as president.
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See related Gets Me Where I Want (Michael Ramirez, 02/25/2017) cartoon from USA picture album
      Eagle Scout: RIP Boy Scouts of America.  You were great for 100 years  (Fox 10/12/2017)
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The Boy Scouts of America stood for over a century on its strong foundation of Judeo-Christian values, growing boys into young men, and young men into leaders.
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As soon as the BSA changed the definition of the phrase "morally straight" in the generations-old Scout Oath back in 2013, allowing for homosexual membership, we all knew that this first compromise would not be the last.
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We all knew that it was only a matter of time before the BSA compromised itself into oblivion.
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The Boy Scouts has always been exclusively for boys.  As Ben Shapiro famously noted, it's in the name.
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There are plenty of organizations out there for all different varieties of youth.
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The Boy Scouts even have several co-ed programs for both boys and girls. 
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The girls already have the Girl Scouts.  If the Girl Scouts isn't working, why not work to fix that organization instead?
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There is absolutely no need for the Boy Scouts to change who they are to be "inclusive."
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The BSA has now effectively rendered obsolete both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts.
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More incredibly, I have to wonder why any parent would want their young teenage girls camping in the woods with young teenage boys?  Who exactly is okay with this?
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It is important for boys and young men to grow together free from the distraction of girls.
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I suspect the Almighty Dollar now motivates BSA more than the Almighty.
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Suddenly membership eligibility is now opened to a whole new demographic.  Draw your own conclusions there.
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This is what the Left does best: target and destroy everything good in America.
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They cannot compete with us on ideas, so they have to eliminate everything that makes us who we are.
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If they were truly motivated to provide girls, homosexuals, and "transgenders," with the same experiences Boy Scouts provides, then they would form their own youth organization.
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But it isn't really about that, is it?
      Former Navy SEAL and FBI Special Agent: Terror tactics are advancing faster than police tactics  (Fox 10/11/2017)
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... the tragic outcomes of most large domestic attacks that have occurred in the U.S.  could have been mitigated using military defensive tactics in and around special events and populated areas.
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Why aren't there counter snipers on the roofs of buildings around Las Vegas when large open-air events occur?
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Why were unchecked backpacks and duffle bags allowed in and around the most populated area of the Boston Marathon in 2013?
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Why do stadiums and arenas funnel tens of thousands of people through the same few exits at the end of every event?
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Why are civilians and law enforcement officials always caught off guard when an attack happens as if it were the first time evil has visited our nation? 
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Police departments should shift to training the total officer capable of engaging an enemy as effective as the military would in a warzone.
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Patrol officers should be outfitted and armed with long guns and body armor and trained in tactics that mimic the effective direct action techniques used by military Special Forces.
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... in order for our citizenry to remain safe and alive on a daily basis as well as at special events, it is imperative that changes occur in awareness and in the way people forward think their personal defensive tactics and response procedures.
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The bottom line is that we are involved in a war that has never been encountered in modern recorded history.
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It is a war that involves growing numbers of the mentally ill and people that have been brainwashed by extreme ideologies.
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Combine those warfronts with the plague of learned helplessness sweeping our citizenry and you can start to get a picture of how real this new type of war actually is and how violent it has become.
      As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise  (Fox 09/25/2017)
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For more than 15 years, security and intelligence officials — including former CIA Director James Woolsey — have been raising the alarm bells about the vulnerability of the U.S.  power grid to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
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Only now as tensions with North Korea quickly escalate — with the rogue nation refusing to back down from its nuclear testing and threats of such an onslaught — is the matter really generating attention.
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"We recognize that an EMP event would have extremely dire consequences for the entire country, but where the challenge comes is in attempting to quantify those impacts."
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Earlier this month, state news agencies in the Kim Jong Un-dictated country explicitly cautioned that it could hit the U.S.  with an EMP offensive.
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A hydrogen bomb detonated at a high altitude would create an EMP that potentially could abolish prominent parts of the electrical grid.
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The higher the bomb's detonation, the wider the scope of destruction. 
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... up to 90 percent of Americans could die within a year of such an attack.  All the functions communities rely upon — hospitals, water, waste, transport, telecommunications, air control, medical care — could potentially be decimated for not days or weeks, but months or years.
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"The military doesn't think it is their job to make the grid resilient, even though 99 percent of their missions in continental United States rely on the civilian grid.  The utilities don't think it is their job because it is a national security problem.  Besides, they don't want to come up with the money, face more regulatory burdens or fool with making over parts of the grid with uncertain technical consequences."
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... financing grid security — given that it doesn't fall under the responsibility of one particular office — could have been done through slight rate increases, but efforts are typically bound by red tape.
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"If utilities want to increase their customer rates by one cent a kilowatt hour to help invest in a new effort for counter-terrorism or EMP they have to go to a public utility commission and convince them that these rate increases are beneficial and meet certain cost/benefit conditions."
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... any effort to harden the U.S.  power grid ... have fallen short at the public utilities level because of "more pressing threats like physical attack security and cybersecurity."
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"In the end, this process has left the U.S.  with antiquated and vulnerable infrastructure."
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"There is no unified or specified commander charged with specifically marshalling America's resources from the government and private sector into an active defense of the power grid.  There are civil services and regulatory bodies mostly focused on energy as utilities but nothing looks like an energy version of a military defense command."
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"If something happens in two weeks, we wouldn't be able to close all the gaps of vulnerability.  But having looked at this issue for a number of years, we are taking appropriate action given our set of responsibilities and authorities."
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... beyond the North Korea threat, ... Iran, Russia and China too have assimilated EMP attack into their military creeds, posing a significant peril to the United States.
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"The very existence of the nation is at stake.  We are facing explicit threats to use EMP against us from the North Koreans — and there is a lot of capability to execute such an attack in the hands of other enemies."
      Trump has every right to free speech, but his timing is off  (NYP 09/23/2017)
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Koch's response was that he didn't lose his First Amendment rights when he became mayor.
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He was right, just as Donald Trump retains his free speech rights even though he lives in the White House.
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Naturally, the president is being called "divisive" for his attack on the relative handful of NFL players who kneel rather than stand for the National Anthem.
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Commissioner Roger Goodell demanded "respect" for the league and some athletes whose politics lean left are piling on.
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They all have free speech rights, too, but Goodell's demand for respect is odd in the current context.  Respect is a two-way street.*
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Players who bring their politics to work ought to find another outlet or another job, and their employers should have the guts to demand compliance with certain norms of conduct.
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Fans also have the right to vote with their feet.
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"No one goes to a ball game to watch someone blessed with athletic talent protest by insulting the views of millions of Americans who honor and love this country and its flag.  If you don't want to honor our flag and our country, stay in the locker room till the game starts."
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In the midst of a nuclear showdown with North Korea, Iran's continuing threats, severe hurricane damage in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and a stalled GOP agenda in congress, Trump's plate already is more than filled.
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It's not clear to me how pushing a hot button in the culture wars helps him win in any of those far more critical arenas.
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Then again, as Koch often proved, distraction can be the best political strategy.  In that case, we should be grateful that Trump is giving the country something to argue about that isn't a matter of life and death.
      The Language of Losing  (JWR 09/18/2017)
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It's a truth all but entirely unacknowledged by anyone who matters in the western world.
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In any war, you have to be able to prioritize: You can't win everything, so where would you rather win?  Raqqa or Rotterdam?  Kandahar or Cannes?
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Yet, whenever some guy goes Allahu Akbar on the streets of a western city, the telly pundits generally fall into one of two groups: The left say it's no big deal, and the right say this is why we need more boots on the ground in Syria or Afghanistan.
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This year on 9/11 President Trump said he was committed to ensuring that terrorists "never again have a safe haven to launch attacks against our country".
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... the reason the west's enemies are able to pile up a continuous corpse count in Paris, Nice, Berlin, Brussels, London, Manchester, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Orlando, San Bernadino, Ottawa, Sydney, Barcelona, [Your Town Here] is because they have "safe havens" in France, Germany, Britain, Scandinavia, North America, etc.
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Which "safe havens" are likely to prove more consequential for the developed world in the years ahead?
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... after 16 years of accelerating Islamic immigration, Europe has more no-go zones, more sharia courts, more refugees, more covered women, more Muslim-dominated schoolhouses, more radical mosques, more female genital mutilation, more grooming and gang rape, more Muslim Brotherhood front groups, more Muslim mayors and legislators, more Muslim-funded Middle East Studies programs at universities
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In Afghanistan, we're fighting for something not worth winning, and we're losing.  In Europe, Islam is fighting for something very much worth winning, and they're advancing.
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... the President forbore to mention Islam at all: Instead, we were attacked by "horrible, horrible enemies" and "enemies like we've never seen before".
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Well, we've seen a lot of them since, and they appear to have certain things in common - things that this President was once not shy about mentioning.
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Yet, insofar as Islam got a look in from officialdom, it was a passing reference in the speech of Defense Secretary "Mad Dog" Mattis: "Maniacs disguised in false religious garb thought by hurting us they could scare us that day."
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"False religious garb" means we're back to the standard Euro-squish line that all this Allahu Akbar I'm-ready-for-my-virgins stuff is a "perversion" of the real Islam, which is a peaceful faith practiced by millions of people...
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Stop me if you've heard this before, but these "maniacs" are hijacking this "religious garb" in order to peddle a "false" vision of Islam.
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Foaming-canine-wise, Mad Dog sounds about as mad as, say, Theresa May.
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I take it that, even in today's politically correct military, you can't earn the epithet "Mad Dog" simply by handing out diversity awards to the Transgender Outreach Liaison Officer of the Month, and General Mattis served honorably and impressively in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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But, when it comes to strategic clarity, that may be the problem.
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In Iraq, everyone's Muslim - mainly because all the Christians got chased out on America's watch.
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So it's both reasonable and necessary to distinguish between Muslims — between the ones who want to kill you no matter what, and the ones who might be more flexible on that point.
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General Mattis' line about "maniacs disguised in false religious garb" might be politic or even sincere when advanced in Tikrit or Basra, but delivered at the Pentagon it's the most feeble dissembling 16 years into an existential struggle.
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And its deployment on 9/11 itself — on the home front, on sacred ground where blood was spilled — is not a small thing.
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It underlines that, in a profound sense, the dreary endless unwon wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere are not just a peripheral distraction from the real, central front, but an obstacle that prevents even the shrewdest and bravest of men from framing the struggle correctly.
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Meanwhile, there's a cold war - the remorseless incremental Islamization of the heart of Christendom.
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... we were more clear-sighted with the Soviets: We understood that Afghanistan was peripheral, and that what mattered was preventing our enemies from hollowing out the free world.
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Today, the men running this new war think Afghanistan is the be-all and end-all, and that the hollowing out of the free world by the west's enemies is not merely irrelevant but in fact evidence of our moral virtue.
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And incidentally the continuous protestations that hardcore incendiary extremist Islam is an unfortunate aberration would be more persuasive if western politicians ever paid the slightest attention to genuinely moderate voices within Islam.
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But they don't. They either ignore or consciously marginalize them. Case in point — Yahya Cholil Staquf:
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"Western politicians should stop telling us that fundamentalism and violence have nothing to do with traditional Islam.  That is simply wrong...  The approach you describe won't work.  If you refuse to acknowledge the existence of a problem, you can't begin to solve it."
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He's right.  Which is why, 16 years on, we haven't begun to solve it.
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Maybe in lieu of this year's speakers they could book Mr Staquf for next year's Pentagon ceremony.  Or would that be Islamophobic?
      Why Democrats are scared to death of voter fraud investigations  (Fox 09/14/2017)
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For anyone who dismisses concerns about voter fraud, the unhinged reaction by the left at investigating it should, at the very least, make a logical person wonder what they're so concerned about.
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After all, if you believe the issue is false, or at the most an irrelevant factor in end results, you should welcome confirmation of that fact.
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Unless, of course, one fears the actual outcome may prove how voter fraud impacts local and state races to the point of shifting the balance of power in Washington, D.C.
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... evealed that out-of-state voters may have changed not only the outcome of the New Hampshire U.S.  Senate race, but also could have impacted who won the state's presidential contest.
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Liberals usually claim if there is fraud, it's so small and isolated that it doesn't impact end results.  The margins in New Hampshire prove the falsity of that argument.
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... a cacophony of liberal whiners and harpies demanded a dismantling of the commission itself.
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Because, you know, it's just so much easier to burn down something with which you disagree. 
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The ACLU's farcical headline serves as a good example of how panicked the left really is: "Kris Kobach Pushes Voter Fraud Lies While Meeting With Fellow Suppression Activists."
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"For a problem that critics say doesn't exist, Americans seem to have a lot of stories of voter fraud or the potential for it.  They are sharing those stories with President Trump's voter integrity commission as it wades into one of the administration's thorniest fights."
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"Democrats have vowed to use the legislative process to try to derail the commission..."
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Senate Minority Leader Charles E.  Schumer of New York compared the commission to the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, and said he would try to eliminate the panel as part of a must-pass bill."
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Why so afraid, Chuck?
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The issue of voter fraud must be addressed so every voter can be sure that their right as a citizen is not being erased by a fraudulent vote.
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Last year, this newspaper reported on a variety of fraudulent situations demanding reviews, including dead people voting in Colorado, illegals voting in Virginia, some Pennsylvania citizens voting twice, underage voters voting in the Wisconsin primary, and vote rigging in Texas.
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"[A] Heritage Foundation database tracking documented voter fraud now contains 492 cases and 773 criminal convictions, with untold other cases unreported and unprosecuted."
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"Across the country, as Heritage's database shows, voter-fraud convictions include everything from impersonation fraud and false registrations to ineligible voting by felons and noncitizens.  American voter fraud continues apace, and the United States remains one of the only democracies in the world without a uniform requirement for voter identification."
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Democrats and their allies are afraid of something — an end to a scheme that they have relied on for far too long.
      Trump, in DACA decision, restores constitutional sanity to immigration laws  (Fox 09/05/2017)
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By executive fiat, President Obama granted amnesty to immigrants living illegally in the United States. 
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Obama had previously admitted he had no authority to end deportations of illegal aliens when he said, "The notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true."_
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Then he went about doing it anyway, conjuring a new breadth of hypocrisy.
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President Trump, is now taking the first step toward restoring sanity to the rule of law as it applies to the Constitution and immigration.
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... Trump is returning legislative authority to the legislature.  He is reinstating the separation of powers that are fundamental to our democracy.
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Under the Constitution, congress is vested with writing laws and the president is charged with executing those laws.
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At the end of the 19th century, the U.S.  Supreme Court declared that congress has "plenary power" (meaning full and complete) to regulate immigration.
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"Over no conceivable subject is the legislative power of Congress more complete."
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Nevertheless, Obama decided to usurp this power by unilateral directive, unconstrained by established checks and balances.
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... Obama bestowed a wholesale, blanket amnesty for an entire class of people.  He did so not for the reasons allowed by law, but for purposes that were purely political.
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Obama insisted he was forced to act because "congress failed to act." It was an appealing political argument, but utterly untrue.
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If a president can refuse to enforce a valid federal law, are there any limits to his powers?  What is to stop a president from rewriting other laws with which he disagrees?  Or to act where congress has declined or refused to act?
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Only congress is empowered to alter immigration laws that affect those who are here in the U.S.  illegally.
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It can either pass a new law or decline to do so.  A determination not to act is, by itself, a deliberate act.
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Congress considers and debates a great many bills.  Not all of them pass.  This is not a "failure" in a conventional sense, but a decision by declination.
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Obama twisted the law, ignored the Constitution, and abdicated his primary responsibility as chief executive.
      An open letter to Antifa  (Fox 09/01/2017)
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You've had quite a run spreading violence across our nation in the past few months.  And while you claim your name means you're anti-fascist, you've shown by your actions that you're really anti-American and anti-freedom.
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You've assaulted hundreds of President Trump's supporters at rallies.  You've vandalized property in the nation's capital after the Trump inauguration.
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And you've gone on an arson rampage because you were upset that former Breitbart News Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos was supposed to speak at the University of California, Berkeley. 
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In Charlottesville, you arrived on the scene with clubs and shields, prepared to commit violence.  Instead, your sick plans were superseded by the monstrous behavior of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other right-wing extremists as lunatic as you are.
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Last Sunday, near your operational headquarters in Berkeley, you proved again that you are a nest of Marxist vipers.
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You went on yet another violent rampage, attacking innocent conservative men and women who were holding a peaceful rally. 
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If there's anything you Antifa members hate it's free speech, the Bill of Rights and the United States of America.
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In this, you have a lot in common with the fascists you denounce, as well as communist tyrants.
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You so-called anti-fascists are really nothing more than communists yourselves, aren't you?
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No doubt you believe that you're on a roll and that through further assaults and intimidation you'll be able to change the political climate and remake our nation into Soviet American Union.
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You've had a field day picking on college millennials and unarmed reporters.  You've cold-cocked Trump supporters with rocks and attacked conservative women with pepper spray.
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And all the while, local police were forced to look on helplessly, under orders from liberal mayors who support "the resistance."
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You haven't actually met the real resistance yet, but with your determination for violence and bloodshed you probably will.
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The real resistance consists of millions of veterans, patriots and hard-working Americans who are sick and tired of Antifa violence and suppression of free speech.
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... you'd be wise to heed the words of the Bible and Matthew: ‘Those who live by the sword die by the sword."
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Despite your name, we know you are outlaws who embrace violence and hatred of America in the same way as the communists, the Nazis, Al Qaeda and ISIS.
      Why should anyone condemn white nationalists if the left won't condemn Antifa?  (Fox 08/29/2017)
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Both the white nationalists and Antifa are moral degenerates who use political violence to advance their agenda.
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Antifa and the white nationalists are, in fact, kissing cousins, just as the Nazis and communists were.
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But the white nationalists and Antifa are pretty much the same, working at opposite ends of the political spectrum.
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One has a swastika.  The other has a hammer and sickle.  Both are symbols of repressive, murderous regimes.
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The only significant difference is that members of the media and much of the political left give Antifa the veneer of moral crusade that no one gives the white nationalists.
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Time and time again, Antifa is violent and thuggish.  They claim anyone they attack deserves it, just like the white nationalists claim minorities deserve it.
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... as we are seeing in Berkeley and elsewhere, the excuse of "punching Nazis" has become justification to punch anyone who is not with Antifa.
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The truth is that if the left does not do a better job of vocally condemning Antifa, there really well be less people on the right willing to condemn the white nationalists.
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And both will, as a result, have breathing room to grow when both should be stamped out.
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Polite society needs to shut them both down and the left needs to drop their claims of moral justification for Antifa's actions.
      Dinesh D'Souza: Democrats' big lies about white supremacy  (Fox 08/22/2017)
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The tragic events in Charlottesville seemed almost too good to be true from the point of view of the mainstream media and the political left.
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On the one side were the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen who seemed to be for Trump; on the other were the valiant leftists fighting against racism, Nazism and white supremacy. 
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The narrative confirms leftists in thier belief that Trump is the embodiment of fascism and white supremacy, and that racism and Nazism are on the right.
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... I am struck by the anomaly that the whole controversy erupted over the campaign to take down a monument to Robert E.  Lee. 
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Although Lee inherited a few slaves on his wife's side, he condemned slavery as a moral and political evil and looked forward to its end.  Lee also opposed secession.
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So how can a man opposed to slavery and secession become, for the left, a symbol of slavery and secession?
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... in heaping opprobrium on Lee, the left was advancing one of its big lies.  This is the lie that the South is to blame for slavery.  In this view the slavery debate was entirely a North-South debate.
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But in reality it was not so.  Certainly the secession debate of 1860-61 was between the North and the South.
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The slavery debate, however, which lasted from the 1820s through 1860, was between the anti-slavery Republican Party and the pro-slavery Democratic Party. 
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Part of the Democrats' big lie is to shift the blame for slavery from themselves to the South.  This licenses leftist intimidation, vandalism and even violence in the name of fighting Southern bigotry.
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But let's remember that most Southerners did not own slaves.  Most Confederate soldiers did not own slaves.
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Let's also recall that the Northern Democrats led by Stephen Douglas supported slavery with the same resourcefulness and determination as the Southern Democrats.
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The Democratic Party, after all, invented white nationalism and used it for almost a century to maintain their political supremacy in the South.
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Today the Democrats affirm every type of ethnic nationalism — black nationalism, Latino nationalism, Asian nationalism — except white nationalism.
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So whites can't show up to the multicultural picnic, because all these other nationalisms are mobilized against white nationalism.
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... Trump supports not white nationalism but American nationalism.  Trump's American nationalism, however, at least includes all Americans.
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In the end, we shouldn't worry too much about a bunch of rag-tag white nationalists and Klansmen who have very little power in America today.
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Skinheads, Klansmen and neo-Nazis don't control corporations or cultural institutions and so their influence is severely limited.
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The most dangerous fascism doesn't come from these losers.
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It comes from those who have the power to shut down free speech on campus.
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It comes from the studio bosses who destroy the careers of those who don't succumb to their political orthodoxy. 
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It comes from deans who manage billion-dollar endowments who can ruin the academic future of dissenters and make them into pariahs. 
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It also comes from journalists who use their power of expose and humiliate, to browbeat people into submission to political correctness and an ideological agenda.
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And politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton who use the power of the state — the FBI, the Justice Department, the IRS — against their political adversaries. 
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This fascism of the institutions is far more dangerous than the fascism of the street, and this type of fascism comes entirely from the political left.
      Todd Starnes: Mitt Romney fears nation will fall apart unless Trump apologizes  (Fox 08/21/2017)
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These days the only collusion happening in Washington, D.C.  is between the mainstream media, Democrats and ‘Never Trump' Republicans – all hell-bent on destroying the Trump administration.
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And it appears the leader of the rampaging mob is none other than Mitt Romney, the failed Republican presidential candidate. 
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"The president must take remedial action in the extreme.  He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize.  State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100 percent to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville."
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Let's be clear – President Trump condemned the violence on both sides in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He also repudiated and denounced by name the white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan.
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Let's be clear again – Romney appears to be furious because the president dared to condemn all the violence in Charlottesville — he dared to condemn the far left thugs who smacked around news reporters and tried to burn people with a flame thrower.
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Romney also seems outraged because President Trump dared to stand up to the cultural jihadists – hell-bent on turning American history into a steaming pile of politically correct rubble.
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Where was Romney when police were attacked with rocks and bottles and urine in Boston over the weekend?
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Where was Romney when an elderly woman was attacked and dragged through a park while she clung to an American flag?
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Where was Romney when Antifa caused mayhem in the state he once governed?
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In truth, the fury among Republicans and Democrats has nothing to do with white supremacists or Antifa or tearing down Confederate monuments.
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This is about silencing Donald Trump – and his supporters – the gun-toting, Bible-clinging, deplorables.
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Now, they are trying to convince the nation that President Trump and his supporters are a bunch of redneck, white nationalist, racist deplorables.
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You love America?  You're a racist.
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You stand for the national anthem?  Racist.
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You go to church on Sunday?  You're a homophobic racist.
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You want to secure the border?  You're a xenophobic racist.
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You want to make America great again?  You're a homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, cross-burning racist.
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They hate you, ladies and gentlemen.  They hate what you stand for.
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Romney wrote that unless the president renounces racism with "unprecedented candor and strength there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric."
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With all due respect, Romney should be much be more fearful of the great unraveling that would come if Trump is forced from office.
      Pres.  Trump, in his classically inartful way, was absolutely right  (INN 08/19/2017)
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I just did something fascinating.  I just watched the President's entire 14-minute impromptu news conference at Trump Tower on Monday that sparked all the latest barrage of anti-Trump screeds...
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Not the reportage about the conference, but the entire 14 minutes unedited, uninterrupted.
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I found myself agreeing with his every word.
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I did not find his tone or demeanor "unpresidential" in the least.  He sharply and explicitly condemned the Nazis and White Supremacists unequivocally.
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He also condemned the extreme leftists who premeditatedly came armed with weapons to smash up a demonstration that, rightly or wrongly, had been granted a legal permit.
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... but the demonstration had a permit.  Meanwhile, the Antifa Alt-Left thugs came with flame-throwers, bats, and shields, and they came to fight.
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All the while, the police did nothing for much too long.  Chaos and violence ensued.
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The media get exercised when President Trump does not parrot their scripts, but they never minded that Barack Obama would not call out leftist rioters and violent leftist organizations by name.
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As inner cities would burn, with innocents watching their life savings go aflame as mobs burned down their inner-city stores in cities from Baltimore to Ferguson, the Obama Administration avoided planting blame or naming hate groups.
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When a Jihadist murdered Americans serving our nation faithfully at Fort Hood, Obama attributed the murders to "workplace violence."
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Obama never could articulate the term "Radical Islamist terrorist."
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When Rep.  Gabrielle Giffords was shot by her own former supporter, a mentally ill clinger who had backed the Democrat, the media blamed the violence on Republicans like Sarah Palin.
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When Rep.  Steve Scalise was shot, and others were wounded, by a Bernie Sanders supporter who had set out to kill Republicans, the media avoided pinning blame on a left ideology and overheated rhetoric of leftist hate.
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But when the President of the United States rightly excoriated law-breakers and thugs on all sides of a street conflagration, he came in for a torrent of media abuse, forcing even level-headed bystanders to take cover.
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I came to learn, first-hand, that there are many fine, high quality, decent people in the South who truly recoil from the haters on the Right, who truly despise the bigots of today and are ashamed of the bigotry of the past, but who sincerely honor the memories of fallen war heroes of the South.
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They peacefully protest removing statues of Confederacy heroes like Robert E.  Lee and Stonewall Jackson because they see them as having been true military heroes and patriots who gave their everything to protect Virginia in particular, and the South in general, from being overrun by invading armies that threatened critical aspects of their way of agrarian life.
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Consider, as one example, the devastation and horror that General Sherman and his army wreaked upon the South, burning and looting Atlanta and other Southern cities along their march.
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Lee and Jackson were not politicians, they were men who felt duty-bound to serve their patrimony.
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I have seen the aesthetic beauty and passion that went into sculpting those monuments, and I have read the inscriptions that breathe not a word about slavery nor the social injustices of the Confederacy but of brave young boys, who never owned a slave – the vast majority of Southerners never owned slaves – but who gave their lives for their communities, for their honor, in some cases even for their women.
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I do believe, as President Trump tried to say in his way, that many of those at the demonstrations indeed were decent people motivated solely by wanting peacefully to preserve the heroes of their history, oblivious to the ramifications – that, sadly, their history includes much that is shameful, even if Lee solely was motivated by a soldier's rules of honor and service, as taught at West Point; even if Jackson was motivated solely by that same code of a soldier's honor and service, amplified by a religious believer's sense that he had a duty to country.
      Since when is being less bad than the Klan a major moral accomplishment?  (National Review, 08/18/2017)
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The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin.  He also killed millions of his own people and terrorized, oppressed, enslaved, or brutalized tens of millions more.
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The fact that he killed Nazis during the Second World War (out of self-preservation, not principle) doesn't dilute his evil one bit.
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Part of the problem is psychological.  There's a natural tendency to think that when people, or movements, hate each other, it must be because they're opposites.
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This assumption overlooks the fact that many — indeed, most — of the great conflicts and hatreds in human history are derived from what Sigmund Freud called the "narcissism of minor differences."
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Most tribal hatreds are between very similar groups.
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The European wars of religion were between peoples who often shared the same language and culture but differed on the correct way to practice the Christian faith.
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The Sunni–Shia split in the Muslim world is the source of great animosity between very similar peoples.
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The young Communists and fascists fighting for power in the streets of 1920s Germany had far more in common with each other than they had with decent liberals or conservatives.
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That's always true of violent radicals and would-be totalitarians.
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... alliances of convenience with social democrats and other progressives were a great propaganda victory for Communists around the world because they bolstered the myth that Communists were just members of the Left coalition in the fight against Hitler, bigotry, fascism, etc.
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This obscured the fact that whenever the Communists had a chance to seize power, they did so.  And often, the first people they killed, jailed, or exiled were their former allies.
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One of the only nice things about the alt-right is that its leaders are honest about the fact that they want nothing to do with traditional American conservatism.  Like the original Nazis, they seek to replace the traditional Right with their racial hogwash.
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The antifa crowd has a very similar agenda with regard to traditional American liberalism.  These goons and thugs oppose free speech, celebrate violence, despise dissent, and have little use for anything else in the American political tradition.
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In these tribal times, the impulse to support anyone who shares your enemies is powerful.  But it is a morally stunted reflex.
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This is America.  You're free to denounce totalitarians wherever you find them — even if they might hate the right people.
      First they came for our statues…  (INN 08/17/2017)
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Altogether three times, so far, Trump has been perfectly clear about his disdain for white supremacists but none of it counts for one reason.
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Because he is Donald Trump and they hate him and they hear him only from the filter of their own misconceptions, misinterpretations and prejudices. 
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Behind their high-minded moralizing lurks their animosity for one man, Trump.
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He asked if founders George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are next to be toppled from our heritage and erased from our memories.
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... and they, the vandals, sure enough call themselves Social Justice Warriors. 
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More to the point, they are brutes, the Radicalized Left's Foot Soldiers and Remembrance of Things Past is not for them, that is, if it does not conform to their Progressive ideology.
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We don't get to pull ourselves from our roots as if the good, the bad and the ugly never happened.
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Once we do that, we've handed ourselves over to the mobs who want the past, present and future only to themselves.
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They – the Progressive vandals – they come with lofty words to commit the basest acts.
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They had their pretext in Virginia, but nearly every college campus is now owned and operated by the Violent Left.
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Why is Trump wrong to call them out?
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To the well-fed well-paid (Soros) mobs of the Left, the game is fair so long as diversity is THEIR diversity and only when free speech is THEIR free speech, not yours or mine.
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That's because he won't give them the satisfaction of blaming ONLY those despicable white supremacists. 
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He knows the Left, equally despicable and often brutish and barbaric.  They don't want to hear this.
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So what's next from the Index of Forbidden Works that doomed millions from the Spanish Inquisition?  Book burning?  Mob Rule?
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Trump is right.  Where does it end?
      Charlottesville never had to happen — How craven local politicians led our nation into tragedy  (Fox 08/17/2017)
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Charlottesville is a story of liberal hubris and political opportunism and the lives they cost.  It is a tragedy that never had to happen.
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This spring Charlottesville's ultra-liberal city council voted to remove an equestrian statue of General Robert E.  Lee that's been standing in a park in downtown Charlottesville since 1924, and to change the park's name from Lee Park to Emancipation Park. 
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Charlottesville is, and has been, a liberal enclave for a long time; in twelve of the fourteen years we have lived there the Lee statue, or the Stonewall Jackson statue nearby, never raised a progressive eyebrow.
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But after leftwing groups like Black Lives Matter began targeting Confederate Civil War monuments for vandalism and destruction in the aftermath of Ferguson, our city council decided it could score some points with BLM types by having the statue removed — and possibly avoid a violent confrontation with those same leftwing extremist groups.
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Statues of dead Confederate war heroes is an issue on which we can disagree.
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My great-great grandfather fought for the Union in the Civil War, and was severely wounded at the battle of Stones River.
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But I am sure neither he nor anyone in his Wisconsin regiment would have wanted that statue removed or the name changed 150 years later; any more than Ulysses S.  Grant or Lincoln – who spoke of the need for "charity to all and malice towards none" and "to bind the nation's wounds" in the aftermath of America's bloodiest conflict – would have wanted it.
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It was exactly those wounds our city council decided to reopen.
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Certainly if Mayor Mark Signer and other council members thought they could avoid future trouble this way, they were wildly wrong.
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Instead what they did was to create a cause for every crackpot Neo-Nazi and KKK group looking for some free publicity to rally around, and an opportunity for every crackpot leftist group on Saturday, to get into the action.
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... state police then did nothing as the Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and assorted neo-Communist extremists began arriving that morning in their own riot gear, including helmets and shields, and began flailing away at the neo-Nazi extremists who responded in kind.
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It's still not clear who ordered the police to "stand down;" perhaps no one did.
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Perhaps they simply did not want to appear on YouTube or the nightly news beating up a demonstrator, whether black or white, Brown or Red.
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They only finally moved in when Governor McAuliffe declared "a state of emergency," and only after a car driven by a white supremacist killed a young woman, Heather Heyer, after plowing into the crowd of rioters — rioters who should never been allowed to have contact with each other, let alone allowed to battle it out in the streets of Charlottesville.
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Meanwhile, two state troopers were dead after their helicopter crashed.
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At the end of the day they were two men simply doing their duty in a futile mission set by a do-nothing governor whose attention was focused on getting applause from the media, just like our mayor and city council — and just like the commentators afterwards who have worked hard to turn these deaths into an indictment of Donald Trump.
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A governor with any sense of honor and integrity would resign after a debacle like this; so would a mayor.  But of course McAuliffe and Signer won't.
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They are symptoms, not causes, of an American political culture that has become deeply sick.
      The Problem with Ethics  (JWR 08/16/2017)
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After eight years of an administration too feckless to acknowledge radical Islam as the leading force behind global terrorism and so vapid as to dismiss the Fort Hood massacre as "workplace violence," we have a right to expect the new regime to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis for what they are.
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The sad reality is that we have to let bigots and racists hold rallies like the one last weekend in Charlottesville. 
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The very term "hate-crime" is symptomatic of the ethical confusion of our times.  With left and right more polarized than ever, each side brands the other side as evil and thereby legitimizes its own hateful rhetoric.
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The result is that we criminalize the motives of people we don't like and excuse the actions of people we do.  And that just leads us deeper into the quagmire of moral anarchy.
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... ignorance, loutishness, and racism are not illegal, nor should they be.  If we want to live with freedom, we have to tolerate those who wield their freedom irresponsibly, if not criminally.
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And when they do cross the line into criminality, we should let the law work the way it was meant to work.
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What sparked this ugly episode was the removal of a statue of Robert E.  Lee, a southern hero revered in his time for his honor and nobility.
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Should we ignore General Lee's support of slavery because of his other virtues?  Or should we discount his virtues because he fought for slavery?
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No and no.  People are complicated, and often contradictory.  That's why attributing motive is both tricky and risky.
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It's easy for us in our age of equality to condemn man's oppression of man, as we should.
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But it's also unjust to demand the same level of moral clarity from those who lived in different times with different values.
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Indeed, when the values of future generations undergo another sea-change – as they will – who will defend us for our beliefs and actions before the indictment of our grandchildren?
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What are ethics but the slippery discipline of gleaning the spirit of the law from within the letter of the law?
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Even more slippery is the awareness that the morality of Man is subject to human bias and shifting cultural values.
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We dare not excuse every historical movement merely because it seemed right in its time; but neither should we condemn all those who lacked the moral clarity of our own times.
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So how do we navigate these treacherous moral waters?  We look to our leaders, who have the responsibility to help us set our collective moral compass as much as they have the obligation to steer the ship of state.
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King Solomon says, A magic rests on the lips of the king; let his mouth not betray him in judgment.
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You've got the helm, Mr.  Trump.  Be very careful what you do with it.
      Dinesh D'Souza: White Nationalists Belong With Dems But Are Politically Homeless  (Fox 08/14/2017)
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"Who invented white nationalism?  The Democrats.  And black nationalism?  Ditto.  So don't try & blame this on the GOP."
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"The way that the progressive Democrats have constructed their sort of multi-cultural totem pole, they encourage every form of ethnic nationalism except white nationalism."
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"...  white nationalists really belong in the Democratic party but instead are "in a sense politically homeless because if they show up at the multi-cultural picnic they're Satan."
      The Google Gulag  (INN 08/12/2017)
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Let me Google that for you. 
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James Damore is FIDE chess master who studied at Princeton, MIT and Harvard.  He had been working as a software engineer at Google for four years.
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Danielle Brown is the new Vice President of Diversity at Google.  She has an MBA from the University of Michigan and campaigned for Hillary. 
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She had been working at Google for a few weeks. 
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James Damore wrote a memo suggesting that Google should pursue ideological diversity, end discriminatory efforts to achieve identity politics diversity and be honest about gender differences.
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Danielle responded by denouncing his paper.  "It's not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages."
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It was a difficult time because leftists at Google had to confront the horror of an original thinker in their ranks.  Some were so traumatized by his intrusion into their safe space that they threatened to quit.
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Pichai claimed that some Google employees were "hurting".  Social media accounts were full of bizarre claims that leftist employees were "afraid" to come to work.  But the only actual casualty was Damore.
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James Damore is what most people think of when they imagine a Google employee.  A brilliant original thinker with interests spread across the scientific and technological spectrum.
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But Danielle Brown is what Google actually is: a Hillary Clinton supporter who handled diversity at Intel and Google. 
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Google is a search engine monopoly that makes its money from search ads.  It began with a revolutionary idea from young engineers much like Damore.
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Then the engineers became billionaires.  And the company that began in a garage hired a Vice President of Diversity to get rid of the brilliant young engineers.
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The idea that made Google some twenty years ago was PageRank.  It was ahead of its time in utilizing social technology to rate the relevance of a page.
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The idea has since been cannibalized as Google's search algorithm favors its own products.  And increasingly it also favors its own political views.
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Google has embedded partisan attacks on conservatives into its search and news territories under the guise of "fact checks".
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It has fundamentally shifted results for terms such as "Jihad" to reflect Islamist propaganda rather than the work of counterterrorism researchers...
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Google had been previously accused of manipulating search results during Brexit. 
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... there's no reason to think that it will stop there until Google has completely cannibalized PageRank and replaced it with ProgRank in which search results will be dominated by left-wing sites in one category after another.
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Google's treatment of conservative users mirrors its internal treatment of conservative employees. 
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Internally, Google is a toxic environment where conservatives are threatened, blacklisted and even physically assaulted.
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Damore's case went public.  Countless other conservatives were forced out of Google and blacklisted by left-wing activists without their cases ever receiving public attention.
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Once upon a time, James Damore would have represented what was best about Google.
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But Google doesn't need brilliant minds.  It needs to find more ways to squeeze ad dollars out of its monopoly. 
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Damore was working on Google's search infrastructure.  And there's little doubt that he was wasted there.
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Google's goal is to streamline and shape search results for a mobile environment by giving users what it thinks they want rather than what they are actually searching for.
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Google isn't just politically left-wing, its product mindset has become all about forcing users to do what it thinks they should be doing. 
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When users search for results that Google doesn't like, it guides them to what it thinks they should be looking for.
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Google is approaching the ecological dead end of its technological niche.
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Meanwhile its Google.org philanthropy can fund pro-crime and anti-police causes.  Google Ideas, now known as Jigsaw, can try to get involved in the Syrian Civil War.
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And the herd of leftists it hired can police internal messaging by spamming angry social justice memes and waiting for an actual engineer to contradict them.
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That's what happened to James Damore.  It's happened to plenty of others before him. 
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When Google fired Damore, it sent a very clear message.  The message wasn't tolerance, but intolerance. 
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It said that its Vice President of Diversity knows more about biology than a researcher who received his biology degree in the top 3% of his class.
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It announced that there is no room for original thinking, heterodoxy or genius at Google.
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"The company was founded under the principles of freedom of expression, diversity, inclusiveness."
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But freedom of expression no longer comes before diversity.  It's breathing in the toxic fumes of fake inclusiveness and watching diversity vanish down the highway. 
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The gates of the internet cannot remain in the hands of a corporation intolerant of free speech.
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Google's monopoly doesn't only threaten the free market.  It threatens freedom of expression on the internet. 
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It's not just about James Damore.  It's about all of us.
      Trump must go on offense  (Fox 08/09/2017)
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Despite record job growth, the Dow over 22,000, illegal immigration down 70 percent and massive deregulation, the mainstream media still reports that Donald Trump's presidency is a failure.
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To put the final nail in the coffin of the opposition (Republicans, Democrats and the failing mainstream media) President Trump needs victories in three areas: legislative, the court of public opinion, and national defense and diplomacy.
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First, legislative – more specifically, health care.
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A handful of Republicans – after campaigning, raising money on and promising the repeal of ObamaCare – failed to deliver.
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He can propose a bill to repeal only the individual mandate and he needs to do it louder than anything else he has done to date.
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This would be very hard to vote against and the president would post his first legislative victory.
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Also in the legislative column: tax reform.
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What legislator would not want to go home to constituents and be able to say "we put more money in your paycheck?"
• 
... send Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the podium with an average middle class American making $50-60,000 a year, hold up his current paycheck, what he makes and what he takes home.
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Then you hold up a second paycheck with the same salary under Trump's tax plan highlighting the difference in the take home pay.
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"This is what President Trump stands for.  Congress, the bill is on your desk, make it happen."
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In the court of public opinion, Trump has been convicted by the mainstream media of Russian collusion.  The problem, though, is they have yet to produce any evidence for any of their criminal allegations.
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Here's the play: Trump challenges his largest critics on this.  Calling out Schumer, Pelosi, Waters and a few more saying that he will participate in the investigation to the fullest for 90 more days on the condition that if nothing is found, they resign their seats.
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If they don't respond in 10 days, he fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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It's simply a PR play, they will NOT agree to this which gives Trump the opportunity to go on the offense and say, "The Democrats don't even believe in this investigation."
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Finally, national defense.
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Even with the 15-0 global decision against it at the UN Security Council, North Korea is going to continue to push the envelope until we do something.
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Sanctions will not work and will only further enrage the regime.
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We have a military machine unlike anyone else.  Time to use it!
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Park three carrier groups off the coast.  When North Korea launches another missile, we will assume – due to recent threats – that it is not a test and will shoot it down.
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When they fire another one we shoot that down and destroy the installation that it came from.
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Then shoot the next one down and destroy three more military establishments.
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During this time, the president needs to use his PR machine at the White House to continue to encourage Kim Jung Un to come to the table.
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President Trump is a different type of politician.  He made his mark by doing things aggressively and thinking outside the box.
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Mr.  President, do what you do best, run over your opponents and don't look back.
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"The Left would rather see our country fail than Trump succeed."
      Napolitano: Trump, Sessions and the Justice Department — a clash that should not be happening  (Fox 07/27/2017)
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How is it that parts of the DOJ cannot be controlled by the attorney general, whom Trump appointed to run the DOJ?
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And with a mountain of evidence of Clinton's espionage — her failure to safeguard state secrets, crimes far more treacherous than those alleged against Trump's campaign — why has she not been prosecuted?
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Shortly before he left office, President Barack Obama quietly changed a DOJ regulation so as to permit any federal intelligence agency ... that lawfully possesses raw intelligence data to share it with any one or more of the other intelligence agencies.  For generations, this had been prohibited.
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When Sessions became attorney general and learned whatever it is that the FBI learned about the Russians, he concluded that he might become a reluctant witness in the FBI investigation of the Russians because he had been involved in the management of the Trump campaign.
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Fearing this conflict and rejecting the toughness demanded of his office, Sessions recused himself from the management of all DOJ matters involving the Russians.
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Then ... deputy attorney general, overreacted and appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as an independent counsel to investigate the Russians and all related matters.
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Thus was born a now growing part of the DOJ, which is lawfully independent of the president and which has challenged him. 
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Whether Sessions stays or goes, the attorney general should not feel bound by Comey's decision to let Clinton go.  He should put the evidence of her crimes before a fresh team of prosecutors and instruct them to present it to a grand jury for indictment.
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And he should also identify and indict those in the Obama administration who started this mess with their leaks of raw intelligence data.
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The president is frustrated because he wants to do what he was elected to do.  Instead, the DOJ's lethargy and the independent counsel's zeal have him at bay.
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... a fair reading of the Constitution and a reasonable understanding of the separation of powers militate in favor of the doctrine of the unitary executive.
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That doctrine, which was well-accepted by the Framers, states succinctly that when it comes to the executive branch of the federal government, since only the president is accountable to the voters, only he can run the executive branch.
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The doctrine further articulates that since the consent of the governed is the base line for the government's moral legitimacy, we should not have agents in the government to whom the voters have never given consent.
      Liz Peek: Dirt on Hillary?  Who could resist?  (Fox 07/12/2017)
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Just to be clear: if an emissary of Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia, had emailed Hillary campaign apparatchik John Podesta last summer, offering scandalous dirt on Melania Trump, he would have turned down the meeting?  Give me a break.
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Weeks before the election, videos surfaced showing Clinton campaign workers strategizing on how to infiltrate and disrupt Trump rallies. 
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What Donald Trump Jr.  did in accepting a meeting with someone supposedly linked to the Russian government was dirty, and stupid, but it is not evidence that his father's campaign "colluded" with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton.
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That said, having a Russia-linked source offer up "dirt" on Hillary Clinton would have been irresistible.
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... Hillary and Bill Clinton appear to have done favors for political or business allies in exchange for substantial gifts to the Clinton Foundation.
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"... at least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during [Clinton's] tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation."
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... Hillary helped win approval for Russia's state nuclear agency (in other words, a government entity – directed by President Vladimir Putin) to buy a controlling interest in Uranium One, one of America's largest uranium mines, in exchange for $2.35 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation.
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... At roughly the same time, a Russian investment bank staffed with numerous ex-KGB types paid Bill Clinton a $500,000 speaking fee
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... "Why was Bill Clinton taking any money from a bank linked to the Kremlin while his wife was secretary of state?" Does this resonate?  Will Special Counsel Robert Mueller ask the same question?  He certainly should.
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The uranium deal was important, in that it concerned a large stock of a U.S.  strategic asset.
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Also, the Kremlin had made expanding its access to uranium globally a high priority because it was hard at work building nuclear power plants such as the Bushehr facilities in Iran and similar projects in North Korea and Venezuela.
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In other words, the Uranium One purchase significantly boosted Russia's business and diplomatic prospects.
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Money actually changed hands between Russian entities and the Clintons, and favors were done.
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In that context, Donald Trump Jr.  was approached by a Russian source who promised incriminating evidence about Hillary.  Who wouldn't jump at the chance?
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There are important challenges facing our country.  You wouldn't know it from following the mainstream media, caught up as they are in faux scandals and the ever-lasting "Russia" story.
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Democrats and their allies in the press cannot and will not move on from the investigations into Trump's presumed ties to the Kremlin, even if it hurts the country.
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To do so would legitimatize the Trump presidency, and focus voters' attentions on the popular White House agenda – health care reform, lower taxes, infrastructure spending, protected borders, a stronger military and a roll-back of decades of suffocating red tape.
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Democrats cannot afford that.  They especially cannot afford to have Americans looking for their answers to our challenges – they don't have any.
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Which is why Donald Trump, and not Hillary Clinton, is president.
      While de Blasio whined in Germany, Trump was our defender  (NYP 07/08/2017)
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Donald Trump goes to Germany to defend Western civilization and promote economic growth.
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Bill de Blasio goes to Germany to throw verbal Molotov cocktails and promote socialism.
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One is the leader of the free world, the other is a great pretender.
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His decision to join an international rabble marked by vandalism and violence to "protest" Trump, the head of his own country and a citizen of his own city, shows where the mayor's heart is.
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He boasted to his hosts about the diversity of New York subway riders, as if that just started on his watch.
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Perhaps his sneaky disappearing act will persuade enough voters that it's time to find an alternative.
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Until they do, they're stuck with a mayor who neglects their cares to become a pet rock of the international left.  In his phone call, he said his role was to "set a tone and say we are not going to be intimidated by President Trump."
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Under that definition of his job, New York can go to hell and it's not his problem.  He's got more important things to do. 
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In contrast to the mayor's embarrassing trip, Trump was on a serious mission to combat terrorism and shape international trade rules to create more jobs for Americans.
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As he had in his Mideast visit, where he rallied Muslim nations, the president demonstrated a strong sense of purpose about confronting global threats to freedom.
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"The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.  Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?
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"Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders?  Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?"
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Unlike his predecessor, Trump doesn't travel to apologize for America and surrender to multi-cultural sensitivities.
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He was elected to slam the brakes on the poisonous ideas that redistribution of wealth and managing decline are the president's chief duties.
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... gradually, and sometimes by fits and starts, Trump's America First agenda is emerging as a coherent doctrine that sees faith and family as a bedrock of national peace and prosperity.
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... we are engaged in a battle "for family, for freedom, for country and for God."
      Why Trump backers aren't swayed by media attacks, with or without Fox  (Fox 07/06/2017)
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And guess what?  They don't much care about wrestling videos and insulting cable news hosts.
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They think the president is doing just fine, that the media are out to get him, and that most of what obsesses the press is just noise.
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"What I do hear from my conservative friends — most still ardent Trump supporters — is a collective yawn at the Washington maelstrom.  Few care about his tweets — even about Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough and the CNN body slam.  The whacking of James Comey?  About time.  President Obama's appointee anyway.  Mr.  Trump's asking if Mr.  Comey could drop the Michael Flynn investigation?  It was a simple question, not obstruction of justice.  The Comey testimony?  Vindication for Mr.  Trump!  Mr.  Comey is a leaker, he lied under oath, and he's going down.  He'll be lucky if he doesn't serve prison time."
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"For many conservatives, they support Mr.  Trump because he's their de facto leader in a cultural war.  Liberals mock Christianity and demean Christian morals.  Conservatives respect our police and military, while liberals romanticize street thugs.  Conservatives' tax dollars help pay for public schools and colleges that indoctrinate liberal values."
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The president's attacks on media figures, even if sometimes tasteless, are seen by some people as slamming a group of elitists that doesn't respect them. 
      Napolitano: Why our Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed about Trump's travel ban  (Fox 06/29/2017)
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Lower federal courts had consistently ruled that the president's behavior was animated by an anti-Muslim bias...
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The Supreme Court unanimously saw it differently.  Here is the back story.
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I have argued for months that both the first travel ban executive order, signed Jan.  27, and the second one, signed March 6, were lawful and constitutional because the courts have ruled that the Constitution gives the president exclusively the final say on foreign policy and because they have ruled that immigration is one of the tools he can use to effectuate that policy.
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Moreover, Congress has expressly authorized the president to suspend immigration from stated countries for finite periods of time to enhance national security.
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In order to do this and pass judicial muster, the president's lawyers in the Department of Justice need only show that the president has a rational basis for his order.
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The traditional Judeo-Christian view of governmental decisions that limit the liberties or opportunities of many because of the anticipated behavior of a few is that those decisions are unjust and need not be obeyed.
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... we have come to the political and legal consensus that individual worthiness is personal and is not a characteristic of a group, and we have condemned other countries' governments for punishing the many because of the fear or behavior of a few.
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Yet the issue before the high court regarding the president's executive order is not its wisdom or morality or justness.  The issue is its lawfulness and its constitutionality.
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Bear in mind that there has been no trial in any of these cases.  The rulings appealed from were all preliminary in nature, based not on cross-examined evidence but on the judges' feel for the cases and their understanding of the law.
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... the Supreme Court ruling ....  did invalidate all injunctions imposed by the lower courts against the enforcement of the second order.
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In so doing, it ... created exceptions provide that immigrants from the six countries are exempt from the travel ban if they can show that they have a "relationship" with a person or entity in the U.S.
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... the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on the power of the president to use immigration travel bans as an instrument of foreign policy in October and will probably rule before Christmas.
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And this troublesome business of banning people from coming here because of their place of origin will be with us for a long time.
      Trump made a mistake naming Sessions as attorney general  (NYP 06/13/2017)
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Watching Attorney General Jeff Sessions try to bat away Democrats' smears and innuendo Tuesday, I had two reactions:
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One, he's been an honorable public servant who deserves better than an inquisition.
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Two, President Trump made a mistake in naming him attorney general.  It's an error that helped to set a national disaster in motion.
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The opposition is ruthless and without principle, but it couldn't get as far as it has without the president's inadvertent help.
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Start with the Dems, and their desperate hunt for collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, or just jaywalking — anything remotely resembling a crime will do.
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Their fury knows no bounds, with character assassination now routine because they can't handle the truth about the 2016 election.
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No matter what question they ask or what insult they throw, the goal is always the same: overturn Trump's victory. 
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Either way, for them it's a win-win.  They win if Trump's agenda is stalled, and they win bigger if he gets impeached.
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It's a dirty business, but, unfortunately for the people who want the nation to change course, they're making progress.
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They still don't have an agenda of their own that will move the economy forward or protect America from terrorism, but they have managed to muddy the waters so much that Trump's popularity is sinking.
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They will continue their burn-it-down, blow-it-up strategy as long as it works.
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Some of the blame has to go to Sessions...  Sessions knew almost from day one that he would have to recuse himself from any investigation of the campaign because of Justice Department regulations.
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That fact alone should have persuaded Sessions to turn down the job, or persuaded Trump to name someone else.
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The entire Trump presidency ... now hangs in the balance of an unrestrained independent investigation, instigated by the president's enemies, all because the president picked an AG who could have no role in the most important decision of the young administration.
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Sessions said his recusal was required by regulations because he had been a campaign adviser and a Trump surrogate, and the ethics rules prohibit him from involvement in any investigations of the campaign.
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With that knowledge, he and Trump should have re-thought his taking the job.
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... it seems likely that Trump didn't know about the rules and that they never discussed the implications of Sessions' role in the campaign.
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The case is a perfect example of how Trump, the ultimate outsider, is bedeviled by the culture of insiders.
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A fundraising email sent under Trump's name captured the frustration.  "If you told me this would happen in America, I wouldn't believe you."
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"The losing political party is using a conspiracy theory — without having a single shred of evidence — to DERAIL a constitutionally-elected president."
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There is much truth in the charges, yet truth alone is not nearly enough to win the day.
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The president needs to find solutions that get the public back on his side, and he needs to find them fast.
      'This is war': Florida sheriff urges citizens to arm themselves in case of attack  (Fox 06/10/2017)
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"Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense, not only for them, but for their families."
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"What's next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked."
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... attackers rely on people running, hiding, and waiting for help, rather than fighting back.
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"What they don't count on is being attacked themselves, having to become defensive to save their own lives."
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... calling 911 means officers are on their way, but ... "Until they arrive, it's up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat."
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encouraged people to take self-defense classes, and urged those with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns with them at all times.
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"No matter who you are or what your position is on guns, there's no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun or a knife is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer."
      Sean Hannity: Comey reveals himself to be a Deep State political hack  (Fox 06/09/2017)
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Comey confirmed several times that the president and the White House did not ask him to stop the Russia investigation.
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Comey said multiple times that President Trump was not and never was under investigation
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We also learned that Comey was selectively leaking information to the press to try and damage the president
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Comey admitted that Lynch was able to pressure him into toning down his own language when speaking publicly about Hillary Clinton's email investigation. 
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Comey has failed the American people at every single turn.  He disrespected our Constitution.  He didn't care about equal application of the rule of law.  He created a two-tiered justice system, one for Hillary and Bill Clinton, and one for the rest of America, by ignoring the many, many crimes we know she committed.
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From whitewashing Hillary Clinton's illegal email server to ignoring the Clinton Foundation's pay-to-play schemes, Comey has been a no-show.
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He was obsessed with Russia, but only when it came to Trump.
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He couldn't care less when the Clintons gave Moscow control of 20 percent of our uranium.
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Sadly, James Comey is nothing more than a partisan and a political hack, and his testimony once again proved that.
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And the disgruntled, fired employee admitted he leaked details of his own memo, allegedly written after meeting with Trump, hoping that it would bring about a special counsel.
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From clearing Clinton, to obeying Loretta Lynch's orders to soft-peddle the server investigation to his inexcusable treatment of the president, James Comey has proven time and time again that he is unfit to serve our country.
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The real story is how Deep State dolts like James Comey have been manipulating facts, leaking information and blocking the duly elected president from doing his job.
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See related Hillary's Private Server (Mike Lester, 07/06/2016) cartoon from Government picture album
      Cal Thomas: The secular progressives reveal [again] why they are not fit to lead anything  (Fox 06/06/2017)
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For sheer hilarity and hyperbole it's hard to beat a recent headline on a Washington Post editorial ... "Trump turns his back on the world," it screamed.
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A close second goes to the headline on a New York Times piece by columnist David Brooks: "Donald Trump Poisons the World."
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Dishonorable mention goes to former presidential adviser David Gergen, who said on CNN that Trump had committed "one of the most shameful acts in U.S.  history."
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The secular progressives have again revealed their diminished capacity, which ought to disqualify them from leading anything, especially the country.
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The central argument supporting "climate change" has been that a "scientific consensus" exists on the subject.  Two things about this.
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The first is that climate scientists who disagree on that consensus have been largely shutout of the debate.  Their papers and ideas are blocked from mainstream scientific journals and, thus, are not subject to peer review.  Politics appears to have overshadowed science.
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Second, there have been numerous cases in the not too distant past where an empirical conclusion among scientists was touted as rock-solid truth, but which later, after further examination, proved to be dead wrong.
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Newsweek magazine featured a cover story in 1975 about "global cooling." That was supposed to be a scientific consensus.
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President Trump should counter his critics by convening a White House conference on climate.
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In addition to the apostles of climate change, he should invite scientists — and only those specializing in climate science — that have been marginalized from the debate.
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These would include MIT climate scientist Dr.  Richard Lindzen, who claims believing that CO2 controls the climate "is pretty close to believing in magic."
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None of those participating in the proposed conference should be academics or scientists who receive federal grants or have other connections to government.  This might give them a conflict of interest and reduce their credibility.
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Let's have a high-level debate on this issue and settle it once and for all.
      Did Russia interfere with our election?  Yes.  Did it elect Trump, absolutely not  (Fox 05/30/2017)
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Did the Russians try to interfere with last November's Presidential election?  Without a doubt.
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Were there conversations between Russian representatives and members of the Trump campaign team?  Very likely.
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Did the Russians succeed in altering the outcome of the election in any way, or was the Trump campaign complicit in their attempts?  Absolutely not.
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What do I base this conclusion on?  Having an actual understanding of how campaigns are run and won, what's possible, and what's impossible. 
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But let's be honest, there are some who are so disappointed and stunned by the choice Americans made, so disbelieving of the results, they are remarkably susceptible to believing almost anything.
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The Democrats, along with too many in the news media, keep obsessing on creating a nexus between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.
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The truth is that no one has given a credible explanation of what the Russians actually did, or even could do, to change or affect the outcome.
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... I asked the host what he thought the Russians did to help Trump.  He mentioned that they ran very negative stories about Hillary on Russian TV.
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I'm going out on a limb on this one, but I'm guessing for most Americans the main source of their political news is not broadcast in Moscow. 
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... if these problematic revelations really did hurt the Clinton campaign, there are two parties that are responsible: The Russians for hacking and leaking, and the Clinton campaign for colluding with the DNC in the first place.
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But not the Trump campaign.
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... there seems to be little empirical evidence that exposing the DNC/Clinton exchanges had any real impact on the race.
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Let's be clear, the "witch hunt" now underway has absolutely nothing to do with getting to the bottom of the facts, and everything to do with the 2018 elections.
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And until someone comes up with a single piece of evidence that proves the Russians coordinated with the Trump campaign resulting in the change of a single vote, how about we start worrying about real issues.
      Judge Jeannine Pirro: Heroin dealers deserve prison, not sympathy  (Fox 05/27/2017)
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Imagine this for a moment – your child is dead.  This person that you have raised from birth and have focused every important thought of your life for over two decades is gone from the world forever.
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Because despite your efforts, your attention, and your devotion, you could not stop the fateful call of the heroin that ended your child's life.  And destroyed yours.
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The deadly poison that is heroin made its way to your small town from Mexico, where it was grown and processed, later to be trafficked to your neighborhood where its target customers were someone's children, parents, brothers and sisters.
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... the last presidential administration decided that it would treat these so-called "non-violent, low-level drug offenders" with leniency to help them avoid potentially long prison sentences required by law.
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Everywhere you look on the subject, you see another editorial, documentary, or pundit talking about the tragedy of the convicted "non-violent, low-level drug offender" who has been separated by his family because he is serving a long sentence in prison.
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You wonder why the drug trafficker arrested and convicted for dealing over 20,000 doses of black heroin is considered a non-violent, low-level drug offender.
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And the heroin that your child used violently ripped the very life of your child away, then, with equal violence, utterly destroyed the entire purpose of your own life, turning it into a nightmare from which you can never wake up. 
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Under President Trump and Attorney General Sessions, the Department of Justice is going to charge major drug traffickers based on the exceedingly large amounts of deadly poison they are peddling in our neighborhoods.
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These drug traffickers will no longer be treated with kid gloves – they will be treated like the merchants of death that they are.
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Of course, that is not to say you are without sympathy for the parents who, through no fault of their own, has to see their child in prison for ten years.
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... despite their child's disastrously wrong choices, they will be able to welcome him home one day.
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You will never have the same opportunity.
      Manchester attack: Nations around the world must stop appeasing the Islamists  (Fox 05/23/2017)
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"Dozens of innocent people, beautiful young children savagely murdered in this heinous attack upon humanity."
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An untold number of children and their parents were massacred by Islamic radicals - killed in the name of the religion of peace. 
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In response – there have been candlelight vigils and calls for peace and understanding – but the Muslim jihadists do not want peace.  They want death. 
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The time has come to eliminate this evil from the face of the planet.  The time has come for nations around the world to stop appeasing the Islamists.
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"We must drive out the terrorists and extremists from our midst, obliterate this evil ideology, and protect and defend our citizens and people of the world."
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"All civilized nations must be united in this effort."
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And we must do our part in the United States.  We must secure our borders, we must investigate those who come here from the birthplace of this radical ideology and we must do whatever is necessary to prevent American blood from being shed on American soil.
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Yet, there are still apologists for the radical Islamists - from Hollywood to the halls of Congress.
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They seem to think we can win over the hearts and minds of the jihadists with bouquets of flowers and gentle hugs. 
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The Presbyterians and the Lutherans are not the ones strapping on backpacks filled with nails and blowing themselves up.  The Methodists and Baptists aren't beheading people.  The Catholics are not flying jetliners into buildings.
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How many more children must die at the hands of radical Muslims - slain in the name of the religion of peace?
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See related Let\\\'s Hug It out! (Glenn McCoy, 06/22/2016) cartoon from Terror picture album
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See related Hillary Solution (Sean Delonas, 09/19/2016) cartoon from Terror picture album
      'F*** Trump' chant led by California Democratic Party Leader: What's next?  (Fox 05/22/2017)
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Outgoing California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton performed the only action left to an impotent, leftist, cadre head in a lawful society.  He shouted.
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He likely would've preferred some kind of violent action, but instead he simply advocated for one.
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... as they were flashing their hands in applause for his service to the party, he put his middle finger in the air and lead a chant, "F** Donald Trump!"
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Perhaps more remarkable was the eager willingness of the crowd to join in with him, chanting, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Obama's Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis looked on, laughing it up in the background.
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Why should this astonish anyone?  This is the party recently all-in for a woman who unapologetically called half the country "deplorables."
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Since the government removed the Bible and prayer from our schools, our nation has been educating young people to believe that life happens purely by accident and that evolution dictates that survival of the fittest is the supreme law of the land (contradicting the foundational values of our representative republic). 
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Therefore, when Democrats are so easily convinced that some people just don't have the same value as other people, and that they can be written off as "irredeemable," which literally means they are worthless...
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Democrats view Trump as deplorable, irredeemable, and therefore no insult is too great ... no threat is too bold ... and, of course, no commentary too lewd or crass for general consumption.
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It is this egregious disdain for the humanity of others that comprises the basis for today's Democratic party. 
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Unfortunately, great damage is already accomplished.  Thanks to government schooling, our youth believe that socialism is just like grandpa with candy (witness the popularity of Bernie Sanders), never having been taught the truth: that socialists are responsible for about one hundred million deaths last century.
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After all, if I have a right to health care, then I'm entitled to take it by force, if necessary.
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And if I'm angry, survival of the fittest dictates I can loot and set fire.
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The famous quote from Ronald Reagan,"The trouble with our liberal friends isn't that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't true," has become The trouble with leftists is they don't respect human life.
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And when they lose respect for human life, as the Democrat's Party has finally done, not only are they anti-American, because our constitution preserves everyone's rights to life and liberty, but they become downright dangerous.
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First and foremost, we need to be teaching our children that they have value and purpose, and that no life is truly deplorable.
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What is more evil than the systemic devaluation of human life, such as we see with international terrorism (and, also, from within the Democrat party)?
      Dems are gunning for Trump — here's how he can survive  (NYP 05/21/2017)
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... Trump, having twice called the special-counsel investigation a "witch hunt," must now discipline himself to avoid getting burned at the stake.
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He pulled off one of the great political upsets in history to get to the White House, but may need ­another miracle to finish what he started.
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The most important ­development is that Democrats have been rewarded for their wild accusations that Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the election.
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... despite the lack of known evidence, the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel raises the ante in dramatic fashion.
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The case is now considered a criminal probe and the White House has no control over where it goes.
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Even the GOP advantage in Congress will be neutered because criminal investigations take precedence over hearings.
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Having demanded a special counsel, they will use the existence of one as proof that Trump must be guilty of something and noisily drown out any discussion of his America First agenda.
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They aim to make the Washington circus the main focus and block Trump from making good on his promises to expand economic opportunity for middle- and working-class Americans.
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And most of the media will keep throwing their forces into the battle to destroy the president they loathe.
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The history of special counsels is that they always manage to find something, thanks to having no restrictions on time or money and how far afield they can go.
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Keeping the ball rolling, even if nothing major turns up against Trump, would allow Dems to paint every day as Watergate.
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Because his problems are more political than legal, politics is also the solution.  It starts with presidential discipline, both in word and deed.
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The bottom line is that some pieces of a successful presidency are in place, but the progress is fragile and could be swamped by the Washington circus.
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Trump's goal must be to avoid any more hint of scandal and ­instability so he can earn enough support to finish the revolution he started.
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If he can do that, everything is still possible.
      American Revolution II  (Fox 05/21/2017)
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The American Revolution – American Revolution I – was fought to secure independence from British colonialists.
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American Revolution II is being fought today to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump and return to a corporate structure the Left finds desirable. 
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The call for revolution is heard in the political precincts of the Democratic Party where the prevailing sentiment is "Resistance."
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No matter the issue – even when Trumpians try to appease Dems with their modified version of ObamaCare – the response is rejection.
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One might assume that on matters such as national security, the revolutionary guard might be willing to compromise at least temporarily, but you would be wrong.  The fight is relentless.
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For the Revolutionaries, the 2016 election was illegitimate despite Trump's Electoral College victory.
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The radical agenda that worries about where grown men should urinate has taken its battle to every corner of the culture.
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Trump made a point of challenging political correctness which the Left translates as racist, but for average Americans, Trump's position resonates as common sense.
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Even gestures designed to forestall attacks within the United States – like the immigration ban from eight war-torn nations where documentation of new arrivals doesn't exist – were interpreted as a blanket ban against Muslims, and yet another illustration of the President's bigotry.
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In the febrile mindset of the Revolutionaries, Trump is a danger – presumably a danger to the Republic itself – though they are the ones promoting violence on American campuses when voices are invited that challenge left-wing suppositions about the nation.
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Of course, most of the self-described Robespierres could not possibly define the evil that drips so naturally from their lips.  Trump is the embodiment of the evil and every act, however benign, is further evidence of fascistic leanings.
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In the case of American Revolution I the umbilical cord was cut, but America grew strong; in the case of American Revolution II the nation's institutions are being tested and it is hard to see a positive outcome over the horizon.
      More indications Intel assessment of Russian interference in election was rigged  (Fox 05/12/2017)
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... there is a far more important story that surfaced this week that no one is talking about: a mysterious hand-picked group of analysts chosen to write a damning intelligence assessment that found Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win.
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... there are compelling reasons to believe this ISA was actually a politicized analysis that violated normal rules for crafting intelligence assessments to ensure this one reached the bottom line conclusion that the Obama administration was looking for.
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... the ISA reflected the views of only three intelligence agencies — CIA, NSA and FBI – not all 17.
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Clapper did not explain why the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department's intelligence bureau did not participate. 
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... ISA was suspicious because it reached unusually clear judgments on a politically explosive issue with no dissenting views. 
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... two dozen or so "seasoned experts" were "handpicked" from the contributing agencies" and drafted the ISA "under the aegis of his former office"...
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... their conclusions "were thoroughly vetted and then approved by the directors of the three agencies and me."
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Hand-picking a handful of analysts from just three intelligence agencies to write such a controversial assessment went against standing rules to vet such analyses throughout the Intelligence Community within its existing structure.
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The idea of using hand-picked intelligence analysts selected through some unknown process to write an assessment on such a politically sensitive topic carries a strong stench of politicization. 
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FBI Director James Comey said in testimony to the House Intelligence Committee the conclusion that Russia tried to affect the outcome of the election to help Trump win was based on logic, not evidence.
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So we now know this was a subjective judgment made by a hand-picked group of intelligence analysts.
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One has to ask how these hand-picked analysts were picked.  Who picked them?  Who was excluded?
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... the conclusions of these hand-picked intelligence analysts were later vetted and approved by Clapper and three other intelligence agency heads.
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A major problem with this process is that it gave John Brennan, CIA's hyper-partisan former director, enormous influence over the drafting of the ICA.
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Given Brennan's scathing criticism of Mr.  Trump before and after the election, he should have had no role whatsoever in the drafting of this assessment.
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Instead, Brennan probably selected the CIA analysts who worked on the ICA and reviewed and approved their conclusions.
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While I believe Russian cyber warfare operations are a serious threat to our security and democratic system including our elections, I find it difficult to believe Russia meddled in the election as part of a scheme to help Trump win because this assumes the Putin government believed Trump had a reasonable chance of winning when the entire mainstream media and almost all U.S.  political prognosticators thought otherwise.
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But I find it ever harder to believe the Intelligence Community's "logical" conclusion that Russia meddled in the election to help Trump win since this conclusion was the result of intelligence officials breaking the rules on producing Intelligence Community assessments.
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An assessment purporting to be an objective and authoritative analysis of such an extremely controversial subject should have went to extra mile to consider points of view from all intelligence agencies and intelligence experts and not be limited to a small group of analysts hand-picked through some unknown process.
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There also should have been dissenting views and an annex with evaluations of this assessment by outside reviewers.
      Trump can win the cyber war  (by following Churchill's approach) (Fox 05/11/2017)
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As reported by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, North Korea recently sent out a "new combination of mysterious random numbers" thought to be coded orders to its spies in South Korea.  The random encrypted numbers were sent out over a radio broadcast.
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Further, the U.S.-Korea Institute's "38 North" program now tells us that North Korean scientists have actually developed a quantum encryption device. 
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What Kim Jong Un's regime is now doing from a cyber standpoint should be a "red flag" to America's entire national security structure.
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Whoever is first to master the science of quantum computing and random number generation will likely have a "leg up" in winning the cyber war, as these random numbers are the roots of every encryption algorithm.
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It could be the great equalizer and enable a small country with less advanced technology in other areas, and with bad economic conditions, to gain a real strategic advantage.
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Combine it with ballistic missile and nuclear technology, and you've got a big problem on your hands.
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While the North Korean "working system" is still most probably in a lab, the fact that they have this technology and are working with random number generated codes should be a real wake-up call for the United States.
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Today there is strong evidence that the science of quantum computing can provide for the generation of truly random numbers.
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From a U.S.  national security standpoint, having this technology would make it almost impossible for our enemies to hack us.
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If, on the other hand, a country such as North Korea were to get this technology first, it would make it much more difficult for us to disrupt them from attacking us.
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Cyber warfare is the most complicated national security threat that the U.S.  has ever faced because technology is changing so quickly.
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Cyber attacks are killing us both economically and from a national security standpoint.
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"Secure encrypted communications have always been a cornerstone of preserving freedom and this is becoming more true in this emerging interconnected world of ours."
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At the beginning of World War II, Nazi Germany's "Enigma Code" appeared unbreakable.
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... the British brought together the best cryptographers and mathematicians and in the end, under the genius of Alan Turing, built a machine to crack the Nazi's Enigma machine.
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While a number of the British codebreakers were already assembled at Bletchley Park when he became Prime Minister in May of 1940, it was Churchill's personal involvement and leadership that made a big difference.
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Churchill made sure they had whatever resources they needed and that the best minds were recruited to the effort.
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Further, he engaged directly with the cryptanalysts and would even visit personally to boost their morale.  Sir Winston knew the stakes and that his personal leadership was required.
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Ike called the effort of "priceless value" and said it "saved countless British and American lives and, in no small way, contributed to the speed with which the enemy was routed and eventually forced to surrender."
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President Trump to bring together America's best minds in the science of quantum computing and random number generation.  Let's get our very best cryptologists, mathematicians and physicists together at one location like the Brits did at Bletchley Park.
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Make sure they have the resources they need.  They should continue to work there until the job is done.
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Today, whoever wins the "Cyber War" will have the upper hand in current and future conflicts.
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And whoever masters the science of quantum computing and random number generation will likely win the "Cyber War." Losing this war is not an option.
      Bill Bennett: Trump, DeVos get it right — Feds' role in your child's education is shrinking.  Finally!  (Fox 05/11/2017)
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Students of history know that governments rarely give up power without a fight.  To paraphrase Edmund Burke, those who have been intoxicated with power never willingly abandon it.
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Yet, last year, the federal government passed a new education law which returns a significant amount of power and decision-making authority to states, districts and schools.
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The law explicitly bars the Department of Education from dictating or influencing standards or curricula at the federal level, and states and districts have a wide range of new liberties when it comes to developing accountability systems, testing and content.
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But with this newfound freedom from Washington comes a newfound responsibility for excellence at the state and district level.  We cannot confuse local control with laissez faire.
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State and local leaders must embrace this opportunity and lift expectations, not relax them.
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For years, states have been in compliance mode – overly focused on meeting detailed federal criteria – and that mindset has lulled some states into complacency.
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Authority over American education has undergone a seismic shift.  Now the states and locales have both the power and the accompanying responsibility to improve our nation's performance.
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In addition, states now have a genuine partner at the federal level in the Trump administration who will not overreach federal authority and seek to exert influence through federal funds or Title IX bathroom threats.
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In fact, the administration went so far as to issue an executive order to study previous overreach into our schools by Washington in the hopes of reversing the federal power grab.
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When was the last time that happened in federal education policy?
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The focus of the administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is in the right place: empowering states to better employ market forces and create choices for the benefit of students.
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And while school choice and local control are important, they are only two of the elements necessary for serious education reform.
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We can't take our eyes off the importance of high-quality content and curricula as well as rigorous accountability systems.
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We know what works in education, but for years, states, districts, superintendents and teachers have had their focus distracted and hands tied by burdensome federal regulations.
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For years, they have been asking for relief.  Now they have it.  We cannot squander this opportunity. 
      Veteran suicide: A personal story of our great national disgrace  (Fox 05/10/2017)
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Vets died on fake waiting lists.  Fraud was committed because there wasn't the money to treat our heroes.  So, government employees committed criminal acts to make them go away.  Vets died.  Obama chose to fire or punish none of the VA employees involved. 
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The media said nothing. 
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President Trump signed a powerful Executive Order last week that received very little fanfare in the media.  Trump created a new office to reform the VA and root out bad employees.
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... patriotic vets being mistreated and dying because of government incompetence, indifference or criminal negligence, just doesn't interest liberal journalists or media executives.
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Liberals are right when they complain "we have two Americas." We do.  This country is badly divided.
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On one side, we have salt of the earth patriots, with generations of family members willing to sacrifice their lives and limbs for a country they love and greatly appreciate. 
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And on the other side we have the media elite - spoiled brat liberal intellectuals who would never even consider dying for their country; spend all of their time and energy complaining about their country; don't find America exceptional; and have no one in their entire family who has ever served in the military.
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... President Trump is on the right track.  "Draining the swamp" starts with the VA.  Because hero vets dying in battle is a tragedy.  But allowing our heroes to die at the hands of the VA is a national disgrace.
      Trump stirs pot with talk of blowing up Senate rules  (Fox 05/03/2017)
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As a gridlocked Congress threatens to stall the legislative promises that catapulted him to office, President Trump has raised hackles on the Hill by suggesting longstanding Senate rules simply be scrapped to cripple Democratic opposition.
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... seeming to suggest the legislative filibuster be ended to take advantage of Republicans' control of Congress. 
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"And maybe at some point we're going to have to take those rules on, because, for the good of the nation, things are going to have to be different."
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"You can't go through a process like this.  It's not fair.  It forces you to make bad decisions.  I mean, you're really forced into doing things that you would normally not do except for these archaic rules."
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Trump attributed the flaws in a spending bill panned by many conservatives to Democratic influence.
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Currently, Senate rules allow the minority party — Democrats, at present – to subject a bill to a 60-vote test.
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In modern terms, the minority party can "filibuster" by rallying more than 40 votes against a bill during this phase.
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There are currently 46 Democrats in the Senate, and two independents who caucus with the Democrats.
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Trump's solution: "Either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%."
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The idea of lowering the vote threshold for controversial legislation to 51 senators is groundshaking in the Senate, as it would sap power from the minority party; Republicans and Democrats typically trade that status every few cycles.
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It was only in 2013 that then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid triggered the so-called "nuclear option" to eliminate filibusters on most federal judicial nominees.
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That elimination of Senate precedent paved the way for McConnell to do the same for Supreme Court nominees in 2017, when Democrats threatened to hold up the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.
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Whether or not the minority should have the ability to obstruct and delay votes has been a topic of debate from the earliest days of America, dating back to colonial assemblies and the Constitutional Convention.
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The Senate in 1789 adopted a centuries-old British parliamentary rule allowing a member to make a motion "to move the previous question" – in other words, end debate and take a vote on the actual measure.
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But the rule was done away with in 1806, a year after Vice President Aaron Burr urged its removal based on infrequent use.
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"Of the two rights (of debating and voting) that of voting is the higher and more important."
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"We ought to have both, and debate certainly in ample measure; but, if we are forced to choose between them, the right of action must prevail over the right of discussion.  To vote without debating is perilous, but to debate and never vote is imbecile."
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The cloture rule – Rule 22 – was introduced in 1917, requiring a two-thirds majority to end debate; however, that standard often proved difficult to attain.
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The threshold was altered in 1975 to its modern incarnation, requiring three-fifths of the Senate – or 60 members.
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"No, if you believe in limited government and extended debate, the 60-vote requirement is your friend more than it's your foe.  We won't always be in this position – you've got to take the long view."
      Just fracking wrong: How much freedom is too much?  (Fox 05/01/2017)
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Free speech and hate speech are becoming alarmingly close neighbors in these Divided States of America.  That's not good for anyone.
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"If the oil and gas industry puts fracking wells in our neighborhoods, threatening our lives and our children's lives, then don't we have a moral responsibility to blow up wells and eliminate fracking and workers?"
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... changed the quotation to "don't we have a moral responsibility to take action to dissuade frackers from operating here?"
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"I wouldn't have a problem with a sniper shooting one of the workers" at a drilling site.
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"For a newspaper to publish an outright call to violence, no matter what the issue, is just plain irresponsible and crosses a very bright line.  And the journalistic felony is compounded if the same paper then changes a quote in an effort to soften it.  Altering someone's quotes is absolutely forbidden in the news business."
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"On college campuses, and now here in Colorado, so-called resistance protesters think that having a different opinion [is akin] to an actual act of violence."
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"They say it is unsafe for you to voice an opinion that is different from mine.  Yet those who are claiming that your opinion is violence have actually engaged in violence or are claiming that violence is justified against someone who disagrees with them."
      Trump's first 100 days: Our next Supreme Court pick will be the kicker  (Fox 04/25/2017)
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Those who want to preserve our constitutional republic spent a lot of time and energy getting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.
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... the public should realize that it is President Trump's next pick that will provide the opportunity to finally solidify a conservative majority that will protect the Bill of Rights and enforce the Constitution's limits on the power of the federal government.
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... getting a proven constitutionalist such as Gorsuch to replace Scalia was vital.
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But we must not forget that one of the other generally conservative justices, Anthony Kennedy, is often more mercurial when it comes to such issues.
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It was Kennedy's fifth vote that extended habeas corpus rights to foreign alien terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay...
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It was Kennedy that created a nonexistent right to gay marriage ... on an issue that heretofore was a matter entirely within the province of the states.
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... Kennedy joined the liberal justices to rewrite the eminent domain provision of the Fifth Amendment to allow private property to be seized by government for transfer to another private owner, instead of for a public purpose as the plain text of the amendment says.
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... Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in a 4-to-3 decision that allowed the University of Texas-Austin to continue to discriminate on the basis of race in its admissions process in blatant violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
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As Justice Clarence Thomas said in his dissent, the decision "rests on pernicious assumptions about race." It will perpetuate racial discrimination for years to come.
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The same could be said of Chief Justice John Roberts. 
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... it was Roberts who provided the disappointing fifth vote ... to uphold the constitutionality of the individual mandate in Obamacare forcing Americans to purchase health insurance.
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If it is a liberal justice who leaves the Court, then replacing that justice with a conservative who believes in applying the Constitution as written would, obviously, provide an extra vote that could make the difference in cases where Anthony Kennedy (or perhaps Chief Justice John Roberts) sides with the remaining three liberal justices.
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Whoever the next departing justice is, President Trump must make sure the next Supreme Court justice is someone who believes in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights 100 percent of the time, not just when it is convenient to achieve the particular policy goal the justice wants.
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And President Trump will need someone who doesn't care what the New York Times, MSNBC, or the Washington cocktail circuit says about him or her.
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He needs a rock-solid, principled lawyer who understands that the U.S.  Supreme Court is the last defense against an increasingly powerful, oversized, busybody government that seems to believe it has the right to dictate every aspect of our lives.
      A physicist's take on the March for Science  (Fox 04/21/2017)
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As a theoretical physicist, I was excited to hear about Saturday's nationwide March for Science.
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But after learning who is leading it and why, I am disappointed to report it is but a brazen attempt by political activists to hijack science.
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I can't bear seeing the organizers and partners of the so-called March for Science trying to politicize it.
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Bill Nye, the march's highly visible co-chairperson, is barely even a scientist. 
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... and hosted a PBS kids show, in which he cleverly branded himself "The Science Guy."
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In science-related debates, Nye consistently defends a strident, liberal position.  (I'd also call him out if he were a strident conservative.)
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The march's flagrant political bias is also plain in its choice of partners – for instance, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group of fiercely anti-nuke, anti-Trump lobbyists.
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... defends the march by deliberately confusing attacks on his political agenda with attacks on the scientific method: "Nowhere is the attack more ferocious than on the issue of global warming, where the Trump administration has taken a wrecking ball to the modest but important policies put in place by President Obama."
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The march's official website isn't reassuring either.  ... "Political decision-making that impacts the lives of Americans and the world at large should make use of peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus, not personal whims and decrees."
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Like wizards uttering a magical incantation, lobbyists routinely invoke the existence of a "scientific consensus" to lend an aura of infallibility to their political stands.
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Science is never settled.  As Albert Einstein once observed, "No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong."
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Einstein knew whereof he spoke.  As a young physicist in Switzerland, he confronted a stubborn scientific consensus – supported by a mountain of peer-reviewed evidence – that decreed Newtonian physics was settled science.
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In 1905, when Einstein dared to challenge it – to publish the special theory of relativity – the scientific establishment promptly reared up against him.
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Prominent Nazi physicists even accused him of promulgating disreputable "Jewish science."
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There is enormous room for improving science education in our nation's public schools, colleges, grad schools, media, and – yes – political institutions.
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But the March for Science – lobbyists claiming that supporting the scientific method is equivalent to supporting their political agendas – is a very big, very public step in the wrong direction.
      Hey, Facebook, it's time to put our safety before your algorithms  (Fox 04/20/2017)
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The murder of an innocent man in Cleveland shown on Facebook by the perpetrator is but the latest distressing outrage exposing the horrific flipside of social media.
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... major international companies pulled millions of advertising dollars from Google/YouTube after they discovered that their brands' logos were appearing alongside terrorist and bigoted videos broadcast by the video behemoth.
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And they left unanswered one critical question: Why does the Social Media giant allow such content to be posted in the first place?
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... YouTube still carries an expanding library of how-to-use readily available materials to build a bomb, a remote cellphone detonator, homemade flamethrower, or make napalm...
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Along with Twitter's spotty record, YouTube's failure to tackle hateful postings in a consistent and serious way, have helped our domestic bigots to have an out-sized impact during the contentious and divisive Presidential campaign last year.
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Social Media companies did not invent hate, but they have yet to take seriously their responsibilities to help degrade the online bigots from further infecting the mainstream of our culture.
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... Messaging Apps.  These apps have emerged as critical tools for terrorists when they want to evade authorities.  By using off the shelf encryption, terrorists in France and Belgium went dark in before they unleashed their carnage.
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... What's App has refused to cooperate with British authorities who discovered that the House of Commons terrorist, Khalid Massoud used their encrypted app for his last communications before launching the murderous outrage.
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It is past due for the social media service providers to take their responsibilities seriously.  Algorithms are no substitute for ethics.
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If they fail to take more effective action look for Washington to begin to consider the dreaded R word — regulation.
      Donald Trump is right about NATO, alliance burden sharing  (Fox 04/15/2016)
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As a former Pentagon spokesman who's been stationed in both Europe and Asia over a 20-year military career, I believe Donald Trump is 100 percent correct to insist that our allies share the burden of collective defense.
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While Americans should be proud of our historical role to advance global freedom — defeating Nazism and imperialism during World War II, communism during the Cold War, and battling jihadist terror networks today, we can't be the world's policeman forever.
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We can't afford it. 
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Nope, we're $19 trillion in debt and our own national infrastructure is crumbling.  Literally. 
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Anybody remember the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis?  On a bright, sunny August day in 2007, it collapsed into the Mississippi River during rush hour, killing 13 and injuring 145. 
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Anybody seen current pictures of once mighty and prosperous industrial cities like Detroit; Gary, Indiana; or Akron, Ohio? 
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Or urban decay in places like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, Oakland, Los Angeles and Ferguson? 
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Isn't it time to do some nation-building at home?
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Meanwhile, aside from natural disasters, our top allies don't worry about physically crumbling cities.
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And that's thanks to the American taxpayer underwriting their massive security bills since the 1940s.
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NATO is an alliance of 28 nations with a population of more than 910 million.
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America makes up over 1/3 the population, yet pays nearly three quarters of the defense expenditures.
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Even getting past the massive trade deficits with allies like Japan, we're funding a system that makes our allies nicer places to live than here.
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They're modernizing while we're struggling to keep ours on-line. 
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But beyond the lopsided financial burden, our allies aren't pulling their weight on the battlefield either.
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A running joke during my Pentagon days was that "International Security Assistance Force" (ISAF) in Afghanistan, actually stood for "I Saw Americans Fighting."
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In the Middle East, it's even worse.  While we spend billions to defend Saudi Arabia and other Gulf State allies, we get practically nothing.
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Though they've signed up to fight ISIS, the vast majority of airstrikes are American.
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The Saudis ought to pay the bills, especially considering the role their hardline clerics play in creating jihadist networks in the first place.
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Let's recall that 15 of 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis.
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While the Soviet Union was the biggest threat during the Cold War, it no longer exists.
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Today's greatest long-term threats to Europe and America are radical Islam-inspired terrorism and unchecked immigration, which by the way, go hand in hand.
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Next is nuclear proliferation and rogue nations like Iran and North Korea.
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Then the rise of China, busily hacking and cheating its way to superpower status.
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They don't have to conquer us if we internally collapse. 
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Bottom line, our allies must get serious about defense.
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If they can't pull their own weight, why should we go broke carrying them on our backs?
      Think United Airlines scandal is bad?  Try the IRS scandal  (Fox 04/12/2017)
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"A picture is worth a thousand words" as the old saying goes.  And a picture in the media is worth a million words...and billions of dollars!
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The media decides what makes the headlines.  The media just turned the United Airlines scandal into the biggest news story of the year.
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One customer being beaten and dragged off a plane went viral and destroyed a billion dollar brand. 
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This scandal was so powerful because it could have been anyone of us.
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What if that poor beaten and bleeding man being dragged from the plane was you?
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Your husband?  Your son?  Your dad?
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But I have a much worse story than this.  A similar story, except far more widespread.
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The difference is the media never made it a headline.  They barely covered it at all.
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It's also a story of a CEO and terrible abuse of his own customers.  The CEO is former President Barack Obama.
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The customers in this case were conservative taxpayers.  The company that committed the terrible crimes against thousands of our fellow citizens was the IRS. 
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That's why the media never cared.  That's why the media never covered it.  Obama was (and still is) their hero.
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They don't want the wrongdoing, abuse and corruption of government to make headlines all over the world.
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Now President Donald Trump has the opportunity to expose the most widespread criminal conspiracy in U.S.  political history.
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I have stumbled upon this "political scandal of a lifetime" because I'm a witness.  I was one of the victims.
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Now I'm asking President Trump to get involved in seeing that justice is served.
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The IRS scandal is not about one man being abused by a cold, ruthless bureaucracy.
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The victims of IRS abuse suffered for years.  And there are no lawsuits possible — because government employees are protected by law from lawsuits.
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The media never covered the new developments in the IRS scandal involving thousands of abused customers.
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This was a massive criminal conspiracy to persecute, punish, intimidate and bankrupt GOP donors, activists and critics of Obama.
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It was meant to weaken and starve Obama's political opposition.  It was meant to scare anyone away from writing a check to conservative candidates or causes.
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And it worked. 
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Lower-level IRS employees didn't do this by themselves.  They were just following orders.
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Orders given by the Obama White House to destroy conservatives.
      Greg Gutfeld: How to explain Trump to your liberal friends [not that they'll listen]  (Fox 04/11/2017)
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He's been compared to every madman, every destructive movement, every consequential thing that's happened in this universe since the Big Bang.
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People who never raised an eyebrow or their voice about Ebola or Isis or MS-13 are now concerned about this guy.
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Logic tells you this reaction can only be wrong.  In the realm of emotional debate, nothing is ever as evil, or as great, as you want it to be.
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The truth is almost always situated in some realistic middle that's upsetting to a few and boring to many.
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The idea that a businessman, an eager reality show host moving into his eighth decade, might actually be a madman ... Maybe that's plausible to a liberal, but only if you ignore some obvious facts. 
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This is a man who was born and bred in New York City, where even the conservatives are liberal.
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For President Trump to fulfill your nightmares, you have to ignore an entire fabric of politically benign living.
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The right didn't trust Obama because he lived a unexamined life of romanced, unchallenged progressivism.  He was a card-carrying Leftist.
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Trump lived a public life of transparent opinion while navigating the most liberal, cosmopolitan city on earth — ever.
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So here I offer some soothing reasons why you don't have to worry ... much. 
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1.  The Syrian strike reveals that Trump's response, even to ghastly attacks, is a firm "just enough."
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I compare it to smacking a dog's nose with a newspaper, or spanking an unruly child in aisle 3 of Walmart.  It's not an act of war.  It's an act of "Yo, we're back."
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You can damn Trump for changing his mind, but you would have damned him for doing the opposite.
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... you can explain what it means: "This strike is exactly the perfunctory minimum we will perform to maintain a persona of resolute toughness without igniting an actual conflict with people we're perhaps on the same side with when fighting ISIS."
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That's all it is — the comfortable middle ground between the impotence of doing nothing and the hysteria of escalation.  Yes, America, you elected a centrist.
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2.  Pragmatism prevails, as was predicted by many who refuse to give in to apocalyptic notions about Trump.
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The guy is a non-ideological technocrat who is willing to shift gears to clobber the conspiratorial, transient opinions of his sweatiest ideological henchmen when hard facts enter the room.
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3.  Economic nationalism will also show itself out, as global deals and coalitions call for cooperation.
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The world's top dog, like it or not, should say "me first." But "me" means the whole thirsty world gets a drink, because sooner or later, all bad things make their way to us, as all our good things make their way to them.
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4.  Even perceptions of force are enough.
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Illegal crossings into our country have dropped dramatically, to a nearly two-decade low.  Why is that?  Perception.  Trump is a metaphorical wall.
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5.  Trump's white nationalist fanboys are deeply wounded.
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Yes, it's finally dawning on these geeks that daddy used them the way the Dems often used their radical minions
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6.  Trump made it safer for honest people.
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Trump, to his credit, redefined the literality of language and the context of public conversation.  This is both off-putting and freeing.
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For years, the left (the comedian's default political stance) inevitably devoured their own when it came to violations of sensitive speech.
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If you crossed the ever-changing line — as defined by humorless scolds running campus groups — you were damaged goods.
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By turning the debates into a comedy roast, Trump's ripe ripostes, which would sink most politicians, elevated him.
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He revived the First Amendment.  You could hate the stuff he said, but he reminded you that saying it and hating it are compatible.
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In American life, and in this ridiculously enduring republic, no one is as great or as bad as you wish them to be.
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And demonizing them only clouds your ability to reason.
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Ultimately, you fail to engage in an argument when it matters.
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Lighten up.  Give it time.  He's more you than me.
      United Airlines is innocent  (Fox 04/11/2017)
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United is taking the vast brunt of the public outrage but the blame is totally misdirected. 
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The fact that a passenger was removed from a flight was not disturbing.  This happens all the time on overbooked flights, including 3,765 cases where United involuntary denied boarding to passengers in 2016.
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However, the manner in which the 69-year-old passenger was forcibly removed was deeply disturbing but the manner was not United's responsibility.
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It was a Chicago Aviation Department security officer that physically removed the passenger, not United Airline officials.
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Cell phone footage shows the man kicking and screaming as he is violently removed from the aircraft.
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An airport cop responsible for the excessive force has already been suspended.
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But the mob rage continues to foment with proverbial twitter pitchforks aimed squarely at the airline. 
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United could have certainly been more sympathetic instead of coldly apologizing for having to "re-accommodate" customers, with no mention of the brutalized passenger.
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But businesses are understandably cautious to issue public relations statements that could lead to legal liability, especially before all the facts are out.
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The deeper problem here is also that social media mobs rush to judgment and quickly express anger.
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... we are more willing to share anger with strangers, whereas happiness is more likely shared with close friends.  Outrage is also often generously rewarded with re-tweets, likes, supportive comments, sympathy and feelings of vindication.
      Gorsuch confirmed: Why our new justice may be even better than Scalia  (Fox 04/07/2017)
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Gorsuch's nomination was one of the most significant actions of the Trump presidency so far, and his confirmation will now have profound implications for our nation over the next several decades.
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1.  He as a proven record defending religious liberty.
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The First Amendment to the U.  S.  Constitution declares, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
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This amendment is deeply significant because it declares that every citizen is free to hold his or her own convictions about ultimate reality, align his or her life with those convictions, and do so openly and without fear.
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2.  He will interpret the law rather than arbitrate morality.
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In a 2009 speech entitled, "Mullahs of the West: Judges as Moral Arbiters," the late Justice Scalia lamented that many Americans have placed their faith in Supreme Court justices to give our nation moral guidance.
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Yet, the Constitution of the United States specifically guards against giving the justices such mullah-like power; it gives the "We the People" the right to decide questions of moral profundity.
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This progressive view contends that judges have the right to reinterpret the Constitution in light of "the times."
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We are not saying that the Constitution might never need to be revised or updated again in light of "the times."
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Instead, we are saying that our Founding Fathers made clear amendment to the Constitution must reflect the will of the people; an amendment requires an overwhelming Congressional majority and ratification by three-fourths of the state legislatures.
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3.  He may be willing to reject unconstitutional precedents.
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The most contentious debate, however, concerns the legal principle of stare decisis.
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A Latin phrase, stare decisis means that judges should respect legal precedents by letting them stand instead of overturning them.
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It is important to note, however, that stare decisis is not found in the Constitution or the Bill or Rights; it is not the law of the land, but a "rule of thumb."
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4.  No Need for Mullahs on the Supreme Court
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He will defend religious liberty.
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He will confine himself to interpreting the law rather than setting himself up as a moral arbiter.
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And he may be willing to overturn bad legal precedents in which former jurists set themselves up as moral arbiters.
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In so doing, he will send a message to the political community that we have no need for mullahs at 1 First Street in Washington. 
      Bill O'Reilly: Trump, Gorsuch and you — Democrats push an opposition agenda based on hate not what's best  (Fox 04/04/2017)
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It is really all about hating Trump, not partisan politics.
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There's no doubt that Judge Neil Gorsuch is qualified so sit on the Supreme Court and he will.
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Republicans in the Senate must prevail on the judge or the entire Party and the president will be greatly damaged.  And that's exactly what the Democratic Party wants.
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The strategy is simple, oppose every change the president wants to make.  Everything he wants to do.
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Create as much mayhem as possible and then tell the American people Mr.  Trump doesn't know how to govern.
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Meanwhile, the American people get hammered because worthy persons like Judge Neil Gorsuch are disparaged and innovative policies are sabotaged.
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I mean, did you watch any of the Gorsuch hearings?  I don't want to compare the judge to Jesus but it was exactly the same thing.
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Democratic senators acting like pharisees — trying to trap the judge into saying something controversial.  Trying to paint the man as someone not worthy of being on the court.
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So, we now have an opposition agenda primarily based on hatred not what's best for the country.  Just listen to the rhetoric on the left.  It is vitriolic in the extreme.
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The Trump haters justify their behavior by saying the president is destroying the country, the issues of illegal immigration, global warming, national security have created fury on the left.
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Finally, many Republicans opposed President Obama's agenda.  There was little common ground there but five GOP senators voted to confirm the very liberal Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
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President Obama got his trade authority.  And debt limits were raised.
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The system was strained under Mr.  Obama but it functioned.
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Now political hatred is directly threatening our Republic and we the people will pay a huge price if things don't change.
      Gregg Jarrett: Sanctuary cities won't find refuge in law  (Fox 03/28/2017)
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For now, it is worth cutting through the posturing and considering how we got here - and what the law actually says.
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What Is A "Sanctuary City"?
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More than 300 cities and counties have sanctuary policies.  For some, it is simply a political statement.  They have taken no real action to give sanctuary to people who are there illegally.
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But other cities like San Francisco actively protect illegal immigrants.  They refuse to turn over people who committed low-level crimes to federal agents for deportation.  And when ICE asks for a "hold" on a prisoner, the city ignores it.  Often they walk free.
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That is what led to the tragic shooting death of Kate Steinle in July of last year.  Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez of Mexico was in the U.S.  illegally.  He had 7 felony convictions and was deported 5 times.  He kept slipping back through our border, seeking refuge in the safe haven of San Francisco.
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Sanchez was in the custody of the San Francisco Sheriff on drug charges when ICE issued a detainer for him requesting that he be held until the feds could pick him up.  Instead of handing him over, the Sheriff followed the city's sanctuary policy by ignoring immigration authorities.  He opened the jail doors setting the prisoner free.  Sanchez then shot Steinle to death as she was walking with her father on a San Francisco pier.
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President Obama refused to take action against cities like San Francisco that shield illegal immigrants even after arrests or criminal convictions.  He deliberately ignored existing federal law.
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The Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996 requires states and municipalities to cooperate with federal authorities on immigration requests:
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"A state or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict... sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual."
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That same law allowed President Obama to withhold federal financial support from those cities that continue to thwart the law.  Yet, he took no action.  If he had, perhaps Kate Steinle would be alive today. 
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The Supremacy Clause of the U.S.  Constitution gives primacy to federal law over contrary state or local laws.
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Did any of that matter to President Obama?  Obviously not. 
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President Trump, even before Sessions' explicit warning, had promised to take a different course than his predecessor, vowing to withhold federal dollars from cities that protect people who are here illegally.
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What would that mean?  For a large metropolitan area such as San Francisco, it could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money upon which it relies.
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Politicians love to take public stands on their idealistic principles, however misguided they may be.  Until, of course, you hit them in the wallet.
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When faced with budgetary catastrophes like the loss of millions of dollars, they often exhibit a sudden change of heart.  Funny how that works. 
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If the carrot and stick approach fails to force city officials to abide by the law, perhaps President Trump should begin charging people with crimes.
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He can do so under another federal statute which makes it a felony to shield someone who is here illegally:
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"Any person who, knowing that an alien has come to the U.S.  in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection such alien in any place, including any building... shall be imprisoned not more than 5 years."
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Five years behind bars might give city officials pause to rethink their sanctuary philosophy.
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But there's an added punishment written in the law: if someone dies because a city official decided not to comply with federal law, as in the Steinle case, the maximum penalty is life behind bars.
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I'm pretty sure that'll get the attention of some sheriffs, police chiefs and mayors.
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Whether President Trump and his Department of Justice will decide to criminally prosecute city officials who thumb their noses at federal law is unknown.
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How many innocent victims like Kate Steinle have to die before people realize that most laws exist for a reason –to protect citizens. 
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I have a feeling that Ronald Reagan might have done it.  Maybe President Trump will channel his inner-Reagan and make the right decision.
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If he doesn't, how can he call himself the "law and order" president?
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See related Murder (Michael Ramirez, 07/08/2015) cartoon from USA picture album
      Religious freedom, not money, should drive West in dealing with Saudi Arabia  (Fox 03/28/2017)
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During the past 20 years, eight British universities — among them Oxford and Cambridge — have taken more than $292 million from Saudi Arabia and other Islamic governments.
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These contributions represent "the largest source of external funding to UK universities."
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This phenomenon is also not isolated to the United Kingdom: Harvard alone has received more than $30 million from the Saudi government.
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Stop and think about this.
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Money used to fund professorships, scholarships and centers of study is coming from regimes with long histories of violating religious freedoms.
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As well-intentioned as the contributors might be, it is clear these contributions are not arriving without strings attached.
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A cynic might say that they are buying off professors and universities in order to advance their own agenda, even while forbidding similar activities within their own countries.
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They are happy to exploit Western freedoms in order to strengthen their own theocracies.
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Saudi Arabia also plays a significant role in the establishment of mosques — the centerpieces of Muslim communities — across the world.
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According to a hearing conducted before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security in 2003, the vast majority of mosques in the United States were then under Saudi influence.
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In all, it is estimated that Saudi Arabia has spent more than $100 billion to spread the country's worldview. 
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Saudis want and enjoy freedoms around the world, but we must ask ourselves: Where is the equal religious freedom offered by the Saudi government toward people of Buddhist, Hindu or Christian faith, or even atheists, in their own country?
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Rather, Saudi Arabia remains one of the most oppressive regimes in the world when it comes to freedom of conscience. 
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... Saudi Arabia "continues to prosecute, imprison and flog individuals for dissent, apostasy, blasphemy and sorcery."
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... right now an extremist religious preacher wanted by the Indian government — who has received massive funding from the U.K.  and Saudi Arabia — enjoys safe haven in Saudi Arabia.
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And while cases like these freely happen in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom is allowed to funnel billions of dollars to countries to promote their brand of Islam — that exportation certainly contributed to the 9/11 attack on New York.
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This hypocrisy must end.  The free exportation of extremist ideologies — religious or atheistic — is what drives people to violence and the curtailment of freedoms.
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The international community must adopt a reciprocal approach to religious tolerance in response to those nations that abuse our freedoms while forbidding freedom among their own.
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It is high time that the West, with its evolved understanding of freedom of conscience and liberty, begins to ask for this kind of reciprocity in bilateral relations with nations.
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The act would forbid a national of any country that limits the free exercise of religion from spending money in the United States to promote a religion.
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Religious tolerance and the freedom of conscience and belief are cornerstones of human rights affecting all other rights.
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We must hold nations accountable for the safeguarding of these freedoms, and those who restrict them ought not to be able to freely promote their ideology — in any form — abroad.
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America needs to act and not be focused on economic considerations only.
      Freedom Caucus drives dagger into heart of young Trump presidency  (Fox 03/24/2017)
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It is hard to overestimate the damage the Freedom Caucus has done to the fledgling presidency of Donald Trump, and to the country.
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By blocking the American Health Care Act of 2017, the conservative group has guaranteed that Americans will struggle forward under the burden of Obamacare.
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In the next few months insurers will announce their premium hikes for the coming year; chances are, given the continuing withdrawal of major companies from the marketplaces and the ongoing failure of the bill to attract enough young and healthy participants, the new rates will not be pretty.
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Last year premiums went up 25%; it's likely the increases will be higher this year.
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Republicans will own those higher rates.
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Their failure to repeal the financial underpinnings of Obamacare and start replacing that failing program with an approach that encourages competition and that embodies numerous other common sense reforms will mean that families hit by ever-higher costs will blame the GOP.
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Voters elected Donald Trump and a GOP Congress to get this job done – the number one promise of every Republican campaign since 2010.
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Now the Republican Party inherits the Sisyphean task of managing Obamacare's inevitable decline.  They are no longer critics; they are now the producers of the show.
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Of course, the damage is not limited to healthcare reform.  The undermining of the House leadership is profound and clouds prospects of tax reform, infrastructure spending and other important jobs to be done.
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It is the young Trump presidency, however, that takes the biggest hit here.
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Trump was elected because people across the political spectrum thought he could fix some of our problems.
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He was the businessman who could import common sense to Washington, and the deal maker who could bring people together.
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He made big promises; a country tired of stalemate and disappointment believed that he could bring back jobs, reduce our debt, build the wall, find a better healthcare solution.
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His credibility and credentials now lie in tatters.
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Who is to blame?  House Speaker Paul Ryan will be dragged through the mud for failing to win enough votes.
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Nancy Pelosi mocked Trump for bringing the bill to the floor before he had the votes; that won't sit well with a president who likes winning.
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So far, he is blaming Democrats, but he will doubtless find others – including perhaps the Speaker – to chastise for the loss.
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As an outsider, President Trump has to rely on some seasoned hands to move bills through Congress; notwithstanding this recent defeat, Vice President Pence, chief of staff Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan are an excellent and necessary team.
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Relying on executive orders, as Obama did, produces unsustainable measures easily overturned by the courts.
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Outraged Republicans should save most of their ire for the Freedom Caucus.
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The group of 30-odd conservatives are patting themselves on the backs this evening; joining their celebration are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
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The Trump White House is apparently going to move on to the other items on the agenda.
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The country will watch to see if the administration can bring tax reform about.
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With Democrats obstructing every move, nothing will be easy.  But with Democrats and the Freedom Caucus standing in the way of the Trump agenda, nearly everything becomes impossible.
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      Cal Thomas: What the heck's the matter with Maryland?  (Fox 03/24/2017)
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The police report of the incident is so graphic that it cannot be printed in full, but the facts are these: Henry Sanchez, 18, a Guatemala native who has a pending "alien removal" case against him, and 17-year-old Jose Montano, who came to America from El Salvador eight months ago, have been charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offenses.
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The two are alleged to have dragged the 14-year-old girl into a boy's restroom where they raped and sodomized her after she repeatedly screamed "no."
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Compounding the physical and possible long-term psychological damage to the girl is the response of school authorities and state legislators.
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"Ensuring a safe, secure and welcoming learning environment for all of our students is a top priority.  Our staff remains vigilant in the monitoring of our school each and every day."
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Apparently not.
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Among the many questions that should be asked is why Sanchez and Montano — both old enough to be seniors — were placed in a freshman class in the first place?
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Equally "stupid" is a bill in the legislature that would declare Maryland a "sanctuary state."
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One of the things the left claims to always be concerned about are the rights of minorities and the disenfranchised.
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One hears that argument invoked often in debates over transgender individuals and which bathroom they can use.
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If that works for liberals in this case, what about the right of a teenage girl to be protected against a violation of her person by illegal immigrants?
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A corollary argument is that most illegal immigrants are not violent criminals.
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We hear the same argument when it comes to Muslims, that not all members of the religion should be judged by the acts of a violent few.
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Ask the victims or relatives of people who have died or been injured by radical Islamists how they feel about that argument.
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In the case of the young Rockville High School girl, ask her and her parents, siblings and other relatives if they are OK with allowing people like Sanchez and Montano into their child's school.
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If convicted of the rape charges, they should be punished and then deported.
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School officials and legislators who have helped create the environment that has allowed such a horrible incident to occur must be held accountable by the citizens of Montgomery County, Maryland, and voters statewide.
      Erick Erickson: The freakout over Gorsuch is beyond the bounds of reason [GOP, I'm talking to you]  (Fox 03/23/2017)
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Yes, Neil Gorsuch said he would walk out of Trump's office if Trump had asked him to overrule Roe v.  Wade.
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The man is supposed to defend the independence of the third branch of government and you want him to agree to that?
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But Gorsuch has a history of rejecting stare decisis when he thinks the courts have gotten it wrong.  Stare decisis is the concept that judges must give due deference to precedent
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Gorsuch also has a paper trail and track record of not giving deference to bureaucrats.  In fact, Gorsuch is to the right of Scalia on that issue and believes unelected bureaucrats are not allowed to make law.
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Likewise, Gorsuch takes a more restrictionist view of Presidential power than Scalia, which both sides should like.
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Then there is the issue of Gorsuch's true feelings.  We know what he thinks.  Long before Gorsuch was nominated for a spot in the federal judiciary he advocated for the position that when a private person takes the life of another person, regardless of that person's form or condition, it is murder.
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Every person who has ever been nominated for the Supreme Court has been intentionally nebulous and intentionally deferential.
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Calm down, Republicans.  Gorsuch has a paper trail.  It is conservative, it is pro-life, and it is not deferential to the prior Supreme Court cases that got it wrong.
      Newt Gingrich: Like Andrew Jackson, Donald Trump is an intensely American president  (Fox 03/23/2017)
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President Trump gave a historic speech last week honoring President Andrew Jackson.
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True to current form, the media largely either missed or maligned it.
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He was the first president to do so since Ronald Reagan in 1982. 
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... Presidents Trump and Jackson have a tremendous amount in common.
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First, President Trump earned the respect of the Americans who elected him largely by being an outsider and a disruptive force chosen to break up existing Washington power structures.
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"It was during the Revolution that Jackson first confronted and defied an arrogant elite.  Does that sound familiar to you?," President Trump said.
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Second, both men are intensely American figures who focus nearly all their energy on wresting power away from the ruling class and returning it to normal Americans.  This is expressed in both men's populist messages and actions.
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Finally, President Trump, like President Jackson, is heavily criticized by the elites of the day.
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"Andrew Jackson rejected authority that looked down on the common people.  First as a boy, when he bravely served the Revolutionary cause.  Next, as the heroic victor at New Orleans where his ragtag – and it was ragtag – militia ... drove the British imperial forces from America in a triumphant end to the War of 1812.  He was a real general, that one."
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"And, finally, as President – when he reclaimed the people's government from an emerging aristocracy."
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"Jackson's victory shook the establishment like an earthquake.  Henry Clay, Secretary of State for the defeated President John Quincy Adams, called Jackson's victory ‘mortifying and sickening'."
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"Oh, boy, does this sound familiar.  Have we heard this?  This is terrible.  He said there had been ‘no greater calamity' in the nation's history."
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President Trump's speech placed the movement that elected him into the context of American history.
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Over the nearly 250 years that our Republic has grown and changed, the American people have periodically rejected what they sensed as "an emerging aristocracy" and felt the need to elect someone like Trump or Jackson who can shake "the establishment like an earthquake."
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In the context of Jackson, President Trump's America First budget makes perfect sense.  His budget supports the priorities and interests of the American people – not those of unelected bureaucrats.
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... Trump pledged a "new economic model" for manufacturers that calls for fewer regulations and lower taxes, so more Americans can find jobs to support their families.
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Finally, channeling Jackson is perfect for repealing and replacing Obamacare — which will return health care decisions back to the people, doctors and states.
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"His opponents regarded his presidency as unimaginable, until he beat them."
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As his administration continues to grow and change, I suspect President Trump will continue to be a disruptive force in Washington on behalf of normal Americans.
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And his presidency will be every bit as historic as President Jackson's.
      Gregg Jarrett: Sorry Dems, Judge Gorsuch is un-Borkable  (Fox 03/21/2017)
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Gorsuch's credentials are too impeccable, his intellect too keen and his temperament too even to fall victim to the kind of debasement that felled Judge Robert Bork and coined an infamous phrase. 
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If the Gorsuch confirmation hearings have proven anything, it's that his opponents have no powder in their guns.
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His rulings have been fair, his legal mind agile, and his fidelity to the law unimpeachable.
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It has been 30 years since the shameful treatment of Bork, a brilliant, albeit conservative U.S.  Court of Appeals judge whom President Ronald Reagan nominated to the Supreme Court.
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The ensuing Senate approval process in 1987 devolved into a detestable campaign of lies and vilification, which diminished the stature of the Senate and forever altered the discourse in judicial confirmation hearings.
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"Originalism" is the belief that judges should attempt to interpret the original words of those who authored the Constitution, as they were understood at the time they were written.
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It eschews the growing practice among liberal judges to make law by "legislating from the bench" and interpreting the founding fathers' words through the lense of modern mores.
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Bork was an early advocate of originalism and became the first Supreme Court nominee to openly support what was then a new brand of judicial conservatism during a confirmation hearing. 
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A bitter and divisive ideological war was waged against Bork in the Senate, as Democrats grossly misrepresented the nominee's views and smeared his good name with unconscionable deceit.
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"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution," Kennedy bellowed, spinning a fantastic fable that bore no resemblance to the truth behind Bork's judicial philosophy.
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The stunned jurist remarked, "There was not a line in that speech that was accurate."
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While Bork possessed a sterling legal mind, his personality and demeanor were ill-suited for the battle.
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... Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have tried their level best to oppose Gorsuch with exaggerated or unfounded claims.
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During questioning, they have all but accused the nominee of pledging allegiance to President Trump, favoring wealthy corporations over the "little guy," authoring policy on torture, promising to overturn Roe v.  Wade, and even uttering a sexist question while teaching a law school class on ethics.
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There is no evidence any of it is true, and repeatedly Gorsuch refused to take the bait or otherwise respond with enmity, as Bork did.
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"American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box, as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide to the use of vouchers for private school education," Gorsuch wrote.
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"This overweening addiction to the courtroom as the place to debate social policy is bad for the country and bad for the judiciary."
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"The great project of Justice Scalia's career was to remind us of the differences between judges and legislators," Gorsuch said at a memorial lecture in honor of the late justice.
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Judges must apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, he said.  They should not decide cases based on their own moral convictions.
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In an opinion last year, he offered a more concise guiding principle, "Judges judge best when they judge least."
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In his opening statement, he described Scalia as a mentor who "reminded us that words matter –that the judge's job is to follow the words that are in the law– not replace them with words that aren't."
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In answers to Senators' questions, Gorsuch consistently pledged strict devotion to the law as written and originally intended, not as others may hope or imagine.
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In so doing, he adhered to his convictions in a way that is rarely seen among leading jurists. 
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An expected contest of judicial philosophies, like the fight, becomes a farce.
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Any hope of honesty and transparency in the confirmation hearing is lost to the trick of an evasive technique.
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And everyone departs the arena none the wiser.  Least of all, the American public.
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Inevitably, some in the Senate chamber will vote against Gorsuch.
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They will do it because it is politically prudent or electorally expedient. 
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But when Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to the Supreme Court, he will bring with him the potential to become one of its giants.
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He appears beholden to no one and cares only about following the law, wherever it may take him, as he made plain in response to one Senator's question:
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"A good judge doesn't give a wit about politics or the political implication of his decision."
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"My job is not to write the laws, but to apply and interpret those laws.  Whether mighty or meek, rich or poor...everyone is protected by our laws equally."
      Neil Gorsuch and the Senate's convoluted Supreme Court confirmation dance  (Fox 03/20/2017)
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There is no question that Judge Gorsuch is exceptionally qualified.  His background and character are unimpeachable.
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The non-partisan American Bar Association has given him its highest possible rating.
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Like Justice Scalia, Judge Gorsuch believes in the rule of law, not judge-made law.
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He believes that the judiciary is vested only with the power to interpret statues, not create them.
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As Justice Scalia wrote, this distinction is critical because it determines who governs: an unelected committee of judges with life tenure or the people's representatives.
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The Democrats are still smarting over their unforeseen loss of the presidency and over Judge Merrick Garland's failed nomination.
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They've already worked publically to discredit Judge Gorsuch and have even previewed their attack on the nominee.
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The American people can and should be concerned about Judge Gorsuch's judicial philosophy.  The way a judge thinks about judging matters.
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Is he or she someone who feels constrained by the words Congress has written?
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What about the Constitution?  Is he or she a believer in original meaning of someone who believes that the Constitution is living, evolving even?
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... the so-called "Ginsburg Rule." This rule preserves judicial impartiality by preventing judicial nominees from commenting on potential issues.
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... a nominee must not comment about "any specific case that may come before her."
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Justice Ginsburg also clearly indicated that she would not comment on potential matters in her introductory statement:
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"A judge sworn to decide impartially can offer no forecast, no hints for that would show not only disregard for the specifics of the particular case, it would display disdain for the entire judicial process."
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Justice Ginsburg made good on that promise.  She deflected well over thirty questions from senators on both sides of the aisle...
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She reminded the senators that asking for a signal on a potential case "is something you must never ask a judge to do."
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Every nominee to follow has invoked the "Ginsburg Rule" and refrained from answering questions that implicate issues that might come before the Supreme Court.
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When the senators doggedly insist upon more fulsome answers to questions — and they will — keep in mind that their questions may violate the Ginsburg Rule.
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... Supreme Court nomination hearings should be the epitome of civility.  They should be a learning opportunity for the American people.
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Given the full-court press by Democrats, we're likely to see politics as usual on full display Monday.
      How North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans  (03/29/2017)
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The mainstream media, and some officials who should know better, continue to allege North Korea does not yet have capability to deliver on its repeated threats to strike the U.S.  with nuclear weapons.
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False reassurance is given to the American people that North Korea has not "demonstrated" that it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead small enough for missile delivery, or build a reentry vehicle for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of penetrating the atmosphere to blast a U.S.  city.
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Yet any nation that has built nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, as North Korea has done, can easily overcome the relatively much simpler technological challenge of warhead miniaturization and reentry vehicle design.
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Even if it were true that North Korea does not yet have nuclear missiles, their "Dear Leader" could deliver an atomic bomb hidden on a freighter sailing under a false flag into a U.S.  port, or hire their terrorist allies to fly a nuclear 9/11 suicide mission across the unprotected border with Mexico.
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The notion that North Korea is testing A-Bombs and H-Bomb components, but does not yet have the sophistication to miniaturize warheads and make reentry vehicles for missile delivery is absurd.
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On April 7, 2015, at a Pentagon press conference, Admiral William Gortney, then Commander of North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD), responsible for protecting the U.S.  from long-range missiles, warned that the intelligence community assesses North Korea's KN-08 mobile ICBM could strike the U.S.  with a nuclear warhead.
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In February and March of 2015, former senior national security officials of the Reagan and Clinton administrations warned that North Korea should be regarded as capable of delivering by satellite a small nuclear warhead, specially designed to make a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the United States.
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According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year — killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse.
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Two North Korean satellites, the KMS-3 and KMS-4, presently orbit over the U.S.  on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP attack.
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The U.S.  must be prepared to preempt North Korea by any means necessary — including nuclear weapons.
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Launch a crash program to harden against EMP attack the U.S.  electric grid to preserve American civilization and hundreds of millions of lives. 
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Revive President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), the unfairly derided "Star Wars."
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Space-based missile defenses could still render nuclear missiles obsolete and offer a permanent, peaceful, solution to problems like North Korea.
      Republicans and entitlements  (JWR 03/17/2017)
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The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it's not that easy.
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Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril.
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This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health care.
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The genius of the left is to keep enlarging the entitlement state by creating new giveaways that are politically impossible to repeal.
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People hated Obamacare for its highhandedness, incompetence and cost.  At the same time, its crafters took great care to create new beneficiaries and new expectations.  Which makes repeal very complicated.
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Moreover, the idea that you can eradicate Obamacare root and branch is fanciful.  For all its catastrophic flaws, Obamacare changed expectations.
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Does any Republican propose returning to a time when you can be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition?
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It's not just Donald Trump who ran on retaining this new, yes, entitlement.  Everyone did.  But it's very problematic.
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If people know that they can sign up for insurance after they get sick, the very idea of insurance is undermined.  People won't sign up when healthy and the insurance companies will go broke.
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So what do you do?  Obamacare imposed a monetary fine if you didn't sign up, for which the Ryan bill substitutes another mechanism, less heavy-handed but still government-mandated.
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The purists who insist upon entirely escaping the heavy hand of government are dreaming.  The best you can hope for is to make it less intrusive and more rational, as in the Ryan plan's block-granting Medicaid.
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Or instituting a more realistic age-rating system.  Sixty-year-olds use six times as much health care as 20-year-olds.
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Premiums better reflecting risk constitute a major restoration of rationality.  (It's how life insurance works.)
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Under Obamacare, the young were unwilling to be swindled and refused to sign up.  Without their support, the whole system is thus headed into a death spiral of looming insolvency.
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Rationality, however, has a price.  The CBO has already predicted a massive increase in premiums for 60-year-olds.  That's the headline.
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There is no free lunch.  GOP hard-liners must accept that Americans have become accustomed to some new health care benefits, just as moderates have to brace themselves for stories about the inevitable losers in any reform.
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Unless, of course, you go the full Machiavelli and throw it all back on the Democrats.
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Upside: You reap the backlash.  Downside: You have to live with your conscience.
      Will we be adults or children?  The ugly truth about America's spending  (Fox 03/17/2017)
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You can already hear the howling. 
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Oh the humanity, Trump is killing Big Bird.
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The world is in danger of climate destruction, Trump is ending payments to the Green Climate Fund that pays off foreign governments to support radical environmental proposals under the false flag of global warming.
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The world is on the brink of chaos as the United States contribution to the United Nations is cut to the same level as every other Security Council member pays.
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Here is the ugly truth.
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We are twenty trillion dollars in debt.  We have hit the debt ceiling and the federal government is taking what is called "extraordinary measures" to keep us solvent until Congress either balances the budget at current levels or raises the ceiling again.
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The Congressional Budget Office reports that overall federal government spending has increased by approximately $1.13 Trillion over the past decade, while tax revenues have increased by $699 Billion with the result being a more than doubling of our national debt during the previous ten years.
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The most alarming part of our nation's interest costs, is that they are completely dependent upon demand for our government debt on the open market.
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... the only rational choice is to aggressively cut the discretionary budget now.
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And that is what President Trump is proposing, difficult, but doable budget cuts beginning the process of reflecting the needs of the nation, not just the wants.
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One of the big differences between and adult and a child is that a child cannot distinguish the difference between a want and a need.  But America can no longer afford to be fiscal children.
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America simply can no longer afford to pretend that we can continue on the current path, President Trump's budget is a good starting point on our national decision of whether we are going to be adults addressing our nation's true needs or children disconnected to the looming debt crisis.
      Deterrence and human nature  (JWR 03/16/2017)
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Deterrence is the strategy of persuading someone in advance not to do something, often by raising the likelihood of punishment.
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The alternative view insists that innately nice people respond better to discussion and outreach.
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History is largely the story of the tensions between, and the combination of, these two very different views of human nature — one tragic and one therapeutic.
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Take illegal immigration.  The Trump administration believed the answer was to persuade people not to come illegally into the United States, and to convince those who are already residing here illegally and who have broken American laws to go home.
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So his proposed wall on the border with Mexico and beefed-up patrols are a sort of insurance policy in case immigrants do not heed appeals to follow the law.
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The early result of that proposed deterrent policy is that in just two months, attempted illegal entries into the U.S.  have fallen dramatically.
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Past approaches to illegal immigration were largely therapeutic.  Bilateral talks with Mexico, sanctuary cities, de facto amnesties and non-enforcement of immigration laws supposedly would ensure that immigration was orderly and a positive experience for both hosts and guests.
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Instead, the border effectively became wide open and chaos ensued.
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Currently, there are no real repercussions on campus for students who disrupt public discourse or prevent invited speakers from presenting lectures.
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If the intent of universities was to persuade students to respect free speech, then their therapeutic policies seem an utter failure.
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University laxity is seen by protestors as weakness to be held in contempt rather than magnanimity to be appreciated.
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The tragic view would hold that had the University of California expelled students for recently disrupting free speech — and had it encouraged law enforcement to arrest miscreants for destroying property and using violence against others — such deterrence would have prevented such unrest in the future.
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Did the Obama administration's euphemistic effort to eradicate the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" — along with Obama's apology tour and therapeutic Cairo speech — win hearts and minds in the Middle East?
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Or did such outreach convince radicals that the U.S.  was hardly to be feared, thus encouraging anti-American sentiment?
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In the past eight years, the U.S.  has backed off the red lines and deadlines it issued to Syria, Russia and Iran.
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Did such equivocation earn America appreciation and respect for circumspection — or contempt for empty rhetoric?
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There is no clear-cut divide between deterrence and therapy.  Each at times has its place in warning or wooing people and nations.
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But in general, anytime a government errs on the side of therapy and communicates to individuals and foreign powers that laws are flexible, that punishment is iffy and that consequences are negotiable, it gets less of what it wants.
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It is unfortunate but true that North Korea is deterred more by U.S.  military strength than by United Nations resolutions.
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In much the same way, radical campus lawbreakers probably respect (and fear) the local district attorney a lot more than the college president.
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In other words, the more we feel we have entered a 21st-century therapeutic utopia, the more tragic that human nature seems not to have changed all that much from the Stone Age.
      Make no mistake, disclosing Trump's tax returns [and anyone else's] is a felony  (Fox 03/17/2017)
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One can argue about whether public officials should be expected to release their tax returns.
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Frankly, as a former public official at the Federal Election Commission, I believe we've gone way too far in denying officials any semblance of a private life.
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I don't care what President Donald Trump's tax returns show, and I don't think they are any of my (or anyone else's) business.
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I am interested in the principles and policies that candidates and elected officials stand for, not how much income they earned or taxes they paid.
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Others feel differently, of course.  But there is no question that the White House is right about what it said ... "It is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns."
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Section (a)(3) makes it unlawful for any person who receives an illegally disclosed tax return or return information from printing or publishing that return or that information.  That is also a felony.
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American citizens are forced by law to file tax returns and to provide the federal government with highly sensitive, highly confidential financial information.
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The First Amendment doesn't immunize government employees from prosecution for disclosing confidential tax information.
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... under U.S.  v.  Williams (2008), "calls to commit a specific crime are generally not constitutionally protected."
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The key issue was balancing privacy concerns against the interest in publishing matters of public importance.
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It would be up to a court to determine whether the interests of both the government and citizens in maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of tax returns outweighed the public's interest in obtaining financial information on elected officials.
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... "the government seeks to restrict disclosure of private tax information to the press ... given the compelling governmental interests in maintaining a workable tax system, it is difficult to say that this regulation is unreasonable."
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The rule of law is a vital principle that is a fundamental part of who we are as a nation.  Part of that principle is the concept that no one is above the law.
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All of us – from the lowliest citizen to the president – are entitled to expect that the financial information we are forced to provide to the government will be kept confidential.
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When that expectation is broken, the government has an obligation, at a minimum, to go after those in government who violated the law.
      Andrew Napolitano: Did Obama spy on Trump?  (Fox 03/16/2017)
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Obama would not have needed a warrant to authorize surveillance on Trump.
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Obama was the president and as such enjoyed authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to order surveillance on any person in America, without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant.
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FISA contemplates that the surveillance it authorizes will be for national security purposes, but this is an amorphous phrase and an ambiguous standard that has been the favorite excuse of most modern presidents for extraconstitutional behavior.
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FISA was enacted in the late 1970s to force the federal government to focus its surveillance activities — its domestic national security-based spying — on only those people who were more likely than not agents of a foreign government. 
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The mass spying that these judges have ruled FISA authorizes is directly counter to the wording, meaning and purpose of FISA itself, which was enacted to prevent just what it has in fact now unleashed.
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We now know indisputably that this secret FISA court — whose judges cannot keep records of their own work and have their pockets and briefcases checked by guards as they enter and leave the courthouse — has permitted all spying on everyone all the time.
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When FISA was written, telephone surveillance was a matter of wiretapping — installing a wire onto the target's telephone line, either inside or outside the home or business, and listening to or recording in real time the conversations that were audible on the tapped line.
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Today the National Security Agency has 24/7 access to the mainframe computers of all telecom providers and all computer service providers and to all digital traffic carried by fiber optics in the U.S.
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Thus, in 2016, when Trump says the surveillance of him took place, Obama needed only to ask the NSA for a transcript of Trump's telephone conversations to be prepared from the digital versions that the NSA already possessed.
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... if President Obama last year wanted transcripts of Trump's calls made at any time, the NSA would have been duty-bound to provide them, just as it would be required to provide transcripts of Obama's calls today if President Trump wanted them.
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But if Obama did order the NSA to prepare transcripts of Trump's conversations last fall under the pretext of national security — to find out whether Trump was communicating with the Russians would have been a good excuse — there would exist somewhere a record of such an order.
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For that reason, if Obama did this, he no doubt used a source on which he'd leave no fingerprints.
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Enter James Bond.
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Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump's calls.
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So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.
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Thus, when senior American intelligence officials denied that their agencies knew about this, they were probably being truthful.
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Adding to this ominous scenario is the fact that three days after Trump's inauguration, the head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, stating that he wished to spend more time with his family.
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I hope the investigations of Trump's allegation discover and reveal the truth — whatever it is.  But the lesson here is terribly serious.
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We face the gravest threat to personal liberty since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 proscribed criticism of the government.
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We have an unelected, unnamed, unaccountable elite group in the intelligence community manipulating the president at will and possessing intimate, detailed knowledge about all of us that it can reveal.
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We have statutes that have given the president unconstitutional powers that have apparently been used.
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And we have judges on secret courts facilitating all this as if the Constitution didn't exist.
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For how much longer will we have freedom?
      Gregg Jarrett: 4 things you need to know about the rulings against Trump's latest travel ban  (Fox 03/16/2017)
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1.) Legally, what did the 2 judges find wrong with the revised travel ban?
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The judges relied not on the detailed language of the executive order, but on several of the remarks President Trump made as a candidate on the campaign trail.
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The judges largely ignored the President's justification stated specifically in the ban that he was acting in the interest of national security to protect American citizens from potential terrorists because the 6 banned nations are state sponsors of terrorism (as identified by Congress and President Obama in an anti-terrorism law) and those governments do not assist the U.S.  in vetting applicants with background checks.
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2.) How unusual is it for a judge to rely so heavily on campaign rhetoric?
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After first claiming he would institute a Muslim ban, he later changed his stance to say that he would ban entry from countries that pose a terrorist threat.
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But these two judges ignored his revised position and accused the President if using national security as a pre-text for banning Muslims.
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In doing so, the judges were pretending to read President Trump's mind.  It smacks of judicial activism and appears contrary to established law on judicial review.
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This was also unusual.  In an unsolicited filing, five Republican-appointed judges on the 9th Circuit (the same court which last month ruled against President Trump's first travel ban) wrote this in a published opinion:
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"Whatever we as individuals may feel about the President or the executive order, the President's decision was well within the powers of the presidency."
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These five judges all but accused their colleagues of judicial activism and overreach because they don't like President Trump or his policies.  The five judges recognized that the President has both constitutional (Article 1, Section 8) and statutory authority (the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act) to dictate immigration as it applies to national security threats. 
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4.) So, what happens next?
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The ruling by the judge in Hawaii can be appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Maryland ruling would be appealed to the 4th Circuit.  They could be reversed on appeal.  Or not.
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But all of this may turn out to be moot.  The main part of the travel ban will expire after 90 days.
      John Stossel: Our ignorant mainstream media — four incredible examples  (Fox 03/15/2017)
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Every day I see things that are wrong or that so miss the point I want to scream.
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1.  Storm Coverage
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... the media reverted to breathless hype: "monster storm ... very dangerous." Here I blame my beloved free market: Predicting scary weather works.  Viewers tune in.
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What galls me more is the reporters' government-centric thinking.  "Everything is closed," they say.  "Employees can't get to work."
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But the corner grocery stayed open.  So did many gas stations and restaurants.
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Why is it that when government buildings close, so many private businesses stay open?  Because their own money is at stake.
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2.  The Deep State
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Monday, The New York Times ran the headline "What Happens When You Fight a 'Deep State' that Doesn't Exist?"
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The article explained that unlike Egypt or Pakistan, America doesn't really have a powerful deep state, and to claim that it does "presents apolitical civil servants as partisan agents."
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Give me a break.  "Apolitical civil servants"?
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A deep state absolutely exists.  Some call it "administrative state" or "regulatory state."
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These are the people who crush innovation and freedom by issuing hundreds of new rules.
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Regulators, if they don't pass new rules, think they're not doing their job.
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The Times calls these 20 million people "apolitical".  Please.  Most are just as partisan as you or I.
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Maybe more so, as leaks and signs of bureaucratic resistance to presidential edicts demonstrate.
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People who choose to work for, say, the EPA, tend to be environment zealots.
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This should surprise no one.  Somehow, New York Times reporters don't see it.
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3.  "Chief of EPA Bucks Studies"
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... front page claimed President Donald Trump appointee Scott Pruitt is "at odds with the established scientific consensus."
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That makes Pruitt sound like an anti-science idiot.  But the headline is bunk.
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Pruitt only said that he does not agree that man is "the primary contributor to global warming."
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That's "at odds" with Times reporters and government flunkies on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but many scientists say there is so much uncertainty to climate measurements that no one can know if man's greenhouse gases are the "primary" cause of warming.
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4.  John Oliver
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... expecting Oliver to at least mention Venezuela's caps on corporate profits, abolition of property rights, media censorship, regulation of car production "from the factory door to the place of sale," etc.  In other words: socialism.
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But no, Oliver didn't mention any of that.
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He mocked President Maduro's speeches but said Venezuela was in trouble because its economy depends on oil and oil prices dropped.  What?
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Kuwait, Nigeria, Angola and other countries exported more oil than Venezuela.  But they survived the price drop without experiencing the misery that Venezuela suffers.  The suffering was created by socialism.
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America's leftists cannot see the horrors of socialism even when they are right in front of them.
      Parents, quit caring more about the White House than your own house  (Fox 03/11/2017)
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The opinions of our nation's new commander in chief are as varied as DNA.
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Somewhere between the celebratory blowing of horns and warning sirens, it is easy to get caught up in what's happening at the White House instead of in our own home.
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Right now in America our greatest strength and weakness is the family unit.
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What happens in the American cornerstone, our house, will be the foremost factor that determines our nation's ascent or decline.
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Divorce rates hover around 50 percent.  The United States pornography industry brings in more money than the NFL, NBA and MLB combined and has infiltrated the institution of marriage, morality and adolescent minds.
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Children raised in single-parent homes are on the rise.  Many of our inner cities are becoming the dens of crime due to lack of discipline and leadership from parents.  Absentee fathers are the norm.
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Disregard for law and public servants is not only commonplace but also celebrated.
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Racism, on both sides of the fence, has become rampant.
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The murder of churchgoers, police officers, law-abiding civilians, people of color and children at school is so common it is no longer shocking.
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Further, vitriolic rhetoric toward others because their opinion or convictions stemming from a different faith, culture, orientation or religion fills our vocabulary and false characterizations such as labeling rioters as protesters, terrorists as militants, looters as activists or all Christians as bigots and all Muslims as extremists misconstrue truth.
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The taproots of these destructive mores are the breakdown of the family, and their cure lies not in the White House but in our own house.
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Looking outward is always easier than looking inward and assessing blame is always easier than accepting it.
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Does Washington need an overhaul and should we work to facilitate it?  Yes.
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However, we have the ability and first responsibility to start that change in our own four walls.
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It is time to take the first, long hard look at the man in the mirror.
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Start with respect. We need to re-learn the art of honoring others' opinions when they don't align with our own.
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If we taught this