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“[T]here exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.” —George Washington, 1789


Two Parties in One?

“We saved the economy from a depression,” Barack Obama recently boasted. “We helped our businesses create 14 million new jobs over the past six years. We cut the unemployment rate from 10% to 4.9%. We covered nearly 18 million more Americans with health insurance. … There’s no doubt America is better off today than when I took office.” He also crowed, “The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world.” Obama followed that with a typical dig: “I know that’s still inconvenient for Republican stump speeches as their doom and despair tour plays in New Hampshire. I guess you cannot please everybody.”

That’s quite a tale of making America great again, but you wouldn’t know it listening to the presidential candidates from his own party. That’s right: It’s not just Republicans bemoaning the Obama “recovery.” During Thursday night’s Democrat debate, Hillary Clinton took a cue from her husband to feel our pain. “I know a lot of Americans are angry about the economy,” she said. “And for good cause. Americans haven’t had a raise in 15 years. There aren’t enough good-paying jobs, especially for young people. And yes, the economy is rigged in favor of those at the top.” Thanks Obama.

Bernie Sanders, the Socialist who’s no different than any other Democrat, demanded to know, “Who in America denies that we have an infrastructure that is crumbling? … Who denies that real unemployment today, including those who have given up looking for work and are working part-time, is close to 10%? Who denies that African-American youth unemployment, real, is over 50%?” Thanks Obama.

The man concerned with his own legacy can brag all he wants, but the stock market is down 14.5% since last May, stoking fears of another recession. Obama’s economy has never been good, and candidates of both parties — and the American people — know the score.

Hillary Runs From Militant Feminism

In an effort to mitigate the rising voices advocating for militant feminism surrounding her campaign, Hillary Clinton said in Thursday night’s debate that she’s “not asking people to support me because I’m a woman.” Recently, feminist icon Gloria Steinem went on television to say all the women who are supporting Bernie Sanders were only supporting him because “the boys are with Bernie.” More infamously, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told supporters at a Clinton rally — with Clinton standing to her right — “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”

At the PBS Democrat debate in Milwaukee, debate moderator Judy Woodruff challenged Clinton on Albright’s statement. Clinton merely changed the subject and repeated her tired platform. “Well, look, I think she’s been saying that for as long as I’ve known her, which is about 25 years,” Clinton said dismissively. “But it doesn’t change my view that we need to empower everyone — women and men — to make the best decisions in their minds that they can make.”

As a woman who decidedly did not support other women who accused her husband of rape, Clinton’s having a hard time with this line of questioning. According to feminist Camille Paglia, Clinton spent upwards of 25 years hobnobbing with fascist feminists with their “contemptuous bitterness” toward men. And yet Clinton is now an advocate for everybody? Women on the Left can see through Clinton’s ideological façade.

Is Radical Islam a Domestic Issue?

According to the FBI’s website to teach teenagers about extremist groups, Islamic extremism is not a domestic issue. Recently, the FBI published the website, complete with flashy animation and dark graphics, to be used as a teaching tool to discourage radicalization. “[B]y blindly accepting radical ideologies,” the FBI wrote, “teens are essentially becoming the ‘puppets’ of violent extremists who simply want them to carry out their destructive mission — which often includes targeting or killing innocent people.” But the website doesn’t give a full explanation of terrorism. It may have something to do with the fact that the Obama administration refuses to correctly assess the threat of the Islamic State, even going so far as to cleanse DHS databases of Islamic terrorism connections. The FBI’s website is no different, as when it comes to the landing page explaining the types of ideologies held by domestic terrorists, the website lists anarchists, environmentalists, white supremacists, militias and abortion extremists as potential sources of terrorism. Meanwhile, the ideology that animated the attacks in Chattanooga, San Bernardino and Fort Hood — not to mention 9/11 — go unmentioned. Perhaps the landing page describing international terrorist groups could lend a clue? After all, four of the six listed groups are al-Qaida, al-Shabaab, Hezbollah and the Islamic State.


(Green)Peace at Any Price

By John J. Bastiat

Last week, we told you about the Obama administration’s better-late-than-never effort to defend Europe against Russian aggression with the announcement of a $3.4 billion cash infusion request from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Apparently it dawned on Obama that peace isn’t yet “breaking out all over the world,” especially in rogue states, terrorist organizations or would-be regional hegemons — which was already painfully obvious to anyone else capable of observing the world as it actually exists.

This week, the news is even better, and by “even better” of course we mean much, much worse. Barack Obama’s top Pentagon brass has ordered all branches of the military to incorporate “climate change” into every aspect of their missions, from basic lab research to weapons testing to putting boots on the ground in combat. And we thought the insanity in the Department of Defense couldn’t get any worse.

A new directive, “Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience,” decrees that U.S. defense forces must defeat the enemy threat based on “actionable science.” And since “global warm— … er, "climate change” is the biggest existential threat to the U.S. — never mind terrorism, a Middle East that’s on fire, a nuclear-ambitious Iran, a space- and nuke-capable North Korea, and global political and military upheaval — it makes sense that Obama would interweave combating that awesome threat into everything we do to defend the nation. Such irony would be hilarious but for the fact the fate of the free world is tied to it.

But this directive isn’t without its snags — namely, the effects that actionable science will have on every aspect of warfighting. The new layers-upon-layers of “green” bureaucracy will make the term “massive cost overruns” seem passé by comparison. (See, for example, Obama’s “Great Green Fleet.”)

One other matter — that an unimpeachable foundation for the “climate change” conjecture does not exist — also seems to have been overlooked in the hunt for all that “actionable science.” In fact, researchers at the University of Colorado combing through decades of weather reports found no increase in storm frequencies worldwide, and even the über-ecofascist United Nations has stated that sufficient evidence to confirm increased frequencies in droughts and floods simply does not exist. But never mind: No cost is too high to combat climate change — even, evidently, the cost of not combating real threats.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen harbingers of this perversion of the U.S. military mission already. For example, as former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell recently explained to Charlie Rose on PBS, “We didn’t go after oil wells ISIS controls because we didn’t want to do environmental damage.” Sure: Why would we go after a great source of Islamic State funding and power? After all, the planet hangs in the balance!

No, we’re told, all this conventional thinking about “defending the nation” is wrongheaded, and we’ll eventually see the light. The bottom line, they say, is that we should all feel safer now that the real threat has been identified. Of course, we’re sure that stalwart climate-change-conscious states like Russia and China will join us in being good stewards of the earth and “warriors” against climate change — right after they finish the more pressing matter of expanding their empires.



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Charles Krauthammer: “The young Democrats swooning for Sanders appear unfamiliar with socialism’s century-long career, a dismal tale of ruination from Russia to Cuba to Venezuela. Indeed, are they even aware that China’s greatest reduction in poverty in human history correlates precisely with the degree to which it has given up socialism? Trump’s magic is toughness — toughness in a world of losers. The power and will of the caudillo will make everything right. Apart from the fact that strongman rule contradicts the American constitutional tradition of limited and constrained government, caudillo populism simply doesn’t work. It accounts in a large part for the relative backwardness of Africa and Latin America. … The current run of endemic distrust began with Vietnam and Watergate. Yet not in our lifetimes have the left and right populism of the Sanders and Trump variety enjoyed such massive support. The added factor is the Obama effect, the depressed and anxious mood of a nation experiencing its worst economic recovery since World War II and watching its power and influence abroad decline amid a willed global retreat. The result is a politics of high fantasy. Things can’t get any worse, we hear, so why not shake things up to their foundation? Anyone who thinks things can’t get any worse knows nothing. And risks everything.”


Insight: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” —John F. Kennedy

Times have changed: “When we stand together and demand that this country works for all of us, rather than the few, we will transform America.” —Bernie Sanders

For the record: “Putting aside the fact that Donald [Trump] proposes roughly the same wall that was already put forth in the Gang of 8 bill (roughly 1,000 miles), why hasn’t anyone asked Mr. Trump why he sent so much money to the group? … Of [the] 8 members, Donald has contributed money to five. … Did he change his mind since he made these donations? Always possible. This is a guy whose entire persona is wrapped up in changing his mind on a whim.” —Ben Howe

Upright: “New Hampshire proved that concerns about Mrs. Clinton’s ethics aren’t merely a right-wing talking point. They’ve permeated the electorate. Some stunning numbers: Among the one-third of Democratic primary voters who said ‘honesty’ was the top quality they wanted in a nominee, Mr. Sanders won 91%. Among the quarter who said they focused on a candidate who ‘cares about people like me,’ Mr. Sanders won 82%.” —WSJ’s Kimberley A. Strassel

Bad omen: “The other day Politico ran a piece titled ‘Inside the Clinton Shake-Up: How Hillary’s campaign managed itself into a ditch — and how it might get itself out.’ Correction: That was the title of a piece from the Atlantic. Politico’s headline was ‘Clinton Weighs Staff Shake-Up After New Hampshire.’ The Politico piece ran Feb. 8; the Atlantic one in February 2008.” —James Taranto

Fairy tales: “I believe in government, but I believe in efficient government, not wasteful government.” —Bernie Sanders, who might as well believe in unicorns

Huh? “There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture and, after all, we’re all from Africa originally.” —actress Meryl Streep

Demo-gogues: “[D]on’t despair, people. This a legal decision that says, ‘Hold on until we review the legality.’ We are very firm in terms of the legal footing here.” —Barack Obama on the Supreme Court’s injunction against the Clean Power Plan

Late-night humor: “A new report suggests that soon, gasoline will be cheaper than water. And, in Flint, Michigan, it will be healthier than water.” —Conan O'Brien

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