The Patriot Post® · Mid-Day Digest
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Banning the transgendered from the military is the right move for readiness.
- Al Gore declares that population control is working.
- Despite Democrats’ obstruction agenda, Trump is succeeding in important ways.
- Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.
“It is required and expected that exact discipline be observed and due subordination prevail thro’ the whole Army, as a failure in these most essential points must necessarily produce extreme hazard, disorder, and confusions; and end in shameful disappointment and disgrace.” —George Washington (1775)
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
On Wednesday, Donald Trump reversed one of Barack Obama’s most odious military policy decisions. Trump tweeted, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
This is welcome news and a return to some vestige of sanity for much of America and specifically military personnel, whose morale suffered for years as Obama treated the Armed Forces as his political social engineering project. Once again the military can go back to focusing on its primary objective of training, developing and preparing for what it does best — killing the enemy and winning wars, not crusading as social justice warriors for a corrupt, politically correct ideology.
According to a recent RAND study commissioned by the Pentagon, the military’s estimated annual medical cost to accommodate transgenders would have been at least $8.4 million. That’s not a huge hit to the military’s overall budget, but it’s still an egregious waste of funds on elective surgeries and hormone treatments for a “special” class of military personnel. And the expense would in no way benefit the primary objective of the military. Greater than the cost of accommodating transgender medical bills, however, is the cultural degradation the military would have suffered while forcing compliance to the politically correct policy. Required leftist diversity acceptance training programs, adherence to self-defining identity pronouns, sensitivity training, demanded recognition and acceptance of an individual’s gender disorientation over and against another individual soldier’s religious convictions … and the list goes on.
With the continued promotion of these leftist social engineering policies, the U.S. military was on a slow path of self-destruction. Obama’s transgender policy essentially prevented those who object to such practices from enlisting. In other words, residents of middle America, where patriotism and love for country runs deepest, would find themselves faced with having to compromise their morals and beliefs if they chose to join the military. While the Rainbow Mafia wails that the military is weaker for having not accommodated transgenders, the real question is just how much military capital has been lost already as Obama’s social engineering drove highly qualified individuals to choose not to compromise their morals.
A new BBC report warns, “Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates.” The report elaborates, “Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years.” Dr. Hagai Levine opines, “If we will not change the ways that we are living and the environment and the chemicals that we are exposed to, I am very worried about what will happen in the future.”
The study is undoubtedly an affirming one to former vice president and ecofascist Al Gore, albeit for completely different reasons. At a recent climate confab, he remarked, “Here is the good news: The effort to stabilize population growth in the world is actually a success story unfolding in slow motion. And a lot of progress has been made.” Translation: Population control is working.
He expounds on this view in his new book, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” where he states, “Population growth is slowly stabilizing as girls are educated, women are empowered, fertility management is made widely available and child mortality continues to decline. This aspect of our relationship to the Earth is, in spite of the great challenges growing populations will pose in some regions, a success story unfolding in slow motion.”
No matter which direction we go — population growth or decline — science suggests we’re doomed. On the one hand, people like Dr. Levine worry that human extinction will occur because of low sperm counts and the ensuing lack of babies. (An aside: If we assume Dr. Levine’s synopsis is true, how much of this can be attributed to the transgenderism fad and de-masculinity efforts of recent generations? We can’t know for sure, but it’s not zilch. And nothing is less scientifically literate than gender disorientation.)
On the other hand, Gore believes that population control is the only way to avoid human extinction. If you’re wondering why so many people have a tough time believing the “experts,” it’s because it’s impossible for all of them to be right. The fact of the matter is that science can be manipulated by anyone who has an agenda. That’s why skepticism isn’t just justified, but essential. And as far as Gore’s semantics are concerned, basic economics proves that population control is a self-defeating proposition.
Repealing ObamaCare without replacement fails in Senate with 45-55 vote. (The Washington Free Beacon)
Here are the six Republican senators who flip-flopped on ObamaCare repeal. (Washington Examiner)
Texas booms (+3.9%) as California flatlines (0.1%); mining, manufacturing drive growth. (CNS News)
Apple supplier Foxconn announces $10 billion investment in Wisconsin and up to 13,000 jobs. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Rep. Steve Scalise discharged from the hospital, enters rehab. (Townhall)
ICE chief considers smuggling charges against leaders of illegal immigrant “sanctuaries.” (The Washington Times)
Trump administration files brief claiming discrimination law does not protect LGBT workers from bias. (Washington Examiner)
Trump picks Sam Brownback as international religious freedom ambassador. (The Washington Free Beacon)
State actors are likely behind recent ransomware attacks. (The Daily Signal)
General: North Korean ICBM test was “game changer.” (The Washington Free Beacon)
Policy: Republicans can’t afford to blow health care reform. (Washington Examiner)
Policy: Infrastructure spending must justify itself. (Real Clear Policy)
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Caroline Camden Lewis
Russia. Twitter. Impeachment. These are the words that USA Today, CNN, The New York Times and the rest of the Leftmedia want you to believe describes the first six months of Donald Trump’s presidency. While they choose to dwell on dead-end stories from eight months ago, President Trump has been putting the American people, jobs and safety first. And in spite of Democrat obstructions to his political appointments, he has still accomplished good things for America.
Trump’s pro-growth policies have strengthened the economy and created jobs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased 17% since Election Day last year. In this year alone, it has already hit new highs 25 times. In addition, since January, the American economy added 863,000 new jobs, 821,000 of which are non-government jobs, including 79,000 construction jobs, 42,000 mining and logging jobs, and 41,000 manufacturing jobs.
Trump takes regulation as a barrier to growth seriously. He has signed 14 Congressional Review Act resolutions to end Barack Obama’s growth-choking regulations. He signed an executive order that requires two old regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation implemented. According to the American Action Forum, these regulation reductions have cut costs by $70 billion.
Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord, participation in which could have cost the American economy $3 trillion dollars, 6.5 million industrial sector jobs and 3.1 million manufacturing jobs, according to NERA Consulting.
On trade, Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and is renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He has sped-up the permitting and approval process of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals, including the Lake Charles LNG terminal in Louisiana. He has also increased U.S. oil exploration by approving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which has created 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings. That success is despite ecofascist collusion with Russia to stop fracking.
Trump is restoring the Rule of Law to immigration. He ordered the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, including 5,000 border patrol agents. Compared to this time last year, illegal border crossings have been reduced by 53%, Enforcement and Removal Operations conducted by ICE increased by nearly 40%, and arrests of criminal aliens have increased by 20%.
Under Trump’s leadership, the Department of Veterans Affairs has restored integrity by firing more than 500 employees, suspending 200, and demoting 33. Trump also signed legislation that allows our veterans to seek medical care outside of the VA system.
Rather than leading an apology tour, President Trump supported the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Saudi Arabia, which helps Muslim-majority countries counter radicalized minorities. He understands that extremist ideology, not lack of “understanding,” is the root cause of radical Islamic terrorism.
President Trump has worked with our partners and allies in the Middle East to combat the Islamic State and Iraqi forces have recaptured Mosul, a huge victory. In addition, the U.S. recently sanctioned 16 entities and individuals who have supported Iran’s military in the development of military equipment.
The president has supported the dignity of human life. On the third day of his presidency, Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, which prohibits non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive federal funds from advocating or providing abortions.
Meanwhile, he’s draining the swamp of government lobbyists through an executive order that bans executive branch political appointees from becoming lobbyists for at least five years after they leave their post.
Finally, the biggest win of all: President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Despite — or, rather, because of — these great accomplishments, President Trump has faced needless obstructions to his appointments and nominations. Consider this: The Senate has confirmed just four of 135 judicial vacancies, seven of 24 nominations for the Department of Defense, three of 29 nominations for the Department of Justice, three of 13 for Health and Human Services and less than half of his nominations for the Department of Homeland Security. In total, the Senate has confirmed 23% of Trump’s nominations. At about the same time in Obama’s first term, the Senate had confirmed 69% of his nominations.
This not only highlights the aggressive obstructionism of the Democrats but also gives context for why the Trump administration appears to be running with less fuel. It has less fuel — by Democrat design. Democrats have purposefully attempted to slow the confirmation process so that the Trump presidency will be understaffed and thus unable to achieve his policy goals.
And yet… Despite these obstructions and the resulting understaffed administration, President Trump has been able to strengthen the economy, increase jobs, reduce crime and illegal immigration, protect human life abroad and achieve a victory over the Islamic State in the recapturing of Mosul. All of this without taking a salary, but rather donating his first six months’ salary to the National Park Service and the Department of Education. These accomplishments, in spite of the purposeful obstructions by Senate Democrats, reveal a president who has done more to achieve safety, prosperity and human flourishing than anything we saw in the previous eight years. For this, he deserves our gratitude and support.
MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST
- The Criminal Indifference of Collective Health Care — Chris Gard and Connie Yates finally surrendered to the collective, effectively ending their battle to save their 11-month-old son Charlie.
- No Gain for Team GOP on ObamaCare Repeal — Seven Republicans vote no — and six flip-flopped from two years ago — as the GOP fails again to advance the “ball.”
- Dems’ Islamic IT Guy Arrested Trying to Flee Country — Months after other crimes were alleged, Debbie Wasserman Schultz only just fired Imran Awan.
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Larry Elder: It’s High Noon on the GOP’s Promise to ‘Repeal and Replace’
- Ryan Anderson: Transgender Accommodations Aren’t Compatible With Military Realities
- Victor Davis Hanson: Trump’s Circular Firing Squad
For more, visit Right Opinion.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Larry Elder: “Claude Castonguay, the ‘father of Quebec Medicare,’ criticized his own invention, and said that the mistake was not encouraging more private sector participation. In the ‘60s, Castonguay chaired a Canadian government committee on health care reform. He urged Quebec, his home province, to enact government-administered health care, paid for by all tax levies on its citizens. Quebec obliged. Eventually the rest of Canada followed suit. But 40 years later Castonguay, serving as chairman of a government committee reviewing Quebec health care in 2008, said the system was in 'crisis.’ … His recommendations included contracting out services to the private sector, instating co-pays to see doctors and legalizing private health care insurance. Radical stuff. Never mind that, a year later, the newly elected president of the Canadian Medical Association said that her country’s health care system was ‘imploding’ and said, ‘We all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize.’ At the same time, the CMA’s outgoing president said, ‘A health care revolution has passed us by’ and ‘competition should be welcomed, not feared.’ Better late to Economics 101 than never. The GOP took a big step this week toward fulfilling its promise to repeal and replace Obamacare by passing a procedural vote to debate the issue in the Senate. Now comes the hard part.”
Insight: “True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world.” —Felix E. Schelling (1858-1945)
Observations: “Even if Republicans find a way to give Obamacare a haircut … it will more closely resemble past free-market corrections of liberalism’s excesses than a serious constitutional conservative challenge to liberalism. That doesn’t bode well for the Tea Party project of rolling back major liberal initiatives. The point of voting Republican will remain to make the inexorable growth of the welfare state as slow and painful as possible, a political posture that may be attractive to neither libertarian-leaning conservatives nor the populists drawn to Trump in the last presidential election. The Tea Party came to repeal and replace Obamacare. They ended up getting repealed and replaced themselves.” —Washington Examiner’s W. James Antle III
She’d fit right it: “Lisa Murkowski would be welcomed as a Moderate Democrat!! What has Trump ever done for Alaska?” —Howard Dean
Race bait: “After eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.” —Michelle Obama
Non Compos Mentis: “Children do not belong to their parents. … We need to remind ourselves that parents do not have rights regarding their children, they only have duties, the principal duty being to act in their children’s best interests.” —University College London professor Ian Kennedy
Good question: “Theodore Roosevelt offered Americans a ‘Square Deal.’ His fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave us ‘The New Deal.’ Modern Democrats, who have lost election after election, are now offering the country ‘A Better Deal.’ … The [New York] Times story called the Democrats’ announcement ‘the battle cry of a party in the wilderness.’ Question: If a Democrat speaks in the wilderness, will anyone hear?” —Cal Thomas
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