Mid-Day Digest

Aug. 14, 2017


  • The violence in Charlottesville was disgraceful, as was the media’s reporting.
  • Bradley Manning is a traitor, but he’s become a transgender celebrity to the Left.
  • ObamaCare is already dumping people, so why the panic over GOP reform?
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


“We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.” —Thomas Paine (1777)


Tear Down the University of Virginia!

When Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, he had left explicit instructions on what was to be engraved on his headstone: “Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.” In his letter of instruction, Jefferson noted that “these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.” (Notably, there is no mention of his two presidential terms.)

Last October, a battle began brewing in Charlottesville — an effort to purge Thomas Jefferson from the University of Virginia because he had owned slaves. Jefferson reportedly even fathered a child with one of those slaves, the half-sister of his deceased wife.

In January, after Hillary Clinton’s demise and Donald Trump’s inauguration, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer hosted a rally declaring his town a “capital of resistance.” Signer, who was chosen to be mayor by Charlottesville’s leftist city council, a group of Berkeley wannabes, is himself a graduate of UC Berkeley and a rising darling of the Left.

Signer is a political hack for Virginia’s alien governor and noted Clintonista, Terry McAuliffe. He worked with John Podesta to elect Barack Obama in 2008, and the following year joined McAuliffe’s finance team.

As Charlottesville’s mayor, Signer, who ironically teaches an undergraduate UVA seminar titled “Leadership, Statesmanship, and Democracy,” established a “Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces” to rally support for dismantling historic statues of Virginia sons, including, most notably, Robert E. Lee. Of course, this was less about rallying support for removal of historic statues and more about rallying support for Signer’s future political aspirations.

In February, our editor Thomas Gallatin wrote about the Charlottesville council’s historical purges, noting, “We betray the historical record if we erase from it the narrative and perspective of those who experienced it. Indeed, it is the fool who rejects the lessons of the past in favor of his own modern prejudices.”

Signer designated $1 million in funding to redesign parks featuring monuments to Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Lee Park has since been renamed “Emancipation Park.”

Over the weekend, fascist and socialist thugs from around the nation descended on that Charlottesville park and, predictably, the opposing protests turned violent, leaving one protester dead and many injured. Notably, two Virginia State Police officers, Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper-pilot Berke Bates, were killed when the helicopter they were using to observe the protest crashed south of Charlottesville.

According to New York Times reporter Hawes Spencer, it was a mutual hate fest: “The entirety of Downtown Charlottesville looked like a war zone. Protesters maced each other, threw water bottles and urine balloons — some of which hit reporters — and generally beat the crap out of each other with flagpoles.”

Just as predictable was the descent of the Demo/MSM propaganda machine on Charlottesville, and the Leftmedia outlets are having a field day with this disgraceful and tragic clash of competing hate factions. It provides top-of-the-fold fodder to accuse Trump, and anyone else on the conservative side of the political ledger, of benign sympathy with Nazi white supremacists. It also provides the Beltway echo chambers an opportunity to portray such hatred as “mainstream” rather than minuscule fringe elements of our society — because such hyperbolic reporting sells advertising.

For the record, while the white racists were being cast as “right-wing,” both the clashing groups are anarchists — by definition, left-wing. Additionally, there were significant concerns about these hate factions erupting in violence well in advance of last Saturday. The current issue of The Atlantic notes the “Rise of the Violent Left.” But as McAuliffe lamented, “You can’t stop some crazy guy who came here from Ohio and used his car as a weapon.”

Of course, Democrat leaders, ever the consummate race-bait political hustlers, will seize every chance to divert attention from the fact that their Party has been hijacked by neo-socialists — knowing that Democrat Socialism, like Nationalist Socialism, is nothing more than Marxist Socialism repackaged.

Condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Trump said, “We condemn in the strongest most possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides. No matter our color, creed, religion or political party we are all Americans first.”

Naturally, that was not sufficient for the Leftmedia or Republicans who know full well those media outlets will label them as “soft on supremacists.”

Sunday, the White House communications staff followed up with this assertion in response: “The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”

Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo noted, “If Donald Trump called out every single white supremacist by name it would not be enough [because] we have had [white supremacy] hanging around our neck for decades.”

Indeed, Democrats, the party of racist segregation, love to label Republicans, the party of emancipation, “racist.”

Returning to the issue that was a catalyst for the clash of thugs in Charlottesville, if the historical erasers are going to tear down statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, then most certainly any monuments to Jefferson and George Washington should be purged, including those on the National Mall. And certainly the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia should be ceremonially burned, and Jefferson’s University of Virginia should be leveled. In fact, Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia — Mayor Mike Signer’s alma mater — should be torn down…

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Treason Is Now in Vogue

“Chelsea Manning Changed the Course of History. Now She’s Focusing on Herself,” is the sickening headline of the September issue of Vogue magazine. The fawning story begins with what we guess is supposed to be an endearing description of “her” appearance and newfound comfort in “her” own skin. It goes on to tell much of Manning’s story, though it’s factually wrong in some details. More on that in a minute, but suffice to say the Left is in full swing happily celebrating its new transgender poster child.

We say the story is sickening for two reasons. First, Bradley/Chelsea Manning is an individual who deserves our pity, prayer and help, not vacuous celebrations. His gender dysphoria and what strikes us as narcissistic personality disorder is tragic, not heroic. He’s had a difficult life, including his father leaving at a young age and his mother attempting suicide. Transgendered people are at a drastically higher risk of suicide attempts than the general population, and it’s no surprise that Manning, too, has tried. And yet to Vogue, his only “problem” is that he couldn’t be “herself” until taxpayer-funded transition surgery.

Second, Manning is a traitor who released more than a million pages of classified information about U.S. intelligence operations to WikiLeaks, endangering lives and disrupting policy. He aided and abetted the enemies of America while in our nation’s uniform, all because he decided, on his own authority, to stimulate “worldwide discussion, debate and reforms.” Yet his disclosures were totally self-serving. And Vogue lied about some of the information: “The breach’s breadth was startling, as were its contents,” the magazine reports, including “the so-called Collateral Murder video, showing a U.S. helicopter killing a group of Baghdad pedestrians that included children and press.”

“On the contrary,” rejoins the Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan, “it shows the lawful targeting of insurgents armed with rifles and a grenade launcher. Those ‘Baghdad pedestrians’ were threatening a U.S. Army unit that suffered one of the highest casualty rates of any unit in Iraq.”

In any case, it’s fair to say he’d still be in prison — or the grave — if he was still a man. Barack Obama would have had no politically advantageous reason to give him a ridiculous commutation deal, all while couching it as enough being enough. “Let’s be clear,” Obama said (using a phrase typically indicating he’s lying), “Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence. I feel very comfortable that justice has been served.”

No, Obama’s political objective was served, and it is still being served by this tripe from Vogue and other outlets that sycophantically flatter Manning and their own “enlightened” cosmopolitan egos.

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ObamaCare Is Dumping Millions of Middle Class to Insure More Poor

Barack Obama and the Democrats’ “Affordable” Care Act was never really about making the cost of health care more affordable. It was never about giving Americans greater access to health care. ObamaCare was always a scheme designed to give the government greater power to control and redistribute Americans’ wealth, essentially taking from the middle class to give it the poor — and to insurance companies.

While Democrats like to point to the increasing numbers of individuals receiving ObamaCare’s subsidized insurance coverage, they are ignoring a dirty little secret. The number of Americans with unsubsidized individual coverage has decreased precipitously. From March 2016 to March 2017, some 2.6 million fewer people had unsubsidized policies, an overall decrease of 15% in one year alone.

But the unsubsidized coverage bleed is not limited to the individual market. Since 2013, the year before ObamaCare began subsidizing plans, the number of individuals with employment-based coverage has decreased by almost three million.

Doug Badger of National Review describes the issue:

The narrative nevertheless endures. Believing it requires indifference to millions of people who can no longer afford individual policies and to millions more who may forfeit their policies with the next round of rate hikes. For many of them, Obamacare has been a serial nightmare, producing policy cancellations, skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, and a narrowing choice of doctors before finally leaving them uninsured.

Obamacare is insuring more poor people and uninsuring millions of middle-income people. That suits the Democratic party and many congressional Republicans just fine. They measure social progress in the number of people receiving government assistance. Those struggling to pay their own way evoke little sympathy. Lawmakers of both parties, whose consciences were lacerated by CBO’s theory that millions would “lose” coverage under the GOP’s “repeal and replace” legislation (most of those “losses” the result of people voluntarily dropping insurance once the individual mandate was repealed) are unmoved that millions actually have lost coverage under the law they fought to preserve.

Obama was a leftist who was bound and determined to foist his socialism onto the American people. Health care was his means to that end, and so far too many Americans and their representatives in Congress are content to sell their freedom for the mirage of greater security and health.

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Top Headlines

  • Clinton email case far from closure as FBI hands over more classified documents to State. (The Washington Times)

  • China to halt North Korean imports. (U.S. News)

  • China’s president urges Trump to use restraint over North Korea. (The Washington Post)

  • NY Times warns climate change may be “greater threat to Guam” than North Korea. (CNS News)

  • Trump: Nukes are the greatest threat to the world, not climate change. (CNS News)

  • Some Maryland cities think it’s okay to let illegal immigrants vote. (National Review)

  • Clashes over Title VII protection of sexual orientation make way toward Supreme Court. (The Washington Times)

  • Trump says he’s open to military intervention in Venezuela. (Associated Press)

  • Venezuelan lawmaker may have ordered assassination of Sen. Marco Rubio. (Hot Air)

  • Yale covers up gun in stone carving of Puritan, Indian. (The Daily Signal)

  • Policy: Five facts about women and men in tech. (Institute for Family Studies)

  • Policy: Pipelines are safe and efficient. (InsideSources)

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John Goodman: “What is producing so much anger among Democrats and among the liberal media? I suspect it’s because Trump appears so simple and mercurial. … His political positions seem to emerge off-the-cuff, by Twitter or impromptu press conference or whim. Like the little girl who declared the emperor had no clothes, he appears to be discombobulating the body politic without any evidence of scheming or careful calculation. Then there is identity politics — which is what the Democrats have been all about for the past several decades. While Democrats were appealing to blacks as blacks, Hispanics as Hispanics, women as women, gays as gay, etc., Donald Trump was the first Republican in modern times to interject identity politics into a national election. It was the oldest form of identity politics in the history of elections — all over the world. It’s called nationalism. … That’s why Trump did better among blacks and Hispanics than Romney did. It’s why he got more votes from white women than Hillary did. It’s why the Democrats are in trouble going forward, despite the continuing missteps by Republicans in the White House and on Capitol Hill.”


Upright: “We should actually be thankful for the furor Google’s diversity mania has caused; it sheds much light on the rot within our education system.” —George Leef

The BIG Lie: “Neil Gorsuch [is] an illegitimate justice. … This guy escaped every rule that you’re supposed to go through to become a Supreme Court Justice. How is he legit?” —Rep. Keith Ellison

Braying Jackass: “North Korea is a serious thing. You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there. Kim Jong Un — the world always thought he was not a responsible leader. Well, he’s acting more responsible than this guy is.” —Keith Ellison on “this guy” Donald Trump

Village Idiots: “To all the generals surrounding our idiot-in-chief … the longer U wait to remove him, the longer UR name will appear negatively in history.” —Chelsea Handler on Twitter

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “Donald Trump inherited a very dangerous situation [in North Korea] that has been building for some time. … [His defense officials] are thoughtful men, experienced, and that should be a source of some comfort as we look at how the U.S. administration is handling this crisis.” —Al Gore

Race bait: “At the core, we just have to admit Donald Trump himself is a racist. He is an absolute racist. And we cannot be surprised if the people he’s surrounding himself with are also racists.” —Rep. Ruben Gallego

Alpha Jackass: “Trump’s America: The last days of White rule. It’s always a b—ch to have to give up power you’ve held for 300 years.” —Michael Moore

For the record: “Let’s remember the founder of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, was a slave owner — [Robert E.] Lee opposed both slavery & secession.” —Dinesh D'Souza

And last… “The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate.” —Ted Cruz

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