Mid-Day Digest

Aug. 15, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • What was wrong with Trump’s remarks on racist violence the first time? Nothing.
  • Yale succumbs to politically incorrect insanity, covering up a statue with a gun.
  • Democrats love calling Republicans racist, but there’s a problem — it isn’t true.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Trump Responds to Charlottesville Racist Violence, Again

On Saturday, the day after racist thugs rioted against each other in Charlottesville, Virginia, Donald Trump addressed the situation. He gave a thoughtful and measured response that set an appropriate tone. Trump was correct in his assessment that the “hatred and bigotry” on display came from “many, many sides.” Trump, however, did not name names of the various warring thug organizations but rather chose to focus on broadly reminding Americans that we are fellow citizens of one nation. He stated, “We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation, and really, I say this strongly, with true affection for each other.” Trump continued, “Above all else we must remember this truth. No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we’re proud of our country, we’re proud of who we are.” He then challenged Americans to “restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together.”

It was a good, unifying speech, but it didn’t fulfill the mainstream media’s agenda. The MSM had already determined that the only acceptable narrative was to unequivocally condemn only white supremacists, not the so-called “antifascists” who showed up ready to fight them. To mention the fact of racism and bigotry espoused by the other groups is to violate the politically correct dogma of the day, which preaches that only white racists can truly be called out for their vile bigotry. Since Trump didn’t specifically condemn the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, the MSM labeled him a racist. Subsequently, anyone who dares to offer any defense of Trump has also been tarred with the “racist” epithet.

Even some conservative commentators and lawmakers seem to have drunk the MSM’s Kool-Aid as they admonished Trump for not being stronger in condemning the KKK and white supremacists. The trouble is that no one seems to have actually listened to Trump’s speech. They’re too busy trying to lay blame for the violence at Trump’s feet that they refuse to actually hear what he had to say.

So, on Monday, Trump decided to respond to the growing media-created fervor. He addressed the nation once again on the Charlottesville riot. Trump reiterated, “We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.” And this time Trump added, “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” Of course, that message is too little, too late for the Trump Derangement Syndrome crowd.

But it’s not too late at all. In his Inaugural Address, Trump said, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. … Whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of Patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.” It’s been his message all along. The media just don’t want you to know it.

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Yale Covers Over Its History, Literally

Over an entrance to Sterling Memorial Library on the campus of Yale University is a stone carving depicting an Indian and a Puritan. In the carving the Indian is holding a bow and the Puritan a musket … that is until recently, when Yale decided to cover up the Puritan’s musket. According to head librarian Susan Gibbons, the reason was that Yale’s Committee on Art in Public Spaces decided the carving’s “presence at a major entrance to Sterling was not appropriate.” But she offered a caveat: The cover-up “can be removed in the future without damaging the original carving.”

This decision by Yale is reminiscent of other art controversies. Renaissance artists, philosophers and clergy who were inspired by classical Greek art often chose to paint and sculpt the ideal human form in the nude as the Greeks had done. But during the Protestant Reformation, Catholic leaders seeking to respond to the criticism of the church being corrupt and perverse decided to literally cover up their nude artwork with fig leaves of stone or paint so as not to offend their flock.

Fast-forward 500 years and a similar mindset has appeared to grip those within academia. So afraid are they of offending, they have decided to hide the “embarrassing” parts of their history — in this case a gun — so as to appease masses. At Yale, it’s not only happening with art work, it’s happening with names. Recall last year that the university caved to revisionist demands that Calhoun College, named after the seventh vice president, be renamed because Calhoun was a slave owner and advocate of slavery. Once again, the justification for hiding history came out of the ill-begotten notion that protecting people from offense is more important than dealing with the challenging nuances of living in an imperfect world.

In order for a free society to exist, its citizens must be committed to the ideal that recognizes and protects the rights of others to freely have and express opinions and ideas which one may find offensive and even reprehensible. Thus far, Yale is failing to both instruct students in and uphold this high standard.

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Top Headlines

  • Protesters topple Confederate soldier statue in downtown Durham. (The Herald Sun)

  • Baltimore mayor renews efforts to remove Confederate imagery. (CBS Baltimore)

  • Timothy McVeigh wannabe arrested in plan to bomb Oklahoma bank. (Fox News)

  • Emails show Trump campaign officials rejecting opportunities to meet with Russia in 2016. (The Washington Post)

  • IRS rehires 213 employees ousted for falsifying documents, avoiding taxes and other offenses. (The Daily Signal)

  • Trump orders probe of China’s theft of intellectual property. (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • North Korea won’t fire at Guam, but promises to watch “the foolish and stupid Yankees.” (Washington Examiner)

  • Iran lashes out at talk of new sanctions, says it could abandon nuclear deal “within hours.” (Fox News)

  • Revealed: Obama admin was warned in 2014 of Russian disruption efforts in the West, did little to prevent it. (Hot Air)

  • Humor: Facebook will now automatically drone strike people who post fake news. (The Babylon Bee)

  • Policy: The “alt-right” aren’t on the Right; they’re just racists. (The Federalist)

  • Policy: Trump on regulation: the first six months. (American Action Forum)

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

The Real Story of Republicans and Race

By Todd Johnson

The horrific events that took place in Charlottesville this past Saturday shocked, sickened and saddened most Americans. The hate-filled venom and violent actions by the collection of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, KKK members and the so-called “antifascists” who showed up armed and armored to “counter-protest” showed us all that there is still evil lurking in the shadows. And sometimes it comes out.

However, much of the national news coverage over the weekend wasn’t focused on the events that actually occurred in Virginia but was instead dedicated to eviscerating President Donald Trump for not calling out, by name, the groups responsible for much of the violence.

From CNN to The New York Times, the focus became that because Trump condemned all hateful groups in his initial statement on Saturday he was somehow tacitly approving the actions of white supremacists.

How utterly absurd.

Sadly, the media’s over-the-top displays of righteous indignation against Trump and the Republican Party have become commonplace. Talk about the boy who cried wolf.

Democrats and their Leftmedia operatives have a long history of labeling Republicans as racist, condoning violence against people of color or supporting right-wing extremism. As Mark Alexander so powerfully wrote yesterday, “The Beltway echo chambers [took the] opportunity to portray such hatred as ‘mainstream’ rather than minuscule fringe elements of our society — because such hyperbolic reporting sells advertising.”

For many years, it has been fashionable among the Left to attack the modern GOP as a body of elites who support right-wing extremism (i.e. racist policies). Back in 1964, a CBS reporter alleged that Barry Goldwater’s post-convention trip to Germany was to “coordinate with ‘right-wing Germans.’” The following year, conservative giant William F. Buckley, who was running for mayor of New York, adroitly defended his campaign from baseless charges of racism levied by his opponent John Lindsey: “There is no place for racism in New York City and there is nothing that I have said or ever will say that will give any kind of help or encouragement to racism.”

Space does not allow for the countless other examples from then to now, but suffice it to say that Democrats and the Leftmedia have engaged in stoking false charges of racism against conservative candidates and causes for decades.

Sadly, the record of the Grand Old Party, arguably the first human rights party in the history of the United States, has been so distorted by its opponents that many forget how numerous Republican leaders and presidents have spoken out against racism and backed up their words with actions.

From the founding of the party, it was Republicans who were the 19th century abolitionists. It was Republicans who opposed Jim Crow and led the charge to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

When Ronald Reagan addressed the NAACP in 1981, he thoroughly rebuked hate groups: “You are the ones who are out of step with our society. You are the ones who willfully violate the meaning of the dream that is America. And this country, because of what it stands for, will not stand for your conduct. My administration will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who, by violence or intimidation, would attempt to deny Americans their constitutional rights.”

When Bob Dole accepted the Republican nomination in 1996, he said, “The Republican Party is broad and inclusive. It represents many streams of opinion and many points of view. But if there’s anyone who has mistakenly attached themselves to our party in the belief that we are not open to citizens of every race and religion, then let me remind you, tonight this hall belongs to the Party of Lincoln. And the exits which are clearly marked are for you to walk out of as I stand this ground without compromise.”

From Dwight Eisenhower’s decision to desegregate the schools in Little Rock to Ronald Reagan signing legislation to make Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday a national holiday to George W. Bush’s signing into law the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006, Republican legislators and administrations have made significant contributions toward addressing issues of race in this country.

That’s why the false narrative against Trump and the Republican Party this past weekend is just that — a false narrative. Republicans must continue to show that they belong to the party of equality and fight any attempts to tarnish the GOP brand. Only by actively telling their story will it be heard.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “Racism in any form by members of any race is a sin. The basis of racial reconciliation is the knowledge that all human beings are made in the image of God. … Sadly, many of the loudest voices who are trying to exploit the horror in Charlottesville are part of the same ideology that has been waging war on Christianity in American public life. In 1962 the Left cheered when school prayer was ruled unconstitutional. For three decades, radical secularists and groups like the ACLU have waged a 'search and destroy’ campaign against displays of the Ten Commandments on public grounds. School textbooks have been ‘sanitized’ so that the importance of faith in the American founding has been erased. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, which contains the founding idea of America — that our liberty comes from God — is seldom taught in public schools. Lawsuits are regularly filed to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from our currency or ‘under God’ from our Pledge of Allegiance. The First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion is under heavy judicial attack. In recent years, Christians have been ordered to promote or subsidize acts and ideas contrary to their faith. Christians who make faith-based arguments on the sanctity of life, the meaning of marriage and other issues have been compared by some public officials to the Taliban and ISIS. Christians nominated to serve in appointed government positions have recently come under fire if they ever defended the central tenet of the Christian faith — that Christ is the only way to salvation. I hope and pray that as part of the effort to stop the hate, the Left will end its war on Christianity in the public square.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The new paganism of the West, which prides itself on being scientific, is often peculiarly neurotic. Only a neurosis explains its sentimental lack of consistency, the acceptance of the historic duty of the Mohammedan to spread his faith by the sword and the failure to accept the duty of a Christian to spread his faith by teaching.” —Graham Greene (1904-1991)

For the record: “Al Gore’s latest flick, ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,’ is now being shown in movie theaters across America. … Of the estimated $121 million Americans spent at the movies last weekend, less than $1 million was spent on the Gore’s sad grab at political relevancy. Perhaps Gore can take solace in the fact that he narrowly edged out for 15th place another liberal-biased movie, ‘Cars 3,’ which targets children with fossil fuel lies via cute talking cars. No word yet on whether Gore is going to demand a recount.” —Heartland Institute president Tim Huelskamp

The BIG Lie: “I can tell you this, 80% of the people [marching in Charlottesville] had semiautomatic weapons. You saw the militia walking down the street, you would have thought they were an army. I was just talking to the State Police upstairs; they had better equipment than our State Police had.” —Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Braying Jenny: “I’m glad elected leaders in the Republican Party are finally … confronting the fact that [Donald Trump is] not only unfit to be president … he’s [also] unfit to be human.” —CNN’s resident “GOP” commentator Ana Navarro

Braying Jackass: “Only 8 months into the Trump Presidency we are on the brink of nuclear war and Nazis are in streets of an American city. Seems about right.” —former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer

Race bait: “White millennials are just as racist as their grandparents.” —Catherine Rampell in The Washington Post

And last… “Remember: all white people are racist because of a few dozen skinheads, but Islam is peaceful no matter how many terror attacks it causes.” —Matt Walsh

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