Mid-Day Digest

Apr. 24, 2018

IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • The Toronto van attack again reveals it’s the murderous crime, not the tool.
  • A tale of two neo-Nazi rallies illustrates a lot.
  • Some of that caravan of refugees has arrived, seeking asylum.
  • American ingenuity has the U.S. beating other nations at emissions reductions.
  • Trump may be reconsidering the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.” —John Adams (1798)

IN BRIEF

Toronto Van Attack — It’s the Crime, Not the Tool

Nate Jackson

“Pure carnage” was how one emergency medical response member in Toronto responded to Monday’s attack that left 10 dead and 15 injured. The assailant used a rental van to mow people down on a sidewalk before he was stopped and subdued by police.

The immediate thought for most rational people is to consider all the other attacks in recent years perpetrated by jihadis with vans or trucks plowing into crowds of people to kill as many as possible. Even The New York Times reported, “The carnage was reminiscent of deadly attacks by Islamic State supporters using vehicles that have shaken up Nice, France, Berlin, Barcelona, London and New York.” The attack in Nice left 85 people dead.

Yet Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, “The events that happened on the street behind us are horrendous, but they do not appear to be connected in any way to national security based on the information at this time.” In other words, authorities aren’t convinced this was radical Islamic jihad. Instead, indications are the perpetrator is mentally ill. At the same time, said Toronto Police Service Chief Mark Saunders, “We don’t rule out anything.” Witnesses described the attack as deliberate, so we’ll await the investigation.

One thing is certain: If this man had killed 10 people with a gun instead of a van, we’d be hearing calls to ban the tool he used rather than address the underlying issue.

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Tale of Two Protests

Thomas Gallatin

Over the weekend, a small band of approximately two dozen neo-Nazi white supremacists gathered for a public rally in Newnan, Georgia, a small town just 38 miles southwest of Atlanta. Similar to the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, counterdemonstrators showed up to protest against the white supremacists. Many of those counterprotesters were members of the violent, extreme leftist group antifa. Recall that last year’s rally turned violent as members of both groups clashed, leading to the death of one young woman who was murdered by a white supremacist when he drove his vehicle into a group of counterprotesters. The incident created a national outcry, especially from Democrats and the mainstream media, who blamed President Donald Trump for creating a toxic environment and for failing to condemn white supremacists. Trump did in fact condemn the message and behavior of white supremacists, but he also called out the violence of antifa, something the MSM would not tolerate.

Back to the recent Newnan rally, which, thanks to advanced planning by city officials, included a heavy police presence and clearly designated areas for protesters. That helped prevent any opportunity for violent clashes, and only 10 antifa counterprotesters were arrested for failing to remove their masks. Prior to the event, Georgia Republican Lt. Gov. (and gubernatorial candidate) Casey Cagle said he was “praying for Newnan.” He added, “We must condemn the bigotry spread by hate groups. Our thoughts are with Sheriff Yeager, city officials, and all law enforcement officers who are working to protect residents and we hope the protests remains nonviolent.” Since the rally and counterprotest occurred without any violence, the mainstream media gave it little national attention.

So what made the outcomes between Newnan and Charlottesville so different? The simple answer is politics. In Charlottesville, leftists, led by a politically motivated mayor, saw an opportunity to conflate the controversy surrounding the decision to remove Confederate statues with those advocating white supremacy — they rolled it all together and indicted Trump for stoking racism. City officials sympathetic to their cause took little action in keeping the protesters and counterprotesters from violently attacking each other. It resulted in an escalation that left one young woman dead. After the violence, Democrats and the MSM laid blame for it solely at the feet of the white supremacists while excoriating Trump for his statement that both sides bore blame.

Newnan city officials by contrast preserved both civility and Americans’ First Amendment rights. It’s exactly what we should expect from our elected officials — not political posturing, but enforcement of the law. The trouble is no one will remember Newnan, while the narrative surrounding Charlottesville lives on.

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Bluffing at the Border

Harold Hutchison

The first 50 of as many as 1,500 refugees from a notorious caravan making its way through Mexico toward the United States have reached the border. According to some reports, they are claiming asylum. In a sense, they are all but saying they believe President Donald Trump’s tough talk about illegal immigration and securing the border was just talk — and they are calling what they see as a bluff.

Mexico, with its officials standing aside, also seems to think the same thing. President Trump responded by declaring that he might include demands on immigration and border security in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Specifically, Mexico may be forced to act against migrants passing through that country to the United States to keep NAFTA. This is leverage — the Art of the Deal as applied to NAFTA.

President Trump also instructed the Department of Homeland Security to deny the caravan entry into the U.S. The caravan did disperse to a degree after Trump deployed the National Guard to the border. In essence, these migrants found out he wasn’t bluffing. The problem is, we can’t indefinitely use soldiers and airmen for a job that requires more Border Patrol agents. The wall is part of that solution, and the $1.6 billion recently authorized for it is a start, but there are hundreds of miles of border wall to build.

Meanwhile, it’s obvious that some countries in Central and South America have real problems. Venezuela’s been run into the ground by dictators Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador have rampant violent crime. We can understand why people want out — and why they don’t want to wait for paperwork.

As of now, Mexico seems to be betting that either Democrats win Congress and can stymie the wall or that President Trump will back down. Trump is hoping that Mexico will give in with NAFTA on the line. In a sense, it is eyeball-to-eyeball on border security and immigration, and who blinks first could very well be determined by the midterm elections.

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Top Headlines

  • 14 states hit record-low unemployment (The Hill)

  • Trump hails lower number of people “forced to use food stamps” (CNS News)

  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly endorses Mike Pompeo for secretary of state after Trump intervenes with Rand Paul (Axios)

  • Bombshell: FEC records indicate Hillary’s campaign illegally laundered $84 million (The Federalist)

  • Media declares “end of Internet as we know it” after net-neutrality repeal (National Review)

  • Facebook publishes content removal policies for the first time (Bloomberg)

  • The NRA just broke a 15-year fundraising record (McClatchy)

  • “Real Indian” running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren sues after city tells him to stop calling her “Fake Indian” (Fox News)

  • Carter Center sued for providing support to terrorists, defrauding taxpayers (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Humor: Nation patiently awaits GQ article calling Koran overrated (The Babylon Bee)

  • Policy: Mr. Macron goes to Washington (American Enterprise Institute)

  • Policy: If current laws had been followed, there would have been no Waffle House shooting (The Daily Signal)

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TODAY’S MEME

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Stephen Moore: “Finally, some good news for the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. CNBC is reporting that a framework for a renewed and improved NAFTA may be coming in the weeks ahead. … Trump once called NAFTA the ‘worst trade deal ever,’ but if he succeeds in getting a better deal for American producers and workers, he should take it. In this and other trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we need safeguards against theft and price controls of American technology and intellectual property — which is now a multitrillion-dollar industry. Trump should use the model that worked well in the promising revamped trade deal with South Korea, which adds new and solid IP protections. What a wonderful irony it will be if Donald Trump winds up as the president who continues to promote trade deals with South Korea, China and our North American neighbors that secure freer and fairer trade to the benefit of American workers and the global economy.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The natural right of each individual to defend his own person and property against an aggressor, and to go to the assistance and defence of every one else whose person or property is invaded, is a right without which men could not exist on earth.” —Lysander Spooner (1808-1887)

For the record: “Here’s a great stat — since January 2017, the number of people forced to use food stamps is down 1.9 million. The American people are finally back to work!” —Donald Trump

Straight talk: “If we’re still in the minority [after the midterms], all of us have got to go.” —Rep. James Clyburn

Braying Jenny: “Unfortunately, the Trump Administration and Republican Congress have given special interests a free pass to push their dirty energy agenda. The Trump Administration’s culture of corruption, exemplified by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, has weakened critical environmental protections, enabling polluters to poison our communities and threaten the health and well-being of our families. We will never stop fighting the GOP’s assault on our nation’s vital environmental protections or their disregard for the air our children breathe and the water they drink.” —House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Braying Jackass: “It would be nice if he tweeted about the four people who lost their lives in the Waffle House, the four black people who lost their lives, and the black hero from that, but not unless it’s a Muslim does he tweet about something like that.” —CNN’s Don Lemon

Sick adoration: “You picked the wrong time to leave us, Cecile [Richards]! Why are you leaving? We need your help! Do know who’s in the White House? Why did you decide … to leave now?” —CNN’s Van Jones on Planned Parenthood’s outgoing president

And last… “The fact that literally no one in any industry would EVER feel the need to apologize for voting for Hillary Clinton the way they do for even semi supporting Trump is the clearest indication of who the Thought Police are.” —Allie Stuckey

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