“Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” —Benjamin Rush (1788)
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- An illegal immigrant gets two officers killed. His punishment? A small fine.
- Leftists have taken Maxine Waters’ directive to heart.
- A growing number of Democrats are calling on fellow Dems to leave the party.
- Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steve Green reflect on Independence Day.
- Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.
It sounds surreal: An illegal immigrant with a years-old rap sheet has to pay just a few hundred bucks after a vehicle crash killed two law enforcement officers. Unfortunately, this actually happened in Maryland. The fatal wreck occurred on Dec. 8, 2017, when Guatemalan national Roberto Garza Palacios “fatally struck an FBI agent and a fire investigator on the side of a Maryland highway,” The Washington Post reports. Yet on June 25, Garza Palacios “paid a $280 fine, concluding a case of negligent driving lodged against him.” The illegal immigrant “did not have to appear in court and did not receive jail time.”
According to the Post, “While he drove in a ‘careless and imprudent manner,’ prosecutors found, his actions did not rise to a ‘gross deviation’ from careful driving or a ‘reckless disregard’ for human life — the conditions needed to support more-serious charges.” But that’s hardly all there is to this heart-wrenching story. The post further notes:
On May 3, officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement took [Roberto Garza Palacios] into custody at his home in Gaithersburg and charged him with overstaying and violating the terms of a work visa that had expired in 2009, according to ICE officials. Three years earlier, ICE learned he had been arrested in Montgomery County and asked jail officials to place a hold on him, but that request was not honored and Garza Palacios was released, according to county and federal officials. … Garza Palacios had previous traffic and criminal convictions. In a 2015 case, he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Around that time, he also served about four months in jail after being arrested for smashing windows on about 16 cars and lighting a sofa on fire near a construction site. After the traffic case concluded, [one of the victim’s widows] said that particularly given Garza Palacios’s record, the penalty in the recent case seemed woefully inadequate.
No kidding. Authorities are currently determining whether Garza Palacios should be deported (that’s a no-brainer), but two deaths could have been avoided had Garza Palacios been deported when he was originally flagged and had he not been afforded sanctuary despite his record. Today, the Left wants to abolish ICE. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) even called the agency a “deportation force.” Yet Garza Palacios’ evading deportation resulted in two people being needlessly killed. Whether intentional or not, this is what open-borders advocates condone.
Who are the real fascists? “If you see anybody from [Trump’s] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd! And you push back on them! And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!” stated Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) last month in her call to harass and bully anyone associated with President Donald Trump and, more broadly, the Republican Party. In the weeks since, it has become increasingly clear that leftists have taken Waters’ directive to heart. This past weekend saw two more episodes to add to the growing list of leftist harassment.
In Richmond, Virginia, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon was confronted in a book store by a woman who called him a “piece of trash.” Upon witnessing the harassing behavior, the store owner told the woman to leave, which she initially refused to do until he called the police. The store owner explained, “Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business. I asked [the antagonist] to leave, and she wouldn’t. And I said, ‘I’m going to call the police if you don’t,’ and I went to call the police and she left. And that’s the end of the story.” The owner then noted, “We are a bookshop. Bookshops are all about ideas and tolerating different opinions and not about verbally assaulting somebody, which is what was happening.”
But, as it turns out, the story didn’t end there. Upon learning of the incident, former Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines exposed the name and address of the bookstore along with the name of the owner, writing that the woman “took the opportunity to call [Bannon] a ‘piece of trash.’” When Reines was called out for seeking “a public beatdown” of the store, he disingenuously responded, “I’m providing a service to the public by providing the contact information the bookstore posted on their website — presumably with the hope of being contacted. I present facts [without] encouraging any behavior.” But he absurdly added, “I’d point out through [sic] it’s possible this woman stopped a book burning.”
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was exiting a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, when he and a colleague were surrounded by several people and harangued with shouts of “Abolish ICE” and “No justice, no peace.” At one point an individual is heard shouting, “We know where you live, Mitch. We know where you live.” Eventually, as McConnell enters his car and drives off, someone says, “We did good, fellow citizens.”
It should come as little surprise that Democrats have increasingly approved of the tactics of fascism as their party has increasingly embraced the agenda of the extreme Left. Rather than attempting to defend the “merits” of this bankrupt ideology (which is understandable, given the fact that leftist ideology is opposed to the whole concept of merit), they instead have supported the tactics of intimidation via verbal assault and shaming in seeking to pressure Republicans and conservatives to kowtow to their political demands. Are any elected Democrats willing and bold enough to definitively break with their party and call out this dangerous and deeply divisive behavior of the unhinged Left?
Trump’s NATO progress (The Wall Street Journal)
Trump administration freezes billions of dollars in payments to ObamaCare insurers (Los Angeles Times)
532 days later, all charges against Trump inauguration protesters are officially dropped (The Daily Caller)
Longtime Democrat New York assemblyman vows support for GOP until top Dems knock off the insanity (BizPac Review)
Big Labor hit with another class action suit (The Washington Free Beacon)
U.S. embassy in Haiti tells Americans to shelter in place due to protests (Washington Examiner)
Zero-tolerance policy fails to stop surge of illegal alien families (The Washington Times)
Ex-aide says he’ll take credit for Scott Pruitt’s downfall (The Hill)
Leandra English finally leaving CFPB (The Washington Free Beacon)
Pentagon disputes report of “abrupt discharge” of immigrant recruits (Washington Examiner)
Policy: Three simple rules for Trump’s meeting with Putin (Washington Examiner)
Policy: All-renewable energy is a prescription for disaster (Manhattan Institute)
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“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me."—Ronald Reagan, 1962
"What do these people stand for? What is their platform? All I can figure out so far is ‘We hate Trump’ and ‘We love illegal immigrants.’"—openly gay Brandon Straka, founder of the #WalkAway campaign, 2018
Of all the things exposed by the 2016 election — the rank corruption at the highest levels of national law enforcement, the astounding arrogance of judicial branch members who substitute political ideology for law, and the profound devolution of a mainstream media into a de facto Ministry of Truth whose "truth” is the advancement of the progressive agenda — none was more cathartic than the exposure of the “tolerant” American Left as the nation’s foremost promulgators of hate and hysteria.
For decades, these self-appointed doyens of “enlightened” thinking have tasked themselves with fundamentally transforming a fundamentally flawed America into a socialist utopia run by globalist elites answerable to no one but themselves. Globalist elites whose commitment to “social justice” amounted to remaining wholly immune to the damage they inflicted on “deplorable” Americans while enriching themselves.
On Nov. 8, 2016, their self-serving construct was conspicuously rejected.
Ever since, the wisdom of an electorate rejecting that odious status quo — the one former president Barack Obama assured us would be his “third term” with Hillary Clinton in charge — has been completely validated. All one would have to do to realize the level of bankruptcy that attends progressive ideology is substitute Barack Obama’s name for Donald Trump’s. And imagine the Left’s reaction if a comedian stated Obama’s mouth is Putin’s c—k holster, a high school mural depicted Obama’s severed head, a Hollywood celebrity tweeted someone should “rip” Malia or Sasha from Michelle Obama’s arms and put one or the other in a cage full of pedophiles, or a Republican House representative urged conservatives to “push back” and “create a crowd” so that Obama administration officials understood “they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”
Just for starters.
Brandon Straka has had enough. “The #WalkAway Campaign is a true grassroots movement,” his campaign’s Facebook page states. “It is a video campaign movement, dedicated to sharing the stories of people who can no longer accept the current ideology of liberalism and what the Democratic Party has become. … Some here have wanted to leave for some time, but have feared the consequences they might suffer from friends or family if they walk away.”
Attorney Alan Dershowitz revealed some of those consequences, explaining that his “friends” on Martha’s Vineyard have shunned him for defending Trump’s constitutional rights. He cites one of them as saying that if he appeared at one of her parties she’d “stab him through the heart.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough defends such puerile close-mindedness. “As my grandmother would say, Alan, when you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas,” Scarborough sniffed. “And so he can’t try to undermine Robert Mueller … and then be shocked that he’s not allowed to go to the finest spots on Martha’s Vineyard.”
Scarborough’s contempt is shared by Washington Post columnist Abby Ohlheiser, who dismisses the #WalkAway campaign as a conservative-orchestrated mirage. “As the Internet fragments, our understanding of what it means to go ‘viral’ has become complicated, and increasingly meaningless. A hashtag claiming to capture a movement among liberals has gone viral, in this case, almost exclusively on the right-wing Internet, as a reinforcement of one of its binding ideas,” she writes. “There’s little actual evidence to suggest that #WalkAway represents a mass conversion of millions — or even thousands — of Democrats to the Trump Train since Straka’s video.”
As columnist David Catron explains, Ohlheiser misses the point, especially with regard to black Americans who have been one of the Democrat Party’s most reliable voting blocs — and thus taken for granted. “A ‘Great Awakening’ isn’t required,” he writes. “All that is needed is about 5 percent more African-Americans to vote Republican and another 5 to 10 percent to simply stay home. … That means, to quote Reagan, ‘We win, they lose.’”
Unfortunately for Democrats, it’s not just black Americans Straka is recruiting. “If you are a person of color, an LGBT person, a woman or an American immigrant, the Democratic Party wants you to know you are a victim,” Straka says in a video he posted May 26. “This is perhaps the Democratic Party’s greatest, and most insidious, lie.”
Lie? Political platform is more like it. Without the continued cultivation of victimization that fuels big-government dependency, Democrats are in serious trouble. Straka notes what their concern has engendered. “The Democratic Party that I once loved has joined forces with the extremist left.”
Don’t take his word for it. DNC Chairman Tom Perez has dubbed socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “the future of our party” following her defeat of incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District primary.
Ocasio-Cortez makes it clear what that future portends: “free” Medicare for all, the abolishment of ICE, a federal government-imposed jobs guarantee, housing as a “human right,” mobilization against climate change, gun control and higher education “for everyone.” And like many of her fellow Democrats, she supports impeaching Donald Trump.
Moreover, like Bernie Sanders, who owns three homes and earned over a million dollars in 2016, Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist, working class “girl from the Bronx” bona fides are conspicuously lacking. While she was born in the Bronx, her family moved to Yorktown Heights, a wealthy Westchester County suburban town, when she was five — a detail her biography conspicuously omitted until she subsequently “tweaked” it.
Maybe that’s because Westchester is the eighth-richest county in the nation.
“Do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy and extremism are beginning to take a toll. “For far too long, the left has controlled the narrative in this country in news and media while the ‘silent majority’ on the right have done what they always do — remained silent,” the #WalkAway Facebook page continues. “The left has been allowed for so long to reinforce the narrative that everybody on the right is a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, a misogynist, etc. But the left has become so extreme, it’s now time to fight back.”
Now? Conservatives have been fighting for quite some time. Fighting against Hollywood, academia, the media and the Democrat Party, along with the faction of GOPers who spinelessly acquiesce to the progressive agenda. Fighting against #NeverTrump blowhards like Bill Kristol, George Will, Max Boot, Bret Stephens and others whose “principles” would have abided undiscovered Deep State machinations, a leftist Supreme Court, the continued hollowing out of Heartland America, and the open-borders/amnesty agenda a Clinton presidency would have surely inflicted on the nation. The same “principles” that have them rooting for Democrats to prevail in November.
Straka has other ideas. “This is a movement of patriots of all walks of life — men, women, black, brown, white, straight, LGBTQ, religious, non-believers, who share something very important in common… WE ARE AMERICAN and we will not surrender our country!”
Amen to that.
MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST
- Video: Why Independence Matters — Reflecting on Independence Day, Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steve Green discuss why our Liberty matters.
- Video: Campaign to Abandon Liberalism Goes Viral — Laura Ingraham talks to the founder of the #WalkAway social media campaign.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Gary Bauer: “Don’t think for a minute Pruitt’s stepping down has anything to do with cut-rate mattresses or his wife vying for a Chick-fil-A franchise. Scott Pruitt was targeted because he was fighting the tidal wave of EPA regulations that are touted to save lives but instead kill jobs. It is Trump’s agenda, not Pruitt’s finances, that brought on the flood of negative publicity. What’s worse, many of Pruitt’s ‘missteps’ had to do with his family’s security. To say the least, the media’s concern about the safety of public officials is selective. When Rep. Maxine Waters reported death threats, we heard all about it — as we should. But the same media professed itself mystified that Pruitt and his family wanted extra measures taken to protect them from constant threats and harassment. The final proof of what is really happening here arrived quickly. The administration has intimated that Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, will succeed him. Within minutes, opponents of Trump’s growth and reasonable regulation policy jumped on Wheeler, with the predictable Huffington Post labeling him ‘even worse’ than Pruitt. This is what the Left does. Rather than debate policy, it drives personal slander. Imagine going to a workplace every day where nearly the entire career staff perches on your shoulder digging for flaws and ‘scandals’ they can share with their friends in the press. Talk about collusion.”
The Gipper: “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.”
Braying Jackass: “We never had one like this who was so aggressively stupid, takes pride that you cannot get information into his head. … It’s not just the clown, it’s the circus. Donald Trump could not be where he is without all these enablers.” —Bill Maher
Alpha Jackass I: “Look, access to abortion is good and important. Some people say abortion is ‘killing a baby.’ It’s not. It’s stopping a baby from happening. … Abortion, I salute you. Women, if you need an abortion, get one. God bless abortions and God bless America.” —"comedian" Michelle Wolf
Alpha Jackass II: “Ben Shapiro is the Jew who helps other Jews onto the train.” —The Verge co-founder Joshua Topolsky
Alpha Jackass III: “Jeff Sessions shamelessly quoted the Bible in his fascist attempt to legitimize child-abductions. His statement amounts to blasphemy against Christianity. Its ugliness reminded me of the terror the Taliban inflicted upon the women who simply ventured outside their homes to make a living or attend school. … There is no difference between a clean-shaven white man in a suit justifying cruelties in the name of a religion and a bearded brown man in a tunic and headgear doing the same. They are both ignorant maniacs whom society must confront and defeat.” —Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Siddique Malik
Non Compos Mentis: “Hearts and prayers are with those boys in Thailand, trapped in the cave. I hope our hearts and prayers are also with thousands of children, toddlers and infants, removed from their parents by the Trump administration, under zero tolerance. They’re trapped in a bureaucratic cave, too, so let’s not forget them.” —Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
The BIG Lie: “Sen. McConnell invented this new rule and wouldn’t consider a meeting with Merrick Garland.” —Dick Durbin
And last… “Big government isn’t intended to get the poor out of poverty. It’s intended to keep them there. Continued dependency is the fuel on which big government runs. As Reagan said: The first rule of bureaucracy is to protect the bureaucracy.” —Allie Beth Stuckey
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