Mid-Day Digest

Oct. 22, 2018

THE FOUNDATION

“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” —Alexander Hamilton (1793)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • The migrant caravan is really an invasion being used as an election ploy.
  • Why is the Saudi-murdered journalist getting so much media coverage?
  • Democrat lies abound. That must mean it’s campaign season.
  • The Harvard discrimination case is really about deeper problems in education.
  • Maybe it’s time for special sport competitions for the “transgendered.”
  • Leftmedia outlets keep ignoring Democrat scandals.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Migrant Invasion Swells Just in Time for Midterms

Thomas Gallatin

Holding flags of their respective countries, primarily Honduran and Guatemalan, a growing mass of Central American migrants traveling north began to pour over Mexico’s southern border on Sunday. Their stated goal is to reach the U.S., where they aim to stay. While some women and children make up this rag-tag group, it appears that the vast majority are young men. The current estimated size of the migrant force is anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000.

Mexican authorities attempted to stop the migrants and funnel them into shelters where their requests for asylum could be processed, but the caravan quickly grew frustrated, overwhelming Mexican police and illegally crossing Mexico’s southern border by going around processing stations. They met little resistance.

This is a politically orchestrated and timed event to interfere with the upcoming midterm elections. Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media would love nothing more than to rekindle the previous outrage over President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” enforcement policy on illegal immigration in an effort to exploit women and Hispanic voters. That much is evident in the media coverage that offers nothing but an overly simplistic and sympathetic narrative regarding the “plight” of these migrant invaders.

Meanwhile, Trump has sought to address the issue before the invasion of migrants reaches the U.S. southern border. On Friday, Trump received support from Mexican authorities that they would seek to help stop the migrants. On Saturday, Trump declared, “We’re going to figure it out,” adding, “They’re not coming into this country.” This morning, he warned that the U.S. would be “cutting off, or substantially reducing” aid to the Central American nations in question, while putting the Border Patrol and military on alert. But the fact of the matter is that Trump’s ability to act on this current immigration crisis is limited. Republicans in Congress need to pass legislation to shut down the legal loopholes that have essentially allowed for de facto “catch and release” immigration. The underlying problem isn’t going to be solved easily — especially when one party is dedicated to ensuring it remains a crisis.

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Why Is Khashoggi’s Murder Dominating the News?

Nate Jackson

Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, the Saudis finally acknowledged after 18 days. After numerous iterations, the “official” story now is that he was inadvertently killed during a fight that broke out in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, and a handful of “rogue” officials have been fired for bearing sole responsibility for Khashoggi’s death. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is totally innocent, you see.

Few, if any, actually believe the Saudis story, of course. A 59-year-old journalist spontaneously took on 15 Saudi security agents? Sure thing. Quite the contrary, reports are that he wasn’t just killed but dismembered on the scene. His body has never been produced. Furthermore, as the editors of National Review put it, “Very little happens in Saudi Arabia without bin Salman’s foreknowledge and approval, so the notion that he would be so unaware of his inner circle’s activities regarding one of the regime’s highest-profile international critics is laughable.”

Beyond that quick recap of the story, here are a few things to bear in mind:

First of all, this is what authoritarian regimes do, be they Islamic or otherwise. A free press is anathema to totalitarians. But with Khashoggi, there may be more than meets the eye. He joined the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1970s. He wasn’t an advocate of western-style democracy, instead favoring an Arab Spring-style political Islamic regime. That isn’t to minimize his death; it’s to see clearly who he was.

The American Leftmedia — led by The Washington Post — is running wall-to-wall coverage of his murder primarily because Khashoggi is one of theirs. He’s a journalist, an untouchable saint, and his death thus rattles them to their core.

But have most Americans heard of the the Gwinnett County Georgia police officer killed in the line of duty Saturday? Officer Antwan Toney had just turned 30, and he was an outstanding human being and police officer. Yet this black cop was murdered by two black assailants in the Atlanta area; one killer is in custody. Toney was one of ours — an American citizen serving his country and community honorably. Both of these men’s lives matter, but only one is getting nonstop media coverage.

The strategic reason for that is the media’s hope to pin Khashoggi’s murder — or at least the aftermath — on President Donald Trump. Anything to create the appearance of scandal before the midterms.

Which brings us to our parting thought: In 2012, four Americans, including an ambassador, were killed in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton lied about it for weeks solely to preserve Obama’s reelection campaign. The Leftmedia aided them in this deception. So while Trump certainly should have been far stronger in his public condemnation of the Saudis, we suspect he’s using this incident for leverage behind the scenes. Don’t be surprised to see a subtle shift in America’s relationship with the Saudis that will benefit the U.S., all while Trump gives them breathing room publicly. Distasteful? Sure. But sometimes that describes American foreign policy out of necessity.

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Top Headlines

  • New ad highlights the Left’s violent attacks on Republicans (The Daily Wire)
  • Mitch McConnell, wife harassed by leftists at Kentucky restaurant (Courier Journal)
  • HHS moves to reestablish a scientific definition of sex and gender; New York Times promptly goes into a meltdown (Hot Air)
  • Presumed innocent? Sen. Cory Booker accused of sexual assault by homosexual man (PJ Media)
  • Trump says “major tax cut for middle-income people” coming in 10 days (Washington Examiner)
  • U.S. will pull out of nuke treaty with Russia that limited number of missiles (USA Today)
  • Russian election meddlers followed strict guidelines to create chaos online (The Washington Times)
  • Robert Mueller could end Russia probe after midterm elections (Washington Examiner)
  • Warren took DNA test to rebuild “trust in government” (Fox News)
  • Gosnell” being dropped from movie theaters despite solid performance (The Daily Wire)
  • Policy: America cannot afford for Congress to abandon the budget caps (The Daily Signal)
  • Policy: What is a fair tax code? (Investor’s Business Daily)

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Deception Is Democrats’ Weapon of Choice

Robin Smith

Some call it spin. Some might refer to a political reality. Others may say it’s the use of propaganda. Regardless, this election is chock-full of devices that either reframe a candidate to hide his or her authentic approach to governance or, in many cases, outright lies are being told to confuse and misrepresent the facts.

The weapon of choice this (and every) election cycle for Democrats is deception.

Let’s look at just a few examples to understand that, while campaigning, some Democrats want to run from their actual record and appear to voters as “Republican-lite.” The reality, however, couldn’t be further from the truth.

The Senate has been the perfect example of the vast schism between reality and political “reality.” Let’s look at a few facts and understand that Democrats not only ignore, avoid, and distort the truth; they don’t recognize truth in their world of the aggrieved and offended. That helps explain their ongoing efforts to engineer chaos and mob rule.

Let’s begin in Michigan, where Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the incumbent Democrat, is facing a tough GOP opponent in John James, a black businessman with distinguished service in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Once upon a time, Stabenow was a vocal supporter of tax cuts that “create jobs here rather than overseas.” Funny, she voted against the historic Tax Acts and Jobs Act that added 39,700 jobs in Michigan already this year, 5,500 more than in 2017. Now, the promise of the Democrats is to reverse the Republican tax cuts … simply because President Donald Trump signed them into law.

Run down to Tennessee’s open Senate seat in the Marsha Blackburn vs. Phil Bredesen slugfest and see if you can figure out who’s running as the Republican nominee. Publicly, Democrat and former governor Bredesen can’t run fast enough from the names of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Yet Bredesen landed $3.5 million in ads from Schumer’s political action committee and $1.6 million contributed directly to his campaign while enjoying a high-dollar fete at the New York home of gun-control extremist Bloomberg. The billionaire socialist has pledged $20 million to the Senate Majority PAC, fueling Democrat races in the nation’s upper legislative chamber. Add all this to the undercover video capturing Bredesen operatives freely admitting his deception regarding his support for Brett Kavanaugh, and the camouflage donned in the Volunteer State right now is not just worn by hunters.

A few more on the deception dance card in the Senate are Jon Tester in Montana and Claire McCaskill in Missouri, both of whom campaigned on the importance of securing the southern border, yet voted against funding all the recent measures to fund personnel, structure, and resources to actually stem the tide of illegal immigrants coming to America. Likewise, when Kyrsten Sinema was running for Congress in Arizona in 2012, she pledged legislation that “secures our border from the threats of criminal cartels and criminal syndicates In Mexico.” Now, as a Senate candidate, Sinema has no recollection of voting against immigration reforms. Let’s not forget Sinema’s list of outrageous statements, including getting caught telling stay-at-home moms they are leeches in the world of progressive feminism. She went all in with the pink-hat-gals.

Bundle up and head to North Dakota to see Heidi Heitkamp’s voting history that matches Schumer’s 80% of the time, despite promising she’d be that same kind of independent that Bredesen conjures up. Heitkamp has likely sealed her own doom with TV ads aimed to tie newly confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh to domestic assault victims — partly because she failed to get approval to use the victims’ names in the ad. Exploitation for the cause of deception — we guess that’s the collateral damage Nancy Pelosi spoke of last week when calling her Resistance crowd to action.

There is so much more, but the theme is clear: You can’t trust Democrats to tell the truth during campaign season or to govern in a manner that upholds the respect of our laws, our nation’s border and sovereignty or, sadly, the financial security and privacy of average Americans.

While we may laugh in disgust at the dishonesty of politics, heed a serious warning. The type of behavior witnessed by Democrats in power — weaponizing agencies of government like the IRS, DOJ, EPA, etc. to control and punish political foes; using slander at every turn alleging sexism, racism, and all other -isms to marginalize; agitating the offended to the point of riot and violence; importing foreign individuals as part of a ploy to disrupt our government under the guise of asylum and safety; and employing a two-tiered system of justice to exempt criminal acts of the elite but not the average — is not just despicable, it’s dangerous. In decades past, these acts would be accurately defined and viewed as totalitarianism.

#WalkAway from the deception and dangers of the Democrats.

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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

OPINION IN BRIEF

Jeff Jacoby: “Once again the West is being taught a lesson it never seems to master for long: Enlightened despots aren’t enlightened. Any regime that imprisons, tortures, or kills people because of their opinions is by definition an enemy of the free world — our enemy. Tyrants may embrace capitalism or talk up political reforms. They may legitimately win an election or crack down on corruption. They may quote Thomas Jefferson or sign arms-reductions treaties. They may even make the trains run on time. But if they jail or murder dissidents, they are not our friends. Granted, our governments may have interests in common, our businesses may buy and sell from each other, and our intelligence services may collaborate against a mutual foe. But at the most fundamental level, there is an unbridgeable moral gulf between a liberal democracy like the United States and a brutal dictatorship like Saudi Arabia. We forget that at our peril.”

SHORT CUTS

Food for thought: “The problem with race preferences is broader than the inevitable fraud it encourages. What the left did not anticipate when it valorized identity politics for its favored groups was that, eventually, some in the majority would engage in the same kind of self-definition. When it seems that so many major institutions … grant special status to some groups based on identity and not on disadvantage, the majority will be tempted to seize the same flag.” —Mona Charen

Upright: “There is a logical connection between the left’s ideology and its authoritarian, intolerant and violent behavior. … For far too many leftists, the end justifies the means, so they are willing to suspend due process and change the rules when they don’t prevail at the ballot box.” —David Limbaugh

Hyper hypocrisy: “All Americans should recoil from the president’s praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job. This amounts to the celebration of a crime by someone sworn to uphold our laws and an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has solemnly pledged to defend it.” —White House Correspondents’ Association protest of Trump’s humorous remark about Rep. Greg Gianforte body-slamming a Guardian reporter last year. Meanwhile, the Leftmedia is silent on Democrats advocating violent confrontations against Republicans

Braying Jenny: “These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life — that’s bulls—t.” —Democrat Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema

Village Idiots: “I started writing ‘Game of Thrones’ all the way back in 1991, long before anybody was talking about climate change. But there is — in a very broad sense — there’s a certain parallel there. And the people in Westeros are fighting their individual battles over power and status and wealth. And those are so distracting them that they’re ignoring the threat of ‘winter is coming,’ which has the potential to destroy all of them and to destroy their world.” —author George RR Martin

Non Compos Mentis I: “The last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II. And so we’ve been here before and we have a blueprint [for mitigating global warming]. … And what we did was that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialized our entire economy and we put hundreds of thousands if not millions of people to work in defending our shores and defending this country. We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100% renewable energy, and that’s just the truth of it.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Non Compos Mentis II: “The Trump administration is trying to make Trans people disappear by defining gender as only male and female, determined by genitalia at birth. This is an egregious, callous attack on the LGBT community. Send a clear message on Nov 6th that there is no place for hate in America.” —George Takei

And last… “I always hear about how terrible ‘white people’ are from leftists. When you consider they know white women like Elizabeth Warren, it makes some sense.” —Katie Pavlich

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