Mid-Day Digest

Oct. 23, 2018

THE FOUNDATION

“It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • With the elections now just two weeks away, a contrasting vision is clear.
  • The “caravasion” is still bound for the U.S. with Democrats’ blessing.
  • Trump is aiming for a better nuclear deal with Russia.
  • Dennis Prager outlines the three values that make America great.
  • Remembering a philanthropic shoeshiner.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

The Real Choice in 2018

Nate Jackson

The 2018 midterm elections are now just two weeks away. Early voting is already well underway in many states. Some polls show a blue wave, others show Republicans gaining ground. We estimate that GOP control of the House is in some level of jeopardy, though Republicans gaining seats in the Senate now seems the likeliest outcome. Either way, as we always say, the only poll that counts is the one on Election Day.

The two parties certainly offer contrasting visions for America. As we wrote in July, one offers hope, while the other feeds despair. One offers a positive agenda that will create wealth and preserve Liberty. The other offers … rage. And a lot of it.

Specifically, President Donald Trump offered a list of 14 things Republicans aim to accomplish if they retain control of Congress:

Clearly, many of those items overlap, but most of them are worthy goals. Each link above is to our coverage of Trump’s progress on those goals. Frankly, Republicans have done a pitiful job of selling tax cuts to the American people, while Democrats have been more successful in convincing voters that those cuts were (A) for corporate fat cats and the wealthy, (B) drove up deficits, and (C) will lead to cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

In short, there is more work to be done on all of Trump’s list. And it won’t be done if the GOP loses control of either chamber of Congress.

What happens if Democrats win? Would-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises to use subpoena power to make life miserable for the president. Other Democrats insist impeachment will be at the top of the agenda. At a minimum, it will be investigation after investigation. The only policy prescriptions Democrats have involve varying degrees of socialism.

So voters have a clear choice: Continue on the path of prosperity or put Trump-deranged lunatic socialists back in power. Jobs or mobs?

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Dems Welcome the Coming ‘Caravasion’ of Migrants

Thomas Gallatin

As the 7,000-plus Central American migrants — or as we now refer to this mob, the “caravasion” — work their way across Mexico, President Donald Trump is busy endeavoring to prevent their illegal entry into the U.S. Trump warned Monday that the caravasion included “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” and that he had “alerted the Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergency.”

This throng of Central American migrants is not, as the mainstream media has asserted, a spontaneous event. This is an orchestrated, well-funded, and politically motivated movement. Who is taking care of the massive logistics needed to organize and sustain a group of this size? The primary activist group behind the caravasion is called Pueblo Sin Fronteras (Village Without Borders) — the same group responsible for organizing the smaller caravan of migrants earlier this year.

Another intentional misrepresentation by the MSM is that this caravasion is trekking the entire 1,400-plus miles from Honduras to the U.S. southern border on foot. In reality, the migrants are making the majority of the journey in the back of trucks, stopping and walking for occasional photo ops.

Trump also called out Democrats for causing this problem, asserting, “What happened on the border is caused by the Democrats, because they won’t let anyone change immigration laws that are horrible.” And Trump is right; not only have Democrats remained silent on this latest caravasion threatening U.S. sovereignty, they have essentially invited it via their creation of law-defying “sanctuary cities” that harbor illegal aliens, coupled with their blatant calls for the abolishment of ICE.

The fact of the matter is that Democrats have moved so far to the extreme left that they have in practice if not in word embraced the globalist agenda of open borders. They, along with their cohorts in the MSM, intentionally obscure the clear delineation between legal and illegal immigration in an effort to paint Trump and Republicans as “anti-immigrant” bigots and racists for simply wanting to apply the fundamental right every nation enjoys — the right to control its own borders by regulating who is and is not allowed into the country. A country that does not control its own borders will quickly cease to be a country. This should not be a controversial or partisan issue, and yet Democrats have turned it into one. Why?

The short answer is political power. Some 51% of immigrants, both legal and illegal, depend on various forms of government welfare, compared to only 31% of native-born citizens. Democrats would love nothing more than to expand this class of government dependents in order to secure future Democrat voters. Hence the Democrats’ anticipatory silence as they wait for the caravasion to hit the U.S. southern border just in time for the November elections.

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Top Headlines

  • Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office attacked with a rock and burglarized (Townhall)
  • Turkish president says the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was “planned,” calls for extradition of Saudi suspects (The Washington Post)
  • Second police officer dies after South Carolina ambush attack (Fox News)
  • Suspect, 18, accused in murder of Georgia police officer is fatally shot by cops (Fox News)
  • Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate admits to burning state flag during 1992 protest (Townhall)
  • Bakers who were fined $135,000 over wedding cake appeal to the Supreme Court (The Daily Signal)
  • Thanks, Common Core: ACT scores for Class of 2018 worst in decades (PJ Media)
  • Study: 25% of Millennial snowflakes suffer from PTSD due to Trump’s election (The College Fix)
  • Alabama supreme court upholds personhood of unborn babies; judge calls for end to Roe v. Wade (CNS News)
  • Humor: Demons beg Jesus to cast them out of hysterical mob of liberals and into abyss (The Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: Trump is right to consider pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (The Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Put the breaks on any rebound of the U.S.–Turkey relationship (National Review)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report.

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GOOD NEWS

Remembering a Longtime Shoeshiner Who Donated $202K to Children’s Hospital

Albert Lexie, with his purple shoeshine push cart, was a beloved fixture for more than 30 years within the hospital’s corridors, but his generosity became renowned across the nation and the public learned about his kindness through newspapers, magazines, and television shows.

Twice a week — Tuesday and Thursday — Lexie rose long before the sun came up, catching multiple buses for an hour and a half trek from his home in Monessen to Pittsburgh, to get to work and be around what he called “Albert’s kids.” From 1982 to 2013, he polished the shoes of doctors, executives, and staff members in the building, charging anywhere from $2 to $5, all the while making small but constant donations to his favorite cause.

Over the years, Lexie’s contributions added up. By the time he retired in December 2013, the hospital reported he had given $202,000 to the Free Care Fund, which provides financial assistance for underinsured and uninsured children.

Read more at NPR.

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Aiming for a Better Nuclear Deal With Russia

Lewis Morris

President Donald Trump announced last weekend that the U.S. is prepared to walk out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty because of longstanding non-compliance by Russia. The treaty, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the former Soviet Union, eliminated an entire class of ground-launched cruise or ballistic missile with ranges between 300 to 3,400 miles. But Russia has been cheating, and Trump’s fed up with it.

Russia immediately responded. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said leaving the treaty “would be a very dangerous step.” President Vladimir Putin added, “Our response would be immediate — I would like to repeat this warning — immediate and reciprocal.”

The U.S. first accused Russia of cheating on the agreement back in 2014, with the Obama administration noting in annual reports that Russia was developing prohibited weapons. Russia routinely denied the charges, claiming that its super powerful, awesome military has plenty of air- and sea-based weapons to make up for the lack of land-based cruise missiles.

Russia has never been trustworthy in this regard, either with its stated intentions or its capabilities, preferring to use the power of mystery to keep its opponents off balance. But last year’s identification of a cruise missile deployed in Russia called the SSC-8 that could threaten NATO in the Baltics proves Russia is up to its old tricks.

And so, apparently, is the American Left, which naturally claimed that pulling out of the INF Treaty was a bad idea and could spark a new arms race. This view was echoed by many allies in Europe. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Trump’s announcement was “regrettable,” and called the INF treaty “an important pillar of our European security architecture for 30 years.” And the European Commission huffed in a statement, “The world doesn’t need a new arms race that would benefit no one and on the contrary would bring even more instability.”

Great Britain, however, voiced full-throated support of Trump’s statement, precisely because it isn’t Trump bringing instability but Putin.

Trump told reporters last weekend, “If Russia’s doing it and if China’s doing it and we’re adhering to the agreement — that’s unacceptable.”

By mentioning China, Trump indicated that he is open to scrapping the INF and making a new treaty that would include all three countries. China was not a member of the original treaty, but it has since become a major military power in the Pacific. Getting China to be answerable to an international agreement may have a stabilizing force in that region. That’s also why Beijing is unlikely to sign on.

In the long run, we may be seeing yet another instance where Trump is prepared to scrap an established piece of the old world order to create something more lasting and better for America. He has gotten a lot of press for walking away from deals that don’t benefit the U.S. — the Iran nuclear agreement, the Paris climate accord, NAFTA. But he does so knowing that there is something better that can be done.

A new nuclear-forces agreement that is stronger on compliance and includes the world’s major nuclear powers would be a worthy replacement to the INF Treaty, particularly since the old treaty isn’t working.

The return of all this Cold War bluster makes one wonder, if the Russians really did want Trump to win the presidency in 2016 — a dubious proposition in any case — they sure must be regretting it now.

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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

OPINION IN BRIEF

Rich Lowry: “Given Russian cheating, the INF treaty as a practical matter only prohibits the U.S. from having such missiles. What sense is there in that? Arms controllers often fall back on the argument that U.S. self-restraint has a symbolic effect, discouraging other countries from developing weapons by the force of our example, but this is manifestly untrue. Despite our efforts to minimize the role of nuclear weapons in international affairs, the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review notes that ‘since 2010, no potential adversary has reduced either the role of nuclear weapons in its national security strategy or the number of nuclear weapons it fields.’ There’s no reason to limit our capabilities and flexibility for the sake of an INF Treaty that doesn’t even constrain its other signatory.”

SHORT CUTS

Food for thought: “Gosnell was no different from other abortionists. He killed babies after they were born. Most kill them before. So what? It’s the same human. The same act of killing. Maybe Gosnell should be freed. Or better yet, every abortionist should be locked in a cage alongside him.” —Matt Walsh

Good question: “Hey Democrats — exactly how many of the illegal alien invaders should we allow into the country? 10,000? 100,000? 1 million? 10 million? Where do you draw the line?” —Todd Starnes

Belly laugh of the week: “Cows’ milk has long been a symbol used by white supremacists. One more reason to #DitchDairy.” —PETA

The BIG Lie: “Defining gender as a condition determined strictly by a person’s genitals is based on a notion that doctors and scientists abandoned long ago as oversimplified and often medically meaningless.” —The New York Times, which bellows that “the Trump administration’s latest plan to define gender goes beyond the limits of scientific knowledge”

Alpha Jackass: “By the time I left office, wages were rising, uninsured rate was falling, poverty was falling, and that’s what I handed off to the next guy. So when you hear all this talk about economic miracles right now, remember who started it.” —Barack Obama

Braying Jackass: “I want to see [ICE] reformed, because an agency that can’t tell the difference between the rift between a seven-year-old girl, between a woman going in for brain cancer surgery, and a terrorist or a criminal is an agency that is not working. It is not making us safer, and it sure doesn’t reflect our values.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Non Compos Mentis: “One of the things I see now is that confidence in government is at an all time low. I believe one way we try to rebuild confidence is through transparency. So I’ve really made an effort over the past several months.” —Elizabeth Warren defending her DNA test

And last… “Progressivism in a nutshell in 2018: Elizabeth Warren’s DNA somehow proves she’s a Cherokee Indian, but Chelsea Manning’s DNA doesn’t make him biologically male.” —Sean Davis

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