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“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” —George Washington (1796)
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Remember when Democrats favored border security? We do.
- No, Obama didn’t build this economic boom.
- Leftists are outraged (again) over Trump’s transgender consideration.
- Elizabeth Warren’s poisonous identity politics is losing even the Leftmedia.
- A salacious accusation against Cory Booker exposes media hypocrisy.
- History says that withdrawing from the INF treaty is the smart call.
- Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.
“We all agree on the need to better secure the border, and to punish employers who choose to hire illegal immigrants. We are a generous and welcoming people here in the United States, but those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the Rule of Law, and they are showing disregard for those following the law. We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.” That was Barack Obama in 2005.
In one of his savvier Twitter moments, President Donald Trump tweeted a video of Obama’s remarks, adding, “I agree with President Obama 100%!”
Again in 2006 Obama struck a similar chord, repeating much of the same phrasing while adding, “Because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. Americans are right to demand better border security and better enforcement of the immigration laws.”
But Obama is far from the only Democrat leader to hold these views on illegal immigration. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA) once declared that border control is a federal responsibility while lamenting that “we simply don’t enforce our borders adequately.” She insisted, “The day when America can be the welfare system for Mexico is gone.”
And Hillary Clinton wanted to “send a clear message” when she warned, “Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean your child gets to stay.” She has also sounded downright Trumpian in the past, stating, “I am adamantly against illegal immigrants. Certainly we have to do more at our borders. … What we need is to secure our borders.”
Once upon a time, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) refused to conflate legal immigration with illegal immigration, declaring, “People who enter the U.S. without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who enter the U.S. legally. … When we use phrases like ‘undocumented workers,’ we convey to the American people that their government is not serious about combatting illegal immigration. … It is illegal and wrong.”
It’s funny how Democrats and the mainstream media insist President Donald Trump and Republicans have moved to an extreme position on the issues of illegal immigration and border security. The fact is, it is Democrats who have moved and become beholden to the extreme Left. Republicans are quite simply the only ones holding a sensible and balanced position on this issue.
Meanwhile, as Democrats and the Leftmedia continue to paint Trump as a Nazi-like nationalist for simply seeking to secure the U.S. border and prevent the illegal entry of this caravasion now estimated to be 10,000 strong, a second caravan of migrants is reportedly forming in Guatemala. Clearly, this problem is not going away. Fortunately, the U.S. Border Patrol has been working diligently as apprehensions of illegal aliens are up by nearly 100,000 to a total of 521,090 in fiscal year 2018.
Finally, in the 1995 words of Bill Clinton: “All Americans … are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. … It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation to permit this kind of abuse of our immigration laws.”
Can we get an amen?
In a more normal political universe, the roaring economy would be the most important election issue. Perhaps, however, it’s because the economy is going gangbusters that voters are giving it a collective “meh.” President Donald Trump, congressional Republicans, and GOP-controlled state houses and governorships around the country have fostered great prosperity over the last few years with conservative policies of lower taxes and reduced regulations generally unleashing the free market.
But one narcissist is jealously trumpeting (and misrepresenting) his legacy: Barack Obama.
“When I walked into office 10 years ago, we were in the middle of the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes,” Obama said while stumping for Nevada Democrats in Las Vegas. “By the time I left office, wages were rising, the uninsurance 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.”
Me, me, me. I, I, I. That’s been Obama’s pattern for years, and it doesn’t change even when he’s supposed to be campaigning for other Democrats.
“Unlike some, I actually try to state facts,” Obama went on to say. “I believe in facts. I believe in a fact-based reality, fact-based politics. I don’t believe in just making stuff up. I think you should actually say to people what’s true.”
Clearly, he needs some help in this department. The 2008 financial crisis and ensuing recession happened because of deeply rooted Democrat policies and while Democrats held large majorities in Congress. It is true that Obama took office amidst a recession already in progress, but he bears responsibility for prolonging it with his “stimulus” income redistribution, heavy-handed regulation, and takeover of vast swaths of the economy. Thanks to his policies, the Obama “recovery” was the weakest on record, never reaching even 3% growth, and what recovery did take place was in spite of his best efforts. Investor’s Business Daily recounts the last year of Obama’s administration: “GDP growth was decelerating throughout 2016. Household income was flat. The unemployment rate was flat. The stock market was flat.”
It wasn’t until after Trump took office that Americans truly felt like the economy was growing. Consumer confidence is soaring. The U.S. retook it’s spot as the world’s most competitive economy. And yet the Leftmedia is still trying to convince Americans that the situation isn’t so great.
So which is it? Obama’s boom or Trump’s malaise? And if things are so mediocre, why is Obama taking credit? Let’s just hope voters heading to the polls remember which party really supports economic growth.
- Feds investigating “potential explosive devices” sent to Clinton and Obama (CNBC)
- One winning ticket sold in South Carolina for $1.6 billion lottery jackpot (Reuters)
- GOP shows new strength in early voting as fight for control of Congress tightens (Fox News)
- Senate slipping away as Democrats fight to preserve blue wave (Associated Press)
- White House report says socialist policies could cut GDP nearly in half (The Washington Free Beacon)
- U.S. takes first step in punishing Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing (Townhall)
- Number of unvaccinated children increasing in the U.S. despite overall high coverage (ABC News)
- Pence gives Space Force update, tasks it with preserving peace in space (The Washington Free Beacon)
- DC and Virginia attorneys general open inquiry into sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Washington (The Washington Post)
- Humor: On gender, Left steps up effort against notorious hate group: reality (The Babylon Bee)
- Policy: The necessity and impossibility of entitlement reform (RealClearPolicy)
- Policy: What’s at stake in rebuilding the military (The Daily Signal)
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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
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“Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals can believe them.” —George Orwell
The completely unhinged lamentations coming from the Left following a leaked Trump administration memo regarding the federal definition of “sex” for legal purposes exposes just how detached from reality the Left has become.
At issue is an internal memo revealing that President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services is considering rescinding a 2014 Obama administration memo that attempted to redefine sex as “gender identity.” In other words, HHS is considering restoring the definition of sex used by all sane people since the beginning of time from the radical redefinition issued by Barack Obama.
The Obama “memo” was not a law (it was never passed by Congress), and it was not a regulatory rule (it was never submitted for a public discussion period). It was just a memo from the Obama HHS expanding Title IX definitions regarding discrimination to include “gender identity,” followed by letters issued to schools and colleges warning them that failure to implement the Obama redefinition would put federal funding at risk.
“Gee, that’s a nice school you got there — shame if anything happened to it…”
The practical impact of the Obama memo was that schools were coerced into opening their restrooms, shower facilities, and locker rooms to members of both sexes based on “gender identity” (the sex a person “feels” they identify with) rather than on biological sex. In other words, biological boys were able to share restrooms and showers with biological girls so long as they claimed to identify as a member of that sex.
Girls seeing the male anatomy at a college party: sexual assault. Girls seeing the male anatomy in a third-grade girls restroom: equality. That’s leftist “logic.”
The Trump administration’s leaked memo proposed simply that HHS would define gender “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable. … Sex means a person’s status as male or female, based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.”
The New York Times, which leaked the memo, wrote an article so hilariously, hyperbolically comical that one would assume it is satire. Unfortunately, the paper is serious.
With much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, the NYT mourned, “The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.”
Drastic move? The “new definition” is the same as the old definition before Obama unilaterally changed it with his infamous pen just a few years ago.
The Times headline warned that transgendered people were at risk of being “defined out of existence.” Of course, any rational person understands that a return to the standard definition of sex does not “eradicate federal recognition of” anyone, including transgendered. Don’t believe us? Let a transgendered person stop paying his taxes and see if the IRS suddenly stopped recognizing his existence.
To bolster its case, the Times quotes medical “professionals” and LGBT advocates who don’t even seem to grasp the contradictory nature of their own claims. The Times article said the change would “eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves — surgically or otherwise — as a gender other than the one they were born into,” seemingly oblivious of the fact that their own words acknowledge a child is born as one gender or another, and a “transition” to the opposite gender requires surgical mutilation.
Another expert cited by the Times, Dr. Joshua D. Safer, executive director of the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, stated, “As far as we in the mainstream biological-medical community understand it in 2018, it is hard-wired, it is biological, it is not entirely hormonal, and we do not have identified genes, so we cannot specifically say it is genetic.”
You know, other than the XX and XY chromosomes and the clearly different genitalia.
Undergirding the claims of non-biologically determined gender identity is transgenderism (medically known as “gender dysphoria,” a psychological disorder) itself, and repeated references to those born as intersex (born with both male and female characteristics). However, even with intersex births, those children almost always manifest as one sex or the other.
According to the Intersex Society of North America, the frequency of births where the child presents “so noticeably atypical in terms of genitalia that a specialist in sex differentiation is called in,” that number is 1 in 1,500 or less.
In other words, the Obama administration used the 0.6% of Americans who identify as transgender and the 0.067% born demonstrably intersex to completely upend society’s ordering of much of our lives under gender differences. That is evidence the decision was driven not by science or compassion but by radical ideology.
That we are born male and female is a truth so obvious and immutable as to be shocking to see otherwise intelligent human beings debating. And rejecting that truth only sows confusion and sorrow, as evidenced by the 40% of transgenders who attempt suicide — even after surgery — and the growing number of post-surgery transgenders now seeking to reverse their surgeries.
Regardless of confusion over sexual identity, all human beings have dignity as creations of God, and all are deserving of kindness, compassion, and respect. God created male and female, in His image, and the more we stray from that truth, the more we dehumanize.
Accommodating and indulging obvious falsehoods, whether under the guise of compassion or political correctness, is no justification for subverting and destroying truth for ideological ends.
MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST
- Warren and the Poison of Identity Politics — When the “Honest Injun” senator has lost even the Leftmedia, you know it’s bad.
- Accusation Against Booker Exposes MSM Hypocrisy — The MSM is mum now, but it breathlessly reported salacious allegations against Kavanaugh.
- INF Withdrawal the Smart Call — As history shows, arms control is a sucker’s game, and Trump was right to call out Russia.
- Video: The Pension Bomb — John Stossel warns: one day, no matter what the promise, we simply won’t be able to keep it.
- Humor Video: New Democrat Campaign ‘Ad’ — Allie Beth Stuckey sarcastically depicts a new campaign ad for the Democrat Party.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Ben Shapiro: “President Trump’s ascension to power has shocked the Democrats awake. Suddenly, some Democrats have realized that they are not fated to rule forever — and that powers handed to the federal government by Democrats can be turned against Democrats, too. … [Hillary Clinton] tweeted, ‘A reality of a Supreme Court with a right-wing majority is that the states are a new important front in protecting civil rights — especially the rights of the most vulnerable among us.’ … It’s good to see members of the left finally discovering some founding philosophy. But there is one problem with the left’s view of federalism and devolution of power: That view seems temporary. The minute Democrats seize power once more, the glories of federalism will surely recede into the background in favor of the club of federal power. That’s just one more reason that Democrats shouldn’t be handed that power anytime soon.”
For the record: “The caravan will not cross our southern border illegally, under any circumstances.” —Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Then don’t vote Democrat: “The American people are desperately looking for this country to come together. They’re desperately looking, not a joke, they’re desperately looking for men and women of character to hold public office.” —Joe Biden
Braying Jackass: “No president has ever led by fear. Not Lincoln. Not Roosevelt. Not Kennedy. Not Reagan. This president is more like George Wallace than George Washington!” —Joe Biden
Village Idiots: “The government may be living in an alternate universe, but we as a society & culture know who we are and know our truth and must stick together and raise our voices so we can educate them about gender identities. … This is another display of leadership being driven by ignorance.” —Lady Gaga
Non Compos Mentis: “Key differences between Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler — Hitler served honorably in the military, Trump didn’t; Hitler was faithful to his wife, Trump cheated on all his wives; Hitler wrote a book, Trump’s were all ghostwritten.” —former Reagan official Bruce Bartlett, who’s gone off the deep end with Trump Derangement Syndrome (Hitler also murdered six million Jews and led tens of millions more people to slaughter via a world war.)
Non Compos Mentis II: “[The word ‘nationalist’] reminds me of the kinds of words that came from people like Hitler, who thought that in Germany he was a nationalist, and the kinds of people that this president seems to like, and those who are repressive dictators, those are the individuals that generally use that kind of phrase and those kinds of words.” —Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Braying socialist: “I am sick and tired of hearing about the free market being the solution. … The problem with the free market is the free market needs to make a profit and there is no profit in doing the right thing.” —Stacey Abrams, the Democrat candidate for Georgia governor
And last… “If President Trump is doing so horribly, why is Obama trying to take credit for all his achievements?” —Charlie Kirk
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