Mid-Day Digest

Oct. 30, 2018

THE FOUNDATION

“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • What would it take to end “birthright citizenship”?
  • Trump has a point that the press has become the “enemy of the people.”
  • GM wants the government’s thumb on the scales for electric cars.
  • Al Gore was wrong. Again. This time about U.S. emissions.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Trump Mulls Ending Birthright Citizenship via EO

Thomas Gallatin

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United State for 85 years with all of those benefits,” President Donald Trump declared in an interview with Axios. “It’s ridiculous,” he added, “and it has to end.” Trump then announced his plan to issue an executive order to cease allowing “anchor babies,” the current practice of recognizing automatic birthright citizenship of children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens. With recent reports finding that illegal-alien births are now costing U.S. taxpayers a whopping $2.4 billion annually, and with three caravans of illegals headed to the American border, is it any wonder that Trump is seriously seeking to address this growing problem?

Anticipating objections to the legality of the executive order, Trump pushed back, saying he was “always told … that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t.”

Axios was quick to challenge Trump’s assertion that the U.S. is the only country allowing birthright citizenship by noting that at least 30 countries still do so, but Axios glaringly omits an important qualifier (admittedly a qualifier that Trump himself should have noted): No other developed nation continues to accept birthright citizenship. Canada ended the practice in 2009, leaving the U.S. as the last holdout.

Whenever any objections to birthright citizenship are raised, proponents quickly point to the 14th Amendment, arguing that it is a constitutionally protected right. But as Mark Alexander has previously explained, “In the very words of the 14th Amendment’s authors … ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof’ clearly and plainly referred to those who were legal citizens. It did not and never has implied any legal standing for the children of illegal immigrants. … The 14th Amendment makes no birthright allowance. Our Constitution’s Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 gives Congress the power to determine qualifications for citizenship, and Section 5 of the 14th Amendment does likewise. Start by amending Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are not eligible for citizenship by virtue of birth.”

So does Trump have the executive authority to make this change? Axios is correct in noting that there will certainly be legal challenges should Trump issue the EO. But that may be exactly Trump’s intention — to force the courts to weigh in and provide greater legal clarity on an issue that has long troubled many Americans.

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ALEXANDER’S ANALYSIS

Is the Leftmedia’s Incendiary ‘Fake News’ the ‘Enemy of the People’?

Mark Alexander

Last week, Donald Trump was blamed by a broad swath of the Demo/Leftmedia for using language that incited the threat of violence. The Leftmedia claimed Trump’s words inspired a bankrupt Democrat-hating sociopath criminal, who was living in a van plastered with pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers, to mail hoax bomb-threat packages to 15 notable Democrats.

After the quick arrest of that sociopath, The New York Times ran with the headline “A Fervent Backer Of Trump Is Seized In Pipe Bomb Spree.” The Washington Post went with “Bomb Suspect Outspoken Supporter of Trump.”

Recall that in June 2017, one of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s socialist sycophants attempted and almost succeeded in murdering a field of Republicans. But there were no NYT or WaPo headlines declaring the assailant was “A Fervent Backer” or “Outspoken Supporter” of Sanders.

A day after the arrest of the maker of the fake bombs, a self-styled neo-Nazi sociopath murdered 11 mostly elderly innocents during a bris ceremony at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Six people were wounded, including four police officers. The assailant was wounded and captured.

In contrast, Barack Obama, who failed to call the numerous domestic Islamic terrorist hate crimes on his watch what they were, Trump responded to the Pittsburgh attack with resolve: “This evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us. It’s an assault on humanity. It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from the world.”

Trump continued: “Anti-Semitism and the widespread persecution of Jews represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. The vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears. What unites Americans is our common destiny. We mourn for the unthinkable loss of life that took place today, and we pledge in their name to fight for a future of justice, safety, tolerance, morality, dignity, and love. We must all rise above the hate.”

In the days before the Pittsburgh assault, the assailant condemned Trump for being a “globalist” and accused him of being under the control of Israel. Trump is the most pro-Israel president since Ronald Reagan. Trump has always held Jewish people in high esteem, and notably, his son-in-law Jared Kushner is, himself, the son of a Holocaust survivor. Jared and his wife Ivanka are raising Trump’s grandchildren in the Jewish faith.

That notwithstanding, as President and Mrs. Trump prepare to visit with the families of the Pittsburgh victims, the Leftmedia set about to blame Tump for the Pittsburgh attack, as they did the hoax bomb threats.

Responding to that disgraceful “yellow journalism,” Trump fired back in his brash rhetorical style: “There is great anger in our country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”

When Trump says “fake news” is the “enemy of the people,” he means the enemy of the Liberty that has sustained our Republic since its inception. But Leftmedia protagonists have no idea what that means.

In response, MSM talkingheads are condemning Trump for daring to suggest their words incite fear, anger, and disunity, which is all the Left has to offer. According to the Leftmedia hypocrites, the only words that matter are those from Trump, not their own nonstop incendiary rhetoric.

Regarding Trump’s MSM callout, distinguished journalist Brit Hume observed, “I don’t think the press is the enemy of the people but I do think the mainstream media have proven themselves to be the enemy of Trump. … There has been more bad and biased reporting such as I have never seen in the 50 years I have been in this business.” (For the record, The Washington Post has never in its history endorsed a Republican for president, and the last Republican endorsed by The New York Times was 1956.)

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the MSM objections saying, “You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country when 90% of the coverage of everything this president does is negative. … Despite the fact that the economy is booming [and] the president has been delivering day in and day out, I think it would be nice if every once in a while you could focus on some of the positive things.”

Grassroots Americans, those outside the Beltway and New York media echo chambers, understand Trump’s condemnation of abject Leftmedia bias.

Last June, after the MSM condemned Trump for saying, “Our country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News,” we noted that we founded The Patriot Post because of the danger to Liberty posed by the Leftmedia monopoly on public opinion.

The Patriot Post is solely reliant on the support of our readers, who know our news analysis doesn’t parrot Beltway groupthink.

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Top Headlines

  • Pentagon sending 5,200 troops to southern border a week before the midterms (Associated Press)
  • Second migrant caravan defies heavy police presence, enters Mexico (The Washington Times)
  • Shots fired into GOP campaign office in Florida (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • Father shoots, kills masked man who opened fire at Birmingham McDonald’s (WBRC)
  • Who would have thought? Gun confiscation hasn’t helped DC crime rate (Bearing Arms)
  • DC moves toward getting rid of fossil fuels altogether by 2032 (Washington Examiner)
  • Trump seeks more than $300,000 in attorney’s fees from Stormy Daniels (Fox News)
  • Judge permanently bans enforcement of California law requiring pro-life groups to promote abortion (The Daily Signal)
  • New evidence suggests abortion mill Planned Parenthood lied to Congress about aborted baby part profits (The Federalist)
  • Humor: Report: Lots of yelling at each other expected to fix things any day now (The Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: Immigration law and enforcement in dire need of clarity and major overhaul (The Heritage Foundation)
  • Policy: Proof that “see something, say something” can stop a school shooting (The Daily Signal)

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

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GOOD NEWS

Iranian Immigrant Starts GoFundMe, Raises Nearly $1M for Jewish Victims

An Iranian immigrant decided to send a message of unity following Saturday’s horrific, anti-Semitic shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, setting up a GoFundMe for victims of the attack, and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars overnight. “Every time something happens,” he said, “I am reminded of how great this country is.”

It’s hard to overstate how much this reflects the American Spirit.

For more, visit The Daily Wire.

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TODAY’S MEME

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TODAY’S CARTOON

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

OPINION IN BRIEF

Cal Thomas: “While many in mainstream media deplore everything for which the right stands, I think they secretly enjoy the conflict because it boosts ratings and sells newspapers. Conflict always attracts a larger audience than comity, but that is no excuse for contributing to the conflict. Our anger at government and politicians solves nothing. The country is divided. It has always been that way. The focus should be not on winning a war of words, which is impossible so long as the name-calling continues; the focus should be on winning the battle of ideas and what works best in promoting the welfare of most Americans. If that sounds naive in our polarized environment, what would you suggest? Clearly, what we are engaged in now isn’t working. As the late Glen Campbell sang, ‘Try a little kindness.’ It’s better than sending bombs through the mail. It’s also better than behaving rudely in restaurants.”

SHORT CUTS

Dezinformatsiya: “There is no invasion. No one’s coming to get you. There is nothing at all to worry about.” —Fox News’s Shepard Smith minimizing the “caravasion

Braying Jenny: “The GOP is desperate to change the conversation from their assault on Americans’ health care to the baseless fear of some families 1,000 miles away from the border.” —Nancy Pelosi

Hyper hypocrisy: “I’d like to think there are compassionate conservatives out there who think there’s nothing compassionate about ripping immigrant children from the arms of their mothers at the border and putting them in pens.” —Barack Obama, who started the policy of putting these kids in pens

It helps being a Democrat: “They promised to take on corruption. Remember that? They have gone to Washington and just plundered away. In Washington, they have racked up enough indictments to field a football team. Nobody in my administration got indicted.” —Barack Obama (Left unmentioned: Eric Holder, whom the House held in contempt, and David Petraeus, a convict who was careless with classified information.)

Village Idiot: “[Trump] launched his presidential run … talking about Islamic radicalization. And this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did.” —GQ magazine’s Julia Ioffe, who later apologized

Alpha Jackass: “This has now become a struggle about good versus evil. And the president of the United States is evil.” —Howard Dean

Non Compos Mentis: “We have to go after the sources of evil and not those perpetrating it, contrary to what the president likes to do.” —David Hogg, Parkland “survivor”

Non Compos Mentis II: “I know — they all look alike.” —Hillary Clinton after a white female interviewer confused Cory Booker with Eric Holder (Clinton gets a pass!)

And last… “It’s amazing how people who believe that over-heated political rhetoric causes mass murder compare their opponents to Nazis without hesitation.” —Rich Lowry

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