“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Kamala Harris joins the 2020 presidential field as arguably the frontrunner.
- Sanctity of Life Day: Successes and setbacks in the fight for life.
- Daily Features: On the Web, Columnists, Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Opinion in Brief, and Short Cuts.
Kamala Harris wasn’t the first Democrat to announce her 2020 presidential bid, but the freshman California senator (elected in 2016) and minority woman is a formidable candidate and her MLK Day announcement sets her up to be the frontrunner in what promises to be a crowded field. A former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general, her prosecutorial skill was evident in the outrageous circus posing as “hearings” for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Harris questioned Kavanaugh calmly, cooly, and effectively, and she was instrumental in the Democrats’ contemptible strategy to smear a good man among their base. Given the rapidly declining health of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the advancing age of Stephen Breyer, the Supreme Court will be a paramount issue once again in 2020. Harris’s credibility among her base is now bolstered by her performance.
Now, don’t mistake acknowledgement of her skill as praise. Harris is a Demo-gogue of the worst sort, and she pushes the same class warfare, social “justice,” and racial and religious bigotry growing by the day on the Left.
Her launch video was so banal that most of her buzzwords could be spoken by any candidate of either party. But among her platform planks are leftist standbys like a $3 trillion tax plan to reduce the tax burden of the lower 50% of earners, which is already disproportionately low, and “Medicare for All,” the $32 trillion single-payer health plan of Bernie Sanders.
Ironically, her history as a prosecutor might be her Achilles heel given the push for criminal-justice reform in both parties. It is a particular hurdle in a party dominated by Black Lives Matter, and she knows it. The Wall Street Journal notes, “In her new campaign autobiography, ‘The Truths We Hold,’ Ms. Harris casts herself as a ‘progressive prosecutor’ whose aim was to ‘shine a light on the inequality and unfairness that leads to injustice.’”
Fortunately for her, Democrats are always on “the right side of history,” which in practice means their own history never matters to anyone on the Left.
Her California roots will help, as the Golden State will pour resources and backing into a favorite daughter after it moved up its primary — which awards a quarter of the needed delegates — to early March. Democrats are also ripe to nominate not just another woman but a minority to go up against Donald Trump, who’s been branded a “misogynist” and “racist” by the Left. As political analyst John Fund put it, Harris is “a candidate who would appeal to feminists and minorities alike and drive turnout up.” She “checks all the requisite liberal boxes” and, Fund adds, “Harris is convinced that 2020 will be the Year of the Liberal, just as the mid-term elections of 2018 were.”
Of course, 2020 is a political lifetime away — and who can forget the unpredicted outcome of 2016? But don’t be surprised to see Harris claim the Democrat nomination.
Today marks the 46th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized the termination of unborn life as a social “right” of convenience. In the ensuing years, 60 million children have lost their lives. And every year, pro-lifers recognize Sanctity of Life Day as a wake-up call to the conscience of our nation to embrace and fight for the right to life of the most innocent among us.
Where does the country currently stand in this ongoing struggle? There is both good and bad news, success and setback, but overall there are encouraging signs that the pro-life movement is making gains in this fight against the greatest evil of our time.
First, the bad news. Planned Parenthood, the leading provider of abortions in the U.S., reportedly totaled 332,757 babies aborted in 2017, an increase of 11,373 babies from the previous year. PP also reported that it received $563.8 million in revenue from “government health services reimbursements and grants” through the year ending June 30, 2018. In other words, PP has been steadily increasing the amount of taxpayer funding it receives each year, despite a supposed prohibition on federal dollars being used for abortion.
Even so, the sad reality is that PP doesn’t depend upon taxpayer funding to survive. National Review reports, “Planned Parenthood raked in $100 million more in private contributions than it had the previous fiscal year, bringing the grand total of donations to $631 million. Given its many high-profile supporters and its billions in assets, it is ludicrous for the group to claim that it relies heavily on federal reimbursements and grants to conduct its business.”
PP has worked to gain greater taxpayer funding as a means of promoting the false image of it being a legitimate health care provider, which in turn creates cover for politicians to justify their defense of the immoral organization.
However, there is indeed real progress being made against abortion. Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state of Texas can strip taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. Recall in 2015 the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released undercover videos of Planned Parenthood members discussing illegally harvesting and selling organs and tissue from aborted babies. Following the videos’ revelations, Planned Parenthood sued, alleging that CMP “deceptively edited” the film footage. A twisted excuse for a sick practice.
Meanwhile, the latest Marist poll shows that a growing majority of Americans support pro-life ideas and increased restrictions to limit abortions. Just 15% of Americans believe abortion should be unrestricted at any point during pregnancy, while 84% favor a variety of restrictions, including banning late-term abortions. Indeed, what may be one of the most encouraging signs of the ongoing progress for the pro-life movement is that 65% of Americans now believe the Supreme Court should rule to make abortions illegal, or at least make it an issue to be decided on a state-by-state basis.
The fight to preserve the right to life of the unborn is far from over, but there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future. In the meantime, we in the pro-life movement continue the struggle.
ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY
- Maxine Waters Is a Corrupt House Committee Chairman — The California Democrat has a sordid history when it comes to the subject now under her control.
- Video: ‘Bombshell’ to ‘Frustrated’ After Mueller Disputes BuzzFeed — Leftmedia talkingheads were beside themselves with glee only to be bitterly disappointed.
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
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- Supreme Court to hear case on New York City’s restrictions on gun owners under Second Amendment (USA Today)
- Trump’s proposal to reopen the government, sweetened with immigration provisions, is headed for Senate action, its prospects uncertain (Associated Press)
- Illegal immigrant expected to face murder charges in Nevada killing spree (Fox News)
- Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record (Reuters)
- House Judiciary Committee Democrat: Kavanaugh will “likely” be investigated for perjury (National Review)
- Lawyer for Covington Catholic High School families threatens lawsuits against media unless they retract false stories (PJ Media)
- Leftist mobs doxx the wrong kid in aftermath of the media’s false Covington story (Townhall)
- Democrats shut down Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s attempt to court Native American voters with casino bill (The Daily Wire)
- While GOP punishes Steve King, anti-Semitic Democrat Ilhan Omar gets choice committee (The Epoch Times)
- Humor: Press that sicced mob on teenagers based on 10-second video clip unsure why some people call them “fake news” (The Babylon Bee)
- Policy: What “Trumponomics” is all about (The Daily Signal)
- Policy: The Los Angeles teacher strike: Three things you should know (Foundation for Economic Education)
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Stephen Moore: “On Saturday, Donald Trump shrewdly flipped the table on Nancy Pelosi in the government shutdown standoff. He has now proposed a grand bargain on immigration: legalization of some 1 million so-called Dreamers … and an immediate end to the shutdown, if she agrees to expand funding to $5.7 billion for the wall. … Yes, the devil is in the details of the DACA deal. This should not include a path to citizenship. Citizenship would reward an illegal act. It also must not be an ‘amnesty,’ but rather an ‘earned legalization.’ The ‘Dreamers’ should qualify if they pay a fine for their illegal entry and there must be very strict prohibitions imposed on DACA residents against obtaining welfare benefits in the future. Most immigrants who are hardworking would accept those conditions in a heartbeat. Trump might also put on the table an expansion of the H-1B program that allows highly talented engineers, mathematicians, scientists and others with specialized skills to come and stay in the U.S. They create far more jobs than they take. Trump is to be commended for accepting a political reality: The ‘Dreamers’ are going to get legal status at some point and why not now so Trump can take credit. Republican political pollster Ed Goeas has recently noted that this would combine two popular concepts at once — the wall and DACA.”
Broken clock: “There are two sides to every story. I made a snap judgment based on a photograph & I know better than to judge a book by its cover. I wasn’t there. I shouldn’t have commented. I’m glad there wasn’t violence. I hope these two men can meet and find common ground as can WE ALL!” —Jamie Lee Curtis on the Left’s botched story on Catholic boys and a Native American
Race bait I: “The red MAGA hat is the new white hood. Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself.” —Alyssa Milano
Race bait II: “Killing some white people isn’t genocide; it’s killing some white people. We had to kill some white people to get out of slavery. Maybe if we’d killed more during the 20th century we still wouldn’t talk about racialized voter disenfranchisement and housing, education, and employment discrimination. This should not be controversial.” —University of Georgia teaching assistant Irami Osei-Frimpong
Race bait III: “It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist. … Instead of bringing us together as Americans, he has purposely and aggressively attempted to divide us up by the color of our skin, by our gender, by our nationality, by our religion. and by our sexual orientation.” —Bernie Sanders perfectly explaining the Democrat strategy
Village idiots: “The reply from the [Covington] school was pathetic and impotent. Name these kids. I want NAMES. Shame them. If you think these f—ers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat, think again.” —Kathy Griffin
You don’t say: “We’ve learned in the last two years, it doesn’t take much to awaken hate.” —Joe Biden (Yep, all it takes is seeing a MAGA hat and leftists lose their minds.)
Dezinformatsiya: “We’re being told to stand our ground. Our reporting [on Michael Cohen] is going to be borne out to be accurate, and we’re 100% behind it."—BuzzFeed’s Anthony Cormier
Non Compos Mentis: ”[The BuzzFeed debacle] just shows more evidence that perhaps this president did obstruct justice.“ —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Hot air: "The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
And last… “Remember Covington Catholic, remember Kavanaugh, remember ‘hands up don’t shoot,’ the next time someone tells you that journalists are the guardians of truth in our society.” —Matt Walsh
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