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“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” —Alexander Hamilton (1775)
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Trump loses another legal fight over the border barrier.
- Why European populism is on the rise.
- Daily Features: More Analysis, Columnists, Headlines, Opinion in Brief, Short Cuts, Memes, and Cartoons.
Another week, another leftist obstructing President Donald Trump’s agenda to secure the southern border. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. — based in Oakland, (Sanctuary State of) California — issued a temporary injunction Friday blocking Trump’s reallocation of military funds for building sections of a border barrier after declaring a national emergency earlier this year. The Associated Press reports, “His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas. Gilliam issued the ruling after hearing arguments last week in two cases. California and 19 other states brought one lawsuit; the Sierra Club and a coalition of communities along the border brought the other.”
That’s right; we’re talking about a legal battle to block 51 miles of fence that is, according to Trump, “already under construction.”
The Republican-controlled Senate is confirming Trump’s judicial picks at a record pace, but leftists suing to stop his agenda are also carefully choosing their venues. Barack Obama’s appointees — like Gilliam — are always willing to help advance the “progressive” agenda, such as blocking Trump from repealing Obama’s DACA order and any other initiatives to stem the immigration crisis.
In this case, Gilliam apparently reasoned that because Congress refused to allocate new funds for Trump’s border barrier, the president is barred from using any funds for it. But this is money Congress already allocated to the Pentagon, and Trump, as the commander in chief, set several pieces in order — declarations involving drug interdiction and the aforementioned national emergency, paramount among them — so as to reallocate the necessary money. Gilliam goes to great lengths to explain away Trump’s legal rationale, seemingly extending to deciding exactly what constitutes executive authority in the arena of national security. And he does this by using the fig leaf of separation of powers, arguing that Trump is supposedly violating Congress’s authority.
The bottom line is that open-borders advocates simply don’t like the idea of a wall. They will do whatever it takes to prevent more than the existing 654 miles of barrier from being built.
Did we mention that Gilliam has donated almost $30,000 to Obama and other Democrats?
Over the weekend, the countries making up the European Union held elections for representatives to the EU parliament. As the results came in, it became clear that Europe is becoming increasingly divided. Nationalist parties gained significant ground, though pro-EU groups still maintained a sizable majority. In Britain, the months-old Brexit Party was the big winner, garnering 32% of the vote, clearly sending the message that Britons are not happy with the soon-to-be-departing Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to secure a Brexit deal. May’s Conservatives and the left-wing Labour Party were routed.
In Italy, Matteo Salvini, leader of the conservative League Party, celebrated a big election victory by declaring, “There is a wind of positive energy. It has brought in fresh air.” Salvini’s populist party campaigned heavily against the EU’s pro-migrant policies. After years of nearly unchecked mass migration from mainly Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa, many Europeans have tired of being relegated to the status of second-class citizen by their elitist, globalist-minded leaders. They’re turning to new populist/nationalist parties to fix it.
Writing for The New York Times, Bret Stephens observes why these parties are gaining ground around the world, as well as why he believes President Donald Trump will win a second term: “The common thread here isn’t just right-wing populism. It’s contempt for the ideology of them before us: of the immigrant before the native-born; of the global or transnational interest before the national or local one; of racial or ethnic or sexual minorities before the majority; of the transgressive before the normal. It’s a revolt against the people who say: Pay an immediate and visible price for a long-term and invisible good. It’s hatred of those who think they can define that good, while expecting someone else to pay for it.”
It certainly would seem that rejection of left-wing elitism is becoming a worldwide phenomenon.
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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.
TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- TAKING MATTERS INTO ITS OWN HANDS: “A private group announced Monday that it has constructed a half-mile wall along a section of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico, in what it said was a first in the border debate.” (The Washington Times)
- DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CFA: “The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reportedly investigating two airports [San Antonio International and Buffalo Niagara International] for religious discrimination after they booted Chick-fil-A from their food courts.” (The Daily Wire)
- OPENING SALVO: “A federal judge on Friday blocked enforcement of a new Mississippi law that bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. … Pro-life advocates hope court challenges to … unusually strict state laws will eventually reach the Supreme Court.” (National Review)
- SCOTUS ISSUES VERDICT ON INDIANA ABORTION LAW: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it has allowed part of an Indiana abortion law to take effect, requiring fetal remains be buried or cremated after an abortion. But the court has also let stand a lower court ruling that invalidates Indiana’s ban on abortion solely on the basis of sex, race or disability.” (ABC News)
- ABRUPT END-RUN ON FIREARMS IN TEXAS: “Lawmakers in gun-loving Texas have quietly gone around the National Rifle Association by slipping language into a massive spending bill that would fund a $1 million public safety campaign on gun storage.” (ABC News)
- GILLETTE CLEAN-SHAVES ITS REPUTATION: “Continuing to force its progressive agenda down America’s throat, Gillette released an ad last week showing a father walking his transgender son through shaving for the first time.” (Townhall)
- IT’S NOT ABOUT GUNS: “A knife-wielding man screaming ‘I will kill you!’ attacked schoolgirls waiting at a suburban Tokyo bus stop during morning rush hour Tuesday, killing at least two people and wounding at least 16 others before he killed himself.” (Fox News)
- POLICY: The real inclusive approach to immigrants (The Daily Signal)
- POLICY: To stop socialized medicine, expand individual choice (National Review)
- HUMOR: Ocasio-Cortez disappointed to learn the “free market” isn’t a grocery store where you don’t have to pay for anything (The Babylon Bee)
For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Todd Starnes: “Get a load of the racially charged prayer delivered at Baylor University’s 2019 commencement by Dan Freemyer, the pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth. ‘God, give them the moral imagination to reject the old keys that we’re trying to give them to a planet that we’re poisoning by running it on fossil fuels and misplaced priorities — a planet with too many straight, white men like me behind the steering wheel while others have been expected to sit quietly at the back of the bus,’ the minister prayed. … Folks, it is imperative that you do your homework before sending your kid off to what you thought was a Christian university. A Baylor degree may in fact just be a wolf-in-a-sheepskin diploma.”
Insight: “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” —Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)
For the record: “The common thread here isn’t just right-wing populism. It’s contempt for the ideology of them before us: of the immigrant before the native-born; of the global or transnational interest before the national or local one; of racial or ethnic or sexual minorities before the majority; of the transgressive before the normal. It’s a revolt against the people who say: Pay an immediate and visible price for a long-term and invisible good. It’s hatred of those who think they can define that good, while expecting someone else to pay for it.” —New York Times columnist Brett Stephens on why conservatives are gaining ground worldwide and why Trump will win a second term
The BIG Lie: “President Trump in Tokyo: ‘Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden.’” —Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer (As Bremmer later admitted, Trump said no such thing — though Trump did unnecessarily stir the pot with a callous statement.)
Non compos mentis: “It should be harder to get a gun than an abortion.” —Rep. Seth Moulton (Translation: It should be harder to uphold the Constitution than to infringe on it.)
And last… “This is your daily reminder that Obama weaponized the IRS against conservative groups who disagreed with his radical agenda The woman who led the effort, Lois Lerner, was never held accountable for her crimes and received pension and benefits on the taxpayer dollar.” —Charlie Kirk
For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.
For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.
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