Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 3, 2019


“Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” —George Washington (1796)

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Trump Drops Citizenship Question After Roberts Rules

The fight to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census is over. On Tuesday, a Justice Department lawyer explained, “The decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question, and … the printer has been instructed to begin the printing process.” This change represents a quick about-face for President Donald Trump, who had initially expressed a commitment to delay the census in order to include a citizenship question following the Supreme Court’s erroneous decision last week to reject the administration’s rationale for including the question.

Chief Justice John Roberts once again showed his judicial weakness when he chose to side with his leftist colleagues in a 5-4 decision. His rationale of rejecting not the question itself but the Trump administration’s motivation for including it demonstrated that Roberts is a justice who cannot be trusted to rule on the constitutional merits of a law in question. Feelings rather than objective-based reasoning seem to have great sway with Roberts.

The decision to go ahead with the printing of census materials without a citizenship question is a recognition by Trump that there is no way to meet Roberts’s arbitrary standard for justifying the motive for including the citizenship question, regardless of the time constraints. To comply with the constitutional mandate to administrate the census, Trump had little choice but to concede.

This is clearly a win for Democrats, who aim to increase their power via swelling their districts with swaths of noncitizens — people who cannot vote and yet do contribute to the overall population numbers in their districts, which in turn affects the number of representatives in blue areas. Meanwhile, the U.S. government will continue having difficulty accurately recording the number of noncitizens currently living in the country.

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Zogby: Dems May Win 2020 But…

Democrat pollster John Zogby says, “The Democrats enter the [2020] race with some distinct advantages. First, history is on their side. They have won the popular vote in six of the past seven nationwide elections.” In fact, he says, “If the election were held today, the polls are clear that [President Donald] Trump would lose — perhaps in a landslide.” But the devil is in the details, he warns, and besides, “The election is not today.”

Zogby points to some warning signs for Democrats that, for Patriot Post readers, will strike at familiar themes.

“More Americans are earning a paycheck today than ever before,” he says, noting that the economy is strong. Indeed, Trump’s policies are benefiting Americans across the board. Unless Democrats get the recession they’re hoping and pushing for, the economy will only help Trump.

However, Zogby says Democrats have a bigger problem, and it’s one they see as a strength. “The party is very diverse and there will be demands to have a woman, an Hispanic, an African American, a member of the LGBTQ community and so on,” he says. “I can see this becoming a battle royal and causing potentially fatal damage to party unity. Simply being anti-Trump will not be enough for the Democrats to win.” Moreover, separating every single issue into victims versus villains runs the risk of alienating too many voters.

Finally, Zogby says, “The Democrats also suffer from elitism, a sense that they are the party of college-bred, coastal liberals who are in full possession of the truth. This has hurt them in previous elections — 2000, 2004, and 2016 come to mind.” As already noted, if Democrats continue to deride the “deplorables,” they are bound to lose a lot of votes. Time will tell, of course, but when your own pollster is issuing warnings, it might be best to heed them. Following last week’s debates, it’s hard to argue against Zogby’s observations, other than it appears the Democrats have decided that they will show no quarter to even moderates in their party.

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‘MERICA: “President Trump wanted tanks and he’ll get 'em for his July 4 shindig — but they won’t be moving,” conveys the New York Daily News. “Top brass put the brakes on the president’s plan for a military parade to complement his Independence Day speech on the National Mall. Fearing tanks could tear up city streets, the armored vehicles will be there in a 'static’ display.” And just in case you were wondering, Trump’s tanks aren’t a scandal.

THE UNPATRIOTIC LEFT: “A new Gallup poll has disturbing news: the percentage of respondents claiming they were ‘extremely proud’ to be American was the lowest since Gallup started asking that question in 2001. … Unsurprisingly, only 22% of respondents claiming they were Democrats agreed with that sentiment as opposed to a whopping 76% of Republicans. 41% of independents said they were ‘extremely proud.’” (The Daily Wire)

GOOD CALL: “Gov. Doug Ducey revealed on Tuesday that the state of Arizona will be withdrawing all of the financial incentives provided to Nike following the company’s decision to pull an American flag-themed sneaker it deemed offensive.” (The Daily Caller)

WELL PREPARED: “President Donald Trump and the Republican Party raised a whopping $105 million in the second quarter as they prepare for a tough bid to keep the White House in 2020. The president’s campaign and his joint fundraising committees with the GOP took in $54 million during the period, the Trump campaign said Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee raised $51 million.” (CNBC)

ILL PREPARED: “The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday sued the Treasury Department and the IRS to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns.” (CNBC)

COURT JESTERS: “U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled Tuesday that people who are detained after entering the country illegally to seek protection are entitled to bond hearings,” the Associated Press informs us. “Attorney General William Barr announced in April that the government would no longer offer such hearings, but instead keep them in custody.” Many illegal immigrants use bond release to evade court hearings.

SOCIAL INJUSTICE: “Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, will no longer be a holiday in the Founding Father’s hometown of Charlottesville, Va., the city council decided Monday. City officials voted to scrap the holiday in honor of the slave-owning third president of the United States and instead adopted Liberation and Freedom Day, to be celebrated each March 3.” (Fox News)

GALLAGHER NOT GUILTY: Fox News reports, “A jury found decorated Navy SEAL Edward "Eddie” Gallagher not guilty Tuesday on almost all charges he was facing, including murder and attempted murder, in the killing of a teenage Islamic State member in Iraq.“ Our Harold Hutchison has background on this case’s strange turn.

POLICY: Poorer families lose under Sanders’s plan (The Washington Free Beacon)

POLICY: Yet another study shows school-choice programs reduce crime (Washington Examiner)

SATIRE: High-profile corporations oddly reluctant to turn Independence Day into month-long celebration of American pride (IMAO)

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Gary Bauer: "In a … survey by Gallup, 70% of adults say they are proud to be Americans, while 45% of adults say they are ‘extremely proud’ of America. Among self-identified Republicans, 76% were ‘extremely proud’ of America. But among self-identified Democrats, only 22% were ‘extremely proud’ of their country. According to Gallup, that represents a new low among Democrats expressing pride in the country. Some may be tempted to dismiss the results of the poll as merely a partisan reflection on the presidency. That would be a mistake. When Obama was president, the percentage of Republicans who were ‘extremely proud’ never dropped below 68%. The left has declining pride in America. It has embraced the narrative the country is evil, founded on genocide and slavery. It wants to ‘fundamentally transform’ America.”


Swamp politicking: “Last year, I tried to attach to a spending bill a prohibition to have any money spent by Planned Parenthood. You know what happened? [GOP leadership] sat me down and one of the senior Republican senators said, ‘We cannot have the vote today.’ I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘We might win.’” —Sen. Rand Paul

For the record: “It’s harder to raise money because … we’re not promising free health care or, you know, free tuition for everyone, forgive student debt.” —Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “Democrats have spent most of their efforts … assailing the Trump administration for its heartlessness. Fine. But that does not address the roots of this genuine crisis. If things continue to spiral downward and America’s southern border seems out of control, Trump’s tough rhetoric and hard-line stance will become increasingly attractive to the public.” —CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria

Non sequitur: “The [United States women’s national soccer team] scored more goals in their first World Cup match against Thailand than the U.S. men’s team scored in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups combined. We’re beyond past time to pay these championship athletes what they deserve.” —Sen. Kamala Harris

Race bait: “All of American life takes place under these [racial] shadows, not as some distant, historical artifact, but as a burning present reality that hurts everyone and everything it touches. And if we do not tackle the problem of racial inequality in my lifetime, I am convinced that it will up-end the American project in my lifetime.” —Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Braying Jenny: “Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable. We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted.” —Rep. Frederica Wilson

Alpha Jackass: “[Trump] sort of aspires to be sort of a mini-Putin or Kim Jong-un. He wants to have that kind of absolute power. … What is the message Donald Trump is trying to send by rolling tanks down Constitution Avenue? … The message is a threat, but it’s always a threat when you roll out your military. But it’s to whom is the threat, and I suspect that the threat is to his fellow Americans. And I hate to say that, but I think that Donald Trump styles himself a tyrant, not a defeater of tyrants.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

And last… “People like AOC are operating off of a false premise [that’s] deliberately designed to misinform the American people for her own political ends. Remember, first there was no crisis at all. Then it was a manufactured crisis. Then it was a crisis completely created by Trump. Then there were concentration camps. Then people are Nazis. Now she is saying that Border Patrol agents harassed her and forced migrants to drink out of toilets? This is insanity.” —Rep. Dan Crenshaw

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