Mid-Day Digest

Sep. 17, 2019

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“Congress shall make no law … prohibiting … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” —First Amendment

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

Warren’s Corrupt ‘Anti-Corruption’ Plan

Elizabeth Warren, who corruptly exploited her own bogus claims of Native American heritage to advance her academic career, has a plan to eradicate corruption from Washington. You might say she wants to borrow a popular refrain to “drain the swamp.”

Warren laments, “In 1958, the National Election Survey first asked Americans a simple question: Do you trust the government to do the right thing most of the time? That year, 73% of Americans said yes. In 2019, that number is just 17%. Five out of every six Americans do not trust their government to do the right thing. Why have so many people lost faith in government?”

The senator blames “right-wing politicians” for spending “a generation attacking the very idea of government,” before launching on her tired refrain about the “wealthy and the well-connected” — of which Warren herself is a prominent member. But we can think of two answers to her question that are intimately related. The first is this admonition from Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address: “A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

The second is that the warning issued by James Madison, author of the Constitution we celebrate today, has come to pass: “The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”

Why don’t Americans trust the government? Because it’s doing things poorly that it was never constitutionally empowered to do in the first place. Power, meet abuse. To say so is not “attacking government.” It’s advocating a limited and constitutional one.

Virtually the entire Democrat platform since, oh, about 1958 has been along the lines of the so-called “Great Society” — unconstitutional and failed welfare programs that “take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned,” only to give it to someone who didn’t earn it. Of course, Democrats really began traveling down the “progressive” road with Woodrow Wilson’s income-tax-funded administrative state and stomped on the accelerator with Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” socialism.

Naturally, Warren only doubles down on the Democrats’ top-down, government-control approach. Regulate this, outlaw that, tax the other thing. That’s why it’s almost comical that her plan echoes Barack Obama in its call for “big, structural change to fundamentally transform our government.” How is it fundamental change to do more of what government has spent the last century doing?

In all honesty, we do indeed need a fundamental transformation — one that returns the federal government to its proper, constitutionally limited role. That means things like prioritizing national defense while ceasing the income redistribution that consumes two-thirds of the $4 trillion budget and feeds the very lobbying problem Warren claims to want to eradicate. Warren and her fellow socialists demand even more redistribution programs that would only exacerbate the corruption they claim to want to solve.

As a final thought, the Founders thought the right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (e.g., lobbying) was important enough to place in the First Amendment. Yes, lobbyists can be corrupt, but no more so than the politicians and unelected bureaucrats crafting reams of rules dictating everything from what kind of light bulb we use to how much water our toilets flush. Warren’s plan to gut the First Amendment simply because she doesn’t want to hear from lobbyists who oppose such things isn’t removing corruption; it’s adding tyranny.

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Desperate Dems Still Pushing Impeachment Charade

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Cory Lewandowski, is scheduled to appear today before the House Judiciary Committee as Democrats desperately struggle to breathe new life into their dubious impeachment gambit. However, as the Associated Press reports, “It’s unlikely that Democrats will get much new information. A devoted friend and supporter of the Republican president, Lewandowski isn’t expected to elaborate much beyond what he told [Robert] Mueller’s investigators last year. Mueller himself testified this summer, with no bombshells.”

House Democrats have been engaged in quite the game of semantics over the term “impeachment.” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has hedged on whether he’s actually engaging in an impeachment investigation. CNN’s Chris Cuomo recently asked Nadler if what he was doing might be called an “impeachment inquiry.” Nadler replied, “It is not necessarily called an impeachment inquiry. That’s a made-up term without legal significance.” But then Nadler immediately twisted back, “It is, however, what we are doing.” In other words, Nadler’s trying to hang the scandal of impeachment on Trump without actually initiating impeachment proceedings.

What Nadler is engaged in is a desperate attempt to keep the Democrats’ “Trump is a criminal” narrative alive. It’s why they continue their partisan witch hunt for a crime they have yet to find.

Over the weekend, former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy responded to Nadler’s duplicitous explanation on impeachment by stating, “This has been a disaster from day one and I don’t expect that to change. … You talk about mishandling something from day one, Nadler has mishandled — I mean, if we are debating nomenclature between an impeachment inquiry and an impeachment investigation, they’ve already lost.”

Nonetheless, Nadler and company got some good news Monday when New York state prosecutors issued subpoenas for the last eight years of Trump’s tax returns. This case is related to the Stormy Daniels fiasco, in which there are questions about whether Trump’s alleged hush-money payment broke campaign-finance laws. As we have warned in the past, this case could become problematic for Trump. In the meantime, this provides Nadler just the fuel he needs to convince his hard-left base that impeachment is a forgone conclusion, even when it isn’t.

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

OIL-ATTACK FALLOUT: “Oil prices soared after a coordinated attack hit the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Saturday, forcing the kingdom to cut its oil output in half,” according to CNBC. “Brent crude futures, the international benchmark, rose as much as 19.5% to $71.95 per barrel at the open, the biggest jump on record. The contract closed the session up 14.6% at $69.02.” Meanwhile, President Trump yesterday intoned that “it’s certainly looking” like Iran sanctioned the attack. As for the logistics of the blitz, Agence France-Presse profiles the evolving drone threat.

LEFTMEDIA ENABLERS: New York Times reporters behind Brett Kavanaugh story suggest key information was removed by editors (Fox News)

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE: “The Women’s March has cut ties with three inaugural co-chairs after accusations of anti-Semitism rocked the far-left organization, while adding a new one who compared Israel to the Islamic State and another who questioned Israel’s legitimacy.” (The Washington Free Beacon)

VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: New York City says 1.1 million students can skip school for climate strike protest (Axios) (This is the same city that wants to ban chocolate milk in schools.)

TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTION: “On Friday, the California legislature passed a bill that would force every public university in the state to offer abortion pills to students. … The bill now awaits the signature of Governor Gavin Newsom, who supported a previous draft of the bill.” (The Daily Wire)

DISLIKE FACEBOOK: “Want to stay healthy, both emotionally and physically? Researchers from UC San Diego and Yale have some simple advice for you: Limit the amount of time you spend on Facebook. While this may sound like typical anti-social media crankiness from academia, this time they have some impressive research to back up their case.” Be sure to check out the details at Business Insider.

POLICY: Why states need to ditch mandatory “LGBT history” education programs (Washington Examiner)

POLICY: Saudi oil facility attack challenges Washington’s regional commitment (Al-Monitor)

HUMOR: New York Times reveals source on Kavanaugh allegations was reputable Nigerian prince (The Babylon Bee)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Rich Lowry: “Top Democrats understand the play. They immediately began calling for [Brett] Kavanaugh’s impeachment over the weekend. ‘His place on the court,’ according to Kamala Harris, ‘is an insult to the pursuit of justice.’ Top-tier presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren joined the calls, as did a number of the single-digit candidates. No one revised and extended their remarks after the update by the Times, because this has nothing to do with evidence or fairness. In part, the left is working the referee — by essentially asking the ref when he stopped beating his wife. If Kavanaugh never votes to overturn or erode Roe, at least the volume of the vitriol against him will diminish. If he does, the full fury of the left, mustering all the levers of its cultural power high and low, will be directed at him. Pro-abortion forces surely want Kavanaugh aware of this whenever he’s hearing any abortion-related cases. The anti-Kavanaugh campaign could be just beginning.”

SHORT CUTS

Who knew? “Backbencher Democrats will confess that impeachment in the House is deader than a Joe Biden political rally.” —Rep. Matt Gaetz

Friendly fire: “Overall, I think MSNBC, in the Trump era, has done real damage to the Left and I’ll tell you why. … The Russia story and what happened there was important, but it was not all-important, and they went so far in the realm of conspiracy theorizing.” —former MSNBC host Krystal Ball

For the record: “In the past few years, attacks on the credibility of the Supreme Court have increased. Those attacks skyrocketed after the Obamacare decision in which John Roberts, in his Solomonic wisdom, decided to split the baby. It signaled that the refs could be roughed up. Ever since, various progressives and their allies in the mainstream media have escalated and amplified attacks on the Court because they know John Roberts worries chiefly about the reputation of the Court.” —Erick Erickson

Political futures: “The partisan relitigation of Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation is an embarrassment to the country, but it is useful in putting the 2020 election stakes in sharp relief. The future of the Supreme Court is on the ballot in Senate races as much as in the presidential race.” —The Wall Street Journal

Party pooper: “We have our hands full with impeaching the president right now and that’s going to take up our limited resources and time for a while.” —House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler all but dismissing the idea of probing Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Braying jenny: “Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters. Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s b—h is not ‘America First.’” —Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Braying jackass: “[Trump] has the blood of those 22 people in El Paso on his hands.” —Beto O'Rourke

Non compos mentis: “Those who are white try, but we can never fully understand [racism].” —old white man Joe Biden

And last… “If you had a magic wand that could magically cause all guns to disappear in the world and never come back, would you use it? Looking at the world before guns and how much more the strong preyed on the weak, I’d say I definitely would not.” —Frank J. Fleming

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