Mid-Day Digest

Sep. 18, 2019


“Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.” —James Wilson (1791)

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Hilarious Lewandowski Hearing

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in a hearing that proved to be little more than a partisan snipe fest, humorous though it was. Democrats, led by committee chairman Jerry Nadler (NY), were continually frustrated by Lewandowski’s refusal to answer their leading questions and partisan rants. He clearly relished the opportunity to punch back at their fallacious “Trump deserves to be impeached” narrative.

With his opening remarks, Lewandowski effectively called out the Democrats’ charade. “Sadly, the country spent over three years and 40 million taxpayer dollars on these investigations,” he noted. “It is now clear the investigation was populated by many Trump haters who had their own agenda — to try and take down a duly elected president of the United States. As for actual ‘collusion,’ or ‘conspiracy,’ there was none. What there has been, however, is harassment of the president from the day he won the election.” From there, he repeatedly strung Democrats along, giving their “questions” the respect they deserved — which is to say none at all. The hearing was a circus, and Lewandowski treated it like one.

Republicans also took the opportunity to call out Democrats for their purely partisan anti-Trump agenda. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) observed, “I’ve never seen a majority so amazed with packaging in all my life. You know why? It’s because they can’t sell what’s inside. … They can’t sell the product so they keep packaging it differently.” Collins then sneered that the hearing “has become ‘Let’s Read the Mueller Report’ for audio book.”

Collins also cogently observed that the real reason behind the hearing was a desperate attempt to play up a narrative because Democrats don’t have the votes necessary to move forward with impeachment. As with the New York Times’s vacuous hit piece against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Nadler and company are holding hearings proclaiming Trump to be guilty of a crime that none of their so-called evidence substantiates. So, like a snake-oil salesman, Nadler is left desperately attempting to convince Americans to buy the fraud he’s selling.

Nadler ridiculously asserted, “This is a cover-up, plain and simple. If it were to prevail, it would upend the separation of powers envisioned by our Founders.” The trouble for Nadler and his gang is the obvious question: a cover-up of what? We have Robert Mueller’s report that found no evidence of conspiracy to commit collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The failure of Nadler and company to answer this basic and fundamental question is why he doesn’t have the votes even within his own party to initiate impeachment.

At the end of the day, nothing has really changed. Democrats didn’t uncover any new evidence as they continued to prattle on about “obstruction” and a “cover-up.” Republicans once again took the opportunity to highlight the fact that Democrats are so obsessed with trying to take down Trump that they have ignored the real issues facing the country.

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Democrats Target Three Villains

Democrats have a two-pronged approach to the 2020 election: One, relentlessly pitch socialist income redistribution and rule-making; Two, offer valiant opposition to the “villains” of the Right.

The second prong is divided among three of these so-called villains, conveniently representing the three branches of government. We’ve known since the moment Donald Trump won the 2016 election that the Left has been beset with a serious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The president will remain the biggest target, as is evidenced by the never-ending impeachment charade.

This week’s fallacious smear of Brett Kavanaugh in The New York Times reveals that the Supreme Court justice will serve as a stand-in for the Left’s judicial villain. Trashing him last year wasn’t good enough. Millions of Americans swallowed hard and voted for Trump in 2016 because of his promise to nominate constitutionalist judges to the courts, but leftists are clearly banking on motivating their own base by painting Trump’s judicial appointees as evil and impeachable.

With an executive and judicial villain, the third may now be obvious: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Democrats will never forgive McConnell for outmaneuvering them in blocking Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, while stewarding Neil Gorsuch through the process to take the late Antonin Scalia’s seat. But they also find McConnell to be a convenient scapegoat over gun legislation. “Lives are at stake,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted, but “Senator McConnell is standing in the way” of passing gun control. “People are dying because Senator McConnell hasn’t acted.”

You’ll notice a common theme in vilifying each man: Leftist lies. Virtually nothing they say about any of the three is true.

We in our humble shop are old enough to remember when Democrats like the Clintons regularly decried “the politics of personal destruction,” all while specializing in it. Today’s Democrats are merely carrying on the sorry tradition of the party by leveling personal insults and blame against key Republican figures in all three branches of the federal government.

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NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER NAMED: “President Trump on Wednesday named the State Department’s hostage envoy Robert C. O'Brien as his fourth national security adviser, replacing John Bolton who was ousted from the administration last week. … O'Brien joined the administration in May 2018 and serves as the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department. O'Brien, who served under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, led the U.S. government’s diplomatic efforts on overseas hostage-related matters, working closely with families of American hostages, as well as working with the administration on developing and implementing hostage recovery policy and strategy.” (Fox News)

ISRAEL’S PIVOTAL ELECTION: Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz, are headed for a deadlock following Israel’s second election in five months (BBC)

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: “Prominent Democrat donor Ed Buck was arrested and charged in California on Tuesday for allegedly operating a drug house after three men connected to Buck have overdosed on methamphetamines over the last two years. … The Los Angeles Times notes that Buck is a prominent LGBT political activist whom prosecutors previously declined to charge due to a lack of evidence.” (The Daily Wire)

SANDERS’S RENT CONTROL: “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) has released an ambitious housing plan that stays true to the candidate’s interventionist brand of democratic socialism. In a speech to trade union members in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, Sanders laid out his vision for tackling high housing costs, homelessness, and gentrification through a mix of nationwide rent control, increased federal spending on housing vouchers and public housing construction, and higher taxes on the wealthy.” (Reason)

SNOWDEN LAWSUIT: “The Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for violating his non-disclosure agreements with the CIA and the NSA by writing a new book about his leaks. … The filing alleges that Snowden violated his non-disclosure agreements by failing to submit his manuscript to the agencies for pre-publication review, as is a standard process for former employees and contractors of the agencies. The DOJ aims to ensure that no funds are transferred to Snowden or at his direction while the court is resolving the United States’ claims.” (Fox News)

FREE SPEECH & RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: “The free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by an anti-discrimination ordinance in Phoenix that makes it illegal to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 4-3 decision reversed lower-court rulings favoring the city.” (Associated Press)

ABORTION RATE TUMBLES: The Washington Post says, “A new Guttmacher Institute report released on Wednesday outlines dramatic changes in the abortion landscape between 2011 and 2017. The U.S. abortion rate hit an all-time low — again. … The report estimated the abortion rate in 2017, the most recent year studied, at 13.5 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. That compares with 14.6 in 2014 and 16.9 in 2011 and is the lowest rate since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion through the landmark decision Roe v. Wade in 1973.” Unfortunately, that’s still nearly a million abortions too many: “In total, 862,320 abortions took place in 2017 at health-care facilities. About 339,640, or about 39 percent, of those were medical abortions, which involve taking pills to induce miscarriage as opposed to traditional surgical abortion.”

MERRIAM-WEBSTER GOES WOKE: “Merriam-Webster announced Tuesday that it has added the nonbinary pronoun ‘they’ to its dictionary. The nonbinary pronoun is now listed as one of four definitions of the word by the online dictionary company. Merriam-Webster defines ‘they’ as "used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.” (The Hill)

POLICY: “Autonomous weapons” — the real robot threat (National Review)

POLICY: Should failing schools be closed? What the research says (Manhattan Institute)

HUMOR: Hypocrisy: Right-wingers who love it when The Babylon Bee makes stuff up suddenly get mad when The New York Times does it (The Babylon Bee)

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Ben Shapiro: “Ex-slave Frederick Douglass’s take on American history remains the most honest, as well as the most visionary. While acknowledging that to the American slave, Independence Day represents ‘more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim,’ Douglass recognized that the Constitution is a ‘glorious liberty document,’ the Declaration of Independence a charter of ‘saving principles.’ American history is our common history. [Beto] O'Rourke’s pathetic rewriting of American history is designed not to unify us as a nation but to divide us — to call us away from the unifying principles that lie at the foundation of America, in favor of divisive principles of tribal partisanship. We must recognize the evils of American history — that is part of our common story. In fact, our quest to rid ourselves of those evils is our common story. But if we wish to survive as a nation, we must also recognize that the story of America lies in the constant purification of our actions to align with our founding principles, not oppose them.”


Observations: “Once you see Trump as history’s greatest nightmare, every action taken in opposition to him and those allied with him is justified. This kind of thinking is how you get people trying to shoot up a baseball field full of Republican congressmen.” —Jim Geraghty

For the record: “Do you know that I get in trouble when I don’t say that [the president is racist]?” —former DNC chief Donna Brazile

Obstructionist on standby: “I won’t commit to anything full time until next year’s election because I need to be free to speak, so I’m in a little bit of a state of suspended animation. I can’t go lead a nonprofit or take a prominent position somewhere else, because I need to be able to speak.” —James Comey on his unemployed status

Now do Bill Clinton: “Someone should investigate [Bret Kavanaugh]. Because the fact that something has not been proven it doesn’t mean it didn’t occur, right?” —Sen. Kamala Harris

Let’s buy back the Constitution instead: “I do believe that we need to do buybacks and I’ll tell you why. First of all, let’s be clear about what assault weapons are. They have been designed to kill a lot of human beings quickly. They are weapons of war with no place on the streets of a civil society. I’ve seen assault weapons kill babies and police officers.” —Kamala Harris (She’s totally wrong.)

D'oh! “You get a tax break for a race horse. Why in God’s name couldn’t we provide an $8,000 tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs? It would put 720 million women back in the workforce.” —Joe Biden (There are about 320 million total people in the U.S.)

Non sequitur: “You can run the best campaign, you can have the best plans, you can get the nomination, you can win the popular vote. And you can lose the Electoral College and therefore the election for these four reasons. Number one, voter suppression.” —Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote by three million, blaming voter suppression for her loss

Race bait: “[There is] a very determined minority — in this case, wealthy white men and wealthy white Christian men and Christian Americans who are of the fundamentalist variety — who are very clear that no matter what happens, if they have to pull the South Africa model to maintain power forever they will do it, and they’re not afraid of it, and they’re increasingly open about it.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

And last… “I am changing my pronouns to ‘we/us/our.’ You see, I — or rather we — identify not just as myself but as all selves. We identify as me, but also you and everyone else. You might protest that you are not me, to which we would agree. You are not me because there is no me. You are us, we are you, yours is ours. This isn’t difficult to understand.” —Matt Walsh

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