Mid-Day Digest

Dec. 6, 2019

THE FOUNDATION

“There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

Impeachment Inquisition: Phony Pelosi ‘Doesn’t Hate Trump’

“The damage that this administration has done to America — America is a great country; we can sustain — two terms, I don’t know,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lamented Thursday, following her earlier announcement that Democrats would move forward with drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. She then hysterically asserted, “Civilization as we know it today is at stake in this election.”

Meanwhile in the real world, the November jobs numbers are out and the news is good. The booming economy continues to chug along with 266,000 jobs added and near-record-low unemployment of 3.5%. So how exactly is Trump threatening civilization? The only thing he’s actually threatening is the Democrats’ goal of an ever-expanding centralized authoritarian government. Under Trump, American Liberty has been protected from the onslaught of the leftist elites.

What is at stake in the 2020 election? Which party is running on a platform of promising to limit and take away Americans’ constitutionally protected rights of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms? Which party is advocating for open borders, harboring illegal aliens, using taxpayer money to cover illegal aliens’ healthcare, ending private health insurance, and raising taxes? Which party blames capitalism for causing climate change and advocates replacing the U.S. free-market economy with socialism? It’s certainly not Trump and the Republicans. But we digress.

Back to Pelosi, her statement let the cat out of the bag regarding the Democrats’ true motivation for impeaching Trump. It’s all about the 2020 election. It’s all a political strategy they have been committed to implementing ever since Trump won the election, irrespective of Pelosi’s phony denial.

Speaking of phony, back in March, Pelosi opined, “I’m not for impeachment. Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And [Trump is] just not worth it.” Clearly, Pelosi had no intention of meeting that standard for impeachment. Not one Republican has sided with this obviously partisan charade.

Finally, we note Pelosi’s laughable claim to not hate Trump because “as a Catholic … I don’t hate anyone.” She sanctimoniously continued, “I was raised in a way that is full of a heart of love and always pray for the president. … I pray for the president all the time. So, don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.” We’re not sure what’s more phony — her claim of being a Catholic while rejecting Bible and Church teaching on life in the womb, or her statement that she doesn’t “hate” Trump while leading the party of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Does anyone actual believe her? Judging by her record, no one should.

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Bloomberg and Second Amendment Battle Lines

Among the many issues on which the political divide seems to be growing is the Second Amendment. We’ve written at great length about “the palladium of liberties,” including just this week on both the Supreme Court’s conundrum over a New York City law and Virginia Democrats’ renewed effort to pass gun-grabbing legislation — as well as the growing “sanctuary city/county” movement in the state to reject those unconstitutional laws.

We truly hope the Supreme Court doesn’t sidestep the New York issue because of the city’s transparently phony effort to “moot” the lawsuit. The Second Amendment, unlike our other rights protected in the Bill of Rights, is sorely lacking in judicial clarity. As David French writes, “States can (and do) set high ceilings, but under current Second Amendment jurisprudence, it seems that they may be able to set very, very low floors — so low that that many jurisdictions take the position that the only clearly protected Second Amendment right is the right to possess a handgun in my own home for self-defense. A core individual liberty protected by the Bill of Rights should not be so poorly defined.”

As if on cue, Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has come along with proposed gun control that does nothing but violate the Second Amendment. The billionaire former mayor of New York City already funds Everytown for Gun Safety, one of the nation’s leading anti-Second Amendment activist groups, and is on record saying that anyone who has a gun in their home is “pretty stupid.” He also recently had favorable things to say about the Communist Chinese, who he says have to “listen to the public” because “no government survives without the will of the majority of its people.” Actually, the ChiComs long ago secured their tyrannical rule by murdering tens of millions of unarmed people.

So, what does Bloomberg want? Despite having previously displayed his baffling ignorance on firearms, Bloomberg went to Aurora, Colorado — scene of the movie-theater mass shooting in 2012 — to pitch a slew of bad policies to regulate tools he knows nothing about. Bloomberg’s wishlist includes a renewed ban on so-called “assault weapons” as well as a federal ban on standard-capacity magazines, “universal” background checks via a de facto national firearm registry and permit system, a federal “red flag” law, waiting periods, increased purchase age, banning 3D-printed guns, banning guns from all school campuses, and eliminating laws that protect firearm manufacturers from frivolous liability lawsuits.

Somebody has to fill the gap after Beto “Hell Yes, We’re Going To Take Your AR-15” O'Rourke dropped out of the race.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” reads the Second Amendment. Bloomberg and his ilk are doing their best to infringe at every turn.

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

MEANWHILE… Trump’s tax cuts reduce U.S. burden to one of the lowest in the world (Fox Business)

WHERE IMPEACHMENT STANDS: House sets up Monday hearing to glean evidence on Trump impeachment (The Hill)

STRATEGY: How House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his team tamed impeachment (Washington Examiner)

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Mueller witness bragged about access to Clintons secured with illegal campaign cash, says Justice Department (Yahoo News)

MOVING TO THE LEFT: A sign of just how far left Democrats have moved under Trump: “Moderate” Joe Biden wants tax hikes twice as big as what Hillary Clinton proposed in 2016 (Reason)

FOX LAWSUIT: Playboy model Karen McDougal sues Fox News for defamation over alleged Trump affair (NBC News)

SEEKING COMMITMENTS: Texas Democrats urge Pelosi to press for border security as part of USMCA deal (National Review)

UPRISING: State Department Iran envoy calls protests “the worst political crisis the regime has faced in its 40 years” (National Review)

POLICY: We do not need to expand Social Security (National Review)

POLICY: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program changes promote work (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: Get 100 “Epstein” lights that don’t hang themselves for $19.99 (Genesius Times)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Erick Erickson: “When we encounter people who insult or injure us, our natural reaction is to demand an apology, judge the sincerity of the apology and possibly give preconditions that must be fulfilled before we forgive. Between us and God, we must repent. But the human on the cross and the human martyr demanded no such thing. They forgave. There was no apology. There were no preconditions to forgiveness. There was just forgiveness. At Christmas, nostalgia sweeps in and overwhelms us. We tend to reassess the last year, last Christmases or favorite Christmases. Often, past pain surfaces in our consciences. We have been insulted or aggrieved, and we cling to those grievances. We let the things others did to us control us. Forgiveness allows us to stop letting others control us. By forgiving without condition, we exercise the power of resetting a relationship in a way that prevents the other person from controlling us. In so doing, we also acknowledge that though we may be blameless in the transgression that happened, we have undoubtedly transgressed against others. We should therefore forgive, if only in the hope that others forgive us.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The less government we have the better — the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Upright: “The only man who ever lived sin-free was tortured, beaten and executed, and in his final breaths, he chose to forgive. If we refuse to forgive ourselves or others, we suggest our consciences have been pricked more severely than his."—Erick Erickson

Endorsements: "The world is broken. Our politics are broken. The country faces extraordinary challenges. And I believe very deeply that Joe Biden’s character, his ability to persevere, his decency and the experiences that he brings to the table are critical to the moment. The world has to be put back together, the world that Donald Trump has smashed apart.” —John Kerry

The BIG Lie: “Abortion is a constitutional right — not a privilege for those who can afford it.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

Non compos mentis I: “A president can be impeached more than once. So, we can do this: We can move forward with what we have on the table currently, we can take this before the Senate, and we can still investigate other issues. And when the president has committed additional offenses — and my suspicion is that he will — we can take those before the Senate.” —Rep. Al Green

Non compos mentis II: “There is no limit on the number of times the Senate can vote to convict or not a president, no limit to the number of times the House can vote to impeach or not a president. So, my belief is that [Nancy Pelosi] will probably say we’re going to move forward with what we have now, but we’re not going to end investigations and that there may be possible opportunities to do other things at a later time.” —Al Green

And last… “Unemployment under GOP drops to 3.5% in election year, which means there’s only one thing to do: IMPEACH.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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