Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 6, 2020


“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” —Noah Webster (1788)

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Trump Warns of Far-Left Threat in Independence Day Address

Standing before Mount Rushmore’s carvings of four great Americans, President Donald Trump gave an Independence Day speech in which he highlighted the traditional principles that have made the U.S. the envy of the world, while also warning that these principles and freedoms are increasingly threatened by a growing contingent of homegrown radicals.

“No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America,” Trump noted. “And no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation.”

Trump observed that our nation set the standard for genuine human equality with the Declaration of Independence and its conviction that “all men are created equal,” and that “these immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom” that eventually brought about the end of slavery. Trump noted that both Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. believed in America and were optimistic for a future in which their nation realized those founding ideals.

Trump declared, “We must demand that our children are taught once again to see America as did Reverend Martin Luther King, when he said that the Founders had signed ‘a promissory note’ to every future generation. Dr. King saw the mission of justice required us to fully embrace our founding ideals. He called on his fellow citizens not to rip down their heritage, but to live up to their heritage.”

Recognizing the growing threat of Marxism, Trump pointedly warned, “As we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled [for], [and] bled to secure. Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.”

“Make no mistake,” he said: “This left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress. To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.”

Trump assured the nation that he would do all in his power to prevent this wanton destruction of America’s history and values. He then gave a brief refresher of the historical significance of the four men memorialized above and behind him: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. “No movement that seeks to dismantle these treasured American legacies can possibly have a love of America at its heart,” he said. “Can’t have it. No person who remains quiet at the destruction of this resplendent heritage can possibly lead us to a better future.”

In one of his more powerful moments, the president declared, “We will proclaim the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, and we will never surrender the spirit and the courage and the cause of July 4, 1776. Upon this ground, we will stand firm and unwavering. In the face of lies meant to divide us, demoralize us, and diminish us, we will show that the story of America unites us, inspires us, includes us all, and makes everyone free.”

Trump concluded with an optimistic yet sober call to action: “Centuries from now, our legacy will be the cities we built, the champions we forged, the good we did, and the monuments we created to inspire us all. My fellow citizens: America’s destiny is in our sights. America’s heroes are embedded in our hearts. America’s future is in our hands. And ladies and gentlemen: the best is yet to come.”

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A Little Girl’s Death in Atlanta

Douglas Andrews

Perhaps never before have the perverse priorities of the Black Lives Matter movement been so thoroughly exposed as they were this weekend in Atlanta with the tragic death of an eight-year-old girl.

That little girl, Secoriea Turner, was fatally shot near the spot where Rayshard Brooks was killed last month by Atlanta police, but the two deaths could hardly be more dissimilar. Brooks, a 27-year-old with a history of violence, resisted arrest, punched a police officer in the face, grabbed that officer’s taser, and fired it at the officer while attempting to flee. Secoriea Turner, who was killed near the charred remains of the Wendy’s restaurant and parking lot where Brooks was killed, was an innocent black child with a lifetime ahead of her.

Perhaps this can be a tipping point, a breaking away from the self-destructive demonization of cops to a sober assessment of the real issue plaguing black communities across our country: black-on-black crime.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms finally seems to think it’s time. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, “‘Enough is enough,’ Bottoms said in an emotional press conference at Atlanta police headquarters in which the mayor and family of Secoriea Turner urged people to come forward with information about Secoriea’s killers. ‘I am just asking you to please honor this baby’s life,’ Bottoms said. ‘Please, if you know who did this, please turn them in. These people are a danger to all of us.’”

At an emotional press conference yesterday, Bottoms, surrounded by the little girl’s mother and other family members, blamed her death on the vaguest of assailants: “armed individuals.” Black Lives Matter protesters have staked out their ground near that Wendy’s restaurant, congregating there in the weeks since Brooks’s death.

One wonders how Secoriea’s death will affect the hearts and minds of those protestors.

“[She] just wanted to get home to see her cousins,” said Secoriea’s father, before stating the cold hard truth about his daughter’s death: “The say black lives matter. You killed one of your own.”

As for the future of Black Lives Matter, Bottoms isn’t ready to call the organization out for its misplaced focus — a focus on the two-tenths of one percent of the nation’s 7,300 black homicide victims in 2019 — the 14 unarmed black men who were shot and killed by police in 2019.

“That’s an important movement that’s happening,” Bottoms said. “But this random wild, wild west shoot ‘em up because you can, it has got to stop. It has to stop. You can’t blame this on a police officer.”

“This is some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an eight-year-old baby in the car,” she said. “For what?”

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Black Lives Suffer From the Ferguson Effect

Douglas Andrews

For years now, Heather Mac Donald’s fearless research has revealed one inconvenient truth after another. Whether she’s writing about the “systemic racism” canard that distracts us from the real cause of urban decline, or the social-justice agenda that’s indoctrinating our young people and wrecking our universities, Mac Donald does the legwork and lets the facts speak for themselves.

So it is with her most recent reporting on the demonization of our nation’s cops and the predictable outbreak of lawlessness in our big cities. “Today’s violent-crime increase — call it Ferguson Effect 2.0 or the Minneapolis Effect — has come on with a speed and magnitude that make Ferguson 1.0 seem tranquil,” she writes in City Journal. “George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May was justly condemned — but the event has now spurred an outpouring of contempt against the pillars of law and order that has no precedent in American history. Every day, another mainstream institution — from McDonald’s to Harvard — denounces the police, claiming without evidence that law enforcement is a threat to black lives.”

Sadly — but inarguably — the greatest threat to black lives is other black lives.

How so? There were some 7,300 black homicide victims in 2019. And of those, more than 90% were killed by other blacks. As for those “racist” cops, according to the Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings, 14 unarmed blacks (and 25 unarmed whites) were shot and killed by police officers in 2019. “Unarmed” doesn’t mean “non-threatening,” of course. Remember Michael Brown of the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie? He attacked officer Darren Wilson and tried to take his gun. In any case, given the tens of millions of law-enforcement interactions that occur each year, these numbers are anything but an epidemic.

As for those 14 killings of unarmed blacks, they represent just two-tenths of one percent of the nation’s 7,300 black homicide victims in 2019 — a grim number that would be much more so were cops not continually taking violent criminals off our inner-city streets.

As our Mark Alexander wrote recently, “The Democrat Party race hustlers and their Leftmedia propagandists who incite them in the name of 'George Floyd’ maintain a deafening silence about the thousands of black citizens murdered by other black citizens.” As Alexander rightly points out, black-on-black homicide is the elephant in the room, but it receives relatively little coverage because it doesn’t fit the Left’s prevailing political narrative.

Nor does the absence of life-saving police work, but we’re getting a sense of it now that the Ferguson Effect is again plaguing our Democrat-run cities. As Mac Donald continues, “The rising carnage in the inner city is the consequence of this official repudiation of the criminal-justice system. The current tolerance and justification for vandalism and violence; the silencing of police supporters; and police unwillingness to intervene, even when their own precincts are assaulted — all send a clear message to criminals that society has lost the will to prevent lawlessness.”

If black lives really mattered to the Black Lives Matter movement, it would dispense with the false narrative about cops indiscriminately gunning down young black men, it would acknowledge the awful toll of black-on-black crime, and it would work to improve policing in minority neighborhoods rather than abolish it.

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BLM’s Red Roots

Arnold Ahlert

Despite all the media-orchestrated lies about Black Lives Matter (BLM) being a spontaneous grassroots uprising — amply abetted by power-hungry Democrats, cowardly Republicans, morally bankrupt academics, and contemptible corporate virtue signalers — BLM is actually a front for a web of well-funded communist/socialist organizations that have agitated against America for decades.

BLM was launched in 2013 by radical leftist activists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi with a Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, shortly after the acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. “It was a verdict that said: black people are not safe in America,” Garza asserted.

No, it said that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, an assertion borne out by eyewitness testimony. Nonetheless, the case became a media-generated effort to sow racial discord, one so duplicitous it required Zimmerman to be identified as a “white Hispanic” to maintain that narrative. This duplicity was magnified following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson, when the phrase “Hands up, don’t shoot” went viral despite even the Obama administration’s Eric Holder-led DOJ being unable to bring charges against Wilson.

Regardless, Dream Defenders, an organization led by the ACORN-affiliated Working Families Party activist and Occupy Wall Street anarchist Nelini Stamp, exploited “Hands up, don’t shoot,” which ultimately became BLM’s most recognized slogan — and the riots typified by the explosion of arson, looting, and violence occurring in Ferguson, Missouri, became the template for the current unrest.

After its inception, BLM was quickly co-opted by a number of radical groups. Garza, Cullors, and Tometi all work for front groups maintained by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), one of the four largest radical-left organizations in the country. Other groups include the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS).

And then there is the Real Justice PAC founded by BLM activist Shaun King. Along with similar efforts undertaken by George Soros — who has also donated $33 million directly to BLM — it has been pivotal in helping elect far-left district attorneys bent on radically transforming American’s justice system.

In reality, many of these groups — including BLM — are little more than websites or Facebook pages, and BLM is actually one of dozens of groups overseen by the FRSO. Garza, a self-described “queer” social-justice activist who reveres convicted cop killer Assata Shakur, belongs to many of them, including the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL), and the Right to the City Alliance (RTTC)

Cullors, who describes herself as a “working class, queer, black woman,” founded and runs Dignity and Power Now (DPN), a group claiming to seek “dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families, and communities.” She was mentored by former Weather Underground leader Eric Mann, who champions efforts to form international communist organizations.

Tometi is the child of illegal aliens from Nigeria with a long history of supporting Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro. She currently runs the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI).

Accuracy in Media (AIM) illuminates the ultimate agenda. “The radical Left model is based on alliances of many organizations that are working on separate issues but dedicated ultimately to the same thing: overthrowing our society in order to replace it with a hardcore socialist (read communist) one,” it warns.

That takes money, and there is no shortage of useful idiots willing to donate to the undermining of the nation. Thus, the FRSO/BLM axis and other radical leftist organizations receive money from the likes of Ben & Jerry’s, Ford, Kellogg, Rockefeller, San Francisco, Heinz, Soros Funds, and a host of others.

Islamist organizations are also part of the BLM mix, including the Muslim Brotherhood front group Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which joined BLM activists in storming California Governor Jerry Brown’s office in 2015. CAIR also participated in the Ferguson protests, and ISIS is recruiting American blacks as well.

Many of these groups embrace Critical Race Theory, a philosophy established by Harvard professor Derrick Bell, who asserted that America is a permanently racist nation whose legal structures are invalid because they are designed to support white supremacy. Bell’s theory is an evolution of Critical Theory developed by the communist Frankfurt School founded in Germany in 1923. When its Jewish communist scholars fled Nazi Germany in the ‘30s, they ended up at … Columbia Teachers College in New York.

Thus, concepts like “political correctness” and “white privilege” that poison the educational system were established long ago. And an integral part of the narrative — aside from its contempt for capitalism, free markets, limited government, and traditional American values — is BLM’s assertion that only whites can be racists.

From there, it has moved on to greater ambitions. “The group’s radical Marxist agenda would supplant the basic building block of society — the family — with the state and destroy the economic system that has lifted more people from poverty than any other. Black lives, and all lives, would be harmed,” columnists Mike Gonzalez and Andrew Olivastro explain.

And no matter how upfront BLM activists are regarding their agenda, a contemptible combination of wokeness and cowardice fuels their ambitions. As Heather Mac Donald reveals, “Black Lives Matter has gained billions of dollars in corporate support, more billions in free round-the-clock media promotion, and a ruthless power to crush dissent from the now-universal narrative about murderous police bigots. During the two weeks of national anarchy that followed the death of George Floyd, cops were shot, slashed, and assaulted; their vehicles and station houses were firebombed and destroyed. American elites stayed silent.”

That last bit is key. For perhaps the first time in world history, we have a revolution conducted from the top-down, not the bottom-up. Thus, educators, entertainment-industry titans, multinational CEOs, progressive prosecutors who disdain Rule of Law, and craven politicians in both parties support what amounts to a militia of useful idiots — useful idiots being used as violent pawns to advance an elitist, globalist agenda under the rubric of mending race relations.

This is no accident. If race is in the forefront, the reality that America’s most pressing problems are class-related can be obscured. “One of the reasons that the Left and the Democratic Party feared and hated the Trump movement was its emphasis on class rather than race, a more fluid and potentially more dynamic appeal, and one with the potential to unite rather than divide those of different tribes,” Victor Davis Hanson explains.

Unity is utterly anathema to the American Left. And despite the lofty assertions by Democrats, BLM, and others, some black lives — including children — are eminently expendable, as the routine black-on-black carnage in cities like Chicago and Baltimore indicate.

Even more expendable? The truth. Thus, statistical realities about police shootings, or the utter havoc a Marxist/socialist society would wreak upon the nation, especially in minority communities, are irrelevant.

What is relevant? Columnist Kurt Schlichter puts it this way: “It’s not about making sense. It never was. It’s about making you kneel.”

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The Lucrative Business of Peddling White Guilt

Thomas Gallatin

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public,” Booker T. Washington famously observed over a hundred years ago. “Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

Sadly, this problem is as virulent today as it was in Washington’s day, yet with one caveat: Many of these race hustlers fomenting the grievances of identity politics aren’t black. There’s good money to be made in peddling the Left’s narrative of “white privilege,” and whites are eagerly forking over their money for the privilege of being told just how racist they are.

A case in point is “critical race theorist” Robin DiAngelo, a white woman whose book White Fragility is responsible for the ludicrous and grossly racist “white privilege checklist.” Recently, DiAngelo gave a guest lecture on racial justice at the University of Kentucky, a two-hour event for which she billed the school $12,000 — not counting her food, travel, and lodging expenses. At the event, DiAngelo promoted her latest “woke” work, the obtusely titled “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” (Apparently, no one ever told DiAngelo that racism has been one of the most widely and repeatedly discussed issues in this nation since the civil-rights era of the 1960s.)

The only difference today is that social-justice activists have found great success in convincing leftist whites, especially white women, that America is systemically racist to its very core. And, again, people pay good money to hear this drivel. As The Federalist’s Tristan Justice notes, “In February, the Guardian reported that woke white women, who seem to be leading the recent mob protests gripping the nation, are dishing out upwards of $2,500 a night to host a pair of activists to tell them how they’re all racist. The service, titled 'Race to Dinner,’ was co-founded by Regina Jackson, who is black, and Saira Rao, who is Indian American, for the sole purpose of informing white women of their inherent racism. People can also consult with either Jackson or Rao for $300 a session to be told how they hate minorities.”

In a nation beset by white guilt, racism has become a runaway bestseller.

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10 Things You Should Know Before Talking About Racial Differences

Reginald Madison

(Publisher’s Note: This perspective is from my friend Reggie Madison, Program Director with First Things First.)

I’m a black man who interacts with lots of different people in many different environments. As such, the recent racial unrest has provided me many opportunities for conversations about the African American experience.

People are trying to have genuine conversations, some between longtime friends of different races and ethnicities where one person did not realize the magnitude of their different shared experiences.

Here are 10 things you should know before talking with your friend about your racial differences.

  1. Regardless of whether this is your first conversation or your 1,000th conversation, there’s a lot you don’t know about the person you’re talking to. You don’t know what you don’t know. Even if you’ve been watching the news, following social media, participating in protests, and visiting museums, there’s a lot you don’t know about your friend and their experiences. Humility goes a long way.

  2. Relationships aren’t so much fixed as they are built. It takes time to build trust and gain understanding. It even takes time to process our racial differences in our own minds. Setting an expectation of learning about your friend and even yourself is a process, not a one-time conversation. The more you build trust, the more vulnerable people may become, and the more likely they may be willing to share.

  3. Acceptance and respect are a free gift. The goal in conversation is not to come to an agreement or to win one of you over to the other’s side. Acceptance means accepting the other person for who they are and respecting their very being, experiences, and realities.

  4. You may hear some things that make you uncomfortable. You may hear about things you’ve done, what your family has done, or what the race you identify with has done. It can be difficult not to feel attacked. And on some things, even after thinking it through, you may still disagree. If you want to build a relationship, this isn’t the time to defend or justify. It’s time to be uncomfortable and seek understanding about racial differences.

  5. Asking questions shows that you’re interested in the person and their story. Often, we spend the majority of our energy on seeking to win the discussion, prove our point, or show how much we know. When you ask questions from a place of curiosity and a desire to understand, you demonstrate an interest in your friend. This shows that you value them.

  6. Having a genuine relationship means genuinely acknowledging your friend’s realities. Their realities may contain experiences that seem totally foreign and impossible to you. Don’t deny their realities just because they seem unimaginable today. Hear them. Show empathy. Allow yourself into their world no matter how different it may be.

  7. Be willing to acknowledge messages shared through the media and how others may perceive those messages very differently. How two people receive media messaging may be completely different. What you see as just “news,” another may view as racism. Be open to seeing this through someone else’s eyes.

  8. People of any given race may have many shared experiences. However, they are still individuals with their own stories, beliefs, and personalities. No one person can truly speak for an entire race (though some try). Yes, there are shared experiences that a black person experiences because they are black. Remember that your friend is an individual. How racial tension affects them may be different than what you see on social media or read in a book.

  9. Be open to educating yourself about various cultures through research, books, documentaries, and museums. This can help you know questions to ask and things to be curious about. Don’t be surprised when they have not read or looked at the same material. Reading about your history can be difficult when you feel like you’re living the history. This doesn’t mean that you are now an expert. If anything, it should build your resolve to have more diverse interactions and meaningful relationships to further your understanding and enrich your life.

  10. Friendships work when both people feel valued, seen, and heard. This is a basic human need we all share. For too long, blacks and many others have felt unwanted, devalued, and marginalized. The civil unrest across the globe right now, at its core, is a scream to be valued as equals. Talking to your friend is about being part of the solution. Know that being part of the solution starts with valuing your friend enough so that they can be fully known by the people they are in relationships with.

Perfection is not the goal when it comes to relationships. When perfection and getting it absolutely right becomes a priority, then the fear of failure can keep us from taking the first step. Building and strengthening our relationships is at its best when we are able to share experiences and learn from each other to become better people ourselves.

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Above the Fold

  • “Contrary to claims from both Chinese officials and the World Health Organization, China did not report the existence of the coronavirus in late 2019, according to a WHO timeline tracking the spread of the virus,” The Washington Free Beacon reports. “Rather, international health officials discovered the virus through information posted to a U.S. website. The quiet admission from the international health organization, which posted an ‘updated’ timeline to its website this week, flies in the face of claims from some of its top officials, including WHO director general Tedros Adhanom, who maintained for months that China had informed his organization about the emerging sickness.”

  • Speaking of China, according to The Daily Caller, “The Chinese private equity firm BHR Partners updated its business records on April 20 to remove Hunter Biden as a member of its board of directors, but he continues to hold a 10% ownership stake in the company through his LLC, Chinese business records show. … Hunter Biden continues to hold a 10% equity stake in BHR … despite a pledge in December from his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, that none of his family members would ‘be engaged in any foreign business’ if he is elected president in November.”

Government & Politics

  • “Rushmore will stand forever”: Trump condemns anti-founding protesters in South Dakota (The Daily Caller)

  • New York Times ripped for describing Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech as “dark and divisive” (The Daily Caller)

  • Trump announces plans to create national garden honoring “greatest Americans to ever live” (CBS News)

  • A direct threat to the Democrat Party’s stronghold on black voters: Kanye West says he’s running for president (Politico)

  • Trump to hold outdoor New Hampshire rally on July 11 while Biden remains perpetually sequestered (Fox News)

  • Joe Biden tops Donald Trump in fundraising for second straight month: $141 million to $131 million (USA Today)

  • Supreme Court agrees to hear legal showdown over Mueller grand jury materials (CBS News)

  • Los Angeles Times publishes Beijing-funded propaganda (The Daily Caller)

Annals of the Social-Justice Caliphate

  • Baltimore mayor defends vandals who toppled Christopher Columbus statue on July 4th (The Daily Caller)

  • Maryland governor urges Baltimore leaders to “regain control of their own streets” after Columbus statue toppled (Washington Examiner)

  • Atlanta mayor unloads after eight-year-old child is killed near BLM protest site: “You can’t blame this on police” (Fox News)

  • Racists baiting racists: Armed protesters demonstrate in front of Confederate carving on Stone Mountain (Washington Examiner)

  • Black Lives Matter “protesters” filmed dancing on American flag in Washington, DC (The Daily Caller)

  • Frederick Douglass statue in New York removed from base and damaged (Washington Examiner)

National Security

  • Senate approves sanctions against Chinese officials over Hong Kong law (Washington Examiner)

  • With Beijing’s military nearby, U.S. sends two aircraft carriers to South China Sea (The New York Times)

  • Niagara Falls region becomes ground zero in the coronavirus-era war on drugs (Washington Examiner)


Culture & Heartland

  • Colin Kaepernick condemns July 4th as “celebration of white supremacy” (The Daily Caller)

  • NFL’s Washington Redskins and MLB’s Cleveland Indians are rethinking their names (NPR)

  • Report: NFL to play “black national anthem” prior to Week 1 games (Sports Illustrated)

  • Minnesota governor asks Trump for disaster declaration after George Floyd riots trigger over $500 million in damages (Fox News)

  • “Statuary sanctuary city”: Ohio town offers to house any statues other cities remove (Washington Examiner)

  • U.S. population growth is driven only by minorities with the white population declining for the first time in the nation’s history, according to new census data (UK Daily Mail)

Other Notables

  • New jobs report suggests Americans are eager to return to work after lockdown (The Daily Signal)

  • Developers cancel long-delayed, $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline (AP)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: We must advocate for better civics education in our schools (The Daily Signal)

  • Policy: A deeper look at Black Lives Matter and its impact (The Daily Signal)

  • Humor: Redskins change name to “Lizard People” to better represent population of Washington, DC (The Babylon Bee)

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Interstate ‘Protesters’ Get Hit by a Car — A group of so-called “protesters” in Seattle was hit by a car at around 1:30 a.m. on the morning of July 4th.

CHAZ in Memoriam — The “summer of love” that was three weeks of violence.

It’s Okay for You to Love America — Being an American is like a good marriage. You must love your spouse first before addressing flaws.


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Insight: “It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag.” —Ronald Reagan

For the record: “The highest praise for Marxism comes from those who have never lived under it. History shows that academics and the press in free countries (as opposed to those in the Marxist countries themselves) continue to praise and tout Marxist regimes, even when they are aware of their brutality. True of The New York Times in the 1930s. True of the New York Times today.” —Laura Hollis

Picking up where Obama left off: “We’re going to beat Donald Trump. And when we do, we won’t just rebuild this nation — we’ll transform it.” —Joe Biden

Race bait: “Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.” —Colin Kaepernick

Grand delusions: “Overwhelmingly, most people I hear from are black or mixed or non-white in some way, and a lot of people have said, ‘This is your moment. You’re vindicated.’ I have received hundreds of messages. Most of it’s been overwhelmingly positive.” —faux African American Rachel Dolezal

Braying jackass: “I think we should listen to everybody. I think we should listen to the argument [for purging George Washington monuments], but remember that the president at Mount Rushmore was standing on ground that was stolen from Native Americans who had actually been given that land during a treaty.” —Senator Tammy Duckworth

Dezinformatsiya: “Trump choosing Mount Rushmore for a Fourth of July campaign stop is like when he chose Tulsa, the site of the 1921 massacre against black Americans, for his Juneteenth weekend rally. It’s that cold, tired, and familiar jab to black, brown, and indigenous people that makes the shrinking MAGA voter feel as big as a 60-foot face of a colonizing slave owner.” —MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross

And last… “Because I don’t think of myself as a victim, I’ve been asked, ‘How many times have you been called a "n-word”?’ Rarely am I asked, ‘How many times have you been called an “Uncle Tom”/“coon”/“sellout”?’ — even though I’ve long since lost count.“ —Larry Elder

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