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Politicizing the Fourth of July

Gary Bauer · Jun. 8, 2019

A left-wing Washington Post columnist is REALLY upset with President Trump. (Shocker, right?!)

What’s his offense this time? The president plans to deliver a speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the July 4th celebrations. According to this columnist, Trump’s presence will be “a stain on the Lincoln Memorial.”

I guess we should be at least a little happy that the left is now defending our monuments rather than encouraging the left-wing mobs trying to tear them down.

But how exactly will Trump “stain” the memorial? The columnist is afraid that Trump will politicize a national symbol that should not be politicized.

This is coming from the movement that has politicized EVERYTHING — our national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, entertainment, sports (see below), the Boy Scouts, religious liberty, etc.

And what about the author’s main point that we shouldn’t permit the memorial to be politicized? That must be news to George W. Bush, who kicked off four days of inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial in 2001.

It must really be a shock to Barack Obama who held a major inaugural event with Beyonce, Garth Brooks and Bruce Springsteen at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009. In fact, they even made a movie about it.

At that event, Obama declared, “You proved once more that people who love this country can change it.” Translation: If you didn’t vote for him, you don’t love the country. Wow! I’m so glad Obama didn’t politicize the Lincoln Memorial.

The Lincoln Memorial has been politicized by the left for decades. It was the backdrop for multiple anti-war rallies when the country was divided over the Vietnam War. Left-wing speakers routinely stood on the steps of the memorial and excoriated our soldiers as “baby killers” and “fascists.”

Richard Nixon was so upset by the demonstrations that he went down to the memorial at 4 AM on the morning of May 9, 1970, and debated them.

And does anyone remember when a few Catholic boys were having fun on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial? The left was so outraged by their MAGA hats that they tried to ruin their lives with a fake story that they harassed a Native American elder.

The left has no problem politicizing the memorial. So what is this really all about?

They are scared to death that Donald Trump will do exactly what he did yesterday at Normandy, only this time it will be in front of a national audience in prime time.

They are terrified that Trump will talk to the country about America’s greatness without the press offering incessant “fact checks” and twisting his remarks into a speech about “white supremacy.”

Trump unfiltered, making an unapologetically pro-American speech before the entire country, is what scares them so much.

Left-Wing Extremism

The left’s extremism is ruining sports, and especially women’s sports by forcing girls to compete against biological men. But polls show the American people are overwhelmingly against this latest left-wing fad.

A new Rasmussen poll finds that just 28% of the public supports “allowing transgender students to participate on the sports team of the gender they identify with, letting biological males, for example, play girls’ sports.”

Fifty-four percent of the country opposes such policies, while 18% say they don’t know. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of that 18% is simply afraid to say they are opposed.

Beltway consultants and GOP elites often insist that conservatives should avoid social issues in order to attract people in the middle. But on this issue, the people in the middle are solidly with us.

It’s the Democrats and their radical allies who have gone off a cliff. We shouldn’t be afraid of exposing their extremism.

Speaking of Extreme…

It’s been a really rough week for Joe Biden.

First it was revealed that parts of his climate change and education platforms were plagiarized. Now he’s flip-flopping like a fish out of water on abortion.

Historically, Biden has taken a “middle-of-the-road approach” to abortion. While he supports Roe v. Wade, he also supported limits on late-term abortions and he did not believe in forcing taxpayers to subsidize abortion.

The law banning federal tax dollars from paying for abortions is known as the Hyde Amendment, named after the great pro-life champion Henry Hyde.

Last month, Biden told an ACLU activist that he wanted to repeal the Hyde Amendment, adding, “It can’t stay.”

FLIP!

Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to having their hard-earned tax dollars used to subsidize abortions. So it wasn’t terribly surprising when Biden’s campaign tried to reverse course this week, saying he “misheard the question.”

FLOP!

But during a speech Thursday night in Georgia, currently “Ground Zero” in the culture war over the state’s new heartbeat law, Biden announced that he did in fact favor repealing the Hyde Amendment.

FLIP!

Biden has spent most of his adult life thinking about running for president. This is his third run for the White House. How much time has he spent thinking about what he actually believes?

Here’s something else to think about. I have not seen any ideas from Joe Biden about why he is a better choice for minority voters than Donald Trump, who has reduced minority unemployment to record lows.

Biden wants to help minorities destroy their unborn babies, while Trump will help them get a job. That doesn’t seem like a tough choice to me.

Chag Sameach

This weekend, Jews will celebrate Shavuot, which commemorates the day God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. To our Jewish friends and allies, we wish you a joyous Shavuot!

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