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The West Looks Weak

“It’s great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate.”

Watching the G-7 leaders on the world stage this weekend was a reminder that the cultural and political elites of the West are tired and out of ideas. I hope communist China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin weren’t watching.

It was sad to see British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who campaigned as a populist conservative, feebly embracing the woke ideology. Regarding his vision for the future, Johnson parroted Joe Biden and the left, saying:

“We need to make sure that as we recover, we level up across our societies and we build back better… But also that we’re building back better together. And building back greener and building back fairer and building back more equal and in a more gender-neutral and perhaps a more feminine way.”

How embarrassing.

But for me the most laughable and infuriating moment was when French President Emmanuel Macron, sitting next to Biden, said that it was great to have America “back,” adding, “It’s great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate.”

Macron is presiding over a nation in deep crisis. His approval rating is 38%. He was recently warned by dozens of retired and active-duty French military officers that a civil war is brewing if he doesn’t deal with the growing threat of radical Islam.

But I know exactly what Macron meant. He’s happy that under Joe Biden the America that provides for Europe’s national defense is back, while Europe makes energy deals with Russia and trade deals with communist China.

Macron is happy that Uncle Sam, known in Europe as “Uncle Sugar Daddy,” is back to paying the bills so they can go down their merry socialist road, while lecturing us about our “shortcomings.”

Europe’s elites hated our America First president, and they are giddy to have the American Last president we have now.

Donald Trump knew exactly what Macron meant. In a blistering statement, Trump fired back, saying:

“He and many other leaders before him, in France and throughout Europe, were ripping off the United States like never before. We were treated very unfairly with horrible trade deals, and paying for a large portion of their defense…

"Of course, they like Biden because now they will be allowed to return to their old ways of ripping off our Country… They will now get very rich off the United States just like they have in the past until a change is made. I am for AMERICA FIRST!”

By the way, the G-7 “leaders” couldn’t even agree to condemn communist China for its slave labor or genocide against the Uyghurs. Now that’s weakness and appeasement.

Biden’s Gaffes

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Biden event without several Biden gaffes.

During one testy exchange with reporters, Biden said, “I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with my staff [if] I don’t do this the right way.” What’s he talking about?

Well, I suspect his staff has taken questions in advance and given Biden answers to those questions. To be coherent — a tough task as it is — Biden has to take them in order. It would be really disturbing to most Americans if they heard a reporter ask about criminal justice reform and Biden responded with comments about climate change.

I’m not being mean, and I’m not exaggerating. Multiple times Sunday, Biden confused Libya and Syria. Libya is not even in the news! But it’s Syria where Russia and Iran are propping up the Assad regime. It’s Syria that Iran has turned into a launching pad for more terrorist attacks against Israel. Yet, Biden never corrected himself.

This Is Not A Debate

The school board in Randolph, New Jersey, just voted to drop the names of all holidays from the school calendar to avoid offending anyone. Instead of Thanksgiving or Christmas, the calendar simply reads “Day off.” So, Happy Day Off, and Merry Day Off!

If certain names offended some students or parents, the school board should be holding a meeting to find out what is wrong in that district, not bending to this insanity!

I watched video of the board meeting. When the motion was made to eliminate the names of the holidays, the audience was shocked. People were yelling objections. One school board member responded, “This is not a debate!”

Intentionally or not, that school board member perfectly summarized the attitude of the political left. Everything it does is meant to shut down debate, just like they did at this school board meeting.

These arrogant elites think they can tell the taxpayers, “You can’t keep your holidays.” The titans of social media tell us that we can’t debate the origins of COVID-19. On issue after issue, the left’s game plan is always the same. They either shut down the debate or slander conservatives with grotesque charges of bigotry in order to silence opposing voices.

I don’t believe the American people — who brought more liberty to more people than any civilization in history — will allow themselves to be muzzled.

And the good news is that they are fighting back!

  • Thousands have signed a petition calling on the members of the Randolph School Board to resign.

  • In Loudoun County, Virginia, six of nine school board members are facing recall efforts.

  • In Fairfax County, Virginia, parents opposed to critical race theory just took over the leadership of the Parent Teacher Student Association of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Virginia’s top-rated public high school.

We MUST keep this momentum going!

Thank you, Bibi

By the narrowest of margins — 60 to 59 — the Israeli Knesset approved the formation of a new coalition government led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. As the vote indicates, it’s a very precarious arrangement that could easily fall apart.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Benjamin Netanyahu personally. I have dined with him at a private home in Israel. He is an incredible man. His family has sacrificed much for the nation of Israel.

With no fear of contradiction, I can say that more than any other Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu understood the importance of pro-Israel Christians to the survival of the Jewish state. He repeatedly reached out to pro-Israel Christians, and we worked closely with his government.

In his farewell comments, Netanyahu warned against further appeasement of Iran. He said:

“The administration in Washington asked me not to discuss our disagreement on Iran publicly, but with all due respect, I can’t do that.

"In 1944, at the height of the Holocaust, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to bomb the railway leading to the extermination camps and refused to bomb the gas chambers, which could have saved millions of our people…

"In the face of the threat of extermination, we were helpless. Our voice was not heard among the nations. We had neither a state or an army. But today we do have a voice. We do have a state, and we do have defensive power.”

Prime Minister Bennett echoed Netanyahu’s concerns, saying, “The renewal of the nuclear agreement is a mistake. Israel will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and will maintain full freedom of action.”

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