Gary Bauer / July 9, 2021

A Deadly Weekend

Of the 400 who were shot and the 150 who died, the victims overwhelmingly were African American, as were the shooters.

We’re now five days past the July 4th weekend. While many Americans celebrated our nation’s birthday, much of the political left spent the weekend railing against America, its founding, its values and the danger of white supremacy, which they claim is descending over the entire country.

Meanwhile, as the days pass, we are receiving “after-action reports” from major U.S. cities. While the “fog of war” makes it difficult to nail down specific numbers, it appears that approximately 400 Americans were shot over the July 4th weekend. Of those 400, 150 were killed.

That’s approximately the same number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan during the entirety of 2008. Of course, we are currently withdrawing from Afghanistan, and as a nation we’re also withdrawing from large swaths of Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

Again, we don’t have precise figures, but of the 400 who were shot and the 150 who died, the victims overwhelmingly were African American, as were the shooters.

Yes, black lives do matter. So why aren’t we hearing more about this carnage? Mark your calendars, friends, I don’t do this often, but Al Sharpton deserves some credit for being a “voice of reason” on this particular issue.

Curiously, I have not heard of one case in all those hundreds that involved a white supremacist or a racist cop killing a minority American.

And yet from top to bottom, from the president to big city mayors, America’s politically correct leadership is running around with its hair on fire fretting over a non-existent problem.

There is no dramatic surge of white supremacy in America. America is not a “systemically racist” nation.

By the way, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) on Wednesday made a point similar to something I have been arguing: If the left actually believes we are such a horribly racist nation oppressing people of color, then why aren’t AOC, Hollywood stars and major sports figures going to the border to stop the poor, unsuspecting illegal aliens from entering this horribly awful country?

Better yet, why aren’t all the leftists rushing to leave?!

Double Standards Of Justice

According to a recent CBS News report, 535 people have been arrested for entering the Capitol Building during a four-hour period on January 6th. One analysis suggests that 70% of them have been released from custody while they await trial. But that means at least 160 are being held without bail.

Of course, in virtually every major city, people who are real threats to the rule of law — street thugs, murderers, rapists, criminal illegal aliens, people with illegal firearms — are routinely released in the name of “justice.”

Now let’s compare those arrested on January 6th with another group of people — the jihadists captured on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. They were sent to Gitmo and soon became a “cause celebre” for civil libertarian groups and most of the American left.

Keep in mind that these people were linked to the events of 9/11, a real attack on our country that killed thousands of Americans. But it became a badge of honor for lawyers at prestigious Washington, D.C., law firms to do free legal work on behalf of these foreign jihadists who were committed to killing infidels — that’s you and me.

I am not aware of one lawyer at one Washington, D.C., law firm who is expressing any concern for the 160 Americans who, six months later, are still being held without bail. I am not aware of one lawyer at one Washington, D.C., law firm who is offering free legal representation to any of those 160 Americans.

After 9/11, we were told over and over again that we could not call the people at Gitmo and others like them “radical Islamists” because that was smearing a whole group of people, most of whom are not violent. But Biden, Harris, Pelosi and their media allies have routinely referred to the people arrested on 1/6 as “Trump supporters” or as “MAGA mobs.”

The same people who were super careful not to label Muslims enthusiastically smear half the country because of what took place during four hours on Capitol Hill on January 6th, and they are eagerly denying the constitutional rights of their fellow Americans.

And while a handful of people have plead guilty to minor charges, those being held without bail likely won’t get trials until sometime next year. It seems that the goal is to keep this issue alive going into next year’s elections so that guilty verdicts can be handed down as people are heading to the polls. (Election interference, anyone?)

By the way, insurrection is an actual crime. There is a law against it. But no one has as of yet been charged with insurrection. (And just wait until you see the latest “shocking evidence” the FBI has collected in its extensive, on-going investigation!)

So far, the vast majority of the charges are for trespassing, civil disobedience, resisting an officer, etc. — the kind of charges that were routinely dismissed against last year’s looters and rioters in New York City, Portland and Washington, D.C., not to mention the agitators arrested for disrupting Trump’s inauguration in 2017.

The “social justice warriors” who took to the streets last summer caused billions of dollars of damage. Their actions resulted in at least two dozen deaths. The media defended them as “mostly peaceful protestors.” But they were the real insurrectionists, threatening civil society coast to coast.

Defund The Deep State

Last week, Tucker Carlson made headlines when he accused the National Security Agency of spying on him. Carlson’s not stupid. He was suspicious when a whistleblower told him his emails and texts were being monitored, so he demanded proof. He got it.

The whistleblower told Carlson specific things that could have only come from his emails and text messages. He also warned Carlson that the NSA would likely leak the contents of the messages in an attempt to smear him.

Sure enough, Axios reported late Wednesday that Carlson was talking to the Russians. Here we go again — RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA!

The truth is that Carlson was attempting to seek an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. There’s nothing illegal about journalists interviewing foreign leaders.

What is illegal is that someone in the NSA had to “unmask” Carlson’s name in the intelligence reports in order to leak the details to other journalists.

Carlson is furious, as he should be. And he is demanding answers. On his show Wednesday night, Carlson specifically called out Gen. Paul Nakasone, director of the NSA, and Avril Haines, director of National Intelligence. Carlson warned:

“You can’t have a democracy in a place where unaccountable spy agencies keep people in line by leaking the contents of their emails, discrediting them with their own emails, which they thought were private. It doesn’t work if you allow that.”

While Democrats continue with their insane demands to defund law enforcement, conservatives should seriously consider ways to defund the Deep State that is a willing accomplice in gross political abuses.

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