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McConnell Vows to Uphold His Role as ‘Grim Reaper’ of Democrat Socialist Agenda

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:30

House Democrats’ attempts to grant statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico amount to “full-bore socialism” — which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he cannot abide.

In remarks during interviews and on social media, McConnell vowed to uphold his role as the “grim reaper” of the Democratic socialist agenda as long Republicans maintain their hold of the Senate.

McConnell explained Monday on “Fox & Friends” why a Republican “hold on the Senate is really important.”

“What we’re seeing now on the Democratic side is a debate about whether socialism would be a good thing for America. I never thought in my lifetime that we would be debating the free enterprise system in this country,” McConnell said.

What we're seeing on the Democratic side is a debate about whether socialism would be a good thing. I never thought in my lifetime we would be debating the merits of the free enterprise system. American free enterprise has been an historic success for our nation and its families. pic.twitter.com/TQEMf7RZlv

— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) June 17, 2019

McConnell explained what he meant by calling himself the “grim reaper.”

(The reference grew from McConnell’s reaction to a Nancy Pelosi poster depicting “McConnell’s Graveyard,” showing Democrats’ proposals dying in the GOP-led Senate.)

.@SenateMajLdr is so obsessed with blocking votes on commonsense solutions passed by the House, he’s taken to calling himself “the Grim Reaper.” But Americans are tired of waiting – they want action on their priorities now. #ForThePeople pic.twitter.com/g2vhXvMnHW

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 13, 2019

“What I meant was none of these socialist games, the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, are going to pass the Senate,” he said.

If President Donald Trump is re-elected, then his vetoing power will add an extra wall of protection against socialist legislation passing Congress.

But until then, McConnell vowed socialist bills “that would fundamentally change America into something it’s never ever been” will not pass his chamber.

Last week, McConnell said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico would threaten GOP control of the Senate, helping Democrats push their socialist agenda.

“I am the ‘grim reaper’ when it comes to the socialist agenda that they’ve been jetting up over in the House with overwhelming Democratic support and sending it over to America,” McConnell said.

“They plan to make the District of Columbia a state — that’d give them two new Democratic senators — Puerto Rico a state, that would give them two more new Democratic senators,” he continued.

McConnell said rising support among House Democrats for the Green New Deal, Medicare for All — and possibly an expanded Supreme Court — signals a potential turn for the worse in the U.S. Congress.

Related: McConnell, on ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ Explains the Grim Reaper Designation

“This is full-bore socialism on the march in the House. And yeah, as long as I’m the majority leader of the Senate, none of that stuff is going anywhere,” he said.

The House is set to hold a hearing on D.C. statehood on July 24 that could lead to a floor vote, The Washington Post reported.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) both have voiced support for D.C.’s becoming a state.

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), one of the district’s non-voting delegates, described the cause of D.C. statehood as a “civil rights issue” that “embodies our nation’s founding democratic principle: the right to vote,” her spokeswoman told The Post.

“Our 700,000 residents, who pay taxes, fight in war, and have all the other obligations of citizenship, deserve and have earned representation in the House and Senate,” the spokesperson said.

This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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Broadway Play About the Clintons to Shutter Early Due to ‘Deplorable’ Ticket Sales

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 23:14

A Broadway production based loosely on Hillary Clinton’s first failed presidential run back in 2008 is closing down a month early due to poor ticket sales.

The news doesn’t bode well for the former first lady and daughter Chelsea, who are expected to launch a film and television production company focused on women’s issues.

The Hollywood Reporter (THR) revealed that the early shutdown of “Hillary and Clinton” is specifically “due to underwhelming ticket sales.”

The show began in March and was scheduled to run through July 21 — but will instead have its final showing on Sunday, June 23.

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“The play, which cost $4.2 million to produce, began performances in March and drew mixed-to-positive reviews, but has struggled to fill seats, reaching only 36 percent of its gross potential in the last two weeks,” THR reports.

“Its cumulative box office stands at $4.7 million.”

The total number of performances means the play was netting roughly $7,000 per show.

What happened?

More proof that America is moving on even if Hillary can’t. The Hillary/Bill Broadway show is closing early because of low ticket sales.https://t.co/YKdvliTmXZ

— Amy Holmes (@realamymholmes) June 17, 2019

‘Characters.’ THR explains that the show “is not based on the real Clintons, but instead characters with the same names in an alternate reality.”

“Alternate reality”? That’s pretty much the Clinton family in a nutshell, in our view.

The play features Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in the leading roles, so it doesn’t exactly lack star power.

Metcalf recently admitted that President Donald Trump’s prospects of winning again in 2020 were giving her a panic attack.

“This is truly, truly upsetting and unsettling,” she told The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, “and this low-grade panic attack I’ve been living under just went to orange. I had such high hopes of him being out of office before 2020.”

Well, it looks like once again Trump has outlasted something associated with Hillary.

Fatigue. Last November, the Clintons kicked off an international speaking tour by fielding questions from a Clinton Foundation donor in a half-empty hockey arena in Toronto.

The Daily Mail explained the opening date featured “empty seats both in upper-level seats and on the ground floor, where tickets were pricier.”

Meanwhile, tickets were selling on StubHub for as low $15, well below the low-end price of $53, when tickets for the speaking tour were first made available.

One ticket was even selling for $6.55 in Canadian dollars, less than $5 in America.

Now a $4.2 million production associated with Hillary is going down in flames. It would appear a perpetually lying, two-time presidential election loser isn’t a big draw these days.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Trump Announces His 2020 Re-Election Bid in Orlando

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 22:24

Watch the video below as President Donald Trump officially announced his 2020 re-election campaign on Tuesday night, June 18, 2019, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

The event began at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Members of the Trump family participated in Tuesday night’s event, including the president’s two oldest sons.

Check out the video here:

Share your thoughts below.

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AOC Falsely Claims U.S. Is Operating ‘Concentration Camps on Our Southern Border’

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 17:40

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) jumped on Instagram this week and compared America’s southern border detention centers to concentration camps.

AOC: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps. And if that doesn’t bother you … I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not … that ‘never again’ means something.”

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Her video proclamation is apparently a result of President Donald Trump’s announcing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be launching an operation next week to round up and deport illegal aliens.

AOC said in her Instagram video, “The fact that concentrations camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘home of the free’ is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it.”

Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims Trump is operating concentration camps, compares the situation to the Holocaust: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something … we need to do something about it” pic.twitter.com/F2MmZ8y2dT

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019

Democrats have been alleging that the Trump administration was mistreating illegal aliens at the southern order; and AOC saw an opportunity to jump on the bandwagon and create havoc.

In the video, AOC claims the “migrant” children are being held in the same Japanese-American citizens were held in internment camps during World War II.

She called it a “crisis” in terms of “if America will remain America … or if we are losing to an authoritarian and fascist presidency.”

AOC: “I don’t use those words lightly. I don’t use those words to just throw bombs.”

“I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is,” she added. “A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist and it’s very difficult to say that.”

The Obama administration not only had the same set-up that she calls “concentration camps” — it also initiated the separation of children from families.

She must not have read the story the other day about Mexico’s detention centers. (Maybe she called the centers “concentration” camps because she had to think about it?)

OK, AOC, what is your answer here? Law offenders must be detained and processed — and knowingly letting illegal immigrants walk free in America would violate the oath of office you took.

To be honest, illegal aliens are volunteering to be incarcerated in these so-called concentration camps, to use her words.

I mourn for how far the Democrats have fallen.

They once offered valuable opinions in our system of checks and balances.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Illegal Immigrants Can Now Get Driver’s Licenses in the State of New York

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:55

The Empire State has now joined 12 other states and the District of Columbia in permitting illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses.

By December of this year, people in the state illegally can be driving legally — and in possession of an all-important piece of identification.

Republicans are outraged.

“Shame on the Democrats for bringing this bill to the floor — and the Long Island Democrats,” New York State’s Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) told The New York Post before the vote on the controversial measure on Monday.

“The Democratic senators said they would get here and protect the interests of Long Island and they wouldn’t allow New York City to control and dominate the agenda,” he also said.

“They have failed miserably.”

On Monday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed into law the measure allowing illegal immigrants in New York to receive driver’s licenses. The state’s Senate Democrats earlier had passed the legislation by a vote of 33-29.

Yet all six Long Island lawmakers disagreed with the measure “over fears the bill could prove politically toxic in their swing districts,” as The New York Post put it.

The New York State Assembly approved the bill last week.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — a Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential election — fully supports the measure.

But Republican lawmakers in the state are saying those who break the law in New York will now be treated the same as law-abiding citizens.

Democrats, for their part, are saying things like, “Be careful, your xenophobia is showing” — as state Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) told naysayers during the legislators’ debate.

A recent Siena Poll showed that voters statewide were against the driver’s license measure by 53 percent to 41 percent — with 55 percent of independent voters against it and those who live upstate even more fervently against it.

Here’s how The Post outlined the case for giving illegals this important piece of identification: “Proponents have long argued that the bill would improve safety on the roads by ensuring drivers are properly trained and licensed, and that it would help better integrate New York’s estimated 265,000 illegal immigrants into the state’s economy and society” (emphasis added).

But opponents — among many other worries — are concerned the measure will allow these illegal immigrants to register to vote.

With the Monday night signing of the measure by Cuomo, the following 13 states now have laws on their books that allow illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license or some other form of driver’s permit: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Utah, Vermont, and Washington — plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Separately, President Donald Trump on Monday said U.S. authorities next week would begin removing millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally.

See more on the driver’s license issue below, share your thoughts — and watch this video.

Unreal. This country is being lost more every day! https://t.co/UxdM0Yj0CB

— Mary Evans (@meano15) June 18, 2019

Cuomo signs bill granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants https://t.co/GZHW4e50Mu pic.twitter.com/AQEjMHJEvx

— New York Post (@nypost) June 18, 2019

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a bill into law allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses. pic.twitter.com/OQQcMp8wjP

— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) June 18, 2019

"Driver's licenses for all": @NYCMayor supports driver's licenses for illegal immigrants amid bid for POTUS in 2020. https://t.co/vwu9kaFPDL

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 17, 2019

You have got to be kidding me? This is a HUGE safety issue. New York Gov. Andrew signs bill granting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses https://t.co/eB0WPsR72T #FoxNews

— FL Skins (@JConwell512) June 18, 2019

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Grace Sets Christianity Apart and Changes Each of Us Every Day

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:06

If you’ve had even casual encounters with the church, then grace is a word you know all too well.

We sing about it in our most universally beloved hymn: “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!”

When people bow their heads to pray before a meal to give thanks, we sometimes call this saying grace.

If we see a person moving with a sort of ease and beauty, a man or woman fully at home in his or her skin, the kind of person who lights up a room, we might say they are graceful.

If a friend unexpectedly takes you out to dinner, you would call him or her gracious. It’s a word we think we know.

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Grace is the mystery at the bottom of all the others. It is the most distinguishing feature of the Gospel, what sets Christianity apart from every other world religion. Grace is the word that changes everything.

Yet I am convinced that most of us don’t know exactly what grace is, much less how it works or the difference it can make in our lives.

After all my years of serving as senior pastor at James River Church in Springfield, Missouri, and seeing countless lives changed by God, my experience is this: Most Christians struggle to access grace for themselves, no matter how well they might speak about it.

We struggle to believe God could have really loved us in our deepest, darkest moment when we said or did the thing of which we are most ashamed.

We struggle to believe God could love us in the midst of addiction.

We struggle with the idea that grace can truly cover our past, sustain us in the present, and even extend into our future.

We can’t fathom that grace is a bottomless, limitless resource that will never run out.

I’ve seen it over and over again in the eyes of people I have loved and served — and if I’m honest, even in the eyes looking back at me in the mirror. We are all too aware of all our flaws and imperfections. Deep down, it’s hard to believe God is really that good. It’s hard to believe He could really love us that much.

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I believe God’s grace is far bigger, better, and wilder than you could ever imagine. I wrote my book “Soul Set Free” for every person who has ever wondered if God’s grace is really wide enough, broad enough, deep enough, to erase the shame of one’s past.

I wrote it for every person who has ever wondered if His grace is sufficient for the moment you’re in right now and if it will be enough for your future. I wrote it for all those who struggle to extend grace to the people around them.

Everywhere I go, I meet sons and daughters of God who are exhausted from trying to do all the heavy lifting themselves. They’re trying to earn God’s approval, trying to prove they are worthy, trying to outrun their shame or their past.

But grace says everything that ever needed to be done has been done for you already. Grace says there’s nothing else you have to do to make yourself right or righteous. The only response God expects from you in response to His radical forgiveness is to come on home where you belong.

Everywhere I go, I meet sons and daughters of God who are exhausted from trying to do all the heavy lifting themselves.

Grace says you get to start over. Grace says you get to be free.

Grace says you are living in God’s abundance, in a world in which everyone seems to operate out of a sense of scarcity.

The best news is that grace is not some hazy thing out in the distance somewhere. His grace is here. His grace is for you.

His grace is now, holding you, sustaining you, filling every moment. You aren’t asked to do anything about it — except believe. Put all your weight down on grace and the God who offers it.

Accept it. Live in light of it; live as if you can really trust it.

You and I have many barriers to letting ourselves be fully convinced of it — some outside of us, but most inside of us.

Living as if grace is real, solid, and true can be easier said than done. But if you dare risk to believe it, grace changes everything — most of all, you.

This exclusive article for LifeZette is adapted from “Soul Set Free: Why Grace is More Liberating Than You Believe” (Charisma House, 2019) by Pastor John Lindell. He is devoted to seeing the local church thrive and stand boldly for the cause of Christ; he leads James River Church in Springfield, Missouri.

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Christie: AOC Misleads People by Promising Free College and Health Care Without a Way to Pay

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:12

ABC’s “This Week” roundtable host Jonathan Karl questioned Republican Chris Christie, former N.J. governor and currently an ABC News contributor, about an earlier appearance on the same show by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

The media treat AOC like a celebrity and ask her questions of little substance about the legislation, in my view.

Here are a couple of excerpts from Christie’s Sunday comments.

Christie: “No, no, not on the calculus on impeachment, on what she was talking about at the end regarding billionaires. And, you know, she wants everybody to have all of these things, but she herself has been so off on the math of what these things cost and what it would take to tax those things, and is it even possible to provide them. I mean, the fact of the matter is she is someone who’s having a great experience at the moment. And it happens a lot in American politics.”

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He also said: “She wants tuition-free college, she wants [a] $15 minimum wage for everybody, she wants health care for everybody. I mean, these are all things that — that cost trillions of dollars, and she has not once expressed a mathematically feasible way to pay for them. Now, that’s OK when you’re campaigning for something, but now you have the office and you have a responsibility to do it. And if you’re going to have her on a show like this, she should be asked about how it works … And she wasn’t asked that this morning, Jon. And as long as she’s not asked those questions, we’re going to continue to have ‘her moment.'”

“But at some point, you have to govern.”

That’s how socialism works. Promise the moon — then take away everyone’s rights and the means to resist, and move right onto a murdering dictatorship when it becomes apparent socialism is never going to work.

Check out the Soviets, the communist Chinese, Venezuela, Cuba.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Kamala Harris Says Illegal Immigrants Who Endanger Kids Are Like Military Fathers

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 02:15

In what can only be described as a bizarre comparison, 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) (shown above right) tweeted a Father’s Day message on Sunday in which she equated illegal immigrants and criminals with deployed military fathers.

Aside from the obvious ill-advised effort to equate these groups of people in the first place, it should be blatantly obvious that illegals and criminals put their own children in harm’s way — while military fathers, through their patriotic service to this nation, are forced by circumstance to be separated from their families.

Well … obvious to almost anyone with a respect for our nation, its laws, and our military.

But not Kamala Harris, apparently, in our view.

“Today I’m thinking of the fathers who can’t be with their children because they were ripped from their sons and daughters at the border,” she wrote.

“The fathers who can’t celebrate today because they can’t afford bail. The fathers who are deployed. Don’t forget them.”

Today I’m thinking of the fathers who can’t be with their children because they were ripped from their sons and daughters at the border. The fathers who can’t celebrate today because they can’t afford bail. The fathers who are deployed. Don’t forget them. #FathersDay

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 16, 2019

Someone should ask her. Here are follow-up questions for Ms. Harris:

1.) Were you thinking of the fathers who committed a crime and lost their children at the border when the Obama administration was separating them?

2.) Will you be equally as pensive if your fantasy of jailing President Donald Trump comes true? Will you be thinking of him during this fictitious scenario on any forthcoming Father’s Days?

3.) Do you think of those who had fatherhood ripped away from them through abortion?

4.) What about the minority fathers who were jailed when she was a prosecutor for the crime of their kids having skipped school?

5.) Was she also thinking of the father of a woman who was repeatedly sexually harassed by a top aide under her watch as attorney general of California?

Inquiring minds want to know.

A better way to handle this. If Harris wants to elicit sympathy for families at the border, that’d be a discussion for another day — as would sympathy for criminals.

She could have lamented those situations separately.

But to throw military men into the same breath as these groups is appalling.

Those men are away from their children because they are fighting for American rights and freedoms. Men in jail or separated from their children at the border are in that situation because they broke the law.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Former Obama Press Secretary Blasts Ocasio-Cortez for ‘Making Stuff Up’ About Amazon

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 23:20

Jay Carney, a former White House press secretary under then-President Barack Obama, slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her attacks on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, suggesting she actually do something productive about the minimum wage instead of “making stuff up” about the company.

The New York representative, who has taken heat for costing people in her district thousands of jobs by chasing Amazon headquarters from the area, continued her feud with the technology giant this past weekend.

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She accused Bezos in particular for paying workers “starvation wages” during an interview on ABC News “This Week.”

“Being a billionaire is predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of their ability to access health care, and also … his ability to be a billionaire is predicated on the fact that his workers are taking food stamps,” Ocasio-Cortez lashed out.

Amazon News responded by tweeting that the socialist congresswoman is “just wrong” on the matter.

.@AOC is just wrong. Amazon is a leader on pay at $15 min wage + full benefits from day one. We also lobby to raise federal min wage. https://t.co/crWp5fPEzS

— Amazon News (@amazonnews) June 17, 2019

“These allegations are absurd,” a company spokesperson told Fox Business. “Amazon associates receive industry-leading pay starting at $15 an hour — in fact, hourly associates at our Staten Island facility earn between $17.30 and $23 an hour, plus benefits which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance.”

You mean … she lied?!

Former Obama crony rips AOC. Adding insult to injury was Carney’s response.

Carney now serves as head of communications for Amazon.

He tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez needs to “focus on raising the federal minimum wage instead of making stuff up about Amazon.”

More than 42 percent of all working Americans earn less than the $15/hour Amazon pays entry-level fulfillment center employees. And all our employees get top-tier benefits. I’d urge @AOC to focus on raising the federal minimum wage instead of making stuff up about Amazon. https://t.co/ClhFfOrywd

— Jay Carney (@JayCarney) June 17, 2019

Amazon raised its minimum wage rate to $15 an hour in 2018.

Now Ocasio-Cortez refers to that as “starvation wages.”

Ironically, she makes these statements thinking it will punish large corporations — which are the enemy to the Left — and favor small businesses.

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And yet, a coffee shop she once worked for went out of business last year, in part due to the exorbitant minimum wage in New York City.

Rift with Amazon. Ocasio-Cortez’s ongoing feud with Amazon is puzzling at best.

The loss of 25,000 jobs to the region that the company specifically blamed on her vocal resistance is deeply upsetting to voters.

Even the perpetually confused Cher understands what AOC did to her constituents.

Are 25 Thousand New Jobs (Plus Thousands of Ancillary Jobs) Not a Good Idea For The Ppl Of NY⁉

— Cher (@cher) February 15, 2019

A new poll shows that only 21 percent of respondents view Ocasio-Cortez favorably, while just 11 percent believe she has their best interests in mind. Those “best interests,” as the poll shows, specifically reference the Amazon deal, of which over 36 percent of respondents supported it while a mere 9 percent were opposed.

Ocasio-Cortez is not only harming her political career by fighting Amazon, she’s now setting herself up for mockery among Obama cronies.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Migrant Crisis in Texas Must Be Managed Immediately

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 20:36

For those who believe the immigration crisis at the southern border only involves people crossing illegally from Mexico, Central America, and South America — you haven’t been paying attention.

Several news outlets have reported Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents recently apprehended more than 550 African “migrants” in Texas.

Daniel Horowitz, writing for ConservativeReview.com, explained that 314 were from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire), 130 from the Republic of Congo, 101 from Angola, six from Cameroon, and one each from Gabon and Niger.

Americans have ample reason for concern, in my view.

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Currently, the DRC is “experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak ever.” Some 2,025 cases have been confirmed.

Of those, 1,357 people have reportedly died.

The U.S. should also be worried about the 1,500 Congolese who’ve died of measles out of the 87,000 cases reported in that country.

Even though these illegal immigrants warrant our sympathy, they present a legitimate health risk to people living legally in America.

So what does a smart nation do when such people violate its borders? I’m not sure; while Americans might be a smart people, when it comes to immigration, America has a dumb government.

Well, that’s true at least of Congress, which refuses to protect its citizens and legal alien residents.

President Donald Trump is trying, but Congress simply won’t cooperate with him. The Democrats have an excuse: Everything is about politics for them. Everything.

What about the Republicans who resist helping the president with immigration?

We can’t deny that the Republicans controlled Congress for President Trump’s first two years.

We can’t deny that immigration reform did not happen.

We can blame the Democrats for their part, as the crisis has gotten worse due to leftist judicial activism and congressional Democrat inaction and “resistance.” But the Republicans had a great chance and it seems they blew it.

Even Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), whom I respect and normally support, recently bristled at Trump’s Mexico tariff immigration strategy. It’s a strategy to which Mexico seems to be responding.

Sen. Cruz should be the last person to make things harder for the president. “These African migrants were seen dropped off at bus stations in San Antonio, Texas,” according to Horowitz. This is obviously home to Sen. Cruz’s constituents.

If massive numbers of people breaching our border do not prick the conscience of leftists, shouldn’t the health issues alone cause Democrats and Establishment Republicans serious concern? In a recent seven-day stretch, CPB picked up 20,274 illegals — a record.

Aside from Ebola and measles, Horowitz reports there is a mumps outbreak, with dozens of cases already reported in Pinal County, Texas.

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Also, with the protracted collapse of Venezuela’s socialist government, “the country is experiencing outbreaks of all sorts of diseases.”

In increasing numbers, migrants have been heading to the U.S. from the latest nation to be devastated by socialism. Recently, immigration agents caught 47 Venezuelans entering the U.S. illegally.

The illegal immigrant problem is so bad that San Antonio requested Portland, Maine, agree to accept some of its African immigrants.

Portland leaders, already overburdened with legal and illegal immigrants, mostly from Africa, refused. They said they cannot handle any more immigrants, legal or illegal.

Think about that. Illegal immigration also causes injury to those legal immigrants, as each body consumes resources, whether legal or illegal.

The illegal immigrant problem is so bad that San Antonio requested Portland, Maine, agree to accept some of its African immigrants.

Reuters also reported that President Trump recently said he is considering granting asylum to Venezuelans fleeing political oppression with “refugee or temporary protected status” to come to the U.S. That’s fine; I feel bad for the Venezuelan people, even though they initially voted in their own socialist demise.

Socialism always sounds so good on paper — in reality, not so much.

After all, regrettably, there are millions of Americans who support Democrat presidential candidates who are willing to do the same in the U.S., if they get the chance.

But doesn’t the glut of illegal immigrants make it more difficult for those legitimate asylum seekers to come to America from that once prosperous nation turned socialist slum? Even in America, resources are finite, especially when illegal immigrants are being deposited in poor, rural towns as well as in overburdened cities across America.

Maine’s refusal to accept more illegal immigrants is curious. The lack of “northern hospitality” comes despite the fact that the new Democrat governor, Janet Mills, has declared, “Welcome Home” to Maine … to all people from anywhere.

That sting she may be feeling from Portland’s rebuffing of San Antonio’s plea for help — it might be a bit of reality biting her (and her fellow pro-illegal immigrant Democrats) in the face.

Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor and retired Seattle police officer. He has served as a field training officer on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and as a precinct mountain bike coordinator. This OpsLens piece is used by permission. 

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Supreme Court Cases in Spotlight: Citizenship, Gerrymandering, DACA

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 16:58

Well, are they or aren’t they?

Has the Supreme Court of the United States swung to the Right with the seating of Justice Brett Kavanaugh — and will Chief Justice John Roberts compensate by shifting Left to restore what he considers balance?

Ruth Bader Ginsberg recently hinted at a lot of 5-4 decisions favoring conservatives — though both Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch have recently gone rogue on occasion. With 24 rulings on deck for decision over the next few weeks, some aspects of those questions will be answered.

A big SCOTUS vote will be whether the Trump administration can put a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The consequences are big indeed.

Political maps are redrawn and districts are changed over this data with every 10-year census. If the citizenship query goes on, fewer illegals would be counted — thus they would have less political impact and the Dems less power.

Related: Sheila Jackson Lee Is Hosting Danny Glover on Capitol Hill on Slavery Reparations Issue

Keep it off, and more illegals would be counted as part of the population. Dems then would gain more power and possible seats.

Gerrymandering, a practice that both parties abuse with abandon, is also on the agenda.

Specifically, cases in Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia will be affected before next year. The justices could set new rules or let party majorities in state legislatures continue to carve up voting districts like Christmas hams to isolate their foes and protect their own.

LGBT, or whatever acronym is faddish this week, and discrimination in the workplace is also on tap, as is whether the administration can end the DACA program that lets kids who illegally get across the border stay here.

All of these cases and more will have a profound political impact in 2020.

One side, or maybe both on different issues, will claim martyrdom and attempt to rile up the base for revenge. Another may use victories as a reason to stay the course.

That next primary or even general election you don’t vote in for whatever lame reason? Think again.

No matter who wins or loses, it reminds us what serious power the unelected SCOTUS has over our national and individual lives. It further showcases that U.S. Senate and state legislative elections matter, as they respectively confirm White House SCOTUS picks and draw political district lines.

So that next primary or even general election you don’t vote in for whatever lame reason? Think again.

By ignoring your duty there, it makes you a bystander of your own fate, not to mention to the fate of America.

David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence, having served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. After that, he worked as a political consultant for over 15 years and ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia for four years. Today he’s a public relations consultant in Washington, D.C., and lives in Annapolis, Maryland. This OpsLens piece is used by permission.

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Ocasio-Cortez Slams Trump After He Used Her Words to Mock Dems on Impeachment

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:35

If ever there was something akin to shooting fish in a barrel, it’s this.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) had a meltdown response to the president after Trump used her own words to mock Democrats and their incessant push for impeachment.

Over the weekend, the young lawmaker from New York appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” spouting off about impeachment and insisting the decision to pursue that should not be political.

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“Every day that passes, the pressure to impeach grows, and I think that it’s justifiable,” she said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells @jonkarl the decision on impeachment should “not be about polls,” but about protecting the “rule of law.”

“This is about the rule of law … holding this president to account is holding all of government to account” https://t.co/QyojNSxUzR pic.twitter.com/5hT1kE89js

— ABC News (@ABC) June 16, 2019

“I think that with the president now saying that he is willing to break the law to win re-election, that – that goes — that transcends partisanship. It transcends party lines, and this is now about the rule of law in the United States of America.”

Breaking the law (presumably referring to Trump’s comments on foreign opposition research) to win an election?

Wait until you meet Hillary Clinton, dear.

Trump reels her in. President Donald Trump quoted Ocasio-Cortez’s own statement that she believes the Democrats will lose in 2020 and added it is the only reason the resistance party even bothers to entertain the notion of impeachment.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “I think we have a very real risk of losing the Presidency to Donald Trump.” I agree, and that is the only reason they play the impeach card, which cannot be legally used!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019

There is no doubt Trump was aware the New York socialist would see this and respond with an incoherent Twitter meltdown.

And she didn’t disappoint.

Tosses her in a barrel. What’s remarkable is that Ocasio-Cortez began her response implying that she was calling the president’s bluff — when in reality he had already called hers.

“You may fool the rest of the country, but I’ll call your bluff any day of the week,” she said.

“Opening an impeachment inquiry is exactly what we must do when the president obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas, & more.”

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“Bye,” she concluded with all the conviction of a pre-teen.

Mr. President, you’re from Queens.

You may fool the rest of the country, but I’ll call your bluff any day of the week.

Opening an impeachment inquiry is exactly what we must do when the president obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas, & more.

Bye https://t.co/4O9PNbYFki

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 17, 2019

There are a few things to tackle here, in our opinion.

One, the president was cleared of obstruction of justice by the Department of JUSTICE.

Two, the Democrat subpoena barrage is, as one former senior congressional investigative aide has described, “just a piece of paper.”

And three, Trump has noted he would go to the U.S. Supreme Court if need be to argue there were no “high crimes and misdemeanors,” likely a victory for the president resulting in the overturning of any House impeachment effort.

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It’s clear Trump wants this argument among Democrats because the constant threat of impeachment will unify and fire up his supporters come 2020. And AOC took the bait.

Actual crimes? That said, who needs actual “high crimes and misdemeanors” when legal scholar Ocasio-Cortez is in the House?

This is, after all, the same woman who claimed Trump could be impeached for signing tax cuts into law and asking a citizenship question in the 2020 census.

Ocasio-Cortez has also hinted that she supports her colleague Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) in the need to “impeach the mother******.”

This is the brightest mind the Democrats have to offer right now in Congress.  And the president just played her like a fiddle.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Sheila Jackson Lee, Others, to Host Danny Glover on Subject of Slavery Reparations

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 13:30

A once-extreme position — reparations for slavery in this country — is enjoying the support of more and more Democrats these days as those in the party strategize ahead of next year’s elections.

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And in the days ahead, activist and actor Danny Glover will be addressing Congress on the issue.

As conservative radio host and writer Wayne Dupree put it, “Why are actors testifying before Congress about issues not directly related to acting? Legal, historical, and economic experts should be occupying the time of Congress about this issue.”

“Why does Congress have so much time to waste by allowing celebrities to testify outside of their area of expertise?” he added.

Rep. @JacksonLeeTX18 has introduced a law that would create a commission tasked with looking at options for reparations.@BetoORourke says he'd support it, too. https://t.co/J3RLkaNFdV

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 3, 2019

“The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is scheduled to hold the hearing [on] Wednesday, its stated purpose ‘to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice,'” as the Associated Press reported on the topic.

The hearing’s date — June 19 — “coincides with Juneteenth, a cultural holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black people in America.”

Former Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) is the one who first proposed the measure calling for a study of reparations back in 1989, as the AP noted. And he “reintroduced the bill every session until his resignation in 2017.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is now the resolution’s new sponsor. She “introduced it earlier this year and pushed for next week’s hearing,” as the AP and others noted.

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in February that she supports a reparations study, a topic that hasn’t been the subject of a House hearing since 2007.”

If Sheila Jackson Lee wants Americans to pay reparations for slavery, will African Americans be asked to pay reparations for the 400 years Northern Africa held Jews in slavery?

— Lori Perkins (@RightLadyNC) June 13, 2019

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee talks about the politics of US reparations. #PoliticsNation pic.twitter.com/ugv1UPed8q

— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 15, 2019

An addition to Booker, a number of other 2020 Democratic candidates have indicated support for the issue as well.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), for example, was asked recently if he would support reparations for slavery by signing Sheila Jackson Lee’s bill that would do just that.

Related: ‘Shameful’ That 2020 Dems Keep Toying with Reparations

Appearing at the Nation Action Network’s convention earlier this year alongside Rev. Al Sharpton, O’Rourke said, “Yes. Civil rights are not just those victories that I began with at the outset of my comments, but the injustices that have been visited and continue to be visited on people.”

“We will never get the change that we need to live up to the promise of this country. So absolutely, I would sign that into law,” O’Rourke added.

This was a change in position for O’Rourke, as The Political Insider and others noted.

“[In March 2019], O’Rourke told an audience in Iowa he was not in favor of traditional reparations for African Americans, a position he was later confronted on during a stop in South Carolina,” as U.S. News and World Report reported.

“‘Why should I, as a black man, vote for you when you oppose reparations?’” a man asked O’Rourke, as Mediaite reported.

“We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it, and do better when it comes to our regard and treatment of people of any nationality today.”

“O’Rourke replied with a long answer, arguing that making institutional changes like eliminating voter identification laws and gerrymandering would ‘begin … to get some of that repair,’” U.S. News also noted.

“Addressing past wrongdoings only reminds us of misdeeds and mistakes that we cannot change or erase by reparations,” said Dupree. “We ALL need to move on and spend our energy on improving the present rather than trying to make up for past mistakes. We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it, and do better when it comes to our regard and treatment of people of any nationality today.”

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Trump’s Tariffs Did More to Fix Border Crisis in Two Days Than Congress Did in 20 Years

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:36

Peter Navarro, the White House trade adviser, said President Donald Trump’s tariffs allowed him to accomplish more toward fixing the border crisis in two days than what Congress has done in 20 years.

Navarro made his comments during an appearance on Fox News on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

The entire tariff deal, renegotiating NAFTA, Mexico tariffs, China tariffs, NATO payment enforcement — every one of these actions has been done to prevent other countries from hurting the U.S.A.

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The problem is the person on the street doesn’t understand how foreign countries have ripped us off with differential tariffs for decades, in my view.

Until Trump came along, people just accepted that.

As Navarro said on Fox News, “Polls show that about 80 percent of Americans believe there’s a crisis at the border. If you ask Americans in a poll, ‘What do you think about 100,000 illegal aliens moving every day on a conveyor belt from Guatemala up to San Diego and El Paso?’ I’d say about 90 percent of them would object to that. And the tariffs that President Trump used — he got in two days more than Congress did in 20 years on this.”

“We have got troops down at the southern border that Mexico has deployed. We have got Mexico committing to take the phony asylum seekers onto Mexican soil, which will deter further immigration from the Northern Triangle down at the southern border with Mexico.”

“And we have a very strong commitment to break up that conveyor belt, which is this Rube Goldberg machine of narco-traffickers and human traffickers making billions of dollars off these poor immigrants coming up, and off the American people who have to take their drugs, and the illegal immigrants, which hurt us in terms of jobs.”

In the case of Mexico, President Trump had to secure the border, the Democrats opposed protecting the country — and so he took whatever action he could to attain that goal.

After doing my research, I’ve concluded that 90 percent of the public belongs nowhere near a voting booth.

If liberals hate it, I love it more and more.

Tariffs can work if we are willing to stay the course. The weak trade position with China built up over the years without response. Now we have a president willing to take on the Chinese — knowing that to make the Chinese negotiate, they have to be hurt in the pocketbook.

The attention span of the American public is the most significant deterrent to progress with China, Iran, and North Korea.

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Future presidents and the country will benefit from this work. In the case of Mexico, President Trump had to secure the border, the Democrats opposed protecting the country — so he took whatever action he could to attain that goal.

Every one of these actions is for the benefit of the American people.

He should get a Nobel Prize for serving the people!

Remember, the alternative is to leave things the same.

Show some backbone.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Trump Will Launch 2020 Run on Tuesday Night; AOC Admits ‘Very Real Risk’ He’ll Win

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 23:47

President Donald Trump will officially launch a second run for the White House on Tuesday night with a huge rally in Orlando, Florida, at the Amway Center. Many people literally have been waiting for days outside the venue.

But not everyone’s happy about the event.

At the end of May, the president declared on Twitter, “I will be announcing my second term presidential run with first lady Melania, Vice President Mike Pence, and second lady Karen Pence on June 18th in Orlando, Florida, at the 20,000-seat Amway Center.”

“Join us for this historic rally!” he added.

I will be announcing my Second Term Presidential Run with First Lady Melania, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence on June 18th in Orlando, Florida, at the 20,000 seat Amway Center. Join us for this Historic Rally! Tickets: https://t.co/1krDP2oQvG

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019

Some groups, meanwhile, are threatening to protest outside the event even as some 74,000 people — and perhaps many more thousands by now — have requested tickets for the 20,000-seat venue.

A Fox affiliate, Fox 35 in Orlando, noted that three protest locations include Church Street, Lake Eola and City Commons, as the outlet reported.

On June 12, the president tweeted the following details about the requests that were flooding in for seats for the event:

Wow! Just got word that our June 18th, Tuesday, ANNOUNCEMENT in Orlando, Florida, already has 74,000 requests for a 20,000 seat Arena. With all of the big events that we have done, this ticket looks to be the “hottest” of them all. See you in Florida!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2019

Meanwhile, in her first appearance on a major Sunday morning news program since the young lawmaker took office this past January, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the self-described Democratic socialist, warned there is a “very real risk” Trump will win re-election in 2020.

She also openly acknowledged there is frustration among progressives with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.), saying it is “quite real.”

“I think that if we elect a president on half-measures that the American people don’t quite understand — the agenda of a president, you know, that says we’re fighting for higher wages but we don’t want a $15 minimum wage, fighting for education but we don’t want to make colleges tuition-free, fighting for women’s rights, etc, but we don’t want to go all the way with that, then I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency,” Ocasio-Cortez, 29, continued.

Democrats are set to begin thinning down the bloated list of nearly two dozen presidential contenders for the Democratic nomination.

The first Democrat primary debates take place at the end of this month, on the back-to-back nights of June 26 and June 27.

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Ocasio-Cortez also shared the goal of repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits most federal funding for abortion in this country.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic front-runner, abruptly reversed himself on the issue recently — and she addressed that as well. Biden said earlier this month he could “no longer support” the amendment, which for decades he supported.

Biden said the law makes a woman’s right to an abortion “dependent on someone’s ZIP code.”

The Hyde Amendment bans the government from providing abortion funding except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s health is at stake, as Fox News also noted.

This past Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez said Biden’s new stance on that issue was the bare minimum for a Democrat candidate in 2020. “I’m encouraged by the fact that he is now against the Hyde Amendment,” Ocasio-Cortez told Jon Karl. “I think that that’s where — I think it’s a very base level where all candidates need to be.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), meanwhile, told anchor Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” that while “polls go up and polls go down,” he believes that “frankly, I am the strongest candidate to defeat Trump. I think we can win in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan and some of the other battleground states, and that’s a fight that I look forward to.”

“She [Warren] says that she supports capitalism and she supports markets, but she wants them more tightly regulated,” Wallace said to him at one point. “Why do you think that you’re a better choice for voters than Sen. Warren with that approach?”

“Well, Sen. Warren is a friend of mine,” replied the Vermont senator of his Massachusetts colleague. “And she’s a great senator, but let me just give you my perspective. Chris, according to Federal Reserve data, the average worker in America today, despite a huge increase in productivity and technology, is earning exactly the same wages that he or she earned 45 years ago. In the last 30 years, the top 1 percent has seen an increase in the wealth of $21 trillion — while the bottom half of America has seen an actual decline in their wealth of some $800 billion.”

“We have an economy today that is working phenomenally well for the top 1 percent, while the working class of this country is being decimated,” said Sanders.

“In other words,” continued Sanders with a theme starkly familiar to his failed campaign the last time around, “we have an economy today that is working phenomenally well for the top 1 percent, while the working class of this country is being decimated. Meanwhile, it seems to me that if we’re going to bring about real change in this country, that means health care to all people [and] raising the minimum wage to a living wage. Making sure that all of our young people can afford to go to college, dealing with climate change, dealing with criminal justice reform.”

“We need a fundamental change. We need a political revolution,” he insisted.

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Bernie Sanders: ‘I Think, Frankly, I Am the Strongest Candidate to Defeat Trump’

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 17:58

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told Chris Wallace, anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” that while “polls go up and polls go down,” he believes that “frankly, I am the strongest candidate to defeat Trump. I think we can win in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan and some of the other battleground states, and that’s a fight that I look forward to.”

Sanders will be seen on June 27 in the second night of back-to-back Democratic primary debates coming up later this month.

He’ll participate that night along with Sen. Kamala Harris of California, former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, author Marianne Williamson, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado.

Wallace noted that Sanders seems to be in most direct competition on the left-leaning side “of the Democratic race with Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren” (who will take the stage on June 26, the first night of the debates). “And in a new CBS News poll out today [Sunday] of 18 battleground states, she actually leads you by one point in those 18 states, obviously within the margin of error.”

(Friendly reminder: The election isn’t until November 2020 and early polls like this tend to mean very little.)

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“She [Warren] says that she supports capitalism and she supports markets, but she wants them more tightly regulated,” added Wallace. “Why do you think that you’re a better choice for voters than Sen. Warren with that approach?”

“Well, Sen. Warren is a friend of mine,” replied the Vermont senator of his Massachusetts colleague. “And she’s a great senator, but let me just give you my perspective. Chris, according to Federal Reserve data, the average worker in America today, despite a huge increase in productivity and technology, is earning exactly the same wages that he or she earned 45 years ago. In the last 30 years, the top 1 percent has seen an increase in the wealth of $21 trillion — while the bottom half of America has seen an actual decline in their wealth of some $800 billion.”

“In other words,” continued Sanders with a theme starkly familiar to his failed campaign the last time around, “we have an economy today that is working phenomenally well for the top 1 percent, while the working class of this country is being decimated. Meanwhile, it seems to me that if we’re going to bring about real change in this country, that means health care to all people [and] raising the minimum wage to a living wage. Making sure that all of our young people can afford to go to college, dealing with climate change, dealing with criminal justice reform.”

“We need a fundamental change. We need a political revolution.”

“We need millions of people, working-class people, whose lives have been decimated for the last 45 years, to stand up to Wall Street, to stand up to the insurance companies and the drug companies,” he said. “A political revolution. That is what I believe in.”

Do most Americans really want a “political revolution”?

Most Americans want a good job, a good neighborhood, good opportunities for their families and their children, a strong and safe country — and to be left alone by big government so that they can pursue their own happiness as they see fit.

Yet Sanders, in a “major” speech he made this past week, of which Wallace played a clip, said the following: “Today in the second decade of the 21st century, we must take up the unfinished business of the New Deal and carry it to completion.”

This is the perfect headline about this week’s landmark speech by @BernieSanders https://t.co/NUSoQOWLmt

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) June 16, 2019

“Critics, sir,” said Wallace, “say that you’re defining down Democratic socialism to make it more palatable to voters. They say that it isn’t just new social programs … it’s actually a dramatic change and a transfer of economic power to the people. Is that true?”

“It means to say that we have to break up the large financial institutions on Wall Street, who have unbelievable economic power,” replied Sanders, in complete campaign speech mode.

“I believe in a vibrant democracy where ordinary people get a fair shake rather than just the 1 percent getting it all.”

“It means that we have to stand up to the drug companies who are or charging us twice as much for the medicine that we need compared to other countries,” he said. “It means that we have to stand up to the insurance companies and move to a Medicare for All, single-payer system. We have to stand up to the military-industrial complex where there’s enormous fraud and waste within the Pentagon.”

Sanders added, “And the time is now for us to say, you know what, we need an economy and a government that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent. And if people want to accuse me of believing in that, I plead guilty.”

“Yes, that’s what I believe,” he said. “I believe in a vibrant democracy where ordinary people get a fair shake rather than just the 1 percent getting it all.”

See more on Sanders in the tweets below — and share your thoughts.

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders refuses to disavow comments he made years ago about wanting a socialist government takeover of private American industries pic.twitter.com/Mqlpd2WS3C

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 16, 2019

If you are 18 or older you should be automatically registered to vote.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 15, 2019

"I think what we really need right now is a presidential candidate that is going to fight for the well being of working class Americans and all Americans," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says, adding Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren "do that excellently" https://t.co/aIupLkQOqN pic.twitter.com/XutA1W7c5M

— ABC News (@ABC) June 16, 2019

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Here’s Why Howard Schultz Has Largely Vanished from View

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 15:28

If you’re just now realizing you haven’t heard much about, or from, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz lately (he’s shown above, along with Megan McCain of “The View”) and wondered why — you’re not alone.

Schultz had said he was exploring a 2020 presidential campaign as a “centrist independent.” But he announced this past Wednesday he’s taking the summer off from further exploration of a potential run.

That’s because he’s recovering from three back surgeries.

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A source close to Schultz admitted there were staff reductions on his team as he’s moved away from the campaign trail this summer, as CNN and other outlets reported.

Earlier this year, Schultz declared he would explore running against President Donald Trump in 2020. But he hadn’t announced any formal presidential run. He was light on policy specifics and he had largely vanished from public view over the past few months.

On Wednesday, he attributed that to the back pain he’s been experiencing.

“While I was in Arizona, I unfortunately experienced acute back pain that required me to cut my travels short. Over the following two months, I underwent three separate back surgeries,” Schultz wrote in a letter to supporters, as CNN and others noted.

“Today, I am feeling much better, and my doctors foresee a full recovery so long as I rest and rehabilitate. I have decided to take the summer to do just that.”

Schultz also said “the American people deserve so much more from our elected officials.”

He tucked in a reference that he would be “back in touch” with his supporters after the end of the summer — after Labor Day.

As author and analyst Jeff Greenfield wrote in Politico Magazine about this development, “The best response to Howard Schultz’s suspension of his moribund presidential campaign came well before it even began. Back in 1933, when told that former President Calvin ‘Silent Cal’ Coolidge had died, Dorothy Parker replied, ‘How could they tell?'”

“Really? The coffee guy wants to be president? Just because you had one profitable insight — people will overpay for coffee — doesn’t mean you can run the world.”

Interestingly, some of Hollywood’s most vocal liberals had taken to Twitter early in 2019 for a collective meltdown over the news that Schultz might seek the presidency as an independent. That move would have potentially taken votes away from the Democrat nominee, whoever that person might be.

Even late-night host Bill Maher had said he disliked the fact that Schultz had a background in private business, rather than in government.

“Really? The coffee guy wants to be president? Just because you had one profitable insight — people will overpay for coffee — doesn’t mean you can run the world. Gov’t is a different animal — can we please get a pro in there?” the comedian tweeted earlier this year.

Liberal comedian and host Stephen Colbert, for his part, said on his show that he was sick of billionaires running for president.

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Warren, Ahead of 2020, Would Forgive Up to $50,000 of Debt Per College Student

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 13:55

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is trying to buy the 2020 election with our tax dollars, in my view.

Sanders, together with Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), have joined in on legislation to forgive college loan debt of up to $50,000 for each student.

If it passes, it would help nearly 42 million people.

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Why do Democrats always think amnesty is the answer to everything (immigration, pardons for donors, and now for college freeloaders)?

Going to college is a choice that many people use and need to build real skills (in nursing, engineering, medical, astrophysics and much more).

Yet some use it as an excuse to party for four years — and if those are the people receiving debt forgiveness, I don’t think many Americans will join in on this idea.

Warren isn’t the answer; she is the problem, as I see it.

Warren: “The student debt crisis is real and it’s crushing millions of people — especially people of color. It’s time to decide: Are we going to be a country that only helps the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful, or are we going to be a country that invests in its future?”

Clyburn: “For far too many students and families, the cost of higher education has meant daunting debt and a lifetime of student loan repayments.”

This issue makes me so angry. Advanced education is an adult decision!

While we are at it, can we please cancel all credit card debt? What the heck — why don’t we cancel all debts and outlaw lending, period? That would help 350 million Americans.

Warren’s press release on the issue contains the following statements from experts.

“We write in regard to your student debt cancellation policy proposal.”

“Our analysis of this policy suggests it would have a substantial impact on student debt forgiveness and would greatly benefit households with the least ability to repay.”

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“We modeled debt forgiveness and projected first-order changes in net worth using a policy where debt holders with a total household income below $100,000 receive up to $50,000 in student debt cancellation. Above this threshold, the cancellation amount is gradually phased out, with households receiving roughly $0.33 dollars less in debt cancellation for every dollar of household income above $100,000. Households with a total income of $250,000 or more are not eligible for cancellation. Our analyses suggest that over 95 percent of borrowing households are eligible to receive some student debt cancellation under this policy.”

“We project the policy would result in total loan forgiveness for up to 76.2 percent of households with student debt. Households at the bottom and middle three income quintiles would experience substantially higher rates of student debt forgiveness (80 percent or more across these groups) compared with households in the top income quintile (less than 50 percent).”

“Similarly, we estimate that the policy would benefit households that experience relatively limited benefits from higher education. The total forgiveness rate is projected to be 90 percent among households headed by someone who attended but did not complete college, 87 percent among households headed by an Associates degree holder, and 72 percent among households headed by a bachelor’s degree holder. This is in contrast to a projected rate of 28 percent for households headed by a doctoral or professional degree holder.”

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So let me get this straight.

All those kids willingly signed loans for their education.

The education presumably gives them a “one-up” on those who are less educated. They will make more money over their entire lives for said education — but all of us, including those who had to skip an education because they couldn’t afford it, now get to pay for those who received the education.

  • Did anyone force those students to take out loans?
  • Who or what made those loans available to people who apparently couldn’t think beyond receiving the loan amount?
  • What does forgiveness mean?
  • Does the lender take it in the ear? Guaranteed student loans are federal- or state-funded loans for students looking to finance their college education.
  • I guess that means the taxpayer takes a bath for the convenience of the greedy student who got in over his or her head?

Sorry, but I have no sympathy for college students who have taken out extravagant loans to subsidize years of partying, new cars and attendance at universities that have jacked up tuition because of all the “free” government student loans.

These individuals made poor life choices and should be held accountable for those decisions.

I once supported this — but not anymore.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Father’s Day Message: The Best Dads Don’t Need a Solution to Every Problem

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 13:15

This Father’s Day, I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a father like me — a conversation that all fathers need to face.

I had just finished giving a presentation to a large audience when a line of people formed to ask questions or give their input to the talk.

Then I noticed the desperate face of a desperate man.

“I need to talk to you,” he said.

I shook more hands and answered a few more questions, and then as the crowd thinned, he and I were able to move to a private corner to grab a few uninterrupted minutes.

“My wife doesn’t respect me!” the man told me. “My kids don’t listen to me.” His face was shrouded in anger, the kind of anger that comes from pain. We settled down for a long conversation.

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He was a retired Marine — and hew looked like one. He was lean and muscular and stared through me as we talked. We went through the usual symptoms of the problem until we got to the root.

He didn’t listen to his family.

“Man,” I told him, “if there’s one thing you can offer your wife and kids, it’s to listen. You can’t imagine how important it is to them that you hear them out. Don’t have a solution to the problem, don’t offer to help. Just listen and try to empathize.”

“I try,” he said, “but it’s all just so boring. My daughter goes on and on about who’s dating who. She talks about all her silly friends. It drives me crazy. I really don’t care. I sit at the dinner table and wait for it all to be over so I can turn on the TV and unwind.”

I paused. “You know,” I told him, “when I was a newlywed, my wife was traumatized because her jewelry store was burglarized. She went on and on about it.”

“In those days I was a cop in a brutal area of Los Angeles,” I added. “I averaged over one gun arrest and two felony arrests every day. I had to buy six watches in one year because mine kept getting shattered while I was fighting with some bad guy in a gutter or tackling some gangster in a parking lot. In my world, a jewelry store getting burglarized was nothing.”

“But as I watched her face while she told her story, I realized that she felt violated. Some bad person had broken into her store and taken some of her inventory. I listened intently to her because it was important to her. I don’t know why I had the wisdom to do that, but God gave it to me.”

To be a true disciple of Jesus, one must take a genuine interest in the cares of others.

“Who’s dating who may not matter to you — but it matters a lot to your daughter, and for that reason, you should give her your full attention. She’s developing her expectations of the man she’ll marry based on how her dad treats her — and that’s you. Are you teaching her that she’s important and deserves to be listened to? If you’re bored by what matters to her, she’s picking up on it. And she’ll carry that with her for the rest of her life.”

“You need to teach her,” I added, “that what is important to her is important to you, simply because it’s important to her.”

“Everything I just said to you ain’t bad marriage advice either,” I also told him. “You’re a Marine. I doubt that your wife doesn’t respect you, but I’m betting she doesn’t feel cherished by you. She doesn’t feel cherished because you don’t listen to her.”

About six months later, I spoke again in that city. And wouldn’t you know it: That same Marine came up to me afterward. I recognized him right away. He had the same desperate look in his eyes. “How’s it going with your family?” I asked him.

“Well, you know,” he said, “I tried to take your advice, but it doesn’t work. I try to listen, but my mind just drifts away.”

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He seemed to want to settle in for another long conversation in which I’d give him advice that he’d then choose to ignore.

Instead, I stood up and clapped him on the shoulder. “If you want to take up my time again, make sure you know the names of all your daughter’s friends. And tell me all about them.”

I spoke again in that city again about a year later — and he wasn’t there.

We men understand that our responsibilities are to protect and provide for our families. Often, the most important thing we can provide is to make them feel loved. All too often, men listen for an assignment: We listen for something to do, or for a problem to solve. Yet sometimes, just listening and caring is all our loved ones really need.

To be a true disciple of Jesus, one must take a genuine interest in the cares of others. Things that wouldn’t normally interest us become interesting because they matter to someone we love.

As you examine your life in Christ, don’t look at the outside — at whether you’re following a certain set of rules. Instead, look on the inside. Do you take a genuine interest in what’s important to others? Do you pray daily for them? Do you authentically wish the best for them?

If not, take a deep look into your heart and ask God to help you to see others through the eyes with which He sees them.

He will answer that prayer, and the world will begin to look vastly different and more interesting.

This Father’s Day, I pray that God gives you and me and all fathers the patience and strength to really listen. IpPray that He makes us fathers worth celebrating.

Ken Harrison is CEO and chairman of the new era of Promise Keepers. Its 2020 national event will take place July 31-August 1 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (home of the Dallas Cowboys). Founded in 1990 by Coach Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers was one of the largest Christ-centered movements ever. Today, Promise Keepers is calling men back to courageous and bold servant-leadership as changemakers for their families, churches and communities. Ken also serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation that oversees donations of millions of dollars per month to build God’s kingdom. After a career as an LAPD street cop in South Central, Harrison spent nearly two decades in the commercial real estate arena. He’s been married to his wife, Elliette, for 28 years, and they have three children. Harrison’s newest book is “The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man.”

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Florida’s Ban on Sanctuary Cities: DeSantis Is a ‘True American and Patriot’

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 16:43

“Thank you, Gov. Ron DeSantis, for keeping our state safe.”

DeSantis is “somebody with backbone.”

Now “California and New York and all other states [should] do the same.”

“Yes, let’s take our country back. Enough is enough.”

“Great governor! Actually does what he says. We need more people in office with integrity — not people who promise to cure cancer if they win. He would make a great president.”

These five comments and many more — see the 12 other comments near the bottom of this article — are pouring in online from readers who now know that on Friday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida (shown above left, next to Andrew Gillum, his rival in the gubernatorial race last fall) signed a bill prohibiting any sanctuary cities in the Sunshine State.

Senate Bill 168 is officially called “Federal Immigration Enforcement.”

And on Friday, Gov. DeSantis explained he’s proud to take measures to ensure that Florida stays free of sanctuary city locales — and the aiding and abetting for which those cities are known in other areas.

“Earlier this year, I made a promise that we would ban sanctuary cities in Florida and today we are delivering on that promise,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter on Friday. “I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the FL Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that our communities are safe.”

Earlier this year, I made a promise that we would ban sanctuary cities in Florida and today we are delivering on that promise. I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the FL Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that our communities are safe. pic.twitter.com/xKQDOPRBHx

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 14, 2019

On May 2, 2019, Bill 168 passed the Florida House by a vote of 68-45; it also passed the Senate 22-18. On June 14, 2019 — Flag Day — DeSantis signed it into law.

The bill outlaws so-called sanctuary city policies and enables “law enforcement agencies to use [their] best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.”

That’s in stark contrast, of course, to the “Abolish ICE” dogma seen among among sanctuary jurisdictions in America. In essence — unlike California’s sanctuary state declaration and its myriad woes, for example — now Florida’s local governments in all of its 67 counties are banned from providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants.

Also, as The Wall Street Journal noted, jails that are holding illegal immigrants subject to deportation must now comply with requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold the migrants so that agents can pick them up.

Andrew Gillum, for his part, tweeted out about the news: “In signing this bill, DeSantis is endorsing a dangerous policy that aims to frighten, target, and persecute thousands of families currently enriching our state and country with their talent, culture, and work. This goes against who we are as Floridians, and as Americans.”

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Here is more commentary and reaction from readers on Facebook, Twitter and other forums, as well as some tweets about it. Please share your own thoughts in the comments section below.

“Thank God there are politicians who have some brains.”

“May other governors see the light.”

“Dear Mr. DeSantis: Please come to my state. It’s called California. We could sure use your help.”

“Finally, a governor with guts who stands up for Americans first and doesn’t aid and abet those who are breaking the law! Sanctuary cities are an abomination and all politicians who support them should be defeated and/or voted out!”

“We don’t want Florida turning into San Francisco — human feces all over the street, drug needles, people living on the street.”

“This is wonderful news! Thank you for keeping Florida safe.”

“Good for him. There should be no sanctuary cities at all anywhere in America. Whatever happened to law and order?”

“Well, it’s sad that you even need to sign a law saying you won’t give people breaking the laws of your country all the rights to do so and not work with police to capture criminals, etc. Good on him.”

“Gov. DeSantis, you are Florida’s salvation.”

“I am so happy about” this ban “from Gov. DeSantis. Wish more politicians had common sense. If [Andrew] Gillum had won we would be rolling in illegals.”

“I’m so glad I moved out of New York City when I did — in the nick of time.”

“Thank you, governor of Florida. You make this state proud.”

And see these tweets:

DeSantis for President! https://t.co/0NB12gkvM7

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 15, 2019

Gov. Greg Abbott is doing a phenomenal job in Texas. Also, let’s not forget about the excellent job Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing in Florida.

— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 15, 2019

Jails holding illegal immigrants subject to deportation must now comply with requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold the migrants so that agents can pick them up https://t.co/7Auz5pmht0

— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 15, 2019

IT'S OFFICIAL: Sanctuary cities are banned in Florida. https://t.co/Ib37CLsxwX

— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) June 14, 2019

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