Evening Edition - March 8

March 8, 2019

My commentary on the chaotic response in Congress to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism (“Congress symptomatic of anti-Semitism on the left”) has sparked some outstanding reader responses. Here’s one example, from Kathleen:

“There are several petitions circulating to remove Ilhan Omar from the committee where she would carry out her anti-Semitic, anti-Israel prejudices and then to be "relieved" of her Congressional seat. I encourage others to find these and sign them. Israel has been a stable democracy in the unstable Middle East, surrounded by hateful enemies calling repeatedly to wipe her off the face of the map. Omar has revealed her heart by her words and shows us clearly she is a danger to the US, to the Jewish people, to the values we hold dear and US international relationships. Shame on the Democrats for protecting and excusing her!! They expose just how incapable they are of doing the right thing.”


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Kathleen’s letter sends the message: THIS IS NOT OVER. We have to speak up loudly, and signing petitions is one way to make ourselves heard. She’ll have to be removed from her congressional seat through the ballot box, but Rep. Omar has no business being on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she is already working overtime to turn it into an American version of the U.N. Security Council. (Incidentally, I’m curious to know how she managed to swing that important committee assignment, when we just saw Nancy Pelosi lamely excuse her comments by saying she’s so new she doesn’t even know how to speak like a member of Congress.)

If we don’t create an uproar over this, it’ll just keep happening. Rep. Omar will undoubtedly offer more anti-Semitic “tropes” (that’s the Word Of The Week). How do I know this? Because SHE’S ANTI-SEMITIC and doesn’t care who knows. She can’t help herself and has only been emboldened by the failure of Congress to discipline her. So sign the petitions, write your representative, speak up loudly, or this shameful trend will continue and grow, just as it has in Europe.

I also enjoyed this letter, from Dolores:

So the House is going to come out against hate. Wonderful! They will, of course, include Catholics in this protected group. And Christian bakers. And pro-life activists. And conservatives. And.... aw heck. Let’s include all Americans! How about that idea, legislative lemmings?

Thanks, Dolores! Intentionally lost in the laughable resolution passed in Congress is any specific mention of Rep. Omar or even the anti-Semitism that started this whole thing. Most Democrats in Congress either agree with Omar or are scared to death to condemn her point of view. So they buried the original issue and promoted identity politics by bringing in each and every one of the usual “oppressed” groups. As long as they were going to do this ridiculous thing, they might have thought to include embattled Christians, conservatives and MAGA hat-wearers, who don’t dare venture onto most college campuses without protective facewear and a security detail.  But, gosh, those victims of "hatred" were left out.

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Virtually all of the platoon of announced Democratic Presidential candidates have endorsed "Medicare for All."  When asked how we could possibly pay for that when the government is already $22 trillion in debt, they wave the question away like a pesky fly.  "You just pay for it," they might say with the confidence of magical thinking.  Then they say that it's shameful that Americans aren't provided with free health care as a right when so many other countries do it.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/03/07/democrats-2020-medicare-for-all-promises-unrealistic-column/3054786002/

At the link is today's must-read by former USA Today writer John Merline, who covered health care reform for over three decades.  He takes a look at the real, staggering costs, the imaginary "savings" and the unintended negative consequences (including the inevitable doctor shortages and hospital closings) that are the reasons why no industrialized nation has ever provided full health coverage for all.

Wait...NO nation?  Nope.  Not the left's favorite example of government health care, Canada, where 15% of health care costs are paid out of pocket and 2/3rds of Canadians have private policies to cover vision, dental, prescription drugs and long term care that the government doesn't cover.  Also not China, where even communism doesn't keep citizens from having to pay 32% of their health care costs out of pocket.  And certainly not in those Scandinavian nations that are often cited as examples of successful "Democratic" socialism, even though they are not socialist.

Merline has compiled a stunning list of facts and figures that show "Medicare for All" is so unrealistic, it's "like running on a platform of flying pigs."  Is so, at least it will fit right in with the rest of the current Democratic platform.

Just about the only thing he left out is the states that tried single payer health care, only to quickly backtrack like scalded cats as it started plunging into debt before it even got off the ground.  One of them was Vermont, which, coincidentally, gave us Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Ever get the feeling they sent him to Washington just to get him out of Vermont?


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Pop Quiz:  Which of these two cable outlets is a legitimate news channel and which is a politically-biased "faux" news channel?  Hint: The answer is not what CNN would assume.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/07/fox-news-cnn-dnc-debate/

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Well, it’s official: after more than two years of leading Democrats hysterically accusing Donald Trump of “normalizing bigotry,” the Democratic House just voted to normalize bigotry.

http://www.fox8live.com/2019/03/07/house-set-vote-anti-hate-resolution-thursday/

Of course, that’s not what they’ll say. They will claim that the anti-hate resolution passed overwhelmingly in the House Thursday shows that Democrats have taken a strong stand against bigotry.  Sadly, anyone who bothers to look at how this particular piece of rancid sausage was made will be forced to admit it’s the exact opposite.

The original resolution was in response to shocking anti-Semitic remarks from their own party members, specifically freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar. But Speaker Pelosi, under pressure from both sides of her warring party, turned the resolution over to the very committee Omar sits on.  Pelosi and other party leaders are now so cowed by the rising radical leftist branch of their party, so beholden to toxic identity politics and so terrified of being branded politically incorrect that by the time the final draft emerged, it not only didn’t even mention Omar, but anti-Semitism had been lost in a laundry list of generally negative concepts. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/house-democrats-revolt-nancy-pelosi-anti-semitism-condemnation/

Sure, it passed overwhelmingly.  Who would want to vote against a bill that took the brave stand that “We hate hate”?  Well, other than a few Republicans who voted “nay” in protest, which as Ben Shapiro noted, ironically got them branded as “anti-Semitic” by Democrats too cowardly to condemn the actual anti-Semites in their own party who inspired this watered-down resolution in the first place. 

How meaningless is this bill in opposing anti-Semitism?  The vote was cheered by both former KKK grand wizard David Duke and Nation of Islam leader, the Rev. Louis Farrakhan.  Talk about politics creating strange bedfellows.  

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/07/david-duke-calls-ilhan-omar-most-important-member-of-the-us-congress/

Also, Islamists hailed it as a bill condemning Islamophobia. Does that show how far off the original purpose it wandered? 

At this link, John Podhoretz recounts some of the outrageous comments leading to this powderpuff of a response, offers some sobering thoughts on how appalling it is that Democrats caved to blatant anti-Semitism in their own ranks, and questions if this marks a major turning point in political history.

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/politics-ideas/the-democrats-and-anti-semitism/

The new anti-Semites within the Democratic Party are celebrating, and for the same reason those who push socialism, open borders and infanticide are celebrating: every little victory inches the party a little further to the left, allows them to get away with just a little more, and they hope, softens up Americans for accepting a little bit more of what should be condemned as absolutely unacceptable. 

Democratic Party leaders may be making a deal with the devil, assuming that they can afford to risk alienating their Jewish base if it means getting more votes from young leftists and Muslims. The NewNeo blog has some interesting thoughts about the direction of the Party, and whether its leaders are willing to gamble that the Jewish vote is small enough and concentrated enough in deep blue areas that it’s safe to cut them loose, or that big Jewish donors care more about secular leftism than Judaism.

https://www.thenewneo.com/2019/03/06/anti-semitism-its-all-the-rage/

The cold truth is that soft-pedaling anti-Semitism and even pondering questions like “Are the Jews expendable?” is a road that the world went down in the last century, and we vowed that it would never happen again.  Now, generations who haven’t been taught real history are going down that same road.  And they’re doing it while calling anyone who disagrees with their trendy socialist views a “Nazi.” Well, here’s a desperately-needed history lesson for them: the actual Nazis were the National Socialist Party of Germany. They also found scapegoating the Jews to be a convenient first step in their pathway to power.   

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Whenever Prof. Thomas Sowell speaks, it’s wise to listen, and he has a sobering warning for Americans.  He’s worried that the US might not be able to survive the rise in popularity of socialism among young people. He notes that in his youth, he was a Marxist, but he has also always been an empiricist (someone who believes that knowledge is based on experience derived from the senses – in other words, beliefs should be based on evidence.)  Anyone who looks at the evidence can't remain a Marxist for long.

Unfortunately, universities these days not only don’t teach young people the true, tragic history of communism/socialism (instead, professors promote it while denouncing capitalism), they also don’t teach them to think rationally.  They promote the idea that emotions and feelings are paramount, and that logic is outmoded and oppressive.  It’s created a generation that’s ripe for falling for the same traps that socialists have led people into for decades. 

The universities didn’t do their jobs, but maybe it’s not too late to try to warn young people of the traps they’re walking into by using lessons that they were taught before they got to college.  If you have someone in your family who came back from the university wearing an AOC button on his/her/xir Che T-shirt, try sitting them down and telling them this:

Do you remember how you learned by the time you were three never to swallow free candy offered by a stranger on the playground who promises more if you get in his van?  Why?  Because the free candy was to lure you into letting the pervert get the sick thrills he craves by victimizing you.

Then do you remember how you learned by the time you were ten never to swallow free pills offered by someone outside the school who promises more if you like those?  Why?  Because the free drugs were to get you hooked so the dope peddler could get the money he craves by victimizing you.

What they failed to teach you before you went to the university is never to swallow promises of free stuff from socialists who say you’ll get more if you just vote for them.  Why?  Because the free stuff is to get you hooked so you’ll climb onto their bandwagon, and they can get the power they crave by victimizing you. 

Just like the pervert and the drug pusher, they advance their self-enriching, society-destroying cause by luring in naïve youth. 

Whether it’s free candy, free drugs or all the free stuff promised by socialists, nobody in history who’s fallen for it has ever come out well in the end. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/thomas-sowell-sounds-warning-bell-us-may-give-socialism-may-not-make/

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Thursday, Judge T.S. Ellis shocked liberal lawyers and pundits by sentencing former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort to just 47 months in jail on tax and bank fraud charges.  Special counsel Robert Mueller had pressed for a sentence of up to 24 years, which Ellis called “excessive.”  Throughout the trial, Ellis seemed skeptical of Mueller’s team, which has come in for criticism for its heavy-handed approach to leveling multiple felony charges for infractions that have nothing to do with the “Russian collusion” they were appointed to investigate.  He also voiced suspicions that Mueller was using excessive charges to force Manafort to “sing.”


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The judge said Manafort had lived an “otherwise blameless life,” which was admittedly rich, considering some of the shady lobbying and consulting dealings he’s had in the past.  On the other hand, if the same legal and moral standards were applied across the Washington lobbyist and political set, we’d have to build a new prison on the Potomac to hold all the lifers.  Not that I would be averse to that.    

For liberals whining that Manafort got off too easy, he’ll face sentencing soon on other charges from a judge who will likely be far tougher on him.  And if they really think that political figures should be held to the harshest standards of the law and not let off too easy, then would you like to talk about Hillary Clinton again?  No?  Didn’t think so. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-ex-trump-campaign-boss-manafort-gets-47-month-sentence-3/

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  • Ira Edwards

    03/12/2019 12:45 AM

    Thought police?
    A law that forbids anti-semitism will also forbid me from telling the truth about Islam.
    A free society must allow bad speech, or good speech is also quenched.
    Who will we trust to decide if my speech is permissible, and yours is not?

  • Todd Matosic

    03/09/2019 09:25 PM

    Hi Mike...thanks for all you do. Do you happen to know anyone who may have seen a living Supreme Court Justice by the name of Ruth Bader Ginsburg...I was thinking about filing a missing persons report...been about 90 days now...?

  • Carl fontain

    03/09/2019 05:43 PM

    How come this past admin. Gets a get out of jail free card on all there past activities. Uranium Benghazi fast furious and on and on still nobody in Jail. See u in church Carl

  • Stephen Russell

    03/09/2019 09:36 AM

    New Voting bill: Dems now passed voting bill to make election day a Holiday & for Pres candidates to show Tax returns,Yet have another damn Holiday & Do Nothing Govt.
    I say ALL candidates running for office at federal level show Tax returns.]
    & Hooray to Warren to break up Big Tech: FB,Google etc.

  • Gerard Worrell

    03/09/2019 06:13 AM

    The first thing we need to remember is that Obama resettled 70,000 Somali refugees in Michigan and then 30,000 more. Why? I think the whole purpose was to create legislative districts that could become majority Muslim in the shortest period of time and through our democratic process worm into our electorate. Now we have started to see the result.

  • Ira Edwards

    03/09/2019 12:31 AM

    Another Danish study about vaccines and autism? Remember the last one, where the researcher is in hiding to avoid conviction for publishing a study (widely used by vaxxers) without doing the research. I strongly doubt the validity of a study where the desired outcome influences the design of the research. No, vaccines do not protect from autism. There are now several studies that show a positive connection.
    I am a scientist, familiar with epidemiology and immunology.
    No, Dr. Wakefield never claimed that vaccines cause autism. He was an honest pediatric internist, one of the best, who was misquoted and persecuted because vaxxers needed a victim to cover past failure and corruption. His sin was to suggest that separate vaccinations might be safer than the combinatiion.
    One more point: non-vaccinated children are much less likely to have allergies, and are generally healthy in other ways. Parents have a valid concern.
    Ira Edwards Author of orthomolecular nutrition textbook HONEST NUTRITION.


  • Eddie C Jones

    03/09/2019 12:18 AM

    I read them.

  • Carl Smith

    03/09/2019 12:02 AM

    Since my first Presidential vote was for JFK, I will never know how his Presidency might have turned out. I know that My Sub was playing some funny Stuff off the Coast of Cuba during the missile crisis and not many people today realize How close to WWIII we were. We are only recently learning that the two keys were inserted in silos across America and JFK as well as Khrushchev had their fingers on the Trigger Some say the world was only 10 seconds away from "MAD" mutually assured destruction. In 1962 when the launch sequence was started there was NO -Uh oh-to abort. Looking BACK I believe the rush to Socialism is a total FAILURE to teach History since I was in HS in the 50's and as Khrushchev warned us, America would NEVER accept Communism outright but would give up one LITTLE Freedom at a time until one morning WE would awaken a Soviet satellite. I never dreamed it could happen here-But then the same was said of Nazi Germany.

  • Ray F Butts, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)

    03/08/2019 11:03 PM

    One problem, Governor! University is too late! Socialism is being taught all the way down to pre-school by those who have already been "indoctrinated" by University. I see it in my great-grandchildren! History (if even taught!)
    has been revised to a point where this octogenarian with a Political Science/History major does not recognize the current version of what he knows happened.

    ray

  • MARY

    03/08/2019 10:53 PM

    WHY DO WE CONTINUELY GIVE ACKNOWLEGEMENT TO THOSE WHO SEEK TO EXPLOTE THEMSELVES & DRAW ATTENTION TO THEIR UNETHICAL WAYS! THEY EAT IT UP & JUST CONTINUE TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT IS A WAY TO GET ATTENTION SO THEY JUST KEEP ON DOING IT & WE HELP PERMOTE WHAT THEY DO! IF WE WOULD JUST IGNORE THEM HOPEFULLY THEY WILL GET TIRED OF WHAT THEY DO & STOP IT! IF ANYBODY SHOULD BE EXAULTED IT SHOULD BE THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST & WHAT HE DID FOR ALL MAN KIND!

  • Dorcas

    03/08/2019 09:40 PM

    Pray for the safety of our President and all of those who agree with him, as the hate-filled people are on a tangent like has never been seen before. I truly feel that those who are supporting the language of Omar & Tlaib will get unhinged and take their hatred to another level and try to harm others. Prayers and more prayers.

  • Robert Dimlich

    03/08/2019 09:06 PM

    Those that hate Israel, need to be reminded that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They are His special people and has made many promises concerning them. To Abraham God said, "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:1, 2). " For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever. and I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered" (Gen. 13:15,16). "... the word of our God shall stand forever" (Isa. 40:8b). Those, who fight against Israel, are fighting against God.

  • Jerry korba

    03/08/2019 08:59 PM

    Farrakhan Ellison Omar Islam brotherhood all have a hateful position for people of Israel. Ellison is the ag in Minnesota Omar the new rep from the Minneapolis district Farrakhan influenced both of them. No guessing how much hate these people have. Minneapolis is a draw for ISIS please demand an explanation from Ellison and Omar where millions of dollars are missing that was to be for Somalia children's daycare expense some say the funds ended up in Somali our attorney general should be all over this all we get is nothing we need to find those tax payer dollars and what they were used for.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    03/08/2019 08:41 PM

    I get mad when the Democrats hold Republicans to a completely different standard than they hold themselves to. Bill & Hillary as well as Schiff, Schumer, Pelosi, and especially Obama! ??

  • Norman R Able

    03/08/2019 08:27 PM

    Every one of your article are timely & significant, but especially this one with the comments by Prof. Tom Sowell "He's worried that the US might not be able to survive the rise of popularity of socialism among young people."With the direction our constitutional Republic is going...rising socialism, calling themselves Democrats,...gun grabs, making new laws and rules for everything, undermining our history, etc. It is no wonder that more and more people are willing to do this kind of stuff. How often has it ever been that conservatives have done such stuff! If you want stability, success and peace, then go the conservative route. If you want anarchy, choose the lefty, democrat, socialist route. It's really that simple! Lord bless you for all you are doing to save our beloved REPUBLIC from Socialism.

  • delores van aukem

    03/08/2019 07:33 PM

    The Dems chastised Trump for tearing children out of their mothers arms . What about killing live babies who were born out of a botched abortion? Are they not baby Killers? Just sayin.

  • Rick Clark

    03/08/2019 07:32 PM

    I cannot believe the left can write up a bill, so fast, to cover there blunders and get soooo many votes to pass it.

  • Dianne Yocum

    03/08/2019 07:09 PM

    I’m hoping now that they see the left is anti Jewish, the Jewish people will not vote for the democrats anymore!!!

  • McRae F Williams

    03/08/2019 06:36 PM

    Does the anti-hate resolution the house passed this week include hate for the President ???? That's the hate I have zero tolerance for. The Dems attempt at over turning the 2016 election not only is hateful ,it's down right criminal !

    Mac Williams
    Atlanta

  • Herbert Williams

    03/08/2019 06:26 PM

    Looks to me as we have an ISIS person in the house and she is already running the place.

  • James Hoppe

    03/08/2019 06:24 PM

    It had been recommended to read the book Secret Empires. And I took the suggestion to google BIDEN CORRUPTION! Holy Moses.
    Corrupt ties going back to Chicago...and now clear why he was selected as VP! Ties right into OBAMA CHICAGO courruption. And..
    outlines how three sons....MC CONNELL....BIDEN...and KERRY"S made BILLIONS from deals with China. How is it that THEY HAVE
    not been investigated???? It is totally disheartening to see all this investigating of our President...and NOTHING on the Hillary / Obama
    corrupt administration.....DOJ....CIA....etc!!! All still getting paid...and ALL PENSIONS should be cancelled!

  • Nelda White

    03/08/2019 06:19 PM

    the anti-hate resolution should be stopped. why? it is a first step at getting rid of the 1st amendment. now anything said about a democrat, liberal, muslim will automatically be hate. I don't believe in hate talk or hate. Jesus taught us to love our enemies. but this is a dangerous resolution for the 1st amendment and freedom of speech for all americans.

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    03/08/2019 06:15 PM

    My father and mother taught us kids to work hard, save up for the things we wanted, and live an honest life. We live in a very different world than theirs was, but I hang on to those values today. Dad was a Marine for 30 years, spent almost 4 years in a Japanese prison camp during WW11, and I would hate to think his sacrifice was for nothing. These young politicians have no clue what hardship and discipline is, nor do they know anything what so ever about the history of this country and the men and women who fought to defend us from the radicals of their day. Now the leftists want everything that those patriots fought against to be brought to this country. I don't understand why they don't move to a country that has socialism/communism in place.
    Let's buy them all a plane ticket and send them off.
    I will continue honoring the principles my parents taught me. God bless America.

  • Maralyn Killorn

    03/08/2019 06:12 PM

    Omar MUST be dismissed. She is muslim and that belief system would NEVER BE LOYAL to Americans. She MUST BE DISMISSED. She does not represent Americans and what our nation stands for.

  • Barney Flint

    03/08/2019 06:06 PM

    Mike, Love, love, love your commentary. The time has arrived for common sense to come back into vogue. I see every day the left and main stream media pushing 24/7 against anything and everything Trump. Now with the Democrats realizing that the Muller report is probably not going to find any collusion, they are scrambling to figure out something else to cry about. I am incensed that the congress passed a watered down resolution that did nothing to censure rep Omar. Further comment censored by user.