Mentioned yesterday, but here are more details: A reminder that while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to brand President Trump as a war criminal and tie his hands to keep him from retaliating against any attacks on Americans by Iran, she had quite a different attitude under the Obama Administration. By April 2015, Obama had carried out over 2,800 drone strikes in Iraq and Syria, with no formal approval from Congress, and the Democrats who are howling now didn’t say squat about it back then.
Rep. Ilhan Omar is under fire for tweeting an old George Carlin routine about America being good at making war but “not very good at anything else anymore.”
To be fair, Carlin’s routine was from nearly 30 years ago, before Trump came along and started reversing all the leftist policies that were holding us back. Also, to cede a little bit of a point to Rep. Omar, it is true that some Americans today are not very good at choosing Congressional Representatives.
A reader asked me to weigh in on the story about Republican Governors requesting that the federal government resettle refugees in their states. If you haven’t heard about it, here’s some background from the A.P.
I’m sure this story will cause anger and confusion among many Republicans. After all, Trump ran on a promise to reverse the Obama policies of open borders and forcing the relocation of refugees into communities that were already stretched to provide services to their own residents.
There was also the claim (dismissed by the left as a “conspiracy theory” but if so, an awfully convincing one) that so-called “Progressives” couldn’t get Americans to vote for their horrible policies that have destroyed other nations, so their plan was to open the borders and replace the electorate with unassimilated immigrants who would vote for the same policies they'd fled. (I know that sounds counter-intuitive, but people flee California for Colorado or Texas, and flee New York for Georgia or Florida, then vote for the same policies they fled, expecting a different result – or as Einstein allegedly called that, “insanity.”) Obama was accused of busing masses of refugees around the country and dumping them into safe Republican districts, to upend the local political, social and religious culture. Some brought crime and gangs with them.
Because of anger over this steamrolling of state and local governments, Trump issued an executive order giving Governors the power to decide whether they will accept refugee resettlement in their states. With the January 21st deadline looming, 18 out of 27 GOP Governors have come out in favor of it. So have a number of officials in counties that voted heavily for Trump.
On the surface, it seems inexplicable, but there are a number of complicating factors. A big one is money: the refugees come with federal funds to pay for their resettlement. But there are other reasons that Republican officials might go for it.
For instance, many faith leaders have urged them to welcome more refugees fleeing religious persecution. There’s a worldwide genocide against Christians that the Obama Administration failed to consider in prioritizing refugees. Also, there are counties with more jobs than they can fill, and they think refugees will be hard workers. Some rural counties are dying out and want to boost their populations. There’s also a difference between allowing in waves of unvetted immigrants who are hostile to American culture and uninterested in assimilating and letting in a controlled number of carefully vetted refugees who genuinely want to build a new and better life in America. I’ve met countless immigrants who are much more patriotic citizens and who appreciate the blessings of liberty in the USA far more than some native-born ingrates I could name.
But as you can tell from this op-ed at Conservative Review…
…some conservatives are hopping mad at what they see as a sell-out of American sovereignty and a betrayal of GOP voters by their own state and local Republican officials. Trump took the traditionally conservative move of devolving the decision power over this issue back to state and local governments, but that means the local officials will have to take the heat for whatever decision they make.
One problem is that many people who voted for them don’t even realize that this is coming. They thought electing Trump was all it took. This shows that it’s even more important to keep up with what’s happening in your state and community, and keep close tabs on what your state and local officials are doing because it can have bigger consequences for your community that what happens in Washington. In fact, that’s a good lesson to bear in mind, no matter what the issue.
Ricky Gervais wasn’t the only celebrity who ticked off the privileged hypocrites at the Golden Globes. The pampered crowd wasn’t too keen on having Joaquin Phoenix tell them that if they really cared about the environment, they’d stop taking private jets everywhere (like to climate change conferences?) As noted at the link, Phoenix is so willing to sacrifice to save the Earth, he’s wearing the same Stella McCartney designer tuxedo to every awards show this year. I’ll go out on a limb and bet that he also helped save the Earth by not washing it even once.
And here’s another media figure who says undeniably true things that make liberals’ heads explode and that you’re simply not supposed to say. Oh wait: this one is me…
Between Iran and Nancy Pelosi holding up the impeachment articles until she finds some grounds for them, this story has been overlooked, but it deserves to be spread far and wide:
President Trump came into office vowing to stop out-of-control illegal immigration. Democrats called him a racist who would deny desperate asylum seekers, and fought him tooth-and-nail, using everything from activist judges to denying wall construction funds they once supported. Then, they mocked him for failing to keep the promises that they moved Heaven and Earth to prevent him keeping. Well, guess what: despite all their best efforts, he’s still managed to keep his promise to greatly reduce illegal immigration, and it’s helping American workers, particularly African-Americans who had lost low-skill jobs to easily exploitable illegal immigrants.
That link provides some startling numbers and information you’re not likely to hear from the mainstream media: “The number of apprehensions at the southwest border plummeted from 144,000 in May 2019 to just 42,649 in November – the last month for which the government has data. The number of families caught crossing illegally went from 84,486 in May to a mere 9,000 in November.”
And what’s to credit for that turnaround, when a border wall has yet to be built? It was a change in policy that the El Paso Times says has proved to be “a virtual wall.”
Trump did away with the Obama “Catch and Release” policy. Under that, when someone was caught sneaking in illegally, they just had to say, “Asylum!” Then, our officials were required to take down their information and release them (on the US side of the border!) with a court date in the far future that few ever showed up for. It was a combination Golden Ticket and "Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free” card for illegal border crossers. Anyone who suspected they were gaming the system was called a racist who didn’t care that these poor people’s lives would be in danger if they were sent home because we had to believe that they were legitimate “asylum seekers.”
Trump replaced that with a new policy called “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP), nicknamed “Remain in Mexico.” Illegal immigrants who try claiming asylum are sent back across the border to wait until a judge evaluates their claim of needing asylum. And here’s a detail that should be headline news: so far, judges have resolved over 100,000 MPP claims and found that fewer than 1% of them qualified for asylum! That's a 99%+ rate of gaming the system.
The story notes that as word spread that the jig was up, and any “Asylum!” claims would be evaluated by a judge for legitimacy while the applicant waited in Mexico, illegal border crossings plummeted. Which suggests that Trump’s denying them wasn’t hard-hearted, racist inhumanity but just refusing to continue being a willing sucker.
By the way, Trump’s threat of tariffs convinced Mexico to take over holding the detainees on their side of the border (i.e., Mexico really is paying for the “virtual wall.”)