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Saturday afternoon, President Trump gave a speech for the record books, talking to a CPAC crowd for two hours and two minutes. He often went “off-script” - that's when we get the comments that make Trump supporters cheer and his critics’ heads explode. Like the moment when the crowd roared with laughter as he mocked the “Green New Deal” replacing oil and gas with sources like wind energy: “Darling, is the wind blowing today? I'd like to watch television, darling.”
“Saturday Night Live” made fun of Trump’s speech, but the truth is, he was much funnier ad libbing than “SNL” has been in years. Incidentally, does anyone else think it’s odd that liberals believe claims that Trump is so dumb or Alzheimer’s-ridden that he can’t even form a coherent sentence in a White House meeting, yet he can stand in front of thousands of people and ad-lib a two-hour speech?
This link has some quotes from the speech…
But if you have a spare two hours, there are lot less entertaining ways you could spend it than to watch the entire thing. Some of them won Oscars last week…
During his CPAC speech, President Trump announced that he will sign a (long-overdue) executive order protecting free speech on America’s college campuses. He was joined on stage by Hayden Williams, the young man recently punched in the face by a leftist thug on the UC-Berkeley campus for daring to man a table for a conservative student group.
Trump said, “He took a hard punch in the face for all of us,” and we can never allow that to happen again. Before the media pull the “Trump is inciting violence on campus” hysterics, allow me to quote former Obama deputy chief of staff Jim Messina to fellow Democrats: “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.”
Universities used to be laboratories of free speech where students could be exposed to a wide variety of ideas, debate them and learn how to think critically and separate truth from nonsense. This is why the left made it a multi-generational mission to take over higher education and insure that only their side was allowed to be heard: because it doesn’t stand up to intellectual scrutiny, so they have to shout or beat down anyone who speaks up against it.
I’m certain the college administrators will do everything in their power to ignore Trump’s order or run to a liberal federal judge to get it overturned. But a reminder: colleges are under state control, and they’re also desperate to keep donations and tuition money coming in. Americans who are fed up with leftwing totalitarianism on campus have the power to contact their state officials to demand reform and accountability, to withhold donations and to send their kids to schools where lives aren’t ruined and faces punched in if a student dares to commit the unpardonable crime of having a non-leftist-approved thought.
These schools may preach pure socialism, but their Achilles heel is money. Withhold it until they fold. As the humorist A. Whitney Brown said about the collapse of the USSR, “Who ever imagined that the fatal flaw of communism would be that there’s no money in it?”
Here’s one of the more narrative-shattering moments of the CPAC conference: the founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure, explained that the urban minority community is actually conservative in most of their beliefs, but they don’t trust conservatives because liberals have done such a good job of demonizing them and conservatives haven’t done enough to reach out to them and disprove that narrative.
I can vouch for that from personal experience. When I became Governor of Arkansas, I wanted to serve all the state’s people and work with the African-American community to improve conditions in their neighborhoods. So I reached out to black civic and church leaders to let them know I wanted to hear their concerns and find common ground to help. There were a lot of long-ingrained suspicions to overcome, but I eventually convinced them that I was sincere, and we worked together to make some positive changes. I’m proud to say that when I ran for reelection, I got a larger share of the black vote than any Republican since Reconstruction.
Right now, the left is attempting to gain power by sowing division and suspicion among any and all identity groups. They seek to elevate themselves by tearing Americans apart. Republicans need to call out the poison of identity politics for what it is and concentrate on what we all share as Americans. For instance, under President Trump’s policies, unemployment for all ethnic groups is at or near all-time lows. That’s something that should be trumpeted by the GOP 24/7.
JFK said, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We may have come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.” Voters should be reminded that both of those things are as true as ever, but only the Republicans still believe in them.
President Trump said that the House hearing to let convicted liar Michael Cohen fill the Congressional Record with scurrilous accusations against Trump (for which he offered no evidence and even contradicted his own testimony) might have contributed to him having to walk away from the denuclearization talks with North Korea.
Naturally, those comments were met with mockery and derision by the mainstream media, but that means nothing, since everything Trump does is met by them by mockery and derision (except for things that are undeniably positive, like the stunning job growth since he took office. That’s handled by either ignoring it or implausibly crediting Obama for it.)
I suspect there must be a laminated workplace poster in about 95% of American newsrooms that reads thusly:
“How to Handle News About President Trump
1. If it’s bad, lead with it.
2. If it’s good, ignore it.
3. If he says anything, mock and nitpick it.”
This replaced the old posters about how to handle stories on Obama, where the first two were the opposite and the third was, “Whatever he says, call it brilliant.”
Since I don’t have to follow the standard media rules and can actually look honestly at what Trump says, let’s examine his claim to see if there’s any validity to it
First of all, was it necessary to schedule the hearing on the very day Trump was in Vietnam, trying to get Kim Jong Un to give up his nukes? Well, Cohen wasn’t scheduled to go to prison for two weeks. The case is still under investigation and he was barred from showing any new evidence, even if he had any. So no, there was no reason to undermine the President while he was on an extremely important mission for America and the world. We used to have an unwritten rule that you don’t attack your own leader when he’s on foreign soil, but apparently, no rules of decent or patriotic conduct apply anymore, at least not on the left.
The Democrats made it clear in advance that they were fishing for ways to embarrass Trump and try to find any excuse to impeach him. So I think it’s fair to say that they ranked partisan politics above doing what was best for America, as well as Japan and other neighboring nations endangered by a nuclear North Korea.
Now, did the hearing have any bearing on Trump walking away? It’s obvious that the North Korean regime watches what’s happening in the US very closely. They saw that they were negotiating with a President whose political enemies were attacking them with everything they had to try to remove him. Offhand, I can think of two reactions they might have had.
They might have suspected Trump was weakened and desperate to get a deal for some positive headlines. Or they might have been reticent to cooperate for fear that any deal they signed would be DOA in a Congress that hates him, or null and void if he were forced out of office. Both of those reactions would have made them less likely to yield to Trump’s demands, which forced him to walk away.
So yes: it’s entirely possible that the talks were fatally undermined by the mindless partisanship of the Democratic Party. I’m sure some will say I’m being unfair if I suggest that their priorities are opposing Trump first and American security second. To which I would respond, “Say, didn’t they used to be in favor of a border wall before Trump embraced it?” They also used to be against a nuclear North Korea, but considering that danger worsened for 20 years until Trump came along and finally tried to do something about it, maybe it’s just another pro-American stance to which they paid lip service and never really meant it.
But I will point out three good things about Trump having to walk away: He sent a message to Kim that he will not be rolled, no matter what his political opponents do, so Kim has to agree to a deal Trump will accept or deal with sanctions. He also sent a message to the Chinese that he’s willing to walk away from a trade deal if it’s not in America’s interests regardless of partisan criticism. And the whole embarrassing mess sent a loud and clear message to American voters about the priorities of the two parties. In 2020, you will have to pick between the party that is trying to take nuclear weapons away from North Korea and the party that was willing to ruin that effort just to go nuclear on Donald Trump. The choice is yours.
Because Congress and the White House have no real issues or problems to deal with, New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, now in charge of the House Judiciary Committee, announced plans to barrage the White House and Justice Department with demands for documents to prove that President Trump obstructed the Mueller investigation. You know, the one that’s still going on unimpeded after two years and about $20 million of taxpayer money with no end in sight, the one for which rabid partisans were hired and only fired after they were proven to have violated the law and lied to Congress, the one overseen by people with blatant conflicts of interests for which federal regulations required them to recuse themselves and yet they remained in place for years.
Sounds as if Trump did almost as lousy a job of obstructing that investigation as Jerry Nadler plans to do running the Judiciary Committee.
Of course, Nadler also has many other gripes, like apparently thinking it’s an impeachable offense for Trump to criticize the media that constantly attacks him and runs fake news stories about him. I’ll get back to you on that as soon as I reread the Constitution to see if there’s anything in it about the First Amendment right to freedom of speech not applying to Presidents that Jerry Nadler doesn’t like.
One reason I’m generally opposed to special counsels – especially those like the Mueller investigation that have no end date, budget or clearly-defined investigative limits – is because, frankly, we have too many laws. It’s been said that everyone unknowingly violates 10 laws before breakfast; and if prosecutors aren’t reined in, they can railroad anyone into prison through selective prosecution.
For instance, it’s been amazing to see Hillary Clinton get away with smashing federal laws and regulations like an HGTV host with a sledgehammer on demo day; meanwhile, Democrats demand endless hearings, investigations, prison time and impeachment for anyone associated with Trump who ever jaywalked on a day with a “y” in it. Leftists demand strict adherence to every arcane federal rule and regulation from their opponents, with no forgiveness for honest mistakes or simply not knowing some piddling issue might be a violation. Meanwhile, they feel free to ignore such rules, assuming they exist only to rein in the bad behavior of bad people (their opponents) and surely not to impede the good intentions of good people (them.)
Unfortunately for them, Republicans are fed up with being held to rigid standards that Democrats ignore. Some of our newly-minted far-left Congress members who railed about holding Trump’s people “accountable” are suddenly discovering that there are a lot of federal laws, rules and regulations that they never imagined existed, or if so, that would ever apply to them.
For instance, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has little tolerance for anyone who disagrees with her radical politics, but she thinks she’s under unfair scrutiny when watchdogs look into her housing arrangements, her boyfriend’s salary, and now, the question of whether an out-of-state PAC provided over eight times more services to her campaign than is allowed by the FEC.
And she’s hardly the only self-righteous leftist firebrand who points out the speck in other people’s eyes while allegedly ignoring the telephone pole in her own:
Are some of these questions picky or motivated by partisanship? Maybe, but so what? Welcome to our world. Besides, this is of special importance since so many of the freshman Democratic class embrace socialism, one of the fatal flaws of which is that it greatly rewards corrupt government officials. Some of these people haven’t been in office long enough to warm their chairs yet, and they’re already dreaming of remaking America and spending trillions of dollars, all while displaying questionable ethics regarding public money and financial regulations. This is how Venezuela got a class of billionaires who just happened to be relatives and underlings of Hugo Chavez.
Judging from their angry response to inquiries about their finances, our new leftist Fearless Leaders don’t like it when the rules they’ve weaponized against Republicans get turned on them. The New York Post story includes this quote from Tom Anderson of the watchdog group, the Government Integrity Project at the National Legal and Policy Center in Virginia, who sums it up in a nutshell:
“They believe their cause is so great that they don’t have to play by the rules. They believe that they are above campaign finance law.”
They are in for a rude awakening. Republicans have had enough of weaponized laws and selective, partisan prosecutions. It’s time to put the blindfold back on Lady Justice and make the laws apply equally to all. I can’t think of a better way to get Democrats to finally agree with Republicans that we need fewer federal laws and regulations than to start strictly enforcing them on Democrats as well.
Minor news you probably won’t hear because there are so many important anti-Trump rumors and another dozen sexy new socialists entering the presidential race to cover: Since Trump took office, the number of Americans on food stamps has dropped by over 3.8 million to its lowest level since before the 2009 recession.
Part of that is due to states being allowed after 2013 to require that applicants for food stamps work, attend school, volunteer, or take job training. If this story does get any coverage, I suspect that’s the negative angle the media will focus on, but good luck convincing most Americans that it’s a negative thing.
Fun Fact: While “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written in 1814, it only became the official US anthem on March 3, 1931. That means Sunday marked the National Anthem’s 88th anniversary. Just as Super Bowl Sunday marked the second anniversary of some Americans thinking it’s brave not to stand up and show respect when it’s played.
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