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Prepared Hearts

“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” (Ezra 7:10)

It does not come naturally into our hearts to seek, obey, and then teach others the words of God as found in the Scriptures. Therefore, like Ezra, we must prepare our hearts.

The Hebrew word for “prepare” means to “stand erect,” and thus takes special effort. One’s natural “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9), not at all inclined to “stand up” for the Word of God.

But Ezra did, even in the court of a pagan king and in the midst of the enemies of God’s people in a far country, and even among the backslidden people of his own nation. He prepared his heart, fixing it in firm faith on the laws and promises of God. And because he did, he could testify: “I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me” (Ezra 7:28).

On the other hand we read, for example, of King Rehoboam whose rebellion and sin led to the dividing of Israel into two kingdoms and eventually into the captivity. These judgments came because, unlike Ezra, Rehoboam “did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD” (2 Chronicles 12:14).

Thus, our hearts need to be prepared to seek God and His Word, but how do we get them prepared? First, we must come to Him in true humility. “LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear” (Psalm 10:17).

God is then the One who actually prepares our hearts! “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD” (Proverbs 16:1). We can only prepare our hearts to seek and serve God if we humbly call on Him to do the preparing. HMM

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The Captain of Our Salvation
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Years ago a man of God was asked to preach at the funeral of a young soldier whose parents were unsaved.

During the course of his message the preacher sought to impress upon his hearers the basic fact that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom.6:23).

This greatly upset the parents. After the service they complained: “This is embarrassing. Our boy was not a sinner.”

The truth was that shortly before his death this young man had done what every true, born-again Christian has done. He acknowledged himself to be a lost sinner and, trusting Christ as his Savior, had been so gloriously saved that his parents were mystified that he could be so happy in the face of death.

The simplest believer in Christ understands all this. He knows that for the “old man” the death of the body is indeed a “dishonorable discharge” for laws broken, orders disobeyed, responsibilities unmet, and trusts betrayed. But for the “new man the death of the body is the vestibule through which he is ushered into the blessed presence of “the Captain of our Salvation,” the One who “by the grace of God tasted death for every man” that He might “bring many sons unto glory” (See Hebrews 2:9,10).

This is why we read in Hebrews 2:14,15:

    “Forasmuch, then, as the children [of Adam] were partakers of flesh and blood, He [Christ] also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

    “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

No wonder St. Paul’s simple message of salvation was: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

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At the cross!

(Charles Spurgeon)

The cross, that deepest revelation of the glory of God--is the great weapon which breaks down the heart's defenses! It is especially the love of Jesus  shown in the cross, which turns and transforms the hearts of sinners.

In the horrifying torture and crucifixion of Jesus, we see the highest proof of the highest love. His bleeding, makes our hearts bleed. His shame, makes us ashamed. In the cross we see the divine disgust at sin, which makes sin appalling in our eyes as well. But further, through the cross we see a love so unfathomable, that it pierces our apathy and overwhelms our desires for earthly trinkets.

At the cross . . .
  our pride and sinfulness are mortified,
  our self-deifying efforts are destroyed,
  our wandering hearts are exposed,
  the beauty of Christ in His humility and holiness are held before us,
  and the glory of God shines brightest in all its transforming power.

The atoning work of Jesus is the great gun of our battery. The cross is the mighty battering-ram with which to break in pieces the bronze gates of human prejudices and the iron bars of sinful obstinacy!

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The political piece is easy: Every legislator or bureaucrat with a space-related industrial sector has a constituent “rice bowl” they want to fill. As always, a good forensic decryption aid for issues like these is this: Follow the money.

As for the grievances and drivers behind the decision, last year, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Service Committee, spoke at the National Defense Forum. He flatly stated, “What we have found is that space has not been able to get the attention it needs, culturally or resource wise.” He was taking aim at the Air Force, which — at least in his estimation — gives space short-shrift. “The Air Force’s number one mission culturally is air dominance, as it should be,” Rogers said. “Space is a subordinate mission and that’s no longer acceptable.”

He further noted in the previous year that none of the 37 Air Force colonel promotion candidates to the rank of brigadier general were space professionals, and that out of 450 hours of required courses within the Air Force’s professional military education curriculum, only two are devoted to national security in space. Rogers likened the current state of space power to that of the Air Force in its nascent stage under the Army, saying it requires a similar solution.

From a doctrinal standpoint, opinions about separating space from the Air Force’s mission are all over the map. Some national defense strategists believe space power remains simply a logical extension of air power and thus should remain within the Air Force. Others note space is trans-service: All military branches use space and have a vested interest in space not “belonging” to any one service. Still others believe that development of a truly independent space force is needed to spur the kind of growth that rapidly sprang from the minds of its doctrine developers once the Air Force became an independent service component.

Clearly, doctrine developers and Pentagon planners don’t speak with one voice on the topic, so searching for the answer about whether a separate space force should exist is likely pointless.

One thing is clear, however: America’s adversaries — especially China and Russia — are challenging its dominant role in space. Stealing U.S. technologies, among others, China has made alarming advances in counter-space technology, with the end goal of denying U.S. access to space capabilities if a conflict between the two nations arises. So as Trump wrestles Beijing over trade and North Korean nukes, the Space Force may be one more chess move.

As to the ultimate wisdom of President Trump’s decision, the truth will become known over the long term. We’re almost certain to see a robust body of “space doctrine” and new technologies develop from this initiative. Let’s hope these future assets to our national security outweigh the bureaucracy associated with having another military mouth to feed at the budget trough. For now, however, we can still hear the echoes ringing out from the rally in Duluth, Minnesota, which the president just visited: “Space Force, Space Force, Space Force, Space Force!”

Bastiat is a retired career Air Force officer and pilot.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56723-a-space-force-to-be-reckoned-with

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Internet Taxes: Killing the Golden E-commerce Goose?32 — The Supreme Court’s ruling allowing taxation of Internet sales will cost consumers a lot.
    Harvard Turns ‘Diversity’ on Its Head33 — The Ivy League bastion is routinely rejecting Asian-Americans based not on grades but race.
    Trump Eyes Education-Labor Department Merger34 — Being two sides of the same coin, unification could lead to significant reforms.
    Socialist DOJ Employee Harasses DHS Secretary35 — Allison Hrabar decided it was time to call Kirstjen Nielsen a “villain” and “fascist pig.”
    Video: Border Patrol Agent Sets Record Straight on CNN36 — Parents put their kids in horrible danger and yet the American Leftmedia blame Trump.

OPINION IN BRIEF

David Harsanyi: “I’m a pretty liberal guy on immigration — open to more asylum seekers, bigger immigration, more temporary workers, etc. But I’m not a huge fan of chaos. And I suspect I’m not alone. Yet we have Democrats and activists calling for the elimination of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We have a Democratic Party unwilling to make any compromise on the issue even when we’re faced with a surge of migrant children. As Gabriel Malor pointed out in The Federalist this week, the proposed legislation cosponsored by every Senate Democrat was so carelessly written that it would prevent ‘federal law enforcement agencies almost anywhere inside the United States from arresting and detaining criminals who are parents having nothing to do with unlawfully crossing the border and seeking asylum.’ It’s not healthy for the country or the people who come here seeking a better life for them to be thrown into a system that doesn’t work. Nor, as we are increasingly seeing in Europe, is it politically tenable to rely on emotionalism as a means of ignoring all law.”

SHORT CUTS

Pathetic parting shot: “Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and intellectual provocateur who championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died June 21 at 68.” —The Washington Post’s Adam Bernstein in a “straight news” obituary

Gross hyperbole: “This policy of family separation reminds us of the cattle cars of Nazi Germany when children were separated from their parents and marched to supposed showers. It reminds us of the Japanese internment camps. It reminds us of all the darkest periods.” —Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Open borders: “No, it would not be better to build a wall. A wall is expensive, ineffective [and] immoral. … It’s not better to build a wall. What’s better to do is to build a bridge.” —Nancy Pelosi

Braying Jenny: “The president’s executive order seeks to replace one form of child abuse with another. Instead of protecting traumatized children, the president has directed his attorney general to pave the way for the long-term incarceration of families in prison-like conditions.” —Nancy Pelosi

Hypocrisy alert! “I hope that while some may have tried to politicize it, I hope that was not the case. … I’m not going to take any bait on what one partisan said or the other. … People will say this and that. The fact is, the reality is: The children are there and we need to address the problem.” —Nancy Pelosi in 2014, back when child detention under Barack Obama wasn’t as politically useful as an issue

Village Idiots: “ICE has strayed so far away from its mission. It is supposed to be here to keep Americans safe but what it has turned into, frankly, is a terrorist organization of its own that is terrorizing people who are coming to this country.” —actress and political aspirant Cynthia Nixon

And last… “Democrats don’t want to detain anyone for any reason. They want open borders. Period. … No matter what the president does in the name of compassion, the Left will attack him because it will settle for nothing less than 100% ‘catch and release’ until the job of fundamentally transforming America is finished.” —Gary Bauer

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56724-friday-short-cuts

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THE FOUNDATION

“Newspapers … serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” —Thomas Jefferson (1802)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Time magazine’s latest fake news is as egregious as we’ve seen.
    A pistol-packing pastor saved lives during a violent carjacking.
    Do we need a Space Force? That’s a complicated answer.
    The Supreme Court just made online retail more expensive.
    Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans in the name of diversity.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Time Propagates Bald-Faced Fake News1


Thomas Gallatin

The cover of the latest issue of Time magazine features two individuals. One is a little Honduran girl crying while juxtaposed and looking down at her is President Donald Trump. The caption reads, “Welcome to America.” The clear message being sent by the leftist magazine is that this poor little girl is alone, separated from her parents because of Trump’s zero-tolerance illegal immigration policy. In announcing its cover, Time tweeted “TIME’s new cover: A reckoning after Trump’s border separation policy: What kind of country are we?”

However, as has become all too common with the Leftmedia narrative2, there is one massive problem with Time’s cover — that little Honduran girl was never separated from her mother. In fact, after leaving the rest of her family, her mother had paid a human trafficker $6,000 to smuggle them across the U.S. border, where they were subsequently arrested by Border Patrol agents. Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz explained3, “We were patrolling the border. It was 10 o'clock at night. We asked her to set the kid down in front of her, not away from her — she was right in front of her … so we can properly search the mother.” Ruiz added, “So the kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to the mother and asked her, ‘Are you doing OK? Is the kid OK?’ and she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired and thirsty. It’s 11 o'clock at night.’”

Was the minor separated from her mother later? No, both mother (Sandra) and child (Yanela Denise) were detained at a family residential center in Texas together. The Daily Mail tracked down Sandra’s husband still living in Honduras. He explained that his wife desired to go to the U.S. to seek a “better future,” but that he did not support the idea. Sandra left behind three other children on her trek to seek asylum in the U.S. But, if she was seeking asylum, why did she not go to a port of entry and do so legally? Because Sandra is a repeat offender. Back in 20134, she was arrested and deported for illegally crossing the border. It would appear that this illegal alien had no grounds for claiming asylum, thus her decision to break U.S. law. This may be more common than the Leftmedia would care to report.

Clearly, none of these facts matter to Time, for the agenda being pushed is open borders. The powerful emotive image of a crying little girl offered too much potential as a tantalizing piece of propaganda to be ignored. And if the truth gets out, no matter — it’s the immediate emotional impact that moves people. It’s become common practice for the Leftmedia to package the news not to inform but to disinform. And Time’s coverage is one of the most egregious examples to date.

So, as the saying goes, don’t believe the hype. Discretion and reasoned inquiry must precede any acceptance of news from any media source. Blindly trusting a news report simply because of the notoriety of the media organization is foolishly naive. Thankfully, a growing majority5 of Americans are recognizing just how biased mainstream media has become.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56725-time-propagates-bald-faced-fake-news

Pistol-Packing Pastor Stops a Carjacker6

Nate Jackson

Is there anything as American as a pistol-packing pastor who takes out an armed carjacker and then tends a wounded man until medics arrived? That’s exactly what happened7 in Washington state Tuesday when a local pastor — who is also a fire department lieutenant, EMT and trained concealed carry permit holder — shot and killed an attacker at a Walmart. The assailant fired shots in the store before heading to the parking lot to attempt a carjacking. He shot and wounded a male driver before turning his attention to trying to steal a second car. That’s when the pastor stepped in and shot him. He likely saved the life of the wounded driver.

We’ve reported in recent years both that gun owners are model citizens8 and that more armed citizens are stopping attacks9 than ever. What sets this one apart is that the good guy is a shepherd.

As The Resurgent’s Peter Heck reminds us10, “There’s that famous scene from Mel Gibson’s ‘The Patriot’ where the local preacher, played by actor René Auberjonois, comes down out of the pulpit to grab a musket and join the American patriots in the revolution. When congregants react shocked at the sight of a rifle-toting pastor, the preacher tips his cap and says, ‘A shepherd must tend his flock, and at times fight off the wolves.’”

Washington state has at least one good shepherd.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56726-pistol-packing-pastor-stops-a-carjacker

Editor’s Note

Charles Krauthammer, the intellectual giant conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, has died at 68.

We’ve carried Krauthammer’s columns11 (syndicated by The Washington Post) for the last decade, and he’s been a valuable part of our Right Opinion12 roster. He was also well-known as a Fox News commentator. But he didn’t start out on our side. Krauthammer was the former editor of New Republic and he was a speechwriter for Walter Mondale. Who knew that Ronald Reagan would eventually win over even his opponent’s staff?

Visit our site for Krauthammer’s Washington Post obituary13. Fox News also has its own14 remembrance of Krauthammer’s life.

Top Headlines15

    Paul Ryan, House leadership delay vote on compromise immigration bill until next week (Washington Examiner16)
    Justice Department asks federal judge to remove 20-day detention limit on immigrant families (PBS News17)
    Pelosi says border wall is “immoral” (CNS News18.)
    Antifa calls NYU prof a “hero” for doxxing ICE employees (Campus Reform19)
    Obama’s cyber chief confirms 2016 “stand down” order against Russian cyberattacks (Fox News20)
    Supreme Court says police can’t use your phone to track you without a court order (NBC News21)
    Administrative law smackdown: The Supreme Court strikes a blow for political accountability (The Wall Street Journal22)
    Six highs and lows of the House budget proposal for 2019 (The Daily Signal23)
    House approves five-year farm bill (The Hill24)
    Humor: Media slam president for prematurely ending crisis they were exploiting (The Babylon Bee25)
    Policy: Supreme Court botches Wayfair ruling, putting small online businesses at risk of new taxes (The Daily Signal26)
    Policy: Blueprint for balance: A federal budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (The Heritage Foundation27)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report28.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56727-friday-top-headlines

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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FEATURED ANALYSIS
A (Space) Force to Be Reckoned With31


John J. Bastiat

There’s an obvious question asked by, well, everyone in the wake of President Donald Trump’s announcement earlier this week that he has directed the Pentagon to create a “Space Force”: Do we really need an independent space force? Furthermore, what drove this decision to create what will be the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces? The answers have several moving parts, including politics, well-grounded grievances and doctrinal considerations.

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Top Headlines12

    Data shows sanctuary policies are hampering ICE arrests (CNS News13)
    Supreme Court rules states can require online retailers to collect sales tax (NBC News14)
    White House to propose merging Education, Labor Departments (The Wall Street Journal15)
    Senate can’t muster votes to trim 0.08% of federal budget (Reason16)
    Democrats demand end to firing delinquent government workers, union reforms (Hot Air17)
    Michael Bloomberg will spend $80 million to flip the House for Democrats (The New York Times18.)
    RNC sets another fundraising record, hauls in $14.6 million for May (The Washington Free Beacon19)
    Three of the five FBI employees dinged for anti-Trump bias in IG report ended up on Mueller probe (The Washington Times20)
    Report: Nearly 400 million civilian-owned guns in America (The Washington Free Beacon21)
    Humor: New ballot initiative proposes dividing California into tiny bits, feeding it to sharks (The Babylon Bee22)
    Policy: How immigration officials cooked the books and fooled Congress for years (The Daily Signal23)
    Policy: A day in court remains elusive for some taxpayers (American Enterprise Institute24)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report25.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56701-thursday-top-headlines

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    A Despicable Hate-Fest Ginned Up for the Midterms3 — The despicable “splitting up families” campaign if choreographed for a Demo win in 2018.
    ObamaCare Repeal Back From the Dead?31 — Maybe. Either way, changes are coming to ObamaCare in the form of association health plans.
    NAC Objects to Census Citizenship Question32 — Census Bureau gets pushback from a leftist committee for including citizenship question.
    Ireland: When ‘Freedom’ Becomes Coercion33 — The recent abortion vote strips religious liberty and conscience rights from Catholic hospitals.
    Video: What Is Intersectionality?34 — Identity politics in which the value of your opinion depends on how many victim groups you belong to.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Victor Davis Hanson: “The inspector general’s report on the Clinton email covers just one scandal. Presumably, the IG and other investigators will issue reports on a number of other ongoing scandals that involved the 2016 campaign. How did government officials, by hiding information about the so-called Steele dossier, mislead the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to get warrants to spy on U.S. citizens associated with the Trump campaign? How was it decided that the Clinton campaign would pay Christopher Steele for gathering dirt on the Trump campaign, and how did the information from the dossier get to intelligence agencies? How was an FBI informant inserted into the Trump campaign? How were names of U.S. citizens unmasked by Obama administration officials and leaked to the press? If the IG report on the Clinton email scandal is any guide to these upcoming investigations, expect widespread abuse of the English language to warp reality. The media is using the antiseptic ‘informant’ in place of the cruder but more accurate ‘spy’ or ‘mole.’ The off-putting but accurate ‘wiretapping’ has become the more professional ‘surveillance.’ The sanitized ‘improper’ always sounds cleaner than the more accurate ‘illegal.’ In sum, ‘2016’ could make a logical sequel to 1984.”

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “Ramzi Yousef was the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Bojinka plot, as well as the nephew of 9/11 architect Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Poor Yousef almost didn’t make it through customs. Not only was his own passport of dubious provenance, but his traveling companion was carrying bomb manuals, car bombing videos — and instructions on how to lie to U.S. immigration inspectors. Yousef claimed asylum and was released into our country to execute the first WTC attack.” —Ann Coulter

Memory lane, part I: “Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back.” —Barack Obama in 2014

Memory lane, part II: “We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.” —Hillary Clinton in 2014

Braying Jackass: “Vice President Mike Pence let me be the first person to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love, and to my District in the State House! To be clear, we’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people to live and to contribute: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, Immigrant, we want you and we’ll respect you. So keep that in mind while you’re here raising money to attack more families, spread more lies, blaspheme with your bible, and maybe even talk to a woman without your wife in the room. We have plenty of them, and they’re pretty much all more powerful and more real than you have ever been. So…get bent, then get out!” —Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims, whose vitriol included an image of him flipping off Pence

Alpha Jackass: “WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT A—HOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO.” —actor Peter Fonda

And last… “If emotion is to supersede law, then just about any law can be circumvented if the emotional level is high enough.” —Cal Thomas

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56698-thursday-short-cuts

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Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher

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Jun. 21, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/56702-mid-day-digest

THE FOUNDATION

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    It’s no surprise the Trump’s EO on illegal minors didn’t satisfy Democrats.
    Beware viral photos of detained immigrant children.
    This whole episode is a despicable hate-fest ginned up for the midterms.
    Ireland will mandate even Catholic hospitals perform abortions.
    Is ObamaCare repeal back from the dead?
    The Census Bureau’s citizenship question is “racist”?
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Resolving the Alien Minor Separation Issue1


Thomas Gallatin

As pressure mounted nationally under the strategic Democrat- and mainstream media-fomented conniption fit2 over the practice of separating minors from parents who have illegally crossed the U.S. border, President Donald Trump issued an executive order Wednesday halting the practice. Trump said that the U.S. needs to have a “very powerful, very strong border … [while] at the same time we have compassion.” He added, “We want to keep families together. It’s very important. … I don’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”

In his executive order, Trump noted that while the families will not be separated, they also will not be released. The order reads, “It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources. It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.”

Did Trump’s action assuage Democrat and MSM “moral” objections? Nope. Before the ink was even dry on Trump’s EO, Democrats began voicing their objections. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-2020) complained, “This Executive Order doesn’t fix the crisis. Indefinitely detaining children with their families in camps is inhumane and will not make us safe.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (S-VT) harangued, “Trump’s executive order merely replaces one inhumane act with another. In response to the overwhelming public outrage at his policy of tearing children away from their parents at the border, this administration thinks the appropriate response is to indefinitely detain families.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) lamented, “It’s extremely troubling that the president’s executive order would require immigrant families with children to be detained indefinitely. The order appears to be the next step in the Trump administration’s larger agenda to eliminate basic protections for asylum seekers.”

Clearly, Democrats favor open borders and want to see the reinstatement of Barack Obama’s catch-and-release policy that amounted to nonenforcement against illegal immigration. It’s a despicable hate-fest ginned up for the 2018 midterms3.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) quickly called out the Democrats, tweeting, “Some Democrats now even using the disingenuous ‘indefinite detention’ term. They know full well that those who unlawfully enter the U.S. are not held indefinitely… Just heard Senate colleague on floor say U.S. detains immigrant children ‘indefinitely & indiscriminately’. That is just PATENTLY FALSE. They are entitled to due process hearing so not indefinite. And only applies to those who enter the U.S. unlawfully so it’s not indiscriminate.”

But it was Trump himself who dealt the most devastating blow with a video of Democrat leaders4 advocating tough immigration enforcement. You know, back before they could bash him for actually doing it.

Now for a few important details the mainstream media is deliberately not telling you.

Of the 12,000 immigrant minors in Health and Human Services custody, 10,000 crossed the border without a family member, and 2,000 are in custody because their parents entered the country illegally.

Mark Alexander argues that “these minors in HHS custody are now safer, more comfortable and better cared for than at any other time in their lives.”

As HHS Secretary Alex Azar notes: “The vast majority of these kids are teenagers, over the age of 13. We have a few who are under the age of 13 and keep them in separate facilities with separate protocols. These kids are getting the full range of services. America is a generous nation, and America takes care of these kids even though they should not be in the country. We provide them with education, we provide them with meals, they get medical care, they get dental care, vision, they get athletic time, entertainment, they get psychiatric care. We’re providing excellent care for these kids. … Each child costs taxpayers hundreds of dollars per day … more than most U.S. parents can afford to spend on their children.”

Azar notes further, “The simple fact is, the way you prevent separation, the way you prevent your children from coming into our care — don’t come into our country illegally. Go and present yourself at a legal border crossing with permission to come into the country, or make your case why you legally should be allowed to enter. If you break our laws, you will be prosecuted. If you’re prosecuted, you may have your children given into our custody.”

Listening to hysterical media coverage, you might be amazed that it’s so simple. But it is.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56696-resolving-the-alien-minor-separation-issue

Those Viral Immigrant Children Photos — Caveat Emptor5

Mark Alexander

As part of a cynical political ploy2 to undermine Trump administration policy success ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, Democrat Party6 leaders have executed a successful campaign appealing to their Latino constituency. The centerpiece of that appeal has been a viral social media firestorm promoting images of children in cages7, claiming they have been “ripped from the arms of their parents by Donald Trump” and comparing Trump to Hitler.

Fact is, the most widely circulated of those viral photos were taken in 20148 when Barack Obama was setting immigration policy.

By extension, as the Left correctly calculated, these images of caged children generated a lot of “heartfelt emotive compassion” across its other constituencies and across the political divide. (For the record, the vast majority of these detained minors separated from one or more parents who entered our country illegally are between the age of 13-18, not young children.)

The resulting public outcry prompted Donald Trump9 to sign an executive order1 attempting to resolve the issue, while Congress endeavors to reach a consensus on competing immigration reform bills. But because of Left-judiciary rulings regarding immigrant minors10, the government may have no option but to release these minors with their families into the American heartland, where they will then never return for a deportation hearing. In effect, it’s an open-border invitation to more illegal immigrants.

So pervasive are these viral images, ostensibly of detained children, that in a report on the Demo response to Trump’s executive order on Fox News’s “Special Report With Bret Baier,” his reporter on the hill, Peter Doocy, included a “tragic” viral social media image in his coverage.

To put it mildly, it’s unfortunate when you have to turn to CNN to dispel Fox’s errant description of this photo as one of those children “ripped from the arms of their mother” by Trump administration policy. But CNN reported11 days before the Baier report that this was a staged photo.

To his credit, before the end of his show, Baier did apologize for using that fake image. However, when it comes to emotive viral photos of children, pushed by the Left to bolster its statist political agenda, caveat emptor!

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56700-those-viral-immigrant-children-photos-caveat-emptor

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Since the implementation of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy in April, rather than feed and release illegal immigrants, 98% of whom fail to return for asylum or deportation hearings, almost 2,000 minors, a few of them young, have been separated from their parents at the border. However, as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen noted, the vast majority of children currently housed in Health and Human Services detention centers — 10,000 of them — are minors who illegally crossed the border without their parents, but with dangerous human trafficking networks. Notably, she also disclosed, “In the last five months, we have a 314 percent increase in adults and children arriving at the border fraudulently, claiming to be a family unit.”

I would note here, arguably these minors in HHS custody, few of whom are younger than 13, are now safer, more comfortable and better cared for than at any other time in their lives.

As HHS Secretary Alex Azar notes: “The vast majority of these kids are teenagers, over the age of 13. We have a few who are under the age of 13 and keep them in separate facilities with separate protocols. We’re taking good care of them. We provide them with education, we provide them with meals, they get medical care, they get dental care, vision, they get athletic time, entertainment, they get psychiatric care. We’re providing excellent care for these kids…”

Azar notes further, “The simple fact is, the way you prevent separation, the way you prevent your children from coming into our care – don’t come into our country illegally. Go and present yourself at a legal border crossing with permission to come into the country, or make your case why you legally should be allowed to enter. If you break our laws you will be prosecuted. If your prosecuted you may have your children given into our custody.”

Fact is, the drug cartels, gangs, human traffickers and Middle Eastern nationals are exploiting the border crisis in order to gain access into the U.S. For the record, last year 113 political candidates were murdered in Mexico and more than 50 of their relatives have also been murdered. The cartels and gangs are exporting that violence across our border.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous nations on the planet, and five of its cities rank in the top 10 most dangerous cities, including most notably Ciudad Juarez32, right across the border from El Paso. (Last time I was there, seven federal police were killed the night before I arrived.)

Point is, our southern border is a dangerous place, and the Democrat effort to use children to put a smiley face on that fact, after advocating open boarders, is disgraceful hypocrisy.

According to President Trump: “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be. If you look at what’s happening in Europe, if you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States — not on my watch. We want safety and we want security for our country. If Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly. … But just remember, a country without borders is not a country at all. We need borders. We need security. We need safety. We have to take care of our people.”

National Review’s Rich Lowry has written a good summary of the evolution of the enforcement issue related to children33: “The Trump administration isn’t changing the rules that pertain to separating an adult from the child. Those remain the same. Separation happens only if officials find that the adult is falsely claiming to be the child’s parent, or is a threat to the child, or is put into criminal proceedings. The past practice had been to give a free pass to an adult who is part of a family unit. The new Trump policy is to prosecute all adults. The idea is to send a signal that we are serious about our laws and to create a deterrent against re-entry34. (Illegal entry is a misdemeanor, illegal re-entry a felony.)”

Of course, immigrant families claiming asylum or refugee status at official ports of entry aren’t separated from children. Only those who attempt to cross illegally are separated from their children while being processed through the courts.

As I noted above, American citizens are also separated from their children while justice is served. But those kids aren’t good for leftist political agendas.

Just because the Trump administration is now finally enforcing long-standing immigration laws doesn’t mean that families shouldn’t be kept together during legal proceedings prior to deportation. Fact is, most of these illegal immigrants are seeking better opportunities — including “free” housing, schooling and medical care. And they are coming in ever-larger numbers because previous administrations have advertised that they can cross into the U.S. with impunity.

That being said, we should be concerned for the younger minors, those too young to understand why they are being separated from their parents.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has proposed legislation35 authorizing new temporary shelters to house families together until their asylum requests are processed. In the meantime, it’s worth mentioning that the conditions and provisions for those children are infinitely better than the conditions and provisions they had before crossing the U.S. border.

Trump has repeatedly called on Republicans and Democrats to send him legislation resolving the illegal immigration issue. On Tuesday, he endorsed both House immigration bills that build the wall, close legal loopholes, cancel the visa lottery, curb chain migration, and solve the border crisis and family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal. Agreement on this legislation has thus far eluded Republican consensus36. The division in the Republican ranks has been a split over what amounts to amnesty vs. border security and enforcement37.

We favor Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Border Security and Immigration Reform Act38 over the proposal by House Speaker Paul Ryan, and it will be an extraordinary achievement if the House can agree on how to merge the bills.

Regardless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that stand-alone legislation39 to resolve the family separation issue will pass if one of the immigration bills doesn’t.

In the meantime, Trump has issued an executive order40 to resolve the short-term issue of family separation, noting his order was “somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I’m sure,” assuming congressional Republicans can actually agree on such legislation. But Trump’s executive order will not resolve the 9th Circuit Court requirement that the illegal immigrants be released after 20 days15, a Leftist judiciary ruling that basically mandates “catch and release,” tantamount to open borders.

Regardless, as I noted, Demos don’t want an immigration solution. They want fodder for political talking points to advance their statist agenda and midterm election prospects.

And finally, yesterday morning’s incoming email from across the political spectrum included several dramatic Democrat Party fundraising requests. One was from foul-mouthed DNC Chair Tom Perez, inviting me to “Stand against Trump’s cruelty to children.”

But more amusing was the following appeal from Hillary Clinton: “What’s happening to families at the border right now is horrific: Nursing infants ripped away from their mothers. Parents told their toddlers are being taken to bathe or play, only to realize hours later that they aren’t coming back. Children incarcerated in warehouses and, according to more than one account, kept in cages. This is a moral and humanitarian crisis.”

For the record, the most epic “humanitarian crisis” in decades was the direct result of failed Obama/Clinton Middle East policy41. Almost five million people have had to flee Syria and other nations in the region with their families, and another six million remain displaced internally. Recall the dramatic images of a drowned refugee child washing up on a Turkish shore. It’s estimated that more than 2,000 refugees drowned during that exodus.

According to Clinton, the detention of children on our southern border “is not happening because of the ‘Democrats’ law,‘ as the White House has claimed. Separating families is not mandated by law at all. That is an outright lie. And it is incumbent on all of us, journalists and citizens alike, to call it just that.”

Clinton, of course, is the “Congenital Liar42.” The original immigration policy43 was implemented by Bill Clinton.

As for Clinton’s advice on immigration and the Bible44, I’ll pass.

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By Mark Alexander · Jun. 20, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/56672-demo-party-leaders-dont-care-about-immigrant-children-unless-dot-dot-dot

    “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” —George Washington (1783)

Oh, what to do?

Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are scurrying around the congressional chambers trying to figure out how to derail Donald Trump’s1 highly successful Make America Great Again2 policies before the 2018 midterm elections3. They have their work cut out for them.

According to current tracking by the reputable Gallup organization, satisfaction with the direction of the country4 is now higher than at any time since 2005. That’s higher than any year Barack Obama’s5 regime was in power. And President Trump’s approval ratings are slowly climbing.

Making matters worse, first-quarter GDP growth of 2.2% was better than expected. Headline unemployment dropped to 3.8%, the best since 2000. The U-6 unemployment rate is at 7.6%, the lowest since 2001. Black unemployment hit a record low of 5.9%. Female unemployment is at 3.6%, the lowest since 1953.

And worse yet, the paychecks of American workers are growing at a record pace6. Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high7 and small business optimism is approaching a record high8.

So how can Democrats stop this progress toward “Armageddon,” as Pelosi calls it? If they don’t, it will be Armageddon for their 2018 prospects, as well as for Pelosi’s chance to regain the speaker’s gavel.

Well, here’s an idea!

Create a social media firestorm with a viral image of children in cages9, claiming it’s “children ripped from the arms of their parents by Donald Trump” and comparing Trump to Hitler — even though the photo in question was taken when Obama was setting immigration policy. Follow up with loads of other spurious viral images10 of crying children, and throw in some magazine covers and fundraisers featuring equally erroneous imagery11.

Then, bank on the fact that most of your constituents are emotionally incontinent dupes12, who are unable to exercise a modicum of sensory discrimination and intellectual discretion regarding leftist immigration Demo-gogury, and assume what the Leftmedia13 propagates 24/7 is the truth.

If the charade is successful, it will help undermine Republican efforts to pass any meaningful immigration reform legislation, and this faux focus on “the children” will elevate the immigration issue14 and erode confidence in Trump and Republicans in the midterm election. Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.

There’s only one glaring problem: Democrat Party politicos don’t give a damn about American children, much less immigrant children, unless they can be used15 to advance the Left’s statist political agenda.

Schumer exposed the Demos’ indifference, making clear they are just cynically leveraging the issue by refusing to take Senate action16 to remedy the family separation issue. “There’s no need for legislation, there’s no need for anything else,” Schumer declared after seeing how successful the Demo campaign to smear Trump has been. “If the president’s ashamed at what’s happening at the border, he can change it. … [Republicans] are feeling the heat. They are the ones feeling the heat on this issue, and that’s why they’re squirming.”

Wait, I thought the issue was young children “feeling the heat.”

The irrefutable fact is, if Democrats really cared about children, they would not continue to advocate policies that institutionalize poverty and enslave tens of millions of Americans on their urban poverty plantations17, created by their catastrophically failed “Great Society18” “welfare” programs. But then, Democrats depend on “victim constituencies.”

Speaking of victims, there are many parents whose children have been forcibly separated from them, the result of being murdered by illegal immigrant gangs19. And currently, 1-in-5 Federal Prisoners are illegal aliens20, and almost 90% of illegal immigrants arrested by ICE agents have criminal records21.

(Need I add that, if Democrats really cared about children, they wouldn’t redistribute taxpayer income to Planned Parenthood to forcibly separate more than a thousand children from their mothers every day.)

If they really cared about the children of illegal immigrants, they would’ve written and passed their own “dream” immigration policies in 2010, when they had full control of the executive and legislative branches.

But they didn’t.

Currently, there are about 2,000 children temporarily sheltered by Health and Human Services apart from their parents (or those claiming to be their parents), but there are more than 20,000 U.S. kids in foster care, separated from parents because those adults are in prison and there were no designated relatives or guardians to care for those kids. In other words, when adults commit crimes, the are going to be separated from their children.

(BTW, there are also 765,000 kids separated from their active duty military parents who are risking their lives to defend our nation’s Liberty, while the Demos are busy propagating their fake poster children as fodder to further their oppressive socialist agenda.)

Tragically, Democrat policies have invited a flood of illegal immigration in the two years to their growing list of so-called “sanctuary cities22,” promoting that illegal aliens won’t be prosecuted in those increasingly dangerous cities23 – in effect, an open border policy.

How the times have changed!

Before Democrats realized their political future was in jeopardy, Obama insisted: “We are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable. When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system and began to do what I could to secure our borders. Today our immigration system is broken and everybody knows it. … We will [add] additional [border] resources for our law enforcement personnel, so that they can stem the tide of illegal crossing and to speed the return of those who do cross over. If you are a criminal, you will be deported. … We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules.”

Video: Obama’s Immigration Lies24

Obama added, “To those members of Congress who question my authority … or question my wisdom to act where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

Schumer declared: “People who enter the U.S. without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who enter the U.S. legally. … When we use phrases like ‘undocumented workers,’ we convey to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration. … I think it is illegal and wrong.”

Video: Democrats then and now25

Hillary Clinton26 had this to say about DACA legislation: “We have to send a clear message — just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean your child gets to stay. We don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws.”

And both Hillary and Bill Clinton27 were once staunch advocates for a border wall28.

Video: Bill Clinton on “illegal aliens29”

So what changed? Why are Democrats now in favor of illegal immigration30?

A few years ago, when Demos were still feigning concern for their blue-collar and union-worker constituencies, whose jobs and wages had been deflated by unchecked illegal immigration, they talked tough about illegal aliens. But their proposals were all smoke and mirrors. They routinely made fake political plays31 for Latino and Hispanic voters while pursuing policies that protected their traditional constituencies.

But as its lower- and middle-income voter blocs began hemorrhaging to Trump’s promise (and delivery) of prosperity, the Democrat Party turned its back on those constituent groups and opened a socialist voter pipeline to flood our nation with their most promising future constituency — Latinos. And labor union fat cats, whose member rolls have also been hemorrhaging, see these largely unskilled and low-wage immigrants as their future dues-payers.

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The study presented those surveyed with five factual statements (assertions that can be proven through observable evidence) and five opinion statements (expressions of values or beliefs), plus two “borderline” statements that could go either way. Respondents were asked to correctly identify which statements were factual and which were opinion. It should be noted that a factual statement may not be an accurate statement. For example, the survey statement, “Health care costs per person in the U.S. are the highest in the developed world,” is presented as definitively true, but its accuracy can be proven or disproven by various sources and data.

Of the 5,035 American adults who participated in the study, more than half were able to correctly identify at least three of the five factual and opinion statements correctly. Broadly speaking, those who were very interested in the news, those who were “digitally savvy” (comfortable navigating computers, smart devices and the Internet), and those with a high political awareness did better at differentiating fact from opinion.

But only 26% were able to correctly identify all five factual statements as such, and only 35% recognized all five opinion statements as opinion. Both self-identified Republicans and self-identified Democrats were more likely to believe an opinion statement as fact if the statement supported their ideological leanings.

This is a problem30.

We live in a nation that has become highly polarized politically, and we are simultaneously bombarded with a tsunami of media outlets, from mainstream/legacy media like CBS and The New York Times to aggregators like The Drudge Report to blogs of every conceivable flavor and bent. Increasingly, Americans gravitate toward news and opinion sources that cater to their personal biases.

One factor is the miserable state of education31 in the United States. Despite the highest per-student spending in the industrialized world, American students struggle to stay middle-of-the-pack in academic achievement as compared to their global peers. Too many students struggle to read and compute at grade level. They are taught to regurgitate what they are told rather than to use logic and reason to determine fact and truth. In other words, they are taught what to think rather than how to think.

This is compounded by a media universe that no longer presents news truthfully, much less objectively. News is presented with an ideological/political bias, twisting facts to comport with political agendas, and omitting relevant facts that might undermine a political narrative.

This dearth of objective, factual news, combined with an inability to reason, creates destructive dynamics in the social sphere. It renders large sections of the population incapable of engaging in reasoned debate without shouting down those who disagree with them. It increasingly leads to violence. Grown adults hear something that offends them and they become “micro-aggressed” and “triggered,” running to their “safe spaces” (stocked with crayons and Teddy bears and snacks32) to escape reality.

This must change, or it will bring about the downfall of our republic (fact check: America is a republic, not a democracy). American citizens must become well-versed in logic, reason, language, history and civics, to name but a few. It is impossible to reach a compromise on public policy when we can’t even agree on a set of facts. True education (as opposed to the progressive indoctrination that too often passes for “education” in our schools and colleges) enlightens, elucidates and civilizes. It brings about peaceful solutions to complex and contentious problems.

These universal truths were succinctly summed up by James Madison in an 1822 letter to W.T. Barry, declaring, “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56660-fact-or-opinion-americans-cant-tell-the-difference

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Obama’s Child Detention Photos You Have Not Seen33 — In 2014, journalists were given a media tour of two Obama administration detention facilities.
    Republicans Blast FBI Bias Exposed in the IG Report34 — Graham and Gowdy slam Comey and the FBI for poorly handling the Clinton investigation.
    SPLC Finally Gets a Taste of Its Own Medicine35 — The racial grievance industry linchpin is shelling over $3.4 million to settle a frivolous accusation.
    Video: Jordan Peterson vs. ‘Social Justice Warriors’36 — John Stossel talks with the Canadian psychologist and professor about intolerant leftist politics.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Marc A. Thiessen: “When I worked in the George W. Bush White House and traveled to certain foreign countries with the president, we were required by the Secret Service to remove the batteries from our BlackBerrys, place them in a sealed plastic bag, and leave them on Air Force One for the duration of our visit to prevent foreign adversaries from hacking into the White House email system. But [Hillary] Clinton was so cavalier that she actually used not her government communications device but her unsecured private email to communicate directly with the president of the United States from the territory of a foreign adversary. By emailing Obama directly from hostile territory, she put both her own email system and the president’s at risk of foreign intrusion. Many Democrats blame Comey’s July 2016 statement for causing Clinton irreparable harm in the election. But we now know Clinton’s actions were worse than what Comey presented to the American people. Just imagine if his statement had been full and complete.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “I can say simultaneously that families should not be separated at the border and that the media coverage of the issue is hypocritical. I can say both that we need to tighten the border and that asylum seekers should not be considered in the same moral category as thieves and murderers. I can say at the same time that many — not all — critics of this policy are more interested in attacking Trump than doing the right thing, and that many — not all — defenders of this policy are more interested in defending Trump than doing the right thing. I can say that Sessions’ use of Scripture was really bad proof texting while at the same time saying that CNN and NPR’s sudden interest in Scripture not only is really bad proof texting but also oddly timed. Parents shouldn’t break the law with their children and we shouldn’t punish children for parents breaking the law. We’re going to have to walk and chew gum at the same time.” —Colson Center president John Stonestreet

The bottom line: “It strikes me that officials in our justice system should enforce our laws in ways that do not commit injustice. Our legal system should respect, not attack, human dignity. Apply this to abortion, immigration, marriage, antidiscrimination, religious liberty, etc.” —Ryan T. Anderson

Race bait: “There is a very obvious throughline connecting the worst moments and policies of this administration — the travel ban, Charlottesville, Puerto Rico and family separation at the border.” —MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

Braying Jenny: “So men, if you really are #WithUs and would like us to not hate you for all the millennia of woe you have produced and benefited from, start with this: Lean out so we can actually just stand up without being beaten down. Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don’t run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything. Step away from the power. We got this. And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you. You have done us wrong.” —Northeastern University professor Suzanna Danuta Walters in The Washington Post

And last… “Prosecuting illegal aliens who break the law, kids in tow or not, isn’t inhumane. Open borders however, are inhumane.” —Katie Pavlich

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56664-wednesday-short-cuts

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