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The Incarnate Wisdom

“The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” (Proverbs 8:22-23)

The book of Proverbs repeatedly extols the virtues of true wisdom, founded on the fear of the Lord. In the eighth chapter, however, beginning at verse 22, the theme changes, retreating far back in time to creation itself, and even before. The statements in the next ten verses, especially, must be of an actual divine Person. From the New Testament perspective, especially with John 1:1-14 as the definitive exposition, it becomes clear that the divine wisdom of Proverbs 8:22-31 is none other than the incarnate Word of John’s prologue.

The Lord Jesus Christ, indeed, fits perfectly all the statements in this particular section of Proverbs, which then gives marvelous new insight into the events of creation and the divine fellowship in the Godhead before the creation. Note that in these first two verses, the Lord’s “ways” were prior to His “works” and that He “possessed” His Son “from everlasting.” This is the profound doctrine of “eternal generations,” whereby the Son is “brought forth” continually from the Father, forever manifesting Him in His creation.

The New Testament makes it plain that Jesus Christ is, indeed, the incarnate wisdom of God. He is the “Word” by whom all things were made (John 1:1-3). He is “the truth” (John 14:6) and “the light” (John 8:12) by whom alone men can come to God and follow Him. He is called “the power of God, and the wisdom of God” in 1 Corinthians 1:24, and He called Himself “the wisdom of God” in Luke 11:49.

All of the vaunted knowledge of the world’s thinkers and scientists is empty and futile apart from the Lord Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, for in Him alone are found “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). HMM

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A True Catholic
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


In the Catholic Encyclopedia, the entry for the term "Catholic" begins, "The word Catholic (katholikos from katholou--throughout the whole, i.e., universal) occurs in the Greek classics…." We agree that the term catholic simply means "universal." In the early church, the terminology catholic Church was used by Christians to distinguish the true Church from those who held to the heretical teachings of Gnosticism and pantheism. The true Church is comprised of all those, regardless of their race, gender, denomination, or other religious affiliation, who place their faith in the finished work of Christ (Eph. 1:12,13), that He died for their sins, was buried, and rose again the third day (I Cor. 15:1-4). According to the Word of God, the true Church is called the Body of Christ (Eph. 1:22,23; Col. 1:18).

The Roman Catholic Church, as we know it, technically did not come into existence until 325 A.D., during the reign of Constantine, the ruler of the Roman Empire at the time. He adopted Christianity as the state religion of the empire and adopted all the trappings that eventually came with it. While Rome has always touted itself as being the "true Church," which is universal, the very title, Roman Catholic Church is a contradiction of terms. Roman is a "specific term," referring to those who align themselves with her unsound teachings and her pope, while the term catholic means universal. In reality, it is the Protestants who believe that the Church, the Body of Christ is catholic or universal. This universal Church would include our Roman Catholic brethren who have placed their faith solely in the finished work of Christ, and not in works or the organized church.

Rome has often pointed out that the beliefs of Protestantism are something relatively new. It claims they are merely the fruits of the Reformation, which is far from the case. We certainly agree that the Reformers were used of the Lord to confront the indiscretions and outright errors of the organized church of their day and to encourage believers to return to the Scriptures as their final authority. The Reformers, to their credit, were simply returning to biblical Christianity. Essentially, the beliefs of the Reformers were the same as the early Christians during the first three centuries of Christianity. Some of those teachings include the sole authority of the Scriptures, justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ's finished work alone, that there is only "one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus," etc. Most evangelicals today, ourselves included, hold these doctrines to be among the fundamentals of the faith.

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According to Politico30, “A federal judge ruled in favor of Robert Mueller on Wednesday that Paul Manafort intentionally violated the terms of his guilty plea by lying to federal prosecutors and a grand jury, clearing the way for the special counsel to push for a harsher sentence.” All told, Manafort, whose sentencing will occur on March 13, could face a decade behind bars.
A potentially significant move transpired courtesy of the Senate Rules Committee, which yesterday “approved a change to the rules to shorten the debate time for judicial nominees,” Townhall reveals31. “Currently, up to 30 hours of debate time is allowed before a nominee is approved for service. But if the new rule … is approved in the Senate floor, it will reduce the maximum time to just two hours.” This could provide major inroads towards splintering the Democrats’ obstruction tactics.
According to The Washington Post32, “The House Judiciary Committee passed a measure Wednesday that would require background checks for all gun sales and most gun transfers within the United States, the most significant gun-control legislation to advance this far in Congress in years. … The committee also voted 23 to 15 to advance a bill that would close a loophole in the current background-check law that allows a gun purchase if a check is not completed in three days.” For the record, new background checks still wouldn’t have prevented recent mass shootings.
About that “peak oil” narrative… The Houston Chronicle reveals33, “Crude oil production in Texas has beaten a previous record set in the 1970s, a new report from the Texas Independent Producers Royalty Owners Association stated. Texas oil wells produced more than 1.54 billion barrels of crude in 2018, beating the previous record of 1.28 billion barrels set in 1973… Natural gas production also grew, reaching 8.8 trillion cubic feet in 2018.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott observes, “As the national leader in oil and natural gas production, Texas is paving the way for America’s energy independence.”
Amazon is among the world’s elite corporations. It has hovered around $1 trillion in market value for some time now, yet it won’t be sending any income tax to Uncle Sam. The Week reports34, “Amazon, which doubled its profits and made more than $11 billion in 2018, won’t pay any federal income taxes for the second year in a row, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reported on Wednesday. The company will not be required to pay the standard 21 percent income tax rate on its 2018 profits, and is claiming a tax rebate of $129 million, which ITEP describes as a ‘a tax rate of negative 1 percent.’” Some might say billionaire socialist Jeff Bezos isn’t paying his “fair share.”
Reports are surfacing that Amazon may renege on its headquarters arrangement in New York City. And according to Fox Business, commerce-friendly Tennessee — whose capital city of Nashville was a finalist — continues to be “very interested35” in landing the new headquarters. Fox reports, “‘The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming,’ said one person familiar with the company’s plans.” It’s almost like Amazon should have picked somewhere else in the first place.
Humor: New Toyota Prius will remind you to check your privilege every 3,000 miles (The Babylon Bee36)
Policy: “Unfortunately, one year after the tragic loss of 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, many lawmakers and advocacy groups still insist on offering ineffective measures to prevent school shootings based on a misguided diagnosis of the problem,” writes The Daily Signal’s Amy Swearer. Read how here37.
Policy: The Mercatus Center’s Donald J. Boudreaux offers “6 Key Takeaways Every Student Should Receive from Econ 10138.”
For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights39.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61163-thursday-top-headline-summary


OPINION IN BRIEF

Tony Perkins: “In a bitter response to his State of the Union address, [Hillary Clinton] tweeted Monday that the president was lying about the severity of third-trimester abortions. ‘Only about 1% of abortions happen later in pregnancy,’ she tweeted, "almost always because a woman’s health or life is at risk, or the pregnancy is no longer viable. Lying about this is dangerous, and a slap in the face to families who face heartbreaking situations.‘ First things first. The number of children it affects has nothing to do with the morality of late-term abortion. If there were only two kids on a burning bus, people wouldn’t shrug and say, 'Oh, the bus isn’t full. Don’t bother.’ … Like Hillary, Democrats are fond of throwing around this one-percent statistic on late-term abortion (1.3 percent if they’re feeling generous). It’s a convenient number to use, since most people are trained to dismiss it as nothing. But in this case, that ‘one percent’ represents 5,597 children a year. That’s double the number of casualties on 9/11. (Only this time, we’re attacking our own.) Imagine if someone said, just as casually, ‘America only lost 2,996 lives on September 11th. It’s just .001 of one percent.’ It would be unthinkable — almost as unthinkable as a country passing laws that make it easier to kill perfectly-healthy babies. But unfortunately, that’s the culture abortion has created. In the 46 years of Roe, we’re talking about 257,462 late-term lives. How does ‘only one percent’ sound now?”


SHORT CUTS

Upright: “If your first response to Democratic nut-jobbery is to get defensive about Republican blowback, you’re no longer a journalist. You’re merely a hack. You are, as President Trump would put it, ‘fake news’ — an activist masquerading as a journalist. I suppose this means I’m pouncing on the media, though.” —Ben Shapiro

Predictions: “Even if the special counsel regulations did not mandate confidentiality, ordinary Justice Department guidelines against public commentary about uncharged persons would do so. … There is thus a very good chance that … Mueller’s report will not result in any statement about the president other than that the investigation is closed.” —Andrew McCarthy on the likelihood of a “nothingburger” report

For the record: “I understand the Democrats that proposed [the Green New Deal] immediately tried to retract that white paper that went along with their resolution. And too many people in the media have been complicit in the Stalin-like or 1984 technique of disappearing it, sending it down the memory hole.” —Sen. Tom Cotton

Friendly fire: “I am for a jumpstart of the [Green New Deal] discussion and a framework. … I’m not for reducing air travel.” —Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Moon shot: “There’s a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal. They’re like, ‘Oh, it’s impractical. Oh, it’s too expensive. Oh, it’s all of this.’ If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the moon.” —Sen. Cory Booker

Sounds like you’ve already boxed yourself in: “I’m not going to box myself in, but should I become [the Democrat nominee], you know I’ll be looking to women first.” —Cory Booker

And last… “As I’ve said many times, abolish the withholding system and make people actually write a check to the government. America will be transformed for the better overnight. People will finally realize how much the government is really taking. True accountability will follow.” —Matt Walsh

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61160-thursday-short-cuts


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THE FOUNDATION

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” —George Washington (1748)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

Investigators confirm that MAGA-hat-wearing Catholic students were innocent.1
Trump’s tariff gambit is being put to the test this weekend.2
Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.

IN BRIEF

Covington Boys Cleared, but MAGA Hats Still Trigger10

Nate Jackson

We’d file this one under “Better Late Than Never,” although a lot of damage was done before the record was corrected. Private investigators have concluded11, after 240 man hours of interviews with 43 students, 13 chaperones, and several eyewitnesses, as well as scouring YouTube and news articles, that the MAGA-hat-wearing Covington Catholic boys did nothing wrong while at the March for Life in January. Greater Cincinnati Investigation, Inc. was hired by the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School to get to the bottom of the story once and for all.

In late January, the Leftmedia pounced on the boys for alleged racist taunting and bullying of a Native American on the National Mall. But the resulting hate-narrative lynch mob12 had the facts all wrong. Not only were the boys not the aggressors, they were the recipients of racial epithets from the Black Hebrew Israelites, a group of racist haters advocating black supremacy. Then Nathan Phillips, a well-documented liar and fraud, showed up to beat his Native American drum in the face of the most famous of the boys, Nick Sandmann. The video evidence is clear13, and investigators concluded that the statements they received “are remarkably consistent” with each other and “with the videos we reviewed.”

Investigators could not reach Phillips, however, even when they parked outside his home for a day. It’s no surprise that he doesn’t want to talk to them. He’s much more comfortable spouting lies on CNN.

Nevertheless, the reason that even a few conservative outlets initially dumped on the Catholic students was that their own diocese was so quick to throw them under the bus. Within hours of the initial reports, Covington Catholic High School and its Kentucky diocese shamefully issued a joint apology to Phillips, noting, “This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.”

That apology was taken down from the web, and Bishop Roger Foys of Covington soon issued an apology to the students. In fact, he now says “I commend them” for what “one might even say [was] laudatory” behavior. That’s as it should be, but, again, a lot of damage had been done already.

Unfortunately, there will also be those who are so deeply insulted at the mere sight of a MAGA hat that the truth is irrelevant. Guy Jones, a Hunkpapa Lakota and member of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition, complained after the report, “The fact that you have these students wearing these MAGA hats and they were doing the tomahawk chop — that was a statement.” Dina Gilio-Whitaker, a member of Colville Confederated Tribes in California and professor of American Indian studies at California State University at San Marcos, likewise grumbled, “They were all wearing MAGA gear, which is, unfortunately, a visual cue.”

Sandmann’s attorney, Lin Wood, was having none of that nonsense. “The MAGA cap that Nick was wearing provides no legal excuse or justification for the politically motivated accusers, rather it only confirms their bias and malice. Anyone who falsely attacked, disparaged, or threatened a minor because of the cap he was wearing should hang his or her head in shame and be held fully accountable in a court of law.” Well said.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61161-covington-boys-cleared-but-maga-hats-still-trigger


Tariff Deadline Looms Over U.S.-China Negotiations14

Thomas Gallatin

Another round of trade talks between the U.S. and China kicked off on Thursday in Beijing as the two countries seek to negotiate an end to the escalating trade war. March 2 is the deadline for President Donald Trump’s $200 billion increase in tariffs against Chinese goods to be initiated. However, Trump indicated that he’s willing to delay the deadline a further 60 days should the negotiations yield positive results.

Trump’s tariffs get all the attention, but the issue at the heart of the trade war is China’s long record of abusive trade practices, particularly related to the theft of foreign-based companies’ technology. As the Associated Press reports15, “Trump raised tariffs in July over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. The dispute includes cyber-spying traced to China, the country’s multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States and support for state industry.”

Clearly, Trump’s trade war with China is aimed at leveling the playing field and ending unfair trade practices, and insomuch as it delivers on that, it’s a good thing. That said, a fair market free of tariffs should be the ultimate goal, which will produce the most benefit to Americans and foreign nations alike. In the meantime, the tariffs are a somewhat painful but necessary “medicine.” What needs to be guarded against is the propensity for crony capitalism16, as businesses that benefit from these tariffs may lobby to permanently establish them. Other companies are, of course, paying through the nose17, and those costs are passed along to the consumer.

The president seems to be calculating that America can better absorb the economic impact of tariffs than China can. Indeed, with Chinese economic growth slowing to a three-decade low, and the U.S. economy jumping into high gear, Beijing may finally be willing to agree to real changes. That remains to be seen, but it appears that Trump is optimistic, as are a majority18 of American businesses.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61162-tariff-deadline-looms-over-u-dot-s-china-negotiations


ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY

Featured Analysis: It’s Not Easy Being Green19 — “Being crazy isn’t enough,” Dr. Seuss once said. Little did he know how prophetic he was.
Lesbian Ousted From LGBTQ Commission for Believing in Biology20 — The “transgender” movement is proving to be dangerous to actual women.
Is Cuomo Digging His Own Political Grave?21 — The years since 2011 have been a journey to the far-left extreme end of the party.
Video: Students Love Green New Deal … Until Hearing What’s In It22 — Students at the University of Miami loved Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal at first.
Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column
Read Red Old Deal Recycled as Green New Deal23. The Left’s ruinous “Rainbows and Unicorns Resolution of 2019.”

If you’d like to receive Alexander’s Column by email every Wednesday, update your subscription here24.

GOOD NEWS

Boys Recite Pledge of Allegiance Next to NC Fire Dept. Flag25
“Over the weekend, Roseboro Fire Department posted an image of the boys with their hands over their hearts as the flag was raised. The department said in a Facebook post on Friday that their chaplain spotted the two boys, now identified as Thomas, 7, and Derrick, 6, paying respect to the flag in Roseboro, a small town near Raleigh. ‘This afternoon as Chaplain Herring was raising the U.S. flag to full staff, he looked over to the intersection and saw these two young people standing there with hands on their heart saying the Pledge of Allegiance,’ the post read. ‘God bless our community.’”

Read more at CBS News26.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61144-boys-recite-pledge-of-allegiance-next-to-nc-fire-dept-flag


TOP HEADLINE SUMMARY

The ball officially gets rolling today on the bipartisan budget agreement reached earlier this week. “Lawmakers filed a broad border security spending bill early Thursday that is expected to clear Congress by the end of the day,” the Washington Examiner reports28. Expectations are that President Donald Trump will sign off on the legislation while continuing to independently pursue additional funding for the border barrier.
According to Yahoo News29, “Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says that after President Trump fired his boss, FBI Director James Comey, there were discussions within the Department of Justice about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.” However, “In a statement released by the Justice Department, Rosenstein said McCabe’s account of a discussion of invoking the 25th amendment was ‘inaccurate and factually incorrect.’” This story needs to play out, but there’s certainly some evidence that the DOJ was gearing up to obstruct Trump.

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 on: February 14, 2019, 09:36:24 AM 
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Sweet Naamah

“Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.” (Song of Solomon 1:16)

These words begin King Solomon’s tender expressions of love to his beautiful young wife. Solomon wrote a thousand and five songs (1 Kings 4:32), but apparently this was his favorite, for he called it his “song of songs” (Song 1:1), and it clearly centered on his beloved, whom he called “my sister, my spouse” no less than four times (Song 4:9-12; 5:1), thereby intimating both their spiritual and marital relationship.

Rehoboam was Solomon’s only son, as far as recorded, and his mother’s name was Naamah (2 Chronicles 12:13), meaning “pleasant.” Since he was 41 years old when he inherited Solomon’s throne and since Solomon had only reigned 40 years (2 Chronicles 9:30), the marriage of Solomon and Naamah must have been formalized when Solomon was quite young, long before he was married to Pharoah’s daughter or any of his other 700 wives. Naamah was then and always his one real love, in spite of his spiritual defections in old age. His counsel to young men near the end of his life was: “Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days . . . of thy vanity” (Ecclesiastes 9:9).

Note that Solomon called her “fair” and “beloved” in our text, and then “pleasant.” The Hebrew word for “pleasant” is very similar to “Naamah,” as though Solomon were calling her by a shortened form of her name as a term of endearment. The same word is occasionally translated “sweet.” Naamah was surely a sweet, pleasant maiden, but also a capable woman in mind and heart, fit to become a queen.

Solomon’s song for and about her is an inspired ode to true marital love and thus can even be a figurative testimony to the love of Christ, the “greater than Solomon,” for His church. HMM

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A Little Leaven And Lost Blessing
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


It is difficult, if not impossible, to determine from Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, just what the Galatian believers thought the rite of circumcision would accomplish for them spiritually. We doubt that they knew themselves, but the Judaizers had come in among them and had captured their attention so that these, who had been so gloriously saved by grace, now “desired to be under the law” (Gal. 4:21). They did not deny the efficacy of the finished work of Christ, but they were interested — just interested — in submitting to a religious ceremony which would in itself be a denial of the all-sufficiency of His redemptive work (3:1; 5:2-4). Result: the blessing was already vanishing (5:14) and the Apostle had to warn them: “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (5:9). You can’t admit a little leaven and expect it to stop there.

With the Corinthians it was rather a case of countenancing moral wrong. One of their members had been living in grievous sin. But then, their number was large, and he was just one, and the congregation as a whole abounded in spiritual gifts. Feeling quite satisfied with themselves, therefore, they simply overlooked this disgrace to the name of Christ. But listen to Paul’s — God’s — view of the matter:

    “And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you” (I Cor. 5:2).

    “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a lithe leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

    “Purge out therefore the old leaven…” (Vers. 6,7).

In these days when both spiritual error and moral wrong are made so palatable, when apostate unbelief and worldliness are presented so appetizingly, we do well to take heed to the Spirit’s warning to quickly purge out the “little leaven” that threatens to permeate the whole loaf.

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TOP HEADLINE SUMMARY

President Donald Trump is reportedly leaning toward tolerating27 this week’s budget deal — a House vote is slated for Thursday28 — but that doesn’t mean he’s acquiescing to the deal’s lackluster allocation of border-barrier funding. According to The Daily Caller29, “Trump said Tuesday that he is ‘looking over all aspects’ of the border security deal dreamed up by a bipartisan congressional committee to avoid another partial government shutdown.” Marc Thiessen proposes utilizing the sequester30.
“The national debt surpassed $22 trillion for the first time on Tuesday, a milestone that experts warned is further proof the country is on an unsustainable financial path that could jeopardize the economic security of every American,” USA Today reports31. The piece editorializes that “the national debt has been rising at a faster rate following the passage of President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax-cut package,” but runaway entitlement and welfare programs are and will continue to be the primary driver of debt, which, unfortunately, neither party will address. Erick Erickson rightly says32, “More so than climate change, the national debt is a national security issue.”
Bipartisanship and conservation are good, but when is enough federal land enough? “The Senate on Tuesday passed the most sweeping conservation legislation in a decade, protecting millions of acres of land and hundreds of miles of wild rivers across the country and establishing four new national monuments honoring heroes including Civil War soldiers and a civil rights icon. The 662-page measure, which passed 92 to 8, represented an old-fashioned approach to dealmaking that has largely disappeared on Capitol Hill.” (The Washington Post33)
Troll level: Master: “Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal resolution,” National Review reports34. “‘I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal,’ McConnell said with a sly smile during a Tuesday press conference.” Ironically, its sponsors fiercely object35.
According to CBS Miami36, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “blamed budget shortfalls on the state of Florida. He said New Yorkers are fleeing to the sunshine state to save big time on taxes.” Census Bureau data affirms this. American Legislative Exchange Council chief economist Jonathan Williams, in a piece titled “Americans continue their march to low-tax states37,” says, “Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Arizona led the way this past year in overall population growth as a percentage of population. Once again, Texas and Florida were the big winners in overall population gains, with the Lone Star State gaining more than 379,000 residents from 2017-18 and the Sunshine State posting a gain of more than 322,000. The big net losers from the report were New York, which lost a total of 48,510 residents, and Illinois, which lost 45,116.”
Following 35 hours of deliberations by a Brooklyn federal jury, former drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman “now faces life in a maximum-security federal prison,” the New York Post reports38. El Chapo was a serial prison escapee in Mexico who raked in billions of dollars via drug trafficking. Sen. Ted Cruz recommends funneling that money toward a border barrier39.
Policy: “The Social Security 2100 Act doesn’t live up to the rhetoric,” Andrew Biggs contends in National Review. Read more on “Why Social Security Expansion May Stiff the Poor40.”
Policy: “Twenty-nine states have reformed their civil-forfeiture laws since 2014. Fifteen states now require a criminal conviction for most or all forfeiture cases. And the recent skirmish over forfeiture laws here in Mississippi — a ‘law and order’ state by any measure — illustrated that the voting public does not believe there is a contradiction between upholding due process and enforcing the law.” (National Review41)
For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights42.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61141-wednesday-top-headline-summary


OPINION IN BRIEF

Marc A. Thiessen: “To win, Trump needs to shift the debate to a place where he has real leverage: using the threat of a sequester, rather than a shutdown, to force the Democrats to give him his border barrier. In 10 months’ time, if Congress fails to act, then an automatic sequester will kick in that would reduce federal spending in 2020 to levels that Congress and President Barack Obama set in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Congress agreed to lift those spending caps for two years in 2018, increasing both defense and nondefense discretionary spending above sequester levels by $165 billion and $131 billion, respectively. But that deal runs out at the end of the year. If Congress does not lift the caps by December, then automatic $55 billion across-the-board cuts to domestic discretionary spending will take place, while defense spending will be cut by $71 billion. That looming deadline gives Trump leverage he needs to get his wall. Democrats may not fear another shutdown, but will they really sacrifice $55 billion for domestic priorities next year just to deny Trump a measly $5.7 billion for a physical border barrier? … He should take the deal on the table today, resist the temptation to invoke a national emergency and then get the rest of his wall money in December when he finally has the upper hand.”


SHORT CUTS

Throwing down the gauntlet: “Getting attention does not equal effective leadership. That is a reality that U.S. House Rep. Ilhan Omar urgently needs to grasp as she settles into her new role representing Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District. … With an apology comes the expectation of change and personal growth. Omar’s two tweets from the past weekend made it clear that hasn’t happened43. The flippant tone of one of her statements also underscores doubts about her judgment, particularly when this latest communications crisis could have been easily avoided.” —Star Tribune editorial

Race bait: “Republicans have prospered as a party that has appealed to fear for years. … The appeals to fear are always sort of the man behind the screen, or now the man in front of the screen, in Republican Party politics. So because we don’t have candidates that do that and we don’t have a recent party history of doing that, we will not produce anybody like Donald Trump from a crowded primary field.” —Sen. Sherrod Brown

Braying Jackass: “The reason that they [ICE] are already 8,000 [beds] over their budgeted amount — so they’re violating the budget — is because of the president’s zero-tolerance policy that has turned everyone, regardless of their record, into a criminal. For example, if you cross the border undocumented, [Trump] has now made you a criminal. If a person has a driving while under the influence violation, he is now making that, saying that’s criminal.” —Sen. Bob Menendez

Non Compos Mentis: “Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers.” —Sen. Ed Markey complaining that McConnell will actually hold a Senate vote on the Green New Deal17

And last… “[The Green New Deal] sounds like a high-school term paper that got a low mark. It would shut down American energy. … It would shut down a little thing called air travel. How do you take a train to Europe?” —Donald Trump

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61133-wednesday-short-cuts


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THE FOUNDATION

“Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state.” —Alexander Hamilton (1790)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

Trump called the U.S. economy “the envy of the world.” It is.1
California’s high-speed derail is bad news for the Green New Deal.2
This just in: There was no collusion between Trump and Russia.3
Daily Features: More Analysis4, Columnists5, Headlines6, Opinion in Brief7, Short Cuts8, Memes9, and Cartoons10.

IN BRIEF

MAGA: Quality of Life and Optimism Soaring to New Heights11

Jordan Candler

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Donald trump heralded12 the “thriving” U.S. economy, which he called “the envy of the world.” Some have called the president’s characterization of the economy hyperbole, but there’s a plethora of evidence proving he’s right: The economy is changing Americans’ quality of life and stimulating confidence.

The IBD/TIPP Quality of Life Index is one metric that backs the president. The index has been tabulated for 17 years now, and it “asks the public whether they think their quality of life will be better, worse or the same over the next six months,” as explained13 by Investor’s Business Daily. The full-span average is 56.2. By that measure, Barack Obama’s 53.7 rating was subpar. But the index balloons to 59.3 halfway through Trump’s first term. The most interesting variable is independents. According to IBD, “Their quality of life averaged 52 under Obama. It’s averaging 58.8 under Trump.”

This segues nicely into Gallup polling regarding Americans’ confidence. Gallup reports14 that “Americans’ optimism about their personal finances has climbed to levels not seen in more than 16 years, with 69% now saying they expect to be financially better off ‘at this time next year.’” This percentage is bested only by the 71% registered in March 1998. Moreover, “Fifty percent say they are better off today than they were a year ago.”

Clearly, the Trump economy isn’t limp like it was under Obama. And that’s due to a combination of heavy deregulation, impressive job creation, and tax reform. Amazingly, Democrats are trying to spin all of these — but especially tax reform — as detrimental. Presidential candidate Kamala Harris even asserted, “The average tax refund is down about $170 compared to last year. Let’s call the President’s tax cut what it is: a middle-class tax hike to line the pockets of already wealthy corporations and the 1%.”

Fortunately, most Americans are rejecting this snake oil because they understand15 more take-home pay as a result of less tax withholding means a lesser refund come tax filing. And their quality of life and optimism are the better for it.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61117-maga-quality-of-life-and-optimism-soaring-to-new-heights


California’s High-Speed Derail16

Nate Jackson

Green New Deal17 proponents have some big dreams. One of them is “investing in … clean, affordable, and accessible transportation; and high-speed rail.” The FAQ section says the plan aims to “build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.” Fortunately, we have a real-world example of high-speed rail in America to see how well it will work. Let’s go to the tape.

“The project, as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long,” declared Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom in his State of the State Address this week.

Oh.

So, after current construction on one leg is done, Newsom laid the track for abandoning the boondoggle, though state Democrats rushed to insist he’s not killing the statewide plan.

Reason’s Scott Shackford writes of the California train18, “Voters approved a ballot initiative in 2008 that set aside a $10 billion bond to begin the project of building a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco with the promise that more funding would come through from the feds or from private sources, that the train would not require subsidies to operate, and that it would help fight climate change.” Indeed, Barack Obama’s infamous “stimulus” redistributed $3.5 billion to California for the train. Gavin’s not entirely giving up primarily because he’s “not interested in sending” that money “back to Donald Trump.”

Not to be completed until at least 2033, the latest estimate for the train’s price tag was $77 billion after initial estimates pegged it at $33 billion. In reality, it would probably end up costing well over $100 billion.

Newsom’s lack of enthusiasm for his predecessor Jerry Brown’s beloved project isn’t new, but the timing of his comments couldn’t have been worse for Green New Deal proponents. Doubly so as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared (with a smirk) that the chamber will actually vote on the resolution to “give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

Dan McLaughlin quips, “If something is too expensive to build once, why not build it everywhere in the country instead?” He’s obviously joking, but don’t be surprised if that’s exactly the argument trotted out by GND chief engineer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61136-californias-high-speed-derail


No Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion, but MSM Still True Believer19

Thomas Gallatin

“If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) stated recently. And it appears that is exactly what the Senate Intelligence Committee will do. Burr added on Tuesday, “There is no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

So, after two years of an investigation that was instigated by Hillary Clinton’s opposition-research smear, the Senate has concluded — as President Donald Trump has steadfastly insisted the entire time and as the House concluded last year — there was no collusion20.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media has ignored newly released FBI emails obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that reveal former FBI Director James Comey sought to work a quid pro quo deal21 with Barack Obama’s State Department in exchange for going easy on Hillary Clinton with her private email server22.

Back in October 2016, Fox News first reported the allegations of a quid pro quo deal, which former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) called at the time “a flashing red light of potential criminality.” He further explained, “In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed.” It’s now clear that individuals within the FBI, including former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, were involved in discussing a quid pro quo arrangement, though there is no indication it was ever implemented.

On top of this comes Tuesday’s revelation that the Federal Election Committee (FEC) has refused to investigate allegations of Clinton’s campaign-money laundering scheme. The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland explains23, “[The] complaint charged that, during the 2016 presidential election, Democrats illegally funneled approximately $84 million through the Hillary Victory Fund to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which then illegally coordinated with the Hillary Clinton campaign.” Nothing to see here; move along, says the FEC.

Once again, with all the thick, steady smoke emanating from Clinton and the DNC, it’s almost laughable the lengths to which the MSM goes in ignoring or outright denying that there is any scandal there, while at the same time fixating on a fictional Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy that has yet to produce one iota of actual evidence.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61137-no-evidence-of-trump-slash-russia-collusion-but-msm-still-true-believer


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In fact, more than 65 House Democrats have already signed on to the resolution. And top Democrat lawmakers in the Senate, some of whom have committed to 2020 presidential runs, including Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory “Spartacus” Booker, have also signed on. According to Spartacus, those not supporting the “10-year national mobilization” are not dreamers: “There’s a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal. They’re like, ‘Oh, it’s impractical. Oh, it’s too expensive. Oh, it’s all of this.’ If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the moon. ‘God, that’s impractical! You see that ball in the sky? That’s impractical!’ We are a nation that has done impossible things before.” (Somebody should inform Booker about how much glorious fossil fuel we used to get to the moon.)

Leftist cadres insist the GND is a litmus test for 2020 Demo candidates.

In reality, it’s a litmus test for identity-politics idiocy, and all the candidates who signed on are banking on the idiocy of their constituents.

Of course, the GND is also backed by leftist billionaires such as George Soros31, Tom Steyer32, Michael Bloomberg33, and Jeff Bezos34 — who, along with their Leftmedia propagandists12, form the archenemies35 of American Liberty36. And, given their insatiable narcissistic pursuit37 of power, they’re committed to promoting this socialist agenda.

Finally, as promised regarding FDR’s “New Deal,” let’s take a quick stroll down History Lane…

The GND socialist charade is an attempt to re-warm President Franklin Roosevelt’s populist “New Deal,” but a quick review of the facts, such being anathema to Democrats, makes clear that FDR’s statist policies failed — and that the so-called “Green New Deal” is destined to fail catastrophically.

Of course, Democrats never let pesky facts get in the way of their political agendas.

FDR’s attempt to tax, spend, and regulate38 the nation out of the Great Depression between 1933 and 1936 largely failed with each new initiative. While his Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Civil Works Administration (CWA) provided labor jobs and sustenance to people willing to work, this didn’t end the Depression. His Farm Security Administration (FSA), the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 (NIRA), and the Social Security Administration (SSA) provided support for farmers, the unemployed, youth, and the elderly, but did not end the Depression. FDR also ended the “gold standard” backing of currency in an effort to stop deflation, resulting in the fiat currency we use today, but that didn’t work either. He then focused on bank reform by way of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which did improve banking confidence but did not end the Depression.

In his words, FDR defined his failed centralized government folly as “bold, persistent experimentation,” adding, “It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another.” That’s crisis management by trial and error.

FDR even attempted to pack the Supreme Court by expanding the number of justices in order to ensure affirmation of his extra-constitutional government programs, but fortunately, Congress reined in that effort. (Recently, after Trump’s successful SCOTUS nominations of jurists who support Rule of Law39, Democrats are again proposing to increase the number of justices in order to recover their rule-of-men40 tyranny by judicial diktat.)

After he’d purchased his reelection41 with massive government expansion and wealth-redistribution schemes, the nation was hit with the “Roosevelt Depression” of 1937. Clearly, his first-term “3 Rs” policies — government intervention to provide relief for the unemployed and poor, recovery of the economy, and reform of the financial system — had failed, and unemployment then climbed to 22%. So FDR responded by wildly expanding government deficit spending from 1% of GDP to almost 5% of GDP, and that superficially stabilized the economy. But the simple fact is that the end of the Great Depression came with the massive spending increases we undertook to win World War II and the job creation that accompanied our wartime economy.

The net result of FDR’s “policy solutions,” however, was an irrevocable expansion of government bureaucracies defined by his “New Bill of Rights42” in 1944 and a political realignment that gave the Democrat Party majorities in Congress and a stranglehold on the White House for seven of the nine presidential terms from 1933 to 1969. And in the 1960s, Lyndon Johnson’s so-called “Great Society43” programs proved to be yet another case study in failed socialist policies.

Ominously, LBJ said of his statist expansion, “We have built up new instruments of public power. In the hands of a people’s government this power is wholesome and proper. But in the hands of political puppets of an economic autocracy such power would provide shackles for the liberties of the people.”

Today’s Democrats are little more than autocratic puppets.

For the record, FDR’s response to collapsing confidence in our financial system in 1933 was similar to Obama’s44 response in 2009 — similar in that both Democrat presidents proposed socialist “policy solutions45” that, in fact, served only to extend the economic misery. In the case of Obama, his solutions were in response to the 2008 financial crisis that was, ironically but not coincidentally, the direct result of prior Democrat statist regulatory policies46 related to mortgage markets.

As was the case with those statist policies, the “Green New Deal” in any portion is likewise designed to result in another crisis of economic confidence, opening a much grander opportunity to break the back of free enterprise47 and replace it with evermore socialist policies.

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The Patriot Post® · Red Old Deal Recycled as Green New Deal
By Mark Alexander · Feb. 13, 2019 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/61147-red-old-deal-recycled-as-green-new-deal

“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.” —Patrick Henry, 1775
Marketing experts insist that the words “green” and “new deal” invoke a favorable consumer response. So do the words “rainbows” and “unicorns.”

The Democrat Party’s1 so-called “Green New Deal2” (GND), better known as the “Rainbows and Unicorns Resolution of 2019,” is, as I wrote previously, like a watermelon — “green on the outside, but red on the inside.” It’s the ludicrous Millennial effluent of the Leninist “Earth Day3” mindset.

This behemoth “climate change4” charade is, as are all others, about the implementation of socialist economic policies. That consequence is evident in the fact that the absurd mandates5 of the GND (as outlined in its FAQ document6, which was quickly removed7 from public view) would result in catastrophic worldwide economic collapse.

GND is so colossally asinine that it’s difficult to know where to start — so let’s go back to the beginning, with a brief assessment of what ensued.

This example of abject ecofascist ignorance was fronted by the “new face of the Democrat Party8,” as DNC Chairman Tom Perez described Miss Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez9 (D-NY), the leftist Millennial heartthrob who arrived in Congress just three weeks ago. Perez must think Democrat voters are idiots10 and will buy into the fresh-faced facade11.

Her sycophantic Leftmedia admirers12 now refer to her simply as “AOC,” which, perhaps fittingly, is also an initialism for “American Organized Crime.”

She and her cohort, Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA), both chronically manifesting Trump Derangement Syndrome13, described their plan as “a national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II,” attempting to frame it as an extension of FDR’s failed “New Deal” policies. (More on that in a moment.)

Their GND is the latest Demo “BIG Lie14” for “fundamentally transforming the United States of America15,” a masterpiece of ignorant propaganda backed by the usual socialist deniers16. But Ocasio-Cortez may ultimately be a socialist contagion17.

Wall Street Journal political analyst Kimberley Strassel declared, “By the end of the Green New Deal resolution (and accompanying fact sheet) I was laughing so hard I nearly cried. If a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job. It is beautiful.”

While it may be laughable, it’s no laughing matter.

The GND is not the stuff of dreams but of socialist-induced nightmares. Democrat Party neophytes romanticize such nightmares18, refusing to accept the reality that socialist governments, like those of the USSR19 and most recently Venezuela20, are destined to empower tyrants and usher in economic calamity before they inevitably fail.

Columnist David Harsanyi outlined some of the most insane requirements of the GND21, including its mandate to ban affordable energy, eliminate nuclear energy, eliminate 99% of cars, gut and rebuild every building in America, and eliminate air travel and substitute for rail (which, coincidentally, California just killed22).

Of course, its replete with “social welfare” objectives to guarantee a job for people willing to work (and “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work”), and housing, free education, and healthy food for all. (You can read more details here23 and here24.) Notably, the Bezos WaPo refused to do any of its vaunted fact-checking: “We won’t be awarding any Pinocchios in this kerfuffle.”

Enter Donald Trump25. On the heels of his well-received State of the Union26, in which he declared, “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” Trump was quick to offer an acerbic endorsement of the GND: “I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called ‘Carbon Footprint’ to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military — even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell followed up with a commitment to call for a vote27 on the GND resolution to get Democrats on record: “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

Ironically, the Demo GND resolution may not even get a vote in the Demo-controlled House. Freedom Center Journalism fellow Bruce Thornton notes that it has turned into “The Democrats’ Dangerous Gong Show28.”

Demo Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered this less-than-lukewarm reference to the GND after its unveiling: “The green dream, or whatever they call it — nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?” That is reminiscent of Pelosi’s comment about Barack Obama’s so-called Affordable Care Act29: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Recall that Pelosi added30, “In [passing this legislation], we will honor the vows of our Founders, who in the Declaration of Independence said that we are ‘endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’” Seriously, she said that.

Of course, Pelosi is just using the GND as a political ploy to circle back with a “moderate” version as a consensus-building negotiation ploy. Laughably, Pelosi invoked “God” to justify the Democrats’ “climate change” agenda: “We have a moral responsibility to protect God’s creation for generations to come. That is why today, we named members to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.” (Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley responded: “Does God’s creation not include protecting babies as well Madame Speaker? A committee on that issue would be welcome.”)

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