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    Lost amidst other news, the House passed concealed carry reciprocity yesterday.
    Democrats throw Al Franken under the bus to clear the way for attacking Roy Moore.
    Trump moves to keep a promise — and the law — on the Jerusalem embassy.
    A new bill aims to hold accountable government officials who flout immigration law.
    The Ivy League is immensely wealthy … and still taking your tax dollars.
    Robert Mueller’s expensive probe is veering toward one focused on obstruction.
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” —Cesare Beccaria


National Reciprocity: Apocalypse Now?1

By Nate Jackson

In good news that was buried by other stuff Wednesday, the House passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, 231-198. Perhaps surprisingly, six Democrats voted for the bill, while 14 Republicans voted no. What isn’t surprising is the Leftmedia’s dezinformatsia about it. “House passes bill to let gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines,” headlined2 The Washington Post — as if all state lines were previously a barrier. What the bill actually does is ensure that all state concealed carry permits are valid in all states, contrary to the current regime under which states may either offer reciprocity or deny the right to bear arms to citizens of other states. As for citizens of the 12 states that require no permit, they may also carry in any other state. And as of 2014, all 50 states (some grudgingly after court defeats) recognize the right to carry concealed firearms.

In her typically apocalyptic fashion3, Nancy Pelosi tweeted4, “Inviting violent criminals to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Inviting domestic abusers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Inviting convicted stalkers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Yet the @HouseGOP just voted to do exactly that #StopCCR.” Dead wrong. Violent criminals, domestic abusers and convicted stalkers cannot legally obtain carry permits in any state, which the House bill did not change. But when have facts ever gotten in the way for Pelosi and Co.?

The NRA backed the bill, effectively responding to Pelosi in a statement, “Despite scare tactics by the bill’s opponents, concealed-carry licensees as a group have proven to be more law-abiding than the general population and even the police.” Analysis: True5.

Meanwhile, House Republicans added the Fix NICS Act to the bill — legislation that would create “maximum coordination” between states and the federal government on the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). It would penalize government agencies for failing to report pertinent information. Clearly, this is a response to the church shooting6 in Texas; the U.S. Air Force did not report the murderer’s conviction record to NICS. Fix NICS does not expand background checks7 in terms of who must undergo one or what information must be reported from which agency, though it would likely lead to more complete information in the NICS. Adding the two bills together may have helped in the House, but senators of both parties warn it’s a no-go in the Senate.

Strategically, Democrats oppose gun rights in any form — using hyperbole to do so — because they know the last line of defense against a tyrannical central government is the Second Amendment8.

Much More Than Franken’s Hypocrisy9

By Thomas Gallatin

Pressure further mounted on Sen. Al Franken10 (D-MN) when a majority of Senate Democrats joined together Wednesday in calling on him to resign after yet another woman stepped forward with allegations of his sexual harassment. This is now the eighth woman to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said, “Enough is enough. We need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is okay, none of it is acceptable. We as elected leaders should absolutely be held to a higher standard, not a lower standard, and we should fundamentally be valuing women. That is where this debate has to go.”

As we go to press, Franken is on the Senate floor announcing his resignation.

But why are Democrats just now growing a conscience against allegations of sexual misconduct? Until recently11, leftists spent years walking in lock-step in their defense of Bill Clinton, a man accused not only of sexual harassment but of rape. They fully supported Hillary Clinton as a woman who sticks by her man, dutifully ignoring her vindictive discrediting and belittling of all the women who dared to come forward with their stories of abuse at Bill’s hands.

The answer is politics. The wave of revelations of sexual misconduct by powerful men, mostly against those on the Left, means Democrats are scrambling after that all important vantage point in both war and politics: higher ground. With Rep. John Conyers’ (D-MI) resignation yesterday after a mountain of allegations and accusations against Franken seemingly growing by the day, Democrats had to make a move. By getting rid of both Conyers and Franken, they essentially suffer no loss of political power, as both men will be replaced by Democrats, all while they can strategically gain the political capital of being the party standing on moral principles. Meanwhile, Republicans will continue to be painted as the party of morally bankrupt misogynists as they are saddled with the problem of Roy Moore12. If he wins in Alabama next week, he will become the Democrats’ poster boy of the morally inferior Republicans. This is all political calculous rather than any newly found moral scruples.

In this current climate — where accusations are accepted as fact and due process is thought of merely as an excuse to deflect guilt — it should be pointed out that Franken has admitted to his misconduct, while Moore has denied the accusations against him, albeit rather inconsistently. Calling on one who has already admitted guilt to resign is no more morally commendable than is defending the right of the accused to be allowed due process. And when Democrats defended Bill Clinton and lionized Ted Kennedy — another philanderer responsible for a woman’s death — the only ground they occupy is the lower swamp.

Peace Through Jerusalem13

Donald Trump continues to be the antithesis of a do-nothing political leader. Yesterday, some 22 years after the Jerusalem Embassy Act became law, Trump finally declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Trump rightly understands that peace through Jerusalem can be achieved only by exercising Ronald Reagan’s approach to foreign policy: “Peace through strength.” Yesterday’s move definitely puts both Israel and the U.S. in a more fortified position. The following are some important remarks from his speech:

    We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. All challenges demand new approaches. My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act urging the federal government to relocate the American Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city … is Israel’s capital. This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago.

    Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time. Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.

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Washington continued: “Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. … There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

Of course, the most celebrated black civil rights activist to follow Washington was Martin Luther King Jr., who also strongly condemned racial agitators and violence in favor of peaceful protest.

In 1957, King wrote of loving your enemies, “Time is cluttered with wreckage of communities which surrendered to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation or mankind, we must follow another way.”

In his 1963 book, Strength to Love, King centered his message on this theme: “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

In his instructive Letter from a Birmingham Jail10 to his fellow clergy, King wrote, “This movement is made up of people who have lost faith in America … who have concluded that the white man is an incorrigible ‘devil.’ I have tried to stand between these two forces, saying that we need emulate neither the ‘do-nothingism’ of the complacent nor the hatred and despair of the black nationalist. For there is the more excellent way of love and nonviolent protest. I am grateful to God that … the way of nonviolence became an integral part of our struggle.”

He also said this, in his August 1963 “I Have a Dream11” speech at the Lincoln Memorial: “In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”

But he is perhaps best remembered for these iconic words from that speech: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Of course, today’s Democrat Party and black civil rights leaders long ago abandoned the collective wisdom of Douglass, Washington and King and have instead aligned themselves with leftist political and social agendas dependent upon hatred and division and color over character.

They have betrayed King’s dream12, turning it into a nightmare for generations. They would have you believe that he had rather said, “Let us satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred,” and “I have a dream that my children will one day be judged by the color of their skin, not the content of their character.”

The Democrats’ “Great Society13” social programs of King’s era have, in effect, enslaved generations of black men, women and children on urban poverty plantations14. The Democrats’ so-called “War on Poverty,” in which more than $22 trillion has been spent, ostensibly, to “lift up the poor,” has been an abysmal failure.

If black lives really mattered15, Democrat race-bait hustlers16 would cease advocating policies that condemn their constituents to an endless cycle of poverty. Of course, this would undermine the political and financial fortunes of the professional race agitators — those who, in the words of Booker T. Washington more than a century ago, “do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

Despite these Democrat deceptions and lies, today more than 90% of black voters support Democrats. The party accomplished this subjugation by convincing generations of black Americans that they will forever be victims of racial inequality, that they must therefore be dependent upon the state to survive, and that all Republicans are irredeemably racist.

In the eight years of Barack Obama’s17 regime (2009-2017), he advanced this victim/subjugation charade, propagating the Afrocentric Liberation Theology of his “religious mentor” Jeremiah Wright18, who set the tone for Obama’s racial division with these inflammatory words: “‘God Bless America’? No, no, no, G-d d–m America! … G-d d–m America!”

Ironically, Obama and Wright are the products of one of the most leftist cesspools in America, Chicago. In 1966, when MLK went to Chicago for the Democrat Convention, he observed, “I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi.” Sadly, not much has changed. Chicago was then, and is in many respects now, a cauldron of racial hatred. It is also the birthplace of the black supremacist movement19. Of such ethnocentrism, King said, “Those who are associated with ‘Black Power’ and black supremacy are wrong.”

King’s words notwithstanding, don’t let the winter season lull you into complacency. The Democrats and their leftist cadres20 have hot, hot, hot summer plans for 2018!

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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By Mark Alexander · Dec. 6, 2017 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/52780

“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” —George Washington1 (1796)

Obama may be gone, but his Democrat Party2 and deep-state race hustlers3 are working overtime.

Taking account of the Democrats’ most successful efforts this year to rally young constituents by fomenting division, one event above all others proved highly successful. It will most assuredly be replicated in some form next summer, ahead of November’s 2018 midterm elections.

I’m referring to the Charlottesville, Virginia, riots4, ostensibly over historic monuments5. This conflict gave rise to the Left’s so-called “antifa movement6” of self-proclaimed anti-fascist fascists, which metastasized to urban centers across the nation propelled by Leftmedia propagandists7.

Ahead of the next round of urban race rallies and riots, I surveyed some writings from the most esteemed black civil rights activists in our nation’s history: Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. What follows is a small but informative survey of what they had to say about racial division.

Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and became the 19th century’s most noted and articulate abolitionist movement leader.

While he strenuously objected to slavery and inequality, in 1855 he asserted, “I would unite with anybody to do right; and with nobody to do wrong.”

Commemorating the legacy of Abraham Lincoln8 on the occasion of our nation’s first centennial, Douglass noted, “That we are here in peace today is a compliment and a credit to American civilization, and a prophecy of still greater national enlightenment and progress in the future. I refer to the past not in malice … but simply to place more distinctly in front the gratifying and glorious change which has come both to our white fellow citizens and ourselves, and to congratulate all upon the contrast between now and then, the new dispensation of freedom with its thousand blessings to both races, and the old dispensation of slavery with its ten thousand evils to both races, white and black.”

Douglass wrote of the “past, the present, and the future, with the long and dark history of our bondage behind us, and with liberty, progress, and enlightenment before us…”

Of course, by today’s standards, Lincoln would be classified among the worst order of racists, and his top military commander, Ulysses S. Grant, might suffer some tarnish if Americans knew he was a slave owner prior to the War Between the States.

I would also note an observation from Douglass that might be instructive to today’s celebrity NFL anthem kneelers9. At a National Cemetery ceremony, Douglass said, “If ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ floats only over free American citizens in every quarter of the land, and our country has before it a long and glorious career of justice, liberty, and civilization, we are indebted to the unselfish devotion of the noble army.”

He frequently played “The Star-Spangled Banner” on violin for his grandchildren.

The next most distinguished of black civil rights activists to follow Douglass after his death in 1895 was Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

In his 1901 book, Up From Slavery, Washington wrote: “I … resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. With God’s help, I believe that I have completely rid myself of any ill feeling toward the Southern white man for any wrong that he may have inflicted upon my race. I am made to feel just as happy now when I am rendering service to Southern white men as when the service is rendered to a member of my own race. I pity from the bottom of my heart any individual who is so unfortunate as to get into the habit of holding race prejudice.”

He added, “Great men cultivate love. … Only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.” Washington was a critic of his contemporary, W.E.B. Dubois, who made a practice of fomenting racial division.

In his 1911 book, My Larger Education, Washington wrote of Dubois and other racial agitators words that are even more applicable to present-day race agitators: “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. … Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.”

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The Supreme Court has issued prior rulings coming down on both sides of religious liberty. In West Virginia State BoE v. Barnette (1943), the Court upheld a Jehovah’s Witness’s right not to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. In Wooley v. Maynard (1977), the Court said New Hampshire could not compel a Jehovah’s Witness to display the state motto “Live Free or Die” on his license plate, as it would violate a citizen’s right “to hold a point of view different from the majority and to refuse to foster … an idea they find morally objectionable.”

On the other hand, in Employment Division v. Smith (1990), a Native American failed to win a religious exemption allowing him to smoke peyote, and of course, in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), the Court swept aside the duly enacted legislation of the people of three dozen states in codifying marriage as between a man and a woman, compelling acceptance of a redefinition of marriage that two-thirds of states found objectionable.

There is also an undercurrent that reveals an unequal application of the law by government which is hostile to Christians25.

For example, the same Colorado Commission on Human Rights that compelled Phillips to bake the cake allowed three bakers to refuse service to customers seeking to buy cakes with messages criticizing same-sex “marriage,” an obvious refutation of the claim that this is about enforcing viewpoint neutrality. The state is punishing speech it finds objectionable.

In fact, a study26 by the First Liberty Institute, which tracks violations of religious liberty, found a 15% increase in legal cases that affect religious liberty in America. From unequal access to federal funds for churches, to lawsuits demanding removal of Christian symbols and memorials from public spaces, to denying freedom of religion to military service members, to compelling Christian bakers, florists, photographers and other artists to participate in same-sex weddings, a clear trend is evident in the oppression of the religious liberties of Christians27.

This is mostly due to the larger debate about rights. For the Right, rights are about individual liberty, and these rights are enumerated in the Bill of Rights. For the Left, “rights” are made up out of whole cloth to serve the desired outcome of some constituency, and, in order for these rights to be exercised, it usually means someone else must be compelled to provide something for the recipient.

The outcome of this case will be far-reaching. In fact, some wonder whether, for example, Christian medical professionals soon will be forced to participate in abortions or assisted suicide28, or Catholic Adoption Services forced to place children in homes with same-sex parents. The possibilities are as endless as they are frightening.

The reality is that the plaintiffs suing Christian business owners are not interested in equality, or accommodation, but in government-compelled acceptance of something tens of millions of Americans find religiously and morally objectionable.

Marriage is found nowhere in the Constitution, much less a “right” to same-sex marriage. However, the freedoms of religion, speech and association are found in the Constitution, right there in the First Amendment.

If the black-robed oligarchs of the Court (here’s looking at you, Anthony Kennedy) have any respect for the language and intent of the Constitution, Jack Phillips’ freedoms will be protected. There are reasons to be hopeful18, but time will tell.


    Time for #MeToo31 — The wave of sexual misconduct allegations mean “The Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year.”
    Trump Reverses Democrat Land Grabs32 — It’s an issue of federalism, and the president did the right thing with national monuments in Utah.
    Video: Is Fascism Right or Left?33 — Dinesh D'Souza breaks down the socialist history of fascism for Prager University.


    Star Parker: A Wedding Cake and the Blessings of Liberty34
    Ben Shapiro: Fiscal Responsibility or Lower Taxes?35
    Rebecca Hagelin: Pearl Harbor & Why We Stand36
    L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham: Brian Ross Should Be Fired37
    Hans von Spakovsky: Guam Has a Racist Voting Law38

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion39.


Star Parker: “Those in favor of redefining and legalizing marriage between individuals of the same sex had a great victory in the Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. However, many supporters of that decision distort its spirit. It wasn’t about forcing all Americans to accept homosexuality. It was about including this behavior under the umbrella of our guarantees of freedom. The gay couple that wants to force a Christian man to make a cake for their wedding, against his deepest religious convictions, does not respect the ideal of liberty in which the Obergefell decision was handed down. If they did, they would respect differences and go elsewhere for their cake — something easily done. … How can … Christians, white and black, possibly feel that the U.S. Constitution secures for them the ‘blessings of liberty’ if, on a whim, a gay couple can walk into their establishment and demand a product that violates their religious convictions? Especially when those demanding this product or service can easily obtain it elsewhere. No, this is not like refusing to serve blacks in a restaurant. The spirit of that behavior is racism, the antithesis of ‘securing the blessings of liberty.’ At the end of the day, our Constitution is only as good as the goodwill of our citizens. Things will only work when the ideal of ‘securing the blessings of liberty’ is taken seriously and respected by all.”


Insight: “It is largely because civilization enables us constantly to profit from knowledge which we individually do not possess and because each individual’s use of his particular knowledge may serve to assist others unknown to him in achieving their ends that men as members of civilized society can pursue their individual ends so much more successfully than they could alone.” —Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)

For the record: “The special counsel investigation run by Robert Mueller has cost taxpayers more in four months than what the investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack cost in over two years.” —The Washington Free Beacon (Flashback: “Republicans continue to drag out this political charade closer to the 2016 presidential election, and the American taxpayers continue to pay the price.” —Rep. Elijah Cummings, January 2016)

Braying Jenny: “I want every single California Republican to understand this. Your ideology doesn’t come first. Your party doesn’t come first. The PEOPLE come first. If you fail to recognize that, you don’t belong here.” —Nancy Pelosi (Translation: Conservatives “don’t belong here.”)

They’re not saying it’s racism, but it’s racism: “The stunning fall of Democratic Rep. John Conyers … has left confusion, anger, resentment and bewilderment inside the ranks of the Congressional Black Caucus, a group that Conyers helped found nearly four decades ago. Many CBC members see a double standard at play. They won’t say the treatment of Conyers is racist, necessarily … but they think white politicians accused of similar misconduct like Blake Farenthold, Al Franken, Roy Moore and Donald Trump get a ‘benefit of the doubt’ that black politicians don’t enjoy.” —Politico

Do as I say, not as I do: “Reports indicate the president will move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I wrote him last week to explain why that would be a terrible decision.” —Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who in 1995 voted in favor of legislation permitting Trump’s move

And last… “As we’ve learned, incompetence, bias, and sleaziness know no ideological bounds. But unless our nation can diversify its civil service (and unless civil servants themselves stop acting recklessly and foolishly) public trust will continue to erode, and everything will be viewed through a partisan lens, all the time.” —David French

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

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    Predictably, enforcing immigration law yields fewer attempted illegal border crossings.
    Pelosi and the Democrats go nuts about tax reform because it takes away their power.
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in the infamous “bake the cake” case.
    Time’s “Person of the Year” — the women who spoke up about sexual abuse.
    Trump reverses a small part of Obama’s massive land grab. Leftists go crazy.
    Is fascism Left or Right? Definitely Left, and here’s why.
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


“Personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice.” —Joseph Story (1833)


Illegal Immigration Way Down Due to Trump Effect1

By Thomas Gallatin

News is out on illegal immigration statistics this year and it’s good. The number of illegal aliens caught crossing the border this year has dropped to a 45-year low, indicating a significant drop in the number of individuals attempting to cross illegally. At the same time, the number of illegal aliens arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in the nation’s interior rose by 40%.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke credited President Donald Trump’s policies2, declaring, “We have clearly seen the successful results of the president’s commitment to supporting the front-line officers and agents of DHS as they enforce the law and secure our borders. We have an obligation to uphold the integrity of our immigration system, but we must do more to step up and close loopholes to protect the American worker, our economy and our communities.”

Critics of Trump’s border wall responded to the news by suggesting that the decrease in illegal crossing indicated there is no need for a wall, calling it a waste of money. However, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders noted that Trump remains committed to his campaign promise3. “The need for the border wall and border security, as well as responsible immigration reform, still stands,” she asserted. “And we still need to look at all the ways that we can protect our national security. And we still feel strongly that [the wall] is one of them.”

Tom Price, the acting director of ICE, pressed for more action against illegal immigration, highlighting the ongoing problem of “sanctuary” cities. “We need to confront and address misguided policies and loopholes that only serve as a pull factor for illegal immigration,” he said. “We must continue to target violent gangs like MS-13, and prevent them from rebuilding what we have begun to dismantle. Finally, we need to find a solution to the dangerous sanctuary city policies and the politicians who needlessly risk innocent lives to protect criminals who are illegally present in the United States.” Kate Steinle’s family4 knows about that.

Overall, the news on the problem of illegal immigration is good, but there is clearly a long way to go for the government to get this decades-long problem under control.

For Democrats, Tax Reform IS Armageddon5

By Jordan Candler

Republicans in the House and Senate are in the process of reconciling their respective tax reform bills, which means agitated Democrats are fomenting fear and trepidation. Nancy Pelosi introduced an outlandish rant against tax reform in October, when she hysterically asserted, “This tax bill is Armageddon.” With tax reform nearing completion, she is regurgitating this garbage-filled talking point, claiming again, “It is the end of the world. … This is Armageddon. This is a very big deal.”

In a sense, this isn’t hyperbole for Democrats. Their power and political influence depends on the redistribution of wealth, so in a way this is the end of their world.

In the real world, however, tens of millions of middle class Americans aren’t complaining about the extra money they’ll pocket if Republicans prevail. Democrats, however, are of the opinion that any boon to “the wealthy” — even if it’s disproportionately less — is more than enough reason to quash tax reform and therefore justifies their efforts to derail it. But the Democrats’ broader strategic angle is to protect their statist endeavors. To accomplish this, they routinely inflict discord by way of hyperbole.

Columnist David Harsanyi hits on this in a new piece6: “How did so many liberals convince themselves that tax reform (a rare cut that is, according to sometime-reliable Washington Post factcheckers, only the eighth largest in history) signals the implosion of American life? Everyone tends to dramatize the consequences of policy for effect, of course, but a Democratic Party drifting towards Bernie-ism is far more likely to perceive cuts in taxation as limiting state control and thus an attack on all decency and morality. Taxation is the finest tool of redistribution, so it’s understandable.”

But it’s also not excusable. Hysteria, hyperbole and falsehoods are a proven way for malcontents to breed resentment. At which point those who feel resentment are vulnerable to exploitation, which Democrats pursue without even thinking twice. Pelosi’s vexation is no excuse for absurdly hyperbolic remarks chock full of lies. Until subjectivity and relativism are tossed aside, vitriol and the speedy trend toward tribal politics will worsen. A little homework on the part of every American would defuse the situation and render these tirades ineffective.

Top Headlines7

    Trump to declare Jerusalem capital of Israel (ABC News8.)

    Islamist suicide plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May foiled (Sky News9)

    Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed as new DHS secretary (Townhall10)

    The enforcement wall: Border arrests plunge, deportation arrests soar (Associated Press11)

    Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after being acquitted4 in Kate Steinle’s death (Reuters12)

    Mueller spends in four months what Benghazi investigation cost in over two years (The Washington Free Beacon13)

    International Olympic Committee bars Russia from 2018 Winter Games over doping (NBC News14)

    DC has highest percentage of heavy drinkers (WTOP15)

    Don’t call us snowflakes — it damages our mental health, say young people (The Telegraph16)

    Humor: New York Times reports 18 billion people will die from Republican tax plan (The Babylon Bee17)

    Policy: Four promising takeaways from Masterpiece Cakeshop arguments (National Review18.)

    Policy: ObamaCare’s medical standards are harming our medical system (City Journal19)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report20.

SCOTUS to Decide if Religious Liberty Is Sacrificed on LGBT Altar22

By Louis DeBroux

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission23, a case with serious implications for religious liberty in the United States.

At issue is balancing the Constitution’s guarantees of freedom of religion, speech and association with public accommodation laws that prohibit denial of service based on “disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or ancestry.”

The facts of the case are straightforward, though often misrepresented. Jack Phillips is the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. A few years ago, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, two homosexual men, were traveling to Massachusetts to get married (this was prior to the Obergefell ruling in 2015), with a reception to be held in Denver. The two approached Phillips about providing a wedding cake, but Phillips politely declined, explaining that his religious convictions prevent him from providing services for same-sex weddings. The couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Commission on Human Rights, which sued Phillips, eventually winning a ruling that required him not only to provide services for same-sex weddings, but mandating he and his employees undergo “compliance training” (in North Korea this is referred to as “re-education camp”).

Lest one think Phillips is anti-homosexual, it should be noted he offered to provide a wedding cake24 to the couple — just not with any customization. In fact, he has served many homosexual clients in the past, and continues to do so. It should also be noted that his religious convictions prohibit him from providing cakes for Halloween (a pagan holiday) or second marriages, or anything with anti-Christian, anti-American or vulgar messages.

In a pluralistic society like America, this should not be an issue. The plaintiffs admit there were plenty of other bakers who would provide the cake, but this was never about getting a cake. No, it’s about forcing endorsement of the homosexual agenda and punishing a Christian for living by his faith.

Phillips is so committed to living by his faith that, rather than violating it, he stopped offering customized wedding cakes altogether while the litigation process continues, costing him a staggering 40% of his revenue.

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His infamous Twitter account, with 44 million followers of @RealDonaldTrump and another 21.3 million followers of @POTUS, places President Donald Trump in direct contact with voters, protesters, the media, America’s allies and enemies, alike, and the public at large. So, last week, for example, when Trump “retweeted” videos showing Muslims in the United Kingdom engaged in violence and anti-social behavior that another Twitter user had shared and linked with comment, it became a global incident with the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May. She responded defensively, condemning Trump for stoking “hatred and mistrust.”

The average American, however, saw what Trump shared: Three videos capturing Muslims assaulting people, specifically a young man on crutches in one video, and smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary in another. Elitists within the professional political world lit the prairie fire declaring racism, bigotry and division, with no comment on the actual deeds shown in the videos.

Meanwhile, following Thursday night’s shocking verdict25 in the Kate Steinle murder trial in San Francisco — a sanctuary city that released the offending illegal immigrant who’d been charged previously with seven felonies and deported from the U.S. five different times before he caused the death of an innocent American — Trump spoke directly to America and said what most Americans were thinking.

@RealDonaldTrump first posted, “A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration” the evening of the verdict. The next morning, Trump added, “His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE WALL!”

The average American read and understood the exact sentiments of logic coming from the president. The only statements dripping of racism or prejudice were coming from the mouthpieces of the Left.

There are at least two other recent evidences that Trump’s untraditional access to the public may create “chaos” for those protecting the Swamp homeostasis, but the average American hears what they’re already thinking. First is the case of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s aggressive moves to prosecute retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, who very briefly served as Trump’s national security advisor post-election and admittedly lied to the FBI for reasons still unknown to the public. As the investigation strains to unearth a single shred of evidence that candidate Donald Trump colluded with the Russians, Americans understand that those who lie to the FBI should be prosecuted. But what about the legal gymnastics performed by the FBI, Justice Department and Barack Obama to minimize the mishandling of classified documents and documented lies of Hillary Clinton for months?

Again, the average American sees the injustice of one being protected for egregious criminal behavior while the other is publicly crucified for a process crime. As Trump put it, “Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI and nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and they destroyed his life. I think it’s a shame.”

Finally, the Alabama special election for U.S. Senate provides a clear demonstration that the average American, once again, sees through the bias and hit-jobs at the hands of the press.

The March 2008 edition of the Digital Journal chronicles26 the timeline of Roy Moore’s alleged relationships with under-aged girls to be during the same time he was twice running as a Democrat for public office in Gadsden, Alabama. Yet after 38 years and multiple election cycles, these charges are just now surfacing with The Washington Post and radical leftist/feminist attorney Gloria Allred being the voices telling the folks of Alabama to vote for a pro-abortion, pro-illegal immigration, tax-and-spender because “suddenly,” their now-GOP candidate is an alleged pervert. Time will tell, but Alabamans appear ready to tell the coastal elites to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

So, there is a new normal. While President Donald Trump talks directly to the American public and governs with a pretty conservative agenda, the professional politicians and media will continue to talk to each other in breathless indignation. The Swamp Creatures and the Deep State will ferociously fight for their existence and power believing themselves to be the normal. Yet the real new normal might be “power to the people.”


    Defense Spending Can Be Wasteful Too31 — While the nation debates tax cuts and deficits, here’s a look from a different angle.
    Obama’s Climate Change Dogma32 — His views on man-caused climate change preclude him from conversing with those who disagree.
    ACLU Joins in Celebrating Kaepernick’s Grandstanding33 — And he’s in good company too — the ACLU also commemorated fellow communist sympathizer Jane Fonda.
    Nevada Judge: Trump Needs Convict Votes34 — In truth, statistics undermine Judge Johnson’s seemingly anti-Trump crack.


    Rich Lowry: No, Michael Flynn Didn’t Violate the Logan Act35
    Stephen Moore: Tax Plan Is a Cut for Everyone36
    Cal Thomas: Starving the Beast37
    Gary Bauer: How Deep Is the ‘Deep State’?38
    James Shott: Some Very Odd Courtroom Occurrences39

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion40.


Stephen Moore: “[Cato scholar Chris Edwards] examined the impact of the tax bill on the average tax filer in every income group with an income above $40,000. He didn’t include people who make less than that because very few in that income range have any income tax liability — and you can’t cut taxes on people who don’t pay taxes. Edwards’ remarkable analysis showed that as family income levels go up, the percentage reduction in tax burden goes down: Lower-middle-class people — who make between $40,000 and $50,000 a year — will see a 46 percent reduction in taxes paid; people who make more than $1 million will see roughly a 7 percent reduction in taxes (again, the exact rate depends on what state they live in). By the way, the Left also leaves out another impact of the tax cut that helps the middle class: a higher stock market. Some 54 million Americans have 401(k) plans. At least another 40 million have IRAs or pension plans. Where do you think that money is invested? Americans should look at their 401(k) accounts right now. They are surging in value in anticipation of the tax cut. This has contributed to a surge of economic optimism and Christmas shopping and spending. You want to kill the economy — and Christmas? Follow Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi’s advice and kill the tax cut. That’s not likely to happen. There is a high likelihood this tax cut will be enacted before Christmas. My friend Arthur Laffer says that he hopes taxes go up for everyone next year — because Americans are going to be making a lot more money as prosperity spreads to every state. Talk about a happy New Year.”


Insight: “The work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.” —Michael Crichton (1942-2008.)

For the record: “ABC reporter Brian Ross erroneously reported that Donald Trump, while a candidate for president, instructed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russia. … This is not the first time Ross has made an egregious error in his reporting at the expense of conservatives. After the tragic shooting at a movie theater in Aurora Colorado in 2012, Ross reported that he had connected the shooter to a Tea Party website. The report was totally false, but it demonstrates how some in the media wanted to demonize the Tea Party movement.” —Gary Bauer

Upright: “Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI and nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and they destroyed his life. I think it’s a shame.” —Donald Trump

Non Compos Mentis: “No, it is the end of the world. This — health care, the debate on health care — is life-death. This is Armageddon. This is a very big deal.” —Nancy Pelosi on the GOP tax bill

That’s not how impartiality works: “When journalists are attacked, journalists have to resist.” —CNN’s Jim Acosta

And last… “What I have always found particularly puzzling is that liberal females never seem to question the motives of left-wing politicians who want to see Planned Parenthood fully funded by the federal government. Doesn’t it ever occur to them that the politicians are merely looking to protect themselves from those inevitable paternity suits?” —Burt Prelutsky

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    The FBI’s impartiality is seriously questionable amidst new revelations.
    The Supreme Court rebukes activist judges.
    Average Americans hear Trump much differently than elites do.
    While we debate tax cuts, keep in mind that wasteful spending is a huge problem.
    Obama’s climate change dogma is endlessly frustrating.
    The ACLU joins in celebrating Kaepernick’s grandstanding.
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1798.)


Deep State Obstruction1

By Nate Jackson

The FBI’s investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and Donald Trump’s alleged “collusion” with Russia were far from impartial. But we already knew that. What is new is the revelation that Peter Strzok, who was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff earlier this year, was basically a shill for the Clinton campaign. For starters, he sent anti-Trump texts to his colleague/mistress during the investigations. His removal was reported in August; the texts were hidden until now, despite a House subpoena that should have unearthed them.

Who is Strzok? The Wall Street Journal explains2:

    This is all the more notable because Mr. Strzok was a chief lieutenant to former FBI Director James Comey and played a lead role investigating alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. Mr. Mueller then gave him a top role in his special-counsel probe. And before all this Mr. Strzok led the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and sat in on the interview she gave to the FBI shortly before Mr. Comey publicly exonerated her in violation of Justice Department practice.

    Oh, and the woman with whom he supposedly exchanged anti-Trump texts, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, worked for both Mr. Mueller and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, who was accused of a conflict of interest in the Clinton probe when it came out that Clinton allies had donated to the political campaign of Mr. McCabe’s wife.

But wait; there’s more. Strzok was one of two FBI agents who interviewed Michael Flynn on Jan. 24. That would be the same Flynn who’s now guilty of lying to the FBI3. Strzok also interviewed Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. They too lied to the FBI and … nothing happened.

As if that weren’t enough, we’ve learned that Strzok was the one responsible for editing key language in a memo by James Comey4. What Comey originally called Clinton’s “grossly negligent” behavior — language specific to the statute Clinton violated — Strzok revised to read5 “extremely careless.” That’s a clear pander to Clinton, who admitted she was “careless” but denied anything worse. The watered-down language gave Comey the needed rationale for exonerating her — you know, shortly after Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch6 on that Phoenix tarmac.

The investigation into Trump’s supposed collusion is turning into a probe about obstruction of justice. But, between the role of the fake Clinton-funded dossier7 in getting the FBI’s investigative ball rolling in the first place and the increasingly obvious conflicts of interest and political preferences of lead investigators, it may be that the real obstruction occurred at the Bureau.

In other news, Mueller has subpoenaed8 some of Trump’s bank records, perhaps crossing a line that Trump once painted red. This could get even more interesting quickly.

SCOTUS Scolds Lower Courts9

By Thomas Gallatin

In a 7-2 decision Monday, the Supreme Court stayed a block imposed by judges in Hawaii and Maryland against Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries, as well as North Korea and Venezuela. In its ruling SCOTUS pressed both the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts to expedite their decisions on challenges that have been raised against Trump’s executive order. In the meantime, the travel ban will once again go into effect without restrictions. The ban is one thing; the judicial rebuke is another, which we’ll come back to.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded to SCOTUS’ decision, stating, “[This is] a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people. We are pleased to have defended this order and heartened that a clear majority Supreme Court has allowed the President’s lawful proclamation protecting our country’s national security to go into full effect. The Constitution gives the President the responsibility and power to protect this country from all threats foreign and domestic, and this order remains vital to accomplishing those goals.”

Solicitor General Noel Francisco defended the legality of and need for Trump’s order, saying, “[It is a] comprehensive, worldwide review of the information shared by foreign governments that is used to screen aliens seeking entry to the United States. Based on that review, the Proclamation adopts tailored entry restrictions to address extensive findings that a handful of particular foreign governments have deficient information-sharing and identity-management practices, or other risk factors.”

The specifics of the ban, however, are almost incidental. SCOTUS’ decision is a win for the Rule of Law that also serves as a rebuke against activist judges. The High Court rarely intervenes when appellate courts are still considering cases, but did so here because disdain for a president or his policies is not justification for judges to ignore the law.

Top Headlines10

    FBI agent fired from Russia probe oversaw Flynn interviews, softened Comey language on Clinton email actions (Fox News11)

    Collins doubles funding ask for ObamaCare bill (The Hill12)

    Democrat Rep. John Conyers announces retirement amidst sexual harassment allegations, endorses son to run for seat (CBS News13)

    Former Democrat U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown sentenced to five years in prison (The Florida Times-Union14)

    President Donald Trump shaved some two million acres from two national monuments in Utah (The Salt Lake Tribune15)

    Trump pulls United States out of UN immigration deal (The Washington Free Beacon16)

    RNC to support Roy Moore in Senate race in Alabama, weeks after cutting ties with his campaign (The Washington Post17)

    Global temperature increases are lower and slower, says new study (Reason18.)

    ABC News president: Brian Ross will no longer cover stories related to Trump (Hot Air19)

    Humor: ABC News reports Trump nuked entire world, later clarifies he just microwaved a burrito (The Babylon Bee20)

    Policy: Consumers, not government, should decide If CVS-Aetna merger is a good idea (Investor’s Business Daily21)

    Policy: America’s “flyover country” is stronger than you think (City Journal22)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report23.

Listen to Trump as an Average American, Not an Elite24

By Robin Smith

Have you been hearing the breathless media complaints and the DC political apparatus gasp out the latest narrative that the “new normal” of Washington is chaos, dysfunction and distrust, all while blaming Donald Trump and his supporters?

Just last weekend, Mike Murphy, GOP strategist and former Jeb Bush employee, trumpeted on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “We’re living through the first screwball presidency in American History!” As he argued on that the “careening” in DC of an out-of-control presidency has instilled fear, he tipped his hand.

If you listened on, you heard from whence the concerns and pleadings he’s heard originate: the “professionals” who lost the November 2016 election. “The Republicans I’ve talked to privately, the professional pols, are terrified,” Murphy said. “They think there’s a chaos factor, to quote Jeb Bush who predicted all this.”

So, it’s not just Hillary Clinton and the angry Left who cannot accept failure and loss of the presidential election. Well, there’s a reason the average American abandoned the decorum and stale predictability of the quadrennial campaign to say, “You’re all fired!”

Is there a new normal? If so, is it really bad or unwanted by the average American? Let’s follow a few pieces of evidence that prove, yes, there’s a new normal. However, it’s only bad to the elitist keepers of the status quo, who have been and are being repeatedly rejected despite their polished résumés.

Is Donald Trump always right? No. Is President Trump at times a jerk? Yes. But is Trump right on policy that reflects the reasons he won — securing the southern border and reducing illegal immigration, cutting and reforming taxes, destroying the chokehold of red-tape around the necks of businesses large and small, appointing originalist judges up and down the federal court system, and halting the foreign policy and national security approach of leading from behind? Why, yes, he sure is.

So, Trump’s big offense is that he has unsettled a great number of people by brutalizing the symbolic niceties of the Swamp creatures.

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ABC News, feeling the blowback for Ross’ clearly biased spin, suspended the reporter for four weeks. Why didn’t they fire him? This isn’t the first instance of Ross peddling fake news. He has been responsible for several “misreports” over the years. What does it say about ABC News that they are unwilling to let go of an obviously biased and repeat offender reporter. #Resistance?

Exit quote: “My job is to hold people accountable,” Ross said, “and that’s why I agree with being held accountable myself.” Wrong. Your job is to report, as best as possible, the truth — irrespective of political ideology.

Top Headlines10

    House Republicans prepare contempt action against FBI, DOJ (Bloomberg11)

    FBI agent removed from Russia probe had key role in Clinton email investigation (Paywall — The Wall Street Journal12)

    Election law loophole let Democrats fund foreign national’s sketchy dossier against Trump (The Washington Times13)

    Fusion GPS scandal implicates media in possible pay-to-publish scheme (The Federalist14)

    After Kate Steinle verdict15, rep unveils bill to imprison officials who shelter illegal immigrants (Fox News16)

    Lawmakers seek end to taxpayer-backed sexual harassment settlements (The Hill17)

    Mexican man convicted of sexual assault was deported from U.S. 20 times (Daily Mail18.)

    HIV-positive school aide charged with sexual offenses against 42 kids — Leftmedia silent (CNS News19)

    James Levine suspended by Met Opera after accusations that he sexually abused three teen boys (Fox News20)

    NFL taking money from breast cancer, veterans funds, to pay for “social justice” settlement (The Daily Wire21)

    Policy: If a Christian baker’s rights are violated, we all lose (The Daily Signal22)

    Policy: Secretary DeVos should remind colleges of their First Amendment obligations (National Review23)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report24.


    The Media/Political Fraternity Protects Its Own28 — “Everybody knew” has been the go-to term attached to the despicable behavior of elite low-lifes.


    Jeff Jacoby: What the Constitution Says About Cakes and Compelled Speech29
    Kathryn Jean Lopez: Set Your Sights on Joy30
    Tony Perkins: Happy Holy Days From the Trumps31
    Todd Starnes: DC Transit Bans Christmas Messages From Catholic Church32
    Burt Prelutsky: Coming to Grips With Groping33

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion34.


Jeff Jacoby: “On Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission — the case of the same-sex wedding cake and the baker who refused to make it. … In Obergefell, the high court emphasized that dissent is entirely legitimate. ‘Many who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises, and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here,’ Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion. While same-sex couples would no longer be barred from marrying, he added, nothing should impede the continuation of ‘an open and searching debate.’ Were the justices serious about that? If so — if they truly don’t want the legalization of same-sex weddings to become an excuse to persecute ‘decent and honorable’ Americans who oppose gay marriage — they will use this case to say so. They’ll reverse the decision of the Colorado courts and uphold Phillips’s right not to support a practice he believes is wrong. … One needn’t share Phillips’s opinion of gay marriage to support his right to unmolested freedom of expression. Indeed, some groups that vigorously oppose his beliefs about matrimony have filed amicus briefs on his behalf. The right to have views that others don’t share, they know, is a quintessential American liberty. And the right not to be prosecuted for expressing those opinions is another.”


The Gipper: “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.”

Non Compos Mentis: “The US will soon face the consequences of a #TaxBill that takes money from the poor to give to the rich. Those who voted for it will face consequences later, when they are judged. Do you think Jesus’s words about being judged on how we care for the poor don’t apply? Think again.” —Jesuit priest James Martin (“The Bible is crystal clear on Christ’s views on the exact right American marginal tax rate, but super fuzzy on sexuality and killing babies.” —The Federalist’s Sean Davis in a sarcastic response)

Hyperbole much? “Voters fooled by propaganda and tribal hatred. Millenials: move away if you can. USA is over. We killed it.” —Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald on the GOP tax cuts

But we repeat ourselves… “Is there any going back after this #TaxBillScam? To America? Does it matter now if Trump is impeached? There’s no America now. Not the one we knew. Sorry, feeling real despair this morning.” —tax expert actor Patton Oswald

To the dark side: “ Maybe [Republicans] think that the poor have it so easy that they need to have to pay more taxes to force them to go out and work more. … It’s really akin to rape.” —Bruce Bartlett, economic adviser to Ronald Reagan and Treasury official under George H.W. Bush

Proving Republicans right out of spite: “Any tax savings that i [sic] might get from this unfair and mean spirited gop [sic] tax bill i [sic] will donate to charities to help the poor and vulnerable. Who is with me?” —ABC’s Matthew Dowd

Still chasing: “The [Senate] Judiciary Committee has an investigation going as well and it involves obstruction of justice and I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice.” —Dianne Feinstein

And last… “In a harsh and stinging rebuke, ABC News forcing Brian Ross to take a Christmas vacation and return to work after New Year’s.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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    The Senate passed tax reform. It’s not the prettiest bill but better than the status quo.
    Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about something that wasn’t a crime. No smoking gun.
    ABC suspends Brian Ross for another episode of fake news.
    The Leftmedia and entertainment industries know how to circle the wagons.
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)


Tax Reform: Political (Pyrrhic) Victory?1

By Nate Jackson

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, Senate Republicans managed to pass their tax reform package. It’s a “yuge” political win for both the congressional GOP and for President Donald Trump. The bill will now go to conference with the House, as both chambers have passed reform along the same broad outline and compromise before Christmas is quite doable.

There are some caveats to everything we just said, however. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) was the lone Republican “no” on the Senate’s bill; he objected to how much it would add to the deficit. We share his concerns about our national debt, but our problem2 is with the spending side of things. Meanwhile, 13 House Republicans voted against that chamber’s bill, and Democrats, who know how to march in lockstep, were unified in both House and Senate. Thus the lack of any bipartisan consensus, the rushed and opaque work outside regular order, and the middle-of-the-night vote is all somewhat reminiscent of ObamaCare. Will tax reform similarly end up as a Pyrrhic victory for the GOP? Democrats and their media mouthpieces will continue to attack it as “tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the poor,” perhaps costing the GOP control of Congress in 2018.

We’ve certainly done our share of reporting on the mixed bag of the GOP’s reform efforts3, and we’d prefer any number of different prescriptions. But politically it’s the overall perception of the bill among the electorate that will matter next year. So Republicans hope that people see through Democrats’ class warfare rhetoric, that biased realtors are wrong about the damage to home prices, and that the Keynesians are underestimating economic growth generated by more Americans keeping more of their money. Leftists are wrong, of course. For one thing, just wait until the lower corporate tax rate results in a stock market boost, adding more money to the 401(k)s of millions of American workers. The economic effect will be good, even if it could be better with policy tweaks.

In short, Republicans are hoping that far-from-perfect tax reform is better than the status quo.

Flynn’s Plea — Much Ado About Nothing?4

By Thomas Gallatin

On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged Michael Flynn, former national security advisor for Donald Trump, with lying to the FBI. The charge states that Flynn “willfully and knowingly” made “false, fictitious and fraudulent” statements to the agency while it was investigating Russian election meddling. David French of National Review points out5 that “the sharp-eyed reader will note that Flynn is being charged with lying to the FBI about activity that isn’t criminal.” Flynn has pleaded guilty to the charge and has now promised full cooperation with Mueller’s investigation.

What does this mean? The mainstream media outlets are speculating that Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to “make contact with the Russians.” While the Democrats and their Leftmedia mouthpieces are wildly playing this up to be the smoking gun of Russian collusion6 they have long been clamoring about, it’s not even remotely that. The devil is in the details — or in this case the timing — if in fact Trump directed Flynn after the election and during the transition to contact the Russians. Thus, this has nothing to do with the fake collusion charges. Moreover, there was nothing illegal about Flynn’s contact with the Russians.

Responding to the news of Flynn’s plea, the White House issued the following statement:

    Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.

    The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.

So, why has Flynn been the target of both the FBI and then the Mueller investigation? Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy believes7 the answer to be threefold, hinging upon Barack Obama’s desire to handicap Trump’s ability to reverse his policies both foreign and domestic. McCarthy writes that Obama aimed to “(1) to punish Flynn, and derivatively the incoming Trump administration, for opposing Obama’s anti-Israel legerdemain in the Security Council; (2) to promote the political narrative that Russia–Trump collusion had cheated Clinton out of her rightful election victory; and (3) to tie this collusion narrative to sanctions relief, thereby making it politically impossible for Trump to roll back Obama’s sanctions once he was sworn in — a boon for the Democrats’ collusion narrative since the sanctions stand as a reminder of Russia’s election meddling.”

This latest news is reminiscent of the special counsel railroading of Scooter Libby. And this is once again a reminder that Mueller’s investigation is free to go almost anywhere. For Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media, the endgame is the removal of Trump, because his election victory amounted to a massive refutation by the American people of Obama and his leftist policy agenda. Refusing to stand by and allow Trump to reverse their political achievements, Democrats have essentially opted for a resistance plan that seeks what McCarthy calls the “criminalization of politics.” Hence the call by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on Sunday for pursuing a case against Trump for obstruction of justice8.

Fake News Alert at ABC9

ABC News’ Brian Ross had a Dan Rather moment Friday. Jumping at the apparent opportunity to make a name for himself as he laid the ax at the foot of Donald Trump’s presidency, Ross erroneously reported that Michael Flynn4 had made a plea deal in Robert Mueller’s investigation to testify that candidate Trump had directed him to contact the Russians. Ah ha! The smoking gun of the Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy had finally been unearthed! … Except for the matter of one massive detail — a detail that would temporarily send the stock market into a downward spiral negatively impacting the pension funds of millions of Americans. Then came the correction. It was not “candidate” Trump, but President-elect Trump who had directed Flynn to contact the Russians.

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        In these days of bustling Christian activities — is there not danger that we neglect the culture of our hearts?

        One Sabbath morning Wilberforce called upon Clarkson, and found him sitting among his papers, busily engaged upon his great emancipation from slavery schemes. He said to him, very earnestly, "Oh, Clarkson! do you ever think about your soul?" Clarkson replied, "Wilberforce, I have time to think about nothing now but these poor negroes."

        And is there not danger that many who are absorbed in schemes of benevolence, may forget to look after their own souls? Is there not the same danger in the life of every Christian pastor and Christian worker? Is not the tendency of these days, even in the church, toward the cultivation of a working religion — oftentimes to the neglect of deep heart piety?

        I have not one word to say against Christian activity. No one can do too much. But efficient activity can spring only from deep heart religion. First, sit at Jesus' feet — and then ministry will follow as naturally as the harvest follows the sowing.

        The Redeemer's own life was an example for our imitation, and never was there such a worker as he. All his energies were given out in unceasing activities. But his life had a root. He spent hours, oftentimes whole nights, in prayer. He was always full of the Holy Spirit, and went ever from silent and deep communion — to his toils among men.

        And the same is true of all the truly great workers who have ever toiled in the church. They took care of their own souls as the best and only true preparation for caring for the souls of others. Their grand developments of Christian energy were the regular outgrowths of fervent piety. They took root downwards — and bore fruit upwards. And so it must ever be. Efficient, continued, and fruitful activity can result only from a life that is hidden with Christ in God.

        What the church needs then, today, is not less Christian energy and activity — it needs more. But that it may have more — it must first have more heart-life. A Christian life can only be luxuriant and fruitful — when its roots grow in a deep soil, and receive plentiful showers of spiritual influence.

        And it is in the prayer-closet, that the roots of Christian life grow. If there is no secret prayer, no silent communion, no personal living with God — then there can be no genuine fruits of the Spirit.

        In many ways, the root is the most important part of the tree. Men do not see it. It is hidden under the ground. It gets no praise from men. Yet in the dark it works in silence — and in its secret laboratory, it generates the life which goes up into the tree, and which manifests itself in trunk and branches, in foliage and fruits. The leaves are woven down in that dark earth-factory. The colors that tint the flowers are prepared down in that lowly workshop. The little blocks that are piled in silence, one by one, as the beautiful fabric of the tree goes up — are hewn out in the secret quarries of the roots. The fruits which every year hang in rich clusters on the branches, draw all their richness and lusciousness from the roots. And if a tree droops and languishes, he who would revive it must look to the roots.

        In the same way, these analogies hold true in the spiritual life. A man's secret and personal religious life is not that which the world sees, and praises, and understands; nor is it that which directly blesses and benefits the world. It is not a man's prayer-closet which is to be set upon a hill. But that there may be a beautiful, luxuriant and fruitful life in the sight of the world — there must be a secret, hidden root-life to nourish this visible growth. That a man may be active and useful as a Christian worker — he must first be wrought upon by the Divine Spirit.

        Every active Christian life must have, therefore, for its counterpart, a close personal walk with God. The energy of the one, must be balanced by the intenseness of the other. The danger is not that we work too much — but that we pray too little. It is to be feared that we have too many deserted or rarely frequented closets. We take too little time for quiet, solitary communion with God. When we are hurried with duties — then we take still less time for secret devotion. Our activity entrenches upon our communion. Our work takes us away from our waiting.

        It is right to give, but we must first receive from God, or how can we give? We must not go out to starving souls with an empty basket; we must wait at Jesus' feet, until he fills our hands with bread.

        We are so cumbered with much serving that we have no time with Mary, to sit down to silent meditation. In our hurry for results, we do not give God time to bring the fruits to perfection in our lives. We pluck them while green and unripe, and think to feed men with them thus. If we would be busy Marthas — then we must first be waiting Marys. We must receive at God's hand, before we distribute to the multitude.

        Let us, then, see to it that our own souls are fed — before we seek to feed others. Let us build our prayer-closets close to our pulpits and our fields of labor. Let us see that the roots are watered — and then we shall be fruitful trees indeed, our branches hanging full, and covered with beauty!

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