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Mid-Day Digest · November 11, 2016


    A rebuttal to Obama's post-election tripe about "patriots."
    Trump meets with Obama, Ryan and McConnell as he starts transitioning.
    What will Trump's first 100 days look like? There's promise.
    There are a lot of lessons to be learned from 2016, so let's get started.
    And more news, policy and opinion.


"I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people."—Fisher Ames (1789)

Obama on 'Patriots'?

By Mark Alexander

On Wednesday, we offered post-election numbers and analysis on the response from Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton.

Barack Obama took a break from eating crow Wednesday to offer his insights into the defeat of his "third term." Allow me to provide a reality check on his comments and assertions.

Obama said, "Eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush's team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running." For the record, Clinton's team could not have been more unprofessional or ungracious when turning the keys over to George Bush.

Obama said, "One thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency is bigger than any of us." For the record, he may have realized that, but Obama acted from day one as if he were bigger than the job.

Obama said, "Hillary Clinton has lived an extraordinary life of public service. She was a great first lady. She was an outstanding senator for the state of New York. And she could not have been a better secretary of state." For the record, Hillary Clinton has served nothing but her own criminal enterprises. Her lifelong record of malfeasance and the catastrophic humanitarian crisis she and Obama created in the Middle East is their foreign policy legacy.

Obama said, "A lot of Americans look up to her. Her candidacy and nomination was historic and sends a message to our daughters all across the country that they can achieve at the highest levels of politics." For the record, Clinton looks down on a lot of America.

Obama said, "We're not Democrats first. We're not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We're patriots first." For the record (ROFL — gotta catch my breath), Obama said "patriots"? Barack Hussein Obama has been on the wrong side of American Patriots since his childhood indoctrination by Frank Marshall Davis. His lifelong association with Marxists is why his first political fundraiser for Illinois state senate was hosted by his Marxist neighbors, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. And it went downhill from there.

(Josh Earnest also got that memo: "We're Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans and patriots first." Ditto, Josh.)

Obama said, "The country needs — a sense of unity; a sense of inclusion; a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a respect for each other." For the record (ROFL, gotta catch my breath again), Obama said "rule of law"? Obama has done everything he could do in eight years to undermine Rule of Law and advance the tyrannical rule of men.

Obama said, "Everyone on my team should be extraordinarily proud of everything that they have done, and so should all the Americans..." For the record, no.

Obama said, "All the important work that's done by moms and dads and families and congregations in every state. The work of perfecting this union." For the record, Obama has done everything he could do in eight years to undermine marriage, family and faith.

Obama said, "We all go forward, with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens — because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy." For the record, we are not a "democracy," we are a Republic, and no one has done more to presume bad faith on the part of opponents than Obama.

Obama said, "I am looking forward to doing everything that I can to make sure that the next president is successful in that. I want to make sure that handoff is well-executed, because ultimately we're all on the same team." For the record, no you aren't, and new we aren't.

A few final thoughts this week. I have not spoken to a single "Never Trumper" who, when asked "would you rather have Trump or Clinton in January," has responded, Clinton. To a person they have affirmed Trump and his plan of action.

As for all of Clinton's despondent lemmings, they are case studies in cognitive dissonance, and arrested emotional development at all ages.

Regarding all the chatter about "media polling," and the coefficient claim that "nobody but Trump understood the underlying voter sentiments," wrong. The mainstream media didn't misread opinion; they tried to dictate it. Nobody was more surprised about Donald Trump's victory than Donald Trump, but for those of us outside the Beltway and media towers, the grassroots sentiments have been plain since Obama's duped voters into seating him in 2008.

And a parting word for Hillary Clinton — you left Americans to die in Benghazi in order to prop up Obama's 2012 faux re-election mantra, "Al-Qa'ida is on the run." We will NEVER forget.

And on that note, today is Veterans Day. If you missed these posts, I invite you to read my most recent Veterans Day profile on the current generation of young Patriots, "Honoring Those Who Have Earned It," and my recent profile on Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss, subject of the best movie in years, "Hacksaw Ridge."


Mr. Trump Goes to Washington

Donald Trump met with Barack Obama for the very first time Thursday, as he began his transition to the White House. Needless to say, it made for some awkward handshakes. Trump, who's called Obama the "worst president in the history of the United States" and won in large part as a repudiation of Obama's policies, said Thursday he has "great respect" for Obama. "I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel," he said. And Obama, who repeatedly declared Trump a KKK-backed racist and "unfit" for office and whose press secretary confirmed after the meeting that Obama's opinion hasn't changed, said he's "very encouraged" and gave a call for everyone, "regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together." That coming together did not include the traditional photo-op with the outgoing and incoming first couples. Trump has his work cut out for him undoing Obama's policies, and the lame duck knows it.

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That work will begin by teaming up with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom Trump also met with Thursday. "I think we're going to do some absolutely spectacular things for the American people," Trump said, while sitting with Ryan. "We can't get started fast enough." Among those things, Trump said, "We're going to lower taxes, as you know. Health care — we're going to make it affordable." And Ryan even borrowed Trump's slogan, saying, "We are now talking about how we are going to hit the ground running to get this country turned around and make America great again." McConnell added, "We will work hand-in-hand on a positive agenda to tackle this country's biggest challenges." For our part, we hope the coming together Obama spoke of is actually on the GOP side. If they present a united front, they'll accomplish a lot.

100 Days of Trump

A tradition established by FDR and maintained since, newly elected presidents propose their plan of action for the first 100 days of their presidency. That's one thing Donald Trump won't change. At his late October speech in Gettysburg, Trump released his first 100 days plan. Now that Trump is president-elect, what can Americans expect to see?

Trump's action plan can be summed up in three words: Cleansing, Protecting and Restoring.

Cleansing: Trump's proposed legislative agenda includes a call for the passage of a new constitutional amendment establishing term limits on members of Congress, establishing a mandatory wait time before a member of congress can work for a lobbyist, and an elimination of foreign lobbyists.

Protecting: Trump proposed tax reductions on families, reducing the corporate tax rate down to 15% from its current highest-in-the-world rate of 35%, and ending unbalanced foreign trade agreements. His plan also includes the repeal of ObamaCare, which is to be replaced by private health savings accounts.

Restoring: Trump has promised to repeal all of Barack Obama's executive actions and orders, as well as enforce immigration laws. He has also proposed new immigration laws that would establish two-year prison term for those re-entering illegally a second time and at least five-year sentences for illegals with felony records who re-enter illegally. And, of course, the construction of a southern border wall, which he says Mexico will eventually finance.

Trump's 100 day plan is ambitious, but with both houses of Congress now in Republican hands he has an open avenue to get many of his proposals accomplished.

Veterans Day 2016

On the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month...

This day is set aside in honor of American Patriot Veterans who have carried the banner of Liberty forward since the first shots at Lexington and Concord. And it is now time for us to deliver this banner to the next generation.

Millions of Patriots — American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen — have for generations honored their oaths to "support and defend" Liberty, as "endowed by our Creator" and enshrined in our Constitution.

Today, and every day, we formally honor them. We remain the proud and the free because they have stood bravely in harm's way, and millions remain on post today. For this, we, the American People, offer our heartfelt thanks.

"Mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions." —1 Chronicles 12:8

"Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn." —Gen. Douglas MacArthur

"War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." —John Stuart Mill

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." —John 15:12-14

(See Mark Alexander's most recent Veterans Day essay, Honoring Those Who Have Earned It.)


    Jonah Goldberg: Obama Helped Pave the Way for Clinton's Defeat
    David Limbaugh: If We Say We Want Inclusiveness, Let's Mean It and Practice It
    Charles Krauthammer: How the New Republican Majority Can Succeed

For more, visit Right Opinion.


    'Professional Protesters' Riot in Portland
    Anti-Muslim 'Hate Crime' Was a Hoax
    'What Goes Around' Principle Haunts Democrats

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report.


Lessons Learned From 2016

Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges lie ahead.

By Harold Hutchison

Donald Trump beat the odds and pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in presidential history, especially when one considers the forces arrayed against him. Celebration is all well and good, but it's also time to take an honest look at what we've learned. Basic common sense suggests we need to evaluate our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges.


The biggest strength is that supporters of constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, and lower taxes and spending have a very deep bench with bright young stars. Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, John Thune, Trey Gowdy, Scott Walker, Susana Martinez, Tom Cotton and Paul Ryan are just the beginning. Others will certainly emerge in the next four to eight years.

The Republican National Committee, led by Reince Priebus, appears to have improved its get-out-the-vote machine. Combined with Donald Trump's mailing list, this will help the GOP going forward.

Republicans also allow for a more free and open debate during primary season. One of the reasons the "Never Trump" movement fizzled was because everyone had their chance to make their case. The RNC did not put their thumb on the scale for any candidate in the primary. Thus, when the bitterness of the primary abated, most Republicans came home.

If Republicans can embrace the big tent and work together, it will help.


First of all, the GOP is still very badly out-gunned in narrative construction. Hillary Clinton herself was a bad salesman, but she still edged out Trump in the popular vote. Narrative is always a potent weapon — and the Left still has Hollywood and the mainstream media to help out.

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Next, outreach to minority groups is a problem. Yes, Trump out-performed Mitt Romney, but not by much. The GOP will have to be able to sell its message. It must do better at listening to the concerns of blacks, Hispanics and recent immigrants — not for ways to compromise their principles, but to apply those principles to make a positive difference. Frankly, Republicans (and conservatives) must improve at communicating with and listening to blue-collar voters, too. Which brings us to...


The shift of blue-collar workers to Trump from Obama was a game-changer. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin brought in a total of 52 electoral votes — three fewer than California. If Trump's successful outreach can be duplicated, it could wreck the foundation of the Democrats' vaunted "Blue Wall."

Trump also has given the GOP a playbook on how to deal with a hopelessly biased media. Trump's rallies got lots of local coverage, and those reporters tend to be more fair than those based out of New York City, inside the DC Beltway, or Los Angeles. The key is to stand up to the PC bullies. Maybe you don't always win, but not trying has a 100% failure rate.


The big one is the increasing confluence between Big Government, Big Media and Big Business: Money. While Citizens United — a case centering on whether the Federal Election Commission could prohibit the release of a 2008 film criticizing Hillary Clinton — was the right call on First Amendment grounds, the Left will happily use free speech (or the curtailment of it) to get into power. While this election showed that there are ways to beat the "mainstream" media (for all intents and purposes, a propaganda arm of the Left), this confluence will be vicious.

Another challenge is the likelihood that the Left will merely increase the volume of their usual cries — you know, the ones you've heard since Wednesday. In the wake of Trump's win, we'll be forced to "prove" we're not racist, sexist, xenophobic, bigoted, yada yada yada — even if our vote was based on the issues or Hillary Clinton's utter lack of character. Usually, said proof would require surrender on policies we wish to advance and/or values we hold dear. Here, we must take a page from Trump and not back down from their unwarranted attacks. We may need to adjust tactics or strategy to win, or limit damage, but we cannot back down.

Finally, there will be threats from some of the Left in public office. Whether it's rogue DAs like those responsible for the "John Doe" witch-hunt in Wisconsin or the politically motivated indictments of Tom Delay and Rick Perry by Travis County DAs, the Left's goal is not to secure convictions (although they'd see that as a welcome bonus); the goal is to intimidate conservatives.

This is not to say that celebration hasn't been well and truly earned. On Nov. 8, supporters of constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, and lower taxes and spending overcame a very stacked deck to elect Donald Trump and Mike Pence. But this is a long, long road. The 2018 mid-terms and 2020 presidential race will be here before we know it. So learning the lessons of 2016 will be vital.


    A Blow to the Snowflakes' Self-Esteem — College students nationwide are having a hard time coping with Trump.
    A Vote Against Due Process — Several states vote for more gun control regulations.
    Dem Ambition Turns to Grand Humiliation — Voters to leftists: We're just not that into you.
    Grocery Store Chain Honors Vets — Food City put together a deeply moving tribute that honors our vets and their families.


Jonah Goldberg: "The white working class is the historic backbone of the Democratic Party. Republicans, including Barry Goldwater, always won a majority of college-educated whites. But the Joe Sixpack and Charlie Lunchbucket voters are the ones who gave us the New Deal, the Great Society and the Democratic Party as we know it. And Trump took them out of the Democratic column. Liberals want to claim that racism explains it all. That's a hard claim to square with the fact that a great many of the blue-collar counties that favored Barack Obama — the first black president, in case you hadn't heard — by double digits also favored Trump by double digits. The fact that so many liberals went straight to this explanation gives you a sense of why the Democrats lost the white working class in the first place."


Upright: "Veterans Day would be a hollow and meaningless celebration if America didn't value its veterans enough to keep its promises to them, no matter how many politicians or bureaucrats have to be thrown out to make this happen. ... America is divided, but everyone owes it to veterans to come together and fix [the VA] problem. Veterans Day serves as a reminder that if there is any issue behind which the public can unite, this is it." —Washington Examiner

For the record: "Any number of times where we've been victorious, the Left, by rote, starts demanding unity, that we get rid of our differences, that we come together. But it always ends up being us that has to do it." —Rush Limbaugh

Braying Jenny: "In the coming days, people will be looking for someone to blame: the pollsters, the strident feminists, the Democratic party, a vengeful god. But once you dust for fingerprints, it's pretty clear who ruined America — white people." —Samantha Bee ("To be fair, that is true in her case." —Ed Driscoll)

Cognitive dissonance: "If I have a mea culpa for journalists and journalism, it's that we've got to do a much better job of being on the road, out in the country, talking to different kinds of people than the people we talk to — especially if you happen to be a New York-based news organization — and remind ourselves that New York is not the real world." —New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet

Turn of events: "We've been talking ... about what's going to happen to the Republican Party, and the bloodletting, and the infighting, and who's going to lead the Republican Party and all that. Again, completely wrong. It's the Democratic Party that's going to have this fight." —CNN's Jake Tapper

The BIG lie: "The GOP's biggest problem may be that much of the increase in healthcare costs that the party blamed on Obamacare, including rising premiums and deductibles, actually has little to do with its provisions and stem from broader trends." —LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik, who also claims, "Despite Republican pledges, 'repealing Obamacare' will be almost impossible"

And last... "Quite frankly, you gotta watch what you say nowadays. There are a lot of people out there with love in their heart who wish you dead if you don't have as much love in your heart as they do." —Dennis Miller

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis!
Managing Editor Nate Jackson

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.

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