“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.” —George Mason (1788)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
Apparently, President Post Turtle, his heir-apparent puppeteer Kamala Harris, and their cadre of Democrat Party leftists now think it would be a good idea to “end the filibuster”!
You may recall, as political analyst Rich Lowry reminds us, “Back in 2017, more than 30 Senate Democrats, including Kamala Harris, signed a letter urging the tactic be preserved.” But I can assure you that Harris, as the Senate’s 50/50 tiebreaker, would punch that “yes” button in a microsecond!
The number two Demo in the Senate, Dick Durbin, now protests: “The filibuster is still making a mockery of American democracy. … It’s not the guarantor of democracy. It has become the death grip of democracy.” First, we are not a “democracy.” Second, the Durbin Demos make a mockery of our Republic when they abjectly violate their solemn oaths to “to support and defend” our Constitution.
Now, ostensibly, the only person standing in the gauntlet between Harris and ending the filibuster is Demo Joe Manchin of West Virginia, with Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema in his shadow.
A few days after the November election, but long before the upset Republican loss of both Senate seats in Georgia, Manchin promised, “I will not be the 50th Democrat voting to end that filibuster or to basically stack the court, and in all the other things you’re hearing about.” Asked about DC statehood, Manchin said, “I don’t know enough about that yet. I want to see the pros and cons. So, I’m waiting to see all the facts. I’m open up to see everything.”
So, will he now stand in the gauntlet? When it came to Manchin’s promise that he would only support a “bipartisan” pandemic “relief” bill — which the larded $1.9 billion blue-state bailout was not — Manchin folded.
In addition to DC statehood, Manchin may well fold on other Harris/Biden/Schumer/Pelosi measures, like their HR 1 bulk-mail balloting legislation to establish a perpetual Democrat majority in the future. That legislation is now before the Senate.
I can assure you that when the filibuster comes up, Chuck Schumer and Durbin will make Manchin and Sinema, in the inimitable words of Don Vito Corleone, “an offer [they] can’t refuse.”
If the filibuster falls, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that all Republicans would withdraw from the Senate, preventing a physical quorum for controversial votes, which require the presence of at least 51 senators. And Harris doesn’t count, as she is not a senator. Such action would essentially shut down the Senate. As The Wall Street Journal editorial board observed, “A quorum without unanimous consent is 51 Senators, and there are only 50 Democrats. If Republicans kept their nerve in opposition, Democrats couldn’t confirm nominees or vote on legislation. The Nancy Pelosi-Joe Biden agenda couldn’t move any more than if there were a filibuster.”
But there is a path to protect the filibuster, and in fact the entire nation, from the frontal leftist assault now underway.
In 2018, Manchin was reelected by a narrow three-point margin, winning a plurality of the vote by 49.57% because of a Libertarian spoiler who received 4.17%. Notably that year, no other West Virginia Demo congressional candidate came within 10 points of winning, and Democrats running for state seats were defeated by even larger margins.
Given that backdrop, recall that Donald Trump won the presidential contest in West Virginia by a whopping 39 points. Yes, 39 points. And Republican Senator Shelly Moore Capito beat down leftist Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin by 43 points.
If former President Trump wants to take a HUGE step to ensure the future of American Liberty today, he should fly Joe Manchin down to Mar-a-Lago and have a discussion about launching a recall vote in West Virginia.
Millions of American citizens remain unemployed after a yearlong “15 days to flatten the curve” destroyed their jobs. There’s a crisis at the border as hundreds of thousands of illegals — including roughly 14,000 unaccompanied minors currently in custody — pour across at the behest of Joe Biden’s administration. So, what better time for the House to pass amnesty for millions of illegals?
House Democrats (and nine Republicans) figuratively put up a giant neon welcome sign at the border when they passed the American Dream and Promise Act, granting 2.5 million people a pathway to citizenship and making another two million eligible for lawful permanent residence. These are the so-called “Dreamers” that Barack Obama worked to legalize under his DACA order. Meanwhile, 30 Republicans joined Democrats in passing the Farm Modernization Workforce Act, which would establish a pathway to legalization for another one million illegals doing agricultural work.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi crowed, “We say to the world we are making a very big difference in how we value the diversity of America.” How about valuing the jobs and wages of American workers?
The merits of these two bills are almost entirely beside the point. Biden has been president for less than two months and he’s already thoroughly torpedoed Donald Trump’s work to get the border under control. Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, may want to refer to the “challenges” rather than the “crisis” at the border, but make no mistake: Crisis is the word to describe it. And it’s a man-made crisis.
This is not the time to be considering what to do about pathways to citizenship. “When you have a crisis at the border,” said GOP Whip Steve Scalie, “the last thing you should do is make it worse.”
But that’s exactly what congressional Democrats and the Biden administration are doing. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has previously told migrants not to come “right now.” On Thursday, he continued the contradictory messaging to those sending minors across the border. “We say ‘do not come’ because it is dangerous,” he said. But then he added, “Some loving parents might send their child to traverse Mexico alone, to reach the southern border, our southern border. I hope they don’t undertake that perilous journey, but if they do, we will not expel that young child. We will care for that young child and unite that child with a responsible parent. That is who we are as a nation, and we can do it.”
Si, estamos abiertos. (Yes, we’re open.)
Did we mention that Mayorkas admitted to releasing illegals into the U.S. without COVID tests?
South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, for one, has had enough. Team Biden “has lost control of the border” and Mayorkas “doesn’t have either the will or capability to fix the problem.” In fact, Graham said, “It is time for DHS Secretary Mayorkas to change course or change jobs.”
The trouble is, Mayorkas is doing exactly the jobs Democrats want him to do.
The United States’s number one geopolitical foe is not Russia, as many on the Left would now have Americans believe. Rather, it’s China, or more specifically the Chinese Communist Party. The party in control of the world’s second-largest economy is chomping at the bit to become number one, and it has been and continues to engage in a massive propaganda campaign intended to convince Western political leaders that Beijing is only interested in fair play. In reality, of course, fairness is the opposite of what the ChiComs are seeking — they’re after global dominance.
Yesterday began the first China-U.S. high-level summit under the Biden administration, and clearly Xi Jinping is seeking to get Joe Biden to back off from the aggressive stance Donald Trump initiated against China over its long-running trade abuse. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The measures China wants reversed include limits on American sales to Chinese firms such as its telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co. and chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.; visa restrictions on Communist Party members, Chinese students and state-media journalists; and closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston.”
In short, China wants to get back to a pre-Trump relationship with the U.S. While the Biden administration is eager to continue its Trump-reversal campaign, there’s a particular lack of backbone when it comes to China. It’s difficult to ignore Beijing’s current human rights abuses — the concentration camps filled with minority Uyghurs and the crackdown on Hong Kong. But if the ChiComs can count on anyone, it’s Biden.
However, of all the items on the summit agenda, the biggest glaring omission is COVID-19, a.k.a. the ChiCom virus. Democrats, including Biden, have repeatedly derided Trump for calling out China for unleashing the global pandemic, ridiculously asserting that Trump was stoking anti-Asian racism. In fact, the Biden administration has decided to go all-in on this racism narrative, in part with the Atlanta murders, as a way to deflect criticism when Biden softens on China.
Interestingly, Biden’s recent comments essentially calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a “killer” may also be intended as a deflection tactic. Blaming the Russians is an effective dog whistle for the mainstream media, for one thing. Furthermore, it may serve to distract from a newly released U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment which found that China sought to influence the 2020 election in Biden’s favor. The report assessed “that China did take some steps to undermine former President Trump’s election chances, primarily through social media and official public statements and media.” That sounds … kind of like how Russia allegedly sought to influence the 2016 election.
Biden wants to appear tough on both China and Russia, but actions matter most. And on that front, we’re betting Biden will capitulate far too much to Beijing.
Anyone else get the sense that Rand Paul is just plain sick of Anthony Fauci? We ask because it’s hard to watch their back-and-forth yesterday during a Senate hearing on COVID-19 and come to any other conclusion.
It’s possible, of course, that the junior senator from Kentucky was simply having a bad day. After all, he is a medical doctor, and The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body did just approve, by an infuriatingly tight 50-49 margin, the worst nominee ever for secretary of Health and Human Services. That nominee, now a Cabinet member, is California’s Xavier Becerra, the abortion absolutist with zero medical experience and, as Mitch McConnell, the senior senator from Kentucky put it, “a demonstrated history of hostility toward basic values like the freedom of conscience.”
In light of this abject senatorial failure, then, it’s understandable why Paul might be feeling less than charitable toward an 80-year-old career swamp creature like Fauci. “You’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks. Isn’t that theater?” Paul demanded to know. “Given that no scientific studies have shown significant numbers of reinfections of patients previously infected or previously vaccinated, what specific studies do you cite to argue the public should be wearing masks well into 2022?”
“You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show,” Paul says to Fauci. “You can’t get it again. There’s virtually 0% chance you’re gonna get it, and yet you’re telling people that have had the vaccine, that have immunity — you’re defying everything we know about immunity by telling people to wear masks that have been vaccinated. … You want to get rid of vaccine hesitancy? … You want people to get the vaccine? Give them a reward instead of telling them that the nanny state is going to be there for three more years and you gotta wear a mask forever. People don’t want to hear it; there’s no science behind it.”
It’s a powerful takedown, and it neatly delineates the competing camps in the COVID-19 war: one camp that understands the power of fear as a means of controlling the masses, and one camp that understands the concept of herd immunity and the need for the American people to ditch the masks and get back to living their lives again.
Paul’s takedown, though, also adds to a growing body of evidence that Fauci simply isn’t to be trusted. As Glenn Reynolds notes, “Just over a year ago, in early March 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci was telling us it was safe to go on a cruise, and experts said that masks wouldn’t be of any use for most people. … Fauci also told us last April that it would be at least a year to 18 months before we saw a vaccine. … When asked about herd immunity, Fauci moved the goalposts. … Why? As Fauci admitted, he was manipulating us: ‘When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75%. … Then, when newer surveys said 60% or more would take it, I thought, “I can nudge this up a bit,” so I went to 80, 85.’“
And he wonders why Rand Paul and the rest of us are no longer genuflecting.
“Likewise,” Reynolds continues, “lockdowns were widely prescribed, and continue to be, even though the World Health Organization admits they don’t work. (A recent paper in Nature came to the same conclusion.) Where’s the science?”
Indeed. Where’s the science, Dr. Fauci?
Brian Mark Weber
These days, we’re bombarded by political messages wherever we go.
Here’s a scenario that’s becoming commonplace: When you pick up morning coffee, the baristas are wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts. You arrive at the office to find the boss has brought in a special “antiracism” speaker during lunch. And on the drive home your favorite radio station plays a message announcing the station’s commitment to environmental and racial justice.
There’s one question everyone seems to be asking: How did this happen? Well, serious political movements take time, effort, and persistence, and American businesses took decades to become “woke” thanks to the tireless work of leftist activists.
Stephen Soukup, author of the new book The Dictatorship of Woke Capital: How Political Correctness Captured Big Business, argues, “These corporations are part of a movement that has been going on in the West and in this country in particular for the last roughly 100 years to move the culture very consistently and very aggressively to the left in order to more or less make ready the path for the revolution.”
Unfortunately, corporate heads sometimes don’t realize the revolution will force every decision they make to go through the approval of the woke mafia. Companies will be handcuffed by ideology, and they’ll lose customers.
Soukup describes what can be called ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance), which “seeks to change companies, to change their boards of directors, to change their management, to change their bylaws in order to force them to comply with certain political beliefs.” Unfortunately, he says, “ESG has become a very pernicious and driving force in American business.”
Tellingly, those seeking to blackmail American companies into political submission have no issues when China clamps down on political dissidents or ignores criticism of its rampant violation of human rights. Apple doesn’t blink an eye when China asks it to shut off apps to keep citizens from organizing a protest in Beijing. And Disney doesn’t blanch when thanking the very ChiComs who are committing genocide.
In fact, too many businesses in America embrace the Chinese Model here at home. In recent years, some companies have threatened to take their business out of states that pass laws unacceptable to their new ideology-driven corporate culture. (Georgia, Hollywood, and abortion come to mind.) In China, corporations must adhere to an approved political ideology.
But capitalism isn’t supposed to work this way in America.
The relationship between business and consumers should rest on an exchange of supply and demand that’s free from politics. Customers have always been free to shop or invest elsewhere if they believe a particular company doesn’t represent their values.
But the current shakedown of American companies is only the beginning. Self-proclaimed “equity” scholars Erin Dowell and Marlette Jackson wrote in Harvard Business Review last year that companies need to take the next step by changing the culture and structure of entire organizations. Simply “‘woke-washing’ your company,” they insist, “won’t cut it.” They lay out a strategy for implementing wokeness that includes transparency, justification, compliance, and enforcement. And it must run top to bottom: “Fostering organizational justice will require a deep institutional commitment at the industrial, executive, and individual level.”
In other words, they want power.
Think about it. In less than 10 years, even Chick-fil-A transformed from a company supporting traditional marriage and the Salvation Army into one that donates to leftist causes while declining to donate to Christian charities. Companies of all sizes now feel pressured to stamp their culture-warrior-approved political values on restaurant menus, storefront windows, and websites. They hand over millions of dollars to the SJW mafia, but it’s never enough.
Unlike these fringe groups effectively holding guns to the heads of America’s companies, the unwoke masses just keep to themselves and hope it’ll all go away. “I don’t expect or want corporate America to embrace conservative causes,” Dave Seminara writes at The Wall Street Journal. “The March for Life shouldn’t be brought to you by New Balance. Unlike liberals, most conservatives don’t try to bully and boycott companies that cross us.”
But maybe that’s the problem.
Maybe it’s time we start fighting back. Perhaps that’s the only way to win a culture war being waged to politicize our society and turn Main Street businesses into purveyors of the Left’s radical, dangerous agenda.
It happens too often to be a simple mistake. Major media outlets lead with a screaming headline implicating a popular figure in wrongdoing, which turns into days of media amplification — until the story begins to fall apart. But by that point the collective has moved on to the next thing, and if the bogus story doesn’t fall into the memory hole entirely when the correction finally comes, it’s buried on the proverbial page 25.
We told you on Tuesday about The Washington Post sheepishly “correcting” its bombshell of President Donald Trump trying to cajole officials in the state of Georgia to “find the fraud” in the 2020 election, but the story of this correction continues to gather steam as an indictment of the mainstream media regarding its laziness in actual fact-checking and over-reliance on “anonymous sources.” (At least, as Steven Hayward at Power Line teases, the Post doesn’t have to return a Pulitzer Prize for this one.) In this case, we’ve also learned that the anonymous source quoted originally was Georgia Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs, who had an “existing relationship” with one of the Post reporters with a byline on the story.
But the sad reality is that finding examples of these “mistakes” has become like shooting fish in a barrel. As for this case, veteran journalist Mark Hemingway described the fallout:
In sum: The Washington Post anonymously printed fabricated quotes they knew were from a second-hand source in the office of a political enemy, couldn’t confirm the quotes with additional sourcing, still attributed them to the sitting president of the United States, used those quotes as a basis to speculate the president committed a crime, and the Democratic party would later repeatedly cite the bogus article when attempting to impeach Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
While the Post now admits it got things wrong, what about every other outlet that ran with the story, claiming that they each had independently confirmed it? That incestuous relationship between media outlets was enough to get longtime political observer Glenn Greenwald to ask, “How Do Big Media Outlets So Often ‘Independently Confirm’ Each Other’s Falsehoods?” His own answer was unsettling:
All of this highlights the real crisis in journalism, the reason public faith and trust in media institutions is in free fall. With liberal media outlets deliberately embracing a profit model of speaking overwhelmingly to partisan Democrats who use them as their primary source of news, there is zero cost to publishing false claims about people and groups hated by that liberal audience. That audience does not care if these media outlets publish false stories as long as it is done for the Greater Good of harming their political enemies, and this ethos has contaminated newsrooms as well. Given human fallibility, reporting errors are normal and inevitable, but when they are all geared toward advancing one political agenda or faction and undermining the other, they cease to be errors and become a deliberate strategy or, at best, systemic recklessness.
We believe it’s the Leftmedia’s deliberate strategy.
It’s interesting, too, that our most recent previous president was rather restrained in his statement regarding the Post’s correction, although that wasn’t true of everyone. Yet there’s one particularly important truth the president reiterated in his statement: “You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way — against me and against Republicans. Meanwhile, stories that hurt Democrats or undermine their narratives are buried, ignored, or delayed until they can do the least harm — for example, after an election is over. … This latest media travesty underscores that legacy media outlets should be regarded as political entities — not journalistic enterprises. In any event, I thank the Washington Post for the correction.”
In our humble shop, we don’t depend on anonymous sources to do our daily news analysis, and we will cheerfully admit our bias is toward a conservative, constitutional mindset. And we know from our collective knowledge of history that American yellow journalism is as old as our nation itself, with competing newspapers and publishers printing their version of events up to and including libelous accusations on the character of those the publisher didn’t like. It was up to readers to be discerning on how much trust they put in the information provided, and the same holds true today.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “Newspapers … serve as chimneys to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” Perhaps someone at the mainstream media outlets should open their damper because it’s beginning to stink in there.
Earlier this week, Ben Shapiro rightly noted that the Biden administration had declared its first war — a war on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson.
For his part, Carlson might respond by invoking Marine Corps legend Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, who, having learned during the Korean War that his 1st Marine Division had been surrounded by 11 ChiCom divisions, said, “Those poor bastards. They’ve got us just where we want them. We can shoot in every direction now.”
Indeed, it’s a target-rich environment for Carlson. He drew fire recently from our military’s woke supremacists when he pondered whether maternity flight suits actually increase our readiness and war-fighting lethality, but he could just as easily have questioned the commander-in-chief’s obsession with making the military a safe haven for “transgender” individuals. Or of his embrace of anti-American ideas such as antiracism and Critical Race Theory.
Joe Biden had hardly finished hanging the drapes when he rescinded Donald Trump’s ban on “transgender” warriors. As if that message weren’t loud and clear enough, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin took a few moments away from rooting out the 19 white supremacists within the ranks to announce, “Prospective recruits may serve in their self-identified gender when they have met the appropriate standards for accession into the military services. This revised policy will also ensure all medically necessary transition related care authorized by law is available to all Service members and will re-examine all cases of transgender Service members that may be in some form of adverse administrative proceedings.”
Translation: If you’re a biological man who wants be a woman, Uncle Sam not only wants you, he’ll even pay for your sex-change surgery.
As for the military’s newfound fixation on race, “The United States Navy’s most recent suggested reading list includes books that explicitly endorse critical race theory and intersectionality,” reports The Daily Wire. “Among these books is How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi [whose] conclusions about racial equity often raise eyebrows. For instance, he implied last year that Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett is a white colonizer for adopting two black children from Haiti.”
Indiana Republican Representative Jim Banks, a Naval Reserve officer since 2012, wrote to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday to take issue. He asked Gilday for a written response as to how the Kendi book “cultivates a culture of warfighting excellence” or else to remove it from his recommended reading list.
There was a time not too long ago when the American military feared no foe. Among our enlisted ranks and our junior officers, that’s still the case. Ask a Marine 0311, for example, whether he fears jihadists or Taliban fighters. But what is it about the Rainbow Mafia, the feminists, the Critical Race theorists, and the radical atheists that has our tone-setters, our senior leadership, practically crouching in the corner and sucking their thumbs?
Has the wokeness virus now infected our military just is it has our universities and our corporations?
As historian Victor Davis Hanson rightly notes, “There grows a new class rift between the rank-and-file military and the Pentagon’s top current and retired brass. Increasingly, some brass … master the contours of the military-industrial complex and profit from them upon retirement. Many acquiesce to now-orthodox progressive ideology, which is omnipresent among federal bureaucracies and much of Congress. Whereas all administrations used to prioritize traditional military preparedness, leftist administrations now see the military as a tool for accelerating their progressive domestic changes.”
Hanson continues, “Many of our top brass are far more politicized than in the past, and can grow more ideologically distant from lower-ranking officers and enlisted personnel. The extraordinary, thin-skinned Pentagon effort to [attack Tucker Carlson] is an illustration of this larger — and increasingly dangerous — pathology.”
Dennis Prager is fond of saying that leftism destroys everything it touches — art, literature, religion, free speech, education, sports, journalism, the Boy Scouts, even late-night TV. And if we don’t course-correct and remember the historical role of the world’s most vaunted fighting force, we’ll soon be able to add the U.S. military to that sorry list.
And our nation will be far worse off for it.
Back in December, our Douglas Andrews predicted that “the mainstream media can’t live without Trump,” and if recent cable news ratings are any indication, it appears that Andrews was correct. Since Joe Biden took office, the lack of having Donald Trump to incessantly rail against has hurt CNN the most. Its ratings have dropped by a whopping 47% among the key viewer demographic of 25- to 54-year-olds.
Rival Fox News reports, “CNN’s viewership during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET dropped 36% since Biden took office after it spiked following Election Day. CNN’s primetime viewership decline was even sharper among the key demographic of adults age 25-to-54, plummeting 47% during the same period.”
Among the programs hardest hit is “CNN Tonight With Don Lemon,” which has experienced a 32.5% drop in viewership since the end of November. CNN hosts Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo have lost a respective 32.2% and 28.5% of their audience over the same time frame.
Meanwhile, both Fox News and MSNBC have also experienced a drop in ratings, though Fox has endured the smallest decline and neither has seen the sizable ratings collapse of CNN.
As Andrews contended, “If Donald Trump isn’t making news, the Trump-hating media isn’t making payroll.” And if the Leftmedia purveyors of hate fail to meet payroll, then this classifies as good news.
President Joe Biden immediately set out to erase and undo the myriad accomplishments of President Donald Trump. One of the more consequential of those reversals has come on the immigration front. National Review editor Rich Lowry explains how Trump’s approach was so effective:
Counter to the image of the administration taking a blunderbuss approach to everything related to immigration, the push at the border was a thoughtful, creative, and well-coordinated effort across government agencies and between sovereign countries.
Lowry credits Trump’s leadership and out-of-the-box thinking, as well as “department and agency heads such as Kevin McAleenan and Chad Wolf at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Mark Morgan at Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Ken Cuccinelli at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Mike Pompeo at State.” And he argues that “The Law Wasn’t the Problem.”
The key insight of the administration’s immigration hawks … was that the statutory authority already existed to establish order at the border. It was just that the laws providing crucial enforcement tools had never been used, or become encrusted over time with regulatory practices and judicial decisions that made the system balky and ultimately unworkable. …
The administration’s hawks undertook a constant interrogation of the standard operating procedure: Why are we doing it this way? Is there a law? If not, why can’t we change? And if there are practical obstacles, what are ways to solve them?
What they usually found is that at the bottom of some suboptimal practice was a regulation, or agency guidance, or court edict, or unwritten rule, but very rarely a law.
Perhaps the key policy, Lowry argues, was treating asylum claims with the skepticism merited by the law.
The administration updated the documents and training materials the asylum officers used in order to make the credible-fear standard more rational and more in keeping with a reasonable interpretation of the law.
It trained border agents, who didn’t share the overly accommodating institutional culture of the asylum officers, to conduct credible-fear interviews. …
For years, the positive-determination rate for credible-fear claims was over 70 percent, or as high as 90 percent, depending on how you count. This was a figure completely out of whack with the low rate of ultimate acceptance for asylum claims (many times, a migrant who passed the credible-fear test wouldn’t even actually apply for asylum). After the Trump changes, the rate fell below 30 percent.
This made a big difference. If a migrant got a negative determination, he would likely be removed within a matter of days, freeing up detention space for someone else to be held rather than released. And the more migrants were getting sent back home quickly, the less likely other potential migrants were to try to make the journey.
There’s a lot more that worked, including working with Mexico and Central American nations to stem the flow from the source and push asylum seekers to find other accommodations. But Biden is working to undo all of it, and it’s largely a cynical play for votes.
Read the rest here.
Government & Politics
- Foolish DHS chief faces call to resign over border situation (Washington Times)
- AOC staged photo-ops outside migrant facilities under Trump, but not anymore (Fox News)
- FBI releases videos showing “most egregious” attacks on Capitol Police officers (Daily Wire)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
- Indiana AG warns Amazon about banning Ryan T. Anderson book on “transgenderism” (PJ Media)
- Wheaton College to reword plaque honoring missionary martyrs James Elliot and Ed McCully because the word “savage” is used (Disrn)
- Exactly what the world needs right now: Marvel unveils first LGBT Captain America (Disrn)
We’re Shocked — Shocked!
- Child court judge, ex-head of LGBT group that promoted Drag Queen Story Hour, arrested on child porn charges (Daily Wire)
- World Health Organization reportedly granted its puppeteer, China, authority to veto scientists on Wuhan mission (Daily Caller)
Dumb and Dumber
- California trade group asks theme parks to mitigate screaming on rides to curb COVID spread (Disrn)
- What could possible go wrong? Facebook planning to create version of Instagram for children under 13 (The Hill)
Belly Laugh of the Week
- Communist China, which runs concentration camps and commits genocide, “furious and sad” about violence against Asian Americans in U.S. (The Hill)
- Policy: Recover the moral imperative of law and order (City Journal)
- Policy: The destructive power of Keynesian spending plans (Mises Institute)
- Humor: Nine disasters from history that were actually motivated by white supremacy, like the sinking of the Titanic (Babylon Bee)
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Woke Media Silence — Black teens burn disabled white man to death.
Satire: California and Portland Are Doing Great! — Gavin Newsom is being recalled, antifa is lighting fires peacefully in Portland, and things have never been better.
Satire: Tucker Carlson vs. The Military — Carlson thinks the purpose of our military is something other than promoting diversity. What a weirdo!
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Insight: “Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.” —Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)
Inquisitive minds want to know: “Administration officials keep sending mixed messages, repeating phrases from the White House podium like ‘now is not the time to come.’ So there will be an appropriate time sometime later for people to enter our country illegally?” —Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell
Observations: “Pretty pathetic actual government tyrant Xavier Becerra got through yet Neera Tanden, who sent mean tweets but didn’t sue nuns, didn’t.” —Katie Pavlich
Topsy-turvy: “We require no evidence to declare that the Atlanta shootings are attributable to ‘white supremacy.’ But if you overtly block Asian-Americans from high schools and colleges on the basis of race, and declare ‘whiteness’ an ‘infection,’ you are anti-racist.” —Ben Shapiro
Race bait I: “The former President used racist phrases like Kung Flu that inflamed discrimination against the Asian American community. Officials that continue to use ethnic identifiers in describing the virus are part of the problem.” —Congressman Ted Lieu
Race bait II: “[Republicans] can talk about issues with any other country that you want — but you don’t have to do it by putting a bullseye on the back of Asian Americans across this country, on our grandparents, on our kids.” —Congresswoman Grace Meng
Race bait III: “It’s important to recognize that this surge did not spontaneously rise only out of fears regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Some of this blame lies squarely on political leaders who have demonized China.” —Congressman Jerry Nadler
Race bait IV: “Anti-Asian hate did not begin with the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will not end when the pandemic is over. All the pandemic did was exacerbate latent anti-Asian prejudices that have a long and ugly history in America.” —Congressman Steve Cohen
Racism: “Whiteness is a public health crisis. It shortens life expectancies, it pollutes air, it constricts equilibrium, it devastates forests, it melts ice caps, it sparks (and funds) wars, it flattens dialects, it infests consciousnesses, and it kills people — white people and people who are not white, my mom included. There will be people who die, in 2050, because of white supremacy-induced decisions from 1850. … White supremacy is a virus that, like other viruses, will not die until there are no bodies left for it to infect. Which means the only way to stop it is to locate it, isolate it, extract it, and kill it. I guess a vaccine could work, too. But we’ve had 400 years to develop one, so I won’t hold my breath.” —NY Times contributing opinion writer Damon Young
Non sequitur: “We also have to start being realistic about God and the Bible, and if you are a person of faith in this country … then we have to … present the true identity of Jesus, and that is as a black or a brown person rather than someone who looks like a white hippie from Sweden or Norway, and I think we should start with a true depiction of what Jesus looked like, and put that in your home. Either a black Jesus or a brown Jesus, because we know Jesus looked more like a Muslim or someone who was dark rather than someone who was blond, a blond-looking carpenter.” —CNN’s Don Lemon
Gaslighting: “The filibuster … was designed to give the South the ability to veto any effective civil rights legislation or anti-lynching legislation. The filibuster has deep roots in racism, and it should not be permitted to serve that function, or to create a veto for the minority. In a democracy, it’s majority rules.” —Senator Elizabeth Warren
Famous last words: “Anybody making more than $400,000 will see a small to a significant tax increase. If you make less than $400,000, you won’t see one single penny in additional federal tax.” —Joe Biden
And last… “The federal government does not lack revenue; it lacks self-control when it comes to spending.” —Cal Thomas
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