Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 23, 2021

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Biden’s Border Blackout

Even the Leftmedia is beginning to complain about lack of access to CBP.

Thomas Gallatin

Photo journalist John Moore asserts that the Biden administration has taken unprecedented steps to block media access to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “There’s no modern precedent for the full physical ban on media access to CBP border operations,” he observed on social media. “To those who might say, cut them some slack — they are dealing with a situation, I’d say that showing the US response to the current immigrant surge is exactly the media’s role.” Moore added, “Photographing Border Patrol agents and immigrant encounters can and has been done respectfully without interfering with operations.” He concluded, “Transparency is key, even in a politicized environment.”

Transparency is key, especially in a politicized environment. Joe Biden wants to avoid transparency because it allows for greater examination of the terrible impact of his policy decisions — something he clearly hopes to avoid with this border crisis that he and his handlers have unleashed. How else does one explain Biden’s handling of the media?

Moore says that handling includes blocking media access: “The vast majority of river crossings by asylum seekers happen on federal land in south Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The federal govt. controls access to those areas. The Border Patrol has been removing journalists who enter, including recently myself, CBS, others.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki continues to tout an administration committed to “transparency and truth,” but reality has been anything but.

Meanwhile, Kamala Harris appears to think the whole border crisis is merely another thing to cackle about. But that’s not how the American people see it. Nor do most people blame Donald Trump, the favorite target of the Left. A sizable majority of Americans place the blame squarely where it belongs: at the feet of Joe Biden. In fact, that PR problem may partially explain the motivation behind Biden’s media blackout gambit.

You know it’s gotten bad when even Leftmedia outlets like CNN are questioning Psaki over the “lack of access at the border.” CNN’s Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy noted that members of the media were denied typical accompaniment with a bipartisan group of senators and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on a recent trip to the border. “The Biden administration blocked that from happening,” Darcy said. “It’s part of a larger pattern at the southern border of restricted media access — despite promises of transparency and the fact that there are at least 14,000 migrant children detained as the U.S. sees a surge in migrants attempting to to enter the country.”

CNN’s not alone. A recent Washington Post headline read, “News orgs cite Biden administration opacity on border stories,” while NBC News reported that “Biden administration limits what Border Patrol can share with media about migrant surge at border.”

Trump, onto whom Biden has been erroneously deflecting blame, cut to the chase regarding Biden’s lack of media access and transparency: “There is none.”

Similarly, Republican Senator Ted Cruz (TX) argued, “Denying the press the ability to observe, film, and report on the conditions at the border is not openness or transparency, it is hiding the truth from the American people. The press and the American people deserve more than denials and nexuses from a podium. They deserve to see and understand the crisis for themselves with the help of reporters who are free and independent from your administration.”

What is the Biden administration attempting to hide? It’s easily predictable that efforts to block the press only serve to invite greater scrutiny, even towards the media’s guy. As bad as the border crisis has been reported to be thus far, with the intentional media blackout, it’s a good bet that reality is actually much worse. It’s almost as if Team Biden actually believed the Left’s stupefying narrative that walls and borders are “evil” and therefore must be eliminated for the sake of “social justice.” Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but the Biden administration is scrambling to hide the truth in an effort to preserve the bankrupt narrative.

Just remember that, for Democrats, the more illegals are brought in, the better it is — because the real objective is all about growing a new Democrat voter base.

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Evanston Goes for Reparations

A tony Midwestern college town with an abundance of white guilt shows the way toward reparations for slavery.

Douglas Andrews

It was only a matter of time. As repulsive as the idea of reparations sounds, we knew that someday, some leftist college town somewhere — whether Ann Arbor, or Cambridge, or Madison, or Berkeley — would sign on to atone for America’s original sin. Never mind that it’s a sin that no living American was either guilty of or subject to.

The idea itself, as author David Horowitz put it in his 2002 book, Uncivil Wars: The Controversy Over Reparations for Slavery, is both morally questionable and racially incendiary. But when did that ever stop a gaggle of do-gooding leftists?

And so, “The Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois,” as CBS News reports, “is about to become the first U.S. city to make reparation money available to Black residents. Part of a growing movement that has picked up speed in the wake of police killings of Black Americans including George Floyd last year, the decision by Evanston officials could also lay the groundwork for other municipalities and states considering reparations.”

Evanston is tony and scenic and is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, 30 minutes north of Chicago. The city’s black population is around 16%. In addition to being the nation’s reparations trailblazer, Evanston is home to Northwestern University, which boasts the lowest acceptance rate (8%) and highest annual tuition costs ($56,691) in the Big Ten Conference. We suspect Evanston is also home to one of the white-guiltiest city councils in America — a council that CBS reports voted 8-1 last night “to start with an expenditure of $400,000 to give 16 eligible Black households $25,000 each to be spent on home repairs or down payments on property.” Who pays? “Funded by a new tax on legalized marijuana, the council previously committed $10 million over 10 years to repairing the ongoing harm that systemic racism has caused Evanston’s Black residents, with the housing initiative its first step.”

A “first step”? Perhaps just a down payment? That would make sense, given that $25 grand is chump change compared to the reparations tab calculated last year by three college professors: $6.2 quadrillion. That’s a six and a two followed by 14 zeroes. Or, to put it in a way that drives home the fiscal enormity of that number, if we were to divide 6,200,000,000,000,000 one-dollar bills into 16 even stacks, each of those stacks would reach the moon.

White folks, then, are getting off pretty cheap. At least so far.

If anything good can be said of the Evanston measure, it’s the targeted nature of the giveaway and the specified way in which it can be spent. And if you’re wondering about all the other black residents of the city, the criteria for inclusion were also pretty specific. As National Review reports, “Residents who have either lived in or been a direct descendant of a black person who lived in Evanston between 1919 to 1969 and who suffered discrimination in housing because of city ordinances, policies or practices will be eligible to receive the funds.”

How do Evanston residents feel about it, and will they be inclined to take it out on their elected representatives? We’ll find out next election cycle.

As for that lone “no” vote: No, it didn’t come from a principled opponent of reparations. It came from Alderwoman Cicely Fleming, who didn’t think the measure went far enough and instead called it a housing program masquerading as reparations. She also sees some progressive paternalism in the handout. “True reparations,” she said, “should respect Black people’s autonomy and allow them to determine how repair will be managed, including cash payments as an option. They are being denied that in this proposal, which gives money directly to the banks or contractors on their behalf.”

Our nation’s first half-black president, Barack Obama, blames whites for our nation’s failure to enact reparations nationally, but at least he can no longer blame the good white wokesters of Evanston. And perhaps, with our nation’s most “progressive” cities leading the way, Obama will one day run out of other people to blame.

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The Threat of ‘One-Party Control of the Press’

A DC Circuit judge lays out the case against the political bias and dishonesty of the media.

Nate Jackson

It’s not often that a federal judge takes direct aim at the mainstream media for its obvious and rampant partisanship, but Judge Laurence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit did just that in a recent dissenting opinion.

“There can be little question,” wrote the appointee of Ronald Reagan, “that the overwhelming uniformity of news bias in the United States has an enormous political impact.”

In fact, he argued quite specifically that the nation’s leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, serve as little more than “Democratic Party broadsheets.” He said that’s also true of “The Associated Press and most large papers across the country.” But it’s not only print. “Nearly all television — network and cable — is a Democratic Party trumpet,” Silberman added. “Even the government-supported National Public Radio follows along.” And it’s not only traditional media. Big Tech “has an enormous influence over the distribution of news” and “it similarly filters news delivery in ways favorable to the Democratic Party.”

Generally, the judge observed, the media’s “bias against the Republican Party” is “rather shocking,” even if “it is a long-term, secular trend going back at least to the ‘70s.” Importantly, he declared of social media, “Repression of political speech by large institutions with market power therefore is — I say this advisedly — fundamentally un-American.”

Of course, this isn’t news to Patriot Post readers, but it’s remarkable to find such pointed analysis coming from the federal bench, even if it is the same judge who gave the Supreme Court the foundation for its Heller ruling on the Second Amendment. Silberman wrote his opinion in an unrelated defamation case, but he used the media examples to explain why a Supreme Court precedent in the 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan should be overturned. That ruling established the requirement of proving “actual malice” in defamation suits, which Silberman argued has allowed the press to become partisan and dishonest with “near impunity.”

Why does that matter? For one thing, it can “give rise to countervailing extremism” because “a biased press can distort the marketplace.” But it also puts our very republic in jeopardy.

“It should be borne in mind that the first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news,” Silberman concluded. “It is fair to conclude, therefore, that one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy.” Indeed it is.

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Is America Blowing a Chance to Beat China?

Joe Biden is reversing Donald Trump’s gains with foreign policy and it’s going to hurt.

Harold Hutchison

If one thing should have been obvious from the pandemic, it’s that the Chinese communists in Beijing have a depraved indifference to human life when it comes to achieving their geopolitical goals. Regardless of whether the coronavirus that exploded into a pandemic escaped from a lab or emerged from a “wet market,” the ChiComs told us who they were when they covered it up, ensuring that the virus would become a global pandemic.

Sadly, the effects of the pandemic included enabling the defeat of President Donald Trump’s reelection bid under very controversial circumstances. Now, China is winning as Biden undoes many of Trump’s efforts on trade and foreign policy — efforts to halt the advances of the genocidal butchers of Beijing. Worse, American manufacturing is again headed out of the country.

Of course, China has managed to infiltrate a lot of America, like Hollywood, often using access to its vast potential market and its slave labor — which is much cheaper than employing American workers — as carrots. Many mainstream media outlets will ignore things like China’s genocide against Uyghur Muslims or its rampant cheating on trade simply because reporting those facts could leave their entertainment empires frozen out of one of the world’s largest markets.

While closer ties with China were necessary when the Soviet Union was a threat, the USSR is now dead. Russia, even with nukes and hackers, is not exactly the threat it once was, and it’s containable provided America continues pursuing energy independence that allows for exports to keep Russia from its best source of hard currency and geopolitical leverage. Oh, wait… Biden already started wrecking that, too.

Is it any wonder that China just humiliated Biden’s lackeys in Alaska?

Then again, the ChiComs are not who the Biden administration considers the real enemy. Who is that real enemy? Well, leftists have told us who they really hate multiple times. And they are indoctrinating the military against their fellow Americans, not just during the stand-downs, but on the military’s professional reading lists, too.

What America needs to do is to start the process of economic de-coupling from China, rebuilding the military’s force structure, ensuring energy independence, and getting the economy on overdrive. Or, in four simple words: Enacting Trump’s policy agenda.

Instead, what we have is a military looking the wrong way, a government that seeks to silence and redline conservatism, pursuit of the Green New Deal giveaway to Russia and China, and silence about left-wing lies that inspire violence.

This could be worse than blowing a chance to put China back on its geopolitical heels. It could set the stage for some serious disasters for the United States.

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Did Putin Play Biden?

The president’s stumble on the stairs of Air Force One was a metaphor for a very bad week in foreign policy.

Douglas Andrews

It was as if our two greatest geopolitical foes had compared notes and coordinated their attacks. And while we take no joy in saying that both of them took Joe Biden’s lunch money, it’s hard to argue otherwise.

Over the weekend, China’s director of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, Yang Jiechi, roughed up his American counterpart, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, during bilateral talks in Anchorage. How bad was it? “Let me say here that in front of the Chinese side,” said Yang at the end of a contemptuous 20-minute dressing-down, “the United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength.”

But the debacle in Alaska might not have been the worst part of the week for Team Biden. Earlier last week, Biden had ruffled the feathers of Russia’s anti-Western president, Vladimir Putin, whom he characterized as a killer during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Biden also said Putin will “pay a price” for Russia’s efforts to interfere once again in our elections.

Putin responded to the “killer” comment two days later, saying, somewhat unoriginally, “It takes one to know one.”

But he said much more than that. In a separate interview, Putin elaborated: “With regard to my U.S. colleague’s remark, we have, indeed, as he said, met in person. What would I tell him? I would say ‘stay healthy.’ I wish him good health. I am saying this without irony or tongue in cheek.”

Putin added, “Secondly, taking a broader approach to this matter, I would like to say that difficult, dramatic, and bloody events abound in the history of every nation and every state. But when we evaluate other people, or even other states and nations, we are always facing a mirror, we always see ourselves in the reflection, because we project our inner selves onto the other person. You know, I remember when we were children and played in the yard, we had arguments occasionally and we used to say, ‘Whatever you call me is what you are called yourself.’ This is no coincidence or just a kids’ saying or joke. It has a very deep psychological undercurrent.”

Perhaps Biden’s silence was a further provocation, but Putin didn’t stop there. Instead, he challenged the American president to an on-air conversation to discuss Biden’s “pay a price” warning.

“I’ve just thought of this now,” Putin told a reporter Thursday. “I want to invite President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it actually live. But with no delays, directly in an open, direct discussion.”

Putin said he thought the dialogue between the leaders of the world’s two superpowers (China’s Xi Jinping apparently couldn’t be reached for comment) would prove interesting for the U.S. and Russian people and the international community.

The White House’s response? Joe Biden is “quite busy.” To which the Russian Foreign Ministry responded, “One more opportunity has been missed to find a way out of the deadlock in Russian-U.S. relations created through the fault of Washington.” It added that “responsibility for this lies entirely with the United States.”

Biden doesn’t get any diplomatic points for calling Putin a killer, but he does get credit for calling a spade a spade — first, because Putin is a killer, and second, because no American president before him, Democrat or Republican, had ever taken such a tough tack toward the Russian strongman.

The question is, does Biden have the mettle and the cognitive capability to back it up, or has he already been bullied into a corner by Putin?

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Kristi Noem Backtracks on Gender Protection

The South Dakota governor has a change of heart in safeguarding female athletes.

Thomas Gallatin

Memo to Kristi Noem: What gives? The Republican governor of South Dakota has seen her popularity rise among many conservatives throughout 2020 over her principled stance for individual Liberty while other states stepped all over Americans’ constitutional rights during the COVID pandemic panic. Yet she recently threw a curveball when she refused to sign House Bill 1217 regarding sports and the so-called “transgendered.”

The legislation is aimed at providing protection to female athletes, as other states are beginning to do to counter the Left’s cultural assault. The South Dakota bill explicitly designates that, in order for a sport or team to be classified as female, it must be “available only to participants who are female, based on their biological sex.” The bill passed both the state Senate and House and Noem was expected to sign it into law, as she had previously promised to do so. However, it was suddenly left up in the air with her apparent change of heart.

In a letter sent to the state legislators, Noem characterized her decision to refrain from signing the bill as concern over certain “style” and “form” issues that she wanted addressed. However, in spite of her simple insistence at a Monday press conference that “only girls should play girls sports,” it would appear that Noem’s objections to the bill are more substantive than mere stylistic.

Margot Cleveland reports, “First, Noem requested the legislature strike Section 2 of the bill, which would have required students to annually verify their age, biological sex based on genetics and reproductive biology, and attest that they had not taken performance-enhancing drugs, including anabolic steroids, in the preceding 12 months.” Noem reasoned that such a stipulation created an “unworkable administrative burden on schools, who under its terms must collect verification forms from every student athlete every year.” Yet schools collect similar medical forms from student athletes every year, and have done so for decades.

Noem further wanted collegiate athletics exempted from the law, as she argued an attempt to mandate collegiate athletics would necessarily run into the problem of national governing bodies, and therefore would be “unrealistic” and “unworkable.” Translation: She doesn’t want the NCAA to punish her state.

In short, Noem wants a rewrite of the bill, which has several proponents of the legislation asserting that the governor is bowing to outside economic pressure. They have pointed to Noem’s statements in which she expressed concerns over “unintended consequences” from the bill. It is indeed true that certain business have expressed concerns that the bill’s passage would have a negative impact upon the state’s economic opportunities, but that’s leftist cancel culture for you.

South Dakota is scheduled to soon host NCAA basketball and hockey tournaments. That leads Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff to observe, “It’s very likely that the NCAA would refuse to hold such tournaments in South Dakota if the bill as passed by the legislature goes into effect. Noem’s revisions would remove any claim that South Dakota is out of compliance with NCAA competition rules.”

It does appear that Noem, who had given full support for the legislation initially, has suddenly gotten cold feet, probably for economic reasons. Speaking to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Monday night, Noem essentially confirmed that she folded to the NCAA, while also claiming that the bill was a trial lawyer’s dream. But if the governor has any designs on national office come 2024, she’s going to have to show a whole lot more backbone on a total layup of an issue if she thinks fans of a fighter like Donald Trump are going to give her the time of day.

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In Brief: Follow the ‘Science,’ They Said

Victor Davis Hanson explains why following the science is the last thing leftists are doing.

The great historian Victor Davis Hanson can tell you how this supposed devotion to “science” ends: tyranny.

Throughout the Trump years and in particular during the 2020 COVID pandemic crisis, the nation was lectured by the Left “to follow the data,” as the Democrats proclaimed themselves the “party of science.” As sober and judicious children of the enlightenment, they alone offered the necessary disinterested correctives to Trump’s supposed bluster and exaggeration — and to his anti-scientific deplorable following (often dismissed by Biden as dregs, chumps, and Neanderthals).

In truth, leftists and Democrats have become the purveyors of superstition. Their creation of a fantasy world is not because they do not believe in science per se, but because they believe more in the primacy of ideology that should shape and warp science in the proper fashion for the greater good.

Take COVID-19, for example. Regardless of how often Dr. Anthony Fauci and others get it wrong, we are to take their pronouncements as gospel truth.

Dr. Fauci has not just been flat-out wrong on the science of COVID — in his assessments of the origins and possible dangers of COVID-19, of when we can get back to normal, of when the vaccinations would appear, and of which particular governors have been doing the most or least effective management of the disease. He has also, by his own admission, deliberately lied.

Another example of abusing science included Joe Biden’s physical and mental health. Whereas the media relentlessly attacked Donald Trump’s fitness for office, there’s little interest in pursuing Biden’s decline. “‘Science,’” Hanson says, “is used to denigrate a perceived enemy of the people, and ignored to enhance a guardian of the flock.”

Furthermore, focus on “hate crimes” shows a lack of interest in real science.

Joe Biden and the Left are implying if not outright asserting that there is now an epidemic of Anti-Asian violence perpetrated by white racists, insidiously emboldened by Trump’s past references to the “Wuhan” or “China” virus. No doubt, in a nation of 330 million, there are lots of haters who happen to be white, but are they the main culprit for racially-motivated crimes of hatred against Asians?

The actual science says “hate crimes” against Asians are not only remarkably low but “inordinately” committed by black Americans, not white ones. Hanson goes on with other anti-science behavior from the Left, but he concludes with a simple statement:

As a general rule, the next time an official, a politician, or an expert lectures us on the “science,” make sure that he is not projecting his own unscientific biases onto others.

Read the rest at American Greatness.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Biden administration officials put together $3 trillion multipart infrastructure and economic boondoggle (WSJ)

“The first proposal would center on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects and include many of the climate-change initiatives Mr. Biden outlined in the ‘Build Back Better’ plan he released during the 2020 campaign. That package would be followed by measures focusing on education and other priorities, including extending the newly expanded child tax credit scheduled to expire at the end of the year and providing for universal prekindergarten and tuition-free community college. … The price tag of the next package is sure to draw objections from Republicans, who opposed the recently signed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law as too costly.”

  • “Absolute power grab”: Democrats’ election overhaul extends far beyond ballot box (Washington Times)

“At least six sections in the more than 800-page bill potentially run afoul of the Constitution, legal scholars say, including requirements that states offer automatic and same-day voter registration, rules on the expansion of mail-in voting and provisions for creating commissions charged with redrawing congressional districts. The bill also calls for an ethics code for the Supreme Court and mandates that presidential candidates disclose their tax returns. The bill … takes the unusual step of mandating a singular process for challenging the proposed laws. … ‘That sounds more like they are just trying to get, in a sense, rid of any challenges as quickly as possible,’ said Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, a conservative activist group. ‘Ultimately, this is going to go to the Supreme Court anyway.’”

Government & Politics

  • Benefiting from chaos: Insurance companies, reaping shareholder benefits from protests, get in line with Black Lives Matter (Free Beacon)
  • Who actually wears the pants: White House elevates VP with “Biden-Harris Administration” directive in public communications (Washington Times)
  • Friendly fire: Democrat breaks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on push to overturn Iowa election (Examiner)
  • GOP mounts defense against DC statehood as bill gets House hearing (Examiner)
  • Sidney Powell, who totally missed the forest for the trees, seeks dismissal of Dominion lawsuit (The Hill)
  • Senate confirms Marty Walsh as labor secretary (The Hill)

National Security

  • U.S. Treasury sanctions two top Chinese officials for “serious human rights abuses” of Uyghur Muslims (Daily Caller)
  • What a novel idea: Army pulls the pin on “gender-neutral” combat fitness test, creates separate tiers for men and women (Washington Times)

Health

  • America last: Americans wait for COVID vaccines as U.S. commits millions of doses for neighboring countries (Fox News)
  • The data shows lockdowns end more lives than they save (NY Post)
  • Adults under stay-at-home orders gained nearly two pounds a month (The Hill)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Cigna tells employees not to hire white men (Daily Wire)
  • Morgan Stanley requests employees fulfill “diversity” quota in job application process (Daily Wire)
  • Deloitte tells employees “microaggressions” are considered a punishable offense (Daily Wire)

Other Notables

  • Despicable: Boulder, Colorado, shooter kills 10, including police officer (Denver Post) | Hero cop killed in the massacre was a “devout Christian” with seven kids (PJ Media)
  • Forty-five black intellectuals demand Smith College apologize to workers wrongly accused of “racial profiling” (National Review)
  • “We accomplished everything we set out to do”: Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James and Executive Vice President Kim Holmes to step down (Daily Signal)

On a Lighter Note…

  • Ohio man calls police after raccoon “ransacked” kitchen, hid in dishwasher (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Earmarks represent corruption, waste, and The Swamp. Keep the ban in place. (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: There’s no proof that lockdowns save lives but plenty of evidence that they end them (City Journal)
  • Satire: AOC op-ed: If socialism is so bad, why did over 100 million people sacrifice their lives for it in the 20th century? (Genesius Times)

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VIDEOS

Governor Ron DeSantis Takes on Big Tech — He moves to give citizens — not Google, Facebook, and the rest of the social media mafia — control of their own data.

Senate Hearing on Leftist ‘Equality Act’ — Senators Cruz, Blackburn, and Graham ask questions and listen to damaging testimony regarding leftist efforts to pass the misnamed bill.

Understanding Ayn Rand — The famous philosopher’s ideas about free markets and free minds still captivate millions.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

 

 

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.” —Lord Acton (1834-1902)

Upright: “We are among the biggest fools in history if we keep on paying people to make us hate each other. Whether it is called by pretty names like ‘multiculturalism,’ ‘diversity’ or ‘gender awareness,’ that is what it all boils down to. Endless repetition does not make something true.” —Thomas Sowell

Political futures: “Republicans who don’t stand up to the left’s gender madness are useless. This is a hard line issue. No capitulating. No compromise. Our side is 100 percent right. The other side is 100 percent wrong. They should get no concession and no consideration.” —Matt Walsh

For the record: “The Biden administration is still trying to blame President Trump for what’s going on the border right now. They’re ignoring the fact that — I don’t care if you love President Trump or hate him. You cannot deny the fact that he gave us the most secure border in my career, which is almost thirty-five years. I started in 1984 as a Border Patrol agent. I spent my entire career on border enforcement, immigration enforcement, and President Trump got it right. He had unprecedented success on that border. … Joe Biden has sold out this country to the progressive left to win an election. … This isn’t incompetence. This is by design. This is an open borders agenda that we all knew was coming.” —former ICE Acting Director Tom Homan

The BIG Lie I: “The prior administration dismantled the orderly and safe way that these children could make their claims. … It takes time because the entire system was dismantled. We are working on it and we will succeed because that is what we do.” —Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

The BIG Lie II: “The border is secure. The border is closed. We’ve been unequivocal in that and we are operationalizing our processes, executing our plans. We are a nation of laws, and we treat vulnerable children humanely. We can do it, and we are doing it.” — Alejandro Mayorkas

The BIG Lie III: “I think we are executing on our plans and, quite frankly, when we are finished doing so, the American public will look back on this and say we’ve secured our border and we upheld our values and our principles as a nation.” — Alejandro Mayorkas

Race bait: “We’re learning again what we’ve always known: Words have consequences. It’s the ‘coronavirus.’ Full stop. … Hate and violence often hide in plain sight. It’s often met with silence that’s been throughout our history, but that has to change because our silence is complicity.” —Joe Biden again falsely blaming racism for the Atlanta murders

Gaslighting: “This shooter [in Atlanta] was able to kill all of these folks the same day he purchased a firearm, but right now what is our [state] legislature doing? They busy … trying to prevent people from being able to vote the same day they register.” —Senator Raphael Warnock

Then (as in Thursday): “I do [support the filibuster] right now, yes. … It’s there and you deal with it, and you find you can deal with it. So, changing it, you have to think: What are the ramifications for the institution?” —Senator Dianne Feinstein | Now (as in Friday): “If … Republicans continue to abuse the filibuster by requiring cloture votes, I’m open to changing the way the Senate filibuster rules are used.” —Dianne Feinstein

And last… “This six-foot distancing requirement has probably been the single costliest mitigation tactic that we’ve employed in response to COVID.” —former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD

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