End Of Day Report

Thursday, December 29, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Defund The U.N.

In 22 days, Barack Obama, John Kerry and the whole crew of left-wing ideologues will be out of office. Unfortunately, the United Nations will still be here, doing its best to undermine the free nations of the world, while turning a blind eye to the acts of the thugs and dictators who make up a substantial portion of its membership.

More than any other nation, Israel has been the target of the haters at the U.N. In the coming days, we will be announcing exciting new efforts to defund the U.N. — all or in part.

Perhaps the time has come for the United States and Israel to start a “Federation of Freedom,” with the membership limited to those nations that believe in the values of Western Civilization.

Dershowitz Agrees

Celebrated Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz agrees that we should defund the U.N. It must be noted that Dershowitz is no right-wing conservative. He is an avowed liberal Democrat who supported Barack Obama (although he may be having second thoughts about that).

During an interview yesterday, Dershowitz brilliantly prosecuted the case against continued funding of the corrupt U.N. Here are some excerpts of his remarks:

“There is an automatic anti-Israel bias at the U.N. Consider the following story: This happened less than a year ago. The head of the U.N., Ban Ki-moon put Saudi Arabia on a blacklist of countries that mistreat children during wartime, and the head of the Saudis called Ban Ki-moon and said, ‘Unless you take us off of the blacklist we will stop sending money to the U.N.’ And Ban Ki-moon said, ‘Alright,’ and he took them off the blacklist.

“So money counts at the U.N. And so what the United States should do now is threaten to defund the United Nations unless the United Nations stops showing this incredible bias against Israel. Forty resolutions this year against Israel, four against the entire rest of the world at a time when Syria is imploding when Russia took over the Crimea. So many violations of human rights are occurring in the world.

“Forty resolution against Israel, only four against the rest of the world. That shows you something about the bias of that U.N. building.”
Dershowitz is absolutely right. Even Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admits the U.N. is biased against Israel.

As President-elect Trump said yesterday, “When do you see the United Nations solving problems? They don’t. They cause problems.”

So why on earth do we continue to pay the largest percentage of dues to a problem-causing, corrupt organization that is biased against our most reliable ally?

“Judenfrei”

One of the arguments being advanced by the Obama Administration as to why Israel must surrender Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem is that these areas are predominately inhabited by Arab Muslims. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed this point earlier this week. He reminded people who may be ignorant of history why the demographic imbalance exists. Here’s what Netanyahu wrote:

“The United Nations has consistently ignored the fact that Jews were ethnically cleansed from these territories. . . Some context: In 1929, Arabs carried out a massacre in Hebron against the Jews who were living there, including women and children. . .

“In 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence, the Jewish residents of Gush Etzion were expelled and murdered. The Arab Legion from Jordan destroyed the Jewish villages of Kalya (near the Dead Sea) and Atarot (north of Jerusalem). The Arab Legion also ethnically cleansed the Jews who were living in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, and then blew up all of the synagogues there.

“Not a single Jew remained in any of the territories conquered by the invading Arabs in 1948. The reaction of the United Nations to this reality? Silence.”
So now comes President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry essentially saying that there shouldn’t be any Jews in these areas, that they should be expelled once again. The descendants of the Jews not slaughtered by radical Muslims in the 20th century are now at risk of being forced out of their homes by the manipulation of international law.

During the Nazi years, one of the most disgusting phrases often heard was “Judenfrei” or “Jew free.” As we sadly know, when the Nazis meant “Jew free” they were not only willing to drive people out of their homes, they killed millions of Jews throughout Europe in the Holocaust.

Is there not a mainstream reporter anywhere in Washington, D.C., willing to point out that Kerry and Obama are suggesting that Jews living in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem cannot be tolerated because that territory supposedly belongs to Arab Muslims? They are demanding that this land be “Judenfrei.”

Not surprisingly, the Palestinians have made this demand before. Five years ago, the Palestinian representative to the United States said, “I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated.” In other words, a future Palestinian state should be free of Jews.

Three years ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Egyptian media, “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli . . . on our lands.”

Over the last eight years I have often been angered by various actions and statements by this administration. Today I am horrified that the leaders of my country, built on the belief that our liberty came from the God of Abraham, would embrace the idea that there are places in the Holy Land where Jews should not be permitted.

2017 & Persecuted Christians

As the New Year approaches, it is heartbreaking to see what is happening to Christians in Muslim-majority countries around the world. The barbarism of ISIS is almost impossible to imagine. But the persecution is hardly limited to that satanic death cult. It is a defining feature throughout much of the Middle East and beyond. Sadly, too many of our political and cultural elites are in denial.

Read more in my latest opinion piece at The Daily Caller.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

More Punches Coming?

Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a major address this morning outlining his ideas for Middle East peace. There are growing concerns after last week’s outrageous U.N. vote that Kerry’s speech is laying the groundwork for more gut punches against our ally Israel in Obama’s closing days.

In his remarks, Kerry defended the U.N. vote as somehow representative of America’s values and an attempt to preserve the two-state solution. Kerry said, “That’s what we were standing up for: Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living side by side in peace and security with its neighbors.”

That is simply a lie. Jews living in their historic homeland in their united capital of Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria are not impediments to peace or to a Palestinian state. The Palestinian jihadists are the obstacle to peace.

As I noted yesterday, the Palestinian leadership has rejected three previous peace deals. It simply refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state in any borders. And Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas just proposed forming a unity government with the terrorists of Hamas. Why isn’t Obama condemning that?

My friends, this really is very simple: Can you imagine our reaction if any nation demanded we accept a peace deal with ISIS or Al Qaeda? That is essentially what Obama is demanding of our ally Israel.

All the pressure should be on the Palestinians to renounce terrorism and to act like a civilized society that can be trusted with its own state.

Unfortunately, there are rumors that the Obama Administration is planning to endorse a peace deal developed at a French conference next month. According to the Associated Press, “Israeli officials fear that the conference’s recommendations may then be approved in another U.N. Security Council resolution just before Obama leaves office on January 20th.”

Top government officials in Jerusalem believe that Obama is doing everything he can to handcuff the incoming Trump/Pence Administration. It seems they are right.

Trump Responds

President-elect Trump preemptively responded to Kerry’s speech this morning. In a series of tweets, Trump wrote:

“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly responded, “President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel!”

Congress Reacts

Members of Congress in both parties continue to express their outrage at Obama’s betrayal of Israel. For example, Senator Lindsey Graham is threatening to cut off funding to the United Nations.

Graham told the Washington Post, “The U.N. has made it impossible for us to continue with business as usual. . . this is a betrayal of Israel and the only response that we have is the power of the purse.”

Graham is not making idle threats. He is chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that oversees the State Department’s budget. I urge him to follow through.

Rep. Elliott Engel (D-NY) ripped the hypocrisy of countries like Venezuela censuring Israel.

House Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer blasted the Obama Administration for strengthening Israel’s enemies.

I’m glad to see these public statements of shock and outrage, but there has been some willful ignorance by too many on the left for the past eight years. And it goes back to Obama’s days in Chicago.

Why did Obama attend an anti-Israel church led by an anti-Semitic pastor? Why has he empowered some of the worst anti-Israel regimes in the world — like Iran and Cuba? Why has he acted like homes for Jews in Jerusalem were more dangerous than bombs for jihadists in Iran?

Here is the dirty little secret that a lot of good people have been unwilling to acknowledge: Barack Obama is a product of the left-wing fringe that we see in Hollywood and on our college campuses. Radical professors routinely bash Judeo-Christian civilization, America and Israel.

Progressive students are more comfortable making common cause with radical Palestinian students than groups like Hillel. Obama’s presidency has emboldened the anti-Israel movement in America and caused that part of the left-wing fringe to thrive.

Don’t take my word for it. The growing anti-Israel views of the left have been measured in repeated public opinion polls — here, here, here and here.

We also learned from leaked emails that Hillary Clinton’s own staff was divided over Israel. When they were writing her presidential announcement speech the decision was made to drop references to Israel in order to avoid offending “Democratic activists.”

Meanwhile, Here At Home. . .

While the Obama Administration is focusing all of its efforts on browbeating the Jewish state of Israel, the Washington Times reminds us that we have a major problem with Islamic extremism in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Nine residents of northern Virginia have been arrested in the past two years, charged with supporting ISIS. Far from being undereducated and impoverished, the Times reports, “They included a police officer, a Starbucks barista, Army soldiers, bankers and a cabdriver. Four of the nine graduated from Northern Virginia high schools, one with honors. Two attended Northern Virginia Community College.”

As shocking as this news is, it shouldn’t surprise us. In 2009, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was sentenced to life in prison for plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush. Ali is an American citizen and “valedictorian of his 1999 class at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax County [Virginia]” — right outside of Washington, D.C.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama’s Betrayal

In an administration that has moved from one low to the next when it comes to foreign policy and our role in the world, Obama set a new low last weekend as Jews and Christians were preparing to celebrate Chanukah and Christmas. If you are confused about how damaging last week’s U.N. Security Council vote is, all you need to know is that decent people on the left and right are condemning it, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad are dancing in the streets.

One of the favorite tactics of the jihadists in the last year has been to run up behind innocent Israeli women, children and the elderly and to plunge knives, axes and screw drivers into their backs. That is what Barack Obama tried to do with his diplomatic pen last week. But Israel will survive this treacherous blow.

Why It Matters

It would be tempting to shrug and say “So what?” at the news that the United Nations passed a resolution that would make Hitler smile. But resolutions like this form the foundation of international deliberations and law.

There are elites all over the world — academics, media empires, judges sitting in places like Brussels — who will use this resolution to advance an agenda that threatens Israel first and foremost, and ironically the United States. This is at least as bad, if not worse, than the U.N. vote equating Zionism with racism. That resolution did untold damage and took 16 years to repeal.

What It Does

Last week’s U.N. resolution delegitimizes Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, as well as East Jerusalem. These are places where Jews have lived and worshipped for thousands of years, since before the birth of Jesus. Now the U.N., with the blessing of the Obama Administration, has declared that Jews have no right to live there.

For Christians, these are places with tremendous significance. Great events of our faith took place in this land of the Jews. The effort to delegitimize the Jewish history and current presence in these places is also an attack on Christianity and its history.

By calling East Jerusalem a “settlement,” even the Western Wall is delegitimized, and Israel is being told that the Western Wall cannot remain under its sovereignty. If East Jerusalem is not part of a Jewish city, then the great historic Christian sites in East Jerusalem are not legitimate either. This biased resolution legitimizes the worldwide movement to boycott and isolate Israel.

Does It Advance Peace?

Contrary to the claims of the Obama White House, the resolution makes peace much less likely. The Obama Administration and the U.N. argue that Jews living in East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria are somehow jeopardizing a two-state solution. But the Palestinians have been offered a state repeatedly. They have rejected it repeatedly. What stops a two-state solution is the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

It has been widely understood that a peace deal cannot be imposed on the parties, and certainly not on Israel. Peace can only be accomplished through direct negotiation between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Such negotiations would have at their core some sort of land agreement likely involving the swapping of land between the two parties. But last week’s U.N. resolution just blew up that central component of any future negotiation.

The only thing Israel has to give in peace talks would be some of its land. The Palestinians can now say, “You cannot give what is not yours.” The United Nations, with the cooperation of the United States, has said that this land belongs to the Palestinians.

No Israeli government — current or imagined in the future — would go into negotiations in which the major issue has already been resolved in favor of the Palestinians and all other concessions would have to come from Israel.

Here is the most important point: In spite of what Obama and much of the media are saying, this resolution has nothing to do with a two-state solution or peace. This resolution had one main purpose — to delegitimize the existence of the state of Israel. That is why Hamas and Islamic Jihad are celebrating.

A Fundamental Transformation

For eight years, Obama and those who have served him, including Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Vice President Biden, have fundamentally transformed American foreign policy. They have systematically hurt our friends and rewarded our enemies.

At the same time Obama was pulling off this betrayal at the United Nations, his administration was working frantically to ensure the security and survival of its Iranian deal. The Weekly Standard and others reported on additional secret agreements that the administration made with Iran to help its nuclear program.

Moreover, Obama did not have the decency to give the Israeli government formal notification it was abandoning decades of traditional foreign policy in spite of repeated Israeli requests for Obama to clarify his position. But it wasn’t only an abstention. It was far worse.

The Israeli government says it has clear proof that President Obama was working behind the scenes to guarantee that the resolution would come up for a vote. Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said yesterday that his government will turn over the evidence to the incoming Trump/Pence Administration. As a matter of courtesy, Israel will leave it to the new administration as to whether it wants to share the details with the American people. I pray that it will.

Reaction

Reaction to these events was swift and crossed ideological lines. Leading conservative Republicans, including Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well as President-elect Trump condemned Obama’s betrayal. Condemnation also came from many on the left, including incoming Senate Democrat Leader Charles Schumer and former Democrat National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said he will never forget the day when he was called into the Oval Office and Obama vowed that he would “always have Israel’s back.” Dershowitz added, “I didn’t realize what he meant is that he would have (their) back to stab them in the back.”

What Can Be Done?

This will not be easily reversed. In the Security Council, any one of the five permanent members can veto a resolution, as the U.S. has done in the past. Undoing this resolution will require the cooperation of Russia and China.

Israel recalled its ambassadors from the countries that supported the resolution. Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled meetings with the Ukrainian leader and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Israel also cut off foreign aid and cooperation with other members of the Security Council.

The Trump/Pence Administration can make it clear that it will give no legal credence to this resolution. We could significantly cut back our foreign aid to nations that supported it. We provide 22% of the U.N.’s budget. We have leverage there.

It is possible that this resolution may be the final straw in the U.N.’s viability and existence. Even Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admits the U.N. is biased against Israel.

On a weekend when the images coming from Aleppo touched the hardest heart, how is it that the United Nations was consumed with delegitimizing the one nation in the Middle East that most effectively stands for democratic values and guarantees human liberty and dignity to all of its citizens?

I assure you that I will continue to expose the U.N.’s hostility to the world’s democracies. Fighting its ugly anti-Semitism will be one of our primary projects in the year ahead.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, December 22, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Fake News

As we head into the holidays, it is getting hard to keep track of how many of the election-related “hate crimes” have been proven false. Not only are they false, but they are almost always perpetrated by leftists.

Here are the latest examples of false hate crimes that made big headlines.

Police in Ann Arbor, Michigan, yesterday said that a female university student lied about her claim that a white Trump supporter had threatened to set her on fire unless she removed her hijab. This story got major press coverage — here, here and here — and was repeatedly cited as evidence of a massive spike in bigotry against Muslims after the election. It never happened.

Remember the horrific reports — here and here — about the black church that was torched and the words “Vote Trump” were spray painted on the building? I recoiled in disgust when I heard the shocking news.

Well, I’m pleased to say the police have made an arrest in the case. Sadly, the arsonist was a member of the church’s congregation.

Now think about this for a moment. These people are part of a movement that is pushing the narrative that America is a horribly racist and bigoted country. When there is no evidence of it, they make it up.

They must know that they are creating the very “atmosphere of fear” that they claim to be against. And they are the ones who are pushing the country closer and closer to a disaster.

Sadly, we have seen this sort of false propaganda in the past. Left-wing totalitarian regimes like the Nazis and the Soviets often exploit “false flag” events.

There is enormous irony here. The left thinks that crimes motivated by hate are particularly egregious and deserve greater punishment. Yet making up a false hate crime is its own form of hate — hate against white people or conservatives, smearing innocent people to advance a political agenda. How twisted is that?

Don’t get me wrong, folks. I am not suggesting there is no problem in America with racism. We should always be working toward racial reconciliation.

I believe that one of the best ways to achieve that goal is through the understanding that we are all made in God’s image, and because of that, skin color is beside the point. Unfortunately, the left fights against God and any vestige of faith in the public square too.

Speaking Of Hate. . .

As we approach Christmas, it is heart breaking to see what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Muslims nations around the world. The barbarism of ISIS is almost impossible to imagine. Sadly, too many of our political and cultural elites are in denial.

Today there are disturbing reports that ISIS has published a list of churches in America. It is urging its followers to “turn the Christian New Year into a bloody horror movie.” Yet our elites insist that such terror has nothing to do with religion.

They are lying to us.

When the jihadists yell, “Allahu akbar!” it has EVERYTHING to do with religion.

When ISIS instructs its followers to attack churches and Christmas markets, it has EVERYTHING to with religion.

Journalist Graeme Wood recently spoke with NPR about his new book on the Islamic State. Here are some excerpts of his remarks:

“I think that there is a strong urge to say that [Islamic terrorism] has nothing to do with religion, that ISIS is a bunch of psychopaths. . . Unfortunately that’s just not true. ISIS has looked into Islamic history with historical accuracy, with intellectual rigor. . .

“You’ll find some who will say the violence is temporary. ‘We are Muslims who are reviving the faith and we have to do this in a fallen world. . .’ That’s what you find with the nicer ones.

“The less nice ones just say, ‘This is a wonderful thing. The violence is not something that needs to be explained except to say that our scripture says it must be so. And so when it happens, we should celebrate it.'”
There is no doubt that major parts of Islam are at war with Christendom, as has been the case for centuries. There is tremendous hate in the hearts of Islamic supremacists. How does a mother kiss and hug her young daughter before blowing her up as a suicide bomb?

But it goes beyond that. Even if you eliminate the extremists of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab (Ever stop to wonder why there are so many radical Islamic groups?), Christian minorities are under siege in Muslim-majority nations.

There is a reason that 12 of the 17 worst violators of religious freedom are Islamic nations.

There is a quickening within the Islamic world. In Indonesia, a fatwa has been issued against Christmas. The Christian governor of Jakarta is on trial for blasphemy against Islam.

While our Justice Department is suing every local community for discrimination any time a permit for a mosque is denied, very few churches are being built in the Muslim world.

Please remember to pray for Christian believers as well as our Jewish brothers and sisters around the world. We are going to have major projects in the coming year to draw attention to the issue of religious persecution and to spur action by the Trump Administration. The genocide against Christians must end.

Happy Chanukah

Carol and I extend our warmest wishes to all our Jewish friends and supporters. As an evangelical Christian, I have tremendous respect and admiration for the Jewish faith and the state of Israel. As the celebration of the miracle of lights begins this weekend, I promise to continue to fight against the darkness of anti-Semitism and to work for the safety and security of America’s friend and ally Israel.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Refugee Sought In Berlin Attack

After initially arresting the wrong man, German authorities are reportedly on a massive manhunt for Anis Amri, a 23 year-old Tunisian. Amri became the focus of the Berlin Christmas market attack after police found his ID in the cab of the truck that mowed down scores of holiday shoppers.

Cultural and political leaders in Europe and even in America are in shock. Not at the horror of the attack — the 12 dead and dozens wounded. Instead, they are worried that people will demand an end to the left’s open borders ideology.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel confessed that “it would be especially hard for us all to bear if it were confirmed that the person who committed this act was someone who sought protection and asylum.” Frau Merkel had better reach for the Maalox.

It turns out that Anis Amri arrived in Germany in 2015 and applied for asylum this year. Evidently, he has known connections to radical Islamists, and was arrested and released earlier this year. He was supposed to be under surveillance, but somehow managed to evade the authorities.

None of this should be a surprise to anyone. ISIS told us they were infiltrating the massive waves of migrants and refugees with terrorists. The CIA has warned us. Even the Germans were well aware of the danger.

Tis The Busy Season

Everybody is busier during the Christmas season, and no one more so than Barack Obama.

He has dramatically accelerated the influx of refugees from the Middle East, bringing in more than 23,000 in recent weeks. He imposed harsh new regulations against coal companies.

Yesterday, Obama issued an order effectively banning oil exploration off much of the Atlantic coast and in the Arctic. And he did so using an obscure law, which some officials contend cannot be undone by President-elect Trump.

The intake of new refugees is particularly troubling because the administration refuses to tell governors when refugees are settled in their states. Clearly, the vetting process is not as good as it needs to be, as we saw in Berlin this week.

Some politicians say that Angela Merkel has the blood of the Berlin victims on her hands. I would add that Obama’s hands are not clean either.

He was among the most high-profile supporters of her open border policies, which allowed more than 1 million refugees into Germany. Obama said Merkel was on the “right side of history” and promised “substantial support.”

You may recall that when Hillary Clinton was asked who she most admired on the world stage she said Angela Merkel and cited her “bravery” in accepting so many migrants.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence will have so many urgent things to deal with the moment their hands come off their Bibles after their swearing in. I hope they will immediately stop the massive influx of people coming into the country from nations infected by the virulent scourge of radical Islam.

Refugees are supposed to be brought into the country as temporary residents, while plans are made for their return to their home countries or resettlement in other nations. That is not happening now. Refugees are being brought in as part of a left-wing effort to fundamentally transform America.

My view is that when we refer to our Judeo-Christian nation, it is like nails on a chalk board to those on the left. They reject assimilation and “embrace diversity.” At a minimum, they want America to become a Judeo-Christian-Muslim nation.

Before someone accuses me of intolerance, let me point out that the civilization built on the first two faiths is in many ways the exact opposite of that built by the Muslim world. And I am willing to debate this with anyone who disagrees.

A Notre Dame Christmas

I don’t have the heart to share with you any of the other troubling things that are going on. This is the Christmas season after all. So here’s something that will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.

Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell probably got the best Christmas present he could have imagined. In Monday night’s game, he scored 13 points to help the Irish win 77-to-62 against the Colgate Raiders. But the win was minor compared to what happened next.

As the game ended, a special holiday message appeared on the Jumbotron. It was Matt’s brother, Army First Lieutenant Bo Farrell, who was deployed to Afghanistan and not due to return home until February.

“Matty, I’ve been watching you tonight from here,” Bo said. “For us, home is wherever we’re together. And I look forward to being home with you soon. Really, really soon.”

It turns out soon was a lot sooner than the Farrell family imagined. Bo had come home early and had been in the stadium the whole game. He had planned this surprise with the Notre Dame athletic department for two months. You can watch the video here.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

New Thinking

Responding to yesterday’s terror attacks in Ankara and Berlin, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, “The civilized world must change thinking!” If the initial reaction is any indication, it appears Mr. Trump may be asking too much of Western elites.

“Moring Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough mocked Trump’s common sense suggestion. “Um, yeah. . . First of all, I don’t know exactly what the civilized world is going to do about trucks, unless we’re going to ban trucks,” Scarborough said. “But again, some of the deadliest attacks have been with vehicles.”

Really, Joe? Intentional ignorance is not flattering. Fortunately, the American people are smarter than that.

This is the same elite media who said time and again for the past year that Donald Trump would never become president. And yet he did.

And one big reason the American people ignored the media and embraced Trump is that he ignored political correctness and vowed to get serious when it comes to Islamic supremacism and border security. Clearly, what we have been doing is not working.

No, Joe, we’re not going to ban trucks. But we can ban the people most prone to wanting to kill us. We can control who we allow into our country.

For years, our cultural and media “movers and shakers” refused to admit this problem has anything to do with Islam. Now they are refusing to reconsider their open borders ideology. Thankfully, we have a president-elect who is challenging them on both of these issues and many others as well.

I agree with Donald Trump that Western Civilization must wake up and completely change our mindset. The jury is out as to whether we will wake up in time.

But even if we do not, these death worshippers will not prevail. The Baby whose birth we worship on Sunday, who was born to carry the Cross to Calvary, who defeated death, has already defeated them. It will not be the Allah of the jihadists who rules over mankind for all of eternity. It will be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Jesus.

Trump Wins Again

The Electoral College voted yesterday 304 for Donald Trump to 227 for Hillary Clinton. There was considerable irony in the vote.

In spite of all the ads, coordinated efforts and even threats by bitter leftists, more Democrat electors (five) abandoned Hillary than Republican electors (2) abandoned Trump. The faithless Democrat electors split between Bernie Sanders, Colin Powell and a Native American activist. The Republican defectors voted for Ron Paul and John Kasich. Those seven “faithless electors” set a new record.

The vote also came 18 years to the day after Hillary’s husband was impeached by the House for perjury and obstruction of justice.

Unfortunately, I have no expectations that yesterday’s reaffirmation of the election results will do anything to lessen the left’s anger and resentment. Keith Olbermann took up the banner of #NotMyPresident yesterday with a petulant online rant, vowing to resist the Trump presidency every day. Here’s what he said:

“Resistance means find a Trump supporter every day and remind them he lost the popular vote. There is also a passive-aggressive, subtler way to make this point clear. . . Never address Trump as president. He is Trump. Just Trump. Never president. The title of president, that we must protect for a happier and more honest time. Resistance means refusal. Resist! Peace.”
The left is also acting in more predictable ways, such as demanding we scrap the constitutional system our founding fathers gave us. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan published an opinion piece yesterday calling for the Electoral College to be abolished as a relic of America’s slave-holding past. Typical of many liberals, Conyers’ op-ed merely demonstrated his ignorance of our history and his willingness to malign our nation.

As this column explains, the Electoral College had nothing to do with slavery. In fact, the Electoral College made the abolition of slavery possible by aiding the election of the nation’s first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln.

The Left’s America

The same act can be noble or horrible depending on your point of view. For example, consider the act of taking a knee at a football game.

When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other malcontents take a knee to protest the evils of America, the left insists this is a noble exercise of our First Amendment rights. Kaepernick’s freedom of expression is why we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, after all.

But if you take a knee to pray or honor God, that is not a noble exercise of First Amendment rights, according to the left. Instead, they insist, you are offending Americans, forcing your faith on those who want freedom from religion.

End of Day Report

Monday, December 19, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Left’s Shadow Government

The political left is vehemently refusing to accept the results of the November 8th elections. Like spoiled children who do not get their way, the left is throwing a collective temper tantrum. Their behavior is so bad that even liberal Juan Williams conceded yesterday, “There’s no question Democrats run the risk of looking like hypocrites.”

I hope you appreciate, my friends, that the battle did not end on November 8th. Nor will it end after today’s final votes are cast by members of the Electoral College. The left is not giving up. It is not going away quietly.

The real transition of power taking place in Washington right now is not between the Obama Administration and the Trump/Pence team, but from the Obama White House to a left-wing shadow government.

Let me give you a few examples.

  • There is a great American tradition of ex-presidents quietly exiting the scene and allowing their successors to step into the spotlight. Barack Obama may be vacating the White House, but he is NOT leaving Washington, D.C.

    The president and first lady are renting a nine-bedroom, 8,200 square-foot home in one of Washington’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Mr. Obama will be the first president in nearly 100 years to remain in Washington after the conclusion of his presidency.

    Author Ed Klein, who is an expert on D.C.’s machinations, said Obama was mounting an “insurgency” or “a shadow government opposing the Trump Administration.”

    Presidential historian Stephen Hess said it was “a terrible idea” for Obama to stay in Washington. Hess noted that Obama will be “connected to every problem that [Trump] is going to be confronting” and reporters will be “camping out on [his] doorstep.”

    In other words, we should expect to hear from this soon-to-be ex-president a lot. Any time Trump tries to undo Obama’s legacy, be it Obamacare or institutional global warming malarkey, Mr. Obama will be on hand to rally the opposition.

  • Speaking of global warming, left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer, who spent more than $140 million in the past two election cycles, recently told Reuters he will “spend whatever it takes” to fight the Trump/Pence agenda.
  • The radical group Center for American Progress (CAP), which is heavily funded by George Soros, is vowing to become “the central hub of the Trump resistance.” The group just hired Harry Reid’s deputy chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, who promised to bring a “relentlessly aggressive attitude” to combatting the Trump Administration every day.

    In addition to Obama, Steyer and Soros, a myriad of left-wing groups like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Sierra Club are shattering fundraising records. A massive, coordinated counterattack is already underway and will only intensify.

    Electoral College Meets Today

    Today is the day members of the Electoral College cast their votes for president and vice president of the United States. Contrary to its name, the Electoral College is not a single institution or place, but a series of gatherings in state capitals across the country. These meetings are taking place as I write. Electors in California, Hawaii and Nevada will meet late this afternoon and into the evening East Coast time.

    In most elections, this is often an overlooked formality. But this year is different. The left has launched an all-out campaign to persuade electors to ignore the voters, and in some cases the laws, of their states in order to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency.

    As we have reported, electors have been mercilessly harassed by liberals trying to convince them to vote for Hillary Clinton, John Kasich or anyone but Donald Trump. Electors have received thousands of emails, letters and phone calls. Some have received death threats.

    At least $500,000 was spent to run ads aimed at GOP electors featuring Martin Sheen and Debra Messing imploring the electors to vote against Trump.

    An effort to overturn state laws binding the votes of electors failed in a Colorado court. Now left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore is offering to pay the fines of rogue electors.

    Dozens of electors demanded a special briefing by the CIA to hear the intelligence information behind the allegations of Russian interference in the election. It’s not happening for a variety of reasons.

    While there is zero evidence that Russian hacking changed ballots or affected vote totals, some commentators believe Putin may have been trying to undermine confidence in our electoral system. Responding to this garbage, Kellyanne Conway said yesterday that the misguided efforts of the left were playing right into Putin’s hands.

    “The entire nonsense about the electors trying to use the Russian hacking issue to change the election results is really unfortunate,” Conway said. “I think that actually undermines the democracy more than any other conversation we are having right now.”

    Europe On High Alert

    Last month, the State Department warned Americans traveling in Europe to avoid Christmas markets and holiday celebrations amid intelligence reports that radical Islamists were planning attacks during the “upcoming holiday season.”

    Days later, German authorities arrested a 12 year-old boy of Iraqi decent after he was caught planting two explosive devices, one at a Christmas market and the other near the town hall in Ludwigshafen.

    Late last week, French authorities ordered thousands of additional soldiers onto the streets of Paris and other major cities. Ten thousand troops are on patrol throughout the country as France remains on high alert for possible attacks by radical Islamists. Airports, shopping centers, churches and synagogues are under heavy surveillance and armed guard.

    Today the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in Ankara by a radical Islamist who is believed to have been a police officer. The assassin reportedly yelled, “Allahu Akbar!”

    There is also breaking news that a truck plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. Nine are reportedly dead and at least 50 are injured. The Berlin attack is reminiscent of the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, which was similar to vehicular attacks that have occurred in Israel for the last 18 months.

    This year the holiday seasons overlap as Chanukah begins on Christmas Eve, December 24th. While our politically correct elites bend over backwards to deny any connection between terrorism and Islam, ISIS and Al Qaeda certainly understand the significance of jihad and the symbolism of attacking the faiths that undergird Judeo-Christian Civilization.