End Of Day Report

Thursday, October 19, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

Griefgate

I can’t think of a more horrendous thing for any parent than to lose a child.  It must be unbelievably painful to raise a child and send him off to war young and vital only to have him come home in a flag-draped casket.

President George W. Bush regularly visited wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  On one occasion, a grief-stricken mother, whose son was dying, screamed at the president and blamed him for her son’s condition.  I don’t recall anyone trying to politicize that event at the time.

I won’t dignify the current “Griefgate” controversy involving President Trump by revisiting the accusations against him.

But here’s one salient fact that is being overlooked in virtually all of the media’s coverage:  White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was in the room when the president made that call. At a press conference today, Gen. Kelly said he was “stunned” by the description of the president’s words and “brokenhearted” by attempts to politicize the call.

Incredibly, the Associated Press, CBS, the Washington Post and other media outlets are now hounding Gold Star families to find out which ones Trump has called.  To its credit, the Post notes, “No White House protocol demands that presidents speak or meet with the families of Americans killed in action. . . But they often do.”

Sadly, there is nothing leftists won’t use — even the death of a soldier — to punish President Trump whom they hate so much.

Why would the left politicize this phone call?  In their more lucid moments they understand that they have a huge problem with veterans, law enforcement, men, blue collar workers and, more generally, patriots.

They are trying to undercut one of Trump’s great strengths — his connection with Americans who love God & Country, who want to make America great again.

That is why we only hear about Gold Star families when it is a Muslim couple committed to savaging Trump.  We did not hear about the Gold Star families when the NFL kneelers disrespected them.   Big media did its best to ignore the parents of the brave men killed in Benghazi.

A few weeks ago, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) called Gen. Kelly “a disgrace to the uniform.”  Kelly served 46 years in the military.  He lost his son in Afghanistan.  Gutierrez never apologized because no leading Democrats or media figures demanded he do so.

Left-wing Fascism

The media have been hyperventilating for days about a speech this afternoon at the University of Florida.  Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency and mobilized hundreds of state and local law enforcement officers.  The university has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on additional security because the speaker is one of the racist leaders involved in the Charlottesville, Virginia, riots.

As vile as his views are, at least the university recognized that he has a First Amendment right to speak.  And I am confident his speech will be poorly attended, thanks to the decency of the vast majority of Floridians.

That said, there is growing fascism in America, and it is coming from the left.  Here are just three recent examples:

  • The fascist wing of the progressive left recently shutdown a meeting of the College Republicans at the University of California-Santa Cruz.
  •  An Arizona restaurant was forced to close after the owners posted a message expressing their support for President Trump, our military, standing for the national anthem and first responders.  The message went viral and the owners started receiving death threats.  Vicious calls flooded into the restaurant, including threats to burn it down.
  • Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for the NRA, has been forced to abandon her home and move with her children because of vicious threats from intolerant leftists, including one who threatened to rape her to death.

Whether its academics like Charles Murray, columnists like Ann Coulter or a kid wearing a MAGA hat, the circumstances are different but the theme is always the same.  Anyone expressing traditional conservative ideas and values now has to question whether they are willing to risk physical violence.  Not surprisingly, this political intimidation is affecting what people are willing to say to pollsters.

Sadly, too few voices on the left have been willing to speak up and denounce those so-called “progressives” who insist that violence is necessary.

Promoting Life

Here’s another reason why the 2016 election was so important.  President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services is revamping its strategic plan for the years ahead.  I am pleased to report that the document takes a number of pro-life positions.  Here are some examples:

“HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”

“While we may refer to the people we serve as beneficiaries, enrollees, patients, or consumers, our ultimate goal is to improve health care outcomes for all people, including the unborn, across health care settings.”

“A core component of the HHS mission is our dedication to serve all Americans from conception to natural death, but especially those individuals and populations facing or at high risk for economic and social well-being challenges, through effective human services.”

When the left is in power, the bureaucracy does everything it can to advance the left-wing agenda.  Now that the Trump/Pence team is in power, they are taking steps to reverse the pro-abortion legacy of the Obama Administration.

Make no mistake about it, my friends:  The left is pro-abortion.  If they get power again, abortion-on-demand will be a central element of their socialized healthcare scheme.

Stand with CWF now so we can elect more pro-life, pro-Trump conservatives to Congress in 2018!

Economy Gaining Strength

As President Trump slashes regulations and pushes tax reform, the economy is gaining strength.  The stock market set another record this week and jobless claimsfell to their lowest level since 1973.

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End of Day Report

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

Christian Persecution Rising

There are many fault lines in the battle between American elites and conservative populists.  One of those fault lines was evident in the debate over our refugee policy and what is proper and appropriate for the United States to do.

I continue to believe that one of the most defining moments of the 2016 campaign occurred during the Republican primary debate when Donald Trump said he would put a moratorium on Muslim immigration because we haven’t yet figured out how to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

The entire weight of elite opinion, left and right, was against him.  Every other Republican presidential candidate condemned him.  Yet polls showed voters agreed with Trump.

Even many leading pundits and politicians on the right said it was wrong to impose a “religious test” in our refugee policies.  That’s what Barack Obama was saying too, while in practice his administration clearly favored one specific faith.  It was bringing in large numbers of Muslim refugees while Christians were facing genocide.  And polls showed voters strongly opposed Obama’s policies.

A new report from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) proves just how bad Christian persecution is.  “In terms of the number of people involved, the gravity of the crimes committed and their impact, it is clear that the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history,” said John Pontifex, editor of the ACN report.

The report also states that “In 12 of the 13 countries reviewed, the situation for Christians was worse in overall terms in the period 2015-17 than within the preceding two years.”

As my friend former Congressman Frank Wolf has warned, Christianity is at grave risk of disappearing from much of the Middle East, where it has long predated Islam.

Yet under Obama, radical Shiite Muslims were persecuting Christians in the Middle East.  Under Obama, radical Sunni Muslims were persecuting Christians in the Middle East.  But for whatever reason, Obama brought in more Muslim refugeesthan Christian refugees.

Thankfully, President Trump acted quickly to reverse Obama’s misguided policies.  Not only has his policy of “extreme vetting” lowered the total number of refugees admitted to the United States, Trump is bringing in more of those who should be considered legitimate refugees.  When it comes to those facing persecution in the Middle East and many parts of Africa, that means more Christians.

This is not a violation of our laws or values.  Protecting those at risk of religious persecution is a key purpose of our refugee law.

During the Vietnam era, we brought in a lot more Vietnamese Catholics than Buddhists because Catholics were being persecuted by the Vietnamese communists.  During the Cold War, the Soviet Union persecuted Russian Jews.  Ronald Reagan made it a major priority to allow Russian Jews into the United States.

While I applaud the Trump Administration for welcoming more Christian refugees to America, the sad reality remains:  Christian persecution overseas is growing.  More must be done to reverse this terrible trend.

Something To Stand For

The NFL’s annual fall meeting takes place today.  It takes place against the backdrop of ongoing player protests against the national anthem and our country and amid falling ratings and revenues.

The kneeling players insist they are not protesting the country, but social injustice.  Let me remind you of what Colin Kaepernick said when he explained why he started kneeling in the first place:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. . .  There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” 

So, yes, this was and is all about protesting the flag, the country and the police.  As usual, the left-wing narrative is false.  “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” was a lie.  And there is no epidemic of police killing unarmed people of color.

But there is growing violence, especially against the men and women of law enforcement.  According to the latest FBI statistics:

  • The number of police officers assaulted in 2016 increased 14% from the year before.
  • The total number of police officers killed on the job in 2016 (including those who died in accidents) increased 37% from 2015.
  • And there was a 61% increase in the number of “felonious killings” of police officers.This figure includes ambushes and deliberate assassinations of law enforcement officers.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions decried these statistics as “shocking” and “unacceptable.”

What is also shocking and unacceptable is that the NFL and the “mainstream media” continue to tolerate these protests by millionaire athletes.  Rather than protesting the police and denigrating the basic decency of America based on fake news, it is time for these players to stand up and take a stand for the men and women of the thin Blue Line.

The REAL Russia Scandal

There is a bombshell report from The Hill today about a real scandal involving Russian influence in our government and it has absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump.

Remember that outrageous uranium sale to a Russian company that Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Obama Administration agreed to?  Well, it turns out — surprise, surprise — that it was all part of an elaborate Russian bribery scheme that dated back to 2009.  Consider these excerpts:

“Before the Obama Administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States. . .

“[The FBI] also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow.”

Guess who was FBI Director when this investigation started?  Robert Mueller, the man now leading the investigation of President Trump.

This entire investigation was swept under the rug.  The Clinton/Russian uranium deal wasn’t even exposed until 2015, and the full extent of it is only now coming to light.

Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee during this time.  He was never informed about the FBI’s active counterintelligence investigation into this deal.

Think about that for a moment, friends.

The Obama FBI — led by Robert Mueller and James Comey — knew about Putin’s efforts to influence the sale of our uranium deposits to Russian companies via bribes and kickbacks to the Clinton Foundation.  And yet the Obama Administration allowed the sale to go through anyway.

Was this sale another example of Obama demonstrating his “flexibility” for Putin?

Clearly, Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows a lot about real Russian meddling in America.  But it seems he ought to be investigating Barack, Bill and Hillary, not Donald Trump.

End Of Day Report

Monday, October 16, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

Hillary Trashes Trump

Hillary Clinton took her book tour overseas this weekend.  During an interview with the BBC, Clinton was asked about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and her relationship with the progressive megadonor.

At first, Clinton deflected, saying that Weinstein’s behavior was “just disgusting and the stories that have come out are just heartbreaking.”  Hillary added, “I really commend the women who have been willing to step forward now and tell their stories.”  Then, she went on the attack, saying:

“I think it’s important that we not just focus on him and . . . his behavior but that we recognize that this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated anywhere, whether it’s in entertainment, politics.  After all, we have someone admitting to be a sexual assaulter in the Oval Office.”

Correction, Hillary.  We HAD a president like that in the Oval Office and his name is Bill.  And let’s remember who led the charge to discredit and demonize the courageous women who stepped forward to tell the truth about Bill Clinton.  That was Hillary Rodham Clinton.

By the way, Hillary defended the NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.  Her comments led President Trump to jokingly beg Hillary to run again in 2020 so he could defeat her again.

Bergdahl Pleads Guilty

Speaking of remembering. . .  Do you remember Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?  He pleaded guilty today to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.  Bergdahl admitted to abandoning his post in Afghanistan in 2009 on his own volition.

Five years later, Obama traded five leaders of the Taliban for Bergdahl, claiming that Bergdahl was a hero.  Obama celebrated this trade by bringing his parents to the White House.  National Security Advisor Susan Rice went on national TV and defended Bergdahl’s service as “honorable.”

When members of Bergdahl’s unit expressed outrage over the attention this deserter was getting, several liberal outlets attacked those real heroes, who stayed on the frontlines, because they were so invested in the Obama narrative of turning the deserter into a hero.

Bergdahl’s fate now rests with the military judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance.  Bergdahl faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

Russia Didn’t Steal The Election

When it comes to politics, Mark Penn is a smart guy.  He was Bill Clinton’s chief strategist during the 1996 campaign and a top adviser to Hillary’s 2000 Senate campaign as well as her 2008 presidential bid.  So he knows a thing or two about presidential politics.  And that’s why I want to share with you some of his observations about the 2016 campaign.

In an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, Penn writes that Russia didn’t buy the election with $100,000 of Facebook ads.  Here are some excerpts:

“Americans worried about Russia’s influence in the 2016 election have seized on a handful of Facebook ads—as though there weren’t also three 90-minute debates, two televised party conventions, and $2.4 billion spent on last year’s campaign. . . 

“Facebook says 56% of the ads ran after the election, reducing the tally that could have influenced the result to about $44,000. . . Facebook also counted ads as early as June 2015. Assuming they were evenly spread and we want only those that ran the year of the election, that knocks it down to $13,000. . .

“I have 40 years of experience in politics, and this Russian ad buy, mostly after the election anyway, simply does not add up to a carefully targeted campaign to move voters.”

And speaking of Russia, the Wall Street Journal editorial board has its own column on the subject of Russia’s interference in the election.  The Journal notes that the House Intelligence Committee has issued several subpoenas to Fusion GPS, the liberal opposition research firm that produced the now infamous Steele dossier.

That dossier, a campaign opposition research document, was used by the FBI to launch an investigation into the Trump campaign.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating the Trump Administration largely based on that document.

What most people don’t know is that Fusion GPS was also working with Russian agents lobbying in the United States at the same time it was producing the anti-Trump Steele dossier.

In other words, there is plenty of evidence of collusion — between Russia and the left-wing group Fusion GPS.  Yet it is Trump who is under investigation by a special counsel.

A Successful Summit

As one of the co-sponsors of the Values Voter Summit, I am happy to say that the 2017 event was a very successful summit.  It owes much of that success to the fact that President Trump spoke at the Summit, something no other sitting president, including George W. Bush, has done.

The summit is an annual gathering of men and women of faith who hold mainstream conservative views.  Yet Newsweek referred to the Summit as a “hate group.”  Yahoo ran a headline calling the Summit an “anti-LGBT hate group.”  How’s that for media bias?

In my remarks, I noted that the attacks on historical monuments did not start with statues of Robert E. Lee, but with the Ten Commandments years ago.  Now the left is going after monuments to Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington because the left is against the very idea of America.

I said the left was acting like “an American Taliban” because that’s what the Taliban does — it destroys monuments and erases the memory of civilizations that came before it.

Those remarks won me the honor of being the leading story on the far-left “Right Wing Watch” for much of the weekend.  They highlighted what they considered the most outrageous remarks of the Summit.  I take their outrage as a badge of honor!

If you missed my address to the 2017 Values Voter Summit, you can watch it here.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, October 12, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

Respect

The left likes to portray President Trump as an ignorant buffoon.  It did the same thing to Ronald Reagan, who was often derided as “an amiable dunce.”  But at the end of the day, what matters most is not whether people like you, but whether they respect you.

In spite of all the negative press here at home and all the late night jokes, it seems many countries are coming to respect America more because they realize we have a serious leader in the White House.

The latest example came yesterday when Caitlin Coleman, her husband, Josh Boyle, and their children were rescued from the Taliban by Pakistani special forces.   They had been held as hostages since 2012.

During a speech yesterday in Pennsylvania, President Trump said this:

“Something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news.  And one of my generals came in, they said, ‘You know, I have to tell you, a year ago they would have never done that.’  . . . 

“You’ll probably be hearing about it over the next few days.  But this is a country that did not respect us.  This is a country that respects us now.  The world is starting to respect us again.”

You may recall that several weeks ago, President Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan.  A major part of his address, largely overlooked by the media, was the president’s call for new approach to Pakistan.  President Trump said, “It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace.”

Yesterday’s rescue of American hostages is a good start.

Lying Media

NBC News reported yesterday that President Trump this summer demanded “what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.”  Top officials in the room “were surprised” by this demand.  NBC supposedly got this information from “three officials who were in the room.”

President Trump blasted the NBC report as “Pure fiction made up to demean,” to make him look like a warmongering idiot.  At a press conference yesterday, President Trump said, “Right now, we have so many nuclear weapons.  I want them in perfect condition, perfect shape. That’s the only thing I’ve ever discussed.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis also condemned the NBC report as “absolutely false,” “erroneous” and “irresponsible.”

Chief of Staff John Kelly told the White House press corps this afternoon that the president has said repeatedly that it would be wonderful if the world could get rid of nuclear weapons.

By the way, Kelly also denied fake news reports that he was frustrated in his job and about to be fired.  He said that what frustrated him most was reading the fake news.  “It is astounding to me how much is misreported,” he said.  Kelly also told reporters to “develop some better sources.”

I am a staunch proponent of the First Amendment and free speech.  But big media should be held accountable.

Who were these sources — the three officials in the room?  Did they even exist?  The so-called “journalists” who produced this report have an obligation to defend their reporting or NBC should fire them.

Not a week goes by without major media outlets publishing totally false information.  There has to be some accountability somewhere.

Let me remind you that when former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he said, “There have been many, many stories . . . about Russia that are dead wrong.”

The president has every right to criticize the left-wing fake news media when they lie about him and try to make him look like an idiot.  Sadly, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)is attacking Trump for fighting back!

What is wrong with these GOP politicians?  Apparently, they have learned nothing from the 2016 elections.  Donald Trump defeated 16 of them and Hillary Clinton because conservative voters wanted a fighter!

We are sick and tired of weak-kneed politicians who care more about what media elites say about them than they do about actually advancing conservative values!

Lying Politicians

A major left-wing talking point on the president’s tax reform plan is that Republicans are lowering taxes on the rich while raising taxes on the poor.  Their argument goes like this:  Trump’s plan calls for lowering the top tax rate from 39.6% to 35% while increasing the bottom rate from 10% to 12%.

Here’s why this is false.  The top marginal rate has not yet been determined.  The president has said he is willing to keep a high top tax rate.  On the lower rate, Chuck Schumer and other progressives are counting on average Americans not getting into the details.

The first rate in the tax code is in fact a zero rate.  Due to the personal exemption, an individual pays no tax on the first $6,000 of income and a married couple pays no tax on the first $12,000 of income.  President Trump wants to double that.  So he is dramatically expanding the zero rate.

The left is suggesting that lower income people will be paying more under Trump’s plan, but that is simply a lie and they know it.

Know Your Base

As I wrote yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is like a scrambling quarterback right now, desperately trying to avoid being tackled.  He allowed the Kaepernick protests to fester for over a year and he appeared oblivious to the outrage of fans.

Now he’s written a memo that appears to favor requiring players to stand for the national anthem.  But I sincerely doubt he has the courage to tell the players that they will face fines unless they stand.  We will have to see how this plays out.

But here’s the bottom line:  Donald Trump knew the fan base of the NFL better than the commissioner of the NFL — just like he knew the base of the Republican Party better than the professional consultants and politicians who run the Republican Party.  Trump really deserves the title “Billionaire Populist.”

SPLC vs. VVS

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) attacked the Values Voter Summit today in a full page Washington Post ad.  In fact, the SPLC has an entire website devoted to smearing the Summit and its co-sponsors, including yours truly.

Why?  Because we believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.  We believe that children should not be introduced to “alternative lifestyles” in the schools at inappropriate ages.  We don’t think we should be importing bigotry into America and we believe that hateful Islamic supremacists should be kept out of the country.

The SPLC specifically highlighted this quote from one of my September 2015 End of Day reports:  “If the United States is going to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees, they should be Christians and we should make no apologies for that.”

Well, I’m not apologizing.  The SPLC is a left-wing hate group that is bigoted against Christians and traditional American values.  It has also had a rash of bad publicity lately.  (Herehere and here.)  Not surprisingly, the FBI and the Pentagon have severed ties with the radical group.

Chag Same’ach

Carol and I wish all of our Jewish friends and supporters celebrating Simchat Torah a happy and joyous holiday!

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

America First vs. Amnesty First

Over the weekend, President Trump issued a comprehensive list of 70 immigration priorities that put America’s security and America’s workers first.  Trump wants Congress to consider these priorities as part of any amnesty deal for DACA recipients.

Many of the items are familiar:  A border wall.  Ten thousand more border guards.  A crackdown on sanctuary cities and visa overstays.  An end to chain migration in favor of a new merit-based immigration system.  Some items are new.

I’m sure President Trump does not expect to get all 70 priorities included, but he is right to try.  As Barack Obama famously told congressional Republicans during the Obamacare debate, “I won.”  Well, Donald Trump won last year.  It’s time his priorities were reflected in the legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill.

But the prospects for compromise don’t look good.  Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi blasted the president’s list as “so far beyond what is reasonable.”

In an interview, Pelosi said that Trump’s list was “a complete non-starter,” adding, “There’s nothing in it to negotiate.”

The left’s position is “Amnesty First.”  And some progressives are threatening to shut down the government if they don’t get it.  How is that going to help DACA recipients?

I think Speaker Ryan should call Pelosi’s bluff.  Trump is willing to accommodate DACA recipients.  But liberals are so committed to open borders and the free flow of illegal immigrants — policies which undercut wages and our national security — that they appear willing to sacrifice these so-called “Dreamers” to advance their far-left agenda.

I think we can win any debate between America First and Amnesty First.

The Anthem War Continues

The NFL’s anthem war continued this weekend.  But there are signs that the left is losing ground.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatened to bench any player who disrespects the flag.  “If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said. “Understand?  We will not.  If we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period.”

Jones wasn’t alone.  Steve Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, has ordered his players to stand for the anthem, saying that Trump “changed that whole paradigm” of the debate.   “I think it’s incumbent upon the players today, because of how the public is looking at it, to really stand and really salute the flag,” Ross said.

ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith even conceded that President Trump had “successfully hijacked this issue.  He’s turned it into an issue about patriotism. . .”  Smith added, “Trump has won this round.”

Indeed, he has.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell now says that “everyone should stand for the national anthem.”  The Wall Street Journal reports that NFL owners are debating a change to league policies that would require all players to stand for the national anthem.

Memo to the GOP:  Don’t be afraid of these cultural issues.  Trump won because he was willing to fight!

But the really big “touchdown” this weekend was scored by Vice President Mike Pence, who went home to watch the Indianapolis Colts play the San Francisco 49ers.

As you know, the anthem protests started with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco.  The 49ers have the largest group of players who have joined the movement that insists America is unworthy of being honored during the national anthem.

When the anthem was played at this weekend’s game, a dozen 49ers took a knee, while the vice president, his wife and top aides (including my son) stood at attention with their hands over their hearts.  When the anthem was over, Pence and the rest of his party all got up and walked out of the game in their own protest.

The vice president later tweeted, “I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National
Anthem.”

Of course, the left-wing talking heads, who hail Kaepernick and other players for their “bold protests,” said the vice president’s walkout was a “stunt.”

As you may know, the vice president’s son, Michael, serves in the Marines.  Just a few weeks ago, Vice President Pence was at Dover Air Force Base welcoming home the bodies of three real American heroes.  They weren’t called “heroes” because they were taking a knee on a football field.  No, these men thought so much of America that they volunteered to serve on the battlefield.  These heroes were killed by a Taliban jihadist.

If anyone wants to understand the division in America today, they don’t have to look any further than these two examples.  Our heroes are welcomed home with virtually no publicity, while “zeros” like Colin Kaepernick, in his Fidel Castro t-shirt and pig socks, receive fawning attention from America’s elites.

By the way, while our cultural elites are fretting about the First Amendment rights of “oppressed” football millionaires, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division is warning that law enforcement officers are facing a growing risk of “premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence” from “black identity extremists.”

America desperately needs racial reconciliation.  But protesting the national anthem — the singing of which is meant to be a unifying act — has to be one of the worst possible ways to send a message.

Hollywood Hypocrisy

Harvey Weinstein was long seen as one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.  Not surprisingly, he was also a huge liberal donor.  According to one analysis, Weinstein donated or raised more than $2.3 million for progressive candidates and causes since 2000.

Weinstein was fired Sunday from the film company he co-founded in 2005 due to growing allegations of rampant sexual harassment.  Several prominent actresses — Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette — have come forward with shocking stories of abuse.  Three women have accused Weinstein of raping them.

According to various reports, Weinstein’s behavior was a poorly kept secret for decades.  Yet time after time, progressive politicians who railed against the so-called “war on women” eagerly solicited Weinstein for donations.

But now that this scandal has been exposed, of course Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee will return all the money he gave them, right?   Waiting. . .  Waiting. . .  Waiting. . .

End Of Day Report

Friday, October 6, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

ISIS Doubles Down

ISIS is doubling down on its claim that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was “a soldier of the Islamic State.”  The latest edition of the Islamic State’s propaganda newsletter claims that Paddock converted six months ago.

There are reasons to be skeptical, however.  Paddock certainly does not fit the profile of your typical jihadist.  While rare, the group has made false claims in the past.  And, as it continues to lose ground in Iraq and Syria, it is increasingly desperate to maintain its relevance.

That said, the attack fits a pattern in other ways.  Las Vegas has been threatened repeatedly by terrorist groups, most recently in May of this year.

And while any event with large numbers of people will be a target for “mass causality” attacks, ISIS has carried out several attacks on concerts and music festivals.  (Herehere and here.)

The Gun Control Debate

Earlier this week, I noted that the left’s knee-jerk reaction would be to attack the Second Amendment.  A more appropriate response, in my opinion, would be to resuscitate the First Amendment and for America to turn back to God.

But since the left and its media allies are all-in on blaming “gun violence,” I think it is important to provide some context.

  • While the Las Vegas shooting has rightly seized the public’s attention, 60% of all gun deaths are suicides, not homicides.  Every death is a tragedy.  But beyond banning handguns, the left has no “gun control” solution that addresses the vast majority of cases of alleged “gun violence.”
  • When it comes to mass shootings, Chicago accounts for 10% of all incidents.  Nearly 2,900 people have been shot in Chicago so far this year.  Even the left-wing New York Times noted that the atrocity in Las Vegas occurs almost every month in Chicago.  Celebrities and progressive politicians rail against the NRA for defending the Second Amendment.  Why aren’t they leading protests in Chicago?
  • Honest liberals do admit that gun control isn’t the answer.  Unfortunately, some left-wing politicians have a problem with honesty.
  • For example, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said this week that it was “absurd” to say that “the background check proposal wouldn’t have stopped the killer in Las Vegas.”  Well, it wouldn’t have.  According to NBC NewsStephen Paddock passed “all required background checks.”  It is absurd that liberals lie to push their radical agenda.

By the way, when President Trump wanted tougher background checks, the left erupted in a fit of rage and said it was discriminatory.  Of course, that was when President Trump called for “extreme vetting” of individuals from countries infested with jihadism.

Perhaps the president should reissue his executive order and say that all immigrants and refugees coming into the country must undergo more severe background checks just in case they want to purchase a firearm.  The left would really be in a bind then!

A final point.  For many progressives, the real issue isn’t our constitutional rights.  It’s power.  But don’t take my word for it.

In response to the Las Vegas shooting, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman offered this advice to the left:

“There is only one remedy: Get power.  If you are as fed up as I am, then register someone to vote or run for office yourself or donate money. . .  This is about raw power, not persuasion.  And the first chance we have to change the balance of power is the 2018 midterm elections. . . Just get power.  Start now.”

Friedman isn’t right about much, but he’s right about one thing:  Elections have consequences.  If the left takes control of Congress in 2018, it won’t hesitate to use and abuse its power.  There will be severe consequences for religious liberty and the Second Amendment.

Help CWF fight the left.  Stand with me now.

“Calm Before The Storm”

During a meeting with top Pentagon officials at the White House last night, President Trump said that this was “the calm before the storm.”  That certainly got everyone’s attention!  Asked by reporters what he meant by that, Trump simply replied, “You’ll find out.”

I have no idea what the president means, but I doubt he was referring to the weather.

My guess is that it is part of an ongoing effort to wean North Korean leaders off of the idea that American presidents give in to extortion, which is what past presidents of both parties have done.

Trump is trying to send a signal to both North Korea and Iran:  “Don’t miscalculate because I’m not like other presidents.”

Speaking of Iran, President Trump is expected to announce next week that he will no longer certify Iran’s compliance with Barack Obama’s terrible nuclear deal.  Since that deal was announced, Iran’s support for terrorism and its belligerent actions in the Middle East have gotten worse, not better.

According to Politicothe White House is announcing plans “aimed at cracking down more forcefully” on Iran’s terrorist proxy Hezbollah.  Iran’s support for Hezbollah has increased dramatically since Obama’s nuclear deal lifted tough sanctions against the Iranian regime.

In June, the Justice Department charged Samer El Debek of New York and Ali Kourani of Michigan with conducting surveillance operations for Hezbollah.  Among the sites targeted were the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Panama, as well as “military and law enforcement facilities in New York City.”

And guess what?  It seems like President Trump’s tough stance is starting to payoff.  Reuters reports that Iran is suddenly open to talks about its ballistic missile program.

Peace through strength works!

Keeping Promises

The Trump Administration today fulfilled a key promise to values voters.  It formally rolled back Obamacare’s contraception mandate by expanding the existing exemption granted to churches to other faith-based institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Just to clarify any fake news you may hear, Donald Trump did not ban birth control.  The new rules simply state that any organization claiming a religious or moral objection cannot be compelled by the government to provide free birth control.

Obamacare’s contraception mandate took a big hit in 2014 when Hobby Lobby and other closely-held private companies won a major case before the Supreme Court.  But a year later, the Obama Administration still refused to accommodate the Little Sisters of the Poor.  It was so committed to its radical pro-abortion agenda that it threatened to bankrupt Catholic nuns!

In addition, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued guidance to all federal agencies instructing them to fully respect religious liberty.  Below is an excerpt from his memo:

“Religious liberty is a foundational principle of enduring importance in America, enshrined in our Constitution and other sources of federal law. . . Religious liberty is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs or even to worship in a sacred place. . .

“Except in the narrowest of circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law.  Therefore, to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, religious observance should be reasonably accommodated in all government activity, including employment, contracting and programming.”

End Of Day Report

Thursday, October 5, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

One Man’s Stand

I’d like to start today with some encouraging news.  So kudos to citizen Thomas Gunderson, who displayed tremendous strength and patriotism yesterday. Gunderson was among the hundreds of victims of the Las Vegas shooter.

He was hit in the leg and feared he might “bleed out” on the field.  But, according to NBC News, he was dragged to safety by a group of women “who said they were off-duty cops.”  One used her belt as a tourniquet for Gunderson’s leg.

During his visit to Las Vegas yesterday, President Trump stopped by the hospital where Gunderson is being treated.  And in spite of his injury, Gunderson insisted on standing when First Lady Melania Trump came into his room.

When President Trump walked in, he said, “Hey, this guy looks tough to me.”  Indeed!

Gunderson posted a video of their meeting on his Facebook page, along with these words:

“I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!  There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president, and my flag.  Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!”

God bless you, Mr. Gunderson!

Help & Leads

Here are some of the latest developments from the Las Vegas investigation:

  •  Stephen Paddock did not plan to die in his 32nd-floor hotel room.  Asked by reporters if there was any evidence that Paddock planned to escape the Mandalay Bay hotel, Sheriff Joe Lombardo answered, “Yes.  He was doing everything possible to see how he could escape.”
  • In addition to the extensive cache of weapons found in the room, police also discovered 50 pounds of explosive material and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car.
  • It has also been revealed that Paddock rented a room at another Las Vegas hotel that overlooked a music festival that ran the week before.  In July, Paddock also booked a hotel in Chicago that overlooked the Lollapalooza concert but never showed up.
  • Sheriff Lombardo also said that it is likely Paddock had help at some point.  “Maybe he’s a super guy.  You know, a super yahoo that was working out all this on his own,” Lombardo said. “But it would be hard for me to believe that.”
  • FBI special agent Aaron Rouse said yesterday, “We have multiple leads across the United States and all across the world. . .  A lot of these leads will go nowhere but we have to follow them.”

This brings me back to initial reports that a woman told concertgoers an hour before the attack that a lot of people were going to die.  Fox News reports that its sources in the Las Vegas law enforcement community say nothing has been ruled out.  Anything and everything remain under consideration.

Collusion Delusion Continues

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA), the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, briefed reporters yesterday about the progress of their ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in our elections.

One issue that has received a lot of media attention recently has been the revelation that Russia ran political ads on Facebook during the campaign.  MSNBC and other outlets have run sensational headlines like this:  “Russia-Linked Facebook Ads Reportedly Aimed For Swing States.”

Let me be clear:  I don’t want Russia or any country buying campaign ads and trying to influence our elections.  But there is some important context missing from much of the media’s reporting.  For example:

  • The total cost of all political ad spending in 2016 was approximately $9.8 billion.  The Russia online ad buy was just $100,000.
  • While the media are focusing on Michigan and Wisconsin — two states critical to Trump’s victory — the ads ran in more than a dozen states.  They ran in many non-competitive states, including blue states like California, Maryland and New York, and red states like Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.
  • The ads were not intended to benefit a specific candidate.  A Facebook executive said the ads spanned “across the ideological spectrum.” Chairman Richard Burr said that the purpose of the advertising “seems to have been to create chaos in every group that they could possibly identify.”

In short, the idea that such a small and unfocused campaign had any impact on the 2016 election is laughable.

Should we guard against this?  Yes.  Foreign nations are not supposed to be involved in U.S. campaigns.  So it’s up to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to aggressively police their own practices.

But here’s something else we should do:  All candidates should be required to use common security practices when it comes to online fundraising in order to prevent foreign and fraudulent donations.  The Obama campaigns were notoriously lax in tracking foreign donations.  (Herehere and here.)

One final point from yesterday’s briefing by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee:  Chairman Burr told reporters, “The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion.”  In other words, after months of investigation, they haven’t found any collusion yet.