End Of Day Report

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

Las Vegas Update

The investigation into Sunday’s mass murder at a Las Vegas concert continues.  Here are some updates.

  • Marilou Danley, Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, returned to the United States late last night.  She was in the Philippines when the shooting took place.
  • While Danley is reportedly cooperating with the FBI, law enforcement authorities have again identified her as “a person of interest.”  While it may not be relevant, several sources have noted that her previous husband was a far-left activist.
  • Sources in the Las Vegas police department have told Fox News that they are concerned about significant inconsistencies in the public statements made by Paddock’s brother.
  • Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo said yesterday that Paddock’s attack “was preplanned extensively.”  Lombardo said he was “absolutely” confident that investigators would determine Paddock’s motivation for the attack.
  • Lombardo also raised eyebrows when he said this:  “I want to understand the motivation. . . you know, did this person get radicalized unbeknownst to us?  And we want to identify that source.”

The FBI has seized a computer at Paddock’s home.  It will be thoroughly examined.  Paddock was a regular at casinos and hotels.  There are hundreds of hours of video tape that will be analyzed.  Bartenders and casino workers will be interviewed to see if they can shed any light on his character and interests.

All this is to say that it is still much too early to draw conclusions.  As a reminder, it took seven months for the government to indict Noor Salman, wife of the Orlando Pulse shooter, for her role in that attack.  And her trial is just getting started.  Conclusions in the Las Vegas case will take time.

“Gotta Serve Somebody”

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” –John 15:13

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  — 1 Peter 5:8

He liked to “hang out” and had “no religious affiliation.” — Eric Paddock, describing his brother, Stephen, who murdered 59 people in Las Vegas.

“You may be an ambassador to England or France.  You may like to gamble, you may like to dance.  You may be the heavyweight champion of the world.  You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.  

“But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes. Indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord.  But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” — Bob Dylan

Twenty-two thousand people in Las Vegas were happily listening to country music three nights ago as one man peered down at them from the 32nd floor of a hotel.  Stephen Paddock, who would soon murder 59 people and wound more than 500, had no interest in religion, according to family members.

Among the thousands in the crowd, there were no doubt people of strong faith and of no faith at all.  Before the night ended, everyone would “serve somebody.”

The killer served Satan, who scripture tells us prowls around like a lion looking to devour someone.  Many in the crowd chose to serve God.  They gave their lives to save others.

Seldom is the choice between good and evil as stark as it was that horrible night.  But every day, whether we are fully aware or not, we are all serving somebody.  We will either serve the Lamb or the prowling lion seeking to devour us.  In the end, the Lamb of God wins.

House Votes For Life

Late yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  The bill, sponsored by my friend Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), prohibits late-term abortions, those performed at 20 weeks or later due to medical evidence indicating that babies at that stage in pregnancy can feel pain.

The bill passed on a vote of 237-to-189.  Two Republicans — Dent (PA) and Frelinghuysen (NJ) — voted against the bill.  Three Democrats — Cuellar (TX), Lipinski (IL) and Peterson (MN) — voted for the bill.

Sadly, the United States has some of the most lax abortion laws in the world.  We are among a very small number of nations — seven — that permit elective abortions after 20 weeks or well into the second trimester of pregnancy.

While the bill faces a much tougher road in the Senate, I can’t think of a more appropriate time to be debating this legislation.  When we are mourning 59 fellow Americans, the overwhelming majority of the party of Lincoln and Reagan voted to show mercy to unborn defenseless babies who can feel pain.

Meanwhile, the hypocrisy of the left was on full display.  Many progressives have politicized the shooting in Las Vegas.  Some have even gone so far as to suggest that Republicans have blood on their hands for supporting the Second Amendment.

Not-so-funny man Jimmy Kimmel said that Republicans should pray that God will forgive them for supporting the NRA.

I would suggest that many of these progressives should be standing up to NARAL — the National Abortion Rights Action League.  Perhaps they should be praying that God will forgive them for the carnage of thousands of innocent babies every day.

Bring Your Bible

In yesterday’s report, I wrote about the need for a revival in America, for our society to turn back to God and to seek His blessing.  I lamented how daily prayer and Bible readings had been purged from our public schools.

Well, here’s some “good news.”  Tomorrow is Bring Your Bible To School Day.  This annual event, sponsored by our friends at Focus On The Family, is voluntary and student led.  It is an opportunity for students to exercise their First Amendment rights and to share their faith with friends.

And in today’s culture, which is afflicted by so many negative images and influences, I can’t think of a better influence on our children than the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule.

After all, as Noah Webster, “the father of American scholarship and education,” once wrote:  “The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good and the best corrector of all that is evil in human society; the best book for regulating the . . . concerns of men.”

“Season of our Rejoicing!”

Carol and I wish all of our Jewish friends and supporters a blessed Sukkot as they celebrate God’s providence.


End Of Day Report

Monday, October 2, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

A Horrible Weekend

Many Americans woke up this morning to shocking news.  A gunman had opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas last night, killing at least 58 people.  Area hospitals reported that more than 500 people were treated for various injuries.

It was a horrible weekend for evil.  In addition to the shooting in Las Vegas, there were terrorist attacks in Canada and France.  ISIS is taking credit for the attacks in Marseille and Las Vegas, claiming that Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, a 64 year-old retired accountant, “converted to Islam a few months ago.”

According to Reuters, senior U.S. officials say there is no evidence connecting Paddock to any terrorist organization.  These attacks come just days after the latest audio recording of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was released.

Trump Addresses America

President Trump addressed the nation this morning and called the shooting in Las Vegas, “an act of pure evil.”  Below are some excerpts of his remarks:

“My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief.  Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. . . It was an act of pure evil. . .

“I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts. . . The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. . .

“To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.  Scripture teaches us, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’  We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. . .

“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one — and it always has.  We call upon the bonds that unite us — our faith, our family, and our shared values.  We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. . .

“May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost.  May God give us the grace of healing.  And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on. . .”

Heroism Amid Chaos

In a country where hundreds of millionaire football players have been kneeling to protest police injustice, hundreds of police officers stood up and ran into the teeth of danger last night in Las Vegas.  Two off-duty police officers were killed and two on-duty officers were injured during the hail of bullets.

When officers reached Paddock’s room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, they found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  They also found “a cache of weapons.”  Reports indicate that Paddock checked into the room on September 28th, suggesting this attack was planned well in advance.

Just a few weeks ago, the Las Vegas Police Department was berated for alleged racism by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.  But after reviewing hundreds of videos, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo concluded that his officers acted appropriately.

If they kneel for anything, I strongly urge all NFL players to take a knee tonight in honor of our law enforcement officers.  Every day they risk their lives to protect and defend us.  They deserve our respect.

We are also learning about incredible stories of heroism amid the chaos.

One woman said she was there with her sister.  When the shooting started, a man threw himself on top them and stayed there for several minutes.  A financial advisor shielded his two kids.  “They’re 20.  I’m 53.  I’ve lived a good life,” he said.

One woman loaded victims into the back of her pickup truck and drove them to the hospital.  Hotel vans were commandeered to transport victims to area hospitals.

After Todd Blyleven got his friends out of the park, he ran back in and helped dozens more escape.  “I would hope that if me, or my family, was in a situation like that, that someone would come in and get me,” Blyleven said.

There are reports of people ripping off their shirts to bind wounds.  Individuals grabbed tables and broke down fences to use as stretchers, carrying bodies for blocks.  And hundreds lined up to donate blood this morning.

Many were not so fortunate.  Tennessee resident Sonny Melton, one of the first victims publicly identified, reportedly died protecting his wife.

Politicizing Tragedy

I would really like to focus this report on the facts of what took place in Las Vegas and the need to pray for the victims and their families.  But, unfortunately, there is such insanity on the left that I can’t ignore it.  Almost immediately, so-called “progressives” began to politicize the shooting, just as they do with every tragedy that happens in the country, including Hurricane Maria.

Hillary Clinton went on a tweet storm, posting among other things, “We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”  But Hillary is injecting politics herself with that statement.

Drexel University Professor George Ciccariello tweeted, “It’s the white supremacist patriarchy, stupid.”  Huh?

But the most outrageous reaction, so far, comes from a CBS legal executive.  Referring to the Sandy Hook shooting, Hayley Geftman-Gold posted the following on her Facebook page:

“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing.  I’m actually not even sympathetic [because] country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”

That is an ignorant and disgusting statement to make while people are mourning their murdered family members.  Fire her, CBS!

End Of Day Report

Friday, September 29, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

Thank you, Green Bay!

After last weekend’s fiasco on professional football fields across the country, Middle America recovered the NFL’s fumble last night in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  All Packers and Bears players stood last night for the national anthem.

Prior to the game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers said his team would stand and link arms as a statement in favor of “equality, unity and love.”

The team issued its own statement about “justice for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly.”  It urged all fans in the stadium to link arms too.

Rogers is a revered figure in Wisconsin.  But as revered as Rogers is, I doubt if many fans have any idea what this “social justice” thing is that many players have been taking a knee for.  Very few fans linked arms last night.

Tens of thousands of people were belting out the national anthem, standing with their hands over their hearts or saluting. When the anthem was over, chants of “USA! USA!” echoed throughout the stadium.

Once again, through an ad-lib remark made one week ago, Donald Trump showed just how in touch he is with the American people and just how hopelessly out of touch America’s chattering class is.  That might have something to do with why Trump was the first GOP presidential candidate to win Wisconsin in 32 years.

That doesn’t mean that everyone celebrating America last night in Green Bay voted for him.  What it does mean is that millions of Americans are sick and tired of seeing everything they hold dear being trashed by the left and our so-called “elites.”

That sentiment crosses racial lines.  Fox did many interviews with tailgaters at last night’s game.  A black veteran said, “I took three shots for this country.  I still stand for the flag.”  A black woman said, “I kneel for the Lord, and I stand for the flag.”

This battle is not over.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met yesterday with team owners and selected players to figure out how to get themselves out of this mess that they willingly jumped into.  Ratings are down and ticket sales are plummeting.  They know if this continues the NFL will come to stand for “No Fans Left.”

My hope and prayer is that more owners will find their courage.  This is not a “free speech” issue.  (Here and here.)

I also hope that fans will try to out compete each other, just as the teams do, on who most loves this country and most respects our veterans and police officers.  That would be a great sight to see!

I Want Justice Too

When Aaron Rogers and others start spouting off about “social justice,” I often wonder if they could explain exactly what that means.

Remember, this protest movement started over the idea that there was an epidemic of white police officers gunning down innocent black men.  That narrative is completely false.

As columnist Jason Riley explained, federal data shows that “the rate at which police kill blacks has fallen by 70% since the late 1960s.”  Nearly 80% of police shootings involved criminals armed with a weapon — either a knife, a gun or a car — threatening the officer or someone else.

What is going up, particularly since Ferguson, is the shooting of black civilians by other black civilians.  Violent crime is going up.  According to one scholar, nearly 7,900 blacks were killed last year.  Of that number, 233 were killed by police.

I want social justice for inner city communities too.  But I want to get the thugs off the streets.

I think it is a social injustice that minority children in our big cities are often afraid to go to school because of drug gangs that infest their neighborhoods and schools.  The solution is more law enforcement, not less.

This week, the Trump Administration arrested nearly 500 illegal immigrants in a number of so-called “sanctuary cities.”  Nearly two-thirds had criminal convictions.  This will make our cities safer.  But the left opposes what Trump is doing.

I think it is a deep social injustice that minority children are often stuck in failing schools.  The conservative solution is vouchers, which would allow families to send their children to any school they would prefer.  But when it comes to social justice for these children, the left sides with big teachers unions and oppose almost any form of school choice.

I think it is a social tragedy that more than 70% of black children are being raised in homes without fathers.  We are the first society in recorded human history to experiment with raising children without fathers.  It’s not going very well.

Feminists have told women that men are not necessary.  The sexual revolution told men that they could have whatever they wanted without marriage.  The abortion movement said you can get pregnant with no consequences.

In New York City, more black pregnancies end in abortion than birth.  Black Lives Matter should be protesting Planned Parenthood.  Here’s an idea:  Let’s all link arms in the NFL to stop the killing of black babies!

Of course, there are single-parent families that beat the odds.  There are two-parent families that fail.  But the research is clear:  Children of all races, raised without a father, are more at risk of every social dysfunction.  Families matter!

The passage of the civil rights laws in the 1960s and 1970s ended legal discrimination in housing, employment, etc.  These are great accomplishments.  Many colleges adopted affirmative action programs to accelerate minority achievement in higher education and career development.

But there are fewer black boys and girls with fathers today than there were in the 1960s and 1970s.  And that fact may be negating any gains made by our civil rights laws.  Martin Luther King, Jr. would be weeping if he could see what has happened to the black family today.

By the way, one of the contributors to this breakdown of the family has been the loss of manufacturing jobs in big cities, caused by terrible trade deals.  Massive illegal immigration has also taken its toll on the black community.  If a man can’t make a living wage to provide for his family, he often won’t marry.  President Trump is trying to reverse this, but progressives fight him every step of the way.

Other News

  • Big media are working overtime to turn the devastation in Puerto Rico into “Trump’s Katrina.”  But the Richmond Times Dispatch blasts the left’s smear effort as “ridiculous.”  Hurricane Maria essentially “carpet bombed” Puerto Rico.  It would take any nation more than a few days to recover and rebuild from that kind of devastation.  You can learn more here.
  • The latest twist in the left’s “Russia collusion” narrative involves Black Lives Matter.
  • Here’s an example of the left’s extreme pettiness:  A Massachusetts school librarian rejected Dr. Seuss book donations from First Lady Melania Trump.  The librarian denounced the books as “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”  Apparently Michelle Obama missed that memo.
  • Media maven Chuck Todd tries to attack Roy Moore but ends up demonstrating his ignorance of our nation’s founding.
  • President Trump delayed his flight from Indianapolis back to Washington, D.C., in order to personally check on a police officer injured while serving as part of the president’s motorcade.
Day Of Atonement

Jews throughout the world will begin observing Yom Kippur at sunset today. This is the holiest day of the Jewish year and it is a solemn day. It is known as the Day of Atonement because it marks God’s forgiveness of His chosen people for the sin of the golden calf.

Many Israelis remember the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Arab armies took advantage of the holiday to launch a surprise attack against Israel. After intense fighting throughout the month of October, Israel ultimately prevailed.

On this solemn day, please join Carol and me in praying for the peace of Jerusalem and for a peaceful Yom Kippur for our Jewish friends.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

Scalise Returns

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to Capitol Hill today after a long hospital stay and rehabilitation.  As you recall, Rep. Scalise was shot by a radical leftist who opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen practicing for the annual congressional softball game.

Thankfully, Rep. Scalise was there with his security detail.  Had the officers protecting Scalise not been there to return fire, it could have been the worst political assassination in modern history.

At the time, there were many pledges to tone down the political rhetoric.  It didn’t last long.

A Democrat consultant in Pennsylvania posted tweets reading “#HuntRepublicans” and “#HuntRepublicanCongressman.”

Officials at the Nebraska Democrat Party (here and here) were exposed for cheering the Scalise shooting.

A Democrat state senator in Missouri posted on Facebook, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”

A left-wing activist shot and killed a Pennsylvania Republican Party committeeman.

Antifa thugs have continued attacking conservatives at peaceful public rallies.

After the Charlottesville riots, Congress passed, and President Trump signed, a resolution condemning white supremacist hate groups.  The resolution also called on the federal government to investigate groups that are “fomenting and facilitating additional violence.”

Scalise’s would-be assassin was a fan of a Facebook page called “Terminate The Republican Party.”  Is the FBI investigating this group?

Incredibly, that page is still active.  Facebook doesn’t hesitate to pull content it finds offensive.  But I guess that doesn’t qualify as “hate speech” to the progressives who dominate Silicon Valley and the tech industry.

On a much more positive note, Rep. Scalise received a tremendous reception in the House of Representatives this morning.  He spoke to a packed chamber and talked openly about his faith and his prayers that morning.  You can watch his remarks here.

She Said What?!

If people were asked to name the leading feminists in America today, no doubt Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama would be at the top of every list.  Yet, ironically, they seem to have little respect for the choices women make when it comes to politics, unless those choices agree with them.

Speaking at a conference in Boston yesterday, former First Lady Michelle Obama said, “Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice.”

How arrogant and condescending!  Women are not a monolithic group and Hillary certainly does not speak for every woman in America.

Earlier this month, during an interview with NPR, Clinton recalled a conversation she had with a Facebook executive.  Clinton claimed that this executive told her that women — and Hillary emphasized “principally white women” — would be under enormous pressure by the men in their lives “not to vote for the girl.”

She then went on to blame Bernie Sanders supporters for being sexists:  “We saw a lot of that during the primaries from Sanders supporters, really quite vile attacks online against women who spoke out for me.”

Of course, when it comes to pro-life women, feminists have taken this approach for years.  They just can’t imagine why any woman would be uncomfortable destroying the innocent life within her.

In reality, however, abortion is the most fundamental betrayal of womanhood and motherhood.  Being a woman means embracing the blessing of giving life, not taking it.

This is a prime example of how progressives don’t practice what they preach.   They talk a good game about diversity and tolerance.  But when it comes to diversity of opinion or tolerance for conservative values, forget it.

Not Backing Down

President Trump isn’t backing down from the NFL’s national anthem controversy.  I’m glad.  As president of the United States and especially as commander-in-chief, he has every right, if not an obligation, to speak out against the NFL’s growing disrespect for America, those in uniform in the Armed Services and in law enforcement, as well as our veterans.

During an interview on Fox & Friends, President Trump said the following:

“Well, it is an important issue. It’s not a distraction at all. . . the NFL cannot disrespect our country. They cannot disrespect our flag or our national anthem. . .  And the NFL is in a box. They have to do something about it. . .

It’s for the honor of the country. They have to respect our country. They have to respect our flag and our anthem.”

The president went on to say that he has spoken to a few NFL owners, adding, “I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth.  And I think it’s disgraceful.”

When that flag is raised and the anthem is sung, the people we naturally think of are the men and women in the military and those who have served.

I think they can tell us what is appropriate to be afraid of — the jihadist screaming “Allahu Akbar” or Viet Cong snipers in the jungle.  My father talked a lot about how Japanese soldiers, hoping to undermine morale, would yell out at night, “You die, Yank!”

But wealthy football team owners being afraid of ill-informed millionaire athletes is just embarrassing.

Kudos to Allen Jones of Hardwick Clothes.  His company had been outfitting NBC’s NFL commentators.  Not anymore.  He tweeted recently, “Our companies will not condone unpatriotic behavior!”

Jones pulled his corporate sponsorship and ads from the league this week.  I hope more CEOs follow his example and stand up the country that has done so much for them and their employees.

Where is the NFL headed?  Is it going to rename Chicago’s Soldier Field?  Are the New England Patriots, named after our Founding Fathers, going to become the New England Pacifists?

Speaking of our founding fathers, taking a knee used to mean something very different.

  I stand with George!

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

The Controversy Continues

The NFL’s national anthem controversy continued last night.  Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the entire team all took a knee just before the national anthem.  They were roundly booed by the fans in the stadium.

Then they immediately stood when the anthem played.  A huge American flag was unfurled covering the field.  The crowd roared its approval.

The media claimed that Jones, a Trump supporter, defied Trump.  No he didn’t.  Jones and his team stood during the anthem — and that’s the point.

President Trump tweeted, “While Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made — we all love our country!”

It’s worth mentioning that last Sunday was national Gold Star Mother’s Day.  These spoiled football millionaires could not have chosen a worse time to demonstrate their disrespect for our country and those who have sacrificed for it.  Not surprisingly, the VFW and the American Legion both expressed their outrage with the NFL.

I’m sure a lot of Americans feel like this controversy is getting tedious.  I disagree.  As several people have observed, the national anthem is one of the few remaining civic rituals that helps to unite us as Americans.  Sadly, these kinds of civic rituals have been under attack by the cultural left for decades.

One of these rituals used to be the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools.  In many school districts, it is largely ignored today.  The student who refuses to stand is treated like a hero.

The left’s assault has gotten so aggressive that even the idea of sovereignty and a nation with defined borders is labeled “racism.”  So these millionaire players disrespecting our anthem may be tedious to some, but it is important that this battle be fought.  Trump wasn’t the one who started it.  He merely gave voice to what millions of Americans are feeling.

I have had long-time friends here in Washington suggest that the president was wrong to engage this fight because it divides people.  They have it backwards.  It is the protests that are dividing people.

Sadly, the typical Republican response is to run for the tall grass and avoid the controversy.  That’s why typical Republican nominees did not win the White House.  But the guy who gave voice to the patriotic instincts and feelings of millions of Americans succeeded, and I applaud him for engaging in the battle to preserve our traditions.

The NFL’s Hypocrisy

One thing getting lost in much of the coverage is the NFL’s history of hypocrisy.  The National Football League has rules.  A lot of rules, many specifically governing player conduct.

It was announced yesterday that the NFL won’t fine players or teams who skipped the national anthem during the weekend’s growing protests.

Why was it necessary to make that announcement?  Because one of the NFL’s rules clearly states that during the anthem players are to be on the sidelines and “should stand at attention.”

The NFL has also not hesitated to shut down speech it opposes.  For example, when Jake Plummer wanted to honor his friend American hero Pat Tillman, the NFL said, “No.”

When the Dallas Cowboys wanted to honor five slain Dallas police officers, the NFL said “No.”  When Avery Williamson wanted to commemorate the 9/11 attacks, the NFL said “No.”

When Arizona and Georgia tried to defend religious liberty, the NFL said “No.” When Texas tried to keep men out of women’s bathrooms, the NFL said “No.”

Clearly, the NFL under Commissioner Goodell is an active combatant and ally of the left in the culture war against the values of millions of its most loyal fans.  It has no problem bending its own rules to accommodate the left’s ideology.

Fans Respond

Social media has lit up the past few days with frustrated football fans burning NFL merchandise.  One former Steelers fan posted a video in which he said, “My great uncle’s bones are lying in the bottom of Pearl Harbor.”  He then burned his Steelers memorabilia.

Erich Nikischer has worked at New Era Field, home to the Buffalo Bills, for nearly 30 years.  After several Bills players took a knee Sunday, Nikischer said, “I took off my shirt, threw my Bills hat on the ground, walked out.”

All of this brought back some memories.  As a small boy, I stood with my father during the playing of the national anthem at a county fair.  Two ingrates behind us were talking loudly during the music and my father asked them to show some respect.  They ignored him.

That’s when Dad, Spike Bauer, a former Marine who fought in the Pacific during World War II, turned around and ended their conversation.  In short order one of them was seeing stars, if not Stars and Stripes!

Of course, I am not advocating violence.  If my father were alive today, people would say he had an “anger management issue.”  But that incident happened not long after our country had lost more than 400,000 men in combat defending the world from fascism and tyranny.

My point is simply that patriotism, the love of one’s country, is a natural impulse.  What is unnatural is our cultural elites celebrating the NFL’s disrespect for our nation.

A Reminder

I think it is important to remember how all of this got started.  Colin Kaepernick thought he was being really cute.  He showed up for practice wearing socks with police officers portrayed as pigs.  He followed that up by wearing a t-shirt featuring Fidel Castro, a strange choice to promote social justice.

The party line today is that players taking knee are not disrespecting America or the flag.  They are just trying to make a point about social justice.  Really?  Where is the NFL’s concern for the First Amendment rights of florists and bakers?

But that’s really not what this is all about.  Here is Kaepernick’s explanation for his protests:

“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.

Kaepernick’s belief that the men and women of the Thin Blue Line are racists is not supported by the facts.

The police go to work every day not worried about a tackle, an interception or a fumbled ball.  They go to work every day hoping they will get to go home at the end of the day alive.

We were reminded of this sad reality again last night.  A policewoman in Yonkers, New York, was answering a call about a suspicious vehicle when she was ambushed and shot in the face.  Thankfully, she is expected to survive.

The average professional football player will make more in one game — and I emphasize “game” — than this grievously injured policewoman will make all year.

I hope the lights are burning late at NFL headquarters because this issue isn’t going away.  So I will give them another free idea, courtesy of the legendary Lou Holtz.

On Fox & Friends this morning, Holtz said he would tell players that they are free to support any cause they want — off the field.  But their politics and causes do not belong on the field.

The NFL is about football.  It’s a game that many Americans see as respite from the din of life.  They don’t want left-wing politics rammed down their throats by athletes paid $125,000 a game.

End Of Day Report

Monday, September 25, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

Millionaire Athletes Revolt

As he often does, President Trump expressed the sentiments of millions of Americans during a speech Friday night.  On this occasion, it was his anger that the NFL was permitting athletes like Colin Kaepernick to disrespect our country and our flag by not standing during the national anthem.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he is “proud of our league.”  I am disgusted.  Gooodell says that the players have free speech rights.  Tell that to Tim Tebow who knelt during games to honor God and was pilloried for it.  What do you think Goodell would do if an NFL player took a knee and said he did it to protest abortion on demand?

The left-wing media’s ability to control the narrative is infuriating.  A Google employee recently protested the suffocating left-wing political correctness in the company by writing a memo.  There was nothing offensive or obscene in the memo.  He simply asked his bosses to be more welcoming or tolerant of those with differing views.

He was fired.  No one in major media defended his free speech rights.

In the wake of the president’s comments about the NFL protests, a revolt by oppressed millionaire athletes exploded over the weekend.  Hundreds of NFL players participated in some kind of protest. Many took a knee.  Some refused to come out of the locker room rather than face the choice of saluting or bending.  Others linked arms in solidarity, although for what was not exactly clear.

Keep in mind, all this is happening as the North Korean dictator is threatening to nuke our country and as brave young men and women of all races in the U.S. Armed Forces are fighting in Afghanistan.

In this spectacle of disgusting images, the one that angered me the most was one from the Jaguars/Ravens game, played in London.  Many of the players knelt during our national anthem, but stood during “God Save The Queen.”  I guess they were all against the American Revolution.

But just when I was feeling the most anger, one man (in the truest sense of that word) saved the day.  Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers walked out and stood by himself during the national anthem.  The rest of the Steelers team stayed inside the locker room.

Villanueva was born in Mississippi to Spanish parents.  His father, a Spanish naval officer, was stationed in the U.S. while working for NATO.  Villanueva later graduated from West Point, joined the Army and the Rangers.  He served three tours in Afghanistan and received the Bronze Star for valor.

Villanueva had the courage to stand alone and honor the flag for which he has seen soldiers lay down their lives.

Incredibly, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reassured everyone that he tried to talk Villanueva into staying in the locker room.  “I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin said.

When Kaepernick was the only player disrespecting the flag, he was treated by the elites as a principled hero.  One year later, the one man on the Steelers team who put his life on the line for his country is being attacked by his coach for not standing up for the unity of the Steelers, but instead for the United States.

I am glad Alejandro Villanueva put his country before his football team.  And it seems many NFL fans are too.  Sales of his jersey are skyrocketing.

Memo to NFL headquarters:  Commissioner Goodell, you have a big problem.  Your ratings are plummeting and polls show these protests are one of the reasons why.  You had better figure out a way to get back on the right side of Middle America.

Here’s my suggestion:  Invite veterans who have served our country to stand on both sides of the playing field.  Then announce to the stadium that everyone should stand and sing our national anthem in honor of our country and the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for it.

If you think this is a good idea, contact the NFL headquarters at 212-450-2000.  Or you can send an email through this page.

Why This Is Happening

Here’s a quick reminder about why this is happening.  It began with Colin Kaepernick protesting police shootings, which he and the left claim are indications of racism within law enforcement.

In fact, studies by the Washington Post and Harvard University and scholar Heather MacDonald show that when you analyze police shootings there is virtually no evidence of racism.  The overwhelming majority of police shootings happened because some individual — regardless of race — threatened a police officer or someone else with a weapon.

Last week in Washington, D.C., a 16 year-old African American boy was robbed and killed by a 19 year-old African American thug.  The 16 year-old boy was a star athlete and exceptional student on his way to college to study chemistry.  The thug was on his way to a life of crime.

The name of the young man killed was Zaire Kelly.  Say it again in your mind.  Say it again.  I am asking you to repeat Kelly’s name because the odds are overwhelming that his death will be of no consequence to anyone other than his immediate family and friends. I will guarantee you that few, if any, NFL players know his name.

Colin Kaepernick and other millionaire athletes won’t turn Kelly’s death into a cause celebre because it doesn’t fit their left-wing narrative.  They would only notice if he had been killed by a police officer.

But the men and women of law enforcement are not the ones making life in urban America unlivable.  That is being done by thugs like the one who took the life of Zaire Kelly.

When professional football players start protesting the thugs who are killing the dreamers in our inner cities, then I will start taking them seriously.

Tax Compromise?

Details are slowly beginning to emerge about a possible tax reform plan.  President Trump is expected to deliver a speech Wednesday promoting the plan.  Here’s what we understand are the broad outlines as of now:

  • The seven existing tax brackets would be reduced to three, with the top tax rate falling from 39.6% to 35%.  The other rates are not yet known.
  • The corporate tax rate would be lowered from 35% to 20%, while the tax rate on many small businesses would be reduced to 25%.
  • The standard deduction is expected to double, a big help to working and middle class families.

But just like healthcare reform, there are some Republicans who want less or more, and they could turn this potential victory into a defeat.  Let’s hope they learn how to be team players.

In other news, President Trump issued a new executive order expanding the list of nations covered by travel and visa restrictions.  The new order includes Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, September 21, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Trump vs. Kim

President Trump today ratcheted up the pressure on North Korea.  He issued an executive order instructing the Treasury Department to target individuals, companies and financial institutions that do business with the rogue regime.

“Foreign banks will face a clear choice: Do business with the United States or facilitate trade with the lawless regime in North Korea,” President Trump said today.  This will have a major impact on North Korea as companies and countries are forced to choose between Pyongyang and access to the United States.

In a related development, Reuters reports that China’s central bank has instructed the country’s financial institutions to stop dealing with North Korean customers.  China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner.  By some estimates, China accounts for 90% of North Korea’s trade and 40% of its GDP.

In July, Trump expressed his frustration with China’s coziness with North Korea.  In a series of tweets, the president wrote:  “I am very disappointed in China. . . they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk.  We will no longer allow this to continue.  China could easily solve this problem!”

I can only hope that China has gotten the message that the weakness and appeasement of the past eight years are over.

Obamacare Repeal Round II?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced yesterday that the Senate will “consider” another Obamacare reform plan, this one offered by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).  There could be a vote sometime next week.

The Graham/Cassidy bill is far from perfect.  Sadly, the votes for a full repeal of Obamacare do not exist in the Senate today.  So the question is what — if anything — can be accomplished in the meantime.

The legislation is modeled after the 1996 welfare reform effort led by former Senator Rick Santorum.  It would restructure Obamacare and block grant the funding directly to the states.  It would also enable states to seek waivers from various regulations, potentially lowering costs.

Responding to critics, such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who feel the bill doesn’t do enough, Santorum explained, “This is a starting point.  The point is that [if] we don’t get this started now we’re going to be stuck with this for a long time. This is really an opportunity to get the ball rolling.”

The White House is fully behind this effort.  Vice President Pence was on Capitol Hill earlier this week making the case for the bill, and Trump has been tweeting his support.

Yesterday, Trump tweeted this:  “Rand Paul is a friend of mine but he is such a negative force when it comes to fixing health care. Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT! Ends Ocare!”

Meanwhile, Politico reports that the left is on “full war footing” to stop this latest GOP effort.  In fact, Barack Obama has even come out of “retirement” to denounce the Graham/Cassidy bill.

Obama said it was “aggravating” that liberals were having to constantly defend his signature initiative, and he accused Republicans of “inflicting real human suffering on their constituents.”

I must say, it is hard to take Obama seriously when he talks about human suffering when he pursued policies that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the womb every year.

Unmasking Update

Several weeks ago, news broke that one Obama official had been particularly aggressive in demanding the unmasking of U.S. citizens in classified intelligence reports.  While it is legal to do so, there has to be a very good reason for it.

As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy explained, “It is unlikely that any single instance of unmasking would be found to be a violation of the law. . . Nevertheless, where a pattern of unmasking established, divorced from any proper foreign-intelligence purpose, that would be a profound abuse of power.”

In late July, Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats that he had discovered “that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama Administration.”

According to Fox Newsthat official is former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power.

Sources told Fox that Power “was ‘unmasking’ at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016.”

That is unprecedented and appears to confirm what we have suspected — that the Obama Administration politicized our intelligence agencies in an effort to destroy the Trump Administration.

The Trouble With Amnesty

While much of the media attention about the so-called “Dreamers” has focused on tensions between President Trump and the GOP, Democrats are facing significant divisions of their own.  The Hill reports today, “Liberal Unrest Threatens Dem Immigration Strategy.”

House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi was recently heckled by radical amnesty advocates who oppose any deals with President Trump that include stronger border security.  And they want much more than just protection for “Dreamers.”

In fact, at a press conference yesterday, Pelosi admitted that the DREAM Act was just the first step.  “The list goes on and on about how we want to advance and protect the Dreamers until we can pass the bill, and protecting their families, of course, [is] the logical next step,” she said. “Their families did a great thing for our country, bringing these kids here.”

Once again, we are seeing the trouble with amnesty — it never ends!  Ronald Reagan tried it, on the promise that we would secure the border.  That never happened and the amnesty only encouraged more illegal immigration.

Now if we grant amnesty to the “Dreamers,” what about their parents?  What about other family members?  Well, according to one analysis, amnesty for the so-called “Dreamers” could easily expand into the millions.