End of Day Report

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary Bauer

This Year In Jerusalem

It is hard to adequately express my happiness today.  Overcoming foreign threats and dissent within the U.S. government, President Trump today formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and began the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

I am proud of this courageous act by President Trump. Not only does it correct the absurdity of the U.S. not having a formal presence in the capital of its chief Middle East ally, but it also removes the ambiguity about America’s position on Jerusalem that has long hampered our foreign relations.

This decision also corrects a historical injustice. When the U.S. recognized Israel only minutes after its independence in 1948, it didn’t include formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Trump did what a dozen U.S. presidents refused to do.

It’s been more than 20 years since Congress passed a law that calls for the establishment of America’s embassy in Jerusalem. But every president since has signed a waiver twice a year that cites national security concerns for delaying the move. They did so even though all of them visited Jerusalem and conducted official business there.

Trump’s decision is being portrayed in much of the media as controversial because Palestinians see Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.  But Jerusalem has never been the capital of any nation other than Israel!  Arab leaders warned that the move could spark a new round of violence across the Middle East. Palestinian and other Islamic groups called for three days of “popular anger” to protest the decision.

But the Islamic supremacists are looking for any excuse to kill and destroy. They say the decision will put an end to the peace process. But the Palestinians have eliminated any chance at peace by walking away from every deal Israel has proposed including deals that divided Jerusalem.

Trump’s decision comes after eight years of betrayals of Israel by the Obama Administration. You will remember that late in his presidency, Obama stabbed Israel in the back by allowing a United Nations measure to pass that declared Israel’s presence in Jerusalem illegitimate. Trump’s bold decision remedies this injustice and makes it crystal clear to the world that the U.S. now stands firmly with its ally Israel.

President Trump’s decision fulfills a campaign promise. It also sends a powerful message that America will stand by its allies and that, unlike with previous administrations, if the U.S. says it will do something, its word is its bond.

A Monument To Faith

It’s the Christmas season and there’s a new museum opening just at the right time in Washington, D.C. – the Museum of the Bible.  If you are planning to come to our nation’s capital anytime soon, you have to find time to visit the new Museum of the Bible.

Of course, Washington’s movers and shakers don’t know quite how to handle the museum. Our liberal newspaper, the Washington Post, has run several articles taking shots at it.

While the D.C. crowd is hyperventilating, they might want to simply take a stroll around the city. They will discover the overwhelming evidence of the Bible’s influence on our government.

Take the U.S. Capitol Building.  In one hallway a famous line from America the Beautiful is on the wall.  It reads:  “America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”

In the Capitol Building’s chapel, yes, there IS a chapel in the U.S. Capitol – there is a stained glass window depicting George Washington in prayer.

And speaking of George Washington, the Washington Monument which dominates the skyline of the city has on its capstone a Latin phrase – Laus Deo — meaning “Praise be to God.”

The Jefferson Memorial, honoring our nation’s third president, features this quote on the northeast portico:

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

At the Lincoln Memorial several of our 16th president’s most notable speeches are displayed.  One is Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address.  It’s only 703 words long, but Lincoln mentions God a dozen times and quotes the Bible twice.

A few miles away at the Supreme Court, where religious liberty has been under attack, the Bible ironically is on prominent display.  Images of Moses with the Ten Commandments adorn several parts of the building including the actual courtroom.  When the justices enter the chambers, a marshal announces, “God save the United States and this honorable court.”

My point is this:  The Museum of the Bible fits right into Washington, D.C., alongside of America’s historic record etched into the stones of Washington’s monuments.

Advertisements

End of Day Report

Monday, December 4, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary Bauer

How Deep Is The ‘Deep State’?

The news that a top FBI agent, involved in both the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump investigations, is politically compromised is shocking.

The agent, Peter Strzok, was found to have sent text messages that expressed vehement anti-Trump views.  Strzok is not just any FBI agent.  The New York Times calls him “one of the most experienced and trusted FBI counterintelligence investigators.”  If that is true the U.S. is really in trouble.

Strzok LED the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server in his role as the No. 2 official in the FBI’s counterintelligence division.  He then was added to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators going after Trump.  There was already concern that many of the lawyers on Mueller’s team are consistent donors to the Democrat Party.  Now we learn that a FBI career professional on the team is also an anti-Trump partisan.

Strzok was removed from the team this summer when his text messages were discovered.  When the House Intelligence Committee noticed his transfer this summer they asked the FBI to explain the circumstances.  The FBI has refused repeated requests for information.

Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes is outraged by the stonewalling.  In a statement Saturday Nunes said, “By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility.”  Nunes is so upset that he is threatening contempt of Congress charges.  President Trump weighed in too, tweeting “Report: ‘ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE’  Now it all starts to make sense!”

This breaking story lends credence to the strong suspicion that deeply embedded political partisans throughout key government agencies are trying to nullify the 2016 presidential election.

ABC Blows It

Late on Friday ABC reporter Brian Ross erroneously reported that Donald Trump, while a candidate for president, instructed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russia. Seven hours later ABC was forced to correct the report and admit it was after the election, when Trump was president-elect. It is very common for an incoming administration to make contact with foreign governments. Doing so is not illegal.

Ross’s story caused a 300-point drop in the stock market intraday. It also set off a round of celebrations by various media commentators who are hoping President Trump will be forced out of office.

A little later ABC announced Brian Ross would be suspended for four weeks without pay “effective immediately.”

This is not the first time Ross has made an egregious error in his reporting at the expense of conservatives. After the tragic shooting at a movie theater in Aurora Colorado in 2012, Ross reported that he had connected the shooter to a Tea Party website. The report was totally false, but it demonstrates how some in the media wanted to demonize the Tea Party movement.

Trump Boosts Moore

President Trump left no doubt this morning about his support for Judge Roy Moore’s election to the senate over liberal Doug Jones.

Trump tweeted: “Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!”

New polls show a tight race in which turnout will make the difference.  We did our own poll of Campaign for Working Families supporters in Alabama and found that Roy Moore had solid support among conservatives.

End Of Day Report

Friday, December 1, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary Bauer

Not Again?!

An unexpected ruling by the Senate parliamentarian last night threw a last-minute glitch into the GOP’s tax cut plans.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to suspend the “vote-a-rama” as the leadership scrambled to secure support from various holdouts, namely Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Their concern is that government models suggest the plan adds too much to the deficit.  The problem is that government models are not very reliable.  There were massive tax increases under Obama, and especially in Obamacare, yet Obama ran record deficits year after year.

And if Corker and Flake are so concerned about deficits, the real problem is government spending.  But it is not “spending” when Americans get to keep more of their money.  It belongs to them.  Tax cuts are not welfare or government grants.  The people earned that money!  It does not belong to Washington.

Several proposed solutions being floated to earn their support don’t seem very smart to me, but the leadership understands that they must get this done.  They cannot afford another debacle like the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare.

Additional votes are expected later today.  We are monitoring the situation in the Senate as it develops.

Outrage

Washington, D.C., and San Francisco are far-left cities.  And the verdicts this week in the cases involving Ahmed Abu Khattala, the mastermind of the Benghazi attacks, and Jose Garcia Zarate, Kate Steinle’s killer, reflect that sad reality.

In the case of Kate Steinle, the jury had several options to choose from, ranging from second degree murder to manslaughter.  Instead, this repeat offender who has crossed the border five times and committed seven prior felonies, was only convicted of illegal weapons possession.

Those who abetted Steinle’s murder are the left-wing politicians who advocate for open borders.  Once again, an American family is suffering while the illegal immigrant lobby and the Trump haters are celebrating.

While I am pleased to report that the Justice Department is considering additional charges based on illegal reentry, I urge the administration to bring a lawsuit based on violations of Kate Steinle’s civil rights.  And I urge the Senate to pass Kate’s Law immediately, so that previously deported illegal immigrants like Zarate who cross the border again are put in jail.

Flynn Charged

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on one count of perjury.  According to the indictment, Flynn allegedly misled the FBI during an interview.  Reports say Flynn will plead guilty at today’s hearing.

Hope For America

I am spending much of the day at the Museum of the Bible, meeting with Josh McDowell and hundreds of his friends.  I am also participating in a panel discussion, entitled “Hope For America,” and will be talking about morality and ethics in our culture today.

While I am honored to participate in this presentation at the Museum of the Bible, this town increasingly acts like the Bible belongs in a museum.  As you can imagine, recent headlines have given me a lot to talk about!

End Of Day Report

Thursday, November 30, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary Bauer

Debate Begins

Yesterday evening, the Senate voted along party lines (52-to-48) to begin debate on the tax cut and reform plan.  That kicked off a tradition known in Washington as “vote-a-rama,” in which dozens of amendments to tweak the bill will be voted on.

Some amendments will be substantive, many will be symbolic.  A final vote is expected late tonight or tomorrow.  Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have reportedly said they will support the bill, making Senate approval much more likely.

Here’s the bottom line:  We are one step closer to passing the first major tax reform in 30 years.  That would be a major victory for the Trump/Pence Administration and their GOP allies.

And the stock market certainly seems bullish on the prospects of a major tax cut.  The Dow shot up more than 100 points this morning, surging past 24,000 for the first time.  As a reminder, the Dow Jones closed at 18,332 on Election Day 2016.  That’s a pretty good run so far this year.

Dealing With Krazy Kim

As I mentioned in yesterday’s report, there are no good options for dealing with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.  While there is some debate about the extent of its influence, many observers think China certainly could do more to pressure Pyongyang — if it wanted to.  Some military experts, like my friend Frank Gaffney, think the communist government in Beijing is part of the problem.

But the North Korean regime is increasingly crossing red lines.  This week’s test of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting Washington, D.C., was one.  Here’s another:  Reuters reported over the summer that there is significant evidence North Korea is supplying Syria with chemical weapons.

And while North Korea’s cooperation with Iran has been well-known for years, that cooperation has accelerated dramatically.  A number of “covert contacts” have set off alarm bells in the intelligence community.

Predictably, the media and their left-wing allies are blaming President Trump.  Just consider this Newsweek headline:  “Trump Creating A New Cold War? North Korea, Russia, Syria And Cuba Now Working Together Against The U.S.”

Those on the left who think we can contain or negotiate with North Korea and Iran do not understand a fundamental reality — evil is real.  Evil men do evil things.  You cannot negotiate with evil.  You can only defeat it.

Some argue that the regimes are acting out of self-preservation.  Really?  Threatening a second Holocaust by “wiping Israel off the map” or threatening to reduce America to ashes is not an act of self-preservation.  It is lunacy.

What the left apparently does not appreciate is that Kim is allied with the worst actors in the world, and they all have one thing in common — they are determined to bring down the West.

Trump Ends Appeasement

President Trump has taken yet another step toward ending Barack Obama’s appeasement of the radical Iranian regime.  The United States will no longer subsidize Iran’s nuclear program by buying its heavy water.  That statement seems absurd on its face, but that is exactly what the Obama Administration was doing.

The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran imposed limits on the amount of heavy water that Iran could produce.  Heavy water can be used in certain nuclear reactors to produce energy, and it can also be used to create nuclear weapons.  That is why the deal sought to limit Iran’s production of heavy water.  Fair enough.

Incredibly, however, the Obama Administration agreed to buy Iran’s excess heavy water.  Not only did that give Iran an incentive to over-produce, but it also provided the regime with access to U.S. currency, which undoubtedly ended up supporting terrorism.

Thankfully, President Trump has put an end to that Obama-era giveaway.

Shakeup At State?

Washington is buzzing with news that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may be leaving.  According to the reports, the White House has a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.  Taking Pompeo’s place at the CIA would be Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary Bauer

Korea Crisis

North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test set off alarm bells around the world.  Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the missile’s trajectory suggests that the Stalinist regime is now capable of hitting targets “everywhere in the world,” including every major U.S. city.

Sadly, President Trump’s options are limited.  Past efforts by other presidents aimed at appeasing North Korea have failed spectacularly.

So we are left with military action to take out Kim’s missile facilities or living in a world where this tyrant extorts and blackmails us and our allies in the region.  The latter option inevitably results in those allies — Japan and South Korea — developing their own nuclear weapons.

Here’s something else to keep in mind:  This is not the result of any failure by Donald Trump.  North Korea’s missile program did not make some great, sudden leap on Inauguration Day 2017.

This cancer dates back to the Clinton Administration, and is the product of a failed American foreign policy establishment.  Unfortunately, its influence extended through several administrations, and grew dramatically during the past eight years when Obama and his allies were busy apologizing for America and gutting our missile defense systems.

That is what put us in this position today.

Former Obama officials who regularly go on TV to wag their fingers at Donald Trump should be outed as the default architects of North Korea’s nuclear program.  They have zero credibility, and should be laughed out of the TV studios they are sitting in.

A Good Day

On the domestic front, yesterday was one of Donald Trump’s best days so far in his presidency.  First, the president met with Republican senators to promote tax cuts and, by all accounts, the prevailing mood was one of optimism.  Many senators commented on how engaged the president is.

Later in the afternoon, the Senate Budget Committee approved the tax reform bill, and that sent the stock market soaring to yet another record high.  (By the way, the president got even more good economic news today when third quarter growth was revised upward from 3% to 3.3%.)

Then a federal judge shocked the left when he blocked an attempt by an Obama holdover to seize control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Leandra English, the deputy director, claimed that she — not the president’s nominee — was in charge after Obama’s director, Richard Cordray, stepped down last week.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), two apparently sensitive souls, announced that they were so troubled by one of the president’s morning tweets that they were refusing to attend a White House meeting about avoiding a year-end government shutdown.

That enabled the president to have one of the most successful photo-ops of his administration.  The president was sitting at a table with Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell and two empty chairs labeled “Schumer” and “Pelosi.”

It’s important to understand what set this off.  Here’s what the president tweeted yesterday morning:

“Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes.  I don’t see a deal!”

Frankly, the president is right.

Remember this if the government shuts down in a couple of weeks.  Share this report with your friends and family members so they can see through the left-wing media’s spin.

It won’t be Donald Trump and the Republicans who shut down the government.  It will be the Democrats and their radical “amnesty first” demands.

Travesty Of Justice

Ahmed Abu Khattala, the man the Obama Administration said was the “mastermind” of the Benghazi attacks, was acquitted yesterday on a majority of terrorism charges, including the most serious charges of murder.  For the families of those killed in Benghazi, the suffering never stops.

How did the mastermind of the Benghazi attacks end up in a Washington, D.C., courtroom, afforded all the protections of the U.S. Constitution?  For that outrage, you can thank Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

The same administration that routinely attacked our First and Second Amendment rights extended to an accused Islamic terrorist all the protections of our Constitution.  And in Washington, D.C., a jury was confused enough not to convict him.

When we capture a thug like Abu Khattala, there should be only two options we should consider:  He should be treated as an enemy combatant who belongs in Gitmo or he should be executed.  Reading his Miranda rights, giving him a lawyer and hoping a jury can sort it all out is disgusting.

Media Elites Reeling

Media elites are reeling today as three more “journalists” were fired in the wake of sexual assault allegations.  First came the breaking news that NBC veteran Matt Lauer was fired from the “Today” show.  Then word broke that a second executive at National Public Radiohad been fired.

But the most ironic of all has to be Garrison Keillor, who has spewed progressive politics from his perch at Minnesota Public Radio for decades.

Just yesterday Keillor published an opinion piece in the Washington Post entitled, “Al Franken Should Resign?  That’s Absurd.”

Around lunchtime today I read this Associated Press headline:  “Garrison Keillor Fired By Minnesota Public Radio Over Allegations Of Inappropriate Behavior.”

What a difference a day makes!

Speaking of progressive politics, ESPN announced today that is laying off 150 employees.  Last year, the network laid off 100 employees and 300 were let go the year before that.

Apparently the whole liberal/lefty thing isn’t such a good sports business model after all.  Commissioner Goodell, call your office!

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary Bauer

Another Radical Imam

In previous reports, we have told you about radical imams preaching hateful anti-Israel, anti-Semitic sermons at mosques in California and South Carolina.  Well, add Tennessee to that growing and disturbing list.

Here’s just some of what Imam AhmedulHadi Sharif told his followers at the Islamic Center of Tennessee, located just south of Nashville in Antioch:

“The Zionists, the number one terrorists in the world, had occupied and kidnapped that land a long time ago. Now they want to add the Al-Aqsa Mosque to their occupations. . .

“When I used to go to school in my country, back home, we used to recite songs. One of them we used to say constantly: ‘Jerusalem belongs to us, not to Israel.’ We used to repeat that. ‘Jerusalem belongs to us.’ . . . Today, if we lose Jerusalem – know that it is not going to stop there. . . The enemies of Allah will come and try to destroy the Kaaba. . .

“Oh Allah, inflict Your revenge upon them.  Do not let their banners fly high, and do not let them achieve their goals. Make a deterrent example out of them. Oh Allah, defeat them, convulse them, and support us.”

Kudos to our friends at the Middle East Media Research Institute for exposing Sharif.

California, South Carolina, Tennessee.  How many of the estimated 2,500 mosques in America are infected with this kind of hate?  I fear the problem is far worse than we know.

And I will ask the same question that I asked when news broke about Barack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, railing against America:  How many people walked out?

When these radical imams rail against Israel and call for Allah to strike down the Jews, how many adherents of this so-called “religion of peace” walk out in disgust and protest?

Did anyone report what they heard to the authorities?  If not, I suspect the audience liked what it was hearing.

Merry Christmas 

This year’s White House Christmas card has been released.  And here’s the shocking part — it actually says “Merry Christmas.”

For eight years, Barack and Michelle Obama were unable to bring themselves to use those words.  There were “season’s greetings” and “happy holidays,” but “Merry Christmas” never made it on the Christmas card.

The White House also produced a video featuring First Lady Melania Trump showing off the incredible White House Christmas decorations.  You can watch it here.

Here’s some more good news to help put you in the Christmas spirit.

Open-borders/amnesty advocate Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) announced that he is retiring and will not seek reelection next year.

Also retiring (sort of) is Keith Olbermann.  He ended his “resistance” series last night and announced, “I’m retiring from political commentary.”  Thank goodness!  Stopping all that hot air can be Olbermann’s contribution to ending global warming.

Pocahontas & Racism

At a White House ceremony yesterday honoring Native American veterans, President Trump went off script and made a joke about Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

“I just want to thank you because you are a very, very special people.  You were here long before any of us were here,” the president said.  “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her ‘Pocahontas.'”

If anyone had asked me, I would have suggested that the president avoid the light-hearted remark, but he probably thought that these veterans had a sense of humor. Clearly, the liberal elites and the Washington press corps do not.

It was incredible watching the left-wing media establishment erupt in howls of protest.  Senator Warren denounced the president’s remark as a “racist slur.”

At yesterday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was peppered with barbed questions from hostile reporters.  When asked why the president made such an “offensive” remark, Sanders shot back, “I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.”

Let’s be clear about that.  The only racist thing here is that a Caucasian woman claimed to be a member of a certain ethic group in order to secure a benefit, in this case a cushy job at Harvard.  Presumably by getting that benefit, Warren denied a real Native American the spot she took.

Suggesting that it was “racist” of Trump to remind Americans that Warren exploited programs meant to help minorities is completely backwards.

By the way, as Eric Trump noted, the reporter making the biggest fuss about this issue at yesterday’s press briefing was from ABC News.  As I recall, ABC is owned by Disney, which made a lot of money on a movie called. . . you guessed it, Pocahontas.

Kudos To Washington

Actor Denzel Washington is in hot water with the left.  During a tour promoting his new movie, in which he plays a criminal defense lawyer, Washington went off script when he refused to condemn the police or the criminal justice system.

Referring to the struggles facing the black community, Washington said this:

“It starts in the home.  If the father is not in the home the boy will find a father in the streets.  I saw it in my generation and every generation before me, and every one since.  If the streets raise you, then the judge becomes your mother and prison becomes your home.”

Asked to clarify his response, Washington answered:

“It starts with how you raise your children.  If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.  So, you know, I can’t blame the system.  It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.”

End of Day Report

Monday, November 27, 2017
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary Bauer

Trump Pushes Tax Reform

With the Thanksgiving holiday now over, the push for tax reform kicks into high gear.  The Senate is expected to vote on its tax reform plan this week.

Today, several senators on the Finance Committee, led by Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), had lunch with President Trump at the White House.  Tomorrow, the president will meet with the Republican senators on Capitol Hill to rally support for tax cuts and reforms to the complicated tax code.

But the legislation remains a work in progress.  Several senators have expressed reservations about various provisions, and, as the Obamacare debacle demonstrated, Majority Leader McConnell can only afford two defections and no surprises.

President Trump recognized this reality in a morning tweet.  He wrote:

“The Tax Cut Bill is coming along very well, great support. With just a few changes, some mathematical, the middle class and job producers can get even more in actual dollars and savings and the pass through provision becomes simpler and really works well!”

While it’s not clear what all of the changes are, the president’s reference to “pass through provisions” was clearly aimed at moving Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) from “No” to “Yes.”  According to one analysis, as many as six GOP senators remain uncommitted at this stage.

Keep in mind that whatever the Senate passes will have to be reconciled with the plan approved by the House of Representatives in a conference committee.  So even more changes are still possible, if not likely, in the days ahead.  We will keep you posted.

What’s Next?

Donald Trump was elected to end business as usual in Washington, D.C., and there is no question that he is pushing a bold agenda — from healthcare reform to immigration reform and tax reform.  Next up on the president’s list may be welfare reform.

“The president really wants to lead on this.  He has delivered that message loud and clear to us,” said Paul Winfree, a top domestic policy official in the White House.  “We’ve opened conversations with the leadership in Congress to let them know that that is the direction we are heading.”

Winfree added that an executive order on welfare reform has also been drafted.  But there are limits to what the administration can do on its own.  Significant reforms to our welfare system will require cooperation from Congress, and there is little guarantee of that.

Transforming America

There is a methodical, unending effort by the left to deconstruct America.  Historical monuments are being attacked, including those honoring America’s founders.  If you disrespect the police and the national anthem, our elites consider you a hero, even “citizen of the year.”  Every holiday is under attack.

We got another example of this over the Thanksgiving holiday when the Washington Postran an editorial that attacked the religious roots of Thanksgiving and suggested that the real lesson we should learn was how the Pilgrims adapted to climate change.

We know what happens if you are exposed to this kind of nonsense day after day after day.  There is a reason that Millennials are the least patriotic generation.  They have been subjected to the left’s growing anti-Americanism throughout their education.  But now the rest of us are being subjected to it during football games.

Flawed as he was, George Washington was a man of real character.  Stories about Washington and the cherry tree were used to teach children about the virtue of honesty.  When I was growing up, most children were required to study and memorize the Gettysburg Address.

We were taught to love America and appreciate the freedoms we possessed.  The idea that anyone would “take a knee” during the national anthem was unheard of.

The left routinely rants and raves about America’s sins.  It decries the “genocide” unleashed by Christopher Columbus and acts as if the world would have been better off if the Pilgrims never came to North America.

The so-called “progressive left” is turning patriotic Americans into aliens in our own country.  Anyone who was born here, who is proud of the Founding Fathers and proud of what America has done for the world, is made by cultural elites to feel like strangers so the left can complete its “fundamental transformation” of America.

For example, a left-wing MSNBC host tweeted yesterday that rural Americans were a “core threat to our Democracy.”  Her disdain for the values of Middle America sounded a lot like Barack Obama’s complaints about “small town Americans” who “get bitter and cling to guns and religion” or Hillary Clinton’s condemnation of half the country as “deplorable and irredeemable.”

Several surveys have found that this sense of cultural angst — feeling like a stranger in your own country — played a major role in President Trump’s victory.  The left’s constant attacks against America drove many voters to support the candidate who advocated for “America First” and who pledged to “make America great again.”

Judging from that Washington Post editorial about Thanksgiving and that tweet about rural Americans, the left hasn’t learned many lessons from the election.