Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

A heartening trend

July 14, 2017 12:00 AM

This week’s Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray brought a heartening new trend we haven’t seen in Congress in quite a while. After he stood up to an intense grilling during which he vowed to conduct his job in a non-partisan way with no political considerations, and to resign if the President pressured him to break the law, Wray received praise and endorsements from both Democrats and Republicans.

The bipartisan agreement was a welcome change, but that wasn’t what I was talking about. The heartening new trend was hearing Senate Democrats declare that officials in non-partisan positions should resign rather than politicize their offices or ignore the law to please the President. I’d been longing to hear them say that since about, oh…2009.

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Cut her some slack

July 14, 2017 12:00 AM

CNN anchor Poppy Harlow is enduring plenty of horselaughs after the network’s live coverage of the Trump-Macron press conference, when she said we were listening to the French national anthem as “The Star-Spangled Banner” was playing. It’s easy to mock her, but I’ll cut her some slack: having been on TV during live broadcasts myself, I know things might not have been as they appeared. Maybe she couldn’t hear the live music and was fed the wrong information through her ear piece. It’s live TV and mistakes happen. Click the link to the video and decide for yourself.

But while you’re there, also check out the list of other recent embarrassing CNN mistakes for which there’s really no excuse.

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Go back to where you came from

July 14, 2017 12:00 AM

So powerful was President Trump’s excellent speech in Poland last week defending Western civilization and American values that leftists are still soaking their Che Guevara T-shirts with mouth foam over it. It’s the usual litany of SJW clichés: promoting American exceptionalism makes him a Nazi, fascist, racist, classist, xenophobe, homophobe, imperialist, you name it. They have been indoctrinated by their teachers, professors and the media with the religion of multiculturalism, the belief that all other cultures are not just equal to ours but superior, and that America is to blame for all the problems of the world (well, America and capitalism – they like to use their iPads to tell people where to drive their cars to protest capitalism...and CO2 emissions).

Well, if you are one of the “Blame America First” group -- if you really think that other cultures are superior to ours, and that people who oppose, say, Sharia law or immigrants who refuse to assimilate are just bigots and haters -- then I have a modest proposal for you:

Go back to where you came from.


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Now, before you rush to your iPhone to send me angry, anti-capitalist Twitter tweets, let me make clear what I mean. I’m not saying “love it or leave it” or move out of America permanently, although if you really hate it that much, there are planes and ships leaving all the time. No, what I’m suggesting is that for your next vacation, why not spend some time in whatever country your ancestors called home before they came to America? Except for Native Americans, we’re all immigrants. So if you put your personal identity group ahead of your American identity – if you think that American culture is evil and inferior to the cultures that your ancestors used to be part of – then why not spend a week or two reconnecting with your roots? And I don’t mean in a five-star resort, but in the same places your ancestors lived when they decided it was worth risking their lives to get the heck out and come to America.

Take a vacation from America’s horrific culture of sexism, racism, homophobia and oppression. If you’re a woman, try going for a nice drive in Saudi Arabia. Make a derisive joke about God being a “flying spaghetti monster” in Iran. Ask someone in Cameroon or Uganda to direct you to the nearest gay bar. Call the national leader filthy names in front of a TV camera in China, Cuba, Russia, Sudan, North Korea, or various African nations run by warlords. Even in the UK, try getting your own child life-saving medical treatments if government health bureaucrats disapprove.


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If you do take that vacation back to the wonderful culture your ancestors fled to America to escape, and you manage to make it back alive, I have a feeling you’ll have developed a newfound respect for Western culture and values. No, of course America isn’t perfect, but compared to the rest of the world, it’s pretty darn close. That's because America isn’t based on ethnicity, tribalism, ancient geographical borders or the divine right of kings; it’s based on a written set of principles and human rights, like freedom of speech and religion, property rights, individual merit and equality under the law. That’s why it’s such a dynamic and cutting-edge nation: because its people had the guts and ambition to look at what was around them and say, “There’s got to be someplace better than this, and I’m going to find it or die trying.” Americans are those people and their descendants.

There’s nothing wrong with being proud of the American values the Founders bequeathed to us. You should be. It doesn’t mean you have to abandon your roots, you should just think of yourself as an American first. Just like you don’t have to stop loving your mom just because you moved away from her and now you put your wife first.

If you really want to honor your ancestors, then try to understand why they left their native lands to come here. It wasn’t so that someday, their children’s children’s children could be so spoiled that they fail to appreciate the tremendous blessing their immigrant ancestors gave them by becoming US citizens and assimilating into American culture.

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Denied

July 14, 2017 12:00 AM

This week, Iranian cancer researcher Mohsen Dehnavi arrived in the US to do postdoctoral research at Boston Children’s Hospital, but he was stopped by immigration authorities and deported back to Iran the next day. It provided the left with a perfect PR opportunity to assail President Trump’s temporary travel ban that includes Iran, with John Kerry likely making his face even longer as he tweeted that it was “tragic” that the doctor had been kept from saving lives by Trump’s policy.

Two problems with that: first, Customs officials say he was deemed inadmissible for reasons they discovered during his CBP inspection, and it had nothing to do with Trump’s travel order. Second, while the doctor was badmouthing Trump’s travel restrictions, he neglected to mention that in 2007, he had allegedly been the head of the Basij militia, a volunteer student force linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

If this is just a mistake and he is truly an innocent healer, then he can appeal to Trump to intervene and make an exception for him, as he has for others. But you’d think that someone who cares about saving lives would understand why we have rules to insure that everyone who comes into the US cares about the lives of others as much as he says he does.

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The MS-13 Gang

July 14, 2017 12:00 AM

It’s not an easy job to tackle gang violence, particularly when you’re dealing with a gang like MS-13. This brutal Mexican gang has spread across the US border, infiltrated the illegal immigrant community, and embarked on a deadly crime wave. Combating them seemed to be a hopeless mission – especially when your leader would rather not get involved, your Border Patrol and immigration officials have their hands tied, and local officials are refusing to cooperate with federal law.

But all that took an abrupt about-face seven months ago, and we’re already starting to see the results. Click the link to see how many gang members have been arrested and deported so far this fiscal year, and to hear the Dirty Harry-like warning that ICE acting director Thomas Homan has for MS-13 and other gang members. The days of shrugging off their lawlessness as if nothing can be done to stop them are over.

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