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      Obama's full-blown, year-end temper tantrum  (Fox 12/30/2016)
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He is just beside himself that the stupid American voter elected Donald Trump.
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... Obama is having an extremely difficult time dealing with what may be his first-ever serious setback.
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He has been told over and over – even by the Nobel Committee that awarded him their coveted Peace Prize on spec– that he is extraordinary.
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So when a man like The Donald bests him, a man Obama clearly considers a joke, he is undone.
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Not for Obama the normal gracious withdrawal into political stasis; no, he wants to prove in these waning weeks of his presidency that he was right all along.
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That his agenda is what The People want, even if they don't know it.
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... Obama fully expected that by dint of his winning personality, superior insight and sympathy for the Muslim people, to conquer the divides in that region.
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He was shocked that his Cairo speech did not cause the waters to part, and the wounds to heal.
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And he is angry that, in his mind, Bibi Netanyahu has stood between him and fulfilling this key legacy achievement.
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"[Getting peace in the Middle East] is just really hard"; notably, this came as a surprise.
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Make no mistake: we do need to rein in Russian misbehavior.  Putin is a dangerous adversary and should never have been allowed out of the penalty box inflicted by drooping oil prices.
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But, Obama gave him running room by putting him in charge of the Syrian debacle and making him a key figure in the Iran nuke deal.
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So important were those quests to Obama that our president chose to ignore Moscow's serial aggressions and misbehavior.
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Indeed, after the conclusion of the Iran accord, Obama called Putin to thank him for his help
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Obama is having a difficult time passing the baton, because he thinks the baton should be his in perpetuity. 
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Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has once again outfoxed President Obama.
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His response to Obama's eviction of 35 diplomats and other grave-sounding but ultimately unimportant retaliatory measures?
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Instead of engaging in traditional diplomatic tit for tat, the Russian leader has invited the children of U.S.  diplomats to the Kremlin for a holiday party.
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Who looks like the adult in the room? 
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See related Passing the Baton (Gary Varvel, 11/20/2016) cartoon from Government picture album
      Barack Obama's swan song to Israel  (Fox 12/28/2016)
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Now that the smoke has cleared at the United Nations, there is little question about President Obama's intentions; they are now crystal clear.
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Incontrovertible evidence exists that suggests the proposal for a return to the 1967 borders in Israel was orchestrated by the White House.
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By any measure that is a break from the historic ties between the U.S.  and Israel and, as many commentators have noted, an act of betrayal.
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Of course, Israel will ignore the proposition.  Netanyahu hasn't any alternative.
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President Trump will regard it as an openly hostile act and may repudiate it by naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
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Now terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Iranian Quds can claim a legitimate right to attack an Israeli government theoretically violating the law.
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That Obama chose this matter as his swan song is revealing.
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His hostility towards Israel has been manifest in many ways, but at no point in the past has an American president acted as Obama has.
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This White House abstention and behind the scenes maneuvering with sponsoring states is unprecedented.
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The lies leading to the decision and rationalizations in the aftermath are also unprecedented.
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Obama has virtually destroyed any legacy he hoped to transmit to future historians about his eight years in office.  He has left in ruins all he tried to manage.
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The world is in disarray in large part because of his mismanagement or ignoring any management.
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His ego won't allow a dispassionate assessment of the Obama presidency, but if one were to do so after this recent U.N.  fiasco, Barack Obama would have to be considered among the worst presidents in American history.
      Thank You, Professor Sowell  (JWR 12/28/2016)
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I first read Thomas Sowell in college — no thanks to my college.
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At the majority of America's institutions of "higher learning," reading Thomas Sowell was a subversive act in the early 1990s when I was a student.
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It remains so today.  Why?  Because the prolific libertarian economist's vast body of work is a clarion rejection of all the liberal intelligentsia hold dear.
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Among the left's most corrosive ideas is the concept of perpetual and permanent racial victimhood, which social engineers pretend to rectify through federally mandated, taxpayer-subsidized preferential policies.
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The grand rhetoric of diversity masks the true intent and actual impact of current racially discriminatory "solutions" to past racial discrimination: solidifying the power of the few over the many. 
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"Live people are being sacrificed because of what dead people did."
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Who benefits?  Not the students, but the bean-counting administrators and political correctness marketers ... who exploit minority students for their glossy admissions brochures.
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The other vested interest?  Tenured radicals in what Sowell called the "black studies establishment" who "need students to be in their classrooms" to justify their paychecks.
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"In the anointed we find a whole class of supposedly 'thinking people' who do remarkably little thinking about substance and a great deal of verbal expression."
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"In order that this relatively small group of people can believe themselves wiser and nobler than the common herd, we have adopted policies which impose heavy costs on millions of other human beings, not only in taxes, but also in lost jobs, social disintegration, and a loss of personal safety.  Seldom have so few cost so much to so many."
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Sowell's 1999 tome, "The Quest for Cosmic Justice," addressed the abject failures of those who seek to cure all inequities, inequalities, disparities and ills through government intervention.  He summed up his findings thusly:
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1.  The impossible is not going to be achieved.
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2.  It is a waste of precious resources to try to achieve it.
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3.  The devastating costs and social dangers that go with these attempts to achieve the impossible should be taken into account.
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Asked once how he would like to be remembered, Sowell responded: "Oh, heavens, I'm not sure I want to be particularly remembered.  I would like the ideas that I've put out there to be remembered."
      Farewell  (JWR 12/28/2016)
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Even the best things come to an end.
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After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop.
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Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long.
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Being old-fashioned, I liked to know what the facts were before writing.
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That required not only a lot of research, it also required keeping up with what was being said in the media.
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Looking back over the years, as old-timers are apt to do, I see huge changes, both for the better and for the worse.
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It is hard to convey to today's generation the fear that the paralyzing disease of polio inspired, until vaccines put an abrupt end to its long reign of terror in the 1950s.
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In some other ways, however, there have been some serious retrogressions over the years.  Politics, and especially citizens' trust in their government, has gone way downhill.
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Back in 1962, President John F.  Kennedy, a man narrowly elected just two years earlier, came on television to tell the nation that he was taking us to the brink of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, because the Soviets had secretly built bases for nuclear missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles from America.
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Most of us did not question what he did.  He was President of the United States, and he knew things that the rest of us couldn't know — and that was good enough for us.
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Fortunately, the Soviets backed down.
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But could any President today do anything like that and have the American people behind him?
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Years of lying Presidents ... destroyed not only their own credibility, but the credibility which the office itself once conferred.
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The loss of that credibility was a loss to the country, not just to the people holding that office in later years.
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When I have mentioned sleeping out on a fire escape in Harlem during hot summer nights, before most people could afford air-conditioning, young people have looked at me like I was a man from Mars.
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But blacks and whites alike had been sleeping out on fire escapes in New York since the 19th century.
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They did not have to contend with gunshots flying around during the night.
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We cannot return to the past, even if we wanted to, but let us hope that we can learn something from the past to make for a better present and future.
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Goodbye and good luck to all.
      Obama and Kerry's Middle East peace 'plan' is simply an act of moral cowardice  (Fox 12/28/2016)
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For eight years, Barack Obama has given lip service to our special relationship with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East and our longtime ally.
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... with less than four weeks before he leaves office, Barack Obama finally worked with Israel's enemies to pass a United Nations resolution hostile to Israel.
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Nothing has changed in our relationship with Israel in the past several years.
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Obama has been increasingly hostile toward Israeli interests, but he has maintained a facade of friendship.
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The only thing that has changed is how much longer Barack Obama has in office and the fact that voters will never again see him on a ballot.
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... John Kerry ... is allegedly expected to recognize a Palestinian state — something no American administration, including this one, has done.
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Doing so three weeks before departing office does nothing but create headaches for an incoming administration by an outgoing administration too cowardly to do this before now.
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It is not leadership to wait till you have one foot out the door to be bold.
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Turning nearly a half-century of American foreign policy on its head in the literal final weeks of a presidency is not competent leadership, but childish petulance.
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Childish petulance ... is Barack Obama's legacy.  His childish petulance ... gave rise to Donald Trump, who is Obama's ultimate legacy.
      Obama stabbed Israel in the back  (12/27/2016)
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While Christmas carolers were proclaiming Joy to the World - President Obama was backstabbing Israel.
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The Simon Wiesenthal Center named the Obama administration's move as the worst case of anti-Semitism in 2016.
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"The most stunning 2016 UN attack on Israel was facilitated by President [Barack] Obama when the US abstained on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel for settlement construction.  It reversed decades-long US policy of vetoing such diplomatic moves against the Jewish State."
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And honestly — it's not all that surprising.  This president seems more comfortable sipping appletinis with the despots who want to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.
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"This is about right and wrong.  This is about evil [and] good.  This is such a clear-cut issue.  And I am just beyond, in a seething rage, over what this administration has done in its last days," former Arkansas Gov.  Mike Huckabee told...
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President Obama's behavior toward our closest ally is beyond cowardice.  It's downright despicable. 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu says there is proof - ironclad proof - that President Obama was behind the resolution.
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"We have rather ironclad information from sources in both the Arab world and internationally that this was a deliberate push by the United States and in fact they helped create the resolution in the first place."
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The White House strongly denied the accusation.
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But let's be brutally honest, folks.  Who do you believe - Prime Minister Netenyahu or the man who pals around with the Ayatollahs?
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If, in fact there is ironclad proof, Congress needs to take immediate action against the president.  At the very least a public censure would be in order.
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To be clear, such action by Congress would be unprecedented.
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But an unprecedented act of betrayal demands an unprecedented rebuke.
      Trump was right to try to stop Obama from tying his hands on Israel  (Fox 12/23/2016)
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The Egyptian decision to withdraw the one-sided anti-Israel Security Council resolution should not mask the sad reality that it is the Obama administration that has been pushing for the resolution to be enacted. 
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... in the context of the Security Council where only an American veto can prevent anti-Israel resolutions from automatically passing, an abstention is a vote for the resolution.
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And because of this automatic majority, an anti-Israel resolution like this one cannot be reversed by a future American president.
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The effect, therefore of the Obama decision to push for, and abstain from, a vote on this resolution is to deliberately tie the hands of President Obama's successors, most particularly President elect Trump.
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the passage of such a resolution would disincentivize the Palestinians from accepting Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu's invitation to sit down and negotiate with no preconditions.
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Any such negotiations would require painful sacrifices on both sides if a resolution were to be reached.
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And a Security Council resolution siding with the Palestinians would give the Palestinians the false hope that they could get a state through the United Nations without having to make painful sacrifices.
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President Obama's lame duck attempt to tie the hands of his successor is both counterproductive to peace and undemocratic in nature.
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The lame duck period of an outgoing president is a time when our system of checks and balances is effectively suspended.
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The outgoing president does not have to listen to Congress or the people.  He can selfishly try to burnish his personal legacy at the expense of our national and international interests.
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He can try to even personal scores and act on pique.  That is what seems to be happening here.
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... Obama is determined – after 8 years of frustration and failure in bringing together the Israelis and Palestinians – to leave his mark on the mid-East peace process.
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But if he manages to push this resolution through, his mark may well be the end of any realistic prospect for a negotiated peace.
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One would think that Obama would have learned from his past mistakes in the mid-East.  He has alienated the Saudis, the Egyptians, the Jordanians, the Emirates and other allies by his actions and inactions...  Everything he has touched has turned to sand.
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Now, in his waning days, he wants to make trouble for his successor.
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He should be stopped in the name of peace, democracy and basic decency.
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Addendum
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As predicted, the United States allowed the anti-Israel resolution to be approved by the United Nations Security Council.
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Votes in favor were cast by Russia, which has occupied Kornengsberg since 1945, after capturing that ancient German city, ethnically cleansing its population and bringing in hundreds of thousands of Russian settlers; China, which has occupied Tibet and brought in thousands of Chinese settlers; France who occupied and settled Algeria for many years; Great Britain which has occupied and colonized a significant portion of the globe; and assorted other countries, several of which have horrendous human rights records.
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Israel on the other hand, offered to end the occupation and settlements in 2000-2001 and again in 2008 only to be rebuffed by the Palestinian leadership.
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But Israel is the only country to have been condemned by the Security Council for an occupation and settlement.
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This hypocrisy is typical of the United Nations as even our representative acknowledged when she explained why the United States abstained.
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Now peace will be more difficult to achieve, as the Palestinians become further convinced that they do not have to accept Netanyahu's offer to negotiate without preconditions. 
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Thank you, President Obama for completing your 8 years of failed foreign policy with a final blow against, peace, stability and decency.
      Happy white males  (Fox 12/23/2016)
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Former President Bill Clinton said in an interview days ago, "Donald Trump doesn't know much.  But one thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him."
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Bravo Mr.  Clinton.  You finally got it right.  It took you a while.  First you blamed the FBI for your wife's defeat.  Then Russia.  Then the electoral college.
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But you've finally come to the right conclusion.  It was in fact your Democrat Party's inability to appeal to angry white males that cost your wife the election.
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Can you even imagine if I said, "Barack Obama doesn't know much, except how to get angry black people to vote for him."
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Every Democrat and civil rights leader in the country would denounce me as a "racist."
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Bill Clinton sees white men as dumb and angry for no reason.  He thinks they voted for Trump just because Trump is a man and white.  How insulting.  How racist.
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I'm a white male and I voted for Donald Trump because the policies of Obama and Hillary have wrecked the U.S.  economy, killed middle class jobs, skyrocketed the price of healthcare, made it almost impossible to start or run a business, and they've spent our country into unimaginable debt and bankruptcy.
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Secondly, Democrats should be asking WHY did so many white males and white people abandon the Democrat Party.
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Instead of making fun of us...or insulting us...or writing us off like we don't matter...maybe Democrats should try to figure out why we're angry and craft an agenda that appeals to us, resonates with us, provides solutions to our problems.
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Maybe Democrats should come to the realization that if tens of millions of members of one group are angry, maybe there's actually a legitimate reason.
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The truth is the Democrat Party offers not a single reason for any angry white male to vote for them.
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There's not a single thing you offer to someone who works for a living.
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There's not a single thing you offer to someone who pays taxes into the system.
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There's not a single thing you offer to someone who desires no handouts from government.
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There's not a single thing you offer to someone who pays for their own health insurance out of their own pocket. 
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Mr.  Clinton, angry white males are angry at the Democrat Party for good reason.  Your party left us a long time ago.  You wrote us off.  You left us for dead.
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You made us feel like villains, for working hard, for earning an honest living, for achieving prosperity, for paying taxes, for asking for nothing from government.
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Yes, we're angry.  Yes, we voted for Donald Trump.  This is called payback.
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But the good news is, we're not angry anymore.  ... The future looks bright.  We're going to make America great again- for people of all races, religions and genders. 
      Judge Andrew Napolitano: America at Christmas  (Fox 12/22/2016)
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What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for?
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What if Christmas is the rebirth of Christ in the hearts of all believers?
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What if Christmas is the potential rebirth of Christ in every heart that will have Him, whether a believer or not?
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What if many folks today have rejected the true God for government-as-god?
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What if the government-as-god has set itself up as providing for all secular needs in return for fidelity to it?
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What if this seductive offer has been accepted by millions in America?
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What if the acceptance of this seductive offer of government-as–god has ruined individual initiative, destroyed personal work ethic, fostered cancerous laziness, enhanced deep poverty and impelled thoughtless obedience to government in those who have accepted it?
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What if government charity is really munificence with money it has taken from those who work and earn it?
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What if Jesus came to set us free from the yoke of government oppression and the chains of personal sin?
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What if we say with our hearts and mean with our words — Merry Christmas?
      Six ways Trump can show real leadership [and keep Americans safe] in the fight against radical Islam  (Fox 12/21/2016)
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A semi-truck plows through a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, killing 12 and injuring 48.
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The Russian ambassador to Turkey is assassinated in Ankara by an off-duty Turkish police officer.
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Make no mistake.  What we are seeing in Europe is the hard lesson of what happens when you put out the "welcome mat" to hundreds of thousands of refugees from known terrorist hotspots.
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The Tunisian suspect had applied for asylum in Germany last year and received a temporary stay permit and reportedly has extensive ties to radical Islam.
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We are also seeing the hard lesson of what happens as a result of the Western world devoting fewer and fewer resources to national security and less emphasis on protecting its citizens.
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We should not be surprised by recent events.  ISIS and Al Qaeda have both called on their followers to use trucks in particular to attack crowds.
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President-elect Trump was criticized during the campaign for calling for a 21st Century NATO, but he has been absolutely right.
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Only 5 of the 28 members of NATO spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on national security as required by NATO guidelines.
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Germany, one of the richest countries in Europe, is not even close to being one of the five.
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President-elect Trump will step into the Oval office as Europe and other parts of the world are struggling with a terrorism crisis.
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It reminds us that radical Islam is now on American soil and much needs to be done to keep Americans safe here at home.
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President-elect Trump has promised big changes to our terrorism strategy, but what exactly can he do in the near term?
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We must truly transform NATO from fighting the Cold War to fighting terrorism.
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One of the president-elect's most important appointments will be the new NATO ambassador.
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Remove our nuclear weapons from Turkey now.
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Our nuclear weapons should be pre-positioned off of American soil only in those countries that are strong, reliable and stable allies.  It's time to get our nuclear weapons out of there now.
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Fund and enforce the Secure Fence Act of 2006 to secure America's borders immediately.
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The law is on the books.  Neither President Bush nor President Obama funded it or enforced it.
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Mandate more use of open-source intelligence (OSINT) by our intelligence agencies, such as the CIA and NSA.
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Establish a real "situational awareness hotline" to harness the power of social media to prevent a terrorist attack and to improve situational awareness during an attack.
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As President-elect Trump prepares to take office, his most important responsibility will be to keep Americans safe.
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It's time for bold, decisive American leadership once again.
      Laura Ingraham: The NeverTrump crowd is still a nuisance, and still wrong  (Fox 12/20/2016)
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... he continues his attacks on the president-elect while celebrating what he calls the "ancient virtue" of moderation. 
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He fears that moderation is "out of step with the times, which are characterized by populist anger and widespread anxiety."
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He's right about the anger and anxiety.  But, as usual, he's wrong in his diagnosis.
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The voters didn't turn on the Clinton/Bush Establishment because it was too moderate — instead, they turned on it because it was too radical.
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The whole problem with Wehner's argument is that it rests on a flawed understanding of what "moderation" looks like.
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He has confused the message with the form in which it is delivered.
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Donald Trump often gives fiery and dramatic speeches in front of thousands of cheering blue-collar types.
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George W.  Bush and Hillary Clinton prefer giving really dull speeches to small groups of extremely rich people.
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Wehner assumes that the cheering blue-collar types want radical policies, while the boring millionaires want to be safe and steady.
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But this assumption is simply incorrect.  On issue after issue, for the last 20 years or so, the bipartisan Establishment has delivered policies that were not moderate, or even safe:
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1.) It was not moderate to respond to 9/11 with a sweeping plan to bring democracy to every nation in the Middle East, even nations that had no tradition of free and open elections.
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2.) It was not moderate for a president — no matter how much money he raised from big donors — to radically alter the immigration policy of the United States by unilaterally refusing to enforce the law.
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3.) It was not moderate to take the position that almost any effort to push back at the market-distorting practices of China ... is nothing more than "protectionism."
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4.) It was not moderate to assume that any deal claiming to advance "free trade" ... is good for the United States.
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5.) It was not moderate to stretch the executive war-making power to its absolute constitutional limits...
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6.) It was not moderate to do nothing, year after year, to prevent a massive housing bubble that almost destroyed the economy in 2008.
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7.) It was not moderate to go to Republican voters who were furious with party leadership, and who had been complaining about the immigration issue for almost 20 years, and tell them that the only two acceptable presidential candidates in 2016 were Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
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On each and every one of these points, it's the Bush supporters like Wehner who are the radicals, and the Trump voters who are simply trying to reassert common sense. 
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With respect to immigration, for example, the moderate — and even prudent — thing to do is to assure everyone that the laws on the books will be enforced without special privileges for anyone.
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The notion that the president executes the laws as written is a bedrock principle of our democracy, but one that was sadly ignored in recent decades.
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... it makes sense to use our economic leverage over China to encourage that country to stop acting in ways that distort markets — it is not only radicalism but folly to pretend China will change on its own.
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We need to understand that talking in a low tone of voice doesn't make you a moderate.
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Trump didn't win the election because the voters wanted to do radical things like threaten war with Russia, eliminate any legal distinction between citizens and non-citizens, require gay marriage by judicial fiat in all 50 states, sell off more and more of the country to China, or allow policy discussions to be dominated by a tiny coterie of insiders and donors.
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Trump won the election because the voters were trying to stop those type of radical notions.
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Populist candidates like Donald Trump will always communicate in a very dramatic way, because that's the only way they can overcome the institutional advantages of their elite opponents.
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But after two decades of radical ideas couched in really boring prose, Trump is actually offering common sense solutions that are much more consistent with our history and prior practice.
      Cal Thomas: What Michelle Obama doesn't understand about hope [and humility]  (Fox 12/20/2016)
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"Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic."
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Because of Donald Trump's election, she told ... "We are feeling what not having hope feels like."
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Michelle Obama's hubris that only her husband could provide hope, despite the unpopularity of his policies (his personal popularity remains high), may be why St.  Paul cautioned: "Do not think more highly of yourself than you ought." (Romans 12:3).
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Pride is the first sin, which leads to all others.
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Anyone who puts faith in a politician to make his or her life better is worshipping a false god.
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Politicians promote faith in themselves because it helps their careers and feeds their egos.
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When was the last time you heard a politician say only you can make your life better by the choices you make?
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Have you ever heard a politician say, "We are clearing the field of liberty as much as we can so that you have the best opportunity to succeed at whatever you believe your gifts qualify you for"?
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If politicians started talking like that people might have more faith in themselves and politicians would see their influence and power decline significantly.
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A friend of mine once observed that humility is so light a grace that once you think you have attained it, you've lost it.
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The Obamas could have offered real hope, especially in the hearts of African-American children, by leading the poor among them out of failing inner-city schools and giving their parents a choice of where to send them for a better education, which would have led to a better life.
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They rightly sent their daughters to elite private schools, rather than bad D.C.  public schools, but denied that choice to those less affluent, thus perpetuating a spirit of hopelessness in those voters who had hoped for something beyond a "let's move" exercise program and a vegetable garden on the White House lawn.
      Time to face reality, Obama — Trump is going to be president  (NYP 12/18/2016)
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So this is how it ends — in a whimper wrapped in self-pity and recriminations.
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It was supposed to sit atop the national power pyramid for decades, a new paradigm of liberals, progressives, the young, the old, the unions and blacks, Latinos, Muslims and Asians.
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The torch would be passed from Obama to Clinton, a liberal Supreme Court would vastly expand executive power and the regulatory state would enforce climate-change orthodoxy on all industry and elitist dictates on every American.  Globalism would be the new patriotism.
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But a funny thing happened on the way to one-party dominance: The people who work for a living said no, hell no.
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Their punishment was well-deserved, as demonstrated by Obama and Clinton.  Full of excuses and blaming everyone except themselves, their closing acts proved it is time for them to go.
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They have nothing new to offer, with their vision of the future limited to larger doses of the same failing medicine and their intolerance for disagreement showing they would never learn from their mistakes.  Their bad ideas had run their disastrous course.
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With Obama and the Clintons encouraging the attempted theft of an election they lost and failing to denounce intimidation and death threats against Trump electoral voters, most Americans have reason to consider the Dems a dead letter.
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Yet the final verdict on 2016 depends on Trump's performance as president.  If he delivers "jobs, jobs, jobs" and peace-through-strength abroad, he will forge a new governing consensus and remake the political landscape.
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While it's too soon to know what exactly Trumpism stands for, it's clear that many Republican orthodoxies and special-interest debts are being tossed overboard.
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The obstacles, of course, are many.  Much of the Islamic world is on fire and the great powers are moving ever closer to confrontation in Europe and Asia.
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Obama leaves office with Russia, Iran and China eating our lunch, with the Chinese theft of a Navy drone a goodbye insult.  The unspeakable horror of Syria and the rise of the Islamic State will forever be part of the 44th president's legacy.
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So too will be domestic divisions, which grew more stark and bitter in the last eight years.
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Against that dark reality, it is reasonable to worry the nation is on the verge of a crack-up.  But there is also a possibility that America is on the verge of a new greatness.
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It's up to Trump.  ... victory presents him with an opportunity to make government work for the people, instead of the other way around.
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He is off to a great start and must stay focused to avoid falling down the rabbit holes of petty disputes.
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America needs the change he promised and he needs to commit every ounce of his being into keeping that promise.  If he succeeds, so will the nation
      Keith Ablow: Free therapy because Trump won?  (Fox 12/15/2016)
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Taken literally (and we should), the mayor is telling citizens of New York City that they should indulge any potential weakness inside them that makes them believe they can't deal with the results of American democracy when the results don't go their way — that they're easily injured, inherently weak and don't have the personal fortitude to keep fighting for what they believe in.
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See, there are politicians who will use any occasion to coax people into dependency on the state — whether for food, shelter, the raising of their children or hand-holding — when anything in life doesn't go their way.
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The mayor is suggesting to citizens of New York City that they should consider whether the democratic process has injured them to such an extent that they need to limp into therapists' offices and, kind of, cry it out.  Like coddled children.
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He seems to believe that he and other progressive "leaders" like him should be the only ones with personal power — the only real adults.
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Isn't that why progressives would tax citizens even more, if they could — because individuals don't really know how to use their own money?
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Isn't that why they would disarm citizens, if he could — because Americans don't need to be able to defend themselves and decide when it is necessary?
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Isn't that why many of them would reverse the election of Donald Trump, if they could — because they believe that Americans who voted differently than they did must not have known what they were doing?
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Be weak, de Blasio and the likes of him say, and you will be embraced.  You will be loved.
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This undermining of human autonomy, self-confidence and self-determination in citizens of a city or a nation is the opposite of what psychiatrists like me stand for — which is self-possession.
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And make no mistake, it isn't just funny and it isn't just foolish.
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It is a strategic effort to erode individual well-being, individual thought, individual action and individual potential.
• 
This nation has faced tests of its will before, in world wars — and it faces one now, in radical Islamic terrorism.
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Our survival — and the survival of liberty around the globe — will depend, ultimately, on American, God-given strength.
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And those who would bleed that strength from our souls, would only set the stage for other vampires, who don't pretend they love us, to finish us off.
      Judge Andrew Napolitano: Did the Russians hack Hillary?  (Fox 12/15/2016)
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... made the startling allegation that the Russian government hacked into Clinton's colleagues' email accounts to tilt the presidential election toward Donald Trump.
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They even pointed to statements made by CIA officials backing their allegations.
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President-elect Trump has characterized these claims as "ridiculous" and just an "excuse" to justify the Clinton defeat, saying they're also intended to undermine the legitimacy of his election.
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He pointed to FBI conclusions that the CIA is wrong.  Who's right?
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The American intelligence community rarely speaks with one voice.
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The members of its 17 publicly known intelligence agencies ... have the same biases, prejudices, jealousies, intellectual shortcomings and ideological underpinnings as the public at large.
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The raw data these agencies examine is the same.  Today America's spies rarely do their own spying; rather, they rely on the work done by the National Security Agency.
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... the Fourth Amendment requires a judicially issued search warrant specifically describing the place to be searched or the thing to be seized before the government may lawfully invade privacy, and these warrants must be based on probable cause of criminal behavior on the part of the person whose privacy the government seeks to invade.
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Instead of these probable cause-based, judicially issued search warrants, the government obtains what the Fourth Amendment was written to prohibit — general warrants.
• 
General warrants are not based on evidence of probable cause of criminal behavior; rather, they are based on government "need."
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This is an unconstitutional and absurd standard because the government will always claim that what it wants, it needs.
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General warrants do not specifically describe the place to be searched or the thing to be seized; rather, they authorize the bearer to search where he wishes and seize whatever he finds.
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This is the mindset of the NSA — search everyone, all the time, everywhere — whose data forms the basis for analysis by the other agencies in the intelligence community.
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In the case at hand, the CIA and the FBI looked at the same NSA-generated raw data and came to opposite conclusions.
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Needless to say, I have not seen this data, but I have spoken to those who have, and they are of the view that though there is evidence of leaking, there is no evidence whatsoever of hacking.
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Leaking is the theft of private data and its revelation to those not entitled or intended to see it.
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Hacking is remotely accessing an operational system and altering its contents — for example, removing money from a bank account or contact information from an address book or vote totals from a candidate's tally. 
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There is no evidence of anyone's altering the contents of operational systems, but there is evidence — plenty of it — of leaking.
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If hackers wanted to affect the outcome of the election, they would have needed to alter the operational systems of those who register voters and count votes, not those who seek votes.
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... whoever accessed these emails did not alter the operational systems of any of the targets; the accessor just exposed what was found.
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We do not know what data the president-elect examined.  ... He should be given the benefit of the doubt because constitutionally, the intelligence community works for him — not for Congress or the American people.
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Who did the leaking to WikiLeaks?  Who had an incentive to defeat Clinton?
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Whose agents' safety and lives did she jeopardize when she was extremely careless — as the FBI stated — with many state secrets, including the identity and whereabouts of U.S.  intelligence agents and resources?
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The answer is obvious: It was the same intelligence community that cannot agree on the meaning of the raw data it has analyzed.
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Though the truthful revelation of private facts may have altered some voters' attitudes, there is no evidence that it altered ballot totals.
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Did the Russians hack Hillary Clinton?  No.  No one did.
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But some American intelligence agents helped WikiLeaks to expose much dirty laundry.
      Buckle up — Trump’s era of disruption has only just begun  (NYP 12/14/2016)
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Iran warns it will destroy Israel and start World War III if Donald Trump tears up the nuclear deal.
• 
China calls him "as ignorant as a child" and threatens to end all cooperation if Trump doesn't recognize Taiwan as part of China.
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Then there are the Hillary Clinton Democrats, who are trying to steal the election they lost.
• 
Some fellow Republicans also are breaking with the president-elect over Russian hacking allegations...
• 
If you blinked, you missed the Trump honeymoon.  He hasn't taken office, yet already, the long knives are out for him.
• 
Numerous reports of his demise were not premature, they were flat-out wrong.
• 
I suspect something similar is happening now.  The whole world looks to be having a nervous breakdown over his early actions, and many Americans are wondering if the wheels are about to come off the Trump train.
• 
Some on the left, including those in the White House, certainly hope so and are doing all they can to delegitimize his victory and undermine democracy.
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If only they treated America's enemies so ruthlessly.
• 
Still, the good news is that they hope and scheme in vain.  Trump shows no signs of going wobbly, and while he doesn't always keep calm, he does carry on.
• 
He has taken the most vicious pounding of any candidate in modern times, and still pulled off one of the great upsets in political history.  Why would he buckle now?
• 
If he were the appeasing sort, he would back off now, say soothing things to make the hysterics feel better, and pledge to play nice.
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Fortunately, that's not the man America elected.
• 
Trump is a master negotiator, and now that he has the attention of China, Iran and Democrats, he will try to use that as leverage to cut better deals for national security and working Americans.
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But Trump is also a pure disrupter, the greatest threat to politics-as-usual ever to win the Oval Office.
• 
He may want to negotiate, or he may keep plowing ahead until he gets all that he wants.
• 
The other party never knows which side of him they're getting.  Is he looking to make a deal, or does he want it all?
• 
"My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward.  I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I'm after."
• 
That's why he won the election.  Most of the voters in 30 states wanted change, and he was the clear change agent.
• 
But change of the magnitude they want and he seeks — wholesale change, at home and abroad — can't happen smoothly.
• 
Many eggs must be broken to rearrange the power structure.
• 
The architects of the status quo, including the mainstream media, establishment leaders of both parties, as well as hostile powers such as China and Iran, have everything to lose from Trump's agenda.
• 
Most of his changes will come at their expense, so they can be expected to fight him all the way, as they are now.
• 
That's fine, that's how the Founders devised the separation of powers, and that's the way the world works — everybody pursues their own interests.
• 
Trump will not always prevail, or always be right.
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His election was an urgent course correction, but sometimes, the correction will need to be corrected.
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The key is for him to keep his bond with the American people by speaking directly to them, and listening to what they say in return.
      Sean Hannity: The real political hacks are Dems who suddenly care about cybersecurity  (Fox 12/14/2016)
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Sore loser Democrats continue to push the idea that Russia helped President-elect Donald Trump win the election.
• 
The left wing is running wild with reports saying the CIA, without any concrete or new evidence, somehow knows that Russian hackers influenced the election in favor of Trump.  That's their conspiracy.
• 
Democrats and the abusively biased alt-left mainstream media are pushing the CIA's assessment as an undeniable fact, but of course, it is not.
• 
The FBI has reached a much different conclusion than the CIA.  It has not found conclusive evidence that Russia was trying to assist Donald Trump in any way.
• 
... the left, led by President Obama, continue to repeat falsehoods.  Why?  To delegitimize President-elect Donald Trump.
• 
President Obama has done a major flip-flop on the potential of the election in America being rigged or interfered with.
• 
Back in October, President Obama mocked Trump for raising concerns about fairness in an election.
• 
"The larger point that I want to emphasize here is that there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even — you could even rig America's elections," the president said three weeks before Election Day.
• 
"And so I'd advise Mr.  Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes."
• 
Who's whining now that Donald Trump won?
• 
President Obama took the Russian hacking idea even further by alleging that President-elect Trump has direct ties to Russia.
• 
"You had what [were] very clear relationships between members of the president-elect's campaign team and Russians and a professed shared view on a bunch of issues," he said.
• 
When it comes to working with the Russians, well, President Obama clearly has a pretty short memory. 
• 
Remember when he was caught on a hot mike saying this to the prime minister, Dmitri Medvedev, back in 2012?
• 
"This is my last election," he said, when he thought no one else could hear.  "After my election, I have more flexibility."
• 
"I understand," Medvedev replied.  "I'll transmit this information to Vladimir."
• 
The Obama administration knows a lot about interfering in foreign elections, too.
• 
A 2014 congressional investigation found an Israeli political group used a $300,000 Obama State Department grant to create a political apparatus to undermine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election bid.
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President Obama pretends to be morally outraged over Russian hacking and influence, but he's done next to nothing on cybersecurity in the entire eight years he's been president.
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During his time in office, we have seen hacks of NASA, the Department of Energy, the FEC commission networks, the U.S.  Postal Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the State Department, the Department of Defense, the IRS, the Office of Personnel Management and the White House itself!
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If the White House ever addresses cybersecurity, it'll be under the Trump administration.
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This president had his chance, and he failed to act.
      Dreaming of leaving: How California can wave goodbye to the US  (Fox 12/14/2016)
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Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 led South Carolina to try to secede from the Union.
• 
Donald Trump's election last month has raised similar talk in California.
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"It's impossible to look at the Trump campaign and not see a direct threat to the civil liberties and dignity of California citizens."
• 
California can't secede.  The Civil War settled that.
• 
But there are other potential avenues by which the Golden State can leave the Union: unanimous consent, retrocession, and deannexation. 
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California might be able to exit theoretically — and certainly could practically — if nobody objected. 
• 
Another alternative is to let California go out the way she came in.
• 
The common historical view is that the United States "conquered" California ... in the Mexican "war of aggression" of 1846-48.
• 
This is true as far as it goes, but incomplete.
• 
Technically, we acquired California as part of the Mexican "cession" in the 1848 Treaty of Guadelupe-Hidalgo.  The U.S.  paid Mexico $15 million for this territory.
• 
So, why couldn't we cede California back for, say, $415 million (what $15 million in 1848 dollars is worth today)?
• 
Maybe that's what candidate Trump and Mexican President Nieto were talking about last summer.
• 
The proceeds would pay for the border wall after all.
• 
San Francisco wouldn't need to be a "sanctuary city" for Mexican illegals, it would be part of Mexico again.
• 
While easier than "unanimous consent," retrocession would be difficult if it required an old-fashioned treaty and ratification by two-thirds of the Senate.
• 
While President Obama would feel free to retrocede by "executive agreement" with his "pen and phone," President-elect Trump would have proper constitutional scruples.
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That leads us to a third scenario.  California could go out the way that Texas came in.
• 
The Texans (mostly illegal Anglo immigrants) won their independence from Mexico in 1836.
• 
Lincoln recognized the legitimacy of this exercise of the "right to revolution" (not "secession").
• 
"Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better."
      Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump and the incredible 2016 election  (Fox 12/13/2016)
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The media and the political establishment didn't take Donald Trump seriously when he announced his campaign the following June.  They didn't take him seriously when he sped to the top of the polls.  They didn't take him seriously when almost every indicator on social media showed he won the first debate.
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And as their shock on election night proved, many didn't take him seriously right up until the moment he won the election.
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Fifteen years into the 21st century, Americans had suffered through 9/11, two wars without victory, a housing bubble, a financial crisis, a Wall Street bailout, a failed stimulus, a weak recovery, a health care law passed over the strong objections of the public, its disastrous implementation, a lawless administration, and a media elite that was increasingly disdainful of ordinary Americans.
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The border was not under control (in fact the administration had illegally suspended immigration enforcement), the U.S.  had reached a dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, Baltimore was burning, the left was pushing transgender "bathroom bills" in many states and cities...
• 
Americans were disgusted with all of this.  ... The stage was set for an outsider who would bring real change to reverse the years of failure and decline.
• 
And Donald Trump arrived on the scene, promising to "Make America Great Again" and seeming big and brash enough to actually do it.
• 
Having voted for well-intentioned "change" in 2008, Americans finally understood that a government managed by the same people with the same ideas was not going to suddenly upend a system they created, owned, and thrived in.
• 
So Americans were open to someone radically new — someone who understood the problems they faced and offered common-sense, clear commitments to get back to a government that works.
• 
This is what the media didn't understand, and why they were so surprised when attacks they expected to end Trump's campaign didn't have much effect.
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People understood the difference between the important and the trivial — and they weren't going to let trivia ruin their only chance at real change.
• 
The currents that propelled his candidacy were strong and consistent: populism, disgust with the Washington establishment in both parties, opposition to corruption, distrust of the media, resistance to a policy of managed decline, and a desire for revolutionary change.
• 
Trump's message was strong and consistent over time, as well.  He was for the people over special interests.  He was for America over the global elites.  And he was for common sense over continuing stupidity.*
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President-elect Trump now has the opportunity to follow through on this bold change agenda he campaigned on.
      Sean Hannity: Why Obama, Democrats and Never Trumpers suddenly care about cybersecurity  (Fox 12/13/2016)
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After President-elect Donald Trump's decisive victory, hacking suddenly matters to sore loser liberals, the Obama administration and of course, the never Trumpers.
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"Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and we tried to play the Russian/CIA card.  It would be called a conspiracy theory!"
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... Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, said that Electoral College electors have the right to see intelligence on potential Russian hacking before they vote on Dec.  19.
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Imagine if the tables were turned and it was Donald Trump's campaign trying to do this?  The left would go nuts!
• 
The left's recount scheme failed miserably.  So did their effort to blame the Electoral College system that has served our nation for more than two centuries.  Ditto the attempt to pin the blame on "fake news."
• 
Now, they're going to blame the Russians.  It won't put Hillary Clinton in the White House, but President Obama and his fellow Democrats are hoping for the next best thing: to delegitimize Donald Trump.
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If all of these people care so much about Russia's alleged hacking, why did they seem so unconcerned about Clinton's private server scandal and the great threat that that posed to our national security?
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... authorities believe there is a 99 percent chance that up to five foreign intelligence agencies may have accessed Clinton's server and taken emails.
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No one has offered proof as to who hacked Podesta's emails, but we do know who put them out and we know what they showed us.
• 
... the mainstream media – not the Russians – were trying to influence the election in favor of Clinton win.
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The emails revealed how alt-radical left journalists sent their stories to Podesta and others for pre-publishing approval, went to his home for secret dinners and also how interim DNC chair Donna Brazile leaked debate questions to the Clinton campaign.
• 
How about doing an investigation into that?
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America has a major cybersecurity problem.  In the past couple of years alone, government agencies like the Office of Personnel Management, the IRS, the Department of Defense, the State Department and the White House have all been hacked.
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Obama did little or nothing about those hacks, but now that his party has lost the White House, he has gotten religion on cybersecurity.
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But the real goal of the Democratic Party's fake moral outrage machine is not to improve security or even get to the bottom of a hacking investigation.
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It is simply to wound Donald Trump as he prepares to take office and try to make America great again.
      Sore loser Obama turns to Russian hacking to delegitimize Trump's triumph  (Fox 12/12/2016)
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Make no mistake: it's payback time.  In ordering up a "deep dive" into possible Russian interference in the election of Donald Trump, sore loser Barack Obama wants to delegitimize the real estate magnate's win.
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His motive?  Punishing Trump for the years the mogul spent publicly questioning whether Obama was an American citizen, which cast doubts on the legitimacy of his presidency.
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Ah, how sweet the revenge.  And how pitiful.
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President Obama has searched high and, increasingly, low, for the reasons he and Hillary Clinton lost the election.
• 
The suggestion is that Vladimir Putin wanted Trump to win; the liberal media has hinted darkly that the president-elect and his campaign team have "ties" to the Russian head of state.
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As most Americans review Trump's defense and security picks, the notion that the new administration will go easy on our adversaries – including Russia – is laughable.
• 
Like most of the world, Moscow no doubt expected Clinton to win.
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Coming into office weakened by Putin's meddling would have undoubtedly pleased Moscow no end.
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Obama's call for an investigation is transparently bogus.  ... everyone knows that no serious inquiry could possibly be completed by January 20, when Trump will be sworn in.
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The federal government operates with glacial pacing; Obama knows the report will likely never be completed, and so the issue of Russian hacking will hang like a cloud – like the "birther" rumors – over the Trump White House.
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The United States should not tolerate cyberattacks from a foreign government; nor should we tolerate cheating in our politics.
• 
Obama is still smarting from having put himself on the line during the campaign, telling the Black Congressional Caucus, for instance, "I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election."
• 
He made Hillary's campaign all about him, but she lost anyway.  That has to sting.
• 
Especially since Americans, in choosing Trump, also chose to undo most of Obama's most precious accomplishments.
• 
On the campaign trail, Trump made no secret of his desire to toss Obama's climate agenda, his Iran deal and, most importantly, ObamaCare.
• 
In recent weeks, he has nominated cabinet officials who are well suited to carrying out those promises.
• 
For a president who has put such stock in his "legacy", and who took office being compared to Abraham Lincoln, the erasure of his eight years must be intolerable.
• 
What will be left of the Obama presidency, which chose to act unilaterally through executive actions and regulations rather than work through Congress?  Not much.
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Actually, with his embarrassing reluctance to shoulder any responsibility for the drubbing given Democrats over the past eight years, his legacy will begin with a very sour taste in the country's mouth.
      I'm a Democrat but Clinton staffer Jennifer Palmieri's twisted logic is exactly why we lost  (Fox 12/08/2016)
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"As I like to note, Clinton received more votes for president than any white man in history," she crowed.
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Got it.  White men bad, women good.
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... she believes that we can cruise to electoral dominance if we build a coalition of voters based on identity politics.
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In other words, if Democrats can get a particular slice of Americans to the polls – women, Jews, ethnic minorities, gay men and lesbians – we will win.
• 
In short, we couldn't lose.  We just needed to better organize these various categories of people and inspire them to show up on Election Day.
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First, they assumed that each category of people was largely homogenous.
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Next, the experts came up with policy solutions and related messaging to cater to a category's specific needs. 
• 
With those two pieces in the bag, the actual candidate running for office was important but not terribly so, provided that she or he stuck to the script.
• 
And then, on November 9, America woke up to President-elect Donald Trump.
• 
As a shell-shocked campaign and party struggled for answers – coming up with a litany of excuses – they missed the obvious: successful campaigns are built on candidates first, policies second, and coalitions of voters last.  We had it completely backwards.
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... I couldn't stomach Clinton and didn't trust Trump.  In fact, I still don't.
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But the American people chose differently.  Whether I like it or not, Donald Trump will be the president of the United States in just over a month.
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I will not whine or protest.  I will not demand a recount.  Instead, I will encourage people to support President Trump as their conscience allows, and oppose him respectfully and fairly where they cannot.
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We owe him the chance to succeed.  That's how adults behave in a democracy.
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We will not be falsely divided into a nation of neat categories.  If you cannot accept that, then please go away.  And take your fellow ideologues with you.
• 
The country deserves a faithful opposition, and that requires a credible voice to hold Trump accountable.
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Unless we ditch identity politics and stop whining, we will not be taken seriously.  Instead, we will be stuck at the edge of an electoral abyss.
      Judge Andrew Napolitano: Are sanctuary cities legal?  (Fox 12/08/2016)
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Trump has made known his intention to deport all undocumented people, irrespective of family relationships, starting with those who have committed crimes.
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In response to Trump's stated intentions, many cities ... have offered sanctuary to those whose presence has been jeopardized by the president-elect's plan.  Can they do this?
• 
Under the Constitution, the president is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the land.
• 
Though the president's job is to enforce all federal laws, as a practical matter, the federal government lacks the resources to do that.
• 
As well, the president is vested with what is known as prosecutorial discretion.  That enables him to place priority on the enforcement of certain federal laws and put the enforcement of others on the back burner.
• 
It is one thing, the courts ruled, for the president to prioritize federal law enforcement; it is quite another for him to attempt to rewrite the laws and put them at odds with what Congress has written.
• 
It is one thing for the president, for humanitarian reasons or because of a lack of resources, to look the other way in the face of unenforced federal law.  It is another for him to claim that by doing so, he may constitutionally change federal law.
• 
Enter the sanctuary cities.  These are places where there are large immigrant populations, among which many are undocumented...  Thus the question: Are state and local governments required to help the feds enforce federal law?  In a word: No.
• 
The term "sanctuary cities" is not a legal term, but it has been applied by those in government and the media to describe municipalities that offer expanded social services to the undocumented and decline to help the feds find them...
• 
As unwise as these expenditures may be by cities that are essentially bankrupt and rely on federal largesse in order to remain in the black, they are not unlawful.
• 
Cities and towns are free to expand the availability of social services however they please, taking into account the local political climate.
• 
Enter the Supreme Court.  It has required the states — and thus the municipalities in them — to make social services available to everyone resident within them, irrespective of citizenry or lawful or unlawful immigration status.
• 
This is so because the constitutional command to the states of equal protection applies to all persons, not just to citizens.
• 
So the states and municipalities may not deny basic social services to anyone based on nationality or immigration status.
• 
As Ronald Reagan reminded us in his first inaugural address, the states formed the federal government, not the other way around.
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They did so by ceding 16 discrete powers to the federal government and retaining to themselves all powers not ceded.
• 
Thus the Trump dilemma.  He must follow the Constitution, or the courts will enjoin him as they have his predecessor.
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He cannot use a stick to bend the governments of sanctuary cities to his will, but he can use a carrot.
• 
He can ask Congress for legislative grants of funds to cities conditioned upon their compliance with certain federal immigration laws.
• 
All of this is part of our constitutional republic.  By dividing powers between the feds and the states — and by separating federal powers among the president, Congress and the courts — our system intentionally makes the exercise of governmental power cumbersome by diffusing it.
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And since government is essentially the negation of freedom, the diffusion of governmental powers helps to maximize personal liberty.
      Mr.  Trump, you have a unique opportunity to defeat Islamism.  As a Muslim I'm ready to collaborate  (Fox 12/05/2016)
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Islamist attacks are very much related to Muslims – all Islamists are Muslims, even though most Muslims are not Islamists.
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Islamism comes from within Muslim communities,Thus the question: Are state and local governments required to help the feds enforce federal law?  In a word: No.  and, while a corruption of Islam, nonetheless relates to Islam proper from which Islamism steals and borrows.
• 
Without Islam there could be no Islamism.  But without knowing Islam, one cannot unveil Islamism. 
• 
Why have we failed to dismantle Islamism, the ideology that delivered 9/11?  Because we have been unable to examine and disable Islamism through frank speech.
• 
Dismantling Islamism demands we distinguish Islam the religion, from Islamism the totalitarian ideology.
• 
Trump's Commission on Radical Islam is the first step towards doing just that.
• 
the United States remains stymied in advancing understanding of Islamism restrained by President Obama's refusal to acknowledge Islamism.
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Claiming ‘Islamophobia,' this refusal, championed by much of the American intellectual press through both Obama administrations, confines public discourse.  Ironic, since refusing to acknowledge Islamism is the ultimate Islamophobic act.
• 
This denial has had several negative effects:
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First, U.S.  military and strategic thinkers are hindered in identifying threats and planning efforts to counter both violent and nonviolent Islamism. 
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Second, but far worse, Muslims like me – observing Islam but avowed combatants of Islamism- experience reverse Islamophobia: while our views are marginalized on the basis of ‘Islamophobia,' we are simultaneously denounced as Islamophobic by both the uninformed and Islamist-sympathizing Muslims who seek our silence.
• 
The net result?  The space examining Islamism narrows stifling debate.  Islamism wins.
• 
Islamism is the single most compelling threat to secular liberal democracy.
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Islamism is a political totalitarian ideology, a 20th century creation, which masquerades as Islam, a 1,400 year old monotheism.
• 
Islamism is both nonviolent and violent.  Radical Islam is the violent component of Islamism.  Nonviolent Islamism — institutional Islamism — seizes organs of democracy to shore power.
• 
First – the relentless seeking of a new world order via imposition of a global transnational dictatorial ‘caliphate.'
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Islamism seeks its establishment within democracies.  Islamists understand the potency of installation through popular vote.
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All totalitarianisms need an external enemy.  Islamism is no different.  Hence a third tenet: Islamism holds Jews and global Jewry as chief enemy manifesting an anti-Semitism with religious overtones as central to its ideology.
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Evolutionary terrorist jihad renders not only as sanctioned but as sacrament the targeting of non-combatant civilians.
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The fifth tenet is Islamist ‘sharia law' — an invented version perverted to impose totalitarian rule without historical precedent.
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Finally, Islamists are consumed with a craving for authenticity and purity - spending all their energies asserting theirs is the true Islam, and the rest of us, Muslim or not, are all imposters...
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As a nation, we may come to the necessary realizations slowly and with difficulty because of the intensely inflammatory climate surrounding such debate ... but if we remain silent, both Muslim and U.S.  interests will suffer greatly.
      I'm a Democrat and I'm ashamed at how tone deaf we've become  (Fox 12/03/2016)
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"There's a difference for voters between what offends you and what affects you."
• 
To understand what she meant, look to the recent developments in Indiana.  Millions of voters in the Rust Belt are in awe as 1,100 of their fellow blue-collar workers at Carrier narrowly missed being laid off.
• 
Media reaction captures how tone deaf we have become.  My party is advancing stories of outrage over the generous tax incentives that Carrier received – some $7.0 million at present.
• 
We're hearing disbelief that companies can now blackmail Trump into getting their own sweetheart tax deals. 
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While there's merit to these concerns, ... however offended some people may be, there are far more who are affected by the outcome.
• 
For better or worse, the headline is clear: Trump is a president who picks up the phone and saves jobs.  Democrats are whiners.  It doesn't matter whether that's fair.
• 
During the election, Secretary Hillary Clinton levied a million arguments for why Trump wasn't fit for the presidency.
• 
He was accused of hating women, gays, Latinos, Jews, Muslims, and overweight beauty queens.
• 
He had a bad temperament.  He was a Russian spy.  He bankrupted contractors.  He hadn't paid taxes since the 1980s.  His skin was orange and his hair fake.
• 
Since the election, we've stuck to the same script.  His chief strategist is a white supremacist.  His cabinet picks are Islamophobic.  His business interests are in conflict with Washington protocol.
• 
But guess what?  Most voters didn't – and still don't – care.  In the Rust Belt and rural communities, they have bigger problems to tackle. 
• 
Idle factories, saw mills, and coal mines.  Families falling apart from opioid addiction.  Incomes that have less buying power than 40 years ago.  Kids living at home because they are swamped with student debt.
• 
They're running out of hope.
• 
Enter Donald Trump and his willingness to shame an American corporation into submission.  First with Ford in Kentucky.  Now Carrier in Indiana.
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Love him or hate him, voters see a man who delivers.
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All of which begs the question: how will Democrats be relevant in this new era of a hands-on president?
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After all, the country needs a faithful opposition.  We are not China with their one Communist Party.
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First, we must swallow our pride and acknowledge that Trump is America's president. It doesn't matter if we don't like the man.  The American people have chosen.
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Next, let's celebrate if Trump succeeds. When over 1,000 men and women in Indiana keep their paycheck, let's be joyful and figure out how to do it again.  Wishing for his failure – or minimizing his successes – is petty and undignified.  Voters see right through it.
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Third, let's find common cause with Trump where it's in concert with our values.
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Of course, there are important differences between the parties where compromise will be tough.  ... Republicans want fewer benefits, Democrats higher taxes.  We're all going to have to give a little.  Nobody will get everything they want.
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Make no mistake, there are areas where we simply cannot compromise.  ... But even here we can at least be civil as we disagree.  Voters and the courts will decide who is right.
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All told, Democrats have a choice: we can make the next four years productive for the American people, or we can choose obstruction.
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But let's remember that the friends and family of those Carrier workers are watching.  And so, too, are the American people.
      Liberals get hysterical over the 'alt-right' but we are living in their 'alt-left' world  (Fox 12/02/2016)
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There is no alt-left.  They are not alternative.  Their mainstream is radical and out of the American mainstream on almost everything.
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This was quite obvious as liberals bemoaned the death of Fidel Castro, a man his own daughter called "a tyrant."
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... the left is even worse when it comes to policy, where it shows its true colors (red).
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On every major issue of the day, the left is unified.
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Taxes.  Climate.  So-called "free" college.  Citizens United.  Transgender bathroom/locker rooms/showers.  ObamaCare.
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In each case and thousands more, the left wants more, bigger, better-funded government.
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Liberals want higher taxes because they know how to spend your money better than you do — on what they want.*
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They have turned climate science into a religion where disbelief is to be persecuted or even prosecuted.
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... rather than examine the causes for spiking college costs, the left wants taxpayers to spend another $50 billion a year as the national debt nears $20 trillion.
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This is the essence of the liberal world view.  The solution to every problem is bigger government.
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If there are no regulations, then they are needed.  If they exist, then there needs to be more and a better-funded enforcement agency.
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It's not a bug, it's a feature.
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... they are out of the mainstream of an America where 37 percent are conservative and 35 percent are moderate.  Just 24 percent are liberal.
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Yet the most extreme of that 24 percent dominate our culture.
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The progressive, far-left agenda has conquered the traditional left's agenda.
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It is extreme and doesn't want compromise.  It wants to demonize or destroy opponents and intrude into every aspect of our lives.
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Opposing views are suppressed in any space liberals control — academia, Hollywood and media.
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Colleges and universities have become safe spaces for liberal thought while conservative speakers are regularly chased off campuses or harassed by rabid alt-left protesters.
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Hollywood spent a quarter century promoting Hillary Clinton for president and has already used nearly 30 TV shows to target the man who eventually defeated her.
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Liberals saw the Obama presidency as a chance to kill off conservativism and they used the tactics honed by brown shirts of the 1930s — including violence, vandalism and intimidation.
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They and their media allies then treat every such incident as the reincarnation of Gandhi.
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... protesters vandalized, blocked traffic, intimidated and threatened police and set fires — all under the banner of "revolution."
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The alt-left doesn't just use violence to enforce its will.  It smears its opponents as racists and Nazis while journalists help them do it.
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The alt-left is more than just a web of sometimes-demented liberal websites and pundits.  It is the major media outlets and journalists who credential those sites and ideas.
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If this election didn't prove the traditional news media are devoted left-wingers, nothing will.
      Cal Thomas: Mr.  Trump, please pick John Bolton for State  (Fox 12/01/2016)
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... ormer presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has divided the Trump team between those who think it is a good idea and those who think Romney's severe criticism of Trump during the campaign disqualifies him.
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After Trump hammered Hillary Clinton for her "extremely careless" handling of classified material when she was secretary of state, it would be hypocritical of Trump to name Petraeus.
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How about someone with experience as a diplomat, including within the State Department and as a former U.N.  ambassador?
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John Bolton, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a regular commentator on cable news, does not engage in wishful thinking, or project American morals on those who don't share them in the vain hope they might be contagious.
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Here is Bolton on the threat of radical Islamic terrorism: "When you have a regime that would be happier in the afterlife than in this life, this is not a regime that is subject to classic theories of deterrence."*
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... Bolton is unrelenting in his criticism of the toothless UN and of many U.S.  policies that have not produced results in America's best interests — precisely the attitude of President-elect Trump, who wants to look out for America and its interests first.
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In this pursuit he is not unlike one of his predecessors, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, who said, "What takes place in the Security Council more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem-solving."*
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It is a mugging, and too often it is the United States and Israel who get mugged.
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Here's another Bolton quote: "Negotiation is not a policy.  It's a technique.  It's something you use when it's to your advantage, and something that you don't use when it's not to your advantage." That is the opposite of wishful thinking.
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... Bolton wrote that it is a fiction to believe Iran won't violate terms of the nuclear weapons deal it made with the Obama administration.
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He argues that "snapback" sanctions won't work because sanctions failed before.  He thinks the only option for keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of the ayatollahs is Israel.
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"However, Iran may well retaliate," Bolton acknowledges.
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"At that point, Washington must be ready to immediately resupply Israel for losses incurred by its armed forces in the initial attack, so that Israel will still be able to effectively counter Tehran's proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, which will be its vehicles for retaliation.  The United States must also provide muscular political support, explaining that Israel legitimately exercised its inherent right of self-defense.  Whatever Obama's view, public and congressional support for Israel will be overwhelming."
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Who is to blame for this situation?  Bolton writes: "American weakness has brought us to this difficult moment.  While we obsessed about its economic discomfort, Iran wore its duress with pride.  It was never an even match.  We now have to rely on a tiny ally to do the job for us.  But unless we are ready to accept a nuclear Iran (and, in relatively short order, several other nuclear Middle Eastern states), get ready.  The easy ways out disappeared long ago."
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This is sober reality and precisely the worldview that is needed at the Department of State.
      Greg Gutfeld: Obama slams Fox News [nd rings the division bell, for the last time]  (Fox 12/01/2016)
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In a recent interview in that reprehensible wad of trash called Rolling Stone, President Obama pinpointed why the Democrats lost the election.  He blamed it on Fox News.
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It's true that "big chunks" watch Fox News, but they don't have it on in their bars and restaurants, because those who are not leftists are usually not outwardly political.
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They have no desire to enforce their views on you. 
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And perhaps they're used to keeping their views to themselves because people like Obama often mock them for having them. 
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Trump's outgoingness may have changed this, but for the most part, the average non-liberal would rather talk pets than politics.
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For the left, it's always been the reverse.  For them, the personal is always political, and they have no choice but to infect every arena in life with their strident opinions. 
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... because Obama is a progressive, and because he's surrounded by progressives, he projects their sense of political urgency and identity onto his political adversaries.  He assumes we're all just like him, only in reverse.
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In the Rolling Stone interview, he accuses Fox News and others of lying to foment division.
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That's ironic, given that he's saying these things in Rolling Stone, the rag that peddled a massive lie (the UVA rape hoax) that ruined lives, and the same rag that put the Boston Bomber in heroic pose on its cover.
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You can't get a better mix of deceit and divisiveness than that.
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The bottom line: The division began decades ago, when the left made politics a measure of your morality.
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If you weren't like them, you were immoral.  You were not simply wrong, as the saying goes, you were evil...
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No one on the right ever pulled this kind of stuff on the left.  True, some held on to bad ideas, but some on the left did, too.
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But we just assumed they were wrong, whereas they saw us as damned.  Or as Hillary said, irredeemable.
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Comedians, singers and assorted talking heads continue to crap on Trump voters, reducing them to some braying, mindless, bigoted mob.  But the more they do this, the more Trump supporters they create.
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Their simplistic, single-minded arrogance reveals the debilitating irrelevance they feel when the country no longer listens to their whine.
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Oh, yes ... in the good old days, it used to be that you could call someone a bigot, a sexist or simply evil — and it mattered.
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But the left called it all too much, abusing their power, so it's no longer believable.
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So you're left with a President Obama — a smart, gifted man — ending his tenure bitterly chatting to a pathetic, marginal magazine about a network he believes gave the country President-elect Trump.
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He's lost the plot.  All Trump did was galvanize and organize a group of people tired of being villain-shamed by the arrogant and the elite.
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The fact that this group happened to watch Fox News is simply a correlation, not a cause.
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But by blaming Fox News, it at least helps the outgoing president achieve one thing: not having to blame himself.
      Laura Ingraham: 'Infantile' Obama has no 'sense of personal responsibility'  (Fox 12/01/2016)
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"Almost seven in 10 people routinely say the country's going in the wrong direction, wages have basically been flat since 1999, and yet this president comes out and in a very infantile manner blames cable news without any sense of personal responsibility."
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... apparently felt that his own record had absolutely nothing to do with Trump's stunning election victory and the Republicans' success in maintaining control of Congress. 
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"In this election, [voters] turned out in huge numbers for Trump.  And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively.  Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments."
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"They say Trump can be immature at times, [but] what was that?"
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"And he goes over to Europe and he goes, 'well you know I'm actually very popular, look at the polls, my policies are actually very popular,' [but he] just got shellacked, [his] party just got shellacked."
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Of course, Obama has spent his entire time in office blaming other people ... for his own failures and unpopularity, so it's hardly surprising that with less than two months left in office his blame-everyone-but-himself game is still going strong.
      Five ways Trump can change the conversation about police  (Fox 12/01/2016)
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America has endured nearly eight years of bitterly divisive politics and policies regarding law enforcement.
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President Obama's contentious actions and rhetoric only served to drive a wedge between three quarter million law officers and the communities they serve.
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It hasn't been impossible to see instances where a police officer acted in a manner that brought doubt and suspicion on their department.
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But the misguided narrative that linked the actions of a very few to an entire profession has generated a wave of mistrust against law officers and gave a voice to hateful, anti-cop groups like Black Lives Matter.
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In fact, were it to be fully and fairly reported, we would know of exponentially more acts of police bravery, sacrifice and heroism than the comparatively few questionable shootings of citizens.
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Too often in the media we see a singular theme when it comes to law enforcement – that the police are racist, over-militarized Neanderthals who sign on to abuse the rights of citizens.
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With that predicate, here are five recommendations for President-elect Trump to guide him along a far different path than his predecessor:
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1.  Put it in perspective. Hundreds of thousands of police officers engage in tens of millions of citizen contacts every year, the vast majority of which are entirely routine and uneventful.  By comparison, police use of deadly force is extraordinary and fatalities at the hands of police are anything but an epidemic.
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2.  Keep your thumb off the scale. President Obama's background in law and national platform often led him to weigh in prematurely, and inappropriately, on law enforcement matters that were nascent or where fact-finding was ongoing.
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3.  Data matters. The lack of comprehensive data available on crime and punishment in this country creates an opportunity for those who seek benefit from a false narrative.
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4.  Use your words and actions wisely. Build up rather than break down and recognize that the imagery of where you go, what you do and who you're with has great power.
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Building enduring coalitions locally or nationally includes recognition that black lives do matter, just like blue lives, and, yes, all lives; however, groups that presume their own viewpoints are only those worthy of consideration should be rejected.
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5.  Invest, invest, invest. In too many places, America's police are expected to do far too much with far too little.
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The new administration should invest in hiring, training, equipping, and leading police officers across the country.
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Community policing, crisis intervention and de-escalation training, and tools like body cameras are only beneficial if the right training and leadership is behind them.
      I'm a Democrat.  Here's how Hillary and the recount campaign leaves me feeling  (Fox 11/28/2016)
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Saturday, Hillary Clinton announced that she had joined a recount effort in at least three Midwestern states, questioning whether "an accurate vote" will be reported to the Electoral College.
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This comes on the heels of a concession speech where she told her supporters that, "We must accept this result... Donald Trump is going to be our president.  We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."
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Hours after Clinton delivered her remarks, President Obama joined his nominee in asking the same of the country – and my Democratic party.
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It was a moment of pride for many Americans.  We could celebrate a peaceful transition of power, even if we didn't like the result.
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It's now clear that Clinton's speech wasn't genuine.  According to her campaign, they've had lawyers, data scientists and analysts combing over election results starting "the day after the election," or the day of her otherwise thoughtful concession speech.
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Their goal: find evidence that would suggest a hacked result, despite the president – and my former colleagues in the intelligence community – stating clearly that there are no signs of foreign tampering at the ballot box.
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Why would Clinton do this?  Some suggest it's a vengeful ploy to make Trump look illegitimate in the eyes of the American people.
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But I suspect that this is the last, embarrassing gasp of a flailing politician, unable to accept defeat with grace.
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As a Democrat, I am frustrated and ashamed.  Unlike Clinton, I realize that America's history was built not just on its gallant winners but also on its noble losers.
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Clinton is not the first Democrat from New York to lose the presidency after winning the popular vote.  That honor goes to Samuel Tilden during his disputed election of 1876.
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At the time, Tilden's supporters were utterly convinced that his opponent – President-elect Rutherford B.  Hayes – would bring about the end of the nation.
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As one voter put it: "Goodbye free government, free elections, free speech, and free press, as well as all civil liberties."
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Newspaper titan and fellow Democrat Joseph Pulitzer – of Pulitzer Prize fame – called for 100,000 armed Tilden supporters to storm Washington D.C.
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Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed; Tilden was not one to foment a revolution.  He gave a respectful concession speech and retired to New York.
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Perhaps in the back of Tilden's mind was another great American loser, General Robert E.  Lee.
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Just before his surrender at Appomattox near the end of the Civil War, Lee's chief of artillery – General Porter Alexander – proposed that the Southern army collapse into bands of guerilla fighters, continuing the war until an exhausted North finally conceded.
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Lee refused, eloquently summarizing why the South had to accept defeat.
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"You and I as Christian men have no right to consider only how this would affect us.  We must consider its effect on the country as a whole.  Already it is demoralized by the four years of war.  If I took your advice, the men ... would be compelled to rob and steal in order to live.  They would become mere bands of marauders... We would bring on a state of affairs [that] would take the country years to recover from."
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Lee surrendered the next day.
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In politics and war, the lesson is clear: American patriots aren't always the winners.  Indeed, how we lose sets the example for what it means to win.
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Tilden could have led an army to D.C.  – he won the popular vote.  Lee could have opened the gates of hell and secured a Southern victory.
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But both men understood something of far greater consequence: the American republic is worth more than ego or ambition.
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With Clinton's embrace of an electoral recount, it is clear that she cannot accept defeat with grace, nor does she hold our nation in the same regard as Tilden or Lee.
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We must make clear that we offer no excuses for our loss.  ... we realize that we lost because the nation wanted change and our candidate was too flawed and untrustworthy to carry that mantle.
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And so we will work with President-elect Trump to make America great again. 
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When his solutions make sense, he will have our vote.  When he loses his way, we will hold him accountable.
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In short, we will be a faithful opposition; we will offer better solutions.
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That is how America works, even if it's not the America that Hillary Clinton wants us to be.
      Gregg Jarrett: Did Hillary Clinton just squander her "get out of jail free" card?  (Fox 11/28/2016)
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Hillary Clinton has never played the board game, "Monopoly". 
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How do we know?  Because even novice players learn quickly that you always hang on to a "get out of jail free" card.  No matter what.  You never know when you're going to need it.  And you usually do. 
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Clinton had such a card... and has managed to recklessly squander it. 
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... it was clear the Democratic nominee was losing Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania and had no hope of winning the White House.  Clinton heeded the advice and made the call.  Wise move.
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The president-elect was clearly moved by what he described as a "lovely" conversation with Clinton.  "It was a tough call for her.  She couldn't have been nicer.  She's very strong and very smart".
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The newly-elected president suddenly seemed reluctant to have his Department of Justice pursue Clinton for criminal wrongdoing.
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After spending months promising his supporters that he would see to it that Clinton is prosecuted over her email server and, perhaps, the Clinton Foundation, Trump reversed himself.
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"It's just not something that I feel strongly about.  I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't.  She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways."
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Clinton's election night concession seemed to have prompted Trump to hand her a "get out of jail free" card.  If she was moving on, then he was moving on.  And so would the nation. 
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But in politics, what is given... can be taken away.  Especially when the recipient of a generous gift exhibits a conspicuous lack of gratitude.  Which is precisely what Clinton has now done.
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Recounts almost never swing enough votes to change the outcome.  Clinton would have to do it in not one, but all three states.
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The deadlines are imminent and, in some districts, have already passed.  Forget the fact that Trump's lead in the state exceeds 70,000 votes.
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... FBI Director James Comey laid out a meticulous case of how Clinton violated the Espionage Act, but then dismissed it by claiming that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case". 
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Sorry, Mr.  Comey, but there are plenty of reasonable prosecutors who would be eager to do so
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Common sense, or lack thereof, is evidenced by a person's actions.
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While Clinton may be a smart person, it makes no sense whatsoever for her to risk criminal indictment by alienating the one person who can best insulate her from the legal consequences of her own extremely careless, if not intentional, conduct.
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And for what?  A recount that is destined to fail? 
      Dems' doctrine of tribalism at home and universalism abroad is finally finished  (JWR 11/25/2016)
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One of the more salutary outcomes of the recent election is that Democrats are finally beginning to question the wisdom of basing their fortunes on identity politics.
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They're reconsidering now not because identity politics balkanizes society, creates state-chosen favored groups and fosters communal strife.  They're reconsidering because it's not working.
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Moreover, the legitimation of identity politics by the Democrats has finally come back to bite them.
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Trump managed to read, then mobilize, the white working class and to endow it with political self-consciousness.
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What he voiced on their behalf was the unspoken complaint of decades: Why not us?
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All these other groups, up to and including the relatively tiny population of transgender people, receive benefits, special attention and cultural approbation, yet we are left out in the cold, neglected and condescended to as both our social status and economic conditions decline.
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Here is a man telling a black audience in September that he would "consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy" if they don't turn out for the Democratic candidate in November.
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Yet on his valedictory tour abroad just nine weeks later, he lectures anyone who will listen on the sins of parochialism.
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His urgent message for the nations of the world, including his own, is to eschew "tribalism" in the name of a common universalism.
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Putin is quite prepared to leave the Antarctic ice sheets to Kerry while he sets his sights on Eastern Europe and the Levant.
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Our allies, meanwhile, remain amazed that Obama still believes the kinds of things he said in his maiden U.N.  address about the obsolescence of power politics and national domination - and acts accordingly as if his brave new world of shared universal values had already arrived.
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Now he returns to Europe to urge everyone to resist the siren song of "a crude sort of nationalism, or ethnic identity, or tribalism."
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This is rather ironic, given that what was meant as a swipe at both European and Trumpian ethno-nationalism is a fairly good description of the Democratic Party's domestic strategy of identity politics.
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As for foreign policy, there has always been and always should be an element of transcendent mission to U.S.  actions.
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But its reductio ad absurdum was the Obama doctrine of self-sacrificial subordination of U.S.  interests to universal values.  That doctrine is finished.
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The results, from Ukraine to Aleppo to the South China Sea, are simply too stark.
      Trump's supposed 'Muslim registry' is just more fake news  (JWR 11/23/2016)
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The first thing to know about Donald Trump's alleged proposal for a Muslim registry is that it isn't a Muslim registry.
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This has been lost in a freakout that has some brave souls already promising acts of civil disobedience to disrupt and overwhelm the prospective registry. 
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... the administration might re-instate a Bush-era program tracking visitors to the United States from countries with active terrorist threats.
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This suggestion was spun into a first step toward herding our Muslim neighbors into internment camps.
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... was referring to the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERS, which placed special requirements on adult male visitors from countries like Saudi Arabia.
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Implemented after 9/11 - when, you might recall, adult male visitors from Saudi Arabia toppled the World Trade Center - it collected fingerprints and photographs when visitors from the select countries arrived and required them to check in periodically to confirm that they were abiding by the terms of their visas.
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It's true, as the critics point out, that the selected countries all were, with the exception of North Korea, majority-Muslim.
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But any program concerned with international terrorism will, inevitably, focus largely on Muslim countries (although European countries like France and Belgium have developed an indigenous terror threat).
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The 9/11 hijackers, notably, all came from majority-Muslim countries.
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The requirements of the Bush program were watered down over time until it was suspended by the Obama administration in 2011.
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But the program wasn't illegal or unconstitutional (the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in its favor).
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Nor was it immoral — foreign visitors should be subject to any reasonable strictures we impose in exchange for the privilege of coming here.
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That the so-called Muslim registry is now a thing, a subject of high dudgeon and hot debate, is testament to how the same media that complains about "fake news" is committed to manufacturing and driving its own narratives only loosely connected to reality.
      John Stossel: Thanksgiving tragedy  (Fox 11/23/2016)
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... before that first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims nearly starved to death because they didn't respect private property.
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When they first arrived in Massachusetts, they acted like Bernie Sanders wants us to act.  They farmed "collectively." Pilgrims said, "We'll grow food together and divide the harvest equally."
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Bad idea.  Economists call this the "tragedy of the commons." When everyone works "together," some people don't work very hard.
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Pilgrims almost starved.  Governor Bradford wrote in his diary, "So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could ... that they might not still thus languish in misery."
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His answer: He divided the commune into parcels and assigned each Pilgrim his own property, or as Bradford put it, "set corn every man for his own particular.  ... Assigned every family a parcel of land."
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That simple change brought the Pilgrims so much plenty that they could share food with Indians.  Bradford wrote that it "made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."
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We see this principle at work all around us today.  America is prosperous because private property is mostly respected, and people work hard to protect what they own.
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China rose out of poverty only when the Communist rulers finally allowed people to own property and keep profits from it.
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But wait, you say, didn't the Native Americans live communally?  Isn't that proof that socialism and collective property work?
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No.  It's a myth that the Native Americans had no property rules.  They had property — and European settlers should have treated those rules with respect.
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"Private garden plots were common in the East, as were large community fields with plots assigned to individual families.  Harvesting on each plot was done by the owning family, with the bounty stored in the family's own storehouse."
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Today, however, many American Indians live in poverty.  It's not because Native Americans are lazy or irresponsible.  When Indians are allowed to own their own land, they prosper.  The laws of economics are the same for all people.
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"Well, by taking care of us, that means providing social welfare programs.  The only way to break the cycle of poverty (is) real property rights."
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... no group in America has been more "helped" and "managed" by the federal government than Indians.  Because of that, no group has done worse.
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If we want to give people — all people — reason to celebrate this Thanksgiving, give them the proven formula for prosperity.
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Get government out of the way, and respect every individual's property rights. 
      Backward-Looking 'Progressives'  (JWR 11/22/2016)
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When it comes to criminal justice, there is much the same kind of preoccupation on the left with the past that cannot be changed.
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Murderers may in some cases have had unhappy childhoods, but there is absolutely nothing that anybody can do to change their childhoods after they are adults.
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The most that can be done is to keep murderers from committing more murders, and to deter others from committing murder.
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People on the left who want to give murderers "another chance" are gambling with the lives of innocent people.
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That is one of many other examples of the cruel consequences of seemingly compassionate decisions and policies.
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Ironically, people on the left who are preoccupied with the presumably unhappy childhoods of murderers, which they can do nothing about, seldom show similar concern about the present and future unhappy childhoods of the orphans of people who have been murdered.
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Such inconsistencies are not peculiar to our time, though they seem to be more pervasive today.
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But the left has been trying, for more than 200 years, to mitigate or eliminate punishments in general, and capital punishment in particular.
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What is peculiar to our time is the degree to which the views of the left have become laws and policies.
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A long overdue backlash against those views has begun in some Western nations, of which the recent election results in the United States are just one symptom.
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How all this will end is by no means clear.  Just as the past cannot be changed, so the future cannot be predicted with certainty.
      Will Trump live up to his promises?  (INN 11/22/2016)
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Donald J.  Trump won.  He stood alone, while others attacked, and he beat them all, one by one at their own game.  He did it without the support of K-Street lobbyists, the media, the political machine, and key Republican leaders.
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Despite his rough exterior and his mischievous past, Americans rewarded him by choosing him as the 45th president of the United States of America.  Not by a thin margin, as some predicted, but by an electoral landslide.
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Will he succeed?  Will he be committed enough to lead America in the right direction and correct the damage Barack Obama has caused?
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He has proven to Americans during his campaign that he could.  The big question: Will he?_
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Few will question the significance of what he had achieved during his record-breaking run for presidency.  He did the impossible. 
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He outsmarted the smart, and he exposed the big three – America's left-wing political-educational-media establishment – for what they were: hypocrites, liars, traitors and corrupters – and he turned the American public against them.
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He emerged from political obscurity to the number one spot because he connected with the people by telling them what they believed.
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Obviously blinded by his actions, she never realized that the man whom she identified as a loser was a showman, a clever, self-made billionaire businessman who knew tricks on winning that no one else has ever used so successfully to win.
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Any self-made billionaire who was willing to sink an estimated $50 to $100 million of his own money into his campaign had to know what he was doing.
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... regardless of what singular force put Donald over the top, it can never be denied that the corruption of the big three (educators, journalists and government) together with Hillary's collusion (with the government and the media) and her political embarrassments (Benghazi, her emails, the Clinton Foundation, and more) finished her off.
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It took the failures of the Obama administration and the promises of its continuation under Hillary to convince Americans that it was time to rise up against the establishment in place.
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Yet, despite this impressive victory, his enemies have refused to accept the will of the people.  In the days following the election, organized groups of left-wing radicals began rioting in key U.S.  cities to protest the election results.
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Every single nuance of their anger, regardless of how irrational, was reported by the media with special attention and support.
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The left-wing establishment who couldn't deal with defeat was fighting back like petulant children in panic mode.
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They feared the president-elect just might live up to his promise and drain the swamp in Washington and destroy the long-standing, corruption in the city.
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Some pundits don't think this will happen, that the president-elect will become another fast-talking, Inside the Beltway politician.
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His battle was too fierce; his ego is too huge to fail us.
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Failure to live up to his promises, after such a strong mandate from the public, would not only destroy him and the Trump empire, but it could also bring about a civil war.
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I don't think this is what the President-Elect Donald J.  Trump really wants and will allow.
      Enough hysterics.  Donald Trump's foreign policy isn't reckless or radical  (JWR 11/21/2016)
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The global funk over President-elect Donald Trump's nascent foreign policy — from Sen.  John McCain's declaration that his Russia policy is "unacceptable" to hysterical over-interpretations of his intentions regarding China and trade — will not last long.
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Trump has declared that Japan should spend more on defense to share the burden of containing China more evenly, but there will be no rude demands.
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As for China and its maritime expansionism, Trump's other policies matter more than his China policy in and of itself
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... he appears not likely to stop Pacific Command from doing its job of "keeping the sea lanes open" — the polite expression for denying Chinese territorial claims over coral reefs, rocks, and shoals.
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... Trump has said many times that he will press for more fairness in alliance burden-sharing, especially by NATO's richer members.
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The more likely outcome is that Trump will get his increases — perhaps to the agreed-upon 2 percent of GDP.
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... no American president can say much on the subject once he is in office, and he can do even less, because the United States has no say in Europe's own institutions.
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Trump has said many times that he views "radical Islam" as a hostile ideology.  Saudi Arabia has been the main source of this brand of Islam worldwide, followed by India (yes, secular India gives a tax exemption to the enormous Deobandi seminary that spawned the Taliban).
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But the Trump administration will not start religious quarrels and is not likely to abandon established diplomatic doctrine on sovereign immunity...
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In his eagerness to reach a nuclear accord with Iran, Obama disregarded Israeli and Saudi security concerns — they are under attack by Iran every day — and treated their objections with icy contempt.
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The Saudis took it personally as a betrayal — Washington consorting with its enemies against its friends.
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Although Trump will not repudiate the Iran accords he so loudly criticized (he can't do so alone, as it's a multilateral agreement), he will stand strong against Tehran.
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His officials will not tolerate any deviations from the nuclear deal, will not move toward lifting the ballistic missile and terrorism sanctions, and if Iran's Revolutionary Guards try to humiliate Trump with naval provocations as they did with Obama, the U.S.  Navy will sink a small boat or two, and U.S.-Saudi relations will be splendid once more.
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For many, it was Trump's criticism of recent trade treaties that was most alarming.  A belief in free trade these days is something of a religion, and that made Trump an apostate.
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He will not withdraw the United States from the Word Trade Organization, and he will not cancel any existing trade treaty, including the North American Free Trade Agreement he kept attacking during the campaign.  That treaty is U.S.  law like any other treaty, and presidents cannot change the law; only Congress can, and it will not.
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On the other hand, Trump would certainly invoke the existing anti-dumping trade barrier provisions that his predecessors were very reluctant to use.
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True, that would allow the Chinese to retaliate against the dumping of U.S.  exports — except there is no such thing.
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Look instead for fiscal measures to discourage U.S.  industries to migrate abroad, offset by the lower corporate tax that will reduce the incentive to offshore anyway.
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So, yes, Wall Street was right to oppose Trump, and industrial workers were right to back him.
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It is all very reminiscent of Ronald Reagan's arrival.  Nobody believed that the United States could renounce coexistence — going totally against the establishment consensus — but Reagan did that, simply refusing to endorse detente.
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The outcome was not a nuclear war and the end of the world but rather the end of the Soviet Union.
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This time there is something else to end: the enormously costly pursuit of wars in countries where the United States keeps failing.
      Advice for the Loyal Opposition  (JWR 11/21/2016)
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"The object of Parliament," observed Winston Churchill at election time in 1951, "is to substitute argument for fisticuffs."
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The object of at least a proportion of those on the streets is to substitute fisticuffs for argument, and indeed for Parliament: The less self-aware even chant "This is what democracy looks like!" — by which they mean not the election but the post-election riots and looting and assaults.
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Some among these self-proclaimed champions of women and immigrants wish to substitute rape for argument, a cause of such broad appeal that the ideological enforcers at the monopoly social-media cartels breezily permitted the hashtag "Rape Melania" to "trend" on Twitter.
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The object of the food-delivery company Grubhub, meanwhile, is to substitute unemployment for argument.
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The CEO, Matt Maloney, wrote to all his employees advising any Trump voters among them to take a hike:
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"Please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here."
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Ha!  What a wimp.  Why fire your political opponents when you can fire at them?  Substituting assassination for argument, Matt Hartigan:
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"Getting a sniper rife and perching myself where it counts.  Find a bedroom in the whitehouse that suits you motherf**ker.  I'll find you."
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Who's Matt Hartigan?  Some unemployable lippy slacktivist with a master's in transgender and colonialism studies?
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No, he's President and CEO of a cool high-tech cyber-security company called PacketSled.  The sled has now decided to move on without its lead dog.
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CNN's Sally Kohn was getting it back-to-front at 9pm on election night:
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"My sense is that if Trump wins, Hillary supporters will be sad.  If Hillary wins, Trump supporters will be angry.  Important difference."
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When a major political party suffers the scale of defeat the Democrats have (losing the presidency, the Senate, the House, and governor's mansions and state legislatures across the map), a period of private introspection and public circumspection is often helpful...
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Just a thought, but, if you keep insisting that half your fellow citizens are haters, maybe you're the hater.
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For a year-and-a-half they shoveled industrial-strength coastal sneering into the path of the Trump train on a scale that would have derailed any other candidate before he got to Iowa.
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Instead, Trump just bulldozed through it — and so easily that he won the White House for a fifth of what Hillary spent.
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If elite condescension failed to deny him the presidency, is it likely to be any more effective now that he is the president?
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Strangely enough, all these people swaggering about insouciantly demonizing millions of their fellow citizens as haters and Satanists profess to feeling "scared" and "unsafe" from the terror all around.
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Fortunately, in the midst of their fears they've found a marketing opportunity:
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"Days after Donald Trump was named president-elect, Americans are spreading a message of unity with a simple symbol: a silver safety pin."
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"My #SafetyPin shows I will protect those who feel in danger bc of gender, sexuality, race, disability, religion, etc.  You are safe with me."
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That's true in the sense that, if Matt Hartigan is around and they've confiscated his sniper rifle, he'll be able to borrow your safety pin and stab Trump with it.
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Can you really substitute virtue-signaling for argument?  Especially when it's this lame?
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And, indeed, are there enough safety-pins in America for all those who feel unsafe?
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Or will Trump's trade war be dealt a massive crushing defeat as cheap knock-offs from Chinese safety-pin factories flood the US market?
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There is something grim and trivializing about snowflakes with safety-pins.  Are they truly feeling "unsafe" in their safe space?  If so, the safety-pin will come in handy for holding their recyclable diapers on.
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... the reaction to the normal pendulum swings of contested elections is profoundly unhealthy, and totalitarian in its implications.
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The exit-polling revealed that large numbers of people who didn't "approve" of Trump personally nevertheless voted for him ...because they agreed with him on policy, on trade and immigration and unwon wars, and his willingness to stick to his positions through a barrage of elite scorn. 
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Thus: "Hater!" "Racist!" "Misogynist!" These are safety-pins with the point drawn, but in the end they're mere fashion accessories, too.
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"What shocks me is that students, academics, men of letters, should display what I had thought was an essentially uneducated inability to differentiate between a disputation and a quarrel.  The real objection to this sort of thing is that it is all a distraction from the issue.  You waste on calling me a liar and hypocrite time you ought to have spent on refuting my position.  Even if your main purpose was to gratify resentment, you have gone about it in the wrong way.  Any man would much rather be called names than proved wrong."
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So you're gonna need something new.  Like maybe try refuting Trump's positions rather than labeling the millions of voters who support them.
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If the object is to win the next election, sneering is not a substitute for argument.
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"The Play-Doh generation might not have the mettle to slog it out on the Western Front , but that doesn't mean that they are not ready and willing to fight.  These are exactly the types who get motivated to savage mob violence very quickly and easily, which is the ultimate goal of the Left's infantilization of the culture."
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... if you de-normalize Trump, you de-normalize the millions of your fellow citizens who voted for him.  And, if you de-normalize his voters, you de-legitimize their votes.  And, if you de-legitimize their votes, you de-legitimize the very idea of representative government.
      Barack Obama’s legacy has been canned  (INN 11/19/2016)
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American voters took Trump seriously without taking his words literally, whereas American elite took his words literally and never took him seriously.
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The Democrats ... needed a candidate that could connect with people, not with despotic dictators, investment bankers, and Lady Gaga.
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Hillary said she was "shattering the glass ceiling" for women.  She was not shattering anything.
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She is the wife of a previous president, which is common in banana republics...
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Many Democrats simply want a "woman" to be the U.S.  president, and Hillary is the best-known woman in politics, though by no means the best qualified.
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The intervention of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in Libya and Egypt undermined governments that were no threat to American interests, leading to terrorist chaos in Libya and Islamic extremists taking over in Egypt.
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Fortunately, contrary to American foreign policy, the Egyptian military got rid of the extremist government that persecuted Christians, threatened Israel, and aligned itself with America's enemies.
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Libya, as a failed policy, belonged to Hillary as much as to Obama.
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... Libya was supposed to be her great accomplishment as Secretary of State; she would knock off Qaddafi and get a big foreign policy triumph.
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Instead, because she gave it no further thought except in terms of political benefit to her, she left a failed state in Libya.
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This resulted in Libyan ports being controlled by ISIS and used to flood the shores of Greece and Italy with migrants, destabilizing them and other European countries.  Obama and Hillary turned Libya into not only just another failed state, but a failed state that destabilizes American allies.
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Obama alienated America's friends and emboldened America's enemies.
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... he offered the Muslim world "a new beginning." By this, he meant not a Muslim new beginning but an American change of heart.
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According to public opinion polls, his appeasement of Islamic rage has led to a situation in which America is more hated today in the Middle East than it was at the height of the war in Iraq.
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Under Obama's watch, Iran signed a nuclear agreement with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council...
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The details of the agreement are irrelevant, when compared to the two irrefutable aspects: Iran will develop nuclear weapons and the ayatollahs will get $150 billion.
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Obama's years-long negotiations with Iran allowed time to multiply, disperse, and fortify Iran's nuclear facilities.
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His administration's leakage of Israel's secret agreement with Azerbaijan, allowing Israeli warplanes to refuel if attacking Iran's nuclear facilities, sabotaged any Israeli attempt to destroy Iranian facilities.
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Donald Trump has described the agreement as a disaster which places the entire world at risk.
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He recognizes that America still holds enormous leverage over Iran and has pledged to impose better terms upon Iran or cancel the agreement altogether.
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Despite the mistakes made, Iraq was a viable country when Obama came into office until he pulled out all American troops ... just so he could claim to have restored "peace," when in fact he invited defeat.
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Obama's sympathies lie with Islam.  ... Obama sided with the ayatollahs.  His administration was intent on "engagement" with the world's most dangerous regime and vilest state-sponsor of terrorism, cutting funding to organizations supporting Iranian human rights, and then sat by as thousands of Iranians were imprisoned, tortured and executed.
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Obama's reaction to the Arab Spring was to drop allies who were in trouble, in the hope of making himself look good.
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Bashar al-Assad crossed the red line, but Obama did nothing, because bombing might make him look bad.
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Obama sought to put distance diplomatically between America and Israel, demanded reckless concessions from Israel to promote "peace talks" while never making serious demands of the Palestinian Authority or ever holding it accountable.
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Netanyahu infuriated Obama when he talked about the truth of the internationally supported Palestinian Arab demand that Israel must transfer control over Jerusalem and the 'Territories' to the Palestinian Arabs Jew-free.
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From inception, the Obama administration rejected the civil rights of Jews as Jews in these areas and seeks the complete negation of their rights through destruction, mass expulsion, and property seizure: ethnic cleansing.
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Trump knows that Israelis want peace, and he trusts them to pursue it as well they can without pressure from America.
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He recognizes that Palestinian Authority failed leadership, hatred and violence pose challenges to any peace deal.
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In the 2008 and 2012 elections, millions of Republican voters were appalled by the refusal of their nominees to go on the offensive against Obama.  ... After their party's defeat, Republican voters noted that their candidates cared more about what media said about them than they cared about winning.
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Trump did not merely run against Democrats and the liberal establishment.  He ran against the Republican establishment as well.
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The American establishment understood that Trump was a grave threat to their power and attacked him accordingly.
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What they did not understand was that he goaded them into a fight that they could only lose: The elite thought the issue was Trump; American voters thought the issue was the elite.
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He won without the consultant class, without donors, without field offices, without the support of party's office-holders, etc.
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Even if American voters were concerned about some of the things he said, the statements were never going to take priority over Obama's legacy on the economy, foreign policy, etc.
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In 2008, Obama's election slogan was "Yes, we can!" He wanted to move America politically leftwards, permanently.
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Before his inauguration, he told a crowd of cheering supporters: "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
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Campaigning in 2016, he stated that even though he was not on the ballot, his legacy was. 
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The election determined the fate of Obama's fundamental transformation that could have been irreversible if Hillary had won.
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Another four years of business as usual would have pushed America past the point of no return.
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Disaster averted: she could not impress voters over immigration, jobs, national security and terrorism, so the voters looked elsewhere.
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Yes, we can: Trump's voters have canned Barack Obama's legacy like diced vegetables.
      Gregg Jarrett: Will Donald Trump channel Ronald Reagan to put an end to sanctuary cities?  (Fox 11/18/2016)
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Reagan sent a stern message to air traffic controllers at the outset of his presidency in 1981: if you break the law, I will fire you. 
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They did... and he did.
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Reagan's decision to terminate 11,345 controllers who were engaged in an illegal strike was a stunning act of presidential authority and managerial leadership. 
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When he takes office in January 2017, President Trump may face a similar defining moment.  Will he allow big city mayors to defy federal law by protecting illegal immigrants in their so-called "sanctuary cities"?
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Trump can't fire them.  But he can take away their federal money.  In some cases, he could prosecute them or other city officials should they continue to flaunt and obstruct the law.
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More than 300 cities and counties have sanctuary policies.  For some, it is simply a political statement.  They have taken no real action to give sanctuary to people who are there illegally. 
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But other cities like San Francisco actively protect illegal immigrants.  They refuse to turn over people who committed low-level crimes to federal agents for deportation.  And when ICE asks for a "hold" on a prisoner, the city ignores it.  Often they walk free.
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Politicians love to take public stands on their idealistic principles, however misguided they may be.  Until, of course, you hit them in the wallet.
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When faced with budgetary catastrophes like the loss of $ 1 billion dollars, they often exhibit a sudden change of heart.  Funny how that works. 
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If the carrot and stick approach fails to force city officials to abide by the law, perhaps President Trump should begin charging people with crimes.  He can do so under another federal statute which makes it a felony to shield someone who is here illegally:
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"Any person who, knowing that an alien has come to the U.S.  in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection such alien in any place, including any building... shall be imprisoned not more than 5 years."
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Five years behind bars might give city officials pause to rethink their sanctuary philosophy.
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But there's an added punishment written in the law: if someone dies because a city official decided not to comply with federal law, as in the Steinle case, the maximum penalty is life behind bars.
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I'm pretty sure that'll get the attention of some sheriffs, police chiefs and mayors.
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Whether President Trump and his Department of Justice will decide to criminally prosecute city officials who thumb their noses at federal law is unknown.
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How many innocent victims like Kate Steinle have to die before people realize that most laws exist for a reason — to protect citizens.
      A Harvard student's open letter to the delicate flowers of the Ivy League  (Fox 11/17/2016)
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So your candidate lost.  You have a right to be upset, frustrated and angry, but you also have an obligation to be respectful to others and to the will of the American people.
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Intellectual hypocrisy continues every day on campuses, where opinions that are not the norm are vilified or silenced.
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Imagine if you treated people of different races as you treat people with different opinions.  ... somehow it is fine to discriminate against those with different views.
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Did it ever occur to you that this may be why people voted for Trump?
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That it might not have been the "racist proclivities" of the U.S.  or the "dangerous nationalism" of the people, but that it was people who tell them not to think or speak the way they do.
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Trump won, and he did not overthrow the government or kill people to silence them.  He won in the standard fashion — by getting 270 votes in the Electoral College.
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As I said, you have a right to be upset, but what we have on our hands now is an embarrassment.
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Universities themselves are making all types of provisions to coddle those who have been traumatized by the will of the American people.
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Now protests are popping up at universities all over America.  What are you protesting ... the democratic process?
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There are calls for changing the Electoral College to just a popular vote; but, of course, if Hillary had won the electoral vote and lost the popular vote, you would be reprimanding those who called it an injustice.
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Protesting the orderly transfer of power under the Constitution is a head-scratcher.
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Maybe we can trace the root cause of this behavior to our generation receiving participation trophies while growing up.
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Many never learned how to be graceful in defeat, much less handle it.
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The election is over.  The people have made their decision.
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You can be angry, happy or indifferent, but above all you can be polite, have some etiquette.
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There is a difference between political correctness and politeness etiquette, and unfortunately one has taken over universities while the other has been lost.
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It's time to put away your Play-Doh (yes, some universities are actually handing out Play-Doh to help students cope), move on and do what it takes to better our nation, because we are all on this ship together.
      Sean Hannity: Toughen up, crybabies — Trump is your next president  (Fox 11/17/2016)
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Loony liberal crybabies need to get over themselves and accept the fact that Donald Trump will be our next president.
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"I'm crying.  I want to move to Spain.  I really, really want to move to Spain right now.  And everyone in my office is, like, 'You have a responsibility and you have a voice and you need to use it and you have to be here.'"
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It's gotten even worse.  ... elite private schools in New York City are helping coddled, pampered students, quote, "deal with the election results."
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They're bringing in therapy dogs and offering, "disaster counseling."
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... co-eds at an Ivy League university, Cornell University, are holding "cry-ins," where the faculty are providing students with tissues and hot cocoa.
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... the University of Michigan is handing out coloring books and allowing college kids to play with Play-doh to help them cope with the discomfort of losing an election.
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There are also reports that students at campuses all across the country Wednesday were staging walk-outs to protest Donald Trump.
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On top of that, you've got all these left-wing agitators, day after day after day, taking to the streets to cause disruption and chaos over Donald Trump's victory.
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... I was not happy with the results in 2008 and 2012, and I'm sure some of you weren't that happy, either.
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Did you see me throwing a temper tantrum?  Was I crying hysterically?
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Was I carrying on because I didn't get my way or you didn't get your way?
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Of course not, because that's not how adults act.
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But apparently, this is how the PC culture, where everybody's a winner, everybody gets a participation trophy, and these liberals operate.
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We have a national epidemic, with about a quarter of a million soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and experiencing real suffering.
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It's called PTSD, and they experience real pain, real trauma, real suffering, watching their friends have their legs blown off and die right in their arms.
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But we're supposed to roll out the red carpet for sore loser liberals because their subpar, crooked and corrupt candidate lost an election?
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Please, give me a break.  It's time to grow up.
      Judge Napolitano: The gross mismanagement of our nation's premier law enforcement agency  (Fox 11/17/2016)
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When Hillary Clinton delivered a campaign post-mortem to her major supporters in a telephone conference call late last week, she blamed her loss in the presidential election on FBI Director James Comey.
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She should have blamed the loss on herself.
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Her refusal to safeguard state secrets while she was secretary of state and her failure to grasp the nationwide resentment toward government by the forgotten folks in the middle class were far likelier the cause of her defeat than was Comey.
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Yet it is obvious that law enforcement-based decisions in the past four months were made with an eye on Election Day, and the officials who made them evaded the rule of law.
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The statutory obligation of the FBI is to gather evidence to aid in the prosecution or prevention of federal crimes or breaches of national security.
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The process of complying with this obligation necessarily involves making some legal judgments about the relevance, probity and even lawfulness of the gathered evidence. 
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But the whole purpose of this evidence-gathering and decision-making is to present a package to the Department of Justice, for which the FBI works, for its determination about whether or not to seek a prosecution.
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Federal judges become involved when search warrants or arrest warrants are needed.
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Having issued many search and arrest warrants myself, I know that judges need to be curious and skeptical.  After all, only one side is appearing before the judge, and the whole appearance is often quick, unorthodox and in secret.
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All of this is commanded by law to be kept secret so as to preserve evidence, avoid tipping off a potential defendant capable of flight and preserve the reputation of a person not indicted.
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That is at least the way these things are supposed to work.
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Yet none of this happened in the recently reopened and re-terminated investigation of the misuse of emails containing state secrets by Clinton.
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... he declared that he and his colleagues in the FBI — not the DOJ — had concluded that "no reasonable prosecutor" would take the case; so Clinton would not be prosecuted.  He then proceeded to outline in detail the gathered evidence against Clinton.
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Then, just 11 days before the 2016 presidential election, Comey saw a chance to redeem himself with his critics.
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He unlawfully announced the unexpected discovery of a treasure-trove of 650,000 emails that he and his team had not then examined but that they thought might affect the decision not to prosecute. 
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Then, two days before the election, Comey announced that the FBI had reviewed all 650,000 recently discovered emails in a week and concluded that none of them affected the decision not to prosecute Clinton.
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Shortly thereafter, a DOJ official announced that the email investigation was closed — for a second time.
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We have the gross mismanagement of the nation's premier law enforcement agency.
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We have a DOJ uninterested in the truth and willing to shield a target of a criminal investigation for political reasons.
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We have the improper and unlawful revelation of matters the law quite properly commands be kept secret.
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We have the dangerous injection of the FBI into elective politics, which can do ruinous harm to the rule of law.
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And we had a candidate who should blame only herself for the whole controversy.
      Our military is no longer large enough, strong enough or modern enough to keep America safe  (Fox 11/15/2016)
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Throughout the year, news organizations have feasted on stories of terror attacks, saber-rattling provocations and outright wars.
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Is the world really as dangerous as all that?  And is the military's ability to protect us against these dangers really on the decline?
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Unfortunately, the answers to both questions are: "yes."
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The adequacy of U.S.  military power must be assessed in terms of what our troops must be prepared to deal with: the "bad actors" that threaten our vital interests.
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Russia systematically intimidated our NATO allies.  ... And it continued its extraordinary commitment (at least 5 percent of GDP) to military modernization.
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China has now fully militarized the islands it has built in the South China Sea.  ... Two decades of annual, double-digit increases in defense spending has produced the J-20 5th generation stealth fighter and a stronger deep-water navy that includes a nascent aircraft carrier capability.
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Iran expanded its destabilizing activities across the Middle East...  And it's negotiating a $10 billion arms purchase from Russia to better protect its nuclear development program
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North Korea conducted two nuclear weapons tests in 2016, advanced its intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities and tested submarine launched ballistic missile systems.
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Terror groups, from ISIS to Boko Haram and a resurgent Al Qaeda, wreaked havoc across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe during 2016.
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What does all this matter to the U.S.?  America suffers whenever the bad guys disrupt markets, suppress freedom and threaten our friends and partners.
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The surest protection against such dangers is a military force large enough, strong enough, and modern enough to deter the bad guys from acting up and, if they choose to make trouble anyway, to stop them before they cause substantial harm.
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Funding our troops at a reasonable level — one commensurate with the missions they may be required to undertake — isn't about militarizing U.S.  foreign policy, seeking to be interventionist, or subsidizing the defense-industrial complex.
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It's about deterring the forces of disorder, ensuring our homeland is protected, incentivizing other countries to be on our team rather than our competitors', and maintaining a secure domestic environment in which freedom, opportunity and prosperity can flourish.
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A strong, confident, and engaged America is good for the world.  That has been the case since the close of World War II when America took up the mantle of leadership in opposition to the authoritarianism of the Soviet Union.
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Today, the free world needs a force for good that is able to stand against the darker future presented by terrorism and the repressive regimes in Beijing, Moscow, Tehran, and Pyongyang.
      A conservative's advice for the newly humbled press  (Fox 11/13/2016)
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... members of the fourth estate have engaged in a bit of collective groveling, talking about how they need to do more to suppress their blatant displays of smugness in the face of the "others" in our society who don't have to good sense to live in a large metropolitan city with sanitized points of view.
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... I don't believe that disconnect will change as long as the media's "analysis" of the problem continues to ignore the very people whom they claim to want to talk with and get to know.
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In the last few days, panels of reporters have interviewed each other about why they and other professional critics missed the story, but when was the last time you saw them talking to the people who made this change happen with that same curiosity.
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A network of people across the country, frustrated with government, academia, entertainment and media empires decided to act, and even now, when you watch the "analysis" of the change, what is offered is more naval gazing by the people who didn't look up over the last 8 years, as wages have fallen and costs have exploded and millions of Americans have cried out for some relief.
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But God forbid that the actual people who are fighting the good fight on any specific issue get booked and are given the opportunity to speak for themselves.
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Activists on the left get the courtesy of speaking for themselves, whether it is actors with an environmental gripe or people whose identity drives their activism.  But for those on the conservative front, the media filters even the sight of the "other."
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And then there is the psychological approach to treating conservatism as some kind of weakness for which reporters and academics dismiss as lack of learning or response to economic pressures or a misplaced desire to return to the 1950s.
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Arriving at a different conclusion is not deplorable; it's a Constitutional right.
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Isn't it interesting that it is clearly bullying if someone is mocked for their looks or sexual orientation but it's commentary and analysis if they are mocked for their faith, or the region of country they live in or their support for a candidate they have every right to choose.
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On social media after the election, a number of people made disparaging comments saying, among many profanities, that the vast numbers of Americans who painted the country red with their votes were like "sheep."
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It's work to hold and to defend a position that mainstream culture rejects.  Your facts must be sharp and your arguments backed with insight.
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It's work to endure the droning on of celebrities and media analysts who are always telling you why they are right.
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You must be strong to be gracious in the face of blatant disrespect and kind in explaining complex issues from a point of view that many reporters don't even have the vocabulary to understand.
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... following Trump's win, reporters seem puzzled about why the people they ignore are not listening to them.  I offer some advice:
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Pick up your phone.  Check your e-mail.  Go to an event not sponsored by the same groups you contribute to and yes, spend time in places where someone might disagree with you.
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And to those gatekeepers of shows, columns and news coverage, next time you want to explain a conservative point of view, feature an actual conservative.  Go to the source and skip the filter.  You just might learn something new.
      How the Tea Party helped Trump win the election  (Fox 11/12/2016)
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We have long argued that the Washington Establishment is disconnected from (and sometimes simply disinterested in) the issues that are most pressing to American voters. 
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The Republican nominee's win, then, is nothing short of remarkable, and it challenges many of the fundamental beliefs held by the political class.
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Donald Trump won because, at the end of the day, this election was not about money raised, or slick campaign operations.
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This election was about one overarching theme: ending the status quo in Washington, D.C.
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Throughout his campaign, Trump reiterated his willingness to disrupt all of the "norms" in Washington.
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Those "norms" include the culture of cronyism, the backroom deals, and the pervasive notion that rules simply do not apply to the Washington Elites.
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Donald Trump won his bid for the White House because he ran on overwhelmingly popular and commonsense issues.
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President-elect Donald Trump deserves to be congratulated, not only for winning the presidency, but also for campaigning so unabashedly on his promise to shake things up in Washington.
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Because of Trump's consistent emphasis on his intentions to rein in the federal government, it turns out that the real loser in this election cycle was not primarily a political candidate or campaign, but, rather a political philosophy – namely, the political viewpoint that Big Government is the end-all and be-all solution to every problem.
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This viewpoint was the signature feature of Barack Obama's presidency, and it was the campaign platform for all of the Democrats, from Hillary Clinton to Senate Democrat candidates.
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Americans resoundingly rejected that viewpoint this election cycle.
      Erick Erickson: Conservatives don't riot.  They understand that individuals are good  (Fox 11/11/2016)
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First, the polling and exits were wrong because so many people refused to talk to pollsters.
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We live in a day when the president of the United States hired a propaganda officer who encouraged people to report their neighbors for lying about Obamacare.
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They encouraged people to forward emails to the White House from friends and family that had "misinformation".
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The left took to systematically shaming people and hounding people from jobs if those people dared to disagree on cultural issues.
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Give money to support traditional marriage and expect protestors to show up at the restaurant where you wait tables and demand you be fired.
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The result is that a large number of Americans refuse to speak up, even to anonymous pollsters.
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And who can blame them?  Tweet something you find funny and suddenly an angry horde of "progressives" show up at your office demanding punishment.
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... because the polling and data are wrong, people are more and more likely to trust the anecdotes of their experience.
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Pollsters presumed, based on their world view, what the turn out would be.
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Their polling into households too scared or embarrassed to admit who they support only affirmed their world view.
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As more and more people turn to anecdote for data, the more confirmation bias will creep into the system.
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What a person's family, friends, or political circle think is a good idea is more and more likely to be implemented as public policy without testing, research, or data to show the idea really is good.
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One thing we do know from the campaign ... is that ObamaCare insurance premium increases had an effect of voters in Trump's favor.
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That was easily foreseeable to anyone who understands human nature and conservatives have a fundamentally better understanding of human nature than the political left.
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Conservatives understand that individuals are good.  We love our neighbors.
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But collectively, humanity descends into mob rule where some become more equal than others.
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We see that on the streets today as the very people who attacked Trump supporters for suggesting the election was rigged are now protesting a fairly held election because they dislike the outcome.
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Conservatives are going to need to show the universal values of individual liberty and the humility of restraint can elevate lives and feed souls.
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Conservatives need to walk in the shoes of culturally conservative heartland voters who share conservatism's deep suspicion of Washington and power, but do not think intellectual conservatism makes a difference in their lives.
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We now know a lot of voters, including not just white non-college educated voters, feel increasingly marginalized, fearful of the future, and worried they cannot express themselves without punishment or harassment.
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Progressivism, in its demands for diverse skin color and homogenous group think, has no solution for these people's problems.
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Conservatism must.
      Liberal journalists are biggest losers in Trump victory  (Fox 11/10/2016)
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Trump won despite a massive effort by the liberal media establishment to discredit and destroy him, and they were still at it early Wednesday morning, even as it became obvious that they'd utterly failed to derail his candidacy.
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... painted the anti-Washington wave that carried Trump to victory as a racist "push-back against the advancement of African-Americans, of Hispanics, of women, of Muslim-Americans."
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The Stop Trump effort among journalists has played out in newspapers and on TV screens for months now.
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The networks spent far more airtime airing the details of Trump's controversies than trying to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her scandals.
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... bluntly called out Trump for lying in his public remarks in a way they never did with Clinton, despite her own robust record of false statements.
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... slammed him for "racism, xenophobia, misogyny, incitement, breathtaking ignorance on issues, both foreign and domestic, and a nuclear recklessness..."
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... speculated that Trump was "clinically insane." ... "It's time to hear from somebody in the mental health community..."
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... claim Trump's "nationalism is really a white racist supremacist nationalism that wreaks terror on the American democratic experiment."
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... Trump's coalition "includes an awful lot of bigots and nativists and a lot of hateful people."
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"What's the worst-case scenario for America if he [Donald Trump] wins?  I've been reading a lot about what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor....I think that's possibly where we are."
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"American democracy will be in greater danger than it's been since 1860, if Donald Trump were elected president."
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The anti-Trump venom was welcomed by a number of leading journalists, who openly lobbied their brethren to drop any pretense of objectivity and become full-throated anti-Trump partisans.
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... suggesting objectivity was impossible if reporters believed "Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation's worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes."
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"It is journalism's job to be true to the readers and viewers, and true to the facts, in a way that will stand up to history's judgment.  To do anything less would be untenable."
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"If a candidate is making racist and sexist remarks, we cannot hide in the principle of neutrality.  That's a false equivalence."
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"In an ordinary presidential campaign, press neutrality is essential.  But in Trump....attempting neutrality legitimized the illegitimate."
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You don't have to be a Trump fan to see this kind of thinking as a dangerous corruption of the news media's role in our system.
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Reporters are supposed to supply honest and balanced information about both candidates, and then voters get to decide which is the better choice.
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Throwing those rules away means either that journalists have no faith in voters to select the "correct" candidate, or arrogantly presume to make the choice themselves.
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Journalism's own credibility appears to be the final casualty of reporters' over-the-top campaign bias.
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Now that Trump has won, journalists need to recognize that their unprecedented attempt to take destroy a presidential candidate has resulted in serious, perhaps permanent damage to their credibility.
      Thank you, Dr.  Trump — Our Stockholm Syndrome's finally been cured  (Fox 11/10/2016)
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More than 15 years have passed since terrorists knocked down the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people.
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And I believe it has taken that long for America to begin to snap out of its version of Stockholm Syndrome and elect a president who doesn't try to appease our enemies by apologizing for what America represents and dissolving our patriotism in a meaningless ocean of globalism.
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"Stockholm Syndome," by the way, is the name given to a phenomenon that gripped hostages taken during a bank robbery in Sweden.
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The hostages unconsciously adopted the perspectives and demands of their captors, presumably because they intuited that they might not be killed by those who considered them allies — albeit newly-fashioned ones
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I think Barack Obama's election was fueled, in large measure, by a similar unconscious phenomenon that followed the destruction of the World Trade Center: We hid behind a leader who never seemed, to me, to like us Americans very much — at least not in our desire for individual autonomy, our insistence on the rights guaranteed by our Constitution and our sense that the world would be better off, if more of the world adopted our core values.
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Clinton promised a longer run of Stockholm Syndrome — further denial that the America is truly great and that the world relies on our ingenuity and ideals and ideas to fuel freedom here and, everywhere. 
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Donald Trump won not only because he promised the middle class jobs, but because it turns out the brainwashing of an entire population to deny their core beliefs and sense of self doesn't work, forever. 
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His outsized persona was powerful enough medicine to cure our Stockholm Syndrome and remind us that we had been taken hostage and told to parrot a pathological, party line of self-loathing.
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I'm not sure that any other candidate could have — at this moment in history — shaken us out of our contempt for our national character, our complacency about losing our fundamental rights and our turning away from our manifest destiny as Americans and America.
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A country that was lost and wandering has found its way home, again, thanks to an unlikely hero who is hyperbolically American and apologizes to no one for it.
      Donald wins: 'Deplorables' trump Clinton  (Fox 11/09/2016)
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Donald Trump shocked pundits (and many political experts) Wednesday by winning the presidency.  But his followers weren't shocked at all.
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They understood from the start the power of Trump's message, and the anger of middle class Americans.
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Americans suffering from stagnant wages and lost jobs, who were the last to benefit from the liberal agenda of Barack Obama. 
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Americans fed up with the self-serving Washington political establishment, the crony capitalism and the insufferable political correctness stifling our workplaces and our universities.
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Americans tired of the intellectual elites who look down on flag waving and old-fashioned patriotism and consider themselves morally superior.
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A clear majority wanted to set the country on a new direction, and Donald Trump promised to do just that.  He promised to Make America Great Again, and they believed him.
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People didn't flood those huge Trump rallies because of rock stars like Jay Z or Lady Gaga; they turned out because Trump was saying what they longed to hear.
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They cheered when Trump said he would revamp our trade policies to protect U.S.  workers.
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They liked that he promised to close our borders and reestablish the rule of law.
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They especially applauded his pledge to take on the corrupt elites in Washington and to push for term limits.
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Maybe next time Democrats should try to speak to the whole country, and stop slicing and dicing the electorate.  Stronger together indeed!
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Here's what else happened in the 2016 election: voters decided to put the Clintons and their greedy corruption out to pasture.
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Clinton had everything going for her: a compliant media, a popular president in her corner, over a billion dollars in campaign fund and a well-organized party apparatus.
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At the end, none of it mattered.  Clinton had no message and no vision.  She wandered as a candidate, portraying herself alternately as a benevolent grandma, a firebrand progressive and a champion of women and children.
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In the closing weeks of the campaign she was the angry, shrill prude offended by Donald Trump's lewd remarks about women, while at the same time lauding Jay Z's foul lyrics.
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There is noting genuine about Mrs.  Clinton.  She is a hypocrite and she is dishonest, and the voters know it.
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It's not that complicated.  Average Americans, the men and women who work hard and play by the rules, decided to make their voices heard.*
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Now comes the hard part.  Trump will have to flesh out a thoroughly undernourished organization and quickly find the people who can carry out his agenda.
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Trump promised to quickly convene a special session of Congress and demand that they repeal and remodel ObamaCare.
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It is a brilliant idea.  Imagine how excited the country would be to see actual progress.
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Maybe this will be the next shocker; Donald Trump might turn out to be a good president.
      Trump victory is a win for the little guy over the elite  (NYP 11/09/2016)
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And so this is how the Obama era of Hope & Change really ends.
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With the world turned upside down, and with President Obama having to pass the baton to Donald Trump.
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Trump stands today as the greatest disrupter in modern politics, the winner of the biggest upset imaginable, but for most of the campaign, he was not even the best argument for his own candidacy.
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That distinction belonged to the millions upon millions of everyday Americans who found in him the bare-knuckled brawler they were desperately seeking.
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Their movement grew and spread until, early Wednesday, as the key states swung red one after another on TV maps, the last walls of resistance came tumbling down.
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It was a hallelujah moment, the ultimate underdog leading the forgotten masses to triumph.
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All the more so because Trump's voters often took great risks and were routinely insulted and demeaned for their passion.
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But they wore those insults as badges of honor, proudly calling themselves the "deplorables" and the "irredeemables."
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They would not be deterred, and today they have taken back their country.
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Trump's remarkable victory is their victory.  It is a victory for democracy, for the common men and women of America.
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This, the greatest nation ever conceived on Earth, proved once again that America is exceptional because Americans are exceptional.
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Trump voters had the courage of their conviction to go against all their betters, all the poobahs and petty potentates of politics, industry and, above all, the fraudulent hucksters of the national liberal media.
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And who, at this extraordinary juncture, dares say that Trump is not worthy of victory and of the salute of his countrymen?
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No candidate in modern times and perhaps ever has suffered such abuse at the hands of the dominant culture.
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It was dirty pool, against any standard of fairness and decency, but that was not the would-be assassins' biggest mistake.
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It was that failing to destroy Trump, the elite smart set unleashed its contempt on his supporters.
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Now America, at last, has a countervailing cultural force.
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Not so much a conservative standing against a liberal establishment, but rather a fearless populist who likes to mix it up and insists on doing things his way.
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I said some time ago that the pendulum sometimes swings farther than we think it will, and that's what we're witnessing.  Obama begat Trump.
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As for Hillary Clinton, she didn't deserve to be president, despite wanting it more than life itself.
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She had no rationale for running, was so ethically challenged and so patently dishonest that, to me, it would be a give-up if she became president.
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She would have made history and ruined the country.  That was too high a price for shattering the glass ceiling.
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Beyond Clinton, Obama and George Soros, Hollywood and the media, the losers include political correctness, that disease of the spirit that saps confidence in one's own values and success.
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Most important, Trump pledged to make America strong again, and if he does, he will be a success.
      Patrick Caddell: The real election surprise?  The uprising of the American people  (Fox 11/07/2016)
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For more than two years the American people, in a great majority, from left to right, have been in revolt against the political class and the financial elites in America.
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It is a peaceful uprising of a people who see a country in decline and see nothing but failure in the performance of their leadership institutions.
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And they have signaled their intent to take back their country and to reclaim their sovereignty.
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... the analysts, the pollsters and most importantly the commentariat of the political class have never understood, and in fact are psychologically incapable of understanding what is happening.
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And for the entire cycle of this presidential campaign they have failed to grasp what was happening before their eyes – for it runs counter to everything they believe about themselves.
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In truth, they are suffering from cognitive dissonance believing in their righteous superiority and are not capable of realizing that it is they who have become the adversary of the American people.
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... the critical point that is missed, by almost everyone, was that neither Sanders nor Trump created this uprising.
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They were chosen vehicles – they did not create these movements, these movements created them.
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In less than a day we will know how far this revolt has come.  But, make no mistake, whatever the outcome, this revolt is not ending, it is merely beginning.
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The conventional wisdom that America is absolutely divided into warring tribes is a tired falsehood.
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First, the American people believe that the country is not only on the wrong track but almost 70 percent say that America is in actual decline.
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Second, for more than three centuries, the animating moral obligation of America has been the self-imposed obligation that each generation passes on to its children a better America than they themselves inherited.
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... a great majority says that THEIR children will be worse off than they themselves are today.  This is the crisis of the American Dream.
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And it is no surprise that a majority of Americans agree that if we leave the next generation "worse off" that there will still be a place called "the United States" but there will no longer be an "America.
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Third, when asked whether or not everyone in America plays by the same rules to get ahead or are there different rules for well-connected and people with money, a staggering 84 percent of voters picked the latter.
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Unfortunately, I suspect, if you asked these questions of the political, financial and media elite they would have a very different response.
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Despite everything we are told day and night – that political battle in America is between Democrats and Republicans – two thirds of the American people believe that the battle lines are drawn between mainstream America and its ruling Political Class.
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THIS is the battle of 2016 and beyond.
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The uniqueness of 1980 is this: In the history of American polling this was the only presidential election that entered the last weekend close and finished in a landslide.  The only one.*
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The question on the table now is: could 2016 be the second such election?  If it is, it won't be for Hillary Clinton.
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But regardless of who wins on November 8 this uprising of the American people has just begun.
      Greg Gutfeld: The three most important lies about this election  (Fox 11/07/2016)
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1.  THE ELECTION WAS ABOUT THE OUTSIDER
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Not really.  It was about culture.  ... The culture enveloped within the liberal industrial complex deems any opposition to be evil.
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So really, the rebellion wasn't about insiders vs.  outsiders — it was about a rejection of decades of liberal fascism expressed through identity politics, balkanized grievances, racial politics, attacks on traditional institutions and anti-exceptionalism.
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The Trump phenomenon was a thumb in the eye of liberal complacency.
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It was the first time in my memory that a Republican gave the same treatment back to the Democrats.
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2.  THE MEDIA'S IN THE TANK FOR (FILL IN NAME OF CANDIDATE)
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No, the media is in the tank for ratings.  Remember, Trump got more free media than all the candidates combined.
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Every network loved him, because he made them money by getting them eyeballs — which helped pave the way for his nomination.
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Team sport ideology has compromised principles — as we accept certain actions that would have repulsed us before.
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Fact is it's just easier to scream at the enemy than it is to support your own embarrassment. 
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3.  THE WORLD IS ENDING
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It's not.  Or if is ending, it has nothing to do with this election.
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It's a good thing when we let a little emotion in but to let it govern your decisions is wrong.
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So if Trump wins, he becomes more liberal, and if Hillary wins, she becomes more conservative.
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Trump ran to the right of his internal vision; Hillary ran toward Bernie Sanders to save herself.
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Once they take the oath, they will change. 
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And we'll read about it online.  Then walk the dog.
      It's Trump — or the end of the America we know and love  (Fox 11/06/2016)
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I was taught by my wonderful, true red, white and blue, patriotic, salt-of-the-earth American parents that certain specific things made America great.
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Faith in God, prayer, love of country, family, a belief in American exceptionalism, capitalism, Judeo-Christian values, Constitution, limited government, personal responsibility, economic freedom, the military and police.
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Everything from that list above...everything we believe in...everything that made America great... has been under full scale assault for eight long years — from multiple directions.
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And Hillary Clinton is here to finish the job.  She already publicly stated she wants to be Obama's third term. 
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So... we have only a few days left, before it's all over.
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The truth is, we either send a strong message heard around the world and elect Trump, or the America we know and love...  the America created by our Founding Fathers...  is finished.  Forever.
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I'm not exaggerating.  I'm not being hysterical.  I'm just explaining the facts.
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Trump is our last chance to turn it all around.  It's Trump... or America continues a long decline towards the bottom
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Because if Trump doesn't win, no other Republican will ever be elected president again.  President Hillary Clinton will make sure of that.
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Hillary will open the borders like never before, to let in millions of illegal aliens who have no love for anything that made America great.
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Illegals come here for the cradle to grave welfare state that America has become.
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Eighty percent of them (or higher) will vote for Democrats forever to keep the checks coming.  That's Hillary's plan.
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This was the exact formula that destroyed California.  Open the borders, let in millions of foreigners, make them dependent on government welfare checks, train them to vote Democratic to keep the checks and handouts coming.  It worked!_
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The plan is to flood the country with illegals and foreigners who don't share our values or love of America.
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Then it's over for America.  In four years we'll be California-cated.  We will never win a popular vote for president again.
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Donald Trump is our last chance to ever again elect a Republican president.
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It's Donald Trump... or it's the end of the GOP on the national level... and the end of America.
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Think of the Supreme Court.
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Think of open borders.
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Think of millions of Muslim refugees imported by Hillary to turn America into Western Europe.
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Think of your children's future.
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Think of the future of your unborn grandchildren.
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Think of your job.
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Think of capitalism, American exceptionalism, Judeo-Christian values.
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Think of this as the last time you can EVER elect a Republican.
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Vote for Trump like...
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It's Trump, or the end of America.
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Because it is.
      Saving America from economic, cultural and physical collapse  (Fox 11/05/2016)
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In fact, the United States is fighting for its existence on three fronts: economic, cultural and physical.
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Economic: GDP growth is stagnant at about 1 percent.  It should be 3-4 percent.
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Cultural: The American Constitution and way of life are under constant attack from enemies determined to destroy our liberties and our lives.
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Physical: On national security, countless state and non-state actors are working to disrupt our day-to-day existence.
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We are exposed on all three fronts because political, business and cultural leaders are either naive, willfully blind or corrupt and complicit in flatlining the economy, allowing our traditions to be trampled over and making our citizens vulnerable to attack.
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The people who have created this dire situation believe in one or more of these four false narratives: globalism, socialism, isolationism and "Political Islam."
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The first three narratives have been in the American mainstream for decades, but political Islam is different.
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Under the guise of a religion, political Islam has penetrated our culture, politics and media. 
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"Political Islam" refers to the politicization of Islam.  It preaches hate.  It demands that non-Muslims must be killed or submit to Islamic law.
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It calls for global rule and it uses physical, intellectual, financial, legal and demographic means to attain it.
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To save America and Western civilization, we must defeat Political Islam.  We must commit ourselves to destroying the forces that attack us every minute of every day.
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On the economic front: The government must get out of the way.  We must reduce the tax burden on every American citizen and business.
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We must stop the government's intergenerational theft, or our children and grandchildren will never be able to repay the current level of overspending.
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On the cultural front: Adherence to core values made America strong.  The U.S.  must re-instill the values of the Founding Fathers: liberty and opportunity on top of a strong Judeo-Christian base.
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We must return to the constitutionally dictated balance of power shared by the three branches of government.
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To revive American exceptionalism, we must defend our freedom of speech against the false narrative of political correctness.
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On the physical front: We must defeat the four leading Political Islamic terror organizations: Shiite Iran, ISIS/al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabism/Salafism.
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These entities indiscriminately terrorize and kill Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus and all others.  In fact, Muslims are the No.  1 victims of Political Islam, as evidenced in Syria, Iraq and Iran.
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The ideology that feeds these entities must be debunked, and their leaders must be removed.
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To protect the homeland, we must screen all refugees and immigrants, seal our borders and secure our critical infrastructure by protecting the electric grid from natural disasters, cyber/GPS hacking and electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
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The American voter should keep these core issues in mind as we vote on November 8!
      The forgotten women who are supporting Trump  (Fox 11/05/2016)
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... while the media have been celebrating Republican women who finally "get it," they have been less vocal about a striking class and education divide that should be a familiar theme in this election.
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Yes, college-educated women are overwhelmingly for Clinton; but women without college degrees are sticking with the Republican nominee. 
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So why are less-educated white women willing to look past Trump's serial offenses?
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One preferred media explanation is that many of these women are evangelical Christians who remain wedded to traditional gender roles and feel anxious about women in powerful positions.
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"Women who want to be protected in the private sphere or need to be protected in the private sphere tend to emphasize the need to protect and privilege women's special capacities for nurturing."
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The picture that emerges from on-the-ground reporting ... clashes with this image of the timid Biblical "help meet."
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They work in insurance offices, hospitals, or schools, where they have to put on proper attire and say "Pardon me" without thinking when they bump into someone.
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Still, away from work, they are familiar with rural life and the coarser manners that sometimes go along with it.
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Almost all these women have male relatives or friends in the military; some of those men are serving in very dangerous places.
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Their devotion to these men motivates some of their bitterness toward elites whose men don't have to worry about IEDs and midnight visits from the military police.
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Their fears for the men's safety also explain much of their contempt for Hillary Clinton, whose infamous question from the Benghazi hearings — "What difference at this point does it make?" — was the verbal equivalent of a cottonmouth bite.
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None of this means that Trump-supporting women approve of the candidate's wandering hands and foul mouth.
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But they take for granted a certain degree of bawdiness in relations between the sexes.
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"When a group of women are together, we're talking just as nasty as the guys.  We're all guilty."
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"All of these liberal women, I find it funny they're so outspoken fighting for women's rights and now they're afraid?  It's all bullshit."
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This language and worldview is a planet apart from our Trump-o-phobic media, professional, and political class, among whom I include myself.
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We work with men who sweat primarily when they go to the gym.
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We intuitively sense the line between playfully suggestive and inappropriate, a word that has become oddly resurgent in this era of the bourgeois f-bomb.
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To understand this election, we should have spent much more time talking to women at ease with skinning a snake or having nightly dinner with a bone-tired man with calloused hands and few words.
      It's time to ask Hillary's supporters: How could you?  (Fox 11/04/2016)
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Why aren't Hillary's backers made to explain how they can vote for a candidate who promised not to trade access for money while she served as Secretary of State, but then did it anyway?
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Who vowed to reveal all monies collected by the Clinton Foundation from foreign entities while she was in office but failed to do so?
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Who has lied innumerable times to the American people and who has time and again revealed herself as lacking a moral compass?
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Whose campaign has engaged in dirty tricks, colluding with the DNC and with the media?
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Who offers voters nothing but enraged disparagement of her opponent?
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It's a reasonable question that should be asked: how can anyone with good conscience vote for Hillary Clinton?*
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Thiel, the successful founder of PayPal, sinned against the liberal establishment by donating $1.25 million to the Trump campaign.
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He has come under withering criticism from Silicon Valley elites, followed by "demands that Facebook drop him from its board of directors and that Silicon Valley's leading start-up incubator, Y Combinator, sever ties with him."
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This, for supporting the standard-bearer of one of America's main political parties; a candidate who has a real shot at winning.
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... the liberal media, exposed through numerous leaked emails as colluding with the Hillary Clinton campaign, has done a terrific job of turning Trump backers into pariahs.
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But shouldn't we question those who are putting their money behind Hilary Clinton, the first person to run for the presidency while subject of a criminal investigation?
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Whose natural instincts are to lie, about matters serious and inconsequential?
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Whose greed outweighs incandescent ambition? 
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Many take solace in following President Obama, who has not stinted in his efforts to elect Clinton.
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He does not call her the most trustworthy, or the most genuine, or respectable or moral; the man is not a total idiot.
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He describes her as tough and says she has tenacity.  That we know.
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Obama isn't campaigning for Hillary Clinton because he likes her; he's out there hustling for votes because if Donald Trump is elected, Obama's cherished legacy will melt away faster than ice cream in August.
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Donald Trump is no Boy Scout.  His business history is checkered and his personal manner is off-putting.
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But, the portrayal of him as racist and dangerous has been overblown by Hillary's team, because they have nothing else to talk about.
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Hillary fears the appeal of a fresh-start candidate, and especially one who is willing to challenge the status quo and push back at the politically correct idiocy ensnaring our national discourse.
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Trump is offering voters a real choice, which doesn't happen often.
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President Obama campaigned on hope and change, but delivered neither.
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It is possible – likely, even – that it will take an outsider to shift the direction of the country, to upend the corrupt politics of Washington, to stem the unbridled expansion of the federal government and return power to the people, which most Americans seem to want.
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That outsider, in this cycle, is Donald Trump.
      Bushes abandon Trump, but he's running against the GOP brand, not just Clinton  (Fox 11/03/2016)
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If Donald Trump wins the White House next week, it will be without the support of the last two presidents named Bush.
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Clinton is touting the prominent Republicans who are backing her, including Colin Powell, Hank Paulson, Richard Armitage, Michael Chertoff and Brent Scowcroft.
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But the truth is that Trump doesn't really need their support.  He is running as a different kind of Republican and assembling a very different kind of coalition.
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The very essence of his candidacy, in fact, is to break with the GOP orthodoxy of the past.
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... Trump has an appeal to white working-class voters that typical GOP nominees do not. 
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He is a populist outsider and former Democrat who is more interested in shaking up the system than in meeting an ideological litmus test.
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So much of the race has turned on Trump's persona, and controversial comments, that issues other than immigration have often been overshadowed.
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But it's clear that on subjects like trade, entitlements and Russia, he is far from a Ryan Republican. 
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Of course the regular Republicans would rather have had Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio or even Cruz.
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Trump doesn't owe them anything.  His relations with the RNC have been strained
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Trump often casts the GOP as part of the problem.  His "drain the swamp" rallying cry doesn't exactly distinguish between the two parties that dwell in Washington.
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Win or lose, Trump is creating a movement that will either change the Republican Party or break away from the party the Bushes helped build.
      Elites can afford a Clinton presidency, working people cannot  (Fox 11/01/2016)
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"This is no longer a choice for me on personalities, because I'm not a fan of either one.  What it is about is policy."
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... "the best person based on the policies and dealing with things like Obamacare still is Donald Trump..."
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Clinton has confirmed all the worst fears people had about her: the lying, the corruption, the constant political calculation and lack of deep conviction; the jaw-dropping arrogance and sense of entitlement displayed by her and her acolytes in America's insular ruling elite; their snooty and divisive contempt for working people and anyone who doesn't share their ideological worldview.
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On the other side of the fence, Donald Trump has tested the loyalty of even his most fervent supporters with a string of offensive remarks, displays of almost crazed indiscipline, self-generated distractions from his fundamental argument for change, and revelations about his attitude to women that nobody could possibly defend.
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The question for the responsible voter is: how to weight these questions of character alongside questions of policy and the likely real-world impact of voting for one or other of the candidates?
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Is it not acceptable to vote, in good conscience, for a candidate on the basis of the likely consequences of their election on people's real lives, rather than some nebulous impact on our ‘culture'?
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All this reminds me of a concept first proposed by psychologist Abraham Maslow in 1943: the Hierarchy of Needs.
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It seems to me that this is why the rich coastal elites are backing Hillary and have turned on Trump.  They can afford a Clinton presidency, whatever outcomes it delivers.  They don't really care whether a President Clinton would grow the economy a little, a lot, or not at all — they will do just fine.
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But for the half of all Americans who still, according to official statistics earn less than in 1999, such virtue-signaling is a luxury.  Their basic needs are not being met, and they desperately need change, even if it's delivered by someone who is a long way from being their perfect candidate of 'Self-actualization'.
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It really matters to them what happens to the economy, jobs, the cost of healthcare and many other practical matters, where the Trump policy agenda ... could bring positive forward movement after years of stagnation, hardship and anxiety.
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How dare anyone tell these Americans that they're wrong — or worse, immoral — to weigh up the choice that way?
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... you don't have to agree with everything Donald Trump says or does to conclude that he would make the most positive, practical difference in the real lives of real people.
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In the end, isn't that what elections are supposed to be about?
      John Stossel: Your ballot matters beyond Clinton vs.  Trump.  Here's why  (Fox 11/02/2016)
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The presidency isn't the only choice next week.  There are more issues than "Who's worse, Trump or Clinton?"
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I'm surprised politicians stop at gambling and don't tax all the Bible's deadly sins: pride, envy, lust, etc.  Probably because politicians don't want to tax themselves.
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In the Federalist Papers, in words that would be partly echoed in the Constitution, Madison wrote, "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."
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Since then, arrogant presidents and other federal officials have taken powers from the states.  That leaves Americans fewer choices.
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But the states will prove again on Tuesday that they still have a say, even if we're stuck with President Hillary Clinton for the next four (or eight?!  please no!) years.
      Laura Ingraham: For the good of the country, it's time for elites to let the Clintons go  (Fox 10/31/2016)
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With eight days left before the election, it is time for Americans to come to grips with three critical questions regarding Hillary Clinton and her political machine:
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1.  Was Hillary Clinton careless about protecting and preserving secrets that were vital to the national interests of the United States?
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2.  Did Bill and Hillary Clinton use their access to the U.S.  government — including Hillary's position as secretary of state and a likely future candidate for president of the United States — to make money for themselves?
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3.  Is Hillary Clinton a patriot — that is, can she be trusted to look out for the interests of the United States in all circumstances, even when doing so may force her to take actions that could hurt the financial interests of herself or her donors?
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It goes without saying that if Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted with our national secrets, used her government positions for personal gain, or puts her personal interests ahead of the national interest, she should not be elected president.
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In a commercial republic like ours, the one unforgivable sin of a politician is putting money ahead of national honor.
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We ask the people to put up with a lot from their leadership.  They have to pay taxes they don't want to pay, they have to obey laws that they don't like, and they may have to fight in wars that they oppose.
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If the people come to believe that the whole system is a scam — that the folks at the top don't really believe in the very system they're supposed to uphold — then this country will quickly become ungovernable.
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All voters have to decide for themselves how they feel about Hillary Clinton.  But no group has to take these questions more seriously than the elites of our society — the wealthy and highly educated people who run our media, staff our government, and manage our largest financial and commercial institutions.
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There's been a lot of complaints about the elites this year — and with good reason.  For the most part, the policies they have supported in this century have been extraordinarily good for them — and not so good for most Americans.
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But the Hillary issue goes far beyond this election.  It goes to the character of the type of people who govern the United States, who run its largest businesses and manage its biggest media outlets.
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Do they really care about the ideals of our country or not? 
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If they do, then they must understand that they cannot turn the White House over to a collection of petty grifters who care more about lining their own pockets than watching out for the nation's interests.
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And they must understand that they have a duty — a solemn and almost sacred duty — to answer the three questions posed above.
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In America, the government belongs to all of us — and all of us, especially the richest and most powerful, have a responsibility to do the right thing.
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Some will try to duck that responsibility by complaining about Donald Trump.
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However, the Founders created a whole system to block demagogues from wielding too much power.
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Yet what about a check on a corrupt leadership class?  Our Founders didn't create that — because they were smart enough to realize that no such check is possible.
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If the richest and most powerful members of our society no longer care about the ideals of this society, then the dream of the Founders has already been lost.
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... the whole point of being in the elite is that you have special power — and a special responsibility.
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There's no question that our elites have enjoyed their power.
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Now it's time for them to live up to their responsibility.
      Gregg Jarrett: 10 questions and answers in the Hillary Clinton case  (Fox 10/31/2016)
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Here is a primer on the law to help address questions and accusations as voters prepare to exercise their freedom of choice.  Hopefully, it is an informed choice. 
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1.) Did FBI Director James Comey violate the "Hatch Act", which prohibits federal employees from using their position to influence an election?
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No, not even close.  ... As long as Comey's intent was honesty and not partisanship, then he did not violate the law.
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2.) Did the FBI need to get a warrant to examine these emails found on Anthony Weiner's devices? 
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Not initially, but later, yes.  ... It's like police discovering bags of white powder in the backseat of a car stopped for speeding.  They can seize the bags, but they should get a warrant to examine and test the contents.
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3.) Can this be resolved before election day? 
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It seems impossible.  The FBI needs to examine tens of thousands of emails.  ... it could take months to analyze all of them and determine if any laws were broken.
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4.) If newly discovered classified emails are connected to Clinton, is that a crime? 
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Not necessarily.  ... Much will depend on the content of this newly discovered evidence.  But Comey must have seen something in the evidence that alarmed him enough to re-open the investigation. 
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5.) Could Clinton pardon herself if she becomes president? 
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She most certainly can.  The power of pardon is without limitation.  A president can pardon any person, including the president, except in cases of impeachment.  ... if Clinton were to issue her own pardon, she would be poisoning herself politically.  It is the equivalent of admitting guilt, but evading the consequences.  The public outrage would be deafening. 
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6.) What would happen if Clinton is indicted after being sworn in as president? 
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This is where it gets dicey.  Presidents have broad constitutional immunity against prosecution for ordinary crimes.  ... a president could murder someone in the Oval Office and not be prosecuted, at least until the term of office expires.
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But it is unclear whether that same immunity applies to acts committed before taking office.
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The Founders wanted a president to be free of prosecutorial threats over actions taken in the course and scope of a commander in chief's duties.  They did not contemplate potential criminal acts of a candidate prior to an election or inauguration.  So, the issue of immunity is unclear.
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7.) Could Clinton step aside temporarily to face prosecution upon indictment?
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She could do so by invoking the 25th Amendment if she decides she is "unable to discharge the powers of the presidency" due to public anger surrounding an indictment.  ... This, however, is the most unlikely of scenarios.
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8.) Could Clinton be prosecuted after she leaves office?
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Probably, but expect a legal challenge.  Here's why: if Clinton is indicted after being sworn in and thereafter invokes constitutional immunity, she could be prosecuted after leaving office only if the statute of limitations have not expired.
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9.) Could Clinton be impeached over this?
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Historically, no.  Presidents can only be impeached for actions committed during their presidency. 
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10.) Will congressional investigations of Clinton continue after she takes office, assuming she wins election?
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If Republicans retain control of the House of Representatives, various chairmen are vowing to pursue multiple investigations of Clinton.
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Clinton could end up mired in scandal from the outset of her presidency...
      A suspicious wind in the rigging  (JWR 10/28/2016)
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Some of the assurances that all is well on the old ship of state have been caught in what looks suspiciously like the rigging.
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... it seems to be a law of the cosmos that votes are always flipped from Republican to Democrat...
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Election officials put the glitches, if glitches they are, to "user error," and say "the machines are fine," as apparently they are if you're of the Hillary persuasion
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Voting machines have shortened election night; votes are far more quickly counted now that a machine, sometimes a computer, does the counting.
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Who would accuse a computer of acting up?
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Nevertheless, the famous boast of Earl Long, the late governor of Louisiana, that he could make voting machines play "Home on the Range" becomes more credible with every election.
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Fraud doesn't happen as often as losers say it does, but it happens more often than the winners say.
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The expansion of absentee voting, including early voting, offers new opportunities for manipulation.
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Convenience easily trumps citizenship in an era when a lot of things are just too much trouble to do well.
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No machine, early or late, makes voting as much fun as it was with paper ballots.
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In some states voters marked their favorite not with an X in a little box, but by scratching out the names of all other candidates.
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Nothing was as satisfying as scratching through the names of despised politicians with the stub of an Eberhard Faber No.  2.  I always went home with a smile on my face.
      Dr.  Keith Ablow: Why are Americans obsessed with sex [now more than ever]?  (Fox 10/28/2016)
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... it's really the American viewers, readers and broadcasters who are addicted to sex, and that the sexual behaviors of our candidates merely fuel our insatiable appetites for salacious material.
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Once sex becomes the focus of news reports ... everything else blurs for readers, listeners and viewers — including matters of domestic and foreign policy.
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Freud was right; the sex drive can eclipse all others.  We get lost in the darkness of the id, the domain of animal instinct.  We seem unable to find our way to the light of higher-order thinking.
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I believe the answer to "Why now?" resides in the convergence of forces that threaten our sense of being alive, as animal beings, inside bodies that experience sensations and are possessed of minds that register emotions — some of them quite primitive.
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The forces that threaten to disembody us include technologies like the internet, which encourages us to communicate electronically — often using fictional personas like those we craft for Facebook — instead of face-to-face or by voice.
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We can add to these disembodying forces the increasing use of marijuana (despite its usefulness for some medical conditions) and heroin and Ecstasy and magic mushrooms, which anesthetize millions of Americans on a routine basis.
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We can also add the overprescribing of psychiatric medications — which can have the unintended consequence of shutting down true, if uncomfortable, insights — without accompanying psychotherapy.
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We can even throw in the use by millions of people, whether one thinks it a gift or a scourge, of every manner of erasing the face of aging through plastic surgery and "fillers" and Botox. 
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It seems we may be taking the most direct path to our bodies and to reality by having lots of sex or talking about having lots of sex or talking about other people touching each other or having sex with one another.
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This would be mostly an academic issue for scholars were it not an immediate issue for Americans in this presidential election.
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Because while we unconsciously insulate ourselves against evaporating into the internet by grounding ourselves in erotic news stories, the economy can unravel.
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And while we debate who touched whom and when and where and if at all, our enemies can be plotting to blow us up.
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And while we talk about a candidate's genitals, we might miss the fact that the candidate has been talking about bringing us back to reality in more productive ways — like getting us back to work, restoring the physical borders that define our nation, delivering lifesaving health care to our ailing and dying veterans and arming our military against radical Islamic terrorism.
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As far as I'm concerned, I'd like to watch all that happen, instead of watching adult entertainment that masquerades as news.
      Rep.  Brian Babin: The safety of US citizens must come before criminal aliens  (Fox 10/27/2016)
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Last year, Jean Jacques brutally murder Casey Chadwick, a 25 year-old young woman in Connecticut.
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Jacques had been released from prison a year earlier after serving seventeen years for attempted murder.
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Rather than being deported by the federal government – as he was in the U.S.  illegally – Jacques was simply put back on the streets in the U.S.  because his native Haiti refused to take him back.
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Casey and hundreds of others have had their lives taken by criminal aliens, and thousands more have been victims of rape, molestation, assault and theft.
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There is absolutely no reason that criminal aliens — those who are non-citizens with criminal convictions — should be put back onto American streets, yet that is exactly what is happening by the thousands each and every year.
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... testified that the 30,558 criminal aliens that were released in 2014 had committed a total of 79,059 crimes.  However, the Boston Globe uncovered that number to be more than 92,000 crimes.
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While this discrepancy is significant, it is bigger than just a number.  There is a victim for each one of these crimes, leaving many loved ones asking why.
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Hundreds of Americans are robbed, assaulted, raped or killed each year by criminal aliens who should be deported rather than released back onto our streets.
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A major factor involved in the release of criminal aliens is that many foreign governments refuse to take their criminal aliens back — even after they've been given deportation orders in the United States.
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... the bill would withhold foreign aid from uncooperative countries and prevent travel visas from being issued to citizens from those countries that refuse to take back their criminal aliens.
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Casey Chadwick would be alive and well today had the Obama Administration simply followed the law.  Jean Jacques should have been repatriated by his native Haiti, but wasn't.
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The stories of Casey and other victims demand that we understand the serious threat posed by criminal aliens and take every action to see them removed from the United States. 
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Deporting criminal aliens should be a no-brainer.  We have absolutely no obligation to let these convicted criminals back onto U.S.  streets.
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Thousands of avoidable tragedies are allowed to happen because liberal politicians in Washington refuse to see the safety and security of the American people as their first duty.
      John Stossel: The ruling class, this election and you  (Fox 10/26/2016)
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America is often described as a society without the Old World's aristocracy.  Yet we still have people who feel entitled to boss the rest of us around.
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The "elite" media, the political class, Hollywood and university professors think their opinions are obviously correct, so they must educate us peasants.
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OK, so they don't call us "peasants" anymore.  Now we are "deplorables" — conservatives or libertarians.  Or Trump supporters.
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The elite have a lot of influence over how we see things.
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I don't like Donald Trump.  I used to.  I once found him refreshing and honest.  Now I think he's a mean bully.
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I think that partly because he mocked a disabled person.  I saw it on TV.  He waved his arms around to mimic a New York Times reporter with a disability — but wait!
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It turns out that Trump used the same gestures and tone of speech to mock Ted Cruz and a general he didn't' like.
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It's not nice, but it doesn't appear directed at a disability.
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Another reason I don't like Trump is that he supported the Iraq war — and then lied about that.
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Media pooh-bahs told me Trump pushed for the war years ago on The Howard Stern Show.
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But then I listened to what Trump actually said.
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"Are you for invading Iraq?" Stern asked.  Trump replied, "Yeah, I guess ... so."
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Later, on Neil Cavuto's show, Trump said, "Perhaps (Bush) shouldn't be doing it yet, and perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations."
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I wouldn't call that "support" — the way NBC's debate moderator and many others have.
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I was stunned by how thoroughly the media have distorted Trump's position.
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That's a privilege you get when you're part of the media elite: You get to steer the masses' thinking.
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At the second debate, we all know that Trump walked over to Hillary Clinton's podium, as if he was "stalking Ms.  Clinton like prey," said The New York Times.
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... Clinton ... said Trump would "literally stalk me around the stage, and I would just feel this presence behind me.  I thought, 'Whoa, this is really weird.'"
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But it was a lie.  Watch the video.  Clinton walked over to Trump's podium.
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Did the mainstream media tell you that?  No.  The ruling class has its themes, and it sticks to them.
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When Clinton wore white to a debate, the Times called the color an "emblem of hope" and a Philadelphia Inquirer writer used words like "soft and strong ... a dream come true."
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But when Melania Trump wore white, that same writer called it a "scary statement," as if Melania Trump's white symbolized white supremacy, "another reminder that in the G.O.P.  white is always right."
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The ruling class decide which ideas are acceptable, which scientific theories to believe, what speech is permitted.
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"Talent is subjective, which means that it's pretty easy to find an excuse not to call back the guy who voted for George W.  Bush."
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Years ago, the ruling class was the Church.  Priests said the universe revolved around Earth.  Galileo was arrested because he disagreed.
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Today, college lefties, mainstream media, Hollywood and the Washington establishment have replaced the Church, but they are closed-minded dogmatists, too.
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We are lucky that now we have a lot of information at our fingertips.  We don't need to rely on the ruling class telling us what to believe.  We can make up our own minds. 
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      Elizabeth Warren is the 'nasty' hypocrite  (Fox 10/25/2016)
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Progressive heroine Massachusetts Sen.  Elizabeth Warren has jumped on the bandwagon of liberal ladies attacking Donald Trump for calling Hillary Clinton a "nasty" woman during the final debate.
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"Get this Donald: nasty women are smart, nasty women are tough, and nasty women vote."
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"What kind of a man tries to hurt someone else, or get others to hurt someone else ... A nasty little bully."
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On Nov.  8, we nasty woman are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever."
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Of course, while Warren — like all Clinton surrogates in the aftermath of the final debate — is behaving as if calling someone nasty is the moral equivalent of drowning puppies for fun, she had no problem using the word herself in reference to Trump.
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"What kind of a man tries to hurt someone else, or get others to hurt someone else," Warren said at a Clinton rally in Cleveland in September.  "A nasty little bully who can't win in a fair fight."
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... Warren went even further, calling Trump "a man with a dark and ugly soul."
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Apparently in Warren's mind, calling Hillary Clinton a nasty woman is beyond the pale, yet calling Trump a nasty bully with a "dark and ugly" soul is just totally fine.
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Warren and the rest of Team Clinton know full well there is nothing objectively immoral about calling someone "nasty."
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They are seizing on Trump's comments solely because Clinton is a woman and a Democrat, and want her supporters to believe Trump's subtext was in fact "you are nasty because you are a liberal woman."
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When people criticized Obama for being a socialist or un-American, his defenders argued, they were really criticizing him for being black.
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This is of course utter hogwash.  Questioning Obama's far-Leftist sympathies was not a racial dog-whistle — many were and still are concerned about his ideological worldview.
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Likewise, calling Clinton a "nasty woman" is not a misogynistic dog-whistle, but merely a reflection of the fact that she is by most accounts and available evidence a particularly unpleasant person who is willing to attain power by any means necessary.
      Cal Thomas: Democratic dirty tricks in the 2016 presidential campaign  (Fox 10/25/2016)
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... show Democratic activists, allegedly hired by the party, describing tactics they use to deceive the public.
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... national director at Americans United for Change, tells of hiring people to demonstrate and even start fights at Donald Trump rallies.
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The objective was to encourage the media to treat the disturbances as spontaneous responses to Trump's rally rhetoric, which some lefties called "hate speech."
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The equally predictable response from the left was that the videos must have been edited.
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Democratic Party operatives and Hillary Clinton deny any knowledge of such tactics.  Do you really expect them to admit it?
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... these tactics are straight from the mind of the late "Rules for Radicals" author and community organizer, Saul Alinsky, a Hillary Clinton pen pal.
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... Robert Creamer, an Alinskyite from Chicago, an experienced community organizer and a man who, according to Breitbart News, visited the White House 340 times and on 42 of those occasions met with President Obama.
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Creamer admits to being the brains behind hiring and paying for Trump disruptors.  He was also sentenced to five months in prison for bank fraud and a tax violation.
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While in prison ... Creamer authored a book titled "Stand Up Straight!  How Progressives Can Win."
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In it, he instructs his fellow lefties how to handle conservatives: "In general our strategic goal with people who have become conservative activists is not to convert them — that isn't going to happen.  It is to demoralize them — to ‘deactivate' them.  We need to deflate their enthusiasm, to make them lose their ardor and above all their self-confidence...  [A] way to demoralize conservative activists is to surround them with the echo chamber of our positions and assumptions.  We need to make them feel that they are not mainstream, to make them feel isolated...  We must isolate them ideologically ... [and] use the progressive echo chamber...  By defeating them and isolating them ideologically, we demoralize conservative activists directly.  Then they begin to quarrel among themselves or blame each other for defeat in isolation, and that demoralizes them further."*
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George Soros has long funded various groups who engage in similar tactics of disinformation, even violent behavior.
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Neither the mainstream media, nor Republicans, have sufficiently exposed these dirty tricks and their intent to swing elections toward the Democratic candidate.
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Federal authorities — from the compromised FBI, to higher ups in the Justice Department — won't do anything about it either, mostly because they back Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy.
      Team Obama's new overtime rule is dehumanizing, economically harmful and must be stopped  (Fox 10/22/2016)
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According to the new rule, salaried workers earning below $47,476 per year must be paid time-and-a-half for work done in excess of forty hours per week.
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The rule promises more pay for working long hours, more money for lower-income employees and struggling families, and fewer hours for the same pay!
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Doesn't that sound wonderful?
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Unfortunately, that isn't how it will work out in reality.
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... salaried employees enjoy being salaried and treated like adults.  They are given tasks to do, and they decide how and when to do them.  Nobody looks over their shoulders with a stopwatch telling them how long they have to drink coffee.
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Sure, they have some weeks that are very busy and which require long hours, but if they want to come in late for a few days in a row, leave early, or take an extra week off during the slow season, they get that flexibility too.
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President Obama's new rule will make it illegal ... to pay for work product, and instead it mandates that we pay only for time.
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If we are compelled to pay for time, we have to track time precisely.
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... every employee must start punching a clock while every minute of his day is scrutinized.
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... plan to cut staff salaries by the amount of overtime we expect to pay during the year.
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If staff work overtime every week, they'll receive the same salary as before, but if they work fewer hours, they'll receive less money.
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Because this rule affects only employees who are paid less than $47,476 per year, effective December 1, we'll have a two-tier employment system: lower-paid, second-class employees who lose their freedom and flexibility while being treated like children, and higher-paid, first-class employees who continue to enjoy all the benefits of a salary structure.
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President Obama talks often about wanting to reduce "inequality" in this country, but he successfully found a way to create more inequality while hurting employees and their families. 
      Memo to the mainstream media: There's nothing revolutionary in Trump’s election results answer  (Fox 10/21/2016)
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The third and final presidential debate highlighted Hillary Clinton's support for partial-birth abortion, "open borders" (her words), and "free" college for all students whose families make up to $125,000.
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Yet Donald Trump is the extremist, in the eyes of the elite media, because he wouldn't pledge to support the outcome of the election in advance.
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Such pledges, of course, are useless.
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Moreover, it is hardly unprecedented for a candidate not to accept the election's outcome.
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Al Gore fought for weeks to try to wrestle the 2000 election away from George W.  Bush, who was declared the winner on election night.  Gore didn't concede the race until the Supreme Court ruled against him.
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This very month, almost 16 years later, Gore was still implying that he won, with Hillary Clinton sitting behind him and nodding approvingly as he spoke...
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So-called media elites are conveniently overlooking such matters.
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Even more significantly, however, they seem blissfully ignorant of the fact that the peaceful transition of power under the Constitution relies on the sitting president accepting the outcome of the election — and leaving office.
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Who cares if Donald Trump is declared the loser and thinks he won?  He would be powerless to do much of anything about it, as was Gore.
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It's not like Trump could call in the Air Force, or the Army.  It is the current president, the commander-in-chief, who is in a position to jeopardize the peaceful transition of power — not the losing candidate.
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Shockingly, media elites don't seem to understand this matter of basic civics.
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Nor do they seem to realize that our presidential election results haven't always been fair or worthy of unconditional acceptance, particularly in advance.
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With such precedent in mind, and with the Democratic Party now openly opposed to such basic notions as requiring identification for voters, maybe Trump is better off not validating the election results in advance.
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There's nothing at all revolutionary about that.
      WikiLeaks reveals Obama’s line in the sand.  You won’t believe what it is  (Fox 10/19/2016)
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It turns out that Barack Obama does indeed have a line in the sand – and it's the WikiLeaks dumps that are battering Hillary Clinton's campaign, and damage to his legacy.
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... Joe Biden said that the U.S.  would launch a "secret" cyber counter-attack against Russia in retaliation for their hacking into the DNC and other individual email accounts.
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If that is the sum total of Obama's retaliatory repertoire, it is no wonder the Russians are acting with impunity around the globe.
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... President Obama is moved to confront Russia not over hundreds of thousands being slaughtered in Syria – not because of the barrel bombs or chlorine gas – nor over Russia's takeover of Crimea from Ukraine, with whom we have a security treaty.
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He is not inspired by Russia selling a missile defense system to Iran over U.S.  opposition, guaranteeing the security of Tehran's inevitable nuclear program.
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He is unmoved by Russian threats to shoot down our airplanes and their attacks on U.S.  allies in Syria.
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None of those insults and aggressions has moved our president.  Instead, he is teed off that the Russians may be the source of embarrassing email leaks – leaks that confirm, for instance, that Obama lied when he said he didn't know anything about Hillary Clinton's private email server. 
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Well, everyone has a tipping point.
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There are skeptics who doubt that Russia has anything to do with the steady drip, drip of WikiLeaks revelations.
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The blame was thrown on Moscow almost immediately after the initial dump of emails that showed the DNC in cahoots with the Clinton camp.
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With brilliant sleight-of-hand, operatives in the Clinton camp hinted the leaks came from Russia, and deftly turned the spotlight to an absurd narrative involving Trump's tenuous ties to Vladimir Putin.
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They suggested, then as now, that Trump and Putin were working hand-in-glove to subvert U.S.  democracy.
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They give Trump far too much credit.  Not only does he appear to have no real connection to the Russian government, he has also been astonishingly unable to capitalize on the leaks, so caught up is he in distracting and unnecessary confrontations.
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It could well be the Russians who are behind the torrent of embarrassing emails.
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Hillary Clinton in 2011 angered Putin by accusing him of perpetrating fraud in Russia's parliamentary elections.
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How satisfying it must be for Putin to reveal information that shows Mrs.  Clinton trying to rig our elections. 
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Hillary Clinton's message to voters: Yes, I may have said and done terrible things but because Putin is behind these leaks, you should vote for me anyway.
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As a campaign theme, that's certainly tops "Stronger Together."
      The strange reason why Hillary and Trump never talk about our national debt  (Fox 10/18/2016)
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For American politicians, serious discussion of the national debt is strictly off-limits.
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"Serious discussion" means three things:
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1.  Admitting that a $20 trillion national debt is a problem. 
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2.  Defining the problem as a threat to American sovereignty. 
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3.  Proposing a policy plan to solve this existential problem.
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We voters find it hard to acknowledge that the national debt is our debt, acquired in our name, but not really for the benefit of all.
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It's like waking up one morning to find that your identity has been stolen, your checking account looted, and a bunch of mortgages taken out in your name.
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Who bought what with my money?! 
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Today, every baby born in the USA enters the world owing more than $60,000.  That's each citizen's share of the current national debt.
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Almost none of our elected leaders ask us to question this.  Candidates see no upside to making the debt a campaign issue.
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They see only this downside — that fixing the debt requires change and sacrifice.  And what politician thinks offering sacrifice is good for a vote?
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The thing is, with the government now borrowing one of every seven dollars it spends, the debt piling up will crowd out investment and force interest rates up.
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The electorate will feel the pain.  Soon.
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Yet more stupefying is the $5 trillion increase in the U.S.  GDP since 2001.
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Sounds good, right?  Until we note that the national debt rose $10 trillion during that same period.
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Since the beginning of current century, we've borrowed and spent $2 for every $1 we've earned.
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So far, thanks to a widespread belief among both domestic and foreign investors that the full faith and credit of the United States makes buying our debt a very low risk, the Treasury has been able to keep the yield on its securities low.
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Should the bough break and the nation default on its debt, the rest of the world will likely offer a bailout contingent on the surrender of some degree of our sovereignty to an international political body.  Think Ireland, think Greece.
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We will face imposed austerity and who knows what other foreign demands for national behavior modification.
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By definition, terrorism is terrifying.  But it isn't an existential threat to American sovereignty.
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It's not some "lone wolf" with a pressure cooker that will bring us down.
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But it is our own unwillingness to manage, much less eliminate, our national debt that very well could.
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We are already mortgaging our children's future.  Should the debt we create today be our legacy?
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Forcing our kids to pay for our spending is no way for adults to behave.
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So isn't it time that candidates start treating voters like adults by pulling back the curtain on the national debt and proposing plans for cutting spending and increasing revenue?
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The politicians won't do it on their own.  We must demand from them a sustainable, responsible federal government. 
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We must, of course, go further.  Our culture of entitlements will have to be transformed into a genuine social safety net, in which seriously means-tested programs provide only for the neediest among us.
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Each reduction in our debt burden increases the odds of our continued sovereignty while also creating economic growth, greater prosperity, and increased — not diminished — opportunity for our children and grandchildren.
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Actually, parents have been sacrificing for their children since the beginning of parents and children.
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And the idea of responsible, patriotic national fiscal stewardship is not new.
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For at least the first three-quarters of our existence as a nation, we managed to live within our means.  Doing so is in our American DNA.
      Cal Thomas: The one thing Trump should do at the final debate  (Fox 10/18/2016)
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Today's "journalists" will disagree, but as numerous surveys have shown, the public trust in what is collectively called the media has sunk to an all-time low.
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Only the media think they don't have to change and can continue to sell a product more and more people refuse to buy.
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In what may be unprecedented, The New York Times allowed Hillary to edit her own quotes.
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... the top fear of American voters is corruption in government.
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If true, why do so many intend to vote for Hillary, perhaps the most corrupt politician ever to seek the presidency?
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Three years ago, Hillary told ... that the flow of Syrian refugees into Jordan had put Jordan's security at risk.
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About the thousands of Syrians pouring into Jordan, she said, "...they can't possibly vet all those refugees so they don't know if, you know, jihadists are coming in along with legitimate refugees."
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She wants to increase the number of Syrian refugees entering the U.S.  by many times the current rate.
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If they pose a security threat to Jordan, why wouldn't they pose a threat to America?
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Even FBI director James Comey says he can't guarantee proper vetting for so many refugees and other immigrants, many of whom lack the most rudimentary forms of identification and verifiable work history.
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... Donald Trump honed his attack against the media, the establishment and the Clintons: "The establishment and their media neighbors wield control over this nation...  Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, rapist, xenophobe, and morally deformed.  They will attack you.  They will slander you.  They will seek to destroy your career and your family ... (and) your reputation.  They will lie (and) do whatever is necessary."
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"The Clintons are criminals ... and the establishment that protects them has engaged in a massive cover-up of widespread criminal activity at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation in order to keep the Clintons in power.  Never in history have we seen such a cover-up as this."
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He's right and this should be his line of attack in the third and final debate Wednesday night.
      Is America collapsing like the Roman Empire?  (Fox 10/18/2016)
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Anyone spending this election season in the Eternal City, as I am doing, is bound sooner or later to think about the Colosseum.
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After all, we Americans have one candidate running for Empress and another running for Gladiator.  Can't we feed them both to the lions?  That's what many voters wish.
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Just as in the ancient arena so today the line between entertainment and politics has disappeared and both have become blood sports.
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Somewhere between the orgy of attention to sex and corruption and the spectacle of the debates a sinking feeling has set in: America is Rome 2.0, in decline and headed for a fall.
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Just think about what Rome had and what we have.
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Morals out of a bacchanalia?  Check.  Abuse of public office for private purposes?  Check.  Bread (welfare) and circuses (reality TV) for the masses?  Check.
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Oh the times, oh the customs!  Where is Cicero when we need him?
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Ever since the founding of the Republic Americans have compared themselves to Rome.
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But it was often to an idealized version of Rome, all marble statues and high-flown rhetoric, never mind the tenements or the slaves.
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... we can't be Rome because in Rome women, not men, had big hair and office-seekers burned incriminating letters before others could read them.
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But seriously, just because we have two flawed candidates running for president it doesn't mean that we've reached the end of the line.
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Unlike the Roman Republic, we are not faced with a choice between Pompey and Caesar.  Those two towering egotists – well, alright, we do have that in common with Rome – squared off in the middle of the first century B.C.  to hijack the republic for themselves.  Their bitter conflict caused a civil war that destroyed them both.
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Then came another clash of titans, this time Mark Antony versus Octavian.  Octavian won and restored peace to Rome, but only at the price of turning the republic into an empire.
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We are nowhere near that point.  The barbarians are not at the gate.
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Whoever wins the election, the country will go on to debate its differences peacefully and politically.  The loser will get a TV show or a foundation and the winner is likely to face a Congress reawakened to the exercise of its powers.
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There is, however, one way in which the United States is like Rome and that is, we are a country in translation.
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... we are living through a series of revolutions that will transform America no less thoroughly than Greek intellectuals and German warriors transformed ancient Rome.
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We cannot stop these changes any more than the Romans could stop the changes in their world.  We can and will disagree about how to respond to them.  Indeed, debating that response is the Number One task facing our society.
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One thing is for sure, though, and it's that we need to do more than simply cling to the past.  We need to learn from it and then make our own future.
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So, relax, America.  We're having a bad election and we're making a spectacle of ourselves before the world.  The world is a lot less than puritanical than we are anyhow.
      Immigrant: I don't understand why some Americans hate America  (10/18/2016)
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I was especially moved by a letter I received from a legal immigrant from India.  He asks a very important question in his letter:
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I am a first generation Naturalized American who was born in India.  I am neither white (without white privilege), nor black or Hispanic (not a victim either), I am just a person who came to a land of opportunity with a dream.
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I have traveled some in this world and to the best of my knowledge I have not known of any other country where some of the people desecrate their flag, disavow their National Anthem or tear down their own country.
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If I am wrong please straighten me out.  BUT if I am right, then please address how do we expect any other country to respect ours when we (under the "excuse" of freedom of speech) do not respect it ourselves.
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When I became a US citizen, I took an oath denouncing my allegiance to my old country and even agreed to take up arms against my former country if asked to by the USA.
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I have three comments for your consideration:
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1) If they (the desecrators) dislike our country so much then by the same freedoms that are granted to us through our constitution and bill of rights they are free to denounce their citizenship and go embrace and live in a country that they think is better than ours.  They are free to run and embrace that country's flag and anthem, but I am sorry I would appreciate them not doing it on our soil.  In America fly the American flag with pride and no other!!!
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2) Every immigrant like myself that came here to this wonderful land of opportunity seeking a better future, should leave the policies, laws, traditions and attitudes of their former countries behind and assimilate into our culture, traditions, language, laws and attitudes.  After all if their old country's ideas, policies, traditions and laws were so good then why did they leave and come here in the first place?  Go home!
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3) I believe immigrants come here either because they admire us and the opportunities we offer or to rape and abuse our country for all that they can pillage.  I am sorry but we must block the latter kind.  I believe that Mr.  Trump has the right idea.  As for those who were born in this country, wow, what can I say?  They were blessed to be born into opportunity but many unfortunately could not admire the beauty of the forest because they were blinded by the tree in front of them.
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I am just a man who loves my country and all that it stands for.  May God bless the USA."
      America's quiet catastrophe: The collapse of work for men  (Fox 10/17/2016)
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Work rates — officially, the employment to population ratio — have collapsed for men and women alike since the turn of the century, and the shocking truth is that for adult men they are now actually lower than they were in 1940 — at the tail end of the Great Depression.
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... every unemployed prime age man in America has three counterparts neither working nor looking for a job.
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Today some 7 million prime age men are neither working nor looking for work: nearly one in eight.
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Over-represented in this un-working army are: the less-educated; the never-married; and African-Americans.
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(Immigrants, interestingly enough, have above-average work rates and labor force participation rates, no matter what ethnicity.)
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The collapse of work for men appears to be at the center of many of America's current social and economic woes — slower economic growth; widening income and wealth gaps; increasing family fragility; stalling social mobility; and rising distrust and dis-satisfaction with our system.
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If we look just at men of "prime working age" — the critical group between the ages of 25 and 55 — work rates in 2015 were two percentage points lower than they were in 1940
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In fact, if work rates for men were only as high today as in 1965 — a time when we enjoyed true "full employment" — nearly 10 million more men would have paying jobs today.
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Washington's unemployment numbers are supposed to gauge the health of our labor markets, but they cannot help but mislead.
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They were devised in a bygone era when there were only two alternatives for an able bodied man: 1) to work, or 2) to be looking for work if you are not employed.
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Nowadays, thanks to our increased general affluence and our modern welfare state, there is a "third way" — the work-less life, neither working nor looking for it — and for two generations, this has been the fastest growing contingent among prime working age American men.
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It is true that all rich democracies have witnessed some "flight from work" by prime age males over the past half century.
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Alas — the record for the United States is the very worst of the group.
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Today even sclerotic France and dysfunctional Greece have substantially smaller shares of their prime age men checked out of the labor force.
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America, unfortunately, has been the "winner" in this particular race to the bottom.
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It is a shame, and a scandal, that our talking and deciding classes have somehow managed to overlook this steadily gathering crisis.
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We need to shine a public spotlight on it, and start to focus on remedies and solutions. 
      Visions  (JWR 10/13/2016)
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Too many of us are reduced to being watchers, not actors.
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The worst of it is that, in the end, there is no end in sight.
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Of course there would be a modern word for this endless emotional boredom: anomie, or the absence of any emotion at all.
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Depression, the shrinks call it, but it is something much more: a soul-sickness that doesn't even recognize the existence of the soul.
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Consider German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer's essay "On the Vanity of Existence."
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He wrote, "we take no pleasure in existence except when we are striving after something — in which case distance and difficulties make our goal look as if it would satisfy us (an illusion that fades when we reach it) — or when engaged in purely intellectual activity, in which case we are really stepping out of life so as to regard it from outside, like spectators at a play.  Even sensual pleasure itself consists of a continual striving and ceases as soon as the goal is reached.
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Not valuing our own lives, how can we be expected to value the lives of those so far below us in the economic and social scale?  Which is really the essential question about abortion.
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It's not as if God had created each of these souls, inviolable and untouchable, and that to destroy one of them is to destroy the whole world in which they live, breathe, see and experience life.
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Ignore the holy and we ignore all.
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Much better to just give up and succumb to the spiritlessness of our age.  Treat the abstraction called life as just another profit and loss statement.
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Demand that outfits like Planned Parenthood have some moral justification for abortion.  Then ask only what it would cost our own souls to collaborate in such an ungodly undertaking.
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And so the various states in this ever fluid union would find themselves forbidden to steer federal funds away from groups like Planned Parenthood merely because what they do is morally abhorrent.  Namely, performing abortions and trafficking in fetal tissue.
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The wages of sin, it turns out, may not be death but eternal, meaningless, so-called life.
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Forgotten is the old inner knowledge that, if we but will it, it is no dream.  But reality.
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Which is all too real if only we dare open our eyes, awaken from our coma and wrestle with the angel who's been at our side the whole night long.
      Medieval America  (JWR 10/13/2016)
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Pessimists often compare today's troubled America to a tottering late Rome or an insolvent and descending British Empire.
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But medieval Europe (roughly the years 500 to 1450) is the more apt comparison.
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The medieval world was a nearly 1,000-year period of spectacular, if haphazard, human achievement — along with endemic insecurity, superstition and two, rather than three, classes.
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... medieval speech codes were designed to ensure that no one questioned the authority of church doctrine.  Culturally or politically incorrect literature of the classical past, from Aristophanes to Petronius, was censored as either subversive or hurtful.
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Career-wise, it was suicidal for, say, a medieval professor of science at the University of Padua to doubt the orthodoxy that the sun revolved around the earth.
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Similarly, at Berkeley or Princeton, few now dare to commit the heresy of expressing uncertainty about whether man-caused global warming poses an immediate, existential threat to human civilization.
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The shrinking middle classes struggle to service trillions of dollars in consumer and student debt to big banks — in the manner of medieval peasants.
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In the medieval world, impoverished serfs pledged loyalty to barons in exchange for their food and housing on the manor.
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In the modern world, progressive government is the bastion that distributes entitlements on the expectation that the masses show their political fealty at election time.
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In medieval Europe, widespread literacy disappeared.  Superstition reigned in place of reason.
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The ruling cliques of the medieval court were full of insider knaves and scoundrels, plots and intrigue.
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Compare the current scandals, lies and hypocrisies of our Beltway cloister in Washington.
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With ancient borders long forgotten, medieval elites relied on massive walls, moats and keeps to stay safe — sort of similar to what we see with the present-day gated estates of Malibu and Silicon Valley.
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For their roads and water, isolated medieval fiefdoms relied on the crumbling ancient infrastructure of long-gone Rome.
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In 21st-century America, we rely on — but could never again build — structures such as the Hoover Dam.
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Medieval mass entertainment — puppeteering, mimes, jugglers, acrobats — was far different than the sort of entertainment that troubadours and bards performed for the lords.  In our age, think of the gulf between the symphony and reality TV, quiz shows and the NFL.
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There is one great difference, however, between the medieval and modern worlds.
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People living in the first millennium believed in transcendence and a soul, and sought to keep alive culture until civilization returned.
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People living in the second millennium increasingly live for their appetites without worry about what follows — with little awareness of what has been lost and so not a clue about how to recapture it.
      Newt Gingrich: 'Treason' and the danger of dishonesty  (Fox 10/13/2016)
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In my speech to the Republican National Convention in July, I recited a list of terror attacks that had occurred in the previous 37 days.  It went on for two whole minutes.
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This week, German special forces arrested a Syrian refugee who authorities said was on the verge of committing an attack similar to those we saw in Paris and Brussels.
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The foiled attack was one positive outcome, but it is again worth remembering the cascade of recent attacks in which our enemies have succeeded.
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Consider the list of attacks just since my speech to the Republican National Convention in July.
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Only a few days after that speech, an attacker pledging allegiance to ISIS blew himself up outside of a concert venue in Germany, wounding 12. 
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Two days later, in Normandy, France, ISIS attackers slit the throat of an 85-year-old priest and took nuns and parishioners hostage.
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In August, we saw the first ISIS attack in Russia when men armed with axes and guns attacked traffic police in Moscow.
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In Strasbourg, France, a Jewish man was stabbed by an attacker shouting "Allahu Akbar."
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In Toulouse, France, an Algerian attacker entered a police station and stabbed an officer in the neck.
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In Germany, an attacker at a music festival screamed "Allahu Akbar" while stabbing and critically wounding an older married couple.
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In Australia, a man screamed "Allahu Akbar" while stabbing a 21-year-old British backpacker to death, and fatally wounded a man who intervened to try to save her.
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In Roanoke, Virginia, a Muslim man attacked and critically wounded a couple as they entered their apartment building, and authorities said they believed the attack was ISIS-inspired .
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In September, an Afghan immigrant perpetrated multiple bombings in New York and New Jersey, wounding 29 people.
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The same week, an immigrant from Turkey shot and killed 5 people in a mall near Seattle, Washington.
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And finally, just last week, a man stabbed two police offices in Brussels, Belgium in an attack authorities described as terror-related.
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Consider it honestly: How many of these incidents had you heard about?  How many of those you'd heard about would you have remembered?
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Our amnesia about these horrific attacks is a symptom of our failure to be honest about the nature of the threat we face.
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Our officials and our media elites behave as though they are isolated incidents, when in fact they are part of a clear and totalitarian ideology that is spreading across the planet.
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... the real treachery is the willful blindness that prevents us from dealing with radical Islamic terrorism for what it is.
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Without being honest about the threat and a major shift in strategy, the danger will only get worse.
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"At some point there's going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we've never seen before," Comey said.  "We saw the future of this threat in Brussels and Paris."
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He added that future attacks will be on "an order of magnitude greater."
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You've just read the list of terror attacks in the last 3 months.
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An "order of magnitude greater" would be ten times that many, and ten times as deadly.
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Such is the danger of continued dishonesty.
      Gregg Jarrett: Sad and infuriating – FBI director’s tortured interpretation of the law  (Fox 10/13/2016)
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As evidence mounts that the Director of the FBI subverted justice, damaged the reputation of the Bureau and squandered the support of his agents, calls for his resignation will surely escalate.
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... career FBI agents and attorneys who dedicated themselves to the year-long probe unanimously believed she should have been criminally charged. 
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More than 100 agents and analysts were assigned to the case.  They all thought Clinton committed crimes.
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And maybe Comey believed it, too.  But he chose to ignore both the evidence and the law.
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It is sad and confounding and infuriating, all at the same time.
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... Comey exhibited an astonishing ignorance of the law.  He laid out a case of gross negligence constituting a crime, defined it with the words "extremely careless" and then promptly proceeded to ignore the law. 
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The FBI, as the nation's most prominent law enforcement agency, is badly damaged.  Its reputation tarnished.  Its image corrupted. 
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James Comey is to blame for that.  It will serve as an indelible, ugly stain on his legacy.
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See related Hillary's Private Server (Mike Lester, 07/06/2016) cartoon from Government picture album
      The New York Times abandoned its integrity just to bash Donald Trump  (NYP 10/11/2016)
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There is apparently nothing wrong with America that can't be blamed on Donald Trump.
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He is single-handedly destroying the Republican Party, trashing presidential debates and spoiling the reputation of locker-room talk.
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And — breaking news alert!  — Trump is even changing journalism.
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His habit of saying things that nobody ever said before is forcing reporters to unleash their partisan views instead of just giving the facts.
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Some of these charges may be true, but the one about Trump changing journalism is demonstrably false.
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All the more so because it comes from the editor of the New York Times, who happens to be the actual guilty party.
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Trump didn't change the Times — Baquet did.  He's the one who authorized reporters to abandon the paper's standards when covering Trump and express their personal political opinions.
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Or, as Baquet said ... the struggle for fairness is over.  "I think that Trump has ended that struggle," Baquet boasted.  "I think we now say stuff.  We fact-check him.  We write it more powerfully that it's false."
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Fact-checking, of course, is often in the eye of the beholder, and quickly morphs into opinion when there is no restraint or neutral standard.
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The result is the paper's relentless, daily assault on Trump, to the advantage of Hillary Clinton.
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This is not a mere continuation of the old liberal bias that infected the Times, the Washington Post and the broadcast networks for years.
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This is a malignant strain of conformity that strips away any pretense of fairness in favor of strident partisanship.
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... declared that most reporters saw Trump "as an abnormal and potentially dangerous candidate," and concluded they had a duty to be "true to the facts, in a way that will stand up to history's judgment."
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It is not incidental that his examples all involve allegedly dishonest Republicans, and none involves dishonest Democrats.
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And once standards are gone, they are gone forever, meaning anyone wanting to work at the Times will face a political litmus test.
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As the editor, Baquet should be outraged that his staff secretly compromised the paper's integrity.
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But as the editor who eliminated the Times' standards, he's getting the biased paper he wanted.
      Words Versus Deeds  (JWR 10/11/2016)
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Donald Trump's gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news.
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The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse.
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... Hillary Clinton's actions as Secretary of State, carrying out the Obama administration's foreign policies, have cost many lives in many places, including the American ambassador and others killed in Benghazi.
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Women have a right to be offended by Trump's words.
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But women have suffered a far worse fate from Secretary Clinton's and President Obama's actions.
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Pulling American troops out of Iraq, despite military advice to the contrary, led to the sudden rise of ISIS and their seizing of many women and young girls as sex slaves.
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A message from one of these women urged the bombing of ISIS.  She said she would rather be dead than live the life of a sex slave.
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Some women who tried to commit suicide and failed have been tortured for trying.
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That is a lot worse than some stupid and gross words by Donald Trump, which even he has had to repudiate.
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Make no mistake about it.  Neither party has a good candidate for President.  The choice is between bad and disastrous.
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Are women more in danger from Trump's words or Hillary's actions?
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Demands that various advocacy organizations reveal the names of all their donors are an obvious attempt to scare off those donors, with harassment by everyone from vandals to rioters to the Internal Revenue Service and other government bureaucrats.
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Without the right to free speech, none of the other rights is safe.  Government officials can get away with all sorts of abuses, if others are not free to talk about those abuses.
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No law has done more damage to the employment prospects of young blacks than the federal minimum wage law.
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You don't get any wage at all when you are unemployed.  And if you are young and unemployed, you don't get any job experience to help you rise up the ladder, when you don't get on the ladder.
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As for safety in the black community, Hillary Clinton has allied herself with those who demonize the police.
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The net result has been a sharp increase in the number of blacks killed by other blacks, as criminal elements take control of the streets when the police are not allowed to.
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Do you choose a President by talk — or by actions and consequences?
      What's at stake in the 2016 elections?  Nothing less than the Constitution  (Fox 10/11/2016)
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... and whether federal judges will adhere to their oath to "... faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me ... under the Constitution and laws of the United States," or dilute, attack and destroy our founding document.
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That the Constitution is on the ballot in the persons of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, who hold differing views of it and have pledged to appoint radically different judges to federal benches.
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... Richard Posner, a judge for the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School...  claims to see "absolutely no value" in studying the Constitution because "18th-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century."
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I suspect if they had seen modern culture with our fixation on Kim Kardashian, they might have retreated to England.
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Even the Bill of Rights, says Posner, "do not speak to today."
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Wow.  Freedom of speech, assembly, the press, religion, no warrantless searches and more are outmoded concepts?  Who knew?
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Posner continued: "I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries — well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments)."
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After receiving severe criticism, Judge Posner apologized for his "careless" remarks, but he still doesn't think the Constitution is relevant for today because, you know, those dead white guys owned slaves and didn't have the internet.
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Imagine if such illogic was applied to other creations of the 18th century.  There was much literature and music, in addition to political writings, that came from that era.
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This is the arrogance of some judges who think they know better than the Founders.
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It is the choice in this election between a president and the judges he or she will appoint who believe, as late Justice Antonin Scalia did, that the Constitution sets boundaries for limited government in order to guarantee liberty to American citizens, or whether it means only what an unelected judge says it does.
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Posner is no fan of Scalia.  In a clever turn of phrase he writes, "Let's not let the dead bury the living."
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He continues: "I worry that law professors are too respectful of the Supreme Court, in part perhaps because they don't want to spoil the chances of their students to obtain Supreme Court clerkships.  I think the Supreme Court is at a nadir.  The justices are far too uniform in background, and I don't think there are any real stars among them..."
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This election will determine the direction of our courts and whether judges will write laws, or interpret under the Constitution the intent of the legislators who wrote them.
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It will also decide whether the Constitution remains a self-authenticating document, protecting our liberties from encroaching government, or something that in the minds of judges like Richard Posner can be shredded along with our liberties.
      Heather MacDonald: The left freaks out over Trump's tape but loves culturally lewd behavior  (Fox 10/09/2016)
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Democrats and their media allies, joined by many Republicans, are calling on Donald Trump to withdraw from the presidential race after a newly released, decade-old tape of a frat-house-level conversation between Trump and television host Billy Bush in 2005, in which Trump boasted of his heavy-handed pursuit of females.
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The response has been swift and apocalyptic.  Hillary Clinton tweeted: "This is horrific.  We cannot allow this man to become president."
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Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine told reporters: "It makes me sick to my stomach."
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Slate's science editor wrote that "I feel sicker after seeing it than I can remember feeling in a while."
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Another Slate columnist writes that Trump and Bush "can't see their female colleagues as anything but collections of f**kable or unf**kable body parts.  They exhibit a complete disregard for women's humanity, agency, and internal lives."
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Now why might it be that men regard women as sex objects?
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Surely the ravenous purchase by females of stiletto heels, push-up bras, butt-hugging mini-skirts, plunging necklines, false eyelashes, hair extensions, breast implants, butt implants, lip implants, and mascara, rouge, and lipstick to the tune of billions a year has nothing to do with it.
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Females would never ever exploit their sexuality to seek attention from men.
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How surprising that Trump and Bush noticed Zucker's legs!  As documented in the video, she is wearing a skimpy purple dress, with an extremely short hem cut on the bias, a low neckline and fully exposed back.  She is in high heels to accentuate her bare legs.
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But all that bare flesh must simply be because Zucker has a high metabolism and gets exceedingly warm; she would never want to broadcast her sexuality to men or have men notice her.
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The fact that she swishes her hips when she walks must just be a quirk of anatomy.
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"As if public Donald Trump wasn't bad enough, this video reminds us that there's an aspect of the man that's even worse than what he shows to the public.  You see it in the transformation Trump and his conversation partner Billy Bush undergo when they exit the bus and move from [what they assumed was] a private sphere into a public one.  They are still committing acts of sexual harassment and abusing their power when they ask the actress who greets them to give each of them a hug..."
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Isn't this a good thing that Trump in this case at least has obeyed the rules of public behavior? 
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If any of these newfound exponents of female modesty felt any comparable nausea at the blatant display of female sexuality and, dare I say it, "pussy," in Beyonce's acclaimed rock video "Formation," say, they kept it to themselves.
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Beyonce and her female chorus line rhythmically thrust their butts, crotches, and breasts to the camera, while Beyonce brags of her sexual prowess.
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Sounds like a sexual quid pro quo, ripe for a harassment lawsuit.
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The "Formation" video, which inspired Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance in January (to another universal swoon from the entertainment industry), also shows a very young girl engaging in some precocious twerking, a grotesque travesty of childhood.
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No objections to that destruction of the innocence of childhood from the DNC.
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President Obama has singled out Beyonce for praise, and the singer is a big Hillary Clinton supporter, to not a word of protest from Clinton regarding her status as a role model for young girls.
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Bill Clinton met with Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay Z, in September.  If Bill or Hillary thinks the lyrics of Jay Z's "Big Pimpin‘" "horrific," in Hillary's words, they are not letting on.
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The Washington Post primly headlined its scoop on Trump's bus conversation with Bush: "Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005."
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The New York Times' follow-up story also labelled Trump's remarks "lewd."
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If either of those paper's critics have ever objected to such lewdness in popular culture, it has escaped attention.
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Have they objected to college campus sex weeks, which routinely invite porn stars to offer how-to demonstrations on S & M sex?
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Do they squirm with discomfort when campus administrators pass out tips on the use of sex toys to achieve better orgasms?  Not on the record, at least.
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Other Hillary Clinton supporters have hardly been shy about exploiting sex to get ahead. 
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"I have used sex as a marketing tool and it has worked.  I mean, my TV show is called ‘Inside Amy Schumer.'"
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This blushing Victorian violet explains: "My whole life I found friends that are just like me, young girls that were just like me, like we were all whores."
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"My best friend would describe me as loyal ... to the boyfriend I stole from her."
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Democratic National Convention star, Hillary fan and "Girls" creator Lena Dunham has not exactly set herself up as a model of sexual prudence, either, nor has she shrunk from using her promiscuity as a selling point in the entertainment market.
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The sudden onset of Victorian vapors among the liberal intelligentsia and political class at the revelation of Trump's locker-room talk is part and parcel of the left's hypocrisy when it comes to feminism and sexual liberation.
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Trump's gratuitous nastiness to men and women alike, kicking people when they are down, unfits him to serve as the premier civic role model for the nation's children.
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But the feminists can't have it both ways: declaring that women should be equal to men in all things and then still demand a chivalric deference to female's delicate sensibilities.
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It is particularly galling to see the selective resurrection of Victorian values from the same crowd that has been pushing transgender locker rooms on the world, in an effort to destroy the last shred of girls' innate sexual modesty.
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This opportunistic, on-again, off-again appearance of traditional sexual values characterizes the campus-rape myth as well.
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Needless to say, actual sexual assault is both criminal and intolerable.
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But college co-eds insist on the prerogative of maximal promiscuity at the same time that they revert to the role of helpless damsel in distress, when, after drinking themselves blotto to lower their sexual inhibitions, they regret a boozy hook-up and declare themselves raped.
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Following the release of the studio bus tape, Trump said in his defense that Bill Clinton "has said far worse to me on the golf course."
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That may be the most credible thing that Trump has ever uttered.
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But both Republicans and Democrats are fatally compromised in their responses to the Trump tapes, deliberately released right before the make-or-break second presidential debate.
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... there is a huge difference between the reality TV star Trump bragging about his libido on a studio bus and Bill Clinton exploiting the power of the presidency to seduce a young intern.
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... Democrats are the most shameless in their outrage over the Trump braggadocio, having dismissed Bill Clinton's White House and gubernatorial escapades for years, and standing as the party of maximal sexual liberation, unlike the Republicans.
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The default norm of sexual modesty, coupled with the chivalric ideal that gentlemen should treat females like ladies, used to be the most effective defense against such high-testosterone behavior.
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Feminism, however, has declared both modesty and chivalry sexist, leaving females to improvise a response to the inevitable excesses of the male sex drive, when they are not trying to leverage it to their own advantage.
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... it stands merely as a reminder of how enduring the stance of offended female virtue is, even in the age of crude sexual exhibitionism.
      Obama’s tragic admission: He’s learned nothing as president  (NYP 10/04/2016)
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News flash: President Obama didn't learn anything in eight years in the White House.  And he's proud of it.
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"If you go back and you read speeches I made when I was running for the US Senate in 2003, or if you go back further and you look at statements I made when I was on the Harvard Law Review, my worldview is pretty consistent."
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The comment was a point of pride, which makes it doubly tragic.
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Never mind that the world is on fire, that America is polarized, angry and scared.
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Or that ObamaCare is a sick patient, that the economy is growing at a snail's pace and that many cities are racial war zones.
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It's not Obama's fault.  None of it.  He would do it all again.
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... Obama is fixated on his legacy.  A large part of his effort on the way out the door is explaining what he did, and insisting that what he did was right.  Always.
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There's no news there, but there is some valuable insight from the ways he defends the indefensible.
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... the president says his secret sauce was that he "trusted my judgment" but didn't "trust the noise out there."
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... he said, he concluded his critics were "not even trying to be fair-minded in their assessments or recommendations," and he found that liberating because he could ignore them.
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... he expressed no regret.  He was right and everybody else was wrong.
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It's a remarkable notion, yet plainly a trend when government is the largest special interest, one that uses and abuses its power to look out for itself.
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Especially under liberals, it only admits failure to demand more power.
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Consider that way back in the reign of George W.  Bush, it was universally accepted that a president ought to be held accountable for national problems.
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But Obama and his apologists cleverly reversed the dynamic.
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Now the American public is to blame when things go wrong.
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It's because people are "deplorables" or some other ignorant form of life that leads them to resist wise choices government makes for them.
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Recall that during the 2008 campaign ... he said that white working-class people in Pennsylvania and places like it were falling behind economically and "they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them."
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That's the most quoted part of his remarks, but the rest of it was equally snobbish: Those same people, he said, also cling to "anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
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Imagine if Obama had listened to those people, instead of shutting them out as noise.
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Imagine if he had seen their problems as legitimate, instead of seeing them as backwoods bigots.
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But he didn't, and so he leaves the country more bitterly divided than when he began.
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... Trump's rise through his focus on immigration and trade are a big part of Obama's legacy. 
      Rep.  Kinzinger: Syria is not your political football, Mr.  Obama  (Fox 09/30/2016)
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Last week, President Obama spoke at the ‘Leader's Summit on Refugees' and read a letter from a young boy named Alex.
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The letter was touching, innocent, genuine, and an example for us all.
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However, the president took it and turned it into a political moment to say that we need to be inviting more refugees to America. 
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The president made an appealing, compassionate speech that pulled at the heartstrings of everyone there...
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But in typical fashion, rather than look at the root of the problem in Syria, the president found an opportunity. 
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His eagerness to push his own agenda, while innocent kids are being murdered in Syria by a brutal dictator that the President has empowered, truly sickens me.
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... the crux of the problem in Syria is that the president has utterly, grotesquely, and gravely FAILED to lead.
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He has failed to show strength when Russian planes conduct airstrikes on medical facilities and aid convoys.
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He has continually failed to understand he is being played like a fiddle by Vladimir Putin when he looks to work with the Russian dictator on a resolution to the conflict that his airstrikes continue to exacerbate. 
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It's embarrassing and it has done severe damage to our standing in the world.
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Our enemies no longer fear us, our allies don't trust us, and our own people have begun to wonder what we even stand for anymore.
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The president's failure to lead, to stand up strong, to assert himself as the leader of the free world has ultimately led to the devastation we see in Syria.
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As commander in chief to the strongest nation in the world, it is the president's job to be our voice in the global community.
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Yet, he has continued to sit on the sidelines and disengage.
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Nearly half a million Syrians have died in the last FIVE years and through it all, the president has done nothing.
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Empty rhetoric and a few ceasefires, which have all failed and were utter shams to begin with, does not equate to a strategy or plan of action. 
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It is beyond time to wake up and realize that if the president continues to sit back and allow Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin to murder these innocent Syrians, his legacy will be remembered for allowing this genocide in Syria. 
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If we fail to act, fail to lead, fail to do something – this Syrian Civil War will be the greatest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century and more than likely the biggest shame on our president and world leaders.
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See related Unbelievably Small... (Mike Lester, 09/13/2014) cartoon from World picture album
      Judge Napolitano: The one essential word that was missing from the first debate  (Fox 09/29/2016)
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In this weekly column and in my on-air work at Fox News, I have characterized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a crook and as the "Queen of Deception."
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I have argued that there is enough credible evidence in the public domain to indict, prosecute and convict her of espionage, perjury, misleading Congress, public corruption, providing material assistance to terrorist organizations and obstruction of justice.
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I can point to five times when she lied under oath.
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And I know of American intelligence agents who firmly believe that Americans died because Clinton failed to keep state secrets secure.
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She refused to use government-secured email devices because she wanted to keep her behavior hidden from the public and from the president.
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Some of that behavior had to do with using the power of the government to enrich her family's foundation.
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I have argued that there is strong, credible evidence to demonstrate that she exercised her official behavior as secretary of state in accordance with the financial needs of her family's foundation.
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She refused to see some foreign dignitaries until they gave money to the foundation.
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She had her close personal aide, Huma Abedin, employed by the foundation while she was employed by the State Department.
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She even permitted Russian President Vladimir Putin to gain control of a Utah uranium mine in return for the payment by an intermediary of $145 million to her family's foundation.
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She conspired with a dozen members of Congress and with President Barack Obama to fight the secret war to topple Libyan strongman and American ally Col.  Moammar Gadhafi.
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She permitted the sale of arms to groups in Libya that were masquerading as anti-Gadhafi militias but — according to the CIA — were actually terrorist organizations.
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She rejected the advice of the CIA and thereby provided material aid to terrorist organizations — a felony under U.S.  law.
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The result of her secret war was the destruction of all order and culture in Libya, the institution of mob rule and the assassination of the American ambassador.
      It's judgment day for the EPA's clean power plan, America  (Fox 09/27/2016)
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EPA's head, Gina McCarthy, has publicly stated that the alleged environmental benefits of the plan were not its real rationale. 
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At a March 22 congressional hearing, one congressman stated: "I don't understand — if it doesn't have an impact on climate change around the world, why are we subjecting our hard working taxpayers and men and women in the coal fields to something that has no benefit?"
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McCarthy's answer: "We see it as having had enormous benefit in showing sort of domestic leadership as well as garnering support around the country for the agreement we reached in Paris."
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But demonstrating leadership is not the law's goal; the underlying statute, after all, is the Clean Air Act, not the Clean Air Politics Act.
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It's also an incredibly expensive goal, costing the country tens of billions of dollars annually.
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And it's at this point that, on the issue of costs and benefits, EPA launches into its song-and-dance routine: it didn't have to do a cost-benefit analysis, says EPA, but it did one, but it's not the one it used to justify what it did, and the numbers are fine anyway. 
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The Clean Power Plan's alleged benefits, moreover, won't even be for the U.S.; they're global benefits, even though they're paid for by U.S.  consumers.
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This is contrary to the Clean Air Act's focus on protecting "the Nation's air resources" for "its population."
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If you think all this is nit-picking about a plan essential to the planet's survival, remember Gina McCarthy's words — it's not about the planet, it's about "showing leadership."
      Cal Thomas: Why I support Trump [after initially being against him]  (Fox 09/27/2016)
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Now that all of my inside-the-Beltway, elitist, morally superior friends and colleagues have weighed in with their self-righteous denunciations of Donald Trump, it's my turn.
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After initially opposing his candidacy for president, I have come around to another point of view.
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The election of Hillary Clinton will perpetuate and probably worsen everything many people hate about our bloated and dysfunctional government, collectively and derisively known as "Washington."
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The election of Donald Trump will offer an opportunity — perhaps the last for decades — to "fire" or at least isolate the elites, returning the country to its constitutional boundaries.
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If Hillary Clinton wins in November, government will grow bigger and more expensive with all of her "investment" ideas, many of which have been tried before and failed.
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Under President Hillary Clinton, what's to stop secular progressives from exacting revenge on churches and pastors who preach a different gospel than the one they favor?
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Donald Trump is addressing the legitimate concerns of a large number of Americans who increasingly feel ignored by their government.
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These concerns include anemic economic growth.
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These forgotten Americans are against open borders, which the president seemed to champion in his final speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
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Many are tired of fighting wars we don't win and fighting terrorism with no clear strategy, all the while admitting more "refugees" from countries where terrorism is a way of death.
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They are weary of the denigration of law enforcement.
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Hardworking people are tired of being told they are not paying enough in taxes to a government that only wastes it.
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The ignored are tired of being branded racists.
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Christians are tired of being called homophobes and Islamophobes and told their beliefs are inferior to those who want to destroy the country and undermine values that were once widely held.
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Choosing a president is always a roll of the dice (to use a Trump casino metaphor).
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We know what we will get with Hillary Clinton, including corruption at the highest level.
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Those foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation will undoubtedly expect something in return.
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With Trump we don't know for sure what we'll get, beyond promises he has made and some contradictory positions he has taken.
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We can only hope that good people will serve and surround him, including running mate Mike Pence and the policy wonk Newt Gingrich.
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Only one candidate for president is capable of overturning the "money changers" in Washington.
      If Trump talks about the economy at Hofstra he'll win the presidency  (Fox 09/26/2016)
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I'm a small businessman.  I'm at ground zero.  I'm living the real-world results of Obama's economic policies every day.
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It's a disaster out here.  The middle class is destroyed, shattered, annihilated.  Small business owners are struggling to survive.
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America and capitalism are hanging by a thread.
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Obama is lying.  Hillary is lying.  The media is lying.
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Inflation isn't zero.  Inflation is raging.  My electric bill...  my grocery bill...  my kid's college bills...  and of course my health insurance bill are all through the roof.
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Government is committing fraud.  To make the claim that inflation is zero, they removed everything that matters from the inflation index.
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We're fighting for survival, while Wall Street gives out million dollar bonus checks.
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Small businessmen and women are the heroes of the business world...  and the economic engine of America.
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Yet we are punished with the highest taxes of our lifetimes, raging electric bills (due to Democrat's obsession with green energy), unpayable health insurance bills (due to ObamaCare), record IRS audits...  all at the same time that sales are dramatically down.  It's a perfect storm.
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Meanwhile there are 22 million government employees.  They create no jobs.  They create no economic growth.
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Most of them are good people.  But they get guaranteed jobs for life, guaranteed salaries far higher than the average American worker, free or dramatically reduced cadillac healthcare packages, early retirement and obscene bloated pensions for life.
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Taxpayers like me get stuck with the bill.  I can never retire.  I'll work until the day I die because I have to pay all these bills.
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Over 90 million working age Americans aren't working.  Where are they all?
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They are on welfare, food stamps and disability.  Or they are in their early 60's and they've opted for early Social Security and Medicare.
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They'll never work again.  Who's paying this bill?
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Obama's policies have created a glut of horrible, crappy, low wage jobs meant for entry-level young adults, high school drop-outs and illegal aliens.
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We've lost millions of good jobs.  And gained millions of bartender, waiter and low wage retail jobs.
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Of course there are 200,000 new jobs each month.  Because of ObamaCare it now takes two or even three part-time jobs to replace what used to be one full-time, high-paying, middle class job.
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That's why the jobs figures are complete and utter fantasy.
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Our national debt is approaching $20 trillion.  The policies of Obama have buried our children in debt.  The quality of our kids' future life is destroyed beyond repair.
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Paint the REAL picture, Donald.
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Tell it like it is — with no political correctness.  The American people know the truth.  They know what they're hearing from Obama, Hillary and the media is a lie.
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Explain how you will turn it around for one specific group of Americans — those who want work, not welfare.
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Be sure American voters understand you'll create an economy that works for working people, not welfare addicts.
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It's time we had a president who turns the tables — the system should be tilted in favor of the taxpayers, not the freeloaders.
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Tell the American people that you are the first president on the side of working men and women...  the middle class...  small business, not big business...  the taxpayers.
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Do this on Monday night, Donald...  and you're the next president of the United States.
      Team Obama launches a shocking broadside against religious faith  (Fox 09/24/2016)
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"The phrases ‘religious liberty' and ‘religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance." — Those were the word uttered by one Mr.  Castro.
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Not Fidel.
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Rather, one Martin Castro, the chairman of the U.S.  Commission on Civil Rights, who launched a broadside recently against religious faith, degrading the vision of the Founding Fathers that made this country the envy of the world.
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Here are the words that flowed from President Adams' pen.  "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion .  .  .  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."*
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George Washington expressed similar thoughts in his Farewell Address.  "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness."*
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Our Founding Fathers would have cautioned against attempts to "subvert these great pillars" of religion and morality.
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Alexis de Tocqueville, the great French historian and admirer of American democracy, introduced the Continent to the workings of the American upstarts.
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"The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other."
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Commissioner Castro has another vision.  In the letter addressed to the president, the vice president, and the Speaker of the House, he wrote, "Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights."_
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Castro's America would not be recognized by James Madison, who argued that religious conviction ought to be placed ahead of – not behind – the agenda of the State.
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In his "Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments of 1785," the architect of our Constitution wrote:
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"It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage and such only as he believes to be acceptable to Him.  This duty is precedent, both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society."*
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Not so long ago, America projected its global power to protect religious freedoms.  Throughout the Cold War we strove to help brave believers behind the Iron Curtain to keep the embers of religion from being totally extinguished by atheistic Communist dictatorships.
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We demanded of our chief international nemesis, the USSR, that any negotiations on nuclear arms reduction must be linked to human rights — including freedom of religion.
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Eventually, Gorbachev relented, the Berlin Wall came down, and the war against religion came to an end.
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Respect for religion and religious values were at the core of our Founding Fathers' vision and an inspiration to endangered religious people the world over.
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We can only hope that the next head of America's Civil Rights Commission will protect — not slander — people who dare set their moral compass by the words of G-d.
      Judge Napolitano: Loss of liberty does not make you safer, America  (Fox 09/22/2016)
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The clash in American history between liberty and safety is as old as the republic itself.
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As far back as 1798, notwithstanding the lofty goals and individualistic values of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the same generation — in some cases the same human beings — that wrote in the First Amendment that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech" enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which punished speech critical of the government.
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Similarly, the Fifth Amendment's guarantee of due process has been ignored by those in government charged with enforcing it when they deal with a criminal defendant whom they perceive the public hates or fears.
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... it is in times of fear — whether generated by outside forces or by the government itself — when we need to be most vigilant about protecting our liberties. 
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... these liberties are natural rights, integral to all rational people and not subject to the government's whim.
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I can sacrifice my liberties, and you can sacrifice yours, but I cannot sacrifice yours; neither can a majority in Congress sacrifice yours or mine.
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The idea that sacrificing liberty actually enhances safety enjoys widespread acceptance but is erroneous.
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The loss of liberty gives folks the false impression that the government is doing something — anything — to keep us safe.
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That impression is a false one because in fact it is making us less safe, since a government intent on monitoring our every move and communication loses sight of the moves and communications of the bad guys.
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As well, liberty lost is rarely returned. 
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The Constitution both establishes the federal government and confines it.
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It presents intentional obstacles in the path of the government.  Without those obstacles, we might be safe from domestic harm, but who would keep us safe from the government?
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Who would want to live here if we had no meaningful, enforceable guarantees of personal liberties? 
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When our liberties are subject to the needs of the police, we will end up in a police state. 
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What does a police state look like?  It looks like the Holocaust and communism.
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Everyone who works in government has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution.  Hence, it is distressing to hear lawmakers calling for the abolition of due process for certain hateful and hurtful defendants.
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Due process — fairness from the government, the right to silence, the right to counsel and the right to a jury trial with the full panoply of constitutional requirements and protections — is vital to our personal liberties and to our free society as we have known it.
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The whole purpose of the guarantee of due process is to insulate our liberties from subjective government interference by requiring it in all instances when the government wants life, liberty or property — hence the clear language of the Fifth Amendment.
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Without due process for those we hate and fear — even those whose guilt is obvious — we will all lose our freedoms.
      Chelsea bombing is proof PC police stuck in pre-9/11 mindset  (NYP 09/20/2016)
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Some 15 long years after the horrors of 9/11, much of America remains trapped in a 9/10 mindset.
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The father of alleged bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami called law enforcement authorities in 2014 and said his son was a terrorist.
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But when the father recanted his charge, the bureau apparently closed the case.
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Yet we now know that Rahami had visited Pakistan and Afghanistan several times for extended periods before and after 2014.
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One trip lasted for 13 months ... and another involved a stay in Quetta, Pakistan, a notorious hotbed of the Taliban and other terror groups that is so dangerous, the Pakistan army avoids it.
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The feds missed other signs, too.  Rahami posted radical Islamic writings on a personal website
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Imagine if agents had followed his digital trail and uncovered his Islamist leanings.  What if they knew he praised the Boston Marathon bombers — who also turned pressure cookers into bombs?
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The questions are fair given the previous cases in which people who turned out to be terrorists had been flagged, but dropped off the radar, only to resurface with lethal attacks.
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The discovery that authorities had failed to connect the many dots of suspicion about the perpetrators of 9/11 led to numerous pieces of legislation and repeated vows that it would never happen again.
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But it's still happening, again and again.
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Simple errors and incompetence cannot be ruled out, but it is clear that political correctness is handcuffing law enforcement.
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While it is wrong and illegal to stereotype all Muslims as terrorists, that standard need not hamper legitimate investigations, especially when signs of radicalization are obvious.
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As others have noted, the American Constitution is not a suicide pact.
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Law enforcement is not required to close its eyes to evil.
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To do so, to give in to false claims of Islamophobia, trades one mistake for another.
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And too many innocent Americans have paid for that mistake with their lives.  How many more must die from political correctness?
      You must be vigilant: How to protect yourself in the face of terror  (Fox 09/20/2016)
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... federal law enforcement is stretched to the breaking point, working literally a thousand cases of Islamic State supporters.
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In New York City proper, the epicenter of the latest attack an intelligence program that was once the envy of law enforcement and intelligence officials worldwide has been hamstrung by activists and grievance-mongers who seek to undermine effective counterterror provisions.
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In major cities law enforcement have repeatedly been targeted in ambushes, as occurred in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
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Even the government itself says you have a responsibility for your safety.  "If you see Something, say Something," they urge, with calls to report, "suspicious packages."
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But the guidance usually ends there.  What are you supposed to see?  What qualifies as suspicious?
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Americans must develop better "situational awareness." Too many Americans have their faces buried in Smartphone apps and games.
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When you are out in public take a moment to see what's around you.
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To begin with, develop a baseline of your environment.
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Without an understanding of what "normal" is for your location ... you won't be able to tell what "suspicious" looks like.
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We stop and look both ways before we cross the road because we realize we are entering a potentially dangerous environment.  This is second nature and no one considers it a burden.
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We should similarly stop and look whenever our environment changes.
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When we walk into a new building, or exit onto the street.
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Whenever our train stops at a new stop.
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Your environment has changed as new people get on, and some get off.  That means it requires a new look.
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... ask the question, "Why"?
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"Why is that man wearing a winter coat when everyone else is in short sleeves?"
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"Why did that woman have a bag when she entered and now she doesn't?"
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There might be an obvious answer that puts you at ease, but remember it's not your job to answer the question, only ask it.
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Don't explain away or rationalize behaviors.
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Call attention to the behavior if appropriate ("is that your bag?"), move away from the area, or find law enforcement.
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By asking the question "why?" you'll able to explain what raised your suspicions and not feel hampered by political correctness or accusations about your character.
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From the passengers on Flight 93 to the off-duty officer who ended the knife attack in St.  Cloud, to the numerous occasions in between, it has been every day Americans, and not the government, who have successfully averted jihadist terror.
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You owe it to those heroes, yourself, your family and your fellow Americans to be vigilant, maintain situational awareness and be uncowed in attempts to silence you from speaking up. 
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      Liberals denounce the media for not derailing Trump's candidacy  (Fox 09/20/2016)
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The liberal media are freaking out over the possibility that Donald Trump might win the presidency.
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They are denouncing their profession, decrying what they see as a press corps that coddles Trump and castigates Hillary Clinton, and demanding a change before it is too late. 
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Some folks on the left are so convinced that Trump would be a disaster, and so mystified why roughly half the country doesn't view him with the same disdain, that they are lashing out at the media.
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I would pose this question: Why do these pundits think they're so much smarter than everyone else that they can clearly see Trump's flaws but others are blinded by lousy media coverage?
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I'd also pose this question: Can anyone seriously say there hasn't been an avalanche of negative coverage about Trump ... and on and on?
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... it's not like Americans haven't had sustained exposure to Trump's strengths and weaknesses for more than 15 months.
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Perhaps the most vociferous plea comes from Nick Kristof, the liberal, Pulitzer-winning New York Times columnist...
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"...Is it journalistic malpractice to quote each side and leave it to readers to reach their own conclusions, even if one side seems to fabricate facts or make ludicrous comments?..."
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"We owe it to our readers to signal when we're writing about a crackpot.  Even if he's a presidential candidate.  No, especially when he's a presidential candidate."
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And have journalists really "created a narrative" about Clinton that has made people distrust her?  Isn't this a problem that has been building in the quarter-century since the days of Whitewater and cattle futures, since she testified before a grand jury as first lady?
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Some on the left make their argument in more apocalyptic terms.
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"...  This is how elections are titled toward despots and undisciplined strongmen.  They're legitimized and humanized despite their long menu of unprecedented gaffes, lies and treachery."
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There is plenty of room for debate about the quality and thoroughness of Trump's coverage.
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But if the media get blamed for his recent surge, don't they also get credit for his high negatives?
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The media need to be aggressive in holding both candidates accountable.
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But they can't be blamed for the fact that tens of millions of American voters now favor the outsider candidate that many commentators, on the left and the right, detest. 
      Greg Gutfeld: Five more lessons from another terror attack  (Fox 09/20/2016)
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What's truly intriguing about the attacks over the weekend, wasn't the attacks themselves — but the responses to them.
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FIRST, CONCLUSION JUMPING IS FINE, AS LONG AS IT'S MEDIA APPROVED.
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But then usually, after we find a link to terror (the St.  Cloud terrorist asks victims if they're Muslim; the Chelsea bomber had traveled to the Middle East a number of times prior), everyone pretends they always knew it was terror.
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By the way, it appears the bombs all had timers.  Was it wrong to immediately assume they were bombs, when they could have been clocks?
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SECOND, THE BEST RESPONSE, WAS THE HOLY ONE.
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Meaning, an off- duty cop filled a terrorist full of holes.
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Without a gun, a terrorist stabs people without interruption.
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When a gun appears, the terrorist is dead.
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The lesson?  Every arena is better served by turning soft to hard.
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Instead of spending time thinking about how to fight terror, why not take steps to prevent it?
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Anti-gun celebrities are lucky they weren't at that mall to see their luxurious gun control beliefs go up in smoke.
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THIRD, WE SHRUGGED.
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... it appears we don't take this stuff seriously, especially when no one dies.  We've gotten used to these things.
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FOUR: THEIR FAILURE MUST STILL BE SEEN AS SUCCESS.
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Someone wanted people to die, and will continue wanting people to die.  So relaxing one's guard because the bomber was sloppy is pure stupidity.  The bombs will only get better, and the terrorists more savvy.
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You need to look at terrorism as any kind of typical organism that is shaped by interactions with an environment.
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What we perceive as failure is merely knowledge the organism ingests to improve itself.
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FIVE: As always, my problem with news coverage is with the mindless repetition of details — which elevates the infamy of the fiend responsible.
      Three teror attacks this weekend but Obama, Clinton stick with PC script about migrant terror threat  (Fox 09/19/2016)
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The recent Islamic terror attacks in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey underscore the obvious danger of President Obama and Hillary Clinton's desire to increase the number of Muslim migrants entering the United States.
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In the span of 48 hours, the nation experienced three Islamic terror attacks...
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The evidence that first or second generation Muslims constitute a veritable fifth column and pose an existential threat to Western civilization and Western people is overwhelming.
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The Minnesota attacker ... was a 22-year-old Kenyan-born Somali.  Afghan-born Ahmad Khan Rahami, thought to be behind the bombings in New York and New Jersey, was apprehended after a shootout with police Monday.
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The U.S.  has yet again suffered at the hands of militant Islam, and yet again the progressive powers that be would apparently rather stick their heads further into the sand than face the reality of the threat.
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Adan and Rahami are just the latest foreign-born Muslims to be involved in terror on U.S.  soil.
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But rather than show concern for protecting the safety of the American people, progressive politicians and law enforcement seem concerned only with protecting their multicultural fantasy.
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... President Obama claimed that "at this point we see no connection between [the incident in Minnesota] and what happened in New York and New Jersey."
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But to most people, the connection is obvious.  Both suspects were radicalized Muslims and both suspects were migrants.
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The numbing regularity with which Islamic terrorist attacks in the West is now joined like clockwork by a "move along, nothing to see here folks" response from the multiculturalist elite.
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The evidence that first or second generation Muslims from unstable parts of the globe constitute a present danger to Western societies is overwhelming.
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Nearly every noteworthy militant Islamic attack upon U.S.  soil in recent years has been carried out by either a Muslim migrant or the child of Muslim migrants.
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"The challenge we're all talking about is that, we can only query against that [data] which we have collected."
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"If someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home but there would be nothing show up because we have no record on it."
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"We are extremely fortunate and grateful that no one was killed," Obama said Monday morning.
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But Obama's thanksgiving rings resoundingly hollow in the face of his immigration policies, and his continued refusal to face the reality of global, militant Islam.
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One can only wonder how many more Westerners need to die before the progressive powers that be abandon the notion that importing tens of thousands of Muslim migrants from war-torn nations is a good idea.
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If Obama and Clinton truly cared about protecting American lives, they wouldn't allow en masse into the U.S.  those who pose such a clear threat to American lives.
      Obama cracks jokes while jihadists lay siege to America  (Fox 09/19/2016)
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Islamic radicals are once again waging jihad on American soil and President Obama is AWOL.
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There have been attacks in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and a charity run for Marines.  Among the victims — an eight year old child and a 15-year-old girl. 
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And the only reason we're not talking about massive casualties is because of alert citizens and the incompetence of the jihadist.
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America is under siege and yet, our commander-in-chief remains silent. 
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On Saturday night — just moments after the bombings — the president was bashing Donald Trump at the Congressional Black Caucus gala and cracking jokes about the Islamic State.
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The president was cracking jokes while New Yorkers were digging shrapnel out of their bodies. 
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The White House seems to be treating the horrific events of this past weekend as if it was simply a normal day in America.
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Not only has President Obama not defeated ISIS — but now they are here — living among us — and more than willing to blow us up in the name of Allah.
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But instead of calling out the president's fecklessness — the mainstream media attacked Donald Trump — for having the gall to call the bomb a bomb.
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Mr.  Trump is the only person who had the courage to call for a temporary ban on immigration from places that are hotbeds of radical extremism.
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But the mainstream media called him Islamophobic. 
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What part of "they want to kill us all" does the media not comprehend?
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Hillary Clinton told a press gaggle there are millions of peaceful, law-abiding Muslims.
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That's nice to know.  But we're concerned about the ones that want to blow us up. 
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On Election Day you need to answer this one question — who do you trust to protect you and your family from the Islamic radicals?
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Gary Johnson — the pot-head?  Jill Stein — tree-hugger?  The lady who had to be shoved head first into a van?  Or Donald Trump?
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Think long and hard — because the safety of your loved ones is on the line.
      Edward Snowden isn’t a patriot — and doesn’t deserve a pardon  (NYP 09/18/2016)
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Despite a push from the American wing of the anti-American movement to get traitor Edward Snowden a pardon, nobody holding important power is buying it.
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Not the president, not the Congress and neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump.
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They all demand that Snowden come in from the Russian cold to face criminal charges under the Espionage Act, making this a rare moment of national political unity.
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Even a crack in the wall would give fuel to an idea that is extremely dangerous to America's national security.
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... he was a disgruntled employee whose leaks of military programs helped America's enemies.
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"Snowden is not a whistleblower.  ... his conduct put American lives at risk ... and the policy of the Obama administration is that Mr.  Snowden should return to the United States and face the very serious charges."
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The spark for the sudden interest is Oliver Stone's movie lionizing Snowden.
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The crackpot caucus, including George Soros, Susan Sarandon, Noam Chomsky, Cornel West and so-called human-rights groups, is using the film to demand the pardon and turn Snowden into a hero.
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The head of the American Civil Liberties Union claimed that cases like this one "are precisely why the presidential pardon power exists," while an Amnesty International official said, "We will need more Edward Snowdens."
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Ah, no on both counts.  The vast majority of presidential pardons are granted only after conviction and after the applicant has served most, if not all, of his prison sentence. 
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And the last thing we need are more Snowdens.  Letting him off without paying a price would encourage more treasonous behavior.
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... Snowden was charged in 2013 with theft, "unauthorized communication of national defense information" and "willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person."
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... the claims of Snowden and his confederates that he performed a public service are laughable.
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Unless, of course, he meant public service to Russia, China, Iran and Islamic State, the beneficiaries of his disclosures.
      Gingrich: Hillary’s dishonest, deplorable strategy to shame and suppress Trump supporters  (Fox 09/14/2016)
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Hillary Clinton broadened her personal attack campaign from its focus on Donald Trump to include the tens of millions of Americans who support him, claiming, "You could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.  [...] The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it."
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The media saw the remarks as a gaffe because our elites overwhelmingly agree with Hillary about the "deplorables" in the rest of America — and they believe that in politics, as the saying goes, a gaffe is when someone inadvertently tells the truth.
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The Democratic nominee's slander of tens of millions of Americans was part of a deliberate strategy to shame and suppress her opponent's supporters.
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That strategy relies on allies in the commanding heights of culture and the media to echo her charges and make it too painful for voters to support Trump in public.
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Hillary might have been indelicately explicit in attacking those who disagree with her as racist and xenophobic, but she hardly invented the tactic.
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Her remarks Saturday reflected the attitude that most of the modern left has taken toward its opponents since long before the Trump campaign began.
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Anyone who doesn't agree with the left's prescriptions or who challenges its assumptions gets labeled a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, or in some cases, a science-denier.
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... the reckless, ad-hominem attacks are not a sign of confidence about the argument, but of weakness and insecurity.
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... the left has done such a terrible job at a practical level that they can't have a discussion about policies in the real world.
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So instead of debating, they shout down opponents with ugly accusations.
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In fact, more Americans have been killed in Chicago since 2001 than have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
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Trump has pledged to restore safety to our cities, and one of his top advisors has actually done it: Mayor Giuliani cut the rate of violent crime by 56 percent in New York with effective policing.
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On national security, Trump points out a bipartisan failure to secure the border, properly screen the people coming into the U.S., or develop a strategy to win the war with Islamic supremacism 15 years after 9/11.
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Hillary has no good answer for these failures, and she is deeply implicated in them — so she suggests that any criticism is a mark of Islamophobia.
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In Clinton's case, the charges are especially galling considering the amount of money her family has taken from violently anti-women and anti-gay regimes.
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... it is why they lie to Americans knowingly about the threat of Islamic supremacism.
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If they didn't lie, they'd lose.
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Hillary's dishonesty, which is rampant and complete, arises from this basic necessity.
      Hillary collapse coverage reveals absurdity of biased media  (NYP 09/14/2016)
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It is said that history turns on small hinges, and now maybe the presidential race does, too.
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For hinges don't get much smaller than the 20-second video of Hillary Clinton collapsing and being lifted into her security vehicle.
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Without it, Americans would still be clueless about Clinton's serious health issues.
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Because they were scooped by the video, an army of journalists is now under pressure to report facts instead of covering them up.
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Most important, voters got fresh proof that Clinton's first instinct is to lie, and then lie again.
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Despite her unshakable reputation for being dishonest and untrustworthy, Clinton nonetheless managed to snooker most mainstream outlets into believing that her coughing fits were just allergies.
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Those organizations were so gullible that they created a protective circle around her. 
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... the press corps closed their minds and treated dissenters like pariahs to coerce conformity.
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They were like jackals, tearing away at a colleague's reputation out of partisan allegiance.
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... others added their voices to the Clinton chorus, demonizing any who mentioned her coughing fits as cranks, nut jobs and conspiracy theorists.
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In fact, the deniers were suckers.  They were buying into the Clinton scam that the world is out to get her.  They are her useful idiots.
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Guilty of malpractice, they participated in a shameful episode fueled by the media's determination to defeat Donald Trump.
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They don't love Clinton, but their hate for Trump blinds them to their duty.
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Because they believe they should pick the president, they didn't want to know the extent of Clinton's health problems, and didn't want anybody else to know, either.
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But remember the little video — it is a hinge of hope.  It shows the power of simple facts and the value of the democratization of media.
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In this case, it lifted the veil of dishonesty and informed the electorate.
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In doing so, it reminded millions of Americans why they don't trust the mainstream media any more than they trust the Clintons.
      Cal Thomas: Hillary's 'deplorables' and the left's contempt for traditional Americans  (Fox 09/13/2016)
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Every now and again secular progressives rip off their mask and tell conservatives what they really think of them.
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... Hillary Clinton one-upped President Obama, who said of conservatives during the 2008 presidential campaign: "And it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
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Hillary Clinton said: "You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables." She then said that some of these people were "irredeemable."
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How many, then?  One-quarter?  One-third?  Ten percent?  And how does she arrive at such a figure?
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This is the contempt in which it seems the left holds traditional Americans.
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Anything they say "no" to is to be labeled racist, sexist, misogynist, xenophobic and nativist.
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To the left, anyone who does not share "modern" ideas is to be condemned, even called unAmerican and deplorable.
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"Insulting everyday Americans to a group of wealthy donors shows whose priorities Clinton really has in mind and exposes the hypocrisy of a candidate whose stated desire to unite the country is clearly all for show."
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Name-calling on both sides prevents us from hearing what solutions to America's manifold domestic and foreign challenges the candidates propose.
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Bad language in politics is nothing new.
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The 1800 presidential race between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who are now held in high regard as statesmen, was the beginning of what we now call negative campaigning.
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In addition to the often scurrilous things they said about each other, Adams and Jefferson had surrogates who attempted to outdo them.
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... suggested that if Thomas Jefferson were to become president, "We would see our wives and daughters the victims of legal prostitution."
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... warned that the election of Jefferson would create a nation where "murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest will openly be taught and practiced."
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... wrote that Adams was a rageful, lying, warmongering fellow; a 'repulsive pedant' and 'gross hypocrite' who 'behaved neither like a man nor like a woman but instead possessed a hideous hermaphroditical character.'
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Deplorable, but redeemed in the minds and hearts of their countrymen; I'm doubtful the same will be said of the current presidential candidates 200 years from now.
      Greg Gutfeld: The next  (Fox 09/11/2016)
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We were splashed with the cold water realization that an ideology exists that threatens our existence.
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Islamists weren't "over there" any more.  Yes, they were over there — but now, they are over here, and, all around.
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Sure, we knew they existed before 9/11, but we hardly paid attention, even when they hit the WTC the first time. 
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My belief system is predicated on the goal of preserving our country.  I don't want to see this place go down the tubes.
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And I don't want a bunch of lonely losers blowing us up in the name of some god.
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... I'm aware that I am lucky to live in this country.  I realize that America is not the rule, but the exception, on this brutal planet.
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There are so many parts of the world that are steeped in misery.
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This is why so many people are dying to come here — this is the land of the lucky.
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... I have no right to deny a decent person a wish to come and live here.
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There is absolutely no explanation for you being where you are born, other than your good, or bad, luck.
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You didn't choose your parents either.  So if you got two of them, and they turned out well — you're especially lucky.
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It's no achievement on your or my part, however.  It's all a gift.
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... I am not a bouncer for America - I can't tell people who are not as lucky as me "sorry, dude, that's the breaks — go back to your hellhole and watch your children die."
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That's akin to a lottery winner announcing that only lottery winners get to play the lottery.  Only worse.
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So everything above is entirely correct, if — and only if — radical Islam did not exist.
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Radical Islam is the deadly skunk at the garden party — ruining any potential for an open border.
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An open border is akin to leaving our door wide open in a forest of hungry tigers.
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So as the lucky man, I can't just say, "come on in," knowing all of our luck will run out if you happen to be an Islamist who wants to end this world.
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... I know that as much as I want the tired and weary to come here, there's a predator hiding among them.  We need to sift.
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"Tired and weary" — we understand that phrase.  The world is nothing but billions of the "tired and weary."
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But what if people who come here under the guise of being "tired and weary" bring values and beliefs that serve to create only more exhaustion and pain?
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And, ultimately, our destruction
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Yes, bring us your tired and weary, but embrace our values.
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Radical Islam is a predator whose goal is to disable the host, dismantle its culture (or what's left of it), and not simply punish the nonbelievers, but also fellow Muslims through enforcement of an archaic brutal system.
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It's a mistake to cast immigration issue as a Mexico thing.
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No: it's about the spread of jihadism.  Even if ISIS dies, a new strain of hate will replace it.  And it will be Islamist, and it will be more refined, and more adept at targeting us. 
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The next big attack will exceed the casualties of 9/11 by a factor of ten.  Technological progress affects all arenas — including the purveyors of death.  Drones, plus anthrax, over a stadium, equals unimaginable horror.
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Who would do such a thing?  The same people who pulled off 9/11.  Now they just have better tools.
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The environment that we consider lucky to be living in, must be preserved — or ultimately whatever brings such luck will be destroyed.
      What the Benghazi attack taught me about Hillary Clinton  (Fox 09/11/2016)
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On this, the fourth anniversary of the Benghazi tragedy, I would like to offer a different explanation for Benghazi's relevance to the presidential election than is usually found in the press.
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Just as the Constitution makes national security the President's highest priority, U.S.  law mandates the secretary of state to develop and implement policies and programs "to provide for the security ... of all United States personnel on official duty abroad."
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And the Benghazi record is clear: Secretary Clinton failed to provide adequate security for U.S.  government personnel assigned to Benghazi and Tripoli.
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U.S.  law also requires the secretary of state to ensure that all U.S.  government personnel assigned to a diplomatic post abroad be located at one site.
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When asked about security at Benghazi on Sept.  11, Mrs.  Clinton has repeatedly asserted her lack of responsibility.
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More recently, she stated that "[I]t was not my ball to carry." But the law says otherwise.  Sound familiar?
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Her decision to allow the Benghazi consulate to be separate from the CIA annex divided scarce resources in a progressively deteriorating security environment.
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Notably, one of the primary goals of Ambassador Stevens' fatal visit was to begin consolidating our Benghazi personnel into one facility.
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There are no punitive measures for breaching these two laws.  Mrs.  Clinton will not have to appear before judge and jury to account for her failures.
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Is this why she felt these laws could be ignored?
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Because she is now the Democratic presidential candidate, only the American electorate will have the opportunity to hold her accountable.
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Candidate Clinton and her campaign point to her record as secretary of state as a positive qualification for the presidency.
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However, the record shows that Secretary Clinton persuaded the president to overthrow Qaddafi and advocated maintaining a diplomatic presence in Benghazi after the Libyan revolution.
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And then she abandoned her diplomats by ignoring her security obligations.
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Either she could not correlate the increased tempo of attacks in Libya with the safety of our diplomats, demonstrating fatal incompetence, or she was grossly negligent.
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If Mrs.  Clinton was unable to fulfill her security obligations to the federal employees she was legally obligated to protect as secretary of state, how can we trust her with the security of our entire country?
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I won't.
      Newt Gingrich: 9/11 anniversary — 15 years of strategic defeat, dishonesty and  (Fox on/0/2016)
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"I will begin by saying what everybody would like to ignore or forget but which must nevertheless be stated, namely, that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat."
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That was Winston Churchill's description of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's surrender to Hitler in the Munich Agreement of 1938.
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Yet Churchill's words also apply to where the United States is today.
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The problem has been the approach of a bipartisan Washington political elite that has squandered 15 years, thousands of lives, many thousands wounded, and trillions of dollars with no coherent strategy, no honest assessment of the challenge, and no willingness to learn from failure and develop new strategies and new institutions.
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Since September 11, 2001, we have moved from righteous anger and clarity of purpose against the forces of terrorism in the immediate aftermath of the attacks to now sending $1,700,000,000 in cash to the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism.
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Fifteen years ago this week, terrorists killed 2,977 Americans in the worst surprise attack on our homeland since Pearl Harbor, 70 years earlier.  In fact, 574 more Americans were killed on 9/11 than on December 7, 1941.
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It was a huge, tragic, and deeply emotional shock.  And yet the 9/11 attack was not the beginning of our war with Islamic supremacism.
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By 2001, we had been at war with the Iranian dictatorship (still to this day listed by the State Department as the leading state sponsor of terrorism) for 32 years, when Iranians seized the American embassy in Tehran.
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From an American perspective, that war had continued in Lebanon in the 1980s and in Saudi Arabia, East Africa and Yemen in the 1990s.
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In 2001, the terrorist war came to American soil with shocking results.
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... President Bush asserted "on September 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country."
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President Bush described a huge goal.  "Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there.  It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated."
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"Americans are asking: How will we fight and win this war?  We will direct every resource at our command — every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war — to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror network."
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Bush went on to warn that "Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have seen.  ...Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make.  Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.  From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."
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President Bush wisely warned that "the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it grows."
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Four months later, in his 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush described North Korea, Iran and Iraq as an "Axis of Evil".
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Bush warned that "the United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."
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And that was the high water mark of the response to 9/11.
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Just this week, North Korea had its fifth nuclear test.  Last week North Korea launched three missiles in direct violation of United Nations Resolutions.
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We now know that while deceiving the Congress and the American people, the Obama Administration has sent $1,700,000,000 to what even the State Department says is the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, the Iranian dictatorship.
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Iraq, at great cost in American lives, wounds and money, has degenerated into a mess dominated by Iran and by ISIS.
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How did we go from brave words to defeat, dishonesty, and humiliation? 
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Tragically, after heroic leadership in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 ... and after delivering exactly the right words to Congress, the Bush administration failed to plan for how big, how hard, and how long the fight with Islamic supremacists would be.
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Almost immediately, the lawyers began imposing rules and regulations.
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The State Department began pushing back against an honest, clear statement of who was attacking us.
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President Bush had warned that "you are with us or you are against us," but the State Department rapidly began to offer an alternative in which you could be a little with us and a little against us.
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Instead of a brief campaign Americans have been sucked into endless conflict.
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Both the Bush and Obama administrations have failed to define the scale of the threat, the determination of our enemies, and the very real dangers we face.
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Since the bipartisan establishment can't even define the threat, it certainly can't define a strategy for success.
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As our enemies grow stronger and smarter, we slide from defeat to humiliation.
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As our enemies watch us accept humiliation, they grow bolder and more daring.
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There is a remarkable parallelism to Iranian ships crowding our navy and Russian planes crowding our air force.
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None of this is a surprise.
      I'm not just saying 'no' to Hillary Clinton  (INN 09/08/2016)
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Yes, I'm voting for Donald Trump.
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If anyone had told me two years ago that I'd be making that statement, I would have done a Jon Stewart eye roll and stare. 
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What?  The guy from reality TV?  The "You're fired" guy with the funny hair and New York accent?  That guy?!
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But things have happened in the last few years that have made me ... decide that this is not only our best but our only choice.
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First of all, there is President Barack Hussein Obama.  ... "This president has done more to delegitimize and undermine Israel's position in the world than any other president."
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"As Secretary of State, Hillary led the international negotiations that paved the way for the Iran deal."
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I continue to wonder why American Jews — who often declare, "Never again!" — don't seem to grasp the enormity of Clinton's responsibility for the creation of this existential threat to six of the world's remaining 16 million Jews.
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How can I be sure Donald Trump will be better for Israel?  I can't.  But at least he gives me hope.
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Whatever you say about Trump, he isn't in this for either wealth or fame, both of which he has in abundant supply.
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Most of all, when I look at these two candidates I see a clear choice between a successful entrepreneur and a corrupt politician; a family man honest about his failings and a hypocrite involved in a sham marriage.
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A person with a vision (agree with it or not) for America, and someone willing to endanger her entire country's national security with a private email server simply to hide the truth about her words, actions and beliefs.
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"Who else in American politics would be so audacious as to have one spouse accept money from foreign governments and businesses while the other charted American foreign policy?"
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I believe that Donald Trump is sincere in the vision he has for America, and that he will do his best to achieve it.
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Some people find that vision appalling.  But I have a different take.
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Take border walls.  As an Israeli whose family almost died in the 2002 Passover massacre in Netanya, a direct result of the disastrous Oslo "peace accords" pushed by Bill Clinton, I can testify to the wonderful power of walls.
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When we began building ours in 2003 — over universal condemnation — our casualties from suicide bombings, from a peak of 220 dead in 2002 and 142 in 2003, dwindled until in 2015 there were... none.
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Radical Islamists have taken the worst in their religion and made it their creed, infecting some of their coreligionists with an ideology that turns them into rabid killers.
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This virulent ideology can strike at anyone, any time.
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What is wrong, then, with advocating a careful vetting of all those from affected areas?
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Likewise, what is wrong with stopping the illegal arrival en masse of Mexican criminals who are not vetted at all?
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Clinton's promise to continue Obama's mass amnesty plans, along with her even vaguer plans to "protect our borders," is simply irresponsible.
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Given power, she will do to America what Angela Merkel has done to Europe, destroying its people's peace and security and leaving them helpless to barbarous daily attacks by a mass of people who appreciate neither generosity nor kindness.
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Would I have preferred that another candidate ... espouse Trump's agenda?  You bet!
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But as it is, as an adult, I have no choice but to deal with reality.
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And the reality I see is that Trump is the best bet in this particular election for those who love both Israel and America.
      Dr.  Keith Ablow: Hillary Clinton — Inside the mind of a shameless liar  (Fox 09/08/2016)
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Recently, it has been reported that Hillary Clinton is using psychologists to prepare for her debates with Donald Trump.
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Donald Trump wears his psyche on his sleeve.
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Hillary Clinton is the one whose psychological make up would seem to leave her vulnerable.
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Her penchant for lying is a problem, but the really big problem is that she seems unable to determine when her lies are registering with audiences as clearly untrue.
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At the core, people who lie transparently do so because they lack empathy — the ability to intuit and vicariously experience what others are thinking and feeling.
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Locked behind walls of narcissism or arrogance or imperiousness, consumed with the pursuit of power, they can't tell convincing lies because they can't truly resonate with how their words and mannerisms are being received.
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We have in Ms.  Clinton, if you will, an empress with no clothes.  Everyone knows her cover ups are transparent — except, seemingly, Secretary Clinton, herself.
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All that Donald Trump needs to do, in order to expose Ms.  Clinton as a liar is to ask her to repeat her defenses related to her use of a personal email server when she was Secretary of State, her mingling of State Department business with Clinton Foundation business and her having abandoned Ambassador Chris Stephens, Foreign Service Office Sean Smith and two former Navy Seals to die at Benghazi.
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Tens of millions of Americans watching will feel, in their hearts, that she is a liar.
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As a forensic psychiatrist I have seen this psychological paradigm before — in those with sociopathy.
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Not infrequently, criminals attempt to hide their crimes with lies that are so obviously untrue that they leave investigators shaking their heads and chuckling.
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The criminals cannot tell that their lies are ineffective, because they are too insensitive to the feelings of others.
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"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans.  Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they'd they go kill some Americans?  What difference at this point does it make?"
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That's really the best Secretary Clinton could do.
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As a compulsive liar intent only on maintaining power, she doesn't know that she is fast becoming the Empress with no clothes.
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And only she believes others cannot see.
      After a decade of confusion our troops deserve a commander in chief who is worthy of them  (Fox 09/07/2016)
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Our next commander in chief will assume command of a military whose budgetary strains have reduced its ability to train and fight as they should.
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The veteran population has seen the sacrifices made for battlefield gains over the last 15 years squandered away.
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And just as troubling has been our inability to take care of those who were lucky enough to come home at all.
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This is a national disgrace, it's no secret, and yet it still is allowed to fester.
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And while we are still counting the cost of our forever wars in both blood and coin, our men and women in uniform will always be willing to undertake any mission that the American people and our commander in chief ask of them.
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They deserve to know he or she will unfailingly support them and more importantly, has the capacity to ensure those sacrifices will not be in vain.
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Our pattern of following up initial battlefield successes with our intransigent bureaucracy and political gamesmanship is why, after 14 years, we see an Iraq and Afghanistan with little to show for our efforts and sacrifices.
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We've had over a decade of confusion from the White House to the Pentagon to the Battlefield.
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We've had no coherent strategy.  We've had no clear end-state.
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We've had no consistent guidance, and in a vacuum of clarity, when our leadership has no real idea of what it is we are realistically trying to accomplish, they start to take less risk, and "success" becomes "don't screw up".
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So... they tighten the Rules of Engagement, they deny air support, they confuse a soldier's reality with that of a policeman, they listen to the lawyer instead of the warrior.  In turn we hear vague cliches like "advise and assist" and "non-combat roles".
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It's why, until recently 75 percent of bombing runs in Iraq and Syria returned without actually dropping their bombs because they're more afraid of bad press than the enemy.
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We pretend that 9,000 soldiers in Afghanistan will make a difference when 100,000 was just starting to see progress.
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That's madness and maddening to those who have and do serve this nation in the armed forces.
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To say this is an unsustainable path for our country, never mind our military is an understatement.
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What's the plan to win the war and keep the peace so that my kids aren't fighting on the same battlefields against the kids of the enemy I fought?
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What does "winning" even look like?
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To allow just one soldier to leave his family and head towards the sound of the guns without those answers is a failure.
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It's time they had a commander in chief they deserve.  It's time we had the leader we all deserve.
      Trump, Republicans and the 'Principles' Question  (JWR 09/06/2016)
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Almost everything that prevents #NeverTrumpers from voting for Trump also troubled us about the candidate.
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We differ on this: We hold that defeating Hillary Clinton, the Democrats and the left is also a principle.  And that it is the greater principle.
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But I do not believe that the country will surely survive as the country it was founded to be.  In that regard, we are at the most perilous tipping point of American history.
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It is true that the country was threatened with survival in the 1860s, and only a terrible civil war kept it whole.
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But with the colossal and awful exception of slavery, neither side challenged the founding principles of America.
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That is not the case today.  One side seeks to undo just about every founding principle that made America exceptional.
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Important examples include small and limited government; preservation of the power of the states to serve as political and social laboratories; a belief in individual responsibility; a society rooted in Judeo-Christian morality — one composed of people who nearly all affirmed in God and Bible-based moral teachings; and a deep sense of a unifying American identity and destiny.
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The left is successfully undoing every one of those founding principles.
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In fact, the left and the Democratic Party (which are now indistinguishable) boast of their aim to do so.  As then-Senator Barack Obama accurately prophesied in 2008.
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"We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
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And for the first time in American history, a man calling himself a socialist won the great majority of young people's votes in the Democratic presidential primaries.
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Therefore, with another four years of Democrat-left rule — meaning a nearly permanent left-wing Supreme Court and left-wing-controlled lower courts; the further erosion of federalism; an exponential growth in the power of the federal government; further leftist control of education; and the de-Americanization of America in part by effectively eliminating its borders, in part by substituting multiculturalism for American identity and in part by giving millions of illegal immigrants citizenship — America will not be America.
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We conservatives who will vote for Trump understand that he is the only vehicle we have to prevent this.
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We recognize that though there are some fine individuals who hold left-wing views, leftism is a terminal cancer in the American bloodstream and soul.
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So our first and greatest principle is to destroy this cancer before it destroys us.
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We therefore see voting for Donald Trump as political chemotherapy needed to prevent our demise.
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And at this time that is, by far, the greatest principle.
      The NY Times has Duranty's Syndrome on Islam  (INN 09/02/2016)
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... "the role of Islam is minimized by the New York Times".
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... it seems that the recent history of the Middle East is only a succession of betrayed hopes, neo-colonialism, ethnic fault lines, migrations.
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No mention of radical Islam and its project of conquest.
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... "the decline and fall of the New York Times", the bible of liberal intelligentsia, the object of worship of American journalism.
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The New York Times was immediately ready to back Obama's efforts of a "rapprochement with the Islamic world", by drawing attention to the speech in Cairo in June 2009 modeled on cultural relativism and political correctness.
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Not once has Obama spelled the words "Islamic extremism" or "jihadism".
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Yet Obama's speech on Islam was music to the ears of the Times, which in an editorial titled "The Cairo Speech" magnified the naivete of Obama.
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During the seizure of power by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in 2011, the New York Times published op-eds of apologists of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Let us not forget the praise that Neil MacFarquhar of the New York Times in an article he wrote about the Islamic veil.
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Or those enthusiastic over the project (failed) to build a mosque at Ground Zero.
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... the Times portrayed the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood, Yusuf Qaradawi, as "committed to pluralism and democracy".
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Alice in Wonderland?
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Qaradawi is a virulent anti-Semite who asked Allah to wipe out the Jewish people.
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Moreover, the Qatari imam has worked to undermine the democratic principle of freedom of speech and to defend the Iranian fatwa that called for the death of Salman Rushdie, alsopromoting a "day of rage" against Muhammad cartoons printed in Denmark.
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Qaradawi also defended the practice of female genital mutilation and Muslim teachings that call for the death penalty for those who leave Islam.
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In January 2015, the Times censored the cover of Charlie Hebdo, the one printed after the massacre with Muhammad in tears with the sign "Je Suis Charlie".
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A decision justified by the editor, Dean Baquet, who said that "the images of the Prophet offend Muslims".
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A few months after Charlie Hebdo, the New York Times published the work of the artist Niki Johnson, titled "Eggs Benedict" and exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum: seventeen thousand different colored condoms that make up the face of the Pope Emeritus, Joseph Ratzinger.
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An imam ridiculed by Charlie Hebdo triggers self-censorship at the New York Times, while a Pope made of condoms?  No, that's "art".
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The New York Times supported the nuclear deal between Iran and the United States with unsigned editorials such as "A safer world, thanks to the Iran deal".
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It is the same New York Times that, contrary to all the evidence, said for weeks that al Qaeda had nothing to do with the terrorist attack in Benghazi.
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"There is no evidence that al-Qaeda or other international terrorist groups have played a role in the assault", the New York Times wrote.
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The animosity of the Times towards Israel is sinister.
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During the Third Intifada, the newspaper's headlines described Palestinian Arab terrorists as Israel's victims and often indulged in a shameful moral equivalence.
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The fawning of the Times when it comes to dictatorships is an old story.
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Herbert Matthews of the New York Times silenced many Communist crimes in the Spanish Civil War, such as the massacres of thousands of priests and Catholic nuns.
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After the Second World War, the New York Times sent Matthews to Cuba, where he praised the Gulag of Fidel Castro, calling him as a leader who "has strong ideas of liberty, democracy, social justice".
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And how can we forget Walter Duranty, the Moscow correspondent of the New York Times in the ‘30s, who deliberately silenced the persecution of six million peasants by Stalin.
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Duranty called these reports "exaggerations" or "malicious propaganda", or even "pure nonsense".
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These articles gained Duranty a Pulitzer "for fairness" and also the gratitude of Stalin, who said him: "You really did a good job here".
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Oh yes, they always do a very good job!
      'Gross injustice': Of 10,000 Syrian refugees to the US, 56 are Christian  (Fox 09/02/2016)
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Of the 10,801 refugees accepted in fiscal 2016 from the war-torn country, 56 are Christians, or .5 percent.
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A total of 10,722 were Muslims, and 17 were Yazidis.
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The numbers are disproportionate to the Christian population in Syria, estimated last year by the U.S.  government to make up roughly 10 percent of the population.
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Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, it is estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million Christians have fled the country, while many have been targeted and slaughtered by the Islamic State.
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"In my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in territory under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims," Kerry said at the State Department.
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"[The Obama administration has] not prioritized Christians and it appears they have actually deprioritized them, put them back of the line and made them an afterthought."
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"This is de facto discrimination and a gross injustice."
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Christians in the main United Nations refugee camp in Jordan are subject to persecution, they say, and so flee the camps.
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"The Christians don't reside in those camps because it is too dangerous."
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"They are preyed upon by other residents from the Sunni community and there is infiltration by ISIS and criminal gangs."
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"They are raped, abducted into slavery and they are abducted for ransom.  It is extremely dangerous, there is not a single Christian in the Jordanian camps for Syrian refugees."
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"We must not only recognize what's happening as genocide, but also take action to relieve it."
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So it's all words and no actions, it's just lip service on the issue of the genocide."
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"This Christian community is dying.  I fear that there will be no Christians left when the dust settles."
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See related Iraqi Christians (Glenn McCoy, 08/08/2014) cartoon from World picture album
      The sacred right of jerkhood  (JWR 09/02/2016)
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Marketing is mostly hype.  You're not supposed to believe much of it, and nobody plays the hype game better than the occasional intelligent professional athlete.
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Even some of the dumb ones are pretty good at it.
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Mr.  Kaepernick is trying to work sitting down, especially when the band strikes up the national anthem.
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He's in the twilight of a brief and moderately successful career, and he's trying to keep the marketing going by stoking a little controversy on the sports pages, where legends go to die.
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His not standing up for the "Star-Spangled Banner" upsets a lot of people, which is the point of his exercise.
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He's learning that nothing recedes like success, and holds to the show-biz gospel that bad publicity is better than no pub at all. 
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"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.  There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
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He'll keep stepping over the bodies until there's "significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent in this country.  Then I'll stand."
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He was raised by white foster parents, and if he has said very much nice about them it has escaped wide notice.  White lives don't matter, but you never know.
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Football fans, like all fans, generally do not support snide snubbery of either flag or anthem.
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Angry football fans have resorted to burning Mr.  K's jersey.
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This, too, is a tribute to his marketing skills because fans have to buy the jersey to burn it, and he gets a cut of the proceeds.
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Indeed, the greater glory of America is that better men than he have died to preserve and protect the All-American right of men like Colin Kaepernick to be a jerk.
      Why Democrats aren't serious about overcriminalization  (Fox 09/02/2016)
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Easy.  The status quo leaves unbelievable power in the hands of federal prosecutors, who, under a Democratic president, would answer to Democratic political appointees.
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No, they want more.  The Democratic platform declares support for "stronger criminal laws" in the financial arena, which in practice usually means ever-broader and ever-vaguer laws that empower federal prosecutors to decide which conduct deserves to be punished without making meaningful improvements to the financial system.
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Calls for criminal investigation of political adversaries are nothing new, of course (Republicans demanded prosecution of Hillary Clinton for reckless mishandling of national security secrets), but they don't typically involve prosecuting the hallmarks of a free society – disagreement and debate – as federal crimes.
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... famously warned about "the most dangerous power of the prosecutor: that he will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted."
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But whereas Jackson sought to prevent his generation of Democratic officials from politicizing and personalizing law enforcement, this generation apparently took his warning as inspiration.
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If the temptation is not resisted, Jackson said, unscrupulous prosecutors could target individuals and groups for the supposed "crime" of disagreeing with the majority.
      Did Hillary engineer Weiner's downfall?  (Fox 09/01/2016)
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Who, other than the man himself, worked to expose Anthony Weiner?
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... back to the question of who "outed" Weiner — my bet is on Hillary Clinton or a surrogate.
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... Hillary and others on her team surely recognized how dangerous Weiner could be if Mrs.  Clinton were to become president.
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It's one thing to have the dog licking his paws or whatever in the dog house; it's quite another to let him out on an extendo-leash.
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How convenient; the immoral hussy coming onto Weiner and busting up his marriage is a Trump fan who opposes gun control.
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I may be wrong, but roasting Weiner as we come down the campaign's home stretch – and during a week when many Americans are on summer vacation – seems just too convenient to have been accidental.
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Huma knows better than most that where the Clintons are concerned, there are no accidents; there is only politics.
      Trump immigration speech: A president was born on Wednesday  (Fox 09/01/2016)
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America, we were introduced to our next president on Wednesday night.  He's not a politician.  He is one of a kind.  He is an American.
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Nothing gets me too excited.  I don't believe politicians.  Nor do I believe in politicians.  I don't fall for theatrical political productions.  I don't believe rhetoric or propaganda.
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Trump stated his case and never gave an inch to the president of Mexico.  Trump turned a vision — that was mocked and ripped to shreds for a year now — into a reality.  Who now believes that if Trump is elected a wall won't be built?
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As a conservative, I've waited a lifetime for this speech.  Why?  Because it was a speech that didn't back down by even one inch.
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It was a speech aimed at Americans, for Americans, delivered by a proud American, who values American exceptionalism.
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It was a speech that restores law and order.
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A speech that always put American citizens, workers and taxpayers first.
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A speech that recognized the right to safety and security for American citizens.
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A speech that recognizes that a foreigner here illegally does not have the same rights as an American-born citizen.
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A speech that pointed out that foreigners here illegally should not be treated better than our veterans.
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A speech that recognized that American citizens have every right to choose who comes into our country.  And that we should proudly choose immigrants with skills, self-sufficiency and a respect for our common values.
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It was a speech that recognized that illegal immigrants do not qualify for welfare, food stamps and other entitlements — and our government has a right, for the first time ever, to prioritize the deportation of illegal foreigners for abusing the welfare system.
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It was a speech that recognized that foreigners in American prisons for violent crimes and felonies should and will be deported immediately — and that no country can refuse to take them back.
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It was a speech that recognized our right to practice "extreme vetting" on anyone who wants to come into America — and that we can choose to exclude those who don't share or respect our values, customs, laws and Constitution.  Some people just won't be allowed in.
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It was also a speech that recognized that the federal government must shut off all funding to Sanctuary cities.
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After all that's our taxpayer money being given to political leaders who are choosing to break the law.
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FINALLY, an adult has decided to just say "NO."
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I've waited a lifetime to hear that we have a right to build a wall, to protect and secure our borders and keep the bad guys out.
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He never backed down to pressure from the corrupt mainstream media, billionaire titans, Wall Street moguls, Silicon Valley tech gurus, lawyers, lobbyists, liberals, the GOP establishment, Ivy League know-it-all intellectuals.
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He gave no quarter to any of them.  He changed nothing to appeal to them. 
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Trump is a blunt force, all-American, laser-guided middle finger to everything and everyone in Washington, D.C.
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And that, my fellow Americans, sounds like the dream of a lifetime to me.
      Trump calls for an oath to America  (JWR 09/01/2016)
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Loyalty oaths have been tried in the past, but eventually were struck down by the courts as either too vague, or an unconstitutional violation of free speech.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested something different.  He wants to screen people coming into America to see if they share American values.
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Trump says he would exclude not only people who sympathize with terrorists and believe in Sharia law, but those "who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred."
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"Millions of Americans are here because their ancestors signed 'declarations of intention' similar to what Trump is suggesting."
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... found the declaration of intention Albert Einstein signed in 1936.  He became a U.S.  citizen four years later. 
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Here is what it said: "I will, before being admitted to citizenship, renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty.  ... I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy."
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A century ago ... "anarchist" was the equivalent of today's terrorist.
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"Since Sharia law allows and even proposes polygamy as an act of justice, U.S.  law excluded Muslims who embraced it.  There were to be no divided loyalties."
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Diversity has replaced unity and hyphenated identifiers now divide races and ethnic groups.
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"Out of many, one" is fading as our national motto.  Out of one, many, is rapidly becoming our new one.
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Who will love America if we don't?  Who will sacrifice their lives for freedom if not us?  We had better realize America is something special, or risk losing it.
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There is nothing wrong and much right about what Trump proposes for people who want to become citizens of this country.
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He is no more a bigot than those who wrote the oath taken by Albert Einstein and many others.
      Bill and Hillary Clinton have made a mockery of America’s foundation system  (Fox 09/01/2016)
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Here is what a foundation should do: Collect money, distribute grants, and judge the work of its recipients.
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Here is what a foundation should not do: Give access to high-level government officials in exchange for gifts.
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That is the simple and damning case against the Clinton Foundation.  By now, it is clear that the Foundation operated as a vast and corrupt market for influence.
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With winks and nods, Bill and Hillary Clinton sold access to the Secretary of State's office.
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And because donors were giving to a "Foundation," all parties could quietly look the other way. 
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Let us call this what it is: graft masquerading as non-profit work.
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... Bill and Hillary Clinton have made a mockery of America's foundation system — and tarnished the reputations of the non-profits who received grants from them.
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They must clean house immediately.  Remove the current leadership of the Foundation, and cut ties with the entire Clinton family, including their daughter Chelsea.
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By this point, though, most of us know not to expect much from the Clintons.  They are simply too accustomed to doing whatever is best for them, and then working overtime to avoid consequences.  ... They do everything, in other words, except take responsibility. 
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But Americans — and, I suspect, the Clintons themselves — know that where there's smoke, there's fire.
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Our country's system of private-sector foundation giving is something to be cherished.
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The Clintons have slandered this system by using it as a front for their political ambitions.
      Abstract Immigrants in an Abstract World  (JWR 08/31/2016)
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Why would a country with the world's largest Jewish population, outside of Israel, admit large numbers of immigrants from countries where hatred of Jews has been taught to their people from earliest childhood?
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This question is ultimately not about Muslims and Jews.
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It is about discussing immigrants in the abstract, rather than in terms of the specific concrete realities of particular immigrants in particular circumstances at a particular time and place — that time being now and that place being the United States of America.
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A hundred years ago, when immigration from other parts of the world was a major issue, there was a government study which provided voluminous statistics on how immigrants from various countries performed in American society — economically, educationally and in terms of social pathology.
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Today, it would not be considered right — that is, not politically correct — even to ask such questions about immigrants, especially if immigrants were broken down by country of origin.
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Insipid statements about how "we are all descendants of immigrants" blithely ignore the fact that millions of Americans are descendants of legal immigrants who were not allowed into the country until they met medical and other criteria.
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Today people flood across the border with whatever diseases they bring, and are dispersed to various communities around the country by the federal government, without even a notice to local authorities as to what history of diseases, or crimes, these immigrants bring — much less what risks of terrorism they bring.
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Such high-handedness is neither incidental nor accidental.
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It is part of a much wider pattern, extending beyond immigration, and extending beyond the United States to many European countries, where narrow elites imagine themselves so superior to the rest of us that it is both their right and their duty to impose their notions on us.
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Any problems, or even disasters, that particular immigrants may cause are unlikely to be caused within the gated communities or other upscale enclaves where the elites live.
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However much educational standards or behavioral standards may suffer in schools when immigrant children from a poorer background flood in, that is not likely to affect the elite's children in pricey private schools.
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European countries have gone much further down this road, and their elites have been even more immune to hard facts about the disasters they have created.  Rapes of women on the streets of Germany by male refugees from the Middle East have been ignored or downplayed by authorities.
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Recurrent terrorist attacks across Europe from the same source have not caused any reconsideration of "hate speech" laws that can be invoked against anyone who warns of the dangers.
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American elites who say that we should learn from other countries almost always mean that we should imitate what they have done.
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But what we need to learn most of all is not to repeat their mistakes.
      A Gem in Chicago  (JWR 08/30/2016)
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We have gotten so used to seeing college presidents and other academic "leaders" caving in to so many outrageous demands from little gangs of bullying students that it is a long overdue surprise to see a sign that at least one major university has shown some backbone.
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"Free speech is at risk at the very institution where it should be assured: the university."
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"Invited speakers are disinvited because a segment of a university community deems them offensive, while other orators are shouted down for similar reasons."
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Demands have been made that assigned readings in some courses be eliminated because they "might make some students uncomfortable."
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Worst of all, such demands "have been supported by university administrators."
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"Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship.  Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others."
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The uniqueness of the University of Chicago is not something new.
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Back in the 1960s, as campus riots spread across the country, and academic administrators caved in to even the most outrageous demands, dozens of disruptive students were simply expelled from the University of Chicago and dozens more were put on probation.
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... "our faculty united behind the expulsion of a large number of young barbarians."
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But such faculty support required a sense of mission, beyond a quiet life on campus in which to pursue one's own career.
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One of the many name-calling responses to people who do not go along with political correctness is to use the all-purpose smear, "racism."
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But the first time I saw a white professor at a white university with a black secretary, it was Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago in 1960 — four years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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Years earlier, the first black tenured professor at an elite white university was Allison Davis at the University of Chicago.
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But who cares about facts in these politically correct times?
      On Hillary Clinton as a Model for Young Girls  (JWR 08/30/2016)
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Given that the former secretary of state used her office to enrich herself and her husband; given that she so willfully compromised national security by setting up her own private email server in order to avoid congressional and public oversight; given that she has repeatedly lied about these actions; given that she lied to the mothers and fathers of the men killed by terrorists in Benghazi; and given that she has a long history of lying ... the notion of Clinton as a model for America's girls and young women is nothing, if not depressing.
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Viewing themselves as world citizens, liberals value national identity far less than conservatives do.
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Conservatives affirm national identity and solidarity ("e pluribus unum"), but not gender, race or class identity and solidarity.
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Most conservative women are not impressed with the idea of "female solidarity." They regard it as intellectually and morally foolish.
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And all conservatives — male and female — regard "racial solidarity" as just another term for racism.
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We all understand that sometimes we feel compelled to vote for someone we may not admire because the cause is more important than the individual.
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Parents who want their daughters to regard Hillary Clinton as a model are telling their daughters that gender solidarity is more important than moral character.
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The country will pay a terrible price for this message.
      American ingrates  (INN 08/30/2016)
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He sat, he later explained, because America is an "oppressive" society.
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For mostly riding the bench as a second-stringer, he makes $12 million a year.
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Where can I get me some of that oppression?
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How about you, Mr.  and Mrs.  Working-Class America who barely make it paycheck to paycheck only to watch millionaires trample the country?
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Some people, it appears, can afford to suffer and feel oppressed.
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The rest of us do not have the time or the luxury.  We are too busy scrambling for the next dollar.
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We are too busy at work, at play, raising families, and – dare I say this – behaving patriotically.
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Shocker alert – some Americans are grateful for America.
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So are the millions who infiltrate our borders, who come here, I assume, to be oppressed.
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Yes, that was Kaepenick's main beef – "police brutality."
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Never mind, I suppose, the hundreds of cops on duty throughout the stadium who, in the event of an attack, would rush to save Kaepernick's sorry hide.
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When you're in trouble and dial 9-1-1, they're the ones who come running.  Black Lives Matter won't show up and neither will Hillary or Huma Abedin.
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Only Israel shares the same liberties and opportunities in a region where such qualities are rare.
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So rare that these millionaires and billionaires would be stoned to death for so much nudity and vulgarity if they tried putting it across in any of the 57 Muslim countries.
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For their gay pride, they would not last a minute in, say, Saudi Arabia, or Gaza, or Ramallah.
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In Ramallah, two Israeli kids were hacked to death by Arabs simply because they made a wrong turn.
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Yes, that's how it is when it's too late for the IDF or American cops to rush to the rescue.
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But for the VMA Awards, where Beyonce' and others performed lewd and half-nude, everyone felt safe.
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That's because a thousand cops were on hand to make sure these rich, spoiled, pampered, ungrateful brats could live another day to hate the police.
      Where there's smoke there's fire  (JWR 08/30/2016)
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Hillary Clinton said, "My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces.  I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right to keep Americans safe and protect our interests abroad." She added, "I know there's a lot of smoke, and there's no fire."
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Can there be smoke without fire?  I asked an expert.  #My son, Jay Thomas, has spent most of his professional life as a firefighter.
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He tells me: "Very simply put, where there is smoke there is, or was, fire.  Smoke is a byproduct of combustion.  There are three stages of fire: smoldering, incipient and free burning.  Each one (emits) smoke."
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"The phrase 'where there's smoke there's fire' means that if something looks wrong then it probably is wrong — just like if you see smoke there probably is a fire somewhere.  ... When the signs of trouble are there, then that means that trouble is probably there as well."
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Clear enough?  The Clintons have been lighting and trying to put out "fires" started by the combustible material of their shifting ethics and morals at least since Bill was governor of Arkansas. 
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In the end, will it matter?  If we care too little about ethics and morals in our leaders, it shows we do not hold these virtues in high regard.
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That says at least as much about us, as it does about them.  And that's not blowing smoke.
      Does the death penalty deter?  (JWR 08/30/2016)
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All penalties have some deterrent effect, and the more severe the penalty, the more it deters.
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Let a parking meter expire, and you risk a $20 ticket; park in a handicapped spot, and risk a $200 ticket.  Which violation are you less likely to commit?
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It doesn't take a social-science degree to grasp the real-world difference between facing vs.  not facing a potential death sentence.
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Criminals grasp it too.
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... we do know for sure that when the cost of a crime goes up, the frequency of that crime goes down.
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Raise the price of any behavior, and fewer people will do it.
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The deterrent power of punishment is axiomatic; criminal law would be meaningless without it.
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Still, a penalty cannot deter if it is never imposed.
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The politics of capital punishment are complicated and emotional, but human nature doesn't change.
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Granted, incentives and disincentives are never foolproof.
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Granted, there will always be cases in which deterrents don't deter.
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On the whole, however, when the death penalty is on the books and consistently enforced, a significant number of homicides will be prevented.
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Criminals may be evil and pitiless, but criminality isn't a synonym for stupidity.
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When murder is punished with death, fewer criminals will murder.
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When murder is punished with nothing worse than prison, more criminals will be emboldened to kill.
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In the never-ending debate over capital punishment, that is always what the choice comes down to.
      NFL's Kaepernick insults Americans, law enforcement officers everywhere  (Fox 08/29/2016)
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Kaepernick's comments weren't just an insult to the over one million Americans — many thousands of whom were African-American — who have given their lives in defense of the United States from wars as far back as the American Revolution to the more recent conflicts in the Middle East.
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Kaepernick also turned his back on the thousands of police officers — again, a tremendous number of whom were African-American - who have died defending their communities and upholding the rule of law at home. 
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No one should question whether or not Kaepernick had a right to sit, stand, or protest the National Anthem, no matter his motivation.
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We are blessed to live in a country where an act perceived by most as an ugly display of disrespect is protected by the very system of government prompting the protest.
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Many celebrities — and yes, even a backup quarterback on one of the worst teams in the NFL qualifies as a celebrity nowadays — use their status within pop culture to advance their beliefs and opinions, often without acknowledging differing perspectives. 
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This is nothing new.
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But if Colin Kaepernick were truly interested in being a part of the solution — a meaningful interlocutor offering not just hyperbole but considered rhetoric — he may have thought to open this dialogue with a sense of mutual understanding and respect and not by boldly thumbing his nose at both the American flag as well as the men and women of all races who have given their lives defending an American ideal — imperfect in practice, yet exceptional nonetheless — and one far greater than themselves.
      Why 2016 is the year of the angry white male  (Fox 08/24/2016)
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Ultra-liberal Democrats and the mainstream media (I know, I repeat myself) cannot understand why white voters, particularly white men, are so angry.
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Well, I'm going to share with you the raw, politically incorrect truth.  It's an indictment of a president and system practicing reverse racism and overt discrimination — in plain sight for all to see.
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First, there is no doubt that blacks, minorities, and people of color had it rough for many decades.  Women, especially in the workplace, had the system tilted against them.
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We get it.  And during the past hundred years, especially the last sixty, the vast majority of us fought hard to eliminate it.
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No one can deny the terrible things done to blacks: slavery; discrimination in jobs and housing; poll taxes; and "Whites Only" signs in front of bathrooms, pools, water fountains, and restaurant counters.  The list of wrongs and grievances is long and real.
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But that was then, and this is now.  And two wrongs don't make a right.
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The sorry truth is that the pendulum has swung way too far in the other direction.
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It has gotten to a point where virtually every action, law, and utterance out of our nation's first black president's mouth is intended to denigrate or damage the predominantly white middle class.
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Or haven't you noticed?
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... under Obama, America is in the middle of a massive suicide epidemic.  Who is committing all this suicide?  White middle-aged Americans.
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In other words, the white middle class and "angry white males" are so unhappy they are killing themselves.
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We should be worried about "White Lives Matter." But, of course, then we would be called "racist."
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Do liberals think an entire race has suffered a dramatic increase in depression and suicide because life is so easy and great for white people?  Because we have such fantastic advantages?  Because great jobs, perfect relationships, and wealth just appear out of thin air or fall out of trees for white people?
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Or could this depression, anger, and suicide be the result of no jobs or only menial, crappy, low-wage jobs; or a dramatic drop in our incomes and assets; or dramatic increases in taxes, health insurance, electric bills, grocery bills, and college bills — all of which has made it virtually impossible to provide for our families.
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The fact is that our own government is destroying the middle class and killing the American Dream of upward mobility.
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The predominantly white middle class has been sacrificed to give welfare and free health care to everyone else.
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And to add insult to injury, "everyone else" doesn't just mean other, less fortunate fellow citizens who most of us want to help; it also means every illegal alien who can walk across the border, many of whom hate us and the whole concept of America.
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Result?  We're killing ourselves.  That might have something to do with it.
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Ironically, the crux of the liberal argument is that white people have all the money, power, and high-paying jobs and own all the businesses.
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Yet when laws and policies are passed to redistribute their money to those who are poor and dependent, liberal politicians, intellectuals, and the media refuse to admit these policies are nothing more than reverse racism and discrimination.
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These policies are a sign of ignorance and stupidity, especially as to how an economy works.  A study of every socialist country in world history shows that "fairness, equality, and social justice" leads to devastating widespread poverty and shared misery.
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The only thing every country basing its economy on diversity, social justice, and affirmative action has succeeded in is making the powerful, political elites filthy rich and making everyone else poor.
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No one is lifted up, everyone is torn down, and the middle class, not the wealthy, are the ones who suffer.  Sound like what is happening right now in America?
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Obama has succeeded in destroying America's middle class, just like every other country that ever tried to legislate equality.  And that middle class happens to be overwhelmingly white.
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Obama has spent more, handed out more entitlements, more welfare, more food stamps, and now more debt than any president in history.  Yet the economy is miserable and the only true measurement of economic growth — gross domestic product (GDP) — is near zero.
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The result: 63 percent of Americans can't come up with $500 in case of an emergency.
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Amazingly, along with driving white and black Americans into bankruptcy and poverty, Obama will have added a world-record $10 trillion to the debt (by the time he leaves office).
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That's money that has to be paid back by the middle class for decades to come, thereby guaranteeing a shrinking middle class in crisis long after Obama is gone.
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Obama's success in fundamentally changing America looks exactly like the situation in every communist, socialist, and third-world country — inequality, massive poverty, shared misery, and no middle class.
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How many Americans are aware that the Obama administration sued major corporations to ban them from using criminal background checks on black job applicants?
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... federal agencies can no longer ask prospective job applicants about their criminal history.  Amazingly, what this means is government employees paid with your taxpayer money (often at a higher rate than a similar job in the private sector) will now include convicted criminals. 
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Are you aware that the Obama administration has told landlords they have no right to reject a potential tenant based on a criminal record?  Property owners are now obligated by law to rent to known murderers, rapists, drug dealers, pimps, carjackers, and home-invasion robbers.
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The administration admitted that this law is to protect criminals because they happen to be predominantly black.
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How many Americans realize that Obama's HUD agency is forcing cities and towns across America to build high- density, low-income housing in middle class and wealthy white neighborhoods?
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Clearly angry at Trump's promise to build a wall at the Mexican border, he asked Trump, "Why don't you want to build a wall around your inner cities to protect your citizens from American criminals?"
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The factual answer to that question is we already have.  It's called "suburbs." America has experienced a "white (and every other racial group with the economic ability) flight" away from inner cities to suburbs for decades.
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Decent, law-abiding people of all races with good jobs tend to run away from crime — especially once they start a family.
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But to Obama and his liberal friends, this isn't "fair." ... If he can't find a way to force you to live in poor, crime-ridden, inner city neighborhoods, he'll just create them in your neighborhood!
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This policy not only creates fairness and equality by putting poor people into wealthy neighborhoods without working for it; it also destroys the property values of middle-class, predominantly white homeowners.
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Like whites, black middle-class Americans have followed the same route.  For the most part, middle-class blacks have left the inner cities.  They move to suburbs to escape crime, filth, drugs, and poverty and to give their kids a chance at success.
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But Obama wants there to be no escape.  He's bringing the devil to you.  To your neighborhood, your block, perhaps next door.  He's putting drug dealers on your corner.
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Poor and nonworking Americans were handed a massive new entitlement program: "welfare in the form of free medical." As with every government program, middle-class Americans (predominantly white) got the bill.
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Obama has passed the most dramatic tax increases along with the most onerous business regulations in history.  Who were they aimed at?  Predominantly white small business owners and middle-class Americans.
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Obama has left the borders wide open, allowing hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to pour into America, all of whom expect cradle-to-grave entitlements.
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Don't forget, Obama has also fast-tracked the importation of about one million Muslims into America during his two terms.
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Well over 90 percent of these new Muslim immigrants are on food stamps, while almost 70 percent are on welfare.  These stats are according to Obama's own Labor Department.
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More illegals cross the border into Texas than babies born to native-born mothers in Texas each week.
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... illegal immigrants cost hundreds of billions of dollars in welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and other entitlements — far more than native-born Americans, both percentage-wise and dollar-wise.
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Obama just cut $2.6 billion from veterans, while allocating $4.5 billion to the importation and relocation of Syrian migrants.
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So why would a US president choose to cut money from vets in favor of fast-tracking Syrian migrants into our country?
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Vets, who happen to be in the predominantly white middle class, are getting shafted to pay for Muslim immigration.
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Perhaps the hundreds of billions spent on all other illegal immigrants is the reason there were no funds for VA hospitals and courageous heroes were put on fictitious waiting lists to die.  Those heroes happened to be predominantly white middle-class citizens.
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In Obama's last budget as president, he demands nearly $18,000 for every illegal child or teenager from Central America who enters the country in 2016 (he expects over 75,000).
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That's $3,000 more than the average American senior citizen collects on Social Security, even though they were legally born in America, worked their entire lives, and paid into the system.
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So native-born Americans are getting out monies they already put in, and still they get less than someone who comes here illegally.
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Keep in mind that many (if not most) of these children and teens might very well collect welfare for life.  What does that cost the middle class?
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If you can't see that this is a purposeful attack on the predominantly white middle class, you're blind, deaf, or very dumb.
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One out of every five illegals has a criminal record (not including the crime of coming into the country).
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Here's the most remarkable stat of all: 30 percent of all criminals in federal, state, and local prisons in the United States are illegal immigrants.
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The Obama administration is currently arguing in front of the US Supreme Court that Obama has the power to use executive action to instantly award Social Security to millions of immigrants illegally in the United States.
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Now let's move on to legal immigrants.  ... the Obama administration issued twice as many green cards to immigrants from Muslim nations as European nations...
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Why is Obama choosing this ratio?  Because this is how you "fundamentally change America," "overwhelm the system," and destroy capitalism, replacing it with socialism for a citizenry dependent on government entitlements to survive.
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The bonus is bringing in unskilled, uneducated, and dependent immigrants who will forever more vote Democrat to keep the freebies coming.
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As the country, health care, and school systems are all overwhelmed by massive costs for illegal immigration, and the debt rises to unimaginable levels, who pays for it all?  American taxpayers.
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And who are they?  The small business owners and middle-class Americans who spend their lives paying into the system and take almost nothing out.
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Middle-class Americans don't realize the immigration scam isn't just about working stiffs.  The cannon is aimed squarely at college-educated white-collar Americans, too.  It's called H-1B visas.
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This is precisely why college grads with massive student loan debt are living in all-time record numbers in their parents' basement.
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The sad truth about Silicon Valley is that they fear Trump because they don't want to pay real wages to American white-collar college grads.
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Guest worker programs have devastated the predominantly white middle and upper classes.
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We've been replaced by desperate foreigners willing to work for slave wages to get to (and stay in) America.  They can never ask for a raise for fear of losing their H-1B visa.
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You want to know why we are angry white males?  The H-1B program has resulted in massive job losses and a decade of wage deflation.
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... we're talking about American white-collar young adults who played by all the rules, graduated from good colleges, studied high technology, amassed massive student debt, and are being victimized by cheap legal foreign labor.
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... business owners and middle-class taxpayers who pay into the system (made up of predominantly white taxpayers) are bled dry to give their children a proper education, while we're also forced to pay for a terrible free education for the children of the poor, who pay no taxes and pay nothing into the system.
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Since they pay nothing for it, it is easy for the vested political and corrupt union interests to get them to vote for higher and higher education spending even with that system continually failing even their children.
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Do you know what a president does when his policies have so badly damaged the economy, ruined health care, killed all decent middle-class jobs, destroyed GDP, and run up $9 trillion in new debt...
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Obama attempts to appease the masses of oblivious voters by changing the faces and images on the front and back of five-, ten-, and twenty-dollar bills to celebrate "social justice and diversity."
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... the reality is that Obama and his socialist cabal have proven an economy can not be run based on diversity and social justice.  Basing our currency on diversity and social justice won't help either.
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Not only is Obama demanding criminal backgrounds not be considered in hiring, but he no longer wants them to be called criminals.
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... The term "criminal" might offend.  Along with this directive came a pamphlet referring to convicted criminals as "justice-involved individuals."
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You can't make this up.  Obama thinks a criminal is just someone "involved with justice."
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Folks, it really is this bad.  Yes, we are angry.  And we have every right and reason to be.
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Sadly, it's a full-scale attack coming from all directions and it's getting worse.
      The real reason why liberals hate ID requirements for voting  (Fox 08/23/2016)
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Are civil rights groups who sued the state contending that poor and minority people are so inept that they can't apply for an identification card?
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If that is their position, how are they able to apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program) benefits, which require a photo ID?
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Why is voting the one category in which you don't have to prove your citizenship and legal residence?
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You must have a photo ID if you are 25 or under and wish to purchase alcohol or cigarettes.  Store signs say so.  Want to open a bank account?  Photo ID required.  Here are the rest of the categories: applying for welfare, Medicaid and Social Security (presumably poor people take advantage of one or more of these programs); unemployment benefits (ditto); rent/buy a house, or apply for a mortgage; drive/buy/rent a car; get on an airplane; get married; buy a gun; adopt a pet; rent a hotel room; apply for a hunting or fishing license; buy a cellphone; visit a casino; pick up a prescription (or buy restricted over-the-counter medications); donate blood; apply for a license to hold a demonstration; buy an "M"-rated video game; purchase nail polish at CVS.
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Again, why is voting placed in a separate category?  Why are liberal groups determined to repeal laws requiring proof of citizenship and residence?
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The answer is found in a definition of the word fraud: "deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage."
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Since many poor people are receiving government benefits, they are responsive to Democrats' claims that Republicans want to cut them off, so they had better vote early and vote often, as the saying goes, or else.
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They need a reliable voting bloc and keeping the poor dependent on government is a modern form of slavery that is cynical in the extreme.
      American journalism is collapsing before our eyes  (NYP 08/21/2016)
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Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president.
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But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.
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The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.
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Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.
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Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang suffers the daily beating that Trump does.
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The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.
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By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media's reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards.
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The traditional ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable leads to demands that government solve every problem.
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Any reporter who agrees with Clinton about Trump has no business covering either candidate.
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That's the whole point of standards — they are designed to guide decisions not just in easy cases, but in all cases, to preserve trust.
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Now its only standard is a double standard, one that it proudly confesses.  Shame would be more appropriate.
      What Republican turncoats forget  (JWR 08/22/2016)
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I asked a successful businessman the other day what he thought about Donald Trump.  He turned his thumb down.  Wow.  Are you going to vote for Hillary?  I asked with trepidation.  "Of course not," he replied almost insulted by the question.  "I understand the concept of a binary decision."
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I got a similar response when I asked oil magnate T.  Boone Pickens whether he would vote for Mr.  Trump.  He looked at me with a quizzical look on his face and replied: "Well who else is there to vote for?"
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Right.  Who else is there?  Yet amazingly a caucus of lifelong Republican politicos in Washington are announcing to the world with defiance and self-righteousness that they will vote for Hillary Clinton.
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They are mostly former Romney and Bush operatives.  They lost and now they want people to believe that their anti-Trumpism is an act of heroism and principle. 
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I certainly don't mean to disparage conservatives who say they won't vote for Mr.  Trump.
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But to actively support Hillary is to put the other team's jersey on and then run a lap around the stadium.
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"It is clear from history that the House and the Senate always move in the same party direction as the White House, and with the same magnitude.  That means the presidential candidate is like a boat that congressional candidates are riding on.  It's really stupid to torpedo that boat."
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... if Obama/Hillary win a third straight presidential race, there won't be a conservative movement left to rebuild.
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... for President Obama to win effectively a third term will be a voter validation of all of the destructive policies of the last eight years.
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Do the "never Trumpers" want to facilitate that?
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Do they want to hand the left its greatest victory for liberal governance of all time?
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If they do, they, not Trump, are the unforgivable betrayers of conservative principles.
      Obama, the Worst President Ever, Except Maybe for Hillary  (JWR 08/19/2016)
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President Obama set out to fundamentally transform America (read: systematically destroy America as founded).
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Measured in terms of accomplishing this goal, Obama has been one of the most successful presidents in history.
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Measured in terms of doing what is best for America, Obama undeniably ranks among the worst.
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President Obama couldn't be more of a menace to this nation's interests if he were trying to be — and thus, coupled with his stated intentions, it is reasonable to assume he is and irresponsible to downplay the suspicion.
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In every subcategory of domestic and foreign policy, Obama has damaged America.
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He has turned everything upside down.
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Wrong is right.  Bad is good.  Strength is weakness.  Culturally sound is culturally taboo. 
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Economic decline is economic growth.  Deliberately exploding the national debt is reducing the deficit.
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Destroying health care, qualitatively and quantitatively — and as a matter of cost and choice — is progress.
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Demonizing victims of terrorism and excusing terrorists is enlightened.
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Opening our borders to those with hostile intent toward Americans and America is compassion.
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Releasing coldblooded terrorist killers helps show the world how wonderful we are.
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Facilitating the world's evilest regime's acquiring nuclear weapons and capital to fund terrorism is a triumph of diplomacy and world peace.
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Fostering a war on law enforcement is an achievement for justice.
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Repeatedly apologizing for America here and on foreign soil is commendable. 
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Squandering billions of dollars on environmental boondoggles proves good intentions.
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Undermining our military readiness and managing our national decline atones for our alleged misdeeds.
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Converting NASA for Muslim outreach beats getting a man on Mars.
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Waging war on religious liberty releases us from the clutches of those crazy Christians.
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Dividing Americans on the basis of race, gender, religion and income is uniting America.
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Everything Obama has done is fairly and necessarily imputable to Clinton because she participated in and ratified his policies and actions and promises to do worse.
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On top of all this, Clinton is the most opportunistically ambitious, double-dealing, corrupt fraud in the modern era.
      Setting John Hinckley free is a dangerous decision  (Fox 08/15/2016)
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In the annals of American criminals, John Hinckley Jr.  ranks as one of the most heinous.
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It was bad enough that Hinckley escaped punishment for his actions when he was found "not guilty by reason of insanity" in his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981.  Now, U.S.  District Judge Paul L.  Friedman of Washington has compounded the injustice by ordering Hinckley released from a government psychiatric hospital. 
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You're a free man, Mr.  Hinckley.  Have a nice day. 
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Let's not forget what he did. 
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On March 30, 1981, Hinckley was lying-in-wait outside the Washington Hilton Hotel armed with a fully loaded .22 caliber Rohm RG-14 revolver with exploding "Devastator" bullets.
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As President Reagan emerged, Hinckley fired six shots in rapid succession.
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Police officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy were shot in the back and chest, respectively.
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Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head, critically wounded.  He suffered severe brain damage. 
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Hinckley's final bullet ricocheted off the President's waiting limousine, penetrating his chest and lodging a mere fraction of an inch from his heart.
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He was rushed to a nearby hospital, perilously close to death.  After two hours of surgery, the bullet was removed and the President's life was saved.
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It was pure luck that that Hinckley's bullet stopped just shy of tearing into President Reagan's heart.
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The course of history might well have changed dramatically had Hinckley succeeded. 
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The case against Hinckley was clear and strong.
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But Hinckley, like O.  J.  Simpson, was armed with money.  Specifically, his parents' oil wealth.  They hired a top criminal defense team that argued insanity.
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Which, considering the evidence, should have been a joke. 
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But back in 1982, the legal framework of the insanity defense favored the accused.
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Once invoked, the burden shifted to the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Hinckley was not insane.  It was completely backwards and inimical to common sense.
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He left an extensive paper trail proving his elaborate planning and premeditation to commit murder.  He penned letters and notes outlining his intended design to kill the President.  He admitted its wrongfulness.  His actions were both clear-headed and deliberate.  Hinckley's planning was careful and cautious.  Cold and calculating.  The very definition of sanity.
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Did Hinckley suffer from a mental illness and/or personality disorder?  Maybe.
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Was it severe and debilitating?  Not for a minute. 
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Did he understand right from wrong?  Unmistakably. 
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But juries are easily misled, manipulated and fooled by skilled defense attorneys.
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More revealing, perhaps, is how Hinckley has behaved during his time at St.  Elizabeth's.
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He exchanged letters with serial killer Ted Bundy.
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He sought the address of mass murderer, Charles Manson.
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He continued his obsession over actress Jodi Foster, smuggling her photos and other materials into his room.
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Judge Friedman assures us that Hinckley's doctors are persuaded that his "psychotic symptoms, delusional thinking or violent tendencies" are in remission.
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We are supposed to be comforted by that?  Look up "remission" in any medical treatise and you'll learn it can be a temporary decrease in the manifestation of a disease.
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Judge Friedman, in his 103 page opinion, seems to accept as faith the doctors' conclusion that their patient "presents no danger to himself or to others in the reasonable future".
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As opposed to what?  The unreasonable future?  What does that even mean?  Now?  Tomorrow?  Next week or next month?
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There are some actions which are so evil, the perpetrator should never be set free.  Under any circumstances.  This case is one of them.
      Nationalism Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing  (JWR 08/12/2016)
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"Nationalism" is deemed to be bad stuff, maybe even akin to Nazism.
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An elite globalist may scoff at the arbitrariness of national border and style himself "a citizen of the world," as Barack Obama described himself before a massive crowd in Berlin in 2008.
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But most people don't think of themselves that way.  Nation-states inspire loyalties in a way the United Nations or the European Union have failed to do.
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Nationalism, properly understood, can be a positive force, welding otherwise disparate people together to build a decent society, secure a competent government and rally to defend themselves against attack.
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Each nation has developed its own particular culture, its own manners and mores, its own rules, written and unspoken.
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An intelligent nationalist can respect the strengths of other nations, while preferring his own.
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... as nations grow more prosperous, their elites become more globalist in outlook, and consider nationalism as blind prejudice or even racism.
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But ... "having a shared sense of identity, norms and history" — e.g., nationalism — "generally promotes trust."
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"Nationalists feel a bond with their own country, and they believe that this bond imposes moral obligations both ways."
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"Citizens have a duty to love and serve their country, and governments are duty bound to protect their own people."
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This is a principle that Donald Trump, in between off-the-cuff gaffes and self-harming diversions, affirms.
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Nations have boundaries and owe greater duties to their citizens than to foreigners.
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They have no obligation to open their borders entirely.
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It is not racist ... to bar those "whom they perceive as having values that are incompatible with their own, or who (they believe) engage in behaviors they find abhorrent, or whom they perceive to be a threat to something they hold dear."
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... called for "a responsible nationalism" which recognize government's responsibility "to maximize the welfare of citizens, not to pursue some abstract concept of the global good."
      All Americans deserve safety  (Fox 08/11/2016)
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Stealing a car is wrong.  Running from police is wrong.  But neither should be a death sentence.
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If the investigation confirms accusations that the police shot unlawfully, the officers responsible must be held accountable under the law.
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In the first week of August, there were 78 shootings in Chicago.
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That level of violence isn't perpetrated by the police.  It's what the police are trying to fight.
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And although many Americans seem to have grown numb to violent crime in our inner cities, it is worth reminding ourselves that it merits an equal level of concern, attention and outrage.
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So far in Chicago this year, 396 people have been murdered and more than 2,000 shot.
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That is a 43 percent increase in murders over the same period in 2015, and a 48 percent increase in shootings.
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That level of violence is unacceptable in an American city.  And alarmingly, Chicago is not alone.
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In a study of 56 major cities in the U.S., homicides are up 17 percent on average.
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Every American has the right to live in safety.  To secure our communities is the first and most important responsibility of government.
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We are failing in our obligation to secure city neighborhoods for the people who live there — - grandparents, children, single moms and families who simply want to live and work in safety.
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For those Americans who live in our violent inner cities, the Democrats have only one answer: gun control.
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Of course, Chicago already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.  They haven't stopped the violence.
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Donald Trump and Republicans have an opportunity and an obligation to offer an alternative future to Americans living in the inner city.
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They should begin with the policies we know have worked in the past to restore safety.
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The practical policing methods pioneered by Bill Bratton in New York City made it the safest large city in America.  Over the past 23 years, murder has dropped in New York by 83 percent.  And the success of Bratton's methods have been replicated in other cities throughout the country.
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Of course, more aggressive policing will mean more police engagements with criminals and other members of the community.
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And that will mean an increase in the potential for police to make mistakes or do wrong...
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There is not an acceptable level of police misconduct.  And there is not an acceptable level of violent crime.
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The right of every single American to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" is one of our nation's founding principles.  Without safety and security, these rights can have no real meaning.
      The Decline of Civility  (JWR 08/10/2016)
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One of the unavoidable consequences of youth is the tendency to think behavior we see today has always been.
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This was the time when the education establishment and liberals launched their agenda that undermined lessons children learned from their parents and the church.
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Sex education classes undermined family/church strictures against premarital sex.  Lessons of abstinence were ridiculed, considered passe, and replaced with lessons about condoms, birth control pills and abortion.
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Further undermining of parental authority came with legal and extralegal measures to assist teenage abortions, often with neither parental knowledge nor parental consent.
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Customs, traditions, moral values and rules of etiquette are behavioral norms, transmitted mostly by example, word of mouth and religious teachings.  As such, they represent a body of wisdom distilled through the ages by experience and trial and error.
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The nation's liberals — along with the education establishment, pseudo-intellectuals and the courts — have waged war on traditions, customs and moral values.
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Many people have been counseled to believe that there are no moral absolutes.  Instead, what's moral or immoral is a matter of personal convenience, personal opinion, what feels good or what is or is not criminal.
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We no longer condemn or shame self-destructive and rude behavior, such as out-of-wedlock pregnancies, dependency, cheating and lying.  We have replaced what worked with what sounds good.
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The abandonment of traditional values has negatively affected the nation as a whole, but blacks have borne the greater burden.
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It is the height of dishonesty, as far as blacks are concerned, to blame our problems on slavery, how white people behave and racial discrimination.
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If those lies are not exposed, we will continue to look for external solutions when true solutions are internal.
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Those of us who are old enough to know better need to expose these lies.
      Hillary cries wolf on Wall Street  (Fox 08/10/2016)
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Wall Street's preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton, slammed Donald Trump's economic plan on Monday at a rally in St.  Petersburg Florida — for being too favorable to Wall Street.
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For every single dollar Donald Trump received from the financial industry through July 21, Hillary Clinton received more than $539.
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For Clinton to attack Trump as the candidate of Wall St.  indicates a stunning contempt for the intelligence of the average American voter.
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From 2001 until Clinton launched her 2016 campaign, the Clinton's collected more than $153 million in speaking fees, including $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to large banks...
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If Clinton's record as a clear favorite of the Wall Street speaking circuit isn't enough of a hint as to who is the real candidate for Wall Street in this election, the vast sums of money her campaign has raised from Wall St.  donors compared to Trump is a sign as a subtle as an anvil on the head.
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... the only one recycling old, tired ideas that will do nothing to help the vast majority of Americans whilst those at the top only continue to grow their fortunes is Clinton.
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Clinton is the globalization candidate, and globalization fuels Wall Street's ever-rising profits as it sucks middle and working America dry of wealth and opportunity.
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That's why Wall Street millionaires and billionaires are flocking to her corner in droves.
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All Clinton could offer is the tired old liberal promise that "we're going to make the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes for a change," despite the fact that America already has the most progressive income tax system in the developed world.
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"He's got — I don't know — a dozen or so economic advisers he just named: hedge fund guys, billionaire guys, six guys named Steve, apparently," Clinton said in a transparent attempt to portray Trump as the wealthy white man's candidate.
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A glance at the Clinton campaign's contributions suggests otherwise.
      The Koran Trumps Mr.  Khan  (INN 04/08/2016)
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Of course, we all grieve for any U.S.  soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice for protecting this country.
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However, it is not too late for Mr.  Trump to turn his political misstep in his handling Mr.  Khan into the ultimate political win, and focus America and the world on the true danger: the exact provisions of the Koran that exhort its followers to extreme wanton violence against not only non-Muslims, but Muslims as well.
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Mr.  Trump should proffer Mr.  Khan a copy of the Koran that contains the violence-exhorting sections that modern-day Jihadists look to as their inspiration.
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Q4:95 states, "Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home)."
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Q8:60 advises Muslims "to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know."
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Q9:29 instructs Muslims: "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."
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... the Prophet Mohammed undertook no fewer than 19 military expeditions, personally fighting in eight of them.
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In the aftermath of the 627 Battle of the Trench, "Mohammed felt free to deal harshly with the Banu Qurayza, executing their men and selling their women and children into slavery."
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So, instead of bothering with Mr.  Khan, Mr.  Trump should expose the very cause of Islamic violence: the Koran itself and the modern-day Muslims who want to live as Mohammad lived and murder and pillage and convert "unbelievers" like Mohammad did in the early 600's A.C.E. 
      What's more important?  Trump offending one father or the meltdown of the US economy?  (Fox 08/04/2016)
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Folks, this is a combination of pure fraud, censorship, media manipulation and conspiracy to rig a presidential election.
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The media hates Donald Trump.  They want to destroy him.
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So they choose to downplay or outright ignore any news that hurts Hillary or Obama... and make any news that hurts Trump the biggest blaring neon headlines on earth.
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Here's how I wish he'd replied to the Muslim father of the US Army Captain who died on the battlefield in 2004:
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"Sir, I know the pain you must be in.  I'm so sorry for your loss.  Your son is a hero.  Thank you and for making the ultimate sacrifice....
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"Now let's get back to the dying U.S.  economy, the massive debt, the disaster of ObamaCare bankrupting the middle class, the lack of middle class jobs, our wide open borders allowing in millions of illegal aliens who are taking American jobs and busting our budget with massive spending on welfare, food stamps, education, healthcare, police and prison spending, and the frightening threat of Muslim terrorism..."
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"Oh and one more thing... your son was killed by radical Muslim terrorists.  My proposed limits on immigration are intended to keep those killers out of the United States.  We both have the same goal."
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This was a brilliant set-up to distract the voters and to destroy Trump's momentum.
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Trump fell for it, and it worked (in the short term).
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But what's truly amazing is the magnitude of the media conspiracy.  The mainstream media decides what's in the news and what makes headlines...
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So they decided this the opinions of this one Muslim father were far more important than thousands of parents whose children have been killed by illegal alien criminals because Obama and Hillary left the border wide open.
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Most remarkably the mainstream media decided this one Muslim father... and Trump's reaction to him...is far more important than the meltdown of the entire U.S.  economy and the destruction of the once great American middle class.
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Last week the Fed announced something so important, that it should be the talk of the media and the talk of every American.
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A simple way to describe 1.2% GDP is "jet engine stall." We're aren't moving, the economy is in quicksand. 
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If only this were only about one quarter, this would be worrisome, but not a disaster.  It's not.
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Remember Hillary has stated repeatedly she is running for the third term of Obama.
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Here are a few more facts that the media doesn't want you to know:
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Barack Obama is the only president in the history of America to preside over 7 straight years of GDP growth under 3 percent.
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... Obama will become the only president in America's history to never produce a single year of 3% or higher GDP.
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The longest previous streak of under 3% GDP in the history of America was four years (1930 to 1933) during the depths of the Great Depression.
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For the first time in American history, more businesses are being destroyed each day than are being created.
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A record numbers of Americans are not in the workforce (over 94 million).
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There are 70 percent more Americans collecting entitlement checks than working in the private sector (148 million "takers" vs.  86 million "makers").
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13 of the 23 Obamacare State Co-Op Exchanges have failed (gone bust and broke).  The remaining 10 have losses of over $200 million per year.
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20% of U.S.  families don't have a single member who is employed.
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More Young Americans now live with their parents than at any time since Great Depression.
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There is virtually no mainstream media coverage of the U.S.  economy on verge of collapse, or the middle class being destroyed by ObamaCare, or half the country on welfare and food stamps.
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All this destruction was created by Obama and Hillary's policies.
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But all the media tells you about is one offensive comment by Trump.
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And that my friends is more than a tragedy...
      Morality and the second amendment  (Fox 08/02/2016)
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The most fundamental goal of any people — and of any government that is of, by, and for the people — must be to protect civilization. 
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Only in a state of civilization, in which personal and property rights are protected from the forces of the metaphorical jungle, can we truly be free. 
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For only then can we go to bed secure that, come morning, we'll wake to find ourselves and our loved ones still safe, and the property we labored to acquire still there.
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The problem confronting millions of Americans is that they do not live within the geographical borders of civilization.  They are trapped in asphalt jungles, where crime is rampant and police response times are alarmingly long.
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What are they to do?  From a moral standpoint, if you are an adult mired in so sorry a condition, you have a duty to protect your loved ones who depend on you, including your spouse and children.  You simply cannot abandon them to the forces of the jungle, no matter how ubiquitous they are. 
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Unless you can somehow uproot and move to a safe and civilized place, the answer for you likely is to own a firearm.
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The bad guys always manage to get guns anyway, and they know which neighborhoods have been rendered defenseless.
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Where gun ownership rights prevail, crime rates are much lower.  Why?  Because crooks, too, engage in cost-benefit analysis, and they'll avoid areas where potential victims are able to defend themselves. 
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Having a gun doesn't mean you have to use it — most of the time, merely showing home invaders that you are armed is enough to repel them.
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Our right to bear arms isn't about hunting, fishing, or recreation.  It's all about our liberty.
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There is a serious movement afoot today to repeal the Second Amendment.
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But the liberals and progressives behind this — the ones who are hamstringing our police forces in our major cities, and who are letting criminals cross our borders unfettered — cannot be depended on to put government on our side. 
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We don't need them, but we do need the right to bear arms.
      Megyn Kelly and Trump's Muslim ban  (INN 08/02/2016)
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Those of us rooting for Trump could only be dismayed by his impoverished response to the Khan family, Muslim Americans whose son, a soldier, fell in combat for our side.
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Trump said that as a businessman he too sacrificed.  That was the wrong answer in every way imaginable.
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... he fell for the trap, and make no mistake, it was a slick set-up by the Democrats to hoist a speaker, at their convention, who would use his grief to hammer Trump.
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The game was to get Trump personally and to send a message against Trump's proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigration.
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The plan was to portray Muslims as heroes, not terrorists, and it worked marvelously.
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We can only wonder if using grief to score political points is really an honorable thing to do.
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Mr.  Khan's grudge against Trump has become a bit too transparent.
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We cannot question the son's heroism, but we may have to question the family's motives.
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Because of one young man's answer to duty, does this mean the jihad threat is over and it's now safe to get on a plane?
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The question remains – what provoked Trump to call for a ban in the first place?
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Did it come out of the blue?  Yes it did.  It came from the skies.  We refer to it shorthand – 9/11.
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Have we forgotten the thousands killed that day in Manhattan alone September 11, 2001? 
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... that was Islamic terrorism, not the first and not the last.
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If 9/11 wasn't enough to alert Trump against Muslim immigration, there have been some 40 deadly Islamic attacks on our country since then.
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That was 2009 at Fort Hood when Nidal Hassan shot to death 13 unarmed fellow soldiers while shouting praises to Allah...
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In 2013 at the Boston Marathon, three dead, later in Chattanooga, Tennessee, five dead, and then in San Bernardino, California, 14 dead, and this year in Orlando, Florida, 49 dead – all dead from the hands of Islamic extremists who came here legally, illegally or overstayed their welcome.
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Which is precisely why Trump suggests that we should not be so welcoming.
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Yes, the Khans have a point.  Theirs is about a son.  This merits our respect.
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Trump's point is about an entire nation at risk.  This speaks to all our sons and daughters. 
      Khan and Smith: How the media are treating two grieving parents  (Fox 08/02/2016)
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The Republican nominee is, of course, entitled to defend himself against Khizr Khan, who took the stage at the Democratic convention and denounced him as an anti-Muslim bigot.
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But the way in which he has done it has fueled the story. 
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There is no question that Khan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq, provided a heartbreaking moment in Philadelphia.
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Trump had nothing to do with his son's wartime death, of course, but Khan took his proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigrants and used it to question whether the candidate has even read the Constitution (which Trump says he has).
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The problem for Trump is that he's in a fight with a Gold Star mother and her husband, who naturally have enormous public sympathy.  (Trump later issued a statement calling Khan's son a "hero" but saying Khan had "no right" to attack him, but the damage was done.)
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The media narrative is clear.  And some of Trump's allies aren't helping.  Roger Stone, the informal Trump adviser, tweeted that Khan is "more than an aggrieved father of a Muslim son- he's Muslim Brotherhood agent helping Hillary."
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New Hampshire state Rep.  Al Baldasaro, who has called for Clinton to be killed, said this: "Follow the money trail on Mr Khan.  Shame on him for using his Warrior son, who made the Ultimate sacrifice as a pawn."
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Every day that Trump is talking about Khizr Khan is a day he's not talking about jobs or taxes.
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It's hard to avoid the conclusion that most of the mainstream media sympathize with Khan's harsh portrait of Trump, but believe that Smith's harsh rendition of Clinton is unfair.
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I leave you with this: MSNBC blogger Steve Benen, during the Democratic convention: "Khizr Khan's Words Won't Soon Be Forgotten." He said no speaker topped Khan for "sheer emotional weight and resonance."
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Ten days earlier, during the Republican convention, Benen's headline was this: "RNC Manipulates the Pain of a Grieving Mother for Partisan Gain." He called it "probably the lowest point a party has reached in my lifetime."
      What Hillary gets wrong about America's 'moment of reckoning'  (Fox 08/02/2016)
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Here's the truth: America's economy is a mess and our social fabric is fraying.
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That's why Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, offers a better way forward.
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Powerful computers, the Internet, handheld devices, robots and artificial intelligence are making our lives easier but they are also destroying jobs at an alarming pace.
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Politicians have pumped billions into public schools and universities led by faculty obsessed with political correctness and the alleged ills of American capitalism, financed vast entitlements instead of adequate investments in R&D and the infrastructure, and sowed divisions and suspicion among ethnic groups, and between men and women and the prosperous and those genuinely deserving a hand up.
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Our High schools churn out students unprepared for college or vocational programs, and many university graduates lack the skills needed to function in a technology-intensive workplace.
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All this is exacerbated by competition from Japan, Germany and other northern European countries where job training is better and from China and elsewhere in Asia where labor is much cheaper.
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Those pressures are multiplied by Washington's failure to negotiate good international trade agreements and adequately defend Americans against foreign cheating on those agreements.
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Suicides and drug abuse are up, fertility has dropped precipitously, millions of recent college graduates are employed at places like Starbucks and living with parents, and home ownership is at a 50 year low.
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American society is increasingly polarized between the top 25 percent who manage to obtain a good education, land a high paying job and pay most of the taxes, and those who are stuck in dead end situations and clamor for more government benefits to shore up their diminished circumstances.
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Already, the federal debt is on track to double over next 12 years, and Clinton's prescriptions would only slow growth further and hasten the ultimate collapse of the nation's finances.
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Donald Trump indicts the tyranny and destructive consequences of political correctness and identity politics.
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But no politician can run and win the presidency by promising to cut social programs.
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He does promise to do something about bad trade agreements and the high taxes smothering new business startups and investment.
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To lower taxes, he would be compelled by Congress to curtail the worst abuses of government benefits programs and thereby restore some individual responsibility to citizens for their successes and failures.
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The problem he or any Republican faces running for president is that too many Americans have become dependent on government largess and preferences for employment opportunities.
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With each new president, more Americans go on the dole or benefit from some kind of government mandated sinecure and fewer are engaged in productive activities.
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This can only end by Americans rejecting Clinton and voting for Trump to take back their dignity, or the country falling into complete dysfunction, decay and ultimate collapse.
      An open letter to Mr.  Khizr Khan  (Fox 08/01/2016)
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I wish to offer my sympathy for the death of your son, Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in action in Iraq.
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As a former US Army officer, and a veteran of the Gulf War, I can certainly understand the pain and anguish that you and your wife endure every day.
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Your son made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, a country that was new to you and your family and one which you openly embraced and certainly love.
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When you and your family arrived to America from Pakistan, you assimilated into our country.  You adopted American ways, learned our history and apparently you even acquired a pocket Constitution along the way.  Good for you sir.
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But, there are many Muslims in America who not only have no desire to assimilate, but wish to live under Sharia Law.
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As you well know, Mr.  Khan, we live in violent times, dangerous times.  Muslim madmen from ISIS and other radical Jihadi groups are on a murder and terror spree across the globe.
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Your religion of peace, Islam, is anything but that in 2016.  That is a fact that is confirmed every time a Muslim shoots, bombs, beheads and tortures innocent men, women and children.
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This does not mean that every Muslim is a terrorist, but most terrorists, sir, are indeed Muslims.
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A Muslim terrorist attack has become the sign of the times.
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Unfortunately, Mr.  Obama romanticizes Islam and refuses to accept reality, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent people across the world.
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Groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda have one goal, the complete destruction of the Judeo-Christian culture, our religions and our way of life.
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We don't plan on letting our country be devoured by Muslim maniacs.  We are Americans sir, and not unarmed, socialist European zombies.
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Evil must be destroyed before it destroys us.
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Strong measures, wartime measures, must be taken to protect this country from those that wish to annihilate us and our way of life.
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Mr.  Trump's plan to temporarily halt immigration from Muslim countries that are known to either support terrorism or harbor terrorist groups is not only pragmatic, but indeed it is constitutional.  It is the constitutional duty of the president of the United States to protect this nation.
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Mr.  Trump understands the threat to his nation...  The threat, sir, is from radical Islam.
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How in God's name are U.S.  immigration authorities supposed to know the true intentions of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and thousands of other sundry Muslims who wish to arrive on our shores?
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Whether you, your wife, the Muslim world and millions of Democrats are offended by Mr.  Trump's realistic view of the world is irrelevant.
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The security of this great land supersedes your desires and the desires of others who wish to come here now.
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The United States of America has no obligation to open its doors in order to placate foreigners and liberals in our government.
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We must live in a world of reality, not a world of denial, delusion and fantasy the Democrats inhabit every waking day of their lives.
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Radical Islam is the enemy of everyone on this planet who believes in freedom and justice.
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Until it is destroyed, this nation must protect itself from enemies both foreign and domestic.
      The US Military is a Politically Correct Weakling  (07/30/2016)
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Practically every 24 hour news cycle, the perfumed princes and princesses in the Pentagon announce some ludicrous bit of social engineering that sounds so compassionate, sensitive, politically correct and trendy, but in actuality is another nail in the coffin of the US Armed Forces.
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The left wing social engineers destroying the military are having the time of their lives watching the last bastion of American true patriotism; selflessness and manhood go down the proverbial drain.
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The military's life breath is morale, camaraderie, tradition, bravery and sacrifice.
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The mission of the US military is simple.  When directed by the President, it is to wage war by sea, land and air and to defeat and destroy the enemies of the United States, violently and rapidly.
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The mission of the US military is not to provide white privilege presentations, gender neutrality classes, day care, endless maternity leave, camouflaged breast pumps, lactation stations and gay sensitivity training.
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Good people of all ranks are leaving the service because they are at odds with the politically correct policies decimating training, operations and morale.
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What does all this social engineering do to the military, it creates a whole force that lacks that indefinable, but instrumental trait called "fighting spirit."
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It's not the best military the US has ever had.  It's not even close.
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The troops know it.  The leaders, junior, mid-level and senior know it.
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Most importantly, our enemies damned well know it. 
      Stop fanning the flames of violence against cops  (Fox 07/29/2016)
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Every cop I worked with understands that there is a natural tendency for friction when dealing with enforcement of the law.
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You see, the true reality is, no one wants to encounter a police officer unless you really need one. 
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I understand this.
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I've walked into houses torn apart by domestic violence and abuse as it was happening.
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I've had a gun trained on me by drug dealers in neighborhoods where the gang leaders rule the streets.
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I've pulled over drunk drivers exhibiting obvious anger and fear.
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I have felt the apprehension that comes with showing up where you're not wanted to help bring peace to a tense situation.
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But I also understand the apprehension people feel when approached by a police officer.
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There is tension and even fear on both sides of that encounter as recent events demonstrate.
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That's why I feel the need to challenge my fellow elected officials to get this right.
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We must guard ourselves from jumping to conclusions too quickly and understand that behind every situation is a family. 
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I know that on both sides of an interaction with law enforcement, there is family that cares about their loved ones.
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If for no other reason, that's why those in elected positions – or positions of influence in the media – need to temper their comments.
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The rule of law is critical to our success as a nation and is embodied in our Constitution.
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It is up to those in uniform to honor and uphold the laws passed by our elected representatives, and that is not an easy job.
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Ronald Reagan said it best, "Our unique experience demonstrates that law and freedom must be indivisible partners.  For without law, there can be no freedom, only chaos and disorder, and without freedom, law is but a cynical veneer for injustice and oppression."
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The men and women who serve as police across this country engage their fellow citizens every day with one goal: to make their part of the world a little safer and a little better.
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They strive to maintain the balance between freedom and the laws that keep our nation stable and at peace.
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Unlike other occupations of public service, most of the time police are responding to a situation where the outcome results in taking away someone's liberty via arrest, delivering bad news, or helping the victims of various crimes in the immediate aftermath.
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The men and women who serve our communities as police officers are no more perfect than the rest of us.
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My challenge to my fellow elected officials – both Republicans and Democrats – is to pause before rushing to judgment and to speak in a way that reduces fear and apprehension.
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When a police officer is targeted to be shot and killed, that's an attack on a civilized society as much as it is on the man or woman in the crosshairs.
      Why I would like to see Trump shake up Washington  (Fox 07/27/2016)
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Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was too long — 75 minutes — and too loud.
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... Trump hit mostly high notes — the country is on the wrong track. 
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Crime and violence are serious concerns.  Trump promised to be a "law and order" president, specifics to come.
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Many believe race relations have deteriorated since President Obama took office.  The police are under attack.
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Poor children are trapped in failing public schools and Democrats won't let them escape.  Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, promise school choice.
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Terrorism is on the rise at home and overseas.  Instead of focusing on battle readiness, our depleted military focuses on the inclusion of transgender and women soldiers.
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Veterans are not being adequately cared for.
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Whether Republicans are united enough to win the election remains to be seen, but the left, the establishment and the media are united in their opposition to Trump.  They claim Trump is playing on fears, but they have fears of their own; fear of losing control of government and their lucrative positions.
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Fear is not a bad emotion to arouse if it is based on genuine threats and there are plenty of those, as anyone paying the slightest attention can attest. 
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Like the definition of love in the book and film "Love Story," being a liberal means never having to say you're sorry about your failed programs and failed philosophy.
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That's because liberalism is not based on results, but on feelings and intentions.
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Don't expect a question like this: "Your party has spent huge amounts of money on the poor and yet there are about as many poor people today as when the War on Poverty began half a century ago.  Same with education.  Isn't it time to try something else?"
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You won't hear that question because the left thinks the problem is that government isn't taxing, spending and regulating enough.
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That attitude has fueled the rise of Donald Trump and some like me, who were once skeptical of him, would like to see Trump shake up Washington, if only to watch the expressions on the smug faces of the left.
      Greg Gutfeld: How to beat ISIS and save Earth  (Fox 07/26/2016)
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Every ISIS jihadist must be killed.  ... The only recourse is elimination by our military.
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And for our civilians, hardening all soft targets in our lives.
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We must prove their fantasy a joke, in front of all Muslims.
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The next president should declare war – not on terror (which is like a war on war; it's nonsense) – but against the enemy.  Just name it.
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Our forces must be overwhelming, with enough troops to walk through an entire city.  ISIS is a coward by strategy.  Given a choice to fight armed men or blow up a school full of children, ISIS will always do the kids.
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Unfortunately, the kind of training we need – which is to instruct citizens how to overcome attacks ("Think like 93" is my motto, based on the heroism of Flight 93 passengers on 9/11) – is in short supply.
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We need to start doing terror drills at work, in bars, at school.
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If you own a business, you need to protect your employees, with armed security outside and inside too.
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Also, this idea that disrupting your life means "the terrorists have won" is pure BS.  Disruption is the only way to beat them.
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This "hardening" should be a major at colleges, a vocation as revered as engineering.
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Terror is like water; it seeks the most vulnerable path.  As we successfully harden soft targets (planes, airports), Islamists will always find other options.
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We can solve this problem if we make it an "industry that solves this problem."
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Remember, 9/11 was enabled by a box-cutter: A tool purchased at the local hardware store turned a jetliner into a ballistic missile.
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But now, for the "lone wolf" – which is nothing more than a self-activated sleeper cell – it will be knives or guns accompanying a flurry of horror in a cafe or theater.
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It's impossible to stop everyone, but that should not stop us from trying.
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If they're just establishing an Islamic state to prepare for death, why can't we help?
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I bet they're wondering why it's taking us so long to figure this out.
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Me too.
      Bill Clinton tries to wash away decades of scandal, power and corruption with a yarn and a smile  (Fox 07/26/2016)
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The former president attempted to humanize the unpopular Clinton by painting a pretty love story to mask a career marked by the naked pursuit of power.
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While he may have failed to do that, he certainly succeeded in reminding the country of his own misdeeds.
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It was indeed astonishing to witness the man with at least ten women who have publicly accused him of an extramarital affair, rape, or sexual assault wax lovingly about his wife.
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Then again, she did reportedly help him keep a number of them quiet.
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His presidency was tarnished by an affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, about which he lied.
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In 2008, close friend to Clinton Jeffrey Epstein, the financier, was convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.
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Epstein reportedly kept a harem of underage girls on a private island — which Clinton visited — and used his private jet, on which Clinton sometimes flew, to traffic them.
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When Clinton wasn't trying to spin a marriage marked by affairs and allegations of sexual misconduct into a love story for the ages, he was praising his wife's apparently earth shatteringly impressive accomplishments.
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In keeping with the DNC's unofficial theme of race-baiting identity politics, many of those accomplishments of Hillary's that Bill mentioned dealt explicitly with race.
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He assured the crowd that Hillary was "totally progressive on economic and social issues," and promised coal workers that, after taking away their livelihoods, she will come "back for you to take you on the ride to America's future." How reassuring.
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Perhaps Clinton's most astonishing claim was that Hillary leaves everywhere she goes in a better state than when she found it.
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"Drop her anywhere ... and she will have made it better," he said proudly.
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Try telling that to the people of Libya.
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"She's a natural leader, she's a good organizer and she's the best darn change-maker," Clinton claimed.
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But the so-called natural leader let U.S.  personnel perish in Benghazi, and used her position in government to enrich her family's foundation.
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The so-called "good organizer" is, in FBI Director James Comey's words, "extremely careless" with sensitive government information and "not sophisticated enough" to understand classified marking.
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The so-called "best darn change-maker" left Syria and Libya in shambles.
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For their entire personal and political lives, the Clintons have been plagued by scandal.
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And all along the way they have been "walking and talking and laughing together," Clinton said.
      Fear of Trump Presidency on Full Display Following RNC  (Fox 07/25/2016)
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An animal's response to a perceived mortal threat is fear.  Fear, in turn, triggers the fight or flight response.
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Human's behave the same way, although we alone feel threatened by words – particularly of those we disagree with, don't understand or can't control – whether they're directed at us or not.
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More and more in our media-centric connected world, we attack in kind.
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Judging by the overwhelming number of petty, malicious and downright vicious media attacks – social and traditional – on nearly everyone who spoke at the Republican National Convention (RNC) last week, Donald Trump's candidacy appears to threaten a lot of people.
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... much of it amounts to little more than clickable headlines with trivial content or dubious arguments with just enough red meat to rally the masses against the threat of a Trump presidency.
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Don't even get me started on the columnist who repeatedly called New Jersey Governor Chris Christie "Big Chicken" in a critique of his speech.  Or another who found a way to write 500 words on Trump's running mate Mike Pence Opens a New Window.  – not about his policies or track record as Governor of Indiana, mind you, but about a five-second clip showing his reaction to something Trump said.  I kid you not.
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Meanwhile, media and entertainment elites took to the Twitterverse to demonstrate just how inclusive they are of viewpoints they don't agree with.
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And Michael Moore wrote Opens a New Window.  , "First Republican ever to use the word "peace" in any speech.  So I guess that means, war."
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I didn't quite understand that, but it still got over a thousand retweets and likes.  Go figure. 
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You expect that sort of nonsense from the right-fearing media and entertainers, but Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban unleashed a tweetstorm during Trump's acceptance speech on Thursday.
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The childish Twitter tantrum attacked everything from the real estate mogul's mannerisms and character...
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You've got to wonder if any of these people realize how revealing their rhetoric is.
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They are absolutely terrified of this man and what he represents...
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Who knew you could learn so much about what makes people tick, just from their response to a political convention.
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It's stunning, really. 
      The parents who didn’t sue Disney taught America a powerful lesson  (NYP 07/23/2016)
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Remember the Serenity Prayer?
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"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference."
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Maybe we should put it up not just in homes and churches, but over the doors of our courthouses.
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Because Americans seem to not know the difference anymore.
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When the young woman, whom the district has not yet identified, fell twice during her tryouts, the coaches decided she didn't make the cut.
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Which is when her parents decided it was time to consult a lawyer.
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It's not clear whether the parents have found a "right to be part of a human pyramid" in the US Constitution, but just the threat of litigation is enough to make even the most inefficient bureaucracy spring into action.
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Contrast the actions of the cheerleading parents with those of 2-year-old Lane Graves, the toddler who died when he was attacked by an alligator while playing next to a pond at Disney World last month.
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... father Matthew Graves explained, "Melissa and I are broken.  We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane.  As each day passes, the pain gets worse."
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Instead of a pursuing legal recourse, though, they decided instead to concentrate their efforts on a charity they have set up in their son's name.
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"In addition to the foundation, we will solely be focused on the future health of our family and will not be pursuing a lawsuit against Disney."
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It's perfectly possible they have reached an undisclosed settlement with Disney over this tragedy, but it's also possible they simply decided that a lawsuit was not going to change anything, at least not anything important.
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Disney has already gone to great lengths to make sure something like this won't happen again — removing hundreds of alligators from its lakes and putting up a lot of warning signs.
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The parents of the cheerleader may believe they can change the outcome.
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What they will not change is that their daughter was not good enough to make it on her own.
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All these frivolous lawsuits do is make an overly litigious society more so.
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When everyone runs to court at the drop of a hat (or the drop of a rock on someone's toe), it means that everything is more expensive, that no one can go about their jobs or their lives without fear of lawsuits and that everything costs more.
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It also means that our first inclination becomes to blame others for our misfortunes and never to forgive, let alone give anyone else the benefit of the doubt.
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And rather than use our legal system to achieve justice, we use it to settle scores.
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All this, in turn, will take its toll on our families, our schools and our communities.
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"The question I have for each and every one of you is: Do you want to be solution-oriented and a great role model for your kids?  Or do you want to be the opposite of that, and be litigation-oriented?"
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For more and more Americans, it seems the answer is the latter.
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From life's small nuisances to its great tragedies, it seems that we can no longer accept bad luck as an explanation for things going wrong.  Nor can we imagine taking any personal responsibility for making things better.
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Instead stomp our feet and demand that someone "make us whole again."
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But God knows that's not what courts are for.
      The dream of Muslim outreach has become a nightmare  (JWR 07/21/2016)
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... as with his approach to racial relations, Obama's remedies proved worse than the original illness.
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He implicitly blamed America's strained relations with many Middle Eastern countries on his supposedly insensitive predecessor, George W.  Bush.
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The new message of the Obama administration was that the Islamic world was understandably hostile because of what America had done rather than what it represented.
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Accordingly, all mention of radical Islam, and even the word "terrorism," was airbrushed from the new administration's vocabulary.
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Words to describe terrorism or the fight against it were replaced by embarrassing euphemisms like "overseas contingency operations," "man-caused disaster" and "workplace violence."
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In apology tours and mythological speeches, Obama exaggerated Islamic history as often as he critiqued America.
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He even lectured Christians on their past pathologies dating back to the Crusades.
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Yet Obama's outreach was still interpreted by Islamists as guilt and weakness to be exploited rather than magnanimity to be reciprocated.  Terrorist attacks increased.
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Careerist toadies in government parroted the party-line message and even tried to outdo their politically correct boss.
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Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano focused on returning veterans as terrorist risks.
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Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry said that global warming, not the Islamic State, was the real threat.
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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said the president asked him to make Muslim outreach a top priority for the agency.
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CIA Director John Brennan said that jihad "is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Isl