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Stat of the Day: Terrible Deterioration of Race Relations Under Obama

In our Liberty Update commentary last week, we noted the many failures of Barack Obama as president over the past eight years.  Today, as the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a Washington Post-ABC News survey shows just how disastrously race relations have declined under his watch:

In a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 63 percent of Americans think race relations are 'generally bad.' Shortly after Obama took office, that number was 22 percent. In the same time period, those who think race relations are 'generally good' plummeted from 66 percent to 32 percent." Of his failures and disastrous legacy, this may be the most depressing.…[more]

January 16, 2017 • 02:13 pm

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On the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump:

"Not since 1980 --” or perhaps 1932 -- has such a political revolution hit the banks of the Potomac River.

Donald Trump comes into the White House with a bright, clear mandate to make wholesale changes to every aspect of the federal government.

From the darkest corners of the bloated federal bureaucracy to the bright marble columns of the Supreme Court, Mr. Trump's mandate is as broad as it is dramatic. Illegal immigration, international trade, education, Obamacare and America's war against terrorism are all on the table for complete overhauls.

Refreshingly, Mr. Trump's mandate is not a partisan one. He owes very little to the Republican Party and absolutely nothing to the Democratic Party. He handily defeated partisans on both sides of the political aisle. ...

As a result, Mr. Trump stands poised to reinvent the entire federal government in favor of the American people alone. He is a tireless agent of disruption and an unbending force for creative destruction."

— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
Posted January 20, 2017 • 08:42 am
On Betsy DeVos and Educational Choice:

"The controversy over the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education has been, if nothing else, clarifying. We now know that working to give poor kids more educational opportunities is considered a disqualifying offense for the Left.

"For decades, DeVos has devoted herself to creating alternatives to a public-school establishment that fails its most vulnerable students, and she earned the eternal enmity of defenders of the status quo in doing it.

"The assault against her by the teachers unions and their allies speaks to a certain desperation. They have been steadily losing ground in the debate over educational choice at the state and local level, and now DeVos threatens to occupy the commanding heights of federal policy at the Department of Education. ...

"The ideological war over educational choice won't be settled anytime soon. What's clear is that poor parents value it, and that they have a friend in Betsy DeVos. The unions will never forgive her."

— Rich Lowry, National Review
— Rich Lowry, National Review
Posted January 19, 2017 • 12:57 pm
On Obama's Commutation of Manning's Prison Sentence:

"When I was leading soldiers in Afghanistan, Private Manning was undermining us by leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. I don't understand why the president would feel special compassion for someone who endangered the lives of our troops, diplomats, intelligence officers, and allies. We ought not treat a traitor like a martyr."

— U.S Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
— U.S Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Posted January 18, 2017 • 07:47 am
On Funding the Clinton Global Initiative:

"The Clinton Foundation has confirmed that it always was what we and many others said it was.

"Its latest tax filing declared that the Clinton Global Initiative is closing its offices and sacking 22 staff. This comes amid reports that donations dried up after Hillary Clinton lost the election November 8.

"It was always obvious that the Clinton Foundation was not simply a charity. As Hillary's opponents but also neutral observers discerned, Hillary was a coin-operated policymaker and the Clinton Foundation and CGI were toll collectors for access to her State Department and a future Clinton administration."

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted January 17, 2017 • 08:09 am
On the Unacceptable and Politically Disqualifying Trait of Racism:

"In the substantive debate between the American left and right, a debate which really does exist, the basic question is 'What is the proper purpose of government?' Those who are not on the political left object to greater or lesser degrees to the redistribution of wealth from those who earned it to those who didn't.

"I do indeed object to a hard-working middle class (or upper-middle class or upper-upper class) having their earnings raided on behalf of the undeserving. But neither I, nor the dollar taken from me, nor my accountant, nor the IRS agent scanning my tax return, gives a whit whether the recipient of my dollar was white, brown, purple, or plaid. (Well, I do have a big problem with plaid, truth be told.)

"Obama imagines our national political conversation as one in which 'every economic issue is framed' as minorities pilfering whites when in fact no economic issue is framed that way. So what is the purpose of his framing the issue this way? To cause gullible Americans to assume that any objection to income redistribution specifically and big government generally is due to racism. It is the very essence of the 'dog whistle' politics that Democrats so often accuse Republicans of.

"It is past time for Americans of all stripes to stand up to this outrageous demonization. It is past time to call out the left, aggressively and publicly, for this libel which imputes to good people the unacceptable and politically disqualifying trait of racism."

— Ross Kaminsky, The American Spectator
— Ross Kaminsky, The American Spectator
Posted January 16, 2017 • 07:33 am
On the DOJ Inspector General's Review of the Hillary Clinton E-mail Scandal:

"The Justice Department's inspector general has announced that his office will conduct a review that will focus principally on FBI director James Comey's public statements regarding the Clinton e-mails investigation during the 2016 campaign. ...

"It is undoubtedly appropriate for Michael Horowitz, DOJ's inspector general, to consider whether these actions departed from law-enforcement protocols -- as I have previously explained. But it is worth noting what the IG will not be reviewing: the Justice Department's conduct.

"The IG's press release makes no mention of the Justice Department's decision not to open a grand-jury investigation, despite significant concrete evidence of criminal wrongdoing -- the decision that deprived the FBI of the use of subpoenas to compel the production of evidence. Neither will the IG be reviewing the multiple irregular immunity agreements granted by the Justice Department in a case in which no criminal charges were filed, including agreements that reportedly called for the destruction of evidence (laptop computers of top Clinton aides) after a strangely limited examination of their potentially incriminating contents."

— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Institute Senior Policy Fellow and National Review Contributing Editor
— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Institute Senior Policy Fellow and National Review Contributing Editor
Posted January 13, 2017 • 08:32 am
On President-Elect Trump's Handling of Sordid, Unverified Allegations:

"An old proverb sums up how Donald Trump handled the last two days: 'The dogs bark but the caravan moves on.'

"The dogs of the Democratic media were absolutely howling yesterday over sordid, unverified allegations involving Russia, but the president-elect and his team put on a master class in self-defense. They hit back forcefully, with press secretary Sean Spicer calling publication of the allegations 'disgraceful' and Vice President-elect Mike Pence calling it a case of 'fake news' that aims to 'delegitimize the president-elect.'

"It was a strong warm-up, and Trump then took the stage to completely deny the charges, and repeated the denials in response to numerous questions. By the end of the press conference, he had managed to turn the spotlight away from himself and on to the lack of integrity in both the media and government intelligence agencies -- where it also belongs.

"That was no mean feat, and his performance was a reminder that Trump is not and never will be a pushover. He fights fire with fire and is getting increasingly more disciplined in making his case."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted January 12, 2017 • 07:38 am
On Buzzfeed’s Fake News Trump Report:

"So the website BuzzFeed decided to publish a series of memos that have been floating around for months alleging all kinds of terrible things about Donald Trump. ...

"Readers of this newspaper know well not to include me among Trump's supporters. But the scurrilousness of what BuzzFeed has done here is so beyond the bounds of what is even remotely acceptable it should compel even those most outraged by Trump's political excesses to come to his defense and to the defense of a few other people mentioned in these papers whose names are also dragged through the mud.

"There is literally no evidence on offer in these memos or from BuzzFeed that any single sentence in these documents is factual or true. What's more, we know most major news organizations in America had seen them and despite their well-known institutional antipathy toward Trump, had chosen not to publish them or even make reference to them after efforts to substantiate their charges had failed."

— John Podhoretz, New York Post
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
Posted January 11, 2017 • 07:59 am
On the Case for Jeff Sessions:

"Over the next several days, you will see numerous vile efforts to smear Senator Sessions' good name. His opponents will dredge up the bogus, discredited attacks made against him at his judicial confirmation hearing 30 years ago. There will be attempts to re-litigate the presidential campaign. People will bring up votes Sessions has taken over the past 20 years with which they disagree -- and this last bit will be the most telling.

"Trying to taint Senator Sessions with any past votes should be an irrelevant exercise, given that he is being considered for a post that requires him to enforce existing laws, whether he supported their passage or not. Sessions undoubtedly has the integrity to enforce laws he doesn't personally agree with and to stay within proper bounds on laws he does agree with.

"But again, that's actually what scares some people about an Attorney General Jeff Sessions: He's a law-and-order devotee about to enter a lawless DOJ. If I were them -- if I wanted to keep DOJ as a partisan agency unbound by law -- I'd be scared, too."

— Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
— Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Posted January 10, 2017 • 08:10 am
On the New Cabinet Nominees' Confirmation Battlefield:

"Members of the soon-to-be Trump administration are heading into battle this week, as a slew of confirmation hearings for the president-elect's top Cabinet officials begin on Capitol Hill. They will be, in a sense, well-fortified.

"That's because the incoming commander-in-chief has the benefit of not only a Republican Senate majority intent on a swift process but also a simple 51-vote threshold requirement for confirming his executive appointments. For the latter, Donald Trump can thank former Sen. Harry Reid, who in 2013 led fellow Democrats in changing the chamber's filibuster rules to prevent the minority party from blocking the president's nominees (except for Supreme Court appointments).

"But Senate Democrats aren't submitting quietly to that reality. With virtually no recourse to block Trump's designees outright, they first intend to delay the incoming administration from taking shape and thus forestall its plan to unravel much of the work of the outgoing one.

"If they can't prevent Trump from having his Dream Team of players, the opposition party aims to undermine some of the key ones, forcing the new president to spend his political capital defending them early on. The process could also reveal just how much Trump is willing to go to bat for his team."

— Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
— Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
Posted January 09, 2017 • 07:24 am
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following was simultaneously a member of the House of Representatives, a U.S. Senator-elect and U.S. President-elect?
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Quote of the Day   
"Not since 1980 --” or perhaps 1932 -- has such a political revolution hit the banks of the Potomac River. Donald Trump comes into the White House with a bright, clear mandate to make wholesale changes to every aspect of the federal government. From the darkest corners of the bloated federal bureaucracy to the bright marble columns of the Supreme Court, Mr. Trump's mandate is as broad as it is dramatic…[more]
—Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
Liberty Poll   

If ObamaCare repeal and replacement begin immediately, but take 2 to 3 years to fully implement, will you consider the promises of President Trump and the Republican Congress to be met?