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What’s old is somehow new again on the political left.

Desperate for what they perceive as street cred, leftists continue to repackage failed policies as somehow novel, in a destructive race to claim the most extreme realms of the political continuum.

Merely three decades after it was consigned to the dustbin of failed ideas, socialism actually maintains renewed popularity on the left.  According to Gallup, a majority of Democrats no longer view capitalism favorably, but almost 60% view socialism positively.

People like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D – New York) advocate a return to income tax rates not seen since President John F. Kennedy began cutting them.  Thirty-five years after Jeane Kirkpatrick delivered her famous 1984 Republican convention speech castigating…[more]

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On the Situation in Venezuela:

"Venezuela's resistance to the tyrannical rule of Nicolas Maduro has hit a new peak, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets to demand his exit. He can hold on if the military doesn't turn - and if he's willing to rule over a wasteland. ...

"Juan Guaido, the new head of the National Assembly, has rallied the latest uprising by invoking constitutional provisions that make him the legitimate interim president. Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru and other Latin nations have recognized his claim, as have Canada and the United States. ...

"The regime is holding on with the help of secret police imported from Cuba, and by mortgaging the nation's future to China and Russia. Guaido became leader of the opposition because the government has jailed, killed or otherwise sidelined a long string of challengers - and he's now been forced into hiding.

"Washington has no magic answers here, certainly not an invasion. For now, Team Trump is rightly doing what it can to support Venezuela's best hope for freedom."

— The Editors, New York Post
— The Editors, New York Post
Posted January 25, 2019 • 08:03 am
On the Supreme Court and Gun Rights:

"The Supreme Court has taken its first gun-rights case in almost a decade, and it's a strange case indeed. At issue is what appears to be a draconian, one-of-a-kind New York City law that prohibits any person who possesses a license to own a gun in their home from transporting that gun (even in a locked container, separate from its ammunition) anywhere except for one of the seven shooting ranges within the city.

"Under this law, if you want to transport your gun to a shooting competition outside the city, you can't. If you're fortunate enough to own a second home, you can't even take your own weapon to your own home. You can't take it to any other shooting range. If you leave your house for an extended period, your gun has to stay in your vacant home. If you're going to another location - where you have the right to possess or even carry the gun - the weapon can't travel with you.

"It's an astonishing law, but it's also (given its single-city applicability and the fact that very few New Yorkers are able to get gun permits to begin with) one of the most limited gun-rights cases in the country. In the years since the Supreme Court recognized that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and then ruled that the Second Amendment was applicable to state and local governments, it has time and again declined to rule on consequential cases."

Read entire article here.

— David French, National Review
— David French, National Review
Posted January 24, 2019 • 08:09 am
The Jumping to Conclusions in the Covington Affair:

"Good citizens with proper respect for themselves, their neighbors, and their country do not seek to destroy the lives of a couple of teenagers in the pursuit of a transient and petty political advantage.

"Errors can be forgiven, and the occasional tendency to get carried away with rhetorical excess can be received with charity - especially by those of us who suffer from the same temptation from time to time. But political psychosis and deceit are something else. They can be forgiven only contingently - and never forgotten."

— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted January 23, 2019 • 08:08 am
On Congressional Democrats Ignoring the Wall Wishes of Border Patrol Agents:

"Mission, Texas -- Democrats show no interest in solving illegal immigration, and they downplay the drug and humanitarian problems it causes, yet liberals in the media never ask them to explain why.

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has so far said she's unwilling to do anything on immigration, so long as the White House refuses to sign a bill funding the small portion of the government that's been shut down for a month.

"As agents here at the southernmost point of Texas will tell you, the way to deter smugglers from bringing in drugs and undocumented immigrants from Mexico is to install cameras, strategically place personnel, and build a physical barrier. ...

"Border agents have told us what they want and why they want it. Why won't Democrats give it to them?"

— Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner
— Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner
Posted January 22, 2019 • 08:19 am
On the Media's 'Gotcha! Hysteria:

"Imagine that a scientist wanted to conduct an experiment to see if it's true that blind hatred of President Trump has led Democrats and their media handmaidens to go 'round the bend and off the cliff.

"Such a scientist would inject a damning -- and false -- media report about Trump into the political bloodstream, then observe the reactions. It wouldn't take long.

"The Gotcha! glee, the declarations of Trump's certain impeachment for suborning perjury, reckless references to Richard Nixon, the breathless anticipation of resignation and disgrace, perhaps prison -- these and other overheated reactions quickly clogged the airwaves and Internet, growing ever more bold as the day wore on and no compelling rebuttal appeared.

"Then, suddenly, the scientist pulled the plug on the experiment. He had seen enough to prove the thesis: Much of America, many of its leaders and some of its most prominent institutions are indeed gripped with madness.

"Hatred for the president has corrupted their judgments and blinded them to duty and decency. Having succumbed to prejudice and rage, they have proven themselves unworthy of public trust.

"Case closed."

Read entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted January 21, 2019 • 08:14 am
On Discussing Border Security:

"When CNN's Jim Acosta tweeted a selfie video from the U.S.-Mexico border, he was roundly mocked and ridiculed for claiming he saw no 'crisis' at the 'tranquil' spot where he stood. Of course he didn't. Because where he stood was on the safe side of a steel barrier protecting him (and the rest of America) from illegal border crossings.

"If President Trump's policies for border protection were to be enacted, there'd be hundreds of more places on the border protected as safely as that spot where Mr. Acosta stood. Sadly, Mr. Acosta's buffoonery was merely a blatant example of the sad, slanted coverage found in most of the mainstream media over the past several weeks. ...

"The facts, which the mainstream media have almost no interest in reporting to the American people, show exactly how the existing border barriers work. From San Diego to Tucson to Yuma, illegal border crossings dropped significantly wherever a barrier has been built.

"If journalists really wish to engage their audience with facts and a fair debate over this issue, they'll start raising these points but don't hold your breath. At this point, they want little to do with informing the public and everything to do with the partisan fight to defeat President Trump.

"It's a pity because if a nation can't have a serious, informed conversation over the protection of its own borders, one wonders what we can talk about."

— Larry O'Connor, The Washington Times
— Larry O'Connor, The Washington Times
Posted January 18, 2019 • 08:29 am
On Why the TSA Should Be Privatized:

"Conservatives complain about government constantly. But if there's one agency hated by people across the political spectrum, it is the Transportation Security Administration.

"This agency, created in late 2001, is known by alternative acronyms such as 'Thousands Standing Around,' and anyone who has flown on a busy day understands why. On every trip, one inevitably gets the perception that innumerable TSA workers are lounging in the background.

"This complaint should resonate now, at a time when a government shutdown subtly threatens everyone's ability to travel. Although both TSA and air traffic control workers are being made to work without pay, some TSA workers have already been caught staging sickouts and many are just quitting.

"One cannot blame them for insisting on jobs that actually pay. It's fundamentally unjust that the nation's transportation system should hinge for weeks or months on thousands of people working without a paycheck.

"That's just one more reason the TSA should be privatized."

Read entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted January 17, 2019 • 08:24 am
On Downsizing the Federal Bureaucracy:

"Has President Trump suckered Democrats and the Deep State into a trap that will enable a radical downsizing of the federal bureaucracy? In only five more days of the already 'longest government shutdown in history' (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more.

"Don't believe me that federal bureaucrats can be laid off? Well, in bureaucratese, a layoff is called a RIF -- a Reduction in Force -- and of course, it comes with a slew of civil service protections. But, if the guidelines are followed, bureaucrats can be laid off -- as in no more job."

Read entire article here.

— Thomas Lifson, American Thinker Editor and Publisher
— Thomas Lifson, American Thinker Editor and Publisher
Posted January 16, 2019 • 08:06 am
On the FBI Trump-Russia Investigation and Deep State Involvement:

"Yes, there absolutely were some Russians trying to create confusion with the American electorate. In 1996, the Chinese poured many millions of dollars into the Bill Clinton campaign to curry favor. These governments and their would-be hangers on do try to ingratiate themselves with campaigns and take disruptive actions, just as we do.

"But this is entirely different from believing that the president of the United States has sold out his country and that the FBI should be investigating -- to the extent of even possibly wearing a wire -- a White House because their boss was fired. A boss that, by the way, was then replaced by a distinguished career official, meaning no actual investigations of any kind were ever in jeopardy in any way. ...

"The response by the FBI and DOJ to Trump's election was unprecedented, and while almost all of those behind these various actions have been exposed, fired, quit or retired, the Mueller independent counsel and SDNY investigations remain as the 'insurance policies' set up to keep up the effort to remove the president for ... something.

"At least we are learning how this all really started, even as the answers continue to grow ever more unsettling."

— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
Posted January 15, 2019 • 08:02 am
On Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 'Russia Investigation':

"After Trump was elected, the FBI realized that Trump was soon going to have access to government intelligence files. If they honestly told the president-elect that they had been investigating his campaign in hope of making a case on him, they had to be concerned that he would shut the investigation down and clean house at the FBI and DOJ. So, they misleadingly told him the investigation was about Russia and a few stray people in his campaign, but they assured him he personally was not under investigation.

"This was not true. The investigation was always hoping to find something on Trump. That is why, for example, when director Comey briefed then-President-elect Trump about the Steele dossier, he told Trump only about the salacious allegation involving prostitutes in a Moscow hotel; he did not tell the president-elect either that the main thrust of the dossier was Trump's purported espionage conspiracy with the Kremlin, nor that the FBI had gone to the FISC to get surveillance warrants based on the dossier. The FBI was telling the president-elect that the allegations were salacious and unverified, yet at that very moment they were presenting them to a federal court as information the judges could rely on to authorize spying."

Read entire article here.

— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review
— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review
Posted January 14, 2019 • 08:01 am
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