Commentary

Dan Proft: The Intolerable Cruelty of Lawless Immigration

President Trump was right to declare in his State of the Union Address that the tolerance of the ruling elites’ for illegal immigration is not compassionate but cruel.

The Fortune 500 C-suite GOP donors and the open borders/Democrat Socialist crowd practice similar forms of sentimental barbarism: They both treat illegal immigrants inhumanely—as the means to their short-term ends.

For the C-suite GOP donor, the illegal immigrant is useful economically—reducing labor cost.

For the wild-eyed Marxist, the illegal immigrant is useful politically—increasing the cadre of reliable voters.

Both cohorts demagogue their respective parties with rhetoric that frightens voters away from the sort of compromise Trump proffered—a message consistent that of the Statue of Liberty.

A virtuous immigration policy puts a welcome mat in front of our golden door and opens it to new Americans who will serve the long-term interests of America for generations to come.

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Lanhee Chen: Seeing the Similarities in the Early Entries for 2020 Presidential Contest

There are a whole lot of Democrats running for the presidency in 2020.  If names like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Joaquin Castro aren’t household names today, they certainly will over the next year or so.

While these candidates will try to sound different from one another, here’s what we know. They actually have a whole lot in common.

Each of them is in favor of higher taxes. Each is in favor of some form of single-payer health care. Each wants to impose more government regulation and red tape on small businesses. And each would appoint liberal judges to the federal courts.

These are not policies that will promote American prosperity and improve our lives. So even as they try to differentiate themselves from one another, know that it’s their similarities that are worth paying attention to.

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Michael Medved: Did a Double Standard Protect Northam?

Regarding the hateful image connected to Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia Democrat, it doesn’t matter whether he’s the figure in blackface, the one in Klan costume, or neither one of them.

He IS the one who chose to place that photograph on his personal page in his medical school yearbook. Among just four photos he used to define his personality, he chose one that recycles racist stereotypes while trivializing murderous violence.

In Northam’s own lifetime, the Klan had committed bombings and shootings of civil rights workers throughout the South. Conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was taken to task for stupid references to beer in his high school yearbook when he was 15; but no one in press or politics ever exposed Northam for treating racist violence like a joke when he was 25.

There’s a double standard at work that needs to end.

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Jerry Bowyer: Persecution Is an All-Around Bad Idea

We’ve seen headlines coming out of China recently about a flagging economy—and we’ve seen headlines about a government crackdown on the Christian faith. Perhaps these two are related.

Two friends who are also experts on the Chinese economy, point out how evangelical Christians in China tend to be successful entrepreneurs.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is known to be a student of history. Here’s a good study topic, 300 years ago the French Royalty persecuted and drove out their evangelical Huguenot citizens, who were also the core of the entrepreneurial class. The resulting economic stagnation helped lead to the French revolution and the death of the royal class.

Chinese elites fear economic stagnation could lead to revolution. Then they should stop cracking down on tens of millions of China’s most economically productive citizens.

That’s a bad idea anytime, but especially during an economic slowdown, and has a history of bad endings.

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Lanhee Chen: Kamala Harris Wants to Eliminate Private Health Insurance

Liberal California Senator Kamala Harris made a splash last week when she launched her campaign for president.  The signature idea she plans to run on?  A single-payer, government-run health care system called Medicare-for-all.

It all sounds great until you realize what it means for your health care and mine.  Put simply, if you like your health care plan, say goodbye to it.  In her own words, she said of private health insurance: “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”

So, let’s be clear about what she means.  Medicare-for-all would take away the health care that 150 million American workers rely on, and replace it with a liberal pipe-dream that will result in the rationing of care, higher taxes, and lower the quality of care.

Our health care system is still too expensive and inaccessible for far too many Americans. But completely replacing it with a socialist-style health reform isn’t the right answer.

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Hugh Hewitt: Maduro’s Days in Power Are Numbered


Our government has now introduced sanctions targeting Venezuela’s oil industry as we up the pressure on the dictator Maduro to get out. We’ve turned off the oil as well as access to the money. We’ve called for military leaders to switch their allegiance to the man now recognized as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state: Juan Guaidó.

And we’ve made it clear that any attempt to harm remaining U.S. diplomats in Venezuela will—in the words of National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton—“Be met with a significant response.”

Bolton declined to comment on what that response would be, but he was carrying a yellow pad. And on that yellow pad was written, “5,000 troops to Columbia.” That’s an army combat brigade.

Now: John Bolton does nothing by mistake. Ambassador Bolton is a friend of mine. I know John Bolton. I’ve worked with John Bolton. John Bolton is no Ben Rhodes.

All options are on the table.

Maduro’s days in power are numbered.

Thank God!

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Jerry Bowyer: China Is Both Wrong and Foolish in Persecuting the Church

Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church in China has been in detention for over a month now—along with his wife and dozens of church members.

Christianity has been growing rapidly in China, which apparently frightens President Xi Jinping. His fear is misplaced. Chinese Christians are good citizens and productive workers. Instead of fearing the growth of the church, Xi should fear the consequences of his own crackdown.

We’re engaged in a research project which shows the correlation between persecution and regime change. It’s abundantly clear: Regimes which persecute the Church are much more likely to be removed.

Since 2000, the 50 worst persecutors have seen a sky high 38 percent rate of forced regime change.

Just by numbers alone: If the Chinese government is concerned about losing power, the last thing they should be doing is persecuting the Church.

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