Battling The Bureaucracy
Speaking to reporters in India yesterday, President Trump confirmed reports that White House officials are working to remove bureaucrats who are resisting his agenda. Axios first broke the news in a series of stories in recent days. (Here and here.)
Of course, hysterical Washington reporters are putting the worst possible spin on this, describing it as a "purge." But every president has the right to determine the staff and personnel who serve the administration and oversee the implementation of his agenda.
Only in the fevered brows of the leftist media is the Deep State "resistance" immune from the lawful exercise of President Trump's authority. And the president was unapologetic about efforts to root out bad actors.
Referring back to the impeachment sham and the so-called "whistleblower," Trump told reporters, "We want to have people [who] are good for the country, [who] are loyal to our country, because that was a disgraceful situation."
Government workers are certainly free to disagree with the president. That is their right. And they are also free to resign if they feel unable to carry out his policies.
But they have absolutely no right to "resist" or frustrate his agenda by substituting their policy judgments or political desires over those of the duly-elected president. That's exactly what Col. Vindman and the "whistleblower" did in order to trigger the entire disgraceful impeachment sham.
Progress In The Courts
Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Trump Administration rule that prohibited health centers funded with your tax dollars from promoting abortion or referring clients to abortion providers. The court ruled 7-to-4 that the Trump rule was similar to one issued by the Reagan Administration and upheld by the Supreme Court in 1988.
As you know, the 9th Circuit has long been a bastion of left-wing activism. But thanks to the appointment of new conservative judges, that is rapidly coming to an end.
In addition, the Supreme Court cleared the way late last week for the Trump Administration to begin enforcing a rule denying permanent legal status to immigrants who become "public charges" or dependent on taxpayer-funded benefits. The rule is a long-standing but rarely enforced law meant to ensure that immigrants who come to the United States won't become a burden on taxpayers.
Predictably, the left went ballistic and sued to block its enforcement. Last week's ruling marked the second time that the Supreme Court had to intervene to remove a lower court injunction against the "public charge" rule.
Trump Fires Back
Unfortunately, the high court was deeply divided by this common sense move. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent in which she accused her conservative colleagues of "putting a thumb on the scale in favor of" the Trump Administration.
Of course, the justices have strong opinions and do disagree. The late, great Antonin Scalia was well-known for his blistering dissents. But for Sotomayor to suggest that the court's conservative justices were biased in favor of the Trump Administration was a shocking breach of decorum.
Moreover, Sotomayor largely ignored a growing problem that Justice Neil Gorusch and Attorney General William Barr have repeatedly criticized -- the historic abuse of nationwide injunctions issued by left-wing judges.
In fact, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning to discuss this very problem. Sen. Ted Cruz addressed Sotomayor's dissent, saying:
"I read it a little bit like an arsonist complaining about the noise from the fire trucks. . . If you look to the facts of what's happening with nationwide injunctions, I think it will explain why the Department of Justice has had to ask the Supreme Court to intervene over and over again."
Previous presidents would have been embarrassed by Sotomayor's criticism and would have dodged liberal media attempts to shame the administration. Trump hit back. He blasted Sotomayor's dissent as "inappropriate," and rightly called out the court's leading leftists.
He suggested that Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from cases involving the administration because they are the ones who are biased.
The radical left has had a stranglehold over our courts for far too long. Liberal judges have imposed radical policies on the American people that could not pass at the ballot box. President Trump and Vice President Pence understand this, and they are committed to restoring balance to our federal courts.
Fighting Pro-Abortion Extremism
The United States Senate is taking up crucial legislation today to defend the sanctity of life.
One bill, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, would ban late-term abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Another bill by Sen. Ben Sasse seeks to ensure that babies who are born alive after botched abortions are guaranteed access to emergency medical care.
This morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pleaded with liberals to allow senators to debate these bills. McConnell noted that the vast majority of the American people recognize that late-term abortions are cruel and extreme. Sadly, the radical left refuses to recognize the humanity of unborn babies in the womb at any stage of pregnancy.
Here are some excerpts of Sen. McConnell's remarks.
"Today, every senator will be able to take a clear moral stand. . . There are only seven nations left in the world where an unborn child can be killed by elective abortion after 20 weeks, and the United States of America is one of them. . .
"The American people don't seem to think that's what we need. One recent survey found that 70 percent of all Americans believe that . . . elective abortion should be limited to the first three months of pregnancy. . .
"If there is a persuasive and principled case why America should remain on the radical international fringe on this subject, let us hear it. Let us have this debate. Few Americans agree with that radical position, but let us have the debate.
"If my [liberal] colleagues block the Senate from even proceeding to debate this legislation later today, the message they send will be chilling and clear: The radical demands of the far-left will drown out common sense and the views of most Americans.
"The same goes for Senator Sasse's legislation, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. . . The Kentuckians I speak with cannot comprehend why this would be some hotly-debated proposition. . . We'll see whether even something this simple and this morally straightforward is a bridge too far for the far left."
Battling The Bureaucracy