An Important Victory
As you know, Supreme Court yesterday blocked Biden's vaccine mandate on American businesses in a 6 to 3 vote. Whether you've taken the vaccine or haven't, whether you want everyone to get vaccinated or don't care, you should be happy about this decision.
Biden's vaccine mandate was not passed into law by Congress. He tried, as his chief of staff put it, to work around the law. Biden ordered unelected bureaucrats at an obscure federal agency to require 80 million workers at large businesses to get vaccinated or lose their jobs.
If the Supreme Court had upheld that mandate, we would have essentially lost our liberty. If government bureaucrats can order you to put something into your bodies, they can do anything they want. They might even order us to eat broccoli three times a week!
By the way, everyone who loves freedom owes Donald Trump a big "Thank You."
Because Donald Trump won in 2016, he – and not Hillary Clinton – had the opportunity to appoint three conservative justices to the Supreme Court. American Values was deeply involved in their confirmation battles against vicious left-wing opposition. And those Trump justices voted to stop big government overreach.
If Hillary Clinton had made those appointments, it would have been a 6 to 3 decision in favor of big government mandates.
I hope this is a preview of what will happen later this summer when that same court majority significantly restricts abortion on demand.
Biden's Bad Start
Joe Biden's new year is off to a really bad start. As one commentator said this morning, "Biden's presidency has fallen down and it can't get back up."
We have highlighted his many defeats in our reports -- from his legislative agenda unraveling in Congress, smackdowns by the courts and the historic collapse of his approval rating.
But I'm going to avoid the temptation to celebrate. America is suffering because of Biden's incompetence and his surrender to left-wing socialist nonsense.
His demagoguery in Georgia hurt America because it stoked racial division. His open borders policy continues to hurt America as tens of thousands of illegal aliens pour into our country every week. (See below.) His mad printing of money at the Federal Reserve is fueling the inflation that is crushing American families.
But nowhere does Joe Biden's incompetence threaten to harm America more than his weak foreign policy.
America At Risk
Sensing weakness in Washington, America's enemies are on the move.
- Russia walked away from negotiations on Ukraine, and warned Biden that if Russia is not allowed a free hand in Ukraine, Russia will deploy its military assets to our backyard, i.e. Cuba and Venezuela. War seems increasingly likely. (Here and here.)
- Communist China is moving aggressively into Latin America. And just over the horizon lies our wide-open border.
- Iranian militias fired rockets at the American embassy in Baghdad last night. The ayatollah also posted a video depicting the assassination of Donald Trump.
- Kim Jong Un has been firing missiles all week, including two more today. Once again, western intelligence appeared surprised by the progress North Korea is making.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence were accused of pursuing policies that would get America into a war. No one in the media says that about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, but it's actually true of Biden and Harris. Weakness invites war. That's a lesson we have painfully failed to learn time and again.
When Trump warned Kim about his missile tests, they stopped. When Trump took office, the first thing he did was crush ISIS in the Middle East. He took out Iran's terror mastermind, Gen. Soleimani.
Vladimir Putin had to watch helplessly as Trump made America energy independent, driving down the value of Russia's biggest asset -- energy. And Trump aggressively confronted communist China, forcing Beijing to sign a new trade agreement.
Trump started the Space Force, and was roundly mocked for it. But we recently learned that Russia and communist China are regularly attacking our satellites, and that the next war is likely to begin in space.
Communist China continues its aggression all over the Pacific, while the Biden Administration refuses to demand answers about how a deadly virus escaped from the Wuhan lab.
And here's the final insult: After lying about having a plan to crush COVID, the Biden Administration finally admitted that cloth masks don't work. So, they passed out better masks in Congress, but the masks were made in communist China. What irony!
Where Are They?
According to newly released figures from the Department of Homeland Security, nearly half of the illegal aliens released into the country last year have disappeared. Shocking news, right? Of course, not.
Over one six-month period last year, nearly 50,000 illegal aliens failed to show up for their immigration hearings. Now, we have no idea where they are, or really even who they are. Catch and release is an incredibly stupid policy.
The left always tells us that illegal immigrants are just good people looking for work. Many may well be. But they begin by breaking our laws by illegally entering the country, and then many break the law again by not showing up when ordered to do so!
By the way, progressives are making a big fuss right now about "securing voting rights." But, once again, they blocked an amendment that would require states to purge illegal aliens from the voting rolls.
Now why would they do that? Exactly whose voting rights are they securing?
Who's Racist Now?
Joe Biden and Senate liberals are desperately trying to get rid of the Senate's filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes and bi-partisan agreement for most legislation to pass. They want to get rid of it because it's the only thing stopping Schumer and Pelosi of jamming through the worst aspects of Biden's radical socialist agenda.
You know the progressives are really desperate to get rid of the filibuster because they are falsely denouncing it as a "racist relic of the Jim Crow era." But the hypocrisy of the left knows no limits.
Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz forced a vote on a bill to impose additional sanctions on Russia. It had bi-partisan support and a total of 55 votes. But it failed to pass.
Why? Because Senate Democrats filibustered it.
Yes, you read that right. After Biden and the liberals spent the week trashing the filibuster and calling it a product of racism, they used the filibuster to protect Putin from sanctions!
An Important Sunday
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan called on Americans to "give thanks for the gift of life, and to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of each human life." Many churches will do just that this Sunday.
National Religious Freedom Day is celebrated on January 16th to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom written by Thomas Jefferson in 1786.
Jefferson's statute served as the model for our First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom, which states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . ."
This Sunday, I hope you and your church will join me in praying for the protection of innocent life and for the protection of religious liberty in America.