Theme Of The Week
A few weeks ago, the left's theme was that Trump would be driven from office due to collusion with Russia. Then it was Michael Wolff's latest book and accusations abounded that Trump was insane.
But where is Wolff now? After considerable hype, it was quickly discovered that his book was full of factual errors and false statements. Wolff later admitted that he did not interview members of the president's cabinet for this alleged "inside" look at the Trump White House.
For a time, the president got the upper hand after a White House meeting on immigration reform was broadcast live on national television. It was a home run. And the reason the meeting was so successful was demonstrated days later when the cameras were not in the room.
After pitching the president on a supposed compromise immigration plan, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a press conference in which he accused the president of making "vile and vulgar" comments. Now the theme of the left and its media allies is that the president is a "racist."
As we noted Friday, the left-wing media will never give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt, even though there is plenty of reason to doubt Dick Durbin.
In 2013, Durbin insisted that a House Republican leader said to then-President Barack Obama during negotiations over the budget, "I cannot even stand to look at you." There was only one problem with Durbin's version of events -- the Obama White House denied it.
Speaking of Obama, Rush Limbaugh pointed out that virtually no one in the media got upset when the former president used very similar language when referring to Libya.
Durbin also chastised the president for using the term "chain migration." Durbin said that was a "painful" term for "so many people," especially black Americans who, in Durbin's words, "believe they migrated to America in chains."
So now the president is a racist for saying "chain migration." Well guess what? Durbin has repeatedly used that phrase himself!
Today on Capitol Hill, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In response to repeated questioning about last week's meeting, she told senators, "I did not hear that word used. . . I don't dispute that the president was using tough language, others in the room were also using tough language."
Of course, you won't see anything about this in the mainstream media, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) disclosed over the weekend that he often does mission trips to places like Haiti to correct vision problems for hundreds of people who don't have access to eye doctors. Sen. Paul told "Meet The Press" that Donald Trump helped to finance one of his trips to Haiti.
The question President Trump asked the politicians at that contentious White House meeting late last week is THE central question roiling the immigration debate. Why is the left so committed to bringing in millions of people from low-skill countries?
And why is the left so opposed to a merit-based immigration system, like the one Canada uses?
It is widely accepted that because of the march of technology, low-skilled, entry-level jobs are disappearing and this trend is accelerating. So why do we continue to bring in more low-skilled, less-educated immigrants when we have a potential employment crisis developing among many of our own citizens?
It was sad to see Reverend Martin Luther King's birthday exploited by the left to advance its narrative that the president is a bigot. One of these years, I'd love to see a national conversation take place on Martin Luther King's birthday about the elephant in the room.
Two basic beliefs underscored Dr. King's work. First, as a Baptist pastor, he believed we are all created in God's image. But the left today is increasingly secular and increasingly hostile to Judeo-Christian values. Many progressives adamantly refuse to accept the idea that there is a God, and they laugh at the idea that He is the author of our liberty.
And what was Dr. King's main goal? He articulated it brilliantly at the Lincoln Memorial when he said that his dream was a nation in which his children would "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Dr. King wanted a nation where race became irrelevant. But the left rejects that too.
To the left, everything is about race. To demand border security is racist. To think that children should read the classics, such as Shakespeare, is racist. Voter ID laws are racist. Law enforcement is racist. Tax cuts are racist. Even math is racist.
In fact, our society is so riddled with racism that the left has invented a term to describe it -- "institutional racism." Racism is everywhere, according to the left. In fact, you can even take classes now at our so-called "institutions of higher learning" on the "Problem of Whiteness."
Religious Freedom Day
Today is Religious Freedom Day. It is a day when we commemorate the passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786. The statute was written by Thomas Jefferson, and served as the model for the First Amendment to the Constitution.
President Trump issued a proclamation today recognizing Religious Freedom Day and urging Americans to remember "our shared heritage of religious liberty." Below are excerpts of the president's proclamation.
"Our Constitution and laws guarantee Americans the right not just to believe as they see fit, but to freely exercise their religion. . . No American — whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner — should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law.
"The United States is also the paramount champion for religious freedom around the world, because we do not believe that conscience rights are only for Americans. We will continue to condemn and combat extremism, terrorism, and violence against people of faith, including genocide waged by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria against Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. . .
"The free exercise of religion is a source of personal and national stability, and its preservation is essential to protecting human dignity. . . Faith breathes life and hope into our world. We must diligently guard, preserve, and cherish this unalienable right."