Friday, May 20, 2022

THE WOKE Wage War on U.S.: We Have Our Generals, Now We Need Soldiers

 

THE CRISIS

“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated” 

― Thomas Paine

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OUR GENERALS



Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Honor Victims of Communism

By Staff


Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 395, establishing November 7 as “Victims of Communism Day” to honor the hundreds of millions of people who have suffered under communist regimes across the world. The Governor also announced that he will approve $25 million in the budget to support renovations and restoration of the historic Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. Additionally, the Governor signed Senate Bill (SB) 160 to approve road designations across the state, including three designations to honor brave Cubans who fought against the Castro Regime.

“Honoring the people that have fallen victim to communist regimes and teaching our students about those atrocities is the best way to ensure that history does not repeat itself,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Through HB 395 and the funding announced today, we are guaranteeing that the history of those who fled communist regimes and their experiences are preserved and not forgotten by our students. While it’s fashionable in some circles to whitewash the history of communism, Florida will stand for truth and remain as a beachhead for freedom.”

“Thank you, Governor DeSantis, for your continued leadership and to the Legislature for providing this critical funding for Miami’s Freedom Tower and designating November 7th as Victims of Communism Day,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “House Bill 395 educates this generation of children and future generations about the ideology, history, and horrors of communism so that freedom will always remain alive in the Sunshine State.”

HB 395 establishes November 7 as “Victims of Communism Day” and calls for public schools to observe the day. High school students will be required to receive at least 45 minutes of instruction in their required United States Government class on topics related to communist regimes and how victims suffered at the hands of these regimes. Instruction on these topics will be required starting in the 2023-2024 school year.

“I stand here today to speak on behalf of the 120,000 students of Miami-Dade College, 75% of whom are Hispanic, and many whose parents and grandparents fled communism to give them the opportunity to come here,” said Madeline Pumariega, President, Miami Dade College. “Your investment here ensures that there will be someone standing here in the next hundred years, ensuring that the story of my parents, of our parents and our grandparents is told over and over again. We will continue to preserve the legacy of those that we know and those that we do not know.”

“Next July will mark the tenth anniversary of the killing of my father at the hands of the Cuban regime,” said Rosa María Payá, Cuban Human Rights Activist. “As thousands of Cubans have done before and as we talk today, at least 1,000 Cubans are suffering political imprisonment for peacefully marching demanding freedom. It is time to stop this process, this factory of victims of communism. I appreciate this initiative and the fact that we are honoring the victims of communism by teaching young people about the evils of communism and the moral obligation we have to stop it.”

$25 million in funding will be given to Miami-Dade College to support preservation and enhancement of the Freedom Tower, currently home to the Miami-Dade College Museum of Art and Design. The Museum houses the Cuban Legacy Gallery and the Exile Experience which honors the legacy of Cuban Americans. The Freedom Tower was used for the Cuban Assistance Center in the 1960s to help Cubans fleeing the communist regime access resources for their new lives in the United States.

The funding will be used to complete urgent structural repairs, conserve and restore historical architectural components, install museum-quality climate control and security systems to safeguard pieces housed in the museum, enhance museum exhibits and make the building more accessible for people with disabilities.

SB 160 creates a number of honorary designations of transportation facilities throughout Florida. There will be 26 road designations across the state, including three designations to honor Cubans who fought against the Castro Regime. Those three designations will honor Arturo Diaz Artiles and Oswaldo Paya through road designations in Miami-Dade County as well as Maximino and Coralia Capdevila through road designations in Hillsborough County.

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Honor Victims of Communism and Preserve History of the Freedom Tower (flgov.com)

Thursday, May 19, 2022

We need a new contract with America

By William Haupt III | The Center Square contributor

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich - Shutterstock

"Until someone is prepared to lay out the systemic problem, we will simply go through cycles of finding corruption, finding a scapegoat, and eliminating the scapegoat." – Newt Gingrich

Bill Clinton's first term is office marked the beginning of the Republican Revolution. His promise to reform health care was soundly defeated. His executive order lifting the ban against gays in the military failed to energize leftist activists. And a barrage of political and personal scandals plagued the Clintons during his first term. The most deleterious scandal was that Clinton illegally profited from a back door involvement in a failed savings and loan on the Whitewater River in Arkansas.

But none was more injurious to Clinton than the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

NAFTA created a common market for goods, services and investments with Canada and Mexico. U.S. workers were forced to compete with global competition for jobs that hurt their standard of living and threatened their future. This ill-fated agreement angered the unions and labor friendly Democrats who needed union support. And America turned to the GOP to right the sinking ship.

Prior to 1994, Democrats controlled the House for 40 consecutive years, with a coalition of liberals in the north and east with southern blue-dogs. Since Democrats held the House for 58 of the last 62 years and the Senate for 34 out of 40 years, they had no fear of Republicans in the 1994 midterms.

According to University of Colorado's Paul Teske, both Bill and Hillary Clinton were easy campaign targets for the GOP. From Hillary Clinton's failed health care bill, to numerous corruption cases in Congress, and Bill Clinton's foray into NAFTA, America was ripe for the GOP revolution.

"Every revolution seems impossible at the beginning, and after it happens, it was inevitable." – Bill Ayers

It was obvious America needed a change. Liberal Democrats in the north and the good-ol-boy-left in the south had dictated Congressional policy for almost five decades – which wasn't working. They were about to be reminded that the "political pendulum always swings both ways if it is balanced."

The late senator Bob Dole reminded Republicans that they had been the minority in Congress for so long that they had forgotten how to take charge and govern. He said in order to win they needed a platform that had national appeal with universal solutions for all Americans, not just Republicans.

In an effort to unite Americans under a common goal, six weeks before the 1994 midterm elections, House Reps. Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey introduced a "Contract with America." As ballots were cast, this not only gave Republicans control of Congress, it would also save the Clinton presidency.

The Contract with America was a legislative agenda by the Republican Party for all of America. It detailed the actions the GOP promised to take – if they became the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in four decades. This was a true bipartisan effort to solve major problems confronting our nation.

"We are in a struggle over whether or not we are going to save America." – Newt Gingrich

The contract's text included eight reforms the GOP promised to enact, and 10 bills they committed to bring to floor if they took over the House. It included issues that had been polled during the first years of the Clinton administration that 60% of the American voters collectively wanted remedied.

The text of the proposed bills included in the Contract was released before the election. They represented significant changes in federal policy that included a balanced budget requirement, and tax cuts for businesses, families and seniors. It also included term limits, reforms to Social Security, and tort and welfare reform. It avoided controversial matters such as abortion and school prayer.

Gingrich purposely excluded how these bills and policies would be enacted and what they would cost. He did not want to distort his goals. He knew these issues concerned voters and they wanted them fixed. And if he didn't deliver it would cost him his job. He only wanted to impress voters that if the GOP took over Congress, they would make changes in government that all of America wanted.

Lou Cannon of the Washington Post wrote, "Democrats attacked the plan as extreme and radical and its solutions would make America worse." They claimed that a balanced budget, tax cuts and welfare reform would hurt the poor and do irreparable damage to institutions that had been in place for decades." Clinton confidant Vernon Jordan protested, "This contract is a 'hit job' on Americans!"

Although the liberal media and the polls minimized the importance of "The Contract with America", Election Day 1994 proved fatal for Democrats. According to Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, Gingrich was responsible for the "Republican Revolution," with the GOP easily taking control of the House and the Senate. They also won 12 governorships and took control in 20 state legislatures.

As predicted, many of the elements of Gingrich's "contract" that passed in Congress were vetoed by Clinton and the ones that he signed did not radically change America as the left had predicted. Although the proposed balanced budget Constitutional Amendment failed to pass, Newt Gingrich and the Republicans led the crusade to end 30 years of federal red ink and balanced the budget.

Joe Biden's regressive "contract for our nation" was to turn America into a progressive Shangri la, with no strings attached. He promised to redistribute wealth from the rich with punishing new taxes.

He vowed to stop drilling for oil, increase welfare, pay people not to work, and to open our borders.

"I promise that all increased spending on federal programs will be paid for by the rich." – Joe Biden
Last election, the liberal media convinced America to buy into Biden's "contract with America" and take out Donald Trump. We are now energy dependent on rogue nations with record high inflation, a broken supply chain, a labor shortage, and have security issues due to Biden's border policies.

Biden kept the terms of his contract, but "whose contract with America was better for Americans?"

Ancient Greek lawmaker Draco wrote, "The goal of all contracts is to deter bad behavior." The first rule of contract law is accountability by all parties involved. Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America" was written to reflect the goals and objectives for government that most Americans wanted and he pursued and accomplished many of them. His major achievement was a balanced federal budget.

Biden's "contract with America" was only for progressives. And since he was elected, he has served his party and his far left supporters, not the majority of Americans. Gingrich's contract was good for America. Biden's contract with America destroyed our nation for his political gain. It is time for us to elect congressmen who will write a "better contract for America" and enforce it.

We need a new contract for all Americans.

“Without common ideas, there is no common action, and without common action men still exist, but a social body does not." – Alexis de Tocqueville

https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/op-ed-we-need-a-new-contract-with-america/article_ce76b596-d2c6-11ec-8e31-c767bd1d5414.html

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Is Biden's 'Success' Our Mess?

By Victor Davis Hanson | Townhall.com



If an administration deliberately wished to cause havoc on the border, to ensure fuel was nearly unaffordable, to create a crime wave, to spark 1970s hyperinflation, and to rekindle racial tensions, what would it have done differently than what President Joe Biden has done?

So is Biden malicious, incompetent, or a wannabe left-wing ideologue?

When pressed about inflation and fuel price hikes, Biden either blames someone or something else, gets mad at the questioner, or claims former President Donald Trump did it.

His administration apparently believes things are going well and according to plan.

When polls disagree, his team either believes the American people are brainwashed or that they themselves have not supplied sufficient propaganda. So they never pivot or compromise, but rededicate themselves to continued failure.

Why? Apparently, what most in the country see as disasters, Biden envisions as success.

Take the border - or rather its disappearance.

Never in U.S. history has an administration simply canceled immigration laws, opened the border, and welcomed in millions of illegal aliens. All arrive illegally, and without audit, or vaccinations and tests in times of a pandemic.

Cartels now import lethal drugs at will into the United States. We have no idea how many terrorists walk across the border each day.

Almost all the entering millions who break the law are poor, without high school diplomas or English skills, and in dire need of massive federal and state housing, food, education, legal, and health subsidies.

Do the leftists in Washington believe that millions of dependent new residents will look to the Left for decades of support and soon find ways to reciprocate with fealty at the polls? Is that why Democrats brag in unapologetic tribalist fashion about changing the demography of the electorate?

Former President Barack Obama's energy secretary-designate Steven Chu once gaffed in the 2008 campaign when he openly wished that U.S. gas prices would reach European levels.

In truth, the Left has always believed the only way to achieve their objectives of discouraging driving, forcing middle-class Americans onto trains and buses, and persuading them to live in urban high-rises rather than drive carbon-spewing cars from spacious suburban ranch-style homes was to encourage high fuel prices.

Is that agenda why Biden, during the current energy crisis, simply canceled new federal oil and gas leases? As diesel hits $7 a gallon in California, why else did he refuse to finish the Keystone XL pipeline or reopen Alaskan oil fields?

Inflation continues officially to exceed 8% per annum. Most consumers feel it is double that when they pay for food, fuel, building materials, houses, or rent - the essential stuff of life.

What did the Biden Administration expect would follow from keeping real interest rates at near zero, while printing trillions of dollars at the moment supplies were short and demand was spiking?

Or did it think inflation more fairly "spreads the wealth"? Does it prompt new necessary attacks on "corporate greed?" Does it demand more federal intervention and socialist policies?

If inflation is "bad" for most, it may not seem so to this left-wing administration.

Violent crime is on its way to 1970s levels. The combination of defunding the police, radical city and county prosecutors who don't charge or lock up criminals, and emptying jails and prisons have ignited a national crime wave.

The Biden Administration shrugs. It offers no new federal help to fund more police or charge freed criminals under applicable federal statutes.

Does it think it is more socially just to let criminals free than incarcerate them?

Does it buy into "critical legal theory" that laws do not reflect ancient ideas of right and wrong, but instead are "constructed" by the privileged to oppress the already oppressed?

Is what Americans see as dangerous crime something the Biden zealots applaud as tough social karma?

Americans are tired of the new woke tribalism. Judging individuals on the basis of their race, gender, or superficial appearance is amoral, and contrary to the entire civil rights movement, and the U.S. Constitution.

It destroys any idea of meritocracy and divides the country artificially into supposed victims and victimizers.

But do the Biden people see it that way?

Or do they promote racial tensions and tribalism, as welcome revolutionary fervor?

In that regard, the Bidenites promote identity politics as a good way to stir up the pot, to demonize supposed oppressors and deify the oppressed - all as a way of retaining political power. For the Left, living in a socialist nation controlled by an elite is far preferable to living in a free and prosperous one answerable only to the people.

The public believes the Biden Administration has failed America, with disastrous results due either to its incompetence, belligerence, or left-wing zealotry.

But Biden and his delusional team seem delighted with what they have wrought.

In sum, what Americans see as an abject catastrophe, they cheer on as a stunning and planned success.

https://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2022/05/19/is-bidens-success-our-mess-n2607496?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&bcid=ba9118a6368f7f5f11df885c43389d53975726fb259d7177fc73f9889065c1a1&recip=26772260

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

BIG GOP PRIMARY WINS: President Trump’s Endorsements Matter!

By Joe Hoft | Gateway Pundit


President Trump’s endorsements are golden.  After Tuesday night, President Trump’s results to date are 81-3-1 (Oz).  

Tuesday night was another huge win for Americans who want to Make America Great Again.  President Trump’s endorsements were big winners.

Here are the results to date and from Tuesday night: Overall Record on President Trump’s endorsements – 81 Wins, 3 Losses*, 1 TBD (Oz)


May 17: Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania (23-2-1 TBD)


Idaho-Senate: Crapo, Mike

Idaho-Governor: McGeachin, Janice

Idaho-01: Fulcher, Russ


Kentucky-Senate: Paul, Rand

Kentucky-01: Comer, James

Kentucky-02: Guthrie, Brett

Kentucky-04: Massie, Thomas

Kentucky-05: Rogers, Hal

Kentucky-06: Barr, Andy


North Carolina-Senate: Budd, Ted

North Carolina-03: Murphy, Greg

North Carolina-05: Foxx, Virginia

North Carolina-07: Rouzer, David

North Carolina-08: Bishop, Dan

North Carolina-09: Hudson, Richard

North Carolina-10: McHenry, Patrick

North Carolina-11: Cawthorn, Madison

North Carolina-13: Hines, Bo


Pennsylvania-Senate: Oz, Mehmet

Pennsylvania-Governor: Mastriano, Doug

Pennsylvania-08: Bognet, Jim

Pennsylvania-10: Perry, Scott

Pennsylvania-11: Smucker, Lloyd

Pennsylvania-13: Joyce, John

Pennsylvania-14: Reschenthaler, Guy

Pennsylvania-16: Kelly, Mike


May 10: Nebraska, West Virginia (3-1)


Nebraska-Governor: Herbster, Charles

Nebraska-03: Smith, Adrian


West Virginia-01: Miller, Carol

West Virginia-02: Mooney, Alex


May 3: Indiana, Ohio (22-0)


Indiana-02: Walorski, Jackie

Indiana-03: Banks, Jim

Indiana-04: Baird, Jim

Indiana-05: Spartz, Victoria

Indiana-06: Pence, Greg

Indiana-08: Bucshon, Larry


Ohio-Senate: Vance, J.D.

Ohio-Secretary of State: LaRose, Frank

Ohio-Attorney General: Yost, Dave

Ohio-Treasurer: Sprague, Robert

Ohio-Auditor: Faber, Keith

Ohio-01: Chabot, Steve

Ohio-02: Wenstrup, Brad

Ohio-04: Jordan, Jim

Ohio-05: Latta, Bob

Ohio-06: Johnson, Bill

Ohio-07: Miller, Max

Ohio-08: Davidson, Warren

Ohio-10: Turner, Mike

Ohio-12: Balderson, Troy

Ohio-13: Gilbert, Madison Gesiotto

Ohio-15: Carey, Mike


March 1: Texas (33-0)


Texas-Governor: Abbott, Greg

Texas-Lieutenant Governor: Patrick, Dan

Texas-Attorney General: Paxton, Ken*

Texas-Agriculture Commissioner: Miller, Sid

Texas-Comptroller: Hegar, Glenn

Texas-Land Commissioner: Buckingham, Dawn*

Texas-04: Fallon, Pat

Texas-05: Gooden, Lance

Texas-06: Ellzey, Jake

Texas-10: McCaul, Michael

Texas-11: Pfluger, August

Texas-12: Granger, Kay

Texas-13: Jackson, Ronny

Texas-14: Weber, Randy

Texas-15: De La Cruz, Monica

Texas-19: Arrington, Jodey

Texas-22: Nehls, Troy

Texas-24: Van Duyne, Beth

Texas-25: Williams, Roger

Texas-26: Burgess, Michael

Texas-27: Cloud, Michael

Texas-31: Carter, John

Texas-36: Babin, Brian

Texas-38: Hunt, Wesley

Texas-SD-08: Paxton, Angela

Texas-SD-11: Middleton, Mayes

Texas-SD-24: Flores, Pete*

Texas-SD-31: Sparks, Kevin

Texas-HD-15: Toth, Steve

Texas-HD-31: Guillen, Ryan*

Texas-HD-61: Frazier, Frederick

Texas-Tarrant Co.-Judge: O’Hare, Tim

Texas-Tarrant Co.-District Attorney: Sorrells, Phil*


*advanced to runoff

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Doug Mastriano, Trump-backed Election Integrity Reformer, Wins GOP primary For Pennsylvania Governor’s Race

 
By Pam Geller | Geller Report


Doug Mastriano was the great election fraud activist. This is a huge win for Trump and election integrity.

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HUGE: Trump-Endorsed Ted Budd Wins N.C. GOP Senate Primary

By Geller Report Staff | Geller Report


Ted Budd defeats establishment candidate Pat McCrory, despite McCrory’s massive fundraising operation. Huge win for President Trump. The Trump endorsement is gold for Republican candidates. Just the latest example that the Republican Party is now President Trump’s party.

Bud’s opponent launched $12 million in attack ads. That’s huge in a primary.

Trump endorsed candidates are pulling far ahead.

INVASION: 234,088 migrants encountered at southern border in April, most in a century

By Anna Giaritelli


The number of migrants encountered attempting to enter the United States illegally from Mexico rose in April, surpassing all previous records over the past century, an indication of the scale of the illegal immigration crisis at the border.

U.S. border officials intercepted 234,088 migrants attempting to enter the country illegally last month, according to a federal court document obtained by the Washington Examiner late Monday. In the first 15 full months of President Joe Biden’s term in office, federal law enforcement officials at the southern border have stopped more than 2.75 million people attempting to cross into the U.S. without permission.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency that inspects people and goods seeking admission, said 32,288 people tried to cross at the land ports of entry but were denied. The figure is nearly three times the 11,397 figure seen in March, the result of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing to Mexico’s northern city of Tijuana and then seeking asylum at the San Diego border. The Biden administration has instructed CBP's Office of Field Operations officers at ports of entry to allow Ukrainians into the country despite its not doing the same for many other migrants from other countries.

The remaining 201,800 of the 234,088 encounters were taken into custody after crossing the border and surrendering to or being apprehended by Border Patrol agents. Of the 201,800 figure, 157,555 individuals were encountered, with some being stopped trying to enter a second time after being previously turned back, according to CBP data released Tuesday.

BORDER CRISIS: HISTORICALLY CHAOTIC SITUATION POISED TO GET MUCH WORSE

The 234,088 is the highest number on record, outpacing 220,063 at the southern border in March 2000, federal data show. CBP does not list monthly data predating 2000, when it only tracked Border Patrol arrests of illegal immigrants, whereas today’s number includes illegal crossings and those denied admission at ports. Nevertheless, the figures from 2000 are likely the highest monthly numbers since the Border Patrol was formed in 1924.

Roughly seven in 10 of migrants — 166,814 — encountered at the southern border were adults traveling alone. Slightly more than half were immediately removed from the United States.

More than 12,000 were children who crossed the border without a parent, and the remaining 54,000 arrived as part of a family.

The number of encounters rose by nearly 70,000 from February's 165,000 as news spread that the Biden administration would stop immediately returning illegal immigrants to Mexico and other countries in the coming months. The administration announced on April 1 that it would end Title 42 , the pandemic health policy that resulted in 1.7 million migrants being immediately turned back. The policy is set to expire Monday, though a federal judge indicated last week that he would intervene to continue it.

Fewer than half of those intercepted (96,908) were expelled under Title 42 despite the policy being in effect for another week. An additional 16,000 were removed through other procedures.

Of the Border Patrol’s nine regions along the 2,000-mile border, more than half of all illegal immigrants intercepted in April occurred in Texas-based sectors. The Gulf Coast-adjacent Rio Grande Valley in South Texas saw 41,776 encounters, followed by 40,855 in Del Rio, Texas.

On average, Border Patrol had 11,204 people in custody each day in April, more than 200% over its legal capacity.

The number of people encountered at the southern border each month has fluctuated for years. From the 1920s through the 2000s, Border Patrol agents encountered mostly Mexican men trying to enter unlawfully. The arrests were referred to as apprehensions. The term encounters later grew to include people denied entry at the official crossing points.

Monthly encounters dropped to 20,000 in April 2020, marking the lowest number in decades. Illegal crossing attempts from Mexico began to rise as the Border Patrol turned away migrants under pandemic restrictions rather than referring them for prosecution and placing them in removal proceedings. The 20,000 figure rose to 71,000 by December 2020, weeks before Biden took office.

When Biden took office in January 2021, his administration stopped turning away children who showed up alone at the border, as had been protocol under Trump. In that time, more children have arrived at the southern border than at any other time in U.S. history.

Biden also attempted to halt deportations for 100 days, suspended border wall construction, and vowed to rescind initiatives that turned away asylum-seekers at the nation’s borders, moves that sent a signal to the world that likely prompted many to travel to the U.S. In addition, the pandemic has had the harshest economic effect on Latin American nations, leading more people to flee to the U.S. and other countries in the Western Hemisphere.

As a result, illegal entry attempts quickly rose, topping 169,000 in March 2021 as Biden rescinded Trump-era border policies, including the Migrant Protection Protocols that had forced migrants to live in Mexico while asylum cases were processed in U.S. courts.

Biden initially downplayed the uptick in illegal migration last spring as “seasonal.” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas rolled out a four-pronged plan last spring to stem the flow of migrants illegally entering the country. The plan included addressing the root causes that lead people to leave their home countries, rebuilding the asylum process, improving border security management, and taking down smugglers. To date, the Biden administration has not made substantive progress in any of the four areas.

The numbers continued to spike through last summer. Encounters topped 210,000 in July and 195,000 in August. The numbers dropped through the fall and winter months but have begun to climb, now blowing past last year's summer levels.

The situation at the southern border , already a humanitarian and national security crisis, threatens to become far worse in the weeks ahead as DHS has predicted as many as 18,000 people being taken into custody each day once Title 42 ends. At present, border officials are encountering 8,000 people daily, a far cry from the "1,000" figure that the Obama administration once said constituted a crisis.

The extent of illegal immigration is not fully known because federal data only track those who were intercepted and cannot account for people who were not detected or evaded arrest. Because Border Patrol agents have been pulled from the border to transport and process those arriving, areas of the border have been left unmanned.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/restoring-america/fairness-justice/234-088-migrants-encountered-at-southern-border-in-april-most-in-a-century

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

LAYING SIEGE TO THE INSTITUTIONS

By Christopher F. Rufo

Why do I say that we need to lay siege to our institutions? Because of what has happened to our institutions since the 1960s.

The 1960s saw the rise of new and radical ideologies in America that now seem commonplace—ideologies based on ideas like identity politics and cultural revolution. There is a direct line between those ideas born in the ’60s and the public policies being adopted today in leftist-run cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago. 

The leftist dream of a working-class rebellion in America fizzled after the ’60s. By the mid-1970s, radical groups like the Black Liberation Army and the Weather Underground had faded from prominence. But the leftist dreamers didn’t give up. Abandoning hope of a Russian-style revolution, they settled on a more sophisticated strategy—waging a revolution not of the proletariat, but of the elites, and specifically of the knowledge elites. It would proceed not by taking over the means of production, but by taking control of education and culture—a strategy that German Marxist Rudi Dutschke, a student activist in the 1960s, called “the long march through the institutions.” 

This idea is traceable to Italian communist Antonio Gramsci, who wrote in the 1930s of “capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches, and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.”

This march through our institutions, begun a half-century ago, has now proved largely successful. Over the past two years, I’ve looked at the federal bureaucracy, the universities, K-12 schools, and big corporations. And what I’ve found is that the revolutionary ideas of the ’60s have been repackaged, repurposed, and injected into American life at the institutional level.

Most Americans are shocked to discover this. We’ve all seen the outrage of parents over the past two years as they learned that their young children were being divided according to their skin color and deemed oppressed or oppressors in public school classrooms. Parents began expressing their outrage against critical race theory not only in school board meetings, but at the polls. This made big news in last year’s gubernatorial election in Virginia, and the demographic of the now-widespread voter rebellion shows that it crosses party lines. 

The Case of the Disney Company

There has been a similar response following the more recent revelations about the Walt Disney Company—a company founded 99 years ago and associated in the public mind with wholesome family entertainment. 

I’ve been reporting on Disney for more than a year, and I have good sources inside the company. I broke a story last year about Disney forcing employees to engage in a critical race theory training program that denounced America as fundamentally racist, had its white employees complete a “white privilege checklist,” and included exercises on “decolonizing” bookshelves.

Disney’s first reaction was to deflect. In response to accusations of racism, the company issued a press release denying the charge. Incredibly, it offered as proof the fact that it had produced the movie Black Panther—a kind of corporate variation on “I’m not racist, some of my best friends are black.” This ridiculous response suggests that Disney executives were caught totally off guard. The elites who run our institutions, after all, are not accustomed to being challenged.

Disney eventually deleted information on the controversial training program from its internal website. But all things remaining the same, the program will resurface. This wasn’t, after all, a case of well-intentioned people making a mistake. Leftist ideologies are now baked into the structures of these institutions.

A much bigger controversy began when the Disney Company waded into a political fight with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis had signed a bill, passed by the state legislature, that prohibited teaching about gender ideology, sexual orientation, and sexuality in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade classrooms. Despite the fact that its opponents gave this bill an intentionally misleading name—the “Don’t Say Gay” bill—it is supported, depending on the questions used by pollsters, by between 60 and 80 percent of Floridians. 

Acting against its own apparent business interest, Disney—the most famous children’s entertainment corporation in history—came out publicly in opposition to this bill banning discussions of gender identity in elementary classrooms prior to the fourth grade. In an official statement, it declared that the company’s goal was “for this law to be repealed . . . or struck down in the courts.” 

Shortly thereafter, my sources at Disney leaked a video to me of an hour-and-40-minute company-wide meeting about the controversy. And what did the video reveal? In a series of unedited clips that I released on social media, an executive producer at Disney said that she had been inserting what she called a “not-so-secret gay agenda” into children’s programming, targeting kids as young as two years old, and had experienced no pushback. A production coordinator said that he had created a tracking program to make sure that the company was including enough transgender, non-binary, and asexual characters. The president of Disney’s general entertainment content referenced a Disney initiative declaring that “50 percent of regular and recurring characters across Disney General Entertainment will come from underrepresented groups.” And a diversity and inclusion manager talked about the company’s new policy of doing away with the terms “ladies and gentlemen” and “boys and girls” at Disney theme parks.

These discussions weren’t taking place in an Ivy League faculty lounge, but among high-level executives at Walt Disney. Americans were shocked, and rightfully so. The unmistakable gist of the video was that Disney was secretly trying to change, in a fundamental way, how children think about sexuality by engineering a narrative based on gender ideology.

Disney executives had marched into this controversy beating their chests, talking trash to Governor DeSantis, and committing the company to the overthrow of the bill protecting young children. But the leaked videos quickly generated over 100 million media impressions, and with public opinion heavily on the other side—not only in Florida, but nationwide—Disney was pummeled. People started canceling their subscriptions to Disney’s streaming service, canceling planned trips to Disney theme parks, canceling Disney cruises, and thinking twice about letting their children watch Disney movies. 

Elected officials noticed, too. The Florida legislature and Governor DeSantis have already revoked the special governance and tax status Disney has enjoyed since the 1960s. Disney’s stock value plummeted nearly $50 billion in less than two months. And now Members of Congress are asking why Disney deserves automatic copyright extensions on things like Mickey Mouse—copyrights that customarily have a 28-year limit. If Congress lets Disney’s various copyrights expire next year, it will cost Disney additional multiple billions of dollars.

Doing further research into Disney’s track record regarding children and sexual predators, by the way, I discovered that the company has a notorious pattern, going back over a decade, of having a significant number of its employees arrested for child sex crimes such as child pornography, child exploitation, and child rape. And although a company can’t be held responsible for everything its employees do on their own time, I was able to find two cases of Disney complicity. In the first, Disney authorities allegedly told a Disney security guard to keep her mouth shut when she discovered that a Disney employee was molesting a young boy on a Disney cruise ship. This allowed the employee to evade arrest, after which Disney flew him back home to India so he couldn’t be held accountable. In the other case, I found that the cruise trade association of which Disney is a member had opposed and then helped water down legislation that would have required Disney and other cruise lines to report sexual abuse on their cruise ships in a timely manner.

In summary, Disney’s record on the issue of children and sexuality casts doubt on its claim to moral authority.

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The lesson I’ve drawn from reporting on institutions that promote ideologies such as critical race theory and radical gender theory is that they have been captured at the structural level and can’t be reformed from within. So the solution is not a long counter-march through the institutions. You can’t replace bad directors of diversity, equity, and inclusion with good ones. The ideology is baked in. That’s why I call for a siege strategy.

This means, first, that you have to be aggressive. You have to fight on terms that you define. In responding to opponents of the Florida bill, for instance, don’t argue against “teaching diversity and inclusion,” but against sexualizing young children. And don’t pull your punches. We will never win if we play by the rules set by the elites who are undermining our country. We can be polite and lose every battle or we can be impolite and actually deliver results for the great majority of Americans who are fighting for their small businesses, fighting for their jobs, fighting for their families.

Second, you have to mobilize popular support. This requires ripping the veil off of what our institutions are doing through real investigation and reporting so that Americans can make informed choices. We live in an information society, and if we don’t get the truth out, we will never gain traction against the narratives being constantly refashioned and pushed by the Left. 

Less than two years ago, an infinitesimal number of Americans knew about critical race theory. Through investigation and reporting, we’ve brought that number up to 75 percent. The public now opposes critical race theory by a two-to-one margin, and it is being hounded out of schools and other places. This kind of action is a model for dealing with every ideology and institution that is undermining the public good and America’s future.

Remember that institutions don’t choose these ideologies democratically—they don’t ask people or employees to vote for them. They impose them by fiat, through bureaucratic, not democratic rule. So it isn’t surprising that the institutions lose big when we force their agendas into the political arena. What politician or campaign manager in their right mind would ignore an issue that is supported by a two-to-one margin? So-called conservative politicians who do ignore such issues—or who oppose bringing them up out of a false sense of decorum—aren’t on the people’s and the country’s side. 

With public institutions like K-12 education, another crucial step is to decentralize them. It is centralization and bureaucratization that makes it possible for a minority of activists to take control and impose their ideologies. Decentralizing means reducing federal and state controls in favor of local control—and it ultimately means something like universal school choice, placing power in parents’ hands. Too many parents today have no escape mechanism from substandard schools controlled by leftist ideologues. Universal school choice—meaning that public education funding goes directly to parents rather than schools—would fix that.

Conservatives have for too long been resistant to attacking the credibility of our institutions. Trust in institutions is a natural conservative tendency. But conservatives need to stop focusing on abstract concepts and open their eyes. Our institutions are dragging our country in a disastrous direction, actively undermining all that makes America great.

To some extent, the institutions are now destroying their own credibility. Look at the public health bureaucracy and teachers’ unions, which acted in concert to shut down schools and keep children needlessly masked—and for far too long. As a result, there has been an explosion in homeschooling, as well as in the number of alternative K-12 schools such as the ones Hillsdale College is helping to launch around the country. What is needed is to build alternative or parallel institutions and businesses in all areas. There is no reason, for example, why plenty of high production value children’s entertainment can’t be produced outside the ideological confines of the Walt Disney Company.

In conclusion, we make a mistake in thinking about politics simply in terms of a Left versus Right dynamic. That dynamic is significant, but where the opportunity really lies today is focusing on a top versus bottom dynamic. An elite class, representing a small number of people with influence in the knowledge-based institutions, are acting in their own interest and against the interest of the vast majority of the American people—those who are still attached to the idea that America is a force for good and who think, to take just one example, that young children should be protected from the imposition of radical gender ideology.

In terms of the top versus bottom dynamic, the choice today is between the American Revolution of 1776 and the leftist revolution of the 1960s. The first offers a continued unfolding of America’s founding principles of freedom and equality. The second ends up in nihilism and demoralization, just as the Weather Underground ended up in a bombed-out basement in Greenwich Village in the 1970s. 

Even those of us who are temperamentally predisposed to defense must recognize that offense—laying siege to the institutions—is what is now demanded.

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The above is adapted from a speech delivered at Hillsdale College on April 5, 2022, during a two-week teaching residency at Hillsdale as a Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Journalism.


Laying Siege to the Institutions (christopherrufo.com)

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The Cycles of Revolutions in Our Midst


By Victor Davis Hanson | American Greatness



We are witnessing a number of radical military, social, and political revolutions that are changing the United States—and the world—in fundamental ways that we still have not appreciated. 

The taboo about never mentioning the first-strike use of nuclear weapons in a major conventional war is now apparently over. Vladimir Putin routinely threatens their use. Communist China hints at its growing nuclear capability and is hell-bent on rushing into production a huge new nuclear missile force. The world is defining nuclear incineration down.

The more China and North Korea talk about nukes, the more necessary it is that uneasy democracies such as Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan will make adjustments. And the more the United States bows out of its prior role of extending its nuclear umbrella over Western democracies, the more likely these societies will consider going nuclear themselves. Should Iran acquire nuclear weapons—and its patrons Russia and China seem to be ensuring that it will—then the long feared but heretofore never reified nuclear Middle East arms race will finally break out, as the petro-rich Arab world tries to deter Iran’s unhinged theocrats.

There is also a revolutionary vacuum occurring abroad. Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are trying to figure out whether there is still any old-style American deterrence, or whether the woke progressives now in power in Washington dislike the customs and traditions of the United States even more than they do.

Lots of disasters have contributed to the current perilous state of affairs, including the precipitous American retreat from and humiliation in Afghanistan. Add in voluntary cutbacks in oil and gas production by the West, and the subsequent embarrassment of a superpower beseeching thuggish regimes to send us their energy. 

The politicized transformation of the U.S. military from a meritocratic force focused on wartime lethality into an  extension of the social welfare state driven by diversity, equity and inclusion has encouraged our enemies to take risks they otherwise might not have taken. 

Other contributors to the American power vacuum are the enormous federal debt, hyperinflation, and likely stagflation and recession this winter—along with the worldwide mania following COVID and the disastrous blanket lockdowns. All of the above has suggested to the world that a cognitively challenged 79-year-old Joe Biden is both an illustration and cause of American decline, rather than a temporary embarrassing aberration. 

Certainly, a wrecked downtown Seattle, the homelessness debacle San Francisco, a Marxist legal regime in Los Angeles, a typical Saturday night of carnage in Chicago, screaming throngs at the homes of Supreme Court justices, and thuggery at the Oscars are now typical vignettes. They should not be the stuff of a supposedly democratic superpower. 

Instead, the new woke United States—from the pride flag that flew atop the now abandoned U.S. embassy in Kabul to its former gender studies programs in now gender-segregated Afghanistan campuses—exudes both arrogance and weakness. That is a fatal combination for a major power. It suggests to those abroad that a once pragmatic, dependable, and competent America no longer exists. Soon it may reach the point that those whom America wishes to help would rather pass on such beneficence, given American propensities to offer sanctimonious and strident lectures coupled with an unreliable and ineffective military record. 

So what should we expect in the next few years? Far greater cohesion between frightened Western democracies on the one hand, while on the other enormous pressures for many to become nuclear themselves. Expect Germany to become more obdurate, either going its own way or ordering the EU and NATO to follow along its path. The more Germany endangers itself and its neighbors with its crackpot policies, the more the world shrugs that 1870, 1914, and 1939 were archetypal, not the anomalous postwar decades.

NATO and the United States may finally invest in credible missile defenses, since they are starting to agree with once-demonized conservatives that in extremis Putin would have no moral problem leveling Florence or incinerating Stockholm—no more than North Korea or China on the brink would hesitate to ensure the cinders of Seattle or San Francisco glow.  

Ukraine has been our Spanish Civil War for nearly three months, a laboratory of strategies, tactics, and weapons of wars to come. What are the lessons so far from that conflict? 

Western military technology still remains the world’s most lethal. Russian equipment is not just noncompetitive but reminds us that weapons are simply tools. Their operations hinge on skilled and zealous soldiers. The majority of Russian conscripts are neither.

Moreover, Ukrainians remind us that well-trained, motivated, and courageous small teams of combatants—mastering online, computerized, and sophisticated Westernized anti-tank, anti-aircraft, and anti-personnel drones and rockets—can nullify vast military investment and manpower. So far, the Ukrainian hit teams have rained death upon thousands of Russian soldiers while destroying millions of dollars of supposedly impregnable Russian traditional assets like artillery, armored vehicles, tanks, and ground support helicopters and aircraft.

Given the recent humiliating U.S. defeat in and retreat from Afghanistan—after abandoning tens of billions of dollars’ worth of sophisticated equipment to terrorists—and the ongoing destruction of the conventional Russian military and billions of dollars of its equipment, we are starting to revisit an earlier pattern of large and well-equipped expeditionary forces of big powers failing to achieve their strategic goals. They prove to be out of place and inept. China may learn the same lessons if it invades Taiwan.

In the American case, the culprits are both White House political ineptitude and the Pentagon’s strategic confusion. In the Russian instance, there was a complete divorce of abstract strategy from reality on the ground, between demoralized conscripts versus motivated volunteers fighting for their families. There were systemic Russian failures to field competent and motivated soldiers and to maintain and wisely employ sophisticated equipment. Russia is showing the world that it is a global player only to the degree it can sell oil and periodically threaten any nation it likes with nuclear weapons—a fact no doubt privately conceded by Putin himself.

In the West in general, and in the United States particularly, we are seeing a final fruition of decades of woke self-loathing. The sight of a pride flag flying on the Kabul embassy as the most lavishly supplied and funded military force in history scrambled to fly home, abandoning allies and employees, was a bitter metaphor of the arrogance, ignorance, and impotence of woke ideology.

What was once an elite boutique parlor game confined to university departments and the schools of education has now filtered throughout all campus courses to the point of being institutionalized. It is lapping into the engineering, math, and physics departments and the schools of medicine and business. The idea of meritocracy is disappearing, replaced by woke reparatory fixations on race, in the manner the ideologically correct Soviet commissariat destroyed Russian institutions or Mao’s cultural revolutionary insanity destroyed millions of Chinese. 

At a time of impending recession, runaway inflation, and climbing interest rates, universities are charging students thousands of dollars in increased tuition and fees to subsidize an unproductive diversity, equity, and inclusion industry. And like all good commissariats, the DEI apparatchiks produce no research, do no teaching, and bully and repress those who do.

Their chief legacy is the millions of opportunistic mediocrities emerging from the shadows to mouth wokester shibboleths about climate change, diversity, equity, and inclusion, identity politics, and transgenderism, while damning the customs, traditions, history, and values of a prior society that alone is responsible for their very affluence and leisure. 

The stuff of life—water storage for agriculture, gas and oil production for transportation and home livability, building materials for shelter, deterrent police to ensure safe streets, and competent medical officials and scientists—is now subordinated to ideological censure and audit. All that is not a sustainable proposition for a sophisticated but vulnerable multiracial democracy of 330 million. Nihilist ideology finally trickles down to shelves empty of baby formula, idled diesel semis, and parked cars left open to thieves in hopes they will merely steal rather than also vandalize. Boutique university theories turn deadly when any society is unhinged enough to adopt them.

So this cannibalistic woke revolution is no Wobbly mine take-over, no 1960s Woodstock, not even a Black Panther, Weatherman, or Symbionese Liberation Army violent spasm. Instead, wokeism is so institutionalized that, like the Soviet Party or the adherents of Mao’s little red book, joining the virtue-signaling wokesters is seen as a smart career move. Going woke is a bully’s paradise, an indemnity against a past ill-considered tweet or a future peccadillo. Indeed, it is quasi-religious groupthink proselytizing. 

The world is fragmenting and changing in all different directions. Unfortunately, contemporary America is offering no guidance. To the extent it seeks to lead and inspire, its current elite wish to take other nations and cultures down a nihilist pathway of self-loathing that few wish to follow.

https://amgreatness.com/2022/05/15/the-cycles-of-revolutions-in-our-midst/