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New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio shows his true colors

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Early last Wednesday, a 12-year New York City police officer was shot execution style while sitting in her command vehicle. Miosotis Familia, 48 years old and a mother of three, was shot in the head in her police truck, and died later at St. Barnabas Hospital.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump was in Europe for the annual G20 Summit, and, just as with everywhere Trump goes and everything Trump does, riots akin to Antifa ensued. The riots occurred in Hamburg, Germany, with over 150 officers injured throughout. These riots occur every year at G20, with Leftists and anarchists gathering to protest an event that promotes free trade, globalization, and capitalism in general.

Now, what do the two events mentioned above have to do with each other?

The answer is New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and his actions showing his true self.

Rather than staying in the city he is responsible for running, especially after a police officer was murdered in cold blood, de Blasio decided that his priority was Leftism instead of standing in solidarity with New York, and he opted to travel to Germany to join the G20 riots.

De Blasio, who assumed office in 2014, has made no secret of his radical Left-wing communist beliefs, or his disdain for police. In fact, former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly resigned due to De Blasio’s win in the mayoral race, and stated that de Blasio had ran an “anti-police campaign.” In addition, when two police officers were executed in a similar manner as Familia in late 2014, the police all turned their backs to de Blasio, as a message that his disdain for police and affinity for movements such as “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” or Black Lives Matter, contributed to these police officers’ deaths.

De Blasio, as mentioned above, has an affinity for radical Leftism, even Marxism, as well. In 1988, De Blasio, then 26, was in Nicaragua to help distribute food during a war between left and right, but came back an unabashed Communist with a vision of possibilities of an unlimited government, as The New York Times wrote in 2013 during de Blasio’s mayoral campaign. De Blasio admired Nicaragua’s Sandinista Party, whom President Reagan at the time denounced as “tyrannical and communist.” De Blasio had been an activist ever since, shifting his views minimally from time to time, but keeping to his same radical Leftist roots.

A prime example of de Blasio’s radicalism can be found just last month regarding New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. De Blasio, as National Review reported in May, was planning to March behind Oscar Lopez Rivera, a convicted terrorist who, before former President Barack Obama commuted his sentence, served 35 years in prison. Lopez Rivera was a leader of FALN, a Marxist terror group which sought Puerto Rico’s independence under Communist rule. He was sentenced in 1981 to 55 years in prison for his group carrying out over 100 bombings, killing many innocent civilians. When he was arrested in his Chicago apartment, six pounds of dynamite were found. In addition, Lopez Rivera declared himself “an enemy of the United States government” at his trial.

But none of this seems to bother de Blasio. And perhaps his decision to leave his city at this pivotal juncture is his political strategy of playing to his radically Left base. This plausibly explains why de Blasio chose, instead of standing with his city in a time of need, to be the activist he consistently was, this time taking the stage at the G20 Summit.

The United States stands for the exact opposite of what de Blasio does. A member of the police force, in his city, on his NYPD, was slaughtered. Any manager, of any company, would be terminated for his remis and sub par behavior. The optics are disastrous. It is for this reason, the New York mayor should be compelled to resign in disgrace.

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump, as expected

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump as expected

It was one of the most replayed parts of President Trump’s announcement regarding his national emergency declaration last Friday – a sing-song moment as the President predicted the declaration would be made, Democrats would sue, they’d go through the 9th circuit, and their decision will hopefully be overturned by the Supreme Court. So far, he’s been absolutely correct as 16 states have filed against the declaration.

New York, California, 14 other states sue Trump in Ninth Circuit over emergency declaration

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-york-california-sue-trump-in-ninth-circuit-over-emergency-declarationThe attorneys general of California, New York, and 14 other states on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit against the White House’s recent national emergency declaration over border security, claiming President Trump has “veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making.”

President Trump sarcastically had predicted the lawsuit last week. He’s slammed the Ninth Circuit multiple times as “disgraceful” and politically biased.

My Take

This is their right, and while it may annoy those who support building the border wall, it would be a mistake to condemn these states for trying to stop it. This is part of the way our nation is intended to operate. If one or more states feel the need to challenge the authority of Washington DC, they should be able to make their case before the courts. If the courts make decisions based on the Constitution, then the end result will be the accurate and righteous one.

That’s how this was all intended.

I’m not suggesting the 9th Circuit is going to treat this fairly, nor am I confident the Supreme Court will make its decision solely on the Constitution, but until things are changed, this is what we’ve got. Attempts to subvert any component of this system from the President’s right to declare the emergency to the states’ rights to challenge it to the courts’ responsibility to make a ruling about it all would be to denounce the foundation upon which this nation was built.

There was a way this could have been avoided. Had the President and the GOP decided to have the debate over the wall while they had power over the House, Senate, and White House, they would have been in better position to get the wall going by now. Unfortunately, they an improper political calculation to hold off on the wall debate until after the midterm elections, and now it’s costing the American citizens. It costs us money to sit here through the shutdown and the legal battle over the national emergency declaration. It’s costing us time; the wall should be much further along by now. It may end up costing us the wall altogether if they aren’t able to make a strong case before the Supreme Court.

We are in the midst of a crisis at the border, one that has been going on for decades. Let’s not exacerbate the crisis by adding a Constitutional crisis on top. This needs to play all the way out.

 


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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

There are plenty of things about the Jussie Smollett scandal that should disgust us. The instant reaction by celebrities, politicians, and the media is right there at the top, especially when we consider how many are now saying, “let’s wait for the facts.” The notion that a successful gay black man thought it appropriate to make himself seem like a victim is also up there.

As One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler points out, we should also be disgusted that Smollett chose this victim status over being a strong leader and role model for less privileged black and gay people who could have looked up to him for his strength instead of now being scornful of his weakness.

What does that say about America when the left tries so hard to build the narrative that everything is wrong, they’re unwilling to recognize the real problems that are plaguing America. Why? Because they’re the biggest part of the problem.

 


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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

It’s been an up-and-down couple of weeks for proponents of the Green New Deal. Before details were released, it was already being heralded as the greatest thing since President Obama’s election. Then, the details came out and even many on the left were taken aback by the ambitious and incoherent provisions of the deal as detailed in a FAQ section on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s government web page.

But that was just a draft. They took it down. At least that was the story.

Unfortunately for proponents, they were caught a little flat-footed as questions started pouring in about, well, all of it. Even if we dismiss the less-draconian concepts such as eliminating air travel or the less-sane ideas like taking care of those who are unwilling to work, the left is still stuck with a proposal that the most frugal estimates put at costing around $7 trillion while other’s consider the decade-long cost to be in the HUNDREDS of trillions of dollars.

This is, of course, ludicrous. There’s not enough money in the entire world to pay for the proposal if its cost is somewhere between the lowest and highest estimates, but that hasn’t stopped leftist media from regrouping. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, they’re doing everything they can to recommit to this concept. It’s not that they suddenly believe in this fairy tale. It’s that they don’t want this to be the issue Republicans attack in the 2020 elections.

One article in particular that I read from CNN (yes, sometimes I need to see what the other side is thinking) really struck me for its honesty about the situation. Though I stopped reading it in paragraph two when it referred to “non-partisan” PolitiFact, I went back to it just now to digest the awfulness fully (see the sacrifices I make for our readers!).

To be clear, much of what this article says is correct. It asserts the GOP will take the tenets of the Green New Deal and use it to scare voters into thinking it’s even worse than Obamacare. From 2010 through 2016, Republicans attacked Obamacare incessantly and it worked, giving them the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016. Unfortunately, they stopped there and didn’t actually go after Obamacare with the same fervor they held in their campaign rhetoric and now the Democrats have turned the issue on its head.

But here’s the thing. Obamacare may have been bad, but the Green New Deal truly is worse. It’s not even close. Even if we take at face value the notion that the Green New Deal is simply an ambitious framework around which real legislation can be forged, we have to look at the core issues entailed in order to see the true damage it can do. This is a socialist document. It’s a call for the same levels of insanity that drive the Medicare-for-All movement. Within its frivolous attempts to change perceptions of air travel, cows, and job creation is a deep-rooted desire to convert Americans to needing more government.

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The Green New Deal represents the far-left’s desire to make more American dependent on government. At the same time, it aims to increase the levels of dependency for those who are already in need of assistance. It wants Democrats to latch their wagons on the notion that if we become a militantly environmentalist nation, that will serve the dual purpose of giving us fulfillment while saving the planet.

I believe most leftist journalists understand this, but they see in the ridiculous framework a path through which Republicans can be defeated wholesale in 2020 as long as the left can control the narrative surrounding the Green New Deal. They fear another Obamacare counterinsurgency that would wipe out the anti-Trump gains they made in 2018, so they’ve adopted a stance that the Green New Deal isn’t as bad as Fox News says it is. Meanwhile, they’re doing everything they can to say, “look over here and not at the Green New Deal.”

The politics behind what the Green New Deal represents is more in play than the tenets of the proposal itself, at least in the eyes of leftist media. It’s not that they want to promote the concept. They simply don’t want the concept to derail their party in the next election.

 


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