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President Trump has added one more stop to the you’re-not-wanted-here world tour: He will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, that’s typically a must-go for any POTUS.

“The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”

Add this to just about any public event, college commencement, and corporate engagement you see any normal president attend. Trump started his term without a baseball opening day first pitch (despite the fact that he played high school baseball, so his pitching arm is hopefully better than his predecessor’s limp attempt), he then eschewed the White House Correspondents Association dinner, and moved on to get himself a likely non-invite to a future Boy Scouts Jamboree.

How many presidents can get themselves disinvited from the Boy Scouts?

What does it feel like to be the pariah president? To be shunned by all social society–not just politically correct society, but any event aside of his own rallies? I am beginning to think that Trump’s reason for officially announcing his 2020 campaign is so he can continue to have rallies and other campaign events since that’s probably the only place he’ll be invited to speak.

Of course, anytime the president wants, he can command a venue and an audience. He can assemble the military, or the CIA, or a veterans group. Or he can go to a military hospital, or appear after a national tragedy. Unfortunately, when Trump does these things, he ends up bringing a butterknife and inserting it into a power socket.

Donald Trump has turned Teddy Roosevelt’s “bully pulpit” into a pestilent pulpit. He has demonstrated a reverse Midas touch on every event at which he attempts to appear presidential. Even when he gives a remarkably cogent and historic speech like he did in Warsaw, his hamfistedness tends to overshadow his accomplishment.

How long can Trump want to live this way? How long can he be so isolated, shunned and boycotted? George W. Bush experienced some of that at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: daily protests, mockery in the press, and shunning from the left. But Bush was never disinvited from social events simply because of who he was. He was able to be gracious and even funny with those whose political agendas (and in many cases, their livelihoods) depended on publicly trashing him.

Trump cannot act this way. He will act like a peevish high schooler because at heart, he still is one. Anyone who can live in total isolation from friendly relationships for long periods without feeling the slightest pinprick of conscience could very well be a sociopath–an accusation increasingly heard about Trump.

Then again, if he’s like most of us, he’ll eventually be overcome by remorse, or simply exhausted by the emotional strain. In the former case, we could expect some kind of apology or repentance. In the latter, he quits.

But unlike the Clintons, Bush 43, or Obama, this president’s future won’t be marked with welcome signs at many places typically associated with the privilege of office. Unless Trump radically changes (and I doubt he can), he will always be the pariah president.

 

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Immigration

How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

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How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

Democrats have been caught in a feedback loop for months over border security. They can’t reconcile their narrative with the reality at the border, yet they continue to repeat the same talking points for leftist media to regurgitate to the masses. But one look at the cost of diapers and other baby supplies should be enough to alert people that the border crisis is real and getting worse every day.

According to a Yuma Sector report, CBP is on track to pay over $1.2 million for diapers, formula, and other baby supplies due to the rising number of illegal immigrant and asylum-seeking migrant families crossing in the region. Last year, baby expenses totaled around $300,000, marking a cost increase that has quadrupled year-over-year.

That doesn’t take into account the multitude of families who are released to the interior where the baby expenses are paid for using other means.

The left may be able to play “hammer the narrative” by spinning the media in their favor based solely on their collective hatred for President Trump, but numbers don’t lie and neither do the CBP reports. They’ve done everything they can to ring the alarm bells, but DC continues to stick its head in the sand. There’s always a more important topic to cover. Horror stories at the border have become so commonplace that many have been desensitized to them.

Slowly but surely, the left is winning the narrative battle by making people yawn every time the border crisis is brought to their attention.

America needs to address this problem immediately. There should be nothing higher on the agenda of lawmakers on Capitol Hill than to get more agents to the border, better technology, more beds, better supplies, a wall, and better laws with fewer loopholes through which illegal aliens and asylum-seeking migrants can wiggle their way into staying in the country indefinitely without going through the proper legal channels.

It isn’t just about the exploding diaper costs, though. There’s a negative trickle down effect that’s at play here helping dangerous people cross the border unnoticed. Every agent that’s made to act like a daycare employee for migrant children is an agent who’s not stopping drug smugglers and gang members from crossing illegally in the dead of night. Every agent who’s forced to be a paperwork clerk to the masses of migrants signing up for their pass to the interior – aka waiting for an asylum hearing – is an agent who could be stopping terrorists from coming into the country to wage war against American citizens.

The border situation is so far beyond a disaster it’s impressive how neglectful the media and Democrats have been able to be. This level of denial is unprecedented in American politics. Meanwhile, our sovereignty is slipping away.

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Rep. Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race

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Rep Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race

The clown car continues to fill up as a new Democrat announces their presidential campaign seemingly every week. This time, it’s Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), marking the third politician from Massachusetts to vie for the top spot. He joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Republican governor Bill Weld as hopefuls from The Bay State.

An Iraq War veteran from the U.S. Marines, Moulton led efforts to replace Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi once the Democrats won back control of the House last year. His politics are pretty much indistinguishable from other candidates as he favors Medicare-for-All, gun control, and other common leftist notions.

Moulton has a tall mountain to climb on the fundraising side if he hopes to make it to the main debate stage. There’s still time, but he’ll need to get some heavy attention very quickly to be able to make a serious run.

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PragerU: Is Denmark socialist?

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Is Denmark socialist

Not too long ago, many socialist, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, thought the model of the future for America was Venezuela. They saw the prosperity that the oil-rich nation was enjoying in its early days of socialism and said, “That’s us. That’s where America needs to be.”

Fast forward to today and suddenly every socialist is disavowing Venezuela altogether, claiming that the model of America was never really the model they thought it was and it’s not even real socialism. Why? Because it failed. Therefore, by the socialists’ reckoning, that must mean they didn’t do it right.

Now, Denmark is suddenly the model for America’s future. But there’s a problem. Denmark is a free-market nation that has been peeling away at its socialist foundation for decades. While they enjoy some of the most robust social programs in the world, they’re doing so at such a high price that the people are left with very little other than the essentials. Yes, they have free healthcare, but more citizens are turning to private insurance to bypass the poor treatment and long wait times associated with single-payer healthcare. Yes, they have free schooling, but grade-level students are being shifted to private schools at nearly a 20% pace while the “free” college system is being taken advantage of by those who are clever enough to realize they’re better off staying in college indefinitely than graduating and being thrown into the world of working to pay for the system.

This video by PragerU’s Otto Brons-Petersen breaks down the reality of the socialist utopia leftists often point to as their beacon of hope for a failed economic and political philosophy.

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