Immigration, Politics

Majority of Republican Women Want Border Shutdown

A new Fox News poll conducted by Braun Research, Inc., reveals that nearly 4-in-5 Republican women think shutting down the U.S.-Mexico border is a “good idea” to stop the illegal immigration crisis. When all GOP voters are added together, support for shutting the border tallies at 75 percent not including the support of 30 percent of swing voters. Immigration was also revealed to be the biggest issue for 40 percent of Republican voters polled and 20 percent of all voters. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Nearly 4-in-5 Republican women say shutting down the United States-Mexico border is a “good idea” to stop surging illegal immigration, while more than 4-in-9 Republican voters, overall, say President Trump is “not tough enough” on illegal immigration, a new poll finds.

The latest Fox News poll conducted by Braun Research, Inc. finds that about 46 percent, a plurality, of GOP voters want Trump to be tougher on illegal immigration and the United States-Mexico border.

When pollsters asked, “Do you think the Trump administration is too tough in its treatment of illegal immigrants to the U.S., not tough enough, or about right?” only eight percent of Republicans said Trump was “too tough” on the issue, while 46 percent said he was “not tough enough.” Roughly 41 percent of GOP voters said his handling of the issue has been “about right.”

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

How Pete Buttigieg Could Hurt Trump in the Rust Belt

Pete Buttigieg is many things.

At just 37, he is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is a military veteran and a deeply religious gay man who is married but also enjoys sandwiches from (anti-same-sex marriage) Chick-fil-A. He is a Harvard-educated Rhodes scholar who speaks eight languages. He is the first ever millennial candidate for president and, so far, the only Democratic hopeful to appear on the “Fox News Sunday” show.

“I’m all of those things,” said Buttigieg — pronounced “Boot-edge-edge” — in an interview with the New York Post. “I try not to have any kind of attribute … be totally defining,” he added. Critics say these attributes are the very reasons why he can’t beat Donald Trump. His supporters say they are the very reasons he can.

Mayor Pete, as he likes to be called, strikes a tone that is kinder and less combative than the insult-driven politics of Trump and the Democratic Party’s far-left members. His boyish good looks, intelligence and military background are undoubtedly appealing, as is his faith.

“Scripture tells us to look after the least among us, that it also counsels humility and teaches us about what’s bigger than ourselves,” said Buttigieg, a devout Episcopalian. “It points the way toward an inclusive and unselfish politics that I strive to practice, whether I’m talking about my faith on the stump or not.”

Mayor Pete’s politics are already gaining traction. Since launching his exploratory committee to run for president on Jan. 23, he has already raised $7 million for his campaign. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 4 percent of Democrats would vote for him — the same number that supports Elizabeth Warren, who has been a U.S. senator for six years.
The fact that he was born and bred in the American Rust Belt is possibly his biggest asset.

“Our party can and should do better in the industrial Midwest,” Buttigieg said. “I’m convinced that so many people in this part of the country are already with us, much more than with the other party on issues, on substance, on policy.”
He said his experience in his hometown of South Bend proves there are solutions that work besides a “promise to turn back the clock.”

When Buttigieg was first elected to office in South Bend in 2011, the city was on its knees. Job growth was nonexistent, and like many Rust Belt cities with declining industry, it had been hemorrhaging jobs since the ’70s.
First, he improved the cosmetics of the town by demolishing more than 1,000 abandoned homes, and then he focused on revitalizing it by attracting hundreds of millions in private investment for commercial development.

You won’t find Buttigieg ridiculing fellow Midwestern voters or taking them for granted, the way Hillary Clinton’s campaign did in 2015. After the University of Notre Dame, based in South Bend, invited her to attend their prestigious St. Patrick’s Day event, her campaign declined, telling organizers that “white Catholics were not the audience she needed to spend time reaching out to,” as The New York Times wrote.

Trump would go on to win those white Catholic votes in 2016 — 52 percent of them, according to Pew’s exit polls, reversing the gains Democrats made when Barack Obama earned their votes in 2008 and 2012.

Even so, Buttigieg’s religious beliefs haven’t prevented him from taking progressive positions on major issues.
He supports abortions into the third trimester out of a belief in “freedom from government,” he said. And he won’t rule out tax hikes. “If the only way I can get all of us paid parental leave, universal health care, dramatically improved child care, better education, good infrastructure and, therefore, longer life expectancy and a healthier economy is to raise revenue, then we should be honest about that,” he said.

And although natural gas leads to good, solid jobs in the Rust Belt, he is a big booster of wind and solar power. “I think the goal still has to be focused on renewables,” he said.

But just because Buttigieg has a progressive platform doesn’t mean he’ll get an easy ride from far-left Democrats. Last month, the woke crowd at Slate questioned the young mayor’s credentials with a since-changed headline that read “Is Pete Buttigieg just another white male candidate, or does his gayness count as diversity?”

And just because Buttigieg is from the Rust Belt doesn’t mean he can win a general election in places like Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, especially when you compare his platform to Trump’s.

“He has to share their values on bread-and-butter issues like lower taxes, regulations and religious liberty,” warned Dr. G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. If he doesn’t, “it would be very difficult for him to win.”

But Jeff Rea, a former Republican mayor from another Indiana town and current president of the South Bend chamber of commerce, said nobody should count out Mayor Pete. He and Buttigieg have been on opposite sides on a number of projects but have “always found a way to come together for a solution.”

Buttigieg “is a very data-driven guy and also a very good man,” Rea added. “That has helped him win over voters who might not like progressive politics.” No mayor in history has ever run and won his or her party’s nomination for president, nor has anyone under the age of 43. Then again, no businessman had ever done it until Trump came along.
Michael Wear, the faith adviser to Obama, told me he thinks Mayor Pete has a chance.
“Things change,” Wear said. “And, in America, anything can happen.”

Salena Zito is a CNN political analyst, and a staff reporter and columnist for the Washington Examiner. She reaches the Everyman and Everywoman through shoe-leather journalism, traveling from Main Street to the beltway and all places in between. To find out more about Salena and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Big govt, Issues, Media

Faith Organizations Fight Anti-Conservative Censorship

The Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) are joining ranks with SPLCexposed.com, blasting the anti-Christian and anti-conservative media and tech industry and its alliance with the hate-mongering Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). A joint ad buy in the Wall Street Journal slammed SPLC as the real hate group after the organization declared FRC and AFA as “hate groups” for promoting Christian family values. The ad specifically urges Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, PayPal, CNN, and MSNBC to stop using SPLC “as their authority on hate and extremism.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Organizations promoting family and faith have purchased an ad in the Wall Street Journal that calls upon media and tech industry giants to stop aligning themselves with the disgraced Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) smears of conservative and Christian groups.

Family Research Council (FRC) purchased the ad in conjunction with the American Family Association (AFA) and in cooperation with SPLCexposed.com. The SPLC has declared both FRC and AFA as “hate groups” because of their promotion of Christian family and sexuality values.

The SPLC – notorious for its labeling of many conservative and Christian organizations as “hate groups” – has recently been accused of racism, corruption, and sexual harassment by employees, and several of the group’s top leaders have left the SPLC in the wake of those accusations.

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

Texas Advances Bill to Protect Abortion Survivors

The Texas House of Representatives voted 93 to 1 to approve the “Born Alive” act, which is now heading to the state Senate for a vote. The measure will penalize doctors who fail to provide medical care to a newborn surviving abortion. The repercussions could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and possible prison time for gross negligence. According to a Dallas Morning News report, only one Democrat voted no, and the remaining 50 Democrats voted “present.” Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

The Texas House of Representatives has preliminarily approved a measure that says any doctor who does not care for an infant born alive after an abortion will be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars and possibly serve prison time in cases of gross negligence, a report said.

The “Born Alive” act passed 93 to 1 mostly along party lines, the Dallas Morning News reported and will now advance to the state Senate.

Democrat Harold Dutton cast a “no” vote while 50 other Democrats voted “present, not voting.”

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

The Left’s Double-Nothing Approach to Abortion

The Left’s most ardent supporters of abortion on demand have yet to realized that their “anything goes” defense of abortion is beginning to backfire. Refusing to accept Roe v. Wade (1973) as a victory, the Left continues moving the goalpost despite more modern advances in medicine that confirm life begins at conception. Legislation, like heartbeat bills, is ramping up at state levels at a rate far outpacing the Left’s ability to stop them, and with an increasingly anti-Roe Supreme Court, the Left’s days may be numbered. Read more…

Here’s more from American Thinker…

One thing the left is adept at is overreaching. Not content with a small victory, they prefer to double down, going double-or-nothing, and usually ending up closer to nothing than double. Some call this, “Perfect is the enemy of the good” and it is sage advice, whether in politics or in gambling. Pushing the Trump-Russia collusion coup is but one example of such overreach, as AG William Barr will soon demonstrate.

Abortion is the latest issue where Democrats, as well as their leftist cultural and media accomplices, have taken what is for them a solid win and are overreaching to the point that they will actually lose ground in one of their core missions of aborting as many babies as possible.

Roe v. Wade settled the abortion debate in 1973, legally although not morally, when the U.S. Supreme Court found that a right to privacy outweighed states’ rights to regulate abortion, with the ultimate compromise being a restriction on third-term abortions.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Trump: Time to “Investigate the Investigators”

President Trump is doubling down on his call for an investigation of the Russia collusion witchhunt against his campaign that lasted for more than two years during his White House tenure. The president tweeted early Monday: “Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!” President Trump’s tweet follows Attorney General Barr’s testimony that “spying did occur” on the Trump 2016 campaign, which the Left blasted as “peddling conspiracy theories.” Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

President Trump on Monday said it was time to “investigate the investigators,” doubling down on Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings in the Russia investigation.

“Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!” Trump tweeted early Monday.

The president’s tweet comes following a week of mounting scrutiny on the attorney general for his testimony that “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats blasted Barr, and accused him of “peddling conspiracy theories.”

But despite the backlash from Democrats over his use of the term, Barr’s testimony appeared to refer to intelligence collection that already has been widely reported and confirmed.

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Big govt, Politics

Bright Red on the Horizon

The Democratic Party is veering off the rails before our eyes and becoming the party of radicals.

Party leaders and the majority of 2020 presidential candidates support the Green New Deal — more aptly described as the Green New Disaster — that advocates for a massive government takeover of virtually every aspect of our lives including the elimination of airplane travel and the destruction of the automobile industry and energy sectors while eviscerating millions of jobs in the process. Price tag? An estimated $93 trillion over the next 10 years in the name of “fighting” climate change.

The Democratic Party — hijacked by self-avowed socialists and far-left radicals — is also championing “Medicare for All” at a whopping estimated cost of $33 trillion while pushing for “free” college education, universal pre-K and a guaranteed “living wage” for all Americans, among other wildly expensive utopian dreams taxpayers know our country simply can’t afford — especially given the already astronomical $22 trillion national debt.

But that’s not all.

The Democrat Party has also ushered into its power ranks far-left radicals such as failed U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke from Texas, who’s now campaigning for president and who recently called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a racist.” Then there’s Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, an anti-Semite who has become a household name for all the wrong reasons, whether that’s her anti-Israel tropes dispensed on Twitter and elsewhere in the public sphere, or her support for the BDS (boycott, divest and sanctions) movement against Israel — the only democracy in the Middle East and America’s strongest ally in the region, if not the world.

These remarks come on the heels of her highly offensive, racially charged 2012 tweet in which she accused America’s longstanding ally Israel of “evil.” “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” she said.

But that’s not all.

Omar’s latest disgraceful remarks on 9/11 — the most horrific terror attack on American soil in U.S. history — take her extremism and radical ideology to an alarming new place.

At a Council of American Islamic Relations event last month, Rep. Omar, a keynote speaker, trivialized Sept. 11 as merely “some people did something,” downplaying the heinous assault on our country by al-Qaida terrorists who slaughtered 2,977 people. In the same speech she urged fellow Muslim-Americans to “make people uncomfortable” and “raise hell.”

Not exactly what America needs in today’s highly divisive, inflamed political climate tearing our country apart.
Democrats must steer their party back from the fringe left and return to the mainstream while disassociating itself from extreme policy shifts and bona fide radicals within its caucus — or be prepared to see the electoral map shine bright red come 2020.

The choice is theirs.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Big govt, Politics

Democrats Mandate Boys on Girls’ Sports Teams

Despite the high-profile press over the lack of fair competition of allowing biologically male “trans” students on girls’ athletic teams, every House Democrat except one is supporting legislation to mandate it. Supporters argue that concern over men dominating their female counterparts is not “rooted in fact” because states with such nondiscrimination laws “still have women’s sports.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

Every House Democrat but one has co-sponsored a bill requiring schools to allow male athletes who identify as transgender girls to compete on female sports teams.

Democrats’ Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law. Among other things, the bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.

Sarah Warbelow, director of the left-wing Human Rights Campaign, praised the bill’s impact on high school sports in written testimony submitted to a House subcommittee on Tuesday.

“Opponents of equality in athletics for transgender athletes have argued that girls who are transgender have unfair physiological advantages over cisgender girls and as a result, will dominate women’s competitive sports,” Warbelow wrote, calling it not “rooted in fact” that biologically male athletes will outperform their female counterparts.

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Media, Politics

MSM Suffering Post-Mueller Ratings Meltdown

MSNBC and CNN are barely hanging on in the wake of viewer backlash over the Mueller Report, which found no collusion between the Trump team and the Kremlin. According to the latest numbers from Nielsen Media Research for the first week of April, CNN had its second-worst rated week of the year in total day ratings. On the other hand, MSNBC had its second-lowest rated week of the year in its key demographic, viewers 25-54 years old. CNN failed to even beat Home and Garden TV or Nickelodeon. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

MSNBC and CNN’s ratings have not recovered from a massive drop after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into Russia collusion.

CNN delivered its second-lowest rated week of the year in total day and primetime between April 1 to April 7, according to Nielsen Media Research, while MSNBC had its second-lowest rated week of the year in the key 25-54 age demographic.

PRIMETIME RATINGS:

1. FNC (2,339,000)
2. MSNBC (1,642,000)
3. HOME AND GARDEN TV (1,223,000)
4. USA NETWORK (1,153,000)
5. TBS NETWORK (1,033,000)

TOTAL DAY RATINGS:

1. FNC (1,345,000)
2. MSNBC (890,000)
3. HOME AND GARDEN TV (715,000)
4. NICKELODEON (702,000)
5. INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY (698,000)

CNN finished 15th in primetime and 8th in total day, falling to Home and Garden TV (HGTV) and Nickelodeon.

Last week’s poor ratings for CNN and MSNBC indicate the networks will have a difficult time bouncing back after spending two years of heavy coverage on the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government.

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Immigration, Issues

The Silent Crisis in America

Amid the battles in Washington, DC, around the country and at our borders, one crisis has until recent months flown far under the American radar. The opioid crisis has crashed onto the cultural scene as rampant addictions to fentanyl and other opiates, which have claimed the lives and livelihood of tens of thousands of Americans, have skyrocketed.

Among those ruined lives are stories of innocent victims who have fallen prey to an epidemic of addiction and abuse of prescription drugs resulting from routine pain management prescribed by medical professionals. This epidemic has spawned a new black market of illegal opioids crossing our borders at a rate and in quantities that rival illegal narcotics.

Tyler Borstein was one such victim. Recognized as a gifted athlete from an early age, Tyler excelled at every sport he played. But when an injury forced him to seek medical attention, pain management was naturally a part of the process of recuperation. Tyler was prescribed opiates to mitigate the pain which quickly led to an addiction that outpaced his doctors’ legal limits to prescribe. That addiction led to heroine and ultimately to an overdose which took his took at the age of 23.

Tyler’s story is tragic and one that is all too familiar to families and communities across the country. It is a tragedy that led Tyler’s family to establish Hope United a organization created to raise awareness to students, parents and communities about the scourge of drug and alcohol abuse. Hope has reached thousands of students in the US and continues an aggressive campaign to raise awareness across the country to stop the tragedy of addiction in its tracks.

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