Big govt, Courts, Politics

The Imbalanced Scales of Justice

The U.S. judicial system is disintegrating before our eyes. What used to be a world-renowned legal system that treated its citizens fairly and equally has now become a political sword for those in power to wield against political opponents — similar to what’s found in police state regimes, such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

For reference, compare how dramatically different the feds’ treatment of Donald Trump associates has been from the treatment they’ve given to Hillary Clinton and her associates who lied, destroyed evidence and otherwise obstructed justice in regard to her rogue servers and reckless mishandling of classified emails. During the FBI’s email investigation under former Director James Comey, it didn’t prosecute a single person associated with Clinton or the former secretary of state herself despite her having flagrantly jeopardized U.S. national security.

Not to mention a laundry list of other suspect behavior, including the destruction of 33,000 emails under federal investigation, wiping servers, smashing devices with a hammer and “losing” a laptop. Did anyone in Clinton’s orbit get jail time for, at minimum, obstructing justice? Far from it. Everyone got immunity, courtesy of the Hillary-loving U.S. Department of Justice.

For context, since being fired from the FBI, Comey has said publicly — in both tweets and TV interviews — that Americans must vote Democratic. No bias there, right? Now take a gander at how those associated with Trump are being treated by Trump nemesis Robert Mueller in the special counsel’s ongoing investigation. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was illicitly spied on by U.S. intelligence agencies while working as Trump’s national security adviser and subsequently snared on charges of lying to the FBI. Flynn, who served our country proudly for decades, has been put through a living hell and forced to sell his home to cover his legal defense. Yet the American people know that — for starters — Clinton lied when she said she didn’t send or receive any classified information on her renegade servers hidden in her Chappaqua, New York, bathroom. Not to mention other malfeasance involving the Clinton camp.

Then there’s George Papadopoulos, a low-level volunteer for the 2016 Trump campaign. The unpaid adviser was also set up by the deep state, ensnared in a perjury trap and sent to prison. Add to it a Dutch lawyer who was sent to the slammer for 30 days for allegedly not being truthful to authorities. And then there’s Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer who was just sentenced to three years in prison for various crimes, including violating campaign finance laws. Meanwhile, Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee also violated federal election laws by failing to properly report millions of dollars they paid to Fusion GPS — a political opposition research firm they retained during the 2016 election — which produced the “dirty” dossier.
Their punishment? Not even a wrist slap.

And we can’t forget Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, whose life has been completely destroyed. He currently faces what may amount to life imprisonment for white-collar crimes unrelated to Trump — crimes others have committed without penalty.

Americans see that there’s a two-tiered system, and that’s causing great distrust in the Justice Department.
It’s high time lawmakers and the acting U.S. attorney general took action to stop our legal system from imploding beyond repair. What are they waiting for?

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, International, Issues, Politics

Mexico Shutting Its Border…With Guatemala

New Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador appears to be on a charm offensive with the Trump administration and is now working to secure his nation’s southern border with Guatemala to stop any future caravan stunts from Central Americans. From the Washington Times: Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero says Mexico will end the practice of undocumented or illegal crossings over the Suchiate River, which marks much of the border between the two countries. It is as yet unclear how Mexico will secure its border, whether with manpower or by building its own “wall.” Read more…

Here’s more from Hot Air…

The new Mexican government of incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (or “AMLO”) continues to pleasantly surprise me. Not only have we seen increased cooperation with Mexican law enforcement on our own southern border, but he seems to be serious about attacking the illegal immigration problem at its source. The latest announcement coming from Mexico City indicates that they’re seeking to shut off the flow of migrants and caravans by cracking down on their own southern border.

Mexico’s top security official says the government will effectively close off illegal entry at its southern border with Guatemala.

Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero says Mexico will end the practice of undocumented or illegal crossings over the Suchiate River, which marks much of the border between the two countries.

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Poll: Beto Leads in Dem White House Hunt

In the latest MoveOn.org poll of its hard-left members, failed U.S. Senate candidate Robert O’Rourke is coming out ahead of former Obama Vice President Joe Biden for White House favorites. In his support for gun regulation and increased federal largesse, O’Rourke clocked in at 15.6 percent ahead of Biden’s 14.9 percent and self-described socialist Bernie Sanders’ 13.1 percent, but it’s an eternity until actual votes are cast, and at least 29 percent of those polled indicated they’re undecided. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Tuesday, NBC News reported that a straw poll of MoveOn.org members – grassroots far-Leftists – favored failed Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke over Joe Biden. Some 29 percent of respondents said they didn’t know who they wanted or wanted candidates not listed, but Rourke seized a narrow lead with 15.6 percent of respondents, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 14.9 percent and Senator Bernie Sanders at 13.1 percent.

That’s certainly a troubling sign for Sanders, who wants to recapitulate his 2016 run by recapturing the hearts of the so-called Bernie Bros. But it now looks like the Bernie Bros may have been wooed by the charismatic Texas representative, and may be turning away from the crotchety old Vermont socialist. What’s more, O’Rourke has crossover power with the two other segments of the Democratic base: the intersectional coalition that Barack Obama captured so easily in 2008, and the mainstream base that Sanders could never consolidate against Hillary Clinton.

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Big govt, Media, Politics

Silicon Valley Morphing Into the Morality Police

Silicon Valley used to be technology companies. But it has become the “morality police,” controlling free speech on its platforms. What could go wrong?

In a speech Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Hate tries to make its headquarters in the digital world. At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge. There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Here’s the goliath problem: Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like? Will Christians who don’t support abortion rights or having their tax dollars go toward Planned Parenthood be considered purveyors of hate for denying women the right to choose? Will millions of Americans who support legal immigration, as opposed to illegal immigration, be labeled xenophobes or racists and be banned from the digital world?

Yes and yes. How do we know? It’s already happening, as scores of conservatives nationwide are being shadow banned and/or censored on social media, YouTube, Google and beyond. Their crime? Running afoul of leftist Silicon Valley executives who demand conformity of thought and simply won’t tolerate any viewpoint that strays from their rigid political orthodoxy.

For context, consider that in oppressive Islamist regimes throughout the Middle East, the “morality police” take it upon themselves to judge women’s appearance, and if a woman doesn’t conform with their mandatory and highly restrictive dress code — e.g., wearing an identity-cloaking burqa — she could be publicly shamed, arrested or even stoned in the town square.

In modern-day America, powerful technology companies are actively taking the role of the de facto morality police — not when it comes to dress but when it comes to speech — affecting millions. Yes, to date, those affected are not getting stoned, but they are being blocked in the digital town square, where billions around the globe do their business, cultivate their livelihoods, connect with others and get news.

That is a powerful cudgel to levy against individuals and groups of people. Wouldn’t you say?

Right now, unelected tech billionaires living in a bubble in Palo Alto — when they’re not flying private to cushy climate summits in Davos — are deciding who gets to enjoy the freedom of speech enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and who does not based on whether they agree with people’s political views and opinions or not.

You see how dangerous this can get — real fast — as partisan liberal elites running Twitter, Facebook, Google (including YouTube), Apple and the like are now dictating to Americans what they can and cannot say online.

In communist regimes, these types of folks are known as central planners. The election of Donald Trump was supposed to safeguard our freedoms, especially regarding speech — a foundational pillar of a democracy. It’s disappointing that hasn’t happened, as the censorship of conservative thought online has gotten so extreme and out of control many are simply logging off for good.

A failure to address this mammoth issue could cost Trump in 2020. If his supporters are blocked online — where most voters get their news — he’ll be a one-term president.

It’s time for Congress to act before the morality police use political correctness as a Trojan horse to decide our next election.

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, Elections, Politics

NYT Admits Warren’s DNA Test Was a Misstep

It’s not often that mainstream media admits when liberal Democrats have gone off the rails. So when they do, it’s a pretty big deal. To wit, the New York Times lamented this week that “she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science – and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump’s hands.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) DNA test was such a fiasco, her advisers and even the far-left New York Times are worried this “lingering cloud over [her] likely presidential campaign has only darkened.”

“More worrisome to supporters of Ms. Warren’s presidential ambitions,” the Times writes, is that “she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science — and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump’s hands.”

“Advisers close to Ms. Warren say she has privately expressed concern that she may have damaged her relationships to Native American groups and her own standing with progressive activists, particularly those who are racial minorities.”

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Big govt, Politics

Wisconsin GOP Outflanks Incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are in a last-ditch “dog in the manger” frenzy to relegislate the scope of work for the state’s incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who takes office next month. According to HotAir, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester told reporters that he wanted to make sure lawmakers have as much control of state government as Evers. “We did have an election. Whether everyone here likes it or not, I respect the fact that Tony Evers is the governor, and he’s going to be starting on January 7. But he’s not the governor today, and that’s why we’re going to make sure the powers of each branch are as equal as they can be.” Read more…

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Tony Evers will take the reins in Wisconsin in a little over a month, but at least Republicans are graciously relieving him of some of Scott Walker’s old workload. That’s the reason the GOP is stripping powers from the governor’s office, right? And to think every Democrat in the state legislature opposes this oh-so-kind gesture!
In the real world, though, it’s a perfect example of the dog-in-the-manger ploy:

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate has passed a sweeping measure taking power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, and reducing how long early voting can take place.

The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. The Assembly was expected to give final approval later Wednesday morning and send the measure to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled his support.

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Big govt, Media, Politics

CNN Panel Trashes Trump During Bush 41 Coverage

During a CNN panel discussion covering the death of Bush 41, they made sure to use the opportunity to trash President Trump even before he and first lady Melania Trump appeared in the rotunda to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush. “Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, two Democrats – they called Bush 41 a gentleman, total class. This is the embodiment of just how different it can be,” CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel told anchor Anderson Cooper. “And that’s a message to Trump.” Read more.

Here’s more from Fox News…

A CNN panel blasted President Donald Trump on Monday immediately following his visit to the U.S. Capitol where he paid his respects to former President George H.W. Bush.

Before President Trump and first lady Melania Trump appeared in the rotunda, CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel began by insisting that the celebration of Bush’s life “sends a message” to Trump that “this is how it’s done.”

“Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, two Democrats- they called Bush 41 a gentleman, total class. This is the embodiment of just how different it can be,” Gangel told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. “And that’s a message to Trump.”

Gangel criticized the current president moments after he stepped out of the rotunda, saying he doesn’t “mend fences” in the wake of the open hostility that took place between Trump and the Bush family.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Government Shutdown a Win-Win for Trump?

The DailyWire’s Michael Knowles argues that a government shutdown over U.S.-Mexico border wall funding is a win-win for Republicans: “Either Trump succeeds in convincing flakey Republicans and swing state Democrats to fund his wall” and fulfills a campaign promise dividing Democrats from their more reasonable base of voters or Republicans can say they at least tried before the Democrats are able to derail with their new majority in January. Regardless, the war over immigration ahead of 2020 is just getting started.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

President Trump has threatened to shut down the government if Congress refuses to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. While establishment Republicans fret over the potential fallout, such a move offers only political upside for Trump and the GOP. Republicans should gleefully add a third three-letter chant to their present repertoire of “lock her up” and “build the wall”: “shut it down.”

Conventional wisdom holds that the public disproportionately blames Republicans for government shutdowns. The disproportionate election of Republicans to the U.S. Senate following the Republican-led shutdown of 2013 should have put that canard to rest. Voters reward Republicans for fulfilling campaign promises, and no promise more clearly defined President Trump’s winning campaign in 2016 than building the wall. Even beyond the policy’s popularity, the news cycle moves so fast these days that public rancor over particular issues simply cannot survive past the next tweet.

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Big govt, Politics

Mean Girls Are After Melania Trump

The media, including magazines that purport to empower women, are behaving as “mean girls” when it comes to their deplorable treatment of first lady Melania Trump, who is a class act by any standards.

Women’s magazines that never missed an opportunity heap lavish praise upon Michelle Obama, lionizing the former Democratic first lady on at least a dozen magazine covers — including three Vogue splashes — have noticeably shunned Melania Trump. Not only do these outlets not invite the stunning former model to grace their magazines’ covers or even feature her positively — something the media have traditionally done for first ladies — but they have outright bullied, mocked and attacked America’s first lady at every turn.

Take holiday decorating. Last year, biased media said the first lady’s Christmas decorations were too white. This year, they’re too red, and some outlets have made gruesome comparisons to blood. “Last year the trees were a hideous, ghastly white. It was always winter and never Christmas,” Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri wrote. “This year everything is red. … The trees are red (the Internet says) as a handmaid’s cloak. Do not think of blood. Keep walking.”

Vogue said, “Walking through a strange assemblage of bloodred trees, Trump looks to be channeling The Handmaid’s Tale.” Vice tweeted, “Melania Trump’s Christmas from Hell has everything: red trees, dark lighting, a somber vibe to pay tribute to our country’s unique heritage of anguish and pain.”

Then there’s Elle magazine, which published an article comparing the 2018 White House Christmas theme to the set in the horror movie “The Shining,” along with caustic commentary only the Grinch could love. The macabre piece described the holiday decorations by saying that there’s “so much red it looks like the walls of the White House are bleeding” and that “the overwhelming feeling of dread was one of the many sources of inspiration for this year’s decorations.”

A decorative Christmas wreath? The magazine said it looks like a “bottomless pit of despair” and mentioned polarizing themes that — you guessed it — have nothing to do with celebrating the holidays. But that’s not all. USA Today, Time, HuffPost and other outlets piled on and bashed the first lady’s holiday decorations — in sharp contrast to how Michelle Obama was treated when she occupied the White House.

Women’s magazines and other media gushed over Obama’s every move, including praising her holiday decorations. “Michelle Obama is a pro in dressing up the place,” said The Washington Post, fawning over her various pet projects, fashion choices and even her unappetizing school lunches, which were rejected by kids nationwide.

This proves that media are no longer composed of fair-minded journalists or evenhanded editorial boards. Far from it. To the detriment of American culture, they’ve been supplanted by partisan and petty “mean girls” who make schoolyard bullies look like Girl Scouts. Americans ought to consider that unfortunate reality when purchasing their next newspaper or magazine at their local newsstand.

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, International, Issues

Trump Threatens Border Breachers: “We Will Close the Border Permanently”

President Trump is doubling down on his commitment to securing the U.S.-Mexico border, warning that “we will close the Border permanently if need be” after a wave of Central American caravan migrants tried to overwhelm the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, even throwing rocks at U.S. authorities. Trump tweeted: “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!” President Trump has additionally threatened a government shutdown if Congress does not act to help secure the border that now has some 6,000 Central Americans camping out in Tijuana. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

After chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday forced U.S. authorities to fire tear gas into a violent crowd of angry migrants seeking to enter the United States, President Trump on Monday warned that “we will close the Border permanently if need be.”

The president also said that many of the so-called migrants now gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border are “stone cold criminals” and urged Mexico to send them back to their homes “anyway you want.”

“Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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