Big govt, Politics

Conservative Voices Silenced No More

America finally has a president willing to defend its citizens’ constitutionally enshrined right to free speech, now under assault on college campuses nationwide.

It’s no secret that for many years now, political correctness, spreading like a toxic weed from one safe space to the next, has gotten so out of control on American campuses that conservative voices are being routinely marginalized or entirely forbidden from expressing opinions, phrases or words independent of liberal groupthink.

It’s well-documented that many conservative leaders and activists have been unwelcome or outright banned from speaking at colleges and universities, including pro-life and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro. Then there’s women’s rights activist and scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was ousted from speaking at Brandeis University in 2014 for speaking out against Islamic female oppression — something she experienced firsthand while growing up in Somalia. At the tender age of 5, Ali was subjected to life-altering genital mutilation among other forms of sharia-backed oppression. And who can forget the student protesters at Rutgers University who, the same year, created such a ruckus that Condoleezza Rice, the first black female secretary of state in U.S. history, was pressured into backing out of delivering its commencement address?

Their crime? All three dared to possess viewpoints that aren’t in lockstep with liberal orthodoxy.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Censorship of right-leaning voices on campuses has gotten so extreme that simply advocating for a cause or expressing a conservative viewpoint these days can get you assaulted — courtesy of the intolerant left.

A recent example is Hayden Williams, who was physically assaulted by a violent leftist for simply trying to recruit students for a conservative grassroots group during a visit to the University of California, Berkeley on Feb. 19. In a recent opinion piece, Williams, who travels to campuses throughout California, described what’s happening: “Conservative students across the country have suffered verbal and physical assault, social ostracism and even academic persecution for voicing their opinions on political topics.” He opines that liberals consider themselves morally righteous and, in order to dominate the culture wars, seek to “silence any form of dissent.”

Enter President Donald Trump. Last Saturday, while speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, he vowed to take action to protect freedom of expression on campus. “I’m proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research dollars.” He added, “If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like Hayden … to speak.”

It’s long overdue that our leaders in Washington took a stand on combatting censorship and discrimination against conservatives nationwide and enacted measures to protect its citizens’ First Amendment rights as enshrined in the U.S Constitution.
If not now, when?

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.

COPYRIGHT 2019 CREATORS.COM

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Big govt, Media, Politics

Google: CPAC is a “Sideshow Circus”; Conservatives Should be “Steered”

According to the latest release of leaked audio files from internal Google meetings, the Internet search engine is moving on from just online censorship of conservatives to on-the-ground operations to influence them in a more liberal direction. In the recordings, Adam Kovacevich, Google’s senior director of U.S. public policy, describes the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as a “sideshow Circus.” He then goes on to defend Google’s sponsorship of it as an attempt to “steer” the conservative movement “away from nationalistic and incendiary comments.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Google’s senior director of U.S. public policy, Adam Kovacevich appeared to describe the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as a “sideshow Circus,” in a leaked audio recording in which he also argued that Google should remain a sponsor of the conference to “steer” the conservative movement “away from nationalistic and incendiary comments.”

The comments came to light in leaked audio files allegedly of a company-wide meeting at Google, part of which is now exclusively reported by Breitbart News. Another part of the transcript was released last Friday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, while further snippets revealing Google’s funding of establishment conservative think-tanks were published by the left-leaning tech magazine Wired in December.

The alleged meeting took place in the wake of Google’s sponsorship of CPAC in 2018, which triggered an internal rebellion from left-wing employees of the tech giant. Breitbart News exclusively reported on the revolt at the time, in which radical left-wingers inside Google accused CPAC of “ethno-nationalism” and “hate.”

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Immigration, Issues, Politics

NPR: “Busloads” of Migrants Arrive at U.S.-Mexico Border

Nancy Pelosi and the Left are determined to deny the very real humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border to thwart the border security declaration by President Trump. Now, however, that narrative is starting to slip, as even the NPR says that “busloads” of illegal immigrants/asylum seekers are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. As a result, illegal crossings have reached a 10-year capacity, while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are overwhelmed. According to a Border Patrol report, the number of illegal immigrants who have been snagged by the Border Patrol attempting to cross into the U.S. has surged 90 percent compared with this time last year. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

While Democrats insist that there’s “no crisis at the border,” left-leaning NPR reports that illegal border crossings just hit a 10-year high and migrants are literally arriving by the “busload.”

“Since last year, Border Patrol agents say, they have routinely encountered large groups of a hundred or more migrants at the border, many of them arriving by bus from Guatemala,” NPR reports. “According to immigration authorities, the passengers consist almost entirely of families and children who are looking for Border Patrol agents to turn themselves in to. Agents say they’ve encountered 70 large groups since last year.”

The numbers are staggering: Over the last five months, the number of migrants attempting to cross the border picked up by Border Patrol has increased over 90% over the same period last year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they’ve picked up a stunning 260,000 people since October and 66,000 in February alone.

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Immigration, Issues, Politics

100,000 Illegals May Rush the Border This Month

According to a Washington Post report, some 100,000 detentions of illegal immigrants are anticipated this month, a 39 percent increase from this time last year. The Post also claims that the onslaught is causing Border Patrol to default to “catch-and-release.” U.S. court restrictions on the government’s ability to keep children in immigration jails-and the sheer volume of people arriving-have left Homeland Security agencies [on the border] defaulting increasingly to the overflow model Trump deplores as “catch-and-release.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Violent criminal aliens, gang members, and drug smugglers continue to exploit gaps in border barriers in the Rio Grande Valley Sector to move into the U.S. from Mexico.

Agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station patrolling near Roma, Texas, came upon a Salvadoran national who had just crossed the border illegally last week. The agents transported the man to the station where they conducted a biometric background investigation on the subject, according to information provided by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials.

The background investigation revealed the man to be a previously deported criminal alien who is a member of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). His record includes an extensive history in New York, where police arrested him for criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use and resisting arrest, officials stated.

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Big govt, Politics

President Trump to Secure Free Speech on College Campuses

President Trump announced Saturday that he will sign an executive order protecting free speech on college campuses across America or cut them off from lucrative research grants. “We reject oppressive speech codes, censorship, political correctness, and every other attempt by the hard left to stop people from challenging ridiculous and dangerous ideas. These ideas are dangerous,” Trump said. For the announcement, President Trump was joined on the Conservative Political Action Conference stage by conservative activist Hayden Williams, who was punched in the face at the University of California at Berkeley. Read more…

Here’s more from The Hill…

President Trump announced Saturday he intends to sign an executive order mandating colleges and universities take steps to guarantee free speech to attain federal research grants.

“We reject oppressive speech codes, censorship, political correctness and every other attempt by the hard left to stop people from challenging ridiculous and dangerous ideas. These ideas are dangerous,” Trump said. “Instead we believe in free speech, including online and including on campus.”

“Today I’m proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research grants.”

The announcement came after he brought Hayden Williams on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Williams is a conservative activist who was punched in the face at the University of California at Berkeley last month while assisting the university’s chapter of the right-wing group Turning Point USA.

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Big govt, Politics

Good With Intentions, Bad With Reality

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

This fittingly describes the Democratic Party today, whose pie-in-the-sky proposals, if implemented, would obliterate the U.S. economy.

Take a look at some of the “good intentions” Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering voters leading up to the 2020 election. Sen. Kamala Harris of California wants “Medicare for all,” estimated to cost at least $34 trillion over 10 years. It would destroy the private health care sector and the millions of jobs that go with it. “Big Spender” Harris should explain to the American people how much her total overhaul of the system would add to the already astronomical $22 trillion national debt. She should also explain how much higher your taxes would need to be raised to foot the goliath tab — especially given the fact that Social Security and Medicare are already on a fast track to insolvency, with experts predicting massive financing shortfalls in the next 16 years.

Then there’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who wants taxpayers to foot the bill for government-funded child care, universal pre-K and paid family leave. Good intentions until we look at the cost. For starters, universal early child care would cost $140 billion annually, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Warren also wants the U.S. government to pay reparations to slaves’ descendants and Native Americans, in addition to championing the Green New Deal, a socialist dream that might cost $93 trillion. Many other Democratic presidential hopefuls — including Harris and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota — have expressed support for the extremely radical resolution. It would destroy many transportation industries — not to mention the energy sector and food and beverage industry, because if flatulent cows were eliminated in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, meat and dairy products would be history, too.
Say sayonara to the restaurant and fast-food industry, ice cream and yogurt producers, as well as dairy and cattle farms nationwide and all the millions of jobs that sustain those vital industries. At minimum, the government would have to fund a massive spike in unemployment benefits to millions of Americans — including food stamps and other welfare programs — to offset the crushing blow to these institutions.

But the road to hell doesn’t end there. Democrats also want affordable housing. Sounds like another noble intention, but similar to their other utopian, big-government proposals, this goal is short on specifics as to the actual costs or how it would be implemented. Tally all the radical proposals progressives are championing and you realize that if they were to be put in place, America would quickly go from the greatest economy in the world, with historically low unemployment, to resembling poverty-stricken Venezuela.

So the next time a liberal big spender says she wants to make college education free, universal health care and dozens of other socialist goals that sound great, put your grown-up hat on and ask, How would we pay for it? A wealth tax on America’s highest earners wouldn’t even come close to covering the massive costs of any of the liberals’ proposals.

It all reminds us there’s no such thing as a free lunch — no matter how well-intentioned liberals are.
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.

COPYRIGHT 2019 CREATORS.COM

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Big govt, Media, Politics

Whistleblower: Facebook “Deboosts” Conservative Content

An undercover Project Veritas investigation caught a Facebook whistleblower revealing just how conservative censorship works. According to the bombshell report, one means of suppression is built right into the code of the website: and it’s called “deboosting.” How does it work? An ActionDeboostLiveDistribution tag embedded in the code automatically throttles down the content of pages it’s attached to, specifically targeting live streams. It can also reduce a “video’s visibility in news feeds, removing sharing features, and disable interactive notifications.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Recent Facebook insider leaks released by Project Veritas reveal that the social media giant’s demoting of conservative content isn’t just done by human moderators, it’s built right into the code of the website as a technical action called “deboosting.”

Project Veritas latest bombshell report reveals inside info from Facebook. One of the most shocking revelations from the report is that Mark Zuckerberg’s suppression of conservative content on the platform isn’t just the result of heavy-handed moderation by human employees, but is actually built right into the code of the site.

Project Veritas reports:

According to the insider, the documents revealed a routine suppression of the distribution of conservative Facebook pages.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

War Memorial Cross Scrutinized by SCOTUS

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday from atheists targeting a 40-foot-high cross erected in 1925 to honor American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. The Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, is offending enemies of Christian symbolism at a prominent intersection. It has been made possibly more offensive to them after President Trump signaled his support for saving it. The legal battle reached the Supreme Court after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the cross must be removed or altered to eradicate religious symbolism, an impossible task for a cross. At the heart of the legal debate is the “Lemon Test,” which seeks to determine whether a government action is based in religious intention or coercion. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The fate of a 40-foot high cross erected in 1925 to honor men who died in World War I will be the focus of arguments before the Supreme Court Wednesday.

The concrete cross, known as the Peace Cross, was erected in Bladensburg, Maryland by the American Legion. It has been owned by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission since 1961.

Atheists demanded the federal courts rule the monument violated the constitutional prohibition on the establishment of religion, claiming they were offended by the display. The cross sits at a prominent intersection in the Washington area. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a two to one decision, ordered that the cross be removed or altered to remove any religious symbolism.

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Economy & Investments, Issues, Politics

Millennials Face 1 Trillion in Student Loan Debt

Adults ages 19 to 29 are facing $1 trillion in debt, and most of it is student loans. According to the New York Federal Reserve Consumer Debt Panel, it is the highest debt in this demographic since 2007. Fortune reports that student loan debt has exploded 102 percent since 2009. It is affecting everything from marriage to mortgages to consumer spending. For comparison, overall consumer debt is at a record $13.5 trillion. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Young Americans are facing the highest debt levels in more than ten years, adding up to $1 trillion among 19 to 29-year-olds at the end of 2018.

That debt is the highest in the youngest adult group since 2007, according to the New York Federal Reserve Consumer Debt Panel.

The majority of that debt for these Millennials is student loans.

Fortune Magazine reported on the debt and explained how it is impacting spending habits of this demographic based on a University of Michigan survey released last week.

Younger adults— those under age 35—have reduced their spending compared with previous generations possibly because of weakened job prospects, delayed marriage, and educational debt.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

AOC: “I’m the Boss”

Socialist progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is under some grand delusion that she’s the boss. While attending a “Girls Who Code” event, AOC dismissed criticism of her unaffordable, unwanted, and ridiculous Green New Deal thusly: “You try. You do it….So, until you do it, I’m the boss. How about that?” What AOC may soon learn is that she’ll be the boss in her own imaginary world until such time as the Democratic machine decides to oust her from her seat. That should be fun to watch.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Friday in New York City at the “Girls Who Code” event, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) dismissed the widespread criticism of her so-called Green New Deal.

Ocasio-Cortez said, “Like I just introduced the Green New Deal two weeks ago, and it’s creating all of this conversation. Why? Because no one else has even tried. Because no one else has even tried.”

She added, “So people are like, ‘Oh it’s unrealistic. Oh it’s vague. Oh it doesn’t address this little minute thing.’ And I’m like, ‘You try. You do it. Cuz you’re not. Cuz you’re not. So, until you do it, I’m the boss.’ How about that?”

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