Democrats

Assault on America, Day 1: Mitt Romney fires next volley in elitist war on MAGA agenda

#NeverTrumpers like Mitt Romney won’t ever get onboard with the conservative agenda. The swamp dwelling ruling elites are too preoccupied with preserving their own power and playing nice with the opposition to “do the right thing.” Trump will be Trump -- and he’ll win in the end.

The Divine Right of Democrats to Drool

David Catron, The American Spectator

Democrats know they can’t disappoint their temperamental constituents or there will be a lot of spinning heads and projectile vomit. If the Democrats accomplish nothing during the next two years beyond a protracted and almost certainly doomed attempt to remove a duly elected President — and that is how at least half the voters see him — they will have revealed to their own voters that they can’t deliver on impeachment while once again demonstrating to the rest of us that they are incapable of governing responsibly. That won’t sell well in 2020.

What's A Few More Dead Americans If It Means The Dems Can Score A Few More Political Points?

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

In order to keep those illegals flowing in, our miserable elite is as willing to let democracy die as it is to let you die. Who thinks this will end well? Anyone? It won’t. It can’t. The American people are not blind. They see the truth, and they are not going to be denied justice forever. The election of Donald Trump was not the worst case scenario. It was the first case scenario. What comes next, if the elite keep denying the will of the people, will be even more disruptive, even more divisive. They might win today's skirmish over the wall, but tomorrow there will be new corpses and greater anger.

Wealth, Poverty, and Flight: The Same Old State of California

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

California is explained not only by sociology but also by psychology. There is a new mentality in which the virtue-signaling elite enjoy the cheap labor of the poor and do not much care about the poor’s inability to access reasonably priced gasoline and electrical power, safe neighborhoods, and quality schools and infrastructure. From their secure keeps, they square that circle by offering generous entitlements, open borders, and progressive empathy — and lots of self-righteous bumper-sticker rhetoric. At least for now.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ reckoning a safe bet in a certain to be tumultuous 2019

The always festive New Year’s celebrations were the calm before the storm where 2019’s political battles are concerned. 2018’s strife only figures to worsen now that liberals feel empowered to act on their aims. Democrats happily wall themselves off from reality -- an impossibility in 2019.

2019: The Year of the Democrat? Think Again

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Does this rejection of the GOP in 2018 portend the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020, assuming he is still in office then? Not necessarily. To consider: Nancy Pelosi may want to close out her career as speaker with solid achievements, but she could face a rebellion in her party, which is looking to confront and not compromise with Trump. The national debt may be surging, but Capitol Hill progressives will be demanding “Medicare-for-all” and free college tuition. Trump-haters will be issuing reams of subpoenas and clamoring for impeachment. The diversity Democrats celebrate is one day going to pull their party apart, as the social, cultural and racial revolutions of the 1960s pulled apart the party of FDR and LBJ.

Battling semantics at the border

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Democrats stand with “sanctuary cities” and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement over laws and equal justice. It is true that they are playing word games today. But their silly sophomoric semantics are not over words like “wall” or “fence” or “slats” or “barrier.” There is only one word that they are having fits over today. That word is “Trump.” Democrats would rather shut down the federal government, sacrifice justice and slay the law in the name of “sanctuary” for illegal aliens. It has become their latest religion. Anything to keep from standing beside President Trump on the side of equal justice under law.

Democrats Killed California Police Corporal Ron Singh

Stanislaus County, California Sheriff Adam Christianson got it right when he blamed California's sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting alleged cop killer Gustavo Arriaga to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for his previous arrests. Christianson said if he had been deported, Newton, California police Corporal Ron Singh would still be alive.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Prediction -- Democrat excess leads to new and improved Trump in 2019

DC elites were thrown into a tizzy when Trump won two years ago and looked perplexed as he laid out his America First vision during his inaugural address. This refusal to confront the reality of Trump isn’t likely to dissipate when Democrats take power in the House. How’s that for a prediction?

When Democrats embraced the 'Southern Border Fencing Strategy'

Byron York, Washington Examiner

According to the Border Patrol, there are now 354 miles of single fence along the border. There are 37 miles of double-deep fence and 14 miles of three-deep fencing, for a total of 405 miles of pedestrian fencing. In addition, there are 300 miles of vehicle fencing, which keeps cars and trucks from crossing the border but allows people to move freely. The Gang of Eight bill would have replaced that with 700 miles of pedestrian fencing, some of it multilayer. It's less than the 1,000 miles Trump wanted, but the president might well take a deal like that today. The question is whether there are any circumstances under which Democrats would ever agree.

The War On Trump Is All About Keeping Liberals And Their Lackeys In Power

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Liberals consider themselves the anointed, divinely entitled to rule over us lesser folk, and they aren’t going to let anything get in the way of retaking the throne. The election of Donald Trump ripped off the mask of our elite. They are no longer pretending to seek anything but their own personal power. And in doing so, they are destroying the United States of America. The liberal elite’s reaction to the infection of conservative populism is like an autoimmune reaction gone out of control. It might well kill the host, but they don’t care. America is expendable. So are you.

Which bits of the federal government are essential?

Editors, Washington Examiner

Government shutdowns are not very terrible. Federal workers get paid afterward. Citizens and residents mostly don’t notice. It is not without irony that one hears during a shutdown that "nonessential" workers will be furloughed. To which the obvious glib reply is, "Oh really? You mean not all the jobs done on the taxpayer dime are essential?" It makes you think. Taxpayers shouldn't want government shutdowns to become the norm or a frequent habit. But once every five to 10 years, perhaps, they remind people that most federal functions aren't really that important. Which can't be all bad.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will Trump win his own ‘Battle of the Alamo’ even if no one survives?

By now President Trump realizes it’s not fun being in the White House, but nobody ever claimed it'd be easy (except for maybe him). It took decades for the Washington establishment to control government and they won’t be vanquished without a long battle. Trump is up to the job.

Melania Trump, first lady and role model, rises above Democratic pettiness

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

First lady Melania Trump continues on with work that endears her to the American public. Her agenda as first lady is expansive, focusing on children and the importance of all aspects of their lives, from self-esteem to education to health care. Our nation has a first lady who is smart, beautiful and a person of faith. She is committed to her family and to this nation. Her sense of self-worth is not reliant on whether or not she’s on the cover of Vogue or invited to certain cocktail parties. She is her own woman — strong, independent, and won’t be bullied. And for today’s liberals and Democrats, that is her crime.

Don’t expect Trump to stop being Trump in 2019

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The only surprise from recent events is that so many people are still surprised when Trump acts like Trump. They’d better get used to it. In fact, my prediction is that the Trump of 2019 is going to be far more feisty and disruptive than the one we have seen in his first two years in the Oval Office. Not necessarily because he wants to, though he clearly enjoys breaking the china. But because he doesn’t have much choice if he wants to survive and have a chance at re-election. Trump's dramatic decisions in recent days illustrate why he engenders so much love from some and so much hate from others.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Plenty of good reasons why compromise is a dirty word in America today

Talk will continue on possible ways to fix the shattered American political system but in today’s highly divided culture and society, a workable solution doesn’t appear evident. If neither side seems willing to compromise, there are good reasons for it. Conservatives won’t get their hopes up.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump’s choice to pull out of Syria a Christmas gift to all Americans

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria will certainly draw more than its share of comment even at this calm (from a news standpoint) time of year. Christmas presents a chance to ponder the concept of peace on earth, goodwill towards men -- never more so than in 2018.

What the war over Obamacare is really about

Monica Crowley, Washington Times

Leftists cheered when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare six years ago. But the context in which the law operates has now changed, and with Judge O’Connor’s ruling, their cheers for the federal judiciary have stopped. We don’t know how the current Court will rule. But we do know that for the left, Obamacare was always just a stepping stone, which is why instead of abandoning government-run health care, they’re preparing to go even bigger. Their relentless mission is to, as Mr. Obama put it, “fundamentally transform” the nation toward statist collectivism, of which government health care is a critical part.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Yes, SNL liberals, It’s a Wonderful Life with President Donald Trump

Life without Donald Trump as president wouldn’t be as clear cut wonderful as liberals would have you think. Saturday Night Live can do all the ridiculous skits in the world and it still doesn’t change the fact we’re living in a complex place and it requires capable people to lead. Trump fits the bill.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Weekly Standard demise a lesson for Trump on what NOT to do on wall

Few conservatives will miss Bill Kristol’s The Weekly Standard now that it’s gone. The defunct publication was a glaring example of how not to conduct a successful enterprise; by alienating those inclined to support them, the magazine guaranteed its own demise. Let’s hope the same fate doesn’t befall Trump.