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Paul Ryan’s Legacy: The Destruction Of American Sovereignty

We expect to read many articles in the establishment media about Paul Ryan and tax cuts as his “legacy” as Speaker, but we doubt anyone in the establishment media will write about Ryan’s real legacy – destroying American sovereignty by killing the best chance to pass a strong immigration reform bill and build the wall on our southern border.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Trump can avoid a ‘Day of Infamy’ on the economic front in 2020

President Trump could face a struggling economy in 2020, but there are ways to ensure things run smoothly when the moment arrives. Keeping interest rates low, encouraging clean natural gas production and repealing federal control of the legal drinking age might help the GOP.

Trump Didn’t Kill the Bush Values

Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

Times change. Family values have been displaced by a more media-driven agenda: racism, identity, gender, immigration, tariffs. Taxes are a constant, but if President Trump raises taxes next year in a compromise with the Pelosi Democrats, don’t expect the Beltway press to give him the same praise 41 is getting this week for reversing his no-new-taxes pledge. Perhaps, like Bush, Donald Trump will be a one-term president, and for the same reason—a slowing U.S. economy. But if you want to discover why America lost the personal and political values of George H.W. Bush, forget Donald Trump. Look deeper.

The American Presidency Is in Xi's Hands

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Donald Trump's chief negotiator Robert Lighthizer has his work cut out for him. The best thing he has going is that the Chinese know if the USA goes broke, they go broke with us. (At least there's one good thing about globalism!) Also, all Chinese leaders are concerned with rebellion — they have plenty. Nevertheless, the stock market, to say the least, is nervous. We should be too — not just for our 401Ks, but for the future of our republic on a whole lot of levels.

Partisans Use 41 to Attack 45

Michelle Malkin, National Review

This week’s partisan corpse abusers callously exploited the passing of George H. W. Bush, America’s 41st president, to get in their digs at the current commander in chief. Because the Bush family refused to fight back vigorously against media smears, daily Hollywood abuse, and partisan slime, they’re considered paragons of virtue from whom Trump is lectured to “learn.” According to swamp etiquette, it’s uncouth to call out profane, deranged haters who have no qualms about letting their anti-Trump freak flags fly as decent Americans mourn. “Civility” is in the eye of the bemoaner.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cultural change is as inevitable as the tides. Embrace it or fight it?

There’s little doubt cultural changes in the past half century have made a significant difference in all of our lives. Some changes are good, others not so much. But time doesn’t wait and it’s in everyone’s best interest to accept that tomorrow will not look like today. For many, it’s a blessing.

One-Eyed-Jack Law

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Robert Mueller assembled a highly partisan team of lawyers and investigators and their task was to investigate the charges of Russian collusion as planted by those in government and Christopher Steele and his abettors. Such skullduggery poses the question of whether Mueller’s investigation has been simply derailed by partisanship. Or has it effectively served as a deliberate distraction from the felonious behavior of dozens of Obama-administration and Clinton-campaign officials — all determined to ensure, by any means necessary, that Trump would never be president?

The conservative case for criminal justice reform

L. Brent Bozell III, Washington Times

The First Step Act would allow more prisoners to improve their lives sooner, with the potential for thousands to become productive citizens after the end of their sentences. Not surprisingly, more ex-convicts not returning to criminal activity after release has resulted in falling crime rates in a number of states. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that a vote on this bill might not be possible this year. Why not? Some predict this bill could get 65 or more votes and could prove to be one of the most popular pieces of successful legislation in recent memory.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will Trump avoid Bush’s one-term fate if he gets busy cutting spending?

Donald Trump would do well to remember George H.W. Bush’s example but stay true to himself and what got him elected president. Trump could make it all his own by pounding the fiscal responsibility angle ahead of the 2020 election -- and he’d likely avoid Bush’s one-term fate.

A Tale of Two Presidents

William Murchison, The American Spectator

There came a moment in our tumultuous time when, soured on feckless, foggy, self-interested politicians, the voters — roughly half of them anyway — decided it was time for a vision with flesh and teeth, namely, the vision of Donald Trump: no hand-written thank-you’s but lots and lots and lots of action. And rhetoric: nothing like they teach at Yale, or used to, but coarse and unsparing. Unsurprisingly, George H. W. Bush is reported to have voted in 2016 for Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton! Well…  We need both types to attempt different things in different ways at different times.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Wall funding debate shows DC elites fiddle while the nation burns

The one-week rhetorical ceasefire in the battle over border wall funding will make little difference in the scheme of things. Both parties’ leaders have treated illegal immigration as a political hot potato for decades. Sooner or later something must be done -- or migrant caravans will keep coming.

Trump is prepping for all-out political war

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

While our nation’s political battles are hardly as dramatic as the fight with Nazi Germany and Japan, a storm is gathering in America and 2019 is shaping up as an extremely turbulent year. Trump is under siege and girding for a political, legal and public-relations war. Though the conflict began the day he took office, the last two years have been skirmishes compared to the climactic battles ahead. It's been a remarkable two years, but on most days Trump's accomplishments are eclipsed by the political war. And the worst is yet to come.

Robert Mueller’s Plan

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Mueller knows the legitimacy of his investigation is under attack, allegedly driven by politics rather than evidence of crime. But the convictions he has amassed, even if they are only for false statements or are otherwise unrelated to the Trump-Russia rationale for the investigation, prove that many people Trump brought into his campaign were corruptible and of low character. Mueller, the career Justice Department and FBI man, will deftly use this fact to argue that suspicions about these people, and hence the investigation, were fully justified even if — thankfully — there was no prosecutable Trump–Russia conspiracy.

Time For Trump To Stop Defending Obama Era Wrongdoing

Just because the presidency changed from President Obama to President Trump, that does not mean that career government employees change. We urge all CHQ readers and friends to visit Sharyl Attkisson’s GoFundMe page and make your most generous contribution to expose the Obama administration’s wrongdoing and to identify the Deep State operatives behind it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: George H.W. Bush’s death leaves conservatives reminiscing and wondering

Political scholars are only starting to decipher the lasting political legacy of George H.W. Bush. His death may speed deliberations but it will be years before Bush’s full impact is appreciated (or condemned). For now, it’s enough to say Bush was a fine man and dedicated public servant.

How Trump Can Translate His Policy Successes into Political Success

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

When Trump campaigns and holds rallies, he is the rare politician who sincerely uses a plural possessive pronoun of endearment to talk of Americans as “our farmers,” “our soldiers,” “our miners,” and “our workers.” His speeches about reviving the deindustrialized Midwest show more empathy than the usual boilerplate from free-trade libertarians or social-welfare liberals. Trump does not have to win over all minority voters and suburbanites. He just needs to recalibrate his messaging and reemphasize his solid achievements, reminding those he has benefited how and why he has helped them — and why he is not the ogre so often stereotyped in the media.

A little hysteria can make the news go down

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

When frighteners are revealed as fakes, there need not be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth in the places where old editors dwell. The president will never read or see a climb-down from the hysteria. What he will read and see are stories and television accounts that the “hundreds of thousands” of migrants in the caravan were figments of the president’s imagination. The legacy media has been deprived of manufactured graphics and photographs of “caged” children crying for a crust of bread, and that’s what the media can’t forgive.

Why is Ukraine’s Kerch Crisis Any of Our Business?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Why is this our quarrel, to the point that U.S. strategists want us to confront Russia over a Crimean Peninsula that houses the Livadia Palace that was the last summer residence of Czar Nicholas II? Why are we letting ourselves be dragged into everyone's quarrels — from who owns the islets in the South China Sea, to who owns the Senkaku and Southern Kurils; and from whether Transnistria had a right to secede from Moldova, to whether South Ossetia and Abkhazia had the right to break free of Georgia, when Georgia broke free of Russia? Do the American people care a fig for these places? Are we really willing to risk war with Russia or China over who holds title to them?

There’s No Such Thing As A Conservative ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat

The real purpose of the Blue Dog Democrats is not to force Democrats to abandon secular liberalism, but to act as the recruiters or handlers of weak Republicans who can be wooed to support liberal policies through claims of bipartisanship or stymie President Trump in acts of virtue signaling.

Baltimore Sues Trump Demanding We Admit More Welfare Dependent Immigrants

Why would a poor, already welfare-dependent city want to import more poor, welfare-dependent immigrants from foreign countries? It will come as no surprise that joining the City of Baltimore in the suit is Democracy Forward, a Soros aligned organization that has sued the Trump administration on multiple occasions.