Kim Jong-un

Outsiders vs. Insiders: With malice towards none & charity for all the GOP must solve immigration

Until Republicans take the proverbial immigration bull by the horns they’re going to end up on the wrong end of the public narrative. The media will give the GOP no credit and Democrats will fan the flames of discontent with inflammatory statements of their own. Who will stand up?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats try (and fail) to make America’s amnesty issue all about Trump

Democrats have taken to predicting uprisings and championing illegal aliens because they don’t have anything else to offer Americans. The debate over whether the GOP is Trump’s party will continue – but unless his dis-loyal opposition comes up with something better, he’ll remain in control.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Hapless Dems badly in need of crash course in political self-awareness

There’s no easy way to explain what’s wrong with Democrats these days; they’re wrong on policy, wrong on facts and wrong on personnel. There’s no telling how they’ll do in the midterm elections but even if successful they’re still in trouble. They’re a mess and don’t even realize it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Only in Trump’s America could showing too much pride get you in trouble

As long as there are people who look down on others for what they believe there will be conflict in this country. Whether it’s Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage or Trump’s view of international trade, there’s no sign of a ceasefire in the war to control the cultural narrative. We should all be prepared to battle.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: When did Kim Jong-un supplant Donald Trump as master negotiator?

There’s still room to find fault with Trump on his handling of the summit with Kim Jong-un and other matters, but he deserves the benefit of the doubt for beginning the process. Along with credit, Trump needs leeway to get the job done -- perhaps it’s time his GOP critics gave him some.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Should Congress break social media’s stranglehold on free speech?

Social media has changed our world – and perhaps it is time to consider having Congress take some measure of oversight on businesses like Google and Facebook to ensure our First Amendment rights are preserved. The Founding Fathers would approve.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To Trump and Kim the Art of the Deal means no more war in the Far East

Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un brought a terrific new prospect for peace and cooperation in an extremely volatile part of the world. Especially gratifying is Trump’s appreciation for the necessity of avoiding war at all costs. The Art of the Deal is alive and well.

Scoring the Summit

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The media rebuked Ronald Reagan for calling the Soviet Union an evil empire. These days the media is demanding that Donald Trump isolate North Korea as one. Suddenly the peaceniks of the press corps deplore dialogue and demand to know why “Trump is legitimizing” Kim Jong Un. The media didn’t like the sound of Dennis Rodman's opinions. What is he suggesting? That Trump is going to open a door Obama kept closed? Better to keep it closed then, they conclude. Only Trump could go to Singapore while these pacifist creeps turn into born-again cold warriors.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Donald Trump’s GOP will never be the same – anyone miss the old one?

When Donald Trump was elected no one predicted draining the swamp would be easy or that everything he did would be popular – even with members of his own party. But change comes slowly and we’re heading in a positive direction. The GOP will never be the same – and that’s a good thing.

Trump, say no to a bad nuke deal

Editors, Washington Examiner

We must negotiate with him to defang his nuclear weapons program, but this, unfortunately, cannot but confer some legitimacy on him and strengthen his hold on power. This high cost means that only a really good deal is acceptable. Trump is in Singapore seeking peace. We hope he understands that peace must mean more than a handshake. It means North Korea abandoning its ability to commit nuclear mass murder. If he is offered anything short of that, Trump must say “no deal.”

Outsiders vs. Insiders: No one on earth is more prepared to meet Kim Jong-un than Pres. Trump

No one can say for sure what will happen when Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un talk this week, though the importance of the occasion and the fact two enemies are meeting should not be discounted. Trump may not have spent hours poring over books – but he’ll be ready. Count on it.

Is Trump Unprepared to Negotiate with Kim?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Of course, there is a lot more to it, including the role of China, but the real question is who would you trust to negotiate the U.S. and the world out of this mess -- some diplomatic veteran of twenty-three visits to Pyongyang or Donald Trump?  I would imagine most objective observers would, reluctantly or not, choose Trump. Many critics -- in a sad commentary on human nature -- would unconsciously or even consciously prefer the negotiations to fail than to deliver Trump such a significant victory.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: In America’s right vs. left culture war, choose the biggest weapons

The broader American culture war will continue as long as the left puts forth celebrities and athletes as spokespeople for their point-of-view. Politics is a long game and Republicans appear to have shown up to play; toss Donald Trump the ball and watch as the scoreboard lights up.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ cultural vulnerabilities to produce November reckoning

With five months to go until the midterm elections Democrats are looking increasingly desperate. Even party stalwarts like Bill Clinton can’t defend their cultural vulnerabilities and conservatives are beginning to consolidate around Trump. Will it change? Stay tuned.

Crying Chuck Schumer’s Hypocrisy On North Korea Summit

Crying Chuck Schumer’s letter to President Trump is merely one more example of how desperate Democrats are to politicize and then torpedo anything Trump does. If the President really wanted to play the same game, he should announce that he was willing to give the North Koreans the same deal Obama gave the Iranians and watch the Democrats squirm.

To Make the Summit a Success, Don’t Mention Toxic Libya Model

After Libya denuclearized the U.S. and Europe showered Muammar Khadafy with flowers. But then a popular revolt broke out and the West used it to launch a campaign for regime change on the cheap. The onetime Libyan strongman died a particularly public and gruesome death and that's not how Kim Jong-un wants to end up.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump should be proud of his first 500 days…but there’s much more to do

Donald Trump has every right to be proud of his achievements over his first 500 days and Republican candidates should have plenty of good ways to sway voters this fall. Americans want a less intrusive government that functions properly and spends wisely. Will we ever get it?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: What do Mitt Romney and Roseanne have in common? Neither acts for us

In the big scheme of things Roseanne’s and Mitt Romney’s opinions of American culture and politics don’t really mean much. The world will little note nor long remember what they said – but it won’t forget what they’ve done. The culture war will continue – will it ever be won?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Unrepentant McConnell set to plague conservatives for years to come

The media will continue to make this year’s midterms all about the president, largely because Trump draws attention and stirs action. The lack of real reporting allows feckless leaders like Mitch McConnell to fly undetected under the public radar; by the time folks wake up it might be too late.

The on-again, off-again Unpredictability Summit

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Usually a deal can be worked out if both sides get something they want. Mr. Trump wants an agreement to erase the North Korean nuclear threat, and Mr. Kim wants to have his picture taken with the president of the United States, the two men displayed as equals. Neither man will necessarily get all he wants, but both can use the photograph for bragging rights. Dizzy Dean famously said, “If you can do it, it ain’t braggin’,” and Winston Churchill said, “Jaw, jaw is better than war, war.” They were both right.