Speaking in the White House Rose Garden yesterday, President Trump announced an end to the legal stalemate over the citizenship question and the census. Both the president and Attorney General Barr made strong arguments about the fundamental issue of distinguishing the difference between citizens and non-citizens.
Here's some of what President Trump said:
"There used to be a time when you could proudly declare, 'I am a citizen of the United States.' Now they're trying to erase the very existence of a very important word and a very important thing: citizenship. They're even coming after the Pledge of Allegiance in Minnesota. . .
"Today I'm here to say we are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population. . . We will defend the right of the American people to know the full facts about the population size of citizens and non-citizens in America. . . We must have a reliable count of how many citizens, non-citizens, and illegal aliens are in our country. . .
"Unfortunately, this effort was delayed by meritless litigation. As shocking as it may be, far-left [politicians] in our country are determined to conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst. . . This is part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of the American citizen. And it's very unfair to our country."
If the president's "America First" slogan means anything, it means love of country and putting our citizens first. And that is in no way anti-immigrant.
Presumably, immigrants coming here want to become citizens because they too love America. That's why they chose to come here, of all the nations in the world, after all. As Tucker Carlson so aptly put it, "Americans like immigrants, but immigrants have got to like us back."
Sadly, the left seems determined to eliminate the concept of citizenship and extend to illegal immigrants all the rights and benefits of citizenship.
When it comes to the issue of citizenship and the census, the American people are solidly behind President Trump. Even 55% of Hispanics support the citizenship question. But thwarted by liberal Obama judges and whatever has infected Chief Justice John Roberts, the president was forced to go to Plan B.
Yesterday, he issued an executive order requiring every federal department to share whatever data they have with the Commerce Department so it can make the best estimate possible about the status of the U.S. population.
The Open Borders, Pro-Illegal Left
In the previous item I asserted that the progressive left is in favor of open borders and putting illegal immigrants first. Their anti-Americanism runs much deeper than that.
The left is attempting to deconstruct America by erasing our history, turning our heroes into villains, and teaching our children that America was evil from the beginning.
But a major component of "fundamentally transforming America" is to change the makeup of America by flooding the country with illegal immigrants who do not share our language or values. Not only will this massive influx break the back of the American taxpayer, but they will also be new recruits for progressive identity politics.
That's not hyperbole, my friends. The left is all in on open borders and allowing illegal immigrants to violate our laws. Here's proof.
Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton provided advice to illegal immigrants about how they could thwart Homeland Security officials attempting to enforce court ordered deportations.
The left has already changed the country so much that it apparently feels free to defy our immigration courts.
The Green Menace
During the early days of the Cold War, many Americans were concerned about the "Red Menace" or the influence of communists. Today, we need to be concerned about the "Green Menace" or the influence of communists.
So much of the radical green agenda has little to do with protecting the environment. It's really about expanding the power of government and dictating how you can live your life. But don't take my word for it.
According to the Washington Post, Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, recently said this about the Green New Deal:
"The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn't originally a climate thing at all. . . Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing."
This radical view is nothing new in the environmental movement. Several years ago, Naomi Klein was very candid about the goal of "serious environmentalists," when she said this:
"You can set up carbon markets, consumer markets, and just pretend, but if you want to get serious about climate change, really serious . . . then you need to be intervening strongly in the economy. . . You have to really seriously regulate corporations and invest in the public sector. . .
"These climate deniers aren't crazy -- their worldview is under threat. If you take climate change seriously, you do have to throw out the free-market playbook."
In other words, if you believe in free markets, your "worldview is under threat" from those who are "really serious" about the environmental movement.
Here's why we should be concerned about the left's radical green agenda: In addition to destroying the best economy the world has ever known, it could well be utterly meaningless. More studies are calling into the question the so-called "scientific consensus" on climate change and our culpability for causing it.
- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has once again upheld the Trump Administration's regulations preventing your hard-earned tax dollars from subsidizing abortion. Planned Parenthood is "devastated," which is understandable as it stands to lose about $60 million.
- The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals shut down a frivolous attempt by left-wing politicians to harass the president over the emoluments clause. The idea that this president is financially profiting from being president is absurd. He is donating his salary, plus any profits from foreign governments. Trump businesses have suffered from left-wing boycotts. Trump is doing the exact opposite of many politicians, like the Clintons and Joe Biden, who have amassed vast fortunes from their political careers.