Friday, June 19, 2020
I know many well-meaning people, including conservatives, who have considered the view that statues and other monuments to Civil War figures should come down or be renamed in order to further racial reconciliation in our country. And who doesn't want to further racial reconciliation?
But it is worth noting that the America-hating left has already moved on.
Fresh from toppling statues of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, the mobs are now going after Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Another Washington statue was destroyed by a mob in Portland, Oregon, last night. As we have noted before, the radicals are also going after Christopher Columbus and even Abraham Lincoln!
Major media, corporate America and too many politicians are silent or even encouraging the attacks. But can anyone find a case where appeasing the mob makes the mob go away? When you give in to the mob, you only whet its appetite.
Reality check: To the socialist, anarchist left, the problem isn't the existence of statues. The problem, as they see it, is the existence of the American Republic.
Lest you think that's hyperbole on my part, check out this video from an old acquaintance of mine, documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz, who recently braved the streets of CHAZ.
Why DACA Matters
I want to revisit the Supreme Court's outrageous DACA decision because it shows just how far down the slippery slope we are toward two completely different standards of justice. This is a severe threat to the rule of law and the future of our republic.
How is it that Hillary Clinton, who violated State Department policies and federal records laws and exposed classified information on her private server, gets off scot free while Donald Trump gets impeached over a phone call?
Well, we're now seeing this double standard expanded to the functioning of the entire executive branch.
The Supreme Court's liberal majority yesterday ruled that once a president issues an executive order, even one that is illegal, the next president has to go through an extremely laborious process before it can be reversed.
But does anyone doubt that if there is a different president next January who repeals any of Trump's executive orders on DACA or taxpayer funding of abortions, five justices on the Supreme Court will find a way to say, "Oh, of course he's allowed to do that"?
President Trump has made two Supreme Court appointments who replaced two previous Republican appointees. His appointments have shifted the court a little bit to the right. But Trump replacing two Republican appointees doesn't settle the issue.
The next two vacancies, which could easily occur in the next four years (Ginsburg is 87 years old and Breyer is almost 82), will most likely settle the generational direction of the court and the country.
President Trump announced yesterday that he will release a new list of potential Supreme Court nominees in September. Meanwhile, progressive leaders warned Biden not to publicize a similar list of individuals he would pick to fill Supreme Court vacancies.
John Bolton's book, "The Room Where It Happened," is making headlines, as I am sure you have noticed. I know John Bolton. But I have no words to describe how I feel about what he is doing now.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement yesterday titled "I Was In The Room Too." Here's what Pompeo had to say about Bolton's book:
"I've not read the book, but from the excerpts I've seen published, John Bolton is spreading a number of lies, fully-spun half-truths, and outright falsehoods. It is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton's final public role is that of a traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people."
Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
A German intelligence report released this week once again proves that the world's worst regimes – Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and Syria – are working feverishly to obtain and perfect the world's worst weapons of mass destruction.
The report warns that in spite of strict regulations and sanctions, Iran is attempting to use "specially established front companies" to acquire "dual-use goods" that are shipped through "bypass countries" such as Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and China.
German intelligence officials also accused the Islamic Republic of Iran of extensive spying at universities and research facilities.
This report comes on the heels of the German Foreign Ministry finally acknowledging that Iran's repeated threats to "annihilate" the state of Israel are more than just "anti-Israel rhetoric" but are in fact anti-Semitic.
CUFI's Virtual Summit
In these dangerous times, it is vital for America to stand proudly with Israel, our most reliable ally. That's why I urge you to join Christians United For Israel's Virtual Summit June 28th – June 30th. You will hear from an incredible lineup of speakers, such as:
- Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
- Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin Gantz
- Pastor John Hagee
- Ambassador Ron Dermer
- Ambassador Nikki Haley
- Sen. Marsha Blackburn
- Sen. Tom Cotton
- Sen. Ted Cruz
- Sen. Marco Rubio
- Sen. Tim Scott
- Mark Levin
- Dennis Prager
- And many, many more.