8 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-21-18

  1. Trump doesn’t need Congress to achieve his immigration goals.


    “Now that the Democrats have won control of the House of Representatives (barely) it appears a near-certainty that President Trump will be unable to get anything done in Congress on immigration – no congressional funding for the wall, no statute ending chain migration or the visa lottery, no bill for him to sign adjusting downward the current, one million-per year-plus rate of legal immigration – in the next two years.

    Of course, he wasn’t able to get any of that in the last two years, either, even though Republicans controlled both houses of Congress. The Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) – almost all of whom were defeated by Democrats Tuesday – blocked everything as surely as the Democrats will. They also kept trying to lead Trump into very bad compromises on immigration, “reforms” that essentially would have made the status quo – super-high immigration levels – never-ending. No doubt, the RINOs would have kept trying to do the same in the next two years, had they held on.

    At least, now, Trump can blame inaction on Democrats. He and congressional candidates across the country can run in two years on immigration, which Trump knows is a winning issue for him, and if all goes well sweep into power with a mandate for reform the American people actually want.

    A breather, a pause in mass migration – at the very least.

    But in the meantime, he doesn’t need Congress to achieve just that result. And losing half of Congress should bring that remarkable legal fact into focus.

    Remember the travel cases? At issue was whether Trump had the power to issue his Proclamation suspending the entry of aliens from several Muslim-majority countries. The Supreme Court held that he did have that power – a federal law clearly gave him authority to suspend the entry of any class of aliens, or even all aliens, into the country if he deemed doing so in the “national interest.” At most, Trump would need a rational basis for his restrictions – but the Court didn’t even find (as opposed to assume for the sake of argument) that he needed that.

    In other words, the Supreme Court, in Trump v. Hawaii, crowned Donald Trump the immigration-restriction czar. And in doing so, it was only upholding the sweeping terms of the statute.

    Sit quietly for a while and let that sink in. All by himself, Trump can bar any group of aliens he wants from entering the country, as long as he rationally believes that doing so is in the national interest. He can bar all those who lack a certain level of skills, or education, to protect the jobs and wages of the most vulnerable Americans. He can bar all those who do not have a job lined up in this country that cannot be filled by an American. He can bar all those likely to receive public assistance (in fact, he is already doing that, not by proclamation, but by regulation).

    He can also build the wall – not by issuing a proclamation as immigration-restriction czar, but by declaring the border in a state of emergency (as he has done) and bringing in the U.S. Army to build it.”


    And what might that look like?

    This is a start.


  2. And just a reminder, illegal immigration is not a victim-less crime.


    “Jose Bonilla-Ortiz was arrested Saturday for the November 10 murder of Bangladeshi-immigrant Faruk Bhuiya at Metro Food Mart in Houston

    Bonilla-Ortiz was identified as one of two hooded men seen on shop CCTV video

    Bhuiya’s widow said she forgives the teen suspect but wants justice to be served

    Bonilla-Ortiz is being held on $250K bond is set to appear in court on Monday

    Jail records show Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a detainer on the 18-year-old because he is not believed to be a US citizen

    He was deported from the US in 2016, but it is unclear where he is originally from ”

    “The widow said she believes her husband would have wanted her to forgive his killer, and she does.

    However, she wants justice to be served should Bonilla-Ortiz be convicted of murder in court.

    ‘I want him punished for what he did. He didn’t just take my husband. He took someone’s son, someone’s stepfather,’ she said.

    ‘He wasn’t just my husband. He was a lot of things to a lot of people.'”


  3. The most gigantic canard in American political history.


    “The controversy over acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is the inane death rattle of the Democratic addiction to the idea, pushed by the 90 percent-hostile press, that President Trump must remain handcuffed to an endless special counsel inquiry. This conviction persists, despite Robert Mueller’s failure—and the failure of his Justice Department predecessors—to turn up any reason for their investigations in two years’ worth of frenzied efforts to find something damaging about Trump.

    Astounding fatuities abound at the U.S. Capitol. Departing senator Jeff Flake, as he finally takes his permanent imitation of a righteous chipmunk back to Arizona, portentously announced he would not support administration judicial nominees or a new attorney general without legislated guarantees of the safety of the Mueller inquiry. Such guarantees have no validity, as even Flake must realize, as the president can fire any employee of the executive branch, or otherwise condense his jurisdiction.

    Flake, who snatched Barry Goldwater’s title Conscience of a Conservative for his own book, and was harangued by interlopers in a Capitol elevator to request the Judiciary Committee hear Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s scarcely plausible accuser, seems to be trying for a NeverTrump Indian summer. It won’t happen.

    In fact, there is no reason to believe the president now pays any attention to Mueller. Trump is about to send written responses to his questions and there is no visible likelihood that Mueller is going to say or do anything that discommodes Trump at all. The sun is finally rising over the fact that there was never any excuse for this absurd investigation.

    Trump-Russian collusion was the most gigantic canard in American political history. The Steele dossier on which the claim was largely based is the dirtiest trick in American political history. Now it is time to put what has recently been called “compartmentalization” into high gear. This is the ability to have a high level of investigative activity contemporaneous with a productive legislative schedule in the Congress.

    The president should put forward his nominee as attorney general as soon as he can; he must have been thinking about it for many months. The new attorney general should determine which officials of the FBI, Justice Department, and Clinton campaign appear to have lied to federal officials or under oath to Congress. Apart from former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose case is already before the grand jury, the attorney general should commence the enchantments of the American criminal justice process with all those who seem, on impartial examination, to be potentially guilty of criminal misstatements or withholding of facts.

    He will have his hands full. There was fairly evidently a number of breaches of impartiality requirements from the intelligence services, a studious refrain from responding to untruthful answers by Hillary Clinton to the FBI (“I short-circuited the truth”), and a materially false Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application and renewals to conduct telephone intercepts on the Trump presidential campaign. The new attorney general should subsume into his activities whatever, if anything, U.S. Attorney John Huber did for the former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to chase down the facts on Uranium One and some of the Clintons’ other derring-do.

    These broad areas of suspect conduct undertaken when it was assumed the Clintons would be moving back into the White House and would sweep the activities of their over-eager helpers under the rug, were ignored or encouraged by the Obama Justice Department and delayed since then by the whale-sized red herring of the Trump-Russia collusion fable and the clumsiness and tenacity of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Sessions gave inaccurate answers at his confirmation hearing about having spoken with Russians, and atoned by recusing from any Russian matter. His recusal left the president defenseless while this steamroller of malicious defamation rampaged about for nearly two years, and Sessions implacably declined to take the hint that he should perhaps make way for someone who could do his job.

    Finally, the failure of Mueller to find anything and the strengthening of the Republican control of the Senate has enabled the president to install a fully capable head of the Justice department. The process of examining, and where appropriate, indicting and convicting those in the Clinton campaign and Obama Justice department, should now begin. I am personally opposed to imprisonment for nonviolent offenders, but a good spell of community service for those who defiled the intelligence and agencies and senior justice positions would be salutary.”


  4. The Radicalism of Conservatism, Inc.


    “Conservatism, Inc. Misunderstands Politics In General

    Conservatism’s departed éminence grise, Russell Kirk, famously described politics as the “art of the possible.” There is much to be said for this elegant and economical expression. Today’s conservatives do not appear to understand politics, which involves the intersection and ordering of many dimensions of life. It includes ideas, no doubt, but it is also must account for public opinion, that is to say, the received wisdom of the people, along with their consent. Politics is mostly about power, the translation of ideas into policy and action, coupled with a decision about who will benefit and lose. Thus, in democratic regimes, politics requires, above all, the assembly of a majority coalition.

    Conservatism, Inc. is mostly about ideas, proceeding as if politics consists solely of assembling intellectually coherent arguments. Given enough time and energy, surely the people can be persuaded. This is not how people pick a team, as they care at least equally for how the ideas benefit themselves and whether the speaker is someone credible, that is, “one of them.”

    Worse, the preferred ideas of mainstream Republicans are liberal in origin, often watered down into slogans. “We’re an exceptional nation.” We believe not in “equality of outcome, but equal opportunity.” We’re a “nation of immigrants.” These sentimental abstractions do not persuade and, frankly, are not the main concerns of people who actually vote for Republicans.

    The party built on the ideological foundations of Conservatism, Inc. has come to resemble the Republican Party of old, a vaguely liberal and patrician vehicle of the business class, exemplified by New York governor, Nelson Rockefeller. Modern day conservatism began as the Goldwater-Buckley insurgent movement, and reached its zenith during the Reagan presidency. Over the years, however, it ditched its winning issues and failed to adapt to new problems.”

    “Prior to Trump (and even after him), mainstream conservatism failed to adapt to these new threats to national flourishing, including the aggressive multiculturalism that defined the Democrats under Obama in particular. Conservatism, Inc.’s well-heeled opinion makers began to resemble their neighbors in the nation’s capital: a highly educated, socially liberal, and cosmopolitan group that shares little in common with the people in “flyover country.” By 2016, Conservatism, Inc. had gone from being out-of-touch to positively hostile to the Republican electorate energized by Trump’s populist message.”

    And remain so.


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    “Science journal Nature finds assigning gender by the genitals one is born with ‘has no foundation in science’”


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  6. I’m confused. (Doesn’t take much.) What is liberal about “We believe not in ‘equality of outcome, but equal opportunity.’ “? Don’t conservatives believe in equal opportunity?


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