DACA Rejects Surge, as President Trump Considers Future of Obama Amnesty Program

When Obama signed his illegal DACA amnesty into pseudo-law, the recipients were characterized as young innocents who arrived in the US because of their parents. But that description has turned out to be a lie, as a recent tally shows 2139 DACA beneficiaries have lost their freebie status because of crimes committed or gang affiliation.

Below, Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez was a DACA recipient despite having known gang affiliation. He was charged with four counts of 1st degree murder in North Carolina.

Perhaps President Trump will rethink his unwise continuation of the Obama program. He promised during his campaign to end it, but has allowed it to expand with 192 new amnesties per day for DACAs who get work permits and access to college slots.

In fact, Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-amnesty recently released a study showing the huge number of jobs that would open up if President Trump ended DACA, as reported by Breitbart.com on August 31: Zuckerberg Group: 700K American Job Openings If DACA Ends. Jobs can be hard to find for young Americans, and freeing up hundreds of thousands held by illegal alien DACAs would be quite a help.

Perhaps the crime numbers will convince the President that continuing an Obama amnesty is not a winner strategy. Certainly news of more jobs for citizens is a plus. Plus, a long-threatened federal lawsuit may be filed by 10 state attorneys general on September 5.

President Trump should remember that kindness to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.

Feds: 30% surge in illegals losing DACA freedom for crimes, gang violence, by Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, August 29, 2017

On the eve of President Trump deciding the status of the Obama era program deferring deportation for nearly 800,000 mostly Latin American young adults, federal immigration authorities are revealing a surge in those losing their freedom “due to criminality or gang affiliation concerns.”

Officials told Secrets that the number has surged 30 percent this year.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said that 622 had their deferred action status pulled this year due to criminal activity.
The numbers on revocations and terminations:

• 2013 — 56.

• 2014 — 153.

• 2015 — 460.

• 2016 — 848.

• 2017 — 622.

• Total — 2,139.

According to USCIS, “The deferred action terminations were due to one or more of the following: a felony criminal conviction; a significant misdemeanor conviction; multiple misdemeanor convictions; gang affiliation; or arrest of any crime in which there is deemed to be a public safety concern. Most DACA terminations were based on the following infractions (not ranked): alien smuggling, assaultive offenses, domestic violence, drug offenses, DUI, larceny and thefts, criminal trespass and burglary, sexual offenses with minors, other sex offenses and weapons offenses.”

In a recent case, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement arrested three DACA immigrants in a nationwide sweep of gangs.

The numbers are small by comparison to the larger DACA population but experts said it shows that not a lot is known about the activities of the youths, mostly young adults.

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Africa: Robot Imports Threaten Jobs

We tend to think of automation-caused job loss to be a first world problem, but as the smart machines get cheaper, they are appearing in poor countries as well. Places like Africa, with its host of difficulties, do not have the resources to cope with worsening unemployment and angry residents. Results may range from social disruption and political revolutions to even more illegal immigration to submissive Europe.

Enormous population growth is forecast for Africa, where problems like soil depletion are already being exacerbated by too many people needing food resources.

Europe needs to understand that the surge of illegal immigration is not a temporary thing and will continue as long as Europeans allow it — to their great detriment.

CNN did a good job in recognizing the social downside to automation in the Third world and presenting it factually.

African countries are importing robots and young people’s jobs are at risk, By Torera Idowu, CNN, August 22, 2017

Although still in its infancy, with under 60,000 imports a year, the robotics industry in Africa is developing rapidly.

In some parts of the continent, robots are mining, controlling traffic and even fighting deadly diseases.

Five years ago, The African Robotics Network launched a ’10 dollar robot’ challenge to encourage students to produce their own robots. There are also over 20 African organizations encouraging participation in robotics.

While this might offer the continent more affordable production costs, it has far-reaching consequences for Africa’s 1.2 billion people.

’Half of Africa’s jobs at risk’

A policy brief by the United Nations conference on trade and development reveals that robots will take away two-thirds of jobs in developing countries.

“The increased use of robots in developed countries risks eroding the traditional labor cost advantage of developing countries,” it states.

A 2016 study which stems from World Bank research, states that more than half of jobs in parts of Africa are at risk of automation with Ethiopia leading the highest proportion globally at 85%.

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Rasmussen Poll: Voters Are Divided over Media Involvement in Creating National Division

A couple of somewhat surprising clarifications occurred after the 2016 election of Donald Trump and a Republican congress. For one, the Republican legislators revealed themselves as completely feckless after failing to produce their years-long-promised elimination of ObamaCare.

Another was the apparent growth of influence from the media, which is supposed to report the news, not lecture and browbeat to keep the little people in line. The MSM has long been a monster definer of acceptable opinion, but the election left it standing alone as the top liberal voice by a mile. So it’s like the Democrats weren’t the leading liberal parade after all — the talking heads are.

Rush Limbaugh noticed this political rearrangement in a some radio segments over the last few months including Evidence: The Media Runs the Democrats (May 8) and The Media Sets the Narrative — and the Democrats Follow (May 12).

RUSH LIMBAUGH: The point being that everybody thinks the Democrats run the show. The Democrats are the power in Washington, they hold elective office, and the media operates in a supporting role to bolster them, to prop them up, to encourage them to go out and attack their opponents. It hit me that it’s the other way around now. I mean, the Democrats are losing elections. Now, don’t get mad at me. This is undeniable. Democrats are losing elections, but you would not know it.

That fact simply isn’t reflected in our modern news political coverage. If you didn’t know any better, if you just landed from Mars, you would think that there has been a coup and that a couple Republicans took over the country led by Donald Trump and they’re running it against the public will. And that the mass majority of the people are still in favor of Democrats, still wish Obama was president or wish Hillary was and that what we have here is an illegitimate governing minority. You would never know that the Democrats have been losing elections dramatically since 2010.

And that, to me, says that it is the media running the Democrats and not Democrats running the media, because there is simply no reflection of that reality in any of daily what is called news. And it actually isn’t news. What it is is the onward march of the leftist progressive agenda as led by the media. The Democrats take their talking points from the media. The Democrats take their talking points and their message from the media. We’ve always thought for the longest time that it was Democrats, like Harry Reid or Pelosi, giving phrases and words and ideas to the media, and that they ran with it.

It’s interesting how the press is seen so differently by the political sides. We knew that, but the poll numbers show the black and white division.

Voters Are Strongly Divided Over Media’s Role in Dividing Us, Rasmussen Reports, August 29, 2017

Voters admit America is a more divided place these days, and Trump supporters overwhelmingly agree with the president that the media is to blame. But Trump opponents just as strongly disagree.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey asked Likely U.S. Voters if they agree or disagree with this statement from President Trump’s speech last week in Phoenix: “If you wanted to discover the source of the division in our country, look no further than the fake news and the crooked media which would rather get ratings and clicks than tell the truth.” Forty-three percent (43%) agree, and 51% disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But a closer look perfectly illustrates the level of division in the country. Ninety-two percent (92%) of likely voters who Strongly Approve of the job the president is doing agree with him that “the fake news and the crooked media” are the source of that division. Eighty-six percent (86%) of those who Strongly Disapprove of Trump’s job performance disagree with the statement.

It’s important to note that Rasmussen Reports did not say in the question who made the statement, but the president has been outspoken for months in his criticism of the media and “fake news.”

Interestingly, separate surveying finds that 63% of Americans believe most major news organizations are more concerned with getting a story first than with getting it right.

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NYTimes Spreads Soggy Sob Story

Unsurprisingly, the New York Times has its liberal gaze fixed upon illegal aliens in the path of Hurricane Harvey and their extra suffering due to their immigration status. Wednesday’s front page had a story on the subject, although not a complete shrieker with boo-hooey photos of “undocumented” misery — however the story was located beneath a big aerial photo of Houston flooding.

The NYT online article included a link to a Pew one-pager report from February, 20 metro areas are home to six-in-ten unauthorized immigrants in U.S., that featured an informative 2014 map that revealed areas of extreme invader concentration, where Texas looks affected like other big border states:

As has already been forecast, the recovery from this crushing natural disaster will take years. The Times did helpfully mention that Houston’s population includes 600,000 illegal aliens — persons who take jobs, education, welfare and other services that should go to citizens.

Nobody is suggesting that the invasive foreigners shouldn’t be rescued or given temporary protection in a shelter. But the help should stop at emergency assistance. Illegals should be ineligible for any aid beyond that. They should be urged to go home ASAP by Texas’ conservative government. Mexico, the true home of many, remains rich (with 15 billionaires!) and dry.

American aid should go to citizens and legal residents who are suffering from the disaster.

An Uneasy Time for Immigrants in Texas. Then the Rains Came., New York Times, August 29, 2017

HOUSTON — This has been a harrowing year for the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have put down stakes in Houston.

Stepped-up enforcement of immigration measures put many on edge over deportations, while Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas signed one of the nation’s most punitive laws against cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. President Trump has amplified his harsh line on illegal immigration and renewed his promise to build a border wall.

Then came the chaos of Hurricane Harvey.

Families among Houston’s estimated 600,000 undocumented immigrants – the largest number of any city in the United States except New York and Los Angeles, according to the Pew Research Center – fled their homes to escape the flooding despite their anxiety over being turned away at shelters or facing hostile immigration agents.

“People were telling each other that the immigration men were coming to check our papers,” said Eloy González, 40, a truck driver who made it to the sprawling shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center. All he had were the drenched clothes he was wearing when he escaped the flooding in Pasadena, a suburb of Houston where thousands of immigrants live in the shadow of oil refineries.

“The rumors are false but the fear is still there,” said Mr. González, an immigrant from northern Mexico, emphasizing that he was one of the “lucky ones” who is legally in the United States.

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Republican Governor Turns Illinois into a Sanctuary State

What good is having a Republican governor when he oversees the transformation of his state into a sanctuary zone that protect illegal alien criminals? That’s what happened on Monday when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that prevents local police from doing their jobs if the suspect is an illegal alien.

An additional sanctuary state is not the way things are supposed to be going. The election of Donald Trump was due in part to his position as strong on law and borders. The American people want their immigration laws enforced.

In particular, the new law is an insult to crime victims of illegal aliens, like Brian McCann, whose brother Denny (pictured) was killed in Chicago in 2011 by a drunk-driving illegal alien Saul Chavez with priors who was not deported.

Worse, he was released on bail from Cook County Jail, as if an illegal alien causing a death in a hit-and-run was not a flight risk.

Brian has continued to pursue justice despite all the obstacles thrown up by open-borders forces in government. He spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2015 that was titled Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims.

A C-SPAN video of the hearing is available, and Brian tells the story of his brother’s death beginning at 54:00. His written testimony is here: BRIAN MCCANN, Testimony, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Tuesday July 21, 2015

As Brian McCann says in the video below, sanctuary policy protecting illegal aliens endangers the safety of Americans.

MIKE TOBIN: Illinois with a Republican governor just became a sanctuary state. The bill was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday. It prohibits local police from making an arrest based on immigration status; it mandates that local police ignore immigration detainers, and says they can only hold an undocumented immigrant if a court order is obtained. Now members of the Hispanic community were on hand as the bill was signed into law, and there was representation from the Illinois law enforcement community. Rovernor Rauner said he consulted with local police before signing it.

GOV. RAUNER: They all said to me governor this is a reasonable compromise, it will help us do our jobs better, it will help us keep our communities safer.

TOBIN: Now the 2016 Illinois Republican party platform called for a reversal of sanctuary city policies but the Republican Party chair is supporting the governor with the signing of this bill because he said Governor Rauner’s negotiations turned a 40-page bill filled with restrictions for police into a two-page compromise.

SHANNON BREAM: Okay, I imagine though, Mike, that a Republican governor signing a bill like this has run into some opposition.

TOBIN: Lots of opposition: starting with Brian McCann. Brian McCain’s brother Dennis was killed by a drunk driver in 2011. That drunk driver Saul Chavez was in the country illegally. An immigration order was was filed, but that immigration order was ignored due to the policies of Cook County. Saul Chavez made bail, then fled to Mexico.

BRIAN MCCANN: The insult and injury continues because they know better. This is the issue of safety; this is safety. The American citizens are less safe with these sanctuary city policies. It’s as plain as night and day.

TOBIN: Now downstate Republican Senator Kyle McCarter told me yesterday that the governor just alienated his base in the part of this state that supported Donald Trump. In fact, he said this Republican governor is the best governor Democrats ever had.

Acapulco Falls from Tourist Mecca to Murder Capital

The Washington Post’s front page on Friday was a reminder of the crime catastrophe occurring next door in terms of drug cartels terrorizing Mexico. Acapulco has become the deadliest city in the country, which is quite a decline from its former standing as a top tourism town.

Acapulco used to be a glamorous vacation spot for Americans looking to catch some sun. Elvis made a movie there in 1963 titled “Fun in Acapulco” but tourists are avoiding the town now because of the cartel warfare. A few days ago NPR reported, “U.S. State Department Expands Travel Warnings For Mexico’s Beachside Tourist Meccas.”

Narco-crime is spreading and violence is up, with one indicator being Mexico’s murders reaching a 20-year high in May. The carnage has continued without abating since then: Mexico has had more than 12,000 homicides in the first six months of this year, and it’s likely the trend will continue. The Post observes the “disintegration of order across growing swaths of this country.”

President Trump needs to get that wall built already because Mexico is getting worse!

Here’s a bit of the Post story:

How Acapulco Became Mexico’s Murder Capital, Washington Post, August 24, 2017

ACAPULCO, MEXICO — From the crescent bay and swaying palms, the taxi drivers of Acapulco need just 10 minutes to reach this other, plundered world.

Here, in a neighborhood called Renacimiento, a pharmacy is smeared with gang graffiti. Market stalls are charred by fire. Taco stands and dentists’ offices, hair salons and auto-body workshops — all stand empty behind roll-down metal gates.

On Friday afternoons, however, the parking lot at the Oxxo convenience store in this brutalized barrio buzzes to life. Dozens of taxi drivers pull up. It’s time to pay the boys.

When the three young gunmen drive up in a white Nissan Tsuru, Armando, a 55-year-old cabbie, scribbles his four-digit taxi number on a scrap of paper, folds it around a 100-peso note and slips it into their black plastic bag. This is his weekly payment to Acapulco’s criminal underworld — about $5, or roughly half what he earns in a day.

“They have the power,” said Armando, who identified himself only by his first name because he feared reprisal. “They can do whatever they want.”

For each of the past five years, Acapulco has been the deadliest city in Mexico, in a marathon of murder that has hollowed out the hillside neighborhoods and sprawling colonias that tourists rarely visit. And yet, the term “drug war” only barely describes what is going on here.

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San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Robot Tax

It’s interesting how Democrats on average seem more aware of how automation threatens the economic system of most of the world, and the resulting mass unemployment must be faced with planning. Perhaps it’s because the Ds are more comfortable with handing out cash (one suggested solution, namely Universal Basic Income), while Republicans see smart machines are just another way to make money.

Why haven’t the big brains in Washington noticed how whole industries — like automotive manufacturing — are now largely operated by robots, and that’s only the beginning?

For example, the current Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was noticed by the tech community in a bad way when he said about robots taking many American jobs that “It’s not even on our radar screen … 50-100 more years.” But he’s not unusual.

Experts in the subject see automation differently. Oxford researchers forecast in 2013 that nearly half of American jobs were vulnerable to machine or software replacement within 20 years. Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi believes that in 30 years humans will become largely obsolete, and world joblessness will reach 50 percent. The Gartner tech advising company believes that one-third of jobs will be done by machines by 2025. The consultancy firm PwC published a report earlier this year that forecast robots could take 38 percent of US jobs by 2030. Forrester Research Inc. has a more optimistic view, that there will be a net job loss of 7 percent by 2025 from automation.

Below, a highly automated BMW factory in 2014, where a few human workers can be seen:

It’s nice that Supervisor Kim is looking ahead to deal with more automation-caused job loss, but I’m guessing she won’t mention that. . .

Automation Makes Immigration Obsolete

When a third or a half of Americans are unemployed because of machines doing the jobs, we certainly won’t need to import foreign workers.

Automation could kill 2x more jobs than the Great Depression—so San Francisco lawmaker pushes for Bill Gates’ ‘robot tax’, CNBC, August 24, 2017

Robots are going to replace human workers and when they do, the companies that employ them should be taxed.

So says billionaire Bill Gates. And now, San Francisco lawmaker Jane Kim thinks so too.

In February, in an interview with Quartz, the Microsoft co-founder broached the idea of a “robot tax.”

“Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level,” he says.

City Supervisor Kim, who is also running for the State Senate, is a proponent of the “robot tax” and is working on an upcoming ballot measure.

Wednesday she launched the Jobs of the Future Fund, an initiative to drive conversation among state business leaders, politicians and local civic organizations about how to prepare for an increasingly automated workforce. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: Voters See Freedom of Speech Being Lost

The American people are not asleep regarding the newly discovered “sensitivity” in the nation regarding subjects that may be influenced by politically correct ideology as defined by the liberal media.

Nearly two-thirds of likely voters believe they need to be careful when speaking about “controversial” issues.

Just 28% Think Americans Have True Freedom of Speech Today, Rasmussen Reports, August 22, 2017

Few Americans think they have true freedom of speech today and think the country is too politically correct.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of American Adults think Americans have true freedom of speech today. Most (66%) think, rather, they have to be careful not to say something politically incorrect to avoid getting in trouble. (To see survey question wording, click here.) . . .

The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 17 & 20, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

In addition, a Rasmussen survey from last spring shows the erosion of freedom on campus, where debating challenging ideas was once an accepted part of the educational process. But as I wrote two years ago, Universities Enforce Liberal Censorship in Classrooms, the culture war for America’s founding principles is being lost on campus.

Americans See Free Speech on Campuses as a Thing of the Past, Rasmussen Reports, May 3, 2017

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter recently cancelled a planned speech at University of California, Berkeley, following protests and threats of violence by the students. Americans are now left wondering whether free speech on college campuses is simply a relic of a bygone era.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults think there is less freedom of speech on U.S. college campuses today than there has been in the past. Twenty-three percent (23%) think there’s more freedom than in the past, while 27% think the level of freedom of speech is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.) . . .

The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 27 & 30, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Robert Spencer: PayPal Has Removed Ban against JihadWatch.org

Robert Spencer, head of JihadWatch.org, appeared with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday to discuss the scary uptick in censorship in the world of the internet and online commerce. (See also Tech Companies Are Making Us Less Free, Warns Tucker Carlson.)

Robert Spencer has been a long-time critic of hostile Islam who has written many fine books, several of which I have read and found very informative. The JihadWatch Youtube channel has hours and hours of great stuff — hopefully that won’t disappear under the current PC hysteria.

Spencer doesn’t just observe aggressive behavior by Muslims against us infidels: he shows that such bellicosity is a requirement commanded by the Koran, a point he underlined when appearing on Fox, “. . .the jihadis can and do point to the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence.”

Spencer has warned against the open-borders immigration to Europe offered to Muslims by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Unsurprisingly, the Southern Poverty Law Center — an evil propaganda arm of leftist lies — played a big part in besmirching Robert Spencer’s excellent body of work informing the West of jihad dangers. Left-leaning writer Ken Silverstein famously blew the whistle on the SPLC in a 2000 Harper’s magazine piece that emphasized the fraud and money-grubbing. That important article,“The Church of Morris Dees,” may be read here. Later, Silverstein remarked, “. . .the SPLC shuts down debate, stifles free speech, and most of all, raises a pile of money, very little of which is used on behalf of poor people.”

In addition, the Center for Immigration Studies published a report on the sketchy organization in 2010: Immigration and the SPLC.

Yet the disreputable SPLC continues to make millions of dollars by spreading lies: in 2017 it reported its endowment fund to be $319.3 million. Its 2016 financial report shows piles of money and also notes its activity in “protecting immigrants’ rights” — meaning illegal aliens. The SPLC received $2.5 million in donations following the Charlottesville violence — small spuds in the organization’s big financials, which show revenue of $54 million in 2015.

Robert Spencer appeared on Fox News to discuss the current censorship mania from Silicon Valley, and he appeared happy to have won a round against the anti-freedom left.

The ProPublica article that bashed JihadWatch.org (and VDARE.com!) emphasized the business aspect: Despite Disavowals, Leading Tech Companies Help Extremist Sites Monetize Hate. The article cited the Southern Poverty Law Center as a source in its first paragraph.

TUCKER CARLSON: Just a couple of weeks for the left’s newfound distaste for free speech to start spreading into new areas, not just hate groups, but people they just disagree with. After Charlottesville, online payment platform PayPal announced it would deny service to so-called hate groups, so this would cut off service to Jihad Watch, which is not a hate group, not even close. They’re a site that’s worried about radical Islam. Service was eventually restored after there was an outcry online, but it’s not a reassuring sign. Robert Spencer is the man that’s happened to. He founded Jihad Watch and he joins us now. So Robert you were denounced as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center which is a completely ersatz phony left-wing lobby group posing as a human rights organization — totally dishonest — and then what happened next?

ROBERT SPENCER: Well a reporter from ProPublica which is a Soros-funded publication, contacted me, pointed out that Jihad Watch has a donation link via PayPal as well as my books for sale at Amazon.com and Newsmax news links and said what would you do if all this was cut off because you’re a hate group, as according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. And I tried to actually reason with this reporter Lauren Kirchner and tell her the implications of what she was suggesting and saying that if you are allowing that people with unpopular political opinions be cut off from these platforms, you better hope that doesn’t turn on you, and your positions don’t become unpopular sometime in the future. But she published her article. It led off with me, denounced me, noted the Southern Poverty Law Center’s absolutely spurious claim that I’m some sort of hate group leader, and within hours I was notified by PayPal that I can no longer use their platform. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: Voters Don’t Want Statues of Founders Removed

The weenie politicians who hide under their desks whenever antifa thugs and other lefties start tearing down pieces of American history need to look at this recent survey. You almost never see an 88 percent favorability on an issue, even mom and apple pie, but that’s the number favoring continued respect for founders Washington and Jefferson, despite their slave-owning behavior.

Some on the left would like to blow up Mount Rushmore because two presidents shown there owned slaves.

As it happens, slavery was not invented by America but instead was a practice that existed in ancient times. It was discussed in the Code of Hammurabi (1850 BC) as an existing institution. Spartacus led a slave revolt against Rome starting in 73 BC. Barbary pirates in the Ottoman empire grabbed an estimated one million Europeans as slaves between the 16th and middle of the 18th century.

The lefty busybodies might better spend their time working against the slavery that continues today in places like Sudan and Asia. But they would rather tear down America.

Voters Strongly Defend Washington, Jefferson, Lessons of the Past, Rasmussen Reports, August 21, 2017

Despite calls by some politicians and the media for erasing those connected to slavery from U.S. history, it looks like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are going to be with us awhile longer. Voters strongly believe it’s better to learn from the past than erase it.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 88% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose removing the names of Washington and Jefferson from public places and taking down statues in their honor. Just seven percent (7%) favor the removal of their names from the public square because Washington and Jefferson like several of the other early presidents were slave owners. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Ninety percent (90%) oppose the closing or changing of Mount Rushmore because two of the four presidents it honors were slave owners. Only six percent (6%) believe the national historic monument in South Dakota should be changed or closed because it honors Washington and Jefferson.

Ninety-four percent (94%) of voters agree that it is better to try to learn from the wrongs of the past than to erase them. Just four percent (4%) think it is better to erase the wrongs of the past instead.

Voters tend to agree with President Trump’s defense of historical statues, and few think getting rid of Confederate monuments will lessen racial tensions in America. . . .

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 17 and 20, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

In May, just 19% of voters felt that the United States should erase symbols of its past history that are out of line with current sentiments.

Ninety percent (90%) or more of voters in nearly every demographic category agree that it is better to try to learn from the wrongs of the past than to erase them.

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Mark Steyn: the Left Is Attempting to Equate Republicans with Nazis

A segment of Fox’s morning show on Sunday began with a picture of the recent Boston demonstrations. On the left side were a handful of people standing in favor of free speech; on the right in the photo was a mob of thousands of antifa thugs, probably rentals as was likely the case in Charlottesville.

Below, the photo being discussed:

Nobody at Fox mentioned that there was probably a dearth of free speechers because people were afraid of being beaten up by the thugs allowed to run rampant by police, as has been reported in Charlottesville. That danger tends to cut down on attendance. And there was violence in Boston, like the woman who was assaulted as she held an American flag.

Antifa thugs rarely get busted but one example happened in Berkeley: masked professor Eric Clanton was charged a couple months ago with four felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon after he used a U lock bike lock to slug at least seven people in a protest.

But back to the actual TV discussion, Mark Steyn made an important point that the left is trying to equate Trump voters as being nazis, which does seem to be the goal, albeit insane. Do the lefties actually think that there are 62 million nazis in this country (the number of Trump voters)? If so, the commie antifa probably should move to France where everyone loves diversity.

Or can lefties manage to think at all in their current state of anti-Trump hysteria which does not seem to be abating? The mainstream left media certainly encourages the mass mental illness by creating a total fiction about Trump, Republicans and racism.

FOX GUY: Yesterday was a big day in Boston. I want to pull up a picture first and we’re going to explain this picture, do a little play-by-play. Okay folks, you’re looking at one shot on the left, one shot on the right. This was a protest — a movement, I should say — permitted by the Free Speech group. Which group do you think that is? Well in fact, they’re the ones on the left. Take a look at the mass of humanity on the right 15,000 counter-protesters, and Mark, when you look at this, you think this could be a problem for free speechers, not the KKK, not neo-nazis, but people who believe in free speech rights.

MARK STEYN: Yeah, I would rather we had more speech and fewer protests because I think the less speech you have, the more violence you have, and it would be a lot better if actually we had more people having more vigorous debates rather than toppling statues in the street. And my worry about this is that actually the left is making an organized attempt to say that if you do not vote Democrat that you’re a Nazi.

That’s the point of this. They don’t care about Confederate. . .

INTERRUPTION: That’s dangerous rhetoric, Mark.

STEYN: Well it is dangerous, because as you were talking about earlier, it’s an explicit thing to actually tie policy differences on rather boring things, like taxes and immigration, to the most crude form of demagoguery. That’s what we just seen this last week. They don’t actually care what Trump thinks about some statue, they don’t think about whether there’s any actual real connection between guys calling for Jews to be in ovens and Trump — they want to say, if you vote for Trump, you’re a nazi, so we can’t talk with you, all we can do is smash up your rally.

JON SCOTT: Those statues that so many people want to tear down were erected in the South when Democrats were in charge — does anybody remember that? I’m not saying that the Democratic Party of today is necessarily approving of that but let’s look. . .

STEYN: Yeah I don’t have a dog in this fight. They’re basically today’s Democrats arguing about statues of yesterday’s Democrats. I mean, speaking personally, I think they should all be torn down and you should have some ones of George III put up, because that’s before all the trouble.

I watched you guys where we can’t have Christopher Columbus, we can’t have George Washington, we can’t have a Ben Franklin — like who’s left?

SCOTT: Go to Saudi Arabia where they don’t put up statues to any human being, they put up statues to technology.

TRISH REGAN: But Mark is onto something here; in other words they are in a very organized way trying to label anybody who’s a conservative, who is a Republican a racist and this is dangerous rhetoric.

Are Europe’s Leaders in Denial about Islamic Terror?

Following the jihad attack in Barcelona, Tucker Carlson and Nigel Farage discussed what is going on in Europe with topics like — has anything been learned from the years of jihad terror?

It seems not. Europe’s borders remain open, and hundreds of thousands of potential enemies have flowed in, including many young male muslims. The AP reported Thursday that more than 9,000 illegal aliens have reached Spain by sea this year, more than for all of 2016.

They keep coming because they are allowed to.

Below, African illegal aliens storm a beach in southern Spain as vacationers soak up the sun in early August.

I disagree with Nigel Farage on one point in the discussion below. He says European leaders are frozen into silence and inaction about the illegal immigration crisis because they are embarrassed about having created it. On the contrary, I think the leaders are so wedded to the liberal faith of diversity uber alles that they believe a few jihad terror attacks per week is just the price society must pay for living in a more virtuous multi-culture.

TUCKER CARLSON: There was just one in a long string of deadly attacks in Europe. In the past the weapons of choice were hard to build the bombs now they’re easily obtained cars and trucks. Nigel Faraj is the former head of the UK Independence Party and has long been sounding the alarm on Islamic extremism in Europe: he joins us tonight.

At what point, Nigel, do you think that your leaders, European leaders, start to realize maybe these attacks are connected in some sense?

NIGEL FARAGE: Oh no, there’s no realization at all. In fact, what happens is they all stand up, and they say we stand in solidarity with Barcelona or Brussels or Stockholm or Paris or London or wherever it may be, and this is really truly awful and we have no understanding of why this is going on. And not once, not once do we ever hear a single leader in Europe have any policy solution whatsoever. They are still in denial — I can only guess it’s because they’re so embarrassed by the fact that they have caused this.

CARLSON: Angela Merkel is regarded as a hero by liberals in the United States — still, is there any political price to be paid by any of these European leaders for these policies which are demonstrably failing and making the continent worse? Continue reading this article

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