CNN Gets It Wrong, Again


epuYesterday’s report on Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democrat Convention is titled “Khizr Khan, and the moment American Muslims have been waiting for.” Of course, this “moment” is Mr Khan’s head-on assault, complete with his pocket Constitution, on Donald Trump, which Democrats have been cheering ever since Khan spoke. (Now, tell me true–when was the last time a bunch of Democrats cheered anyone waving around a copy of the US Constitution? Don’t stress. I’ll wait.)

I am sorry for Khan’s loss. By all accounts, his son, CPT Humayun Khan, was a true hero. But I am also sorry that a key part of Mr Khan’s speech has been almost completely overlooked and has gone uncovered, in the media rush to fan the anti-Trump flames. It’s the part, you might say, that everyone else was waiting for:

Tonight we are honored to stand here as parents of Captain Humayun Khan and as patriotic American Muslims – with undivided loyalty to our country.

Sober Analysis Is Not Unpatriotic


trump nominationCoffee: Check.
Biscuits and marmalade: Check.
Classical piano music: Check.
Apricot nectar: Check.

Now then, hiking through the online thicket, the common theme that emerges from across the political spectrum is that in his acceptance speech, Donald Trump paints a distorted and unnecessarily bleak picture of America. The candidate’s canvas, we are told by Slate’s Franklin Foer, is, “an anarchic mess, beyond the technocratic solutions proposed by desiccate, politically correct elites.” Over at CNBC, I read where our friend and Ricochet commentator John Pohoretz laments, “The America Donald Trump portrayed is a horrible place, awash in barbarity, crime, disorder, decay, deceit, rigging, cheating, exploitation.” Podhoretz continues:

I could be fancy and find myself a quote from Tocqueville, but it’s really the philosopher Merle Haggard who said it best: “When you’re running down my country, Hoss, you’re walking on the fighting side of me.” Trump spent nearly 77 minutes running down my beloved country, and I don’t take kindly to it.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are pleased to see Donald Trump select Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.  They also shudder at the horrors of the latest terrorist attack and the growing resignation that this is the new normal.  And they blast the media for blaming the attack on the truck instead of the terrorist driving it.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review applaud European Parliament member Daniel Hannan of Britain for shredding CNN’s Christiane Amanpour over her error-filled badgering that masqueraded as an interview concerning Brexit.  They also roll their eyes at the news Chris Christie is being vetted as a possible running mate for Donald Trump.  And they unload on a New York Daily News columnist for his snide, elitist call to ban ‘God Bless America’ at Major League Baseball games.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review lament Monday’s Supreme Court decision striking down Texas abortion regulations. They also laugh as opponents of Brexit lose their minds over last week’s referendum. And they are exasperated at Trump’s immigration flip-flopping.

Immigration, Migration, and National Pride


Is she prettier on one side or the other?

We’re told that one thing Brexit and the current political climate in the United States have in common is the issue of the free movement of people across international borders: after all, the EU has codified it and the Obama Administration has proclaimed it by fiat. It can be a difficult situation in the best of times, but in a period of economic upheaval, it can be an even more precarious situation.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review celebrate a divided SCOTUS blocking Obama’s executive amnesty. They poke fun at Florida Rep. and US Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy, who got caught lying about the two things, he said, best qualified him for office. And they applaud Donald Trump for his blistering criticism of Hillary.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are pleased to see the Justice Department forced to release unredacted transcripts of the Orlando 911 calls. They are stunned that the media ignore an attempted assassination on a presidential candidate’s life. And they’re stunned at Donald Trump’s pathetic FEC report.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud David French for his patriotism and are relieved he is not jumping into the ugliest presidential race in a long time.  They also slam Bernie Sanders for only now discussing allegations of Hillary Clinton doing favors at the State Department for foreign governments that donated to the Clinton Foundation.  And we discuss Donald Trump ripping the judge in the Trump University case as a Mexican, Newt Gingrich rebuking Trump and Trump being upset with Gingrich.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review applaud Judge Andrew Hanen for excoriating Justice Department lawyers for repeatedly lying to the court about Pres. Obama’s executive immigration actions.  They also slam NBC’s Andrea Mitchell for saying Juanita Broaddrick’s rape allegation against Bill Clinton has been “discredited.”  And we shake our heads as a North Carolina school district plans to eliminate valedictorian and salutatorian honors because it creates “unhealthy competition.”

Confessions of a Reluctant Immigration Hawk


shutterstock_220487467Some issues make for uncomfortable alliances. As a supporter of across-the-board drug legalization, I have often felt the desire to throw my hands up in despair at the inanities of unserious stoner activists and of the hipster libertarians who have raised the narrow issue of cannabis to the position of a sine qua non in order to excuse themselves from voting for conservative candidates who violate their cultural expectations. Many in the latter group are classical liberals for whom I have a great deal of respect, even if disagree with them on this specific issue, who libertarians should want to work with.

Increasingly, I feel much the same way about conservatives and immigration. While I continue to maintain that lower rates of immigration from Latin America will be necessary to reverse the balkanizing trends causing so much dysfunction in America’s political system, this is a position that I am forced to hold with no small degree of reluctance and circumspection. This apprehension does not have to do solely with the nature of the ideological company I am forced to keep — company which ranges from well-intentioned fellow conservatives who persist in making the worst arguments for an otherwise defensible position — down to unapologetic Trump supporters, and even genuine racists on the Alt-Right and PaleoCon fringes.

In truth, my reluctance goes much deeper than this, as the restrictionist position forces me to overcome some basic libertarian instincts. I continue to believe that the only borders with any moral significance are those between my property and my neighbors’ and that private property owners are the only agents capable of restricting the free movement of individuals while claiming any justification under natural law. Being something less than a purist, however, I also acknowledge that — to the degree individual rights are respected in this place and time — it is because they are protected by small-r republican institutions built into our constitutional framework. Moreover, these institutions require a certain degree of cultural cohesion to function properly and are endangered by the breakdown of the process of assimilation. I am not so dogmatic as to deny that, in the struggle for freedom, it may be necessary to take a step back in order to take two steps forward.

A New Constitutional Convention Is Not the Conservative Option


citizenshipday09The other day Peter Robinson asked what I thought of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for a constitutional convention. (Peter will be interviewing Gov. Abbott for Uncommon Knowledge early next month.)

The conservative in me thinks a constitutional convention is a bad idea because of the inability to limit the convention’s work. We could go in with a Constitution with a separation of powers, federalism, and a Bill of Rights, and emerge with a wholly new framework of government that merges all state power into one government, as in Great Britain or Europe. A convention’s work would still have to gain three-quarters approval of the states under Article V, though the Convention could reject that process too.

Think of where a majority of the nation is right now. Majorities regularly disapprove of the rights in the Bill of Rights, not just those protecting criminal defendants, but also the First and Second Amendments. I don’t see Citizens United and Heller surviving a majoritarian convention. My sense is that a majority of the country probably would do away with federalism (if indeed a majority would still support the welfare state) and much of the separation of powers (judging by Trump’s success, the people would support transferring more power to the President from Congress).

If Trump Were Serious About Immigration


When looking back at the 2016 election, historians will undoubtedly be able to identify the principal fault lines that drove the tectonic shifts we’ve seen, particularly among Republicans. However, I’m not yet throwing in the towel on the idea that Donald Trump can be denied the nomination. I think his ascendence would be a disaster for the party and our nation, given that the best evidence available indicates that Trump will perish bigly in a ball of electoral flames like Sinclair in The Rocketeer. Sinclair's_death

That said, it seems clear that the proximal causes of these ructions revolve around immigration policy. Trump has promised to address this matter and some of his positions aren’t terrible. However, they miss the fundamental issue that bedeviles us. The reason why we have an immigration problem does not lie in the lack of a wall, but in economics.

Fighting Fire With Flowers


I’m an immigrant to the United States. I moved here by choice, and I’m assimilating as best I can into your culture. I love this country, and I think immigration and assimilation are two of the things that make it great. E Pluribus Unum, and all that.

I also realize that if you want to not be a victim of a crime, you need to stop doing the things that might make you a victim. I love real, authentic Mexican food, but I’m not willing travel to the west side of Phoenix on a Saturday night in order to get it, given how my chances of becoming a victim increase for doing so. I also love Jamaican jerked pork, but there are restaurants here in Fort Myers that will get you shot if you show up at the wrong time.

From the Editors’ Desk: Cruz Calls for “Patrols of Muslim Neighborhoods”


shutterstock_358800047Via Politico:

Ted Cruz on Tuesday called for a freeze on any new refugees from areas affected by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, as well as new powers for law enforcement to patrol “Muslim neighborhoods.”

“We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant Al Qaeda or ISIS presence,” the Texas senator said in a statement. “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

Trump’s Foreign Policy


Here’s a transcript of Donald Trump’s meeting with The Washington Post editorial board yesterday.

FREDERICK RYAN JR., WASHINGTON POST PUBLISHER: Mr. Trump, welcome to the Washington Post. Thank you for making time to meet with our editorial board.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review discuss Tuesday’s sweeping wins for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and the realities going forward in both parties.  They also assess what went wrong for Marco Rubio in the 2016 race.  And they slam Trump for suggesting he must be given the nomination even without a majority of delegates or there will be riots.