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Build “the Wall”


A section of the Wall near El Paso, TX, January 19, 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Real walls matter, so long as they are observed and backed by effective enforcement of boundary rules. This is true for the most modest private property and for the most powerful nation. We have seen several encouraging developments in American national sovereignty and regional security in the past week or so. These developments ranged from at least a temporary green light for border wall construction, to an important power in the hemisphere declaring Hezbollah a terrorist group.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss how the private sector is picking up the slack for the bureaucrats when it comes to border security. They also discuss the New York Times revealing their economic models predict President Trump winning re-election next year. And they laugh as Michael Wolff’s new book on the Trump White House already has it’s most salacious claim shot down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Make Florida Great Again


President Trump has been very busy this weekend in Florida. On Friday, he honored Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, with a second proper presidential farewell and send-off, as he had done for Ambassador Nikki Haley. Earlier in the day, he appeared with Florida officials and the Corps of Engineers on the shore of Lake Okeechobee, highlighting an important infrastructure project.

Lake Okeechobee is a large freshwater lake described as the heart or the kidney of Florida. It is girded by a dike system, which has been in long-standing need of repair. The US Army Corps of Engineers has federal responsibility, as with other large waterways.

The first embankments around Lake Okeechobee were constructed by local interest from sand and muck, circa 1915. Hurricane tides overtopped the original embankments in 1926 and 1928, resulting in over 2,500 deaths.

Jonah Goldberg and Charlie Cooke are not pleased


Charlie and Jonah are not pleased with Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency in order to get the border wall built. Charlie complains that it is wrong to ask Congress and then ignore their answer. It seems contradictory and out of order to him. But there is nothing wrong with seeking consensus even when consensus is not required by law.

I permit my wife to charge things to our credit account even when I disagree with its purpose – but things go more smoothly when we discuss it ahead of time. I do not withdraw the privilege already granted to her just because I disagree with a purchase that represents a small fraction of our spending. If she were to buy a leopard-print couch for the living room at a cost of a month’s pay – that’s a problem. If I agree to her getting a manicure at the nail salon and she splurges on leopard-spot fingernails — happy wife, happy life.

The 411 on the Latest National Emergency


President Trump’s declaration, on 15 February 2019, of a “national emergency,” is quite ordinary, the latest in a long line of such declarations going back to President Carter. Far from creating some dangerous precedent, it only reinforces our constitutional order. While it will certainly be challenged in federal court, this may actually be the opportunity to set Article III courts back on their proper path, ending bad behavior by the lowest level, federal district judges.

The Ricochet editors desk posted the entire text of the declaration in Trump Declares National Emergency at the Southern Border. The text is quoted from the White House page, Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States. C-SPAN has the video and transcript of President Trump’s remarks, followed by some hostile questions on the lawn.

In his remarks beforehand, President Trump repeatedly invoked Angel Moms and had them stand with the photograph of their dead loved one. These women, seated in the front row, turned and put the inconvenient truth into the face of the media who have pointedly ignored their loss. Do watch the video.

President Trump: The Adult in the Room


Speaker Pelosi and her coterie stewed in their foiled plans to flee the country and gather anti-Trump anecdotes from far-flung Swamp patches — leftists burrowed into career State and Defense staffs. Meanwhile, President Trump stood before a portrait of President Washington, faced the American people, and delivered a reasonable legislative proposal in measured tones.

The president offered a three-year extension to 700,000 DACA recipients and to 300,000 persons in another category, who claim they need protection from a situation in their home country. He repeated his demand for $5.7 billion to erect an additional 230 miles steel slat barriers this year. In addition, he called for 2,750 new border agents and 75 additional immigration judges, while highlighting the shocking number of pending cases, now nearly 900,000. Trump pledged to hold a weekly meeting following passage of this legislation to reach a complete reform of our immigration system.

Trump repeatedly called the situation at our southern border, and in our interior, a crisis. Yet, he offered one more opportunity for the Article I institutions to take the lead, and legislate on a subject squarely within their enumerated powers. He neither used the word “emergency” nor threaten to declare a national emergency. He had earlier reiterated his authority to do so but showed a preference for encouraging Congress to Be Best.

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The president referenced the number of walls existing or under construction around the world recently….which of course in itself won’t change any minds on whether one along the US southern border is appropriate. Surprisingly, even in the hostile press world, it was admitted walls are a big phenomenon, not just a flaky medieval idea. But […]

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The “411” on “National Emergency”


Sadly, supposedly expert, professional commentators have continued the lazy practice of bloviating rather than elucidating. Let’s circle back around and lay out the law on “national emergencies.” It is right there for anyone who can read to read, without any special permissions: 50 U.S. Code Subchapter II – DECLARATIONS OF FUTURE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES. Let’s all do a bit of reading together, and then I invite members with relevant legal experience to comment on any relevant case law.

Consider the following law. Think very carefully through the very first sentence. As with some many other areas, where Congress feels a need to “do something” but doesn’t know how to specify, to clearly limit, the usual result is a vague grant of authority to the Executive branch.

Declare National Border Emergency, Kill Two Birds with One Stone



Talk of President Trump building the border wall under a declaration of national emergency seemed fanciful, unanchored in law. While major media including Fox News have done no more than wave the term around, a lawyer and talk show host for Urban Family Talk actually laid out the law. There is a case for building under a national emergency, and if the President takes this route, there is also an opportunity to force the federal judiciary back under the Constitution.

The case for “wall” construction under national emergency powers:

Why Doesn’t Anyone Ask…?


All the lies and exaggerations from the Democrats periodically exceed my tolerance for nonsense. And I have a pretty high tolerance. But I’m frustrated that there is no venue for the Republicans to insist that the Democrats provide some answers to their absurd claims and attacks against Trump. Isn’t there some way we can force the Dems to respond to the following questions?

  • Why won’t you acknowledge that terrorists and gang members have been apprehended at the border?
  • How are your decisions helping to protect Americans?
  • Why don’t you see the approach of another caravan as a problem?
  • Why are you saying that constructing a barrier is immoral?
  • Why aren’t you considering the assessments of the Border Patrol, that they need a wall to protect the country?
  • At what point did it become clear to you that a wall was not helpful, given that you approved a wall just a few years ago?
  • If you are a compassionate person, why would you want to give illegal migrants the impression that it is safe to bring their children?
  • You say walls are not effective, and yet the segments of our border that have walls or fences have worked? How do you respond?
  • What data can you provide that shows that walls aren’t effective?
  • Why should we believe that if we re-open the government that you would negotiate in good faith?

I would want specific answers to these questions. They are in no way intended to be rhetorical. I’m tired of the schoolyard attacks; all the Democrats who insisted that Trump was going to lie and scare-monger before his speech looked like petty adolescents to me.

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Reading along in Walter Lord’s Miracle at Dunkirk, I came across this bit concerning the Germans’ efforts to take a town at a crossroads leading to Dunkirk.  “But how to take it? The town was circled by thick walls and a moat designed by the great military engineer Vauban. For a defense conceived in the […]

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Signal and Noise: The Border Wall


The English language is a wonderfully powerful and expressive tool — if it’s used competently and honestly. So, let’s see if we can talk competently and honestly about the border wall.

As I write this, the government is partially shutdown. The point of contention is the so-called border wall: specifically, the President and the Democrats are at loggerheads over funding for any portion of a wall. The President insists that he will not sign a spending bill that does not include at least some funding for a wall — the precise amount changes — while the Democrats (who control the House where funding bills must originate) are adamant that no funding will be forthcoming.

Do we need a border wall? No. We can manage border security through a variety of means; a physical barrier is merely one component, and arguably an optional one, of our border security infrastructure.

Trump vs. Chuck and Nancy: The Significance of Leftist Resistance


Image result for Harry truman imagesThe demand by the Senate Minority Leader and the Speaker of the House that the television networks give them equal time to respond to attack President Trump’s address to the nation is unprecedented. Yet, it flows naturally from our current political moment. The Democrats and their media wing are showing plainly that this is not “ordinary politics.” President Trump truly threatens their strategic vision of fundamentally transforming American into a society where only a Theresa May brand of “conservative” can be elected, occasionally slowing the rate of acceleration into permanent democratic-socialism.

Presidents have used radio to communicate with the American people since Calvin Coolidge first addressed the nation on December 6, 1923.

On Dec. 6, 1923, the first presidential address was broadcast on the radio. President Calvin Coolidge delivered what is now known as the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

I Got Your Shutdown Right Here!


I loved the Oval Office drama with Don, Chuck, and Nancy. I even enjoyed filling in imaginary speech bubbles above Mike’s head. While all the players in politics and media want to run this “government shutdown” hype train, it is mostly hype.

Congress arranges the discretionary budget, which is about one-third of annual federal spending, into twelve standard annual appropriations. Just to be clear on the current state of the 12 discretionary budget appropriations:

Five of twelve regular appropriations are already authorized. None of those will be subject to “shutdown:”

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are cautiously optimistic that at least some border wall funding could be coming in the lame duck spending bill.  They also applaud National Review’s David French for blasting the media’s perpetual outrage at President Trump, even as his administration carries out some actions and policies of the Obama administration, which the media adored.  And they enjoy the GOP win in the Mississippi Senate race while also slamming MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace for suggesting that nooses found on the state capitol grounds were a form of racial intimidation until her own guest explained Democrats put them there to protest Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

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Some time ago I posted a response to a friend here on the question of immigration as it came up in the campaign. The friend had the outlook that we should let in all those in need. It was not a philosophical argument that we should have open borders because libertarianism is awesome. It was […]

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Recorded on September 28, 2017
As Congress and the White House wrestle over immigration reform—funding for a border wall, protecting Dreamers—what is the public’s attitude? Timothy Kane, the Hoover Institution’s J. P Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies, highlights the findings of a new Hoover/YouGov survey on immigration and which policy ideas enjoy consensus approval.

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