Tag: border

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer new Texas Rep. Wesley Hunt for blasting the left’s narrative that conservative outrage over Biden border policies is rooted in racism rather than national security and trying to protect our communities from drug traffickers and human smugglers. They also respond to Hunter Biden imploring state and federal officials to prosecute people for accessing and disseminating his personal materials – a move which also admits once and for all that it was his laptop that President Biden and dozens of partisan intelligence operatives assured us was Russian disinformation. Finally, they wonder why California Sen. Dianne Feinstein insists on delaying the inevitable announcement that she will not seek re-election next year. They also assess Nancy Pelosi formally endorsing Adam Schiff in the Senate race.

Join Jim and Greg as they cringe at reports that December’s illegal border crossings will hit a record high and possibly reach 250,000, and Jim wonders why the numbers keep coming out later and later. They also shake their heads as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre keeps dodging questions about the Biden classified documents or referring people to sources she knows won’t say anything. Finally, they marvel as Biden climate envoy John Kerry publicly hails himself and others in a “select group of human beings” who are in position to “save the planet.”

Join Jim and Greg as they are pleased to see the December jobs report exceed expectations while many economists brace for a recession this year. They also unload on President Biden for his deceptive and disingenuous immigration speech downplaying the crisis, exaggerating his response, and blaming Republicans for the problems. Finally, they push back on the latest assault on reality – the “transage” movement – which suggests your age is not your real age but the age you identify as.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome a get-tough approach on China. They applaud Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher warning Americans to get rid of the TikTok app because it’s basically a data harvesting tool of the Chinese Communist Party. They also groan as twice as many Americans described the economy in negative terms, 65 percent said the economy is headed in the wrong direction, and more than half expect it to get worse in 2023. Finally, they slam ABC’s Martha Raddatz for accusing Republicans of creating the border crisis by slamming President Biden’s policies – instead of the open border policies themselves.

Ricochet.com Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel is in for Jim. Today, Jon and Greg shake their heads as President Trump’s big announcement turns into a promotion for digital trading cards of himself. They also cringe as the Biden administration prepares to make the border crisis far worse by lifting Title 42 and ending the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Finally, they roll their eyes at research suggesting people who didn’t get the COVID shot are more dangerous drivers – meaning vaccination status could impact your insurance rates.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome news of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals placing an injunction on President Biden’s plan to make the rest of us pay off student loan debt. They also shudder as the October number of illegal border crossings soars again and that the crisis seems to have had little impact on the midterm elections. And while they like Mike Pence, they have no idea who Pence thinks would vote for him if he launches a presidential campaign.

 

Why the Border Matters

 

I’ve been re-reading Confessions of a Heretic, a collection of essays by Roger Scruton that was published in 2016, the year after his death. Scruton’s prose is both entirely accessible—he prefers plain language and straightforward sentences—and so rich that I find myself stopping again and again to savor this sentence or ponder that paragraph. Take the question of borders. I’d always thought of borders as purely utilitarian—the place where our law stops and theirs begins. Crude, but necessary. Scruton demonstrates instead that borders represent one of mankind’s highest achievements:

The national idea is not the enemy of Enlightenment but its necessary precondition. The country is defined by a territory, and by the history, culture, and law that have made that territory ours…. Take away borders, and people begin to identify themselves not by territory and law, but by tribe, race, or religion. In short, Enlightenment means borders.

The bureaucrats who run the European Union, the Biden administration—both seem to suppose that borders represent throwbacks, mere hindrances that need to be overcome, transcended, ignored, removed. They have it backward. The rule of law, a certain level of decency and civilization—all depend on borders. Rip down the borders, Scruton shows, and you rip down civilization.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome evidence that Americans are very focused on the border crisis and crime after widespread coverage of GOP governors sending migrants from our overwhelmed border to self-proclaimed sanctuary cities. They also call out the immense media hypocrisy as the national outlets largely ignore a man fatally running over a teenager in North Dakota because he was allegedly part of an “extremist” group. And they rip Stacey Abrams for insisting that there is no fetal heartbeat after six weeks of pregnancy and that ultrasounds are tools used by men for control women’s bodies.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up one bad martini and two crazy ones. First, Jim lays out the details of the looming freight rail strike or lockout that could do serious damage to our economy and why there are several indicators that there won’t be a deal by Friday. They also hammer Never Trump Utah “independent” Senate candidate Evan McMullin who ran for president in 2016 vowing to end Roe v. Wade and is now decrying the Supreme Court ruling and vowing to restore abortion if elected. And they roll their eyes as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says it is Republicans’ fault that the border is a mess.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up one good martini and two crazy ones. After sharing their reflections on 21 years since the 9/11 attacks, they welcome the news that the Ukrainian counteroffensive is shoving Russian forces way back – in some cases all the way back to Russia. But Jim warns of a dark possibility after this good news. They also unload on Vice President Kamala Harris telling Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that the border is secure because the administration wants it to be secure – and that any problems are due to the Trump administration. Finally, they slam the door on the ludicrous argument of Democrats and other lefties that the January 6th riots were comparable to the 9/11 attacks or even worse.

 

Join Jim and Greg as the they welcome a new GOP bill to require child support from the month of conception. They also cringe at President Biden’s pathetic numbers of prosecutions for illegal border crossings even as illegal crossings hit record highs. And they unpack Biden’s disastrous trip to the Saudi Arabia.

 

Rob Long is in for Jim. Join Rob & Greg as they cheer a Republican victory in a very unlikely place. They are also excited to see the skyrocketing number of African-Americans purchasing firearms. They then go on to criticize the Biden administration for punishing border patrol agents for a “whipping” allegation that never actually happened.

Join Jim and Greg as they cautiously welcome reports that Democrats not only worry about losing control of the U.S. Senate this year but fear even bigger losses in 2024. They also hammer DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas for failing to secure our borders and his new idea of diverting medical personnel and money from the VA to deal with the human tide of illegal immigrants. And they’re even more unnerved by the idea of a Disinformation Governance Board and the the person chosen to run it.

Biden’s Failure to Stop Illegal Immigration Isn’t a ‘Mistake’

 

The invasion crisis on our southern border is baffling. How could this outrage be happening? The White House wants you to believe that they’re powerless to stop it. They’re willing to appear negligent and/or stupid to keep the wheels turning.

But there’s only one possible explanation that holds water: it’s a plan. And it’s working, as the border zone is flooded with millions of illegal immigrants, almost all of whom will stay permanently and lay the groundwork for an invincible voting bloc in the future.

If they sincerely wanted to do something about it, officials wouldn’t have to do any complicated thinking. Just stop egging on illegal immigrants to come and reinstate the Trump-era policies that were at least somewhat helpful.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome new polls showing New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan deadlocked with her possible GOP rivals after her sudden interest in border security faces a major backlash. They also shudder at a Pentagon report showing the U.S. military is dangerously dependent upon China for critical components needed to fight effectively. And they shake their heads as Sen. Elizabeth Warren tries to argue that “forgiving” student loan debt by forcing taxpayers to foot the bill will not add to inflation.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the DNC seriously looking at shaking up the order of primaries and caucuses and removing Iowa from the top of the order. They also fume as President Biden won’t even listen to endangered Democrats in his quest to end Title 42 and unleash a far worse border crisis. And they dissect how CNN+ imploded in just three weeks after a massive $300 million commitment to the project.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that the Moskva – the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet – was sunk by missile strikes, even though the Russians won’t admit that part of the story. They’re also glad to see border agents vindicated over the false accusations from President Biden, DHS Sec. Mayorkas and others that they whipped Haitian migrants. And they discover another congressman who won’t go back to Washington – this one for at least a year-and-a-half.

 

Join Greg and Rob Long as they’re glad to see Elon Musk becoming the largest shareholder of Twitter and they analyze how it will shake up the social media landscape. They also cover the Biden Administration’s decision to rescind the “Remain in Mexico” policy which would more than double the number of illegal immigrants entering America each month. And Vice President Kamala Harris struggles with boilerplate Democrat talking points in an interview with BET, adding to the lengthy list of verbal mishaps that have plagued her term.

Jim and Greg welcome Byron York, host of The Byron York Show podcast and chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner to preview the 2022 midterm elections. They examine the many factors suggesting this could be a big year for Republicans – from President Biden’s deep unpopularity to the many issues breaking in their favor. They also look at potential stumbling blocks for the GOP and how this year of great political potential could end up as a disappointment. And they consider what wildcards could impact this election season.

Immigration Without Open Borders

 

Immigration is one of today’s hottest issues. Nations both large and small must define their approach to the movement into their territories of individuals who are not citizens by birth. On the one side are nations like Japan, which have historically tolerated virtually no permanent immigration. On the other side are nations that have for extended periods of time opened their borders to extensive immigration, often with great success, as was the American experience from about 1900 to the beginning of the First World War. There are many permutations that work, but open borders is not one of them. Expanding the categories of lawful immigrants is.

Understanding how these two propositions work together necessarily requires a robust account of why nations uniformly adopt exclusive territories in the first place. National borders are latecomers in the origin of the species. Individual families could never have survived on their own, but clans of closely related individuals could as hunter-gatherers, moving by necessity from place to place as natural resources were consumed. Long-term ownership of land—the precursor for national territories—arose only with the development of agriculture. The old maxim, only those who sow shall reap, is an early recognition of the principle. Agriculture requires a front-end investment to clear the land and to tend to the crops. That system would collapse if outsiders could harvest crops (perhaps before they were fully ripe) for themselves, leaving the planters with no returns for their extensive labor. Cultivation thus required exclusivity, as did the construction of other complementary long-term assets like homes, granaries, stores, and factories.

But how to secure these borders? No individual could do that alone, so communities had to form collective structures. Simple geometry makes it clear that it is far cheaper to build a single wall around the checkerboard of individual owners than it is to build a wall around each individual unit. City walls thus became an early form of common property, which the Romans called res sanctae, that could not be partitioned by any citizen. All were required to contribute to the upkeep and guarding of these walls to ensure that they would not be breached.