Ilhan Omar Shows Dems Aren’t Interested In Confronting Anti-Semitism

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By David Harsanyi

November 14, 2018

Ilhan Omar, one of the first of two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, is a new kind of politician. She’s telegenic. Ideologically progressive. Widely celebrated by a media that’s obsessed with identity politics. She’s the kind of politician who can openly side with Hamas against Israel or spread “Protocols of Zion”-style conspiracies on Twitter, claiming that Jews possess the supernatural ability to hypnotize the world as they unfurl their “evil.”

It’s not surprising, then, that Omar also supports the “boycott, divestment and sanctions” movement (BDS). In a statement to the website Muslim Girl (later confirmed elsewhere), someone on Omar’s staff explains that, yes, “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized. She does however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

So, although Omar contends that BDS will be ineffective in getting the sides to “a lasting solution,” she stills “believes in and supports” a movement that smears the Jewish state as a racist endeavor and aims to destroy it economically. It’s a mystery, is it not, why some Jews might find that positioning offensive?

Omar has supported BDS for a while, even though she will now occasionally slip in some platitudes about the peace process. As Scott Johnson of Power Line (who’s been following this story from the beginning) points out, Omar misled Jewish voters in her district, obfuscating about her position and, as she still does, conflating her support for BDS with a bill that would have stopped continued taxpayer funding of the movement. No one is attempting to “criminalize” anti-Israel speech, although it’s heartening to see Omar is a free-speech absolutist. We’ll see if her position on the “criminalization” of speech will remain consistent moving forward, and not reserved for supporters of Hamas.

As far as I know, not even former congressman Keith Ellison, who once accused the shifty Jews of running American foreign policy, openly supported the BDS movement. Not even J-Street, the progressive front for hard-left activists posing as Israel supporters, openly backed BDS. Nor does George Soros, although he has intermittently funded BDS groups in the past and has been active against the Jewish state for years.

Of course, BDS proponents will tell you they are anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic. But when you’re fixated on the only liberal state in the Middle East, and avoid criticism of any Islamic regimes that deny their own citizens the most basic of human rights, you, at the very least, betray a morally bankrupt position. Even as Hamas rains hundreds of rockets down on civilians—a nihilistic project that always takes precedent over investing in their own people in their own autonomous Palestinian territory—there is criticism from those who only see evil behind Jewish acts of self-defense.

It’s no mistake that Omar insists Israel is an “apartheid regime,” an ugly, simplistic, misleading, and irresponsible accusation. It’s not only the propellant for anti-Semitism on campuses across the country, it’s the foundational accusation of the BDS movement, which is attempting to recreate the campaign against racist South African apartheid in the 1980s.

Israel’s laws, of course, make absolutely no distinctions based on a person’s race. Every person in Israel has the ability to participate in the democratic process, and all have equal standing under the law. Muslims in Israel have more liberal rights than Muslims anywhere in the Arab world do. What we do have is a complex situation involving one-time Jewish land that once again fell under Israeli rule after a bunch of neighboring countries tried to destroy it.

Yet Democrats, who claim to hear anti-Semitism dog whistles from every porch in Red America, rarely see a problem with this kind of rhetoric. The FBI says that Jews were the victims of 60 percent of religiously motivated hate crimes in 2017, although they were just 2 percent of the population. Whatever inherent flaws exist in these self-reporting statistics, the disparity is real. Despite the horrific shooting in Pittsburgh and Jew hatred on the far Right, it’s almost certain that the average American Jew is more likely to encounter an aggressively “anti-Zionist” BDS activist on a campus (or a progressive march) than a white supremacist anywhere.

Just ask Tamika Mallory or Linda Sarsour or Sophie Ellman-Golan as they simultaneously infantilize and radicalize mainstream left-wing politics. Not a single Democratic Party leader has condemned their ugly rhetoric or relationship with hate-mongers or their insistence on singling out the one country that happens to be filled with Jews. Then again, not one Democrat has condemned Omar for comparing the Jewish state to a racist regime.

Put it this way, TV actress-turned activist Alyssa Milano has been more courageous than Sen. Chuck Schumer about standing up against anti-Semitism. Debra Messing is braver than Brian Schatz, Bernie Sanders, Dianne Feinstein, and Richard Blumenthal. Fortunately, not everyone is consumed by sheer political expediency.

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Caroline Glick returned to Dallas Texas and blew the minds of her audience

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She was amazing and Lt. Colonel Allen West’s introduction was phenomenal.

This was a special evening with Caroline Glick speaking about “President Trump’s Israel Policy and its effect on American Interests and National Security”. Special guest Colonel Allen West introduced Glick. This occurred on 10/30/18 in Dallas Texas at the Addison Conference Center. Caroline Glick spoke and then took questions at the end.

“Caroline Glick is one of the most astute, dedicated and patriotic people that you can ever run into. When she speaks, she speaks truth, and truth is power when it comes from her mouth. What beats within her heart is the lion of Judah.”

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Update on King Abdullah/Jordan/Israel and US Relationship

Jordan’s King Abdullah – Weak, Untrustworthy and Irreplaceable

It is an open secret, seldom discussed, that the regime of King Abdullah II of Jordan is extraordinarily weak.

He is viewed in the U.S. as a close ally, whose counsel is sought by senior officials and foreign policy practitioners. But more than an ally, Abdullah is a dependent. Without the U.S. — and to a similar degree, without Israel — the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan would not long survive.

The weakness of the Kingdom has two sources. First, Jordan is poor. It lacks natural resources, and due to the regime’s failure to liberalize the economy or reform the legal system in order to cultivate economic growth and productivity, there are few opportunities for private advancement. The average Jordanian lives in poverty. Per capita income in Jordan is $3,238 per year.

The second source of the Kingdom’s weakness is the unpopularity of the regime. The Hashemites are Beduins. They were installed as monarchs of the area by the British in the aftermath of World War I. The vast majority of the population is Palestinian, not Beduin. The Palestinian majority in Jordan is systematically discriminated against by the regime. That regime-based discrimination has escalated steeply in recent years. Palestinians have been ejected from the military and denied the right to work in various professions.

The Hashemite regime is based on an alliance it built with the other Beduin tribes east of the Jordan River. But the bonds between the Hashemites and the other Beduin tribes have been steadily eroding. Over the past year, the Beduin have been leading mass, countrywide protests against the regime.

They demand the transformation of the monarchy from an effective dictatorship, where Abdullah controls all aspects of the government, into a constitutional monarchy along the lines of the British monarchy. Several of the tribes are allied with Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda.

The weakness of the Kingdom of Jordan is the cause of King Abdullah’s abrupt announcement on Sunday that Jordan is canceling two annexes of the 1994 peace treaty it signed with Israel. The annexes in question set the terms for Israel’s 25-year lease of landsalong the border with Jordan, at the Tzofar enclave in the Arava desert in Israel’s south, and at the so-called Isle of Peace at Naharayim, adjacent to the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.

Sovereignty over the lands was long disputed, although Israeli farmers had cultivated the areas since the 1920s. In a goodwill gesture to his partner in peace, Abdullah’s father, the late King Hussein, then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin agreed to cede Israel’s claims to sovereignty in exchange for the long-term lease.

Abdullah’s move was not a breach of the letter of the agreement, although it marks a significant downgrade of the peace. The treaty allows for one party to announce its intention not to extend the terms of the lease and then enter consultations relating to the move with the other side.

 But as Israeli scholar and Jordan area specialist Eyal Zisser explained in Yisrael Hayomon Tuesday, in making the announcement, Abdullah signaled that he is “disavowing the spirit of the 1994 peace agreement and turning [his back] on the partnership forged between Rabin and Hussein.”

The timing of the announcement reinforced this assessment. Abdullah added insult to injury by announcing he was abrogating the lease deals on the Hebrew anniversary of Rabin’s 1995 assassination.As Zisser recalled, Rabin was far more enthusiastic about the peace deal with Jordan than he was about the peace process with the PLO. He believed that Israel could rely on the Hashemite dynasty to keep its part of the bargain.

Rabin was correct that Israel could rely on the monarchy. Even before Israel and Jordan signed the formal peace deal, the Hashemite regime was Israel’s strategic partner – and dependent.

Israel’s problem was never with the regime, which rightly views Israel as the guarantor of its survival, both militarily and in term of natural resources. Israel provides Jordan with most of its water and is set to begin exporting natural gas to Jordan in 2020.

The bar to peace between the neighboring states has always the people of Jordan. According to Pew’s 2014 survey of global opinion,100 percent of Jordanians have negative views of Jews. Also according to Pew survey data, Jordan is second only to Egypt in hatred for America.

Abdullah’s decision to cancel the annexes was without a doubt an attempt to win public approval.

Israel’s response to the announcement was mixed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to neutralize the issue by saying Israel and Jordan would enter into negotiations in a bid to restore the lease agreement, in accordance with the treaty. But Jordan quickly nixed the idea. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi responded that Abdullah’s decision is final.

Senior Israeli government ministers, speaking anonymously, told reporters that Israel must retaliate against Abdullah by ending its plan to increase its water transfers to Jordan. Expanded humanitarian aid to Jordan, under the circumstances is “an absurd gesture,” they said.

Israel’s quandary, however, like the U.S.’s dilemma, is that Abdullah is the most dependable leader they can expect from Jordan for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, as far as Israel is concerned, there is no popular constituency in Jordan for peace.

Indeed, hostility for Israel is so high that despite Jordan’s water shortage and need for natural gas to power its sclerotic economy, according to Israeli businessmen who travel frequently to Jordan, large protests take place regularly demanding that the regime abrogate its water and gas deals with Israel.

With Iran perched on Jordan’s doorstep in Syria, it is fairly clear that it would be unwise for Israel or the U.S. to make any moves to further destabilize the regime. Indeed, both would be wise to help strengthen the regime. But while doing so, it is imperative as well for the U.S. and Israel to use their leverage against the regime to force it to begin lowering the flame of antisemitic and anti-American rhetoric.

As far as Jew hatred is concerned, the State Department’s 2017 report on International Religious Freedom noted, far from working to moderate Jew-hatred in the kingdom, state-controlled media in Jordan promote Jew-hatred.

According to the report, “Editorial cartoons, articles, and postings on social media continued to present negative images of Jews and to conflate anti-Israel sentiment with anti-Semitic sentiment. The government continued not to take action with regard to anti-Semitic material appearing in the media, despite laws that prohibit such material.”

Attitudinal changes tend to be a generational undertaking. Abdullah has now been monarch in Jordan for nearly a generation. His weakness, and his dependency on the U.S. and Israel, should spur both governments to continue to support him on the one hand, and to demand that he take action in the media, in the school system, and his government-controlled mosques to moderate sentiments and cultivate tolerance among his subjects on the other.

Otherwise, no matter how much support Abdullah receives, at some point the Kingdom of Jordan will be overturned, and it will take vital Israeli and U.S. strategic interests with it.

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Astute Analysis of Mid-term Election

A split decision for a split country

November 7, 2018

By Jack Engelhard,

So Barbara Streisand won’t leave us for Canada, after all.

That’ll teach us!

Along the schlep northward she’d be absconding with her music, her movies and a Caravan of millionaire yentas including Oprah, Fonda, Charlize Theron and many other disgruntled above-the-title elites in search of “a better life” under Trudeau. These petulant Tiffany migrants…yes, Trudeau was sure to let them in and hug them at the border as he does the masses from Syria.

After all, the suffering…oh the SUFFERING under Trump while waiting for Regime Change that would bring back the glories of Obama and bring back Hillary and firmly install people like Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Cory Booker – all members of a Party that shake hands and take pictures with renowned anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

That’s the same Party that slandered and ripped to shreds a good man, Brett Kavanaugh, just to keep him off the Supreme Court…and prove how they can gang-up on any citizen.

“We kick them” — Eric Holder’s summons to fellow Democrats as to etiquette towards Republicans.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt also warned of the consequences should the GOP retain any part of Congress.

Except for James Woods and Jon Voight, Hollywood was sure to empty out…and you, Mr. and Mrs. America, weren’t you waiting for Alec Baldwin to instruct you which way to vote?

How did that go?

The results are in and Americans have voted to give Socialism a chance, in the House. Blue Wave or not, but enough to give Democrats the power to do what they do best – Resist Trump. What about “bread and butter issues” like the booming economy? But resisting/impeaching Trump IS their bread and butter issue.

Expect Dems Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings and Maxine Waters, all these Reps slated for top House chairs, to go after Trump with renewed vengeance. Everything that was forgotten or set aside will be remembered, so there will be more vigorous investigations into “Russia collusion” and even Trump’s tax returns.

Apparently, what is good for Venezuela is good for America.

Not a good night if you are part of Trump’s America. Apparently, Americans – at least those who went to the polls, were “tired of winning.”

That used to be a joke Trump used often. But not funny anymore.

The Kavanaugh Effect did not play as imagined.

The hearings, at which Democrats took turns torturing a man, were a show trial that should have disgusted Americans. Maybe some. But not enough.

Likewise, the Farrakhan Effect – brutish public anti-Semitism – did not turn away enough voters from the Democrats, and that is disturbing

Especially if this is to be a trend among Millennials, thinking here of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as typical.

Any good news? Yes. Republicans keep the Senate. Solidly.

Good as that is, how is it that for the Florida Senate, Republican Rick Scott had been going at it neck to neck against challenger Bill Nelson, the Democrat? Scott is a Trump man all the way. He’s the likely winner. But it should have been easy. As it should have been for Republican Ron DeSantis, for the Florida governorship, who spent all night trying to shake off Dem challenger, Andrew Gillum… and did, barely.

Gillum is a radical leftist and no friend of Israel. DeSantis ran as a Trump Republican in that swing state and as a supporter of Israel.

Israel stands safe in the Senate…but no thanks to the likes of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren, all of whom kept their seats.

It is a comfort that they are outnumbered by Republicans in the Senate, all of whom support Israel, and most of whom favor a clamp on illegal immigration.

Trump, the experts say, was mistaken to make immigration his big issue, and they will point to that for these wobbly results between the House and Senate.

But Trump’s vision of America is entirely patriotic. That usually sells in America. Not this time. Not all the way. We should be worried.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and most recently the classic noir novel “Slot Attendant,” plus the two inside journalism thrillers “The Bathsheba Deadline” and “News Anchor Sweetheart, Hollywood Edition.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. 

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The Fantasy of ‘Democratic Socialism’

If the state controls the economy, competition is replaced by rivalries among politicians. 

Doctors speak about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Some people say there’s a good kind of socialism, democratic socialism, that is different from the bad kind, the Marxist-Leninist variety. There’s an obvious problem with this claim: There never has been a socialist country that has been democratic. The Democratic Socialists of America admit it: “No country has fully instituted democratic socialism,” the organization says on its website.

Democratic socialism is not only an unrealized dream. It is a contradiction in terms.   (One might call it an oxymoron)

The DSA argues that democratic socialism is possible: “We can learn from the comprehensive welfare state maintained by the Swedes.” DSA also mentions government programs in France, Canada and Nicaragua that smack of socialism.

But Sweden, France and Canada are not socialist countries, and Nicaragua is not democratic. “Sweden allows property and profits,” notes economic historian Deirdre McCloskey. “It allocates most goods by unregulated prices.” The U.S. bailed out General Motors , but Sweden didn’t rescue Volvo or Saab.

What would be the defining characteristics of a democratic socialist country? In “The Poverty of Socialist Thought,” a 1976 Commentary article, I argued that “socialism is nothing more than a vague moral commitment to social justice.”

I was wrong. Contemporary democratic socialists have a concrete agenda: They want to eliminate capitalism. The DSA says: “In the short term we can’t eliminate private corporations, but we can bring them under greater democratic control.” Meagan Day, a DSA member who works for Jacobin magazine, writes for Vox: “In the long run, democratic socialists want to end capitalism.”

In “The New Socialists,” a New York Times article, political scientist Corey Robin argues that capitalism should be abolished because “it makes us unfree.” He complains that “under capitalism, we’re forced to enter the market just to live.” Well, yes. Would Mr. Robin want the state to be the sole employer? Would he prefer to buy goods at state-owned stores and eat at state-owned restaurants?

Mr. Robin, like all socialists, is hazy on the details of a socialist economy. The first step he proposes is “state ownership of certain industries.” He doesn’t say which ones. Democratically elected workers, he imagines, would decide what to make and what prices to charge. “The trouble with socialism,” Oscar Wilde is reported to have said, “is that it would take too many evenings.”

If democratic socialists looked more closely at the world, they would see that a strong market economy is a necessary condition for freedom, though not a sufficient one. The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index lists 10 countries as having the most competitive economies: the U.S., Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark. Only two, Singapore and Hong Kong, are not fully democratic.

If democratic socialism is a fantasy, socialist economic proposals are recipes for economic stagnation. “Competitive economies,” the forum says, “are those that are most likely to be able to grow more sustainably and inclusively, meaning more likelihood that everyone in society will benefit from the fruits of economic growth.” If the state owns corporations, there is no competition, only rivalries among people with political power.

To argue in favor of competitive economies is not to endorse libertarianism or laissez-faire economics. Adam Smith understood that markets need to be regulated. The nature and extent of market regulation will always be a matter of debate, but the more the government interferes in the market, the less competitive an economy will be.

Democratic socialists would do well to ponder Yeats’s lines: “We had fed the heart on fantasies, / The heart’s grown brutal from the fare.”

(I still like former UK Prime Minister’s line the best:

The only problem with socialism is that you run out of other people’s money.) jsk

Mr. Miller’s latest book is “Walking New York: Reflections of American Writers from Walt Whitman to Teju Cole.”

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Comparing President Trump with the Democrats for the Jews and Everyone else

By Karin McQuillan,

American Thinker, Nov. 1, 2018

Trump is the Best President Ever for American Jews

President Trump’s statement on anti-Semitism the day after the Tree of Life massacre truly was “electrifying.” The Jews have endured terrible persecution, and you know that we’ve all read it: We’ve studied it. They’ve gone through a lot and those seeking their destruction…we will seek their destruction…Never again.

It touched my heart deeply. Jews have never, but never, been given this kind of whole-hearted support by an American leader before. Trump told the rally-goers in Illinois, slowly, and with great emphasis:

This evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us. It’s an assault on humanity. It will require all of us, working together, to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from our world. This was an anti-Semitic attack at its worst. The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored, cannot be tolerated, and it cannot be allowed to continue.

We cannot allow it to continue. It must be confronted and condemned everywhere it rears its very ugly head. We must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters to defeat anti-Semitism, and vanquish the forces of hate – that’s what it is.

President Trump is a promise keeper. He is unique among Presidents in keeping his campaign promises. When President Trump says anti-Semitism cannot be allowed to continue, it sounds like he means it. This may be, let us hope and pray, it may be of real significance.

President Trump is sui generis. He bulls through what ‘everyone knows’ and takes on the problems that others say are impossible to change. He sees what should be done, and he gets down to do it. Bringing back industrial jobs to America? No problem. Create jobs for unemployed blacks and Hispanics. At historic levels. Dealing with the immigration disaster destroying America? Bring it on.

And now antisemitic murders of Jews have happened in America, on his watch. Trump is putting the evil doers on notice: anti-Semitism will not be tolerated. Anti-Semitism? It’s got to end.

The forces of anti-Semitism are concentrated in four groups of our fellow Americans: white supremacists like the man who murdered the congregants of Tree of Life; the Nation of Islam and our black community, Hispanic immigrants and to a lesser extent, native-born Hispanics, and progressives. Three of these four groups are large, significant voting blocs. All three are crucial to Democrat electoral victory.

Democrats are indeed the anti-Trump. He has zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, they have 100% tolerance. They must have anti-Semites’ votes to get to their 90% bloc voting in the black community, and to kowtow to their progressives. Democrat tolerance of anti-Semitism is a national disgrace. And it is getting worse, far worse.

The number two post in the DNC is held by Keith Ellison, a long-time supporter of Farrakhan. The famous pussy-hat women’s march was co-organized and led by an Obama “Champion of Change,” Linda Sansour, who supports jihad in America and thinks Jewish women should be kicked out of the feminist movement. She was invited to the Obama White House seven times. That’s nothing. Al Sharpton, who has the unholy honor of being the only American to instigate two anti-Jewish riots in New York that led to over a dozen murders, was invited to Obama’s White House over a hundred times.

The Democrat party is running anti-Semitic candidates in the midterms. Not one, many. As The Federalist’s Warren Henry reports,

 In Michigan Rashida Tlaib wants Israel wiped out as a Jewish state.

In Pennsylvania, Scott Wallace has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the anti-semitic BDS campaign.

In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar says Israel “hypnotized the world” and hopes Allah would awaken people to “the evil doings of Israel.”

In Virginia, Congressional nominee Leslie Cockburn wrote a book that whose theme is that Jews control our government, and claims that Israel caused the cold war with Stalin.

The leftist Andrew Gillum, running for governor in Florida, supports BDS and the anti-Israel group Dream Defenders.

A socialist candidate for Congress in Boston, Ayanna Presley, held an event with Nation of Islam members outside a mosque known for anti-Semitic conspiracy speakers.

Twenty-one members of the Black Congressional Caucus invite and consult with the odious Farrakhan, who has spread Nazi-style anti-Semitism among American blacks for decades, with no pushback by Democrat leaders. This goes far beyond photo ops.

Anti-Semitism is as much a part of the Democrat left as it is of neo-Nazi skinheads. Skinheads are shunned as pariahs by everyone in America. Leftist anti-Semitism is supported and rationalized by Democrat liberals.__If they can, they blame it on Israel. If they can’t, they cover their own collusion with evil by screeching like banshees that Republican patriotism is white supremacy.

President Trump says, “The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored, cannot be tolerated and it cannot be allowed to continue. We cannot allow it to continue. It must be confronted and condemned everywhere it rears its very ugly head.”

There is a lot that Trump can do. For a start, he – and all Republicans – need to call out the Democrat Party on their antisemitic candidates and supporters. Not once – loudly and consistently.

It would be great for President Trump to come up with one of his genius branding names for such Democrats.

On our college campuses, jihadi front groups are protected by left-wing academics, with a vulnerable population of young Jews to attack. Antisemitic incidents on campus doubled in 2015 – including 56 violent assaults – and doubled again in 2016. Education Secretary Betsy Devos should send out guidelines that Title IX protects Jewish students.

Trump and Congress must address the problem with social media. Twitter banned gaypatriot but allows Farrakhan continue his account as he tweets that Jews are termites? Termites, extermination, get it?

The social justice warriors who are working overtime as ‘good censors’ at Google, Twitter and Facebook are fine with anti-semites, as long as they are black or leftist or anti-Israel. This must stop.

This is where I’m supposed to start bad-mouthing President Trump as crude or vulgar or intemperate or overly aggressive or non-Presidential – to show I’m not a cheerleader or that I personally have good manners. Forget it. 

Trump has earned my gratitude by all he’s done for America, for all of us. I am a cheerleader. I love that he’s a real person. I’ll take crude and real and good anytime.

Trump can’t let an insult go by when it would be smarter to keep his mouth shut. Men with a lot of testosterone can be like that. It’s part of why he does his job like a man, too, a man who cares about getting the hard jobs done. A man who cares about protecting all Americans. I love the guy. (Me, too)

He has my back, and I know it.

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So, You don’t like President Trump’s gruff manner …

But, please note his list of achievements. It is mind-boggling. We have never seen anything like it before. And, all this despite the complete obstructionism of the Democrats, virtually the entire media – newspapers, TV and behind the scenes …  jealous elements of his own party protecting their own mis-guided self-interests.

Not voting Republican and for those that support Trump’s  amazing record has become politically unacceptable, self-defeating,  unpatriotic and, in fact, un-American.   jsk

THE LIST OF PRESIDENT TRUMPS ACHIEVEMENTS IN JUST TWO YEARS!

Economic Growth

  • 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
  • For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.

Jobs

  • 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
  • More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
  • Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
  • The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
  • Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
  • Unemployment claims at 50 year low
  • African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.

–African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018. –Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.

–Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.

  • Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.

–Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.

  • Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.

–July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.

  • Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.

–July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.

  • Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
  • Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
  • Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
  • Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”

–68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.

  • Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.

–Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.

  • Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.

–Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.

  • 100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

American Income

  • Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
  • Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
  • Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
  • Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
  • Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
  • Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.

–Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.

  • Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

American Optimism

  • Small business optimism has hit historic highs.

–NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August. –SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.

  • Manufacturers are more confident than ever.

–95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.

  • Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
  • 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
  • Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

American Business

  • Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.

–Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
  • ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
  • Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
  • Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.

–Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.

Deregulation

  • Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
  • Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
  • Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
  • Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
  • Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.

Tax Cuts

  • Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law.

–Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families. –Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.

–Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.

–Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.

–Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.

–Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.

–Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.

–Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.

  • 9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
  • More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
  • Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
  • Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.

Worker Development

  • Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
  • Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
  • Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
  • Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.

Domestic Infrastructure

  • Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
  • Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.
  • Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.
  • Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.

Health Care

  • Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
  • Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
  • Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
  • Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
  • FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
  • Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
  • Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
  • Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
  • Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
  • Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
  • USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
  • Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
  • Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
  • HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
  • Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
  • Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.

Combating Opioids

  • Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
  • Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
  • $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
  • Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
  • Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
  • Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
  • Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
  • Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
  • Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
  • $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
  • Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
  • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
  • Joint Criminal Opioid Dark-net Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.

Law and order

  • More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.
  • Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
  • Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution.

–Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

  • Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
  • Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
  • Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
  • $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
  • Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
  • Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
  • Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers.
  • Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
  • New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.

Border Security and Immigration

  • Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
  • Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
  • Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.

–ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year. –Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.

–Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.

  • Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.

–ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin. –ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.

–ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.

–Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.

–Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.

–DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.

–DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Dark-net Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.

  • Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
  • Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
  • Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.

–These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.

  • ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.

–ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.

  • In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for:

–Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses. –More than 48,000 with assault offenses.

–More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.

–More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.

–More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.

–Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.

  • Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
  • More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.

TRADE

  • Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.

–Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides. –Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.

–Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.

–Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.

–Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.

–Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.

–Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.

–Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.

  • Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
  • Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
  • Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.

–25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. –Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.

–Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies.

  • Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.

–Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly. –Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.

–Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.

–Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO

–Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century

–American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade.

  • OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.

Energy

  • Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
  • Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
  • Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.
  • Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
  • Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
  • Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
  • U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
  • United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
  • U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
  • Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
  • Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.
  • Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
  • Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy.

–Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.

  • Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
  • Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Foreign Policy

  • Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.

–Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force. –Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.

–All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.

  • Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.

–The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress. –North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.

–Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.

  • Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
  • Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
  • Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

–Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program. –Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.

–Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.

  • New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.

–Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.

  • Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.

–ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump. –ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.

–All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.

  • More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
  • Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.

–Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA. –Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.

–Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.

–Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.

–Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

–Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.

  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

Defense

  • Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
  • $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
  • Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
  • Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
  • Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
  • New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
  • Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
  • Released an America first National Security Strategy.
  • Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
  • Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels.

–In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies. –Every member state has increased defense spending.

–Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.

–NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.

  • Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.

Veterans affairs

  • Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA tele-health services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.

–Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.

  • Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
  • Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
  • VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:

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–Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs. –Funding for the Veterans Choice program.

–Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.

–Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.

–Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.

–Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.

  • Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority.
  • Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
  • Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.
  • Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
  • Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.

–Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.

  • Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
  • VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
  • Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans