Common Sense on Refugees

America has always been the most accepting of nations with respect to immigrants. The doors have almost always been open wide. In the early years, there were no immigration restrictions at all. The real restrictions only applied to citizenship. Immigrants could come over, but if they wanted the privileges of citizenship, they had to meet certain requirements.

The period from approximately 1890-1917 was unprecedented in history as those teeming masses descended upon a country that held greater promise than what the immigrants could expect in their homelands.

After WWI, some restrictions were placed, but only in the manner of percentages from certain countries as concerns about the changing demographics came to the forefront, but compared to the rest of the world, we remained the “golden door” of opportunity.

So I have great sympathy for those who wish to flee persecution and find a safe place here. Yet wisdom must accompany that sympathy. This is, in a sense, a new world we are now confronting. Some of our leaders, though, don’t see it that way:

Huddled Masses

Most of those seeking to enter America are most assuredly not terrorists, but, as we now know in the Paris attacks, some of those involved with those attacks smuggled themselves in disguised as genuine refugees. Concern over the nature of this new immigration is sensible:

Refugee Roulette

A bipartisan bill has recently passed the House and is going to the Senate. It is not a drastic, xenophobic bill at all, but merely an attempt to tighten the vetting process. President Obama now finds himself fighting not only Republicans but many in his own party:

Where'd Everybody Go

Harry Reid already has threatened to filibuster this bill in the Senate. That’s to be expected from Harry Reid. Will enough Democrats abandon his sinking ship and come to their senses, allowing this bill to be sent to Obama’s desk? He will certainly veto it, yet there is a good chance his veto will be overridden this time.

Common sense needs to prevail here. “Common sense” and “Democrats” are not terms that automatically go together. May they be reunited in this case.

Hillary, Biden, & Trump–Oh, My!

I understand there’s a Democrat presidential debate this week. Forgive me if I’m not really interested in watching it. I have more important things to do than listen to five socialists argue about how to destroy the country even more.

The presumed frontrunner for the Democrats, Hillary Clinton, has a lot on the line. A bad performance—because let’s be serious, that’s all these debates are—may throw her erstwhile supporters into an even greater panic than what they’re currently experiencing. I’m sure, though, that her friends at CNN will do all they can to make her seem presidential and inevitable.

Sinking Poll Numbers

There’s also one person missing at this debate, one who is standing by just in case, watching Hillary disintegrate:

Crumbling

Of course, she also has her loving husband to turn to for comfort and encouragement:

Cheer Up

Let’s be real: the eventual Democrat nominee will be either Hillary or Joe Biden. The first may be indicted for offenses that send others to prison; the second is a national embarrassment with a long history of verbal gaffes and a mean streak toward Republicans that knows no bounds.

Either choice, in normal times, ought to lead to an overwhelming Republican victory. Republicans, however, have to step back from the Trump cliff first if they are to have any hope of winning the general election.

Beat Donald Trump

Will Republicans regain their moral backbone or will they enhance their sad reputation as the “stupid party”? The Iowa caucuses are still almost four months away; there’s time to reverse course and make a wise decision.

Clinton’s Sorry Campaign

A Pope visit and the Blood Moon (which wasn’t very red and was quite tiny where I live) may have diverted people’s attention from another development in the ongoing Hillary Clinton saga.

Remember how she has pledged, time and again, that she turned over everything on her private e-mail server? It turns out she really didn’t, as we get news of a lot more of those e-mails being discovered that she thought were wiped clean. This comes as no shock to those who know her character, but she still insists, despite all the contrary evidence, that she has been the most open and trustworthy politician on the planet.

Democrats are already having an internal debate before even one debate has occurred:

Anyone Else

Besides the e-mail scandal and the embarrassment of the activities of the Clinton Foundation, there’s the whole matter of pointing to Hillary’s accomplishments. Whenever Democrats are asked what she has done that qualifies her for the highest office in the land, they find themselves in a tough spot:

Accomplishments

They need to find the right audience for that question:

Name One

So, an e-mail scandal, a foundation that acts pretty much as a slush fund for the family, and a record of more-than-dubious “accomplishments.” What else might be dragging her down?

Out of This Funk

Some people have referred to Clinton’s race for the presidency as the “I’m Sorry” campaign. It’s actually just the “sorriest excuse” for a presidential campaign this year, even worse than Donald Trump’s—and that’s saying something.

Hillary & Other People’s Rules

Yes, it’s time for another Hillary Clinton post. The State Department released more of her e-mails last night—late last night. One gets the impression the State Department is working on her behalf, hoping people won’t notice. When asked yesterday by Ed Henry of Fox News whether the department believes Clinton followed all the rules for using e-mails, the spokesperson declined to answer.

One hopes, though, the FBI will fulfill its role and conduct a thorough investigation.

Hard to Tell

By the way, last night’s dump identified more classified e-mails that never should have found their way to a private server. Is Clinton sorry she used that server? Well, in one way, perhaps:

I'm Sorry

The main problem is that both of the Clintons operate on the assumption that they live above the rules imposed on the rest of the population—that somehow they are privileged and don’t have to answer for their actions:

Hillary's Library

Anyone else would have been indicted by now. Even the most devoted Democrats don’t really want their nominee to be under federal indictment during a campaign. That’s why there is this undercurrent about Joe Biden possibly entering the race.

Biden doesn’t really stir any deep emotions, but there’s one part of the population that would love to see the gaffe-ridden vice president pursuing the nomination:

People React

I would like to see his entry into the race as well. He’s so tied to the Obama administration and all its policies—even more than Hillary—that there would be a greater chance of an epic campaign fail.

Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer were discussing this race on O’Reilly’s program last night. They both felt strongly that the 2016 election should be a slam dunk for Republicans. However, they also agreed that the intrusion of Donald Trump into the campaign has thrown that into doubt.

The focus has shifted from all of Obama’s massive failures and policies that have weakened the country, and instead we are concentrating on a Trump campaign that never holds Democrats responsible, but reacts only to a vague “Washington is corrupt” theme.

No matter how spineless Republican leaders have been, the greater problem is the radical nature of Obama’s attempt to transform America. That’s where the focus needs to be.

On the Bad Ship Hillary

The Clinton e-mail saga began with a straight denial of having done anything wrong and the assertion that she had turned over everything that needed to be turned over to the State Department (where all the e-mails should have resided in the first place). That was supposed to settle everything. Why? Because she said so.

Has Your Word

It turned out that even some of what Hillary turned over were top secret documents that never should have been on a private server. This also made the lie of her assurance that no confidential information was ever in any of those e-mails.

Then came the order that she had to turn over the server itself to the government. She stalled. There was even talk of her subordinates planning to wipe their e-mail accounts clean. In other words, it didn’t matter to her that a judge said she had to obey the law.

The pressure mounted and she finally had no choice, but it wasn’t easy for her.

Agrees

But given her history—anyone remember Whitewater, Filegate, etc.?—how can we be sure of the integrity of what she ultimately was forced to give up? In what shape is this server now?

Here's My Server

Her candidacy is now sinking fast, despite her protestations to the contrary:

Trust Me

What’s that cliché about chickens and roosting?

Chickens

It’s otherwise known as a principle of sowing and reaping.

President Hillary Clinton? How could we possibly do that now? As Democrats jump the bad ship Hillary, where can they turn?

In Case of Emergency

Republicans can only hope for such a blessing.

The Senate & Planned Parenthood

The Senate’s vote on the bill to defund Planned Parenthood went the way most people expected. Fifty-three senators, mostly Republicans, voted to end the debate and move to a straight up-and-down vote on the funding. That’s a majority. But, according to Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to get past the debate stage. A grand total of two Democrats voted to go on to the vote.

Two.

Senate Chamber

Now, some of my conservative friends will spend all their time critiquing the Republicans for this. Please know that I’m aware of how the politics of this works. Not all of those Republicans who voted in favor of taking the vote are really on board in their hearts. They knew this strategy wouldn’t work, but they are now free to tell their constituents they voted in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. It helps keep them in office.

Same for those two Democrats who come from more conservative states—Indiana and West Virginia. They can now boast of their conservative credentials and win reelection.

I also know that Mitch McConnell, supposed leader of Senate Republicans, denied having the defunding effort attached to another bill, which would have made it far easier to pass. Did you know that his wife, Elaine Chao, is on the board of the Bloomberg Foundation, which is stridently pro-abortion and sends millions to Planned Parenthood? (By the way, Jeb Bush was on the board of that same organization until he started his run for the presidency—more on that in a later post).

Yes, I know all of this. Yet there still is a significant difference between Republicans and Democrats on issues like this. And this vote is better than the one held in 2011, when the Democrats controlled the Senate and only 42 senators voted for defunding.

Why all the ire toward Republicans when only two Democrats, for political reasons, voted against Planned Parenthood? Put the onus for this failure squarely where it belongs.

Besides their worldview ideology, some Democrats don’t want the campaign financing they get from Planned Parenthood to end. I have no problem saying at this point that the Democrat Party is in bed with pure evil.

All the Services

By the way, the bill wouldn’t have cut a single dime from what is sometimes euphemistically called “women’s health.” All it would have done is shift the money to other organizations that don’t perform abortions. So the real reason here for opposing the bill is not “women’s health” but false ideology and financial ties to Planned Parenthood.

Just remember what this organization really does:

Good Price

On Second Thought

Of course, it’s not the politicians only who are downplaying the ghastly, grisly, and ghoulish practices revealed in the latest videos. They have their helpers:

Nothing to See

So this current attempt to move our society a step closer to sanity has failed. But I am not in despair. I think the cause has been aided by all the attention brought to it, despite the efforts of evil men and women to distort, falsify, and deceive the public. Now is not the time to fold our tents and go away. Now is the time to push forward with even greater boldness.

The Inevitable Hillary

The Hillary Clinton campaign is in stall mode, keeping her from the public and hoping that all the negative stories will somehow magically disappear. Of course, they have reason for hope, given the state of the mainstream media, but so far, it’s not happening.

The polls are rather disturbing for her, with one indicating only 25% believe she is honest and trustworthy. Frankly, I’m surprised she would poll that high on that subject. It’s really kind of laughworthy (if that’s a word) to see her running on the issue of restoring trust in government.

Restore Trust

For those of you who might be puzzled by the caption on that cartoon, let me remind you that at one time Hillary claimed to have been named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first to climb Mt. Everest. The only problem is that she was born before he accomplished that feat. That was no one-time stumble; she has a long history of telling whoppers. Yet she says we should trust her.

Hillary Pinnochio

Her other big problem is the total artificiality of her interactions with ordinary Americans. Everything is staged. She seems to need instructions for how to talk to them.

Great Silver Bird

In her defense, we should keep in mind how difficult it is to descend from her lofty position and be forced to intermingle with those who work for a living. It’s a tough transition:

Completely Coincidental

The polls also show, however, that she maintains strong support from Democrats, with about 75% still in favor of her nomination. There is no question but that she will be the nominee this time, which might actually be the best scenario for Republicans. There is nothing inevitable about Hillary—except for continued scandals and lies.