Optics rule in politics. Fiddling for words to fit a narrative comes second. Martha Vineyard vacations have some serious contenders for the President’s attention; that is after he fits in one more round of golf (186 golf outings to date) and while the world burns, another fundraiser. This Saturday is the earliest he can afford to take a break from his break. Because he is the most convincing | Read More »
Even Joe Biden would agree: this is a pretty big flipping deal. To recognize how big, you need to understand that Mexico commemorates the anniversary of the day it nationalized its oil fields and threw the Norte Americanos out as a national holiday. The national oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), is a great source of national pride and a cash cow that funds the country’s | Read More »
I see a pattern in the online debates over Glenn Beck’s plan to bring a few thousand hot meals to children sent alone to to the US from Mexico. Anytime someone defends the practice, his critics get derailed in a massive non sequitur, beginning to argue about the gravity of the illegal immigration crisis, the economics of illegal immigration, and other related topics. The net effect is to say or to imply that the defender of Glenn Beck is simply wrong on illegal immigration.
The fact is, Glenn Beck’s actions are right or wrong independent of the correct policy on illegal immigration, and the entire debate is indicative of a moral decay that extreme leftists have injected into our rhetoric. We need to throw off their influence, now.
Republicans can win the immigration debate by outflanking the Democrats and seizing ground they typically hold by reframing the debate through the reappropriation of the Left’s rhetoric. The Right’s focus on immigration as a “law and order” issue, and as a national security issue, is correct. But framing the debate in humanitarian terms, and thus seizing ground from the Left, will allow Republicans to attract | Read More »
Baseball, apple pie, hot dogs; all hallmarks of an anticipated summer were disunited with Barack Obama in historic Cooperstown last week, touting tourism as a negligible channel to economic growth. Cooperstown, celebrating the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th Anniversary was an equivocal choice for Obama’s wild pitch on the need to reduce airport wait times for foreign visitors. For the event to hold some congruity, | Read More »
Michael Sam Apparently to many out there being drafted near the end of the NFL’s 7th, and last, round from a big college football school that is in one of the four major conferences is enough to make someone a hero. Since Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Ram’s Saturday the media, social networking sites, heck even smoke signals were all abuzz along | Read More »
Anyone who cares about prosperity has to ask themselves, just how stupid are the people running the Republican Party? One has to wonder, do they even bother to look beyond NBC, the New York Times and TIME magazine for their news and information? Have they ever even bothered to pick up a PEW research paper? You sometimes have to think that if they were around | Read More »
One hundred sixty four years ago, on this date in the year 1848, in the conquered and occupied Federal District of Mexico, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed by representatives of US President James Polk and interim Mexican President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, ending the war between the two countries.
By every possible measure, the war ended as a decisive victory for the United States and a humiliating defeat for Mexico. As a result of the treaty, Mexico ceded all rights to territory north of the Rio Grande and the Gila River, including all of California, Nevada, Utah, and Texas, parts of Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Oklahoma, as well as the parts of Arizona and New Mexico not later bought in the Gadsden Purchase. From Mexico’s perspective, a perspective that recognized neither the revolutions in Texas and California nor the Annexation of Texas, the country lost over half of its prewar territory.
While the United States and the rest of the world were worrying about the use of chemical weapons in Syria and Iranian nuclear aspirations in 2013- the two international stories that dominated the news along with a leftover from 2012 (Benghazi)- five stories went largely overlooked by the media. Four of these were recently highlighted on Realclearpolitics. I added an overlooked fifth. 1. The story: | Read More »
The real issue with the immigration debate is not a question of what to do with those illegals already here; it is a question of what to do with the next wave.,.and the next wave….and the next wave. While everyone is focused on the past – what to do with those already here – and the future – whether the promises of more enforcement will | Read More »
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R- Miami, has joined the effort to release a 27-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran from South Florida being held in a Mexican prison since August for carrying a shotgun he had declared at the border crossing. Ros-Lehtinen has circulated a letter in Congress urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to continue working with Mexican authorities, | Read More »
The Rise of a Mexican Brand? “BIMBO” is a respectable brand name in Mexico. The brand is owned by the wealthiest man in the world. No, not this guy. THIS GUY! Mexican business mogul, Carlos Slim, has the taste for savvy acquisitions of brands others destroy, proving that free markets work, capitalism is the answer, and shipping jobs overseas is hardly the workers fault, unless they are in league whole-heartily with | Read More »
…in other words, the former is having the latter stay on as Attorney General. President Obama is holding on to Eric Holder as the nation’s top law-enforcement official, The Post has learned. The newly re-elected president asked his controversial attorney general to stay for the second term, and Holder has agreed despite enduring a firestorm of criticism from Republican lawmakers. Because, of course, now that | Read More »
The Department of Justice filed court papers on Monday in an attempt to have the House Oversight Committee lawsuit dismissed. The lawsuit would force Attorney General Eric Holder to finally release documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. Within the legal brief, it is alleged that federal courts lack the authority to intervene, once the executive branch has wielded executive privilege in response | Read More »
The below is not the entire Univision Operation Fast & Furious expose: it’s merely about ten minutes of it. Ten very graphic, very infuriating, and very embarrassing ten minutes of it. Don’t watch it if you have a physical/mental problem with seeing people being murdered on-screen, and for real: (see also this ABC article) It’s a useful primer for what happened: which is to | Read More »