Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Where Is the Proof that America Has Systemic Racism?

             School children are being taught that America was created on the backs of slaves and that our history began in 1619 with slavery rather than in 1776 with the Revolutionary War. Riots are raging about the racist inequality in America. Politicians claim that new election integrity laws are racist. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris claim that the nation has systemic racism. Where is the proof?

            Deroy Murdock wrote an interesting article focusing on the claims of systemic racism and immigration – both legal and illegal. I note that he is a black man just for a point of reference. He gave the following information, which is the most recent data from Department of Homeland Security. 

Between 2015 and 2019, 548, 891 African immigrants became permanent U.S. residents.

In 2020, these were the top 10 African sources for such new green card holders – plus each nation’s black population percentage, courtesy of the CIA “World Factbook.”

1. Nigeria: 12,247 individuals from a 99% black country.

2. Democratic Republic of Congo: 11,752; 100%.

3. Ethiopia: 5,461; 87.4%.

4. Ghana: 4,532; 98.5%.

5. Kenya: 3,063; 91.8%.

6. Eritrea: 2,845; 95%.

7. Cameroon: 2,747; 95.5%.

8. Somalia: 2,636; 85%.

9. South Africa: 2,372; 79.2%.

10.Sudan: 2,017; 70%.

Total: 49,672 permanent residents from 10 nations that are 90.1% black, on average. America’s population is 13.4% black.

            Murdock pointed out that there were more permanent residents to America in 2020 from each of these African nations than there were from Sweden – which is 82.3% white. He noted that a nation that is systemically racist would encourage white immigrants and discourage black immigrants – which was not the case.

Between 2015 and 2019, Caribbean green card awardees totaled 816, 522. They, too, swapped black-ruled islands for this allegedly racist superpower. Here is 2020’s top five snapshot:

1. Jamaica: 12,719 individuals; 92.1% black.

2. Haiti: 9,285; 95.5%.

3. Trinidad & Tobago: 1,656; 34.2%.

4. Bahamas: 549; 90%.

5. St. Lucia: 449; 95%.

Total: 24,668 new permanent residents from five nations that are 81.4% black, on average.

            Murdock again compared the permanent residents to America in 2020 from each of the Caribbean islands to those coming from Denmark with its 86.3% white population. Why were there more people from St. Lucia immigrating to “systemically racist” America than there were from white Denmark?

            Noting that it would be easy for a systemically racist nation to deny visas to black people, Murdock noted that the U.S. accepts hundreds of thousands of applications. The U.S. Embassy in each nation would simply deny the visa applications if America were systemically racist. He asked a good question: If America hated its black citizens so much, why would it allow more black people to immigrate? He then noted that legal immigration is not the only way that black people are coming to America.

Beyond legal immigration, which “system racism” could control, African and Caribbean illegal aliens keep running across America’s borders and breaking into this country without permission. Between 2015 and 2019, DHS apprehended 16,210 African illegal aliens, including 9,003 from the 10 nations analyzed above. During those years, 14,534 illegal aliens came from the five forementioned Caribbean states.

It’s much harder for “systemic racism” to control this illegal black influx. But beyond that, one wonders why these Africans and Caribbeans leave their majority-black nations to penetrate Earth’s supposed headquarters of anti-black bigotry.

Moreover, they do so while risking drowning in the Rio Grande, rattlesnake attacks, Gila monster bites, fatal dehydration amid cacti, and robbery and rape by human traffickers. Why would blacks overseas confront these dangers merely to be crushed beneath the cold, hard heel of America’s racist boot?

            Murdock made some great points! Why do black people from numerous nations that are mostly black come to “systemically racist” America? They obviously do not believe the big lie that America is “systemically racist.” They come to America for the same reasons that many other people come to America – for the same freedom and opportunities that America offers to people of all colors.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Why Did Cheney Have to Go?

             Today, Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) was voted out of her third-ranking leadership position in the Republican minority in the House of Representatives. The reason given is that she was not a team player. Former President Donald Trump may be out of office, but he is still the head of the Republican Party. This is a fact that Cheney could not accept, and she often spoke against Trump and his Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement.

            Republican members in the House gave Cheney a chance to play for the Republican team when the majority of the GOP members in the House voted in February to retain her in the leadership position. However, she continued to fight against the MAGA movement and lost her support in the House.

            House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) is the highest-ranking Republican in the House, and GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) is the second-highest ranking Republican in the House. Cheney was the third-highest ranking Republican member. McCarthy and Scalise grew tired of Cheney not supporting the direction that the GOP is moving. The people of Wyoming are also tired of her non-support of the MAGA movement, so she may not be re-elected to Congress.

            It sounds like Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York) will be voted to take the leadership spot vacated by Cheney. However, conservatives in the House are not pleased with the choice. Stefanik does not have a stellar record for supporting conservative causes. She has a lifetime record of voting nearly 44% conservative, compared to Cheney’s lifetime record of 78.3% conservative.

Stefanik may not have voted conservative as often as Cheney, but she represents a completely different type of constituency. Cheney represents Wyoming, where more than 70% of the residents support Trump. Stefanik represents New York, which is mostly liberal. Stefanik was outstanding in her support for Trump during both impeachment trials.

Time will tell if Stefanik is suitable for the position. If she is not a good fit for conservatives, she will not last. The freedom caucus in the House got rid of both John Boehner and Paul Ryan as the Republican leader in the House. Now they have ousted Cheney. Boehner, Ryan, and Cheney were all members of the “Establishment” in Washington politics – meaning that they are part of the “Swamp.” Cheney’s father was Vice President in the George W. Bush administration, so she has deep roots in the swamp of Washington.

The people who are elected to represent Americans in the federal government are supposed to work for the people who elect them. Cheney was not working for the people of Wyoming or for the Republican Party. This is the reason why she had to go. The next election will determine if the residents of Wyoming want her to continue as their representative.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Are You Enjoying Biden’s “Long Dark Winter” Yet?

             Joe Biden said that America was heading into a “long dark winter” unless Donald Trump was voted out of office. The mainstream media spent four years lying about Trump and all the good policies that were put in place by the Trump administration. Therefore, Americans did not know that Trump’s “America First” made America better and safer. Biden has been in office for less than four months, and the United States is heading back into the cold, dark days of the Jimmy Carter administration.

            Trump put America and America’s allies first. Israel is the only democratic nation in the Middle East, and Trump made it plain that America stood with Israel. Trump cut funding to terrorist organizations, while making peace deals with several Arab nations. The Biden administration replaced the funding, and Hamas restarted war with Israel, sending more than 700 missiles into Israel is less than forty-eight hours. Trump brought peace to the Middle East, and Biden sent it up in flames.

            Trump promised to build a wall on the southern border of the United States, and his administration was able to build approximately 500 miles of strong fence despite Democrats fighting every step. The wall stops illegal immigration, but migrants are crossing the border in the places where there is no fence. More than 200,000 illegal aliens entered the United States in one month. There are estimates that more than two million migrants will enter America illegally during 2021. Trump had the southern border under control, and Biden opened the border and said everyone was welcome to come.

            Under the Trump administration, the United States became energy independent. In fact, we were not only independent, but we were also dominant in the field. We did not have to depend on our enemies for energy. Biden signed executive orders within the first week after inauguration to shut down the oil pipeline from Canada to the Texas coast and stopped expansion of drilling. America is no longer energy independent. Now we are back to the cold, dark days of the Carter administration with shortages of gasolines. Why? Because an enemy hacked into one of the main oil pipelines and shut it down. Gasoline prices have risen all over the nation and will continue to rise without plenty of oil. Trump gave us energy independence, but Biden is setting us back fifty years.

            Trump cut regulations and cut taxes. By making the cuts, he set the economy to soaring. The virus from China set us back, but Trump had a strong enough economy that it was coming back strongly. Then Biden came into office, and the economy is tanking. The federal government and state governments are paying people more for not working than they could make working full time. Therefore, businesses cannot hire the people that they need to open and be successful. Plus, Biden is raising taxes to pay for all the freebies that he is promising to America.

            Trump’s theme was “America First,” but Biden’s theme seems to be “America Last.” Trump worked hard for long hours every day for four years to make America better, and America was a much better place. The election of Biden was a huge mistake for the nation because he has brought great destruction to America in less than four months. I wonder if we will even recognize America at the end of the Biden administration.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Who Is Ron DeSantis?

             My VIP for this week is Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida. His state is joining Georgia and other states in enacting election reforms. DeSantis signed the reform law live while on “Fox & Friends” last Thursday morning. The Florida law “applies the same ID requirements to absentee voting as to in-person voting.” This law stops the practice of ballot harvesting by allowing only immediate family members collect absentee ballots. In addition, it provides better security for the ballot drop boxes. 

            The Georgia voter integrity law is getting all the attention, but other states – such as Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Iowa, and Montana -- are strengthening their own laws. Critics say that the new laws are suppressing votes, but proponents claim other reasons.

            DeSantis is protecting Floridians in other ways. He has opened his state completely and freeing Floridians to live normally. Schools have been opened since last Fall as well as businesses. He has warned Antifa to not go to Florida because there will be consequences for burning, looting, and murdering. DeSantis puts the Floridians first and stands up for what is best for his state. He is at the list of possible presidential candidates for 2024.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

What Should We Know about the Latest Guns Rights Case?

            The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is the Second Amendment – the right to keep and bear arms. It has been more than ten years since District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010) answered important questions about the Second Amendment. The reluctance of the Supreme Court to hear cases during the last decade have caused an undermining of the two decisions referred to above and thus bringing more cases against the Second Amendment.

            According to Amy Swearer at The Heritage Foundation, the Supreme Court has been “treating the Second Amendment as a second-class right” and deeming it “unworthy of consistent legal review.” Her example was New York State Rifle & Pistol v. City of New York where anticipation was dashed by the Supreme Court declared the case moot after a move by New York. However, the Supreme Court agreed last week to hear New York State Rifle & Pistol v. Corlett, and this case “could have much broader implications for the future of strict gun control than its mooted predecessor.” Swearer stated that there are three important things for us to know about the latter case. 

1. This case is about the right to carry firearms in public.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett provides the Supreme Court with the opportunity to address a very important question it so far has declined to answer: When the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, does it mean a right to bear a handgun in public for purposes of self-defense? …

2. “Good cause” and “may issue” requirements have racist roots.

For the first 70 or so years after the Constitution was ratified, Americans undeniably maintained a general right to bear arms in public, with perhaps some state authority to regulate the mode of carry….

The reality is that today’s “good cause” requirements may not be overtly racist, but in practice they serve to disproportionately exclude people of color from the ability to protect themselves in public with firearms. Constitutional implications aside, this makes discretionary licensing poor public policy.

Who ends up getting concealed carry permits in the most restrictive “good cause” jurisdictions? Overwhelmingly, the permits go to wealthy white men – especially those who are well connected to whatever public official happens to have sole discretion over granting permit applications….

3. Public carry will not turn us into the “Wild West.”

Many gun control advocates insist that if the Supreme Court strikes down “good cause” requirements then the nation will be turned into a “Wild West” of gun violence.

In other words, the Second Amendment shouldn’t protect a right of ordinary citizens to bear arms in their own defense, because ordinary citizens largely are incapable of acting in a reasonable manner when armed in public.

Decades of plain data show just the opposite….

It turns out that ordinary, law-abiding citizens absolutely can be trusted to “bear” arms in public, just like the plain text of the Constitution envisions.

Swearer and I hope that the Supreme Court will decide in favor of full constitutional rights to tens of millions of Americans.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Why Is Mother’s Day a Time to Celebrate All Women?

             Mother’s Day is the day that we honor our mother and other mother-figures in our lives, such as mother-in-law, stepmother, and grandmother. It is also a day when we honor motherhood, maternity, and the influence of mothers in our society. Mother’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world on various days, most commonly in March or May.

            Mother’s Day is a modern holiday was first celebrated in 1907 in the United States when Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day service of worship and celebration at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church. Jarvis started her campaign to create a day to honor mothers in 1905, the year that her mother died. She wanted a day set apart to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

            In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday. However, all U.S. states observed the holiday by 1911 with some states declaring it a local holiday. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation stating that Mother’s Day would be the second Sunday in May and that it was a national holiday to honor mothers.

            Mother’s Day is a day that brings many different feelings to women. It is a day of rejoicing for most mothers, but it is a day of heart break for women who desire to have children but have none, for mothers who have lost children – either before birth or after, and for mothers who feel that they have failed as mothers.

            Religious and other leaders have discussed mothers and Mother’s Day. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often speaks about mothering. This is one such statement: “To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle – and all will – I say, ‘Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are.” 

            Then-Elder M. Russell Ballard spoke of the mothers in his family. He spoke of learning to appreciate the mothering struggles of his wife and of watching with awe as his daughters and granddaughters teach and guide their children. Then he made this statement: 

 There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else.

            I, too, watch with awe as my daughters by blood and marriage teach and guide their children through the busyness and stresses of this world. They are much better mothers than I was, which proves a favorite saying of my father. He said that each generation should be better people than the previous generation because we should learn from our parents what works and what does not work. Nevertheless, I cannot say that I was a better mother than my own mother; I can just say that I was a different type of mother.

Sister Sheri Dew, former counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, taught that motherhood is a doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that this is the reason why the Brethren speak about it so often and so powerfully. In speaking of mothers and motherhood, Sister Dew made the following powerful statement. 

When we understand the magnitude of motherhood, it becomes clear why prophets have been so protective of woman’s most sacred role. While we tend to equate motherhood solely with maternity, in the Lord’s language, the word mother has layers of meaning. Of all the words they could have chosen to define her role and her essence, both God the Father and Adam called Eve “the mother of all living” [Moses 4:26] —and they did so before she ever bore a child.

Like Eve, our motherhood began before we were born. Just as worthy men were foreordained to hold the priesthood in mortality [Alma 13:2-4, 7-8], righteous women were endowed premortally with the privilege of motherhood. [See Spencer W. Kimball, “The Role of Righteous Women,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 102.] Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us.

According to Sister Dew, all women and girls are mothers and have been from our premortal lives. As women, we mother all sorts of people who are not our children biologically or by adoption. We mother students, we mother the friends of our children and our friends’ children, and we mother the children of the neighborhood. I am grateful for all the women who mothered my children and helped them to develop into the men and women they are.

            Like most mothers, I have negative feelings about my abilities as a mother, but mostly I feel great gratitude. I am grateful for my own mother and for my husband’s mother. I feel unspeakable gratitude for the blessing of being a mother. My husband and I were unable to have children for several years before a doctor discovered my problem. Once the problem was fixed, we had no further difficulties and were blessed with six children – the first three within three years. I am grateful that those children were born with healthy bodies, bright minds, and sweet spirits. I am grateful that they grew up to be responsible members of society and good parents of their own children. I have learned much from my children.

            In my studies about marriage and parenting, I came across a statement that should be of value to all parents. I could not find the statement to quote it exactly, but it was by an expert in the field and went something like this: Parents drive themselves crazy trying to parent perfectly. It is impossible to be perfect parents. Parents just need to be good-enough parents. The words “good enough parents” gave me great comfort. The Brethren tell us that we have not failed as long as we continue to love and to teach our children.

            Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers – those with children and those without children. As women, let us use our natural mothering skills and feeling to make the world a better place for all people, but particularly for those who desperately need our mothering influence[DD1] .  



Friday, May 7, 2021

Why Are We Damaging the Future for the Rising Generation?

            Adults have the duty to prepare the rising generation to be responsible adults, but they also have the responsibility to leave a strong society for them to inherit. Liberals are intent on caring for the environment, but Americans are endangering the future of our children.

            Gary Shapiro says that our elected representatives “are imperiling our children’s future,” and he discusses four ways that they are endangering the future for the rising generation. 

1) Our Growing, Choking Debt

In 2022, the federal government will owe close to $30 trillion. Each Congress and president since Bill Clinton – the last president to balance a budget – has added trillions to our debt….

2) The Decline of Responsibility, Work Ethic

We have shifted from a national spirit and culture of self-reliance, with religious institutions and neighbors helping neighbors and backstopping communities, to federal policies that reward and encourage some of the very actions that break down the firmest foundations of America; namely, hard work and strong families.

[Employers are having a difficult time running their businesses because they have no one applying for their jobs. Yet, the unemployment rate remains high. People do not want to work because the federal government and some states are paying them more than they would make by working. Why should they work?]

3) The Loss of Civility and the Push Toward Extremes

Some political leaders are poor models for our children. They talk about bipartisanship and reducing spending, but care only about complete party domination. They ignore the other side.

Some of our national political leaders view their jobs as being to breed hatred of the other party. We effectively enable them as we choose our team or tribe, and many of us have become haters of the other side….

4) The Decline of Trust and Common Beliefs

Americans increasingly distrust each other and/or the government. Many Americans simply don’t believe the 2020 national election was conducted fairly.

Some believe the pandemic is a hoax, and many refuse to get the vaccine because they think it’s unnecessary or dangerous….

            Shapiro has the right to be sad and concerned about the conditions in our nation. There is violence nationwide, but the bad actors do not face the same justice system. Black Lives Matter (BLM) members have raged through our nation for nearly a year – burning, looting, and murdering. Very few of them were indicted and brought to justice. In fact, then-Senator Kamala Harris urged people to donate to BLM to get rioters released from jail.

Yet, the far-right Trump supporters -- who breached the Capitol but did not destroy the building or kill anyone – have sat in jail for the past four months. President Donald Trump was impeached and banished from Twitter and Facebook for “inciting violence.” However, nothing is said or done about Maxine Waters and other Democrats repeatedly call for violence.

Adults in America must do better to bring peace and unity to the nation. The answer is more than civility and tolerance. We must learn to love the people who oppose us politically. By doing so, we can strengthen our families, communities, and nations – and leave a better world for the rising generation.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

How Can Parents Fight Against Critical Race Theory?

            The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is the importance of teaching patriotism. We cannot assume that the rising generation will love America, especially if schools are allowed to teach our children that America is evil. Critical race theory is currently being taught in school districts across the United States – except in one district in Texas.

            Last week, voters in a suburb of Dallas rejected critical race theory in a lopsided vote, but this is not the story being told by NBC News. NBC News reported the following.

On one side, progressives argued that curriculum and disciplinary changes were needed to make all children feel safe and welcome in Carroll, a mostly white but quickly diversifying school district…. On the other, conservatives in Southlake rejected the school diversity plan as an effort to indoctrinate students with a far-left ideology that, according to some, would institutionalize discrimination against white children and those with conservative Christian values.

            Even though the news reported the election to be “bitterly divided,” their statement is only partially correct at best. The election may have been bitter, but it was far from being divided. Jarrett Stepman described the results as follows. 

About 70% of the vote went against a whole slate of candidates – from the mayor’s race to school board and City Council – who supported a “diversity plan” that pushed critical theory on students and faculty, and turnout for the election was high. That’s not a “divided” election; it’s a landslide.

            Critical race theory is promoted as a way to make America less racist. Corporate America, government agencies, colleges and universities, and K-12 school districts all promote critical race theory. So, what is critical race theory? Why is it bad?

            Jonathan Butcher and Mike Gonzalez at The Heritage Foundation published an excellent paper on critical race theory. 

Critical Race Theory (CRT) makes race the prism through which its proponents analyze all aspects of American life – and do so with a degree of persistence that has helped CRT impact all of American life.

CRT underpins identity politics, an ongoing effort to reimagine the United States as a nation riven by groups, each with specific claims on victimization.

In entertainment, as well as the education and workforce sectors of society, CRT is well-established, driving decision-making according to skin color – not individual value and talent.

            According to Stepman, President Joe Biden sought to portray CRT as “sensitivity training” during his campaign for president. Stepman explained that CRT teaches “Americans to hate each other, to see fellow citizens as the ‘other,’ and to give license to discrimination in the name of racial justice. The core of critical race theory is the 1619 Project and “a critical element of the ‘great awakening.’”

            Critical race theory is bad for any society that upholds it because it divides the population according to race. This is why the conservatives in the Texas school district fought against it. Even though their “victory” is important, it is a minor one. It is important because it gives a blueprint for other school districts to follow in fighting critical race theory. One of the new members of Texas school district explained how they fought the battle.

            Hannah Smith explained that they started last August and “paired up with like-minded parents around the country.” “I was on conference calls with parents all over America who are fighting the same thing, so it’s important for people to know that they can band together and that they can make change.” In addition, they “worked to educate voters about what critical race theory is and how destructive it would be.” They also used Freedom of Information Act requests to determine “how extensively those ideas were being propagated behind closed doors.”

            The doctrine of critical race theory is unpopular because it is wrong. It divides instead of unifies. The Texas parents did the right thing when they organized to stop it.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

What Should Happen to Big Tech for Their Treatment of Trump?

            Twitter and Facebook banned President Donald Trump after the assault by bad actors on the far right on January 6, 2021. Twitter’s ban was permanent, but Facebook’s ban was not. Facebook agreed to look at the situation within six months, and the oversight board made their decision today. The ban on Facebook and Instagram posts by Trump would continue – for now. However, the board put the problem back into the hands of Zuckerberg, saying that the ban was vague and standardless.

            Kay C. James, President of The Heritage Foundation said that the decision was “the wrong one, and one that all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, should be concerned about.” According to James, 

Big Tech companies should not be allowed to play by a set of rules that give them undue influence over American society while also avoiding any accountability for how they use that influence. It is time for Congress to act and reform Section 230 – which protects publishing platforms from being held liable for content posted by users – in a way that respects the rights of those engaged in private enterprise.

True reform must also ensure that companies like Facebook and Instagram take responsibility for the choices they make – especially when it comes to censoring individuals and opinions they don’t like.

Letting politically motivated companies police themselves as they manipulate civic discourse is not a long-term solution consistent with America’s values.

Whether it’s the president of the United States or an average American citizen in Des Moines, Big Tech should not have the ability to suppress viewpoints it finds objectionable – and it certainly shouldn’t have the ability to hide behind outdated laws in justifying such behavior.

            Woke corporations, such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook, censored the sitting President of the United States. By doing so, they became a threat to every American as well as the America. They should not be allowed to do so. If they are allowed to “get away” with censoring Trump, they will be emboldened, and they may use their power to silence all conservatives or people who think differently than they do.

The ironic thing about the whole censuring of Trump is that the companies allowed regimes, such as China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, to use their platforms to spread their propaganda. They allowed Black Lives Matter (BLM) and other terrorist groups to use their platforms to plan riots and violence. It is obvious that Big Tech is not against evil in itself. Big Tech is against conservatives and will take any action possible to stop conservative ideas.

It is time for Congress to reform Section 230. It is also time for Big Tech to treat all users with “consistency and transparency.” Maybe it is time for Big Tech to be regulated in the same ways as utilities. They have abused the protections that were given to them, so they should suffer the consequences.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Did Biden Make False or Misleading Statements about Immigration and Border?

            Last Friday, President Joe Biden was interviewed by NBC News about immigration and the border crisis. Experts say that the President made “numerous false or misleading statements” on the topic during the interview. Four members of the homeland security team at The Heritage Foundation responded to the claims by President Biden.

            Mark Morgan is the former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Chad Wolf is the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Mike Howell is an attorney that previously worked in the general counsel’s office for the Department of Homeland Security. The three men, plus Lora Ries, work for The Heritage Foundation. They responded to the following claims. 

Claim No. 1: Biden inherited “one God-awful mess at the border” from the Trump administration. Rating: False [Answered by Chad Wolf.]

The border crisis is entirely of the Biden administration’s own making, and it’s critical to understand the context in which it’s happening.

In the final months of the Trump administration, we saw border apprehensions increase because more people were coming illegally in the hopes of a Biden election victory. However, it wasn’t until the Biden administration took office that monthly apprehensions exploded, as Department of Homeland Security numbers make clear. [Emphasis added.]

This administration inherited a border that was under control thanks to strong and effective actions by the Trump administration. In May 2019 – the height of the 2019 crisis – 140,000 illegal aliens were caught crossing the border. However, by November 2019, this number was down to 42,000, and by April 2020, apprehensions were down to about 17,000.

This decrease was thanks to the Migrant Protection Protocols, which essentially eliminated fraudulent asylum claims at the southern border; asylum cooperative agreements with Northern Triangle countries, which gave individuals the ability to apply for protection closer to their home country instead of the southern border; and more construction of the border wall.

Every single one of these effective policies was still in place on Jan. 20, 2021, when Biden undid them with the stroke of a pen in the first days of his administration. We’ve seen the numbers skyrocket since. Biden inherited the most secure border in U.S. history, and promptly blew it apart. [Emphasis added.]

Claim No. 2: “It is getting urgent action now.” Rating: False [Answered by

Mike Howell.]

This claim is fatuous on its face. Vice President Kamala Harris, who Biden tapped several weeks ago to lead the crisis response, won’t even visit the Norther Triangle until June.

Holding Zoom calls and calling for amnesty is not “urgent action.” Building more intake facilities is not urgent action, either….

“Urgent action” would be restarting construction of the border wall…. It would be restoring the Migrant Protection Protocols and asylum cooperative agreements with Northern Triangle countries. It would be untying the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other law enforcement to allow them to deport those here illegally….

Claim No. 3: “For example, a month ago, we had thousands of young kids in custody in places they shouldn’t be, and controlled by the Border Patrol. We have now cut that down dramatically.” Rating: Misleading [Answered by Lora Ries.]

While the number of unaccompanied minors in Customs and Border Protection custody has decreased, the numbers are clear: Most of those minors are simply being transferred from one government agency to another – in this case, CBP custody to the Department of Health and Human Services.

In fact, more than 23,000 minors are [now in] federal custom as of a few days ago, more than 21,000 of which have been transferred to HHS….

And no matter who has custody of these minors, the Biden administration is doing nothing to eliminate the incentives for Centra and South American parents to continue to send their children to the border. Until that happens, these sky-high numbers will persist.

Claim No. 4: “Hey, look, here’s what happened – the failure to have a real transition. The two departments that didn’t give us access to virtually anything were the immigration [department] and the Defense Department. So, we didn’t find out they had fired a whole lot of people, that they were understaffed considerably.” Rating: False [Answered by Chad Wolf.]

What the president of the United States said is untrue. Plain and simple.

At the Department of Homeland Security, we provided the transition team with more than 200 extensive briefings on homeland security issues, the majority of which dealt with the border, immigration policy, and the processes and procedures we had in place to secure the border and reduce asylum fraud….

It's also untrue to claim anyone in DHS was fired during the transition. Not only is this factually incorrect, but it is illegal to remove any career executives for 120 days during a change in administration.

The Biden administration is not being truthful….

Claim No. 5: “Well, look, it is way down now. We’ve now gotten control.”

Rating: False [Answered by Mark Morgan.]

Nothing about the border crisis is “under control.” In just two months, more than 334,000 illegal aliens have been apprehended trying to cross our southern border, including 162,000 in April – the highest back-to-back monthly total in more than 15 years.

CBP officials also estimate more than 170,000 illegal aliens this fiscal year have evaded apprehension and are already in the U.S. Additionally, ICE is cutting arrests of violent criminal illegal aliens by 50%....

Claim No. 6: “For example, we have – they didn’t plan for, which it comes every year, this flow, whether it is 22,000 or 10,000, they didn’t have the beds that were available. They didn’t plan for the overflow. They didn’t plan for the Department of Health and Human Services to have places to take the kids from the Border Patrol and put them in beds where there was security and there were people who could take care of them. So, there is a significant change right now, a significant change in the circumstances for children coming to and at the border.” Rating: False [Answered by Mark Morgan.]

This is an outrageous claim – in November 2020, CBP under the Trump administration had fewer than 800 unaccompanied alien children, family units, and single adults in custody. In March of this year, that number had exploded to more than 10,000.

Even though apprehensions started increasing in 2020, as growing numbers of illegal migrants gambled on a potential Biden election victory and subsequent amnesty, the Trump administration had strong policies in place to quickly and responsibly process and deport most of these individuals. This meant there was no systemic issue with backlogs or overcrowded CBP or HHS facilities.

The Biden administration broke the system, and now has the temerity to blame the Trump administration for not implementing policies to anticipate its reckless behavior. It’s truly astounding.

Biden is right about one thing, though. The circumstances for children at the border have significantly changed. Biden’s open-borders agenda is only encouraging more unaccompanied minors and families to make the dangerous journey to the border, creating not only a humanitarian crisis, but also a windfall for the drug cartels and smugglers who profit off human misery, including, sadly, an ever-increasing number of children….

            According to the experts quoted above, the President of the United States is lying to or misleading the American citizens about immigration and the southern border. He obviously does not want the truth to get out. He has not been to the border and neither has Kamala Harris. In fact, the administration would not let the media into the border facilities until they had moved out some of the unaccompanied minors.

            The bottom line: Trump administration had the border situation under control with its policies. The Biden administration ended all the successful policies and invited the border surge. The crisis at the border belongs to Biden.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Who Is Tim Scott?

             My VIP for this week is Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Scott address Americans last Wednesday night in response to the address of President Joe Biden to a joint session of Congress. Scott presented a candid evaluation of the problems in our nation as well as reasonable resolutions for them.

            David Harsanyi from the National Review called Scott’s response “competent” compared to “mendacious” for Biden’s speech. Leftists went crazy about Scott’s response – “contrived, hyperbolic outrage and derision” from the “liberal talking heads.” 

There was one statement from Scott that caused more outrage than any other in his response. He declared that “America is not a racist country.” Scott was mocked because he dared to claim that the nation is not racist, even though “he had personally experienced bigotry.”

Leftists claimed that America is racist, and they tried to prove it with “Uncle Tim” trending on Twitter. “The left’s demeaning of any African American who strays from leftist orthodoxy is one of the ugliest acceptable smears in our political discourse.” Harsanyi continued:

Scott’s two claims are wholly compatible. Bad actors and ugly ideas exist among people of all nations, and always will. And yet that does not necessarily mean the nation itself is fundamentally, legally, culturally, or systemically racist.

We can always do better, but by the world’s standards, the United States is likely the least racist place.

Indeed, Scott never alleged that racism was nonexistent in America. To do so would have been absurd. Scott, in fact, wrote a police reform bill that Senate Democrats such as Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, and Dick Durbin had shut down using the filibuster, which they now call a “relic of Jim Crow.”

            Left-wing media was quick to mock Scott’s statement. Van Jones, CNN Political analyst, called Scott’s message “nonsense. He also said that Scott “had lost African Americans ‘by the tens of millions’ by denying what everyone knew was true about the United States. However, Vice President Kamala Harris answered questions by ABC News by saying, “I don’t think America is a racist country, but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.”

            Scott and Harris said the same thing, but their statements are treated completely different. This shows that there are “flagrant double standards in politics.”

            Scott is an intelligent, articulate Senator who is doing his job in the Senate. The leftists hate him because he is a conservative Black man who escaped from the Democrat “plantation.”

Sunday, May 2, 2021

What Do Liberals Fear in Arizona Election Audit?

             The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is election integrity. There were some strange happenings on Election Night 2020. The machines – which were supposed to be off the internet – in several states suddenly stopped counting votes in the middle of the night. Thousands of votes were added during the hours that the machines were stopped. Millions of people want to know what happened.

            The Republican legislature in Arizona wants their people to feel confident about the integrity of its elections. The election results in Maricopa County were questionable, so the legislature is conducting an election audit. Supposedly, no one knows what the results of the audit will be, but Democrat reactions to the audit is enlightening. The leftist media’s reaction seems to say that the audit will show that something was wrong. John D. O’Connor wrote the following about the media’s reaction to the Arizona audit. 

Media hyperventilation about the recently commenced Arizona audit is evidence that pro-Biden forces discern grave danger in the process.  They have known all along that an audit, not a court case, is the proper forum for detection of maladministration allowing improper votes.  If the media can portray the audit as being about nothing more than warmed-over voting machine paranoia, the yells of "conspiracy theory" will become even louder.  But if a credible evidentiary challenge to the results in Arizona can be strongly shown, the media will be soundly discredited, and with them their assurances of election legitimacy.

So it behooves the auditors and their sponsors to focus both on palpably wrongful voting and sufficient numerosity of suspect votes.  Such a result would not necessarily mean that the national election was illegitimate.  But it would give some support to that entirely reasonable inference.  At the least, it would dramatically demonstrate that, yes, our national election, especially in key urban areas controlled by Democrats, was so poorly administered, whether negligently or fraudulently, that radical reform is needed to ensure that this uncertainty never again occurs.  And yes, H.R. 1 would be a problem, not a solution.

One more conclusion that will be reasonably drawn if such an audit outcome is credibly proven: the major media were once again complicit in fraudulent partisan concealment of a major affront to our democracy, making their suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story just one leaf of their poisonous tree.  Indeed, they would be convicted by the jury of public opinion as one of the main culprits in the fiasco we call the 2020 election.

            The goal of the audit is election integrity, and all Americans should want integrity in the election. Yet, leftists – including the media – fight against audits. This looks like the election was not what it should be. If everything were honest and above board, leftists would not be so hysterical about the audit.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

What Are the Signs of the Times and Why Were They Given?

             My Come, Follow Me lesson for this week came from Doctrine and Covenants 45. This revelation was given through the Prophet Joseph Smith to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 7, 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio. Many new converts were gathering to the Kirtland area, and they were met with increasing opposition.

            Early members of the Church of Jesus Christ were troubled by the perilous times in which they lived. In prefacing the record of this revelation, Joseph Smith’s history notes that there were “many false reports … and foolish stories” that were being “published … and circulated, … to prevent people from investigating the work, or embracing the faith. … But to the joy of the Saints, … I received the following.”

            We live in perilous times with many troubling events, just as the early members of the Church of Jesus Christ experienced troubling times. The disciples of Jesus “were troubled” when they heard the Savior speak about our day (Doctrine and Covenants 45:34).

            The Lord’s response to the latter-day Saints was the same as to His disciples in Jerusalem: “be not troubled” (Doctrine and Covenants 45:35). This counsel is good for us today. It is true that we live in perilous times, but it is also true that we live in the last days before the Savior returns. Ancient prophets saw our day and longed to be here for them. We have the privilege of living in these exciting times. There is evidence that He is hastening His work. Even though perils will precede the Second Coming, the Lord told us what they would be. They are not just warnings of danger, but they are signs that God is about to fulfill His promises.

            The signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ can be compared to highway signs. As we drive along a highway, there are signs that warn of steep hill or sharp curves. There are other signs that tell us the distance to our destination. The signs of the Second Coming have a similar purpose. They serve as warnings, but they also indicate our location along the journey.

            The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) is a parable about the last days. Five of the virgins were wise and took extra oil for their lamps, but five of the virgins were foolish and did not take extra oil. The Bridegroom delayed His coming until the darkest part of the night, and the virgins slumbered. When the shout went out that the Bridegroom was coming, the virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. The wise virgins added oil to their lamps, but they did not have enough oil to fill the lamps of the foolish virgins. The foolish virgins went to buy more oil for their lamps, but they found the doors to the wedding hall closed and locked when they returned.

            Modern prophets have told us that we add oil to our lamps by living righteously. We add a drop of oil every time we kneel in sincere prayer. We add another drop every time that we study the scriptures, attend sacrament meeting, and do temple work. We add oil to our lamps when we serve others. A wise man once asked a similar question to this one, “How do we share the oil of a testimony, the experience of serving a mission, or the joy of doing family history work?

            After listing numerous signs of the times, the Lord said, “But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die” (Doctrine and Covenants 45:32).

            The holy places in which we are to stand are our homes, chapels, and temples – as well as other places where we can bask in the Spirit. Sister Ann M. Dibb, a former member of the Young Women General Presidency, taught that the instruction to stand in holy places and be not moved “explains how we can receive protection, strength, and peace in unsettling times.” After noting that these holy places could include our temples, chapels, and homes, she said that “we can each find many more places.” She continued:

We might first consider the word place as a physical environment or a geographic location. However, a place can be “a distinct condition, position, or state of mind” [ Dictionary, “place,”]. This means holy places can also include moments in time – moments when the Holy Ghost testifies to us, moments when we feel Heavenly Father’s love, or moments when we receive an answer to our prayers. Even more, I believe any time you have the courage to stand for what is right, especially in situations where no one else is willing to do so, you are creating a holy place” (“Your Holy Places,” Ensign, May 2013, 115).

            It is good to stand in holy places where we will have protection, safety, and peace. It is also good to “be not troubled” as the Savior said. He gave us the signs of the times to help us prepare for His Second Coming, not to frighten us. As we watch the signs appear before our eyes, we will know how close we are to the end of our journey.