Forty minutes after the explosion in Chelsea Saturday night, Donald Trump told a crowd in Colorado that a bomb had gone off in New York and said, “We better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough.”
For the next 48 hours, the media denounced Trump for jumping to conclusions about a “bomb” — and especially for the wild suggestion that government policy had had anything to do with it. (How about our policy of naturalizing 858 people from terrorist-producing countries who were under orders of deportation? Is it deplorable to ask about that policy?)
That night, CNN boasted that it placed “numerous requests” to the Trump campaign, demanding his evidence that it was a bomb. This explosive-filled device with a detonator that blew up in a dumpster — what makes you think it was a bomb?
Hoping to get a snappy riposte from the pouty pantsuit on Trump’s wild leap from an explosion in a dumpster to a “bomb,” the press asked her to comment on Trump’s “conclusion” — as they termed his statement of the blindingly obvious.
Hillary referred to the bombing as a “bombing,” then snipped, “I think it’s important to know the facts about any incident like this … I think it’s always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions.”
True, there was a bombing, but that doesn’t mean there was a bomb. Let’s not fly off the handle. It could have been an exploding Edible Arrangement.
Even after the dumbest mammal in North America, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, had admitted it was a bomb, journalists were indignant that Trump had called a bomb a “bomb” before they said so.
On CNN’s “Inside Politics” on Sunday, The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman said that even Trump’s supporters worry that “he often gets ahead of information” and that Democrats would make it an issue of his not being “careful, that he doesn’t wait for facts. That he just goes off and talks.”
Hey, Maggie? I’m a Trump supporter and I know lots of Trump supporters. None of us ever worry about Trump “getting ahead of the facts.”
CNN’s Sara Murray complained that Trump “seizes on these moments so instantly before we have the facts.”
Instead of instantly seizing on this moment to assume Trump was wrong, shouldn’t Sara have waited until all the facts were in?
On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus announced, “I’m a facts girl” — thanks for sharing your OKCupid profile with us, Ruth! — “so I think the response, ‘I’d like to wait for the facts until I comment,’ is always a good idea.”
The media was enraged that Trump was sensible enough to realize what had happened. HE COULD HAVE BEEN WRONG! Yeah, but he wasn’t. As Trump said, “I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news.”
By Monday morning, Hillary was doing PR work for Islam, calling the culprits “bad guys,” but stressing that “we’re not going to go after an entire religion.” No one had suggested “going after an entire religion,” but I guess you can never be too careful when dealing with all those deplorable, irredeemable Americans.
A few hours later, New Jersey police caught the suspect, an Irish Catholic altar boy from Teaneck named Seamus Patrick O’Sullivan. Just kidding! He was an immigrant from Afghanistan named Ahmad Khan Rahami.
This is the doubletalk the public has been forced to endure after every terrorist attack.
As described in In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! our media and politicians are pretty quick to jump to the conclusion that terrorist attacks have absolutely nothing to do with Islam.
The night a truck bomb was found smoldering in Times Square, Mayor Michael Bloomberg went on “CBS Evening News” and said he thought it was somebody “homegrown,” maybe “somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something.”
The morning after the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, NBC’s law enforcement analyst, Jim Cavanaugh, said that his best guess was that the shooter was a person “rooted in white hate movements,” and had picked the club “because it’s a diverse club and he hates diverse people.”
(By which I think he means yours truly! I have the perfect alibi, of course. If I ever found myself in a gay nightclub, I’d be too busy signing autographs to shoot anybody.)
The fact that the shooter was a second-generation Muslim immigrant named Omar Mateen, who had repeatedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS during the attack, was treated by our media as one of many strands of evidence, not nearly as important as the possibility that Mateen might be gay and had been scarred by America’s endemic homophobia.
After the 2009 Fort Hood attack by a Major Nidal Hasan yelling, “Allahu Akbar!” Obama warned Americans not to “jump to conclusions.” (Deplorable, irredeemable Americans are always jumping to unwarranted conclusions!)
He proceeded to label the jihadist attack an act of “workplace violence.” To Obama’s credit, his policies have reduced workplace violence considerably by putting so many Americans out of work.
The media and Obama administration officials took weeks to settle on a motive for the San Bernardino terrorists, despite their having pledged allegiance to ISIS while committing the attack. That night, the Los Angeles Times falsely reported that an office dispute had preceded the slaughter. The Times won a Pulitzer for the reporting that included this intentional misdirection.
The left has apparently decided that white America is a declining demographic and they are going to treat Muslim grievance groups like NARAL: We are with you on everything. It’s probably just a coincidence that Muslim immigrants are advantageous to the Democrats’ electoral prospects.
Even the terrorists have been getting impatient with the American left’s refusal to give them due credit. Major Hasan’s spiritual adviser, Anwar al-Awlaki, denounced the Obama administration for denying that the Fort Hood shooting was a glorious act of Islamic terrorism. After Orlando, al-Qaida’s in-house magazine, Inspire, ordered jihadists in America to concentrate on killing Anglo-Saxon Americans to avoid confusing the U.S. media.
When American settlers sent scouts to ride ahead and look for Indians, if the scouts returned saying there were 6,000 Sioux on the other side of the ridge, no one cared about their horsemanship or the language they used.
Trump is the only politician in 50 years to say, “Immigration security is national security.” The media won’t listen. But the voters are listening.
Senator Jeff Sessions had scheduled a legally required Senate hearing for tomorrow on the President’s ‘Determination’ about refugee numbers for Fiscal Year 2017 (begins in 11 days).
Here you can tell by the usually mild Senator Sessions tone that a refusal to appear, by all branches of the administration that deal with refugees, is of major concern for the nation and a clear slap in the face to all American citizens with fears for the security and economic well-being of their communities.
This is stunning! United Nations First! (Not America First!).
Sessions: Obama Administration Subordinates Concerns Of The American People To Advance Agenda Of The United Nations
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest made the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s refusal to attend a hearing tomorrow about the Refugee Admissions Program:
“Despite having sufficient notice of a statutorily required hearing regarding its plans for the Refugee Admissions Program in Fiscal Year 2017, the Obama Administration has once again elected to subordinate both its relationship with Congress and the legitimate concerns of the American people to advance the agenda of the United Nations. The Department of State claims that not one official is available to appear at tomorrow’s scheduled hearing due to this week’s United Nations General Assembly and Summit for Refugees and Migrants. The Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services have also refused to attend tomorrow’s hearing in a strange display of bureaucratic solidarity with the Department of State’s indefensible decision. The American people deserve explanations about the Administration’s reckless plans to admit 110,000 refugees beginning on October 1, 2016. They demand that their leaders end the lawlessness and abuses in the Refugee Admissions Program, and that their leaders place the safety and security of this country first.”
Stay tuned, we will keep you posted if the lawless Administration ever deigns to follow the law regarding the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program! The hoopla in the UN over refugees was yesterday and today, so is the Judiciary hearing interrupting the the bureaucrats NYC party time?
Another United Nations summit in New York. Another finger-wagging extravaganza. Another useless “historic declaration” (nonbinding, of course) to save the world (by holding another summit … in two years).
As America reels from the latest terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees and immigrants in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, the world’s global do-gooders filled the Big Apple with their humanitarian hot air. U.N. officials convened in NYC this week to push for “collective action” to “protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.”
Let me put this as politely as possible: Bug off, U.N. nitwits.
Islamic jihadists are lopping off infidels’ heads; kidnapping young African girls, Christian missionaries and Western tourists; incinerating Afghan schoolgirls; imposing mass genital mutilation on Muslim girls and marrying them off to lecherous brutes while they’re still in grade school; pushing gays off of rooftops; mob-raping European women; casting fatwas on cartoonists, filmmakers and authors; and stabbing, shooting and bombing Jews, Christians and ex-Muslim apostates all over the world.
But the real problem, the U.N. elites tell us, is “rising xenophobia” in countries whose citizens are sick and tired of open borders. If only we uneducated heathens who oppose unfettered mass immigration to America from America-hating breeding grounds learned to appreciate “diversity” more, a Skittles-colored rainbow of peace and harmony would reign.
And yes, I know, “Skittles” is now a trigger word after Donald Trump Jr. used the treats in a completely innocuous homeland security meme on Twitter to illustrate America’s inability to separate murder-minded refujihadis from legitimate refugees escaping persecution.
To which I say: Suck it up, snowflakes. Terrorists are teaching their kids to slice throats and you’re whimpering over candy analogies? Talk about candy-asses.
Not to be outdone in the international sanctimony Olympics, President Obama used center stage at the U.N. General Assembly to rail against self-preservationism in favor of “global integration.” Instead of a full-frontal fusillade against al-Qaida, the Islamic State and all the other homicidal spreaders of Allahu Akbar-it is, Obama aimed his sharpest barbs at American supporters of Donald Trump and U.K. voters who voted to withdraw from the European Union.
“A nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself,” he lectured.
(Pay no attention to the brand-new fence at the White House now nearly 14-feet high to protect Obama from unwanted outside “integration.”)
This week’s U.N. production of Caring Theater is just the latest attempt by the world’s most feckless social engineers to compensate for their own abject, chronic failures.
The U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, bloviated against “race-baiting bigots, who seek to gain, or retain, power by wielding prejudice and deceit, at the expense of those most vulnerable.”
What he didn’t talk about: the decades-old corruption, fraud, and abuse perpetrated by the U.N. itself and its vast refugee bureaucracy.
In Malaysia, U.N. refugee officials have been implicated in black market schemes to sell United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees cards and false identity papers in order to get resettled in the United States, Australia and Canada.
In Lebanon, Arabic-language newspaper Al Monitor reported this year that “Aid organizations have become fountains of corruption, while ‘humanitarian mafias’ accrue massive sums” through U.N. funding.
Last year, fiscal watchdogs blew the whistle on systemic management of the U.N. refugee agency’s nearly billion-dollar budget over the last two years. An internal audit deemed every measure of financial controls over refugee relief funds “unsatisfactory.” The report came just two years after another internal assessment raised red flags over “the lack of adequate managerial control” by U.N. officials contracting with third parties purportedly helping refugees.
All that came in the wake of the latest U.N. rape epidemic earlier this spring involving peacekeepers in the Central African Republican who sexually abused civilians, including more than 100 girls in one prefecture.
That outbreak follows years of brutal exploitation by U.N. staff members in Nairobi who shook down African refugees seeking resettlement in North America, Europe and Australia while the U.N. looked the other way. And that scandal ran parallel to another widespread U.N. peacekeepers’ sexual predator ring involving refugees that stretched from the Congo to Bosnia and Eastern Europe.
U.N. brass downplayed the barbaric treatment of refugees in its care as the result of a few rogues. But rape rooms and internet pedophile video productions were run by senior U.N. officials and other civilian personnel, untold numbers of whom fathered babies with young girls and teens held as prostitutes and sex slaves. Nothing has changed.
Before the world’s policemen barge in on us again to denigrate our efforts to protect our home, they should spare us the refugee sanctimony and clean up their own.
“To wave a historical version of our flag, that to some symbolizes exclusion and hate, injects hostility and confusion to an event where no one intended to do so,” wrote Forest Hills Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Behm in a letter to parents.
The controversy surrounding the 13-star flag erupted on Sept. 9th during a football game between predominantly white Forest Hills Central High School and predominantly black Ottawa Hills High School, MLive reports.
Forest Hills students not only waved a “Betsy Ross” flag, but they also displayed a Donald Trump banner (behavior guaranteed to get you labeled deplorable).
At least one parent was “shocked” to hear students chanting, “USA” and wearing red, white and blue.
Oh, the horror.
“You can’t deny the overt, intentional racism and intimidation,” said Briana Urena-Ravelo, co-founder of the Grand Rapids Black Lives Matter group.
Ms. Urena-Ravelo, who represents a group that specializes in overt intentional racism and intimidation, told television station WOOD that the students intended to be racist.
“For these white kids from a white school to bring out a flag of the colonies with the ‘Make America Great Again’ Trump flag to a game with black students on the field, it’s all very obvious,” she told the television station.
Parent Matthew Patulski wrote a scathing Facebook diatribe – accusing students of “brandishing these symbols of nationalism and white supremacy.”
So let’s look at the facts:
- The students wore red, white and blue because it was a “red, white and blue” theme night.
- The students traditionally wear red, white and blue to commemorate Sept. 11th.
- There are no local news reports of students using any sort of derogatory or racially offensive language.
- The Betsy Ross flag is not racist.
- A Trump “Make America Great Again” banner is not racist.
- Supt. Daniel Behr is a pinhead
Parents and patriots in the Forest Hills Public Schools district should rise up and demand that the superintendent retract his offensive letter and apologize for smearing the brave teenagers who dared to show their American pride.
Oh, by the way – Mr. Patulski also took great offense because the students were chanting, “Go Green! Go White!”
“We were all quite taken aback by these loud chants,” he wrote.
That’s because the school colors are green and white, you self-righteous nincompoop.
An iconic American company, McDonald’s, has quietly outsourced the jobs of 70 white-collar professionals in Ohio to foreign H-1B workers.
The H-1Bs outsourcing in the nation’s heartland showcases the growing corporate effort to use foreign H-1B workers to cut workforces of American white-collar professionals, and it comes after companies have used waves of legal and illegal migrants to slash blue-collar jobs and wages in Ohio and around the country.
Also, the 70 Ohio jobs that McDonalds outsourced to lower wage foreign graduates are not Silicon Valley technology and software jobs — they’re white-collar accounting jobs performed by graduates from mainstream business schools. That outsourcing of mainstream business jobs spotlights the growing movement of foreign workers into all corners of the nation’s white-collar professional economy.
White-collar outsourcing “is not just a Silicon Valley thing anymore, it is happening all over” the country, said Steve Camarota, head of research at the Center for Immigration Studies.
The outsourcing in Columbus, Ohio, was explained as a cost saving effort by a McDonald’s spokeswoman. “To deliver $500 million in savings, the vast majority by the end of 2017, we are restructuring many aspects of our business, including an accounting function,” said spokeswoman Terri Hickey.
The outside contractor is Genpact, a New York-based firm that outsources work to Indians who are allowed to work in the United States for several years once they get an H-1B visa. The company is a spinoff from General Electric, and its biggest owner is Bain Capital. “Thank you for your inquiry but we are unable to comment on details of our client engagements due to confidentiality,” Gail Marold, the Genpact spokeswoman, told Breitbart News.
The outsourcing deal was revealed when McDonalds sought federal taxpayers’ funds to compensate the 70 fired Americans.
The outsourcing news comes as Donald Trump campaigns on the popular promise to reform the H-1B and immigration programs and while Hillary Clinton is promising to expand companies’ hiring of foreign blue-collar and white-collar workers.
Over the last 20 years, many Americans companies have outsourced their computer and software departments, often to Indian firms such as Tata Consulting. The foreign companies use the H-1B guest worker program to bring their lower wage foreign graduates to work in American office parks. That expanding trend has been extensively documented by specialist publications, such as ComputerWorld.
But American companies are now trying to outsource more varieties of jobs, including accounting, healthcare and design jobs. For example, American universities have hired H-1Bs for 100,000 prestigious jobs, including professors, lecturers, doctors, therapists, scientists and researchers. Engineering giant Caterpillar continues to hire H-1B workers in Illinois as it fires hundreds of American engineers and other white-collar workers, DeLoitte and other U.S. accounting firms have asked for more than 20,000 H-1B visas to replace American business-school graduates.
That growth and expansion is repeating the pattern among blue-collar workers, where millions of American farm-workers, meat-packers, janitors, hotel workers, groundskeepers, and restaurant workers have been gradually replaced by millions of legal or illegal, temporary or permanent, foreign workers since the 1980s. That blue-collar outsourcing began in the farm fields of Texas and California, and then expanded to Wisconsin dairies, Milwaukee bakeries, Nebraska slaughterhouses, Oregon apple orchards, New York supermarkets, and all of the nation’s major cities. During the same period, blue-collar wages stalled and the resulting rise in profits exploded stock values.
Now the various immigrants and guest workers are moving up the wage scale from blue-collar jobs towards the white-collar jobs that provide some sense of financial stability in a fast changing economy
Ohio, for example, is now home to roughly 13,000 H-1Bs, of which roughly 4,000 are employed at universities with “cap exempt” visas.
The H-1Bs are being hired in Ohio to work as designers and business forecasters at Abercrombie & Fitch, credit analysts at JP Morgan, accountants at Accenture, scientists at Abbott Laboratories, researchers at Ohio State University, and also as therapists, software programmers and business analysts at many other firms.
Nationwide, roughly 650,000 H-1Bs are working for companies in the United States, alongside many other hundreds of thousands of guest workers with L-1, B-1 and other white collar visas. The
In Ohio, roughly 1,200 foreign post-graduate students are working in prestigious white-collar jobs, via the ‘Optional Practical Training’ visa. Without that visa program, most of those jobs would have gone to new graduates born in Ohio. Nationwide, at least 120,000 foreign college grads are working in jobs sought by Americans graduates, and this OPT outsourcing channel will sharply increase in the next few years because the visa was expanded by President Barack Obama.
Federal rules do not set any limits on the supply of H-1Bs or OPTs, nor do they require that Americans be interviewed for or be told about the jobs that are being outsourced. Similarly, the result for paying H-1Bs allow them to be be paid far lessSeveral states are also allowing Even some illegals are being allowed to work in licenses professional jobs. than experience, middle-aged American parents, or debt burdened recent graduates.
Several states are also allowing illegals to work in licensed professional jobs, including as teachers, lawyers and doctors.
Generally, the impact of this outsourcing trend on Americans has been underplayed by media outlets, who prefer to focus on the concerns of migrants now living in the United States.
“There is never, ever a reporter in Ohio who honestly covers how open immigration negatively affects Ohioans,” says local activist Julia Aldrich, who works with the Federation for American immigration Reform. “If they ever give any coverage [about Americans] at all it is a one-sentence quote verses the rest of the article’s support for how great illegal aliens or refugees, etc. are for Ohioans,” she told Breitbart.
“Wages are being suppressed because so many people are using the visa program,” said Hughey Newsome, a consultant with degrees from Harvard and Stanford who worked as technology consultant in Ohio in 2012. “This is something a lot of people don’t understand,” he told Breitbart.
“I’ve seen it in Ohio,” he said, when he worked for a company that helps manufacturers. “Definitely more and more in Ohio and throughout the Midwest, in the manufacturing center and through the business sector, a lot of multinationals are using a ‘shared served service model,’” in which many support tasks are outsourced to subcontractors, he said.
“They’re doing it because its cheaper,” he added. But “they’ll hire more Americans if the cost of H-1Bs goes up” in line with reforms proposed by Donald Trump, he said.
Several other professionals in Ohio who were contacted by Breitbart about the outsourcing trend declined to talk on the record, fearing they could be identified and blackballed by hiring companies.
Throughout Ohio, the population of foreign-born adults has risen rapidly over the last few years. This state-wide population include the H-1B and OPT guest workers, plus legal immigrants and illegal migrants, plus refugees and asylum recipients. For example, the number of foreign-born people in Ohio grew from 339,270 in 2000 up to 469,191 in 2014, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. Those numbers doesn’t count the children of immigrants, and it adds up to one immigrant for every four African-American in the state.
Many new arrivals are sufficiently educated to compete directly with American-born college graduates. According to the federal census data, half of the foreign-born earn more than $47,409 in 2015, and roughly 40 percent of the foreign-born who older than age 25 have college degrees. Forty percent of the foreign-born have a high school degree or less.
The state has also seen a huge inflow of lower-skilled refugees.
In addition, the government allows Ohio companies to hire blue-collar guest workers from outside the country. The blue-collar version of the H-1B program is called the H-2B program, and it is used to recruit people for landscaping, forest, restaurant and hotel work. In 2015, for example the federal government provided visas to 25 companies and labor brokers to bring in hundreds of foreign workers instead of hiring local Americans.
The flood of skilled and unskilled immigrants has been great for Ohio employers, including universities and major companies like McDonalds. They’re now able to outsource more work, or hired more lower wage foreign workers in place of Americans, who seek decent wages to cover the cost of American education, housing, families and a normal American lifestyle.
The inflow has been good for the state and for the Chamber of Commerce, as more taxpayers and companies pay taxes to the state and dues to the Chamber. The extra people have increased the size of the state’s economy and government revenue, which grew from $25 billion in 2010 at the depth of the recession, up to $28.5 billion in 2015.
But the extra labor has shifted wages and opportunities away from Ohioans, including both the white-collar salary earners at McDonalds and the blue-collar wage earners in low skill jobs.
In Ohio, for example, the Brookings Institute calculated that wages for African-Americans in six out of seven largest counties have crashed by 11 percent from 2009 to 2014, while wages for white people grew by an average of 3.5 percent.
In Columbus, for example, wages for African-Americans crashed by 19 percent from 2009 to 2014 according to Brookings. Meanwhile, data from the Census Department shows that that city’s population of adults born overseas rose from 57,000 in 2000 to 102,000 in 2004, boosting them from 7.1 percent of the adult population to 11.3 percent.
The same pattern is repeated in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton and Youngstown, where Brookings’ data shows drops in African-Americans wages averages a 17 percent drop amid an average income rise of 4.5 percent for the white population. That income shift while the state’s foreign-born adult population grew by roughy 16 percent between 2000 and 2014, according to a recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies.
Brookings also showed that wages for Africans-Americans in Toledo rose by 16 percent during the 2009 to 2014 period. From 2000 to 2014, the immigrant population in Toledo rose very slowly, from 4.0 percent of the adult population to 4.4 percent of the population.
This shift of work and money from Ohioans who compete against immigrants towards the immigrants and towards Americans who employ foreign workers, is just a small reflection of a huge national economic redistribution.
That redistribution, dubbed the “Diversity Tax,” is a $400 billion transfer that native-born Americans pay to immigrants and to employers, each and every year.
According to Harvard professor George Borjas,
The presence of all immigrant workers (legal and illegal) in the labor market makes the U.S. economy (GDP) an estimated 11 percent larger ($1.6 trillion) each year. This “contribution” to the aggregate economy, however, does not measure the net benefit to the native-born population.
Of the $1.6 trillion increase in GDP, 97.8 percent goes to the immigrants themselves in the form of wages and benefits; the remainder constitutes the “immigration surplus” — the benefit accruing to the native-born population, including both workers, owners of firms, and other users of the services provided by immigrants.
The standard textbook model of a competitive labor market yields an estimate of the immigration surplus equal to $35 billion a year — or about [an increase of] 0.2 percent of the total GDP in the United States — from both legal and illegal immigration.
[But the immigration redistribution is] reducing the wages of natives in competition with immigrants by an estimated $402 billion a year, while increasing profits or the incomes of users of immigrants by an estimated $437 billion.
Americans want to like immigrants, and they want to like immigration in general, but they’re growing more worried that it is an economic threat to them and their children. Among companies, and now increasingly among voters, immigration “is all about the bottom line,” said Newsome.
On this day in 1787, the founders of this nation finished writing a Constitution that in the intervening 229 years has helped make America the greatest nation on earth. When voters go to the polls on Nov. 8, the American people will decide whether that document will continue to serve as the Supreme Law of the Land.
America declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. Then in 1777 the signers of the Declaration adopted the Articles of Confederation, creating a common government that would bind the 13 newly minted states together as a nation, forming a confederation of sovereign states.
But it became clear that America would not survive under the Articles. Americans stuck together through the Revolutionary War, united against a common enemy. But after Britain’s General Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown in 1781, the new nation started to unravel.
America’s leaders knew they needed a new national compact, one that would regulate interstate commerce, guarantee a common defense, and empower the United States to speak with a unified voice on the world stage.
Their solution was the Constitution. For the first time in human history, a people decided to govern itself through a written document, one that would supersede every ruler and authority. All public officials and military officers would be required to take an oath to support and defend this Constitution before they could assume the powers of their office.
The Constitution was premised on the Framers’ mistrust of government power. They took that power and broke it, separating it into two levels: federal and state. The states were left free as sovereign institutions to structure their government however they wanted, so long as it was a republican government.
For the federal government, they broke its power again, this time into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. The Constitution defines the separate powers of each branch (called the “separation of powers,”) and also gave each branch a way to restrain the other two (called “checks and balances.”)
The Framers knew that the Constitution would not be perfect, so they also included a mechanism for amending it. Then once the Constitution was ratified, the American people immediately amended it with a Bill of Rights to specify certain rights that the American people would possess (called “enumerated rights,”) including First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty, the Second Amendment right to bear arms, the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures, and Fifth Amendment rights of due process, property rights, and the right to avoid self-incrimination. Those who adopted these amendments also reaffirmed in the Tenth Amendment that unless the Constitution specifically vests a matter with the federal government, those matters were left with the states or the people (called “federalism.”)
The Framers kept the Constitution short; it is only 4,440 words. The Framers wrote it in a way so that the voters could read it and understand it, and then use it as the yardstick by which to measure all their elected leaders. By reading it, the voters would know what the powers of government are and what their rights as citizens are, and compel government officials to respect both.
That’s why originalism—the view that the words of the Constitution must be interpreted according to the original public meaning of its words, the meaning which ordinary Americans understood those words to carry—is the only legitimate way to interpret the Supreme Law of the Land. Anything less subverts the will of the American people and the democratic process.
In recent decades, the federal government has increasingly strayed from the Constitution, with only brief reprieves, such as during the Reagan years.
But over the past eight years, the United States has seen truly unprecedented threats to the constitutional order:
- The Obama administration argued for the first time that its power to regulate interstate commerce includes the power to order Americans to buy certain things with their own private money (e.g., health insurance).
- Obama argued that he had the power to do an end-run around the Senate by making recess appointments whenever senators weren’t literally on the Senate floor to do business.
- Obama launched a unilateral war against Libya without congressional approval.
- Obama argued he had the power to change immigration law to grant amnesty to 4.5 million illegal aliens.
- And now, Obama argues that current civil rights laws require all schools and employers to embrace homosexuality and transgenderism, with the chairman of his civil rights commission saying that terms like “religious liberty” are code words for illegal discrimination.
Most of these issues have lost by a single vote at the U.S. Supreme Court. But now one of the freedom-loving defenders of America’s constitutional order—Justice Antonin Scalia—has passed away. If his seat is filled by a liberal who rejects originalism in favor of a “Living Constitution”—essentially ignoring the Constitution’s text by saying its words must be “reinterpreted” to agree with modern leftist ideas—then Americans will not recognize their country four years from now.
Hillary Clinton places that beyond doubt. She threatens that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision (which held that groups like the National Rifle Association have free-speech rights and can run ads during election season) must be overruled, and that the Court was wrong in Heller to hold that law-abiding American citizens have a right to own a gun at home.
She says that Christian beliefs on abortion, marriage, sexuality, and gender roles “have to be changed.” Shockingly, she even says that observant Christians and constitutional conservatives are “deplorable” and “irredeemable.”
She promises to grant not just legal status—but citizenship and voting rights—to 11 million illegal aliens, and stop voter-ID laws and other measures that safeguard the ballot box, to ensure that neither she nor her allies can be voted out of office.
And Clinton vows that she will appoint judges who will side with her when these assaults on the Constitution are challenged in court.
The choice could not be clearer. America is at a fork in the road on whether we will continue to be a nation under the rule of law crowned by a written Constitution. At stake is nothing less than whether America’s next two centuries follow the same course as its first two centuries.