Can Speech Incite Violent Action?

from Ben Shapiro:

When we broaden the definition of incitement, freedom suffers

Over the past week, we’ve heard the media pitching one particular narrative nonstop: the story that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has resulted in increased violence. We heard it in the aftermath of a spate of attempted bombing attacks against Democratic targets by a Floridian nutjob, and we heard it in the aftermath of a shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue by an outspokenly anti-Trump white supremacist.

Is there truth to the charge?

To determine whether there is, we’ve first got to consider the question more broadly: When is speech related to violence? read more

Trump is Constitutionally Correct in Ending Birthright Citizenship

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The subject of birthright citizenship is once again in the news. President Trump says he intends to sign an Executive order ending the practice. Leftists and faux-constitutional scholars are up in arms. What a shock.

CNN writes that, “Such a step would be regarded as an affront to the US Constitution, which was amended 150 years ago to include the words: ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.’”

In 2015, then candidate Trump exclaimed his desire to deport all illegal aliens. In rebuttal, Robert Tracinski at The Federalist  argued that deporting birthright citizens would be a direct assault on the Constitution and “the thousand year history of English common law.”

Tracinski explained that at the time of the founding, America embraced birthright citizenship – that “for the Founders, rejecting jus soli or birthright citizenship would have meant either greatly restricting the growth and expansion of the new nation or, more likely, creating a system in which there was a large and growing subpopulation of people who were disenfranchised in the land of their own birth. An idea totally incompatible with a government based on the consent of the governed.” read more

Video Podcast – The Pipe Bomber – I Succumbed to #MeToo

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Okay, the inept pipe bomber, Cesar Sayoc. Yep, he is apparently a registered Republican.

That’s true. But the more we learn about this dirt bag, the less Republican he becomes.

He may say he’s a Republican, but his thoughts and actions betray him. I examine them and conclude he has much more in common with the radical left and democrats than Trump and the Republicans.

The #MeToo movement started out innocently enough and did some good. But it has devolved into movement where it seems everything is now considered harassment.

Even a simple joke. I began to load a joke onto my website but stopped. This movement has now caused me to question whether a harmless, albeit slightly sexist joke would land me in hot water. And that’s the shame of an otherwise helpful movement being co-opted by radicals. read more

Are the Pipe Bombs a Legitimate Threat or a False Flag Event?

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Leftist media outlets from the New York Times to CNN and everyone in between are describing the recipients of these “pipe bombs” as Trump critics.

Gee – I wonder why that is? It must be that it’s the only thing they all have in common. Yeah, that must be it.

It harkens me back to the 2012 Aurora Colorado theater shooting, in which Brian Ross of ABC News jumped to the conclusion that the shooter, James Holmes, must have been a distraught ring wing Tea Party nut. Of course he was far from it, but the world view of leftist Ross clouded his ability for dispassionate reporting.

To be sure, all the ‘bomb’ recipients hate Trump. But they were also all wacky leftists before Trump took office. They were all power hungry control freaks prior to Trump being elected – still are. In fact, they all have numerous things in common – all bad.

But regardless of their animus toward Trump, they certainly don’t deserve to be terrorized by an explosive sent to them in the mail.

And the assumption is that that’s what happened. read more

You Have to Pass Medicare for All to See How Bad it Is

from IBD:

Dems Won’t Tell Voters How Radical ‘Medicare For All’ Is

Remember when Republicans said that ObamaCare was designed to fail so Democrats could push “single payer?” That was called conspiracy mongering. But guess what? ObamaCare is failing. And Democrats are now pushing “Medicare for All” as the solution.

Trouble is, Democrats aren’t telling voters anything about what “Medicare for All” means. Probably because the plan would be the most radical socialization of health care on the planet.

Everyone from New York socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke has called for “Medicare for All.” So far, 123 congressional Democrats and 16 Democratic Senators have co-sponsored “Medicare for All” bills. read more

Did Newsweek Accuse Candidate DeSantis of Bombs Sent to Dems?

from World Net Daily:

Newsweek links GOP Governor Candidate to Bombs

The legacy news magazine Newsweek, which now has only an online presence, posted a story Wednesday afternoon suggesting the Republican candidate for governor in Florida was to blame for the bomb threats targeting President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democratic figures, because he used the common metaphor “the kiss of death” in an email dispatch the day before.

Newsweek’s headline was: “Ron DeSantis campaign said he wanted Hillary Clinton’s Florida visit to be ‘kiss of death’ day before bomb threat.” read more

Foreign Policy is about Substance and Deeds – Not Words

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Fareed Zakaria said on CNN Sunday that the United States should conduct foreign policy in accordance with its interests and values.

He was of course deriding Donald Trump’s style of foreign policy. And surprise, surprise, Fareed was critical of Trump’s handling of it.

He, like all other leftists, just can’t seem to wrap their collective pin-heads around the Trump way.

Zakaria says that, “America’s foreign policy should not be based on personalities. Donald Trump’s worldview seems utterly rooted in his likes and dislikes of other leaders – from Kim Jong Un to Angela Merkel to MBS [Mohammad bin Salman].”

In other words, from the left’s vacuous vantage point, Trump favors whom he appears to like and vice versa. read more

CNN’s Striking Ignorance of the Federal Judiciary

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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I was reading an article about Immigration and family separation on CNN’s website the other day. It was yet another tug-at-the-heartstrings piece, sympathetic to illegals while demonizing border security and I.C.E. You know – a kill two birds with one stone type of thing.

The article began by stating: “Six months after US officials separated them at the border, ICE put a 4-year-old girl on a plane to Guatemala this week so she could be reunited with her father.”

According to CNN, the father, who was deported back to Guatemala 6 months ago, lived 8 hours from the airport, but only learned of his daughter’s arrival 30 minutes prior to her touching down. There was no mention of a mother.

The girl would then have to spend another night in a shelter awaiting her father’s arrival. Again, not a single mention of a mother. read more

WND Exclusive – Another Caravan of Political Pawns

Another migrant caravan is on its way to the United States, and once again we’re told that it is not a political stunt.

Reuters reported that when the “caravan” left northern Honduras there were approximately 1,300 people. Since then it has more than tripled in size

Now the size of the caravan is estimated at 4,000 or more. It is being said (again) that these migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and probably El Salvador are fleeing violence and poverty and that this march, like the last mass migration last April, is absolutely not a political statement.

It is repeatedly stated by these poor “marchers,” as well as everyone on the left, that they are just trying to escape the violence of their countries.

However, these facts make this a bit harder to believe. read more

Civility has Left the Building

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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So is this the way it’s going to go?

For months, we on the right have been bemoaning the rhetoric and violence of the left. For months right wing media has pointed out the outrageous behavior of leftist politicians like Maxine Waters for encouraging and inciting violence.

We’ve endlessly illustrated her now infamous screech-fest recorded in late June, 2018, in which she said: “If you see anybody from the cabinet, in a restaurant, in department store, at a gasoline station – you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them.”

This, we on the right claim, is utterly unacceptable behavior in a civilized society. And we’re correct. It is utterly unacceptable behavior.

But they did what old Maxine asked of them. Mobs formed to confront conservatives and Republicans. And sorry to Brooke Baldwin of CNN for using the ‘m’ word. Recall she said “Oh, you’re not going to use the ‘mob’ word,” in reaction to fellow leftist and Daily Beast senior columnist Matt Lewis’s description of Ted Cruz being chased out of a restaurant. read more