Video Podcast – Will Trump send Illegals to Sanctuary Cities

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Doubtless we’ve all heard of Trump’s threat to bus thousands of illegals and refugees to sanctuary cities and States. He says that they are always saying what a benefit to the community these “immigrants” are. Mayors and Governors alike claim that all should be welcome, without preconditions. The more the merrier. Immigrants are what make these cities great and all that clap-trap. The new mantra is “no human is illegal.”

So growing increasingly and understandably frustrated, Trump has decided to call the sanctuary cities on the insistence of their “come one, come all” policy.

And the left is utterly unhinged over Trump’s threat, which came without warning.

But is Trump serious about this, or is this just thrown out as a campaign issue, or other, to force the dems hand? read more

No More Regime Change

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Juan Guaido

I don’t often disagree with President Trump or Vice President Pence on policy, but what we’re hearing regarding the whole Venezuela situation bothers me.

Everyone in their right minds would agree that Nicolás Maduro Moros, current president of Venezuela is a bad guy. And by bad guy, I mean like spawn of Satan bad guy. As bad as was Hugo Chávez, Maduro is worse.

Conditions in Venezuela are already terrible and getting worse all the time. Food is scarce and clean water, almost nonexistent. People are being forced to drink and cook what little food they have in the same foul water in which they wash their clothes (by hand) and children bath in. It’s a miracle that diseases haven’t yet run rampant.

Yet Maduro is unfazed, blaming the plight of “his” people on outside forces aligning against him and his regime. Sounds a lot like Kim Jong Un. read more

Damn the Torpedoes – Cut Foreign Aid

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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During a time of increased illegal immigration at the Southern border in the summer of 2014, democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein encouraged President Barack Obama to use his “very broad power” to limit immigration as he saw fit.

In a letter sent to Obama, Feinstein noted that she spoke with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about how to address the immigration “crisis.”

“There is also an argument that there is sufficient flexibility in current law for the government to respond to the current crisis and that further legislation is not needed,” Feinstein said.

She was referring to Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows the president to limit immigration that is “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

Feinstein continued to argue that “no legislation is necessary to give your administration the tools it needs to respond to this crisis, and that any needed temporary measures can be implemented through presidential action.”

My how the democrats are singing a different tune less than five years later. Crisis then – no crisis now. I’m sure it can’t have anything to do with the fact that Donald Trump is now president. Or maybe it’s that Obama was just so darn successful at curtailing illegal crossings that the crisis simply is no more. Yeah, I’m sure that’s it. read more

Executive Order Ties Free Speech on Campus to Research Funding

from the Washington Free Beacon:

Trump Signs Executive Order Promoting Free Speech on Campus

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday tying federal research funding for colleges and universities to their policies governing free speech.

“We are delivering a clear message to the professors and power structures trying to suppress … young Americans and all Americans from challenging far-left ideology,” Trump said at the White House while flanked by free-speech advocates. “People who are confident in their beliefs cannot censor others. They welcome free, fair, and open debate, and that is what we are demanding.” read more

WND Exclusive – Trump Signed the Bill — and Broke his Promise

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

Left and right – we are all still transfixed on the border wall.

On Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, President Trump signed the FY2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act, H.J. Res 31, to prevent the entire nation from collapsing under the weight of another shutdown.

Right. Did anyone truly feel the last one?

He then proceeded to declare a national emergency to obtain additional funding for the border wall. read more

Video Podcast – Let’s Talk National Emergencies

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

According to the Federal Register, 58 national emergencies have been declared since the National Emergency Act of 1976 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford.

And 31 have been annually renewed and are currently still in effect, as listed in the Federal Register.

I discuss the latest emergency act that president Trump recently declared, comparing it to others declared by four previous presidents. read more

Sometimes Polls Have Little Relevance

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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“A Gallup Poll conducted last week [two weeks ago] showed Trump with negative ratings of 58 percent and positive ratings of 40 percent. These figures reflected similar findings in the Economist You Gov poll conducted at the same time, which had Trump down 54-44 percent. In contrast, YouGov had Pelosi down 52-48 percent and Schumer down 49-32 percent. Trump has higher disapproval, but Pelosi and Schumer have lower approval ratings — in part, I think because they are less well-known,” veteran polling analyst Jay O’Callaghan told Newsmax.

But so what? What’s the difference whose poll numbers are higher or lower?

Some might ask, “Doesn’t that equate to popularity which directly equates to reelection chances?”

The short answer is, as of right now, it makes no difference. read more

Trump Suffers from Bad Advice

from Erick Erickson’s The Resurgent:

President Trump Did, In Fact, Get Betrayed by Congressional Republicans

The reality is that President Trump and the Republicans held the Congress for two years and did jack about a border wall. The reality is also that Republicans in Congress kept telling the President to wait. And on two occasions they got the President to move forward in ways that got him in trouble with his own base. First was the DACA deal in February of last year and second was the end of the year deal.

Congressional Republicans gave the President bad advice and ultimately did nothing to help him in his shutdown fight. They waited and waited and then let him know they were surrendering. It was Bob Dole all over again. read more

Government Reopens – They Win – We Lose

from Conservative Review:

Trump announces short-term deal to reopen government with no wall funding. What’s his plan?

On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced an agreement between Republicans and Democrats in Congress to temporarily reopen the government without funding for a border wall.

Trump said he would sign a continuing resolution to fund the government at current levels for a few weeks without the additional $5.7 billion he’s requested as a down payment to construct parts of the border wall. He alluded to the legal authority to declare a national emergency to build the wall without new appropriations from Congress but indicated that he will not take that action today. read more

Another Plea for Mike Lee

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had another health scare recently. After surgery and treatment she has apparently been given a clean Image result for supreme courtbill of health.

But this latest scare has once again prompted many to speculate just when Ginsburg will decide to hang it up, or that her failing health might decide.

This will mean that Trump will get a third bite at the supreme Court apple.

Many thought that the Kavanaugh confirmation would flip the court from progressive to constitutionalist, but that may not end up being the case. This one however, could put the final nail in the coffin of leftist court activism.

But recent history is replete with Republican “wrong” choices for supreme Court, from David Souter to John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor and, of course, Mr. swing-vote, Anthony Kennedy. Chief Justice John Roberts has turned out be anything but a constitutionalist. Thanks to Roberts, we have ObamaCare. read more