Why Are Pro-Hamas Rallies So Anti-Semitic, So Anti-American and So Obnoxious?

May 12, 2024

Special Edition

Why Are Pro-Hamas Rallies So Anti-Semitic, So Anti-American and So Obnoxious?

By: Victor Davis Hanson

Part One – May 7, 2024



Our Guests

After seven months of pro-Hamas chaos, a good question arises over what exactly the anti-Semitic demonstrators won’t do?

· Crash Easter services at St. Patrick’s Cathedral?

· Interrupt Christmas celebrations?

· Deface the White House wall?

· Deface the Lincoln Memorial?

· Deface veterans’ cemeteries?

· Shut down commuter traffic on freeways?

· Block cars on key bridges such as the Golden Gate or in downtown Manhattan?

· Stop Jews from entering college buildings like the Hitler youth thugs who used to hold hands to block the entrance of Jews to the University of Vienna?

· Chase Jews and trap them in a college library?

· Call for endless repetitions of the October mass killing and rape of Israelis?

· Shout “Death to America” and hit and spit at police?

In truth, in the last seven months, there has been a steady escalation of such mindlessness, and we should expect more until the November election, as the spring and summer of 2024 looks like a replay of 2020. (One wonders then whether Kamala Harris will replay her role four years earlier of cheering on the street thugs when in 2020 she boasted: “I’m telling you. They’re not gonna stop, and everyone beware, because they’re not gonna stop. They’re not gonna stop before Election Day in November, and they’re not gonna stop after Election Day”?)

Why are so many thousands of students, at our most pricey campuses, so anti-Semitic, nihilist, and ignorant?

We have suffered a perfect storm of events that explains both the street thuggery and the campus insanity:

Given our current open border and the 10 million who have crossed since Biden was inaugurated, we are now well beyond prior records of non-native-born American residents, reaching well over 15% of the population, and in actual numbers over 50 million.

Unfortunately, this record number of new permanent residents, naturalized citizens, green card and student visa holders, and illegal aliens often arrived from illiberal or corrupt regimes (e.g., Venezuela, Central America, the Middle East, China, the Caribbean, etc.). They entered without audit and at a time when the government and administrative state had abandoned the once successful melting pot of radical assimilation and integration.

In its place, America now encourages hyphenation, the “salad bowl,” and overt tribalism, on the theory that the millions fleeing their miserable homelands are arriving to an even more miserable new home, and thus have legitimate grievances against us, their new hosts (Translated that means they come as intended fodder for the Left, to warp census counts, to empower hard-to-authenticate massive mail-voting, and to grow the welfare state and its operators. Thus, rapid and government-assisted assimilation is not on the agenda.)

In the case of the universities, there are now nearly one million foreign students enrolled, many of them at expensive, elite campuses, which see them as cash cows paying the full, jacked-up, and inflated cost of tuition, room, and board.

Perhaps a third arrive from China. And a quarter-million are now from the Middle East, the vast majority on state-funded scholarships, often fed by oil revenues, and nearly all from illiberal regimes that neither hold scheduled elections, allow dissent and free speech, nor guarantee women equality under the law.

The result is Orwellian.

Foreign guests so often treat American magnanimity as softness to be exploited rather than reciprocated with mannered behavior. That is, the thousands who demonstrate on behalf of the terrorist killers of Hamas or shout “Death to America” would never be allowed to show such venom to their host/native countries back home.

Odder still, they seem to romanticize or glorify the very Middle Eastern nations that they apparently fled from and to which they have no desire to return. For if America were really as toxic as their chants and placards attest, then of course they would have scrammed home after October 7, to rally the cause in efforts to destroy the “Zionist entity.”

Instead, they hate us, their very hosts who offer them an education and freedoms never dreamed of in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, the West Bank, Egypt, the Gulf monarchies, etc.

How strange that foreign women seem to dominate demonstrations aimed at the United States and Israel, again in a way unfathomable back in the Middle East. Do they ask why they are so prominent in the hated U.S., but so reclusive in the beloved Middle East? Is the subtext, “I loved being discriminated at home, and hate being liberated in the U.S.—and thus I won’t go home under any circumstances”?

Suggestions:

A. Deport any non-American who has:

1) entered and resides here illegally;

2) violates U.S. law;

3) is on a student or faculty visa and suspended from a U.S. campus;

4) forbid the deported a return to the U.S. for 10 years;

5) restore the prior Trump travel ban on illiberal regimes (e.g., North Korea, Iran, “Palestine,” Sudan, Somalia, etc.).

B. Reduce illegal immigration to zero, and cut back legal immigration to 250,000 per year, and only from countries that are constitutional and follow the rule of law.

If the next administration enacted those simple measures, two things would quickly follow:

1) howls of outrage, lawsuits, and tears as in “why won’t you let me stay and express my hatred toward you?”; and

2) all the demonstrations would soon end since even spoiled American citizen students would have no pet “authentic” pro-Hamas agitators in their midst to virtue signal and performance art their radical fides.

Part Two – May 8, 2024

DEI

The epidemic of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion ideology fuels much of the current violence on campus and in the street, and for two reasons.

One, we are now in our third year of reparatory admissions. That is, the SAT/ACT required admission exams have been absent on elite campuses for two or even three years. Racial quotas have severely curtailed the presence of so-called “white” and Jewish students. High-school GPAs are not comparatively ranked.

And the result is that tens of thousands of students are now present on campus, whom the universities just three years ago would have determined were not yet prepared to take and pass their curricula. (If not so, why then did the universities once upon a time have general GPA/SAT standards for admission in the first place?) To accommodate these new cohorts, many of whom the universities themselves prior to 2020 would have classified as “unqualified,” grades were inflated, course work water-downed, and new gut classes introduced.

At Yale, 80 percent of the undergraduate student body now receives As in their coursework. Why study for finals when you can shout banalities and be ensured an A? Such grade inflation in varying percentages is true at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, etc. In general, it is likely now far harder to earn a B at Hillsdale College in an English literature class than an A at Yale or Harvard—or more difficult for most to pass an introductory coding or electrical engineering class at Georgia Tech than at Stanford.

Accordingly, lots of students can take ample time off from studying because studying is not really so needed to pass classes and to graduate. Gone are the days when students hit the books for 10 hours per day to satisfy rigorous science, math, and liberal arts classes in the general education curriculum. Note, then, how unworried the pro-Hamas demonstrators are that they are not studying for finals.

But DEI is more insidious still since its Marxist trademark is to divide the U.S. arbitrarily into oppressor/victimizer vs. oppressed/victimized. The bifurcation is not based on historical collective or individual suffering, much less on class or income criteria. Instead, superficial appearances or flimsy claims of being in part nonwhite qualify.

Once one is a DEI member, then immunity follows if charged with anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, or homophobia, on the theory that victims cannot be victimizers. And then the even creepier ensues, as DEI students root on Hamas, likely one of the most sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic cadres in existence. Add in the reality that there are fewer Jewish students on campus, and lots more from the Middle East, and thus for the cowardly and sheepish student (the majority), they make the necessary finger-in-the-wind demographic adjustments and join the radical majority.

Crazier still, rich kids, for the most part, pampered, spoiled, and entitled, who qualified as DEI, prance on campus as victims. The result is cartoonish. Isra, the daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar, now whines that she is without food and shelter, after being expelled from Columbia for violations of campus statutes.

The children of bicoastal professionals who can claim some DNA distance from whitehood, but without a history of any discrimination and beneficiaries of long privilege from their parents’ generous incomes, believe they are exempt from any consequences. Thus, when expelled or arrested, they cry, whine, and yell in the “I can’t believe this is happening to me” style.

Finally, note the masks. Every racist, nihilist, or violent street organization resorts to masks from the Klan to Antifa. Masks hide identity and empower lawlessness on the assurance authorities cannot identify perpetrators. But more importantly, they fuel the cowardly to shout and do things that they would not if easily identified by their peers. From the old Klan days, it was a truism that a racist town’s most cowardly on the daytime street might become the most nocturnally venomous if masked. So too with the pro-Hamas thugs.

Suggestions:

ü Enforce the Supreme Court’s ruling outlawing racial discrimination.

ü Reinstate the SAT for admission.

ü End DEI programs and bureaucracies on the rationale they are racist, exclusionary, and pointless.

ü Stop racially segregated dorms, safe spaces, and graduations.

ü Reinstate mandatory civic education into the general education curricula.

ü Make foreign nationals ineligible for U.S. student loans.



Part Three – May 10, 2024

A third component of the street and campus madness is the destruction of all deterrence abroad and at home by the Biden administration. The Middle East has concluded that the U.S. is in escalating decline. Biden is seen as decrepit and terrified of losing power and thus will do anything to prevent:

(1) Middle-East tensions that will disrupt oil supplies and spike gas prices before the midterms (he had already been emptying the strategic petroleum reserve on the eve of the 2022 midterms);

(2) defections from the relatively small but Electoral-College-important states with pockets of Arab/Muslim voters.

So, Iran’s surrogates with relative impunity have attacked American installations and personnel on over 170 occasions, given Afghanistan, the Chinese Balloon caper, Ukraine, and Biden’s pressure on our once staunch Israeli ally. The world sees Biden’s “Don’t!” as laughable. And, of course, it is risible, given neither Putin, nor Israel, nor Iran paid any attention to his garbled prohibitions. And that weakness resonates at home as well.

For protesters, they rightly feel their host is weak and desperate to appease Middle Easterners and their radical causes. They interpret Biden’s laxity as a green light for their own anti-Semitism and violence.

For a President Biden who claimed (falsely) that he ran for president in 2020 to stop another 2017 Charlottesville (demagoguing serially that fiasco and completely editing out Trump’s actual comments:)

“You also had some very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name. You had people — and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists; they should be condemned totally — you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”

Biden can utter even a milk-toasty condemnation of virulent anti-Semitism, without “both sides” references to supposed attacks on pro-Palestinians—as if thousands of Jews are screaming “Death to Palestinians,” chasing Arabs into libraries, shutting down campuses, and spitting at police.

At home, post-George Floyd, there is a general sense in the big city that there are no consequences for crime. Outlawry is now a construct, an invention of wealthy white people to exploit the poor and nonwhite with invented crimes. The new rationale is that it is illegal to steal Nikes only because the privileged white hierarchy has no need to steal them, and so constructed laws against those who need to.

Or so critical legal theory goes.

Under a new no-bail system, the criminal, violent though he may be, expects to be out the same day as he is arrested. If he is even arrested. But even before the full onslaught of the George Soros prosecutors, most of the 14,000 arrested during the mayhem of the 2020 riots were excused and never tried. Quite differently from the less violent January 6 protesters (whose buffoonish “riot” did not last for 35 days and injure 1,500 police officers).

The message sent since October 7 to the pro-Hamas crowd is that it was highly unlikely they would be arrested if they violated either university or criminal codes. And if rarely arrested, they would be released quickly. And if quickly let go, they would likely never stand trial.

So, the anti-Semitism will continue, and so will the vandalism, the hate screaming, the assaults, the attacks on police—at least until one brave mayor, one principled college president, one maverick district attorney, concludes that he is for “civilization” and against its enemies, and so at the eleventh hour enforces the laws.

Once that happens other pro-Hamas sheep will follow suit and for a variety of reasons. Most of the protesters are cowardly careerists as we saw with the daughter of Rep. Omar, who no sooner was suspended than she went to her social media to weep about the unfairness of it all and the supposed maelstrom of meanness that now confronts her, despite her nepotistic leverage, her DEI credentials, her class privileges, and her elite university affiliation.

Finally, if Trump were to win in November, watch out for the ensuing four months as the Left will go berserk in the short time remaining to them before January 20.

Add up the massive immigrant population that sees the host as indifferent to assimilation and civics, the DEI conglomerate that assures students that admission is identical to graduation and they can be toxically anti-Semitic without consequences, and, finally, there is no deterrence, no fear of either the United States abroad or the laws at home.

Thus, given that perfect storm, the hate will continue until November.

If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government,then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.

Plato

Is America Back in the Fight?

OPINION
The Sun
Saturday, February 3, 2024

Is America Back in the Fight?

President Biden’s insistence that America seeks no war with Iran’s leaders is a green light for the Islamic Republic maintaining its war on us and on our allies.

BENNY AVNI
Saturday, February 3, 2024
10:43:37 am

“Welcome back to the fight”: This was Victor Laszlo’s reaction to Rick Blaine’s hopping off the fence in the pre-World War II world of “Casablanca.” It’s too early to assess whether America’s Friday night bombing of multiple targets on the Syrian-Iraqi border deserves such a welcome. Forgive the Islamic Republic’s leaders if they conclude that President Biden’s insistence that America seeks no war with them is a green light for maintaining their war on us and on our allies.

Borrowing an Iraq War-era term, the Economist described Friday’s B-1 bomber attack on 85 targets “shock and awe.” Yet are the commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps awed? According to reports from Iran, one air attack a day earlier, in which a top IRGC commander, Saeed Alidadi, was killed, garnered more shock and anger at Tehran than the deaths of an estimated 40 unknown persons in the American multi-target strike.

While Israel did not acknowledge responsibility — it rarely does — its Thursday strike was likely more effective than the much-advertised and much-discussed American one. In fact, since the start of 2024, six countries conducted air attacks in Syria, including Iran, Russia, and Turkey. Significantly, the Jordanian air force joined America on Friday. Israel consistently, and quietly, targets IRGC bigwigs and arms deliveries to Lebanon from Iran.

If Syrian, and Iranians, saw the extensive American assault as just another Friday, was it significant? Since the start of his presidency, Mr. Biden attempted to sweet-talk the mullahs, so, sure, it is significant that he now realizes that perhaps diplomacy with Iran is no longer the only option on the table. A somber trip to Dover, Delaware, on Friday to receive the caskets of William Jerome Rivers, Kennedy Ladon Sanders, and Breonna Alexsondria Moffett will do such a thing.

That is especially true for a president who often signs off speeches with the line, “May God protect our troops.” Yet, as the White House’s most effective spokesman, John Kirby, put it Friday, the goal is to get attacks on our troops to stop, but “we’re not looking for a war with Iran.” That message is so ubiquitous by now that any half-wit IRGC operative knows how to slip out and empty warehouses long before the B-1 bombers hover overhead.

Indeed, the endless leaks since Sunday of where America was going to strike and to what end minimized the damage to Iran and proxies. If the president really wants to join the fight, he should concentrate on reviving his predecessor’s “maximum pressure” policies that dwindled Iranian foreign currency reserves, halted its oil sales, and killed the IRGC’s Qasem Soleimani. Only then we could be assured, as Laszlo was, that “this time our side will win.”

BENNY AVNI
Benny Avni is a columnist who has published in the New York Post, WSJOpinion, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Israel Radio, Ha’Aretz, and others. Once New York Sun, always New York Sun.

When Has War Even Been ‘Proportional?’

When Has War Even Been ‘Proportional?’

By: Victor Davis Hanson
American Greatness
November 16, 2023

Proportionality in war is a synonym for lethal stalemate if not defeat.

When two sides go at it with roughly equal forces, weapons, and strategies, the result is often a horrific deadlock—like the four years of toxic trench warfare on the Western Front of World War I that resulted in 12 million fatalities.

The purpose of war is to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible with the least number of causalities, thereby achieving political ends.

So, every side aims to find superior strategies, tactics, weapons, and manpower to ensure as great a disproportionate advantage as possible.

Hamas is no exception.

Its savage precivilizational strategy to defeat Israel hinged on doing disproportionate things Israel either cannot or will not do.

First, Hamas spent a year planning a preemptive butchery spree inside Israel. Its ruthless murdering focused on “soft targets” like unarmed elderly, women, children, and infants, mostly asleep at a time of peace and holiday.

Second, it sought to collectively shock Israel into paralysis by the sheer horror of decapitating civilians, burning babies, mass raping, and mutilating bodies.
Another apparent aim of such premodern barbarity was to blame Israel’s “occupation” for turning Gazans into veritable monsters, with hopes of derailing the renewed Abraham Accords.

Third, the gunmen took more than 240 hostages back with them to Gaza.
Again, that was a disproportionate tactic designed to meter out the release of captives in exchange for “pauses” and “cease-fires” to save Hamas.
Additionally, Hamas made implicit threats of gruesome executions of captives unless Israel ceased their retaliation for October 7.

Fourth, all the while Hamas shot rockets into Israel, more than 7,000 in total, and all aimed at civilians.
Not one launch was preceded by dropping leaflets or sending text messages to Israeli civilians to vacate the intended target areas—a protocol often used by the Israel Defense Forces.
The unapologetic aim was to kill thousands of Israelis at random and disproportionately.
In fact, in just the last four weeks, Hamas has launched more than twice as many rockets into Israel as Nazi Germany managed to launch V-2s into Britain in five months.

Fifth, Hamas sought to create a multibillion-dollar tunnel city beneath Gaza. The labyrinth’s sole purpose was to stockpile weapons and ensure safe havens for terrorists to shoot rockets and regroup after their terrorist missions.

Sixth, the subterranean headquarters of Hamas elites, along with weapons depots, were strategically placed under hospitals, mosques, and schools to “shield” them from Israeli attacks.
The expectation was that the IDF would be hesitant to target such “civilian” and “humanitarian” areas in a way Hamas never would.

Seventh, Hamas forced the civilians of Gaza to remain among the street fighting. They often shot those who resisted.
They also killed Gazans who fled the city. Hamas sought to increase civilian fodder as collateral damage from Israeli attacks. Such deaths were to be broadcast worldwide to win sympathy for Hamas terrorists and force a cease-fire.

Eighth, Hamas bragged that it could repeat strategies 1-7 endlessly on the supposition Israel would tire, the world would turn against it, and it at last could murder enough Jews to end Israel altogether.

Israel in turn seeks its own disproportionate response to defeat Hamas.

First, it seeks to single out and kill the actual Hamas terrorists, and especially the 2,000 or so killers of October 7.

Second, it tries to warn civilians to flee anywhere that Hamas masses. Just as Hamas wants its own civilians killed for propaganda purposes, so Israel seeks to avoid killing them.

Third, by targeting Hamas and warning civilians to keep their distance, Israel does not deny that there will be collateral damage.
But it hopes to convince the world that any civilian deaths are mostly the fault of Hamas and not the IDF.
And to the degree that Gaza City is left in rubble, Israel wishes to remind its enemies that the wages of murdering Jewish infants unfortunately will be a disproportionate response, whose full effects will deter any future attack.

Fourth, Israel understands that a country of 9-10 million is facing a virulently hostile 500 million-person Arab Middle East. The United Nations is on the side of Hamas. A now anti-Semitic Europe has been hijacked by immigrants from the Middle East. Israel’s sole patron the United States is buffeted by a hard-left new Democratic Party that is not a reliable partner.
The result is that Israel still cannot conduct a fully disproportionate war without endangering its source of military resupply in the United States, and a wider conflict with the Islamic world.

And so, the war continues.

Hamas strives for a more disproportionate terrorist agenda to prolong the war. And Israel strives for a more disproportionate retaliation to end it.

The anger arises at Israel mostly because it is Jewish, and thus far its conventional disproportionality is proving more effective than the terrorist disproportionality of Hamas.

What is Palestine


What is Palestine?

AUTHOR Allen West
DATE October 10, 2023

I condemn the actions of Hamas, send a warning to Hezbollah, and desire that our policies change towards the top sponsor of Islamic terrorism, Iran.
ALLEN WEST
OCT 10

Once again, attention is being drawn to a region I am quite familiar with, the Middle East. Once again, it has to do with an Islamic terrorist organization and their savage brutality. I find it extremely unconscionable to have useful idiots and mindless lemmings who are siding with these depraved monsters. Once again, they scream “Free Palestine” and disturbingly advance an idea that these terrorists are some misunderstood freedom fighters seeking relief from an “apartheid” type of persecution. Hmm, is that why we are seeing images of little Jewish children in cages? Anyone with a semblance of a moral compass can recognize who the perpetrators of evil are, and always have been.
However, perhaps it is time for the ol’ Colonel to give a little history lesson and expose the utter absurdity of this delusion of Palestine, and Palestinians.
Let’s take a trip back to the 2nd century, the years 132-135 AD to what was known then as Judea. First, let’s understand that the Nation of Israel has been in existence some 5,775 years, if my memory serves me correctly. But it was during this time period that the Romans controlled the region and subjugated the Jewish people, and nation. It was then that a man named Simon bar Kohkba embarked upon what is known as the Bar Kohkba or Second Jewish revolution, against the Roman empire. Initially, the Jewish people were successful against a numerically superior, and dominant, Roman army, but that did not deter Rome. The resolve of the Roman empire was well known at that time in history and their commitment to crush the Jewish people was intense.
The end result of the bar Kohkba revolt was that Rome unleashed hell upon the region of Judea, and the Jewish people. Roman Emperor Hadrian believed that the root cause of the revolt was Judaism, the Jewish faith. The objective was to erase the Jewish people and their faith from existence. Scrolls were burned, rabbis were executed, temples were once again destroyed, and the Jewish people fled, the first diaspora. To add greater insult, Emperor Hadrian decreed that Jerusalem would be renamed Aeolia/Aelia Capitolina and the region would no longer be called Judea, but rather Syriac/Syria Palaestina. Yes, the first introduction of the word “Palestine” was as punishment to the Jewish people, by the Romans, for revolting against their rule.
Now, the interesting thing about the word “Palaestina” is that the root word, or derivative, comes from the word “Philistia.” This goes back to the ancient Philistines — you know, Goliath — and scholars believe the Philistines originated from Greece or the islands in the Aegean Sea. Now, fast forward to just after World War I, when the region fell under the control of the British upon the defeat of the Ottoman Turk Empire. The passports issued to those residing in the region were Palestine. But do not forget, the region was also referred to as the Levant and even the terrorist organization used this reference as ISIL. But we do not hear of any references to Levantinians?
My point? There has never been a nation called Palestine, it is just a region. The introduction of the word is based upon the destruction and dispersion of the Jewish nation 132-135 AD, as a decree from Roman Emperor Hadrian. There has never been a separate Palestinian language, culture, currency, anything. Much differently, the Kurdish people, the world’s largest ethnic group without a homeland, have a distinctive language, culture, and history, which is why I support an independent Kurdistan.
People talk about a two-state solution, well, the world made that decision, it was Israel and Jordan. That was not good enough for a militant Islamist, an Arab, named Yasser Arafat, who established the original Islamic terrorist organization, the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization). Just what were they intending to liberate? Their goal was the same as subsequent Islamic terrorist organizations — Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad — to eradicate, eliminate, and erase the Jewish nation, and its people. Hmm, was that not the same goal and objective of Roman Emperor Hadrian? Or for that matter Adolf Hitler as well as Yasser Arafat’s uncle, the so-called Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who blended Naziism with Arab Nationalism. Oh, didn’t Yasser Arafat receive the Nobel Peace Prize?
This whole Palestine thing is just a big ruse and a hoax, that is if you accept history and fact. Otherwise, you are, as mentioned earlier, a useful idiot and mindless lemming who has been duped. The entire purpose of Hamas and Hezbollah is the eradication of Israel, just as with Roman Emperor Hadrian. There is no, and never has been a nation called Palestine or a people called Palestinians. Heck, it would be the same in declaring “Free Appalachia!” They’re American, speak English, and it is a region, not a nation.
In order to Live Free, you can’t be stupid and a pawn of leftist and Islamic terrorist propaganda. As the Executive Director of the American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU), I condemn the actions of Hamas, send a warning to Hezbollah, and desire that our policies change toward the top sponsor of Islamic terrorism, Iran. Israel is a sovereign Nation-State, our closest ally in the Middle East, and has the right to exist and defend itself against this barbaric incursion which claimed the lives of nine Americans as part of the nearly 1,000 Jewish citizens who were killed, with three times that number wounded.
If you wish to “Free Palestine,” based on history, it means returning Judea to the Jewish people, and I would also include Samaria. There has never been any such thing as a West Bank until the smoke screen of Islamists forced it into existence, after losing a war to Israel because of their attack.
Islamic terrorists who control Gaza invaded a sovereign nation, as non-state, non-uniformed belligerents they are not protected under the Geneva Convention. America should be on alert as we have allowed millions of single military-age males entry into our nation, some known, many unknown, and thousands from countries on the terrorist watch list.
The tolerance for this abhorrent behavior has run out. No amount of ranting from progressive socialists and their media accomplices will deter the inevitable: the destruction of Islamic terrorism. I am all in with that.

Steadfast and Loyal.
Allen West

Biden has a secret, illegal deal with Iran that gives mullahs everything they want

Biden has a secret, illegal deal with Iran that gives mullahs everything they want

By Richard Goldberg

September 12, 2023

In the latest phase of an unacknowledged and unlawful nuclear deal between the United States and Iran, President Joe Biden this week formally approved giving the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism another $6 billion — ostensibly for the release of five Americans held hostage in Tehran.

But in bypassing Congress to avoid a political fight he knows he’d lose, Biden is not only guaranteeing more hostage-taking of American citizens, he’s also subsidizing Iran’s terrorism, military support for Russia, nuclear-weapons capabilities and repression of Iranian women.

In May, a top White House official visited Oman to pass a message to Tehran: Washington wants to broker a nuclear deal in secret.

Biden would lift sanctions restrictions on Iranian funds held outside its borders, and in exchange Iran would slow its steady march toward a nuclear-weapons threshold.

Iran would be free to continue hunting former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, former Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook and other Americans.

Tehran could keep directing attacks against Israel through its Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror proxies.

The mullahs could keep providing armed drones to Vladimir Putin for use against the Ukrainian people.

The regime could even keep producing high-enriched uranium just a stone’s throw from weapons-grade, manufacturing advanced centrifuges, developing longer-range missiles, denying access to international nuclear inspectors and constructing a new underground facility that could prove invulnerable to military action.

Biden’s only demands: Don’t move across the nuclear threshold by producing weapons-grade uranium and release five American citizens held hostage in Iran.

For Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the deal was a dream come true.

On the nuclear front, Iran gives up nothing. The United Nation’s nuclear watchdog last week reported that Iran is still expanding its stockpile of high-enriched uranium, just at a slower rate.

As for the five American hostages — at a cost of $1.2 billion a person — Khamenei will merely restock his collection of American hostages for a future extortion racket.

Meanwhile, Iran gets to use billions of dollars in budget support to subsidize a wide range of illicit activities.

In June and July, the Biden administration unfroze more than $10 billion of Iranian assets held in Iraq, allowing Baghdad to move payments for Iranian electricity into accounts in Oman established for Tehran’s use — payments that will continue on a rolling basis.

Now comes $6 billion more transferred to accounts in Qatar, providing the regime additional budget support.

Multiple reports also suggest Washington is allowing Tehran to trade $7 billion in International Monetary Fund special drawing rights for fiat currency.

At the same time, US officials now admit they’re allowing Iranian oil exports to China to skyrocket with estimates ranging from 1.4 to 2.2 million barrels per day flowing in August — their highest levels since President Donald Trump ended America’s participation in the old Iran nuclear deal.

Conservative estimates put this sanctions relief at $25 billion in annual revenue. Iran is now eyeing the transfer of another $3 billion from Japan.

All told, this is at least a $50 billion protection racket — not just a $6 billion hostage payment.

How can this occur without Congress holding one hearing or one vote? Because the deal was negotiated in secret and the White House insists there is no deal.

To acknowledge an agreement would trigger a 2015 law, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, that prohibits sanctions relief for Iran tied to its nuclear activities until Congress has been afforded 30 days to review and potentially reject the deal.

Given Iran’s assassination plots targeting US officials, arm transfers to Russia and crackdowns on women, the White House knows that a vote on a deal that pays Iran to expand rather than curtail its nuclear-weapons capabilities would be rejected on a bipartisan basis in the House and Senate.

And with job-approval numbers sagging on the eve of his reelection year, waging a political battle over a dangerous nuclear deal is a distraction his aides want to avoid.

Congress shouldn’t stand for this flagrant abuse of power and evasion of the law.

Oversight committees should demand all documents related to the secret nuclear negotiations.

The House should also pass a joint resolution of disapproval rejecting the new deal and putting pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to hold a vote as well.

New legislation to prevent the executive from releasing more money should also be considered.

President Biden is mortgaging our national security to rent a false sense of nuclear quiet in Tehran until next November. Congress must not let him get away with it.

Richard Goldberg, a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is a former National Security Council official and senior US Senate aide.

https://nypost.com/2023/09/12/biden-has-a-secret-illegal-deal-with-iran-that-gives-mullahs-everything-they-want/

Trump Indictment Is a Mockery of Common Sense

Trump Indictment Is a Mockery of Common Sense
Attempting to criminalize Trump’s dispute of the election could stunt healthy political dissent
By Christopher Roach

August 7, 2023
At the end of the classic independent film Reservoir Dogs, the characters end up in a Mexican standoff. The criminal gang’s ringleader, Joe, insists that Mr. Orange is working with the police, even though he is dying on the floor, having been shot during a failed jewelry store heist. Mr. White – the crooks use aliases – insists that Joe is wrong. Guns get drawn. Mr. White demands some proof for Joe’s claim about Mr. Orange. Joe angrily responds, “You don’t need proof when you have instinct!” You can watch the (admittedly brutal) scene here.
This illustrates something we all experience: People disagree about many things for many reasons. Sometimes they have different sources of information. Often, they have different intuitions about shared information. Sometimes, their views are clouded by self-interest. And, frequently, people disagree because a pattern of facts matches their experience, even though they do not have rigorous proof.
Much of politics has this quality. Politics arise from disagreements. People disagree about their values and opinions, about who should rule and how, and sometimes they disagree about facts, particularly complex ones. What caused a recession? Who started a war? What is the best way to reduce crime? These are factual questions of a sort, but beliefs about these kinds of facts are inseparable from one’s values and loyalties.
A Stretch of an Indictment
For Special Counsel Jack Smith, who has now brought a second indictment against former President Trump, the world is much simpler: There is only truth and fraud. There are no honest disagreements, misunderstandings or debates.
Thus, most of the indictment consists of ridiculous constructs: The election was not stolen, and we know because Jack Smith told us so. Someone told Trump this, but Trump disagreed. Because Trump didn’t embrace the conventional wisdom, he is now a liar committing criminal fraud.
In one typical passage, the indictment alleges: “On November 13, 2020, the Defendant had a conversation with his Campaign Manager, who informed him that a claim that had been circulating, that a substantial number of non-citizens had voted in Arizona, was false.”
Let us set aside the fact that contesting elections has never been criminal before. Since when does someone have to believe everything they’re told? Millions of Americans have concluded the election was stolen or, at the very least, rigged. Are we all criminal coconspirators too?
Information, Misinformation and Disinformation
One of the more corrosive developments of recent years is what I would call the “Results-Oriented Epistemology of the National Security State.” For the bloated national security regime, everything is an information operation. There is no truth as such, only what advances the mission or the party line. After it’s dressed up with the trappings of science, or the intelligence community’s consensus, or NPR’s imprimatur, otherwise unproven beliefs become gospel truth. Indeed, their opposites do as well when the party line changes.
The whole thing reeks of insecurity because outside of this official “truth,” there is very little room for disagreement or debate. Any deviance is given a sinister and value-laden label: disinformation, misinformation, conspiracy theory and hate speech. It is of minor importance that the government-dictated truth is not, in fact, always true.
Under this view of truth and falsehood, the fact/opinion distinction collapses too. Things that were always considered opinions or mixed assertions of fact and opinion – questions like “Who is the most beautiful woman?” or “Who has the best football team?” – now become undebatable axioms, for which there is only one correct view when they involve analogous political questions, like whether an election was fair or what are our foreign policy interests.
This way of thinking really took shape during the Russian Collusion hoax. The media, the FBI and Robert Mueller transformed a handful of Russian-funded memes into dangerous “election interference” and “disinformation,” a threat to our sacred democracy. They repeatedly connected Trump to these hackneyed efforts with a vague charge of “collusion,” even though it was actually his callow opponent, Hillary Clinton, who funded a completely false “dossier” on Trump and colluded with foreign nationals to do so.
Donald Trump pointedly said in a recent opinion piece, “As the Twitter Files have proven, the Radical Left establishment also used the Russia Hoax to attack freedom of speech. They built a sprawling domestic censorship regime under the guise of combatting so-called ‘Russian disinformation’ – which they quickly defined to include any content they did not like.” Having achieved some results this way, our ruling class applied the same approach to complex matters like COVID, mRNA vaccines and the recent transexual mania.
This understanding of truth empowers the government to prosecute Trump for contesting the 2020 election. Trump has done nothing novel here. Candidates have previously contested elections both in court and in the court of public opinion. Remember Stacy Abrams and Al Gore.
Is Political Disagreement Still Allowed?
Until recently, Americans always understood that politics could be rough and tumble, that people have different beliefs about both facts and values and that some things cannot be known with 100% certainty.
The competitive election process was supposed to air out both sides. Voters knew politicians exaggerated the facts a little bit (or a lot). Even so, there used to be a certain amount of trust in the common sense of voters to navigate through the fog and arrive at a reasonable decision. After all, if we do not trust voters to sift through competing accounts of reality and judge proposed policies, why so much praise from our overlords about Our Democracy?
With the Deep State and donor class now united on most items, everyone running for office is supposed to endorse a single, narrow party line or else. We have seen this before.
The indictment alleges Trump fought like hell over the 2020 election, even though he secretly knew he lost. This is ridiculous. Trump, I’ll admit, likely didn’t do extensive regression analysis; it’s not his style. But he smelled a rat with Biden’s avoidance of campaigning, extensive mail-in voting, the prolonged vote-counting process, and the various mid-game rule changes in places like Pennsylvania and Michigan. Trump is being persecuted for noticing.
Returning to the opening vignette from Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Orange really was an undercover cop. Joe was right. Like he said, “You don’t need proof when you have instinct!”
Christopher Roach is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness and an attorney in private practice based in Florida. He is a double graduate of the University of Chicago and has previously been published by The Federalist, Takimag, Chronicles, the Washington Legal Foundation, the Marine Corps Gazette, and the Orlando Sentinel. The views presented are solely his own.
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Why Can’t Trump Find A Decent Lawyer?

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Why Can’t Trump Find A Decent Lawyer?
OPINION

ALAN M. DERSHOWITZFELIX FRANKFURTER PROFESSOR OF LAW, EMERITUS AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, AND THE AUTHOR MOST RECENTLY OF THE PRICE OF PRINCIPLE: WHY INTEGRITY IS WORTH THE CONSEQUENCES. HE IS THE JACK ROTH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION FELLOW AT GATESTONE INSTITUTE, AND IS ALSO THE HOST OF “THE DERSHOW” PODCAST.

June 16, 20238:34 AM ET

Former President Donald Trump has now been arraigned and pleaded not guilty. He was represented by two lawyers, neither of whom he apparently wants to lead his defense at trial. He has been interviewing Florida lawyers, and several top ones have declined. I know, because I have spoken to them. There are disturbing suggestions that among the reasons lawyers are declining the case is because they fear legal and career reprisals.
There is a nefarious group that calls itself The 65 Project that has as its goal to intimidate lawyers into not representing Trump or anyone associated with him. They have threatened to file bar charges against any such lawyers. When these threats first emerged, I wrote an op-ed offering to defend pro bono any lawyers that The 65 Project goes after. So The 65 Project immediately went after me, and contrived a charge based on a case in which I was a constitutional consultant, but designed to send a message to potential Trump lawyers: if you defend Trump or anyone associated with him, we will target you and find something to charge you with. The lawyers to whom I spoke are fully aware of this threat — and they are taking it seriously. (RELATED: ALAN DERSHOWITZ: It’s Now More Important Than Ever For Trump’s Trials To Be Televised)
There may be other reasons as well for why lawyers are reluctant to defend Trump. He is not the easiest client, and he has turned against some of his previous lawyers, as some of his previous lawyers have turned against him. This will be a difficult case to defend and an unpopular one with many in the legal profession and in general population.
Good lawyers, however, generally welcome challenges, especially in high-profile cases. This case is different: the threats to the lawyers are greater than at any time since McCarthyism. Nor is the comparison to McCarthyism a stretch. I recall during the 1950s how civil liberties lawyers, many of whom despised communism, were cancelled, and attacked if they dared to represent people accused of being communists. Even civil liberties organizations stayed away from such cases, for fear that it would affect their fundraising and general standing in the community. It may even be worse today, as I can attest from my own personal experiences, having defended Trump against an unconstitutional impeachment in 2020. I was cancelled by my local library, community center and synagogue. Old friends refused to speak to me and threatened others who did. My wife, who disagreed with my decision to defend Trump, was also ostracized. There were physical threats to my safety.
Our system of justice is based on the John Adams standard: he too was attacked for defending the British soldiers accused of the Boston Massacre, but his representation of these accused killers now serves as a symbol of the 6th Amendment right to counsel. That symbol has now been endangered by The 65 Project and others who are participating in its McCarthyite chilling of lawyers who have been asked to represent Trump and those associated with him.
Trump’s lawyers have now alleged that one of the prosecutors has suggested to Stanley Woodard, the lawyer for Waltine Nauta, Trump’s co-defendant, that his application for judgeship may be negatively affected if he persists in defending Nauta vigorously rather than encouraging him to cooperate against Trump. If that is true – I have not seen the evidence to support it – then it represents a direct attack on the 6th Amendment. (RELATED: ALAN DERSHOWITZ: What If Both Trump And His Prosecutors Are Guilty?)
Whatever one may think of Trump or the charges against him, all Americans must stand united against efforts to intimidate lawyers and chill them from defending unpopular clients pursuant to the 6th Amendment. Bar associations must look into the threats and actions of The 65 Project and of prosecutors who try, by subtle or other means, to influence the representation of clients by threats to their careers or other means.
Hard cases may make bad law, but partisan cases endanger constitutional rights. We must do everything to assure that all defendants, including Donald Trump, get the zealous representation to which the Constitution entitled all Americans.
Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School, and the author most recently of The Price of Principle: Why Integrity Is Worth The Consequences. He is the Jack Roth Charitable Foundation Fellow at Gatestone Institute, and is also the host of “The Dershow” podcast. This is republished from the Alan Dershowitz Newsletter.
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The Trump Indictment In 10 Bothersome Paradoxes

The Trump Indictment
In 10 Bothersome Paradoxes

By: Victor Davis Hanson
The Blade of Perseus
June 13, 2023

Yes, we are told Trump is facing serious charges. Experts tell us he will be going to prison. Some of his legal team have quit. Yes, he was sloppy about communicating with the lawyers of the National Archives. Yet, read the 1978 Presidential Records Act (put into place after the typical sloppy departure protocols of most presidents)—and consider that Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Vice President Mike Pence were likely all in violation. Moreover, we are not stupid, when asked to ignore the following:

1) That a president who had the prerogative to declassify almost any presidential papers he takes with him when leaving office, in a way that a senator or vice-president does not, should be prosecuted for doing just that when a former senator and former vice-president are not prosecuted for doing the same.

2) That an ex-president is prosecuted for having supposedly classified papers in his possession after 18 months as a private citizen, but an ex-senator, ex-vice president, and current president is exempt, despite having classified documents for some 15 years—and keeping that fact absolutely quiet.

3) That a “disinterested” special counsel who is currently indicting a conservative Republican ex-president and current opposition presidential candidate, is married to a leftwing documentary filmmaker, whose recent work includes Becoming, a 2020 obsequious documentary of Michelle Obama.

4) That the current president removed classified documents, and kept them stored while President of the United States in as many as four unsecured locations, including a poorly locked garage, shared by his drug-addled son, who made millions of dollars by leveraging foreign governments in quid pro quo fashion, presumably on the principle that he and his father had inside information that could be of monetary value—and is not being indicted.

5) That never before in U.S. history has any administration overseen the indictment either of an ex-president of the opposite party or a current leading candidate for president of the opposite party—or both.

6) That many ex-presidents have removed presidential papers that were under dispute as to their exact legal ownership and classification and were never—until now—indicted.

7) That typically frequent archival disputes over presidential papers are considered jurisdictional matters that rarely even escalate to civil cases and are not violations of criminal statutes—until, oddly, now.

8) That a number of prominent ex-officials have committed by their own admission felonies with impunity:
 John Brennan, as CIA director admittedly lying on two occasions, at least once under oath to the U.S. Congress;
 James Clapper as Director of National Intelligence admittedly lying under oath to the U.S. Congress;
 Andrew McCabe, interim FBI director, admittedly lying under oath to federal investigators on at least three occasions;
 Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, U.S. senator, and two-time presidential candidate admittedly destroying subpoenaed emails, smashing subpoenaed communication devices, unlawfully transmitting classified information on her own unsecured private email server, illegally hiring a foreign national to work on her presidential campaign, and conspiring to construct three paywalls to hide her payments to a British subject to compile and spread false information against her presidential opponent with the intent of destroying his character and his rival campaign.
 Navy veteran Walt Nauta is being charged with a felony for saying “I don’t know” in the fashion of James Comey’s 245 “I don’t know/recall/remember” while under oath before Congress.

9) That Trump is being indicted in a fashion never witnessed before after his opponents previously had impeached him twice in a historical first resulting in two acquittals in the Senate, another historic first, including a Senate trial as a private citizen in yet another historical first after a special counsel spent 22 months and $40 million in a failed effort to indict Trump on false charges of “Russian collusion,” after the FBI suppressed information about a laptop that was injurious to President Trump’s then opponent and now current President Joe Biden with the lie of “Russian disinformation,” after 51 former government intelligence authorities in conspiratorial fashion lied, on a Biden campaign prompt, in a signed letter that the laptop was likely “Russian disinformation,” and after the FBI interfered in two presidential election in efforts to harm two Trump candidacies.

10) That Trump’s home was raided in surprise fashion by legions of armed FBI agents pursuing reports of unlawfully removed classified documents, in a manner that the current president was not subject to such FBI treatment for the same alleged crime, and was allowed to have the matter resolved by his own lawyers and government agents without the presence of law enforcement.

Another VDH twist on the same subject:
Indict Walt Nauta?
Why Not the Biggest Liars First?

The last thing this country needs is any more bottled-piety lectures
on the rule of law from Special Counsel Jack Smith, Joe Biden,
and the array of admitted lying former high government officials.

By Victor Davis Hanson
American Greatness
June 14, 2023

Walt Nauta is a 10-year-Navy veteran and served as an aide to former President Trump both in and out of office.

Special Counsel Jack Smith has now indicted him for allegedly “making false statements in interviews with the FBI.” The indictment’s subtext is that Nauta refused to cooperate with and turn state’s evidence for the special counsel in its efforts to convict the former president.

But why stop the indictments of a man who loyally served and followed the orders of the former president of the United States, was a Navy veteran, and a hard-working immigrant from Guam?

Are there not far bigger fish to fry to remind Americans that justice is blind?

After all, when Special Counsel Smith announced his indictment of Trump, he lectured America on the rule of law and the cherished notion that no one is above it.

So let us start with the former interim director of the FBI itself, Andrew McCabe.

McCabe admittedly lied four times about his illegally leaking sensitive information to witnesses and mishandling classified information.

Have those crimes suddenly ceased being felonies?

Or, is it now the policy of the United States government that an FBI director can lie with impunity, and leak, and mishandle sensitive classified information?

Yet Walt Nauta may be sent to prison while McCabe will continue to earn a fine salary at CNN as a paid “expert” to deplore . . . what exactly?

What McCabe knows best from his own experience with the deed—the “mishandling of classified information”?

Nauta reportedly is being indicted for claiming he “did not know” what he supposedly did know in relation to the movement of the president’s papers.

His denial was proffered with nearly the exact phraseology that another FBI director, James Comey, used under oath when he stonewalled congressional inquisitors on 245 occasions.

Was the FBI director ever indicted for feigning ignorance or amnesia before Congress?

Did Nauta ever record a private, and likely classified, conservation he had with the president of the United States in the White House, and then leak it to the New York Times?

That is precisely what James “Higher Loyalty” Comey bragged about doing.

Most recently, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm admitted that she, too, recently lied while under oath to Congress when she denied owning private stocks.

Was Nauta’s “I don’t know” a greater threat to the rule of law and the security of the republic than the lies of the secretary of Energy? She deliberately misled Congress about potential conflicts of interest involving her stock portfolio.

Then we come to Joe Biden, the current president of the United States. He has sworn that he never discussed business with his son, Hunter Biden, currently under suspicion for tax improprieties and leveraging foreign governments by selling them supposed Biden influence.

Yet plenty of witnesses have contradicted Joe Biden’s statement. Photos even reveal him side-by-side with his son’s business associates.

For nearly 20 years, Senator, Vice President, private citizen, and President Joe Biden has concealed the fact he unlawfully took classified documents home and moved them about in various unsecured locations.

Was Mr. Biden’s movement of classified documents for the last 20 years less egregious than what Nauta is accused of having done?

Was the Biden Corvette garage more secure than the closets and bathrooms inside the Mar-a-Lago gated estate?

Biden’s lawyers, after nearly two decades, only came forward because of the media hype surrounding the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago in search of classified documents.

Is there some law that states that a senator, vice president, and president can improperly remove classified documents, move them about to various unsecured locations, and avoid the sort of felony indictments now facing Nauta and Trump?

Let us end with the greatest exemptions of all—those accorded to Hillary Clinton.

She has variously committed the following likely major felonies.

One, she illegally transmitted classified information involving national security over her own unsecure server while secretary of state.

Two, she destroyed both email records and communication devices that were under government subpoena.

Three, she was untruthful about both the use and destruction of said subpoenaed items.

Four, she illegally hired a foreign national, Christopher Steele, to work on her campaign as an opposition researcher.

Five, she conspired to disseminate false documents among top government intelligence and investigatory agencies as well as the media, for the sole purpose of destroying her presidential opponent Donald Trump and thereby warping the 2016 election process.

And?

Clinton—like self-confessed liars or dissimulators John Brennan, former CIA Director, James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, and former FBI Directors James Comey and Andrew McCabe—was exempted from all legal jeopardy. She, too, continues to monetize her past notorieties and controversies.

The last thing this country needs is any more bottled-piety lectures on the rule of law from Special Counsel Jack Smith, Joe Biden, and the array of admitted lying former high government officials.

They, not Walt Nauta, should be ashamed.

So much MORE than Trump………….Dov Fischer

Dov Fischer June 14, 2023 Why the Trump Indictment Is About So Much More Than Trump

American spectator.org/why-the-trump-indictment-is-about-so-much-more-than-trump/ The rot at the top demands only the demonstrably strongest of American presidents.

It is hard to feel bad for Donald Trump. He is richer than most of us ever will be. He has been president of the United States, an honor limited to five or fewer people in a generation. He doesn’t have to save up miles on credit cards to stay free at hotels. For those who measure life’s apex by material standards outside of religious and spiritual dimensions, Trump basically has scored at the peak in all categories. One degree of separation from anyone he wants.

Three Basic Truths Behind the Trump Indictment Trump’s first presidency was of unequivocal achievement. He was almost Mount Rushmore quality. Under his presidency, our economy boomed, unemployment reached record lows — particularly for historically discrete and insular minorities that rarely could get a fair break — America avoided a single war entanglement, a rat pack of the world’s leading terrorists were knocked off like ducks at a carnival, North Korea stopped testing nuclear weapons, Iran had to satisfy itself with biding its time for a Democrat to become president, Arab countries lined up one-by-one to grow up and make peace with Israel, Putin did not bother a fly, jobs that had abandoned America for Mexico and China came back home, the American industrial Midwest and its iron-and-steel industry was salvaged. Trade rules were changed so that others no longer could take advantage of America with impunity; their trade barriers were reciprocated, and none dared retaliate. European countries were forced to pay substantially more toward NATO. The list goes on. For every new federal regulation, two others were canceled. Work began seriously on the wall to bar illegal immigrants. Taxes were reduced. A most successful line of consistently conservative federal judges was empaneled.

It is a great shame that Trump did not get four more years after the first four, and it is an equally tragic disaster that he was succeeded by the most incompetent and corrupt moron to have entered the Oval Office in at least a century.
The impact is felt everywhere. Food bills have gone through the roof. Gasoline prices exploded. Electric and gas bills. Everything. Americans pitifully now are happy with bloated food costs and paying $5 a gallon at the pump because it has been worse and can get worse any minute. When they make it through a day on the New York City subway and have not seen anyone pushed onto the tracks or stabbed on the platform, they feel safe. A day without encountering urine on a Frisco or Oakland sidewalk is cause for celebration. Putin wars with Zelensky forever, and America foots a bill by borrowing trillions from China that we will never be able to repay to 2/9 ensure that, like Vietnam and Afghanistan, no one ever wins but the show goes on for 20 seasons. We refuse to produce and market our own energy because the woke prefer to keep it underground and have us buy dirtier oil and gas from dictatorial Arab Muslim sheikhdoms. Parents pray the schools will not convert their normal children into homosexuals and lesbians, and they count victories by banning drag queens from library hour. Culture and homespun family values are attacked by a government that should proclaim June as Shame Month, not Pride Month. Parents don’t know what to do about college. If the kids do not go to college, will they lose out in the competitive job market of the future? Will they lose the opportunity to expand their abilities to think broadly outside the box? But if they do go to college, what ensures that they will broaden their perspectives anyway — rather than more probably be brainwashed to become woke and abandon all decent values? (RELATED: Exclusive Interview With Kyle Reyes, Father Who Pulled His Kids Out of School Over Pride Video) In the midst of this chaos, no one — absolutely no one — perceived that America’s single greatest danger is a corrupt justice system. Trump’s Indictment Reveals the Corrupt Justice System Justice is the foundational pillar of all society: “Judges and officers shall you make in all your gates, which the L-rd your G-d gives you, tribe by tribe; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert judgment; you shall not give [special] recognition to [litigants]; neither shall you take bribery; for bribery blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. Justice, justice shall you pursue, so that you may live and inherit the land that the L-rd your G-d gives you” (Deuteronomy 16:18–20).
Biden’s Banana Republic Of all the revelations since the Trump election, none has jolted Americans as badly as learning that our justice system is fundamentally corrupt. Initially, when names emerged like James Comey and Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page and Kevin Clinesmith, conservative commentators opined that, really, 99 percent of the federal justice system is honorable, with the drek only at the top. A great many Americans no longer believe that. Justice is not blind in America. There are two tiers. And how can a democracy survive becoming a tyranny when a police state takes sides? Compelling arguments can be made each way as to whether Trump should be indicted for taking top-secret documents from Washington to Mar-a-Lago as souvenirs. On one hand, he had the authority as president to declassify those documents anyway. On the other hand, there is a reason he never declassified those documents: As an intelligent patriot, he knew those documents were too sensitive to declassify.
A fair and honest justice system reasonably could be assigned to weigh the ramifications of those documents’ removal. But Biden did the same and worse because he pilfered top secret documents that he did not even control. He left them exposed in a garage and in a public building. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton perpetrated a severe federal felony when she deliberately destroyed 33,000 emails. In America, no one gets away with spoliating evidence. Martha Stewart did not. Nor do law enforcement officers or even United States military personnel. There is an explicit federal statute, 18 U.S. Code § 1519: “Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.” Yet, Hillary had her emails “bleached,” her hard drive hammered to smithereens, her 33,000 emails — all about yoga and wedding dresses — wiped out … and she got away with it. Members of the corrupt Biden Crime Family sold out America by taking millions from our country’s enemies, all the way up to the Big Guy. Yet, even with Republicans controlling the House, the wheels of justice are jammed. It is unbelievable. They subpoena people. People do not show up, so they get cited for contempt. And then what? What ever became of Lois Lerner, who participated in corrupting the election process? What ever became of Eric Holder, who was cited with contempt? But the same “justice system” that cannot produce justice encounters no impediment when persecuting Trump allies like Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, and others. Obama got away with corrupt real estate deals with Tony Rezko. Bill was never indicted for Paula Corbin Jones or Kathleen Willey or Juanita Broaddrick. Hunter remains free. Joe approaches his forthcoming presidential race unencumbered by an indictment or prison, even as his henchmen indict his leading electoral opponent weeks after a Soros defense attorney criminally indicted Trump in New York for being naughty.
We Need Trump or DeSantis to Uproot the Rot The perversion of justice under Merrick Garland and Biden further has corrupted the democratic process. The GOP has a Kentucky Derby of excellent contenders lining up for 2024, but only two have the demonstrated mettle to meet the moment’s demands.
Trump can do it. Ron DeSantis can do it. That’s it. Like Trump, DeSantis has proven far stronger than anyone expected. He fights and beats politically woke untouchables: Disney, teachers unions, academic tenure, abortion, sexual perversion in school curricula, illegal immigration.

Mike Pence is a good man, but not for now. Except for Jan. 6, Mike Pence was a 100 percent Trump-MAGA team player through four years. He even is better than Trump on matters of cultural and religious values, abortion, sexual perversion, and common decency. Absolutely no serious American conservative leader would have acted differently than Pence did on Jan. 6. He was true to conscience. Nevertheless, at this time of public corruption of justice, America stands at the brink. There must be a Republican president with a Republican Senate and a Republican House to turn the Justice Department inside out, top-down, and replace it with a department devoted to equal and blind justice. Only the strongest of presidents can possibly eradicate the evil, focusing laser-like on finally overseeing justice meted to the Bidens and Clintons and letting those pieces fall where they may. Pence is not strong enough for that. Neither are Tim Scott or Nikki Haley. America cannot afford mere “nice” during this national crisis. Chris Christie is not conservative on the social and cultural issues that are at the core of whether America can survive even if justice returns.
The Trump indictment is about so much more than Trump. It reveals the rot at the top that demands only the demonstrably strongest of American presidents. Only Trump and DeSantis have the track records. No doubt there are other great Americans who could do the job too. But the corruption of our justice system has deterred them. Their gain. America’s loss.

Rabbi Dov Fischer, Esq., is Vice President of the Coalition for Jewish Values (comprising over 2,000 Orthodox rabbis), was an adjunct professor of law at two prominent Southern California law schools for nearly 20 years,

Moms for Liberty

DeSantis, Trump and Other 2024 GOP Campaigns Take Notice of Moms for Liberty
Members are shaping a new Republican Party platform on education
By Eliza Collins | Photographs by Madeline Gray for The Wall Street JournalMay 30, 2023 12:01 am ET

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.—In recent weeks, Tara Wood has introduced Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a gathering of conservative activists, brought people to South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s campaign launch and is talking to the Trump campaign about meeting with the former president.
Wood is president of the Charleston County, S.C., chapter of Moms for Liberty, a nationwide organization that has become an influential force in the GOP presidential primary. The group, which didn’t exist during the 2020 race, has become the loudest voice advocating for greater parental involvement in schools. Members are helping shape a new education platform for the Republican Partyin 2024.
“The moms in this country, they’re going to save America,” said Wood, who has a 14-year-old daughter and a 28-year-old stepson. She quit her job as a real-estate agent to focus full time on her efforts to change what students are taught in schools.
Moms for Liberty is technically nonpartisan but largely attracts conservative women. What started as a grassroots entity of moms working to change their local school boards’ votes on corona virus restrictions and curriculums has morphed into a nationwide network with more than 100,000members and 275 chapters. Members are pushing to revamp the U.S. education system with policies aimed at limiting teachings on gender, race and sex in schools; banning books they deem inappropriate;and placing limits on transgender students in school sports.
GOP presidential candidates are trying to tap into Moms for Liberty’s powerful networks to gain an edge in states that hold early nominating contests, including South Carolina, which is third behind Iowa and New Hampshire. Candidates have courted the group’s leaders and members, inviting them to key campaign events and holding listening sessions over pizza and barbecue. And, after intensive lobbying efforts by the group, some top Republican hopefuls have reflected their proposals in campaign platforms or legislative efforts.
The group pushed Donald Trump to embrace their issues more than he did in 2016 and 2020, and his campaign platform reads like it is from the group’s website, including a pledge to cut federal funding from any school pushing so-called critical race theory and what he deems other inappropriate sexual and political content. Its members lobbied DeSantis, an early advocate for restrictions on curriculum, to sign a slate of education measures that Moms for Liberty touts as the gold standard. Members also backed bills that the GOP-majority House of Representatives passed to put restrictions on school curriculums and ban transgender girls and women from competing in female event categories in school sports.
Critics say these moms have inappropriately inserted conservative beliefs into school systems and are impeding necessary conversations about the history of racism in America. They say that limiting conversations about gender and banning transgendered people from competing in sports is harmful for students.
President Biden and Democrats see the issue as boosting their chances in a general election where they hope voters will view such moves as excessive government control and censorship. Biden, who is expected to get his party’s nomination, cited book bans in his campaign launch. One progressive organization, MoveOn, is fundraising with the goal of filling a bus with books banned in Florida schools to hand out.
Women have had higher turnout than men in midterm and presidential elections since 1982, census data show. One-third of women identify as conservative. Republican women vote for the GOP candidate nearly all of the time, according to analysis from Gallup and AP Votecast.
Moms for Liberty doesn’t plan to endorse in the GOP primary. Candidates will have to court its members individually or in small groups, like the one gathered over coffee on a recent spring day outside of Charleston. These members of the Berkeley County South Carolina chapter of Moms for Liberty described in interviews why no candidate is their clear favorite.
Those who want Trump back in the White House say it is because they view him as the strongest fighter, and they believe he would get their education priorities implemented if elected. Those lining up behind DeSantis say he has the record—including signing a bill restricting teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in public school—and has a better chance at winning a general election.
“Trump is the only one who has the chutzpah to be able to do away with that bureaucracy,” said grandmother Peggy Lassanske, 76, referring to the education department and government. Lassansk evoted for Trump twice, put out yard signs and made phone calls for him in 2020. She has not committed to any candidate and wants someone to earn her vote.
April Coleman, 49, with three teenagers, said she has a “Trump girl” hat and Trump flags she can pull back out if he is the nominee. But she is going to support either DeSantis or Scott because she worries the former president is too divisive in a general election. “I just want to win,” she said.
Christi Dixon, 54, a mom of four kids between ages 14 and 31, chairs the Berkeley County chapter and is undecided on whom to support, though she has been heartened to see candidates “recognize that the movement for parental rights has gained traction and it’s gonna be important in the next election.”
Moms for Liberty is a nonprofit that doesn’t have to disclose its donors, and founders say it is funded by donations and merchandise sales. Two political-action committees run from the group are focused on school board and superintendent races.
Schools rely on only about 10% of federal funding, and funding decisions must first be approved by Congress, giving the executive branch less power than presidential candidates often campaign on, said Marguerite Roza, director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University.
DeSantis has held listening sessions over pizza and barbeque with Moms for Liberty members in the general election battleground states of Michigan and Georgia. Earlier this year, he met with Moms for Liberty founders to discuss endorsements for school-board candidates and spoke at their summit last year. Trump’s team offered a chance for members of Iowa chapters to take a photo with him and reserved special seating for them at an event.
Scott’s team reached out to Wood and Dixon ahead of his campaign launch and asked them to bring friends, the two said. A Scott-aligned group donated to a fundraiser held by the Charleston chapter, and he frequently talks during appearances about education and his push to expand school choice.
Vivek Ramaswamy, founder of a biopharmaceutical company, has held town-hall gatherings with Moms for Liberty members in Iowa and South Carolina. Ramaswamy said he signed the group’s parent pledge, a promise to push the issue, “to provide empowerment to parents and to moms in particular across the country who are concerned about their kids’ education.”
The concept of changing what kids are taught in schools has had mixed success in a general election. Tiffany Justice, a Moms for Liberty cofounder, said roughly half of 270 candidates endorsed by her group won their seats in the 2022 midterms.
An April Wall Street Journal poll found that 59% of GOP primary voters favored withholding federal funding from schools that teach concepts related to systemic racism, while 33% of the general electorate backed such a move.

Aaron Zitner and Ben Chapman contributed to this article.
Write to Eliza Collins at eliza.collins@wsj.com—
Appeared in the May 31, 2023, print edition as ‘Moms for Liberty Is Force in GOP’.