TRUMP VERSUS THE BORDERLESS LEFT
by Seth Barron at City Journal
“President Trump’s flurry of executive orders on sanctuary cities and immigration late last week flummoxed his opponents, who responded by making good on their promise to stage constant protests as part of the “#Resistance.” In New York, progressive politicians have characterized Trump’s relatively modest efforts to impose order on what they have always characterized as a “broken” system as outright Nazism, and have taken their rhetorical cues from hard-Left radicals who seek the dissolution of national borders.
For instance, President Trump announced last Wednesday his intentions to “work within the existing system and framework” in order to enforce current immigration law and pressure so-called “sanctuary cities” to end their policies of noncompliance with federal authority regarding immigration. A few hours later, Bill de Blasio, mayor of the nation’s largest sanctuary city, called a spontaneous press conference to proclaim his administration’s continued dedication to sanctuary policy. “This executive order does not change who we are . . . the stroke of a pen in Washington does not change the people of New York City or our values.”
Mayor de Blasio, echoed by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Congressman Joseph Crowley, insisted that Trump’s crackdown on sanctuary cities is a war on difference. Mark-Viverito proclaimed, “Let’s be clear: these proposals are driven by the false narrative that immigrants—all immigrants—are criminals.” When asked by this reporter if he sees any difference between illegal aliens, legal immigrants, and citizens of America generally, Mayor de Blasio was blunt in his response:
I appreciate the ideological bent of your question, but I will answer it very clearly. . . . there has been an attempt to demonize immigrants across the board, that’s what’s happening here. The vast majority of even the undocumented are law-abiding people . . . this has been a systematic—and Steve Bannon is behind this 100 percent—a systematic effort to demonize people of color and immigrants, and it’s playing out today.
From illegal aliens who have committed crimes, to all immigrants, to “people of color” generally: the circle of Trump’s victims widens by orders of magnitude in de Blasio’s fantasy of total persecution. Even to ask a question about whether illegal aliens should be regarded in the same way as legal immigrants betrays an “ideological bent”; on the other hand, it is perfectly straightforward to read a legal challenge to sanctuary cities as all-out race war……” But, there is more…..below:
OBAMA ORDERS SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA. BUT WHY NOW?
by John Hinderaker at PowerLine:
“Today, while on vacation in Hawaii, President Obama announced mild sanctions against Russia, which he attributed to Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election, and also to unspecified harassment of U.S. diplomats. The Associated Press reports:
In a sweeping response to election hacking and other meddlesome behavior, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and closed down two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S.
The press uses the phrase “election hacking” deliberately, I suspect, to convey the false impression that Russia somehow altered vote totals in Donald Trump’s favor. No such claim has been made. “Election hacking” refers to someone’s breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s email system, and possibly into Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, although the reporting on that intrusion is not clear……” Please continue reading below: