• Pragerisms

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    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Are Our Leftist Federal Judges Loony or Simply Fascists?

OUR ROBED MASTERS STRIKE AGAIN

by Paul Mirengoff   at PowerLine:

Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, decided that Virginia’s statutory scheme of regulating and prosecuting “habitual drunkards” is unconstitutionally vague and violates the Eighth Amendment rights of alcoholics. The vote was 8-7.

All eight judges in the majority were nominated by Democratic presidents. One, Roger Gregory, was also nominated by a Republican. George W. Bush renominated Gregory, who wasn’t confirmed while Bill Clinton was president, as a act of good will towards Democrats. Senate Dems responded by serially blocking Bush’s appellate nominees.

Note to Republican presidents: Never extend the olive branch to Democrats.

Of the seven judges in the minority, six were nominated by Republican presidents. The exception was Albert Diaz, a rare Obama appointee who is sensible and non-doctrinaire.

In a blistering dissent, J. Harvie Wilkinson calls the decision “an assault upon the constitutional, democratic, and common law foundations of American civil and criminal law, and most importantly, to the judge’s place within it.” (Emphasis added)

I think he’s right. Our robed masters have struck again, and in stunning fashion.

Ed Whelan provides a good analysis of the case, Manning v. Caldwellhere. But do read Judge Wilkinson’s dissent, as well. Its harsh tone, fully deserved, prompted one of the two authors of the majority opinion to write a whiny concurrence to her own opinion, which the other author and a third judge signed.

A decade ago, the Fourth Circuit was probably the least left-leaning U.S. appellate court. A ruling like the one in Manning v. Caldwell would have been unthinkable then.

We can thank Lindsey Graham for the fact that the Fourth Circuit is now liberal. For no good reason, he blocked the nomination of Jim Haynes, a solid, well-qualified conservative. (George Bush also bears some responsibility because he renominated Gregory and didn’t move aggressively enough to remedy the damage Lindsey Graham caused).

For the final words, I’ll turn back to Judge Wilkinson:

This decision is an affront to our legal traditions. It leaves states less able to enact prophylactic civil laws and sanctions in order to forestall more serious crimes. It usurps the American Constitution in order to cement the states as subordinate entities in our federal structure, a result profoundly at odds with the vibrant federalism that was intended to define not only our young but our maturing Republic.

What’s more, the majority adopts the Eighth Amendment as its amendment du jour, pushing it into a supervisory role over substantive criminal law and into territory heretofore inhabited by other constitutional provisions.

Finally, the majority has, without even bothering to follow this court’s basic procedures, adopted a novel theory of civil vagueness, one that calls into question countless expressions in numerous civil laws. The effects of this position will long be felt, as all manner of words and phrases will be impugned for their alleged imprecision.

It is not often that a decision operates to visit structural and institutional damage in so many respects. Any one of these flaws would be serious. Altogether, they are more than severe. I only wish that my colleagues, in their rush to condemn Virginia for a policy they don’t prefer, stopped to consider that perhaps this law has endured for the benefit of the many victims of alcohol-fueled violence; victims who cannot easily make their voices heard, and who are all too often neglected in decisions like the one reached here.

(Emphasis added)

 

Our robed masters strike again

The Fascist Left Already Owns Our American Communications System!!!

Fascists, AntiWhite Racists, Dictate Leftism at the StarTribune?

Rep. Ilhan Omar, 3 allies decry Trump attacks as racist, divisive

President unloads more diatribes during White House ceremonyOmar, 3 allies decry Trump attacks as racist, divisive
Video (02:01) : The message from the four Democratic congresswomen of color targeted by President Donald Trump’s tweets: “Do not take the bait.”

– After being singled out by President Donald Trump with racist tweets, four Democratic congresswomen, including Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, chose to stand together before the cameras and defend their vision for their country.

Omar and her three colleagues — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — held a news conference on Monday in the Capitol to respond to Trump’s attacks, saying they were not surprised by the president’s remarks and vowed not to be silenced by them.

Omar hit back hard at Trump, criticizing what she called “the bile and garbage that comes out of his mouth” and renewing her call to impeach Trump, who she said has “overseen the most corrupt administration in our history.”

“This is the agenda of white nationalists. … This is his plan to pit us against one another,” Omar said.

Pressley voiced gratitude for the support the four have received in light of the “most recent xenophobic, bigoted remarks from the occupant of our White House.”

“I encourage the American people and all of us — in this room and beyond — to not take the bait,” Pressley said.

Addressing the nation’s children, Ocasio-Cortez rejected Trump’s words and said that they were the opposite of what America stands for. “No matter what the president says, this country belongs to you. And it belongs to everyone. … This weekend, that very notion was challenged,” she said.

Meanwhile Trump, speaking at a White House event on Monday to honor American manufacturers, including Minnesota-based 3M, renewed his assault on Omar during a formal presentation before dozens of business owners gathered on the South Lawn to celebrate American entrepreneurship.

Trump mounted a lengthy attack on Omar, accusing her of saying “how great al-Qaida is” and claiming she “hates Jews.” Omar has never made a comment suggesting al-Qaida is “great,” nor has she ever said she hates Jews.

Trump’s comments followed a series of presidential tweets over the weekend directed at Omar and her three liberal colleagues, all women of color. The Republican president said the four, whom he did not name, should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

Of the four, only Omar was not born in the United States. She was born in Somalia and immigrated with her family to the U.S. as a child. She is the first Somali-American member of Congress.

Omar also ran through some of the most infamous statements from Trump’s past and said it’s ironic that Trump would condemn politicians who criticize government policies given the theme of his 2016 campaign. “When this president ran and until today, he talked about everything that was wrong in this country and how he was going to make it great,” Omar said. “And so for him to condemn us and to say we are un-American for wanting to work hard to make this country be the country we all deserve to live in? Complete hypocrisy.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who last week faced blowback for critical comments about the four congresswomen, turned her attention to Trump over the weekend. His attack on the four congresswomen “reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” she tweeted on Sunday.

Pelosi announced on Monday that Democratic leaders were preparing a vote on a House resolution condemning what she called “disgraceful” and “xenophobic language” in Trump’s weekend tweets.

Trump was asked at the White House ceremony whether it concerned him that many people found his tweets to be racist, given that they specifically singled out four women of color.

“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said. Of the four women, he said: “They hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion.”

While Trump’s attack appeared designed to divide Democrats, many rallied around the four freshmen congresswomen, who have recently clashed with Pelosi and other Democratic leaders.

Among those condemning Trump’s attack was U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a presidential candidate. “This is reprehensible, racist, and xenophobic,” she tweeted Sunday. “It is unacceptable for the President of the United States to tweet something like this. Period.”

Gov. Tim Walz also defended Omar and the other three congresswomen. “The four members of Congress are American citizens. They’re U.S. representatives,” he said Monday. “The place they go back to is the United States. Dividing this country along racial lines is unacceptable.”

Local minority and immigration activists also denounced the president’s tweets, which to some had a familiar ring. “ ‘Go back to where you came from’ is a classic phrase from overt racists directed towards black and brown people,” tweeted Ron Harris, the city of Minneapolis’ chief resilience officer and a member of the Democratic National Committee. “Your president uttering these words is no exception to this rule. At this point, to deny his racism is an unequivocal statement about your own.”

Republican Party officials in Minnesota remained silent, as did the state’s three Republican members of Congress. None responded to requests for comment.

Several GOP leaders in Washington spoke out, while also taking a swipe at the four lawmakers.

“I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus — especially when it comes to their views on socialism, their anti-Semitic rhetoric, and their negative comments about law enforcement — but the President’s tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement.

And Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Trump “failed very badly yesterday and today”; he called the president’s comments “destructive and demeaning and in some ways dangerous.”

Some rank-and-file House members also voiced criticism, including Texas congressmen Will Hurd, Pete Olson and Chip Roy. Hurd represents a heavily Latino border district; Olson represents a suburban Houston district with a large immigrant population; and Roy was a top aide to Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, once a top GOP rival of Trump.

Omar was the only one of the four that Trump mentioned by name on Monday. He called Somalia a “failed government and failed state.”

Omar faced criticism earlier this year after a tweet and a subsequent public comment that even many fellow Democrats said played on anti-Semitic tropes.

Omar’s February tweet that American political support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins,” and in a speech three weeks later on U.S. policy toward Israel, drew broad condemnation. She later apologized.

Trump also referred back to coverage in conservative media of comments Omar previously made about al-Qaida and the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In a 2013 interview, before running for office, Omar discussed how people change their tone of voice when talking about al-Qaida. And earlier this year, she described the 2001 attacks with the term, “some people did something.” Republicans criticized the comment as dismissive.

Note:   I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1934.   I managed 2 undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota, one in geography, the other in Social Studies Education, a graduate degree  in Soviet Studies from leftist college, Middlebury, and was one credit short of a master’s degree in Horticulture at the University of Minnesota.
I was quite fluent in speaking Russian until a couple decades ago when I ran out of chances of speaking it.  I visited the USSR in 1966 when it was a top criminal fascist state of the communist kind, and again in 1990 in October with a local Twin City Christian Church community which had gathered thousands of dollars to give to Kiev hospital victims of the Chernobyl atomic disaster.
Our country is in trouble…..NOT FROM ANYTHING DONALD TRUMP, THE MAN IS TRYING HARD TO SAVE US,  BUT THE EVIL REEKING FROM THE LEFTIST FASCISM THAT RULES IN OUR AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS TODAY……THOSE INVADERS OF TODAY,  the fascism of the Squad black feminist racists  and American feminism in general…..and NBC, CBS, MSNBC, PBS, ABC,  CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post and nearly all newsprint from the Atlantic to the Pacific these days….all fascistic, leftist, and usually  big business oriented for overseas worldly profiteering at the American citizen expense……the people who love to see America invaded by fascist cultured folks who will forever vote for any one party  leftist “Democrat”political  network!

Lefty Dem Feminists Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley Spray Their Mouths upon the American Public

TRUMP PICKS UP THE CUDGELS AGAIN

by John Hinderaker  at PowerLine:

This morning, President Trump returned to his scrap with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and their “Squad.” In a series of tweets, he mostly quoted Lindsay Graham. Notably, he did not return to his ill-advised theme that the Congresswomen should go back to the countries they came from–ill-advised, to say the least, because all but one are native Americans. Here are the tweets:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of Communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own Country, they’re calling the guards along our Border (the Border Patrol Agents) Concentration Camp Guards, they accuse people who support Israel as doing it for the Benjamin’s,….

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

….they are Anti-Semitic, they are Anti-America, we don’t need to know anything about them personally, talk about their policies. I think they are American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject……

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

….What does it mean for America to have free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants, no criminalization of coming into our Country – See how that works for controlling Immigration! They talk about Israel like they’re a bunch of thugs, not victims of the entire region. They wanted…

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

…..to impeach President Trump on DAY ONE. Make them the face of the future of the Democrat Party, you will destroy the Democrat Party. Their policies will destroy our Country!” @LindseyGrahamSC Need I say more?

Trump quotes without comment that portion of Senator Graham’s remarks where Graham implicitly rebuked the president for yesterday’s “go back where you came from” theme:

…we don’t need to know anything about them personally, talk about their policies. I think they are American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject….

I am pretty much with Lindsay Graham on this one. There aren’t many bad things one can say about AOC, Ilhan Omar et al. that I wouldn’t subscribe to, as long as one sticks to the facts.

Some would say that Graham went overboard when he referred to the radical Democrats as “a bunch of Communists,” on the ground that a socialist is not the same thing as a Communist. I am not offended by Graham’s use of that term, however. I think when people like the radical Congresswomen and Bernie Sanders use the phrase “democratic socialist” to describe their views, they basically mean Communism that is imposed via elections rather than armed rebellion. If there is any limit they would impose on government power, I haven’t seen it–certainly not in the Green New Deal.

Comment from ghr:   Dear President Trump….I love your tweets to the public.   They stir these ditsy Dem feminist  fascists best!    Keep up your good work!

Our Blessed Dennis Prager Goes to Washington Today to Challenge GOOGLE’S LEFTIST FASCISM!!

Dennis Prager On Suing Google For Alleged YouTube Censorship

 

Syndicated radio host Dennis Prager joined Tucker Carlson Monday night about his lawsuit against Google for allegedly censoring his ‘Prager U’ short videos relating to conservatism.

Prager said Google is “transparently ideological” and “there is no question” that they censor conservative information.

“Google needs to say, ‘The truth is, we are not a conduit for free expression. We are here to, in fact, promote our views that are on the left,'” Prager said. “Either we’ll we a win or we’ll get honesty, and either way it’s a win.”

Prager U videos will always be available on RCP Video:

 

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/03/06/dennis_prager_on_suing_google_for_alleged_youtube_censorship.html

Fascism at Work in Dem America!

How Democrats try to hijack elections

by Scott Walker at Washington Times:

Pick a state, any state, and sue until it’s blue.

That is the strategy of former President Barack Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder when it comes to redistricting. They’ve spent millions of dollars on their fight to gerrymander Democrats into permanent (or at least long-term) control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

And along the way, they’ve fooled many in the media into believing that they are fighting for “fair maps” while pushing an agenda that puts redistricting into the hands of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats and life-time appointed, activist judges.

Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court — just recently — pulled the federal courts out of the business of picking winners and losers in redistricting cases. A judiciary forced to consider such inherently political questions would become just another partisan branch of government. Americans deserve an impartial, independent judiciary, and that is what they got with the ruling from the nation’s highest court. We won a major battle but this is not the end of our fight.

The battle to protect our country from Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder’s plan to hijack our elections now moves to the states. Democrats will double down on flipping state Supreme Courts and bringing more lawsuits to be heard by friendly judges they helped to elect — just like they have already done in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.


Unfortunately, there are plenty of activist liberal judges who will enthusiastically toss out constitutionally drawn maps to help elect more Democrats. In recent years, we’ve seen this over and over again. It’s time that Republicans wake up to the reality of the Democrats’ nationwide judicial power grab.

The most glaring example in my mind is what happened in Wisconsin. Democrats spent millions litigating against our policies while simultaneously working to elect radical, left-wing activists to our state Supreme Court that wanted nothing more than to undo all that Republicans had accomplished for Wisconsin over the past eight years. Republicans fought back and stalled their plans, but the long battle to keep Wisconsin heading in the right direction has only just begun.

If Republicans fail to fight back nationally — instead of as we did in Wisconsin — we will find ourselves in a perpetual minority for a generation. That is why I became the national finance chairman for the National Republican Redistricting Trust (NRRT). We must engage in this issue before it is too late.

The GOP must stand up and fight back to stop the Democrats “sue until it’s blue” strategy. If we want to continue to implement our pro-growth agenda, we need to make sure that Republican candidates have the opportunity to make that case to voters across the country.

All Americans who believe that judges should call balls and strikes and not create new rules out of thin air should be concerned by the overreach of the courts. And even though the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court removes the federal court from their strategy, Mr. Holder has spent years working to put in place judges at the state and district level who will help implement the “sue until it’s blue” strategy.

Liberals have been at this for years. In 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt created an organization called the National Committee for an Effective Congress. That group has spent decades gathering, standardizing and producing this data for the left.

Liberal groups then use this data for voter targeting, redistricting and academic research. Often, they make the data available to “scholars” who use it to drive their desired conclusion.

A good example is the argument used against constitutionally drawn maps in Wisconsin (as well as other states). The so-called “scholars” declared that because Wisconsin historically has very close statewide elections, there should be an even number of legislative districts held by Democrats and Republicans. They ignore the reality that Democrats win by huge margins in cities like Madison and Milwaukee but that the partisan landscape of the rest of the state is more evenly spread out. Unfortunately, some judges buy into the partisan angle of the data presented.

Fairly drawn maps are important — not only for state legislative races — but for control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Use of the “sue until it’s blue” strategy in four states had an impact on as many as 14 House seats last year. And that was before the new census was done.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder will continue to raise millions to support efforts to elect more governors, state lawmakers, and state and local judges. Their goal is simple: Control the process, control the courts and then sue until it’s blue.

Republicans need to wake up and stop Democrats from hijacking the process. If we have fairly drawn maps approved by elected officials who are accountable to the voters, we will win.

• Scott Walker was the 45th governor of Wisconsin. You can contact him at swalker@washingtontimes.com or follow him @ScottWalker.

PRESIDENT TRUMP REVIEWS The Supreme Court Scandal!

Trump: Not Backing Down On Effort To Determine Citizenship Status Of U.S. Population

 

FOX 10: President Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday, announced that he would “immediately” issue an executive order to get an accurate count of non-citizens and citizens in the United States — a measure Trump said would be “far more accurate” than relying on a citizenship question in the 2020 census.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much, everyone. Are you a citizen of the United States of America? Oh, gee, I’m sorry, I just can’t answer that question and that’s after spending billions and billions of dollars.

There used to be a time when you could answer questions like that very easily; there used to be a time when you could probably the clear I am a citizen of the United States. Now they are trying to erase the very existence of a very important word and a very important thing, citizenship.

They are even coming after the pledge of allegiance in Minnesota. I am proud to be a citizen; you are proud to be a citizen. The only people who are not proud to be citizens are the ones who are fighting us all of the way about the word citizen.

Today I am here to say we’re not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population. I stand before you to outline new steps my administration is taking to ensure that citizenship is counted so that we know how many citizens we have in the United States. Makes sense.

We will defend the right of the American people to know the full facts about the population, size of citizens and noncitizens in America. It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and noncitizens that make up the U.S. populations. Imperative.

Knowing this information is vital to formulating sound public policy whether the issue is healthcare, education, civil rights or immigration. We must have a reliable count of how many citizens, noncitizens, and illegal aliens are in our country.

The Department of Commerce sensibly decided to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census as has been done many, many times throughout the history of the United States. Unfortunately this effort was delayed by meritless litigation.

As shocking as it may be far left Democrats in our country are determined to conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst. They probably know the number is far greater, much higher than anyone would have ever believed before, maybe that’s why they fight so hard. This is part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of the American citizen and it is very unfair to our country.

The Supreme Court ultimately affirmed our right to ask the citizenship question and very strongly it was affirmed but the Supreme Court also ruled that we must provide further explanation that would have produced even more litigation and considerable time delays. The case is already in three federal district courts that have been to be totally honest extremely unfriendly to us. These delays would have prevented us from completing the census on time.

It is deeply regrettable but it will not stop us from collecting the needed information and I think even in greater detail and more accurately. Therefore we are pursuing a new option to ensure a complete and timely count of the noncitizen population. Today I will be issuing an executive order to put this very plan into effect immediately.

I’m hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and noncitizens in our country. They must furnish all legally accessible records in their possession immediately.

We will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full, complete, and accurate count of the noncitizen population including databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. We have great knowledge in many of our agencies. We will leave no stone unturned.

The Census Bureau projected that using previously available records it could determine citizenship for 90 percent of our population or more. Today’s executive order eliminates long-standing obstacles to data sharing, we are aiming to count everyone. Ultimately, this will allow us to have an even more complete count of citizens than through asking the single question alone. It will be, we think, far more accurate. The Census Bureau can use this information along with information collected through the questionnaire to create the official census.

In other words, as a result of today’s executive order, we will be able to ensure the 2020 Census generates an accurate count of how many citizens, noncitizens, and illegal aliens are in the United States of America. Not too much to ask. This will greatly inform a wide array of public policy decisions. This information is also relevant to administering our elections. Some states may want to draw state and local legislative districts based upon the voter eligible population.

Indeed, the same day the Supreme Court handed down the census decision, it also said it would not review certain types of districting decisions, which could encourage states to make such decisions based on voter eligibility. With today’s order, we will collect all of the information we need to conduct an accurate census and to make responsible decisions about public policy, voting rights, and representation in Congress. In everything we do, we will faithfully represent the people of the United States of America. I would like now to introduce Attorney General Bill Barr to the podium. Thank you. Thank you, Bill.

ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL BARR: Good evening. Thank you, Mr. President, and congratulations on today’s executive order, which will ensure that we finally have an accurate understanding of how many citizens and noncitizens live in our country. As the Supreme Court recognized, it would be perfectly lawful for the federal government to ask on the census whether individuals are citizens of the United States. And it’s entirely reasonable to want to know how many citizens and noncitizens there are in the United States.

In fact, the federal government has routinely asked questions relating to citizenship ever since the 1820s. But while the Supreme Court correctly recognized that it would be entirely appropriate to include citizenship questions on the census, it nevertheless held that the Commerce Department did not adequately explain its decisions for doing so on the 2020 census. Because, as the Supreme Court recognized, the defect in the commerce department’s decision was curable with a better record, the president asked me to work with Secretary Ross to determine whether there remained a viable path for including a citizenship question on the census. I did so.

In my view, the government has ample justification to inquire about citizenship status on the census and could plainly provide rationales for doing so that would satisfy the Supreme Court. And there–therefore, there is no question that a new decision to add the question would ultimately survive legal review. The problem is that any new decision would be subject to immediate challenge as a new claim in the three ongoing district court cases.

In addition, there are injunctions currently in place that forbid adding the question. There is simply no way to litigate these issues and obtain relief from the current injunctions in time to implement any new decision without jeopardizing our ability to carry out the census, which we are not going to do. We’re not going to jeopardize our ability to carry out the census. So as a practical matter, the Supreme Court’s decision closed all paths to adding the question to the 2020 Census. Put simply, the impediment was not–was a logistical impediment, not a legal one. We simply cannot complete the litigation in time to carry out the census.

One other point on this, some in the media have been suggesting in the hysterical mode of the day that the administration has been planning to add the citizenship question to the census by executive fiat without regard to contrary court orders or what the Supreme Court might say. This has been based on rank speculation and nothing more. As it should be obvious, there has never been under–this has never been under consideration. We have always accepted that any new decision to add a Census–citizenship question to the census would be subject to judicial review.

Turning to today, I applaud the president for recognizing and his executive order that including a question on the census is not the only way to obtain this vital information. The course the president has chosen today will bring unprecedented resources to–to bear on determining how many citizens and noncitizens are in our country and will yield the best data the government has had on citizenship in many decades. That information will be used for countless purposes as the president explained in his remarks today.

For example, there is a current dispute over whether illegal aliens can be included for apportionment purposes. Depending on the resolution of that dispute, this data may be relevant to those considerations. We will be studying this issue. Congratulations again, Mr. President, on taking this effective action.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/07/11/trump_not_backing_down_on_effort_to_determine_citizenship_status_of_us_population.html?utm_campaign=distroscale&utm_medium=video-player&u