Naturally, if Trump does something, liberals find some reason to express their faux outrage. I know I haven’t blogged here much–or at all–lately, but I thought I’d just compile some important information for everyone to consider before jumping to conclusions, and of course, to highlight the hypocrisy of those who claim to be outraged.
The list of countries covered by the executive order came from Obama
Contrary to claims that the countries covered were determined by which countries Trump has or doesn’t have business interests, the list actually comes from the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, which was signed by Obama.
The Executive Order allows for exemptions
All you have to do is read it.
(e) Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest — including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship — and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.
The president has the authority to restrict travel
For those people who think the Executive Order exceeded presidential authority, they should read 8 U.S. Code § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens.
(f)Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.
Every President since Carter has restricted travel from certain groups of immigrants
Alex Pfieffer at The Daily Caller goes into detail about what each president did with that authority, so give it a read.
Obama “banned” Iraqi refugees for six months in 2011
ABC News reported back in 2013, “the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets.” Does anyone recall outrage about this? Me neither. The action was clearly rooted in a legitimate security concern that was determined to outweigh other considerations.
As it is written, it is not supposed to cover current green-card holders
David French, hardly a Trump supporter, explains at National Review “The plain language of the order doesn’t apply to legal permanent residents of the U.S., and green-card holders have been through round after round of vetting and security checks.” Either the EO is being improperly implemented, or somehow, the Trump Administration is interpreting the EO differently. Regardless, I completely agree that green-card holders should not be targeted by the EO, and if they are, deliberately, or accidentally, it is wrong and needs to be remedied.
On that note, French’s piece as whole is worth reading.
Many of us have been waiting a long time for this to happen… Today it was announced that Senator Harry Reid will not seek reelection!
Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.
Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm elections.
What the New York Times article fails to mention is that Harry Reid has been implicated in a number of scandals recently, including a bribery scandal out of Utah, a “green energy” subsidy scandal, and the EB-5 Visa scandal. Of course, Harry Reid has a long history of corruption, which you can read about in our short ebook, The Audacity of Harry Reid.
Reid’s departure from the Senate also makes his seat a potential Republican pickup.
Anyone who is familiar with Obama’s record the past 5 years knows he’s a partisan liberal. Obama claims not to be ideological, but then again, he said we could keep our insurance plans if we liked them.
A piece today from the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza looks at the question on how liberal Obama is, looking at analyses of both his absurdly short time in the U.S. Senate, and his horrible failure tenure in the White House.
The analysis of Obama’s presidential record comes from VoteView, a website you’ve never heard of, and probably won’t ever look at again. It comes this bizarre conclusion about Obama:
We find that President Obama is the most ideologically moderate Democratic president in the post-war period, with a first dimension DW-NOMINATE Common Space score of -0.329. President Lyndon Johnson, the second-most moderate Democratic president in this period, has a score of -0.345. President Obama’s ideological position is estimated from his “votes” (statements of support or opposition) on 282 congressional roll call votes. This amount is somewhat low; for example, President George W. Bush “voted” 453 times during his last term in office. However, it is adequate to recover his latent ideological score.
The following graph paints a visual picture of the ideological bents of each president since Truman:
So, according to this analysis, we have to believe the following:
- That Obama is more moderate than the tax-cutting, anti-Communist, strong on defense, “Ask not what your country can do for you,” JFK.
- That Obama is more moderate than Bill Clinton, who actually worked with Republicans, even signed the balanced budget the Republican Congress passed.
- That George W. Bush was actually more conservative than Ronald Reagan.
- That Democrat presidents have remained roughly consistent ideologically, while Republican presidents have generally become more partisan
Yes, you would have to believe all of those things to swallow Voteview’s analysis. It would be easier for an adult to believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. I’m not really sure why there’s such a strong effort to paint Obama as a more moderate than he really is in spite of his real record.
I’m reminded of an oft repeated claim by liberal Democrats that Obamacare, as it is, is in fact, a conservative alternative to a truly left-wing single-payer healthcare system. Would they have similarly argued that Bush’s tax cuts were the liberal alternative to the bigger tax cuts signed by John F. Kennedy? I would highly doubt that.
So, let’s momentarily forget the fact Obama’s “fix” for Obamacare is essentially exempting folks from it for a year, I’d like to point out a tweet from Senator Harry Reid:
According to Harry Reid, this move by Obama (the legality of which is questionable) is “working to fix and improve” Obamacare.
Really? Last month, when Republicans offered the exact same proposal as a compromise to end the shutdown, Obama and Reid refused, and chose not to negotiate.
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We’ll add important updates in this post today. You can also follow me on Twitter, where a majority of my Election Day coverage will occur.
UPDATE: Instapundit is getting e-mail updates from voting precincts around the nation; just “man on the street”, as it were. The trend seems to be strongly that in heavily Democrat areas turnout is so-far light while in heavily Republican areas turnout is strong. One thing to always keep in mind – as one old general once said when report of a military disaster was brought to him, “the situation is never as bad, or as good, as first reports indicate”. Don’t put too much stock in anything you hear throughout the day – not anecdotal reports, not leaked exit polls, not MSMers saying that “trends” indicate an Obama victory. Until the votes actually start to be counted, no one really knows. The only job you have today is to vote. Do that and let things fall where they may.
UPDATE II: An interesting story about how the early voting went in Ohio.
UPDATE III: From Russ over at Ace of Spades – this is Operation Visine: Get the Red Out!
UPDATE IV: GOP turnout way up in Ohio.
UPDATE V: Huge turnout in Louisiana and Missouri. Why is this important in these certain-to-go-Romney States? Because it is a gauge of GOP engagement…very, very high. Also, it might drag Akin across the finish line and help us gain a Senate majority. Also helps Romney run up the popular vote score in case it does come down to 10 or less electoral votes separating the candidates and no one knows who wins tonight.
UPDATE VI: Early exits show the economy is the number one issue and that people think the economy sucks. Remember: the exits are not the last word on anything. Whatever they say, don’t let them get you elated or down…go vote if you haven’t already. But it is bad news for Team O that Big Bird, lady parts and revenge are not high up on the list of voter concerns…
UPDATE VII: Vigo County, Indiana, a bellweather county (has picked the Pres winner since 1956) has a big swing to Romney.
UPDATE VIII: Right now Romney is winning the popular vote 50% to 48%…