Featuring the Work and Ideas of the National
Center for Public Policy Research & Project 21


Featuring the Work and Ideas of the National Center for Public Policy Research & Project 21

Politicizing MLK at Black Expense

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Most people honoring the holiday for civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will do so with humble, quiet reflection or charitable acts of community service. This year, congressional liberals used it to demonize the tax reform plan recently enacted by President Donald Trump and promote an agenda likely to grant amnesty to scores of illegal aliens. This crass display of politics was condemned by the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network.

Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper spoke about this and other issues with Daily Signal Senior Contributor Genevieve Wood at the King Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Speaking specifically about the liberal lawmakers’ “teach-ins” against tax reform, Wood suggested that “[t]o go tell black Americans why this is actually a bad economy for them [is] the complete opposite of all the numbers and evidence.”

Horace responded:

Here’s the irony. What the left wants to tell black America is: “Who are you going to believe, them or your lying eyes?” If you want to look at your bank account, if you want to look at the value of your home, if you want to make that the test, then you’ll look and you’ll say, “Wow, the news is amazing. My uncle, my cousin, even my next-door neighbor, they’re getting jobs that they didn’t have.”

A record two million fewer people are receiving food assistance under the Trump Administration than before. But it is also not a surprise to me.

Here’s the thing: When you look at Martin Luther King, most people remember the “I Have a Dream” speech. What they don’t recall is that the main reason for the big rally [in 1963] at the Lincoln Memorial was a jobs program.

Black Americans were worried and concerned that there weren’t a lot of great economic opportunities. And that’s how this [1963 March on Washington] got organized. The essence of what black America and the civil rights effort was about was letting people be able to get the kinds of things that control their own lives.

Commenting on how the teach-ins betray the black Americans who have been such a loyal constituency to liberal politicos, Horace added:

Oh, it’s a classic bait and switch. A beautiful bait and switch. When you don’t have a good program for people – by program, I mean a policy initiative that would be good for them – what you do is you find something to distract them.

What’s ironic is they’re not going to succeed in telling people, in this teach-in that they announced, that “You shouldn’t want the tax cuts you are about to get, you shouldn’t want more money in your bank account, you shouldn’t want more flexibility in the kinds of jobs. And that’s what’s coming your way. You don’t want that, that’s bad, we want to make you understand that the Trump regulatory tax policies are bad for you.”

Meanwhile, what they don’t say is “By the way, we do have a program, not for you, [but] we have a program. It is primarily focused on illegal immigrants. And in fact, even as late as today, the talk is we’ll shut the government down if we don’t get the ability to get the illegal immigration support policy changes that we want. Hey, black America, look at the teach-ins, that’s what we’ve got for you; but for our new favored class, we’ve got real policy changes that are designed to improve and make their livelihoods better.”

Conversely, speaking about the current economic state of affairs under Trump, Horace noted:

Black American unemployment typically is somewhere between 40 percent – and even 100 percent higher than white America’s unemployment. When this [black unemployment rate] number in 2018 reached 6.8 percent, that was the narrowest gap we’ve ever seen. We saw nothing like that during the Obama Administration.

And it didn’t surprise me, because the policies of President Obama were more focused on handing out food stamps, and assistance and government handouts rather than seeing to it that the most important civil rights of all: your right to be independent, your right to be self-sufficient, [were] being honored with policies of limited government. That’s not Obama’s plan.

Watch Horace’s interview in its entirety:

Always Blaming Trump

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Back in the day, conservatives used to prank each other with a little joke that went something like this:

Did you hear? There was a massive earthquake in California today.

Los Angeles? The San Andreas Fault?

No. A brand new fault.


Yes. It’s Reagan’s fault!

Thank you. Thank you. I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your servers, and try the veal.

Of course, that joke easily translated to the Bushes later.

Today, the torch was definitely passed on to Donald Trump.

In Hawaii, during a test of the warning system at a state-run government facility, a yet-to-be-identified state worker managed to send out an alert to the media and local cell phones that read:


For over 30 minutes, people were scrambling for shelter in sewers and other allegedly safe spaces until the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management finally said “my bad.”

There was never a real threat. There was no international crisis precipitating the alert. NORAD was not fooled by a flock of geese. It was a stupid mistake.

Fake news.

But, taking a cue from the Rahm Emanuel school of never wanting a crisis to go to waste, liberals hit Twitter to blame the President for 2018’s “War of the Worlds.”

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted that “[t]his Hawaii missile scare is on YOU Mr. Trump.” How? Among other things, it appears that the President’s “arrogance,” “ego” and “immaturity” corrupted some low-level bureaucrat’s skill-set in the mind of the actress best known for battling serial killer Michael Myers on various Halloweens. She seemed to think President Trump’s “unstable idiocy” manifested itself thousands of miles from Mar-a-Lago, forcing some functionary to send out the errant alert.

While such extreme and ignorant pablum is expected from the Hollywood elite, it’s a shame that the same sort of vitriol came from an American politician as well. And, in this case, it came with a demand to change policy – likely for the worse.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard is a member of Hawaii’s solidly left-wing congressional delegation. Pretty much all of Hawaii’s government, it should be noted, is a deep-blue stronghold.

Gabbard tweeted that people on the islands “should never have to go through this.” Rather than being introspective and perhaps suggesting reforms of the way the Hawaiian civil service operates – as others have already begun doing – she sought to turn it into an indictment of Trump Administration foreign policy. She specifically criticized policy toward North Korea. Recognizing that “Little Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un poses a threat to America, she nonetheless suggested it is up to President Trump alone to “find a peaceful path to get rid of this nuclear threat.”

According to Gabbard, we need “direct talks… without preconditions… to de-escalate and denuclearize the Korean peninsula.” No preconditions?  How does entering into negotiations with a saber-rattling madman with no preconditions get to the goal of denuclearization? Saber-rattling is the North Korean way of diplomacy!

But Trump’s tweets prodding Kim – the ones that obviously fueled the vitriol of Curtis and Gabbard – appear to have worked. Since when have North and South Korea entered into direct talks? Since Trump’s tweets, after years of silence. And Trump is open to talking with the North Koreans – without preconditions.

The unwarranted fear foist upon people in Hawaii was regrettable, but it’s not a regret Trump must bear. If anything, his work may be diminishing that overall threat. Not that the left – by way of Washington and Hollywood – is willing to admit.

Liberal Bad Faith Imperils Black Progress as Race Card Politics Derail DACA Deal

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Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper appeared on the January 12 edition of “The Ingraham Angle” on the Fox News Channel, lambasting liberals for lacking “strong perspectives” on policy. As a result, they are stoking fear through a race-driven political strategy that ignores initiatives benefiting the black community.

In her opening monologue, host Laura Ingraham cited lower unemployment and rising paychecks for black Americans under President Donald Trump despite liberal claims he is a racist bent on making them miserable.

Dispelling the notion that the President – due to his alleged comment about countries with high immigration numbers being “s—holes” – hurt negotiations between the White House and Congress on an agreement for retaining aspects of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, Ingraham said:

[T]hey had zero intention of negotiating in good faith because, somehow, they thought they could guilt the President into siding with them. But I guess they don’t really know him very well, do they? They are out of ideas. And they have no solutions. The race card is the only one they have left to play.

Horace, joined on the show’s opening panel by liberal talk radio host Garland Nixon and Fox contributor Kevin Jackson, had the first word.  He said:

FDR famously said that all we have to fear is fear itself. The new Democrats? All they have to offer is race itself. Every single opportunity to turn the conversation from the facts, the logic and the merits go to race. It means they’re lazy. It means they’re not serious. It means they don’t have strong perspectives to the table.

Later in the segment, speaking directly to the issue of black progress under President Trump’s stewardship, Horace added:

This is the most curious form of racism I’ve ever seen. You work so that – over the last 12 months – black Americans are actually getting employed at a higher rate than any other group. The gap between blacks and whites is lower than it’s ever been. That means relative growth has been good for people – but, for black people, it’s been even better. We set a record in June. We set a record in September. We set another record in January.

As if to make Horace’s point, Nixon laughed nervously as Horace stated these facts. In his remarks, Nixon began by making the ludicrous claim that Trump had converted the Republican Party to the party of white nationalists David Duke and Richard Spencer. He later tried to brush off Horace’s recounting how liberal President Lyndon Baines Johnson was known to call the Civil Rights Act “the n-word bill” and that he considered his appointment of Justice Thurgood Marshall as putting “a n-word to the Court.”

Nixon also tried to pass those off as so long ago they apparently absolved liberals due to so racial statute of limitations. Both Horace and Jackson assured Nixon and Ingraham a conservative would never be allowed to get away with such abhorrent behavior so easily.

Watch the entire clip below.

Exposed “Dreamers” Memo Reveals Liberal Need for Hispanic Votes, Shrinking Black Relevance

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A leaked memo authored by a former high-level advisor to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton reveals that liberal support for illegal alien “dreamers” is likely more about electoral machinations than humanitarian altruism.

While Project 21 member Christopher Arps considers the strategy a power-play by the liberal establishment, he also sees a shift in their favoritism from blacks to Hispanics. This decline in black political clout, he notes, shows a lack of liberal empathy for the problems facing the blacks.

In the January 8 memo distributed to “Interested Parties” by the left-wing powerhouse Center for American Progress, former White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri [] (who served in a similar position with the Clinton 2016 presidential campaign) advised liberal politicians to stonewall legislation on Capitol Hill. She advocated impeding congressional business as a means of obtaining some form of amnesty for illegal aliens who entered the United States as children. Such amnesty would also likely extend to entire families.

Palmieri’s memo – obtained and published by the Daily Caller – specifically calls for blocking votes on necessary spending bills “that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

In sunsetting the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last September, President Donald Trump compelled Congress to come up with a legislative solution by March. On January 9, he brought together congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle to try to work out a solution. Border security, however, is a White House requirement that liberals adamantly oppose.

Citing an opportunity for creating “political allegiances” through supporting amnesty, Palmieri also noted in her memo that “it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success… If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond.”

In his assessment of the liberals’ immigration scheme, Christopher – a frequent St. Louis-area talk radio guest host,  principal with Red Tail Strategies and co-founder of the black social network – said:

Everyone but the most ardent Kool-Aid drinkers know that DACA and other amnesty plans for illegals are really about creating future voters who will promote a liberal legislative agenda.

In reality, I doubt progressives give a damn about these people.

The liberal agenda’s most loyal voting block – blacks – are killing themselves off with abortions and murder. For example, homicide has been the number-one cause of death for black males between the ages of 15 and 34. A disproportionate 35 percent of abortions are performed on black women.

The liberals simply need people to fill the ranks. I wonder if we’ll see Palmieri’s crass pleas for new voters reported on at MSNBC, CNN or the three broadcast networks.

Project 21’s Gardner Warned of Miss America’s Troubles Before Recent Scandal

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The Miss America Organization is imploding, but Project 21 member Day Gardner already warned us months ago about why it’s happening.

Day is a pioneer in integrating Miss America. At the 1977 pageant, she advanced to the semifinals as Miss Delaware – becoming the first black contestant to compete throughout the entire televised event.

Commenting on what’s happening now, Day explains:

Liberal culture co-opted the Miss America Organization.

The inherent problem is that Miss America was never meant to be political. As a result, the pageant has now lost its focus. Political agendas dominating it these days detract from its original, wholesome underpinnings. The latest scandal that swept out the organization’s leadership is completely predictable.

A liberal mindset that lost sight of the real reasons for the pageant seems to have taken control of the organization. Women who should have been revered and celebrated were demonized. It’s time for it to return to its roots.

Truthfully, I think – in light of all that has transpired over the years with the pageant –the circus’ “Greatest Show on Earth” may have run its course.

But the organization is saying it is reaching out to people such as Day for help.

Hateful, disparaging emails about former Miss Americas sent among pageant leaders were recently revealed by the Huffington Post. Topics such as the weight and sex lives of former winners were discussed, as well as potential collusion to ruin the reputations of Miss Americas out of favor with the now-purged leadership.

After the emails were made public, a large of portion of the Miss America Organization’s leadership resigned in disgrace:

  • CEO Sam Haskell
  • President Josh Randle
  • Board of Directors Chairman Lynn Weidner
  • Board member Tammy Haddad (a former producer for liberal host Chris Matthews at MSNBC)

About the inherent troubles with the way the pageant evolved, Day said:

Miss America is supposed to celebrate the beauty, spirit and accomplishment of America’s “girl next door.” But recent pageants became political affairs, with elements meant to serve an agenda beyond the calling attention to the accomplishments of the contestants. It offended me as a former participant, and drove away viewers.

The televised “Miss America Competition” has fallen in viewership from 8.6 million in 2013 to 6.25 million in 2017.

In a commentary about the leftward tilt of the pageant that was published by the Washington Times this past September, Day wrote:

In choosing Miss America for 2018, contestants were asked a series of loaded current events questions. Miss Missouri was asked about President Trump’s alleged election collusion with the Russians. Miss North Dakota was asked if Mr. Trump should have withdrawn from the Paris climate accord. Miss New Jersey got the question about Confederate statues. Miss North Dakota was the most decisively anti-Trump. She won. Draw your own conclusion.

These questions now capture the most attention. In 2009, Miss California was admonished by a judge for not agreeing with him on same-sex marriage. In 2015, Miss Tennessee was criticized by pro-life groups for false statements about Planned Parenthood services to make a case for public funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider. Yet the organization reportedly told the 2012 Miss Delaware not to discuss her pro-life views.

These questions didn’t exist when I competed. Swimsuit and evening wear modeling remain a constant, but the pageants of my day placed value in morals and tradition over a pretty face. A good reputation, as Vanessa Williams found out, was a requirement to wear the tiara as the goodwill ambassador for young American women…

There’s a lot to be lost by turning the pageant into a cultural playground of the radical left. The Miss America title may someday no longer fit. When will a divorcee demand to compete? When will they drop gender roles altogether and open the pageant to those who choose their own gender or claim no gender whatsoever?

In their exposed emails, the former Miss America officials went after Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan – commenting on her weight and alleged promiscuity. Haddad suggested hiring a private investigator “to get something” on Hagan because Hagan and Haskell were publicly feuding. Haddad also called Miss America 1989 (and former Fox News Channel host) Gretchen Carlson a “snake” for not supporting the organization against Miss America 1998 Kate Shindle and her critical 2014 book – Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain.

Day added:

In its early days, Miss America was instrumental in introducing a more close-minded America to the talents, skills and perseverance of women who might have otherwise been ignored. It was truly the showcase of the best our nation had to offer. My concerns about the way the pageant was changing were confirmed by the leaked emails of its leaders.

What is truly despicable, however, can now hopefully be used to help rededicate the pageant to its original mission of promoting America’s best and brightest.

The Miss America Organization says it is now reaching out to former Miss Americas to help them search for new leadership. Some – including Carlson and Miss America 1977 Dorothy Benham – are hoping for a clean sweep that brings in an entirely new board as well.

Day’s phone will hopefully be ringing soon.


Correction: The 2009 incident referenced in the commentary actually happened at the Miss USA pageant rather than Miss America. We apologize for the error.

Second Amendment Applies to Churches, Says Project 21’s Nedd

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In the wake of the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas, many church officials – including Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II – began to rethink the notion of carrying firearms in places of worship.

In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton has now definitively ruled the practice to be legal. In an opinion released last week, Paxton stated:

Unless a church provides effective oral or written notice prohibiting the carrying of handguns on its property, a license holder may carry a handgun onto the premises of church property as the law allows.

In a Daily Caller commentary published shortly after the militant atheist attack in Sutherland Springs, Nedd – a Pennsylvania state constable as well as an Anglican bishop – noted:

At Sutherland Springs, there was a good guy with a gun. A neighbor of the First Baptist Church heard the shooting, grabbed his own rifle and came to the defense of the congregation. His effort undoubtedly saved a lot of innocent lives. In Antioch, an usher confronted the assailant and tried to wrestle the gun away…

A pistol in the pulpit may sound extreme, but — when people of faith increasingly appear to be targets of armed evil — a good shepherd must do what he must do to protect the flock from the wolves. From the perspective of a bishop and a cop, people must be protected. This includes in sacred spaces.

In response to Texas officially sanctioning the right to carry a welcome firearm in houses of worship, Nedd added:

Of course, Texans can carry their guns to church. I don’t understand how this was ever really in question.

The Second Amendment rights of Americans don’t stop at the chancel steps.

Pastors have a God-given right to not only provide spiritual guidance and covering to their flock, but to also provide for the physical protections of worshipers. I don’t believe this right will be infringed upon here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but I do believe that there is cause for concern in some states.


Inaugural Protestors’ Rights Trump President Supporters’ Rights

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Six people who were among over 200 arrested on January 20 for their involvement in inauguration protesting that included violence and vandalism were found not guilty after an almost month-long trial.

While those who were acquitted and their attorneys consider the verdicts a victory for the First Amendment, Project 21 member Richard Holt begs to differ. The protestors may have avoided fines and jail time for what they think is free speech, but they certainly kept others from enjoying their right of free assembly.

The protestors will be able to continue their fanatical opposition to the Trump Administration. Those denied the ability to attend inaugural events because of the radical protests blocking their access lost that opportunity forever.

Commenting on how the case should have been considered, Rich noted:

I know a lot of people who were unable to exercise their right to assemble – attending the inauguration – because of the violent political protestors.

Everyone’s rights should be respected, but these hordes of evil hateful liberals prevented others from exercising their rights.

They all belong in prison.

Harrisburg Gunman Targeting Police May Be a Peek at the Future

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A gunman who was undoubtedly targeting police officers was shot and killed in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon. But Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty was dispatched by a Pennsylvania State Police trooper during his second attempted assault.

None of the officers involved were hurt. Neither were any bystanders.

El-Mofty’s Arab ethnicity and recent travel to the Middle East raises speculation about this being a potential act of terrorism. While officials are not yet willing to confirm it as terrorism, the FBI and ATF are involved in the investigation.

It is also reported that El-Mofty’s residence was raided by immigration agents in 2016.

Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II, a Pennsylvania state constable, is concerned about the risk his fellow officers face from potential terrorists at a time when some public officials are unwilling to accommodate investigators out of concern for the alleged rights of refugees and illegal aliens. There are several counties in the Harrisburg area unwilling to share information on illegal aliens with federal immigration authorities.

Council warns:

Unfortunately, this is the sort of thing more Americans and law enforcement officers must be prepared to see in the future.

I have been warning for some time that, if cities declare themselves sanctuary cities and hamstring law enforcement when they attempt to enforce laws, there will surely be dire consequences.

While most people were making final preparations for Christmas, it seems that – unbeknownst to most – an Islamic terrorist was planning an attack on the peacekeepers.

I got into law enforcement knowing full well about the risks that I would face, and that’s true for my brother and sister LEOs. But it’s jarring when you hear about a blatant attack on those who selflessly serve their community.

But Council adds:

There is nothing that the terrorist can do to steal the joy of Christmas from the hearts of the vast majority of Americans.

That being said, citizens should always play a role in keeping our communities safe. If you see something, say something.

Project 21 Co-Chairman Targeted by Left for Protecting FCC Chairman

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No good deed goes unpunished.

The Facebook page of Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington is under siege after she called attention to plans by left-wing activists to descend on the home of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on New Year’s Eve. In retaliation for the FCC’s vote to reduce “Net Neutrality” regulatory threats and return it to the 2015 levels of user freedom, protestors are threatening to descend on Pai’s personal property to be disruptive at best and create a public health threat at worst.

It is not the first time protestors have targeted the Pai home or his children.

To the left, there is no line drawn between their opponents’ public and private lives. They similarly protested outside the home of Pai’s predecessor, Tom Wheeler (albeit more respectfully). The temporary home of then-Vice President-Elect Mike Pence and the D.C. home of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been targeted for vigils and “dance parties.”

Not only do these protests scare family members and inconvenience neighbors, but they can also go horribly wrong – as it did when the wrong house was protested by union activists.

This promise of boorish behavior and threat to suburban peace and quiet was what led Stacy to ask her friends on Facebook to report this event to Internet monitors and law enforcement. For her trouble, she was branded a “goodie goodie,” and leftists are now deliberately giving her talk radio program’s Facebook page low ratings to harm it in Internet rankings.

It’s kind of interesting that people who are alleging the Internet will be gamed by big business are now using underhanded tactics to game the Facebook rating system against Stacy. She told The Media Equalizer: “In calling for friends online to report the page, I opened myself up to the ire of social justice warriors who insisted a campaign to get my page’s review rating lowered.”

National Center’s Cohen Gives Trump Advice on Achieving American “Global Energy Dominance”

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American “global energy dominance” was a goal set by then-candidate Donald Trump. According to National Center for Public Policy Research Senior Fellow Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., this claim was “not mere bombast.”

In a new commentary published by The Daily Caller, Bonner stated that, now that Trump is president, “the goal is absolutely achievable in light of America’s abundance not only of hydrocarbons, but also of innovative technologies and nimble businesses practices that enable energy to be produced and brought to market at an affordable price.”

In “Cutting the Red Tape on the Way to U.S. Global Energy Dominance,” Bonner noted:

Less than a year in office, the Trump Administration has made enormous strides in rolling back Obama-era regulations specifically crafted to hamstring American energy production. But the swamp in Washington is still very much with us, and there are further steps Team Trump can take to accelerate its draining.

Here are some examples of President Trump’s swamp-draining, and where Bonner suggests the Trump Administration can really make a difference:

    • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is “turning the place upside down.” In doing so, he “has reversed decades of EPA’s throwing its weight around to its heart’s content.” While he has already rescinded major job-killing and resource-hiding regulations such as Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Bonner suggested reforming the New Source Review to help improve existing coal-fired power plants, taking another look at cross-state pollution rules and overturning the Obama Administration’s Endangerment Finding that declared carbon dioxide (you know, what we exhale) a pollutant.


    • While the Energy Department has worked to improve the pace of potential liquid natural gas export, Bonner said Secretary Rick Perry “should work with the EPA, the Interior Department and State Department to remove barriers to providing Americans and people abroad access to the energy they need.”


  • As for the Department of the Interior, [i]ts huge role in America’s energy future is undermined by the agency’s bloated bureaucracy which has been notoriously slow in approving permits for extraction of oil, gas and coal.” One major improvement is speeding up the permitting process for energy extraction from federal lands and offshore in the Outer Continental Shelf.

To read Bonner’s complete commentary, click here.


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