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Texas COVID Caucus Belittles Black Americans

Texas COVID Caucus Belittles Black Americans

Texas state legislators fled to Washington, D.C. rather than be forced to act on voter integrity protections at home. Now the delegation is infamous as a super-spreader junket – with many of the rogue lawmakers having tested positive and having possibly infected the people they met with in the nation’s capital.

On the Newsmax program “Cortes & Pellegrino,” Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper remarked on this you-can’t-make-this-up situation: “$1.5 million for this little… COVID fiasco, based on a lie about voter ID.”

Horace pointed out that these unlucky lawmakers are actually helping those who oppose legislation in the U.S. Senate that would harm voter integrity efforts. And this is funny because promoting that legislation is one of the diseased delegation’s excuses for leaving the Lone Star State:

Bless their hearts…

They decide to demonstrate in front of God and everybody that they actually do believe in filibusters. They actually do believe that you should use all of the techniques of holding office in order to get your way. Even as the Washington Democrats say – no, we gotta throw out all of the rules. It’s unfair. It’s bigotry. It’s racism if you use the rules to stop bad public policy.

A key source of contention over election integrity efforts in Texas is how voter ID requirements are allegedly racist voter suppression. This prompted Steve Cortes to ask Horace: “Are you, as a black man, capable of keeping and furnishing ID?”

In response, Horace explained how opposition to voter ID is harmful to blacks because it both looks down on their abilities and leaves them open to fraud:

Of course I am. But here’s what I would say to them. They need to explain that to black America.

Black America, when asked by Gallup, said – two-thirds in some polls, some say as high as 79%, nearly 80% – we need ID, and we believe it’s a useful way to prevent potential vote fraud.

Guess what? When we, our organization – Project 21 – studied this issue of election fraud, we found out that minorities – particularly black Americans – were most likely to be victims. And guess who the victimizers were? They were left-wing…

Noting that some liberals have suggested that black Americans don’t want to or cannot take full advantage of common things like driving, shopping, writing checks or flying, Horace said their opposition exposes their deceit:

This desire to take away from people the right to decide for themselves is evidence to this whole lie that somehow requiring ID [is discriminatory]… This lie is all set up, and yet the president of the United States and the party of the left continue to embrace this.

With everything that has befallen the Texas lawmakers, Horace declared their efforts a failure. “They’re now about as popular as Typhoid Mary,” he said. “And I tell you what, they’re probably as likely to get a good meeting to discuss their issues with the president as Kamala Harris can.”

Liberal Blame Game Extends to Border Crisis and Defunding the Police

Liberal Blame Game Extends to Border Crisis and Defunding the Police

One thing is for certain: The left loves playing the blame game.

Davis Soderberg

Davis Soderberg

Of course blame casting is, and will always be, an integral part of politicking. But during four years of the “orange man,” the left made dishing out blame a daily ritual rather than an occasional tactic. Any perceived inequality, natural disaster, act of gun violence, hate crime, closed business or police shooting was immediately a result of Trump’s behavior and rhetoric. This united the left around a shared mission: destroying the man they hate more than anyone else.

But President Trump has left office, and can’t effectively be blamed any more– especially considering that the Democratic Party has controlled both congressional chambers and the White House for the last 6 months. Like any addict, though, the left has had a hard time shaking this fix.

Take, for instance, the crisis at the border. The GOP has pushed Vice President Kamala Harris, the appointed problem-solving chief of the immigration crisis, to visit the Texas-Mexico border. After finally caving to the request – which many claim was purely to take attention away from Donald Trump’s border visit – Harris arrived in El Paso, nearly 800 miles from the epicenter of the issue.

While delivering her remarks on the unprecedented illegal-immigration crossings since the Biden Administration entered office, Harris said, “It is here in El Paso that the previous administration’s child-separation policy was unveiled. And so we have seen the disastrous effects of that right here in this region…. It is here in El Paso that the return-to-Mexico policy from the previous administration was implemented. We have seen the disaster that resulted from that.”

On that same trip, while meeting with faith-group leaders, Harris added that “[w]e inherited a tough situation…. In five months, we’ve made great progress.”

These claims are a near-180 from the truth. Hours into Biden’s presidency, he lifted the “Remain in Mexico” policy through executive order, which turned out to be a disastrous decision. The policy, enacted by President Trump, forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their immigration hearings. But under Biden, these illegal immigrants get released into the United States. Not surprisingly, this made migrating to the country illegally far more attractive to those wanting to escape Mexico. It de-incentivized immigrants away from pursuing legal pathways to citizenship, and encouraged them to commit a crime.

As I have written before, I’m not anti-immigration; I’m just sensibly anti-chaos. The results of the policy decisions by this administration have created chaos at the border.

In February alone, U.S. border agents detained nearly 100,000 illegal aliens crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — 22,000 more than in January. One Texas migrant facility had reached 729% capacity, forcing children to sleep on the floor and shower only once every 5 days. The scene got so bad that Team Biden wasn’t allowing the media to access the facilities to report. But Vice President Harris worries about the previous administration’s supposedly inhumane treatment of children.

Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, even admitted that the United States was “on pace to encounter more individuals at the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.” It’s all a result of bad policy, but rather than accepting this obvious reality, the Biden Administration returned to its favorite pastime: blaming Trump.

But the blame game gets worse.

Over the past 14 months, since George Floyd’s death, the calls to defund the police force have been endless, and they have come entirely and solely from the left. Despite any statistical evidence to prove their claims, far-left pundits, activists, athletes, actors, legislatures, mayors and governors have attacked police forces for supposedly using violence against black Americans in a disproportionate manner. The few political leaders who were foolish enough to actually enact such policies into law quickly saw the consequences.

After crime absolutely skyrocketed in even partially “defunded” cities, the true effects of such policies became clear. After the “defund the police” campaign blew up in its face, the left quickly looked for scapegoats. After realizing the toxicity of the self-created movement, and how incredibly unpopular it had become with the general public, the progressive White House decided…you guessed it…to blame conservatives.

This is a twisted lie. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki went head-to-head with Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy (famously known for being the only journalist that asks the administration tough questions) at a press briefing last month.

Doocy asked:

[Biden Advisor] Cedric Richmond said, “Republicans defunded the police by not supporting the American Rescue Plan.” But how is that an argument to be made when the president never mentioned needing money for police to stop a crime wave when he was selling the American Rescue Plan?

Psaki responded:

The president did mention… that the American Rescue Plan, the state and local funding, something that was supported by the president, a lot of Democrats who supported and voted for the bill, could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country…. As you know, [it] didn’t receive a single Republican vote.

*sigh*

Not a single provision in the 242-page mega bill mentions the words “police” or “law enforcement.” Additionally, this legislation violated the beliefs of any principled fiscal conservative in that it added $1.9 trillion dollars in spending after the $900 billion CARES Act passed months earlier. The bill was packed with unnecessary spending designed to pay off loyal lefty constituencies. Even Mitt Romney, a man whose “severe conservativism” is severe only in his attacks on those who succeeded where he failed, mocked the bill as a “clunker… filled with bad policies and sloppy math.”

Look no further than the left-wing talking points and budgetary decisions in our major cities over the past year; it’s blatantly clear who really supports police defunding.

Socialist NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio shifted $1 billion away from the city’s police department to “reduc[e] the size of our police force by not having the next recruit class. We are reducing our overtime levels. We’re shifting functions away from police to civilian agencies.”

In May, overall index crime in New York City rose 22% compared to the same month last year, driven by a 46.7% increase in robbery and a 73% increase in shooting incidents.

The Minnesota City Council, which is left-leaning across the board, reallocated $8 million dollars away from their police department in December of 2020. As might be sadly expected, statistics show that crime soared just weeks after the decision, including a 250% increase in gunshot wounds over the previous year.

Similarly, the city of Portland, OR, led by ultra-left mayor Ted Wheeler, reduced the city’s police budget by $16 million, including the elimination of 84 positions. Since then, there have been tens of millions of dollars in damages to public and private property, and a near 2,000% increase in homicides.

Additionally, in June of last year, the Washington, D.C. city council, almost entirely left-wing, diverted more than $15 million away from the police department. The trend from the above examples holds true in this one as well: D.C. Police data shows a 43% increase in homicides from April of 2020 to April 2021.

This list could extend further, but you understand the point. What we are seeing is clear: the safety of woke, left-wing cities has been scorched by the “defund the police” movement.

Rather than blaming conservatives for political gain, the White House and liberal legislatures should admit the faults of the left and make the proper adjustments. Over the 4th of July weekend, there were more than 540 shootings nationwide, with 189 people killed. We need to re-fund the police in the cities that are suffering, and provide the men and women in uniform the resources they need to perform their jobs adequately.

The blame game doesn’t produce real, positive results.

 

Davis Soderberg is an associate for the Free Enterprise Project at the National Center for Public Policy Research. Follow him on Twitter @soderberg_davis.

Crime-Plagued Residents “Must Get Out on Those Streets”

Crime-Plagued Residents “Must Get Out on Those Streets”

After another bloody weekend in America’s major metropolitan cities, Project 21 member Charles Butler – a former Chicago resident – said that people in the communities most affected by crime “need to organize.”

“They must get out on those streets and defend their children and defend their property,” Charles declared on the Newsmax program “John Bachman Now.” “That’s the American way.”

In a shooting outside a Washington Nationals baseball game last weekend, a fan was hit when gunfire was exchanged between two cars. It ended up cancelling the nationally-televised game. In the wake of that high-profile crime, the police union serving the nation’s capital tweeted that “violent crime permeates everything,” adding that it’s “a tragedy that elected officials won’t let us do our jobs.”

Newsmax guest host Joe Pinion suggested there is a “suspension of reality” among politicians about the causes of the violence that “leads to pain and suffering” in predominantly black and brown areas of the city.

“The police aren’t being allowed to do their job,” Charles replied. “That’s just the fact. If we turn them loose, they’ll take care of these shootings, these criminals.”

Charles further explained:

Liberalism seems to be related to a person’s distance from a problem.

You will never hear black people in these communities, or brown people, say: We want to defund the police. These politicians will say that. And when I’ve confronted politicians about why they’re not doing more to put criminals in jail, the first thing they say is: We’d be incarcerating more black men. And I’d say: They’re criminals – put ‘em in jail!

We have a lot of issues that are going on. Black people need to look at themselves. We need to look at our own community. This is not a white man’s problem. This is a black community problem.

Referring to the violence plaguing Chicago, Pinion said black communities are in an untenable position between what he called an “effectively inept” mayor and a White House that “doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge the problem” – both of which are being driven by “blind ideology.”

Charles suggested that people “need to take a page” from the playbook of black and white South Africans to “act as vigilantes to protect our own communities.”

“I think the same thing needs to happen here,” he commented. Fellow panelist Jonathan Gilliam, a retired FBI agent, remarked, “I love what Charles said,” but suggested it be packaged as a “time for Americans to stand together and step forward.”

Charles pointed out the value of the community’s involvement at a time when law enforcement resources are stretched thin and being cut:

People in their communities need to take policing into their own hands. Because they know who these kids are who are driving through the neighborhoods shooting. They’re shooting at houses. I mean, this is not gang-related. They’re just arbitrarily shooting at people.

How to Stop Big Tech Censorship Without Creating More of It

How to Stop Big Tech Censorship Without Creating More of It

Release of correspondence amongst members of the establishment elite suggests the worst did happen over the past year.

As Scott Shepard – deputy director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project – writes in a Townhall commentary:

It seems awfully likely that Mark Zuckerberg, the dead-eyed CEO of Facebook, and disgraced Dr. Anthony Fauci, the highest paid employee of the United States government and tinpot dictator of the 14-month-long two-weeks-to-flatten-the-curve, colluded to keep certain facts and opinions about Covid from being expressed on Facebook.

Scott points out that the First Amendment “forbids government to censor Americans’ speech in any content-based or partisan ways,” and suggests that the end result of such actions could be criminal charges against the architects and enforcers of the COVID-19 lockdown.

But even if such justice is served, there’s still no way to get back so much of what was taken from people in 2020 and up until now. The important question to ponder right now is how to stop such abuses of freedom from happening again.

Repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has often been cited as a means of reining in the vast power of Big Tech. Yet Scott contends that removing the legal immunity from legal liability that is granted to social media platforms through Section 230 might lead to an exponential increase in such censorship. This would obviously further shut conservatives out of opportunities to engage in political dialogue on the Internet.

Is there another way? Scott thinks there is.

“Enact tort laws that render tech companies liable for any damages that arise as a result of their censorship of any information, and establish that damages will be presumed in any instance in which censored information later turns out to be true,” Scott recommends. “At the same time, expressly retain an exclusion from liability (for the tech companies) for information that is not censored even if it later turns out to be false or defamatory.”

He further explains:

This little reform would make the decision to censor always potentially more, and possibly much more, expensive than the decision to forego censorship – especially if the censorship arises not from certainty of facts but from ideological predisposition. And it would place enforcement in the hands of private parties, governed by private law. Private law always trumps public, because it does not bring in its wake reams of regulations and costly and oppressive administration by government employees.

This reform could come in the form of a revision of Section 230, but the better choice would be repeal of that section followed by enactment of the reform by states. Tort law is traditionally state law, and the more areas of law that remain in state hands, the better. Laboratories of democracy, and all that. And if the worst-managed blue states don’t enact the law, fine. This will be just another way in which they are inferior to the red states, creating another impetus for conservative-minded people to migrate to red jurisdictions, depriving the blue tyrannies of the tax-fuel of their oppression.

“Big Tech censorship must be made terrifically costly indeed,” Scott argues.

Click here to read all of Scott’s commentary – “Did Zuckerberg Facebook and Fauci Conspire to Deny Americans Their Civil Rights?” – at Towhall.

Biden’s Green Goals Aren’t Kid-Friendly

Biden’s Green Goals Aren’t Kid-Friendly

President Biden’s green agenda is actually in competition with his interest in children. Which will end up being the most important to him?

In an article in the Washington Examiner, investigative journalist Kevin Mooney points out that a Biden executive order on clean energy and environmental justice is problematic by the metrics of leftist greens and “could put the children Biden champions in a compromising position.”

This is because the transition from fossil fuel energy sources and mining needs for a renewable energy infrastructure will have “massive costs and environmental impact of green energy materials.” This, Mooney writes, will “jeopardize the health, wellness and safety of the most vulnerable populations.”

According to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), there are “significant economic, environmental, geopolitical and ethical ramifications that are a harsh reality” in pushing the green energy agenda.

Shockingly, the Green New Deal era cannot begin without taking a severe toll on the environment:

The IEA report shows that whatever emissions might be saved by driving electric cars would be canceled out by the emissions generated as a consequence of the mining used to obtain the materials that go into electric cars!

And when it comes to child welfare, National Center Senior Fellow Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., lent his expertise to explain how children – particularly those already living in dangerous conditions – will see their quality of life further endangered:

The clean, green future envisioned by the Biden administration for our children will not be possible without cobalt, which is used in batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and as backup power for wind turbines and solar arrays.

Sixty percent of the world’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where child labor is used in the mining of cobalt. Children there are sent into the mines as young as age seven. What about these children? Their lives are being sacrificed so that Wall Street investment houses and purveyors of green energy can make out like bandits from an industry already awash in taxpayer subsidies.

All of this should be considered a gross violation of the human rights and environmental justice agenda that the Biden Administration publicly embraces. It creates a defining moment for the White House to show if crass special interests and political goals are actually driving the White House agenda.

Click here to read all of Mooney’s Washington Examiner article.

Let the Cuban Revolts Be a Reminder That America Should Be Cherished

Let the Cuban Revolts Be a Reminder That America Should Be Cherished

Queremos libertad! Queremos libertad! (“We want our liberty!”) is echoing in the streets of Havana as Cuban citizens protest the nation’s odious regime. For more than 60 years, the country’s communist authorities have terrorized its citizens and stunted the growth of Cubans’ ingenuity and standard of living. Though the revolts may not dethrone the sitting regime, they highlight, yet again, what many around the globe desire more than anything: liberty and freedom.

Davis Soderberg

Davis Soderberg

Cuban authorities have fired live ammunition at dissenters and cut internet service throughout the days of protest in hopes of silencing the freedom movement and blocking any media from being released to the outside world. One video, however, has gained traction. It shows the crowd chanting “we are not afraid” as a man waves an American flag in the air.

This isn’t the first time the American flag has been used by protestors on foreign soil to voice objection to a tyrannical regime. In 2019, pro-democracy fighters in Hong Kong waved the American flag and sang the U.S. national anthem in opposition of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) attempt to gain control over the territory.

These freedom fighters, in both Cuba and Hong Kong, who have suffered immeasurably under draconian dictators, use our flag for a reason. The American flag is a symbol of hope. Our flag is still a banner of a better, freer life to many, and that’s something of which we should be proud.

In present day America, however, many people have mixed emotions about what our flag really represents. Over the 4th of July weekend, the Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter posted a picture of our flag with the following caption:

When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around. When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist. When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different America than we do. When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred.

Each year there seems to be more outrage over flying the American flag, even though the flag has long represented our patriotism in love of country, unity in shared principles and gratitude to be living in a nation of limitless opportunity.

Senator Marco Rubio, whose disabled grandfather escaped from Cuba for America in hopes of a better life, described his family’s past:

My dad was a bartender. My mom was a cashier, a maid and a stock clerk at K-Mart. They never made it big. They were never rich. And yet they were successful. Because just a few decades removed from hopelessness, they made possible for us all the things that had been impossible for them.

Why do so many Americans ignore examples like this? Just two generations after Rubio’s family escaped from Cuba, the son of a bartender and a maid ran for president of the United States as a sitting U.S. senator. That is why America is exceptional. This, of course, is only one story of the American Dream being fulfilled; there are millions and millions of them.

Just ask a Cuban migrant like Maximo Alvarez, who spoke emotionally during the 2020 Republican National Convention:

I may be Cuban born, but I am 100 percent American. This is the greatest country in the world. If I gave away everything I have today, it would not equal 1 percent of what I was given when I came to this great country: The gift of Freedom…. My parents only wanted one person to decide my fate—me. Not some party member, not some government official, not some bureaucrat —– in America, I would decide my own future.

Every year, millions dream of stepping into a new life in America, and even the Americans who complain and shame our nation for so-called inequities, greed, discrimination, racism, bigotry – well, they refuse to leave. Why is that? Isn’t there another place for those who despise America to go?

There is one specific reason why people never leave, why people will sacrifice their lives on a treacherous journey for the prospect of making it to our shores: In America, the cards you are dealt at birth do not determine or limit what you can do in life. The possibilities and opportunities are endless. This is the defining characteristic of our nation.

When reflecting on places like Cuba and Hong Kong, Americans must cherish this notion. Let these examples be a reminder that our nation is unique.

Socialist sympathizers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders are doing everything in their power to avoid admitting what the Cuban uprising again demonstrates: that their beloved political philosophy has done inconceivable harm to the human race. Crickets are singing a symphony in the Cortez quarters, while Sanders irrationally threw all the blame on U.S. sanctions.

It’s absolutely mind-blowing that the radical left has such a hard time confessing to the failures of a dictatorship. In fact, the excuses have changed nearly every day in their attempt to protect the ideas of centralization and government-controlled living.

Initially Julie Chung, the assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (this job title should show you how obnoxiously vast our government bureaucracy has gotten), blamed the riots on COVID-19, posting: “Peaceful protests are growing in Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID case/deaths & medicine shortage. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors.”

I guess thousands of maskless protestors chanting “freedom,” “we want our liberty” and “we are not afraid,” in the mind of Julie Chung, equated to concern about the coronavirus. That’s been the left’s approach for the last year and a half: blame anything and everything on the virus when you’re feeling political pressure.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tried to pin the Cuban regime’s failure and the uprising on “economic mismanagement.” I’ll quickly rephrase this phony political phrase to save us some time: Socialism and centralization don’t work. Ever. Sadly, the progressive left refuses to acknowledge this in hopes of protecting their big-government ideology and agenda.

It is equally interesting and concerning that those who are truly oppressed in foreign nations seem to have more respect for our flag than many living in the States today. Among Americans we see hatred of our country, flag burning, disrespect during our anthem (I would dare such people to try these demonstrations in places like Cuba and China) and a deep lack of gratitude for our principles.

So many Americans have gone blind to the riches we are given by being born in this nation. Our citizenry has become obsessed with pointing a finger at the “privileged” when I would invite them to look abroad. We all have a privilege: the American privilege.

It is paramount that we veer from the path on which we are headed. For the time being, I’m not entirely optimistic. Pessimism is most warranted when observing our youth, the future leaders of our great nation. Among America’s young adults (18-34), an Axios/Momentive poll reported that 46% of them have a negative view of capitalism, with 54% of the youngest respondents (ages 18-24) having a negative view. Just two years ago, this percentage among young adults was only 38%, demonstrating a radical jump in the wrong direction in a short period of time. Additionally, this same poll showed that 51% of the same age group has a positive view of socialism.

This is incredibly alarming. This trend reflects a complex political phenomenon that has been unfolding for nearly 60 years, beginning when neo-Marxism fled Europe and made its way into American universities, later leaking into every other American institution and poisoning their foundations.

This form of leftism is still most apparent in universities, and it’s a clear sign why so many graduating students enter adulthood with a collectivist mindset. An increasing number of woke schools are now teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT), which can simply be explained as race-based Marxism.

According to Marxist ideology, society is divided between two groups, the oppressor and the oppressed. In the Communist Manifesto, this was described as the separation between the bourgeoisie (the oppressor) and the proletariat (the oppressed). In Marxism theory, the bourgeoisie created a structure designed to exploit the proletariat — that is, the laborers — to keep the bourgeoisie in full control of hierarchical power.

CRT follows the exact same structural formula, but with differing roles. This theory, which is now being taught and/or advocated for in public schools, pushes the idea that in America, since its founding, all of the national institutions were created to ultimately oppress minorities and boost the power and control of white Americans.

This ideology will do unprecedented harm to America’s youth. It’s no wonder that so many young adults have a favorable view of socialism. They are being told that the institutions that govern our nation are rigged to oppress people on the basis of skin color, and that any “inequity” found in society is a result of a systemic problem. Citizens who are fooled into believing this no longer accept any kind of personal accountability in their own decision making and turn to the state to solve their problems.

I firmly believe that many societal problems (not all) could be minimized by better individual decision making, but CRT promises that this is never the case; it’s always the fault of the “system.” In the mind of the CRT-indoctrinated youth, then, they must work to dismantle the very principles, values and institutions that have long held our nation together with new collectivist, big-government programs. As a result, liberties and freedoms are stripped from the people, and government grows to an insurmountable size.

America is not perfect. It never has been. We are fully aware that our history is deeply intertwined with racism and slavery. No one is denying this. Slavery is America’s original sin and something we should never fail to recognize as disastrous. But failures are part of human nature, and the strides we have made over the course of our history are worth commemorating.

Our founding documents still stand 250 years after their conception, protecting the belief that all men are created equal, and are endowed with the inalienable rights of  life, liberty and the pursuit (but not the guarantee) of happiness. These rights, as our Founders believed, are not given to us by the government, and the sole purpose of government authority is to protect our rights from being violated. The world recognizes the beauty of this belief. It is why so many fly our flag in the face of tyranny and embark on a quest to live out the American Dream.

The United States still has changes to make and we still have hurdles to jump, but let’s not forget that this country is special. Cuba is the most recent reminder.

 

Davis Soderberg is an associate for the Free Enterprise Project at the National Center for Public Policy Research. Follow him on Twitter @soderberg_davis

“No Truth Whatsoever” to Biden’s Voter Suppression Claims

“No Truth Whatsoever” to Biden’s Voter Suppression Claims

In the left’s continued efforts to water down ballot integrity measures and increase the potential for vote fraud, President Joe Biden has emerged as the radical movement’s top spokesman.

This concerns Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. In a panel discussion on the Fox News Channel program “The Ingraham Angle,” he noted how disturbing it was to see the nation’s top public official pushing for such an unworthy and unwise cause:

Normally, if you have some of these baseless claims that you’d like to put out, you get someone from the periphery to bring those out. The president of the United States is supposed to be above that. And that’s what’s really, really shameful about it.

When host Laura Ingraham noted that Biden appeared willing to take advantage of people’s lack of knowledge and appreciation of American history, Horace added:

We really, really have a treasure, and it’s incumbent on each and every one of us to make sure that our brothers and sisters remember, understand and revere. But it’s also very, very disappointing when our president puts the “D” in demagogue, and is willing to say these kinds of things.

“Apparently,” Horace surmised, “our president believes that he can tell some of the baldest, baseless lies, and that people are going to buy it.”

Ingraham asked Horace if there is “any evidence… anywhere” proving that voter integrity laws like those being called “21st century Jim Crow” by Biden are intentionally designed and being used to deny black and brown people the ability to vote.

Horace responded:

Here is a true fact: When [Biden] was vice president, they prosecuted more voter fraud cases than they did income tax fraud cases. They prosecuted more voter fraud cases than they did bank fraud cases. Now, are we going to conclude – as they tried to imply – that the number of prosecutions tells us about the seriousness of the violation…

There is… no truth whatsoever to this claim.

But Horace pointed to a possible ulterior motive for the left to want to increase the number of available ballots:

Everyone knows that, in Texas in 2020, more blacks voted for conservatives and Republicans. More Latinos voted for conservatives and Republicans. In fact, the legislature picked up seats on the right rather than losing seats.

Horace was joined in the discussion by conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza and activist lawyer Harmeet Dhillon.

Our Founders Should Be Held in High Regard

Our Founders Should Be Held in High Regard

Not only are our founding documents such as the Constitution and Declaration of Independence being called discriminatory, but the very building that holds them – the National Archives in Washington, D.C. – is said to be rife with “structural racism.”

What’s worse is that these accusations are not being heaped upon the institution by the typical activist groups like Black Lives Matter or Antifa. The claim was made in an internal report by the Archives staff!

“I am appalled,” writes Project 21 member Emery McClendon. In a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration, he laid out his concern that the truth about our nation’s founders is at risk of being subjugated by a radical political agenda holding little respect for our system of government:

I am upset because we once again have a small group of people wanting to disgrace our country – using the excuse of racism to divide us.

I am upset because, as a black person, I find it degrading that they won’t allow me to use my own judgment on the matter.

Our Founding Fathers and the documents they left us are important to the history of our republic. They represent every American, regardless of ethnic background. They should be looked upon as items of respect and dignity, and our Founders should be held in high regard as people who sought to share a vision of American unity for our citizens both then and now.

There is no need for “safe spaces” at our national monuments or government buildings. What is needed are spaces in our schools and libraries for our students and others to learn the true history of our founding documents, and our nation’s history.

When citizens know the truth, they respect and revere our nation’s culture.

The keepers of our founding documents and buildings should be held accountable to safeguard the American Dream. They should not disrespect it.

We don’t need diversity, equity, inclusion or any other form of critical race theory forced on us at these sites. What we need is instruction in the truth.

The Patriot Project discussed Emery’s letter here.

Waking Up Conservatives About Proxy Voting

Waking Up Conservatives About Proxy Voting

Voting is important. And just as it’s important to vote for political leaders, it’s of equal importance these days for conservative investors to vote their proxy ballots as shareholders.

At last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq., was asked by American Conservative Union Communications Director Ian Walters to describe what it means to be “a conscientious shareholder.”

“I’ve got a simple action item,” said Justin. “Vote.”

Justin noted how the left has lined up large numbers of publicly traded companies to endorse discriminatory legislation like the federal Equality Act, and to oppose state-level safeguards such as Georgia’s voter integrity protections.

Chevron lost an important vote at its 2020 shareholder meeting, and must now align its business plan with the Paris climate accord (“That would put Chevron out of business, folks,” Justin noted.). This year, Exxon had three green activists elected to its board of directors.

Conservatives who don’t vote their shares might have made a difference that protected both of these businesses as well as their own investments.

“The left weaponizes their money, and they vote,” Justin pointed out, adding:

The evidence bears out that we simply are not voting with the same vigor and enthusiasm as the left does.

In 2018, liberal shareholder resolutions broke every single record they had ever set. They broke it in 2019. They broke it again in 2020. And they’ve already surpassed it this year.

And he warned:

What are we doing about corporate America’s lurch to the left on the corporate proxy ballot? Precious little.

Justin was participating in the panel discussion “Engaging in a World Where the Left Has Made Everything Political: Politics, Corporations, Communications, Censorship and Foreign Manipulation” with Gentry Collins of Collins Anderson Philp Public Affairs and Jim Lamon of DEPCOM Power. His panel helped kick off CPAC’s Saturday programming for the thousands of people in attendance and more than 1,500 online viewers.

“So pay attention to your money,” Justin reiterated. “Pay attention to your investments. And vote.”

Biden Imperils America’s Energy Independence

Biden Imperils America’s Energy Independence

It was only as far back as 2019 that the United States became energy independent for the first time in almost 65 years. But, just as quickly, the Biden Administration’s climate agenda is making that earned independence “inconsistent.”

And, as National Center Senior Fellow Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., points out, this has economic as well as national security implications for the nation.

In a RealClearEnergy analysis on the nation’s new energy perils, Kevin Mooney quotes Bonner, who says:

In subordinating American energy independence to a quixotic effort to micromanage the planet’s climate, the Biden Administration is engaging in a folly of breathtaking proportions.

Mooney notes that this fragile state of American energy was exposed by the recent cyberattack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline in the southeastern United States:

It took a cyberattack to make clear how integral pipelines are to making the most of abundant natural resources that are available domestically and in a friendly, neighboring country. Unfortunately, Biden’s cancellation of the permit for the Keystone Pipeline is just the beginning as it has set the stage for a broader assault on the oil and gas industry throughout the U.S. that works to the advantage of hostile foreign powers.

Keystone’s cancellation, according to economist David Kreutzer, left the nation with “no hope of quickly regaining its capacity.” Mooney explains what this means:

While the impact of the cyberattack is immediately evident, the fallout from the cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline, which would have transported hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil per day from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, is not yet as palpable to energy consumers.

Bonner agrees, adding that none of these radical policy shifts produce a measurable environmental gain:

Nothing they are proposing will have any measurable effect on the climate. Nor should it. The climate is doing quite well, thank you.  We are living in an interglacial period, which is far preferable to the alternative: a new Ice Age. Today’s higher levels of atmospheric CO2 are highly beneficial, especially to plant life and agriculture.

Making matters increasingly grave, “the administration has put the country back on a path toward drawing in more imports from foreign nations and from here it gets worse” and “dilut[ing] the Interior Department’s energy portfolio by restricting oil and gas development on federal lands while also halting petroleum production from the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska,” writes Mooney.

Summing up this serious state of energy affairs, Bonner says:

Abandoning fossil fuels, of which the U.S. has an abundance, and embracing intermittent wind and solar power, which are dependent on China for most of their materials and back-up batteries, is geopolitical suicide. We haven’t seen this kind of poor judgment since the summer of 1914 when European leaders decided that a quick, short war would solve all their problems.

To read Mooney’s entire article, click here.

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