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Benjamin Crump: America’s 'Racial Justice' Profiteer

Benjamin Crump: America’s ‘Racial Justice’ Profiteer

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Racial Justice Profiteers in Our Midst Threaten the Very Justice, Truth, and Healing That America Represents. As Benjamin Crump continues to carve out his niche ...
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Building Back Better for the Wealthy

Building Back Better for the Wealthy

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For all their talk about increasing taxes on the rich, the Democrats' budget reconciliation plan might actually result in a tax cut for high-income households ...
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Black Activists Hopeful That SCOTUS Will Uphold Life

Black Activists Hopeful That SCOTUS Will Uphold Life

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As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in a key abortion case, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are holding out ...
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About Project 21

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment.

Project 21 participants have been interviewed by hundreds of media outlets, including the O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, the CNN Morning News, Black Entertainment Television’s Lead Story, America’s Black Forum, the McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal and the Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Larry King shows, as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and many others.

Project 21 participants live all over the U.S. and have a variety of careers. What they have in common is a desire to make America a better place for African-Americans, and all Americans, to live and work. Project 21 members do this in a variety of ways in their own communities, and, through Project 21, by writing opinion editorials for newspapers, participating in public policy discussions on radio and television, by participating in policy panels, by giving speeches before student, business and community groups, and by advising policymakers at the national, state and local levels.

Project 21: A History

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, sense of family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment. This became most obvious during the April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, when the media provided extended coverage of the reaction of liberal civil rights leaders to the events surrounding the Rodney King controversy. Curiously, the media made little mention of those in the African-American community who spoke out in favor of law and order and individual responsibility – and against the rioting.

Rather than merely complain about the lack of attention given to conservative and moderate African-Americans as typified by the coverage of the riots, The National Center for Public Policy Research convened a meeting of conservative and moderate African-American activists in mid-1992 to determine whether it was feasible to construct a network to bring conservative and moderate voices in the black community to the attention of the media. The answer was yes, and Project 21 was born. By March of 1993, Project 21 secured the necessary funding to hire a full-time coordinator to pursue its goals. Project 21’s mission includes the active promotion of conservative and moderate viewpoints by Project 21’s network of members in the media, and the ongoing recruitment of new members to be promoted.

Project 21 acts as a public relations network for moderate and conservative African-Americans, and is interested in promoting those African-Americans who want to discuss their beliefs not only in the privacy of their own homes but in thousands, sometimes millions, of homes across America. Whether a member is a talented writer, articulate speaker, dedicated policy analyst or just have interesting viewpoints on important issues, Project 21 is there to help its members get recognition.

Project 21 has enjoyed enormous success. Project 21’s network of African-American moderates and conservatives have been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, talk radio shows and television programs throughout the country. Participants have been featured on such programs as CNN & Company, CNN Morning News, The McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, The Michael Reagan Show, BET’s Our Voices, and America’s Black Forum as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Detroit News, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and many others.

Project 21 members have been published, quoted or interviewed over 35,000 times since the program was launched in 1992.

Project 21 first burst into attention following the release of Black America 1994: Changing Direction in January 1994. A 77-page volume, Black America 1994 is a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the African-American community. A collection of 15 essays written by Project 21 participants, the report addressed important contemporary issues including economic stagnation, crime, education, health, welfare, and the disintegration of the black family.

In the weeks following the report’s release, its contributors participated in several hundred media interviews, and Project 21 received nearly 5,000 requests for information and numerous offers of support.

Project 21 released a major report, The Health Care Ghetto: African-Americans and Health Care Reform, at a National Press Club press conference in August, 1994. The report was the first of its kind to analyze how various health care reform initiatives would affect minority communities.

In January 1995, Project 21 released a second annual report: Black America 1995: A New Beginning. The report consisted of 38 essays by Project 21 members on topics ranging from the information superhighway to crime. In January 1996, a series of profiles were released of black conservatives and moderates who shun government spending and embrace greater community involvement as the way to solve problems. Black America 1996: A Time for Renewal also included an agenda created by black conservatives and moderates outlining what government needs to do – and what it needs to stop doing – if people are going to start solving their own problems.

In 1997, following two years of research, Project 21 released an in-depth report: Black America 1997: How Government Harms Charities… And How Some are Succeeding Anyway. Until now, it has not been widely known that humanitarian groups suffer from government’s regulatory harassment. The 90-page report received front page newspaper coverage in Washington D.C. and led to calls from lawmakers interested in repealing the regulations that harm the ability of charities to help the poor.

Project 21 also has taken a lead role in bringing to public attention the fact that a substantial number of government environmental rules have a disproportionately negative economic impact on minorities. In addition to assisting with the research and publication of over 60 studies, op-eds and press releases on this topic in recent years, in 2002, joining with the John P. McGovern Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs to form a Center for Environmental Justice, Project 21 released a comprehensive econometric analysis of the impact of so-called “smart growth” regulations on minorities. The study, “Smart Growth and Its Effects on Housing Markets: The New Segregation” was published in November, 2002.

Project 21 is also actively involved in educating the public on proposals to empower communities rather than the government. For instance, Project 21 was instrumental in promoting the ideas incorporated in the Community Renewal Act, sponsored by Reps. Jim Talent (R-MO) and J.C. Watts (R-OK) in the 105th Congress. Project 21’s Contract with Black America, proposed to the leadership of the Republican Congress in January 1995, started the process that eventually led to the crafting of the Community Renewal Act.

Press Releases

Black Activists Rebuke Comparision of Impeachment to Civil Rights Movement

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Partisan “Clarification” Called Disrespectful and Hypocritical Washington, D.C. - Pushing back on lawmakers who compare impeachment proceedings to the Civil Rights Movement and the fight against Jim Crow discrimination, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are calling liberals’ rhetorical tactics - particularly ones by U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries - both incorrect and hypocritical. “This has to be - without question - one of the most incorrect comparisons I have ever heard,” said Project 21 member Martin Baker. “How dare Representative Jeffries weaponize the collective struggles of suffragettes and the Civil Rights Movement by comparing them to an impeachment ...
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Record-Low Black Unemployment Applauded by Black Activists

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Project 21 Cites Low Taxes, Deregulation Among Reasons Blacks Are Back to Work Black unemployment has hit yet another record low, and that is being cheered by members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who cite lower taxes and fewer regulations as major factors in America’s economic recovery. “President Kennedy once said a rising tide lifts all boats, and this latest economic news shows the Trump Administration’s policies are helping all demographics – including black Americans,” said Project 21 member Christopher Arps. “Reducing taxes and regulations has always proven to be a boon for the economy.” The U.S. Bureau ...
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Cuomo’s “Fredo” Freak-Out Criticized by Black Activists

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Project 21 Members Say Reference to "Godfather" Character Not Comparable to N-Word Washington, D.C. – As CNN personality Chris Cuomo tries to equate being called “Fredo” – the “weak brother” in “The Godfather” – with a black person being called the n-word, Project 21 members are criticizing him and CNN for trying to paint critics as bigots. “This is America in 2019. CNN has a white man of wealth and privilege who hails from a prominent political family. He claims he’s the victim of a very questionable slur,” said Project 21 member Christopher Arps. “This is liberal logic.” Cuomo confronted ...
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Citizenship Scrutiny for Immigrants on Welfare Gets Black Approval

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Project 21: Path to Citizenship for People on Assistance is "Unfair" and "Insulting" to Working Poor Washington, D.C. – A new federal rule adding more scrutiny to the citizenship process for immigrants who have collected public assistance is applauded by the Project 21 black leadership network. “Acting Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli’s new rule limiting immigration options for persons who come to America to access our generous social service safety net is long overdue,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington. “Most American families carefully budget the money left over after paying taxes to support themselves. To have people ...
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On Anniversary of Michael Brown’s Death, Ferguson’s Leaders Given “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America”

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Black Conservatives Present Recommendations to Mayor, City Council for Improving Black Opportunity Ferguson, MO/Washington, D.C. – On the eve of the fifth anniversary Michael Brown’s death, Project 21 will hold a press conference where they will present Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III with its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black Americans.” On Thursday, August 8, at the Ferguson City Hall, members of the black leadership network will discuss Blueprint recommendations with the mayor that are designed to provide the community with innovative means for helping black Americans reach their full potential and obtain better access to the American dream ...
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After Trump Tweets, Baltimore’s Elected Leaders Given “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America”

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Black Conservatives Send Recommendations to Mayor, City Council for Improving Black Opportunity Washington, D.C. – To help create a better Baltimore, the Project 21 black leadership network sent Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the entire Baltimore City Council copies of its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America.” Project 21’s Blueprint contains 57 policy recommendations over 10 key areas that are designed to remove barriers that keep black communities from reaching their full potential and to ensure that access to the American Dream is attainable for everyone. Many of the ideas proposed in the Blueprint can be implemented ...
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Nike’s American Flag Shoe Recall Kicks Up Black Conservatives’ Anger

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Colin Kaepernick's Demand Sends Nike Down "Dangerous Path" With Consumers, Investors Washington, D.C. - After Nike pulled an American flag-themed shoe off the market after a complaint by former football player Colin Kaepernick, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are blasting the company for caving to left-wing wokeness at the expense of investors, sneakerheads and patriotic Americans. “Nike really ought to do a profit-and-loss report on their relationship with Colin Kaepernick. My bet is that he’s costing them a lot more than he’s worth,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II. “They’ve paid him millions, and now he’s costing ...
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Reparations Proposal Called a “Sham” by Black Activists

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Taxpayer Payments for Slavery Would Be Unnecessary and Divisive, Says Project 21 Washington, D.C. - Calling the idea of reparations for slavery a “sham,” members of the Project 21 black leadership network say black Americans who take advantage of opportunities already available to all Americans can still achieve the American Dream. They also say an upcoming congressional hearing on reparations is a crass political move to shore up black support and will only hurt race relations. “Slavery ended more than 150 years ago. It doesn’t make sense to force people who didn’t own slaves to pay people who never were ...
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Juneteenth Celebration of Past Emancipation Must Focus on Protecting Freedom and Opportunity

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Project 21 Urges Black Americans to Abolish Their “Mental and Emotional Slavery” Washington, D.C. - In observance of “Juneteenth,” the oldest and most popular commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, members of the Project 21 black leadership network urge black Americans to go beyond just celebrating past achievements. Instead, black Americans are urged to break free of mental and emotional bonds that can restrict them from taking full advantage of the opportunities now available to them. “Juneteenth is essentially the black Independence Day - recognizing our emancipation from slavery,” said Project 21 member Adrian Norman. “And ...
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Black Activists Applaud Policy Requiring Noncitizens to Pay Back Welfare Benefits

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Trump Order Holds Immigrants and Their Sponsors Fiscally Accountable Activists with the Project 21 black leadership network are applauding the Trump Administration’s announcement of a policy requiring noncitizens or their sponsors to be financially responsible for the expense of any welfare benefits a noncitizen receives. The activists note that this policy is compliant with immigration recommendations found in Project 21’s own “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America.” “This is a move that should be welcomed by those providing social services, because it will ensure American citizens who need assistance are not pushed aside. Noncitizens are draining resources meant ...
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Black Activists Support Stronger Work Requirements for “Food Stamp” Aid

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Project 21 Lauds "Return on Investment" for Amending "Unnecessary and Unproductive" Obama Era SNAP Waivers Washington, D.C. - Most able-bodied individuals should be held to work requirements in order to qualify for food stamps, according to public comments submitted by members of the Project 21 black leadership network. Project 21's comments to the federal government support a proposed rule to close a broad Obama-era waiver that states use to distribute Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The proposed rule, entitled "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents," seeks to narrow the criteria by which a state can ...
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Jussie Smollett’s “Privilege,” Preventing Prosecution, Condemned by Black Activists

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Project 21 Says NAACP Should Still Drop Smollett From Image Awards Lineup Washington, D.C. - After prosecutors dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett in the case of an alleged Chicago hate crime hoax, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are condemning the situation as a crass display of "celebrity privilege" harmful to both race relations and the reputation of the law enforcement community. Project 21 continues to maintain that the NAACP should drop its nomination of Smollett for an honor at its upcoming Image Awards ceremony. "This case stands for one clear proposition - regardless of color. In America ...
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Trump Education Reforms Applauded by Black Activists

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White House Higher Ed Proposals Align With Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” Recommendations Washington, D.C. - Black activists with the Project 21 black leadership network are applauding the Trump Administration’s newly announced reforms for American colleges and universities. Many of the policies announced by the White House align with recommendations made in Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” to increase black opportunity and prosperity. Policies in the Trump Administration proposal praised by Project 21 include more accountability, better accreditation processes and specific support for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Project ...
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Black Activists Ask NAACP to Drop Jussie Smollett Nomination from Image Awards

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Actor Does Not Deserve Honor After Arrest for Hate Crimes Hoax Washington, D.C. - After Jussie Smollett's indictment on felony charges for lying to law enforcement about an alleged hate crime, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are asking the NAACP to rescind Smollett's nomination for an upcoming Image Award. "Everyone has a reason to be disappointed with Jussie Smollett right now, and these accumulated reasons justify the NAACP taking swift and appropriate action to remove him from consideration for its Image Award," said Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II. "Smollett is charged with perpetrating a hate crime ...
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President Trump’s State of the Union Address Applauded by Black Activists

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Themes of Unity and Strength Commended by Project 21 Members Washington, D.C. – Calling it “a time of much-needed unity” and a show of “amazing leadership,” members of the Project 21 black leadership network are praising President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. “Tonight, President Trump reminded the American people of who we are and who we are not,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington, a national radio talk show host. “We rescued other nations from murderous tyrants then and refuse to bow down to the terrorists who seek our destruction now. We are not socialists or practitioners of infanticide. President ...
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American Bar Association Criticized by Black Activists for Promoting Social Justice Over Student Achievement

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Law Schools Need to Be Held Accountable When Graduates Can’t Pass Bar Exam Washington, D.C. - Favoring diversity over quality, the American Bar Association (ABA) recently rejected a proposal to hold law schools responsible for not preparing students for the rigors of the legal profession. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemn this decision, calling for reforms that protect students who are accepted to meet social justice goals but then effectively set up to fail. “I’ve seen too many promising black students with great potential for other fields drop out of law school because it wasn’t the right ...
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Virginia Governor’s Blackface/KKK Photo Blasted by Black Activists

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Washington, D.C. – A medical school yearbook photo of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in either blackface or a KKK hood is eliciting calls for his resignation. This comes on the heels of comments Northam made earlier this week about abortion legislation in which he seemed to advocate infanticide. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are speaking out against the embattled governor. “Very rarely does a politician leave me surprised or speechless. But this week, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam advocated for the murder of newly born infants, and then managed to add yet another dimension to his résumé of ...
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Covington Teen Should Be Praised Rather Than Vilified By Media, Black Leaders Say

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Youth’s Calm Efforts to De-Escalate Conflict Should Be a Model for Adults Washington, D.C. – Covington Catholic High School teen Nick Sandmann deserves to be praised rather than vilified, say leaders of the black leadership network Project 21. “Faced with racially-motivated taunts, Nick Sandmann chose to smile and encourage his classmates to refrain from engaging in debate. He was heeding Proverbs 15:1’s advice that ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath.’ But in its haste to portray anyone who supports President Trump as a villain, the liberal media branded this young man a racist before these facts were known,” said Project ...
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Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy and Lessons Praised By Black Conservatives

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Washington, D.C. – With Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaching, black conservative activists are commemorating the late civil rights icon’s life, lessons and legacy. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are available to discuss Dr. King’s importance in American history and how they feel others have honored – and dishonored – his legacy. “Dr. King’s legacy is not only a celebration of the life of the slain civil rights leader; it’s also an important reminder that it’s safe to dream big,” said Project 21 member Demetrius Minor, an evangelical youth minister and free speech activist. “We must dream ...
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Black Conservatives Support Border Security, Immigration Enforcement

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Project 21 “Blueprint” Recommends Prohibition of Most Public Services for Illegal Immigrants Washington, D.C. – In response to President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on immigration and border security issues, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are supporting strong enforcement policies intended to stop the unfair strain on public services caused by illegal immigration – a strain that disproportionately impacts black communities. “President Trump laid out a clear case for why we need to secure our southern border,” said Project 21 member Emery McClendon. “Liberals are allowing the government shutdown to overshadow a very serious problem. That ...
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The Left’s Push To Cancel Conservative Media Isn’t ‘Fighting Disinformation.’ It’s Censorship.

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The trend among progressives to limit speech moves to Capitol Hill this week when Democrat lawmakers convene a hearing on “disinformation and extremism in the media.” According to the hearing announcement, “the spread of disinformation and extremism by traditional news media presents a tangible and destabilizing threat,” and lawmakers look forward to hearing “what more can be done to address this growing problem moving forward.” One option being considered by many on the Left is censorship — the effort to punish or prevent discussion using force or pressure — whether the effort involves government actors or not. Progressives are leading the ...
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Americans Deserve True Black History, Not Lies From The 1619 Project, by Christopher Arps

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The pedagogy of ethnic pride comes with responsibility currently being abdicated for radicalism. That’s why it’s a shame when curricula simply revises history for political gain. When I attended last year’s White House Black History Month reception, it appeared few of us took note that it was the 50th anniversary of such observances. Then George Floyd and Black Lives Matter happened, seemingly changing things forever—particularly a reevaluation of the black experience. Concerted efforts to commemorate black history go back almost a century. In 1926, black historian Carter G. Woodson designated the second week in February as “Negro History Week.” He ...
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Lack of Evidence Renders Trump Impeachment II a Total Sham, by Deroy Murdock

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Former President Donald J. Trump faces his second impeachment trial next week. The charge? "Incitement of insurrection," specifically the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Trump’s remarks at the pre-revolt Save America Rally are highly incriminating — as these quotes from my relevant file show: Describing his rage over November’s election irregularities, Trump pointed behind him and said, "I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House." He then mocked tranquil demonstrations. "Please, show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful," Trump told the roaring crowd. "You cannot be civil with a ...
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Biden’s ‘Rescue’ Will Stifle Economy, End Personal Responsibility

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Joe Biden’s plan for a $1.9 trillion coronavirus package throws the Hippocratic Oath, to "first do no harm,'' to the curb. Billed as the American Rescue Plan, his proposal will cripple economic growth, undermine personal responsibility and create an immigration magnet —in the process harming minorities and the working class the most. While the top focus is the push to provide an additional $1,400 per person to U.S. households, little attention is provided to the fact that the plan will include payments to illegal immigrants — whether they plan to stay in the U.S. or not. Instead of using the bully ...
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Good Police Officers’ Lives Matter, by Rich Holt

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“Be polite. Be respectful. Deescalate.” These are the priorities of the sheriff’s deputies I accompanied on a recent ride-along. That is also the mantra of any capable, competent, and professional police department. Fortunately, and despite protesters’ claims, many police departments look a lot like the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in central Ohio. I began my ride-along remembering bad experiences I’d had with law enforcement in the past, such as “driving while black.” For example, I was once stopped for a crooked license plate. But my ride-along showed me the values of local police. It revealed the challenges they face and ...
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Removing the President Now Lacks Precedent, by Emery McClendon

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There’s no doubt January 6 will be remembered as a dark day in American history. But was the breaching of the U.S. Capitol by angry Trump supporters grounds for removing the president from office— especially when he only has a few days left? President Trump is being blamed for inciting the “mob” that broke through barriers, destroyed property and terrorized a joint session of Congress that was certifying the results of the Electoral College’s presidential vote. Vice President Mike Pence and assembled lawmakers were evacuated to a safe place as Capitol Police attempted to restore order. Protesters refused to stand ...
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It’s Time for America to Act Like An Adult, by Emery McClendon

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As the nation matured from the childishness of 2020 to the adulthood of 2021, President Donald Trump returned to the Oval Office and rolled up his sleeves to do the work that a mature adult nation needs at such a time as this. What’s his urgency to return to work as he heads down the stretch of what is supposed to be his last 20 days as the most powerful man in world? Most presidents would have used this time to wind down and prepare for the transfer of power to their successors. But it is evident this president wants to ...
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An Absurd Call for ‘Vote Reparations’

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Just when it seems that the Left’s extremism has reached its outer limits, a new radical idea comes forward. Brandon Hasbrouck, a professor at Washington and Lee University, has taken to the pages of The Nation, the Left’s preeminent periodical, to advocate so-called “vote reparations.” It’s an idea more dangerous than it is farfetched (though it is that as well). The scheme recommends double-counting the votes of black Americans. This doesn’t merely set aside the one-man/one-vote ideal that our republic operates on; it obliterates it. This proposal wouldn’t pass constitutional muster, nor should it. Counting some votes more than others is a throwback to a bygone era ...
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High Court’s Ringing Endorsement of Religious Freedom

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Americans enjoyed their Thanksgiving time with family last week and simultaneously discovered a special treat. In a per curiamopinion the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the religiously faithful against unfair regulation by the state of New York. In Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York v. Cuomo, the Supreme Court granted injunctive relief which prevents New York Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.68  — a coronavirus directive that enforces so-called occupancy limits on religious services. The Court’s ruling was a ringing endorsement for religious freedom. But, it almost didn’t happen. The dispute began in October, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY., issued ...
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What Have We Got to Lose? by Emery McClendon

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Common sense and a fair judicial system should see that something has to be wrong with how this election has been projected to the nation and the world. There are too many triggers that signal wrong-doing. Wrong-doing that favors one party and ideology over another to ascertain a desired outcome. The projected outcome however, defies common sense and logic. It also does not reflect the current mood of our population. How does a person who draws thousands to rallies and events end up losing to someone who does not campaign, does not appear at public events or gather any crowds ...
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Still Plenty of Reasons for Conservatives to Be Thankful, by Donna Jackson

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Lockdowns for churchgoers but not protesters. Election fraud. Media bias and social media censorship that’s been worse than ever. You name it — there are plenty of reasons for conservatives to be down right now. But there are many more reasons to be hopeful. Like a phoenix, conservatives will rise from the ashes. The silver lining in all of this is that we’ve been shaken from our complacency. Who knows exactly when the tipping point was reached. For me, it was the social media blackout of the Biden family’s alleged misdeeds. But, with so much bad stuff going on, it’s ...
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Unions and BLM Activists Feign Support for Blacks, by Council Nedd II

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During the Obama Administration, America saw its lowest labor force participation rates since the Carter era. While all groups suffered, blacks suffered disproportionately. Yet there was nary a peep from the budding Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement back then. And as jobs in the manufacturing sector left America for China – jobs that paid well and provided great benefits to blacks and whites alike – many union bosses looked the other way. What’s strange is that union leaders opposed China’s ascension into the World Trade Organization under the Clinton Administration and issued stern warnings about the consequences. But that was then, and this is now ...
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The Left’s Wish for Term Limits Would Make the Supreme Court Even More Politicized

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President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court has ignited an expected, yet unfortunate, conflagration on the left. With few procedural levers to pull and little chance of blocking Barrett’s confirmation, the radical left wing of the Democratic Party has threatened to “pack the court,” if given the chance, by increasing the number of sitting justices. Most Americans, regardless of political party, recoil at that idea, which is why Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris refuse to answer direct questions on the subject. Now their handmaids in the ...
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Queen of Hearts: the Newest Race Card

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The American Left—and by extension its devotees in the media and followers in Washington—has decided that anyone who does not agree with its radical policy priorities is, ipso facto, a racist. Gone are the days when to be a racist required skulking around with hoods at night, destroying ballots, or intimidating citizens on the basis of race. Now racism has been fast-tracked to mean mere advocacy of deregulation, free-markets, and equal justice before the law. Is this move occurring because real racism is so rare in 2020 that finding examples is hard work? Or was the Left never committed to ...
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Here’s How Trump Can Get Ginsburg’s Replacement On The Court — Guaranteed

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History often repeats itself. Before treating the present Supreme Court vacancy which occurred right before an election as an unprecedented circumstance, consider that actually we’ve faced a similar circumstance before. The year was 1956 and Dwight D. Eisenhower was heading into a re-election race when an unexpected opening on the court occurred. Justice Sherman Minton – a judicial moderate-conservative – and also a former US Senator (making him the last elected federal official to make it on to the court) resigned from the court due to illness. Appointed by President Harry Truman to support the New Deal agenda, Minton would ...
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Blacks Must Reject Redefining Civil Rights to License Crime

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There was a period when mainstream voices in Black America aligned with the law and not with lawbreakers — when the "snitches get stiches" mindset was associated only with the criminal element and was otherwise rare within the mainstream of Black America. Consider — when Rosa Parks was arrested on Dec. 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat in the black’s only section of the bus to a white passenger, a whirlwind of change was set in motion. She wasn’t the first person whose rights had been violated, but she was the first person that the nascent civil ...
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Lack of Transparency in Government Contracts Hurts Service Members

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Last month when TRANSCOM (United States Transportation Command) pulled back its $7 billion contract award to Norwegian subsidiary American Roll on Roll off Carrier (ARC) taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief. The contract had been awarded on April 30 in the midst of COVID-19 to overhaul the domestic and international household good’s relocation system for over 350,000 U.S. military servicemembers. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) put out the bid for the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) to "transform" the way the military moving system operates. Presently there is a labyrinthine process involving nearly 50 separate DOD offices which hire private ...
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Trump Pension Rule Will Benefit Black Americans, by Council Nedd II

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Put quite simply, too many black Americans are financially unprepared to retire. A mix of poor economic conditions, distrust of institutions and an overall lack of planning affects all Americans. But studies show black Americans are impacted harder. So any impediment to their ability to build retirement security that is identified and yet still allowed to continue unabated is a disservice to black lives. That’s why the Trump administration’s proposed rule clarifying the “investment duties” of certain pension plan managers matters. It addresses a clear and present financial danger in which too many fund managers are making investment decisions for ...
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How Trump’s Law and Order Agenda Is Making Black America Safer Again

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In the wake of George Floyd’s death, America has been presented with a false narrative about blacks and law enforcement. Elite progressive voices have pushed a radical idea: Law enforcement is the embodiment of bigotry in America and that “defunding” or even banning the police department is the solution that blacks want most. But nothing could be further from the truth, as I explain in Chapter 4, “Stop or I’ll Shoot,” of “How Trump is Making Black America Great Again.” It turns out that black Americans are as interested in law and order as the rest of the country, if ...
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Defunding Police Defeats Public Safety, Especially in Black Communities, by Nadra Enzi

New Visions Commentary /
George Floyd’s murder was a horrific crime, and it has literally changed the world. But we need to take a moment to calm ourselves. We must reflect on our goals for fixing law enforcement problems before letting radical activists take control of the criminal justice reform agenda. That’s because — in the wake of the memorial services, protests and riots — there has been a steady call for changing the police by defunding them. On the June 14 edition of “Face the Nation,” an interview with Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best was prophetically titled “Policing will never be as it ...
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