People outside California often have a hard time grasping how poisonous the state’s political atmosphere is. In his recent testimony to the Public Safety Commission, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon made it abundantly clear just how far conditions have come undone.
Through their defiance, mayors who govern the nation’s sanctuary cities are gambling on a long shot dice roll. At stake, according to American Transparency (OpenTheBooks.com), is nearly $27 billion in federal funds. America has more than 300 jurisdictions that have proclaimed sanctuary status. Among those 300-plus are 106 cities with the balance made up of states and counties.
The outrage industry marches on. The latest and most egregious occurred at the University of California Berkeley. In response to a conservative speaker’s scheduled appearance, students and outsider left-wing activists teamed up to carry out violent mob attacks that included property destruction, fire, pepper-spraying and throwing paint at bystanders. The Berkeley campus police, presumably with UC Chancellor Janet Napolitano’s approval, were given a stand-down order, which meant that the rioters could continue their mayhem mostly unchecked. To date, among the hundreds of mutineers, police arrested only three men, none affiliated with the university.
President Donald J. Trump has a strategy so brilliant that it’s tied his many naysayers up in knots. By signing within mere days a series of executive actions that will restore order to an out-of-control immigration system, Trump dizzied his most outspoken opponents.
Throughout his campaign and during his first days in the White House, President Donald Trump has insisted that most of the media is dishonest. Nothing provides greater evidence than the hysterical reporting surrounding Trump’s recent executive order to restrict refugees’ travel from seven nations, previously identified by President Obama as countries with terrorist ties. Often incorrectly described in print and on air as a “Muslim ban,” Trump’s order, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States,” puts Americans’ safety ahead of a dysfunctional refugee program.
For decades, Mexico has run roughshod over the United States, and brazenly undermined American sovereignty. Little wonder then that Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, threw a hissy fit when Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would build the border wall, and that Mexico would pay for it. Since Mexico has no experience dealing with administrations that put America first instead of kowtowing to it, Peña Nieto canceled his planned White House meeting with Trump scheduled for next week.
On the Monday of Donald Trump’s first full week in office, the president immediately made good on several of his campaign promises. Among other actions, Trump withdrew the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership and instituted a federal hiring freeze except for military personnel. A day later, Trump met with chief executive officers from the Big Three auto companies – Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler – and, as he did with TPP, continued to focus on his signature issue, bringing jobs back to America.
What a weekend! On Friday, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts gave the oath of presidential office to Donald J. Trump. The decorum and dignity of the Inauguration of the 45th United States President overrode protesting on Friday, which included children, criminal looting and lewd language.
Since day one of President Donald Trump’s campaign that began 18 months ago, America’s immigration enforcement advocates, tens of millions strong, cheered him on. But now that Trump is in the White House, those same supporters are nervous about what the newly sworn in president may – or may not – do.