Good Monday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president has lunch with the vice president
- President Trump welcomes the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Champions: The Baylor Lady Bears to the White House
Climate of antisemitism
The New York Times published a hateful cartoon with a familiar anti-Semitic trope last week and the outlet released an apology three days later. I'm not reproducing it here, if you want to see it you can google it.
The Times claims the cartoon was published by a single editor without appropriate oversight. Do you believe that? What kind of newspaper editor thinks that cartoon was fit to present to the public? More importantly, what kind of culture exists at the Times where an employee would feel comfortable green-lighting such hateful trash?
Oh, by the way, we had another synagogue shooting this weekend on the last day of Passover. I must have missed all the calls from the cultural vanguard that "we" need to tone down the rhetoric -- rhetoric like the smack talk coming from sitting members of Congress and left-wing movement groups.
Bernie Sanders wants to grab the Infinity Gauntlet, snap his fingers, and make Bob Iger's money disappear. His snap would also make equal amounts money appear in everyone's pockets, creating the highest inflation jump in history.
Only one to say a blessing...
Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the only 2020 candidate to pray over his food before eating with him, Rev. Al Sharpton said. Interesting.
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Bernie Sanders is championing this man who is traveling to D.C. to testify, despite his ALS. This man's journey is inspiring, but it does not prove that health care is a human right. Health care is a good and service delivered from doctors to patients, and doctors should be compensated for their labor. I would love for everyone to get the treatment they need, and I'm searching for Christian ministries that help to provide that for the poor, free of charge.
But it is not the government's job to make sure everyone gets health care, because that would amount to deputizing all doctors as an arm of the state.
The rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable and must be protected. But no person has a right to demand the labor of another without compensation, and that is what the demand that health care be considered a human right involves.
Great point from Jim Jordan.
OWN OF THE DAY (A LESSON IN FOUR TWEETS):
I'm not saying you have to attack the press to get on Mt. Rushmore, but clearly it doesn't hurt.
As a teaching technique I can't recommend this.
Yes. It is a long, embarrassing temper-tantrum.
Either Jake's memory isn't what it used to be, or he just got caught in a whopper.
Last week when I did a quick breakdown of Joe Biden's announcement video, the one thing I didn't do -- because it wasn't germane to the post -- was talk about the veracity of his opening statement. Here it is:
Charlottesville is also home to a defining moment for this nation in the last few years. It was there on August of 2017 we saw Klansmen and white supremacists and neo-Nazis come out in the open, their crazed faces illuminated by torches, veins bulging, and bearing the fangs of racism. Chanting the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the ‘30s. And they were met by a courageous group of Americans, and a violent clash ensued and a brave young woman lost her life.
And that’s when we heard the words from the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were “some very fine people on both sides.” Very fine people on both sides?
With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.
The Big Lie, repeated with Biden's mock-folksy charm.
But now that we have Tapper on record saying Trump never said what Biden says Trump says, can we expect Tapper to confront Biden on this the next time Biden appears on his show?
You can hope. But don't get your hopes up.