U.S. adversaries and the emerging threats they create span the globe. Their identities don’t change much from year to year, but their ability to do harm grows while the politicians who run our government dictate responses that best suits their needs. Sometimes these responses are well thought out and sound. Sometimes they are purely political and make no sense.
S. 3357 seeks to cut the rotten parts from our political system by addressing an Elizabeth Warren crisis. The buzz has been growing about her possible run for the White House, so we should ask how much of what the senator wants in this doomed to fail anti-corruption legislation is about her political campaign, how much is about Democrats taking down a president, and whether either one justifies proposing this sweeping ethical boondoggle that clearly targets conservatives.
Don’t confuse Democratic Party political priorities like Medicare for All or free college with true American values. The former vanish with the changing of the guard and the up and down of the economy. Values that matter are enduring. They focus on ideas much greater than what to spend on next. We should all be wise enough to agree that it’s the height of arrogance for people we elect to tell us what we want and what we should have.
Democrats will argue that Trump promotes nativism until they are blue in the face. The simple fact is that their ceaseless pandering extends beyond U.S. borders and is the reason nativist values will appeal to Americans who have a brain and a wallet.
The 2017 FBI hate crime report is a tremendous opportunity to lie with numbers. The Tree of Life synagogue shootings and Democratic rise to power in the House add unwanted substance to this newly-released data showing hate crimes rose for three years in a row. Politicians, pressure groups, and the media will use the findings for their own purposes, but do the numbers show what they want them to show?