August 29, 2020
What We’re Standing For
A Message Of Hope 🗽 🦅 🇺🇸
This week, at the Republican National Convention, Americans from all walks of life spoke about the future of our country. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) talked about America’s racial progress, which he has seen firsthand. Maximo Alvarez, who fled Cuban communism for the United States, urged Americans to defend our birthright of freedom at a time when socialism is on the rise. Many of the speeches were filled with inspiration and optimism at a time when America needs both.
In her keynote address on Monday, Ambassador Haley told her story. She described what it was like growing up as the daughter of two Indian immigrants and becoming the first minority and female governor of South Carolina. Reflecting on her experiences as a governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, she called on Americans to “build on the progress of our past and unlock the promise of our future,” to make America “even freer, fairer, and better for everyone.”
Amb. Haley took on those who say America is racist: “That is a lie. America is not a racist country.” As she put it, “America is a story that’s a work in progress.” She called for Americans to pursue a nation “that rises together, not falls apart in anarchy and anger.” And she declared that the “only way to overcome America’s challenges is to embrace America’s strengths.”
Ultimately, Amb. Haley said that we must work to reach a brighter future, “where every child goes to a world-class school, chosen by their parents, where every family lives in a safe community with good jobs, where every entrepreneur has the freedom to achieve and inspire, where every believer can worship without fear and every life is protected, where every girl and boy, every woman and man, of every race and religion, has the best shot at the best life.”
→ Watch more: Nikki Haley’s speech to the Republican National Convention (YouTube)
Another Booming Economy 🧑🏭
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the American economy was breaking records left and right. The reason is simple: conservative policies. It’s time to double down on those policies to make the economy even better than it was at the start of the year.
The past four years saw a slew of strong measures that spurred job creation, put more money in families’ pockets, and increased opportunity for those who needed it most. We all know what those policies were: Tax cuts for families; red tape rollbacks for entrepreneurs; and unleashed American energy that lowered costs and created jobs.
These policies made a real difference for millions of people:
- Jobs. The national unemployment rate hit a 50-year low. Women’s unemployment hit a 67-year low. For Hispanics and African Americans, unemployment reached their lowest levels in history.
- Wages. Workers of all kinds saw their incomes rise at the fastest rate in a decade. Lower-income workers saw the largest wage gains, with paychecks for the bottom 10% growing more than twice as fast as they did in Obama’s second term.
- Tax relief. The tax cuts of 2017 put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans. Some of the biggest relief went to low- and middle-income families — those earning between $25,000 and $100,000.
- Stocks. The markets hit record highs, creating trillions of dollars in new wealth for retirees, pension plan holders, and middle-class families that scraped together the money to invest.
The pandemic put a pause on a lot of this. It also led many to call for a different approach — one of higher taxes, more regulation, less American energy, and more government control. Yet the past four years prove that the best way to build a booming economy is to put the American people in control.
There’s never a good time to go down the big-government road, especially not when millions of American are hurting and need help. The best way to deliver that help is to double down on the kinds of policies that ushered in a new era of opportunity over the last four years.
→ Read more: Amb. Haley: This is no time to go wobbly on capitalism (Wall Street Journal)
what we’re standing against
Rioting, Looting, And Violence In Our Streets 🔥 😡
What’s happening in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is unacceptable. Last weekend, a black man was shot seven times in the back by a police officer. Yet rather than wait to learn the facts and let the justice system run its course, people quickly turned to violence and destruction. The riots that have swept the city are not the answer and will only make things worse.
The situation quickly spiraled. On Monday night, rioters attacked law enforcement, and looters spread across the city. On Tuesday night, at least three people were shot, two of whom died. On Wednesday, the violence and vandalism continued, and in one case, a 71-year-old man was viciously attacked with a concrete-filled water bottle while defending his property. The rioting and looting continued through the end of the week at least.
The rioters and looters are holding back the cause of justice. Not only that, they’re encouraging the kind of violence that endangers even more lives.
On Monday, Amb. Haley said, “The American people know we can do better. And of course we value and respect every black life. The black cops who’ve been shot in the line of duty – they matter. The black small business owners who’ve watched their life’s work go up in flames – they matter. The black kids who’ve been gunned down on the playground – their lives matter too. And their lives are being ruined and stolen by the violence on our streets.”
It’s time to end the rioting and restore order so that ever American city and family is safe.
→ Read more: Justice Dept. launches civil rights investigation into Jacob Blake shooting (The Hill)
American Weakness 🌎 😟
What would Joe Biden’s foreign policy look like? As Ambassador Haley said in her RNC keynote speech on Monday, we’d be looking at a new era of American “weakness and failure.” Based on his history, he would leave America less safe and secure, turn against our allies, empower our enemies, and ignore our values.
Joe Biden has been wrong on virtually all of the biggest foreign-policy issues of the day. They include:
- China. Joe Biden spent more than 45 years in public office failing to stand up to the world’s largest communist country, even as it gained power and grew more threatening to America. On trade, defense, and human rights, he routinely failed to make the case for our vital national security interests.
- ISIS. Joe Biden was Vice President when ISIS emerged, following the Obama administration’s decision to basically abandon Iraq. The terrorist group carved out a caliphate across the Middle East, beheading Americans along the way.
- Iran. Joe Biden was one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Iran nuclear deal, even though it failed to permanently stop the regime’s nuclear ambitions, endangered America’s allies and interests, and enabled Iran to strengthen support for terrorist proxies like Hezbollah.
- Israel. Joe Biden supported the Obama administration’s efforts to sideline and punish Israel, one of America’s closest allies. When he was VP, the U.S. led the U.N. to condemn Israel — and then abstained instead of vetoing the shameful move.
Joe Biden also opposed the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. More recently, he opposed the attack that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the terrorist mastermind who was responsible for the death of American troops. In fact, Biden called President Trump “dangerously incompetent” for ordering the strike, even though it clearly advanced America’s interests.
On Monday, Amb. Haley said that “Joe Biden is good for Iran and ISIS, great for Communist China, and he’s a godsend to everyone who wants America to apologize, abstain, and abandon our values.” The American people deserve better than that.
→ Read more: Elites yearn for a restoration abroad under Biden (Wall Street Journal)
→ Read more: Biden’s China policy can’t help but be incoherent (Foreign Policy)