September 12, 2020
What We’re Standing For
Nineteen Years Of Heroes 🎖️ 🇺🇸
Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. As we remember the nearly 3,000 people who were murdered that day, we also recall the hundreds of thousands of Americans who honored their memory by putting on the uniform of the United States.
The story of September 11th is one of heroism arising from tragedy. Before the dust had settled on the streets of New York City and Washington, D.C., and the smoke had blown away from the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Americans started lining up at recruitment offices nationwide. Not only that, kids as young as 7 years old promised themselves they’d serve when they were old enough — and they did.
These courageous men and women knew what they were signing up for. They stepped forward to protect the country they loved from those who attacked it. They have done their duty. They have taken the fight to our enemies, so that our enemies can’t bring the fight here.
Americans honor all who’ve served these past 19 years. We especially honor those who have sacrificed. Many veterans carry wounds of war, both visible and invisible. Many have given their lives in the line of duty. America has no finer heroes.
The men and women who served in uniform continue to strengthen America even after their time in the Armed Forces ends. They pass on their values and courage to their families, set an example in their daily lives, and inspire those who have the privilege to meet them. Some have also chosen a different way to serve, running for public office.
Some of these warriors-turned-public-servants include:
- Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) helped plan the initial air campaign over Afghanistan and oversaw combat search and rescue operations there and in Iraq.
- Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) served as a Navy SEAL, deploying five times and suffered the loss of an eye after an IED explosion in Afghanistan.
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) resigned his job to enlist in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq twice.
- And many more, both Republican and Democrat.
Basic Math ➕ ➖ 🤦♀️
We’ve all heard the claims: We can fund a massively bigger government by taxing the rich. It seems like this claim is repeated every day on social media, college campuses, and major newspapers and networks. It’s also completely, utterly, totally false.
Don’t take our word for it — the Manhattan Institute’s Brian Reidl has done the work by pointing out the basic math errors behind the tax-the-rich mantra. He shows why the left’s spending promises would require enormous tax hikes on every American, not just the 1%.
What would happen if the government took every penny from billionaires, or about $3.4 trillion? That would only “provide a one-time payment of $10,000 per person, or fund Medicare for All for a little over one year.” Even if the government abolished millionaires and took all their money, there still wouldn’t be enough money to fund a significantly bigger government.
Disturbingly, these basic math facts don’t seem to matter to those calling for a much bigger government.
America is already looking at well over $15 trillion in new debt over the next decade, only a fraction of which can be covered by taxing the rich. Yet Joe Biden wants to add $11 trillion to that total, while the far-left socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez want to add $100 trillion, if not more. Even if they only get part of what they’re asking for — Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and so on — it’ll still cost tens of trillions of dollars. The question is how to pay for it.
There’s only one answer: Massive tax hikes on every American.
No one wants that. But that’s what will happen if we continue to let pie-in-the-sky policy proposals gain traction. Those ideas are nothing more than a dangerous fantasy, and we must all fight to stop them from becoming a painful reality.
→ Read more: How the far left fails basic math (National Review)
→ Read more: Government spending is the enemy of progress (Real Clear Markets)
what we’re standing against
Russian Meddling 🐻 ❌
The chaos, violence, and division in America are not only destructive to our national unity … they’re a boon to America’s enemies. Our enemies want to weaken America however they can, and right now, they see plenty of opportunities.
Prime example: Russia. As the 2020 election looms, Russia is dusting off its 2016 playbook to meddle in our elections. Vladimir Putin’s minions are working overtime to spread chaos and sow discord among U.S. citizens.
What is Russia up to? This week we learned that Russia is specifically trying to stoke racial tensions in our country — an area ripe with opportunity after the rioting and protests of the past few months. Take one example: Russian-backed media outlets have published stories about riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin and put out videos with titles like “Cop Injustice In Kenosha.” The Russians then use social media to take their message to as many people as possible.
Who’s behind it? Social media companies have identified plenty of accounts connected to a so-called “troll factory” that’s really a Russian agency specializing in internet propaganda and lies. Rather than taking a single side, the Russians work on all sides to fool and manipulate the most people. They create fake Black Lives Matter accounts while simultaneously supporting neo-Nazi efforts.
What is the U.S. doing about it? American law enforcement is working to disrupt Russian efforts, and the government is working with tech companies to stop Russian meddling. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have discovered and deleted dozens of accounts linked to Russia’s efforts. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people had already followed those accounts or liked their posts.
The bottom line: Russia isn’t going to give up anytime soon. Vladimir Putin is dead-set on making Americans turn on each other, because a divided America is a weaker America. The U.S. must continue to do everything in its power to keep Russia out of our election.
→ Read More: Russia’s 2020 election meddling looks a lot like 2016 (AXIOS)
→ Read More: Racial tensions roiling U.S. again post inviting target for election meddling (Marketwatch)
Socialism 🙄 🗽
Who’s right when it comes to Joe Biden’s policies? On the one hand, his campaign is going to great lengths to convince Americans that he’s a moderate. On the other hand, progressive activists and outright socialists think they’re about to get a lot of their agenda enacted into law.
We ignore the socialists at our peril. Increasingly, they are the ones who are pulling the strings on the left side of the aisle.
First, socialists have had most of the momentum and energy over the past few months. Case in point, three senior Democrats in Congress have lost their primaries to far-left candidates in New York, Illinois, and Missouri — which isn’t exactly a liberal stomping ground. A lot more socialist candidates are winning at the state and local level, in places like Montana, Pennsylvania, and California.
Then there’s specific policies. Look no further than the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, which is clearly an effort to convince Sanders’ far-left backers that their policies are finally within reach. Joe Biden has made Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America (yes, “democratic socialist” is the ultimate oxymoron) — the co-chair of his climate change task force. And Pramila Jayapal, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is co-chair of the Biden health care task force.
Our friends at National Review’snew Capital Matters blog have done a great job pointing out the left’s determined and well-organized move toward socialism. No matter how you look at it, the socialists are gaining ground — and that means the moderates are losing ground.
Put it all together, and it’s tough to see Joe Biden standing up to socialists’ demands.
→ Read more: The looming threat of a socialist America (National Review)
→ Read More: We must educate future generations on the myths and realities of socialism (The Heritage Foundation)