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NATO is stronger now than ever before

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Matthew Continetti

Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been called the most powerful military alliance in world history, and serves as the bedrock of military security for Europeans, Americans and allied populations around the globe. The importance of the alliance has been reiterated by recent events, namely Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and increasing threats from China. In response, NATO has now grown to include new formal members like Sweden and Finland, and has established closer working relationships with global partners like Japan.

Watch the above video as Straight Arrow News contributor Matthew Continetti defends the necessity of NATO and argues that the alliance is even more important for global security today than it has ever been before.


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In the aftermath of World War II, 12 nations formed the Western alliance to deter the Soviet Union, stabilize Europe, and promote regional integration. The effort was an incredible success. The Soviet Union is no more. There has been no great-power war in Europe since NATO’s foundation. And the trans-Atlantic [alliance] is more interconnected than at any point in its history.

NATO has achieved more than the goals of its founders. It has expanded its ranks to include 32 member states and some 40 international partners. It has kept the peace in the Balkans and Kosovo. It participated in the American-led global war on terror. It toppled the government of Colonel Moammar Qaddafi in Libya. Since 2022, NATO has helped Ukraine resist invasion by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. In other words, this 75-year-old is far from obsolete. Quite the opposite: NATO is more essential than ever.

In July, officials from around the world will arrive in Washington, DC, for the 75thanniversary summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Amid the celebrations, it is worth reflecting on how NATO began and why it matters today.

In the aftermath of World War II, 12 nations formed the Western alliance to deter the Soviet Union, stabilize Europe, and promote regional integration. The effort was an incredible success. The Soviet Union is no more. There has been no great-power war in Europe since NATO’s foundation. And the trans-Atlantic [alliance] is more interconnected than at any point in its history.

NATO has achieved more than the goals of its founders. It has expanded its ranks to include 32 member states and some 40 international partners. It has kept the peace in the Balkans and Kosovo. It participated in the American-led Global War on Terror. It toppled the government of Colonel Moammar Qaddafi in Libya. Since 2022, NATO has helped Ukraine resist invasion by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. In other words, this 75-year-old is far from obsolete. Quite the opposite: NATO is more essential than ever.

The alliance is important because it remains the sturdiest international organization of the postwar era.

After victory over the Axis powers in 1945, America and her allies were determined to prevent a third world war. NATO bound its members together with the collective security provision contained in its charter. The backstop of “Article Five” of the Atlantic Treaty was America’s nuclear arsenal. This hard power guarantee did not simply coincide with the economic and political revival of Western Europe. It was a cause of that revival.

The same cannot be said of NATO’s fellow postwar institutions.

The U.N. is little more than a stage for a grotesque farce. Former national security adviser John Bolton once said that if you lopped 10 floors off the U.N. building in New York, “it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”  The U.N. could disappear tomorrow and only the bad guys would notice.

Other postwar initiatives are not as malign as the U.N. They are merely irrelevant. The Marshall Plan was such a success that it was no longer necessary. President Lyndon Johnson’s “guns-and-butter” budgets of war in Vietnam and Great Society at home brought the Bretton Woods monetary system to the brink of collapse. President Nixon put it out of its misery.

The World Trade Organization is dysfunctional, torn between the warring economic blocs of China and America. The World Bank and IMF putter along— well meaning, politically correct, and perfectly ineffectual.

NATO endures because at the heart of the alliance is a sense of purpose and shared values. Membership in NATO is voluntary, stringent, and exclusive. No Communists allowed.

NATO has always understood itself to be a bulwark of freedom and self-government. This self-conception has shielded it from the insidious forces that have corrupted the likes of the U.N.

Twenty years ago, several foreign policy wonks proposed the formation of a “League of Democracies.” They were late to the game. One already exists. NATO’s durability, effectiveness, and appeal rest on its principles and its clearly defined mission.

But NATO is not without problems. Abandoning Ukraine would be a terrible blow to NATO’s credibility. The Eastern European member states would begin to hedge against American isolationism. The French and the Germans would begin to explore alternative security structures.

Russia would probe for weaknesses. And the Eurasian axis of autocrats—Putin, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Kim Jong Un, and Xi Jinping—would be emboldened. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg put it in a recent speech to the Heritage Foundation: “It is Ukraine today. Taiwan could be tomorrow.”

The good news is that NATO can be strengthened. All it would take is some guts on the part of Western European politicians to increase defense spending, and a renewed commitment of American resources and willpower to international security.

The investment in time and resources necessary to maintain the oldest military alliance in human history is small. But the cost of watching this last pillar of the postwar order crumble into dust would be incalculable.

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The Middle East is at a turning point

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Israel’s list of nearby enemies in the Middle East includes Iran, Hezbollah and the Houthis, in addition to its most obvious current enemy, Hamas. While some peace negotiators expressed guarded optimism regarding a deal that sets up Palestine as a sovereign nation using terms and borders agreed to back in 2002, it remains highly questionable whether either Israel or Hamas would accept such a deal in 2024. Both Israeli and Hamas officials expressed a conviction to continue fighting regardless of whatever offer is on the table.

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The Middle East is in a very dangerous crossroads. On the one hand, there’s enormous pressure on Israel to accept the survival of Hamas, to look for some kind of “solution,” and I put that in quotes, for Gaza, and who recognize that Israel is surrounded by nearby enemies, the Houthi down in Yemen, Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, the forces of the Syrian dictatorship, and of course, the distant enemy around. And some would say that stopping the war against Hamas will somehow improve Israel’s position, that there will be some magic coalition come together, probably led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and they will police Gaza and make it safe for Israel.

On the other hand, none of the core problems of the region are being solved. Hezbollah is still in southern Lebanon, being funded, armed, trained by Iran. The Syrian dictatorship continues to be a puppet of the Iranians. The Houthis have cheerfully taken on the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates, and now the Americans and the British. They’ve been bombed over 23,000 times, and it’s had no real effect on them, so they continue to threaten the Red Sea, and they pose the threat of missiles coming from the south toward Israel. All of these things are still there, nothing has been changed.

What’s been added to it is a worldwide propaganda campaign, by the elements of Iran, and by the forces that favor Hamas, leading to huge demonstrations in the United States, in Great Britain and elsewhere, and leading to a desire, a desperation by Western politicians, whether in Germany, France, Britain, or the United States, to somehow get Israel to stop, to accept a truce, as though that truce would somehow be in the long run successful.

The Middle East is in a very dangerous crossroads. On the one hand, there’s enormous pressure on Israel to accept the survival of Hamas, to look for some kind of solution, and I put that in quotes, for Gaza, and who recognize that Israel is surrounded by nearby enemies, the Houthi down in Yemen, Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, the forces of the Syrian dictatorship, and of course, the distant enemy around. And some would say that stopping the war against Hamas will somehow improve Israel’s position, that there will be some magic coalition come together, probably led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and they will police Gaza and make it safe for Israel.

 

On the other hand, none of the core problems of the region are being solved. Hezbollah is still in southern Lebanon, being funded, armed, trained by Iran. The Syrian dictatorship continues to be a puppet of the Iranians. The Houthis have cheerfully taken on the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates, and now the Americans and the British. They’ve been bombed over 23,000 times, and it’s had no real effect on them, so they continue to threaten the Red Sea, and they pose the threat of missiles coming from the south toward Israel. All of these things are still there, nothing has been changed.

 

What’s been added to it is a worldwide propaganda campaign, by the elements of Iran, and by the forces that favor Hamas, leading to huge demonstrations in the United States, in Great Britain and elsewhere, and leading to a desire, a desperation by Western politicians, whether in Germany, France, Britain, or the United States, to somehow get Israel to stop, to accept a truce, as though that truce would somehow be in the long run successful.

 

It gets kind of an interesting thing to watch. Everybody understood. On October 7, when 1200 Israelis and young visitors were killed, went over 250 people were taken hostage that Israel had to react. But day by day, week by week, people forget, this core problem hasn’t been solved in Rafah. There is an estimated four brigades, about 15,000.

 

People in the Hamas military, still a very sizable force.

 

If they’re still there, when this is over, they will in fact, reengage in attacking Israel, they say so publicly. As far as they’re concerned, they’re never going to accept a permanent end to the war until they can destroy Israel. As their slogan goes, not a single Jew will remain. So I think we have to recognize what a very crucial turning point we don’t know yet which way this is going to go. And we should be paying very careful attention.

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Federalist Senior Contributor; Claremont Institute Fellow

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Global community ignores public opinion in Israel, Palestine

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Negotiators working to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have largely focused their attention on proposals for a two-state solution. That work presumes at least the tacit consent of both Israeli and Palestinian populations to agree to and abide by the terms of such a compromise.

However, after Oct. 7, 2023, Israeli public support for a two-state solution plummeted, while Israeli opposition increased. And while most Gazans now support a two-state solution, strong majorities of both Israelis and Palestinians said they do not believe that the opposing side would respect their rights as a sovereign and independent people, underscoring the ongoing difficulties that negotiators face.

Watch the above video as Straight Arrow News contributor Ben Weingarten reviews recent survey data on Israeli and Palestinian public opinion and shares his analysis on the implications of this data.


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In fact, the polling of the civilian population – which is never talked about by U.S. leaders nor their global counterparts – is really worth parsing. The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research has been polling Palestinian Arabs in Gaza and Judea and Samaria for years, providing one of the few credible indicators we have of the population’s sentiment. Here’s what the center found in its most recent round of polling, dated April 15, 2024:

Seventy-one percent say Hamas’ decision to launch the Oct. 7th attack was correct – up 14% in Gaza since Dec. ’23.

Seventy percent are “satisfied” with Hamas’ “performance” in the war, highest among all options between Hamas; its leader Sinwar (61%); Fatah, which polls at a mere 27%, and its leader Abbas (just 14%).

Ninety-one percent think Hamas did not commit war crimes during the Israel-Hamas war.

Fifty-nine percent want Hamas to control the Gaza Strip after the war – 64% in Judea and Samaria and 52% in the Gaza Strip.

Seventy-three percent oppose a “long-term vision for the day after [the war] in which the U.S. and an Arab coalition comprising Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan would develop a plan that would strengthen the Palestinian Authority, restore negotiations based on the two-state solution, and bring about an Arab-Israeli peace and normalization.”

Thirty-four percent – a plurality – support Hamas over Fatah (17%) and other political parties or trends.

Seventy percent would vote for Hamas’ Haniyeh as a leader in a one-on-one presidential contest with Fatah’s Abbas.

Forty-six percent – a plurality – believe “armed struggle” is the most effective method to “to end the Israeli occupation and establish an independent state.”

And yes, again, a majority – 52% – oppose the idea of a “two-state solution.”

The entire public conversation in America is completely and totally unmoored not only from what Israelis want, but from what Palestinian Arabs want. These figures show that our leaders and again the international community are operating in a dream world – that the terms they are trying to dictate are opposed by the parties they impact. And they ignore the uncomfortable truth that the Palestinian Arab population is largely with Hamas, likely because they can’t grapple with the implications of it. But anyone who wants to credibly talk about a day after in Gaza has to grapple with these numbers.

The Biden administration is doing everything it possibly can negative and positive from denying Israel weapons to working to undermine and topple its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to offering the Jewish state intelligence on the whereabouts of Hamas leaders, meaning it’s had at all this time to induce Israel to end the war on Hamas without eradicating the genocide of Jihadist group and to force upon Israel the creation of a Palestinian state. Such a state would reward the terrorists who have both Israeli and American blood on their hands for the October 7 massacre and likely result in them being incorporated into the Palestinian Authority led government the administration of visions will assume power set aside for a moment that Gaza showed us what a Palestinian state would look like, as the people they’re elected Hamas, a people many of whom participated alongside Hamas in the savagery that resulted in 1200 innocents killed, hundreds taken hostage unthinkable atrocities, and all the myriad costs associated with the war. Set aside the history of the repeated land concessions that Israel has offered and made to Palestinian Arabs for peace that the Palestinian Arabs have rewarded with only more savagery and bloodshed. And of course, that their leaders have repeatedly rejected offers for a state set aside that the creation of such a state in Gaza and Judea and Samaria would make for indefensible borders threatening Israel’s annihilation. That is, it would render moot the button administration’s promise of the carrot of Saudi normalization that Israel had already been on the path towards namely with Trump and power and Iran and its proxies on life support for the stick of a Palestinian state, because Israel’s very existence would be in peril. There’s a massive elephant in the room that neither the White House nor the international community want to talk about, reflecting a completely unrealistic premise that will guarantee calamitous outcomes if the world gets his way, empowering Iran and its proxies and imperiling Israel and America’s national interest. That elephant in the room is this and other Israelis nor Palestinian Arabs support a two state solution. Their majority of Israelis oppose the two state solution post October 7 should be unsurprising who could possibly witness to raping, murdering, naming and mutilating that took place and believe a Palestinian state is the answer. Perhaps the greatest shift has occurred among the Israeli left disproportionate to state solutions supporters historically, living in the kibbutzim near Gaza and who had welcomed Gazans to work alongside them only to disproportionately bear the brunt of their attacks. Israel’s representatives almost unanimous we reject the idea that any nation would unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state as the button administration as threatened. But as for the Palestinian Arabs, the binary administration and world has been at pains to try and draw a bright line distinction between the people and the jihadist. This not withstanding again, that the Palestinian Arabs elected a mosque that they elected Fatah unremarkable muda boss, which leads the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria supports jihadism and rationalized October 7. And the generations of Palestinian Arabs have been indoctrinated in genocide, oh, Jew hatred and Islamic supremacism. And guess what Shakur polling indicates they oppose a two state solution. In fact, the polling of the civilian population, which is never talked about by US leaders, nor their global counterparts, is really worth parson. The Palestinian Center for Policy and survey research has been polling Palestinian Arabs and Gaza and Judea and Samaria for years, providing one of the few credible indicators we have of the population sentiment on a whole raft of issues. Here’s what the center found in its most recent round of polling dated April 15 2024 71%. Say Hamas has decision to launch the October 7 attack was correct. Up 14% in Gaza since December 2023 70% are quote satisfied with Hamas his performance in the war highest among all options between Hamas its leader sinwar Fatah, which polls at a mere 27% and its leader, a boss, just 14% 91% of Palestinian Arabs think Hamas did not commit war crimes during the Israel Hamas war 59% One Hamas to control the Gaza Strip after the war 64% in Judea and Samaria, and 52% still on majority in the Gaza Strip. 73% oppose a long term vision for the day after the war in which the US and an Arab coalition comprising Egypt Saudi Arabia and Jordan would develop a plan that would strengthen the Palestinian Authority restore negotiations based on the two state solution and bring about an Arab Israeli peace and normalization 34% A plurality support Hamas over Fatah and other political parties or trends 70% would vote for Hamas is honey a as a leader in a one on one presidential contest with Fatah’s Abbas 46%. A plurality believe armed struggle is the most effective method to end the Israeli occupation and establish an independent state and yes, again and majority 52% oppose the idea of a two state solution.

 

The entire public conversation in America is completely and totally unmoored not only from what Israelis want, but from what Palestinian Arabs want. These figures show that our leaders and again, the international community are operating in a dream world, that the terms they are trying to dictate, are opposed by the parties. They impact and ignore the uncomfortable truth that the Palestinian Arab population is largely with Hamas, likely because they can’t grapple with the implications of it. But anyone who wants to credibly talk about a day after in Gaza has to grapple with these numbers. All else is folly dangerous folly.

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Federal Reserve surpassed its own wildest expectations

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On May 14, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the most current producer price index (PPI) report, which showed an increase of 0.5% month-over-month in April. After the report’s release, U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Jerome “Jay” Powell said that while he believes the current policy rate is restrictive by many measures, the Fed needs more time to evaluate whether it is sufficiently restrictive.

Watch the above video as Straight Arrow News contributor Larry Lindsey argues that current monetary policy actually isn’t restrictive at all and contends that we’re in a financial “bubble of all bubbles.”


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Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell is constantly saying that monetary policy is being restrictive. The question I would ask is, “What’s being restricted?” He, himself, in his press conference, pointed out that rather than look at GDP, to look at demand you really want to look at final demand by domestic purchasers. It’s a technical term, but it says how much money are people spending in the U.S. and that might include businesses.

Well, in the first quarter of this year, real final demand by domestic purchases went up 3.1%. That was up from the 2.8% in the previous four quarters. Nominal, which includes inflation, was up 5.9 versus 5.3 in the previous four quarters.

Now, two little problems for the Fed in the math in that. First, both nominal and real final demand have been accelerating. They’re growing faster in the first quarter, which was supposedly weak, than they have been. If things are being restricted, that’s not going to happen.

And second of all, the inflation implied by those numbers — 2.8% In the first quarter, versus 2.5 [sic] on [the] previous four — suggests inflation is accelerating. That’s exactly the opposite of what the Fed wants.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell, is constantly saying that monetary policy is being restrictive. The question I would ask is what’s being restricted. He himself in his press conference, pointed out that rather than look at GDP, to look at demand, you really want to look at final demand by domestic purchasers. It’s a technical term. But it says how much money are people spending in the US, and that might include businesses? Well, in the first quarter of this year, real final demand by domestic purchases went up 3.1%. That was up from the 2.8% in the previous four quarters, nominal, which includes inflation was up 5.9 versus 5.3, in the previous four quarters. Now, two little problems for the Fed in the math in that first, both nominal and real final demand, have been accelerating. They’re growing faster in the first quarter, which was supposedly weak, then they had bad things are being restricted, that’s not going to happen. And second of all, the inflation applauded implied by those numbers 2.8% In the first quarter versus 2.5, and on previous four, suggested inflation is accelerating. That’s exactly the opposite of what the Fed wants. So neither real growth nor inflation, are now being restricted by a supposedly restrictive monetary policy. Well, why is that? And I think that perhaps the Chairman has forgotten the most important channel by which fed policy affects the economy. And that’s through household wealth. Well, that sounds a little bit odd. But think about how a typical family would behave. They know about how much money they’re going to need when they retire. They probably add in expenses, like paying for the kids education, or maybe their wedding. And as long as they have enough leftover, to make it through what we call life cycle reasons, then they’re comfortable. If they have not enough money to do those essential lifecycle purchases, then the only way to get there is to start saving now. And if they save now, that means they can’t consume now, they don’t consume now the economy is weak. But in fact, savings rates are now at record lows. And that’s one of the reasons why final demand is just so great. consumers feel flush, because they feel wealthy. Well, if you feel wealthy, then there’s you have met your life cycle needs. You can go out and spend go out to dinner if you want take that vacation. Well, what do we mean by them feeling wealthy? Well, the history of the last 25 years has been that if a series of bubbles, one of them was the so called.com bubble at the turn of the century, which ended up crashing. And what happened there? Well, since the peak of the.com bubble, basically a stock market bubble, stocks have risen four times as fast from that bubble peak, as has inflation. So certainly stock prices haven’t been restrained at all. They’re up by four times faster than inflation from the peak of their last bubble, or home prices, which had a peak in 2007, just before they crashed and caused the great financial crisis. Average house prices since then, since 2007, have risen 50% faster than the overall inflation rate. Again, this is from the peak of their bubble. So it’s not that we’re simply at a bubble. We’re in a bubble of all bubbles with stock prices and housing prices through the roof relative to where they were when everyone thought those prices were in a bubble. Yen remember 200% more in terms of stocks and 50% more than inflation, in terms of housing. That’s a lot of extra money to spend and they’re spending it. So I think what Chairman Powell and The rest of the FOMC are forgetting is that the wealth effect is really going to be their enemy, if they expect their inflation rate to drop to 2%. It’s strange when they started quantitative easing back in 2009. That was Ben Bernanke. He was explicit on what they were trying to do. They were trying to create a wealth effect. With that wealth effect. They were hoping that consumers because they would feel wealthy would spend more, and they succeeded. The problem today is that they succeeded beyond their wildest expectations. 

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Founder & President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education

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Every year in the United States, National Police Week seeks to honor and remember police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. It is intended to be a solemn week of respect and reflection across political divides. Police Week itself originates from Peace Officers Memorial Day, first developed by former President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

Watch the above video as Straight Arrow News contributor Star Parker reminds us of the importance of celebrating this week, and then presents a list of proposed policing improvements for further discussion.


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Police officers who break the law and act in contradiction of their training should be held accountable. The police officer who killed George Floyd was convicted of second-degree murder and received a long prison sentence. Rather than calling for calm and letting our justice system work, irresponsible activists and some opportunistic politicians caused great damage to our country.

Following these tragic occurrences, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, an organization I founded and lead, produced a policy report entitled “Police and Communities: Bridging the Divide.” We recognize for communities to thrive, there must be a reasonable level of trust and cooperation between residents and the public officials who serve and protect them.

We believe issues like qualified immunity and collective bargaining with police unions can be addressed in a manner that holds bad cops accountable without exposing good cops to unwarranted harassment or unjust financial hardship. We see a need for better data collection, more transparency, improved training, and open communication between police and key people in their communities.

Finally, we see a need for honest dialogue and commentary on the part of political leaders, celebrities and the media. When people rush to judgment based on limited information or false narratives, passions can become inflamed and destructive actions can follow. Disputes need to be resolved through our legal system, not through street justice or vigilantism.

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This week, our nation observes “National Police Week” to honor the thousands of peace officers who keep our communities safe, especially those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. During this week, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world come to our nation’s capital to honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Following the tragic killing of George Floyd in May 2020, riots erupted throughout our country. Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other activists fanned the flames of anger and called for defunding the police. The ill-advised demonization of police officers led to an increase in violent crime, looting, and social disorder.

Police officers who break the law and act in contradiction of their training should be held accountable. The police officer who killed George Floyd was convicted of second-degree murder and received a long prison sentence. Rather than calling for calm and letting our justice system work, irresponsible activists and some opportunistic politicians caused great damage to our country.

Following these tragic occurrences, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, an organization I founded and lead, produced a policy report entitled, “Police and Communities: Bridging the Divide.” We recognize for communities to thrive, there must be a reasonable level of trust and cooperation between residents and the public officials who serve and protect them.

We believe issues like qualified immunity and collective bargaining with police unions can be addressed in a manner that holds bad cops accountable without exposing good cops to unwarranted harassment or unjust financial hardship. We see a need for better data collection, more transparency, improved training, and open communication between police and key people in their communities.

Finally, we see a need for honest dialogue and commentary on the part of political leaders, celebrities, and the media. When people rush to judgment based on limited information or false narratives, passions can become inflamed and destructive actions can follow. Disputes need to be resolved through our legal system, not through street justice or vigilantism.

This week and every week throughout the year, we honor our police officers and give tribute to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep all of us and our communities safe.

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Timothy Carney, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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Timothy Carney, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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U.S. college protests over the Israel-Hamas war have divided college campuses, often pitting university officials and executives against their own students and faculty. And yet, as Straight Arrow News contributor Timothy Carney points out, many of today’s university officials are actually the anti-Vietnam War protesters of a previous era’s student protest movement. Today, those same officials crush the anti-war protests of a new generation.


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Watch the video above to listen as Timothy Carney explores the reasons for this change of heart, and explains why U.S. universities have only themselves to blame for the situation they now find themselves in. Below is an excerpt from that video:

The baby boomers who run our colleges today have courted activists into their student body and their faculty, sold themselves as the training ground for “change-makers,” and celebrated their own radical pasts.

At Cornell University, for instance, the school celebrates the armed occupation of Willard Straight Hall. Back in 1969, radical students took over the campus building to protest “racist attitudes” and “irrelevant curriculum,” as Cornell describes it on its website. The university’s account of this occupation is 100% supportive of the armed occupants, and points out that the occupation was successful in getting the school to change its curriculum and add an “Africana Studies” major.

Writer Tyler Austin Harper in The Atlantic recounted recently how Cornell extolls this violent takeover in all sorts of ways and admits students who made it clear that they are coming to Cornell in order to become more effective activists for social justice.

Columbia University likewise celebrates the boomers’ anti-war protests in 1968. These protests included outright communists who were rooting for America’s defeat and the Communists’ continued march towards global empire.

It’s the same story across our elite institutions: Aging baby boomers who flex their radical past in order to buy some street cred now get upset that today’s young radicals are messing up their institutions.


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Students on college campuses across America are protesting against Israel by camping out, occupying buildings, skipping class, and smashing windows.

 

While these activists have many supporters among the faculty, the *administrators* at these schools are clearly displeased by the destruction of property, the interruption of learning, the bad press, the cancelation of graduation, and the blow to their reputations.

 

But these administrators have only themselves to blame.

 

The Baby Boomers who run our colleges today have courted activists into their student body and their faculty, sold themselves as the training ground for “change-makers,” and celebrated their own radical pasts.

 

At Cornell University, for instance, the school celebrates the armed occupation of Willard Straight Hall. Back in 1969, radical students took over the campus building to protest “racist attitudes” and “irrelevant curriculum,” as Cornell describes it on its website. The University’s account of this occupation is 100 percent supportive of the armed occupants, and points out that the occupation was successful in getting the school to change its curriculum and add an “Africana Studies” major.

 

Writer Tyler Austin Harper in The Atlantic recounted recently how Cornell extolls this violent takeover in all sorts of ways and admits students who made it clear that they are coming to Cornell in order to become more effective activists for social justice.

 

Columbia University likewise celebrates the Boomers’ anti-war protests in 1968. These protests included outright communists who were rooting for America’s defeat and the communists’ continued march towards global empire.

 

It’s the same story across our elite institutions: Aging Baby Boomers who flex their radical past in order to buy some street cred now get upset that today’s young radicals are messing up their institutions.

 

Yes, the causes are different—one can obviously oppose the Vietnam War, support creating a Black Studies department, and yet oppose the pro-Palestinian cause. But in another way, the causes are the same, and the philosophy underlying them has been clearly articulated.

The Social Justice movement of the past decade has been clear: They want to dismantle the “systems of oppression.”

 

Those systems include all institutions as they currently exist: not just the church and the family, but also capitalism, academia, and the United States of America, which is, after all, a settler-colonial nation.

 

Such thorough dismantling is an unpleasant prospect to the former hippies now comfortably running some of these institutions. I won’t say they should have thought of that before becoming young radicals—young people can’t be expected to have foresight.

 

But maybe they should have considered the message they send when they celebrate their past radicalism and recruit and foster the generation of radicals who want to burn it all down.

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During Donald Trump’s New York hush money trial, his ex-attorney, Michael Cohen, testified that Trump was intimately involved in a scheme to suppress stories about extramarital affairs that could harm his 2016 campaign. Cohen alleged that Trump promised to reimburse him for a $130,000 payment made on Trump’s behalf to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in order to hide those stories from the public prior to the November 2016 election. 

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I think there’s a very grave danger that Judge Merchan, the judge in the trial in New York, is going to create a constitutional crisis. After all, Judge Merchan is appointed, he never ran for any office. Voters have never said “yes.” And he is a Democrat. His daughter has made millions attacking Donald Trump and working for organizations that attack Trump. Merchan himself donated to Biden.

But in addition, he is presiding over a trial brought by a district attorney who ran specifically on the platform that he would attack Donald Trump — didn’t say what Trump had done wrong. It was as a little bit like the Soviet Secret Police Leader [Lavrentiy] Beria saying to Stalin, “Show me the man and I’ll find the crime.” And that really is the way this case has evolved.


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I think there’s a very grave danger, that Judge Marshawn The judge in the trial in New York is going to create a constitutional crisis. After all, Judge Marshawn is appointed, he never ran for any office. Voters have never said yes. And he is a Democrat. His daughter has made millions attacking Donald Trump and working for organizations that attack Trump. machina himself donated to Biden. But in addition, he is presiding over a trial brought by a district attorney who ran specifically on the platform that he would attack Donald Trump didn’t say what Trump had done wrong, was a little bit like the Soviet secret police leader, Maria saying to Stalin, show me the man and I’ll find the crime. And that really is the way this case has evolved. A number of senior attorneys have said over and over again, there is no crime here. Nothing that is being alleged, is in fact, criminal. This is all made up. However, the Biden administration is so frightened now of President Trump, that they think putting him in jail may be the only way to say President Biden for reelection. And so they have sent the number three lawyer from the Justice Department of Washington to head up the prosecution that’s going on right now. That lawyer by the way, in 2018, was a consultant to the Democratic National Committee. So you have a Democrat elected district attorney, who had promised to go after Trump. You have a lawyer who used to work for the Democratic National Committee set up by the Biden Justice Department to try the case. You have a judge whose daughter is making millions out of anti Trump commercials and activities. And you have a judge who is grotesquely abusing his power. He basically said that there’s a gag order on a presidential candidate. Now think about this. Donald J. Trump was president. He is currently the nominee of the Republican Party for this fall. In fact, in the most recent polls, he is ahead of Biden by somewhere between six and 10 points. And yet here is this local Democrat appointed judge saying he’s going to lock up a former president knighted states, which frankly, if you look at the record of people who have been in New York prisons, is I think dangerous. This is not a game. And I think people have got to bring pressure to bear. Ultimately, some of these has to appeal to the Supreme Court. Because, you know, John Adams had a Vice President Thomas Jefferson, who was going to beat him in 1800. Adams didn’t try to lock Jefferson up. His son John Quincy Adams, had an opponent who spent four years attacking him viciously. Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams didn’t try locking him up. The very idea that the Biden administration would adopt a strategy of trying to win reelection by legally destroying their opponent tells you how bad things have gotten and how desperately wrong the current situation is.

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In March 2021, President Biden issued an executive order aimed at expanding voter registration and election information for all eligible Americans. Federal agencies were directed to collaborate with state and local election officials to achieve these goals. However, some GOP lawmakers and conservative critics express concerns that the order could favor left-wing election financing and potentially impact the 2024 election results in favor of Democrats.

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Months from the 2024 presidential election, Americans remain mostly in the dark about a sweeping Biden administration executive order that could swing the entire contest in Biden’s favor. New documents obtained by the Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project lend further credence to the idea that that is precisely the point of the directive, and that the administration is colluding with left-wing activist groups to achieve it.

In March 2021, President Biden signed an executive order on promoting access to voting, the apparent brainchild of progressive think tank, Deimos. EO 14019 tasks every federal agency with registering and mobilizing voters, with the goal of increasing election participation among minority groups that tend to vote disproportionately Democrat. The order suggests “agencies consider soliciting and facilitating approved nonpartisan third-party organizations to provide voter registration services on agency premises.” That language has raised alarm bells among conservatives who suspect the progressive groups supportive of the order, an order that may well be illegal, if not unconstitutional, could coordinate with agencies to implement it and collect their preferred ballots.

Months from the 2024 presidential election, Americans remain mostly in the dark about a sweeping Biden administration executive order that could swing the entire contest in Biden’s favor new documents obtained by the Heritage Foundation’s oversight project, when further credence to the idea that that is precisely the point of the directive, and that the administration is colluding with left wing activist groups to achieve it. In March 2021. President Biden signed an executive order on promoting access to voting, the apparent brainchild of progressive Think Tank Deimos, eo 1401. Nine tasks every federal agency was registering and mobilizing voters, with the goal of increasing election participation among minority groups that tend to vote disproportionately Democrat. The order suggests agencies consider soliciting and facilitating approved nonpartisan third party organizations to provide voter registration services on agency premises. That language has raised alarm bells among conservatives who suspect the progressive groups supportive of the order an order that may well be illegal, if not unconstitutional, could coordinate with agencies to implement it and collect their preferred ballots. Such an effort could prove decisive, have since deleted but archive Deimos analysis indicates that a fully implemented the directive could lead to 3.5 million new or updated voter registrations annually. A massive figure given recent presidential elections have been decided by 1000s of votes in just a handful of states. details from a July 2021 DOJ listening session with activist groups regarding implementing the order revealed for the first time in May one oversight project memo suggests critics fears are more than merited that the feds and progressive but putatively a political activist groups are working in cahoots in a partisan get out the vote scheme. The details come from a set of unredacted notes recorded by a DOJ attorney covering the session proceedings. During the meeting Biden administration officials heard from activists overwhelmingly from the left, the oversight project found that every participant whose party affiliation or political donation history can be identified was the Democrat except for one Green Party member. Here were some of the recommendations according to the DOJ official Keita, hands of the Sentencing Project indicated that eligible voters who are incarcerated have been left out of voting and emphasize that those out in pretrial custody also have the right to vote. She proposed myriad ways the Federal Bureau of Prisons VOP could provide voter registration information during prisoner admission and orientation training, and in various other touch points with prison personnel. She also recommended that authorities provide in person voting options at facilities where eligible voters reside. felony disenfranchisement is voter suppression the DOJ attorney recorded Danna pay kowski of the campaign Legal Center indicated a desire to develop infrastructure in jails and prisons and also help people understand their eligibility after they are released. She related that her organization remained concerned about Bo P is focused on voter registration only and only on individuals from Maine, Vermont and DC. Felons in Puerto Rico are also eligible to vote. In Mississippi federal convicts don’t lose the right to vote and Alabama also has some eligibility. Individuals with convictions for federal misdemeanors can usually vote to Terry minutes of Asian Americans Advancing Justice push not only for agencies to create multilingual materials pertaining to voting, but for making voter registration info mandatory and naturalization ceremonies. Michelle Bishop of the National Disability Rights Network purportedly called on increasing access to voting for people in long term care facilities. without any apparent concern, suffering patients can be taken advantage of by partisan operatives. While the butter administration has stonewalled those probing for the strategic plans. Each agency was to develop in accordance with the order and with whom they may have partnered to implement them. Evidence has slowly emerged suggesting the White House took the group’s suggestions to heart. In January, the Daily Signal reported to the Federal Bureau of Prisons has partnered with and regularly consults on voting issues with among others several of the groups represented at that July 2021 listening session in connection with the executive order, a BLP spokesperson said the bureau had partnered with them to offer civics education classes and voter registration drives at several correctional facilities nationwide. Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson has raised concerns that pursuant to the executive order, the US Marshal Service was being directed to modify agreements with jail is to mandate that they provide voter registration materials and facilitate voting by mail on top of requiring the DOJ to facilitate voter registration and mail voting for individuals in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons. This could potentially lead to not only ineligible voters, but among them non citizens, including illegal aliens being encouraged to illegally register to vote. US Citizenship and Immigration Services is working today to register voters at naturalization ceremonies. Other agencies ranging from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to labor and agriculture have also been executing plans to drive out voters in connection with a federal lawsuit challenging the order brought by 27 Pennsylvania state legislators the foundation for government accountability, which has sued the Biden administration to unearth documents associated with the order, filed an amicus brief asserting that all the federal agencies FTA has identified as taking active steps to carry out eo 1401. Nine have one thing in common. They provide government welfare benefits and other services to groups of voters the vast majority of which have historically voted Democrat. Several weeks ago a district judge dismissed the case on standing grounds. The legislators are now taking their case to the Supreme Court. They believe the executive order violates state law prohibiting the influence of outside influence in election operations. When the law was introduced, its sponsors memo explained the need to prevent public officials from partnering with third party Non Governmental Organizations for the registration of voters. Exactly what the legislator sought to prevent through their lawmaking authority has now been facilitated by executive action by the president who is also a candidate in the 2024 election and as such, stands to benefit personally from the executive action. The legislators wrote in their motion calling in the Supreme Court to expedite their case to rule on whether they have standing which could ultimately lead to an injunction freezing the executive order before the voting starts in 2024.

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