Trumping the federal intrusion of education

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, following through on a campaign promise to return school control to state and local officials.

The order, dubbed the “Education Federalism Executive Order,” will launch a 300-day review of Obama-era regulations and guidance for school districts and directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to modify or repeal measures she deems an overreach by the federal government…

He said that previous administrations had increasingly forced schools to comply with “whims and dictates” from Washington, but his administration would break the trend.

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Miller, S.A. (2017). Trump to pull feds out of K-12 education. Washington Times. Available http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/26/donald-trump-pull-feds-out-k-12-education/. Last accessed 16th July 2017

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Religious freedom is growing under Trump

President Donald Trump on Thursday made good on a promise to allow religious organizations greater freedom in political speech.

Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation,” Trump said in the Rose Garden at a National Day of Prayer event with religious leaders and White House staff. “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.”

The president declared his administration would be “leading by example” on religious liberty in the United States.

“We are giving our churches their voices back,” Trump said.

Quote Source

Vitali, A. (2017). Trump Signs ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order Allowing for Broad Exemptions. NBC News. Available http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-signs-religious-liberty-executive-order-allowing-broad-exemptions-n754786. Last accessed 17th May 2017

A reality check for campus protestors

For the sake of campus protestors and their professors across the country, it’s time to make something clear: there’s no such thing as hate speech.

That should go without saying, since freedom of speech and free inquiry is supposed to be what college is all about. But the recent spate of violent student protests, from the University of California at Berkeley to Middlebury College in Vermont, have been met with a collective shrug from an alarming number of college students, professors, and administrators who seem to be under the impression that violence is okay so long as its purpose is to silence “hate speech.”

By hate speech, they mean ideas and opinions that run afoul of progressive pieties. Do you believe abortion is the taking of human life? That’s hate speech. Think transgenderism is a form of mental illness? Hate speech. Concerned about illegal immigration? Believe in the right to bear arms? Support President Donald Trump? All hate speech.

But in fact, there is no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment. The answer to the question, “Where does free speech stop and hate speech begin?” is this: nowhere.

For the purposes of the First Amendment, there is no difference between free speech and hate speech. Ideas and opinions that progressive students and professors find offensive or “hateful” are just as protected by the Bill of Rights as anti-Trump slogans chanted at a campus protest.

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Davidson, J.D. (2017). Sorry, College Kids, There’s No Such Thing As Hate Speech. The Federalist. Available http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/20/sorry-college-kids-theres-no-thing-hate-speech/. Last accessed 1st May 2017.

A new triumph over abortion (and Obama’s legacy)

President Donald Trump privately signed a bill on Thursday that allows states to withhold federal money from organizations that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood…

The bill, which the usually camera-friendly President signed without any media present, reverses an Obama-era regulation that prohibited states from withholding money from facilities that perform abortions, arguing that many of these facilities also provide other family planning and medical services…

The signing comes weeks after Vice President Mike Pence, a social conservative…cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate after two Republicans opposed the measure…

House Speaker Paul Ryan called the signing a “a major pro-life victory.”

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Merida,  D. (2017). Trump privately signs anti-Planned Parenthood law. CNN Politics.  Available http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/donald-trump-planned-parenthood-money/index.html.  Last accessed 28th Apr 2017.

The big, spoiled, sulking babies of the left

The media powerhouses and the morons on college campuses cannot accept that someone with views different from theirs will be president. They riot. They burn Old Glory…

The real problem is not [Donald] Trump. The problem is the big, spoiled, sulking babies of the left who cannot believe that America made up its own mind instead of following their orders. They are the control freaks, not Trump.

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Stein, B. (2016). They’ve Gone Insane. The American Spectator. Available https://spectator.org/theyve-gone-insane/. Last accessed 16th Dec 2016.

Ready to undo 8 years of Obama’s wreckage

No U.S. president put more on the line than Barack Obama to ensure the election of his chosen successor. Now, Hillary Clinton’s failure may serve as a repudiation of much of his two-term legacy.

From the Affordable Care Act to trade, from the Supreme Court to foreign policy and immigration, Donald Trump has vowed to systematically undo what Obama spent eight years putting in place. And the president made the stakes clear, telling supporters on the campaign trail that his accomplishments would go “down the drain” if the Republican won…

Any attempt Obama makes to safeguard his legacy will focus on his hallmark legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, universally known as Obamacare. Trump has said he will repeal it, and he will enjoy the help of Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress…

Obama will also do what he can to lock in his environmental legacy. His aides pushed hard to recruit other countries to join the Paris Climate agreement, where nations agreed to limit global warming by reducing carbon emissions. The deal was formally put into effect during an 11-day international conference this week, binding the U.S. to the agreement through most of Trump’s first term.

Trump has nonetheless said he will abandon the accord. He is likely to roll back the president’s executive actions limiting American carbon emissions…

The president also lost his chance to reshape the Supreme Court as a more liberal institution. Senate Democrats now face the dilemma of either approving a conservative nominee to the court, or filibustering in a way that disrupts the legislative norms of the upper chamber.

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Talev, M., Sink, J., Y Dorning, M. (2016). Obama legacy on the line as voters repudiate Clinton. Chicago Tribune. Available http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-obama-legacy-bf7e64d4-a6b3-11e6-ba46-53db57f0e351-20161109-story.html. Last accessed 11th Nov 2016.

Count the errors from pro-Hillary writers

According to Matthew Yglesias:

Trump-branded signs intoning the slogan “THE SILENT MAJORITY STANDS WITH TRUMP” festoon his rallies, and optimistic writers invoke the notion of a silent majority to tout theories that the polls are undercounting Trump voters…

Nor, crucially, are the Trumpniks a majority. Polls give every indication that Hillary Clinton is going to beat Trump, just as she beat Bernie Sanders — who also drew larger rally crowds and more think pieces than she did — in the Democratic primary. Clinton crowds aren’t as big, and her voters aren’t as loud or as interesting to the media. But there sure are a lot of them. And it’s about time we acknowledge them and their emergence as a new silent majority that reelected America’s first black president and is poised to elect its first woman…

Forty-four years later, America is facing another silent majority election — one in which the story has been all about Trump’s supporters but the victory will go to Clinton’s…

Trump voters were surprised and alarmed to learn that Obama could win reelection with scant support from people like them, and have reacted with the Trumpian primal scream. To turn things around in the future they’ll have to learn the lesson that Hillary and Bill Clinton learned 44 years ago as organizers for George McGovern — just because the noise is on your side doesn’t mean the votes are.

To win as a minority, you have to learn to play nicely and work well with others. Clinton’s voters — and Clinton herself — have mastered that, and in doing so made themselves the new majority.

Quote source

Yglesias, M. (2016). There’s a new “silent majority,” and it’s voting for Hillary Clinton. Vox. http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/19/13288594/new-silent-majority. Last accessed 11th Nov 2016.