Responding to New York State’s “Reproductive Health Act,” which codifies unlimited abortion up to birth, a bookstore in Syracuse closed in faith-based protest:


The owner of The Book Scout, Jon Speed, is pastor of Christ Is King Baptist Church and active in Pro-Life activities.


To the ill-considered hopes of the last two centuries, which have reduced us to insignificance and brought us to the brink of nuclear and non-nuclear death, we can propose only a determined quest for the warm hand of God, which we have so rashly and self-confidently spurned. Only in this way can our eyes be opened to the errors of this unfortunate 20th century and our bands be directed to setting them right. There is nothing else to cling to in the landslide: the combined vision of all the thinkers of the Enlightenment amounts to nothing.

Our five continents are caught in a whirlwind. But it is during trials such as these that the highest gifts of the human spirit are manifested. If we perish and lose this world, the fault will be ours alone.

This barrier is absolutely critical to border security. It’s also what our professionals at the border want and need. This is just common sense. The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year. Vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress. The wall will always be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who you will be hearing from later tonight, has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past along with many other Democrats. They changed their mind only after I was elected president. Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis. And they have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation. The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only because Democrats will not fund border security. My administration is doing everything in our power to help those impacted by the situation. But the only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens the government. This situation could be solved in a 45-minute meeting. I have invited congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done. Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security.

 – President Donald Trump, 1/8/19, Full speech transcript available here.

Brand new Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has a proposed plan that defines how Democratic Socialism could be put in place in the US.  It doesn’t really include anything new, but nicely packages all the elements of the Left’s wish list including federally enforced “green” regulation, universal income, Medicare for all, strong support for unionization, and reparations for the country’s past racial and gender sins.  You can see a draft text of this plan here.

Again, there is nothing new in the Congresswoman’s proposals.  But it does provide a checklist of progressive goals that can be compared against reality.  Every element in Ocasio-Cortez’ plan has already been tested by states and countries.

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