The Erick Erickson Show 09-29-17

Tonight on the show HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns, there is no real compromising with the left, US pulling back its diplomats from Cuba and the medias biased take on the NFL protests.

Liberal librarian tries to insult Melania Trump but looks foolish instead

When Melania Trump offered to donate several Dr. Seuss books to a school library in Cambridge, Massachusetts to celebrate National Read-A-Book Day, librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro haughtily rejected her gift. Ms. Soeiro sniffed in reply:

You may not be aware of this, but Dr. Seuss is a bit of a cliché, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature. As first lady of the United States, you have an incredible platform with world-class resources at your fingertips. Just down the street you have access to a phenomenal children’s librarian: Dr. Carla Hayden, the current Librarian of Congress. I have no doubt Dr. Hayden would have given you some stellar recommendations.

What might Ms. Soeiro have preferred? The photo accompanying this BBC article might suggest she would have accepted ten copies of the “children’s book” Rad American Women A to Zbut even that is doubtful because the actual problem for Ms. Soeiro doesn’t really seem to be the gift, but the identity of the giver.

It’s probably just as well, considering “A” stands for Angela Davis,  a former Communist, a Marxist professor, and a leader of the radical and often violent Black Panther movement. After all, not many parents want their children reading ideological liberal garbage that glorifies domestic terrorists while the kids are still in elementary school.

Fellow Resurgent writer Heidi Munson astutely observed in her earlier article that the snub seemed politically motivated, and her analysis proved to be right on the money. Here’s the real danger of being an arrogant liberal like Liz Phipps Soeiro — enough people will remember pictures like this, and gleefully post them on social media:

Why, it’s that very same hypocrite librarian, in costume as the Cat in the Hat, in a picture dated only two short years ago! Did two years really make that much of a difference in the erosion the reputation of Dr. Seuss, or is the true goal to be politically divisive as Ms. Munson surmised earlier, because the only real difference in two years is the First Lady?

Inquiring minds want to know…but in reality, we’re pretty sure we do know the primary motive for liberal behavior is irrational, out-of-control anger.

 

 

BREAKING: Tom Price Fired By Trump

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price has reportedly been fired by President Donald Trump. Price has been under fire for his use of private aircraft at taxpayer expense.

Price ran up a charter flight tab of $400,000 for domestic travel. He had promised to pay the charter costs back when Politico reported on Thursday that Price had also used military aircraft on international trips with White House approval. The cost of the military flights was estimated at $500,000. President Trump had indicated that he would decide whether to fire Price and announce his decision by Friday night.

Now CBS News is reporting that Trump has reached a decision to fire the embattled HHS secretary, citing a statement by White House spokesman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. According to the statement, Don Wright, currently the deputy assistant HHS secretary, will be designated as acting secretary in the interim.

 

BREAKING: In Wake of Scandal, Sec. Tom Price Resigns

Secretary of the department of health and human services, Tom Price has tendered his resignation to President Trump, say sources in the White House.

In the last couple days, press reports revealed the former budget chief in the House of Representatives was found to have used private charter jets on the government dime. Politico was the first to reveal the excesses on September 19. Since then, the story has only snowballed. They further revealed this week that he also used military jets to fly overseas while the remaining members of his delegation flew commercial flights.

Other flights, among the dozens that are known, included travel to have lunch with his son, and visits with colleagues, outside his official capacity as DHHS secretary.

Upon being exposed for the charter use, Sec Price promised to pay back $52,000 of the roughly $1 million spent, uncovered by the investigation.

President Trump is expected to formally announce the resignation tonight.

D.C. Court of Appeals Gets It Right on Unconstitutional Conceal Carry Ban

The residents of Washington, D.C., proper may soon be able to conceal carry given the good news this week. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the enforcement of DC’s existing onerous anti-gun law which criminalizes concealed carry by law-abiding gun owners.

Here’s more context behind the legal battle over gun rights in the nation’s capital:

The city’s law had required gun owners to prove they have a “good reason to fear injury” or another “proper reason,” such as a job that requires carrying large amounts of cash or valuables, in order to get a concealed carry permit. Under the city’s law, living in a high-crime neighborhood was not reason enough to justify approval of a concealed carry permit.

Second Amendment advocates who brought the lawsuit said the city’s law was so restrictive that most law-abiding citizens would be unable to obtain permits. As of June, the Metropolitan Police Department reported having granted just 125 concealed carry permits since the law took effect in 2014.

The city’s strict concealed carry laws have remained in effect while the D.C. Circuit was considering whether to rehear the case, so the ruling marks the first time the “good reason” requirements will be cast aside.

In July, the same court upheld the 2016 ruling that Washington, D.C., must issue handgun licenses to law-abiding D.C. residents in the same fashion that other states issue carry permits too. More specifically, this ruling means that an applicant for a concealed handgun permit (CHP) won’t have to prove a special need or request (may issue) to obtain a CHP. Instead, permits should be issued on a shall-issue basis for adults who pass background checks and successfully complete a gun safety training course.

This derives from a May 2016 ruling in which the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard J. Leon issued a 46-page opinion stating the Second Amendment not only applies to owning guns in homes, but also legal carry in the streets via concealed carry–writing that presenting a “good reason” for carrying in the nation’s capital is unconstitutional. The 2008 Supreme Court Case District of Columbia v. Heller affirmed the constitutionality of law-abiding gun owners to keep and bear arms inside their homes. However, D.C. residents are unable to carry outside their homes–leaving many defenseless and vulnerable to attack in one of the nation’s most dangerous cities.

Law-abiding Americans who wish to conceal carry shouldn’t have to prove a “good reason” to do so–especially in one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. has been famously nicknamed the “murder capital of the U.S.” given its bloody track record.  Neighborhood Scout named it the #30 most murderous city in all of the U.S. in 2017. In 2016, WTOP listed DC as the 10th top murderous city  in all of the U.S. Why don’t city lawmakers see that onerous laws that leave people defenseless only empower gangs and murderous thugs to perpetuate crimes on unsuspecting residents?

In April 2013, a D.C. hate crime victim told NBC Washington the following in response to his assault:

“I’m going to get a license and get a 9mm,” he said. “That’s the truth.”

In the case of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, who just returned to Congress yesterday, had it not been for his bodyguards, him and other lawmakers would likely not be alive today. However, preventing concealed carry or concealed carry reciprocity for D.C. residents to also carry in nearby territories or other states could make shootings like the June 2017–which left Scalise seriously injured–happen again if their Draconian gun laws are not overturned.

Experts say this case will move to the Supreme Court soon. As in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, let’s hope the highest court in the land rules in favor of the constitutionality of concealed carry for law-abiding Americans. This shouldn’t be an issue: gun rights are human rights.

BAMN and the Violence of the Radical Left

Sole responsibility for the protests in Charlottesville that became violent belonged to an “alt-right” movement comprised of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, the lame-stream media would have us believe. But is that true?

Or, what is “the rest of the story”, as Paul Harvey used to say?

The opposition to the “bad” protestors (those against the removal of Civil War statues that memorialized Confederate soldiers) were deemed “good” protestors, which primarily consisted of members of the AntiFa movement. Their counterparts and affiliates in California are known by the acronym BAMN.

By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) are exactly what the name suggests, a bunch of malcontents, liberal radical activists on steroids who are eternally regretful they were born too late to be a part of the violent anti-war, anti-government protests of the 1960s. They are a loosely knit organization of anarchist punks and violent thugs. The name of the organization literally sums up the political philosophy of BAMN. If their leadership don’t like you, or don’t like what you might be wearing, or suspect you might even be thinking something of which they don’t approve, watch out — these people certainly aren’t shy about resorting to cowardly acts of violence to get their way. By Any Means Necessary.

They aren’t afraid to surround a person in broad daylight, knock that person to the ground and quickly pounce like a pack of jackals, punching and kicking their defenseless victim still lying on the ground. But most of them wear masks while committing their crimes, hoping to avoid arrest, and responsibility. See for yourself. They aren’t afraid of physically assaulting a peaceful protestor trying to avoid them even if police happen to be literally standing right there, watching and waiting until a few kicks to the head appear to land before they finally intervened to stop the attack.

BAMN is led by Yvette Felarca, a 47-year-old born in the Philippines but claiming American nationality. She might be a naturalized citizen or a permanent legal resident (green card holder), but that doesn’t give her the right to repeatedly punch native-born American citizens, or try to deprive them of their right to free speech.

Freedom of speech only means that Congress will never pass a law that takes away Ms. Felarca’s right to express her personal opinions. She does not have the right to perpetually filibuster the general public so that only her ideas can ever be heard.

To be brutally honest, I’m not particularly surprised to learn that Ms. Felarca doesn’t understand that, because quite frankly, she doesn’t seem to be very bright. However, I’m more than a little bit surprised that anyone this empty-headed could find mindless sheep, ready to perform another exercise in futility.

What scares me about BAMN? Not so much the violence — sooner or later, these idiots will violently attack an undercover cop or someone with a concealed weapon, and someone will get shot, and next time with real bullets. Even though this AntiFa protestor in the gas mask got lucky (and obviously unlucky at the same time), I’m guessing that he hasn’t tried this stunt since taking a direct hit, for the “movement.”

Ouch! That had to leave a mark…

No, what worries me is that these super-leftist, anti-American radicals have not only infiltrated academia, they have become an infestation.

These people are allegedly among our best and brightest — college professors, teachers, and academic types, but apparently they aren’t even smart enough to understand that it’s generally considered a felony to hit a guy in the head with a bike lock.

Alas, you can’t teach classes from prison.

Naturally, Yvette Felarca sees herself as a victim. That’s also how she wants the public to see her, too. I also know what happens to people like her, who think of themselves as victims, when in reality they are the perpetrators.

The large bandage on her head is an attempt to paint her in a sympathetic light, when in fact, she has a history of unprovoked, violent physical attacks on peaceful counter-protestors.

The problem is that Yvette Felarca has a bizarre, seriously distorted view of reality. For example she characterized conservative writer and public speaker Milo Yiannopoulos as being a racist and a homophobe.

The problem with that is that Milo Yiannopoulos’ sexual orientation is rather well known. In fact, he’s openly homosexual, and Yiannopoulos has even been known to brag about his black boyfriends in interviews.

This is the real reason Ms. Felarca doesn’t like people like Milo — he backs up his claims and opinions with facts and statistics. In fact, he cites the same facts and statistics as Larry Elder, that originated with the FBI. As Milo astutely said,

Black lives don’t matter to Black Lives Matter.

Let this soak into your brain for a bit — Yvette Felarca is a middle-school social studies teacher.

This means she has a daily opportunity to pollute the minds of impressionable young children with dangerously radical liberal, Socialist ideological beliefs. By the time our children and grandchildren finish college, they won’t know how to think for themselves. They are being brainwashed. The problem isn’t that someone is trying to deprive Ms. Felarca of her freedom of speech, it’s that she is perfectly willing to commit acts of violence to prevent others from enjoying the same freedom.

But patriots may take heart…

We know how and when this will end — with a criminal trial. Ms. Felarca plans to plead self-defense, but the video evidence will speak for itself.

Here’s some irony for you — a meeting organized by Ms. Felarca at UC-Berkeley to conspire and prevent a group of students known as “Patriot’s Prayer” from holding a meeting on campus was infiltrated by students that were Trump supporters. Ms. Felarca called the police and demanded the students be removed, so that she could complete her plans to disrupt their meeting. This would be comedy gold, except for legal expenses and court costs.

Even though Felarca isn’t a student at Berkeley, she believes that she has more rights on campus than the students who have paid to take classes there. This woman is deranged. She can”t get away with punching people she doesn’t like, but that won’t keep her from trying to organize her sheep. Now she implores them to pressure prosecutors into dropping her pending criminal charges.

Fortunately, the judicial system doesn’t allow mob rule. And one thing is certain — this woman should never be allowed into the classroom to teach children again. Normally under these circumstances I would suggest sending this person back to their country of origin. In this instance, that would mean deporting her back to the Philippines, where Duterte doesn’t have a reputation for tolerating his political enemies.

Yvette Felarca might be full of malarkey and a public nuisance, but I don’t want her death on my conscience. If she punched me, I wouldn’t even want to hit her back. I’d settle for having her arrested, because I prefer legal means of recourse.

I will never surrender my freedom of speech. These aren’t the people to tell “over my dead body” though, because they appear willing to make that happen.

Obviously, By Any Means Necessary does not exclude violence.

A Rookie Shows the Pros How It’s Done

It’s Friday feel good day—and since we’ve spilled a lot of pixels bashing the NFL over its total bungling of #Kneelgate, I thought we could change things up a little bit by highlighting a player who recognizes that it isn’t all about him.  Fox News has the details:

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has made a strong impression on the field early in his rookie season. But Watson may have made his best pass this week, when he donated his first game check to help three women who work in the team’s cafeteria.

The women lost all their possessions in the floods that devastated Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last month.

The Texans captured the moment Watson handing over the game check, worth just over $27,000, to the women.

“Anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help,” Watson told the women.

The Texans posted video of Watson’s act of kindness in a tweet:

The quote pretty much says it all.  And at a time when it’s very easy to be cynical, Watson reminds us that football can be so much more than a game.  It can be a force for good, sweeter than any championship, more powerful than any tackle.  And instead of using petty politics to divide us, Watson has shown how our common humanity can unite us.

Veterans of the league who took a knee last week could learn a thing or two from him.

Schools Ban National Anthem Protests

As the NFL begins to pay the price in popularity and falling ticket sales for the spreading anthem protests, some high schools and colleges are taking action to prevent their athletes from following in the footsteps of the professional players. Some schools are emphasizing existing policies that prohibit players from taking a knee during the national anthem as well as instituting new bans on the protest.

The Daily Wire notes that at least three schools around the country have released statements that point out that school policy prohibits players from kneeling during the anthem. While the Daily Wire says that the schools are instituting bans on taking a knee, statements from some of the schools point out that the policies are not new.

Colorado Christian University released a statement that said, “The University athletic department has always required our student athletes and coaches to stand respectfully for any pre-game or post-game prayers, as well as for the National Anthem. Contrary to several reports, this is not a new position.”

The superintendent of Manatee County schools in Florida, Jason Montgomery, sent an email to schools in his district pointing out that both federal and state laws mandate that students stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. Montgomery wrote, “The Code of Student Conduct complies with all statutory requirements that include requiring a student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, unless excused in writing by a parent.”

Some schools are setting new policies in response to the controversy. In Louisiana, Parkway High School Principal Waylon Bates said in a letter to students and parents that “the Louisiana High School Athletic Association allows school principals to make decisions regarding student participation in the National Anthem.” Bates instructs his students and faculty to “stand in a respectful manner throughout the National Anthem” and warns that “failure to comply will result in loss of playing time and/or participation” and even “removal from the team.”

The First Amendment protects Americans from attacks on freedom of speech and expression by the government, not private employers. Private companies can take action against employees who exercise their First Amendment rights even though the government cannot.

The NFL is a private organization with its own rules. If the NFL quashed the anthem protests, it would not be a violation of the First Amendment. In spite of internet rumors, the NFL does not have a rule requiring players to stand for the National Anthem. If it did, the government would have no legal standing to require the organization to enforce such a rule.

The Constitution does protect the right to protest from government interference. The Supreme Court has even protected the act of burning the flag under the First Amendment. When President Trump urges the NFL to fire players who take a knee during the National Anthem, using the power of the “bully pulpit” to attempt to limit free speech, he comes close to a violation of the First Amendment.

Ironically, schools may have a more difficult time banning the anthem protests than the NFL. Public schools are government entities and school policies are limited by the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that students do not give up their free speech rights when they enter a school, but that schools do have the right to limit actions that disrupt the educational process. A public school might well lose a lawsuit over a kneeling ban.

Americans seem to understand this balanced view of protest and respect for the flag. The Seton Hall Sports Poll found that 49 percent of respondents thought that NFL players had a right to protest, but also thought that they should stand for the National Anthem.

As the controversy continues, schools and professional sports organizations will be challenged to find a balance between these opposing viewpoints. While the initial reaction of schools may be to institute bans on taking a knee, such policies may not be a quick resolution to the issue.