Monica Crowley

Opinion/Analysis: How the Trump economic miracle shatters the left

The Trump economy is firing on all cylinders, which means only one thing: The left is petrified. Last week brought economic news so good that it sent the Democrats and their fellow travelers in the Resistance Media into full bury-then-ignore mode. Their pathological hatred of the president blocks them from reporting the truth about the booming economy he is delivering, lest it make him look good (heaven forbid) and help him politically (a fate worse than death). They also know that since it’s always “the economy, Stupid,” they’d be damaging his potential 2020 opponent, which must be avoided at all costs. Given the dazzling December economic data, it’s no wonder the press gave it short shrift. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added a whopping 312,000 jobs, far more than the expected 176,000. After revisions, job gains have averaged an impressive 254,000 per month over the past three months. Job growth in 2018 (an average of 220,000 per month) passed that of both 2016 (195,000) and 2017 (182,000). Payrolls increased by 2.6 million in 2018, the highest since 2015. The sunny jobs picture encouraged 419,000 new workers to enter the workforce and sent the labor force participation rate up to 63.1 percent. Unemployment rates among blacks, Latinos and women are at or near historic lows. Job growth has also meant significant wage growth. Wages are up a stunning 3.2 percent from last year and .4 percent from November. December was the third straight month that the yearlong growth in nominal average hourly earnings was above 3 percent in nearly a decade; the last time we saw that trend was April 2009. Wages are also being given an assist by inflation being kept in check. The jobs boom is being felt across most major sectors: Construction (a reliable indicator of economic growth) added 38,000 jobs in December and saw a total of 280,000 new jobs in 2018. Retail added 24,000 jobs in December, with 92,000 for the year. Health care jobs increased by 50,000 last month and by 346,000 for the year. And perhaps the most politically and economically important of them all: Manufacturing added 32,000 jobs in December and a stunning 284,000 new jobs in 2018. That represents an increase of 12 percent over 2017, and a major achievement for Mr. Trump. During the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, the only sector that experienced consistently expanding job growth was government. At the same time, he presided over the net loss of 210,000 manufacturing jobs. In mid-2016, Mr. Obama was asked about the loss of those jobs, and candidate Trump’s promise to bring them back. “Well, how exactly are you going to do that?” Mr. Obama asked. “What exactly are you going to do? There’s no answer to it. “He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that?” Mr. Obama continued. “What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.” Turns out Mr. Trump did have an answer. It was to ratchet down the globalism Mr. Obama and his fellow elites insisted was inevitable and move to put America — its workers, taxpayers, industries and interests — first. Mr. Trump’s “magic wand” was simple economic common sense: Pro-growth policies of tax cuts, widespread deregulation, unleashing the energy sector and renegotiating trade policies that had long decimated American manufacturing (another thing the elites told us couldn’t be done). During the campaign, Mr. Trump’s economic agenda was roundly derided and dismissed as unfair and unworkable by Mr. Obama, Hillary Clinton and countless other ruling class overlords. They knew that Mr. Trump mustn’t be allowed to win the presidency, for they knew that if these policies were to take root, they would work. The economy would grow, jobs would return, manufacturing would boom, international trading partners that had long taken advantage of the United States would begin negotiating, prosperity would reappear and yes, America would be made great again. This they could not abide, which explains at least in part their dark, frantic machinations to prevent his election, and post-November 2016, to hobble his ability to govern effectively. His astounding economic track record is their worst nightmare. It puts the lie to the nonsense Mr. Obama, the Democrats and the media have been shoveling for years: That anemic economic growth, high unemployment, the collapse of manufacturing and grotesque trade imbalances were the “new normal.” It also pointedly demonstrates that the statist vision — radical wealth redistribution, socialized medicine, green energy chimeras, social justice enforcement, limits on free speech, private property and gun ownership, and the rule of the leftist mob — creates only tyranny, poverty, injustice and servitude. (Note the deflection: These are things the left claims to want to eradicate.) Mr. Trump and his economic thunderbolt are exposing the left and its policies as irredeemably bankrupt, economically and morally. And that is perhaps the biggest reason why they must try to destroy him.

Agreed..  Thanks to Dr. Monica Crowley for that spot-on op-ed.     🙂

Opinion: America: It’s our moment to get our groove back – ‘We have it in our power to begin the world over again’

After an excruciatingly long, exhausting and often painful campaign, here we are. Days away from Election Day. D-Day for freedom. The choice we make next week will be perhaps the most profound public choice of our lifetimes. It will demonstrate what kind of country we are — and what kind of country we will be. There is nothing more sacred in this American life than your vote. Will we choose to continue down the path of a grotesquely destructive leftism led by a professional grifter under investigation by the FBI? Or will we choose a rebirth, led by an imperfect but courageous leader of forces much bigger and stronger than he? As Gen. George Washington’s men were freezing in the snow at Valley Forge, Thomas Paine told his fellow Americans: “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” And so it is with us today. The Founding Fathers anticipated a time when our governing institutions might be corrupted by dark and malign forces. Knowing human nature, evil ideologies and how they can destroy even the most well-designed systems of government, they gave us an insurance policy. The conventional wisdom is that the Founders gave us three branches of government. That is technically true. But they actually gave us four: the executive, legislative, judicial and a stealth fourth branch: the American people. They vested the ultimate power with us, because they hoped that when America teetered on the brink, we — American patriots generations down the road — would ride to the rescue. They hoped that we would fight for the Constitution, to break free from the bondage of statism, for American exceptionalism, for this great and grand experiment in human liberty. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.” The Founders vested the people with the power to change our government and the direction of the nation because they feared that one day, the system would be corrupted. That day has arrived: The presidency is held by a radical redistributionist and is sought by another statist even more crooked, an independent, impartial and fair Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and press no longer exist, Congress cannot stop itself from spending us into oblivion, and the courts are legislating when they are prohibited from doing so. All of the fundamental institutions of our system have been warped beyond all recognition. And all are engaged in social engineering in every part of American life, in violation of the essential freedoms the Founders risked everything to give to us. It is now up to the Founders’ quiet fourth branch to stop it. The American people know it, too. This is why this is a change election. Polls continually show that 70 percent of the American people believe the country is on the wrong track. That deep and widespread sentiment advantages the change candidate, Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton is running as a status quo elite globalist (perhaps the only thing authentic about her candidacy) — at a time when those things are being roundly rejected by voters across the Western world. She is also a walking example of the kind of elemental corruption the Founders hoped we would purge from government. Mr. Trump has something else going for him, an intangible but incredibly powerful weapon: his supporters have an abiding emotional investment in him. The tough guy is also understood to be something of a political Bambi. This has inspired his supporters to form a sort of protective shield to defend their fearless underdog from countless incoming attacks. Through his “Make America great again” and “America first” messages, blue-collar sensibility, raw authenticity and ceaseless willingness to counterattack and tell the truth about his opponents, he has not only pulled on the minds of voters but on their hearts as well. They believe him, and they believe in him. That’s something that money cannot buy. Just ask Mrs. Clinton. Will it be enough? In 1780, Samuel Adams spoke directly to us when he said: “If ever the Time should come, when vain and aspiring Men shall possess the highest Seats in Government, our Country will stand in Need of its experienced Patriots to prevent its Ruin.” That time is now. We are the “experienced Patriots.” And next week, we must take the first step toward preventing America’s ruin and restoring her intrinsic exceptionalism which has been squandering by leftist pathologies, leadership failures and systemic corruption. It’s time to spit-shine America. We are the cavalry. Let’s roll.

Well said, Monica.  Dr Monica Crowley was the author of that outstanding, and inspirational, op/ed.  Please pass it along to everyone you know.  This election is far too important!

Analysis: How Obama’s failed leadership is literally killing us

The most recent Islamic act of war, in which self-professed Islamic State jihadi Omar Mir Seddique Mateen slaughtered 49 people and injured scores of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., should be a game changer. The deadliest attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, should finally convince our leadership that dealing with the Islamic threat must no longer be business as usual. Don’t hold your breath. President Obama has run national security policy only to serve his leftist agenda, not American interests and security. After nearly eight years of deliberate U.S. inaction and impotence, the Islamic State now leads the global jihad, including within our own borders. And it should surprise no one that the president will never fight the war in any meaningful way. Nor will Hillary Clinton, who worked in lockstep with Mr. Obama during the years she served as secretary of state and still believes in his failed approach. Donald Trump, however, promises that if he’s elected president, “the days of deadly ignorance will end.” First, however, we must survive the remaining seven months of Mr. Obama’s term. Last February, after the Islamic State (ISIS) had beheaded 21 Christians in Libya and launched attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead, the White House welcomed domestic and foreign representatives from law enforcement, government and religious groups (including the extremist Islamic Society of Boston) to a glorified coffee klatch called the “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.” He convened another one of these Potemkin summits in September. Since then, we’ve seen stepped-up attacks across the globe. So much for “countering violent extremism.” The jihad rolls on, while Mr. Obama and his team refer to “terror” while pointedly refusing to acknowledge the Islamic beliefs that inspire it. This suicidal unwillingness to call the enemy what it is — never mind do something concrete to defeat it — comes straight from the top. The Obama administration has engaged in all kinds of politically correct gymnastics to avoid making the connection between Islam and terror, terming acts of terror “man-made disasters” missions fought abroad “overseas contingency operations,” and in the case of the Islamic attack at Ford Hood, “workplace violence.” The virus of political correctness has long infected the way in which Mr. Obama, his administration and many in the media speak about the enemy — when they do at all — and in how they deal with it. It’s no wonder that despite waving Islamist red flags everywhere from his place of employment to the FBI, Mateen roamed freely until he committed mass murder. Mr. Obama initially dismissed ISIS as “junior varsity.” He later declared the organization “contained” — just a day before it launched its massacre in Paris. One thing we know about the most committed jihadis — the networks of whom are in every corner of the globe — is that they cannot be contained. Even after the Boston, Paris and San Bernardino attacks, Mr. Obama would not change his strategic approach, around which ISIS has easily navigated. Now more than ever, the growing threat requires a more comprehensive strategy designed not simply to roll back Islamic fundamentalism but to defeat it — and still Mr. Obama will not deliver one, because he is ideologically allergic to any serious military engagement in the Middle East. He has done the bare minimum — send a few hundred special operations forces to Syria, order some additional airstrikes — he thinks he can get away with. He looks like he’s “doing something” while really not doing much at all, particularly given the obscenely restrictive rules of engagement. After the November Paris attack, I wrote, “ISIS certainly intends to strike the U.S. homeland, so unless it is annihilated, it’s just a matter of time before it will be able to carry out a domestic attack of the kind it recently executed in Paris, Beirut and aboard a Russian jetliner.” Sadly, this was prescient. We must fight this war the way we fought the Nazis in World War II and Soviet communists during the cold war: comprehensively and strategically, using every available military, economic, ideological, diplomatic, cyber and religious lever. We must stop this threat before it metastasizes further and fully overtakes Western Civilization. The truth is that while Mr. Obama talks tough about “degrading” the threat, he will never execute a sustained and serious strategy to actually do it. And without his leadership, don’t expect the rest of the Western World to act against the obvious threat. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones seeing the weakness. The enemy is sees it, too. So they continue their advance, knowing full well that the only power that can truly stop them — a united West led by a strong U.S. commander in chief — does not exist. At least for the time being.

Well said, Monica!  Dr. Monica Crowley, a regular on the Fox News channel, is responsible for that outstanding analytical op/ed.

Analysis: How Donald Trump is resurrecting the ‘great silent majority’

In late October 1969, Richard Nixon took out one of his famous yellow legal pads to jot down some thoughts. The new president was faced with serious global and domestic turmoil. The Soviet Union had initiated a nuclear buildup, the Middle East was aflame (some things never change), and the war in Vietnam raged on. At home, the war drove hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets, convulsing a nation already seething from the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. and a growing countercultural movement. Mr. Nixon reached for a way to calm the roiling waters and to buy time for his new policies — detente with the Soviet Union, rapprochement with China, a new approach to prosecuting the war — to be established and implemented. He sat down in the middle of the night and wrote what would become his most famous phrase: “And so tonight — to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans — I ask for your support.” Those words became the centerpiece of a critically important speech he gave on Nov. 3, 1969, in which he appealed for the public’s patience on Vietnam. And he got it because so many regular, hardworking, patriotic Americans saw themselves in his phrase. They saw a small but vocal left-wing, anti-war rabble seizing headlines, confronting police, shutting down universities, causing a breakdown of respect for authority and social order, while they — the people who made America work every day — were overlooked, dismissed, disrespected along with the country they loved. With that phrase, Mr. Nixon gave them attention and respect, and they rewarded him with re-election and steady support for his policies. Of the many smart moves Donald Trump has made during his campaign, one of the most impactful was his appropriation of Mr. Nixon’s phrase. At a campaign rally last July in Phoenix, he said, “The silent majority is back, and we’re going to take our country back.” After that, “the silent majority” appeared on Trump campaign placards, waved by thousands at his rallies. (He has also successfully appropriated President Reagan’s 1980 slogan “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Both phrases appeal to the countless Americans who feel their country and its historic, unique greatness have been lost to radicalism and other diseases of the pathological left.) An open question is whether, after decades of assault by the left, there is still a “great silent majority” left in America. Or have the radicals succeeded in turning those who believe in the founding principles of limited government, individual freedom and traditional values into the minority? The answer may be unclear for now. But Mr. Trump is banking on the continued existence of the majority — while at the same time working to reconstitute it for the 21st century. Ever the communications master, Mr. Trump speaks directly to these Americans in ways to which they can relate. Despite his net worth in the billions of dollars, he speaks like a guy from Queens, N.Y. — because he’s a guy from Queens, N.Y. He is raw and authentic. He is one of them. They know it — but more importantly, they feel it. He also speaks to them about the issues that directly affect their livelihoods: an interminably poor jobs outlook, illegal immigration and bad trade deals. He tells them that he understands their plight. He tells them that if they stand with him, he will fix it and that he will not betray them. They believe in him. Mr. Nixon understood the need to offer them reassurance and hope. So does Mr. Trump. Even the upheavals they faced look similar. At a recent Trump rally in Albuquerque, N.M., an anti-Trump protest degenerated into a riot when agitators attacked the police, injuring several officers (no surprise given the left’s war on cops). Two groups had a hand in organizing the protests — Southwest Organizing Project and Progress Now New Mexico. Some unions were involved as well. This is the professional left whose aim is to sow chaos and violence in order to facilitate the tear-down of the existing order. They have been at this for decades and are quite good at it. One of the ringleaders of the violent anti-Trump protests in Chicago in March? Sixties Marxist revolutionary and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. The anti-Vietnam protests, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter: It’s all the same organized, well-financed leftist revolution, led by many of the same radicals. By identifying the “great silent majority,” Mr. Nixon told good, decent, law-abiding Americans that help was on the way, because he was one of them. In using the same phrase, Mr. Trump is signaling the same thing. It’s a powerful political sentiment. But more importantly, it’s a potent emotional sentiment, which both men have used to great effect — because they believed it. And because they believed in the American people to whom it was directed. The silent majority carried Mr. Nixon to election and re-election. I suspect that it is prepared to do the same for Mr. Trump.

Let’s hope so, Monica! And, thank you for that great history lesson..which has been left out of high school, and college, American history textbooks. Dr. Monica Crowley was the author of that piece.

Crowley: The deal with the Clinton devil is over – Once untouchable, Hillary and Bill are getting pounded

Live by Bubba, die by Bubba. Something has shifted when it comes to the treatment and perception of the Clintons, and it threatens their joint political ambitions like nothing before it. For nearly a quarter of a century, the Clintons have been politically bulletproof. No charge, regardless of how salacious, illegal and true, seemed to stick. When they detected incoming fire, they activated their tried-and-true protocol: deny, stonewall, deflect and claim that the nation’s business was too important — they were too important — to respond: “I need to get back to work for the American people.” Exit left. Get protection from the leftist mainstream media. They were untouchable, having created a cult of personality rivaled (and surpassed) only by President Obama. Until now. And surprisingly, the issue that is currently unraveling their Wizard of Oz illusion isn’t the allegations of massive fraud at the Clinton Foundation or her mishandling of classified material on her private email server. (More on both fronts to come, courtesy of the FBI). No, the issue posing the greatest risk right now to a Clinton Restoration is the public’s voiding of the deal it made with the Clinton Devil in 1992. The conventional wisdom has long been that Mr. Clinton’s lewd, abusive past is itself a thing of the past. His serial extramarital affairs, including the one with the barely legal intern, Monica Lewinsky, his textbook sexual harassment of subordinates like Paula Jones, his alleged assault of Kathleen Willey and the rape alleged by Juanita Broaddrick, were considered old news, episodes litigated in the court of public opinion and dismissed for three reasons: 1) His piggery was already widely known; 2) a strong economy absolved many of his sins; and 3) the public took cues from his wife. “Hey, if she’s OK with his piggery, who are we to judge?” This cleverly constructed protective shield is now crumbling because Mrs. Clinton, after enlisting her husband on the campaign trail in a retread of 1992’s “two for the price of one” deal, is oblivious to the political ground shifting beneath her. Republican candidate Donald Trump does not play by anybody else’s rules, least of all Clinton-enforced ones, but apparently no one has informed Mrs. Clinton. So she gleefully and blindly launched an attack on his “penchant for sexism.” You could almost see Mr. Trump’s rhetorical gun turret turn slowly toward her before he opened fire. “Be careful,” he warned on Twitter. And then, on MSNBC, he blasted her husband as “one of the great women abusers of all time,” adding, “I think Hillary is an enabler.” He then released an Internet ad tying her to the sex scandals of her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (husband of her closest aide, Huma Abedin) and Bill Cosby. He dared to go where no traditional politician would — hitting the Clintons’ grotesque hypocrisy — and made it acceptable to question both Clintons’ character and judgment on women’s issues. Suddenly, Mrs. Clinton — self-styled champion of women and girls — came under criticism, particularly from news organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, MSNBC and others that have long protected both Clintons. Liberals are now far less inclined to defend them, perhaps because she is the candidate this time and he, the charming rogue, is not, or perhaps because the Democratic Party and the broader culture have changed. But the cosseting they once enjoyed and exploited is disappearing, and they are floundering without it. Bill Clinton, a man never at a loss for words, was rendered speechless when asked by an ABC News reporter if his past were fair game. Later that same week, he dodged another reporter who asked him specifically about Mrs. Broaddrick’s charge of rape. Having never before had to account for his behavior, Mr. Clinton’s usual veneer of calculated unflappability dissolved. Earlier, Mrs. Clinton tweeted a message about rape victims: “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” Except, apparently, for those attacked by her husband. At a campaign stop in New Hampshire, an audience member reminded her of her tweet and asked, “Would you say that about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and/or Paula Jones?” Stunned, she gave a mangled reply: “I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.” The Clintons are not used to this. Something has shifted. They don’t like it, and they sense they can no longer control it. The Clintons thought the party would last forever. It took over 20 years, but it’s finally last call. Mrs. Clinton’s wish for sexual assault victims to be heard and believed starts with her husband’s victims. And this time, they are getting far more support — and from unexpected quarters that once served as the Clintons’ political bodyguards. As both Clintons may be slowly realizing, when the ground shifts beneath you, you are usually the last one to feel it. And by then, it’s too late to escape.

Let’s pray that’s the case here, Monica.  Dr. Monica Crowley, a frequent political contributor over at Fox News, was the author of that op/ed.