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Israeli Ban Of Omar And Tilab Puts Democrats In Awkward Position

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The Israeli governments move announced earlier today that Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn and Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Mich would be banned from making a trip there beginning on Sunday, has created waves in both countries diplomatically.

This has also created another potential problem for the Democrats in Congress.

Some background first.

The current President of these United States happens to be Donald Trump and he is not a fan of these two ladies and the other members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” and those that share their mindset. In fact, just before the official announcement from the Israeli Interior Ministry confirming the ban saying it was “inconceivable that those who wish to harm the state of Israel while visiting would be granted entry”, Trump tweeted this…

It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

Generally, Presidents don’t make such statements about their counterparts in the Article I branch of government. However, we are now fully aware that in the “Age of Trump” the rule book on these things has been thrown out the window. Trump operates on a totally different level than any President before so that which was once uncommon is now commonplace.

The President also flat out said that this in a tweet just after the announcement was made…

Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!

So it is clear that President Trump not only pushed for this ban but thinks that Omar and Tlaib hate Israel. Is that a fair argument?

Well, it is one that the Democrats in the House of Representatives actually confronted earlier this year.

From a March 4th article over at NPR

House Democrats are again considering a vote on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to recent comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that senior members of the party and Jewish groups say play on anti-Semitic tropes. A House Democratic leadership aide said the vote could come as early as Wednesday.

A spokesman for Omar has not responded to a request for comment on the resolution.

The infighting among Democrats has largely played out on social media, but this time the Minnesota Democrat is pushing back against her colleagues who say she should apologize and change her tone.

The House voted 424-0 last month on a Republican motion to condemn anti-Semitism following a controversy over Omar’s tweets in which she suggested lawmakers support Israel only because of Jewish lobbying influence and money.

The article also goes on to talk about how House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y both pushed back on these comments. Engel went as far as to ask for her to be removed from his committee. Also, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was contacted by the head of the Anti-Defamation League to condemn the statements made.

Just a mere 5 months ago Democrats voted to essentially tell one of the members of the squad to shove it. Of course in the most polite way the House can.

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

The huge downside is that Pelosi is once again dealing with a minority in her caucus that thinks they represent the country thus that anything they say is speaking for the people. So far, that has not proven to be true.

Even though the “Go Back To Your Own Country” line from Trump created a bit of a cease-fire in the battle between Pelosi and the cheer crew, it won’t last. Like her or despise her, Nancy Pelosi knows how to lead. The ones who criticize Donald Trump for tweeting and do the exact same thing don’t have that skill yet. If they take this as a signal to start firing off some crazy stuff, Trump will win that battle every day.

Which in that case could lead to the beginning of the break of that ceasefire because of the pressure behind the scenes of people agreeing with the ban in Dem circles.

We now have under 15 months until the next Presidential election. The Dem POTUS hopefuls are turning up the rhetoric on Trump and soon to be each other. Nancy Pelosi wants to keep herself as a Speaker and keep the newbies from going off the rails with language that is or may seem anti sematic.

Even with Trump as the foil will the democrats be able to keep their radical members in line?

We have just over 400 days until we find out and it will be well worth watching.

Check out my other posts here on Red State and my podcast Bourbon On The Rocks plus like Bourbon On The Rocks on Facebook and follow me on the twitters at IRISHDUKE2 

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Immigration Enforcement on the Job Site…Works

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It looks like the Democrat canard, “Americans just won’t do those jobs,” has been put to rest—and it didn’t take long at all. As I predicted, rounding up illegals working in American facilities and sending them home would likely have a positive effect on the prospects of some American workers. From yesterday’s WAPT Channel 16 ABC News

FOREST, Miss. —
A Mississippi food plant that was part of one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history held a job fair Monday.

Looks like Koch Foods is trying quickly make up for that sudden worker shortage. As I predicted, this would cause the hiring of more Americans and likely have an impact on wages.

From USA Today

Kamerio Whitley, a resident of the nearby town of Morton, spoke to reporters after he left the building. He said there were several positions available at the plant, including forklift operators. Whitley said he applied for a job working at the plant’s rehang table, where workers hang frozen chickens. The job starts at $12 an hour, which is decent pay for the area, Whitley said. “That’s not bad to start, and it can always go up,” he said.

“Decent pay for the area…That’s not bad to start, and it can always go up.” Indeed. My bet is that it will indeed go up. If President Trump continues these type of operations that protect American workers by rounding up illegal aliens and sending them home, then there will be somewhat of a labor shortage. That will cause a number of things to happen:

—Increases in starting wages to get Americans off the bench and back into the workforce.

—This might cause some modest price increases, which in turn will…

—Cause some investment in technology to support those higher wages.

—Workers re-entering the workforce will take some pressure off of the “safety net,” translating into Federal & State budget savings (which will, of course, be promptly spent by both sides to purchase more votes).

By attacking multiple issues simultaneously, President Trump has had the effect of throwing three strikes in a row in bowling, where he gets more “points” for each policy he executes than he would if these policies weren’t all mutually supportive. And just think, it all started with some modest regulatory and tax reform.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Illegal Alien Who Confessed to Murder Of Mollie Tibbets, Says His Constitutional Rights Were Violated

On July 18, 2018, University of Iowa student, Mollie Tibbets, age 20, went out for a jog in Brooklyn, Iowa and disappeared.

Following an exhaustive search, Tibbett’s body was found over a month later in a Poweshiek County cornfield. Police had been led there by illegal alien Cristhian Bahena Rivera, then 24, who had confessed to the murder. Surveillance camera footage had shown Rivera’s car following Tibbetts. Rivera was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $5 million bond.

According to Breitbart News:

Rivera told police that Tibbetts was jogging when he saw her, according to prosecutors. That is when he said he approached Tibbetts and started talking to her. After Tibbetts told Bahena Rivera that she would call the police if he did not stop following her, the illegal alien allegedly chased her and says he “blacked out” after this.

Rivera lived in the county, an area which is surrounded by sanctuary cities, and with a “stolen ID and social security card,” he had found work at a local dairy farm.

Rivera is being represented by two tax-payer funded attorneys, Chad and Jennifer Frese.

They have just filed a 29-page motion which was obtained by the Des Moines Register. They claim that Rivera’s constitutional rights were violated because the local Iowa police who questioned him failed to make it “clear that he could have contacted the Mexican consulate before speaking to law enforcement.”

The filing states:

Providing this information to Bahena Rivera — a confused, exhausted and vulnerable Mexican national was seeking trustworthy help — would have triggered an invocation of consular notification and a decision to await the consulate’s assistance before making any other statements.

They also claim that Rivera was not read his Miranda Rights “until hours into a 12-hour interview — a violation of his constitutional rights that they claim should nullify his alleged murder confession.”

The attorneys wrote that he has “very limited Mexican education” and is “wholly unfamiliar with the U.S. criminal justice system.”

The case is due to go to trial on November 12 and has already been postponed once as Rivera’s attorneys try to have his confession thrown out of the case. They have already managed to “move the trial to a less white, more Hispanic-populated county in the state.”

Should Rivera’s confession be thrown out because he wasn’t read his Miranda rights until several hours into his interview? Should he escape punishment because police forgot to read them for a few hours?

I am not a lawyer, but it’s possible the police did not arrest Rivera until several hours into questioning because that is when they determined he was the killer.

The law states (and I’m sure that exceptions apply) if an individual is not read their Miranda rights, the evidence gathered cannot be used to establish guilt in court.

What happens then in the Rivera case, when the rights were read several hours into the confession? The court filing indicates that, at some point during the interview, he was read his Miranda rights.

Rivera then continued speaking to police for several more hours, signed his confession and then led police to Tibet’s body. The fact that he murdered her is not in question.

This case opens up the hot debate between liberals and conservatives over just which constitutional rights people who enter the U.S. illegally are entitled to. Certain basic human rights apply to citizens and non-citizens alike, but should undocumented immigrants receive the full constitutional rights an American citizen would?

Should American taxpayers be forced to pay for Rivera’s legal representation?

Finally, and most importantly, what about Mollie Tibbetts’ constitutional rights?

The post Illegal Alien Who Confessed to Murder Of Mollie Tibbets, Says His Constitutional Rights Were Violated appeared first on RedState.

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A Canadian trans-woman says beauty shops who refused her a ‘Manzillian’ wax violated her human rights

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This story has been circulating for a while and honestly, I wasn’t sure what to make of it when I first saw someone talking about it a few weeks ago. A Canadian transwoman named Jessica Yaniv has filed more than a dozen human rights complaints saying she is being discriminated against by beauticians who refuse to provide her waxing services because of her male genitalia. The National Post reported on the genesis of this story nearly one year ago:

One day in March, a transgender woman messaged an aesthetician in Surrey, B.C. after seeing a personal Facebook ad for waxing services.

“Hi there, where are you located?” the woman asked.

“Clayton Heights,” responded Shelah Poyer, who also worked at a local salon, the Mint Tanning Lounge.

“Awesome! Do you do Brazilians?” the woman wrote back, referring to a bikini wax or the removal of pubic hair around the groin.

“Not for men sorry,” Poyer answered…

Reached by phone on Wednesday, the woman, who describes herself as a digital entrepreneur, said the complaint is one of 15 she’s filed against salons from Vancouver to Abbotsford. Over March and April, she said, she contacted 18 salons and only three agreed to take her on as a client.

Shelah Poyer’s attorney points out that waxing for men (a “manzillian” or “bro-zillian”) is different than waxing for women and requires separate training and supplies which Poyer didn’t have.

Since this began, Yaniv has filed and then retracted three cases with the human rights tribunal, two of them after learning that the defendants had secured a lawyer (more on that in the video below). But last month, Yaniv’s cases were finally heard by the tribunal and it went about as well as you might expect:

At Wednesday’s hearing, Yaniv, who is representing herself, said she came upon a Facebook ad in spring 2018 offering a promotion for a Brazilian wax, which involves the removal of pubic hair around the groin.

Da Silva testified she had just started her home-based business after previously performing waxes on family and friends. Yaniv was the first person to respond to her ad, she said…

They agreed over text message to an afternoon appointment. But Yaniv testified that after identifying herself as transgender and sending Da Silva a selfie, Da Silva cancelled the session…

Yaniv said the advertisement Da Silva posted was open to the public and didn’t come with any conditions. She said that Da Silva should have accepted that Yaniv identifies as female rather than make assumptions about her based on appearance.

“Your gender identity is your own,” Yaniv testified. “We live in a different day and age now.”

At one point, Yaniv equated the denial of service to neo-Nazism.

We’ve probably now reached a new low in the history of Nazi accusations, i.e. a woman’s refusal to wax someone’s balls is now considered tantamount to fascism. In any case, some of the public and even the tribunal itself seems to be growing a bit tired of Yaniv’s behavior:

As the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has heard Yaniv’s complaints in recent weeks, public outrage has been roused over the possibility that anti-discrimination laws require women to wax male genitalia — especially vulnerable, racialized women working precarious service jobs, often out of their own homes with children around.

The tribunal member hearing the cases has scolded Yaniv, saying her behaviour in pursuing case after case, even after the Tribunal cautioned against wasteful “unnecessary duplication,” has not been “conducive to having the issue resolved on its merits,” and “opens a valid question about her motives in filing so many complaints.”

The situation took another strange turn this week when Yaniv was arrested after brandishing a Taser during a YouTube debate with an American transwoman. Tasers are apparently not legal to own in Canada and moments after the YouTube debate ended the police showed up and arrested Yaniv:

“About three minutes after (the broadcast ended), I have RCMP showing up at my door and putting me into cuffs saying I have a prohibited weapon,” she said in an interview…

After a search, two conducted energy weapons, bear mace and pepper spray were seized…

Conducted energy weapons, also known as stun guns or by the brand name Taser, as well as pepper spray are considered prohibited weapons in the hands of the public.

After she was released, Yaniv called the police to claim that someone had sent her a child exploitation photo. The police apparently took a report on that.

John Carpay, an attorney who represented some of the women accused of violating Yaniv’s rights, gave an interview to Benjamin Boyce last week. The discussion lasts about 45 minutes but goes beyond the specifics of Yaniv’s case(s) to includes a discussion of the conflicting views of human rights that seem to be at the base of this case. Carpay describes the traditional view as the belief that human rights allow for maximum individual self-expression (including being a trans person) with minimal interference from the government. That’s a viewpoint guarantees freedom but not equal outcomes. The more modern view is that the government is expected to guarantee rights as entitlements and step in to ensure everyone gets what they deserve, even if they have to compel strangers to wax a trans-woman’s male private parts to achieve justice.

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Human Trafficking Survivor Responds to Those Who Ask Why She Didn’t Just Run Away…and It Will Break Your Heart

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With all of the fuss about the border, human trafficking has been in the public discourse more than usual.

However, we still don’t really talk about it enough and certainly don’t address. I’ve often wondered aloud why that is. I’ve been reporting on the wickedness of pedophilia in Hollywood for a couple of years now. There is a strong element of human trafficking wrapped up in all that. Why don’t people talk about this more?

I suspect the subject is both too tragic and too vague for most people to address regularly. It is hard to absorb the degradation of vulnerable women and children. Sometimes for our own sanity we just look away. However, sometimes the problem is that we don’t really understand what ‘human trafficking’ means. We don’t know how it starts, who it hurts and most of all, we don’t understand why women (and men) just don’t simply leave their traffickers. After all, this is America. It’s a free country. If you are being hurt, just walk away.

It isn’t that easy, of course…and trafficking comes in a lot of forms. It involves both child victims and adult victims. It doesn’t always look like abuse. Sometimes it just looks like prostitution and we assume the women are consenting participants. There is a whole underbelly to the trafficking world that is so filthy and soul-crushing that it causes too many of us to turn our heads.

One woman recently posted an amazing thread detailing her nearly 20 years as a victim of human trafficking. Amanda Blackwood is an author, model and speaker but on Tuesday she took to Twitter to share her harrowing story of how she became entangled in the human trafficking world and why it took her so long to get out.

There are some pretty illuminating details in here. For those of us who have been blessed to live in relative peace, it is hard to imagine being so abused and so hopeless that we would keep falling into the same traps. We don’t fully understand the power of the spirit, and how a broken spirit can attract broken people who break us even more. Amanda’s story is powerful, and deserves to be shared.

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Amanda hit the nail on the head when she talked about blame. Children have a way of making everything about themselves. When something traumatizing happens to a child – abuse, divorce, etc. – they internalize it as their fault. It becomes a type of shame that follows them wherever they go.

I hope this young woman has found freedom from that shame, and I hope that reading her story will encourage us all to be more vigilant, to be more courageous in looking evil in the eye and to be more tender with each other.

Follow Ms. Blackwood on Facebook or on Twitter @LadyBlackwood.

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Human Trafficking Survivor Responds to Those Who Ask Why She Didn’t Just Run Away…and It Will Break Your Heart

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With all of the fuss about the border, human trafficking has been in the public discourse more than usual.

However, we still don’t really talk about it enough and certainly don’t address. I’ve often wondered aloud why that is. I’ve been reporting on the wickedness of pedophilia in Hollywood for a couple of years now. There is a strong element of human trafficking wrapped up in all that. Why don’t people talk about this more?

I suspect the subject is both too tragic and too vague for most people to address regularly. It is hard to absorb the degradation of vulnerable women and children. Sometimes for our own sanity we just look away. However, sometimes the problem is that we don’t really understand what ‘human trafficking’ means. We don’t know how it starts, who it hurts and most of all, we don’t understand why women (and men) just don’t simply leave their traffickers. After all, this is America. It’s a free country. If you are being hurt, just walk away.

It isn’t that easy, of course…and trafficking comes in a lot of forms. It involves both child victims and adult victims. It doesn’t always look like abuse. Sometimes it just looks like prostitution and we assume the women are consenting participants. There is a whole underbelly to the trafficking world that is so filthy and soul-crushing that it causes too many of us to turn our heads.

One woman recently posted an amazing thread detailing her nearly 20 years as a victim of human trafficking. Amanda Blackwood is an author, model and speaker but on Tuesday she took to Twitter to share her harrowing story of how she became entangled in the human trafficking world and why it took her so long to get out.

There are some pretty illuminating details in here. For those of us who have been blessed to live in relative peace, it is hard to imagine being so abused and so hopeless that we would keep falling into the same traps. We don’t fully understand the power of the spirit, and how a broken spirit can attract broken people who break us even more. Amanda’s story is powerful, and deserves to be shared.

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Amanda hit the nail on the head when she talked about blame. Children have a way of making everything about themselves. When something traumatizing happens to a child – abuse, divorce, etc. – they internalize it as their fault. It becomes a type of shame that follows them wherever they go.

I hope this young woman has found freedom from that shame, and I hope that reading her story will encourage us all to be more vigilant, to be more courageous in looking evil in the eye and to be more tender with each other.

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Trump Responds to Homeland Security’s Claim of Detention Center Squalor at the Border: Tell People Not to Come

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President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Estero, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

 

 

On Friday, Trump was asked about a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office Inspector General that characterized border detention centers as unclean and overcrowded.

Standing outside the White House, the President had a pointed response: Tell people not to go to ’em.


The Tuesday report comes on top of House Democrats — some of whom would like to soon be president — condemning the centers. Alexandria “Concentration Camps” Ocasio-Cortez (here and here), of course, made a dramatic appearance at the fence recently and alleged women were being told to drink from toilets. That was in no uncertain terms refuted by the Customs and Border Protection agency, and Deputy Commissioner Rober Perez said he’d never heard of any such claim in his “26 years of being in this business.” He also called her a liar in an op-ed for Fox News Tuesday:

“I am disgusted by Ocasio-Cortez’s lies and her determination to needlessly and dangerously inflame public sentiment regarding the crisis on our southern border by abandoning facts and making wild and unsupported accusations.”

Furthermore, as covered by RedState’s Sarah Lee, a group of pastors toured centers in El Paso and left with a very different impression than did AOC:

“I read the reports, saw the news clips. I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system. To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.

“We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities. They unequivocally denied it — we were witnessing the identical conditions the attorneys saw when they toured the facility days earlier.”

Dan Crenshaw spoke up, too:

“Now she is saying that border patrol agents harassed her and forced migrants to drink out of toilets? This is insanity. This is not true. There is no one else corroborating these kinds of reports.

“Yet, she is using it to try and make her case that we shouldn’t have any enforcement and that we should have open borders. This is really dishonest behavior from a member of Congress and I honestly can’t believe it.”

That’s all fine and good, but now I give you King SpeakUp, His Donaldness, on Friday:

“I think they do a great job with those facilities, but you know how it can be taken care of? Number one: Tell them not to come because it’s illegal.”

-ALEX

 

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Despicable: Transgender Human Rights Campaign Spox Says Andy Ngo “Intentionally Provoked” His Attack

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As Red State‘s Bonchie wrote over the weekend, Quillette editor and independent journalist Andy Ngo was viciously attacked by a mob of Antifa thugs during a Saturday demonstration in Portland, Oregon.

Ngo was so badly beaten that he had to go to the hospital, but according to his attorneys he is on the mend and has been cleared to leave the hospital.

Left-wing journalists and other militant liberals have weighed in with their hot takes, predictably blaming Ngo for the brutal attacks.

But one particularly vile response stood out to me from the rest, and it came from Charlotte Clymer, a transgender “woman” and activist who is also the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign.

Clymer, who recently laid the ground rules for what “she” says should be considered allowable speech, slithered on to Twitter to tell her followers that Ngo was asking for it:

I tweeted back to Clymer twice, calling out the hypocritical nature of a person who frequently talks about how we must respect differences of opinion blaming Ngo, who is gay, for his assault:

“Imagine working for an organization that supposedly works to protect human rights and then tweeting something like that,” wondered Sam at Twitchy, who documented some of the other responses to Clymer’s vicious attack.

Not only that, but imagine that this same organization decides that person should still continue to be their spokesperson even after saying that a human being asked to be attacked merely for exercising his First Amendment rights. HRC has not only not responded to reports about the bloody assault on Ngo, but also hasn’t uttered a word about Clymer’s vile take on the issue.

Their Twitter bio reads “HRC is the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. We envision a world where LGBTQ people are ensured equality at home, at work & in every community.”

What an absolute joke. Frauds.

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Benedict Rogers: Character, values and dignity. Why I am voting for Hunt.

Benedict Rogers is East Asia Team Leader at the international human rights organisation CSW, co-founder and Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, a former parliamentary candidate and a Senior Fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute.

As a former journalist, a human rights campaigner and a Christian, there are obvious reasons why I like Jeremy Hunt. As Foreign Secretary he has done more in a year than any of his predecessors combined to champion human rights – and in particular press freedom and freedom of religion or belief, two foundational freedoms that underpin any civilized democratic society.

Hunt has also done more to speak out against crimes against humanity in Burma, for the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and peace in Yemen than his predecessors. His decision not just to mandate the Bishop of Truro to conduct an inquiry into the persecution of Christians but to write, every day throughout Lent, to a persecuted Christian, speaks volumes about his values.

So too did his decision, on his first visit to Beijing, to meet the wives of jailed Chinese human rights lawyers. And his statements on Hong Kong, a city I lived in for the first five years of my working life and to which I was denied entry on the orders of Beijing 18 months ago, have been far more robust than his predecessors. Has he done enough? No, of course not: no activist would say enough had been done. But has he shone, as a Foreign Secretary who prioritises human rights? Definitely.

But of course, one doesn’t vote solely on these issues. The challenges facing our party and our country are wide-ranging. Brexit is the most immediate and most obvious. But there are pressures on our public services, threats to our security, challenges to our economy and questions about our standing in the world. And the answer to all of these major questions is clear: Hunt.

Of the original 11 candidates, there were only ever four whom I seriously considered – Sajid Javid, Michael Gove, Rory Stewart and Jeremy Hunt. Rarely have I had such a difficult choice. Rarely have I been such a floating voter.

I didn’t declare my support until last Thursday, when Javid was knocked out, for the simple reason that whichever one of my four favourites made it into the final two would have won my support. It was only when Javid was eliminated that I decided, when it came down to the final three, to declare my support for Hunt. Once I made the decision, the reasons crystalised. It comes down to three factors: character, values and dignity.

I have not really met Hunt. The only time we have encountered each other was just before Christmas last year. To my surprise, I received an invitation to a meeting with the Foreign Secretary to discuss the persecution of Christians – prior to his announcement of a review. Around the table were the Archbishop of Canterbury, a Catholic bishop representing Cardinal Nichols, the Coptic Archbishop Angaelos, the chief executives of three charities, and survivors of persecution.

I was impressed by Hunt’s personal engagement with the issue. It was obvious by the fact that he allowed people to speak for far longer than they should have done, and asked insightful questions, that he really cared.

While we had never met before, when he called me to speak he addressed me by my first name, and as he left he said: “It’s great to finally meet you.” There’s no reason, in the great scheme of things, why he should know who I am, but he did and that shows an impressive mastery of detail and personal focus.

I first became aware of Hunt about 13 years ago. A colleague of mine was his constituent. My colleague is a living saint – the epitome of charity, compassion, justice and Christian faith. But he is definitely not a Tory – he is firmly on the Left. Yet he told me early on that he had become a fan of his local MP – Hunt – who, he said, was remarkably responsive, compassionate and interested in human rights. My colleague then brought a Burmese friend, the daughter of a political prisoner, to see Hunt.

I am inspired by Hunt’s emphasis on turbo-charging the economy, deploying his experience as an entrepreneur to turn post-Brexit Britain into the world’s most dynamic economy. A man who has made millions from a successful business, and known the hard grind of business failure, is more likely to be able to take us forward as a global enterprise than one who has never run anything except some precarious newspaper columns.

One handicap sometimes held up is Hunt’s conflict with doctors. But if you look at his record as Health Secretary in full, it is this: he stood up to vested interests, expanded NHS delivery, won battles for further funding and championed the NHS – all qualities we want in a Prime Minister.

Brexit must be delivered, and made not just to work but to succeed. For that to happen all of us, whatever side we were on three years ago, must come together. That means we don’t need a ‘Brexiteer’ leader, we need a unifier, a leader who is not marked by labels but by their ability to implement the referendum result. We need a skilled and experienced negotiator. That man is Hunt.

If Britain is to walk tall in the world post-Brexit, it needs a leader respected by his counterparts as a statesman, taken seriously and not regarded as a subject of mirth. And we need a man who is internationalist and outward-looking. Hunt is clearly that man. Just read his speech on building an “invisible chain” of democracies.

My mother used to live in Japan, and speaks Japanese. When I showed her the video of Mr Hunt delivering a speech in fluent Japanese with no notes she was impressed. To have a Prime Minister who can speak several languages fluently walking the world stage would help turbo-charge Global Britain.

I joined the Conservative Party at the precocious age of 13. In 2005, I stood for Parliament. I have been a Conservative for over 30 years, and I retain hope. In times of victory and wilderness, I have never doubted the Conservative dream and Conservative values. In ups and downs, in government and opposition, I have stuck with three things I hold dear: a Great Britain, a Global Britain and a compassionate conservatism. It is clear to me that it is Hunt who will deliver all three.

I have always championed the underdog – minorities in Burma and Indonesia, prisoners in North Korea, dissidents in China and Hong Kong. So once again, I am with the underdog, and I believe he can win. As the American poet James Russell Lowell once wrote, “once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide, in the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side … Then to side with truth is noble, when we share her wretched crust, Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and ‘tis prosperous to be just; Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside.”

Join me in backing Jeremy Hunt.

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Hong Kong Protests: China’s Kobayashi Maru

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Hong Kong Protests: China’s Kobayashi Maru

On it’s face, the protests currently disrupting government operations in Hong Kong would seem to be a single issue event—extradition of “Hong Kongers,” to Mainland China for trials. There’s a lot more to it than that. The BBC has produced a nicely done explainer for those of us unfamiliar or not up to date on Hong Kong and its relationship with the People’s Republic of China. I highly recommend a quick scan before proceeding further.

By many accounts, it appears the local government in Hong Kong is losing or has outright lost control. Several days of protests, some violent have forced the legislature to temporarily stay proposed legislation that would allow the PRC government on the mainland to extradite. An online acquaintance and Red State plank owner gives some interesting perspective

Undergirding it all is real citizen and civil-society resistance.

The array of Hong Kong institutions giving ordinary citizens time and inspiration to take to the streets are the small businesses, the local bureaucracies, and the unions. The teachers union is supporting a strike. The transit union is supporting bus drivers who deliberately slow service in protest. The municipal subway is operating for free, allowing protesting citizens to shuttle away from arrest and toward confrontation with power as needed. Shopkeepers are giving out free water and aid to protestors and the injured. Local entrepreneurs are turning out with their employees and staff to defend their rights. 

The Communist Mandarins in Beijing can’t allow this to go on for long.

It will give the tottering authority of Carrie Lam and her government a short while longer to act. Then, when they fail, it will be time for the People’s Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong to execute the core mission of the PLA since its founding: attacking its fellow Chinese.

Like aspiring the aspiring Star Fleet Officers undergoing “the Kobayashi Maru—no win simulation, the PRC leadership really has no good options. Hong Kong is a huge economic driver for them. The island is supposed to by treaty, have limited autonomy. Treaties are nice, but the real reason Beijing allows any autonomy at all, is to keep that revenue flowing.
Allowing too much autonomy abdicates government control.

If tanks show up in the streets, there will be an unintended consequence for the PRC government. Americans who are currently on the fence about tariffs will likely now come down on the President’s side. Even staunch opponents will likely stand mute on the issue to avoid the appearance of siding with a Government busily engaged in running its citizens over with tanks.

I have no doubt that this will accelerate the current trickle of business moves away from China. If it goes too far, President Trump will in all likelihood, direct punitive sanctions. If China’s Most Favored Nation trade status goes away, it’s game over for them.

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