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The Rushmore Report – American Patriotism Hits 18-Year Low; Here’s Why

The number of United States citizens who consider themselves “extremely proud” to be Americans has hit an 19-year low, according to polling by Gallup. According to findings released Monday, Gallup reported that 47 percent of Americans consider themselves “extremely proud” of being Americans. But the downturn in patriotism is not a national trend as much as a trend within members of one political party. But which one?

Gallup found that there was a distinct political element to the decline, as there were “sharp declines evident among Democrats and political liberals and no decrease among Republicans and conservatives.”

They concluded, “Left-leaning groups’ antipathy toward Donald Trump and their belief that other countries look unfavorably on the president are likely factors in their decline in patriotism, particularly the sharp drops in the past year. But the declines began before Trump was elected.”

The data came from a poll conducted by Gallup June 1-13 from a random sample of 1,520 adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. Gallup first conducted this survey in 2001, with 55 percent of Americans identifying as “extremely proud.” The highest number reported came in 2004 when 70 percent of respondents identified as “extremely proud.”

“After the 9/11 terror attacks caused the public to rally around the nation and its leaders, the percentage expressing extreme pride in the country increased to 65 percent, and went up further to 70 percent less than two years later,” explained Gallup.

“By 2005, about the time George W. Bush was set to begin his second term in office and the U.S. was going on its second year of military involvement in Iraq, the percentage of Americans who were extremely proud fell to 61 percent.”

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Michael Gryboski writes for The Christian Post.

The Rushmore Report – ‘Abolish ICE’ Zealots Occupy Fantasy Island

“No ban. No wall. No borders at all.” That is the radical rallying cry of the Democratic Socialists of America. Waving desecrated U.S. flags, grubby fists and ratty anarchy banners, DSA’s professional protesters are targeting Trump administration officials, threatening immigration enforcement agents, and blockading detention facilities and processing centers nationwide. On a similar note, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., proudly marched in a parade last week with a T-shirt emblazoned with “Yo No Creo En Fronteras” — Spanish for “I don’t believe in borders.”

These are abjectly unserious people, operating in bad faith, who pose a serious threat to our nation’s well-being.

In New York, DSA rabble-rousers took over a loading dock used to transport immigrants at an ICE processing center on Varick Street. Genius move. Now, detainees whose bond hearings were canceled because of the protest disruptions face another six or more extra weeks in detention.

In Portland, Oregon, DSA operatives shut down a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office after preventing workers from exiting the building.

In Detroit, organizers disrupted ordinary processing and appointments at a downtown ICE field office and plan to camp out there 24 hours a day until the end of the month. “Our short-term goal is to shut down operations at this particular center,” ringleader Robert Jay explained.

“Our long-term goal is to abolish ICE entirely.”

This reckless, simpleton sentiment doesn’t belong to the fringe of the American left. It is the center. Across the country, supposedly mainstream Democrats, activist groups and entertainers are pushing to “Abolish ICE.” To be clear, if the hashtag didn’t clue you in: They don’t just want to reform or reduce the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which was created by merging existing immigration entities after the 9/11 attacks to better coordinate enforcement against alien lawbreakers inside the country.

They want it gone. Zapped. Poof.

An informational flyer lists the agenda of the ICE breakers:

“A moratorium on deportations.

“End all forms of immigration detention.

“Reimagine Border Patrol as a humanitarian force that rescues migrants, rather than destroying their water supplies to hasten their deaths.”

It seems these hysterical extremists were too busy stalking Republicans at restaurants and blocking roadways to notice the Border Patrol agents in Arizona who rescued 57 illegal immigrants, men, women and children (as young as 1), abandoned by smugglers in 108 degree heat in the Tucson sector this weekend. Or the Border Patrol agents in Texas who rescued a pregnant immigrant woman who nearly drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande River illegally.

If the Kumbaya leaders of the Abolish ICE campaign were limited to ragtag millenials demanding the whole world operate like an Oberlin College co-op or Fantasy Island, it would be easy to dismiss. But their ranks are spreading:

Organizers of the Women’s March, endorsed by celebrities, journalists and Democrats, announced this week that the “call to #AbolishICE is a call to eliminate the agency that has been terrorizing immigrant communities for 15 years. Women from all backgrounds must take up @conmijente’s call to #FreeOurFuture.”

Mijente, a Latino activist group leading the Abolish ICE movement, proudly displays on its Twitter home page a huge “Chinga La Migra” banner. (Translation: “F—- the Border Patrol.”)

Endorsing the movement, The Nation magazine dubbed ICE a “mass-deportation strike force is incompatible with democracy and human rights.”

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Jim McGovern, D- Mass., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and nearly 20 Democratic congressional candidates have all called for eliminating ICE. Boston-area Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley wants to defund ICE because it’s an “existential threat” to “immigrant communities.”

And New York actress-turned-Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon declared that “ICE is a terrorist organization.”

Silly Cindy is campaigning to destroy ICE’s entire 20,000-person workforce, which handles not only enforcement and removal operations, but also homeland security investigations combating criminal organizations illegally exploiting our travel, trade, financial and immigration systems. That includes international smugglers of women and children, drugs, weapons and cash.

So, how exactly do these ICE-melters propose to deal with criminal alien fugitives, such as the estimated 300,000 deportation absconders who’ve been ordered by immigration judges to leave the country?

How about the 40 percent of illegal aliens, from the pool of between 11 million and 30 million immigration law-breakers, who overstayed their visas and are on the loose doing heaven knows what?

And when will these noble 21st-century abolitionists be stepping up to open their homes to the members of the ICE Most Wanted list, which includes illegal aliens wanted for murder, aggravated homicide, narcotics and human trafficking, and membership in terrorist organizations?

I don’t just question their patriotism. I question their sanity.

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Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on CRTV.com. Her email address is writemalkin@gmail.com. To find out more about Michelle Malkin and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

The Rushmore Report – Incivility Hits New High; Every American Should Be Alarmed

Decades ago, George Will referred to American politics as “a contact sport.” Indeed, the rhetoric from both sides of the political aisle has always been rough. But we have not seen anything that matches the vitriol of today since Vice President Aaron Burr challenged former treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton to a duel in 1804. As evidence, I offer four examples from just the past week. All four – coming from the political left – should frighten every American.

1. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is refused service at a public restaurant

Last week, the White House spokesperson just wanted to take her family out for a quiet dinner near her home in Lexington, Virginia. They sat at a table at the Red Hen restaurant. But within two minutes, their server, Jaike Foley-Schultz, asked the family to leave. The owner did not want them in his restaurant. With incredible grace, Sanders and her family left, without making a scene.

2. Rep. Maxine Waters calls for attacks against Trump supporters.

The Los Angeles Democrat made her outrageous comments at a toy drive at the Wilshire Federal Building on Saturday. Her rage-filled rant called for aggressive attacks on conservatives. “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet (Trump Administration) in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gas station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

3. Protesters surround the home of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Protesters swarmed around Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s home Friday. They shouted, “No justice, no sleep” for hours, while playing the cries of immigrant children on loudspeakers. Other DHS employees have reported numerous anonymous death threats, as well.

4. Portland mayor rallies against ICE.

Ted Wheeler is in his second year as mayor of Portland, Oregon. He lambasted the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in a series of tweets Wednesday, then announced that he would not order city police to break up protests, regardless of how violent they might become. The Democrat sided with protesters, who called for the banishment of the agency altogether.

Of course, there is plenty of blame to go around. We have never had a president so quick-tempered as Donald Trump. His daily tweets certainly stir the pot and anger his political opponents. Media outlets cater to their ideological bases. There is little debate, but lots of screaming.

But this has escalated beyond tweets and over-the-top rhetoric. From one side of the aisle, we see attacks on officials such as Sanders and Nielsen, unbelievable rants from a U.S. Congresswoman, and a large city mayor refusing to break up protests against immigration officials who are simply doing their jobs – no matter how violent those protests may become.

Would a return to the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush help? Perhaps. Would a return to the days when Ted Kennedy and Bob Dole had lunch together every week make things more civil? Maybe. Have things gone too far for that? Probably.

My prayer is that President Trump tamps down the tweets. And my prayer is that elected officials would quit acting like spoiled children who go into a rage when they don’t get the right toy in their Happy Meal.

A country in which people cannot enjoy a quiet meal with their family, have family time at home void of protesters on their lawn, or support the candidate of their choice without being shunned by gas stations and grocery stores – is not the country I grew up in.

Every American should be alarmed.

The Rushmore Report – Why Bernie Sanders May Be Banned from Democratic Primary in 2020

He almost won the nomination in 2016. He remains one of the Democrats’ favorite leaders. And he has strongly hinted that he is poised to make another run for the White House in 2020. Polls indicate that he would be a formidable opponent for President Trump. But there’s just one problem. Bernie Sanders may not be allowed to run in the Democratic primary. Here’s why.

The Democratic National Committee has adopted a new rule at its annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The rule bars anyone who does not “run and serve” as a Democrat from competing for the Democratic nomination for President.

The rule reads, “At the time a presidential candidate announces their candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm that they are a Democrat. Each candidate pursuing the Democratic nomination shall affirm, in writing, to the National Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee that they: (a) are a member of the Democratic Party; (b) will accept the Democratic nomination; and (c) will run and serve as a member of the Democratic Party.

Sanders, of course, is famously an independent. After running for the Presidency on the Democratic ticket in 2016, he declared a return to his independent status when competing for his Senate seat. Although he caucuses with Democrats, he expressed no desire to change his affiliation once outside the Presidential nomination process.

In his home state of Vermont, Sanders is considered a Democrat by government edict.

Sanders supporters have said they believe this measure was enacted out of “spite” for Sanders’ popularity, and to keep him from competing against Democrats who hold some of his same views, such as Senators  Elizabeth Warrn, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris.

The Rushmore Report – Who Leads Dem Race for 2020? (It’s Not Bernie Sanders)

A new 2020 Democratic primary poll was just released. The Suffolk University poll of Democratic primary voters registered support for those most expected to enter the next presidential race. Hillary Clinton was not one of the eight options on the ballot. Those names were, in alphabetical order: Booker, Biden, Gillibrand, Harris, McAuliffe, Patrick, Sanders, and Warren. The winner? It’s not who you think.

No, Bernie Sanders is not in the lead. Nor is he second.

Here are the leading candidates in order of preference:

1. Elizabeth Warren – 26%

2. Joe Biden – 20%

3. Bernie Sanders – 13%

4. Corey Booker – 8%

5. Kamala Harris – 4%

6. Deval Patrick – 4%

7. Kristen Gillibrand – 2%

8. Terry McAuliffe – 2%

This poll is not good news for Bernie Sanders, who enjoys enormous name recognition and almost beat Hillary Clinton just two years ago.

“Primary polls this far out are normally nothing more than a test of name recognition,” said Stu Rothenberg, a non-partisan political handicapper. Given his name recognition, one would expect Sanders to lead the pack, rather than garner the favor of just 13 percent of Democratic voters.

Why do Democrats prefer Senator Warren over Bernie Sanders? Rothenberg said, “Warren is a populist outsider who is critical of corporate insiders. She has the same message, but is a different messenger who is a little younger and, unlike Sanders, is actually a Democrat.”

The Rushmore Report – Bill Clinton Warns Dems to Avoid Bernie Sanders

Former President Bill Clinton has spoken to Democratic Committee Chair Tom Perez about the future of their party. And he didn’t hold back. NBC News political reporter Jonathan Allen appeared on C-SPAN on the show Washington Journal. Allen shared the inside scoop of the tense conversation between the former president and the leader of the Democratic Party.

Clinton warned Perez to “not let the party go to Bernie Sanders folks.”

Allen, author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, said Perez had received “explicit instructions” from Bill Clinton to keep the hard-leftists of the party from taking control.

Allen said, “The DNC is unpopular with its own base. Half of the Democratic Party felt like the DNC was unfairly tipping the scales in the last presidential election trying to get Hillary Clinton nominated, trying to hurt Bernie Sanders. So you start with that bad blood, and really there’s just been a clash between these two sides that has resumed; the hostilities that had been put aside at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 resumed the minute Donald Trump was elected president.”

Allen continued, “There is this huge battle for the soul of the Democratic Party between the Clinton-type folks and the Sanders folks. And Tom Perez is in the middle of that and he’s gotten very explicit instructions from Bill Clinton not to let the party go to the Sanders crowd.”

Back in 2016, when the Democratic nomination process commenced, Clinton criticized Sanders for his New Hampshire campaign strategy against Mrs. Clinton. Said Bill, “His online campaign is simple: ‘Anybody who doesn’t agree with me is the tool of the establishment.'”

This is still early 2018. The next presidential election is 912 days away. This could get interesting – for a long time.

The Rushmore Report – Rob Schneider: Leftist Politics Are Ruining SNL

After taking the red pill several years ago and departing from the Democratic Party, “Saturday Night Live” alum Rob Schneider is waging a war on political correctness, and he is none-too-pleased with the way his former stomping ground has become a mouthpiece for left-wing politics during the Trump administration.

Speaking with  New York Daily News, Schneider said that “SNL” made a mistake by deciding to show its political hand so broadly, which was a departure from when he started in early-90s, alongside such comedic giants like Mike Myers, Chris Rock, and Adam Sandler.

“The fun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically,” he told the Daily News. “You kind of assumed they would lean more left and liberal, but now the cat’s out of the bag they are completely against Trump, which I think makes it less interesting because you know the direction the piece is going.”

Schneider took aim at Alec Baldwin’s current portrayal of President Trump in comparison to his former co-star Dana Carvey’s portrayal of President H.W. Bush. Beneath the satire, according to Schneider, the latter showed affection for the president while the former only has disdain.

“Carvey played it respectfully,” Schneider said. “To me, the genius of Dana Carvey was Dana always had empathy for the people he played, and Alec Baldwin has nothing but a fuming, seething anger toward the person he plays.”

For that reason, Schneider says Baldwin is “hard to watch” because his motives are just too obvious. “Alec Baldwin is a brilliant actor… he’s not a comedian,” Schneider flatly shared.

“I don’t find his impression to be comical,” he added. “Because, like I said, I know the way his politics lean and it spoils any surprise. There’s no possible surprise. He so clearly hates the man he’s playing.”

Schneider lived as a Democrat for most of his life until experiencing a political awakening in 2014. He now describes himself as an “independent” and bashes both liberal “PC” culture and Republicans.

“Literally if you don’t go the party line — you’re out. There’s a real ugliness to it,” he explained.

The former “SNL” alum did not reveal whether or not he supports Trump, but does feel the endless mockery of him only makes things worse.

“Nothing good can come from making Trump nervous,” Schneider continued. “It’s like asking Bill Cosby to top off your drink.”

Though Schneider criticizes some of Trump’s policies, especially on immigration, he does have a personal like for him based on their work together on “Home Alone 2,” which was set in Trump’s then-Plaza Hotel.

“I didn’t sleep for two weeks,” Schneider recalled. “[Trump] was nice enough to give me a room. He gave me a room for free, so I could sleep between shots,” Schneider said. “He was very generous and nice and has been nice every time I saw him. He told me he hated me, but he was kind of joking because I made fun of him.”

About the Author

Paul Bois writes for The Daily Wire.

 

The Rushmore Report: Dem’s Worst Nightmare – Middle Class Is Doing Well

It’s a sad day when one of America’s two major political parties is rooting against the middle class. But that is the position staked out by the party that has built its reputation on being the champion of the middle class – the Democrats. Case in point – Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). One of the most vulnerable Democrats running for reelection in 2018, McCaskill was left speechless when asked about the $1,000 bonuses given out by a Springfield-based bank, in response to the Republican-passed tax cuts.

McCaskill sang the same song as everyone else in her party. Every single House and Senate Democrat voted against the tax bill because they said it would only benefit the rich. But now that over 100 U.S. companies, including the one in Springfield, Missouri, have given their employees $1,000 bonuses, it’s hard to make this case with a straight face.

When asked if she was happy that middle-class citizens in Missouri were receiving these bonuses in direct response to the tax reform, McCaskill offered no comment. The bonuses went to 1,200 people. That is $1.2 million put directly into the pockets of the middle class. And that elicited no comment.

Even the Washington Post, considered among the most liberal of all media outlets, had to admit the latest jobs report was excellent. Under Trump’s watch, the Post noted, we just had our biggest year for job creation, stock market growth, and unemployment decline in history.

I remember the days when anything good for America was celebrated by both political parties. Those days are gone. To be fair, Republicans weren’t exactly leading the celebration when economic recovery took its footing under President Obama.

But you’d think we’d hear one leading Democrat – just one – celebrate something. But this is what we heard from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when the following news broke . . .

  1. Record jobs numbers: silence
  2. Record stock market: silence
  3. Victory over ISIS: silence
  4. Record low unemployment for black Americans: silence
  5. $1,000 bonuses for middle-class Americans: silence
  6. Record drop in food stamps: silence
  7. Drop in illegal immigration: silence
  8. Highest consumer confidence in 17 years: silence

No one could expect Sen. McCaskill to call a press conference to praise the policies of President Trump. No one could expect Democrats to cave on their principles. But one would hope that when we are winning the war on terror, when tax breaks put thousands of dollars into the pockets of average Americans, when more Americans are working than at any point in our history . . . one would hope that we can all be Americans and celebrate the progress that has been made for the American people.

When the middle class does better, all Americans should rejoice, regardless of which political party is in charge. There was a day when we didn’t even have to say that.

In Sen. McCaskill’s world, the prosperity of the middle class is apparently a bad thing. That is a really sad world in which to live.

The Rushmore Report: Democrats’ Best Strategy – American Failure

The sprint to the left by the modern Democratic Party is well-documented. Any description of the party of Kennedy and Clinton (Bill) as moderate or mainstream was dashed by the anointing of self-described socialist Bernie Sanders (not even a registered Democrat) as their most popular leader, followed closely by the senior senator from the most liberal state in the union – Elizabeth Warren. But what is really sad is their strategy for future political gains – rooting for the failure of everything Republican leadership has put in place – and therefore of the American people.

The new tax legislation serves as a perfect example. Not a single Democrat voted for the plan that even the liberal Washington Post had to admit will bring tax cuts to at least 80 percent of middle-income Americans for the next eight years. So, leading up to the 2018 mid-terms, Democrats will hang their hopes on their ability to convince Americans that having more money ($1600 per year on average) in their pockets is bad for them. Of course, this is an argument no one can make successfully. Therefore, Democrats have only two choices – admit the tax plan does what is says (helps most Americans) or root for its failure.

The same Democrats who passed legislation that resulted in the doubling of the national debt in just eight years are already screaming bloody murder over a possible debt increase tied to the new tax law – that, worst case, will be only 15 percent ($1.5 trillion) the amount of the debt accrued under President Obama ($10 trillion).

The Democrats will pounce on the corporate tax reduction from the highest level in the free world (35 percent) to a more common level (21 percent). “This will only benefit big business,” they say.

Absent from Democratic talking points, or reporting by CNN and MSNBC, are the fact that Boeing is investing $100,000 in its workers, or the $1,000 bonuses being handed out by other corporate giants, in response to the new bill.

The Wall Street Journal has it right. “Democrats used to be the party of hope. Now they are the party of nope. They have become the party that hopes the tax cuts will fail and private investment won’t help workers.”

Meanwhile, outside the Democratic noise machine, the economy is growing at four percent, the Dow Jones had a 5,000-point surge in 2017 (its biggest year ever), consumer confidence is at a 17-year high, and unemployment is at a near two-decade low. The economy is booming. Even CNN had to admit that this bill would put some “damn good money” in the pockets of working class families.

But for Democrats, who have only doom and gloom to share, this is apparently bad news. Tax cuts for middle-class Americans, record employment, and a booming economy – not to mention victory over ISIS – are apocalyptic news for the Democrats.

You won’t find a single Democrat cheering the good news for the American people. You won’t find a single Democrat rooting for the tax cuts to work or for the continued success of Trump policies.

Void of any fresh ideas of their own, Democrats have retreated to the sidelines where they only cheer for the coach to be fired and for his team to fail. That way, perhaps they can be put back in charge. And sadly, for the Democratic Party, being back in charge is the new definition of success.

The Rushmore Report: The Real Democratic Platform for 2018 and Beyond

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Shumer (NY) has blasted the Republican-backed tax law. Nancy Pelosi calls it “the worst legislation in American history.” The fact is, the Democratic Party has never been more unified. Their platform is simple – if Trump is for it, they are against it. No leading Democratic voice has said a single positive thing about the plummeting unemployment rate, a record stock market, victories over ISIS, tax cuts for 80 percent of the American people, or the growing American economy. Because the party is rooted in what they are against – Trump – it’s easy to define their platform for 2018 and beyond.

Given their universal, undying opposition to everything Trump and the Republican-led Congress have done this past year, what is clear is that Democrats, once given the opportunity, will reverse every policy and undo every law that has been passed by the Republican majority.

So, based on the Democratic Party’s stated opposition to the actions taken on the other side of the aisle, we can glean their emerging platform. The new Democratic Party – in coming elections – will stand for ten bedrock principles.

1. Higher taxes

Not one Democrat in the Senate or the House voted for this week’s tax bill. They called it “the worst piece of legislation ever.” So we can expect the party, should they win majorities in the Senate and House in 2018, to pass higher taxes, to return the rates to the Obama years. So if your family earns $45,000 per year, Democrats will reverse the $2,000 tax break Republicans just passed. By returning rates to the Obama years, those making $49,000-$86,000 will see their taxes go up by $930. Those earning $86,000-$149,000 will see an $1,800 per year tax increase. The Democratic Party – given the chance – will hike taxes across the board, to the levels they maintained through the Obama years.

2. More illegal immigration

Democrats have criticized every Trump statement and action on illegal immigration, from the day he was inaugurated. Illegal immigration has dropped by 40 percent since Trump took office. Therefore, by definition of their opposition to Trump, Democrats will loosen border security in an effort to open the floodgates for a massive increase in illegal immigration – back to the levels they tolerated the past eight years.

3. Return the Dow to 18,000

We hear it all the time. Trump’s policies favor “Wall Street over Main Street.” This explains the jump in the stock market from 18,000 to nearly 25,000 in just one year. Never mind, this means trillions of more dollars in retirement accounts for over 120,000 million Americans. Trump’s pro-business posture led to this growth in the stock market, so it must be reversed. This means returning the market to its pre-Trump level of 18,000 which Democrats praised at the time. A growth in the stock market is good, but enough is enough. And for Democrats, 18,000 is enough.

4. Resurgence of ISIS

Under Trump’s policies – which again have been opposed universally by Democrats – ISIS has ceded 80,000 square miles to American forces. ISIS has relinquished control of such major cities as Raqqa, Falluja, Ramadi, Baquba, and Abu Ghraib. So, in support of pre-Trump foreign policy and its results, the Democratic platform will call for American troops to give land back to ISIS, along with these major cities. If Trump’s policies were wrong, so were the results of those policies.

5. More regulations

By some counts, President Trump has ended over 800 regulations in an effort to free up businesses to set the pace of a capitalistic society. This has led to economic growth of over three percent and record hirings. This will stop under Democratic leadership. Strangling regulations – most that were enacted under Obama – will come back.

6. Return of the corporate tax rate to the highest level in the world

While Democrats say the former rate of 35 percent – the highest in the industrialized world – was too high, they never introduced a single piece of legislation in the past 30 years to do anything about it. They were completely comfortable with a high corporate tax rate, resulting in record numbers of American businesses relocating overseas. So once they win elections in 2018 and 2020, Democrats will return the rate to the level they found acceptable for the last 30 years. American businesses should pay more in taxes than their competition anywhere else in the world.

7. Reduce growth from four percent back to one percent

The Obama recovery was the worst economic recovery in American history, averaging one percent growth per year. Yet, Democrats have universally condemned Trump’s economic policies, despite leading to a near-four percent annual growth rate in the economy. So, it stands to reason, Democrats will enact whatever policies are necessary to reduce the growth of the economy back to a more meager one percent.

8. Higher unemployment

When President Trump took office in January, the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. Today, at 4.1 percent, the rate is lower than it was at any point in the Obama Administration. This is unacceptable. The unemployment rate is at its lowest rate in 17 years; Democrats will reverse the trend. The only other option would be to admit what Trump is doing is actually working.

9. North Korean sanctions come down

From 2008 to 2016 the Democrats had the White House. And North Korea continued to grow as a nuclear threat. Still, the Obama Administration did not enact any of the sanctions Trump has put on the rogue regime in just one year. Again, since they oppose his foreign policy, it stands to reason, the Democratic Party will reverse these sanctions.

10. Move Israeli embassy back to Tel Aviv

Sure, President Obama – like Clinton and Bush before him – promised to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. They never followed through on this promise. President Trump made the same promise, but actually followed through on his word. And for that he met universal condemnation from the Democratic Party. While this move was praised by Israel, the only democratic state and our strongest ally in the Middle East, Democrats ridiculed the action. So expect them to reverse this move if given the chance.

Will Democrats really take these ten actions? I’m simply taking them at their collective word. They opposed every action of the Trump Administration that has led to such things as the retreat of ISIS, lower unemployment, a record stock market, middle class tax cuts, and economic growth. So it stands to reason that the Democratic platform will be to reverse these gains to pre-Trump levels.

It only stands to reason that the Democratic Party will seek to undo what they opposed in the first place. So for those of you who want to pay more in taxes, see companies move overseas, irritate Israel, increase the unemployment rate, and relinquish gains made against ISIS, you know what to do – vote Democrat.