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On Census, Trump Protects Citizens

trumpOne free citizen seems small, in the grand scheme.  Yet honoring freedom and citizenship –distinguishing free from unfree, citizen from non-citizen – is at the heart of the republic.  President Trump gets it – and is protecting every free citizen’s vote.  Here is how.

With unblinking respect for the Constitution, Trump last week clarified the 2020 Census.  Faced with Democratic double-speak – blurring illegal aliens and bona fides citizens, Trump issued a directive that stopped the line-blurring.

Apportionment of congressional seats and federal dollars turn on the Census. So, the President directed only US citizens will be counted in the Census.  Logically, if only US citizens vote, then congressional seats-per-state should be set by the citizen count, not by counting non-citizens.

Likewise, if constitutional rights are framed to protect citizens, not empower or enrich non-citizens, the federal government is entitled to distribute benefits based on citizenship count.

Lifetime Democrat and Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black would have agreed with Trump.  Wrote Black: “Citizenship is no light trifle to be jeopardized any moment Congress decides to do so, under the name of one of its general or implied grants of power.”

In short, Congress’ job is to represent citizens, not illegal aliens.  Congress is elected by citizens, not illegal aliens.  Congressional seats should be apportioned by counting American citizens.  Simple, right?  Only Democrats disagree.

Initially, President Trump tried to include a “citizenship” question on the Census.  Again, logic suggests that is smart.  After all, past administrations in both parties did that.

But no, Democrats claimed that was prejudicial. Why? According to the left-dominated federal bench, any mention of “citizenship” could discourage census participation by families with illegals.  They argued this would hurt Hispanic communities – amounted to prejudice.

Ironically, many legal Hispanic voters are Republican.  The number is growing.  When Nixon won a landslide victory in 1972, it included 30 percent of the Hispanic vote. When Reagan won a landslide in 1984, it included 35 percent of the Hispanic vote. Both stressed Hispanic-American alignment with historically Republican values, including religious freedom, family, secure borders, free enterprise, and entrepreneurship.

Notably these are values Trump champions.  Not coincidentally, Hispanic-American approval of Trump stands at 44 percent, and a 2020 Pew poll observed: “76 percent of all Hispanics want to beef up border-security measures, and 66 percent favor cracking down on illegal crossings.”  So, many Hispanic-Americans might have favored Trump’s citizenship question. See, e.g. https://nypost.com/2020/05/30/why-so-many-latino-voters-are-flocking-to-trumps-gop/.

In any event, with the questions blocked, Trump has found another way to guarantee integrity of congressional representation and fair distribution of federal dollars.  Last week, he issued a presidential directive “clarifying that illegal aliens are not to be included for the purpose of apportionment of Representatives following the 2020 census,” “directing the Federal government to collect … accurate citizenship data,”  and noting that “giving congressional representation and political influence to illegal aliens – people who have blatantly disregarded our laws – would be a perversion of our democratic principles.”  Exactly right.

Trump further declared “allowing illegal aliens to be counted for the purpose of apportionment could also create perverse incentives – such as potentially rewarding states that encourage violations of Federal immigration law – that would undermine our system of government.”

Trump said he will “never allow our democracy to be eroded by giving congressional representation to illegal aliens when the Constitution does not require it” and that Supreme Court decisions, such as Franklin v. Massachusetts, explain inclusion in the “apportionment base” requires “more than mere physical presence,” rather “allegiance” or “enduring ties” to America.

On the flip side, Trump observed over-inclusion hurts citizens. “Failure to exclude illegal aliens for the purposes of apportionment would have major ramifications” causing “American citizens to be proportionally underrepresented,” particularly in states now housing millions of illegals.

Finally, the White House noted, “after years of neglect, President Trump is restoring the rule of law, securing our border, and protecting our Nation’s communities,” which – funny enough – is something that Hispanic-American citizens very much want!

Net-net, as Democrats argue Trump seeks to “weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities,” President Trump is instead protecting every American citizen – every one of us.  That may seem a small thing but protecting the integrity of citizenship is significant. See, e.g., https://news.yahoo.com/trump-signs-order-excluding-illegal-130054539.html.

Most Americans understand directives like this protect the integrity of our vote, Congress as an institution, and our Republic. They are right.  Samuel Adams wrote: “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote … he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”  That is why we protect the vote.

One last thought – as it matters.  John Adams spoke to us two centuries ago, when he said: “You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom …  I hope you will make a good use of it.”  That, in short, is our obligation to his time and to America’s future.

 


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Thetruth
1 year ago

Thank You
Lord for President Trump!!!

Annabella
1 year ago

LOVE John Adams quote at the end even if his wife was the proto typical femin*zi!!

Stephanie
1 year ago

Never trusted the census and never will!!!

Misty
1 year ago

Trump is NOT protecting us as long as Steven Mnuchin is still in the White House.

FACT: Mnuchin previously worked directly for Soros Fund Management.

FACT: Mnuchin’s hedge fund, Dune Capital, received hundreds of millions of dollars from George Soros.

FACT: Mnuchin put together a consortium of investors to purchase the failing bank IndyMac; the consortium prominently included Soros.

Now… put all this together with the fact that Mnuchin is one of the ONLY Trump cabinet members to last all the way through Trump’s presidency. He’s fired almost everyone else, but the Soros acolyte remains. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out who’s pulling the strings here. Trump is just a globalist pawn.

I’m not saying I’ll vote for Biden, but I sure as hell won’t vote for Trump again as long as Mnuchin is whispering Soros’s words into his ear.

Darren
1 year ago
Reply to  Misty

Sigh. Yes, Misty. Soros is the devil who controls everything. You really cracked the case here.

I laugh every time one of you mentions Soros because I don’t think you actually know anything about him other than “he’s evil” or whatever it is you think.

Misty
1 year ago
Reply to  Darren

This isn’t about you, honey. Those of us who aren’t dumb sheeple are relying on Trump to protect us from Soros and his friends, and I think a lot of folks would want to know that a wolf has infiltrated the hen house.

Go back to scrolling AOC’s Instagram.

John F.
1 year ago
Reply to  Misty

I didn’t know this. Hate to be thinking worst-case, but that does help explain why Mnuchin has lasted so long. I don’t believe any of the Russia BS, but I’ve always been a little suspicious of Trump’s many connections to the high finance world.

We can NOT allow Soros to take control of this country. I am holding out hope for a third-party candidate who is genuinely un-compromised. If that doesn’t happen, I may do what some of my church friends are planning on doing and write in someone who I feel comfortable with.

Misty
1 year ago
Reply to  John F.

I know. It turned my stomach when I found out. At first I shrugged it off because it was just reported in the lame stream media, but even Fox has confirmed the Soros connections.

We live in tough times, friend. Stay strong and vote your conscience.

Theresa
1 year ago
Reply to  Misty

Darren, Misty & John:
Whether any of you actually believes that Trump is just a globalist puppet or Soros is whispering in his ear…to not vote for Trump is to vote for Biden. You know darn well whether two-party politics is good for the country or not, it is what it is as of 99 days out from the biggest Election Day in history. Whatever you do, don’t give Biden your vote. And if your ‘church’ friends thought about it this way at all or not; they need to reconsider writing anyone in. That’s a sure vote for Biden.

Misty
1 year ago
Reply to  Theresa

Did I say I’d give Old Socialist Joe my vote???? H*ll no!
 
But Soros is already in the White House. Don’t be surprised if Mnuchin keeps becoming more powerful.
 
I’m open to hearing suggestions on how we can get Mnuchin out without losing Trump (who I agree is the only true Christian who has ever been in the WH, it would be ashame to lose him).

Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  John F.

No, John F, don’t hold out for that 3rd party candidate!! Who cares what President Trump sounds like when he thinks he’s off-mic? Do you think he’s the first president whose personal values didn’t quite reflect mine or yours? We’re not looking for someone to lead the community church or to sit at the head of my Thanksgiving table.
 
Vote for what really counts in this country. Vote for the accomplishments that Trump has achieved and which have greatly benefited all the American people. That’s all that matters. And as far as any Soros-Mnuchin connection goes, I don’t know…but, too many people would be waiting to jump at the opportunity to expose any current relationship, if it exists.

PaulE
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

Well said Kim. I am constantly fascinated by people who seem to judge political leaders by how they expect their priest, pastor or rabbi would act. Zero relevance. The presidency is of course NOT Sabbath or Sunday services. It is about adhering to the Constitution and accomplishing things that are beneficial to the American people in areas of the economy, military protection of the Republic and its people, reducing or minimizing the interference of government on the personal lives of its citizens to the best degree possible based on the reality of the world we live in. It’s also about looking out for existing and future threats to all the above on all fronts and doing what is possible to correct or avoid them. On all those grounds, President Trump has done an outstanding job to date and certainly warrants a second term.
 
As for Mnuchin’s past life in the hedge fund industry, I have to question the flawed logic being used by some folks, who clearly don’t have a clue how the industry works and thus jump to absurd conclusions based on what they think is a smoking gun of some sort. That is if the information they’ve heard is even 100 percent accurate, which in most cases it is not given how “news” is reported these days.
 
All the people I’ve known over the years in the business typically work for whomever pays the highest compensation at the moment. Unless they are in senior management at a firm, most people don’t stay at any one firm too long. Typically a year or two tops, before moving on to the next better paying opportunity. Does anyone working in the industry care about the politics of whomever is running the firm? NO! That’s the honest answer. All that 99.999 percent of the people employed in the industry care about is making enough money to either be independently wealthy, open up their own hedge fund firm or retiring from working altogether before age 40 and then enjoying the rest of their lives.
 
When you open a hedge fund, your goal is to get as many wealthy investors to place money in your fund as possible. Managing their money is how the hedge fund makes its money. As one person told me a few decades ago, you don’t care how your clients made their money or what their political views are. Your primary clients are multi-millionaires and billionaires. The only issue you care about is that their money is green and the check they buy into the fund with is 7, 8 or 9 figures. You retain their money by producing returns for them that equal or exceed the what they can make elsewhere. If you don’t, those same investors will pull their funds and go elsewhere and the when word gets out, which it always does, your reputation takes a hit, which may lead to more redemptions. So delivering outstanding financial returns, on a consistent basis, is the only real goal in the hedge fund industry. Those that can’t deliver on a consistent basis ultimately go bust. No one invests their money with someone who can’t deliver results, just because the person is either a nice person or holds the same political beliefs that you do. People invest to get results and if the results come up short, you’ve lost a valuable client. Very bottom line oriented. That is a very, very high level view of how hedge funds operate.

Darren
1 year ago
Reply to  PaulE

Thanks, PaulE, for all that level-headed explanation.

A lot of us on the “other side” are frustrated when we see conservatives yelling “SOROS!” anytime there’s a connection to a Democratic official or operative, as if he’s some kind of all-powerful bogeyman when he’s just another wealthy financier who supports the causes he believes in. I’m glad you don’t think that way. Really believe we can have honest debates about the future of our country without resorting to silliness like this. (And I will cop to the fact that Democrats, but especially centrists, are most likely to yell “RUSSIA!” as a way of avoiding a substantive argument. I’m not a fan of that, either.)

Misty
1 year ago
Reply to  PaulE

LOL Paul, I am glad you are admitting right here that you would work for George Soros if he payed you enough. Good for the rest of us to know.

Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  Misty

Snarky, Misty, very snarky.
 
TRUMP 2020. The rest doesn’t matter.

Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  PaulE

Thanks for the explanation, PaulE. I don’t care about Mnuchin’s past. President Trump, after all, used to be a registered Democrat. What matters is whether a leader can improve people’s lives, and Trump has done that.
 
I have a couple of relatives and a friend who became quite wealthy working at NY hedge funds. Not one of them ever did anything illegal, not one of them did anything they regretted doing. Their clients grew wealthy because of them. And, last time I checked, growing wealthy in America is a good thing.

Faye M Linton
1 year ago
Reply to  Misty

Misty, Trump is not a pawn and if what you say is true, trust me, God will intervene and/or already has. He could never abandon his love for America. Mistakes? Yep, he’s just a man but once informed he will do battle. He knows he can call on God at any time. I rebuke your words saying he is in cahoots with Soros. I pray no one hears that and instead prays for enlightenment for our President to always know the truth and whom he can trust. I’m puzzled as to why the Dems are in such a tizzy if he is a pawn? Me thinks you protest wrongly and too much.

Misty
1 year ago
Reply to  Faye M Linton

You think the Dems know the truth?? LOL. They have no idea. We’re the smart ones. That’s why it’s extra important that we lead the way. The stupid libtards think that Soros is just a financier. I had a friend who told me WITH A STRAIT FACE that a lot of the wealthiest people support both parties so they’re covered no matter what happens. YEAH SURE. Must be nice to live in that dream land.
 
So here’s the truth: I don’t know if Trump knows that Soros is still pulling Mnuchin’s strings. What I love about Trump is that he always sees the best in people. I’m sure there is a lot of good to see in Mnuchin. But I think Trump may be blind to how Soros is running Mnuchin behind the scenes. He has such a good and dear heart. He wouldn’t want to believe what we’re saying. But because of that, sadly, yes, he is a puppet of the globalist establishment. Who do you think benefits when Trump signs an executive order to lower drug prices? Not the hard working corporations who spent billions creating those precious drugs and deserve to charge whatever they can get. Why would he go against capitalism like that, unless someone were whispering in his ear?? Or why would he talk tough on China but then turn around and act like he’s Xi Jin Ping’s best friend? He talked about them laughing over a piece of cake! I love Trump’s Christian heart. But he is too trusting. He may not be a safe leader, it pains me to say.

Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  Misty

Ugh, I despair, Misty! Do you think a man like Donald Trump became as successful as he is by ignoring people’s motivations? He’s much smarter than that. I trust his instinct.
 
As far as being “friendly” with leaders of unfriendly nations, he knows what’s going on more clearly than he lets on. It doesn’t help foreign policy decisions by starting out spitting venom at each other. The president has let others know that he is willing to negotiate, and that his first obligation is to the American people and our businesses.
 
Trump is working to lower drug prices in a competitive marketplace. For those having to pay for their medications, this is good news. I do support drug companies and the research they do to make pharmaceuticals available to the people. But, competition, especially in a market where Americans pay more for drugs than other countries, is always good for those who pay for goods and services. If pharma won’t make money making the stuff, they’ll stop, and someone else will find a way to make it profitable. (A friend’s diabetes is costing her 5 times what it used to cost because of the ACA. This will help her tremendously.)
 
It’s no secret, by the way, that wealthy people send contributions to politicians on both sides of the fence. It’s nothing new.

Larry Davis
1 year ago
Reply to  Misty

Do you really think Trump would be trying to protect our elections and our boarders if he was in Soros pocket? Soros wants to destroy this country, Trump is trying to protect it. Keep you friends close and your enemies closer.

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