Census Isn't a Threat to the Nation; Anti-Trump Hysteria Is

  
Via:  make-america-great-again  •  2 weeks ago  •  19 comments

Census Isn't a Threat to the Nation; Anti-Trump Hysteria Is
Pardon me, but aren't the Democrats the ones who tried to weaponize the IRS to halt the growth of conservative political movements? Aren't the Democrats the ones who engineered the Russia collusion hoax by funding the fake Steele dossier that lit the slow-burning fuse that led to the Mueller probe? Isn't pursuit of power the only explanation for the Democratic insistence on trying to destroy this president by any means necessary?

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T


The mainstream media are so deeply in bed with the Democrats that they risk having what they do to each other be mistaken for pornography. A recent instance of such mutually assured gratification is E.J. Dionne's April 24 column, "Will Trump and the Supreme Court Tear Our Democracy Apart?" The esteemed author, formerly called a "radical centrist" by Time magazine, has graduated to being just a plain and simple “radical.”






In the wake of Democrats’ failure to establish that President Trump is a threat to America because he is a Russian stooge, Dionne proposes instead that he is a threat to the U.S. Constitution, and that somehow now the conservative majority on the Supreme Court are his stooges! Talk about anti-Trump hysteria!

“Our nation faces a constitutional conflagration,” warns Dionne, “and President Trump is not the only actor willing to put personal and partisan interests above the preservation of our system of self-rule. Five conservative justices on the United States Supreme Court signaled clearly ... that they are willing to allow the administration to act lawlessly in distorting the 2020 Census and thus representation in Congress to benefit the party that placed them on the court.”  


So what is this horrible “lawless” act that Dionne claims will “tear our democracy apart”? Is Trump doing something hateful such as only counting white people? Is he going to use the census to target Democrats as his enemies? Will he change the name to the Trump Census in order to provoke boycotts and riots?

No, none of these things. Instead, President Trump, through his commerce secretary, is asking people who respond to the census whether they are U.S. citizens. Could there be a thinner basis on which to charge a president, not to mention the Supreme Court, with lawlessness? Mind you, the court hasn't even ruled on the issue yet, but even if it does, it is the justices’ prerogative to say what the law allows, not E.J. Dionne’s. Yet according to him, Trump's "brazen attacks on American institutions and the court's partisanship" are both the results of what he calls "a radicalization of American conservatism." In what is a classic case of projection, he says that "Republicans and conservative ideologues — including the ones wearing the robes of justice — are destabilizing our institutions in pursuit of power.”






Pardon me, but aren't the Democrats the ones who tried to weaponize the IRS to halt the growth of conservative political movements? Aren't the Democrats the ones who engineered the Russia collusion hoax by funding the fake Steele dossier that lit the slow-burning fuse that led to the Mueller probe? Isn't pursuit of power the only explanation for the Democratic insistence on trying to destroy this president by any means necessary?

More in Articles





476264_5_.jpg


Paul Krugman Gets the Democratic Primary All Wrong



462728_5_.jpg


The $100 Trillion Question



478342_5_.jpeg


Trump Says U.S. Will Hike Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Imports



478241_5_.png


Mueller Got More Attention Than Sri Lanka, Notre Dame Combined



477969_5_.jpg


The $2 Trillion Infrastructure Trap






Moreover, if you don’t think the census lawsuit by the ACLU is a partisan issue, consider this: The citizenship question was asked routinely until 1950, after which it was removed from the survey. In the midst of our current immigration crisis, there is certainly very good reason to know how many of the people in the country are citizens, and how many are essentially guests, whether invited or not. The nation ought to be able to have the facts at hand as we decide whether to close the southern border a la Trump or open it per Beto O’Rourke.






At some point, surely, the citizens of any nation might want to know if they are about to be outnumbered by those who do not swear loyalty to our government, our traditions or our Constitution. Indeed, James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 43, posited just such a danger:

“Nothing can be more chimerical than to imagine that in a trial of actual force, victory may be calculated by the rules which prevail in a census of the inhabitants, or which determine the event of an election! May it not happen, in fine, that the minority of CITIZENS may become a majority of PERSONS, by the accession of alien residents, of a casual concourse of adventurers, or of those whom the constitution of the State has not admitted to the rights of suffrage?”






In other words, it’s fine to count all inhabitants for purposes of representation, but it does not negate the national security interest of knowing who lives among you. Yet Democrats and their handmaidens in the press claim that this simple census question about citizenship is a “brazen attack” on democracy.

The only thing “brazen” about the census controversy is the effort of Democrats to politicize it. What Dionne and other liberal activists claim to fear is that illegal immigrants will refuse to participate in the count because they worry that they will be deported if they answer the citizenship question.






How ridiculous. If illegal immigrants don’t have to fear being deported when they admit in court that they are here illegally, if they don’t have to worry about the Border Patrol or ICE or Homeland Security deporting them, if they can sign up for benefits at all manner of government agencies without fear of being deported, then why exactly are they going to tremble at the sight of a U.S. Census Bureau worker? Moreover, the proposed question does not even ask for legal status, just whether you are a citizen or not, so there is no way to discern from the question whether the respondent has a green card or not.

The dirty little secret of the census is that it gives a huge amount of power to non-citizens, so illegal immigrants actually have an incentive to participate in it. That’s because representation in the U.S. House is divvied up based on how many people live in each state, without regard to citizenship status. The census results also affect representation in the Electoral College as well as how federal funds are distributed.

Therefore, states like California and Arizona, with large illegal populations, benefit immensely by having illegal immigrants as well as resident aliens counted in the census. Most importantly, these states gain more representatives in Congress, where they will no doubt return the favor by working to give those immigrants legal status. You can bet that if the census question asking citizenship status is ratified by the Supreme Court, California and its ilk will spend millions of dollars promoting participation by illegal immigrants.

What is most infuriating about Dionne and other critics of the Trump policy on the census is that they would impugn the motives of the Supreme Court justices simply because they might reach a different decision than what liberals prefer. This hysterical attitude of defiance to the court is the real threat of lawlessness, not the policy of the Trump administration and certainly not the rulings of the Supreme Court.


Frank Miele, the retired editor of the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell Mont., is a columnist for RealClearPolitics. His new book — “The Media Matrix: What If Everything You Know Is Fake” — is available at Amazon. Visit him at HeartlandDiaryUSA.com to read his daily commentary or follow him on Facebook @HeartlandDiaryUSA or on Twitter @HeartlandDiary.

Tags

jrDiscussion - desc
Find text within the comments Find 
 
XXJefferson#51
1  seeder  XXJefferson#51    2 weeks ago

“At some point, surely, the citizens of any nation might want to know if they are about to be outnumbered by those who do not swear loyalty to our government, our traditions or our Constitution. Indeed, James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 43, posited just such a danger:

“Nothing can be more chimerical than to imagine that in a trial of actual force, victory may be calculated by the rules which prevail in a census of the inhabitants, or which determine the event of an election! May it not happen, in fine, that the minority of CITIZENS may become a majority of PERSONS, by the accession of alien residents, of a casual concourse of adventurers, or of those whom the constitution of the State has not admitted to the rights of suffrage?”



In other words, it’s fine to count all inhabitants for purposes of representation, but it does not negate the national security interest of knowing who lives among you. Yet Democrats and their handmaidens in the press claim that this simple census question about citizenship is a “brazen attack” on democracy.

The only thing “brazen” about the census controversy is the effort of Democrats to politicize it. What Dionne and other liberal activists claim to fear is that illegal immigrants will refuse to participate in the count because they worry that they will be deported if they answer the citizenship question.



How ridiculous. If illegal immigrants don’t have to fear being deported when they admit in court that they are here illegally, if they don’t have to worry about the Border Patrol or ICE or Homeland Security deporting them, if they can sign up for benefits at all manner of government agencies without fear of being deported, then why exactly are they going to tremble at the sight of a U.S. Census Bureau worker? Moreover, the proposed question does not even ask for legal status, just whether you are a citizen or not, so there is no way to discern from the question whether the respondent has a green card or not.

The dirty little secret of the census is that it gives a huge amount of power to non-citizens, so illegal immigrants actually have an incentive to participate in it. That’s because representation in the U.S. House is divvied up based on how many people live in each state, without regard to citizenship status. The census results also affect representation in the Electoral College as well as how federal funds are distributed.”

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1  Tessylo  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @1    2 weeks ago

The turd Rump and his administration are the threat to the nation.  

 
 
 
It Is ME
1.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  Tessylo @1.1    2 weeks ago
The turd Rump and his administration are the threat to the nation.  

How ?

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
1.1.2  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  It Is ME @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

Because he’s there instead of wicked witch Hillary. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
1.1.3  Tacos!  replied to  It Is ME @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

Because he ran as a Republican.

 
 
 
It Is ME
1.1.4  It Is ME  replied to  Tacos! @1.1.3    2 weeks ago

A bad thing. jrSmiley_80_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
1.1.5  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  It Is ME @1.1.4    2 weeks ago

The worst thing possible.  He will ask if people are citizens of our country.  The sheer horror of it all! jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @1    2 weeks ago
In other words, it’s fine to count all inhabitants for purposes of representation, but it does not negate the national security interest of knowing who lives among you. Yet Democrats and their handmaidens in the press claim that this simple census question about citizenship is a “brazen attack” on democracy.

They can't have it both ways even though the 4 libs on the Court will stick together against America, as usual.

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
1.2.1  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2    2 weeks ago

Liberals against America is the progressive way!  

 
 
 
tomwcraig
2  tomwcraig    2 weeks ago

It's worse than that, the question of whether a person is a citizen is on a different survey published by the Census Bureau: The American Community Survey.  So in reality, if the Census Bureau cannot ask the question on the Census itself due to it being Unconstitutional, why is it allowed to ask the question on The American Community Survey?

https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/methodology/questionnaires/2019/quest19.pdf

This is a sample of the 2019 survey and the question first appears on page 8 under Person 1's block of questions as question 8.

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
2.1  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  tomwcraig @2    2 weeks ago

It is pure hypocrisy on the part of the democrat party and its MBFC media allies.  

 
 
 
tomwcraig
2.2  tomwcraig  replied to  tomwcraig @2    2 weeks ago

I forgot to add in the faq about why they ask the questions:

https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/about/qbyqfact/2016/AmericanCommunitySurveyPopulationQuestions.pdf

Notice the description on the page about the Citizenship question that the questions have been asked in some form since 1820 and have been on the ACS since it replaced the long form Decennial Census in 2005.  It even gives some detailed FEDERAL uses of the information.

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
2.2.1  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  tomwcraig @2.2    2 weeks ago

Good points.  

 
 
 
luther28
3  luther28    2 weeks ago

Isn't pursuit of power the only explanation for the Democratic insistence on trying to destroy this president by any means necessary?

The other explanation would be that Mr. Trump has invited their behavior by his behavior. Perhaps if he would discontinue the practice of continually placing his foot in his mouth and dismissing the law as he sees fit, the Dems would not be forced into continual oversight. Just a suggestion.

Mr. Trumps worse enemy is Mr. Trump. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
3.1  Ronin2  replied to  luther28 @3    2 weeks ago

Trump could never say another word and the left wouldn't call off the attack dogs. The Dems are trying to out Trump Trump.

This isn't about Trump anymore. This is about silencing anyone that they perceive doesn't agree with their dogma.

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
3.1.1  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1    2 weeks ago

Bingo.  You have it the way it is and right on there.  Well said.  

 
 
 
tomwcraig
3.1.2  tomwcraig  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1    2 weeks ago

There is a reason I am calling Jerry Nadler, Jerry "Torquemada" Nadler.  He isn't trying to get a fair and just hearing on the information available, he is running the Democratic version of the Spanish Inquisition.

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
3.1.3  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  tomwcraig @3.1.2    2 weeks ago

That’s quite the gang of chairpersons they have running their congressional committees.  You well describe him/them. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
3.1.4  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1    2 weeks ago

The unholy alliance between democrats, lamestream media, big tech, and internet social are in a conspiracy to silence all of us who dare to disagree with their dogma.  

 
 
Loading...
Loading...

Who is online


Tacos!
Dean Moriarty
Ed-NavDoc
epistte


65 visitors