Joe Biden is the better dictator

Making Sense by Michael Reagan

So I turn on the news ….

We’ve got wars raging in Ukraine and Israel.

We’ve got nuke-carrying Russian warships visiting Cuba.

We’ve got 4,000 illegal immigrants a day crossing our Southern border.

We’ve got eight men from Tajikistan with potential ties to ISIS arrested last weekend in New York, Philadelphia and here in Los Angeles.

We’ve got pro-Palestinian and antisemitic protestors making trouble on our college campuses, surrounding the White House, blocking traffic and making plans for disrupting the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 19.

Then I take a spin around my hometown ….

You’ve got 75,000 homeless people on the sidewalks of L.A. County – up almost 10 percent from last year.

You’ve got local gun stores sold out and more women than ever going to shooting ranges.

You’ve got some people in my neighborhood building six-foot high walls around their homes. No razor wire on top, yet.

All these social and economic problems and many, many more are everywhere you look in Year Three of Joe Biden’s broke and broken America.

Yet the Democrats and their deranged cheerleaders in the media keep warning us that if Donald Trump is elected this fall, it’ll be just like electing Hitler.

They’ve actually convinced themselves that America will be destroyed by four more years of Trumpism.

They truly believe we’ll lose our democracy. The land of the free will become a dictatorship and Trump will become the fascist despot he always wanted to be in his first term but somehow never got around to becoming.

They truly believe that Trump 2.0 will mis-use the justice system and the FBI to attack his political enemies.

That he’ll throw Rachel Maddow in a concentration camp with the rest of the legacy liberal media that has abused him for eight years.

That he’ll deport millions of the fake asylum seekers and their children whom Biden and his open-door immigration policies invited here from around the world.

And for good measure, they fear Herr Trump would choose Sean Hannity as his VP and appoint RFK Jr. to head the CDC and the FDA.

I’m really sorry, Democrats, there’s no vaccine for your Trump Derangement Syndrome.

But as far as I can tell, thanks to your “Big Guy” Joe Biden and his caretakers, our democracy is pretty well on its way down the drain already.

For three and half years Democrats and their flunkeys in the biased media have made it clear they hate Trump more than they hate lawfare and injustice.

They hate him more than they hate government tyranny and stupidity. More than they hate federal censorship and unconstitutionality. More than they hate biased and unfair journalism.

I live in California, a one-party state Democrats have spent four decades wrecking.

It’s where the virtue-signalers who run San Francisco recently surprised no one by unanimously declaring it a “sanctuary city” for transgender and non-binary people.

What’s left, San Fran? A sanctuary city for members of Hamas? Drug cartel soldiers?

Seriously, the projectionists in the Democrat Party are worried about Trump doing exactly the undemocratic kind of things they’ve been doing since Biden was led into the Oval Office.

The Nov. 5 election can’t come quick enough for me. But the way things are going, I’m genuinely scared for the future of the country.

What happens if Biden wins? Will he think he has a mandate? Will he tell his tools in the justice department to double-down on his enemies?

And God forbid if Democrats win the House and the Senate.

My prayer is that America will wake up in time to throw the Democrats out of power in Washington – and in a few deep Blue States like New York.

The Democrats’ prayer is that America will stay asleep.

Copyright 2024 Michael Reagan, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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A bad week for the Biden Clan

Making Sense by Michael Reagan

It was a good week for the Reagan family.

Not so much for the Biden clan.

On Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where my father is buried, there was a fine ceremony to mark the 20th year of his passing and recall the conservative principles that powered his domestic and foreign successes.

And on Thursday, when the library marked the 80th anniversary of D-Day, it also celebrated the famous speech my father gave 40 years ago when he traveled to Normandy to honor the brave Americans who hit the beaches on June 6, 1944.

Meanwhile, it was a bad week for the Biden family – in court and in the legacy media.

Hunter was on trial in the Biden-friendly state of Delaware for lying on his gun application, which for him is like getting a federal parking ticket.

Don’t worry, Democrats. The multi-troubled first son – or any other member of the Biden Crime Family – is not likely to be found guilty of foreign influence peddling, tax evasion or anything serious.

He’ll never be charged by the Justice Department with 93 felonies or have to post a $50 million cash bond to stay out of a jail cell.

As for the Big Guy in the White House, he continued to be battered by the mainstream media, which may have turned on him.

After almost four years of hearing his presidential gaffes, garbled sentences and favorite lies about his past triumphs, some of his former friends and defenders in journalism have noticed what has been obvious to the rest of America for years.

Joe Biden is too old and too confused to function as a president.

The Wall Street Journal did a major behind-the-scenes piece about the sharp decline of Biden’s mental and physical state.

A chorus of Democrats and Biden partisans in the media tried to say the Journal’s article was a Republican hit piece. Joe Scarborough practically had an on-air stroke.

But the Journal’s reporting and cover story about Biden in Time exposed the cruel truth.

Our president is unable to hold a thought, answer a reporter’s question or explain any of the disastrous domestic or foreign policies that the people behind him are dreaming up for him and loading into his teleprompters.

Time said it “lightly edited” the often-incomprehensible transcript of its softball interview with Biden, which raises suspicions.

And the magazine did not release the audio of the interview, which pretty much confirms all those suspicions.

Like the Justice Department’s recent refusal to release the audio recording of Biden’s two-day interview with special counsel Robert Hur, Time’s audio is no doubt being suppressed because it was too damning and too embarrassing.

The worst mistake President Biden made this week, though, was his executive order to “fix” the mass invasion of illegal immigrants that he created in 2021 with his previous executive decisions.

The proclamation Biden signed on Tuesday temporarily stops granting asylum to migrants if illegal crossings pass a certain average number per day. Exceptions include permanent U.S. residents and unaccompanied children.

There are all kinds of crazy bureaucratic and legal rules in the order about when the restrictions are to be discontinued or resumed.

But basically up to 2,500 illegal migrants a day (75,000 a month) can now come in through the official ports of entry.

There are lots of questions about this supposed fix: How will the Border Patrol count the illegal migrants? What about gotta-ways? Are the new rules going to incentivize the trafficking of unaccompanied kids?

The left thinks Biden’s fix is too mean to genuine asylum seekers.

The right thinks it’s not a solution and just an election year pander to Democrat and independent voters who are sensible enough to worry about the harm our wide-open border is doing to the entire country.

The good news is, Biden’s fix is almost certain to be stopped by the courts, so in the real world it’ll actually fix nothing – exactly what it’s intended to do.

Copyright 2024 Michael Reagan, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Democrats go on trial in November

Making Sense by Michael Reagan

Mark my words.

Democrats will be sorry on Nov. 5 because of what they did this week in New York City.

They and their friends in the liberal media can whoop it up and high-five each all they want over the guilty verdicts Donald Trump got on Thursday in his hush money trial.

But in the fall voters will have the chance to express how they feel about the destructive things the Biden Administration was willing to do to our legal system to try to defeat Trump.

The verdicts against Trump were no surprise to anyone who’s been following his kangaroo trial for the last five weeks.

The trial was concocted and staged by state and local Democrat lawyers who brazenly stretched, twisted and abused the legal system for purely political reasons.

What the Democrats did in public view, and with little criticism from the drooling liberal legacy media, is called “lawfare.”

The use of legal systems and institutions to damage or delegitimize a political opponent, is how Wikipedia defines it.

Nice guys like Stalin basically invented the tactic in the 1930s to make it look like the show trials of their already doomed political enemies were following the letter of Soviet law.

For five weeks the liberal media watched the unprecedented lawfare Democrats were waging against Trump, but they didn’t care.

They wouldn’t point out how dangerous going after a former president was to the entire justice system because they hate Trump more than they hate injustice.

It will disappoint a lot of Democrats that Trump was not summarily executed by a firing squad on Thursday, but it won’t disappoint the deranged liberal pundits on MSNBC and CNN.

They want Trump to live forever.

Without Trump being on trial in a kangaroo court somewhere, they’d have nothing to “pundit” about all day. They might even have to start talking about how feeble, confused and dangerous Joe Biden has become.

The Democrat district attorney in New York, like his partisan peers in Atlanta and Miami, did the political dirty work their national party thinks is necessary to keep Biden in the White House for another four years.

But Democrats are dreaming.

Abusing Trump in court only made him stronger – boosting him in the polls, solidifying his loyalists and bringing more support from black men and Latinos.

The tactics of the Democrat prosecutors and a Trump-hating judge were so glaringly unfair they turned Trump into a martyr, a victim of a political hit job. Even a few CNN pundits raised doubts about the legality of the case.

Trump was found guilty of 34 low-level felony charges. He wasn’t cuffed, stuffed into an orange jumpsuit and delivered to Riker’s Island, as his haters hoped.

He’s still a free man, out on bail and able to campaign until his sentencing on July 11. He faces probation to up to four years in jail. Whatever his sentence is, he’s certain to appeal.

Putting Trump on trial will change the court system forever. From now on, using the justice system to go after an ex-president or your future political opponents will be fair game.

Democrats are too deranged to foresee that Republicans might use lawfare to get even the next time they have a chance.

So look out, Joe Biden. In 3½ years you’ve wrecked America in too many ways to count.

After you’re thrown out of the White House, the justice department you have weaponized might be turned on you. And you’ll be prosecuted for more serious crimes than bad bookkeeping.

Copyright 2024 Michael Reagan, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Saluting America’s champions

Making Sense by Michael Reagan

We can argue forever about left-right politics and why the country is going to ruin.

But it is Memorial Day weekend.

Let’s forget the endless political warfare being waged in Washington, D.C.

It’s time to honor and mourn all the American military men and women who died while serving in the United States armed forces.

They are the ones whose sacrifices made it possible for us to debate and bicker so freely.

They are the heroes who fought in the battles that allow us to be the great country we are today.

And it is on this weekend that we really need to remember them and thank them for paying the ultimate price to keep us free.

I know many heroic war stories. As I wrote recently, I learned them on any given Saturday morning while sitting in the right-front seat of a station wagon as my father drove me to his Malibu ranch.

My father never forgot our fallen military heroes and he knew how to honor them with beautiful words and powerful deeds.

Forty years ago he was the first president to go to the coast of Normandy to commemorate the Americans who landed on the beaches of France in 1944 on D-Day and helped “to free a continent.”

In his speech to World War II veterans on June 6, 1984, he called “the boys of Pointe du Hoc” who so bravely “took the cliffs” from the Germans “champions” and said they knew why they were fighting.

“You all knew that some things are worth dying for,” he said.

“One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny …”

It’s fitting that “champions” from all our wars will be honored this weekend at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

But you don’t have to be a president to pay your respects to the Americans who fought and died in World War II or in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan.

You can do what my son Cameron does every year – make this weekend a history lesson for your family.

Take your kids to a cemetery on Memorial Day. Look at gravesites flying American flags. Explain who the soldiers and sailors were and where they fought and died.

Do some research on Google and find the story of a local Medal of Honor recipient from “the Greatest Generation” and tell your kids of his bravery.

And don’t forget those sons and daughters who died in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Even if you disagree 100 percent with the war they were sent overseas by politicians to fight in, it was their call to duty and they took the oath.

People always ask me what they can do year-round to honor the current generation of men and women in uniform.

I tell them that if you walk into a restaurant and see a member of the military, buy them lunch or dinner and say “thank you.”

When I’m flying, because I fly in business first class, if I see a military guy get on the plane, many times I stand up and say, “Hey, thank you. You sit here and give me your ticket.”

As my father taught me, and as my son teaches his kids, it’s really not that hard to honor or thank America’s champions.

Copyright 2024 Michael Reagan, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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It’s all about Nov. 5, America

Making Sense by Michael Reagan

What’s happening on CNN and MSNBC is disgusting, but not surprising.

Some of their so-called pundits and reporters have been downright giddy while watching Donald Trump on trial in New York City.

They think that the New York DA’s office is doing God’s work, not Joe Biden’s.

They love watching lying lowlifes like porn star Stormy Daniels and Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen testifying against the ex-president.

It doesn’t matter to losers like Joe & Mika and Jen Psaki that the Democrats are using the Justice Department as a weapon to interfere with Trump’s ability to raise money and campaign.

They think it’s funny to joke about what prison Trump would look good in – Ryker’s Island or one in Cuba, maybe?

In their holy war to prevent Trump from returning to the White House, the unethical partisans in the liberal media believe no political trick is dirty enough or no blow is low enough.

As we’ve seen, any means is fair and justified when it comes to defeating Trump and making him pay for Jan. 6, 2021.

For Democrats and the liberal media, Jan. 6 is the day that lives in their deranged heads forever.

It’s the day they truly believe American democracy came just a few MAGA hats away from being wiped out and replaced by a Trump dictatorship.

I don’t give a damn anymore about Jan. 6.

It was more than three years ago. It was a bad thing, a dumb thing, a riot that could have been prevented. But it wasn’t an armed “insurrection” – and it’s over.

The Republic still stands – and the greatest threat to its health today is four more years of Joe Biden.

His trillion-dollar spending sprees and his inflationary monetary policy are eroding our purchasing power. His open-door immigration policies are suicidal. His two proxy wars overseas are dangerous to us and the rest of the world.

At home, people are not feeling safe on the streets. Illegal immigrants and the homeless live on our sidewalks and crowd our hotels. Pro-Palestine protests and riots are disrupting college campuses.

I’m much more worried about a rerun of 2020’s “Summer of Love” deadly riots this summer than another Jan. 6 or an imaginary Trump dictatorship.

Donald Trump, like it or not, hate him or not, is the only person who can save America from Bidenism and it’s time all Republicans get behind him.

Nikki Haley and Chris Christie, who still aren’t endorsing Trump, might believe he’s destroying the Republican Party.

But Biden is destroying the United States. Not to mention Ukraine, Israel and God knows how many other countries we don’t know about yet.

Do I wish there was somebody else out there who might win the GOP nomination? Maybe.

We all know Trump is not perfect. We know what he is by now – a brash, boorish New York City businessman and disruptive politician whose personal morals are as loose as his tongue.

But we also know what he’ll do as president because he’s already shown us.

For four years he did three important things Biden and his crew could not do – he kept us out of foreign wars, didn’t wreck the economy and didn’t allow a mass invasion of illegals from around the world.

Sorry Haley and Christie, I’m going all the way with Trump in 2024. We’ll be able to rebuild the Republican Party he’s remade in his image. But if he loses I don’t know if we’ll be able to rebuild the United States of America.

It looks now like Biden and Trump will have two one-on-one debates on CNN, one in June and one in September.

They might never happen, but if they do, they’ll just be just another media sideshow.

The only thing that can stop the political madness that’s wrecking our country will be the elections of Nov. 5. I pray to God a majority of voters understand that.

Copyright 2024 Michael Reagan, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Editor’s note: Michael Reagan is on vacation this week. He will return with a new column for Friday, April 18.

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It’s not about you, Marjorie Taylor Greene

Making Sense By Michael Reagan

What a good week it should have been for Republicans.

Dozens of campuses from UCLA to Columbia University were being wracked by pro-Palestinian protestors who set up “Gaza Solidarity” encampments, spewed antisemitic hate speech, took over buildings and intimidated Jewish students.

The protestors demanded their schools condemn Israel’s invasion of Gaza, come out in support of Palestinians or divest themselves of any Israeli investments.

The riots were so heavily covered by the national media and criticized by conservatives that some spineless “progressive” university presidents were finally shamed into calling in the cops to clear the campgrounds and restore order.

The campus riots of the last two weeks should have been a sweet political bonus for Republicans.

They should have been another issue to hang around the necks of Democrats, a party that will never criticize any part of their base no matter how criminally or idiotic they behave or hatefully they chant.

But instead of pounding President Biden, Sen. Chuck Schumer and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul in the media for their cowardly silence over the pro-Palestinian riots, what did the Republican Party do to get into the headlines?

Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she was going to go through with her attempt to oust Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House next week.

A narcissist who always wants the media spotlight on her, Rep. MTG is the leader of the GOP’s right-wing fringe. She and her ilk think now is a great time to try to get rid of Johnson.

But it isn’t the right time, and she’s apparently too much of a narcissist to know better.

What all Republicans should be doing right now is ripping into the Blue State governors for their failure to immediately address and end the college riots.

They all should be blasting Biden for waiting until Thursday to wake up and tell the American people what he should have been saying a week ago – violent protest is wrong.

And by the way, does anyone think Biden would have stayed quiet for so long if white supremacists had rioted on Columbia’s campus and chanted “Death to blacks”?

Biden would have ordered in the National Guard in 30 seconds and Gov. Hochul would have been leading them — wearing a helmet and carrying a carbine.

Hochul, like Gov. Newsom of California, Gov. Whitmer of Michigan and Gov. What’s-his-name of Illinois, has been MIA since the campus riots began spreading.

Don’t they have any wise moral lessons to impart to college students about the responsible use of our greatest freedom, free speech?

Can’t they tell students that although peacefully calling for the death of all Jews is protected by the First Amendment, it’s not a good or moral or American thing to do?

And can’t Blue State governors tell students that violent protest that hurts people and destroys property is never protected by law – no matter how holy or woke the cause?

Of course, we know from what happened during the BLM riots and the bloody and destructive riots in dozens of cities following George Floyd’s death that some violent protestors get a stay-out-of-jail pass under Democrat justice.

We also know that the 1,000 college kids who’ve been arrested so far will be free in a couple hours, won’t have to post bail and are likely to never be prosecuted.

There’s only one way to stop this madness and return the country to sanity — vote these dangerous Democrats out of office in November.

It’s got to be much more than just trading Trump for Biden.

If you elect Trump president, you’ve got to give him a Republican Senate and House, too, or he’ll get nothing done for four years.

In other words, there’s no hope for the future of the country or my grandchildren unless there’s a massive Republican wave in the fall.

And one of the best ways to help ensure a Red Wave happens is for MTG to sit down, shut up and realize it’s not about her, it’s about America.

Copyright 2024 Michael Reagan, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Republicans are doomed if they don’t get it together

Making Sense by Michael Reagan

Another week, another round of Republicans attacking each other.

This time it was over the Ukraine funding bill that was passed by the House and ultimately became part of the big military aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan that Congress passed this week.

The Republican controlled House, led by Speaker Mike Johnson, passed the Ukraine funding bill after what seemed like years of delays by a vote of 311-112.

All the “no” votes came from Republicans and Johnson had to rely on Democrats to get the bill over the finish line.

That, of course, raised new cries for Speaker Johnson’s ouster from the suicidal wing of his own party.

Many House Republicans voted “no” on the military aid bill because they wanted Johnson to include money for Southern border security in the bill.

I get it. We need to take care of the Southern border. I live in California and see the consequences of Biden’s immigration fiasco every day.

But attaching money for border security to the military aid bill would have been a poison pill that would have killed it immediately.

How do we know that? Because the HR 2 immigration bill that came out of the Republican House last year has never been voted on by the Democrat-controlled Senate – and never will be.

And the so-called bipartisan immigration bill that the Senate passed a few weeks ago will never get voted on in the House.

Attaching border security money to the foreign aid bill was always a dumb idea.

It would have meant Israel and Taiwan would not get the military help they need. And Ukraine would not get any more of the help it needs from us to defend itself – and which was promised years ago by two presidents.

The reality is, people, we are morally and militarily obligated to Ukraine.

Presidents Clinton and Obama each guaranteed Ukraine’s leaders that if they gave up their stockpile of Soviet Empire-vintage nuclear weapons, which they did, the United States would protect and defend them.

That obligation to protect Ukraine is what we have been doing with money and weapons since Vladimir Putin started the war by sending in his tanks and artillery.

It doesn’t matter how corrupt Ukraine’s politicians are or whether Ukraine should or should not become a member of NATO. Two U.S. presidents guaranteed the country’s safety and protection if they gave up their nukes and we should honor that guarantee.

So the political reality in Washington is that it is wrong to blame Johnson or the other House Republicans for doing what was needed to keep our promise to Ukraine.

Money for the Southern border was a totally separate issue that should never have been attached to the Ukraine military funding bill.

Speaker Johnson is a smart guy. He did it the right way by keeping Ukraine aid and the border security issue separate.

If we Republicans want to take care of the Southern border, then, damn it, I would suggest we elect a Republican president, a Republican Senate and a Republican House on Nov. 5, 2024.

That’s the only way we will ever be able to fix the border and fix our hapless immigration system, which has remained broken for decades because both parties have been too weak, too afraid and too stupid to fix it.

If Republicans in Congress continue to fight with each other the way they have been since Biden was elected, the American people have every right to ask, “Why in the hell would I want to elect one of these people to lead when they are incapable of working together?”

It’s very simple: If the Republican Party can’t find a way to unite, it doesn’t deserve to win anything in 2024.

And if Hakeem Jeffries becomes Speaker of the House in 2025, it won’t be because the Democrats did such a damn good job in the election.

It’ll be because the Republicans screwed up. Again.

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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‘Hating America, 101’ – a course for homegrown terrorists?

Making Sense By Michael Reagan

“Death to Israel!”

“Death to America!”

It sounds like something you’d hear chanted by hundreds of brainwashed young people in the streets of Tehran.

But as we saw this week, those are the chants of our own children on college campuses.

People can agree or disagree on what the Israeli military is doing to the Palestinians in Gaza to punish Hamas for its attack on Oct. 7, or what our State Department is doing wrong in the Middle East.

And am I seriously worried about Joe Biden’s weak, confused and destructive foreign policy in the Middle East – and everywhere else? Absolutely.

But what terrifies me the most – and saddens me the most – is that we are now seeing crowds of our young people calling for the death of America.

I am terrified of what’s going on in Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois.

Those Middle American places – what I’d be calling “Gaza West” if I were president – have become breeding grounds for what in my mind look like future homegrown terrorists.

We have generously allowed tens of thousands of people from the poorest and least free corners of the world to come to this country – and their children have grown up to hate America.

If you go to Gaza, it’s no surprise that you will find children being brought up by Hamas to hate Israel and America. It’s the political indoctrination kids also get in Iran and elsewhere in the Mideast.

But now here at home we are seeing that same hateful philosophy taught on our college campuses by professors who are brainwashing students to hate America while siding with terrorists who want to destroy Israel.

Is “Hate America First” widespread? No. Is it a mass movement like the Vietnam war protests? No.

Most American college kids are far more concerned about the records of their sports teams, midterms and the next beer fest than who’s dying in Israel, Gaza or anywhere else.

But teaching “Hatred of America 101” in Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois is like a cancer – and cancer spreads.

Last week at a council meeting in Bakersfield, Calif., we saw a woman arrested for threatening to murder 18 members of the city council if they didn’t pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. She’s now out on bail, of course.

How long will it be before some crazed American college kid wearing a bomb walks into a schoolhouse or church and blows himself up to protest our government’s support of Israel?

I don’t think it will be more than a year or two, if not sooner, that we will see a homegrown suicide bomber.

When I hear a bunch of American college kids and adults who should know better chanting “Death to America,” I take it personally.

What they’re really saying is, “Death to me and you.” I’m an American. You’re an American. We’re all Americans – or used to be.

Last week I went to see the disturbing new movie “Civil War,” which is set in the near future when the U.S, is controlled by a dystopian dictatorship and has been torn apart by the bloody Second American Civil War.

The movie really terrified me. I know it’s only Hollywood. And I’m still an optimist about the future of America and the good sense of its people.

But based on the anger and hate we’re seeing today, it’s not a stretch to think that while I watched the violence and hatred depicted in “Civil War” I was looking at a preview of what’s coming soon to America.

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Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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Republicans need to unite, not fight

Making Sense By Michael Reagan

I don’t blame the public for not wanting to put the Republican Party back in power in Washington.

As the GOP proved again in the House this week, it’s incapable of accomplishing anything of importance.

This week, the big vote was over the reauthorization of a reformed version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – aka, FISA.

FISA is the controversial act that permits U.S. spy agencies to gather foreign intelligence by collecting the communications of non-Americans located outside the country.

It’s considered by government officials to be a crucial tool for disrupting terror attacks, cyber intrusions and foreign espionage.

But, as we know, FISA was abused by Democrats, the FBI and the CIA to spy on members of the Trump campaign, subvert his presidency and violate the civil rights of American citizens.

House Speaker Johnson pushed for passage of the reformed FISA bill.

But Donald Trump said it deserved to be killed, and about 20 conservative Republican members who thought FISA’s powers should be weakened more severely joined with Democrats to block it.

Everyone agrees FISA is an important tool against terrorism and we will probably still get a compromise version of it by April 19.

But it’s up to the Republicans in the House to fix FISA so it can never again be used against our own people.

Ordinarily, that should not be too hard to do when you control the House, even by a few votes. But Republicans in Washington can’t even control their own members or unite behind their own leaders.

They just recently dumped Speaker Kevin McCarthy and replaced him with Speaker Mike Johnson.

Now Marjorie Taylor Greene is causing trouble again and talking about ousting Johnson as Speaker because he worked with Democrats to pass big spending bills.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party of California is doing the same stupid, suicidal things on a state level.

The state’s Republican Party barely exists today and its future looks worse.

The main problem is an electorate that keeps reelecting the same Democrat yahoos whose “progressive” ideas about criminal justice and $20 minimum wage laws have turned the state’s cities into dirty, dangerous homeless encampments.

Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats in California by almost 2 to 1 – 47% to 24%, with independents at 23%. So until we somehow double the number of our voters, the only way we Republicans can win a state-wide election is if we cheat.

Yet there is a small group within the state Republican Party that is trying to get rid of Republicans they don’t like.

The group recently invited me to speak at this year’s state convention. They said they wanted to expand their numbers so there would be more of them and less room in the party for Republicans they didn’t like – the moderate Kevin McCarthy kind.

When I said I wouldn’t help them with that idea, they said, “But isn’t that what you want?”

“No,” I said.

“You are the minority party and you think the way to win is to kick more people out and make it even smaller than it is today?”

I said to someone in the group, “I bet you’re going to tell me you learned from Ronald Reagan.”

“Yes,” he said.”

“No you didn’t,” I said.

I told him my father didn’t spend his time trying to get rid of people in the Republican Party. He embraced members. He might campaign against you in a primary, but he would never kick you out of the party.

Republicans at the state and national level are spending more time trying to get rid of their own people instead of embracing each other and uniting for victory.

We have an awful president and a lunatic Democrat Party that are handing Republicans a dozen juicy issues we can run on.

But if the Republican Party wants to win this fall, it has to get its own act together before it’s too late.

Copyright 2024 Michael Reagan, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to [email protected] and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

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