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If we do not control our own borders, then we do not have any immigration policy. We may have immigration laws on the books, but if anybody can cross the border who wants to, those laws are just words on paper and a bad joke. view tweet
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Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them. view tweet
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Racism is not dead. But it is on life-support, kept alive mainly by the people who use it for an excuse or to keep minority communities fearful or resentful enough to turn out as a voting bloc on election day. view tweet
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As long as millions of Americans vote on the basis of who gives them free stuff, look for their freedom — and all our freedom — to be eroded away, bit by bit. view tweet
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No one can really understand the political left without understanding that they are about making themselves feel superior, however much they may talk piously about what they are going to do to help others. view tweet
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Some in the media seem to think that a noble cause justifies withholding facts on the other side. view tweet
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In politics the great non sequitur of our time is that 1) things are not right and that 2) the government should make them right.Where right all too often means cosmic justice, trying to set things right means writing a blank check for a never-ending expansion of government power view tweet
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What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race? view tweet
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The problem with trying to equalize is that you can usually only equalize downward. Most activities do not exist for the sake of equality. They exist to serve their own purposes — and those purposes are undermined, sometimes fatally, when equality becomes the goal. view tweet
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Nobody is equal to anybody. Even the same man is not equal to himself on different days. view tweet
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The left is not necessarily aiming at totalitarianism. But their know-it-all mindset leads repeatedly and pervasively in that direction, even if by small steps, each of which might be called “micro-totalitarianism.” view tweet
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When I was growing up, we were taught the stories of people whose inventions and scientific discoveries had expanded the lives of millions of other people. Today, students are being taught to admire those who complain, denounce and demand. view tweet
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We are living in an era when sanity is controversial and insanity is just another viewpoint—and degeneracy only another lifestyle. view tweet
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Nothing is easier for a politician than promising government benefits that cannot be delivered. view tweet
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Back in 1970, the prevailing hysteria was the threat of a new ice age—promoted by some of the same environmentalists who are promoting global warming hysteria today. view tweet

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