Campaign for Working Families

I sat through last night’s two-hour GOP debate, and that’s two hours I’ll never get back.  I have to be honest – I thought it was an embarrassing performance.  It looked and sounded like a food fight.  I think this commentary nailed it.  Below are some random observations.

Robert Malley is not exactly a household name, but he’s been a fixture of the Washington, D.C., foreign policy elite for decades.  He’s supposedly an “expert” on Middle East policy who has embraced the delusion that we can do business with terrorists like Hamas and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Malley was the lead negotiator for the disastrous 2015 Obama/Biden nuclear deal with Iran, and Joe Biden eagerly brought him back into the administration as his “special envoy to Iran” to restart talks with Tehran. Then Malley was suddenly suspended earlier this year and his security clearance… Read More

The past 48 hours have been a humiliating time for America.  Yesterday, it was outrageous to see foreign aliens plant the Venezuelan flag on U.S. soil as they illegally crossed into our country.  At the same time, reports indicate that 11,000 people crossed the border in one 24-hour period from Sunday to Monday.  That works out to more than 4 million people a year on an annual basis!  One NBC News reporter said yesterday that border facilities are so overwhelmed that the Biden Administration is “trying to release these migrants as quickly as possible. . . The word gets back [to South… Read More

No, the president didn’t fall down again.  But if the latest Washington Post / ABC News poll is any indication, Biden is collapsing in the polls. White House aides were no doubt reaching for the Maalox this weekend given the poll’s shocking results.  Biden’s approval is down to just 37%, and Donald Trump leads Joe Biden by 10 points – 52% to 42%.  The Post did its best to bury the lead.  You had to wait until the third paragraph to learn that Trump had a double-digit lead over Biden.  The Post also tried to dismiss its own poll as “an outlier.”

In the closing years of my mother’s life, when she was living with Carol and me, she suffered from a form of dementia or perhaps Alzheimer’s.  One of the indications there was something wrong was that she would say something to us and just a minute or two later, she would bring up exactly the same subject and repeat exactly what she had just said. It was very frustrating and depressing. 

Do you remember Promise Keepers?  It was an incredible Christian men’s organization.  As the name indicated, it called on men of all races and backgrounds to keep their promises to God, their wives, their children and their country. Their biggest event was the 1997 “Stand In the Gap” rally in Washington, D.C. -- one of the biggest gatherings ever held in our nation’s capital.  My son, Zach, and I attended together, and it was one of the most remarkable things I have ever experienced. 

New York City is confronting an illegal migrant crisis.  Mayor Eric Adams has not minced words.  He is warning that the 20,000 illegal aliens pouring into his city every month will “destroy” his city.  Adams estimates that it will cost taxpayers $12 billion over the next two years to pay for people who shouldn’t be there, and may force the city to cut its budget by 15%. So, what is the New York City Council doing in the middle of this crisis?  It held an urgent session yesterday to discuss tearing down any historical statue or monument in any way connected to people who owned slaves… Read More

Religious liberty has scored a major victory in an unexpected place.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 9-to-2 that the San Jose Unified School District in California violated the constitutional rights of religious students when it banned the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) from school campuses in 2019. Why did the district ban FCA clubs?  The club required officers to sign a statement of faith, which, among other things, discouraged sexual activity outside of marriage. 

The Pray Vote Stand Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council and my non-profit organization, American Values, took place this weekend.  I wish all of you could have been there! Multiple presidential candidates addressed the summit, as did other conservative and faith leaders.  Dr. Ben Carson delivered a powerful address highlighting the neo-Marxist left’s assault on America.  (More on that subject below.) Summit attendees participated in a straw poll, which Donald Trump easily won – 64% to 27% for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.  No other candidate received double digit support.

While many cheered the news of Hunter Biden’s indictment, there are plenty of reasons to remain skeptical.  This one act does nothing to reestablish the concept of equal justice under the law, which the left has eviscerated.  Consider these points:

The breaking news of new whistleblower allegations that the CIA essentially bribed its own officers to cover up the facts on the origins of COVID-19 in order to cover for communist China is deeply troubling. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, chairman of the House committee investigating the origins of COVID, said these incredibly serious allegations came from a senior level CIA employee who has worked at the agency for many years. The FBI and the Department of Energy determined that the most likely cause of the pandemic was a leak from the Wuhan lab.  Oddly, the CIA ultimately decided that it couldn’… Read More

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy today announced he is ordering a formal impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden.  Speaking to reporters this morning, Speaker McCarthy made the case for the impeachment inquiry, saying: “We know that bank records show that nearly $20 million in payments were directed to Biden family members and associates through various shell companies. . . A trusted FBI informant has alleged a bribe to the Biden family.  Biden used his official office to coordinate with Hunter Biden’s business partners about Hunter’s role in Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company. . .  

It’s hard to believe this is the 22nd anniversary of the horrific attack on the United States by Islamofascists on the morning of September 11, 2001.  As many of you know, our offices are just down the road from the Pentagon.  On the morning of 9/11, I was sitting on I-395, stuck in traffic on my way into Washington, D.C., across from the Pentagon when it was hit.  I heard the roar of the jet engines and my vehicle was rocked by the force of the explosion.

President Joe Biden is in India for the G20 summit.  We’ll see if anything useful comes out of the summit.  But here’s something I know will happen as a result of Biden’s trip:  When he returns home America will be weaker.  Because of his decrepit and declining condition, Biden’s presence on the world stage is a constant reminder of America’s decline.  Only 28% of Americans say Biden “inspires confidence.”  It’s unlikely others around the world view him any better.

This strange year of unusual indictments against high-profile political figures may take yet another bizarre turn.  Reports broke late yesterday that Special Counsel David Weiss is planning to indict Hunter Biden on a felony gun charge before the end of the month.  I’ll believe it when I see it.  We’ve all gotten our hopes up too many times that the double standard of justice will end and each time it’s only gotten worse.  As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy reminds us, Weiss thoroughly botched this investigation and attempted to cut a sweetheart plea deal with Hunter’s… Read More

By this point, every school district in America is now back in session.  Already the government-run schools and the left-wing teachers’ unions are asserting that the children God gave you belong to them.  Radical school officials and leftist politicians from one coast to the other, in California, Maryland and New Jersey, are refusing to allow parents of all faiths to protect their children from graphic sexual material in every grade, including kindergarten.  We’re told that we must be tolerant of every bizarre behavior imaginable.  But the same people claiming that have no tolerance at… Read More

The Biden Administration is attempting to extort members of Congress and, in the process, it is putting Americans last yet again.  Biden is tying more war funding for Ukraine to desperately needed disaster relief for Americans. The reason is simple:  He wants to make it impossible for members of Congress to vote “no” on the extra Ukraine money.  We’ll see if Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans can stop it.  But, sadly, some Senate Republicans don’t want to stop it.

A key inflation metric the Federal Reserve closely monitors increased to 3.3% in July on an annualized basis, while core inflation ticked up to 4.2%.  I’ve heard a number of commentators try to downplay the increase by suggesting that if you exclude food and energy prices, it’s not so bad.  Well, sure!  Every family would love to have a budget where they didn’t have to pay for food and energy.  But that’s not reality.  The unfortunate reality is that 61% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.  And energy costs are only going to get worse as Biden imposes more and more… Read More

We reported yesterday that the FBI was frantically trying to locate a group of migrants who were smuggled into the country with the help of an ISIS operative.  This is what happens when you have open borders. But I recalled polling that suggested most Americans have no idea just how bad the border crisis really is.  Nearly 90% of those surveyed underestimated the number of people illegally crossing our borders, and nearly one-third grossly underestimated the figure. That level of extreme ignorance is the result of media malfeasance and the Biden Administration’s lies. 

Hurricane Idalia made landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast Big Bend region this morning.  Over the next 24 hours, the storm is expected to impact Savannah and Charleston before it moves into the Atlantic Ocean.  Please join Carol and me in praying for all those in Idalia’s path and for the safety of first responders.  Whether it’s earthquakes in California or tornadoes in Kansas or hurricanes in Florida, natural disasters of all kinds happen fairly regularly.  They are a tragic fact of life.  But we shouldn’t compound the problem with hysterical overreactions.

I apologize for missing the fact that yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speech at the Lincoln Memorial.  This is a late but important observation about that anniversary, which got very little attention.  On August 28, 1963, Reverend King addressed a massive crowd of 250,000 Americans and delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.  Seven months later, King was assassinated. 

Chicago is so off the rails it’s hard to describe just how bad it is.  The last mayor of the Windy City was a total disaster.  So much so that the voters fired her.  She finished third in the primary.  There was a chance for the city’s residents to do a course correction by supporting a relatively moderate, pro-business, pro-police Democrat.  Unfortunately, they choose a far-left Marxist candidate, Brandon Johnson, who is now making people yearn for the previous failed mayor. 

I was literally physically sick yesterday watching what the neo-Marxist left is doing to Donald Trump and, by extension, what it is doing to all of us.  Trump fought the left harder than anyone in the Republican Party ever has, and that’s why the neo-Marxist left is so determined to crush him. If one of the UFOs they talked about during the Fox News debate suddenly took Trump away, the left wouldn’t change.  It would continue doing everything you see happening now, after it finished celebrating that our toughest fighter was gone.

The GOP Debate The first presidential debate of the 2024 campaign is over.  Below are some random thoughts on the Republican debate and where the race is headed. The Winners I believe Donald Trump won the debate simply because I don’t see how he would have benefited by being in the middle of those raucous exchanges, described by one conservative outlet as a “B-Team Brawl.” 

Former constitutional law professor John Eastman surrendered yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia, on state RICO charges for contesting the 2020 election.  Asked by reporters outside the Fulton County jail whether he still believed the 2020 election was stolen, Eastman replied, “Absolutely.  No question in my mind.” “America’s Mayor” Rudy Guiliani surrendered today on the same charges.  Tomorrow, former President Donald Trump will “proudly be arrested” for his efforts to defend the integrity of our elections. Think about that for a moment.  We are watching in real time -- yesterday, today… Read More

We’ve been told repeatedly that Joe Biden’s specialty is empathy and retail politics.  I never bought into that myth.  I remember how he smeared my good friend Clarence Thomas.  Joe Biden is not a “nice guy.”  But the ravages of time and age have clearly caught up to him.  The performance of the president yesterday at the site of an American tragedy was sad and disturbing. 

There was shocking news late last week that former Vice President Joe Biden used multiple aliases or fake names in correspondence and messages when discussing Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.  Vice President Biden reportedly used the names “Robert Peters,” “Robin Ware,” and “JRB Ware.” People generally don’t use fake names to conduct legitimate business, especially not government officials conducting government business.  And therein lies the problem.  Joe Biden wasn’t conducting legitimate business of any kind.

Our soldiers, sailors, and airmen follow orders and go where they’re sent. So what message is the Biden Administration sending that they are not all-hands-on-deck in Lahaina now? Can we at least elevate Hawaii to the level of concern we show for Poland?

The only place on Earth where election procedures and outcomes can’t be challenged are exactly those places where they are completely corrupt. Are there some who would like to see America join those nations? Putin and Xi would no doubt be pleased at such a turn of events.