Marc writes opinion columns for PennLive.com and other editorial publications. He is valued for his conservative values and is not afraid to call-out either side of the political spectrum when they deviate from working toward making America all it can be.
Trump's Tariff Gambit
President Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports until Mexico takes serious action to control its border with the U.S. shocked the Washington Beltway, Wall Street, and the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. These centers of financial and political power, lulled by a U.S. Congress that has refused to act and activist federal judges who have stymied Trump’s border control efforts at every step, were jolted awake by Trump’s ultimatum. But they should not have been surprised. The president issued a similar threat back in April. And, Trump promised from day one of his presidential campaign that he would make stanching the flow of illegal immigration, crime, and drugs northward and of U.S. factories and jobs southward a focal point of his presidency…
Ummah Day in Philadelphia
Young schoolchildren attending the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia are being taught to be enemies of Jews and are being indoctrinated in the culture of violent Islamic jihad. This is extremely disturbing at any time, but even more so now with the rise in anti-Semitism and the horrific murders of innocent Jews from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh to Chabad of Poway, north of San Diego.
On April 22, 2019, the Muslim American Society in Philadelphia uploaded a video of its “Ummah Day” celebration. Ummah Day is the time of year when Muslims come together and celebrate their cultural traditions. It’s about Muslim pride -- as the Quran teaches, “You are the best community (Ummah) raised up for (the benefit of) humanity; enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong and believing in God…” (Quran 3:110). The video of their celebration, however, reveals something sinister is going on there.
Mueller's Political Prosecution
Special Counsel Robert Mueller claims correctly that a traditional prosecution or declination decision is a binary choice – to prosecute or not to prosecute. Mueller was able to make a decision regarding collusion, so why couldn’t he make one regarding obstruction? He claims he couldn’t because the Office of Legal Counsel had previously opined that a sitting president cannot be indicted; he also claims that it would be unfair to accuse the president of committing a crime without indicting him and thus denying him the right to defend himself in court to clear his name.
Then why did Mueller spend millions of taxpayer dollars investigating the president for obstruction when he wouldn’t indict him for it anyway? Mueller claims that he was creating and preserving a record for the future, perhaps when Trump is no longer president and thus can be indicted. But he also wrote that he was concerned that indicting Trump would, “preempt constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct.” What does he mean? Read his footnote -- he means impeachment. So, Mueller didn’t charge obstruction because he didn’t want to preempt the Democrats’ impeachment plans.
H.R.1 -- the 'For the Democrats' Act
H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a party-line vote, should be renamed the, “For the Career Democratic Politicians Act.” This bill would take power away from the states, help elect Democrats, and protect career politicians. Yet that’s not the conclusion one would draw by reading the “news.”
Here’s the first line in the New York Times story about the passage of H.R. 1, “The House passed the Democrats’ showcase anti-corruption and voting rights legislation on Friday, an expansive measure that aims to dismantle barriers to the ballot box, end big money in politics and impose stricter ethics rules on federal officials.” “Anti-corruption?” Really? How does this bill crack down on public corruption?
We Must Fight Back Against the Media’s Reckless Reporting
In Chicago, Jussie Smollett perpetrated one of the greatest anti-Trump hate-crime hoaxes since the last one that occurred, oh, just a few days earlier in Washington, D.C. against young Nick Sandmann and the boys of Covington Catholic High School. The media, in keeping par for the course, bought Smollett’s fantastical story hook, line and sinker.
The day the news broke, The Washington Post ran an analysis headlined, “The Jussie Smollett attack highlights the hate black gay Americans face.” CNN political analyst, April Ryan, tweeted, “This attack on @JussieSmollett is a hate crime and should be treated as such!” Ernest Owens, a writer at Philadelphia Magazine, tweeted, “Trump MAGA supporters came after a Black gay man with a noose in Chicago. They yelled ‘This is MAGA country.’ And that’s how far we haven’t come in 2019. Hoping for justice & vengeance for @JussieSmollett.”
Only promise the Green New Deal offers is a big loss of jobs, especially in the Rust Belt | Marc A. Scaringi
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the new “It Girl” in the Democratic Party, and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have unveiled their Green Energy Agenda. In their 15-point plan, they call for “[a] new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal era” to end our reliance on fossil fuels. Major 2020 Democratic presidential contenders have signed on. And, Republicans are licking their chops.
The Green Energy Agenda promises, “to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States; to provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States; and to counteract systemic injustices." That’s a pretty bold promise particularly coming from Ocasio-Cortez who has yet to run anything other than the tap at the Flat Fix Tequila Y Taco Bar in New York. The Green Energy Agenda will likely meet the same fate as its 2009 precursor, the Democrats’ doomed, “cap and trade” plan, which didn’t even pass the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate…
Ralph Northam's abortion support lines up perfectly with his yearbook photo | By Marc A. Scaringi
In the middle of last week, the Democratic governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, was heard on a radio show supporting a controversial new late-term abortion bill, and by week's end, he was admitting to appearing in a 1980s-era photograph wearing either blackface or the robes of the Ku Klux Klan. Democrats went from cheering to condemning him in the span of a few days.
How ironic that the governor is condemned by Democrats for associating himself with their own past. From the 19th and up to the mid-20th centuries, Democrats defended slavery and gave us Jim Crow and segregation; many joined the KKK to terrorize blacks and keep them from the voting booths to prevent them from voting Republican. The slogan for the 1868 Democratic National Convention was "This is a White Man's Country, Let White Men Rule." Republican presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Dwight D. Eisenhower fought the racist policies of the Democratic Party and Democratic governors for a century…
Marc A. Scaringi to President Trump: Stop caving and build the wall you promised us
It’s becoming increasingly likely there will be no wall. Not in three weeks, not in three months, not ever. The American people, including President Trump’s most diehard supporters, of which I am one, must come to terms with this.
In 2016, we elected a man who promised us repeatedly he would build the wall and who exhibited a visceral contempt for political correctness. And, that’s what’s needed, because opposition to the wall is based not upon reason and fact, but upon this absurdity that walls are racist and immoral.
And when that man suddenly conducts a volte-face at the height of the battle on his signature issue…
Kentucky students deserve credit for restraint during Lincoln Memorial confrontation | Marc A. Scaringi
I am proud of the boys of Covington Catholic High School. They kept their cool and held their ground when taunted Friday by a small group of the Black Hebrew Israelite religious sect and then when confronted by left-wing Native Americans with an ax to grind.
All this took place outside the Lincoln Memorial during an Indigenous Peoples March in Washington. It coincided with the March for Life, which drew thousands of anti-abortion protesters, including a group from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills…
Yes, President Trump can declare a national emergency to build the wall | Marc A. Scaringi
During his first prime-time address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump implored Congressional Democrats to give him the $5.7 billion he wants to build a wall along the nation’s southern border.
Democrats responded about how you’d have expected them to; in their rebuttal right after Trump’s remarks, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., didn’t budge and dismissed the border wall as “ineffective,” “unnecessary” and a “waste.”
With Trump fixer Cohen’s case, Mueller, prosecutors, have opened a Pandora’s Box | Marc A. Scaringi
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, working closely with federal prosecutors in New York City, have used President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to draw presidential blood.
They’ve directly implicated Trump in their criminal case against Cohen for violating federal election law. Former FBI Director James Comey said Trump is now “certainly close” to being an unindicted co-conspirator.
But did either Cohen or Trump really violate federal election law? …
Caravan deniers look stupid now | Marc A. Scaringi
The migrant caravaners are here! And leading figures in the media from CNN's Jim Acosta to political leaders like former president Barack Obama – who made all sorts of false or baseless claims about them – have egg all over their faces.
In his now infamous confrontation with President Trump during a White House news conference just after the midterm elections, Acosta admonished the president that the migrants were "hundreds and hundreds of miles away."…
Despite criticism, Whitaker is the right man for the job | Marc A. Scaringi
Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker is enjoying the shortest of honeymoons.
In office for about a week, he now faces a court challenge by the state of Maryland requesting that he be removed from his new position and replaced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man Whitaker now supervises.
And, high-ranking Democrats are calling for his recusal from oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and other Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of ethics at the Department of Justice urging him to advise Whitaker to do just that…
Trump is right to try to end birthright citizenship. It’s not what the Constitution intended | Marc A. Scaringi
President Donald Trump said this week that he plans to end “birthright” citizenship by executive order.
While it’s an open question whether he actually has the right to do so, it is nonetheless a long overdue and much needed reform to our nation’s immigration system. Trump is attempting to correct a century-old abuse of the Rule of Law. And, our citizenship law will come into line with just about every other advanced nation in the world.
The president is correct…
Donald Trump, America’s First Jewish President | Marc A. Scaringi
The American people should be proud of their president. In the wake of the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, President Trump spoke out in the most forceful condemnation of anti-Semitism ever uttered by an American president.
While former president Barack Obama nonsensically chose to the blame the lawfully possessed firearm used in the crime, as if the gun fired itself, Trump put the blame squarely where it belongs: on the evil ideology and man who pulled the trigger while shouting, “Kill all the Jews!”
Dismissal of Stormy Daniels' lawsuit is a big win for Trump | Marc A. Scaringi
A few months ago, adult film star Stormy Daniels, feeling confident about the legal actions she had brought against President Donald Trump, taunted him on national television saying, "A storm's a-comin, baby."
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Yet, any storm can suddenly shift directions. Today, Daniels is now smack in the middle of a legal tsunami. She had better batten down the hatches.
The judge presiding over her defamation case just declared, to borrow a phrase from Daniels' omnipresent television lawyer, Michael Avenatti, "Basta," - he's heard enough.
Why aren't we talking more about Rachel Mitchell? | Marc A. Scaringi
The report is in.
Rachel Mitchell, the sex crimes prosecutor who questioned Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, has concluded that not only is the evidence insufficient to justify criminal charges of sexual assault, it doesn't even rise to the much lower level needed to bring a civil suit.
This is a stunning rebuke of Dr. Ford and the allegations she has made that Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36-years ago.
The rebuke of Dr. Ford is even more stunning considering Mitchell is an award-winning sexual assault prosecutor and chief of the Special Victims Division in Maricopa County, Arizona...
Decades-old claims against Kavanaugh hold lessons for Pa. cases | Marc A. Scaringi
The allegation made by Christine Blasey Ford - that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s when they were in high school in Maryland - has rocked the nation's capital.
Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, once seemingly assured, is now in jeopardy.
Many Americans have cried foul, arguing it's unfair to Kavanaugh that this allegation is only now being raised 36 years later and on the eve of a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to send his nomination to the floor.
While the drama plays out in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvanians should pay close attention…
How could John McCain, war hero, get so much wrong on foreign policy? | Marc A. Scaringi
Last week, Americans mourned the passing of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., even as they celebrated his life and legacy.
There can be no denying the extraordinary bravery and courage of McCain the naval aviator, whose plane was shot down over North Vietnam during his 23rd bombing run in 1967. He endured unimaginable pain and horror as a prisoner of war in the notorious Hanoi Hilton.
McCain's uncommon valor as a war prisoner stands as a lesson and model not just for all American soldiers but for all Americans…
The Catholic church is a corrupt organization. It should be prosecuted like one | Marc A. Scaringi
At this point in the history of the Catholic Church no one should be surprised, let alone shocked, by the existence of child sexual abuse by priests and its cover-up by the church hierarchy.
As a child and young man, I attended Mother of Sorrows Church in the Pittsburgh suburb of Murrysville. My childhood church is featured prominently in the 40th Statewide Grand Jury report released by the Pennsylvania Attorney General…
Like it or not, there's a 1A right to own 3D gun plans | Marc A. Scaringi
The issue of 3D downloadable firearms has exploded onto the national news.
Many Americans have learned for the first time that with advancements in computer technology it is possible for anyone, who has a computer and a 3D printer, to make his own firearm.
Last Tuesday, Aug. 1, was supposed to be the dawn of a new age. Cody Wilson, the man behind the development and sharing of this new technology had posted on his firm's website, "The age of the downloadable gun formally begins."
Trump's European jaunt was the best week of his presidency | Marc A. Scaringi
Many are calling President Trump's dual summits with the leaders of North American Treaty Organization (NATO)-member nations in Brussels and with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the worst week of his presidency.
They're wrong. It could be one of his best.
In Brussels, to strengthen NATO, Trump ramped up the volume to a near roar on his call for our allies to increase defense spending. Trump raised such a fuss at the NATO summit that he may succeed in shaming our parsimonious friends into contributing more.
With Kavanaugh pick, Trump nominates a Supreme Court justice for all Americans | Marc A. Scaringi
Even before President Donald Trump announced he'd picked federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Democrats and the media were already waging a no-holds-barred fight against the White House's high court nominee.
Just for example:
The New York Times' editorial board urged Democrats to use "Godfather tactics" to oppose a high court pick.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, warned that Trump's nominee would take us "back to the days of women being seriously injured and dying because they can't get basic medical care."...
The press missed the real story on immigration | Marc A. Scaringi
President Donald Trump is right - so much of the news reporting about the alleged "crisis" at our southern border is fake.
Just one example is the digitally manipulated picture the editors of Time magazine put on their recent cover.
The photo of that tiny, screaming 2-year-old Honduran girl became the face of opposition to Trump's zero-tolerance border policy.
In the original photo, the girl was looking up at a U.S. Border Patrol agent as he searched her mother.
President Trump is right - he can pardon himself | Marc A. Scaringi
President Donald J. Trump is correct on the law; he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself. An analysis of the text of the Constitution and the intent of its Framers reveals the president has the power to pardon anyone, including himself, of any federal crime.
Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution reads, "[H]e [i.e., the president] shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment."
Let's hope Trump can overcome Clinton, Obama's previous North Korea failures | Marc A. Scaringi
One of the greatest obstacles in the path of a denuclearized North Korea was erected by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton several years ago and half a world away in Libya.
In 2011, the Arab Spring had sprung and Islamic revolutionaries attacked the secular regime of then Libyan ruler, Moammar Gadhafi. Clinton lobbied successfully for military intervention on behalf of the Libyan rebels, who with this assistance then toppled the regime and executed Gadhafi.
Clinton, in a moment of braggadocio that would make President Donald Trump blush, took credit for the slaying of Gadhafi and compared herself to Julius Caesar saying, "We came, we saw, he died."
Clinton's decision, however, was a mistake ...
Scott Wagner had me at hello - he'll win over Pennsylvania in the fall | Marc A. Scaringi
Scott Wagner's primary election victory Tuesday night over Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth is like a second Pennsylvania primary election victory for Donald Trump.
The short, sad life of Alfie Evans is a warning against government-run healthcare | Marc A. Scaringi
The British health system finally succeeded in pulling the plug on Alfie Evans last weekend.
He was the 23-month old infant who had been admitted to the Alder Hey children's hospital for seizures only to slip into a semi-vegetative state and be put on life support.
After failing to diagnose the child's illness, determine its cause or bring about his recovery, the hospital decided it was in Alfie's "best interest" that his life support be removed, which meant quick and certain death.
Comey's 'higher loyalty' was to politics - not the rule of law | Marc A. Scaringi
In his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," ousted FBI Director James Comey writes about about "ethical leadership," and tries to convince his readers that he's been the epitome of that ideal throughout his career.
However, in just one prominent example he cites, and more fully explained during a recent television interview, Comey discredited his book's theme as he explains the considerable extent to which he allowed politics to influence his leadership of the FBI.
Parkland survivor David Hogg needs a rhetorical spanking. Who will give it to him? | Marc A. Scaringi
In the days leading up to Good Friday, my Twitter and Facebook feeds erupted over the riff between Laura Ingraham, the best-selling author and conservative talk show host, and David Hogg.
Hogg is the 17-year old student "journalist," senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and now a prominent gun control activist.
What was the cause of the spat that had garnered wall-to-wall, play-by-play coverage by the national news media?
Free trade has been a disaster for America. Trump can fix it | Marc A. Scaringi
President Donald Trump recently announced the imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
This decision came as a result of a detailed study by the Department of Commerce that concluded US national security is threatened because US producers, which are vital to our national defense, are being weakened by worldwide overproduction of steel and aluminum.
Teachers need to teach the truth about the 2nd Amendment | Marc Scaringi
In the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, CNN held the town hall, "Stand Up. The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action."
The exchange between the history teacher, Diane Wolk-Rogers, and the spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, Dana Loesch, revealed what I fear is rampant in our public schools today: Teaching that either intentionally or negligently disregards the truth about the 2nd Amendment to advance the cause for gun control.
THE BEST WAY TO STOP A SCHOOL SHOOTER IS TO SHOOT HIM. THAT MEANS GUNS IN THE SCHOOLS | MARC A. SCARINGI
One of the tragedies of Parkland was the FBI's failure to follow up on two tips it received in the months leading up to the shooting - one from the owner of the YouTube account where Nikolas Cruz - the school shooter - wrote "I wanna shoot people with my AR-15" and "I wanna die Fighting killing sh** ton of people."
The Nunes memo raises serious questions about the Russia probe | Marc A. Scaringi
The recently released "Nunes Memo," written by the majority staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, alleges multiple abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by high-level employees of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their pursuit of a FISA search warrant for Carter Page.
Chuck Schumer is driving the Democratic Party right off a cliff | Marc A. Scaringi
I predicted last week at the PennLive forum, "The Trump Administration Year One - Our Readers Speak Out," that if Democrats insisted on including in the government funding bill any sort of legalization for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, they would lose the showdown over the shutdown to President Trump. And, so they did.
Paul Manafort is right - Mueller has overstepped his authority in the Trump/Russia probe | Marc A. Scaringi
Paul Manafort, the first of four men to be charged so far in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, has filed a civil suit against Mueller, and his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.