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NEW DEBATE AS TED CRUZ CALLS TO POLICE US MUSLIM NEIGHBORHOODS
Gina Loudon: We are at war right now. I think that's the part that Obama seems to not recognize while he's out dancing and golfing and doing the wave at baseball games. This is a real true insurgent war. And we're talking about keeping all neighborhoods safe. We're talking about keeping people around the mosque safe too. If any area is at risk, it will be where the hot bed of the activity is going on. That makes all Americans safer.
Jonathan Hoenig: Muslim Americans rights are upheld more in America here than they are anywhere else in the world. I think to Gina's point. Jihadism is at war with the west and it needs to be destroyed. Not just degraded, not just deferred, as Obama talks about when he's doing the tango or whatever it is. I think it's going to necessitate a total war in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia. But in the interim, at least working with these Muslim communities just as we work with gang communities where there's gang violence being festered. Work with these communities where there's possible hot beds of local home-grown terrorism because, you know what? It’s Obama's job to protect those communities as well.
Jessica Tarlov: What Ted Cruz is citing, he talked about what happened in New York City, and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton came out and said Ted Cruz doesn't know what he was talking about. The program that he’s referring to was disbanded in 2014 because it was a complete failure. There was not one conviction, not one piece of usable intelligence that they got out of eight years of doing that. I understand what Ted Cruz is saying but he is just riling people up and that policy would make us less safe and there are two lawsuits that had to be settled against the NYPD and they are revising their procedures.
Morgan Ortagus: I think law enforcement officials need to use a threat-based approach whenever enforcing their communities. We have Muslim Americans who have fought and died fighting for this country. They're in the FBI. They're in the CIA. So, there is no reason, as John pointed out, that law enforcement communities can't work with Muslim communities the way that they do with gang communities. And there's also no such thing, really, as Muslim communities in America. Muslims live side by side with Christians and Jews and that makes this country great.
SPEAKER RYAN TALKS ABOUT "FAITH" IN GOVERNMENT AMID TRUMP'S ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT MESSAGE
Morgan Ortagus: I think you would have to have your head in the sand over the past nine months to not think that the outsider message is winning. Cleary it’s evidence, by the success of both Trump and Cruz’s wins in the primaries. I think the real question going forward is which outsider is going to get the nomination, Trump or Cruz?
Jonathan Hoenig: I hope people keep faith in government and understand the importance of
Government and a constitutional government. That's what makes this country unique, what makes us special. In this country your life belongs to you. So, people I know are frustrated but I hope they don't give up on the idea of a constitutional republic in which every individual's rights are protected.
Gina Loudon: Our founders did not say anything about having faith in government. How can you have faith in government so bloated that it completely lies to you all the time and is completely ineffective in everything that it tries to do? And Paul Ryan is so tone deaf it's almost astonishing here. How does he not understand that the cynicism that's been bred in the voters doesn't come from outsider candidates like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump? It comes from him and people like him in the establishment, not keeping their promises.
Jessica Tarlov: I think that you shouldn't trust either the outsides or the insiders. But I think Gina is completely correct. It does sound tone deaf that republicans in congress have 11 percent approval rating and not that democrats are doing much better. They haven't delivered. Signing that spending bill felt like the final straw for a lot of republicans who are now siding with Trump and Cruz, who seem perfectly willing to shut down the government, which a majority of republicans would prefer.
PRO-TRUMP CHALK MESSAGES CAUSING CONTROVERSY AT EMORY UNIVERSITY
Jonathan Hoenig: Most of what is wrong with Americans today can be traced to the progressive education in the 1920s that were practiced at all of these colleges. It's frightening that it's not like there are a couple of college kids. These are tomorrow’s leaders. These are the advisers to tomorrow's leaders being trained by professors and administrators who are anti-free speech, anti-capitalism, anti-individualism and anti-mind.
Jessica Tarlov: I think it's important, obviously, that a distinction be drawn between seeing “Trump 2016” and “build a wall." All of it is free speech and protective and critical for all minds, young minds, old minds. It's all part of what makes America great, not that we're going to be making America great again, as Donald Trump says. But writing, "build a wall," it is hostile and people react that way. Donald Trump is probably the most divisive candidate that we have had in decades.
Gina Loudon: When they complain that it's painful that someone wrote in chalk "Trump 2016," and for him to acknowledge and validate that is to make these the kinds of people who are going to come out
of Emory and how sad is this, screaming because someone's cross they wore on their neck offended them. This is not healthy. We need to teach students to buck up a little bit. I've taught in universities.
This kind of placating distracts from what is truly academic.
Morgan Ortagus: Well, as an economic conservative, I’m against Bernie Sanders free college for everyone because I don't think that's good policy. But seeing these stories reminds me of why I’m against free college for everyone. The kids in a way I can sort of blame them but the faculty I blame more. This is silliness that these adults would allow this sort of patronizing behavior to come out of our college campuses.