Surge of Jewish Center Bomb Threats Reminds Us 'Never Again' Has Never Mattered More

Anti-Semitic threats are on the rise according to the AMCHA Initiative, a site dedicated to protecting Jewish students in America. Their statistics show a jump from 469 incidents in 2015 to 613 in 2016 and 30 already reported this year.

The Anti-Defamation League released a report showing a 50 percent increase in violent anti-Semitic assaults since 2014. This past month, a rash of bomb threats plagued Jewish centers around the country --- 57 threats in 26 states to be exact.

Some have been quick to point the finger at Donald Trump for this uptick in violent rhetoric and threats. Lauren Levey wrote this for The Huffington Post:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that of the 1,402 victims of anti-religious hate crimes reported in the United States in 2015, 52.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by anti-Jewish bias. Based on the dramatic spike in hate crimes following the recent presidential election, there is reason to suspect the 2016 figures will be even higher.

But others on the left recognize the problem runs deep on both side of the aisle. Emily Shire from Bustle wrote:

The deeply disturbing and frustrating reality is that there is a problem with anti-Semitism on the left as well as the right. It often seems to get less attention and, frankly, criticism.

Much to the amazement of many conservatives, America somehow managed to survive the Obama administration. Now, the left is petrified a Trump administration will burn the republic to the ground and fundamentally transform America just as radically as Barack Obama did for their side.

Throughout the Obama years, many tossed around the idea he was a dictator in waiting and some even compared him to Hitler. Mike Huckabee once said quite harshly, "[Obama] will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

Thanks to a president who is self-admittedly "loose" with his language, many on the left pounce on Trump's poorly worded ramblings and reassemble them to fit their paradigm of "Trump is Hitler."

In resisting "Trumpism," the left has awoken from their dismissive slumber over the past eight years and the change is quite refreshing. A social media campaign featuring New Yorkers removing anti-Semitic graffiti on the subways has gone viral, showing people come together in a powerful way.

Shire explained why this coming together had nothing to do with "resisting Trump":

The subway incident this weekend in New York included a specifically anti-Israel message among the Swastikas, "Destroy Israel." I bring that up not to claim that the horrible anti-Semitic graffiti came from someone on the far left. There is absolutely zero evidence that it did --- but there's also zero evidence that it came from a far-right Trump supporter.

The fact that we simply do not know the motivation behind the person or people who defaced the New York subway with such revolting graffiti may be the best reason not to consider it --- or the response --- to be a partisan issue.

It turns out while he was a poor friend to Israel and stabbed them in the back every chance he could, Obama was not Hitler despite the admonitions of many on the right. While there is still a long way to go and a lot to be nervous about with Trump, he is not Hitler and probably won't be either.

What's dangerous about throwing these accusations around so carelessly is that while chances are slim a Hitler would end up in the White House, real anti-Semitism is running rampant around the world. It is becoming more and more prevalent, even here in America.

Swastikas are being left with political messages and anti-Semitic leaflets are spreading across college campuses, and what do we do? We try to tie it to the other party, the other side --- because our side could never be so vile. If a swastika shows up with Trump scrawled alongside it, it must have been a liberal trying to frame "our guy" and make him look bad.

The left, on the other hand, thinks, "See? Those conservatives really are evil --- let's get 'em."

In most cases, the truth is something entirely different. Option C just might be an anarchist --- not a D or an R --- following the same path of destruction that led to Hitler and the Holocaust.

The evil that possesses someone's heart to threaten or commit acts of violence is not a political ideology, it doesn't belong to a party and it doesn't wear a team jersey. It can infiltrate either side, wrap itself in a flag and further divide an already divided house.

"Never Again" has more to do with our own hearts than who is in office. It's time to stop looking for the next Hitler and time to eliminate hate.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.

President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job of keeping his campaign promises so far. From pulling the US from the Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the president has followed through on his campaign trail vows.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

Watch the video above to hear Glenn Beck, Sara Gonzales, Doc Thompson, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray discuss the story.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar brings white fan onstage to sing with him, but here’s the catch

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a fan to come onstage and sing with him, only to condemn her when she failed to censor all of the song's frequent mentions of the “n-word" while singing along.

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“I am so sorry," she apologized when Lamar pointed out that she needed to “bleep" that word. “I'm used to singing it like you wrote it." She was booed at by the crowd of people, many screaming “f*** you" after her mistake.

On Tuesday's show, Pat and Jeffy watched the clip and talked about some of the Twitter reactions.

“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."