Istook’s Insights: Sanctuary vs. Anarchy, let’s hear it for the ladies, and decrying red tape

Sanctuary city is another term for lawless anarchy.

Kathryn Steinle did not have to die. Her accused murderer in San Francisco had been deported back to Mexico five times. 

But the confessed killer told a TV interviewer that he kept coming back to San Francisco because of their sanctuary policy; the city refuses to cooperate with deporting people.

There are over 100 sanctuary cities in America. The Supreme Court has told them it is illegal for them to tell their police not to cooperate with deportations. 

Those cities are supposed to lose some federal funds as a penalty, but the feds don’t enforce that law.

It’s a wonder that anybody obeys any laws anymore. The feds don’t enforce immigration law, but local officials won’t cooperate anyway. 

Now a young woman is dead. Kathryn Steinle is not the only victim of sanctuary policies, but her death may be waking people up.

In much better news, hooray for the U.S. women’s soccer team.

The date was the 5th of July; the stadium was in Vancouver, Canada.

But all the wild and wonderful red, white and blue attire in the crowd made it look like the 4th of July on Main Street USA. 

The fireworks were the quick-strike goals from the U.S. women.

Japan was never in the game. America’s 5-2 victory was an all-too-rare moment when our country was united. 

Now everyone will want to bask in their glory. They’ll be in commercials, invited to the White House, Congress, and parades with mayors and governors. But the women deserve the honors, not the elected officials.

How fitting that a montage after the game showed the U.S. team as a Canadian band sang a classic rock song. 

The group was The Guess Who, but the song’s title said it all: American Woman.

Way to make us proud, ladies.

Meanwhile, now bureaucrats threaten Independence Day traditions.

This July 4th had plenty of red, white and blue–especially red tape. Federal regulations govern the import, testing, shipping, sales and displays of all fireworks. 

But the EPA says fireworks contribute to air pollution—so there’s a new regulation pending. Already, communities need a waiver from the EPA if smoke from a public fireworks display drifts near an air quality monitoring station. Without a waiver, communities can be penalized for polluted air. 

New EPA ozone rules might put fireworks on the endangered species list, along with outdoor grilling or mowing your lawn. 

The agency says it’s too many if there are 70 particles of ozone among a billion molecules. If fireworks push a community over the line on Independence Day, they face federal punishment.

The rockets’ red glare is a major American tradition.

But now it gets smothered by all the red tape.