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The media’s obsession with Trump is damaging them more than him

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Anyone who follows the news every day can see this, even if the anti-Trump media (and Democrats) refuse to admit it. Back in November, I wrote “as for Trump versus the media, my bet is on Trump.”

Trump has declared war on the main stream media, and he is going to go at them with hammer and tongs until he wins. By the end of his four years, either Trump will be impeached and convicted, or the media will be addressing him with the flowery decorum due him out of fear.

There are several reasons this is likely true.

First, the president’s “bully pulpit” is incredibly strong. He personally commands hundreds, if not thousands, of government personnel and the levers of power. Even when he steps over lines of authority and decorum, as he did with former FBI Director James Comey, it’s not illegal per se. The president’s message will always find ears to hear it.

Second, Trump himself is a connoisseur of media. He knows what gets their tails wagging, and he knows–instinctually at this point after 40 years of doing it–how to leverage that to his own purposes. Trump follows media ratings like Goldman Sachs follows stock values. No president in history has taken interest in the media as a business–an entertainment business in many ways–to this level. Honestly, it’s rather an unfair advantage for Trump, but since when has he believed in fairness?

Third, the anti-Trump media constantly and consistently steps all over itself trying to find the most damaging story or the smoking gun against the president.

Let’s be honest here.

If “golden showers,” “grab them by the p***y,” and Trump’s parsimony and deception in his personal giving haven’t taken him down, how is innuendo and speculation about Russia going to?

How can a fake Time Magazine cover hanging in Trump’s golf club, that the press has reacted to like catnip in a crazy cat lady’s house, be worth anything at all outside their own little bubble of like-minded journalists? (Psst: it’s not.)

To be sure, it’s still journalism when the press pursues evidence of wrongdoing, collusion, or incompetence within the Trump campaign or administration. It’s still journalism when they, time after time, follow anonymous tips and leads, publish stories based on them, and are later forced to retract those stories. Everyone can be wrong.

But continuing those pursuits when they are clearly damaging the media more than they are Trump, is, frankly, stupid.

Trump knows it’s stupid, but as long as the media, that part of it he declared to be his enemy, keeps running after the ball when he pretends to throw it, he will continue to bait them. He baits them with ratings, with a juicy story to cover, with wall-to-wall Russia, and with every manner of irrelevant idiocy, and they fall for it. (Even the inaugural crowd size story has resurfaced!)

It needs to stop, for the sake of journalism and America’s trust in the media.

This is for you, Chris Cillizza, who has made career hay at the Washington Post and a plum job at CNN. It’s for you, David Fahrenthold, who, deservedly, won a Pulitzer for digging into Trump’s non-giving. And for Jeff Zucker, Leslie Moonves, Noah Oppenheim and James Goldston. You’ve been trading on the goodwill of your profession, to make business hay and win a battle you are likely to lose.

Those “suits” at the top, along with reporters eager for a career-making move, or vindication for previous embarrassments, by their unhealthy obsession with Trump, are damaging the media as a whole. Trump is only too happy to let you all do it.

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Guns and Crime

Liberty Control (aka Gun Control) Dead at 501 [1517 – July 10, 2018]

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Today we celebrate the passing away of one of the Left’s worst legacies: Liberty Control

Liberty Control (aka Gun Control), the absurd idea that depriving the innocent of a means of self-defense will protect them from criminals and the government died on July 10, 2018, after a protracted illness. The past few months saw it suffer multiple degradations, but the final cause of death was a settlement between the Department of Justice and Second Amendment Foundation in SAF’s lawsuit on behalf of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed over free speech issues related to 3-D files and other information that may be used to manufacture lawful firearms:

Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military.

“Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “For years, anti-gunners have contended that modern semi-automatic sport-utility rifles are so-called ‘weapons of war,’ and with this settlement, the government has acknowledged they are nothing of the sort.

This curse on freedom began with the nonsensical label ‘Gun control’ but like a mutating virus, it morphed into ‘Gun safety’ or ‘Gun reform’ as people began to understand it’s true liberticidal nature. The final proper designation for this statist abomination helped seal its fate: Liberty Control.

In recent years, Liberty control had suffered a number of potentially fatal maladies ranging from the Heller and other Pro-Liberty decisions of the Supreme court to the virtual explosion in gun ownership with untold numbers of new adherents joining the ranks. Despite valiant attempts by the Left to resurrect this absolutely horrid idea from a bygone era, most imbued with common sense came to realize that more guns equaled less violence.

Liberty Control is barely survived by its one year older half-brother in statist tyranny Collectivism, born when the book ‘Utopia’ was published in 1516.  This ancient idea remains in critical condition having been transferred to the Bronx on life support. It is not expected to survive, despite the best efforts of the Socialist-Left. As is usually the case when a free-people can properly assess the liberticidal ideas of the Left.

Libertas [The ancient Roman personification of liberty] Celebrated the death of one of its intractable foes down through the centuries. “There must have been some viral affliction in the water of the early 16th century to have created these two horrible curses upon mankind.”

Services will be held on July 27th, 2018, and after August 1 Cody Wilson plans on re-launching Defcad.com with ‘a treasure trove of 3D-printed gun files for download.’  In Lieu of flowers, those of the Liberty loving public are encouraged to visit https://ghostgunner.net/ after that date and download the files for future use as well as donate to the organizations that defend this critically important freedom.

Please note that while we are using this ‘obituary’ form to prove a point, it should be patently evident that the dreams of the Liberty grabbers of banning and confiscating guns are now dead. Even if by some freakish turn of events whereby the defenders of Liberty forget history, agree to the requirement of governmental permission to exercise a commonsense human right, and then have their guns confiscated. The technology will still exist for everyone to produce their own weapons. It should perfectly clear to everyone including the cadres of Liberty Grabbers out there that the genie is out of the bottle, that there is no way they can ever ban guns, knives or even the odd spanner here and there. It should also be evident that such groups should move on to other causes that actually have a chance of coming to fruition. Also, note that it was very proper that this took place during #Gun Pride Month.

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Despite claims to the contrary, Trump and McConnell aren’t fixing our broken judiciary

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While so-called conservatives and Trump supporters—but I repeat myself—have been singing the praises of Donald Trump for nominating Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell has been busy singing his own praises for his work in reshaping the federal judiciary in Trump’s image.

Unfortunately, this self-aggrandizing by and for Trump and the GOP may serve them well in November, but it perpetuates the status quo and misses the opportunity to provide the reform necessary to save the judiciary and our republic.

Based on past opinions where he stated that sitting presidents are above the law and that the NSA can violate our Fourth Amendment rights, Kavanaugh appears to be Kennedy 2.0 and not a strict constructionist. If he is confirmed, the broken Supreme Court remains broken.

And despite making the judiciary his “top priority,” McConnell has failed—a word we use often when discussing the Senate Majority Leader—to make the changes necessary to fix the lower courts, leaving them broken as well.

With all eyes on the Kavanaugh nomination this week, Trump’s nomination of Mark Jeremy Bennett to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals—one of the most overturned courts—was confirmed thanks to unanimous support from Democrats. Only 27 Republicans dissented.

Based on past opinions, Bennett’s confirmation is bad news for the Second Amendment as he believes that gun bans are constitutional. And on a side note, he supported same-sex marriage before the Obergefell decision.

Just as he missed an opportunity to shift the Supreme Court to the right with the Kavanaugh nomination, Trump’s choice of Bennett was a missed opportunity to shift the Ninth Circuit—a court that routinely decides against the Constitution. Ironically, these two nominations could be doubly damaging.

Since Congress has demonstrated zero interest in judicial reform, the current practice of assigning unilateral jurisdiction of the various circuit courts to individual Supreme Court justices will continue to be employed. Based on past practices and seniority, it’s likely that Kavanaugh will be assigned to the Ninth Circuit. If that happens, we will have a non-constructionist Supreme Court justice overseeing one of the worst circuit courts and its newest non-constructionist justice, Mark Jeremy Bennett.

Following Kennedy’s retirement announcement, I wrote a piece about how McConnell would likely use the news to save his job, so I’m not surprised that the Kentucky senator has turned the judiciary into an election-year issue. I’m also not surprised that Donald Trump lied about appointing strict constructionists to the courts.

And, in the end, I won’t be surprised when liberty in America is destroyed by the time Trump and the GOP are through.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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Video: So, You Think You’re Tolerant?

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Leftists like to fancy themselves as being tolerant and Liberal, but they fall way short in both qualities.

Leftists will tell you that they are the most tolerant people who have ever lived, they will also scream at you for being a racist, xenophobic troglodyte if you happen to mention that you’re a conservative. They are supposedly ‘Liberal’, being in favour of Liberty while demanding it’s polar opposite – socialism.

Yes, if there is one constant in the universe, its that Leftists cannot be honest about who they truly are. This is what we love about our wonderful opponents on the nation’s socialist Left, for they are nothing like another group that went by the same nomenclature who also screamed at people in the streets with the motto: Common Good Before Individual Good. [Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz]

But let’s not talk about the epithets they project on their enemies, let’s talk about how they get along with everyone who just happens to agree with everything they say. A new PragerU video featuring Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report looked at who is really tolerant. He is a true Liberal that discovered that it is actually the Pro-Liberty Right that is more tolerant, go figure.

Dave Rubin
Jul 9, 2018
Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.

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