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Everything we expected to happen, in a general sense, has unfolded. President Donald Trump is everything we skeptics believed he’d be when we opposed candidate Donald Trump.

He’s an amateur, a dilettante, a self-obsessed bully, a suffocating narcissist, and a liar.

But none of those are reasons to oppose him. We’ve had presidents with all of those faults before. There is one problem that stands out above the rest, that we must now deal with.

Trump has made America about himself.

His actions in office are almost transparent compared to the opaqueness of his personality looming over our nation. Liberals hate him so much they side with America’s enemies, and enemies of the very causes they cherish just to oppose him.

Linda Sarsour is a shameful, vile woman whose call for Islamic “jihad” against Trump should be condemned by anyone who understands the context she used, meaning of the words, and the audience she spoke them to. But because it was against Trump, misogynistic, anti-Western, anti-Semitic values can be ignored or explained away.

Many Republicans and conservatives are no better.

Respected and brilliant people like Newt Gingrich have prostrated themselves at Trump’s feet only to besot their own reputations. Chris Christie, once a GOP hopeful for the future, practically self-destructed beginning with his Trump sycophancy. Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager, and (to some extent) Victor Davis Hanson have succumbed to the Trumpist clarion.

Prominent evangelicals like Jerry Fallwell, Jr. and Dr. Robert Jeffress of Dallas First Baptist have gone full-Trump only to blur their own commitment to Jesus’ teachings.

All of these are getting a cup full of comeuppance.

One of the greatest and most effective defenses of Trump as a positive character is his children. Look at how beautiful they are, how they’re all well-spoken, intelligent and successful.

So much for that argument.

Donald Trump, Jr. did not fall far from the tree. His biggest mistake is not cottoning to his father’s paranoid penchant for avoiding using email, or any other private communication that could later be used against him. “Tapes” are something Trump would never do, because he likes the flexibility of denial. Trump Jr.’s paper trail was his own undoing, and could be his father’s if the media has its way.

I am now more convinced than ever that America made a mistake.

Before the torches and pitchforks come out (and they will, anyway), know that I never believed in the binary choice of Trump or Hillary. I believe Hillary Clinton also would have been a terrible mistake. The mistake America made was putting Trump forward as the answer to progressive, leftist, cultural and political hegemony.

Using Trump as the battering-ram against the left’s heckler’s veto was a mistake because Trump has made everything in the country about himself. Even when he makes a good speech and elucidates concepts like the value of Western Civilization, his power to use those moments for good is limited by his own fatal flaws.

Trump has harmed the Republican Party in ways that will take years to recover.

If it recovers at all.

He has harmed the Democrats by forcing them to coalesce around an unsustainable platform of self-hatred, America-bashing, unaffordable social programs, and rage at anything “impure” in the abortion-loving, Christian-hating progressive far-left.

But people will elect Democrats because they hate Trump and what he stands for.

So Trump, arguably, in four years, could more the country further left than if Democrats held the White House if Republicans suffer a losing wave in 2018. The possibility of that event is greater than many believe, especially if Congress can’t deliver on its promise to repeal Obamacare.

All of Trump’s distractions, on Russia, his tweets, his mean and ugly responses to media, his shameful pitting of his own staff against each other, and his obsession with his own press, have made actual policy progress much more difficult.

If I had my way, I’d say to Trump, thank you. You’ve successfully cracked the armor of the left, pierced the shield of its media lapdogs. You’ve driven them to madness and brought them to their knees. If that was your mission, you’ve accomplished it. Now it’s time to govern.

If you’re incapable of governing, as it appears you are, and you refuse to step back and let capable people do the yeoman’s work while you sit back and sign things and give tours, then you should walk away. There’s no shame in retiring as a winner.

America made a mistake and we will be paying for it for quite some time if it’s not corrected.

This is a good time to mention the Federalist Party, a new and fresh conservative, small government party without the albatross of Trumpism hanging around its neck. As that movement grows, we will see if the mistake might be less costly than the two parties (that effectively act as one, politically at a national level) alone could hand us the bill for.

Not everything in America has to be political. And not everything in America has to revolve around Donald Trump, who has managed to damage both major political parties.

It’s time to recognize that America made a mistake putting this man in the White House. As for me, I’m hoping we have the will to walk away on both sides of Trump and put some daylight between violent antifa and alt-right extremists.

America is better than the man we elected president. It’s time for us to repent of our mistake and pray for our president, and our nation, that we would move beyond cheerleading and personality cults and begin the healing.

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  1. Joshua Herald

    July 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Well said Steve. And it’s not just on the national level. Locally, the Trumpists have taken over the Republican Party and nearly destroyed the county executive committee. Hillary’s “deplorables” comment isn’t far from the truth.

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Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration

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Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers.

A photographer for The Associated Press saw about a dozen people being handcuffed after they were told by agents to back away from a wall that the Border Patrol calls “an enforcement zone.” The American Friends Service Committee, which organized the demonstration, said 30 people were stopped by agents in riot gear and taken into custody while they tried to move forward to offer a ceremonial blessing near the wall.

Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said 31 people were arrested for trespassing and one was arrested for assaulting an officer.

More than 300 people, many the leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, participated in the demonstration at San Diego’s Border Field State Park, which borders Tijuana, Mexico.

The rally held on a beach divided by the border wall was the second confrontation for Border Patrol agents since a caravan of more than 6,000 migrants, predominantly Hondurans, reached Tijuana last month. A confrontation with rock-throwers from Mexico led to U.S. agents firing tear gas into Mexico on Nov. 25 and a five-hour closure of the nation’s busiest border crossing.

Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after undertaking a grueling journey from Central America to the U.S. border. Many face waiting weeks or months in Mexico while they apply for asylum. The U.S. is processing up to about 100 claims a day at the San Diego crossing, which is creating a backlog.

The demonstration Monday was meant to launch a national week of action called “Love Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice,” which falls between Human Rights Day on Monday, and International Migrants’ Day on Dec. 18, the group said.

“Showing up to welcome and bless children, mothers and fathers seeking asylum from very difficult and dehumanizing circumstances is the right and humane thing to do,” said Bishop Minerva G. Carcano, from the San Francisco Area United Methodist Church. “How we act in these moments determines who we will become as a nation.”

The group also is calling on Congress to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

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Latest Godzilla: King of Monsters trailer may mean it’s actually getting released next year

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Latest Godzilla King of Monsters trailer may mean its actually getting released next year

One of next year’s early blockbusters will be Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It is scheduled for May 31 after being pushed repeatedly to position it against the competition. This newest release date will give Marvel’s Avengers: End Game plenty of time to eat up audience dollars before passing the baton.

Originally slated for this year, executives kept looking for the best window for their second installment of what they hope to be a franchise similar to the successful Planet of the Apes reboot. The first installment of Godzilla in 2014 was widely seen as the first legitimate blockbuster featuring the Japanese monster after a handful of clunky attempts. It did well with a strong cast (including Bryan Cranston) and chalked up over $500 million at the worldwide box office against 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.

This installment features Millie Bobby Brown who has experience fighting demonic beasts in Netflix Stranger Things.

My only concern is that they seem to be putting out all the major bad monsters in this one – Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. It lends to the notion that this will be limited to a trilogy with the climax being Godzilla vs. Kong, crossing over the giant ape’s own franchise.

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Brett Kavanaugh punts on Planned Parenthood cases, leaving conservatives baffled

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Brett Kavanaugh punts on Planned Parenthood cases leaving conservatives baffled

Conservatives were cheering when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was finally confirmed after a tumultuous process that polarized the nation. Leftists argued that Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be the end for women’s rights to make choices about abortions, among other things, even before the confirmation turned into a high school sexual assault circus.

Instead of hearing arguments in his first major abortion-related case since taking the bench, Kavanaugh sided with Chief Justice John Roberts and the four left-leaning Supreme Court Justices to decline to review it. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch all wanted to hear the case, but it takes four.

According to Thomas, the move was political.

Kavanaugh, Roberts, side with liberal judges on Planned Parenthood case

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/10/supreme-court-planned-parenthood-defunding-case-845056?lIn February, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that Kansas was wrong to to end Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding, writing that states can’t cut off funding for reasons “unrelated to the provider’s competence and the quality of the healthcare it provides.” Four other appeals courts have ruled that Medicaid patients have the right to access the provider of their choice.

But the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that states do have the right to terminate a provider’s Medicaid contract and that residents cannot challenge that decision.

The Supreme Court’s action Monday allows the split decisions to stand in different federal circuits. Thomas, in his dissent, wrote that the Supreme Court should have taken the cases to resolve conflicting findings from lower courts.

“Because of this Court’s inaction, patients in different States — even patients with the same providers — have different rights to challenge their State’s provider decisions,” Thomas wrote.

My Take

Thomas is right. This is the type of case that is ideal for the Supreme Court to resolve the rights of individuals, who are currently bound by different laws in different states. The majority of the time, this isn’t a bad thing. States can and should act differently from one another. However, when it comes to a person’s right to challenge a federal funding, which Medicaid is in part, there needs to be clear direction from the Supreme Court.

As Thomas noted, the reasons for punting on this issue were clear.

“So what explains the court’s refusal to do its job here? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.’ That makes the Court’s decision particularly troubling, as the question presented has nothing to do with abortion,” Thomas wrote.

This case had nothing to do with abortion, at least not directly. It was about the rights of the people to challenge how their tax dollars were spent, a fundamental right that drills down to the core of our republic. The mere mention of Planned Parenthood, even outside of the abortion issue, was enough to spook Justice Kavanaugh. He joins Chief Justice Roberts and Republicans on Capitol Hill who are so terrified of Planned Parenthood, they refuse to address the issue even at its most basic level.

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