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America made a mistake

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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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Guns and Crime

Why isn’t Katie Brennan’s #MeToo accusation getting national attention?

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It’s the type of story that should have received national attention immediately. It was sourced by a respected major news outlet, the Wall Street Journal. Both the accuser and the accused are high-ranking public official in New Jersey’s government. The accused stepped down two weeks ago when approached by WSJ for comment. Katie Brennan’s story is a major newsworthy scandal.

As of Monday morning, a day after the story officially broke and four days after it was leaked to other major news outlets, both mainstream media and the #MeToo movement are essentially silent.

That will change soon, possibly today. Brennan, a prominent volunteer for Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign and current Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, released this statement:

On April 8th, 2017, Al Alvarez raped me. On April 9th, 2017 I learned that the system is broken.

I have pursued every form of justice available. But it has become clear that this system is not built for survivors.

The details of the assault portrayed in reporter Kate King’s Wall Street Journal report published today are accurate. But to date, I have received no justice.

I decided to come forward because I know that Al Alvarez, and all perpetrators, must be held accountable, must never rape again, and the justice system needs a complete change with regard to sexual violence.

New Jersey residents are only given a two-year window to file a civil suit. After spending an entire year pursuing a criminal case before hitting a dead end, I am left with less than one year to pursue civil action.

It is clear that leadership from the Murphy administration is needed to create meaningful policy change on several levels to make sure future victims do not have to endure what I have. I urge Gov. Murphy and the Attorney General’s Office to eliminate the statute of limitations on civil action related to sexual assault, and to direct prosecutors to be more aggressive in taking on these criminal cases. Further, the Murphy administration and the General Assembly should pursue legislation to ensure New Jersey’s police and other first responders are better trained to handle sexual assault victims.

Finally, sexual predators like Al Alvarez are only able to stay in power when those around them do nothing. Several senior level members of the Murphy administration were aware of my assault and failed to take meaningful action. Al Alvarez remained employed at a senior level in the Murphy administration until just a few weeks ago, when he knew the Wall Street Journal article was coming out and opted to resign. The failure of members of Gov. Murphy’s staff to respond in an aggressive, proactive fashion is unacceptable.

To other sexual assault survivors in New Jersey, I urge you to join me in coming forward if you are able. I will stand with you, because when we stand together, we are safer and stronger. Our voice is our power. Together, we can finally receive the justice we all deserve.

Murphy has not commented other than saying Alvarez should not have been hired. He was made aware of a “sensitive matter” that needed to be discussed by Brennan in June and claimed his staff would set up a meeting. That was the last Brennan heard from Murphy.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of aide sex assault allegation questioned

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/governor/2018/10/14/murphys-handling-sexual-assault-allegation-called-into-question/1642517002/His accuser, Katie Brennan, was a Murphy campaign volunteer who said she spent more than a year seeking action against Alvarez for the alleged sexual assault before directly emailing Phil and Tammy Murphy in June. Phil Murphy responded within the hour, according to the Journal.

“Hang in,” he wrote. “We are on it.”

But Alvarez remained in his $140,000-a-year position until October. The alleged assault happened in April 2017.

Standards set by the #MeToo movement dictate that credible accusations should be believed. Brennan appears to be extremely credible, having reported her rape immediately after it allegedly occurred. Alvarez offered a $15,000 settlement that would have been attached to a non-disclosure agreement, which Brennan refused.

Where is MSNBC? Where is CNN? Where is Alyssa Milano?

Social media is starting to take notice. In particular, they’re going after Murphy and his wife for speaking out in support of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.

Katie Brennan

My Take

I am a strong proponent for what the #MeToo movement once promoted and how it started. The original intent was to embolden women who had experienced sexual misconduct at the hands of men in power over them. The goal was to give courage to those who were in very tough situations.

Recently, the #MeToo movement has been weaponized. I’m not going to draw comparisons between accusations against Kavanaugh and Alvarez. That would be unfair to Ford since Brennan’s accusations against Alvarez are much more recent and have the benefit of an immediate report to the authorities. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that as of now, either the story hasn’t reached the right people or the right people have chosen to ignore it.

We can’t let them.

It’s not as if this is a political hit job against Democrats. Brennan’s image was used in Murphy’s campaign handouts and she was outspoken as a “Young Democrat of the Week” in New Jersey as a result.

Katie Brennan NJ Democrat

I don’t like when something as heinous as rape gets politicized, but silence from mainstream media and the #MeToo movement is deafening. Would they be avoiding the story if Brennan had accused a Republican?

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

National Review reporter and Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf often discusses political correctness. She talks about it so often that one might think it’s a subject she enjoys, but in reality it’s simply a problem she passionately wants to solve.

In American society, it is way too easy to offend. People do not want to hear that their perspectives are wrong. That’s apparently some form of violence. They don’t want to hear an opposing viewpoint. That’s allegedly a form of oppression. Many on the left feel entitled to express their opinions in any way they see fit and also to prevent others from sharing their opinions if there’s a difference in worldviews.

The hypocrisy of political correctness is thick.

As Timpf recently pointed out on National Review, it’s a problem that doesn’t have an easy solution, but trends are pointing to positive movement against the specter of political correctness.

Political Correctness: Study Finds 80 Percent of Americans Think It’s a Problem

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/political-correctness-problem-according-to-80-percent-of-people/I could go on for pages and pages, but you get the point: Writing about political correctness sometimes makes me feel as if everyone has gone mad, and I’m very glad to see that this doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, a strong majority of people apparently agrees with me. A strong majority believes that political correctness has gone too far, and probably would agree that we need to be careful to protect our ability to speak freely in this country.

That’s certainly encouraging, but it still doesn’t make me feel entirely better. After all, the small, PC-obsessed mob can sometimes be very powerful. Once it decides that someone or something is racist or sexist, that conclusion can carry a lot of weight. It can ruin careers and lives. It can remove perfectly good, innocuous words from acceptable speech, because even the people who might not see a problem with those words don’t want to risk being accused of racism or sexism for using them. The only answer is to keep fighting, to keep exposing and mocking such overreach when it occurs — and to take solace in the fact that so many people have awoken to its dangers.

Keep fighting the good fight, Ms. Timpf.

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

Rachel McKinnon. a transgender woman who was born male and possesses all the physical advantages of a man, won the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. It’s the latest event that draws questions about the fairness of biological males competing in female events.

Despite outcry by biological females and men alike, it is being billed by some as a victory for the LGBTQ community and transgender men or women around the world. Critics point out that biological males have an unfair advantage over biological females when it comes to activities that require physical strength, speed, or endurance. That doesn’t seem to deter those competing in these events.

Biological Male Wins World Championship Event in Women’s Cycling

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/14/biological-male-wins-world-championship-event-in-womens-cycling/McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion … ever.” Later, the professor responded to criticism from “transphobic bigots” by tweeting:

Allowing biological males who identify as transgender women to compete in women’s athletic events has been a controversial subject, as critics argue that it puts female competitors at an inherent disadvantage.

My Take

Unlike some of my colleagues, I have no problem with transgenderism. What I have a problem with is the unfairness of women’s competitive sports being infiltrated by those who have clear and scientifically demonstrable biological advantages over their competitors.

If performance enhancing drugs are frowned upon in sports, what could be more performance-enhancing than growing up with the musculature and hormone advantage of a man, then competing in women’s sports?

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