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President Trump: Twitter is not foreign policy, don’t tweet us into war



At times, President Trump reminds me of my 2 year old daughter. She is fast. On one occasion I recall reading a book while she was painting at her craft table. After a couple of pages, I look up and an entire wall has a mosaic of her rendition of her favorite cartoon sing-along. At other times, Trump reminds me of my nearly adolescent son – testing his limits, speaking without thinking, engaging in “one-ups” challenges. You know, when young boys challenge each other to “one-up” the previous stupid stunt.

One is cute and challenges a parent to keep their cool while cleaning the (thankfully) water soluble paint off the wall. The other has little forethought and without redeeming purpose and we go off into the “what-if” rants. Trump’s tweets are sometimes like my daughter’s wall art. Good for a chuckle and a “how cute” moment. Other times, his tweets are dangerous and appear to have little understanding of the consequences.

It seems that the “crazy little fat man” in North Korea recognizes the game he and President Trump are playing. Trump fires off a tweet regarding Kim’s rhetoric, Kim fires off an ICBM. If it were just Kim and Trump and the two were on an island, I’d let them sit in the sandbox and throw sand at each other. But they are not. China has been asked to exert its muscle over North Korea. On July 4th, Kim tested an ICBM launch and our president responded:

My question is, “aren’t there better channels for this communication?” Yes, the American people want to know that the crazy fat kid has launched another toy. But then when you antagonize Kim’s puppet master with:

…the sandbox just got a little more crowded and it likely will not be sand thrown at each other.

Twitter is “social media” not “policy media”. Foreign policy is for diplomats to air out. We are capable of being disappointed without urging from Trump. One response was particularly apropos:

And I think @Mike_P_Williams hits the nail on the head for several reasons:

1) Unprofessional on so many levels
2) Likely antagonizes North Korea
3) Gives Trump’s nay-sayers more reason to distrust him

Those are just a few reasons. Of course, the real issue is that we don’t want a war. These one-ups challenges are a dangerous game and likely have consequences that Trump hasn’t thought of or maybe believes his military is capable of handling. But with China being caught up in the sandbox, it won’t be sand the boys are throwing at each other. And they certainly are not alone on the playground.

Maybe Gen. Kelly will hire a nun with a ruler.

David is a Christian, a husband, father and patriot. He loves the fundamental first principles of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As a full-time student at Regent University (online), he is earning a BA in Paralegal Studies with the intent to continue on to law school at the University of Texas, Austin. Whenever possible, David argues for the principles of natural law with whoever will listen. David lives in Georgetown, Texas with his wife, Mandy and two children, Ethan and Meredith.

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity, not seeking the truth



Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity not seeking the truth

The press shouldn’t be part of the news. It happens from time to time based upon proximity; because they have to be close to situations, they occasionally get drawn in. What a good journalist should never do is intentionally insert himself into the news, but that seems to be exactly what CNN’s Jim Acosta is doing.

He doesn’t care about reporting. It’s as if he now enjoys being the news. That’s the only logical conclusion one can come up with when viewing his actions over the past several months. Once an obscure media figure during the Obama era, Acosta has found true celebrity status by going after the President and his staff.

He tasted blood and he liked it. Now, it seems he’s addicted to it.

The latest “outburst” against him came from the President himself. It happened during an event with the President of Kazakhstan in which Acosta asked an unrelated question:

‘OUT!’ Trump orders CNN star Jim Acosta to leave Oval Office after reporter’s newest outburst“Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?” Acosta frantically shouted.

“I want them to come in from everywhere… everywhere. Thank you very much everybody,” Trump responded as Acosta continued to bark questions.

That’s all acceptable, albeit slightly inappropriate considering the reason for the event. Acosta took it up several notches with his followup question:

“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world… people of color.”

This was intended to insert himself into the news once again. It’s a ridiculous question to ask and embarrassed the President and the nation on an international stage. “Journalists” like Acosta are willing to harm the country and its people as long as they can harm the President at the same time.

I’ve treated the President fairly since he was elected. When he pushes a big-government agenda, I voice my concerns. When he does well, I give praise. I would never attempt to shame him (and the nation as a result) with petulant outbursts of absurd questions. Jim Acosta apparently doesn’t hold such standards.

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The strange tale of the Turpin family



The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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Is the Republican Party racist?



Is the Republican Party racist

Racism isn’t broken down by party lines. There are racists in every political party in America. Some are more public than others, but generally speaking it’s clear there are racists everywhere. Thankfully, there are fewer of them today than in the past. A good part of the reason for this is cultural, but politically it’s been the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party, that has championed the cause of equal rights.

Unfortunately, there are two things that are changing the way history is perceived by many Americans. The first is a false narrative created by both mainstream media and liberal activists who paint the GOP as racists. The second is the reality of conservative values. While the fight for smaller government and more freedom is a righteous one, it’s also a fight that is more appealing to racists than the liberal ideologies of more government and less freedom.

Historically, the evidence is clearly on the side of the GOP, as this PragerU video demonstrates.

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