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Lies, damn lies, and political cults

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Cults of personality never cease to amaze me. People latch on to a politician as if he or she is their savior, and they change their worldview to fit whatever mold that person espouses at any given moment.

I, and people like me, aren’t afflicted with this condition. You might ask what makes us so special. It’s simple really.

You have to know WHAT you believe in before you can decide WHO to believe in.

The most recent example of this, obviously, is the Cult of Trump. Those who ardently support Trump decry this label, but they never once stop to consider whether or not it might be true.

I’ve seen people who support Trump scream and cry over Obama’s excessive golf outings, but somehow Trump’s are different. Why? Because you like Trump? If Obama’s golf outings and expensive vacations were a problem, Trump’s should be too.

According to The Hill, the DOJ is reportedly asking formore than a million IP addresses related to a Trump “resistance” site. How is his any different than Obama using the DOJ to wiretap reporters who he didn’t like? I’m sure the Trump clan will SAY it’s different, but I’m not seeing it. For the record, I roll my eyes every time I see “The Resistance” in someone”/ Twitter bio. I think these are stupid people throwing a tantrum. However, collecting data on them by the government is against the Constitution and should be condemned by all Americans.

I’m sure the anti-Trump “Resistance” agrees with me. However, I have to wonder how many of THEM spoke up in concern when the IRS was targeting conservative groups. My guess is few, if any.

For all the noise everyone makes about “freedoms of speech” and “not wanting to live in a police state,” people sure are fine with totalitarianism as long as it’s going against the other side. Nobody should be ok with this under any circumstances.

I’ve been mostly quiet on the violence and racial tension that has taken place in the last week or so, speaking of it to nonone but a couple of close friends. There’s a reason for this. Most everyone will hate what I have to say. That’s ok. It’s a free country and I respect that you have the right to disagree with me.

Everyone there except the cops and National Guardsmen who HAD to be there, are a bunch of idiots. Everyone there had a right to be there. Everyone there had a right to speak, whether I liked it or not (I didn’t). ALL of these groups, neo-Nazis, KKK, BLM, Antifa, are a bunch of racist fascists. Yes, I said ALL of them, and yes, I count them all the same. Don’t like it? Too bad. Freedom of speech.

It’s amazing to me though that people can’t sit back and let any one group have their say, as long as they are doing it PEACEFULLY. Peacefully does not mean you can block traffic, by the way, any more than it means you can’t throw rocks at police, or break windows or set fires. (Have an angry mob block the street in front of my truck and see what happens.) No, they have to make themselves feel better by “counter-protesting.”

Ben Shapiro has been kept from speaking on college campuses because Leftists don’t like what he has to say. Those on the Right scream “free speech.” Then when it’s Linda Sarsour, the tables are flipped and those wanting to stop Shapiro from speaking are screaming “free speech” for Sarsour’s hate speech, while those who defended Shapiro want her to be stopped.

Boycotts are another example. I’ve seen people boycott for supporting or not supporting a certain someone or something, and those same people bemoan a boycott on a company they like. Pick one. You can’t have it both ways.

Back to the politics of specific policies, if Obama did it and you were mad, you should be mad when Trump does it. By the same token, if you are mad because Trump is doing something, you should have been mad when Obama did it. If not, you’re a hypocrite, and you’re part of a cult, whether you acknowledge it or not.

You can keep defending or criticizing Trump and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama etc, and keep switching positions based on who is doing it. That’s your right. But I’m going to call you out on it every time. This isn’t “whataboutism.” Whataboutism excuses one side for the other, something Trumpers and Obamabots do as nauseum. I don’t excuse one for the other, I just point out hypocrisy for someone to be for it when one does it and against it when the other does it.

Harry Reid (D-NV) railed against illegal aliens entering the country for years. Now the Democrats have learned how to weaponize illegal immigration through voter fraud and a move toward Cloward-Piven economic policies. Now suddenly, conservative Americans are somehow racist for wanting to know who is entering our country? Hypocrisy.

Obama had socialist policies of wanting to take hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars for “infrastructure” spending. Conservatives were rightly outraged. But now Trump wants to do the same thing and “infrastructure spending” is now sound public policy? Hypocrisy.

The last two Presidents whined incessantly about various things, but if you ask either side, only the opposing President did that. (I’m rolling my eyes so far I can see inside my skull here.) Trump’s whining just seems worse because he does it so inarticulately, and does it every day on Twitter.

The bottom line is this: principles DO matter, despite what we were told by the legions of “Apprentice” fans last year. If you are consistent with your principles, it shouldn’t ever feel uncomfortable to call out a politician you mostly agree on when he or she is being inconsistent. If you have to change your opinions to fit their actions, then you’re doing it wrong, and yes, you’re in a cult.

And not for nothing, but this cultish behavior wasn’t confined to Bernie and Trump supporters like many believe. I saw it among Cruz and Rubio supporters, and don’t even get me STARTED on Ron and Rand Paulbots. The “Never Trump” crowd of supposed conservatives have become a cult of anti-personality. ThePresident could say “rain is wet” and some of them would say “See? He’s a racist authoritarian.” Just give it a rest. Criticize the bad, complement the good. It’s not all or nothing.

Just believe what you believe. Stop trying to be part of the “in” crowd by agreeing OR disagreeing with everything a polician says or does, just because he or she is the one to do it. Nothing is going to truly get better until you do that, because once you do that, you’ll see that BOTH major parties are full of the same hypocrites who don’t care about you. Stop looking for a politician to save you. You will always be disappointed, and if you’re not disappointed, it’s because you didn’t really know what you were looking for in the first place.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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  1. rick rude

    August 17, 2017 at 4:28 am

    great article Mr. Wilhelm

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Roy Moore must pass the Cemetery Gates, but Al Franken is a progressive so he is OK

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I would be cool with both Roy Moore and Al Franken walking passed the cemetery gates, but it should not surprise any moral-minded freedom liberty loving conservative that Franken gets a pass.  Even from the Great Mitch McConnell.  Yes, there is a double standard, but what matters is that the progressives and their collaborators continue to maintain power in our government.

Shame that its only Moore that must pass those dreaded gates of the dead.

Meanwhile, we have to push for Article V and/or new political party to take the place of the do nothing Republican Party.  Otherwise, it will have to take a civil war to get our freedom back and I don’t know if we are strong enough for even that.  Don’t get me started about Edward “Ted” Kennedy who truly got away with murder.  At least it kept Ted out of the White House, but I doubt would have been the case now.  What matters is that we create the kingdom on Earth and prove God a liar and that we don’t need his help or his forgiveness or above all honor his ‘oppressive’ law.

Until further notice, I stand by Roy Moore.


Levin: Shameless Dems are trying to bury the sexual abuse allegations against Franken

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/levin-shameless-dems-are-trying-to-bury-the-franken-allegations?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=111717levin-franken-ethics-committee&utm_campaign=crfbDespite the countless and vocal calls from Washington for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race, it is virtual silence on the Franken-resignation front. The only seeming consensus from his colleagues and party leaders is that Franken should go before the Senate Ethics Committee.

“Between 2007 and 2016, the Senate Ethics Committee imposed zero sanctions against anyone. Zero — despite 613 allegations and 75 preliminary investigations. Zero,” Shapiro wrote Thursday.

What all 46 Democratic senators (and two independents) say about Al Franken

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/what-all-46-democratic-senators-say-about-al-frankenNot a single Democrat has called for Al Franken to step down or be expelled from the Senate despite photographic evidence that backs up Leeann Tweeden’s allegation that Franken groped her breasts while she was sleeping and despite her claim that Franken forced his tongue down her throat.

 

 

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Can Jerry Jones save the NFL?

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As you may have read, the NFL is in the early stages of a new civil war. Two of the NFL’s most unpopular figures are facing off: Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell. What started out over something seemingly trivial(though it’s not), looks to escalate into something that could divide the league yet unite football fans. Roger Goodell has been hated by fans for years for many unarticulated reasons, however ever since the Ray Rice video, the NFL has undergone years, of bad distractions starting with domestic violence, blowing up over deflategate, and peaking with anthem protesting. All of this in in the litany of issues, Jones can use to usurp Roger Goodell from his Commissioner title with the NFL.

Free Zeke

Star running back Ezekiel Elliott finds himself as the centerpiece of this battle. His legal battle to overturn his suspension was the preseason for a larger showdown. Reports have surfaced suggesting Jones was assured by Goodell that Elliott would serve no time. This assurance prompted Jones to vote in favor of the process of a committee going forward with renewing Goodell’s contract. However, Goodell reneged his promise to Jones and suspended Elliott anyway. this comes after police filed no charges, and text messages have surfaced that Tiffany Thompson was merely trying to blackmail, Elliott. Goodell punished Elliott for battering Tiffany Thompson even though the lone NFL investigator who interviewed Thompson did not find sufficient evidence to support Thompson’s accusations. So Goodell suspended Elliott for nothing. What else is Jerry Jones to take that as other than a smackdown to show that he’s in charge and a petty slap against the Dallas Cowboys’ ability to compete?

Jones Not Alone

The fans are behind Jones because they dislike Goodell, but no one cares about the fans, sadly. Jerry Jones may look to find an ally in the NFLPA, the union for players. Following the Ezekiel Elliott case they lost, they issued this statement

On behalf of all players, the Union appealed the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott to its logical conclusion and we are withdrawing our lawsuit. 

Our vigilant fight on behalf of Ezekiel once again exposed the NFL’s disciplinary process as a sham and a lie. They hired several former federal prosecutors, brought in “experts” and imposed a process with the stated goal of “getting it right,” yet the management council refuses to step in and stop repeated manipulation of an already awful League-imposed system.

In truth, the NFLPA has no one to blame but themselves. They were a part of the process which gave Roger Goodell carte blanche with league discipline and it has been a disaster ever since. They helped create the monster during their last collective bargaining negotiations. However, in recognizing this failing, they may be eager to join Jerry Jones in his fight. This would be a credible ally that would make Jones seem less like a loose cannon.

History of Goodell’s success

One of the main selling point under Roger Goodell has been the increasing pie for NFL owners. Jerry Jones, specifically, has been a benefactor of Goodell’s leadership for many years.

CBS Sports: Cowboys dominate Forbes’ 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

According to Forbes, the five most valuable franchises in the world are the Cowboys ($4.8 billion), the Patriots ($3.7 billion), the New York Yankees ($3.7 billion) along with soccer clubs Manchester United ($3.69 billion) and FC Barcelona ($3.64 billion).

 The fact that two NFL teams are at the top of the worldwide list shouldn’t come as much of a shock because the value of an NFL franchise has basically been skyrocketing since 2013. Four years ago, there was only one team worth over $2 billion — the Cowboys.

This year, 27 of the league’s 32 teams are worth over $2 billion, and three of the teams that aren’t — the Browns, Bengals, and Buccaneers — will likely hit that number in the near future.

One team that didn’t see a huge jump was the Chargers. Although the Rams got a huge boost when they moved to L.A. in 2016 — they jumped from the 28th most valuable team to the sixth most valuable — the Chargers only saw a slight increase. Since moving from San Diego, the team’s value has gone from $2.08 billion to $2.275 billion.

Ratings may tank Goodell

The NFL boycott is real and is deeply reflected in the ratings decrease. NFL owners can’t be blind to the hurt they are getting by the ratings drop, attendance decline, dip in merchandise sales, and tainted relationship with major sponsors. However, as colleague Scott Byrd would suggest, this is just the beginning. These are Goodell’s biggest threats to his continued tenure and unfortunately, they are all financially tied. A while back, I previously wrote about how the NFL could hemorrhage the bleeding.

How the NFL can stop and possibly reverse the bleeding
  1. Force Players to Stand For the National Anthem

    Seriously, this shouldn’t even be debatable at this point. Get the politics out of football. The players have angered so many fans that the rating drops are accelerating. Players disrespecting the anthem is a direct cause of fans turning them off. You can’t expect to increase ratings when players alienate fans. Regardless of how you feel about the issue, the NFL has a fiduciary duty to implement and enforce a policy to keep the politics out of football. If they want a ratings bounce, they better listen to those who boycott. Football is supposed to be American. It should be a reminder of why we love our country. When that reminder is replaced by players protesting the anthem, the brand is tarnished. The NFL has a brand issue they need to fix.

  2. End Regional Broadcasting

    In 2017, there is no reason that a Broncos fan in Miami can’t watch their team except with DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket. I grew up with that, and it’s a great service. However, people are cord-cutting. Cable is increasingly losing its firm grip on entertainment with streaming services. NFL should offer streaming on their website that has no regional broadcast restrictions. It doesn’t even have to be free. This is a way for the NFL to modernize. They are already expanding their own streaming capabilities, but the only live games you can watch on NFL.com are out of market preseason games. How useless is that? Allow people who follow a team to pay for a package to watch that team every Sunday. It’s not that hard.

  3. Written Rules for Player Discipline

    How long should a player be suspended for in domestic violence cases? The amount of time is less important than the equal standard it should be from Josh Brown to Ray Rice. The NFL needs consistency. Otherwise, these scandals are a distraction from the football.

  4. Due Process for Player Discipline

    The NFL should defer to the legal system and not their own investigating. They are obviously terrible at it. In the case of Ezekiel Elliott, they suspended him when the police dropped the case. Furthermore, in the process, the NFL ignored evidence that exonerated Elliott. This was an unnecessary legal battle and distraction that the NFL really doesn’t need. It’s been proven that Elliott’s accuser was lying, but the NFL insists on a four-game suspension. Skip the NFL investigating process, and just defer to the legal system. If police drop charges, no suspension. If acquitted, no suspension. If they plead no contest, suspension. Players need to be proven innocent. And obviously, suspend when found guilty.

  5. Stay At Home

    This one is aimed at the San Diego Chargers. Abandoning the San Diego Market to pursue the Los Angeles dream would have been a good idea, if the Rams hadn’t already done it first. Now they gave their original fanbase a free pass to either lose interest or cheer for a different team. Stupid move. It’s great when the NFL gives back to the community, but abandoning your market shows how little you truly cared. Perhaps the Raiders should stay in Oakland. In pursuit of LA, the NFL lost the St. Louis market. San Diego and St. Louis are sizable markets. They can support multiple sports teams. If anything, the Jaguars should relocate, but they are investing in England for a possible relocation across the pond in the long-term future. When franchises relocate, it can devastate a community and turn people away from the sport. It’s very possible that these relocations have contributed to ratings declines. And so this should cease. As a side note, the Las Vegas move is not a terrible idea considering the city’s space and growth. But I don’t think the Raiders should be the ones to move. To clarify, It’s the stupid relocations that must stop.

Saving Football

Much of my five ways to stop the bleeding have only been validated with time, like the Chargers’ move to LA resulting in only a small increase in valuation. The internet also poses a threat that Roger Goodell seems behind on. Time is of the essence. If the NFL doesn’t change its ways, it could lose relevance in more households perhaps losing a generation of fans if this continues for however long Goodell’s contract is extended for. Rating declines only serve to make the NFL, and by extension football, less relevant.

Luckily Jerry Jones is opposing Goodell for more reasons than just Ezekiel Elliott, although that’s huge. Also, Jerry Jones has a history of suing and winning against the NFL. He is the best chance of saving the NFL. The NFL needs to act on its fiduciary duty to end these PR nightmares. And part of acting on that duty entails the removal of Roger Goodell. Jerry Jones is championing the fight. And while he isn’t quite the hero we wanted, he is the hero we need and deserve to save the NFL from itself. Who knows what the endgame is? But it’s hard to imagine, Jerry Jones succeeding makes the NFL’s situation worse. Usurping Goodell is the first piece in saving the NFL, but far from the last.

 

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Trump won’t lift ban on big game trophy hunting… for now

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Trump wont lift ban on big game trophy hunting for now

It isn’t often that the Trump administration reverses on a policy prior to enacting it, but it’s happening now. President Trump Tweeted that he’s going to put the big game hunting decision on hold until he reviews all conservation facts. This decision follows a social media outcry against lifting President Obama’s 2014 ban.

The argument for lifting the ban is that by regulating legal hunting, conservation efforts can be improved. It goes against our basic understanding to see how hunting an animal can help protect the species, but it’s been demonstrated to be true many times. In fact, even left-wing Slate posted an article supporting the notion:

Lifting the ban on elephant trophies will probably help save elephants.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/11/lifting_the_ban_on_elephant_trophies_will_probably_help_save_elephants.html“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” an FWS spokesperson told Slate. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.”

These loud missives don’t do justice to the nuanced factors that go into developing and implementing conservation efforts.

Regardless of whether there really are benefits or not isn’t important… at least not to the masses. Some people will be against it even if it’s demonstrably beneficial. Others wouldn’t have a problem with hunting them to extinction. This will come down to whether or not the Trump administration believes they can justify lifting the ban at the appropriate time to mitigate damage to their public image.

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