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

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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

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/16/out-trump-orders-cnn-star-jim-acosta-to-leave-oval-office-after-reporter-s-newest-outburst.html“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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Culture and Religion

The strange tale of the Turpin family

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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

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 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?

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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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