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Trump may be too close to the Alt-Right to condemn it

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I have a Bacon number of 3. This means I worked on a movie with a girl who acted in a film with a guy who appeared in “Footloose” with Kevin Bacon. It’s frankly ridiculous how happy this makes me.

Anyone can find a connection to almost anyone on the globe in just a few short steps. These connections more often reflect happenstance acquaintance than intimate friendship, but the connection exists nonetheless. And humans thrive on even minor ties.

For instance, I’ve (briefly) met sports legends Tony Hawk, Luc Robitaille, and Bill Walton. Even though my interactions with each were momentary and insignificant — they certainly wouldn’t remember me — I’ve felt a personal connection to them ever since. Whether it be Robitaille’s cameo in “D2: The Mighty Ducks” or Hawk’s appearance on an episode of “Last Man Standing,” I always experience the rush of that “I know him!” kind of feeling. It makes you feel like you’re connected to that movie or T.V. show too. You might even say it breeds a type of loyalty.

Bonds like these can establish loyalty in all spheres, and in politics especially, that can be hazardous if not treated with caution. So if somebody seems to have particular difficulty in distancing themselves from an obviously unacceptable group or ideology, you might want to ask yourself, “What’s the connection?”

You probably already know what I’m talking about: Donald Trump’s failure to call out white supremacists, the KKK, and (most importantly, I think) the Alt-Right by name in his statement on Charlottesville on Saturday. The remarks we so vague that The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, posted shortly afterward: “He loves us all. … No condemnation at all. … God bless him.”

On Monday, Trump finally decried “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups” as “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” This is a start, but there’s one group noticeably absent from his denouncement: the Alt-Right, major players in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. The Alt-Right has nothing to do with conservatism, contrary to many news reports, but is a disgusting, racist, and evil organization built on the pillars of fascistic white supremacy. So why can’t Trump condemn it? Because he’s too close to it.

Trump has an Alt-Right number of 1.

What’s the connection? White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon. Bannon is the CEO of Breibart News, the outlet he dubbed “the platform for the Alt-Right.” Ben Shapiro has stated, “I have no evidence that Bannon’s a racist or that he’s an anti-Semite. … With that said, as I wrote at The Washington Post in August, Bannon has openly embraced the racist and anti-Semitic alt-right,” which Shapiro equates to “appeasement of anti-Semitism” at the very least.

In short, Bannon’s no good, and Trump knows it. But he still won’t do anything about it — or even say anything about it, which is normally all does anyway.

For months, Trump has refused to confirm whether he still has confidence in his strategist, yet Bannon stays. Trump now reportedly suspects Bannon of releasing the infamous White House leaks, and although legendary former Communications Director Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci has reassured us that Trump “knows what he’s going to do with Steve Bannon,” there’s been no news of shaken relations or even Trump’s tweet-typical criticism. The Mooch further attributed Trump’s lackluster Charlottesville statement to Bannon’s influence: “You also got this sort of Bannon-bart influence in there, which I think is a snag on the president.”

That snag on the president remains, and it doesn’t appears to be going anywhere. To be clear, that doesn’t mean that Trump supports the Alt-Right or believes in its cause. But a condemnation of the Alt-Right would constitute a de facto denouncement of the man who gave it a voice. For whatever reason, Trump doesn’t seem willing to do that; his connection and apparent loyalty to Bannon are too strong.

For now, Steve Bannon appears untouchable. And unfortunately, ipso facto, the same goes for the Alt-Right.

Richie Angel is a Co-Editor in Chief of The New Guards. Follow him and The New Guards on Twitter, and check out The New Guards on Facebook.

Richie Angel is a Co-Editor in Chief of The New Guards, Co-Host of The New Guards Podcast, lifelong fan of the Anaheim Ducks, and proud Hufflepuff. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in English from Brigham Young University in 2017. One day later, his wife gave birth to a beautiful daughter. Richie is a constitutional conservative and doesn't see any compassion in violating other people's rights.

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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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