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On winning: Discretion is the better part of valor

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Are there times when losing, regardless of the repercussions, is preferable to winning? We are a society which has stopped keeping score at our children’s athletic events. Instead of MVP awards we hand out participation trophies to everyone. Yet, there are segments of our culture where winning is prized above all else. On one hand our children see use say everyone is winner and no one fails, while on the other hand we seek to crush out opponents by any means necessary. Losing with grace and honor is a thing of the past. But, should it be, and did we miss an opportunity to show our children what an honorable loss looks like?

Caleb Howe wrote a terrific article on Thursday, over at Red State, titled The Flight 103 Presidency. I would encourage you to read it. His position is that the game of Russian roulette, that was the 2016 Presidential election, we got a gun with every round in the chamber. There was no chance of drawing a blank and living to spin again. Caleb says the bomb on board is going to blow, now it’s just up to us to determine where we are going to be when it blows, not if it blows.

This brings me back to my opening question. Are there times when it’s just better to lose? Can there be more honor in losing and maintaining some amount of dignity and honor. Is discretion the better part of valor? Is it better to take some hits, but live to fight another day?

The election of 2016 was just such a decision making opportunity. It was very apparent during the primaries, and subsequent general election, that Donald Trump had struck a nerve and ignited people’s passions. Those opposed to the left’s radical agenda feared Hillary Clinton and the continued policies of the last eight years. You know the story, and I won’t repeat it here.

Trump won, despite his historically low approval ratings and despite his complete lack of any moral compass. We have had some bad presidents in our history, but I’m not sure we’ve ever had one who so completely lacks any moral, or ideological, identity. The only consistent thing about President Trump is that so long as you praise him, you are good. If you don’t, you are bad. That is the one thing you can put money on with Trump. Nothing else matters. But, it didn’t matter. We had to win. We had to win at any costs. Well, now we are seeing the costs.

So, what are the costs and were they worth it to avoid a Clinton presidency? This administration has accomplished nothing other than Justice Gorsuch and rolling back some regulations. To be honest, we could have gotten that from a President Jim Gilmore. Hell, insert any republican name behind “President” and we would have at least gotten that. And for those victories, what has been the costs?

Seven months of complete dumpster fire. Every Friday, we wait for the next shoe to drop. A different position from every administration official who opens his or her mouth. Every republican elected official having to decide if it’s more beneficial to defend Trump or distance themselves and risk awakening the wrath of the Twitter Monster that is President Trump. I haven’t even gotten to the latest with the race issues. Like it or not, the Republican Party, and candidates, with spend the rest of their existence fighting allegations of racism and collusion with the alt-right. All at a time when the party was supposed to be expanding the base and becoming a “Big Tent”. Personally, I’ve never been more confident in my decision to leave the party in May 2016, and more proud to have found a home in The Federalist Party.

The argument by some, in conservative circles, during the election was that the Republican Party would be in a better position had Hillary Clinton won. I tend to think they were right. With a Republican House and Senate, she would be opposed at every turn (perhaps). They could have held the line on judges, funding, and any number of issues. (I say this hypothetically, because they really showed no spine during the Obama years) With all of that said, at least there would be some moral authority left, however slight. That is gone.

This is beyond the point of fixing. The President’s inner circle in now void of any right leaning voices. He is surrounded by life-long democrats. If you have been unhappy with the way the first seven months have gone, I anticipate it only getting worse. As Caleb Howe said, the bomb is going to blow. There is no stopping it. The only question now is whether those who are in the Republican Party, and those of us who already left, can admit that we must disassociate with this President and live to fight another day and take the high ground.

“It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

― Samuel Adams

Jacob is the provisional State Chair, Federalist Party of NC

Attorney, husband, father, and Provisional State Chair of the Federalist Party of North Carolina.

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  1. Doug Olson

    August 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Well said, Jacob. For over 30 years I have been a member of the GOP. I felt a great relief in May when I left the party and joined the Federalist Party. When the GOP became so feckless due to the maneuvering of Priebus, Trump, Ryan, McConnell and Graham, I saw the writing on the wall. Conservatives are now the enemy of the GOP and of Trumpism. I believe, only through the Federalist Party can true conservatism be re-defined back to where it should be, not what the likes of Flake and other “RINO” would say it is.

  2. Hermann Fegelein

    August 20, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Conservative would have a more compelling message if it have ever been anything but a failure and a disaster anywhere it had been put into practice, and if we’re possible to point to a conservative economic philosophy based on anything other than racism and federal handouts. Your argument that Hillary clinton is uniquely horrible actually looks like an ex cathedra declaration, with your claim to make such declarations undermined by your apparent lack of cognitive skills sufficient to enable you to pour water out of a boot. I used to be a conservative, following a conservative leader. It led to a catastrophe the like of which had never before been witnessed on Earth.

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Vice says women shouldn’t have guns

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On Friday, Vice’s Twitter account tweeted out a previous Vice article from June 14, 2016, entitled, “A Very Incomplete List of People Gun Rights Activists Think Should Be Armed.”

The brief article is a lamentation of the belief of Second Amendment advocates, specifically “the NRA and other right-wing groups,” that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

The tweet (below) reads, “The NRA wants to put guns in the hands of: Schoolteachers, Preachers, Anyone who goes into a nightclub, Women …just to name a few.”

According to author Harry Cheadle – who evidently believes that women shouldn’t be afforded Constitutional protections or exercise our God-given human rights – “the goal [of 2A advocates] is to make sure everyone is prepared to engage in a shootout at all times.”

“And by everyone, I mean everyone,” he emphasized.

So, just who, exactly, does Vice believe should be considered prohibited from exercising his/her Second Amendment rights?

“Here is a surely incomplete list of people that gun rights activists believe should be packing heat. Once all of these categories of Americans are all carrying guns on them at all times, presumably we will finally be safe…”

The listed include (as worded the article), but are not limited to:

-Women

-Gay people

-Jews

-Holocaust victims

-Some people who commit domestic violence

-Firefighters

-Every black person in America

-Pilots on planes

-People on the terrorist watch list

Yes, ladies, you read that right. A gun in the hand of a woman is as great a risk as possible terrorists. I can imagine Mr. Cheadle must be petrified at the sight of a woman behind the wheel of a car!

Ahhh!

Yes, Mr. Cheadle is apparently quite fearful of women, Holocaust victims, and black Americans, among others.

Well, as you might expect, this didn’t go over too well on Twitter. Here are just a few of the (often snark-filled) reactions.



And, in case you are wondering about my own response to Vice’s tweet… I joined the NRA.

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Are Men Economically Obsolete?

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Technological advances and globalization are prime reasons why over seven million middle-aged men aged 25-54 are not in the American “labor force.”

It may get even worse. A new report from a Federal Reserve official suggests these men are “unlikely to return to the labor force” based on current trends.

Demographic factors drive their nonparticipation, argues Fed economist Didem Tuzemen, who found that disability or illness was the most common cause of no participation.

However, the economist also pointed to “job polarization,” meaning the decline in demand for “middle-skill” workers caused by technological advances and globalization. The fed economist argues that if it weren’t for these economic and technological shifts, nearly two million more men would have been employed in 2016, or 3.6% more employment of men in this age group.


Resources:

Why Are Prime-Age Men Vanishing from the Labor Force? by Diden Tuzemen

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Mass Murders, Mass Shootings, Who are we going to allow to influence us?

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Neil Degrasse Tyson is not only one of the new darlings of the mainstream progressive media, he is basically the new Carl Sagan. I can say that because he was the presenter of the updated version of Sagan’s 1980 television series “Cosmos” which become one of the most watched science documentaries of the 20th century and set the standard for other shows like it to follow, including the recent follow-up. A second Cosmos series with Tyson is currently in the pipeline.

With the Parkland, Fla. school shooting added to the list of many other school shootings, Tyson decided to present his remedy on his Twitter feed to help the human race heal and better themselves.

“Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.”

Harvard psychologist and outspoken humanist Stephen Pinker chimed in on MSNBC’s “Hugh Hewitt”: “What was the benevolent shepherd doing while the teenager was massacring his classmates? If you’re counting on God to make the world a better place you are probably going to make the world a worse place because he is not listening and we saw that yesterday.”

He’s not alone. The Freedom From Religion Foundation likes to remind those who pray daily that “Nothing Fails Like Prayer.” While certain elements of the so-called enlightenment coupled with scientific advances might have debunked certain superstitions, they moved us away from God’s law and embraced evil ideals.

I am sure that most if not all Big “A” Atheists embrace and admire the ideals and philosophies of Charles Darwin. Darwin’s ideals of natural selection and evolution were taken to heart by several different men over the years. Jeffrey Dahmer in an interview with NBC News said that he believed in Darwinian evolution and that led him to become a serial killer and sex offender. He received a life sentence but along the way, he renounced his belief in Darwin and embraced creationism. Dahmer was murdered by another prisoner in Nov. 1994.

Adolf Hitler’s vision of a new Germany only came on the world stage not only because of the of the theories of Darwin but also from the notions of Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche believed that those who are stronger in the world must attack, conquer and eventually murder those who are weaker than they are. Did you know that Nietzsche admitted that his conclusions came from Lucifer himself? He actually said it. Nietzsche’s “might makes right” view coupled with Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” proved to be a toxic cocktail for the human race.

Eric Harris drank this toxin via his education in the public education system. Many at Columbine High School in Denver, Colo. would pay the price. This included Cassie Bernall who was immortalized by many evangelical Christians in the Michael W. Smith song “This Is Your Time.”

Just another consequence of forbidding the existence of God in the public school classroom in the name of “separation of church and state.” You can’t honor God for they say He does not exist. We act astonished when another school shooting happens or a would-be tyrant tries to play God, and yet these humanists want us to be better ourselves without God’s help. They are true fools, or they know God exists and they are trying to weasel out of accountability for their sinful actions.

Harris and Dahmer were men with little to no power and it did not end well for either of them. The masterminds like Tyson and Pinker who have money and are well-off are in high places, can seek to use their leverage to empower people and advance causes that fit with their visions of what they think will be a better world. They will fail as well.

Trouble is, it will likely lead to another tyrant who demands that the human race renounces God. Jeffrey Dahmer believed in Darwinian evolution, took ideas of creationism that turned him around before he was murdered by another prisoner. Eric Harris took Darwin’s doctrine of Natural Selection no differently than Hitler. He paid attention to the “teacher rap” and took it to heart. Friedrich Nietzsche admitted being influenced by the devil himself. His views influenced Harris and Hitler.

Who are we going to allow to influence us? Neil Degrasse Tyson? Stephen Pinker? The mainstream media? There are consequences for kicking God out of schools and breaking His laws-we are seeing it today.


This article was originally published in The Christian Post
https://www.christianpost.com/voice/mass-murders-mass-shootings-and-the-need-to-return-to-god-and-his-holy-law.html

Other references
https://www.dailywire.com/news/27320/americas-leading-scientists-degrasse-tyson-and-ben-shapiro

https://www.generations.org/programs/869

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