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On Exhaustion: Life in the Age of Trump

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“I’m tired, Boss.”  So says John Coffey in the movie The Green Mile.  I know the feeling.  As CRTV’s Steve Deace has stated on several occasions, trying to keep up with the goings on of the Trump administration feels like aging in dog years.  Every month, week, day, sometimes even every hour, is going to be some new fire to put out.  When will it end and where will it leave us?

Now, when I say I’m exhausted, I don’t mean physically.  All things considered, and most people probably feel the same way, I have a good life.  I’m happily married.  My wife and I have three wonderful children.  I’m active at a wonderful church and I enjoy the work I do as an attorney.  With that said, like many of you, I am mentally and emotionally exhausted.  I have followed politics closely most of my life and I have never been so mentally drained from trying to process it all.  Just checking my news feeds can be excruciating.

Death by A Thousand Cuts

Last night, President Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.  These are serious issues, and are times where a President can shine by focusing national attention on our collective security.  However, almost up to the moment he took to the podium, we were discussing whether or not he’s a racist and why he’s providing moral equivalency to white nationalists.  From one minute to the next, there is no down time.  It’s constant crisis, with no time for the adrenaline to level off and get the heart rate back to normal.

This type of leadership, or lack thereof, leads to exhaustion for the average citizen.  This is a problem for the President.  Full disclosure, I did not vote for Trump.  I left the Republican Party in May 2016.  My fears of what a potential Trump presidency would look like have become reality.  With that said, I do want the President to be successful, in that I want what’s best for my country and fellow citizens.  President Trump’s problem now is that the dumpster fire is so big, he’s lost any moral authority to push any type of agenda.  Even those agenda measures we may agree with.  No matter the issue, for the remainder of Trump’s presidency, his motivations will be second guessed.  Sadly, nothing of the conservative agenda will be advanced.  As the recently unemployed Steve Bannon said, the presidency that millions voted for is effectively over.

Take last night’s speech for example.  We’ve been in Afghanistan for sixteen years.  I served in the US Navy during, and after, 9/11.  That makes me very hesitant to be critical of any mission where men and women are still in the field, but there are concerns.  I do not sit in the Pentagon and I have no idea what the current intelligence looks like.  I have to trust that the President and his military advisors are making the best decisions for the safety and security of our nation.  They very well may be, but how many among us looked at that speech and somewhere deep down thought “he’s just trying to move on from the Charlottesville controversy?”  How many have thought the timing of the speech a little too suspect?  We judge actions and motivations based on past performance, and with this president we’ve got a lot of material.

The eight years of the Obama administration were a disaster for the political right.  We watched as policy and culture raced leftward at an extraordinary pace.  Yet, somehow I do not recall being as mentally and emotionally drained, politically, over those eight years as I have been the last seven months.  It just wears on, day after day.  Week after week and month after month.

Getting Up Off The Mat

Republicans cannot win this two front war.  They cannot simultaneously defeat the left in the war of ideas and institute a conservative agenda in the age of Trump.  They will continue to suffer losses and lose ground on both fronts.  Trying to defend and deal with each crisis being inflicted by “your side” is exhausting.  That is constant damage control.  Attacking an opposing ideology actually invigorates and bolsters one’s resolve.  It provides a clarity of purpose.

There does appear to be a new voice emerging.  The Federalist Party has stepped into the breach and is attempting to return us to our founding principles, which served this nation so well for the first 150+ years of our existence.  They wish to return to the system as founded.  At the nation’s founding, the federal government was limited by the Constitution.  The many States had the power to regulate their own affairs, so long as they did not violate the Constitution.  Decisions affecting communities were made by those who lived in the communities affected.  The people’s representatives were citizen-servants, not career politicians.

Being a part of renewing the Federalist Party has given me a new sense of purpose and a renewed political energy.  It is exciting to look to the future and see what could be, for the sake of our children and our nation.  We are in a time of binary choices, which have led to nothing except bad choices.  Democrats and republicans are beholden to special interests that do not reflect the needs and wants of the citizens.  The Federalist Party is creating a home for those who realize the real power lies with the people.  The party trusts our fellow citizens to be able to debate ideas.  Residents can reach solutions which are most beneficial for their own communities.  They are building the party from the ground up.  Local elected offices are just as important, if not more so, than national office holders.

I’m not saying we all need to wear powdered wigs and debate the issues of the day in hot rooms.  After all, it is not the middle of summer circa 1776.  However, the time is ripe to establish a place where we can once again debate issues respectfully and win over our fellow citizens on the merits of our ideas.  All I know is that it will be much more beneficial to our metal and emotional health if we can establish a new paradigm.

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

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Culture and Religion

21-year-old with Down Syndrome speaks out to the United Nations

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21-year-old with Down Syndrome speaks out to the United Nations

Charlotte Helene Fien loves golf. She’s been golfing since she was 6-years-old and would love a job with which she can teach children how to play. Just like so many young adults venturing forth into the world, she has ambitions, dreams, and goals. Some people don’t think she should have had the opportunity to pursue those things. Fein has Down Syndrome.

In response to a Tunisian attorney’s comments during a United Nations Human Rights Committee meeting, Fein has made a video. The lawyer reportedly claimed that abortion is a viable means to prevent a life-long “handicap” like Down Syndrome. As with most “tolerant” leftist arguments on the topic, he felt his superior sense of humanity dictated he needed to do whatever he could to prevent people like Fein from every leaving the womb and becoming part of his world.

Watch the video and share it with anyone who needs to be reminded that people are people regardless of how the United Nations wishes to classify their existence.

Source: Faithwire

‘I’m a Human Being Just Like You’: 21-Year-Old Woman With Down Syndrome Delivers Powerful Rebuke to the UN

http://www.faithwire.com/2017/11/24/im-a-human-being-just-like-you-21-year-old-woman-with-down-syndrome-delivers-powerful-rebuke-to-the-un/Fien responded with a powerful open letter hitting back at these statements and at people who believe that those like her should be “aborted up to birth.” In addition to proclaiming that she is “deeply offended” and feels attacked for who she is, she affirmed her humanity and asked that the attorney think deeper about his proclamations.

“I’m a human being just like you. Our only difference is an extra chromosome,” she wrote. “My extra chromosome makes me far more tolerant than you, sir.”

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Guns and Crime

Did Joe Arpaio target Jeff Flake’s son with animal cruelty charges?

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Did Joe Arpaio target Jeff Flakes son with animal cruelty charges

Joe Arpaio doesn’t shy away from controversy and isn’t averse to causing a little mayhem. The latest incident may be even bigger than just whether or not he did wrong as he’s considering running for a Senate seat. The source of his troubles: the son of the man he may hope to replace, Senator Jeff Flake.

In 2014, Arpaio’s Sheriff’s Department looked into Austin Flake’s and his wife’s involvement in the deaths of 21 dogs. It was in a kennel operated by his in-laws. The Flakes were watching the dogs while the proprietors of the kennel were out of town.

Their deaths were due to an air conditioning unit that failed in a small room where the dogs spent the nights. Based on this information, the case against the Flakes was dismissed.

The lawsuit they’ve filed against Arpaio says they were targeted for political reasons to embarrass the Senator. They were put under surveillance and every effort was made to prove they were to blame for the deaths. The lawsuit goes to trial December 5.

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Joe Arpaio accused of charging Jeff Flake’s son with animal cruelty to embarrass Arizona senator

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/joe-arpaio-accused-of-charging-jeff-flakes-son-with-animal-cruelty-to-embarrass-arizona-senator/article/2641649Sen. Jeff Flake was a vocal opponent of Arpaio’s handling of immigration issues in Maricopa County, the couple’s legal team said.

Arpaio and Jeffrey Leonard, an attorney representing the county and the former sheriff, declined to comment to the AP on the matter.

The couple previously sought $4 million in a notice of claim document for the suit, according to the AP.

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Foreign Affairs

Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran’s leader “The new Hitler of the Middle East”

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By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

 

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, who is also their defense minister, dramatically escalated war tensions with Iran this last week in an interview with the New York Times. He called the Supreme Leader of Iran “the new Hitler of the Middle East.” The two countries have been edging towards military confrontation with an Iranian jet from Yemen attempting to bomb Saudi Arabia. It was shot down, but the tensions escalated precipitously afterward. It’s no secret that Saudi Arabia which is Sunni Muslim and the Shi’ite Muslims of Iran are bitter rivals militarily and politically.

The Prince is now suggesting that Iran’s alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needs to be confronted and dealt with once and for all. He told the New York Times, “But we learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work. We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East.” Iran slapped back immediately at the Prince, saying that he was discredited internationally by his “immature” behavior. “No one in the world and in the international arena gives credit to him because of his immature and weak-minded behavior and remarks,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying.

Qasemi followed up that insult with a threat, “I strongly advise him to think and ponder upon the fate of the famous dictators of the region in the past few years now that he is thinking of considering their policies and behavior as a role model.” And the dance to war continues. Tensions rocketed earlier this month when Lebanon’s Saudi-allied Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in a television broadcast from Riyadh, citing the influence of Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and risks to his life. Hezbollah retaliated by calling the move an act of war that was orchestrated by the Saudis. The Saudis denied it. Hariri has since returned to Lebanon and suspended his resignation.

Amid a consolidation of power in Saudi Arabia, with a so-called crackdown on corruption, a purge of the Royal Family and Salman’s ascension to the throne, war is looming with Iran. The prince, who is expected to succeed his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, 81, compared Iran and Saudi Arabia’s power struggle in the region to those fighting for Europe in World War II. The Saudis have launched thousands of air strikes in a 2 1/2-year-old war in neighboring Yemen to defeat the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement that seized broad swaths of the country. Everyone knows the Iranians are behind it and are using the Houthis as a proxy in the war. Salman claims that Saudi Arabia is winning the war and 85 percent of Yemen’s territory is now controlled by their allies.

While this may or may not be the case, the Houthis control the major population centers in the country still. The Saudi-led military coalition waging war on them is receiving intelligence and refueling for its warplanes by the United States. Over 10,000 people have died in the fighting to date. The group launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh’s main airport on Nov. 4th, which Saudi Arabia decried as an act of war by Tehran. Salman proclaimed in May that the kingdom would ensure that future struggles would be waged in Iran.

For his part, Khamenei has referred to the House of Saud as an “accursed tree, ” and Iranian officials have accused the kingdom of spreading terrorism, an accusation it denies. For the record, Iran is the largest sponsor of terror on the planet, but Saudi Arabia is guilty of terrorism as well. Iran is working with Russia to take over Syria. They also basically control Iraq. A stepped-up war involving Saudi Arabia would no doubt draw in the United States on the side of Saudi Arabia and Russia and China on the side of Iran. China is offering to help rebuild Syria. If you were looking for Armageddon, this would suffice nicely.

The New York Times refers to this as the Saudi Arabian Arab Spring. This one is led from the top down and is militarily explosive. It is also a cultural revolution and a reformation of Islam. The Crown Prince stated to the New York Times: “Do not write that we are ‘reinterpreting’ Islam—we are ‘restoring’ Islam to its origins—and our biggest tools are the Prophet’s practices and (daily life in—ed) Saudi Arabia before 1979.” Bin Salman stressed that in the time of the Prophet Muhammad, there were theaters, Jews and Christians in Saudi Arabia and that the country’s first judge was a woman. “So the Prophet was not a Muslim?” asked bin Salman, rhetorically. World War III or reformation… it will be a conflict that eventually involves all major powers in a geopolitical conflict.

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