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Does Trump make liberals ill?

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Did you know that politics makes liberals ill? Yes, that’s right, it does. But before we describe and diagnose the situation, let’s look briefly at a few things that make Leftists angry, to better understand how they….emote. (Most don’t think.)

To make the Left angry all we need to do is exist, guilt-free. This enrages them, which is a fine sight to see. But what makes their heads truly explode…Republicans in power.

Mind you I didn’t say ‘conservatives in power,’ I said ‘Republicans.’ Republicans are often not conservatives, or anything close. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnel, both Republicans of long-standing, are what Kurt Schlichter has called ‘Fredocons’ men who stupidly want to respect of people they think important.

Whenever Republicans hold positions of power, even if they aren’t really conservatives, they still make the Left shake with rage. We all remember the Bush years. 8 years of Bob Woodward writing (another) presidential debunking. 8 years of books descrying traces of Christian theocracy amongst Christian Bush-voters. 8 years of Bush Derangment Syndrome. We all thought it was nuts. But what’s happening now is even more nuts.

But now we’re onto Trump Derangement Syndrome. Here are a few examples of what Trump’s driving liberals to.

Jimmy Kimmel has been driven to calling a Fox anchor a ‘little creep’ for daring to criticize Kimmel. The New York Post found it necessary to discuss how Trump called Kim Jong-Un ‘Rocket Man’ and ignore the other aspects of the speech. Maxine Waters continues to beat the drum for Trump’s impeachment, ignoring that there is no such thing as an impeachable offense.

Even the neo-conservative leader Bill Kristol has gone mad, continues to lead the Never Trumpers and calling for a military coup against Trump.

But here are some of the finest examples.

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, has complained that Trump’s presidency is literally killing him. In a recent article Milbank has said that he’s suffering from, “fatigue, poor sleep, even some occasional chest pain.” He’s said he was health before Trump but now, “eight months into Trump’s presidency, I was suddenly ailing.”

Milbank has company in the Trump Ward at the hospital, in the person of WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan. Noonan recently described a drug-induced dream she had, in which Trump and Hilary were more humble and gracious. MSNB host Katey Tur has written in a new book that Trump’s election made her want to barf. When she heard Trump was planning victory rallies after his electoral win, “The panic mounts. More rallies? I am falling over. More taunting crowds, more round-the-clock live shots. More airports, more earsplitting Pavarotti…I can’t. I just can’t.”

So why are these liberals suffering so greatly? Well, because for many of them, politics is both religion and therapy. They let their need for faith in something drive them into the arms of Progressivism. But this is unfair to Progressivism. Much as I dislike Charles Beard, TR and Woodrow Wilson, I readily admit them to be men of talent and, in the case of TR, absolute fearlessness. Today’s liberals are ninnies, whinginng wimps compared with their forebearers.

If politics makes you physically ill, then you need to get a life, and perhaps a God. Learn to look at things from outside the guilt-informed worldview of a 1st World, rich person, who is comfortable enough to make a living either writing or entertaining, instead of digging ditches or pouring concrete.

The man in the White House shouldn’t matter that much. Everyone, Left and Right, takes the President to be a far more important man than he really should be. It should matter little whether the President has an R, D or a T after his name, because the Republic can poke along without a Beneficent Leader to oversee all things.

If a Presidential victory rally makes you panicky, drink a big bottle of Tequila, take a nap and for the love of God remember we don’t live in a world that revolves around you. If you want to see a President impeached, by all means try to see it done. But stop acting as if there are impeachable offenses, when constitutional experts say there aren’t.

Politics is not the end of life. Things not going your way is part of life. Everyone, Grow Up!

Chris McDonald, Classical Conservative, Federalist, amateur philosopher and Son of Liberty. Visit me on The College Conservative at http://thecollegeconservative.com/author/christophermcdonald/

Culture and Religion

Remember what’s important in life

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We all deserve forgiveness, the benefit of the doubt, and need to be reminded of what really matters from time to time. When you encounter someone who does something rude or mean or bad, avoid labeling them as a rude or bad person. Instead, give them the benefit of the doubt that they were just having a bad day/week/year and they are in a place where they have forgotten about what really matters in this life.

That it’s not about wealth and acquiring stuff. It’s about relationships and how we spend our time together. It’s about lifting each other up.

Have you ever gotten into that rut, where you have been hyper-focused on your job, or your hobby, or self-improvement? You were doing really well! You’ve gotten ahead, acquired a lot of great, new things; you make more money now, and you’ve gotten really good at whatever it is you were working on.

But then… You watch a show, a movie, maybe hear a song or a sermon, or read a story about humanity and how short this life is; About how we treat each other when we are trying to acquire too much… and it’s never enough; it’s never big enough; it never satisfies us.

But when you get that message again from that show… You recognize it, and you wake up. You stand up in the room, and you look around, and you see that all over the room everyone else still has their heads down. And very few are standing with you. But you see it now, and you say to yourself, “Why was I so focused on that? That doesn’t matter! My kids are growing up! My parents are aging, my grandparents dying. And I’ve been missing all of it… For what? For a house that’s 1000 sq. feet bigger? For a car that can drive a little faster?”

We all get sidetracked and stuck on this misleading path. That’s why we need to give each other the benefit of the doubt. Try not to label people as “bad guy” just because they did something once or twice, and recognize that people deserve forgiveness, and just need to be woken up again.

Remind them. Remind me when I forget. Please. It’s about Love. Family. Friends. Relationships.

Sell everything you own if it’s blinding you. Buy experiences instead- Experiences that you can share with one another. Hug. Laugh. Cry. Touch. Share. And remember. Remember what it’s all about.

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Social media one cause for adolescence now starting at 10 and lasting until 24

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Social media one cause for adolescence now starting at 10 and lasting until 24

A new scientific paper out of England proposes that social media is one cause for both the premature ending of childhood and delayed transition to adulthood until age 24.

The age of adolescence

www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(18)30022-1/fulltextAdolescence is the phase of life stretching between childhood and adulthood, and its definition has long posed a conundrum. Adolescence encompasses elements of biological growth and major social role transitions, both of which have changed in the past century. Earlier puberty has accelerated the onset of adolescence in nearly all populations, while understanding of continued growth has lifted its endpoint age well into the 20s. In parallel, delayed timing of role transitions, including completion of education, marriage, and parenthood, continue to shift popular perceptions of when adulthood begins.

The paper suggests a view of adolescence as between the ages of 10 and 24 “corresponds more closely to adolescent growth and popular understandings of this life phase.”

The paper also remarked on the role of social media, regarding it as being among the “unprecedented social forces…affecting health and wellbeing across these years.”

The paper cited “delayed timing of role transitions, including completion of education, marriage and parenthood” in affecting the perception of when adulthood effectively begins. It goes on to suggest the longer range of adolescence is “essential” for “developmentally appropriate framing of laws, social policies, and service systems.”

If the paper’s premise were adopted, one logical conclusion would be the extension of the period in life when one might enjoy the privileges of adulthood, such as voting and driving automobiles, without the corresponding responsibilities or legal liabilities of being an adult (for which those costs are often shifted to the innocent victims or society in general). For example, in many states, minors (under age 18) are treated as juveniles and often receive much more lenient sentences (and charging decisions) on account of age, even when their crime is very much a “grown-up” crime and the impact of the crime on the victim is no less.

One can also view this as cynical social engineering. A call to increase social services, with the justification of an expanded population “in need” and “at risk,” would result in subsequent calls for increased government funding of social services. As someone has to be paid to provide those services, the redefinition of adolescence can be suspected to be merely the latest pseudo-scientific attempt to lengthen the public employee / social services gravy train, which always seems to run on time.

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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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