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Thank you Donald Trump for saving the national anthem



That’s what he did. Trump saved the national anthem.

What, you really thought these protests were about solidarity with Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest? What do you think Kaepernick was protesting? What do you think anyone who refuses to stand for the National Anthem is protesting?

Are they protesting some undefined view of America, as a factory of white privilege, dream-stealing, rich people enslaving the interests of poor blacks? Is that what the millionaires who play for the NFL are protesting? Are they protesting some unfair system that prevents people from getting ahead, when the NFL’s rosters are 70 percent black?

No. They are protesting symbols. And the symbol Kaepernick and those who support him have chosen is the National Anthem. They want it removed from sporting events. After all, it’s not a law that the anthem has to be played before all American sports events. It’s just tradition. And tradition, for progressives, is the enemy. If a progressive happens upon a fence with a gate, he does not ask why the fence is there, or who put it there. He simply labels the fence-builder as an oppressive racist and removes the fence, the gate, and any evidence they were ever there.

Progressives have defaced a statue of Francis Scott Key in Baltimore, not because of Key (who himself was a minor historical figure), but because of the anthem he wrote.

It’s the anthem they want removed from public life. They have started their biggest push with the NFL, spurred on by Kaepernick, and his subsequent status as too hot to handle by any NFL team. They’ve smuggled the “kill the anthem” goalposts into a “stand with Colin” argument.

President Trump called them out. He ignored Kaepernick and went right for the anthem. Standing for the anthem means the anthem stays. Sitting, kneeling, staying in the locker room, means the anthem is doomed. If Trump had not said anything, it’s likely that at least one team would stop playing the anthem before its games, to show “sensitivity” for the players who find it offensive. Then two teams, then all the teams.

And, poof, just like that, the National Anthem is gone from football. Then possibly baseball, or basketball, or hockey (but not NASCAR).

You say that’s ridiculous? That’s what we all said about traditional marriage being redefined in the 1990s. That’s what we said about a Christian being forced to cater a gay wedding in the early 2000s. That’s what we said about corporate executives being forced from their jobs over a political donation made years before to support traditional marriage. That’s what we said when the will of the people in California was overridden by a closeted gay judge for his own personal opinion to eliminate traditional marriage. That’s what we said before the Supreme Court did the same to the wills of people all over the country.

This nation is not the same place it was even thirty or forty years ago. But we are all tied together by certain threads of Americana: our flag, our anthem, our Constitution, our art, our achievements, and the beliefs set forth in the Declaration of Independence. Piece by piece, progressives would like to see those threads broken, so they can implement their unending quest to change, overthrow, only to overthrow again.

By making a stand from the highest political office in the land, Donald Trump stopped this thread from breaking. The NFL would now break before the anthem. Had Trump not have spoken and made this an issue,  that would not be true.

You might think that, compared to North Korea, Iran, health care, the national debt, antifa and white supremacists, that kneeling or sitting for the National Anthem at NFL games is a small issue. And it is, but from the standpoint of history, losing the National Anthem is not a small issue. The sitting and kneeling would eventually lead directly to the anthem’s demise. I say it’s better this is nipped in the bud and called out for what it is before it’s too late.

Once the anthem is lost from sporting events, it would never be regained. These kinds of small battles sometimes win the big wars.

So, thank you Donald Trump. You are fighting a small battle, and it may just help win the big war against the memory hole of progressivism.

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Elizabeth Warren releases DNA proof that she’s at least 1/1024th Native American. Twitter responds appropriately.



Elizabeth Warren releases DNA proof that shes at least 11024th Native American Twitter responds appr

There’s a strategist in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ear who thought it was a good idea to release results of a DNA test showing a likelihood that one of her very distant descendants was Native American. The advice taken. The results were predictable.

The test shows she is at most 1/32nd Native American if she is six generations from her Native American ancestor. That’s her best-case scenario. At worst, her ancestor was as far back as ten generations which would make her 1/1024th Native American. To put that into perspective, if she were to honor her heritage by engaging in 1/1024th of a four-hour Native American Sweat, she’d be in and out of the lodge in 14 seconds.

Elizabeth Warren releases results of DNA test on Native American ancesty inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If her great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she’s just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back.

Undergoing the test and releasing the results reveal how seriously Warren is taking the attacks from Trump, who has been able to effectively caricature and diminish his national foes via nicknames and conspiracy theories. Trump pushed then President Barack Obama into releasing the long form of his birth certificate to prove what most knew was already true: He was born in America.

This publicity stunt was designed to let everyone know she’s serious about running for President in 2020. She wanted to be able to call out President Trump on his promise to give $1,000,000 to charity if she could prove Native American heritage. He won’t pay, of course, which will get plenty of headlines calling him a deal-breaking scoundrel, but was it really if for her to be the focus of even more jokes on social media?

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter. You decide:

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness



Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

National Review reporter and Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf often discusses political correctness. She talks about it so often that one might think it’s a subject she enjoys, but in reality it’s simply a problem she passionately wants to solve.

In American society, it is way too easy to offend. People do not want to hear that their perspectives are wrong. That’s apparently some form of violence. They don’t want to hear an opposing viewpoint. That’s allegedly a form of oppression. Many on the left feel entitled to express their opinions in any way they see fit and also to prevent others from sharing their opinions if there’s a difference in worldviews.

The hypocrisy of political correctness is thick.

As Timpf recently pointed out on National Review, it’s a problem that doesn’t have an easy solution, but trends are pointing to positive movement against the specter of political correctness.

Political Correctness: Study Finds 80 Percent of Americans Think It’s a Problem could go on for pages and pages, but you get the point: Writing about political correctness sometimes makes me feel as if everyone has gone mad, and I’m very glad to see that this doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, a strong majority of people apparently agrees with me. A strong majority believes that political correctness has gone too far, and probably would agree that we need to be careful to protect our ability to speak freely in this country.

That’s certainly encouraging, but it still doesn’t make me feel entirely better. After all, the small, PC-obsessed mob can sometimes be very powerful. Once it decides that someone or something is racist or sexist, that conclusion can carry a lot of weight. It can ruin careers and lives. It can remove perfectly good, innocuous words from acceptable speech, because even the people who might not see a problem with those words don’t want to risk being accused of racism or sexism for using them. The only answer is to keep fighting, to keep exposing and mocking such overreach when it occurs — and to take solace in the fact that so many people have awoken to its dangers.

Keep fighting the good fight, Ms. Timpf.

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Reason: Socialism fails every time




Reason Socialism fails every time

If Socialism Actually Worked, the Left wouldn’t have to Lie about it.

John Stossel has a new video featuring Gloria Álvarez who knows the truth about Socialism. She passionately decimates all of the Left’s lies about what is truly organised evil.

Socialism has become cool in America, under the nice name “democratic socialism”.

Gloria Álvarez knows better, because she’s from Latin America and studied socialism there. She says: watch out! Socialism has a clear track record of wrecking every country that implements it.

Cuba tried socialism. Things got so bad that tens of thousands fled the island on dangerous, makeshift rafts. Others paid lots of money to be allowed to leave.

After Cuba, the next Latin American country to get totally immersed in socialism was Venezuela. For a while, things seemed to work okay thanks to the country’s oil wealth; Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, and used to be the richest country in Latin America.

Celebrities like Michael Moore and Sean Penn visited Hugo Chavez and praised his socialism.

Venezuelans were happy, too. A former mayor in Venezuela’s capital city told Álvarez: “People were clapping so hard. They were like, ‘Oh, finally there is somebody here making social justice.'”

But eventually socialism led to a mismanagement of the economy that was so bad that money started to run out. The government just printed more, so much more that it led to million-percent inflation.

But some still defend socialism, saying that what happened there “isn’t real socialism.” Bernie Sanders says: “when I talk about Socialism I am not looking at Venezuela, I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like Denmark, like Sweden.”

But Denmark’s prime minister says that’s a mistake: “Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,” he clarified.

In Scandinavian countries, government regulates business less than America’s government does. Scandinavian countries don’t even have a minimum wage.

Real socialism looks more like Cuba and Venezuela.

Álvarez hopes people look at socialism’s track record before implementing it anywhere else.

If the stakes weren’t so deadly serious, the Left’s absurd contradictions on this subject would be quite amusing. The video had several celebrities trying to claim that normal government functions are somehow ‘socialism’, without explaining how this is the case. Other Leftists will claim that certain socialist regimes weren’t actually socialist, but were really ‘Right-Wing’, again without explaining how this is the case. However, those supposedly non-socialist, ‘Right-Wing’ regimes had normal government functions – road, liberties etc. So by the lights of the first contention, wouldn’t they be socialist?

But let us put this as succinctly as possible:

If Socialism Actually worked:

The Left wouldn’t have to falsely claim that normal government functions are ‘socialism’.
The Left wouldn’t have to Lie about the definition of the word.
The Left wouldn’t have to pretend that Scandinavian countries are socialist.
The Left wouldn’t have to lie, claiming that totalitarian Socialist regimes are supposedly ‘rightwing’.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need ‘revolutionary terror’.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need Tanquetas’ or ‘Ballenas’ to keep the people in line.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need secret police and torture to suppress dissent.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need barbed wire or mine fields to keep people from leaving.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need concentration camps, gulags or ‘re-education’ camps.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need firing squads or as ‘Che Guevara’ put it, the ‘pedagogy of the wall’.

The Takeaway.

If the organised evil that is socialism [Or it’s 40+ alternative labels] didn’t defy basic human nature, being a functional system, there would be no reason for the nation’s Socialist-Left to Lie about it. If it had actually accomplished something useful – aside from 100+ Million dead – it’s proponents could simply sell it without all of the falsehoods and outright lies. Those who advocate for that collectivist system – while claiming they aren’t it’s advocates – could simply be honest about what they want to impose on the rest of us.

Compare this to the entirely workable – but never claiming to be perfect – system of economic Liberty.
Those of us who are advocates for freedom have no need to pretend that systems of economic Liberty are something else. We have no need to make false claims or pretend it something that it is not. We only need to sell it on it’s great achievements, something the advocates of socialism can never do.


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