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Ah, the struggle is real. The struggle to survive. To thrive. To make something out of one’s life. But what if that struggle didn’t have to be so hard? What if we had “social justice”?

Some base their belief on “social justice” in the wonderful words of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” What incredible words those were, at the time, and remain to this day! While the Forefathers didn’t use the term “social justice”, could they have meant that?

No. Not in a million years. There is nothing about the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution or the 240 years of legal precedent since then that supports the notion that social justice is something America strives for. And the reason, folks, is that social justice doesn’t mean what some contend it means. I’ll get a lot of pushback on this one, and I’m ready to take on all comers, but I’ll start with some routine, albeit illogical, arguments.

“Social justice is about fairness.” Well, who is against fair? Is it fair that it started raining hard during Tech’s game at Miami? Nope. Tech’s ground game came to a halt in the sloppy track of Miami’s field. Miami enjoyed a distinct advantage on the sloppy field. How about the common good? Isn’t that social justice? An even playing field for all? Forget the rain, Tech simply doesn’t have the hosses on their line of scrimmage that Miami has. Instead of recruiting which is loaded with allegations of fraud, why not take all the football players in the nation, rank them, and assign them to schools? Wouldn’t that be fair? Not to the players of course, but to the schools? When you talk of common good, someone has to be the enforcer. Social justice proponents necessarily line up in favor of the government making those decisions.

Some use the term “social justice” to accuse others of being a racist, rape apologist, capitalist or other term now deemed derogatory. I mean, who can be in favor of a rape apologist? After all, if a person says they were raped, isn’t that enough? Why even have a trial? If the alleged perp or her/his defenders even dare to question the accusation, they are rape apologists. To defend anyone accused is to favor rape they argue. Harvey Weinstein has already been stripped of his Academy membership based on the allegations alone. While the Academy is a private organization and can do what they want, social justice demands that the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments dealing with “due process” are meaningless. Merely defending or supporting a derided group is worthy of expulsion from our society some argue. After all, that Declaration of Independence and those Constitutional Amendments were written by a bunch of old, landed gentry, white guys. Can’t rely on that, can we?

Since I mentioned racism, isn’t it enough that I am a white guy, thus not entitled to an opinion on race? So said an attacker recently on Facebook. Later, that same person, a veteran, said that since I didn’t serve in the military, I had no right to take a stand on any issue involving the flag. Huh? When I pointed out that I graduated a year after the Vietnam War was over, and at 6’7”, 165 pounds, I was physically disqualified from serving since they were already downsizing, the attacker said that nevertheless I wasn’t entitled to an opinion because I was racist, solely based on my race. I’ve got a thicker skin than most, so I don’t care about these idiotic attacks, but many people are scared to even enter into political discourse for fear of repercussions. A Cato poll released this week says 71% of Americans are afraid to share their political beliefs. I can understand why. Then the media (which perpetuates some of this nonsense, remember CNN threatening to “out” a Reddit user who made the infamous Trump GIF?) wonders why their political prediction polling is so wrong.

I hope for an America where we strive for freedom. We should never cower to political correctness, or suffer “social justice”, just to survive. Thomas Jefferson wrote about the “pursuit of happiness.” It was an individual pursuit, not a societal pursuit. Rugged individualism is, indeed, what built this country, and still does. It’s entrepreneurs investing their time and ideas. It’s venture capitalists putting money at play. It’s a construction worker working hard days for well earned pay to make things better, while maybe working a second job to make his kid’s life a little better. It’s a single mom, working three jobs, to make ends meet.

It is the challenge of life that causes us to push for the best we can be. I don’t want anyone to suffer. No one. So I’m fine with a “social justice” component that means no one should suffer in this great country from lack of food, shelter or clothing after giving it their best effort. But by the same token, I’m not a “Great Society” guy either, one who wants everyone to be equal by government fiat. There will be winners, and losers, in the game of life. The struggle is real. But it is that struggle that gives us life.

Originally published in the Houston Home Journal.

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Hanging by a thread

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Hanging by a thread

Consider the horrifying implications for Liberty in the Kavanaugh confirmation process.

One can predict future events by considering the initial conditions at present coupled with the overall trends. This time around the event is primarily an accusation bereft of any circumstantial facts. The trend is the Left’s use of the axiom ‘The Ends Justifies the means’.  If successful, this trend will only expand in scope, with fewer and fewer facts being necessary to destroy anyone that raises the ire of the Left. Add to this the crass double standard rewarding those on the Left with special privileges, while punishing those on the right for the unpardonable crime of existence while being Conservative.

This is not on the issue of whether the accusation is true or not. There are so few facts here that it’s difficult to even begin to assess the veracity of the claims. This about the trend itself, not the specific circumstances of this case, this is about what the Left is doing to the cause of Liberty and the rule of law. Consider what will happen if this trend continues. Soon enough, anyone on the Pro-Liberty Right running for office or up for a government appointment will have this virtual sword of Damocles hanging over their head.

At any point, an accuser can sally forth issuing some charge of criminal activity or some other impropriety without any evidence or facts for that matter. It can simply be something along the lines that the target of the insinuation committed some crime in the distant past, disqualifying them from political office. Harry Reid, helped this process along with his false charge that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes. When confronted later on, Mr. Reid proudly asserted the end results of his means with the words ‘he didn’t win’. Meanwhile, it can be easily envisioned that those on the Left will be granted immunity from such charges for simply being on that side of the political spectrum.

The more indiscriminate the allegation the better.

For the Left, the lack of factual basis for an accusation will be a feature, not a bug. This will have multiple advantages for them. It will make it that much harder to investigate, insuring delays in the clearing of one’s name. It will also makes it far easier to fabricate a damming narrative.

The 5th and 6th amendments are now on the chopping block.

It should also be patently obvious that people who supposedly cherish Liberty are assaulting the government limiting power of the bill of rights. They’ve had the 1st amendment in their sights for quite some time, with ever more overt attacks coming forth with each passing day. It should also go without saying that the 2nd amendment is undergoing the same treatment, it’s almost a cottage industry for the Left to dream up new infringements.

They’ve also been going after the country’s culture of Liberty, working to steady undermine the 4th amendment encouraging everyone to belch forth word of every life event. Rendering personal privacy a thing of the past. The common refrain of ‘none of your business’ has been replaced with ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about’. Never mind that the standard for doing something wrong is incessantly changing thanks to the Socialist-Left.

What happened to due process?

Now with people who laughably label themselves as ‘Liberal’ working overtime to sweep away any and all constraints on government, they have a new way of destroying personal Liberty. We are witness to the present case where man’s career and reputation are being destroyed before our very eyes without any form of due process or evidence for that matter. Couple this with the latest trend in tyranny, the ‘Extreme Risk Protective Order‘ in which a person’s property can be seized and Life destroyed based on the slightest allegation that something is wrong.

Confronting witnesses.

Now in their ‘two for one’ liberty destroying special, the Left would like the 6th amendment to go by the wayside. The implications of what is taking place are akin to a ‘criminal prosecution’ so this aspect of the case has to be considered.

For those who are unfamiliar with the latest vestige of Liberty the Left would like to eviscerate:

6th Amendment
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

One has to hand it to the Left in their shotgun approach to attacking everyone’s basic human rights. One can almost envision their plan of attack based on a reading of these two amendments. Not only are they stalling to violate the first portions, but they are also only vaguely asserting the charge and playing games with the presentation of witnesses. Of course, in their continuous efforts against that which they pretend to support, they also are making a two fold effort. Not only are they going after basic Liberties but they are also working to lay the foundation for even future degradations.

Leftist propaganda has it that the accuser is making the supreme sacrifice in this instance. Never mind that people in these cases are forever lauded by the Left. This is supposed to somehow prove the veracity of the allegation while setting the future precedent of validity of anonymous accusations. The founding fathers knew that would be a death knell for justice and the reason it is spelled out in the Bill of Rights.

The Takeaway.

It should be obvious that if this abomination is allowed to fester and grow the trends seen today will continue to the point that anyone not in the orbit of the socialist-Left will be subjected to this kind of abuse. In many ways this is but a vestige of Left’s ideology of unlimited government. For them, government is a Swiss army knife that solves all of their problems, this weaponizes justice to be used against any and all opponents, we should take pause in letting them continue down this dead end road.

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Netflix spins “Reversing Roe” documentary to paint pro-lifers as ignorant, evil, or both

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Netflix spins Reversing Roe documentary to paint pro-lifers as ignorant evil or both

It shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore that the vast majority of mass media outlets, from news channels to Hollywood studios to political websites, are propaganda tools for the leftist agenda. One important component of their agenda is abortion. One of the biggest outlets of all, Netflix, was tapped to deliver the unabashedly biased documentary, “Reversing Roe.”

Here’s the trailer:

Even in the two and a half minute trailer, the intention of this documentary is clear. They want pro-abortion activists to seem like reasonable science-driven biological proponents of truth while making pro-lifers seem like backwards religious fanatics who are puppets of the patriarchy. The actual documentary itself, which I do not recommend watching, is even worse.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not against the filmmakers for shooting this documentary or even Netflix for distributing it. What unnerves me is the blatant attempt to draw in pro-lifers and make them feel stupid for their position. There are scientific, non-religious reasons to be pro-life. More and more people are coming around every day to the realization that a conceived human being is indeed an actual human being. This isn’t based on a religious conviction or conservative manipulation. People are simply looking at the scientific evidence and coming to the right conclusion. Abortion is murder.

Conspicuously excluded from the documentary are valid arguments or articulate pro-life activists. Instead, the pro-life arguments are ridiculed and the people they chose to represent the pro-life argument aren’t exactly major league heavy hitters.

Shame on filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg for excluding the science behind the pro-life movement and shame on Netflix for deviously promoting this film in an effort to push their abortionist agenda.

As Live Action noted, the timing of the release of this documentary around the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings was intentional.

Netflix documentary “Reversing Roe” shows network’s pro-abortion bias

https://www.liveaction.org/news/netflix-reversing-roe-pro-abortion/Last week, Netflix released a documentary that aims to explain how abortion became a politicized issue. The 90-minute film “Reversing Roe” has been aptly described as “beyond-timely,” as the release coincides with the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the final weeks before the midterm elections.

Netflix filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg present a narrative that legalized abortion is the logical choice, and any pro-life position likely has ulterior motives. As the Los Angeles Times notes, there’s no question about the pro-abortion bias of the filmmakers; the LA Times states,

“The inclusion of interviews with anti-abortion voices (some who appear scarily robotic) interspersed with reasoned, wary Planned Parenthood leaders seems more to make the history complete than present a both-sides sheen.”

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Democrats aren’t seeking justice. They’re stalling and Republicans are falling for it.

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Democrats arent seeking justice Theyre stalling and Republicans are falling for it

Brittany M. Hughes from the Media Research Center encapsulates the issues perfectly in her latest Reality Check Video.

Sometimes one comes across a video that frames the issues perfectly, and aside from conflating Leftist with Liberal (ahem.. ), she nails the point home in less than 5 minutes.

Democrats Aren’t Seeking Justice — They’re Stalling, and Republicans Are Falling For It

Here’s the bad news: Senate Democrats are willing to destroy a man’s entire reputation based on unproven accusations if it means buying time and stalling a Supreme Court nomination – all under the thinly veiled guise of seeking justice.

Here’s the worse news: apparently, Senate Republicans are dumb enough to fall for it.

 

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