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Trump was wrong to say what he said. Durbin was wrong to reveal it.

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President Trump’s “straight talk” that helped get him elected has proven to be detrimental to his leadership of the nation on multiple occasions. The latest “s***hole” incident may be the worst, but only because of Senator Dick Durbin. He, more than Trump, has hurt the nation dramatically.

Before we get into Durbin’s sins, let’s get one thing out of the way. President Trump absolutely did use the phrase, “s***hole countries.” We know this based upon the reactions of Republicans in the room at the time. Had he not said it, their reactions would have been unambiguous. They would have attacked Durbin as a liar, firing all weapons as a unified force declaring that Durbin was making up stories about the President. Instead, they’re all playing dumb:

I am not going to defend the President’s comments. He clearly shouldn’t have made them. However, comments like those made behind closed doors during extremely important negotiations that will affect hundreds of thousands of potential Americans directly and millions of Americans indirectly should not be revealed to the press. Here’s why:

Durbin hurt America as a whole

Comments made behind closed doors are leaked for one of two reasons: to assist in negotiations or to score political points. When used to assist in negotiations, these “leaks” are often well-planned and strategic, done for the sake of applying pressure to the other side from the press and constituents. In most cases, this type of leak is appropriate.

The other kind of leak is what Durbin did, and by doing so he has harmed America as a whole for the sake of hurting the President and his party. Had he been in a room when President Obama made similar comments, he would not have leaked them. Guess what. I would speculate many if not most Republicans in that situation wouldn’t have leaked them, either. That’s not to say they put the country before their party any better than the Democrats, but that’s a line I can’t imagine very many of them crossing.

Durbin crossed that line. He took comments that paint the entire country through the President himself in a way that harms our ability to work with other nations. He wasn’t championing the nations Trump spoke out about. He had a single intention: harm.

Will this help with negotiations? Possibly, but at what cost?

The great political pedestal

One more note. Every President has feelings they have expressed in private that they wouldn’t be proud of if they were made public. Why? Because every President, as far as we know, has been human. Every human has spoken regrettably even if some don’t really feel the regret directly. Most of us don’t have private conversations leaked to the press.

Politicians need to be held to higher standards, but they should not be placed on pedestals. Again, I’m not defending Trump on this one, but mainstream media seems to believe Obama and possibly some of the presidents who preceded him never said anything inappropriate behind closed doors. They all have. The difference is nobody was in the room with them at the time who had the same single-mindedness towards political expediency as Durbin.

Trump is an idiot for saying it, but Durbin hurt America by revealing it. Which sin is worse? Who cares? It’s another unfortunate series of events that were sparked by a President who shouldn’t be there, an opposition party that will go as low as they possibly can to hurt him, and a mainstream media that eats it all up like ravenous wolves.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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  1. Jan

    January 12, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Trump can’t negotiate with them in good faith.

  2. Deserttrek

    January 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    nothing wrong with the comment
    time for people to grow up, no wonder the Republic is failing

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Jonathan Van Ness gives Democrats sound advice, gets demonized for it

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Jonathan Van Ness gives Democrats sound advice gets demonized for it

The Democratic Party is in shambles. They’re still flustered over an election two years ago and have been pointing fingers at each other ever since. The far-left socialists have gained a foothold in the party, making it less likely they’ll be able to make a dent in the coming midterm elections.

“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness knows this and voiced two apparently unpopular opinions that have enraged his fan base and made him the target of the far left. First, he made the logical statement that going to far to the left will hurt their chances of taking the House and Senate.

That was bad from the progressives’ perspective, but his follow up Tweet sent them reeling into triggered oblivion.

The narrative from the left is that ALL Republicans are racist. Therefore, Van Ness is no longer the leftist hero he once was. Shame. He was actually starting to make sense.

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Andrew Cuomo’s sentiment is what drives the progressive movement

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Andrew Cuomos sentiment is what drives the progressive movement

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not misspeak when he declared America “was never that great” earlier today. In fact, his press office doubled down on the statement. What was a not-so-subtle jab at President Trump’s campaign slogan is quickly becoming the primary message of his reelection campaign.

The spin now is that his press office was attempting to walk back his comment, but that’s not the case. They’re now taking the faux pas and driving it into the heart of his messaging.

Andrew Cuomo shocks crowd, says America ‘was never that great

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/15/andrew-cuomo-shocks-crowd-says-america-was-never-that-great.html“We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged, we will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution,” he said.

Within hours, his spokeswoman tried walking it back. “The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential,” Cuomo’s press secretary, Dani Lever, said in a statement. “When the President speaks about making America great again – going back in time – he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions. The Governor believes that when everyone is fully included and everyone is contributing to their maximum potential, that is when America will achieve maximum greatness.”

Here’s the problem with all of this. It’s a notion that’s deeply embedded in the body of the progressive movement. They look at America’s history and see only flaws. There have definitely been bad times in America from slavery to the horrid treatment of native Americans, but in a progressive’s mind it was generally all bad. Capitalism, for example, has been to progressives what makes America evil instead of the engine upon which our nation has driven past the rest of the world.

The past that progressives see is one filled with hatred and intolerance. Yet, they do not see their own lack of tolerance for America’s past that contributed to our former greatness. They want to eradicate everything that’s not new, including Judeo-Christian values. Perhaps especially Judeo-Christian values.

There’s a reason right-leaning media outlets are jumping all over the comments while left-leaning ones aren’t too concerned about them. To the right, Cuomo’s statements were just shy of blasphemous. To the left, his words were a bold statement of their personal truths. They do not think America was great. They believe the only way American can ever be great is if we abandon the very things that made us great in the first place.

We should be a Christian nation. That’s not to say we need to abandon religious freedom or embrace a theocratic model, but to disregard the contributions of Judeo-Christian values for our nation since its founding is idiotic. Unfortunately, those values are seen only as roadblocks to the progressive agenda. This more than anything else is why they often openly denounce these values. They just don’t fit the progressive narrative.

Cuomo’s words won’t be fully walked back because he and so many other progressives hold his words as truth. Spinning it the way they are is only being done to suspend disbelief from moderates. For the progressive base, these words are part of their doctrine.

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Even a liberal women’s rights group recognizes antisemitism is on the rise among Democrats

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Even a liberal womens rights group recognizes antisemitism is on the rise among Democrats

Accusations of antisemitism are commonly laid on liberals as well as far-right white nationalists. Conservatives, mainstream Republicans, and moderate Democrats often point out the hypocrisy of the progressive wing of the Democratic party, but even some progressives are starting to see the problems.

Women’s March For All (WMFA) recognizes that the liberal movement they embrace has an ugly side as it pertains to Jews. The group, which detached itself from the original Women’s March on Washington when their antisemitic leadership embraced the teachings of Louis Farrakhan. While much of the WMFA’s agenda is still extremely progressive, it’s refreshing to see them speak out against the radical antisemitic leanings of their previous allegiances.

Progressive Feminist Group Calls on Democratic Party to Adopt Definition of Antisemitism

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/08/13/progressive-feminist-group-calls-on-democratic-party-to-adopt-definition-of-antisemitism/In a petition launched on Friday and signed by some 120 people, Women’s March For All (WMFA) warned that antisemitism — “often cloaked as anti-Zionism” — “has now become a serious problem in liberal movements worldwide,” including in Canada and the United Kingdom.

The group was formed as an offshoot of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, after the movement’s leaders — Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez — came under fire in March for their praise of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has railed against “Satanic Jews” and been accused of sharing misogynistic, homophobic, and transphobic views.

The Democratic party is at a crossroads. They are torn between the hateful nature of the socialist movement and the aging moderate wing. This move by the WMFA is brave because it calls for clear lines drawn by the party to prevent it from turning into a purely antisemitic hate group.

Here’s their statement:

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