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Everything we expected to happen, in a general sense, has unfolded. President Donald Trump is everything we skeptics believed he’d be when we opposed candidate Donald Trump.

He’s an amateur, a dilettante, a self-obsessed bully, a suffocating narcissist, and a liar.

But none of those are reasons to oppose him. We’ve had presidents with all of those faults before. There is one problem that stands out above the rest, that we must now deal with.

Trump has made America about himself.

His actions in office are almost transparent compared to the opaqueness of his personality looming over our nation. Liberals hate him so much they side with America’s enemies, and enemies of the very causes they cherish just to oppose him.

Linda Sarsour is a shameful, vile woman whose call for Islamic “jihad” against Trump should be condemned by anyone who understands the context she used, meaning of the words, and the audience she spoke them to. But because it was against Trump, misogynistic, anti-Western, anti-Semitic values can be ignored or explained away.

Many Republicans and conservatives are no better.

Respected and brilliant people like Newt Gingrich have prostrated themselves at Trump’s feet only to besot their own reputations. Chris Christie, once a GOP hopeful for the future, practically self-destructed beginning with his Trump sycophancy. Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager, and (to some extent) Victor Davis Hanson have succumbed to the Trumpist clarion.

Prominent evangelicals like Jerry Fallwell, Jr. and Dr. Robert Jeffress of Dallas First Baptist have gone full-Trump only to blur their own commitment to Jesus’ teachings.

All of these are getting a cup full of comeuppance.

One of the greatest and most effective defenses of Trump as a positive character is his children. Look at how beautiful they are, how they’re all well-spoken, intelligent and successful.

So much for that argument.

Donald Trump, Jr. did not fall far from the tree. His biggest mistake is not cottoning to his father’s paranoid penchant for avoiding using email, or any other private communication that could later be used against him. “Tapes” are something Trump would never do, because he likes the flexibility of denial. Trump Jr.’s paper trail was his own undoing, and could be his father’s if the media has its way.

I am now more convinced than ever that America made a mistake.

Before the torches and pitchforks come out (and they will, anyway), know that I never believed in the binary choice of Trump or Hillary. I believe Hillary Clinton also would have been a terrible mistake. The mistake America made was putting Trump forward as the answer to progressive, leftist, cultural and political hegemony.

Using Trump as the battering-ram against the left’s heckler’s veto was a mistake because Trump has made everything in the country about himself. Even when he makes a good speech and elucidates concepts like the value of Western Civilization, his power to use those moments for good is limited by his own fatal flaws.

Trump has harmed the Republican Party in ways that will take years to recover.

If it recovers at all.

He has harmed the Democrats by forcing them to coalesce around an unsustainable platform of self-hatred, America-bashing, unaffordable social programs, and rage at anything “impure” in the abortion-loving, Christian-hating progressive far-left.

But people will elect Democrats because they hate Trump and what he stands for.

So Trump, arguably, in four years, could more the country further left than if Democrats held the White House if Republicans suffer a losing wave in 2018. The possibility of that event is greater than many believe, especially if Congress can’t deliver on its promise to repeal Obamacare.

All of Trump’s distractions, on Russia, his tweets, his mean and ugly responses to media, his shameful pitting of his own staff against each other, and his obsession with his own press, have made actual policy progress much more difficult.

If I had my way, I’d say to Trump, thank you. You’ve successfully cracked the armor of the left, pierced the shield of its media lapdogs. You’ve driven them to madness and brought them to their knees. If that was your mission, you’ve accomplished it. Now it’s time to govern.

If you’re incapable of governing, as it appears you are, and you refuse to step back and let capable people do the yeoman’s work while you sit back and sign things and give tours, then you should walk away. There’s no shame in retiring as a winner.

America made a mistake and we will be paying for it for quite some time if it’s not corrected.

This is a good time to mention the Federalist Party, a new and fresh conservative, small government party without the albatross of Trumpism hanging around its neck. As that movement grows, we will see if the mistake might be less costly than the two parties (that effectively act as one, politically at a national level) alone could hand us the bill for.

Not everything in America has to be political. And not everything in America has to revolve around Donald Trump, who has managed to damage both major political parties.

It’s time to recognize that America made a mistake putting this man in the White House. As for me, I’m hoping we have the will to walk away on both sides of Trump and put some daylight between violent antifa and alt-right extremists.

America is better than the man we elected president. It’s time for us to repent of our mistake and pray for our president, and our nation, that we would move beyond cheerleading and personality cults and begin the healing.

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  1. Joshua Herald

    July 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Well said Steve. And it’s not just on the national level. Locally, the Trumpists have taken over the Republican Party and nearly destroyed the county executive committee. Hillary’s “deplorables” comment isn’t far from the truth.

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There’s a completely different mentality when researching a topic for video. I’m forced to be more precise with my words because I can’t simply link out to other references as I can with articles. I have to explain it all, and while I thought it would be an announce, it turns out that it actually makes things easier. I can explain the details of something much more easily by speaking about it than trying to write it or reference others. That’s the beauty of video. It’s more of a direct recording of thoughts when speaking into a microphone instead of typing on a keyboard.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump’s $5 billion wall funds has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.

It wasn’t always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government funding. The House and Senate used to pass annual appropriation bills, and the president signed them into law. But in recent years the shutdown scenario has become so routine that it raises the question: Have shutdowns as a negotiating tool lost their punch?

Monday brought few signs of progress. A partial shutdown that could occur at midnight Friday risks disrupting government operations and leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed or working without pay over the holiday season. Costs would be likely in the billions of dollars.

Trump was meeting with his team and getting regular updates, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Trump was also tweeting Monday to keep up the pressure.

Exiting a Senate Republican leadership meeting late Monday, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said, “It looks like it probably is going to have to build for a few days here before there’s a solution.”

The president is insisting on $5 billion for the wall along the southern border with Mexico, but he does not have the votes from the Republican-led Congress to support it. Democrats are offering to continue funding at current levels, $1.3 billion, not for the wall but for fencing and other border security.

It’s unclear how many House Republicans, with just a few weeks left in the majority before relinquishing power to House Democrats, will even show up midweek for possible votes. Speaker Paul Ryan’s office had no update. Many Republicans say it’s up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump talk most days, but the senator’s spokesman would not confirm if they spoke Monday about a plan. McConnell opened the chamber hoping for a “bipartisan collaborative spirit” that would enable Congress to finish its work.

“We need to make a substantial investment in the integrity of our border,” McConnell said. “And we need to close out the year’s appropriation process.”

Meanwhile more than 800,000 government workers are preparing for the uncertainty ahead.

The dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.

About half the workers would be forced to continue working without immediate pay. Others would be sent home. Congress often approves their pay retroactively, even if they were ordered to stay home.

“Our members are asking how they are supposed to pay for rent, food, and gas if they are required to work without a paycheck,” said a statement from J. David Cox, Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the large federal worker union. “The holiday season makes these inquiries especially heart-wrenching.”

Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are already funded for the year and will continue to operate as usual, regardless of whether Congress and the president reach agreement this week.

Congress already approved funding this year for about 75 percent of the government’s discretionary account for the budget year that began Oct. 1.

The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, wouldn’t be affected by any government shutdown because it’s an independent agency.

Trump said last week he would be “proud” to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a $5 billion down payment to fulfill his campaign promise to build a border wall.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico has refused.

Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, in a meeting last week at the White House, suggested keeping funding at its current level, $1.3 billion, for improved fencing. Trump had neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats’ offer, telling them he would take a look.

Schumer said Monday he had yet to hear from Trump. Speaking on the Senate floor, Schumer warned that “going along with the Trump shutdown is a futile act” because House Democrats would quickly approve government funding in January.

“President Trump still doesn’t have a plan to keep the government open,” Schumer said Monday. “No treat or temper tantrum will get the president his wall.”

One option for lawmakers would be to provide stopgap funding for a few weeks, until the new Congress convenes Jan. 3, when Pelosi is poised to become House speaker.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who is in line to become the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, suggested a stopgap bill could be one way to resolve the issue or a longer-term bill that includes money for border security.

GOP leaders, though, were frustrated as the clock ticked away. Leaving the weekly leadership meeting, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said any planning was a “very closely held thing. That’s why we should never let this happen. We should pass the bills the way we’re supposed to pass them.”

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Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman in Washington contributed to this report.

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Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

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OZARKS, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer.

David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history, the Springfield News-Leader reports .

“The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste,” said Don Trotter, the prosecuting attorney in Lawrence County.

Berry, his father, two brothers and another man who helped them had their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked temporarily or permanently. The men have paid a combined $51,000 in fines and court costs — but the judge ordered a special addition to Berry’s sentence for illegally taking wildlife.

Court records show he was ordered by Lawrence County Judge Robert George to “view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter” while at the county jail.

Berry was also sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.

His father, David Berry Sr., and his brother, Kyle Berry, were arrested in August after a nearly nine-month investigation that also involved cases in Kansas, Nebraska and Canada. The Missouri Department of Conservation said information from the investigation led to 14 Missouri residents facing more than 230 charges in 11 counties.

Investigators say David Berry Sr.’s other son, Eric Berry, was later caught with another person spotlighting deer, where poachers use light at night to make deer pause and easier to hunt.

The investigation into the Berrys began in late 2015, when the conservation agency received an anonymous tip about deer poaching in Lawrence County.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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