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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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How the FISA Report will further dampen the Mueller Report

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How the FISA Report will further dampen the Mueller Report

The hopes and dreams of Democrats around the country were systematically shattered over the last few months as the Mueller investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 election yielded very little fruit. That hasn’t stopped the House Democrats from fishing for more information than the two-year investigation produced in hopes of hanging President Trump with an impeachment.

But the initial draft of the Department of Justice’s inspector general Michael Horowitz’s report has been given to the Attorney General for classification and markup, meaning the public will soon have access to the sordid details surrounding the Steele Dossier and other measures used to secure FISA warrants against the Trump campaign.

Meanwhile, former Deputy Attorney General Andrew McCabe has been recommended for charges after allegedly lying about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation around the same time period. And there’s still the U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into illegal spying on the Trump campaign. All of this combines for a very rocky road ahead for Democrats and former DoJ personnel who may be held accountable for a fruitless investigation trumped up by false claims and shoddy sourcing.

It seems very likely the various “investigations of the investigators” will cause controversy at the very least while possibly leading to charges against multiple people. The seemingly coordinated effort to subvert the Trump campaign and to counter his victory in the then-unlikely scenario in which he wins jibes with the incessant pushing of the collusion narrative by Democrats and mainstream media. It wasn’t that they had anything of substance. They hopes what they had would have substance that would manifest in the Mueller report.

But now the Mueller investigation itself is in jeopardy of losing any remnants of credibility it still has as the premise behind it is being challenged by Attorney General William Barr and the various investigations he has commissioned. Horowitz’s report is the biggest so far, but may only be the tip of the iceberg compared to what Durham may find.

With all of the arrows pointing to foul play by Obama’s DoJ and the Mueller investigation, these reports are likely to unravel all hopes the Democrats have of stopping President Trump before the 2020 election. After he wins, their dreams will be quashed.

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Child rapist, pornographer captured by ICE, sentenced to 60 years in prison

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Child rapist pornographer captured by ICE sentenced to 60 years in prison

When anti-ICE activists protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement, they aren’t just calling for changes. They’re calling to have the law enforcement agency abolished. Somewhere in their warped perspectives they’ve determined that good is evil and evil is good.

And when they protest ICE, they’re supporting criminals like Jon Anthony Terry, a man who has raped multiple prepubescent children as young as two-years-old and distributed videos and images of his hideous acts to the sick masses who crave this sort of thing. If it weren’t for ICE, Terry would still be on the streets permanently harming children. This is the type of person the anti-ICE protesters support unabashedly.

North Texas man who produced child pornography by raping 4 young children sentenced to 60 years in federal prison

The search warrant described several child pornography files that Terry distributed, and law enforcement intercepted. The videos and images depicted children as young as toddlers engaged in sexually explicit conduct. After agreeing to speak to agents, Terry admitted to sexually abusing one of the children who was currently residing with him. HSI special agents seized several media devices containing incriminating media.

Upon reviewing Terry’s media collection, HSI special agents discovered more than 1,000 videos and images of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts. Additionally, they uncovered videos and images that Terry himself had produced of four children, including the one Terry had previously admitted to molesting. The children ranged in age from 2 to 10 years old.

If people want to protest a particular practice, they should call on their representatives to address the issue. But calls to abolish an entire law enforcement agency is ignorant at best, intentionally criminal at worst. Those who want ICE abolished either know very little about what ICE actually does or are willing to allow heinous crimes like Terry’s to continue. Without ICE, Terry would still be raping children and sharing videos of his acts with his cronies.

America needs law and order to prevail. That requires law enforcement agencies to stay within legal bounds but to otherwise not have their activities hampered by those who would defend criminals over law abiding citizens.

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Avigdor Lieberman will pull Israel’s government to the center one way or the other

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Avigdor Lieberman will pull Israels government to the center one way or the other

As Israelis prepare to go to the polls next week, one man has emerged as the one who will reshape the government. It isn’t Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party. It isn’t Benny Gantz and his Blue and White Party. It’s Avigdor Lieberman, the former Israeli Defense and Foreign Minister who leads the Yisrael Beitenu Party.

Despite his party being much smaller than the two giants (Likud and Blue and White tied with 35 Knesset seats in April’s election compared to Yisrael Beitenu’s 5), Lieberman holds all the cards. Neither large party is projected to have enough sears to form a coalition government without Yisrael Beitenu just as Netanyahu needed their five seats in April. This election, polls indicate Lieberman’s party could hold as many as 11 seats, making any government practically impossible without their support.

This puts both Gantz and Netanyahu in precarious positions. Lieberman’s main policy points against Likud is their appeasement of the ultra-orthodox population that currently gets special privileges such as not having to serve in the military like all other Jewish Israelis. Lieberman is pushing hard against Judaism playing such a prominent role in political decisions, preferring secular solutions to the nation’s problems.

Likud has maintained power by forming conservative coalition governments, but if they win again as they did in April, Lieberman will likely force them to abandon a coalition with the far-right and add his centrist nationalist party as well as center-left Blue and White to the mix. This would pull the government to the center even with Netanyahu as Prime Minister.

But this doesn’t make for good news for Blue and White, either, as even with Yisrael Beitenu’s support, they would likely be unable to form a coalition government without Likud. One way or the other, Yisrael Beitenu will force the conservative, religious parties to lose power outside of the Knesset.

The only way for this to not happen is if Israelis give Likud and their conservative allies enough seats to not need Lieberman’s support. This is very unlikely. If Likud pulls off another victory, they will likely find their conservative wing diminished from where it was in April. Assuming that’s the case, Netanyahu would have to make concessions to Lieberman, concessions that will prohibit the far-right parties from participating in the coalition.

In other words, Netanyahu may not change, but his ability to continue enacting conservative policies will be decimated. He’ll be forced to withdraw protections for ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The most likely scenario has the two biggest parties working together to form a government with right-leaning parties and perhaps a couple of left-leaning small ones to fill out the 61 seats necessary to form a government.

The role of Prime Minister may be a battle between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, but the man who will determine the political fate of Israel is Avigdor Lieberman. Israel’s government hasn’t been in this much turmoil since their founding.

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