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The Left’s pathological bondage to social justice

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What is social justice other than a notion to suppress those who have gotten ahead in favor of those who have fallen behind?

When given the choice between a single lane at a Wendy’s drive-through or multiple lanes at McDonald’s, most people would rather have the single lane, even if it is much longer. Why? No, it’s not the Baconator. It turns out, seeing the other lane get ahead or served before us makes us feel slighted. That’s right… injustice, and it’s driven by envy; a natural response that, if not consciously released, can fester and cause us to act irrationally and more deliberately than we otherwise would.

How often has a road rage incident escalated from a simple lane change? How many stories are there each year on Black Friday where a fight has broken out? Or the feeling you get when the passenger on the plane next to you claims the armrest? Injustice!

This is the mentality we are fighting against as conservatives.

Those who advocate for higher minimum wage, socialized medicine, free college, and higher taxes on the wealthy get caught up in the emotional frustration of seeing others get ahead. Just like the Wendy’s line, they would rather everyone experience the same mediocre outcome, than see someone else get ahead. This is unfortunate, because what would the world be like if others didn’t get ahead? Would we have smartphones? MRI machines? Cars?

If seeing others get ahead causes so much rage, could this be the reason why more violence has historically come from the Left than the Right? It’s no secret that social justice is a cause celebre of the Left. But what is social justice other than a notion to suppress those who have gotten ahead in favor of those who have fallen behind?

A huge part of being conservative is accepting others’ differences as a natural phenomenon. In other words, “All men are created equal”, while sincere as an ideal, is simply not true; each person is unique with his/her own talents, desires, and attributes. Consequently, if all men are not equal, the only result we can ever attain when trying to make things equal is inequality. If you forced Lebron James to give away the rewards of his unique abilities, the result would be an injustice to him.

It can be easy to fall into a rut of envy when witnessing someone else’s success. We must actively remind ourselves to love our neighbors and their talents as they are, not resent them. Instead of trying to force things to be equal, let’s applaud those unique talents and attributes. For, envy is a good man’s worst enemy.

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The truth about Thanksgiving

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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