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The root of the problem

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I saw the above meme the other day which seeks to point out the hypocrisy of liberals – which it does – but if you’re being intellectually honest, you’ll realize that the same logic can be used by their side to portray conservatives as hypocrites. They could just as easily put a photo of conservatives holding “Stop Killing Babies” signs above a photo of conservatives holding “Keep Guns Legal” signs. So both sides, using the same logic, believe the other is being hypocritical. I hope you can see how fruitless this is.

If we really want to stop mass murders, we need to stop the petty arguments and have real conversations that address the root of the problem, not the symptoms. Like any health problem, treating your symptoms doesn’t make you healthy. The killer carrying out his carnage with a gun is a symptom. You can take the guns away to make yourself feel better, but doing so won’t treat the source of the condition.

We are all feeling very emotional right now. Yes liberals, conservatives do care about the kids who were killed. It’s a hard reality for us to accept, especially when the act occurred using a tool we support. But don’t mistake our logical response as apathy and indifference. With all due respect, I think you’re asking the wrong questions. While most of the country has been focused on, “How can we prevent someone who wants to murder children from doing so”, what we should be asking is “How do we stop someone from wanting to murder children?” That is the root of the problem… Why do some people want to murder others?

Make no mistake, the only person responsible for killing those kids is Nikolas Cruz. But there are pertinent questions to be answered. Why has this person felt so alienated from people that he could carry out such a horrendous act? What could the people within his circle of influence have done to convince him that his peers were worthy of their lives?

If I were one of the students at Stoneman Douglas High School I would be asking myself “what if” questions. What if I’d gone further in kindness towards Nikolas Cruz? What if I’d greeted him with a warm hello, instead of just passing him in the hallways? Was I ever rude to him? If so, what if instead, I’d given him an unexpected kindness, or even just chatted with him? If I were a resident of Parkland, Florida, I’d be wondering if I’d inadvertently contributed to the depression of this kid with my aloof and insincere actions. What if one day in traffic I was rude to him? What if I’d let him merge instead? Did I contribute to his departure from the human connection? What if right now, in my own circle of influence, I’m contributing to the depression of the next killer?

Again, the only person responsible for killing those kids is Nikolas Cruz. Not the NRA, not video games, not Hollywood, not his peers. But we all have a part to play, don’t we? Our lives touch other lives at every moment of the day. It is unavoidable. So if you feel like you just can’t take it anymore, and you want change, then realize what you can control – you. Then challenge yourself to act with love, compassion, acceptance, mercy, and forgiveness in everything you do. Maybe, just maybe, treating each other better is all that is needed.

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Tom Fitton on Lou Dobbs discusses the ‘Clinton cover-up operation’

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Tom Fitton on Lou Dobbs discusses the Clinton cover-up operation

Government watchdog Judicial Watch uncovered FBI notes from the first “sham” investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email debacle from 2016. Included in the FBI notes were references made by Clinton’s IT team itself referring to their activities as the “Clinton cover-up operation.”

Let that sink in.

Now that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential campaign has been wrapped up and the Mueller report has been released to the public, Judicial Watch is working overtime to uncover what they can about the real scandal from that election. What candidate Clinton and her team did was almost certainly illegal and we’re learning more about it every day. Is it possible a new investigation could commence? Tom Fitton believes it will and told Lou Dobbs as much today.

Watch this interview. If there’s any doubt that Hillary Clinton belongs in jail, you should check with Tom Fitton and Lou Dobbs before finalizing your opinion. Justice has not been served following the 2016 election and it’s not the President who should be worried.

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To see how Democrats will frame voting rights for felons, watch Saikat Chakrabarti

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To see how Democrats will frame voting rights for felons watch Saikat Chakrabarti

Many thoughtful, law-abiding Americans scratch their heads about the sales pitch many Democratic candidates for president are using to promote the idea that convicted felons should be allowed to vote in elections. On the surface, it doesn’t seem to make sense for people who have broken the laws to have a say in elections that determine the people who make and enforce the laws. It’s a clear conflict of interests.

But that won’t dissuade the Democrats from pushing forward. They need it. Most felons are Democrats. As the party that paints itself as lighter on crime and more compassionate towards wrongdoers, it behooves them to appeal to felons and families of felons, not just because they’re usually Democrats but also because the push for freedom of themselves or loved ones is a compelling pitch come election day.

Who wouldn’t vote to accelerate their own freedom?

On the surface, it may seem like a hard pitch to make even to many Democrats, but how it’s framed is just as important as who gets the benefit. To see proper framing, we turn to former Justice Democrat and current Chief of Staff for Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Saikat Chakrabarti, who is the brains behind the operation and the driving force for many of the talking points we’re seeing among Democratic candidates today. Chakrabarti revealed what the sales pitch from Democrats needs to be on this issue.

“Unjust laws.” There it is. There’s the frame that delivers the benefit of the doubt. Keep in mind, they don’t need to convince people that felons deserve to vote. They simply need to plant a seed of a reason to allow it. If you ask an average American if they believe some of the laws in America are unjust, it would be hard to find someone who would say no. By framing the voting rights of convicted felons against the backdrop of unfair laws, they plant the suspension of disbelief necessary to make many Americans bypass the policy proposal altogether. They may not agree with it, but if they can understand there’s a singular perspective that justifies it in the eyes of some, they’ll be more willing to overlook it as a minor issue.

The new Democrats will try to normalize some of their radical views like socialism or Medicare-for-All. But some of their views will be framed in a way that allows them to be disregarded. This is one of those and it just might work.

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Democratic candidates give their best sleazy sales pitches pushing pay-for-votes schemes

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Democratic candidates give their best sleazy sales pitches pushing pay-for-votes schemes

Common sense tells us politicians will say and do whatever they can to get more voters. The goal of running a political campaign is to win, after all, so on the surface it makes sense for them to want to promote policies that help them achieve that goal. But there’s a huge problem with this concept. In some cases, the policies that are designed specifically to generate more votes (or voters) is not in the best interests of the nation. In fact, one could argue this is the case most of the time.

Let’s look at some of the proposals being thrown out there by Democrats, why they’re designed specifically to sway (or create) voters, and why they’re not in the best interests of the people or the nation.

“Free” college

What student who agreed to borrow money to pay for college wouldn’t want their debt erased? I’ll give most of them enough credit to believe they understand it isn’t fair for them to accept a loan in exchange for something of value, but to then have that debt forcibly paid by someone else – taxpayers – while keeping the valuable education they received. But, I’ll also assume most would say, “Hey, it’s not right but if you’re offering, I’ll take it.”

This is the second most obvious pay-for-votes scheme the Democrats are rolling out. It doesn’t take a college graduate to realize the extreme hypocrisy in making hard-working, tax-paying Americans take over the bill for those who whine about a debt they willfully assumed. Nobody was forced to go to college. Nobody who went to college was forced to pick one they couldn’t afford. Nobody who decided to go to a college they couldn’t afford was forced to take on a huge amount of debt. They did this of their own accord with the understanding that they’d be able to use the education they acquired to make enough money to pay back their debt in the future.

What does this policy proposal say to those who thought college was too expensive or who chose to go to a more affordable college? They were fiscally responsible, but now Democrats want to make them pay for those who chose to be fiscally irresponsible. And in the end, the kid who got the “free” college degree from a prestigious school is going to move up faster in the world than the people who took the responsible road but ended up paying for everyone else’s education.

Felon voting rights

It’s been a common joke regarding the political makeup of this country that the vast majority of convicted felons are Democrats. Now, that joke is turning into a threat by many Democratic candidates as they push to give felons access to the ballot box.

This is ludicrous. People who break the law should not help decide who makes the laws. That’s a right they gave up when they decided on a life of crime. But it’s more than just ludicrous. It weaponizes the criminal justice system for political gain. Imagine a future election in which a Democratic candidate proposes blanket reductions of non-violent criminal jail time. This may sound like a far-fetched notion today if you haven’t been paying attention, but the strain on our nation’s jails has gotten to the point that there aren’t always enough beds for lawbreakers.

What convicted felon wouldn’t vote solely for the sake of their own freedom? What family member of a convicted felon wouldn’t do the same? Democrats are looking at jails as an untapped voter base and they’re ready to pop the cork on it.

Medicare-for-All

This is the most complex pay-for-votes scheme employed by the Democrats to address because it’s the one that requires the greatest degree of education given to a populace that is generally non-receptive to matters of finance or governance. It’s one that gets the blanket treatment of “the rich will pay for it” all the way up to the point that reality strikes after it’s passed.

Medicare-for-All is a truly existential threat to America. Single-payer healthcare has two dramatic effects on the people forced under its provisions. First, it increases the tax-based healthcare costs to a large portion of Americans, not just the rich. Essentially anyone who makes enough money to pay federal taxes today will pay more through single-payer. Yes, the wealthy will see a greater increase, but even working-class Americans will see dramatic rises in their tax bills. The math isn’t difficult; $32 trillion over a decade to implement it will crush every taxpayer.

Second, it reduces the quality and availability of healthcare. As evil as the insurance, pharmaceutical, and healthcare providing companies are painted in America, their sins will be minuscule compared to the evils found in a government-run system. Obamacare demonstrated the sheer inefficiency of the government by spending $2 billion on a website. To believe the government is capable of handling a system as complex and expensive as single-payer healthcare without turning it into a debacle is lunacy.

It’s not like we haven’t seen it before. If you ask politicians in nations with single-payer, they’ll gleefully say everything is great and there’s nothing bad to see here. If you ask the people, invariably they’ll acknowledge excessive wait times, rejection of procedures they need but that the government doesn’t deem worthy, and a quality of healthcare that diminishes instead of improves.

One of the great ironies is that there’s rapidly emerging market in many countries that have single-payer. Private health insurance is not only making a comeback but is becoming the avenue of choice for those who can afford it even after paying for the awful single-payer taxes. Unfortunately, the drain of single-payer means many who need better healthcare cannot afford to receive it.

But that’s not the Democrats’ pitch. They say everyone should get healthcare and it should be free. They will never mention what they know with a certainty: That the quality of healthcare for all will be diminished and there’s not such thing as free.

Reparations

If “free” college is the second most obvious pay-for-votes scheme, this is the most obvious. The party that claims to embrace diversity and fairness wants to pay people money because of the color of their skin over sins committed against their ancestors. It’s insane.

The Civil War, Civil Rights Movement, and everything in between were designed to create equality. Democratic candidates want to remove that equality by paying people for their heritage. It’s an absolute lie. This is literally, “vote for me and I’ll pay you.” Period.

Hose the rich

I’m not rich. Not even close. But I am very cognizant of the realities of capitalism and the things that have made the United States of America the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world. While Democrats like to paint rich people as sitting in their mansions with servants acting as their footstools while they burn hundred dollar bills to cook their Kobe burgers on the grill, the truth of the matter is that producers of wealth are the people and corporations who employ the rest of us. They give us our paychecks, pay the lion’s share of taxes already, and carry certain burdens that the middle class does not.

I’m not saying they’re innocent. I’m not saying they’re better than us. I’m not even saying they’re doing the nation a service for the sake of the nation. But whether you think rich people are good, evil, or (as I like to see them) just people, they’re a necessary cog in the machinery of America.

I’ve always thought if rich people didn’t have to pay so much in taxes, they’d be more giving to charities. That’s obviously not true for everyone, but it would certainly be true for many who are currently hosed by the tax system already. “Philanthropy” comes in two forms in the minds of the rich – giving to those who need and having it taken by the government to give to those who need things. While neither system is perfectly efficient, the former has proven to be much more likely to achieve its desired goals.

The bottom line is this: America pushed the boundaries of exceptionalism in this world because its citizens were allowed to push the boundaries of success in their lives. I don’t like Jeff Bezos, his politics, his lifestyle, or any of his companies. But Amazon gives out a bunch of paychecks while offering products and services at reasonable costs. I may not like Bezos or even Amazon, but I wouldn’t want them financially harmed simply because they’ve built something amazing.

But again, this is a surface-level sales pitch the Democrats use knowing their voter base won’t take a second to think about the consequences to themselves and the rest of the nation if we start attacking the very things that have driven our nation for over a century: capitalism, exceptionalism, and success of the individuals.

Final Thoughts

The trend is very clear. Most of what Democrats are promising seem good on the surface to at least a portion of the population. Invariably, they would not only be bad for the rest of America but bad for their intended targets. It’s a con job.

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