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This week Michelangelo Signorile wrote a piece for the Huffington Post titled “F*** Civility.” (I decline to print the full title since I try to live in a civilized world.) In it, he called for Democrats to “shut down the streets.” The Left should “continually confront” Trump officials wherever they can be found, including running them out of restaurants the way Sarah Sanders was run out of a Mexican Restaurant while trying to have a peaceful family dinner.

What did he think of prior Democrat actions? “Democrats and Obama… personified civility.” So it must have been a civil act when a Sandernista shot up a baseball practice and nearly killed Steve Scalise. It must have been a civil act when Democrats burned a limousine during protests at President Trump’s inauguration.

The Supreme Court properly examined the law and the Constitution, upholding Trump’s travel ban. This action was reviewed favorably even by left-wing legal scholars. Yet in Signorile’s alleged mind, this was a “stinging, bigoted blow to justice and equality.” Notice I said “alleged mind,” because his comment is nothing more than a primal scream. There is no thought process involved.

Another Supreme Court decision, upholding the right of Crisis Pregnancy Centers to NOT advertise abortion facilities is an “anti-abortion” ruling. In fact, it was a free speech ruling where abortion was not an issue.

I could go on, but it’s clear that Signorile exemplifies much of the Left. They are simply incapable of rational thought. All they can do is scream. Indeed, one such group gathered to “scream through their vaginas” at Trump. You can’t make this stuff up. And, as the key question asks, “How’s that working out for you?”

One more quote clearly lays out where the Left is at the moment. “Many Democrats and many in the media are still living in an alternate universe where decorum will somehow save the day.”

Curious.

Our American Revolution came about when a critical mass of people took up arms against an oppressive foreign power. But there’s no oppression of the Left. They are simply losing political battles. No one is running around “stripping anyone of their rights.” Medicaid is not a right, and neither is food stamps. If Planned Parenthood loses its Federal money, the government will not force them to close. And Trump is not “putting children in prison camps.”

Where will this go? The primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District offers us some guidance. This hard-left district threw out a ten-term member of Congressional leadership. Part of it was due to him simply ignoring a photogenic newcomer since it was “his seat.” But part was also due to the Democrat party moving into that alternate universe Signorile mentioned.

Alternate universes are a science fiction construct where much is the same in two universes, but they don’t have contact with each other. Since Signorile, who exemplifies the hard Left, thinks that civility is in an “alternate universe,” he’s saying that he’s in an alternate universe from civil society… Think about it…

What does this mean for the midterm elections? It’s obvious that the loonie Left is cranked up to full scream mode. There’s only so much any person can hear. For example, when CNN’s Brian Stelter tried to blame the Maryland newspaper shooting on Donald Trump, we tune him out. His statement is obviously nuts. When Signorile says that Trump is “putting children in prison camps,” we tune him out.

The Left and their echo chamber in the media have cried wolf so many times that we aren’t able to hear them anymore. Surveys have noted that the public is disregarding the legacy media. But this just makes them scream louder. They can’t seem to realize that we have already left the room and closed the door. We’re tired of their yelling and want to go somewhere peaceful. We have more important things to do.

There has been a lot of noise in the press about a “Blue Wave” in the midterm elections. But the generic ballot surveys have recently swung to a dead heat. Since Republicans historically outperform the generic numbers by about three points, that is a “Red Tsunami” waiting to happen. Public approval of Donald Trump is higher than it was for Barack Obama at the same point in his presidency. Economic sentiment is positive, employment is up, and wages are rising. Since people tend to vote their wallets, things look good for Republicans.

What are Democrats going to do? They are “obstinately convinced of the superiority of their opinions and prejudiced against those who hold different ones.” In short, they are bigots. Starting from that position is a guaranteed loser.

Retail politics is very much like retail sales. You do best in a warm market. In politics, that’s your base. But you can’t stop there. Your base just isn’t enough to get you over 50%. So you have to find a way to get some of the middle over to your side. But the middle is reasonably happy with the way things are going, and that number is increasing. You have to find a way to change their opinion.

Yelling is the worst way to change someone’s opinion. When you say that we are bigots, fascists, or Nazis, you just stopped all conversation. We know we aren’t any of those things, and your yelling won’t change that. It doesn’t matter what you say after that, because we’ve stopped listening. And you made that happen.

Democrats who carefully engage in the realm of ideas have a chance to actually persuade voters. But Democrats like Maxine Waters show the rest of us how insane you are. Why would we want you anywhere near the levers of power? Are we crazy?

The loud lunatic fringe of the Democrat party is making the rest of the Democrats look worse than they already are. The election in New York 14 looks like the Democrats are swinging further in that direction. And the further the Democrats swing, the harder it will be for them to get out of their alternate universe into the real world to make contact with voters. That’s good for Republicans.

It is not helpful for Democrat thought leaders to suggest that we “are lying through [our] teeth” when we disagree with them. We aren’t “stripping millions of their rights.” We’re tired of you telling us what to believe and then belittling us when we disagree. We’ll vote for people who actually live in our world, and you aren’t one of them. Don’t be surprised if there’s a Red Tsunami.

 

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17 years later, Paul Washer’s shocking message still holds true

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17 years later Paul Washers shocking message still holds true

In 2002, Pastor Paul Washer delivered a message to around 5,000 young people. It has become one of the fiery Southern Baptist’s mostly widely-heard sermons because in it, we hear a very disturbing reality to most who proclaim to be Christians. Some simply aren’t doing it right.

He’s been criticized for the sermon. Some say he’s making it too complicated. Others say he’s scaring people away from the faith by making it seem too difficult. But this teaching is based on one of the most important teachings of Jesus Christ in all the Bible:

Matthew 7:13-27

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I’ve heard many teach on these verses and I’ve taught myself on the strait and narrow. It’s frightening to some because it was intended to be, and Washer’s declarations to these impressionable young people is clear. But it wasn’t nice. It wasn’t kind. It wasn’t inclusive. It didn’t fit in with today’s version of common pastoral messages.

The need for constant repentance and ongoing belief must never be understated.

Sometimes, the need to be “nice” from the pulpit must be replaced by the true need to be honest. That’s what Washer does in this famous teaching. I strongly encourage everyone to spend an hour hearing it.

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Why Tomi Lahren’s abortion view harms American conservatism

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Why Tomi Lahrens abortion view harms American conservatism

Democrats are unambiguous and united in their view of abortion. It wasn’t always this way. As recently as a decade ago, there were a good number of pro-life Democrats winning elections and expressing their views as pundits.

Today, they don’t exist.

Republicans aren’t so repulsed by the pro-abortion people in their midst. It’s understandable that as a party that’s less focused on individual issues, one can be a Republican without checking off all the various boxes. This is fine. What’s not fine is for breaks in the ranks of conservatives. There are certain things that must remain universal among those who claim to embrace conservatism, especially among those who speak for conservatives.

Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren is one of them. She claims to be a conservative, but she’s pro-choice. That fact, by itself, is understandable because the issue is a polarizing one in which people can be swayed to one side based on personal experience. It’s not like taxes which warrant universal scorn from conservatives. There are gun-toting, tax-hating, pro-choice conservatives.

But there’s a bigger problem with Lahren’s perspective. She’s not just attacking the Alabama abortion bill and pro-life perspectives in general. She’s doing so with an argument that flies in the face of reality.

Do we think government is the answer? No. In fact, one of the most appealing parts about the Alabama abortion bill is that it represents the first true opportunity for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. When it reaches the Supreme Court (and it almost certainly will) it gives us the first glimpse of how the current makeup of the court will react. In fact, the makeup of the court could actually be better if one of the left-leaning Justices retires soon.

Once Roe v. Wade is out of the way, we can finally express the truly conservative aspect of federalism that should have never been taken away – the states’ rights to determine their own healthcare laws.

If Tomi Lahren doesn’t like the abortion ban, that’s fine. Her choice. But to defend her choice by insinuating a challenge to Roe v. Wade is somehow an attack on limited-government tenets is false and harms conservatism.

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Guns and Crime

Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

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Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) has been a staunch proponent of the 2nd Amendment throughout his career in Washington DC. This makes him an opponent to Red Flag Gun Laws which are spreading across the states. Colorado recently passed their version, bringing the total up to 15.

As we’ve documented numerous times, Red Flag Gun Laws are a direct attack on the 2nd and 4th Amendments. Depending on the version of the law, citizens can have their firearms forcibly removed from them by law enforcement when a judge decrees they may be a threat to themselves or others based on requests by people who know the victim. It’s important to understand that these laws are not based on anyone committing a crime. They are based on a feeling that someone may commit a crime.

It’s like the movie Minority Report, only without psychics. Gun owners’ liberties can be encroached based on the government’s “future crimes division.”

In this video, Massey gets to the heart of the matter by talking to Colorado Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams and Dr. John R. Lott of Crime Prevention Research Center. This is an important video for #2A proponents across the nation.

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