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Bully Hunters, we hardly knew ye.

For about 24 hours, a website claiming to help female gamers in online play who were being harassed was the talk of the Internet. Then, it all came crashing down after it was determined their live stream, statistics, and organization were more fraudulent than a vow of celibacy from Bill Clinton. Or any politician for that matter. This isn’t to downplay online bullying, but it speaks to a much larger issue the Left: the lack of sustainability of their causes.

Remember Occupy Wall Street? Cindy Sheehan? Bradley/Chelsea Manning? If you have a long memory, you do, but what have they really done since their meteoric rise to prominence? Nothing. Wall Street still has a hold of national and global financial matters, Sheehan ran against Nancy Pelosi and lost, and Manning is more of a Twitter celebrity today than a trendsetter. And time and time again, Leftist causes get started, get attention, and then get out of the public eye. Think of them like a sparkler. They start out generating light, heat, and sparks, but eventually they burn out.

Why is that? A lot of it has to do with the nature of Leftist ideology and the personal passions people bring to the cause. To their credit, Leftists have a strong emotional tie to their beliefs. Whether it’s gun control or income inequality, the fire burns just as brightly. The problem, however, is emotions that run high will eventually run low. The fire that burns today may be embers tomorrow. In order to keep the fire burning, you have to keep feeding it.

And this is where the Left continues to stumble. After a hot opening, there isn’t much follow up. And by “isn’t much,” I mean “none at all.” As time moves on, people’s attentions move to other topics. One week, people are marching in the streets. The next, they’re marching to the Apple Store for the newest technological bauble they “have to have” (usually to Tweet about how bad capitalism is). With that switch, Leftist causes lose momentum and become footnotes in the annals of modern society.

We’re starting to see this happening with the gun control movement in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. You may not notice it from the positive media coverage David Hogg and his pro-gun control teen allies have gotten, but we’re now 2 months removed from the shooting and there hasn’t been much in the form of actual action…except from the camp of one of Hogg’s peers, Kyle Kashuv, who has met with politicians from both sides and helped to promote bipartisan legislation related to school safety. While Hogg and his allies grabbed the spotlight, Kashuv made his mark quietly, and continues to promote a pro Second Amendment message in spite of bullying and harassment by those who say bullying and harassment are wrong.

Irony, table for a few million.

Instead of creating a lasting movement, the Left seems obsessed with creating faces and emotional appeals to give the impression of a larger movement. That’s like putting a megaphone up to an iPod speaker playing Nickelback in the attempt to make people think they’re Led Zeppelin. Granted, there have been worse attempts to make Nickelback as popular as Zep, but that’s neither here nor there. The important concept to take away here is you need to do more than create images and feelings to make a movement.

Where the Right gets this, well, right is in turning passionate activism into passionate action. Take the TEA Party, for example. Although they have been maligned, mocked, and, oh yeah, attacked by the IRS, the TEA Party continues to exist. Maybe with smaller than expected numbers, but they still exist and remain active because its members continue to be motivated to reduce the size and scope of government. And they remain focused on that goal instead of trying to devote energy towards multiple goals. Talk to a Leftist and they can rattle off any number of causes they’re passionate about, but they’re hard pressed to come up with any concrete examples of where those causes have been advanced solely because of those passions.

Get the picture?

Passion without results makes any cause a grind instead of a calling. In some cases, though, it turns a cause into a laughingstock if it creates an environment where dishonesty overrules common sense. Bully Hunters sought to address online bullying by creating the impression it was a larger problem than it actually is and by creating the illusion it was the only option to combat it. And in less than 24 hours, Bully Hunters was exposed as a fraud, which hurts their credibility and the credibility of the cause it championed. You have literally given your critics the ammunition they need to discredit online bullying as an issue going forward.

And all to try to promote gaming headsets.

Good job!

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

This past Friday, students across the country walked out on their schools to show their support for gun control laws. Or show their disdain for the National Rifle Association. You know, whichever suits the Left’s narrative today.

Regardless of where you stand on gun control, it’s hard to deny the NRA has, ironically enough, gotten in gun control advocates’ crosshairs once again. Whenever there is a mass shooting, the Left ramps up its propaganda machine to make the NRA look like Satan’s disowned redheaded stepchild. The truth, however, is a little less…distorted. Let’s take a look at the organization Leftists love to hate, shall we?

the NRA

What the Left thinks it means – a terrorist organization that promotes unrestricted gun sales to people through buying off Republicans and conservatives and makes money off gun sales

What it really means – a much-maligned organization that has staunchly defended the Second Amendment against lobbyists, politicians, and useful idiots who don’t understand what the Second Amendment means

With the possible exception of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment, the Second Amendment is the most grossly misunderstood parts of the Bill of Rights, Constitution, and a murder mystery written by MC Escher combined. And it’s not that it’s all that complicated, as long as you remember basic grammar rules. Granted, most people today couldn’t identify an independent clause of a sentence if it were trending on Twitter.

And that’s where the NRA comes in handy. You may not agree with their tactics, beliefs, or standards, but they understand what the Second Amendment means. In short, if you want to be armed, you should be allowed to be armed as long as you’re safe and responsible with your arms of choice. And they will even train you on gun safety! What could be wrong with that?

If you’re a Leftist, plenty. See, if people knew what the Second Amendment actually meant and what the NRA does to promote and protect it, the Left would lose support for their gun control efforts because they rely on ignorance to strengthen said efforts. An ill-informed populous makes it easier for Leftists to control the narrative and, thus, the argument. So, any organization or group of people who can destroy that narrative is Public Enemy #1.

Hence, the reason you saw school students walking out of school Friday chanting, “Hey hey hey, NRA, how many kids have you killed today?”

Not in front of NRA headquarters, mind you. In front of such places as San Francisco City Hall. You know, where all the NRA bigwigs hang out? Or not.

Well, since the Left won’t teach these young people the right answer, let me do it. The number of kids the NRA has killed today is…wait for it…zero.

That’s right, kids. Zero. Zilch. Nada. The Big Goose Egg. The Number of the Beast minus The Number of the Beast. (Wouldn’t that be The Difference of the Beast?)

Of course, that’s just today. What about in the past week? Zero. The past month? Still zero. The past year? Yep, still zero. In fact, in the entire existence of the NRA, there has yet to be a mass shooting committed by one of their members. Granted, they’ve only been around since 1871, so it’s only a matter of time before one of them goes off. Annnny time now…

Whether you believe the NRA’s version of its history or the Leftists’ distortion of it, the point is you cannot blame the NRA for the mass shootings anymore than you can blame McDonalds for making people fat. At the end of the day, people still make choices, and some of those choices are crappy ones. The NRA doesn’t force people to make crappy decisions, like shooting up a school, thus giving David Hogg a platform to be a gun-grabbing asshat making money off dead people and becoming a Leftist celebrity…at least until his 15 minutes of fame are up.

Oh, and Dave. Can I call you Dave? Can I call you Skippy? Anyway, Dave, you’re at 14:59 and counting.

Anyway, back to crappy decisions. No matter how many protests you gun control advocates have, no matter how many walkouts you stage, no matter how many celebrities you get to sponsor gun control measures, the fact remains you are dealing with an organization that isn’t the monster you claim it to be. When you are forced to rely on lies, misinformation, and distortion to advance your cause, you’re going to take serious losses. And when you lose, the NRA wins, either by reducing the number of people in opposition to them or by increasing their numbers.

Fun Fact for you. Since the Parkland, Florida, shooting and David Hogg’s rise to prominence, NRA membership numbers have increased. I guess when people see a credible threat to their Second Amendment rights coming from people who can’t even tell the truth about them, people will flock to an organization that at least tries to level the playing field and put up at least some kind of fight.

Of course, Leftists will try to pass this blog post off as written by a gun nut/ammosexual/NRA stooge. And they have a point..or they would if I were any of these things. I don’t own a gun, don’t anticipate owning a gun, and am not the biggest fan of guns. However, I have a respect for firearms, the Second Amendment, and a little thing I like to call personal freedom. Just because I don’t want a gun doesn’t give me the authority to take other people’s guns away. Until those folks run afoul of the law and/or my personal freedom, they deserve the same respect that I would ask of them.

Try getting that out of David Hogg and his pals. You might as well ask them not to be offended at, well, everything. As long as there are Leftist gun grabbing knownothings out there, there will be a need for the NRA.

And quite possibly a constantly growing membership list.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

This year marks the 30th anniversary of my graduation from high school. I’m not sure if there will be a reunion (or if I’ll even be invited after the last reunion where I got arrested streaking through the restaurant…no, wait, that happened last Tuesday), but one thing I do know for sure is school has changed a lot from when I was a student. One area that has changed the most is bullying. Back in my day, I was bullied by some of my peers for being a geek, but not to the level we’re seeing today from peers and adults.

The recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, has brought out bullies from both sides, but it seems the standards for calling it out are vastly different. We’re told not to lash out at students like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez for expressing their opinions (in favor of taking away people’s guns because fee-fees), but some of these same people lash out at students like Kyle Kashuv for expressing their opinions (in favor of allowing people to keep guns because they didn’t shoot anybody). But what constitutes bullying?

Glad you asked because otherwise this was going to be a boring edition of the Leftist Lexicon. Although we’ve already explored this topic previously,  recent events involving the school shooting survivors merit a revisit.

bullying

What the Left thinks it means – attacking, insulting, or harassing people weaker than you

What it really means – insulting a Leftist’s sensibilities, even if he or she wasn’t the target (does not apply to non-Leftists)

The Left’s view on bullying really relies on its perception of itself as perpetual victims. After all, if you’re a victim of The Man, nothing is ever your fault. The wage gap? It’s because of rich white men wanting to keep women down. Racism? Rich white men wanting to keep people of color down. Stubbed your toe on your bedpost? Rich white men wanting to kill you! Okay, I made that last one up, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not something that’s crossed Leftists’ minds at one point or another.

As you can see, the Left sees rich white men as the eternal victimizers, which might explain why they hate Donald Trump so much, but that’s a blog entry for a different time. When put into this power dynamic, anyone who pushes back against the Leftist narrative, they become rich white men. (If that’s true, I think I’ve been missing a few payments from the Rich White Men League.) In the Leftist mindset, that makes it perfectly fine to bully those who aren’t like them while making it a mortal sin to bully those who are.

As I’ve said more than a few times, the Left isn’t known for logical consistency.

Of course, the threshold for what the Left considers bullying is lower than a centipede’s heels. I will be the first to admit there are some asshats out there who have made some vile comments towards David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and their ideological peers because a) I’ve seen some of them, and b) politics has become a mean, ugly thing. Need proof? Just look at what Hogg, Gonzalez, and their ideological peers have called the NRA. Having said that, most of what is being called bullying by the Left is…tame. Mennonites telling “Yo Mama” jokes are harsher than most of the comments directed at the March For Our Lives crowd.

On the other side of the spectrum, check out all the vitriol lobbed at one of Hogg and Gonzalez’s classmates, Kyle Kashuv. Within the past week or so, Kashuv has been subjected to allegations he’s mentally unstable levied by Kurt Eichenwald (who I believe actually is mentally unstable judging from his Twitter feed), an attack on Kashuv and his prom date by senior advisor to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (only to have this same person accuse Kashuv’s supporters of bullying her after she bullied his date and him), and had to endure the Second Amendment dumbassery of Piers Morgan in a Twitter exchange and on “Good Morning Britain”. And that’s on top of the usual vitriol Kashuv gets directly and indirectly from the Left. And, as you might expect, the ratio of good people to asshats is inverse to what Hogg, Gonzalez, and the other Marchers have.

But here’s the thing: the asshats are the bullies, regardless of their political affiliation. I freely admit I am on Kashuv’s side of the gun control debate, but I don’t seek out gun control advocates on his behalf to browbeat them with constant banter. That doesn’t solve the problem. Hogg, Gonzalez, and others like them may have bad intentions with guns, but that doesn’t give us the moral authority to paint them as pure evil. That makes us no better than the Leftists going after Kashuv, and it will perpetuate the bullying problem we continue to see in schools today. And remember this. The Parkland shooter was bullied before he decided to shoot students at the school. Imagine how many lives could have been saved if someone had stood up to the bullies and befriended the shooter.

And this isn’t limited to the students. Adults need to take a step back and lead by example. Sure, you may think David Hogg is as slimier than Kurt Eichenwald’s ideal first date, but haranguing him or his fellow students on the gun control side won’t make him change his mind. That comes with time, patience, and understanding. The same goes for adults who think Kyle Kashuv is an NRA puppet. If you want to change his mind, present the argument with respect and let the chips fall where they may. And for the love of Pete, don’t go personal against either side. Remember each one of these students, pro and anti gun control, have gone through a horrific event and will not react the same way to the aftermath. And the fact they’re all teenagers yet means we need to cut them a bit of slack. I remember how I was when I was their age and I was a dumbass.

Above all else, instead of marching for lives, march up to someone being bullied and stand up to the bullies. Sometimes all it takes is an open hand extended in friendship to open a heart and change a life. And to borrow a Leftist phrase, if it saves even one life…

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Out of the tragedy of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings has come a hashtag (#NeverAgain) and renewed calls for gun control. However, it has also created potential leaders in members of the student body. On the pro-gun control side, students David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Emma Gonzalez have been treated to media interviews, town hall meetings, and other high profile events where their voices have been amplified.

Then, on the pro-Second Amendment side, there’s Kyle Kashuv. He’s visited the White House, spoken to numbers members of Congress, and engaged people of all stripes on Twitter.

But this week’s edition of the Leftist Lexicon isn’t about gun control; it’s about public education. The same school produced Hogg, Kasky, Gonzalez, and Kashuv, but they have radically different viewpoints, and it may be because of the current state of public education.

public education

What the Left thinks it means – a system that teaches children the fundamentals necessary to become informed citizens

What it really means – a Leftist indoctrination factory where the fundamentals are barely taught

By way of full disclosure, I am a public school graduate, as are the members of my family. However, even back when I was roaming the hallways of my high school wondering why cute girls thought I was a nerd (maybe cause, well, I was one), I noticed standards were slipping a bit. Sure, I had some of the same teachers my older brothers did, but it was still noticeable.

Seeing some of the high school students today, I’m pretty sure standards have slipped more than a con artist who makes a living filing bodily injury claims. And it’s not because the students today are lacking access to technology or Internet coverage. You’d be hard-pressed to find a student without a smartphone attached to their bodies in some fashion, and they use hashtags, emojis, and other online forms of communication better than they can speak or write their native language.

Some would say the teachers are to blame, and to some extent, they’ve earned it. Outside of your parents and family, teachers represent most of the adults kids get to know. That’s a pretty big responsibility. You are shaping the minds of young people who will lead this country in the future.

And many of the people with that responsibility seem to think it’s vital to indoctrinate the next generation. After all, we don’t want them growing up thinking government isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, right? Now, imagine year after year of being told the Left is right and the Right is wrong. By the time students graduate high school today, they may have been exposed to somewhere in the neighborhood of 13-14 years of Leftist propaganda. And that indoctrination will continue into college where you’re more likely to find a unicorn that farts rainbows than you are a conservative teacher in a prominent position.

A large part of this has to do with teachers unions. Like with most other labor unions, teachers unions tend to be Leftist politically, which means it becomes another way for Leftists to launder federal tax dollars (i.e. our money) through public education, which go right back to the politicians who gave them the money in the first place. Combine that with the number of tenure jockeys out there who lost the passion to teach a long time ago, how schools are desperate enough to hire any teacher who can breathe, and how it practically takes an act of God to get a teacher fired and you have yourself a situation that screams “perfect job for a Leftist.”

Of course, if you’re a Leftist parent, you see nothing wrong with this. But for some of us who would like to get a fast food order filled right the third time, let alone the first, it’s not ideal. That’s why homeschooling, private schools, and school vouchers have gotten so popular in the past couple of decades. And this is why public school advocates and teachers unions like the National Education Association have been working so hard to derail the exodus away from their gravy train. Fewer public school students means less money going to public schools and less power in the political realm.

Look at how the Left has demonized Betsy DeVos, the current Secretary of Education. They say she bought her way into the position (more than likely true), hasn’t set foot in a public school so she isn’t qualified to be Secretary of Education (actually, that sounds more like a selling point than a point of criticism), and she wants to promote homeschooling over public schooling (again, more of a selling point). Having seen DeVos in action, you can make an argument that she isn’t the best person for the job, but to say she’s the spawn of Satan for wanting to improve public education is a bit much. For all we know, she might only be a second cousin to Satan.

Just kidding, Secretary DeVos.

With public education, anyone wanting to make a difference or to improve the overall quality is fighting an uphill battle, one that discourages more people than encourages them. But all is not lost. It is possible to educate a child caught in the public school system, but it takes work. If you can’t afford to send your child to a public school or to homeschool, you need to be  attentive to what your children are learning and show an active interest in it. If you see something you’re not comfortable with what your child is learning, ask questions and balance the lessons with information you’re more comfortable with. Don’t forget education isn’t about spouting what a teacher says; it’s about exposing your children to multiple sources of information so they can learn and grow. An educated student is the bane of public education because he or she will have the tools to make up his or her mind on his or her own. (If I say his or her one more time in this piece, I get a free sandwich. And there it is!)

Not every public school teacher is horrible, but enough are that we need to take a serious look at the public school system to make sure we are getting the best results we with the money being spent. Although I may not agree with the David Hoggs of the world, the fact he is speaking up is admirable and shows his teachers did a good job. The same can be said of the Kyle Kashuvs of the world. If we had more students like these and fewer students who can name more Kardashians than Supreme Court Justices, the world might wind up a better place.

Of course, you realize this means we’re doomed.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

It’s been close to a month since a gunman shot students and teachers at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but you wouldn’t know it by following the media coverage in the aftermath. Students, such as David Hogg, have taken center stage with a push for stricter gun control laws (to replace the multiple laws that failed to stop the shooter, I guess) and the Left have been eager to give them that stage.

This is a formula the Left has mastered: bring out children to help them make political advances they couldn’t get on their own. Although this is close to child exploitation, it works. And, it speaks to how the Left regards children.

And by “regards,” I mean “uses.”

children

What the Left thinks it means – the smartest and wisest of humanity

What it really means – the future we create today

The Left has it in their heads children are merely adults washed in hot water, but without the cynicism that comes with getting older. That cynicism doesn’t come until those children get told by Leftists that everything sucks. Usually around, oh, Kindergarten.

The problem with this approach is it’s not realistic. Children aren’t mini-adults; they’re children with all the problems and issues of not being adults. Granted, some children these days are more mature than their parents, but they are exceptions and not the rule. To put children at the forefront of any political issue, let alone one as complex as gun control, is morally questionable.

Yet, it’s effective because children play to our emotions, which is what the Left loves to do. Why argue the pros and cons of any issue when you can get people to act and feel the way you want by playing to your emotions? Well, aside from being intellectually dishonest and more cowardly than a French soldier in Berlin during World War II…or Tuesday. But that’s the way the Left wants to handle their business, so we’d better understand why.

For that, we need to go back a few decades. In the 1950s, children were seen as influential and deserving of all the best their parents could give them. Although this can be a good thing, some parents took it a little too far. This bore fruit for the Left in the 1960s when the children who were told they were the best and brightest went to college, where they took lots of drugs, listened to professors who may have also been on drugs, and decided they were the ones who could change the world by taking up Leftist policies and fighting against “The Man.”

At least until they became “The Man.” Then, they went to work to create as many ideological Mini Mes as possible and then utilize them to further Leftist causes. Now, after a few decades, we get David Hogg telling us we need to pass more gun control laws. And when there’s another crisis, expect there will be another child to take up the banner. And then another.

But it’s not just politics that is affected by the Left’s attitudes towards children. They have also affected how parents parent. By treating children like smaller versions of themselves, parents set unrealistic goals and fill their lives with more and more activities. Although their intentions may be good, it puts incredible amounts of pressure on those who may not be able to handle it.

This is the problem I have with the way children are being treated today. We have lost the idea these children are children. Giving them an iPhone or an iPad and sending them on their way isn’t really parenting. (iParenting, maybe, but not parenting.) Neither is pushing children to the extremes of their abilities. There has to be a balance between setting up your children to succeed and giving them the opportunity to explore life while their sense of wonder is still intact. Let them explore, nurture their interests, and support them in their efforts. Then, be prepared to repeat the process until they find something they love to do.

When looking at David Hogg, I don’t see a young man who is passionate about gun control so much as indoctrinated to support it. And that’s the sad part. Childhood and young adulthood should be more about finding one’s self, not being a cookie cutter version of a political operative. In either case, I hope David finds his passion and has the courage to follow through on it.

But if you’re not convinced children are the best and brightest of humanity, remember just a few weeks ago we had to tell them not to eat Tide Pods.

And people wonder why I think humanity is doomed.

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