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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Last week, the Left were giddy with anticipation with the news special counsel Robert Mueller was going to announce indictments in relation to his investigation into whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians. And with the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, the Left were happier than Bill Clinton at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch while Hillary is on her book tour. They even have a term for Mueller’s investigation: Mueller Time. They’ve even printed t-shirts with the slogan, so you know they’re serious.

Of course, the enthusiasm has dulled somewhat now that it’s come out the scope of the investigation into Manafort’s involvement with Russia was when he was working…with the Democratic National Committee. But just you wait! Mueller is going to reveal the collusion between Trump and Russia just like Scooby and the Mystery Machine gang!

Meanwhile, let’s talk about “Mueller Time” for a bit.

Mueller Time

What the Left believes it means – a federal investigation into whether Donald Trump conspired with Russia to win the 2016 election

What it really means – spending federal money on an investigation that has zero basis in fact

I know it’s shocking to think a federal government that spent money on a bridge to nowhere, a money pit in Boston, and stealth bombers that don’t exist would waste money on an investigation that would make Don Quixote tell you to cool it with the cray-cray, but it’s true. The whole basis of the Mueller investigation is a poorly-sourced assumption driven by fever-pitch partisanship in the hopes of finding something, anything that can be tied back to the President in the hopes the 2016 election can be nullified and Hillary Clinton can be installed as President.

Meanwhile in the real world, some of us are shaking our heads and/or laughing said heads off at the sight of Leftists clinging to their anti-Trump fantasies in light of factual information.

Let me be perfectly clear here. I believe Russia may have had an impact on the 2016 election, but as of this writing, the credible impact appears on the Left not the Right. Of the two major party candidates, only Hillary Clinton received direct money from Russia in the form of a donation to the Clinton Global Initiative from Ukraine. Although it wasn’t a direct donation to her campaign, it is still a financial contribution to Hillary Clinton through a layer of plausible deniability via bureaucracy.

Of course, there are other ways Russia could have impacted our election, such as through Facebook ads and other propaganda purchased by Russians. One tiny problem: Mueller Time isn’t going into that depth, at least not yet. Even if they paid for agitprop, so what? It’s not like every voter is spoon-fed information from partisan sources. That’s strictly a Leftist thing. Besides, if we really want to go down that rabbit hole, we would have to go after just about every major media outlet for colluding with Hillary’s campaign by giving her mostly softball questions no tougher than “Where would you like us to kiss your butt today, Madame President?”

Which brings us back to Mueller Time. The investigation may open up far more than the Left wants us to know, such as…oh, I don’t know…the Clinton campaign having more actual hands-on contact with the Russians than the Trump campaign. That would explain why the Left’s argument regarding the Trump dossier went from “We need to find out everything in the dossier” to “We don’t need to know who paid for it, just whether it’s accurate.” And even that doesn’t get the Left out of the woods. If Mueller’s investigation proves the Left was in Vladimir Putin’s back pocket so much Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has permanent stitch marks on her butt, the narrative will switch to “This subject is boring. Let’s focus on Trump’s connections to Russia!”

In any case, the Mueller investigation will continue on with or without my support (but will continue with my money) and we will be in for…well, something that will be more disappointing than a striptease from Lena Dunham. Whatever happens, the Left will try to put on a brave face and spin every little indiscretion into a major scandal, but for those of us on the outside of the Leftist bubble, it will be like opening the biggest package under the Christmas tree and finding it full of the ugliest sweaters, socks, and underwear.

But for you Leftists out there hoping Mueller Time will get you into the White House, you’d be better off joining a tour group.

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Endangered Swamp RINOs

I for one am very thankful that Donald Trump won the election of 2016. And it’s not because I voted for him since the Iowa Caucus or that I am some sort of Trump fanatic or “cultist” either.

The President isn’t a regular politician. And like any man he does have his faults. I do not agree with everything he had done as President either. And I know he isn’t a Conservative.

But President Donald Trump does have common sense and many Conservative values are rooted in common sense. His Presidency shines a light into the heart of the dark swamp that is Washington D.C. and Establishment politics of both Republicans and the Democrats.

Had Hillary Clinton won in November of 2016, even with a Republican win in the US House and US Senate, we would have seen more of the same that we saw in the previous 8 years under President Obama.

The House and Senate would have passed the complete repeal of ObamaCare only to have it vetoed by President Clinton. Likewise they would have passed immigration reform and all the other changes they are now dragging their feet on. However, they would have approved President Clinton’s cabinet and appointees in record time.

We the People, would have cheered the actions of Congress. For moving swiftly with the change of power in the White House and for passing the legislation that would benefit the majority of the nation. And we would be duped into thinking and believing that Congress was the vanguard protecting us from Liberalism. That would be the world if Hillary Clinton had won.

Without President Donald Trump, those so-called “neverTrump Conservatives” would have fooled us into believing that they are Conservatives. But thanks to the light being shown on them from the President. We see that they are only RINOs (Republicans In Name Only.) And a year from now in the mid-term elections. We will send the majority of them packing their bags.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Remember when the Left was obsessed with President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia waaaaaay back a whole week or so ago? Well, this past week has blunted that enthusiasm now that there are alleged connections between Russia and the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Now, they want us to ignore their possible crimes to focus on the crimes they’ve alleged President committed.

What is at the core of both of these situations? Leftist double standards, for one, but I’m referring to Russia. The Left’s relationship with Russia makes Sybil look well-adjusted. One day, they’re our ally and we can trust them when they have information that hurts Donald Trump. The next day, they’re our enemy and we can’t trust them to tell the truth when they have information that hurts them. Complicate is hardly the word for this kind of Jeckyl and Hyde relationship.

Let’s take a closer look at the elephant, or bear in this case, in the room.

Russia

What the Left thinks it means – a country that has aided Donald Trump in stealing the 2016 election and is, therefore, our enemy. Also, a country that wasn’t our enemy when Barack Obama was President.

What it really means – our worst frienemy

There was a time when the Left looked up to the Russians. Usually, it was when the Russians were communists, but that admiration never quite went away. Now, the Left tries to relive the wonder years of the former Soviet Union while making tons of money in the pursuit of it.

Let that sink in for a moment.

On the other side of the aisle, the Right adopted Ronald Reagan’s approach of “trust, but verify.” For a while in the mid 80s and early 90s, the US and Russia had a burgeoning relationship, but that changed when hardcore communists hung around and kept just enough power to remain relevant. Then came the rise of Vladimir “Rudy” Putin. A former KGB member, Putin didn’t want the former Soviet Union to die out completely and adopted many of the same draconian ideas that were popular in the Soviet Union. (Oddly enough, college Leftists are adopting those same ideas today.) As a result, the Right went back to not trusting Russia.

This conflict of approaches came to a head during a 2012 Presidential debate between Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. While Romney warned people of the threat Russia posed, Obama brushed it off with a comment about the 80s wanting their foreign policy back. Good times. Of course, that was before the Left lost the 2016 election while collaborating with the Russians, so naturally the Russians are bad guys now, right?

Well, actually, they are, but unlike the Left, my distrust of Russia isn’t situational nor political. Call it my Cold War Spidey Sense, but whenever you have a former member of the KGB heading up a former enemy turned fairweather friend, it tends not to end well. And unfortunately our foreign policy has been slow to pick up on this. Then again, when you’ve had Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, two of the most ineffective and unintelligent Secretaries of State in recent memory, heading up foreign policy, I’m amazed Russia hasn’t already taken over the country. (Note to the Leftists who think this has already happened, respond to this column so I can send you money to buy a clue.)

Meanwhile, we still have the Russian threat to address, and they have friends. I’m speaking of China, another geopolitical thorn in our side. China and Russia haven’t always gotten along, but in recent years they’ve found a common enemy in America. Let’s just say these two countries wouldn’t be too heartbroken if we got knocked down a peg or 20, and both countries have a means to do just that with enough provocation. China owns a lot of our debt, and Russia has a significant oil reserve. Combine those two, and you have the makings of an America economic disaster that would make the mortgage crisis of 2008 look like you lost a nickel down a sewer grate.

And it’s not like this is a new phenomenon, either. Russia and China have been getting chummy for a few years now, including when a certain President mocked Mitt Romney’s prescient warning as being an outdated concept. Yeah, now the party of that President now thinks Russia is a bad guy because they believe (falsely) Russia cost their 2016 candidate the Presidency. (Yeah, it totally has nothing to do with the fact she was unlikable, inept, and couldn’t seem to find Wisconsin on a map…of Wisconsin.) Now that their own connections to Russia are coming to light, the Left isn’t so keen on digging into the situation further, but they are totally on board with continuing the investigation into the Trump-Russia connection to the point Don Quixote is telling them to seek help.

And while all of this political theater is going on, Russia is biding its time, waiting for the moment when they can drop the hammer. And possibly the sickle, too.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Once upon a time, Americans could be counted upon to be knowledgeable about our system of government and all the ins and outs of it. Today, you’re more likely to find someone who knows all of the winners of “American Idol” than who can name at least 3 Supreme Court Justices, living or otherwise.

What happened? I blame disco.

Actually, I blame the loss of attention to civics (although I’m not convinced disco didn’t have a hand in it, what with its boogie oogie oogieing and such). Sometime in my lifetime, people stopped caring about our government, which has given rise to a lot of misinformation about the way the government works, or doesn’t work as the case may be. And, as you might guess, the Left benefits from this ignorance in many ways.

So, let’s take a look at the c-word, shall we?

civics

What the Left believes it means – knowledge of our government and its role in our society

What it really means – knowledge of our government and what it’s allowed to do

To see a real-life example of the problem I’m talking about, check out this tweet from Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut.

Important: if Trump stops paying insurers, rates for EVERYBODY go up – not just for people on ACA exchange plans. Get ready, America!

To hear the good…ish Senator tell it, President Donald Trump is going to be kicking old ladies, invalids, and children off their health insurance in the middle of Siberia during the coldest winter season ever. One tiny problem there, Chris: The President doesn’t allocate money. That’s Congress’ job. You know, Congress, that legislative body of which you are a member? And let’s not forget the fact Congress didn’t approve appropriations for these insurance plans, thus they might have been going away faster than the audience at a Yoko Ono concert. Fortunately, some people who understand civics tweeted the truth to him. Unfortunately, too many people bought into the Senator’s tweet without question.

Oh, and did I mention Senator Murphy is a Democrat?

I’m not saying all Democrats are clueless about civics, but let’s just say there are more Democrats who wouldn’t pass a citizenship test than there are who would, even if they were allowed to cheat off the papers of foreigners wanting to become US citizens. Therein lies the crux of the problem: caring enough about America to learn about its system of government. The Left loves America so much it wants to reform it into a more perfect union…under Leftist ideology. And with Leftists like Senator Murphy at the helm, there’s no way it could wind up badly, right?

Yeah. The captains of the Titanic, the Hindenburg, and the Exxon Valdez would like a word with you, Senator.

The Left has a healthy disdain for civics because it establishes we are a nation of laws, meaning American citizens have recourse against individuals and/or the government should there be a beach of law. These laws also establish a process that needs to be followed to address situations, change existing laws, or generally get things done. In other words, civics teaches us the rules of the game. As we’ve seen within the past, oh, year or so, the Left isn’t big on the rules. They think if a rule is unfair (even one agreed upon before the game/election started), it should immediately be nullified and their preferred result be accepted. Put another way, the Left believes we should be a nation of whims instead of law. That would be like letting a seven-year-old have a no-limit credit card and releasing him or her in a toy store.

Or, like Congress right now.

The thing to remember when dealing with Leftists and their ignorance of civics is they will make up any reasoning they need to in order to advance their ideas. Take the nonsense with the 25th Amendment, for example. The Left keeps bringing it up as an option to remove President Trump and demanding Republicans and the Trump Cabinet act on it to put the country before the GOP. Although the Left sounds intelligent on this subject, they aren’t. In order for their whims to be made real, it would require a majority of Trump’s Cabinet to send something to Congress in writing stating President Trump was unfit to serve. That would mean the Left would be using the rule of law to force the rule of whims, all under the guise of loving the country and the process.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The Left’s push for the 25th Amendment being invoked is the definition of putting party above country, not the reverse, and it shows their contempt for civics as a whole. Whether it’s their support of Black Lives Matter (especially the ones who want to kill police officers) or their belief impeaching Donald Trump would automatically install Hillary Clinton as President, I can’t believe it’s ignorance at this point. They simply do not care about the way things are done, nor are they interested in the process to change the way things are done. The Left prefers to undermine the country and the rule of law through open contempt and subtle propaganda than to play by the rules as written. And let’s not forget, it wasn’t that long ago that Democrats had control of Congress and the White House, but they didn’t bother to try to change the rules. They decided to act on their whims, which gave us Obamacare, and I think we know how poorly that worked out, right?

The way to combat this is to bone up on your civics and share your knowledge. You won’t be able to convince the Senator Murphys of the world, but you may be able to convince people who are on the fence. These are the people who are key to making civics cool again, or at least cooler than it is now. Then, it will be harder for the Senate Murphys of the world to pretend they know what they’re doing because there will more and more people calling them out on their distortions.

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The Producer Has No Clothes

To say Harvey Weinstein has had a bad week would be an understatement of epic proportions. For those of you with lives outside of Hollyweird, Weinstein has been accused of the sexual assault of several women over the past 20-30 years, some of those women being high profile Hollywood heavy hitters. At first, these celebrities were hesitant to say anything, but once Weinstein came forward to confirm the allegations, the floodgates opened.

If this were just a Hollywood story, I would be ignoring it like, well, most of what Hollywood puts out these days, but as you might expect, there is a political element. Seems Mr. Weinstein was a big donor in Democrat circles, including a certain 2016 candidate who said women were to be believed. Wonder what happened to her…

And if you thought Hollywood acted slowly to condemn Weinstein, the Left makes Hollywood look like The Flash on a million triple espressos. Or three million single espressos. Either way, the Left finds itself in an odd situation: denounce a major donor, or let the self-professed “Party of Women” look like hypocrites. Granted, the Left has no problem with looking like hypocrites, but this one might be a bridge too far for them.

I have been keeping track of the Twitterverse, because I have no real life, and the Left seems to be content circling the wagons and attacking anyone who dares to speak out against Weinstein and the Left’s inertia on dealing with the political fallout. Their favorite response seems to be “But Trump.” Well, I hate to break it to you, but the two situations aren’t comparable. Trump’s statements on tape were just that: statements. It has not been established he has acted upon those sentiments. Weinstein, on the other hand, did act, which nullifies any comparisons to Trump, no matter how much you wish Trump had committed sexual assault.

Okay, I have to admit something. I lied. I totally loved breaking it to you.

This is an opportunity for Democrats to reassess their position on women and sexual assault. It’s fine to say victims should be believed, but when you know someone in your ranks treats women like Ike treated Tina, your silence doesn’t help the situation. And if what I’ve seen and heard is to be believed, there are a lot of Democrats and Leftists who knew about Weinstein and did nothing until it was “safe” to do so. Great moral courage there, kids. Tell us again how Donald Trump is a bad guy because he said something sexist.

When you put your ideals aside in favor of campaign cash, you’re a sell out. And when you decide money is more important than protecting victims of sexual assault, you are enabling the abusers with your silence.

Let’s get one thing crystal clear here, folks. A “Party of Women”, self-professed or otherwise, has an obligation to talk the talk and walk the walk. Right now, Lt. Dan is doing more walking than you on the Left is. It is inexcusable you Leftists even have to question the right thing to do in this situation, especially considering you let another sexual predator, Bill Clinton, off the hook. And Slick Willie isn’t the only one. Remember Ted Kennedy? Eliot Spitzer? Anthony Weiner? Yeah, you might want to hold off on the “Party of Women” talk until you figure out how to condemn the deviants on your side of the aisle.

As far as Weinstein is concerned, he is a scumbag and deserves far more than he’s bound to get, either from the courts, his peers in Hollywood, or his pals in Washington, DC. This isn’t a time when we can pick a partisan side and defend it. If we don’t condemn predators on the Left and the Right, the cycle of sexual victimhood will continue, grinding even more unfortunate women and men under its weight.

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Time to Put on Some Pants

Winston Churchill is alleged to have said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” And in the case of Bill Clinton, the lie may get further.

Why do I bring this up other than to take yet another shot at the Commander in Briefs? Well, it’s because of an app that has become the bane of my existence, even though I don’t use it: Twitter. The reason I haven’t joined the Twitterverse is simple. I don’t have the time or energy to engage in trying to stop people from spreading misinformation, and I’m just not that into selfies or taking pictures of my meals.

Back in my day, it took a lot longer for a lie to be picked up and turned into fact. Remember the urban myth the ships on Snapple Tea labels were slave ships? Although it’s still believed in some pockets of society today, the fact it took so long for it to even take root was a testament to not only the simpler time of the early 90s, but the fact-checking people did back then. Thanks to Twitter, both of these fail safes are more obsolete than Compuserve.

Take the outrage over President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. If you read Twitter (and I wouldn’t recommend it without some adult beverages), you would think President Trump is sitting on his hands (which would make it really hard to Tweet) and not helping Puerto Rico for every reason from racism to not knowing Puerto Rico is one of our territories. In reality, though, federal assistance has been on site since before Maria hit. We can argue about whether it’s sufficient, but to say the Trump Administration and Trump specifically has done nothing is blatantly incorrect.

Yet, the Twitterverse will repeat the lie while the truth is putting on its pants.

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve lost count of the number of media outlets who have tweeted juicy stories about President Trump, only to have to tweet a retraction within hours or days. While it’s nice to see these media outlets posting retractions, there are a few problems I have with it. First, rarely do these media outlets delete the initial erroneous Tweets. That in and of itself may seem like a minor quibble, but when you consider the number of people who will believe the original Tweet and won’t dig further into it, the fact the Tweet is allowed to exist after it’s been discredited gives it credibility. It’s like Bernie Sanders’ “democratic socialism” idea, but with 140 characters.

Second, rarely, if ever, are these corrections retweeted. The same people who are eager to pounce on any negative opinion of the Trump Administration (confirmation bias, anyone?) aren’t so quick to retweet a correction. Those who do are at least trying to be transparent with their rhetoric or are already quick to defend the Trump Administration. Those who don’t have more axes to grind than Paul Bunyon. They would prefer to believe the comfortable lie than the uncomfortable truth.

Third, and finally, Twitter isn’t known for its fairness. For those of you with lives, Twitter gives out blue checkmarks for people whose accounts can be verified as actually being owned by the people who claim they have them. What goes into this verification process is a mystery, but what is obvious is the blue checkmarks are handed out like drug samples at a dealer convention if the owner is a Leftist, but you’re out of luck if you’re a conservative. I’m beginning to think the Catholic Church’s qualifications for sainthood are easier to achieve than a conservative getting a verified Twitter account. With this checkmark comes credibility, earned or…well, let’s face it, it’s never earned. It’s an electronic Cracker Jack box where the right ideology gets you a free prize inside.

But we all know Leftists would never lie or distort the truth for political gain, right?

Put simply, Twitter is a quick way to widely push a narrative, spin a story, or blatantly lie without a way to be just as quick and widespread with the truth. But, it’s important we continue to tell the truth whenever we can. Facts matter.

Now, go put on some pants.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

If you’ve been following this weekly column for a while, there are two things that become clear. One, there’s a legitimate reason I don’t get paid to do this. And, two, the Left loves to play around with the definition of words. And, boy, do I have an Inception-level entry for the Leftist Lexicon for you this week.

When you think of violence, what do you envision? Rioting? Arson? A typical day at UC Berkeley when someone to the right of Lenin decides to express an opinion? Well, according to the Left, you’re right and wrong. (I told you this was Inception-level. You might want to get a stiff drink before continuing. Or fifty.) You see, the Left both loves and hates violence depending on the circumstances, and have even included the purposeful misgendering of trans people as an act of violence.

Come to think of it, I might need a stiff drink or fifty.

Strap in, kids, and keep your drinks close.

violence

What the Left thinks it means – an act or thought that causes physical or emotional harm

What it really means – an act that causes actual physical harm

As you may have noticed, the Left’s definition of violence includes thoughts and emotions, not just actions. By extending the definition in this way, the Left is attempting to expand the intellectual battlefield to include an area where it can get a foothold. And when you give the Left an inch, they’ll whine until they get a mile. And then they’ll whine until they get two, and before you know it, they’ve overrun the property, the property value goes down, and you have to move to the suburbs to get some peace and quiet.

Let’s be clear here. Violence isn’t anything you can think or feel. It requires action that causes actual harm to someone or something. Calling a trans person by his/her wrong name doesn’t quite meet that standard. Making you feel bad isn’t the same as making you feel bad because you were hit in the head with a bike lock.

That brings us to the Left’s other opinion on violence: it’s totes cool as long as it’s done for the right reasons. Meaning, as long as the Left agrees with the violence being committed. That covers everything Antifa does because they’re fighting fascists or people they can call fascists. Funny how that works out, isn’t it? Meanwhile, any violence committed by the Right is a complete no-no. After all, they don’t agree with the Left, so their violence is totally bad, man.

We shouldn’t be surprised by this partisan double standard, considering it comes from the Left. They can justify anything, including illegal activity, by invoking the “it’s the right thing to do” argument. Need to justify abortion? It’s the right thing to do to prevent overpopulation! Diverting federal funds to needless programs with no actual benefits to the world? It’s the right thing to do to keep jobs in America or to advance scientific knowledge! So, when it comes to causing mayhem, property damage, and various injuries to others, the Left has their ready-made excuse handy. After all, isn’t it the right thing to do to punch a Nazi?

Not so much.

The problem with violence is it encourages more violence. Sure, Antifa can come with baseball bats, pipes, and any number of hand weapons, and it will work out for a time. However, there comes a time when the victims of violence may respond with violence. And given some of the particulars opposing Antifa, such as…oh, I don’t know…white nationalists/supremacists who already have a history of having more of a hair trigger than a .45 in an unkempt barber shop…well, let’s just say it’s only a matter of time before that violence winds up with a body count.

And let’s not forget there were Leftists saying there would be injuries on both sides after Donald Trump was elected. Yeah, it’s one thing to say it, but another thing to experience it. Antifa may think they’re Chuck Norris dressed in black and wearing masks, but once bullets start flying, I guarantee they’ll be closer to Chuck Todd than Chuck Norris.

The sad thing? It shouldn’t come to this. Violence, politically motivated or otherwise, should be a non-starter for anyone wishing to change the political landscape. You want change? Make a better argument, don’t make a fist and start swinging.

And redefining violence so non-violence is no different than what Antifa is doing doesn’t help matters any, either. What you’re doing is diminishing actual violence. When misgendering a trans person causes the same physical damage as a bike lock to the head, then we’ll talk. Until then, take a long look at what you’re advocating and see it through to its logical extreme. If you think violence is okay for purely partisan ends, you cannot complain when others use that same approach against you. Oh, I’m sure you will, but you won’t have a leg to stand on when you do.

And in this case, it may not just be figuratively speaking.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

If you were a being from another planet and watched the Left speak about President Donald Trump, you would think he was making the most horrible traits of humanity acceptable. Racism, sexism, xenophobia, hate, Nickelback. You name it, the Left blames Trump for it.

The Left has a term for this: normalizing. I know, putting a form of “normal” and “Left” in the same sentence may be violating several laws of reality, but I’m willing to risk it to give you the high quality entertainment you’re paying for. And since you’re not paying for this, the bar is very low.

normalizing

What the Left thinks it means – making the unacceptable acceptable, usually reserved for the Right

What it really means – Leftists blaming Trump for what they consider to be unacceptable

The primary question, aside from what normalizing means, is “What is Trump doing to normalize what the Left says he’s normalizing?” In the Leftist hive-mind, everything Trump is doing is contributing to making what they feel is bad into something acceptable to people. And with the Left being self-righteous moralizers at their cores, they simply cannot allow anyone to have a contrary opinion. Theirs is the only opinion that matters.

Meanwhile in the real world, their opinions are usually worse informed than most Vox articles.

The truth is Trump breathing is enough for the Left to accuse him of condoning bad behavior. Even when Trump comes out and literally decries racism, sexism, etc., it’s never enough. To the Left, the narrative is more important than the truth. Think Gollum from Lord of the Rings, but with better tailors. Come to think of it, Debbie Wasserman Schultz kinda looks like…naaaaah. Not going to go there. After all, it would be rather insulting to Gollum.

The ultimate strategy for the Left’s use of “normalizing” is to get people to assume the worst about Trump, his surrogates, and anyone else who opposes them. By framing the opposition as something just this side of Hitler, the Left believes they look better by comparison. In truth, however, it tells people who are paying attention that they don’t have any real ideas. Remember Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign? Strip away the slogans, the rallies, the cheating…I mean the “winning”, and what you have is a candidate who’s main selling point was she wasn’t Trump. It’s like being a restaurant owner and saying “Sure, our food will give you indigestion, intense vomiting, and the runs, but Chipotle has had to shut down at least twice in the past year for contaminated food!”

An important concept the Left doesn’t want you to think about is accountability. They are blaming Trump for the actions of others who may or may not accurately reflect what he actually believes. Take the Charlottesville situation, for example. Before Trump uttered or Tweeted a single word, the Left already painted the white supremacists/nationalists as Trump supporters. Why? Because of Richard Spencer, someone the Left painted as a white supremacist/nationalist. Whether he is or not is subject to debate, but it didn’t matter. The Left said he was one and, because he supported Trump, everyone who supported Trump was a white supremacist/nationalist. This is going to come as a surprise to the people of color who support Trump, but, hey.

Where the Left’s idea falls apart is that it requires you to believe in a complete lack of free will and personal accountability. The Left keeps throwing out words like “dog whistles” more than a dog whistle salesman working straight commission, and when you dig into what they consider a “dog whistle” it can be anything. And when it can be anything, it turns into nothing. Here’s the twist: people will act in accordance with what they conclude is the best course of action. You can disagree with their actions, their thinking, and/or both, but that’s the nature of free will. No one else has to sign off on your decisions, and that drives the Left crazy. They need to control you so you can only make decisions they approve of.

Oddly enough (or appropriately enough, depending on your point of view), that’s normalizing totalitarianism.

Whenever you hear a Leftist talk about President Trump normalizing bad behavior, also keep in mind he or she will often project his/her faults onto others. Which current political ideology puts its stock and trade in noticing every little difference in people and then trying to exploit those differences for personal gain? Hint: it’s from the side who thinks Black Lives Matter isn’t racist, but All Lives Matter is. If that isn’t normalizing racism, I don’t know what is.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

As the seasons turn from summer to fall, there are some things we can depend on. Kids going back to school. Leaves turning colors. And discussions about the debt ceiling.

Recently, President Donald Trump spoke to House Minority Leader Nancy “Joan Rivers Was a Piker Compared to Me” Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Charles “Don’t Get Between Me and a Microphone” Schumer and agreed to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for concessions on disaster relief. Yeah, I know. Debt ceiling talk is so sexy, right? Well, get ready to get really hot because here we go!

debt ceiling

What the Left believes it means – a budgetary procedure to ensure the government can pay its debts without shutting down

What it really means – giving the least fiscally responsible entity on Earth a pass on bad spending.

The Constitution gives Congress the power to pay the debts of the country, including the debts they themselves rack up allegedly representing the county. Usually, this gets done through the budget process, where the House, the Senate, and the President try to hammer out a vision for what needs to get paid and by whom. There’s a tiny snag with this currently: we haven’t actually had a budget since 2006. The way Congress has done around this detail has been to raise the debt ceiling, which allows the government to pay debts. A necessary evil, right?

Not quite.

Let’s say you have a credit card that you max out on a trip to Las Vegas. You may be able to skate by for a while, but eventually you are going to have to make a payment. Then, instead of making a payment, you request raising your credit line. The credit card company agrees, and you go back to Vegas to max out your card again. Then, payment time rolls around again, and you request yet another credit line extension. The credit card company agrees, and the process continues.

There’s no way this can end badly, right?

Actually, there is no way this can’t end badly. With a budget, Congress has a framework for how to proceed. Without a budget, Congress can spend and spend without much oversight. Wait…did we just stumble onto the reason we haven’t had a budget in 11 years? Why, yes, yes, we did!

Under the typical budget process, the House comes up with a budget and gives it to the Senate to look over and either approve as-is or offer changes. If there are changes, the House and Senate come together and work out the differences before sending it to the President to sign. Then, if the President vetoes it, the budget proposal goes back to Congress to either fix the proposal or override the veto. In short, there are checkpoints at every stage of the budget process to prevent one side or the other from running roughshod over the other and to put limits on what is to be spent. By simply agreeing to forego the normal budget process and raise the debt ceiling, those safeguards are as reliable as the TSA.

If America had her financial house in order, raising the debt ceiling might not be an issue. After all, we’ve accrued debt in the past for noble purposes, like fighting a war. However, America is spending like a drunken sailor these days. Okay, that may have been out of line. After all, drunken sailors have a bit more fiscal responsibility than the average Congrescritter. I mean, when was the last time you saw a drunken sailor spend money to watch shrimp on a treadmill?

Complicating matters further is the fact America doesn’t own all of its debt. We have issued bonds for our debt for various parties to buy. And guess who owns a good chunk of those bonds. China. Yeah, that country that hasn’t quite gotten over the Cold War and has a penchant for trying to handicap America whenever it can. And we gave them Most Favored Nation status in the 1990s! And how do they repay us? Sending toys with lead paint and dog food that actually kills dogs.

But I’m sure they’ll do us right this time!

All it takes for our fiscal house of cards to come tumbling down is for China to say, “Yeah, we kinda want our money back because we don’t think you can pay us back.” If you thought the financial crisis in 2008 was bad, this will make that look like “Heidi.” (For you Leftists out there reading this, that is a bad thing.) And if that happens, we have Democrats and Republicans to blame. Our representatives decided that spending money is more important than fiscal security. Even when we get representatives elected who promise to keep us on budget, those voices are either drowned out or sold out by those who think we can print enough money to keep ourselves afloat. Spoiler Alert: we can’t. The more money we print, the less valuable the money we have becomes. That isn’t a recipe for success, kids.

So, how do we fix it? Outside of a Congressional enema, we’re stuck until our representatives figure out raising the debt ceiling without a reason will cost us more than the ability to spend money we don’t have on crap that has no real purpose.

Like shrimp on treadmills.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Happy Labor Day weekend, kids! As we take our first tentative steps into fall, Labor Day elicits quite a few memories and emotions. Anticipation for the leaves to start falling, as well as the temperatures. The knowledge we’re not supposed to wear white until spring, unless you’re a Klan member. And remembering the hard work of the men and women who comprise the working class.

The demographics of the working class may have changed throughout the years, but they still represent a vital voting bloc for the Left and the Right. If you persuade the working class to vote for your candidate, you stand a good chance of winning an election, or at least doing better than Evan McMullin in 2016. In honor of Labor Day (and because I really didn’t have anything else to write about this week), let’s take a closer look at the working class.

working class

What the Left thinks it means – a vital group of voters who need Leftists to be their champions against Big Business

What it really means – a group of people who have been jerked around by both sides of the aisle

As a working man myself, I am on the front lines of the struggles the working class faces. Whether it’s fighting traffic to and from work, trying to make each dollar we earn stretch as far as it can, or even just trying to get through the day without getting written up, fired, or, worst of all, being asked to stay late because everybody else went home already, the working men and women of America are being asked/told/demanded/expected to grind it out day after day without complaint. Put on a happy face and eat that crap sandwich like it was your last meal.

That’s why I find it laughable that the Left and the Right try to get us to believe they represent the working class in Washington, DC. The political class, most of whom have never done anything more physical than blocking someone on Twitter, have zero clue of what John and Jane Doe of Everytown, USA, have to put up with just to try to keep a roof over their heads. After all, Congresscritters get tons of perks for being elected, so even if they’re from the smallest of small towns in the states they represent, they quickly forget what it means to work hard most every day.

But when it’s time for reelection, you can count on them to show up and shake hands and kiss babies (just don’t get those two mixed up) in an attempt to “reconnect with the great people of [insert state].” Once their reelection is sewn up tighter than a XXXS corset on Roseanne Barr, they promptly forget about those great people and head back to Washington to live their lives of luxury.

Gee. I wonder if that might be the reason I think the working class is getting screwed over by the political class…naaaaaaah!

The Left claims to be the party of the working class (mainly because they get tons of money from labor unions who are often as out of touch as their Leftist masters), but this claim is as baseless as a news story on MSNBC. When you boil it down, the Left doesn’t care about anything about the working class and merely gives them lip service. Take a look at how much disdain they heap upon WalMart, for example. The Left wants WalMart eliminated from the economic equation for one reason: WalMart doesn’t have a union. Sure, they’ll give you a ton of other reasons ranging from alleged lower pay and importing products from China, but it comes down to the lack of a union. Yet, WalMart makes products and services affordable for people in the working class because they’ve figured out something the Left can’t seem to grasp: you can’t keep your doors open if you don’t have customers. WalMart isn’t perfect, but they do enough right to keep people coming in (usually after making highly questionable fashion choices). By going after WalMart, the Left has made it clear they don’t care about the actual working class, just about their money and votes.

The Right isn’t much better. They have the image of being in the back pockets of Big Business to the point they have permanent disfigurement from the stitching in said back pockets. And why is that? Because they haven’t fought back against the image. The Right reaching out to the working class is often as cringeworthy as Michael Dukakis in a tank, John Kerry in hunting gear, or Debbie Wasserman Schultz any time. And this is disappointing because the working class needs people fighting for them in Washington, and it’s clear the Left is like Pee Wee Herman boxing MIke Tyson.

But there is a glimmer of hope for the Right in the form of Donald Trump. Trump for all of his faults has a grasp on both the corporate and the working world, which came out during the 2016 election. And the working class rewarded him with their votes, much to the consternation of Hillary Clinton and the DNC. If the Right can pick up what Trump did in the campaign and build upon that by convincing the working class they can coexist with the business class, that will be beneficial to both. The working class will have their champions on Washington, and the business class will have an in with their workers.

In the meantime, the working class will have to keep plugging away, doing what it needs to do to survive. Just like they always seem to do.

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