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The Party of Noooooooope!

During the Obama Presidency, Democrats and Leftists gave the Republican Party a nickname, “The Party of No” because they opposed Obama’s agenda. Gee, an opposition party not wanting a President from a certain party to succeed? Why that’s…completely expected!

Lately, though, I’ve had to wonder what is in the DNC’s water supply or whether they’ve moved their headquarters to Colorado because the Left has gone beyond merely opposing Donald Trump’s agenda. They’re heading into Bad Idea Territory. Here are a few examples.

1) In the light of the recent March for Future Democrat Votes (also known as the March For Our Lives), the Left has made a renewed push to repeal the Second Amendment. But they’re totally not trying to take away anybody’s guns.

2) A Planned Parenthood center’s Twitter account had a tweet lamenting there should be a Disney Princess who had an abortion. Oddly enough, that tweet was deleted. I wonder why…

3) The state of California is suing the Trump Administration for including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. This might have a bearing on why the state openly defied federal law and declared themselves to be a “Sanctuary State.”

4) The relaunch of “Roseanne” was met with Leftist resistance because the main character voted for Trump.

And those have just happened this week!

The Left has never been an ideology that has attracted the best and brightest, but even so, some of these ideas are dumber than putting Joe Biden in charge of sexual harassment training. (Note to Leftists reading this: This is not a serious suggestion. Do not treat it as such.) The ideas coming out of the Left within the past few years have not made them any friends, but it has made them plenty of detractors.

At this point, I see the Left pandering more for votes than at any other time in recent history. A big part of that is because of Bernie Sanders. During the 2016 election, Sanders gave the Left a choice: continue on the path they were on, or blaze a new trail. Although Hillary Clinton ultimately won the nomination, it wasn’t without a lot of Leftists wanting to continue on the new trail instead of circling back. And these Leftists will vote outside of the prescribed candidates to further their ideological goals. Combine with that the fact Democrats keep voting in people who swing to the Left of even Clinton, and you have a voter bloc that can be boom or bust for the DNC.

Hence, the reason behind their recent insanity. Behind the cries for a living wage or stricter gun laws from Democrat politicians is a political calculation with more than a little cynicism mixed in for good measure. The problem is the potential voters they’re courting might not be so quick to come back. These voters are looking for a bit more ideological purity than the DNC can provide, and they aren’t afraid to rock the boat in favor of candidates and policies they want, no matter how outrageous they are. This will force Democrats to walk the walk and talk the talk if they want these votes.

And that is going to backfire spectacularly. As the Democrats go further Left, the vaunted middle (of which your humble correspondent is a member) isn’t willing to go along with them. More often than not, the Left will cross a threshold that make people outside of its ideological bubble think twice about the logic, judgment, and sanity behind the move. If the Democrats aren’t careful, they will be giving up the middle to chase votes that may or may not show up when it counts.

But, hey. You do you, Leftists!

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Not Neutrality

I woke up this morning and something was wrong. I didn’t feel any different, but I knew something was wrong. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Then, I tried logging onto the Internet…and it was just fine. No delays, no demands for money. Just an easy logon. Then, I figured out what was wrong.

The proponents of Net Neutrality had brought Y2K back.

Seriously, was there any doubt the pro-Net Neutrality side were going to wind up with a hatchery’s worth of eggs on their faces? Anyone with a lick of common sense could have figured out the “Net Neutrality will save the Internet” line was bogus from the get go. Then again, common sense in today’s society is like finding a unicorn in your Lucky Charms.

I have a series of immutable laws that have been developed over years of observation and repetition. One of these laws is the more one side has to rely on fear to make a point, the less likely that point is valid. And Net Neutrality is pretty much all fearmongering. As it plays out, the pro-NN side wants you to believe each ISP owner is only concerned about making money and doesn’t give a tenth of a damn about the little guy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Basic economics says if you price something out of people’s ability to pay it, you lose customers and, get this, revenue. For the Net Neutrality advocates to be right, ISPs would have to literally go against their best interests.

If that wasn’t insane enough, Net Neutrality doesn’t even address the problem it seeks to solve. Granted, one of the NN provisions is transparency, but if you’re dishonest, you can find ways to hide bad behavior in plain sight and no one will be the wiser. Case in point: Harvey Weinstein. It gets even harder to be transparent when the entity controlling the Internet is the federal government. You shouldn’t need a Freedom of Information Act filing to find out if you’re getting the fastest speed for your area, but with Net Neutrality, it’s only a step or two away from that bureaucratic nightmare.

You know who has solved the problem? Cell phone providers. Thanks to technological advances, we can now stay connected to the Internet almost anywhere around the world using our cell phones. And if we need Internet access, our phones can turn into WiFi hotspots or we can buy gadgets that can do the same thing. And you thought having the Internet at your fingertips was only good for winning bar bets!

Cell phone providers have rendered the problems Net Neutrality sought to address obsolete. And if you think it merely shifts the power from ISPs to Verizon, et al, remember cell phone providers also are bound by the laws of economics.

Above all else, Net Neutrality fails to take into account the concept of competition. Back in the day, I would take my laptop with me to visit my parents and I had to deal with the slow and spotty Internet of being in a small town in northeast Iowa. Although this might seem to be an example of how Net Neutrality could be good, it’s actually not. Satellite technology has made Internet access available to people in rural areas as well as urban areas, and it can be bundled with existing satellite TV providers like Dish and DirectTV for only a marginal monthly fee.

Wow! It’s almost as if the free market has an answer for the problems Net Neutrality proponents find, because, well, it has! And it will continue to do so for long after we’ve gotten past the point where the Internet is the go-to for information, entertainment, directions, gaming, and great blog posts like this one. Okay, so that last one may be a bit sketchy, but you get the idea.

Now if only the Net Neutrality supporters would.

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It’s Not My Fault!

We are totally living in a police state, kids! How do I know?

A college professor got fired for expressing an opinion. Granted, that opinion was that President Donald Trump should be shot, but it was totally because we’re living in a police state!

The former professor in question is Kevin Allred, a women’s studies professor formerly of Montclair State whose claim to fame (prior to wanting the President to be shot, that is) was teaching a class about…Beyonce. Think of all the brilliant young minds cut short without Allred’s class. I’m sure all 2 of them are greatly disappointed.

There is a reason behind this blog outside of having a Schadenfreude-palooza. Allred took to Twitter complaining about how his free speech rights cost him his job, a job he got fired from before he actually started teaching at Montclair State, and how he got fired because of “Trump trolls.” Yep, it wasn’t the fact he threatened the sitting President repeatedly on Twitter, it was because people got upset at what he said.

In case you haven’t noticed, the Left isn’t big on accepting responsibility for their mistakes. Whether it’s Allred or Hillary Clinton or Kathy Griffin, the Left is quick to point fingers at everyone else, but slow to consider they might just be the only ones to blame for their missteps. This can easily be explained by one three letter word: ego.

It may be hard for people who haven’t been Leftists to understand, but a lot of their political ideology involves their belief they are the smartest people in the room at all times, even when they’re in a room full of people far smarter than they could ever dream of being. Naturally, this creates an exaggerated delusion of grandeur to the point Narcissus would look positively Amish. Combine this with the Left’s self-imposed sense of superior morality, and you have a hubris cocktail devoid of self-awareness.

Now, remember this isn’t based on Leftists being smarter or more moral than the rest of us. This is all them. They hang out in the same circles, hearing the same rhetoric regurgitated ad nauseum, and thinking the same thoughts. When you’re in an echo chamber, it’s easy to mistake volume for sensible agreement. And when someone dares to disrupt the echo chamber, the Left doesn’t consider it a possible opportunity to defend their position; they consider it a personal assault and react accordingly.

That is to say they go on the attack.

If you want to see a prime example of this, check out the recent debate between conservative Ben Shapiro and Leftist Cenk Uygur. During the debate, Cenk decided to insult the audience when he thought they questioned his intelligence. In fairness to Cenk, though, it was wrong of the audience to question his intelligence when it cannot be confirmed he has any. Bad crowd!

By talking down to the audience, Cenk cemented his image as a condescending know-nothing, which apparently is a resume enhancer to the Left. But to those of us not in the Leftist bubble, it comes off just as it sounds and looks, and it doesn’t help win friends and influence people. And if these Leftists want to make gains in the 2018 and 2020 elections, they need to cut it out.

Of course, they won’t, so it will give birth to more fingerpointing at everyone but themselves. Plus, it will give me a lot more material to work with for future blogs, so it’s a win-win. Yay me.

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The Whines of War

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump dropped a MOAB bomb on ISIS tunnels in Syria. And, as expected, the Left acted like you offered them bacon when they asked for free range tofu burgers with free trade soybean sprouts. If you haven’t tried the latter, let’s just say you’re not missing much unless your diet is blander than an Al Gore audiobook.

The Left has its collectivist feathers all aruffle over Trump’s use of the MOAB, even going so far as to question why he didn’t seek Congressional approval to do it and whether it was Constitutional for him to do it. Some have even gone so far as to say “See? We told you he would get us into a world war!” or “See? He’s trying to divert attention away from the Russian investigation!” And, all I can do in response is shake my head in disbelief. After a long fit of hysterical laughter, that is.

Listen, Leftists. What Trump is doing is both Constitutional and legal, thanks to a little ditty I like to call the War Powers Act. In short, the War Powers Act allows the President to initiate military actions without Congressional approval for 90 days. I don’t like it because it circumvents Congress’ role in warfare, but it’s the law. Until it gets changed, Trump is allowed to use it, and no amount of foot-stomping will change it.

Additionally, both houses of Congress are controlled by the Republicans. You know, the same Republicans Leftists claim want to kill Grandma, starve the poor, and take away everybody’s health care so the rich can have a tax cut? Think this through! The people you Leftists have been treating like scum for the past few years are now going to bend over backwards to do your ill-advised will? Rarely outside of a Sheila Jackson Lee interview have I heard such absolute stupidity.

Even if you ignore the bad blood between the Left and Congressional Republicans, it would be a hard sell. See, the Left has this notion the best way to handle ISIS is to negotiate with them. You know, treat them like you would a foreign leader. Except…ISIS isn’t a foreign leader. It’s a terrorist organization that treats women and gays far worse than you claim Donald Trump does, but they seem to have your blessing. Maybe it has something to do with being useful idiots or the previous Administration giving terrorists lawyers, guns, and money, but the Right doesn’t swing that way usually. They prefer to handle ISIS the old fashioned way: lots and lots of violence. Now, you may think bombing ISIS into the Stone Age (which would be a huge step forward) will only create more terrorists, thus making the problem worse. And you may be right. Of course, with enough bombing, ISIS may win, but there will be a lot fewer of them available for the awards ceremony.

As far as getting us involved in a world war, that concept is a bit melodramatic. And by a bit, I mean more of a drama queen than Meryl Streep. The fact is we’re not getting other countries involved yet, and those who might get involved are either going to be on our side or are going to have to explain why they’re cool with ISIS. Spoiler Alert: being cool with ISIS is not a resume builder.

Then, there are people who think the bombing was an attempt to divert attention away from the Russia investigation. When you believe in conspiracy theories, anything can be used to “prove” they’re right, even if they make no logical sense. Of course, the fact they make no logical sense should be the first sign the conspiracy theory might be more cracked than a Ming vase in a house full of toddlers learning to walk.

And the “bombing to divert attention away from Russia” idea is just like that Ming vase. Do you know why? Because the Russia investigation is going nowhere faster than Shia Lebouf’s movie career. I know you Leftists are waiting with bated breath for the other shoe to drop, but that first shoe you heard was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign crashing and burning, Hindenburg style. Right now, you are hanging your hopes of rumors, extensions of rumors, and anonymous sources. In other words, you’re less credible than the “Birthers” you derided during the Obama years.

We will see what, if anything, comes from bombing ISIS, but there is one thing that is sure to happen.

The Left will continue to remind people why they’re no longer in power.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Remember the riot…I mean peaceful protests at UC Berkeley a few weeks ago? It seems what we saw (protestors destroying property, lighting fires, and generally being asshats) wasn’t what we saw, at least according to the Left. Yes, dear reader, the rioters weren’t part of the protests, but were a separate group that call themselves antifa, short for anti-fascist. They wore masks so they couldn’t be identified, but they were totally not with the protestors…even though the protestors cheered them on as seen on
video.

The Left has been trying to create a distinction between the protestors and antifa without much success. Apparently it takes more twisting than a yoga master making pretzels to make that distinction real. But at least we have a new entry for our Lexicon.

antifa

What the Left believes it means – a violent anti-fascist group

What it really means – rebels without a clue

Whenever Leftists try to distance themselves from activities they support but know would hurt their narrative, they create distinctions without a difference. After all, these are the same people who think it’s okay to punch Nazis (or people they think are Nazis like Richard Spencer), so it’s not too much of a stretch to think they might be totes cool with antifa’s tactics. So, instead of accepting their baser nature, they hold antifa at arm’s length with a wink and a nod.

So, is antifa truly anti-fascist? That depends on which definition of fascism you use. If you use the Left’s version, the answer is yes. If you use the actual definition (as noted in a previous Leftist Lexicon entry), the answer isn’t as clear. But for the purpose of cutting to the chase, let’s just say antifa needs to brush up on its dictionary usage because they’re employing the tactics fascists use.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s because they’re both Leftist groups. Make no mistake, there is very little difference between the Berkeley protesters and antifa as far as ideology goes. Antifa is just a bit more willing to act on the rhetoric, even if it’s behind a mask. That takes a level of courage most Leftists will never achieve, as wrongheaded as it is.

Having said that, what exactly does antifa wish to achieve by acting like a fascist Lone Ranger? Striking a blow against fascism comes to mind, but as we’ve seen, they’re not going to accomplish that by being fascists. It’s kind of like using napalm to take care of an ant problem. Besides, everyone knows the best way to take care of ants is to use a magnifying glass on a sunny day…

I did a little research on antifa (because, dammit, I care) to find out more about their movement, and not surprisingly, they are also anti-capitalism according to NYC Antifa’s blog site. Hmmmm… now, why would that be? Could it be they’re using Mussolini’s definition of fascism as corporatism? Why, yes, yes it could. In fact, I’m willing to bet my entire paycheck from this blog that they subscribe to his definition, as wrongheaded as it is. (Editor’s note: We are not paying Mr. Lindaman for his contributions, so he’s getting exactly what he’s worth.) And if they are, they are using a fascist’s definition of the term as their reason to be anti-fascist. There’s a term for that kind of cognitive dissidence…oh, yeah, dumbassery.

Let me put forth a radical idea: Antifa is merely Astroturf Wall Street 2: Electric Boogaloo. Before you Leftists start writing angry emails (fraught with misspelled words, capital letters, and more vulgarity than Lisa Lampanelli with Tourettes), take a look at what these groups advocate and do. Both are anti-capitalism (odd considering how dependent they are on technology made by capitalists). Both have been moved to act based on their perception of the world. Both are not above violent means to achieve their ends. Face it, kids. Antifa is one rape circle away from turning UC Berkeley into Zuccotti Park West.

Let me make one thing clear, though. I am anti-fascist, and I would think most people would feel the same way. Fascism on paper and in practice is a horrible totalitarian mindset that stifles freedom and leads to violent disruption of any and all opposition. Think the global climate change cult with heavy artillery.

Where antifa and I part company is that I don’t feel I need to burn down the marketplace of ideas to compete in it. You can try to dress it up like civil disobedience (as the Left is wont to do), but it’s definitely not a good look for you, even if everyone else is wearing it. And you Leftists trying to play both sides of the antifa fence, you need to realize you’re not that different from antifa, and by saying they’re not like you, you are giving them the ammunition to attack you sooner or later. To them, you are
poseurs trying to fit in with the cool kids, and that never ends well. Unless you’re willing to strap on a mask and burn down your local Starbucks, you’re the enemy and need to be defeated.

Good luck with that.

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Farcing My Hand

Leftists, we need to have a talk. And by talk, I mean you’re going to shut your pieholes and listen for a bit. I know it’s a bit of a change for you, but I have something you need to hear.

I was not a Donald Trump supporter, but you are driving me to become one because you’re being dumbasses. For the better part of 2016, you have treated people who didn’t support your candidate/ideology as subhuman cretins incapable of higher brain functions. Yeah, and you wonder why you lost.

Instead of learning from your mistakes, you have been doubling down more than a blackjack player who keeps getting dealt 11s. Now, you have hatched all sorts of conspiracy theories based on little more than feelings.

Take the Russian “election hacking” for example. You guys have been trying to impeach Trump for this, even before he took the Oath of Office. Now, in spite of the fact there is literally zero evidence Russia did anything to affect the outcome of 2016 election, you guys are still throwing out the allegation as though it were gospel. As much as you want to believe Boris and Natasha were sneaking into ballot boxes and changing votes, that isn’t enough.

Let me make something crystal clear.

This. Isn’t. A. Thing. It. Was. Never. A. Thing. It. Will. Never. Be. A. Thing.

Got it? Good.

As the weeks since Election Day have come and gone, you Leftists have gotten more and more unhinged. In fact, the person in the video wailing at Trump being announced as President of the United States is now positively stoic compared to the way you folks are acting right now. Seriously, you’re elevating Maxine Waters, a Democrat not exactly known for her intellect, to be the spokesperson for the impeachment efforts against Trump? You might as well get Bozo the Clown to be lead counsel, provided he doesn’t want to be associated with actual clowns.

Then, there are the Senate Democrats doing everything they can to malign and try to obstruct Trump’s Cabinet picks whenever and wherever they can. So far, their obstruction has resulted in a grand total of…zero picks getting rejected.

When you pull stunts like these, you force people like me to defend Donald Trump. And the more crap you throw at the wall in the hopes something sticks, the less seriously I take you. And the less seriously I take you, the more I will mock you. Not that I mind the target-rich environment, mind you…

The point I’m trying to make is you’re hurting yourselves in the long run by being the immature little brats you’ve been since, oh, ever. If you want to beat Donald Trump and the Republicans, you have to present a legitimate alternative to the vision they’re presenting. And when your alternative is the intellectual equivalent of a dumpster fire, Trump and the GOP win by default.

So, let me put it this way. Start bringing your A game or get used to people like me dismissing you out of hand. And if you think I’m alone in this, think again. Grow up, or learn to love the taste failure. The choice is yours.

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Intervention

Leftists, we need to talk.

Since Election Day, you guys have gotten really unhinged. I’m not talking your normal level of unhingedness. I’m talking Nick Nolte on a Red Bull and cocaine bender unhinged.

In the past week, Rosie O’Donnell tweeted she wanted martial law to be enacted until Donald Trump could be cleared of all charges. Of course, she doesn’t say what charges exactly, but given how Russian hacking is in the news and living rent free in your heads, I’m guessing that’s the charges in question. Now, I’ve come to expect this from Rosie, so it didn’t shock me. What shocked me was the number of people who agreed with her.

Let’s take a step back away from the abyss here for a moment. We have people thinking martial law is the way to stop Trump from being President, and they don’t see anything wrong with that. As someone who happens to like freedom, I have to object. Not only is it a stupid short-term solution to a minor problem, but it’s not one you can just take back once you’re satisfied. Yeah, once you give government that much power, they tend not to give it back so quickly.

Then, there are the celebrities holding an anti-inaugural concert to compete with Inauguration Day. I’m sure it will be well-attended and will make a lot of news, but think about this for a second. You guys did stuff like this before Trump won the Presidency, and how did that work out for you? No matter how many concerts you hold, no matter how many celebrities give their opinions on our future, no matter how much you stomp your feet in anger and disgust, it’s not going to work. Donald Trump is going to be President, and it’s going to be for a while.

Consider this to be an intervention because you Leftists are addicted to stupid.

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, and you have a lot of problems starting with the soon-to-be-former President, Barack Obama. He helped you win the White House in 2008 and since then has done nothing to help you advance. If anything, he has caused your ideology to take several steps back by living up to your current standards. Obama could have ensured a progressive future if he (and you) had been more willing to find ways to compromise. Instead, once he won, he (and you) decided to use a chainsaw where a scalpel was needed.

Then, came Hillary Clinton, who was the ideological heir to Obama’s kingdom, but didn’t have the same charisma to pull off the argument. Let’s not forget this is the same Hillary Clinton who got trounced by Obama in 2008, but 8 years later she’s supposed to be unbeatable? Well, when you have a DNC chair willing to rig the primaries for her, maybe she thought she was unbeatable. And it doesn’t hurt to have a temporary DNC chair feed debate questions to her campaign.

Yet, with all of that rigging, Hillary Clinton lost. And, no, her winning the popular vote doesn’t give your side any more credibility because the Presidency is not always awarded to the candidate who wins the most votes. This may help you in making a case to do away with the Electoral College, but it doesn’t reverse the 2016 election.

Maybe if you hadn’t mocked Trump’s claims of a rigged election when you thought you were winning, you might have a leg to stand on. As it stands, you’re the ideological equivalent of Lt. Dan from “Forrest Gump.”

While you’re trying to find your way out of the wilderness, you will need people to step up as leaders. Given the fact Nancy Pelosi is still House Minority Leader, you folks are sticking with some of the morons that got you President Trump. I understand loyalty, but loyalty towards someone who has literally been an anchor to your political power is insanity. It’s time for you to find new leaders, people who can actually represent what you believe and be effective voices in articulating your vision. And, no, “we’re not Trump” isn’t effective. It didn’t work for Hillary, and it won’t work going forward. When you define yourself in terms of your opposition, you not only fail to make your argument, but you also bring attention to your opponent.

Also, you need to ratchet the negativity down a lot. With your current train of thought, you are guaranteeing more people will be willing to give Trump a chance because you are being ugly, authoritarian asshats. Remember how you went after the “alt-right”? Well, contrary to what you think, there are a lot of people you lumped in with the alt-right that do not agree with conservative causes. In short, you created monsters from people who agree with you, but because they don’t agree with you 100% of the time, you treated them like garbage.

By the way, Donald Trump thanks you for the votes and support, and I say this as someone who isn’t thrilled with the prospect of a Trump Presidency.

And you know why Trump won a majority of the country? He wasn’t an arrogant snob like you have become. You may think you’re the smartest people in the room, but you don’t have to tell us you are. Words don’t mean anything unless there are actions to back them up. Talking down to people you disagree with or who don’t live on the coasts is a clear turn-off. And calling us racists, sexists, homophobes, etc., because Hillary lost isn’t the way to win elections and influence voters. But I’m sure it will totally work for you in 2018.

By the way, that was sarcasm.

As a recovering Leftist myself, I see the patterns you have fallen into and need to overcome for your continued survival. Take the first step and get weaned off the stupid.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

If you were here last week, you saw my award-winning piece on voter/election fraud. (Granted, the award was a No Prize, but still, it’s a prestigious award. And it’s from Italy.) If you weren’t here last week, you missed by award-winning piece on voter/election fraud. This week, I’m going to flip the script a bit and talk about the other side of the equation: voter intimidation.

voter intimidation

What the Left believes it means – Republican efforts to discourage potential Democrat voters from voting

What it really means – Leftists trying to claim to be victims while strong-arming the opposition

Remember the 2000 election? Ah, those were the days to be a political junkie. It was back in those days when Democrats first floated the idea of voter intimidation in Florida. You see, blacks were scared away from voting because…there were barricades! And we have Rev. Jesse Jackson’s word for it, and we can totally trust him! It’s not like he’s lied about anything or done anything immoral, like…oh, I don’t know…having a child out of wedlock.

Since those heady days, the concept of voter intimidation has expanded to the political equivalent of a double whammy. In 2008, members of the New Black Panther Party stationed themselves outside of polling places in Philadelphia as security. And by security, I mean intimidation with clubs. Of course, the Department of Justice under President Obama saw nothing wrong with that (mainly because it worked in his favor), so the matter was dropped.

At least until Republicans could be blamed for it on evidence thinner than a drawing of Kate Moss on paper one micron thick.

After pretending actual voter intimidation against Republicans was a thing, Democrats have seemingly found voter intimidation in everything from voter ID to Donald Trump asking supporters to do what the New Black Panther Party did in 2008. Granted, the latter might be considered intimidation (unless we use the Obama DOJ definition), but the former isn’t threatening at all. On an intimidation scale from a fluffy puppy to Brock Sampson on PCP, voter ID is a lot closer to the puppy.

This begs the question of why the Left is scared of barricades and voter ID. After all, these people are supposed to be super smart and not afraid to get their knuckles bloodied when it comes to fighting the good fight. Yet, they turn into Scooby Doo in the Amityville Horror house at pieces of wood and paper? No wonder they like the French so much. They look like Rambo in comparison.

The barricade intimidation is a bit hard for me to swallow. If you’re frightened off by a barricade, maybe you just aren’t meant to vote for anything more important than Prom King and Queen. Voting, even in the privacy of a polling booth, requires a level of courage most people can muster just by waking up in the morning. Of course, the racist Left wants us to believe these barricades are racist in nature because it only scared off blacks. I’m sorry, but that’s monster-under-your-bed kind of frightening.

Now, the voter ID being intimidating is easy for me to swallow, especially considering the lengths Democrats have gone to turn voter ID into something only slightly more popular than Andrew Dice Clay’s one man show “Hitler, the Misunderstood.” This is by design, of course. If they can demonize voter ID, it not only makes it harder for Republicans to fight for these laws, but it makes it easier for Democrats to circumvent existing laws.

Think about it for a moment. Wouldn’t you be scared out of your wits if laws were put in place that would effectively turn almost every “get out of the vote” effort your party enacts into a crime? Of course you would. The problem is the laws are seen as inconveniences to Leftists until they find a way around them. And as the one-two punch of Wikileaks and Project Veritas has shown us, there are more than a few people in the DNC willing to play as fast and loose with the laws as Bill Clinton likes his interns.

Of course, this won’t cause any handwringing or clutching of pearls with the Left. They believe the ends justify the means, so even if the means are dirtier than Larry Flynt’s porn collection it’s fine if it gets the results they want. That’s one reason the voter intimidation concept doesn’t fly with me. It’s purely a political move designed to make the Democrats’ target audience (potential voters who are dumber than a box of rocks inside a bag of hammers) believe there are Republicans under their beds telling them not to vote. And given the fact these are the same people who thought a half-term Senator and his old white guy sidekick were qualified to be President and Vice-President, they might actually believe that.

But there’s another reason voter intimidation claims don’t work for me. It makes people believe they’re the cowards the Left wants them to be. Most people don’t want to create waves, so they tend to knuckle under to the demands of people they consider to be more informed than they are. This fear of retribution causes a lot of people to accept concepts they wouldn’t normally hold. Just ask anyone who has been chastised by the Left for contradicting them on global warming.

But here’s the thing. Voting requires you to take a stand. There is no “maybe” to a vote; you pick a candidate you support and that’s that. The beauty of our system of government is we can vote in private and no one else needs to know who you voted for. (At least, not until Leftists find a way to track your DNA signature based on fingerprints left on ballots and electronic voting screens, but that’s a long ways off…I hope.) You know who makes you accountable for your vote? You. End of list.

So, don’t believe the hype when it comes to voter intimidation. And make sure you vote. The only wasted vote is one not cast when you’re eligible to cast one.

Well, that, or a vote for Jill Stein.

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Interview With a Leftist

For those of you who don’t know, I used to be a Leftist in my younger days. I learned all about environmentalism, abortion, feminism, and other causes through the filter of Leftists hell-bent (or whatever their version of Hell is) on getting me to believe in their version of the truth. After getting out on my own, however, I learned Leftists only told a portion of the truth, and when confronted lashed out in anger, fear, and general disdain that anyone would dare to question them.

Needless to say, I’ve done that a lot.

Although I walked away from the Leftist utopian mindset, I still see a lot of people who can’t seem to find their way out of it, even with a map, GPS, and a kiosk with a You Are Here arrow. This happened to me recently.

It started with a meme created by a Leftist on Instagram, stating Owsley County, Kentucky, has the highest rate of Food Stamp usage in the nation. Then, it goes on to say it is over 99% white and 95% Republican. Seems to be a slam dunk for the Left, right?

Not so much.

After I did a bit of research, I found out the meme had only part of the story. I know, I was as shocked as you are when I found out a Leftist lied by omission. It is true Owsley County leads the country in Food Stamp usage, but the part that was missing was why there was such a decline in their economy that would necessitate the use of Food Stamps. It turns out that county’s economy revolved heavily around three industries: tobacco, lumber, and coal.

Now, aside from the connection referenced above, what is a common thread among those industries? They have all been targets of Leftists in recent decades. Heavy regulatory burdens, media onslaughts, and other Leftist tactics have hamstrung these industries and caused the plight the meme revels in while blaming Republicans for it.

After I pointed that out, a Leftist responded in a way that made it seem I had punched his grandmother in the face like she owed me money. (For the record, I don’t punch women under any circumstances, mainly because my wife is a woman and she knows where I sleep.) The Leftist in question started off as Leftists typically do: accuse you of being ignorant to the facts, talking down to you like you were Paris Hilton trying to understand particle physics, and generally belittling you.

Guess how well that worked.

After a protracted back and forth where I calmly provided details and advised the Leftist to do more research (a phrase he used previously to me before I produced hard facts he didn’t seem to want to address), he continued his barrage of insults. Then, I did the unthinkable.

I called him dishonest and proved it.

After that point, the Leftist’s tone changed from aggressor to victim. “That really isn’t very nice,” he replied, promptly ignoring all the venom he had typed previously. Another Leftist debate tactic is to “forget” what is posted or said shortly after it’s posted/said and then claim you/they didn’t post/say what you/they did. (Good thing Chris isn’t paying me by the slash for this post.)

At the end of it all, I posted to the Leftist his hypocrisy and how his actions before the half-hearted attempt to offer an olive branch while at the same time telling me he thought I had “trust issues.” To be fair, I do have trust issues, especially when someone treats me like crap, lies to my face, and then tries to smooth things over with a diagnosis reeking of more quackery than a duck convention.

So, what was the point of this exercise in futility? First, I did this so you don’t have to walk into a discussion about politics without being forewarned and forearmed. This political season is proving to me one of the nastiest in my memory with both sides taking on similar debate tactics. Second, I wanted you to see how the Left operates when presented with facts they can’t spin away or lie about. There is no question Democrats and Leftists have made it a point to go after certain industries they don’t like, but they’re quick to blame Republicans at the first sign of trouble.

And third, I wanted to showcase what a little knowledge can do in the hands of those who don’t care what they’re called. If you know something, feel confident in that knowledge and don’t let others try to dictate reality for you.

Leave that to me.

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Hypocrisy Much?

With Loretta Lynch accepting the FBI’s report on Hillary Clinton’s email server, the whitewash…I mean investigation is over. And now the Left says we should all let it go. After all, if the FBI didn’t choose to pursue charges against Hillary, doesn’t that mean we should drop it?

Yeah, about that. There was a recent case where another legal authority gave another guilty party a serious break, and the Left lost their mind. (I would use the plural here, but that would create a logical paradox.) In that case, the system was fundamentally flawed and it was outrageous that a guilty party could get off with such a light reprimand for such a horrible crime.

Are the cobwebs clearing yet, Leftists? Maybe this name will jog your memory.

Brock Turner.

That’s right, kids. Brock Turner, the Stanford Swimmer who was sentenced to a six month jail sentence and three years of probation. Granted, it was a whole month ago, so you might have forgotten the squawking points by now.

Here’s the thing. Hillary Clinton broke federal law. Regardless of whether the FBI decided to press charges, the crimes still happened. And, no, relying on the incompetence defense doesn’t help you here. It would be like…oh I don’t know…having your father complain about how you stopped eating as a result of your trial. It only makes you look worse than if you had just decided not to defend the indefensible.

Am I implying Brock Turner and Hillary Clinton are the same? Nope. I’m stating it. Hillary Clinton and Brock Turner are the same. Full stop. No equivocation. No caveats. They are the same. They are both criminals who have been allowed far more leniency than they deserve given the crimes committed, far more leniency than an average American would.

And only one of them is running for President.

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