Who’s being uncivil?

Her Hillariness states that civility can’t return until the Democrats regain power in D.C.  While she meant it as a jab against the Trump Republicans, events over the past couple of years show the statement to be more of a threat:

It is open season on Trump supporters, and the media is only fomenting, encouraging, excusing, and hoping for more… The media are now openly calling Trump supporters “Nazis” and are blaming Trump for a mass murder he had nothing to do with. This, of course, is a form of harassment because it incites and justifies mob violence.

Here is the list, so far, and remember that if any one of these things happened to a Democrat, the media would use the story to blot out the sun for weeks.

Be sure to click the link. As of this writing, the site documents 583 separate instances of violence, condoning of violence and/or harassment against opponents of the Left. I think most people have at least a vague sense this has been on the rise, but it’s jarring to see it documented this way. (That, by the way, is why I started the “Good Guys with Guns” tab at the top a few months ago.)

Perhaps being on the receiving end of this for a bit is what finally caused the Republicans in D.C. to begin fighting back. The backbone they showed during the Kavanaugh confirmation was long, long, overdue.

What Hillary’s really mad about isn’t Trump’s language or style being “uncivil.” She’s mad because the fight is no longer one-sided, as it has been for more than 30 years.  Let’s just hope the pushback didn’t come too late.

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The last peaceful option?

The current polarization in this country is unique in our history.  There is little (if any) common ground between viewpoints, and both “left” and “right” (increasingly nebulous terms) see the other as completely illegitimate and a threat.  Thus the “culture wars” of the 1980s/1990s have become much, much more, and are being played for complete national dominance.  Twitter, like Facebook, Google/YouTube, etc, is clearly putting its technological thumb on the scale of public debate, finding various ways to mute nationalist/conservative voices.  So it was no surprise to see Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, recommend this article extolling the perceived virtue of California’s one-party rule.

The next time you call for bipartisan cooperation in America and long for Republicans and Democrats to work side by side, stop it. Remember the great lesson of California, the harbinger of America’s political future, and realize that today such bipartisan cooperation simply can’t get done.

And as voices including that of a former Supreme Court justice clamor to rescind the 2nd Amendment, those who value freedom are having to consider their options:

South Carolina Republicans have introduced a bill that would give the state capital the power to secede from the United States if the federal government violates the Second Amendment and begins seizing legally purchased guns.

With passions running high on both sides, firearms are just one of many different triggers (pardon the pun) that could turn our current cold civil war into a hot one.  The continuing politicized effort to overturn the 2016 presidential election through a farcical investigation could spark partisan violence at any time.  One side is convinced beyond persuasion that Trump is an illegitimate president, while the other is equally convinced our government has become corrupted to partisan purposes.  Those of us who hope the election of Trump might harbinger a restoration of sorts still have to be concerned that roughly half our fellow citizens would overturn any progress in the very next election if they can.  That’s why it might be better for all concerned if we found a peaceful way to divide the country so that each group can live as they choose (and reap the consequences and benefits thereof):

It is long past time for an amicable divorce of the United States of America. There is simply no common ground with the Left anymore. We are now the couple screaming at each other all night, every night as the kids hide in their room…  ((an apt metaphor… Jemison))

The history of the world is nations breaking up and redrawing their borders. If we want to avoid this political divide turning into a deadly one, we should do likewise.
Stop clinging to the past and acknowledge where we are as a country, not where you want us to be, not where things were when your grandpa was storming the beaches of Normandy. Where we truly are

The GOP has many problems, but the Democratic Party has turned into something completely un-American. The United States was founded on two things: Judeo-Christian values and a limited federal government. The entire platform of modern Democrats stands completely opposite both of those…

This idea of breaking up the country may seem a bit outlandish now, but you won’t think so once real domestic unrest comes to your town. Our political disagreements have become a powder keg, one that already would have blown if conservatives had liberals’ emotional instability.

Nobody is expected to cheer for this split. Cheering is not a normal reaction when couples get a divorce. We cheer for old married people on their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

But life is imperfect. Life is hard. We both now agree that living under the other side’s value system is wholly unacceptable. The most peaceful solution we Americans can hope for now is to go our separate ways. So let us come together one last time and agree on one thing: Irreconcilable differences.

I spent 24 years wearing a uniform on behalf of this nation.  No one would be sadder than me to see it disbanded into successor states.  The diminution of the United States would be a global disaster.  But it is still preferable to the carnage that will result if we have two incompatible worldviews continue to vie for dominance over a divided population.  A substantial portion of our people now neither understands nor desires true freedom.  As Sam Adams said, may history forget they were our countrymen.

It is far better that part of our nation remains free to continue the vision of limited, Constitutional governance in accordance with Christian principles than to see the whole of it subsumed by both alien populations and alien ideas.   

“You may say I’m a Dreamer…”

“…but I’m not the only one.”

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I tuned in for the State of the Union speech last night and I’m glad I did, for several reasons.  First, watching the Democrats win the “Worst Performance by a Minority Party at a State of the Union Address” award was priceless.  You could see it on their faces: they expected at this point in history to be watching Her Hillariness make permanent the hard left agenda inflicted by Obama.  Instead, they’re watching the country back away from the cliff, for however long the reprieve lasts.

More pleasantly, Trump struck the right tones in his address, maintaining discipline in his comments and rarely seeming to wander from the script as he often does.  Sure, he’ll never be as polished a speaker as Ronald Reagan, but that doesn’t matter: he communicates effectively in his own way.  Reagan may have started the trend of inviting “showcase” guests to the SOTU address, but Trump took it to a whole new level last night.  He put faces to the issues of border security, economic reform, courageous service and American patriotism.  I’ve become as cynical as most when it comes to such stage shows, but it was hard not to feel something when the president introduced Ji Seong-Ho, who escaped the brutality of North Korea and now fights that regime as a broadcaster and aid to fellow defectors.  To all the Lefties who’ve preened they’re some kind of underground “#resistance” to Trump’s allegedly “fascist” administration, the president was saying “THIS is what real resistance to real tyranny looks like:”

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The line that most struck me, however, was this:

My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream.  Because Americans are dreamers too.

In one swift moment, Trump yanked the term “Dreamers” away from the open borders advocates, reminding them there are people already in this country whose dreams are threatened by unchecked immigration, both legal and illegal.  It highlighted the many ways in which the Democratic party has put the interests of foreigners above those of the people they are elected to serve.  It was a masterful rhetorical stroke.

I came away from the speech optimistic.  Not necessarily because I think the administration will achieve everything they’ve set out to do.  Not because I think Trump is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  But because this unlikely president is doing something that’s needed doing for a long time:

He’s teaching the Republicans how to fight.  In doing so, he’s giving the country its best — and perhaps final — shot for recovering from its leftward drift toward becoming California writ large.

Information overload

It’s good that there’s so much discussion of “fake news,” but the problem is that the discussion isn’t focusing on the problem: a lack of discernment and desire to find truth.  Partisans of every stripe grasp onto every little rumor, leaping to conclusions as recklessly as one would leap over the Grand Canyon.  Meanwhile, there isn’t a single major news outlet that hasn’t sold its political soul to one faction or another.  We’ve developed two hermetically sealed echo chambers in this country and neither has the pursuit of truth as its top priority.  We’re told (incorrectly) the First Amendment has exceptions to defend people from being “uncomfortable” or “triggered.”  This is merely suppression of opposing ideas.  I’m concerned this is the first step in our cultural cold war becoming a hot one.  People are no longer “of a different opinion;” rather, they’re evil opponents.  Hostility is projected, received and internalized.  With all the careless talk about impeachment, or obstruction of Trump’s initiatives (which still have a sizable backing in the nation’s heartland), the ability of our political processes to address the issues is coming apart.

What happens after that step is likely going to be very ugly.  What are you doing to prepare?

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No longer playing the game

U.S. News and World Report notes that Americans are abandoning the bi-factional ruling party:

The latest Gallup Poll finds that loyalty to the Democrats and Republicans is at or near historic lows. In 2015, for the fifth straight year, “at least four in 10 U.S. adults identified as political independents,” a Gallup spokesman said. Forty-two percent said they were independent last year; 43 percent listed themselves that way in 2014, reflecting little change.

Considering the Republicrats long ago abandoned Americans, it seems only right we should return the favor.  The linked report posits this exodus is due to ‘frustration with government gridlock.’  I think that’s highly disingenuous.  The Federal Government, for all the talk of a ‘lack of bipartisanship,’ has still managed in recent years to:

  • Bail out the so-called “too big to fail” financial institutions at taxpayer expense
  • Ram through Obamacare
  • Continue to increase the number of “guest workers” brought in to take American jobs
  • Kabuki dance instead of securing the border

ALL of which runs contrary to how America polls on these issues.  Far from being a “gridlocked, do-nothing” Federal government, the District of Corruption is actively working against the interests and expressed wishes of the average American.

You can only shaft the people for so long while pretending to listen to them, before they figure out the game and refuse to play it anymore.  This is exactly what’s happening in Europe right now, where authorities respond to mass sexual assaults by recent asylum seekers Islamic invaders with misdirection and cover-ups, but quickly advocate prosecution of leaders who point out these failures.  Europe’s elites have made it clear they care more about appeasing the floodtide of aliens whose arrival they’ve encouraged than they do the welfare of their own citizens — and they are only beginning to reap the backlash.

Somehow, I don’t think America will be the usual 20 years behind Europe on this particular trendline.

I stopped identifying as Republican a decade ago, because that brand means nothing anymore.  I am a Christian, a Constitutionalist and an American traditionalist.  The powers that be (on both sides of the aisle) not only no longer respect those identities and ideas, they are actively hostile to them.

I am not, however, alone.  So I’ll close with the recent words of the Instapundit — words our self-appointed ‘elites’ best pay heed to, and soon:

Looking for the exits? Hardly. I’m not trapped in here with you, enemies of western civilization. You’re trapped in here with me. And a lot of people like me, whose patience has come close to an end.

Admitting the Republic is dead

UPDATE: I’m not the only one who had this reaction, apparently.

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Still think electing Republicans is the answer to the nation’s ills?

Washington Republicans on Sunday restated their argument that President Obama has violated the Constitution by using executive orders to alter the Affordable Care Act, but acknowledged they likely have no recourse or ability to stop another incident. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told “Fox News Sunday” that congressional Republicans think the president abused the government’s separation of powers by using the executive orders to sidestep Congress and delay the law’s employer mandate. However, he said critics would have a tough time winning in court because Congress lacks the so-called “legal standing” to present the case and they would have a “tough time” finding somebody hurt enough by the delays to be a good plaintiff.

Garbage.  It’s not just about the so-called ‘Affordable’ Care Act.  The pattern of this president is to act only on laws he likes — this should be sufficient to remove him from office for failure to ‘faithfully execute the laws.’  The president’s supporters like to point out he has issued fewer executive orders than, say, Carter or Reagan.  But those presidents’ orders were not of a nature to overturn or override properly passed legislation from Congress.  Executive orders are meant to position that branch to carry out the laws passed by Congress.  For all of Obama’s tantrums that the Affordable Care Act is “the law of the land, deal with it,” he hasn’t hesitated to amend or forego any part of the ACA that has proven inconvenient.  And kicking most of the mandates down the road to 2016?  Nah, that couldn’t be politically motivated, could it? This is a fatal violation of the separation of powers.

That Congress is unwilling to do more than mildly complain provides conclusive proof we no longer operate under the Constitution.  This doesn’t require being slow-rolled by the judiciary.  Congress is given the power to remove the executive for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’  If claiming the power to shape the law to his personal liking doesn’t fall into that category, I don’t know what does!  We are supposed to be governed by Congress — the representation of the people — whose laws are administered — not created — by the Executive.  This ‘well, what can you do?’ attitude from Congress places the nation under the reign of the executive.  I hate to say it, but one of the main reasons Republicans aren’t doing more to call the administration to account is that they can’t wait until it’s “their turn” to exercise similar boundless power. …Which just means they are no more worthy of office than the president they like to flap their toothless gums about.

NO INCUMBENTS, PLEASE for 2014/2016.  Bonus: elect only those willing to vote for impeachment of the President for failure to carry out his Constitutional duties.  The fact that includes (among many other examples) failing to enforce the ACA — his ‘signature legislation’ — as written just makes it all the more ironic.  He wanted it… he just didn’t like what it did to his popularity once he got it!